Sunday, February 17, 2019


I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers where I have asked the participants to use 1/3rd of the card only, and that the card be a single layer. 

I used the middle of my card, stamping with some Concord & 9th stamps called Winter Wear on Ranger Distress Watercolour Paper, as I wanted the texture. I used the 8 1/2 x 11 size, but the 4.25 x 5.5 could be sued and glued to a card base. I tested a few colours from my Zig Clean Colour Pens, and picked the middle colour, being blue.
 I stamped the images using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt and water coloured using Zig Clean Colour Pens in Blue changing the colours with the amount of water I used. I coloured the fur on the hat using my Uni Posca Paint Pen. 
To finish, I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Vermillion, which fits perfectly in the space under the hat.

Thanks so much for visiting today, and I hope you have enjoyed this single layer Clean and Simple Card.

Following are affiliate links for the products I used on this card. I have included the USA links first, then beside them the Canadian Links.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Birdie Birthday

Meet Birdie Birthday!
But, this is not any bird, this is a Cardinal, and they are by far my favourite bird I think. I have a lot of favourites, but the Cardinal is right up there. And not just the male, who is red, but the female, which is the bird I am representing with this card.

I am also playing along with Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge that took us to the Isle of Wight Studio Glass site. My inspiration came from this Featherspray Fumed Bird.
I first die cut my Yupo paper with my stitched stackers die. Doing it afterwards will leave alcohol ink residue on your die, which you can clean with proper cleaner, but that is a step I like to avoid. 

Using alcohol inks I did my background keeping in mind that I would be using this stamp from Gina K. I did not really want to use red, so I decided on the raspberry instead. And as I was using raspberry instead of red, I used aqua instead of greens. 
To help with the drying period, I sat my piece on the window ledge with the window open slightly while I cleaned up my work space. It will not dry completely for another 24 hours or so, but I find this helps if I wish to stamp. I put my piece in my Misti, and having it in the corner I stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Vermillion, giving it several passes. I then moved it slightly, and stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. *A hint. I do not turn my piece over to apply my adhesive. I used Scor-tape, or Be Creative tape and add the pieces while I hold my panel. This way I avoid smudging the black ink, which you will if you turn it over.
 To finish I attached my panel to a pink background. I thought about black, but everyone uses black ... I dream in colour, so pink it was.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and very much appreciate your visit.
I have attached affiliate links (at no additional cost to you) below which have the USA links first, then beside it, Canadian links. 
My Canadian site will be bringing in Gina K, but for now I have linked you to a beautiful bird set that I think would work wonderfully with this technique.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Scrap'n Stamp Some Like it Hot Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrap'n Stamp "Some Like It Hot" Blog Hop. 

When we celebrate a hop, we like to include prizes. So Scrap'n Stamp will be giving away nine (9) prizes with this hop, plus one lucky winner will win a $50.00 gift certificate to the store. 
So be sure to hop along with us, and leave some love as you go for your chance to win.

Moving on to my card for today's hop. 
I was going to stamp and colour on Kraft card stock, but then I found these pieces of designer paper from a few years back. This can be done on any kind of designer paper, but I thought the light print for my stamped panel and the stripe for my background would make for a nice look. I die cut the pieces with my wonky stitched dies.
I stamped the mugs using Ranger Archival Ink in Sepia, masking off as I stamped. I then coloured the images using Copics, and coloured the Marshmellows, Cream and Heart Swirl with a Posca Pen MarkerWhen I was done the colouring, I stamped the little bird, that I could not resist, using Ranger Archival in Jet Black ink, and coloured again using Copics. 
(The Copic colours I used are E37, E43, E53, R14. R17).
 I attached the bottom piece to the Kraft card base. I then attached fun foam to my stamped panel with Be Creative tape, and attached it to the card, adding a few gumdrops to finish.
For the inside I again die cut a couple of pieces of the designer paper with my wonky stitched die. I stamped the smaller panel with my sentiment from Concord & 9th called Winter Wear using the Sepia and Vermilion inks.

I have done a video for this card.

Following is a list of those participating in today's hop. 
Up next is Chala.

Lovely Birthday

 I was playing around with this Beautiful Bloom stamp last night, and this is where it all ended up. I had seen a watercolour floral painting on Pinterest a few days ago and thought I would use those colours for this card.
 I stamped the image on Arches 140 lb cold press water colour paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue, having the stamp fall off the page. I then painted with Cadmium Yellow and Cobalt Turquoise. I splattered in some Cobalt Blue, along with Acrylic Phthalo Blue. 
I attached a sentiment stamped in the Cobalt Blue and attached using foam squares. The panel is attached to my card base using fun foam.

I hope you enjoy this card and would like to thank you for visiting my blog today.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Reserved Valentine

 This adorable image is from Penny Black, and is called Space Reserved. Doesn't this have you smiling?

Before I go any further, for my Canadian viewers I have some information to share. US viewers can skip the following paragraph and go on to the details below the picture.

I painted using my water colour palette. I have a mix of paints in my palette, which consists of 48 half pans of colour, which include Daniel Smith, Schmincke, Winsor Newton and a DaVinci, a green, that I used today. I have another palette of 18 half pans that I use when I attend classes, which has all Winsor Newton Professional Artists paints. I buy when I fall in love with the colour and I know I will use it. Water colour in Canada is very expensive and shipping is prohibitive in many cases. Buying in the USA is no longer an option with the exchange rates and duties. For me to buy Daniel Smith Opera Pink, which is manufactured in the USA, a 5ml tube would be in the $12.00 Cdn area. I can travel across the border to Blick's, but paying the tolls there and back has to be considered, and the price is still prohibitive due to the exchange rate. Also, Schmincke water colours are expensive in the USA as they are imported from the UK. Hence, I buy my paints from Jackson's Art Supplies in the UK, where a 5ml tube of Opera Pink costs $8.79 Cdn, and shipping is very very reasonable.  I have an ongoing "Wish" list at Jackson's and I can highly recommed them. They have excellent shipping times and rates and excellent customer service. For this purpose, I have included in the Canadian links below, linking to Jackson's Art Supplies.
Back to my card. I wanted to keep the bear on the lighter side as I wanted the bench to be a red/brown shade. I very much like the look of the lighter bear against the darker bench. I used Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber on the Bear, which I watered down. For the bench I used Burnt Umber and Indian Red, and for the grass I used Sap Green and Leaf Green. The background is done in Manganese Blue. The little sign has touches of Payne's Grey.
I then stamped the butterfly, using Helio Turquoise for colour, and painted the balloons using Opera Pink. I stamped a second balloon which I fussy cut, adding Wink of Stella to both balloons, and attached using foam squares. I changed my design at this point, which can be seen in the video. I cut the image, added fun foam to the back and matted with a hot pink card stock. 
I then stencilled the card base with MFT Lots of Hearts Stencil and Distress ink in Picked Raspberry, then put the card together. 

I hope you have enjoyed this card today. I have done a video showing the details.
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