Friday 30 November 2012


Hi is a card I made for the CAS challenge at Splitcoast this week.  Our cards were to be based on this quote: 
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night- Galileo
I am enjoying working away making Christmas cards.  I started this card by punching out a star to create a mask then sponging the open area with Distress inks. I left the mask in place and stamped the manger and coloured it with Copics. Added the scoring lines to lead to the sentiment. Very clean and simple.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps: Recollections, The Old Island Stamp Company/ star punch/ pop dots/ silver twine/ Copics

Looking for the OLW this week....see HERE

Thursday 29 November 2012

My First Tutorial-Masked, Sponged and Stamped

Hi there..........I had many questions about creating THIS CARD and my local scrapbooking store asked me to do a tutorial so here it first one.  It is super easy to do and since so many of us are visual learners, I hope these photos make the process more clear.

Step One
 I taped my paper down with temporary adhesive to my work surface. Then I added my mask on top of my paper (made by Mr. Huey) and taped that down to hold everything in place.

Step 2
These are the colours of Distress inks that I used and the application tool.
Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers

Step 3
I rubbed the inks onto my paper randomly with my inking tool until the whole piece of cardstock was inked.

Step 4
Next, leaving the mask in place after my cardstock was all inked, I stamped over it with the snowflake stamp using the same Distress ink colours.

Step 5
This is what the coloured and stamped sheet looks like when the mask is removed.

Step 6
I inked the edges using the same colours again to pull it all together.

Step 7
I stamped the sentiment and embossed it, then cut the piece for the front of the card.  I cut a snowflake using my Spellbinder die in my Cuttlebug and while still in the die, sponged on some more ink so when removed it would define the snowflake.  I attached it with pop dots and added a jewel in the center.

Here is a shot of the set from Penny Black that I used called
Let it Snow

Well that's it.  I have to say it was fun putting together this first tutorial.  Enjoy!!

Looking for the OLW this week....see HERE

Wednesday 28 November 2012

OLW116, Scene It

Welcome to another week for me to be hosting the OLW (One Layer Wednesday).  This week I am challenging you to:

Scene It....create a scene on your card

I am most anxious to see what kind of scenes you create on your cards and how you set them up with only using one layer.  This stamp from Serendipity Stamps is wonderful to use to create a scene.  I especially love it because I live right near Mennonite farm country and this so reminds me of some of the farms nearby. 
To create my card, I masked the oval area then sponged blue Distress ink on the open area.  Next, I stamped the image then coloured it using more Distress inks and a water pen.  To do that, I just press my ink pad onto my acrylic block and pick up the colour with the brush from there.  Very easy and you can really achieve a nice watercoloured effect.  The sentiment is from Basic Grey.
I am also entering this card in the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays; Winter Blues
Sure hope you have time to play along this week. 

OLW116 Rules

1. Create a one-layer card.  That is defined as a single layer of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed!

2. Make a card that depicts a scene in some way.   Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum and NO ADDITIONAL LAYERS of card stock.
3. Post your card online and link it to the InLinkz button underneath.  If you link to your blog, please link to the specific post, not your blog’s main page.
4. HAVE FUN! I am looking forward in seeing what you create!

Monday 26 November 2012

Masculine Christmas

Hi there....just me playing with my Distress inks again.  I started by adding ink to my acrylic block, spraying with water and stamping.  Next, I added the trees from Mark's Finest Papers, the sentiment and lastly the polka dots behind to perk it up for Christmas. 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  Hope you have a good week.

Supplies:  stamps; Paper Smooches, Mark's Finest/ twine/ acrylic block/ Distress inks/ pop dots

Saturday 24 November 2012

Oh, Santa

Today, Santa is strutting his new suit and saying, 'Look at my new outfit, I'm getting ready for the big day!'
I felt it was time for Santa to have some new clothes so I paper pieced his outfit and then mounted him with pop dots onto a bubble wrap background.  I am playing along with the Inspiration Challenge today at Splitcoast and the Addicted to CAS challenge: Snow.  (His beard is snowy white.)
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend.

Supplies:  stamps: Paper Smooches, Clear Stamps, Santa (dollar bin at Michaels and no name), pop dots, Memento ink

Friday 23 November 2012

Christmas in Red

Happy Friday....anyone seen my mojo??  Hoping this card made for the Free for All challenge at Splitcoast- glitter and the challenge at Addicted to CAS-Snow, helps jump start it again.
I started by cutting a circle, then sponged red Distress inks to cover it.  I embossed the stars and added some glitter to them then spritzed the red with water to give a mottled look.  Lastly, I added the die cuts across the front after adding the sentiment from Paper Smooches.
 This card was inspired by Annikarten at her blog. 
Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps; Paper Smooches/ stickles glitter/ Distress inks/ Die-Impression Obsession/ pop dots

Wednesday 21 November 2012


Ok.....don't know if life is just too busy right now or I have lost my 'mojo' but I am not getting around to creating anything this week so I am posting a card I made for a challenge at Splitcoast last year before my blog started.  It was a simple one using one of my favourite techniques...colouring a stamp with waterbased markers and spraying with water before stamping.  I used one of my all time favourite stamps from Innovative Stamp Creations, drew in the black line after adding the sentiment.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps:  Innovative Stamp Creations, Studio G/ Memento markers/ mini spray bottle

Friday 16 November 2012

Snowy Days Ahead

Happy Friday!!  Today at the Penny Black blog we are once again being inspired by Pinterest and here is the photo that inspired me:

I used a mask from Mr. Huey's and sponged on different shades of blue Distress inks.  Leaving the mask in place, I stamped over it with the small snowflake from this set:  Let it Snow  on top of the sponged areas.  The large snowflake is from Spellbinders that I sponged with more ink before removing it from the die.
I am also playing along with the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays; winter blues.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Super Simple- Sketch

Well here is another Christmas card I got done yesterday as I had time to play along with the
CAS challenge at Splitcoast that was based on a sketch.  The sketch showed paper banners along the top of the card but I decided to take a minimal approach and just stamp some circles to represent the banners to give my card the same look.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps; Paper Smooches/ Scorbug/ pop dots 

Sunday 11 November 2012

Bands of Colour

Good Sunday Morning....had a chance to make a card today.  The sun is shining and I feel motivated for a  I wanted to play along with the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays; So Torn.  I wanted to keep my card clean and easy to mail so I got out my Distress em....tore up a piece of paper and used that to mask as I sponged the colours on to create the background.  I added the flowers and sentiment then sprinkled water over for a great interesting effect.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps; Purple Onion, The Cat's Pajamas/ Distress inks/ pop dots/ twine

Saturday 10 November 2012

Whimsical Christmas

I am really surprising myself lately as I never get Christmas cards done this soon in the year.  The Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast today helped me feel inspired to create this card. 
Here is the inspiration piece:

This tree brought back childhood memories for me as when I was very little, my mom got a silver tree.  They were very in style back then. 
The trees were created using a diecut from Simon Says and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  The bkg. is sprayed with Mr. Huey's mists and sponged with Distress inks.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps; Paper Smooches/ diecut trees/ Distress inks/ jewel

Friday 9 November 2012

Pinterest Inspired

Happy Friday and today at the Penny Black blog, we are being inspired again by Pinterest.  Here is the photo that inspired me:

Simply embossed the bkg. with a Cuttlebug folder then stamped the sentiment from the Let it Snow set onto the open area.  Next I stamped the Leaf Sprig onto patterned paper, cut it out and mounted it with pop dots after adding some twine and the jingle bells.  I bought a bag of mini bells at Michaels last year.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
enjoy your weekend!!

Supplies:  stamps; Penny Black/ bells/ twine/ pop dots/ dp/ Cuttlebug EB folder

Saturday 3 November 2012

Speckled Christmas

Happy Saturday and I am happy to be playing with the new die I got from Impression Obsessions.  I need some more masculine looking cards so I created this one for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week.  I sprayed the bkg. with Mr. Huey's colour mist and then added the die cut trees on top and stamped the star on one of the trees and the sentiment from Paper Smooches. 
Easy and clean looking card; just the way I like it!  Thanks so much for coming by for a visit.

Friday 2 November 2012

A Heartfelt Thank You

Today at the Penny Black blog, we are creating cards to show our gratitude.  I am so grateful to you and everyone who comes to visit my blog.....a sincere and heartfelt THANKS!! 
Here is the photo that inspired me: 

I find myself reaching for my blue Distress inks a lot these days.  I masked the panel, sponged over a mask from Mr. Huey and then stamped the Hill Flowers on top using black Memento ink.  I think by using the mask on the bkg. it gives the panel such a sense of depth.  I added the scoring lines to define the edges.
Hope you enjoy a wonderful Friday.

Supplies:  stamps:  Penny Black/ Memento black/ Distress ink/ Scorpal/Corner Chomper

Thursday 1 November 2012

Greetings of the Season

November...already.  Seems like the cold weather and snow will be here before I know it!! 
I picked up a new die from Impression Obsession that I wanted to play with and this is what I created.  I masked the side area and sponged on Distress inks in blues.  I cut the die to fit in that area but before gluing it down, I scored the sides.  The sentiment is from Paper 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps; Paper Smooches/ die; Impression Obsession/ Distress inks/ scorebug