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Mica Flakes & Maya Road

Life is always a creative adventure and in my projects, I always love trying out new products. Mica flakes are not technically a new product BUT…they ARE new to me.

I was sent the Frantage Mica Kit for a swap between the Maya Road and Stampendous DT’s. If you’re not familiar with mica, it’s actually a mineral that is formed in very thin sheets. As this material has a beautiful metallic or pearlescent sheen, is very thin and easy to use, it makes a beautiful addition to mixed media or vintage style crafting projects.

In my card design I’ve used it to cover the lovely chipboard frame and add texture and reflective qualities to it. The gold colored mica along with some of the lighter pearl color (my favorite) is adhered to the patterned paper covered heart.

Design Notes:

  • Mica flakes are easily adhered with a liquid adhesive…Glossy Accents is my personal fave
  • Large mica flakes can be broken into smaller sizes for finer texture
  • Frame is first colored with a Silver Krylon pen before adhering flakes
  • Mica can be trimmed to fit the edges of the chipboard once adhesive is dry.
  • I found the mica looks best tone on tone for a subtle look

Throughout the week, Stampendous and Maya Road have teamed up for an inspirational blog swap. You can find the above project along with another I created, here on the Maya Road Blog.

Be sure to check out this post for an awesome Maya Road giveaway and I know you’ll find another great giveaway on the Stampendous blog as well.

Happy creating!


Edited to add: The heart chipboard is from the Shot Through the Heart Chipboard Set

a summer shower card

Summer time always seems to be a bit of a blur. Whoever it was that called them the lazy days of summer definitely did not have my life.

I always get very sentimental on Labour Day weekend each year. I can’t quite put it into words but I’m full of very mixed feelings. Perhaps part of it is that I seem to count the years passing in summer that has passed.

This summer will be remembered by myself as the summer of weddings and accompanying events.

This sweet little card was created for a shower I hosted a few weeks back. It matched a sweet little heart banner that I stitched up for the occasion.

I wrote about it and if you missed the post, you can find it here.

I created a little pennant accent by notching the bottom of a strip of coordinating patterned paper and adding some pretty embellishments.

Happy creating!

hey there!

It’s summer time, which in my mind equals bright beautiful color.

I’ve been having a blast with the gorgeous Artisan Resistable Paper Pack by Pink Paislee. It’s full of gorgeous prints that you can add color to to make any hue you can think of. As you can see, it looks great in a bright and bold color combo.

Join me in the CLASSroom for additional photos, supply list and some tips on creating Freestyle.

Thanks for stopping by!

leavin’ on a jet plane

…don’t know when I’ll be back again…

I wish!

However much I want to get away, I’m staying right here, by all the lovely Great Lakes, enjoying the rest of summer and some time in my craft room.

The stunning new Maya Road charm, Around the World Plane, really DOES make me think of flying away. And it’s soooo perfect for guy cards. I’m sharing one of the projects I designed for the recent tradeshow today on the Maya Road blog here. Click over and join me!

Have an absolutely fabulous weekend!

CHA peeks

This year’s CHA projects (well, it’s now called the Crop N Create Tradeshow but I can’t quite seem to switch to the new name) are some of my favorites that I’ve created to date.

I just couldn’t wait to share some of them with you…

…a sweet and shabby miss you card, of course featuring some great new Maya Road product,

…a masculine card design showing off a gorgeous new airplane charm,

…and a peek at an altered clipboard. I had an absolute blast creating this one. Loads and loads of layers and goodies.

I’ll be back at a later date to share the full projects and the others I haven’t shown.

If you’re looking for some more Maya Road inspiration…check out today’s blog post! Full of amazing projects and the full catalogue reveal. Sooooo many jaw-droppers!

For those of you lucky enough to be able to go to the tradeshow, safe travels and enjoy! I think I may be just a little bit jealous. Take lots of photos so I can experience it second-hand.

punched florals

The circle punch is an amazingly flexible tool to have. It’s really one of those must-haves. The circle is a classic design shape but it’s almost impossible to hand-cut well. A punch makes it super quick and easy to incorporate circular elements into a design. And while it makes lovely circles, it can also make spectacular flowers!

This  card was created a few weeks ago for a Maya Road and Fiskars blog feature. You can find it here. The flower is created by piecing together 8 folded punched circles. It’s hard to explain in a few words so stay tuned for a tutorial in the near future.

It’s layered with all kinds of wonderful Maya Road goodies and I’m pretty sure  the paper is by Cosmo Cricket. Evangeline, maybe? Sorry! It’s been awhile!

Keep creating!


the envelope frenzy

I have a new toy.

The Envelope Punch Board.

Love, love, love it!

You can make a myriad of sizes and use so many unique papers with it.

I’ve created a tutorial for it that I’m sharing in the CLASSroom. I hope you’ll join me here.

Thanks for stopping by!