Saturday, 22 November 2014

Burlap Stamping

Happy Saturday my fellow crafters.  I am taking a break from all the Christmas cards today, to share with you a card I made using stamps from Penny Black.  I was inspired by the challenge today at Splitcoast from the Resurrect Antiques site.  They showed some interesting rolls of burlap ribbon and that got me thinking.  I have had a piece of burlap sitting on my messy desk for so long that I decided to experiment with it for stamping. 
I had a piece of white cardstock that I had rubbed off the tip of my Goosebumps bottle onto.  For those of you that don't know what Goosebumps is, it is a glue-like medium, that when applied onto your paper, acts like a resist.  
(You can see another card I made using Goosebumps and a link to the product HERE)
When that was dry, I adhered a piece of burlap to my acrylic block then inked with Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans Distress ink and stamped away.  I think it gave such a warm, textured look to my background against a crisp winter sky.   Next, I inked up the new Etched Branches stamp from Penny Black and stamped it across the bottom of my card front.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Gratitude stamp set in the upper corner to finish off my card.
I think this would make a great masculine card don't you?

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Sister of Craft- ANYTHING GOES



Daring Cardmakers- SOMETHING OLD-burlap/ SOMETHING NEW- Etched Branched


Thanks so much for coming by.  Hope you enjoy a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ burlap/ acrylic block/ Distress ink/ Goosebumps medium

Friday, 21 November 2014

Gingerbread Wishes

Happy Friday.  Another simple Christmas card today using a digi I got from Bugaboo.  
I was inspired by the Grab and Go Challenge at Splitcoast this am.....grab something you bought and have been meaning to use.  This little image was just calling out to come to life.

I cut an oval mask using a Spellbinders oval die and sponged with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  I then stamped over that with a background stamp then removed the mask so I could stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts.  I printed off the gingerbread man, then coloured him with Copic markers and cut it out.  
I added some Glossy Accents to the heart cheeks for dimension and sparkle to the candy cane with my Stella Wink pen and pop dotted it over the oval area.
Easy, right?

 Adding my card to these challenges:

 4 Crafty Chicks- SPARKLE

The Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts, Bugaboo-Digi/ Distress ink/ Stella Wink pen/ Glossy Accents/ Copic markers/ pop dots/ Memento bl ink

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Home for the Holidays

Welcome to another Christmas card that is super simple and quick. 
 This month, at One-Layer Simplicity, our theme is 


I love this stamp from Serendipity.  I have had it for years and it makes a great card especially for Christmas.  I began by embossing the oval on my card front using a Spellbinder oval die.  I placed the die onto my cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using a rubber mat under the die.  By using the mat, it prevents the die from cutting through the paper and leaves an embossed design instead.
I cut a mask using the same oval die to use as a mask, positioned it over my embossed area then stamped the home image with black Memento ink.  I coloured the image with my watercolour pencils.
I scored the two lines on the bottom for interest then stamped the sentiment from PTI.

Adding my card to these challenges:

CAS on Sunday- RIBBON or TWINE

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Time Out Challenge- EMBOSSING 

The Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES

Divas by Design- SNOW

Thanks for popping in today and taking a look.  I appreciate all you most kind comments and emails.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity, PTI/ watercolour pencils/ ScorPal/ bl Memento ink/ Spellbinder oval die

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Meet today's card.  It is totally a non-traditional card for Christmas but I loved how the background turned out so I decided to go with it and make a holiday card.  I am also playing along with the Colour Challenge at Splitcoast which I seldom have time to do.  Look at these wonderful colours:

I began my background with a piece of watercolour paper.  I applied Distress inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint) to my acrylic block, sprayed with water and painted it onto my paper.  After my paper was covered with ink, I sprinkled on some coarse sea salt and sprayed it with some additional water.  I found that the salt works best in lifting the colour off the paper when it is wet.

TIP:  I tape my paper to a small cutting board that I bought at the Dollar Store.  By taping it down, it won't warp so badly and it is easy to move out of the way to dry.

When the salted background was dry, I inked up the Berry Merry Christmas stamp from Penny Black with Stazon ink  and stamped it across the top and side of my card front.

TIP:  When stamping on a painted or heavily embossed background, it is best to use Stazon ink for a better, dark impression.

To add to the depth that the colours lend to my card, I stamped the Letter Background from PB along the one side of the card front using grey Memento ink then stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Cheer set. 

Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Use Your Stuff- STAMPS

Mixed Media- CHRISTMAS

Through the Craft Room Door- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ inks- Distress, Memento, Stazon/ coarse sea salt/ paint brush/ acrylic block

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Merry and Bright

 I am snowflake obsessed this year so here is another holiday card with a snowflake on it!
An easy one for sure, also a great one for getting out your frustrations with a rubber mallet LOL.
As you may have read in some of my past posts, I love using a rubber mallet to create random embossing on my card fronts.  Just place your cardstock into an embossing folder and hit it with a rubber mallet.  I love doing this as you can add embossing to just the areas you want.
Next, I die-cut the snowflake from Simon Says and stamped the sentiment from Kaiser Stamp.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Love to Create- CHRISTMAS


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Kaiser/ die- SSS/ embossing folder- Cuttlebug/ pearl/ rubber mallet

Monday, 17 November 2014

Frosty's Day

Morning.  Back to making some more Christmas cards today and playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast.  Isn't this little guy just so cute!  He is a digital stamp from Bugaboo that I won.

I began my simple card by printing off the snowman two times.  Once onto my card front, then again onto another piece of cardstock.  I did that so I could cut out the head after I coloured it with Copics and pop dotted it onto my card front to add dimension.  I added Glossy Accents to the carrot nose and covered him using my Stella wink pen for sparkle.  The sentiment from Mama Elephant is stamped using black Memento ink.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Crafting When We Can- USE YOUR MARKERS

Jellypark Friends- MERRY CHRISTMAS

Stamping Sensation- SIMPLY CHRISTMAS

Thanks for looking,  Have a great week.

Supplies:  stamps- Bugaboo Digi, Mama Elephant/ Stella Wink pen/ Copic markers/ b. Memento ink/ Glossy Accents/ pop dots

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Falling Leaves

A slight departure from making Christmas cards this am as I needed a birthday card.  This card would easily translate into a Thanksgiving card or even a Christmas card by replacing the leaves with snowflakes...mmm...may have to try that!  All stamps used on my simple card are from Penny Black.

I began by masking off an area at the bottom of my card and sponged on Antique Linen Distress ink.  I then stamped over that with the script called Letter Background.  It gives another level of depth to the bkg. especially if you use the same colour of ink.  
I inked up the leaves from the Lush and Lavish set using Distress inks (Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold), sprayed with water and stamped.  

Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES


  Moxie Fab World- Tree-MendousTree Challenge

Thanks for much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Distress ink/ Mini Mister