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Perfectly Pink Mother’s Day Card

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

I am excited to be back and I am really enjoying the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge happening over at the Facebook Challenge Page. Today’s word is of course –  PINK!  Not just one of my favourite musical artists but also a perfect colour for my Perfectly Pink Mother’s Day Card!

I love mixing old and new products as well as combining different brands together.  For this card I am using a Large Stitched Square Die from the nesting set of Paper Rose, Stitched Squares, The Pretty Poppies Die from Lawn Fawn (although I think the Flower Power set would also be super cute!), the Large Circle Burst from Memory Box, as well as a few dies from the Sizzix Butterfly Embossing Folder and Die Set.

I found that with cards with many layers and die cuts it is easiest for me to do all my die cutting at one.  It is went especially fast since I was able to use my Gemini Jr. die cutting machine.  I received it last year for my birthday and I have declared it a necessity in my craft room and it is worth every penny my husband spent on it!  LOL!

Once I had all the die cutting done I wanted to add some dimension to the flower and some of the other embellishment images with Distress Inks.   I used Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Bundled Sage and a picket fence blending brush to add some colour to the edges of the die cut images.  I really like how it add texture and dimension to the flower.

After the ink blending it was time to layer the images together to create my scene.  You can watch the YouTube video below to see how the card came together.

I used Gina K Connect Glue to adhere all the smaller die cuts together and for the dark pink stitched square I adhered that with my tape runner onto a 6 x 6 Square Card base.  I stamped the “MOM” sentiment with an alphabet stamp in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using my Stamp Perfect (which is not exactly centred…but, that’s okay!) I then glued the white circle from the Large Circle Burst with the liquid adhesive and popped the rest of the Circle Burst die cut up with some Foam Squares.  The final touch was to add some enamel coloured dots and some Clear Wink of Stella to the centre of the flower and the small butterfly die cut.

This card was really quick to make and I am really happy with the way it looks.

Remember to play along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge this month as we love to see what you all create!  Also, if you missed this month’s Blog Hop be sure you check it out and leave your comments on each participants Blog Hop for your chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card.  The winner will be announced on May 14, 2020!

Happy Crafting!


What the Flock?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Hey Crafters!

Anybody else feel like.. What the Flock is going on in the world today?  Well…I am going to embrace the isolation and get to know some crafting materials I haven’t played with before.  Thankfully Scrap’N Stamp is still able to deliver and I ordered some Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets.  There are so many fabulous colours to choose from…and of course I ordered as many as I could!

As soon as I saw these I had several ideas come to mind.  The first was to incorporate our current stencil theme and I created a super chic birthday card with the Fleur de Lis stencil from My Favourite Things.  I think this will work really well with any flourish or geometric stencils.

You will also need the Deco Foil Transfer Gel or the Duo Gel  and a laminator (or iron).  With the help of my Wendi Vechhi Make Art Stay-tion and a craft pallet knife I spread a thin layer of the Deco Foil transfer gel evenly over top of the stencil.  I removed the stencil and set the wet stencil piece aside to dry for about an hour. The transfer gel starts off as white and will dry clear.  Remember to wash your stencil with warm soapy water right away.

While the gel is drying I went ahead and prepared the rest of my embellishment pieces by die cutting some elements from mirrored and white cardstock  I also took the time to preheat my laminator for a good 20 minutes.  Once the transfer gel has dried clear, place the Deco Foil Flock sheet fuzzy size down on to the dried transfer gel.  I use parchment paper as my carrier sheet and I ran it through my laminator twice to ensure good adhesion. Then, gently peel back the liner paper off the flocking.

I am so pleased with the outcome of the black flocking on the hot pink cardstock.  It reminds me of the old textured wallpaper that people used to have, so gaudy looking but so awesome at the same time!  I used my Elizabeth Craft rectangle dies to add more interest and a decorative edge.

I found some jewelled ribbon in my ribbon drawer that adds just the right amount of bling to the background and then use Gina K Connect glue to adhere it to the panel, making sure I wrap the ends around to the back.  I secure the panel down onto some Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and adhere it to an A2 side folding card base with foam adhesive.

I layer the mirrored and white cardstock element pieces on top of the jewelled ribbon securing the pieces with Be Creative Scor-tape.  During one of my trips to my local dollar store I scored big and found some gorgeous 3D butterfly stickers that worked perfectly for the main element of this card.

I then chose a simple Happy Birthday sentiment in a script font stamping with VersaMark ink onto some more black liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I think this card is so elegant looking and I have someone very special in mind to give this to!

For my next card I wanted to show you that you can use the Deco Foil Gel and flock sheets without stencils as well!  I stamped a background with the ice cream from Lawn Fawn’s Sweetest Flavor and in Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I want one of the ice creams to stand out so  I use a paint brush and paint the ice cream mound with the Decal Foil gel.   Again you will know it is ready to flock once the gel dries clear.  This time it was a bit trickier to tell when it was dry as it was on top of white card stock.  I followed the same procedure as my first card, layering the flock fuzzy side down, wrapped in parchment paper and I ran it through the laminator twice.  I must not have put enough of the gel on as it was a bit spotty in areas.  That’s okay though, I used my copic markers to gently darken in the area with a similar colour.  I did very simple colouring and shading and did another black sentiment strip with white embossing.  I layered this panel onto light pink cardstock and used my white gel pen to add a boded of white stitch lines.  To give the ice cream an extra special look I added a tear drop crystal from Studio Katia adhering it with Glossy Accents.  The glossy accents, jewel and flocking made a realistic textured look to the ice cream.

As soon as I saw that Sunshine Yellow flocking I knew exactly what card I wanted to make! I also wanted to try using my Silhouette machine with the flocking. The one thing you want to remember is that you will need to cut the flocking with the white backing piece up.  Otherwise, the blade just scrapes off the flocking.  See the photo below.

I taped down the flocking onto a piece of cardstock with some purple thermoweb tape and then stuck that onto the adhesive carrier sheet.  You do not want to place it down directly onto the adhesive carrier sheet as all your flocking will stick to the sheet!  I cut a simple bunny silhouette shape to create this fun “Peep” card!  I used a copic marker to add the little face, I used several Lawn Fawn products including the sentiment from the Easter Party stamp set, die cut banner from the Double Slider Surprise die set and the Really Rainbow cardstock worked so well as my background.  I love how this one turned out!  So cute!

I can’t wait to use this flocking on other card creations and I hope that these cards inspire you to add some flocking to your cards.

Stay safe and crafty!

Stay safe and crafty!
xoxo, Chala

~Crafting Through the Chaos of Life


Get Well Greeting….and Grief

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Hey Friends!  It Chala and I just wanted to start off by saying I was so bummed that I was not able to participate in the Snarky New Year Blog Hop…so, I am sharing one now!

 Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE the snark and sarcasm!  Unfortunately, my year started with the passing of several family members (3 in one week), one of which was my incredibly sweet (yet chaos envoking) Father-in Law who lived with us.   He was diagnosed with cancer in September and it has been a tough several months for our family as he was determined to stay at home as long as he could to celebrate Christmas with his grandkids.  Thankfully, he was able to fulfill this goal.  However, we sadly lost him the morning of January 1, 2020.  Now, I should note that we are a bit of an odd family.  Our days are filled with sarcasm and humour and we are often hard for “outsiders” to understand.  But,  it is with this sarcasm and much humour that we dealt with his diagnosis and this tremendous loss and ongoing grief.   So, please take today’s card with the humour it was intended to invoke to lighten the mood and I hope it makes you laugh as much as it made my family laugh.

Since so many of my friends and family have also been fighting off the flu, sniffles, colds and coughs, I thought it would be fun to make a “Get Well” card.

Hero Arts Snarky Mix and Match

I am using the “Get Well Soon” sentiment from the Snarky Mix & Match stamp set by Hero Arts. This has got to be one of my favourite snarky sentiment sets on the market!  I stamped the sentiment several times on an A2 size card base in with Distress Inks in the colours Wild Honey, Candied Apple, Broken China and Evergreen Bough.  Then die cut with a rectangle die.  The one I used is from Elizabeth craft designs.  However, a similar one is MFT A2 stitched rectangle stax  set 2 dies.


I picked through my rather large stash of patterned paper and picked out a rainbow stripe pattern.  I admit, I am not exactly sure where it came from…..but, the Taylored Expressions 6×6 – Hello Sunshine paper pack would coordinate beautifully with the Distress Ink colours that I chose. I trimmed the patterned paper down and adhered it to an A2 size side folding card base that I made from Lawn Fawn 8.5″ x 11″ – 80lb White Cardstock.

I loved the rainbow colours of the card….but, felt it needed a little something on the front. I saw the Tissue box from the Lawn Fawn – On the Mend stamp set and thought it would look really cute.  I like being able to mix and match several stamp sets/companies to stretch my use of them.  I stamped the tissue box with Memento Black Tuxedo Ink and coloured it with Copic Markers in the colours C2 – Cool Gray, BG13 – Mint Green and BG 15 – Aqua.  I fussy cut the image out and popped it up with a square foam adhesive.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped the “I’m grateful you’re not dead” with my favourite sentiment ink Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink. (I thought this was really funny….thankfully, so did my family!)

I know this card is very simple and I’m sorry I don’t have a coordinating video…but, I am still trying to get back into the creative groove!

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share a little personal side of my life!

Hoping you all enjoy your week!


In Memory of Robert Harrington Frank

“Don’t do it, it’s a trick!”

~Chala, xoxoxo