Sunday, September 16, 2018

Framed Fall Leaf

 I spent some time playing with my alcohol inks on Sunday, and this is one of the backgrounds that I did. I knew I wanted to use this leaf die for a card, so I made the background to suit it, which I think it does.

I used Yupo paper, Tim Holtz Alcohol inks, Blending Solution and my distress marker spritzer, which makes moving the ink much easier. I die cut the frame from the white cardstock, and cut the leaf from metallic green cardstock, attaching both with foam squares.
To finish I added a few glossy sequins. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today. 

Witching You

 I am up with Scrap'n Stamp today sharing this card I made using My Favorite Things Frightfully Sweet stamp set. How cute is this?
 I used Chameleon Markers to colour the cute little critters. I changed the foxes face fur to a mask and added Wink of Stella for some sparkle, and added white gel pen to the cape, hats and pumpkins for highlighting.

The background on the card base is done using distress oxide inks in wilted violet and ripe persimmon, then die cut with My Favorite Things Inside and Out Diagonal Stitch Dies. The background on the top panel is done using carved pumpkin and the framing in the wilted violet and attached using foam tape.
Splashes of water and a few Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

One of a Kind

 I participated today in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and was delighted to see we were headed to a Canadian Etsy site called QiQi Gallery, which is full of beautiful art and loads of inspiration.

I was inspired by this piece of art, and as I had acrylic paints I decided I would use them for my background. 
I first applied gesso to my card stock to give the paint something to hold on to, then used a small palette knife to add my colour, adding greens, turquoise, yellows and dark blue. I would have loved to do bubbles, but do not have the products needed for that process. In any event, I enjoyed this change of pace.

Once my background was dry, I die cut the piece using Penny Black's Antique Frame die, then flicked on some gold paint and attached it to my card base. I then drizzled the gold paint on the panel. I did it this way only because I did not want to wait for it to dry before taking my pics. 😉

I then stamped the circle sentiment and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, then die cut with the coordinating circle die.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for visting my blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Peeking In

 I think this image from So Suzy Stamps is just too adorable, and very befitting for my Veterinarian. As most of you know, I have a bird named Cinnie C, CC for short, whose picture is on my sidebar. I regularly take her to my Vet to have her wings clipped and a check up. There is nothing cuter than a stethoscope on a birds chest. And, of course I take this opportunity to send a card to the Veterinarian, which is what this card is. 
I am new to Copic colouring, and only have a few of them. They are not my passion, watercolour is, but I would like to learn to use them properly, and practise makes perfect. 
I coloured the bird using Copics, making the colour on her head deeper as I figured all her blood was rushing there. 😉
I did the stencil work using distress inks in spiced marmalade, using a lighter hand as I went towards the edges. 
The sentiment is stamped in black ink and the panel is attached to the matted card base using fun foam. To finish I added a few gumdrops.
I hope you have a chuckle with this card and thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your support.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Hoppy Halloween

 Hoppy Halloween ... coming soon!
This is just the cutest set from My Favorite Things called Frightfully Sweet. There are several images in the set along with sentiments, but I picked the bunny to do today.
 I stamped the image in my Misti using Memento Tuxedo Ink and coloured with Copic Markers. For the bat wings I used my Nuvo Aqua Flow in black and added back the bones using my Silver Kuretake Zig pen. I die cut the panel with my dotted rectangle die.
I die cut another panel with the dotted rectangle die, then embossed using my Darice Embossing Pumpkin folder. 
(I tried to source this item for you, but was unable to find it in any stores. I did find another similar pumpkin embossing folder and have added it to the links below in case you are interested. I do not however, have that folder.)
I then added Wink of Stella to the raised pumpkins on the panel before attaching it to my card base.
I then added the die cut image panel using foam tape.
In my Misti I stamped the sentiment with the Memento Tuxedo ink and used one of the sentiment labels from Frantic Stamper's Sentiment Labels Die Set.

Thank you for visiting today.

Bundle of Joy

 This is another baby card I did for a baby girl's shower. I changed it up a bit with the shabby chic look for this card. Lots of layers, all pretty in pink, and these baby shoes from CC Designs, that I just love. 
I started by stamping the shoes using Ranger Archival Vibrant Fuchsia. The colour is taken down in vibrancy by the heat embossing, which is done using Shimmering Pearl by Nuvo. I then used my ScanNCut to cut out the shoes. 
I die cut the panels of designer paper, which are from Reverse Confetti called True Love. I tried to source this paper, but it seems that it is not in stock anywhere. I matted the designer paper with white Neenah cardstock. I added a die cut vellum piece under the shoes which is attached using vellum tape. 
 For the inside of the card, I die cut the white panel using the Dotted Rectangle die, then die cut the deckled circle and the Stitched Double Fishtail Labels using the designer paper. I then stamped the sentiment from Alexandra Renke called Best Wishes using the Vibrant Fuchsia ink.
I layered the panels in different directions, added the vellum circle then the shoes. I tucked in a few flowers and finished with the beautiful crystals from Studio Katia. 
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Cool and Crisp

 In my area it is a wonderfully cool day, even if it is overcast. So much better than those hot days we had a few days ago. 
And, to go along with my weather, I have done this fall leaf that I just received from Concord & 9th. I just love that they have done the shading for us with this set.😊

I started this card with the leaf. On watercolour paper and in my Misti I coloured the stamp using my distress markers. I love the crackled appearance done this way. Once I was done the colouring, I heat embossed using Nuvo Shimmering embossing powder, then fussy cut the leaf.
 then die cut my panel using Neenah Solar Crest cardstock using my stitched rectangle die and stamped the shadow using vintage blue embossing powder from Michaels. I put the panel back in my Misti and stamped the sentiment along the bottom of the card, using colours from the leaf.
I finished my card by attached my panel to a blue card base, styling the leaf a bit and adding it to the panel using foam squares and I added a few gumdrops.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for visiting my blog.

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Bundle of Joy Shaker

 I did this card for a customer who was going to a baby shower for a baby girl. I wanted to do a shaker and thought the pacifier would be cute with a shaker. 

I die cut my pink panel using the stitched rectangle, then die cut the peek a boo piece. I love the way the peek a boo is framed. I then die cut two pieces of fun foam with the peek a boo die, being sure to line it up with the front card panel. I attached the fun foam together with sookwang tape, then added the acetate to the front along with the piece of pink card stock, lining it up to match the cut of the fun foam,attaching again with the sookwang tape. I poured in the sequins, then attached another piece of acetate, which makes it easier to attach to my card base, using the sookwang tape.

I die cut the pacifier in both the pink and white cardstock and attached it to the acetate with a thin foam square. On the pacificer I added some Wink of Stella. I also die cut the sentiments for the front and inside along with the bottles in the Neenah white cardstock, and attached using Nuvo adhesive.
The inside also has the pink cardstock cut with the stitched rectangle die. 

I hope you have enjoyed this baby card and wish to thank you for visiting today.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

My Neighbourhood

I am up on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today with this card using the stamp and die set from Concord & 9th called City Stacks. There are so may options one can use with this set, but today I decided to use all three of the stamps, plus a sentiment stamp. 

My inspiration for this came from the neighbourhood where I live. I am an apartment dweller, but fortunately there is only my building, not a slew of apartment buildings. I overlook a very old street with beautiful large homes built in the 20's and 30's, with beautifully manicured lawns and huge old trees. It is always such a joy to walk this neighbourhood come autumn. 
I am using Arches cold press watercolour paper for this card, but any watercolour paper can be used. I am also using Tim Holtz Distress Inks both in mini cubes and markers. 

I stamped the image of the city buildings first in jet black ink, then did the sky using tumbled glass and blueprint sketch. I then did a wash over the buildings using wilted violet and painted the area that will show behind the tree stack using mowed lawn.
On a separate piece of watercolour paper, I stamped and die cut the tree stack, keeping in mind that this will be behind the row of houses. As I did not want a lot of bulk I used my bone folder along the straight cut edge of the paper, which flattens it just enough so as to not have a ridge. I then watercoloured the grass with the mowed lawn, and the trees I did using dried marigold, fozzilized amber, spiced marmalade and a bit of candied apple.  I also went around the trees with the mowed lawn as I did not want any of the white showing.
I then moved on to the house, stamping and die cutting the piece to allow for my sentiment. I painted the houses in worn lipstick, tumbled glass, dried marigold and used fired brick for the doors and roofs. I added squeezed lemonade in the windows for light. I have some hickory smoke on the window ledges and steps. And, it was while I was doing the post on the Scrap'n Stamp blog that I realized I had not painted the flowers in the windown boxes. My story then, and now is that the flowers were pulled to make way for the coming autumn. 😊

To finish my card I stamped one of the sentiments from the set using the jet black ink. 

So, in the end it is a three layer card, but the layers were done so it does not feel like it has that many layers. 

I hope you have enjoyed this card today. Following is a list of the products used with affilate links to the store.

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Fall Maple

 An unusual colour combination for my card today. I know I will be doing traditional colour autumn cards, so today I wanted to do something a bit unusual.

I am using Neat and Tangled Maple Thanks Stamp and Die set, along with a sentiment from Frantic Stamper that comes with a larger die called Fall Harvest Panel. I am also using Tim Holtz' Woodgrain Embossing folder.
I cut two pieces of Ranger distress watercolour paper, spraying one piece with Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. Once dry I used Color Burst in Turquoise on the piece with the resist spray, and Lime Green on the other piece.  
On the green piece I inked the edges using Broken China and Black Soot.  I then applied VersaMark ink on the raised portions and sprinkled with Perfect Pearls, and brushed off lightly, applying a fixative to the panel.
Using the turquoise piece I die cut the leaf, then stamped using Broken China Distress Oxide ink and heat embossed with Nuvo Shimmering Embossing Powder. On a few of the edges of the leaf I sponged on the Broken China and Black Soot distress ink, then attached the leaf to the panel on square foam pieces. I die cut 3 of the fall words and glued them together, then attached them to the panel. I then applied Wink of Stella to add a bit of sparkle.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and thank you for visting my blog.

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