Peony Hugs

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Peony Hugs is my card today.

This Foiled Impression die from Picket Fence is beautiful when it is foiled. I did not have a sense of how it would look until I ran it through my machine and coloured it. I don't look at other cards until I have made my first card with a new product as I always feel it will sway my thinking.

Starting with the foiling I did the flower using red foil, Gemini Foil Press and Gemini Jr. After I finished the foiling I ran the flower through my Gemini Jr. and die cut the flower with the matching die.

For my colour I used Copic Markers in RV11, 13, 14; R27; R46. For the most part I kept the Copic colour off the foil, which was my intent.

With a stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and Ranger's Textured Opaque Matte embossing paste I added paste to parts of my card front. I removed the stencil once completed and washed it straight away. As I did that the card was drying somewhat. I then added Nuvo Aqua Flow colour in Lemon Zest to parts of the stencil paste. By the time I finished the paste was dry. Adding a large foam square to the back of the flower I attached it to the card.

Using Impression Obsession's Hugs Die, I die cut a white sentiment, then coloured it with Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch, and glued it to the flower.

To finish my card I added some gems from Studio Katia in the colours that I used on the card.

Thank you for visiting today. Following is a video about this card, followed by Affiliate Links for the products that I have used on this card, at no extra cost to you.

Hello and Hugs

Saturday, 29 June 2019

At Splitcoaststampers today we took a visit to a Canadian Sneaker Company called Converse. I saw a pair of sneakers done in red and white, and as I wanted black and white I changed the colours.

For my design I used a stencil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Black Deco Foil. As my panel dried I moved on to a second card, which you can find below.

This card is super easy to do once the gel has dried. As I was using 110ln Neenah cardstock for my panel I felt I did not need another piece of card stock for a shim. I made a folder with a baking sheet, placed my white card stock inside and placed the black foil, black facing up, on top of the panel, then closed the sheet and ran through my laminator.

I attached the panel to my white card base, die cut three hello sentiments and glued them on to the front of the card along with a few gems in yellow. I loved how it turned out.

As I mentioned, I moved on to a second card while the gel dried from the first.

The inspiration for my second card came from a pair of sneakers done using rainbow colours.

Once again I did some foiling only this time I used Deco Toner Sheets and three different colours of foil. I wanted sun in the background so I opted to use a stencil and brushed on Sunflower ink, having it heavier in the centre.

I attached the flowers at the top with foam squares and glued the stems at the bottom. The sentiment die cut is from Lawn Fawn, and I don't think I have ever used it before. I stamped the outline using the same Sunflower Ink, then die cut the hugs die, brushed on the Sunflower colour and glued it to the banner.

Clearly I had a lot of fun with the foil paper today. I hope you have enjoyed these cards and wish to thank you for visiting. Following are affiliate links for the products used for today, at no cost to you.

Foil and Flowers

Thursday, 27 June 2019

My first try at using my new Foil Press and I must say I am very pleased with how the foiling turned out. I followed the instructions that come with the product, keeping in mind that I may need to add a shim to my sandwich. I did not think so as I was using 110lb Neenah card stock, and as it turned out I did not need to shim.

Once the heating portion of the foiling is done, I ran it through my cuttlebug, where the pressure completes the process and cuts the die, if you have one.

Using a Neenah card base, I attached the frame using foam squares. I then die cut my flower, one using Vellum and the other using card stock. I coloured the card stock flower with my Copic markers in RV13 and RV14. I then glued the flowers to the frame using Nuvo adhesive.

I trimmed the sentiment piece and tucked it down in the right corner, using foam squares to attach. I then stamped and die cut the little bird, which I just received today. I coloured the bird using the same Copic colours as I did on the flowers and attached her using a foam square.

To finish I added a few gems and a confetti sequins.

I thank you for joining me today. Following are affiliate links for both the USA and Canada for the products I used for this card.

Butterlies and Birthdays

Sunday, 23 June 2019

My wonderful friend Lesley is having a birthday.

So I think she should have a wonderful card. I readily admit I got a bit carried away as I also did this for the Clean and Simple challenge. They are going to have to call the challenge police! I look at this as if the background is designer paper, that way there are only three elements on my card!

In any event, I did have fun making this card earlier today. The challenge is about what one loves to do in the summer. I love the walks to my local park where I see a lot of butterflies, bees and birds along with the gorgeous gardens. So I decided on butterflies for Lesley's card.

There are two different stamps from different sets that I used, both were part of the kit from Gina K. Designs stamp sets. The smaller butterfly is from the Boho Flowers set and the larger is from the Aster set. I stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, and used a paper cut out of the butterflies to mask the areas if needed.

Using my Life Changing Brushes I applied the distress oxide colours, then blended the colours and finished blending by going over the area with the largest brush from the set to smooth it all out. I then buffed the piece with a dry cloth which further enhanced the colours. I added splatters of water along with splatters of each of the colours that I used on the card. Still not enough though, so I sprayed the panel with Perfect Pearls. That was such a good idea, it looks awesome, which is so hard to capture in a photograph.

The reason I used the Penny Black die called Elegant Stitching is that the stitching actually reminds me of a butterflies path.

I put the card together matting with the dark purple and using a lighter purple card base. I then stamped the sentiment on the dark purple cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder, attaching it to my card using foam squares. Stamping one of each of the butterflies using the Jet Black ink, I then brushed on Twisted Citron Distress ink to the smaller one and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the larger one.

To add more sparkle I sprayed both of the butterflies with the perfect pearl solution, then finished the inside.

Following are affiliate links to the products I have used for today's card, at no extra cost to you.

Thank you for joining me. Have a wonderful day.

Undersea Beauty

Saturday, 22 June 2019

The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers has us visiting a fabric store called Brick House Fabrics today. I picked this fabric as my inspiration.

Unfortunately this is the only picture that I have. and I have not a clue what happened. But I can tell you about the card anyway.

The colours I think were perfect to use with my stamps from Technique Junkies. I water coloured using my Nuvo Aqua Brushes again. I get so much use out of these brushes, and they are so easy to use, love them!

In my original Misti I arranged the stamps on my watercolour paper. To leave the line in between each stamp I used the edge of the stamp and the squares in my Misti, counting 4 squares on each side, so easy. Using Memento London Fog I stamped only once, there was no need for a second pass.

I kept the card Clean and Simple attaching my panel to a blue card base, then in my mini Misti stamping the sentiment with Versafine Clair in Nocturne, then adding sequins to finish up.

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You make me Smile

Over coffee this morning I was looking through my stencils and stopped at this stencil. I immediately thought of a mixed media type of card using Color Burst powders. So that is where I went.

Starting with Arches 140lb Cold Press water colour paper. I knew the color burst would seep through to the underside of the stencil with the amount of water I would be using, which was not a concern to me, but I did want to make sure that I left hints of the stencil on the panel, so I spritzed the stencil with bleach before laying it down on the water colour paper. (Please do this is a well ventilated area. I did it outside as this is a no-no when one has a bird.)

I first spritzed the sheet with water, then added the powders of Ultramarine Blue, Turquoise and Chartreuse. I used my heat gun to dry the panel, continuously moving the heat so as not to warp the stencil.

When I removed the stencil I was super happy to see the stencil lines, so my experiment worked. I'm always happily surprised when that happens.

Using Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White water colour I painted on the stencil marks. I picked up some of the background colour periodically adding the colour on the stencil marks to give it a rougher appearance.

Once the paint was dry I die cut my piece with my Wonky rectangle die, then attached it to fun foam with Sookwang tape/Scorpal tape. I then stamped and heat emboss my sentiment using white embossing powder on blue card stock and attached the the strip to my card with the Sookwang tape.

To finish off my card I added a few iridescent bubbles.

Following is my video showing the process for this card, followed by affiliate links for the products I used today.

You are loved

Friday, 21 June 2019

I have not done any stamping this week so I was happy to be able to sit down and do this card last night. I was doing some organizing and had left this Gina K. Designs stamp and die set on my desk, so I used them for my card.

I also used one of my favourite stencils from A Colorful Life Designs called Leaf Lattice.

To begin I first die cut two pieces of Neenah card stock, one with the scallops and the other the coordinating rectangle. On the scallop piece with the stencil I brushed on Twisted Citron ink. I also used the Twisted Citron on the rectangle die cut piece, brushing on a heavy layer of the ink.

For the flowers, using Neenah card stock I stamped the Aster flowers using versamark embossing ink and heat embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in Hi Maintenance Magenta.

Previously I had the happy accident of finding that Lindy's embossing powder staines the paper a bit, albeit the pink is not as noticeable as some of the other colours. So for these flowers a pale pink colour stayed on the paper which I wanted as I was not colouring the flowers.

I finished up by stamping my sentiment using Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne and adding a few gems and sequins.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Following are affiliate links for the products that I have used on today's card, at no cost to you.

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Lots of hugs

Sunday, 16 June 2019

This is the title of my challenge for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers on Monday. I am not fussed on real balloons, but I love to see balloons on cards, and it is my birthday, so I would like to see lots of balloons.

I am using a stamp set by Penny Black called Sweet Wishes that I have had for awhile, yet I think this is the first time that I have inked it up.

First I would like to say that I saw a card by Debby Hughes from Limedoodle Designs awhile back where she did watercolouring of balloons. Debby paints beautifully, and I aspire to be as good as she is one of these days! Then, a few days ago I was watching kids having a birthday party down on the swimming deck, and they had balloons that were tied to the railings in these opaque colours. I had never seen balloons quite like this, they looked like they had a coating of glitter on them. I was inspired!

For my card I am using Arches 140lb. cold press watercolour paper, along with the stamp set, my Birch Press die, heat embossing powder, my mini Misti and a stamping block and my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens, which as most of you know I love. It is the vibrancy of the colours that I love, which you can see in this card.

I started with the balloon attached to my block, stamping the balloon without the string eleven (11) times around my card, then heat embossing with the Nuvo Embossing Powder. The balloon has a light source in it, which I dusted off before heat embossing. 

I then began to paint with the Nuvo pens using a total of four (4) colours from the two sets, being Lemon Zest and Apple Red from the Summer Holiday set along with Mango Mimosa and Flamingo Pink from the Surprise Party Collection. I used a fair amount of water on my #8 brush to get the flow going when dropping in the colours. I let it dry and did a second round, to get even more colour, then dried with my heat gun.

I die cut the piece using the Birch Press die, then proceeded to paint the background using the left-over paint on my work surface. I made a puddle with all the colours, then made two other puddles, one with distress ink in Fossilized Amber, and the other in Worn Lipstick, and proceeded to watercolour my background. The very bottom of the panel is a pale pink done by using the saturated colour from my water glass. I ran a damp brush along the bottom of the painting portion, then added the lighter colour.

The pièce de ré·sis·tance is the Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer. I used this to completely cover all the balloons, it is awesome! I then used a water based black marker to stamp the strings to the balloons, colouring the stamp with the marker and lining the string up to each of the balloons, and stamping.

To finish up I splattered the card with the Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick, then with water. I attached the panel to a beautiful yellow card base, then took care of the glam, adding a bunch of sequins, jewel drops and crystals to the card. I then stamped the sentiment and heat embossed on black cardstock and using foam squares to attach it to my card.

I do hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Following are affiliate links to the products I used. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks so much for visiting.


Saturday, 15 June 2019

The inspiration site at Splitcoaststampers is a cute place located overseas called Fudge and Mable. They have the cutest animals you have ever seen made from felting wool. My inspiration for this card came from balls of felting in these colours.

Starting with my bird, which is from Picket Fence Studios called Pretty Birds, I stamped the image on Fabriano Hot Press 140lb watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I am loving this set, but anything birds I love. I want to send this to a friend who could use a smile, and I think this will do the trick.

Using Daniel Smith and Schmincke watercolours I painted the bird in bright yellow and greens with a pinch of pink. Once the bird was dry I did some fussy cutting to cut him out. I then went around the edges with a black marker.

Moving on to my background, and using my stencil called Big Fonds from A Colorful Life Designs, I did some water colouring with a semi dry brush, first with a pale yellow, then over it again with a bright green. Once dry I die cut the piece then sponged on Fossilized Amber Oxide Ink. I then splattered with water.

The panel did not look good on a white card base so I switched it out for a darkish yellow base. In my mini Misti I then stamped my sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink ... such gorgeous ink.

I finished my card with a few gumdrops using colours that are in the bird.

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I hope you have enjoyed this card, and I hope my friend will as well. Thank you for joining me today. Following are affiliate links to the products that I have used on this card, first being USA links, and beside those Canadian links.