Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tickle Time in Teapotterville

I can't believe another month has passed and it's time once more for us Teapotters to tickle each other over at Splitcoaststampers by sending our cards amongst ourselves. I thought I might have to skip this month as we are packing to go to our daughter's wedding but I always try my best to participate in this challenge every month.

I used Crafty Secrets "Home Sweet Home" for the main image and sentiment.

The colour in this close up is distorted but it at least shows a good look at this gorgeous lock and key from Crafty Secrets "Heart to Heart" and photo corners from Crafty Secrets "Photo Studio" . The rolled rose is the Sizzix rose die. I love that die set as it has both a small and a large rose. This one is the large rose and is a perfect size for a single bloom on a card. I like touching the edges with glitter. I used a very large ball stylus to really round the shape of the lock and then indented the keyhole and scroll detail with a small stylus. This really adds dimension to an otherwise flat piece of paper. The colouring added dimension as well. Most of the time I colour everything with copics as it's easy to use with digital images.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014


This is sad card today. I've made this for a young mother of two girls age 7 and 11 who has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. It is unfortunately not a get well card as it has spread to her brain and bones. I find Crafty Secrets stamp set "Seaside" image and verse soothing.

  The shells are also part of this set. I took a stylus to the back and shaped the shells to give them a 3D look and then coloured them with copics and added some stickles. the scene was coloured with a combination of distress inks and copics.

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Friday, 6 June 2014


With Father's Day just around the corner I checked out Crafty Secret's "Car Classics" to find an image to make my Father in law a card. The more I work with digital images, the more I appreciate them. As Crafty Secrets sells out of their acrylic stamp sets they are making them into digital sets, plus adding new material. This has insured the same artistic vintage images they are known for. I overlooked the image I used for this card, as on the original acrylic it was quite small and difficult to make the focus image. It's now a perfect size thanks to digital.

The background is a sizzix eb folder, the rosette is a TimHoltz die, everything else is from Crafty Secret's "Car Classics". I coloured the retro salmon car scene with copics and I also used copics on the ribbon to insure it would match. My Father in Law had this car in this colour so it was a given. There are two deviations I made to the set. I cut out the sentiment in the key fob and printed in my own trying to match the print style and I cut the poles off the racing flags and mounted them on the black coloured toothpicks as they faced the wrong way to cross them like this.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

Born to Golf, Forced to Work

Here we are at the June Linky Party and I'm celebrating with a Father's Day golf theme. Sadly my Father passed about 20 years and there are always a few sad moments for me on this day. He was a concert pianist and a portrait of him sits on my grand piano. My Dad taught me for the first 15 years of my life and when I entered the music department at university for the first time in my life I had another teacher. Whenever I play I see my Dad's portrait and thank him for his guidance in music and most aspects of my life. If he was still with us this card would have been for him as he also loved to play golf.

Like most North Americans my husband Ron and I have a warped relationship with our dog Kodi. We refer to each other as his "Mommy and Daddy" and he gives us gifts on special occasions like Father's Day. I made this card for Kodi to give to Ron along with a new golf bag.

Most of you have probably figured out by now that I love depth in my cards and what better way to accomplish this than with a step card. This one is a side step and my tutorial is instructions for creating one of your own.

I used Crafty Secrets "Golf Time" for the golf aspects of this card. This stamp set will soon be loaded to the online store. The trees are a set of Stampin Up stamps. The golf ball was created by using a eb folder (swiss dot) and cutting out a circle. The grass is a Martha Stewart punch. The tag is Spellbinders. The golfer was coloured with copics. It's mounted on burlap.

This close up shows what kind of depth these cards give you. 


- 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" piece of cardstock
-Scor pal
-Paper cutter

Step 1: Place the 5 1/2" side of cardstock against bottom edge of cutter at the 3" mark (orange strip at right side of cutter) start at 1" (bottom of slit) and cut up to the 6 1/2" ruler mark.

Step 2: Place the 8 1/2" side of the cardstock at the top edge of your Scor pal. The slip you created in Step 1 divided the cardstock into 2 sections one is 2 1/2" wide and the other is 3" wide. The 2 1/2" side should be the one at the top. Scor this section at 4 1/4"

Step 3: Now vertically flip the cardstock so the 3" wide section is at the top. Score this section at 1", 2", 3 1/4",  4 1/2", and 6 1/2".

Step 4: The first fold should be the single fold on the 2 1/2" side. Then make alternate mountain and valley folds until it looks like this.

Step 5: This is the fun part, now you get to get creative and decorate it!Please come and join our May Linky Party where you can add a sample(s) you've created using any of our products and receive a $6.00 coupon and one random.org winner will get a $50.00 gift card!

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