Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Hi everyone.  The CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden is winding down.  Just three more days to play along. :)

Today's card combines four flower images to create my garden.  Three of the images are from AliExpress and I have included the links below.  I love the size of these images as they can be used on their own or combined with other images to create a focal point, or used as background filler.

Links to stamp sets:
Orange flowers
Blue flowers
Yellow flowers

I stamped the images in Sahara Sand ink (very light) and then used my fine waterbrush and distress inks to watercolour over top.  I used Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for my garden.  I filled in the bottom a little with green to make it appear as grass and then stamped some ground flowers.

I used my wonky stitched rectangle (NBUS) to die-cut the panel and then popped it up on my card front with foam.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you'll play along if you haven't had a chance yet.  Come join us!

Stamps: Wildflower stamps (AliExpress); Sentiment - Friendship Garden (Fiskars)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (SU!); Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, Wonky Stitched Rectangle (CUTplorations)

CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Glass Bead Roses

Hi everyone.  I had to make one more acetate card before the CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Acetate closes.  The challenge is winding down.  There's still four days left to enter.

Susan has us playing with acetate this month and I have shared three cards each using Acetate in a different way - one card with Alcohol Inks, one card with dry embossed Acetate, and one where I have used Acetate to cut a stencil using a die.  There are many other ways to use acetate on cards ... check out the challenge blog to see some video tutorials.  It's a very versatile product to have in your craft room.

The card above uses a Rose stencil.  I used a piece of acetate from the same background as this card.  I do love this combination of colours, and it looks so pretty with the glass bead gel through the rose stencil.  A bit difficult to get a good picture because of the transparency, but the texture and shine is very unique to this amazing product.   If you ever get a chance to buy some, it's worth it.  I use Golden Brand glass bead gel, but there are other brands.

I backed my panel with a piece of copy paper to show off the colours of the alcohol inks.  I added a white embossed black banner at the bottom.

Here's a close-up

I hope you'll come play along at CAS Mix Up if you haven't had a chance yet.

Stamps:  Fond Expressions 2 (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card stock card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Wild Plum, Red Pepper (Ranger); Tangerine (Pinata); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  acetate sheet, Rose stencil (CUTplorations), glass bead gel (Golden), white embossing powder, heat ool

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Acetate

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Holly Christmas

Hi everyone.  We are over half way through the month, so today's post is a reminder about the CAS Christimas March Challenge - Holly.

This time I'm using a holly die (Penny Black) and some patterned paper.  Those of you who follow me regularly know that patterned paper rarely makes an appearance on this blog.  I tend to make my own background designs, but I couldn't resist picking up the "festive & frosty" 6"x6" pad of Christmas papers from Penny Black.

I challenged myself to try to use up the patterned paper with no leftovers.  I'm pretty happy that I managed to make four cards from the 6"x6" holly paper. :)  I'm sharing three today, and one more posted later.

Here's a close-up of above ...
I cut several layers, starting with a thick white card for the base layer, then a complete image again in baked brown sugar card stock, the leaves out of the patterned paper, and the berries from real red card stock.  I used the matching inks (and gumball green for the patterned leaves) to sponge over top to add a little shading and dimension.  Then I glued the layers together.

Here's a couple more Holly cards using the same holly paper ...
... and ...
There's still one week left to play along with the CAS Christmas March Challenge - Holly.  Check out the beautiful reminder cards from the Designers by clicking HERE.  Then some join us!

Stamps:  Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches); Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper:   White base (Neenah 110 lb.); Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red (SU!); festive & frosty (Penny Black)
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar, Gumball Green, Real Red (SU!)
Accessories:   holly & berry branch die (Penny Black), sponges, white gel pen, Holly Bouquet die and Holly Vine die (both from Memory Box), white half pearls coloured with red copic marker, wink of stella, glossy accents, white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Christmas March Challenge - Holly

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rose Garden

Hi everyone.  We are already more than half way through the month of March, which means it's time for a reminder post for the CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden.

I used a stamp that I have had for AGES.  Might be from my first year of stamping.  It's made by Ditto and I don't even know if they are still in business.  I love the fun, whimsical style of this stamp, so thought I would throw caution to the wind and just "slosh" (a la shirley-bee) on some watercolour. :)  This fun card only took me about 10 minutes to make.  :)  That's gotta be a record for me.  And I love how this sweet garden turned out. :)

I stamped the image in archival ink twice, sloshed on some diluted Disress Inks (Candied Apple for the flowers, Twisted Citron for the leaves).  The I took a fine brush and added some blades of grass at the bottom in both Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.  Stamped the sentiment to match the flowers and popped my card front on the base.  Easy, peasy and fun.

Here's a close-up ...

While I was at it ... made a second card using orange for the flower and a darker green for the leaves.  This time I only stamped the image once, so it's narrower.

Check out the reminder post on CAS Watercolour to see the more inspiring Garden Watercoloured cards from our Designers and wonderful Guest Designer Nonni.  Then come play along!

Stamps:  Flowers (Ditto); Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brush

CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden