Gathering Gifts

I feel a little bad for bringing so many bright, springy colours to the blog, when, those of us, living in southern Manitoba are living in a slow globe right now! I’m not complaining, but I will say Norine’s blog posts are certainly more fitted. And seriously, how gorgeous is her traveller’s notebook?! I definitely need to start on one soooon!

For today’s post though, I had a lot of fun making some bright cards to go with, what is seeming to be, my Easter theme this year.


Growing  up, I let my parents take care of the gifts for our family gatherings, but apparently I’m grown now too, haha. And so it’s time we bring some of our own food and gifting, but I’m not complaining!


I reached back to my “Dear Lizzy” products and this beautiful Shimelle paper. The small letter stickers are actually from the back of a Pink Paisley washi pack and the bigger letters are Thickers from American Crafts.


I used the stickers, chipboard pieces and die cuts from the Dear Lizzy line. While generally it’s really fun to mix and match lines, sometimes it’s quite enjoyable and relaxing to layer up goodies from the same line.


One of the many things I’ve learned from Lori, is when you gift a card, it’s a great idea to put matching embellishments in the card and on the envelope. This time I went with that rule, and it’s amazing how a simple card quickly turns into a small gift.


On the opposite corners of the ones pictured above and below, I added a single small embellishment to match the front of the envelope and the card inside. The puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy are absolutely perfect for this!


And here’s an example of the inside of the card (the one with the bouquet)…


I love how I didn’t necessarily have to put a flower die cut in the card, but could switch it up using a different  shape with a flowery pattern. This tied the outside and the inside together without being overly matchy matchy.

Lastly, here are the three envelopes all tied up with ribbon, ready to be gifted. (I added the blue nuvo dots to the middle envelope after, in case you noticed the difference from the picture near the top ;) ).


I ripped strips of cotton quilting fabric to create the organic-looking ribbon. You may be seeing me use it more in future posts (just warning you)!  ;) The ribbon adds a nice homemade touch, I find.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 11, 2018

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Floral Card set…

Hello, hi!

I’m back today with one more card set that’s available in the store to show you!  When I created these card fronts, I videoed the process to show you how I colored mine.  Of course, we always want to encourage you to pursue your own unique creativity, but if you are short for time or need some inspiration then you can watch these to see just how I did mine.

The first one I want to show you is this floral design.  The images are stamped on watercolor paper, heat embossed with gold embossing powder and painted with a mix of Prima watercolors and other pan paints like Daniel Smith.


Here is the video that shows how I painted this card front. It’s a video created with HyperLapse, so it’s sped up and without sound.  You’ll notice that I often go in with some intense color, then go back with a clean brush to soak up some of that color.  When that first layer is dry, I go back again with more color to create layers of color.

The next card I’m going to show you is a background stamp.  Sometimes background stamps are little more than a small repeating pattern that doesn’t require any coloring to make it stand out.  But this BG stamp is covered with a variety of florals so I used much the same palette as the card above and just colored in all the flowers, berries, leaves and back ground.


Watch my coloring/painting process here:

The last two cards in the set don’t have process videos made for them, but you will find with ALL of the recently released stamped card fronts that each set includes a color photograph of these card samples for you to refer to. to help your own inspiration.



And finally…here is the complete set, all together.


Thanks for stopping by today, we appreciate every visit!

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This post was written by Norine on October 11, 2017

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