Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hedgie Christmas

Hi everyone.  One more Christmas Stock card for the CAS Christmas challenge before it closes in three days.

I had this sweet Penny Black image that I hadn't inked up yet.  Always great to use something from my NBUS box!

I stamped the image in Black Memento and then clear heat embossed.  Fussy-cut before watercolouring this time.  Used a few distress inks to colour the image and then popped it over top of a wordy Christmas patterned paper.  A fun sentiment was stamped in the same green ink as I used on the stocking.  Added clear wink of stella on the fur cuff of the stocking, but it doesn't show in the photo.

Here's a clost-up ...
The sentiment says it all ... I smiled the whole time I was making this! :)

Stamps:  merry delight (Penny Black); christmas sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Patterned paper (unknow); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz); Zig flesh marker
Accessories & Tools: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, white gel pen, white paint pen, clear wink of stella

CAS Christmas May Challenge - Stocking

Monday, May 20, 2019

Bleached Brushos

Hi everyone.  Sharing one of my many cards that I've finished at the retreat so far.  This technique was led by Susan (Cardmaker's Garret).  Such a fun and easy technique with great results.  We were all thrilled to learn this and we all vowed to use it again and again!

Smooshed the brushos for background and let air dry.  Stamped the image in permanent black in and then used a cheap, small paint brush to remove colour from the flowers using bleach.  Don't use a good brush because the bleach could damage it.  Finsihed the card with a black card base and frame with white heat embossed sentiment.

It's been a whirlwind week with very fun and crazy days filled with crafting, laughing and lot of good food.  The people attending aren't bad either. LOL!!

We are staying at a huge house in Crescent Beach BC that we got for a song and a dance.  Turns out it's a bit run down with lots of little quirks, but it just made things even more fun.

Joining me this year are Susan, Christine, Nancy, Dolly, Trina, Bonnie, Linda, and Colleen.  Most I have "known" on-line for years, but first time meeting Bonnie, Linda and Colleen.

It's been a fantastic time!!!

Hope to share more cards soon, but might have to wait until I'm back home.  We have a couple more days before the retreat is over and we're excited to welcome Maureen (Scrappymo!) for lunch and a visit tomorrow!

Stamps:  First blush (Penny Black); Special Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Blick Cold Press); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos, Archival Black; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, small cheap paint brush, bleach, white embossing powder, heat tool

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stenciling with UTEE

Hi everyone.  Back with a reminder card for CAS Stencil May Challenge - Stenciling over a Coloured Background, hosted by the wonderful Sue!

I started by lightly smooshing a piece of mixed media card with olive and just a little of two shades of blue ink.  You need to have your background panel completely dry before proceeding with this technique.  Also a good idea (even if it's dry) to add anti-static powder before placeing stencil over top.

Placed leaves stencil over top, pounced with Versamark, sprinkled with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat set.  I quickly sprinkled another coat of UTEE while the first coat was still hot and melted.  It stuck to most of it, so I heat set that part and then warmed up the part that it didn't stick to and sprinkled quickly with more UTEE.  I love the thick, shiny coating it gives the leaves.

Once everything had cooled, I sponged over top with more of the two shades of blue ink ... mostly around the leaves to make them stand out.  The UTEE resists the ink, but it will sit on top, so you need to wipe it with a paper towel to reveal a clear image.  I'm so happy with how this turned out.  This is Jer's birthday card ... he's all about the artsy!! :)

To finish, I splattered diluted acrylic gold paint over my main panel and also my card front.  The main panel was then popped up with foam to add dimension.  The sentiment was stamped to match the background, first with olive ink; then the darker shade of blue, followed by olive again.  I love how easy it is to match the colours for the sentiment.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful cards from the Designers and our wonderful Guest Designer, Michele.

Then come join us ... there's still one week left to play along.

I'm entering the above card at the Take It Make It challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Crushed Olive, Broken China, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz); Versamark; Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, Leaves Stencil (Simon Says Stamp), UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel), heat tool, paint brush for splattering, Lumiere Gold Acrylic Paint

CAS Stencil May Challenge - Stencil over Coloured Background
Craft Stamper Take It Make It May Challenge

Eat, Sleep, Craft, Repeat Retreat 2019

Hi everyone.  It's the time of year for the annual craft retreat.  We met Wednesday at Crescent Beach, B.C. and are having lots of fun learning new techniques and playing with different products.

Above are some of the small note cards I gave to each of the girls.  I'm so thrilled to be together with my pals Susan, Christine, and Trina (Vancouver), my dear friends Nancy (Oregon) and Darnell, aka Dolly (California), and are excited to have four first time atteendees joining us, Bonnie (North Carolina), Jeani (Washington State), Colleen (Oregon), and Lin (Washington State).

What a crazy bunch of girls! :)  We are having lots of fun and there is rarely a quiet moment as these girls LOVE to talk! :)

I'll be sharing some of our makes over the next few days.  Stay tuned! :)

Stamps: Variety of stamps
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black ink (Memento); Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  clear embossing powder, water brush

Friday, May 17, 2019

Be Jolly

Hi everyone.  Today is my reminder card for CAS Christmas May Challenge - Stocking, hosted by the talented Trina.

I went for a super CAS design this time.  I used an adorable "be jolly" die, stacked three layers thick with white card stock and topped with a bright green layer.

I die-cut a Christmas stocking from red and white felt as well as white card stock.  Glued the felt onto the card stock pieces for stability.  The red stocking part was dry embossed with a waffle design that, to me, looks like it's been knitted.  Added two small die-cut holly and a red rhinstone to finish the stock.  I then glued the stocking over top of the "j" from the die-cut.  Mountd my image onto a white card.  Easy, peasy.  This would look so cute with using different matching papers, so I might make more of these. :)

Close-up ...
Please check out the challenge blog to see the adorable stocking cards from our Designers, and from our wonderful Guest Designer, Helen.

There's still over a week left to play along.  Join us!

Paper: White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Gumball green card stock (SU!)
Accessories & Tools: be jolly die (CUTplorations), Stocking die (Sizzix), red felt, white felt, scrap of patterned paper for the holly, red rhinstone

CAS Christmas May Challenge - Stocking

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sweetest Birthday

Hi everyone.  It's time for the reminder that there's only about a week left to play along with us at the CAS Watercolour May Challenge - For a Child, hosted by the mega talented Karen!  We are also thrilled to have Bobby as our Guest Designer this month.

Doesn't everyone love ice cream bars??!!  This is my first time inking up this fun stamp set from Avery Alle.  I have a sweet tooth (that's an understatement!).  When I was young, I loved to buy Creamsicles.  They were vanilla ice cream bars coated with orange.  Delicious!!  These stamps reminded me of them, so I coloured them in bright, ice cream colours using my Zigs, after stamping the images in black and clear embossing.  Crystal Glaze was added to the bright part of the orange and pink ice cream bars.

The background is a paper towel transfer background using the same colours, cut with a stitched, partial circle die.  The bars are popped up for some added dimesion.  I stamped the sentiment in black and embossed with clear so it would match the bar images.

Here's a close-up ...
Check out the fun gallery of cards on the challenge blog.  And then come join us.  Still lots of time to play along!

Stamps:  Sweetest (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, crystal glaze (Nuvo)

CAS Watercolour May Challenge - For a Child

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rain and Rainbow

Hi everyone.  We're already half way through May and I'm here with a reminder card for the CAS Mix Up May Challenge - Baby Wipe, which is hosted by the beautiful Bonnie.

I wanted to try something different and had an idea for creating a rainbow with the baby wipe ... and it worked.  It did take me a few tries to get the look I wanted.

Here's how I did it ...  I folded a baby wipe several times until I ended up with a small rectangle with the fold on the short side (about 2 " wide).  Re-inkers were placed one drop in a line, on a palette, with all the colours of the rainbow.  The drops should be just about touching and in this order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).  I dipped the folded edge of the baby wipe into the reinkers and then swiped across my paper, making sure red was at the top.  It took several tries for me to work out how to get the best image.  I found using mixed media paper worked the best.  I did keep a few of my rejects and used one for the rainbow bike on this card! :)

I've had this wonderful sentiment for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to use it.  It's stamped in black ink and clear heat embossed so it stands out well against the colours.  It makes a lovely encouragement card.

Here's a close-up ...
Check out the CAS Mix Up challenge blog to see the beautiful and unique baby wipe CAS cards by our Designers and Guest Designer, Berry.  I know you'll be inspired to play along!  See you in the gallery!

Stamps:  After the Rain (Impression Obsession)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Re-inkers:  Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz);  Violet Liquid Concentrate Watercolour (Blick Art Materials); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Baby Wipe, Pipette for Violet Watercolour, clear embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up May Challenge - Baby Wipe

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Full Bloom - It's Your Day

Hi everyone.  Today I'm using a sweet image is from Penny Black's new release Full Bloom.  The stamp set is called It's Your Day (30-553) and it has a matching die (... your day cut out 51-537).  Isn't it cute??  :)

I stamped the cake in black and clear heat embossed.  The cake, candles and sweet party bear were all watercolouring using distress inks.  Clear wink of stella was added to the candles for a little sparkle, and gloss accents to make them shine, but couldn't get that to show in the photos.

I stamped and die-cut two of the images, using one (with coloured candles) as the backdrop, and popping the cake and bear layer on top to add a bit of dimension.., with yellow splatters in the background.

The sentiment (from the same stamp set) is stamped in black and clear heat embossed to match the image.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun card.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

This month's CAS Watercolour Challenge - For a Child is a perfect challenge to enter this card ... so I'm heading over to add it to the gallery.

Stamps:  it's your day (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, your day cut out (Penny Black), water brush, Clear ink of stella, Crystal glaze (Nuvo)

CAS Watercolour May Challenge - For a Child

Friday, May 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #16

Hi everyone.  Welcome to Twofer Challenge #16 - Things with Wheels!

As always, participants are required to follow the rules listed below, while using the challenge prompt above.

I bought this bicyle die a LONG time ago, but it's the first time using.  Another thing from one of my NBUS boxes (I now have three!).

I had a leftover rainbow from experimenting just sitting on my desk.  It's one of my tries that didn't quite work for another project.  It worked great for my bicycle!  I thought with the pretty colours, this would be a great encouragement/get well card so I stenciled a sunburst in the background.  Hopefully this card will make someone feel better. :)

Here's the close-up ...
For my second card, I wanted to make a spring birthday card ... I always need LOTS of those.  This time I used the same bicycle die, but left it white.  I die-cut little leaves and flowers watercoloured them with zigs, and made a posy in the bike's basket.  I used one of my paper towel transfer backgrounds, stamped the sentiment in black and adhered the bicycle to the card front.

Here's a close-up ...
I had a lot of fun making these cards and I hope you'll join us for some fun as well!  We are thrilled to have two wonderful Guest Designers joining us this month.  Welcome to Hilary Jane (Fiddling About) and Cornelia (Stempel Spass).

Please check out the challenge blog to see the fun and artistic cards from our Designers and Guest Designers.  Then come play along.  The challenge is open until May 24th at midnight.

Card #1: A little bit of Sunshine
Stamps:  happy snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  candied apple, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, wilted violet (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Sunburst stencil (Silhouette America), sponges, Bicycle die (AliExpress), Black marker

Card #2:  Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Cosmos - sentiment (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Zigs; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Bicycle die (AliExpress), water brush, stylus and mat to shape flowers

Twofer Card Challenge #16 - Things with Wheels

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Full Bloom - Love & Cuddles

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards made from the same stamp and dies (love & cuddles 30-556), and (love and cuddles cut out 51-542). These adorable stamps and dies are part of the new Full Bloom release. I just love this sweet image showing mom and baby cuddling and the super cute bears.  I also used the matching die for cutting out the images on both cards   So easy! :)

I started by pulling out a paper towel transfer background my from stash.  I keep many of my mop-up paper towels and then transfer the colour (and quilted pattern) onto mixed media paper.

I stamped the image in black ink and clear heat embossed.  This is watercoloured with zigs, with a little black soot distress ink used for shading.  I die-cut using the matching die and also cut out the same from a piece of mounting foam.  They were glued together and this is popped up on top of the sentiment banner, which is the negative from a love die-cut (dreams ... cut out 51-529).

Here's a close-up ...

For my second card, I used the same stamp and die set as I mentioned above.  This time it's two sweet bears.
The bears are watercoloured with Distress Inks, then die-cut from the matching die (love & cuddles cut out 51-542).  Mounting foam was also die-cut for each bear and adhered to add thickness.  I wanted something different for the background, so went with embossing folder stamping using the same inks used on the bears (brown, pink, yellow) with a woodgrain embossing folder.

A wonderful birthday sentiment (special sentiments 30-574) was stamped in black ink and then the bears were popped up on top.  Added just a little sparkle with clear wink of stella on the flower and frosting, plus crystal glaze to give shine to the heart decoration on the cupcake.

Here's a close-up ...

Penny Black Products:

Card #1 - Love & Cuddles
Stamps:  love & cuddles (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zigs; Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, waterbrush, negative from love die (dreams cut out - Penny Black)

Card #2 - Happy Birthday
Stamps:  love & cuddles (Penny Black); special sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berry, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, waterbrush, woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix), Clear Wink of Stella, Crystal Glaze (Nuvo)

Saturday, May 04, 2019

CAS Stencil May Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Stencil May Challenge.  This month is being hosted by our wonderful Designer, Sue (Sue's Card Craft). 

We have Michele (I Card Everyone) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the stenciled cards from our wonderful Guest Designer, Michele ... and our amazing Designers.  Then come play along!

This card started with a background already done in my stash.  It is smooshed Inka Gold (rose and platinum) with just a little bit of brushed corduroy re-inker.  Pink and brown is a great colour combination.  There's not a lot of brown, but just a little that adds so much to the pink.  Click HERE to see my video tutorial on Smooshing with Inka Gold.

I stenciled over top with a Harlequin (diamonds) stencil using white embossing paste.  While the paste was still wet,  I sprinkled iridescent embossing powder over top.  It sticks to the wet paste really well.  Once the paste was dry, I used my heat tool to melt the powder into the embossing paste.  I love the little bit of sparkle.  If you heat emboss when the embossing paste is still wet, it will puff up a bit.  So you have options depending on the look you want.

A black silhouette branch was added to the popped up main panel, along with a simple black stamped sentiment to finish the card.

Here's a close-up.  It shows the beautiful sheen from the Inka Gold, but not much of the glitter from the embossing powder.  Trust me, it's sparkly!

Stamps:  Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Brushed Corduroy Distress Re-inker (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Rose and Platinum Inka Gold (Viva Decor), water mister, White embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Mini Harlequin stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), palette knife, Ice embossing powder (SU!), Heat tool, winter branch die (Penny Black)

CAS Stencil May Challenge - Stenciling over Coloured Background

Friday, May 03, 2019

CAS Christmas May Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today we are starting a new CAS Christmas challenge - Stocking.  This month is hosted by our talented Designer, Trina (Phamtastic Design).

This owl family from Wild Rose is such an adorable image.  I had fun watercolouring in icy colours.  My plan was to have snow gently falling over the scene.  Somehow I got carried away and it's a snow storm. :)

The image was stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear.  Zigs were used to watercolour the image ... they do have such bright, clean colours.  To finish, little details were added (pink cheeks, sparkle on the fur cuffs and pompoms, and gloss for the owl's noses and heart on the small stocking).  It was then cut to size with a wonky stitched frame and snow was added by heating Frantage Chunky White enamel with my skillet.  A cute sentiment was stamped at the bottom.  Afterwards I thought ... "do owls tweet??!!"  Probably not, oh well.  Hopefully no one notices. :)

Here's a close-up ...
We have Helen (Helen's Craft Haven) joining us at Guest Designer this month.  Welcome Helen!  Check out the challenge blog to see the stocking cards from Helen and our amazing designers!  Then come play along!

Stamps:  Owl Family (Wild Rose); Season's Tweatings (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zig Markers, Distress Inks:  Broken China, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, clear wink of stella, glossy accents, Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), Wonky Stitched Frame die (CUTplorations)

CAS Christmas May Challenge - Stocking

Thursday, May 02, 2019

CAS Watercolour May Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the May CAS Watercolour challenge.  This month, Karen (Snippets) is our host and she has picked a fun challenge.

I recently bought this fun stamp from Stampendous.  Nothing says a kid's birthday party like presents, rainbow colours, and dots!

I might have gotten a little carried away with adding pattern, but this was a lot of fun to watercolour.  Used zigs and a water brush, dabbing with paper towel constantly to give a light look to the image.  I fussy-cut and then added some stripes on the presents followed by clear wink of stella on the ribbons for some sparkle.  And added large white dots on the Happy Birthday using a paint pen.  The image was cut in half, with the happy birthday being taped down directly onto my card front.  The presents were popped up for a bit of dimension, over top of a splattered background.

Here's a close-up ...
We are joined by Bobby (bits and pieces) who is our Guest Designer this month after winning March's challenge.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Bobby's awesome card and the fantastic cards from our Designers.

Then come join us!

Stamps:  Chunky Birthday (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, brush for splattering, permanent black pen, white paint pen

CAS Watercolour May Challenge - For a Child