Tuesday 31 March 2020


Good Morning
Playing with my stamps from Penny Black.
This card was sent out to some very special friends as we isolate during this difficult time.

So here's how I created my card.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and placed it into my Misti.  I used my Tombow markers and coloured directly onto The Unfolding flower using shades of pinks and a hint of red.
I sprayed with some water and pressed onto my paper.  The markers are waterbased and the colours blended together beautifully.
I continued to colour directly onto the stamp, finishing the flower then let the piece dry.  
I placed my rectangle acrylic mask over the flower and rubbed on a hint of Shabby Shutters Distress ink to create a framed area.  
Next, I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from the  Friendship set in the bottom corner using some Versafine ink.  I did heat emboss it just to be sure it wouldn't smear.
I mounted it onto some pink cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here are the masks I used:

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Southern Girls- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- The Unfolding (Penny Black); Friendship (PB)
Inks- Versafine; Shabby Shutters DI; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); acrylic mask (A Colorful Life Designs);
Mister (TH); dome sponger 

Monday 30 March 2020

Wildflower Garden

Good Morning and Welcome.
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the TLC Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.
I have had this technique on my list for a long time and after seeing it demonstrated the other day, I thought now was a good time to use it.

So when you were a kid, did you ever 'bubble paint'?
It's super simple and fun to do.
Here's how I created my card.

1.  You need a small container.  A cup or mug will work fine.  I used the mug sitting on 
my desk that I wash my brushes in.
2.  Fill the cup 1/2 full of water
3.  Add a tablespoon of dish soap to the water and stir.
4. Add a colour.  I used my Distress Re-inkers but you could use any water based re-inker or even food colouring.
5. Stir the mixture well then using a straw, blow bubbles past the top of the cup.
6. Quickly lay your cardstock panel over the bubbles so they break onto you paper.
7.  Remove and let dry....now stamp onto the background.

I did mask my background with an acrylic mask as I wanted a nice, clean white border but you don't have to do that.
After my background was dry, I placed it into my Misti and stamped the Wildflowers from STAMPlorations.  I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with clear powder.
Using my ScorPal, I scored a border all around the inked area.
I mounted it onto a piece of blue cardstock and then onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here are the masks I used:
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Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Beautiful You (STAMPlorations); Flowers in the Breeze (Rubbernecker)
Inks- Versafine; Peacock Feathers Distress Re-inker
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- straw; dish soap; Rectangle mask (A Colorful Life Designs)
ScorPal; white eb powder; heat tool