Craftin Desert Divas: Florals & Fairy tales (Creative Challenge)

During the week Craftin Desert Divas had a Florals and Fairy Tales Creative Challenge. My favourite fairy tales growing up were The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. I also loved The Last Unicorn movie (which I wouldn't class as a fairy tale) but unicorns are definitely classed as magical and up there with the dragons, princesses and fairies. The Magical Wishes stamp set has all three characters - so it was perfect for this weeks theme.

I've created a few mermaid/ocean themed cards over the last few months and I really wanted to create a background that reflected the waves without re-using dies I've previously used to create the sea or waves. This die is from Craftin Desert Divas Fancy Frames and using a few different shades of blue pattern paper and card stock I created a repetitive die cut back ground. I LOVE small dies - especially ones that can create a pattern. 
I added machine stitched details and embellished the card with sequins and a twine bow. The stamped image was f…

StickerKitten: Mermaid Treasures (Paper Tearing Part.2)

Late last month I shared a blog post about paper tearing using StickerKittens Mermaid Treasure Collection Box. I made so many cards I decided to share these cards over two blog posts. If you missed the first blog you can view it - here. The first blog post included card instructions and a few tips on paper tearing. Its probably one technique I haven't used in the longest time but it works so well with this collection box.

Supplies List: Mermaid Treasures Collection Box  Mermaid Treasures Sparkly Sequins Mermaid Treasures Die-Cut Ephemera Mermaid Treasures Basics Paper Pack Mermaid Treasures Photopolymer Stamps (Birthday Fishes)
Other:  Cardstock  Black Ink  Sewing Machine  Tape Runner/Gluedots/Multi Medium Matte  Paper Trimmer/Scissors Here are a few more paper tearing ideas and layouts that I came up with. I basically teared the majority of the paper packs to come up with different ways to place paper on a card. Of course - I added my signature machine stitching and added these beaut…

Uniquely Creative: First Noel (October Creative Kit Club)

Hello! Today I wanted to share a whole bunch of cards I created as a guest designer for Uniquely Creative's October Creative Kit Club. This kit is now available on their web store - here. It is full of fun crafty items using Kaisercrafts First Noel collection. 
I managed to create six cards with the majority of the ephemera - I love using Kraft card for Christmas cards and I like to make simple Christmas cards because they're generally made last minute and I need a lot of them. These kits are perfect for doing just that! Here is what I came up with.

I love the ephemera and paper in this collections - the gold is so pretty and bright. It's hard to photograph but it is very reflective and perfect for Christmas themed cards. 
Below are five more card examples using this kit. You can find more details on their Facebook page along with additional inspiration. There is a unboxing video which is really helpfull for those wishing to know whats in the box!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs: Santa and Friends!

Good Morning! I'm starting to feel like the weeks are flying by and the months zooming past! Anyone else feel this way? I've been preparing for a market coming up in November - this will be my first market experience selling my cards. With that in mind I thought it would be good to add some fun, very cute Christmas cards to sell at this market.
Here are three cards I've created with Elizabeth Craft Designs latest character dies. I started by die cutting the stitched rectangle card base and stamping the sentiments on the inner die cut rectangle. After I added a machine stitched border, I then adhered both these pieces on to a white card base. The middle rectangle fit back like a puzzle piece. The rest of the card was quite simple. I die cut the penguin using black, white, orange, and blue card stock. I assembled him on my card front and embellished the card with some die cut snowflakes, sequins and a twine bow.  Supplies Used:Santa Claus Penguin Polar Bear Classic Christmas Se…

StickerKitten: Mermaid Treasures (Paper Tearing Part. 1)


Early this month I got my amazing Mermaid Treasures Collection Box from StickerKitten. As you can tell by the name it's ocean/mermaid themed and full of pretty embellishments and paper. It also has two stamp set which have the most adorable images.

I've decided to split my blog post into two parts. One of the things I love most about StickerKitten's Collection Boxes is how easy it is to create card sets. I ended up creating seven cards (over 3-4 days) using one simple background technique and the Mermaid Treasure ephemera.

I've included a step by step instruction for the first card and a few tips on what I would call a classic technique that anyone of any age could do: Paper Tearing.

Here is the first card:
Card Instructions: Step 1: Take three strips of pattern paper (measuring: 5cm x 10cm) and rip the bottoms off each one.
Step 2: Adhere these three strips to the top of your cardfront as shown (Trim edges if necessary).
(Cardfront measurements: 10cm x 14.5cm…

Ink Road Stamps: Start of Something New

Welcome! Today I am NOT sharing a card! For the last few years card making has been all I've done. Many, many years ago I use to scrapbook and create off the page art - but with young kids I quickly decided it wasn't for me anymore and let my creativity fall into one area of card making! 
I've been following a few crafty ladies whose traveling notebooks kick started my want to give it a try. Follow my original blog post - it has a few more details on how I created my first notebook page. Go to the Ink Road Stamps blog - here.
Otherwise check out the photos below! I went a little overboard with the detailed photos - it was a little challenging taking photos of something other then a card. There are so many details - the stitching, glitter, stamping, embellishments. I wanted to capture it all.

Supplies Used:Ink Road Stamps - Chin Up Buttercup Traveller's Journal Altenew Ink Silhouette Cameo Printer Sewing Machine Sequins Twine Chuncky Clear Glitter Foam Tape/Tape Runner/Gluedot/M…

Craftin Desert Divas: September Release

Hello - Welcome! It's September release time over at Craftin Desert Divas. All week the design team has been sharing their cards and inspiration using the latest fun holiday/Halloween themed stamps, stencils, and dies. If you've missed it come join in the fun over at Craftin Desert Divas Facebook Group.
Here is one of my cards using the stamp set Doxie Duos which I paired with the new release stencil. I used Distress Oxide Inks - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Black Soot and a blending tool to outline the stencil.  After this dried I machine stitched the web details. I then adhered my stamped sentiment, and die cut grass. I then added more machine stitched details and embellished the web with Craftin Desert Divas Sequins.  After my card front was finished I moved on to colouring the witch Doxie and pumpkins. I coloured them in with my Copic markers and kept to similar colours used in my background. See below for colour combinations.
This was my first attempt at using a grey …