Saturday, February 06, 2016

With Love for Valentine's Day

Hi everyone.  I finally got a chance to make a Valentine's Day card for hubby. :)  I used the embossing folder technique to make my background.  I pressed a small amount of Festive Berries distress ink into the middle area of the inside (solid raised design) of my heart embossing folder.  Then I just added two little touches of Aged Mahogany as it's really a dark colour.  I spritzed with water and ended up with a mix of the red, pink and purple colours flowing over my card front.  LOVE IT! :)

The card stock tends to warp a little with this technique, which I embraced and enhanced by tearing all four sides to give it a bit of a grunge look. :)  I added double-sided tape in three small strips to the middle of the back of my card front and stuck it to the card base.  This leaves the sides loose creating dimension without using pop dots.

I didn't want to cover up very much of the background, so simply added two die-cut red sprayed hearts.   A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card. :)

Lots of love-themed challenges right now.  I'm entering this card into:


Stamps:  Rosebuds (The Bees Knees)
Paper:  White card base and front (Neenah); Watercolour hearts (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Happy Heart embossing folder (Sizzix for SU!), water mister, Large Hearts dies (Simon Says)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Delight in the Little One

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a baby card I made for my good friend, Deepti (Dee's Art Utophia).  I had the pleasure of working on three design teams with Deepti over the past three years.  She is a very talented artist and has her own line of stamps (dee's artsy impressions), which are sold through STAMPlorations.

This is the first child for Deepti and her husband Vikas.  Congrats to both of you on the exciting arrival of Siddharth on Jan. 29th!

The girls over at STAMPlorations are having a blog hop in Deepti's honour, so I'm joining in with this card, which is already in the mail to Deepti. :)

I used the acetate smooshing technique (click HERE for video tutorial by Laura Bassen).  This technique gives you a little more control than regular smooshing, as you can place your colour were you want.  I love this fun backdrop for the sweet mama and baby elephants. :)

The elephants are stamped onto soft gray cardstock, then paper pieced and popped up between layers to give them lots of dimension.  Glossy accents were added to the eyes for a bit of shine, along with some sequins in the background for a little sparkle.

I hope you'll come join in the fun at the blog hop and play along.

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Lil' Hoot (Hero Arts); Fond Expressions 2 (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU!); Distress inks:  Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Piece of acetate, water mister, glossy accents, sequins

STAMPlorations - Deepti Popped.  A Mommy- Baby Blog Hop

Monday, February 01, 2016

Celebrating Five Years!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm celebrating five years of blogging. :)  And I'm launching a brand new look for my blog.

I decided to change completely, going from a black background to white.  There's a new Tab at the top with a link to Photo Galleries of my cards by category.  I thought this would be a better search feature than my previous labels.  I hope you'll find it useful.  And I've done some streamlining to create a CAS (clean and simple) look.

The best part of blogging is all the wonderful friends I have made.  Card makers are the most caring and generous group of people I know.  To show my appreciation, I'm having a give-away for my loyal friends and followers.  Please leave a comment on this post before Feb. 7 to be eligible to win.  Five comments will be chosen and each will receive a free stamp set.

For today's card I created a splattered background by flicking my watercolour paper into some diluted distress inks.  Once dry, the tulip stamp was inked with orange and pink distress markers, spritzed with water and stamped onto the background.  I moved the ink around a little with a brush while it was still wet.  Once dry, the leaves on the stamp were inked with distress markers, spritzed with water and stamped.  A small amount of diluted orange and pink inks were splattered over top. The Misti provided a good stamping of the sentiment onto the textured watercolour paper.

Thank you for joining me on my journey into card making.  It's been so much fun and I know there's lots more fun to come! :)

As always, I appreciate you coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Promise Me (Penny Black); Heartfelt (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, brush, Misti

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Retirement - Part 2

Hi everyone.   A couple of weeks ago I posted a retirement card I had made for a friend I used to work with.  Today I'm sharing another.  Just back from lunch out with my two friends that retired, so they both now have their cards. :)  Happy Retirement Georgia & Patt!!

This is my new stamp set from Altenew called Peony Scrolls ... the images are so pretty!  I got it for Christmas, along with a bunch of other crafty supplies.  Santa was good to me this year and knew exactly what to get me. :)  Honestly, hubby and I sit together and order on-line so that the right things are bought! :)    We do it for both my gift and his.  It works!  :)

I used my Zig Watercolour Pens on watercolour paper.  I first stamped the main flower in black waterproof (archival) ink, added a mask on top, and added a couple of scrolls and leaves.  Once watercoloured, I used my white gel pen to add some interest ... just adding dots here and there.  The sentiment is stamped onto black card stock and heat embossed in silver.  It's the only Retirement sentiment I have ... so tiny! :)

Stamps:  Peony Scrolls (Altenew); Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Versamark; Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens (Kuretake)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, white gel pen, silver embossing powder

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More homework ...

Hi everyone.  Yesterday I posted two cards with a watercolour wash sunrise in the background.  That wash was done wet paint on dry paper (wet on dry).  Today's wash is wet on wet ... just like it sounds, wet paint on wet paper.  I love how the colours of the paint flow when they hit the wet paper.  I did a random design with just adding squiggles of colour and letting the water do most of the work.  I also tilted my panel when it was really wet to allow the colours to run.

I started out by doing this wash on the horizontal.  But when I made my card, I loved the look with the panel being vertical.  It reminds me of the look of Northern Lights behind the snowy scene.  I'm really happy with how this turned out.  Of course, you can't go wrong with using green and turquoise together ... awesome colour combo! :)

I added two ripped white snowbanks at the bottom and a die-cut three which I embossed with flourishes.  I swiped my Versamark across the top of the embossing and then heat embossed with iridescent powder.  Just adds a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is stamped with silver ink and doesn't show up well in the photo, but is pretty in real life.

Edited to add:  The technique I used for this background was one that I saw on YouTube (not the watercolour class that I'm taking right now).  The video is by Gina Kim and it's excellent.  Here's the link.

Stamps:  Red Star (sentiment) Penny Black
Paper:  White card base (Neehan); Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Phthalo Turquoise Watercolour (Winsor & Newton), Hookers Green Watercolour (Opus Essentials); Silver (Delicata)
Accessories & Tools:  1" flat brush, 5 Part Pine Die (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Musical Flourish embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Iridescent Embossing powder (Ice by Stampin' Up!), heat tool

Chevron - Part 2

Here's another of the chevron designs.  I posted one yesterday (my first attempt); this is my second attempt.

I used more water to soften the tones and ended up with this soft pastel look.  My hand strokes are a little better than the last one (still lots of room for improvement), but I was surprised how much more relaxed I was with my second attempt.  I made a full card front, cutting it in half to have a smaller panel for today's card.  This is more my usual CAS style :) ... plus I still have another half panel to make into a card at a later date.

I'm still working on techniques from Day One and inspiration from Day Two.  I hope to start my Day Three lessons soon, but I'm already falling behind. :)  I'm not going to rush this course, and just work at my own pace.

Thanks for following along as I learn new things. :)


One other quick note.  I've lost many followers the last couple of days ... guess Google is doing their "thing".  If you aren't getting my updates in your blog roll, please consider following me again.   Thanks!  xx

Stamps:  Fun Birthday Seniments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  New Gamboge and Alizarin Crimson watercolour paints (Winsor & Newton); Gold ink (Delicata)
Accessories & Tools:  1/2" flat brush, Little Leaves die (Sizzix)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Beginning

Hi everyone.  Playing with watercolours again this afternoon.  This time I've done a watercolour wash (wet on dry) using Dawn's wonderful instructions from the on-line watercolouring intermediate class that I'm taking. :)

I have a two-fer as Darnell would say.  I did the watercolour wash of a sunrise onto a horizontal piece of watercolour paper and then cut it in half to make two cards. :) Always good to build my stash, or maybe this will go in the donate box.  Either way, I got good use out of one card front. :)

Here's the second ...

I learned something by accident with this card.  I decided to heat emboss the image and sentiments (liquid platinum for the first card, white for the second).  My heat tool is very hot ... it's not a crafting heat tool, it's something I "borrowed" from my hubby's workshop and have kept for the past five years. :)  It's meant to strip paint, so it's pretty hot.  Anyways, the watercolour changed colour when it was heated. The red turned darker and almost purple in spots.  Still happy with the look, but not as bright as before the heating.

I mentioned earlier today that I got my new STAMPlorations order, and in it was this beautiful stamp set by Deepti Malik.  I love the image and her sentiments are so perfectly matched. :)

I was inspired to make this card after seeing this beauty by my very talented friend Maria (reislingmama). After doing my wash, and then looking at my new stamps, I thought of Maria' gorgeous card so this became a CASE. :)  Thanks for the inspiration Maria!!

More watercolouring to do and I'll be back tomorrow with more to share with you. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Stamps:  New Beginning (dee's artsy impressions - STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  New Gamboge, Alizarin Crimson watercolour paints (Winsor & Newton); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  1" flat brush, Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), white embossing powder (Hero Arts), heat tool