August 17, 2017

SugarPea Designs August DT Feature


I am up on the SugarPea Designs blog today for my monthly feature post. I created a fun card using all of the camping products that were introduced in June. They bring back such happy memories of all the camping trips we took with our kids when they were growing up.


I started by die cutting the fabulous Lantern SugarCut out from red cardstock. I sponged some Pumice Stone Distress Ink on to a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and then I die cut the hook and the vent from it and paper pieced in on to the lantern. The colour look's just like oxidized metal giving the lantern an authentic appearance. A sentiment from RV There Yet was embossed in gold on the base of the lantern. I curved the the sentiment on to my acrylic block so that it would mimic the shape of the lantern. The lantern was adhered to a white top folding 4 1/4" x 5" card base. Then I used the lantern die once again to cut a piece of paper from the Happy Camper Patterned Paper collection and then paper pieced it inside the lantern. The camper and the camp fire were die cut from cardstock using the Camping Icons SugarCut dies and placed inside the lantern with tape runner and foam tape. The final finish to the card was to add a gold embossed sentiment from the Easily A'moosed clear stamp set to the upper left of the card base.


All products are available at SugarPea Designs.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

August 15, 2017

Birch Press Design - Stretching Your Stamps

I have a post and video up on the Birch Press Design Blog today sharing with you how to stretch your stamps and create your own custom patterned papers for your cards.

To see the full post and video click HERE.


August 14, 2017

Muse #229

It's Monday and time for another new challenge at Muse!

I was excited to ink up my new Happy Hippo set from MFT Stamps. These are such cute images for a birthday card.  I have a bunch of birthdays coming up for my nieces and nephews so I love when I get a set that I can use over and over again.

I sponged some Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on to a piece of Bristol Smooth paper and then I die cut into a panel using MFT Stamps Blueprints #27. Next I spritzed some water onto the panel and absorbed up the water using paper towel. My card base is a piece of soft stone cardstock and I adhered the bristol panel onto it. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark and embossed in white and the hippo and balloon images were stamped and Copic coloured.  The sentiment and the images were all adhered to the bristol panel with foam tape. Finally I added a few clear, silver Stickles filled sequins and the card was done.

I can't wait for you to visit us at Muse and to see how you are inspired!

August 7, 2017

Color Throwdown #454 and The Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge


A very last minute entry for the Color Throwdown #454 and not so last minute for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Herb Garden. I was away this past weekend at the cottage for our annual family reunion barbeque. Why a reunion every year? Probably the norm for so many of you. Families grow, children grow up and life gets busy.

I am 1 of 5 children, add in spouses, 14 grand children and 10 great grand children and along with my parents we are 31. We all live in the greater Toronto area and yet if we don't do this a year flies by and we haven't gotten together. It is so nice to see everyone and catch up.

So today I am trying to get back into routine but I really wanted to play along with both challenges. I had this card in back of my mind all week. I love the serene colours at the Color Throwdown and I was inspired by foliage at the Curtain Call.


I splattered some green ink onto a kraft panel, stamped and white embossed my sentiment and finally added some white and green die cut leaves. Clean and simple.

I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Splatter It!

August 3, 2017

CCC #260 - Juicy


Last week I had so much fun playing along with the team at CASology for their 5th Birthday Party that I had to play along again this week when I saw that the cue card was:

Timing couldn't have been better because I just received my new Papertrey Ink Fruit Salad dies and what is juicier than a watermelon in summertime?

Today is National Watermelon Day so I had to make a watermelon card.


It was one of those days where the lighting was off, here is another shot, the colour is a bit more true to the card here.


I started off by sponging some Bristol Smooth cardstock with Mowed Lawn regular Distress Ink for the rind and then I sponged Twisted Citron and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Inks for the flesh and the fruit. The three panels were spritzed with water that was soaked up with paper towel. Next I sponged some Black Soot Distress Ink on another panel for the seeds. Then I die cut a stitched rectangle, stamped the sentiment in black and popped it up on a card base with foam tape. The watermelon slice was added with foam tape as well. Finally I added a few sparkling clear sequins filled with silver Stickles.

Thanks for dropping by!

August 1, 2017

Jillibean Soup Designer Challenge - Shape Shakers

Hello, I have a Designer's Challenge post up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog today showing some fun ways that you can use the Jillibean Soup Shake Shakers Inserts to make some fun and creative things for parties or even home decor.

I have a shower coming up in the next few weeks for a baby boy, so I made a couple items for the outdoor event. First off a shaker centrepiece.


Close Up:


This was so easy to make, I started off by making three shakers using the star and cloud Shape Shaker Inserts using the co-coordinating dies along with papers from Souper Celebration.  Each of the shakers was filled with some of the shape Shape Shaker Fillers along with some clear sequins and seed beads. The shakers were attached to decorative straws and set aside. The centrepiece is a small mason jar with some smooch stones in the bottom. I wrapped for jute twine around the top of the jar and added a white Jewelry Tag with Alphabet Stickers on it to spell boy that was slipped onto the jute with a mini paperclip. To arrange it I put fresh Babies Breath into the centre and then set the straw shakers in place.

The next item is a Baby Boy Rattle, this could be used as an embellishment on a table or on a parcel as a gift tag.




I created the rattle using two of the circle Shaper Shaker Inserts. I filled it with blue sequins, clear sequins, seed beads and wood veneers from the Souper Celebration collection. I carefully flattened the tip of a decorative straw and sandwiched it between the two circle Shaper Shaker Inserts. I tied a white tulle bow at the top of the straw and then clipped the cute 'best' paper clip from the Smile Wood Veneer Clothespins.

Next project is a banner that you could use for a party or as room decor. Mine is going to go into my craft room.


I will admit I had a heck of a time getting a good photo of this without shadows, but trust me it is super cute. I created the sun using Hardy Hodgepodge papers and the My Sunshine clear stamp along with Orange sequins and wood veneers from Bowl of Dreams. Two clouds were die cut with the clouds die and all clipped on to jute twine with mini paper clips.

I hope I inspired you today to make something pretty using the Jillibean Shape Shakers Inserts and embellishments. Making shakers is SO easy with them. Have a fabulous day!

July 31, 2017

Pink and Main Guest Design Post Two

This is my second post for today.
I have one more card to share with you for my Guest Design with Pink and Main!

Hi crafty friends, Tracey McNeely back here again to share another card as Guest Designer! For today's card I used the Aloha Pineapple clear stamp set, Beach Babe 6 x6 Paper Pad and the Directional Border dies!


I die cut a fun strip of directional arrows with paper from the paper pad, then I cut another strip using gold sparkle paper. I adhered the patterned paper strip on to my card base on an angle and then inlaid the gold sparkle pieces into the patterned paper strip. Once that was done I stamped the 'aloha' sentiment in yellow above the live and stamped and die cut a few pink hearts to put underneath.

I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch #232 for my design.