Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mum Tag

Hi everyone.  I've made a second tag for the Tag You're It! challenge.  I'm not sure that this qualifies, but hope so.

I have used Marcia's (Featured Designer) tag for inspiration.  I don't have any sweet images like Marcia used on her tag, but used her autumn theme.  I do love the colours of autumn, and the flowers, like the mum above.  Mums are so beautiful and last a VERY long time. :)

I stamped the mum bouquet off the edge of the tag, in medium brown ink and heat embossed in clear.  Then I used my zigs to watercolour the flower and leaves.  I used the same ink and clear embossing on the sentiment.  I added a bright green, tone-on-tone, polka dot ribbon at the top.

Here's the close-up.

There's only a few more days left for this month's challenge ... I hope you'll check it out and play along!

Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet: Mums (WPlus9); Sentiment - Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz); Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  clear embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, bright green ribbon

Tag You're It! #75

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hello Autumn Tag

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with "Tag You're It!" where my sweet friend Marcia (Marcia's Stampin' Pad), is the Featured Designer.

Isn't her tag adorable??!!  I don't have any cute images like that, so I decided to go with an autumn tree that is loosing it's leaves.  Maybe the little girl in Marcia's tag might like to play on the tree swing? :)

Here's a close-up.

I stamped my tree and sentiment in Brushed Corduroy and heat embossed in clearn.  Then I used distress inks and a waterbrush to watercolour the tag.  Added ribbon and a twine bow to finish.

Thank you for the wonderful inspiration Marcia.  I had fun making this quick, CAS tag.

Stamps:  Tree Swing (Stampendous); Sentiment - Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Accessories & Tools:  Clearn embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, ribbon, twine

Tag You're It! #75

Autumn Leaves

Hi everyone.  Today's card uses a new-to-me die.  It's over top of a Brushos watercoloured panel done in yellow, orange and red.  The sentiment is stamped in a coordinating colour.

Very simple CAS design.  I'm adding this to the CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves.

There's still a few days left to play along.  Challenge closes midnight October 24th (PST).  Come join us!

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  Yellow, Orange, Red
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Cute Leaves Plate die (AliExpress)

CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves

Friday, October 20, 2017

Take Care

Hi everyone.  More fun playing with Distress Oxides and stenciling.  This is another card with layered stencils.  The CAS Mix Up challenge is open for a few more days. Hope you'll join us if you haven't already.

Three stencils were used on the panel.  Started out by smooshing a background of purple and red.  Then added more red by stenciling through a mini dot stencil.  Next a pretty star and circle shaped stencil was used on opposite corners with more purple.  Last, the bird was sponged through a stencil in dark brown.  I stamped a little bit of script over the bird and heat embossed in liquid platinum to give him a lift ... he was looking rather flat just the one colour. :)

I added a backing panel that was 1/2" longer so I could stamp my sentiment.  This card was sent to a friend's husband who was in a terrible skiing accident.  Wanted to let him know I was thinking of him.  Thankfully his recovery has been going well.

Thanks for coming by!

Stamps:  Script (Penny Black); Take Care sentiment (Bamboo Roses by Altenew)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper for main panel (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Wilted Violet, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz);  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, sponges, Mini Tiny Circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop); Tim Holtz stencil (name unknown), Some Birds stencil (STAMPlorations), liquid platinum embossing powder (Ranger) heat tool

CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Layering Stencils

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Favourite Flowers

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with The Flower Challenge.  They are celebrating their 1st birthday of the challenge.  Congrats to the creator, Aileen, and the very talented Design Team.


So much beautiful eye candy with the DT cards AND in the gallery!

I'm also entering this card into the Craft Stamper Take It Make It October Challenge - Anything Goes (with stamping).

I couldn't pick a favourite flower stamp.  Instead, I'm using ONE of my favourites stamps that was gifted to me by a sweet friend.  I LOVE colouring this stamp.

For this card, I stamped the outline image in pale brown.  Again with the no-line watercolouring ... I'm obsessed with it right now. :)  Once I was finished with colouring, I put the stamp back in my Misti (had taken it out because I didn't think I'd stamp it again).  Lucky for me, it matched up and I over-stamped in a deeper brown.  I really like the softness of the brown outline with the colours I've used.  I used that same brown to stamp the sentiment.  I added a little detail to the flowers with a white gel pen.

Here's a close-up ...
The Flower Challenge 1st Birthday Celebration runs until the 25th of the month.  Still lots of time to play along!

The Take It Make It challenge is also open until the 25th ... lots of inspiring cards by the DT and in the gallery - check it out!

Stamps:  Kind Soul (WPlus9); Sentiment - Cosmos (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. hot press)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (SU!); Zigs, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, white gel pen

The Flower Challenge #13 - 1st Birthday Celebration
Craft Stamper Take It Make It October Challenge

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Ferns

Hi everyone.  Today's card is a reminder for the CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves.  And also a reminder that we are celebrating our 1st Birthday this month at CWCC!

Come join us ... there is a prize for the winning card ... and also one prize for a random pick among all entries.

When I think of fall leaves, I automatically visualize shades of yellow, orange and reds.  Not today.  Today's card is all about the fern.  I recently bought this beautiful background fern stamp.  I don't own a lot of background stamps because with my CAS style I thought I wouldn't get a lot of use out of them.  Wrong!  I cut it down to create a small, but colourful panel of watercoloured ferns.  I used my Stampin' Write markers to colour the rubber stamp, spritzed with water and stamped onto mixed media paper, pressing down firmly.  Once the stamp was removed, I used a paper towel to mop up any excess water/ink, which left a beautiful, soft image for the background.  Love it!

I simply added a black die-cut silhouette fern leaf.  I added a very thin frame of black and a black stamped sentiment to tie it all together.

Check out the challenge blog to see the amazing reminder cards made by our design team and wonderful Guest Designer, Marcia.

Stamps:  Plant Background (The Stampin' Place; Sentiment - Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Pair of Ferns die (Cheery Lynn)

CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Layered Daisies

Hi everyone.  Today's card is a reminder for the CAS Mix Up October challenge, hosted by Julia.

This is a different way of layering stencils.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut three stencils, all with the same daisy design, but in different sizes.  I placed the stencil over my card front and used ink and my clarity brushes to add in a variety of colours and sizes. The lighter daisies give the illusion that they are in the background, giving this one layer card some depth.

The card front was run through the Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die to add some stitching lines around the edges.  I used a Distress marker (Brushed Corduroy) to add some dots to a few of the flowers.  A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card.

These fun, bright flowers make me happy. :)

Make sure to check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our DT and our Guest Designer Sue's.  And then come join us!

Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Daisy stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, clarity brushes, Stitched Mat die (Lil' Inkers)

CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Layering Stencils

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In the Studio with Patt and Vicky

Hi everyone.  Today I had fun playing in the studio with two friends. :)  Vicky is new to stamping and wanted to learn about different ways to use her Big Shot, along with learning about distress inks and DOX inks.  The three of us had fun getting inky.

We also found time to play with tissue paper watercolouring using different colouring mediums.  We used distress inks, distress sprays, and Brushos.  Lots of inky mess ... nothing could be better!! :)

The card above was me showing Patt and Vicky how to smoosh with DOX inks, layering them to create a mixed media background.  I cut mine down to a small rectangle, added a white shaped die-cut and stamped a simple sentiment in matching ink.  So fun and easy to make.

I'm playing along with a couple of challenges.  First AAA#100 - Sketch ... what a great CAS design!  I used my over interpretation and hope it's close enough.  CAS-ology #270 is looking for "Odd".  My one spray of flower is an odd number.


Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Where the Heart is (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media panel (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Wild Honey, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, heat tool, Flower Frolic die (Penny Black)

AAA #100 - Sketch
CAS-ology #270 - Odd

Monday, October 09, 2017

Fall Oak Leaves

Hi everyone.  This is my all-time favourite leaf stamp set that I have used on over 30 cards!   I never get tired of it. :)   Definitely got my money's worth.  The card above is for the CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves.  I love this time of year with all the beautiful Fall colours.

I used wet-on-wet to watercolour my two oak leaves and then fussy-cut.  I mounted on a panel with a coppery-coloured card stock and added natural twine with a copper thread through it.  A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card.

We are celebrating our 1st birthday at CAS Watercolour.  Hope you'll play along.  Come join us by entering your CAS Watercolour Fall Leaf card(s).

Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!);
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); copper-brown card stock (unknown)
Ink:  Archival Black ink:  Ranger; Distress inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, natural and copper twine

CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Happy Birthday Layers

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing another layered stencil card.  That's the challenge this month at CAS Mix Up, which is hosted by our wonderful Design Team member, Julia!  I've been having lots of fun playing with my stencils. :)

This time I believe I used four different stencils.  This is not the norm for me, but I really had fun with this.  For some reasons, I'm more comfortable making masculine cards with this technique. :)

I used my Distress Oxides this time and you can see the chalky finish.  I think they work great for this technique.  I started with a background of smooshed yellow and orange.  Then I started layering stencils.  First I used a gear stencil, which is the main (largest) stencil in Wilted Violet ink.  Next up the top left corner is small circle stencil with Spiced Marmalade ink and also a tiny bit at the bottom of the harlequin (diamonds) stencil done in Iced Spruce ink.  To finish it off, I added black through a small clock stencil just randomly.  I sponged the sentiment banner with Wilted Violet ink and then heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment in Black.

I hope you'll come join us if you haven't done so yet.  There are fantastic, inspirational cards from the Design Team, our Guest Designer Marcia, and from our participants.  Make sure to check out the gallery.

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I will be hosting the fourth annual challenge
Twelve Tags of Christmas
(Mixed Media Christmas Tags)
Starts November 6th
Hope you'll join me!

Stamps:  Thanks Sentiments (Lil' Inkers)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, Clockwise stencil (Tim Holtz), Gear stencil (?), Harlequin stencil and Dot stencil (both cut with my Silhouette Cameo), Black embossing powder, heat tool.

CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Layered Stencils

Friday, October 06, 2017

Christmas Trees

Hi everyone.  Working more with the no-line watercolouring.  I hope you're not sick of seeing this technique. :)  I am really enjoying it and looking at all my stamps in a whole new way.

Wanted to play along with Merry Monday #259.  I've been missing joining in on a regular basis this year.  Been busy with lots of projects, but took some time out to play along.  This week they are looking for Christmas trees.

I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Christmas.  This is my second entry into the challenge.

I started by placing my silhouette trees image in my Misti.  Inked with light brown (Stampin' Up - Saraha Sand).  This time I removed my card from the Misti as I decided not to heat emboss.

Watercoloured the trees, snow hills and bird using Distress Inks and a water brush.  Used three colours of blue ink to sponge the sky and then stamped the sentiment in the darkest shade of the three.  My stamp didn't stick to the misti (forgot to add some temporary adhesive), so it fell off half way through stamping a second time (to get a clear image with distress inks, you need to stamp two or more times).  Luckily, only a few smudges of blue where they shouldn't be.  Carefully added a little water with my brush and dabbed with paper towel.  It worked.  Then used the matching colour of marker to write over top of the sentiment.  It's not perfect, but close enough! :)

For the finish, I added falling snow using chunky white frantage on top and heat embossing.  It turned out pretty good, except for the poor little bird that looks like he's being pelted with large snowballs. :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Scenic Season (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate (SU!); Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Candied Apple, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water brush, sponges, chunky white frantage (Stampendous)

Merry Monday #259 - Christmas Trees
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Christmas Poinsettia

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing more with no-line watercolouring and using one of my new Penny Black stamps.  I watched several of Jill Foster's (PB&J Penny Black) recent videos and used a few of her techniques and layout.  I have changed up a few things to make it my own design.

I started by stamping the image in light brown ink in my Misti.  I left everything in place, watercolouring the poinsettia with distress inks while still in the misti.  Once I was finished with the flower, I dried it with my heat tool, added anti-static powder, stamped the image over top using Versamark ink, and then heat embossed in clear.  I think my clear powder is old because it bubbled a little, but it just makes the flower look a little sparkly.

I masked the card front and sponged the background with three colours of brown distress inks (antique linen all over; brushed corduroy around the sides and edges; vintage photo just on the edges).  I splattered some water and then blotted with a paper towel (ghosting).  Removed the masking tape and stamped the sentiment in black and also clear embossed it as well.  I finished the card by rounding one of the top corners.

I know this sounds like a lot of steps, but it actually was fairly quick to make and I enjoyed every bit of the watercolouring (my favourite part!).

I was inspired by two challenges ... Less Is More #348 - Watercolouring.  And Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Christmas (Penny Black featured).  I combined the two. :)

Stamps:  Red Delight (Penny Black); Big Scripty Greetings Holiday (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Crafter's Companion - white)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (SU!); Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz); Versamark; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Misti, water brush, clear embossing powder, heat tool, masking tape, sponges, corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers)

Less Is More #348 - Watercolouring
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Christmas