Monday, April 23, 2018


Hey there crafty friends,

Today I'm back with a new layout I've created for the Just Nick Design Team.

This week we are focusing backgrounds and I've picked a gorgeous one that I don't think I've used before. Not that I can remember anyway! It's called Crazy Daisy background 2 and you can buy it here

I went with the beautiful Let Your Heart Decide collection from Pinkfresh Studio on this layout. I cut the cut file from white textured card stock and backed each flower the same way, using a different patterned paper for each petal.

I then adhered this onto the background paper I chose. Guys, I generally don't like red. Sure, I love red lipstick, red pumps and purses, accessories etc, but when it comes to paper crafting for instance, it's the last thing I would pick. Unless it's in a rainbow. But this paper is so awesome, it has a texture printed on it, almost like a knit. Then I love the gradient look from dark to light. Plus I just liked the way the cut file looked on it. Hence, red background paper!

When I use a full background cut file that I back with patterned paper, I usually don't embellish much. I created a cluster with the photo: I added some tissue paper behind the photo, a die cut frame on top as well as some other die cuts on two sides. 

For my title I also used a die cut from the ephemera pack which I popped up using foam adhesive.

I wrote my journaling on a sticker and created a small cluster at the right bottom. Then done! I don't like to cover up backgrounds like this, I spend way too much time on backing it for that!

I hope you like today's inspiration and give this look a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a fabulous week!


Pinkfresh Studio Spring Release Blog Hop

Hey crafty friends,

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Spring Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the water color extraordinaire Erum's blog! 

There's gorgeous new stamps and dies in this release again! Hop along to see all of them in action! I am showcasing the wonderful Folk Tree stamp set today, designed by Inna Moreva. It's a really versatile set, consisting of a ton of tiny little stamps that you can use many ways. I've made 4 cards, hope you'll like them!

For my first card I used a limited color palette, green, greys and corals/red. First I stamped the tree, then one by one added the little details, leaves, hearts and two birdies. I also stamped the sentiment. Then I mounted the card panel onto a slightly bigger red card stock which I then adhered onto an A2 size coral card stock, and all of this onto an A2 size top folding card base. I stamped an additional two birdies and fussy cut them, then using pop dots I adhered them too. Super simple and quick!

For my next card I picked a pink/grey color palette because I really wanted to use the blings that Lea sent me that same day! I stamped the tree in grey, added light grey leaves and tiny flowers in a couple of different pinks. I then added a few blings. I trimmed off the white panel just a little bit and adhered it onto an A2 size light pink card stock. Again, all of this onto an A2 size top folding card base. I embossed the sentiment on a strip of grey card stock and glued it on my card. To finish off this card I stamped two birdies in pink, fussy cut them and popped them up next to the sentiment. 

By the way, the birds don't have tail feathers but I used different leaf stamps to add some on 3 of the cards. Aren't those cute?

Since this set is called Folk Tree, I decided I'd create a card that reminds me of some Hungarian folk art. Here I mainly mean the colors. I stamped the tree in brown ink, added various leaves in green, then used a flower stamp to add different colors to my card. I didn't mask anything, with these small images I felt like it was not necessary. To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment, popped up two birdies (check the different tail feathers!) and added some red enamel dots.

My last card was inspired by the super talented May Park - I love the way she combines small images to stamp a background. So I thought I'd create a card without the tree, using only the flowers, dots and some leaves that look like hearts. I went with the same colors as on my previous card. I masked off an oval shape and stamped around it. Then I die cut two ovals in different sizes and colors. I glued these together, stamped my sentiment and adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive, so that the card is a bit more dimensional. At last I die cut some flowers using the super duper gorgeous Floral Frame with a Swan die, designed by Bea Valint (and showcased by Isha Gupta later in this hop!) and added these two my card. Some Nuvo drops and done!

Now for the fun part! Giveaway! Multiple even! So generous, check it out:

If you leave a comment on my blog by Friday, Apr 27, 5pm CST, you are eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Pinkfresh Studio store. In fact you can win this at every single stop in the blog! Winners to be announced Saturday morning.

There's more! If you leave a comment on the Pinkfresh blog by Friday, Apr 27, 5pm CST, you are eligible to win the whole entire spring stamp and die release! Whooo-hoo!

Wait, that's still not all! You get a free Party Animal stamp set with a $50 purchase, just use the code FREEPARTYWITH50. Valid from April 23, 12.01am CST thru April 29, 11.59pm CST. For the code to be valid, you need to add a minimum of $50 to your cart, then the Party Animal stamp set. Cart total will be $65+, then you use the code upon checkout!

Blog Hop Order (and stamp/die sets featured):

Your next stop is the wonderful Rebecca Luminarias! I hope you enjoy the hop!
Thanks for joining us!
Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spellbinders blog hop featuring Sharon Sowell, Marisa Job, Stacey Caron and Lene Lok

Hi there crafty friends,

Today I'm joining the Spellbinders blog hop showcasing the following four collections:

You should have arrived here from the super talented Rubeena's blog!

To create today's card I used a wonderful floral die from the Blooming Garden collection by Marisa Job. I die cut the shape twice, once from patterned paper and a second time from white card stock. I created an A2 size card base from white heavy weight card stock and adhered an A2 size striped patterned paper panel on the front.

I then glued down the patterned paper die cut using liquid glue. Now, I prefer dimension on my cards so I added foam dots to the negative shapes in the flowers I cut from white card stock. I adhered these down. I fussy cut some black and white leaves from a patterned paper and attached them around the flowers. For my sentiment I used a die cut circle. To finish off my card I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops. 

I don't like to waste anything, so I thought I'd use at least a part of the white die cut shape too. I fussy cut out one of the flowers and glued it onto the flap of a black envelope. I also added in the negative shapes I had left from the patterned paper die cut. Done! I hope you like how it turned out!


Now for the fun part! Giveaway yay! There's two chances for you to win, here's how:

1. To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on the Spellbinders blog by Sunday, April 22nd 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on the Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

2. You can also win a $25 gift certificate to the Spellbinders shop right here on my blog! To be eligible please leave a comment on this post by Sunday, April 22nd 11:59 pm EDT. Easy peasy! I will announce the winner in this blog post shortly after the giveaway closes. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes, if applicable.


Winner is Marie Siler - Please check my answer to your comment!

Thanks so much everyone for all your kind comments! X

Your next stop is the wonderful Elena Salo. You can find the full blog hop list below:
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy hopping!
Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Keepin' it real - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there crafty friends,

I'm back today with a new layout I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team. I've picked the Diamond Background cut file (Design ID: 219435) and a mixture of Paige's five collections: Pick-Me-Up, Take Me Away, Fancy Free, Turn the Page and Oh My Heart.

First I modified the cut file in Silhouette Studio, I made it smaller, duplicated it and welded the two together to get this vertical design. I cut the cut file out of white textured card stock which I then adhered to the patterned paper I chose for my background. 

I went through Paige's different collections and searched for yellow, green and blue patterned papers to create an ombre look. Well, technically not ombre because it's several colors, but you know what I mean. 

My laziness got the best of me and instead of cutting the small diamond shapes with my Cameo, I hand cut them. I figured it would be quicker because I had many different papers and it's always so time consuming to place several scarps in the right spot on the Silhouette mat. But if that's easier for you, by all means, do it that way!

I used foam adhesive to pop up each small diamond to create dimension. Then I added a bunch of things behind my photo: tags, die cuts, journaling spots - just to add some color. I kept to the color scheme though, and went from yellow to blue from top to bottom. I glued down this cluster and started adding embellishments.

I attached some chipboard, puffy and card stock stickers to the photo plus a cute little clip. I then pulled out small embellies that matched in color and glued them down in various spots on the diamonds. 

I scattered coordinating color enamel dots around the page. For title I used a thicker phrase from the Take Me Away collection. I really love the pearl finish on it as well as the font - Paige, do you want to add more of these in future collections?! Pretty please? 

To finish off my page, I added some navy shimmer spray and wrote up my journaling. Done!

I hope you like this page and I could inspire you in one way or the other!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Love you to the moon and back - DT layout for Just Nick

Hey there friends,

I'm stopping by to share my latest creation for Just Nick!

This week we have free reign on which cut files we use and I chose one I've used many times but can't get tired of: the Henna Heart. I've used the adorable Little You collection from Crate Paper on this layout.

I cut the cut file from textured white card stock, then backed the flowers with yellow card stock, the leaves with different patterned papers. I layered some tissue papers behind my photo and adhered it onto the patterned paper I chose for my background. I added some paper strips at the top and at the bottom and used my sewing machine to add some texture to these.

I kept embellishing to a minimum: I used some enamel dots and wooden buttons for my flower centers and attached some stickers here and there.

For the title I went with a generic chipboard sticker because the photo is generic too, no special event or anything, it just captures my son's favourite position to sleep in. Finally I added an adorable paper clip to my photo, wrote my journaling and splattered some black ink all around my page. That's it!

I hope you like how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today and have an awesome week friends!


Friday, April 6, 2018

Card inspirations with the Spellbinders April card kit

Hey there,

Did you guys know that Spellbinders offers different kinds of subscriptions? One of them is the monthly card kit. You can find out more about it here

Today I'm sharing 7 cards I've created with the April 2018 kit! The kit is jam packed with goodies, patterned papers, die cuts, dies, stickers, ribbons, jewels, charms, envelopes and card bases, you name it. And my most favourite: gold metallic paper. It's so pretty! And so thick! And fingerprints don't show on it! Is it weird I get excited about the smallest things haha?!

It's always interesting to work with kits because often they are different from what I would choose for myself. It's pretty much always a challenge, but I like a good challenge! This month the kit has a very nice spring feel to it!  So I absolutely had to use lots of flowers and butterflies of course!

Without further ado, here are my cards up close!

I hope you like! I actually added these to my mom's gift basket for mothers' day, the colors reminded me of her! 

Any questions about how I made something just leave a comment down below!

Thanks for stopping by today!

See you soon,