Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Spring Fever

Do you have Spring Fever yet?  I sure do and I am anxiously awaiting for the snow to be gone and the temperatures to warm up.
This month, I am so happy to be the Guest Designer at Serendipity Stamps.  Aren't these stamps just the most gorgeous!  Our theme this month is Spring Fever.

http://serendipitystampschallengeblog.blogspot.ca/2015/03/sscb41-spring-fever.html
I began my card by stamping this happy sentiment called And I Say to Myself in the bottom right hand corner.  I did the sentiment first so I could have a better idea how to stamp the flowers around that and have them in the right areas so the card would look balanced.  
Next, I used the Tulip Vase and stamped the tulips around the edges using black Memento ink.  I did that by first stamping the image onto my acetate sheet with my Stamp-a-ma-Jig which helped me know where to position the flowers without the vase.  I also wanted to show another way to use that stamp if you only wanted the flowers and not the vase.
To colour the flowers, I rubbed my Distress ink pads onto an acrylic block and using water and a paint brush, watercoloured my flowers.
When all was dry, I drew in a black line border to pull it all together.

I hope it gives you a bit of a Spring-time feeling.  I hope that you get a chance to play along with us in the challenge this month.

If you would like to see what the rest of the Design Team has created you can find them all here:


I am adding my card to these challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays- SPRINGTIME MELODIES

Less is More- THIS MAKES ME HAPPY
(seeing Spring's arrival)

Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES

CAS on Sunday- GIRL POWER

Addicted to Stamps- CLEAN and SIMPLE


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity/ Distress ink/ Memento bl ink/ Blackline pen/ paint brush/ acrylic block/ Stamp-a-ma-jig

Monday, 2 March 2015

Keeping Warm

Keeping warm...that's what the winter has been in my part of the world.  Can you relate to this scene?
Well, here is a simple card made using a great winter farm scene from Serendipity Stamps.
I stamped the scene on my main panel then cut it out and coloured it with Copic markers.  I mounted that onto a piece of red cardstock.  I then stamped the scene onto my card front but left it in the black and white then mounted the main panel over that matching up the scene with pop-dots. 
I added the sentiment from Hero Arts and the twine at the top to finish it off.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- MASCULINE

Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES


Sentimental Sundays- ANYTHING GOES

Stamping Sensations- ONE FOR GUYS


Hope you are keeping cozy and warm.  Thanks for the visit.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity, Hero Art/ Copic markers/ Memento bl ink/ twine

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Wonderful World

Happy Saturday.  It's Inspiration Challenge time at Splitcoast and today, we are being inspired by the Pinterest board from Beka Castillo.
Here is the photo that inspired my card:


I love the look of the Zentangle cards.  This is a wonderful card using a stamp from Serendipity Stamps.  Easy card...stamped the background using black Memento ink then coloured portions of the image with shades of blue Copic markers.
I cut out a circle in the center of the card then pop-dotted another circle with the sentiment stamped on it over the that.  Don't you just love that sentiment!

Also playing along with these challenges:

 Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES

PPA241 Pals Paper- SKETCH

The Male Room- BKG PAPER

Sister Act- ANYTHING GOES


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

Supplies:  stamps-Serendipity/ black Memento ink/ Copic markers/ pop dots/ Spellbinders circle die


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Think Spring

I don't know about you, but I could really use a little SPRING right about now.
The challenge at Splitcoast was to 'Think Spring'.  When I think Spring, I think of tulips and blue skies, so here is what I came up with.

I cut a piece of cardstock and started stamping these beautiful tulips from Serendipity Stamps with black Memento ink along the bottom edge of the paper.
Next, I got out my Distress inks, pressed them onto my acrylic block and used them to do a loose watercolour on the flowers and the background.
When dry, I mounted it to my card front with pop dots then stamped the sentiment from Penny Black.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simply Create Too- ANYTHING GOES

Crafting From The Heart- ANYTHING GOES

Craft Your Passion- ANYTHING GOES

Card and Scrap- ANYTHING GOES

Stampin' Celebration- INSPIRATION
(I was inspired by the colours in the photo)
 

Hoping that Spring arrives soon.  Thanks for the visit.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity, Penny Black/ Memento ink/ Distress ink/ paint brush/ bl pearls

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Folded Hug

Morning.  A simple card today with a fun technique I hope you will get a chance to try.  You know all those little stamps that sit in the drawer because you don't know what to do with them?  
Well, I have a great idea for you today.....stamping over a stencil.

Here is what I did.  I placed my stencil from Gourmet Stamps over my paper, masked the edges and using a variety of little stamps randomly picked from my stamping drawers, I stamped away using Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress inks.  I then went back in and inked gently over the stencil to define the areas ever more.  By stamping first, it gives a wonderful depth that could not be achieved by inking alone.
I then went back in and stamped the flowers using black Memento ink.  I love this little sentiment from the Stampin Place; stamped it in black as well.

Adding my card to these challenges:


CASology- MONOCHROMATIC

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Sweet Stampin- FLOWERS

Suzy Bee's Blooming- ANYTHING GOES/ MONOCHROMATIC


That's it for now. Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies: stamps- Stampin Place, Unity, other random stamps/ Memento ink/ Distress ink/ Stencil
inking tool

Friday, 20 February 2015

Favourite Technique

Happy Friday!!
Meet today's card.  The challenge at Splitcoast this am is to use one of their many great tutorials as inspiration for our cards.  Well, as most of you already know, one of my favourite tutorials is the technique called 
So easy, so fun and such interesting results every time.

So here is what I did.  I began by inking the inside of my embossing folder with Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress inks, sprayed with water and pressed my paper into the wet ink.  I love using the Distress inks as they blend with water better then any other ink I have used.
When dry, I inked my Hill Flowers from Penny Black with Memento ink and stamped to the side.
Next, I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black called Softer and Kinder.
To help pull it all together, I added drew in a blackline border.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

 Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

C.R.A.F.T.- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Simply Create Too- ANYTHING GOES

Cute Card Thursday- FLORAL DELIGHT


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Memento bl ink/ Distress ink/ Embossing Folder/ Mini Mister

Monday, 16 February 2015

Sweet Love

Morning.  Meet a sweet new image from Penny Black.  Aren't they so adorable? 
 These cuties are from the new set called Furry Affection.

I began by stamping my background from Penny Black called Circular Design using Spun Sugar Distress ink.  I used a Spellbinder circle die to cut the circle in the center.  
Next, I stamped the mice, coloured them using Copic markers and cut them out so I could pop dot them  into the cut away circle.  They looked a bit lost in that much white open area of the circle so I added a smaller circle behind them to ground the image.  Added the sentiment and done.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

CASology- LOVE

Simon Says- ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Sentimental Sundays- VALENTINE'S DAY

Crafty Calendar- ANYTHING GOES



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Distress ink/ Copic markers/ Spellbinder die/ Memento Bl ink/ pop dots