Dear Friend

Sunday, 29 July 2018

 This is Dear Friend.
 I very much like the way it turned out, even though it wasn't exactly planned. This is my sample card for the Clean and Simple Design Team Challenge for July 30th, which is about School. I took the option of using primary colours for my card.
I stamped my image in Jet Black ink and watercoloured using my professional water colours, being Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow, Schmincke Scarlet Red, Deft Blue and French Ultramarine. As I was not painting the leaves I added Wink of Stella to all the white space of the flower image. I die cut the piece using an older Spellbinders Nested Circles. I then stamped the card base again in the black and propped the circle die cut up on fun foam.
To finish I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Cobalt Blue and added a few clear sequins.
Thank you for visiting today. 

A Note

Saturday, 28 July 2018

 I have not used this stamp set yet this summer, so it was time, and I wanted to play along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.
I also have been wanting to do this kind of background for awhile. I have seen it done with sponging, but I wanted to do watercolour. I first did my stamping in my Misti, arranging the flower, stamping then masking before I did the next flower. I also masked the flowers before stamping the leaves, then had a hiccup with one of my flowers, but hey, it is handmade. I then took my card outside and sprayed the panel with Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. 
I let the panel dry, which does not take long at all, then proceeded to watercolour. I tried to keep the colours vibrant by not adding any water to the colours, only water on my panel. I put the colours down on my work space so I had everything handy, and added the colour as I went. It is probably a figment of my imagination, but I believe that the colours remain brighter when I don't use heat to dry my panel. So I let each layer dry before applying the next layer. It is time consuming, but there is always something else to do.
Once I was happy with the look, I stamped my sentiment with white embossing powder on vellum, then die cut it using the same die as I did for the panel. I used vellum tape to adhere the vellum to my card front, and finished with a few sequins.  
The sentiment shows up better in real life, so here is a close up showing the distress resist spray results and the sentiment close up. 
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Poppy Circles

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

I had a lot of fun making this card yesterday. It is an unusual card for me as I don't often do silhouette's, but I thought they would be perfect with my circles and the other stencil work.
I am using the backside of Ranger Distress Watercolour paper for this project due to its smoother feel. I started by die cutting my piece using my stitched rectangle die. I use the back of my Misti to stencil, as I find it easier to move the stencil to where I want it and keep it firm when needed with the magnets. I place my Misti on a piece of fun foam so as to not damage the lid. 
For this card I am working with 3 different stencil, 2 of which are circle stencils, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I sponged on the ink colours with a damp sponge, overlapping some of the circles as I went. Once completed I stamped the poppies using Jet Black ink.  I then stencilled on white acrylic paint using the Mini Sweet Peas Stencil. Once the paint was dry I went over all of it with Wink of Stella, and the shimmer is very pretty "in real life".
You can see the acrylic paint in this closeup, I wish the shine showed up better. I then stamped the sentiment, again using the jet black ink.
To finish, and keeping with my circles, I attached my panel using foam tape and added a few gumdrops in a yellow sparkle.
I hope you have enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting my blog.
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My Beautiful Friend

Sunday, 22 July 2018

I think the sentiment is perfect for the stamped image, and I have a beautiful friend who will love it. This is also my sample for the Clean and Simple Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers.
The challenge calls for plaid, so I used a designer paper with a watercolour messy plaid to change it up a bit. In picking this paper to use, my card is precariously sitting on the edge of clean and simple, which is why I left a lot of white space on the front panel. 
 I first stamped the images I wanted to use using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, then proceeded to watercolour the bird using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, which are noted below. 
When finished with the watercolour I fussy cut everything, and die cut the designer paper and panel using my wonky dies. I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Manganese Blue. I attached the white panel using fun foam, glued down the flowers, attached the bird on foam dots and added Wink of Stella to the bird and parts of the feathers, then finished the front with Nuvo Jewel Drops is Limoncello.
The inside looks darker than it actually is as I have the front up blocking some of the light. I die cut the panel with the left over designer paper attached to my white card piece. I added  a few more flowers and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Majestic Violet. 
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Saturday, 21 July 2018

I am playing along in today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, where we had a visit to the site of the US Mint Sheets. Postage stamp sheets that are for sale and they are amazing. I picked this sheet for my inspiration.
I first die cut my panel with my antique frame, then did an alcohol background using Citrus, Lettuce, Dandelion and blending solution. I cut up my own felts for my round applicator tool, which is what I used to add interest to my background. I lay down random dots of ink in all the colours I want to use on my Yupo, then with the applicator tool I begin to pounce, turn, add blending ink, more alcohol ink - you get my drift. Until I am happy, which includes having some white space left. To get the tiny little circles I lightly tap the tool and add hot breath - yes the huff and puff kind. I did another blue background using Pool and Sailboat inks along with the blending solution, and this is what I used to die cut my bird. I also stamp the bird die with the coordinating stamp using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue. To finish I added the sentiment from Stamplorations along with Nuvo Jewel Drops. They are fresh when I took the picture, they will flatten just a bit when dry, which is a perfect end result. 
Here is a closeup picture. 
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Christmas in July with Scrap'n Stamp

Welcome to the Scrap'n Stamp "Christmas in July" Blog Hop. The design team are all excited to unveil our projects, and announce a give-away. 

We have 7 Christmas Embellishment Packs to give away for this hop. We will choose 7 lucky commenters, one from each designer, who will win one of the 7 Christmas Embellishment Packs available. The winners will be announced July 28, 2018 on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog.

Christmas is a favourite holiday for me, and it all has to do with the cards I make. I love to send cards to my friends, and I also donate cards to Senior Residences in my area. So today I have 2 cards and some Christmas Tags to share with you.

First up is Believe.
I used Penny Black's Cones and Berries for this card. I use distress markers and my Misti to colour the image in stages. I first did the leaves using Peeled Paint, and the berries using Festive Berries, then went on to the branches using Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain. I spritzed the image before stamping each of the colours. Once I finished the stamping I laid down some of the walnut stain on my work surface and with my paint brush I added it to areas of the branches.
Using Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass I did my background. I used my stamp pads and rubbed colour into my work area and with my paint brush took colour from each adding to my background. 
Once dry I stamped my sentiment, using doing the top using the Tumbled Glass and the bottom using the Peeled Paint. I added Wink of Stella to the berries and White Gel Pen to the leaves and berries, and finished with a few sequins.

My second card Happy Holidays is on the fun side of the Season.
For this fun and easy card I am using Winter Penguin from Lawn Fawn. I wanted a different kind of background so I used alcohol ink on vellum. I tore a semi-wide strip of vellum off my sheet of 156lb white vellum. I made a tinfoil tray and added Tim Holtz Alcohol inks in Sailboat and Indigo adding in Silver Mixative. I used a paintbrush to move the inks from side to side, then dried with my heat gun. I then added a thin layer of Glossy Accents and set aside for that to dry. To paint the Penguins I used my Zig Clean Color Brushes and added designs with a white gel pen to their scarves. 
To attach my vellum panel to my card base I used vellum tape. I found it at Amazon, but I am sure Raya will get it in for her customers. It does not show through the vellum at all, so I always make sure to have it on hand. I then added the penguins using foam dots, stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue and finished with a few iridescent bubbles.

I did extra Penguins while I was doing the above card, so I did these tags.
I have a stack of backgrounds that I keep to use for tags, which is what I used for these Impression Obsession Tags. I also have a box of small die cuts from previous years that I keep to use for this sort of thing, which is where the stars, snowflakes and bells came from. I added Nuvo Glimmer Paste under their feet for the ice and Nuvo Glitter drops to the snowflakes along with co-ordinating twine. 

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It is always a good time to celebrate Christmas in my humble opinion. I sheepishly admit I keep a few Christmas decorations up throughout the year.
I first did my background using Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters distress ink and an older stencil from Memory Box called Snowflake Lace. I then die cut the panel with My Favorite Things Stitched die, attached it to my card base and for a bit of sparkle I added glimmer paste dipping my bristle brush into the paste and lightly patting it on the panel.

I am sure we all have our favourite stamps and dies to use at Christmas. This is another one of mine, and I think that is because I love to paint this Poinsettia.
To start this I used the no line watercolour technique. Everyone has there way of doing this technique, but I use a very light marker, here I used Spun Sugar, and go around the edges of the image, and before stamping I huff and puff to dampen the ink to allow for the transfer to paper. For the green I used shabby shutters. I did not include the berries in this process, leaving them to finish at the end.
I used Daniel Smith Opera Pink to watercolour. I love this colour and don't get a chance to use it very often. For the greens I used Daniel Smith Green Apatite. Once all was finished and dried I drew on the veins with distress markers and this is when I did the berries using festive berries markers. For the flower center I first painted with Daniel Smith Cad Yellow, then added yellow Nuvo Jewel drops and once they were dry I went over the drops with Wink of Stella. I then added white gel pen to the berries because I forgot to leave the white space when painting. For the two flowers in the center that are white, they did not have enough definition until I added a few layers of white to them. I like them much better this way.
As there is not a die for this flower, I used my Scan'n Cut to cut the flower out, styled it and attached it to my card on foam dots. For a bit of sparkle I did the same technique to the flower that I did to the background, dipping my bristle brush into glimmer paste and patting it on the flower, then finishing with a few clear sequins.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today. It is a sneak peek at what is coming up tomorrow, so check back later tomorrow noon eastern time for a treat.
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You're Swell

Thursday, 19 July 2018

 I cannot look at this stamp set and not laugh. How adorable are these puffer's. 
I was going to watercolour, but thought I would change it up a bit and use my Chameleon Color Tones. I have had them for awhile, yet this is the first time I have used them. I have to say, I enjoyed them very much. They were easy to use and I very much like the colours that are offered. They also come in a great box for storage. 
On to my card for today. I am using Hero Arts "I'm A Puffer For You" stamp set. 

I first die cut the panel using the Memory Box die, then stamped and heat embossed the waves using  Nuvo embossing powder. I mixed up distress oxide inks to colour the water, starting with Salty Ocean, then Cracked Pistachio and finally Broken Glass, drying between each application. I did not want my frame to have colour, so I applied the colour with a rough brush and flicked small amounts of splatter towards to top of the panel representing beads of water falling from the puffer balloon.
I then stamped the fish and proceeded to colour with the Chameleon Color Tones, starting with the lightest colour and ending with the lightest colour. What that means is, I start with the lightest colour, go to the medium colour, and once done with that colour I go back over the meeting lines with the lighter colour. I go from medium to dark and go back and do the blending area with the medium colour. I colour using small circles as I don't like to see lines. Needless to say colouring with pencils is time consuming for me, but also relaxing. Once I have completed my colouring I go over everything with a light covering of Gamsol. You can also use Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol. 
I then attached the panel to my card base using foam tape and arranged placement of the fish. I styled each of them and propped them up on foam dots. I added Wink of Stella to the gills, fin, lips and eyes, and white gel pen on each of the fish covering the black circles. I added the hearts with glue, stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue and the Blub sentiment using Jet Black ink. 
Here is a closeup of my finished card where I think you can see a bit of the shimmer.
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I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting my blog.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

I failed to share this card that I made in June. 
A simple clean and simple card using hearts, dogs, love and shadows, what could be better?
I had the background paper in my stash so I am not sure where it came from, but it was yellow and had dogs. 😊
Using Neenah cardstock I cut a panel slightly smaller than my card base and cut the negative heart on an angle. I die cut the dog both in white and yellow for the shadow and cut the love in yellow plus white for the shadow. I glued the shadow pieces on, styled the dog and attached using foam dots. For the love sentiment I glued it to the right side of the panel and cut a foam dot in half to attach the left side. I added pink marker to the dogs tongue and a few gumdrops in yellow to finish.
Thank you for visiting today.

CAS Challenge cards

Sunday, 15 July 2018

 I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today and have the cards I made for the challenge to share with you.
The challenge is to use your dies to emboss instead of cut. 
For the card above, I embossed from the back of the panel then sponged on some colour and die cut the hearts to insert in the embossed area. I think it adds interest to the background and like the way the die piece falls into the groves created by the embossing.
The flower is from Altenew called Perennial Beauty. I used Altenew inks in the pink tones for the flowers and greens for the leaves. The background I did using a Wendy Vecchi ink and I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Jet Black. The flower is attached on foam dots and I finished with a few sequins.
For this card, which is a one layer card, I again embossed the die from the back of the card front. I used distress oxides for the water, and Altenew inks for the layering fish. The sentiment is stamped using Cobalt Blue. I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze to finish the card.
When doing embossing with dies your card stock can crinkle. To avoid this happening I spritz the side of the cardstock that does not have the die on it. A very light spritz will help relax the paper. I use 120lb. Neenah cardstock for my cards, and as you can see, in both cases I did not have any "crinkles".
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Turtle Swim

Saturday, 14 July 2018

I am participating with the Inspiration Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers where we visited the online site for My inspiration for this card comes from this phone case
For my card I first die cut my panel of watercolour paper. On my work surface I put down some Tumbled Glass to splat my background. I wanted a very light background to show off the turtle stencil. I then secured the stencil in place and sponged on the colours I wanted to use. Once I was done the stencil work I added Wink of Stella by hand. What can I say, I wanted some sparkle! I stamped the sentiment using the Manganese Blue and attached fun foam to the panel using Sookwang (Be Creative Tape), then attached the panel to my Aqua card base. I added a few iridescent bubbles to finish. 
This close up shows the sparkle on the turtle and reminds me that I also did some splatters with water.
I thank you for visiting my blog today, and will see you next time.


Sunday, 8 July 2018

A tropical clean and simple card for the "Tropical" challenge at splitcoaststampers this week. 
I have this stencil to use, which is perfect for the challenge. Using distress inks, I sponged on my colours to my card base, then added versamark and heat embossed using Nuvo embossing powder. 
I then die cut the leaf from the Tropical Leaves Die set and sponged on the peacock feathers, then went over it with the twisted citron, doing a few layers in the center of the leaf.
I styled and attached the leaf using foam dots, then die cut 3 of the "Enjoy" sentiment dies in the white, gluing together and attaching to the leaf.
To finish I added a few gumdrops. 
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Saturday, 7 July 2018

I'm still dreaming! 😊
The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is a fabulous site called A Beautiful Mess. There is much inspiration, but I fell for this pillow, and it meant I could play with my new stamp set from Flora and Fauna called Good Vibes.
Using black ink I stamped the cactus image on my card base, then stamped the sentiment on a small piece of cardstock and die cut with the labels die.
I also cut the frame from cardstock and attached to the base using foam dots. I attached the sentiment label with glue and added a few gumdrops to finish.
A simple, but I think cute CAS design.
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