Saturday, October 21, 2017


This is Noel. I have been wanting to ink this up for awhile now, and somehow I run out of time. So today was the day. 

The background I did using distress inks and sponging. Once done I flicked on some water with my paint brush. I added the snowbank and in my Misti stamped the twigs using sepia ink and adding some tumbled glass to the snow around the base of the twigs. I added some snow to the twigs using my white gel pen and finished by stamping the sentiment. I am happy with the way it has turned out.

Thanks for visiting today.
Products: MISTI, Penny Black Into the Sky Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, White Gel Pen, Ranger Archival Sepia Ink. 

Christmas Cheer

I am continuing to work on my Christmas cards for this year. It has been a couple of years since I have used this Leeping Deer and I thought it would look nice with this new technique that I did for my background called Shaving Cream Sparkle

For my card I did the background on watercolour paper using manganese blue ink. I did not want white space, instead opting for the snowflakes heat embossed in silver embossing powder. To keep the sparkle I die cut the reindeer in silver glitter cardstock, and cut another white deer for shadowing, attaching to the panel on foam dots. I wanted to have matting in silver, so I used a silver leafing pen on a piece of white cardstock. To finish I went with the sentiment stamped in jet black.

Another Christmas card completed. Thanks for having a look ... see you next time.
Products: Memory Box Leeping Deer Die, Penny Black Christmas Cheer Stamp Set, Neat and Tangled Falling Snow Stamp, Misti, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Silver Cardstock, Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and Manganese Blue, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Leafing Pen, Shaving Cream, Blue Gem, Acrylic Block, Foam Dots.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Let It Snow!

Let It Snow!

I love this large "funky snowflake" and thought it might look great done in the negative. But as I was die cutting it and poking the snowflakes out I changed my mind and decided to use the positive, and I love the results. 

I started by sponging on the colours of my background using distress oxide inks. I then flicked water from my paint brush getting some large and small water marks. To get some sparkle I lightly pounced my background with VersaMark embossing ink, then sprinkled on some embossing powder and heat set. This is a close up of the background.
Once the embossing was finished I laid out the negative of the snowflakes and placed in the positive snowflakes to glue down. The main full snowflake I die cut from white glitter cardstock and attached on foam dots. I die cut the Joy sentiment and sponged it with the faded jeans ink before gluing it to the centre of the snowflake. To finish I added a few dew drops.

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting my blog.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Neenah Cardstock, White Glitter Cardstock, CottageCutz Joy Sentiment Die, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Ranger Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder, Foam Dots, Dew Drops.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Trees at Christmas

Hello everyone.

It has been a busy week for me, hence I did not get any cards made until today. And I probably would not have done this card had I not needed a sample card for one of the design teams that I am on.

It is a wickedly cold day in my neck of the woods, so this card is appropriate. I started with the stencilling of the trees using distress inks, then went over those trees with a light layer of embossing paste so the colour would show through. I die cut the trees and sponged on the same colour with a heavy hand, then die cut the sentiment and coloured it using glitter markers in the same colour. To put together my card, I die cut the snowbank which I attached with foam strips. I styled the trees and attached both using pop dots. To finish I added a few clear sequins in varying sizes. 

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy this card.
Products: Frantic Stamper Oregon Fir Tree, Frantic Stamper Small Pine Tree, Tim Holtz Layering Pine Stencil, CottageCutz Expressions Die Joy, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills, Neenah Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough,  Martha Stewart Glitter Marker, Sequins, Foam Tape, Foam Dots, Glossy Accents.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

O Holy Night

My inspiration for this card came from two challenges at Splitcoaststampers. One being the colour challenge and the other coming from the Falliday Fest Alcohol Ink challenge. I love how the background turned out, there is so much movement which suites the stars I think. I did the star using the pink and adding Tim Holtz Silver Mixative, which I also used for my paint splatters. The sentiment is from Neat and Tangled and is perfect for this card. I stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Silver embossing powder. The star is attached on a foam strip to the panel, which is also on foam strips and attached to my card base. I attached the smaller star and a few sequins to finish my card.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Small Stitched Stars, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neat and Tangled Winter Trees, Neenah Cardstock, Yupo Paper, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz Silver Mixative, VersaMark Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Strips.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

O Christmas Tree

Another Christmas card done and another image that I very much enjoyed playing with.

In my Misti I stamped the image on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I then stamped a second image, again heat embossing with the silver and proceeded to watercolour both of the images. Once dry I die cut the main panel with the Wonky Border die set, stamped the sentiment, snowflakes and attached to my blue card base on foam tape. For the second set I fussy cut, styled and attached on foam dots offset from the bottom set of trees. I added a few sequins and pearls to finish.

Thanks so much for dropping by.
Products: Neat and Tangled Winter Trees Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Die Set, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass for the snowflakes, Zig Clean Color Brushes, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Sequins,  Kaiser Pearls, Foam Tape, Foam Dots.

Hey Foxy

I had the opportunity to play in the Featured Stamper challenge today at Splitcoaststampers. This is a challenge where you look through the persons gallery of cards and pick a card to case. One normally changes some things about the card to make it their own. It is a great way of getting cards in our stash though, so when I can I like to play along.

The card I picked to case can be found here. I kept the colours of the papers and the red in the scarf, but changed the image and used an oval instead of a square. I had a lot of fun painting this sweet image from Neat and Tangled, which I did with my Zig Clean Color Brushes, along with white gel pen. I die cut my water coloured piece with the deckled oval die, and also die cut the red cardstock using the same. My image is attached to the designer paper and the red panel is attached on foam tape. I tucked a large sequin in the space and added a red gem, along with a few other sequins and the stamped hearts. 

I had so much fun with this image, I am looking forward to doing a few more.

 Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Neat and Tangled Merry Kisses Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Deckled Oval Die Set, Lawn Fawn Designer Paper, Paper Garden Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Altenew Caramel Toffee Ink, Ranger Archival Ink Vermillion, Zig Clean Color Beige, Mustard, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Gray Brown, Green Shadow, Light Pink, Geranium Red, White Gel Pen, Foam Tape, Sequins.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Bell of Peace

This is Bell of Peace, and the first time I have inked up this new image.

To do this and using my Misti for this process, I coloured my stamp in stages with the base colours I wanted to use and dry stamped my paper starting with the leaves and berries. The purpose was to get the outline, but I did not want water added to the stamp as I wanted to watercolour as I went, which I did using different colours adding layers as I went. Once I was finished with the leaves and berries, I did the bell the same way. When all was dry I did the wash background by mixing up Blueprint Sketch and Peeled Paint distress inks. I added the acrylic paint and Winsor Newton Sepia flicks of paint once dry, then stamped my sentiment using intense black ink. I attached my panel to my card base using foam tape, and finished with a few clear sequins. 

I am very happy with the outcome, and enjoyed painting this image.
Thank you for visiting today. 
Products: Penny Black Bell and Berries and Christmas Cheer, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, DoCraft Black Marker, Zig Clean Color Geranium Red, Yellow, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Sequins.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Pumpkins Sparkle in Autumn

I am back again with another card I made using the tissue paper technique. My neighbour wanted one of these cards for her in-laws for Thanksgiving, and I wanted to change it up a bit, so I used pumpkins for this card. 

I once again used Paper Artsy Infusions, this time using Rusty Car, Emerald Isle and Yellow Bister's. I applied VersaMark to the tissue paper and heat embossed using gold embossing powder. For the pumpkins, I die cut one pumpkin using gold glitter cardstock, and another in regular cardstock, which I coloured with glitter markers, then attached on some foam dots. 

I die cut the panel using my stitched rectangles and attached the panel to my card base on fun foam. To finish up my card, I attached the Autumn sentiment which I die cut using the gold glitter paper, along with a few sequins using the colours in the tissue paper.
 As this card is for someone I know, I finished the inside by adding another panel die cut using the stitched rectangle die set. I also did a pumpkin in the tissue along with a smaller pumpkin, which I again coloured using the glitter markers. I then stamped the sentiment of Thanks in black ink. 

Thank you for visiting today ... 
Products: Misti, Frantic Stamper Stitched Pumpkins, Frantic Stamper Autumn Sentiment Die, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Cardstock, Tissue Paper, Gold Glitter Cardstock, Paper Artsy Infusions, Bister Powders, Martha Stewart Glitter Markers, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Ranger Matte Glue, Fun Foam, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Season's Greetings

Snowflakes are in the air for this card today. 

I wanted a somewhat mystical background and I think I achieved that by doing a stencil mono-print pattern for my card panel using Paper Artsy Infusions. I let it run in the top middle a bit to get the solid colour, but kept the rest in the lighter texture look (less water). Once dry, in my Misti, I stamped on my sentiment using black ink and die cut my panel with the stitched rectangles.

For the snowflake, I originally die cut the snowflake in white glitter paper, but I much prefer the silver glitter paper snowflake. That is okay, I am sure to use the white one soon. I attached the snowflake with glossy accents in the centre. It does not show in the picture, but the snowflake appears to have movement as the outer flakes are left loose. 

I attached the panel to white fun foam, then attached to my card base, which is in a darker purple. To finish, I added a few sequins in the colours from the ink, along with a purple gem on the large white sequin. 

I appreciate your visit today ...
Products: Misti, Memory Box Flurry Frame Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set, Paper Artsy Infusions Violetta, Basis 100lb Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press 140lb Watercolour Paper,  Silver Glitter Paper, Fun Foam, Sequins, Gems.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tissue meets Ink Powders

I am up on My Sweet Petunia's blog today showcasing these cards that I made utilizing tissue paper and ink powders and my Original Misti. Such fun I had preparing for this post. For these cards I used Paper Artsy Infusions and Bister Powders. These powders are a water soluble stain which have dye colour pigments mixed with walnut stain ... seriously luscious.
The leaf on the card above right is a perfect example of the walnut stain. I made a video doing this card, and the leaf shows better in the video, which is below. 

I hope you enjoy the cards as well as the video. Thanks so much for visiting.

The inspiration for this technique came from Loll Thompson. You can find Loll's video called Tissue Paper Watercolour and Techniques here.
Products: MISTI, Creative Corners, MISTI Bar Magnets, Original MISTI Mouse Pad, Neat and Tangled Maple Thanks Stamp and Die Set, Frantic Stamper Autumn Sentiment Die, Paper Artsy Infusions Emerald Isle, Green Man, Frankly Scarlet, Sleight Blue; Bister Powders Yellow; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Tissue Paper, Gold, Green and Blue Glitter Cardstock, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Sizzex Dotted Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Wonky Rectangles, Foam Tape, Foam Dots, Sequins.

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Kitchen Sink Stamps

Oh nuts!
Welcome to the hop between My Sweet Petunia and Kitchen Sink Stamps. 

We are happy to have you join us for today's hop. We have lovely cards to share and prizes too. Everyone who comments on every stop of the hop will be entered to win one of two prizes - the winner's choice of an Original or Mini MISTI, and a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Kitchen Sink Stamps. The deadline for commenting is October 2nd at 11:00 p.m. Central. The winners will be announced October 3rd on the My Sweet Petunia blog and Kitchen Sink Stamps blog. 

And a bonus for you, Kitchen Sink Stamps is celebrating their 10th Anniversary today, and there is a sale. 35% of all items in stick, with Free Shipping at $65.00 (US Only). The sale runs from Sept 25th to 29th (midnight PDT) Coupon Code: KSSDECADE
(Sale Excludes Out of Stock and Special Order/Retired Items)

Now, on to the card I made. I used my Mini MISTI for my card today, and the new Bar Magnets, which are very strong. (I cannot wait to find out where they will hide themselves at some point in the future!) I am using the 3 step Autumn Squirrel stamp set for my card today. I started out by arranging and stamping the leaves around the top of my card in various distress inks. 
I am continuing to add the layers to the leaves using gathered twigs distress ink. Once finished I die cut using my stitched rectangles, and die cut the circle once I knew the placement of the squirrel on the card base, and added foam strips to the panel, which will be attached to the card base.
For the squirrel, I used 2 of the 3 step squirrels as I wanted the base to remain in the white. My squirrel is stamped in copper for the first step and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then stamped in red, and heat embossed again to ensure the red was dry. The colours show up wonderfully in real life! I added a little acorn for the squirrel, and stamped the "oh nuts" sentiment, also in the red.
A close up of my card. The squirrel is stamped on my card base, and the top layer is added on foam strips, with the squirrel showing through the deckled circle. 
To finish my card, I added a few autumn coloured sequins. 

You should have arrived here from Lydia's blog. If not, you will want to start at the beginning of the hop at Maria's blog.

The next stop is Ceal's blog, and following is a list of those participating in the hop.

Thanks for visiting - have fun on the hop everyone.

Products: My Sweet Petunia Mini MistiMy Sweet Petunia Bar MagnetKitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Squirrel, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, Shabby Shutters, Pumpkin Orange, Fossilized Amber, Dew Drops Brilliance Crimson Copper Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Neenah Cardstock, Frantic Stamper Deckled Circle Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Sequins, Foam Tape.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Oops, sorry you're hurt, is a card I did for Frantic Stamper and failed to upload. I love the band-aide, very simple but effective. The background paper I have had in my stash for years, so it was nice to be able to use it for this card. The band-aide is on foam strips and die cut from cardstock, with acetate in the centre along with the die cut heart. I stamped the sentiment in black and added a few sequins to finish. A great card to have in my stash ready for the time that I will need it. 
Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Adhesive Band-aideFrantic Stamper Sorry Stamp Set, Unknown Designer Paper, Bazzill Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Acetate, Sequins, Foam Tape. 

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.
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