Saturday, 26 July 2014

Ink, Spray and Go happy you dropped in.  I just love this true.  I hope you are having a 'smiling' kind of day.  As most of you already know, I love going to Splitcoast Stampers in the morning and checking out the challenges there.  I find them inspiring and they help to get my creative juices flowing.  This morning at the Inspiration Challenge I saw this cute little hexagon pot of cactus from the Leif Shop and I was off to make a card.
I haven't made a card using the Embossing Folder Stamping Technique for a few weeks, so when I saw hexagons I thought of my folder right away.  I used Distress inks again to ink the background. 
When that was dry, I stamped the flowers from Magenta and Unity in black Memento ink.
I am also adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to CAS- CELEBRATE
Mod Squad Challenge- SHADOW STAMPING
Thanks again for coming by and taking a look.
Supplies:  stamp- Magenta, Unity/ Memento ink/ Distress inks/ EB foler-SU/ Mini Mister/ pop dots

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mix it Up

It's a sunny, bright day here today.  I felt like making an abstract card with a new stamp I got called 'Patio Stone'.  The challenge at Splitcoast this am is to make a card with lots of dots so I was off to make a card.
I began by making the rectangle shapes you can see in the background.  I made those by inking up my acrylic block with DYE ink and dripping Blending Solution onto the ink.  The Blending Solution pushes the ink so you get a resist looking background.  When that was dry, I stamped the circular Patio Stones with more Dye ink.  Added the sentiment and I was done.  I think this would make a good card for a guy's birthday.
Also adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- GEOMETRIC
The Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES
Hope you can enjoy some sunny skies in your part of the world today.  I so appreciate you coming by and taking a look and for all the most kind and generous comments you leave for me. 
Supplies:  stamps- WPlus 9, Designs by Ryn/ Dye ink/ Memento ink/ pearls/ Blending Solution

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Vacation Time

Summer is here and vacation time is here so many of us have the beach on the brain.  Fresh air, blue skies, the sound of the water....relax.  Doesn't get much better then that.
I created my card for the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast.  It was a 'Day at the Beach' theme.  I thought of my Gina K set right away.  I created the blue sky and the brown sand by inking up my long, rectangle shaped acrylic block with Distress inks, sprayed with water and stamped.  Really easy and quick to do.  When dry, I stamped the pier with black Memento ink and mounted that scene onto a piece of black cardstock to accentuate the black silhouette. 
The background was done by inking my Hero Arts stamp with Distress inks, sprayed with water then stamped.  I like the watery look it gave to the chevron stamping and a good backdrop to mount the image onto. 
Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- I NEED A VACATION
Love to Create- BRIGHT and SUNNY
Make My Monday- VACATION
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts, Gina K/ Distress ink/ Memento bl/ acrylic block/ Mini Mister/ pop dots

Monday, 21 July 2014

Singing in the Rain

Welcome and thanks for peeking in.  Today's card was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast yesterday.  I wanted to get a chance to play with my new die so set off to make a card.
I began by creating the blue panel with Distress inks.  I rubbed Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather and Broken China Distress inks onto my acrylic block, sprayed with water and stamped onto my cardstock.  I just kept inking and stamping until all the white areas were covered.  Love the watery feel and the drips look like drops of rain. 
I popped the die cut on top of that and lined the panel with a black strip then added the sentiment.
Also adding my card to these challenges:
Scribble and Scrap- ANYTHING GOES
Click Badge for Current Challenge
Crafting at the Weekend- ANYTHING GOES
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  Hope you have a great week.
Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts/ Die- Tim Holtz/ Distress ink/ Memento bl/ pop dots/ acrylic block/ Mini Mister

Sunday, 20 July 2014

English Garden

Morning.  I am playing with my new hollyhock die again, Distress and Memento ink.  The challenge at Splitcoast got my imagination going. 
I began by stamping the gate (which I have had forever made by Stampers Anonymous) in grey Memento ink.  I wanted it to appear like it was in the background and not overpowering my hollyhocks.  Next, I took a piece of watercolour paper and pulled it through wet Distress inks that I had rubbed on my non-stick craft sheet and sprayed with water.  By spraying the Distress inks, the colours blend and when dry, you can always add more ink to build up the colour you want.  When that was dry, I die cut my flowers and glued them to my card front. 
The twine is really blue but for some reason, my camera would not catch the colour...ggrrrrr.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant. 
I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to CAS- CELEBRATE
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Supplies:  stamps- Mama Elephant, Stampers Anonymous/ IO die/ Memento ink/ Distress ink- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans/ twine

Friday, 18 July 2014

Let the Sun Shine In

Good Morning.  It is a glorious, sunny and bright day here.  Good day for a sunny and bright challenge at Splitcoast today plus I just got this new sentiment stamp set by Technique Tuesday. 
I started by using the stencil from Tim Holtz called Burlap.  I sponged Mustard Seed Distress ink over that.  Next, I stenciled over that background with the Tim Holtz Rays stencil using more Distress inks.  (Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick)
The motion of the rays is done by rubbing the ink over the stencil then moving the stencil slightly each time as you repeat the inking.  I love the sunny and bright feel of this card.
I am adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- Vacation
Lots of prizes for this challenge
Mixed Media- TOUCH of NATURE
Hope you have a sunny and bright day.  Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Supplies:  stamp- Technique Tuesday/ Distress ink/ stencils/ inking tool/ Memento black ink

Sunday, 13 July 2014


It's Sunday morining and I am playing with inks again and the challenge at Splitcoast. This background technique is a very easy one but the results are wonderful especially if you like stamping directly over patterns or backgrounds. 
I began by inking up my large acrylic block with DYE INK and dripped Blending Solution over the ink.  (I tried using different inks but the dye ink is the only one that will react properly with the Blending Solution)  When you drip the solution onto the ink, it pushes the colour away and you are left with areas that are white with the colour all around. 
When it was dry, I stamped the flowers from Unity and the sentiment from Penny Black called Growing Free and added the black pearls to the base of the flowers.  The whole panel was then mounted to the card front using pop dots.  I love these colours together.
Also adding my card to these challenges:
Fantasy Stampers Challenge- CLEAN and SIMPLE
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black, Unity/ Dye ink/ Blending Solution/ Memento bl/ pearls/ pop dots/ acrylic block