Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shopping in Style

Hi everyone.  There's a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This time it is being run by the very talented and sweet Barb (Barb's Studio Creations).  She has a colour challenge for us this time ...

When I was younger, I used to love looking through little boutiques that sold all kinds of fancy tableware, crystal, etc. for your home.  Not that I bought much for myself, but did get lots of gifts for others.  The store clerks would always take a lot of time to wrap up each item carefully and then place it in an elegant bag for me to carry home.  It was so elegant that I didn't need to rewrap it ... just gave it to the recipient in the beautiful bag from the store.  When I saw this challenge, that's what I thought about, so I made an elegant shopping bag.  You never know what's going to inspire you. :)

I stamped a flourish from an older stamp set onto black card stock and heat embossed it with gold.  Then I cut the piece down to a 2" x 2" piece and scored along three sides at 1/8" and 1/4" and then folded them in to create the bag framework.  I added a piece of gold cording for the handle, and secured a small piece of gold patterned tissue paper at the top.  Easy and fun card to make.

We have Pia (Pia's Creative World) joining us as Guest Designer this month.  Please check out her beautiful card for the challenge, along with the rest of the DT by clicking HERE.

As always, the challenge is open for two weeks, so there's lots of time to play.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I'd also like to enter this into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple and ATS&M #141 - Anything Goes.

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Stamps:  Baroque Motifs (SU!); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Gold embossing powder (Hero Arts), heat tool, gold cording, gold patterned tissue paper

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ATCAS #62 - Black, White and Gold
Simon Says Wednesday - Clean and Simple
ATS&M #141 - Anything Goes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stencil with Glass Bead Gel

Hi everyone.  I've made another stenciled card for the April HLS CAS Challenge.

This time I used glass bead gel.  I posted this card a couple of weeks ago, where I made several panels of the same background using the Saturated Watercolouring technique. Today's card uses one of the panels, this time with a quartrefoil stencil and some glass bead gel.  I love this stuff! :)  The gel I use is made by Golden, but there are probably other brands that make it.  It's a clear, gloss gel that has teeny, tiny glass beads in it.  It dries clear, and it reflects the light, so the colours underneath seem more vibrant.  It's so pretty and sparkly in real life, but hard to capture in a photo.

I simply mounted the panel behind a circle aperture and added a die-cut corner and a few blossoms.

I'm going to enter this card into a these challenges:  ATS&M #141 - Anything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple, and Splitcoaststampers CAS #320 - Stencil It.

I hope I've inspired you to play along with our challenge at HLS.  Add stenciling in some way to your CAS card, and then link up to the challenge. :)  There's still a few days left to join in.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the lovely CAS stenciled cards in the gallery ... and ones done by Nancy, Kylie and me.  Thanks again to Nancy for being our Guest Designer this month!!  Looking forward to our next CAS Challenge which will be posted May 3  at 6am (AEST) ... that's 1pm May 2 my time (PDST). :)

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Stamps:  Bitty Birthday (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Magenta and Orange Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick), Frost White acrylic paint (Tsukineko), water mister, Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Madera Corner die (Memory Box), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), Quatrefoil stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, Glass Bead Gel (Golden), palette knife

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HLS April CAS Challenge - Stenciling
ATS&M #141 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Clean and Simple
SCS CAS #320 - Stencil It

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More Fun with Sprays

Hi everyone.  A week ago I shared THIS CARD with a background I made while experimenting with my sprays and cling wrap.  I made a large panel that day and used half for my first card, and the rest for today's card.  I love the soft colours of this background and wanted them to be the "star", so added two simple, white die-cut leaves and a soft gray, small sentiment.

I still have a panel left using the same sprays, but I covered it with bubble wrap instead of cling wrap.  Made for a fun design.  Hope to make some cards with that soon.

I'm going to enter this into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make your Own Backgrounds.

Off to take my mom to the doctor's this afternoon for a follow-up to her surgery. Hubby and I will stay and have dinner with her, ordering in from a local restaurant. Didn't want to pass along any of the nasty virus both hubby and I had, so we've been keeping a distance from Mom for three weeks.  Really looking forward to seeing her today! :)

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Stamps:  Bitty Birthday (SU!)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow, Orange, and Magenta watercolour sprays, frost white paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, Meadow Leaf die (Poppy Stamps)

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Simon Says Wednesday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Guest on Card Maker's Corner

Hi everyone.  Today I'm honoured to be Guest on Card Maker's Corner.  This is a bi-monthly feature on Rahmat's blog (Cards and Cooking Corner), where she introduces her readers to other crafters and includes some of their work and info about their lives.

Rahmat asked me to pick my three favourite cards I've made to share on her blog and I've included them below as well.  It was hard to pick just three from the over 1,100 cards I've made ... but here they are. :)  They represent my favourite techniques which are watercolouring, stenciling, heated copper and die-cutting.  :)

Rahmat has also given me ten questions to answer.  Click HERE to see the answers and learn a little bit more about me.  :)

Thanks Rahmat!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Experimenting with Vintage

Hi everyone.  Today I'm doing something a little different for me.  I'm trying to do a vintage / shabby chic type of card.  :)  I had fun, but know that I need a lot more practice with this style! :)

I have an on-line friend who makes the most incredible shabby chic and distressed cards.  If you haven't visited Pamellia Johnson's My Little Craft Things, I suggest you check it out.  She is one amazing card artist, and she has so many wonderful details in each and every creation.

So I thought I'd give it a try, just starting out simple and keeping my card CAS as that is my style.  First, I used white embossing paste over top of a damask stencil. This stencil is the ultimate in vintage style, in my opinion.  I love the white on white, but it's hard to capture the detail, raised design in photos.

Next was my flower spray.  I used a couple of products that I had on hand that Pamellia uses.  First I punched my flowers from light pink card stock and sponged darker pink around the edges.  Then I dabbed on a little Picket Fence distress paint. Once that was dry, all the flowers were coated in Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. This is where I got tired of waiting for things to dry :) ... this type of card takes a lot of patience :)  After the crackle was dry, more pink ink was dripped over top so that it went into the cracks -- very subtle as I used pale pink ink.  The last step was to dab more picket fence distress paint on top and add pearl centers.  Whew!  Lots of steps, but I think they turned out pretty well for my first attempt.  The leaves were die-cut, sponged with green on the edges, shaped and then dabbed with the picket fence distress paint as well to tie it all together.

Here's a close-up so you can see some of the details.  I need LOTS more practice :)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

ATS&M #140 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

SCS CAS Challenge #320 - Stencil it

And it's another reminder for Happy Little Stampers - April CAS Challenge - Stenciling ...

... and another reminder of April Mixed Media Card Challenge - Flowers.

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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Damask Stencil made with my Silhouette Cameo, Embossing paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Hydrangea Punch (Martha Stewart), Wreath Strip (Cheery Lynn), sponges, Picket Fence Distress Paint (Tim Holtz), Clear Rock Candy Crackle Distress Paint (Tim Holtz), stylus and mat, half pearls

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ATS&M #140 - Photo Inspiration
SCS CAS #320 - Stencil It
Happy Little Stampers - April CAS Challenge - Stenciling
Mixed Media Card Challenge - April - Flowers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stencil with Sprays

Hi everyone.  Today's card is all about the spring flowers and bright, fun colours.  Don't you just love this time of year??!! :)

I also tried a new stenciling technique for this card.  I used three colours of frost sprays (yellow, lime green, green) over top of a textured mesh stencil on watercolour paper.  I spritzed until I was happy with the colours, then I took a tip from Debby Hughes and placed a heavy jar on top to weigh it down.  After it has mostly dried, I removed the jar and pulled off the stencil.   That piece is used as my base tag for the card.  Love this technique.  Pretty easy and a fun way to incorporate some of my new homemade sprays made with liquid watercolour concentrate, pearl paint and water.  :)

I die-cut flowers, sponged around the edges, and then shaped them with my stylus and mat.  Because the background was sparkly, I decided to spray my flowers with a bit of sparkle as well.  For the leaves, I sprayed another small piece of watercolour paper with the two shades of green I used for the background (left out the yellow) and then die-cut two leaf sprigs.  For the sentiment, I used left over paper from my leaf sprigs, stamping the two words in Versamark and heat embossing in white.  I cut them down to mount them separately.  For the ribbon, I bleached some crumb cake seam binding, and then dyed it with the two shades of green sprays to match the tag. :)

I made this card as a reminder for a couple of challenges.  First, Happy Little Stampers April CAS challenge is stenciling.  Don't have any stencils??  You can make your own with dies, punches or hot glue.  Check out the challenge where you'll find a few videos on how to make your own stencils, and several videos on stenciling techniques.  :)

And also Mixed Media Card Challenge for April is Flowers.

I hope you'll check out the challenges and play along! :)

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Stamps:  Bloom Sketches (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); Regal Rose (SU!)
Ink:  Regal Rose, Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Stitched Tag Die (Paper Smooches), Five Point Flower dies (Memory Box), Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Textured Mesh Stencil (Memory Box); Sprays (yellow, lime green, green) made with Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick), Champagne Mist spray (Tsukineko), stylus and mat, seam binding, dazzling details (SU!)

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HLS April CAS Stenciling Challenge
Mixed Media April Flowers Challenge

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Experimenting with Sprays

Hi everyone.  Over the past couple of weeks, I've been playing in my studio with different products and techniques.  So much fun!! :)

The coloured panel on the above card is done with three different coloured spray mists (yellow, orange, magenta) onto watercolour paper.  While it was still really wet, I placed a piece of slightly scrunched cling wrap over top and let it dry for an hour.  Once it was removed, this is what I got. :)  It's a very subtle design.  The frost seemed to separate from the colours and it pooled where the cling wrap stuck, so the design is sparkly and sort of silver coloured.  Beverly at SCS told me about this technique, and I'm so glad she did! :) Thanks Beverly!

The card above was inspired by a few challenges.  I used embossing paste over my tulip stencil, so this is for Happy Little Stampers April CAS Challenge - Stenciling ... and SCS CAS Challenge #320 - Stencil it.  And I was inspired by the photo from AAA Cards #37 - It's Springtime - aren't those tulips gorgeous??!! :)

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Stamps:  Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow, Orange, and Magenta watercolour sprays, frost white paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, Tulip stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, Embossing paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, white embossing powder, heat tool, Stitched mats (Lil' Inkers), white acrylic paint

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HLS April CAS Challenge - Stenciling
SCS CAS #320 - Stencil It
AAA #37 - It's Springtime