Saturday, 4 July 2015

Freehanded

It's Saturday and time to be inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast this morning from the Green Wedding Shoes site and this gorgeous grouping of flowers:


I decided to try my hand at some free-style watercolouring which scares me to death.  
So, I wet my paper and started to dab on some watercolour paints to resemble the look of the flowers and the leaves.  A very loose hand leaving some white space for interest (since I can't draw).
When it was all dry, I used the end of my paint brush to add the white dots to the mimic the look of the flower centers then stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle using my MISTI.
I think I will be going back to rely on my stamps for flower images.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- GETTING DOTTY
(dots on my flower centers)

Addicted to CAS- ANYTHING GOES

Use Your Stuff- ANYTHING GOES

Sister Act- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps-Avery Elle/ watercolour paints/ paint brush/ Memento ink (black)/ Misti

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Happy CANADA DAY!


Happy Canada Day!
Feeling very grateful to be living in such a great country.



Edited:  Thanks so much to my friend Peggy Parenteau who sent me this lovely card today.

I just have the most kind and generous blog readers ever!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Getting Inspired


Welcome.  
So glad to be back after losing my mojo this week.  I guess that happens when you are too busy.

So, today I was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast and a Placemats Pinterest board.  Loved this photo with the vintage dishes in blue (of course!) and the calligraphy around the place settings.


I began by cutting two circles using Spellbinders dies to use as masks for my one-layer card front.  I attached the masks using temporary adhesive for easy removal.  I then sprinkled 2 shades of blue Brusho over my cardstock and sprayed with water to activate the Brusho paint crystals.

TIP:  I found it was best to remove the paper mask right after spraying with water so the paint saturated mask wouldn't stain the paper underneath.

When that was all dry, I applied the negative of the circle mask and stamped the script from Penny Black over that and then added the sentiment from Stamplorations.  It still felt like it needed something more so I used a pencil eraser and a lid to add some black details for interest.

That's it.  Very simple but glad I could get inspired.  Hope it lasts for this week!

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES


CAS on Sunday- ONE LAYER

Shopping Our Stash- FOR THE BOYS

STAMPlorations- SKETCH


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

Supplies:  stamps- STAMPlorations, Penny Black/ Spellbinder die/ Brusho/ Mini Mister/ pencil/ lid/ Memento bl ink

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Seeing Red

Meet today's card.  
No blue...can you believe it?!

I was recently published in the Craft Stamper magazine and this flower stamp was a freebie with the magazine.  So pretty that I just had to make a card using it.

My MISTI came in so handy for making this card.  I stamped the flower onto scrap paper first and cut it out to make a mask as I wanted to overlap my flowers.  I stamped the first one then masked it and continued to stamp and mask all around the edge of my card.  I also embossed the flowers with clear powder so when I watercoloured my flowers, the paint wouldn't run outside the lines.  By embossing the image it creates a bit of a dam to hold the water and the ink inside the lines with no bleeding.
I then got out my Brusho and using a paint brush and water, applied colour to my flowers.  
When they were all dry, I added details with a white Signo gel pen to brighten them up a bit and add some interest.  I stamped the sentiment and added the hand drawn border.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- FAVOURITE PRODUCT or TECHNIQUE
(brushos and watercolor)

Addicted to Stamps- CLEAN and SIMPLE
 
Use Your Stuff- COLOR ME HAPPY


Sister Act- ANYTHING GOES


Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to come and have a look.

Supplies:  stamps- freebie, STAMPlorations/ Brusho/ paint brush/ MISTI/ clear EB powder/ heat tool/ Memento bl ink/ bl fine line marker

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Scene It


Happy Saturday.  
So happy to be playing along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast this a.m.
Today, we are being inspired by the Miracle Suit Website.  So many beautiful bathing suits.
When I saw the suit below, I thought of my Brushos right away.



I began by stamping the Cityscene by Tim Holtz, that I just got, onto my watercolour paper  with Memento black ink and heat embossed the image with clear powder.  Next, I sprinkled on some Brushos and sprayed with water to create the sky.  So easy with such colourful results.

Helpful Hint:  For those of you that are not familiar with Brusho, check out this link:


Adding my card to these challenges:


Simon Says- USE YOUR FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE or PRODUCT
(Brushos)

Happy Little Stampers- SPRAYS/MISTS

Addicted to Stamps- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Frosted Designs- SUMMERTIME BLUES



Hope you have a great weekend.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Tim Holtz, Gina K/ Brusho/ mini mister/ cl embossing powder/ heat tool/ Memento bl ink/

Monday, 15 June 2015

Good Times


Morning.
A quick card this morning as I am playing along with the CAS challenge at Splitcoast.

Isn't this a great flower.  So many different colours could be used to add interest but I went for the sunny yellows and orange.  
I stamped the flower with Versamark ink onto my watercolour paper, then heat embossed with white.  I  I sprinkled Brusho over that and sprayed with water to watch the magic happen.  Love the rich tones it created with little to no effort.  
When it was all dry, I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI.  It is such a super tool for stamping over a painted surface as it takes a few times stamped to get a nice, crisp sentiment image.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps- SUMMER COLOURS

Scribble and Scrap- ANYTHING GOES

The Craft Place- ANYTHING GOES

Brown Sugar- IN THE GARDEN

Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES



Hope you have a great week.  Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look!

Supplies:  stamps:  STAMPlorations, Sandi Miller/ Versamark/ Brusho/ Memento bl ink/ MISTI/ white EB powder/ heat gun

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Love Life


Happy Saturday!

Finally had time to make a card this week.  Sometimes life just get so busy and I miss out on my crafting time!
Today, I am being inspired by the Challenge at Splitcoast from the Shabby Creek CottageBlog.  Fun ideas and here is the photo that inspired my card:


I began by creating the background using Brusho.  Many of you know about Brusho and the wonderful colours you can achieve from just spraying with water.
(Many examples of using Brusho on my previous blog posts)
When the bkg. was dry, I used my Misti and Memento ink to stamp the sentiment which is one of my newest purchases from STAMPlorations.  LOVE, love the Misti for repeated, dark stamping over a painted surface.  The flowers from Hero Arts, were stamped with the Misti again then watercoloured using more Brusho, water and a paint brush.
To add extra interest and depth to the painted surface I stamped the script from Penny Black along the side.  I just filled in some of the empty areas perfectly.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

CASology- GRADUATION

Virginia's View- OMBRE/MONOCHROMATIC

Use Your Stuff- SENTIMENT

Crafty Catz- CLEAN AND SIMPLE

Simply Create Too- MASCULINE

Happy Little Stampers- SPRAYS and MISTS

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.  I really appreciate YOU!
Have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts, Penny Black, Stamplorations/ Brusho/ Memento ink/ MISTI/ paint brush/ Mini Mister