Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mother's Day

Hello, here to share with you a classic black and white card for 
Mother's Day. 

There is a great video by Gina K Designs that showcases the two embossing folder technique you see here in this card.  I choose two Sizzix folders and sanded my embossing lightly.

You can see how well the Core'dinations Core Essentials, Snowflake and the Graphic 45 Signature Series, Photogenic complement each other with their mat finish. Both Cardstocks are my favorite.
Add a sheer ribbon and some crystals by Zva Creative and your card is a classic that will make mom proud.

Core'dinations Supplies

G45 Signature Series, Photogenic
Core Essentials Snowflake
Sand It Set

 Other Supplies

Zva Creative Crystals
Unity Stamp Co.
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink
Sizzix Embossing folders
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow Mono Adhesive

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coast to Coast Show Toronto

Hello:  The April 11th  weekend was a great weekend for the artist and paper crafter in Southern Ontario.  The Coast to Coast Show in Toronto and Scrapfest in Kitchener. 

Here is a photo where I am helping some ladies complete a Powertex make and take in Toronto.

These ladies enjoyed the opportunity of a hands-on experience with Powertex.

Here is a photo of Scrapfest in Kitchener with Elizabeth  showcasing Westcott Brand Scissors and Banners of Hope.

There are a couple more shows coming up in April 2014.

The Creative Festival in Toronto and Bloomin Earth Festival in Kitchener.
Both shows are held the weekend of April 25-26, 2014.

Next Coast to Coast show is being held in London, Ontario the weekend of August 6-9, 2014.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Bunnies

Hello,  I have a cute little shaped card that would be great to enclose with a gift this Easter.
Sometimes it's a refreshing change to make a shaped card.  Here I used the Core'dinations Core Essential's Pastel Collection of Cardstock. Embossed and sanded the card to have the inner core show through.
I embellished my card with a die cut from Spellbinders, May Arts Ribbon and ScrapFX chipboard to give the card some happiness.  The Core'dinations Pastel collection colors co-ordinate so well with each other.

Core'dinations Supplies

Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Sand It Set

Other Supplies
May Arts Ribbon
Spellbinders Die
ScrapFX chipboard
Unity Stamp Co.
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink
Tombow Adhesive, Mono and Foam Tabs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Card

Hello, lets welcome Spring early and see if that melts the snow on my street.

 Here is a card designed to do just that, Cupcake Inspirations have the perfect color challenge to bring on spring.  Visit  the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge # 254,  and have fun being part of the community.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ann Butler Designs & Unity Stamp Co.

Create something beautiful today.  That is my challenge for you.  To-day, I have made a ribbon cuff featuring Ann Butler Designs Unity Stamps.  This fun project takes me back to a beach day with weathered finds along the beach and being creative with what you have when you and your best friend at 13 years old spent a day at the beach.

Here I have collected my supplies and got started with custom designing my clay buttons with Ann Butler Unity Stamps.

The clay buttons were made from Makins Clay, a no bake polymer clay.

I rolled out the clay, cut tiny squares of clay and squeezed the clay between two of the Ann Butler Unity stamps for a rustic imprint of the pattern design.  Dried my clay buttons overnight before inking.

I iinked my buttons with Ann Butler Designs Clearsnap Colorbox Ink and stamped my ribbons with the 1" Unity Stamps.  Embellishing my doily lace cuff with May Arts Ribbons and clay buttons took me back to those summer days at the beach.

I have worn my "Empowering Ribbon Cuff" while designing in my studio to bring me lots of inspiration for projects that I am creating.  It seems to be a magical bracelet for creativity.
 Ann Butler Designs Supplies
1" Unity Stamp Co., Leaves all over
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink

Other Supplies

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Card with Core'dinations

Spring brings thoughts of new buds and greenery and that is the sign we all look for to indicate the beginning of a wonderful time of year.  My CAS card has been embossed using the Couture Creations embossing folder from the Fresh and Fun collection, Magical and Sizzix Flourish folder.
Gather some supplies and this CAS card will come together quickly.

 I used Core Essentials Pastels Collection pack for this card.  Embossed and lightly sanded with my Sand it Gadget. Gently dust off my sanded cardstock with my Dust Buddy and you will reveal the light tones of the inner core.
Stamp your sentiment and image onto a die cut label, adhere with some Helmar's Zap Dots onto the card to give some dimension to your card.  Embellish with some rhinestones and ribbon and your CAS card is ready to go.
Core'dinations Supplies
Core'dinations Core Essentials Pastel Collection
Sand it Gadget and  Dusty Buddy 
Other supplies
Embossing folders:  Sizzix and Couture Creations
Spellbinders die
May Arts Ribbon
Helmar Adhesives

Friday, March 21, 2014

EZ-De' Stamps by Ann Butler

Hello and Welcome to another creative day of card making.  I would like to share a card today showcasing a borderless stamp by Ann Butler Designs.  I used the EZ-De's Easy Design Elements by Kellycraft stamp.

I used the 1" Rail Fence Set to anchor my die cut window onto my card.  This Rail Fence Stamp Set has unlimited options and I really enjoy the 7" length to the design of this bar code type of stamp.  The 7" truly gives a great deal of flexibility from card to layout and off the page stamping opportunities.
So, lets get start with this card tutorial.  I usually collect all of my supplies after some testing of ink colors with paper colors and sentiment greetings.  Once I feel happy that they will all work I get stated with a sketch and its like magic putting the card together.

I die cut my window using the Spellbinders ### die.  I selected Core'dinations Cardstock from the Whitewash Collection and used the A2 card from the Core Card Pastel collection in the Dahlia color.  Edge distressed my white mat and sanded the matt to have the inner core show through the white wash.  I flipped another mat over and used the colored side as my front panel for stamping.

To start with I decided to take out my Kellycraft ruler which I have had in my tool cupboard  for a while and thought this would work well with the Ann Butler Designs border-less stamps.

Got things line up and inked up my stamp with Ann Butlers ColorBox Crafter's Lilac Ink.
Next I got out my Westcott Brand Scissors and improvised the matching 2 flowers blooms.  I had to take one bloom apart and create a bud and smaller bloom from the original.  Cutting the wire with Westcott Brand scissors worked well.

Once my Ann Butler 1" Rail Fence stamped impression dried I was able to stamp an image and sentiment onto the card and embellish my card.   Here is a final look at the finished card featuring the 1" EZ-De's stamp by Ann Butler.

Ann Butler Designs Supplies

EZ-De's Kelly Craft 1" Rail Fence Stamp
Color Box Crafter's Ink

Other Supplies
Core'dinations Whitewash collection; A2 Core Card  base
Kellycraft Laser Square
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue and Xtreme tape runner
Zva Creative Crystals
May Arts Ribbon
Maya Road stick pins

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Signs of Spring with Core'dinations

Here today to share a CAS spring card with you.  

The Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions is a great pack of paper to create cards with.  Find the pre-printed sentiment on the cardstock sheet, size the greeting to your card size and you can make a quick card without touching any ink.  

 Sand lightly with your Sand it Gadget and clean your sentiment using the Dust Buddy.

Punch out an embellishment using your Marvy Uchida Clever Lever Silhouette and Embossing punch, SE-E02 Heart Butterfly and add a bit of ribbon. I punched my butterfly from the Spotted Collection, Jillian Vavavoom color.

Core'dinations Cardstock supplies

Tim Holtz and Ranger Adirondack Collection, Stonewashed 
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions, Spring/Easter 
Spotted Jillian Collection, Vavavoom color 

Other Supplies

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Butterflies are symbols of transformation through the process of metamorphosis. Butterflies are also symbolic of faith since its many transformations act as transitions in people's lives.  March is a time when weather starts to change no matter where you are on this globe we call the world.
Butterfly front
I am  looking  forward to the change in weather and remember the butterflies will soon be presenting summer months for many of us.
Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive worked perfectly for this delicant embellished layout.
Butterfly 450
I also used Helmar's Acid Free Glue for the die cut embellishments.
Butterfly closeup
The Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive allow's designers to hold the embellishments in place for a short time and the Adhesive sets the embellishments giving the butterflies the appearance of flight.
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Core'dinations Cardstock, Black Magic and Chocolate Box
Darice Gemstones
Quickkuts die
Spellbinders die

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Scrap365 March 2014 Sketch Challenge

Scrap365 is a UK based magazine for enthusiastic scrapbookers and I would like to share a layout that I created with some of my favorite products for the Scrap 365 March 2014 sketch challenge.  Be sure to visit Scrap 365 for great inspirational creations showcased by the Design Team at Scrap 365.

I have showcased some lovely designed, well cut chipboard from ScrapFX on this layout.  Be sure to visit ScrapFX and become a member of their community.

I painted the chipboard with winter white paint, stamped a design onto the dried paint and then applied a crackle medium to give the title and compass a worn weathered look.

I have a few favorite pattern paper companies and one of them is Maja Designs. MajaDesign Corp is situated in Uddevalla, Sweden.  I had the pleasure of meeting owner, Marie at CHA this past  January and Marie is as sweet as her designed paper collections.  Here I am creating with the Vintage Spring Basics collection. Be sure to become a member of the Maja Designs community and get some of their beautiful pattern papers for your works of art.

The base of my layout as well as my embossed strips of colored cardstock is by Core'dinations Cardstock.  Be sure to visit Core'dinations Cardstock.  The Design Team really know how to design beautiful projects showcasing the inner colored core of this quality cardstock.  Here I have embossed several different collections by Core'dinations.  (Gemstone, Whitewash, Black Magic, Distressed and Vintage). I have demonstrated 2 techniques using Core'dinations Cardstock; Distressing and Antiquing.  Visit Core'dinations Cardstock and watch the video's which teach crafters all kinds of techniques.

Zva Creative crystals.........
Love Zva!!  I met the owner and one of the designers while I was a CHA this past January.  I suggested that I would love to be on their design team since my name is Ava, the family likes the name Ava  and I could easily change the spelling of my name to Eva, Zva whatever works.  (smile)

One last look at my many layered layout, which was inspired from the Scrap 365 March Sketch.

Enjoy your visit to some of my favorite industry leaders in the hobby and craft industry.