Saturday, May 19, 2018

My Sweet Petunia and Technique Tuesday Hop

Welcome to today's hop between My Sweet Petunia and Technique Tuesday. I had a bunch of fun making my cards to share with you all, but first I need to take care of some business. 
And, that is to let you all know there are prizes to be had. We will choose two lucky commenters from this hop to win one of two prizes:
a $50.00 shopping spree at My Sweet Petunia, and
a $50.00 shopping spree at Technique Tuesday.
You must leave your comments no later than Monday, May 28th, at 11:59 PM Central time, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday May 29th, on the Technique Tuesday and My Sweet Petunia blogs.
So be sure to comment for your chance to win!

Now, back to the cards I made for today.
I was having so much fun, I got a bit carried away making cards. This was my first one, a birthday card for a young one. 
 I started by sponging on distress oxide inks in some of my favourite colours, then flicked on a  bit of water. I die cut the Numbers die using Neenah cardstock in white. 
 In my mini Misti, on a piece of Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper I stamped the bird and painted using the distress ink colours I used for the background, adding in a bit of green in the spectacles and tumbled glass around the eyes. I then fussy cut the bird. 
 I die cut the label and stamped the sentiment, then put the front of the card together by attaching the numbers using foam dots. I glued on the label, then styled and attached the bird on foam dots, competing with a few dew drops, along with white gel pen to the wings of the bird, and some Wink of Stella to the spectacles. 
 For the inside I die cut a panel, taping off and sponged an area matching the front of the card. I cut another label and in my mini Misti stamped the birthday sentiment.
A close up view of the bird.
I did the 2nd and 3rd cards at the same time, doing another distress oxide background, this time using Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans and Broken China. On the 2nd card in my mini Misti I stamped the Lucky Owl image, then painted using distress inks matching the ones I used for the background, adding in the Wilted Violet. I cut the background panel, and in my mini Misti stamped the Smile sentiment, then attached the panel to a lilac card base using fun foam. I styled and added the Owl to the panel using foam dots, then added a few gum drops to finish my card. 
For the 3rd card I used the same distress oxide colours, but in a different order, along with one of Technique Tuesday's Digital Stand Alone Cut Files and my ScanNCut to make an easy card. I got inky fingers by squeezing out some of the juice from my glitter marker to add to the hello die. I attached the hello using cut foam squares. I show the bristle brush in the collage which I use to add ink to my panels.
These are my completed cards.
And, finally, my fourth card.
This time I used Distress Oxide's in Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet. To blend the inks nicely I spritzed the panel with water and heat dried. It softens the blending, which I wanted for this card. I then used my lattice stencil, spritzing with water and using a paper towel to soak up the extra water. Again, as with the blending, I wanted the lattice to be subtle. In my mini Misti I stamped using the Dandelion Stamp with jet black ink, then stamped again with Versamark and heat embossed with Nuvo Crystal Embossing Powder. I then stamped the sentiment and die cut the panel. 
I did the same technique for the inside, but added another layer of matting. The card base is a deep purple. 
This is a close-up showing the bits of white in the embossing, which sparkle. Below is a video showing this card being made. Thanks for watching.

I do hope you have enjoyed these cards as much as I have enjoyed making them. I have included links below to the items I used in these projects.

Now, on to the rest of the hop. You should have arrived here from Daniela's blog, and next up is Kymona. I have included the list in case you get lost.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hugs and Happy Thoughts

 This is Hugs and Happy Thoughts. I am using a new to me stamp set, which I just love as it offers endless possibilities. 
To start, I first did my background so it would be dry when it came time to put my card together. Using oxide inks and Ranger Distress water colour paper I used Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade, and did some smacking, for lack of a better description. I laid down the amber ink first, spritzing with water and smacked my Ranger Distress watercolour piece on to the ink, holding for a bit until it picked up some ink. I did this several times with the amber, dried with my heat gun and did it again with the marmalade, until I was happy with the look. I dried the piece, then flicked on some acrylic paints in orange and black. I made the orange, mixing red and yellow acrylics, then left it to dry.
For the flowers, on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper I stamped using jet black ink and used Altenew inks in oranges from the Warm and Cozy Mini cube set and greens from the Tropical Forest Mini cube set, to watercolour my flowers and leaves. So I can see the colours, I lay the colour down on my acrylic block that is set on top of a piece of white paper, and pick up with my watercolour brushes. I continued to add colour, again until I was happy with the outcome, then fussy cut the pieces out. A little tip when fussy cutting from watercolour paper ~ spritz the back of the paper just once, it will make the paper easier to handle and cut.
To put it all together, I attached the background piece to my card base. I die cut the arch piece from Neenah cardstock, added foam tape and attached. I then styled my flowers, arranging them in place and glued down, some with glue, others with foam dots. I then stamped the sentiment on the reverse side of Ranger Distress watercolour paper using jet black ink and sponged on the amber and marmalade lightly, then die cut with the label die, and finished with a few sequins. 
Thanks so much for joining me today ... I will see you next time.

Monday, May 14, 2018


You know what they say, an apple a day ... !

This is the sample card I made for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.
I die cut the apple using Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper and painted using Daniel Smith watercolours. I did several layers, starting with a yellow base and working in to the red, and could have added more, but I was running out of daylight and needed to get a picture before that happened. 
I then die cut the panel using Penny Black's Antique Frame and Ranger Distressed watercolour paper for texture. I went around the edges of the die with a glitter marker in yellow, and painted the shadow using Quinacridone Gold. I then die cut the sentiment, also using watercolour paper and painted it and the leaf in Sap Green. For the stem I used a bit of Burnt Umber. 
I styled my apple and leaf, before gluing the leaf on and attached the apple to the panel using foam dots. I added fun foam to the back of the panel before attaching to my card base, and finished with a few sequins. 
If you are new to watercolour and would like to try the Daniel Smith colours I would highly recommend the dot cards, which allow you to experience the fun of watercolour without a huge investment.
Thanks for visiting today ... see you next time.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Carry On

I have been wanting to use this new stamp set from Altenew ever since I received it a couple of weeks ago. Other cards got in the way ... lol! 
The stencil is from Concord & 9th and goes with paper that they print up, which I will link below, but I wanted a white background so I used Neenah cardstock and stenciled using Altenew Inks in the lightest two colours from each of the sets listed below. 
Once I finished my background I decided on what frame I wanted to use from the Framed Stamp Set. I really wanted it to hang off the side of the card, but the sentiment would also fall off, and we can't have that! I stamped the frame using Altenew ink in Tide Blue, then stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Nuvo Glitter Clear Embossing Powder, which I love. On the inside portion of the frame I used the glitter marker in the blue to colour it in. I die cut the panel using my stitched rectangle die and attached to my card base using fun foam. For a little whimsy I stamped the butterfly and die cut the little butterfly using Ranger Bright Tangelo to stamp and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to paint. I also added a bit of Wink of Stella for some sparkle, and finished up my card with a few sequins.
I hope you have enjoyed this card and would like to thank you for visiting my blog today.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother's Day

 I have been looking at this stamp for a week, as it waited in the pile of things "to get to". I thought it would be very pretty in the pink/corals, but I did want white embossing with it too, but just on the flower petals. So, on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper I first painted the green parts using Zig brushes, then went over the green with my Versamark pen and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then went over the flowers with my pen and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then proceeded to paint using just one colour, Light Carmine, doing several layers. 
I wanted the paper to be tone on tone, so I die cut the panels with the deckled die, and sponged on pigment ink in white to the die cut edge of the carmine cardstock, then attached the panel using foam tape. 
For my sentiment I stamped using jet black ink on vellum and die cut with a label die, then attached with vellum tape, and added a few sequins to finish my card.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oh those eyes

This adorable Panda is from the latest release at Frantic Stamper.
To start this card I first watercoloured using the Bamboo Stencil, ensuring I did not have a lot of water on my brush so it would not leak underneath. I then die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die. For the Panda, I coloured with my Zig brushes, doing around the eyes and pads in a navy to stand out. I styled the Panda slightly to give some movement to him and propped him up on dimensionals, then die cut one of the leaves from the Tropical Leaves set, watercoloured and styled slightly before attaching, also with dimensionals. 
I think it would make a great birthday card for a younger one. 
Thank you for visiting my blog. 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Peaceful Place

I love this set of Savannah Trees from Frantic Stamper. They truly are magnificent trees.

I wanted to die cut the trees in a solid colour, opting for this metallic navy blue. Even with the solid dark colour one can still see the details of the die. 

To keep the whimsy of the trees, I used two different stencils for my background, the top called Cracked Paint, and the bottom stencil called Tropical Leaves. The technique I used for the stencils is called Stencil Monoprint, and can be found under my Awesome Tutorials section. I used water colours to do my card. Almost any ink will work with this technique. My top panel is attached using fun foam for dimension, and I inked the edges with distress blueprint sketch. I did not add a sentiment to my card. When I decide what I will use it for I can always add the sentiment.
Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Just saying

 I have had this Heidi Swapp stencil for some time and have never played with it before now. I thought I would just mess around with some inks and see what happens. 
For the top card, on ranger distress watercolour paper and using distress oxide inks I covered the stencil, then spritzed it and my paper with water before laying the paper face down on the stencil. I rubbed the paper ensuring that the stencil and paper kissed completely before removing the paper, then set it aside to dry. I then stamped the hello sentiment using Altenew Ruby Red, heat embossed and die cut it, with another cut in fun foam, gluing them together to add dimension to my card. I die cut the dried panel with my stitched rectangle die, then went around the flower petals with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle. I then attached my stenciled panel to the card base, and stamped the "just saying", which is heat embossed with black embossing powder, then gluing in place the "hello" die cut.
 It is always difficult to get a photo with the sparkle showing, so I propped my card up in the sun to take this to show you.

When I mess around with stencils I always use my original Misti with saran (plastic wrap) laid down for easy clean up. This way I don't have to worry about taping anything, the magnets do the work. Below is the same stencil with my watercolour piece ready for me to paint with Daniel Smith water colours. This is so easy to do, and makes for a great card to have ready quickly. I did not use a lot of water as I did not want it seeping under the stencil, and I pounced my brush on its side to apply the paint. 
 This is the finished card with those gorgeous colours. I die cut the completed panel with my stitched rectangle die, then attached it to my card base on fun foam. 
I stamped the "you are" using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, and the awesome is stamped using Altenew's Autumn Blaze ink, then heat embossed with the Nuvo Glitter embossing powder, die cut and glued to the card. I did not add anything further as I did not want to detract from the stencil and the colours.
I hope you enjoy both of these cards, and thank you for visiting my blog.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Fun Day

 This is a "new to me" stamp set by Altenew, called Way to Sweet, and it is ever so cute. 
I needed to make a sample card for a design team that I am on that featured something you would take on a picnic. Well, in my basket, that would be muffins of almost any kind.
The frame stamp and frame die set are also new to me. I used the pretty oval frame the other day, and the large frame last week, so today it is the smaller rectangle.
For this card I knew I would be using the frame and the muffin, but I wanted something for the background. I thought about circles of different sizes and the only stencil I had to use was a larger stencil at 8.5x8.5 by Donna Downey called Bubbles. As I wanted the bubbles within the frame, this turned out to be perfect as there is an area on the stencil that was perfect for my needs. I placed my die cut frame where I wanted it to be on my Neenah card base and proceeded to sponge on the spiced marmalade, then added touches of carved pumpkin. I then painted the circles with clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle. Next I cut a frame from Neenah cardstock for the bottom frame and attached with thin foam squares. I cut another frame from the distressed watercolour paper and stamped the frame image using white embossing powder. I gave the frame a quick go over with the Spiced Marmalade distress ink, then attached to the bottom frame using foam squares. I stamped the muffin and as I wanted just the muffin and no edging I fussy cut it out, styled it and attached using a foam square, adding a Wink of Stella to the topping. I stamped the candies and the cherry using the distress watercolour paper and fussy cut these as well and also styled before attaching. I coloured the cherry with my distress markers in citron and the candied apple. For the candies I first painted using the distress inks, but I found the colours somewhat dull for the look I wanted, so I got out my water colours and painted using the Transparent Orange and Indian Yellow.
To finish I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival ink in the Monarch Orange.
I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting my blog.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

just for you

This had to be the most difficult photo I have ever taken. I think the mix of the purples and the gold had something to do with this. It probably took me an hour to finally settle on this picture, and it does not do my card any justice. To spend further time would be of no benefit, so I have had to settle on this one.

To start this card, I stamped the images from the set that I wanted to use in versamark embossing ink and heat set with gold embossing powder. I wanted the smaller of the flowers as I would be using this frame die, and I also wanted room for my sentiment to be within the frame. I proceeded to watercolour the flower using Zig brushes in the purple shades, and the leaves using May green, doing this in layers until the colour I wanted was achieved. As I do not have the die set (out of stock when I ordered), I fussy cut the images, but I have listed the dies below for you. Once I finished fussy cutting, I went around all the edges with my Wink of Stella pen in gold, as I do not like to see any white! 😊 I die cut a smaller panel using the stitched rectangles, which I attached using foam tape. I then die cut the frame from gold metallic card stock and attached on foam dots, then arranged the flower and leaves so I could stamp the sentiment.
This sentiment is from a very old set by Stampendous called Sunny Flowers. I love this set, it is one of those keepers. 
I don't know if it is available anywhere, but this is what it looks like should you care to have a look for it. For my purposes I could not locate it at any of the stores I shop. For my card, I stamped this "just for you" sentiment using the Ranger ink in Majestic Violet.
I then proceeded to style the flower and leaves, attaching around the frame using foam dots and ranger multi-medium glue, and to finish, a few sequins. 
Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you enjoy this card.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Glorious Succulent

I have to say, I adore this stamp in all its glory! It is simple, but so striking, in my humble opinion of course. 
To start this I first stamped the image using Ranger Archival ink in Vermillion, on Ranger distress water colour paper as I wanted the texture from the paper. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the paper stood up to all the water. I painted the first couple of layers while I watched television last night, then added a couple more layers this morning.  I love how the turquoise peeks through the layers of green on some of the leaves. Once I was finished painting I went back over the stamp lines with my Sakura brush marker in vermillion. I added fun foam to the back of the panel and attached it to my card base using double sided tape. For my sentiment, I die cut the hello die in glitter cardstock along with white fun foam, then coloured the fun foam in turquoise using the Sakura markers, and glued the glitter piece to the top, and that finished my card. 
I hope you enjoyed this card, and thank you for visiting my blog.

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