Monday, 19 September 2016

Falling Leaves

Fall is in the air.

Meet today's card I made to welcome Fall.  I also need to get a few cards made for Thanksgiving as we will be celebrating here in Canada in just a few weeks.

I have had some Distress stains in my stash for awhile and wanted to use them and see what kind of results I would have.  This card turned out to be simple but a lot of fun.
I began by masking my white card front with Painter's Tape so I would have a nice clean white border.  I placed my leaf stamp from the Penny Black set called Lush and Lavish into my MISTI, inked it up with Antique Linen Distress stain, sprayed with water and stamped.  Then I moved the stamp over slightly, inked it up with Peeled Paint Distress stain and stamped over the first stamping.  By offsetting the image a bit, I was able to add the green and give more of an impression of a wet leaf.
Using the wet stain, I pulled some of the color into the background with a wet paintbrush.  I sponged the edges with some Distress ink then removed the tape and stamped the sentiment with black Memento ink from the Penny Black set called Foliage Fancy.

Adding my card to these challenges:





Craft Your Passion- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- PB/ Distress ink and stains/ Memento ink/ Painter's tape/ paint brush/ MISTI

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Inked Feathers

 Hi there.....I'm back.
Life has just gotten in the way of me stamping and I was really missing it, so today I was determined to make a card and this is what I came up with.

I was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast today and a hat with a peacock feather on the side.  Love the vibrant, beautiful colors of those feathers.
I began by placing the stamp into my MISTI, then coloured the image using Zig pigment markers.  I wanted to try and see what the image would look like if I stamped it onto YUPO paper so I sprayed it with water to blend the colours and pressed it onto my paper.  I was very pleased with how the colours held true and the inks spread on their own giving it the look of being watercoloured.  
For those of you that are not familiar with YUPO paper, it is a synthetic, plastic-like paper that has a a mind of it's own and the inks flow wherever they want to go.  Sure made for a quick and easy card.
NOTE:  I did spray it with Krylon Fixative when dry to seal in the colours.
I die cut a circle using a die from Spellbinders and stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession onto it then pop dotted it onto my card front.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Craft Stamper Magazine- TAKE A STAMP, ANYTHING GOES

Craft Rocket- MOSTLY BLUE

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit and have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- Impression Obsession, Technique Junkies/ Zig pigment markers/ mini mister/ MISTI/ Yupo paper/ Memento bl ink/ Spellbinder circle die/ pop dots

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Masked Stenciling

I am enjoying another sunny day of a long weekend.  

Meet today's card. 
I have long loved stenciling.  It makes for such an interesting backdrop for stamping, adding interest and depth of color.  I thought today I would try doing some masked stenciling.
I began by cutting a circle mask using a Spellbinders circle die.  I laid the negative over my heavy weight cardstock, then took my stencil from Gourmet and placed it over the mask.  I used some Rusty Hinge Distress ink and rubbed it over the stencil.  I removed the stencil and added more detail by stamping a script from Penny Black over the masked area.  I also splattered some ink and some water to add even more interest over the masked area.
After that was dry, I placed my piece in my MISTI then I stamped the flowers from Rubbernecker by coloring them with Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.
The sentiment from Impression Obsession was stamped using Memento black ink in the corner.  
To complete the look, I sponged more Distress ink around the edges then pop dot mounted the piece over a kraft colored background paper.

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Little Red Wagon- LET'S GET INKY

Shopping Our Stash- TRY SOMETHING NEW

Come and Get It- FLOWERS

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Impression Obsession, Rubbernecker, PB/ stencil-Gourmet/ ink- Memento, Distress/ Memento markers/ Spellbinder die/ sponge applicator/ MISTI/ mini mister

Saturday, 3 September 2016

In the Garden

 Happy Saturday!

As we watch the summer fade away, I wanted to have some fun playing with my Tim Holtz wildflower stamps today and this is what I came up with.

 I began with a piece of heavy weight cardstock and masked the edges using painter's tape.  I inked up my acrylic block with Shabby Shutters Distress ink, sprayed with water and pressed it onto my paper.  That gave my my framework to stamp into.

Next, using my MISTI, I coloured the stamps with Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I tried to give the flowers some light and dark colour values for interest and to add more depth.  I stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession with black Memento ink and sponged the edges with more Distress ink to help define the stamped area.
I thought it needed a bit more interest, so I randomly inked up my script stamp from Penny Black with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white powder over the flowers. 

 Adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon- LET'S GET INKY


Craft Stamper- ANYTHING GOES


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

Supplies:  stamps-IO, TH, PB/ wh embossing powder/ heat tool/ ink- Distress, Memento/ Memento markers/ acrylic block/ mini mister/ painter's tape/ sponge applicator

Monday, 29 August 2016

All Natural

 Good Morning.

I have the pleasure of hosting the TLC (Technique Lovers) Challenge at Splitcoast this week.
The challenge is called 
  My challenge is all about using 'natural' elements to create a card.

I love being out in my garden and trying to bring my love of cardmaking and gardening together is always a favourite technique I like to play around with.

For my card, I used some geraniums from my garden, placed them onto a piece of watercolor paper and ran them through my Cuttlebug.  The flowers transferred their color onto my paper and I was left with a most beautiful impression.
Keeping my card super simple, I stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black set called Treasured Sentiments with black Memento ink and mounted the piece on some pale purple cardstock.
I added some scored lines to the top and bottom to add some definition to the panel.  

I would love for you to give it a try.  You can press leaves, flowers, weeds; anything you can find outside and use it to press and transfer an impression onto your paper.
If you don't own a die-cutting machine, place a piece of paper over the natural piece and hit it with a hammer to transfer the image onto your paper.

Helpful hints:  if your impression is too wet, dry with your heat gun a bit and press again.
If your natural element won't press because it's too dry, give it a light spray of water to help transfer the color.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge:  YOUR FAV TECHNIQUE


Simply Papercrafts- ANYTHING GOES

If you get a chance to try this out, I would love to see what you create so drop me a note and a link to your card!
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- PB/ Cuttlebug/ garden finds/ ink- Memento/ ScorPal

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Blooming Celebration

 Happy Saturday!

I have been so super busy and haven't had a chance to stamp for days!  Having a few withdrawal symptoms...LOL.  
So today was the day I got to play with this new flower stamp set from Altenew and play along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast.

This Altenew stamp set is a multi-stamp set as many of their gorgeous flower sets are.  Having a MISTI makes using these sets a whole lot easier for stamping the details and adding the different layers of colour.  I used a combination of blue Distress inks to stamp the layers and then the last detail stamping was done using Memento black ink which really gave the flower a lot of definition.  I used a wet paintbrush to help blend the colours and layers after stamping.
While that dried, I stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black set called Sentiment Collection with Memento ink.  Using a fine-line black marker, I drew in a border to help pull all the elements together. 
The flowers looked a bit dark to me so I splattered a bit of white acrylic paint over them to brighten them up a bit.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon- HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Simply Papercrafts- ANYTHING GOES

Moving Along With the Times- CLEAN AND SIMPLE

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the visit!

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black, Altenew/ ink- Memento, Distress/ paint brush/ MISTI/ wh acylic paint/ fine line black marker

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Framed Flowers

Today I am playing with some 'new to me' Yupo paper and Distress inks.  Any day I get to play with inks is a good day and I have never used Yupo before.  I was mesmerized with it and how it takes colour.  For those of you that are not familiar with Yupo, it is a synthetic plastic paper that you can create amazing patterns and designs with.  It does have a mind of it's own and the inks flow wherever they want to go.
So here's what I did to create my card.

The background is a piece of Yupo that I coloured using Distress inks.  I rubbed the inks onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with a generous amount of water and dragged the paper through the ink.  The ink flowed where it wanted to go and the water helped push the colour in some areas.  You must be patient and let this paper dry on it's own because using a heat gun will melt and warp your paper.  I also discovered that if you put too much wetness and colour on this paper, it will never dry and you may have to dab some of the ink off with a paper towel.  
I die-cut the flowers from Memory Box and painted them using Memento markers scribbled on my acrylic block.  Just a tip:  if you want to stamp onto the Yupo over ink you must use a permanent ink or it will smear.  
I cut a frame using a die from MFT and framed the flowers after gluing them to the background.
I love the simple, clean and simple look.

 Adding my card to these challenges:



Allsorts Challenge- FABULOUS FLORALS

Moving Along with the Times- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Thanks so very much for all your most kind comments and coming by to take a look.
I appreciate you!

Supplies:  dies- MFT, Memory Box/ inks- Distress, Memento markers/ paint brush/ Yupo paper/ non-stick craft mat