Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Stamp of the Month "Colour Your Life" Blog Hop


Hi everyone. This is my first time joining the stamp of the month blog hop, and I managed to somehow delete the post I had ready to go up. This will be the abridged version! You should be joining me from Gina Brandstetter's blog so hopefully you are in the right place.




I am working on an album for an old friend who is getting ready to have her first baby. I thought the "Celebrate Life" stamp would make a lovely title page for that. I have combined it with the Whimsy Fundamentals and Cardstock, with some cricut cuts from both the Artbooking (border) and Flower Market (Wreath) cartridges. I thought that the triple stamping look of the flowers from "Beautiful You" would really add to that wreath, and to add an extra bit, some use 3d Dots, and have some of the shimmer brushed glitter on them.


From here you are heading over to check out what Michelle Johns has created for us. Enjoy the hop, and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring artwork inspired by What we Love about Spring. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at My Creations By Michelle. If you came from there, then you are in the right place!


I am not mentally ready for spring yet, even though for the most part the weather here in Halifax has been lovely. I thought today I would show you a card I made for a baby shower, since spring= new beginnings to me. This hop has also reminded my I REALLY need to get my seeds for the garden started or we will have another summer of sad tiny peppers. 

As you may have realized from previous hops, I am a little weird and not super traditional. I had this idea in my head that we had a stamp set that doesn't totally exist, so I sort of made something close to it instead of risking something crazy like hand lettering, or trying to do the whole thing in letter stamps. (That is a terrible sentence, apologies grammar nerds). I used some of the paper bits I had left over on my desk from the "Make Waves" paper packet, the heart dies that I showed last month, and the stamp out of the "Something Magical" Card kit. I then cut the word "creating" out of  "Creating To Create" and sort of jammed it in. Probably not my best work, but it will make my friend laugh at least. I cut the sentiment out with our old scallop circle punch (I thought it was still a thing... sorry). I then coloured a few words to highlight them with the alcohol markers and I used the clear shimmer brush on 'magical'. I added the shimmer trims that match Make waves, and stamped the pretty filigree border in between. It is also from the Something Magical card kit set. 



Thank you for hopping by, I hope my card at least makes you giggle a little. Up next for the Cross Canada Hop you are going to head over to Ontario to check out Brae's Creation and I am sure she has something lovely and sensible for you to look at.


If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Celebrations. So mark April 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Cross Canada Blog Hop- Love and Friendships

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring artwork inspired by Love and Friendships. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at Creations with Michelle. If you came from there then you are in the right place!

I am not super into Valentines Day, but I am in to puns, so when I saw the "We Belong Together" Stamp set I was inspired. I will be totally honest, this was a 10 card set with 2 of each design. As you can see there are only 4 cards pictured. My desk ate 1 of the designs, and I only had time for a cursory clean. All of the card patterns are out of the new "Make it From Your Heart Volume 4" Card map idea book and use Enchantment Fundamentals and cardstock. Images were stamped in Memento Black in, then coloured with our Shin-Han Alcohol Markers. I added a little water colouring around the bees because I found the marker very harsh. The hearts are the "Basic Heart" dies, with a little bit of shimmer trim.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky  of  Simply Artistic.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring What we love about Spring. So mark March 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cross Canada Blog Hop January 2018

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring artwork that welcomes in 2018, featuring new products from the Seasonal Inspirations 2018 catalog. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle . If you came from Michelle's blog of Creations with Michelle  then you are in the right place! 


We have been having pretty mild weather here in Atlantic Canada so far... I am ready for spring and summer. I am definitely a water girl, so I had to show everyone some cards I made with the new "Making Waves" Collection. There will definitely be a TON of layouts done with this very soon, but the flu has been kicking my butt for like 2 weeks so this is all I have done with it so far. The highlight of the collection is the stunning mermaids, but I wanted to showcase the punny cardmaking set with thin cuts. Where I haven't really felt up to scrapping, I wanted to create some backgrounds to start, so I cut up some water colour paper, and used the wide water colour brush to make some waves on 2 of them. For the whale card, I wanted a little more blending, so I dripped the water colour paints from the water brush onto the all purpose mat and then smooshed the paper into it. Then I hit them with a heat gun to dry them up. Since this tends to make the paper bend, I stuck them under my cutting mat while I did the next few steps.

 I cut out some of the adorable die cuts out of white daisy cardstock, and stamped them up. With the octopus I first inked up with Pansy, then ran the outside through Eggplant (Rock n Roll technique). The whale is black, and the crabs are Sorbet. Each water colour background is backed with Peacock Cardstock (remember that cardstock is now 2-toned, so you get different looks).


The whale card simply uses a zip strip and some of the new Make Waves shimmer trim, with the adorable new Make Waves bling. This has these cute little shaped sequins on it. I then added some shimmer brush on the blowhole spray, and it did go on a little heavy, but mistakes happen.


Here I added the backside of some Lemon Cardstock (leftover from the December Calendar special), more shimmer trim, and another zip strip.




I bent the sentiment on the block to give it some shape, and coloured the heart under the octopus with my Shin Han Markers.

I hope that I have made you want to look at this line, these cards would be great to make with your leftovers!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky of Simply Artistic

If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring projects that are inspired by love and friendships. So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cross Canada Blog Hop August- New Idea Book Products

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring artwork created from products found in the 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Catalog. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning which this month is Michelle. If you came from Michelle's "Creations With Michelle, you are in the right spot!


Well gang, here we are with a brand spankin' new Idea Book!!! IT'S SO PRETTY!!!! If you haven't checked it out yet, get at it !!

Are you back and ready for some inspiration? Ok let's go!! There are so many wonderful new items, I was a little overwhelmed as to where to start, but I thought about where I would tell people to start, how many pictures am I working with? From there I went to the brand new "Make it From Your Heart Vol3" to find a pattern that would work with that number (36 new patterns!!). 


 I chose pattern 35, and the new Whimsy fundamentals and 2 toned cardstock since they matched the pictures best. For accents I used blush ribbon, whisper twine, and then the phenomenal triple layer stamp "Beautiful You"








I did cheat a little, if we are being honest, my title is the SOTM from last Seasonal Expression.. But doesn't it look awesome with the gold embossing over watercoloured background?? I used watercolour paper and a water brush, and pushed the inkpads to get ink on the lids where I could pick it up.






Your next stop on the hop is Dominique at "Fun2cre8" If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Projects inspired from the New Products from the New Holiday Expressions Catalog. So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Cross Canada Blog Hop - Masculine Projects



Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring Masculine themed artwork. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.com/...  If you came from there then you are in the right place!

I used a few different papers with this project, which is cards this time. The first one uses our "No Worries" Paper, stamps and thin cuts. I also used our circle thin cuts to create my "port" that you are looking at the beach through and then to make it look a little brassy, I used the gold shimmer brush


 For my 2nd group I created a set of cards using the "Jack" paper pack, stamps, and thin cuts. I love these little bears





Your next stop is going to be Nicky over at Simply Artistic
http://simplyartistic.ca/cross-canada-blog-hop-masculine-themed
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cross Canada Blog Hop: Use Your Stash!!

Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring artwork where we've used our stash mixed with new products. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.com/...  If you came from there then you are in the right place!

I have made MANY posts about using your stash because I have such a hard time getting rid of patterned paper scraps! I mean how does one decide what is too small to bother keeping? I sound like I am just a sale away from being a hoarder I know, so I have been trying really hard to minimize keeping things around.. like I don't need it if it is less than a business card. One of the challenges with scraps is how do I use them outside of what is pictured in the catalogue? How do I combine things and no one other than me will know they are from different times? The easiest way to get over this is to make smaller things like cards to push your comfort zone, then work up to other things like layouts (I am the QUEEN of the Frankenpage when I have a small amount of paper I love, or really have to stretch a kit. I mean who looks at the back of a scrapbook page anyway? No one will know if there are huge holes in the back if it is covered). The other trick is to use cardstock and smaller pieces as accents. You can do even do this with paper from different lines if the colours match and you are feeling brave.

For this post I thought I would do an example with some cards that use the value pack cards, the SE1 Dreamin Big scraps I had after making the Workshop Your Way, whisper thick twine, and poppy, glacier and goldrush bits. I wanted to use one a stamp set from SE2 so I chose the Prickly Pear Cardmaking stamp set with thin cuts. Then I used watercolour paints with our watercolour paintbrush (which I love for not making a mess). I didn't get the paint colours matched perfectly, but the picture makes it look worse!! I then added the poppy and goldrush sequins from the Prickly Pear Line


I thought after throwing around the word "Frankenpage" I should probably make sure I gave an example. So I created a layout using the leftovers from the "Hello Lovely" line from SE1.  I paired this up with some pieces from Rustic Home, Rustic Home ribbon, All Together Compliments, and some of the ever growing pile of sea glass scraps. Don't lie, you have been using the heck out of sea glass too. Oh, and this is pattern 7 from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.



Partially because I am cheap, and partially because I love scraps I didn't use full sheets as my base, here is what the back looks like, but who looks at the back of a page anyway?





Thanks so much for stopping by! Please don't by any means think that any of these projects helped shrink the pile of scraps on my desk... send help.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky of " Simply Artistic".
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca/..., as she has the complete blog list.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring the Masculine projects. So mark July 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.