Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Happy Hollyhocks


Hollyhocks are one of my favourite flowers but sadly, I am unable to grow them in my garden so playing with this stamp from Impression Obsession makes me happy.   
Sorry, another blue card but it seems I am drawn to that colour and the combinations I can get  using different shades of blue with other colours.  For this one, I tried to add some purples in with my blues to perk up the look of the flowers.

So, I grabbed my MISTI, positioned my stamp inside then coloured the flowers using Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I did that a few times to get a watercoloured looking impression.  I then went back in with some purple ink and a wet paintbrush and added some more colour to the flower heads.
When it was dry, I inked the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink and again, with a wet paint brush, pulled some of the blue in around the flowers.
The sentiment is from Rubbernecker and stamped it in Memento black ink.


Crafting from the Heart- ANYTHING GOES

Craftin Desert Divas- IN THE GARDEN

Craft Your Passion- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so very much for taking time to visit.  I appreciate it so much.

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker, Impression Obsession/ ink- Memento, Distress/ Memento markers/ inking tool/ MISTI/ Mini mister

Monday, 2 May 2016

Garden Shadows

Good Morning.
Do you find yourself trying to think of other ways to use your stamps?
I just love the flower images from Penny Black.  They are so pretty and easy to stamp with.
Usually, I use a watercolour technique with this kind of a stamp but lately I have been trying to think of ways to get a different look using them instead of just using them to watercolour.  

So here is what I came up with.
I began by masking the edges of my cardstock; I love the look of a crisp, white border.
I then inked up my Bejeweled flower stamp with Versamark ink and stamped it onto my card front.  I sprinkled on some white embossing powder then heat set it.  I sponged the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink then created a shadow effect around the flowers using some more of the ink, some water and a paintbrush.  I inked up the PB script stamp, stamped off and then onto my card front.  It adds such depth and interest to what would otherwise would be an ordinary looking card.  
The sentiment is from the Special Thoughts set, stamped and embossed with black Memento ink.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Shopping Our Stash- THINK INK

Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES


Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ inks- Versamark, Memento, Distress/ applicator tool/ painter's tape/ embossing powder/ paintbrush

Sunday, 1 May 2016

CAS Mix Up- Guest Designer


Today, I have the pleasure of being the Guest Designer at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog.

My good friends Bonnie Klass and Loll Thompson are the creators and they have done such a great job  of hosting some really great challenges to play along with.  I was really thrilled when they asked me to play along this month as the GD.  Thanks so much Bonnie and Loll!

This month the theme is Stamping, Heat Embossing and Your Choice.
(there is a list of choices on the blog)
Easy, right? 

So, onto the details of my card.
I began by masking off the sides of my cardstock using Painter's Tape.  If you remember from my past posts, be sure to stick the tape onto your clothes to remove some of the adhesive before sticking it to your card.  I have forgotten to do that a few times and have torn my cardstock.
I got out my MISTI and using my Memento markers, coloured the flower called Bejeweled from Penny Black.  It is such a great stamp to use for different watercolouring effects.  I sprayed the stamp with water to help blend the colours and pressed that onto my cardstock.  I then took a paintbrush and added some watercolouring to my flowers by adding some darker colour and blending.
When that was dry, I sponged the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink and stamped the sentiment from the PB set called Special Thoughts with black Memento ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I like to do that whenever stamping over an inked background so it shows up well.  I find it helps to make the sentiment more clear.
I splattered some black acrylic paint over the background to add more interest.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you get a chance to play along.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ inks-Distress, Memento/ Memento markers/ bl acrylic paint/ MISTI/ paint brush/ applicator tool/ painter's tape/

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Penciled In

Meet today's card.

I had never tried a technique call Sketched Stamping before, so when I saw the challenge at Splitcoast I really wanted to give it a try.  The idea is to make any stamped image look as though it has been sketched with a pencil instead of stamped with ink.
Basically what you do is to faintly stamp an image.  You can do that by either using a very light stamp colour or by inking and stamping off on a scrap piece of paper.  Next, you take a pencil and sketch over the stamped image adding some shading and definition with the pencil marks. 

This is a new flower stamp I just bought by Local King and thought it would work perfectly for this technique because of the details and shading it has.
I faintly stamped it with grey Memento ink then penciled in over the faint image adding details and shading. I added some Antique Linen sponging to the center and around the edges for interest. I didn't have any graphite pencils to sketch with so just used a regular pencil.
The framing is done in a dark chocolate cs...had trouble getting a good photo of that, it looked black.
The sentiment is from Penny Black.

 Adding my card to these challenges:



Craft Your Passion- ANYTHING GOES


I hope you get a chance to try out this technique.  I had fun doing it.
Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:   stamps- Local King, Penny Black/ Memento ink/ pencil/ Distress ink/ Applicator tool

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Live in the Moment

I'm calling today's card 'Live in the Moment'.
 I think sometimes I get so busy, I just need to pause for a minute and enjoy the moment.

 I just love this sentiment from Serendipity and wanted to make it the main feature of my card today.  I love sentiments stamps and the script on this one is so pretty.
I began by coloring onto my long acrylic block with Memento Markers, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.  I repeated that process a few times....such a great technique to make a quick and easy card.
Next, I inked up the tape measure stamp that you can see faintly in the background, stamped off, then onto my paper to give some more depth to the colored strip.
Lastly, I inked up the sentiment with black Memento ink and stamped it into the bottom right hand corner of my card.   

I am adding my card to these challenges:

A Beautiful Mess- ANYTHING GOES

Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Just Add Ink- JUST ADD 'M'
(moment, markers)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity, Hero Arts/ acrylic block/ Memento bl ink/ Memento markers/ Mini Mister

Saturday, 23 April 2016

It's a Smiling Kinda Day!

Happy Saturday!

It's always a 'smiling kinda day' when I get to play along with the IC challenge at Splitcoast, use my favorite go-to clean and simple sketch, stamp with flowers and stamp them in blue!

This is the simple go-to sketch that I use when I'm not feeling very inspired.  I think when you get super busy, your motivation to be inspired gets tired too.  That's how it's been for me the last few weeks.  I find this sketch very easy to create with and my overall card design can stay very crisp and clean.

I began by masking off the panel on my card front.  This Rubbernecker flower is a two-step stamp so I placed the first outline part in my MISTI and stamped with black Memento ink. Then using the second part of the flower stamp, placed it in my MISTI, coloured it with Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I did that twice; once with the light colour and then with a darker shade.
When that was dry, I sponged the edges with Salty Water Distress ink and then finally scored with my ScorPal then my ScorBug.  For those of you that have never heard of the ScorBug, it is a little tool that you can use with your ScorPal and it makes little embossed dots on your card stock.
This is one of my favourite sentiment stamps from Daisy Bucket.  They are no longer in business but sometimes you can find them on Ebay.  

Adding my card to these challenges:    


CAS on Sunday- TIC TAC TOE
(girlie, stamp, dry embossed)


(I used dry embossing)

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming by to take a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker, Daisy Bucket/ ink- Distress, Memento/ Memento markers/ MISTI/ applicator tool/ Mini mister/ ScorPal/ ScorBug

Friday, 22 April 2016

Nature's Gifts

Earth Day gives us a chance to remind ourselves to care for the Earth and look after it for future generations.
The challenge at Splitcoast today is called Mother Earth....create a card that represents something in nature.  What better way to highlight the beauty of nature then to stamp some poppies.  They have such a presence and give us such beauty in nature.

I began by masking the edges of my card with painter's tape.  I then stamped the flowers from Rubbernecker onto my card front with black Memento ink.  This is a 2-step stamp set, but I just used the flower outline then using diluted Brushos, did a loose watercolouring on the flowers.  
When that was dry, I sponged on some Spun Sugar Distress ink in the corner then splattered the background.  

Adding my card to these challenges:



Crafting From the Heart- ANYTHING GOES

Craft Your Passion- ANYTHING GOES

Love to Scrap- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker/ Brushos/ Memento and Distress ink/ applicator tool/ paint brush/ painter's tape