Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Let's Chill

Any time is a good time for a sundae, right?
This sundae is from the latest release at Frantic Stamper called Fun with Food.
To start I did my background on watercolour paper using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Oh what fun they are. I stamped the inks on my craft mat, and the amount of water I added depended on the look I was going for. I used just a bit of the cracked pistachio, but it adds a great deal to the background. Using the same colours I built the sundae, but added the candied apple. For the glass I used the hickory smoke watered down. I die cut my background using the deckled rectangle die, and attached it to my base using fun foam. It is far less expensive to use than foam tape is, and supports the whole piece for stamping additions, which is what I did here. I added the sentiment stamped in the purple archival ink after the sundae was in place. I never know ahead of time where I want it. 
I hope you enjoy this card today, and will see you next time.

Monday, April 23, 2018


I called this card Smiling as we have sun today, and between that as painting this card, I was smiling!
I love this stamp set from Altenew. It is an oldie, but a must have, called A Beautiful Day. 

I am part of the Design Team for the Clean and Simple challenges at Splitcoaststampers, which is what I did this card for. Part of this week's challenge is to include the letters from the word April in your card. So I will share that now.

A = Altenew Stamp & Altenew Inks
P = Paint Swiping
R = Red colour (Carmine)
I = Iridescent Sequins
L = Lattice Stencil

Now, on to my card. I started by doing some paint swiping for my background. I have seen this done with acrylic paints, but I did it using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and water, using a bristle brush to do my swiping. I quite like the look. I then die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die, and attached to my card base. I then added a slight amount of embossing paste using the lattice stencil in a couple of spots, and left it to dry. 
For my flower, in my Misti I stamped the flower image using jet black ink, and the leaves using the Altenew inks in Bamboo and Parrot. Rather than stamp the flowers in layers, I opted for water colour using my Zig brushes. I used Light Carmine and Carmine Red for my flower today, painting several layers to get a good depth of colour. Once I was done the colouring and stamping I die cut the flower and leaves. I styled my flower before attaching on foam dots, then glued in the leaves. I am not sure what I will use this card for, so I did not stamp a sentiment, but I did add a few iridescent sequins to finish. I will add my sentiment later.
I hope you enjoyed this card, and thank you for visiting.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


I very much enjoy playing in the Inspiration Challenge that Splitcoaststampers has every Saturday. I would say it is my favourite challenge, even though I am on the design team for the Clean and Simple Challenge! oops ...
Today we visited The Smithsonian Institute, so we were not just inspired, we were educated too.
I picked this beautiful piece of abstract art as my inspiration piece.
The stamp I used is 6x6, so I used my original Misti for this project. I used a larger piece of watercolour paper as I wanted to use my bar magnets to secure the paper and make sure there was no movement during my process. I first began by inking up the entire stamp with spun sugar to get a base layer, and spritzing with water. In between each addition of colour I cleaned my stamp with my chamois as I did not want a build up nor a mixing of colours, using both my markers and my Zig brushes until I was happy with the colour balance. With my paint brush I then blended in the brown along the edges of some of the leaves and once this was completed I heat embossed using clear embossing powder. 
To put it together, I die cut the panel and matted with copper glitter cardstock, then attached to a pale pink card base. I die cut the little scallop edge and the sentiment in the copper cardstock, gluing the border piece and attaching the sentiment with foam tape.
The edge die was a gift to me several years ago, and I don't know who made it. I found a die similar and have added it in the links below if you like this look.
Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

You're so sweet

Does it show that I love yellow cardstock? I am smitten, I admit! It cheers up an otherwise dull day, given the weather of late. 
Today I thought I would pull out this Iris stamp by Penny Black, which is perfect for spring. Recently I came across these beautiful red Iris'. Such a beautiful colour, so I thought I would do a red Iris. 
  I decided I would paint the stamp using my Kuretake Clean Color Brushes. My Misti makes this incredibly easy to do. I set my stamp up in my mini Misti, and proceeded to colour the image, starting with the flower.
 You can see here that I left room for the yellow part of the flower. I painted with the Zig brush and spritzed lightly with water, adding layers to strengthen the colour.
With my paint brush I smoothed out the leaves and parts of the flower. I then added a darker colour to the edges of the leaves where shadows would fall, and spritzed lightly before stamping.
On my craft mat I put down the green colour, then added water to lighten the colour, applying to the bottom of my card. For further interest and using a small brush I flicked on full strength dark green paint. I then added yellow acrylic paint for more interest. I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die, then framed with yellow cardstock before attaching to my card base. I put the card back in my Misti, and stamped the sentiment using black ink, and finished with a few sequins.
I hope you enjoy this card and you will give this technique a try. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

On my Mind

How about more happy? 
If you have read my previous posts you'll remember me talking about my friends. Another friend is going in for some major surgery come May, and I wanted to send her some cheer before she has the surgery. 
I picked this pretty Gina K stamp to colour up as I thought it would be perfect in this arch die. 
Using Fabriano hot press watercolour paper, in my mini Misti I stamped the image using jet black ink. I proceeded to water colour using Zig Clean Colour Brushes and my Escoda paint brush. I find my brush gives me more control than an aqua brush, but using what is comfortable is key. My routine for painting smaller flowers is to paint wet on wet. So, I dampen the flower, then drop in the colour. You can do several layers working this way, until you are happy with the look.
I was happy with the clean look of the image so once dry I die cut it with the arch die. I knew I wanted to use yellow to frame the image, so I cut the stitched rectangle along with the arch in the yellow paper, leaving enough room at the bottom to stamp my sentiment, which I stamped using the jet black ink again. I then die cut a piece of fun foam the same way and attached it to the back of the yellow card stock, then attached the panel to my card base using double sided tape. Adding tape to my image I then dropped it in and pressed it down to secure the piece. And, to finish a few gumdrops. 
I think this will have my friend smiling, I hope it gives you a smile too.
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

So Sweet

These popsicle's are from the latest release by Frantic Stamper called "Fun with Food".
They are the perfect size to paint up and have some fun with. I used my water colours to paint them up, but any kind of ink medium can be used. I used Wink of Stella to get that "cold" look. 
The background is the Gingham Stencil, also included with this release. I did a "Stencil Monoprint" technique with the stencil, using my watercolour paints as well. As I was doing this on cardstock, I worked quickly to ensure the paint would not damage the cardstock I used paper towel on top of the stencil as I put it down. That took up any excess water and also acted as a drying sheet. I lifted the stencil quickly to ensure I did not damage the cardstock. I then die cut the piece with my stitched rectangle die and attached it to the bright yellow card base.
I put together the popsicle's, and attached using foam tape. I then put the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Ink in Vibrant Fuchsia. These are absolutely my favorite inks for stamping sentiments. The colours are rich and beautiful and they stamp up perfectly.
Thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Thanks a bunch

There is nothing that makes a dull day brighter than to play with Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.
With that in mind, I started my card by stamping the flower image in my mini misti with versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I decided on Fuchsia and Tangerine from the Carribean Brights collection, and Lemon Yellow from the Brights collection. Starting from the top I have the lemon yellow, the Tangerine then the Fuchsia. My plan was to bleach the flower out, but once it was dry I ended up loving it the way it was. 
I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle and attached it to fun foam, then the black cardstock. I used a yellow card stock for my base ... such a bright and happy colour and I think it goes with my panel perfectly. I placed the card back in my mini misti and stamped the sentiment using jet black ink, and finished with Nuvo Jewel drops.
I hope you enjoy this card today. I have included links to the products used, at no cost to you. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

With love and caring

A very dear friend has had a terrible time of it the last few months with the passing of several friends and family. And, another one three days before they left on holiday. In thinking what to make for her, I opted for a love and caring card instead of a sympathy card, which I think she would like very much.
It has been a very long time since I have used this Poppy by Penny Black, and I think it is the perfect image for this card. 
The stamp has the lines for the curves of the flowers, but I opted to leave those out and instead did no-line water colouring for the flower. For the stems, I inked the stamp lightly using my paints and stamped on my paper. For the flower I inked the bottom and top of the flower in a very pale pink, then painted. 
I had poppies in my garden when I lived out west. They were on the north side of my house in behind other bushes ... you know, one of those flowers that suddenly appeared one day. What I found so intriguing about them was they looked like satin and were a red colour with not a bit of variation in them. I decided that is how I wanted to paint my flower. 
I started by masking off with frisket the tiny dots and both sides of the middle petal for interest, using a clay shaper, which has a silicone tip so the frisket does not stick to it nor damage it like it does paint brushes. I then painted in layers using Daniel Smith water colours in pyrrol scarlet and cadmium red medium hue. For the stems I used a watered down hooker's green to get that light shade, then shadowed with stronger colour. I wanted the rest of the card to remain very clean, so I just added the sentiment stamped in jet black, then rubbed off the frisket using my glue eraser. For interest I die cut the panel using my in and out stitched die and attached it to my black card base using fun foam. I then added a few clear jewel drops.

Thank you for dropping by. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Magnolia Beauty

I was looking forward to painting this new to me stamp from Altenew called Magnolias for Her. When I lived in British Columbia I had a beautiful Magnolia Tree on my front lawn, and very much enjoyed the blooms every spring. My tree was in the pinks, so I decided to do this card using the pink shades. For the flowers, in my Misti, I arranged all the flowers and leaves, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder. I then stamped the leaves again in case I needed more for my card. The painting I did in several layers using Daniel Smith Rhodonite Genuine and Hooker's Green for the leaves. Once they were finished and dry, I fussy cut the flowers and leaves as I wanted the cut right on the embossed line.
For the panel behind my flowers I decided to die cut the media die and use it as a stencil, sponging on Tim Holtz Distress ink in Worn Lipstick on a die cut Die-Namics die called In and Out Diagonal Stitch by My Favorite Things. I attached the panel to fun foam and then to my card base using double sided tape.
I styled my flowers just a bit before arranging a attaching to the panel using foam dots for some and matte glue for others.
When I want to paint a flower such as this Magnolia, I find a picture via google and keep it up on my tablet for reference while I paint.
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy Tulips

Spring tulips up today. I did this card a few days ago and failed to post it here. 
These pretty tulips are by Altenew's set called Best Buds. I have used one of the floral images from this set, but this is the first time I have inked up the tulips. 
I started with my background by doing a watercolour wash. I used my heat gun to dry the layers in between adding the colours. Once dry I die cut the piece with Frantic Stamper's deckled rectangle die and attached to my card base using fun foam.
I painted the tulips using my Zig brushes in pink, yellow and orange, along with light green for the stems, adding deeper shades of each colour as I went. Once all was dry I die cut the pieces, styled and attached to my panel on foam dots. As so often happens when I am making a card, I don't decide on the placement of my sentiment until the end, which is yet another reason for loving my Misti. I placed my card in my Mini Misti and arranged my sentiment stamp where I liked it, using Ranger cobalt blue ink to stamp. I also added a few raindrops from another spring set I have. Inside the raindrops I added Nuvo Jewel drops in clear. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Sunday, April 08, 2018


Nothing says spring is on the way than a nice cold drink ... preferably a fruit drink for me.
This fabulous die set, Soda or Beer set and sentiment set is from the latest release at Frantic Stamper called Fun with Food
I did the watercolour background first using colours that remind me of spring and summer, then die cut the piece with my dotted rectangles die and attached to my card base. The bottles are also die cut using watercolour paper, painted and a layer of Wink of Stella applied for that shine. I used vellum to cut the straws and attached the bottles using foam tape. Once I had everything arranged I put the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment, then added a few gum drops to finish. 
This was such a fun card to make and now I sure could use a fruit drink!😋 

Thank you for visiting today.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Smiling Flower

This is one bright and happy flower today, which is why I called this card "Smiling Flower". 
This card started with the die cut wonky panel which I stamped with images from the stamp set by Altenew called Persian Motif, using Altenew Ink in Bamboo. 
I attached that panel to a pale green matting and attached to my card base.
For the flower, I painted the image using my watercolour paints. i.e. using my brush, I painted the stamp with the colour and stamped on the watercolour paper. I mixed my paint with just a bit of water, so I had strong colours to do this. The technique is like the no-line colouring technique. Once dry, I continued to add colour, this time using more water and adding deeper colour in some areas. While I was waiting for the final colour to dry I die cut the frame and attached it using foam tape. I then fussy cut the image, styled it a bit, and attached using foam dots, finishing off my card with a few sequins. 
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for having a look. 

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Poppies with thanks

Poppies are up today. It is a dull day, and still cold, so I decided to bring in my own sunlight. 
This stamp holds a special place in my heart as I used it to demo the Misti at the Creativation Show in 2017, and when I see and use it, those memories flood back. 
But, on to this particular card. This is a two stage rubber stamp. The base, which is stamped in green, is part one of the stamp, and the flowers are part two of the stamp. Using my mini Misti and 140lb hot press watercolour paper, I started by stamping the base using a chartreuse green. For the second part of the stamp, I first lined it up by stamping on photocopy paper and using that image to line up on my watercolour paper. I have done a video showing this process which you can find below. I then painted the floral stamp using my Zig brushes, applying the colours in layers then spritzing with water to stamp, cleaning my stamp after each layer if new colour. I used yellows, a tad of mustard, orange and scarlet red for the flower. 
The splatters I did separately, some are part of the stamp, while others come from splattering with my paint brush. I added an orange mat to the card base, then attached my die cut panel using fun foam and two way tape. A few sequins finished my card.
And here is my short video showing my process:
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Sunday, April 01, 2018

You make me ...

This is such a cute set to play with called BFF from Joy Clair. When I was thinking what image I wanted to use I was reminded of a sweet friend of mine and how she would get a kick out of this. 
I started my background by sponging on the squeezed lemonade oxide distress ink colour to hot press watercolour paper. I then splatter the background with water and dried with a paper towel and die cut using my deckled rectangle die and attached to my card base on fun foam. 
In my mini Misti I stamped the bacon and egg images using a copper ink for the bacon, and chrome yellow for the egg, then applied embossing ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I then stamped the little face in the egg with Ranger Vibrant Fuchsia. To colour the images I watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge and Worn Lipstick, doing a few layers to build up the colour. Once finished I fussy cut the images, styled with my stylus and attached to the panel using foam dots, then added Wink of Stella to the bacon. I finished with a few sequins.

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

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Flowers and Sunshine

We have a dull day with cold winds today, so I wanted to bring some happy into my little corner of the world with my card. 
I did a technique using shaving cream and alcohol inks for my stencilled background. (In the tutorial Lydia uses re-inkers.) Either way, the colours are amazing. Once it was dry I die cut the panel using my stitched rectangle die. For my flowers I stamped using different colours of ink, then clear embossed. I painted the flowers using Daniel Smith watercolours in layers, and once finished with the colouring I die cut the flowers with the co-ordinating die set. 
To put it all together I attached my stencilled panel using fun foam. I styled the flowers and attached with glue/foam dots. The sentiment was stamped in the teal and die cut using a label die, then attached with foam tape. I added Wink of Stella to the flower centres to finish. 
Thanks so much for visiting today.
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