Saturday, 19 May 2018

Collaged Silhouette

Good Morning.
Meet today's card.  
I was asked by a friend to create a card for a co-worker that was leaving and the card had to be big enough for many people to sign.  That left me scratching my head trying to figure out how I could do it.  This is what I came up with.  

I created a card that was 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" in size; not big enough for all those signatures and well wishes.  Then I created these square inserts to add in with the card.  They are double sided (I just took a picture of one side) so my problem for space was solved.  They are simply sponged with Distress Oxide inks, some colour lifted with water and stamped.
I created a small 6 x 6 inch box to hold the card and all the inserts as well.


 So onto my card.  I had fun creating a collage-style background for my card using my favourite colour.  It is such a great way to use the stamps you already have on hand.
So, I took a piece of white cardstock and masked the edges using some Post-It Tape.  I am liking that tape as it is low tack and doesn't tear my cardstock.
Next, I inked up a stencil with some Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, sprayed with water and pressed onto the right side of my card front to give me a  monoprint.  I then dried it with my heat gun.
I stamped some grunge, a clock and a script in the background, varying the ink from Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch.
When I was happy with the coverage, I sponged in the edges to help pull it all together with more Peacock Feathers.
I placed the inked piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts with black Memento ink and then clear heat embossed it to help make it pop against the blue background.
I removed the tape for masking on the left side and stamped the thistle so it would extend past the sponged border.



We are enjoying a long weekend here.  Hope you have a good one and thanks so much for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says- STENCIL IT
(stencil monoprint)
CAS on Friday- BIRTHDAY
Monochrome Magic- NO PATTERNED PAPER


Supplies
Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Graffiti (Kaisercraft); Disco (Carabelle); 
Weathered Clock (Hampton Arts); Huge Hug (HA)
Inks- Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxides (TH); Memento 
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Clear Eb powder; heat tool; Post-It Tape;
Floral Radar Stencil (TCW); sponging tool (TH)


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Celebrate Your Day- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome.

It's time for another card for the 

Fun theme this month:


I began by inking up my embossing folder using my Distress Oxide inks.
I started at the top with the lightest colour and worked down to the darkest.
When it was all inked, I sprayed it with water and pressed it onto my white cardstock.
I love the print it created.
Next, I placed the inked piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment using black ink. I clear heat embossed it to make it pop.
As a finishing touch, I doodled a blackline border around the edge.
Simple, fun looking card.


I hope you will come and play along with us.
Thanks for stopping by.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Seize the Birthday- IT'S JUST A NUMBER
Artistic Stamper- BACKGROUNDS
The Creative Crafters- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Birthday Letter It (Ranger) 
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides- Fossilized Amber,
Candies Apple, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers,
Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; clear eb powder; heat tool; Numbers Embossing Folder (Darice)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Everything Wonderful- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Here is another card for

Our theme this month is:

I began creating my card by using the Inking Tape Technique.  Last week, I showed this simple technique for creating backgrounds using Painter's Tape.
You can see it HERE.

I pressed my Painter's tape onto my Peacock Blue Distress Oxide pad, pressed it onto my paper and lifted.  I repeated that process using some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide and Salty Ocean next until I was happy with the coverage.  To add a bit more interest, I stamped some Graffiti over the background.
Next, I stamped the flowers from the Altenew Wild Hibiscus flower set onto some Heat Resistant  Acetate with Versamark and then white heat embossed them.  I fussy cut them out and set them aside.
I placed the piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment with black ink.

I have to admit, I struggled a lot trying to adhere those flowers to my card front.  I tried using Mono Glue then Ranger but could not get them to stick, so I took some fine white thread and ended up stitching them onto my card front. 


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK
Use Your Stuff- FOR THE MOMS
Craft Stamper Magazine- MAKE IT-TAKE IT
Fussy and Fancy Friday- BEAUTIFUL BLUES

Supplies
Stamps- Wild Hibiscus (Altenew); Huge Hugs (Hero Arts); Graffiti (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides-Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers (TH);
Versamark
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Heat Resistant  Acetate (Hot Off the Presses); white EB powder;
heat tool; white thread; Painter's Tape

Monday, 7 May 2018

Sunrise

Good Morning.

Sadly, I needed another sympathy card.  Not an easy card to make for anyone.
I wanted to keep it very simple and thought that this image from Technique Junkies would be fitting.

I began with a piece of white cardstock and masked the edges using some Post-It Tape. 
A few of you have asked where I get the tape.  I just picked it up at Staples but I think you may also be able to get it at Walmart as well where you would find the Post-It Notes.
I then place my paper into my Misti and stamped the image using black Archival ink.
Next, using my Distress Oxides and a sheet of acetate, I applied the inks, layering the colors.
To see how I use the Acetate Inking Technique go here.
When I was happy with the inking, I let it dry completely and simply mounted it onto a white card base.



For any of you that are interested, I was published in the May addition of 
Craft Stamper Magazine.





Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANIMAL MAGIC
A Gem of a Challenge- GET WELL or SYMPATHY


Supplies
Stamps- Old Pier (Technique Junkies)
Ink- Black Archival (Ranger); Distress Oxides- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers,
Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet; Mister (TH)

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Flowering


Happy Saturday.
Happy to have a bit of playtime as I wanted to make another card using the 

In case you missed my post, you use tape to pressed onto an ink pad and apply it to your cardstock.
To see my tutorial click the link above.

I wanted a nice white border so I took some Post-It Tape that I use for masking and tore it in half.  That gave me a rough cut opening to apply ink and stamp onto instead of a straight line border.
Next, using my Distress Oxide inks (Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple), I applied ink using some Painter's tape randomly over the background until I was happy with the coverage.
Next, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped my flowers with some more of the Candied Apple which was the darkest colour on my background.
I removed my masked edge tape and mounted it simply onto a piece of red cardstock.


Have a great weekend.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Just Add Ink- ADD 'O' (orange)
The Artistic Stamper- BACKGROUNDS
Crafter's Castle- SHARE A FAV TECHNIQUE

Supplies
Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Meadow (Inkadinkadoo)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white, red 
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Painter's Tape; Post-It Tape

Friday, 4 May 2018

Blue Skies- The Flower Challenge



Good Morning.
Time for a new theme at 

Add acetate or vellum to your flower card.

I began creating my card by die cutting the Delphinium Circle onto my heavy white cardstock and stamped on my sentiment.
Next, I got out a piece of acetate and cut it to size to fit behind my flower circular window.  I applied alcohol inks and blended them using Ranger's Blending Solution.  It left me with a rich, blue background for my flowers.
Since I am using this as a sympathy card, I wanted to keep it very simple so glued the finished piece onto white cardstock.


I hope you will come and play along with us.
Thanks for the visit.

Use Your Stuff- FREE WEEK
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
A Inky Mess- ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Difficult Time ( Hero Arts)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Alcohol inks Aqua (Ranger); Pinata Baja Blue, Passion Purple
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet; Cuttlebug; Delphinium Circle (Memory Box)

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Rainbow of Color- CAS Watercolour Challenge




Welcome.
Today, I have a card for our new challenge at the 

We have a fun theme to be inspired by this month; Rainbow

We are welcoming our guest this month as well, Hannelie (Desert Diva).  


To create my card, I began by making a monoprinted background.
I rubbed Distress Oxide inks onto my stencil, starting with the lightest colour at the top and moving down to the darkest at the bottom, sprayed with water to help blend the colours and pressed onto my paper.  When I lifted up the stencil, I was left with this wonderfully rainbow coloured background.
I dried the piece then placed it into my Misti.  I inked up the stamp from the Unity set and stamped it onto my rainbow background.  I stamped the sentiment then simply mounted it all onto a white card front.


I hope you will come and play along with us.  I'm sure we will have such a wonderful, colourful gallery this month.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Use Your Stuff- FREE WEEK
Watercooler Wed.- FEMININE ANYTHING GOES
Try It On Tuesday- STENCILS/DIE CUTS or both
Papercraft Challenge- CLEAN AND SIMPLE


Supplies
Stamps- Insightful Meadows (Unity); sentiment (Rubbernecker)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides- Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry,
Candies Apple, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers,
Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Bubble Layering Stencil (TH); Mister (TH)

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Celebrate- Inking with Tape


Hello and Welcome.
Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoast.
I had such fun with this one, it's an oldie but goodie for creating quick, simple backgrounds.

In the past, it was referred to as 'Magical Masking Tape' technique.  With that technique you needed to use masking tape on glossy paper.  Well since many of us don't own any glossy paper and masking tape would tear regular cardstock, I decided to re-name it.

Here is a short picture tutorial to show you how to do this.  I always find seeing it helps me better understand.


Step #1 Gather your supplies
I used Distress Oxide inks for my card because I love how they layer, but you could use any inks for this technique.  It helps the layering look if you dry the inks between the layers.
I also used a painter's tape because it has a low tack and won't tear your regular cardstock.


Step #2- Ink your tape
Take a piece of tape and press it directly onto the ink pad.


Step #3- Press inked tape onto your paper
I started with my lightest colour first.  After pressing the tape onto the ink pad, press and
rub it onto your paper to transfer the ink.  Lift carefully and ink again.
Note: I just used my Misti as a inking surface and I like to mask my cards fronts
using the grid paper inside my Misti but it is not needed to do this technique!


Step #4- Finish adding ink with the tape
Continue to add ink until you are happy with the coverage.
Now you can stamp over your background to create a card.

After I had finished the inking with tape, I stamped the leaves randomly over my card front using my Misti.  I then removed the tape masking the edges and stamped my sentiment and clear heat embossed it to help make it pop.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you will give it a try.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Inkspirational- PLAY
(play with a technique)
Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Birthday Letter It (Ranger); Leaf Prints (TH)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides- Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade,
Candied Apple, Walnut Stain (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Painter's Tape; clear eb powder; heat tool; Misti

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Rainy Garden View


Happy Saturday.
I had some 'play' time and I just got a new Distress Oxide ink colour I just had to try...Blueprint Sketch.  Let's just say that I wasn't disappointed! 

I wanted a simple card with an irregular inside edge, so I took strips of Post-It Tape and tore them down the middle to use as my masks, giving me a nice white border.
Next, I inked up an acetate sheet with Peacock Feathers, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.  I repeated that process using some Salty Ocean DOX as well.  It gave me a rainy style background.
When that was dry, I inked up the flowers with the Blueprint Sketch and stamped using my Misti. and sponged in the edges and some of the background with more Peacock Feathers.  
I removed the tape that I used to mask and simply mounted it onto a blue piece of cardstock.


Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming to take a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Cardz for Gals- APRIL SHOWERS
Crafty Creations- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Dans la Nature (Carabelle)
Inks- Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white and blue cs.
Accessories and Tools- acetate sheet, Mister (TH), Misti; Sponging Tool (TH)


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Sending Smiles


Meet today's card.
I am having fun using this new stamp from Penny Black called Blossom Branch.
It is a pretty one.

I began by masking the edges of my card front with some Post-It Tape, I like the look of a crisp, white border.
I placed the flowers into my Misti, coloured them with my Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process building colours as I went along.  I find it works best if I start with the lightest colour first and add darker colour after that. 
I dried the piece then watercoloured in the background using some Worn Lipstick Distress ink.  I just rub the ink pad directly onto my non-stick craft mat, spray with water and pick up the colour.
I splattered with some water over the whole front to lift the ink as well.  Distress inks work so well for this technique.
I placed the sentiment from the PB set called Smile Today and stamped that using some black Memento ink.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Time Out- SPRING
Crafty Friends- FLOWERS
Penny Black Saturday- ANYTHING GOES/SPRING FLOWERS


Supplies
Stamps- Blossom Branch, Smile Today (Penny Black)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Worn Lipstick Distress (TH); Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Mister (TH); Post-It Tape


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Bonsai Trees


Happy Saturday.
I love to look and see what kind of Inspiration Challenge is happening over at Splitcoast Stampers.
Today, we were being inspired by the Smithsonian Galleries.  I came across a lovely Bonsai tree for sale and decided to use this lovely stamp from Technique Junkies with this 'bonsai' looking tree on it for my card.  
As I was trying to figure out what kind of background I would stamp it onto, I remembered that I had an inked up a piece of Yupo paper with alcohol inks.  It reminded me of a cloudy night sky, so
I placed the inked piece into my Misti, masked the stamp (this stamp also has the image of a giraffes which I didn't want for this card), and stamped using Archival black ink.  I moved the piece inside my Misti and stamped the tree again moving it down slightly to overlap the first one.
I cut a square frame to place over the stamping and I liked how it really helped to draw the eye in.
I stamped the sentiment and put it all together.


I hope you find some inspiration around you.
Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenge:
Simon Says Wed.- SPARKLE AND SHINE
(shiny Yupo paper with the alcohol inks)
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Savannah Giraffes (Technique Junkies); Art Journey
Inks- Archival Black (Ranger); Tuxedo Black Memento; Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Paper- heavy white; Yupo
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Blending Solution (Ranger); die- MFT; Sharpie Markers

Monday, 16 April 2018

For the Birds- CAS Watercolour Challenge


Hello and Welcome.
It's time for another card for the 

Our theme this month is 'bird'.

I am using these great stamps from Frog's Whiskers Ink of the cranes.
I love the silhouettes they create.

So onto my card.
I die-cut a piece of heavy white cardstock using a die from MFT then I inked up the background with Distress Oxide inks and a piece of acetate. I rubbed the ink onto the acetate, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.
Next, I placed the piece into my Misti and stamped the bird silhouettes with black Memento ink.

After I was done inking my bird background with the DOX, there was still quite a bit of ink left on my sheet of acetate that I didn't want to go to waste, so I grabbed an extra piece of cardstock and pressed the ink onto that to create a watery looking piece to mount the birds onto.
In the top corner and on one side you will see where I did a bit of stenciling to add some interest.  I just used a baby wipe and rubbed over the ink already on my paper.  It lifted the ink in some places and deposited it in others and I was left with the impressions.  


I hope you will come and play along with us.
Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Crazy for CAS- STENCIL
Stamps & Fun- MAN/BOY
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPED


Supplies
Stamps- Flying Crane, Standing Crane (Frog's Whiskers)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxide (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather; Blueprint Sketch)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; stencil-Leaves (STAMPlorations); script (TCW); piece of acetate;
In and Out Diagonal Stitch (MFT)

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Shaped Cards- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for another card at
Our theme this month is shaped cards which I had a lot of fun with.


I decided  to create a hexagon shaped card so I looked online and found a 4" pattern to use for my card design and printed that out to use as my pattern.
I cut out the shape onto my heavy white cardstock, then masked the edges to leave me with a nice clean, white border.
I added some stenciling first with Peeled Paint Distress ink, then stamped the clock face and the other elements using the same ink to create my collage style background.  By stamping and stenciling all with the same colour, it is a great way to feature more of your stamps on one card.  I sponged all around the edges to help accentuate the shape of the card.
Last, I placed this Magenta flower stamp into my Misti, inked with Black Memento ink and added the sentiment for my finished card.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Hope you will join us for some fun.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Allsorts- SPRING FLOWERS or SHOWERS
Craft Rocket- FLOWERS

Supplies
Stamps- Clover Silhouette (Magenta); Weathered Clock (Hampton Arts);
Script (PB); Mixed Media Elements (STAMPlorations);
Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peeled Paint Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- pattern from online; Misti; sponging tool (TH)

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Special Friend Birthday

Hello...meet today's card.
I am playing with some new stamps from Penny Black.  
My first time playing with this wonderful stamp called Blossom Branch and I love it.

To create my card, I placed the stamp inside my Misti and coloured using my Memento and my Tombow markers directly onto my stamp.  I sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.  I repeated that process, adding more colour where I wanted it to look like shading.  My Misti is an invaluable tool for using this kind of technique on a card.
After that was dry, I stamped the sentiment from the PB set called Grateful Heart using black Memento ink and clear embossed it to help make it pop.  I stamped it a bit over the inked image to help pull the whole design together.
When I was done, I looked at my card front thinking that it needed something more, so using a fine line marker, I added little dashed lines around the flower centers and splattered with black ink.  So much better as the black seemed to be what it needed to help ground it all.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
As You Like It- FAV COLOURING MEDIUM
(I love using my Memento and Tombow markers especially to colour
directly onto my stamps.  Since they are waterbased, I can spray them with water 
to get the look of a watercoloured image which I love the look of)
Crafting With Attitude- ANYTHING GOES
Penny Black Saturday- FLOWERS/ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Blossom Branch, Grateful Heart (Penny Black)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Tombow and Memento markers
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Mister (TH); clear eb powder; heat tool;
fine line black marker; paintbrush

Friday, 13 April 2018

Watercolored Birthday Greetings

Hello and Welcome.
Today, I have the pleasure of being the Guest at
Here is the card I created for the theme 'Take a Stamp'.

I began by watercolouring the background with some of my Distress Oxide inks.  To do that, I pressed the pads directly onto my non-stick mat, sprayed with a bit of water and picked up the colour with a paintbrush.  I also used my 'acetate inking' technique to add colour to the background.
To see how I do that, go here.
When I was happy with the inking, I stenciled with some Black Soot Distress Oxide ink and then stamped the clock face and the birthday greeting.  
BTW....my husband loved his card.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to CAS- BUBBLES
Aud Sentiments- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Seize the Birthday- VIBRANT BIRTHDAY


Supplies
Stamps- Birthday (Studio G); Weathered Clock (Hampton Arts); 
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxide (Peacock Feather, Fossilized Amber, 
Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- acetate sheet; stencil(TCW); paintbrush; non-stick craft mat (TH)
Mister (TH)



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sweet Flowers

Good Morning and Happy Saturday.
Meet today's card....just me playing around with my Distress Oxide inks again.
Slight addiction.

I began by stamping these beautiful coneflowers which has been in my collection for years not seeing the light of day, with Versamark ink then white heat embossed them to one side of my white card front.
I wanted to create a background using some of the wonderful reds and oranges so here's what I did.
I used a piece of acetate, rubbed on some Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink, sprayed with water and pressed onto my white piece of cardstock.  I repeated that process using some Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick.  I like to dry each layer in between with my heat tool.
When I was happy with the colour coverage of my cardstock, I did a bit of stenciling using some drywall tape and stamped a bit of script around the edges just to add further interest and depth to my piece.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Rubbernecker and mounted the whole thing onto a card.


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
Crafty Catz- SPRING COLOURS/ANYTHING GOES
SumMore Fun- MOOD BOARD COLOURS
4 Crafty Chicks- FLOWERS


Supplies
Stamps- Brushed Coneflowers (Paper Inspirations); Friendship Message (Hero Arts); 
Sketch Poppies sentiment (Rubbernecker)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides; Versamark
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; heat tool; drywall tape; sponge applicator;
sheet of acetate; Mister (TH)