Sunday, November 17, 2019

Warm and Cozy Lake Cabin

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for CAS Christmas November Challenge - Warm and Cozy, hosted by the super talented Trina.

I used an old stamp I've had for at least 15-20 years, but haven't inked up for almost that many years.  This is from Stampscapes and it's such a lovely image to watercolour.  I added snow to the ground, cabin, and on the trees, as well as falling from the sky.  It looks so cold!!  I thought being inside with the fire roaring would definitely be warm and cozy.  I added a small chimney to the cabin and some smoke rising, but it's hard to see. :)  I was so surprised to find a sentiment stamp that matched the challenge. :)

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our wonderful Guest Designer, Bobby ... as well as the lovely cards from our Designers.  There's still a week left to play along before the challenge closes on Nov. 24th.

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps: Lake Cabin (Stampscapes); Merriment (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Arcival Grey Shadow (Ranger): Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Barn Door (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Paint Brushes, White acrylic paint, Rectangle die (AliExpress)

CAS Christmas November Challenge - Warm and Cozy

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Monochromatic Sympathy

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder card for CAS Watercolour November challenge - Monochromatic, hosted by the lovely Karen.

Today is all about gray.  I used a beautiful Penny Black flower stamp called together, inked it lightly with smoky slate ink, spritzed with a little water, and stamped onto mixed media paper.  I repeated the process, this time using a darker shade of gray (basic gray) to give some contrast.  The watercoloured panel was adhered to a light gray card base and framed with the same gray.  I thought this would be a beautiful sympathy card, adding my sentiment in versamark and heat embossing in white.

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It's been fun trying out monochromatic designs, something I have rarely done.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Check out the reminder post for more inspiration from our Designers and Guest Designer, Birgit.  There's still over a week to play along before the challenge closes.

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  together (Penny Black);
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Smoky Slate card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Smoky slate, basic gray (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools: water mister, Rectangle frame die (Spellbinders), white embossing powder heat tool

CAS Watercolour November Challenge - Monochromatic

Friday, November 15, 2019

Oxidized Metal

Hi everyone.  Today is a reminder for the CAS Mix Up November challenge - Oxidized Metal, which is hosted by the super talented Susan (Cats Inkcorporated).

There are a couple of video tutorials on the challenge blog if you want to give one of them a try.

I started with a piece of plum mirror paper.  I cut a small panel and dry embossed with small tiles embossing folder.  I randomly sprinkled with silver and gold embossing powders on top, leaving lots of spaces without any powder.  I heat embossed to melt the powders and then ran Staz-On black ink over top, which caught the tops of the dry embossing.  I die-cut my maple leaf and inlaid it into my card front.  Stamped a simple sentiment to finish.

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I love the artsy look of this technique.  Makes a perfect masculine card.  Hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our amazing Designers, and our wonderful Guest Designer, Arlene.

Stamps:  Brushed Wishes (Stampendous)
Paper:  Midnight Plum Mirror Card Gloss Effect (Tonic); white card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Black (Memento); Staz-on Black
Accessories & Tools:  Mini tile embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Silver embossing powder, Gold embossing powder, heat tool, Maple Leaf Thanks die (Neat & Tangled)

CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Oxidized Metal

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Copper Birthday

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing the birthday card I made for my oldest son, Evan.  His birthday is coming up soon and I wanted to make something with heated copper, which he will appreciate.

I started by creating a stencil monoprint background with a mini tiles stencil, using Lindy's magicals.  The colours are very intense and also very sparkly.  I thought they would work really well with the copper.  I die-cut a fern leaf from a heated copper sheet and attached it to the card front.  A simple sentiment is heat embossed in copper to match.

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I was inspired by two of the CAS Challenges to make this card ...

... and ...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Lindy's Magicals (Bachelor Button Blue, Sassy Sapphire, Tiffanylou's Blue); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Mini Tile Texture stencil (TCW), water mister, copper sheet, mini blow torch, Pair of Ferns die (Cheery Lynn), copper embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up
CAS Stencil

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Jessie's First Photo Shoot

Hi everyone.  Today's post is all about Jessie (no card), so feel free to close out if you're not interested.

Jessie (6 mos.) had her first official photo shoot with Alex (photographer extraordinaire!).  The photo above is Jessie sitting on my (back) deck chair ... making herself nice and comfortable. :)  Below is another shot of her sitting in the same chair.

We have a beautiful red maple tree in our front yard that has dropped all it's leaves this time of year.  It makes a perfect backdrop for the photo shoot.  Isn't Jessie pretty??!!

I'm so happy with the photos.  Amazing work Alex!!

Also a photo of Jessie and Violeta (my grand-doggie) ...

... and one of Violeta by herself.

I will also share a photo of Violeta and Tessa (my friend Susan's dog), under the maple tree in my front card, that Alex took back in 2016.  They were both puppies at the time.  You can see in the photo above, how Violeta has matured (and mellowed!).  Tessa looks exactly the same to me now as she did then.  And she didn't get much bigger either.  They are both such pretty girls!
All photos by Alejandro Garcia Photography, copyrighted.

Monday, November 04, 2019

CAS Stencil November Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of our last CAS Stencil challenge for the year.  The team will be taking a break for December.

This month is hosted by the very talented Linda (Life in the Craft Lane).  This is my favourite stenciling technique.  I hope you'll give it a try and play along with us!

I used a crackle stencil and just one colour of distress ink, Brushed Corduroy.  I swiped the ink across the back of the stencil and then placed the inked stencil on an acrylic block, just so it's lifted off the table and is easier to pick up when wet.  I spritzed with lots of water and then turned it over onto a piece of mixed media paper.  I used paper towel to blot continuously until no more ink was coming off.  This created a crisp and clean image.  I removed the stencil and then placed another paper towel on top, swiping across with my hand to pick up any access ink.

A second piece of mixed media was used to make the leaves.  I used Lindy's magicals to get intense colour and shimmer.  Once dry, it was die-cut with a leaf die from AliExpress.  I do love this die!

Cut down my stenciled background and added a stamped sentiment to match the leaves.  Popped the panel on top of my card base with a piece of foam, gluing the leaf in place.

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We are thrilled to have Lucie (Lucie G. Stamps) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful Stencil Monoprint cards from Lucie and our wonderful Designers.  Come join us in the gallery with your CAS Stencil Monoprint card!

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (Makers Movement)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Lindy's Magical Powders (Cowabunga Copper, Maple Crimson), Crackle Stencil (Prima), water mister, Leafy sprig die (AliExpress)

CAS Stencil November Challenge - Stencil Monoprint

Sunday, November 03, 2019

CAS Christmas November Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the LAST CAS Christmas challenge for 2019.  The CAS teams will be taking a break for the month of December.

This month, Trina is our host and she has chosen ...
What says warm and cozy to you??  Is it being bundled up with a warm scarf when it's cold outside?  Maybe a hot chocolate or coffee by the fire?  Whatever makes you think of warm and cozy, that's what we'd like to see for this month's challenge.

The above card was an experiment.  I took a watercolouring image but only watercoloured the hat the nose.  The rest is paper pieced, which took a bit of work since this is a silhouette stamp (not outline).  I think Frosty's lovely rainbow plaid scarf looks super warm and cozy. :)

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We are thrilled to have Bobby (bits and pieces) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the amazing "warm and cozy" cards by Bobby and our Designers.  Then come play along.

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Bundled Up (Penny Black); Merry Up (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Preppy Prints (Sunny Studio); Real Red (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks: (Black Soot; Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, fine black marker, hole punch, white gel pen

CAS Christmas November Challenge - Warm and Cozy

Saturday, November 02, 2019

CAS Watercolour November Challenge

Hi everyone.  We have a fun challenge for our last challenge of the year.  This month is hosted by Karen (Snippets).  She wants us to watercolour with only one colour.

Using black or white for sentiment only, is allowed.  Otherwise, stick to shades of the same colour.  I do love smooshed and splashed backgrounds.  This was easy to make with three shades of distress inks (broken glass, salty ocean, chipped sapphire).

Once dry, I placed a wildflower stencil over top and sponged more chipped sapphire ink.  Stamped the sentiment in the same colour.

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We are so happy to have Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) as our Guest Desiger this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Birgit's Monochromatic watercoloured CAS card, along with the cards from our talented Designers.  Then come play along.

This will be our last challenge of the year.  The Designers are taking the month of December off to relax and rejuvenate before all the amazing challenges coming up in 2020.

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Jessie discovered it's fun to play with the toilet paper roll. :)
Lots in the bedroom, and bits all down the hall (didn't take pic of those),

and finally, the cardboard roll in the center, all chewed to little bits
and left in the family room. 

Last picture is Jessie sitting on the top of the love seat (she does
this all the time), looking innocent. :)

Stamps:  special sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White car base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Broken Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister, Wildflower stencil (Tim Holtz), sponges

CAS Watercolour November Challenge - Monochromatic

Friday, November 01, 2019

CAS Mix Up November Challenge

Hi everyone.  Start of our last challenge for the year at CAS Mix Up.  The team will be taking a break for the month of December.

This month is hosted by Susan (Cat Ink.corporated) and has chosen a really fun technique to try.  I had a lot of fun playing with re-inkers and metal card stock!

Arlene (Sunday Stamper) is joining us this month as our Guest Designer.  Welcome Arlene!  Please check out the challenge blog to see ?'s oxidized metal card, along with the other amazing cards done by our Designers.

I followed Jay's video tutorial.  Turns out you can play around with this and keep adding layers of ink and clear embossing powder until you're happy.  I started with a piece of blue mirror card stock (Tonic).  LOVE this paper!  Since it's quite dark to start with, I decided to use Peacock Feathers and Basic Black re-inkers for my design.  It's mostly the black that shows, although where the two colours ran together, the black ink does have a turquoise tinge.  So cool.  I dried it with my heat tool and then clear embossed the whole panel.  Don't dry completely before heat embossing, otherwise the embossing powder won't stick.  If you dry it too much, just spritz with water again and then heat emboss.

The framed fern was die-cut from black mirror card that has the same shine.  It was glued on top of the background and a simple black stamped sentiment finishes the card.

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Hope you'll come play along!

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Imperial Blue Mirror card stock (Tonic); Black Mirror card stock (Tonic); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Re-inkers:  Peacock Feathers Distress (Tim Holtz); Basic black (Stampin' Up!); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister, water brush, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Framed Fern die (Penny Black)

CAS Mix Up November Challenge- Oxidized Metals

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Merry and Joy - Ornate and Trendy Trimmings

Hi everyone.  Sharing more cards using some of Penny Black's new release, Merry and Joy.  Today I'm using a sweet stamp set that has three different patterned ornaments, called ornate (30-610), along with matching die (ornate cut out 51-575)

I used a piece of alcohol ink'd yupo paper to stamp the ornaments in permanent black ink.  For some reason, the ink stayed wet, so I quickly pour clear embossing powder over top and used the lowest setting on my heat tool to melt.  Yupo doesn't like getting really hot and can melt.  Luckily that didn't happen. :)

I die-cut the ornaments using the matching die and then used a silver metallic pen to add some details on the ornaments, and to add the silver "cording" for the ornaments to hang (a bit hard to see in the photo).  Also added a silver heat embossed sentiment from merry up (30-622).

The bottom ornament was glued directly onto my card front, the other two are popped up on foam for added dimension.  Then the whole panel was popped up onto a card base.

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Next up is the trendy trimmings stamp set (30-628).  I used three of the five images to create some fun, square note cards.  Stamped in black and heat embossed in clear, the images were watercoloured using zigs.  I cut them into 2 1/2" squares and added a faux stitching around the edge using a red marker.  The panels are popped up on foam for extra dimension before adhering to the bright greet card base.  A little bit of shimmer paint was added on to the images, but wasn't able to capture in the photo. :)

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some fun and easy cards using these wonderful images.

Penny Black Products:
ornate 30-610
ornate cut out 51-575
merry up 30-622
trendy trimmings 30-628