Saturday, June 23, 2018

Watercolour Meadow

I found so much inspiration when I visited the site picked for today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I fell for this piece, even though it is lighter than what I would actually want. So, I did my piece using a bit more saturation of colour. 😊
I started with my background using Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio, drying between each layer. Once I was happy with the background I stenciled the circles using my Bubbles Stencil and White Pigment Ink. I then went on to stamp the stems using a stamp from Penny Black Illuminations Stamp Set, colouring the stem with Gathering Twigs Distress Marker. I added more to the stems once I finished the stamping, using the pen tip of the marker. For the flowers I used white acrylic paint and a #6 paintbrush. I added the painted leaves using a #8 brush. I then highlighted the stems and leaves with the white acrylic paint, and added the lines at the top with my Distress marker Frayed Burlap. Once everything was finished and dry, I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die.
Phew ... lol! That was a process, but I am happy with the end results, and wish to thank you for visiting my blog today.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Scrap'N Stamp Blog Hop ~ Happy Canada Day

We are celebrating Canada Day with our first Scrap'n Stamp Canada Day Blog hop, featuring the ever fun collection by Photo Play called "O Canada".
You can see the entire collection here.

Yes, there are prizes for those who comment, the chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to the Scrap'n Stamp Store, and there are seven (7) Ephemera Packs to be given away. And, there is more ... you will receive 10% off any purchases of $50.00 or more by using the coupon code HOP10.  Comments will be open for prize selection until June 28th and winners will be announced the following Friday, July 6th, on the Scrap'n Stamp blog.

Now, on to the fun part! I have made four cards for today's hop, which shows how much fun you can have with this set.

First up is "eh?" I have used images from the stamp set, along with the main image of the Moose, and pieces from the Cardstock Die Cuts. I stamped the Moose using Ranger Archival ink in Coffee, and water coloured using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours.  I stamped the sentiments and maple leaves using Carnation Red Archival Ink. The frame is attached using foam tape as is the Moose. The eh" is die cut from the white cardstock underneath, which allowed the red underneath to show through the negative. I reattached the eh? using foam dots.

Next up is "you betcha!" For my background I used a piece of the designer paper from the collection, along with an embossed wood panel. I stamped the Beaver using the Coffee ink and painted with the Gansai Tambi watercolours, then attached him with foam dots. To finish up this card I added the stamped sentiment, along with pieces from the Cardstock Die Cuts. 
For this next card I used pieces that were included with the Cardstock Die Cuts, along with a stamped Maple Leaf to make this Clean and Simple card. The Canada Day circle is attached on foam dots to give the card dimension. 
And for my final card today I used another of the pieces that was included in the Cardstock Die Cuts, which is matted in the red and attached using foam tape. I stamped and die cut a bunch of the maple leaves and attached grouped together, with a few attached on foam dots. I liked the simplicity of this and felt the date on the map was enough.  
I hope you have enjoyed these cards and would like to thank you for joining us today. Next up on the hop is Laurie Case. Following is a list of those participating in today's hop.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


I wanted to use this sentiment and confetti stencil that I recently received, and the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers had us visit a wonderful site by Vera Bradley, so instead of looking for something that inspired me, I instead looked for something that would work with my stencil and sentiment. And, I found it in this note pad.
I reversed the colours a bit, using pink for my dots with a few gold, and the sentiment is heat embossed with gold as well. Once I was finished with the stencil part I die cut the panel using my wonky rectangle dies and my sentiment using my stitched circles die set. I propped the sentiment up with foam tape, and added a few gold sequins to finish this card up. 
I have just the perfect person to send this to, and I know she will love it. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Flowering Lantern Congrats

 I am happy to share this card with you today. This stamp is from Penny Black and is called Flowering Lanterns, and has quickly become one of my favourite stamps to colour.
I have taken pictures of my process to show you how easily this card can be done by you. 
I use Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour paper when I paint. I like the smooth texture of the paper, along with how it takes heat embossing. 
When doing this type of card it is a must to have a stamping assistant, as this process has continued stamping. I use a Misti, but you can use your choice of platform. You can also use your choice of water based dye inks. In my case I have used Distress Markers along with Distress Inks. 
I start by colouring the stamp in sections. First are the leaves and stems. I colour the stamp then spritz lightly with water before stamping. I lay colour down on my work surface and add colour to the leaves.
I then colour the flowers on the stamp, using a post it note to block areas I don't want ink on, colouring all the flowers.
This time I stamp dry, as I will be adding a lot of colour to the flowers.
I am adding colour the same way I did for the leaves. Laying the colour down on my work surface and picking up with a paint brush.
This has the first layers of colour.
I continue my process with several layers of colour letting everything dry in between applications. 
I am using only two colours for the lantern flowers, being Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge. For the leaves I used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.
Once I have completed my painting I move to my background. In order to do a complete background, I heat emboss my flower image using clear embossing powder. This protects the colours, and also adds a bit of shine to my finished card.
For this background, I started by doing a wash using Peeled Paint. I let dry, then added in Blueprint Sketch. Towards the end of adding the Blueprint Sketch I mixed the two colours together to finish the wash, and added in a tad of the Spiced Marmalade to the wet wash in a few areas.
To finish my card I added flicks of acrylic paint in navy and white, matted my panel with the orange card stock, then finished with a few sequins. It is when I have everything in place that I decide where my sentiment will go, and here I stamped Congrats from the Concord & 9th Many Mandala's stamp set using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt. 
I hope you have enjoyed this process and that you will give it a try. 
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Life is Beautiful

Life is a ride, for sure. This is my sample card I made for the Clean and Simple Challenge that I am hosting today at Splitcoaststampers
I celebrated a big birthday yesterday, and decided I would like to have my challenge be about "Celebrations", and June has many. 
As balloons represent more than just birthday's, I started my card by stencilling the balloons in Oxide inks, using Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron. Once completed I die cut the panel with my wonky rectangle die, then stamped the sentiment using Parrot ink, and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I attached my panel using fun foam to a bright yellow card base to finish this card, keeping it clean and simple.
Thanks so much for visiting today.

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