Monday, 17 December 2018

Merry Wishes



Hello and Welcome
I wanted to create a card with a stamped background that would be my sentiment for the card.

I began by placing a piece of white cardstock inside my Misti, inked the 'Merry Christmas' with some grey ink and repeatedly stamped it by moving it around in my Misti.  It is so easy to create this kind of background using this great tool.
Next, I stamped the reindeer that is from a set by Recollections that I recently picked up on sale at Michaels with some Versamark ink and silver heat embossed it.  I then die-cut it out.
I had some leftover pieces of Yupo paper that I had inked with some Alcohol inks, so I cut out a circle and then glued the reindeer onto that to give my card a pop of colour.
I pop-dot mounted the circle over the sentiment background and then glued that over a piece of blue cardstock to help tie in with the blue of the circle and then onto a white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- CHRISTMAS
Cas on Friday- MAKE A CHRISTMAS CARD #2
Shopping Our Stash- TIS THE SEASON

Supplies
Stamps- Winter Wonderland (Recollections); Hand Lettered Holiday Greetings (MFT)
Inks- London Fog (Memento); Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); blue cs; Yupo
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); AI ink (Ranger); Circle die (Spellbinders); pop dots;
silver eb powder; heat tool

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Noel


Good Morning

Here is a card I made the other day.  For this one, I decided to play with some dies, put them together  and see what I could come up with.
I always use a heavy white cardstock that I get from a local store and it holds up wonderfully for my projects especially when there is a lot of cutting involved.

I began by dry embossing a piece of cardstock for the background using a folder from Tim Holtz.
Next I die-cut the trees and glued them over the snowy bkg.  I added a frame over that to help pull it all together and then cut the little cardinal from some shiny red cardstock I had in my stash.
I kept it all white so the cardinal would take center stage.
I stamped the sentiment with some black Memento ink in my Misti, cut and mounted it with some pop dots.
When I was done, I had a very simple card with a clean, crisp look for the holidays.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
CASology- NORTH
Simon Says Wed.- CHRISTMAS
Little Red Wagon- NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE

Supplies
Stamps- Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); Shiny Red (Dollarama)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Stitched Frame(Memory Box);
Snowfall Speckles EB folder (TH); Branched Birch (TH); Delightful Deer (MFT); Cuttlebug


Friday, 14 December 2018

Pretty Poinsettia


Hello and Welcome
I just picked up this wonderful background stamp from Stampendous and just had to play with it.
I love the collage style it has and this card came together quickly which is great for this time of year.

I began by placing the stamp inside of my Misti, inked it up with some Versamark ink and stamped onto my heavy white cardstock.  I then heat embossed it with some white powder.  
I like using the heavy white instead of watercolour paper as I find the ink sits on the surface and pools a bit better rather then blending in.
Next, I took some red Brushos and sprinkled it just over the flowers then sprayed with water to activate the colour crystals.  Like I have mentioned before, less is more when working with Brushos as they are highly concentrated.  I let that dry a bit then sprinkled on some purple Brushos over the other areas and sprayed with water again.  I let it dry a bit then using a wet paintbrush, I applied some more red to the flowers to help make them pop.
When is was all fully dry, I mounted it onto a plain white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Simon Says Wed.- CHRISTMAS
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES


Supplies
Stamp- Poinsettia Collage (Stampendous)
Inks- Versamark; Brushos
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); white eb powder; heat tool; paintbrush

Monday, 10 December 2018

Country Christmas


Good Morning
Today, the challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to make a card that would be easy to mass produce.
Now while assembly line stamping isn't my thing, this card fits the bill.

I began with this lovely snowy stamp from Serendipity Stamps.  It is larger then I wanted for my card front so I used a mask from A Colorful Life over my white cardstock.  I added some torn tape along the edges to give a bit of an irregular edge which is just something I prefer.  
These masks have come in so super handy and work fantastic.  It has also helped me use less Post It tape on my projects.
Here is what it looked like after I had masked it.


Next, I rubbed some Distress Oxide ink directly onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with water and pulled my stamp through the wet ink.  I then stamped over the mask which left a wonderful impression.  Before I lifted the mask, I sponged some more ink along the edges, then removed the mask and it was ready to use on the next card front to stamp again.
When the piece was dry, I scored a border along the edges and stamped the Penny Black sentiment using my Misti.  The Misti is another invaluable tool when mass producing.
I simply mounted it all onto a white card base.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
CASology- NORTH
The Male Room- CELEBRATE
SSS- CHRISTMAS CARD DAY

Supplies
Stamps- Wheel in Snow (Serendipity Stamps); Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides- Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Marvelous Masks Rectangles (A Colorful Life); Misti (My Sweet Petunia);
non-stick craft mat (TH); ScorPal; Mister (TH)

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Snowy Branch


Happy Saturday.

Still creating a few more holiday cards.
This one is super simple and shows off the beautiful colours achieved using Brushos.
For those of you that are not familiar with using Brushos, they are highly pigmented small particles of colour that are activated by adding water.  

So, I began by stamping this branch with Versamark ink and white heat embossed it to create a resist.
I'm sorry I don't know who makes this stamp as the name has worn off my block.  I have had it for years and I still love the simplicity it adds to a design.
Next, I took some Brushos and sparely sprinkled some over the embossed branch, sprayed with water and watched the magic appear.  I helped the colour reach all areas with a wet paint brush.

When the piece was totally dry, I placed it inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black.  I kept it simply by mounting it over a plain white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Mon.- 'B' IS FOR?
(branch)
CAS on Friday- MAKE A CHRISTMAS CARD
The Male Room- CELEBRATE
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Branch-??; Christmas Sentiment (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Brushos (leaf green); white eb powder; heat tool; paintbrush

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Large Poinsettia- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for a new theme at 


I think it is fun to go back and re-discover some older, much loved stamps.  This poinsettia stamp is for sure one of my favourites to use for creating holiday cards.

So onto my card.
I chose to make this wonderful Penny Black Poinsettia the star of my card.
I have had this stamp for a long time and I always love the look of a red poinsettia.
I stamped the flower with some Memento Black then used some Distress Oxide inks to watercolour the image.  I just rubbed my ink pad directly onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with some water and picked up the ink with a wet paintbrush.  I fussy cut it out and to give it a big pop of shine, I rubbed the whole flower with my Versamark pad and clear heat embossed.  It gave the flower lots more stability and also gave it a wonderful texture.

The background was created by rubbing some Candied Apple, Festive Berries and Barn Door Distress Oxide inks over a piece of white cardstock using a blending brush.  When I was happy with the colour blends, I took the Circles Makes Circles Stencil from A Colorful Life and some water and lifted the ink in places to add interest. I repeated that process using the Mini Grid stencil as well giving the background more depth and interest.
When that was dry, I splattered with some white acrylic paint then glued the flower over the top.
I stamped the sentiment and pop dotted it over the flower as not to cover up the interest the background gave.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies
Inks- Distress Oxide (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Stencils- A Colorful Life; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); pop dots;
white acrylic paint; clear EB powder; heat tool; sponging tool (TH)

Monday, 3 December 2018

Brushos Christmas

Hello and Welcome
This is a simple card that came together easily with the help of my Brushos and some white embossing powder.
For those of you still needing to make a few last minute cards, this sure fits the bill.

I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I like to use it as I find the inks sit on the surface instead of soaking in.  You could totally use some watercolour paper as well with great results too.
I placed the Poinsettia Sketch stamp into my Misti, inked it up with some Versamark then sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heat set.  The white embossing powder works as the perfect resist for the inks.
Next, I sprinkle some Brushos lightly over my card panel....less is more as these are so highly pigmented, then sprayed with some water.  Using a wet paintbrush, I moved some of the wet ink around, highlighting some areas more then others.
When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment, added a few drops of Nuvo  and mounted it all onto a plain white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
CAS Mix Up- EMBOSS RESIST
(emboss resist, Brushos, watercolouring)


Supplies
Stamps- Poinsettia Sketch (Impression Obsession); Seasons Greeting (Recollections)
Inks- Versamark; Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Brushos; Mister (TH); paint brush; 
white Embossing Powder; heat tool; Nuvo Drops

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Snowflake Thanks- CAS Watercolour Challenge



Hello and Welcome.
Time for another challenge at the 

This month our theme is 
THANK-YOU


This is a good time to create some Thank-You cards to send out after the holidays.
Be sure and stop by our blog to see the wonderful cards created by our talented DT and our special guest
I had the great pleasure of meeting Michele IRL last April at Scrapfest in Kitchener.  She is super talented, friendly and has the warmest, welcoming smile.  

So this is how I created my card.
I began my card by making my own stamping pad.  I have been playing around with this fun and easy technique and love the results it gives.  I rubbed 3 different Distress Oxide inks onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with water and ran my snowflake stamp through the wet ink and stamped it onto the middle of my card front.  I love the watery, snowy look I was left with.
When that was dry, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the thanks.
Next, to help give the snowflake more presence, I scored a border all around the edges of it using my ScorPal.  
I mounted it onto a white card base, keeping it very simple and clean.
The finishing touch was to add the gem/pearl to the center of the snowflake.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES
AAA Cards- MOSTLY WHITE
Crimbo Crackers- ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Snowflakes (HA); Thanks (SSS)
Inks- Distress Oxides- Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- ScorPal; blue gem; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); non-stick 
craft mat (TH); Mister (TH)


Saturday, 1 December 2018

Festive Greetings


Happy Saturday!

Calling this one Festive Greetings.  
I thought with the vibrant alcohol inked background and the gold die-cuts, it felt very festive.

I began by creating the background using the traditional colours, red and green for Christmas.
I dropped some red Ranger Alcohol inks onto Yupo paper and then some green and watched the colours blend.  To help move the colours around, I use a Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Fillable pen and added dots and lines around the edges where the colours met. The pen has two different sized tips and is great for adding details with the Blending Solution on the Yupo.  I then set that aside to dry.
I die-cut the deer and the sentiment from some gold paper and then glued them over the inked background.  
Instead of using a whole sheet of the gold to mount the finished piece onto, I rubbed my Versamark pad along the edges of some heavy white cardstock and then I heat embossed it with gold powder.
I glued it onto a white card base and done.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Alphabet Challenge- "R" REINDEER
Crafting By Design- CHRISTMAS

Supplies
Stamps- none
Inks- Ranger Alcohol ink; Versamark
Paper- Yupo, heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Jingle die (STAMPlorations); Deer Die (Memory Box); 
TH Alcohol Ink Refillable Pen; Cuttlebug; Gold Eb powder; Ranger Blending Solution

Monday, 26 November 2018

Flurries

Hello and Welcome.
Here is a simple, clean card I made for the holidays. 
I just picked up the Concord and 9th Snowflakes Turnaround stamp.  These turnarounds are made so easy by using a Misti for positioning.  You will find many videos and ways to do this on YouTube.

So for my card, I wanted to use a combination of  greens, (even though the picture looks blue).  I positioned my stamp inside my Misti and inked the first time with some Iced Spruce Distress ink and stamped.  I rotated the stamp and inked with some Peeled Paint DI.  I repeated that process 2 more times using some Lucky Clover and then some Evergreen Bough DI.
I removed that piece of my Misti, cut it down to size to fit my card front.  Next, I stamped the snowflake one more time on another piece of cardstock so I could die-cut it using a circle die to use as the focal point for my card.
I placed the circle snowflake inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black over the top.

I mounted the background onto a plain white card base and pop dotted the snowflake over that.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
Allsorts- INSPIRED BY A SONG
(Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow)
Creative Knockouts- SNOW MUCH FUN



Supplies
Stamps- Snowflakes (Concord and 9th); Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress inks- Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover,
Evergreen Bough (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); circle die- Spellbinders; Cuttlebug


Sunday, 25 November 2018

All is Calm

Happy Sunday!
I had time to create a quick and simple card using a leftover piece of Yupo paper that I inked up with some Ranger Alcohol inks and some Blending Solution.  I had it sitting in my stash as I didn't get time to create a card with it until today.

I just picked up this great Tim Holtz birch die and used it to cut some heavy white cardstock.  I placed that over the inked background and glued it all down. It made for a super quick card front.
Next, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the PB sentiment with black ink to make it pop.
Like I said in a previous post, I am getting so much use from this simple set.
I die-cut the deer and glued that over the tree bkg and mounted it all over a simple white card.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More- CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Time Out- BLACK, WHITE, and ONE OTHER COLOR
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento, Ranger Alcohol inks
Paper- Yupo; heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Deer Trio die (Memory Box);
Branched Birch die (TH); Blending Solution (Ranger)


Monday, 19 November 2018

Snowflake Tag


Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card.
Very clean and simple but has an elegant feel to it with the silver snowflakes.

So here's what I did.
I began with a piece of white cardstock and stenciled the background using this great stencil 
called Simple Mosaic and some gray Memento ink.
Next, I cut the tag using a die from Avery Elle and set it aside.  I die-cut 2 snowflakes from Penny Black, pressed them onto my Versamark pad and heat embossed them with silver powder.  I glued the smaller one over the larger one to give more of a substantial look to the snowflake.  Love how it turned out.  I glued them onto the tag and added a drop of Silver Nuvo Drops to the center.  
I pop-dotted the finished tag over the stenciled bkg. then added some silver twine.
The sentiment was stamped using my Misti.  It is a new stamp set from Penny Black 
called Christmas Sentiments and I have to tell you, I am getting so much use from this set!  The 
sentiments are different sizes and different fonts, many straight line sentiments which work great with this kind of a card.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Allsorts- CAS CHRISTMAS
4 Crafty Chicks- SNOWFLAKES

Supplies
Stamps- Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Inks- Memento- London Fog, Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= tag die (Avery Elle)= Snowflakes dies (PB)
Simple Mosaic Stencil (A Colorful Life)= Stencil brush (TH)= silver twine= 
silver eb powder= heat tool= Silver Nuvo Drops= pop dots

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Snowy Christmas Greetings


Good Morning
It is cold and frosty here in Ontario and my card reflects this season of icy cold.
I'm not a huge fan of winter but I must say I love making snowflake cards.  Go figure!?

So onto my card.
I began with creating my background.  I wanted to get a good colour blend so I made my own stamp pad.  I did that by pressing my Peacock Feather, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans DOX inks directly onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with water and then dabbed my stamp into the wet ink, moving it around to get good coverage.  I stamped onto my paper then went back in and filled in with some more snowflakes.
To add to the snowy feel, I splattered white acrylic paint all over the top of the inked panel.
While that dried, I stamped the large snowflake onto white cardstock using the same inks and technique as above.  I think this individual snowflake is from an older Hero Arts set? 
I cut it down and mounted it onto white, then I added a shiny Nuvo drop to the center of the snowflake.
I placed the large background into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Technique Tues. then pop dotted the big snowflake over that.  Simple mounted the whole piece onto a white card base.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
My Time to Craft- LET IT SNOW
4 Crafty Chicks- SNOWFLAKES


Supplies
Stamps- Christmas Cheer (TT)= Snowflake Backdrops (WPlus 9)= Single Snowflake (HA?)
Inks- DOX (TH)= Memento black
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Sparkle Nuvo Drops= white acrylic paint=
 non-stick craft mat= Mister (TH)

Friday, 16 November 2018

Collaged Christmas- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome
Time for another card for the 

Our theme this month is Christmas Florals and or Greenery.


This is the perfect challenge to get a few more holiday cards made.
I love making collage-style cards but I don't think I have ever done one for Christmas so today was the day.

It is such fun to see how many stamps you can add and is a great way to get more mileage from your stamp collection.  I find that this technique works best if you stay in the same colour palette.  It is easy and fun to try too.
So, I began by masking off my card front to help give me a defined area to stamp inside of.
I have been very happy using the Post-It Tape that my DH picked up from Staples.
I placed the masked piece inside my Misti and positioned the poinsettia called Red Star along the bottom edge.  It was the biggest stamp I would be using and I wanted it to be the focal point.
I coloured the stamp using different shades of red Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped onto my cardstock.  I clear heat embossed to help the colours pop and to create a resist for the other stamp I was about to do around it.
Next, I did some Acetate inking on the background to add colour.
Then, I went ahead and stamped in the background being sure to leave a little 'white' relief space. I also did some stenciling using this great stencil called Simple Mosaic.  I love the smaller size of the squares on this one.   
When I was happy with the collage stamping, I stamped the sentiment in black and sponged along the masked edges with some more of the red.  I splattered the whole piece with some white acrylic paint,  removed the Post-It tape and then I scored a border all around the inked area.



I hope you check out all the inspiring cards from our talented DT and our guest Maura this month.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More- HOLIDAY
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
CRAFT- CHRISTMAS

Supplies
Stamps- Red Star (Penny Black)= Stillness (Penny Black)= Weathered Clock (Hampton Arts)= Texture Mini(Carabelle)= Collage Des Ronds (Carabelle)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento= Distress Oxides- Candied Apple, Fired Brick= 
Tombow Markers
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- ScorPal= Post It Tape= white acrylic paint= Misti (My Sweet Petunia)=
paint brush= Mister (TH)

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Birthday Wishes- The Flower Challenge


Good Morning
Time for another card for
The Flower Challenge.

Our theme this month is 'A Special Occasion'.


I created a birthday card for the theme.  I am always in need of cards to celebrate birthdays.
I was playing around with some Canon photo paper and applied some Ranger Alcohol inks to the paper using a piece of plastic wrap.  By scrunching up the plastic wrap, dabbing it into the ink and then onto the paper, you are left with an interesting textured looking background.

I wanted to compare the photo paper to using Yupo.  They both have a shiny surface but with the photo paper, I found the ink didn't move after applied even if I dropped on some Blending Solution or some Rubbing Alcohol.  By using the plastic wrap, I was able to get a mottled look instead of blobs of colour.

I die-cut the scalloped edge frame from Your Next Stamp and the flowers from Poppystamp.
I glued the alcohol inked bkg behind the frame and then added the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment then pop dotted the framed piece over that.


Thanks for coming by and taking a look.


Supplies
Stamps- Happy Birthday (Studio G)
Inks- Wilted Violet Distress (TH)= Ranger Alcohol ink
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)= Canon Photo Paper
Accessories and Tools- Scalloped Stitched Frame (YNS)= Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= 
Meadow Flower die (Poppystamps)= plastic kitchen wrap= pop dots= Cuttlebug

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Twelve Tags of Christmas

Hello and Welcome
It's time for Day Seven of Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas event.



I have the huge pleasure of being a part of Loll's tag event again this year.  



All the tags are so inspiring and I hope you get a chance to check them all out and be inspired to play along with us.

So onto the details of my tag.
I began with a piece of Yupo paper and I applied some Ranger Alcohol inks in greens over my paper then added some Blending Solution to get the colour moving.  
After it was nice and dry, I die-cut the tag shape using a die from MFT,  placed the inked piece inside my Misti and stamped the Poinsettia Sketch using some Versamark ink. Next, I silver heat embossed the image being sure not to overheat as your Yupo paper will melt.  I keep moving my heat gun around and it seem to work fine.  
To help make the flower pop against the monochromatic background, I lifted some of the ink by dipping a paintbrush into some Blending Solution and painted just a touch over the flower, using a paper towel to wipe off my paint brush every time.  It really helped make the flower the star of the show.


When I was happy with the way the flower looked, I rubbed my Versamark pad along the edge of my tag and did some more silver heat embossing.  
Using the smallest tag die from the set, I cut, then stamped the sentiment onto it again using my Misti.
I glued my inked tag onto a plain white one for stability and added the sentiment tag at the top with some silver ribbons.
The finishing touch was 3 clear jewels that I added to the center of the poinsettia.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my tag to these challenges:
Craft Rocket- CHRISTMAS IS COMING
Creative Craft Cottage- CHRISTMAS IS COMING
Simon Says Mon.- MAKE YOUR OWN BKG



Supplies
Stamps- Poinsettia Sketch (Impression Obsession)= Winter Wonderland (Recollections)
Inks- Versamark= Ranger Alcohol inks
Paper- Yupo= heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= clear gems= Ranger Blending Solution= 
paintbrush= heat tool= silver embossing powder= silver ribbon= Stitched Tag Die (MFT)