Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Golden Thanks

Hi everyone.  Today's card is another using watercolouring with salt.  I have watercoloured a piece of white tissue paper using watercolour sprays (magenta and orange).  I quickly added some kosher salt on top and let the piece air dry.  The salt reacted with the watercolour, absorbing some of the colour and creating little star bursts.  So pretty!

I glued the tissue to a piece of white card stock and cut two squares.  I splattered the pieces with diluted gold pigment ink (Delicata) and then layered them onto my card front.  A piece of white card stock was coloured with more of the Delicata ink and then cut into the flower branch and placed on top.  A simple thanks stamp finishes the card.

This month's challenge at CAS Watercolour is to use Salt.  I hope you'll check out the reminder post to see more inspiring cards using salt from our Design Team, and talented Guest Designer, Ros.

Also playing along with Just Us Girls this week.  There's lots of shine from the gold splatters, flower sprig and sentiment.

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); white tissue paper
Ink:  Watercolour Sprays from Concentrate:  Magenta, Orange (Dick Blick); Delicata Gold ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brush, water mister, kosher salt, Lavish Branch die (Memory Box)

CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt
Just Us Girls #406 - Bring on the Shine

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sending Smiles

Hi everyone.  Today is our mid-month reminder for the CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks.  This month the challenge is being run by our very talented Design Team Member, Nancy (scandinancy creates).  There's just over a week left to play along ... don't miss it!  Check out the challenge blog to see more sample cards from our Design Team and Guest Designer, Trina!

I love this bright combination of colours.  I coloured a 4 1/2" x 6" piece of Yupo paper with different colours of alcohol inks.  Made this design back in May and used a small portion of it for this card.  Love when I can get two or three cards from one piece of AI paper. :)  I split the panel to give the design a little interest.  Then added a simple black outline flower sprig and stamped the sentiment.

I hope you'll come join us this month.  Alcohol inks are so fun to play with, but messy too. :)  What could be better??!!  Don't have any alcohol inks?  We accept cards coloured with any alcohol markers ... or ... we have a video tutorial on our challenge blog that uses dye inks and rubbing alcohol to make your own.  Come join us!

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Yupo; Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Alcohol inks (Ranger / Pinata)
Accessories & Tools:  blending solution, Sketch Daisy die (Memory Box)

CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sweet Baby Boy

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Baby Jack.  Dear friends of our's have welcomed their first grandchild.  We are so happy for them and for the new mom and dad who will receive the above card. :)

Simple design using a medium circle die for the bib, and a small oval for the neck opening.  I added some light acetate smooshing in the background with pale green and pale blue.  Three small pearls finish the bib.  And a black sentiment banner was white embossed with "sweet" and "boy" with a die-cut "baby" adhered to the center.

Since this card is made with snippets, I'm heading over for some fun at the Playground.

Edited to add:  Thanks to my friend, Jules ... I'm adding this to the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #175 - Tiny Fingers and Tiny Toes.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Happy (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Bashful Blue polka-dot, Black (SU!)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Circle Nestability & Oval Nestability (Spellbinder), baby die (Simon Says Stamp), acetate, water mister, three pale blue half-pearls, white embossing powder, heat tool

Snippets Playground - Weed 293 and 294
Cardz4Guyz Challenge #175 - Tiny Fingers and Tiny Toes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Christine!

Hi everyone.  Today is my friend Christine's birthday.  We are hoping to get together tomorrow for a crafty play day, but I couldn't wait to let her know that I was thinking of her on her birthday!  Hope you have a wonderful day, Christine!

This is made with alcohol inks.  But, not in the normal way of using them with yupo. I usually put down aluminum foil when smooshing with alcohol inks.  They are messy to deal with and they bleed through other liners like wax paper.  Ask me how I know this. :)

Anyways, I decided to keep the foil with the leftover alcohol inks and used it for my card today.  It's shiny, so  little difficult to photograph.  I did learn another "what not to do" making this card.  I used a 3M adhesive spray to adhere the foil to a piece of card stock.  I stamped on top, but the ink (even though it was Archival ink) did not dry.  So I coated it with black embossing powder and heated.  The spray adhesive didn't appreciate getting hot.  It created a gas bubble between the foil and card backing.  You'll see after it cooled, that I burnished the foil again.  It left creases, which I thought looked good, but next time I will heat emboss before adhering. Lesson learned! :)

I'm sharing this alcohol ink card with the gallery at CAS Mix Up.  So many gorgeous and inspirational cards.  I hope you'll check it out.

Stamps:  Flowers (AliExpress); Thank you (Lil' Inkers
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Tangerine (Pinata), Wild Plum (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Aluminum foil, black embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Salted Christmas

Hi everyone.  I'm having some more fun playing with watercolour and salt.  I used Brushos for this background, adding kosher salt and letting it air dry.  I love the bursts that the salt creates.

I'm adding these to the CAS Watercolour gallery.  The challenge this month is "salt".

I actually did two pieces, the one above with deep blues and purple, and another with turquoise and blue.  I cut both pieces in half to create four backgrounds and then made them into the same design.  Great way to create four quick and easy Christmas cards. :)

Here's a picture of the turquoise one ...

I hope you'll join us at CAS Watercolour for this fun challenge.

Stamps:  Season's Gifts (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed media panel (Strathmore 140 lb.); Silver foil (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Purple, Ultra Marine; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, kosher salt, Curves Border die (AliExpress), Holly Jolly (stitched tree) die (Lil' Inkers), Holiday Shapes (star) die (Simon Says Stamp), Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Coffee x 2

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards that use the same die-cut.

My dear friend, Nancy gave me a card using this awesome die-cut.  LOVE it!  Had to buy it for myself right away.  We are great at enabling each other. :)

I cut this fun coffee mug from both white card stock and from Yupo paper that had been coloured with alcohol inks.  I then mixed and matched the pieces to create this inlaid design on two cards.  I popped up the main panel for a bit of dimension and then stamped a simple sentiment.

I'm adding these to the CAS Mix Up gallery where our challenge this month is Alcohol Inks.

Below are photos of both versions.

... and the reverse ...

This time I popped up the panel over a dark card base and stamped a simple sentiment. A quick and easy way to make two cards. :)

I hope you'll have a play with alcohol inks and join us at the CAS Mix Up Challenge. If you don't have alcohol inks or markers, there is a video on the challenge blog that shows how you can use rubbing alcohol and dye inks to create an alcohol ink background. :)

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts); Mix Mash (HLS)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Soft Suede (SU!); Yupo
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  orange, red, green and yellow (can't remember specific names) (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Coffee Cup Silhouette die borrowed from my friend Nancy (STAMPlorations)

CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Love You

Hi everyone.  Created this quick card using a watercoloured background that I made during the Craft Retreat I was at in May.  It's mixed media paper, sprayed with starch and then reinkers dropped on top.  A piece of cling wrap was placed over top and scrunched up ... all left to dry overnight.

I love the subtle design it created on the piece.  I die-cut my card front and the piece of watercoloured card with the heart of flowers die.  The coloured pieces were inlaid to create a one layer card.  I added some glossy accents over the small dots in the design to add a bit of shine.  The sentiment was stamped in black to finish.

I'm entering two challenges at the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  You must be a Fan Club member to play along.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento);  Reinkers:  Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray starch, cling wrap, Heart of Flowers die (Simon Says Stamp)

SCS Dare To Get Dirty 2017 Challenges

Friday, August 04, 2017

Daisy Birthday

Hi everyone.  First I want to apologize to my blogging friends that I haven't been able to visit lately.  I have been ill with a virus for several days.  I am slowly getting better, but this is one nasty virus and it will take a while to be back 100%.  In the meantime, I had a few posts scheduled so it looked as though I was around, but I missed visiting others and seeing all the wonderful, new creations by my friends. Look forward to visiting you soon!

Today I'm sharing a card I made last month while playing with tissue paper and ink.  I used Distress inks to create this tissue paper background.  Glued it onto a piece of white card stock and mounted to my card base.

I took another piece of white card stock and did a direct to paper with my Delicata Gold ink pad and then die-cut the leaves.  Delicata ink takes a while to dry because it is a pigment ink, so I used my heat tool to speed up the process.  What happened was the paint started to bubble when it got hot.  I actually really like the look of it ... it adds some lovely texture to the leaves.  A happy accident! :)

I die-cut the white flower three times, shaped with with my stylus and glued the layers together to create this pretty flower.  This is another AliExpress die that comes as part of a set of six (four flowers and two leaves).  I also bought these pretty stained glass gems from AliExpress and used one for the flower center.  Isn't it pretty??!! :)

The sentiment is stamped in Delicata Gold onto a white frame and adhered over my card base.

Since I used snippets to create my flower and leaves, I'm heading over to play at the Snippets Playground.

Also playing along with four challenges at the Dare to Get Dirty Fan Club Challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  You must be a Fan Club Member to play along.

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Heartfeld (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah); White Tissue Paper
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Chrsanthemum Flowers & Leaves die (AliExpress), stylus and mat, stained glass gems (AliExpress)

Snippets Playground - Week 291 and 292
SCS Dare To Get Dirty 2017 Challenges

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

CAS Watercolour August Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt.  Bonnie has come up with a great challenge.  There are a few different ways to use salt when watercolouring.  Check out the challenge blog post to find some video tutorials ... and then come play along.

For the card above, I used mixed media paper and brushos (orange, terracotta and rose red) for colouring my paper.  I sprinkled salt over top and let the card front air dry.  Then I brushed off the salt to reveal the artsy background above.

I die-cut these beautiful flower stems with a penny black die that I received as a gift from my dear friend, Bonnie!  This is called "Shall we dance" ... the flowers really do look like they are dancing.  I used Brushos again to colour the die-cuts (cut from more mixed media paper).  This time I used just a little Terracotta and lots of Rose Red so the colours are deeper than the background.

I popped up a simple white frame over my background and tucked the stems under the frame to secure them, along with a few small drops of glue.  I stamped my sentiment in Barn Door distress ink ... it matches pretty well, I think.  And for the final detail, I added some Crystal Clear YNS Gumdrops to the center of each flower. They are glittery, but it doesn't really show in the photos.

We are excited to have Ros (Mikey's Mom) as our Guest Designer this month. Please check out the challenge blog to see the CAS watercoloured salt cards from Ros and our amazing Design Team.

I hope you'll come play along!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  orange, terracotta, rose red; Distress Ink:  Barn Door (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, kosher salt, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Shall we Dance die (Penny Black), Crystal Clear Gumdrops (Your Next Stamp)

CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

CAS Mix Up August Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Mix Up August Challenge.  This month's challenge is hosted by Nancy (scandinancy creates) and she has us playing with alcohol inks. :)

I created four cards using alcohol inks on acetate with scrunched tissue paper attached to the back.  The tissue paper allows you to see the beautiful colours of ink while providing some texture and a semi-translucent look.

I (sort of) followed the technique shown in this video.

I used a 6"x6" piece of acetate and smooshed three colours of alcohol inks (Wild Plum, Sunbright Yellow, Tangerine Orange).  Once dry, I sprayed the alcohol ink side of the acetate sheet with spray adhesive and pressed on a piece of scrunched and creased white tissue paper.  The finished piece was then cut into four equal pieces and then trimmed to 2 1/4" x 3" each. Four different sprig stamps were heat embossed in gold on the front of the pieces.  I had to be careful not to overheat as the acetate will warp if it gets too hot.

All four pieces are popped up with clear pop dots onto white card bases. Sentiments are gold heat embossed to match the images.  The other three cards are below ...

We are thrilled to have Trina (My Crafting Closet) as our Guest Designer this month. Trina was the winner of the June Embossing Pastes/Gels challenge.  Check out the Design Team's and Trina's wonderful alcohol ink creations by clicking HERE.

I hope you'll come play along with us.  The challenge is open until August 24th.

Stamps:  Sprigs (Penny Black); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card bases (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Wild Plum, Sunbright Yellow (Ranger); Tangerine Orange (Pinata)
Accessories & Tools:  Piece of Acetate, tissue paper, spray adhesive, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gloves (always wear gloves when working with alcohol inks)

CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks