Friday, October 31, 2014

In the Studio with Susan

Hi everyone.  Had a fun day yesterday in the studio with Susan.  She came over and brought some wonderful stamps, stains and different things to try.  She showed me how to make this watercoloured background using her distress stains on top of wet watercolour paper ... so pretty.  The branches and sentiment were stamped in versamark and embossed in white.  Some shabby embossing enamel was heat embossed along the bottom to add some chunky texture and sparkle; and more was sprinkled randomly around the rest of the card.  Thanks for showing me these wonderful and fun techniques Susan!!  And thanks for all the goodies you brought me ... I'm going to have so much fun playing! :)

Susan wanted me to show her how I do my watercolouring technique.  So we started with one of my favourite flower stamps for watercolouring ... the Poppies from Penny Black.  I know you've seen these many times before, but honestly, I never get tired of this image.

This is Susan's first watercoloured card using my technique.  She really had fun with this and it turned out beautifully.  Susan did a second watercolour (poinsettia) that she will share soon in her SCS gallery (susanbri on Splitcoast Stampers).

Susan's poppies ...

Great job Susan!! :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Joyful Christmas

Hi everyone.  CAS Christmas card using a new stamp set I just got.  Love this wreath.  Stamped it in black and then used distress inks to add colour with a waterbrush (no watercolour paper this time).  Fussy-cut the wreath, coated with clear wink of stella, and added glossy accents to the berries.  Stamped a simple sentiment to finish.

Quick and easy.


Just a reminder that the "Twelve Tags of Christmas" Event starts Nov. 3, right here on this blog.  Hope you'll join us!

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Stamps:  Joyful (STAMPlorations); Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress inks:  Mowed Lawn, Barn Door (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, glossy accents

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thank you Vicki

Hi everyone.  Sharing another watercoloured card ... this one was sent to my friend Vicki (All I Do is Stamp).

This is a CASE (copy and share everything) of Vicki's beautiful card HERE.  I just love the design and gorgeous colours on Vicki's card and wanted to give it a try. Thank you for inspiring me Vicki!

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Stamps:  Bloom Sketches (STAMPlorations); Sentiment Builders Thank You (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black - waterproof (Ranger); Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, water mister, heat tool, paint brush for splattering

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sparkly Holly

Hi everyone.  Sharing another Christmas card today.  This one started out completely different in my mind than what I ended up with ... I'm sure that's happened to you too.

I bought some new crackle embossing paste and couldn't wait to try it out.  I had this beautiful holly stencil from my friend Susan (thanks Susan!), and so layered the stencil over my white base and added the paste.  Nothing happened ... it dried, still no crackles.  So I read the container ... something I usually never do :)  Takes 2-3 days for the cracks to show up ... really??!! :)  So set aside and ignored it for a while.  Turns out that after several hours (but the same day I made it), the cracks did start to appear.  And they were large cracks, which I really liked.  I placed the stencil back over the paste and sponged on some distress ink.

LOVE the colour ... but the bright, vibrant green didn't look that great with the cracks.  I added a layer of green glitter glue on top.  Now the holly is all sparkly ... you can see a few of the cracks, but it's mostly about the sparkle.  That's OK, I like the way this looks.  The bright green and red are so happy. :)

Next time I would just use regular paste ... I'll save the crackle for when I want to do an aged look.  Always learning. :)


Wanted to also mention that my good friend, Kylie (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps), made me this fabulous watermark file for my photos ... along with a matching signature file for my blog posts.  Thank you so much Kylie ... absolutely LOVE them! :)

Kylie is now selling this service to others ... so if you're interested in getting your own specially-designed watermark, check out the badge below and contact Kylie at

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Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Mowed Lawn, Barn Door (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Holly metal stencil (Dreamweaver), embossing paste, palette knife, green glitter glue, red glitter glue

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas Candles and Upcoming Tag Event

Hi everyone.  I'm on a roll with watercolouring and Christmas ... this time I used a beautiful new stamp from STAMPlorations called Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles.  I did the background first, pouncing my watercolour paper into diluted Mustard Seed Distress Ink.  Just used the one colour for this background.

The candles were stamped in waterproof black ink and then watercoloured in Distress inks.  I added a little Wink of Stella to the flames for some shimmer, but it doesn't show in the photo.  A large sentiment (from the same stamp set) and red metallic cording finish the card.

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Stamps:  Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah);  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brushes, water mister, heat tool, wink of stella, red metallic cording


I have some exciting news to share today.  In one week (Nov. 3), there will be a tag event starting on my blog ... "The Twelve Tags of Christmas" will be running from Nov. 3 - 14.  I will be posting two mixed media Christmas tags each day ... one made by me, and one made by a very talented guest designer.  I hope you'll follow along and be inspired to join us.  The more the merrier!! :)

There will be a linky set up for two weeks so you are welcome to join in with your mixed media Christmas tags.  Hope to see you in the gallery ... event starts in seven days ... can't wait! :)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Shirley!

Hi everyone.  Today' we are celebrating Shirley's birthday (shirley-bee's stamping stuff).  I made a very CAS card highlighting one of Shirley stamps from her new line, called Rosebuds (sold at STAMPlorations).  Love this sweet little rose! :)

Shirley, hope you have a wonderful birthday and that this linky party brings you even more joy!! :)

I stamped the large sentiment in black and then stamped the rosebud (also in black), curving it to fit around the sentiment ... that's one of the great things about the clear stamps, so easy to manipulate! :)  I colored the rose with Copics and added a shimmery coating with my clear Wink of Stella pen.

I then placed a mesh stencil over top and sponged on some yellow distress inks to give the card some sunshine! :)

Thanks to Maria for setting up this wonderful linky party for Shirley.  If you want to join in, the link will be open for a couple of weeks on Maria's blog (reislingmama).  I hope you'll join in!

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Stamps:  Rosebuds (The Bees Knees - STAMPlorations); The big the bold and the happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Mustard Seed Distress Inks (Tim Holtz); Copics:  Y07, R17
Accessories & Tools:  Textured mesh stencil (Memory Box), sponge, clear Wink of Stella

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Thank you Deepti

Hi everyone.  Sharing another watercolored card ... this one was sent to my friend Deepti (Dee's Art Utopia).  She has now received the card, so I'm sharing with you :)

I used Stampin' Up! inks again for this watercolour ... and their poppy stamp as well.  I've been getting lots of experience with the watercolouring and I'm really enjoying this technique. :)


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Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies (SU!); Sentiment Builders Thank You (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black - waterproof (Ranger); Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, water mister, heat tool, paint brush for splattering

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