Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mix it Up

 
It's a sunny, bright day here today.  I felt like making an abstract card with a new stamp I got called 'Patio Stone'.  The challenge at Splitcoast this am is to make a card with lots of dots so I was off to make a card.
I began by making the rectangle shapes you can see in the background.  I made those by inking up my acrylic block with DYE ink and dripping Blending Solution onto the ink.  The Blending Solution pushes the ink so you get a resist looking background.  When that was dry, I stamped the circular Patio Stones with more Dye ink.  Added the sentiment and I was done.  I think this would make a good card for a guy's birthday.
 
Also adding my card to these challenges:
 
The Male Room- GEOMETRIC
 
The Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES
 
 
Hope you can enjoy some sunny skies in your part of the world today.  I so appreciate you coming by and taking a look and for all the most kind and generous comments you leave for me. 
 
Supplies:  stamps- WPlus 9, Designs by Ryn/ Dye ink/ Memento ink/ pearls/ Blending Solution

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Vacation Time

 
Summer is here and vacation time is here so many of us have the beach on the brain.  Fresh air, blue skies, the sound of the water....relax.  Doesn't get much better then that.
I created my card for the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast.  It was a 'Day at the Beach' theme.  I thought of my Gina K set right away.  I created the blue sky and the brown sand by inking up my long, rectangle shaped acrylic block with Distress inks, sprayed with water and stamped.  Really easy and quick to do.  When dry, I stamped the pier with black Memento ink and mounted that scene onto a piece of black cardstock to accentuate the black silhouette. 
The background was done by inking my Hero Arts stamp with Distress inks, sprayed with water then stamped.  I like the watery look it gave to the chevron stamping and a good backdrop to mount the image onto. 
 
Adding my card to these challenges:
 
Little Red Wagon- I NEED A VACATION
 
Crafty Boots- SUMMER HOLIDAYS
 
Love to Create- BRIGHT and SUNNY
 
Make My Monday- VACATION
 
 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
 
Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts, Gina K/ Distress ink/ Memento bl/ acrylic block/ Mini Mister/ pop dots

Monday, 21 July 2014

Singing in the Rain

 
Welcome and thanks for peeking in.  Today's card was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast yesterday.  I wanted to get a chance to play with my new die so set off to make a card.
 
I began by creating the blue panel with Distress inks.  I rubbed Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather and Broken China Distress inks onto my acrylic block, sprayed with water and stamped onto my cardstock.  I just kept inking and stamping until all the white areas were covered.  Love the watery feel and the drips look like drops of rain. 
I popped the die cut on top of that and lined the panel with a black strip then added the sentiment.
 
Also adding my card to these challenges:
 
Curtain Call- ANYTHING GOES
 
 
Less is More- SINGING IN THE RAIN
 
Scribble and Scrap- ANYTHING GOES
Click Badge for Current Challenge
 
 
Crafting at the Weekend- ANYTHING GOES
 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  Hope you have a great week.
 
Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts/ Die- Tim Holtz/ Distress ink/ Memento bl/ pop dots/ acrylic block/ Mini Mister

Sunday, 20 July 2014

English Garden

Morning.  I am playing with my new hollyhock die again, Distress and Memento ink.  The challenge at Splitcoast got my imagination going. 
I began by stamping the gate (which I have had forever made by Stampers Anonymous) in grey Memento ink.  I wanted it to appear like it was in the background and not overpowering my hollyhocks.  Next, I took a piece of watercolour paper and pulled it through wet Distress inks that I had rubbed on my non-stick craft sheet and sprayed with water.  By spraying the Distress inks, the colours blend and when dry, you can always add more ink to build up the colour you want.  When that was dry, I die cut my flowers and glued them to my card front. 
The twine is really blue but for some reason, my camera would not catch the colour...ggrrrrr.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant. 
 
I am adding my card to these challenges:
 
Addicted to CAS- CELEBRATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
 
Supplies:  stamps- Mama Elephant, Stampers Anonymous/ IO die/ Memento ink/ Distress ink- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans/ twine
 
 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Let the Sun Shine In

 
Good Morning.  It is a glorious, sunny and bright day here.  Good day for a sunny and bright challenge at Splitcoast today plus I just got this new sentiment stamp set by Technique Tuesday. 
 
I started by using the stencil from Tim Holtz called Burlap.  I sponged Mustard Seed Distress ink over that.  Next, I stenciled over that background with the Tim Holtz Rays stencil using more Distress inks.  (Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick)
The motion of the rays is done by rubbing the ink over the stencil then moving the stencil slightly each time as you repeat the inking.  I love the sunny and bright feel of this card.
 
I am adding my card to these challenges:
 
 
 
Little Red Wagon- Vacation
 
Curtain Call- ANYTHING GOES
Lots of prizes for this challenge
 
 
Mixed Media- TOUCH of NATURE
 
 
Hope you have a sunny and bright day.  Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
 
Supplies:  stamp- Technique Tuesday/ Distress ink/ stencils/ inking tool/ Memento black ink

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wildflowers

It's Sunday morining and I am playing with inks again and the challenge at Splitcoast. This background technique is a very easy one but the results are wonderful especially if you like stamping directly over patterns or backgrounds. 
I began by inking up my large acrylic block with DYE INK and dripped Blending Solution over the ink.  (I tried using different inks but the dye ink is the only one that will react properly with the Blending Solution)  When you drip the solution onto the ink, it pushes the colour away and you are left with areas that are white with the colour all around. 
When it was dry, I stamped the flowers from Unity and the sentiment from Penny Black called Growing Free and added the black pearls to the base of the flowers.  The whole panel was then mounted to the card front using pop dots.  I love these colours together.
 
Also adding my card to these challenges:
 
Mixed Media- TOUCH OF NATURE
 
 
Fantasy Stampers Challenge- CLEAN and SIMPLE
 
 
 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
 
Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black, Unity/ Dye ink/ Blending Solution/ Memento bl/ pearls/ pop dots/ acrylic block

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Reach for the Sky

 
Good morning.  It's Saturday so that means it is time for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast.  I find that challenge to be really wonderful for getting my creative juices flowing!
To see the post from The Perfect Palette that inspired me go here:
 
I wanted the background to have a mottled, soft look so I began by rubbing Memento markers in purple and pink tones over my Hero Arts stamp, sprayed with water and stamped. 
The flowers were made by rubbing Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Barn Door) 
onto my non-stick craft sheet.  I sprayed with water to blend the colours and dragged my paper through the wet ink.  When it was dry, I die cut the flowers (from Impression Obsession)....love them!  The sentiment is by Mama Elephant. 
When the card front was finished, I mounted it onto a white card front but it needed something so I inked my long acrylic block with Distress inks again, sprayed with water and pressed onto my card front.  You can see that around the outside edges.  I think it brought the colours on the card to life.
 
Also adding my card to these challenges:
 
Virginia's View- DIE CUT
Welcome to Virginia's View
 
Crafty Catz- FLOWERS
 
 
Crafty Girls- ANYTHING GOES
 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
 
Supplies:  stamp- Mama Elephant, Hero Arts/ flower die- Impression Obsession/ Memento bl/ Distress ink/ Memento markers/ Cuttlebug/ acrylic block