Friday, 31 October 2014

Snowy Night

What do you love to do when card making?  Anyone who visits my blog, knows how much I LOVE playing with my Distress inks and the colour blue.  So, when I saw the challenge at Splitcoast; make a card using a favourite technique, colour or theme, I just had to make a card.

I began with a piece of 110 lb. watercolour paper and masked off the edges.  I have adapted a tip I learned from Jennifer McGuire which is to tape your paper to a cutting board to help prevent warping of the wet paper.  I just bought a small cutting board at the dollar store for that.
 I began sponging on shades of blue Distress inks over my paper and then splattered with water for the background.  I love how the water reacts with the Distress inks.  Next, I die-cut the snowflake from Lawn Fawn but used the negative part of the sure to save the small pieces so you can glue them back into the cut area.  I also added some water with a paint brush around the die-cut area to bring a bit more interest to the snowflake.  I stamped the sentiment from PTI with black Memento ink.
I am happy to be getting a few more Christmas cards done to add to the stash.

Also adding my card to these challenges:


Addicted to Stamps- CAS


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

Supplies- stamp- PTI/ die- Lawn Fawn/ Distress inks- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans/ pearl/

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Stamping with Dies

Morning.  I am so excited to show you today's card.  I love how it turned out and I want to show you yet another use for your dies!  Ever thought of using your dies as stamps!!??  Well I did and here is what I came up with.  I was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast this am. to get started.

I began by rubbing Distress inks onto my white cardstock blending the colours together.  I had the snowflake die from Lawn Fawn sitting on  my desk and thought about using it for a stamp so I adhered it to my acrylic block with a bit of temporary adhesive then sprayed with water and stamped.  Since the water removes some of the Distress ink, I was left with an icy looking background....LOVE!  For an added touch of interest, I took a wet paint brush and went along the edges of my card to add a border.
I then die-cut the snowflake and pop dotted it onto the corner of my card with an enamel dot in the center.   I stamped the sentiment from PTI with black Memento ink once the background was totally dry.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Mondays- ANYTHING GOES

City Crafters- A PIECE OF SKY


Thanks so very much for coming by to take a look.  Hope you get a chance to try this. 

Supplies:  stamp- PTI/ die- Lawn Fawn/ Distress inks- Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves/ acrylic block/ temporary adhesive/ paint brush/ enamel dot

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sending Cheer

Fun and Festive.  Those are the words that I would use to describe today's card.
I am working away on my Christmas cards.  I love this sweet digital image from Birdie Brown (no longer available but My Favourite Things Stamps has a new set with this Santa in it)
When I saw the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast I was off to make a card.  The inspiration site today is Felix Doolittle Designs.  Just delightful note cards and tags. 

I began by printing off the Santa image, coloured it with Copic markers and cut it out.  I had a piece of cardstock that I had embossed so I cut it down and mounted it onto my card front.  I added some scoring lines and then stamped the sentiment and added the enamel dots.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Monday- ANYTHING GOES

Brown Sugar Challenge- ANYTHING GOES

Stampin Royalty- ANYTHING GOES

Have a great weekend and thanks so very much for popping in to take a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Paper Smooches, Digi/ Copic markers/ pop dots/ eb folder-SU

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Peace Be With You

It is never easy to make a sympathy card but I like to have some on hand.
Today's challenge at Splitcoast, Emboss it 2 Ways; use heat and dry embossing.  On the main panel, I stamped the grasses from Memory Box and embossed them using clear eb powder.  I then rubbed Distress inks over the image to represent a sunrise and splattered some water to look like dew.  
For the back panel of my card, I did some random embossing by placing my cardstock into an embossing folder and hit it with a rubber mallet.  I mounted the grasses onto white cardstock then mounted that with pop dots over the back panel.

Adding my card to these challenges;

CAS on Sunday- EMBOSS IT

Craft Room Challenge- MAKE YOUR OWN BKG

Simon Says Monday- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Stampin Up, Memory Box/ Distress ink- Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed/ bl Memento ink/ clear eb powder/ Embossing Folder- Sizzix/ rubber mallet

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Quick Note

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the colour pink. 
 This month there are many challenges at Splitcoast to 'embrace the pink'.  The CAS challenge this week was to use orange and pink together.  Now normally, I would never think to put orange and pink together!  I decided to challenge myself and give it a try and was pleasantly surprised by the results.
I was also inspired by my most talented friend Jill Foster and the fabulous array of watercolour cards she created for Penny Black.  This girl is ubber talented!
I began by using 110lb. watercolour paper and wet it with water.  I pressed my Distress ink pads onto my acrylic block and picked up the colours to add to my paper.  When it was totally dry, I stamped the 
Etched Branches from Penny Black with black Stazon ink.  I mounted that with pop dots over a black frame.  Quite a dramatic card but great for sending a birthday note to a special friend.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES

Simon Says Monday- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Create Too- HALLOWEEN or ORANGE

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Penny Black/ Stazon ink/ Distress ink-Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry/ pop dots/ paint brushes

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Snowy Wishes

Meet today's card.  Isn't that little snowman just the cutest?  
I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast this am.  My card is simple with clean lines.  
This little guy is a digi that I won from Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  I printed him off onto heavy white cardstock then coloured him using Copic markers.  For the hill, I cut a curvy line on my cardstock and embossed a thin silver line to represent the snowy horizon.  The sentiment from PTI was stamped with black Memento ink then the snowman was pop dotted on my card front. 

Also adding my card to these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge- CREATE A SCENE

Christmas Stampin All Year Long- ANYTHING GOES

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards- FOR THE BOYS


Sisters of Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Many thanks for taking the time to come and take a peek.

Supplies:  stamps- PTI/ digital- Bugaboo/  silver glitter/ Copic markers/ pop dots

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Scrollwork Christmas

Welcome to the weekend and meet today's card.  It is the first of more to come Christmas cards as I am working away trying to get some ready for the big day.

This card was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast today, from the Vietri site and this platter:
Blu Vittoria Large Rectangular Wall Plate

I love the scroll design on this plate but changed my scrolls to red for more of a Christmas themed card.  I masked the area that I wanted to stencil then using  Distress inks, I rubbed the ink over the stencil.  I removed the masks then added the sentiment from Kaiser Stamps with black Memento ink.
I die-cut the snowflake and added it with pop dots over the scrollwork stenciled area.  The finishing touch was a red pearl.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Virginia's View- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Bloggers Challenge- STENCIL

Sisters of Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Sweet Stampin Christmas- SNOWFLAKES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  I so appreciate when you come to visit.
Have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamp- Kaiser/ stencil- Gourmet Rubber Stamps/ snowflake die- Lawn Fawn/ bl Memento ink/ Distress inks (Barn Door, Fired Brick)