Floral Sequin Miss You

Friday, 26 February 2021


This card I have done for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. My Inspiration piece is this dress from the site we visited, called Retro Stage.   

To start my card I did some smooshing using Distress Ink in Black Soot on Bristol card.

I used a stencil from A Colorful Life Design called Flowing Drops and picked an area of the stencil that would flow down the card like in the picture, and taped off the rest of the stencil before applying VersaMark embossing ink to the remaining open area of the stencil, then added the WOW Embossing Powder Midas Touch.

After heat embossing I added the red Stickles to the centre of the drops to mimic the red in the dress. I was pleasantly surprised that the stickles still worked as it has been well over 5 years since I last used them, and that I had red was a bonus.

I set the piece aside to dry and in the mean time I die cut the sentiment using red glitter card, and the shadow from vellum. I glued the sentiment to the shadow using Nuvo adhesive, then applied foam tape to the backside. The foam tape shows up much more than it does in real life due to the angle of the photograph.

Once all was dry I attached the red matting to my card base. Using foam tape I then attached the black soot background along with the sentiment.

Finishing touches included the gumdrops in a glitter red.

This is a departure for me from what I would normally do, and it was fun. I have no doubt whoever I sent it to will love the fun of it, and I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

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Impression Obsession Theme Be Crafty

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

We have set aside a day to share some fun themed projects! This month's theme is hearts!

Have fun checking out what our Designers have made today. The participants for today can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog.

For my card today I used Kitty Hugs. The way I look at it, hugs are hearts too! I coloured the kitty with one Copic marker, being YR09 which is a bright orange, and added an additional white mat to the image. On my card front I used designer paper I had in my stash in black and white.

I cut two pieces for the top and bottom of my card, being .75 inches x 4.25, and with a stencil and orange ink added the hearts, going lighter for the top and darker for the bottom.

I did not like the plain cardstock with the hearts, so I added some doodling around the edges with a black marker.

I went looking for some gumdrops in orange and only found one, so I added it to the corner with the kitty. 

It was fun to make this card, and I hope you enjoy it as well. I have included Affiliate links below for the products that I used for this card, at no extra cost for you.

Daffodil Watercolour

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Today is Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers and our challenge is the Daffodil. This flower is a challenge for me, I have struggled with them in the past, and can say, this is not my favourite to watercolour. Alas, that is the point of a challenge.

For this piece I used Arches Cold Press watercolour paper along with Daniel Smith watercolours.

The video that we used for today can be found here. I diverted from the video as I wanted a lone Daffodil that was a larger size. 

I did however follow along with her video for the most part, but changed the colours I used. I very much wanted the Cascade Green background, so I chose colours around that colour.

For more interest I added Prussian Blue in the background as well. 

On the Daffodil I used Cadmium Yellow Med., Lemon Yellow, a mixture of Cadmium Yellow Medium and Permanent Rose, and Permanent Rose along with a bit of Burnt Sienna.

Before I did the background I first painted the stems and leaves using Sap Green in a medium shade, i.e. a little bit more water to lighten the colour. At the end I added the spray leaves using Sap Green in full strength. 

Once dry I did the yellow splatters using the Cadmium Yellow. It is a loose watercolour, which I am very much drawn to and I think it worked out okay.

I enjoyed painting this card and I thank you for your visit. I have added Affiliate links below for the products that I used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

I Miss You

Monday, 22 February 2021

It is Day 22 of the Random Act of Cardness challenges, and the post today is Missing You, which is my post.

Throughout this Pandemic I have rarely seen my friends, and I am missing them a lot. We all get the situation, and as we are somewhat older in life, we pay attention. But being as I am a card maker, I am all about sending cards to them, and this is one of those cards.

My previous card was all about "Pink". I kept with that theme for today's card too but in a totally different design. Today I am using a stencil, left over scraps, Picked Raspberry Oxide ink, a sentiment die, Stickles, glitter card stock and sequins. 

My card stock is Strathmore Bristol Smooth card. I wanted to use this as there is a fair amount of liquid in the stickles that causes regular card to curl somewhat. I did not have that problem with the Bristol card.

Using the Bristol card and my stencil I applied the distress oxide lightly to the stencil front. If you want a darker colour you would apply a heavier layer of ink. I wanted the stencilling light as I was using a dark card base. 

I then positioned the stencil, ink facing up, over the Bristol card and using my palette knife applied the Stickles in a thin layer randomly over the stencil. The ink is dragged in when applying the Stickles, which gives the pink colour tone. I set the piece aside to dry.

You might remember the "Pink" Anemone card I did last week. I had left over from the card front that I used to die cut the shadow of my sentiment from for today's card. I added the Picked Raspberry Oxide to the die piece until it was a dark colour. I then die cut the words from my white glitter card and attached to the shadow with Nuvo adhesive. 

I then stamped and die cut the little bird, who represents my bird CC, from a background that I had previously done. 

That brings me to the eggs in my pictures. CC had one yesterday under my desk while I was working, and had the second one today while I was making this card. She had a previous one a few days ago. They are not fertilized, so I take them away from her as she will stress herself out trying to sit on them.  

To finish up my card I attached the stencil panel to my dark pink card base. Using foam tape I then attached the sentiment strip, and with foam squares I attached the bird. A few crystal gems and pink sequins finished my card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and I thank you for your visit. Following are Affiliate links for the products I have used today, at no additional cost to you. I thank you for your support.

Missing you

Friday, 19 February 2021

I felt the need to paint a flower today, and when I went in search of a flower to use I came upon this stamp from Penny Black. I knew the colours I wanted to use and thought this flower would show them off nicely.

This is also my sample card for the Inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. We are visiting the Pinterest page of Hoate.com. I picked this pillow for inspiration.

First I did my background. I inked my embossing folder with Peeled Paint Oxide ink, spritzed with water and inserted a piece of Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper to emboss via my Gemini Jr. I then added some Daniel Smith Manganese Blue Hue along the sides and bottom of the piece in a light wash.

 Next I stamped the flower in my mini Misti using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne and began to watercolour the flower in layers of Daniel Smith Manganese Blue Hug then Winsor Newton Winsor Violet, doing several layers of each and ending with the Manganese. 

On the leaf I used Daniel Smith Green Apatite Genuine, Cascade Green and Manganese Blue, again in layers. I did the stem using the Green Apatite, and used Rhodonite Genuine and Winsor Violet on the small tag. I then fussy cut the flower as I did not want the ivory portion left from a die cut.

I attached the embossed panel using foam tape to a pretty blue card base. I am not sure how to best describe the colour, it is not navy, there is a royal blue color mixed with navy.

I styled the flower then attached it to the card front using foam squares. I then added splatter to the card using white watercolour and Perfect Pearls.

On a piece of white card stock in my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment, which is from Impression Obsession, using VersaFine Clair ink in Blue Belle, trimming it and adding to the card front using foam tape.

To finish I added a scattering of sequins using Nuvo adhesive.

I enjoyed making this card today and I hope you enjoy it as well. It was a nice change to paint a flower, even with 6 inches of snow outside.

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In the Pink

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Hello all. I was suppose to post this card a week ago, but failed to write it down in my calendar, hence it was not done. So, I am back today to post it.

This is part of the Random Act of Cardness for February. The word for my day is "Pink", and I think one could say this card has pink. It has Opera Pink to be exact, a beautiful colour of watercolour from Daniel Smith watercolours. Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Brushes have a Pink colour which is very close to this colour if you happen to have it.

I decided to use the Big and Bold Anemone from Colorado Craft Company. I have had this stamp for awhile and have never put any ink to it, so this was a good time as I think it looks fabulous in the pink.

When deciding on what to stamp I knew I wanted the flowers, and only a small portion of the background, and this is the layout I came up with. Using Arches cold press watercolour paper I stamped with VersaMark Embossing Ink and heat embossed using White embossing powder.

I first painted the flowers, giving them 3 layers of colour. I wanted the background white, so I painted using Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White watercolour, again doing 3 layers. I went around the pieces from the background, being sure to only paint the flower parts doing the same for the background by only painting the background parts.

Once the layers were dry I splattered with the white watercolour, using a larger brush to get some larger splatters, and a smaller brush for smaller splatters.


I matted my piece with Gina K Design black cardstock and attached to a pink card base. I then die cute the "miss you" sentiment from Arches watercolour paper, painted white and attached it to a black strip of card and attached to the card using foam tape.

This gives the stamp a completely different look, which is a great way to stretch your stamps and get more bang for your dollars.

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Impression Obsession February Team Favorites

We have set aside today to share our Favourite from the latest release. I very much enjoyed this release, and have several favourite's, but certainly this paint set is right up there.

For today's hop we will be giving away 3 (three) grab bags, so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win.

I made the card like a dot card, the paints come from my tubes of watercolour paints. So the recipient can use this card to test the colours and make cards.

You should have arrived here from Jeanne Streiff' blog. If you did not, go back to the start of the hop here.

I hope you enjoy this card and have supplied affiliate links to for the product used.

 Next up on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

Mountain Ridge

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

It is Tuesday night and that means it is time to share my card for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers.

In looking at this card now, my mountains look more like waves! lol

Today's challenge is hosted by Angela, and we are viewing a video of this scene created for beginners.

I used Daniel Smith and a Schmincke watercolour to paint my scene. 

You can view the related video here.

The colours include Pyrrol Scarlett, Cadmium Yellow Hue Medium, Jane's Grey, and Ivory Black. The blue I used is Schmincke Watercolour in Delft Blue, which I watered down for one of the ridges, and used full strength for the second.

I then did a ridge in the Ivory Black, using 2 layers of watercolour.

Once the painting was dry I attached it to a blue card base using scor-pal tape. I then placed the card in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Blue Belle.

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Oh Crumbs

Sunday, 14 February 2021


I cannot help but laugh every time I look at this stamp set. It is just too cute for words, and colouring her was just as much fun!

I started by first doing the bottom panel using a stencil and expanding mousse. I dried the expanding mousse straight away with my heat gun, which causes the mousse to expand and adds a ton of texture to the piece. 

I then sponged on some Vintage Photo distress oxide, along with some Black soot oxide across the top, then splattered with water. The piece was 4 x 5.25 and I cut it to use part on the front of my card and the rest inside.

I opted for Copic colours, stamping in my mini Misti using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Hammermill card. The colours are E35, E23 and E11, applying the darkest colour first, then working down to the lightest colour. 

I used E11 and R02 on the nose, tongue and pads of her feet. For some shading I used W2 then E40 around the feet and lower part of the fur.

Before I stamped the dogs I had die cut the cardstock using my Impression Obsession Die called Cute Scalloped Rectangles. 

The colouring got the Corgis done, but I still had the dishes and biscuits. I decided to use the R02 and E23 for these, then fussy cut them out and glued everything in place with Nuvo adhesive to the die cut panel piece.

I die cut another one of the rectangle scalloped dies in the pale pink and applied it to my card base. I then attached the vintage photo piece and using foam tape I attached the Corgis rectangle piece.

I stamped the sentiment in my mini Misti using VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone and added a few gumdrops in sparkly pink.

I am happy with the way this card turned out, and I hope you enjoy it as well.

A reminder for you to use my discount codes when shopping at A Colorful Life Design being Kia10, and for Scrap'n Stamp Canada 10Kia.  

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