Sunday 31 July 2016

Blue Skies

Meet today's card.
I have been so super busy I haven't had time to make a card all week.  So finally today, I took a break from housework and sat down to create as I was so inspired by this card from Splitcoast Stampers.
The stamp I am using is a fun one from Technique Junkies.  I think it is supposed to be a New York city scene but I think it could be from any big city.
I got out my MISTI and placed my stamp inside.  I inked it up with Antique Linen Distress ink and stamped.  I then moved the stamp a bit down and to the right, inked it with Salty Ocean Distress ink and stamped again.  Finally, I adjusted the stamp again and stamped using black Memento ink.
Using a brush and some water, I blurred out the background by blending the colors together to add interest and depth to the background.

 Adding my card to these challenges:



Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

 Thanks so very much for coming by for a visit.

Supplies:  stamp- Technique Junkies/ inks- Distress, Memento/ paint brush/ MISTI

Sunday 24 July 2016

Walk With Me

 Good Morning.
 Simple card today as I play with a stencil from Memory Box and my Distress inks.

I began by placing my stencil onto my card front and got out my Distress inks.
I stenciled the center area first using Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers, being sure to blend the colours together.  Then I used some Dusty Concord for the top area and some Vintage Photo for the earth tone at the bottom of my card.
  I removed the stencil, then using a paint brush and some grey ink, I painted some shadows on the trees to add some extra interest.
The sentiment was inked with black Memento ink and stamped using my MISTI.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

Fantasy Stampers- CLEAN AND SIMPLE

Sweet Stampin'- OUTDOORS

A Bit More Time To Craft- ANYTHING GOES

 Thanks again for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- IO/ stencil- Memory Box/ ink- Distress, Memento/ applicator tool/ MISTI/ paint brush

Saturday 23 July 2016

All Natural

Today, my hubby and I are celebrating our 33rd Anniversary.  Hard to believe where the years have gone.
This is the simple card I came up with. 

Right now I have an abundance of ferns growing in my the purity and natural look they give when using them to stamp with.  So, I picked a fern from my garden and used it as the focal point of my card to help represent the home we have created together.  It's so fun using things from nature to create with!

I placed the fern frond into my spray box, sprinkled Brushos over the whole piece then sprayed with water to activate the powder.  I carefully lifted it up and placed it onto my heavy weight cardstock.  Then using a piece of scrap paper, I pressed it firmly onto my paper to get a good impression and set it aside to dry.
 When it was dry, I used some Salty Ocean Distress ink to watercolor the background and added some splatters for interest.
I mounted that onto a piece of black cardstock then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with white powder.  The sentiment was then pop dotted over the fern image.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Sweet Stampin'- OUTDOORS 


Paper Creator- JUST FOR MEN 

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look and have a great weekend!

Supplies:  sentiment stamp?/ Brushos/ ink- Versamark, Distress/ paint brush/ fern from garden/ wh embossing powder/ heat gun/ Mini Mister

Saturday 16 July 2016

Celebrate with Flowers

 Good Morning.
I love it when you can get a different look when using your stencils just by adding some colour with a paintbrush.  That's what happened with this card; the flowers look like they have been stamped instead of stenciled.
 I got out my stencil from STAMPlorations and tried to figure out how to keep all the stenciling to one side of my card front.  I did that by placing the stencil on my paper and then masking areas off and moving the stencil around.  That way, I could get the flowers exactly where I wanted them to be.
I used Shaded Lilac and Salty Ocean Distress inks to stencil my flowers and Peeled Paint for the stems.
I went back in with some ink that I rubbed onto my acrylic block and watercoloured the flower centers with a paint brush.  To add additional interest, I took some white acrylic paint and splattered it over the flower centers.  I was pleased at how they turned out.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black in the bottom corner.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

CASology- ART

Seize the Birthday- BOLD AND BRIGHT

NordSalten Hobby Club- FLOWER FIELD

A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Have a great weekend and thanks so very much for coming to visit.

Supplies:  stamp- Penny Black/ stencil- STAMPlorations/ inking tool/ ink- Distress, Memento bl/ white acrylic paint/ paint brush

Thursday 14 July 2016

Shaded Leaves

 Meet today's card.
A simple one although it looks more involved because of all the layers but it really isn't.

I began with a stencil from STAMPlorations and my Distress inks.  I wanted to give the leaves a shaded look so I masked one side of the leaves and inked with Mowed Lawn then moved the mask to the other side and inked with Cracked Pistachio.   
I stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession, then using a black fine-line marker, drew in a border to pull it all together.
I die-cut the white mats using a die from MFT and mounted it all on those adding a plain green one to help continue the green.  The main panel was pop dotted to add more interest.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

CASology- ART

Crafty Gals Corner- MONOCHROMATIC

City Crafter- ON THE BORDER


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

Supplies:  stamp- IO/ stencil-STAMPlorations/ fine tip marker/ cuttlebug/ die-MFT/ ink- Memento bl, Distress/ inking tool/ pop dots

Sunday 10 July 2016

Blue on Blue

Meet today's card.
Sometimes leftovers can be good.

Today I am using up another piece of cardstock that I had marbled to create my flowers.  Here is the link to the tutorial if you missed it.   
I often create backgrounds then don't know what I want to do with them at the time, so I put them aside for future use.  Glad I found a use for this piece.

I stamped the flowers from Stampin Up onto the marbled paper using Versamark ink, then heat embossed them with white powder.  Next, I fussy cut them out and set them aside. 
Using a piece of drywall tape, I stenciled a panel with Salty Ocean Distress ink to use as a background panel for my flowers.  I die-cut some flowers from Tim Holtz in white and placed them behind the flowers keeping my card simple and monochromatic.  I added a clear crystal to the flower centers to finish off my card.

Adding my card to these challenges:

(blue clouds photo)



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- SU/ wh embossing powder/ drywall tape/ ink- Distress/ die-Tim Holtz/ Cuttlebug/ reinkers for paper marbling/ crystals/ pop dots

Friday 8 July 2016

Credit Card Faux Printing

 Meet today's card.
I just love how this turned out and it was so fun to create.
I love trying out new techniques and playing with inks and paint.  I watched this video and then got out my old credit card and acrylic paint and played away.

Basically you use a credit card to spread thin layers of paint onto your cardstock in different directions.  I used 4 colours of acrylic paint; 2 shades of blue, black and white.  
I had some white acrylic paint leftover on my palette so I took the credit card and made the lines over the painted bkg and then splattered white paint with a paint brush.  The splatters added depth and extra interest.  I found the background dried very quickly because the layers of paint were so thin.
I die-cut the 'Happy Birthday' from Simon Says twice, glued them together then onto my card front.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

Moving Along with the Times- NO DESIGNER PAPER

The Sisterhood of Crafters- CREATE YOU OWN BACKGROUND

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  die- SSS/ acrylic paint/ paint brush/ credit card/ Cuttlebug

Sunday 3 July 2016

Marbled Flowers

I'm back today with a card I made using some of the leftover marbled paper I made last week.
In case you missed it, I hosted a tutorial about how to marble paper over at Splitcoast Stampers.
I used some as backgrounds and had some pieces left so that's how this card came about.
You can find the tutorial and cards here and here.

So, on to today's card.
I stamped the flowers from Stampin Up onto the marbled paper, fussy cut them out and set them aside.
I wanted the panel on the background to match so I rubbed Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and a touch of Barn Door Distress inks onto my long acrylic block, sprayed with water and dragged it over my piece of cardstock.  The colours blended nicely and I had a backdrop for the flowers.
When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black with Memento ink and clear embossed it.  I glued the panel onto a scored background and then glued the flowers over that.  I added a black gem to the flower centers and some die cuts behind for interest.

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Just Us Girls- SUMMER




 Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

SUPPLIES:  stamps- Penny Black, SU/ ScorPal/ ScorBug/ ink- Memento, DI/ Copic Re-inkers to make marbled paper/ die- Tim Holtz/ MISTI/ bl gems

Saturday 2 July 2016


 Happy Saturday.
Calling this card 'freestyle' because of the loose watercoloured look it has.
I did that easily by making my own stamp pad and by using my Full Bloom stamp from Penny Black.

I wanted to play with shades of blues so I sprinkled 2 colours of Brushos onto my non-stick craft sheet, sprayed with water and used that as my stamp pad.  Love the variation of colour I was able to achieve  by dipping my stamp in the wet pigment and stamping onto my 90 lb. watercolour paper.
 When that was dry, I inked up my Letter Background stamp from Penny Black with Faded Jeans Distress ink, stamped off and then onto my background.  Love that stamp for adding interest and depth to my backgrounds.  I also sponged the edges using some more of the Distress ink.
There were puddles of Brushos left on my craft sheet so I took a paint brush and added splatters as well....can't just let good paint go to waste now can you!

Finally, when everything was all nice and dry, I stamped the sentiment from  the Sentiment Collection using black Memento ink and my MISTI.

If you own Brushos or even Color Bursts, it is a fun way to play around with your stamps and try and see what colour variations you can come up with.

 Adding my card to these challenges:



Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES

I appreciate each and every time you visit...THANK YOU!

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Brushos/ MISTI/ ink- DI, Memento/ paint brush/ non-stick mat/ ink applicator tool

Friday 1 July 2016

Moments Make Memories


So happy to have some time to play today.  Playing with some sunny, bright colours hoping that the sun will come out and shine on all the Canada day festivities.

Not long ago, I picked up this pretty stencil from STAMPlorations and wanted to play with it.
I laid it onto my paper and rubbed Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn Distress ink over the top with an applicator tool.  
To add more interest to the flowers, I splattered some black acrylic paint over the flower centers.  I think it helped the flowers 'pop' a bit and helped make them more of a focal point.
When that was dry, I took a piece of drywall tape and randomly stenciled in the background.  Sponged the edges lightly with more orange then stamped the sentiment.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Use Your Stuff- GOOD THINGS IN 3's

Just Add Ink- JUST ADD 'S'

Craft Stamper- ANYTHING GOES


Enjoy your weekend and thanks so much for taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- STAMPlorations/ stencil- STAMPlorations/ ink- Distress, Memento/ bl acylic paint/ drywall tape/ applicator tool/ paint brush