Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Love is in the Air

 I am up on the My Sweet Petunia blog today with this card. I am a bird lover, as most know, so I could not resist this set from Clearly Besotted called Some Birdie Loves You. 

The panel of this card is done using a smooshing technique along with a bit of tap dancing, meaning I tapped the paper into the inks. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon. Once dry I die cut using my wonky rectangles die then flicked the panel with yellow acrylic paint. 

In my mini Misti I proceed to stamp the images I wanted to use. I stamped the bird twice, and the leaves three times. The reason for this is that I would paint them differently then pick the ones I liked the best to use on my card. I did not move the stamps to do this, I simply moved the paper in my Misti for this. I then proceeded to colour using Zig Clean Color Brushes to paint. Once finished I fussy cut the images and styled them to use. 
I die cut the stacked heart and dragged it through some Lemonade ink and water before attaching to my panel, then attached all the my card base using foam tape. I then added the birds with foam dots, sitting them on the top of a heart for their perch, then added the leaves to the corner, and treated the flowers like sequins.
It was then I realized I had not stamped my sentiment - ack! Back in my Misti my card went where I stamped the sentiment using Ripe Persimmon Ink. I did several passes with the ink, as under the panel is hallow. It stamped perfectly, except for a bit at the top of the "t and h" in "the", so I touched those up with my distress marker.

This is a closeup of the card which shows the colours and the acrylic paint a bit better. 
I clearly had a lot of fun making this card and I hope you enjoy it as well. 

I did this video showing how I did this card. I hope you enjoy the video and if you do give it a thumbs up.

Thanks so much for visiting.
Products Used: Mini Misti, Clearly Besotted Some Birdie Loves You Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles, Aura 100lb Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Ripe Persimmon, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Foam Dots, Foam Tape.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday Best

This card is a nod to my childhood and Sunday's, and the pretty dresses and hats we wore to Sunday School. The challenge at Splitcoaststampers today is about the hat, and this is my sample card.

I started by stencilling the lattice pattern using my Clarity Brushes and twisted citron distress ink, fading the ink around the edges. I die cut the tangled frame and attached to the base on foam dots. For the hat, I die cut two pieces, one using the designer paper and the other with Neenah cardstock, gluing them together to show a slight shadow and attaching on foam dots, then adding Wink of Stella to the ribbon along the top of the hat. 

 I very much wanted the sentiment to be Sunday Best, so I generated it on my computer and die cut the sentiment with my sentiment labels die, attaching with foam dots supporting the centre. A few sequins finished my card. I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.
Products: Frantic Stamper Vintage Chick for Hat, Frantic Stamper Sentiment Labels, Frantic Stamper Oval Tangled Frames, Memory Box Texture Diamond Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Twisted Citron, Clarity Brushes, Neenah Cardstock, Lawn Fawn Polka in the Meadow 6x6 Designer Paper Pack, Foam Dots, Sequins, Wink of Stella, Clarity Brushes

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hoppy Easter

This is Vintage Chick hopping in to say hello for Easter. She is from the latest release by Frantic Stamper

For my card base I used a lavender cardstock and attached designer paper along with glitter ribbon which I cut in half. I stamped the Vintage Easter Greetings using Ranger Archival Ink in . I then die cut the deckled oval to use as a background for the chick.

Using water colour paper I die cut her and the hat then painted with Zig Clean Colour Brushes. I styled her and attached her to the oval on foam dots and added a few sequins to finish my card. 

She is now ready for Easter. Thank you for visiting.
Products: All dies and stamps used are Frantic Stamper, Aura Cardstock, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Designer Paper Pack, Lawn Fawn Polka in the Meadown 6x6 Designer Paper Pack, Ranger Archival Ink Majestic Violet, Zig Clean Colour Brushes, Glitter Ribbon Tape, Kaiser Gem, Sequins, Foam Dots.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Valentine Hugs

Sending Valentine Hugs to you today.

I did the background for this card earlier this week using the smooshing technique and distress inks, adding in some flecks of yellow acrylic paint for a change of pace. I also used my stacked hearts die and added water to the panel over the die to achieve the subtle hearts in the background. I then die cut the panel using my stitched rectangle die, and attached to my card base with foam tape.

The image is an oldie but goodie from Penny Black called Hugs. The sentiment is stamped using Ranger Archival Ink Monarch Orange. For the image, I water coloured using my Zig Brushes and used my ScanNCut to cut it out, then and attached on foam dots, and finished my card with a scattering of sequins. 

This was such a fun card to make, and the start to some Valentine cards for this year.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Penny Black Hugs Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles,  Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts Die, Simon Says Stamp Really Like You Stamp Set, Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, Fabriano Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Yellow Acrylic Paint, Ranger Archival Ink Monarch Orange, Foam Tape and Dots, Sequins.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Follow the Bunny

I am hopelessly in love with this bunny image with coordinating die. Too cute!

To do this card, I first cut the papers for my design. On the top panel, I measured and die cut the bunnies, laying the panel above the area that it will cover. I added water colour paper to the area, and water coloured the different colours I wanted the bunnies using my pearl paints, then attached the panel to the area using foam tape. I attached the bunny stamp to an acrylic block and stamped through the die cut using coordinating colours in archival ink. I added the sentiment and a scattering of sequins to finish. 

Thank you so much for joining me today.
Products: All stamps and dies from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Kuretake Pearl Watercolours, Ranger Archival Inks, Sequins, Foam Tape.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Easter Wreath

I love this Easter Wreath die and can see myself using this a lot, along with the goodies I attached to it. All of these dies are from the recent release called Vintage Easter.

I started this card by embossing my card base with the matelasse folder. All of the dies I die cut from watercolour paper and painted with Kuretake Pearl paints.  The dies are Bonnet Basket Treat Cup, Vintage Basket and Eggs, Modern Wreath and Elegant Happy Spring Easter Words. I styled all the dies before attaching them to the wreath, which is attached to the base on foam dots. I added a pearl to the bow to finish. 

Thank you for visiting today. 
Products: All dies are from Frantic Stamper, Cuttlebug Matelasse by Anna Griffin, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Kuretake Pearl Paints, Foam Dots, Styler, Kaiser Pearl.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Easter Scene

Easter is on the way ... really it is!

This is another one of the cards I made for the new release at Frantic Stamper called Vintage Easter, which is so much fun. Check it out here.

For my card I used the Spring Scene Edger, the Vintage Basket and Eggs and the Easter sentiment die from Elegant Happy Spring Easter Words.

I made a Bridge Card to show off the Spring Scene Edger die which I die cut in pink paper and shadowed using white card stock, which I also did with the Easter sentiment die. I die cut the basket and the eggs then painted using my Zig Brushes. I styled the cuts and attached using foam dots. 

The bridge card folds down flat and fits in an A2 envelope for mailing.

Thanks for having a look ... see you next time.
All dies are from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card stock, Doodlebug Design Springs Things Designer Paper Pack, Zig Clean Colour Brush.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Snowflake of Kindness

The Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today is to use different snowflakes on our cards. They are calling for more snow tonight in my area, and like you I am snowed out. So, spring colours flank this snowflake, and I used pearl watercolours too. I simple wash for the background and the snowflake I dragged through a little puddle of the blue and white paint. In my Misti I stamped the sentiment at least 8 times to get very good coverage over the pearl paint. I love my Misti! The panel was die cut with the wonky die and attached to fun foam then attached to my card base. I added a few foam dots to the snowflake before attaching and finished with a few sequins. 

Thanks for having a look and for visiting.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake and Wonky Rectangles, Honey Bee Stamps Kindness, Aura Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Kuretake Pearl Watercolours, Ranger Archival Manganese Blue Ink, Fun Foam, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Carrots Anyone

How about some happy bright colours to take the drudge out of this winter weather. It was just before Christmas when I started making this card for the January release at Frantic Stamper. So here I sat surrounded by Christmas thinking Easter. With the weather we have been having, Easter became a wish, so when I saw this cute Vintage Bunny I immediately thought of doing happy and bright colours to show her off. I painted the plaid background using two Daniel Smith watercolours then die cut using the deckled rectangle die. I kept the bunny all in white except for the bright pink eye, which has her popping off the background. I tucked the carrot in under her paw and attached her on foam dots inside the Oval Tangled Frame, which I water coloured using the same paints. To finish, I added sequins and the Easter die sentiment. 

I admit, I smile when I look at this card. 

Thank you for visiting today ... see you with more from the Frantic Stamper release in the coming days.

Products: All dies are Frantic Stamper, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Daniel Smith Watercolours Opera Rose and Lemon Yellow, Kuretake White Gold, Sequins, Foam Dots.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Sorry for your loss

This is not a sympathy card, it is actually a "resignation" card. Giggles!

A card done for a customer to use when she quits her job. The inside is decorated and it says 
"it's [her name], and this is
my two weeks notice". 

I was stumped when this card was mentioned to me. I was not sure what image might be good, and then I remember Harmony Girl. In my Misti, I stamped her using intense black ink and doing several passes to ensure I touched every part of the stamp. I then heat embossed using clear embossing powder to give a good sharp look to the image. The only colour added to the image is the stormy sky colour used on the rain drops. The colour is in the papers and sentiment, which is computer generated. I used a spellbinders tag for the sentiment, shadowed it with some coordinating paper and attached it on foam dots. 
On the inside I used another coordinating paper and a white tag with the resignation and added a swirl die around the tag. 

This was certainly a fun and different card to make. I hope my customer likes it.
Thank you for visiting today .... see you next time.
Products: Unity Stamps Harmony Girl, Spellbinders Tag Die, Penny Black Bookmark, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, My Favorite Things Tranquil Textures Paper Pack, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky Marker, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Foam Dots.

Friday, January 05, 2018


This little fellow is just too cute for words I think, and I also think he makes for a sweet thank you card, especially for a dog person.

I stamped him on watercolour paper and painted using distress inks. It doesn't take very much to have him looking cute. I wanted him in a frame, so I die cut one using my deckled rectangles dies and die cut a piece of designer paper using the largest die for my background. I attached the paper and propped the frame up using foam tape. The dog is fussy cut and attached also with foam dots. I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with the fishtail label die and attached, again using foam tape. Then in my Misti I stamped the paw prints where I wanted them moving my card instead of the stamp. I finished with a bit of Wink of Stella on his nose.
I hope you enjoy this little fellow, thank you for joining me today.
Products: Clearly Besotted Puppy Love, Frantic Stamper Deckled Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, Neenah Cardstock, My Favorite Things Tranquil Textures Designer Paper Pack, Ranger Archival Black Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen, Wink of Stella, Foam Tape, Foam Dots.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Chickadee With Thanks

We are buried in snow in my area, as is much of Canada. But, I am not complaining, instead I am creating. I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers and I thought it fitting that the challenge be about being "chilled". I asked for Thank you card with a wintry chill look and this card is my sample for the challenge.

Being a bird owner and lover I always worry about the birds in the winter, and even more so with the amount of snow we have. 

So, for my card today I decided to paint this chickadee stamp I have from WPlus9 called New Day. I did not want the leaves and berries from the stamp so in my Misti I used a marker to cover the area of the stamp I wanted and stamped several times to get a good impression. As I used black soot for this process I heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder before I painted it to set the black ink, the die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die.

I painted the background and the bird using a mix of Daniel Smith and Winsor Newton water colours. I wanted more plums in my background, but of course when I want them I can't make them! gah!

Once I was finished with the painting I splattered on some white acrylic paint representing a flurry of snow fall. I stamped the sentiment, then attached the panel to my card base using foam tape, and yes - sequins to finish. I do love me those sequins.

Thanks so much for visiting and I would like to send everyone my wishes for a happy, healthy and creative New Year.
Products: Misti, WPlus9 New Day Stamp, WPlus9 Hand Lettered Thanks Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Antique Gray Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot, Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Newton Sepia, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Coral, Phthalo Blue and Manganese Blue, Winsor Newton Payne's Gray, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, White Acrylic Paint, Foam Tape, Sequins.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Floral thanks

I think all the bitter cold and snow has me longing for spring, which is unusual for me as I do enjoy the winter.

So today's card is made with whole lot of wishful thinking. This stamp set is new to me sort of. I have had it for several months now, but have only now had the opportunity to play with it. I love this flower from the set and decided I would make this my focal.

I began my background by first stamping the stem using Altenew ink Lagoon and heat set, then did the watercolour background using Altenew Inks Volcano Lake and distress ink Shabby Shutters. While it was drying I stamped the flower, also using watercolour paper with Altenew ink in Coral Berry. I heat set the ink so I could watercolour, using the berry and distress inks in worn lipstick with a touch of festive berries. I went back to the stem and using Tim Holtz Distress markers added some shabby shutters and a bit of cracked pistachio. I then splattered using Daniel Smith Phthalo Green full strength along with some watered down. I stamped the sentiment using Altenew Lagoon and attached the panel to my card base with foam tape. I die cut and styled the flower slightly before attaching with foam dots. And, yes, a few sequins finished my card. 

Thanks so much for visiting and thank you for all your support through 2017.
Products: Altenew Best Buds Stamp and Die Set, WPlus9 Hand Lettered Thanks, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Altenew Inks Coral Berry, Volcano Lake, Lagoon, Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio, Daniel Smith Watercolours Phthalo Green, Foam Tape, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Friday, December 29, 2017


I think I could play for hours with alcohol inks and be in continuous amazement at how they react and the richness of the colours. If you have alcohol ink and glossy paper or Yupo, a beautiful card can be made.

When I did this card my friend was over for coffee and I was just dropping colours as we chatted. She was amazed at how the inks worked. I continued on and made this card, and my friend left with it. Ha ha,  nothing ever gets left behind for long.

I used my deckled rectangle die to cut the piece, and added the star cut in silver glitter, along with the Faith sentiment, cut 3 times and stacked. I had the snowflake on my table, so I used it as well. 

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and send wishes to all for a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Products: Frantic Stamper Deckled Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Faith Words #4, Frantic Stamper Small Stitched Stars, Snowflake is from Frantic Stamper Snowflake Border Die, Neenah Cardstock, Glossy Cardstock, Silver Glitter Cardstock, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz Silver Mixative, Kaiser Pearls, Foam Dots.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Sleeping Beauty

Merry Christmas everyone! 

I have this sweet little hedgehog to share with you today which I did as my sample for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers called "Not a Creature was Stirring".

For my card ... I kept it white except for the pops of colour on the image and for the sentiment. This little fellow is exhausted after all the fun in the snow and is catching a nap!

I die cute the circle first and was going to stamp some birch trees, but I did not like that look, so I opted for white die cut birch trees which I attached on foam dots, as is the circle. I cut down one of the trees so the branches would flow in to my circle. I stamped the hedgehog and coloured with Zig Brushes then ran him through my ScanNCut to cut out, then propped him up on the circle, also with foam dots. I stamped the sentiment, then added a few sequins to finish. 

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today. 
Products: Penny Black Winter Wonderland Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Birch Tree Forest Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Zig Clean Colour Brushes, Ranger Archival Coffee Ink, Altenew Parrot Ink, Sequins, Foam Dots.
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