Inspired by

Friday, 29 May 2020





I am hosting the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, and the site that I have picked for everyone to visit is my Pinterest Board on Nail Art.





I find that I am often inspired by nail art that I see as I am surfing the web. It is not that I get my nails done a lot, especially during this pandemic, but when I do, i very much enjoy it.





The inspiration piece for this card comes from these nails. I had these gems left over and I really wanted to use them as a focal on a card. This was the perfect opportunity.





I used mirror cardstock from Tonic Studios in Cobalt Velour for my card base and Neenah Solar Crest White cardstock for the panel die cut with a Spellbinders die. All of the gems are from my stash.





I finished by stamping the sentiment using a Picket Fence stamp and VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise.









This is Be happy which was inspired by these nails.





I die cut my panel using the same Spellbinders die as above, then in my mini Misti I stamped the flowers and heat embossed with white embossing powder.





I added frisket to the flowers and using my Life Changing Brushes I added the Distress Oxide Inks in Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers. And yes, I mistakenly hit the green with the turquoise, darn it all anyway!





Once the sponging was done I removed the frisket masking and with Acrylic paint I painted the flowers, first adding a Vicki Boutin colour called Daiquiri Ice, then going over top with Dr. Ph Martin's White Acrylic. I then painted in the stem and leaves with watercolour, and stamped the sentiment using the Ranger Archival ink in Garden Patina.





I had a lot of fun doing these cards and I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for visiting today. Following are Affiliate Links for the products that I have used for these cards at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.







Dancing

Wednesday, 27 May 2020



I am sharing the cards I have done for the Scrap'n Stamp Blog, where we are continuing with our Random Act of Cardness Challenges. Today, being day 27 is "Masking". I am changing this up a bit to Die Cut Masking.

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I have changed it up a bit, using die cuts as my mask. Both of the above cards were done using the same die, which is Penny Black's Dancing Leaves.


First up is Hello Friend. I first die cut my top panel using my Penny Black Stitched Circles die. I then die cut the Dancing Leaves using Gina K Designs Magic Sheets. I placed the die cut piece of cardstock over my card base for placement of my leaves, then removed the backing tape and affixed the leaves to my card base.

Using Distress Oxide inks along with my Life Changing Brushes I started applying the ink, first the Tattered Rose then Worn Lipstick and last Festive Berries. To blend the meeting point I add my first colour, then the second, and go back over the meeting place with the first colour and so on.


Once I was finished with the blending I removed the masking paper to reveal the beautiful white leaves. I attached the stitched circle panel to my card base using foam squares. In my mini Misti I then stamped my sentiment from Gina K Designs Inspiring Poppies Stamp set using Ranger Archival Ink in Sepia.

To finish the card I applied a few Jewel Drops in Rosewater.


Next up is Dear Friend. It was this card that determined my colour choice as I want to send this to my friend who is battling Breast Cancer for the second time.

Using a piece of Gina K Designs Masking Magic paper cut to 4.25" square and placed my die on the paper so it would position to the bottom left of my card base, then ran it though my Gemini Jr. Removing the backing I placed the negative paper, the 4.25 square piece of masking, to my card base.


With my tiny narrow Life Changing Brush I applied the inks, starting again with the Tattered Rose, then the Worn Lipstick and ending with Festive Berries. I applied so I would get the variations from the colours I used.

Once I was finished with the inking, I removed the masking paper to reveal my beautiful leaves. I love this done in these colours. In my mini Misti I stamped a sentiment from Penny Black's Dear Friend Stamp set using VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone.


To finish up I applied Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to the branch portions of the leaves using a tiny tip Q-Tip along with a few gems.

Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you have enjoyed these cards. A reminder when shopping at Scrap'n Stamp to use my Discount Code 10KIA to receive a 10% discount.

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SHE ...

Friday, 15 May 2020


Hello crafty people. I am back with you today to share my post which I have up on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today.

At Scrap'n Stamp we are continuing with our Random Act of Cardness Challenges. Today is Day 15, which is my turn. It says only Brush on the challenge list, it should say Brush Stroke Stamping. I guess there was not enough room :)

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We did our list back in April, but as luck has it Penny Black put out a video on Brush Stroke Stamping a few days ago, and, Jill uses the same stamp I used for my card, thankfully we used different colours.


I am using Tombow Markers for my card, and I also have a different technique from what Jill shows us in her Video. I spritz after each application of ink lightly and I dry between each colour. If I think I need more water I will add it.

1. In my original Misti I arrange my stamp and cardstock, which is Bristol Smooth cardstock. If you struggle with watercolouring I suggest you try Bristol Smooth, it will make it much easier for you as the paint sits on the paper a bit longer allowing you the time needed to paint or add colour.


2. I do the flowers first, whereas Jill did the leaves first. It is a matter of preference. For me the leaves and stems are easier, so it is flowers first. I use a light yellow as my base colour, on everything, leaves and flowers and lightly spritz with water, then stamp giving a soft outline of the stamp. I let the paint dry naturally.

3. I then add a second layer of a light pink shade along with a deeper pink shade to the flowers. Following is a picture showing this step. Mixing the yellow with the pinks gives this lovely shade.

4. I then coloured using the Crimson colour, dried and did a second stamping with the Crimson, with the picture below showing the results.


5. So happy with the colour here. After this I added my last colour to the flowers in a few spots as shadows using Redwood.

6. Again I let everything dry fully before moving on with the leaves. I used 3 colours on the leaves, first using the Sap Green and letting it dry. I then added the Hunter Green to the sides of the leaves and spritzed, then softened the edges with my paint brush and finally added bits of Asparagus with my paint brush. I did not colour the stamps but instead put the colour down on my craft surface picking it up with my brush and painting on the leaves.

7. I did some touch up work, then moved on to the butterfly. I used the Yellow, Carnation and Crimson for the Butterfly. Coloured the stamp with the yellow and spritzed, then let air dry. added light pink to the stamp, spritzed and let air dry. then added the Crimson with water outlining to the stamp and stamping and pulling out the colour with my damp paint brush. I removed the Butterfly from my Misti before adding the antenna and the abdomen so I drew them in with a black marker.


8. Finishes ~ To add the finishing touches I heat embossed the "SHE" part of the sentiment using Brutus Monroe Vintage Gold Embossing Powder, then added the rest of the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Green Oasis. Using my stencil and the grid on my Stay-tion I brushed on the Buttercup Ink to opposite corners of my card. I attached the piece to gold mirror cardstock, then to a base of Gina K Design base cardstock in Red Cherry.

Finally I added Midas Touch Shimmering Pen to the Butterfly and a few of the Dew Drops around the card.

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I really like how this turned out, and I hope you do as well. Thanks so much for joining me today. Following are Affiliate Links for the products that I used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Pearly Hello

Tuesday, 12 May 2020


Hello to all. I am back with a very quick card today using Alcohol Pearl Inks. I love the look of the Pearl and wish you could see the properties in it that create the pearl look.

For my card I am using the Alchemy (Yellow) and Splendor (Orange) from the Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearl Inks Kit 1, and from Kit 2 I am using Intrigue (Pink).







Using Yupo paper I applied Blending Solution to my cut piece of paper. I then turned the sheet to allow movement of the colours and blending, giving a beautiful colour, but leaving bits of the yellow and orange. There were hints of the pink, but I dropped in a few more drops to make it more prominent.


The last time I was playing with these inks I made a few pieces using the yellow orange and pink in a stripe on glossy cardstock. This is what I used to die cut the "hello" die. For the underlay "hello" I used white vellum.


To finish I added a few gum drops in the Yellow, Orange and Pink.

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Tulips Hello


I really like the way this card turned out, albeit it was by accident, which I will tell you about below.

First a bit about this card. The card base in Gina K Design Heavy Base Weight Ivory cardstock. For the flower I water coloured using Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. This is the first time I have used the Bristol Smooth for watercolour and I must say I was impressed at how it worked out.

In my mini Misti I stamped the tulips using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne on the Bristol Smooth paper. I then proceeded to watercolour using Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens in Indigo Dawn and Mango Mimosa for the flower centre from the Surprise Party Set, Azure Blue from the Winter Skies Set and Fresh Green from the Spring Meadow Set. The colour on the Tulips is from mixing the Indigo Dawn and Azure Blue together.


I was going to die cut the flower but then decided I did not want the border, so proceeded to fussy cut when I accidentally snipped the smaller Tulip off. Well darn, hence the design changed.

To change the design on my card base and using the Marvelous Masks Deckled Rectangle stencil I masked off the card and sponged on Make Art ink in Buttercup, which is one of my favourite colours. This set the focal for my new design. I then stamped the Tulips using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.


Continuing with my fussy cutting I cut apart the Tulip, cutting the leaves apart from the image. I mended my cut Tulip with a steady hand and Nuvo Adhesive, then touched the colour up.


With the leaves cut away I styled all the pieces, then attached the main Tulip's using foam squares and Nuvo Adhesive. I styled the leaves and attached with the adhesive, which shows in the picture above.

I finished by apply Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss to the Tulip flower part then in my mini Misti using VersaFine Clair Ink in Fantasia I stamped the sentiment.

I had fun making this card and I hope you enjoy it as well. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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Eat Play Stamp

Monday, 11 May 2020


It seems that is what I am doing these days, Eating, Playing and Sleeping. Needless to say like everyone, I look forward to the day that we all can change that.

I made this card to enter in a challenge over CAS Watercolour Clean and Simple Card Challenge, which is to paint a Night Sky.


To paint my sky I used my watercolour palette. Most people go for Indigo to get the deepness of a night sky, but I a) don't like how flat Indigo can be, and b) find that most night skies are lighter near cities due to the City lights and it is a prettier blue than the deepness of Indigo.

My personal preference is to let my layers of paint dry between colours. I find the paper does not buckle as badly as when I use a heat gun.


To paint I used Arches Cold Press 140lb Watercolour Paper and Schmincke Watercolours. My first layer is Cobalt Turquoise. Once dry I did a layer of Frence Ultra-marine Blue. I then added in Delft Blue, which I love for night skies. Once dry I added a second layer, with heavier paint in a few areas.

Again I waited for everything to dry completely before proceeding.


In my mini Misti I stamped and heat embossed in gold my sentiment, Eat Play Sleep, so fitting. I then did the splatters,and stamped the trees using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne and let the piece dry overnight before attaching to my card base using Gina K. Design White Heavy Cardstock.

I then drew the gold border using my EK Success Gold Pen.

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Roses say

Saturday, 9 May 2020


A change of pace for today as it is Saturday and you know that means I partake in the Inspiration Challenge held at Splitcoaststampers. This week we had a browse at a really neat shop called Lia Griffith. To give you an idea of what the site is about, her tag line is Craft Your Life. Needless to say, a lot of beauty here.

For my card I was inspired by the beautiful Roses found here.


I never get roses, but if I did I would want a vase full of different colours of roses. So that is how I painted my card. This could work for a Mother's Day card too, but I made it for a dear friend who is battling Breast Cancer for the second time.


To start I decided on a blue card base. I wanted it to be on the dark side, but I also did not want it to be just paper! I decided I would dry emboss a piece of the same card stock and glue part of my framing to the piece. It appears that the embossing is done just inside the frame, even though it is a separate piece of card stock.


1. Die cut the main frame and background frame piece using Arches 140lb Cold Press Watercolour Paper. Make two puddles of Oxide Inks, one being Blueprint Sketch and the other Wilted Violet. I sprayed the frames with water then taped into each of the mixtures in different spots, then set aside to dry.

2. In my mini Misti I stamped my image using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne, again using the Arches Cold Press Watercolour Paper and proceeded to colour using my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens in various colours.

3. To watercolour the vase I treated it like it is crystal with a variety of colour, using the Distress Oxide Inks.

4. I have a thing about white space that glares at me, i.e. blank spaces where there is not a rose but supposedly the background. I cannot leave it white, especially when using such a dark background. So I mixed the Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch together and painted in these pieces of the flower.

5. To put the card together I glued the larger frame to the embossed piece of card stock using Nuvo Adhesive. On the smaller frame piece I attached a piece of fun foam using Scor-pal Tape and attached to the card. I then styled the flower portion only of the image and added a couple of foam squares, along with Nuvo Adhesive at the bottom of the vase and attached it to the card.

6. Finally I finished up with Nuvo Shimmering Pen on the flowers and Nuvo Glitter Gloss on the vase, and stamped the "love you" using VersaFine Ink in Paradise.


I hope you have enjoyed this card today. Following are Affiliate Links for the products that I have used for this card, at no extra cost to you.


Enjoy Today

Friday, 8 May 2020


Hello all. I am back today with my card using another one of the Shaving Cream Backgrounds that I did in April. You can find the details of the backgrounds here.

For this card today I am using a Vicki Boutin Stamp Set called Wildflowers. The set comes with the matching dies and is reasonably priced.


With the stencilled background I wanted to have something bold. I decided to use this stamp set as I love that bold bloom and I knew it would look fabulous in a bold colour.


To change my design up a bit I die cut the stencilled background using my stitched rectangle die set. I then die cut another piece out of the centre of the background. I attached the frame to my white card base using Nuvo Adhesive, then attached fun foam to the back of the smaller die cut piece and attached it again using Nuvo Adhesive.


1. In my mini Misti I stamped the flower and the leaves using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. I wanted the black ink so the flower would stand out against the background, whereas for my card yesterday, I wanted the flower to work with the background.


I used Copic Markers to colour, doing my usual technique of starting from lightest colour, working to darkest then going back down again.

2. For the leaves I used BG11, BG15 and BG45; for the flowers I used R20, R14, R17, R24 and R27; and for the flower centre I used E37 and YR24.

3. Despite having the dies, I opted to fussy cut the flower and leaves as I did not want any white border showing, only the black from the stamping.

4. I laid out where I wanted the flower and leaves and in my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne. I love the crisp stamping this ink gives.


5. To finish up I glued down the leaves using Nuvo Adhesive; then styled the flower slightly before attaching with foam squares. I finished with Nuvo Shimmering Pen Midas Touch on the flower centre as well as a bit at the base of each of the leaves.

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Bird Hello

Thursday, 7 May 2020


I mentioned in my post yesterday that I would be sharing more posts of how I am using the Shaving Cream Technique backgrounds that I made last month.

This is another of the backgrounds I made using this technique. You can see the details for this background here.


For today's card I die cut the background panel using my Stitched Rectangle die and affixed it to a mid blue card base.

In my mini Misti I then stamped the image from Concord & 9th using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne and proceeded to watercolour using my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens in Indigo Batik and Mango Mimosa from the Surprise Party set, and Rustic Oak from the Autumn Woodland Set along with a bit of the Obsidian Black from the Winter Skies Set.


I then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze. Then I ran the bird image through my Scan'n Cut, as this set does not have a coordinating die.

I propped the bird up on foam squares and added a few gum drops to finish.


Speaking of birds, my pet bird CC surprised me this morning with an egg. She doesn't have a mate, so it is not a viable egg, but she is still very protective over it. I almost feel sorry for her, but babies .... no thanks. The white in the basket mid bottom area is the egg. ** Edit - here is a replacement picture of the final total she had!


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