Blooms of Spring

Friday, 9 April 2021


It certainly has been a busy week for me, but it is Friday and that means it is time to upload my card for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. 

I am hosting the challenge and have picked Burnett's Boards for inspiration. I picked this cake which I fell in love with.


I pulled the peach shades and the teal colours along with the addition of the teal/green leaves at the top of the cake to use for my card. 


In my mini Misti I stamped the leaves and flower branches and the hey die using Hammermill cardstock. I cut the geometric circle die from Neenah cardstock.

To colour the leaves I used Copic markers in GBG23, G02 and YG07.  On the flowers I used R32, R22 and R02. Then on the "hey" die I used BG07. On the flower leaves I switched out the order of the colours. 


To pull it together I attached the geometric circle die to my Gina K Design Ocean Mist cardstock using foam squares. I then styled the leaves and flowers with my stylist and either glued them in place or used foam squares to secure them. 

For a little bit of glam I added Nuvo Glitter drops around the card, then attached the coloured sentiment die with Nuvo adhesive.


This was a fun card to make and I especially like the colours. I just wish I had more of the blue showing on the tips of the leaf on the right.

I hope you have enjoyed this card as well, and thank you for visiting.


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Lavender Fields

Tuesday, 6 April 2021


It is time for Watercolour Wednesday over at Splitcoaststampers. I am hosting this challenge, How to Paint Lavender in Watercolour which is an abstract painting. This video, Lavender in Watercolour shows you how.

I found it to be a relaxing time while I painted my scene and one thing is for sure, I love the colours.


For this I used a variety of paints. Some Winsor Newton, Schmincke and Daniel Smith. The background for the top part is done with Daniel Smith Ultramarine Violet and the bottom is done with Schmincke May Green. 

I added some Sap Green and Green Apatite to the bottom along with Winsor Newton Winsor Violet. I added in some Daniel Smith Opera Pink here and there.


I added salt along the top as it was drying, which gave some nice texture to the piece.

I think I should have done larger flower bits, but there will be a next time. It is always easier the second time around.


Thank you for joining me today. Following are Affiliate links for the products I have used for this card today, at no extra cost to you.

Impression Obsession April Release Day 2


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2021 Release Celebration Day 2!

If you have arrived here from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the right place. If not head on back to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop.

Each day, (5th and 6th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. We will be giving away THREE $25.00 Impression Obsession gift certificates for this event, so the more you comment the more chances to WIN!

All comments for each of the event days will be open until Monday April 12th at midnight CT.


Up first today is one of my favourite stamps from this release, there are so many favourites it is hard to decide. But I do love the composition of these buds wrapped in the surrounding leaves.

I stamped the image and the sentiment using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, then coloured the flowers using Copics in Yellows and Yellow Greens on Hammermill card. I added shadow around the image using a pale blue Copic, then attached the piece to a bright yellow card base. 

To finish up I added some Nuvo Jewel drops.


Next up is this beautiful Hibiscus flower head, which I also love. I coloured using Copics in the darker reds along with some yellow greens, the fussy cut the flower out. Using the Cute Scalloped die I did some smooshing with distress ink, then attached the flower to the piece. Using a red card base I added white card, then the scalloped piece with flower. I die cut the hugs, coloured one in the reds and doubled them up and attached to the card.

To finish I added a few gumdrops.

I hope you have enjoyed these two cards today. Up next on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

Following are Affiliate links for the new products at Impression Obsession as well as the items I have used today, at no extra cost to you.

Abstract Florals

Monday, 5 April 2021


Both of these cards I have made for Scrap'n Stamp for our April Random Act of Cardness day 5, which is "Markers". I am referring to Tombow markers in my case, but any water based marker will do well with this technique. It is an old technique, but I have changed it up a bit to incorporate watercolour.


My thought process for this card was my favourite watercolour look, which is Abstract painting which I have done using a stamp instead of freehand along with Tombow markers.

To start I am using Arches cold press watercolour paper and my Penny Black stamp. First I coloured the stems using a layer of Turquoise, followed by a green. Before stamping I spritzed both the paper and the stamp - water is your friend here. Once stamped holding the card horizontally I spritzed again causing the inks to splatter and run. 


I then dried the piece with my heat tool. Next I coloured the flower, first with Orange, spritzed and stamped, then Yellow, spritzed and stamped, then a dark pink, spritzed and stamped. As previously, I then spritzed the flowers, a little more lightly than I did with the leaves to get a bit of splatter and run going on.

Again I dried the piece, then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze. 

To finish I splattered with the Turquoise marker mixed with water, a mixture of Gold Perfect Pearls and water and White Gouache. I attached the dry piece to a Coral card using foam tape.

My second card.


I am still keeping the Abstract appearance, but this time I am working on Neenah cardstock along with the Tombow markers. I used the green and turquoise again on the leaves and stems, and red this time for the flowers. 

As I am on cardstock I am using only a little water, however after doing the leaves and stems I spritzed the flower parts of the stamp and stamped with no colour on them. The purpose was to add texture to the card, as my second stamp was with the flowers coloured with the red doing only the one pass in my Misti.


I finished up by spraying the card piece using the gold perfect pearls mixture. Then did splatters using the turquoise marker along with water and the white gouache. 

I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, added foam tape to the back of the panel and attached to a turquoise card base. 

I had fun adding these little twists to the technique, and as I love abstract art so much, I will be doing this again.

I hope you too have enjoyed these cards today, and thank you for stopping by.

Following are Affiliate links for the products that I have used today, at no extra cost to you.
 

Impression Obsession April Release Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2021 Release Celebration!

If you have arrived here from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the right place. If not head on back to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop.

Each day, (5th and 6th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. We will be giving away THREE $25.00 Impression Obsession gift certificates for this event, so the more you comment the more chances to WIN!

All comments for each of the event days will be open until Monday April 12th at midnight CT.


For my first card I am showing Hydrangea Gift (L20927). Using Hammermill card I stamped with Memento Ink and coloured with Copic markers in light pastel colours. If you look closely you will see additions of pink, hence the pink card base. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to finish along with the strip with the sentiment.


This is the new slimline Magnolia, which is so beautiful that I had to watercolour using some different colours from my palette. I started out with a no line watercolour using Antique Linen Distress ink to stamp. 

The main colours I used from Daniel Smith Watercolours are Quinacridone Pink and Amazonite Genuine, both such beautiful colours along with Cadmium Yellow in the flower centres. The background is Manganese Blue Hue. On the leaves I have Geolite Ochre, Diopside Genuine and Indian Red, finished with Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. The stems are Burnt Umber and Geolite Ochre.  I then painted over the lines of the stamp using Buff Titanium, but I did not show the lines as I wanted, so over again I went with Geolite Ochre, which showed the detail so nicely.

I went around the edges of the watercolour card using my Gold EK Success Pen then added a layer of the Midas Touch. 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards for today. Check back tomorrow when I share more cards I have done for the April release.

Next up on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

Following are Affiliate links for the products today, at no extra cost to you. 

Just Because

Friday, 2 April 2021


Just because, my card for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. We visited a very interesting site called Design Stack where I saw this garden, which had so much interest, and I loved the colours.

In using my Geometric Circle die my thought process was the interest found in the windows along with the circles found on the end wall where the door is. The pink background represents the flowers, and the leaf die represents the greenery. 


The smooshing was done using the new Kitsch Flamingo Distress ink on the front of my card base. I set it aside to dry and die cut the other items all in white card. 

I made two other puddles of ink and water, the first being the new Rustic Wilderness and the second being Twisted Citron. I first dragged the leaf die cut through the Rustic Wilderness a few times, dried with my heat gun, then dragged it through the Twisted Citron. 

For interest I removed the leaf centre on all but one of the leaves, and glued the others together so they would not fall out.


I glued the geometric circles to my card front using Nuvo adhesive, then attached the leaf using foam squares that I cut into 3 thin pieces each, keeping them hidden from view.

For the sentiment I coloured using a couple layers of RV14 Copic marker, then using the thin foam pieces attached the sentiment to the card. I added a pale pink pearl as the dot for the "j", and coloured it with the same marker colour.


I then cut a butterfly from the Butterfly String and coloured it using several layers of Copic R32, which gave me the darker colour which worked well with my card.

I finished my card with a scattering of iridescent sequins.


Thank you for dropping by. I hope you have enjoyed today's card. Following are Affiliate links for the products I used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Scrap'n Stamp Polka Hop


Easter Blessings to all.


It is that time of month when the design team at Scrap'n Stamp start planning our hop for the month. Yes, it is Easter, but we are not bunny hopping, instead we are Polka hopping. Giggles - too fun!

We have a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Scrap'n Stamp store for our hop giveaway, so be sure to leave comments on everyone's blog for your chance to win. The more comments you make, the more chances you have to win!

Now on to my card.


Starting with my background I stamped the Easter Egg stamp using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. I would be applying Distress Ink via a stencil so I was sure to use an ink that would not smudge. 

I have two stencils that have circles, and as you can see one is fairly large and the other, yes that would be fairly small. But it worked for what I wanted. I used Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Flirty Flamingo, and Kitsch Flamingo to do the polka dots.


 Using the same distress inks I did smooshing on the die cut eggs, which are old dies from Spellbinders. They don't make them anymore, but they are my favourite to use as their size is perfect. Once dry I attached the eggs to my card base, gluing down the one on the left, and attaching the one on the right with foam squares.

I then moved on the cutting the Gnomes and accessories. I used Neenah 110lb. card for everything, including the gnomes. 


I coloured the die cut pieces with Copic markers using B01 and B12 on the beard. B24 on the hat bottom with a couple of layers of the B12 on the hat top. I used the B12 and B24 on the shoes. For the nose and hands I used E31 and E50, with E23 on the bunny. YR68 and YR18 on the carrot with YG07 for the carrot top. For the egg being held by the Gnome I used YG01 on the bottom with a mix of YR02 and RV14 for the top. 

I finished off with a scattering of gems in coordinating colours.


As I had a lot going on on my card front I opted for my sentiment to go on the inside, which I also decorated with the eggs and the polka dots and a smooshed larger size egg with the sentiment.

This sure was fun to make and I hope you have enjoyed it as well. Next up on the hop is Nancy, and following is the list of those participating in today's hop.

me - Kia - me

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