Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July Rudolph Days

Hi everyone.  I'm playing along with Rudolph Days run by the lovely Maureeen (Scrappimo!).  The challenge runs every month from the 25th to end of month and it's always Anything Goes Christmas.  It's great to make Christmas cards throughout the year.  :)

The card above is several techniques and has an artsy look.

I started by stenciling with Brushos, following the technique in my video.  This time I changed it up slightly by quickly sprinkling a little bit of kosher salt over my piece before I removed the stencil.  And I didn't blot with paper towel, so the colours dried very vibrant.  I let it air dry so that the salt could do it's thing. :)  It absorbs some of the pigment and creates these little bursts of colour.  It's very subtle on the card above, but if you look closely you can see the design left by the salt in the blue ink.

Here's a close-up.

To finish the card, I took a silver metallic pen doodled around the outline of the image.  Then I heat embossed a sentiment in silver to match.

I hope you'll come join the fun at Rudolph Days!

Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour paper panel (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Purple, Ultra Marine; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Snowflake stencil (Simon Says Stamp), water mister, kosher salt, silver metallic pen, silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Rudolph Days - July

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thinking of You and AliExpress

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing another tissue paper watercoloured card.  This time I crinkled up the Distress Ink watercoloured tissue and glued it onto my card stock.  It created some beautiful texture.  And I love the colours with the white die-cuts.

Speaking of die-cuts, today's card uses two new-to-me dies that I purchased from AliExpress.  I had to wait for a long time for my order to arrive, but it didn't disappoint.  I will include links to the AE site for the dies I have used - just click on the name of the dies below.

Both the "Window Square Frames" and the set of three "Leaves with Beauty Embossing" work really well.  The prices are so good ... it's hard not to buy from AE. I just have to learn to be very patient for my order to arrive. :)

I adding my card to the CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper gallery.  There's still a few days left before the challenge closes at end of day July24th.

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); white tissue paper
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, glue, Window Square Frame die (AliExpress); Leaves with Beauty Embossing die (AliExpress), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper

Thursday, July 20, 2017


First I wanted to wish the best to all my fellow British Columbians who have been effected by the terrible forest fires in our province.  Over 45,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.  Saying it's devastating is an understatement.  Please keep them in your thoughts.

There have been hundreds of wonderful people volunteering and helping out to make life a little easier for those displaced.  People really come together in a tragedy.

Luckily my sister, husband and two pups made it out safe and are down in the Lower Mainland, staying with our Mom.  They will stay until it is safe to return home.

On to the card ... I used a set of die-cuts I bought while on my craft retreat with friends.  Love these three blocks with the butterflies and frames.

I started by spraying starch over a piece of mixed media paper.  I dropped in turquoise and orange re-inkers and let it spread on it's own.  Once dry, I die-cut the three butterfly squares from white card stock and the trimmed pieces of my watercoloured paper to fill the background.  I overlapped them slightly to create a fun design and stamped the sentiment in turquoise ink.  Fun and easy card to make.

I'm adding this to the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.  There's still a few days left to play along with our challenge, which closes end of day July 24th.  Come join us!

Edited to add:  Thanks to Aquarius, I'm entering my card into Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  This month's challenge is "M for matching pairs and/or the colour of orange peel".  I definitely have the orange covered! :)  I think this is my first time entering this challenge.

Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base and butterfly frames (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray starch, Bellina Butterfly Triptych dies (Poppy Stamps)

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly
Butterfly Challenge

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Blooms

Hi everyone.  I just bought this gorgeous new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called "Bouquet of Thanks".  I had to have it after watching this amazing video by Amanda (Little Crafty Pill).

I first heat embossed the flowers and sentiment with gold embossing powder.  Then I watercoloured using my zigs and added a few sequins for some sparkle.  I'm sending this to a friend's daughter who is dealing with serious medical issues right now.  I hope it will cheer her up a little.

I'm adding this as my second entry at The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing Heat/Dry.  I heat embossed the flower image and sentiment. :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Zig markers
Accessories & Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, paint brushes, white gel pen, sequins

The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing Heat/Dry

Sunday, July 16, 2017

You Are Cherished

Hi everyone.  Today is a reminder card for the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.

Not only is it a reminder day, it's also Bonnie's birthday!!  Happy Birthday, my sweet friend!  You are cherished, Bonnie!  Hope you are having a wonderful day. You'll get a sneak peek today of your card, which will hopefully be delivered soon! :)

I used a piece of watercoloured tissue paper for my background.  Click HERE to see my video tutorial on how this was made.

I added some Delicata Gold ink to my watercoloured tissue paper for some shimmer.  I squirted Delicate Gold reinker onto my craft mat, spritzed with water to dilute and then moved the gold ink around with a palette knife.  Then I dipped my dried watercoloured tissue paper gold ink, randomly.  The same colour inks was used for stamping the splat background.  I added a torn piece of white card stock on top and stamped the sentiment.  The same gold was used to colour the butterfly.  I just love this yellow-gold colour with sparkles.  I added three sequins for more sparkle.

My CAS Mix Up card has stamping, tissue paper watercolouring, splattering, torn edge, and die-cutting.

I hope you'll check out the CAS Watercolour July Challenge Reminder post to see all the beautiful butterfly cards from our talented Design Team, as well as our wonderful Guest Designer, EunJi.  I know you'll be inspired.  Then come play along! The challenge is open for just over a week.

Since I have some tissue paper on the card ... I'm also sending this card over to the CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper gallery. :)  Hope you'll come join us there too!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp); Gorgeous Grunge (SU!)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); tissue paper
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon; Distress Oxide Inks:  Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), sequins

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly
CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Watercoloured Tissue Paper Die-cut

Hi everyone.  A reminder that we are already half way through July.  Still just over a week left to play along with CAS Mix Up July's Challenge - Tissue Paper.

I created this watercoloured, textured, and heat embossed background while filming my latest video (Tissue Paper Watercolouring & Techniques).  I used it to die-cut the flower and frame, placing it over a soft brown script background (second generation stamping).  Both the frame and flowers are popped up for added dimension.  I've had so much fun playing with tissue paper this month!!

Here's a close-up ...
Check out the challenge blog reminder post to see more tissue paper cards by our talented Design Team, and Guest Designer, Sue.  I know you'll be inspired.  Come join us!

Stamps:  Script (Penny Black); Lots of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); tissue paper
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holz); Baked Brown Sugar (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, gold embossing powder, heat tool, Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps)

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Another Split Panel Design

Hi everyone.  First I want to thank my wonderful SIL, Alex for helping me create some beautiful photo backdrops.  We worked together gathering items from around my house.  Alex put them together to create four fantastic vignettes, photographed them and had them printed onto vinyl.  It's been lots of fun and a great learning experience for me as well.

On to the card ... I tried the split panel technique again, this time using the same white background for both pieces rather than swapping out the split part with coloured card stock.  I heat embossed the image twice in liquid platinum before colouring, splitting and swapping panels.  The sentiment banner is also heat embossed with the same liquid platinum.

I used the beautiful image from WPlus9 that I received from my friend Trina.  I watercoloured with Stampin' Up! dye inks this time.  I think I like the brightness of the zig watercolouring better, but I really wanted to use red this time and find there is not a good red in my set of 48 zig markers.  They mostly go on as bright pink and I wanted to have a true red this time.

Below are photos of both cards.  Great way to make two cards from one coloured image. :)

... and the reverse ...

I'm joining a few challenges with these cards:
CAS on Friday #111 - Flowers
The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing Heat/Dry - I heat embossed my flowers

Stamps:  Kind Soul (WPlus9); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Platinum embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, white gel pen

CAS on Friday #111 - Flowers
The Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing Heat/Dry

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Angled Butterflies

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a twofer.  I created two cards using one piece of watercolour paper inked with paper towels* that I used to mop up leftover ink from another project.

I started by using temporary tape to tape together my coloured piece along with a piece of white card stock.  I cut them together at the same time to create two angled panels.

The white angled pieced was inlaid with the coloured outside piece to create a flat card front.  Then I cut a second white angled piece a little larger and popped it up over top to create the card above.

I stamped the butterfly twice with black archival ink and coloured with my zigs. Used one on each card.

For my second card, I used the angled watercolour piece over a white card base. Happy to get two cards from one watercolour panel. :)  I kept everything else the same for the two cards.  Here's the second one ...

* To create my watercoloured panel, I used paper towel to mop up leftover ink from another project (blue and green distress inks).  I dried the paper towel and kept it until I was ready to make this background.  I laid the piece over top of Hot Press Watercolour paper, misted with water, and then pressed randomly with my fingers to transfer the ink (and pattern from the quilted paper towel) onto my panel.

I'm adding these cards to the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.

I hope you'll come play along!

Stamps:  Wild Hibiscus (Altenew); Sentiment - Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Watercoloured panel  is Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot press)
Ink:  Zigs; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Leftover ink in paper towel, water mister, paint brush

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Watercoloured Tissue Cards from Video

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing the details (and close-up pics) of the three cards from my latest video - Tissue Paper Watercolouring & Techniques.  The first card with the flowery heart die-cut is posted HERE.

This is the Metallic Tissue Paper technique that I learned from Karen (Karen's Kreative Kards).  After watercolouring my tissue paper with brushos and letting it dry, I scrunched it up, flattened it out a bit and then glued it to a piece of white card stock.  The scrunching creates lots of creases and texture.

I went over the piece with an anti-static pad and then lightly swiped my Versamark ink pad over top, just adding ink to the tops of the creases.  Embossing powder was added and then heat embossed.  This creates a gorgeous textured background with metallic highlights.  I simply added a silver foil die-cut snowflake sash and heat embossed sentiment to finish the card.

For the above card, I used watercolour sprays to colour my tissue paper.  Once dry, I glued the paper flat onto a piece of acetate (Grafix .007 acetate used here - available at Amazon.com). You need to use good quality glue and good quality acetate to get the tissue to stick. This creates a sturdy, semi-translucent piece that was used to die-cut the leaf sprig.  A stitched frame was added to the background and a sentiment was stamped to finish the card.

For the last card sample from my video, I used a dye ink watercoloured tissue paper and scrunched it to create texture.  The tissue paper was adhered to a piece of good quality acetate (see info above) using good quality glue in order for it to stick.  I flipped the piece over to use the acetate side as the front of my focal card panel. You can see the texture from the crumbled background through the acetate, creating a unique look.

I stamped the wildflowers in Versamark and heat embossed in gold.  A piece of vellum was ripped to create a banner and the sentiment was also heat embossed with the same gold.

I hope you'll try out these fun techniques and then come join the CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Christmas Greetings:
Stamps:  Warmth & Wonder (SU!)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); white tissue paper; silver foil (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, silver embossing powder, heat tool, glue, Snowflake Sash die (

Happy Birthday:
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); white tissue paper
Ink:  Watercolour sprays (Dick Blick)
Accessories & Tools:  Acetate sheet (Grafix .007 thickness), glue, Stitched rectangle die (), leaf die (Penny Black)

Stamps:  ? (Unity); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); tissue paper; vellum
Ink:  Dye inks (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, acetate sheet (Grafix .007 thickness), glue, gold heat embossing, heat tool

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper

Sunday, July 02, 2017

CAS Watercolour July Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Watercolour July Challenge.  This month we want to see ...

Create a CAS (Clean and Simple) watercoloured card that includes a butterfly or butterflies! :)

I tried a new-to-me technique after seeing two gorgeous cards made by my friend, Linda (Life in the Craft Lane).  She used the Split Colouring technique which creates two cards at the same time.  I loved the look so wanted to try it myself.  Thanks Linda!

I created a CAS design with the above card by cutting down one of the panels so there was lots of white space.

The second card is below.  I left this one as a full panel, so it's not CAS, but wanted to share so you could see both versions.  As Linda mentions, use your Misti to place your stamp.  Stamp one image onto watercolour or mixed media paper and watercolour.  Stamp a second version onto a coloured panel. Cut the panels at the same place and mix and match. :)  Linda used clear embossing which also gives a subtler look ... I used gold.

This is Darnell's birthday card ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend!  I'm so happy it arrived in time for your big day!!  xx

Come check out the CAS Watercolour July Challenge launch to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, and from our talented Guest Designer, EunJi (Stamper EunjoA).

Stamps:  Fluttering (Memory Box); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Soft Suede (SU!); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Zigs (Pink, Orange); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, water brush

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly

Saturday, July 01, 2017

CAS Mix Up July Challenge

Hi everyone.  Happy Canada Day to all!  Canada is the big 1-5-0 this year!! :)

Not only is today Canada's birthday, but it's the start of a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.  Bonnie is hosting this month's challenge and has come up with a FANTASTIC challenge  ...


I have been experimenting with watercolouring on tissue paper for the past couple of weeks.  I have found that tissue paper works with many colour mediums that can be diluted with water.  It's easy to do and you don't need expensive watercolour paper.

I have created a video tutorial about how I watercolour with tissue paper, along with several techniques for using the watercoloured tissue.  Check out the video below, or click HERE to watch it on YouTube.  Please give me a thumbs up if you found the video helpful. :)  Thank you!!

For the card above, I used watercolour sprays on tissue paper to create this colourful background behind a flower heart die-cut card front.  Love the mix of colours.  I'll post the other three cards from the video in a few days with details on what I used to make them.

We're excited to have Sue (Sue's Card Craft) as our Guest Designer this month at CAS Mix Up.  Welcome Sue!!  I hope you'll find some time to check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful CAS mixed media tissue paper cards from Sue and the rest of our talented Design Team.

The challenge is open until July 24th.  I hope you'll create a CAS card with tissue paper and come join us!

Edited to add:  I'm heading over to Just Us Girls to help celebrate their 400th challenge - WOW!  Congrats to the DT!!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); White tissue paper
Ink:  Watercolour sprays:  orange, yellow, magenta, turquoise (Dick Blick); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Heart of Flowers die (Simon Says Stamp), black embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Tissue Paper
Just Us Girls #400 - Celebrate

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CASEing Linda

Hi everyone.  Today I'm CASEing my friend Linda (Lin's Craft Corner).  I was just blown away with this GORGEOUS card that she made.  I have never done a whole card front with emboss resist ... I just love how it turned out.

I recently got another stamp set from AliExpress.  Here's the link.  The set of 17 stamps was only $2.75 US.  Great deal.  You just have to be patient as some of the orders take months to arrive. :)

The images were randomly stamped in Versamark, then heat embossed in white. Four colours of DOX inks were sponged over top.  I misted with water to create a little bit of texture.

The die-cut "happy" was gifted to me by my dear friend, Barb.  It was adhered just above the white embossed black banner.  The finishing touch was to add three raindrops for some shine.

Fun card to make.  Thanks so much Linda for the awesome inspiration!!

Stamps:  Happy for You (AliExpress); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Oxides:  Peeled Paint, Fossilzed Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  white embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, water mister, Happy die (Winnie & Walter), raindrops

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Peace on Earth

Hi everyone.  First I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes and cards.  You helped to make my birthday a special one!!

Today I'm playing along with Rudolph Days, a Christmas card challenge that runs every month from the 25th to the end of the month.  I decided to combine it with the sketch challenge at Less Is More.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought Christmas card. :)


I used a piece of smooshed alcohol inks that I had in my stash for the background colour.  I die-cut the curves, placed them over the AI piece and then added a sparkly die-cut snowflake and a few clear sequins.  The sentiment is stamped in soft gray. Easy, peasy CAS design.  I will be making more of these! :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Christmas Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Yupo
Ink:  Smoky slate (SU!); Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  blending solution in a mister, Curved dies (AliExpress), Stitched snowflake die (Lil' Inkers), sequins

June Rudolph Days
Less Is More #334 - sketch

Monday, June 26, 2017

Framed Flowers

I recently received my latest order from STAMPlorations which included a few framed stamps.  I made two quick cards with them a couple of days ago.   The images are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in gold.  Then I used Zigs to loosely add watercolour to the flowers and background.  These cards were fun to make and didn't take very long at all.  I love how they turned out.  Both are already in the mail to friends to let them know I'm thinking of them. :)

Here's the second ...

Yesterday the family got together to celebrate early for my upcoming birthday.  It was such a fun time to have everyone together.  My DDIL and DS wanted to do some gardening for me as part of my gift.  It has been a few years since I've been able to garden, so it was very sweet of them to do this on what had to be, the hottest day of the year.  Nikki worked so hard, then took a break while we enjoyed a meal together.  Then she was right back outside.  This time she took along my two sons and a friend to help.  They finished up the whole front yard, including packing away the yard waste and watering the garden when they were finished.  I really appreciated all the hard work ... the yard looks AWESOME!

Alex had his camera and managed to get some beautiful shots of my grandchildren, and some of my mom too.  I'll share below.


G-Nana (grand nana) with Parker and Cooper

G-Nana with Violeta

And here's a picture I took of Cooper getting a big hug from Tio (uncle) Alex. :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Framed Cherry Blossoms; Framed Dahlias (STAMPlorations); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed media for image panels (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Zigs (lemon yellow for backgrounds); Cherry Blossoms (light pink, pink, wine red, pale green, light green); Dahlias (purple)
Accessories & Tools:  gold embossing powder, heat tool, water brush