Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Celebrate Smiles- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome.
Time for a reminder card for the 

We are using a colour theme this month and we are also celebrating our 2nd birthday with prizes so please come and check it all out.



The card I created is a super simple design using green, orange and brown inks.
I began by die-cutting a circle to use as my mask.  I laid the mask in place and stamped the image using some Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  Then I sponged on some Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks around the opening of the circle.  Using some Carved Pumpkin and some Bundled Sage, I painted in the background.  Just press your ink pads onto a non-stick craft sheet, spray with some water and you have ink to pick up with a paintbrush.
I removed the circle mask and stamped the sentiment using my Misti with the same brown ink.  Lastly, using a piercing tool, I poked small holes all around the inked circle to help add interest. 


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

Supplies
Stamps- Laugh (Impression Obsession)= Sweet Wishes (Penny Black)
Inks- DOX- Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage (TH)= Rich Cocoa Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= piercing tool (Ranger)= inking tool (Ranger)=
paint brush= circle die for mask (Spellbinders)

Monday, 15 October 2018

Sparkle and Shine- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for more fun at 



Since we are celebrating our 2nd year, there are some fun prizes to be won by adding 'Sparkle' to your card.


So onto my card details.
I picked up some Alcohol Lifting Ink by Ranger/TH and was playing around with it.
Using a piece of Yupo paper, I applied Ranger Alcohol inks and blending solution until I was happy with the coverage of my paper.  It is so cool to try using different tools to get the inks to move.  I mostly used a straw to blow the wet inks around and you do have to work quickly as they dry so fast.
After the piece had dried, I placed it inside my Misti and arranged flowers and leaves randomly ready to stamp onto my Yupo and lift the colour. After inking with the Lifting ink, you are left with something that looks like a 'ghost print'...love the look.

For my sparkle, I silver heat embossed a piece of white cardstock, then die cut the "smile" and glued it over my dried background.  I added some sparkly dots to add to the look.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES
Time Out- COLOURFUL
STAMPlorations- MIXED MEDIA


Supplies
Stamps- Wildflowers (Magenta)= Leaf Prints (TH)
Inks- Alcohol inks (Ranger)= Alcohol Lifting (Ranger)
Paper- Yupo= blue sc= white card base (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= silver eb powder= 
Smile Die (STAMPlorations)= heat tool= Cuttlebug= shiny pearls

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Let's Be Grateful

Hello and Welcome
This weekend we celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving.  
It was so great to have family and friends with us to enjoy and be grateful for all we have.  
Here is a card I created for some special friends.

So onto my card.
I just recently picked up some Alcohol Lifting Ink by TH Ranger and wanted to try it out.
When using it, you add alcohol inks onto a piece of Yupo or photo paper and stamp using the ink to lift the colour.  Then, you stamp onto a regular piece of cardstock to transfer the ink from the stamp you just used on the alcohol inked panel.  You are then left with 2 backgrounds, one on Yupo and one on regular cs.  I am just showing one of them today.
This is the one I got from the transfer and is stamped on heavy cardstock.  I love how the colour blends look and the faint ink areas make the leaves and flowers look so artsy.
When the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment in the center and clear heat embossed it to help make it pop.
I mounted it onto a piece of blue cardstock and then onto a plain white card.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Feeling very grateful and appreciate that you took the time.

Adding my card to these challenges:
CAS on Friday- THANK YOU
Shopping Our Stash- GIVING THANKS
Use Your Stuff- AUTUMM/HALLOWEEN
Happy World Cardmaking Day by SSS- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Be Grateful (Impression Obsession)= Leaf Prints (TH)
Inks- Alcohol Ink Lifting (Ranger)= Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti= inked alcohol bkg= clear eb powder= heat tool

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Majestic Snowflakes

Happy World Cardmaking Day!!
So happy I had a chance to play today.
So meet today's card.

I began with a piece of Yupo paper and applied some Ranger Alcohol inks with some blending solution.  The Yupo paper is a synthetic paper that doesn't allow the inks to soak in...I love it's unique properties and how the inks can be manipulated.  I did use a straw and some blending solution to help move the ink on my paper even more.
When I was happy with the coverage, I set it aside to dry.
When dry, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the snowflakes from the Penny Black set called Snowflake Sentiments with Versamark ink.  I carefully!! heat embossed them with silver embossing powder.
** Be careful when heat embossing onto Yupo, your paper can warp very easily if too much heat is applied.**
To help fill in some of the open areas, I dragged my mini Versamark pad down the front and heat embossed some more silver to add interest.  I mounted the piece over white cardstock that I had embossed with the Snowflake Speckles eb folder.
I die-cut the Let It Snow sentiment and glued it on last.


Hope you get a chance to play today and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to these challenges:


Craft Stamper Magazine- OCT ANYTHING GOES


Simon Says Wed.- LET'S GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS


Supplies
Stamps- Snowflake Sentiments (PB)
Inks- Versamark= Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Paper- Yupo= heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Snow Wishes (PB)= silver eb powder= 
heat tool= Snowflake Speckles Embossing Folder (TH)= Blending Solution (Ranger)

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Sparkle- The Flower Challenge

Welcome
Time for some more fun at 



We have a fun month coming up with a great 'Sparkle' theme as we celebrate our 2nd Birthday.
There are prizes to be won so please come and play along with us.
 To celebrate, someone will win a $20 Gift card, a Guest Spot and there are also stamps and stencil to won as well.


So onto my card details.
A few weeks ago, I came across a technique called Serendipity.
Basically you take a piece of cardstock as the base and all your left over inked pieces, which in my case are a lot!!  Next, you tear your leftovers into pretty small pieces and glue them onto your basec being sure to overlap and mix them up.
When you base is totally covered with little scraps of papers, let it dry and then rub over it with a anti-static bag.  You stamp onto it and emboss with any colour you want.  I chose to use my Script stamp from Penny Black and embossed with a shiny silver to help give lots of detail and sparkle.
I cut my base into strips and mounted them behind the framed flower.  I saved a bit of my leftover paper to add as the matching flower head and added a clear shiny gem to the center.
I wove a piece of silver ribbon to help give my card more sparkle.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Just Us Girls- STRIPES
4 Crafty Chicks- SOMETHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
(old technique, old papers I had inked long ago)
Crafting with An Attitude- ANYTHING GOES
Do-A1 Kreatives- CREATE YOUR OWN BKG


Supplies
Stamps- Script (PB)
Inks- Versamark= my scraps used a some Brushos, DOX inks
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Floral Stem die (Poppy Stamps)= silver ribbon= Silver eb powder= 
heat tool= clear gem= Cuttlebug= Tombow clear glue

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Gather- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and welcome friends.
So glad you came to visit as it's time for another new theme at the 
We have a colour challenge for you this month which is perfect for this time of year.


This month we are also celebrating our Second Birthday with prizes to be won!
This month we also welcome our Guest Brenda from Friends Craftin with Friends. 


You have to check out the beautiful cards made by our Creative Team.


So onto my card.
I decided to create a Fall card for Thanksgiving which is coming up this weekend for us here in Canada.  So I began by masking my card front with some Post It Tape as I wanted to be left with a wide white border.
Next, I gave a light spray of water to my card front, then I used the Inking With Tape Technique to add colour to my background using my orange Distress Oxide inks.  By spraying my paper with water first, it helped all the colour blend together giving a watercolour look.
I placed the dried piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment in dark brown then clear embossed it to help it pop (sorry it looks black) and then inked and sprayed on some water to the leaves using some more green and more of the dark brown.  
When stamping with DOX inks, you are left with a chalky looking background.  So to bring out the richness of the colours, I rubbed some Distress Glaze over the whole thing to bring the colours to life.  The glaze is like a wax that you rub on and then buff off.  Love how it worked.
I removed the tape used to mask and mounted it onto a plain white card base.



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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- FALLING LEAVES
The Male Room- THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES



Supplies
Stamps- Gather (Impression Obsession)= Leaf Prints (TH)
Inks- Distress Oxides (Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Lucky Clover, Aged Mahogany)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Post It Tape= painter's tape= Mister (TH)


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Rock On

Happy Saturday!
With so many birthdays coming up in the next few months, I was happy to have some time to play and created this masculine, collage style card.

I began by masking off a piece of white cardstock using some Post-It tape.  I first did some acetate inking in the background using just 2 colours of Distress Oxides; Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage, rubbed onto a piece of clear acetate.
I placed the piece inside my Misti, then stamped using the same colours and sponged along the edges to help define the main area.
The Rock Silhouette is a new one for me from Impression Obsession and I stamped that using some black Memento ink, then added the sentiment.
After I removed the tape for masking, I scored a line around the inked area as a frame.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
CASology- BOY
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Shopping Our Stash- SMOOSHING


Supplies
Stamps- So 80's (WPlus 9)= Rock Silhouette (Impression Obsession)
Inks- Memento black= Distress Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Post-It Tape= ScorPal= 
sponging tool (TH)= piece of acetate= Mister (TH)





Saturday, 22 September 2018

Birthday Cheer

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!
Glad I had time to create a simple, fun card today. 

I just picked up this great stamp from Impression Obsession and wanted to play with it.
I immediately thought of colour and thought a rainbow would work perfectly as a backdrop for the silhouette image.  
So, I began by masking off my white card front with some Post-It Tape, then sponged on some Distress Oxide inks in a variety of rainbow colours.  Fun to see how easily they blend together.
Next, I splattered with some water to lift the ink in places and to give the background more interest.
I then removed the tape and placed the piece inside my Misti.  I stamped the girl and the sentiment with black Memento ink, then clear embossed them.
I mounted that onto a piece of blue cardstock, then to my white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Crafting With Attitude- ANYTHING GOES
Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Praise Silhouette (IO)= Birthday (Stamping Bella)
Inks- Distress Oxides- Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Bundled Sage, Peacock Feathers, 
Wilted Violet= Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Post-It Tape= Sponging Tool (TH)= 
clear eb powder= heat tool


Sunday, 16 September 2018

Nature's Wonders

Welcome
Time for another card for the 


I went with a very simple card design.  
I began by masking my card front using some Post-It Tape then started add my inks with an old credit card.  I called this technique Swipe Your Credit Card and it is a very simple way to add ink to create a background and give the look of watercolour.  
I rubbed the edge of my credit card  into some Peacock Feather Distress Oxide inks that I had diluted with water on my non-stick craft mat, then dragged it from the edges inwards onto my cardstock.  I repeated that process with some Seedless Preserves and some Salty Ocean DOX.
There was still some ink left on my craft mat, so I picked it up using a piece of acetate and pressed that over my inked background to add extra interest.  
When the piece was dry, I stamped the trees then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment using my Misti.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Pine Trees (Impression Obsession)= In All Things (Impression Obsession)
Inks- Distress Oxide- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves (TH)= 
Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= old credit card= non-stick craft mat (Ranger)= 
acetate sheet= Mister (TH)= Post-It Tape (Staples)

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Wishing You Joy- The Flower Challenge

Welcome and thanks for stopping by.
It's time for another card for 

This month we are very lucky to have a prize for the winning card! Michele from
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has kindly agreed to donate a prize for our winner.
The winning entry will receive a voucher for $25, so they can buy whatever they like.


This is the first Christmas card I made this year.  I went for a non-traditional design with a monoprinted background.  I need to get working on my holiday cards but just haven't been feeling motivated in getting all my Christmas stamps out yet.

So onto my card.
Like I mentioned, I started to create my card background first with a stencil monoprint.
I inked up the back of my stencil with Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, sprayed with water and then pressed onto my paper.
When that was dry, I placed the piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black.
I glued the die-cut in the bottom corner then added some Nuvo Drops to the flower centers.  Mounted it onto some matching blue cardstock and done.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps- CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY
Pause, Dream, Enjoy- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamp- Joyful Sentiments (Penny Black)
Inks- Distress Oxides- Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Plush Poinsettia Corner die (Memory Box)= Misti (My Sweet Petunia)=
Mister (TH)= Floral Radar Stencil (TCW)


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Happy Birthday Cheers!

Welcome
Meet today's card.  
Just having some fun playing around with some 'new to me' Art Crayons from Vicki Boutin.
Vicki is a bubbly, happy person and I just love her philosophy and attitude for creating; just try it out....it's just a piece of paper and you never know what you will be able to come up with.
That's what I did for my card.

I rubbed an Art Crayon onto my piece of acetate, sprayed with water and moved the ink a bit with a paint brush to disperse it, then pressed it onto my paper.  Next, I placed a some drywall tape randomly over the background, then rubbed over it with a baby wipe.  The ink gets transferred from one area to another for an interesting look.  I also used one of her script stencils and did the same with that.
When the piece was dry, I placed it into my Misti, stamped the silhouette and the sentiment and clear embossed it to help it pop against the colourful bkg.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- STAMP IT
Use Your Stuff- SCHOOL IS IN
Crazy 4 Challenges- ANY TECHNIQUE

Supplies
Stamps- Happy People (Impression Obsession)= Birthday (?)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento= Vicki Boutin Art Crayons
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- script stencil (Vicki Boutin)= drywall tape= acetate sheet= 
Mister (TH)= Misti (My Sweet Petunia)

Friday, 7 September 2018

Be Joyful

Welcome and Happy Friday.

I've been playing with some new stamps and this is what I came up with.
A simple, CAS card using Distress Oxide inks and a fun sentiment.

I began by inking up a piece of acetate and pressing it onto my white cardstock, keeping it in one corner of my card sort of creating a rainbow effect.
  When that was dry, I stamped the alphabet over the inked area to add interest.
Next, I placed the piece inside my Misti, stamped the sentiment and clear heat embossed it to help make it pop.  
Lastly, I stamped this wonderful 'Laugh' stamp from Impression Obsession by my friend Dina Kowal. Love the joyful feeling it portrays.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great wknd.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- BACK TO BASICS
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
Use Your Stuff- SCHOOL IS IN
Simon Says Wed.- STAMP ON IT


Supplies
Stamps- Laugh (IO)= You Make Me Smile (Daisy Bucket- out of business)= 
Alphabet (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento= Distress Oxides- Peacock Feathers, Candied Apple, Salty Ocean,
Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= clear eb powder= heat tool= acetate sheet

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

See the Beauty- The Flower Challenge


Wow...where did the summer go?
Hello and welcome.
Time for some more fun at 

Simple one right?
Please come and join us.

So onto my card.
I used a technique that I haven't done for awhile that I called 

Basically, you dip an old credit card into some into some ink; in my case that was my Distress Oxides; then swipe the ink over your cardstock until you are happy with the coverage.
Add a bit of water to make the inks flow if you need to. 
You can check out my tutorial as well to see what I did.

When I was happy with the bkg., I stamped the flower from Magenta using my Misti with some Versamark ink and white heat embossed it.  I stamped the flowers again in some more of the bkg colour to help fill in some of the dead spaces.  
I randomly stamped some graffiti on the edges then finished it off with this wonderful sentiment.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed. - ANYTHING GOES
Creates and Makes- ANYTHING GOES
Stinkin' Inkers- FALL COLOURS
Crafting From the Heart- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Beauty (Rubbernecker)= Wildflowers (Magenta)= Graffiti (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Distress Oxides- Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber (TH)= Versamark=
Memento Black
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- white EB powder= heat tool (Marvvy)= Misti (My Sweet Petunia)
old credit card= Mister (TH)

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Trees- The CAS Watercolour Challenge


Hello and Welcome.
A new month means a new theme at the 


Great theme for this time of year.
I have been so super busy with little time to stamp so I had to whip up a CAS card in a jiffy, and this is what I came up with.

I began by masking my heavy white cardstock with some Post-It tape.  I have been having good luck using it and it removes easily without ripping the edges of my card.  
After masking, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the trees with black Memento ink.
Next, I watercoloured in the background using some diluted Distress Oxide ink.  I also did some inking using a sheet of acetate and then stenciled using a piece of drywall tape.  It's amazing how much interest and depth just adding those few extra steps to your background can make.
When it was all dry, I used my ScorPal to score a frame around the scene.  It finishes the inked area off just perfectly by defining the space.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment.  

Be sure and check out what our talented DT's have created this month.
We are also welcoming the talented Ros (Mikey's Mom) this month

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you get a chance to play along with us.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES
Stamping Sensations- 'B'  (blue)
613 Avenue Create- ANYTHING GOES CLEAN AND SIMPLE
STAMPlorations- CAS CARDS

Supplies
Stamps- Tree Silhouettes (STAMPlorations)
Inks- Peacock Feathers DI (TH)= Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Post-It Tape= drywall tape= ScorPal= 
sponge applicator (TH)= paintbrush= acetate sheet= Mister (TH)

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Celebrating You!

Happy Saturday! 
...and a long weekend too. 
I'm hoping to get some gardening and some stamping time in.

Here is a super fast card I created using my Distress Oxide inks and some products from Penny Black.  I think it took me about 10 minutes to do this one and I just love this colour combination.

For my card base, I used a piece of acetate inked with DOX inks.
To see my tutorial on this go here:

I die-cut the leaf and when the ink was dry, I placed the card base into my Misti and stamped the sentiment then glued on the leaf.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES
Mix It Up- ANYTHING GOES
Alphabet Challenge- 'L' LEAVES
Cards 4 Galz- BEAUTIFUL BKGDS


Supplies
Stamp- Smile Today (Penny Black)
Inks- Distress Oxides- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet (TH)= Tuxedo
Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Cuttlebug= leaf die (PB- I think it may have been discontinued), 
Misti (My Sweet Petunia)


Friday, 31 August 2018

Relax


Good Morning.
Here is a collage style card I made a few weeks ago but just never had time to post.
I do enjoy making this style of card as it uses lots of different stamps and has a lot of interest.

I began by creating my background. 
I rubbed Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink over my stencils in various areas, varying the patterns for interest.  I set that aside and started working on the main panel.
I masked a small piece of cardstock that I had leftover from another project with some Post-It tape and stamped away using a variety of stamps but staying with the same colour as the stenciled background.  I find the look of the card is more cohesive is I stay in the same colour family.
When I was happy with the stamping, I splattered with some more diluted ink and then placed the piece inside my Misti to stamp the flowers and the sentiment.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies
Stamps- Insightful Meadow (Unity)= Relax (Art Journey)= THMM101 Stencil and Stamps (TH)
Inks- Tea Dye DOX (TH)= Burgundy Red (Adirondack)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia)= Post-It Tape= Stencil (TH)= sponge applicator (TH)=
 paintbrush