Episode #42 – CRAFT BOWL

January 1, 2021


  • Birthday card


  • Pastels


  • Zoo Animals


  • Tearing

About The Episode

Episode archive posted on January 4, 2021

Episode #42 CRAFT BOWL 2021

Whew! The long and the short of it is, HOW FUNN!


We had some very special crafters on the show. Each have so much to offer the crafting community. We loved them all, didn’t we?
Be sure to scroll down for their social media links, bios, and great submissions made live without any preparation! Thank you, Jayma, Ardyth, and Crafty Al. You guys got 2021 off to an incredibly cute start!

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Another interesting combination of parameters for our Craft Bowl Guest Crafters!
Every week there is a “curve ball” that stretches us just a little and we end up with cute cards that would never have been made otherwise. The wheel is a creativity block buster!


By the huge amount of submissions, all outstanding, the wheel and our Guest Crafters stirred up your creative juices! From Sweden to Australia and lots of points in between the wheel is bringing the world a little closer. WoW, you brought game!

You are invited to join the Craft Roulette Facebook group. We’ll feature many of these cute cards in the group this week, so you can encourage the contributor, share with your friends, and be inspired. Be sure to join us, but to be approved all the questions must be answered and you must agree to the rules. Thank you!

During this episode, you’ll learn….

  • some tips about Distress Oxides
  • how to use primary colors with a Christmas theme
  • how the wheel’s parameters stretch our creativity
  • what favorite color our Guest Crafters have in common
  • creativity can come from parameters
  • why 4.25″ x 4.25″ card is Ardyth’s favorite
  • a cool technique to use with Stardust Stickles
  • Ardyth’s secret for sequin placement
  • about Gina K. ink cubes
  • about Sheetload of Cards by Crafty Al


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Creativity is taking an idea and putting it in action. Try it, you’ll love it!

Thank you, all, and have some FUNN with the show and the submissions. See you Friday.

About This Week's Guests

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Toronto, Canada

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Guest Bio

I started cardmaking in 2006, at a Stampin’ Up! Party and have never looked back. Before that, I would not have claimed to be crafty or creative at all – I’m an accountant (a profession where creativity is frowned upon)!

I live in Toronto, Canada, I have two ‘children’ – one in University and one in her last year of high school

I started my YouTube channel in 2017, and I love to make videos showing how you can get more from craft supplies by using them in unexpected ways!

Alicia / Crafty Al


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Guest Bio

My name is Alicia, although online I am known as “Crafty Al”. I grew up in Iowa (Go, Hawkeyes!), lived in Kansas for about 19 years and currently reside in Nebraska with my husband, daughter and our two kittens.

I have been crafty since I can remember. Whether it was helping my mom stuff fabric wreaths with Polyfil as a child or pre-teen me finishing a cross-stitch pattern. When my sister introduced me to stamping around 1997 and showed me how to heat emboss – I was hooked on papercrafting! To this day watching embossing powder melt and set is one of my favorites.

My style is clean and simple and when I find a sketch/pattern I enjoy, I like to stick with it. That may be the reason why I started SheetLoad of Cards.

About 12 years ago I discovered one-sheet wonders, but wanted to stick to one layout for the paper. I started a monthly e-zine called “SheetLoad of Cards” where I shared sketches, cutting guides and design team samples that focused on creating lots of cards with just a little bit of paper.

I took about a 10-year hiatus and started the series back up last year as a monthly feature on my YouTube channel. The printable is free to subscribers to my channel and each month my collaborators and I share lots of samples to show just how versatile a SheetLoad can be.

Jayma Malme


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Guest Bio

I love to make pretty things. And I love to inspire others in their paper crafting journey, whether it’s Cricut, scrapbooking, card making, stamping, invitations, or home & baby nursery decor! When I found CTMH 11+ years ago, I first fell in love with the clear stamps and easy-to-match products. Then I fell in love with all the other high-quality products and Cricut collections that help me complete my projects faster, simpler, and easier — which is always a plus in my book! Join me as I share my passion for Playing With Paper! Please contact me if you have any questions!

Mary Gunn FUNN


Special Guest Contributors

Catherine Pooler inks in Pastel colours, torn edge used as a mask, inks blended over Ellen Hutson Zebra and birthday sentiment
Ardyth Percy-Robb
I fussy cut some party hats for the animals and used a pastel confetti paper for the background.
Jayma Malme
Crafty Al

Guest Contributors

Used old CTMH paper and stamp set. Used Silhouette flamingo.
Kathy Lickenbrock
Freeburg, IL
Heather Huang
New York
I let the DSP do all the work on this card.
Lynda Bendik
I have seen butterflies in a zoo, so I went with pastel butterflies with torn washi tape behind the birthday sentiment.
Jackie Muller
Whyalla, Australia
The scalloped edge was made with a scallop die on each side, then the wonky corners trimmed.
Patty Beck
I used pastel card stock and patterned paper, a polar bear for the zoo animal, tore the snowline, and added happy birthday sentiment.
Vicki Tillit
North Carolina
Hildenell Vilchez
Brushed on pink, yellow, blue ink for sky, torn paper for icy land. Animals & tearing stuff-right in my wheelhouse!!
Susan Murphy
Alessa Lemoine
Haley Dyer
This fun giraffe fell into a vat of pastel paint!
Ellen CardMonkey Jarvis
I simply love these parameters, and thought I would struggle with “zoo animal”. :) I really enjoy Craft Rouletts!
Ellen Card Monkey Jarvis
Used the same card idea as Christine's Mystery Card with Craft Roulette parameters.
Sue Masoner
Chose this sweet elephant from MFT as my zoo animal and the pastel paper is from Paper Rose
Lisa Stanley
Used torn paper to create the grass.
Anna Miller
Alberta, Canada
Birthday card, pastels, zoo animal - hippopotamus and tearing - the edge on the ground. So fun
Christina Bromée
Landskrona, Sweden
pink sky, torn ground, birthday elephants!
Bobbi MacPherson
Whitmore Lake
Birthday card in pastels featuring tearing and a zoo animal.
Carolee Crabb
I fussy cut some party hats for the animals and used a pastel confetti paper for the background.
Laren Moore
Kirwee, New Zealand
7x5 card, torn vellum for clouds, great grandson's 1st birthday card
Vicki Emmerson
Brenda Gentry
This rocking card is so cute, but I took the lazy way and used laser cuts for my koalas. I used three pink for my stenciling to get the shadow.
Judy G.
Torn paper clouds and grass. Pastel greens, blues and yellow. And the gnome is visiting his zoo friends for his birthday!
Mary Naber
My favourite zoo animal on pastel blues and greens. I tore the embossed panel after inking to get the white ‘sea foam’ around the edge.
Vicki Ruta
Essex, England
Used some older papers on this card with alcohol markers. Almost forgot the tearing parameter so had to add thin strips after completion.
Kathy Ingersoll
Sydney, Australia
Jacque Rippe
Christy Dillman
I actually did a hummingbird and a bear but I like mu original hippo best.
Lena Marie
Fun fold card. Front panel is 4" x 10-3/4" scored at 5-1/4" & 8".
Leslie Benson
Angela Steinhoff
I heat embossed the vellum with a crane stamp, cut it in three and added the happy bday sentiment and tore the edge. I love the background!
Angela Steinhoff
Watercolor background with gold heat embossing of herons and sentiment. I tore the edges of the vellum and white cardstock.
Angela Steinhoff
Pastel red and orange with gold embossed background. Used gold stickles to enhance the zebra embossing folder design and pink for the sentiment
Angela Steinhoff
Koala for my zoo animal and green, grey and brown watercolors along with black heat embossing for the sentiment and koala.
Angela Steinhoff
I heat and dry embossed an animal print pattern, used white heat embossing on black cardstock for the base and koala. Pastel rainbow markers
Angela Steinhoff
Amy Ulen
Zoo animal...Bear, pastels,tearing, and Birthday card.
Kathy Hering
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3 months ago

Awesome cards, ladies! Sorry that participation did not fit into my schedule this week. Hope to see you Friday.

Mary Gunn
Mary Gunn
Reply to  Sue
3 months ago

Hope to see you Friday with bells on!

Crafty Al
Crafty Al
3 months ago

Wow, so much eye candy in one post!!! Love seeing everybody’s take on the wheel spins. 🙂

Mary Gunn
Mary Gunn
Reply to  Crafty Al
3 months ago

Good way to put it! Eye candy! It is FUNN and good for ideas!

Jayma Malme
Jayma Malme
3 months ago

Wow, I love seeing all the beautiful submissions and how different they all are! Nicely done, everyone!

Mary Gunn
Mary Gunn
Reply to  Jayma Malme
3 months ago

Lots of cuteness coming out of that wheel! From butterflies to hippos!

3 months ago

Awesome collection of parameter based cards! Hopefully I’ll be able to add something next week!
These are all fantastic!


Mary Gunn
Mary Gunn
Reply to  TRsPlace
3 months ago

You can always use old parameters and post to our Craft Roulette FB group! I’ll be watching!

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