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.


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.

A reminder to upload your challenge cards to our Facebook Challenge page for your chance to win prizes.

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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Saturday, 23 May 2020

I am back with you today with one of the new Penny Black Stamps. You all know I am addicted to Penny Black stamps, and this flower is so playful it is a must have.

To colour I am using pens from my Nuvo Aqua Sets which I will list below. The dies are also from Penny Black, are they not just beautiful. I am using white cardstock for the dies and for the background and card base. The background is done using the same colours found in the flower.

1. I started with stamping the flower in my mini Misti using Craft Perfect Watercolour Card A2 and stamping with VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.

2. For the petals I used the Lemon Zest, Mango Mimosa and touches of Flamingo Pink. I decided to add the Flamingo Pink after the yellows were dry, so I dampened the petals slightly and added the pink. I also added a watered down pink to the tag.

2a. The Mango Mimosa and Flamingo Pink are from the Surprise Party Set, and the Fresh Green is from the Spring Meadow Set, with the Lemon Zest from the Summer Holiday Set.

3. The leaves and stem are done using Fresh Green, letting it dry, then damping the leaf again and taping colour on.

4. Once completely dry I fussy cut the flower leaving no edge. I then went around the edges of the entire image with black marker, water based, as there is nothing worse than those white edges showing.

5. For the background I coloured the pens on my work surface, spritzed with water and smooshed my cardstock in the puddles. There is not a lot of water as the pens are already wet and this is cardstock.

6. I die cut the circles using cardstock. I then attached the background to my white card base, then attached the largest circle with Nuvo Adhesive, the second with thin foam squares and the third with regular foam squares, feed the flower through as I was doing this. I then added foam squares under the flower and added a few gems to finish.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and wish to thank you for visiting.

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The Ride

Friday, 22 May 2020

Hello all. I have a different kind of card to share with you today, and I admit, I love it. I have always wanted one of those electric scooter type motor cycle, and I think this Penny Black stamp is the only way I am going to get one. And yes, being the girly girl that I am, I would have flowers too.

I coloured my bike with Copic Markers and I also use my blending marker quite a bit for the road. For some glam I added Midas Touch Shimmering Pen to the flowers, and Glitter Gloss to the headlight and back of the mirrors. It does not show up well in the picture, alas, it never does, but I also used metallic silver writing pen for highlights on the metal.

I am also using a new to me cardstock for my Copic colouring, being Hammermill Premium Colour Copy Cover. It is 100lb., 271gsm., and 100 Brightness, which is perfect for this application. It was recommended to us in a Facebook Group that I belong to. And, it is what they said it would be, awesome with Copics.

1. In my mini Misti I positioned and stamped the image using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. I started my colouring with the bike using B000, B12, B24. I start with the lightest, move to the darkest, and come back down to the lightest. I did the bike in sections to make it easier for me, as I find it easier to blend when the ink is still damp.

2. Moving on to the flowers I used RV11 and RV13; R14, R20 and R27, also YR04, YR09 and for the leaves YG03 and YG17.

3. For the muffler I used N2 and B0000, and for the tires I used N2 and N4 and a bit of C7. For the seat I used a scant amount of B0000.

4. And finally for the road I used BV25 with B000 in parts. I then blended out with my colorless marker "0" to give the textures.

5. I trimmed my cardstock to 4 x 5.25. Using the remnants of cardstock that was previously cut with a die, I used the frame like piece in the top right corner and brushed on using Make Art Blendable Ink in Forget-Me-Not ink.

5. In my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment that comes with the bike, using VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise. I then matted with the darker blue and attached to a medium blue card base.

This was such a fun card to make, and no doubt I will be back with another card before long. I hope you have enjoyed this as well, and wish to thank you for visiting.

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You Shine

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Are you in the mood for Blue? I have a lot of blue to share today.

My friend Jeanne runs a challenge on Facebook called Art Nudge. You may know about it as I have talked about it previously. This card I did for Art Nudge #11.

This is the inspiration piece for the challenge.

I am once again using Nuvo Expanding Mousse in Worn Linen. I love this stuff, it is so fun to work with. My background is done with a loose watercolour.

I first die cut the pieces, the beige being Arches 140lb. Cold Press Watercolour Paper, and Navy cardstock using my Penny Black die.

For my water colouring I used my personal watercolour palette, using Cerulean Blue and Delft Blue. I mixed the Cerulean Blue for the lighter colour then added more pigment to get the medium colour, then dried with my heat gun.

Using my Stay-tion and the magnets to hold the stencil in place, I applied the expanding mousse using A Colorful Life Design stencil then heated the gel using my heat gun until it sizzled .... like bacon. :) I then added a bit of colour to some of the expanding mousse from my palette.

I layered my base card with the navy die cut panel, applied fun foam to the back of my watercolour panel using scor-pal tape and attached it to the navy background.

I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, then added a few Jewel Drops to finish.

A reminder: I have Discount Codes that can be used for Scrap'n Stamp, being 10KIA and for A Colorful Life Design, being Kia10.

I hope you enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for your visit.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

I was very surprised to receive mail on Monday, which was our Victoria Day long weekend holiday. It was a package I ordered, with only a few things inside, but what I really wanted was the Nuvo Expanding Mousse in Worn Linen.

Of course I decided to make a card using this new to me product. I also wanted to use my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens for a watercolour background.

1. Using Arches 140lb watercolour paper, which I held in place on my Stay-tion with the magnets.

2. Starting in the middle of the piece I applied a lot of water across the sheet from left to right for about 1 inch in depth and dropped ink from the Flamingo Pink Aqua Pen. I then tilted my Stay-tion and spritzed the ink allowing it to run down the page. I then did the same to the other side and dried the piece well.

3. I then did the same technique using the Mango Mimosa giving me that beautiful orange colour. I again dried the piece well using my heat gun.

4. Using the stencil from A Colorful Life Design I applied the Nuvo Expanding Mousse, being careful where I applied it as I did not want total coverage. I cleaned my stencil before allowing the mousse to dry, and it came off very easy in no time.

5. Using my heat gun I dried the mousse until it started to sizzle. It created a lot of texture which I just love.

6. I added some colour to the mousse using the yellow pen, and just a bit with the pink pen.

7. I then made the sentiment banner using my Penny Black Antique Frame using Arches watercolour paper. In my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment from Altenew using the VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.
8. I matted my watercolour panel with Gina K Design Black Onyx cardstock, then attached the piece to my white card base.

9. I added the sentiment piece using foam squares, then added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Orange Marmalade.

I very much enjoyed making this card today, and I do hope you enjoyed it as well. Thanks so much for visiting with me.

To remind you when shopping at Scrap'n Stamp remember to use my Discount Code of 10KIA and at A Colorful Life Design please use my Discount Code Kia10.

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Sunday, 17 May 2020

I wanted to try some of the new stencils I have received and not played with until today. They are from A Colorful Life Design, where you can get 10% off by using my Discount Code Kia10.

I will also add this card to the May CAS Stencil Challenge for Layered Stencilling.

I am using Marvelous Masks, Layered Simple Trees (2 stencils), and Flock. I placed a piece of rolled tape to the back of my card piece when I stencil, and use the magnets from my Stay-tion to hold it all in place.

I die cut my panel using Stitched Rectangle die.

Laying down the Masks stencil and brushed on Sunflower ink, stopping about 3/4 of the way down the stencil, so I could move the bottom up. (the stencil is larger than I wanted my opening to be).

Moved on to Layered Simple Trees, laying down the leaves portion of the tree and brushing on Prickly Pear then Leaf Green ink. I then put down the trunk stencil and brushed on the ink using Acorn.

Using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne I then put down the Flock stencil and randomly added the birds where I wanted them, cleaning between each colouring as this is black we are dealing with! I then stamped the sentiment in my mini Misti using the Acorn Ink again, then added the bird using the Flock stencil and Buttercup ink.

I attached the piece to my card stock to finish.This sentiment is new to me, and I was so excited to find Canadian English, but then I saw the name, being "Across the Pond" and thought to myself, shouldn't it be "Right Next Door". :)

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Saturday, 16 May 2020

I have something a bit different to share with you today. When Social Distancing came into place our Wednesday night Watercolour classes moved online. This is from this past Wednesday night, which I finally did today.

We start with a line drawing for a 5 by 7 picture, and when I finished I erased the lines. I can not draw, and don't want to add another thing to my plate, so I will keep with the line drawings.

I use Arches Cold Press 140lb watercolour paper for my classes along with Daniel Smith, Schmincke and Winsor Newton Watercolours.

This Tulip is meant to have some hard lines in it, which I quite like. To watercolour we used only a few colours, being Medium Cadmium Yellow, Medium Hookers Green for the background. For the Tulips Cadmium Yellow then Burnt Sienna highlights. For the leaves Hookers Green in one puddle with a second puddle of Hookers Green plus Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue. Use the lighter colour first and drop in the darker colour. And for the stems we used the leftover yellow, green and blue from our palette.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this departure from my cards.

Heart of Hugs

Friday, 15 May 2020

When I sat down at my desk this morning I was thinking I wanted to do something very different and I very much wanted to use my beautiful Layered Leaves die.

I looked up the challenges over at Splitcoaststampers today and the Free For All happened to be With All My Heart.

So I got out my favourite Heart Die from Memory Box and decided to incorporate it into my card.

I am using Gina K Design Ivory Heavy cardstock for my base and die cuts.

1.  Die cut the heart and the layered leaves and the hugs from the Ivory cardstock.

2.  Painted the centre of the Heart with Gold paint.

3.  Added Stickles to Layered Leaf Die with the paint brush, which made it easy to wipe the Stickles on to the die edges, then set it aside to dry.

4.  I attached the Layered Leaves die to the card, then decided where the heart should be. I applied Nuvo adhesive to the back of the Heart and slid it into place.

5.  I die cut another Hugs piece in Metallic Gold cardstock, and layered the two dies cuts together attaching with the Nuvo adhesive. I cut a small piece of the Ivory cardstock to act as a shim under the right side of the Hugs die to keep the die in position.

6.  To finish I added Gold splatters, along with a few sequins.

It is always fun to try something new. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you are all keeping safe.

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