Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Here is another card I made using the Stencil Monoprinting Technique I showed you yesterday.
Really easy and fun to do.

I began by rubbing Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress inks onto the back of my Tim Holtz stencil called Clockworks, sprayed with a generous amount of water then pressed it onto my cardstock.  I placed a paper towel over that and rubbed, being sure the ink was distributed around the paper.
I lifted the paper towel but left the stencil in place so I could sponge a hint of the Peeled Paint over the top filling in the white areas.  
I cut the panel down and splattered some more paint over that to add some extra depth and interest.
The sentiment is a new one I just got from Impression Obsession.  I stamped that in Memento black ink and then I scored a line down the front using my ScorBug.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Little Red Wagon- ROUND and ROUND

Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

Hope you have a great day and thanks!

Supplies:  stamp- Impression Obsession/ ink- Memento, DI/ stencil- TH/ applicator tool/ mini mister/ Scorbug

Monday, 30 May 2016

Stencil Monoprinting


Today, I am officially a part of the TLC (Technique Lovers) Challenge Team at Splitcoast Stampers.
For my first challenge, I am challenging others to make a card using a Stencil Monoprinting technique.
It is super easy and lots of fun and just another great way to stretch the use of your stencils
for a different, more watercoloured look.

I began by inking the back of my Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress ink.
Next, I sprayed with a generous amount of water and pressed the ink onto my cardstock.  I covered it with a dry paper towel and pressed all over the stencil being sure the ink would transfer onto my 
paper.  I removed the paper towel and stencil to reveal the background.
While that dried, I die-cut the flowers, also from Tim Holtz and glued them over the monoprint.
The sentiment from Rubbernecker was stamped with black Memento ink in the other corner.
I sponged the edges with more DI when my card was done just to give it a more finished look.

Adding my card to these challenges:



613 Avenue Create- ANYTHING GOES

I so appreciate you coming to visit...thank-you.
I hope you get a chance to try out this fun technique.

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker/ ink- Memento, Distress/ stencil- Tim Holtz/ die- TH/ Cuttlebug/ Mini Mister/ MISTI

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Birthday Wishes

Morning Friends.
Happy Memorial Weekend to all my American friends.

I am so happy to have some time to stamp today.  My time has been so limited lately.
This is a simple, one-layer card with a stenciled background.

 I began by placing the stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and laid it onto my cardstock.  Using an applicator tool, I rubbed Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Distress ink over my stencil being sure 
to vary the colour on each of the circles.
Next, I placed my card inside my MISTI and stamped the flowers from Unity with black Memento ink.  
Next using more Memento ink, I stamped the sentiment from a new set by Penny Black called  

Adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon- ROUND and ROUND

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES


Use Your Stuff- GET INKY

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- Unity, Penny Black/ ink- Distress, Memento/ applicator tool/ stencil/ MISTI

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Treasured Friends

Long weekends, summer skies...ahhh, I can already feel the sunny warmth.

Today, I was inspired with the challenge at Splitcoast from the Wall Plates online Store.  
I am playing with some fun, new releases from Penny Black.

I began by getting out my MISTI.  I find myself using it all the time now and it makes adding layers of colour so easy to do.  So, I placed my tree stamp called Shade Canopy inside my MISTI, coloured it using Memento markers, sprayed with water then stamped.  I then repeated that process adding darker shades of green to my tree until I was happy with the look.

When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment from the new Penny Black set called Treasured Collection with Memento black ink.  I sponged the sky using Tumbled Glass Distress ink keeping the ink around the tree to give it a bit of a glow.  

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


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

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ ink- Memento, Distress/ sponge applicator/ Memento markers/ MISTI

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Anything is Possible

Good Morning.

Before I get into my card details, I want to give mention to my wonderful friend Loll Thompson and her talents.  She has made me this fantastic blog header using pictures of my cards.  Isn't it wonderful and so well done.  She is SUPER talented and just a wonderful, kind friend I have been blessed with to have in my life.
Thanks so very much Loll.  

 Ok, so now onto my card details.
Really trying to venture out of my 'colour comfort zone' with this card.
I have to say, it is fun to experiment though and heck, you will never know unless you try it out right?

This card was inspired by the Tim Holtz flower stamp I just got from Simon Says.  For those of you that know Tim's work (and who in the cardmaking world doesn't) he is into mixed media and darker colours.
So, I wanted to try my hand at some of that today.
I began by stamping my flowers using Colorbox red ink onto my white card stock and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  By doing that, I created a resist for my flowers.
Next, I took my Weathered Wood Distress ink pad and rubbed the pad directly onto my paper until the whole surface was saturated with ink.  I seldom to never use that ink pad so it was a bit scary to see it all greyed down.
I let that dry for a few minutes and gave it a bit of heat with my heat gun to dry the ink, then wiped the excess ink off the flowers using an old rag.  Using the same flower stamp, I sprayed it with water and stamped all over the background.  By using the Distress inks which are water based, I was able to remove some of the ink with my water-sprayed stamp.  It adds kind of a shadow effect, reflection to the background.  To add additional interest, I sprayed the script stamp with water and stamped it the same way along the side.  I love the results.

Last step was to stamp the sentiment from Impression Obsession which I also picked up from Simon Says with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with white powder.  I am such a sucker for sentiments and this one just spoke to me for this card.
Well I hope that all made sense.  It is a bit different then my clean and white background cards.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- FLOWERS

Addicted to CAS- MIDNIGHT

Craft Stamper- ANYTHING GOES

The Mixed Media Card Challenge- REFLECTIONS/WATER


Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.
Hope you get a chance to challenge yourself and try something new. 

Supplies:  stamps- Tim Holtz, Impression Obsession, Penny Black/ink- Colorbox, Versamark, DI/clear and white eb powder/ Mini Mister

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Sunny Watercolor


Meet today's card.
I am really trying hard to work outside of my favourite blue colour palette so I chose these colours at the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast this morning.

I began by stamping the flower from STAMPlorations on some scrap paper and cut a mask so I could use it to stamp multiple times.  I inked up my stamp with Memento black ink and stamped the first flower in the bottom corner to make that my focal point.  Then I covered it with the mask and stamped the flowers on either side.  
I used my Brushos to watercolor my flowers by sprinkling some out into a painter's palette (the plastic ones that you can add and mix paint into) and added water.  I love using them as I find you can get many shades just by varying the amount of water you use.  

I fussy cut out the flowers and using pop dots, mounted it onto my white card front.  I stamped the sentiment which is also from STAMPlorations then pierced a border around the edge to add more interest. 

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- FLOWERS



(clean and layered)

Just Add Ink- MASKING

 Have a great weekend and thanks so much for dropping in.

Supplies:  stamps- STAMPLORATIONS/ ink- Memento bl/ Brushos/ paintbrush/ paper piercer/ pop dots

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Celebrating Friendship

Meet today's card.  A simple card I made using stamps from Penny Black and a piercing tool.

Penny Black has come out with some fabulous floral images that I love to colour with my markers to get a watercolour look.  This one is called Passionate.  
So I began by cutting a circle mask with a Spellbinder die and my trusty Cuttlebug.  Next, I positioned my stamp inside my MISTI, coloured with markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process, adding darker shades of the purples.  Leaving the mask in place, I sponged on some Distress inks to define the stamped area. 
The sentiment was stamped using Memento black ink and is from the great Sentiment Collection set.
Lastly, I pierced around the outline of the circle.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- COLOURING

Creative Card Crew- ANYTHING GOES

Cuttlebug Mania- MAY FLOWERS

Everybody Art- FLOWERS

Thanks so very much for all the times you come to visit.  I do truly appreciate all you comments and emails.  I do try my best to get back to all of you but please know that if I don't get back to you right away, it is due to lack of time.  I am a home daycare provider with a house filled with little people and much activity.  I am often knee deep in crafts, planning, meals or just going through my busy days caring for all my little ones.  It really keeps me hopping!

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ MISTI/ Cuttlebug/ Spellbinder die/ Memento markers/ Mini mister/ piercing tool/ applicator tool

Monday, 9 May 2016

Beautiful Moments

Meet today's card.  Sorry, more blue but with a hint of green...lol.

I started by creating the background piece.  Basically, you ink the paper, place the stencil over that, spray with water, remove and then rub addition ink in a different colour over the top.  To read all about how I did this and see the pictures, please check out the Mini Tutorial I did here:

Next I die cut the hollyhocks from Impression Obsession onto heavy white cardstock.  I added a hint of colour on a few of the flowers and layered them over the white ones for added interest and to help pick up some of the green in the background.
I stamped this sentiment with black Memento ink.  I have had it for years and it is Ranger- Tim Holtz I believe.

I'm adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- STENCIL

Come and Get It- CARD FOR A WOMAN

Crafting When We Can- ADD FLOWERS


Many thanks for coming by and taking a look.
Hope you have a great week.

Supplies:  stamps- TH/ die- IO/ Distress and Memento ink/ applicator tool/ stencil/ Mini Mister

Sunday, 8 May 2016

One Layer Magic

First, I want to wish all the Moms out there a very
 Happy Mother's Day!!

As most of your already know, I love making clean and simple card so when I saw the challenge at Splitcoast, I just couldn't resist and had to play along.
So, the challenge was to create a one-layer card inspired by the host's board on Pinterest.  
I couldn't settle on just one card so I created my card based on the many elements that can be added to make a one-layer card special.  You know what they say, 'It's all in the details'.
I took a few of the card elements found on the cards there and put them together like the masking, sponging, inking, splattering and scoring.  

To create the side panel, I masked then I randomly put some Distress ink on my acrylic block, sprayed with water and dragged the ink down the side of my card. By dragging my inky block, I got a swipe of colour instead of a more concentrated block of colour and I like that there is still some white showing through.  I wiped off my long acrylic block each time then applied a different colour, sprayed with water and dragged again. I stamped the feather using my Misti then splattered white acrylic paint over the image to add more interest. I also added scoring to the side of the panel with my Scorbug and my ScorPal. 
The sentiment was stamped with black Memento ink and heat embossed to help make it pop.

 Adding my card to these challenges:

(splatter, acrylic block inking)

 CASology- MOVE

Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK 

Craft Stamper- ANYTHING GOES

I hope you enjoy a wonderful day and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- STAMPlorations, Local King/ Distress-Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord/ Memento ink/ wh acrylic paint/ paintbrush/ MISTI/ long acrylic block

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Happy Hollyhocks


Hollyhocks are one of my favourite flowers but sadly, I am unable to grow them in my garden so playing with this stamp from Impression Obsession makes me happy.   
Sorry, another blue card but it seems I am drawn to that colour and the combinations I can get  using different shades of blue with other colours.  For this one, I tried to add some purples in with my blues to perk up the look of the flowers.

So, I grabbed my MISTI, positioned my stamp inside then coloured the flowers using Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I did that a few times to get a watercoloured looking impression.  I then went back in with some purple ink and a wet paintbrush and added some more colour to the flower heads.
When it was dry, I inked the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink and again, with a wet paint brush, pulled some of the blue in around the flowers.
The sentiment is from Rubbernecker and stamped it in Memento black ink.


Crafting from the Heart- ANYTHING GOES

Craftin Desert Divas- IN THE GARDEN

Craft Your Passion- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so very much for taking time to visit.  I appreciate it so much.

Supplies:  stamps- Rubbernecker, Impression Obsession/ ink- Memento, Distress/ Memento markers/ inking tool/ MISTI/ Mini mister

Monday, 2 May 2016

Garden Shadows

Good Morning.
Do you find yourself trying to think of other ways to use your stamps?
I just love the flower images from Penny Black.  They are so pretty and easy to stamp with.
Usually, I use a watercolour technique with this kind of a stamp but lately I have been trying to think of ways to get a different look using them instead of just using them to watercolour.  

So here is what I came up with.
I began by masking the edges of my cardstock; I love the look of a crisp, white border.
I then inked up my Bejeweled flower stamp with Versamark ink and stamped it onto my card front.  I sprinkled on some white embossing powder then heat set it.  I sponged the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink then created a shadow effect around the flowers using some more of the ink, some water and a paintbrush.  I inked up the PB script stamp, stamped off and then onto my card front.  It adds such depth and interest to what would otherwise would be an ordinary looking card.  
The sentiment is from the Special Thoughts set, stamped and embossed with black Memento ink.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Shopping Our Stash- THINK INK

Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES


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

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ inks- Versamark, Memento, Distress/ applicator tool/ painter's tape/ embossing powder/ paintbrush

Sunday, 1 May 2016

CAS Mix Up- Guest Designer


Today, I have the pleasure of being the Guest Designer at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog.

My good friends Bonnie Klass and Loll Thompson are the creators and they have done such a great job  of hosting some really great challenges to play along with.  I was really thrilled when they asked me to play along this month as the GD.  Thanks so much Bonnie and Loll!

This month the theme is Stamping, Heat Embossing and Your Choice.
(there is a list of choices on the blog)
Easy, right? 

So, onto the details of my card.
I began by masking off the sides of my cardstock using Painter's Tape.  If you remember from my past posts, be sure to stick the tape onto your clothes to remove some of the adhesive before sticking it to your card.  I have forgotten to do that a few times and have torn my cardstock.
I got out my MISTI and using my Memento markers, coloured the flower called Bejeweled from Penny Black.  It is such a great stamp to use for different watercolouring effects.  I sprayed the stamp with water to help blend the colours and pressed that onto my cardstock.  I then took a paintbrush and added some watercolouring to my flowers by adding some darker colour and blending.
When that was dry, I sponged the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink and stamped the sentiment from the PB set called Special Thoughts with black Memento ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I like to do that whenever stamping over an inked background so it shows up well.  I find it helps to make the sentiment more clear.
I splattered some black acrylic paint over the background to add more interest.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you get a chance to play along.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ inks-Distress, Memento/ Memento markers/ bl acrylic paint/ MISTI/ paint brush/ applicator tool/ painter's tape/