Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Beautiful Background



Good Morning and Welcome.
Yesterday over at Splitcoast Stampers, we were challenged to use our background stamps to create a card.  What great incentive that was for me to re-visit my small collection of background stamps that have gone untouched for so long.
When I saw this one from Serendipity called Jen's Zen, it inspired this card.

I began by masking off my card front with some Post-It tape.  I placed the stamp into my Misti and inked it up with grey ink and stamped.
Leaving the mask in place, I stamped the thistles by coloring them with my Tombow makers, spraying with water and stamped over the bkg.
I removed the masks and mounted my card front onto a piece of soft lavender cardstock.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you get a chance to take a look at your background stamps and get inspired.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Artistic Inspirations- ANYTHING GOES/ USE FLOWERS
Corrosive Challenge- ANYTHING GOES
Cute Card Thursday- ONE WORD SENTIMENT

Supplies
Stamps- Jen's Zen (Serendipity); Nature Flowers (Art Journey)
Inks- Tuxedo Black, London Fog (Memento)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Post-It tape; Mister (TH); Tombow Markers

Monday, 19 February 2018

Silhouette-Collage


Meet today's card.
I went for a very simple design, trying my hand at a square card again.

I wanted to create a collage-style bkg to help feature my silhouette flowers.
I masked off my card front and first stenciled in the top left hand corner then stamped the rest with Peacock Feathers Distress ink.  I also sponged the edges with more DI to help define the stamped area.  I removed the masks then stamped the sentiment from Daisy Bucket and the silhouette flowers.

Simple and I get to use more of my stamps.
*tip- by using just one colour, you can create your own background using the stamps you already 
have in your stash*


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Stamping Sensations- ANYTHING WITH FLOWERS
Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Wildflowers (Purple Onion); Graffiti (Kaisercraft); Measuring Tape (Darkroom Door); 
Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peacock Feathers Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- post it tape; Specimens Stencil (TCW); sponging tool (TH); Misti 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Wishes for Spring

Happy Saturday.

Just having a bit of play time with some stamps and ink.
So meet today's card.

I just love this Penny Black stamp called Effulgent You can really use it to create the look of watercolouring by just using markers and water.
So, I placed the stamp into my Misti, then using my Tombow markers I coloured directly onto the rubber, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.  I repeated that process adding more colour and repositioning the stamp around my card front.
After it was dry, I sponged the edges with some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress ink and splattered with water.  The water helps lift some of the ink leaving you with what looks like little raindrops. 
I stamped the sentiment from the PB set called So Very Much.
To add additional interest to the background, I used a piece of drywall tape and did some stenciling using more Peacock Feathers DI.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Use Your Stuff- LOVE IS ALL AROUND
Time Out- HOBBIE
(mine is gardening)
Challenge Up Your Life- SPRING FLOWERS


Supplies
Stamps- Effulgent (PB); So Very Much (PB)
Ink- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers Distress (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Tombow markers; drywall tape; sponge applicator (TH)

Friday, 16 February 2018

You Touch My Heart- CAS Watercolour Challenge



Hello and welcome.
Time for another card for the 
Our theme for this month is 'heart'.

Be sure and check out the fabulous creations that our talented designers have created and our special GD this month, Sue from Sue's Card Craft.

So onto my card.
I began by cutting a simple heart shape from a piece of scrap paper.  I laid that over my white cardstock to use as a mask.  Next, I inked the inside of an embossing folder with Distress ink, sprayed with some water and pressed over the masked area.  That created a watercolour looking bkg.
I immediately removed the mask and dried with my heat tool. 
I placed the inked piece inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black centering it over the top of my heart.

I sponged in the edges with Distress ink to help define the heart shape and then using a piercing tool, I went around and pierced the edges for added interest.

Hope you will come and play along with us.

Supplies
Stamp- Smitten (PB)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; piercing tool; Texte Grunge EB folder (Carabelle); sponging tool (TH);
scrap paper to cut mask; Mister (TH)


Before I go........


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!
A new challenge is starting
begins March 3rd
(click on here to check it out!)

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Happy Smiles- The Flower Challenge





Good Morning.
Time for another card for
The Flower Challenge.
Our theme this month is Paper Piecing.



So onto my card.
I began by inking my white cardstock with Distress inks and a sponging tool.  
I then stamped the flower stalk to get my positioning right and using my Misti, stamped the sentiment as well.  Then I went onto adding all the details to my background.
I used some drywall tape to stencil, white heat embossed a script and stamped some Mixed Media elements around the empty areas of my card.
I set that aside and stamped the flowers with Versamark ink onto a leftover inked paper found in my stash, then fussy cut out the flowers and pop-dot mounted the flowers over the stems.



On another note...here are some of my cards from The Flower Challenge during 2017.



Hope you get a chance to come and play along with us!
Thanks for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- LUURVE
CRAFT Challenge- MOTHER'S DAY/FEMALE
The Crafty Addict- ALL LOVED UP
Crafty Sentiments- ADD FLOWERS

Supplies
Stamps- SU Fabulous Florets; Blue Bay (Kaisercraft); Mixed Media Elements (STAMPlorations); 
Friendship Message (HA)
Inks- Versamark; Tuxedo Black Memento; Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean
Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- drywall tape; white eb powder; heat gun; Misti

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Enjoying Small Moments


Good Morning.

I tried something different when I was playing around with my Distress Oxides and that is how I came up with this muted background.
I wanted a softer looking bkg for these beautiful Rubbernecker flowers.  There was a piece of white tissue paper sitting on my desk, so I flattened it a bit and rubbed my Distress Oxide ink pads directly onto the tissue paper.  Next, I laid that tissue paper, inked side down, onto my card front and sprayed with water to transfer the ink.  I just left it for a few minutes and removed to reveal this great blend of colours all ready to be stamped onto.

This stamp set is a 4 part flower so my Misti came in very handy.  I stamped the stems first by colouring them with my Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I went on to do the flower heads and all the details in the same way.
Stamped the sentiment using my Misti too.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Create and Inspire- ANYTHING GOES
Mix It Up- ANYTHING GOES, CLEAN AND SIMPLE


Supplies
Stamps- In the Breeze (Rubbernecker); Everyday Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Faded Jeans, Salty  Ocean, Seedless Preserves
Distress Oxide (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti, Tombow markers, tissue paper

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Artsy

Hello and Welcome.
Meet today's card.  Something I'm calling 'Artsy'.

I haven't made a square card in ages and decide to go for it today using this new to me stamp called Nature 2.  It is a collection of wildflowers and these ferns/fiddleheads reminded me of an artsy looking heart so that was my starting point.

I began by masking off my card front then using some Peeled Paint Distress ink, I did a monoprint first.  For those of you that are not familiar with a Monoprint....you rub ink onto the back of a stencil, spray with water then press onto the paper.  Those are the dots you can see in the background.
When that was dry, I stamped over using a few stamps but still using the same Peeled Paint so the background would just blend away and not become the focal point.  
I stamped the ferns then  the sentiment and sponged the edges to add some definition to the masked area.  I removed the masks and glued my piece onto more white cardstock.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says- IT MUST BE LOVE 
Craft Stamper Magazine- TAKE IT/MAKE IT 
Brown Sugar- VALENTINE DAY

Supplies
Stamps- Nature 2 (Art Journey); Stained Textures (Bo Bunny); Alphabet (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Peeled Paint Distress (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Mini Tiny Circles stencil (TCW); Post-It Tape; 
Sponging Tool (TH); Mister (TH)