Happy Birthday | Winnie & Walter Cutaways

Hello! Today I have a card to share featuring some of the Winnie and Walter Cutaways from their January release! They are celebrating the newest dies all week long on their blog and I am thrilled to be taking part in today's fun with a really really sparkly card lol! ;)

I used the new In A Word: Happy cutaway as well as the Party Confetti and Katharine cutaways. I decided to go with a glittery card to make it festive and fun since it's for a birthday. I created the Happy diecut first and then designed the card from there.

I cut out the word happy 5 times from white cardstock and glued the pieces directly on top of one another to make it thick like a piece of chipboard. I then cut the word out of the Cosmo Cricket Tinseltown Glitter Sheets that I've had in my stash forever, and added it right on top. The glitter sheets are self adhesive and diecut awesome, so it's super easy to peel off the backing and stick it right on. I'm thinking this paper might be discontinued though... it's super hard to find lately. Bummer!

Once I had the focal word done, I created the rest of the card. I did some watercolouring with pinks and blues and then cut out a tag using the new Katharine cutaways. I stamped the words happy and birthday onto the tag once it was dry and added a reinforcement cut out of the same glitter paper.

I cut out the two pierced rectangles and layered them on top of one anther with a pink cardstock mat in between. I then added the Confetti pieces that I cut using the same glitter paper and then layered and adhered everything else onto the card. ;)

Make sure to head over to the Winnie and Walter blog this week to see lot's of awesome creations using the newest release of cutaways.



Life is Beautiful | SSS March Card Kit

Hello! Today I have another card to share that uses the March 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit. For this card, I kept the design pretty simple and used one of the journaling cards from the kit for my sentiment. I love how quick and easy it is to create cards using premade elements. ;)

I used the Life Is So Beautiful card and made it the focal point on my finished design. I love the big scripty word with the smaller text words underneath. To help it stand out more on the yellow patterned paper background, I added a strip of white and black striped patterned paper to the top and bottom of it.

Once I had the journaling card adhered, I felt like the card was too simple and plain. To add a little detail, I diecut some hearts from the SSS Holiday Shapes die and added them to the open areas on the card front. I covered them in clear glitter and then put glossy accents on top.

You can see how I created this card in the video below:


I have a couple of winners to announce!
The winner of the SSS March card kit is Valerie Doyle!
The winner of the spot in the Technique Toolbox class is Kristina B!

Please email me and I'll get your prizes to you!! ;)



MFT Die-namics Design | February

Hello! Today I have a couple of cards to share for the February My Favorite Things Die-namics Design challenge. This month we're focusing on word dies. I decided to go with simple card designs to keep the focus on the words. ;)

For my first card, I applied ink (Blu Raspberry and Lush Lagoon) direct to a piece of white cardstock with an ink blending tool. I made it dark at the bottom and then lightened it as it went up to create an ombre look. Once I was done, I diecut the xoxo in the top area and bottom area of the inking to create 2 ombre words.

I also cut the xoxo out of white cardstock and then glued all the pieces to the white cardstock panel. Once I had everything glued down, I added glitter to the blue xoxo's and then covered them in glossy accents. I love how it makes them stand out on the card and almost makes them look like glass! ;)

Once the glossy accents dried, I added the white panel to a Persimmon card base and then added some ombre hearts that I diecut from the ink piece that I created for my next card. ;)

For my second card, I used the Blueprints 15 die-namics to diecut the angled white piece. I then diecut the 'thank you' from the panel, letting the 'y' hang off the bottom. I created an ombre inked piece like I did for the card above and used it to diecut the letters.

I added the letters into the openings to create a diecut inlay and then added a Sno Cone cardstock piece underneath to mat the panel. I covered the letters in clear glitter and then added a heart that I diecut from the inked piece that I used in the card above.

I adhered the finished panel to a white card base with foam adhesive for some added dimension.

Make sure to head over to the MFT blog today for more great projects from the creative team for this months Die-namics Design challenge. ;)



Technique Toolbox | Giveaway!

Hello! I just wanted to share that there is a new class available at Creativity Grows Here: Online Classes with Catherine Pooler and I have a couple of cards (and videos) in the class! A huge thanks to Catherine for asking me to contribute! ;)

There are more than 20 video tutorials, 35+ samples and written tutorials to teach you how to stretch those Dye Ink Pads to make the most of them.

Subscribe in the next week and you’ll get an amazing PDF reference guide AND a coupon code to shop at Ellen Hutson!

There are also prizes for class attendees up for grabs, including:


I have a class spot to giveaway! Just leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, February 22/15 and I'll pick a random winner! 

See you in class! ;)


One Layer Card | Create a Smile Stamps

Hello! Today I have a card  and video to share that features the Bad Day stamp set from Create a Smile stamps. I love the adorable monster images in this set and decided to use one of them to create a one layer card using additional images from the set.

I stamped the monster image onto white cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink and then masked him off by adding a second stamped monster that I cut out, directly on top. I then stamped the umbrella over the mask so it looks like the monster is holding it.

Once I had the masking part finished, I stamped the cloud images and then coloured everything in with copic markers.  I also added glossy accents to the raindrops, the monsters eyelids and the top part of the umbrella for some extra detail.

I diecut the stamped piece with a stitched fishtail banner from My Favorite Things and adhered it to a piece of pool layering paper from Hero Arts. I stamped the sentiment directly under the banner and added the entire piece to a grey cardstock mat.

I completed the card by adding the finished piece to a white card base with foam adhesive and then added sequins and silver stickles for some dimension since the card is pretty flat.

You can watch the video below to see how I created the card: