Monday, 25 May 2015


Morning.  A quick card this a.m. using some loose watercolouring.

I began by stamping the flowers from Stampin Up with black Memento ink.  To colour the flowers, I scribbled Memento markers onto my acrylic block and using a paint brush dipped in water, picked up the marker colour  to paint the flowers. 
I added some blue sponging around the edges for interest and stamped the sentiment.  

That's it.  Simple and easy.

Adding my card to these challenges:

CAS on Sunday- TIC TAC TOE
(birthday, male/female/ off the edge stamping)

Simply Create Too- KEEP IT SIMPLE


Showcase Your Style- FRIENDSHIP

Big thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Stampin Up, PSX/ Memento markers and ink/ acrylic block/ paint brush/ mini mister/ Distress ink/ ink applicator

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Brusho Magic

Brusho magic.  
That's how I feel about this wonderful paint medium.  Just sprinkle, spray with water and watch the magic happen.  I wanted to make a simple card and thought the Brushos would work for that.  
Well, they didn't disappoint.  

I began by sprinkling Purple Brusho onto the top part of my 90lb. watercolour paper and then sprinkled some Emerald Green onto the bottom part of the paper.  I then sprayed the whole thing with a generous amount of water and watched it all blend together.  I also dripped a bit of bleach over the piece to remove some of the paint to add interest.
When my paper was all dry, I used a die and cut the center of the card so I could use that piece to stamp the This Day sentiment from Penny Black and embossed with white.  I mounted that onto a black piece of cardstock and pop dotted it over the cut away area.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts- HAPPY 6th


City Crafters- INKY-nes 'S'

Simply Papercraft- CHALLENGE #5

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

Supplies:  stamp- Penny Black/ Brushos/ wh. embossing powder/ heat gun/ pop dots/ Bleach

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Blue Watercolour

Happy Saturday!

This morning, I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast as we are being inspired by the Michael's Colours Pinterest board. 
Here is the board I chose:

I wanted to play with my new Penny Black stamp called Trumpet Song again, but this time I wanted to try and give it a 2-step stamping look.
 Here is what I did.  I began by inking my flowers with markers.  I used Memento and Crayola markers as they both blend with water.  I coloured directly onto the stamp then sprayed with water and stamped.
Then, to get the look of a 2-step stamp, I wiped the stamp off and coloured just the centers of the flowers with a grey marker and stamped right over the wet flowers.  I love the way they turned out!
The grey gave some definition and added more interest to the flowers.
Last, I stamped the sentiment from Sprinkles and Smiles to finish off my card.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES

Sister Act Card- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Papercrafts- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Create Too- KEEP IT SIMPLE

To all my American friends...hope you enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Memento and Crayola markers/ mini mister

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Happiness in Red

Today at Splitcoast, we are celebrating the Red Cross with making a card using red and white.

It gave me the perfect chance to use the newly released stamp from Penny Black called
Trumpet Song.  What a fantastic stamp to use for a watercolouring technique.
Here's what I did.  I used Memento and Crayola markers in shades of red and two shades of green to colour directly onto my stamp.  I sprayed the stamp with water and stamped onto my watercolour paper.  I then scribbled my Memento marker onto my acrylic block, added water and then using a paint brush, flicked the background with red splatters.
I inked the sentiment from Sprinkles and Smiles with black Memento ink and stamped it in the corner.  I like this saying as you can use is it for so many different occasions.
I am adding my card to these challenges:
 Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES

City Crafter- INKY-NES S

Card and Scrap- FLOWERS

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

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Memento markers/ Crayola markers/ mini mister/ acrylic block/ paint brush/ Memento bl

Sunday, 17 May 2015


I just love having time to play and getting some new stamps can be very motivating.  
So, I was inspired by this new stamp I just bought from Technique Junkies and of course, my Brushos.

Here's what I did.  
I stamped the cityscape and embossed it with clear so it would resist the Brusho paint.  Then I started sprinkling away with some blue and a hint of green.  Sprayed on some water to activate the paint then let it all dry.  
Brusho paint can give a very intense looking background but some of the colour can be toned down or even removed by using Bleach.  That's what I did on my card.  I removed some of the ink using Bleach and a paint brush to highlight some of the building.
* Be sure to wash all stamps and brushes right after use with soap and water when using  bleach.*

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- COLOURS

Brown Sugar- FATHER'S DAY

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES-CAS


(I have to say that seeing the ocean is on my bucket list but so is going to 
N.Y. City.  This stamp is called NY so I thought it worked great for both.)

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.  
Your wonderfully kind and generous comments uplift me and inspire me. 

Supplies:  stamp- Technique Junkies/ bleach/ Brusho/ Memento bl ink/ clear eb powder/ heat tool/ paint brush

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Memory Lane

Welcome to the weekend...a long one for us here in Canada.

This a.m. I checked out the Inspiration Challenge at was a wonderful trip down 'memory lane'.  Today, we are being inspired by a Barbie Doll Pinterest Board.  Amazing vintage Barbies.  I played with them all the time when I was a child.   It reminded me of my Mom and how she would make little hats for our Barbies using the paper tops of the glass milk bottles (I just really dated myself!).

Here is the gorgeous Barbie that inspired my card:

I began by heat embossing the feather stamp from Technique Junkies with white powder.  
Then, I sprinkled Brusho (paint medium) over the embossing and sprayed with water.That's when the magic happens and the rich, beautiful colours emerge.  I cut the panel for interest and added the sentiment with pop dots.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Freshly Made Sketch- SKETCH #186

Have a great weekend and thanks!

Supplies:  stamps- Technique Junkie, Daisy Bucket/ Brusho/ mini mister/ wh Embossing powder/ Versamark/ bl Memento ink/ Spellbinder circle die

Friday, 15 May 2015

Take Me Away

Long Weekends...sun...warm...beach.  
It is our long weekend here in Canada.  Sure wish I was going to the beach.
Here is today's card inspired by two challenges at Splitcoast this am.  
 If you have never inked up your acrylic block before, you need to try it.  So easy and makes for a great background.  So, I took my acrylic block and pressed my blue Distress inks directly onto the block;  sprayed with water then pressed onto my watercolour paper.  As the ink soaks into the paper and dries, it leaves such a wonderful watercoloured background all ready to be stamped on.
 I inked up the stamps from Gina K then stamped for an instant beach scene.
To add interest, I cut a square frame then scored the edges of the frame to add texture.

 I am adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon- EMBOSSING
(dry embossed the border on my card)


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

Supplies:  stamps- Gina K/ Distress ink/ Memento ink/ Spellbinder square die/ Scorpal/ scoring tool/ acrylic block/ mini mister