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Night Sky Background

I have had lots of requests to share with people how I made this background (thank you!) so I have a quick tutorial for you to help you make your own! ūüôā

  1. Cut a piece of black pearl cardstock to 15.5cm x 10cm
  2. Cut a piece of Matt Mirror Silver cardstock to 15cm x 9.5cm
  3. Cut a piece of water colour cardstock to 14.5cm 9cm
  4. adhere the mirror cardstock onto the black pearl carsick, and then the black onto a card blank, set aside.
  5. Generously spare the water colour cardstock with Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray, let dry.
  6. Using Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks blend onto the water colour card using your mini ink blending tool.
  7. Using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and your mini blending tool work the ink in from the edges to make the dark par of the sky.
  8. Spritz on top of the inked card using Nuvo Mica Mist in Silver Smoke, let dry.
  9. I then touched up a few spots on the sky that I wanted to make more black and more pink.
  10. The Sentiment is then directly stamped onto the inked card using StazOn Black Ink, I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp twice.
  11. Add you coloured and cut out stamped image and you’re done!


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Fun with Catherine Pooler Stamps and Inks!

I have been wanting to use these two Catherine Pooler Stamp Sets since they arrived in my shop, but I had some projects on the go that needed to be finished first, so the moment they were done today I grabbed the Doin’ The Polka Background Stamp and the Grateful Heart Stamp Set. ¬†I had totally planned to colour in these flowers but loved the look as it was so I just added a little sparkle instead with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay

  1. Cut your piece of Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock (or Catherine Pooler Smooth White Cardstock) to measure 4.25″ x 5.5″.
  2. Using your Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (I used the *NEW* travel sized one), position the sentiment and the large floral spray on the card as shown:
  3. Stamp the floral spray into a piece of stamp masking paper, cut out and stick over top of the floral spray that is stamped directly onto the card.  
  4. Using the Doin’ The Polka Background Stamp, stamp in versa mark to totally cover the card (Don’t worry your floral spray is protected by the masking paper), sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  5. Using a mini ink blending tool with Catherine Poole “It’s A Girl” ink start at the top right hand corner and work down on a diagonal. ¬†In the lower left hand corner blend up with Catherine Pooler Ink in “Party Dress” and blend the two together.
  6. Cut a piece of black pearl cards that measures 6″ x 4.5″ and cut a decorative edge into the top using a die from the Crafter’s Companion Decorative Edge die.
  7. Attach the Card front to the black Panel using some double sided tape.  From here you can either make a card back and attach pr mount this right onto a card blank.

Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks to see more projects that I make with these amazing stamp sets!

Also, it is totally worth noting that by far, Catherine Pooler Inks are indeed the best and most versatile inks that I have EVER used!



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Using Nuvo Mousse With your Stencils

Hello everyone, it’s Colleen from Maple Syrup Designs here for Craftin’ Desert Divas! Today I am going to be showing you how to use Nuvo Embellishment Mousse with your stencils.

There are so many different techniques you can do with Nuvo Mousse, and I will show you more in the future, but for today’s card I used a very simple technique that anyone will be able to do. ¬†This can be done with any stencil, but I am using Craftin’ Desert Divas Cloudy Sky Stencil.

  1. Place your stencil in the corner of a piece of smooth white cardstock (my preference is Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth), tape down with some washi tape.
  2. Choose the colours of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse you would like and start by simply dipping your finger in the pot and applying in circular motions. For this Card I used: Lilac Lavender, Aquamarine, Cornflower Blue, Custard Cream, Coral Calypso and Peony Pink.
  3. Apply these in whatever pattern you like totally filling in the stencil.
  4. Remove the stencil.
  5. In all the white borders apply glue from a deco foil glue pen and sprinkle with Frosting powder, heat set with your heat gun.
  6. Trim the card down to a 5.25″ square.
  7. Take a piece of white glitter card and cut to 5.5″ square, then using a Frame Punch Board, cut out a 1/2″ frame.
  8. Using double sided tape attach the frame to the front of the cloud panel.
  9. Attach this whole panel onto a 6″ square card blank, set aside.
  10. Using the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Sparkle stamp set cut out the following stamps and colour using your favourite medium (I use Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers).
  11. Cut out the word “Happy” using the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Happy Die using aqua and white card.
  12. Affix the sentiment and two unicorns to the card and you are done and have one bright and happy card suitable for many occasions.



Happy Die – Craftin’ Desert Divas

Sparkle Stamp Set – Craftin’ Desert Divas

Cloudy Sky Stencil – Craftin’ Desert Divas

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Tonic Studios

Illustrator Markers – Spectrum Noir

Ultra Smooth Cardstock – Spectrum Noir

White Glitter Cradstock

Card Blank

Scor Tape

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Sunflowers on #maplesyrupmonday

So it is #maplesyrupmonday again! (I know, I know I have been terrible posing lately)

Laurie from It’s All Cut and Die and I introduced this fun little blog post a few weeks back, basically it is two crafty Canadian girls sharing our projects using different brands, different techniques, having fun, giving away prizes and hoping you will join in and play along!

Last post and this post is all about Water colouring with The Ton Stamps.  We posted an opportunity for you to have various ways via both of our blogs etc to have chances to win a fabulous Stamp and Die set from the Ton (compliments of Maple Syrup Designs), and the winner will be announced at the end of this post.

For this weeks card, which was a quick and easy make I used the Sunflower Garden Cling Background Stamp by The Ton. (Supplies will be listed at the end of my post)

  1. Using your Stamp Platform, position your stamp and stamp onto watercolour paper using VersaMark Ink.
  2. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and gently heat set.
  3. I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and laid down the colour on my glass mat first and picked up the colours onto my water brush.  I used Sunshine, Gold and Sunflower on the Petals and Bark on the Centre of the flower (I added a little extra depth using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint markers after the fact, but this could all be done with the Aqua Markers alone).
  4. Keep Layering the colour up until you get the depth and shades you like, let dry, or dry with your heat gun between colour layers.
  5. Use a little bit of the Aquamarine Aqua Marker with your water brush and fill in the background.
  6. Take your Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen and add a layer of Sparkle to all of the sunflower petals.
  7. Cut out your stamped and painted image and mount onto a piece of Matt Gold Mirror card that is slightly larger.  I find that Sookwang Scor Tape is the best for adhering to watercolour cardstock.
  8. Cut a pice of white ribbon and add some tape runner to the back of the ribbon and the stick to the lower third of the card, making sure to wrap the ends around to the back of the card so that they are secure.
  9. Attach this to a card blank (you will likely need to make this yourself to suit the size you end up having for your card topper).
  10. Tie a bow and  secure to the ribbon banding.

This Easy yet beautiful card will be suitable for many different occasions, you could add a sentiment to the card but I like the effect of having the Sunflowers the whole focus.

We really hope you will join in and leave comments (and follow) our blogs and Instagram and tag your makes using The Ton stamps with Watercolour with #maplesyrupmonday for a chance to be featured and you never know when we will randomly choose a card to give away a prize!

Laurie and I will be back on May 7th featuring makes using Stamping Bella stamps….yay!!!

Ok….so, I know you are all basically wondering who won This¬†awesome Large Peony 5¬†Stamped and die set…….


……Carol (justmeclm.blogspot)¬†You are the lucky winner! Send me an email to claim¬†your prize!


We really hope you have enjoyed and will continue to join in!

Laurie’s Blog:¬†

My Instagram:  @maplesyrupdesigns

Laurie’s Instagram:¬†@crazycardlady



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Happy Monday!! My name is Colleen from Maple Syrup Designs!  So, Laurie from and I have teamed up to bring you Maple Syrup Mondays (#maplesyrupmonday).  Please check out her blog and give her a follow.  We will also be linking these posts to our instagram and hope that you will join in and post/tag your creations to go along with the bi-weekly theme.  You can comment on our blogs with links to your images or post them on Instagram with the #maplesyrupmonday, post all through the week and then every Monday we will give a repost.

There will even be an occasional prize, yay!……AND, since this is the first one we of course must give away a prize! ūüôā

We will be giving one lucky participant a Large Peony 5 Stamp and Dies set by The Ton!!!!!  All you need to do is leave a comment on each of our posts and you will be entered to win (Instagram counts, too just make sure you are a follower so we can see you!).  We will announce the winner on April 23, which will be our next blog post. whoohoo!


Check Out the hashtag #maplesyrupmonday on Instagram, and if you make a project with today’s theme and post it with #maplesyrupmonday you will get an EXTRA chance to win!

So, for our first theme we are doing “watercolour with Ton brand Stamps”. It is that simple…any Ton stamp and any form of watercolour medium, let’s see what you have!

For my Card I used the Department Store Background, and City Girls: Retail Therapy Stamp and Die sets.

  1. Using my Stamp Platform I inked up the Department Store background with black StazOn ink and stamped onto watercolour cardstock.
  2. Colour in the Cobblestones and building using ColourTint Pencils, you don’t fully colour them in, just add little bits of colour through the design. Take your watercolour brush and apply water to paint in the image.
  3. Stamp the city Girls, shipping bags and dog in StazOn and apply Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils, and again, add water to paint in the image.  Once these are dry, run through your die cutting machine and set aside.
  4. Using some Scor Tape on the back of the department store background, adhere to a slightly larger cut piece of card to match the building, add more tape and adhere to a piece of white card.
  5. Using foam squares attach the City Girls and dog to the front of the card.
  6. Stamp out your sentiment onto vellum and attach to the top left of the card with foam square and add a couple pieces of black sequins to hide the foam squares from showing through.

Now make sure you head over to Laurie’s Blog and see the beautiful card that she has created!

Make sure to post your makes Instagram with #maplesyrupmonday and check for a new theme biweekly. Find us on Instagram at @maplesyrupdesigns and @crazycardlady


ColourTint Pencils – Spectrum Noir

AquaBlend Pencils – Spectrum Noir

Department Store Background Stamp – The Ton Stamps

City Girls: Retail Therapy Stamp set – The Ton

City Girls: Retail Therapy Dies – The Ton

Scor Tape

Watercolour Card

StazOn Ink

Watercolour Brushes