Tuesday, 18 May 2021


I have been so busy I did not have time to make a card for my blog. But this design came to me while in bed watching TV the other night. Usually I forget about it by morning, but this time it stuck with me.

I started my card by doing the background first, or should I say I did the card base front first. With the stencil in place I added Distress Glaze, which acts like a resist. It took about an hour or so to dry, so I needed to do this first.

Today I am using Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper. I stamped the paint brush using Distress Ink in Antique Linen and proceeded to watercolour using some Daniel Smith watercolours. To finish the brush I added the background colour to the brush part of the stamp, and with my rake paint brush I added the Salvaged Patina Spray paint colour, like I was painting the wall. 

Using a part of the Wake Up Stamp I stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then matted the piece with a moss green card.

To finish up the card base, once the glaze was dry I sprayed the front with the Oxide Spray in the Salvaged Patina. I gave that time to dry, then buffed the front with a soft cloth to remove the left over glaze, and this also adds shine to the card front. Not a lot, but noticeable.

I added foam tape to the back of the paint brush panel and attached it to the card front. I then added a few gems for sparkle. I thought about some splatter, but then thought I could easily cover up the paint brush with too much, so I nixed that idea.

This was another one of those cards where it was such fun to do. This stamp is so cute, and easy to design around too.

Thank you for dropping by today. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I used for this card, at no extra cost to you. 


Friday, 14 May 2021

It's time for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and this week we are visiting Watercolour Art Board.  When I came upon this picture I was reminded of a line drawing that I still had not painted from a Watercolour Class pre pandemic. I knew where it was, but I have a lot of watercolour stuff in the same place!

I decided I would have a little bit of fun with my painting, but not so much that you would not know this was a cow. 

Using the line drawing I traced the details to a 5.25 inch square Arches cold press watercolour card. I taped off the edges to secure the card. 

For my black I mixed together Burnt Umber and Indanthrone Blue until I had a good black. I mixed enough of the colour so I could paint all the places it was required with three coats. I do this as I then don't have to worry about getting the same colour each time I do a mix.

Once I was finished with the black areas I added the white components, i.e. around the eyes and the whiskers along with the beef snout area. I also added in some Ultramarine Violet between the nostrils and a Transparent Orange on each side, then Burnt Sienna at the bottom. 

I added in yellows for highlighting and along my pencil lines. The additions of the yellows, orange and violet I think gives him some character all his own, and that is what I wanted. I hope you think it is fun too.

For my sentiment I used a single word, befitting a cow I think .... Moo! lol It really means "Hey". Great to send to a friend I think, and yes I do have someone in mind.

I finished up by attaching foam tape to the back of the watercolour panel and affixing it to black cardstock. Nothing more was required.

I hope you have had a giggle over Mr. Cow and I thank you for your visit. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Impression Obsession Team Favourite Hop

Wednesday, 12 May 2021


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Team Favourite Hop. We know you will enjoy this hop with the designers sharing their favourite creations from the May release.

If you have arrived here from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the right place. If not please return to the Impression Obsession Blog to fine where you start.

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab bags, so the more you comment through our Favourites Hop the more chances to win! Comments will be open until Monday, May 17th at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 18th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

This is one of my favourite stamps from the new release as I cannot think of anywhere I would rather be than sitting in a lawn chair looking at the stars.

To start I stamped my image using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. I then stamped and fussy cut the image using masking paper and covered the image on my watercolour card and proceeded to stamp the stars using VersaFine Clair ink in Paradise.

To water colour I removed the masking paper and painted the sky using a Daniel Smith blue colour, then painted the grass. As the image is large enough it is easy to work around it with the watercolour. 

I then painted the girl and stamped the sentiment heat embossing with gold embossing powder cutting the piece to fit the card. It doesn't show up very well in the pictures, but there is Midas Touch Shimmering Pen on most of the big stars. 

I die cut the grass and painted with the same green as the lawn and cut up the pieces to place randomly on the card.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Following are Affiliate links for the new products I used for this card at no extra cost to you.

The Wheat Fields Watercolour

Tuesday, 11 May 2021


I am back with you for Watercolour Wednesday. These cards are part of this weeks challenge to paint wheat field scenes. 

This was the first card I did. I am sort of happy with it, but wishing I had not done the background wheat as dark as I did. Oh well, each card is a learning process.

I used shades of yellows, yellow ochre, mix of red and yellow and burnt umber.

Once all was dry I splattered the panel with Gouache and allowed it to dry further, then attached to my card base using foam tape, which is Gina K. Design Ivory card.

For my second card I was not fussed on the violet colour as shown in the video so I did not use it. I used Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow to make the orange and Apatite Genuine. 

For the wheat I used Ivory Black. I also splattered this card with Gouache. Once dry I added foam tape to the watercolour panel and attached to my card base, which is Gina K. Design Ivory card.

Thank you for dropping by today.

The Mask

Monday, 10 May 2021

This sentiment just cracks me up, and I could not wait to use it on a card.

Hello to you today, I am over on the Scrap'n Stamp blog with this card, talking about Backgrounds for cards, and this background in particular for our Random Act of Cardness, Day 10.

I have not used the Distress Oxide ink in Speckled Egg for a long time, so I thought I would use it for my background on this card. I brushed on using my life changing brushes, keeping the ink towards the center of the cardstock. 

The stencil shape I used I made from a Penny Black die and shiny side card from the mail. It is like a postcard but plastic and works great as a stencil. Using this piece I applied Distress Texture paste in a Mat finish keeping it inside the inked area and set it aside to dry.

For the sentiment I stamped on vellum paper using VersaFine Clair ink Sea Breeze, which is a pigment ink, hence allowing me to add clear embossing powder before the ink dried, then heat embossed with my heat gun.

From Neenah cardstock I die cut the masks, then coloured up with Copic markers, the lighter being BG32 and the darker being BG09. I used just the one colour on the smaller mask, and the darker plus the lighter colour on the larger mask, keeping the colouring simple.

Once the distress paste was dry I added the vellum sentiment, attaching by using Vellum tape. I then shaped the masks with my stylist and affixed to the card using foam squares, and added a sprinkling of sequins to finish off my card.

This card was so fun to make, and clearly I will be making more. I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

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A Little Glitz

Friday, 7 May 2021


I am up to host the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. I was looking for sites a few weeks back, and kept coming upon patterns that were hand drawn which I just loved. But I could not find a site dedicated to it, so I made a Pinterest Board. 

I have a lot saved in Pinterest, so I will lead you to the boards related to the challenge, which is Paper Fashion Drawn and Wearable. The drawn are beautiful dresses, the wearable are paper dresses and I am fascinated by both.

For my card I picked this dress from Paper Fashion Drawn, and found on Pinterest here,

I followed the dress, reversing the colours, to colour my flowers, but instead of a blue and pink background I did my background using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.

To colour I used Copic Markers, which I have listed below in the order used.

Previously I would start with the lightest Copic and work my way to the darkest. I have done a lot of reading and a lot of colouring as I was not always happy with the look and found I had to continually add darker colours. After all my playing around, I have changed my colouring from darkest to lightest, and find I am getting better colouration in doing so. 

Once I was finished the colouring I die cut the flower with the coordinating die.

I added the Squeezed Lemonade to the card base along with splatters in Wilted Violet and Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. I then styled the flowers and affixed to the base using foam squares. 

I then added Stickles in Moon Dust around bits of the card with a small palette knife. I die cut two of the sentiment words and coloured with Copics before gluing to the card.

I enjoyed making this card, probably because it is a bit of a departure for me with these different colours. But it was fun. 

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

Scrap'n Stamp Bling and Blossom Hop

Welcome to the Scrap'n Stamp Bling and Blossom Hop.

Those words are music to most card makers ears. I made sure I had both for the card I made for this hop. Lots of bling and blossoms too!

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!

We are also offering 20% off your purchases before taxes, with the promo code Pamper. Valid May 7th, 2021 to May 10, 2021 at Midnight PT. While supplies last. Not valid with any other coupons, sales or promotions. Not applicable on previous purchases.

Now on to the card I made.

First, using my Original Misti I stamped my image on Hammermill cardstock using Memento Ink. I then proceeded to colour using Copic markers. In my research while searching out Magnolia flowers, I found some lovely Yellow blossoms. I decided I would use the yellows, and add in a bit of a rose colour as well.

The flower petals have Y38, Y15, Y17, Y08, Y13 and Y02. I then added the YR02 and blended with Y13. The leaves are done using G07, YG05, YG07 and the stems E37, E97, E35 with bits of E57.

Once I was finished with the Copic colouring I ran the image through my Scan'n Cut for a detailed cut. I wanted this done so I could add shadowing inks.

But first I coloured the white border with YR02 so it would fall into the background. I then splattered the flowers with Midas Touch Shimmering Pen.

To do the background using my Life Changing Blending Brushes I applied a layer of Spiced Marmalade Oxide Ink. I then applied a layer of Worn Lipstick Oxide Ink over the Spiced Marmalade. 

For my shadow, I placed the flowers in their position and took a picture with my phone to refer to. I then applied Ripe Persimmon Oxide ink, referring to the picture, and using the cut out. 

Once the inking was done and I liked the look, I then did splatters again with water and Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. In real life it is beautiful. 

I styled the flowers and attached them to my card base using foam squares. 

To finish the card I added a bunch of gems around the flowers. I then die cut the sentiment 3 times, colouring the bottom two with E37 and the top one with YR02, R05 and R08 and glued then together as well as gluing to the flowers on the card. I added another gem to the heart of the sentiment.

A friend is going to give this card to her Mom for Mothers Day, so it already has a home which makes me happy.

Thank you for joining me today. Following is the hop list, with Susan up next, followed by my Affiliate links used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Watercolour Wall Scene

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

It is time for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. I am hosting this weeks challenge which is painting walls in watercolour. These are not normal walls, they are old stone walls found in earlier times. I remember when visiting family in England coming across some of these walls. 

Our video this week comes from Artist Paul Clark. I was very taken with the way he does his videos, I think he makes it easy for the viewer to understand the process. Below is the YouTube video for this challenge.

I drew the wall in pencil, then proceeded to watercolour using the colours shown below. I left the sky relatively light and added loose plantings and grass. I then added the tree, but I am not sure if I like it.
Oh well, too late now!

I painted in the overhang of leaves, and in looking at it I think I will make the branches darker, which is easy enough to do.

The painting is 6 x 7 on Arches Cold Press watercolour paper and painted with Daniel Smith watercolours.

I am sort of happy with it, I think I might do it over again as I would like the plants to be a bit looser, and maybe change the way I have done the tree.

Thanks for your visit.
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Impression Obsession May Release Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of Impression Obsession's May Release. 

If you have arrived here from Jeanne Streiffyou are in the right place. If not, head on over to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop. On each day you can find a list of the participants on the Impression Obsession Blog.

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25. Gift Certificates for the event. So, the more you comment through our release celebration, the more chances to win! All comments for each day of the event will be open until Monday, May 10th at Midnight CT. The winners will be announced on the Impression Obsession blog on Tuesday, May 11th.

For this card I have used Just Retired (F21376) and an older die (DIE242-YY) for framing.

I stamped using Memento ink and coloured using Copic markers. I also coloured the frame die to match my shadowing around the image.

When I colour with Copic markers I use Hammermill cardstock, which is what I used for this card. I die cut the frame using Neenah cardstock 110lb. and glued it to the Hammermill card, then attached both to red cardstock. 

For my second card I used the adorable Coffee Cups (E21383) stamp, colouring with Copics. I again used one of the frames from the Rectangle set, but left it white. The sentiment is from a previous release, but I was thinking how well it went with the coffee cups. We have all been drinking a lot of tea or coffee of late.

This was a fun image to colour. I am already thinking of colours for the next time.

Next up on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

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