Waddles Christmas

Hi there.  No surprise, I have another Christmas card to share.  ‘Tis the season, isn’t it?  I wanted to make a joyful kids card.  I was tempted to pull out my favourite elves stamp set again, but I gave them a break. *lol*  Instead I went back to those cute Waddles penguins.

Waddles Christmas Card

Besides the red gift, all stamps and dies are from Your Next Stamp: Stitched Rectangle Dies | Waddles – Snow Fun | Santa’s Magical Sleigh | Bookmark Tag Dies | Holiday Buddies.

Waddles Christmas Card

On a white stitched rectangle, I stamped with black Memento ink and masked all images.  With the masks in place, I sponged Real Red ink through a Candy Swirl stencil to add more depth. Looking back, I should have skipped this step and kept the design really simple.  I coloured with Copics.

Waddles Christmas Card

The sentiment was white heat embossed and I drew the string with a Copic multiliner to attach the tag to the gift.  To accent the card, I added silver sequins and clear Wink of Stella to the hat and coloured ribbons.  To finish, the panel was mounted to a white top folding card base.



I am participating in the following:

The Challenge – #83 Christmas Inspiration
Your Next Stamp – Sketch and Color Challenge 50
Send a Smile 4 Kids –  Celebrations Cards 4 Kids
Rudolph Days – October
Christmas Card Challenge – #46 Anything Goes 

Halloween Colour Christmas

Happy Monday everyone.  Time sure flies since I last posted.  I’ve been working on a calendar project, and it was my December month that I thought would work as a Christmas card as well. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of non-traditional colour Christmas cards. I don’t remember making a traditional red and green Christmas card – EVER.  So I took well known Halloween colours and combined it with heat embossing and emboss resist techniques to come up with this CAS Holiday Style card.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  I first stamped the hooks with Charcoal ink, followed by the strings because it was easier to line up the images in this sequence.

Next, I stamped the boughs with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the emboss resist technique to reveal the boughs.  I sponged on some Sour Apple ink and then wiped off the excess ink from the embossed areas.

I used my MISTI to stamp my ornaments with Lavender Fields and Deep Iris inks and then punched them out with a 1″ circle punch.  To give them dimension, I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder twice.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder as well,  To finish, I mounted the stitched rectangle to a white card base and added a few clear sequins.

Halloween Colour Christmas Card


This year I plan to donate some of my handmade cards to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  I made this the kickoff of this goal.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card




I am participating in the following:

Cards in Envy – Purple and Green
52 Christmas Card Throwdown – October Technique Challenge Embossing
HLS Christmas Challenge – October Challenge Embossing
STAMPlorations – October Anything CAS Goes optional Black
STAMPlorations – October Theme Challenge Sponging

Ghostly Butterflies

Hello there.  Before I really get into Christmas card making mode, I made a CAS birthday card to share today.  When I saw Blissful Butterflies, I loved it, but didn’t get around to ordering it until the end of last month.  I thought I would have to wait till spring to use this NBUS set, but I pulled it out to make a sweet little birthday card.

I die cut a Wonky Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the butterfly with Memento black ink and coloured it with Copics.

I used the VersaMark resist/ghosting technique to create the trail of butterflies.  To achieve the curved shape, I made a mask by die cutting from masking paper with the curved sentiment die.  I positioned the mask in place, then took the two solid butterfly images in the  stamp set and randomly stamped with VersaMark.  Next I blended on Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet distress inks with a blending tool.  The VersaMark stamped images resisted the inks and the “ghostly” butterflies were revealed.  For a little bit of shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the coloured butterfly and the curved trail.  For a bit of depth, I added some shading with black and grey Polychromous pencils.

Next I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I mounted the panel onto a split black/white top folding card base and added some sparkling clear sequins to finish.



I am participating in the following:

CAS Mix Up Challenge – October 2016 Ghosting
AAA Cards Challenge – Gane #75 Photo Inspiration (inspired by colours in photo)
Seize the Birthday Challenge – Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Totally Resistable

Reverse It

Hi there.  Today’s card will look familiar.  In my last post, I shared a Christmas card created with the spotlight technique.  Well, as I was cleaning up my desk, I came across the negative coloured die-cut piece.  What a shame to have that go to waste and thrown into recycling.  Instead, I stamped another piece (super easy since the elves stamps were untouched in the MISTI) and created today’s card using the reverse spotlight technique.


To reverse spotlight, I simply shaded the newly stamped piece (pictured right above) with black and grey Polychromous pencils.  Adhered it behind the diecut square window piece and voila.



I stamped the sentiment in Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder.  For dimension and interest, I die cut a rectangle to create a frame.  I then mounted the frame onto a white card base with foam adhesives.  Inlaid the die cut rectangle and  called it done.

And here are the two cards.



I am participating in the following:

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 250
Virginia’s View – Challenge #24 Focal Point
Cards in Envy – Frame It

Giving Spirit

Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a Christmas card.  I couldn’t resist when I saw Merry Monday Christmas  challenge theme was elves  I used my favourite Santa’s Elves stamp set and my favourite colour combo, which also happened to be the same colours for the color combo challenge over at Winnie & Walter, to create my card.  I wanted these elves to show their Christmas spirit as they exchange gifts.


I used masking and spotlighting techniques to make my card.  I cut two A2 size stitched rectangle panels from white cardstock.  Both panels were stamped with Memento black ink exactly the same with the use of the MISTI.  I stamped the left elf, masked him, then stamped the second elf after masking off the ornament he was holding when inking up the stamp.  On one panel, I masked off both elves, then blended some Twisted Citron distress ink for the background.  I coloured the elves in with Copics. For the other panel, I did light shading with just a grey Polychromous pencil to add some depth.  Otherwise, it would look too flat.


To spotlight these elves, I die cut the coloured panel with a stitched square die.  I took the die cut square and lined it up with the image on the grey shaded panel.  To make it stand out even more, I added a white stitched frame.


The greeting was black heat embossed and a few sparkling clear sequins were added to finish.



Merry Monday Christmas – #216 Elves
Send A Smile For Kids – Early Holiday Wishes
Winnie &’Walter – WCMD 2016 Color Combo
Cards in Envy – Frame It
AAA Cards -,Game #74 Masking


Thank You Graffiti

Hello everyone. Today I have another WCMD card to share now that my friend has received it.  One of the challenges is to make a card for a crafty friend. My friend, Dorothy, immediately jumped to mind.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a blog and has not posted anything on her Instagram account.  But she is a talented crafter and more importantly, an awesome person with a heart of gold.  LIving in Canada, it can be extremely expensive to ship orders up here, especially with the weaker Canadian dollar.  Therefore, I will sometimes have my orders sent just across the border. Living right by the border, Dorothy helps me out and picks up for me. Sometimes she even has her husband pick up.  I am so grateful for her friendship and sent her this card to let her know.

Graffiti Thank You

This graffiti brick wall was inspired from THIS card by Debby Hughes.  Debby created her brick wall with a whole lot of rectangle die cuts.  Too much work.  Instead I “stamped” the brick background with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  I applied Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marnalade, Vintage Photo and Black Soot distress inks to the flat side of the embossing folder, then spritz it with water a maximum of three times to get a more grundgy look.  Next I pressed a piece of Wonky Stitched watercolor paper on top for about 10 seconds before lifting it off and setting it aside to dry. I used a paper towel to remove areas of excessive water.

While it was drying, I die cut the awesome sentiment from a scrap of white cardstock and coloured it with Copics in a gradient of red, orange and yellow.  I backed it onto the matching shadow piece die cut from a scrap of black cardstock.  I wanted more dimension, so I die cut another shadow piece from a scrap of black fun foam and sacked them.  I love word dies that come with the matching shadow.  The other sentiments were stamped and white heat embossed on scrap strips of black cardstock.  I wanted a little more red on the card, so I embossed the “thank you” part with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder over the white embossing.  It’s a little darker than I wanted, but that was the only red embossing powder I had

Graffiti Thank You

As a finishing touch, I added some black splatters and then mounted the panel on a white top folding landscape card base.




I am entering in the following:

Winnie & Walter – WCMD Make a Card for a Friend
Winnie & Walter – WCMD Stretch Your Stamps
Kat Scrappiness – WCMD Card Challenge
SSS Work It Wednesday – Red, Orange, Yellow and Brown
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 249


Peek-a-Boo Dragons

Hello everyone.  I want to share a simple but sweet peek-a-boo birthday card I created for my sweet little niece who just turned 13.  Her birthday was actually at the end of September, but I was away on my trip and then I was sick last week.  So with WCMD I was able to make her birthday card.

Birthday Peek-a-Boo Dragons

I die cut two A2 stitched rectangles from white cardstock and then die cut the two sizes of the rounded stitched rectangle openings. The rainbow and clouds were die cut also from white cardstock. The rainbow was coloured with Copics and finished off with some clear Wink of Stella.

I used the larger positive diecut of the rounded rectangle for the bottom layer which was adhered directly to the cardbase.  Tumbled Glass distress ink was added to the bottom and middle layers for the sky. I stamped the dragons with Memento black ink, coloured them also with Copics and die cut them out with the matching dies. I mounted the middle and top layers with foam adhesives to give depth and dimension.

img_Birthday Peek-a-Boo Dragons

The card was assembled onto a white top folding card base.  Stamped happy birthday on the inside and that was it.



I am participating in the following:

Just Add Ink – #331 Wings
Kat Scrappiness – WCMD Card Challenge
SSS – Anything Goes


Wake Up Fall

Hi there!  It’s been a rough week. I was away last week, and then I got back and caught a nasty cold.  I’m still not feeling 100%, but felt well enough to do a little crafting today. I decided to do a coffee fall theme card using the masking technique for my first card back.


On a 6″x4.5″ scrap piece of white Bristol paper, I stamped the coffee cup and heart steam with black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I wanted to do a little watercoloring, so for the first time, I used masking fluid to mask the cup and steam.  I stamped the leaves with Archival black ink so the cup has something to sit on.


I did some partial ink blending through a brick wall stencil with Rusty Hinge distress ink.  I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Then I die cut the Bristol piece with a Stitched Rectangle die.


I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in black.  The word coffee was crelated using the camouflage die cut technique.  I die cut two extra of each letter from white cardstock to stack them for dimension.  I wanted to keep it simple so decided on no embellishments.  The stitched panel was mounted onto a white top folding card base to finish.



I am participating in the following:

Coffee Lovers Bloghop – Fall 2016
AAA Cards – Game #74 Masking
Cards in Envy – Goodbye Summer, Hello FALL
Mod Squad – Falling Leaves


Interactive Birthday Surprise

Hi there. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get my third and final entry into MFT’s Card Design Superstar Contest before I leave on a short trip, but I made it. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a lot of cute stamp sets from MFT, so I decided to pull a few out to create an interactive kids birthday card.  My card was inspired by MFT’s Interactive Cake die and Party on a Card post by Sandy Allnock a coupe of days ago.  And being a kids’ birthday card, I made it bright and colorful.

Here’s a short video on how it works.  Unfortunately, I am new to videos and don’t know how to maximize the screen.  If you have any suggestions, please contact me (tab above).

The bear pops up and surprises everyone at the party!  *lol*

Interactive Birthday Surprise

So let’s get started. On some white scrap pieces of ultrasmooth paper and my MISTI, I stamped with black Memento ink the gifts and bear from Beary Special Birthday.  I used the masking technique to create the interactive image pieces. I colored with Copics and fussy cut them out. The white embossed surprise sentiment was a piece I didn’t use when I made THIS CARD because I opted for one with fishtail ends.  I adhered the sentiment to the bear so he looks like he’s holding it.

Interactive Birthday Surprise

Next, I die cut a Wonky Stitched Rectangle from ultrasmooth cardstock.  I stamped the dragon from Magical Dagons, the elephant from Adorable Elephants and the balloons also from Beary Special Birthday directly on that piece and colored with Copics.  For the slider portion, I used Surf & Turf with discs and did partial die-cutting to get a shorter slide channel.  To put the card together, I used this video as a guide.

Interactive Birthday SurpriseOnce all pieces were attached and in place, I mounted the rectangle panel on foam adhesive.  To finish, I added some sequins and glossy accents to the balloons.



I am participating in the following:

MFT – 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 247
Sunday Stamps – SSC 135 Happy Colors

Time for the Bubbly

Hi there.  Today, I am sharing my second entry for MFT’s Card Design Superstar Contest. As some of you may have noticed, most of the stamp sets I own from MFT are the cute Birdie Brown stamp sets.  So when MFT re-released WTG Time for the Bubbly stamp set this summer in celebration of their 10 year anniversary, it was a surprise to me that I wanted to buy it.  But that image is so synonymous with MFT and I love that I have it now as part of my non-cute collection.  Then several weeks ago, they had Flashy Florals on sale, and I bought that to grow my collection.  Hence, I felt it was only fitting to pair these sets together to create this peek-a-boo card.  Not sure if this is the correct name for this type of card either.

Peek-a-Boo cardI stamped the image with black ink, colored with pencils, then fussy cut it out. This image makes me think of a relaxing spa, so that was the feel I was going for. I kept the colours soft and because the image itself is quite feminine, I chose a blue/grey colour palette.  I stamped the flowers and leaves using my MISTI and die cut them out with the matching dies.  I added clear Wink of Stella to the flowers – what girl doesn’t like glitter, right?

Peek-a-Boo card

Using the Mini Fringe die, I die cut three strips of fringe from shimmery white cardstock to create a curtain backdrop through the opening.  For the peek-a-boo layers, I die cut two A2 white stitch rectangles using the die from Blueprints 25.  I die cut the upper layer with Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows and the bottom layer with Cross-Stitch Circle STAX.  I adhered the bottom layer directly onto the card base over the fringe and mounted the upper layer with foam adhesives. I was going to mount both layers with foam adhesives, but it would have made the card really bulky.

Peek-a-Boo card

I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on a black straight stitch banner die cut with the die from Blueprints 25.  To finish, I added glossy accents to the wine glass and clear sequins for bubbles.



I am participating in the following:

MFT – 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest
City Crafter – Week 329 Turning a New Leaf
Naughty or Nice – #31 Food and Drink
Great Impressions – Anything Goes