Saturday, 28 November 2015

Home for the Holidays

Welcome Home. 
That's the feeling this card portrays to me.

It's week 4 at Crazy4 Challenges where I have been the Guest Designer all month. 
The theme this week is to create a square card or any size card with square elements.

I decided to use the square elements on my card by first embossing a square on my card front using a Spellbinder die.  Next, I stamped one of my favourite scene stamps from Serendipity Stamps with black Memento ink cut it into a square and coloured it using Copic markers.  I sponged the edges with Salty Ocean Distress inks and roughed up the bottom a bit to look like snow.
I just LOVE this sentiment from The Stampin Place.  They have such a great selection of custom designs to choose from.  

Adding my card to these challenges:


Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Serendipity Stamps- HAPPY HOLIDAYS


I hope you get to be Home for the Holidays.  Nothing like being with family and close friends.

Supplies:  stamps-Serendipity, The Stampin Place/ Spellbinder die/ Distress and Memento ink/ Copic markers/ pop dots

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Gelli Plate Leftovers


Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the U.S. today.  I hope you enjoy a day with many blessings.

I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast this am; to use leftovers on our card.
Easy, right?  I keep all my leftovers and rejects for (hopefully) future uses.  Today was a good day to use a piece of paper I printed using my Gelli Plate.

I think most of you are probably familiar with the Gelli Plate.  For those of you that are not, it is a gel- like piece that you apply ink or paint mediums onto, press objects into paint  and print paper from that.  This piece reminded me of the frost patterns I see on my windows on a cold winter morning.
(I used the plastic Copic markers dividers you get when you buy a large pack of them to press into the paint.  It gave me the grid pattern you see above) 

 Here is a link to the official Gelli Plate site if you would like to see more:

I die cut the snowflake from SSS and mounted it.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I am adding my card to these challenges: 


Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK 

Crafting for All Seasons- BRRR..IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Stampavie and More- SNOWFLAKES

 Thanks so much for the visit.  I appreciate you!

Supplies:  stamps- Paper Smooches/ Gelli Plate/ objects to print with/ Memento bl ink/ Cuttlebug/ snowflake die-SSS/ pop dots/ jewel/ blue acrylic paint.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Peacefilled Christmas

Something we all pray for especially in these times of discontent.
I hope this card portrays that feeling in some way.

I began by creating the woodgrain background piece.  I spread some Elmer's School Glue onto a piece of cardstock randomly in lines and let it dry.  When dry, I applied Distress inks, spraying with a bit of water to blend then, using my ScorPal, I scored the lines to mimic the look of wood.  I applied more Distress ink over the scored lines to accentuate the look of the grain.

The deer are die cut using the Memory box die.  I stamped the sentiment from a Stampin Up set and scored a line on either side to continue the theme of the scored lines.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to CAS- DIMENSION


Always Playing with Paper- CHRISTMAS

The Crazy Challenge- EVERYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for taking the time to come by and see what I have been up to.
I appreciate your time and all the wonderful, kind comments.

Supplies:  stamp- SU/ Elmer's School Glue/ Distress inks/ Memory Box die/ Cuttlebug/ ScorPal

Monday, 23 November 2015


Do you use Pinterest to be inspired?  

Here is my card inspired by this challenge at Splitcoast and this Pinterest pin:

I just love the mix of the light to dark.  I used that as inspiration for my card.

I began by applying Goosebump (a gel medium) over my SSS stencil that you have seen me use in different ways many times.  Be sure and wash or soak your stencil in warm soapy water after use.
When it was all dry, I applied Distress inks with an applicator tool and sprayed with a bit of water to help blend it all together.
I love the icy look the Goosebumps gives to the design.
The sentiment from Paper Smooches was stamped and die cut with a Spellbinders oval die.
I then sponged some more blue Distress ink over that and splattered with white acrylic paint using a paint brush.  I used pop dots to adhere it to my card front.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp- CHRISTMAS

(Let is Snow, Let is Snow, Let is Snow)

My Time to Craft- LET IT SNOW



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Paper Smooches/ stencil-SSS/ Goosebumps gel medium/ sponge/ Distress and Memento ink/ wh acrylic paint/ applicator tool

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Painted Poinsettias

Good Morning.
Woke up this morning to a winter wonderland.  

I am just working away at getting some Christmas cards done so hope I am not boring you with some more.  I saw a technique that I wanted to try.  Instead of inking your stamps, you apply paint.  I used watered down Brushos for mine. This is the wonderful results of doing that.

I began by getting out my MISTI.  Using a paint brush, I painted the Brusho onto the stamp surface, a spray of water then stamped.  I masked the flower with a mask I had cut from scrap paper, painted the flower and stamped again 2 more times.  So pleased with the results.  
To pull it all together, I scored a border around the edges and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Craft Stamper- TAKE A STAMP

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black, STAMPlorations/ Brushos/ paint brush/ mini mister/ MISTI/ ScorPal/ Memento bl ink

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Simple Sketch for Christmas

Happy Saturday!

This month, I have the pleasure of being the Guest Designer at Crazy4 Challenges
This is week 3 where the theme is a sketch.  I'm not usually good with sketches but I found this to be an easy one to create with.

I kept my card very simple with the snowflake being the main attraction.
I stamped the snowflake, then using a Spellbinder oval die, did the Out of the Box technique to cut it out.  Basically, you cut a portion of you image away and slide that piece on top of the die so it doesn't get cut when you run it through you die-cutting machine.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Addicted to CAS- DIMENSION


Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Have a great weekend.  Hope you get a chance to play along with us.

Supplies:  stamps- Basic Grey, Recollections/ Memento markers/ MISTI/ Spellbinder oval die/ Cuttlebug/ ScorPal/ Scorbug

Friday, 20 November 2015

Snowy Days

It's Coming.
Maybe tonight at my house.
I'm talking about the snow.  Christmas is coming so quickly too so I have been super busy trying to get some cards done.  Here is the one I did today using a stencil, sponging and splattering.
I am playing along with the challenges at Splitcoast this morning.  A great place to go and get motivation and inspiration for me.  

I began by stenciling using my favourite stencil from Simon Says.  I stenciled the main panel using Peacock Feathers Distress inks then stenciled on another piece of cardstock using Salty Ocean Distress ink.  I cute the second piece and rounded the corners and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts.  It is a modified version of the Spotlighting technique.  
I then splattered with some more Distress inks that I watered down and also some acrylic white paint.  
And all done in blue, of course!

Adding my card to these challenges:


Little Red Wagon- TECHNIQUE
(stencil, paint splattering)

(I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas)

Stamps and Stencil- REMEMBER, REMEMBER
(I remember all the wonderful Christmases when my children were little)

Thanks so much for looking.

Supplies:  stamp- Hero Arts/ stencil- SSS/ Distress ink/ Memento bl ink/ applicator tool/ paint brush/ acrylic paint/ pop dots/ corner rounder