Saturday, 20 January 2018

One Stamp- Two Cards

Happy Saturday!

Just recently I noticed there is a new challenge in town, so I wanted to give it a try since it sounded like fun.
The challenge is called Twofer....make 2 cards for different occasions using the same stamp.

So here's what I came up with.

 
Card #1

 I created the first card as one of encouragement that could be used for many different occasions.
I placed this wonderful feather stamp into my Misti and coloured directly onto my stamp using Tombow markers.  I sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.
I repeated that process until I was happy with the colour blends.
When it was all dry, I stamped the sentiment and clear heat embossed it to help it pop.


 Card #2
I created my second card as a birthday card, more masculine feeling and monochromatic.
Instead of stamping the whole feather, I masked off my card front on an angle, stamped the feathers with gray ink on the left side using my Misti, then turned the feather and stamped again to the side.
 I used my ScorBug to add a dotted perforated line to help add interest.

It was fun to see what I could come up with using the same stamp.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my cards to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ADD A SENTIMENT 
(card #1)
Use Your Stuff- MONOCHROMATIC
(card #2)
Twofer- FEATHERS


Supplies
Card #1- Stamps- Peacock Feathers (Technique Junkies); Everyday Beauty (Impression Obsession)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Tombow Markers
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Mister (TH); clear EB powder; heat tool

Card #2- Stamps- Peacock Feathers (TJ); Happy Birthday (Studio G)
Inks- London Fog Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- ScorBug; ScorPal; tape for masking; Misti
 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Birthday Blessings- The CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome
Here is another card for our birthday theme at the 


I think we can always use some extra birthday to have on hand in our stash.
I kept mine very clean and simple by inking the side of my card front using the Acetate Inking Technique I have shown here on my blog before.
I rubbed Distress Oxide inks onto my piece of acetate, sprayed with water then pressed on my paper until I was happy with the inking.
I placed the thistle into my Misti and stamped over the inked area using black ink.
To add some interest, I stamped the Queen Anne's Lace flowers in the background using the same colour that I had inked with.  By doing that, it creates sort of a shadow effect yet still keeping my card  looking very clean and simple.
I stamped the sentiment off to the right,  just touching the one side of the flower to help pull the whole design together.



I hope you get a chance to check out the challenge.
Thanks for looking.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Card Mania- MONOCHROMATIC
Creative Craft Cottage- JANUARY BLUES
HLS January Mixed Media- GARDEN
Love to Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Birthday Blessings (Denamidesign)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- acetate sheet; Misti; Mister (TH)

Monday, 15 January 2018

Just Because- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning and Welcome.
Time for another card for The Flower Challenge
This month out theme is:
http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.ca/




For my card, I took a super simple approach.
I placed this stamp called Sketchy Florals into my Misti and stamped with black.  I stamped the flower part again onto another piece of cardstock and cut it out using a Spellbinder die.

I haven't watercoloured using my Distress Oxides yet but have read how others have loved using them for that, so I decided to give it a try. 
I rubbed the inks onto my non-stick craft sheet and picked up the colors with a wet paintbrush.  I found it worked best if I wet my paper first to help the inks flow and move better.  I have to say that they worked great.
When the circle was dry, I used pop dots to position it over the main stamped panel and stamped the sentiment from that same set at the top.  
To add some extra interest, I covered the flower with some clear Wink of Stella which is a shame that you can't see it in the photo.


There is still time to play along so I hope you will join us.
Thanks for looking.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamping- CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Use Your Stuff- MONOCHROMATIC
Make My Monday- BLUE AND WHITE
The Corrosive Challenge- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Sketchy Florals- Altenew
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Broken China DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- circle die (Spellbinder); Wink of Stella (clear); pop dots; paintbrush; 
non-stick craft mat



Sunday, 14 January 2018

Simple Inking

Good Morning
Meet today's card. 
 Just some simple inking and stamping on this one. 

I just picked up this stamp the other day at Michaels and wanted to play with it.  
I began by doing some simple inking down my card front using the Acetate Inking technique I showed here on my blog.  It is simple and fun.  I rubbed 2 colours of Distress Oxides onto my acetate sheet, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.
Next, I placed the wildflowers into my Misti, inked with Memento black and pressed over the inked area.  
I stamped the sentiment the same way using my Misti and done.
A very Clean and Simple card.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Shopping Our Stash- OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
(old DOX's, new sentiment and stamps)
My Time to Craft- SOMETHING NEW
Less is More- PURPLES CAS
AAA Cards- CAS QUOTE


Supplies
Stamps- Treasure the Moment (Impression Obsession); Meadow (Inkadinkadoo)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Looking to be Inspired


Hello and Welcome.
It seems that I lost my so called 'Mojo' this week. It must have gotten buried under the mess on my desk.
I sat at my workspace, staring at the paper just not knowing what the heck I wanted to do and feeling totally uninspired.  Layout thoughts, design, colours....I just didn't know.  Have you ever had moments like that?
Anyways this is what I did.....
I created backgrounds.  I know how to create bkgs without thinking about what stamps to use or how to stamp them onto my card fronts.  If I have them made in advance, they are all nice and dry and ready to go when I feel inspired to stamp onto them.
For this card, I used Loll's Splash Watercolour technique again.  It is so easy and quickly gives you a lovely inky palette to stamp onto.

So, since blue always inspires me and makes me happy, I grabbed this blue inked piece, pulled out some of my favourite flower stamps, my Misti and got right down to stamping.
I stamped away, layering and not being too worried about where I put the flowers.  I stamped a faint script in the background for interest to add depth and when I was done my frenzy of flower stamping, I have to say that I like it.
Funny how that happens sometimes.

I guess the best advice I can give is to pull out something you love to work with and just play around.  I didn't know what I would end up with.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you can hang onto your 'mojo'.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Monday- WINTER BLUES
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps-Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Dans La Nature (Carabelle); Script (Penny Black);
Wildflowers (Purple Onion); Long Twig Flowers (Magenta); 
Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket-no longer in business)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather DOX
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Mister (TH); my mojo

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

CASology- How Do You Wrap a Hug?

Good Morning
I have the great pleasure of being the Guest Designer today at CASology.


The cue word this month is:


I began my card by stamping the Christmas Sweater bkg from SSS onto white cardstock using Peacock Feathers DOX.
*Be sure to give the Distress Oxide inks time to dry for a wonderful deep saturation of colour.*
  I cut the piece down to a small square and glued it onto my card front as I wanted that to become the focal point of my card.
Next, I scored a border around the small stamped piece using my ScorPal.  It helped define the edges of my blue stamping and also acted like a frame to draw the eye in.
I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black then added the cute red button tied with a piece of white twine.
Who wouldn't love a hug wrapped up in a cozy sweater!



Thanks so much Melissa for asking my to play along as the GD.
Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
(sweater bkg stamp I got just before Christmas)
 Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES
Shopping Our Stash- OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW
 (old button I have had in my stash forever, bkg stamp I just got)
Use Your Stuff- SOMETHING NEW
(sweater bkg stamp is new)

Supplies
Stamps- Christmas Sweater (SSS); Wrap a Hug (PB)
Inks- Peacock Feather DOX (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; red button (Dollarama); twine; Tombow clear glue

Monday, 8 January 2018

Fun Flurries

Good Morning.
Simple stamping on this card using a new-to-me set that I got for Christmas.

I began by stamping the sentiment onto my card front, then stamped the snowflakes around my card front with black Memento ink.  I turned one of the snowflakes over, and used the backside of it to stamp the coloured circles.  
I think all the colours made for a fun look.
To fill in some of the empty spaces, I used one of the smallest snowflake from the set and stamped around the larger ones.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- WINTER WONDERLAND 
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
A Gem of a Challenge- HAPPY ANYTHING
Inkspirational- STAMPING ONLY


Supplies
Stamps- Snowflake Flurry (MFT); Wonderful Life (Impression Obsession)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Lawn Fawn
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti

Friday, 5 January 2018

Snowy Day

Good Morning.
I had some time to play with some new stamps I received for Christmas and wanted to make a card.
I just needed to make a blue card! lol

I began by using the Splash Watercolour Technique for my background with Distress Oxide inks.  Love how those inks layer over each other.  
When that was dry, I rubbed the whole piece with an anti-static bag then stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and white heat embossed them.  Using the same colour of ink as the background, I randomly stamped some snowflakes to give a shadow effect.
I splattered the whole piece with water first then white acrylic paint but it still needed some depth and interest so I used a piece of drywall tape and stenciled randomly around the snowflakes.
This new to me sentiment is wonderful, I stamped it using my Misti.  I put a drop of Nuvo in the centers of the snowflakes to finish off my card.


Hope you are staying toasty warm; its unusually cold here.
Thanks for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
Little Red Wagon- WINTER WONDERLAND 
Shopping Our Stash- WATERCOLOR
 The Male Room- NEW BEGINNINGS
(beginning the year with new stamps especially this sentiment
one that speaks to me)

Supplies
Stamps- Treasure the Moments (Impression Obsession); Snowflake Flurry (MFT)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Versamark; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers;
Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; drywall tape, Mister (TH); white acrylic paint;
Caribbean Ocean Gloss Nuvo; heat tool; paint brush

Thursday, 4 January 2018

In the Spotlight- The Flower Challenge

Welcome to another card for 
Our theme this month is 'Spotlight Stamping'



I began by stamping the poppies onto my card front using my Misti with black Memento ink.  I scribbled onto my non-stick craft mat with my Tombow markers and picked up the colour with a wet paintbrush to watercolour in the background.
Next, I stamped the flower heads onto another piece of white cardstock and punched them out.
I added a loose watercolour wash using my Zigs markers.
While they dried, I stamped the sentiment that I just picked up and then pop dot mounted the flower heads to spotlight them.


Thanks for looking.
Hope you will come and play along with us!

 Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SOMETHING NEW
Shopping Our Stash- WATERCOLOUR
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
Moving Along with the Times- FLOWERS


Supplies
Stamps- Treasure the Moment (IO); Painted Poppies (Altenew)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Zig Waterbrush Markers; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; pop dots; paintbrush; circle punch (SU)

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Birthday Wishes- CAS Watercolour Challenge


Hello and Welcome.
Hope you had a happy beginning to the New Year!!

Time for a new theme at the 


Great chance to get some birthday cards done to have on hand.  Please check out the wonderful cards designed by the talented team and we welcome our special GD Brigit from Rapport Fran ett Skrivbord.
My card is a very simple one, done for a young man's birthday.

I began by using a piece of acetate and my Distress Oxide inks to create the colour border to the side of my card front.  You can see me use this technique a lot as it is a simple and quick way to add colour and interest to your card.  I called it Acetate Inking and I did a mini pictorial about it.

When the ink had dried, I stamped the graffiti stamp from Kaisercraft over that using the same colour of ink as I used on the inky border.  By doing that, it gives a look of texture without becoming a focal point.
I stamped the boy on the bike using my Misti and then added the sentiment.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
 Simon Says Wed- ANYTHING GOES
Shopping Our Stash- WATERCOLOR
Hiding in My Craft Room- FREESTYLE


Supplies
Stamps- Birthday (Studio G); Graffiti (Kaisercraft); Boy on Bike (Flonz)
Inks- Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce Distress Oxide (TH); 
Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet; Mister (TH)