Winter Sparkle

Friday, 29 January 2021


It is that time for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. This week we took a trip to Shindigz which is a mega party store. I picked this snowflake for my inspiration piece.

Although this does not appear to sparkle, believe me it does. It is so hard to pick up the sparkle when photographing, but this photo shows it a bit better.

The heat embossed area of the snowflake is full of those tiny coloured specks of glitter that is part of the embossing powder. It is so very pretty in real life.

One of these days I need to get the photo shoot stuff so I don't have these problems. lol

For my background I used my favourite Distress Oxide colour, being Blueprint Sketch, laying down a medium layer of colour, i.e. going over the card twice, using my glove on my left hand so as to not leave finger prints.

Using versamark embossing ink I stamped the snowflake in my original Misti, then applied the Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder. Usually I have my embossing powders in medium containers so I can use the container for the excess powder, but in this case it is in the jar, so I used a simple piece of paper to catch the excess and return it to the jar. I have had this embossing powder for at least 8 years, quite a long time.

It appears that Ranger does not make the Rainbow Sparkle anymore, but instead are making Snowflake Tinsel which appears to be similar.

Once the embossing was done I splatter the panel with water, then attached it to a white card base. I die cut two (2) pieces of white cardstock using the winter die, then a piece of white glitter cardstock, and glued them together and to the card front using Nuvo glue.

I then added a few gems, sequins and some Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to finish.

I also finished the inside using the coordinating stamp set to the die and the "hugs" stamp along with VersaFine Clair Ink in Blue Belle.

Thank you for visiting today. 

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Impression Obsession Old is New ~ Winter Tree

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

 Sometimes we get so busy with the new released stamps that we forget about our old favorites. The Impression Obsession team has set aside a days this month to share some new projects using some great older stamps.

You can see the list of today’s participants on the Impression Obsession Blog.

This is one of my favourite Tree dies, the one I pick any time I need a Tree die.  I really like the shape of it and the style of the branches. For my card today, I ran it through my Gemini Jr. using white card stock. 

Being a Winter card I decided to use the hugs die. It is cold and has been snowing quite a bit today in my area. Everyone will need hugs.

For the background I used Arches 140# Cold Press watercolour paper and with Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders in Ultramarine Blue.

Once the background was dry I splattered with Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen, then splattered with white watercolour paint. I added the Glitter Gloss to the tree as well. In real life it is very pretty and has that sparkle we see from a new snowfall.

I attached the Color Burst panel to a white card base and glued the tree and hugs using Nuvo Adhesive.

I really like the way this turned out, and I hope you do as well.

On the inside of the card I stamped Warm Wishes using VersaFine Clair Ink in 

Thank you for visiting today. 

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Northern Lights

Tuesday, 26 January 2021


Welcome to Watercolour Wednesday. Our challenge as you can see, was to paint the Northern Lights, something I have never done before. I think this is something that takes practice.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours in numerous colours, which I will link below. For the black on my trees I mixed together the three (3) primary colours, being Red, Blue and Yellow. 

For this card I am working with Arches 140# Cold Press watercolour paper. It took quite a few layers of watercolour, drying between each layer to get the colours I wanted, so it is a bit time consuming. But as each layer showed the richer colours, it was a fun process.

The video for our challenge can be found here.

Once I finished the water colouring I splattered the piece with Dr. Ph. Martin's White watercolour. I wanted the splatters done before the trees so they would be in the background, not on top of the trees.

As I mentioned, I mixed up the Red, Blue and Yellow and painted out the trees. I did some fun trees as I was running out of daylight and still had to take my photographs.

To finish I attached my panel to a black card base.

I should mention that for the purple I used Winsor Violet (Dioxazine). I prefer this colour to the ones that Daniel Smith has. 

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Serene Winter

Monday, 25 January 2021

As I write this post up it is snowing to beat all. We are expected to have a light snowfall that can be swept away, but come Monday it will need a shovel. 

So today's card is very fitting I think. 

I am also doing this card for the Random Act of Cardness challenge at Scrap'n Stamp where today's word is Serene.

I am using Penny Black's Quietude for my card today, along with the Penny Black Winter Chill sentiment set. I am also using Arches 140# Cold Press watercolour paper. 

To start I first inked up the stamp with Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers using my original Misti. Before stamping to the page, I removed the ink from the grasses, then stamped. I did this several times until I felt I had good impressions. 

I then stamped the grasses using the VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone. I did not ink up past the waterline as I wanted the lower part to be snow. I made a couple of passes with the Pinecone Ink.

I then went over the birds with the Nocturne Ink, again doing a couple of passes. 

After the fact, I decided I wanted a moon at the waterline in the distance. Using Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White Ink I painted it in, as well as adding the white under the waterline.  I was thinking of making it a sun, but I did not want another colour introduced, so I left it white.

For the snow I am using Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White watercolour, which I applied to areas of the beach.

I then attached the panel to a Neenah White card base. Again using Dr. Ph. Martin's White watercolour I added splatters to the card, some large, some smaller. On some of those splatters I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to finish.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and wish to thank you for visiting my blog. I am also up on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog with this card today.

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Friday, 22 January 2021

This is my card for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers where we had a visit to Hot Chocolate Design. This is a shop with fabulously fun shoes. I picked these as my inspiration.

How fun are these? I used the beautiful colours from this pair, being the turquoise, pink, green and yellow.

I first stamped my image on Arches 140# Cold Press watercolour paper using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne. I proceeded to watercolour using Daniel Smith watercolours in Rose Madder and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine.

I let the piece dry naturally, then applied the grass using Daniel Smith Sap Green. I then added the stencil, painting with Daniel Smith Cadmium Light Yellow and the Rose Madder. To do this I made sure I did not have a wet brush, but I did have enough paint. There is a sweet point when doing this technique and once you get it, it will then come naturally to you.

I just love this image from The Rabbit Hole. Too cute for words. I stamped the sentiment je t'aime (meaning I love you) using the Nocturne Ink from VersaFine in the lower right.

To finish up I attached the piece to a dark pink card base. 

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Following are affiliate links for the products I used to make this card, at no extra cost to you.

Impression Obsession Theme Day is Hearts

Tuesday, 19 January 2021


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Theme Day. We have set aside this day to share some of the cards the design team have come up with to share with you. This months theme is Hearts.

I hope you have some time to check out what the team have made today. To find the participants check out the Impression Obsession Blog.

I kept my card Clean and Simple for today and am using the Floral Heart Line #E20904 stamp. I have stamped the image 3 times using Tombow Markers in Purple for top, Pink for the middle and Red for the bottom.

I inked only the hearts for the Purple and Red, and the whole image for the Pink.

I then embossed the piece using an old Xcut Embossing Folder called Falling Hearts. I don't know if it is available anymore, but there are many heart folders available. I like the texture that the Hearts add to my card.

I attached my card panel to a hot pink card base.

I then stamped the XO Border stamp on a separate piece of paper and cut it to fit, applying to my card using foam tape. For further texture I added a few gumdrops inside each of the hearts in colours that match the heart.

There is another Heart stamp similar to this which I have linked to below in case you are interested. It is very pretty, hmm I might have to get that one too.

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

Cherry Blossoms

It is time for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers and today we are painting a cherry branch or two, in a loose style. I placed my branches in a jar, which is an idea that came from Pinterest.

I am using Arches 140# cold press watercolour paper along with Aura cardstock for my card base. My brushes are Escoda Reserva in a No 8 and No 4 round. 

To watercolour I am using Daniel Smith watercolours. I did the flowers first using this bright beautiful pink which is Quinacridone Pink. I used it for the very light to the very dark pink.

Once the pink was dry I did the branches. I actually think they should be thicker, next time. For the branches I used Burnt Umber and Sepia.

The blue is Cobalt Blue with Indigo around the rings of the jar. 

The flowers started out being almost white, but I did not like the look, so I added more colour. Light is not really my cup of tea unless for a sympathy card or get well card maybe.

I love the richness from the Quinacridone Pink, it pops beautifully and the Cobalt adds that extra bit of pop and richness.

Thank you for your visit today. I have listed the products I used for this painting in affiliate links below.

The Journey

Friday, 15 January 2021

This is my sample card for this week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Stacy is hosting the challenge this week and she has picked Tim Holtz Sizzix Pinterest Board for our site this week. 

I am not really fussed on Tim Holtz' design look, finding the colours rather dark for my taste. As most of you know, I lean toward bright and happy colours, in case you hadn't noticed! giggles

So when I was perusing the site and saw this card I did not go any further. The colours shouted at me, pick me. I had previously made this background and decided it would be perfect for my card.

I used Ken Oliver Color Burst powders for this background in Fuchsia and Lemon Yellow along with Tonic watercolour card. I love how I got the orange from the colours mixing, so pretty. Once dry I sprayed the piece using a mixture of Perfect Pearls in Sunflower Sparkle and water.

I attached the background to a Neenah card base. I then die cut the vellum shadow piece and the top part of the dragonfly using the Tonic card again which I then painted using the Gold from the Gansai Gem watercolour set. 

I styled the top dragonfly and used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach both pieces in place.

I then attached a few Gold Sparkle Crystals to finish my card. I decided against a sentiment as I am not sure what I will use the card for as of yet. 

I wish you could see the sparkle when I tip the card, it is so pretty. I am pleased with how this turned out and hope you enjoy it as well.

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Sending Hugs

While looking for a stamp set this stamp set kept falling out of the pile landing on the floor. This happened 4 times, and finally I threw it on my desk as it had to be saying "paint me".

I was in the middle of doing other things, but I thought why not just make this an easy card. 

Using Arches watercolour card I stamped my image in my mini Misti using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne and proceeded to watercolour.

I am using Daniel Smith watercolours along with a colour from Roman Szmal watercolours which is also known  as Hansa Yellow, but it is more orange than yellow. The colours from Daniel Smith are Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Pink, Pyrrol Scarlet and from Szmal Hansa Yellow Deep.

The differences are in the pigment used to make the colour. The Daniel Smith is Hansa Yellow Medium and uses PY97 which is Yellow with a whisper of Orange. The Roman Szmal watercolour is Hansa Yellow Deep and uses PY65. Daniel Smith does make a Hansa Yellow Deep using Pigment PY65 but it does not have the same intensity as the Roman Szmal. Here is a swatch picture of ease of reference and I love them both!

I then fussy cut the top part of the stamped image, leaving the balance in black and white and the bottom a straight cut for the card bottom. I attached the piece with foam squares under the top cut out portion with it attached to the cardstock at the bottom via tape.

My cardstock is from Gina K Design in Wild Dandelion for the matting and the base in Black Onyx. To finish my card I stamped the sentiment using the Nocturne Ink and added a few sequin along with some Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch to the flower centres.

It is always fun to paint florals, and this was a happy pick me up for me. 

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