Saturday, July 21, 2018


I am playing along in today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, where we had a visit to the site of the US Mint Sheets. Postage stamp sheets that are for sale and they are amazing. I picked this sheet for my inspiration.
I first die cut my panel with my antique frame, then did an alcohol background using Citrus, Lettuce, Dandelion and blending solution. I cut up my own felts for my round applicator tool, which is what I used to add interest to my background. I lay down random dots of ink in all the colours I want to use on my Yupo, then with the applicator tool I begin to pounce, turn, add blending ink, more alcohol ink - you get my drift. Until I am happy, which includes having some white space left. To get the tiny little circles I lightly tap the tool and add hot breath - yes the huff and puff kind. I did another blue background using Pool and Sailboat inks along with the blending solution, and this is what I used to die cut my bird. I also stamp the bird die with the coordinating stamp using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue. To finish I added the sentiment from Stamplorations along with Nuvo Jewel Drops. They are fresh when I took the picture, they will flatten just a bit when dry, which is a perfect end result. 
Here is a closeup picture. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Christmas in July with Scrap'n Stamp

Welcome to the Scrap'n Stamp "Christmas in July" Blog Hop. The design team are all excited to unveil our projects, and announce a give-away. 

We have 7 Christmas Embellishment Packs to give away for this hop. We will choose 7 lucky commenters, one from each designer, who will win one of the 7 Christmas Embellishment Packs available. The winners will be announced July 28, 2018 on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog.

Christmas is a favourite holiday for me, and it all has to do with the cards I make. I love to send cards to my friends, and I also donate cards to Senior Residences in my area. So today I have 2 cards and some Christmas Tags to share with you.

First up is Believe.
I used Penny Black's Cones and Berries for this card. I use distress markers and my Misti to colour the image in stages. I first did the leaves using Peeled Paint, and the berries using Festive Berries, then went on to the branches using Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain. I spritzed the image before stamping each of the colours. Once I finished the stamping I laid down some of the walnut stain on my work surface and with my paint brush I added it to areas of the branches.
Using Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass I did my background. I used my stamp pads and rubbed colour into my work area and with my paint brush took colour from each adding to my background. 
Once dry I stamped my sentiment, using doing the top using the Tumbled Glass and the bottom using the Peeled Paint. I added Wink of Stella to the berries and White Gel Pen to the leaves and berries, and finished with a few sequins.

My second card Happy Holidays is on the fun side of the Season.
For this fun and easy card I am using Winter Penguin from Lawn Fawn. I wanted a different kind of background so I used alcohol ink on vellum. I tore a semi-wide strip of vellum off my sheet of 156lb white vellum. I made a tinfoil tray and added Tim Holtz Alcohol inks in Sailboat and Indigo adding in Silver Mixative. I used a paintbrush to move the inks from side to side, then dried with my heat gun. I then added a thin layer of Glossy Accents and set aside for that to dry. To paint the Penguins I used my Zig Clean Color Brushes and added designs with a white gel pen to their scarves. 
To attach my vellum panel to my card base I used vellum tape. I found it at Amazon, but I am sure Raya will get it in for her customers. It does not show through the vellum at all, so I always make sure to have it on hand. I then added the penguins using foam dots, stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue and finished with a few iridescent bubbles.

I did extra Penguins while I was doing the above card, so I did these tags.
I have a stack of backgrounds that I keep to use for tags, which is what I used for these Impression Obsession Tags. I also have a box of small die cuts from previous years that I keep to use for this sort of thing, which is where the stars, snowflakes and bells came from. I added Nuvo Glimmer Paste under their feet for the ice and Nuvo Glitter drops to the snowflakes along with co-ordinating twine. 

 I have listed the products I used trying to keep them in the order of the cards below.

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To continue on your journey through the hop you can use the links below. Up next is Nancy


It is always a good time to celebrate Christmas in my humble opinion. I sheepishly admit I keep a few Christmas decorations up throughout the year.
I first did my background using Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters distress ink and an older stencil from Memory Box called Snowflake Lace. I then die cut the panel with My Favorite Things Stitched die, attached it to my card base and for a bit of sparkle I added glimmer paste dipping my bristle brush into the paste and lightly patting it on the panel.

I am sure we all have our favourite stamps and dies to use at Christmas. This is another one of mine, and I think that is because I love to paint this Poinsettia.
To start this I used the no line watercolour technique. Everyone has there way of doing this technique, but I use a very light marker, here I used Spun Sugar, and go around the edges of the image, and before stamping I huff and puff to dampen the ink to allow for the transfer to paper. For the green I used shabby shutters. I did not include the berries in this process, leaving them to finish at the end.
I used Daniel Smith Opera Pink to watercolour. I love this colour and don't get a chance to use it very often. For the greens I used Daniel Smith Green Apatite. Once all was finished and dried I drew on the veins with distress markers and this is when I did the berries using festive berries markers. For the flower center I first painted with Daniel Smith Cad Yellow, then added yellow Nuvo Jewel drops and once they were dry I went over the drops with Wink of Stella. I then added white gel pen to the berries because I forgot to leave the white space when painting. For the two flowers in the center that are white, they did not have enough definition until I added a few layers of white to them. I like them much better this way.
As there is not a die for this flower, I used my Scan'n Cut to cut the flower out, styled it and attached it to my card on foam dots. For a bit of sparkle I did the same technique to the flower that I did to the background, dipping my bristle brush into glimmer paste and patting it on the flower, then finishing with a few clear sequins.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today. It is a sneak peek at what is coming up tomorrow, so check back later tomorrow noon eastern time for a treat.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

You're Swell

 I cannot look at this stamp set and not laugh. How adorable are these puffer's. 
I was going to watercolour, but thought I would change it up a bit and use my Chameleon Color Tones. I have had them for awhile, yet this is the first time I have used them. I have to say, I enjoyed them very much. They were easy to use and I very much like the colours that are offered. They also come in a great box for storage. 
On to my card for today. I am using Hero Arts "I'm A Puffer For You" stamp set. 

I first die cut the panel using the Memory Box die, then stamped and heat embossed the waves using  Nuvo embossing powder. I mixed up distress oxide inks to colour the water, starting with Salty Ocean, then Cracked Pistachio and finally Broken Glass, drying between each application. I did not want my frame to have colour, so I applied the colour with a rough brush and flicked small amounts of splatter towards to top of the panel representing beads of water falling from the puffer balloon.
I then stamped the fish and proceeded to colour with the Chameleon Color Tones, starting with the lightest colour and ending with the lightest colour. What that means is, I start with the lightest colour, go to the medium colour, and once done with that colour I go back over the meeting lines with the lighter colour. I go from medium to dark and go back and do the blending area with the medium colour. I colour using small circles as I don't like to see lines. Needless to say colouring with pencils is time consuming for me, but also relaxing. Once I have completed my colouring I go over everything with a light covering of Gamsol. You can also use Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol. 
I then attached the panel to my card base using foam tape and arranged placement of the fish. I styled each of them and propped them up on foam dots. I added Wink of Stella to the gills, fin, lips and eyes, and white gel pen on each of the fish covering the black circles. I added the hearts with glue, stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue and the Blub sentiment using Jet Black ink. 
Here is a closeup of my finished card where I think you can see a bit of the shimmer.
Scrap'n Stamp have $10.00 off the Chameleon Color Tones for the next week, so now is a good time to add them to your crafting supplies.
I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


I failed to share this card that I made in June. 
A simple clean and simple card using hearts, dogs, love and shadows, what could be better?
I had the background paper in my stash so I am not sure where it came from, but it was yellow and had dogs. 😊
Using Neenah cardstock I cut a panel slightly smaller than my card base and cut the negative heart on an angle. I die cut the dog both in white and yellow for the shadow and cut the love in yellow plus white for the shadow. I glued the shadow pieces on, styled the dog and attached using foam dots. For the love sentiment I glued it to the right side of the panel and cut a foam dot in half to attach the left side. I added pink marker to the dogs tongue and a few gumdrops in yellow to finish.
Thank you for visiting today.

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