Cheerful Spring

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

It is such a beautiful day today and the sun is shining. That meant flowers to me. And, at Splitcoaststampers the Colour Challenge inspired me, asking us to use Turquoise, Orange and White and for dessert, a touch of Metallic. I used the turquoise in my background and the orange in my flowers and the metallic in my sentiment, plus there is a metallic sequin. It was such a nice change to play with some flower dies. Hope you like it too and thanks for having a peek today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Mix 'n Match Wildflowers, Frantic Stamper Spring Sentiment, Sequins, Spectrum Noir Markers, Gold Leafing Pen.

Wishing Stones

Monday, 28 March 2016

It is my turn to host the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. I have called my challenge "Going in Circles", and this is my card for the challenge. I heat embossed the stepping stones stamp with white embossing powder and watercoloured the stones. I also heat embossed the flowers and watercoloured, then styled slightly before attaching. I added the sentiment in the white to not detract from the background and flowers. I am happy with how it turned out. Thanks for looking ...
Products: Simons Says Stamp Stepping Stones, Spring Flowers and Wishing Sentiment; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spiced Marmelade, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn.

Doggie hugs

Sunday, 27 March 2016

A card I did to honour the Featured Stamper at splitcoaststampers today. This is Jenn's card. I saw her card previously and when I saw she was the FS for today I knew immediately what card to look for. Lots of fun. I watercoloured the background and doggie with Winsor Newton paints and embossed with the hearts embossing folder. Some of the hearts on the folder I heat embossed with white embossing powder. I added the grass border, the hugs sentiment and of course, sequins and pearls. Thanks for looking ...
Products: Inky Antics Delightful Dogs#2, Crafts Too Embossing Folder, Frantic Stamper Sentiment, Martha Stewart Grass Border, Watercolour Winsor Newton Paints

Birthday Flowers

Monday, 21 March 2016

A birthday card I did for BRAK, the group I belong to at Splitcoaststampers where members send Birthday cards to other members as a random act of kindness, hence BRAK. I do not upload these kind of cards in my gallery there, only on my blog. For this card I used Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers. I heat embossed with white embossing powder and coloured with Tim Holtz Inks and fussy cut the leaves and flowers to arrange. A few sequins and crystals and my sentiment from Frantic Stamper Celebrations set finishes my card. I hope the recipient liked it. Thanks for having a look.

So Kind

Saturday, 19 March 2016

This card I did for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I was not in the mood for doing much, so I embossed some watercolor paper with Ecstasy Crafts Rose Embossing Folder and spritzed my paper with water. I dropped the ink, adding more where I wanted a deeper colour. Then, before it was dry I embossed again to get that deep embossing. Added the sentiment, sequins and crystals to finish. Thanks for having a look.
Products: Ecstasy Crafts Rose Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug With Gratitude Sentiment, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry and Broken China, Sequins, Crystals.

In Memory of Mrs. Lumley

Friday, 18 March 2016

A card I did for my lovely friend Faith who has lost her Mom, which is clearly a difficult time for her. You might ask, why would you have crystals on your card? I did that for her Mom, who was a crafter, and who also taught me cross-stitch. She was a very kind lady, with a wonderful sense of fun and patience like no other. Mrs. Lumley would appreciate the crystals, and this card. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have met her.  
Details about this card can be found here

Birthday CAS

Thursday, 17 March 2016

I am a member of BRAK, Birthday Random Act of Kindness over at Splitcoaststampers, and this is a card I sent to a member for her birthday, which is today. I wanted to be sure she had it before I posted it here on my blog. It is a Clean and Simple card with just a few stamps and some glam. I coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers and fussy cut the flower which is on a foam dot. Thanks for looking today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers, Frantic Stamper Celebrations Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders, Spectrum Noir Markers, Sequins, Crystals

Dancing Chicks and Sunday Best

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers on Monday was to use "Spring Critters" on your card. As it is getting close to Easter, I thought bunnies and/or chicks and remembered I had these cute digital chickies I could do. I coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers, added yellow matting along with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I think the chickies and the colours was enough - what???? no sequins or gems!!  I couldn't let them be without a touch of glam, so added some Wink of Stella to the bows, although it is almost impossible to see in the picture.

For this chickie, which I am calling Sunday Best, I used a floral watercolour designer paper in the background. And, again I coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers and framed her with the frame on foam strips. I used a coordinating paper on the inside where I put a Easter sentiment. The bit of glam on her is some Wink of Stella on the flower in her hat. Thanks for looking .... have a great day!
Products: Pink Petticoat Fluffy Chicks and Designer Paper, Lawn Fawn Stitched Border Dies, Impression Obsession Frame, Spectrum Noir Markers, Wink of Stella.

It's Spring

This card came about as I wanted to enclose a letter to a friend in a card. Sending a letter without a card feels like the letter is naked ... you know what I mean! I went to my new stamps from the latest release at Frantic Stamper and picked this flower for my card. I inked the flower with Tim Holtz Festive Berries - I love that bright red, and spritzed lightly with water before stamping, then added Wink of Stella to the flower centres. The sentiment is stamped just with the ink. I die cut the flower on the petal labels and used a smaller petal label behind for interest. I added a little bakers twine to the petal labels and attached to the card on foam strips. A few sequins and crystal finished my card. Done in less than 10 minutes. As I was doing this I was thinking how nice it would be to do this kind of card for my customers to enclose with their orders as a thank you. It can be done in different colours and different sentiments, and left blank on the inside except for a post it note with the thank you. They can then use the card as they wish, hopefully to send happy wishes to a friend. I have been wanting to get a stamp made to stamp on my post-it notes, seems now is a good time. Thanks for having a look .... and have a great day! 
Products: Frantic Stamper Spring is Blooming Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Stitched Petal Labels, Wink of Stella, Bakers Twine, Foam Strips, Sequins, Crystals.

Frantic Stamper In My Spring Garden

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cards I did for the Frantic Stamper March 15th release. They are all so very pretty with wonderful details. This card uses the Crocus from the ever lovely Mix'n Match Series of flowers. I love the way the Crocus styles up to show off its beauty. For this card I stamped my mat with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and spritzed with water then dragged the cut dies through the colour. I love the look. The background embossing folder I used on the reverse side to get this look and sponged on some of the Tim Holtz Ink I used on the flowers. 
The embossing folder is Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine.  

And, not to be left out, from the same Mix'n Match Series, this is the Daffodils set. So elegant I decided on a fussy setting for my card. I also used the Frantic Stamper Elementals #12 - Ovals and the new Spring sentiment die. On this card I coloured the dies with Spectrum Noir Markers. I added some Wink of Stella to the Daffodil centre, which is hard to capture in a photo. 

For this card I used the new Spring is Blooming Clear Stamp Set, which includes some wonderful sentiments and 4 different flower images. And, again on this colour I coloured with the Spectrum Noir Markers and used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for my sentiment.
There is much more in this release and you can view a video showing off the new release with cards done by the Design Team for Frantic Stamper here at In My Spring Garden.

Easter Egg

Saturday, 12 March 2016

For the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today we had a visit to a Pinterest Board called Easter Egg Hunt. So fun looking at all the different eggs. I picked these eggs as my starting point. I die cut my egg and stenciled with my stone stencil using Viva Decor Inka Gold Steelblue Ink. I added the yellow tulip coloured with markers as is the happy sentiment. The Easter sentiment is coloured with the Viva Decor. A few sequins, crystals and pearls to finish. A fun and easy card today ... thanks for having a look.
Products: Spellbinders Nested Eggs, Prima Stencil, Joy Crafts Spring Flowers, Frantic Stamper Happy Sentiment, Taylored Expressions Easter Sentiment, Spectrum Noir Markers, Viva Decor Inka Gold Steelblue Ink, Sequins, Pearls, Crystals.

Honey Bee Smile

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

I played along with the Bingo Game Colour Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. A board of 16 different colours to pick from. My colours are the light and darker pinks, the yellow and a suede. And as it is a gorgeous day in my area, I was thinking of spring and flowers and then bees. So, that is where I went with my card. I embossed the background with white embossing powder and used my aqua brush to apply the colours. As it is cardstock (120 lb) I am working on and not watercolour paper, I kept the water to a minimum. I die cut the sentiment in white and coloured the word and circle portion with a Spectrum Noir marker, then glued back in the white space. The bee is watercoloured and fussy cut, and is on a gel dot so he wiggles! And, for my dessert I used my signature sequins, crystals and pearls. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy Honey Bee Smile.
Products: IndigoBlu Honeycomb Background, Deep Red Honey Bee Label, Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Smile, Sequins, Crystals, White and Clear Embossing Powder, Aqua Brush, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Brilliance Crimson Copper Pigment Ink, Embossing Ink.

Easter's Busting Out

Monday, 7 March 2016

I have been wanting to make this Pop Up Box Card for my friends granddaughter for Easter, and today was the day, it is down to the wire as it has a trip ahead of it via Canada Post. I dare say, I giggled the whole way while making this, and I fussed and fussed ... and still wonder if I have enough goodies stuffed in there. I need more Easter dies! At the end of this post I will list the products I used. The tutorial for the Pop Up Box can be found at Splitcoaststampers hereThanks for having a look ...
Another view of the front side of the box.
and from the right side ....
and this shows how the box collapses flat for mailing. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Easter Sentiment, Frantic Stamper Peeking Bunny Squares, Frantic Stamper Bunny Confetti, Frantic Stamper Bunny Back, Frantic Stamper Fern, Impression Obsession Bunny Set, Impression Obsession Rabbit Set, Impression Obsession Fence, Spellbinders Nested Eggs, Martha Stewart flower Punches, Martha Stewart Grass Border Punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Memory Box Butterfly Delights Die, Bunny Crossing Brad, Sequins, Crystals, Stickles, Imaginisce Designer Paper, Bazzill Cardstock, American Crafts Glitter Paper, Spectrum Noir Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  

Thoughts ...

Sunday, 6 March 2016

This is my card for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. I stamped the leaf and flower and coloured with my Spectrum Noir Markers. I then prepared my layout and marked the cutting of the leaves so they would hang off the stitched petal once cut. I cut another stitched petal and coloured it with the green used on my leaf branch attaching behind my image panel, and I attached both to my top layer. I looked at just using the base and my stitched petals but I was not happy with that look, so I used the extra panel, but kept it clean. Thanks for having a look today...
Products: Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers, Frantic Stamper Square Stitched Petals, Hot Off The Press Heartfelt Greetings, Spectrum Noir Markers, Sequins, Crystals.

Butterfly Smile

Saturday, 5 March 2016

The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today had us visiting the world of miniatures. Fascinating and amazing work all done in miniatures. I picked this dragonfly for my inspiration and as I do not have a dragonfly I did a butterfly. It is snowing in my neck of the woods today, so I added a lot of layers to my butterfly as I wanted colour in my grey world. I stamped the butterfly with navy ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then sprayed my paper and dropped water moving the piece around to allow the paint to run - then drying and adding more colour until I was happy. I stamped the sentiment and finished with sequins and crystals - candy for the butterfly!
Products: Stampendous PenPattern Butterflies, Technique Tuesday Sentiment, Winsor Newton Watercolours, TH Distress Inks Navy, Clear Embossing Ink and Powder, Sequins and Crystals. 

Diamonds Forever

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

My final card for the March 1st Frantic Stamper Release covering Geometrics and Elementals. I love this gorgeous Double Diamond Card Panel and can see many uses for it. For this card I used a bright yellow cardstock for the  background of my Diamond Card Panel, then filled a few of the diamond negatives with some coloured diamonds. I used the Fishtail Labels tag and added the happy sentiment along with the small Scribble Rose which I also coloured. A very happy card indeed. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Double Diamond Card Panel, Fishtail Labels, Scribble Roses, Happy Sentiment Die, Spectrum Noir Markers, Bo-Bunny Cardstock. 

Happy colours

Another card for the Frantic Stamper Geometric and Elementals Release of March 1st. For this card I did a watercolour background for the Linked Hexagon Border Die. I added the new happy sentiment die cut in black cardstock which I also used for the matting. I added a few sequins and pearls to finish up. Thanks for having a look today ...
Products: Frantic Stamper Linked Hexagon Border Die, Frantic Stamper Happy Die Sentiment, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Sequins, Kaiser Pearls. 

Make a Wish

The March 1st Release for Frantic Stamper covers Geometrics and Elementals. For this card I used the Lacey Edger Die and not to detract from the beautiful die I kept the card clean and simple. I used a Satin Sheen cardstock and the Make a Wish stamp from the Celebrations Stamp Set. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Lacey Edger Die, Frantic Stamper Celebration Stamp Set, Crystals, Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

with Love

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

I did this card for two different challenges at Splitcoaststampers, the first to try a new technique of colouring your stamps and the second challenge was the colour challenge from today to use these colours in your design. I used markers to colour my stamp and misted with water before stamping. I then wet the area around my flowers and dropped tumbled glass and salty ocean in. I stamped my sentiments and added sequins and crystals to finish. Thanks for having a look ...

Products: Penny Black Brush Tulips, Art C sentiment, doCrafts Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Sequins, Crystals.