My CR84FN, CPS and CAS-ual Fridays

Using the same color combo and sketch as my mother (graphics below), here is what I made up:

It's very difficult to see in the photo, but the white panel that I spritzed was impressed first with Papertrey Ink's Gridlines impression plate.

I'm also entering this into CAS-ual Fridays Pretty in Pink challenge.

Thanks for peeking!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Happy Hydrangea, Signature Series: Butterfly
  • Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Versamagic Wheat (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Signature Series: Butterfly, Happy Hydrangea
  • Other Tools: Guidelines impression plate, Viva Pink Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

More Crafting With Daughter - CR84FN #57 & CPS 271

We decided to have little more time together crafting, and came upon some more challenges we want to participate in. On top of these two challenges from CR84FN 57 & CPS 271, Dana challenged me to go out of my comfort zone in how I used the colours and to keep it as CAS as possible. I usually like to back all my papers to create an 1/8th or  1/16th inch border around, and of course that adds layers of paper and weight to a card. You'll have to let me know how you think I did.

Here is my interpretation of the challenges.

I'm not so sure the two patterned papers go together that well, but the colours are as close to the inspiration photo as I could get. Also, the pinks are a closer match in real life. I used Beautiful Blooms 2 #1 to create my flower. I snipped between each petal, inked the edges using the Raspberry Fizz pad, pierced a hole in the center, and put the brad through. I then played with the petals, curling and pinching the top ones upward and the bottom ones downward.

Here is a close up.

So glad that you stopped by to have a peek at my challenge entry. Happy Crafting everyone!


PAPER: PTI - Raspberry Fizz Patterned, Linen Patterned, Raspberry Fizz, & Linen
INKS: PTI - Raspberry Fizz, Versa Mark
White embossing powder (leaves)
STAMPS: PTI - Turn A New Leaf, & Birthday Bash Sentiments
DIES: PTI Turning A New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms II #1, Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Standard Circles

Another Guest Post from My 6-Year-Old

My 6-year-old colored in a fun card for his teacher.

 I just piled a few stamps together, masked the bottom and then stamped the shadow.

Thanks for peeking!

  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Smarty Pants, Vogue Abode (Paper Smooches)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)

My PTI Blog Hop Contribution

I absolutely adore this month's Papertrey Ink blog hop inspiration photo! Such a lovely color combination! I'm so excited to have the opportunity to get something in for this along with my mother.

 My inspiration is pretty obvious: color and ruffles. I have to admit I'm quite pleased with how this turned out!

I also used this week's Sketchbook Saturday sketch by Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain. I chose to leave this card sentiment-free.

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Soft Stone, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart
  • Patterned Paper: Green Boutique
  • Stamps: Harvest Berries, Sending You
  • Ink: New Leaf, Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Notched Flowers
  • Other Tools: Lemon Tart grosgrain, sewing machine/thread, Lemon Yellow and Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), clear embossing powder (Filigree)

My First! - PTI June Blog Hop Challenge

I'm so excited to particpate in my very first PTI blog hop! I love much of the PTI products, but have not been able to aquire them. But since I'm visiting Dana who is a huge PTI fan and has a lot of products for me to use, I can participate in this month's blog hop. Thanks, Dana.

I just love the inspiration photo! It challenged me to use a different colour combo and to stamp my own pattern. The ruffle idea of this challenge reminded me of a tutorial on Clare Buswell's blog on how to make paper ruffles. So I decided to give it a go with this challenge. I may have over done the ruffles on the card, but Idid have a lot of fun playing with the idea. Thank you, Clare.

If you check out Clare's blog, you'll note that my ruffles are a lot more finely gathered, but I'll work on getting a more loose gather on another ptoject. I used Green Botique and Bitty Box Basics in Lemon Tart for the ruffles.

Here's a side view.

I has been so fun to paper craft with Dana. Now that I live in beautiful Victoria, B.C. I miss the times we were able to craft together when I lived in Calgary.

Thank you for stopping by to have a peek at my first PTI blog hop submission.


PAPER: PTI Aqua Mist, New Leaf, green Botique, & Bitty Box Basics - Lemon Tart; Gray unkown
INK: PTI New Leaf
STAMPS: PTI Garden of Life & Turning a New Leaf 
SPELLBINDERS: Standard Squares
Liquid Pearl - Lemon

Mother/Daughter Crafty Time

So wonderful to have my Mom visiting from Victoria for a week! It wouldn't be time well spent if we didn't have some crafty time together. ;)

Yesterday, we finally decided on 2 challenges to focus on and carve a bit of time away for: ColourQ and Deconstructed Sketch [graphics below]. I've always enjoyed the ColourQ combos but am intimidated by figuring out matching colors with my stock. Kasia seems to do just fine with this and, with my mother to help me, I took the plunge.

At first attempt with Papertrey Ink's Bloom Builder 3 die, I was unsuccessful at getting it to cut through cardstock. I sent it back to PTI only to have it returned: it was deemed fit. So I was grateful to discover that the key was multiple shimmed passes through my Cuttlebug. I'm ecstatic because these flowers really are gorgeous. I alternated layers of Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise cardstock. I hadn't been going to use Berry Sorbet as it is somewhat dark, especially after I sprayed the flower with Tsukineko's Shimmer Goosebumps, but whatever.

I started by stamping some Aqua Mist cardstock with Tim Holtz's Spring Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers. I was so excited when he came out with a more turquoise-y color! I also used this ink to ink the edges of a white card base. That background stamp is Splatter from Impression Obsession... It may just be my favorite background ever! I love to mist backgrounds but this was very simple and, obviously, matches my other inking. I also used this ink with Papertrey Ink's Half and Half stamp/die.

I added a strip of Summer Sunrise cardstock that I inked with Spiced Marmalade. I had meant to corrugate it with my Fiskars tool, but completely forgot. :(  I added a strip of Berry Sorbet twill and the flower.

The sentiment was stamped on one of My Favorite Things Mini Wavy Pennants die cuts.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to get another chance to craft with my Mom before she heads back home!

  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise (all Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Splatter (Impression Obsession), Half & Half (Papertrey Ink), Hope (Paper Smooches)
  • Ink: Peacock Feathers and Spiced Marmalade Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Half & Half and Bloom Builder 3 (Papertrey Ink), Mini Wavy Pennants (My Favorite Things)
  • Other Tools: Berry Sorbet button and twill ribbon (Papertrey Ink), white embroidery floss, Shimmer Goosebumps texture spray (Tsukinkeo)

Happy Birthday Claire - ColourQ 142 & Deconstructed Sketch 57

I said that I might do some crafting with Dana while visiting her in Calgary, and today we did! It was just like old times when I was living in Calgary. Except this time we worked at Dana's home rather than mine. It was so much fun to craft together again!!

The challenges we decided to use in our creation are ColourQ 142 & the Deconstructed Sketch 57. I didn't try to do anything different with the interpretation of the sketch and did a very literal  copy of it in the making of a birthday card for my granddaughter who is turning five, loves sparkle and unique colour combinations. Dana added an extra challenge for me- not to use a lot of layers and a lot less poping up of layers. The only thing I popped up is the oval base for the butterflies.

For the leaves, I second stamped them so that it wouldn't be too dark, or as dark as the butterflies. on the inside, I did something I've always wanted to try after seeing this idea several times on other blogs. A spiral pop up! And since Dana had the die to do it with, I could. Here is a close up of the inside of the card.

I know that Claire will love these little butterflies when she opens this card.

Thank you for coming by to take a peek at my submission for these challenges. I'll be back in Victoria come the 29th, and will need to get to work immediately to prepare for several classes scheduled for July, and plan for several more come August and September! No time to rest when I get back, just work,work, work. But then who could really call paper crafting work. Hee hee...


Cuttlebug Folder: Birds & Swirls
Dies: Spellbinders Label One & Petite Ovals, MFT Rolled Flower, PTI Butterfly Dreams
Stamps: PTI Birthday Basics, Butterfly Dreams, & Turning  a New Leaf
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
Star Dust Stickles

Christmas in July Series - Part 1d - Scrapbook Parade Class

Well, here we go with the final card for this class.

The red one with the ornaments is the last one. Again, a fairly simple card.

To give a branch like look I used Hero Arts woodblock stamp Fancy Flourishes using VersaMark, and to give a Christmas Tree lit look I used gold Liquid Pearl here and there on the flourish and created a dotted line border on the left with the same.

With gold embossing powder and Hero Arts Little Clings Decorative Ornament I created the gold & cream, and gold & green ornaments. Using a gold pen and a ruler I drew the lies of strings holding them. The Penny black Ornamental script Merry Christmas sentiment stamp, also embossed with gold powder.

So that is it for the four cards of the first Christmas card class in July for Scrapbook Parade.

Thanks so much for joining me on this little tour and I'll be posting again soon. Happy crafting everyone!

Christmas in July Series - Part 1c - Scrapbook Parade Class

Welcome back to day three of this set of cards.

Today I'll show you the Snowflake card.

Once again I took five chipboard snowflakes and covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder, and covered them with Icicle Stickles. I wove 1/8" red ribbon through them to create a sort of wreath of snowflakes as you can see in the following close up.

For the sentiment, I stamped it in Cranberry Colorbox ink directly onto the card base, and once again used Spellbinders Petite Ovals to cut out of the gold foil and green cardstocks. The entire green & gold layer is popped up to create a set back sentiment in the oval as seen in the close up below.

I then added the tiny red pearls on either side of the oval frame. Another fairly simple Christmas card.

Once again I thank you for stopping by and hope you check in tomorrow for the final card of this set.

Christmas in July Series - Part 1b - Scrapbook Parade

Hope you enjoyed yesterday's card of this set of Christmas cards. Today I'll share with you more details on this card.

Believe it or not, the ribbon you see used here was what inspired me to the design of this card. My friend and I were at Michael's and came across a bin of these very large rolls of ribbon that averaged 30 feet for only $1.00!! When I saw this sheer sparkly ribbon I knew I had to make a Christmas card using it with brown, red, and gold. This is what I saw in my head.

I didn't do anything to any of the cardstocks, leaving them as they are, except for the gold embossing. I used an old wood block sentiment stamp, heat embossing it in gold, on the brown. The cream poinsettia is three layers of cream, heat embossed with gold, as is the green layer under it, using the same poinsettia stamp. Origin of the stamp unknown.

Here's a side view to show the layers.

In some ways this is a very simple card.

Thank for checking in again today, and be sure to come by again tomorrow to see which card I will next feature.

Christmas in July Series - Part 1a - Scrapbook Parade Class

How quickly times flies by! Has it already been six months since Christmas? That means there are only six months left till Christmas! So for us crafters, we begin to once again think about our favorite time of year, and we need to plan ahead. So this is the first Christmas card class for Scrapbook Parade's Christmas in July series of classes. And since we haven't posted much lately, and because I'll be away for a week visiting Dana in Calgary, I decided to break up this post into four, one for each of the cards in the first class of this series. This is the set we'll be working on.

And this is the first card I'll share the details of, with you.

I love doing this background technique where you ink your embossing folder and then emboss as usual. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen with a cream cardstock. The result is so subtle, but effective. especially with the gold foil cardstock.

Next is a close up of the chipboard angel. I inked the entire angel with VersaMark and heat embossed it with a white embossing powder, which to me looks more cream than white. I then applied Stardust Stickles onto the wings, mounting the angel onto a gold foil Spellbinder Petite Oval with a pop-dot when dry.

Next, the sentiment. This is one that Dana gave to me when I left Calgary. I know it is PTI, but I couldn't tell you what set it came from. I heat embossed it with gold, and used four little brads in the corners, popping it up.

Here is the side view.

That's it for this card. Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to stop in again tomorrow for the details of one of the three remaining cards from this class.

Where Oh Where Have We Gone?

Our apologies to our followers, but we have both been so busy that we haven't posted anything for a while. And now, I find myself leaving on the 20th for a little over a week. I do have one future class posting for a July class that I've divided up into four posts and scheduled over the next few days while I make a trip back to Calgary to visit my daughter, Dana. I can hardly wait! I hope to have some time crafting with Dana while there, so who knows, perhaps I will post something from there. In the mean time, I hope you will enjoy the next fours days worth of posts.

Happy crafting everyone, and I'll post again soon!

Vintage Brag Book - Scrapbook Parade Class

One day, while in a used book shop, I came across a small section displaying vintage books. Some were expensive, and  few others were very reasonable. While looking inside these books, and noting the aging papers, I thought how we try to ink distress paper to  make it look like this, and here it is already naturally aged. That is when I thought about using these books for a vintage project. I came up with the idea of an open book vintage,or shabby chic, brag book. I sometimes have difficulty knowig the difference between the two styes. So I bought two books that were printed in the 1920's for around $3 each and went to work.

Using the Prima Almanac collection, I chose to display a 50th wedding anniversary photo, but a person could brag about many special occasions, such as a birth, a graduation, a wedding, a great achievement of some kind, and so on. Now all things vintage have many details, and this project is no exception. So there are a lot of photos for you to see as many of the details as possible. Here we go.

This is a class that is scheduled for August. Thank you for stopping by to have a look. I have one more book, and am contemplating the same idea, but not as a vintage project. I'm thinking more retro or maybe even see if I could create this same idea as a CAS. I'll have to think on the matter for a while and see what I come up with.

Happy crafting!