Announcement – Colour Me…! Design Team

Cards, Challenges

I am so excited to announce that starting in the new year, I will be a design team member over at the Colour Me…! Colour Challenge.


As a regular player at the challenge, I’m thrilled! This challenge is largely responsible for my growth as a card maker over the last year. The team has consistently encouraged my efforts and fostered my enthusiasm in the hobby. I just can’t wait to pay it forward and encourage other paper crafters and spread the challenge’s positive energy!

Make sure to check out the challenge on January 7th for my first post as a design team member.


Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Twelve, Santa Paws

Cards, Holiday Card, Non traditional

It’s finally here! Day twelve of the Twelve days of Christmas. In case you missed any of the first eleven days, I’ve done a recap below. In the meantime, I’m just going to jump right to it.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

ZedSquared-Christmas2014-12…a santa paws card.

I have a white mini schnauzer, Zoë (one half of z²), who looks just like the pup on my card. To cut the schnauzer shape, I used a file from the Silhouette store. I traced a santa hat and then cut all the parts using my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine from various colours of heavyweight cardstock.

While I was at it, I also cut a bone background stencil from a piece of plastic transparency paper.

I used a piece of Ranger Distress Stamping Paper for my background and positioned the stencil over top so that I could apply Ranger Distress Embossing Ink and then heat emboss with pearly powder.

After I heat set the powder, I applied green watercolour over the embossed bones to create a resist. Once I let the watercolour dry, I used a baby wipe to rub any green paint off the bones.

I used the same ink and pearly embossing powder to add a little shine to the bobble and trim of the santa hat before assembling it with Ranger Matt Medium glue.

I assembled my paper Zoë by tying a bow around her neck, adding the eye and nose, and adhering on the santa hat (with Tombow Mono liquid glue).

To finish my card, I adhered a piece of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Peace Joy Love collection onto my white cardbase and then used foam tape to adhere the bone background and my Santa Paws Zoë to add lots of dimension.

Thank you so much for dropping by and sticking with me through this series. I’m going out of town for the holidays so I wish everyone a safe and happy season! Woof woof from z²!

The first eleven days:

First day, Second day, Third day, Forth day, Fifth day, Sixth day, Seventh day, Eighth day, Ninth day, Tenth day, Eleventh day.

Thanks again!


Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Eleven, Be Merry

Cards, Challenges, Holiday Card

Welcome to day eleven of my Twelve Days of Christmas feature. For today’s card, I wanted to play along with the Colour Me…! Colour Challenge. This week, the CMCC#51 is to create a project using kraft, green, and red.

Since it’s so close to Christmas, I created a very simple card using inlaid cuts (a free file) from my Silhouette Portrait.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…a Be Merry card.



Thank you so much for stopping by! In case you missed it, you can see the tenth day of Christmas here.



Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Ten, Ho ho ho

Cards, Holiday Card, Non traditional

Welcome back to my Twelve Days of Christmas feature. Today’s post includes another video! The card that I create was inspired by a gift certificate sleeve I crafted for a family member. I wanted to share the idea, but not spoil the surprise so I created this card.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…a ho ho ho card.



Thank you to everyone for all your support! If you missed it, check out day nine of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Live long and prosper,


Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Nine, Season’s Tweetings

Cards, Holiday Card

Welcome to day nine of my Twelve days of Christmas feature. Today is a BIG post because it includes a YouTube video! I have worked through technical challenges, taught myself how to film, edit, and voice over, and finally, I did it!

So, without further ado….On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…a Season’s Tweetings card.

ZedSquared-Christmas2014-9Supplies I used:

If you liked the tutorial, I do have one other video posted for the Sparkle and Shine card I shared last week.

One last thing before I sign off, z² crafts officially joined Facebook this week. Feel free to check out the page.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Have a great week!