Friday, 7 May 2021

Happy Thoughts

Good Morning
Sending you lots of Happy Thoughts today.  
Again, I have been going through my stash of backgrounds....that's how this card was born.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began making my card by first looking through my stash of inky backgrounds.  I found this green one that I think I had used some Distress Oxide inks to create.  That's guessing though but I think I may have used some Cracked Pistachio and some Peeled Paint??
  • I placed the inked piece into the Typewriter Embossing folder and ran it through my Spellbinder machine.  
  • I removed the embossed piece from the folder and sanded off the front to reveal the white of the letters.  It is a simple way to add some distressing and a lot of interest too.
  • I went back into my stash, looking for another inked background that would go with the green.  I found this one that I think I had played around with trying some marbling?  I die-cut the flowers using the Brushstroke Flowers 1 and assembled them as there are a few different pieces involved.
  • I mounted the flowers over the typewriter background, overlapping them a bit with pop dots.
  • I stamped the sentiment strip with some black Versafine ink and pop dotted that over the flowers.
  • I mounted it onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- FEMININE

Stamps- Tiny Words (SSS)
Inks- DOX? Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Typewriter eb folder (TH); Brushstroke Flowers (TH); pop dots,
sandpaper; Spellbinder Platinum

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Good Vibes

Meet today's card and you will never believe what I used to create it.  
Yes, you heard me right.  

So here's what I did to create my fun card.
  • I began by cutting a piece of Yupo paper 3 3/4 x 5 and got out the salad spinner.  *I bought mine at the Dollar Store.  You could also find them at the Second Hand stores too but I couldn't find one that didn't have a post in the center of it *
  • I laid my Yupo paper into the spinner and then dropped on some Ranger Alcohol inks.  

  • I squeezed on some Blending Solution, placed on the lid and spun away.  If you aren't getting a good blend, just add more AI's or even some Rubbing Alcohol and spin again.  That's the fun of this technique.  When I lifted off the lid, here's what I was left with.  Isn't it pretty?

  • I removed the paper from the spinner and when it was totally dry, I die-cut the word 'friend' from it and set it aside.
  • I die-cut the 'friend' 3 more times from white cardstock, then glued them all together. 
  • I glued the inked panel onto a heavy white card base, then I fitted and glued the sentiment back into the background.  
  • Using my black and white Posca pens, I splattered the card front to add some interest.
  • I place a thin strip of scrap paper into my Misti, and stamped the little sentiment.  I pop dotted that just under the sentiment.  
  • I added three black gems to finish it all off.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you get a chance to try it out.

Stamps- Tiny Words (Simon Says)
Ink- Ranger Alcohol inks, Versafine
Paper- Yupo, heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- salad spinner, Ranger Blending Solution, pop dots, black gems,
Friend die (??); Posca pens, Misti (My Sweet Petunia)

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Multicoloured Celebrate

Hello and Welcome
Here is a fun card I made after watching one of Vicki Boutin's Friday Night Lives.
A whole lot of fun packed into one card that's for sure.
I will do my best to explain how I created this as it started with these 4 background pieces I made.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by die-cutting a circle from my cardstock to use as a mask.  For the inking on each one, I rubbed some of Vicki Boutin's Art Crayons onto a sheet of acetate, sprayed with water and pressed over the circle mask.  **Vicki's crayons come in 3 different packs; I just used the Warm and Cool packs of her crayons**  I added more colour using Distress Crayons with a blending tool in similar colours to the crayons.  I added stenciling, stamping and some lifting with water on each circle.
  • In Vicki's live, after she had inked up her pieces, she cut out the circles and then cut them into pie shaped pieces.  So after I decided I wanted to use the blue one pictured above as my base, I glued the cut up pie shaped pieces over that leaving some of the blue showing through.  
  • When I was happy with the way they all were placed over the blue circle, I glued them into place then added some 'faux' stitched lines to the pieces.
  • After I let the pieces dry, I die-cut out the circle around the outer edge and then cut it again with a smaller circle die creating 2 pieces.  
  • Using some white cardstock, I die-cut 2 circles, each a bit bigger then my inked circles.  I glued them all together and set aside.
  • Next, I cut out the main panel of my card with white cardstock and using my ScorPal, I scored some straight lines and some perforated ones with my ScorBug.
  • I glued the biggest circle onto the card front panel, then pop dotted the smaller one back into place matching the bigger one.
  • I die-cut the Celebrate and inked it up with some Distress Oxide inks.
  • I glued it onto a 4 1//4 x 4 1/4 card base.

 Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
If you want any more specific info, please email me and I will do my best to help you.

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

Stamps- various ones from my stash
Inks- Vicki Boutin's Art Crayons, Distress inks
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Infinity Circle dies (HA); Celebrate die (MFT); black line marker,
pop dots; ScorPal, Scorbug, various stencils (ACLD), piece of acetate, TE blender brushes

Monday, 3 May 2021

Sun and Surf

Hello and Welcome
A new stencil from A Colorful Life Designs means fun.
I am loving this one... Sun and Surf Circle, such a great feel for summer.

So here's what I did to create this simple card.
  • I began by cutting a piece of white cardstock and placed the Sun and Surf stencil over it securing with some low tack tape.  I masked off the sun at the top from the bottom using the same tape.
  • Using some Distress Oxide inks, I began by inking up the sun at the top.  (Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Barn Door)  When I was happy with the inking, I removed the tape and replaced it to mask off the water.
  • Using some more Distress Oxide inks (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) I inked up the water.  I splashed some water over the water to lift some of the ink and give it a more watery look.
  • I removed the stencil, dried the ink then using a circle die, I cut it out.
  • I placed the circle into my Misti and stamped the small sun you can see at the bottom of the rays.
  • I rubbed the piece with my anti-static bag, then stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday then clear heat embossed it.
  • I pop dot mounted it onto a square card (4 1/4 x 4 1/4) and added 3 black gems.

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

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Stamps- Bring on the Sun (TT)
Inks- Versafine Clair; Distress Oxides
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Sun and Surf Circle (ACLD); TE inking brush; Circle Die (Hero Arts);
Misti (My Sweet Petunia); black gems; Wow clear eb powder; pop dots; low tack tape


Sunday, 2 May 2021

I 'Fish' You a Happy Birthday

Good Morning
Meet today's card.  
Just a fun one for a little person in my life.  
I also wanted to have a chance to play with this new stencil called Turbulent Waters from A Colorful Life Designs.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a circle mask and placed it onto a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I laid the Turbulent Waters Stencil over the circle and rubbed on some Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink.  I then added a touch of Blueprint Sketch to darken it up a bit and dried the circle.  I added some splatters with the same colours of inks.  I set that aside
  • Next, I cut my white card front and laid the Matisse Splash stencil over that and rubbed on some more of the above mentioned inks.  I splashed with water and some more diluted ink to give it a watery look.  
  • Using a circle die from Hero Arts, I die-cut the circle waves that I had masked in the first step.  I pop dotted that over the main panel and glued it all onto a heavy white card base.
  • Onto my little fish....I stamped him in my Misti with some Versafine ink, then die-cut him out.
  • Using some diluted DOX inks (Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio) I watercoloured in the fish using a paint brush.
  • I dried him with my heat tool then added Glossy Accents to his face shield to make it look like glass.  
  • I stamped the sentiment and pop dotted the little fish above that.

Here are the stencils I used:

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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Stamps- Happy Birthday (Studio G); Mini Snorkel Fun Fishy (Your Next Stamp)
Inks- Versafine Clair; DOX
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Stencils- ACLD; pop dots; Glossy Accents; Circle die (HA); TE blending brushes

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Made with Love

Good Morning and Welcome to the Weekend!!
Always happy when I get some time to play.

I made this card after watching a Friday night live with Vicki Boutin.  She does them every week and they are so inspiring.  You can find her on FB or on YouTube.  

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by cutting a 4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock.  I use a heavy weight 110lb that I get from my local store.  I die-cut a circle from more cardstock and positioned it over my panel to use as a mask.
  • I rubbed the pink crayon from the Warm set of Vicki Boutin Art Crayons onto a piece of acetate, diluted it with water and pressed it over the masked circle.  I repeated that process using some Distress inks next (Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade) until the circle was inked.
  • I got out my Simple Grid stencil from ACLD and rubbed some Picked Raspberry over it (seen in the top left and bottom right)
  • I diluted some more of the Art Crayon and stamped using a Graffiti stamp, Script and the Zig Zag by dipping the stamps into the wet ink.  By doing that, it gives more of a watercolour look.
  • I removed the circle mask and let the piece dry, then placed it into my Misti to stamp the thistles and the sentiment using some Versafine black ink.
  • I splattered with my white Posca pen and then doodled around the circle.
  • I added 3 black gems under the sentiment, then glued the panel onto a heavy white card base.

Here are some of the other panels I created as well so more cards to come.

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

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Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Everyday Circle Tags (Avery Elle); Zig Zag Stitch (TH);
Graffiti (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Distress (TH); Versafine; Vicki Boutin Art Crayons
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Grid Stencil (ACLD); Circle Die (HA); Sakura Black marker; Posca pen;
inking tool; acetate sheet; black gems; Misti (My Sweet Petunia)