Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Balloon Birthday

Balloons anyone! I hosted the Clean and Simple challenge on Monday and this is my sample card.

It was my birthday Saturday past, and Canada 
is celebrating our 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and, the US will be celebrating their 4th of July, so to celebrate 
I decided on balloons. 

For my card I stencilled the circles using my Clarity brushes, gradually fading out the circles. I die cut 2 balloons in 
vellum and brushed on the colours,
added the twine and attached on foam dots. 
For my sentiment, I heat embossed my sentiment using 
gold embossing powder and die cut it with
the stitched rectangles and used vellum tape to attach to 
the card base. And to finish, a scattering of 
sequins completes my card. 

I have missed posting to my blog. I have been
knee deep in painting my place. What a job, but 
what a difference too. I am loving my colours 
making such a happy place to create.

Thanks for visiting, I will see you next time.
Products:  Simon Says Stamp Balloons Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots Stencil, Impression Obsession Birthday Wishes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Carved Pumpkin, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Neenah Cardstock, Vellum Paper, Clarity Brushes, Gold Embossing Powder, Twine, Sequins, Vellum Tape, Foam Dots.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spectacular Birthday

I do love the Ferris Wheel, and that is about the only ride I enjoy. Nice and peaceful with a great view ... works for me! This Ferris Wheel is from the latest Frantic Stamper release Carnival Summer Fun.  

I wanted my card to be a bit magical so I did a Bister background masking with a die cut of the Ferris Wheel and die cut another Ferris Wheel using gold glitter paper which I attached to my background on foam dots. I stamped the Birthday sentiment in black ink and added a few sequins to finish my "magical" theme. 

Thank you for visiting today ...
Products: Frantic Stamper Ferris Wheel Die, Frantic Stamper Circus Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Glitter Cardstock, Bister Powders, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Sequins, Red Crystal Gems.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Summer Flip Flops

The Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week is to celebrate the colours of our countries flag. Canada's Flag Day is observed annually on February 15th to commemorate the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. Previous to 1965, the Canadian Flag was the Canada Red Ensign which had been our Countries flag since 1868. There were four colours in the Red Ensign, which would have been fun ... but our flag is the Red Maple Leaf and red and white is the order of the day.  
I decided on a fun and light summer card for the challenge starting with my flip flop embossing folder. I decided to highlight one pair of the flip flops, so die cut the red circle frame and added red and white twine to one side of the frame going around the back of the card, then attaching to the card base on foam strips. I coloured the flip flop in red and added a crystal gem to each. For my sentiment, I heat embossed using red embossing powder and die cut with the small stitched rectangle die and finished with a few sequins and crystal gems. I know just the person to send this to. Thanks for visiting today ... see you next time.
Products: Echo Park Flip Flop Embossing Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Bakers Twine, Sequins, Red Crystal Gems, Red Embossing Powder, Embossing Ink, Foam Strips.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thanks so very much

This card was a lot of fun to make, done for a customer who is having a September wedding and she would like thank you cards for her wedding party. Her decorating includes pumpkins in blue and ivory with gold accents, so I thought I would incorporate that into my card. I started with the beautiful stamp set by Altenew called Birch Land. It was the first set I bought from Altenew, and certainly has not been the last. I stamped the tree in black and did some masking to add to the tree on both layers. I then stamped the leaves, and did the brushing on of the green using my Clarity Brushes, which I love!  I die cut the pumpkins and sponged on the blue and used gold Wink of Stella for the stems, styling and adding on foam dots for a couple of them. I stamped the sentiment, then attached the top layer on foam strips, adding Nuvo Jewel Drops to finish. I have given this card to Carol and she is very happy with it, so I can share it with you now. Thanks for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Birch Land Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Thanks, Pumpkins are from the Frantic Stamper Fall Harvest Panel, Altenew Inks, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Neenah Cardstock, Foam Strips and dots, Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Bunch of Flowers

This is the second thank you card I did for my customer. 
I just love these flowers, they are so delicate. I 
randomly stamped the flower around my 
watercolour paper using Altenew Silver Stone ink,
then die cut with the slanted die. I water coloured 
the images using Zig brushes in yellow, bright 
yellow (which has an orange shade to it), light carmine, 
pale green and light green.
I die cut my panel with the scalloped trimming die, then the chevron edger die. When I started the card 
I was thinking of matting in orange cardstock, 
but decided it needed more drama than orange, 
so black it was, which I also cut with the chevron edger die. I added the sentiment, first cut in white foam, then the black cardstock which I attached to 
the foam, so it would be white meeting with the 
floral pattern. A few sequins finished my card, 
which I am sure my customer will like.
Thanks for having a look today ... see you next time!

Products: Altenew Peony Bouquet, Frantic Stamper Chevron Edgers #1, Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, Cuttlebug With Gratitude, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Sequins. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Floral Thank You

It seems wedding cards and thank you cards are in need this time of year. A customer needs a couple of thank you cards to send out to some lady friends of his. I have made him cards previously, so I know what he will like, and this is one of the cards. 
I love this large flower stencil by Hero Arts, so decided I would use it for one of the cards. I brushed on the ink using my Clarity Brushes, and the results never disappoint. I love the way the brushes lay down the colour. Once done the brushing I added some Wink of Stella to the flower centre and stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner. I added a few sequins around the card and it was finished. A very quick and easy card thanks to the beautiful stencil and my Clarity Brushes.
Products:  Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil, Sentiment from Altenew Majestic Bloom, Neenah Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Wink of Stella, Sequins.

Monday, June 05, 2017


It is National Aquarium Month ~ who knew?
The Splitcoaststampers challenge today is celebrating, and this is my sample card.
I used glitter cardstock for my water, and stencilled the blue on using a bubble stencil and Nuvo Mouse.
Once that was dry I added glossy accents to the bubbles and put aside for that to dry. I stamped, die cut and styled the fishes, along with die cutting the top panel with the two dies and stamping with the seaweed in the blues. To put my card together, I first added the foam strips to my top panel and attached to the base, then arranged where I wanted my fish and attached them using foam dots. And, I added Wink of Stella to the fishes eyes, just because!
What ... no sequins! Giggles, no need for anything else
on this card. 
Thanks for visiting my blog ... see you next time.
Products: Hero Arts Coloring Layering Goldfish Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Deckled Ovals Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Memory Box Bubbles Stencil, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Glitter Cardstock, Altenew Inks Persian Blue and Caribbean Sky, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade, Nuvo Embellishment Mouse Cornflower Blue, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella, Foam Strips and Dots.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Wedding Day WIshes

It is almost summer and the wedding's are 
underway for 2017.
I wasn't sure where I was going when I started this card, 
which is so often the case. When someone needs a card and they leave it up to me to design, I sort of wing it and design it as I go. In thinking of weddings though, I thought of the outdoor pictures, and flowers and lattice, and on I go. I began by die cutting the stitched rectangle and stencilling the lattice using Nuvo Embellishment Mouse in Spring Green, 
then set it aside to dry.
I stamped the flower and leaves on watercolour paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder, and water coloured using Zig Brushes. 
I attached the lattice panel to my card base using foam strips. 
I then styled the flower and leaves and arranged them on the lattice panel, attaching on foam dots.
 I never seem to know where I will stamp my sentiment until the end, and today was not any different. As I was going to be stamping partially on the mouse, I place the card in my Misti and stamped in intense black ink several times until I was happy with the results. Even though I stamped about 5 times, I still touched up the sentiment with a black fine line sharpie where I could still see the lattice. And, as weddings need a bit of sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the flower centre along with a few clear sequins scattered around the card. 
Thank you for visiting my blog .... I will see you 
next time. 

Products: Memory Box Textured Diamond Stencil, Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp and Die Set, Frantic Stamper Wedding Wishes Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set, Nuvo Embellishment Mouse Spring Green, Zig Brushes Olive, Yellow, Carmine and Light Carmine, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Foam Strips and Dots, Sequins.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

The Littlest Birds

It is so true, the littlest birds do sing the sweetest songs. The inspiration for this card came from a Pinterest Board called Tim Holtz Inspiration. For those who do not know Tim Holtz, he is an artist/designer working with the Sizzix line of products and is very well known in this industry for his Distress Inks, which I used on this card today, as well as the stencil I used here. 

For this card I did the stencil monoprint technique using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin on Neenah cardstock instead of watercolour paper, which requires less water and less time left on the paper. Once the panel was dry I die cut using the stitched rectangle and sponged around the edges using Wild Honey Distress Ink.

This stamp I bought awhile back, but this is the first time I have used it. It is from Carabelle Studio and is called Perroquets. I have a Cinnamon Pied "Cockatiel" named "CC", which is why I bought the stamp, and as I made this card she was climbing all over me ... I am her "tree"!

I stamped my bird in silver stone ink on watercolour paper and lightly watercoloured, adding the "Cockatiel" yellow and oranges and fussy cut once complete. I then stamped the sentiment on the music panel using Intense Black ink, added the orange cardstock which was die cut using the stitched rectangles and attached the music panel using foam strips. I styled the bird and attached the branch, which is watercoloured in the walnut, then attached those to the card on foam dots. A few dots of Nuvo Jewel Drops finished my card. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Products: Tim Holtz Stencil Concerto, Carabelle Studio Perroquets, Stampendous Spring Sentiments, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Memory Box Twigs and Berries, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Walnut Stain, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Bazzill Cardstock, Nuvo Jewel Drops, Foam Strips and Foam Dots.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Misti makes Sparkle

Meet Sparkle.
This card I did for My Sweet Petunia.  I love my Misti, and use it every day, and not just for stamping. As you can see from this post, I used my Misti to make this background, using a stencil, ink and water. Water in your Misti - how could you? I am not about to mess up my Misti, so I use Saran wrap, aka cling wrap. The grid lines in the Misti help me keep my stencil and paper straight for this technique. 
For the stencilling I used Tim Holtz Rays Stencil and Distress Inks Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry. The technique is called Stencil Monoprint and can be found under my Awesome Tutorials page. 
For my flowers, I added Carved Pumpkin distress ink and I stamped and water coloured in my Misti, using the new Creative Corners to hold my paper in place, and I also rest my hand on the corners when painting so I don't mess up what I have done. Once I finished the water colouring I used do-Craft markers to add a bit of detail to the flowers, and Wink of Stella to the flower centres. 
I attached the stencil to my card base and added a thin piece of glitter cardstock to the bottom as I did not want to see the stencil at the bottom of the row of flowers. I styled the flowers and added along the edge on foam dots.
It was after this was done that I decided on the sentiment I wanted to use, which is from Penny Black's Sprinkle and Smiles Stamp Set.
To finish my Sparkle card, I added sequins of varying colours and sizes. 
I hope you enjoy this card and that you are able to visit the link I provided where I have a picture tutorial of my process. 
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
Products: Original Misti, Tim Holtz Stencil Rays, Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Designer Flowers Die, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Wink of Stella, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Glitter Paper, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

From Me to You

Hello to you. This card is the sample I made for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, where I asked the participants to focus on their background for this challenge.
If you follow my blog, you will have seen the masculine card I did using this technique, called Cling Wrap Background. I also have it listed in my Awesome Tutorials for ease of reference. This background is a bit different from the Bister background, but I love this look as well. I did several of these one night  before bed.
For this card I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks Wild Honey, a tad of Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber spritzed with Perfect Pearls and left overnight to dry. I always have perfect pearls on hand to use for these kind of projects. I use the small ranger spritzer bottle which I mix the powder and water in. 
For the butterfly, I stamped and heat embossed using white embossing powder on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper, then laid down more Tim Holtz Distress Inks, being Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade, and dragged my butterfly through it. With a paint brush I smoothed out some of the areas. Once dry, I styled my butterfly and attached using glossy accents to ensure I would not come off. As the die cuts of the antennae, I fussy cut them and reattached. I stamped the sentiment on the tag die and attached, then added a few sequins to finish. I hope you enjoy this card today. I certainly enjoyed making it. Thank you for visiting.
Products: Stampendous PenPattern Butterflies and Die Sets, Sugar Pea Label Tag, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Sentiment is from Concord & 9th Many Mandalas Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Sequins.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sunshiney Day

I am dipping into the alcohol inks for this card, and using a die that I have not used before, which happens to be a sun. For the background, on aluminium foil I added the alcohol inks, spritzed with isopropyl rubbing alcohol then swirled with a cotton swab. I die cut the sun and on a separate piece of foil drenched in it yellow ink, and while still wet touched in some orange, then waited for everything to dry. I stamped the sentiment which is from a stamp set that I have had for probably 10 years, but I thought of it the minute I added the sun, and I think it is perfect for this card. A few sequins finished my card for today. Thanks so much for visiting.

Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, MFT Die-Namics Sunny Skies, MFT Sunshine Day, Ranger Alcohol Inks, Rubbing Alcohol, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden, DCWV Paper, Glossy Paper, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Sequins. 

You are Awesome

I am a very happy lady today, as Google (Michael) came through for me in the end. If you are not sure what I am talking about, I refer you to this post earlier this month.  I received an email late yesterday afternoon advising me that my iphone model is now supported for text messaging for problems with emails.  That made me very happy, but to be sure I attempted to log into kiaskards gmail account, and yes, it worked.  I am elated to have it back, a bit late in the game, but hey, "better late than never" 
say I. 
So, to Google and to Michael .... you are Awesome, and I thank you. 
I could not let this news pass without a card, and this is a different kind of card for me, but I do think it is more on the masculine side than the last card I made thanking Michael. This technique, Cling Wrap Background, is from Lydia of Understandblue. I did several one night before bed and left them to dry overnight. So easy and so fun with great results. I have also listed this under my Awesome Tutorials page. This particular background was done with Bister powders sprayed with Perfect Pearls, giving it that shine. I kept it simple with just the sentiment, adding the "you are" embossed with black embossing powder, and the "awesome" embossed with copper embossing powder and, a few sequins. 
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.

Products: Altenew Super Script Stamps, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Bister Powders, Blue, Green, Yellow, Neenah Dessert Storm Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Vellum, Copper Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder, Sequins.

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamps Blog

It is time for another hop, and I am delighted to be sharing with all of you a collaboration between My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamps. 
I will have more information on the hop and the prizes below, but first I would like to share the 
cards I made for today's hop. 
For today's hop I used the Unity Stamp Happy Snail Mail Sentiment Kit for May 2017.  The set is full of 17 fun sentiments, a heart, and this wonderfully fun snail atop a mushroom.  Who can resist, which is why I did 2 cards.

I wanted to use this frame in my design, so I laid it out in my Misti for placement. To prepare I removed the foam padding, as the stamps are red rubber stamps mounted on foam.   
I arranged my stamp inside the frame and picked it up with my Misti door. I stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.
I find it easier to paint inside my Misti as I use the creative corners to hold down my watercolour paper. For a bigger piece I would also add a couple of the magnets. I proceeded to watercolour using Zig brushes and Daniel Smith Watercolours. 
 I fussy cut the snail and mushroom once I finished painting it, keeping a bit of the grass. I then die cut the matting pieces and heat embossed the image on the designer paper, also in gold and attached the pieces to my card base. I attached the frame, then styled the mushroom and attached within the frame on foam strips.
To finish, I stamped the sentiment and die cut a banner, attaching it to the bottom of my card. I added Wink of Stella to the circles on the mushroom, as well as to the snail, and finished with a few sequins and crystals.
A close up of the snail and mushroom showing
the sparkle.
For my second card, I stamped the image on watercolour paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, and painted with Zig brushes and Daniel Smith Watercolours. I did the watercolour background and splatted it with a darker blue and white acrylic paint, then die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle die. I added designer paper to my card base and attached foam strips to the back of my panel before attaching to my card, and finished with my trademark sequins.  
More sparkle and an up close of the snail.

Thank you for joining the hop today, and I hope you 
have enjoyed my process to make these cards. 

Now on to the details for the hop and the prizes! 

Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for a chance to win.  The prize from My Sweet Petunia is the winner's choice of a Original Misti or a Mini Misti, and from Unity Stamps 3 prize packs.  Please comment by May 30th at noon Central Time in order to qualify.  The winner's will be posted on both the My Sweet Petunia Blog and the Unity Stamp Blog on Wednesday May 31st.  Now on to the hop.  Have fun everyone!

You should arrive here from Kary Lim's Blog

Kia Gibson-Clapper - you are here
Products: Misti Original and Mini, Unity Stamps May 2017 Sentiment Kit Happy Snail Mail, Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, Zig Brushes, Daniel Smith Watercolours, Wink of Stella, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Lawn Fawn in the Meadow 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Sequins, Crystals, Foam Strips.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Summer Rose

Hello all. I am back today to share a card I did for
Art Neko Stamps.
As most of you know, I love clean and simple design, and I also like bold colours. But today I went for the light and airy look, keeping my colours a little more subdued, but adding a punch with the sparkle and gold embossing powder.
To start I stamped using the leaf background stamp inking in a citrus green colour and trimmed the panel to the edge of the stamp outline. I then die cut a piece of vellum using my stitched rectangles and attached the leaf panel to the vellum. I stamped the rose stamp using gold embossing powder, and fussy cut one of the flowers out, which I watercoloured with Zig brushes in lemon yellow, with the leaves done in the same citrus green. I styled the rose before attaching to the panel on a foam dot, then attached the panel to my card base using foam strips. To finished I heat embossed the summer sentiment in gold embossing powder and added a few sequins for a bit more sparkle. Even with the gold, the card remains light and has that airy feel. I hope you enjoy this card, and thank you for visiting.
Products: Art Neko Leaf Background, Old Fashioned Rose 3, 4 Season Kanji and English, Neenah Cardstock, Gold Glitter Tape, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Vellum 40lb., Gold Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Strips, Foam Dots. 
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