Thursday, September 17, 2020

Penny Black - Rise and Shine

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a beautiful sunflower image from the new release.  It's called Rise & Shine (40-749).
I started by stamping the Rise & Shine (40-749) sunflower in Antique Linen distress ink.  It's very light and I found it's a good colour for no-line watercolouring.  I watercoloured the petals of the sunflower with two colour of Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon).  The center of the flower is watercoloured in Ground Espresso ink and Peeled Paint ink was used to watercolour the stem and leaves.  The sentiment is from another stamp set in the new release (Falling Leaves 30-716) and is stamped in Ground Espresso ink to tie it to the image.

Close-up ...
I do love these colours ...:)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Penny Black Products
Rise & Shine (40-749)
Falling Leaves (30-716)

Stamps:  Rise & Shine; Falling Leaves (both from Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Ground Espresso, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Water brush

Penny Black Saturday Challenge September - Favourite Colour or Anything Goes

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

CAS Challenges September Reminder

Hi everyone.  We are half way through the month of September.  Today I'm sharing reminder cards for both CAS challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Embossing with Dies.

Joanna is our host.

I die-cut this lovely poppy Bodacious die (Penny Black) from watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks.  I then used the same die to emboss the poppy on my card front.  This give some dimension to the card.  I used Wink of Stella to add lots of sparkle to the poppies.  I didn't realize that I used the same sentiment (also done on black banner with white embossing) as I did for my CMU launch card on the 1st. :)

This is a fun way to stretch the use of your dies.  Thanks to Jo for a great challenge!


Colleen is our host.

Here's the reminder card for CAS Christmas challenge - Christmas trees.  I used a large Christmas Glow (Penny Black) stamp off the edge of the page to keep some white space on my card.  I inked with distress inks,spritzed with water and stamped.  Repeated until I was happy with the results.  Once dry, I added a little shading with a medium green coloured pencil.  The sentiment in red finishes this CAS design.


I hope you'll check out the challenge blogs to see the amazing cards from our Designers, Guest Designers, and participants.  If you haven't had time to play along, there's over a week left before both challenges close on 24th at midnight PST.  Come join us!

CAS Mix Up Reminder - Handmade with Love
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Pine Needles (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools: Bodacious die (Penny Black), water brush, white embossing powder, heat tool, Clear Wink of Stella

CAS Christmas Reminder - Oh, Christmas Tree
Stamps:  Christmas Glow (Penny Black); Sentiment - Love Bug Christmas (Unity Stamps)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz); Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Green coloured pencil (Prismacolor)

CAS Mix Up - Embossing with Dies
CAS Christmas - Christmas Tree

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Tumbling Shells

Hi everyone.  I'm back today with another summery card using a fabulous new background called Tumbling Shells (Simon Says Stamp).  This is a large 6"x 6" background that I coloured and then cut up into two smaller pieces to make two cards.  I find photographing pastel colours so difficult.  The background has a pearl sheen, which adds another challenge to photographing.

I started by wetting my mixed media card front and sprinking with perfect pearls.  Used a brush to brush over the whole surface of the card creating a lovely pearl sheen for the background.  Stamped the seashells in versamark and heat embossed in white.  Then used diluted deep colours of distress inks to paint some of the shells and starfish (salty ocean, wild honey, aged mahogany).  Cut up my card to create this rectangle panel and popped it up over a stamped sentiment (tumbled glass).

I made a second card using part of the same panel.  This time I framed it with a stitched rectangle.  Used a different sentiment for this one.
Had fun using this background as the main part of my card and just adding a sentiment.  This is a new-to-me stamp, so I'm heading over to add to the NBUS #18 gallery.  Hope to see you there!

Stamps: Tumbling Shells (Simon Says Stamp); Feel Sand - retired (Stampendous); Life's a Beach - retired (STAMPlorations)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink: Versamark; Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Perfect Pearls - Pearl; brush, water mister, white embossing powder, heat tool, water brush

NBUS #18 Challenge

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Penny Black - Falling Leaves

Penny Black has a new release call "Autumn Extraordinaire".  It is full of beautiful autumn / thanksgiving images.  You can see the newest release HERE.

Hi everyone.  Today I'm using just one from a set of 12 dies called Falling Leaves Cut Out (51-680).  I LOVE maple leaves ... and maple trees, maple syrup ... maple anything. :)  I'm Canadian, eh??!! :)

Sorry about the poor photograph above, shiny cards are hard to work with.  This card is much brighter in real life.  See below close-up photo for more accurate colours.

I die-cut the leaf from copper metallic paper.  I ran it through my Gemini with a script embossing folder (unknown).  I then added drops of three different colours of alcohol inks and let them run together.  Once dry, I spritzed with a little blending solution, which looks like drops on the leaf.  Where the alcohol inks build up, the ink remains a sticky for a while.  I took a small piece of copper foil and burnished it over top of my maple leaf.  You can see just little bits of the coppery shine that stuck.  To finish, I stamped a very small sentiment (Million Thanks 30-680) and heat embossed in copper.

Close-up ...

I'm entering this card into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for September - Your Favourite Colours or Anything Goes.  I do love these colours (pink and orange is my favourite combination of colours) ... and I've added in some purple as well. :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit.

Penny Black Products
Falling Leaves Cut Out (51-680)
Million Thanks (30-680)

Stamps:  Million Thanks (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Copper Metallics (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Shell Pink, Terracotta, Eggplant (Rainger); Versamark
Accessories:  Falling Leaves Cut-Outs (Penny Black), Script embossing folder (unknown), Blending Solution, Copper embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Penny Black September Saturday Challenge - Your Favourite Colours or Anything Goes

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #31

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the Twofer Challenge #31.  I used some backgrounds that had been in my stash for a while.  Always great to have them handy to make some quick cards.

This first card is coloured with leftover inks from another project.  I don't want them to go to waste so always smoosh the leftovers with a piece of mixed media paper.

I have had this stamp for a very long time.  It's Pine Tree (Stampscapes) and it's so beautiful.  I stamped a few of the trees in black (1st and second generation stamping) and used a light gray ink for the background trees.  I have already sent this off to a dear friend who lost his mother recently.

The second card started with another piece from my stash - watercoloured tissue paper.  I love the colours and bit of texture from the wrinkled tissue paper.  Stamped Pine Tree (Stampscapes) again twice and then mounted my image on a black card base with circle aperture.  A simple "HELLO" finishes the card.

Edited to add:  Several of you have mentioned that these cards remind you of the fires burning in Oregon and California.  I made these cards a few months back, long before the fires started and did not intend on making cards to reflect the terrible devastation that is happening now.  Sorry if my post has upset anyone.

Card #1: Your in my Thoughts
Stamps:  Pine Tree (Stampscapes); Best Thoughts - retired (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:

Card #2: Hello
Stamps:  Pine Tree (Stampscapes); Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Tissue Paper; Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Circle Nestability die - retired (Spellbinders)

Twofer Challenge #31

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Stay Chill!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a summer card.  I got several stamp sets for my birthday that are summery sets, so I wanted to at least use this once before summer is officially over here. :)

I think these Chillin' Gnomes from Simon Says Stamp are the cutest!  And I love having a mushroom cap sun umbrella.  How fun!

I stamped the images in black ink and heat embossed in clear; then fussy-cut.  Coloured the images with zig w/c marker and set them aside.

Created the background with lots of ink and water with a large paint brush which gave me a soft sand and blue water background.  It was a little too subtle, so I took the same colours of ink pads and lightly did direct-to-paper.  This gave me some definition and interest to the background.  Adhered my large mushroom directly to my card front, and popped up the gnome and small mushroom.  Added a simple sentiment to finish the card.

Close-up ...
Fun card to make!

Hope to be back soon with more summery cards before the leaves start to fall. :)

Another never-before-used-schtuff ... heading with this card to the NBUS #18 gallery.

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Doesn't Jessie look smart??!!
Alex got a new app. :)

Stamps: Chillin' Gnomes (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink: Black (Memento); Zigs; Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: water brush, large paint brush, clear embossing powder, heat tool

NBUS #18

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Sending Love and Poppies

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card made for a very special friend who is not well right now.  I wanted her to feel the love and I hope this card conveys that. :)

This is a new stamp from Simon Says called Poppy Background and it's an 6"x6" stamp so this is just a portion of it.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Liquid Platinum.  Then watercoloured the poppies, stems and leaves in distress inks (carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon, candied apple, fired brick, shabby shutters and peeled paint).  To finish, I die-cut the Sending three times in black card stock and glued them together.  I added a white embossed LOVE on black card stock and put them together.  Used onyx liquid pearl for the dot above the "i" ... the die-cut one got lost on my work table. :)  I also used black soot distress ink to fill in the centers of the poppies and then used clear wink of stella on all the poppies for lots of shimmer.

Close-up ... this shows the shimmer better ...
Adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp it!

Since this is the first outing for this stamp, I'm adding my card to the NBUS #18 Challenge gallery.

Stamps:  Poppy Background (Simon Says Stamp); LOVE sentiment - Nouveau Flowers- retired (Clearly Besotted)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versamark; Distress Inks:  Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, Sending die (Simon Says Stamp), white embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp it!
NBUS #18 Challenge

Thursday, September 03, 2020

CAS Christmas September Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Christmas September challenge.  This month is being hosted by Colleen (One Smile Lifts a Spirt).  She has chosen a fun and easy challenge!  And our Guest Designer is Steph (My Paper Corner).  Welcome Steph!

Quite a while ago I had a play day with my friends Susan and Christine.  We played with the new-at-the-time Alcohol Pearl Inks.  I still had my samples from our play day, so used one of them to create two cards.  I love when I get get two from one background.

We dropped the AI pearls onto vellum and watched them spread.  So beautiful!  I love the shimmer.  I used the vellum behind a favourite tree die-cut that I have.  The sentiment is heat embossed in shimmery blue embossing powder that I bought ages ago from Lindy's.  Another NBUS!  The colour isn't as deep as I wanted, but pretty close considering I only have about eight of the embossing colours (there are many, many more that I obviously NEED to buy!)  :).  A super easy and quick card.  Gotta love that!

Close-up that shows the shimmer of Alcohol Pearls ...

Since this is the first outing of my Alcohol Pearl Inks, I'm adding this card to the NBUS #18 Challenge.

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the fabulous CAS Christmas Tree cards from our Designers and our Guest Designer, Steph.  Then come play along with our challenge.  Remember to keep your card CAS (Clean and Simple).

Alcohol Pearl Inks - Ranger
Morning Glory Azure Embossing Powder - Lindy's

Stamps:  Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things - retired)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Vellum (SU!)
Ink:  Alcohol Pearl Inks:  Tranquil, Sublime (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories:  Evergreen Window die (Memory Box - retired), Morning Glory Azure embossing powder (Lindy's), heat tool

CAS Christmas September Challenge - Christmas Tree
NBUS #18

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Mix Up September challenge.  This month is being hosted by the amazingly, talented Jo (Jo-Jo's Card Spot).  She wants us to use our dies in a different way ...

I followed the video linked on the challenge blog by Lost in Paper.  I just love how she stamped several flower images for a backgroud and then dry embossed with matching die to give a whole new look.  I used the same idea, but used my stamped, watercoloured and dry embossed (with die) image as my main image.  Adds a special touch to watercoloured images!

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I added some splatters with a mix of the two red inks used on the card (candied apple / real red).  Also added a black sentiment banner with white embossing.

We are so excited to have Mac (The Sweetest of Peas) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please stop by the challenge blog to see Mac's CAS embossing with dies card, along with the Designer's cards.  You will be inspired!

Main Products used are listed below with links.  I've included the paper I used with this card.  I use mixed media for the majority of my cards.  Blick Art Materials is the best price I've found.

Golden Dance (30-562) from Penny Black
Golden Dance cut out (51-533) from Penny Black
Happy Snippets (30-358) from Penny Black
Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media (140 lb.) from Blick Art Materials

Stamps:  Golden Dance, Happy Snippets (both from Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple, Black Soot (Tim Holtz); Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Paint brush, Gemini Jr. die-cutting machine, white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Embossing with Dies

Sunday, August 30, 2020

August Rudolph Days

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made for the August Rudolph Days challenge.  I love this little mouse running with this huge stack of presents.  You gotta love it! :)

I watercoloured with distress inks onto mixed media paper.  I added some shading in all the nooks and crannies of the image (a la Kathy Racoosin), and blended them out.  It add depth and dimension.  I finished off with a fun sentiment stamped in red.

Close-up ...

Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper (140 lb.) - Blick Art Materials

Stamps:  Christmas Fun; Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zigs; Candied Apple DOX ink
Accessories & Tools:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, water brush,

August Rudolph Days

Friday, August 28, 2020

Zooming with Friends

Hi everyone.  A couple of weeks ago, a group of us got together on Zoom to have a crafting session.  We followed Kathy Racoosin's video Print Making with Die-cuts.

The group of us are all posting our cards today.  Would love for you to check out the links to the other's blogs and leave them a comment as well.

I believe you get the best results from this technique using watercolour paper (Cold or Hot Press).  I used Arches 140 lb. Cold Press for both cards

For the card above I used a Penny Black die-cut, along with watercolouring with distress inks (rather than markers like Kathy used in her video).  Added a frame and stamped sentiment to match the colour of the leaves.  Happy how it turned out.

Second card ...
This time I used a fern die from AliExpress.  I found when using die-cuts with lots of openings, it's best to just add the prints from the die-cuts.  If I watercoloured the fern on top of my main panel, because of all the openings, I would end up with blobs of colour that distract from the design.  Ask me how I know this. :)  I cut my panel down and added the black sentiment border.  I'm really happy how this turned out as well.

I hope you'll give this technique a try.  It's fun and easy to do.  With it being more free flowing it always turns out to be a beautiful and arsty card.

* AliExpress links are temporary

Card #1 - Have a Wonderful Day
Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Flower Flourish die (Penny Black); paint brushes, water mister, Rectangle die - retired (Spellbinders), white acrylic paint pen (Posca)

Card #2 - You're the Best
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Crushed Olive, Forest Moss (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Fern die (AliExpress); paint brushes, water mister, white embossing powder, heat tool

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Reminder for Christmas Craft Creations

Hi everyone.  I'm here with a reminder card that we are half way through this challenge at Christmas Craft Creations.  I'm happy to be Guest Designing for them this month!
I just received my first Gerda Steiner order in the mail the other day.  I HAD to ink up with adorable reindeer right away.  He is watercoloured with distress inks.  Sparkle (clear wink of stella) was added to the ornament and stars.  Then I used my white Posca pen to add little details to the lights and ornaments before adding clear glaze over top - along with his red nose and hoofs.  To finish, I used red chalk to add colour to his cheeks.  He was then die-cut and popped over top of the speckled egg distress ink blended background with snowflake stencil.  A white heat embossed, black sentiment banner finishes the design.  I was so happy making this card! :)

Since I'm using a new stamp, die, and ink, I'm sending this over to NBUS #17 Challenge.  I have been visiting this challenge A LOT this month! :)

Close-up ...
Thanks again to the ladies at Christmas Craft Creations for having me join them this month!

Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper (140 lb.) - Blick Art Materials

Stamps:  Little Reindeer (Gerda Steiner); ? (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, ? Espresso, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Speckled Egg (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, water brush, Snowflake stencil (Simon Says Stamp), white embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Crystal Glaze (Nuvo), White acrylic paint pen (Posca), red chalk, q-tip

Christmas Craft Creations August Challenge - Animals