Monday, 6 April 2020

Full Bloom


Good Morning
I've been playing along with some of the challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers.
One of the challenges was to use the 'Spotlighting Technique'.  Basically what that technique entails is to stamp an image twice, then using just a part of one of the images, add colour to that and pop it back over the original.  
I thought I would change up that technique by doing it using a stencil instead of stamping it all.
So onto my card details.
I began with this lovely 2-part Dahlia stencil from Altenew.  I placed Stencil A onto my piece of heavy white cardstock and with a very gentle hand, I rubbed over it with some Hickory Smoke DOX ink.  When I was happy with the inking, I removed that stencil and positioned the Stencil B over the inked area.  Using a bit heavy hand, I rubbed on some more Hickory Smoke to give a darker shaded effect.  
Next, using another piece of cardstock, I placed the Stencil A down and sponged on some DOX inks, lifted that and using Stencil B, applied the darker details.
I cut down the panel, matched it to the grey toned background and pop dot mounted it back in place matching it all up.
I stamped the sentiment and mounted it onto some orange cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Stay safe and secure.

Supplies
Stamp- Live Life (High Hopes)
Inks- Versafine; Distress Oxide inks (Hickory Smoke, Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door, Black Soot)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Dahlia stencils (Altenew); inking tool; pop dots


Sunday, 5 April 2020

Flowering


Good Morning

I hope you are doing well.
Creating has been my saving grace during this time off and isolation.
It gives me some peace in a crazy world.
I hope it does that for you too....takes your mind off of what is happening, even for a few moments.
I heard a quote yesterday that makes such sense....

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."
(Mark Twain)

....so I have been creating and sending out cards that will hopefully brighten someone's day and let them know that I am thinking about them.

Anyways, onto my card design.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I stamped the Large Floral from Magenta onto my card panel with some Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with some white powder.  
Using some orange, yellow and red Brushos, I watercoloured in the flowers.  So Spring like with those happy colours.  I so enjoy working with the Brushos as they give such intense colour to any project.
When that was dry, I die cut the stitched edge to add interest, added the die cut sentiment and a few orange sequins.  


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Stay safe...blessings.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Craft Stamper Magazine- TAKE IT/MAKE IT Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge- SPRING/AUTUMN

Supplies
Stamp- Large Floral (Magenta)
Inks- Brushos, Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); paintbrush; Celebrate die (MFT);
orange sequins; white eb powder; heat tool

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Blue Skies of Spring- The Flower Challenge


Hello and Welcome
A new month means a new theme at 


As some of our teams are celebrating Spring's arrival, others are welcoming Fall.
So this month you can choose, just be sure that flowers are the focal point of your card.

We are being sponsored this month by the amazing Bugaboo Stamps with a $12 gift code for our winner , (approx 4 digital stamps). Such beautiful and fun digital stamps to be found there, do pay them a visit if you haven't already! All the design team have been given some of their stamps to use on their cards also.

We also welcome our guest this month Trina P from Phamtasticdesign

So onto my card details.
As mentioned, this month we are creating using some florals from Bugaboo.
I chose one that was a circle, so pretty.  
I began by printing it out onto some heavy white cardstock and cut around the dotted border.  I was creating a 'Spring' themed card and when I think of Spring I think of blue skies so I went with that.
After cutting it out, I coloured in the background using blue Copic markers so the flower would pop and be the focal point.
Next, I thought about how I wanted to mount it.  I had this piece sitting in my stash so decided to use it.  I had created it by tracing on the inside of my BoHo Medallion stencil using a Pigma black marker.  I thought it complimented the circular design of the flower and was a great way to use that stencil in a new way.
To add interest, I cut out the center area of the stenciled background, glued the coloured Bugaboo image onto that piece then pop dotted it back in place, matching up the outlined areas.  
I did add a bit of colouring to some of the outside edges of the stenciled outline to help pull all the colour together.
I simply mounted all of that onto a piece of heavy white cardstock.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here is the stencil I used.
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Supplies
Stamps- Bugaboo Digi
Inks- Copic Markers; Pigma pen
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- BoHo Medallion stencil (A Colorful Life Designs)
circle die (Spellbinders); pop dots


Friday, 3 April 2020

Marching Together

Good Morning
I hope you are all keeping safe as we ride out these strange times of isolation.
I want to send out a big hug to all of you and thank you for all your most encouraging comments that bring such happiness to my day.  

Very simple card using the Love Hands mask from A Colorful Life Designs.  So fun.
I began with a piece of white cardstock and positioned the mask over it.
Next, I took a baby wipe and dripped a few drops of Peacock Feathers onto it, then pressed it all over my stencil to give a more mottled look. I repeated that process using some Mermaid Lagoon for the hearts on the hand.  I doodled a border around the hearts just to help make them pop.  
I decided to cut down the panel a bit to make room for my sentiment at the top.
Simple mounted it all onto a heavy white card base.


Thanks again for coming by and taking a look.


Here is the mask/stencil I used:
Discount code: 


Supplies
Stamp- It's Going to Be OK (Picket Fence)
Inks- Distress Re-inkers; Versafine
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Love Hands Stencil (A Colorful Life Designs)
Signa pen; baby wipes

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Spring Flowers- CAS Watercolour Challenge


Hello and Welcome 
Are you ready for a new month and for a new challenge?
This month we will be celebrating Spring at the



So this month our host Susan has asked us to create some cards for Spring using those kinds of flowers.  So think snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, crocuses, apple and cherry blossom, dogwood, etc.

I can't wait to see my Spring flowers.  They are slowly beginning to emerge.  It is such an exciting time of year when all comes to life.

So onto my card details.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I positioned my rectangle acrylic mask over the center area of my card panel.  I set it up in my Misti, then using my Tombow markers, I coloured directly onto the stamp which reminds me of crocuses, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process until I was happy with the inking.  
Leaving the mask in place, I sponged along the edges with some Shaded Lilac Distress ink and splattered just to one side using some of the DI ink diluted with water.
I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner.
I mounted it onto a piece of purple cs then onto a heavy white card base.


I hope you will come and play along with us.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Supplies
Inks- Shaded Lilac DI; Versafine; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); sponging tool; paintbrush;
Mister (TH)

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Etched Flowers



Good Morning
Meet today's card.
A really easy and fun technique used to create my card.
I've been playing along with the VSN challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers and this was one presented by Lydia.  She's done a video so I've included a link so you can see how easy it is to use this fun idea.
The technique is called Stamp Etching.  

So onto my card details.
I decided to make a black and white card.  I always think black and white has such a visual impact and they look so elegant.
I began by placing a piece of heavy white cardstock into my Misti and stamped the Large Floral from Magenta, onto my panel and clear heat embossed it.
 Next, using a Pigma marker, I added the little 'flicks' of black to the inner and outer edges of my flowers.  It's amazing how much it changed the look of the stamp!
When I was happy with the look of the flowers, I drew in a black border all around the edges to frame the piece out.
I die-cut the 'hello' sentiment 3 times, glued those together and then to the front of my card panel.
I mounted it onto a piece of black cardstock then onto a white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a good rest of the week.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Arty Divas- ANYTHING GOES
Love to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Crafts Galore Encore- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamp- Large Floral (Magenta)
Inks- Versafine, Pigma pen
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); black cs 
Accessories and Tools- clear eb powder; heat tool; hello die (MFT); Cuttlebug

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Blessings

Good Morning
Playing with my stamps from Penny Black.
This card was sent out to some very special friends as we isolate during this difficult time.

So here's how I created my card.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and placed it into my Misti.  I used my Tombow markers and coloured directly onto The Unfolding flower using shades of pinks and a hint of red.
I sprayed with some water and pressed onto my paper.  The markers are waterbased and the colours blended together beautifully.
I continued to colour directly onto the stamp, finishing the flower then let the piece dry.  
I placed my rectangle acrylic mask over the flower and rubbed on a hint of Shabby Shutters Distress ink to create a framed area.  
Next, I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from the  Friendship set in the bottom corner using some Versafine ink.  I did heat emboss it just to be sure it wouldn't smear.
I mounted it onto some pink cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here are the masks I used:

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Southern Girls- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- The Unfolding (Penny Black); Friendship (PB)
Inks- Versafine; Shabby Shutters DI; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); acrylic mask (A Colorful Life Designs);
Mister (TH); dome sponger