Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Star Ornaments

Hi everyone.  This is a reminder card for the CAS Christmas April Challenge - Ornament, hosted by Bonnie.


Today I'm sharing an ornament card that doesn't use an ornament stamp or die.  Always great to stretch the use of our supplies, ornaments can be made from lots of different things (stars, snowflakes, circles, etc.).

Above I've used my stitched star dies to create some shimmery star ornaments.  I cut the star from Be Creative double sided tape, adding a light weight card stock to the one side before cutting.  I removed the cover to reveal the sticky side and topped it with gilding flakes.  I pressed them down and then used a piece of Rub-it Scrub-it to burnish.  I also stamped a background of splatters with gilding flake glue and added flakes to them as well.

Here's a close-up ...


I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the amazing reminder cards from our Designers, and our wonderful Guest Designer, Hideko.

I know you'll be inspired.  So come join us.  The challenge is open for another week, closing at April 24th at midnight (PST).






Stamps:  Merry and Bright (SU! - retired)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Star dies (AliExpress), Be Creative Tape, Verdigris Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), gilding flake glue, gold metallic pen

Challenges:
CAS Christmas April Challenge - Ornament

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone.  It's already more than half way through April.  That means it's time for a reminder post for the CAS Watercolour challenge.

This month Bonnie wants us to add a bird (or birds) to our CAS Watercoloured cards.  I combined two older stamps to create a little water scene with bull rushes and a bird. :)  The stamps were inked with Stampin' Up! markers, spritzed with a little water and then stamped onto mixed media paper.  I used my water brush to move just a little bit of the colour around.  I took one of the markers, scribbled some on my palette, added a little water and then did the wash at the bottom.  The sentiment was stamped in dark brown ink ... same ink used for outlining the bird and bull rushes.  To finish, I rounded the top right corner.  The images were a bit low, so by adding the corner rounding, it makes the card look more balanced.

Here's a close-up ...

Check out the reminder post on the challenge blog to see more inspiring bird cards from our Guest Designer, Stef, our talented Designers, and our fantastic challenge participants.  Then come join us!







Stamps:  Simply Sketched (Stampin' Up!); Be Thankful (Innovative Stamp Creations);
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Markers:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brush, corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers)

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Bird

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hello There

Hi everyone.  I have something special to share with you today.  A sweet card maker, Ishani (Quillish), contacted me a few weeks back and said she wanted to learn more techniques and thought CASEing my cards would help her do that.  She is starting a series of posts, CASEing cards of mine with new-to-her techniques.  I'm so honoured.  Thanks you so much Ishani!

The series is starting today and I asked if I could participate in the first post.  Today Ishani and I are both CASEing the card below, which is a recent card done with the rubber band technique.
CASEing this card

Here's a close-up of my CASE of the card above.
I used one of the left over samples of rubber band technique with white embossing from making my video.  I simply sprinkled on some Tibetan Poppy Teal Magical powder (Lindy's), misted with lots of water and then tilted the panel to let the colours flow.  I managed to keep some deep colours in the center with lighter towards the edges.  Love how it turned out.

A bird on a branch is die-cut from black card stock, a thin (1/16") black frame added to the panel and it is popped up on foam for dimension.  The card is finished with a black stamped sentiment.

The colours from the Magicals are beautiful.  No only the colours, but the shimmer that comes along with the Magicals.  I managed to capture some of it in a closeup ... see below.
Thank you for stopping by to see my card today.  If you have time, please stop by to see Ishani's CASE of my card by clicking HERE.

I'm adding this card to these two galleries:  CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Rubber Band Technique and CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Bird.



Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series);  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark; Tibetan Poppy Teal (Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals)
Accessories & Tools:  Brayer, rubber bands, white embossing powder, heat tool, water mister, bird on a branch die (AliExpress)

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Rubber Band Technique
CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Bird

Rubber Band Ornaments

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for the CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Rubber Band Technique, hosted by Julia.


The card above only took a few minutes to make, so I ended up making three to build my Christmas card stash.  I used pieces of acetate with alcohol inks that I had in my stash, added a backing of computer paper.  Used a brayer, covered with elastic bands, loading it with Versamark ink and running it lightly over top of my acetate.  Then sprinkled on embossing powder (gold for the card above), and heat to melt the powder.  Die-cut my ornament and popped it up on my card front with a heat embossed sentiment and some gold cording.

This is such a fun and easy technique.  I hope you'll give it a try.

Here's close-ups of the three cards (all the same design, but different colours) ...




Please check out the challenge blog to see the reminder post with new cards from our Designers and wonderful Guest Designer, Hideko.  Then come play along.

I'm adding this to the CAS Christmas April Challenge - Ornament.









Stamps:
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Alcohol inks; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  acetate sheet, gold and silver embossing powders, heat tool, Ornament die (Elizabeth Craft Dies), gold cording, silver cording

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Rubber Band Technique
CAS Christmas April Challenge - Ornament


Thursday, April 12, 2018

With Love

Hi everyone.  I was looking through my box of unfinished projects and found this card with the image already heat embossed, but not coloured.  I thought it would be a nice card for Mother's Day, which is in about a month's time here in Canada.

I had my watercolour sprays out on my work table, so started with pink.  The colours were too intense and took over the first few petals I coloured without me being able to add shading.  So I added lots of water and kept blotting with a dry paper towel to remove as much of the pink as possible.  I thought I'd try Ripe Persimmon distress ink over top and see if it looked OK.  To my surprise, I was really happy with the look.  Glad I didn't just chuck this in the garbage. :)

Used a water brush and distress inks to colour, stamped the sentiment in matching liquid platinum embossing powder and added splatters to finish.  Happy with this card and I know my mom will love it. :)

Here's a close-up ...
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!






Stamps:  Smile (dee's artsy impressions - STAMPlorations); Bouquet Thanks sentiment (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Ripe Persimmon, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, waterbrush

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of Twofer Card Challenge #4.  I think you'll have a fun time with this month's challenge ...


Just a reminder that the challenge is to make two cards with different designs for different occasions using either the same stamp or die. 

I used the same cat stamp from the Paper Smooches stamp set - Chubby Chums.  I love the expression on his face. :)

First up is the Christmas card.  I stamped and fussy-cut my cat from mixed media paper and then added a bit of watercolouring with my gray zigs.  I stamped a Santa hat from another stamp, fussy-cut, coloured with Brushos wet with shimmer spray (I was experimenting). :)  Added some Martha Stewart "Sparkle Texture" paste to the brim and pompom.  I glued the hat onto the cat and added glossy accents to his eyes.  I used my computer to add the printed sentiment "Meowy Christmas" onto my patterned paper (font is "A Little Pot").  Cut the Christmas patterned paper to size and popped it up on my card front, popping up the cat on top of that.  This card makes me happy!!

Here's a close-up:

... and closer-up ...

For my second card (love card for my hubby), I again stamped the same cat onto mixed media paper and fussy-cut, then coloured with my gray zigs.  I die-cut my card front with a semi-circle, adding the same die-cut over top in red to create a frame.  I stamped paw prints in the background in soft gray ink.  I stamped a second cat, this time just fussy-cutting the front paws.  Those are glued onto the top of the frame so that it appears that he's hanging on.  I added glossy accents for his eyes, and then stamped the sentiment "You're Purrr-fect" in black, adding a paw print at the end. 

Here's a close-up ...

... and closer-up ...


That's it, two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamp.  I hope you'll come play along.

We have some fantastic inspiration from our talented Designers along with our wonderful Guest Designer this month, Pia.  Check out the challenge blog HERE.







Card#1:  Meowy Christmas
Stamps:  Chubby Chums (Paper Smooches); Sentiment - computer generated
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); festive & frosty designer paper (Penny Black)
Ink:  Black (Archival by Ranger); Gray Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  paint brush, scarlet brushos, shimmer spray, glossy accents, Sparkle Texture (Martha Stewart)

Card#2:  You're Purrr-fect
Stamps:  Chubby Chums (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black (Archval by Ranger); Gray Zigs; Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  Semi-Circle die (AliExpress), glossy accents


Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge #4 - Pets

Friday, April 06, 2018

A Small Hello

Hi everyone.  Today sharing another zig watercoloured card.  I heat embossed the image in white, watercoloured and then decided to fussy-cut to pop it up on top of a beautiful die-cut card front.  I borrowed this die from Nancy last May at our craft retreat.  'bout time I got around to using it! :)  I think they look great together.

The zigs are so vibrant.  This flower almost looks fluorescent, it's so bright.  Definitely need to wear sunglasses with this card! :)

Here's a close-up
Thanks for coming by for a visit!






Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms (SU!); Sentiment - Chit Chat (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  White Pigment Ink (Hero Arts); Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, die-cut card front from friend (sorry, don't know name of die).

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

CAS Christmas April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Christmas April Challenge.  This month the challenge is hosted by my sweet friend, Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).

A few months ago, my friend Nancy mentioned about a new technique she had tried called Faux Enamel.  I wanted to give it a try, so I followed this video.   I was hooked and have been merrily making all sorts of faux enamel pieces.  It's a great way to use up old embossing powders as well.

Here's a close-up ...
The faux enamel ornament was made from a chipboard circle coated in different colours of embossing powders (silver, red, white, snowflake tinsel), placed on a warm grill.  Once they started to melt, I used a palette knife to mix the colours a bit.  I kept adding more embossing powders until I was happy with the look.

I attached a stencil to my front of my card base, sponging over top with gray just to add some interest to the background.  I pierced a whole at the top of my ornament and looped through a piece of silver cording.  I popped the ornament on top of the stenciled background and secured the cording.  The card front was die-cut with a peek-a-boo window and the sentiment was stamped in Delicata Silver ink.  The card front was popped up over top of the card base for added dimenson

Our challenge today is to create a CAS Christmas card featuring an ornament.  Any type of ornament --- plain paper, patterned paper, dry embossed, stamped, mixed media, etc.  Any style (as long as it's clean and simple) is welcome!

Please check out the challenge blog to see the gorgeous Ornament cards from our very talented designers, then come play along.  The challenge is open until April 24th!  See you in the gallery!

I'm entering the above card in this week's Merry Monday's challenge (#284 - Red & White) that is being run by my dear friend, Marcia.  Neutrals are allowed.



I'm joining in the AAA#112 Challenge - Favourite Technique.  I have so many favourite technniques :) ... this is one of my newest ... along with stenciling. :)








Stamps:  Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock), Thick cardboard
Ink:  Silver Delicata (Tsukineko); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Circle die from Sizzix, Embossing powders:  Silver, Red, Snowflake Tinsel, palette knife, silver cording, Festive stencil (Tim Holtz), sponge

Challenges:
CAS Christmas April Challenge
Merry Monday #284 - Red & White
AAA#112 - Favourite Technique

Monday, April 02, 2018

CAS Watercolour April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of the CAS Watercolour April Challenge.  This month's challenge is being hosted by the talented Bonnie!


This was a quick and easy card.  I used three colours of Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Mowed Lawn) to smoosh onto my card using a piece of acetate.  I love this technique because there is a bit more control over where the colour goes.

Once dry, I stamped a sentiment and glued on my pretty intricate die-cut bird.  As I said, easy, peasy and quick card. :)

Here's a close-up ...

Welcome to Stef (Perry Papercrafts), our Guest Designer this month at CAS Watercolour.  Be sure to check out the challenge post to see the gorgeous "bird" cards from Stef and our super creative Designers.

Then come play along.  Challenge is open until April 24th at midnight PST.

I'm entering this card in the Just Us Girls Challenge #434 - CAS (second entry).







Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  acetate sheet for smooshing, water mister, Bird of Roses die (Simon Says Stamp)

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Bird
JUGS Challenge #434 - CAS

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Rubber Band Technique cards from Video


Hi everyone.  Earlier I posted a video on the Rubber Band Technique.  Click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

I made the video for the CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Rubber Band Technique.  

The challenge is open until April 24th.  Come join us!!


In the video, I showed several different cards that I made with this fun and easy technique.  In this post, I'm sharing the details of how I made the cards and the products I used.


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Happy Birthday Flowers card:
Wrapped two elastic (rubber) bands around my acrylic block.  Pressed the block into my Versamark pad and lightly stamped onto my mixed media card front.  Trick is to press lightly enough to transfer the ink from the elastic bands, without transferring any residual ink that sits on the block.  Sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.  Sponged green and blue inks randomly over the heat embossed area.

Die-cut the blooms from watercolour paper and used distress inks to watercolour.  Die-cue the window from the card front and place on top to align the blooms.  Attached blooms to the back of the window card front and popped it up over the background.  This gives some space between the flowers and the background.  Stamped the sentiment in Peacock Feathers to match.

Stamps:  Sentiment - Bloom with Hope (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series), Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press), White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Rubber bands, medium size acrylic stamping block, white embossing powder, heat tool, Peek-a-boo window die (AliExpress), Shall we Dance die (Penny Black), sponge


Forever Grateful card:
Wrapped two elastic (rubber) bands around my acrylic block.  Pressed the block into my Versamark pad and lightly stamped onto my mixed media card front.  Trick is to press lightly enough to transfer the ink from the elastic bands, without transferring any residual ink that sits on the block.  Sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.  Sponged green and blue inks randomly over the heat embossed area.  Spritzed with a little water and used a water brush to move the colours around.  Made sure the card front was dry before adding the black die-cut leaves and white heat embossed black sentiment banner.

Stamps:  Sentiment - Wild Hibiscus (Altenew)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 series); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, sponges, rubber bands, medium size acrylic stamping block, white embossing powder, heat tool, Little Leaves die (Sizzix)


Happy Birthday Leaf card:
Wrapped two elastic bands around the barrel of a brayer and snapped it into the handle.  Rolled the brayer across a Versamark pad several times to make sure the ink was on the elastic bands all around the roller.  Rolled the brayer in one direction across a piece of mixed media.  Reloaded the brayer and continued to roll across the paper until the whole sheet was inked (one direction only).  Sprinkled with silver embossing powder and heat set.

Pressed some green and blue inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and "splashed" the embossed card, using the Splash Watercolour Technique, click on link to see video tutorial.  Let dry and die-cut the leaf.

Adhered the leaf to my black card base, popping up the top leaves and gluing the bottom of the stem and two bottom leaves flat onto the card.  Stamped the sentiment and heat embossed in silver.

Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Brayer, rubber bands, silver embossing powder, heat tool, lively die (penny black)

Hello Framed Fern card:
Wrapped two elastic bands around my brayer and loaded with Versamark ink.  Lightly rolled over my Mixed Media card stock in one direction, re-inking after each swipe.  Heat embossed in silver.

Used the Splash Watercolouring technique to add green and a little blue to the background of the rubber band embossed piece.  When dry, die-cut the framed fern.  Die-cut a second framed fern in white and then inlaid the design with the splashed background.

Stamped gorgeous grunge several times behind where I wanted my panel to go, as well as stamping the sentiment and then heat embossed everything in silver.  Popped the panel over top to finish.

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU!), Sentiment - Bouquet of Thanks (SU!)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: Brayer, rubber bands, silver embossing powder, heat tool, water mister, Framed Fern die (Penny Black)


Hello Palm Tree card:
Wrapped two elastic bands around brayer, loaded with Versamark ink and rolled diagonally over a piece of mixed media paper, re-inking the elastic bands after every swipe.  Repeated with rolling diagonally in the opposite direction.  Poured white embossing powder over top, tapped off excess and heat embossed.

Die-cut palm tree from black card stock.  Cut main panel to size that looked good with the tree die, sponged over top of the white embossed lines randomly with yellow, orange and pink.  Popped the panel over top of the card base and glued the trees on top.  Stamped sentiment in black.

Stamps:  Sentiment - Where Your Heart is (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black cards stock (SU!); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, Palm tree die (AliExpress)


But first, coffee card:
Started with the same background as the Hello Palm Tree card.  Brayered versamark on mixed media paper with rubber bands diagonally in both directions.  Heat embossed in white.

This time used the Splash Watercolour Technique to add the same colours to the background ... yellow, orange and pink.  Once dry, die-cut the coffee cup, sponging around the edges with Soft Suede ink.  Glued to a embossed soft suede card stock background that had been trimmed to size.  Popped the panel up on the card base.  Added a sentiment stamped in soft suede ink.

Stamps:  All You Need is Coffee (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); Soft Suede card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry), Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Brayer, rubber bands, white embossing powder, heat tool, Coffee Cup die (CUTplorations), ? embossing folder (Sizzix for SU!), sponge


Wishing You card:
Started by heat embossing my flowers in gold and watercolouring with zigs.  Used only a portion of the image, cutting off the rest to use later.

Die-cut the partial circle from green cardstock.  Wrapped two elastic bands around my brayer, rolled it over a green ink pad (matches card stock) and then lightly rolled over the green card stock  Gives a lovely tone-on-tone design.  Stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink and heat embossed.

Popped the partial circle over top of the card base. Popped the flower up over top of the partial circle.

Stamps:  Kind Soul (WPlus9), Watching Bloom (Memory Box)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); Gumball Green (retired) card stock (SU!); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Gumball Green (SU!), Zigs; White Pigment Ink (Hero Arts)
Accessories & Tools:  Gold Embossing powder, heat tool, waterbrush, brayer, rubber bands, Kind Soul matching die (WPlus9), partial circle die (AliExpress), white embossing powder








Challenges:
CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Rubber Band Technique