Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Penny Black - Festive Fragrance

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card using another stamp from the new Penny Black release, Making Spirits bright.  The stamp is called Festive Fragrance (40-791).

I stamped the image in Sahara Sand ink (SU!) very lightly and then no line watercoloured the Christmas greenery in shades of green, red, and brown for the vases and grounding.  The sentiment (Holly Days 30-869) is the final touch.  I had a few smudges of brown ink in my background so just added a few more to give it a vintage look. :)

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We celebrated our Thanksgiving on Saturday, Oct. 9th with a lovely Turkey dinner.  While it was cooking, I mentioned that I would like to ink up this image and my son, Jeremy asked if we could watercolour together.  He has a degree in Visual Arts and is an Art Teacher at a High School in Richmond.  Below are the two images, photos taken by Jeremy and edited with a few filters.  I'm sure you can tell that the one on the right is Jeremy's version. :)  It was fun to work together and I did learn lots from him as well.     
                                       Loll                                                                               Jeremy
  
I went back and added a horizon line to my card and darkened up the vases and shadows.  What a difference, as you can see from the card at the top of this post.  

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Jessie enjoyed her turkey dinner too! :)
Sleeping it off in front of the fire ...
Photo by Alejandro Garcia


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Holly Days (30-869)


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Stamps:  Festive Fragrance; Holly Days (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Sahara Sand (SU!); Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Paint brushes, Basic Gray marker (SU!), White Posca pen


Monday, October 18, 2021

STAMPlorations October Stencil Challenge

I have been wanting to find time to play along with this fun challenge for ages.  Today is the day! :)  My dear friend, Nancy is on the team.

The monthly challenge is always Anything Stenciling Goes.
 
I used stencil layering for this card.

I started by placing the ARTploration Christmas Reindeer stencil over my card front.  I taped it down and then lightly sponged with Brushed Corduroy distress ink, adding more colour around the edges.  I placed a second stencil overtop (Festive - Tim Holtz) and angled it until I liked what was showing over the reindeer.  I used small pieces of tape to mask areas and sponged the different elements using distress inks.  I added a little gold on top of the pine cones and the reindeer's antlers.  

To finish, I stamped the sentiment in Candied Apple and Fired Brick distress inks to get the right shade of red.

Close-up ...
I had a lot of fun trying this technique and will definitely use it again!


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Stamps:  Merriest (Avery Elle - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories:   ARTplorations Christmas Reindeer stencil, Tim Holtz Festive stencil, sponges, tape for masking, white Posca pen, Fine tip black marker (Sharpie)

Challenges:
STAMPlorations October Stencil Challenge

Friday, October 15, 2021

CAS Challenges October Reminder


Hi everyone.  Time for the reminder cards for the October CAS Challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up, hosted this month by Bonnie.

Bonnie is our host.

I went out and picked up a few maple leaves from my yard.  The card above uses a small leaf that I coated with Gold Liquid Watercolour Concentrate and then pressed it through my Gemini Jr. with mixed media paper.  I love how the gold paint shows all the veins.  It's very subtle, but still very pretty.  I added a soft suede card stock base, along with a gold splattered backing to my main panel.

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I did a second print using a large maple leaf.  Using Hot Press watercolour paper and my Gemini Jr., I got two prints, this is the side with all the wonderful autumn colours (see photo below of leaf), which translated to pale green, yellow and purple when pressed.


Maple Leaf
I created a frame from seedless preserves by sponging around the outside edge of a piece of Hot Press watercolour paper and then sponging with gold watercolour.  I splattered more gold watercolour over my botanical panel as well.  The panel was cut to size and placed at the top right corner so the frame is only showing on the two sides.  The sentiment (AliExpress) is stamped in more Seedless Preserves distress ink, but I had to stamp several times to get a clean image which means that it's darker than I wanted.  The colours of the print are subtle, but so pretty and even better in real life.

This is not a CAS design but wanted to share with you.

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Marcia is our host.

Started with a basic gray card stock base (SU!).  Used the Christmas Wreaths stencil (STAMPlorations), off the page, sponging with the leaves with blending brushes in basic gray ink.  The berries were sponged in white pigment ink first, left to dry, then sponged again in Fired Brick distress ink.  Used a metallic silver pen to outline the leaves and berries.  Finished with a silver embossed sentiment (Art Deco Celebrate Christmas - Poppy Stamps - retired) and a few dots of white paint.

Close-up ... shows the silver outlining of the stenciled leaves and berries

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CAS Mix Up Reminder - Botanical Leaf (1)
Stamps:  For You (Cavallini & Co)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Soft Suede card stock (SU! - retired)
Ink:  Gold Watercolour Concentrate (Blick Art Materials)
Accessories & Tools: sponges, splatter brush

CAS Mix Up Reminder - Botanical Leaf (2)
Stamps:  Beautiful (AliExpress)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press), Neenah white 110 lb. card stock
Ink:  Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Gold Watercolour Concentrate (Blick Art Materials)
Accessories & Tools: sponges, splatter brush

CAS Christmas Reminder - Christmas Wreath
Stamps:  Art Deco Celebrate Christmas (Poppy Stamps - retired)
Paper:  Gray card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Basic Gray dye ink (SU!); Unicorn (white) Pigment Ink (Hero Arts); Fired Brick distress ink (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Christmas Wreath stencil (STAMPlorations), blending brushes, Silver metallic pen (Pilot), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, White Posca pen


Challenges:
CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Botanical Prints
CAS Christmas October Challenge - Gray and Red

The Flower Challenge #61 Reminder

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for The Flower Challenge #61 - Use a Shape.  It's also our 5th Birthday Celebration for our Challenge ... lots of prizes to win!


I rarely get freebies in the mail, but with my last on-line order I received this background.  Actually it was advertising the pad of paper for sale.  All the designs were on the back, but just one on the front, so I used it today. :)  I love the vintage look of this paper.  I stayed with the pink and brown to add my elements to the card.. 

I stamped a bouquet of peonies (Perfect Peonies - Clearly Besotted).  I love this stamp and have used it A LOT. :)  Looks awesome in pink and brown.  I used Ground Espresso, Kitsch Flamingo, and Picked Raspberry distress inks, mixing the pink and brown to get the colours for my blooms.  Stamped the peonies in dark brown ink and clear heat embossed.  Then watercoloured the image.  I die-cut the bouquet with matching die, but thought the white edging left from the die looked too stark so just added a light coating of pink.  The background is die-cut with a postage stamp die (Postage Stamp - Spellbinders retired).  I did a little stenciling in the top left and bottom right corners with Ground Espresso ink and Pebbles Stencil (Lavinia).  I stamped the sentiment (Happy Messages - Stampendous) in brown and then placed everything on a white 4 1/4" square card base.  Popped up the flower with pop dots for some dimension. :)

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Happy with how this card turned out ... I need to use patterned paper more often.  I have lots, but make so many of my own backgrounds, I rarely use them. :)

I hope you'll check out the reminder post for The Flower Challenge #61 to see the amazing cards from our Designers.  Then come play along.  Challenge is open until end of day Oct. 25th.  Hope to see you in the gallery.

This will be my last post for The Flower Challenge.  After a year of enjoying being on the team, it is time for me to step down and concentrate on running my own two challenges.  Thank you to Aileen and the team for making my time at The Flower Challenge so enjoyable.  A special shout-out to Viv, who works tirelessly to keep the team happy and well-informed as well as keeping the challenge running smoothly.  Thank you Viv for all the help you gave me over the past year!!


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Stamps:  Perfect Peonies (Clearly Besotted), Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Patterned paper 
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Ground Espresso, Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, watercolour paint brushes, matching die for Peonies image, Postage Stamp die - retired (Spellbinders), Pebbles stencil (Lavinia), sponges

Challenges:


Monday, October 11, 2021

Penny Black - Gorgeous Grove

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing another new cling stamp from the Penny Black's Making Spirits Bright release.  This image is called Gorgeous Grove (40-804).

I started by inking up my image in dark gray ink (Stampin' Up!) ink.  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the image again onto a post-it note to create a mask for the snow.

Then I did a little ink blending using blender brushes.  First the sun (Mustard Seed and Wild Honey distress inks).  Second the sky (Broken China and Chipped Sapphire distress inks).

To finish the card, I first splattered with very diluted white acrylic paint and blotted.  Once dry, I used a white Posca pen to add snow to the branches of the trees, and then splattered more (larger splatters) with diluted white gouache ink.  The sentiment (Christmas Sentiments: 30-504) is stamped on black card stock and white heat embossed.

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I'll be back soon with more cards using the new Making Spirits Bright release from Penny Black.


And also adding to the NBUS Challenge #31.

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Stamps:  Gorgeous Grove (Penny Black); Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Basic Gray ink (Stampin' Up!); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire (Tim Holtz); White pigment ink
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, blending brushes, white acrylic paint, White Posca pen, White gouache paint, splatter brush, white embossing powder

Challenges:

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Penny Black - Merriest

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a no-line watercolouring of one of the new releases from Penny Black's Making Spirits Bright collection.  This is called Merriest (40-794).

I stamped the image onto mixed media paper with smoky slate ink (SU!) and then watercoloured over top using distress inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany.  

To finish, I stamped the Joy sentiment (Holly Days 30-869) in Candied Apple distress ink, followed by two layers of Fired Brick distress inks.  Happy how it matched the colour of the berries.  I added a few white dots using my Posca pen before framing the image using another new release from Penny Black, Semi-Circle Stackers (51-706).

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Stamps:  Merriest (Penny Black); Holly Days (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Smoky Slate (SU!); Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   watercolour paint brushes, white Posca pen, Semi-Circle Stackers Frame die (Penny Black)

Challenges:

Friday, October 08, 2021

Penny Black - Holly Days

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card from the new Penny Black Christmas release, Making Spirits Bright.  This card uses the Holly Days (30-869) set.

I stamped the wreath two times onto mixed media paper.  First layer was inked with Shabby Shutters distress ink to create a soft background wreath.  I used a paint brush and water to soften the holly and leaves.

I rotated the wreath about 1/4 way and re-inked it with Peeled Paint distress Ink.  I stamped over top of the first wreath a few times until the image was fairly strong.  I used my paint brush again to soften the leaves, adding more Peeled Paint to make them darker.  I used Rustic Wilderness distress ink to paint over the holly leaves on the top wreath.

I used red acrylic paint from Decoart (Red Bird) to create the berries, using my stylus tip to add the dots of red.  The sentiment from Penny Black (Believe 30-310) was stamped several times in Fired Brick distress ink.

The finishing touch was to add a Cherry Cobbler (SU!) card stock frame.  I used a small berry branch from the same stamp as the wreath (Holly Days 30-869) to stamp the frame in Versamark, giving it a subtle tone-on-tone design.

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I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
PBSC October Challenge - Anything Goes with Optional:  Colour Inspiration (use at least two of the colours).  I used red and green.

Also adding this card to the NBUS Challenge #31.



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Holly Days - 30-869 (Penny Black)


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Stamps:  Holly Days (30-869), Believe (30-310) - both from Penny Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Cherry Cobbler card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   paint brush, stylus

Challenges:


Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Inspired by ... with Bonnie

Hi everyone.  My dear friend Bonnie contacted me about a current challenge at "Inspired By".  There are a couple of inspiration photos to choose from, but the main part of the challenge is to ask a friend to play along.  I am so excited to join this challenge with Bonnie!!  

Here's the inspiration photo ...

You can see that I HAD to include the beautiful black and white check pattern. Don't you love it??!! :)  I also created a 3D wreath like the one hanging on the wall of the photo.  I included two different leaves in different shades of green (also shaded with ink) and white half pearls to represent the white flowers on the wreath.

I gave a nod to the galvanized steel containers with my matte silver strip beside the check pattern, as well as the matte silver sentiment banner.

For the wreath, I used two leaf dies to alternate around a circle frame.  I shaped the thicker leaves with my stylus to give it more dimension.  Both sets of leaves have been sponged with darker shades of green ink.  I used white half pearls to add the finishing touch.

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I hope you'll visit Bonnie to see her amazing design from in the inspiration photo.  

Thanks to Michele from Inspired By for this fun challenge!!


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Stamps:  Snowglobe Sentiments (My Favorite Things - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Old Olive card stock (SU!); Always Artichoke card stock (SU!), matte silver card stock (unknown)
Ink:   Black Soot distress ink; Old Olive and Always Artichoke inks (SU!); Versamark
Accessories:   Plaid stencil (Tim Holtz), sponges, circle nestabilities (Spellbinder - retired); Leaves die (C.C. Designs - retired); Pine Needles die (unknown), white half pearls, white embossing powder, heat tool

Challenges:
Inspired by Challenge #IB189 - All the Peels


Monday, October 04, 2021

The Flower Challenge #61

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of The Flower Challenge #61.  This is a special month as we are celebrating 5 years at The Flower Challenge.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the amazing cards from our Designers and Guest Designer, Emily (Sixth Street Sundries).  As well, check out the prizes which are part of our celebration!
This month, the challenge is to use a shape.  I used a piece from my stash that is distress inks with an embossing folder, Diamond in the Rough (Cuttlebug).  Love the soft shades of purple and blue ink!  I die-cut it with a Point Street tag die (Poppy Stamps).  It was the perfect shape and size for the lovely flower on top that is watercoloured with distress inks.  The flower die-cut was a gift from a sweet friend so I don't know the name or brand.  (Butterfly Kisses - Mama Elephant ... thanks Colleen!)  The flower is popped up on top of the tag background, which is popped up on top of the card base.  

Please help us celebrate our 5th birthday.  Hope you'll come play along!


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Stamps:  Brushed Wishes (Stampendous - retired); Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Diamond in the Rough (Cuttlebug - retired) embossing folder, water mister, Point Street tag die (Poppy Stamps - retired), Watercolour paint brushes, white Posca pen

Challenges:

Sunday, October 03, 2021

CAS Christmas October Challenge

Hi everyone.  Start of the CAS Christmas October Challenge.  Not long now before we need to have our cards in the mail! :)  

Today we have a colour challenge, hosted by the talented Marcia (Marcia's Stampin' Pad).

Wonderful colour combination for Christmas cards.  I started by creating the poinsettia.  Stamped the image on mixed media paper, heat embossing in silver.  I watercoloured using Real Red dye ink (Stampin' Up!).  Mustard Seed distress ink was used for the center of the poinsettia.  Once dry I fussy-cut the flower and set aside.

For the card front, I sponged Smoky Slate dye ink (Stampin' Up!) through a stencil.  I then cut off a strip and attached it to my card front.  I used a thick metallic silver marker to add the silver line.

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in silver before securing the poinsettia to the card.

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We are excited to have Darnell as our Guest Designer this month.  Welcome Darnell!!

Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiufl Gray and Red cards from our Designers and wonderful Guest Designer, Darnell.

Then come join us!


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Stamps:  Create a Poinsettia (Stampendous - retired); Art Deco Celebrate Christmas (Poppy Stamps - retired)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Real Red, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!); Versamark
Accessories:   Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes, Wander & Find stencil (Carta Bella - retired), blending brush, thick silver metallic marker (Pilot)

Challenges:
CAS Christmas October Challenge - Gray and Red


Friday, October 01, 2021

CAS Mix Up October Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Mix Up October Challenge.  This month is hosted by the talented Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  She wants us to incorporate plant material in our cards ...


I have to admit that I made this print a long time ago.  We did a lot of botanical prints during our last Crafting Retreat.  The process was fairly simple.  Forge outside for leaves and flowers.  Place them single layer on a piece of watercolour paper, then place another piece of watercolour paper over top.  Run through the Big Shot.  Let it dry before separating the two pieces.  You end up with two botanical prints. :)

I love the purple and green leaves together.  I layered them over top of a strip of burlap and then placed it on a woodgrain embossed background (gift from a friend).  The sentiment (Lace Leaf - Altenew - retired) is stamped in Archival Shadow Grey (Ranger).

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We are so happy to have Izzy (Izzy Scrap) as our Guest Designer this month.  Welcome Izzy!

Please check out the challenge blog to see the amazing botanical print cards from our talented Designers and wonderful Guest Designer, Izzy. 


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Stamps:  Sentiment - Lace Leaf (Altenew - retired)
Paper:   Arches Watercolour Paper (Hot Press); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Archival Shadow Grey (Ranger
Accessories:   Burlap sheet, Woodgrain embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Botanical Prints