Intro to the Alley Way Stamps

Cards, Design Team, The Alley Way Stamps

Finally, the announcement has been made! I will be joining the Alley Way Stamps design team, as a member of the YouTube team.


That’s right, little ‘ol me is joining the amazingly talented and totally lovely TAWS ladies. I can hardly believe it myself.

My term will officially start at the beginning of July but of course I couldn’t wait until July to introduce you to the fun stamps and tell you all about the unique features of the Alley Way Stamps. With that in mind, I went ahead did a video showcasing one of the TAWS digital freebies on a card that was inspired by a card created by one of the TAWS designer’s, Tracy. You can see Tracy’s video here.

I think my video camera was also in the mood to celebrate and partied just a little too hard. I was right in the middle of filming this tutorial when (may it rest in peace) my camera died completely. So, I stopped filming, drove into town, and bought a brand new one. So far, we’re getting along great.

Ok, without any further ado, my intro to TAWS and the card I created–

the alley way stamps free digital stamp and intro

The first and most important thing for you to know about TAWS clear stamps are that they super high-quality, and produced in the USA. The designs are all fun, many punny, and each and every one is absolutely adorable. If you’re just starting out, they also offer a nice selection of free digital stamps.

Another really cool feature is that instead of selling steel dies (which can be pretty expensive), they sell SVG electronic cut files. It’s just a matter of downloading the files from the TAWS website, opening them in Silhouette Studio, and then cutting to your electronic cutting machine. Neato, right?!

Well, anyways, I think I’ve gushed enough for today. Thank you so much for dropping by and thank you to the TAWS team for welcoming me with such open arms. I’ll be back with my first video for TAWS on July 4th.


Until next time,



CMCC#61 – Orange Card with Lawn Fawn

Cards, Challenges, Design Team, Love note, Non traditional

Welcome! Orange you glad it’s another week over at the Colour Me…! challenge? This week the challenge is to create a project using orange.


I have to be honest and say that orange is not my favourite, or go-to, colour, but I’m happy with how my project turned out. I wanted to create a kind of loose sketchy look on my card so I combined a variety of different techniques and incorporated as much orange as I could.


After I freehand drew my boxes in pencil (I was going for a sketchy look), I started by stamping the pups and butterflies from the Lawn Fawn, Critters at the Dog Park, set and coloured them in with my inexpensive Bic Mark-It alcohol markers. To add a little texture and whimsy to the pups, I used my Copic colourless blender and lifted off some colour to add a few little speckles.

After I finished colouring, I used a fine-tip black marker to trace the boxes and then erased my pencil lines. When I started stamping, I learned the hard way that ink will lock in pencil marks, so make sure to erase those before you ink anything over top! Next, I masked off my stamping and used Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to blend the orange backgrounds.

To finish the card, I adhered a piece of orange striped paper to my A2 (4¼ x 5½) cardbase and then used foam tape to pop up my main focal panel.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Make sure to visit the other designers for some fresh inspiration–

& March’s marvelous guest designer, Joyce Mehrberg





Design Team Announcement – Scrapbooks by Design

Cards, Design Team

I’m am over the moon excited to announce that I am joining the Scrapbooks by Design design team!

Scrapbooks by Design team member

In case you aren’t familiar with them, Scrapbooks by Design is a fabulous online paper crafting store based right here in Canada. I am among amazing company with the other designers on the team.

My first post will go live Friday, March 13th (I promise no black cats will be harmed in the making…) so make sure to check back then. In the meantime, I invite you to visit the other design team members for some incredible inspiration–

Thanks for dropping by!