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Saturday, 28 April 2018

I am playing in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, and the site is Replacements, Ltd. I happen to have my crystal registered there as I forgot the name of it. Yes ... it is true! Here is my crystal in case anyone might know it. And, my dishes are there as well. I picked my dishes out some 49 years ago, when, it was custom to do so. Thankfully, I still like them today. So, for my card, I used my own dishes for my inspiration. 
My poor bird CC had a night fright, and hurt her wing just 2 days after having them clipped. So back to the vet we went, and she is now on cage rest. I thought this was a good opportunity to make my vet a thank you card.
I stamped images from the Beautiful Day set, and as I knew it would not be a circle shape, I offset the stamping so one would not think it was a wreath that went array. 😃 I used my Misti to stamp using the Ranger Archival Vivid Chartreuse on Ranger watercolour paper. I then proceeded to watercolour using my Zig Clean Colour brushes taking the colours from my dishes. Once I was finished with the colouring I die cut the panel using the stitched rectangle die. I then stamped the birdie image and coloured, again using my Zigs then fussy cut her. She is not a cockatiel, which CC is, but I painted her to resemble my bird. I added fun foam to the back of my panel, then attaching the turquoise matting, and my card base. I decided where I wanted the bird, and stamped in a branch, colouring with a brown Zig, then styled and attached the bird on a foam dot. I stamped the hearts and the sentiment using the pink and blue from the Ranger line of inks, and coloured the larger of the hearts in the pink Zig. A few sequins finished my card. 
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today.

My Sweet Petunia and Visible Images Blog Hop

Friday, 27 April 2018

Welcome to today's Blog Hop featuring My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image. 
About today's hop. 
There are prizes of course! Two lucky commenters from the hop will be chosen to win one of two prizes: a $50.00 shopping spree at:
and a $50.00 shopping spree at:
You must leave your comments no later than Monday, April 30th, at 11:59 PM Central time and the winners will be announced Tuesday, May 1st, on the My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image Blogs.

On to the cards I made for this hop. My first card is my favourite. The colours and yes, the sparkle speak to me. 
 Starting with my background, inside my Misti, and using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick I began sponging, adding the colours as I went around my paper. I sponged on the first colour, the wild honey in the top right, moving next to the spiced marmalade on the left. Once finished with the marmalade I went back over the blending with the wild honey again, which I find helps to blend the inks beautifully. I added in the worn lipstick bottom right, blending over with the marmalade. 
 I then pushed my spritzer bottle to get water up the hose, removed the top and shook the hose part to release the water.
Next up using VersaMark embossing ink, I stamped my image, and heat embossed using   
I really love the look. The colour of the sentiment looks deeper here as it is just stamped, it fades and changes colour once dry ... gotta love that! To keep with the style of the card I stamped the sentiment using Picked Raspberry Oxide ink, using the Memories sentiment from the 
Express Yourself stamp set. I added several layers of ink and heat set when finished.
 As I did not have any cardstock that I could use for matting, I made a piece using the wild honey and spiced marmalade inks. 
 To finish, I die cut my panel and attached it to the matted piece, then attached to a pale pink cardstock.

While I had the stamp set out I thought I would make a second card. 
In my Misti and on black cardstock I stamped the little butterflies using the cracked pistachio oxide ink. I then coloured the butterflies with Wink of Stella to add some shimmer. On heat resistant acetate, I then stamped the butterfly using white pigment ink and heat embossed using Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder. It is hard to see in the picture, but it is very pretty. I die cut the acetate and adhered with matte glue, then added sequins to cover those ink dots.

 And, my third card for today. For this card I used the beautiful image called Born to Perform
The background is done using Distress Oxide Inks. I used a Q-tip to make the spotlight circles, and stamped using Ranger archival ink in Manganese Blue. I have done a video on this card, which you can find below the card.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards today. Now on to the rest of the hop.
You should have arrived here from Sharon Traynor's blog, and up next is Becca Cruger.

Let's Chill

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Any time is a good time for a sundae, right?
This sundae is from the latest release at Frantic Stamper called Fun with Food.
To start I did my background on watercolour paper using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Oh what fun they are. I stamped the inks on my craft mat, and the amount of water I added depended on the look I was going for. I used just a bit of the cracked pistachio, but it adds a great deal to the background. Using the same colours I built the sundae, but added the candied apple. For the glass I used the hickory smoke watered down. I die cut my background using the deckled rectangle die, and attached it to my base using fun foam. It is far less expensive to use than foam tape is, and supports the whole piece for stamping additions, which is what I did here. I added the sentiment stamped in the purple archival ink after the sundae was in place. I never know ahead of time where I want it. 
I hope you enjoy this card today, and will see you next time.


Monday, 23 April 2018

I called this card Smiling as we have sun today, and between that as painting this card, I was smiling!
I love this stamp set from Altenew. It is an oldie, but a must have, called A Beautiful Day. 

I am part of the Design Team for the Clean and Simple challenges at Splitcoaststampers, which is what I did this card for. Part of this week's challenge is to include the letters from the word April in your card. So I will share that now.

A = Altenew Stamp & Altenew Inks
P = Paint Swiping
R = Red colour (Carmine)
I = Iridescent Sequins
L = Lattice Stencil

Now, on to my card. I started by doing some paint swiping for my background. I have seen this done with acrylic paints, but I did it using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and water, using a bristle brush to do my swiping. I quite like the look. I then die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die, and attached to my card base. I then added a slight amount of embossing paste using the lattice stencil in a couple of spots, and left it to dry. 
For my flower, in my Misti I stamped the flower image using jet black ink, and the leaves using the Altenew inks in Bamboo and Parrot. Rather than stamp the flowers in layers, I opted for water colour using my Zig brushes. I used Light Carmine and Carmine Red for my flower today, painting several layers to get a good depth of colour. Once I was done the colouring and stamping I die cut the flower and leaves. I styled my flower before attaching on foam dots, then glued in the leaves. I am not sure what I will use this card for, so I did not stamp a sentiment, but I did add a few iridescent sequins to finish. I will add my sentiment later.
I hope you enjoyed this card, and thank you for visiting.


Sunday, 22 April 2018

I very much enjoy playing in the Inspiration Challenge that Splitcoaststampers has every Saturday. I would say it is my favourite challenge, even though I am on the design team for the Clean and Simple Challenge! oops ...
Today we visited The Smithsonian Institute, so we were not just inspired, we were educated too.
I picked this beautiful piece of abstract art as my inspiration piece.
The stamp I used is 6x6, so I used my original Misti for this project. I used a larger piece of watercolour paper as I wanted to use my bar magnets to secure the paper and make sure there was no movement during my process. I first began by inking up the entire stamp with spun sugar to get a base layer, and spritzing with water. In between each addition of colour I cleaned my stamp with my chamois as I did not want a build up nor a mixing of colours, using both my markers and my Zig brushes until I was happy with the colour balance. With my paint brush I then blended in the brown along the edges of some of the leaves and once this was completed I heat embossed using clear embossing powder. 
To put it together, I die cut the panel and matted with copper glitter cardstock, then attached to a pale pink card base. I die cut the little scallop edge and the sentiment in the copper cardstock, gluing the border piece and attaching the sentiment with foam tape.
The edge die was a gift to me several years ago, and I don't know who made it. I found a die similar and have added it in the links below if you like this look.
Thanks for visiting today.

You're so sweet

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Does it show that I love yellow cardstock? I am smitten, I admit! It cheers up an otherwise dull day, given the weather of late. 
Today I thought I would pull out this Iris stamp by Penny Black, which is perfect for spring. Recently I came across these beautiful red Iris'. Such a beautiful colour, so I thought I would do a red Iris. 
  I decided I would paint the stamp using my Kuretake Clean Color Brushes. My Misti makes this incredibly easy to do. I set my stamp up in my mini Misti, and proceeded to colour the image, starting with the flower.
 You can see here that I left room for the yellow part of the flower. I painted with the Zig brush and spritzed lightly with water, adding layers to strengthen the colour.
With my paint brush I smoothed out the leaves and parts of the flower. I then added a darker colour to the edges of the leaves where shadows would fall, and spritzed lightly before stamping.
On my craft mat I put down the green colour, then added water to lighten the colour, applying to the bottom of my card. For further interest and using a small brush I flicked on full strength dark green paint. I then added yellow acrylic paint for more interest. I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die, then framed with yellow cardstock before attaching to my card base. I put the card back in my Misti, and stamped the sentiment using black ink, and finished with a few sequins.
I hope you enjoy this card and you will give this technique a try. 

On my Mind

Friday, 20 April 2018

How about more happy? 
If you have read my previous posts you'll remember me talking about my friends. Another friend is going in for some major surgery come May, and I wanted to send her some cheer before she has the surgery. 
I picked this pretty Gina K stamp to colour up as I thought it would be perfect in this arch die. 
Using Fabriano hot press watercolour paper, in my mini Misti I stamped the image using jet black ink. I proceeded to water colour using Zig Clean Colour Brushes and my Escoda paint brush. I find my brush gives me more control than an aqua brush, but using what is comfortable is key. My routine for painting smaller flowers is to paint wet on wet. So, I dampen the flower, then drop in the colour. You can do several layers working this way, until you are happy with the look.
I was happy with the clean look of the image so once dry I die cut it with the arch die. I knew I wanted to use yellow to frame the image, so I cut the stitched rectangle along with the arch in the yellow paper, leaving enough room at the bottom to stamp my sentiment, which I stamped using the jet black ink again. I then die cut a piece of fun foam the same way and attached it to the back of the yellow card stock, then attached the panel to my card base using double sided tape. Adding tape to my image I then dropped it in and pressed it down to secure the piece. And, to finish a few gumdrops. 
I think this will have my friend smiling, I hope it gives you a smile too.
Thank you for visiting my blog.

So Sweet

Thursday, 19 April 2018

These popsicle's are from the latest release by Frantic Stamper called "Fun with Food".
They are the perfect size to paint up and have some fun with. I used my water colours to paint them up, but any kind of ink medium can be used. I used Wink of Stella to get that "cold" look. 
The background is the Gingham Stencil, also included with this release. I did a "Stencil Monoprint" technique with the stencil, using my watercolour paints as well. As I was doing this on cardstock, I worked quickly to ensure the paint would not damage the cardstock I used paper towel on top of the stencil as I put it down. That took up any excess water and also acted as a drying sheet. I lifted the stencil quickly to ensure I did not damage the cardstock. I then die cut the piece with my stitched rectangle die and attached it to the bright yellow card base.
I put together the popsicle's, and attached using foam tape. I then put the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Ink in Vibrant Fuchsia. These are absolutely my favorite inks for stamping sentiments. The colours are rich and beautiful and they stamp up perfectly.
Thank you for stopping by today.

Thanks a bunch

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

There is nothing that makes a dull day brighter than to play with Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.
With that in mind, I started my card by stamping the flower image in my mini misti with versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I decided on Fuchsia and Tangerine from the Carribean Brights collection, and Lemon Yellow from the Brights collection. Starting from the top I have the lemon yellow, the Tangerine then the Fuchsia. My plan was to bleach the flower out, but once it was dry I ended up loving it the way it was. 
I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle and attached it to fun foam, then the black cardstock. I used a yellow card stock for my base ... such a bright and happy colour and I think it goes with my panel perfectly. I placed the card back in my mini misti and stamped the sentiment using jet black ink, and finished with Nuvo Jewel drops.
I hope you enjoy this card today. I have included links to the products used, at no cost to you. 

With love and caring

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A very dear friend has had a terrible time of it the last few months with the passing of several friends and family. And, another one three days before they left on holiday. In thinking what to make for her, I opted for a love and caring card instead of a sympathy card, which I think she would like very much.
It has been a very long time since I have used this Poppy by Penny Black, and I think it is the perfect image for this card. 
The stamp has the lines for the curves of the flowers, but I opted to leave those out and instead did no-line water colouring for the flower. For the stems, I inked the stamp lightly using my paints and stamped on my paper. For the flower I inked the bottom and top of the flower in a very pale pink, then painted. 
I had poppies in my garden when I lived out west. They were on the north side of my house in behind other bushes ... you know, one of those flowers that suddenly appeared one day. What I found so intriguing about them was they looked like satin and were a red colour with not a bit of variation in them. I decided that is how I wanted to paint my flower. 
I started by masking off with frisket the tiny dots and both sides of the middle petal for interest, using a clay shaper, which has a silicone tip so the frisket does not stick to it nor damage it like it does paint brushes. I then painted in layers using Daniel Smith water colours in pyrrol scarlet and cadmium red medium hue. For the stems I used a watered down hooker's green to get that light shade, then shadowed with stronger colour. I wanted the rest of the card to remain very clean, so I just added the sentiment stamped in jet black, then rubbed off the frisket using my glue eraser. For interest I die cut the panel using my in and out stitched die and attached it to my black card base using fun foam. I then added a few clear jewel drops.

Thank you for dropping by. 

Magnolia Beauty

Thursday, 12 April 2018

I was looking forward to painting this new to me stamp from Altenew called Magnolias for Her. When I lived in British Columbia I had a beautiful Magnolia Tree on my front lawn, and very much enjoyed the blooms every spring. My tree was in the pinks, so I decided to do this card using the pink shades. For the flowers, in my Misti, I arranged all the flowers and leaves, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder. I then stamped the leaves again in case I needed more for my card. The painting I did in several layers using Daniel Smith Rhodonite Genuine and Hooker's Green for the leaves. Once they were finished and dry, I fussy cut the flowers and leaves as I wanted the cut right on the embossed line.
For the panel behind my flowers I decided to die cut the media die and use it as a stencil, sponging on Tim Holtz Distress ink in Worn Lipstick on a die cut Die-Namics die called In and Out Diagonal Stitch by My Favorite Things. I attached the panel to fun foam and then to my card base using double sided tape.
I styled my flowers just a bit before arranging a attaching to the panel using foam dots for some and matte glue for others.
When I want to paint a flower such as this Magnolia, I find a picture via google and keep it up on my tablet for reference while I paint.
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.