Saturday, February 23, 2019

Timeless - new release from Penny Black

Hi everyone.  Back again today with some more sweet new images from Penny Black's new release - Timeless.

My first card I'm sharing uses watercolouring with Zig Clean Clear Markers.  I stamped the sweet image (30-543 flower teddy) in permanent black ink and set the ink with my heat tool before colouring.  I used zigs and a water brush to watercolour and then fussy-cut the image.  I popped the teddy over top of a paper towel transfer background I had in my stash.  I made this with transferring ink from a mop-up paper towel onto a card front.

Isn't this little guy the cutest??!!

Here's a close-up ...
For the second card, this is a pretty, CAS card that was fun and easy to make.  I used one of the silhouette images from 30-563 floral silhouette.  I lightly stamped the flower head randomly over the background of my main panel.  Then inked the whole image again, spritzed with a little water, and stamped over top.  I cut the image with the 51-517 square frames die.  Inlaid my coloured panel to the frame and then added a second die-cut white frame over top.  A simple stamped sentiment, 30-560 from the garden, stamped in matching blue, finishes the card.
... and a closer look ...
I hope you've enjoyed the cards from today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Penny Black Products:
30-543 flower teddy
30-563 floral silhouette
30-560 from the garden
51-517 square frames

Card #1:  Floral Teddy
Stamps:flower teddy (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb., 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versafine Black ink (permanent); Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  water brush

Card #2: Framed flowers
Stamps:  floral silhouette (Penny Black); sentiment - from the garden (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb., 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brush, square frames die (Penny Black)

Friday, February 22, 2019


Hi everyone.  I broke down and bought a laminator.  :)  I was on the fence about it for a while, but I'm glad I went ahead.  Had a play day a couple of days ago with Christine, Susan and Trina.  One of the things we did was play with Christine's laminator and we figured out what way works best for us.  We watched a few videos, and in the end we tried the gel transfer, heat and stick powder, and white embossing powder.  The gel transfer was the only way we got consistently good coverage.  And we used a carrier sheet (piece of copy paper folded in half) to get it smoothly through the machine. 

I had a snippet of black brushos background in my stash.  Over top, I stenciled speckles using the gel transfer medium and palette knife.  It had to dry clear before I could add my foil (about 1/2 hour as I put a thin coating on).  I added copper foiling which I think worked perfectly.  Also die-cut the leaf sprig and using double sided adhesive.  Added the copper foil over top.  The shine from the foiling is incredible!

Here's a close-up ...
My friend Mac (Sweetest of Peas) is Guest Designing this month at The Male Room, so I wanted to play along.  I do make a fair amount of masculine cards so need to check out this challenge more often! :)

Since I used snippets for my brusho panel and a snippet for the die-cut leaf, I'm heading over for a visit to the Playground.  Haven't been there for a while.  I hope they remember me! :)

Paper: Mixed Medida (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Black Brushos
Accessories & Tools:  meadow leaf die (Poppy Stamps), Copper foil sheets (decofoil), gel transfer medium (decofoil); Speckles stencil (Kaiser), palette knife

The Male Room #105 - Anything Goes:optional twist - no patterned paper
Snippets Playground #346

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Timeless - new release from Penny Black

Hi everyone.  I'm excited to be sharing cards I've made using the new release from Penny Black called Timeless. 

I'm starting off with sharing three cards all made from the same stamp set, 30-542 critter celebration.  These stamps are adorable and I had fun making a series of cards that all use the same layout and start with a dreamy, colourful background made with shimmery powdered inks.  Each of the images is stamped in black permanent ink and watercoloured using distress inks using a water brush.  These adorable mice make me smile!  To finish, a little highlight of pink for the cheeks with a white gel dot.

Here's a close-up picture of each card ...

I hope you enjoyed my three cards from the critter celebration stamp set.

I'll be back in two days with another post of cards using more of the Timeless release from Penny Black.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Penny Black Products:
30-542 critter celebration
30-358 happy snippets

All cards used the same products:
Stamps:  critter celebration (Penny Black); happy snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Background:  Lindy's Magicals "Mission Bells Brown"; Versafine Black Ink - Permanent; Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Broken China, Faded Jeans (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brush, white gel pen

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Watercolouring through a Stencil

Hi everyone.  Had a play day last weekend with my CAS team mates, Susan, Christine and Trina.  We tried out a few new things and one was using rubber cement with stencils and watercolouring.  Rubber cement is an old fashioned product that is very inexpensive to use, but it does have a strong smell, so best to use it in a well ventalated room (or even outside if the weather permits).

We followed the instructions on this video tutorial and it worked great!

For my card I used red and pink to watercolour the roses, so I'm adding this to the CAS Watercolour challenge gallery for February.  There's still a few days left before the challenge closes at end of day Feb. 24th.  Come check out the beautiful red and pink gallery ... it's really something to see!

Here's a close-up ...
I really like this technique and will definitely do more cards.  I thought this turned out really well for my first try.

Stamps:  Sentiment - Nouveau Flowers (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Floral Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz), Rubber Cement, water brush, Oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

CAS Watercolour February Challenge - Red & Pink

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Penny Black - Simplicity at it's Best

Hi everyone.  I'm back again sharing a little sneak peek of my Penny Black card that is posted on the Simplicity at it's best blog.  Click HERE to check out a full-size photo of my card, along with complete instructions on how it was made.

I hope you'll stop by the SAIB blog to check out my card.  Thank you!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy Birthday Monoprint

Hi everyone.  Time for a reminder for the CAS Stencil February Challenge.  Today's card I made for a very special friend a while ago.  I started with the stencil monoprint of a mini tiny circles stencil using Lindy's magicals.  I love this teal colour with all the shimmer (which doesn't show in the photo, unfortunately.

After everything had dried, I place the same stencil over top of the background and sponged on some Evergreen Bough Distress ink ... those are the darker circles that you see in the background.  I stamped the sentiment in the same in on the card front with a circle aperture.  I die-cut two of lavender flowers, and arranged them in the circle so that the tallest is just outside of the circle.

Here's a close-up ...
Come check out our challenge post to see the other reminder cards from our very talented Designers  and all the entries so far this month.  Lots of inspiration!  Then come join us.

Stamps:  Banner Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Magical Powders (Lindy's); Evergreen Bough distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Mini Tiny Circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), water mister, Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Lavender Bunch die (Memory Box),

CAS Stencil February Challenge - Powdered Inks

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Peaceful Winter Scene

Hi everyone.  Time for a reminder for the CAS Christmas February Challenge.  This month, Colleen is hosting and she has picked a wonderful challenge for us!

I die-cut the forest scene from a white card front and adhered a piece of mixed media with brushos in-behind.  The brushos piece was in my stash, which made this card even faster to make! :)  Adhered the card front with scene onto a base and stamped a simple sentiment in blue.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the new reminder cards from our wonderful Designers and talenged Guest Designer, Linda.  I know you'll be inspired to play along!

See you in the gallery!

Just a quick pic of my grand-doggie, Violeta.  She came by for a visit yesterday.  Isn't she sweet??!! :)

Stamps:  Big Scripty Greetings Holiday (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Brushos; DOX: Mermaid Lagoon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister, forest scene die (AliExpress)

CAS Christmas February Challenge - Peace

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Red and Pink Hello

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for February's CAS Watercolour Challenge.  This month, Marcia is our hostess and she has us using this fantastic colour combo ...

I wanted to use a new die I just got.  I love the circle with the two seed flower heads.  So pretty!  So I knew I wanted to make a colourful background.  I started with sprinkling pink magicals over my mixed media paper and spraying with water.  I blotted with a paper towel to soften the colour and then used my heat tool to dry.  I wanted to create a stencil image over top and used the ? stencil.  I placed it over the pink background and sprinkled red magicals over top. This stencil is a very small design and I ended up with just a few rows of red tiles.  But I had lots of red ink still left on my stencil, so turned it over the placed it on top of my background, blotting with a paper towel.  I created a stencil monoprint and it ended up being just the look I wanted.  Love happy mistakes! :)

Stamped a sentiment in Candied Apple Red which matched the colours perfectly.  Used a 1 1/4" strip of leftover monoprint to add to the bottom inside of my card.

... and even closer look ...
Since I used powdered inks through a stencil for the background, I'm heading over to add this card to the CAS Stencil Challenge gallery ...

Stamps:  Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Magicals:  Omm Pah Pah Pink, Cuckoo Clock Cardinal (Lindy's Stamp Gang); Candied Apple Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Die-cut?, water mister, ? stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)

CAS Watercolour February Challenge - Red and Pink
CAS Stencil February Challenge - Powdered Inks

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hello Leaves

Hi everyone.  Time for a reminder for the CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Dimensional Die-cuts, hosted by our wonderful Hideko.

I started by die-cutting my leaf sprig three times (twice from white card stock, once from acetate to use as a stencil).  I softly sponged my leaves over the background using the stencil, changing the angle of the leaves to create a random design.  I think having the leaves in the background helps create a sense of depth.

With the two white card stock die-cuts, I sponged one completely using dark brown, light brown and rust.  The second sprig had only the leaves sponged.  I used my stylus and foam mat to add a curve to the single leaves.  Then layered them on top of the sprig, off-setting them slightly from the bottom leaves and adding a rolled glue dot at the tip of the leaf for dimension, while gluing the base of the leaf flush.

A simple white frame was popped up over the stenciled background and the layered leaf die-cut was added on top with a sentiment stamped in rust to finish.

Here's a close-up ...

... and an even closer look at the leaves ...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the amazing dimensional die-cut cards from our Designers and fabulous Guest Designer, Arlene.

Adding this to the Take It Make It Challenge - Craft Stampers magazine.  This is my second entry.

Stamps: Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Brushed Cordoroy, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf die (AliExpress), Sponges, rectangular die-cut for frame, stylus and foam mat

CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Dimensional Die-cuts
Take It Make It February Challenge

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Smile for Di

Hi everyone.  Di (keeper of the keys to the Snippets Playground) recently celebrated her 7th year running the Playground challenge.  Congrats Di!!

I had every intention of entering the blog hop that was so generously set up by the wonderful Darnell.  I went to enter a couple of days ago and saw that it has closed.  My heart sank!

Sorry I'm late to the party Di ... nothing new for me, I'm afraid.  And I'm sorry to say that I haven't been for a visit to the Playground for quite a while.  Sometimes life gets in the way of playing with friends. :)

This is a special card just for Di!  She loves pink ... she makes people smile.

I hope you like the card I made in your honour Di!  Happy, happy anniversary!  May there be many, many more!

For the snippets:
Used a snippet of watercoloured paper from my stash.  This was done with smooshing liquid concentrate watercolour onto watercolour paper. Always great to have these types of snippets on hand.  Also used a snippet for the white die-cut leaf.


We've had one of the mildest winters here on the westcoast of Canada.  But, about a week ago, an artic outflow headed our way.  Freezing temperatures and lots of snow.  We have accumulated about 12" so far.  Weatherman says it's going to warm up and rain, but the sky still looks like "snow sky" to me. :)  Here's a few pics ...

Backyard --- just below the railings you can see my greenhouse roof that shows the accumulation.

Front yard

Stamps:  Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press for smooshed background); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Concentrate Watercolour in Magenta and Orange (Dick Blick), water mister, Love and Rose die --- leaf (Penny Black), Peek-a-Boo Window die (My Favorite Things))

***** Edited to Add:  Beth ... the window die comes with the stitched embossing. It's available at My Favorite Things.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Penny Black - Floral Arrangement

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a Clean and Simple card using a beautiful die-cut from Penny Black 51-428 floral arrangement, along with a simple sentiment from the versatile sentiment stamp set 30-358 happy snippets.
This die-cut is so beautiful.  I used a stamp earlier this month that is very the same design, only larger.  The die-cut gives a whole new way to create with this beautiful floral arrangement!

I started by watercolouring the mixed media paper die-cut using Distress inks and water.  I used two shades of green for the leaves and two shades of purple for the flowers.  I blotted with paper towel often to keep the colours soft and delicate.  The sentiment is stamped in the lightest green ink several times to get just the right colour.

To finish, I used my stylus and mat to add shaping to the flowers and leaves and then strategically placed pop dots to emphasis the shaping before attaching the watercoloured die-cut to my card front.

Here's a close-up ...
... and an ever closer look ...

Penny Black Products:
51-428 - floral arrangement
30-358 - happy snippets

I'm adding this to the CAS Mix Up challenge gallery ...

Stamps:  happy snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Victoria Velvet, Seedless Preserves (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water brush, fine (#1 brush)

CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Dimensional Die-cuts