Tuesday, September 15, 2020

West Coast Creators Blog Hop - September 2020


This month in our West Coast Creators Blog Hop, we are focusing on Autumn and Halloween, and the Love of Leaves bundle is perfect for fall! The Stitched Leaves Dies are absolutely gorgeous!! Six leaves of various sizes and types can be cut, leaving a stitched "negative space," and each of the leaves can also be embossed. Check out the leaf in my card below!

Our new Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper showcases several beautiful fall colours. This particular pattern paired well with Early Espresso (the card base), Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, Melon Mambo, and Bumblebee. The leaf is cut from Brushed Metallic cardstock.

Another cool part about the die set is a large die that adds rows of stitching lines to add texture to your card. 

I added some extra details to this card using three border dies--the stitched scalloped Bumblebee one is cut with Stitched Be Mine Dies, the stitched Rich Razzleberry eyelet border (gee--can you tell I love stitched cardstock?) and floral border are both from Ornate Borders Dies. The Cajun Craze layer is embossed with our Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder--a new favourite! 

My sentiment, from Love of Leaves, was stamped in Cajun Craze, then cut with a Stitched So Sweetly die, and added to the card with Dimensionals. If you've checked out my blog before, you know these aren't my typical colours, but I do like the final product. I hope you agree!

Please be sure to visit my fellow West Coast Creators' blogs below--they are all very talented!!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Watercolour Many Layered Blossoms Card

I love the Many Layered Blossoms dies, but this is the first time I have used it. I'm really happy with how the card turned out! As a bonus, this card is actually very quick to make!

I started out with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock, and spritzed both sides of it with water (two or three sprays on the back to prevent curling, and a bunch on the front). This time I used about two ink refill drops each of Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, and Highland Heather in separate sections of a mini paint pallete. I like to stick to an array of similar colours, so that I don't end up with a lovely brown sludge look. 

Starting with the lightest colour, I dipped the Water Painter into the ink, and added it to the wet paper, and letting it blend and go where it wants. I did this several times with each colour, all over the paper, until the paper was completely covered, adding more water if needed. I blotted any puddles of water gently with paper towel, and allowed it to dry. It's really important that the watercolour background is very dry--you can use a heat tool to speed up the process. Here's a helpful hint: I keep turning the paper over, and using the heat tool on both sides. When the paper doesn't curl very much, it's usually dry.

Once the Shimmery White piece was dry, I decided what colour of cardstock to use for the diecut--I liked the look of Blackberry Bliss. I used a mat of the same colour and mounted the Shimmery White piece to it. Adding a piece of our Adhesive Sheets to the back of the cardstock before die cutting made attaching the beautiful blossoms cut-out an absolute breeze!! Plus, I find it really easy to remove the diecut when it has adhesive on the back--I just pull the flower outline up from the backing and adhere it to the dried watercolour background. A little of the flowers will extend over the background piece. 

I glued the card front to a Pacific Point base. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings, which is one of my favourite sets, because it has greeting for all occasions! This was stamped with Versamark, and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Another favourite, Stitched So Sweetly dies, was used to cut the sentiment tag, and then I adhered it to the card with Dimensionals. 

My sister gave me the idea of using a hole punch on each colour of cardstock and gluing it to the ink refill lid (use a glue dot). She also does this on the caps of her Stampin' Blends. Brilliant, hey?? 

Thank you so much for checking out my blog! I'd love it if you would leave a comment, and then be sure to check out all the amazing cards made by my fellow demonstrators from all around the world!

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Join Us for Our World Cardmaking Day Stamp Camp--October 3

Come and Join Us for 

World Cardmaking Day

Kim Kroeker, Leah Dixon, Lori Willcox, Marika Laforge, and Ange McKay


Are you ready for some of the most adorable projects ever? Join me and some incredibly talented friends on Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-4pm for our first World Cardmaking Day Stamp Camp! It will be a fabulous day crafting together from anywhere in Canada!

What will you get in this Stamp camp??  Your Wishes & Wonder Stamp Camp includes:

           The Wishes & Wonder Bundle

           Access to an exclusive Facebook group where the LIVE presentations will be held all day.

           Make-n-takes for all 10 projects and an awesome PDF for you to follow along while creating! *Boxes, cards, and more!

           Prize Draws!


*Card stock will be prepped and ready for you with any of the punching and die-cutting done that is not using your bundle. You will provide the ink and adhesive, and die-cutting of any parts that came in the bundle, although the card stock will be supplied.*

*PDF/Make N Take only option available ($40.00 for all 10 projects and PDF    Tutorial/Videos) 

* PDF/Videos only option ($25.00 for PDF Tutorial/Videos)

I hope you join in the fun with us! This is the sweetest bundle ever, and you’ll be amazed at how some demos have created projects that have nothing to do with Christmas! It's so versatile!


Registration ENDS September 21st and make-n-take kits are estimated to ship by September 25th. Order early to be sure your products and kits arrive in time for the event.

How do you register for the event?  There are two ways to register:

1.     Simply head to my store HERE and purchase the Wishes & Wonder Bundle #155151 or an equivalent amount of product if you’ve already got the bundle ($64.75--before taxes and shipping) using Host CodePZQSVQRJ and you’ll automatically be registered!  If you’ve got other items you were wanting to order you can simply throw them on your Stamp Camp order and save on some shipping!

2.     For those of you who are uncomfortable with online ordering or wanting to purchase the PDF/Make-n-take option you can complete your registration HERE.  

Payment is due September 21st by etransfer.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Silhouette Thank You Card


Hello everyone! I am participating again in Kylie's International Blog Highlights, and would like to ask for your vote again, please! If you like my card, please click on the link below, and vote for me by clicking on the top right corner of the thumbnail of my card (which is card #2), until you see the heart turn red. 

Here is the link:


The technique for the background for this card is quick, easy, and produces a different result every time! I used a piece of Shimmery White cardstock for the card--this is one of my favourite cardstocks to use for watercolour and sponged backgrounds. I coloured on an acrylic block (size F), using several Stampin' Write Markers from the Brights collection (Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape). For this card, I started with splotches of alternating lighter colours at the bottom, and darker colours toward the top of the piece, making sure that the colours on the block would cover the entire white layer. Using a Stampin' Spritzer, I spritzed water (3-5 sprays) from a height of about 6", until the colours began to blend. Next I turned the block over, and pressed it firmly onto the Shimmery White cardstock. I blotted any puddles with paper towel, and then allowed this layer to dry thoroughly.

The bullrushes or flowers silhouette was cut from the Friendly Silhouettes Dies from a piece of Basic Black cardstock. Once the watercolour piece was dry, I adhered the silhouette to the background piece, and trimmed the excess. I cut a stitched frame from black cardstock, using the Stitched Rectangle dies.  I added foam strips all around the back of the frame, and coloured the inside and outside edges of the foam strips with a black Sharpie marker (so the foam wasn't as visible), then attached the frame to the watercolour piece.

The card front was adhered to a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock, and then layered on a Soft Suede card base.

The sentiment was stamped, and cut out with the smallest of the Stitched So Sweetly dies, and added to the card with Dimensionals. To finish the card, I added three clear Elegant Faceted Gems.

Here is another card, this time made with the flowers silhouette die.

If you like my card, please vote for me by clicking on this link--then click the top right corner of the thumbnail until the heart turns red:


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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Evergreen Forest Embossed Card

I can't believe the STUNNING results when I use the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder on silver foil!!! Adding a die cut tree with one of the Pine Woods Dies makes a gorgeous (but quick to make) Christmas card! 

I made this card for a team swap where we showcased our new holiday Mini Catalogue. I started by die cutting a piece of silver foil with one of the trees from the Pine Woods Dies. Then I embossed the die cut piece with the Evergreen Forest embossing folder. I added a piece of Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper under the cutout. Wow! I loved the effect! The photo doesn't really do it justice!

The foil piece was adhered to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, wrapped and tied with some silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon, and then attached to a Misty Moonlight card base. A greeting from our In the Pines stamp set was stamped on Whisper White and cut from the smallest Stitched Rectangles die. My easy-peasy Christmas card is completed!!

If you would like to order any of these products, use my Host Code (see the right sidebar) for this month to get a free gift from me--click on the "Shop Now" tab at the top of my blog. 

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West Coast Creators Blog Hop - September 2020

  This month in our West Coast Creators Blog Hop, we are focusing on Autumn and Halloween, and the Love of Leaves bundle is perfect for fall...