Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mug hugs

I could not make up my mind on the colour for my mug, so I did a bunch of colours! 

I first stamped and heat embossed the mug using white embossing powder, then die cut the piece with the wonky dies. I then proceeded with the water colouring using Tim Holtz Distress Inks adding layers of colour until I was happy. Once dry I splattered with more inks and an acrylic black ink, then attached to my aqua base. For my sentiment, I die cut the hugs using white fun foam, then coloured only the top with a glitter marker, leaving the sides white. It has the appearance that it is floating, which I like. And, being me, I added a few metallic sequins to finish. 

Thanks for dropping by today .... 
Products: Stamplorations Brew-tiful Day Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Hugs, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Black Acrylic Paint, Martha Stewart Glitter Marker, Paper Garden cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Fun Foam, Sequins.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Christmas Wonder

This is Christmas Wonder, and the first time I have inked up this new to me stamp, which I really love called Cones and Berries by Penny Black. I started this card by first doing a watercolour wash using Daniel Smith watercolours in Manganese Blue and Cobalt Violet. To stamp the image, I coloured first with the browns, then the red and green colours using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I added some White Gel Pen to the pine cone as well as scattered on the card. To finish I die cut my piece with the scalloped stitch trimming die and added a few small sequins.
Products: Penny Black Cones and Berries, Penny Black Believe, Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings Die Set, Paper Garden Lavender cardstock for base, Fabriano Hot Press 140lb. watercolour paper, Daniel Smith Watercolours, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, White Gel Pen, Sequins.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Autumn Plaid

Autumn is the perfect time for plaid, don't you think? I sure am enjoying this cooler weather, and I am very much enjoying making Autumn cards. 

I began this card by stamping the plaid background in my Misti. As it turned out it did not need another stamping, how unusual is that? I wanted it on the lighter side as I was using the darker base. I then die cut the plaid with my wonky die set. Next, I stamped the stamp using pigment chestnut ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, adding colour with my water colours. The Autumn sentiment is die cut three times and stacked for more dimension, and attached on the panel that is then attached to the plaid on foam tape. And, yes, a few sequins to finish.

Thanks so much for visiting today.
Products: Right at Home Gingham Plaid, Penny Black Lush and Lavish Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Autumn Die Sentiment, Bazzill Cardstock, Aura Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Dried Marigold and Carved Pumpkin, Colorbox Chestnut, Clear Embossing Powder, Foam Tape, Sequins.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Colours of Autumn

Autumn is by far my favourite time of the year. I love the cooler daytime temperatures with that touch of crispness in the air, and the nights are glorious. 

This card represents the beauty that comes our way with autumn weather. I love it when the leaves turn and show off, which is what I tried to represent here.
I heat embossed the leaves with white embossing powder before water colouring with distress inks. Once it was dry I sponged the edges and flicked on a burlap acrylic ink, I did not want black, I wanted a change from it, so burlap it was. For the sentiment I stamped in Colorbox Chestnut ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on vellum before attaching to my card panel. The panel was then attached to my base on foam strips and I scattered a few sequins in fall colours to finish. 

Thank you for visiting today ... see you next time.
Products: Neat & Tangled Maple Thanks Stamp, Winnie & Walter The Big Bold Seasons, Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, 40lb Vellum, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade. Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs; Colorbox Chestnut, Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Paint Frayed Burlap Acrylic Paint, Ranger White and Clear Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Tape, Vellum Adhesive.

Thursday, September 07, 2017


Christmas is just around the corner and I like getting a jump on my cards for the season. This card was also done for the Christmas is Here at Frantic Stamper.

For this card, I started by stamping and heat embossing in silver on my card base with the Starry Night Background stamp. I then sponged on Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. For my bottom panel I die cut using the Lovely Loop Edge die. I then die cut the adorable Sweet Holly Penguin which I coloured with Zig Brushes and attached using foam dots. I added the Believe sentiment die cut in silver glitter cardstock along with a few sequins to finish my card. 

Thank you for visiting today ...
Products: All dies are from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Zig Brushes, Ranger Silver Embossing Powder, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Right at Home Swap

Welcome everyone to today's blog hop from the design teams of My Sweet Petunia (MISTI) and Right at Home Stamps.
We are happy to have you join us.
We have some beautiful cards to share and prizes too.
There will be a draw of two winners from all the comments on the hop, so please leave a comment on every blog to be eligible. From My Sweet Petunia, winner's choice of an original or mini MISTI, and from Right at Home a prize package consisting of the Sunflower stamp set, Harvest Blessings stamp set (new release) and two Distress Oxide Inks - in Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint.

The deadline for your comments is September 8th, noon Central time, and the winners will be posted on the My Sweet Petunia and Right at Home blogs on Tuesday, September 12th.

Today I have two cards to share with you, and a video showing the Trio of Trees and Snowman Trio, both made using my MISTI and the Christmas Critters Stamp Set.

First up is the Snowman Trio. 
In my mini Misti, I stamped the snowman 3 times, the hat in different colours, and fussy cut all the pieces. I then attached the nose, mouth and eyes to my Misti lid and moved the snowman into place to stamp each. Up next, I added the scarf to the snowmen in the different colours, and coloured in using markers. I sponged some colour to each of the snowman as well as the hats. The panel was die cut using the stitched arch die and embossed with the snow drops embossing folder along with the arch die cut. I sponged on some tumbled glass to the inside of the arch, and attached the middle snowman with glue and the outside snowmen are attached on foam strips. I drew in the stick arms for the snowmen. The top panel is also attached with foam strips. In my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment, cutting and rounding the top corners to mimic the arch. A few sequins and Nuvo Jewel Drops finished my card.
Here is a close-up of my card.

My second card is the Trio of Trees.
Along with a close-up,
and the video showing the details of this card.

Following is the list with links of those participating in today's hop. You should have arrived here from Amy Kolling's blog, and next on the hop is Laurie Schmidlin. 

you are here ~KiaGibson-Clapper ~ you are here
My Sweet Petunia

Thank you for visiting the hop ... be sure to have fun.

Products: MISTI Mini and Original, Right at Home Christmas Critters, Gingham Background Stamp, Christmas Sentiments, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Arch STAX, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills Die Set, Tonic Studio Essentials Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Dies, Sizzix Embossing Folder Snow Drops, Neenah Cardstock, Silver Glitter Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks for snowman Black Soot, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Altenew Caribbean Sky and Coral Berry, for Trio of Trees, Altenew Ruby Red, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Crushed Olive, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Silver, Copper, Gold, Embossing Powder, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Sequins, Nuvo Jewel Drops, Foam Tape, Foam Dots.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Christmas Stars

I did this card for Frantic Stamper's latest Christmas release. I love this dangling star die, so I did another card using a different sentiment and colours. 

I die cut the panel then coloured the stars using Martha Stewart Glitter Markers. I use the negative from the panel to line up where the stars should go, then glue them to my card base. I stamp the sentiment, then use foam tape on the back to lift the panel from the base. A few sequins complete my card. I very much like the look, and hope you do as well.

 I have a short video showing how I do this, which follows.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Dangling Star Die, Frantic Stamper Joy & Peace Stamp Set, Penny Black Believe Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Martha Stewart Glitter Markers, Foam Tape, Sequins.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Gina K. Designs

We are having a hop and a giveaway, and so much more. Join myself and the design teams of
 for some fun, prizes and beautiful cards.

But first, how do you join in for a chance to win. Each participant who comments on each blog post will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win our hop prizes which include the winner's choice of original or mini MISTI, or the Stitched Leaves mini kit from Gina K. Leave your comments by  Wednesday September 5th at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

For my post, I have a few cards to share with you today. I was having so much fun I got a tad carried away, making 5 cards. 

I am using Gina K's Boho Flowers Mini Kit for my cards today, along with the Gina K. stencil called Rounded Swirl.

This card uses the flourish and butterfly, as well as the Rounded Swirl stencil for the background. 

More of the Boho Flowers done in white pigment ink and white embossing powder and stamped both on the card panel and again stamped and die cut and attached with foam dots to the panel. The falling leaves are from the tip of the flourish stamp.

Thinking of you is the card I feature in my video, and I also explain how I did the other cards. 

Following is a list along with links of those participating in today's hop. You should have arrived here from Sheri Gilson's blog and next on the hop is Cathy Tidwell. 

you are here ~ Kia Gibson-Clapper ~ you are here
Iliana Myska 

Thank you for visiting the hop today, I hope you all enjoy yourselves. 

Products: MISTI, Gina K Designs Boho Flowers Mini Kit, Gina K Designs Art Stencil Rounded Swirl, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, Clear Embossing Powder, Tonic Studios Mixed Edges Rectangles, Sizzix Dotted Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Deckled Circle Die Set, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio Die Set, Foam Strips and Dots, Nuvo Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops, Sequins.

Monday, August 28, 2017

For you

There is something about the way the oxide inks lay down that I just love, even without doing something fancy. I did this card just to feel the ink. I only have a few of them, but I look forward to adding to my collection.

I first stencilled my card base using ARTplorations Weaving stencil, then added in the die cut tag to stencil partially on it, going off the page to the left. I sponged on the colour to the tag top banner, then attached the tag to my card using foam tape. I added the "for" die cut which I coloured with black marker, and the stamped and die cut "you". With white twine, I added a bow to my tag and finished up by adding a few sequins.
Thanks so much for visiting today.
Products: ARTplorations Weaving Stencil, Frantic Stamper Tag Builder #2, Gina K Designs Boho Flowers Sentiment stamp and die, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, doCraft Black Marker, Foam Strips, Sequins, Twine.

Friday, August 25, 2017


It is never to early to make Halloween cards!

For this card I used the newly released Witches Gear, which I die cut and coloured using distress markers along with a silver marker.

I started by using the same grey cardstock for my base and panel. I embossed the panel using my cobwebs embossing folder then added ink to the webs and edges. A few of the spiders from the Spider Web Corner Die Set, were added to the web. I stamped "wicked" on the vellum label, and heat embossed with black embossing powder. A few black, brown and silver sequins finished this card.

Thanks for visiting today ...
Products: Frantic Stamper Witches Gear, The Witch is In Stamp Set, Spider Web Corner and Spider Die Set, Stitched Double Fishtail Labels; Sizzix Tim Holtz Cobwebs Embossing Folder, Neenah Cardstock, Vellum, Krylon Silver Leafing Pen, Tim Holyz Distress Ink Black Soot, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Black Embossing Powder, Sequins.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Under the Sea

This is a card I did for a friend's birthday last week so I did not want to share it until now. She has fish tanks, and loves anything from "under the sea". 

I had a lot of fun painting this using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. I first stamped on Arches Watercolour Paper and heat embossed with black embossing powder, then proceeded to colour. For a bit of sparkle I added Wink of Stella to the bubbles, then matted in the black and blue before attaching to my card base. 

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Stamp Junkies Under the Sea, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks, VersaMark Embossing Ink,  Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Arches Cold Press Watercolour Paper, Wink of Stella, Black Embossing Powder.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Toadally Awesome

Meet "Toadally Awesome"

A card I did for my neighbour who wanted a card for a little girl's birthday. 

I wanted to keep the green of the frog present in the card so I used mustard seed for my background, and twisted citron for the frog and sunrise border die. In my Misti, I first sponged on the mustard seed then stamped the frog and sentiment in the black ink. I water coloured the frog and the balloon, then activated the background with water for the wash. The panel is die cut with the stitched rectangle and attached to my card base on fun foam. It is difficult to see in the picture, but I have Wink of Stella on the frog's eyes. The pink of the balloon is done with my Zig Neon Pink brush. And, for more sparkle I added sequins. 

I think the little girl will like it, or I hope so ... thank you for visiting today.
Products: Misti, Joy Clair Hoppy Birthday, Simon Says Stamp Sunrise Border, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Zig Brush Neon Pink, Geranium Red (tongue), Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Fun Foam, Sequins.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Grown with love

This basil stamp image is the perfect kind of image to showcase using this new to me die from Memory Box.

To start my card, I first did a watercolour wash using for my background on watercolour paper. I then stamped the basil image and proceeded to watercolour with Zig brushes and once dry, I die cut the image. 
On the lavender paper I die cut using stitched rectangles along with the frame die and propped the panel up on fun foam, which I also cut using the dies. The basil is attached using a foam strip, so it has dimension, but not as high as the framing. I stamped the sentiment in my Misti, removing the rubber mat to accommodate the height of the card, and finished with a few sequins.

Thanks so much for dropping by, see you next time.
Products: Misti, Altenew Garden Grow Stamp and Die Set, Memory Box Pinpoint Double Frame, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Cardstock, Gina K Lovely Lavender Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, Daniel Smith Watercolours, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Fun Foam, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Burst of Flowers

 This is Burst of Flowers!

These wonderful flowers are part of the latest release, Fall Greetings, at Frantic Stamper.

To begin this card, I inked up my panel with the Sun Rays stamp using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry. I then covered the rays with Wink of Stella for the glow of the sun. For the flowers I die cut both the Boho Flowers and the Grateful Flowers Outline using watercolour paper, which I then painted with my Zig brushes adding a few layers of colour. 
I then styled and arranged the flowers on the side of the card, adding a few of the leaves and finishing with a scattering of sequins. There is also the Grateful Flowers coordinating stamp set, which I failed to order. How could I forget to get the stamps?! I will rectify that shortly.

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting my blog today. 
Products: All dies and stamps are Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Zig Brushes, Wink of Stella, Stylus, Sequins.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


How about some Halloween today?

The new release called Fall Greetings at Frantic Stamper includes Halloween stamps and dies, and they are so very fun.

For some reason I associate purple with Halloween and love using that colour along with orange on my cards. This card is no different, using dusty concord I started by stamping my background using the new Boo Eek Creepy background stamp and attached that panel to a deep purple cardstock. I then stamped my smaller panel using the 6x6  Grunge Crosshatch background stamp and matting it again with the deep purple cardstock and attaching it to my card base. I die cut the legs in both orange and white cardstock, and the boots in black cardstock from the Mix-n- Match Witches Legs and attached to my card on foam dots. A few dew drops and gold paint on the boots finished my card.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Stamps and Dies; Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord, Dew Drops, Gold Ink, Foam Dots.
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