Saturday, 30 June 2018

Precious Delivery

Don't get too excited--we aren't expecting any storks in the family any time soon! It never hurts to have a baby card or two tucked away, though, and I couldn't resist breaking out this new set this week.

Are you good at choosing colour palettes for baby cards? Whether you're creating for a little boy, a little girl or trying for a more gender neutral palette, one colour that you will see over and over in baby cards is actually grey!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Panda Party!

First birthdays are important milestones! Yes, sure, the little kiddo will never remember the party, the decorations, or the painstakingly iced cake. I fully admit that it's a party for the parents. And you know why those parents deserve a party? Because they made it a whole year looking after another tiny human who came with endless demands but no instructions!

My son is currently ten months old, so a lot of his little friends are just starting to celebrate their first birthdays. In other words, I need to start cranking out birthday cards, because it's going to be a busy summer! As much as I love a custom card, there's something I love even more, and that's when I get to make a matching box! Luckily, this time the present I chose was just small enough that I could make a matching box with 12 by 12 cardstock.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Thank You, Miss Lorraine!

Stamp Sets: Beautiful You, Petal Palette, Lovely As A Tree
June is always a busy month for me. Usually around this time of year I am awash in marking and report cards, but even a June on parental leave has been hectic!

As busy as we've been, I knew I needed to carve out some time to make a special thank you card for my daughter's dance teacher, Miss Lorraine. For the past couple of months, we've been attending an intro to dance class at our local community centre.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

I Love You and Coffee

My husband had been working really hard lately, both at his real job and at home taking care of our kids. Our son still gets up several times a night, so we're both chronically short on sleep and therefore hopelessly addicted to coffee.

I wanted to do something sweet for my husband to show him that I appreciate him, so I picked up some coffee that I know he likes while I was grocery shopping. (I swear that isn't a Starbucks commercial! I'm not affiliated with them in any way. My husband just happens to like their Pike Place coffee.) I was going to just leave it next to the coffee maker for him to find in the morning, but I decided to take five or ten extra minutes and make it a little special.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Simple Daisy

So after my ridiculously time-consuming and complicated ice cream card, I felt like I needed to balance things out by posting something really simple. This was a card I whipped up very quickly when I wanted a thank you card but didn't have a lot of time to make one. It's far from complicated but the recipient really appreciated it and the fact that I'd gone to the trouble to make it myself.

I'm a big supporter of using what you have on hand and stretching your supplies when you can. Crafting can get expensive and not everyone can invest in a bunch of different stamps, dies and punches. One of the reasons that I like this particular card is that you can probably make something similar with your own supplies.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Cool Treats

It's still spring here in Vancouver, but it's felt like summer lately! The weather in May has been absolutely wonderful. Maybe that's why I've been thinking about ice cream lately.

I'm definitely a waffle cone kind of girl, so that's what I used for this fun ice cream card. You would think this was a simple card from the look of it. Other than the fact that I matted it with some black cardstock for a little dimension, it's all a single layer, after all.

Well, you'd be wrong!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Seaside Retirement

A dear family friend of ours retired recently. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to her retirement party but I did want to celebrate her retirement somehow. What better way than a custom card?

One of my favourite things about stamping is that it makes me feel like an artist, and the Waterfront stamp set that I used for a lot of the elements of this card is so easy to use. With some different inks, you can build everything from a winter forest scene to a tropical island escape.

For this card, I also pulled in a few stamps from other sets. I used some seaside elements from a lighthouse set called High Tide to add depth to the image.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Balloon Baby

I'm thinking ahead to Father's Day and trying out a few ideas for some fun and colourful cards. Our kids are still really little (2 1/2 and 8 months respectively, as I write this), so I decided to take advantage of one of my favourite baby sets. It's called "Moon Baby" and it's absolutely adorable! This little baby was actually holding an umbrella, but with some clever masking I was able to make him hold a bunch of balloons instead.

My daughter also loves rainbows and has been singing songs about them nonstop this last week, so I thought a rainbow colour scheme would be perfect. Using some alcohol markers, I coloured the balloons, the "You" diecut and the edges of the cardstock.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Going to the Chapel

It's the royal wedding today! Did any of you get up early to watch it? I love my sleep far too much for that, but I will admit I was definitely curious to see what Meghan's dress would look like and who would don the most ridiculous fascinator.

Okay, so this little chapel is not quite as grand as St. George's, but I love it! The die is actually from a Christmas set, but I found this sentiment while playing around with some other stamps and was inspired to combine the two into a simple white and silver wedding card. Do you think the new Duchess of Sussex would approve, given the elegant simplicity of the dress she chose?

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Mother's Day Orchids

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and special women out there, and an especially happy Mother's Day to my amazing mom!

I knew I wanted to do something a bit special for my mom's card this year, so I took some time to create this watercoloured spray of orchids. I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it, but I'll be honest--I don't love a lot of the cards and projects I've seen created with it! There are definitely a few great ones I've seen, but in others the flowers look a bit artificial and strange.

The stamp set is a builder set which allows you to create your own orchid images with different flower, petal and stem stamps.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Embossed Wedding Dress Card

Embossed Wedding Dress Card

If you're looking for a wedding or a bridal shower card that's a bit different, this one might be for you! I had some gorgeous white organza ribbon that was begging to be used, and I was inspired to create a card that mimicked the lace texture and corset back of some styles of wedding dresses.