Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vintage Candles

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that there's only a few days left to join in the Mixed Media Card Challenge (#4 - Vintage with optional element: key).  The challenge closes on Oct.. 25.

This has a lot going on for me :)  I stamped the background with some text and then sponged over top with distress ink, using a darker shade to sponge the edges.  I placed my harlequin stencil over top and sponged more ink and then coated it with glass bead gel ... hard to see in the photo, but the diamonds are very shiny and reflective.

I stamped the candles, fussy-cut and then coloured with Copics.  I added a little glitter to the flames to make them sparkle.  A sentiment was stamped in dark brown at the top to finish the card.

I hope you'll find some time to play along with the challenge if you haven't already done so.  Lots of inspiration in the gallery --- come check it out!!  :)

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Stamps:  Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles (STAMPlorations); Dictionary, Bells & Boughs (both from SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz Distress); Copics
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, Silhouette Cameo for cutting stencil, harlequin cut file, plastic sheet, glass bead gel, dazzling details

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi everyone.  Today is the newest challenge at ATS&M (#118 - Holiday).  I focused on Christmas so I could get another card made for my stash :) ...

I had fun making this card ... I am loving my distress inks and started out by blending my favorite combination for the background (Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy).  I stamped over top with a new-to-me stamp from Penny Black, called Christmas Story.  Love it!!  I die-cut three holly leaves, sponged ink around the outside edges to add interest, coated them with green glitter glue, and then shaped them with my stylus and mat to give them some dimension.  Three red glitter balls were added for the berries and a simple sentiment banner finishes the card.

I hope you'll join at ATS&M for our "holiday" challenge.  Please click HERE to check out the challenge and to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the Design Team.  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with us! :)


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Stamps:  Christmas Story (Penny Black); Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Old Olive (SU!)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz); Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, Holly die-cut (C.C. Designs), red glitter balls

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Snowy Christmas

Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This one is being hosted by our very talented and fun-loving, Marie (bailey rosy) ... and she chose this wonderful code word ...

Prize:  3 digital images

I started out by sponging two colours of Distress inks on vellum for the misty sky. Diluted white acrylic paint was splattered over top for the falling snow.  I printed off a fun digital image of a snowman, but he seemed too solid white to go with the background, so I printed it off again onto vellum and layered it on top of the white snowman ... love how he has a bit of a misty look as well.  His nose and scarf are coloured with Copics, and dots from a white gel pen decorate the scarf.  Easy, peasy card.

I loved the look of the sponged sky on vellum so much that I had to make a second card :)  This time making it more elegant with a snowy hillside scene and lots of glitter.

Hannelie is again joining us as our Guest Designer at ATCAS.  Click HERE to check out her amazing vellum design, along with the fabulous vellum cards from the rest of the Design Team.

The challenge is open for two weeks so there's lots of time to join in the fun! :)

I'm entering this into the fabulous challenge at Merry Monday (#130 - Silent Night). It is being run by LeAnne and she picked a gorgeous inspiration photo ... and I think my second vellum card works well for the challenge.


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Smiling Snowman:
Stamps:  Smiley Snowman (Sweet 'n Sassy);  Winter Chuckles (C.C. Designs)
Paper:  White (Neenah);  Vellum (Bazzill - 40 lb.)
Ink:  Broken China, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (SU!); Copics
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)white gel pen

Snowy Hillside:
Stamps:  Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower - sentiment only (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Vellum (Bazzill - 40 lb.)
Ink:  Broken China, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dazzling details (SU!); Fir Tree border die (impression Obsession); Modern Landscape die (Memory Box)

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Merry Monday #130

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank you Julia

Hi everyone.  Here's another watercoloured card ... this one was sent to my friend Julia.  She has now received the card, so I'm sharing it with you.  :)  I think I'm about half way done in posting the twelve thank you cards that I sent to friends, so lots more to come. :)  Hope you're not sick of seeing watercolouring ...

Here's a different way to use stencils.  I had this metal stencil that I bought years ago and don't think it's ever been used.  I traced the design onto watercolor paper in light pencil; then took a permanent marker to draw in the flowers, joining up the petals so there was no break between them (the stencil has gaps).  I erased the light pencil markings, watercoloured the flowers and splattered the background.  I then fussy-cut along the bottom of the image and mounted the panel onto a white card base.

Here's the stencil I used ...


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Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (Simon Says
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolor paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Hibiscus stencil (Dreamweaver), pencil, eraser, permanant fine tip black pen (Sharpie), water brush, water mister, paint brush for splattering, heat tool, white gel pen

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thank you Bonnie

Hi everyone.  Here's another watercoloured card ... this one was sent to my dear friend Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  She has already received the card, so I'm sharing with you. :)

Bonnie is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, so I thought I'd use a SU! stamp for her card.  And I used SU! inks as well ... they work great on my watercolour paper.  I used red for the flowers to give it a punch of colour for these pretty SweetBriar Roses.


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

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vintage Bells

Hi everyone.   Here's another vintage Christmas card.  This time I heat embossed the bells in black onto white cardstock, sponged the bells brown and then coated them with Twinkling H2O's that were gifted to me by my friend Susan.  Thanks Susan!!  First time using them ... I used the colour called Scarab Beetle (interesting name!) ... it's bronze with a slight greenish tone.  I love how the bells turned out ... an antique bronze colour.  I used Copics to color the ribbon.

I found this vintage-y designer paper with musical notes and script writing and used it for the background, just adding a little sponging around the edges to give it even more of an aged look, and tearing the edge.  A simple sentiment stamped at the bottom finishes the card.

Just a reminder that the Mixed Media Card Challenge (#4 - Vintage with optional element: key) is open until Oct. 25, so still lots of time to play.  Come join in the fun! :)

I'm entering this into the STAMPlorations October Challenge - Stamps and Embossing.

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Stamps:  Holiday Sketches:  Christmas Bells, and Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles - sentiment only (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah); So This is Christmas DSP (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso (SU!); Black (Memento); Versamark; Copics; Twinkling H2Os
Accessories & Tools:  Black embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, brush

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STAMPlorations - October

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thank you Kylie

Hi everyone.  Back with another watercoloured card.  This card was sent off to my good friend Kylie (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps) and she has now received it, so I'm sharing with you. :)

I've used distress inks again for this card ... they are so easy to work with and I love the saturated colors.

I'm going to enter this into a few challenges ... Simon Says - Use Watercolours; Time Out #16 (CASE Heather Telford with your own twist) (I changed from leaves to flowers); and AAA Cards #24 - autumn colours.


Yesterday, my good friend Frances joined me in the studio.  I showed her how to do my watercolouring technique, using the Penny Black poppies image that I have done many times before.  Below is Frances's first watercoloured card ... she did AMAZING!! :)

Fran's card


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Stamps:  Daisy Thanks (Stampendous); Lots of Thanks (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy; Archival Black - waterproof (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, water mister, heat tool, paint brush for splattering

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Simon Says - use watercolours
Time Out#16
AAA Cards #24