Sunday, October 14, 2018


This card is my sample for the Splitcoaststamper Clean and Simple Challenge this week, which is to use only a stencil and a sentiment. 

I am using a yet to be released stencil and sentiment die for this card. I love both of these, so I wanted to give you a sneak peek. Watch for the Frantic Stamper release coming in November.
I used colours for this card that blend well into each other, so the eye sees only a slight difference. The impact comes from the stark white background, and the love sentiment.
I started by sponging on distress oxide inks, first in lemonade, then added abandoned coral and finished with candied apple. I die cut the sentiment, the love word using cardstock, and the shadow using white glitter cardstock. For the love word, I sponged on the abandoned coral and added the candied apple to the bottom of the word.
I really love this look, and I hope you do as well. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Boo to You

 I think it shows that I had a lot of fun making this Halloween card. I am using dies and a stencil from Frantic Stamper's Autumn & Halloween release. 

I first did an alcohol ink background using some darkish colours along with silver mixative. 

For the gate and pumpkins I die cut from watercolour paper and painted with distress inks. I used black soot, rusty hinge, pumice stone and faded jeans to do the fence, and carved pumpkin, black soot, peeled paint and candied apple to do the pumpkins, along with some Wink of Stella.
I attached the fence and pumpkins using foam dots. I then die cut my top with the semi-circle die and stenciled on the bats using black soot and the boo using wilted violet. I attached the top panel using fun foam to my dark purple card base to finish.

Thank you for visiting today.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Room for You

It took me "forever" to mask all of these birds to stamp them, then colour them, but I think it is delightfully cute, so worth the effort.

 This card came about from the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, where we visited a site called Redbubble. What fun it was to visit this site, and I found loads of inspiration. But, anyone who knows me will know I love birds, so you will not be surprised to see that I picked this tote for my card today.
The colours are darker on the tote, and I wanted to keep my card on the bright side, so I opted for more vibrant colours, colouring with Copic Markers. For my white space, instead of leaving some of the birds with white faces, I opted for white space in between the stamping. 

I die cut my bird panel with the stitched rectangle die, and matted with black, then attached to a red frame that I die cut with the rectangle sweetheart die.
I finished my card by stamping the sentiment on some vellum, which I also had cut with the stitched die, and attached to my card panel using vellum tape. 

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it, and thank you for visiting my blog.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Give Thanks

 I made this card as my sample for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, for which I am also hosting.

It is Canada's Thanksgiving on Monday, so I have asked participants to make cards reflecting blessings and/or giving thanks.

I have kept my card very clean, using only a die cut leaf and sentiment stamp. I previously made some alcohol ink backgrounds, and it was one of these that I used to die cut my leaf. I had used gold deco foil on the background, and thankfully some of it ended up on my leaf. 
 I kept bits of the leaf cuts in the leaf, which also act as a spot for my foam squares to hide. I stamped the sentiment using Ranger's Archival Vermilion Ink, and finished with a few sequins in gold and burgundy.
I am happy with this CAS card, it is a treat to make such a clean card. I hope you have enjoyed this card as well, and thank you for visiting my blog.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Autumn Branches

 Today I am participating with Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge, where we had a visit to a fabulous site called The Photo Argus. If you need inspiration, this is a fabulous site to find it.

For my card I picked this photograph. 
 I first stamped and heat embossed my image, Penny Black's Into the Sky, using black embossing powder. I then did the background using Ken Oliver's Color Burst in Chartreuse, Fuchsia and Alizarin Crimson. Once the background was dry I die cut the panel using My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax. 
I then flicked on Vicki Boutin Acrylic paint in Juicy Pear and Sugared Strawberry. I stamped the sentiment, again using black embossing powder, and finished with a few crystal drops in Keylime and Rosewater.
I hope you have enjoyed this card and wish to thank you for visiting.

Trick or Treat

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope my fellow Canadians have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

I am back today with a card that I made for Scrap'n Stamp.
I opted for a tall card, being 3.75 x 8.5, as I wanted to use a lot of stamps. I had this card on my mind for a bit now. It is almost as if these images were designed for each other, yet they are from two different companies, one being Concord & 9th and the other My Favorite Things. 

I started with my sky and moon, masking off the moon area while I did the sky, where I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet. I removed the mask on the moon and covered the sky while doing the moon using Antique Linen and Wild Honey. I then used the hose on my Mini Mister to mark on the moon, and sprinkled the entire area with water droplets.

 I then added the stamped and die cut the images using my Gemini and coloured using Chameleon Markers. I did three layers for the tree hills, two with the trees and one a grass layer. The die set has the die to cut the treeless grass area, and I drew in the grass to match the hills with the trees, and sponged all the grass with Peeled Paint. The last row of trees and the houses are attached using foam squares and glue, and the critters are attached using foam squares. I added some Wink of Stella to the cape on the fox. 

I hope you enjoy this card today, and would like to thank you for visiting my blog. Below are links to the Scrap'n Stamp store where you can find all the products I have used on this card.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Autumn ~ Cool & Crisp

I truly do love making Autumn cards, but I also made this card as my sample for the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers, where we were asked for Autumn leaves.
 I first die cut the size of panel that I wanted to use with My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle die. 
In my Misti, using Penny Black's stamp set called Lush and Lavish, in my Misti, I stamped two leaves from the set using Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber then spritzing lightly with water. For my matted piece I sponged on Distress Oxide Ink in the Abandoned Coral keeping it matching the leaves, as I wanted to introduce the red in my sentiment, which I did using Ranger Archival ink in Vermilion . 
I attached the panels to my white card base, then added a few gumdrops in orange and red sparkle to finish. 
Thank you for visiting today.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nature's Palette

 I feel like I have been missing for a long time. Alas, I have been doing another card project for a customer that is rather large and took up most of my time. But today I was delighted to be able to make a couple of cards for my blog. 
This is the first card I did using Penny Black's Into the Sky stamp, which I just love. I wanted it to appear in the background of the scene, like it was in the mist, so I stamped the branches first using Sepia ink, then did the sponging of the ink background. I did however, stamp the sentiment last.
I sponged using Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral. Once I was happy with that, I splattered with water, then splattered with brown watercolour paint in Madder Brown. I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival ink in Sepia.

 For my second card I changed up the colours slightly, using Mustard Seed, Fozzilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon. I also die cut the panel, framed in brown and attached to a white card base.
 I did the sponging first then stamped the branches using the Sepia ink. I then splattered with water only, and stamped the sentiment, changing up the verse a bit. 
I am a huge fan of Ripe Persimmon, so I tend to like the card above a bit more, but I do like the added paint on the card above.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and thank you for visiting my blog today.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Autumn Leaves Blop Hop with Scrap'n Stamp

Welcome to our Autumn Leaves blog hop. 

We have some awesome cards using great products offered in the Scrap'n Stamp store, to share with you today. I hope you will join in with the fun. And yes, there will be prizes. We will be giving away three (3) Gift Certificates valued at $25.00 each to the lucky winners who comment on each of the posts in today's hop. 
You have until September 30th, 2018 to leave your comments for the drawing that will take place October 2nd, 2018.

Also, this weekend, September 23rd, 2018, we have a $20 coupon for orders over $100 - the code is "LOVEFALL20"

Now, on to the projects I made for today's hop. First up is Thankful, done using Concord & 9th Lace Leaf Stamp Set. I stamped my background panel using Ranger's Wendy Vecchi line of inks picking the colours of fall. I then die cut the panel with the Scalloped Stitch Trimmings die using the inside part without the trim, then attached it to my Bazzill pink card base.
I cut a piece of white vellum using a smaller die from the set, then stamped the sentiment using the Vermilion ink from the ink sets, and heat embossed with the clear embossing powder. I then attached the vellum to my card base using vellum tape. 

For my leaf, I made a mixture of Ballerina Pink and Shimmering Pearl embossing powders, adding a few shimmer pieces to the mix. I stamped with the Versamark embossing ink and heat embossed. I then added some of the Vermilion ink shading around the edges of the leaf, and finished with a few drops of Nuvo Jewel drops. 

For my next project I used the My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Tag to make this Autumn Tree tag.
 I used colours that I already had in my stash, picking out shades of green, blue, rust, orange, red, gold and brown. I used all 6 strands of the floss, as this is a large stitch grid. 
I added thin foam squares under the finished area to elevate the top panel and matted with the orange bazzill cardstock. I then made the tassel from variegated floss.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects. Up next is the amazing Amy. If you have lost your way, following is a list of those in the hop and their links.

me ~ Kia ~ me

Thank you for joining us today.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumn Maple

 For some reason I was in the mood for a very red Maple Leaf today, so I decided to do this leaf using Schmincke watercolour in Scarlet Red. 

I first stamped on distress watercolour paper using gold embossing powder, then did several layers of the red. I then die cut a mask for my panel piece, and watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Candied Apple, going around the mask edges.
 I then die cut the panel with the scalloped die set, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I flicked on some gold paint, die cut another panel using the distress watercolour paper and the scalloped die, and attached the layers to my card base. I attached the leaf using foam dots. 
I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting today.

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