Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Birthday Blessings- The CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome
Here is another card for our birthday theme at the 

I think we can always use some extra birthday to have on hand in our stash.
I kept mine very clean and simple by inking the side of my card front using the Acetate Inking Technique I have shown here on my blog before.
I rubbed Distress Oxide inks onto my piece of acetate, sprayed with water then pressed on my paper until I was happy with the inking.
I placed the thistle into my Misti and stamped over the inked area using black ink.
To add some interest, I stamped the Queen Anne's Lace flowers in the background using the same colour that I had inked with.  By doing that, it creates sort of a shadow effect yet still keeping my card  looking very clean and simple.
I stamped the sentiment off to the right,  just touching the one side of the flower to help pull the whole design together.

I hope you get a chance to check out the challenge.
Thanks for looking.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage- JANUARY BLUES
HLS January Mixed Media- GARDEN
Love to Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Birthday Blessings (Denamidesign)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- acetate sheet; Misti; Mister (TH)

Monday, 15 January 2018

Just Because- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning and Welcome.
Time for another card for The Flower Challenge
This month out theme is:

For my card, I took a super simple approach.
I placed this stamp called Sketchy Florals into my Misti and stamped with black.  I stamped the flower part again onto another piece of cardstock and cut it out using a Spellbinder die.

I haven't watercoloured using my Distress Oxides yet but have read how others have loved using them for that, so I decided to give it a try. 
I rubbed the inks onto my non-stick craft sheet and picked up the colors with a wet paintbrush.  I found it worked best if I wet my paper first to help the inks flow and move better.  I have to say that they worked great.
When the circle was dry, I used pop dots to position it over the main stamped panel and stamped the sentiment from that same set at the top.  
To add some extra interest, I covered the flower with some clear Wink of Stella which is a shame that you can't see it in the photo.

There is still time to play along so I hope you will join us.
Thanks for looking.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamping- CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Make My Monday- BLUE AND WHITE
The Corrosive Challenge- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Sketchy Florals- Altenew
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Broken China DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- circle die (Spellbinder); Wink of Stella (clear); pop dots; paintbrush; 
non-stick craft mat

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Simple Inking

Good Morning
Meet today's card. 
 Just some simple inking and stamping on this one. 

I just picked up this stamp the other day at Michaels and wanted to play with it.  
I began by doing some simple inking down my card front using the Acetate Inking technique I showed here on my blog.  It is simple and fun.  I rubbed 2 colours of Distress Oxides onto my acetate sheet, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.
Next, I placed the wildflowers into my Misti, inked with Memento black and pressed over the inked area.  
I stamped the sentiment the same way using my Misti and done.
A very Clean and Simple card.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
(old DOX's, new sentiment and stamps)
My Time to Craft- SOMETHING NEW
Less is More- PURPLES CAS

Stamps- Treasure the Moment (Impression Obsession); Meadow (Inkadinkadoo)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Looking to be Inspired

Hello and Welcome.
It seems that I lost my so called 'Mojo' this week. It must have gotten buried under the mess on my desk.
I sat at my workspace, staring at the paper just not knowing what the heck I wanted to do and feeling totally uninspired.  Layout thoughts, design, colours....I just didn't know.  Have you ever had moments like that?
Anyways this is what I did.....
I created backgrounds.  I know how to create bkgs without thinking about what stamps to use or how to stamp them onto my card fronts.  If I have them made in advance, they are all nice and dry and ready to go when I feel inspired to stamp onto them.
For this card, I used Loll's Splash Watercolour technique again.  It is so easy and quickly gives you a lovely inky palette to stamp onto.

So, since blue always inspires me and makes me happy, I grabbed this blue inked piece, pulled out some of my favourite flower stamps, my Misti and got right down to stamping.
I stamped away, layering and not being too worried about where I put the flowers.  I stamped a faint script in the background for interest to add depth and when I was done my frenzy of flower stamping, I have to say that I like it.
Funny how that happens sometimes.

I guess the best advice I can give is to pull out something you love to work with and just play around.  I didn't know what I would end up with.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you can hang onto your 'mojo'.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Monday- WINTER BLUES
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps-Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Dans La Nature (Carabelle); Script (Penny Black);
Wildflowers (Purple Onion); Long Twig Flowers (Magenta); 
Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket-no longer in business)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather DOX
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Mister (TH); my mojo

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

CASology- How Do You Wrap a Hug?

Good Morning
I have the great pleasure of being the Guest Designer today at CASology.

The cue word this month is:

I began my card by stamping the Christmas Sweater bkg from SSS onto white cardstock using Peacock Feathers DOX.
*Be sure to give the Distress Oxide inks time to dry for a wonderful deep saturation of colour.*
  I cut the piece down to a small square and glued it onto my card front as I wanted that to become the focal point of my card.
Next, I scored a border around the small stamped piece using my ScorPal.  It helped define the edges of my blue stamping and also acted like a frame to draw the eye in.
I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black then added the cute red button tied with a piece of white twine.
Who wouldn't love a hug wrapped up in a cozy sweater!

Thanks so much Melissa for asking my to play along as the GD.
Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
(sweater bkg stamp I got just before Christmas)
 Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES
 (old button I have had in my stash forever, bkg stamp I just got)
(sweater bkg stamp is new)

Stamps- Christmas Sweater (SSS); Wrap a Hug (PB)
Inks- Peacock Feather DOX (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; red button (Dollarama); twine; Tombow clear glue

Monday, 8 January 2018

Fun Flurries

Good Morning.
Simple stamping on this card using a new-to-me set that I got for Christmas.

I began by stamping the sentiment onto my card front, then stamped the snowflakes around my card front with black Memento ink.  I turned one of the snowflakes over, and used the backside of it to stamp the coloured circles.  
I think all the colours made for a fun look.
To fill in some of the empty spaces, I used one of the smallest snowflake from the set and stamped around the larger ones.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
A Gem of a Challenge- HAPPY ANYTHING
Inkspirational- STAMPING ONLY

Stamps- Snowflake Flurry (MFT); Wonderful Life (Impression Obsession)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Lawn Fawn
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti

Friday, 5 January 2018

Snowy Day

Good Morning.
I had some time to play with some new stamps I received for Christmas and wanted to make a card.
I just needed to make a blue card! lol

I began by using the Splash Watercolour Technique for my background with Distress Oxide inks.  Love how those inks layer over each other.  
When that was dry, I rubbed the whole piece with an anti-static bag then stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and white heat embossed them.  Using the same colour of ink as the background, I randomly stamped some snowflakes to give a shadow effect.
I splattered the whole piece with water first then white acrylic paint but it still needed some depth and interest so I used a piece of drywall tape and stenciled randomly around the snowflakes.
This new to me sentiment is wonderful, I stamped it using my Misti.  I put a drop of Nuvo in the centers of the snowflakes to finish off my card.

Hope you are staying toasty warm; its unusually cold here.
Thanks for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
Shopping Our Stash- WATERCOLOR
(beginning the year with new stamps especially this sentiment
one that speaks to me)

Stamps- Treasure the Moments (Impression Obsession); Snowflake Flurry (MFT)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Versamark; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers;
Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; drywall tape, Mister (TH); white acrylic paint;
Caribbean Ocean Gloss Nuvo; heat tool; paint brush