Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Interactive Birthday Frogs *Video*

Hi and welcome back. I'm really excited to share a new inexpensive, interactive die that I've just added to my collection.  It's the Lawn Fawn Swish 'N Pop Pull Tab die and I love how it adds such a fun interactive element to cards. Paired up with all the cute stamps from Gerda Steiner Designs, I see a lot of fun cards in my future 😁 !   I've made a frog themed card for today and here's a look at it.

You can see that when you pull the tab, the frog with the confetti leaps up from behind the frog on the lily pad.  How much fun is that!! Plus, it's really easy to make.  

I've made a video for you on how to create this card, so if you would like more details, PLEASE CLICK HERE.  There's also a second card that I share in the video, again made with Gerda Steiner Designs stamps, so check it out.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a great day!

Monday, 7 June 2021

Creative Expressions Floral Birthday Card


Hello and welcome!  I've got a slimline floral card to share today that was made primarily with the Beautiful Blossoms die set (CED1535) from Creative Expressions.  I absolutely love this set as it's so incredibly versatile with 21 dies in the set.  I actually have to make myself put this set away as there are just so many possibilities of how to use it!

For this card (which measures 3 3/4" x 8 1/2"), I started by using one of the Noble Cut Corner Rectangle dies (CED5530) to cut an opening on my card front.  I did some extended die cutting to get the long rectangle shape. 

Next, I ink blended a background (making sure it was large enough to fit behind the rectangle opening and that there was enough left over to cut the sentiment from).  I used Distress Oxide inks in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.  To create the subtle background design, I put a piece of post-it note paper on cardstock and diecut one of the leafy dies from this.  Then I used just the post-it note diecut as a mask and gently inked over this on my ink blended background using the same Distress Oxide inks. 

I diecut several of the leaves and flowers from the Beautiful Blossoms set out of white cardstock, and then used alcohol markers to colour them in. The dies give a lovely deep impression on these florals, and to accent that, I lightly applied some Cosmic Shimmer Copper Pearl Opal Polish over the surface of the flowers using the sponge applicator that comes with the polish. It's hard to see in the photo, but in real life, there is a pretty shine.  I did the same to the bees which are from the Floral Panels - Peony set (CED2053).

Next, I stamped the "birthday" sentiment (from the Festive Collection - Happy CEDSD003), onto the card front with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers in my stamp positioner.  I actually stamped it 2-3 times and then clear heat embossed it.  I diecut the Happy sentiment 3 more times from white cardstock, stacked these behind the ink blended diecut, and glued this above the birthday sentiment.  Next, I positioned the ink blended piece behind the rectangle diecut opening and adhered it with double sided tape to the card base.  After removing the foam backing paper, I attached the card front to the base.  Finally, I finished the card by using glue to adhere all the little floral pieces as well as the bees.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a happy, creative day!

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Penguin Baby Card

Hi there! I have a cute little penguin card to share today. I have to confess, I really struggle to make clean and simple cards.  But I wanted this card to be sweetly simple, so I reined myself in when making this one. I had thoughts of adding glimmer paste, sequins, maybe an action wobbler etc, but I kept to my original idea of a CAS card. And I’m so glad I did because I actually love how this card turned out and how the penguin is the focus of the card.  Plus, it was a super fast and easy card to make! I used the Penguin with a Heart stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs for this one.

I started by ink blending some Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick and Kitsch Flamingo through a heart stencil (I used the “Love Splash” stencil from A Colorful Life Designs) in the lower right corner of my card front. I coloured the penguin with copic markers (N6, N4, R39, R29, R35, Y19, C1, and C0), and then cut him out and popped him up on foam tape for some dimension.  Although I made this card into a baby card, it could so easily be a thank you card, birthday card, or sending hugs just by changing the sentiment. This particular sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamp set. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day! 

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Interactive Slimline Card *Video*

Hi there.  I’ve got an interactive slimline card to share with you that I originally had intended to use in the Heffy Doodle/Gerda Steiner Designs blog hop that happened yesterday. But I had a creative burst and made a second card which I liked better for the blog hop, so I’m sharing this first one with you today. 


I’ve used the Deeply stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs and paired it with the You Go, Gull stamp set from Heffy Doodle.  I love how these stamps work so well together! I have a video for you if you want to see how I made this card and the bonus is, you don’t need any interactive dies for it! 

So to watch the video, PLEASE CLICK HERE 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you’re having a great day! 

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Heffy Doodle and Gerda Steiner Designs Collaboration Blog Hop


Welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Gerda Steiner Designs Collaboration Blog Hop!
Design Team members from both companies are sharing inspiration using products from both companies!

Front of the card when closed

Opened card

Side view of opened card

I have to say I had loads of fun creating this card! These stamp sets are just perfect together.  I’ve used the Big Bite stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs, and the You Go, Gull stamp set from Heffy Doodle.  This is a theatre fold style card which gave me lots of room for these stamps.  I’ve made a video for you, and I think it’s the easiest way to explain how these cards are made. It may look a little complicated, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll see, it’s really not that hard.  
To watch the video, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Here are the dimensions of cardstock required:

Front - 2 pieces (110# cardstock) 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
Back - 1 piece (110# cardstock) 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
Curtains - 2 pieces (80# cardstock) 4 1/8” x 5 1/2”  80# cardstock makes the curtains easier to open and close
Stage - 1 piece (110# cardstock)  1” x 5”
Sleeves - 2 pieces (any cardstock) 1/2” x 5 1/2”

To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop!
Gerda Steiner Designs will be giving away $35 and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £25 to their respective stores!  Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM on May 21st to be entered to win!

Each company will post their random winner on May 22nd at 10AM EST!  Make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and Gerda Steiner Designs Blog to see if you’re a winner!

You should have come from Jenn Bena and the next stop is Leica Palma

Blog Hop Lineup:

Heffy Doodle Blog
Cassie Trask

Cathy Chapdelaine

Jenn Bena

Karen McKibbin

Leica Palma’s

Noga Shefer

Carrie Rhoades

Jeannie Lieu

Gerda Steiner Designs Blog

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

You Grow Girl

Hi and welcome! I have a really quick and easy card today made with the brand new stamp set “Grow Happiness”  from Gerda Steiner Designs. This set is full of plants and one little kitten that managed to sneak into a flower pot, as well as some sweet sentiments. 

I copic coloured all my images - I may have had every shade of green I own, out to play! I die cut a window from white cardstock, but if you don’t own any window dies, you could just draw in a window or a simple room scene.  I pencilled in the area where the window would be, and then masked off the area outside this. I ink blended a cloudy sky with a cloud stencil, removed the masking tape and then glued my die cut into place over the ink blended area.  Then I arranged all my potted plants and the kitten around the window. Finally, I stamped and clear heat embossed the sentiment. I love how all the sentiments in this stamp set are so uplifting and positive. Definitely something we can all use these days. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a very happy, creative day!