Happy Tulips

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

I think everyone is looking forward to spring as much as I am. So I decided to do tulips today and as I need a few birthday cards I would make happy tulips! 
This stamp was previously a wood stamp, but I removed it from the wood and mounted it on some foam, so I can use it in my Misti. Doing this technique would have been impossible, at least for me, with a wood mount. I set up my original Misti with my card base and the stitched panel cardstock piece. The stamp was coloured with my markers and spritzed with water before stamping, then I added more colour to the stamp and for the second stamping I did not add any water. I then removed the panel and did the same thing on the card base. I sponged on the yellow in the corner and just slightly along the top and the bottom of the panel, then placed it in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment on the panel and again on a piece of cardstock. I die cut the "bring on the" portion with my label and attached to the card panel, then attached the panel to my base on foam strips. A few sequins, just because, finished my card. 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Penny Black Efflorescense, Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, doCraft Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Frantic Stamper Label, Neenah 110lb Cardstock, Foam Tape, Sequins, Gems.

Spring Plaid

Monday, 27 February 2017

I have seen the watercoloured plaid technique done in the past and wanted to give it a go for this spring card.  Clearly I need more practice. I used my Winsor Newton watercolours to mix the lighter colours and away I went. One would think that keeping a line relatively straight should be easy on a small card ... not so easy, at least for me. I heat dried the lines as I went in order not to have any bleeding, and once I completed the plaid I then added Wink of Stella gold pen. I then stamped the shadowed sentiment. The shadow appears darker in the picture than it actually is. I added the butterflies and a few sequins to finish. Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Penny Black Butterfly, Winnie & Walter Big Bold Seasons, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Winsor Newton Watercolours, Wink of Stella Gold Pen, Sequins.

Birds of a Feather

Sunday, 26 February 2017

This card I did to send to my Veterinarian Dr. House, who had a visit this past week with my bird CC. She did a complete exam and cut wings and claws, and as it turns out CC is a girl. I did apologize profusely to her ... poor girl.  She is a great bird and Dr. House did comment on how gentle she was, even when she tried to bite you.
So, to thank the Doctor and her staff I made this card. 

For this card I first die cut my watercolour paper, then arranged the birds in my Misti until I liked their placement. I had intended on cutting the circle in the centre, but once arranged I would lose several of the birds, so down to the corner my circle came. I watercoloured my birds using my Zig Brushes, then die cut the circle in the corner. I die cut another rectangle made from cardstock and lined my watercolour panel on top of that panel, then attached to my card base. I added Wink of Stella to the hearts, and a few sequins to finish.  I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.
Products: Your Next Stamp Love Birds, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Circles, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Zig Brushes, Wink of Stella Brush, Sequins. 
This is a picture of CC in "her" travel cage in the waiting room at the Veterinarians office. 

Tulip Beauty

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Sharing a beautiful stamp with you today called Framed Tulip from Art Neko.
To start my card I die cut the pale pink background and heat embossed the sentiment stamp called Text Tulip with Monogram T in clear embossing powder around the panel.  For my tulip, in my Misti I coloured the stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping. I then added a deeper colour and spritzed very lightly and stamped again. I wanted the tulip to be very spring looking, so I left the white space. I inked around the edges of the tulip in the same colour as the leaf and attached on foam strips. To finish, a few sequins in pale pinks. 
I very much love this image and can see many different ways to use it, so you will be seeing this again soon. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Products: Art Neko Framed Tulip, Art Neko Text Tulip with Monogram T, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Sequins, Foam Strips.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

This is a "new to me stamp set" that I am playing with called Love Birds from Your Next Stamp, and I certainly do love them as you can tell. I send monthly cards to some friends that live in British Columbia, hence all of these will go to good homes. 
I have a post on My Sweet Petunia explaining how I made these cards using my Mini and Original Misti's.
The stencil portion of the card was done in my Misti using the new Creative Corners instead of having to tape down my stencil. I taped the stencil for position purposes only, then applying the ink with Clarity Brushes.  My Mini Misti I set up to stamp and line up the coordinating die for cutting, as well as stamping the sentiment.  Each of the teapots I coloured using Zig Brushes, in different colours for each card, and styled then attached on foam dots. To finish, I stamped my sentiment and added sequins or sprinkles. 
I hope you enjoy these cards and thank you for visiting my blog.
Products: Your Next Stamp Love Birds, Memory Box Textured Diamond Stencil, Zig Brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins, Sprinkles, Foam Dots.

Another Year

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers today is about chocolate. Do you ever feel you are not in the mindset for a particular challenge? That is how I felt about this particular challenge.
 The first thing that comes to mind when one says chocolate is, of course, candy.  I went in a totally different direction and used chocolate colour, with some turquoise added and made a masculine birthday card, which I will be needing soon.  I think this stencil works well for birthday cards. I added the lighter brown border and stamped using black ink so the sentiment popped off the card. And yes, even guys like sequins, so a few were added to this card in the brown and gold tones. 
Thank you for visiting my blog and having a look.
Products: Tim Holtz Clockwork Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Gathered Twigs, Brushed Corduroy and Peacock Feathers, My Favorite Things Dots and Stripes Designer Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Hello everyone.  Kia with you today. It is my turn to share with you my card, done for the February Mirror Image Event.  We have for you collaberations from the Design Teams of My Sweet Petunia, So Suzy Stamps and The Ton
This event runs throughout the month of February, with daily projects to share, and yes there are prizes for those who comment on all of the posts.
You can view the list to all of the posts, updated daily, on the So Suzy Stamps blog
 Shown here is where I stamped my image on the Mirror Image Stamp.  I coloured my stamp with doCraft Markers a few times to ensure I had a lot of ink on the image stamp that would transfer to my paper. 
Remember when doing this, that you will be flipping your paper upside down to get the image transfer, so your image will be on the opposite side of your paper. I wanted to fussy cut my image, so it did not really matter where I stamped, but that is not always the case.

I fussy cut my birdhouse, then arranged my scene in my Misti. I wanted to use the stitched rectangle die, so I set everything up to show inside the cut. I used markers and stamped the birds first, then did the same for the birdhouse. I left the sentiment in place for stamping later.
I die cut my piece with the stitched rectangles and placed it back in my Misti so I could use the magnets and Creative Corners to hold my paper in place while I watercoloured using my Zig Clean Colour brushes.
Once I finished the watercolouring, I inked up my sentiment a few times to get a good impression, and added a couple stamped hearts. I then attached my panel to my card base on foam strips and arranged placement of the right birdhouse, attaching it on foam dots. I added a bit of Wink of Stella along the rooflines and the right side of the left birdhouse.
Shown here are the items I used for this card, minus the foam dots and black ink. 

So Susy Stamps will be sharing the posts from the hop on Facebook and Instagram in case you miss a blog post. The prizes that can be had are:
Misti's in your choice of Original or Mini
4 - $25 Gift Certificates to The Ton
4 - $25 Gift Certificates to So Suzy Stamps
1 - Memory MISTI Tote
2 - Regular MISTI Covers
2 - Mini MISTI Covers
2 - Bunkie Bags
All you have to do is comment on every post throughout the month. The winners will be announced on February 28th.
Products: My Sweet Petunia Original Misti,  My Sweet Petunia Creative Corners, So Suzy Stamps Mirror Image Stamp,  Simon Says Stamp Springtime Critters, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Zig Clean Colour Brushes 042 Turquoise Green, 045 Pale Green, 047 May Green, 062 Dark Brown, 065 Mid Brown, 051 Yellow, 070 Orange, 023 Scarlett Red, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon, Aqua Brush, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Wink of Stella Brush, Neenah Cardstick, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Foam Strips, Foam Dots.

Love and Tea

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My final Valentine card for this year.  Being the owner of a sweet feathered friend, I love bird stamps, just to have some fun with. To start my card today I embossed my card panel with the hearts embossing folder and die cut the heart and label from designer papers. To make stamping my sentiment easier, I used my Misti, die cutting the label, placing it back in the negative designer paper and lining up my stamp - easy peasy. I did the same to die cut my bird. To colour the bird I used my Zig Brushes, then attached him to the card on foam dots. Such a fun card to do today, I hope you like it and thank you for visiting.
Products: Your Next Stamp Love Birds Stamp Set and Die Set, Crafts Too Love Hearts Embossing Folder, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels Die Set, Spellbinders Nested Hearts Die Set, Neenah Cardstock, Lawn Fawn Polka in the Meadown Designer Paper Pad, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Zig Clean Colour Watercolour Brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire, Foam Dots, Sequins, Crystal Gem.

Layers of Birthday Happy

Sunday, 12 February 2017

 I needed a couple of birthday cards and the Clean and Simple Challenge this week covers sentiments only, so I took my cue from that.  I wanted a lot of colour and this paper covered that for me.  I cut a panel and die cut the sentiment out. I added the turquoise panel and attached to my card base, adding 4 white sentiment cuts before adding my last layer being the floral paper, leaving the caveties showing the turquoise paper. I then placed my card in my Misti and arranged my stamp so the birthday was stamped alongside the happy die cut area.  I coloured my stamp several times with doCraft Markers to ensure I did not get any of the "happy" that is part of the stamp, then finished off with a few sequins.
For this card I did the same kind of laying with the floral paper and sentiment, but did not add any matting. I have 3 layers under the floral birthday layer, and filled in the caveties as well. I stamped the happy, again colouring with my doCraft markers to ensure I only got the "happy".  They are hard to see, but there are also sequins and a crystal gem to finish.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today ... I will see you next time. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Happy Happy Happy Die, Frantic Stamper Celebration Stamp Set, Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles, doCraft Markers, Doodlebug Spring Things Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Recollections Cardstock, Misti, Sequins, Crystal Gem.

Flower Hearts

A card made for a customer, whose fiancee who loves purple. I embossed the background panel and attached on foam strips. For the flowers I used Zig Brushes to paint the flowers and attached on a couple of foam dots. In die cut the circle and in my Misti placed the circle back in the cardstock and lined up my stamp accordingly, inking several times for good coverage. And, to finish I added a few sequins.
Thanks for looking ...
Products: Crafts Too Hearts Love Hearts Embossing Folder, Simon Says Stamp Heart Flowers Die, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Crate Paper Heart Day, Neenah Cardstock, Zig Brushes, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Sequins, Foam Dots and Strips.

Hearts and Hugs

Friday, 10 February 2017

A Valentine for a ladies Father ... she very much liked the background I did on this card using alcohol inks, so I did another background for her, this time using a pale pink mylar.  Inspiration for this design came from a delightful site called Spearmintlove.com and this baby blanket.  I added the stacked hearts cut in the white with one heart filled in and coloured in pink, the hugs sentiment shadowed in black and a few gems. 
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts, Simon Says Stamp Hugs, Adirondack Inks, Pale Pink Mylar, Neenah Cardstock, Gems, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Picked Raspberry.

Falling Hearts Valentine

Thursday, 9 February 2017

This Valentine card was made for my friend to give her "other".  I should probably make one for him to give her too.  I arranged my heart stamp in my Misti as I was using red for the hearts, which normally requires several inking's, and it did, 5 in total.  I then added my sentiment to my Misti and stamped the sentiment, inking a couple of times for good coverage.  I attached the panel to black cardstock then attached to my card base.  On one of the hearts I coloured with Wink of Stella, and added a few gems for a bit more sparkle.  Thanks for dropping by, see you next time.
Products: Neat and Tangled Falling Hearts, Crate Paper Heart Day, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Black Cardstock, Wink of Stella Brush, Gems.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

I so enjoyed the relaxing time I had painting this image from Art Neko called Iris-Orchid Artist Trading Card. I first stamped the image using Memento London Fog as I liked the lighter shade and the London Fog has a hint of green in it. As I was using watercolours I heat set my stamped image before proceeding. To paint I used my Zig Brushes and aqua brush. In the centre of the image I painted using a darker colour, then cut another piece of paper slightly smaller and attached, giving a nice border for my sentiment piece, which I stamped using the 4 Seasons Kanji and English Spring sentiment. I applied foam strips to the back of my image, then attached to the matting, which is in the purple and aqua. And ~ a few sequins to finish. 
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
Products: Art Neko Iris-Orchid Artist Trading and 4 Season Kanji and English Stamps, Zig Clean Brushes, Aqua Brush, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Sequins, Foam Tape.

I Adore You

Sunday, 5 February 2017

I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers.com and wish to share my sample card I made for the challenge. I asked the participants to go back in their gallery at Splitcoast and pick a love/heart card from their past and use the same stamp but in the style they enjoy today. I picked this Penny Black stamp called "Cupful of Love". You can find the card I did back in 2013 here.  My style has changed over the years, and practice makes a big difference (giggles).  For today's card I used my Misti, a necessity when using a textured watercolour paper such I have, as getting a good impression takes about 5 inkings, and I heat set my image after stamping. Using my Zigs and aqua brush I watercoloured my image until I was happy with it. Once dry I placed it back in my Misti and played around with where I wanted my sentiment, again inking several times to get a good impression. I die cut the panel and added foam tape to the back of the panel. I then added glitter tape to my card base and attached the panel off centre for extra interest, and yes, I added sequins to my finished card. I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today. 
Products: Penny Black Cupful of Love Rubber Stamp, Crate Paper Heart Day Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Aqua Brush, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, American Crafts Glitter Tape, Foam Tape, Sequins. 

Heart Day

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today was a visit to the Pandora website. Needless to say I enjoyed browsing through such a pretty place. When I came upon this charm, I stopped looking. To start, I die cut my watercolour paper with the stitched rectangle die, then did a emboss resist watercolour wash for my background. Once dry I splattered with silver paint. I attached the panel to my card base with foam strips. I lined up the sentiment and the label die in my Misti, then die cut the label and placed it back in the negative left in my Misti, which was already aligned for my sentiment, which I heat embossed with silver embossing powder. And, yes more sequins to finish my card. I do love my pretties. Thanks so much for visiting today ... see you next time.
Added to the CAS Watrcolour Challenge 
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, Crate Paper Heart Day Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Drawn Hearts Background Stamp, Winsor Newton Permanent Rose  Watercolour Paint, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Ink, Martha Stewart Silver Glitter Paint, Sequins.

Thank you Butterflies

Friday, 3 February 2017

I just love this Butterfly stamp set and wanted to play with it as soon as I could. I do need a few thank you cards, and butterflies are perfect for that. This set is a 3 layer stamping set, with the black outline being the first layer, the light orange the second layer and the darker orange the third layer. All of this is made incredibly easy using my Misti. I set up my Misti with the first layer of each butterfly and the thank you sentiment and stamped all in black. I took out the butterfly stamps and added the second layer of butterfly stamps lining up over the stamped images and inked each with their respective colours. I did the same with the third layer of the butterflies in the darker colour. I removed the butterfly stamps and added the creative corners to my Misti to stamp the shadowing of my sentiment. Here are a few pics to give you a better idea.

As you can see, the creative corner is butted to the top of the card panel and just slightly to the right of the card panel. I then stamp with the lighter ink to get the shadowing appearance for the sentiment. To finish my card I attached the panel on foam strips and added a few sequins. Thanks for visiting today ... 
Products: MISTI, Altenew Painted Butterflies, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Altenew Carribean Sky, Persian Blue, Neenah Cardstock, Foam Strips, Sequins.