Serene Bamboo

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Today I would like to share with you this beautiful stamp called Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e from Art Neko. I wanted to do some watercolouring with this stamp, so I inked the stamp with ink and spritzed with water before stamping. With my aqua brush and a lighter shade of green I added more colour to the bamboo. I then added mustard seed along the right side and a few other spots in the bamboo, including the birds. Once dry I added some tumbled glass ink pulling it out with my aqua brush, and dried once again. I then outlined with my Zig Brush Cobalt Blue and pulled that out a bit with my aqua brush. I thought it would make a very pretty birthday card so I stamped my birthday sentiment and die cut with my stitched rectangular die. I am pleased with the results. Thanks for visiting today ...
Products: Art Neko Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Impression Obsession Birthday Wishes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Zig Brushes Cobalt Blue, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Watercolour Hot Press Paper, Sequins.

With Sympathy

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

I don't think any of us like to do Sympathy cards, but life doesn't work that way. Longtime friends suddenly lost their son, which makes it even harder. They live in beautiful British Columbia, so I went with the birch tree  stamp set I have from Altenew. Using my Misti, I arranged the tree trunk and stamped the base, then stamped the top panel. While still in my Misti, I masked the trunk, and stamped the branches, on both the base and the top panel as I did not decide where to cut the top panel until I had it out of my Misti, so best to have it all covered. I cut the top at 2.75 inches and put it back in my Misti to use the magnets to keep it in place while I stamped the leaves in fall colours.  I then added the gray matting and stamped 
the sentiment. Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Birchland, Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend for sentiment, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Memento London Fog.

Wishing You

Sunday, 27 November 2016

This is my card as part of the design team for Splitcoaststampers' Clean and Simple Challenge. We are to use some kind of Christmas Foliage. I love this Oregon Fir Tree, and I decorate with cuttings from fir trees, so I decided I wanted to use this die. I just wanted a different design from a scene, and this is what I came up with. I die cut the trees using Arches Watercolour Paper and coloured with Zig Brushes in the Olive Green for the tree and Mid Brown for the trunk. For the back tree I painted several layers getting darker as I went, doing the front tree the same, but not quite as dark. I attached the back tree to my embossed card base. I heat embossed my sentiment on the stitched circle, and attached it using dimensionals. I then attached the top tree and added gold sequins to finish. 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Sizzix Snowflurries Embossing Folder, Frantic Stamper Oregon Fir, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Zig Brushes, Neenah Cardstock, Arches Watercolour Paper, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals,  Gold Sequins.


Saturday, 26 November 2016

I took a break from my Christmas cards this morning by playing along in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers which covered a Pinterest Page on Journaling. I do not journal about my life, but I do stamp and colour in my Webster Planner. The stamp above was one of the first stamps I used in this years Planner, so I decided to use it for the challenge, and I used this creative note as my inspiration. I did a Bister background with my stencil, which was already on my desk, then stamped my sentiment using black embossing powder to have it stand out from the background, and it adds another layer of texture. I really like the way it turned out. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope your day is Creative.
Products: The Crafters Workshop Rhonda's Fragments, Stamplorations Subway Art Builders Create, Bister Crystal Powders, Black Embossing Powder, Sequins, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Arches Watercolour Paper.

Thankful for the MISTI blog hop

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Welcome, and thank you for joining us for today's 
Thankful for the MISTI Blog Hop.


And yes, there is a fabulous giveaway from 
My Sweet Petunia for two ... yes 2 Misti's!  Your choice
 of the Original or Mini Misti. One for you and one to
 give away to a friend or relative you are thankful for. 
The winner will be drawn from all who leave comments 
on all the blogs in the hop, and will be announced on Monday, November 28th, 2016 on Lydia's Blog.

So, be sure to visit the fabulous designers and leave a comment (one per blog please) for your chance to win.

I am thankful for My MISTI (I have the Mini and the Original) for 
several reasons. My stamping life changed immensely when I bought my Mini Misti. Suddenly stamping became fun and not a chore to be ignored. My Mini Misti has given me the confidence and the push to delve into the stamping world. 
And, I have never looked back! With the Misti, I can ink my image as many times as needed to get that beautiful finished look. If I miss part of my stamp when inking, not a problem, I re-apply the ink and stamp again. And, my stamped images are straight - finally, which makes such a difference to a finished card. I could go on, but let us get on with the hop!

 Following is my card that I made for today's hop. 
I lined up my paper following the lines on the Mini Grid 
Paper. I did not need to use the magnets as I was 
stamping on 140lb watercolour paper with a cling foam stamp. My experience has been the paper stays in place, and it did. I inked my image several times for that great impression, but I also wiped the stamp and inked in a different colour for this image. 
I then trimmed my paper down and sponged on additional distress inks in Fossilised  Amber and Ripe Persimmon.

With my aqua brush I activated the distress inks, adding
 a bit more of the Rusty Hinge as need. 
 I then matted my panel to black cardstock and adhered
 to my card base and place it back in my Misti to add some leaves falling, but wanted  a bit of pop, so I stamped my leaves in Intense Black. And, as this little leaf is very old, it took several inking's to get that good impression.
I then added my sentiment, also stamped in the 
Intense Black Ink. 
My finished card with a few sequins added for a 
bit of sparkle.
Thank you for visiting me today, following is a list of
the designers participating in today's hop.

Iliana Crouse
Lydia Fiedler
Kia Gibson-Clapper you are here
Dina Kowal
Jeanne Streiff
Daniela Dobson
Ceal Pritchett
Maureen Wong
Laura Fulcher
My Sweet Petunia

Enjoy the Hop!
Products used: Deep Red Weathered Wall, Kaiser Craft Friendship Sentiments, Inkadinkado Mini Leaves, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Arches 140lb Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Cardstock, Sequins.

Snowflake Noel

Sunday, 20 November 2016

I wish you could see the sparkle on the snowflake, it is so pretty IRL. The Clean and Simple Challenge at SCS is to find inspiration from Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. I went to the Dali Museum and was immediately struck by the architecture of the museum itself. Digging a bit further I found this cuff designed around the museum, which inspired my card. I stenciled using Salty Ocean Distress Ink for my background, then heat embossed my sentiment in silver embossing powder. I die cut the snowflake from silver metallic paper and for more sparkle I painted it with Wink of Stella Brush. I then added the gem and a few sequins.
Thanks so much for visiting today....
Products: Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake, The Crafters Workshop Ronda's Fragments Crosshatch Frags Stencil, Silver Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Brush, Bo-Bunny Crystal, Sequins, Neenah Cardstock, Silver Metallic Cardstock.

Tea Light Easel

Saturday, 19 November 2016

I have never done an Easel card before and the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast today was a Pinterest Board showing Spellbinder Dies. When I saw this window die I was reminded of Tea Light Easel Cards. I thought it would be nice if the card was done in metallic to further reflect the glow of the tea light. For the base, I added some designer paper, along with a couple of stitched petal dies and a bow done in metallic red. I used the reverse stitched country stars for the "window", backed with heavy vellum. I used the negative stars, sponged with some red ink, at the top of the card. The Joy sentiment is cut from the red metallic, and the petal die is embossed with more stars. Now that I kind of know what I am doing, I will do more of these for friends. Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Ornate Joy, Frantic Stamper Reverse Cut Stitched Country Stars, Frantic Stamper Stitched Petal Rectangles, Bow from Frantic Stamper Finial Ornament Background, Crafter's Companion Embossalicious I Believe.

Poinsettia Greetings

Friday, 18 November 2016

For this card I first heat embossed my Poinsettia with gold embossing powder and while stamping I stamped the image on photocopy paper and cut out to make a mask. I then watercoloured the Poinsettia and the background using Winsor Newton Paints. I added the speckles using gold and green and a bit of , and dried before continuing. I placed my panel in my Misti and covered the poinsettia with my mask, then inked my background script stamp in Shabby Shutters for a light script in the background, but it did take a couple of goes to get the colour the way I wanted. I also used my Misti for my Christmas greeting which also took several inkings for good coverage. And finally, I die cut my panel with my stitched rectangles and added a few sequins. This was fun to make, and I made it to finally play along in the CAS Watercolour November Challenge.
Products: The Stamp Barn Poinsettia, Stampendous Winter Shapes, Heartfelt Creations Elegant Words Background Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Winsor Newton Watercolours, Gold Embossing Powder, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press 140lb Watercolour Paper.

Season's Greetings

Thursday, 17 November 2016

I did the background for this card by masking around the edges of my 4 x 5.25 panel with 1/2 inch masking tape, then laid my stencil on top and taped it down to secure. I sponged using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Festive Berries and Candy Apple, then added red glitter marker to the berries for some sparkle. I then embossed my stitched rectangle die as a border around my sponged background. I positioned my card in my Misti to stamp the sentiment which I stamped first in red then in black to get the deep burgundy look. I die cut my flowers using watercolour paper and painted with Zig Brushes in light pink and red, in several layers, then added gold gel pen to the centre of the flowers. A few sequins finished my card, ready for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Thank you for visiting today.
Linking to the CAS Mix Up Challenge for November.
Products: Tim Holtz Holly Bough Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings, Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Strip, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Festive Berries, Candy Apple, Martha Stewart Red Glitter Marker, Gold Gel Pen, Sequins, Neenah Cardstock.

Joyful Snowmen

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Below is the sketch for the challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. I turned the sketch to suit my snowmen, and for the fourth #3, I used a circle representing a half done snowman and used it to add my sentiment. I embossed the background then die cut a snowbank for my snowmen. I paper pieced the hats and scarves and attached them along the snowbank on dimensionals. The Joy sentiment is cut three times and coloured with a Zig Brush. A few sequins completed my card.
Here is a close-up showing the details a little better.
Products: Frantic Stamper Wilfred Snowman, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills, Crafters Companion Vintage Snowbells Embossing Folder, CottageCutz Joy, Zig Brush, MFT Designer Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins, Gold Wink of Stella, Silver and Copper Gel Pen, Dimensionals.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

A fun Christmas card to share with you today. Santa is from the set by My Favorite Things called Jingle All the Way. I matted my designer paper with red Bazzill paper and coloured the Santa and presents using Zig Brushes and gold Wink of Stella. Santa's beard is done with White Gel pen for texture and the fur trim is coloured with Wink of Stella Brush. The HoHoHo die I cut apart to make 3 separate words in gold metallic paper. The Santa and the presents are attached with dimensionals. Another card done for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Thanks for having a look.
Products: MFT Jingle All the Way, Frantic Stamper Bump Card Scalloped Circles, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, Wink of Stella Gold, Wink of Stella Brush, White Gel Pen, Sequins, Neenah Cardstock, Pink Petticoat Designer Paper, Gold Metallic Paper.

The Farm Life

Sharing more cards with you that I did for the Barnyard release at Frantic Stamper. The card above is the mare from the Mare and Foal set. Clearly I was thinking of Black Beauty roaming the fields. I kept the card in the black and white, embossing my background with my clouds embossing folder and also using the Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers. Below I used the foal from the Mare and Foal set. The background, although hard to see in the photo, I did soft blue and white sky and clouds. I did cut the Little Barn and coloured using my Spectrum Noir Markers. I added the Barnyard Fence behind the barn and also used the Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers also coloured with Spectrum Noir and the sentiment Just a Note. 
And, finally for this card I used the Mare and Foal and created a scene with a background of clouds, the Stitched Grassy Edgers and added the little bird that came with the Birch Tree Forest set along with the Happy Birthday from the Celebration Stamp Set. I coloured again using Spectrum Noir Markers. 
Products: All dies are from Frantic Stamper; Darice Clouds Embossing Folder, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins, Spectrum Noir Markers.

Barnyard Release

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A couple of cards to share from the recent Barnyard Release at Frantic Stamper. For the above card I used the adorable Peeking Barn Animals and the Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers dies. They are so cute ... I coloured only little bits on the animals and attached them to the embossed background on dimensionals. I die cut the top panel and used the edger for the side and my deckled edges rectangular dies for the animals then attached this to the embossed background, also using dimensionals. 

And, for this card I used the Mare from the Mare and Foal and the Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers again. I just wanted the lone horse, that looks like he is a show horse to me, and I can see I will use these edgers a lot. I also used my Celebration stamp set for the sentiment. 
Products: All dies are from Frantic Stamper; Tim Holtz Wood Planks Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles, Spectrum Noir Markers, Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Dimensionals.

Joy Snowfall

Saturday, 12 November 2016

The inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers took us to a fun site to have a look at and get some inspiration. I am in Christmas mode, so I looked for inspiration for a Christmas card and found it in these shoes:
Let me say first, I would never wear a pair of these shoes, even in my younger days, but they sure are pretty to look at. To get the sparkle, I first heat embossed my image using Tim Holtz Distress Powder, then added the watercolour background. Once dry I painted the snowflakes and snowflake dust with Wink of Stella and added the matting before attaching to my card base. To finish I added the sentiment cut in glitter green paper and a few very pretty sparkly sequins. A non-traditional Christmas card for that non-traditional friend.
Products: Deep Red Snowflake Background, CottageCutz Joy, Tim Holtz Distress Powder, Zig Watercolour Brushes, Wink of Stella Brush, Sequins, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Papers, Glitter Paper.

Lest We Forget

Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance Day, Friday November 11, 2016

Birthday Butterfly

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

I forgot that I had this butterfly stencil from Art Neko, called Birthday Butterfly, so when I saw it the other day I brought it out to use on a card. I used the positive part of the stencil, which has a translucent quality to it and a beautiful sheen. There is still the negative part of the stencil for another use. First I masked the edges of my watercolour paper with masking tape and sprinkled with Bister crystals in blues, greens and yellows before spritzing with water to activate the crystals. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process, then matted with a dark blue/teal cardstock before attaching to my base. As I am in need of birthday cards, I die cut the birthday sentiment in metallic gold cardstock then added a few of my signature sequins to finish.
Products: Art Neko Stencil, Impression Obsession Greetings, Bister Crystals, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Gold Metallic Paper, Sequins.

Sweater Christmas

Monday, 7 November 2016

I did this card for my friend Holly, who is Featured Stamper this week at Splitcoaststampers. Holly and I are on a couple of design teams together, and I love her cards which are always so creative and wonderful. Congratulations Holly! 
I cased this card of Holly's, keeping the blues and the snowflake theme but changed my background using my Holiday Knit stencil sponged with blue ink. I added a die cut snowflake in gold glitter paper, and did my sentiment with gold embossing powder. I really love sparkle at Christmas, and this card I think fits the bill. 
Thank you for visiting my blog ....
Products: Frantic Stamper Frosty Snowflake, Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Stencil, Impression Obsession Merry Christmas, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China, Gold Glitter Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Gold Embossing Powder.

Star Greetings

Sunday, 6 November 2016

I continue to work on my Christmas cards, and am very happy with the way this card turned out. I think it is the sparkle I like so much. I stenciled my base using a star stencil and pearlescent embossing paste. Once dry, I arranged the die cut star and sentiment in my Misti to make sure I liked the placement and heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I attached the star on dimensionals and painted a few of the small stars with gold ink. Thanks for stopping by ...
Products: Frantic Stamper Small Stitched Star, Impression Obsession Christmas Greetings, Prima Elementals Star Stencil, Fantastix Gold Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Gold Glitter Paper, Dimensionals.

Be Joyful

Saturday, 5 November 2016

The inspiration for this card came from a wonderful place called Pioneer Village, found here, which was the site for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. I had this little stamp scene that reminded me of that scene. I die cut my watercolour paper with my stitched rectangle die, but left the bottom the nature edge of the paper. I used my Mini Misti to arrange my stamps and first coloured the cabin scene with Zig Brushes, then spritzed lightly with water before stamping. I removed that stamp and inked the sentiment with the distress ink, repeating several times for a good impression. I added colour to the sky with the Zig brushes then added foam strips to the panel before attaching to my card base. A few snowflake sequins finished my card. Thanks so much for dropping by ... 

Adding this card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday

Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings, Altenew Winter Cottage, Zig Brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Gathered Twigs, Foam Strips, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Snowflake Sequins.