Handmade with Love

09 December 2021

Elements of Floral Composition - AECP


Hey crafty friends!  So as you will have seen from my last post, I submitted my final challenge for my level 2 in the AECP program.  Well I am back today with my first project for level 3.  Yup....that means I passed level 2 and am now on my way to completing level 3!   So I am very proud to display my newest badge 😃  

01 December 2021

Across the Miles - Maker Forte


Have you all started on your Christmas cards? Or are y'all a procrastinator like me and leave them to the last minute? Today I am sharing a simple ink blended slimline card featuring the beautiful Gingerbread Village stamp set from Maker Forte. This stamp set makes a beautiful Christmas card or even to send to someone throughout the holiday and Winter season.
15 November 2021

Pretty Things All Tied Up in Ribbon


 Hi crafty friends..welcome back!  Today I am sharing 2 gift boxes I made as my guest designer spot for the BastelTraum challenge blog #107.  This months theme is recipes or gift boxes and anything to do with gift giving.  

31 October 2021

AECP Level 2 Final Challenge


Hello crafty friends and welcome back!  I have a bit of a longer post(and quite a few photos too) to share with you all today and a very exciting one too! So sit back, relax and come along for the ride!  I have made my way through to the end of level 2 of the AECP program so I was met with the final challenge to move on to the next and final level.  I have really enjoyed this program so far and have learned so much from it!  I will definitely say that my card making skills have indeed improved with so many new skills and techniques! 

26 October 2021

Sending Warm Wishes Your Way - Maker Forte


 Hello crafty friends! I'm back today sharing a not so typical Christmas/Holiday card. This card came about by accident and honestly…..I love it! Keep reading to learn all about my happy little accident.
11 October 2021

Masking Unleashed - AECP

Hi friends...welcome back!  Today I have my last class to share with you before my final project for my level 2 AECP and this class was all about masking.  This taught us all about the power of masking and how it can elevate your projects. She went over so many amazing techniques using different forms and ways to mask off parts of your project.  For my project today I decided to use 2 different ways. 

10 October 2021

Ombré Watercoour Nativity Cards - Maker Forte


Hey crafty friends! Today i have 2 cards to share with you, using the Nativity Peace, Hope, Love Stamp Set from Maker Forte. I knew as soon as I saw this beautiful stamp set that the images/sentiments needed nothing more than a beautiful ombré watercolour wash as the background and nothing more...okay well a bit of heat embossing too. I have a video to share with you as well showing how these cards were made. Let's get started, shall we!

05 October 2021

October Monthly Challenge - Waffle Flower Crafts

Hello crafty friends!  I'm super excited to be joining Waffle Flower Crafts and the always lovely Rachel as a guest designer this week!  They host monthly challenges and I am super excited to be co-hosting week 1 for the month of October!

This month is all about shaker cards and this week in particular is to have 2 or more shaker pockets on your project.  Shaker cards are so much fun to make and even more fun to shake...I absolutely loved this challenge! 

01 October 2021

Magical Marker Techniques - AECP

 Hey crafty friends...welcome back!  Today I have my project for the second last class in level 2 for the AECP to share with you.  This has definitely taken me longer to get to this point than I had originally wanted to....some things came up, it got put on the back burner for a bit and TBH...I just got sidetracked at one point, but I am determined to finish it now!  

30 September 2021

Color Your Day - AECP


It's all about colour!  Today I am sharing my card for the class Color Your Day in the level 2 AECP program.  This class was taught by the very lovely and talented Therese Calvird.  It was all about being inspired by colour all around and you never know where you may find inspiration and there were many more wonderful ideas shown in this class.  For my card today I decided to turn to the ever inspiring Pinterest and my colour mood inspiration board, where I found a colour combo that never disappoints and is always perfect! 

21 September 2021

Heat Embossing with Kaleidoscope Powders - Maker Forte


Hello crafty friends!  Today I am sharing a technique using those gorgeous Kaleidoscope powders from Maker Forte. I bet you never thought of embossing with them? Well I did a bit of playing around this week and discovered that yes, you sure can do it! Keep reading to find out how!

08 September 2021

Autumn You Know - Maker Forte and Pigment Powders


Hey crafty friends!  I'm back sharing a very colourful Autumn card.  I was inspired by the beautiful colours of the changing leaves back home in Canada in the Fall.  They truly are a gorgeous thing to see if you haven't ever....that's one of the things I miss about back home, so I thought that I would try to recreate them or try my very best to.  When I saw the new Falling for You stamp set designed by Jess Francisco, which is part of the Falling Into Fall New Release over at Maker Fort, I knew it would be perfect!
14 August 2021

Beautiful Details - AECP

Hi friends...welcome back!  Where has the time gone since my last AECP project and class???  Time to get back at it!  This class was taught by the extremely talented Marika Rahtu and as you can tell from the title is is all about the beautiful details that will elevate your cardmaking!  As they say...it's all in the details and in this case it is all in the beautiful details.  

12 August 2021

Love You - Maker Forte


Hey crafty friends!  I've got a card filled with happy rainbow colours today and lots of sparkle...black sparkle!  For my card I used one of the new release stamp sets as well as a fun stencil from Maker Forte and both designed by Alex Syberia.  It is a bit different than her usual gorgeous flowers, but it is filled with lots of fabulous big and bold sentiments.

10 August 2021

Grateful to You - Maker Forte


Hey crafty friends! I’m sharing a card today made using the Grateful to You stamp set from Maker Forte. This stamp set features a gorgeous floral designed by Varada Sharma! I’m a sucker for a beautiful floral image and this most certainly does not disappoint.  
27 July 2021

2 Quick and Simple Stencilled Cards - Maker Forte


Hello and happy Tuesday crafty peeps! Today I am sharing 2 quick and simple stencilled cards using some new products from Maker Forte. Stencils are one of my favourite, if not my favourite tools to use in my crafty toolbox.  So when I saw this new stencil from Maker Forte called Cable Knit Cardigan which is part of their newest release, I knew I had to have it!

28 June 2021

Stencils and Shaving Foam - Maker Forte


Hey crafty friends! I'm sharing a super fun technique using stencils, re-inkers and shaving foam. That's right...shaving foam! Go and raid your bathroom for the can of your husbands shaving foam! This is such a fun technique and yes, a little bit messy...but it's not fun if you don't get a bit messy! Just an fyi...the lighting was horrible when I took this, please don't hold that against me 😆

12 June 2021

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful - Maker Forte


Hi crafty friends...I'm sharing a floral slimline card with you today.  I'm a sucker for a beautiful floral and this one doesn't disappoint!  This is a gorgeous large floral made to fit a slimline card perfectly. When it comes to cards, I usually just stay in my comfort zone of the usual A2 size, I don't make alot of slimline cards.  I have 2 mediocre excuses reasons why....#1, I find them harder to photograph and #2, they use up too much of my precious paper lol.. But I had no excuse not to make one when I received this set!

10 June 2021

Polychromatic - AECP

Hello friends...today I have card to share with you for the Polychromatic class for my level 2 AECP certification.  This class was taught by the very talented Nina-Marie Trapani and is filled with so many tips, techniques and lots of beautiful inspiration for adding colour to your cards.  For my project I decided to focus on the lesson on watercolouring with similar colours or rather in my case....the same colour.  

03 June 2021

Creative Watercolor Media - AECP


 Hello and welcome back!  Today I have my project to share with you for the Creative Watercolor Media class for my level 2 in the AECP.  This class was taught by 3 amazing and very talented artists....Jennifer Rzasa, Laura Bassen and Debby Hughes.  I am always in complete awe of Debby Hughes' work...she is an amazing watercolorist (is that a word?), so I decided to do one of the techniques she taught.....ink smooshing with masking using Altenew inks.

29 May 2021

When Music is Life - The Hedgehog Hollow


 Hello crafty friends....today I am sharing 2 cards plus a video using this months subscription box from The Hedgehog Hollow.   I used both of the stencils and did a bit of ink blending to bring them to life. I wanted them to have more of a classic look. Throw in a bit of heat embossing and they are quick and simple.

23 May 2021

Thanks For All The Little Things - SpiegelMom Scraps


Hi crafty peeps!  Today I am sharing a card I made as part of a hop with the rest of my sparkly design team over at SpiegelMom Scraps on Instagram.  It is a get to know the team hop, so I used all my favourite techniques/styles on this card and combined with some of my favourite products!

20 May 2021

With A Twist - AECP


Hello and welcome back! I am working my way through my level 2 AECP classes and today is With A Twist. This class is taught by the wonderful Therese Calvird. In this class she taught us to look at our supplies in a different way than we normally would, use colours we would not use and to think out of the box.  For my card I decided to use a colour that I rarely, if ever use...brown and I especially don't ever use it for flowers.  I think brown is always (or at least I do) thought of as a sad kind of meh boring colour and not so cheerful.  So that is the colour I was using and on flowers too!

19 May 2021

In the Mood for Color - AECP


Hi there and welcome back!  Today I am sharing my card I made for the class In the Mood For Color which is part of my level 2 AECP.  In this class we learned to create cards using colours to convey a feeling, as all colours represent a certain feeling and/or message and the moods associated with them.  For my card I went with a different colour palette than what was shown in class.  We have been having quite abit of rain here this month...May is always kind of rainy for us.  So because of this I wanted to convey that rainy and kind of dreary and neutral feeling that gray brings....although there is a wee bit of other colours hidden in the flowers, as the sun has peeked out a few times.  Like The Carpenters say in their song...Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.

17 May 2021

Enjoy Little Moments - Maker Forte


Hi there and welcome back! I'm sharing a slimline card using a new stamp set featuring a gorgeous dahlia flower and a bit of stencilling. I adore the look of a stencil and some white texture paste to make a background for a beautiful floral! It adds that little bit extra to it without distracting your eye from the floral. And just something about the crisp and clean white paste on a white background is absolute perfection!

14 May 2021

Mixed Meda for Cardmakers

 Hello crafty peeps! I'm sharing a fun card using some fun new stencils from Maker Forte and the super cool Marshmallow paste! There is a brand new designer over at Maker Forte and she is the very talented mixed media artist Mansi of Mansi Makes.  She has designed these new stencils that I really enjoyed playing with and especially when I paired them with the awesome marshmallow paste from Maker Forte.    Have you tried this paste yet? It is sooo much fun!

10 May 2021

Let's Celebrate You


It's a grey and rainy here and as much as I do love rainy days (I really truly do), we need a bit of colour and sparkle for this rainy Monday.  So what is better than some neon inks and a bit of silver holographic glitter!
09 May 2021

Beyond Basic Backgrounds - AECP


Hi crafty friends and welcome back!  Today I am sharing my project for the next class in my AECP journey, Beyond Basic Backgrounds.  This class was taught by Lydia Evans and was packed full with so many great tips and techniques for making amazing backgrounds!  The technique that I decided to do was one I have seen many times but never attempted....until now!

06 May 2021

Wheb Music Gives Us Life - The Hedgehog Hollow Subscription Box

Hi friends! Michelle here sharing a card made with the new Hedgehog Hollow Subscription box for May. This months box is filled with lots of goodies all about music....it's bound to get you inspired! Although I am not very musically gifted (I did play a mean recorder back in elementary school lol), I adore everything in this months box! From the stencils, to the sentiments, the images and also all of the ephemera! I know will definitely be making lots of music themed cards this year!

30 April 2021

Impressive Heat Embossing Techniques - AECP Journey


 Welcome back crafty friends!  Well I have finally gotten myself going again on my AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program) journey and started my level 2 courses.  Tbh.....I really should have started these alot sooner than now as I have taken WAY too long of a break but hey, better late than never. And let me tell you...I am so ready to dive right back in and make my way to becoming a certified instructor!  Let's get to it!

26 April 2021

Sparkle and Shine for the men - The Hedgehog Hollow


 Hello crafty friends....I'm back with 3 cards to share using the April box from The Hedgehog Hollow.  This month's box is all about the men in our lives...it's filled with lots of masculine stamps, stencils and a co-ordinating pack of ephemera.  I wanted the stencils to be the star this time, so I decided to pair them with them ink blending, a bit of foil and a few pieces from the ephemera pack.  

23 April 2021

Just Wanted to Say Hello - Polkadoodles


Hello and welcome back!  It's been a few days since I have posted but I am back with a very exciting post.....I have my first project to share as a new member of the Polkadoodles design team!  I discovered this company not too long and their absolutely adorable images, so was over the moon to become a part of their very talented team!  And also because it is Friday, that means it is time for a new Friday Challenge over at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge blog and the theme is Anything Goes.

13 April 2021

Spotlight on Cosmos - Maker Forte



Hello friends! I'm sharing 2 cards made with the Calming Cosmos stamp set from the April release from Maker Forte. This stamp set is designed by Alex Syberia in collaboration with Maker Forte. If you’re not familiar with Alex Syberia, she designs the most beautiful floral images and this absolutely does not disappoint! It has 2 bigger floral images as well as 2 smaller ones and some beautiful sentiments to match. I also paired them with the A2 Spotlight Oval Stencil and the All Seasons Sentiments 6×6 paper pack

09 April 2021

Gone Fishing - The Hedghog Hollow


Hello crafty friends...today I am sharing a card made using the Hedgehog Hollow box for April. It is always so hard to find great stamps geared towards to men, but this month's box has you covered! This box is filled with lots of goodies that will make it so easy to help build up your stash of masculine cards.

02 April 2021

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend - La Casetta Sull'albero di Chicca


I mean come on...how utterly fabulous and glamorous is Marilyn from the new release over at La Casetta Sull'albero!  I am absolutely head over heels in love with this girl!  And since diamonds are a girls best friend after all she needed lots of of sparkle...in this case it's black diamonds.

01 April 2021

Thank You for being So Sweet - Clever Dexter Challenge #16


It's the beginning of the month and that means a new challenge is starting over at the Clever Dexter blog.  This month the theme is Anything Goes, so that means you create whatever makes your heart happy!  This month our sponsor is Polkadoodles and OH EM GEE......these images are so gosh darn cute!  There is so much in her shop that is super duper cute....I want it all!  She has very generously offered up a wonderful prize to the winner this month.

Teacher Appreciation Chalkboard Card - Maker Forte


 Hello everyone! We all have at least one amazing teacher in our life, if not more and many people have stepped up into that role during the past year...so we all know how hard of a job it is. All teachers by profession or those that have had to step into that role over the last year definitely need and deserve a big thank you and to know how appreciated they all are! And part of the new release from Maker Forte has a stamp set that is perfect for just that...to say thank you and show our appreciation.

31 March 2021

With brave wings she flies - La Casetta Sull'albero di Chicca


Hello and welcome back!  It's Michelle sharing a super cute card and tutorial with this absolutely adorable little girl, Flowers Gem from La Casetta Sull'albero di Chicca.  Isn't this butterfly just the sweetest?!  I love that with all of the images in their Etsy shop you get 2 different versions - one is a blank canvas for you to colour and the other is already coloured for you...and may I say they are coloured amazingly!  So I am definitely taking advantage of the pre-coloured ones, because I could never colour as good as she has.

30 March 2021

Live Life in Full Bloom - Maker Forte

Hello and welcome back!  Today I am sharing a slimline card made using one of the new stamp sets from the newest release from Maker Forte, called Live Live in Full Bloom.  This stamp set has a variety sentiments perfect for A2 size cards or slimline cards, but also has a super pretty floral image and and a big sentiment that are superb on a slimline!

27 March 2021

Wishing You a Colorful Day - Clever Dexter Challenge #15


Hello and welcome back!  Today I am sharing a card for the Clever Dexter challenge #15 over at the Clever Dexter Challenge blog.  We are almost at the end of the month but you still have a few days left to enter the challenge for a chance to win a few super cute digital images from the sponsor Stampers Delight. 

25 March 2021

You Are Wonderful - RVD

Hello crafty peeps!  Today I am sharing my 4th card from the March release from Rachel Vass Designs.  This time I used the beautiful rose image from the Ravishing Rose digital stamp set.  There are 2 rose images in this set, but I decided to just use one to make this elegant card.

22 March 2021

Never Grow Up - The Hedgehog Hollow


Hello and welcome back! Today I am sharing a card featuring products from the March Hedgehog Hollow Subscription box, which is all about the fairies.  They are just such magical creatures and what better way than with a shaker to feature such a magical and whimsical creature.

20 March 2021

Listen to the Colours of your Dreams - La Casetta Sull'albero di Chicca

Hello and happy Saturday!  Today I am back sharing my version of a galaxy card for La Casetta Sull'albero.  And of course I turned to my alcohol inks to help me out with this.

16 March 2021

On Angel's Wings - The Hedgehog Hollow


 Hello crafty friends! I'm popping in today with my first design team project and post for The Hedgehog Hollow!  Every month you get a box packed full of crafty goodies and they are a different theme very month...it is pretty fabulous!  I am so very excited and honoured to be working with them and part of a very talented team! This month the box is pretty magical....it's all about the fairies!

15 March 2021

Clever Dexter Challenge #15 - Stampers Delight

Well we are at the halfway mark for this month's challenge over at the Clever Dexter Challenge blog.  Our sponsor for this month is Stampers Delight and I used their beautiful floral image Rose 1 for my card for today.

12 March 2021

I'm so lucky to know you - Maker Forte


Today's post is a bit of an exciting one for me!  This is my first post a member of the Maker Forte design team...so darn excited about that! And I have also made my first video on YouTube!  Yup...I've started my journey as a YouTube creator and not just someone who spends hours watching it 😂 
11 March 2021

Thank you for believing in me - RachelVassDesigns


Hello crafty friends!  I'm popping in today to share a card made using the Freshly Picked digi, one of the new releases from Rachel Vass Designs.  This is a really pretty cluster of flowers....I like to think they are big and fluffy peonies.  I used my alcohol inks for these and but not using the normal paper that you associate with the inks.  

01 March 2021

Adventure Waits...Go Find It - La Casetta Sull'albero di Chicca


Hello and happy March 1st!  Yeah to a new month and 1 day closer to Spring!  Today I have a card to share with you as an official member of the Casetta Sullalbero design team.  I am so excited to be part of this team...their images are fantastic!

Today is release day over there and I have used the Jessica Fletcher digital image for my card.  Have you been on any adventures lately?  This explorer has her magnifying glass in hand and is ready to go!

15 February 2021

AECP Family CASE Blog Hop


 Welcome back crafty friends!  Today's post is a fun one as it part of a blog hop within the AECP family....those that are certified Altenew instructors and those that are participants still going making their way through the program (speaking of which I really need to continue on with level 2).  You should have made your way here from Saundra Rega.

11 February 2021

Thankful for YOU everyday


Hello crafty friends and welcome back. Today I am sharing a card made with the Happiness in a Cup digi from PolkaDotOrchard. I love this arrangement of sunflowers in the rustic tin pitcher!

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