Thursday, August 31

Selected, retired digital stamps at an incredibly low price for just 48 hours.
No rainchecks. No repeats.

Prehistoric Party
digital stamps

Monday, August 28

Wild About You

I have this fabulous wood grain embossing folder that looks awesome when used with kraft cardstock and a swipe of brown ink. It's the perfect foreground for a happy collection of farm animals!

Digital Stamps:

Saturday, August 26


Anesha has added to her stash with these two fabulous cards featuring the little dogs from the new Over the Back Fence set of digital stamps. She added a large sentiment beneath each image and completed the projects with awesome hand-drawn borders.

Thursday, August 24

Cynthia's Crafts

Cynthia has created a decorated candle that would be perfect to gift to a dear friend. She used a combination of the digital "buttons" and "enamel dots" to decorate the top of the candle and one of the sentiments for the bottom, with a fabulous yellow bow around the centre.

She also made these two fabulous cards with various components from the Daisy Elements set.

Tuesday, August 22

Daisy Projects

One productive afternoon, I printed everything from the Daisy Elements set, then trimmed, punched and cut my way through it all! I managed to create four cards before I ran out of steam... not bad for an afternoon in the craft room.



Digital Stamps:

Sunday, August 20

You're How Old??

Karin has created this fun, personalised birthday card using the animals from the new Over The Back Fence set of digital stamps. The strip of numbers below the image gives the animals something to "lean on" while also proclaiming the age of the birthday boy!

Friday, August 18

Tutorial - Multi Diamond Panel Cards

Strictly speaking, this is more a design tutorial than a card fold tutorial, but it's versatile, relatively simple and gives a fabulous end result... all the things I love in a good card. I will also point out that the original project uses a piece of acetate as the card front, and has a spring element in the centre that permanently holds the card closed. Any personalised greetings are added on the back. It's a beautiful card and I highly recommend visiting Sam Calcott's YouTube channel to see for yourself.

1. You'll need one 6" square card blank, eight 2" x 2" pieces of white cardstock; eight 13/4" x 13/4" pieces of patterned paper - four in one colour and four in a contrasting colour; one 3" x 3" piece of white cardstock; and one 23/4" x 23/4" piece of patterned paper, plus embellishments of your choice.

2. Start by securing all the patterned paper to the cardstock, leaving a small white border around all four sides.

3. Placing the first four squares is the trickiest part. I found it easiest to use a centring ruler to get an even placement, but you can simply eyeball it if you prefer. The corners of the squares closest to the edges of the card should come all the way to the edge. See the photo below.

4. To place the second layer of squares (if you are as fussy as I am about things being straight), draw a vertical line and a horizontal line at the half way points of your card, stopping just short of the edge.

5. Match the points of the squares with the lines you drew for even, straight placement.

6. Secure the 3" x 3" cardstock to the centre of the previous two layers, then decorate as desired.


Wednesday, August 16

Daisy Elements

Anesha has been busily creating some fun projects using the Daisy Elements set of digital stamps, papers and embellishments. Her first project is a decorated box, perfect for holding handmade cards, a gift, or projects that are under construction. 

She also made three beautiful cards using a combination of images and sentiments from the same set.

Monday, August 14

Everything Papercraft - Brayering

A brayer is a hand-held tool used to break up and spread ink during the printing process. Originally created in the late 19th century, brayers were used to smooth and spread pads of ink before they were applied to the printing plate. This ensured an even distribution and prevented over-inking and bleeding. Modern printers rarely use brayers, although they can still be found in artisanal settings or for historical re-enactments.
As paper crafters, we use rubber brayers to smoothly transfer ink to large areas of paper or cardstock, mostly commonly to create backgrounds. The process of rolling the brayer through the ink helps to spread the pigment, and blend colours when more than one ink is used.

Saturday, August 12

Wobble Heads

Remember those little wobble springs that were popular a decade or so ago? Well... I came across a packet the other day and thought they would be great for these cute pooches!

Digital Stamps:

Thursday, August 10

Back Fence Projects

Today, Cynthia is sharing three fabulous projects she created with the images from the Over the Back Fence set of digital stamps. The first two items are fun and colourful cards, decorated with bright paper, die cuts, and enamel dots. Her final project is a bookmark that would be perfect to gift to the animal lover in your life.

Tuesday, August 8

Hot Tip Tuesday

Choosing colours for images doesn't have to be a difficult process. Start by selecting the cardstock and patterned paper you wish to use, then match your markers, pencils or inks. Generally, you'll achieve a better result by limiting the palette to two or three, plus black & white. But... if it's a riot of colour you're after, then go for it!

Sunday, August 6

Fresh As A Daisy

Karin has used a combination of yellows and greens to create her Daisy Elements cards.
They're bright and cheerful and perfect for happy hellos and birthday greetings!