Friday, May 29, 2020

2020 S/S Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It's the end of the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. So much wonderful inspiration, super sponsors and prizes. Kudos to the organizers and the community they have built!

Today I received this Quietfire Design stamp set for the tea lovers (this blog hop is ecumenical - all caffeine is celebrated!). The entire card (background and stamped images) was made with Distress Oxide Inks.
Head over to the blog and start clicking. Make sure you have a LARGE THERMOS of your chosen beverage as you will be there a while!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sarcasti-chick Birthday

Here's a colourful birthday card. I liked pairing the My Favorite Things Sassy Birthday Sentiment with the Taylored Expressions Sarcasti-chick image.
The festive garlands are a Taylored Expressions background stamp that I heat embossed in white and then blended Distress Inks overtop. The chick is mounted on a wobble action spring so she jiggles around. A lot of fun!

I am entering my chick in the Seize the Birthday Challenge for All Creatures Great and Small.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dachshund Through The Snow

My daughter's friends have an adorable Dachshund named Olive and we occasionally get to spend time with her. So I knew just the card I wanted to make for them for Christmas.

The SVG file was free (possibly from I chose to cut around the silhouette and pop that up on the front of the card. To do this, I traced outside the entire dog in Silhouette Studio software and then erased all the cut lines from the body. 

I finished the bottom of the card with the Memory Box Frostyville Border die cut from glitter paper. I embossed with the same die across the envelope to keep with the theme. All in all, a fun card to make and give. I am entering this in the Cut It Up Challenge for White on White with a Pop of Colour.

I leave you with a photo of sweet Olive with her advent calendar:

Friday, December 27, 2019

Foil Quill Hanukkah Card

Once a year I make a single Hanukkah card. This year I chose a file from the Silhouette Studio store (#236482) for the star. I cut it out of a sponged background I had created with various Distress Oxide Inks.

In Sure Cuts a Lot 5 Pro I imported the SVG file and traced the outside of the star shape and slightly inset the trace to get an aperture on my dark blue card front so the white background would show off the swirls.
Then I designed the words to go around the star using a single line font (Sisters Sketch Font) and "heat printed" them with my foil quill pen and We R Memory Keepers silver foil. Inside I used the same font to say "Enjoy the season."

It was a fun challnge for me to develop this square card  incorporating the foil quill. It's not perfect, but I guess that's what keeps us humble and ensures that handcrafted look!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Foil Quill Explorations 3

Here is my third foil quill experiment. I made a Mother's Day card and gold-foiled both the floral print and the sentiment. I am indebted to the Silhouette School Blog for the tutorial that enabled me to get a good fill on the sentiment.

Foiled an envelope, too!

I printed this on Recollection shimmery cardstock that coordinated with the foil.

Foil Quill Explorations 2

Further adventures in with the foil quill. This time I made a card with silver foil highlights on a printed vintage floral image, and a foil-trimmed frame. Impossible to get a good photo, but I tried.

Foil Quill Explorations I

I recently started playing with a new tool, the WeRMemoryKeepers Foil Quill. This is a heated tip that replaces a sketch pen or blade in a cutting machine to enable one to apply heat activated foil to a substrate. In this case I used silver foil. These photos show how I added lines in the software to this floral print-and-cut image that the foil would adhere to.

Doesn't photograph well straight on.
At an angle you can see the silver better.

Lots of possibilities with this fun new tool!