25 September 2015

Better late than never!

Well, my life craziness has finally caught up with me!  Totally forgot to schedule this post! 

It is (belatedly) time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge.  This week's option/topping is border punches/dies. Surprise, surprise... it's more watercolour from me. ;)


Be sure to check the blog for the rest of the fabulous creations by the design team and for all the details on how to play along.

Sorry for the short post - will add my supplies later today. Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day,

10 September 2015

Happiest of birthdays

Happy Thursday!  Hope you're having a great September so far.  Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge.  This week is free!  The only requirement is to make a birthday card.

Hope you can play along this week.  Be sure to check out the blog for all of the other fabulous creations from the design team and all of the details on joining in.

Apologies for the short post... crazy busy right now.  Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
Happiest of Birthdays
Stamp: Paper Made Bakery
Paper: watercolour paper, SU! blue & black card stock 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tumbled Glass & Crushed Olive
Accessories: paper piercer, A Muse Studio clear gems, water mist, Just a Trace 'Camille' stencil

27 August 2015

Weather forecast

Happy Thursday!  This is going to be a quick post - up to my eyeballs in school work right now (but the end is in sight!).

The Seize the Birthday challenge is all about the weather!  We invite you to use any sort of weather element in your card.  The theme is always an option, of course.  The only real requirement is birthday!

Played around with an embossing folder and my water colour pencils for this one.

Used some glitter pen on the sentiment but it's hard to see in the picture.  Can see a little glimpse of it here.

Hope you can play along!  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to check out all of the fabulous creations from the rest of the team.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
happy birthday to you - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Paper: green & white card stock, A Muse Yellow shimmer couture paper
Ink:VersaFine black
Accessories: Slice (to die cut the sun), SU! embossing folder, Derwent water colour pencil, Tim Holtz water pen, sparkle pen

13 August 2015

Up, up & away

Happy Thursday... hope you are having a great week! Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and the option/topping this week is 'anything that flies'. So many options... planes, birds, bats (haha)... and I went with kites. :) Used my watercolour pencils for the kites and the sky.

Hope you get a chance to play along this week.  As always, the details are on the blog... as are all the rest of the fabulous design team creations. Be sure to give them some love!

A little side note - our fearless leader, Nancy, celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday and we did a little blog hop for her here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, always appreciate it.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful week.

Card details:
Let's Celebrate - 4x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches (sentiment) & Unity (kites)
Paper: Jillibean Soup orange card base, blue card stock, watercolour paper
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: Derwent watercolour pencils, MS crystal fine glitter, A Muse gem, EK Success corner rounder punch

10 August 2015

Happy Birthday Nancy!!!

Having a special blog feature today to wish Happy Birthday to Nancy Leppek! She is our fearless leader over at Seize the Birthday.  She keeps us organized and smiling.  A huge happy birthday to her as well as a huge thanks for all that does.  You're awesome Nancy!

Most of the rest of the design team has also whipped up a card to celebrate Nancy! (Those who aren't on the list are vacationing).  Be sure to stop by and check out what they came up with and also stop by Nancy's blog to wish her a happy day too!  This is the order we are 'hopping' in...

Glenda (me)

I must confess this card will be late getting to Nancy... I am up to my eyeballs in thesis work!  The end is in sight though...

Have a marvellous day and a wonderful week.

Card details:
Celebrate - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamp: Paper Smooches
Paper: white card stock, Jillibean Soup polka dot paper, SU! green card stock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon, VersaFine Black
Accessories: Tim Holtz bubble stencil, sponge, washi tape, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, sequins, PTI die, EK Success corner rounder punch

30 July 2015

Embossing is the boss!

Happy Thursday and welcome another Seize the Birthday Challenge.  We are playing with 'embossing of any kind' for our option/challenge. The topping is always an option; the birthday theme is really the only requirement. I did both dry and heat embossing on my card.  :) Just got this stamp set a couple of months ago... I can resist stamping in black because it reminds me of a Dymo label maker.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you can play along with us this week.  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to stop by and give some craft love to the rest of the amazing design team.

Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.

Card details:
wishing you a happy birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Neat & Tangled Everyday Labels
Paper: white card stock, A Muse blue couture paper (retired)
Ink: A Muse pigment ink
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Sizzix Connect the Dots embossing folder, heat gun, paper piercer, clear embossing powder

28 July 2015

Happy 10th Blogiversary Jenn Shurkus!!!

Happy Tuesday and welcome! I am super excited as I am getting to participate in my good friend Jenn Shurkus' 10th Blogiversary! She has been celebrating all month long.  If you don't know her (or even if you do), be sure to stop by her web site to her amazing cards and mixed media creations.  She is an amazing teacher... which I was able to experience first hand back in March.

Jenn introduced me to watercolouring and, if you are a regular around here, you'll know I've been playing around with it a lot lately.  Here's one of my favourites of hers....

I created something similar with some slightly different Distress Inks and some Hero Arts stamps. It is so fun!  I want to improve my blending so will keep practicing... this isn't the last time you'll see this technique on my blog.  She demonstrates it really well in this great video tutorial.

Jenn has some great giveaways happening!  Some amazing sponsors have donated terrific prizes!  You can get in on all the fun by entering your creation inspired by something that Jenn created over at the Blogiversary Link. Take a look at the Pinterest board of Jenn's creations, something is sure to inspire you! 

Just have to include a picture from my most recent visit with Jenn.... she is so fun, talented and super inspiring!  So lucky to have her as a friend.

Thanks for stopping by and please run over to check out all the fun happening at Jenn's. Have a terrific day.

Card details:
hello - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: Hero Arts hello stamp & cut
Paper: Canson Watercolour paper
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss & Mermaid Lagoon
Accessories: Stickles, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, A Muse white embossing powder, heat gun

16 July 2015

Free & easy

Happy Thursday and happy mid July!  Hard to believe this year is flying by so fast.  Hope you are enjoy your summer (or winter!).

The Seize the Birthday challenge is open (topping free) this week.  Surprise, surprise... I am posting another watercolour card.  Definitely an addict!  I made this a while ago - for a friend whose birthday was in June - she loves blue and I am loving putting blue and green together.  When I first learned this 'smoosh' technique from Jenn (distress ink smooshed on a craft sheet, misted with water and then watercolour paper smooshed on top), I was super scared about how it would turn out.... no need to be scared.  Always looks fabulous! Blogger is telling me smoosh isn't a word but I think you get the idea ;)

Hope you get a chance to play along this week!  All the details and the fabulous DT creations are on the blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
happy birthday - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Paper: Canson watercolour, black card stock
Ink: Adirondack Black ink, Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon and Forest Moss
Accessories: water mister, sequins

02 July 2015

Water & sparkle

Happy Thursday crafty friends!  :)  Happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and happy early 4th of July to my U.S. friends!  

This week's Seize the Birthday challenge topping is 'red, white and blue'.  I have to admit that this colour combination is always a challenge for me so decided to make it as painless as possible for myself. Hee hee... some blue watercolouring and some red sparkle.  What could be easier? ;) (yes, I am doing ANOTHER watercolour card - I *might* be addicted)

Stop by the blog to check out the rest of the fabulous design team cards and details on how to play along.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Card details:
Happy Birthday to You!
Stamps: Hero Arts Calico Borders
Paper: Canson watercolour paper
Ink:  VersaFine Black, Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil, Martha Steward Glitter, Golden texture paste 

19 June 2015

I'm seeing a bit of a trend here...

Hey again.... I know you aren't used to 'hearing' from me so much but I'm having so much fun playing with my newly learned techniques (sssh.... don't tell, I really should be doing homework).  The Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe challenge includes watercolouring so I just couldn't pass that up.  This card is for the left most column (circles, background stamp, watercolour).

Really happy with how this turned out.  Find it fascinating what new colours appear when the original three combine.You know how sometimes you have something in your mind and it just doesn't turn out?  Well, this time I had something in my mind and it turned out exactly how I wanted it!  It is a rare thing indeed.  ;)

Happy Friday!  Have a fabulous day and a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by - I always appreciate it.


Card details:
She believed - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts Distress Dots background stamp, Calico Borders
Paper: water colour
Ink: Versafine Black, Tim Holtz Distress - Forest Moss, Seedless Preserves & Mermaid Lagoon, VersaMark
Accessories: white embossing powder, EK Success corner rounder punch, water mister, heat gun

18 June 2015

Big bunch of... neutrals!?

Hey there and welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge! Kind of wild how quickly two weeks go by... yikes!  Anyway, this week's topping/option is 'neutrals'.  I must confess I made this card ages ago and did not keep track of where my random bunch of neutral patterned papers came from (hence the description below - random bits of patterned papers).  This worked really well as a masculine birthday card.

It's a bit hard to see in the main photo but thought I would liven up the black card stock by using an embossing folder.... you can see it in this photo better. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you can play along this week.  All the other fabulous design team creations, as well as details on how to play along, are found on the blog.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
Wish Big - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: white & black card stock, random bits of patterned paper
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU! penant die, embossing folder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

16 June 2015


Hey there... I have been lucky enough to get to play around with some new techniques lately (not cause I really have the time but HAVE to play with my new stuff), like watercolouring.  When I saw Hero Arts' Tic Tac Toe challenge, I thought it would be a chance to play with with the the Gelli plate I just got (courtesy of my super-talented friend Cheiron, who also taught me how to use it).  I picked the centre column of the Tic Tac Toe board - stencil, birthday theme & tag.

I'm also really new to using stencils  - I think I still need some practice to get it perfect but they are way less scary than I first thought (thanks to friends like Cheiron and Jenn).

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great week.

Tag Details:
Stamps: Hero Arts Made With Love
Paper: Manila tag
Ink: Adirondack black ink
Accessories:  Gelli plate, acrylic paints, brayer, Studio Calico wood heart veneer, sequins, Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil

07 June 2015

A Summery Cup of Thanks

Hey crafty friends.... there is Coffee Loving Papercrafters Summer Blog Hop happening!  I don't have a ton of spare time to craft lately but thought I would try to play along.  Just whipped up something CAS.... it is definitely feeling like summer here these days so wasn't hard to come up with a summer coloured.

All the details on how to play along are found on the blog. You have until Friday, June 12th @ 11:59 p.m. Pacific to link up your creation.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!

Card details:
A Cup of Thanks - 3.5x5"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe & Hot Concoctions 
Paper: watercolour paper, coral card stock
Ink: Adirondack Black Ink
Accessories: Derwent watercolour pencils, glitter pen, A Muse gem, Tim Holtz water brush/pen

05 June 2015

Wondrous watercolour

Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a Watercolour blog hop!  I am very new to the wonderful world of watercolour and I love it.  I must credit my new love of watercolour to my fabulous friend Jenn Shurkus.  I knew absolutely nothing about it before Jenn's Art Loft Retreat in March.  Now, I love everything watercolour so had to play along. A friend of mine has been struggling with her health lately so thought this might cheer her up.

The technique I used here is shown here is from this post by Paula.  So cool!

If you want to play along, all the details are here.  There are some fabulous projects posted already and I know there will be others.  There are some first class crafters playing along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Card details:
Go to Your Happy Place
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Get Outta Town
Paper: watercolour paper, black card stock
Ink: VersaFine Black, Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters & Festive Berries
Accessories: Studio Calico heart wood veneer, A Muse green gem, EK Success corner rounder punch, Hero Arts Large Lotus Stencil, water mist bottle

04 June 2015

A different type of creature...

Happy Thursday and welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge.  Hope all is well in your world.  :)  The option this week for the challenge is 'animals'. I know this isn't a traditional animal but sea stars are pretty awesome creatures. They can regenerate limbs!  For more on these amazing creatures, check out this link. I know the common name is starfish (as labelled below in the image) but because I'm a science nerd, I'm using the more technically correct term of sea star (cause they aren't fish - LOL!).

I know you all have some sort of animal stamps/images in your stash so can't wait to see what you come up with.  All the details on how to play along, along with the fabulous cards by the rest of the team, can be found on the blog.

Just for fun, thought I would add a picture I took last year of one of our local west coast sea stars, Pisaster ochraceus.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,

Card details:
happy birthday - 4x5.5"
Stamps: Tim Holtz Starfish from Nautical Blueprint set,  A Muse happy birthday (retired)
Paper: Jillibean Soup kraft note card, water colour paper
Ink: Versafine black, Adirondack archival black ink (for water colouring), Tim Holtz Distress Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Accessories: watercolour pencils, watercolour brush/pen, Copic ultra fine marker, sponge