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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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Hey Foxy!

I have had this stamp set for ages and was determined to finally create something with it.  I love foxes and though it was cute sitting in the package it would be so much cuter coloured!

So a cute little shaker card became the plan! Here are the steps and supply list at the end.

  1. Colour The fox using Illustrator Markers and set aside
  2. Cut out a 3.25″ square of white cardstock, ink up the Freestyle Stripes background stamp with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and stamp.
  3. Cut a 2″ circle from the center of the striped card where you will place your shaker pouch.
  4. Cut a slightly larger piece of black pearl cardstock, with a larger circle cut from the center and affix the striped card topper to this.
  5. On the backside of the black card, affix a square of clear acetate.
  6. Fill the shaker pouch with sequins and glue to the back of the card to cover the circle opening.
  7. Apply some foam tape along the edges of the back of the black card and glue onto a 4″ card blank.
  8. Affix the fox to the bottom right of the card front.
  9. Stamp the Banner, and Sentiments of choice inside the banner and add glue around the edges using a medium Nuvo Glue Pen, let dry tacky for about a minute and then apply gold gilding flakes, burnishing off the excess, cut out the banner.
  10. Apply to the top of the card over the shaker window using Foam tape or foam squares.
  11. Finally, embellish with some sequins in various places on the card front.

Here is a list of the supplies used:


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Versatile backdrop

So, I was totally inspired by a card on the Altenew website made by Jennifer McGuire, for the Striped Leaf Cover Die. I put my own spin on this card and will list below the steps to make my version of the card, including supplies.

This die can be used in SO many different ways and highly recommend having a browse on Pinterest.  In my opinion this is an item that every paper crafter should included in their supplies and stash as you will be able to use it for so many projects!

1) I applied some Stick It adhesive paper onto a piece of Aqua Card, place the die on top and ran it through my \die cutting machine.

2) Use your weeding tool and gently peel up the adhesive backing paper on the leaves you wish to emboss first, apply the Rose Gold embossing powder and gently heat emboss.

3) Repeat these steps using, white, silver and gold embossing powder.

4) Alter all of the leaves have been embossed removing all the remaining backing paper and totally cover with clear embossing powder, heat.

5) Next, I trimmed down the card and affixed it to a matte gold background, and then finally onto a white card blank trimmed to fit.

6) For the sentiment I chose the Thank You die set by Honey bee stamps and again, layered the same matte gold card onto plain white and affixed to the base using foam squares.

7) For the final touch I embellished the card with another favorite product of mine, Dew Drops from The Ton Stamps. I always find the gel super glue the best for adhering plastic to paper.

Hope you have enjoyed, your shopping list will be below!



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I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the 2017 Design Team for Crafter’s Companion and one of the items that they sent me to try out and create with is their amazing Foil Transfer Kit.  These kits come with adhesive transfers that make foiling SO easy!

Foiling with these is as simple as 1) choosing your image or sentiment, 2) Remove the backing, apply it to your project and firmly rubbing or better yet, run it though  your Gemini, 3) take the plastic protector and place the foil over top and again, firmly rub or send through the Gemini. Then you simply peel the foil off and in a matter of a couple minutes you have a lovely foiled project without having to have a machine, and all that is involved with that!


The foil transfers adheres to lots and lots of surfaces, here it is on vellum and complimented with a floral wreath coloured with Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and Glitter Pens.

Stay tuned as the foil transfers will be in stock in my shop!

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Altenew Camellia Build-A-Flower

This card features a gorgeous stamp set by Altenew, Camellia Build-A-Flower Stamp & Die Set, this is a three step layering stamp for the flower as well as the leaves.  Layering stamps add an extra level of fun to stamping in addition to the depth of the image which makes them all the more beautiful to look at! *(Supply list at the bottom of the page)*

The Ton Stamps have some lovely inks that are perfect for layering, I used the Couture Color – Peony Collection set of inks for the flower.

Here are the steps for making this card:

  1. Cut a square of pink glitter card slightly smaller than the card blank size that you choose to use.
  2. Again, cut a square of black and white paper slightly smaller than the glitter card, this is a great way to use up some of the scraps of paper that you have!
  3. Adhere the glitter and black and white paper and then stick onto the card blank.
  4. Stamp the Thank You sentiment that comes with the stamp set in the bottom left corner of the card using VersaMark ink, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat.  I always wipe my projects where I am going to heat emboss with an embossing buddy before I stamp the image as this prevents stray bits of embossing powder from sticking to parts of the card that it shouldn’t.
  5. Glue the leaves and flower onto the card in the top right of the card.

I plan to make this card in a rainbow of colours!


Supply List:

Altenew Camellia Build-A-Flower Stamp and Die Set

The Ton Couture Colour Peony Collection Inks

Pink Glitter Card

Card and Envelope Blanks

Gold Embossing Powder

VersaMark Ink

Crafter’s Companion Tape Runner

Tombow Glue

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Watercolour love

I wanted to do a little watercolouring (you can also use Distress Inks if you prefer.  The Stamp Sets are from The Ton, which make amazing quality and beautiful stamps and dies!









1) First I cut the Watercolour paper 1 cm smaller than the card blank, and a piece of black cardstock 0.5 cm smaller than the card blank.

2) Next, take the Heart Background stamp, stamp it with versamark ink and stamp the Watercolour paper and then cover with the white embossing powder, gently tap off the excess powder and heat with a heat gun.

3) Colour the heart background as you choose using Watercolour paints, Aqua Markers or Distress Inks, set aside to dry.

4) Stamp the “love” Sentiment in versamark ink and apply black embossing powder, gently tap off the excess powder and heat with a heat gun.

5) Line up the “love” Sentiment Die and cut out the love stamp.

6) Use your tape runner and tape the back of the Watercolour paper, affix to the black card. Again, apply the take from the runner to the back of the black card and affix to the card blank.

7) Apply glue to the back of the cut out live Sentiment and affix to the centre of the Watercolour paper on a diagonal, choose another smaller Sentiment from the stamp set and apply below the love Sentiment in the bottom right of the card using black ink.

8) Apply Black diamanté embellishments to decorate the card.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this fun little project!



For this card you will need the following supplies:

Brushed Love Stamp

Brushed Love Die

Black Embossing Powder

– Card Blank

Black Card Stock

Watercolour Paper

Heart Background Stamp

– White Embossing Powder

– Versamark Ink

– Embellishments

– Watercolour paints, Distress Inks or Aqua Markers

– Heat Gun

Glue, tape runner

– Black Ink


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New Crafter’s Companion Dies coming soon!!!

I recently had a parcel of lovely “Happy Mail” from Crafter’s Companion with awesome new products to create with as part of their US Design Team (super fun!!)

On May 9th Crafter’s Companion will be on HSN with LOTS of amazing new products.  The Today Special is a set of Dies that make a beautiful Circle pop out card. I received the set of the Circle Decorative Sentiment Dies that is an addition you can buy to go with the build a card set, so I decided to make something with those.

As you are probably gathering from my posts, I love sparkle, so I decided gold glitter card was where I would start.

1) I matched up the circle Sentiment size with one of the Double Stitched Circle Dies from The Ton Stamps, and cut out the circle.

2) I then placed the sentiment circle onto the cut out circle and ran that through my die cutting machine, next, weed out the bits from the die and set aside.

3) Use the next size up circle die and cut out a pale pink circle, take the next size up again and cut out a black circle.  These dies leave a lovely stitched edge when they cut.

4) I then used a pair of fringe scissors to make a small fringe all around the outside edge of the black circle and adhered the pale pink circle on to the centre of the black fringed circle.

5) Adhere the gold Sentiment to the centre of the pink circle (I find Loctite gel super glue to work well at quickly setting the smooth backing of glitter card to the regular cardstock, as some regular crafting glues even if permanent can still not hold these two surfaces together when dry).

6) Cut out a 5.5″ square piece of background paper and stick to a 5.75″ square card blank (or and square size accordingly adjusted). Then using foam squares adhere your circle to the centre of the card, and voila, a quick and elegant card.

This particular paper had beautiful gold foiling on it so it compliments the gold glitter perfectly.

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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

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Lovely rose gold!

Today’s card, though a quick make is classically elegant.

The background stamp that I used was the Cherry Blossom Garden Background stamp by the Ton. I stamped the image on black cardstock using versamark and Rose Gold Embossing powder, also by the Ton.

I wanted a little more sparkle so using the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board I created a perfect glitter backing using black cardstock. I love this tool as it makes a perfect frame and makes saving on card so much quicker and easier!


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Panda Can’t Even…

So, my husband broke his leg in two places last week (that’s a Welshman for you, trying to skate on our lake like a Canadian), so I’ve been pretty busy looking after him after his surgery, but I’ve finally had a chance to get back at making cards this morning!

Ever since I started carrying The Ton Brand stamps in my shop I have admired the adorable Panda Can’t Even  Stamps and Dies so I decided today was the day!

For this Cute Little card I started with a 4″x4″ card blank, for the glitter frame I cut a piece of black glitter card stock to 3.75″x3.75″ and the used my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board to make a 0.5″ thick frame out of it. On top of that I glued a 3.5″x3.5″ square piece of paper from the Papermania Capsule Geometric Mono 6″x6″ cardstack (which has beautiful gold foil designs on it!)

The Panda’s were then heat embossed with black embossing powder, die cut and then mounted onto the front using foam squares.

The hearts were cut out of red glitter cardstock using my Cricut Explore Air machine (available upon request).

Below is the list of items used: