Friday, May 19, 2017

Sending You Sunshine

A card for a kind acquaintance:

Admittedly, this card could have used a bit more bling...

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Enchanged Evening, Stamper's Select White, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Paper (?), patterned vellum
  • Stamps: Year of Flowers: Daffodils, Simple Sunflower, Signature Greetings
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Year of Flowers: Daffodils, Stitched Mats: Circles (Li'l Inkers)
  • Other Tools: Copics (Y13, Y15, Y35, YG13, YG25, YG63), sewing machine

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Mothers Day #2 and #3

I created these 2 cards at the same time. Layout is the same, vellum is the same, colors slightly varied. I was going for an artistic messy kind of coloring job on the flowers. The leaves were stamped.

The circle base on the first card is actually the same color as the second card. I used to plain vellum to soften it.

Interior is the same for both cards:

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Autumn Rose, plain and patterned vellum, Stamper's Select white
  • Stamps: Garden Grace, Fillable Frames #4, Mother
  • Ink: Autumn Rose, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Sweet Blush, Prairie Grass
  • Dies: Fillable Frames #4, Garden Grace, Stitched Circles (Li'l Inkers)
  • Other Tools: Clearstar gel pen (Sakura), sewing machine, random Copics

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Mothers Day #1

I made a few Mothers Day cards for some people I know. The first one I wasn't entirely pleased with. To be fair, I was rusty in the card-making department.

Goofed a bit on the butterfly and the stitching, mais c'est la vie!

Love these botanical letters!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock:  Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White
  • Patterned Paper: On the Bright Side (My Mind's Eye)
  • Stamps: Cutaway Tags: Spring, Botanical Letters
  • Ink: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Prairie Grass
  • Dies: Cutaway Tags: Spring, Butterfly Hope Coverplate
  • Other Tools: ColorShine mist (Heidi Swapp), touch-up Copics (butterfly), sewing machine, Stardust gel pen (Sakura)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Card Catch-Up: Hello

This is another card that I created at my mom's last summer, this time my own design. :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Card Catch-Up: Thank You for Your Kindness

I feel the need to post card pictures that haven't seen the outside of my computer folder...

I created this card while visiting my mom last summer. It was her design and supplies, my monkey-see-monkey-do.

Shabby Chic #5 - 49th & Market

It has been so enjoyable to see everyone having so much fun creating Shabby Chic cards, we are continuing with more classes. This one is scheduled for July20th.

In this class we will once again be using more of the gorgeous 49th & Market papers as well as some of their gorgeous flowers! More work with paste and stencils too, as well as some more fussy cutting for this class, so that means some more homework. If you love making Shabby Chic cards, but don't like fussy cutting, perhaps someone that loves doing it, will be happy to do it for you. We will be stamping without a block which adds to the distressed Shabby Chic look. Plus, we will be adding a bit of colour and sparkle with coloured sequins!

Please bring to class: Completed homework, paper distresser, scissors, tweezers, double sided adhesive tape, liquid glue, 3D Foam Squares or foam tape, mini-glue dots, Distress Ink "Hickory Smoke" & "Gathered Twigs", ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, and if you have Tim Holtz Mini-Stencil Set #25, & 49th & Market "Gabi's Crackle Texture Stamp Set". I will have one set of each there, but if you have something similar, it will work just fine. You can also order these from Stacey.

WHEN: Thursday, July 20th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $30.00
CONTACT: Stacey at to register for this class

On this card you will see some stamping form the 49th & Market "Gabi's Crackle Texture Stamp Set", gorgeous 29th & Market glittery flowers, and a metal embellishment from "Butter-Bee Scraps".

On this card I used some Liquitex Ceramic Stucco with the Tim Holtz Mini-Stencil Set #25. I love the added texture flowers on this card.

Instead of cheese cloth for this card, I used Ivory tulle.

We are going to have some great fun in this class. See you there!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Spectrum Noir Class #4 - Reds, Browns and Warm Grays

Hard to believe that the beginner Spectrum Noir class at Scrapbook Essentials BC has only one more class left after this one!  Since we are introducing three basic colour sets into our marker collections, we are making three cards. These are they!

When: Saturday, May 27th
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Cost: $25 + GST for each class IF YOU HAVE THE MARKERS

Where: Scrapbook Essentials BC, Victoria BC
Reds, Browns and Warm Grays are the colours for our fourth Spectrum Noir class. We will discuss working with colours that bleed more than others, and colouring skin and hair, along with colouring paper piecing will be a part of this class, as well as texturing your colouring with tactile fabrics.
Please bring to class: All of your Spectrum Noir Markers, your Spectrum Noir binder,  double sided adhesive tape, glue dots, 3D Foam Squares or foam tape, and scissors, and your previous class projects.  Also bring a 2" square of jean material, a 2" square of terry cloth (from a towel or face cloth), a 2" strip of 1" wide lace and  a 2" strip of 1" wide piece of grosgrain ribbon.

Warm Grays & Reds focus

Browns & Reds focus

All three colour collections, plus focus on beginner hair & skin. Also colouring when paper piecing.

Here is my practice sheet. I am not including Copic colours this time, since everyone in class seems to have Spectrum Noir markers.

The next and final beginner class will introduce Purples and Pale Hues. We can work on a a few more skin tones when we have the Pale Tones.

See you in class!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spellbinders Educator Class #3 - Kaleidoscope "Optical Illusion"

Spellbinders Canada chose the Kaleidoscope "Optical Illusion" die for this next class. I see that a person could create many pattern ideas with this die.

For this month's Spellbinders class we will be working with a geometric die that has a number of uses that we will only be able to skim the surface with. The Spellbinders die for June is from the Kaleidoscope collection "Optical Illusion" (S4-696) Because our die cutting will allow use to make more than one card with the pieces, we will be able to create a couple more cards this time.

Please bring to class: Die cutting machine (you... can order the Platinum 6 (PE-100) for a nice portable machine from Stacey), scissors, VersaMark Watermark in pad, gold embossing powder, heat tool, double sided adhesive tape, mini-glue dots, & white 3D Foam Squares (white and black for this class).
Wednesday, June 28th
3:30 - 5:30
6:30 - 8:30
Cost: $40 + GST (includes $28 die)

CONTACT Stacey to register at for this Victoria class.

For this card I wanted to hint towards a quilt. We have a lot of quilters here in Victoria, so this card is a great all occasion card, or you may add a sentiment strip.

This next card is bold and could be a masculine card. I would love to see it in browns, blues, & greens as a masculine card with some of the paper piecing popped up here and there.

This next card is not part of the class, but after creating the second card above, I thought it might be nice to create a contemporary snowflake and wanted to see what it would look like. I kept is CAS and was pleased with the look. It may be hard to see in this photo, but I added Stardust Stickles to the created snowflake.

Well, I hope to see you in this class at the end of June. Happy die cutting and card making!

#NeverStopMaking, #Spellbinders

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shabby Chic Class #4

I am so excited to share this Shabby Chic card class with you, because we are using for the first time paper from the new company "49th and Market". You have to be a vendor to purchase from them, but you can still browse all the incredible and gorgeous products available from them. Browse and pick what you would like, and then place your order with Stacey at Scrapbook Essentials BC. She can get everything you would like from them!

OK, on to the class. These are the two A7 cards we will be making in class. I am introducing some new techniques to our Shabby Chic card classes that you will love! So be sure to read the class blurb, or description, to get a hint of what we will be doing.

For this class we are going to be using the gorgeous 49th & Market papers for the first time. And let me tell you that you are going to love these papers for more than just their good looks. There will be some fussy cutting for this class so I will be giving you just a little bit of homework. We will also be using some new products for some techniques in this class that you will love! I know Stacey has these two items in the store if you would like to get your own for class - Liquitex Ceramic Stucco & Liquitex Glass Beads.

Please bring to class: Paper distresser, scissors, paint brush, Gesso, double sided adhesive tape, liquid glue, Distress Ink "Hickory Smoke" and an ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, water mister, heat tool, an old credit card or gift card, and if you have Tim Holtz Mini-Stencil Set #25, & 49th & Market "Gabi's Crackle Texture Stamp Set". I will have one set of each there, but if you have something similar, it will work just fine. You can also order these from Stacey (though I doubt you will get it in time for the class but you will be able to use them at home and future classes, as I plan to use these sets again).

WHEN: Thursday, June 22nd
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $30.00

COTACT Stacey at to register for this class here in Victoria.

This first card is from the "Scents of Nature" collection. (Fly Away)

This paper is from the Heirloom Botanicals collection. (The Patch)

As I said earlier, I am so excited about this class, and hope that you will be too.

Happy cardmaking and see you in class!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

G45 Portrait of a Lady Layouts Class #3

This is the final of three classes in this series creating vintage layouts using the gorgeous G45 Portrait of a Lady collection of papers. If you wish to view the layouts from the previous two classes - Class 1, and Class 2, just click on the links.

For the last two layouts of the G45 Portrait of a Lady Layout series class, I will be introducing a couple of Shabby Chic elements into them. We will work with inking stencils, painting some laser-cut chipboard, and doing a little block free stamping. And as promised, some more paper manipulation with water misting and the heat tool, as well as how to add a long curl to the beginning and end of your hand writing. We are going... to have a lot of fun in this last of the series. Be prepared to get dirty fingers for this one.

Please bring to class the following: Paper trimmer, scissors, paper distresser, Gathered Twigs & Tattered Rose ink pads (or similar colours), ink blending tool, Gesso, a flat or stipple brush, a watercolour, or liner, or Aqua Brush, double sided adhesive tape, liquid glue, a brown coloured gel pen or journaling type pen/marker (not too fine), water mister, heat tool, non-stick craft mat, and a 5 x 7 & a 4 x 6 photo if you wish. If you have the following, or something similar, please bring to class - Tim Holtz Mini-Stencil Set #25, & 49th & Market "Gabi's Crackle Texture Stamp Set". I will have one set of each there, but if you have something similar, it will work just fine. You can also order these from Stacey (though I doubt you will get it in time for the class but you will be able to use them at home and future classes, as I plan to use these sets again)

Thursday, May 4th - Class 1 - completed
Thursday, May 11th - Class 2
Thursday, June 1st - Class 3
Time: 6:00 - 9:00
Cost: $35.00 + GST each class
Take ALL three classes and SAVE $5 each class

Contact Stacey at to register for these classes at Scrapbook Essentials BC here in Victoria.

I am again using photos of my Mom's life. I think I shall have to get more of this paper to make an entire album of her photos with gorgeous G45 "Portrait of a Lady" collection.

If you would like different Portrait of a Lady layouts (not so vintage) or projects like an album, or keepsake boxes, let me or Stacey know! (Before this paper is gone too!)

Happy scrapbooking!