Friday, June 23, 2017

Cloud Stencil - MFT

I waited. I stalked. I ordered the minute appeared. I opened it up as soon as it arrived. I got some amazing results! 

What am I talking about? The Cloud Stencil from MFT, of course! I could have made something similar out of paper, but I love the stencil material and how easy it is to slip and slide around on it with a sponge.... 


After playing around, I made a card: 

I added some splatters with water (I used Distress Inks and they're reactive to water) as well as some splatters of glimmer mist. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Traveller's Journal - SRM

Hi there, it's Tobi here with a DIY planner using a traveller's journal and of course, SRM stamps. 

Here are some things that have added up to my current planner situation:

~ I've tried the planner thing... I don't get it, OR I'm not good at it. 

~ I've recently gotten into hand lettering and have started to collect journals to practice in. 

~ I had a very stressful month and kept a notebook of everything i had to remember and keep track of and it really worked for me. 

So, because of these factors, I thought i would continue with the notebook/hand-lettering/journal format, but organize it a little better using various stamps and supplies. 

So I've got my day divided into three zones: 
1) School (I'm a teacher)
2) After school - which includes clubs and rehearsals/performances
3) dinner (we have meal-plans)

As much as I can, I try to fill in the spots using bounce lettering (the style of calligraphy I am working on) so I can practice as many letter combos as possible. 

Here's a mostly blank page so you can see how it looks before I fill it out:

Thanks for stopping by, I hope this was inspiring! 


Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Owls - Technique Tuesday

Whoooooo says owls have to be black and brown? 

Not me! 

No idea why, but I went with kind of an ombre wing on these beauties. 

I made a few different designs with the same basic layout: 

I don't normally make duplicates (boring), but when I do I like to at least change the papers and background colours a little. 

You know what's cool? This set is only USD $2.99! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Love Ya Dad - Sizzix

Happy Father's Day! 


When I do masculine cards I try to keep it simple and not cutesy, and I think this fits the bill... This was an easy card to put together because all I did was die-cut all of the shapes in the Looking Dapper Thinlets Die Set - Sizzix.


Each little shape is popped up with tiny pop-dots

I paired it with a sentiment from Lawn Fawn to finish it off. 

Speaking of Sizzix... There's a really huge contest in right now! 


Click here to enter! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Congrats Grad- Paper Smooches

Hi there! It's time to make a couple of cards for some special students. I love and hate this time of year, I can't wait for summer (and to get back to Canada for a while) but I also don't want to say goodbye to the grads... 

Anyway, this is a cute stamp with an AWESOME font and I made it for the current Paper Smooches Challenge: MEN

This cute little elephant and sentiment are from a set called New Beginnings
I can't wait to use the other stamps in the set - they're all equally adorable. 

Elephant was coloured with Copics and I added accents with a pastel chalk pencil. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thank You - Woodland Foliage Sizzix

I just had a self-imposed long weekend (took a personal day) because I just finished a long run of the musical I directed at school and I was pooped!!! But after a couple good sleep-ins and some much needed "ME TIME" I am ready to tackle June! 

This card is such an easy one to put together - would be a really great project for a card-set. 

The combo of gold glitter and mint green is making my heart sing! 

Have a wonderful week! 

MFT Stamp set
Teresa Collins Glitter cardstock
Bazzill Cardstock
Distress Oxide Ink - Cracked Pistachio

PS. There's a competition at SIZZIX and we'd love you to vote!



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Happiness is Priceless - Technique Tuesday

Happy June!!

For many of you, school's out, and you're starting summer vacation, but here in China (we follow the Canadian school calendar at my school) we are here until the bitter end: June 30th! Waaaaaaaaahhhhhh. 

But instead of being sorry myself, I've gotten my butt in gear and started my end-of-the-year thank you cards. There are so many people to thank in a school community:

  1. secretaries
  2. academic advisors
  3. administration
  4. assistants
  5. librarians
  6. colleagues leaving...

This card is kind of a general "I'm happy for you" card, but with flair! 

The gems are cut out of DecoFoil adhesive foam and I used multi-coloured foil on them. So pretty!! 

Priceless Stamp set (Technique Tuesday)
You Are A Gem (Technique Tuesday)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Butterfly Spring Cards - SRM Stickers and Sizzix

Hi guys!! I'm here today with some spring-inspired greeting cards. 
Butterflies are a guilty pleasure of mine and I have quite the collection going, which makes mixing and matching elements a snap! 

These cards feature a stamp set by My Favorite Things, and a diecut from Sizzix. I made four cards in total, and a couple of them say "Thank You!" and a couple of them say "Wish" thanks to We've Got Your Sticker: Happy and We've Got Your Sticker: Thanks.

Thank you for stopping by! 

Stamps: My Favorite Things

Chinese followers: 
Sizzix is now in China! 
CLICK HERE to go to the exclusive Chinese site for all things Sizzix! 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I Love You - SRM Stickers

What is more elegant than lace? 
The word "lace" conjures so many words in my mind, most prominent of which are: 
love, wedding, sexy, delicate, sophisticated and classic. 

This card embodies all of those words:


I paired black lace with a white doily, and built my card around that. A monotone color scheme keeps this card classic and timeless, and the SRM stickers pair beautifully with all of the other elements. 

Black Lace

Monday, April 24, 2017

You Are Loved - Technique Tuesday

Oh hey? Do you follow me on Instagram
(I'm @jazzytobi just in case you want to be friends)

Anyway, if you do, then you know i'm now 40 YEARS OLD!! WHAT??? 

It sounds old, but it feels good. Life makes sense, you know? 
Well, until something catastrophic rocks my world and I move to another strange country again, but for now - I'm enjoying it! 

This card was made on my birthday and it's a very happy.

I only used the best colours! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp set: Fringed Dahlia
White Embossing Powder
Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock
Watercolor Paints

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Scalloped Flower - Sizzix UK

Hello people!! 

I have had an exciting time shopping over here because my Chinese online suppliers finally got in Distress Oxide Inks, and I was SO EXCITED I bought them all!!! 

After watching everyone play with these new inks I knew I wanted to make a cool background with them. The consensus is in: it's really easy to make cool backgrounds!! :)

Because they're pigmenty they stay wet longer, and it's much like working with watercolours. The ink moves and blends and that oxide-effect??? Swoon.... 

But the star of the card is definitely these pretty flowers. They were the inspiration for the colours and the focus of the whole design. 

thanks for stopping by!! 

Sizzix Die Cut: Love Birds 3-D Rose
Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet
Stamps: Technique Tuesday - Fringed Dahlia, Lots of Dots, Butterfly Collage

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Moped Card - Sizzix UK

Hi there! I'm sharing a cute card that is fun to construct, cute, and speaks to my scooter-riding soul! 
Before I came to China I was no stranger to two-wheeled vehicles having had my first dirt-bike at the age of four (my parents were nuts!!!) but, I had never driven a bike/scooter on the road as my primary mode of transportation. There are days when it REALLY sucks (when it's below freezing and pouring rain or snowing) and days when it feels so good to have the sun on your face and the wind blowing through your hair... 

Anyway, this die has my name written all over it! 

This die would be fun to give to your kids! Putting it together was like a fun little puzzle, and the colour combinations are endless! Take a look on the Sizzix Website for a helpful video and other colour schemes! 

Luckily, I had the most perfect sentiment ever in my stash of stamps (this one is from Stamping Bella) and a few cute scraps of patterned paper to make this die cut shine! 

Patterned Paper - MME
SRM Border Sticker
Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock
Best Creation Glitter Cardstock

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Delicate Feather - Sizzix UK

I am so excited to share today's post, because it's my debut with Sizzix UK!
I am especially excited to share my projects and ideas with friends and followers in my neck of the woods (China!).

So first let me share my new baby:

I forgot how much I loved the Big Shot! It cuts so deeply and all of the little pieces for intricate dies fall out like confetti.

So if you don't know me, well I'm here to tell you I'm ALL ABOUT black silhouettes against colourful backgrounds. This feather is gorgeous and went perfectly with these watercoloured pieces. 



To see all of the new dies, CLICK HERE!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Foil'd Sentiments - Technique Tuesday

I have admired peoples creations using foil lately so I got envious, then I went shopping, hahaha... At first I foiled WITHOUT a machine (a laminator, etc) and discovered the sticky, messy side-effects. 

So you might not be able to tell, but these letters don't have the slick, super-shiny finish that traditionally foiled letters have. That's because I used adhesive instead of the laminating technique. This resulted in the letters remaining sticky even after I added the foil, so I dusted the letters with an "anti-static powder tool" which is actually an anti-stick tool. 

The great thing about foiling your sentiments is that they really become a focal point, rather than an afterthought. 

You can see in this photo a little better that the finish is more like a brushed metallic, than a super sleek metal finish. 

Die Cuts - Celebrate DIY Steel Die (Technique Tuesday)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Altenew


This weekend was all about organization for me but I'm glad that I got a chance to play along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I got three new sets of Tim Holtz distress crayons today (sets 7/8/9) so I thought I would use those as a feature in today's card. 


On the left you can see that I just scribbled a bunch of the distress crayons on to the already embossed piece of watercolour card stock. To activate the crayons I used a few spritzes of water and a baby wipe to move the colours around and blend them. 


Thank you for stopping by and have fun on the blog hop!!!

Stamp set: Altenew  Coffee Love Stamp Set
Tim Holtz distress crayons
MFT Decorative edge die
The Twinery Twine

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easter Treat Bags - SRM Stickers

Hello there! I'm here with some cute gift bags for Easter and/or spring. 
We don't celebrate Easter, especially since moving to China, but we usually give little gifts of our favourite candy (mini-eggs) or baked treats to each other! My boys love getting these kind of presents, so I thought I'd make a cute little bag to conceal the contents.... 

I assembled my supplies and got a colour-scheme going. This is usually the way I jump-start my creativity if I don't have any ideas - which was the case today. Colours are inspiring to me and I can usually work quickly after choosing a scheme. 

I coloured an image that will serve as one of the elements on the bag. I made the colours muted intentionally so that the image can be used on top of any bag - regardless of colour.

Here are the bags, one for each of the people in my family!  

I kept the design elements the same but just changed the colour of the bag! It's a really easy way to personalize a design without a complete re-design!