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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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Never Alone

 This card came about after watching this video by Lydia from Understandblue. 
It was way back in 2007 when I bought my plate, but I never had success with it, and I put the plate away. But Lydia's video had me ready to try again, and finally, I had some success, and I had a great time. 
So this card is my first gelli print card, and I am happy to share it with you. 
 I used HP 32lb photocopy paper, which is a good quality photocopy paper, and Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paints. I love her paints, being drawn to them bu their magnificient and fun colours. For this card I used Juicy Pear, Orange Slice and Sugared Strawberry. The other colours you see are from the previous print I took off. 

One of the hints Lydia gives is to not be fussy about cleaning your plate in between, and I think this is great advice. I did not clean it until after 24 prints. 
I rolled on the paints, then would clean my roller on a separate piece of 80lb card stock, which is what I used to make my panel for my sentiment, using a sentiment from Picket Fence Studio and Ranger Archival Ink in Majestic Violet.
I attached the sentiment panel to my gelli print, then attached the print to 80 lb white cardstock. I then die cut the piece with my stitched rectangle die, and for depth I then attached it to fun foam using Scor Tape to attach. I finished by attaching the piece to a dark purple card base.

I hope you enjoyed this card today. Thank you for visiting.
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

To Say Hello

 A bit of repetitive stamping and a cute little squirrel with his mail to say hello.

The Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers called for repetitive stamping for the challenge. My sentiment is from the Picket Fence Studio stamp set called Forgot to say Thank you, and the squirrel and envelopes are from Neat and Tangled My Favorite Nut. This stamp set is meant to be used for Valentine, but I used it instead to say hello.
 I used my Deckled Circle dies to cut the frame from distress watercolour paper and attached using foam squares. The stamping was done using Altenew Inks Red Cosmos Set. 
 I made a mistake when I was doing the frame, which I show in the video found below.  

I would like to thank you for visiting my blog today.

Happy Hugs

 Meet Happy Hugs! 
Who said Valentine cards had to be pink or red?
If you have followed me you will be aware that I love anything and everything about birds. So how could I resist these sweeties from Penny Black Stamps.
 I started out with my background, die cutting the water colour panel with my Sweetheart Layers die, and applying a wash using Schmincke May Green water colour. Once it was dry I splattered it with white acrylic paint. I stamped the bird images using the same water colour paper and proceeded to water colour the birds with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens. 
 I attached a green card stock underlay along with the water colour sweetheart die panel to the card base. I then added foam squares to the previous die cut Heart Circle, along with the bird images and arranged everything on the card. 
 To finish I stamped the Happy Hugs using Ranger Archival Ink in Vibrant Fuchsia. I then did the inside, using the Heart Day stamp set, stamped in the Fuchsia and added a green heart that was from the Heart Circle die. 
I hope you have enjoyed this card, and I thank you for visiting my blog today.

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Bundle Up!

 Happy Winter!
I embrace the change of season's that I am lucky to experience, but I know there are some that would rather not. We just need to bundle up.

This stamp set is from Concord & 9th and called Winter Wear. I first die cut the panel with the wonky rectangle die using Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Solar White card stock. In my Misti, I stamped the head and the scarf, then added colour with my Copic Markers.
I stamped the side sentiment in the black. The sentiment also has an additional part about the New Year, but I masked it off for this card.  
 I then stencilled the falling snow using blue ink. I put the card back in my Misti and stamped the "hello friend" then went over the stencil colour with glitter paste. 
I finished by attaching the panel to a light blue card base. 

I hope you have enjoyed this card and wish to thank you for visiting my blog.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Monogram K

I am up on the My Sweet Petunia Blog with this card today. I have wanted to do this kind of card for awhile, but kept putting if off as it does require exact measurements and I did not have a proper ruler for that. Alas, the new Cut-Align has changed all that.  
Using my new ruler I measured out a K block monogram that I proceeded to stamp in using floral and leaf stamps from various stamp sets in different colours of distress inks. 
I did the same for the sentiment die cut inside, which is shown below.
Above is my block K with all the measurements. I will keep this for future use. You can see the Cut-Align with all the wonderful measurements in increments of 1/16th and the Omnigrid ruler I previously used. They are both heavy duty rulers, but the Omnigrid is a sewing ruler, measuring in increments of 1/8th inches. It is also thick, used to butt the edge of a rotary cutter, but it also used to cause me to miss the measure! The Cut-Align is perfectly made for the kind of measuring I was doing.
I traced the monogram to masking paper using graphite and cut it out with my cutter, which is supposed to be used for fabric. I have a proper craft knife ordered, trust me as one of the pictures does show my cut finger from the knife. 
In my Mini Misti I arranged the miscellaneous stamps to fill the block letter and stamped using various colours of inks.
I die cut the sentiment for the inside and stamped it the same way with the same stamps in different colours.
Once I was done the stamping I brushed on the Picked Raspberry ink. On my inside die cut panel, I aligned up the edges of the panel and taped the ruler to the page, using it as a guide to glue down the sentiment.
To finish the monogram I added colour with my distress markers to the area with just one colour of ink.
This is the finished monogram. I very much enjoyed making this card today, and I hope you enjoy it as well. 
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