Archive for November 24, 2016

C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 391 – 24th of November – Not a Card

DTbadgeI recently took a series of weekend classes with Keren Tamir, Prima Instructor & Designer. During the two days of workshops hosted by SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals. London, ON – Keren introduced us to a variety of multi-media products from gel paste to watercolour oil pastels to prima mica sprays. I created a scrapbook page, cards and tags, and finally a wall canvas. The examples below are samples of Keren’s canvases, but she encouraged us to do our own thing.



I opted to make my canvas using three geckos vs trees. We started with cutting up card stock and glueing it to the canvas using Prima’s Soft Matte Gel. (similar to Modge Podge but much better). This gives the canvas added texture, and it is a great way to use up that ugly card stock in your stash! Once dry, we painting the canvas using Prima’s Heavy White Gesso. It was pretty quick drying. To colour the background wed used the Prima Watercolour Oil Pastels. This product is amazing. I have Tim Holtz’s new Distress Crayons, but this product is amazing to work with, and when you add water…WOW! While the colour dried, I drew up 3 geckos and a spiral sun. I cut them out of book pages, then glued them to the canvas. To add more texture, we added mica powder to Prima modeling paste, and used a couple of different stencils. We also inked various areas. I used a honeycomb patterned stamp. I edged and blending more of the oil pastels around the edges of the geckos and sun to make it pop! The final step was to add a sentiment and highlight it using a Sharpie.gecko

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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 390 – 17th of November – Christmas

DTbadgeAs Christmas in nearing, we at CRAFT are trying to help you with your Christmas cards as they will soon need to be mailed if they are to reach friends and family in time. I picked a cute little snowman called Snowman Ornament 4 by Bugaboo Stamps. I coloured him using my Derwent Watercolour Inktense pencils. I used my patterned paper to my advantage with the card, allowing it to work with the little snowman stamp. I added a gem and snowflake sticker from my stash to complete my card.


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Playing with Penny Black Winter Stamps

Today I decided to play with my new Penny Black Winter Stamps. I used a variety of  Penny Black stamps. I created my landscapes using distress inks and torn paper. I made three different cards that are different, yet in the same style.

Stamps used: Penny Black – Woodland Beauty, Nature’s Silhouettes, Nature’s Friend, and A Splash of Winter. Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Broken China Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Friends,and mustard seed.


I entered the above card in the Cardz 4 Guys – Christmas Tree Challenge.


I entered the above card in Allsorts Challenge – Feature a Creature

pbdeer3I entered the last card into Holly Jolly Christmas Card Challenge - Trees and

Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas


I placed Top 3 in Cardz 4 Guys – Christmas Tree Challenge


Teddy Bear Christmas!

I was made into an “honourary Grandma” to my girlfriend’s daughter’s girls. There are four of them in total ranging from 3 to 9. This year I bought them all matching Teddy Bears, but to make each one unique to each “grand” daughter I decided to make each teddy a tutu. For Mya, who is in ballet, I made a pretty pink and white tu-tu. For her sister, Abbey, who does HipHop dancing, the skirt is black and pink. For Zoey and Piper, who both live in the USA, I made one tutu the colours of the US flag – red, white and blue, and the other to match the Canadian flag – red and white. I also made a cute gift tag in matching colours to attach to the ear tag and matching Christmas cards.

The Teddies decked out in their Tutus!



Ear tags made using Penny Black – Tutu Sweet Stamp. Coloured with Copicsear-tagMatching Christmas Cards. I made the cards the 2016 Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collection Card stock and die cuts. The bear was created from BEAR die set by Marianne Design Collectibles. I made the tutu simply hand switching then ruffling coloured tulle and gluing it to the bear. I popped the bear up. I will create a box envelop to accommodate the thickness of the card design.

Card 1 USA Bear


Card 2 – Hip Hop Bear


Card 3 – Ballet Bear


Card 4 – Canada Bear


Card 5 – I made an extra Bear card for another special little girl. I used different card stock from the same Christmas Wishes Collection.


I entered my card into the following Challenges:

As You Like It Challenge -Do you prefer: Teddies or Fairies (& Why)  I prefer Teddies because they are so huggable, soft, and different. When I was born, my brother who was 8 years older than me called me Pooh bear (from Winnie the Pooh). He also started my bear collection.  Card 4

Crafty Girls Creations – Anything Goes  Card 4

In the Pink – Winter  Card 3

Time Out Challenge 70 – Photo Challenge Card 3 (used soft muted colours)

ABC Christmas Challenge – W is for Wishes (I used Christmas Wishes Paper Collection bt Kaisercraft, and all they want/wish for is you!) Card 4

Filly and Funky – Mesh (used mesh tulle) Card 4

C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 389 – 10th of November – Winter

DTbadgeFor this week’s challenge, I chose to use the larger snowman stamp from Sweet n Sassy - Snowman Soup. I opted to make both a vertical and horizontal version of the card. I stamped the snowman on Neenah Solar White card stock, as well as on patterned paper. I fuzzy cut out the hat/sweater and glued it on the snowman which I had previously coloured using Spectra Noir markers. I used papers from my stash. The sentiment is part of the stamp set. I also added a few gem embellishments.


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