Friday, January 23, 2015

Watercolour Wash

Hi everyone.  Back with my last reminder for the January CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  There's still a few days left to enter  ...

I used the Watercolour Wash technique for my card above (see link to tutorial HERE by Gina Kim).  This is a quick tutorial, with lots of tips about how to make colours flow together, what stage to add salt (if wanted), and the dry values of colour versus wet ... it is worth watching!).  I followed the tutorial by taping down all four sides of my watercolour paper using masking tape to keep it from warping. I used a large brush to add lots of clear water to wet my paper and then picked up some Peerless watercolour paint from their booklets. I added Brilliant Yellow and Geranium Pink randomly over my watercolour paper and then let it dry.

I so happy with the way the background turned out.  I simply stamped this pretty stamp from Penny Black in versamark ink and heat embossed in white.  I ripped two pieces of card stock to create my snowbanks and stamped a simple sentiment at the bottom in soft gray ink.

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge at Happy Little Stampers Blog.  There's a link set up for anyone wanting to share their CAS Watercoloured cards ... but there's only a few days left, so pull out your watercolour paper, make a card and join in the fun!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the lovely watercoloured cards in the gallery ... and ones done by Karen, Kylie and me.  Looking forward to our next CAS Challenge which will be posted Feb. 3  at 6am (AEST) ... that's noon Feb. 2 my time (PST). :)

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Stamps:  Snow Dust (Penny Black); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted
Paper:  White (card base); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Paint brushes, Peerless Watercolour paints (Brilliant Yellow, Geranium Pink), white embossing powder, heat tool

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just for You

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a quick and easy CAS card that I made using the sketch challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  This is such a great sketch that is easy to use ... any style of card is welcome for January's Sketch Challenge at HLS.

I bought a fun set of stamps from my local $1 store a few years back for about $3 --- what a great deal!  The flower bouquet is one of them.  I inked it up with my markers and stamped onto my card front.  Then I coloured in the blooms with a light pink marker and added a darker pink to the centers.  I added a smattering of sequins and rhinestones.  That's it!  Quick and easy, fun card that took under 10 minutes to make ... you gotta' love that! :)

I'm going to enter this into a couple of other challenges - CAS-ology #130 - cue card: Friend, and Less Is More #207 - Friends.

Today I'm taking it pretty easy, just playing in my studio and then off to take my mom to the doctor's this afternoon.  Yesterday Gord and I were lucky enough to spend the day with Cooper ... and we'll be babysitting again tomorrow.  He's such a joy to be with ... a happy, happy guy!  I'm sharing a pic that my DDIL, Nikki posted on Facebook recently (so some of you may have seen it there).  It's from his one year portrait session ... he's growing up so fast! :)

Seriously, isn't he adorable??!!  Not that I'm a biased Nana. :)

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Stamps:  Marine Drive (Heid Grace); Autumn Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  green sequins, clear rhinestones, stamp-a-ma-jig

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January Sketch - HLS
CAS-ology #130
LIM #207

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Christmas Critter

Hi everyone.  I'm just squeaking in at the last minute for the Merry Monday Challenge (#141 - Critters). :)

I bought this fun digi from Birdie Brown (no longer available).  But, I believe some of her wonderful designs are now sold as clear stamps at My Favorite Things.  :)

The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat (also digital), so I spent a bit of time on the computer getting this ready to print.  Then I paper pieced it, cutting it out of white for a sturdy background and piecing on top with the two shades of brown.  I sponged around each of the pieces to give it some dimension.  I coated the nose with my white gel pen and once dry, squeezed red glitter glue on top.  Love how it adds a bit of sparkle to the card, along with the shiny metal jingle bells.

That's it ... fun and easy card to make that had me smiling the whole time I was working on it! :)

Edited to Add:  My friend Susan mentioned a new-to-me challenge - 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where their current challenge is bells.  So I'm entering there too! :)

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Stamps:  Happy Santa (Birdie Brown); Signature Christmas Sentiments 2 (Pink Petticoat)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, silver wired cording (thanks Bonnie!); two small green jingle bells, white gel pen, red glitter glue

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Merry Monday #141
52 Christmas Card Throwdown

You Mean the World to Me!

Hi everyone.  Time for the first challenge of 2015 at Addicted to CAS (#55).  This challenge is being hosted by the talented Jaydee (Stampin! with Jaydee) ... and she chose this word ...

I used a free digital image from Melonheadz.  I've had it a long time ... just waiting for the perfect challenge to come along ... and this is it! :)  I printed the image and sentiment onto white card stock and coloured with Copics.  That's it ... simple CAS design.

It's the start of the new year with our newest ATCAS Design Team members joining us for the first time.  A big welcome to Barb, Bonnie, Rebecca, Jan and Joanna! :)

And, this month we have a very special Guest Designer, Julia from Create with Me. Julia has a wonderful CAS style ... and she also does mixed media projects.  I have learned so much from visiting her blog!!  So great to have you with us Julia!

Please click HERE to check out Julia's beautiful world card, along with the cards from the rest of our wonderful Design Team.  I'm sure you'll be inspired to play along! :)

Our challenge is open for two weeks ... hope to see you in the gallery!

I'm entering this into the current challenge at ATS&M #127 - Make Your Mark.  I used Copics for my colouring! :)  And also in the NBUS challenge ... I used this digital image for the first time after having it for AGES! :)

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Stamps:  Girl with Earth --- with matching sentiment (Melonheadz)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Copics:  G43, YG67, B06, B16, Y21, Y32, YR24, R29, R39, W4, E00, E01

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ATS&M #127

Friday, January 16, 2015

Watercolour Spritz

Hi everyone.  Sorry I haven't been around much this week.  I have a virus that has overstayed it's welcome. :(  Hoping to kick this thing soon!

I'm back with another reminder that there is a new CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers ... and it runs for the whole month of January.

The card above uses the Watercolour Spritz technique.  It's not hard to do, but there is a bit of a learning curve to figure out how much water to mist on your inked stamp before stamping onto the watercolour paper.  Getting some practice helps with that. :)

I inked up my rubber stamp using markers, spritzed with water a few times and then stamped onto dry watercolour paper.  I hold the stamp down for a few seconds so the watercolour paper absorbs the diluted ink.  Then remove the stamp and let it sit and dry for a while.  The image changes quite a bit as it dries ... and it looks as though you've watercoloured the image by hand.  So pretty!

For the card above, I used a post-it note mask to keep the area just below my stamped flowers clean.  I also die-cut the flower box from watercolour paper and used the same inking and misting of leaves, stamping them on both the background of my card and the w/c paper flower box die-cut.  To give the sentiment a watercoloured look, I inked it with my marker and then lightly touched it in spots with my waterbrush and then stamped.

I used Kylie's awesome sketch for this month from Happy Little Stampers ...

I hope you're inspired to join in the fun at Happy Little Stampers Blog.  Click HERE to share your CAS Watercoloured cards.  And click HERE to play long with the HLS January Sketch Challenge.  Or use both on your card. :)

I'll be back with a final challenge reminder next week with another CAS Watercoloured card using a different watercolouring technique.  Can't wait to show you! :)


On another subject, wanted to quickly share my good news that one my cards was featured in this Embossing Paste article by Michele Boyer for Craftsy Paper Blog Crafts.  Thanks for including one of my cards Michele! :)

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Stamps: Pocket Silhouette, Just Believe (SU!)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  SU! markers:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive
Accessories & Tools: Small Flower box die (Poppy Stamps), water mister, post-it note, waterbrush

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Santa Shaker

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the current MUSE (#99 - Vicki Dutcher).  I focused on the shaker part of Vicki's inspiration card.  I definitely need some practice making these shaker cards, because my sequins are sticking to the foam all around the inside :)  Need to figure out what I'm doing wrong.  Might have something to do with running out of glue tape and having to use liquid glue. :)

This adds to my stash of Christmas cards for this year ... so at least I'm keeping that up.  I was hoping to make a bunch of these and thought the recipients could take the ornament off the card and hang it on the Christmas tree.

Used my nestie labels die to make the frame, and added a little piece of fun patterned paper on the inside.  I filled the pocket with different shades of green sequins and teeny red rhinestons I got from my local $1 store.

Thanks to Vicki for the wonderful inspiration.  Check out her card and the beautiful entries for the challenge HERE.

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Paper:  White, Cheery & Jolly DSP (Paper Studio)
Accessories & Tools:  Framelits Label Collection dies (SU!), acrylic sheet, green sequins, red rhinestones, jump ring, red metallic twine (gift from my friend Susan)

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Muse #99

Friday, January 09, 2015

Saturated Watercolouring

Hi everyone.   My plan was to post watercoloured cards once a week as a reminder about the current CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  But I'm obsessed with watercolouring right now and it seems that just about every card I've been posting lately is watercoloured.  :)  There's so many wonderful watercolouring techniques to try! :)

The card above is made with the Saturated Watercolouring technique.  It's fun and easy to do and probably a lot of you have already tried this.  I've done a video tutorial and posted it below for those interested (both cards shown in this post are made using the piece of watercoloured paper from the video).  The craft mat from Ranger makes it so easy to do these techniques and it wipes up easily too.

Saturated Watercolouring - YouTube video

Here's the second card using this technique ...

I hope you're inspired to join in the fun at Happy Little Stampers Blog and share your CAS Watercolour cards.

I'll be back with a reminder next week with another CAS Watercoloured card using a different watercolouring technique.  Stay tuned! :)

I'm going to enter the butterfly card into the current challenge at Virginia's View (#11 - clean slate).

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Butterfly card:
Stamps:  Be Happy (Amy R)
Paper: White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press) - Butterfly
Ink:  Smoky Slate; Re-inkers Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray bottle filled with water, Elegant Scrollwork die (Memory Box), Moonlight Butterfly Die (Memory Box)

Leaf card:
Stamps:  Sunny Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate; Re-inkers Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray bottle filled with water, Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart)

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Virginia's View #11