Peace & Joy

Friday, 30 November 2018

 I was in the mood for trees when I did this card a couple of days ago, and I was in the mood for some different colours for my background. 

I have had this stamp set for a long time and have never used it before, and it has since been discontinued, but any tree can be used for this technique. I have linked a few that I think would be great below.

I first did the background watercolouring with Daniel Smith watercolours in Phtahlo Green and Phtahlo Turquoise along with Sap Green. In my Misti and moving my paper, not my stamp, I then layered the tree and stamped using masking paper, using Ranger Library Green and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough.  
 I then stamped the sentiment using Ranger Jet Black ink, and die cut the panel with my stitched rectangle die, matting with a dark aqua cardstock, then attaching to my card base.  
To finish I stamped a few snowflakes and splattered with white acrylic paint. 

Thank you for visiting today.

Pearl Season's Greetings

Sunday, 25 November 2018

This is my sample card for this week's Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, where Julie wants us to think "Pearls". 
So for my card I decided to use Pearl Watercolours from Kuretake, and as I did not want a dark background, I used the pearl colour too.
As I normally do, I started this panel by die cutting my stitched rectangle panel using my Gemini.
 I then did my background with a watercolour wash in the pearl. Once dry in my Misti, I stamped my image and heat embossed with a vintage blue embossing powder with glitter pieces in it. I then flicked on pearl coloured paints in the light blue and the ultramarine blue along with silver. To mat my panel I did a second piece going around the edges with the Ultramarine Pearl Colour. Once everything was dry I put the card together on a white card base. 
I heat embossed the greeting using silver embossing powder on pearl coloured vellum, and attached it to my card front using vellum tape.
And to finish I added a few crystals.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting today.
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Cardinals, Take Two

 Two Cardinal cards to share, this one by Gina K. Designs and a whimsical one that I drew in art class this past week. 

The beautiful image by Gina K. is from the set called Snow Birds, and I love it. I will share with you the birds from the set over the next week or so. But first, this card.

I painted with Daniel Smith and Schmincke watercolours, using orange/reds colours and a deep red, sepia and burnt umber, sap green and manganese blue, and painted in layers. The beak has a yellow underlay, with the orange/red over it. 
The picture below shows a close up of the cardinal where you can see the oranges in the bird. I used Tonic Studio watercolour paper and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Cobalt Blue.
 My whimsical bird comes from art class this past week. My teacher know I dislike drawing, so every now and then she makes me draw. I dare say, it takes me forever to get it, and this card I finally made after much practise, and I still mucked up the left bird shape.
But, they are cute and they are made using upside down tear drops with hearts for the face. The birch trees are easy enough, it was the shape of the birds. The background is done with cerulean and sap green. The other watercolours used are burnt umber, burnt sienna, raw sienna, sepia, payne's grey, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light and cadmium red deep. 
I hope you have enjoyed today's cards, and wish to thank you for visiting today.

Tweet Greetings

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

 Hello all. I am back with you today to share this card, which I made for Scrap'n Stamp Canada. 

As most of you know, I love birds, so when I get a chance to paint up some birds, I jump in. This cute set called Tweet Holidays from My Favorite Things is the perfect addition to my Holiday Stamp collection. 
I wanted a different kind of background for my birds, so opted to heat emboss using a stencil. I first die cut my watercolour paper panel, then used a Tim Holtz stencil called Pines for my background, but any stencil can be used for this. I laid the stencil on an angle and dragged Versamark ink across and down the stencil, ensuring I did not cover the entire stencil. I then heat embossed using white embossing powder. 

I then painted in layers using Ken Oliver Color Burst in Turquoise, Phalo Green and Chartreuse. Once dry I made a mixture using white Perfect Pearls which I watered down, giving a transparent appearance and painted it over my card panel.  
I then stamped my images using Ranger Sepia ink and water coloured using Zig Clean Color Brushes. Once I finished the painting I added white acrylic paint to the hats to add more texture, and once the acrylic paint was dry I added Clear Wink of Stella. I then stamped the sentiment using Ranger Library Green, then attached the panel to fun foam using Be Creative Tape. I attached the panel to a light blue card base, then arranged the images for placement, attaching with glue and foam squares.
For the inside of my card I again used the same stencil and brushed on the colours using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles and again die cut the panel using my Wonky Rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment which is  from the Handwritten Holidays set, using Library Green ink. I think it is the perfect sentiment for this card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and would like to thank you for visiting my blog.

My Sweet Petunia

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

My Sweet Petunia are having a sale, so now is the time to get your Misti, or add to your collection. 

Warm Thanks

Sunday, 18 November 2018

 This is my sample card for the Clean and Simple Challenge, called Take the Chill Off, at Splitcoaststampers, which I am hosting.

I am in need of a thank you card, so this was the perfect opportunity to make that card. 

As I wanted a clean card, I did not add any layers to the front of the card. I stencilled glimmer paste on to my card base, making sure I did not use all my white space, as I like having just the card stock in some areas and I need a space to stamp my sentiment. I set the card base aside to dry, which does not take long at all. 
 I then die cut the coffee mug using distress watercolour paper, along with another die cut in the white cardstock. I painted the mug and frame using Color Burst powders in Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue and Turquoise. Once dry I added Wink of Stella to the coffee steam.  In my Misti I stamped the card base with the sentiment using Ranger Archival ink in Manganese Blue. I then attached the mug frame using foam tape, which I cut to fit.
 Moving to the inside of the card, I die cut a panel using my Wonky Stitched die. I placed the panel in my Misti and stamped the mug with the Manganese Blue, and the thanks with Ranger Archival Paradise Teal. I stamped the rest of the sentiment on navy cardstock using white embossing powder and attached to the panel using thin foam squares. It is not in the picture as while I was typing this I noticed that I failed to add the Wink of Stella to the steam, hence I have since done that. lol
I hope you have enjoyed this card and wish to thank you for visiting my blog.

Poinsettia Greetings

Saturday, 17 November 2018

 Another Christmas card to share with you today using a stencil, embossing paste and Ken Oliver Color Burst. 

I started this card by die cutting my watercolour panel, then proceeding with my stencil work. I used a pearlescent embossing paste and did a rough cover of my stencil. I wanted lines and bumps etc. I then set the panel aside to dry.
 I then die the Season's Greetings die three times, 2 in black cardstock and 1 in the red glitter cardstock gluing them together with Nuvo adhesive.
 Once the embossing paste was dry I moved on to sprinkling the panel with the Color Burst in Lemon Yellow, Fuchsia and Alizarin Crimson and spritzing with water, then dried with my heat gun being careful not to damage the paste.
I matted the panel with black cardstock and attached to a red card base, then finished with a few Gold Sparkle Crystals.
For the inside I brushed on the colour using my Clarity Brushes and Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple. I then stamped the Merry & Bright sentiment using Ranger Archival ink in Ranger Archival Vermillion. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Scrap'n Stamp Movember Blog Hop and giveaway!

Friday, 16 November 2018

Hello all! 
We are hopping over at Scrap'n Stamp today and I hope you will join us for this month's challenge which you can find on our Facebook Challenge Page
 For those who leave a comment on each design team members blog, we will be giving away three (3) sets of the Retro Masculine Die set. For those who join us for the challenge we have a $50.00 gift card, so be sure to join in the fun.

Scrap'n Stamp will also be donating 10% of net sales on hop Day to the Movember foundation. 

On to the card I made for today's hop, and I hope inspiration for you to join in the challenge. 
I used the Impression Obsession Retro Masculine Die Set to make a negative panel for my card front, and I went with some sparkle, even though this is for a guy. The guys tell me they love it when I do all the fancy stuff ... so fancy stuff they will get.

I first die my background using Color Burst in Ultramarine Blue. I did two layers, the first giving the colour all over, then I added a second layer of the powder making darker blues in certain areas. Once dry, with my finger, I spread Nuvo Glimmer Paste. As I was doing it with my finger I was able to ensure I put down a thin layer. I then set it aside to dry.

I die cut a panel with my stitched rectangle die smaller than my glimmer panel. I then arranged the dies on my panel and die cut, which left me the negative. I attached the panel to my glimmer base with foam dots, using a total of 28 foam dots to ensure I did not have any sag.  
I then stamped my birthday sentiment on vellum using Ranger Manganese Blue ink, then added Versamark and heat embossed with Nuvo Embossing Powder, then die cut and attached with Vellum glue. 
To finish I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today. Next up is Jessica. 

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Watercolour Squares Thank you

Monday, 12 November 2018

 For this week's Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers we are to think "squares". I decided to do some watercolour squares in a loose style for a fun and colourful thank you card.
 I die cut my panel first, using Ranger Distress Watecolour paper, so I knew the size I would be working with. I used various colours of Daniel Smith, Winsor Newton and Schmincke watercolours. I knew I wanted a lot of white space, so I kept the squares on the smaller size, albeit you can see as I proceeded down the paper I went more rectangle. No need to worry, it still looks good I think. 
 The key I think is to make your square with water first, then add your colours in.  I did not tape my piece down as I was picking it up and turning it to all sides to let the paints flow. Once the panel was dry, I attached it to my card lining up with the left side, then added a think stripe down the right side which I had painted with clear Wink of Stella. I put the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Altenew's A Beautiful Day stamp set, using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. It took several stampings to get a good impression, thanks to Misti. I finished with a few gumdrops.
As this card is going to a man, I finished the inside, again using the Wonky Rectangle die, but changed it up finishing in blues, and adding two side panels, that I also painted with Wink of Stella. The dial stamp and die worked perfectly for this card I think ... stamped using Ranger Archival Manganese Blue.

This card is for the maintenance man in my building who dropped everything and came to my rescue when I was overburdened with groceries. He took everything up to my apartment for me, which was a life saver. 

Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you have enjoyed this easy to do card. 

Welcome, little one!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

 Another baby card to share with you today using Altenew's Little One Stamps and Dies. This onsie is just too cute for words, one of the reasons this is my go to for new babies. 
Using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 120lb card stock I started by die cutting my top panel with stitched rectangles and stitched circles, then attaching to my card base using foam tape. I then die cut the onsie in the white card stock and in my Misti using the gingham I stamped the patterned paper using Ranger Majestic Violet, die cut then glued the two pieces together, which will give the patterned paper some substance. I then attached the onsie inside the circle using a thin foam square.  
I put my card back in my Misti, and added the little stamped images from the set, which I stamped using Ranger Pink Peony. I stamped the rattle on the onsie and the sentiment with the Ranger Majestic Violet, and I added the little bow using Ranger Violet finishing the front with some beautiful crystals.  

I kept the inside very simple, die cutting the patterned paper with the stitched rectangle die, and stamping with the sentiment and a couple of hearts, again using Ranger inks in Majestic Violet and Vibrant Fuchsia. The congratulations stamp is a Martha Stewart stamp called All Occasions Sentiments, which a friend found at the Dollar Store. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed this baby card and would love to hear from you. 
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