Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Penny Black - Unforgettable

Hi everyone.  Today I'm back with another amazing image from the new Secret Garden release from Penny Black.  The stamp I used below is Unforgettable (40-734).

I started with a background from my stash.  It's a very subtle smooshing of magicals ... mainly you see bits of blue, purple, and pink.  Stamped my image over top and heat embossed in white.  Watercoloured the blooms and leaves with distress inks and then added a shadow of gray around the outside of the image to add some depth.  The hard part was figuring out how to add my sentiment without covering up the pretty flowers. :)  I decided to add a black banner sentiment (Happy Snippets 30-358) with white heat embossed sentiment at the bottom.

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I'm entering my card into a few challenges:

The Flower Challenge #43 - Spring / Autumn  

Craft Stamper Magazine Take It Make It April Challenge.

Thanks for dropping by!

Penny Black Products
Unforgettable (40-734)
Happy Snippets (30-358)

Stamps:  Unforgettable; Happy Snippets (both from Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Evergreen Bough, Squeezed Lemonade, Festive Berries (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, water brush

The Flower Challenge #43 - Spring / Autumn
CSM - Take It Make It April Challenge

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Happy Birthday Gord!

Hi everyone.  Yesterday was my hubby's birthday.  I was hoping to have a celebration for him this year since it is a milestone birthday, but it will just be the three of us (me, hubby, Jessie).  I'm sure Jessie will be happy to help hubby blow out the candles. :)

I made this quick and easy card for his birthday.  Hubby loves to vacation in BC, anywhere there is water to look at.  It is very calming and peaceful.  I know he will love this card.

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I used three NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) so I'm entering into their new challenge - NBUS #13.  New are Dried Marigold distress ink, bullrushes and bird images, and sentiment.

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Bullrushes2 (Inkylicious); Birthday Blowout (Poppy Stamps)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Dried Marigold (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Blending brushes

NBUS #13

Saturday, April 04, 2020

CAS Stencil April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the new CAS Stencil April Challenge, hosted by the talented Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot).  The gallery will be filled with shiny and elegant cards this month!!

Our Guest Designer this month is Mac (Sweetest of Peas).  Mac is an amazing mixed media artist and she is GD this month at CAS Stencil and CAS Mix Up!!  Welcome Mac!

So this card is actually very simple.  I used a large flower stencil, sponged gilding flake glue over top and then removed stencil to let glue dry.  Once clear (the glue is still a bit tacky), I applied two colours of gilding flakes.  The center is Red Blaze ... I love all the pretty colours in this mix (gold, bronze, pink, orange, etc.).  The outer layer of the petals is done with Warm Sunrise (gold and bright copper).  It justs a little something different to have the two colours.  I cut my panel to size and stamped a large sentiment, then heat embossed in black so it would show up over top of the gilding flakes.

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I hope you'll come play along with us this month.  Pull out those gilding flakes and get a bit messy!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Bloom stencil (Mayco); Flake & Glitter Glue (Cosmic Shimmer); Gilding Flakes - Red Blaze & Warm Sunset (Cosmic Shimmer); Rub & Scrub, Black embossing powder, heat tool.

CAS Stencil April Challenge - Gilding Flakes

Friday, April 03, 2020

CAS Christmas April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of the April CAS Christmas challenge!  This month is hosted by Bonnie (Stamping with Klass), and she wants you to base your CAS card on a Christmas Song!  Fun, right??!! :)  So I'm Decking the Halls .... FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA!

And we are excited to have Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) Guest Designing for us again this month.  Welcome Birgit!

I used a NBUS stamp that I've had for a couple of years.  Aren't these caroling snowmen adorable! I had a fun time watercolouring them with distress inks.

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Decided to do a second card, this time watercolouring with lighter colours ...
This one was tricker to watercolour because Jessie stole my favourite water brush off my work desk between me making these two cards.  She chewed it until I could just barely tell what it was. Into the garbage it went (the water brush that is). :)

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Hope you'll come play along and build your stash of Christmas cards throughout the year.

As I mentioned above, this is a NBUS stamp, so I'm entering my card into Darnell's new NBUS Challenge!  I'm so excited to see this challenge has returned.  I know I'll be playing along a lot as I have three, yes three, containers of NBUS items to use! :)
Thanks Dolly!!

Stamps:  Caroling Snowmen (Whipper Snapper
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black permanent (Versafine); Real red (SU!); Distress inks:  Crushed Olive, Faded Jeans, Broken China, Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, red chalk

CAS Christmas April Challenge - Christmas Song
NBUS Challenge #13

Thursday, April 02, 2020

CAS Watercolour April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing my DT card for the CAS Watercolour April Challenge hosted by the lovely Susan (Cardmaker's Garret).  Susan wants us to watercolour Spring Flowers.  YAY!  As some of you know, flowers are my FAVOURITE to watercolour!  Susan wants us to use only spring flowers, so please think snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, crocuses, apple and cherry blossom, dogwood, etc.

We are so excited to have Vicky (Crafting Clare's Paper Moments) as our Guest Designer this month!

Nothing says Spring in Vancouver like cherry blossoms.  We have them everywhere throughout the city and suburbs.  They are pretty, delicate blooms that only last about two weeks.

I started by heat embossing my flowers with liquid platinum embossing powder.  Used distress inks to watercolour the blooms and leaves and and then cropped my image with a pretty frame.  I've added the sentiment at the bottom, heat embossed in the same colour.

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I hope you'll create a CAS card with the main feature of watercoloured spring flowers.  Then join in by clicking on the link on the challenge blog.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  First Blush, Million Thanks (both Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress inks:  Abandoned coral, Twisted Citron (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, Simple Stackers frame (Penny Black)

CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Spring Flowers

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

CAS Mix Up April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to April's CAS Mix Up Challenge.  This month I'm the host and I'm asking you to try .....

I learned this technique from Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) last year at our craft retreat.  It's such a great way to add colour to an image and to the background separately, while keeping the colours crisp and clean.

For the card above, I started by making a Stencil Monoprint with a dotty stencil.  I then took a small paintbrush and a little bit of bleach and painted over my flowers and leaves to remove the dotty background from inside the images.  I blot with paper towel after every addition of bleach so that it doesn't spread where it's not wanted.  Soon I had a white image of flowers and leaves.  You can leave it to dry thoroughly, or as I did, I painted over again with clean water to wash (dilute) any bleach residue.  Then dried with my heat tool before watercolouring with distress inks.

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We are thrilled to have Mac (The Sweetest of Peas), joining us as Guest Designer this month!  Yay Mac!

I hope you'll join us at CAS Mix Up, adding your CAS, bleached card to the gallery.  As always, there's a few video tutorials for anyone who would like to check them out.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps: Flutterby (Penny Black); Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Versafine); Distress Inks:  Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holz)
Accessories & Tools:Mini Tiny Circles Stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), water mister, water brush, Circle die (Spellbinders)

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Bleaching

Friday, March 27, 2020

Penny Black - Layered Leaves and more ...

Hi everyone,  Today's cards use a few of the new stand-alone dies from the new release.  First, I'm sharing a CAS (clean and simple) masculine birthday card made with Layered Leaves die 51-633.

I die-cut the leaves from white card stock.  I used a watercoloured piece from my stash ... this has a bit of sparkle, so I'm pretty sure it is a mix of Lindy's magicals on watercolour paper.  I placed the die-cut leaves over the watercolour piece and traced with a pencil, then fussy-cut.  Adhered the white over top of the watercoloured background and then adhered to my card front.  I stamped a happy birthday sentiment (smile today! 30-461) in weathered wood distress ink.  It matched pretty well! :)

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My second card uses the beautiful die, Creative Curves 51-611.  This makes a lovely backdrop for any image.
The bright white card front and black die-cut panel create a lot of contrast in this design.  A pretty stamped butterfly (Wings and Vases 30-704), coloured with zigs and fussy-cut is all that's needed to complete this design, along with a simple black stamped sentiment, Good Wishes 30-541.

My third card uses the new Bench (51-621) die.
Created a very loose watercolour wash for the background from green and blue inks.  Stamped a leafy branch from the Country Charisma stamp set 30-690, watercolouring in two shades of green ink.  Popped up the die-cut bench, which was sponged in two shades of brown ink. Finished with a blue ink stamped sentiment, Good Wishes (30-541).

Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Good Wishes 30-541

Card #1:  Layered Leaves
Stamps:  smile today! (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches cold press 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Lindy's magicals
Accessories & Tools:  Layered Leaves die (Penny Black)

Card #2:  Butterfly Curves
Stamps:  Wings and Vases; Good Wishes (both Penny Black)
Paper:  Black card stock (SU!); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  Creative Curves die (Penny Black), waterbrush

Card #3:  Enjoy every moment
Stamps:  Country Charisma; Good Wishes (both Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Bench die (Penny Black), waterbrush

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Penny Black - Wings and Vases

Hi everyone.  Today I'm using one of the beautiful images from the Wings & Vases (30-704) stamp set .  Comes with matching dies, ... vases cut out (51-619).  This is a set of eight beautiful images with matching die-cuts for five of the images (2 bouquets of flowers and three small flowers).

I started by heat embossing the vase and flowers in Liquid Platinum.  I love the warm tone of this embossing powder.  Used a water brush to watercolour the flowers and vase using distress inks.  Die-cut the image and added glaze on top of the vase for some shine.

Watercoloured the background with diluted Liquid Metals in coral.  Adhered the beautiful white die-cut, creative curves (51-611) on top and then popped up my vase of flowers on top of that.  To finish, I stamped a simple sentiment from the million thanks (30-680), heat embossing in liquid platinum to match the flowers.

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I'm entering this card into the Craft Stampers Magazine - Take It Make It March Challenge.

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Penny Black Products
wings & vases stamp set 30-704
... vases cut out 51-619
creative curves die 51-611
million thanks (30-680)

Stamps: wing & vases; million thanks (both from Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  shabby shutters, peeled paint, abandoned coral, fired brick, peacock feathers;  Liquid Metals - coral (Ken Oliver)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, ... vases cut out (Penny Black), creative curves die (Penny Black), Crystal Glaze (Nuvo), water mister

CSM - Take It Make It Challenge - March

Sunday, March 15, 2020

March CAS Challenges Reminder

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminders for all the CAS Challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up
Jenny is our host.

Well, this is a totally different style of card for me.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I watched one of the videos Jenny provided where three drops of different colours of acrylic paint were placed on card stock and then pulled across using a credit card (or any straight edge).  I tried some of the greens and blues and wasn't happy.  Then I remembered my Liquitex Acrylic Paints I bought about 5 years ago and haven't used very much (shame on me!).  I pulled out Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, and Neutral Gray 5.  Went to add some to my card stock and some of the paints had separated because they were so old (not the gray).  Pulled it across and ended up with this artsy background.  Found an artsy sentiment set to stamp over top and heat embossed in clear. I think I'll keep this for Jer's birthday card in May! :)


Julia is our host.

CAS Watercolour March challenge.  I bought some daisies one year that were called "Irish Eyes" because the center was bright green. They didn't last in my garden over the winter, but I thought of them when I made this card.  I took artistic license with my daisies as they are yellow in real life. :)

Stamped the image in grey shadow archival ink.  Watercoloured using distress inks to add a little bit of colour here and there.  Used smoky slate (gray) ink from SU! to watercolour a shadow on the wall and ground.


Colleen is our host.

CAS Christmas March Challenge.  Stamped this beautiful poinsettia image onto mixed media paper and heat embossed in silver.  The sentiment is silver embossed as well.  Watercoloured the image with distress inks, splattering some of the red ink to finish the design.


Viv is our host.

CAS Stencil March Challenge.  Made a stencil out of a Penny Black leaf die and sprayed it with Pixie spray so it would stick to the watercoloured background that was not completely flat (from my stash of backgrounds).  Sponged two shades of green distress ink and then sprinkled with clear embossing powder.  Heat set and repeated.  Still not shiny enough for me, so added a melted layer of UTEE- perfect!  Cut my panel to size to fit inside the frame, popped up on foam and added a small stamped sentiment banner.  Showing you the above shot so you can see the shine from the embossing.  Oh, and don't use Pixie Spray when heat embossing over top.  It leaves a sticky residue and the embossing powder sticks to everything ... guess how I know that?? :)  Always learning. :)


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 all four challenges close on 24th at midnight PDST.  Come join us!

CAS Mix Up Reminder - Paint Outside the Lines
Stamps:  Subway Builder Art - Create (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Acrylic Paints:  Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Neutral Gray 5 (Liquitex); Black ink (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Stencil pal to pull paint, clear embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Watercolour Reminder - Wishing You Luck
Stamps: Corner Vase (Serendipity)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Grey Shadow (Ranger Archival); Distress Inks:  Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Water brush

CAS Christmas Reminder - Enjoy the Season
Stamps:  Warm Wishes; ? (both Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Barn Door, Twisted Citron (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush

CAS Stencil Reminder - Leafy Thanks
Stamps:  Million Thanks (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Lindy's magicals background from my stash, Lively die (Penny Black), acetate sheet, clear embossing powder, UTEE powder, heat tool, Simple Stackers die (Penny Black)

CAS Mix Up - Acrylic Paint
CAS Watercolour - Luck of the Irish
CAS Christmas - Winter Flower
CAS Stencil - Heat Embossing