Thursday, June 17, 2021

Stamping Friends are the BEST!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I watercoloured using Arteza Mica Powders.  My dear friend Barb won a set of 60 colours and she generously mailed 52 of them to me!  She just kept a few out for herself to play with, but thought I would get more use from them.

The colours and the sparkle is gorgeous.  Mica Powders do not have a bonding agent, so if you brushed them or smooshed them with water onto a piece of card stock, the colours would dry and then brush off.  You need to add something to make them stick.  For watercolouring, I added Gum Arabic (also used for many other purposes - most familiar to me is blending pencil colouring).  The ratio for mixing is 1 part Gum Arabic to 4 parts Mica Powder.

The card above stamped and heat embossed in Gold (Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia - W Plus 9), then watercoloured with three colours of Mica Powders (Red Raspberry, Iris Purple, Spring Green).  So pretty!  Thanks again Barb!!

These powders make it a difficult card to photograph.  I have done my best to try to capture the shimmer from these amazing powders below ... they really are special!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia (W Plus 9)

Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia (W Plus 9)
Paper:   Watercolour paper (Arches Hot Press 140 lb.)
Ink:   Versamark; Mica Powders (Arteza)
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush, Gum Arabic, corner die (AliExpress)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CAS Challenges June Reminder

Hi everyone.  Time for reminder cards for both CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas for June!

Viv is our host.
Starting with CAS Mix Up, the above card was a simple and easy card to make.  I sponged a piece of mixed media paper with angled horizontal strips of yellow, red, and purple.  Misted the paper with water and took a large brush to go back and forth over the colours, washing my brush in-between colour changes.  This is an easy way to make a watercoloured background.  I let it dry and then splattered with drops of water and blotted to add some texture.

The birds stencil (STAMPlorations - Some Birds) is sponged in black ink.  Added a simple frame and black sentiment (Many Everyday Messages - Hero Arts) to finish the card.


Hideko is our host.

Here is the reminder card for June's CAS Christmas challenge - Snowman.  I love this sweet image from Gerda Steiner (Little Snowman).  I created some backgrounds using Brushos (Turquoise, Violet, White).  I always sprinkle way too much, so just kept adding water and ended up with six backgrounds. :)

I added two torn snowhills on top.  Then stamped my image onto my card and also onto a piece of mixed media paper.  Fussy cut the image and watercoloured using distress inks.  Added some dots with a white acrylic pen and red chalk for his cheeks.  Glued him on top of the image stamped on my card.

Added a simple sentiment (Simple Celebrate Winter - Lawn Fawn) stamped in black and clear heat embossed to match the image.

Quick, fun card to make.

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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 - Hello There
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Wilted Violet, Black Soot (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, water mister, paint brush, Some Birds Stencil (STAMPlorations), Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

CAS Christmas Reminder - Little Snowman Greetings
Stamps:  Little Snowman (Gerda Steiner); Sentiment - Simply Celebrate Winter (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Voilet; Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, clear embossing powder, paint brush, White Posca pen, red chalk

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Flight
CAS Christmas June Challenge - Snowman

The Flower Challenge #57 Reminder

Hi everyone.  Back with a reminder for The Flower Challenge #57 - CAS.  This month we are sponsored by the wonderful Joy Clair Designs and I have used the same digital stamp set as my first card (Floral Joy Digital Stamp) for this challenge HERE.  Changing up the design really gives a totally different look.
This time I printed out the individual elements of the open flower, closed flower, and two leaf sprigs.  I fussy-cut before sponging colour, and in hindsight, it would have been easier to sponge first.  Those leaves are pretty small! :)  I used Distress Inks to sponge the leaves (Mowed Lawn), along with Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet for the flowers (I love these two colours together).  I shaped all the pieces with a stylus and mat to add dimension.  Then popped up the pieces onto the inside cut of a frame die (Sewing Stackers - Penny Black).  Love the reversed scallop edging with this design!  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Essential Sentiments - Maker's Movement) in Wilted Violet and then stamped over top with Chipped Sapphire.  The mix of colours looks great with the flowers.

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful reminder cards from our Designers.  And if you haven't had a chance to play along yet, come join the fun!  Challenge is open until end of day June 25th.

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Stamps:  Floral Joy (Joy Clair Designs); Essential Sentiments (Maker's Movement)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   sponges, Sewing Stackers frame (Penny Black), White Posca acrylic pen, stylus and mat


Saturday, June 12, 2021


Hi everyone.  Back with my third set from Stampendous (Pop Sunflower) that I recently bought.  I wanted to spread some sunshine and these images certainly do that. :)

I stamped the image in black ink onto mixed media paper and heat embossed in clear; flowers first, then masked the flowers and stamped the jar.  Watercoloured with distress inks and then fussy-cut the image.  This is another save card.  I had added a shadow to the bottom of the card and it got out of hand and ended up way too large, hence the fussy-cutting. :)

This time I placed the jar of flowers over some patterned summer paper, I {heart} Summer patterned paper - Simple Stories.  This is an old set of paper, which I thought would have been long retired, but apparently not. :)  I glued the jar flat to the paper and popped up the flowers with pop dots.

I added the sentiment "Sending Smiles & Sunshine" to the inside of the card along with two small, watercoloured sunflowers, all part of the same stamp set.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Edited to add:  Sending this to NBUS Challenge #27.

I {heart} Summer patterned paper - Simple Stories

Stamps:  Pop Sunflower (Stampendous)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); I {heart} summer (Simple Stories)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Broken China (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing poweder (Ranger); heat tool, paint brush


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Lovely Flowers

Hi everyone.  Another beautiful stamp set from Stampendous - Lovely Flowers.  These images are so quick and easy to work with.  I stamped the jar in black ink and heat embossed in clear.  Added some masking tape to the top of the jar and stamped the flowers over top (again in black ink and heat embossed in clear.  Watercolouring these fun, whimsical flowers is a dream! :)  I used distress inks for the flowers and then added a grounding with gray dye ink at the bottom.  I love the choice of sentiments and how you can mix and match them.  I have one more stamp set that I'll share with you soon.

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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Stamps:  Lovely Flowers (Stampendous)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, masking tape

Monday, June 07, 2021

Rose Teacup

Hi everyone.  First, wanted to say that I'm happy to be back in my studio after being away for a week.  First Jessie was not well for about three days, then I felt off for the past four days after receiving my second vaccination.  Thankfully I had some posts scheduled ahead.  Happy to be creating again. :)

I decided to ink up one of my latest purchases to create this very CAS, whimsical card.  I am currently making cards to donate to a program through the Lions Club, sending cards to seniors.  I'm sure some senior will be happy to get this pretty teacup filled with roses (Rose Teacup - Stampendous). :)  I bought a series of three stamp sets from Stampendous, so you'll be seeing more similar cards.

Heat emboss in Princess Gold embossing powder (yellow gold - love it!) and then watercoloured with distress inks.  Fussy cut the roses and popped them up on top of the tea cup.  Added a light gray grounding for the cup with masking tape and my soft blending brush.

Adding this to The Flower Challenge #57 Challenge - CAS.  I do love making CAS cards. :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

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Rose Teacup (Stampendous)

Stamps:  Rose Teacup (Stampendous)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Broken Glass (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:   Princess Gold embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, masking tape, blending brush


Friday, June 04, 2021

The Flower Challenge #57

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of The Flower Challenge #57 - CAS!  For my card, I used a digital image provided by our Sponsor - Joy Clair Designs.  These flowers are so fun to watercolour!

I printed the design onto Mixed Media paper and then set the ink with my heat tool.  I used Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire) to watercolour the image.  I added a little sponging through a simple tiny circle stencil (Mini Tiny Circles stencil - The Crafter's Workshop) with more Mowed Lawn ink to add something for the background.

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We are thrilled to have Rachel (Rachel Alvarado Designs) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful CAS cards from our Designers and our wonderful Guest Designer, Rachel.

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Stamps:  Floral Joy (Joy Clair Stamps)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   water brush, Mini Tiny Circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), sponge, white Posca acrylic pen


Thursday, June 03, 2021

CAS Christmas June Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of this month's CAS Christmas challenge, which is hosted by the lovely Hideko (Papercraft Boutique).

I had a lot of fun making this card.  Snowmen are so cute!!  I stamped the snowman and heart, Love in My Heart - Unity (a gift from a dear friend) in black ink and heat embossed in clear.  Then fussy cut before watercolouring.  I added light blue ink to the body to give it some dimension and have it stand out from the background.

For the background, I used white embossing paste through a stencil (Snowflakes - Paper Artsy).  Then I tore a piece of white card stock to create snow at the bottom of the card.  This gives me a place to stamp my sentiment (Merry Up! - Penny Black) and also tuck the bottom of the snowman in-behind.  The snowman and heart are popped up for added dimension.

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To finish I just added some white dots to his scarf, as well as wink'd and glazed the heart.

We are so happy to have Steph (My Paper Corner) as our Guest Designer this month!  Welcome Steph!  Come check out the challenge blog to see Steph's fun snowman card, and the cards from our wonderful Designers.

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Love in My Heart (Unity)

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Jessie's says it's "Belly Rub Time".

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Stamps:  Love in My Heart (Unity); Merry Up! (Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Zigs: Yellow, Orange, Light Gray, Mid Brown, Dark Brown
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, Snowflakes stencil (Paper Artsy), White Embossing paste (Dreamweaver), Stencil Pal, Clear Wink of Stella, Crystlal Glaze (Nuvo)

CAS Christmas June Challenge - Snowman

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

CAS Mix Up June Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new month ... and the start of a new CAS Mix Up challenge.  This month is being hosted by our amazing design team member, Viv (Viv's Visuals).

Viv would like us to use the prompt "Flight" for this watercolour challenge.  I've been trying to use some of my stash to make cards lately.  I have a LOT of backgrounds, along with bits and pieces to use up.  The background for this card is one of them.  I made this when I did a video on Rubber Band Embossing - see my video HERE.  The background is white heat embossing on the rubber band design.  I used magicals to watercolour in top.  Love these colours!

Added a simple silhouette die-cut butterfly (Moonlight Butterfly - Memory Box - retired) and white heat embossed sentiment to finish the card (Sunny Sentiments - Amy R Stamps - out of business).

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We are excited to have Joyce (Cards-by-the-sea) as our Guest Designer this month.  Welcome Joyce!

Please check out the challenge blog to see all the beautiful watercoloured flight cards from our wonderful Designers and lovely Guest Designer, Joyce.  I know you'll be inspired. 

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Sunny Sentiments (Amy R Stamps - out of business)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Versamark; Magicals (Lindy's)
Accessories:   Brayer, rubber bands, white embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water mister

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Flight

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Peace and Joy

Hi everyone.  I'm playing along with two Christmas challenges with the card above.

First, Rudolph Days May challenge.  It's always Anything Christmas Goes for this challenge.  Second challenge is Merry Little Christmas Challenge #34 - Anything Goes Christmas. :)  
I do love this poinsettia stamp, Holiday Bouquet from Avery Elle (it's unfortunately retired now).  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Liquid Platinum.  Then watercoloured the image in distress inks (listed below).  I used a corner die that I bought from AliExpress a long time ago.  It has a piece of dark red card stock behind the cut-out design.  

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Holiday Bouquet (Avery Elle - retired)
Paper:   Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, Corner die (AliExpress)


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Penny Black - Thriving - Part 2

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Hi everyone.  I'm back with Penny Black's Thriving Stamp set (30-811) again.  This is a second image I've used from the four that come with the set.  I love this sweet flower.  To me, it looks like a Gerbera Daisy, so I watercoloured it to look similar to a pot of Gerbera's I received as a gift last weekend.  Aren't they pretty??
I kept this very CAS, letting the flower be the star.  I stamped the image onto my card front, and again two more times on mixed media paper (which were heat embossed in clear).  I watercoloured both the flowers and leaves on the mixed media paper and fussy-cut them out.  I cut down through the petals of the flowers just a little ways towards the center so that I could shape the flower a little.  Did this with both flowers, then used my stylus and mat to add some shaping.  Glued the first set of flower head and leaves to my card front, pressing down firmly.  Then added the second flower head and leaves, slightly off center to give the flower lots of depth.

Added a small shadow of gray at the bottom of the flower and stamped the sentiment Smile (Happy Snippets 30-358) in black.  Popped up the card front on foam and adhered to my white card base.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Penny Black Product Links
Thriving (30-811)
Happy Snippets (30-358)

Stamps:  Thriving, Happy Snippets (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger); paint brush

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Email Subscriptions

Hi everyone.  Today I'm posting without a card ... I know, it's crazy, right??!! :)

I have been using the Feedburner Email Subscription Service since I started my blog in 2011.  It is part of the Google Blogspot offerings and it has worked well for me.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Penny Black - Thriving

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing one of the four images from the new stamp Thriving (30-811).

I love lilacs and this is such a beautiful image. 
I placed the stamp in my Misti and inked with distress inks (Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn), both markers and ink pads.  I misted lightly with water and stamped onto mixed media paper.  A small paint brush was used to move some of the colour around, and more ink was added to intensify the colours. Added a Square Frame (51-517)  and stamped a sentiment (Happy Snippets 30-358) in purple ink.

Sendng this card over to The Flower Challenge #56 - Use your Favourite Flower.  I love so many flowers, it's been hard to choose just one, so I keep making cards. :)

I wanted to make a second card using this same image.  I used the same layout but changed up the medium and colours. 

This time I started with Navy card stock (sorry, it looks black in the photo).  Stamped the image and heat embossed in silver.  Coloured the image with Mica Powders that I received as a gift from a sweet friend.  I mixed the Mica Powders with Gum Arabic (4:1 ratio), which adds binding to the medium so that it won't rub off the card stock.  Used a paint brush to added two shades of blue to the flower head (Sky Blue, French Blue) and Lettuce Green to the leaves.  Cut the image to size to fit inside the Simple Stacker frame (51-613).  The Mica Powders are so shimmery and beautiful but hard to capture in a photo.  Added a simple sentiment (Happy Snippets) and heat embossed in silver to finish the card.

Sending the second card over to NBUS #26 Challenge.  First time using this stamp today!
I'll be back with more cards using the other beautiful images from this set!

Penny Black Product Links

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It was Jessie's 2nd birthday on Saturday.
Time flies!
She was looking very fluffy when Alex
took this series of photos.

Card #1:  Just For You
Stamps:  Thriving, Happy Snippets (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Paint brush, Square Frame (Penny Black)

Card #2:  Hugs
Stamps:  Thriving, Happy Snippets (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Versamark; Mica Powders:  Sky Blue, French Blue, Lettuce Green (Arteza)
Accessories:  Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, Simple Stackers frame (Penny Black)