Pink, Green and Flamingoes??

Sometimes inspiration for projects comes from a variety of places…today’s project was inspired by Pinterest home decor, patterned paper and my photographs.

I love the cactus flamingoes, black and white print and light pink in home decor trends right now.  Follow that up with the gorgeous patterned papers from Crate Paper Oasis and you have the main part of the inspiration for my patterns and color scheme on my layout today.

I love the photos the kids sent me from their weekend, too!  They had such a great time enjoying the Canadian outdoors!!

Here is a link to the process video:

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!


JustNick DT Layout #1

I am so excited to be part of the JustNick Design Team this term!! Nicole’s cut files are amazing…so diverse, fun and creative…there is no end to what can be imagined with these files.

For my first project, I decided to use an older photo of Jordan; this was taken about twenty years ago.  I love how he and the bear are sharing a secret story in this pic…just adorable.  Jordan recently moved two provinces away…that’s far in terms of Canada’s geography.  If I hopped in a car to drive to him, it’s thirty hours one way.  I’m pretty sad…we have always lived nearby each other.  So the theme of this layout and the private journaling on the back are about staying close, no matter how far we might be away from each other physically.  We miss him already, but we will visit as much as we can and Skype lots.

Now for the cut files (all the heart eyes inserted here).  I loooove the Aztec Print Background file and paired it with Cactus Jack to embellish the layout.  Cacti are definitely a popular motif in home decor, etc.  right now, and I love how they look cut from the gold glitter paper.  The Aztec Print creates a bunch of dimension as a base on the Maggie Holmes patterned paper.  This was fun to put together.  I used a Winnie the Pooh quote on the bottom of the layout and some die cuts from Jen Hadfield Homemade.

Here is a link to the process:

Have an amazing day!!


Lawn Fawn:”Duh-Nuh”

I am a complete and total fan of all things Lawn Fawn!!  Their designs are brilliant and I especially love that you can purchase a smaller set at an excellent price point.  Once such set is the “Duh-Nuh” set…love it!!  There are so many things you can do with this set and pair it up with many other Lawn Fawn products.

The card I made today is very simple: a little Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio, some Copic markers (N2,N4, N5/YR07,YR12), a few dies from Lawn Fawn and voila…a cute little summery card!

I added some clear drops from Studio Katia, Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to finish the card.  I purchase virtually all of my supplies from Simon Says Stamp.  It’s one of my favorite on line stores for card making.

Here is a link to the process video:

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

xx Mari

Happy Birthday, Canada!!

I love my Canada…I think any Canadian you talk to will say the same!  Today is a lovely day as we celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday.  Kelly Barron and I decided to challenge ourselves to do a patriotic layout this weekend, scrapping about our countries using a patriotic theme.

It was a little tricky since I do not have much red in my stash; however, if you have a silhouette…anything is possible, lol!  I cut my title and some maple leaves using red card stock and an older paper collection called Capture Life from Echo Park.  I am journaling about Canada’s birthday on the front and on the back, where everyone in my family is at/doing this Canada Day, 2017!

Here are some photos and a link to the video!

Have an amazing day, everyone!


Vellum Over Watercolors

I love to use embossing powder on vellum!  This creates such a lovely result, so I decided to use some of my Jane Davenport bright watercolors as a backdrop with the vellum/embossing technique.

I used some Ranger watercolor paper as my base and then did some loose watercolor/smooshing.  I used teal, pink and yellow as my color palette.  For the embossing on vellum, I chose the gorgeous Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew…love this set!!  I embossed the images with Gold Enchantment Nuvo embossing powder…so pretty.

I adhered the vellum to the watercolor paper and voila, the card starts to come together.  I finished off the project with some Recollections glitter paper and a thanks die from Simon Says Stamp.

Here are some photos of the project and a link to the YouTube video tutorial:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!


Bee Friends


Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I have a fun little card project process to share with you today!  This was fun; anything Pretty Pink Posh gets my attention, lol.  I love this company!  The stamp and die set Bee Friends is sooooo sweet and is the focus of the project today.

I used a variety of products for this card and I mention them in the video which is linked up below.  The Garden Party patterned paper from Pebbles with the little bees buzzing around was the perfect compliment for the card front and inside.

I love the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink clouds in the background; I had to create my own cloud template since the one I wanted was either sold out everywhere or was going to cost too much to ship for a 5$ item.  I improvised.

I hope you enjoy checking out my project today….I love making cards!!

Here are some photos and a link to the process video over on my YouTube channel.

Have a wonderful day!!


Catching Up

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I have been sooooo far behind in the last couple of weeks; such is life for teachers in May and June…the things to do just never end.  It’s a good busy, but I always miss my creative pleasures when I get busy with work stuff.

We are getting our home in the city ready for the market, so that has meant many trips to the city and making plans for that.  We also have been helping both of our kids through some pretty big changes they have going on in their lives as well…this all adds up to absolute craziness, lol.

So what have been up to for crafty stuff??  Kelly Barron and I did a “Choose Five Things” challenge for April 21st and Scrap the Challenge #33.  This was lots of fun!  I ended up choosing papers from Paige Evans, a yellow Gelato, chipboard alphas, die cuts, and a sticker booklet.

I decided to cut my patterned paper into strips and weave the papers into a mat for my photo mat.  I like how this turned out.  I created a base for the mat using the yellow Gelato on some white cardstock.  Here are some photos and a link to the video:

I had so much fun creating this…I hope you enjoy it, too 🙂

Have an amazing day; you deserve it!!


Creating a Mixed Media Background

I have lots of stencils and mixed media in my supplies that I love to get messy with.  A favorite technique is to use these products to create a scrapbooking background.  The project I am posting today began with just this sort of idea in mind.  It took a while for this layout to come together and I talk about that in the process video below.

I started with some mists and stencils, then added some texture paste to complete the mixed media portion of the project.  I added some patterned paper and embellishments to complete the layout.  Check out the photos below and the process video.

I had lots of fun with this, even though the process seemed to take a while!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Altenew Extra Special

The Altenew stamp sets are some of my favorite on the market.  The florals are absolutely stunning and call my name with every new release.  I used the Extra Special stamp set to create my project for today’s post, and I love the results.  I combined this set with the Handmade Tags Dies as well as a few other products from my stash.

I started with some Canson watercolor paper…I heat embossed the floral image using black Stampin’ Up! embossing powder.  Then I colored in the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I created a background using the My Favorite Things background stamp Lined Up Dots and some Wow Pearl Gold Sparkle embossing powder.  Here is a list of a few other things I used, as well as some photos and the process video:

  • Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Pool Party cardstock (SU)
  • My Favorite Things Scalloped Stitched Frames

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget to leave me a comment!

STC #32 6×6 Paper Pads

When I am buying a new collection, I always try to get the 6×6 patterned paper pad.  The small pads are so great for all sorts of applications in paper crafting.  Kelly Barron and I decided to make these little gems our focus in our 32nd edition of Scrap the Challenge this week.

My layout is very simple; I have not done a lot of embellishing or fussing with this one.  I have simply taken three 6×6 papers as basic layers behind the photo and used some fussy cut pieces from a 12×12 paper as my embellishments.  Super easy!  I love how Kelly uses the papers in her layers, as well.  We often have a good chuckle over how we sometimes choose the same collection or exact papers for our projects…this is not planned!

Here are some photos of my layout and the process video.  Thanks for stopping by!