October 18, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi crafty friends! I am so excited to be joining Altenew for the Crafty Friends Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the My Sweet Petunia blog.

The idea behind the crafty friends blog hop us to celebrate the incredible friendships we have made all over the world as a crafting community.

I have been so fortunate to have made many friendships through the mutual love of paper crafting. Some of these friendships have been via snail mail, emails, phone calls, video calls and several that I have been so fortunate to meet in real life and many that I hope to meet one day. As I write this post I have just gotten back from a crafty retreat with 17 amazing ladies. This is the third time that I have been at retreat with them now! Each of them so lovely, incredibly talented and people who I am able to call my friends!

Today I have used Altenew's Indoor Garden for my card. Love how easy it is to build a succulent garden. I did a bit of masking and all the colours were added using Altenew inks and the coordinating stamps.  They line up so easily and using my MISTI I was able to get amazing vibrant coverage. I finished the card off with a sentiment from the super fun new Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set. This one is loaded with sentiments that are perfect for sending cards and paper crafting projects to all your crafty friends.

I have some pictures of the friends I have been so fortunate to meet. Starting off with Toronto friends...

Stamping Away Friends...


FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of three Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1-year subscription

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017


I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to Altenew.  Leave a comment here on my blog by 11:59 Eastern Time on Thursday, October 26 for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Altenew. I will post the winner here on Friday, October 27. Good luck!

Now you are headed to the Butterfly Reflections blog...

October 10, 2017

Birch Press - Apple for the Teacher

Have you had a chance to check out the brand new An Apple A Day craft dies over at Birch Press Design? This fun set of three dies is perfect for creating for school themed projects. Today I am going to share with you a fun project creating a card for the hard working teacher in your life.


I created a video for you to see how I created my apples. I love how there are so many techniques and colouring mediums you can use along with dies and stamps from Birch Press Design!

Visit the Birch Press Design blog for more details.

October 9, 2017

Muse #237

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

For Muse this week I inked up the Altenew Sketchy Floral Stamp. When I first looked at the stamp and saw how large it was I was a bit intimidated. However, the large scale floral image is actually quite unique in that you can do so many things with it. You can make cards just by positioning the stamp in different locations on your card front and  it would be brilliant to stamp right on to your scrapbooking projects. For today's Muse I was clear embossed a partial flower image on to Bristol cardstock. Then I coloured only part of the image with ZIG watercolour markers. I added a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Make It Beautiful stamp set.

I am excited to see where you go with this design, see you over at Muse!

I am also submitting this to the Essentials by Ellen October Mix It Up Challenge. This month it is mixing Altenew with Ellen Hutson.

October 8, 2017

World Card Making Day 2017

How did you spend your World Card Making Day this year?

Over on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog on Saturday there were 3 challenges and 1 bonus challenge. You can share your work over there in the inLinkz link up and you have until Thursday October 12th to add your link. Head over to the blog to see all the details.

I created a short video for Jillibean Soup to kick off the festivities. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel.

I created two cards for the sketch challenges.



October 6, 2017

Tag You`re It Challenge #74

Happy Friday!

There is still time to play along over at Tag You're It!

I just love the cute bathing suit image that Bev used for her tag. So my translation was to create a tag with a little black dress! I used am image from the Hero Arts April Monthly Kit.  A few bright pink enamel dots and some pretty satin ribbon.


Hope to see you join us.
Have a wonderful weekend!

October 4, 2017

Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights September Challenge


A very late entry to this month's Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge!
I have had a mondo migraine for the past few days and creating wasn't on my mind. Tonight after spending an hour in our new hot tub that arrived on Tuesday I had a bit of relief, fell asleep and woke up a while later and headed into my studio to create this card. My hubby and I bought a hot tub on our anniversary in August when we went to the nursery to buy some plants and they had a hot tub sale going on in the parking lot. Can you say squirrel!!

For my card I used the Ellen Hutson LLC Mermaid's Tail stamps and dies along with Otter Ware and Distress Oxides for my card. Tried to pull in colours from the inspiration.


close up:



September 30, 2017

Hello Fall - September 2017

It's time for the September edition of the 12 Kits of Occasions!

We had a cold, wet summer where I live and mid August it seemed that fall was in full gear, but this last week we have been having temperatures in the 90's! We didn't have one day that hot all summer. Then I woke up Thursday morning to a perfect fall day, sunny and seasonably cool! So perfect timing to create with the Hello Fall kit that was sent out to the team by designer Marybeth Lopez! It is always so fun to see what each member of the team picks to put into their kits. It give you a glimpse of their creativity and always such a surprise. I am always so excited to see what Marybeth has packed into her kit each year and this year she didn't disappoint! Just the right amounts of gorgeous, co-ordinating patterned papers, stamped images and embellishments. With Canadian Thanksgiving only a week away this gives me the chance to make some more cards for my family. I made four cards with the kit but lots of supplies leftover to make more. In fact two are almost ready to be adhered together...





All of my cards together...


Head over to the 12 Kits blog to see what the rest of the team has done with this fabulous fall inspired kit!

I am submitting my cards to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes this week!