Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thinking of You

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all having a great start to your week.

I'm back from my holiday on Galiano Island.  We had a wonderful and relaxing time. Saw lots of wildlife, including deer that had a path right through the property we were at, so they were just at the edge of the deck when passing by.  We also saw whales in Active Pass, which is always exciting.

I'll share a couple of pictures that Alex took of the place we stayed at ... a beautiful log home right on the water, overlooking Active Pass (between Vancouver mainland and Vancouver Island).

On to the card for today.  I'm honoured at Sabrina (Cook22 at SCS) is hosting the latest "Try a New Technique" challenge over at Splitcoaststampers and has used my Tissue Paper Watercolouring video as inspiration.  Thanks Sabrina!

I wanted to make sure I played along.  Luckily I had a few pieces of watercoloured, scrunched and heat embossed tissue paper in my stash, so this was a quick and easy card.

I added a die-cut peek-a-boo window and bird on a branch to the card front.  The sentiment is heat embossed in gold to match the embossing on the tissue paper.

This also works for the current CAS Watercolour challenge - Silhouette. :)  Bonus!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White tissue paper; White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango and Melon Mambo Reinkers (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  gold embossing powder, heat tool, Window die and bird on a branch die (AliExpress)

SCS TLC656 - Watercoloured Tissue plus Embossing
CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sending you Love

Hi everyone.  A reminder for the CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette.

My card starts with the Inka Gold background.  I smooshed Rose Inka Gold along with Brushed Corduroy re-inker.  It's a different colour combination for me, but I love how it turned out.  I then stamped script randomly over the background for some more interest.  I used a corner die-cut with dragonflies, cut from black to be my silhouette.  I framed it in white and stamped a sentiment.

We are already over half way through the month.  There's still just over a week to play along with our challenge before it closes.  There are AMAZING entries in our gallery.  Come check them out and see the reminder cards from the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Birgit.

Stamps:  Script (Penny Black); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base & frame (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Ink & Re-inker:  Brushed Corduroy
Accessories & Tools:  Inka Gold Rose (Viva Decor), water mister, palette knife, Dragonfly Stems Left Corner die (Memory Box), Rectangle Nestability (Spellbinder)

CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette

Friday, September 15, 2017

I'd Rather be Sailing

Hi everyone.  The card above looks like a bright and beautiful summer day, perfect for sailing.  For those of you that know me well ... the title of the post should read "I'd Rather Be Sailing ... NOT!" :)  I get sea sick easily.  I've been on a sailboat just once in my life and spent most of the time clinging to a pole while laying on the deck.  Not a pretty sight!!. :)

We're half way through September so this is my reminder card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge - Watercolour Wash.

Bonnie is hosting this month's challenge and we're having so much fun playing with watercolours!

I created the background wash following Gina Kim's video tutorial.  I taped down my watercolour paper and added lots of water on top with a sponge brush.  Then I used Peerless Watercolours to add swipes of colour (yellow, green and blue).  I added more ink and water and tilted the panel, letting the ink flow until the paper was completely covered with colour. Very easy way to do a Watercolour wash.

I die-cut this sailboat and sea scene with white card stock and popped it up on top. A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card.

I hope you'll take some time to check out the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog to see the beautiful watercolour wash cards from the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Cathy.  I know you'll be happy you did!

Since this card is a silhouette, I'm also adding this to the CAS Watercolour Challenge - Silhouette.

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Peerless Watercolours (Bright Yellow, Light Green, Sky Blue); Salty Ocean Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  sponge brush, paint brush, Navigation Sailing die (AliExpress)

CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Watercolour Wash
CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

follow your art

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing an experiment.  I wanted to see if I could watercolour with Distress Oxide Inks.  I used a brush to add clear water randomly over the center of my watercolour panel.  Then I just picked up some distress ink and randomly tapped it into the wet paper.  I washed out my brush and added a second, and then third colour randomly over the background.  I loved the artsy look and decided to add this sentiment to go with.  Diluted black acrylic paint was splattered over top to finish.

I'm happy with the way it turned out, but was hoping it would have a more translucent look.  Next time I will stick with using Distress inks or watercolour paints.

Stamps: follow your art (Stampendous)
Paper:  Hot Press Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Versamark; Black acrylic paint (Liquitex)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, black embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush for splattering

Friday, September 08, 2017

Summer Sunset

Hi everyone.  I'm currently away on vacation over on Galiano Island.  We arrived last night and it started to rain.  It's been raining all day ... so it's too chilly to sit out on the deck, but we are enjoying the beautiful waterviews from inside the house.  It's all about resting and relaxing this week.  Jer and Alex are here for the weekend and we've been eating lots and playing games.  I pulled out my zigs this afternoon to do a little watercolouring and soon was joined by both Jer and Alex.  They had fun playing with the zigs. :)

Today's card is more playing with watercolour washes.  This was an experiment and it didn't turn out as I had planned. :)  I was looking to create a summer sunset with a watercolour flat wash.  I was hoping the colours would blend into each other a little more, but it's still a pretty background, so I'm sharing with you.

I wet my watercolour paper first, and then mixed up my paints with water to create pools of colour to work with.  You need to have the colours mixed ahead so that you don't have to mix more as you go along.  I started at the top with a few strokes of pink, then changed to orange (overlapping a bit with the pink), and finally to yellow (overlapping a bit with the orange).

I added a die-cut silhouette of some trees and leaves overtop so the sunset could peek through.

I'm adding this to the CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Watercolour Wash.  And I'm also adding this to the CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette.  Silhouettes don't have to be black! :)


Come join us!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink:  Peerless Watercolour (Bright Yellow, Orange, Geranium Pink); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  sponge brush, large 1" flat brush, Birch Tree Window die (Simon Says Stamp), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Watercolour Wash
CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

With Love for Izzy

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Jer's dear friend, Izzy.  He asked me to make her a special birthday card that was feminine with red or purple.  I used all three. :)

This is my first time watercolour blending both red and purple to create a two-toned flower.  I'm happy with how it turned out.

Of course, I got a smudge of black at the top left and didn't realize until after I finished watercolouring!! :)  So I fussy-cut the flower and stems, leaving a thin white border.  Then I popped up the flower heads for dimension and glued the bottom of the stems under a sentiment banner at the bottom.  A few sequins add sparkle ... Izzy is all about the bling! :)  I took my white gel pen and went over the lines of the stamens to make them stand out more.

I'm playing along with The Flower Challenge #12 - Tic-Tac-Toe.  I used the line across the middle "Gems, Watercolour, CAS". :)


Thanks for coming by for a visit.

Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks; Thoughtful Messages (both from Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Candy Apple, Twisted Citron; Archival Black (Ranger); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Water brush, white gel pen, sequins

The Flower Challenge #12 - Tic-Tac-Toe

Saturday, September 02, 2017

CAS Watercolour September Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the beginning of September already!!  This year is flying by.  Time for a new challenge at CAS Watercolour.

For our challenge, silhouettes can be black, white, metallic or any other dark colour (gray, navy, brown).

My card starts with a tissue paper watercoloured background - click HERE to see my video tutorial.  I used a piece from my stash, so not sure of the ink that I used but believe it is Distress inks worn lipstick and peeled paint.  I glued it onto a piece of white card stock for sturdiness.  I placed a Wildflower stencil over top and sponged with Delicata Gold ink.  The card front was mounted onto a base and then the sentiment banner was glued on top down the left hand side.

We are thrilled to have Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) as our Guest Designer this month.  She won the July Butterfly challenge with this amazing card.  Welcome Birgit!!

Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful silhouette cards from our Design Team and Guest Designer, Birgit.  And then come play along!

Stamps:  The Big, the Bold, The Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White tissue paper; White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.).
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Wildflower stencil (Tim Holtz), sponge

CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette

Friday, September 01, 2017

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the launch of the September CAS Mix Up Challenge.  This month the challenge is hosted by Bonnie.

Playing with re-inkers to make this card. I placed a drop or two of red and brown distress inks on my palette, diluting with a bit of water.  Then used a round brush to add clear water to my mixed media card front.  I picked up red ink with my brush and just made some loose brush marks across my card front.  Rinsed out my brush and picked up the brown and added strokes of brown, making sure to overlap the red. That's it.  Let it dry and added a simple black stamped sentiment and black silhouette flower die-cut that I shaped with my stylus.

Check out the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog to see the amazing cards from our talented Design Team and wonderful Guest Designer, Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot).

Then come play along!!

Stamps:  Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media card front (Strathmore 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Re-inkers:  Candied Apple, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, paint brush, Joyful die (Penny Black), stylus and mat

CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Watercolour Wash

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thoughts of you

Hi everyone.  Sharing a card I sent to a friend who recently had surgery.  Thankfully everything went smoothly with the surgery and she is doing great!!

I used gold embossed images from Altenew that my dear friend, Bonnie, sent me ages ago.  I really need to be better about using up gifts!  I watercoloured with my zigs and fussy-cut.  I added a pierced border and a gold embossed sentiment to match.  I arranged the flower spray in the bottom right corner of the pieced rectangle, popping up the large flower for added dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  zigs; versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Waterbrush, gold embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercing tool and template

Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrating Christine

Hi everyone.  Today I'm celebrating with my dear friend, Christine.  She has had the most amazing month with recognition for her talent of making beautiful cards.

First, she won the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge for the month of July.  That means that she was interviewed by the magazine and she is featured on their blog (click link above to see) and will also be featured in one of their upcoming publications with a picture of her card that won, along with the interview and pictures of more cards from Christine. Congrats on this huge honour of being published, Christine!!

Next, she was chosen to be the Featured Stamper this week at Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  It's a wonderful honour to be chosen among all the talented crafters that post their cards.  And that brings me to my card for today.  As Feature Stamper, the challenge at SCS is to CASE (copy and share everything) one of Christine's cards from her amazing gallery (click to go to her gallery at SCS).

I chose to CASE this beautiful card from Christine's gallery.  I made this background piece during a play day with Christine and Susan a while ago.  It's made on mixed media paper with spray starch and drops of re-inker (Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise).  Then a piece of cling wrap was placed over top, scrunched up, and left to dry.  I love the design it created when the cling wrap was removed.  I used a new Penny Black deer die to place on top of two torn pieces of white cards stock (snow). I splattered the background with diluted white acrylic paint and added the sentiment stamped in Delicata Silver.  The panel was popped up over the card base for added dimension.

One final note about Christine.  She only started a blog less than a year ago, so there may be some of you who do not know her.  Please take some time to visit her blog (It's a Card Day's Night) ... you'll be glad you did!!  Thanks!

Stamps:  Festive Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Re-inkers:  Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise (SU!); Delicata Silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  spray starch, cling wrap, Inspiring die (deer - Penny Black), white acrylic paint


Sunday, August 27, 2017

CASEing Bobby

Hi everyone.  Today I'm CASEing Bobby (bits and pieces).  I have long been a fan of Bobby's CAS style.  She also has a uniquely creative way of interpreting challenges. I saw THIS CARD on Bobby's blog a while ago, and have been thinking about it ever since. :)  Thought it was time for me to make one of my own. :)

I changed it up slightly.  Bobby had debossed the background iris, where I used a white die-cut.  And I used distress inks to watercolour my iris, instead of Brushos. Thanks so much Bobby for the inspiration!

I die-cut the iris from both watercolour paper and white card stock.  As I mentioned, I used distress inks to watercolour my iris and then layered it over top of the white die-cut in the background.  A simple stamped sentiment and a few sequins for sparkle and the card was done.

I hope you'll find some time to check out Bobby's blog ... I know you will have fun there!

I'm playing along with the latest CAS-ology challenge - Bud.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks Sentiment (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Iris die (Penny Black), waterbrush, sequins

CAS-ology Week 263 - Bud

Friday, August 25, 2017

Winter Sky

Hi everyone.  I'm joining the challenge over at Scrappimo's blog - August Rudolph Days.  The challenge runs from the 25th until the end of the month.  The theme is always Anything Goes Christmas.

I'm here today with another Alcohol Ink background that I made a while ago.  I have a large stash of backgrounds which helps to make a quick card.  This was done with smooshing three colours of alcohol inks onto Yupo paper.  Once dry, I sprayed with blending solution to get the cool texture of a frosty night sky.

I added a simple white die-cut from AliExpress --- another bargain of only $2.59US.  And I stamped the sentiment in Delicata Silver.  I love this ink because it is metallic and sparkly so there's no need to heat emboss.

I made four of these quick cards.  Two for my Christmas stash and two to donate. My stash is really building and I'm over half way to my goal for this year. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps:  Festive Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Yupo; White card base (Neeenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol inks:  Botanical, Mermaid, Indigo (Ranger); Delicata Silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Blending solution (Ranger), Xmas Deer Tree die (AliExpress)

August Rudolph Days

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sending You Sunshine

Hi everyone.  Sharing a card I sent to a friend who has had a very tough summer.  I wanted to send her some sunshine to brighten her day. :)

I started with yellow watercolour sprayed background.  I die-cut the sunflower from watercolour paper and then used inks to colour.  I altered the die-cut slightly by cutting off two petals and rearranging them.  I framed the sunflower and stamped a sentiment (masking two sentiments to create this one) in one of the colours of the sunflower to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Sunny Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Sunflower die (AliExpress), Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Yellow Watercolour Spray made from concentrate (Dick Blick)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Salted Snowflake

Hi everyone.  Today's card is another for the CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt.  I love how the salt reacts with watercolours.

This time I die-cut a sparkly snowflake to pop on top of my blue Brushos and salt background.  I added a glittery jewel to the center.  A silver embossed sentiment finishes the card.

This card was simple to make.  I made a full panel of background (4 1/2" x 6"), then cut it into four equal pieces of 2 1/8" x 3" to create four cards.  Two are for my Christmas card stash and two I will donate.  A quick and easy way to get lots of cards made. :)

There's still a few days left to play along with the CAS Watercolour Salt Challenge. It closes at midnight August 24th.  Hope you'll join us.

Stamps:  Joyful Greeting (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); silver foil (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Ultra Marine; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, kosher salt, Snowflake die (Lil' Inkers), glitter jewel (AliExpress),

CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt