Saturday, 6 February 2016


Happy Saturday!

Today, I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast.  We are being inspired today, by a Nail Art Board on Pinterest.  What a fun way to be inspired.

 The picture that inspired me showed nail art done with peacock feathers so I pulled out this stamp from Technique Junkies and got to inking.

First, I masked the edges of my white cardstock with painter's tape.  I always stick it onto my clothes first a few times before sticking it to my paper to remove some of the adhesive.  That way, it won't rip my paper when I remove it.
I placed the stamp inside my MISTI, then painted some Brushos mixed with a tiny amount of water, over the stamp. By using my MISTI, I was able to stamp, add more colour and stamp again.
While the piece was still wet, I took a wet paint brush and pulled some of the colour into the white areas.  So easy to do when you are working with the Brushos.  I removed the tape and mounted the piece on some coordinating coloured cardstock.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon- KEEP COOL

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

Stampin Royalty- CARDS FOR GUYS

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the visit.

Supplies:  stamp- Technique Junkies/ Brushos/ paint brush/ painter's tape/ MISTI

Monday, 1 February 2016

Purple Beauties

Good morning.
This morning I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast; create a purple birthday card.

I took out one of my favourite flower stamps from Stampendous and inked it up with black Memento ink.  I stamped the hydrangea onto my cardstock and did a loose watercolor using Brushos.  
I was all ready to stamp the sentiment on the card front, then I dropped the inked stamp and smudged my paper.  All was not lost though.  I cut out the flower and pop dot mounted it to my card front instead which I liked better as it added more dimension and interest....happy accident.
I die cut the front panel using a stitched die from MFT and added the sentiment.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Just Add Ink- NATURE 

Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Have a great week and thanks for the visit.

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker, Stampendous/ Brushos/ Memento bl ink/ paint brush/ stitched die- MFT/ pop dots

Sunday, 31 January 2016

From Within

Good Morning.
Meet my card of the day.  
I just love this sentiment from Daisy Bucket and wish the company was still around.  They had so many wonderful sentiments and sayings.
  (Sometimes you can still find them on Ebay.)

 I had the flower from my Stampin Up set called Blooming with Kindness out so thought I would play with it again using some Brushos.
I began by painting the Brushos onto my stamps.  I find it best to use the stamps in my MISTI. That way, I can paint, stamp and paint again if needed.  Also, by using my MISTI, I was able to create 2 panels that were the same as I had planned to add one on top of the other.
TIP:  when painting with the Brushos I use as little water as possible.  If too much
water is added, the paint solution gets too runny and the stamped image will blur.
So...less is more in this case.

 When the panels was dry, I mounted one to my card front and pop dotted the over directly over top.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers-'T' IS FOR TECHNIQUE


Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- SU, Daisy Bucket/ Brushos/ paint brush/ Memento bl ink/ pop dots/ MISTI

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Woodland Scenery

Happy Saturday!

This morning I am playing along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast where we are being inspired by the China Online Museum.
Here is the lovely painting that I used as inspiration:

lin-fengmian- Mountain Forest

I began with a piece of heavy watercolor paper I got from a friend so not sure what the weight is.
Using my MISTI, I inked the trees stamp from Mark's Finest by coloring it with Memento and Crayola markers.  After spraying with a generous amount of water, I stamped, added more colour, sprayed with water and stamped again.  The rest is a watercolor wash.
I cut the piece into panels and pop-dot mounted it to my card front.
I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches under one of the panels.

Adding my card to these challenges:





Addicted to CAS- HOLIDAY

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look

Supplies:  stamps- Mark's Finest, Paper Smooches/ watercolor paints/ Memento and Crayola markers/ pop dots/ watercolour paper/ Mini Mister

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Life's Moments

Plaid is the theme of this card today.  So cozy and warm for this time of year.

If you missed it the other day, I did a Mini-Tutorial using stencils, Distress inks and water.
 I used that technique to create this plaid background with a stencil from Simon Says Stamp.
I love the way it turned out!

 Here is a link to the card and tutorial:  

So I began by creating the plaid.  I inked the paper first with Cracked Pistachio Distress ink, placed my stencil over my inked paper, sprayed with water and then while still wet, rubbed on Salty Ocean Distress ink.  I love how the underlying colour comes through but still has a mottled look.

The flower is from a Stampin Up set called Blooming with Kindness.  I painted it with my Brushos and stamped.  I then took a wet paint brush and pulled some of the colour into the flower petals.
Stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday and mounted the panel over the plaid.

Adding my card to these challenges:   


Shopping Our Stash- INSPIRED BY A BOOK
(my Big Book of Flowers and Plants- love planning flowers to plant in my garden)

Crafting By Design- ADD A FLOWER 

Tuesday Throwdown- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks for much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- SU, TT/ Brushos/ stencil-SSS/ ink- Distress, Memento/ paint brush/ Mini Mister

Monday, 25 January 2016

Grunged Valentine

Hi there.
I like the look of grunge and I find it easy to create masculine cards using it.
Today's card should be called, 'Grunge meets Brushos'.  

I had a piece of leftover paper made using Brushos that didn't work out for a background so I used it to die-cut the heart using a die from Hero Art.  I sprinkled the Brushos over my paper, sprayed with water to activate the colour crystals and sprinkled bleach over that to remove some of the colour for interest.  That created the little white spots you see on the heart.
Next, I had to figure out what kind of a background I could add the heart onto so I got out my WPlus 9 grunge set.  I inked the stamp by painting on diluted Brushos and kept stamping repeatedly until I had a big enough area covered.  I then pop-dotted the heart over that and added the button and twine to the heart for interest.
I think this will make a great masculine Valentine card.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

 Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Love to Create- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

Crafting with Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps-WPlus9/ Brushos/ paint brush/ die-Hero Arts/ twine/ button/ pop dots

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Discover... Mini-Tutorial

I'm calling this card 'DISCOVER'.  
As I was playing with my Distress inks, I discovered a way to make some fantastic background papers that have a distressed look without all the work of distressing.
See how the underlying colour is just peeking out behind the blue?  Love the look!!

So, as many of you saw the other day, Jennifer McGuire made a wonderful set of cards using inked paper, a stencil and water.  She inked the paper, laid the stencil over and then sprayed with water.  Since the Distress inks react with water, she was able to get the stencil impression to show on the ink leaving a wonderful design behind.

Well, I tried the technique but when it was drying I disliked the look so in my effort to save the piece, I rubbed another colour of Distress ink right over the top and loved what happened next. 

So here you go....have fun and enjoy.
Here is what I did.

Step #1

 Here are the supplies you need to get started.

Step #2

Ink your white cardstock by pressing the ink pad and rubbing it all over your paper.
You will be left with a inked piece of paper.
Easy, right?

Step #3

Lay your stencil directly over the inked paper from above and generously spray
with water making sure to cover the whole surface.

 Step #4

This is what it will look like after you spray it with water and remove the stencil.
The impression of the stencil will show through and your paper will look discoloured.
At this point, I wasn't happy with the look so...................

Step #5 an effort to save my piece of cardstock, while still wet, I grabbed my blue ink 
pad that was sitting on my desk and just pressed it all over the paper like I had
done with the Pistachio green above.

Step # 6

Voila!!  Look what happened next. and as it dried it got even more of a distressed look.
 love it!!

 Thanks so much for coming for a look.
Hope you get as much fun creating as I do.

Supplies:   stamp- STAMPlorations/ ink- Distress, Memento/ stencil- Gourmet Stamps/ Mini Mister/ die cut- Memory Box/ MISTI