Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dear Friend

The reason I started to make my own cards was that I loved sending cards to my friends. I had moved to Ontario from British Columbia and left some very special friends, and those friends have an appreciation for handmade, even those "rough" cards from my beginning days. Now that I am better at it, I love to share with many people. 

The Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoast is to celebrate our friends, and this is the sample card I made as part of the design team. 

First off, the matting and sentiment look black, but they are actually both navy blue - and I do not know why those colours would show up wrong when the other colours are spot on. 😖 

To start, I die cut my watercolour panel using the stitched rectangles die, then stamped my image and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then painted the image with Zig brushes, adding colour in layers.  Once that was finished I did the background wash and added black ink splatters, and stamped my sentiment using sapphire ink. The panel is matted with the sapphire cardstock on Neenah Antique Gray cardstock, then finished with a few crystal sequins. 

I hope you enjoy this card today and thank you for visiting my blog.
Products: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquets Dahlias, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Classic Crest Antique Gray Cardstock, Bazzill Sapphire Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Zig Brushes, Altenew Inks Sapphire, doCraft Marker Black, Crystal Sequins. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Happy Thoughts

Happy thoughts are coming your way!

It is a dull day in my part of town today, so a happy colour filled card is in order.  

For my background I first die cut the stitched rectangle, then die cut the piece again using the next die down. I then embossed that piece with the swirly embossing folder and sponged on the green, before putting together and attaching to my card base. For my card, I stamped the teacup and sauce using pink ink, the leaves using the greens and the flower using black ink on watercolour paper, and proceeded to colour using my Zig brushes. Once finished I die cut the pieces and arranged on my card. I styled the flower before attaching on foam dots. I stamped the sentiment in the black and die cut using a label die.

The Zig colours I used for the flower and teacup/saucer are yellow, light carmine, pink, light violet and shadow mauve. I stamped the teacup and saucer using Simon Says Stamp Pale Blush Pink, and Intense Black for the flower and sentiment. On the leaves I used Altenew bamboo, olive and parrot. I sponged my background using the bamboo colour.

Thanks so much for visiting today ... see you 
next time.
 
Products: Altenew A Beautiful Day Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Vintage Teacup Stamp and Die Set, Elizabeth Crafts Swirly Curves Embossing Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Spellbinders Label Die, Inks noted above, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Stylus, Foam Dots.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Snowflakes Peace

Celebrating Christmas in July! 

It is that time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I like to make some of my cards that are a bit different from the norm. By that I mean, non-traditional Christmas colours. This card is an example of that. 

I started this card by heat embossing my snowflake stamp using silver embossing powder on white cardstock.  I then die cut the panel with the stitched rectangles die and proceeded to sponge on my colours, applying more ink in a few spots.  I embossed my card base with the snowflurries embossing folder and attached the panel on foam tape to the base. I die cut the peace sentiment using white glitter cardstock and finished with a few sequins. 

One down, so many more to do. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today ... I look forward to seeing you next time.
Products: IndigoBlu Snowflake Lace Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set, Memory Box Peace Sentiment, Sizzix Snowflurries Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Foam Tape, Sequins,.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tomorrow

It is a new day and today is also the 3rd Anniversary of My Sweet Petunia. I find it hard to believe that it has been 3 years ... they have flown by. Misti changed my life as a card maker. Three years ago I did not use stamps unless I was forced into it. Today, I love to stamp and play with inks and get messy. Card making is now my passion, and I am better at what I do because of my Misti's

Iliana, inventor extraordinaire, is having a sale to celebrate her years of arduous work and, all of you for embracing her creation. Read all about it here.

On to my card. This card, the pictures and details showing how I made it are up on the My Sweet Petunia site today. I would love for you to visit and read how I did it. Thanks so very much for your support.
Products: Misti, WPlus9 A New Day Stamp Set, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Arch STAX, Zig Brushes, Daniel Smith Watercolour Paints for background, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Neenah Cardstock, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Designer Paper 6x6 Pack, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Wink of Stella (on berries), Foam Strips, Sequins.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Bunch

This card is destined to my Veterinarian thanking her for clipping my bird CC's wings. I cannot take credit for this card, the idea came from Cindy's card, which 
I just love. 

I first die cut my watercolour paper with my stitched rectangle die, then in my Misti, I coloured my stamps using markers and spritzed with water before stamping. I made a few little puddles of paint to splatter using my paint brush.  I attached to my card base on foam strips, then added a few sequins
to finish.

I think this is one of the fastest cards I have ever made! That leaves time to make more ....😉

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Products: Misti, Taylored Expressions Light as a Feather Stamp Set, WPlus9 Hand Lettered Thanks, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Paper Garden Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Versamark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Strips.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Daisy Day

Blue is the colour for my card today.

These spring daisy flowers from Altenew are one of my favourite stamp sets, yet this is only the second time I have used it. Normally I would go to the yellow family to do this kind of card, but I wanted to change it up for this card, so we are seeing blue today. The inspiration for this card comes from Jennifer McGuire where she does a split colouring technique using Copic Markers. I don't have Copic Markers, and normally I would do this using my watercolours or Prisma Pencils, but I wanted a bit of a change for today.

I started by setting my card up in my MISTI. I 
started with the largest flower from the set and stamped 
both the white and blue cardstock using
the persian blue. I then masked off the large flower and stamped the smaller flower, then added in the
leaf and the bud. Starting again with the larger
flower, I inked up the second layer of the flower
using caribbean sky ink. Again, masking the larger
flower, I stamped the second layer of the flower 
this time using the persian blue, and did the same
for the leaf.  I cut the blue panel about 1.25" from
the bottom and attached to my white card base. I 
cut a 3/8" piece of blue cardstock and attached 
under the blue, then stamped my sentiment using white pigment ink.  I then added the white to 
the centre of the flowers with my Uni-ball 
Signo Pen, and finished with a few sequins. 

I hope you enjoy this card today, and thank you
for visiting my blog.
Products: Altenew Sring Daisy Stamp Set, Sentiment from Altenew Persian Motifs Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Altenew Inks Persian Blue, Caribbean Blue, Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink, White Uni-ball Signo Pen, Sequins. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beauty Awakens

One of the best things about summer for me are the birds and butterflies, both in nature, and in my cards. Today I would like to share with you these butterflies, and a wonderful sentiment, both from Art Neko Galleries

To start my card I die cut watercolour paper using my stitched rectangle die, one of my favourite dies to use on this kind of card.  I then sponged on distress ink and spritzed with water, letting the water move around the paper to fill in. Once dry, I prepared the paper for heat embossing and stamped the large butterfly using distress ink in picked raspberry, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then stamped the smaller butterfly in ripe persimmon and heat embossed again using the clear embossing powder.  On the larger butterfly I sponged lightly across the butterfly wings with spun sugar ink, then added Wink of Stella to both butterflies. I then puddled some water in my palm and splattered it around my card and after a bit used paper towel to dry it up, leaving the beautiful water marks. In my Misti I stamped the sentiment several times to get a good impression using in intense black ink. I mounted my panel on fun foam and attached to the card base, then for a bit more sparkle I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops. Here is a close-up showing the sparkle.
I hope you enjoy this card today and thank you for visiting my blog.
Products: Art Neko Stamps, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spun Sugar, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Wink of Stella, Versamark Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Fun Foam , Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

By the Sea

Isn't she the cutest whale ever? She is so fun to colour making for a delightful summer card for just about any occasion. 

I started my card by first inking up the new Simple Waves 6x6 rubber stamp and spritzing with water, then laying my watercolour paper on top and rubbing the paper to ensure contact. With the left over paper I die cut the waves using one of the Stitched Waves dies and attached to the bottom of my card. I die cut the Spouting Whale and watercoloured with my Zig brushes, styled, then attached to my card on foam dots. I stamped the By the Sea sentiment and added a few sequins along with some Wink of Stella to the spout and top of the whale to finish my card.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Spouting Whale, Stitched Waves, Simple Waves 6x6 Rubber Stamp, By the Sea Stamp Set; Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings Die Set; Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch; Zig Brushes; Wink of Stella, Sequins, Foam Dots, Stylus.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lemons and Tequila

A fun stamp set from Technique Junkies to use for the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.

In my Misti I stamped the image a couple of times on my designer paper to get a good clean look. I added some yellow to the lemon and to the glass for a bit of colour. I then die cut the rectangle die in the black and took it apart to use just the frame around my panel, and attached this to matting done in the yellow with the frame kept attached. I added Wink of Stella to the glass, which cannot be seen in the picture, along with a scatter of sequins. A fun and quick card.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Technique Junkies Call the Girls, Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings Die Set, Neenah Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Pink Petticoat Designer Paper, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Zig Brushes, Sequins.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Special

The Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers this week happens to be a long time cyber friend of mine, Ann, and I am delighted to do this card in her honour. I picked this card of Ann's to case. 

For the background I used an embossing folder full of flamingo's, which I kept white using instead a bright coral/pink cardstock for my card base. I die cut my flamingo from watercolour paper and painted the with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and Zig Brushes for the beak, eye and legs. The grass is die cut from cardstock with some citrus green ink sponged on. I attached the grass and the flamingo is attached on foam dots. The sentiment is stamped on cardstock and I used a label to die cut, and I finished with a few sequins. So fun!
Thanks for visiting today, and congratulations Ann!
Products: Couture Creations Pretty in Pink Embossing Folder, Frantic Stamper Flamingo and Label Die, Impression Obsession Grass, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spun Sugar, Wilted Violet, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Citrus, Zig Brushes Black, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Foam Dots, Sequins. 

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Butterfly Smile

Butterflies always make me smile, and this butterfly stamp set is one of my favourites. 

I made this to play in the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers where we visited a Pinterest site all about Macarons and Meringues. Who would have thought there was such a site? In any event, I was inspired by this display of ombre cookies.

I started by stamping the background stamp and heat embossing with white embossing powder. I then brushed on the inks using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries. I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangles die. For the butterfly, I stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder and sponged on the spun sugar to the wings and festive berries to the body, then styled and attached to the card using glossy accents for the strength, as this will be mailed. I added the sentiment,  which I sponged with festive berries and a few sequins scattered about to finish my card.
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for 
visiting today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stepping Stones Background Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Stampendous Pen Pattern Butterfly Stamp Set and Die Set, Cheery Lynn Die Smile, Neenah Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Clarity Brushes, Versamark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Ranger Matte Glue, Stylus, Sequins.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Colourful Fishes

Colourful little fishes to share today. I have a friend who has aquariums, so recently I have been learning more about aquariums and the colourful fish.

I did this card for Frantic Stamper in celebration of their latest release "Under the Sea Fantasy".
For a change I used some designer paper for my water background, along with the Bubble Oval die. I glued back in the bubbles and painted them with Wink of Stella. For the Fishes, I die cut using watercolour paper and painted them using Zig brushes. I then styled and attached using foam dots. In the watercolour paper I added the Seaweed and Anemone, also painted with Zig brushes and attached with glue and a foam dot. I left the sentiment off and can add a sentiment when I decide what I would like to use the card for. 

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Dies are from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, MFT Tranquil Textures Designer Paper, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Zig Brushes, Wink of Stella, Foam Dots.  

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Treasure

This is "Treasure", a card I did for the latest release at Frantic Stamper called "Under the Sea Fantasy".

Yesterday I showed you Ahoy where I used the same Breaking Waves background stamp. Today I am using the stamp vertically instead, giving my card a totally different look. 

For this card I used the same technique to stamp, by inking and spritzing with water. I stamped and heat embossed the diamond gem using white embossing powder, then die cut it. For the sentiment, which is from the You're a Treasure stamp set, I stamped using dark blue ink and die cut using Frantic Stampers Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, attached to my card base and added the diamond using a foam dot. I then die cut the Treasure die and coloured with blue glitter marker for some sparkle, then attached on foam dots. A few clear sequins finished my card. I think it makes a great thank you card.

Thanks for visiting my blog today ...
Products: All stamps and dies are from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Martha Stewart Glitter Markers, Versamark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Dots.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Ahoy!

Ahoy! I am sharing a sample card I made for Frantic Stampers newest release called Under the Sea Fantasy

For my card I used Breaking Waves which is 1 of the 6 new 6x6 rubber background stamps included with this release. I inked the stamp, spritzed with water, then applied my watercolour paper to the stamp and ran my fingers across the paper to ensure all was transferred. Once dry I added brown ink with a stipple brush along the bottom of the watercolour paper to mimic the sand. I die cut the shipwreck, water coloured, then styled and attached on foam dots. I finished with a few starfish from the Ocean Floor Icons along with the Ahoy sentiment stamped and die cut using the stitched fishtail labels
A fun card to make ... thank you for visiting today.
Products: All dies and stamps are from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Intense Black Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire, Gathered Twigs, Zig Brushes, Foam Dots.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Cream Leaves

These leaves are not cream, as in colour, but they 
are creamy! 

This technique has been on my never ending list of techniques to try. I bought the shaving cream and put it away, and promptly forgot about it until yesterday.

The Shaving Cream Stencil technique as done by Lydia Fiedler for Splitcoaststampers states to use water based inks. Alas, I used alcohol inks and it worked out fine. 😅

I used Sunset Orange, Citrus and Sailboat Blue inkers, and used a toothpick to drag the ink through the shaving cream. There was a lot of mixture, so I made a couple backgrounds, and next time I will be sure to have other stencils at the ready.

I let it dry and burnished it with paper towel, then added foam strips to the back and the twine and attached to my card base. The sentiment is die cut in black cardstock and attached with multi medium matte glue. I love it just the way it is, so this is my card to share with you today.

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Products: ARTplorations Leaf Prints Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Hello die, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Black Cardstock, Foam Strips, Shaving Cream (foam kind), Adirondach Alcohol Inks Sunset Orange, Citrus, Sailboat Blue, Twine, Multi Medium Matte Glue.


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