Thursday, July 20, 2017


First I wanted to wish the best to all my fellow British Columbians who have been effected by the terrible forest fires in our province.  Over 45,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.  Saying it's devastating is an understatement.  Please keep them in your thoughts.

There have been hundreds of wonderful people volunteering and helping out to make life a little easier for those displaced.  People really come together in a tragedy.

Luckily my sister, husband and two pups made it out safe and are down in the Lower Mainland, staying with our Mom.  They will stay until it is safe to return home.

On to the card ... I used a set of die-cuts I bought while on my craft retreat with friends.  Love these three blocks with the butterflies and frames.

I started by spraying starch over a piece of mixed media paper.  I dropped in turquoise and orange re-inkers and let it spread on it's own.  Once dry, I die-cut the three butterfly squares from white card stock and the trimmed pieces of my watercoloured paper to fill the background.  I overlapped them slightly to create a fun design and stamped the sentiment in turquoise ink.  Fun and easy card to make.

I'm adding this to the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.  There's still a few days left to play along with our challenge, which closes end of day July 24th.  Come join us!

Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base and butterfly frames (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray starch, Bellina Butterfly Triptych dies (Poppy Stamps)

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Blooms

Hi everyone.  I just bought this gorgeous new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called "Bouquet of Thanks".  I had to have it after watching this amazing video by Amanda (Little Crafty Pill).

I first heat embossed the flowers and sentiment with gold embossing powder.  Then I watercoloured using my zigs and added a few sequins for some sparkle.  I'm sending this to a friend's daughter who is dealing with serious medical issues right now.  I hope it will cheer her up a little.

I'm adding this as my second entry at The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing Heat/Dry.  I heat embossed the flower image and sentiment. :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Zig markers
Accessories & Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, paint brushes, white gel pen, sequins

The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing Heat/Dry

Sunday, July 16, 2017

You Are Cherished

Hi everyone.  Today is a reminder card for the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.

Not only is it a reminder day, it's also Bonnie's birthday!!  Happy Birthday, my sweet friend!  You are cherished, Bonnie!  Hope you are having a wonderful day. You'll get a sneak peek today of your card, which will hopefully be delivered soon! :)

I used a piece of watercoloured tissue paper for my background.  Click HERE to see my video tutorial on how this was made.

I added some Delicata Gold ink to my watercoloured tissue paper for some shimmer.  I squirted Delicate Gold reinker onto my craft mat, spritzed with water to dilute and then moved the gold ink around with a palette knife.  Then I dipped my dried watercoloured tissue paper gold ink, randomly.  The same colour inks was used for stamping the splat background.  I added a torn piece of white card stock on top and stamped the sentiment.  The same gold was used to colour the butterfly.  I just love this yellow-gold colour with sparkles.  I added three sequins for more sparkle.

My CAS Mix Up card has stamping, tissue paper watercolouring, splattering, torn edge, and die-cutting.

I hope you'll check out the CAS Watercolour July Challenge Reminder post to see all the beautiful butterfly cards from our talented Design Team, as well as our wonderful Guest Designer, EunJi.  I know you'll be inspired.  Then come play along! The challenge is open for just over a week.

Since I have some tissue paper on the card ... I'm also sending this card over to the CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper gallery. :)  Hope you'll come join us there too!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp); Gorgeous Grunge (SU!)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); tissue paper
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon; Distress Oxide Inks:  Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), sequins

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly
CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Watercoloured Tissue Paper Die-cut

Hi everyone.  A reminder that we are already half way through July.  Still just over a week left to play along with CAS Mix Up July's Challenge - Tissue Paper.

I created this watercoloured, textured, and heat embossed background while filming my latest video (Tissue Paper Watercolouring & Techniques).  I used it to die-cut the flower and frame, placing it over a soft brown script background (second generation stamping).  Both the frame and flowers are popped up for added dimension.  I've had so much fun playing with tissue paper this month!!

Here's a close-up ...
Check out the challenge blog reminder post to see more tissue paper cards by our talented Design Team, and Guest Designer, Sue.  I know you'll be inspired.  Come join us!

Stamps:  Script (Penny Black); Lots of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); tissue paper
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holz); Baked Brown Sugar (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, gold embossing powder, heat tool, Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps)

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper