Faux Chalkboard Technique

Hello stampers from a warm and sunny Chatham, Ontario!! Yes, the sun is shining and I’m so happy. Today I want to share with you the faux chalkboard technique, at least that is what I am calling it. This technique involves white craft ink and an aquapainter. I used Magnolia Lane stamp set, versamark, gold embossing powder and crumb cake cardstock. Thanks to Marion Greenlund who came to our twin team gathering yesterday and inspired me with her cards.


Marion Greenlunds card using the faux chalkboard technique and Magnolia Lane


Here is another one of Marion’s cards.


Faux Chalkboard card using Magnolia Lane.


After embossing the flowers in gold you daub craft white ink onto an acrylic block and then make a wash with your aqua painter and paint your flowers. When this has dried you go in with a sponge dauber and petal pink ink to colour the middle of the flowers. So simple and so pretty. I decided to step it up a notch and do some more layering for a very special lady.


Faux Chalkboard with Good Morning Magnolia available June 4


I took the party to the inside with this card and embossed both the sentiment and the flower in gold on shimmery white cardstock. I really love how it turned out. Isn’t the ribbon so pretty? All part of the Magnolia Lane suite.


Faux Chalkboard card inside with gold embossing on shimmery white cardstock


I love shimmery white cardstock for watercolouring. It holds up well to the water and the shimmer shines through. At over $1 a sheet I save this for special people!!


Faux Chalkboard card with pretty petal pink organdy striped ribbon.


I had so much fun making this card. I love it when a technique is easy but impressive. It makes me feel so artistic!!! Can’t wait to do this in a class with my people. I did a live video on Facebook showing how to make this card, you can check it out here.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember there is a last minute sale on right now on selected retiring products from 10 to 30% off. Click here to see the deals. If you want to shop with me just click on the links below. The Good Morning Magnolia set will not be available until June 4 unless you put it in a starter kit. Have a super day!

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Good Morning Magnolia Bundle


Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill


Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad


Sponge Daubers


Versamark Pad


Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder


Aqua Painters


Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Petal Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon


Bright and Cheerful Birthday Banners

Hello stampers! I bought the Birthday Banners stamps set on a whim about two months ago and it is finally time to use it. I bought it because it coordinated with some banner framelits that I already have. I am going outside of my usual style and that is a good thing to do once in a while. You don’t want to get predictable, that’s boring! I don’t make enough cards suitable for kids, and these fit the bill for any age.


Bright and Cheerful Birthday Banner cards are suitable for anyone


Now is a good time to take inventory of your stamping stash. You want to get the most use out of what you already have especially with your framelits and punches. Framelits will go on the clearance rack every now and then, but NEVER bundles. So you want to be sure that you have as many stamps as possible that coordinate with the framelits you already have because then you will use them more often. Is there a retiring colour that you really love? Make sure you have not only the card stock and the reinker, but also ribbon, twine and patterned paper that has that colour in it. On these cards I decided to use up my lemon lime twist. I love that colour, but as a demonstrator I will not be using it after May 31. No sense having someone fall in love with something they can’t buy!


Bright and Cheerful Birthday Banners with Star of Light


I purposely took the picture of this card so that you could see the inside with the bright balloons. I even put string on them and tied them together to make it extra special. These balloons are in the Birthday Banners stamp set and they coordinate with our balloon punch to make it super simple to make a balloon bouquet. I cased this card from Michelle Zindorf, the queen of brayering. I didn’t brayer though, I sponged the background with blueberry bushel after embossing the swoosh from Star of Light in white. Michelle was a genius to think of the swoosh to make the candles look like they are being blown out! I embossed the candles in that gorgeous in colour embossing powder collection that is retiring. Here I used the lovely lipstick and pineapple punch embossing powders, great for the emboss resist technique.


Bright and cheerful emboss resist card using Birthday Banners and the in colour embossing powder collection


Emboss resist simply means that you emboss your image first. That means that you stamp the image in versamark which is a sticky watermark ink. If you don’t add embossing powder you will just get a great tone on tone effect which is great for backgrounds. If you choose to emboss, then you sprinkle embossing powder on to your versamark stamped image, tap off the excess on to a clean coffee filter and then heat with the heat tool (which I call an embossing gun) After you have embossed your image you can sponge on ink or use a brayer and it will not stick to the embossed image. Do you see the blue on my one candle? That happened because the white part of the candle is not embossed. Next time I think I will cut out the candles and pop them up so that doesn’t happen. I could also have embossed the happy birthday but since this card is for my coffee and a card class I didn’t want to add too many steps. Do you see the fine detail in the swoosh from Star of Light? I love that you can use a Christmas stamp set for a birthday card. A lot of people have also used this swoosh as a Disney element (aka fairy dust) on cards or scrapbook pages. This stamp set is retiring as are the coordinating framelits.


Bright and cheerful candles on this Birthday Banner card with one big mistake


I simply had to include this card even though it contains a glaring error that will have you laughing at me. Do you see what I did wrong on this card? I love the cute enamel dots, the raised banner with the two colours and the bright and cheerful candles. That banner cuts out with a framelit of course and there are two stamps so you don’t have to colour your stamp with a marker, also makes you look like a rock star. But when you stamp your candle flames upside down, well, that’s not such a bright idea is it?!! I really hope that maybe a few of you would have done the same thing.


I am going to stop this blog post now since I really, really want to go to pickleball, and it was canceled all of last week so I am in withdrawal. I also think my girth may be expanding due to lack of exercise! I will continue this post tomorrow including a new and improved version of this card in a different colour scheme of course as well as the last card in the trio. Thanks so much for stopping by, remember if you need to purchase anything and you live in Canada and are looking for a demonstrator, just click on the images below and you will end up at my online store. How easy is that?


Have a super day!!

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Masculine Hummingbird

Hello stampers. It is already May 2! Time flies when you’re having fun. I was asked this morning if there was a way to make a masculine hummingbird card. I think there is and I actually have just the thing for you. I made this watercolour wash background card for my Sweet Suite Saturday class but with the leftovers from showing the technique I made a different card. I kept it clean and simple with no bling and added a large, bold sentiment to the bottom. This framelit was a freebie from saleabration 2018. It is in the annual catalog now but it is retiring. I love its bold simplicity. Let’s check it out.


Masculine hummingbird


The textured pattern that you see behind the hummingbird is a framelit from the Humming Along bundle. This is done on watercolour paper, so I ran it through the Big Shot twice, the second time upside down. This ensures that all those little intricate bits get cut perfectly. Then you need to use the die brush when the framelit is still on the cardstock. Brush vigorously and then you will have to hardly any poking to remove it from the watercolour paper. I then took an aqua painter and made a wash on the paper. Then I picked up some balmy blue ink with the aqua painter and went over the wet spot. Make sure your ink is nicely watered down so you get the best watercolour effect. Let’s take a closer look at the “masculine” butterfly.


Masculine butterfly done in Brusho on watercolour paper


I embossed the hummingbird in black on watercolour paper. I then spritzed him with water and then carefully sprinkled on some Brusho powders starting with red on his breast, yellow on his head, prussian blue and mossy green on his wings and some gamboge on his tail feathers. If you get your colours too dark you can blot off with a baby wipe to reveal the colours underneath. Make a few at once so that you can play around with colour. My second hummingbird was much prettier than my first one.


Before I sign off today I want to share with you a gorgeous new product medley called Everything is Rosy. It is only available for the month of May while supplies last. It is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the avid paper crafter. I will share a link so that you can see lots of samples made with this medley of products. Demonstrators at each OnStage in April showed this line of products to us. We could not order it ahead of time so I don’t have it yet so I will share the treasures found online. Here is the link to my Google search. Here is the link to Mikaela Titheridge’s blog, she is an Artisan award winner who presented at OnStage. Lastly, here is the link to Tracie St Louis’ blog, she is a fellow Canadian demonstrator who shared with us at OnStage in Quebec City.


Everything is Rosy available only while supplies last in May.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope the masculine hummingbird inspired you to make one of these beauties for yourself. Remember, Humming Along is retiring so get it while you can. Have a super day!


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Stained Glass Hummingbird

Hello stampers. Have I ever told you how thankful I am for the inspiration I get from my fellow demonstrators? France Martin inspired me with this beautiful stained glass hummingbird. When I saw her beautiful creation I just had to know how she did it. Thankfully she also shared a video where she explained it step by step. Today I am going to show you my creation as well. First of all you need window sheets, heavy duty aluminum foil, adhesive sheets and of course the  Humming Along bundle for the hummingbird and the framelit.


Hummingbirds embossed on window sheets and coloured with Blends


You start by embossing your hummingbirds on window sheets. Be careful when using the heat tool and don’t overemboss or the window sheet will warp. Then colour your hummingbird with Blends. Crumple up the aluminum foil and then carefully straighten it out and smooth it a bit. Peel off the backing of an adhesive sheet and lay the foil on top. Cover this again with the backing that you had just removed and burnish it with your bone folder. Carefully pull the adhesive sheet off of the foil. Press the hummingbirds on the window sheets onto the sticky back of the foil. Cut out with framelits and Big Shot.


I did find out by accident that you can use Tombow liquid adhesive and it works as well. I started to make my hummingbirds before watching France’s video. So I made a small puddle of Tombow on the corner of the silicone mat and then flattened the puddle with a sponge and then sponged the Tombow on the back of the hummingbird and then pressed it on the foil. I place a punch on top of it for a couple of hours while I made supper and then when it had dried I ran it through the Big Shot with the framelit. Looked great! It just takes a little more time than using the adhesive sheets.


Window sheets and crumpled aluminum foil hummingbirds


This is what it looks like. If you want you can add more depth to the colour by adding another layer of Blends to your hummingbirds.


Bright and beautiful hummingbird from Humming Along


Here is a closeup of the stained glass hummingbird. The black embossing and the crumpled aluminum foil under the coloured window sheet really does mimic the look of stained glass. Let’s see what it looks like on a card.


Stained Glass Hummingbird with Brusho Flower


I couldn’t decide which picture showed the colours better, the card laying flat or the card standing up, so here is the other one. I used the Share What You Love designer series paper which is such beautiful thick and textured paper. I have to confess that I was hoarding it a bit, but now that it is retiring I have a feeling of largesse, and I cut entire card front sizes of it:  4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. #loveitchopit If you love your paper you really do need to chop it, because then you will use it and you will be inspired to create even more.


Stained Glass Hummingbird with Share What You Love paper


Here is the second card that I made, this one has a softer look and I used an unusual choice of paper:  Tranquil Textures. I guess for me it was unusual because I sometimes think inside the box. That paper was shown with an ocean themed set so then I only think of using it with nautical cards. I am told by my girls that I do the same thing with my clothes. If I buy it as an outfit I forget to mix and match with other items of clothing in my closet. Funny, right?


Stained Glass Hummingbird and Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper


Once again, when I laid this card down the light seemed to catch the colours on the stained glass hummingbird better. I picked this paper because it reminded me of a summer sky. The Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut specialty paper is hidden away on page 48 of the Occasions catalog. One side is whisper white and the other is petal pink.


Stained Glass Hummingbird with Tranquil Textures paper


I just want to use this beautiful hummingbird everywhere! I will make a video showing you how to do it yourself. This technique is another one that is better shown than described. Humming Along is a retiring stamp set, so it will only be available while supplies last. If you live in Canada and want to purchase it, please click on the images below to go to my store. If you could also use the current host code, that would make me very happy. If your order is over $200 do NOT use the code because then you will qualify for your own host benefits, which is 10% of your total order. You can use this for exclusive host sets or for any other products in the catalog or on the clearance rack. Here is the code:  TXE4JNCY.


Here is the video that shows you how to make the hummingbird.



Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


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Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight: a Fabulous Combination

Hello stampers! Daisies are a happy flower and are always in style. In the paper crafting world if there is lovely flower and a punch to match, that is indeed a fabulous combination. Meet Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight, two stamp sets in the upcoming catalogue. Daisy Delight is an old favourite and Daisy Lane is the new kid on the block. Both sets coordinate with the Daisy punch which I am using today. There is also a new punch coming and it is a smaller daisy so you can make even more different flowers (I am thinking gerberas). Do you remember the pictures that were taken of babies and young children with daisies? I know I am showing my age. The name Anna Griffin comes to mind. Well, I also associate daisies with denim for some reason, and that is how this card was born!


Daisy Lane, Daisy Delight and Burlap


As I was trolling the internet I was inspired by a card done by France Martin for the background of this card. You might be wondering where the little yellow flower in the background came from. It is from the March Paper Pumpkin, the one with the beautiful succulent paper. The big focal flower is from the new Daisy Lane and the daisies in the background are from Daisy Delight. That flower has an open centre with a corresponding centre which of course had to be yellow, or more precisely, daffodil delight. The pocket is my favourite part. It was made by first stamping the Burlap background stamp in blueberry bushel on the same colour cardstock. Wait for it to dry and then for extra insurance, run an embossing buddy over it. Then stamp the stitched detail in versamark and white emboss with the heat tool. Does that ever make it pop! If you are too impatient with this step then your embossing powder will stick to the burlap stamped image. That would be no fun at all.


Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight


Here you can see the amazing detail in that pocket. The stamp set is called Pocketful of Sunshine and it is retiring. The matching Pocket framelits are NOT retiring, so this is a stamp set you really want, especially for that super cute stitching detail. There is another coordinating set for the pocket dies coming in the new catalogue, so you will have great value for your framelits. The Burlap stamp is also retiring.


Daisy Lane tag in daffodil delight and blueberry bushel


Here is a closeup of the adorable tag in the pocket. All the images are from the new Daisy Lane stamp set. You could also tuck a gift card or a crisp bill in the pocket as well if you want to show some more love. This was stamped with daffodil delight and blueberry bushel. The tag is just a smidge under two inches wide so that it will fit easily into the scallop tag topper punch. Below you can see both the Burlap background stamp and the Lemon Zest stamp set that are retiring at the end of May.


Daisy Lane card with Lemon Zest and Burlap, both retiring in May 2019


Here you can see the two sets Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight. Both work with the current Daisy punch and there is going to a new, smaller daisy punch in the upcoming catalogue. Can you see the possibilities with these two sets and the two punches?


Two daisy stamp sets for even more versatility.


I hope you enjoyed today’s card, it is a bright and cheerful card, sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. Who are you going to send happy mail to today?  Thanks for stopping by. If you want to shop with me and you live in Canada, that would make me a very happy squirrel. Just use the current host code V7NT9B9U and click on the images below. If your order is more that $100 you might want to consider getting the starter kit instead as it will save you both the tax and the shipping and it gives you a bonus $30 in product. You can click here to start on that adventure.


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Humming Along with Brusho

Hello stampers. Once a month I do this fun class called Sweet Suite Saturday. I do it on a Saturday afternoon at 1pm, usually the last Saturday of the month. The whole idea is to have a super chill, relaxed class that revolves around a beautiful suite of products. Of course there is good food to share as well, hence “Sweet Suite Saturday”. This month it will be featuring Humming Along. If you purchase the bundle the class is free, otherwise it is $25 for four great cards. This blog post is about the last two cards using Humming Along and Brusho. Brusho is a fantastic product that will soon be retiring from our annual catalog. I can’t believe it! I have had so much fun playing and feeling artistic with these vibrant paint crystals. Take a look at what I have made and you might want to get your hands on some Brusho too!


Beautiful background made using the leaf stamp from Humming Along, call me clover embossing powder and Brusho.


For this card I wanted to use just the leaf stamp to make a background. I inked up the leaf in versamark and then sprinkled with call me clover embossing powder and then embossed with the heat tool. After the embossing was done I spritzed the shimmery white cardstock with water and then sprinkled on yellow Brusho. Then I sprinkled on just a little Prussian Blue Brusho on the outside edges and spritzed the whole thing with water again. Here is the close-up.


Closeup of the brusho background made with the embossed leaf image from Humming Along


The sentiment is also from Humming Along, and I stamped it on whisper white cardstock and cut it out using the stitched shape framelits. The scallop circle is a punch. I added some of our call me clover leaf trim in behind the sentiment (it looks nicer in person).


Hummingbird and Flower from Humming along stamped on watercolour paper and treated with Brusho


I have had that flower and hummingbird sitting on my desk for a good long while. They were in the running for my Brusho class and never made it onto a card. I embossed the images in black on watercolour paper and then treated them with Brusho ink crystals. They look great on the background of the Floral Romance specialty designer series paper. This is another great #loveitchopit card. I chopped the leaves paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″ so you get 6 out of one 12″ by 12″ sheet of paper. The wood look paper is a 4″ by 1″ strip. Se keep those scraps and turn them into cards! The sentiment is from Well Said in the Occasions catalog and they are both in blueberry bushel. Here is a closeup:


Humming Along with Brusho paint crystals.


I just love how the Brusho makes me feel like a “real” artist. So much fun using these paint crystals on either watercolour paper or shimmery white cardstock. With the coordinating framelits it is so very easy to make stunning cards. I made this card into a Mother’s Day card because my mom loves hummingbirds but you could easily turn it into a birthday card or an anniversary or get well card. All these sentiments are available in the Well Said bundle. If you are intrigued by the Brusho, be sure to get them before they are gone. They will not be in the new annual catalog!!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired or at the very least slightly entertained by my ramblings. If you want to purchase any of the products used in my projects just click on the images below and you will be taken directly to my online store. That’s a good thing right? If your list is long you might want to consider the starter kit and save yourself the shipping and the tax and get a bonus $30 in product as well.


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