Soft Holiday Card

Cards, Holiday Card, The Alley Way Stamps

Welcome! I hope you’re having a great start to your weekend. I’m back in the Alley Way Stamps blog today sharing a new how-to video. For today’s card, I’m creating a soft winter holiday number.

I’m just getting in to the swing of my holiday cards, and this one was the first that I created for 2015. I decided to go with a soft winter theme rather than something super Chirstmas-y, just to get my feet wet. You can watch my tutorial video below, or over on my YouTube channel.

Sadly it was announced last week that TAWS will be shutting their doors in the new year. If you’re interested in any of their stamps, they’re having a great clearance event where you can save on their awesome stamps, including the set I used today.


That’s it for today. Thanks so much for dropping by!


Until next time,



Colour Me! #77 – Ice Cream Scream

Any occasion, Cards

Welcome! I can’t believe that this is the final week with the extraordinary ladies of the current Colour Me! design team. The past six months have flown by and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to create along with this group of talented women.

This week, the challenge is to create a card using fuchsia, purple, coral, and baby pink.CMCC77

So, what better way to celebrate this final challenge than to to admit right up front that in true Julia fashion, I completely missed the baby pink when I was looking at the badge. It wasn’t until I went to upload the picture of my completed card that I realized it was a 4-colour week. OOPS! Oh well, I think my card still works as some of the colours blended (and faded) so that I can fake the baby pink.

Anyhow, my card is fun and bouncy (literally!) and combines a whole bunch of techniques. As usual, there is a video to show you how I created it–


Make sure to visit the other Colour Me design team members to see how they created their awesome cards–

And with that, I’ll give a very fond farewell to these DT ladies.

One final thing before I sign off, I’m going to use this card to play along with this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


I’ll be staying on as a permanent member of the Colour Me! DT so I’ll be back again next week with a new card. Thanks so much for dropping by! Until next time,



Colour Me…! #58 – I Love You More Than Ice Cream Valentine’s Shaker

Cards, Challenges, Love note

Greetings from the very snowy shores of Georgian Bay. Thanks for joining us for another colourful week at the Colour Me…! challenge. This week the challenge is to create a project using pink and red. If you haven’t already started your Valentine’s day cards, this is the perfect combo to start.


I grabbed the SimonSaysStamp Ice Cream Dream stamp set and used that as inspiration for my card. Since I’m a new crafter, I have a very limited stash of stamps so I always try to re-purpose them for as many occasions as I can. I created a soft valentine’s shaker and incorporated the challenge colours with the shaker material, as well as the emboss resist background and the huge (5 scoops!) ice cream cone.

To create my emboss resist shaker background, I stamped some ice cream shapes from the stamp set using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with a pearly embossing powder. Next, I used Spun Sugar Distress Ink and water to watercolour the background.

To create my giant tower of ice cream, I stamped the image five times using Spun Sugar Distress ink, and then once using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink onto Ranger Distress watercolor paper. I used the same ink mixed with pearly water to paint the scoops and cone. I fussy cut all of the elements and then adhered them together using my Zig 2Way glue pen.


Thanks so much for dropping by. Make sure to visit the rest of the design team for a healthy dose of inspiration–

& February’s fab guest designer, Cornelia W

The Virginia’s View February Shaker Card Challenge is still on, so I’m going to play along (again!) with this card. A very special and sincere thank you to Virginia for her kind words and thoughtful encouragement.


Hope to see you here again soon,



The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM176

Cards, Challenges, Techniques

I wanted to use up more of the supplies in my Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit so I popped over to the Friday Mashup Challenge Blog to see if the challenge could get my gears spinning. It did! The FM176 challenge this week is to create a project using the provided sketch, or to create a project using an emboss resist technique, or to mash them up and create a project using the sketch and emboss resist. Here is the sketch:

And here’s my card:

My FM176 card

My FM176 card

So, emboss resist is the process of heat embossing an image and then applying ink over top. The embossed areas resist the ink and stay vibrant. I’ve mostly seen this done with white embossed images, so I wasn’t sure if using coloured ink and clear embossing is strictly considered emboss resist, but hey, why not?

I cut a 4″ x 4″ white cardbase and protected the back of the card with some strips of Post-It tape. The Post-It tape also helped the card stay in place while I stamped and inked. Using one of the book stamps from the SSS To Thine Own Shelf set, I stamped with three colours of pigment ink from my Color Box Petal Point, Enchantment. To emboss, I used Ranger Superfine clear embossing power. I stamped and embossed one colour at a time and used my homemade anti-static bag in between each colour.

I wasn’t happy with how some of the books had embossed so I stamped over them with VersaMark ink and re-embossed to make sure my resist would work.

Once I was content with the embossed background, I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a makeup sponge to cover the whole card front. Just for good measure, I added some water droplets for a bit of a more distressed look. This ink came in the card kit and it’s my first time ever using Distress Ink. I think I might be hooked. My resist technique isn’t perfect but the Distress Ink helped smooth everything out and dried beautifully.

I used a scrap of patterned paper (also from the kit, October Afternoon, Public Library) and some stickers to finish off the card. I wanted to pop up the sentiment but since it was a sticker I rubbed some baby powder on the back before applying my foam tape to make sure none of the edges got stuck down.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great week!