Super Cat

Hi friends!  I am a big fan of MFT Stamps…any other fans in the house?  The images they design and the creativity are just off the charts.  I love the new release they just had for September…can’t wait for those goodies to show up at my door.

Today I have a project to share using the Super Cat stamp and die set.  I also used the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide spray to add color to my City Block die and background on some Canson watercolor paper.

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The Super Cat is colored with Faber Castell Polychromos!  I love these colored pencils; they blend beautifully on the Bristol Smooth card stock.  I have all of the details for this project up on YouTube.  Here is the link!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari

 

So Blessed | Mari Clarke Creations

Hi friends!  I cannot believe we are already at August 26th!  Where has the summer gone?  As the days get shorter and cooler, I have been spending more time in my makerspace!  That’s the bonus of the cooler days…more time to get creative!

I have a new project to share today using some Felicity Jane Studio products.  If you are new to memory keeping, this company creates their own unique products.  Everything is exclusive and they definitely have a signature look.  I have always loved the kits and treat myself to one when I feel it’s in my budget.  The Denise kit was the June kit.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed it! This photo is from the Felicity Jane website.Denise

I wanted to create a layout with one of Bailey’s wedding photos.  This photo is one of my favourites.

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How cute is this!  The layout I created is clean and simple, like many of the wedding layouts I have already created.

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Everything on the layout is from Denise except the black puffy alphas (from the Megan kit).  I used some very sublte texture paste through a script stencil for some soft detail.  Here is the process video where I explain how I created this project!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you have an amazing day and week!

xxMari

Time to Ring the Thesis Gong!

Hi Friends, it feels good to be writing a blog post after a super long hiatus from posting crafty projects!  This particular post is especially meaningful because the layout I did is celebrating a huge milestone for our son.  He completed his thesis for his Master’s of Applied Science this month!!  Such a huge accomplishment!

He moved to another province 3000 km from home two years ago; this move was a huge sacrifice and over the two years he has had to overcome some huge obstacles.  The fact that he was able to do this extremely challenging program and complete it along with the personal challenges he faced is a testament to what an amazing guy he is.  We are so proud of him!  He is an exceptionally good human and he has shown so much resilience.  We are so gratelful to have him move closer very soon and be able to help support him as he moves forward with this next season of life.  So much gratitude for this young man!

The layout shows him ringing the thesis gong, as he had the document printed!  Love these photos which are screenshots of a very short video he sent me to humor my desire to capture this moment in time and document this story!

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I used the Pink Fresh Studio “Office Hours” collection for this layout as well as the Visible Image “Elementals” stamp set.  I have a process video explaining the steps for creating this layout over on my YouTube channel:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have an amazing day!

xx Mari

Jordan and Me!

I really loved Bailey’s wedding day so much!  We just took the day in and loved every minute of it!  There were so many special moments!  I love the photo of Jordan and I walking in to the ceremony; this boy is just such a good human.  I wanted to document this special moment in a day full of love!

My layout was created using Vicki Boutin mixed media and Field Notes.  Her products are just so lovely!

I love the mixed media crayons and the fun looks that can be achieved with them!  I hope you get a chance to check out my video.  Here is the link:

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xxMari

“The One With a Friend”~Kindred Stamps

 

Hey friends, welcome to my blog today!  Hope you are all doing well and finding some time to get crafty these days!

I love a stamp set with cute images for scene making; Kindred Stamps have so many great sets for this! “The One With a Friend” is just so much fun and I really loved creating this fun little card with it.

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I recorded the entire process for this card; if you would like to know all of the fun details, here is the link!

 

Thank you for stopping by my channel today!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Kindred Stamps November Release: Stay Wild

It’s so exciting to be a part of this release for Kindred Stamps!!  The release is full of good stuff and I cannot wait to see the excitement around it!  The Stay Wild set is absolutely adorable!  I had so much fun creating this scene card with the sweet little bunny and fox images!

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I stamped the characters and the palm tree (MFT Tiki Party) in Copic friendly ink and then masked them off.  Then I added the grassy area and sky/clouds using some MFT stencils and Distress Oxide Inks.  I removed the masks and colored my images with Copic markers.  I really love how this turned out.  I can’t wait to create more fun cards with products from this fresh and fun company!

Here is a link to the process video over on YouTube:

 

Thank you so much for stopping by my channel today!  I really appreciate it!  Have an amazing weekend, friends!

xxMari

Exciting News!!

I can finally let you all know some super exciting news;  I am a member of the Kindred Stamps Video Design Team!!!  I am so ecstatic and can’t wait to share projects created with the fun and fresh products from this company!!

I discovered Kindred Stamps earlier this year and immediately fell in love with their stamps and stencils!  The card I am sharing today was created with a collaboration set called Scranton, PA.  You can find this set and so many other wonderful stamps over on the Kindred Stamps site.

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I created this card with the image of the character holding the “best boss” mug from the Scranton, PA set.  The sentiment is also from the set.  I created the banner from a Mama Elephant set in my stash to go along with the sentiment!  I used my Copics to color the character. This is a single layer card using masking paper to create the single layer effect. I had so much fun creating this card and I can’t wait to share my first post with one of the new November releases soon!

Thank you for stopping by today, friends!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Fall Layout for JustNick

Happy Fall everyone!  Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and there is so much to be grateful for. So often I think I focus on what I need to “worry” about instead of just having gratitude…I really need to try my best to work on this.  In everything give thanks…

Today I am thankful to be working with an amazing group of ladies over at JustNick Studio!  Nicole Nowosad creates the most amazing cut files and the team gets to design with them every month…that is awesome 🙂

Today I am sharing a layout I created using the Sweater Weather cut file.

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I love all of the images in the file and I have used almost all of them on my layout today.

I am also including a link to the process video for all of the details of the layout!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I am grateful for that, too!

Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Love at the Thorv

There are those times as a parent that you just “hold your breath”…you know what I mean if you are a parent.  When our children are little, we worry about so many things…will they reach all of those developmental markers, will they get invited to the birthday parties, will they learn to read with ease, will they be able to do math at school…the list is soooo long.  For a year and a half, we “held our breath”, hoping that Bailey’s big day would be all that she had dreamed of.  I feel like she just loved her wedding day so much…she was just so happy and so was her very handsome groom.  It was a beautiful day!

This layout, “Love at the Thorv”, is one of my favorites! The soft tones in the “Auburn Lane” collection from Pink Paislee are just perfect for the romantic elegance that was the theme for the day!

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One of the things that was on my wish list for the wedding was a string quartet.  The musicians played before, during and after the ceremony and it was just so lovely; this just set the tone from the beginning of the day.  They played Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” for the processional…this mama’s heart was bursting!

 

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I added some Distress Oxide Inks (Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Aged Mahogany and Bundled Sage) to my white card stock with a distress tool.  I added some Ranger Texture Paste over the inked areas with a script stencil from my stash (The Crafter’s Workshop). The floral pieces are fussy cut from a piece of patterned paper from Auburn Lane.  There are a few floral die cut pieces from the collection layered over the larger pieces with foam adhesive.

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I continue to be a fan of soft and elegant layouts with white space.  I think this style complements this photo so well.  I added a delicate doily as a layer behind my photo and finished the side of the layout with a floral branding strip from one of the patterned papers from Auburn Lane.  A little bit of white stitching with my sewing machine completed the side piece. The title piece “love” is a foam phrase from Felicity Jane and then the gold foam alphas are part of the Auburn Lane collection.  This photo on the steps of the Thorvaldson building on the University of Saskatchewan campus could not be more fitting for this day; these two both took classes on this campus, attained their degrees here, and met in this city!

A perfect photo for a perfect day…I can breathe a little easier knowing that this girl of mine has married the love of her life!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Here is a link to the process video for this layout:

 

xx Mari

I love all things “Mama”

Yes, it’s true…I absolutely admit that I am a lover of all things Mama Elephant!  I was looking at my IG feed today and was very excited to see the guest designer call for this amazing company!

I have been a stamper for a looooong time…so many stamps….so little time, lol.  And Mama Elephant has been a favorite for me, for sure!  I have lots of Mama Elephant product, but I seem to have more Christmas stamps and dies in my collection than other themes.  This is one of my all time favorite sets and this card is one of my faves, too!

The background is water colored to create the impression of a night sky of wonderment (not sure if that’s a word)…and then I heat embossed the sentiment across that purple, snowy background.  What can I say about these little bears from “A Beary Christmas”! They are just so adorable.

Here are a few photos of this card:

The “season’s greetings” sentiment is from the “Season’s Wishes” stamp set, also from Mama Elephant.  I love the large, scripty sentiments that are a signature Mama Elephant stamp.

I love how this card turned out!

Here is a link to the process video over on YouTube if you would like to see how I created all of the details for this card!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari