Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas in Red

I used the same snowflake die and stamp for these cards and by changing the technique I got two different Christmas cards. 

For the card on the left I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then sponged on my colours in a Ombre look but dark on ends to a light centre. I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die and mounted to the card on foam tape before attaching the silver glitter snowflake, which is also on foam dots.

For the card on the right I stamped the image on my card base using the different colours in an Ombre look from dark to light at the top of the card. I added a double layer of the snowflake, with both layers having a layer of Wink of Stella on them. They are also attached with foam dots. 

Both cards received sequins, the right card having more than the left. I made both cards at the same time, so the two cards were done quickly and with different looks I think.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Believe in the Season, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamps Funky Snowflake, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Barn Door, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Foam Tape, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Oh What Fun!

While I had the Winter Wonderland stamp set out the other day I stamped this image from the set, and set it aside to colour, which I did this morning before I misplaced it! I make cards for some friends to give to their grandchildren, and I think this will be cute for one of them.

I water coloured the image using Zig Brushes and fussy cut. I dry embossed my card base, and die cut the tree ridge sponging on some colour. I die cut the slope from a textured cardstock that has some grit to it and sponged on a light blue then stamped the sentiment. Once I had all the pieces coloured and glued together I attached it to my card base. I styled the critter and attached him on foam dots ... he and his leaf are flying through the air!. Too cute.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I will see you next time.
Products: Penny Black Winter Wonderland Stamp Set, Hero Arts Snowy Drifts Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes, Sizzix Snowflurries Embossing Folder, Neenah Cardstock, American Crafts Cardstock, Zig Brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Pine Needle and Mowed Lawn, Ranger Archival Ink Vermillion, YNS Gumdrops, Foam Dots.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Starlight Starbright

I am joining in with the Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, which you can see here. It has been eons since I have done a sketch challenge, and I very much enjoyed the change today.

For layers 1 and 2 I did a watercolour sky using French Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue and Manganese Violet. I did several layers before I was happy with the look, then sprinkled layer 1 with water and both layers with Kuretake Tambai White Gold paint. For layer 3 I stamped my sentiment using silver embossing powder, and matted for layer 4 using silver Wink of Stella. Layer 5 are my stars, which I coloured again using the silver Wink of Stella, and layer 6 I left as my card base. Layer 2, the violet sky is attached on foam tape and I finished with just a few sequins.

Thank you for visiting today, I will be back tomorrow. In the mean time have a wonderful day.
Products:  Stampendous Starlight Sentiment, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Stitched Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Deckled Circle, Spellbinders Small Nested Circles, Memory Box Stars, Neenah Classic Solar White, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Schminke French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Newton Prussian Blue, Schminke Manganese Violet, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Kuretake Tambai Starry Colours, Wink of Stella Silver and Clear, Silver Embossing Powder, Foam Tape, Sequins.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I love Christmas

I do love Christmas and I love these little birdies, so this was an easy card to make. 

To start my card I die cut the deckled circle and the deckled rectangle. I then dry embossed my base card with the snow drops embossing folder, along with the deckled circle. On the circle I sponged on manganese blue, keeping it lighter towards the top. I added white gel pen to the dots of the snow. For the birds I stamped on watercolour paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then watercoloured using Zig Brushes. For the fur on their hats I coloured with white gel pen then added a lot of Wink of Stella and fussy cut once finished. I stamped the sentiment in green with the red heart on the rectangle and attached to my card base. I added foam tape to the circle before attaching, and added foam dots to the birds before attaching. A few snow sequins and regular sequins finished my card, along with more Wink of Stella at the bottom under the birds. 

Another card done and still more to go. Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Penny Black Winter Wonderland, Frantic Stamper Deckled Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Deckled Circles, Sizzix Snow Drops Embossing Folder, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Ranger Archival Ink Shadow Grey, Manganese Blue, Vermillion, Library Green, Zig Brushes Red, Grey, Wheat, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Foam Tape and Dots, White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella, Snow Sequins, Sequins.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Calm and Bright

All is calm, all is bright seemed like the perfect sentiment for this quiet place somewhere wonderful. I think I would love it there.

I tried Jennifer McGuire's technique of partial die cut window. Although Jennifer used a regular die cut for her window, I was determined to use my wonky die cut, and I think it worked out okay. 

I did an Ombre sponged sky and added Nuvo Crystals as a bit of falling snow. I added the left over die cut for the bottom panel which was the perfect place to stamp my sentiment. The panel is attached to my card base using foam tape.

I did this card for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers where we are to use items beginning with the letters NOV, for NOVember. I did the Nuvo Crystals, Ombre and added the Vellum snowflake. 

Thanks so much for having a look today ... see you next time.
Products: Hero Arts Snowy Drifts Fancy, Neat and Tangled Winter Trees (sentiment), Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Snowflake, Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock, Vellum, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch, Ranger Archival Manganese Blue Ink, Nuvo Crystals, Gold Glitter Pen, Foam Tape.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Merry & Bright

I was looking for a stamp like this and I finally found one, and I love the design of this particular stamp by The Ton. There are boundless possibilities ... and I will share another idea I have using this stamp on November 28, 2017 over on the My Sweet Petunia Blog, just in time for Christmas.

This is a 6x6 rubber stamp and this image started out as a sample of me just playing around with it to get comfortable with it before actually using it. So I had stamped this on a smaller piece of watercolour paper that I had handy. But I liked it so much I turned it into an A2 card, which also shows that it does not have to be used for only large cards.

I heat embossed the Poinsettia with clear embossing powder, then water coloured using Daniel Smith, Winsor Newton and Schminke watercolours in layers of colour until I was happy with the look. I trimmed up my piece and matted with green before attaching to my card base. The sentiment is die cut in gold glitter cardstock and I added the "& Bright" from another stamp set and die cut with the stitched label. 

As I was playing with this I did not keep track of the colours I used, but they did include a base of  DS Medium Hue Cadmium Yellow, SC Transparent Orange, WN Cadmium Red Deep, SC Rose Madder, SC Scarlet Red and SC Permanent Carmine, along with SC May Green and WN Sap Green.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Misti, The Ton Poinsettia, Right at Home Christmas Sentiments for the "& Bright", Frantic Stamper Merry Die from "Merry and Bright", Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Label, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Aura Green Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb. Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Gold Glitter Cardstock, Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Daniel Smith, Schminke and Winsor Newton Watercolours, Ranger Vermilion Ink for the sentiment. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sing It

Life is a song SING IT!

 I love this sentiment and I love this Music Ribbon so I put them together to make a clean and simple card.

The latest release from Frantic Stamper is all above

This card comes together very easily. The die is cut from black card stock, but you don't need black to make this. With a little ink you can make your music ribbon any colour. The sentiment is stamped using in a bright pink colour of ink. A few Sprinkles finished this card. 

Thanks so much for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Dies and Stamps, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Aura Black Cardstock, Ranger Archival Vibrant Fuchsia Ink, Sprinkles.

Take time to REMEMBER

I hope we never forget what an accomplishment it is that the major powers of the world have not gone to War since 1945, and that we continue to remember the dire consequences that would result should we go to War today. Let us always Remember.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hearts of Love

This is Hearts of Love featuring the newly released Musical Heart by Frantic Stamper. I love the simplicity of the musical note inside the heart, this is beautifully designed.

This is such an easy but effective card done in red and white. I embossed the background with my heart embossing folder, die cut the heart to match my card base and attaching on foam dots. I added the bakers twine and a couple of gems to finish. 

Thanks for having a look .... see you next time.
Products: Frantic Stamper Musical Heart, Darice Heart Background Embossing Folder, Aura Scarlet Linen Cardstock, Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock, Bakers Twine, Foam Dots, Gems.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Joy of Snow

I am trying a new technique called Stone Cold Twisted, and I have to say it is a cool technique so give it a try.

I used distress oxide re-inkers which give a more subdued look, but I still think a very pretty look and an unusual look coming from oxide inks. I did the same technique for the large snowflake, but used only one colour, whereas for the card background I used three colours. Instead of Wink of Stella I used Perfect Pearl Spray. It is there and very pretty even though it does not show up well in the picture.

I hope you will give this technique a try and thank you for visiting today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, CottageCutz Expressions Die Joy, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Perfect Pearls, Foam Tape, Sequins.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Merry and Bright

These two birdies make me smile every time I look at them. Chubby little cuties! 

I started this card by stamping the image using Ranger Coffee ink then water coloured with Daniel Smith Watercolours, including a few of their shimmer paints on the right bird and their hat apparel. Such wonderful water colours. Once finished and dry I die cut the image using my Stitched Wonky die and matted with the green from the leaves before attaching to my white card base. 

I used white gel pen on the snow and the pompoms on the hats, then added some Wink of Stella and a bit of Stickles. It has been eons since I have used Stickles so it always surprises me when it flows. To finish I added a few clear sequins.

Thank you for visiting today ...

Products: Stampendous Winter Birds Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles, Clearly Besotted Little Llama (sentiment), Ranger Coffee Archival Ink, Daniel Smith Watercolours, White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella, Stickles, Sequins.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Sweet as Chocolate

This is "Sweet as Chocolate." I had such fun playing with this new to me stamp set by SugarPea Designs, the face on the mug makes me giggle.

I started my card by die cutting a piece of designer paper with my deckled rectangle and attached it to my card base. I then die cut the deckled circle from one of the co-ordinating papers, and I stamped the mug on another piece of the matching papers with sepia ink, then fussy cut before sponging on my colours. I added Wink of Stella to the chocolate as well as the scarf, then attached to the deckled circle, which I then attached to my base with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in sepia and added a scattering of clear sequins to finish. This is a thank you card for a sweet lady, so I think it all fits together nicely.

Thank you for visiting today ...
Products: SugarPea Designs Mugs and Kisses Stamp Set, Ranger Archival Sepia Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Barn Door and Shabby Shutters, White Gel Pen, Neenah Cardstock, Prima Sweet Peppermint 8x8 Designer Paper Pack, Foam Tape, Clear Sequins.

Friday, November 03, 2017


This is Dance ... a card I made for the latest release from Frantic Stamper called Love and Music.

For this card I used the fabulous background stamp Hearts all Over. I wanted more hearts, but not the bold hearts that the embossing gave me. So I first stamped the background with versamark ink then wiped it off and heat dried to get the shadows. Then moving the paper in my Misti to a slightly different position I stamped again, this time heat embossing in white. To keep the softness about the card I sponged in the pinks. I added the Deckled Oval die and sponged around the edges, again in the pinks. I kept the couple in white and attached them using foam dots, then added the Dance sentiment from the Dance Rock Sing die sentiments. To finish I added a few sequins. 

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for having a look today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Dies and Stamps, Neenah Classic Solar White 110lb cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, White Embossing Powder, VersaMark Watermark Ink, Sequins.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Just a note

The latest release from Frantic Stamper is out consisting of a fabulous collection of love and music dies and stamps. You can see the entire release here.

I think this might be one of my favourite cards that I made for the release. I was teaching a class a couple of weeks ago and I was showing the alcohol ink spritz background technique, so I was doing it rather quickly. Of course it ended up being one of my favourite of the ones I have ever done, and it seemed perfect to use it to mat the stunning Spiral Rose Panel. On vellum I stamped the sentiment from the Sing It stamp set and attached it to the panel, then added the Heart Clef along with a few gems to finish. 

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Spiral Rose Panel, Frantic Stamper Heart Clef, Frantic Stamper Sing It Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Yupo, Vellum, Alcohol Inks, Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Kaiser Gems, Vellum Tape.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Holiday Wishes

A few weeks back I was looking at Christmas Trees on Pinterest and saw some of the cutest and funniest trees ever. 

The trees inspired this card which I made from die cut circles of varying sizes. This fold was taught in a class I attended years ago, the only class I have ever taken, and I still remember it! 😊 

To start my card, I did the falling snow with embossing paste on my card base and set aside to dry while I worked on the tree, which consists of 4 die cut circles in varying sizes, and a few folds, ending like this example. 
I stacked the tree together adding foam dots inside for dimension, and attached it to my die cut panel. The star I cut first with gold metallic cardstock, then with glitter tape and attached on foam dots, and the trunk is also die cut from the gold metallic cardstock. I added the stamped sentiment piece to the panel and attached the panel to my base on foam tape, and finished with a few clear sequins. 

I hope you enjoy this card today and thank you for visiting.

Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Christmas Holiday Envelope Sentiments, Sugar Pea Designs Tags To and From (for the star), Neenah Classic Cardstock, Gold Metallic Cardstock, American Crafts Glitter Tape, Altenew Moss Ink, Embossing Paste, Sequins, Foam Tape and Dots.
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