Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Monarch Thank you Card

Welcome back! It's been a quiet summer in my craftroom but I 
managed to sneak in a few moments to make this Thank You card.


I started with a favourite stamp set - Botanical Sketch and a new stamp set that I am sure will be a 
forever favourite - Flutter. 

I started by blending the Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide over a 5" x 5"  heavy white cardstock, then blended Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide only along the edges. I then went back with the Fossilized Amber and blended the colours together.  Next I used my Misti to stamp the Botanical Sketch image on to the background. 

I used Fired Brick Distress Oxide on the stamp and spritzed it with a bit of water. I let the stamp sit on the paper for about 30 seconds. I stamped my sentiment and the monarch butterfly with embossing ink and used fine detail black embossing powder.

I used some Distress Inks to colour my stamped image before using the coordinating framelit to die cut out my image. Yippee for no fussy cutting!

My butterfly needed his antennae so I decided to create my own with wire, my heat tool and black embossing powder. I used my heat tool to heat the wire and dipping it in the jar of the embossing powder. 

I did this several times until the wire was covered. I gave the wire one final blast while pointing the wire down so that the melting powder would pool at the tip of the wire. Voila! Butterfly antennae!

All that was left to do was adhere my butterfly to the card.





Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Christmas In July - Scrap 'n Stamp Blog Hop

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....in July!
Welcome to my blog and if you have been following the Scrap 'n Stamp Christmas in July Blog Hop you have probably come here from Niki Stone's blog and her amazing project.

Here is my finished card....


The stocking die is gorgeous! It's from Dee's Distinctly and can be your's for FREE with any $50 order at Scrap 'n Stamp! (Free Gift Offer Applies to Canadian Orders Only)

I started with a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of heavy white cardstock & using my foam applicator applied an all over coat of Distress Oxide Antique Linen. Next I took my Holiday Knit Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz & Stampers Anonymous and applied some Distress Ink Candied Apple.

What happened next was a happy accident - I wanted to apply the Candied Apple Distress Ink around the edge of my cardstock but accidentally picked up my Antique Linen Foam Applicator. Ooops....but I loved the way the Antique Linen Oxide softened the Candied Apple Ink. I carried on and then did another layer of Candied Apple over the first layer. 

I heat embossed some Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder from Emerald Creek
on to my stocking die cut. I then glued the stocking to the red sparkle paper.
I stamped the 'Merry Christmas' with Archival Ink Potting Soil and then adhered the cardstock to my card base. 


Now head over to Karen's blog for even more Christmas In July inspiration.

Be sure to check out the entire lineup of crafters participating in the blog hop:







Products used for this project:




Saturday, 15 July 2017

Celebrate......Botanicals & Distress Oxides

Hello & welcome!

I'm here to share a card I made to give to my grandma who is turning 90 years young next week.
She is an amazing woman and I am so happy to be able to be with her on her special day.

Here is the finished card


For this card I used the Flower Jar Stamp Set with matching framelits, Distress Oxides, Archival Ink and watercolor paper.

I started by applying my Distress Oxides on to my splat mat (which is actually a bbq mat I bought at the $ store) then I gave these a spritz of water. Next I took my 5"x 5" square of watercolor paper and began creating my background. 

To create an edge or frame for my card I swiped just the edges through the leftover ink on my craft mat. Normally I would use my blending foam applicator to do this but this was a happy accident on one edge. I loved it so much I did the same on the other 3 edges.

Here is the background

I needed something to help ground my focal point to the card so I took a stamp from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 stamp set to create this loose crosshatch on my background.

I used some scraps of watercolor paper that I had on my desk to create the mason jars.
I love my Misti. I get perfect placement and a sharp, crisp stamped image every time.
I used the Flower Jar framelit set to die cut out my jars. Its hard to see in the photo but I also applied some glossy accents to the jars to give them some highlights.

To create my flowers, I first took some scrap watercolor (again!) and applied some Distress Oxides using the same technique as described above. I then stamped my flowers (using my Misti) then die cut these images out using the coordinating framelits.

It was time to stamp my sentiment and assemble my jars. I used pop dots for the jars then used liquid glue to tuck my flowers in behind the jars.
Products used:

Tim Holtz Flower Jar Framelit set from Sizzix
140lb cold press water color paper
Archival Ink - Jet Black


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Scrap n' Stamp Canada Day Blog Hop

Happy Canada Day! 
Today we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with a special blog hop over on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog, sharing projects featuring the cute new 'Busy Beaver' stamp & die set by Taylored Expressions. Be sure to leave comments along the way because Scrap n' Stamp Canada has some prizes to give away randomly - $150 in gift certificates (3 lucky people will each win a $50 gift certificate) and a Busy Beaver Stamp & Die Set with a bonus maple leaf die. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on the Scrap N' Stamp blog on Monday!

Here is sneak peek of the finished card - cute, right?

Here is the Busy Beaver Stamp & Die Set I received from Scrap 'n Stamp.
So adorable and check out those sentiments. So funny!

I couldn't create a Canada Day card without using some products from a couple of 
my fave Canadian manufactures. 


After stamping and die cutting my Busy Beaver image I coloured him in with Distress Markers.
His birthday hat is from the Crazy Accessories stamp with matching thinlit die. I love these sets - it makes it so easy to create accents for cards.

My background was created with the help of my Misti.
 I first stamped my circle background stamp (Halftone & Rings - Stampers Anonymous) with Candy Apple Distress Ink two times to get a nice bright red. 
I made a note of where my paper was before removing it from the Misti, giving it a spritz of water and then drying it 

I then placed the paper back on my Misti in the same place and then stamped the same image with Black Versafine Ink. I love this layered look/

The wood pieces from Southern Ridge  were painted with Candy Apple & Picket Fence Distress Paints. 

Now head on over to Karla Yungwirth's blog for even more inspiration and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win!

Karla's Blog - Creative Love Affair




Friday, 30 June 2017

Rebuilding In Progress....Please be patient

Hello! 

After being royally screwed over by my image hosting website and having all of my photos held hostage until I fork over lots of money - I am having to reload all of my pics.

Please be patient as I get everything looking pretty again!

~~~julia~~~

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

You Little Rebel.....A Hipster Birthday

Hello! I'm back with more Hipster love. I've been following the Hip for Summer hashtag on social media and love all the creative ideas and projects.

I decided to use my Hipster Monkey stamp with a cheeky sentiment stamp set to make this birthday card for a friends husband.

Here is the inside of the card....

The party hats & presents are stamped and die cut from the Crazy Accessories
Set from Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix I used Distress Oxides & a water blender pen to colour these. I love how well the Distress Oxides show up on the kraft paper.

I used Glossy Accents from Ranger on my Hipsters glasses.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Celebrate Hipster Dad

Hello & Welcome!
Fathers Day is just a couple days away and its always extra special because my dad's birthday is around the same weekend. It would be easy to make one card for both but I just can't so he gets 2 handmade cards. This year both cards are made with the Hipster stamp set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.

First up - A Hipster Fathers Day Card

Lots of Distress Oxides used with stamping, blending and watercolour techniques.

Next up - A Hipster Birthday Card
My Hipster Monkey doesn't look thrilled with his birthday hat - sort of how my dad would look too!

This year my Dad is turning 70 so we will have a "Legit Party".