Saturday, 28 March 2015

Rainy Day

Happy Saturday.  

Rainy days....some people like them, some people don't.  I think of rainy days as being a big part of Spring and I want Spring to come and stay.  
Today, I am being inspired by the umbrella challenge at Splitcoast from a Pinterest board and this photo:

My card was pretty simple to do.  I sprinkled some Bister paint onto my card front then sprayed with water.  Many people have asked what Bister is so here is a link where I bought mine and also a video that will help you understand what they are all about:

When that was all dry, I inked the new poppies and sentiment from the Pretty Petals set by Penny Black with Stazon ink...great set!  

HINT:  I used to hate using Stazon because of the clean-up.  I found if you ink your stamp with Versamark first the Stazon will clean off much easier.

I coloured the flowers using Copic markers in blue of course.  I used a Signo white gel pen to highlight the centers of the flowers and done.

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Crazy 4 Challenges- THINK SPRING

Creative Corner- SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Simply Papercraft- Anything Goes

Enjoy your weekend.  I really appreciate that you took the time to come and take a peek.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Stazon bl ink/ Copic markers/ Signo wh pen/ Bister/ Mini mister

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Wash of Colour

If any of you have seen the last card I posted, then you know that I have just recently started playing with Bister which is a crystal pigment paint.  They come in little pots and are concentrated colour that give the most amazing results when water is added.

I began by cutting a piece of 100 lb. watercolour paper.  There are different ways to apply the Bister to your paper.  They look like coffee grounds and you need very little to achieve a burst of colours.  I dip a dry paint brush into the pot and tap the paint over my paper.  (Some videos show the others piercing a hole in the top of the small pots so they can sprinkle the paint on the paper.)
When I had enough paint on the paper, I sprayed with water and watched the colours emerge.  I dried my paper using a heat gun to speed up the process but you can also let it air dry.
I stamped a script from Penny Black along the side for interest then the flowers with black Stazon ink.  I highlighted the images by using a white Signo gel pen.
Lastly, I stamped the lovely sentiment to complete my card.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES


Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK
 (I used the Bisters)
Everybody Art- TURQUOISE and BROWN

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

 Supplies:  stamps- Stampers Anonymous, Denami Design, Penny Black/ Stazon bl ink/ Bister/ Signo pen/ Mini Mister

Sunday, 22 March 2015


I love trying out new things.  Meet today's card using a new product called Bisters.  Bisters are crystal pigments of ink like Brushos for those of you that are familiar with those.  They are so easy and so FUN to play with and you know how much I love to play.

I began creating my card front by dabbing some Goosebumps onto my watercolour paper.  Goosebumps is like a gel medium that resists the ink and adds texture to the piece.
Next, I sprinkled some Bisters onto my paper and sprayed with water to reveal an explosion of colours.  You need so little to create such beautiful results.
When all was dry, I stamped the flowers and the sentiment using black Stazon ink.
The flowers looked a bit lost on the brilliant background, so I highlighted them using grey Memento ink and a white Signo gel pen.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Shopping Our Stash- I MADE THIS

My Time to Craft- SILOUETTE

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Unity, Serendipity/ Bisters/ Memento ink/ Stazon ink/ Signo white pen/ Mini Mister/ Goosebumps

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Blue Skies Ahead

Happy Saturday.  
Guess what?  A blue card!!  I guess that's no big surprise seeing I love playing with my blue Distress inks.  The first full day of Spring has me thinking of blue skies and warmer temps.

I am playing with some new products from Penny Black.  
I began created my flower panel by colouring the Gentle Whisper stamp with my Memento markers, spraying with water and stamping.  This stamp is just perfect for using that technique of colouring directly onto the stamp.  I also picked up some Distress ink with a paint brush and added some watercolouring to the flowers and splattered the background.
The main panel of the card front was created by pressing Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress inks onto my acrylic block, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.  
When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set.  I added a few black pearls to the center of my card to tie in with the sentiment stamped in black.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Time Out- CLEAN and SIMPLE


Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the visit.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Distress ink/ paint brush/ acrylic block/ Mini Mister/ Memento markers/ Memento ink

Friday, 20 March 2015

Triple Play

Morning.  Today, I am being inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast called Triple Play.  
The challenge we were given was to try and include combinations of 3's.
My triple play is 3 techniques, 3 layers and stamped the flowers 3 times.  

My background was created in three steps.  First, I inked up my acrylic block with Distress ink (Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade), sprayed with water and pressed it onto my paper.  I then went back in with more of the same Distress inks and added some watercolouring to fill in the empty areas.  Then when that was all dry, I stencilled over a piece of drywall tape using white Colorbox pigment ink.

I inked my flowers with Stazon black ink which I find is the best kind of ink to use when stamping over a painted surface.  I inked the sentiment from Rubbernecker with the same ink and stamped it in the corner.
I mounted the piece on black cardstock for the border then tried it on a white card front but it didn't look right.  So, I took more of the orange and yellow Distress inks mentioned above and rubbed the edges of my white card front so it would blend in with the colour on the main panel.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Shopping Our Stash- I MADE THIS

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES



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

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker, Unity/ Distress ink/ acrylic block/ Stazon ink/ drywall tape/ Colorbox ink

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spring Beauties

Good Morning.
This month I have the pleasure and honor of being the Guest Designer at the Serendipity Stamps where the theme is Spring Fever.  They have so many wonderful stamps for Spring and this one called 
Large Violets spoke to me.

I began my card by masking the oval.  I inked the violet stamp with Memento Grey ink and stamped over the mask.  I used the grey so I would be able to watercolour over the image and the lines would not show.  Then using a light pencil line, I traced along the inside of the oval and removed the mask.
 I watercoloured the flowers by pressing my Distress ink pads onto my non-stick craft sheet and blending with water.  It is such an easy technique to use.  I painted onto my 90 lb. watercolour paper using a fine line brush. 
 When my flowers were dry, I went back in and carefully painted the oval.
Finally, stamped this great sentiment called Live Each Season and mounted all onto my card front.

I hope that you may have a chance to play along with us this month.

Please check out what the rest of the Design Team has created:

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  Just a few more days and I will be able to wish you a Happy Spring!

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity Stamps/ Distress inks/ paint brush/ non-stick craft sheet/ Spellbinders die to cut the oval/ Memento Grey and Bl ink

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Mask, Sponge and Stamp

Morning.  Looking for a fun challenge that will have you scratching your head?  Well I've got a good one for you.  
Here is the card I made for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month where the challenge Susan gave us is to create a one-layer card using only sentiment stamps called Word, Words, Words.  Well, I did have to scratch my head and think about this one.  I wanted to add interest in some way yet keeping true to the clean and simple look of a OLC card.  Here is what I came up with.

I began by masking my card front and started rubbing on Distress inks in these colours:  Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves.  I splattered the panels with water to add some depth and interest.  When that was dry, I grabbed some birthday sentiment stamps and started stamping away.  I found my Stamp-a-ma-Jig helped me with positioning the stamps into the panels.
That's it....done. 

Adding my card to these challenges too:

Seize the Birthday- FOCUS ON THE SENTIMENT

Shopping Our Stash- I MADE THIS


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- The Old Island Stamp Comp., Studio G/ Distress ink/ Mini Mister/ Memento ink