Very Merry

Saturday, 21 November 2020


As it happens the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week gave me the opportunity to use my Santa Hat again. Yip!

We visited a place called Hello Lucky where I found loads of inspiration. I picked this for inspiration.

My card base is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock. for my background I am using Manger Stars from A Colorful Life Designs. I secured the stencil using tape and applied embossing paste in Pearlescent. 

The paste dries very quickly, less than 15 minutes so I began to apply my colour. Using distress oxide inks I added the colours, blending well after each addition, then blending again with the original colour.

The blues I used are Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean. Initially I used Wilted Violet, but then I went back in and added Seedless Preserves to an area. I like the look better.

I let the inks dry, then did some splatters in white using Dr. Ph. Martins Bleed Proof white. I then added some Perfect Pearls to the mix of white paint, and did further splatters.

Still needed sparkle so I also added straight perfect pearls. It is so hard to pick up the shimmer when photographing, but in real life it is very pretty.

I then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink and went around the edges with the distress oxide Salty Ocean, attaching with foam squares.

The Santa Hat I die cut from both white and red glitter cardstock, styling the pieces then applying the red part with foam squares, and gluing on the white, representing the fur.

It still needed more sparkle for me, so I die cut a few stars from the white glitter cardstock and applied them around the card. I then added some little diamond gems and finally was happy.

Another fun card ready for Christmas, which I hope you have enjoyed.

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To the World

Friday, 20 November 2020


I am very much into using the "old" with the "new" these days, and this card is another example of that. The background stamp is old, but the JOY die and Santa Hat are new. When I saw the Santa Hat at Impression Obsession it was a must have as I wanted to make this card.

I really like the background stamp with the flourish and the snowflakes. In my original Misti I stamped on Neenah Solar Crest cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink in Tulip Red, then added VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for added texture.

Using the same cardstock I die cut the JOY sentiment and applied Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch, doing a couple of layers. Once dry I went around all the edges with Copic marker R46.

For the Santa Hat using the same cardstock I die cut the pieces and coloured the hat top using Copic Markers in R24, R27 and R46.

I styled the hat and fur then glued together using Nuvo Adhesive.

I think the hardest part was deciding where I wanted the JOY die placed. I decided I did not want to hide the snowflake in the middle of the card totally, so I would go slightly above it. I used my Misti ruler to keep the word straight and attached with foam squares.

I left the foam square off the top of the J letter so I could tuck the Santa Hat underneath it. I also took into account that as the hat was styled I would not need a foam square, so I glued that section with Nuvo glue. I hugged the O with the rest of the Santa hat attaching on the right side with a foam square.

I then placed the card in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. I added a few gems in the gold to finish my card.

The picture above shows the sparkle better. It looks like I missed areas, but I did not, it is the way the light is hitting my card.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card at much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for visiting my blog. Following are Affiliate links for the products I used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Holly Joy

Thursday, 19 November 2020


Hello all. I am back today with another watercolour card I did yesterday, when I was painting my tree card. If you happened to watch the video you will recall that she painted three cards, being the tree, a holly card and a snowman. I have a lot of snowman stamps that I would rather use, so I opted to do the tree and the holly.

I managed to get through the tree without to many changes, but the holly was a different story. Here is a snip from the video of the 3 cards.

So you can see I totally swayed away from the examples given.

Sometimes when I am just painting, things get changed, and that is okay with me. I like how it turned out though, so I will send it to someone. 

My watercolours are once again Daniel Smith watercolours. For the background I painted with Hooker's Green and Cobalt Blue. I added the colours, let it sit a bit then dapped with paper towel.

The leaves are done using Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Turquoise, Green Gold, Green Apatite and Quinacridone Pink. For the stems I used Sepia. To add the white bits I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

For the berries I used Pyrrol Scarlet shadowing with Alizarin Crimson and for the stem Sepia.

I have the Daniel Smith Half Pan Mixing Set, linked below, which has the Pyrrol Scarlet and Alizarin Crimson in it. This is a great set to start out with as it is a mixing set, hence you can get mix all kinds of colours. This is how I was introduced to Daniel Smith watercolours. The set includes:

Buff Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Goethite (Brown Ochre), Hansa Yellow Medium, Indian Red, Jane's Gray, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade, Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Scarlet, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, plus one travel case with 15 empty pans.

To finish up my card I die cut the Joy sentiment and shadow, glueing the pieces together with Nuvo Adhesive, then attached to my card front using a foam square.

Needless to say I had a lot of fun painting this card. It is so relaxing to get lost in these kind of watercolour cards. 

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

This is Noel, my watercolour card for the Watercolour Wednesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers. This week we are doing easy Christmas cards, and this was easy. We have a video that I can share with you here.

First up, I cut the Arches cold press watercolour paper to size and embossed using one of my Penny Black dies. I then taped off my shape for the tree with the help of my Misti ruler. I measured the cut piece finding the centre for the top, then measured from each side in for the bottom. I marked the spots with dots and used tape to mask it off.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours to paint my tree. Instead of doing the sway painting I did straight painting with shifting angles. I tried for a few more blooms, as I think they would add to the tree, but typically, when I want a bloom I can't get one.

In the video she did not do a tree trunk, but I decided I would, using a small sentiment from one of my Penny Black stamp sets. I picked Noel to use. 

Placing the card in my Misti, I lined up the first Noel in the centre right below the tree, and stamped with VersaMark embossing ink then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I then moved the card up 1/4 inch using the lines on my mini Mouse pad, which I have inside my mini Misti and repeating the process. I did this three times, which I think make for the perfect trunk.

Again I made sure all was dry before attaching the panel to my Gina K Design card base in Christmas Pine.

I got my Gansai Gem paints out again as I forgot to paint the star at the top of the tree, again using the Gold.

 I am happy with how this card turned out. It is an easy technique so I hope you will give it a try.

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Winter Snow


I love the bear and the snowman in this set from Penny Black Stamps. And ofcourse, the Bunny is pretty darn cute as well. 

I felt this needed to be coloured with Copic markers, which for me is not as time consuming as watercolour is, and as I was a bit tight for time today, I went with the Copics.

Using Neenah cardstock and in my mini Misti I stamped the image using Memento Ink in Jet Black. I started to colour the snowman first, using:

 B000, B00 and B21 with BV25 on the stones for the mouth,
 E37 on the twig arms,
for the scarf I used YR07, YR09 and YR18,
and the nose is done with YR07 and YR68.

For the Bunny I used E11, E50, E51,
for his cheeks I used R20,
and in the ears and on the bottom of his feet. I used YR02,
with the scarf having YG07 and G14.

On the Top Hat I used BV25 and 0 Blender,
with the YG07 and G14 on the ribbon.

For the Bear I used YR24, E23, E35 and E99,
for the scarf and top part of hat I used R05 and R17, waiting a bit then applying a second layer of R17,
on the fur parts I used E40 along with a layer of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Opal Quartz,
and for the snow on the ground I used B21 and the Opal Quartz again.

Once I was finished with all the colouring, I die cut two pieces of the Winter sentiment and coloured one with Copic B21. I added Nuvo adhesive to the blue sentiment and glued the white on top keeping the blue showing for shadowing.
(I am not sure who made the Winter die, but it is several years old.)

To do the embossing I used a very old Sizzix Embossing folder called Snow Drops, which is not around anymore and embossed the front of my card base. 
(I was sorting through embossing folders this past weekend, cleaning them out, and when I got to this one I decided it was a keeper. I very much like the way the snow falls on this folder, getting lighter towards the bottom, albeit it doesn't show as I added the panel to my card.)

I also used the embossing folder on the little scene I created, and where the snow drops fell on the animals I used my white gel pen, having it appear like snow drops, then attached the panel to my card base.

To finish I attached the Winter sentiment, again using Nuvo Adhesive.

I really like how it turned out, and I hope you do as well. 

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Sending Joy

Sunday, 15 November 2020

It is a gloomy day in my area, with downpours of rain and dark clouds. So what could be better than to paint up a Penny Black stamp to brighten my day.

I have had this stamp out on my desk for a bit now, to remind me to paint it, which is finally done. For this I am using Arches 140# cold press watercolour paper and Daniel Smith watercolours. I have also used one of the new Nuvo Shimmer pens and some glitter pens.

I first die cut the top panel of watercolour paper using my stitched circle die, then cut the paper for the bottom piece, which will have the image stamped on it, to size.

In my mini Misti I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair ink and a piece of paper to block off the top of the panel from being stamped. Leaving the paper in place I added the top panel to my Misti and stamped the image again using the same ink.

The purpose is to have the branch appear off the edge in several places.

I then proceeded to watercolour both of the panels. The first being the bottom panel using Daniel Smith Manganese Blue for the background. For the bell I used Quinacridone Gold, adding a second layer to a dry first layer on half of the bell. I also used the Quinacridone Gold on the Pinecone, then added Burnt Sienna and a tad of Burnt Umber.

The bird is done with Prussian Blue and a bit of Phthalo Blue (green shade) on the top and the Prussian Blue mixed with Cascade Green for the bottom. It appears as she is eating a piece of the pinecone so I painted the piece in her mouth with Burnt Sienna albeit it hardly shows. But it would show if not painted.

Moving on to the branch I painted the pine needles using Manganese Blue and Cascade Green. I did the branch using Burnt Sienna and Sepia. I finished with the ribbon which I painted with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Metal pen in Blush Rosette.

I then placed the top panel in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Blue Belle. I attached the bottom piece to my Gina K Design cardbase, then added foam tape to the top panel and attached it.

To finish my card I added a light snowfall using my white Posca pen and the pink and blue pens from my Jelly Roll Stardust set of pens. They glitter, so it is really pretty in real life. I had intentions of adding glitter to the white snowdrops, but could not find my clear glitter pen. 😞

I am happy with the way this turned out and will be entering it in the CAS Mix Up Card Watercolour Challenge for November which is Off the Edge.

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Lets Get Cozy

Saturday, 14 November 2020

 I adore Snowmen a lot. They have a way of making everyone who comes upon them smile, even when they are melting away.

But, a snowman with a bird, he gets top billing from me, which is why I love this Snowman so much. I love the twig arms, his shape, his funny hat and yes, the bird.

I am also playing in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, which has us visiting a washi tape site called "cutetape". This is my inspiration.

Using Arches Cold Press watercolour paper I stamped the image with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne and proceeded to watercolour the snowman using Daniel Smith watercolours.

For the lower parts of the Snowman I used Cerulean Blue, which I also added to the snow beneath, keeping it all relatively light.

For his hat I used a layer of Cerulean Blue then added in some Phthalo Blue (red shade). Once dry I added ink by going around the hat with my Sharpie Color Burst dark blue pen. I painted the bird using the Cerulean Blue on his face with Prussian Blue for his body. 

Moving on to the Scarf and Carrot Nose I used Pyrrol Scarlet, which leans to the orange. The Pigment name is Coral Red which has some yellow in it. I am loving this colour more and more as I use it. I also added it to the buttons and his eyes. I then coloured over the twigs with my Brown Sharpie pen.

On his cheeks I added a light mix of Quinacridone Pink. I then put the panel in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment, also from Impression Obsession, first using VersaFine Clair Belle Belle, then cleaning the stamp and stamping once with Nocturne, which tones down the darkness of an all black impression.

On a separate piece of watercolour paper I painted an inch in from each of the sides using the Cerulean Blue, adding a few layers to get the colour. Before drying I sprayed liberally with a mixture of Gold Perfect Pearls, which you can see in the picture above along with a few other pictures.

To finish I attached the snowman panel to the watercolour panel using Nuvo Adhesive, burnishing the edges to ensure good contact. I then attached the completed panels to my Gina K Design Ivory cardbase and added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops to finish up.

This was such a fun card to make, and I have little doubt you will see him a couple of times throughout this winter season.

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Bundled Sparkle

Friday, 13 November 2020

Hello to you. I am sharing this card I did for the Scrap'n Stamp blog, which is all about the sparkle, just in case you were wondering!

Scrap'n Stamp has daily challenges if you are looking for challenges to do. Today is day 13, which is Sparkle, and that is me.

And there is a lot of sparkle on this card.

First I am using Gina K Design In the Navy cardstock for my cardbase. I also cut an extra piece for the Stickles application, as it can distort the card and I did not want my cardbase distorted. I then applied the Stickles gel to the extra piece of cardstock and set it aside to dry. It takes quite awhile for the gel to dry, so be sure to leave enough time, or do the night before.

On cardstock I stamped the Penny Black image using Memento Ink and proceeded to colour using Copic markers. I used B12, B14 and B16 for her scarf, buttons and boots. 

For the birds chest and the bird seed bag I used B00. On the birds wings I used a layer of E23 and a layer of B14. 

On the coat and hood lining, and the mittens and her stockings I used R22. For the outer coat and hood I used R20, R22 and R14. On her face I used E00 and E51 with R20 on her cheeks.

I used my Copic blender to lighten the toe of the boots. And, to finish I used a Sakura gold glitter pen to colour the white cardstock between her boots and legs. A tad in that area is also the scarf, so the blue colour.

 I then fussy cut the image on the edge of the black stamping lines, to get a clean edge. To finish off I ran around the edges of the image with my black Copic as I dislike white edges. 

I then die cut the gold glitter cardstock using the Penny Black die. I also cut a piece of fun foam with the same die. I coloured the edges of the foam with the B14 Copic, along with a half inch on the flat surface of the fun foam, which allows the blue to peek through on the final card. The pieces were glued together using Nuvo Adhesive.

Once the Stickles were dry I glued the navy piece to my card base using Nuvo Adhesive, then attached the top panel, again using the Nuvo Adhesive.

And, just in case there is not enough glitter I die cut the Miss You sentiment from the gold glitter cardstock and coloured it with a Martha Stewart glitter marker that I have had for eons. It has liquid glitter inside the pen, which leaks when you least expect it, hence I only use the pens when it does not matter if it leaks, and this is one of those times. I glued the sentiment to the card front using the Nuvo Adhesive again.

Well, I think I have sparkle covered. I do think that a red glitter panel would look fabulous too and would be great for a Christmas card. 

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