Monday, August 22, 2016

Nautical Happy Birthday

Hello, everyone! Today I am sharing a masculine birthday card with a nautical theme!  I was inspired by this month's Taking it Nautical challenge over at Gecko Galz!  I used a ship image from Gecko Galz Let's Get Nautical Collage Sheet as the focal point. I sponged Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the image and mounted it on an angle on a distressed scrap.


Here are the other products used:
  • Clear stamp:  Antique Map (Flourishes) 
  • Dies: Anchor, ship's wheel (My Favorite Things), lobster, stitched rectangle (Gina Marie Designs), Happy Birthday (All Occasion Dies - won in a candy from Brenda last fall - thank you, Brenda!)
  • Other:  Yarn (second-hand store), gems (stash)

I would also like to support these challenges (listed alphabetically): 613 Avenue Create AG 8/8; Aud Sentiments For the Men Plus Sentiment 1/5; Blessings Ink Amusing Challenges AG 1/2; Card Mania Let's Party (birthday) 2/3; Craft Your Passion Always AG 1/3; Crafty Catz AG with a Twist of Birthdays 1/3; Creative Corner 3-Layer Card 1/3; Crop Stop Linky #19 (Distress Ink sold at Crop Stop here) 4/5; DL.ART August Linky AG 1/day; Double D Neutrals 1/3; Fab n Funky AG UE; Gecko Galz Facebook Group Ships at Sea; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Jo's Scrap Shack AG 1/3; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E; Lunagirl Moonbeans AG 3/3; Mod Squad The Die's the Thing 2/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; One Stitch at a Time For Men UE; Pile it On Die-cut Embellishments UE; Pixie's Snippet Playground Snippets All cardstock and die-cuts from snippets) 1E; Simon Says Stamp Monday Go Fish 1/5; Tuesday Throwdown AG 3/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk1



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Little Fox

Hello, everyone! Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for a male member of my family. Making cards for guys is tough (for me!) but I think this one will work. I learned a fun technique over at MFT's Camp Create called Stunning Shadow Stamping. This is the first time I've tried it and I really like the outcome!


Here are the products used:
  • Digital stamp:  Little Fox (Gerda Steiner Designs)
  • Rubber stamp:  Trees (Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Pine Trees)
  • Clear stamp:  Sentiment (Kennedy Grace Beautiful Blooms Hydrangea)
  • Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Wishing, Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle
  • Colouring medium:  Prismacolor pencils
  • Ink:  Hero Arts Unicorn, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Versamark
  • Embossing powder:  Simon Says Stamp White

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I would also like to support these challenges (listed alphabetically): 613 Avenue Create AG 7/8; CAS-ual Fridays Time to Color UE; CRAFT AG 5/5; Crop Stop Linky #19 (Memento Ink Bamboo Leaves sold at Crop Stop here) 3/5; DL.ART August Linky AG 1/day; Fab n Funky AG UE; Gerda Steiner August - Little Fox 1E; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday AG; Love to Scrap AG 3/5; Lunagirl Moonbeans AG 2/3;MFT's Camp Create - Stunning Shadow Stamping; Mod Squad The Die's the Thing 1/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; Pile It On Make Your Own Background UE; QKR Stampede Monochrome 1/3; Quick Creations August AG (Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders available at Quick Creations here) 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Make for the Border (I slanted the meadow border to create a hill effect) 1/5;  Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder used for sentiment UE; The Crafty Addicts AG Use Die Cuts 1/3; Through the Craftroom Door AG 2/2; Tuesday Throwdown AG 2/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Merry and Bright Star Shaker

Hello, everyone! Today I'm sharing a star-themed shaker card with a kitty!  I made an ombre background behind the kitty with distress inks! The kitty is holding a small gold star!


Here are the products used:

  • Stamps: Cat (Poppystamps Cat Friends), sentiment (Lawn Fawn Snow Day)
  • Dies: Cat (Poppystamps Cat Friends Dies), large stars (Gina Marie Designs Stitched Star), small stars (Memory Box Cosmic Star Set)
  • Embossing folder:  Darice Assorted Stars
  • Colouring medium: Touch Five markers
  • Distress Inks:  Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Evergreen Bough
  • Other:  Glitter cardstock and confetti sequins from my Dollarama stash

I was inspired by the Shine Bright challenge at Cupcake Inspirations, the Awesome Ombre challenge at MFT's Camp Create, and the Shake it Up challenge at Poppystamps.

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0816 copy

I would also like to support these challenges (listed alphabetically): 613 Avenue Create AG 6/8; Blessings Ink Amusing Challenges AG 1/2; CAS-ual Fridays Time to Color UE; Come and Get It Punches and Dies 3/3; Christmas Cards All Year Round Bright Summer Colours 1/5; CRAFT AG 4/5; Craft Your Passion AG 3/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 3/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra August AG UE; Crop Stop Linky #19 (Distress Ink sold at Crop Stop here) 2/5; DL.ART August Linky AG 1/day; Emerald Faeries Make it Sparkle 1/3; Glitter N Sparkle AG 3/3; Great Impressions August AG 1E; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Hiding in My Craftroom Happy Blogiversary Super Scraps Saturday (the card front and gold glitter paper were in my scraps, as was the watercolour paper used to make the ombre background) 3/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E; Love to Scrap AG 2/5; Not Just Cards August AG UE; Penny Black and More AG with a Stamp 1/3; Pile It On Make Your Own Background UE; SUYP Cats Only Furrything Goes UE; The Artistic Stamper AG w Rubber Stamps 2/3; The Outlawz CAS on Sunday Dry or Heat Embossing 1E; Through the Craftroom Door AG 1/2; Tuesday Throwdown AG 1/3; Winter Wonderland Silver, Gold and/or Embossed Background (both) 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5 wk2


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Trick or Treat (Knitty Kitty DT)

Hello, everyone! I'm back again today with a Halloween card! This image is called Kit or Treat and it's part of the brand new Scaredy Cat Collection, just released by Knitty Kitty Digis. There are five fun new images in this collection so you'll want to head over to Knitty Kitty Digis to check them out!


These two kitties have dressed up in their scariest costumes and are ready for some treats - or tricks! This image was a lot of fun to colour! I used Prismacolor pencils and then added some clear Wink of Stella to the kitty's bat wings.  The image was then die-cut with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches.

Other die-cuts used were Poppystamps Spider Web Border and Die-Versions Sweet Petites Fall Festival. The sentiment is from a MAMBI kit and I added some cute Halloween embellishments and a strip of black gems, all from my Dollarama stash, including the kit.  The patterned paper is from Doodlebug Ghouls and Goodies 6x6 pad.

Digi Stamp Instant Download. Kit Or Treat - Knitty Kitty Digis No. 36
Kit or Treat

Check out the Knitty Kitty Digis shop for more adorable images! We also have a Facebook Group, and we'd love for you to join us!

I would also like to support these challenges (listed alphabetically): 613 Avenue Create AG 5/8; Aud Sentiments For a Child plus Sentiment 4/5; Come and Get It Punches and Dies 2/3; CRAFT AG 3/5; Craft Your Passion AG 2/3; Crafty Friends AG 3/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 2/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August UE; Glitter N Sparkle AG 2/3; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Hiding in My Craftroom Happy Blogiversary Super Scraps Saturday (all die-cuts from scraps) 2/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Left of Center LOC Theme UE; Love to Scrap AG 1/5; Mod Squad Sew Easy 3/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; SUYP Cats Only Furrything Goes UE


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Butterfly Tag and Gift Bag

Hello, everyone!  Today I am sharing something a little different!  This is the first time I've made a gift bag and coordinating tag!


I have been wanting to join Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge lately since I've missed the last few challenges. The theme this fortnight is V for Vases and/or Vanilla plus a Butterfly. I've got all three! At first this theme stumped me - I only have one vase stamp in my stash - so I searched my digital files and found this gorgeous image from Gecko Galz.  It was on their Floral Fantasies Collage Sheet (I believe this sheet is no longer available).


I die-cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangles and fussy-cut the vase so I could pop it up with foam tape.  I added a couple more layered rectangles and mounted on a die-cut tag (My Favorite Things Stitched Traditional Tag Stax). The cardstock for the tag is Stampin' Up Very Vanilla (my old stash), which I dry embossed with Darice Butterflies. I added two die-cut butterflies (no-name dies from ebay), embellished with purple gems.  The tag is tied with beautiful ribbon that I won in a candy from Brenda last fall (thank you, Brenda!).

The gift bag was made from a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper (K and Company) and I followed the video tutorial here. I added a die-cut butterfly border (Joy Craft) along the bottom, embellished with purple gems.


My tag and bag fit the challenge over at The Unstampabelles, which is Anything But a Card, with a twist of add a tutorial or a link to a tutorial as to how to make the project (I've got both, plus no stamping!).

I would also like to support these challenges (listed alphabetically): 613 Avenue Create AG 4/8; Allsorts Butterflies 1/3; Brown Sugar AG 2/2; Come and Get It Punches and Dies 1/3; CRAFT AG 2/5; Craft Your Passion AG 1/3; Crafty Friends AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August UE; DigiStamps 4 Joy AG Optional Add Roses 1/3; DL.ART August Linky AG 1/day; Doing Life AG 1E; Dragonfly Dreams More than One Fold UE; Dragonfly Journeys A Rose is a Rose UE; Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Facebook Group Tag; Glitter N Sparkle AG 1/3; Hiding in My Craftroom Happy Blogiversary Super Scraps Saturday (all die-cuts from scraps) 1/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Lunagirl Moonbeans AG 1/3; Mod Squad Sew Easy 2/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; One Stitch at a Time Bags or Boxes UE; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 3/3; Pixie's Snippet Playground Snippets used for all of the die-cuts 1E; The Outlawz Saturday PAM Anything but a Card 1E


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

O-FISH-ally Awesome Mermaid

Hello, everyone!  Before I share today's card, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Barbara Godden - thank you for joining me!  Barb has been a long-time follower on Bloglovin' and just joined on Google!


Today I am sharing a mermaid card! I recently won some gorgeous images from Broken Fairy Designs (thank you!) and I fell in love with this beautiful mermaid called Listening to the Sea. I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and added Liquid Pearls to the bubbles in her hair.  I added some sparkle to her tail with clear Wink of Stella and some dimension to the shell with Glossy Accents. I've added a close-up below so you can see more of the details.


My card began with an ocean background using blue and green watercolours. I splashed on lots of water droplets to add more of an ocean look and then stamped some fish and bubbles from Newton's Nook clear stamps (Tranquil Tides and Shark Bites). I die-cut this panel with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and it was a freebie at one point (thank you!).  I die-cut the sentiment with Gina Marie Designs Drop Pennant. I finished it off with a number of clear sequins from my stash.

I would like to support these challenges (listed alphabetically): 613 Avenue Create AG 3/8; Aud Sentiments For a Child plus Sentiment 3/5; Broken Fairy AG Use Your Stash (sequins) 2/2; Broken Fairy Facebook Group AG with Optional Twist of Add a Bow 1/2; Brown Sugar AG 1/2; Clique Kits AG 3/3; Craft Your Passion AG 3/3; CRAFT AG 1/5; Crafting By Designs August AG 3/3; Crafty Calendar Summer Fun 3/3; Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Creative Fingers AG 3/3; Creative Inspirations Seaside, Sunshine and Summer Holidays UE; Creative Moments AG Optional Circles 3/3; Deep Ocean Seaside/Beach UE; DL.ART August Linky AG 1/day; Diong Life AG w TLC Element (sentiment) UE; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Incy Wincy AG 4/5; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 3/3; Love to Scrap Take Two (two groups of stamped fish) 2/3; Mod Squad Sew Easy 1/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; PaperbabeAG 3/3;  Penny's Paper-crafty AG 2/3; Pile It On Make Your Own Background UE; Send a Smile 4 Kids For the Girls 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Let's Go Wild (I went wild with the water splatters!) 1/5;  The Cat's Pajamas #320 Water UE; The Pencil Case AG 1/2; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk2

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Celebration Candy - 400 Followers / 3 Years of Blogging

Hello, everyone! It's time for a celebration! I made it to 400 followers - Yay! I remember when I was so happy to have 50 followers and now I am humbled to have 400! Thank you to all of my crafty friends who follow my blog!  A special thank you to those who leave such kind comments - I appreciate each and every one!

I am also celebrating 3 years of blogging!  I did not have an opportunity to celebrate the event in June so I'm celebrating now!  Yes, that means two candy giveaways!  Woohoo!

First of all, here is my celebration badge! I created it myself! I used an adorable freebie image and paper from Far Far Hill.  I added a 3 to the kitty's dress to mark my years of blogging!


I have two candy giveaways and here they are:

Candy A


Candy A includes:
  • My Name is Happy clear stamps 
  • Die-versions Spring Scenery die
  • Dies R Us Cloud die
  • Lilac Sequins (my own special mix!)
  • Christmas Cat Epoxy Circles (made by me!)

Candy B


Candy B includes:
  • Gina Marie Designs Little Hummingbird Mushroom Squirrel dies
  • Gina Marie Designs Thinking of You dies
  • Die-Versions Lacey Dots die
  • Pink Sequins (my own special mix!)
  • Christmas Cat Epoxy Circles (made by me!)

How to Enter:
  1. Be or become a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect (your little photo must appear under Followers).
  2. Post a photo of my 400 Followers/3 Years Badge on your blog and link back to this candy post. I will be checking!
  3. Leave a comment below.
  4. Add your name to Mister Linky. Linky will be open for 30 days. Candy to be awarded on Tuesday, September 13. Open worldwide. No candy-only blogs. Note:  If you have trouble with Mr. Linky, please tell me in the comments and I will enter a number for you - thank you!


Thank you for helping me celebrate! Good luck!