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Saturday, 27 April 2019

I am so happy to say that I am now part of the Technique Junkies Design Team, and what better way for me to celebrate than with a cute bird card. 
Most everyone knows that I adore birds and that I have a Cockatiel named CinnieC (called CC) who makes me laugh every day, so to add them to my cards is so fun for me.

I am using Technique Junkies Perfect Atoms for my card today and started by stamped with Memento Jet Black ink then colouring with Copic Markers, which I have detailed below.
Once I finished with the colouring I then stencilled my card base using my Life Changing Brushes and A Colorful Life Designs Bloom Mandela, along with Distress Oxide inks in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. What a fabulous stencil this is, and I loved that part of the stencil mimicked the stamp.

This is the first card I have made in a week as I have been working on another huge project which I will share shortly. I have to say, I have missed my cards, so it is a delight to be back and making this card to share with you.

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for my Friend

Sunday, 21 April 2019

This is "for my Friend" which I did as my sample for the Clean an Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. But I also had someone in mind to send it to as well. 

 The top of the card looks bent, but it is not, it is the way the light is hitting the glossy card stock. To start this card I did an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper. I held my paper at an angle, poured some blending solution from the top and let it slide down the paper, then added the colours, starting with the aqua in the middle, salmon to the left and sandal on the right. Once dry I attached the piece to my card base.
 I then cut a piece of gloss card stock, die cut the negative friend, and die cut the bottom of the piece. I glued the glossy paper at the top and added foam squares along the rest of it. I stamped the sentiment on the die cut piece and glued it on through the open negative part. I then stamped the remaining sentiment, and added a few gumdrops to finish..
 I admit, I am happy at how it turned out. It was a fun card to make.

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The Path

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Yet again I find I am inking up a stamp for the first time despite having had it for awhile. It is such a fun stamp to work with and I can see many uses for it. 
 I took inspiration from nature at a site that Splitcoaststampers is using today for the Inspiration Challenge. I used two pictures, the first being these trees, and the second being the colours in the sky of this picture.
I started with my Misti, stamping the birch tree using Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. I then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.
 Using my water colour palette I painted with Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow, Opera Pink and Winsor Newton Orange Red Shade. I wanted the pink to bloom further into the yellow on the right side, but typically when you want it, it does not happen or it happens a bit, which is my case. The orange and pink blended wonderfully.
I stamped the sentiment using the Nocturne ink, and attached my panel along with black matting to my card base adding a few Nuvo Crystal drops to finish.

*The sentiment is an old one from Stampendous which they do not carry any longer, but I found one on Etsy for a great price. I have linked to it below. I do not make a commission from Etsy, but it is easier to link it along with my other products.

Thank you for visiting today.

Daffodils Dance

 The Daffodils are Dancing for the Easter weekend. This is called Daffodil Dance from Penny Black and today I have coloured using Zig Clean Color Brushes with the background done using a colour from my watercolour palette called Schmincke Cadmium Yellow Light.
I first lightly stamped using Gray pigment ink to show the outline of the stamp in case I wanted to add colour to paper instead of the stamp. This gets covered up when the colours are added.
For the leaves I used 3 colours of green being Light Green, May Green and Olive Green, and for the flowers I used Yellow, Bright Yellow, Orange and Scarlet Red, and for the Spathe I used a Medium Gray.  
 To add texture I heat embossed the flower using Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. I then die cut the panel using two of My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle. I attached the larger piece to the card base and attached the smaller panel using fun foam and Sookwang tape.  
I painted the background and added Nuvo Jewel Drops to finish.

Following is the video that I have done to share with you, along with Affiliate Links to the products I used.

Poppy Thoughts

Friday, 19 April 2019

 It has been a very long time since I have used this stamp from Rubbernecker, but fond memories came back while I was using it.
 This is a layering stamp with two pieces. I first painted the flowers using Ken Oliver Color Burst in Crimson Red and Lemon Yellow, painting directly with the powders, which gives brilliant colour. I pulled the yellow away from the centre of the card creating the very light yellow. I then stamped the outline layer in black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. 
 Once dry I die cut the panel and added acrylic splatter using turquoise and black paint. I die cut another piece in the black, and also stamped the sentiment on black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 
I put everything together with the panels slightly angled. I do love the brilliant colours of the Poppies.

I have finally managed to play along in all three of the CAS challenges, submitting this card for the CAS April Watercolour Challenge.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. 

Thinking of you

Thursday, 18 April 2019

For today's card I have departed from my normal A2 size card and gone way back to my roots, when all I did was 5.5 square cards.
The stencil I used for this card just spoke to me in 5.5 inch, to show the beauty of the stencil. 
 We have also come along in how we work with stencils, but for this card, again I went back to the beginning when stencilling with paste was the thing, now we have glitter too! We have all kinds of mediums that make beautiful cards with a stencil. 
 This card is going to an old friend who has just had surgery and I know she will appreciate the sparkle and the design of the stencil. 
 I placed the stencil on my 5 inch square piece of cardstock and taped down to hold in place. Starting with the yellow glitter paste I did the centre part of the stencil, then finished stencilling with the white glitter. The white glitter has a blue undertone to it, so I stamped the sentiment using a turquoise ink from Wendy Vecchi.
I matted the "thinking of" sentiment with more white card stock, and stamped and die cut the "you" and attached with foam squares. 
To finish I added a few crystal gems, which still keeps the card clean and simple, but adds a bit of glam for my friend. 

I am also entering this card in the CAS April Stencil Challenge with hopes that it is CAS enough - lol!

Thank you for visiting today. 

Just for You

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

 I can't help but smile when I see these bear images by Penny Black. They are calling my name for some colour. 
 I first started this card by stencilling the background using A Colorful Life Leaf Lattice stencil along with Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bought. I did the frame with the Evergreen Bough, and die cut the stencilled panel with my Penny Black Elegant Stitching Die, which is attached using fun foam.
 For the bear I again used Distress Inks to watercolour, using Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, along with Spun Sugar and Abandoned Coral for the flower. Once I finished the water colouring I fussy cut the letters out, and attached the Y and U using Nuvo adhesive, and the O is attached on foam squares.
A close up shows a bit more of the detail on the bear. 

Following is the video I have done, and affiliate links to the products I have used for this card for both USA and beside those links you will find Canadian Links when available.

Easter Daffodil

Sunday, 14 April 2019

I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, making this as my sample card. 
I am using Yupo paper for this card, and have done some shadowing using Alcohol Lift-Ink and Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink. In my Misti I had the Yupo piece about 1/8th of an inch away from the side of my Misti before stamping with the alcohol lift-ink. When ready to stamp with the black ink the piece was tucked into the corner of my Misti.
I kept the yellow and orange inks at the top of my background with the greens on the bottom. The piece was die cut with the beautiful die from Penny Black called Elegant Stitching. I finished the front with some Nuvo Jewel and Crystal Drops.
For the inside, when stamping with the Alcohol Lift-Ink I transferred the print to a piece of Neenah card stock and die cut it using the same Penny Black die that I used on the card front. I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn with some Wendy Vecchi Dye ink in Poppy, and for a bit of whimsy inside the card I also stamped the little bird, colouring it in with Copic Markers, nothing fancy, coloured pencils could be used but mine were not handy.

Following is my video for this card. I hope you enjoy this card and the video.

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From Me to You

Saturday, 13 April 2019

 I am in to busy today. Busy with colour that is. It feels like we are being made to wait for spring to arrive, and all I want to see is the magical colours of spring! How about you, are your ready for some spring?
 You can find spring in this card, the little mouse from Pink and Main has spring flowers popping up everywhere. I stamped the mouse using Ranger Archival ink in Sepia and coloured using Copic Markers. The background is bursting with colours done with Color Burst Powders and a stencil from A Colorful Life called Doodle Wheels.
The Color Burst colours I used are Chartreuse, Alizarin Crimson, Tangerine, Fuchsia and Orange.  I did the stencil prints in both positive and negative, using the negative on the inside of my card. I die cut both panels with my Sizzix Dotted Rectangle Die set.
 To display the mouse I painted a die cut circle with left over colours that were on my desk, dragging the circle through the colour. I then die cut the circle again using a deckled die for the second cut. I attached the inner circle using foam squares and also used a foam square to attach the mouse.
For the inside I again used a circle die cut for my sentiment along with the background die cut panel. 

It is always fun to make bright and happy cards, and I hope you enjoy this card as well.

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Saying Hello

Friday, 12 April 2019

Meet Saying Hello.
 I thought I would play along today with this month's CAS Mix-Up Challenge, which is Layered Stamping with Heat Embossing. I watched Jennifer McGuire's Video of this process found here
I have to say, this technique was a lot of fun to do.  
 I decided to use my Peony Bouquet by Altenew for this card, along with Pink, Red and a clear embossing powder my Mini Misti and Versamark embossing ink. 
 To achieve the pale pink, after pouring the powder back in the jar I picked up the left over powder using my Versamark Ink pen and rubbed it around the edges of the flower as well as in the centre, then heat embossed using the Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. 
Once completed I die cut the flower and set it aside. I die cut my Impression Obsession frame, glued one part to the card base. I then stencilled the leaves using A Colorful Life Designs Leaf Lattice stencil and Twisted Citrus ink, then attached the sentiment strip using foam squares and glued the flower to the frame and the sentiment strip to secure it.
You can see the shine from the embossing which I think makes for a very pretty flower.

I am adding this card to the CAS Mix-Up Card Challenge.

Thank you for joining me today.

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