Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Flower Patch Thank You Cards

I wanted to make some thank you cards today but was a bit pressed for time.  These are the cards I came up with, featuring the 'Ghosting Technique', and I had all my cards (and envelopes) completed in minutes!

The technique is easy - simply stamp a solid image using Craft White ink and set aside to dry. Once dry, stamp on top of the white image using a different colour.  The final effect is really pretty.

Thank goodness for the Envelope Punch Board; I needed envelopes too and this fabulous tool saved the day. I used regular computer paper to make the envelopes and stamped them to coordinate with the cards. Quick and easy!
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I've been busy picking blueberries (it's prime season right now).  I love spending time out in my fields, enjoying the quiet nature, warm breeze and sounds of the birds.  It makes raking the berries quite relaxing actually.  
Raking blueberries.

Because chemicals aren't used in our fields, raking the berries is a bit more work, due to the grasses and weeds.  It's worth it though - the blueberries are DELICIOUS!

Ready to be cleaned and then they're going right in my freezer!

Later this week I'll be picking the crabapples off my tree to store away.  I truly love this time of year - I feel like a little squirrel gathering food to store for the winter months! LOL

On that note, I'd best get on with my day.


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bokeh Technique

Here's a technique that has been super popular lately, and for good reason: the Bokeh technique is super easy and quick and the results are always stunning. The possibilities of what you can do with this technique are also endless.  Here are some samples:

Colours used: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo. Stamp Set used: Bravo #135380
I will show you how to make the flowers embellishments in the video, below.
Colours used: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist.  Instead of sponging colour, I used the 'ink direct to paper' technique by swiping ink pad across card stock.  Stamp set: Petite Pairs #128706
Colours used: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey. Stamp Set: Ray of Sunshine #134339
Colours used: Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry. Stamp Set: Choose Happiness
I truly {heart} these little flowers. Amazing how something so simple can be so pretty at same time.
The video tutorial is a bit rough, compared to my usual, as I don't have access to my regular equipment or editing program at the moment. Hopefully you'll still enjoy it though.  Please leave me a comment if you try this technique - I always love hearing from you!

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Kinda Eclectic

Hi Friends. Today's card is a quick and easy one, just using the basic supplies: inks, stamps and paper. The butterfly and sun were inked using the "Rock n'Roll Technique", in which you simply ink the stamp solid with a light colour, then roll the edges of the stamp onto a darker ink pad. This is what gives the two different tones on the images. Alternatively, you could use markers directly onto the stamps if you don't have the colours you want to use in ink pads.

The background on the Crumb Cake card base was made with the "Hardwood" stamp, inked with Sahara Sand.  To finish the card I used Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the stamped image (which measures 4 3/4" x  2 3/4").  A little bakers twine and a rhinestone for some bling and this card was completed, start to finish, in under 10 minutes.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Quick Update

Hi friends. I hope you've been enjoying summer. I'm still in the process of moving which is why I haven't been posting or making new videos lately.  All my supplies are packed but I'm at the point where I want to unpack them so that I can start stamping again. The new Christmas catalogue will be out next month too so I'm anxious to start playing with new products (which you're going to love!).  In the meantime, I wanted to touch base and let you know I'm still around..lol. Hope to back into a regular routine again soon.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Butterly Birthday Card

Today's card is one that I made without any real 'plan' - I made it up as I went along - and video taped it as I did it! How's that for brave? LOL  I needed to make a birthday card for a dear friend of mine but it's still a bit tricky making cards with most all of my supplies back in Nova Scotia, while I'm here on Vancouver Island. I've been getting a lot of mileage out of the four stamp sets I have with me, my markers and a few other bits and bobs. Fortunately, the inspiration for my friend's card came to me while I was enjoying my morning coffee on the back porch:
You can't tell from the photo, but there were a couple of white butterflies flitting around the flowers. I grabbed my inks and stamps and started creating.

And here is the finished card:


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I'm off to the beach today - it's nice to visit my favourite spots as it's been years since I've been back on my home stompin' grounds. Looking forward to my hubby and fur-kids coming out (hopefully soon!).  It's going to be hot and sunny today - great weather to celebrate Canada Day though!

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