Masked Easter Bunny

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing a masked Easter bunny card with you. If you don’t celebrate Easter or send cards for Easter, you could also use this for a spring card, thinking of you or birthday. I used a simple masking technique to create this scene. The masks were used in two ways. The first was to make it look like one bunny is sitting in front of the other one. Secondly, I used die cut clouds with masking paper to make the beautiful sky.

 

Easter Bunny card with masking technique

 

Masked Easter Bunny:  With or Without the Carrot?

 

Which white bunny do you prefer? The one above holding the carrot, or the one below without a carrot? Little details can really make a difference. In the bottom card I decided to add some Easter eggs in the grass but they looked funny just sitting on top of the grass. What did I do? I cut a slit in the card with my paper trimmer and tucked the eggs in to the grass that way. Then I stamped some grass, fussy cut it and put it in front of the eggs for a more realistic look.

 

 

Easter Bunny card with masking technique

 

Easter Bunny Class in Chatham, Ontario

 

On March 29 my team member Kylee McCutcheon is teaching a class with the Easter Bunny bundle. She still has room for you!! Here is one of the cards that she will be making along with two treat holders and a second card. You can find the link to the event page here where you can comment below the class that you like and the person teaching that class will contact you to arrange payment and other details.

 

 

Kylee's Easter Bunny Card

 

 

 

Thanks!

Thanks so much for joining me today on my blog. Leave a trace that you were here and take a moment to comment, that really makes my day. The bunny punch is backordered right now and will be available in the middle of May but the stamp set is still amazing to use without the punch. Click on the images below in the product list if you want to shop with me in Canada. Easy-peasy and you will get a free tutorial bundle if you do so! Have a super day.

 

 

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Desert Details

Desert Details:  An Unexpected Surprise

 

When I first saw the Desert Details stamp set I was quite honestly underwhelmed. I thought to myself, now that is one set that I don’t need to buy. Well! Then I went on my team retreat and my friend Pat had made a card with this set. I was so impressed with the long narrow graphic stamps that I just had to have it. Now that I have inked it up, it has not disappointed!!

Not only are those geometric stamps very impressive, the flowers are also stunning. They are distINKtive stamps which mean they naturally stamp in different shades of the same colour. Let’s take a look at two cards that I have made with this set.

 

Two Fun Cards

 

My first card was inspired by Sara Douglass and Shelli Gardner at OnStage in Vienna. With some simple masking you get an amazing geometric design on your card front. Want to know how I did it? Just watch the video tutorial below.

 

Desert Details Masking Technique Card

 

Cajun Craze and Soft Succulent look great together don’t they? That linen thread and those enamel dots essentials finish it off perfectly. The enamel dots come in night of navy, crumb cake and white. Here is a closeup.

 

Desert Details Masking Technique Card closeup

 

The second card will be shared next week when my video tutorial is also available.

 

Video Tutorial

 

 

There is actually a part two to this video. In the first part you see me showing all the stamps and dies and also how to do the masking technique. In the second video you see me making the actual card.

 

 

Thanks for joining me today, happy stamping, and don’t forget, the links to shop with me are below for Canadians, or you can shop in Europe with me here.

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Waves of the Ocean Suite

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing some Waves of the Ocean suite cards with you. I have been noticeably absent this past week, or at least I hope it was noticed! My oldest daughter and her family moved in with me temporarily until they get possession of their new house. I was in full mom and oma mode and it has been wonderful! Now it is a new week, March break is over, school has begun and so has their regular work routine. Let’s take a look at my Waves of the Ocean cards.

 

Waves of the Ocean Cards

 

For the month of March I have been doing a video tutorial each Tuesday on YouTube and Facebook at 10am EST. I pair this with something I call “Parcels in the Post”. This is a collection of cardstock, patterned paper, embellishments and ribbon that gives you enough to play with but doesn’t break the bank. If you want one, click here.

When you read this, I will still have two of these cards to share in my Tuesday tutorials. I hope that you will find me on YouTube and subscribe to my channel! It really is one of the best ways to see what I am doing quite literally.

 

Waves of the Ocean YouTube tutorial cards

 

Embossing on Blue Foils

 

Yes, you CAN emboss on our foil paper. You have to be careful to stop as soon as all the powder is “set”. If you “cook” it too long, then the foil will start to bubble or delaminate. Embossing in white on those gorgeous blues is really quite stunning. The wave image is really a gorgeous stamp.

 

Waves of the Ocean embossed in white on blue foils paper

 

Bejeweled Waves

 

Magic happens when you layer the stamped wave with the die cut waves. One wave is cut from our blue foils paper and the other is cut from our Supple Shimmer paper. The wave was stamped twice and spritzed to get this great effect. You can see it all in action in my video tutorials.

 

Bejeweled Waves of Inspiration

 

Masked Cloudy Skies

 

For this card I used the Basic Borders dies to make a mask which I then moved around after sponging on ink with my Blending Brushes. Both the wave and the pelican stamps were inked and spritzed to get a softer look.

 

Cloudy sky masking technique with Waves of the Ocean

 

Crazy Times!

 

I don’t quite know whether I am coming or going these days. My household has grown from one person to five people, including two littles and a dog! Last week was also March break which meant no school and no daycare, but it also meant lots of oma snuggles and precious memories. I pre-recorded some of the videos for these Waves of the Ocean cards, so some are already up on my YouTube channel and some will be going up in the next two weeks. Please follow me on YouTube and subscribe to my channel. Videos are going to be the main way that I connect with my stamping audience, all other things are secondary.

 

Just Until the end of the Month

 

Please be aware that a lot of the products in the Waves of the Ocean suite are only available until March 31. Only the stamp set and dies will carry over into the new annual catalog. The rhinestone waves gems are stunning and the patterned paper is beautiful too. It’s all fabulous!!

 

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a fabulous day. See you here on Wednesday again.

 

 

 

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Dragonfly Garden: The Magic of Mist

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing a card that I call Dragonfly Garden:  The Magic of Mist. Truth be told there was a reason this stamp set had not seen ink for almost a year! I didn’t love it, largely because of the patterned paper that was included in the suite. It didn’t appeal to me, so this bundle sat on the shelf. Today it has been transformed and I like a lot more!! Simply by adding a little mist, these stamps were softened and transformed into a work of art that I love. Let’s take a look.

 

Dragonfly Dreams

 

For this card I used two very important products: the stamparatus and shimmery white  cardstock. Without those two things you will have limited success. I Inked up the floral image with retiring In Colour Stampin’ Write Markers:  Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider and Magenta Madness.  Before stamping I would lightly mist or spritz the inked stamp. Be sure to wipe off with your shammy in between inking up again and stamping multiple times.

 

Dragonfly Garden card

 

I did end up using the grass stamp from Wildflower Path to fill in the bottom of my scene. Did you notice that I used all the retiring In Colours? This was a happy coincidence but also a timely reminder to check your supplies in these colours. Make sure you have enough cardstock and ink refills and of course the markers!

 

Video Tutorial

 

I love watching a video to see how a card is made, it is much easier than reading a written description. Be sure to click on the left hand corner of the video that says “watch on YouTube”.

 

 

No Blog on Monday!

 

Since I will not be blogging on Monday as it is March Break and the littles will have moved in with me, I am going to make this an extra long blog post. I want to share some similar cards also using Wildflower Path. For these cards I did not use “the magic of mist” but I did use my stamparatus!! I used grid paper to create a heart mask. My exclusive video tutorial for these cards is on my Prime Time group. This is a very affordable private group that you are welcome to join! It’s only $10 a month, the price of a fancy drink and a treat. You also get a free monthly 16 project pdf tutorial that is worth $20 so you are getting double the value and then some for your investment. I must be crazy!! Click here to join.

Heart Mask Collage Stamping

 

Wildflower Path Heart collage

 

For my flowers I used the following markers: highland heather, daffodil delight, polished pink and gorgeous grape. The leaves and stems were stamped in pear pizzazz. The question is, do we like it better plain or with a sentiment?

 

Masked Heart collage using Wildflower Path from Stampin'Up!

 

Here you can see the card with two different sentiments. The long skinny one is from Waves of the Ocean. The die from the other card is also from Waves of the Ocean bundle.

 

Wildflower Path heart collage cards

 

Here you can see the gorgeous detail in this closeup of the heart collage card.

 

Wildflower Path collage detailed closeup

 

A Little Addicted!

 

I think I may be a little addicted to this technique. A special thanks to Gez Carpenter for sharing this on the Demonstrator Planning Place on Facebook. You can find her blog here.

I made this last card using a very beloved stamp, Free as a Bird. What do you think? This time I used Pool Party and Balmy Blue Blends to colour the birds.

 

Free as a Bird Masked Heart Card

 

Thank you!

 

That’s it for today, it should give you lots of ideas for inspiration. I hope you have a super day and don’t forget to get the great deal on the mini die cutting machine! I used it last night to do some embossing and it was such a pleasure to work with. (just a heads up the natural tones Blends are backordered until April 4- bummer!)


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Happy Mail In Holland

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to share some Happy Mail in Holland contest cards with you. I had a bit of an internal debate because these two cards do not use current product. They are beautiful cards though and I am guessing that you might still have some of these great products lying around from saleabration too. I am not going to do the homework of finding out the names of everything as it doesn’t help. You either have it or you don’t and you can’t buy it any more!

 

Elfie Kron’s Card

 

Elfie’s card was actually the first card I received and it made me very, very happy. I met Elfie at a Stampin’Up! event. I believe it was a half day business building seminar in Mississauga and we all went out for supper afterwards. Elfie has a big smile and a hearty laugh and I love her spirit. Her home town of Guelph is where I went to middle school for four years (grade 7 though 10) Emmanuel Christian High School on Sussex Street. That was an exciting time of my life, especially since it wasn’t common for grade seven and eight to be combined with high school. The first two years the school went up to grade 12 but then the community could no longer afford it.

 

Happy Mail in Holland

 

The flowers were cut from what I believe was called Flowering Foils paper and they are coloured with Calypso Coral and Petal Pink Blends. Elfie used a decorative mask to make the background and the butterfly was cut with a die and vellum that was also sponged or coloured with Blends and the blinged up with Wink of Stella. Thanks so much Elfie!!

 

Sandy Allman’s Happy Mail in Holland Card

 

Sandy’s card is made from the beautiful butterfly paper that was also either a free saleabration item or a saleabration coordination product. I love the colour combination of blushing bride and basic black. So many pretty details on this card including the pearls that were coloured with Blends. Sandy is from the beautiful city of Prince George British Columbia and is also a regular contributor to my card contests. I love it!!! If you want to read more about Prince George and see Sandy’s other creations, check out this blog post. There is actually a link in that blog post that will take you to another blog post that has the actual pictures of Prince George.

 

Sandy Allman's happy mail in Holland contest card

 

 

I love the layout of your card Sandy! You definitely pay attention to all the little details. Here is a shot of the inside of the card.

 

Happy Mail in Holland

 

The final finishing touch (other than the patterned paper on the envelope flap) is this cute signature on the back of the card. The recipient definitely knows that they are receiving a work of art. Doesn’t she just have the most beautiful handwriting?

 

Happy Mail in Holland artist signature

 

#itallaboutthetreats video

 

I thought it would be fitting to share a video of my favourite Dutch bakery here. It would be so wonderful to be able to share these amazing treats with all of you. Not only are their gebakjes (pastries) divine, their bread is also great and of course they make simply the best krentenbollen (raisin buns).

 

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks so much to everyone who is participating in my Happy Mail in Holland contest, it warms my heart. So nice to read all of your messages inside your beautiful cards. It seems that now it is only taking a week for a card to get here so that is great news. Don’t forget about the Bonus Days! Until July 31 you will get a $6 bonus coupon to spend in August when the Holiday catalog goes live. If you want a Paper Pumpkin for July, let me know, I have a few extra and I also have someone who can put one out on the porch for you. Have a super day!!

 

 

 


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Walk in the Woods

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. I am actually writing this on a Monday night knowing that I will hopefully be traveling on Wednesday but not wanting you to miss out on a post. We had so much fun making these cards today during my Facebook live! That hedgehog from Walk in the Woods is just so very cute. I have now done two Facebook lives featuring this cute critter from Walk in the Woods. Today I also used the glycerine technique for background sponging.

 

Masking with Walk in the Woods

 

The cute little hedgehog looks best when he is masked because then it looks like he is nestled in the woods amidst the grass and the toadstools. This is such a gratifying technique that elicits a wow from beginners and avid crafters alike.

 

Walk in the Woods masked hedgehog

 

The images on this card were coloured using watercolour pencils and a blender pen. “Everything will be okay” has been embossed in white on early espresso cardstock.

 

Here is the video showing how I coloured this cute hedgehog.

 

 

Glycerine Sponging

 

In my Facebook live video you can see how wonderful it is to mix your ink with a little glycerine before sponging. The glycerine makes the ink sponge on so, so smoothly for a beautiful suede like finish.

 

Walk in the Woods

 

I love the card without a sentiment and simply on a misty moonlight background. The following card is on a very vanilla card base with a real red mat for a totally different look. This time I embossed the toadstools and the grass but the hedgehog was once again masked off so that he is a real part of the scenery.

 

Walk in the Woods

 

Emboss Resist with Walk in the Woods

 

Two of the three cards use the emboss resist technique. Simply put, the images were stamped in versamark on shimmery white cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder and a heat tool. I then used an aqua painter to do a colour wash over the embossed image.

 

Walk in the Woods

 

Video Tutorial

 

Here is the video from my Facebook live showing you how to do the glycerine technique.

 

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks for joining me again today. I am so very excited to be finally traveling to Holland to be reunited with my love. It will be great to share with you all the wonderful things I will experience over there. I hope to do live videos but I am not sure how often they will happen. Stay tuned for the details, I am sure you won’t miss me too much.

 

Happy Mail in Holland Contest

 

I really love receiving happy mail in Holland and I also like blogging about the cards I receive. To make it worth your while and also to make it fun, I will once again offer a prize! The winner will get to choose a stamp set worth $30. I will send it anywhere in the world. Here is the address that you can send your cards to:  Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s’Gravenzande, the Netherlands. Please mail your cards any time in July. I hope to be in the Netherlands until August 29.

 


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