Saturday, February 24, 2018

Wreath Bunny

One of my favourite challenges to partake in is the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. There are so many different sites that the hostess' find for us to wander through. Today the site is Antique Farm House and I picked this for my inspiration. I have wanted to do this kind of wreath/bunny for awhile.
And, it is an easy card to make, which is a bonus as I am busy these days. 

I started out by stencilling two of the centre parts of my stencil using the rosie cheeks ink, and die cut them using my circle dies. I then die cut my piece for the background panel and embossed it with the leafy vine embossing folder. I wanted the embossed piece on foam and I wanted a slight frame to the background, so I ran a piece of fun foam through my machine, which made it bigger and sponged on the colour before attaching the cardstock piece. The bunny ears are from my cuddly bunny die set, again sponging the centre parts of the ears. I added the panel to my card base, style and attached the bunny pieces on foam dots, added the bows and a gem to complete. 
I know the perfect little girl this can go to.

Thanks for visiting today. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Cuddly Bunny (ears) and Large Solid Paper Bow, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine, Stencil Girl Rose Window Stencil, Spellbinders Nesting Circles, Memory Box Bow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in 110lb., Simon Says Stamp Rosie Cheeks Ink, Fun Foam, Memory Box Bow, Gem, Foam Dots.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Shake It Up

Shake it up! I cannot remember the last time I made a shaker card so when I was asked for a birthday card I thought, why not make a shaker. I had forgotten how fun they are to make.

I used a new stencil of balloons for my background, sponging on colour from the bottom upwards using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass. I then die cut and attached to my card base. I then did the shaker portion, using the same die set to make the frame which hides the foam tape and has the acetate attached to it as well. Before attaching the shaker frame I poured in a handful of sequins. I then die cut a balloon from vellum, adding in some of the blue ink to it, and attached that to the frame. I added a few sequins to it, along with the twine. I then die cut the happy birthday from blue cardstock and attached it to the shaker front using glossy accents. I quite like this one ... and it was fun too!😊 

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Neat and Tangled Balloon Duo Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Balloons Craft Dies, Frantic Stamper Brush Script Happy Birthday Die, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Vellum, Heat Resistant Acetate, Bakers Twine, Foam Tape, Sequins, 

So Kind

So Kind is my sample for today's Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers which is to use a background stamp. 

This is an example of a card I am not fussed about. I love the colours, except the red/pink is not vibrant enough to keep up with the other colours. But, I do like the idea of this card, so I will do it again but handle the colours differently next time.

The background stamp is heat embossed using a new to me embossing powder from Nuvo, which I am in love with. Once embossed it leaves sparkles throughout the embossed area and looks fabulous. So do try it out, you won't be disappointed. Once I finished the embossing I die cut my piece with the wonky rectangle die. For the sentiment, I stamped and die cut the "you" in a rich blue, and the rest of the sentiment is stamped in orange and die cut using my fishtail labels. Both of the sentiments are attached using foam dots. And, not to disappoint, I added a few sequins to finish up.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background Stamp, Gina K Designs Boho Flowers Stamp and Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels Die Set, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano  140lb. Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Daniel Smith and Schmincke Watercolours, Ranger Archival Manganese Blue Ink, Ranger Archival Monarch Orange Ink, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Tonic Shimmering Pearl Nuvo Embossing Powder, Foam Tape, Sequins.




Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spring Blooms

Spring will bloom soon!

And when it does, it will explode with colour just like this card. I used Ken Oliver's Colour Burst in green and yellow to make this background to show off this blooming tree from Frantic Stamper's In Mother's Garden release. I kept a small puddle of the colour on my work surface which I dropped the leaves and flower in for the tree. I made a small puddle of distress ink brushed corduroy to use for the tree trunk, using a lot of water to keep it light. The background is die cut with the Deckled Rectangle die, and attached to the card base. The tree is attached using foam dots. I stamped using the Spring is Blooming stamp set in cobalt blue.

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: All dies and stamps from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Classis Crest Solar White Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Ken Oliver Color Burst Pthalo Green and Lemon Yellow, Ranger Archival Cobalt Blue Ink, Foam Dots.

Happiest Birthday

This is a beautiful tree stamp that I received recently. I knew that I would heat emboss it in white, what I was not sure of is the colour I wanted to use for my background. I love inks, and only wish I could have every ink that is available. To help me decide I made the decision of using copper glitter cardstock for part of my sentiment. So, I picked this blue green colour for my background. 

I started by die cutting my panel using the stitched rectangle, then in my Misti I arranged where I wanted the tree, then stamped and heat embossed using white embossing powder. I applied the ink using my Clarity brushes, which applies the ink so smoothly and easily allowing me to lighten the colour as I go. Once I was happy with the look, I die cut and added the "wishing" sentiment using the copper glitter paper. I stamped the rest of the sentiment using copper ink, and die cut with the label die. I added copper metallic drops to finish my card.   

Thanks so much for dropping by today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Brushed Branches, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Wishing Die, Simon Says Stamp Wishing and Sending Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Sentiment Labels and Strips Die Set, Nuvo Crystal Drops Metallic Copper Penny, Neenah Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Glitter Copper Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Spring Rain Ink, VersaMark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Foam Tape.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Blooming Everything

Happy Blooming Everything!

Our temperatures are rising, albeit slowly, but rising, which makes one think that soon the garden will grow. What better to celebrate than a card celebrating the flower dance. This die is the Floral Border from the February release at Frantic Stamper.

I started this card with a couple of layers, one in green cardstock and the second layer in the plaid designer paper. I die cut the floral border die using the same green cardstock, along with white cardstock to create the shadow and glued the two together before adding foam tape to attach to my card. I supported a few of the flower backs with more foam tape. 

As I was not sure where or if I wanted a sentiment I left it to the end and decided I wanted to use this fabulous sentiment previously released by Frantic Stamper called Floral Blooms, and that was all this card needed. 

Thank you for visiting today ... see you next time.
Products: All stamps and dies by Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Reverse Confetti True Love Designer Paper Pack, Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, Foam Tape. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bloom

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This is Bloom.

It is a dull day in my neighbourhood so to brighten it up a bit I thought I would share this card, which I did for Frantic Stamper's February release.

A change for me is that I used designer paper for the front of my card base as well as my flowers, the Garden Blossoms #2. I then added a stencilled panel using the first of a new line of stencils by Frantic Stamper. This stencil is called Vintage Floral, and the details are fabulous as you can see in this picture.
There are so many different ways to use stencils, be sure to pop this one in your basket.

I finished my card with the bloom sentiment done in an ombre look. 

Thanks so much for visiting today.
Products: All dies are Frantic Stamper

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tweet, Tweet

These really sweet birds were so fun to paint. Does it show I just love this set?

I started this card by doing a colour burst background using the greens and yellows on watercolour paper. I then die cut the top panel, and the frame for the circle using both my stitched rectangle dies and stitched circle dies, then attached everything in place to my card base with the top panel attached with foam tape. In my Misti, I arranged all the stamps and inked them up according to what they were, i.e. the branches in brown, the leaves in green etc. The birds I stamped in black. I then ran the sheet of stamped images through my ScanNCut without a border. 

I wanted my birds bright to work nicely with my background so I used yellows and light and dark carmine. From the splatter left on my work mat, I picked up more of the background colour and painted the leaves, adding in a bit of green. I painted the tiny flowers in pink, orange and light carmine and added a bit of Wink of Stella to their centres. Before attaching anything to my card I splattered everything with acrylic paint in blue, covering the base card. I then styled the birds and attached on the branches with foam dots, then added in the tiny flowers and stamped the hearts. In between the splatters I stamped the "tweet" twice from one of the sentiments.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
 
Products: Clearly Besotted Some Birdies Love You Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Circles Die Sets, ScanNCut, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Ken Oliver Colour Burst Watercolour Powders, Zig Clean Colour Brushes, Ranger Archival Inks Black, Monarch Orange, Pink, Manganese Blue, Sepia, Vermillion, Foam Tape, Wink of Stella.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Valentine Puppy Love

Sharing a card I did for a customer with you today, and she doesn't mind if I share it with you all.

Her friend has a new puppy, so this is their first Valentine Day together. I have met the little puppy named Lulu, and oh my gosh, too cute for words, but all black. You can't make out his nose (yes he), nor his eyes. He is just a tiny black ball of curly hair. 
Black dogs, that is not going to happen by me. So, I did this puppy keeping him in the blue/grey. Often, blacks do take on a blue undertone. Once I finished painting him I fussy cut him so I would not have a border. I did a colour burst background and die cut it with a new to me rectangle die and attached to my base using foam tape. I then die cut the stacked hearts, keeping a few of the solid hearts in place, which I painted with pearl watercolours in pink. I then attached the embossed die cut heart along with the dog image, which is on foam dots. I added Wink of Stella to the embossed hearts on the heart as well as the puppies nose and eyes. A few sequins and jewel drops in blue finished my card. 

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting my blog today.
Products: Clearly Besotted Puppy Love, Spellbinders Nested Hearts, MFT Die-Namics In & Out Diagonal Stitch Rectangles,  Darice Hearts Embossing Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts Die, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, Zig Clean Colour Brushes, Ken Oliver Colour Burst Ultramarine Blue, Kuretake Pearl Watercolours, Nuvo Jewel Drops, Sequins, Wink of Stella Clear, Foam Tape, Foam Dots. 

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Hearts Day

I was playing with some brusho's in red and yellows to use for a card for a friend who needs some smiles and a little bit of happy. The colours are just amazing, as you can see from this card and I think it was the perfect backdrop for my card.

I made the backgrounds, cut the darker one with the deckled rectangles, and the lighter ones with the hearts, and hearts vine. In my Misti I stamped the bird and water coloured using Zig brushes. I did not want an edge on the bird so I fussy cut it out, including the inside of the handle ...😊

To put the card together I attached the rectangle using foam tape, styled and added the hearts with the larger heart on foam tape and the smaller one glued to the larger. I then put the card back in my Misti and using my stamp that says "happy day", I inked up the heart and day and stamped the heart. I loaded up the ink before stamping, and Misti did it the first pass. The bird is styled and attached with a foam dot, and I added some Wink of Stella to the tea, and finished with Nuvo Jewel Drops.

I have given this to my friend, and she loves it. 
Thanks so much for visiting today.
Products: YNS Love Birds Stamp Set, Crate Paper Hearts Day Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper Deckled Rectangles, Spellbinders Nested Hearts, Penny Black Hearts Vine, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Brusho, Zig Clean Colour Brushes, Nuvo Jewel Drops, Foam Tape and Dots.



Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Flower Bud

I wanted to do a crisp design for this card, which is unusual for me, but I like this look. 

The base is in the blue and the stone wall I die cut using the same paper. I used the stitched rectangle for the white layer, then glued the wall on. For the flower, in my Misti, I stamped using watercolour paper. I stamped the stem using green along with the bottom parts of the flower. For the top part of the flower I stamped using violet. I then painted with Zig brushes, and die cut. As I wanted the stem angled, I fussy cut it. The flower is styled and attached using foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment in the violet, then die cut with the label and attached it using foam tape. 

To finish I added jewel drops in light blue and sequins and added a touch of Wink of Stella to the base of the flower. 

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Best Buds Stamp and Die Set, Sizzix Multi Media #4, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Double Fishtail Label Die Set, Neenah Cardstock, Aura Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Ranger Archival Majestic Violet Ink, Simon Says Stamp Wisteria and Catkin Ink, Zig Clean Colour Brushes, Nuvo Jewel Drops Sea Breeze, Wink of Stella, Sequins, Foam Tape and Dots.


Monday, February 05, 2018

Happy Easter

This card is my sample for the Clean and Simple challenge today at Splitcoastampers, which is to show some heat. 

I think these colours represent heat but to be sure I also did some heat embossing on the egg as you can see here.
I used for the first time BoBunny's Glitter Paste to do my background stencil. It looks good enough to eat with ice cream when you open up the jar! I found it very easy to use and it washed up easily as well and, I love the look it gives. I did the stencilling on the cut out panel from the stitched arch stax. I then attached the negative from the stitched arch on foam tape, applied glue to the back of the arch and dropped it in place. The egg I die cut, then stencilled by sponging on some melon ink. I then added embossing ink along with clear embossing powder to heat emboss the egg and attached the egg with foam tape. The sentiment is die cut using white cardstock, with the melon sponged on the Easter word portion. I added Wink of Stella to the entire sentiment and glued it on. A few sequins finished my card.

I appreciate your visit, thank you.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Arch STAX, Spellbinders Nested Egg Die Set, Lawn Fawn Happy Easter Sentiment Die, Neat and Tangled Nesting Hexagons Stencil, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, BoBunny Lemonade Glitter Paste, Simon Says Stamp Melon Hybrid Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Clear, Sequins, Foam Tape.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

You

For the most part, on Saturday mornings I participate with the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers, which I have been doing now for over 10 years. Through that time I have never been disappointed, and sometimes it has been hard to decide on one piece. Today was different, and this is why. Today the site is a blog chock-full of theme rooms! How fun is that ... I clicked on flowers and up came pictures of floral nails and then I saw these nails:
Need I say more?

Just yesterday Frantic Stamper had their latest release called Moms Garden, and part of that was the vintage floral stencil I used for my card. 

I started by die cutting the black piece of cardstock with my stitched rectangle for nice clean crisp edges. I then stencilled using white embossing paste and while it was drying, in my Misti I stamped the "you" sentiment in the red and die cut it out. The "thinking of" is stamped in black and die cut. Once the panel was dry I attached a piece of fun foam to the back, and attached it to my card base. The label is glued on and the "you" is attached on foam dots. To finish I added the red drops with the Viva Perlen-pen.

Thank you for dropping by today ...
  
Products: Frantic Stamper Vintage Floral Stencil, Frantic Stamper Double Fishtail Label Die Set, Gina K Designs Boho Flowers Stamp and Die Set, MISTI, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock, Aura Ultra Black 110lb Matte Cardstock, Ranger Archival Ink Vermillion, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Viva Perlen-Pen Red, Fun Foam, Foam Dots.

Beautiful Hydrangea

A Beautiful Hydrangea to share with you today. This die is from the latest release at Frantic Stamper called Mothers Garden

This release is filled with beautiful dies for the garden along with a 6x6 background stamp called Vintage Floral, and new to the Frantic Stamper line, stencils, beginning with the Vintage Floral Stencil.

For this card, I used only the Beautiful Hydrangea and made it the star of my card. I die cut using watercolour paper and painted with Zig brushes. For the background panel I die cut a piece of white cardstock using one of my favourite rectangle dies called Deckled Rectangles, which I stamped with the spring sentiment, then attached it to my lavender card base with foam tape. I styled the hydrangea and attached it with foam dots, then glued the stem in place. To finish I added a few dew drops in lavender and green. 

I love this die and can see many uses for it. 
Products: All dies and stamps by Frantic Stamper, Paper Garden Aura Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Ranger Archival Ink Majestic Violet, Foam Tape and Dots, Stylist, Misti, Dew Drops.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Just for you

 I am into my wishful thinking mode again. Snow in my neck of the woods, but I am thinking flowers. 😊

For this card I was playing along with the colour challenge at Splitcoaststampers, which are the pink, yellow/citrus and the blue. I decided to go with the dark background, something different for me. I used Prussian Blue for my background, heat dried, then added Cobalt Blue. I die cut the panel using my deckled rectangle, which I love with this background, then added white acrylic paint splatters, and once dry I attached it to my card base. 

To stamp the floral image, in my Misti, I coloured with distress markers the corresponding colour, i.e. the petals in pink, the stem in green, etc. Once I finished that, I added further colour by tracing the image with the markers as I was going to be heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I then painted the image with the distress marker colours, and added further colours with my Zig Brushes. I then die cut the image with the coordinating die, styled it slightly with my stylus and attached using foam tape. For the sentiment, again in my Misti, I stamped the sentiment with cobalt ink, making several passes due to the deep colour. I then die cut the sentiment with the label die and attached with foam tape. To complete my card I added a few sequins in pink and clear. 
This is a closeup of my finished card. 

Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Best Mom Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Best Buds Stamp Set (for sentiment), Frantic Stamper Deckled Rectangles Die Set, Frantic Stamper Double Fishtail Label Die Set, Schminke Watercolour Prussian Blue and Cobalt, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Citrus and Picked Raspberry, Zig Brushes in Pink, Yellow, Green, Ranger Archival Ink Cobalt Blue, White Acrylic Paint, VersaMark Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Tape.
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