Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Simon Says Flickr Challenge

Simon Says Stamp has started a new bi-weekly challenge on their Flickr site and it's being run by the fabulous Barb, whom we all adore!

This first challenge is a colour challenge and the rules are pretty simple.  Use at least 3 out of the 5 colours and use at least one Simon Says Stamp exclusive brand product on your project.


I used 6 dies on this project (yikes that seems like a lot) and four of them are by SSS.  One is from Poppystamps and one is from Papertrey Ink.

SSS Butterfly Birthday

I inked up the solid butterfly with Distress Inks and added 2 layers of the overlay die cut in vellum.  I coloured the Birthday die cut with Squeezed Lemonade and the Leafy Sprig die cuts in a couple shades of green Distress Ink and sprayed everything that was inky with Perfect Pearls for a little shimmer.

SSS Butterfly Close-up


Thanks for dropping by!






Monday, September 15, 2014

House Warming Party


Catherine Pooler is having a House Warming Party to celebrate her new website and there's a project challenge with the theme of HOME.

Catherine Pooler House Warming Party


My card uses a lot of watercolouring. The buildings, the heart balloon (both with dies from Paper Smooches) and the sky were all done with watercolour paints.  A great card for a dear friend who lives so very far away.

There's still time to play along with the challenge and there's prizes to win by some fabulous sponsors.  Go check it out here.

Thanks for visiting!



Exciting News!

I have some fun news to share with you today. I am now a member of the Poppystamps Design Team!


Poppystamps is a sister company of Memory Box and both these companies make so many of the fabulous dies you love to use on your projects!

I hope to inspire you with my Poppystamps projects over the next year, I can't wait!  Hop on over the blog to see who else is on the Design Team.

My first project will be this Friday, Sept. 19th for a blog hop in collaboration with CarkMaker Magazine.

Hope to see you then!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Winnie & Walter Sketch


It's time for another card for the Winnie & Walter Shares the Love with Simon Says Stamp Challenge. The day 5 challenge is to make a card based on this sketch.


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I flipped the sketch for my card and stamped flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever set and used Distress Inks to colour them.  The sentiment from W&W The Big, The Bold and the Happy set was embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.  For one of the paper layers I coloured vellum with Ranger Alcohol Inks in blues, greens and yellows.  It's a great way to add some subtle colour without using patterned paper.

I'm also entering this card for Simon Says Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Winnie & Walter 10 Minute Dash


Here's another card for the Winnie & Walter Share the Love Week with Simon Says Stamp.

The challenge for day 2 is to make a card in under 10 minutes!  I can already feel the tension mounting, just thinking about it.

I had a plan for the card and altered it along the way because I was running out of time so I'm not really pleased with the outcome.  But that's what a craft dash is all about!

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I used Simon Says Curved Edge Die and the Leanna Butterfly Die along with stamps from W&W The Big, The Bold and You and Big Bang Confetti.

It took me 8 minutes 53 seconds to make my card.  After I stopped the timer I decided to add some Wink of Stella along the red strip of paper and on the butterfly so that probably took me to 10 minutes!

I'm also entering this for Simon Says Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge.  Wow, that's a mouth full!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Winnie & Walter Shares the Love


Hi, I'm back today with a couple of cards for Winnie & Walter's Share the Love Week with Simon Says Stamp. There's a different challenge posted everyday, go check it out here.

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My first card is for Day 1 and the Rainbow Challenge.  I got good and inky colouring the die cut trees with some vivid Distress Inks.  The background is stamped with images from the W&W Big Bang Confetti Set in Delicata Golden Glitz and the sentiment is from Simon Says Holiday Hellos set.  I love how this happy card turned out!

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My second card is for Day 4 and the One Layer Challenge.  I die cut a balloon out of white card stock using a Simon Says die and inked it up with Hero Arts Inks in Mint Julep, Tide Pool and Ocean.  I gold embossed the stars from the Big Bang Confetti set by W&W.  The sentiments are also W&W from the Big, the Bold and the Happy set.  I think this will be a fun card for one of my young cousins.

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Well, that's it from me today.  I'm  hoping I get a chance to make a few more cards for the other challenges.

I'm also entering these cards for the Simon Says Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blog Hop at Pretty Pink Posh


Pretty Pink Posh is having a Cutting Edge Blog Hop this weekend.  You can create a project that incorporates at least one die and upload it over here.

I made another Christmas card for the hop, this time using a lot of Distress Inks and some Phrase Bubble Dies from Hero Arts.

Speech Bubble PPP Cutting Edge Hop

I created an ombre background using Distress Inks in blues and purples and sprayed the piece with Perfect Pearls for a little shimmer.

I gathered up an assortment of holiday sentiments from Hero Arts and stamped them onto a bunch of die cut Phrase Bubbles.  I added some tiny snowflake images onto the die cuts and added little dots of Stickles to the centre of each snowflake.

I think this is a fun nontraditional holiday card and will likely create some more Distress backgrounds in other colours to make additional cards.

I'm also entering this card at A Blog Named Hero for the Ombre Challenge.



Thanks for stopping by and wishing you an inky weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop


Hi and welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop.

My project is a Christmas card (I know it's a wee bit early) but I got some new crafting goodies and decided I just had to use them for this blog hop.

Sue McRae PPP Cutting Edge Hop

I was inspired by Julie over at the Ellen Hutson In Touch blog where she showed a product called Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes.  The pretty metallic shine got me hooked and I immediately went on a hunt to find some and purchased a couple of different colours.

I used the flakes in Autumn Leaves along with a new funky/swirly Christmas tree die called Starlight Tree from the Frantic Stamper.

The Snowdrift from My Favorite Things was also die cut and glittered with Glitter Ritz and I edged the card base with Be Creative Tape and used some more of the gilding flakes to create a border that matched the tree.

Here's a close up so you can see all the different colours. Wonderful, isn't it?  It really is a lot prettier in real life.

Sue McRae - Close up of gilding PPP

I will definitely be using this on my holiday cards this year.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and thanks to Paulina for organizing this hop!