Tuesday, January 1, 2019

7th Annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop + Giveaways!

Congratulations to JanR!

Happy New Year and welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! Latisha Yoast started this annual hop six years ago to celebrate the spirit of giving over the holidays and I'm thrilled to be part of it again this year. Every single company or design on the list below has a giveaway! All you need to do is visit their blogs and leave a comment. Grab your favourite beverage, a snack or two, and start hopping!

You've seen me dress up Beau & Beatrice Beaver with Hello Winter accessories and now I'm dressing up a family of takeout cups and a mug from Perk Up. Happy New Year from my family to yours! We're wishing you warm, cozy winter sentiments from the Classic Christmas stamp set. ;)

First, I stamped all of the images using Archival Jet Black ink and watercolored them using the distress inks listed in the supply list below. Then I trimmed them using scissors and extended the scarf from Hello Winter since it wasn't wide enough for the big coffee cup. If you look closely, you can see the extra piece I added.

I drew in the smile on the little cup using a Copic multi-liner. The steam representing the little guy's hair is from Sassy Coffee and it's smudged because I added it after all of the images were adhered with foam tape. I don't mind the smudge though, since the right side of the curve looks three-dimensional. I was lucky I didn't ruin the entire card!

To finish, I added googly eyes to all the cups and stamped falling snowflakes from Hello Winter using the same distress ink colours I used to watercolour the images.

Here's the full list of hop participants:


For my giveaway, you have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, January 7, 2019 to leave a comment for your chance to win the following products. I will announce the winner via Random.org on my blog shortly thereafter. Please remember to check back here to see if you're the lucky winner! A lot of my giveaway winners do not contact me and I have no way of contacting them so I have to re-draw to be fair to the other participants. To make it easy, please leave your email address with your comment. :)

The winner chooses
$35 worth of product
from my sale page!
*If a Canadian winner is chosen, the value will be $50.

I hope you all have an amazing New Year filled with love, happiness and crafty goodness. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, December 21, 2018

{Lawn Fawn} Christmas 2018 Teacher Gifts

A couple of days ago, I shared an in-process photo on Instagram and here are the finished gift boxes with assorted Lindt chocolate balls inside! My son loves handing out holiday treats to his teachers and it's fun to make them several times a year. Lawn Fawn's adorable stamps and dies make it easy to create perfectly-themed gift boxes.

As you know, my son is in his third year of piano lessons. He also started playing percussion in September after a fun week at summer band camp which got him hooked. The little boy elf and drum from Holiday Helpers with the music stand and sheet music from Critter Concert represent his new-found passion perfectly! All I had to do was add a speech bubble and sentiment from Say What? Christmas Critters with the stage curtains from the Shadow Box Card Theater Add-On for the perfect stage. I was delighted to discover that the whole scene fit perfectly on the Goodie Bag.

I was able to fit four chocolate Lindt balls of various flavours in each bag and secured them with 12" of silver metallic string from May Arts Ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, December 15, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Flora & Fauna + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our other videos in this series, check out the original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're featuring the super fun and whimsical Animal Sweaters by Flora & Fauna! These stamps and dies are also sold separately at Ellen Hutson and you can find those links below.

I created a tall 3.25" x 6.5" card to show movement via ombre colours, starting with the lightest shades at the top and darkest colours at the bottom.  The dressed up pug is so adorable, isn't he? I just love the tiny little sweater and antlers with crystal star sequins!

In addition to the change in colours, I also positioned the gifts so that they would appear to be changing and 'moving' as the eyes travel down the card, as if that little pug is telling a story via the sentiment. The contrast between the smooth images against the linen card base is a nice contrast and adds more visual interest to this clean and simple design.

We’re giving away one $25 gift certificate to the Flora & Fauna shop. One lucky winner will be chosen randomly from my video or Kalyn’s video. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on December 22, 2018 and the winner will be announced in the YouTube description for today's video before the next video goes live. Be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

Please head over to Kalyn's blog and YouTube channel to see her sweet take on Animal Sweaters!

Thanks so much for stopping by!