Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dashing Through the Snow

Hello, everyone! Before I share my card, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Jane Taylor - thank you for joining me!

Today I'm sharing a winter-themed card, made with my new Winnie and Walter stamp set called Winter Wishes.  I like to make my holiday cards all year long so that I'm ready with enough cards by the time November/December rolls around. Winnie and Walter is having a big 4th birthday bash celebration this month, so you will want to head over to check out the festivities and challenges!

I created a watercolour background with Distress Oxides using the ink smooshing technique and then white heat-embossed the snowflakes/snowfall.


  • Stamps:  Winnie and Walter - Winter Wishes 
  • Ink:  Background (Distress Oxides - Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers), stamping (Lawn Fawn Jet Black for image and StazOn  Jet Black for sentiment), Versamark (snowfall)
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Border
  • Paper:  Bienfang watercolour paper, vellum scrap, Recollections Black, Staples White
  • Colouring medium:  Markers
  • Other:  Ranger white embossing powder, Diamond Stickles, Posca white paint marker, snowflake sequins from my stash

Winnie and Walter Challenges
Four Challenge with Shay Four words in sentiment and four snowflake sequins
Repetitive Stamping Challenge with Crystal Repetitive stamping of snowflakes and snowfall for heat embossing
Watercoloring with a Twist Challenge with Heather H Watercolour background and coloured image with markers
Die Challenge with Lydia Stitched Dies
Comeback Challenge with Taheerah I was inspired by Lea Lawson's card here (I love her inky background, cute image, fun sentiment, stitched hillside, and black matte)

I also found inspiration here: ABC Christmas D is for Distress (Distress Oxides) UE; Ally's Angels Stitching Real or Faux 1/3; Cardz TV 36 AG 1/3; Crafting Circle Crafty Awesomeness February 3/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Use Some Gold UE; Creative Fingers AG 1/3; Crop Stop Link Party 37 AG 3/5 (Distress Oxide sold at Crop Stop); Cute Card Thursday Cute Critters UE; Cut It Up AG 1E; Deep Ocean Cute and Cuddly UE; DL.ART February Linky AG 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday AG 2/3; Happy Little Stampers AG with Dies UE; Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge AG Optional Hearts UE; Hiding in My Craft Room Any Holiday 1/3; Jo's Scrap Shack FFC222 AG 1/3; Mod Squad Animal Fun 2/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Make Your Own Background 1/5; The Outlawz Monday Greetings Winter GCC021918; The Rubber Buggy Mood Board (I was inspired by the colours in the bottom section) UE; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2;Winter Wonderland AG Christmas 2/3; Word Art Wednesday 322-323 AG w Uplifting Sentiment Wk2 4/5



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Teapot ATC - Always Time for Tea

Hello, everyone! I'm back again today with another teapot ATC!  It's for my crafty friend Janis at Her Peaceful Garden, who is having an ATC party this month.  This week's theme is Teapots!

  • Stamps: Sentiment, hearts (unknown brand)
  • Dies: Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Gina Marie Designs 10-pce Greenery and Flowers, generic doily 
  • Paper: Patterned paper (Lots of Flowers Paper Pack), Recollections cardstock
  • Other:  Puffy Teapot Sticker, butterfly punch, flower punches, gems - all from my stash

My ATC design was inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketches 441:


I was also inspired by Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  She has a new "Spin the Wheel" format that I like very much!  This week it's the letter P!  I've got Peach, Pink, Patterned Paper and, of course, a butterfly!  Here's the inspiration wheel:  


I would also like to share the back of my ATC, which I created using Microsoft Word.  It will be on its way to Janis as soon as her ATC celebration has concluded:

  • Die: Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle Layers

As I did in the previous post, I'm sharing my teapot collection.  I have only two items:  a little teapot clock, which was a gift from Brian's Mom (may she rest in peace), and a Calico Kittens tea party figurine that I found at the thrift store.  Here they are with the ATC, which shows the small size of the items:


I would also like to support these challenges:  A Gem of a Challenge Spring Flowers UE; Allsorts Handmade Flowers 2/3; Crafting By Designs Friendship (this ATC is being mailed to my friend Janis at the end of her celebration) 3/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February UE; Happy Little Stampers - February ATC Challenge Hearts UE; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 3/3; Three Amigos Blog Hop Nom, Nom (one of my favourite drinks is Chocolatey Chai Herbal Tea) UE; Word Art Wednesday 322-323 AG w Uplifting Sentiment Wk2 3/5


Thank you for looking at my ATC! Wishing you a joyful day!

Teapot ATC - Take a Break

Hi, everybody! Today I'm sharing another ATC! I do enjoy making ATCs, and this one features a teapot! My crafty friend Janis at Her Peaceful Garden is having an ATC party this month, with weekly themes. This week's theme is Teapots!

Janis has an awesome collection of teapots! You will want to head over and take a look at her photos and then be inspired to make an ATC! For those who are new to ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, they measure 3.5" x 2.5" and the small size makes them super fun to make! I usually send mine to my crafty friends with happy mail or make them into a pocket letter, also to share with crafty friends.

  • Stamps: Sentiment (generic planner stamps)
  • Dies: Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Gina Marie Designs 10-pce Greenery and Flowers, generic doily 
  • Paper: Patterned paper (Lots of Flowers Paper Pack), Recollections cardstock
  • Other:  Puffy Teapot Sticker, butterfly punch, various flower punches, gems - all from my stash

My ATC design was inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketches 441:


I was also inspired by Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  I haven't played there in a while but she has a new "Spin the Wheel" format that I like very much!  This week it's the letter P!  I've got Pink, Purple, and Patterned Paper and, of course, a butterfly!  Here's the inspiration wheel:  


I would also like to share the back of my ATC, which I created using Microsoft Word.  It will be on its way to Janis as soon as her ATC celebration has concluded:

  • Die: Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle Layers

I was inspired by Janis's teapot collection and decided to share my own.  It's not much of a collection as I have only two items:  a little teapot clock, which was a gift from Brian's Mom (may she rest in peace), and a Calico Kittens tea party figurine that I found at the thrift store.  Here they are with the ATC, which shows the small size of the items:


I would also like to support these challenges:  A Gem of a Challenge Spring Flowers UE; Crafting By Designs Friendship (this ATC is being mailed to my friend Janis at the end of her celebration) 2/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February UE; DL.ART February Linky AG 1/d; Happy Little Stampers - February ATC Challenge Hearts UE (see teapot); Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; The Rubber Buggy Mood Board (I was inspired by the colours in the bottom section) UE; Three Amigos Blog Hop Nom, Nom (one of my favourite drinks is Chocolatey Chai Herbal Tea) UE; Word Art Wednesday 322-323 AG w Uplifting Sentiment Wk2 2/5


Thank you for looking at my ATC! Wishing you a joyful day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meow ATC

Hello, everyone!  I made another ATC! This one coordinates with the two I shared on my Happy Little Stampers Guest Designer post, so now I have a set of three! I used the left-over flowers and patterned paper, and I added a kitty!  I have been making a lot of ATCs lately.  I find it appealing to work on such a small scale.  For those who are new to ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, they measure 3.5" x 2.5" and can be given to crafty friends with happy mail, which is exactly what I did with this one.  Now that it has been received, I am sharing it.

Products used:
  • Stamps:  Flowers (Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers clear stamps), sentiment (The Greeting Farm Purr-fect Cats), grass (free with magazine)
  • Dies:  Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle Layers, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border, Cat Die
  • Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye Love Me, Martha Stewart Crafts Love Notes, Pebbles We Belong Together, Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe
  • Ink: Lawn Fawn Jet Black, Versamark
  • Accessories:  Embossing folder (double hearts), Tim Holtz Bow Punch, Ranger white embossing powder, Posca white paint maker, heart gems (from my Dollarama stash)

Here is a photo of all three of my ATCs.  I made a mini Pocket Letter to hold them, and my crafty friend has received the happy mail!


If you're looking for ATC inspiration, check out Janis at Her Peaceful Garden. She is having an ATC party this month, with weekly themes. So far, there's a challenge for Cats, Chickens, and Teapots! There will be another new theme on Monday and I can't wait to see what it is! I'll be linking this Meow ATC to Janis's Cats link-up.


I would also like to support these challenges with my Meow ATC: A Gem of a Challenge Spring Flowers UE; Crafting By Designs Friendship (this mini pocket letter has been received by my crafty friend) 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February UE; Deep Ocean Cute and Cuddly UE; DL.ART February Linky AG 1/d; Happy Little Stampers - February ATC Challenge Hearts UE (see patterned paper, embossed heart background, and heart gems); Happy Little Stampers AG with Dies UE; Mod Squad Animal Fun 1/3; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; Pixie's Snippet Playground 320 Flowers, patterned paper, and embossed hearts all leftovers from my HLS GD project; die-cut cardstock for kitty also from my snippets box) 1E; Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Love UE; The Outlawz Saturday PAM Lots of Layers 1E; Word Art Wednesday 322-323 AG w Uplifting Sentiment Wk2 1/5

Thank you for looking at my ATC! Wishing you a joyful day!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Quick Card 6 - You're One Cool Cat

Hello again!  This is the final card I made for My Favorite Things - MFT 2018 Creative Olympics, again competing in Event 4 Speed Cardmaking.  For this event, we are asked to make a card in 20 minutes or less.  I used the offcuts from Quick Card 1 - I didn't want to waste them!  For my tips on speedy cardmaking, see here.



Check out the MFT products I used:

  • Stamps: My Favorite Things - I Knead You (cat), Cool Cat (sentiment)
  • Dies: My Favorite Things - Pierced Rectangle Frames (offcuts from my Quick Card 1), Heart Border Staggered
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Colouring medium: Markers
  • Other:  Staedtler black marker for faux stitching

I set the kitty timer at 20 minutes and had 7.5 minutes left!  This was my quickest card of all!


My colour combo was inspired by My Favorite Things MFT Colors 87:


I would also like to support these challenges: Cards in Envy Give it Some Heart 2/3; Fabrika Fantasy Love 3/3; Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Love UE

MFT Creative Olympics Event 4 Speed Cardmaking Make a card in 20 min or less


Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!


Quick Card 5 - Thank Mew

Me again with another card for My Favorite Things - MFT 2018 Creative Olympics, again competing in Event 4 Speed Cardmaking.  For this event, we are asked to make a card in 20 minutes or less.  I used the offcuts from Quick Card 2 - I didn't want to waste them!  For my tips on speedy crafting, see here.



Check out the MFT products I used:

  • Stamps: My Favorite Things - I Knead You (cat, thought bubble, purr), Cool Cat (sentiment)
  • Dies: My Favorite Things - Stitched Circle Frames (offcuts from my Quick Card 2)
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
  • Colouring medium: Markers
  • Other:  Ranger White embossing powder, Staedtler black marker for faux stitching

I set the kitty timer at 20 minutes and had 2 minutes left!  I'm not sure why this card took so long, considering I didn't do any die-cutting. I guess it was the faux stitching.


My colour combo was inspired by My Favorite Things MFT Colors 87:


I would also like to support these challenges: Addicted to CAS Cat 2/2 C10; Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Love UE


MFT Creative Olympics Event 4 Speed Cardmaking Make a card in 20 min or less


Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Quick Card 4 - Have an Ice Day

Yes, I'm back again with another card for My Favorite Things - MFT 2018 Creative Olympics!  I am competing in two events this time!  Event 2 Freestyle is a Winter Theme, and I am still enjoying Event 4 Speed Cardmaking, in which we are asked to make a card in 20 minutes or less. This is the 4th of 6 quick cards I made!  If you are interested in my tips for speedy cardmaking, see here.


Check out the MFT products I used:

  • Stamps: My Favorite Things - You Make My Heart Melt
  • Dies: My Favorite Things - Squiggle Border
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin' Up Going Grey
  • Colouring medium: Markers
  • Other:  Posca white paint marker for stripes on scarf

How long did this card take?  I set the kitty timer for 20 minutes and had only seconds to spare!  This card took the longest of my 6 quick cards.


My colour combo was inspired by My Favorite Things MFT Colors 87:


I would also like to support these challenges: ABC Christmas C is for Clean UE; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Use Green UE; Happy Little Stampers AG with Dies UE; Mod Squad Winter 1/3; Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Love UE; Winter Wonderland AG Christmas 1/3

MFT Creative Olympics Event 4 Speed Cardmaking Make a card in 20 min or less




Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!