Monday, 16 October 2017

Leaf Prints- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome.
This month we are celebrating our 1st Birthday at the 





Great prizes and great Fall theme:




For my card, I decided to go for the real thing.  I went out to the front of my house and picked a small maple leaf off the tree.  I tried to chose one that wasn't too large and not too dried out so it would ink up nicely and fit onto my card front.
I rubbed Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink onto my non-stick craft sheet, sprayed a bit of water onto the ink then carefully pressed the leaf into the ink using the backside or the side that has the veins of the leaf more protruded.  I lifted it up making sure the whole leaf was covered with the watered down ink, then laid it onto my cardstock.  I took a piece of scrap paper, placed it over the top and rubbed to transfer all the ink.  Don't worry if the leaf doesn't totally print because you can ink your leaf again and carefully place it over the first impression.  
I cleaned off the leaf then repeated the process using Fired Brick then Peeled Paint DOX.
When that was dry, I diluted some some Brushed Corduroy and filled in the background a bit with a wet paintbrush to look like puddles the leaves were laying in.
I stamped the sentiment using my Misti and clear heat embossed it, then pop dotted the panel onto a plain white card.


It was fun to use something directly from Mother Nature to create my card.
Thanks so much for the visit and I hope you will come and play along with us.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

 CAS on Friday- FALL/HALLOWEEN
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPING
Brown Sugar- COLOUR CHALLENGE


Supplies
Stamp- Nature Art (Technique Junkies)
Ink- Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide (TH)/ 
Brushed Corduroy Distress (TH)/ Tuxedo Black Memento
 Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- real maple leaf/ clear eb powder/ heat tool/ non-stick craft sheet (Ranger)
Misti/ paintbrush

Sunday, 15 October 2017

More Favorites- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Here is another card to celebrate our 1st Birthday at 



You must check out all the great prizes to be won...it's going to be a great month.
The theme is such an easy one, 
Use Your Favorite Flower


Now you may be wondering about my card and the flowers I chose to stamp with.  I have so many favorite flowers and yes, some of them are weeds. 
As much of the garden flowers die off at Fall's arrival and cold nights, I love the lacy elegance of seeing all the Queen Anne's lace blooming in my area and so that's what I decided to stamp with.
 I created the background first using my Distress Oxide inks and the Splash Watercolour Technique which is so easy and fun.  Basically you rub ink onto a non-stick surface, spray with water and slap your cardstock into the wet ink.
When that was dry, I stamped the Love Letter (butterfly) in the background using the same colours of DOX that I had used to splash onto my cardstock.  I wanted the butterfly to be faintly visible.
Next, using my Misti, I stamped the flowers and the Queen Anne's Lace then the sentiment.
To add a bit more depth and interest to the background, I stenciled using some drywall tape.


 Please come and play along with us and have a chance to win some great prizes too!!
 Thanks so much for the visit.


Adding my card to these challenges as well:

 Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
 A Vintage Journey- CRAZY FOR FALL COLOURS
4 Crafty Chicks- FALL
Crimbo Crackers- CREATE A SCENE

 Supplies
Stamps- Love Letter (Prima)/ Nature Flowers (Art Journey)/ Dans la Nature (Carabelle)
Ink- Distress Oxides: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber (TH)/
 Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti/ drywall tape/ non-stick craft mat/ Mister (TH)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Christmas Time

Happy Saturday!
Today, I am playing with my Gelatos which I haven't used in so long.
If you are unfamiliar with them, they are smooth pigment sticks that look like crayons but are highly concentrated for wonderful colours.

I began with this newly released stamp from Penny Black called Red Star.
It is such a beautiful poinsettia and great to use if you like to colour directly onto your stamps with markers which I love to do.  
So I placed the stamp into my Misti, painted a bit of water onto my stamp surface, then coloured them with Gelatos.  I sprayed with water then stamped onto my paper.  I repeated this process using shades of reds and a hint of pink and some gray until I was happy with the look.  Before it was totally dry, I clear heat embossed the flowers.  It gave them a cool, grainy look which I really liked.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the PB set called Joyful Wishes and clear embossed it as well.
I watercoloured in the background using Distress inks.  It is easy to do by just pressing the ink pad onto any non-stick surface and picking up the ink with a wet paintbrush.  I find this technique works the best though, if you wet your paper first with a bit of water using the paintbrush.

The finishing touch was to splatter some white acrylic paint over the top to look like snow.



Have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look!

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wed.- CHRISTMAS
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPED
Crazy 4 Challenges- ANYTHING GOES
Winter Wonderland- ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
a2z Scrapbooking October- WATERCOLOURING

Supplies
Stamps- Red Star (PB)/ Joyful Wishes (PB)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento/ Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Gelatos (Faber-Castell)/ Misti/ paintbrush/ clear eb powder/ heat tool/
white acrylic paint

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Favorite Flowers- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Wow....I've got some fun, inspiration, Guest Designers and amazing prizes coming your way!

This month at 
we are celebrating our 
1st Year Birthday!!!

You must check out all the great prizes to be won...it's going to be a great month.
The theme is such an easy one, 

So onto my card.
One of my most favourite flowers are hollyhocks.  I can't seem to grow them because of all the clay soil in my garden, but I love seeing them in all their beauty and majesty.  A truly old fashioned, elegant looking flower.
I immediately thought of the hollyhock stamp I have by ISC (now sadly the company is closed) and how much I loved to use it for a watercolouring technique.
So I placed the stamp into my Misti, coloured with Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process adding darkers shades of the colours until I was happy with the overall look.  Using the Misti, makes that process very easy to add layers of color.
To do the background, I scribbled some of the marker onto my non-stick craft sheet and picked up the ink with a wet paintbrush.  I always like to wet my paper first before going onto it with the ink filled paintbrush.  When that was all dry, I stamped the sentiment using my Misti again.


Please come and play along with us this month.  
The prizes are amazing!

Also adding my card to these challenges:
Watercooler Wed.- FEMININE ANYTHING GOES
A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Crafty Creations- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Hollyhocks (retired)/ Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento/ Tombow Markers
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti/ paintbrush/ non-stick craft mat (Ranger)/ mister (TH)



Monday, 2 October 2017

Nature is Painting- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello.
It's time for another new and exciting challenge at the 

Our theme this month is an easy one for this time of year:



We are also celebrating our
1st YEAR BIRTHDAY!!!!
There are great prizes to be won too so come and play with us!!

Prizes
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
&
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)



So onto my card.
I began by masking the edges of my card front with Painter's Tape then using my Misti, I stamped the leaves and the baby's breathe and clear heat embossed them.  I did that so they would resist the ink when I added it over the top and not muddy up my images.  I did the same thing for the sentiment too.
To add the colourful background, I sprinkled some Brushos onto an acetate sheet (the kind that stamps are backed onto), sprayed with water to activate the pigment and used that to apply the colour over the leaves.  Since the acetate is so thin, I could bend it and place the ink down where I wanted it to be on my card front.
I removed the taped edges and simply mounted it onto a white card front.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you will check out the challenge with the chance to win and take a peek to see what my other talented team mates have created.  We also have a very talented guest this month, Marcia from Marcia's Stampin' Pad.


Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
Dare 2B Artsy- FALL COLOURS
The Paper Players- AUTUMN FLORALS


Supplies
Stamps- Silhouette 18 (leaves Impression Obsession)/ Nature is Painting (IO)/
Dans la Nature (Carabelle)
Inks- Brushos (Lemon, Orange, Scarlet)/ Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- clear eb powder/ heat tool/ Misti/ Painter's tape/ acetate sheet/
Mister (TH)

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sweet Silhouettes

Happy Saturday!
Great time to play with some new toys.

I just picked up this stencil by The Crafter's Workshop called Mini Sweet Peas.
I wanted to do a monoprint using Brushos so I laid down my stencil over a piece of scrap paper, sprinkled on some Brushos pigment powder over the back, sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.  I quickly lifted up the stencil so the ink wouldn't run underneath it to create a lovely monoprint.  It is a great way to get a different look from the stencils you already own.
After the piece had dried, I placed it in my Misti and stamped the wildflowers and the sentiment.
Pretty straightforward and simple.



Hope you have a great weekend.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES 
4 Crafty Chicks- BLACK< WHITE AND ONE OTHER COLOUR
Craft Rocket- STARTS WITH 'F' (flowers)

Supplies
Stamps- Dans la Nature (Carabelle Studio)/ Nature Flower (Art Journey)
Inks- Brushos-Leaf Green/ Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tool- Misti/ stencil- Mini Sweet Peas (TCW)/ mister (TH)