Saturday, 25 March 2017

Welcome Baby Croghan



Today is a very special day! Lori Turner is hosting a Blog hop for Baby Croghan.




Baby's mom, Lesley is a fellow-Canadian and friend of mine through this wonderful stamping community. We can't wait for the happy day!

I used 2 Lawnfawn sets to make this sweet card: Happy, Happy, Happy andLittle Bundle. I coloured with Copics and some Stickles for sparkle.

Congratulations, Lesley! Can't wait for the big day!


Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop



Yay! SugarPea Designs  is one of the Super Sponsors of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop and the Design Team is playing along!


This is my first time playing along. I'm not a coffee drinker and I don't have a lot of coffee stamps, but this set from SugarPea has the cutest images and sentiments around. The matching dies are adorable too!

I was inspired by a certain coffee shop's new spring cups, and decided to try some loose watercolouring. I stamped a row of cups, painted them with distress inks and then popped up one cup that had been cut with the matching dies. I finished off with some coffee rings for authenticity! lol!

 I used:
-SugarPea Designs Caffeine Addict and Coffee to Go SugarCuts, Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Muse208 - Hello Sunshine


Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge where Jenni gave us a sweet baby card as inspiration:



I focused on Jenni's:
-pink white and black colour scheme
-3 focal objects
-mixed text and script sentiment
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I used:
-Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers
-Simon Says Stamp Easter Greetings
-MFT patterned paper

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

SPDMIU29 - Friendship


We're down to the last week to play along with this month's SugarPea Designs Mix it Up challenge and I'm here with some more inspiration for you!



I tried to combine the sketch and the inspiration photo. I started by stamping a loose circle of flowers in various shades of purple. I cut out and popped up the centre of the 'bouquet' and then added two strips with the sentiment. I popped up 3 flowers for more dimension and interest.

Here's a reminder of the rules:

  • Create a new card or project using the challenge provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDMIU29 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown on the SugarPea Designs blog.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $50!
  • We will announce our Sweet Picks and our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!

I used:

IB48 - Across the Miles


A cute card with sweet snugglies for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things.



I used a slice of the night sky to represent how much these two guys miss each other.

I used:
-MFT Snuggle Bunnies and matching dies
-MFT Lots of Hugs
-MFT Blue Prints 25

Sunday, 19 March 2017

FS528 - With Love


Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper DJRants! I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on:
-daisies
-curves
-use of patterned background
-love sentiment
-square card

I changed:
- colours
-no stems
-layout

I used:
-LawnFawn Hillside Flower Pop Up Die
-LawnFawn Baked with Love
-LawnFawn Perfect Plaid patterned paper

Saturday, 18 March 2017

EH Pinsights - Lucky


Here's my card for the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge. Here's our inspiration:


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I focused solely on the bowl in the bottom left corner. I wanted to capture the shimmery glow. And I think I did. On the card. SO much harder to capture it in a photo! Especially on a cloudy day with all this shimmer and shine from the embossing and sequins. I used a tip I got from my friend Tracey McNeely - photograph from above to capture shimmer better. I've also posted a short video on my Instagram feed, where you can see it through the movement of the card.

I used:
-Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony and matching dies
-Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy
-Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colours
-Lucky Clover and Mowed Lawn distress ink
-Concord & 9th Birthday sequins (I think these were a limited edition).

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Muse 207, ATCAS106 - Beautiful Day


Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Tracey gave us an Easter-themed inspiration.


I focused on Tracey's:
-fresh colours
-layout

I am also linking up to Addicted to CAS's Doodle Challenge:



I used:
-WPlus9 DoodleBuds and matching dies
-Copics
-Distress inks

Monday, 13 March 2017

ATSAM232 - Spa Day


Here's my card for the current Addicted to Stamps and More challenge, Make your Mark.

Those of you who know me, know that I love my spa days! Such a treat to have someone take care of you! I also love berry smoothies!

I used
-Essentials by Ellen Mirror, Mirror
-Essentials by Ellen Sp Day

IB47 - Happy Easter


Here's my card for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge where we have a dramatic, colourful inspiration:



I focused on the rainbow of colours on the black background.

I used:
-Sunny Studios A Good Egg and matching dies
-Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers

Saturday, 11 March 2017

FS527 - Happy Birthday


Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Linda. I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Linda's:
-curved edge
-colours
-hearts
-3-part sentiment

I changed
-number of layers
-black sentiment
-colours horizontal rather than vertical


I used:
-Stampin' Up Layered letters
-CTMH Curvy Cutter (retired)
-Distress Ink

Muse 206, EH Mix it Up - Amazing



For this week's Muse Anita went out of her comfort zone with a dramatic, realistic stamp of daisies to make this wonderful inspiration:




I stayed right inside my comfort zone and went very CAS. I know. Chicken! lol! I did combine this with the current Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge (with Paper Smooches)

I focused on Anita's:
-coneflower theme
-colours


I used:
-Paper Smooches Dainty Flower dies
-Essentials by Ellen Positive Word
-Essentials by Ellen Totally Awesome






Friday, 10 March 2017

SugarPea Designs - Sweet2Repeat


How about some monkeys watching a movie under the stars? I hope you see it - that's what I was going for with this technique-heavy card. I sponged the sky and the ground with Distress inks then stamped and coloured my movie-star monkeys on the big screen and popped up the movie-goers. I think the plot is something to do with bananas! lol!

Now that so many of you have had a chance to purchase your favourite items from SugarPea's Winter Release, we are having our Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop to inspire you with even MORE creative possibilities featuring our newest and hottest products!
Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win!



Thursday, 9 March 2017

TO78 - Smile!


Hello! I'm back with a reminder card for the current Time Out Challenge, where I am Guest Designer for their 3rd Birthday celebration! Be sure to check out all the details of all the sponsors and prizes!


The theme is friendship and/or love with the optional twist of stamp highlighting. I didn't really highlight this time - nothing popped up, but I thought it was fun to colour just one.

I used:
-Stamps of Life Flower Power background
-MFT Stamps Smile die



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Seize the Birthday - Monkey Birthday


Here's a simple birthday card for the current Seize the Birthday challenge where our very own Muse DT Member Anita is the Party Guest (don't you love that title?)!




Today, Tracey and I are using Essentials by Ellen Sock Monkey (designed by another friend, Kimberly Wiener) as our colouring for Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge.


Monday, 6 March 2017

MCV78 - Christmas Wishes


I know. It's March. Christmas is FAR away. You don't need to make cards yet. Or do you? Of course you do, and it's so easy when Cornelia has given us such a fun inspiration for Muse: Christmas Visions' March challenge!



I focused on Cornelia's:
-critter with a red piece of clothing
-lights

I used:
-Neat & Tangled Beary Merry and matching dies
-Neat & Tangled Winter Wishes
-Neat & Tangled Little Tangles 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

TO78 - Take Care


Tracey and I have decided to take #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge to the next level. Each day, we are both colouring images from the same set (or as in yesterday's case, the same animal). I thought it might make it harder, but actually, I'm finding it easier because I'm not agonizing over choosing a set every day; we have made a list and are working through it.

Today we are playing with Altenew's Bamboo Rose. I have made a number of cards with the roses in the past, so I chose to work with the butterfly today. I had every intention of actually colouring the butterfly, but I remembered this technique that I saw Sandy Allnock do for MFT, to make Copic colouring look a bit more like watercolours. I chose some mid-tone colours and dotted the background, before using the colourless blender to soften. I didn't do it exactly the same way Sandy did, but I'm happy with the pretty result. After I finished the background, I used the matching die to partially cut out the butterfly wings. They are popped up for dimension and interest.

I am linking up to Time Out (where I'm the current Guest Designer), where the challenge is friendship with the optional twist of spotlight stamping. Would we call this 'reverse' spotlight? lol!

FS526 - Joy


Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper, Lyn Tomlin (aka Rebeccaof).

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Lyn's:
-repeated die cut
-one main area of interest

I changed:
-left off the winter scene
-used one red die cut as my main sentiment

Are you getting tired of this Joy die yet? Because I am not! I have long been fascinated by how it fits together like this. I left it neutral except for one in red, to keep the whole card feeling clean and graphic.

I used:
-Essentials by Ellen Holiday Words die

Saturday, 4 March 2017

CTS211 - Otter Slide


Isn't this fun? These guys just make me smile! This is my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge:




I masked my panel and pounced distress ink on my panel before spritzing with water - I love the texture it gives! (there's a short video on my Instagram account, if you're interested). I placed the otters from smallest at the top to largest at the bottom to give some perspective (smaller items look further away).

I used:
-Essentials by Ellen Otterly Amazing

Friday, 3 March 2017

CC68 - Be Happy



Oh my, have you seen the pretty inspiration at this week's challenge for The Card Concept?




I was inspired by the lime flowers and the aqua background. I decided to use a Clean and Simple Style. I stamped my flower border before using matching dies to cut masks. I then sponged some distress ink, fading it out towards the centre of the card. I added some distress ink (using daubers) and stickles to the centres of the flowers. I embossed my sentiment in silver to pick up the chrome napkin holder in the photo.

I used:
-Essentials By Ellen Bohemian Garden and matching dies
-Essentials By Ellen Up the Happy

Thursday, 2 March 2017

TO78 - Sunny Smiles!


Good morning! I'm so excited to have been invited to be Guest Designer at Time Out this week! It's extra special because today, Time Out Challenges is celebrating its 3rd birthday! They are having a celebration with lots of prizes and sponsors, so make sure you check it out!



This challenge is a theme challenge: Love and/or Friendship with the Optional Technique Twist of "Spotlight Stamping"

I chose a friendly greeting and made a mostly black-and-white card. I coloured my spotlight area with copics and popped it up. I used MFT Stamps Polynesian Paradise and matching dies.

 Congratulations to Sandie and the rest of the team at Time Out!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Muse 205 - Hello


Hello! Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where our Guest Muse, Michelle Lupton, gave us this beautiful card:



I focused on Michelle's
-layout
-script and type sentiment

I changed Michelle's techniques (she used a stencil and Zigs). I stamped my leaf in various shades of Distress Ink before misting it with water. Before it ran too much, I dried it with my heat gun. I love how the colours 'halo-ed' and mixed just a bit. I inlaid my sentiment die and stamped the rest.

I also made a quick video for my Instagram account of the process.

I used:
-MFT Stamps Geometric Greenery
-Mama Elephant Hello Script Die