Sunday, 4 October 2015

Bloom On

As the garden winds down for the coming of Fall, I have the beautiful colours of the leaves in my head.
I decided to use those colours and the Trumpet Song stamp from Penny Black to create today's card.  I love this stamp and find if so easy to make a quick and simple card using it.

I began by placing the stamp inside my MISTI.  I coloured the flowers using my Memento markers in a light orange, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.  I repeated that process using a darker shade of colours until the flowers looked wonderfully blended.  
I stamped the sentiment for the Penny Black set called Gratitude using Memento black ink but felt the card needed more so I drew in a black-line border to pull it all together...much better.

I am adding my card to these challenges:


Sweet Stamps- ANYTHING GOES 

Artbymiran Challenge- ANYTHING GOES

Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

I so appreciate that you took the time to come and see what I was up to.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Memento bl ink/ Memento markers/ MISTI/ Mini Mister/ fine line bk marker/ ruler/

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Graphics with a Heart

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

This morning I am being inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast and a Pinterest board called 'Hearts'.  I liked this pin of a sweet heart gem:

I began by stamping the sentiment from STAMPlorations and cut a mask to cover it.  Next, I stenciled using the Circle Tile stencil from Stencil Girl using Distress inks.  To add depth and interest, I splattered water over the background while leaving the stencil in place.  Since Distress inks are water based, some of the colour is removed leaving an interesting pattern behind.
I removed the mask and added the heart gem.  

A very clean and simple card.

I am adding my card to these challenges:


Alphabet Challenge- 'Q' - QUICK and SIMPLE

Jo's Scrap Shack- ANYTHING GOES

Crafty Girls Creations- ANYTHING GOES

Cute Card Thursday- MASCULINE

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.
If you are a card making, I hope you can enjoy a wonderful day of creating and inspiring.

Supplies:  stamps- STAMPlorations/ Distress inks/ heart gem/ stencil/ Memento bl ink

Sunday, 27 September 2015


For those of you that are scratching you heads right now wondering what they are this is my first attempt (I need to practice more!) at creating a card using the technique.  
Basically, it is doodling on paper and drawing designs with a black fine tip marker leaving some areas open and some coloured in.  There are many great video to watch online and trust me, it is easy and relaxing too and something I have wanted to try for a long time.

I began by stamping the leaves from the Simon Says set- One With Nature with black Memento ink.  Then, I picked up my fine line black marker and started doodling away.  I tried to repeat the patterns I chose to doodle on each leaf placing them in a different position each time.  It was fun.
I did add some pencil shading to some of the areas for interest as well.
I kept the background clean by just mounting the leaf panel over a scored edge in the background which is hard to see at the bottom due to the shadow I got when taking the photo.
(one of my lamps is broken!)
Added the sentiment from Paper Smooches for a simple, monochromatic looking card.

 IDEA:  I don't travel but if you do, this would be a great thing to take along to work on while traveling.  All you would need are some open stamped images, a fine line black marker
and some Zentangle examples to refer to.

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Little Red Wagon- HAPPY FALL


Creative Fingers- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Paper Smooches, Simon Says/ fine line marker/ Memento bl ink/ pop dots/ ScorPal  

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Inspired by Red

Happy Saturday.  
Feeling so happy that I finally created a card that I love!  
Being inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast from an Etsy site, Osnat Fine Art and this painting:

I began by rubbing Fired Brick, Barn Door and Spun Sugar Distress inks onto my card front being sure to blend all the colors together.  To add interest to the background, I placed a stencil from Tim Holtz over the inked area and sponged on water to help remove some of the ink.  
While that dried, I stamped the flower from Penny Black called Christmas Pride with Memento black ink and did a loose watercoloring on it leaving the edge of the petals white.  
I splattered some white paint over the red background to add a snowy feeling then rubbed the edged with my Versamark ink pad and embossed using white embossing powder.  
The sentiment is a new one from Penny Black that I also embossed in white and pop dotted the poinsettia on last.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Crafting with Friends- ANYTHING GOES



Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Distress ink/ Memento ink/ wh EB powder/ Versamark/ Watercolours/ paint brush/ white paint/ stencil/ heat gun/ sponge applicator

Thursday, 24 September 2015

What's Your Number?

Meet today's card. 
 I am just getting in under the wire but I really wanted to play along with the 'What's Your Number' challenge at One- Layer Simplicity.  
The numbers on my card add up to forty-seven, one of our (hopefully) lucky numbers on our lottery ticket!!  Imagine all the stamps I could get if we won and there is a huge draw on Friday night!

I began by masking an area on my card front then sponged Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters Distress inks over the stencil.  Leaving the stencil in place, I sprinkled some water over the ink to add interest and depth to the stenciled image.  When that was dry, I scored a border around the masked area using my ScorPal to add some framing to the image.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday to finish it all off.  

Adding my card to these challenges:


One-Layer Simplicity- WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER


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

Supplies:  stamps- TT/ stencil- Tim Holtz/ Distress inks/ ScorPal/ Memento ink

Monday, 21 September 2015

Final Days of Summer

Good Morning.
I lost my mojo over the last few weeks.  Guess that's what happens when you are super busy. 
I am back today, with a simple card that celebrates the final days of summer and I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast.

I love inking my stamps using marker so I coloured directly onto my stamp using Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped onto my watercolour paper.  Love the watery, loose feel the water gives by blending the colour.  The flowers looked a bit flat, so I took the tip of my markers and pressed it onto the wet watercolour paper.  It left a lovely impression and gave the flower centres some definition.   I inked up the sentiment and used my MISTI to get a deep, dark impression.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Crafty Calendar- ANYTHING GOES

Bloggers- FLOWERS

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

Crafts Galore Encore- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by.  Hope you have a great week.

Supplies:  stamps- Impression Obsession, TT/ Memento ink and markers/ mini mister/ watercolour paper/ MISTI

Sunday, 13 September 2015


It's all about 'change' right now at this time of year.  
The weather is changing, kids are back to school, warmer clothes are coming out, shorter days.

Meet today's card.  
I began by masking the center of my card front and stenciled the trees using a Memory Box stencil.  I used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress inks and applied it using a sponge applicator tool.  I tried to concentrate more ink down the center of the image to represent the light coming through the trees.  I added some shading using a paint brush and grey Memento ink then splattered with water for interest.
I pierced the frame around the image to add interest and added the 'SMile' sentiment.

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Crafty Calendar- ANYTHING GOES

Sweet Stampin- MAKE A SCENE

Bloggers- STENCIL IT

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Technique Tuesday/ Memory Box stencil/ Distress and Memento ink/ piercing tool/ applicator tool/ paint brush