Sunday, May 26, 2024

Blue Peony Wedding with Pinkfresh

Hello there!  Next week we’ll be celebrating our nephew’s graduation from the Air Force Academy, and his wedding two days later.  We have known this nephew since the day he was born and our families are close.  Our sons are groomsmen and we’re looking forward to a great celebration.  The colours of their wedding are blues and greys, so of course as cardmakers we always want to coordinate!  I pulled out the very lovely Peony Fantasy Bundle, including the Hot Foil plate, the stencil and coordinating dies, and worked with pretty blues and soft greens on white cardstock.  I added in a little coloured pencil blending in a few spots to soften the effect or deepen the blues.  Next, I also embossed some peonies in silver onto vellum using the stamp set and ink blended colour on the back of the vellum.  

I used the Braided and Rounded Rectangle Dies from Pinkfresh to form a frame for my flowers, and also used the Dotted Chevron Coverplate die on the blue cardbase for more texture.  Then it was all about arranging the flowers on the frame!   The sentiment is Mini Everyday Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil from Spellbinders and I stacked two small sentiments together foiling them to create a little banner.  

Just a couple of silver enamel dots accent the design.  Looking forward to celebrating this delightful occasion!  


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Stitching Saturday - Angles

Hi!  I’m back with another stitching project that was a really easy one.  My hockey team was playing game 7 of the series they were in and I knew I would be anxious and fidgity, so I cut out a basic cross stitching layer (MFT) and took some fun threads to create an angular design that has such a nice effect.  

I started by counting out what type of squares would fit within the pattern, it turned out to be 8 x 8 count  and a single row border between the squares.  I started by taking a lighter tone of each colour square, stitching on the diagonal, then using a darker thread running the opposite direction with just half the triangle.  So, I finished the design in less than the time the hockey game took and even better we won the series.  Next up we’re up 1 game in the Conference Finals before the Stanley Cup Series.  Woo Hoo!

The letters are cut out with coordinating cardstock using and MFT die that has since retired, and a coordinating embossed sentiment.  I like the fun burst of colour!  Perfect for any happy occasion!  

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Apples for the Teacher with Power Poppy

Hello!  Today I’m bringing you a sweet apple for the teacher.  Another one of the Retirement cards I created for a friend who has colleagues retiring at her school.  And you can never go wrong bringing your teacher an apple right?  This design from Power Poppy is a digital image called Apples in Season.  And while you won’t likely find blossoms and full fruit in any season, it sure makes a gorgeous design for a card!  

My colouring is done with Copics, with a little touch of white gel pen on the stamens of the blossoms.  


The beautiful focal die is called Rounded and Braided Essentials from Pink Fresh Studios, and the wonderfully textured background is created with Concord & 9th’s Basket Weave Card Front Die.  It’s been so long since I’ve used this set, it was a delight to colour it up and bring it to life!   

Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Primrose from Altenew

Hi there!  Sometimes its helpful to jumpstart the creativity by playing along in a challenge, so today I’m joining Altenew’s Monthly Inspiration Challenge using these wowie zowie bright saturated colours, and a freebie download from Altenew as well (Color Me Happy).  It’s a pretty version of Primrose flowers, and to keep it interesting I printed the image twice and then popped up the more purple toned flowers in the image, which gives it a fuller look, while still allowing it to be more clean and simple.  


The sentiment is a lovely encouragement in a nicely paired script and font.  For the background I used a retired Altenew Set, Hibiscus Bouquet to stamp directly on the paper, and then ran it through a coverplate die for texture.  

Then its just s simple sprinkling of enamel dots to accent, and it’s as fun and vibrant as the challenge colours!   Thanks for joining me today!  

Monday, May 20, 2024

Retirement Florals with Pink Fresh Studios

Hello!  Today I’m bringing a second Retirement card for a friend’s workplace.  This one is all about fresh colour and beautiful colour!  I'm using Pink Fresh Studio’s Artsy Florals Stamp set and the coordainting dies.  They have a fun loosly drawn style which was fun to colour with Copics because you have the freedom to decide the depth of colour in the petals.  I’m also playing along with the May 2024 Monthly Challenge at Pink Fresh,  which is about Flower Power!  

Once I had coloured the flowers and die cut them, I created a pretty rainbow style ink blended background to coordinate with the colours of the flowers, and then ran this panel through the Ornate Medallions Coverplate die, perfect for a touch of delicate texture.  I also added a framing layer using Pink Fresh Studio’s Essentials:  Mini Slimline Dies.  

To help accent the design I embossed a few of the flowers from the set onto vellum and tucked them into the design, perfect for allowing the background colour to still shine through.  I few sequins add that touch of sparkle.  The sentiment is embossed and from a retired Stampin’ Up! set.  It feels so cheerful!  Which is what I hope retirement is like :)  

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Peaceful Lilacs with The Greetery

Happy Sunday evening!  For us in Canada its a long weekend, and I’m so grateful for the extra time of rest.  A friend asked if I had any cards for retirement, and I had to admit I didn’t!  But, hey I’m a card maker and I love to create, so I put some creative time into a few retirement cards this weeked.  This first design is a breath of fresh air from The Greeteryusing the very lovely Lilac Botanicuts Die.  

I cut the lilacs on watercolour paper and pulled out my Daniel Smith watercolours and added pretty purples and pinks (Carbazole Violet and Quin Violet) to the blossoms.  This die set is great because you can get so much dimension with the extra single blossoms added to the main branch.  After adhering everything together I came back with my Zig Clear Real Brush markers to add some deeper colour and the centers to each blossom, as well as some definition on the leaves.  After everything was adhered together I added splatters of watered down white acrylic paint.  

The card background is ink blended and then texture is added with Waffle Flower’s Sweet Plaid Texture Plate.  A retired Ric Rack die added a little accent along the top and the purple foiled sentiment is from Spellbinders called Yana’s Sentiments Glimmer.  

A dreamy peaceful design!  Thanks for joining me today!