Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's Summer and I am off to Camp!

I'm off to camp... Camp Scrap 2015 that is.

Look what I was already inspired to create from the pre-camp bonus video.

Supplies: chipboard animals (DCWV), stamps and die cuts (CTMH), Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), Tim Holtz Distress ink  and Archival ink (Ranger), Tim Holtz burlap texture paper (Advantus), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), wood veneer camera (Studio Calico), hemp twine and embroidery thread (misc.)

I have been watching all the sneak peek prep that May has been sharing on her Instagram feed and I was tempted but was still on the fence. What with vacation time in there and the current exchange rate, I was unsure if it would be worth it. Then May offered a coupon the other day, it is was just the push I needed.  I thought... what the hay... I'll give it a try.

This will be my first Camp Scrap experience and I am already happy that I signed up. I like her laid back approach... no rules, just happy crafting. She explains this in a cute little video as part of the bonus pre-camp project. You make it your adventure and participate as little or as much as you want. No pressure... just happy crafting. You can always come back to the class anytime. It will be there for you. Love the philosophy and the inspiration!

So are you tempted? Come join me in the adventure.


The forum just opened last week and there are lots of friendly campers already arriving. Several are return campers and with May being in her 5th year as camp director, it is always a good sign. ;)

You can even choose whether you want the full camp experience or just a week session based on the theme: cards, layouts, mixed media or just techniques with different pricing structures.

It looks to be great fun for all!

With my card including misting and stamping techniques, I am also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for Stamp + Mist.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hello Darling!

Hello to the first day of summer! I am marking the summer solstice with a festivity of floralness.

Supplies: watercolour paper (Canson), patterned papers and die-cut (WRMK), stencil and some flowers (Prima), Tim Holtz Distress inks, and texture paste (Ranger), metal ribbon and crocheted flower (Michaels), bloomer flower (Webster's Pages), green ribbon (miscellaneous)

Flower goodness all around with texture paste stenciled base along with a variety of different florals on the top.

Inspiration for this one came from the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog challenge for Don't cut, just paste!, colour inspiration from Colour Me...Subtle! and the sketch from Cardabilities #125.

         Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog                


Tuesday, June 16, 2015


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flowers for a Friend

Well it's another tri-factor of inspiration in the creation of this mixed media card that I made this weekend. This one is for a friend in need of some cheering up. Nothing like a bouquet of flowers and a handmade card to do the trick.

Supplies: cardstock (CTMH), gesso and light molding paste (Golden), clear gesso (Liquitex), Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Ranger), Fading Floral stencil, flowers, and butterfly stickers (Prima), friends stamp and ticket corner punch (Stampin' Up), Versamark (Tsukineko), emboss powder (Stampendous), hemp cord (Darice), thread (Somore), red marker (Sharpie)

A few close ups...

After using the white gesso, I went back over in clear gesso as it seems to work better with watercolour. Then I used the light molding paste and once it was dry, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I added some Salty Ocean splatters.

I heat embossed the friends F and then ticket corner punched it before inking the edges. I added a little red Sharpie to this bottom butterfly sticker so that it would pop a bit more and better co-ordinated with the top one. Little swipes of white gesso put the finishing touches on the Prima flowers.

Playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for The Love of Plants and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog for Friends or Superhero.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog                 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Colour inspiration comes from Colour Me... Striking for their challenge #75.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Royal Tweet Trifactor

It is quite interesting where inspiration comes from or rather how inspirations come together in the creation of some projects. It is often for this reason that I like to participate in challenges. It takes me in directions that I might not have otherwise followed and I have found that more times than not, I am thoroughly pleased with the results.

This card is a result of just such a creative journey. I am once again both surprised and really pleased with the outcome.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird stamp, Tim Holtz - Distress Inks, Distress Paints, and letter stickers, Archival ink, texture paste (Ranger), Tim Holtz French Market stamp and Flourish stencil (Stampers Anonymous), Delicata Gold ink (Tsukinenko), patterned paper (MME), Heidi Swapp transparency crown and scroll corner (Advantus), doily packaging and jeweled lace (Prima), silver tissue paper (misc.)

It was with the combination of three different challenges that I can thank for my inspiration. Even though I did not participate in this challenge, it was the Royal Theme from Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog from a week ago that lent itself to theme focus. I just liked the idea of the Royal theme and royal colours like purple, gold and silver plus I wanted to use up some really old royal inspired stash - hence the Heidi Swapp transparencies for the crown and the bottom corner scroll.

The next contributing factor was a Year of Choices for this month at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and I tried to fit many into my card design and element choices as I was able to fit...

... #3 Stencils and Paste (texture paste flourish stenciled design up corner area, #5 Ribbon, Twine and Fibres, #6 STAMP! (the scribbly bird and the gold diamond background), #8 New to You (new Tim Holtz Flourish stencil) and #10 Birds of a Feather.

The LESS-ology Challenge #48 - Lace Up brought about a change from ribbon to lace as I switched it out for some leftover purple jeweled lace from my small embelli bowl. For the upcycled factor, I used old Prima flower packaging that I cut out the plastic doily from and recycled silver gift tissue paper for my background base.

There you have it. A tri-factor of challenges equals one fun creation!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Readers' Gallery

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was fortunate to have a layout published in the May issue of Create Magazine based on the previous issue (March)'s 12x12 page sketch.

Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill), patterned papers, gold foil Royal letter stickers, and die cuts - Dear Lizzy Serendipity (American Crafts), tags and star wood veneers and Baker's Twine (Maya Road), sunburst wood veneer and pen(CTMH), pink burlap (DCWV), washi tape (MME), rub-on letters, transparent arrows, and notebook banner die cut (Heidi Swapp), Stardust Jelly Roll pen (Sakura)

For my take, I turned the single photo sketch into a multi-photo version using a variety of photo sizes and I used the lovely Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection. A few cluster close ups...

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Be Kind - Magenta Summer Collection

I have an art journal page up on the Magenta Blog. I challenged myself to use a whole lot of the gorgeous new 2015 Summer Collection with a bunch of different stamping and stencil colouring techniques.

For full details on the creation of this page, check out the post over at Magenta here.

I am sharing the close up of the wren. Loving this little guy. Such a wonderful stamp design with fantastic details and it lends itself beautifully to watercolouring.

This month brings the launch of a new line. Looking forward to this exciting new addition at Magenta

Stay tuned for details!