Sunday, 25 June 2017

Music of Life

Good Morning.
Meet today's card that uses my favourite colors and my favourite Distress inks.
I'm was inspired by the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast.

I began by placing my Unity flowers inside my Misti, inked with Faded Jeans Distress ink and stamped.  I repeated that process to give a deep, rich colour then clear heat embossed.  
Next, I inked the flower using London Fog Memento ink and stamped in the background to give a sort of shadow effect.  You can just faintly see them behind the first flower stamping.  I inked over the whole piece using more Distress ink and a blending tool.
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink then white heat embossed it to make it pop.  Really great saying from Rubbernecker.
Lastly, I randomly stamped the text in the background to help add interest and break up the look of the flowers a bit.  I added some light to the flower heads by coloring in with a white gel pen, splattered with white acrylic paint and white heat embossed the edges.

Well that's it.  Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
 Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK
 Monochrome Magic- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Insightful Meadows (Unity); Sentiment (Rubbernecker); Text Bkg (Hero Arts)
Inks- Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers Distress ink (TH); Versamark
Paper- heavy weight white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; white gel pen (Ranger); heat tool;
 sponge applicator; white acrylic paint; paintbrush

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Dad's Day

Happy Father's Day!
Celebrating with this card for my husband and the fun of trying a new technique.
The technique I used on this masculine card is called 

For this technique, you first lay a stencil over your paper.  They suggest using watercolour paper but I just used a heavy weight cardstock for mine.  Next, spray your paper with water then using a piece of sandpaper, rub the sharpened tip of a watercolour pencil over the sandpaper above the open areas of the stencil.  It will drop shavings from your pencil into the wet paper and leave you with wonderful blend of colour.  I used a stencil that was tiny so not all the open areas got colour on them but when I lifted up my stencil, I noticed there was still a lot of colour left on the top so I gave it a quick spray of water, turned it over and pressed that onto my paper creating a Monoprint with the stencil.
(STENCIL MONOPRINTING is when the stencil is inked, sprayed with water and pressed onto the paper)
Great....2 techniques with one process!!  Gotta love that.

When that was all dry, I stamped the clock face and the sentiment using Memento black and clear heat embossed it.  I added a small black gem to the center of the clock face for interest.
I sponged the edges of my piece with Distress inks to help pull all the colour together.

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- EMBOSS

(I smooshed my stencil onto my paper)

Open Minded Crafting Fun- JUST ABOUT TIME

Monochrome Magic- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Weathered Clock (Hampton Arts); By the Sea 2 (Gina K)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Prismacolor Pencils
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Mini Tile  Texture (TCW); clear EB powder; black gem; heat tool,
sandpaper, mister (TH)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Reflections on a Rainy Day

Happy Saturday!
Time to have some fun.

Meet today's card.  
Just playing around with some Distress inks and a great scene stamp.
 Recently, I saw the challenge at Technique Junkies that showed how to do a 'drip' technique on your card.  I really wanted to give it a try using this great stamp from them.  So here's what I did.

I wanted to give the scene a reflective look, like it was a rainy day.
I placed the stamp inside my Misti, inked with Tuxedo black ink and stamped.  Leaving the stamp inside my Misti, I shifted the paper slightly and then inked the stamp with Salty Ocean Distress ink and stamped again.  I shifted the paper one last time and did a final inking with London Fog Memento.  The whole image looked blurred but wait....

At this point, I changed the technique a bit but did keep it a 'drip' technique as I didn't have a dropper on hand and not enough re-inkers to use.
So, I took a very wet paintbrush and dripped water down from the top of my card front.  I pressed Distress ink onto my non-stick craft mat and picked up some ink with my wet paintbrush and touched the water lines to give the appearance of rainfall.  The colour stays right where you have added the water.
I continued that process until I was happy with my colour drips then splattered to add to the rainy effect.
Now here's the final step.....again, get a very wet paintbrush and go over your stamped image to blend out the stamping lines and add to the reflective quality of your stamping.  The blurriness will remain but it will look more artsy and lend to the rainy feel.  Added a few splatters to look like raindrops.

Have a great weekend and thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look!

Adding my card to these challenges:
 Technique Junkies- DRIP TECHNIQUE 
Craft Stampers Magazine- TAKE A STAMP/ANYTHING GOES 
The Male Room- OFF THE EDGE 
(I dripped off the edge)

Stamp- Watercolor NY (Technique Junkies)
Ink- London Fog, Tuxedo Bl Memento; Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers
Stormy Sky Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI, paintbrush

Friday, 16 June 2017

Wish Big- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and welcome to another card for the 

This month our theme is Summer.

This is what I came up with.

I began by stamping this great image from Technique Tuesday onto a heavy white cardstock.
I clear heat embossed it to prevent it from running when I dipped it into the inks.
Next, I pressed some of my blue Distress ink pads directly onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with water and dipped my stamped piece into that.  
There was still ink left on my mat, so I used a wet paintbrush to add more colour to the washed bkg.
Next, I die cut the frame and the opening with my Cuttlebug then using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment and the birds onto the frame.  
I cut my stamped piece small enough to fit inside the cut away area and pop dotted it into place.

Please come join the challenge with your summer card.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to CAS- CHEERS
Simon Says Wed.- EMBOSS
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
City Crafter Challenge- FRAME IT

Stamps- Big Wish (TT); By the Sea 2 (Gina K)
Inks- Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers Distress (TH); Memento bl
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; In and Out Diagonal Stitched Rect (MFT); clear eb powder;
heat tool; Cuttlebug; non-stick craft mat (TH)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

'Orange' You Glad it's Summer- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.

It's time for another card for 
Our theme this month is Anything Goes.

Here's what I came up with.
I began by die-cutting the Wonky Stitched Frame using a heavy white cardstock.  
Since I wanted this great sentiment to be the focal point, using my Misti, I stamped the saying with Memento black ink then clear heat embossed onto the die-cut panel.  I find the ink really pops if I heat emboss it and there is no chance of me smearing the ink when I add the watercolouring.
Next, I stamped the flowers around the edges using my Misti and I coloured them in with Zigs and a wet paintbrush.  I like to place a bit of colour right at the base of the flower and then use the wet brush to pull the colour into the petals.  
While that dried, I stamped my background using the Arty stamp inked with orange dye ink.
I thought it made an interesting frame for the main panel.

Please come and play along with us.
Thanks so very much for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
 Simon Says- EMBOSS IT
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
City Crafter- FRAME IT

Stamps- Arty (Kaisercraft); Beautiful Moments (Close to My Heart); Flora Bella #1 (Prima)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Zigs;Carved Pumpkin Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; clear embossing powder; Wonky Stitched die (Avery Elle); 
paintbrush; Cuttlebug

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Repeat After Me

Meet today's card.

I wanted to play with some Lawn Fawn die inks I picked and try a technique.
The technique I tried from Splitcoast Stampers is called Smack Down.  
I did a variation of that technique to create this super easy, quick card. 

I began by inking up the leaves with Manatee grey ink, stamped and then stamped again and again without re-inking my stamp.  It created a shadow like effect.  
I repeated that process using Peacock then Mermaid blue ink.  
I placed my card front into my Misti, inked the sentiment with black and stamped.  I then embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it pop.
I added a few Nuvo drops to add interest and done.

Thanks again so very much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great day!!

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- OFF THE EDGE

Stamps- Silhouette 6 (Impression Obsession); Beautiful Moments (Close To My Heart)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Manatee, Peacock, Mermaid Dye (Lawn Fawn)
Paper- heavy weight cardstock (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI, clear eb powder, heat tool, Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Flower Lanterns

Happy Saturday.
Playing with some a new stamp from Penny Black today.
I find the Chinese Lantern flowers to be quite fascinating to see growing in the garden.  Their bright orange pop of colour and their unusual shape just hanging there really makes for a beautiful plant.

I began my card by placing the Flower Lanterns into my Misti, then proceeded to colour the flowers using my Tombow markers.  I started with a light yellow, coloured directly onto the stamp, sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.  I repeated that process using an orange then a hint of red just at the base.
The sprays of water help the colours to blend into each other.
I used the same process for the leaves only using shades of green.
When dry, I inked up my Script stamp with Versamark ink and stamped randomly over my card front.  I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heat set to add some interest to the bkg.
I stamped the sentiment from the Sentiment Collection and then I sponged the card using Distress inks and an inking tool.  
To help add further interest, I stenciled in the bkg using some drywall tape and more of the same green Distress ink.

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming by to take a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES

Creative Fingers- ANYTHING GOES

Penny Black and More- ANYTHING GOES

Watercooler Wednesday- FEMININE ANYTHING GOES

Stamps:  Flower Lanterns, Script, Sentiment Collection (PB)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento; Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn Distress (TH), Tombow Markers,
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI, drywall tape, white and clear Embossing powder, heat tool,
 Mister (TH), inking tool (TH)