Colour Burst Birthday

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I am hostess for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, and this is my sample card I made. The challenge is all about the "Backgrounds." I did a Stencil Monoprint for my background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and water on watercolour paper. I also did one on 110lb Neenah cardstock and like that look too, it is sharper than it is on the watercolour paper, but I like the rougher look. I stamped my sentiment at least 5 times - thank goodness for my MISTI, and added my butterfly from Frantic Stamper that I coloured using Martha Stewart Glitter Markers in a bright pink coloured on the orange cardstock, it looks yummie! I added a few sequins and a crystal to finish. I had so much fun making this card and hope you enjoy it too. 
Products: Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Frantic Stamper Petitie Butterflies, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings, Sequins, Crystal.

These are the Moments

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

These are the moments came together quickly. I wanted a card to send a friend who just became a grandmother for the first time to a baby girl named Sophie, hence the pink. I stenciled and stamped my image and sentiment using Picked Raspberry, and added Mustard Seed to my butterfly before styling and attaching to my card base. A few sequins for some more pretty and girlie to finish. Thanks for looking ...
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Products: Memory Box Honey Comb Stencil, Stamplorations Noteworthy, Stampendous PenPattern Butterflies Stamp Set, Stampendous Butterfly Die Set, Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Butterfly Hugs

The colour challenge at Splitcoaststampers today is called "Lost my Honey in a Gray Lagoon" - how fun is that? I used the gray and honey in my matting and the honey for my butterflies and sentiment. I stamped the leaves using London Fog, and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers using the lagoon colour.  I sponged the background with the honey as well as the butterflies. The sentiment is die cut using cardstock and shadowed with white cardstock. Thanks for having a look.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers, Frantic Stamper Petite Butterflies, Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs, Sequins, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Wild Honey, Spectrum Noir Markers.


Saturday, 16 April 2016

I did this card for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers where we visited a Pinterest Board called Birds of a Feather. Take a look if you enjoy birds, which I do. I inked my stamp using doCraft Markers and spritzed with water. Once stamped I dragged some of the colour in with my aqua brush, being quick about it as I was on cardstock. I really like the look, very Clean and Simple. I finished by stamping my sentiment using TH Distress Ink Peacock Feathers - seemed appropriate to me! Thanks for having a look today.
Products: WPlus9 Fiona and Flora, Stamplorations, Sequins, doCraft Markers, TH Distress Inks, Sequins, Recollections and Bazzill Cardstock. 

Whimsical Daisy

I painted this whimsical Daisy a couple of weeks ago for a challenge. The Daisy I drew freehand, I didn't want it perfect, and as you can see I do not draw, but I think it will pass as whimsical. I added my raindrops painting them in a lightish blue then applying some glass effect gel. I painted my background to represent the rain stopping and the sun coming out. I sent this to a friend who lives in Vancouver, appropriately enough. Thanks for looking...
Products: Watercolour Paper, Winsor Newton Paints, Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel.

Wishful Thinking

Monday, 11 April 2016

I made this card for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. When I was making it, it was snowing where I live. I think we are all a little sick of the weather we are getting, and that was my jumping off point for this card. I stenciled my background in bright cheery soft pastels using my Memory Box Honey Comb Stencil. I then inked my image and spritzed with water very lightly, so as not to disturb the ink on my stenciled layer. For a little sparkle I added some Wink of Stella to the leaves at the leaf axil. The challenge was to use chipboard, for which I have "zero". So I die cut my smile die 5 times in 120lb cardstock and took great care gluing them together to make sure all was lined up as it should be. I matted with a very pale green and added some sequins and gems to finish. 
Products: Memory Box Honey Comb Stencil; Designs by Ryn Leafy Branch; Simon Says Stamp Smile Circle; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn; Sequins, Crystals.

Sunshine for you

Saturday, 9 April 2016

The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today takes us on a tour of The Cake Blog. Cakes for all occasions ... I dare say I would love a nibble of one or two! I picked this cake for my inspiration. These colours just stood out to me and I thought a little bit of sunshine would be nice given it is snowing here. For my card, I first embossed my card base with Ecstasy Crafts Roses embossing folder. For my panel I inked my stamp with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed and Wild Honey and spritzed with water before stamping. I then embossed the panel with my Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder and then added more inks with my aqua brush to get deeper colours. For my flower I mixed the two colours together on my craft sheet and spritzed lightly with water then dragged my flower through it, and again used my aqua brush to add more colour. I then styled my rose and spritzed heavily with Glimmer Mist - and I love the results. I die cut my sentiments and sponged on the Wild Honey mixed with a light dab of Gathered Twigs. I added several layers to get the colour the way I wanted it to look. The panel is mounted on fun foam so I could have coverage across the entire piece. A few sequins finished my card. I hope you like it ...
Products: Deep Red Weathered Wall; Frantic Stamper Scribble Roses; Frantic Stamper Sunshine Sentiment; Frantic Stamper Accessory Words 2 & 3; Ecstasy Craft Roses Embossing Folder; Cuttlebug Distress Stripes Embossing Folder; Sequins; Fun Foam; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; All inks Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

My Kitchen

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Back today to show you another card I did for the Frantic Stamper In the Kitchen release. There always seems to be a story behind the cards I make ... and when making this card I was thinking of my friend Sue. She is always the first to do something generous and caring for someone. If you are going through a bad time, Sue would be the first on the door step bringing food already prepared, and ready for the oven or the freezer. So, I made this card to go with Sue's prepared dishes. The front can be left as is, or the preparer's name written in. I always decorate the inside of my cards when I make them, and on the inside the name of the dish and the instructions can be written. I think I am going to do a set of these for Sue ... I know she is going to love the set. I used the Retro Stand Mixer and Recipe from the Menu & Recipe Word dies for this card. There are a lot of fun dies and stamps in this release that can be used for all sorts of things. You can see the entire release here. Thanks for having a look...
Products: All dies from Frantic Stamper


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The colour challenge at Splitcoaststampers today is called Pink Pool in the Meadow. I wanted to do something different but it seems I am missing products I need for some of the techniques I want to try. I decided that I would give Loll Thompson's Faux Mother of Pearl technique a try, but I was missing the Acrylic Frost Paint, so I opted to use Fresco Finish instead. Loll uses plastic wrap to apply the paint, but I have a heavy hand, so I used my duster brush. I first brushed on the shabby shutters ink to my duster, then dipped in the Fresco Finish to apply to my cardstock. Once dry, I sponged on the evergreen and worn lipstick. For my butterfly I sponged shabby shutters on some cardstock, then die cut and stamped my butterfly using the evergreen ink. I then applied the Fresco Finish to the entire butterfly for some more shine. To put my card together, I used stitched border dies on my background piece, did some white matting with one piece being long enough for my sentiment, which I stamped in the evergreen. I styled my butterfly before attaching, and added some sequins and crystals to finish. Thanks for having a look.
Products: Stampendous PenPattern Butterfly Set, Stampedous Buttefly Dies, Stamplorations Noteworthy Sentiments, Lawn Fawn Stitched Border Dies, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, Evergreen Bough, Shabby Shutters, Fresco Finish Metallic Glaze, Sequins, Crystals

Lick the Bowl

Monday, 4 April 2016

I did this card for the newest release at Frantic Stamper covering Mom's Retro Kitchen. This release has the kitchen covered with all new dies and 3 different stamp sets. I have used the Mixing Bowls and Whisk for my card. I heat embossed a decorative element with white embossing powder on the bowls, then sponged the outside of the bowls and the whisk with Tim Holtz distress Inks. The dies have the cuts ready to easily stack the bowls. I could not resist the sentiment which I computer generated. I so remember from my childhood licking the whisks and beaters and finger licking the bowls ... great memories. I added a few sequins for some sparkle. Thanks for having a look today. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Bowls and Whisk, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels

Planning My Days

Saturday, 2 April 2016

The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today led me to Seaweed Kisses and this planner. With Christmas money I received I bought myself a Webster Pages Planner, something I have wanted for a very long time, and totally different from any planner I have ever had before. I will not buy a new book every year as most do, I will transfer my pages to a box and just get new inserts and such. I don't have the space for books, my crafts need that space! Anyway, back to my planner. I had been messing with some of the things I wanted in my opening pages, but the challenge today gave me that push to play. These pages I call my "Opening Act" as they will follow me from year to year. They will never go into storage. I am a very sentimental person, so that is what is going into these pages, plus my fabrics and paint chips - something I have always carried around. The lace is from a SCS friend Jennifer, The crystal chain from a friend in Vancouver, as is the pen and the stick pin. The envelope from my SCS friend Audrie, who also hosts the Inspiration Challenge every week. Some of my art work, and thoughts and the pages. Sweet paper clips holding ribbons, pieces of felt, a bit of glam in the sparkle ribbon, and little notes from my RAK (Random Act of Kindness) friends, and my dogs, my beloved doggies. So, I have more to add as I go though the year. I am stamping on my calendar pages and colouring as the month finishes up, inside the planner. I will show another couple of pages as the year progresses. Thanks for looking ...
Products: Webster Pages Planner

Wishing You Smiles

Friday, 1 April 2016

I did this card last week playing along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. It is what I call a loose watercolour. After taking the picture and uploading at SCS I thought I should have gone over the daisy lines for more definition. So, I did and took a second picture, which is this one. You can see the original Here It is a subtle change, but I like it better and must remember that in the future. 
Products: Hampton Arts Daisy, Simon Says Stamp Sentiment, Sequins, Watercolours, Ranger Watercolor Paper, Sequins