Canada, Eh! – Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop

Happy Canada Day!

I am celebrating by hopping along with the July Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop! This month we have 3 amazing Canadian themed prized packs PLUS I am personally giving a prize away that is worth $74.00. Want to know what it is and how you can win? You will have to head to my YouTube channel to find a secret Canada themed card and the details on how you can win!

Today I am so excited to share an amazing stamp and die bundle from Hero Arts called the Layering Mountains at the Lake Bundle. This stamp set is stunning! It was originally release last year at this time and it sold out quickly! I am happy to say that Hero Arts has re-released it in 2020 and it is the perfect stamp set for me to use for my Canada Day card! I live in Calgary, so I am just a hop, skip and jump away from the beautiful Rocky Mountains. In particular, I love the Mountain sunsets. That was the inspiration today’s scene card.

To create the colourful sunset, I am using Distress Oxide inks in the colours Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet. I blend these inks with both my regular blending tool and the Picket Fence blending brushes. Both these tools helped me to get the perfect colour intensity and blending of the inks. I am also using my Wendi Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion to hold my cardstock in place.

I will then move onto the stamping. I am absolutely in love with the detail of these layering stamps! For these images I am using regular Distress Inks in the colours, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, Weathered Wood, Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke. I also pulled out my Unicorn White from Hero Arts.

You will want to have some sort of stamp platform in case you need to double stamp a layer. I am using the Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect today. Both the mountains and the trees have two layers. A base layer and a more detailed layer. I found that you can switch with having a darker background and lighter detail layer, but having the lighter background and darker detailed layer was visually more pleasing and had more detail (for me). I continued the same stamping process for the trees. (Watch my YouTube video to find out what cool stamping trick I found out you could do with these stamps)

This stamp and die bundle comes with 4 dies. I noted that two of the dies lines up perfectly, one for the mountain and one for the trees. The other mountain and tree die seemed to be almost a “bonus”. I couldn’t get them to line up with the stamps but can see that you could use them to die cut coloured cardstock and then can add shadowing with either ink blending or copic markers. However, for today’s card, I stuck with the coordinating dies.

I like to build my scene and then take a picture before adhering everything down. This way I can remember where things go…or visually compare if I decide to tweak something. I will then adhere the images with Gina K Connect glue. Using a liquid adhesive gives me time to wiggle images into the perfect place before they are set.

I like the idea of the scene being framed so I decided to run the panel through my Gemini Jr. and die cut a boarder from the MFT Wonky Stitched border die. I was so surprised that despite all the layers I had the Gemini Jr. was able to cut through all of them! I must have made the perfect sandwich! Lol!

To help the sunset pop even more I adhered the scene onto some smoke grey cardstock and stamped my sentiment with Versafine Claire Nocturne Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally, I wanted to add the birds but was afraid of stamping them in an area I didn’t like. I pulled out a scrap piece of acetate (probably from some old packaging of items I purchased from Scrap’N Stamp” and layer that over my card. I don’t want to ruin it now!!! This now lets me stamp the images to see what it will look like before committing! Once I have the birds in the perfect place and stamped all that is left to do is adhere the panel onto an A2 sized card base and we are done!

My next cards to warn you are silly and one may even be thought as “inappropriate”. I thought of so many funny Canada cards I couldn’t get them all done!

I strayed from the typical A2 card and decided to create a shaped card. Using my Silhouette machine (although you can easily create this without the machine) I found a fun winter hat (known as a “toque” in Canada) and was able to easily create a shaped card. I wanted to step up the card even more and give it some fun texture by using White Thermoweb Flocking for the fur and pom-pom. When cutting flocking transfer sheets with your Silhouette or Cricut, you will want to make sure you lay a piece of scrap paper onto the adhesive carrier sheet and lay your flocking down onto that fuzzy side down (secure edges with low tack adhesive). Otherwise, your fuzzy flocking will stick to the transfer sheet and ruin your flocking and the sheet! If you try to cut it fuzzy side up….the blade will scrape the flocking off. You can also just fussy cut out with scissors too!

I adhered patterned paper (good ‘ol Canadian Lumberjack pattern or paper that looks knit is fun!) and the flocking onto the shaped card base I created with an adhesive tape runner. For one of the cards I die cut out the word “Sorry” several times from white cardstock and stacked them together to adhere onto the front of the card and on the inside I wrote: ” it toque me to long to get this card to you” (GROAN! I know!) The other card I just left blank and will likely make it into a Christmas card.

For my last card (or is it? Go to my YouTube channel to find out!) I am using one of my favourite stamps sets from My Favorite Things (anyone else struggle to spell it like that?) BB Sweater Weather in the Woods. These adorable woodland creatures are perfect for a Canadian themed card! I couldn’t resist using the beaver and thought it would be cute to use our National animal in place of the maple leaf for this flag inspired card. I used some masking techniques by using Gina K’s Masking Magic Sheets to stamp the images so the beaver looked like he was wearing the toque. The trick to masking is making sure you stamp the image that you want to appear “on top” or “in front” first and then place the mask over that image and stamp the next. I hope that makes sense! My ink of choice for this project is the Memento Tuxedo Black ink as I will be using Copic markers to colour this cutie in! For the sides of the flag I just cut strips of red cardstock and adhered them with some Gina K Connect liquid adhesive and hand lettered “OH! CANADA!” with a black Copic liner.

NOW! The funny/inappropriate (?) part of the card is the inside….

To clarify for those of you who don’t know…. a Beaver Tail is a doughnut like pastry dessert shaped like a beaver’s tail. So…really the only dirty part is if you get the kind with glaze or melted chocolate on top! lol!

All right you Hosers! That’s it for me today and for this blog hop! I hope you enjoyed today’s Canadian inspired cards! Remember there are several ways you can win the prize packs (including my super secret one!): COMMENT on all the blog participants blogs. You can get there by clicking the links below. LIKE and SUBSCRIBE on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram! SHARE! – because it is the Canadian thing to do to share things you like with others! We love having new people find out how incredibly cool and kind we are! I am off to get a Tim’s and may even see Mike from Canmore there!

Oh…and here’s a hint to win my secret prize….”May 2, 1670″……remember you can find out more details on how to enter to win in today’s YouTube video here…..

Did you know Scrap’N Stamp has a Facebook Challenge Page? You might even when a prize if you participate in our monthly challenge and share your inspired creations!

Need to start the blog hop from the beginning? Here are the links!

Tara/ SNS
Chala – You are Here!

Perfect Pearls – Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop

Perfect Pearls - Crafting Through the Chaos of Life - Chala
Perfect Pearls

Wow! June already and here we are with another Blog Hop for Scrap’N Stamp! This month we are showcasing an often forgotten craft item, Perfect Pearls. I am sure everyone has at least one container in their stash and if you don’t…..why not!? This product is so versatile and we are here to share some of our favourite tricks, trips and techniques with you. As this month’s featured product, Scrap’N Stamp has Perfect Pearls at 10% for this weekend only! Make sure you head on over to take advantage of this deal!

As always, we ask that you make sure you check out each Design Members blog post and you can do that my clicking the links at the end of this post. Leave us a comment and you will have a chance to a $50.00 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Certificate. Remember to share your creations on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook page and these blog posts with all your crafty friends so they can take part in the fun!

I want to start off by letting you know what Perfect Pearls actually is. Perfect Pearls is a pigment bases universal craft medium in powder form with a built in binder. What does this actually mean? Well, you can use it in basically on, or with, any craft project. You can use it wet or dry, on its own, or with other craft mediums. The built in binder helps the pigment bind to the cardstock without the need to use a sealing agent. Most crafters will use Perfect Pearls in one of two ways; With a sticky ink such as Rangers Perfect Medium (or you can also use Versamark) or adding it to water to create a beautiful shimmery mist.

The last time I checked there were approximately 28 different colours of Perfect Pearls, but the “Perfect Pearl” colour of Perfect Pearls is probably the most used for its perfect pearlescent shimmer. Today I want to show you how I used it to create three cards.

One technique most people don’t know about is using it with layering stamps to create a unique look. The stamp set I will be using is actually a turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th called Darling Petals. It comes with a few stand alone layering floral images that I thought would work really well to create a custom background.

There is a misconception that you can only use Perfect Pearls on dark coloured cardstocks. This is not true at all. However, for my first card I do want to use a dark cardstock as I thought it would show up better on the YouTube tutorial video.

I have trimmed down some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock to a standard A2 size card panel and I will be using the Perfect Pearls colours Pink Gumball, Turquoise from the Letter It set #3 and Sunflower Sparkle. You can purchase Perfect Pearls in sets or you can also purchase them individually. If you are purchasing them for the first time I would recommend one of the sets as it will provide you with a couple of colours, the perfect medium and the ranger application brush.

I pulled out the two different size of florals and the coordinating layers as well as the layered leaf stamps and I am going to create my background by stamping the first layer of the floral with Versamark and then picking up a small amount of the Perfect Pearls with the application brush and applying it to the stamped area in gentle circular motions. You don’t need to use much of the product at all and surprising this small little container will last you a long time!

Once you have covered the entire stamped area with the Perfect Pearls you can burst the excess off into a coffee filter and return the leftover power back into the container. I like to use a big makeup brush that I got from the dollar store, but you can also use the applicator brush. Clean up is simple by using a microfibre cloth or a Swiffer cloth to pick up loose powder.

I now move on to the next layer of the stamp. For this next step you do not have to add any ink. You can use the stamp dry, press onto the top of the pigment powder and it will lift it off. If you don’t want to waste this power you can then stamp it down onto another piece or simply just wipe the stamp off with a wet cloth to remove it. I will continue this process using the different sizes and layers of the stamps and the different colours of the Perfect Pearls. You can see in the photo below the neat layering look you get with this technique.

Once you have the entire back ground stamp and covered with the Perfect Pearls you will want to give it time to set and dry. As mentioned above, there is a built in binder, however, I still like to make sure that none of it is going to come off. You can mist a small amount of water into he air and then wave the card base through it or you can use an acrylic base sealer. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area if you are using a sealer and be sure not to oversaturate the cardstock.

For the sentiment I am going to be using the large “hugs” sentiment stamp from the Concord & 9th Hugs and Cuddles stamp set. I will simply stamp it right on top of the Perfect Pearls background with Versamark ink and then add white embossing powder and heat set. You will will want to make sure that you give your project time to dry and to use an embossing buddy or antistatic powder to coat the background really well as embossing powder likes to stick to the Perfect Pearls. If you have some embossing powder where you don’t want it, you can use a soft brush to remove any excess. I then trim down the base, adhered it to some Lawn Fawn Sunflower Cardstock and then adhere all of that to a side folding cardbase. I couldn’t resist giving this card a bit more bling by adding some sequins with Glossy Accents.

Perfect Perfect Pearls - Crafting Through the Chaos of Life - Chala

For my next card I want to show you how amazing Perfect Pearls can look on white cardstock as well.

I want to create a simpler design to really let the Perfect Pearls portion of this card shine! I am going to create a circle mask with some masking paper and a circle die. I will then lay that on top of my A2 size card base and apply Versamark ink all over to really ink up the circle portion of the mask. I will then apply the Sunflower Spark Perfect Pearls again, using the application brush and circular motions.

I will brush off the excess and remove the mask. Because I am again stamping directly on top of the Perfect Pearls I want to make sure it has time to set and I will also treat it with and acrylic sealer and make sure it has time to dry. Again, you don’t have to use a sealer but this is my personal preference. I chose a really simply silhouette style floral image stamp and stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink using my Stamp Perfect so that I can stamp the image a few times to get a good impression.

I chose the Stazon on ink as the Perfect Pearls creates a very smooth surface and I don’t want the stamping to smudge. I will set that aside to give it time to set and then come back and add a very simple sympathy sentiment.

I trim down the card base to create a simple panel (and to hide the fact that I didn’t have my images centred) and then adhered that panel onto some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock and then adhered all of that onto a top folding card base. The shine from the Perfect Pearls in real life is absolutely stunning! I wish I could accurately capture it on film!

Perfect Pearls - Crafting Through the Chaos of Life - Chala
Perfect Pearls - Crafting Through the Chaos of Life - Chala

My final card today is extremely simple. I simply applied Versamark onto an entire A2 Card panel and covered it with the Pink Gumball Perfect Pearls and layered an intricate background die cut overtop and embellished with some Studio Katia iridescent pearls. I added a very simple white embossed “Thank you” sentiment from the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill in Stamp set. This set would be absolutely gorgeous as well done up with the Perfect Pearls!

Perfect Pearls - Crafting Through the Chaos of Life - Chala
Perfect Pearls - Crafting Through the Chaos of Life - Chala

One other technique that I didn’t get time to do but still wanted to share was the use of the Versamark Marker to create your own handwriting or doodles and then add the extra special element of the Perfect Pearls shimmer.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post! Let me know which is your favourite card and what technique you are excited to use with your Perfect Pearls. You can watch how the cards came together by watching the YouTube tutorial here:

Next up on the Blog Hop is Susan!

If you haven’t started from the beginning or have missed a participants blog, please click on their name below. Remember to leave your comments for your chance to win the $50.00 Gift Certificate.

Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty!


Simple Sentiments

Hello Everyone!

I am a bit behind in sharing some of my videos to my personal blog! Yikes! So here is a look at a post I did a couple of months ago for Scrap’N Stamp. Hope you enjoy!

Today’s cards are the product of me playing around in the craft room and creating cards with simple sentiments and colourful backgrounds.

I find that with so many exciting new products on the marked we can sometimes forget about the products we have already purchase and are sitting in our craft rooms.  I’m not going to lie, I want to buy all the things too….but, sometimes you have to resist!  So, I challenged myself to go back to the basics and create some simple, fast and func cards.

I started off  creating some watercolour splash backgrounds.

To do this, I colour the Zig Real Brush Markers onto some acetate, spray with water and “smush” onto some watercolour paper.  It’s a simple technique with some great results.  The only thing you need to be careful with is with what colours you lay next to each other so that they do not become “muddy”.

I also pulled out my watercolour pan and played with wet on wet technique and dropping colours to create the “splash” look.

While those were drying I moved on to creating some backgrounds using Distress Oxide Inks.  The colours I chose to use are Wild HoneySpiced MarmaladeSeedless PreservesCracked PistachioBroken ChinaFaded JeansSqueezed LemonadePicked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers

I taped of different shapes using some Purple Thermo Web Tape as well as some wider painters tape that I had on hand.  Just remember to be very careful when pulling up the painters tape as I did have some ripping.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple.  I pulled out some of my favourite MFT sentiment stamps sets: Hello BeautifulAnything but Basic Friendship, Kind Words (Retired)All Smiles and Anything but Basic Encouragement.  These sentiment sets are so versatile.

I also pulled a view image stamps from an older Tim Holtz Stamp /Stamper’s Anonymous Set called Fancy Flight as well as a Cling stamp from Stampendous called Cling Tree Poem.  The silhouette of the images on the colourful backgrounds is so simple, but pretty and I got a great crisp image by using the VersaClaire Nocturne Ink.

Check out the video here to see the techniques.

 I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and that you are inspired to use products you have and create fast, fun and simple cards!



Stamps, Stencils & Dies – Oh My! – Scrap’N Stamp Bog Hop

Hooray, Hooray it’s the First of May! This month’s blog hop is all about celebrating Wendy Vechhi Stamps, Stencils and Dies – Oh My! I am never ceased to be amazed by the creativity of this Design Team. You can grab the Wendy Vecchi sets we are using and other’s like it at 20% off until May 7, 2020 by clicking here. We are also giving away a $50 Scrap’n Stamp Gift Certificate for everyone who leaves a comment on our blog posts before May 14, 2020. Make sure you read to the end of the blog for a special announcement! Leave a comment below with your favourite Wendy Vecchi set!

Alright, now let’s get on with today’s card. The three-in-one set that I am using today is Wendy Vecchi’s – Flower Pot set. I love that this set comes with dies, stencils and the stamps. I was very excited to get started and had a general idea of the card I wanted to create which meant I would need to stamp and die cut several of the cute flower image. I like to use the technique of die cutting first and then using the cardstock I die cut from as as a sort of template to do my stamping. I adhere some purple tape to the back of the template and treat the sticky side with antistatic powder to ensure it holds the die cuts but not too much that it would rip the paper. This technique allows me to cut many of the images and then stamp them all at once. (You can see this technique in my YouTube video linked below).

As I was in the process of stamping the images for this set I noted that the one die cut is slightly different then the stamp itself….this took me off guard for a bit, but I found a work around (see the video on how I did this!). I stamped most of the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink as I wanted to colour the images with my Copic markers. For the more solid images I used some die inks. For the images that didn’t have coordinating dies I simply used my Cutter Bee scissors to fussy cut them out. This didn’t take long at all.

I then prepared the rest of the die cuts I wanted to use for the scene of my card. The Window die cut I used was the Spellbinders D-Lites Die Window 2, however, you can use any window die you like. I also like the MFT – Window – Die, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bigz Die, Window & Window Box. Poppy Stamps also has a great selection of different Window Dies. The Brick Die cut I used was one I had ordered from Amazon…but, you can achieve the same look with stencils. I like the Taylored Expressions Brick by Brick Stencil. Finally, I wanted to create the look of curtains behind the window and to do this I use a trimmed down doily die cut (again from Amazon). I really like the Gemini Foil’N’Cut Vintage Doily for the versatility of being able to not only use it as a die cut but to foil with it as well. I chose a simple Kraft Cardstock cut to an A2 size panel to adhere everything to.

It is time to assemble all the images. It took me a bit to arrange the images to the way I like them, but once I found the sweet spot for each one of them I took a picture with my iPhone so that I could recreate it when I was ready to glue them down. The adhesive I used was Gina K’s Connect Glue as this gave me wiggle room to get the images perfectly positioned and once the glue dries I know the images won’t go anywhere. I did pop a few of the flowers up with some foam squares for a bit of dimension.

Next, I add some shading to the window to give it a bit of a shadow and textured look and not to appear so stark white against the kraft cards. I used my W1 Copic marker for this. I also did some ink blending on the edges of the card panel with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. For the sentiment I used a simple small text stamping it with Versamark ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then adhere this panel onto a side folding A2 card.

I decided since I didn’t use the stencil on the card that I would do some stencilling on the envelope. I pulled out my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion as I like how it holds my projects in place when I ink blend. I used a coordinating Kraft envelope, my Picket Fence blending brushes and some white pigment ink and blended the checkered pattern onto the bottom of the envelope.

I am not 100% sure how I feel about this card as it is much busier than my usually style. However, I really enjoyed working with this three in one set and I look forward to using it again and see lots of opportunity to use it for mass production of cards. Leave a comment below on your thoughts about this card and what you would do differently.

Here is a look at the final card. Remember to check out the corresponding YouTube video.

Next up on the blog is Susan.

If you missed the previous blog participants you can click on the links below to check them out.

Now for the special announcement! You guys blew us away with your participation and amazing creations for the 30 day Random Act of Cardness Challenge in April that we have decided to do it again this month! Share your creations with #snschallenge and on June 1, 2020 we will draw one random person from the participants to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Certificate. If you are keeping track that is TWO chances this month to win! All you have to do is comment on the blog posts before May 14, 2020 and share your Random Act of Cardness creations with #snschallenge! Remember to take advantage of the Wendy Vecchi Sale before it ends on May 7, 2020! Here is the challenge list!

Thanks so much for joining me today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

“Crafting Through the Chaos of Life”

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Paper Hugs – Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hop! If you started from the beginning you should have just seen Tara’s amazing Paper Hugs at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog. If you would like to start at the beginning, click HERE. Remember there are fabulous prizes to be won if you leave your comments for each blog participant. We also have an AMAZING monthly challenge to keep you busy and your creative juices flowing! Head over to the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page to see each daily challenge and post photos of your creations.

Well now with all of that out of the way! How are you all doing? I am sending each and every one of you some Paper Hugs! It has been interesting times for us all and who knew how much truer (is that a word?) my Blog name “Crafting through the Chaos Life could be?!” Crafting truly has been my way to cope with all this uncertainty. How are you getting through these times?

I have a client whose Mom is at the end of life and is being transferred back to her care home for Palliative care. This means that she will not be able to go visit due to the strict lock down enforcement due to COVID-19. I feel so bad for her and really wanted to give her a hug….but, I thought sending her a Paper Hug instead would brighten her day. This also made me think that there are so many people who could use a hug and this calls for mass production time!

One of my favourite tools for mass production cards is the Gina K Wreath Builder bundle. It has some great floral stamps and sentiments that I though would work well with the Picket Fence a Paper Hug sentiment stamp. GET YOUR FREE PICKET FENCE PAPER HUGS STAMP with your Scrap’N Stamp Order THIS WEEKEND ONLY!(*While supplies last) All you have to do is enter “send me a hug” in the order comments.

The bundle come with two sizes, 3 3/4″ and 4 “. I will be using the 4” template today and you will want to use a stamp platform for this technique. For larger templates I suggest that you use a big platform like the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. For the smaller templates you can use your Misty or the Stamp Perfect from Hero Arts.

I wanted the sentiment to be in the middle with the stamping around it. So, I used some masking paper to stamp the sentiment on and place it in the middle of the 4″x4″ cardstock and began building the floral background around it using the stamps that came with the Wreath Builder set. The Distress Ink colours I chose were: Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feather, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.

I continued stamping and rotating the piece around, changing colours for each stamp image. If you need to you can mark one corner with a small dot you know which one you are working with and I suggest moving in a clockwise direction. To see how I did this you can watch on the video by clicking here. (Warning – this is not one of my best voiceovers as working full time from home and trying to homeschool 3 kids has taken a toll on my brain! lol)

Once I had the florals built out, I then reposition the sentiment stamp over top of the mask, close the lid to my stamp perfect, remove the mask and stamp using VeraFine Clair Nocturne ink.

I then die cut the floral piece with a stitched square die and cut a larger square in a complimentary colour to back the stamped piece with. This process went very quickly and created such a fun and colourful card. I was also able create a quick coordinating envelope. I am hoping that it will brighten my client’s day.

What I love about the Gina K Wreath Builder is that you do not have to use just the stamps that come with the bundle. I looked in my stamp collection and pulled out the Darling Petals turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th. I chose one of the floral images and leaf image and instead of stamping on every turn, I stamped on every other turn. I used the Distress Ink colours: Riper Persimmon and Peeled Paint. I then fussy cut out around the stamped images. I again back it with a square stitched die cut in a pale yellow and adhered it to a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ card base that I created out of white cardstock and added some jewels to the centre of the flowers to give it a bit of sparkle.

For my last card I used another Concord & 9th stamp from the Mail Drop set. The cute little envelope with the heart is so adorable. I again will be using some masking paper as these images will end up overlapping. I stamped the images with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and copic coloured the hearts in rainbow order and added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I again fussy cut out the image and used my Tim Holtz Tonic Studio craft knife to cut out the centre. I stamped a text background stamp called You are Loved in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink onto some light yellow paper and then stamped the Paper Hugs sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I then heat set some clear embossing powder to help make the sentiment pop. The background piece is cut again with an Elizabeth Craft rectangle die. To finish the card I took the envelope wreath and adhered it with some foam adhesive squares. Here is how the card turned out.

Here is a quick look at all three cards together.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Next on the hop is Deborah and I will have a full list of participants and their links below!

Stay health and crafty my friends!

“Crafting Through the Chaos of Life!”

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Stencil Us In Blog Hop with Scrap’N Stamp

Welcome back! If you have been hopping along then you have come from Nancy’s blog. If you would like to start at the beginning, head on over to Scrap’N Stamp to see what Tara has been up to.

This month’s Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop, Stencil Us In, really challenged me! I admit that I have my fair share of stencils in my stash, but I really haven’t used them in a while and if I do, I seem to stick with the same ones.

I picked two different stencils and two different techniques to use with them. The first stencil I used was the Pop Dots Stencil from Memory Box. I created three cards with this stencil. The first card I used regular Distress Inks in the colours Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China and inked up only a few of the dots using Post it tape to mask off the areas I did not want to ink up. I then created doodles with my Copic Liner marker. For the sentiment I stamped the “Thinking of You” from Beautiful Branches from Concord & 9th which was stamped in VersaClaire Nocturne Ink.

This is a look at the three cards I created with this one stencil.

The two other cards I inked up the dots with Distress Oxide Inks in the colours Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China and Frayed Burlap. I again created doodles with the circles. This technique was fun for me in that I liked that I created super cute and very unique cards with the need for very few supplies. I challenge you guys to look at your stencils differently and create your own “doodle cards”. Remember to post your creations on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

The second technique I used was focussing on using the stencils to emboss. There are two different ways you can do this. One is with Versamark Ink and Embossing powder and the second is to use your stencil in your die cutting machine much like an embossing folder. For this you will have to figure out the right “sandwich” combination that works with your machine. I really like this technique as it stretches the use of your supplies.

Here are the cards created with this technique.

To watch how these cards were created from start to finish click on the video link below.

This marks the end of this months blog hop. Remember one lucky Blog Hopper will have a chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card. All you have to do is leave a comment in each blog. We would also love it if you liked and shared our posts and videos! To get you in the crafty spirit, I also want to extend an extra special discount code! Enter 10CHALA upon checkout at the Scrap’N Stamp online store and you will received 10% off regular priced items! Also check out the 20% off stencil sale going on now by clicking here.

Thanks again for spending your time with us and have a great weekend!

xoxo, Chala

Blog Hop Participants:

Tara (SNS blog)
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Galentines Blog Hop with Scrap’N Stamp

Today’s post is for Scrap’N Stamp’s Galentines Blog Hop. If you are following along you have come from Sandi’s blog and oh my I love her cards!! If you missed the start – No Problem! You can click here to start at the beginning.

I have to tell you, I am so in love with this concept! Valentine’s Day for me is celebrating the idea of love and all of those different types of love that we have for people. The love for our children, our spouses and of course our friends! Now, I must admit, I don’t have a lot of gal pals….but the ones I do have I am so very thankful for. I love that no matter how much time goes by between seeing eachother (and sometimes that can be years….) we always pick up right where we left off…not even missing a beat!

When I think about what I typically do when I get togther with the girls it is usually for wine or coffee. Lately, I have been enjoying cofee more than wine (weird..I know)…so, when I saw this super cute set from My Favorite Things called Friends at First Sip, It was screaming for me to create a scene card! I love all the critters and the two gal pals. There were so many ideas that came to mind! In thinking about how I wanted to create my scene I also knew that I wanted to step out of my “A2 size card comfort zone” and explore making a stepped up version of the Z fold card.

the great thing about these cards is that you can make your Z fold card in any shape or size. For simplicity sake, I thought I would stick with one that could fit in a 6″ x 6″ envelope. You can see the measurements I used in the picture below.

The base will measure 11″ x 5 1/2″. You wil score at the 2 3/4″ mark and the 5 1/2″ mark.

To step this card up I am adding an additional piece/element that wil pop out from the card. Again, you can vary the size of this as long as it is the same length as your card base. If this is your first time making one of these cards I suggest using these measurement f 1 1/2″ x 11″ You will then score similar to the card base……but on the opposite side. I have tried to make this easy to understand by using the same score measurements as we did in our base. You just need to remember if you are using a patterned paper or are adding any sort of shape to the top of this piece that you will want to turn your piece upside down to get the scoring in the correct place. Confused yet? I suggest you watch the corresponding YouTube video below so that this makes a bit more sense….

Now that we have the general idea of measurements I will show you how I made mine. The best way to do that is of course by video. So click below to watch the magic happen.

I hope that you found today’s video tutorial helpful and are inspired to give this stepped up Z fold card a try! You can find the list of materials I used below.

Remember to leave your comments on each blog for your chance to win that $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card! Next up on the blog is the talented Deborah! Again, if you missed any of the blogs for this hop the complete list with links is below! We would also love to see your Galentine cards, remember to post them on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page.

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White Christmas – Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop

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Welcome back! Thanks for joining today’s White Christmas Blog Hop with Scrap’N Stamp! I cannot believe we are already into December! This year has flown by!

Today the Design Team is sharing their take on the theme “White Christmas”. If you would like to start the hop at the very beginning you can click HERE.

My card today is very clean, elegant and simple. I have created a window tri-fold card using simple Shimmer Paper, Tonic Glitter Paper and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I will link all the materials used below.

special prizes and a free gift!

Remember to like and comment on all the blogs for your chance to win a Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card worth $50. Scrap’N Stamp is also in the giving season by offering this beautiful snowflake die as a free gift while supplies last! (no minimum purchase, not valid with any other promotion, shipping extra) . Head on over to the shop by clicking here:

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ALSO – I’m giving away a set of Life Changing Blending Brushes from Picket Fence. To qualify you must like and comment on this Blog Hop video and Subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will post the winner here on my blog as well as my YouTube channel.

Here is the video of how this super quick but classy card came together.


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White Christmas
White Christmas

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 I truly appreciate all the support I receive!

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Beginner Foil Quill….and a Secret!

Hey Friends! I am over at the Scrap’N Stamp blog trying out the We R memory keepers Foil Quill Kit with my Silhouette Machine. Click Here to check it out as well as the list of materials used!

I will warn you….today’s video is a bit long…but I show you how to use this product right from opening the packaging to my very first foil quill!

Now…the Secret! Scrap’N Stamp is offer a Black Friday sale for the Foil Quill Kit at 50% off while supplies last! That is crazy! If you want in on this awesome deal…be sure to head over there on Friday by clicking on this link! GET YOUR FOIL QUILL at 50% OFF!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links on this site and in my blog posts contain affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a very small commission at no extra cost to you.  This assists me in purchasing new products to try and share with you in future blogs and videos.  Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and customer service and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

While today’s Foil Quill Kit was given to me by Scrap’N Stamp Canada, the opinions I express are my own.

 I truly appreciate all the support I receive!

Crafting through the Chaos of Life