Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Thoughts

Hi everyone.  A second card using the beautiful die from Penny Black.  This one is more my usual CAS style.  I used the same colours of Brushos as yesterday's card, but included lots of my beloved white space. :)  And I added a few dew drops made by my good friend, Hazel (My Card Attic).  Thanks Hazel!

My birthday is today. :)  And I want to thank all my wonderful friends for their well wishes and beautiful cards.  I appreciate all the love that was sent my way --- THANK YOU!

Yesterday the family gathered to celebrate a day early.  We had a delicious lunch brought in from one of our favourite restaurants.  I can't express how wonderful it was to have the whole family together.  It was really the best birthday EVER!

I'm sharing some pics from the party, courtesy of my wonderful son-in-law, Alex.

Me holding my new grandson, Parker

My mom holding Parker

Cooper ... isn't he the sweetest??

And, last, but not least, our new granddoggie Violeta

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sunny Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. - 400 Series); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Brushos:  Lime Green, Leaf Green, Turquoise
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Lively die (Penny Black), white embossing powder, heat tool, dew drops (gift from Hazel)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Playing in my Studio

Hi everyone.  I was experimenting a little the other day and came up with this card. It's not my usual CAS style, but I'm really happy how it turned out.

For the background, I started with this ...


OK, so why the inky paper towel??  That's because I have a friend who is so clever and creative and she has a great way to use leftover ink.  I'm talking about Maria Fischer (reislingmama).  After wiping up leftover ink, she dries the paper towels and uses them on her cards.  Check out her post HERE.

Well, I remembered that post ... it stuck in my head.  So after playing with Brushos about a week ago, I was wiping up the leftover ink and decided to keep the inky-licious paper towels. :)  I hung them up to dry to use later.

When I started my card above, I used mixed media paper, laid the inky paper towel over top, spritzed with lots of water and pressed down with my hands.  That's how I made my background.  Love the subtle colours, and the texture from the imprint of the paper towel design.  Cool, right??!!  Thanks again Maria, you inspire me ALL the time! :)

Next up, my new-to-me leaf die.  Isn't it pretty??  It's by Penny Black.  I love their stamps and dies, but this one is a bit tricky to use.  Do you see the thin stem on the sprig??  It's not very strong, especially if you like to use techniques with water for colouring, which I often do.  I had to be so careful moving my leaf sprig when it was wet.  That thin stem tends to rip.  Just a warning. :)  Once dry, I glued a second die-cut sprig to the back to make it sturdier.

I also die-cut a piece of acetate with the leaf die to make my own stencil.  I sponged two sprigs in the background (one light green, and one medium).

The die-cut sprig is watercolour paper, coloured with more Brushos and then popped up on top of my card base.  The black sentiment banner really makes the other colours pop.

I'm entering this at Time Out! Challenge #59 - Masculine with an optional twist of mixed media.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Mix Mash (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. - 400 Series); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark; Brushos (turquoise, lime green, leaf green); Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Lively die (Penny Black), acetate, sponges, white embossing powder, heat tool

Time Out #59 - Masculine

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Barb!

Hi everyone.  Sharing a card I made to celebrate my friend Barb's (Barb's Studio Creations) birthday, which is today.  I sent this off to her a couple of weeks ago, and thankfully it arrived before the big day. :) Hope you are having a wonderful birthday Barb!!

I used my NBUS Wild Hibiscus stamp set from Altenew.  Just had to buy this set after seeing these beautiful cards made by my friend Hazel.

I started by heat embossing the flowers and leaves in liquid platinum embossing powder.  Then I sloshed on some colour using my zigs and a damp paintbrush.  I fussy-cut them and then popped them up over top of a dry embossed curved piece at the bottom.  Love the texture and design from this embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Wild Hibiscus (Altenew); Sentiment - Cosmos (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Flowers and leaves - Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, Spring Leaves embossing Folder (ECD)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Peace, Love & Joy

Hi everyone.  I'm playing along again this week at Merry Monday - Challenge #210 - Use Peace, Joy and/or Love on your card.  Isn't this a great challenge ... I fell in love with the inspiration photo (as you can tell from my card). :)  It's basically a copy of the photo.  Great challenge Bonnie!!

The girls at Merry Monday are taking a break for the summer months, so I wanted to join in as much as possible before they are on hiatus.  Always good to build my Christmas card stash. :)

The square is cut from balsa wood and I "stained" it with diluted distress inks (Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy).  Then I heat embossed the small sentiment and die-cut the large joy twice, layering it to create a thicker die-cut.  I die-cut my pine sprigs, added a little bit of snow writer, and then glued them along the bottom, layering several on top of each other to create depth.

There's still a lots of time to play along, the challenge closes on Sunday at noon (PDT).  Come join in the fun!

And thanks to all that stop by for a visit, and a special thanks to those that take the time to leave me messages.  

Stamps:  Joy (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Garden Green (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Balsa Wood, Matching Joy die from stamp set (Hero Arts), Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn), Snow Writer, white embossing powder, heat tool

Merry Monday #210 - Peace Joy and Love

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Stenciled Birthday

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a stenciled card that I made for a friend's birthday a while ago.

I started with a lightly smooshed background of Inka Gold (turquoise and green). Then embossing paste was added partially over a mesh stencil.

Turquoise Inka Gold was sponged onto a piece of white card stock.  When dry, it was buffed to a beautiful shine and then die-cut into a leaf sprig.  The second leaf sprig is cut from vellum and is tucked behind the turquoise leaves, just to add a little bit of a shadow.  A simple birthday sentiment was stamped in Delicata Silver ink onto a banner.  Delicata inks are beautiful and metallic without having to heat emboss.

I do love to play with stencils!  And this was a lot of fun to make.

One more reminder card for the June CAS Mix Up Challenge (Die-cuts).  The challenge closes in three days.  Come join us!

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Fun Birthday sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah), Vellum
Ink:  Delicata Silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Inka Gold wax (Turquoise and Jade Green), water mister, palette knife, embossing paste (Dreamweaver), Textured Mesh Stencil (Memory Box), Little Leaves die (Sizzix), sponge

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Die-cuts

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Let's be Merry

Hi everyone.  I really wanted to play along with this week's Merry Monday #209 - photo inspiration challenge.  I'm just squeaking in under the wire.  The challenge closes in a couple of hours.

I used a NBUS die from Memory Box called Blissful Bundle.  I die-cut it from green card stock and also from red.  I cut out the small little flowers from the red, glued them on top of the green and coated them with red glitter glue for some sparkle.  I also coated the two small poinsettia blooms as well with the same red glitter glue and then shaped and glued them together to form my flower.

The flower box was cut with a snippet of gold paper that I had heat embossed with sparkle gold embossing powder.  I wrapped a brayer with rubber bands, ran it over my versamark pad and then onto my gold foil card stock.  Then heat embossed with the sparkle powder.  Made this ages ago for THIS CARD, and used the leftovers today for the flower box.  Because I used a snippet (and snippets for the small flowers), I'm heading over to Snippets Playground to join in the fun. :)

I stamped my sentiment in Delicata Gold ink ... love this stuff.  Don't have to heat emboss ... it's shiny and sparkle all on it's own.

This is also a reminder that there's less than a week left to play along with the CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Die-cuts.  Challenge closes June 24th.  My CAS Mix Up card has stamping, die-cuts, punches, heat embossing, and rubber band embossing.

Thanks for coming by!

Stamps:  Season's Gift (Penny Black)
Paper:  Whitecard base (Neenah 110 lb.); Gold Foil, Gumball Green, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark; Delicata Gold
Accessories & Tools:  Blissful Bundle die (Memory Box), Mini Petals punch (McGill), red glitter glue, mini red rhinestones, Gold stickles

Merry Monday #209 - Photo Inspiration
Snippets Playground - Week 234
CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Die-cuts

Saturday, June 18, 2016

With Love

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card made with a beautiful die-cut sent to me by my good friend Barb.  Isn't the die-cut gorgeous??!!

I coloured it with my zigs, and then went about figuring out what to put in-behind. Nothing seemed to look right.  A few days went by ... then a week.  At the same time, I was playing with Stencil monoprinting and made this pretty background. Couldn't figure out what to do with it, so it was sitting on my work table as well ... for several days.  Then today I glanced and saw both of them sitting there ... I had a light bulb moment. :)  They work so perfectly together.  I was so excited I had to show hubby right away.  He loved it and said he thought it was like looking through trees at a city landscape in the distance.  It kinda does! :)

I have to say that I was impressed with his interpretation. :)  He is a mechanical kind of guy, not artistic at all.  But he has been exposed to so much art because of Jeremy being an artist and art teacher and me with my cards, that he has developed a love of all things artsy. :)

Thanks to all of you for coming by for a visit.

Stamps:  The Big, the bold and the happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White card stock die-cut; Mixed Media monoprint panel (Strathmore 140 lb. - 400 Series)
Ink:  Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon; Zigs; Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Mini Tile Texture stencil (The Crafter's Workshop),  In the Wood die (Papertrey Ink)