Saturday, 29 August 2015

In Full Bloom

Welcome to the Weekend!

Did you ever wonder if you could use your single stamps to get the look of a two-step stamping set?  
That's what I tried to do with today's card inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast and this pretty runner from the Horchow site.

I used my MISTI to do this technique, but you could use a stamp positioner as well is you don't own a MISTI.  I coloured the stamp called Trumpet Song from Penny Black with Memento markers in the lightest colours that I was going to use, sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.  I then wiped all the ink off the stamp and coloured only in selected areas with the darkest colours I wanted and stamped over the first stamping.  By doing this, I was able to get the look of a two-step stamp set.
Normally, when I colour directly onto my stamps with markers and spray with water the colours blend together but doing this technique in 2 steps with lightest colours stamped first and darker last, it gives a much more defined look rather then having it all blended together.
I added some splattering for interest and pop dotted my sentiment after that.

I am added my card to these challenges:


Shoppng Our Stash- SPLISH SPLASH

Creative Knockouts- ANYTHING GOES

Southern Girls- FLOWER POWER

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.  It means so much to me.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Memento markers/ Memento bl ink/ MISTI/ mini mister/ paint brush/ pop dots

Thursday, 27 August 2015

To the Moon

A few weeks ago, I found this stamp by Hampton Arts in a bargain bin at Michaels.  I just had to pick it up as it was something I used to say to my kids.  
I got playing with my Brushos and then this card happened.  I was also inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast called Make it Metal.

So, I started with the Brusho background.  I just love playing with them because you never know what you will end up with.  I sprinkled them over my paper and then sprayed with water to activate the paint crystals.  When dry, I stenciled circles using white Colorbox ink over the background using a circle stencil that I made from a piece of acetate.  By adding the stenciling, it gave the piece the look of what they call 'bokeh' and reminded me of a night time sky.  
I stamped the sentiment then splattered the piece with white acrylic paint and glued on some metal stars to complete my card.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Shopping Our Stash- SPLISH, SPLASH
 (I sprayed water to create my bkg.)

Inspiration Destination- ANYTHING GOES

Cards and More- CARDS FOR MEN

Deep Ocean- FOR THE BOYS

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Hampton Art/ ink- Memento, Colorbox/ stars/ Tacky glue/ ink applicator/ stencil/ Brusho/ Mini Mister/ paint brush/ wh acrylic paint

Friday, 21 August 2015

Geranium Printing

Spending time in the garden is always enjoyable for me so the challenge today at Splitcoast was a good one for me to use.  The challenge was called SMASH IT or POUNDED FLOWERS.
Now there are 2 ways you can do this, either using a Die Cutting Machine or a rubber mallet.

So, I went out into the garden and picked some of the geranium flowers off my plant.

Then, I got out my Cuttlebug and laid the flower heads onto a piece of 90lb. watercolour paper.  I placed a piece of scrap paper over that and rolled it through my machine.

(this pic will give you an idea of how I laid them all on before running them through my machine)

My Cuttlebug pressed out a lot of moisture, so I let the paper dry a bit before removing the flower heads to reveal the background.  Interesting how the flowers printed purple instead of the deep pink.

I wanted to add a bit of detail and watercolour the background and I did that using my watercolour pencils.  Very quick and easy.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Serendipity using my MISTI.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Serendipity- ANYTHING GOES

Craft Stamper- PENS and PENCILS 

Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


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

Supplies:  stamp- Serendipity/ fresh flowers/ Cuttlebug/ watercolour paper/ Memento ink/ Watercolour pencils

Saturday, 15 August 2015

In the Meadow

Happy Saturday!

This morning I have some time to play along with the challenge at Splitcoast inspired by the Pinterest board called Best Business cards.  Here are the cards that inspired my card:

I began by stamping the image onto cardstock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The embossing works as a resist so it was easy to go back and watercolour the image.
When dry, I mounted the piece with pop dots over scored lines I added for interest.
I stamped this great sentiment from Rubbernecker at the bottom and done.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Have a great weekend.  
Many thanks for coming by and taking a look!

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker, Memory Box/ watercolours/ Memento bl ink/ Versamark/ clear eb powder/ ScorPal/ paint brush

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Watercolour Birthday

Happy International Lefthander's Day

Although I am right-handed, today at Splitcoast we are celebrating by making a card where the interest is to the left.  This is what I came up with.

I began by colouring on my Penny Black stamp called Delicate Florals using Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.   When dry, I used my Memento markers to colour in the flowers.  I did that by scribbling onto my acrylic block and picked up the colour with a wet paint brush.
 Next, I stamped the script called Letter Background also from Penny Black, along the left edge with grey Memento ink.  It needed something more so I took some Dusty Concord Distress ink and sponged the edges.  The sentiment is from a set called Sprinkles and Smiles and was stamped using my Misti.  I added sparkle to the flower heads with a Stella Wink pen.
Wish the camera could pick up the sparkle!

Adding my card to these challenges:

 Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Craft Stamper- Pens and Pencils
(markers included)

Inspiration Destination- ANYTHING GOES 

(Stella Wink Pen)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Don't know how much I will be around the next couple of weeks.  Having a bit of a vacation.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Stella Wink pen/ Memento markers/ Memento gray and bl ink/ Distress ink/ sponge applicator/ paint brush


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Oh Baby!

New babies smell amazing .  
This week my special friends welcomed a baby girl into their family so I needed a card.

I began by stamping the booties from Serendipity Stamps onto white cardstock using black Memento ink.  I then coloured them using Copic markers, fussy cut them out and glued a tiny pearl onto the bow.
To create the circle, I cut a circle mask using a Spellbinders die and sponged on pink Distress ink.  To help define the circle, I used my Copic markers and a technique called Pointillism to add interest.  
Pointillism is basically little dots of colours blended using a clear blending pen.
The finishing touches were to add the piercing and stamp the sentiment.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Serendipity Stamps- MONOCHROMATIC


Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity, Mark's Finest/ Copic markers/ Distress and Memento ink/ piercing tool/ die for mask/ sponging applicator/ pearls

Saturday, 8 August 2015


Happy Saturday!

Time to play along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast and today we are being inspired by the Starbucks site.  Coffee and stamping.....goodness.
Here is the cup I was inspired by:

I began by die-cutting the flowers using a die from Memory Box.  I love the look of the delicate flowers.  Using some temporary adhesive, I glued the flowers to my watercolour paper.  
Then I sprinkled Brushos over the top and sprayed with water.
TIP:  Remove the masks immediately after spraying with water so the paint won't saturate the paper you used for masking and blur your image.

Adding my card to these challenges:

(my coffee and stamping time are very precious to me!)

Happy Little Stampers- MASKING

Simply Create Too- ANYTHING GOES

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Inspiration Destination- ANYTHING GOES

That's it.  
Enjoy your weekend...maybe with a coffee in your hand?

Supplies:  Die-Memory Box/ Brushos/ temporary adhesive/ tweezers (to remove masks)/ mini mister