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Sunday, 31 March 2019

 This sentiment set from Picket Fence Studios is such a hoot, I love the comical sentiments that are part of the set. 

And this is my sample card for the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, which is to use humour. 
 To match my sentiment I did a somewhat crazy background using alcohol inks. I tried to make as much "sticky" as I could, so I would have a crazy amount of gold foil, and it worked.
 I don't know about you, but I have a bucket load of coloured card stock and still I did not have one that I liked to go with this Yupo piece. So I made it using a Copic Marker. I did not want anything dark as it would then compete with the gold, so I opted for the peachy colour using on Neenah card stock. I attached the matting, then attached the piece to my card base. 

To stamp the sentiment I put my card in my Mini Misti and stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt. 
I had a bit left over, double the above size, so I cut it in half and made a panel for inside my card. I will stamp a greeting inside when it comes time to mail the card. It could be something as simple as Hello.

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Adulting Done!

Saturday, 30 March 2019

 Today I am playing along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoastampers, where we have had a visit to a fun store called SNURK. I took my inspiration from this mermaid duvet cover.
 I thought it the perfect opportunity to use my new Mermaid stamp set from Picket Fence Studios and my Fish Stencil.

 I first did the background on my card base using A Colorful Life Stencil Primitive Fish. I brushed on the ink using Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio, then splattered with water, drying with a paper towel.
 In my Misti I stamped the Mermaid using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet black on watercolour paper and proceeded to watercolour with Distress Oxide Inks in Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Mermaid Lagoon. Once dry I fussy cut the tail, then ran the piece through my Gemini Jr. using Penny Black's Elegant Stitching die to add a bit of detai on Mermaid Tail, then attached the Mermaid with Nuvo glue along the edge, and foam squares for the rest of the tail.
To finish, in my Misti I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt and added several Iridescent Crystal Gems.

I hope you have enjoyed this card, and wish to thank you for visiting. 
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Saying Hi

Monday, 25 March 2019

It is my last week designing for the Colour Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and I have enjoyed it very much.

This week's colours, based on Stampin' Up, are as follows:
I have used colours close in value, using Copic Sketch Markers as my starting point, and added designer paper, which is dessert for the challenge.
 I did not use many markers for this, two markers for each colour, as the image did not require more. I love this cute image from Picket Fence Studios, and I love the sentiment I have used on the front of the card. "Hi" is very Canadian, so it is perfect for me.  
 In my Misti I stamped the image using Memento Ink, and die cut my image with my stitched circle die from a piece of Neenah card stock 5.5x4.25". I saved the remainder and have used it for the inside of the card, then proceeded to colour with my Copics.
 I then put the circle back in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival ink in Sepia. I die cut 2 slightly smaller circles from the designer paper and arranged the pieces on my card front. I added the strip of designer paper along the bottom to carry more of the brown in.
For the inside I die cut the piece left over from the front using my stitched rectangle dies, then masked off the area and stamped the "leaves" of the image, and the sentiment, and added a few accessory pieces in pink to the bottom left. I thought about stamping the sentiment using the Sepia again, but I think the black was a better choice for the inside.

I am sorry my picture's are not quite up to par today, the weather is not cooperating, but I thank you for your visit.

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June Roses

Sunday, 24 March 2019

 The Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to do a card using the flower from your birth month. My birthday being in June makes the Rose my birth flower. I dare say I love them, but have never grown them. My brother-in-law used to cultivate them and had the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. I loved going to their place and playing in the Rose garden. This brings back some happy memories, Charlie has since passed, but the memories will never fade.
 At watercolour classes everyone drones when our teacher says we are going to do white flowers, and I am included in that. But I thought that taupe flowers could be fun. I started by die cutting my panel using my Spellbinders Rectangle dies and stamped my image with Ink on 3 no line ink. I used only 2 colours to water colour on this card, being Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna, water colouring on Fabriano Hot Press 140lb. paper. For the background I used Burnt Sienna. 
 I accidentally flicked on some brown paint, so the decision was made to add acrylic splatters, using Burnt Sienna and Crimson Red I angled the card panel along with a brown wood grain piece of card stock for some interest. To finish, in my MISTI, I stamped my sentiment from Penny Black using Ranger Archival inks in Sepia and Vermillion. 
It feels like forever since I have done some water colour, so I very much enjoyed doing this card and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Thank you for visiting today.


Saturday, 23 March 2019

 I was determined that I would join in with more of the CAS challenges hosted by the CAS group who do monthly challenges for Watercolour, Stencils, Mix Up and Christmas. 

This month I have played in the Mix Up challenge, and this card I did for the CAS Stencil challenge.

I started my card with my Neenah card stock die cut panel sponging on Distress Oxide colours in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral. I used my Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes as I did not want the colours put on heavy for this card, which for me happens when I used the Tim Holtz blending tools.
 I am using another stencil from A Colorful Life called Doodle Wheels for my background, and for the challenge doing the ghosting technique, which is to lay your stencil on top of your coloured panel and spritz with lots of water then remove the stencil very quickly.

I then stamped the Dandelion etc., and the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. 
For ease of reference I have added Loll Thompson's video showing the ghosting technique to my Awesome Tutorials page.

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Adding to the CAS Stencil Challenge

Wings & Roots

 One thing I very much look forward to is the colours of spring and some, sure to arrive soon, and of course, butterflies and dragonflies. 
I love this stencil from A Colorful Life called Loopy Flower. I did the stencil mono-print technique with Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. I used Ranger Distress Watercolour paper, which adds a lot of texture to the stencil design.
 I did load the stencil up with ink before spritzing to be sure it would transfer given the roughness of the paper, and I gave it plenty of time to transfer. Once I lifted the stencil, I filled in a bit with my water colour brush, adding blooms for more interest. 
 Once the panel was dry I die cut it using my Elegant Stitching die from Penny Black, and in my MISTI I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I die cut the dragon fly, and laid it on the card. One thing I have learned of late is to look through my camera first if I am not sure of something. My view showed me this could not remain white as I intended, so I coloured the inside wings using my Copic #RV14, leaving the rest in the white.
To finish I added a few crystals.

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Poppy Happiness

Friday, 22 March 2019

I had my alcohol inks out to make some backgrounds earlier today, and this is one that I made using Yupo and Alcohol Inks in Lettuce, Citrus, Limeade, Peach Belini and Valencia, used for the inside of the poppies. 
While the background was still damp I added some art deco gold foil which you can see in the picture below. As I did not have the correct colour for matting my piece, I coloured a piece of Neenah card stock with my Copic Marker using YG17 and doing several passes to deepen the colour. I then attached the Yupo piece to the matting and attached both to my card base.

Before I ever start to make my Alcohol Ink backgrounds, I decide on the framing of the piece. It just makes it easier, otherwise I use parchment paper to ensure the ink does not transfer to my die.
I also made a separate piece of Yupo for the flowers using the Valencia ink and die cut, keeping the negative pieces. I die cut the poppies 4 times and glued down the first layer of the poppies, then painted with the glossy glaze, somehow managing to keep it off the rim of the poppies. I then glued on the other 3 pieces of the poppy frames, and 2 layers for the leaf.
You can see the depth of the dies in this picture and the shine from the glaze below.
This was such a fun technique to try and I thank the CAS Mix Up Challenge Group for this, which you can find here.

Thank you for joining me today.

Linking to the The CAS Mix Up Challenge.

Life is Beautiful

Monday, 18 March 2019

 I am guest designing for a Colour Challenge Group at Splitcoaststampers this month, and this is my card for Tuesday's challenge, based on Stampin' Up colour. This week the colours are:
I am using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks.
The colours I have used are:
The Stampin' Up Lemon Lime has more yellow in it that I thought when I first looked at the colours. But the Twisted Citron still works okay.
I don't have a lot of background collage smaller stamps, but I do have a lot of background 6x6 stamps, so I used those to make my background. I started with a sheet of Neenah card stock, 4.25 x 11 to make a background for the front and inside of card. I then die cut circles in different sizes from photocopy paper, cutting in the centre of a 6x6 sheet, so I would not stamp off on anything that I did not intend, then stamped using the green and pink inks, adding a bit of the blue along the way. 

Once done, I went over the piece with both the worn lipstick and twisted citron distress oxide inks, and die cut with my Penny Black die. I splattered with water, dried and splattered with blue acrylic paint.
I stamped the butterfly on hot press 140lb water colour paper using distress ink in Blueprint sketch and heat embossed with Pearl embossing powder. I then water coloured with the inks, and used my Nuvo Aqua Brush to add some high lights. I styled the butterfly and attached to my card base using Nuvo adhesive, then stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day using Ranger Archival Ink in Manganese Blue.
To finish, I stamped the inside with my sentiment, and added another of the butterflies which I also styled and attached with Nuvo adhesive.
I had fun doing this card, which is not my usual style. It is nice to mix it up from time to time.

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Many thanks for joining me today.

Sunburst Hello

 As I type this, it is once again snowing! I am so ready for this to leave us, and bring in some spring. While I wait I decided to bring Spring in via this card, hence yellow and oranges.

 I am using Penny Black's stamp called Sunbursts. To get the rich colours of yellow and oranges, I am using Ken Oliver's Color Burst in Lemon Yellow, Tangerine and Orange. 
To start, on a piece of Fabriano Hot Press 140lb water colour paper I stamped the image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder and heat set. I then spritzed the piece with a bit of water to dampen it, then sprinkled on the colours. The Lemon Yellow was giving me a problem, but I persisted! I added the colours around the panel adding the orange sparingly as I did not want the piece to appear heavy. 
I then dried the piece with my heat gun and die cut the panel using my Wonky rectangle die. I did not want a white card base, nor did I want black all the way around the panel, so I opted for a yellow card base and cut another wonky rectangle using black card stock.

I stamped the sentiment on the black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder, attaching with foam squares to finish. 
Following is my video for this card.

Thank you for joining me.

Luck of Friendship

Sunday, 17 March 2019

 This is my card sample for the CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week. Seeing as it is St. Patrick's Day, our hostess Lee has asked for cards about luck. I feel we are lucky to have our good friends, so I based my card on that.
For this card I am testing some water colour paper I received with my recent order from Jackson's Art Supplies in the U.K. called Stonehenge. It is a 300lb. cold press paper, and feels wonderful.

I printed and traced the Shamrock leaf on to some masking paper, cutting it out and attached it to the paper. I then added Color Burst in Lime Green and Chartreuse, keeping it close to the leaf.
 Once the colour was complete I dried the paper with my heat gun then die cut the panel using my Penny Black die. I used my Gemini with the metal plate for this task and did 2 passes and the cut was very clean. In my mini Misti I then stamped my sentiment, which is from Frantic Stamper using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. 
To finish I did some splattering, first covering the Shamrock, but then I changed my mind and splattered on the leaf as well. To keep the card light I attached my panel to a yellow card base.
Here is the video showing my process on this card.
I hope you have enjoyed my card and thank you for visiting.