Sunday, July 15, 2018

You're so Tweet!

Hi everyone.  Today we are half way through July so it's time for a CAS Mix Up Reminder.  Check out the challenge blog to see new inspiration from the Designers and our wonderful Guest Designer, Sue.

Bonnie is hosting this month and she has us colouring our die-cuts.  It really makes them special when you add some colours and other details.  The sweet little birdhouses above are a new-to-me die-cut.  I cut them from woodgrain paper given to me by a sweet friend. :)  Then watercoloured them with distress inks.

I created a Splash Watercolour background with two layers of Tumbled Glass distress ink.  Once dry, I used some tiny grass stamps and leaf sprig stamps to create my grass at the bottom, and the leaves off to the left side.  I used first and second generation stamping with the leaves to add dimension.  I used the same colour for the sentiment as I did for the sweet little birds.

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Since I used Splash Watercolouring for the background, I'm sending this card over to the CAS Watercolour as well.

I hope you'll be inspired to come play along.  Colour your die-cuts using any colour medium, keep your card CAS, and then join our gallery!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Love Bug (Fiskars); Master Garden #1 (Kittie Kits - Rubbernecker)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Woodgrain - gift from a friend; Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brush, white gel pen

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Colour your Die-cuts
CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Splash Watercolouring

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Penny Black - Cherry Blossoms

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing with a new Penny Black die-cut called Cherry Blossoms.  Living in Vancouver, I am blessed to see lots of beautiful cherry trees in blossom in the spring.  We have many streets lined with these gorgeous trees.

I die-cut the blossoms from mixed media paper and then used my Zigs to add colour to the blossoms.  I used two shades of pink and a red for the very center.  I cut two sets of the branches so that I could layer the blossoms as many of the trees here are double blooms.  I cut the flowers off from the second branch, coloured with my zigs, and then shaped with a stylus and mat.  I glued them on top of the existing blooms, just off-setting the petals slightly.  The card is finished with a soft gray stamped sentiment.

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If you get a chance, pop over to the Simplicity at it's best blog to see what's new from  my Simplicity Sisters.

Penny Black Products:

Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black) - sentiment
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Zigs; soft gray ink
Accessories & Tools:  Cherry blossom die (Penny Black), water brush, stylus and mat

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #7

Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Twofer Card Challenge.  That's where we want you to create TWO cards using either the same stamp or the same die, with TWO different designs for TWO different occasions.  Make sure to follow the word prompt as well.  The challenge is open for TWO weeks.

I am using the same stamp for my two cards above.  This is an old (retired) stamp set from Stampin' Up! that is all about tea.  I started by stamping the large flower patterned tea cup stamp in light ink so that I could do some no line watercolouring.  What I got with my first stamp was an outline of the tea cup.  Perfect, it sparked me to cut it out and use it for the card on the left.  I sprinkled two colours of Lindy's magicals over top and the spritzed a little water.  I got this deep blue -- so beautiful and shimmery.  I die-cut a partial flower wreath from hot press watercolour paper, cut all the pieces apart and watercoloured them with distress inks.  Then I used them to create a little bouquet in the tea cup.  So happy how this turned out.  Added a simple sentiment.

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The second card (right above) is the tea cup stamped a few times with light ink so that I could use no line watercolouring to create this vintage look tea cup with flowers.  So pretty.  It was hard to figure out what to put with it.  In the end I want no distractions from the tea cup, so added a bit of steam at the top with gray and used the same colour to add a grounding.  I used a very small tag to stamp the sentiment and added it to the cup with a piece of green twine.

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We have two very talented Guest Designers joining us this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful cards from Bonnie (Stamping with Klass ) and Marianne (Marianne's cards 'n stuff ), along with our team designers.  I know you'll be inspired to play along.  See you in the gallery!

Card #1:  A Cup of Thank
Stamps:  Tea Shoppe (SU!)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Srathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (SU!); Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, floral arrangement die (penny black), Lindy's magicals (hydangea blue, tiffanylou's blue), water mister

Card #2:  Hello
Stamps:  Tea Shoppe (SU!); Word Salad (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate (SU!); Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Pinpoint Main Street Tag (Poppy Seed), twine

Twofer Challenge #7

Friday, July 06, 2018

Lustrous Rose

Hi everyone.  A little while ago I had an day of play with my friends Susan and Christine.  Susan brought this image that she had just bought.  Isn't it pretty??!!

I stamped the image in soft tan colour ink so that I could no-line watercolour.  But it was hard to figure out how the petals were formed.  I used the photo of the watercoloured rose on it's packaging and just did a really quick bit of outlining with a fine black marker.  It made it so much easier for me to watercolour.  I used distress inks and a waterbrush.  Once it was done, I splattered with a bit of green ink and stamped the sentiment in black to tie it to the black outlining.

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Stamps: Lustrous (Penny Black), Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water brush, fine line black permanent marker, brush for splattering, white gel pen

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

CAS Christmas July Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Christmas July Challenge.  This month the challenge is hosted by me and I have chosen ...

I love to watercolour, and I have a beautiful and easy stamp set and matching dies to create my poinsettia cards.  Last time I used this set, I mentioned in my post I was going to stamp a bunch more images and play with watercolouring.  And I did.  I have four cards to share today.  I made multiples of a few, so managed to make six cards in total.  I also used a piece of designer paper AGAIN and wanted to use up the entire 6"x6" piece.  I hope this is becoming a habit because I have LOTS of Christmas papers. :)

I varied the designs slightly and also varied the colours of the poinsettias ... some red, some pink, and some in-between.

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Check out the challenge post to see some inspiring Poinsettia cards from our talented Designers, and special Guest Designer, Marina (My Perfect Life).  Then come play along.  There's still a week left before the challenge closes on July 24th at midnight (PDST).

Stamps:  Holiday Bouquet (Avery Elle), Be merry sentiment - Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things); Joy sentiment - Many Christmas Messages (Hero Arts); Thinking of you sentiment - ? (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series);
Ink:  Reinkers:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz (Stampin' Up!); Archival Black (Ranger); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Holiday Bouquet matching dies (Avery Elle), water brush, white gel pen, glossy accents

CAS Christmas July Challenge - Poinsettia

Monday, July 02, 2018

CAS Watercolour July Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Watercolour July challenge.  This month's challenge is being hosted by Nancy.  This will be Nancy's last month as part of our CAS Watercolour Design Team.  I will miss you so much, my sweet friend!

I do love to splash! :)  Click HERE to see the video I've done on Splash Watercolouring Technique. 

I created the background for my card with Distress Oxide Inks (Wilted Violet, Candy Apple).  I stamped over top with a silhouette of wildflowers and added a white frame with black stamped sentiment.  Fun card to make!

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I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the inspiring cards from our wonderful Designers and our Guest Designer, Marcia (Marcia K Designs).  Then come play along.  Challenge is open until July 24th.

Stamps:  Insightful Meadows (Unity); Sentiment - Watching Bloom (Memory Box)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Wilted Violet, Candy Apple (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinder)

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Splash Watercolouring

Sunday, July 01, 2018

CAS Mix Up July Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Mix Up July Challenge.  This month Bonnie has come up with a fun challenge for all of us!

Today I'm sharing something a little different.  I rarely used coloured card stock for my card bases and card front, but it just worked with this design. :)

I received this pretty flower die-cut from a sweet friend.  I die-cut it from hot press watercolour paper and watercoloured with distress inks.  I used my stylus and mat to add a bit of shaping to the petals and leaves.  And used a matching distress marker to add some details to the petals, along with a little bit of clear wink of stella for the flower centers.

I created my card base from green card stock, as well as a card front cut a bit smaller and with a die-cut stitched window.  I splattered a small piece of white card stock with the same green ink I used on the leaves of my flowers and then mounted it flat on top of my card base, popping up the card front over top.  I tucked my flowers and leaves just inside the window and glued in place.  The card front has a white heat embossed sentiment.

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful coloured die-cut cards from our amazing Designers and our wonderful Guest Designer, Sue (Cat's InkCorporated).  Then come join us in the gallery.  Challenge is open until July 24th at midnight (PST).  Hope to see you there!

Stamps:  Sentiments (AliExpress)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press); Pear Pizzazz card stock (SU!); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); White Pigement Ink (Hero Arts)
Accessories & Tools:   water brush, scrubby old paint brush for splattering, Peek-a-boo window die (AliExpress), Flower die (AliExpress), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Colouring your Die-cuts

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Merry Monday Farewell

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with the last Merry Monday Challenge #296 - Rustic Christmas.  It's always good to make my Christmas cards throughout the year so there's no panic come November.  This challenge has helped me with that so I'm sad to see it ending.  Thanks to all the wonderful Designers that have kept us inspired weekly for many years!

The white tree was what I noticed first with the inspiration photo and then the warmth from the brown wood.   I think the colours of the sky look very rustic, so hoping this card qualifies.

I made a quick, clean and simple card using a wonderful die-cut paired with a Floating Alcohol Ink background.  The sentiment was stamped in brown ink to finish the card.

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Stamps:  Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Glossy card stock (unknown)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Evergreen Window die (Memory Box)

Merry Monday #296 - Rustic Christmas

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Penny Black - Framed Irises

Hi everyone.  I love these beautiful irises from Penny Black.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Liquid Platinum embossing powder onto Hot Press Watercolour paper.  I used a water brush and distress inks to watercolour and then fussy-cut the image.  It was a little delicate with some of the thin stems, but I got it worked out. :)

I die-cut a rectangle frame, popping it up over top of my card base and tucking the bottom of the iris stems in-behind.  I added a few pop dots and glue dots to secure the flower heads in place.  A sentiment was stamped several times (using the Misti) to get a clear image.  The inside sentiment says:  Have fun and smile today!

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If you get a chance, pop over to the Simplicity at it's best blog to see some inspiring cards from my Simplicity Sisters.

Penny Black Products:
40-610 summer glow

Stamps:  summer glow, smile today! (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. hot press); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Dye ink markers:  (light green, dark green, light pink, dark pink, dark brown)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, white gel pen, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Monday, June 25, 2018

June Rudolph Days

Hi everyone.  It's time for the June Rudolph Days Challenge.  Maureen is looking for Christmas cards to be entered from the 25th to the end of the month.  The theme is always "Anything Goes Christmas".

I was over on Vancouver Island for a little vacation back in March.  I look along some heat embossed images and my Zigs so I could watercolour.  This is one of the images I took.  I've had this stamp for several years and think I've only tried to colour it once before.  Back when I first got it, I didn't know anything about watercolouring ... and Zigs were in someone's imagination, but a long way from being in the market.  Needless to say, it was disaster and I didn't even get one finished card from it.

I thought I'd revisit the image now that I have learned different ways to colour.  I used Zigs to watercolour in bright green and blue.  These ornaments remind me of the old fashioned glass ornaments that my mom used to have. 

After watercolouring, I covered all the ornaments first with clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer, and then glossy accents for some shine.  Unfortunately, the camera is not happy about all the shimmer and shine, so things look a little blurry. :)

Added a simple frame on top and heat embossed the sentiment in silver so it matches the ornaments.

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Stamps:  Hanging Christmas Ornaments (Hero Arts); Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  Silver embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

June Rudolph Days - Anything Goes

Friday, June 22, 2018

Blooming Wreath

Hi everyone.  First, I want to thank everyone for the lovely and supportive comments on my Penny Black sneak peek post and the Simplicity at it's best blog.  I appreciate all your kind words of encouragement!  xx

I've had this stamp set for a while (and matching die), but have only used the sentiments so far.  Today I wanted to play with the wreath image.

I stamped onto mixed media paper with Black Memento and then watercoloured with my Zig clean brush markers.  So quick to do, especially with just this little bit of colouring.  The bright colours really pop against all the white.

I used two colours for the flowers, pink and red; and just one colour of green for the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in the same black and then popped up the die-cut wreath on tiny pop dots that I got as a gift from my friend Nancy.  These are SU! mini pop dots and they are perfect for intricate die-cuts like this one.

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I'm playing along with this month's Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge ... I'm going to choose The Flower Challenge #14 - CAS.

Stamps:  Watching Bloom (Memory Box)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zigs:  Light Carmine, Dark Carmine, Light Green
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Watching Bloom matching die (Memory Box)

The Flower Challenge - #21 Use a Previous Challenge

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Penny Black - Simplicity at it's Best

I'm so excited to announce that I am one of the newest Simplicity Sisters for Penny Black's Simplicity at it's best blog.  I'm thrilled to be part of this exciting and very talented team.  Thank you to Jill Foster for inviting me to the team.

Today I'm sharing a sneak peak of my card that is on the Simplicity at it's best blogClick HERE to check out the full design and details.

While you are there, check out the amazingly, creative designs from the rest of the Simplicity Sisters, including Patti, who is also sharing a project on the blog today.  I know you'll be inspired! :)

Would really appreciate if you have time to leave me a comment on the Simplicity at it's best blog. There's a "Leave a Comment" button on the left side, directly under the post title.  Thank you!!