Thursday, 17 January 2019

Snowflakes


Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card.

I love trying new techniques although I don't think this is a new one but so fun to try out.
It reminds me of barnboard, I think it's called 'Faux Shiplap' but it may go by another name.  Super easy to do and I love the look you can create for a background.

So onto how I made my card.
I took a piece of heavy white cardstock and using my ScorPal, I scored lines across, spacing them every 3/4 inches apart.  Make sure you have good impressions with the lines for the best results.
Next, I took my Weathered Wood DI pad and holding it flat against my card stock, I gently slid the pad over the raised scored lines so the ink would be transferred to the lines.  Some of the ink was also transferred to the flat areas making it look more like distressed wood.  I love the look.
I then placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment right in the center of my card front with some black ink.  Love this set PB set called Snowflake Sentiments.
I then stamped the snowflakes randomly around the outside edge using some more of the Weathered Wood ink, keeping the card monochromatic.
When I was done stamping, I simply mounted it onto a white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- CLEAN AND SIMPLE
CASology- CLOUDY (I used a cloudy color grey)
Addicted to CAS- SNOWFLAKE

Supplies
Stamps- Snowflake Sentiments, All is Bright (Penny Black)
Inks-Tuxedo Black, Weathered Wood Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); ScorPal


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Snowy Day- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome.
I'm back with another card for the 

Our theme this month is 'WINTER'.


This month we welcome our guest Janet from Swanlady Impressions.  Please check out the wonderful cards created by these most talented DT's.

I received this wonderful stamp from SSS called Snowflake Outlines for Christmas and wanted to play with it.  It is such a great stamp to add colour over and I love the simple design.

I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and placed it inside my Misti.  I inked the stamp with some Versamark and pressed onto my cardstock.  I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heat set with my heat gun.
I decided to use my Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Crayons to add the colour.  I really like them as they apply similar to a pastel but are water soluble.  So, I rubbed the crayons onto my non-stick craft mat, diluted them with a wet paintbrush and then smooshed my embossed snowflakes into the wet ink.
I like that they seem to hold the colour intensity a bit better then using the Distress inks after being diluted with water.
When the bkg was totally dry, I splattered it with some white acrylic paint to add to the snowy feel.  I added some pink gems then I stamped the sentiment using my Misti again and glued it over the snowflake.
I mounted it onto a plain white card base.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
SSS Wed.- CLEAN AND SIMPLE


Watercooler Wed.- MASCULINE ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Snowflake Outline (SSS); Everyday Say (Hero Arts)
Inks- Memento Tuxedo black; Vicki Boutin Art Crayons
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- white acrylic paint; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); pink gems (Dollarama); 
white eb powder; heat tool; paintbrush; non-stick craft mat (TH) 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Pretty in Pink- The Flower Challenge #28, Pink and Grey




Good Morning.
I happy to be back with another card for 

Our theme this month is a colour Challenge- use Pink and Grey.
Please check out all the wonderful cards designed by our most talented design team.

I have to say that I quite like this combo.  It has a nice softness to it.


So onto my card.
I began by placing the Rectangle mask from A Colorful Life over my white cardstock.  I love using the mask as I am left with a clean, fresh white border when done.
I laid the Circle Make Circles stencil over my mask and sponged on some Spun Sugar Distress ink using my inking tool.  I removed the stencil and added some stamping to the background to add more depth and interest.  
Leaving my mask in place, I sponged all the edges to help define the stamped area.
Next, I placed the piece inside my Misti (with the mask still attached) and inked up the flowers and the sentiment using some grey ink and stamped over my background.
I removed the mask and mounted the piece onto some matching pink cardstock and then onto a plain white card base.




Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you will come and play along with us.

*Mary Kay from A Colorful Life Designs is offering a discount on stencils and masks.*
Just use the code KarenFan10.


Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More- CLEAN AND SIMPLE
CAS on Friday- FLOWERS
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Insightful Meadow (Unity); sentiment from Sketched Flowers (SSS); Texture (Prima); 
Stitch Sewing Border (TH)
Inks- Spun Sugar Distress (TH), Manatee (Lawn Fawn)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Stencil- Circle Make Circles (A Colorful Life Designs)
Marvelous Rectangle Mask  (A Colorful Life Designs); inking tool (TH)

Friday, 11 January 2019

Birthday Boy

Good Morning
I needed a card for a young man and this is what I came up with.
My starting point was this great silhouette from Flonz Stamps and my favourite blue Distress Oxide inks.

So onto my card.
I wanted to create a collage style background in a monochromatic style, leaving the image to be the star of the show.  So I inked up a piece of acetate with some Distress Oxide ink, sprayed with water and pressed it onto my white cardstock, letting it drip and run.  I find it helpful to dry the colours as it helps to layer them when using this technique.
To see my picture tutorial go here.
When that was all dry, I placed the inky piece inside my Misti and stamped the Graffiti along the one side and down along the bottom using some of the same colour I used for the bkg.  It gave me a nice edging and added interest.  I added some circles using a plastic cup I had sitting on my workspace and a small checked design to resemble a flag at a race.  
When I was happy with it all, I stamped the image and the sentiment with some Tuxedo black Meemnto ink and heat embossed them with some black embossing powder.  
I simply mounted it onto a white card base.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- ANYTHING GOES
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Silhouettes (Flonz); Happy Birthday (Studio G); Graffiti (Kaisercraft); 
Texture Mini (Carabelle)
Inks- Memento Black; DOX- Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); plastic cup; black EB powder; heat tool;
acetate sheet; Mister (TH)

Friday, 4 January 2019

Pink and Grey- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for a new theme at 

We are having a colour challenge this month...use Pink and Grey


So onto my card details.

I needed to make a few thank-you cards for all the wonderful Christmas gifts I received over the holidays.  My son gave me this beautiful flower stamp called Sketched Flowers and I wanted to get a chance to play with it.  It is also a great stamp to use for watercolouring as there is lots of open spaces to add colour.
I took a piece of heavy white cardstock, placed it inside my Misti and stamped the flowers into the corner.  I immediately sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat embossed as I wanted to do some watercolouring on the flowers and the EB powder helps me to be sure that the black ink won't run.
Using my Distress Oxide inks, I proceeded to watercolour the flowers by rubbing my ink pad onto a piece of acetate and picked up the ink with a wet paintbrush. I then added the grey area around the flowers and some grey to the leaves as well.  I stamped the sentiment and then added some grey Nuvo Drops.
I simply mounted that onto a piece of pink cardstock and then onto a white card base.


I hope you will come and play along with us.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Before you go...here are some of my 4 best cards made for the flower challenge in 2018.




Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- HEY NEWBIE
(new stamps)
CASology- FRESH
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW

Supplies
Stamps- Sketched Flowers (SSS)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides- Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Hickory Smoke (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); pink cs
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Grey Nuvo Drops; paintbrush; acrylic sheet



Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Winter Snow- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Happy New Year and Welcome!
Time for some fun and a new challenge at the 


Our theme this month is Winter and we welcome our talented guest Janet aka Swanlady Impressions.


So onto my card details.
Very simple CAS card made using the Embossing Folder Technique.
I inked up my Snowflakes EB folder with some DOX ink, sprayed with water and then pressed my paper into the wet ink.  After the piece had dried, I placed it inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment.  I simply mounted that onto a piece of white cardstock and then onto a white card base using pop dots.  I added some blue Nuvo Drops to the center of the snowflakes to give them more interest.  



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
CASology- FRESH
Dare2B ArtZy- WINTER
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
(Blue Nuvo Drops)


Supplies
Stamps- Christmas Cheer (Technique Tues.)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento, Distress Oxide- Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Snowflake eb folder (Echo Park);
Blue Nuvo Drops; pop dots

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year!!










Wishing you much happiness, good health
and many blessings this New Year!

A big special thanks for all you support, visits to my blog and all the wonderful comments you leave for me.  I do so appreciate that you take time to come and check out what I am working on.

xx Karen