Saturday, 27 May 2017

Watercoloured Roses

Good Morning.
Meet today's card inspired by this beautiful basket and the challenge at Splitcoast.

Here is what I did.  
I began by stamping the roses onto a piece of watercolour paper with Versamark ink and white heat embossed them.   Using my Zigs, I did a loose watercolour on them by putting down a bit of colour then pulling the inks into the stamped image with a wet paintbrush.
Next, I pressed some Distress ink directly from the pad onto my non-stick craft sheet and used the wet paintbrush to fill in the background.  There was some leftover ink on my sheet when I was done that I didn't want to waste, so I sprayed water over it and pressed my whole card front into the wet ink.  It gave a lovely texture and added depth to the whole piece.
I stamped the sentiment from Stampendous using my Misti and Tuxedo black ink.
I scored my card front (sorry, it's a bit hard to see in the photo) and then glued the piece over that.

Adding my card to these challenges:


A Vintage Journey- USE A QUOTE

Just Add Ink- CHOOSE TWO
(flowers, watercolour)

The Crafty Addicts- ADD A SENTIMENT

Have a great weekend and thanks for coming to visit.

Stamps- Flower Path (Stampendous); Bamboo Roses (Altenew)
Ink- Peacock Feathers Distress, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
 Paper- Canson 140lb watercolour
Accessories and Tools- Misti, white eb powder, heat tool, paintbrush, Zigs, non-stick craft mat (Ranger),
ScorPal, ScorBug

Friday, 26 May 2017

Abstract- No Stamping

Meet today's card.
No Stamping...can you believe it!!??
The challenge at Splitcoast today did it to me.  It's called, "Look Ma, No Stamping".
 So this is the very simple card I came up with. 

I started with a piece of Yupo paper.  It is unlike any paper as it is a synthetic, waterproof paper with unique qualities and ideal for using with Alcohol inks.  It has a plastic coating so when ink is applied, you never know what results you will achieve.  The ink goes where it wants.
I dropped Alcohol inks onto the paper and used some Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution to help move the inks around.  When dry, I cut the piece into panels and mounted them in an interesting layout on my card front.
I die-cut the 'smile' with heavy white cs then glued it over the panels.
Quick and easy card to make.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Crafty Creations- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

 Stamps- NONE
Ink- Alcohol (Ranger)
Paper- Yupo; heavy white cs
Accessories and Tools- Blending Solution (Ranger), Smile Die (STAMPlorations), Cuttlebug

Monday, 22 May 2017

Footprints on Our Hearts

Good Morning.
Had some time to play and this is what I came up with.

I began by placing the flower stamp into my Misti, coloured directly onto the rubber with Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I cleaned off my stamp then inked it up with London Fog Memento ink and stamped across the bottom of my card front to fill in the empty areas.
Next, I stamped the sentiment with black Memento then heat embossed it with clear powder.  I did that so when I sponged on the blue, it would resist the ink.
I inked in the whole background using Distress inks and a blending tool then sprinkled water over the whole piece to lift some of the colour.
To add additional interest, I stamped the squares around the edges and white heat embossed them.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Always Fun Challenges- ANYTHING GOES


Crafty Cardmakers- FLORAL PROFUSION


Have a great week and thanks so much for coming to take a look.

Stamps- Insightful Meadows (Unity), Footprints (Inkylicious), Artsy (Kaisercraft)
Ink- Memento, Tombow markers
Paper- Strathmore Bristol
Accessories and Tools- MISTI,  white and clear eb powder, heat tool, inking tool (TH)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Distress Oxides and a Credit Card

Meet today's card.
Just a fun one created with some new-to-me Distress Oxides and an old credit card.
This is the first time I have used them and wanted to find out how they would work for creating a background because as you all know, I love making backgrounds! 
 Love how it turned out and it was so easy...maybe I even created a new technique for using them.

I began by smooshing (a technical term!) the Oxide ink pad directly onto my non-stick craft mat and sprayed with a touch of water.  I dipped the edge of an old credit card into the ink then dragged it onto my paper.  I repeated that process being sure to drag in different directions using the colours I have.  To add more interest and depth to the inked piece, I pressed the edge of the credit card onto my Black Soot Distress ink pad and then instead of dragging, I just touched the surface to create the black lines you see.  I also did that using some white acrylic paint; no dragging just lightly touching to transfer the colour.  Love how the inks layered over each other.
I stamped the 'Smile' using Memento black ink and clear heat embossed it.  I was pleased at how easily it stamped over the Oxides.
I die-cut the Wildflowers and glued them onto my card front.

Like I said, I was so happy with how it turned I need more Oxides!! LOL

Adding my card to these challenges:

Creative Artiste Mixed Media- ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA


Crafty Creations- ANYTHING GOES

Crafty Gals- FLOWERS

Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPED

  It's a long weekend for us here in Canada.
Enjoy yours and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look!
 Stamps- SMILE (Daisy Bucket)
Inks- Wilted Violet, Iced Spruce, Broken China, Peeled Paint Oxide Distress ink (TH)
Black Soot DI (TH), Memento black
 Paper- Strathmore Bristol
Accessories and Tools- old credit card, clear eb powder, heat tool, non-stick craft mat, Mister (TH)
white acrylic paint, Wildflower dies-(TH)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Happy Wishes- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Time for another card for the 
This month is an easy  

I just picked up this sweet Blossom Bunch stamp last month at Scrapfest and wanted to play with it.  One of the reasons I liked it was all the open space on the flower petals which makes it ideal to do a loose watercolouring on.
I began by stamping the flowers onto watercolour paper then watercoloured the petals using my Zigs and a wet paintbrush.  When they were dry, I fussy cut them out and set them aside.
I die cut the stitched frame using my Cuttlebug and added some blue gingham paper behind the frame.  I think the gingham always adds such a fun and summery look.
Next, I stamped the sentiment using my Misti then popped the flowers in behind the frame.
Added some black pearls to the flower centers.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

The Crafter's Cafe- BIRTHDAY

The Crazy Challenge- MONOCHROMATIC

A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Monochromatic Magic- MONOCHROMATIC

Please come and play along with us this month.  

Stamps- Blossom Bunch (Stampendous), Fond Expressions 2 (STAMPlorations)
Ink- Memento black
Paper- Canson 140lb watercolour
Accessories and Tools- Misti, black gems, Cuttlebug, die- MFT, Zigs, paintbrush, pop dots

Monday, 15 May 2017

Casing Myself- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
This month at The Flower Challenge we have something fun for you to play along with.
It's time to Case a DT and you should see the inspiring cards there to case!

Some of you may have seen my first card I added to the challenge to be cased.

I began by die cutting out the framed area.  First, I cut out the opening for the frame using my Cuttlebug. Then to get the embossed stitched edge, I placed the next larger size of die from the same set into my machine but placed it onto a silicone pad instead of directly onto a cutting plate.  You may have to try it using a few different types of shims but it will emboss you paper instead of cutting through it.
This time, instead of doing the folds on my inky paper like my original card, I created a piece of woodgrain paper using Elmer's glue and Distress inks.  To see my full tutorial about how to do this go here:
 Again like my first card, I die cut flowers from white cardstock to keep it simple and stamped the sentiment.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More-ANYTHING GOES

Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES

(I love hollyhocks but can't grow them in my garden as it is too wet.
I just love their majestic, tall and beautiful blooms)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Stamps- Happy Birthday (Studio G)
Inks- Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Stormy Skies Distress (TH), Memento black 
  Paper- Strathmore Bristol
Accessories and Tools- Cuttlebug, silicone mat, Elmer's glue, ScorPal, hollyhock die (Impression Obsession),
stitched frame die (Memory Box)

Friday, 12 May 2017


Happy Friday.
Meet today's card.  
Spring has arrived and the garden and trees are abounding with shades of greens.

I began my card by placing the leave stamp inside my Misti.  I coloured directly onto the stamp using my Zig markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  
After the leaves were dry, I stamped the sentiment using my Misti again with black Memento ink.
I cut the panel down to a smaller size then scored lines top and bottom of my card front to give more interest when I added the stamped panel.
That's it....a very clean and simple card.

Adding my card to these challenges:

City Crafters- ARRIVALS
(arrival of Spring)

Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPED

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Stamps- Reflections (Paper Smooches), Life's Path (High Hopes)
Ink- Memento black
 Paper- Strathmore Bristol
 Accessories and Tools- Misti, Zig Realbrush markers, misting bottle (TH), ScorPal