Thursday, July 30, 2020

Whale Done

Hello my friends! I am loving this summer weather and hope you are as well. Last weekend my daughter came to spend the weekend with us at Christina Lake. We have a trailer there that I love to go to. It is so peaceful there that you can't help but relax. Having Chelsey there was a little less relaxing as she cannot sit still for very long. We went golfing and did a couple of big hikes. On our last hike on Sunday, I slipped on some sand on the rocks. My feet literally came out from under me and I landed on my left hip and elbow. I felt my shoulder crunch and immediately felt severe pain. I knew nothing was broken but it was really sore. The worst part was knowing that I somehow had to hike back up and out of there. Here are a couple pictures of the beautiful scenery though:

In the second picture, just to the left of where my daughter is hiding in the hole is where I slipped. There was a huge cliff and below that a big river that leads to some waterfalls. I'm so thankful that I didn't go over the edge because I would not have survived going through the falls. It was a fabulous weekend though and I am so glad that Chelsey joined us.

Today's card was made using the Whale Done stamp set. I used the shaving foam technique. I thought about this technique immediately when I saw this stamp set. I love the effects of this but it is definitely messy! I used this technique with my stamp group ladies a while ago and some loved it but some were not thrilled with the mess.

This card was made for my grandson, Everett. Since covid, I have been sending him and his sister Paisley cards every couple of weeks. Although, I must admit, I have been slacking for the past few weeks. When things opened up towards the end of June, my daughter came down with the kids for a visit and since they went back, I haven't sent any cards. I decided I better get back on it. One of Everett's favourite things to do is walk down their street to check the mail (with Mom or Dad of course) so it is even more exciting if there is some mail for him in the box. 

Here are some pictures of the Shaving Foam technique:

I sprayed the shaving foam into a pie plate and smoothed it out. You have to use shaving foam as opposed to shaving gel as the gel doesn't puff up like the foam does. Then I added drops of ink refills. I used Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight.

I used a fork to mix the ink refills in to the shaving foam in a swirling motion so the colours would be in a swirly pattern.

This picture is very out of focus but you will still get what I am doing. I have laid my piece of Whisper White cardstock on top of the shaving foam. I pressed it gently into the foam and then slowly lifted it off. This is where the messy part comes in. You need to wipe the shaving foam off of the cardstock. I just used some paper towels. The cardstock dries really quickly and your cardstock smells really nice!

Here is a picture of the finished card.

On my piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had done the shaving foam technique I stamped many of the images from the Whale Done stamp set. I stamped the kelp in Just Jade, the turtle in Shaded Spruce, the bubbles in Misty Moonlight, coral in Calypso Coral, jelly fish in Balmy Blue and the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I matted this piece on a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock and then added this to a Pool Party card base. I wanted to add some ribbon but it didn't work with this card. For those of you that know me, you know that I need to add ribbon to my cards. It didn't look right with this card though. I hope Everett will understand. I know he will like this card. Last summer we all went to the Vancouver Aquarium and they loved it!

What I used for today's card:

I hope you enjoyed today's card. Give the shaving foam technique a try. It is a lot of fun, just a little messy though. You can use any colours of ink refills you have or you could try using liquid food colouring if you don't have any ink refills. I haven't tried  to use food colouring but it might work just fine.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay healthy and keep creating!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Playful Pets

Hello! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It looks like we are finally getting some summer weather. I'm so glad.I much prefer the heat than the cold and snow.

July is the busiest month for me for number of birthday cards I have to make. I have at least 14 July birthdays. Today's card is a birthday card for a friend but it is also a challenge card. Two weeks ago we had our monthly Kaleidoscope stampers meeting. We were to use specific sizes of DSP and cardstock to create a card during the meeting. Somehow I missed the instructions before the meeting so I didn't make my card until the next day. I had to wait to post it on my blog because I wanted to be sure that my friend received the card before seeing it here.

This card uses the Playful Pets DSP. I actually used two different pieces of paper from the package. From the one sheet, I fussy cut out the two kitties. They were perfect for my friend as she has two cats exactly like these two. Her cat Emma is all black and has quite a big personality. Her cat Chevy is an orange tabby and he is very timid.

I started out with a Thick Whisper White card base. On top of this, I layered a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock and on top of that, a piece of DSP from the Playful Pets package. I fussy cut the two kitty images from another sheet of DSP and attached them onto a stitched circle of Real Red cardstock. I attached the circles with the kitties to the card front using dimensionals. This is another good way to use your DSP. If there is an image on a piece of it, you can fussy cut it out and use it as a focal point on your card.

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Gray ink. I used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to punch both ends. I repeated the same punching technique on a strip of Basic Gray cardstock and used that to mat the sentiment piece. If you are wondering how I did this, you can check out my blog post from July 3rd of this year. I popped the sentiment using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

I hope you enjoyed today's card. I had a lot of fun making it as it was personalized for a good friend. The two kitties in the DSP were perfect matches for her cats. Try to look at your DSP in other ways so that it gets used and not saved in a box in your craft room. It is hard to cut it up but it is better to use it and share it than to hoard it and have nobody enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by today. Stay healthy and keep creating!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Prized Peony

Unfortunately I needed to make another sympathy card. This time it was for one of my friends and downline, Kay, who is a very special person so I wanted the card to reflect that. I have a hard time making sympathy cards as it is such a difficult time for the recipient and it is so hard to let them know the love you are sending to them.

I felt the Prized Peony stamp set would be great for this card and decided on the Whitewash Technique. I stamped the large peony image onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Versamark ink. Then I added white embossing powder and heated it to melt using my heat tool. I coloured the entire flower using my water painter and Whisper White Craft ink. After that dried (it takes a few minutes) I coloured the flower using Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight ink and the stems and leaves using Old Olive ink. I used the water painter to colour these as well. Once it dried, I used a slightly damp paper towel to wipe the excess ink off of the embossed parts of the image. It made the colour sort of run off into the Crumb Cake cardstock but I like how it looks. It gives kind of an aura to the flower.

I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink and then cut it out using the Ornate Frames dies. I attached the Crumb Cake cardstock to a Calypso Coral mat. I wrapped a piece of Calypso Coral ribbon from the Ornate Garden ribbon combo pack around this piece and tied it into a knot. This piece was then added to a Thick Whisper White card base using dimensionals. I then added the sentiment piece using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

I hope that Kay feels the love in this card and that she will be able to heal with the strength of friends and family.

Thank you for popping by today. Stay healthy and keep creating!

Tasteful Touches

Today's card was made for a gal that signed up as a demonstrator at the end of May. She found me through my website ( and like many of us, her wish list was so long, she signed up so she could order from herself and save the discount. Thanks to Covid, we had only met through emails and phone calls until this week when I was able to drop off this card and a little welcome gift for her. She was as lovely in person as she was on the phone! I'm so glad we were able to meet and I was able to welcome her to our team. I look forward to the time when we can get together to make some cards.

I used the collage technique to make this card. I knew I wanted to use this technique on a card as soon as I saw this stamp set. It is absolutely perfect for it. If you haven't done this before, you need to choose a stamp set with a few different stamp images of varying sizes. You stamp the different images all over a piece of Whisper White cardstock using coordinating ink colours. 

I started with a Smoky Slate card base for this card. I stamped the various images from the stamp set using Smoky Slate, Petal Pink, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight and Basic Gray inks. I matted this cardstock onto a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock and then attached it to my card base. I also stamped the feather image twice using Smoky Slate ink on a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut them out. I added them to the card front using dimensionals. I felt the card needed a little depth and normally I would have used the flower image but I knew that the recipient of this card was not a fan of flowers. I think the feathers were a good alternate. I used a stamp set that is available only to demonstrators to stamp the sentiment. It is  called "Stamping Your Way to the Top". I thought it was perfect for this card as our team is very welcoming. To give the card more texture, I tore the bottom off the sentiment piece and the piece of Smoky Slate cardstock that I used to mat the sentiment piece. I wrapped some Whisper White crinkled seam binding around this piece and tied it into a knot. Then I attached the sentiment piece to the top of the card front using dimensionals.

I know she liked the card as she sent me a reply right away to let me know. That makes my heart happy. I love sending cards to friends and family but to know that they love them is even better.

What I used for today's card:

I hope you have enjoyed today's card. Give the collage technique a try. It could work with so many different stamp sets. Stay healthy and keep creating!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Ornate Garden Suite

Last weekend we went to Christina Lake, my happy place other than my craft room. It was a little cool on Saturday morning so I spent the morning working on May and June Paper Pumpkins. I love Paper Pumpkin for this exact reason - I can take the kit camping and I don't need to bring half of my craft room to still have the enjoyment of card making. If I wanted to do alternatives to cards, I would have had to bring extra supplies but I was happy creating the cards exactly as they were planned. I promised myself back in April that I was never going to get that far behind on my Paper Pumpkins again so I wanted to share with you that I am completely caught up again. Here are some pictures of the cards from the kits.
May Paper Pumpkin:

June Paper Pumpkin:

I used the Ornate Garden Suite again for today's card. This is such a great suite with the dies, stamps, DSP, and ribbon.

I used a Bumble Bee card base. This is one of the new In Colours and is gorgeous! I used two different pieces of DSP from this suite which I matted on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I wrapped a piece of the Old Olive ribbon around this where the two pieces of DSP meet. I feel it gives a more finished look to the card if you cover that join if at all possible. I attached this whole piece onto my card base using dimensionals.

I stamped the single flower image from the Ornate Style stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Then I cut out the image using the Ornate Layers dies which are part of the suite. I colored the stem and the flower center using Stampin' Blends and attached this piece to the card front using dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock. I used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to cut out the sentiment. It looks like a die that cut it out but it was definitely the punch. This punch is so versatile. It has two different shape styles with three different sizes on each shape. The options are almost endless. Here are some pictures of how to use the punch to get the die cut look. First, you punch the left edge of the strip of cardstock and stamp your sentiment.

You need to save the little piece of cardstock that is left after you punch the left edge. Lay that piece on top of your sentiment piece where you would like the punched edge to be. You can either draw a line with a pencil and then cut the cardstock at this line or you can just trim the cardstock while holding the little piece so you know where to cut.

Turn the sentiment piece around and punch the right edge and you will have a perfectly centered sentiment with both edges punched.

I did the same procedure on a slightly wider piece of Basic Black cardstock to mat the sentiment piece. Once this was all finished, I attached the matted sentiment piece onto the card front using dimensionals.
To finish this card off, I used the Bumble Bee Gingham ribbon to tie a little bow and attached it to the flower image using a glue dot.

What I used for today's card:

I think this is a very happy card, I hope you enjoyed it. Give the punching trick a try even if you don't have this punch, it would work with another style. Stay healthy and keep creating!