Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Animal Outing

I simply do not know why it's taken me so long to finally play with this adorable stamp set, Animal Outing! I had gotten this at OnStage in April and only got to play with it now! (gasp!) I have no excuse...but thankfully I finally got around to play with it and make a project with it! Here's what I came up with.

I made these two very similar simple cards. I wanted a 'jungle' look, and the only leaves that I had that would work were the ones from Rooted in Nature (love this set!). I stamped my leaves randomly on a piece of Pool Party cardstock using Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist. I also lightly sponged along the edges in Old Olive. 
On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped my animals and coloured them in with my markers. These were then cut out and then glued down onto my Soft Sky background piece. I also stamped some spare leaves, cut them out, then stuck these onto my Soft sky piece using mini-dimensionals
My sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams, and I silver heat-embossed this on a strip of Night of Navy cardstock. For embellishment I just wrapped some silver baker's twine around my layering piece before adding my sentiment on top using more dimensionals. Then I just adhered this on top of my Very Vanilla card base. Of course I needed some sparkle, so I covered my dimensional leaves with some Wink of Stella.

And those are my cards for today, I hope you liked it. I had fun playing with this adorable set! I think it'd be so cute for some kid's birthday cards or baby shower cards. Anyway, I wish you all a lovely day. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Ink & Share Bloghop: Annual Catalogue

     Hello and welcome to our monthly blog hop episode! This month, we are featuring items from the new Annual Catalogue. If you haven't seen the new catalogue yet, you're in for a treat! It is chock-full of awesome new products, and it'll be out on June 1st! To further pique your interest, come hop along with my fellow talented demonstrators and have a sneak peek at some of our amazing new products in action. 


For my project, I am going to feature our new Four Petal Punch paired with the Garden Impressions DSP to make a cute flower basket. This was actually my display board 3D project for OnStage in Red Deer last April, and I thought I'd share with you how I created this project.

  • I punched out the flowers using the Four Petal punch and the Garden Impressions DSP. The center of the flowers is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set and I gold heat embossed it, then topped with a gold sequin right in the middle.

  • I punched out 3/4" circles from scrap cardstock and threaded these through craft wire stems. This is how I glued my flowers to the wires.
  • The flowers were then just arranged on a piece of trimmed out sponge to fit the basket.
  • I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 7x7. 


  • Here's the template for my basket. Video tutorial for the basket also down below. Unfortunately my footage got cut right near the end. For a final touch I covered my seams with Early Espresso cardstock strips and then added layered die cut butterflies in Gold foil sheet and Basic Black using the Springtime Impressions thinlits.

Well thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope to see you next time! Do continue hopping along and look at all the beautiful projects of my fellow demonstrators. Happy crafting! Cheers!

Melissa Tennison

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Rooted in Nature

     After a very busy past few weeks, I was finally able to play with my Rooted in Nature stamp set. Yay for me! This set was one of my must-haves...it was love at first sight. At OnStage we got to play with this set and I knew right then that this set is gonna be at the top of my wish list.
     I wanted to make quick and easy cards to start, nothing too fancy.  With this set, I don't think you need to be too fancy anyway since the images are so pretty already. So I came up with these two cards. They're very similar, just switched up a bit.

The card base I used for both cards is Fresh Fig. For the first card, I used a layering 
piece of Night of Navy and heat-embossed the leaves around the edges. I used both Gold and Silver embossing powders for this. My sentiment was stamped on a piece of vellum using Fresh Fig and then clear heat-embossed right after. I went for an organic look, so I tore the edges of the vellum, and then added shimmer (of course!) using my Wink of Stella. I added very little embellishment, using some glitter enamel dots and the gray ribbon which was a Sale-a-bration item. 

The second card is very similar. I first stamped my leaves on a piece of vellum using Fresh Fig and Rich Razzleberry ink pads, then clear heat-embossed them. I then added more leaves, gold heat-embossing them this time. I tore along the edges of the vellum again and glued it down to my card base. As a tip, I only put glue at the back of the gold leaves so that you can't see the glue spots. 

For my sentiment I used my Layering Circles Framelits and cut out the scalloped circle out of gold foil sheet, and my layering circle piece out of Fresh Fig. My sentiment is then gold heat-embossed, and layered on top of a 'nest' of gold and pink metallic thread.

So these are my first two cards out of this beautiful stamp set...I'm certain that there are many more to come! This set is just gorgeous! If you love Lovely as a Tree (and who doesn't?!?) you'll certainly love this one too! Look for this one in the new Annual Catalogue coming June 1st.

Well thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you next time! Happy stamping!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

4 Cards in 1

     It has been awhile since my last post...we had a family emergency. Tough times for sure, heaven gained another beautiful angel. Rest in peace lola!

     Anyway to make up for my 'slacking', I did a 4-card-1-video tutorial. These are more of my OnStage display board samples, with the same theme focusing on the Chase Your Dreams Framelits, Artisan Textures and Swirly Frames stamp sets. Hopefully these projects will inspire you and give you some ideas on ways to use these beautiful items. You don't wanna miss out on these, trust me!

Here are my finished cards:

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope to see you next time! I wish you a lovely day :)


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Springtime Butterfly

     As I've mentioned a few times already, one of my favorite items in the new catalogue is the Springtime Impressions Thinlits. If you need more reasons to love this die set too, here's more samples of how I used these dies to create simple and beautiful cards.

I made this simple card for the OnStage display board and as my swaps as well. They were pretty easy to make, let me show you how!

I used Whisper White for my card base and my layering piece, and Dapper Denim for my mat. I started by gold heat embossing my flower piece at the top left corner of my layering piece. This flower is the big die from the Springtime Impressions, cut out of a piece of fun foam so that I can stamp with it. 
I also gold heat embossed my sentiment at the bottom right corner...I used one from the Birthday Blossom stamp set. 

Next I die cut the butterfly in the middle. I just wanted to have the butterfly cut out so that my DSP could peek through. The DSP I used is from the Garden Impression stack, and the prints on these are perfect for a butterfly background. I just cut out a piece that's slightly bigger than my butterfly and taped it at the back. 
I wanted to stamp the butterfly outline, so I die cut the butterfly out of fun foam as well and used it as a stamp! I used Night of Navy ink pad for this as I thought black would be too harsh.
Now I could have left the card at this, but I wanted to step it up a bit more. So I die cut the butterfly out of vellum and covered it with Wink of Stella for some shimmer (coz' I love me some shimmer!). This was then just layered on top of my butterfly DSP. 
Then I just put together my layers and adhered it to my card base, and that is my simple butterfly card! Now wasn't that so simple? Here it is in black...
For this one, I just switched my mat piece to Sweet Sugarplum and white heat embossed my images instead of gold. My sentiment is from the Detailed with Love stamp set, and then for embellishment I just used some iridescent sequins.

Well I hope I've convinced you to get this beautiful thinlit set, it truly is a must-have in my opinion! Glad you stopped by today and I hope to see you next time! Happy crafting!