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Weekend Sale!

Maple Syrup Designs is going on the road this weekend and setting up a “pop Up Shop” at a local crop…..SO, lots of stuff is on sale for this, and I have opened to sales up to everyone online also!

I haven’t placed everything into the SALE section, so you will need to just browse through the site to see the mark downs.

A feature Sale for JUST this Weekend can be found in the Stamping Bella Section….ALL Stamping Bella is on Sale for 15% this weekend ONLY!!


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Day 1 – 10 of the #thedailymarker30day Colouring Challenge

Are you joining in #thedailymarker30day challenge hosted by Kathy Rac on Instagram?? I am, all you need to do is a pic on Instagram everyday during the month of your colouring and use the hashtag above (I missed one day so far) but here are the posts I have done so far and the supply list for each.

Day 1

Stamp Set: Beach Bums by The Greeting Farm

Background: Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Markers: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Day 2

Stamp Sets:




Stamp Set: Rockstar Anya 2

Markers: Spectrum Noir


Day 4

Stamp Sets:


Day 5 and 6

Stamp Set: Viking by MFT

Markers: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers


Day 7 – oops, missed this day


Day 8

Stamp Set: Puddle Jumper by MFT

Markers: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers


Day 9

Stamp Set: Town Bear by MFT

Dies: Our Town & Open Road by MFT

Markers: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Day 10

Stamp Set: Wheek, Wheek, Wheek by Gerda Steiner Designs

Markers: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers


Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

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More #maplesyrupmonday with Stamping Bella

So the last #maplesyrupmonday post was a little light spa here is another 🙂

For This card I have chosen the Stamping Bella “Uptown Zodiac Girl Virgo”.  I am totally not. into the zodiac at all, but some of these stamps lend themselves very well to other purposes.

Here is a quick tutorial for this card:

  1. Cut a piece of Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth cardstock and stamp your image.
  2. Colour Using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers in AP3, AP2 and AP1.
  3. To make the folds in the dress a made some dark “crease” areas with the AP3 and gradually blended out with AP2 and then AP1.
  4. Deepen the dark areas with AP3 and the blend all over with AP2 leaving slight highlights of the lightest AP1.
  5. Using a ColourBlend pencil in “geranium” deepen the shadows on the dress.
  6. Now don’t look to close at the hair as it was messed up, but I liked the rest of the card, so I went with it, it is also coloured with ColourBlend Pencils.
  7. In order to protect the image before distressing the background I used masking fluid on her hair as it was super think to cut out on masking paper.
  8. Stamp out the image in masking paper, don’t worry about the hair as you have the masking fluid, stick on top of your coloured image.
  9. Using a mini blending tool and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink apply ink onto the background.
  10. Apply a little Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to the edges and then some Vintage Photo Distress ink along the edge as well.
  11. Peel off the masking paper and then use your finger to rub off the masking fluid.
  12. I used the “Heartfelt Sentiments” stamp set buy Altenew paired with “icing on the Cake” Ink by Catherine Pooler.
  13. Using a small flower stamp from the “Birds of a Feather” Stamp set by Catherine Pooler stamp randomly around the background using Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!


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Is there ever too much Stamping Bella….Nope! #maplesyrupmonday

Well my plan to do another long post dedicated to Stamping Bella went right out the window! I was on holiday and had my dates mixed up, so here it is on the fly :)…..but that’s ok it just means there will be another one coming during the week!

So, Laurie from It’s All Cut and Die, and I promised a winner of a Stamping Bella Stamp set in our previous #maplesyrupmonday post, smithsaxon, it is YOU! Send me a message with your address and I will post a stamp set to you.


Here is a Quick video and some samples of me colouring the Stamping Bella “Set of Dragons” Stamp Set. Please Check out Laurie’s blog and leave us comment and subscribe to my blog for more posts, sales and giveaways!

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Happy #maplesyrupmonday with Stamping Bella!

Ok, so if you know me you know one of my all time favourite stamp companies is Stamping Bella! Their designs are adorable, fun, versatile and they have some pretty witty sentiments too!

I have a few cards to show you today and a mini tutorial for one of them, but of course if you ever want instructions to any of my cards just leave me a message and I will do up a tutorial for you 🙂

#maplesyrupmonday is a biweekly post that Laurie from It’s All Cut & Die and I started just for fun, to encourage you, help us all get use of your stamp sets, and of course the occasional give-away! We really hope you will play along and make some cards, simply post them on Instagram with the hashtag #maplesyrupmonday and you never know you may get picked to win a random prize 🙂

Prize you say……? OK! SO, there are a couple of ways to get your name entered to win a Surprise Stamping Bella Stamp Set:

  • Follow/subscribe to both of our blogs, and leave a comment.  If you comment on both blogs yo have double the chances to win (the draw will be random, so if you have won before you are still able to win again!)
  • We will announce the winner on May 21st which will be our next blog post. Good LUCK!! 🙂


This Beauty is created using the “Courtney Loves Kitties” stamp set from the most recent release……so much fun!


The “Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil” is PERFECT for the Spring 🙂 (matching die found here)

Now for a mini tutorial using another Stamp from the most recent release “Gnome Pile” and the “love Backdrop” which is also from Stamping Bella.

  1. Stamp the Love Backdrop Stamp on your cardstock.
  2. Stamp the love backdrop onto Stamp Masking Paper and cover the hill on the cardstock.
  3. Using your masking fluid pen colour in the hearts and the clouds, let dry.
  4. Apply clouds to the background using a stencil and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, remove the masking paper on the hill.
  5. Using Cracked Pistachio ink the hill in.
  6. using your finger to apply light pressure, burnish the masking fluid off of the clouds and hearts, colour in.
  7. Colour your Gnomies using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers (or your favourite medium), cut out.
  8. Cut a square of pale blue glitter cardstock and adhere to your card blank.
  9. Trim up your card front and attach to the Glitter card.
  10. Attach the gnomes to the card front using foam squares.
  11. Stamp your sentiment.
  12. Apply dew drops in random places using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.

Gnome Pile Supplies:



….PLUS, for a chance to win a $15 Maple Syrup Designs gift certificate/coupon code, follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me your favourite Stamping Bella Stamp Set!


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Get Well Soon!

Here is a fun card using the Garden Backdrop stamp from the latest Stamping Bella release and the Catastrophy Set from Art Impressions.  My husband had the plates removed from his leg this week so I wanted to make a little card to make him laugh.



  1. For the background I stamped the Garden Scene onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock.
  2. Stamp the same scene onto some low tack masking paper and cut out, cover the fence to preserve the panels so that you can apply distress ink to the sky.
  3. Using Catherine Pooler ink in “Its a Boy” use your mini blending tool and blend the ink all over the sky area.
  4. Remove the masking paper and colour in the fence and ground with Illustrator markers.
  5. Stamp out the cat, colour with Illustrator markers and attach to the front of the card using a mini wobble spring.
  6. Stamp your sentiment in the top left corner.
  7. Cut out some clouds and glue in the sky area.
  8. Cut a piece of mirror card slightly larger and adhere the card front to it, attach all of this to a card blank.

There are so many funny stamps in this set that you could swap out to brighten someones day who just isn’t feeling the best!

Happy Crafting!


Garden Backdrop Stamp – Stamping Bella

Catastrophy Stamp Set – Art Impressions

Illustrator Markers – Spectrum Noir

Masking Paper

It’s a Boy Ink Pad – Catherine Pooler

Mini Ink Blending Tool – Ranger

Mirror Card – Crafter’s Companion

Card Blanks

Mini Wobble Springs


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Autumn Colours!

I have been waiting for this gorgeous Stamping Bella “Lyla Loves Leaves” Stamp Set to arrive, knowing it would be super fun to make lots of cards with.

For this card I die cut a circle, stamped Lyla in Memneto Black Tuxedo Ink, stamped the image again on to masking paper, cut it out and then stuck it over the original image so that it was protected while I applied the background.

The Distress Oxides that I chose were Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade.











I coloured the Image using Spectrum Noir Markers.

I chose a piece of wood effect paper for the background and adhered the circle to the wood paper and affixed all of this to a card blank with a matting of gold glitter cardstock

For the leaves that are decorating the  card I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens to make a nice autumn background and used the Autumn morning Scattered Leaves Die Set and created a lovely leaf pile.

I chose to add a Thanks sentiment but you could choose any sentiment.


Happy Thanksgiving!


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Stamping Bella

Make sure you check out the StampingBella Stamps in my shop, and stay tuned more will be coming, they are super awesome to colour and add a lovely fun and happy touch to your projects!

The Pictured Stamp in the Tiny Townie Garden Girl Poppy Stamp, coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers.



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Peeps! by Stamping Bella

Ok, I love this stamp and have been waiting to have time to use it…today was the day!

To make this card I used a white card blank, a piece of water-colour paper cut to 13cm x 13cm. I applied a little bit of blue and green distress ink to a piece of waxed paper, spritzed it with water and sponged on the sky and grass.  Once I was happy with the amount of colour I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time.

Using my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press I lined up the Stamping Bella “One of My Peeps” stamp and applied some black Ink. You then colour in the image using the coloured pencils of your choice and then again using the precision press line up the sentiment stamp and dry.

The next step was to dab the clouds on using the white glitter Wink of Stella pen (I like to use a mini pom-pom to do this).

I chose a white glitter card for the frame and then using the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board cut out a 1/4″ frame to go around the water-colour paper, affixing it all using Crafter’s Companion Glue Tape.  The finishing touch was to apply Dew Drops by the Ton Stamps (I am obsessed with these).


Supply List:

Card Blanks

Stamping Bella – One of My Peeps Stamp

We R Memory Keepers – Precision Press

We R Memory Keepers – Frame Punch Board

Watercolour Paper

Distress Mini Ink Pads

Sponge Dauber

Wink Of Stella

White Glitter Card

Crafter’s Companion Glue Tape

Dew Drops – The Ton