Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glorious Rose

I think the stamps we choose are as much a part of us as the time spent with them. I knew when I saw this Art Neko stamp called Old Fashioned Rose, that I would very much enjoy colouring it, and I did.  I have a wonderful friend who belongs to a International Women's Sorority called Beta Sigma Phi, and the Yellow Rose is a symbol of their sisterhood signalling love and friendship, so I will send it to her along with an envelope for her to use for one of her sorority sisters.
For this card, I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder and using my Zig Brushes watercoloured building up the colour using three different yellow colours, one of which has the orange tones and using two colours of green for the leaves.  I wanted to keep with the vibrancy of the yellow, so I stamped the Rose sentiment using a burnt orange shade of ink.  I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangles and added the yellow matting, along with a few sequins.  I am very pleased with the finished card and I hope you enjoy it as well.  
Thanks so much for dropping by.
Products:  Art Neko Old Fashioned Rose 3, Rose Text stamps; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Bazzill Cardstock, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Altenew Autumn Blaze Ink, White Embossing Powder, Versamark Embossing Ink, Sequins.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Easter Bunny Hop

I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today which is called Bunny Hop, and this is my sample card. I love this little bunny and love the big egg ... both make me smile.
I die cut a nested egg replaced it back in the negative in my Misti, securing it with the magnets and stenciled the pattern using Altenew inks, which are new to me. They are wonderful inks, going on beautifully and have such vibrant colours. I added the flowers with two of the darker colours and sponged on the lighter colour to the egg once the flowers were done. I also added Wink of Stella to the base of each of the flowers and on some of the circles.  Again using my Misti, I again die cut the bunny and placed it back in the negative to secure before watercolouring using my Zig Brushes. I decided I also wanted the carrot, so used the same process with it. Once I was done the carrot however, I decided it was too big for my bunny, so I trimmed it right to the edge of the image, cutting out the white space left from the die cutting.  I attached the egg to the base on foam strips and attached the bunny on the egg and a foam dot, glueing on the carrot. With the green Zig I coloured in a bit of grass under the bunny, and added Wink of Stella to his ears and tail. Once that was done I placed the card back in my Misti and stamped my sentiment, then added 
a few sequins to finish. 
I hope you enjoy this little bunny card today and thank you for visiting. 
Products: Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter Dies, Simon Says Stamp Oval of Flowers Stencil, Spellbinders Nested Eggs, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Altenew Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze Inks, Zig Brushes, SSS Intense Black, Wink of Stella Brush, Foam Strips and Dots, Sequins.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Love and Tea

The inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today was to use teabags on your card. I only have loose tea, so I used this stamp set wich has a teabag included in the set. I used my Misti to set up and stamp my images, and once stamped I did a watercolour wash for my background, in the colour of tea ... my tea at least! I then coloured using Zig Brushes and added some Wink of Stella to the tea in the cup. The panel is attached with foam dots and I added a few sequins along with a heart button, that was in the sequin packaging. I do not normally use buttons, but this card is not being mailed, it will be hand delivered. 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Your Next Stamp Love Birds, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Wink of Stella, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Sequins, Button, Foam Tape.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Happy Hello

It is snowing today, but I firmly believe that 
spring is sure to follow this little outburst. And nothing says spring like yellow does.
My background is heat embossed using yellow ink and clear embossing powder, then I proceeded to watercolour the flowers and die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die. As I was going to use a yellow envelope I added yellow matting
 and yellow and white twine, attaching to
 my card base on foam strips. I die cut two white sentiments and coloured the bottom in the yellow 
ink and attaching to shadow the white sentiment,
something I love to do. 
A coordinating envelope with the wider flap was
 the perfect place to add the stamp again, which
 was stamped in the yellow ink.
I think this would make a lovely set as a gift ...
in different colours though. 
Thank you for your visit ... see you next time.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Mod Flower Background, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Clear Embossing Powder,  Frantic Stamper Colorblock #2 for the Sentiment, Doodlebug Twine, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, 3M Foam Tape. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Creating with my MISTI and Creative Corners

 I have a few cards to share with you today, along with pictures of how I set up my Misti using the new Creative Corners.  
But first, a bit about the cards. I have a friend who is a gardener of all things wonderful, and I think she would enjoy this card, just because. I used the creative corners to do the stenciling of the brick wall, which is done in lavender using the beautiful Clarity Brushes. I coloured the potted plant with Zigs and die cut to attach to the card base on foam dots. I stamped the little pot, and coloured, along with the birdie. My intent was to place the birdie on the tipped pot with a foam dot, but I did not like him there ... I felt that she should be looking at the seeds that she could eat instead. 😊 I added slight shading under the pots and birds and stamped the sentiment to finish.
 For this next card which I did for a friend to give her mother, I stamped the card base with the flower and sentiment, along with a second piece which I die cut with the oval die. I then stamped the butterfly on the oval, which is a 3 step process, using some distress ink colours. I coloured the flower with distress markers, propped the flower up on foam tape and added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.
 For the pink card, I used the same technique as above, except this time I stamped the base in the pink and the top image in gray on watercolour paper. I watercoloured the top panel using my Zigs and again propped the panel up on foam dots, then stamped the sentiment and added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle. 
Following are pictures of my Misti setup that you might find useful. 
 Watercolouring the stamped flower pot and the bird before die cutting.
 Set up to stencil my card base.
Arranging my design and finishing up.
 Set up for layering the stamped images.

I always find it amusing how much goes into making a card. Yet, the process is what I love the most.
Thank you for dropping by today ... I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to seeing you next time.
Products: Altenew Best Mom and Garden Grow Stamps and Dies, MISTI, Creative Corners, Prima Marketing Brick Wall Stencil, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Milled Lavender, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Weathered Wood, Aqua Brush, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Spellbinders Nested Oval Dies, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Circles, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb. Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Sequins, Foam Tape and Dots.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bundle of Joy

These little duckies are floating around and enjoying the waterfall.  They are the Mom and Baby Ducks from the latest release at Frantic Stamper, along with the sentiment dies from the Adorable Bundle Set. Are they not just too cute?
I embossed the background with the waterfall embossing folder, and die cut the ducks in designer papers, styling and attaching on foam dots with tiny pearls added for their eyes. The sentiment is also cut from the same series of papers 
and I added a heart die, using one of the elementals die from Frantic Stamper, and of course I added a few sequins for 
a bit of sparkle.  
I hope you enjoy this baby card and thank you for visiting.  
Products: All dies are from Frantic Stamper, Couture Creations Embossing Folder Waterfall, Neenah Cardstock, Doodlebug Spring Things Designer Paper, Sequins.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Daffodil Splendor

In my hopes that spring is just around the corner, I would like to share this Art Neko stamp called Two Daffodils with you today, along with the sentiment It is not rain to me, it's raining Daffodils.  It seemed appropriate given the weather in my 
neck of the woods. 
Keeping with the cheeriness the Daffodil brings I used a yellow designer paper for my background. I coloured the stamp with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping on cardstock, then stamped again without water. I coloured in the Daffodil with my Zig Brushes. In my Misti I arranged my layout and attached the stitched circle with foam strips. I added ric rack, a few sequins and stamped the sentiment below.
Another pretty spring card to share with someone. Thank you for visiting my blog ... I will see you next time. 
Products: Art Neko Stamps, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Dies, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Zig Brushes, Neenah Cardstock, Lawn Fawn In The Meadow Designer Paper, Ric Rack, Foam Strips, Sequins.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Baby Tags

A couple of baby gift tags to share today, which are part of the latest release from Frantic Stamper called Sweet Baby. I used the Tag Builder # 2, Baby die along with the Adorable Bundle Set and designer paper and ribbons to make these cute tags. 
I styled the pacifier and popped it up on foam dots. 
I hope you like these little tags, and thank you for visiting my blog.
Products; All dies are from Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock, My Favorite Things Tranquil Textures Designer Paper, Ribbons, Foam Dots.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Baby Congrats

Today I am sharing another card I made for the latest release at Frantic Stamper called Sweet Baby
I used the Colorblock die on its side and attached it on foam strips to create some depth. I then die cut several of the baby accessories in designer paper, styled and arranged within the colorblock die, making for a gender neutral baby card.
To finish my card I added a few tiny flower sequins along with a few regular sequins around the card.
Thanks so much for visiting today.
Products and Links: Frantic Stamper Colorblock DieAdorable Bundle SetToy GiraffeMom and Baby Ducks, Neenah Cardstock, Doodlebug Spring Things Designer Paper, Sequins, Foam Tape.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Tea Time

I had a wonderful morning watercolouring these journal pages today for the Inspiration Challeng at Splitcoaststampers. The Pinterst site today is called Moleskine Pinterest Page and this is my inspiration.
I pretty well followed the layout, changing the colours and design a bit. I stamped my images with Memento London Fog and heat set before continuing to paint using Winsor Newton watercolours. I kept my look very lose, a look I like in my journal. I die cut the saucer and teacups in lightweight paper to mask my stamped images while I added the splats in full strength cobalt blue. I then stamped my sentiments using my Misti and intense black ink, which took several goes due to the watercolour paper. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today ... 
Products:  Altenew Vintage Teacups Stamps and Dies, Arches 140lb. Cold Press Watercolour Paper, Winsor Newton Professional Watercolours Cobalt Blue, Opera Rose, Payne's Gray, Hookers Green Light, and DaVinci Leaf Green.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Sweet Congrats

This delightful little giraffe is from the latest release at Frantic Stamper called Sweet Baby.  Making this card just has me smiling, the giraffe is just too cute. 
I kept my giraffe white so it could be used for both genders, and used fun fresh designer papers to brighten the card. The oval die is on foam strips and I added the grassy hill edger across the bottom of the oval and Congrats from the Colorblock #2 die set. A few sprinkles in the corner finished my card. 
Products: Frantic Stamper Dies, Doodlebugs Designs Spring Things Designer Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Foam Tape.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017


I am once again playing with this beautiful Framed Tulip from Art Neko. You may remember the card I did a week ago using this stamp, done in a very different way from this card.

I set my stamp up in my Misti, something I always do when I use foam mounted stamps. I can easily ensure the stamp is straight by using the grid on the Misti lid.

 For this card I again coloured my stamp and spritzed with water before stamping. To add further dimension to the tulip I added more colour to the stamp but did not spritz with water before stamping. Once that was done, I taped off the left corner area and sponged on the yellow, going up the frame slightly. I then put the card back in my Misti and stamped the birthday greeting partially in and out of the frame. A few sequins, just because I like a bit of sparkle, but I decided I wanted a bit more, so I added some Wink of Stella to the tulip petals.  It is very pretty in real life. 
Thank you for visiting my blog ...
Products: Art Neko Framed Tulip, Penny Black Sparkles and Smiles, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Wink of Stella Brush, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Happy Tulips

I think everyone is looking forward to spring as much as I am. So I decided to do tulips today and as I need a few birthday cards I would make happy tulips! 
This stamp was previously a wood stamp, but I removed it from the wood and mounted it on some foam, so I can use it in my Misti. Doing this technique would have been impossible, at least for me, with a wood mount. I set up my original Misti with my card base and the stitched panel cardstock piece. The stamp was coloured with my markers and spritzed with water before stamping, then I added more colour to the stamp and for the second stamping I did not add any water. I then removed the panel and did the same thing on the card base. I sponged on the yellow in the corner and just slightly along the top and the bottom of the panel, then placed it in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment on the panel and again on a piece of cardstock. I die cut the "bring on the" portion with my label and attached to the card panel, then attached the panel to my base on foam strips. A few sequins, just because, finished my card. 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Penny Black Efflorescense, Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, doCraft Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Frantic Stamper Label, Neenah 110lb Cardstock, Foam Tape, Sequins, Gems.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring Plaid

I have seen the watercoloured plaid technique done in the past and wanted to give it a go for this spring card.  Clearly I need more practice. I used my Winsor Newton watercolours to mix the lighter colours and away I went. One would think that keeping a line relatively straight should be easy on a small card ... not so easy, at least for me. I heat dried the lines as I went in order not to have any bleeding, and once I completed the plaid I then added Wink of Stella gold pen. I then stamped the shadowed sentiment. The shadow appears darker in the picture than it actually is. I added the butterflies and a few sequins to finish. Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Penny Black Butterfly, Winnie & Walter Big Bold Seasons, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Winsor Newton Watercolours, Wink of Stella Gold Pen, Sequins.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Birds of a Feather

This card I did to send to my Veterinarian Dr. House, who had a visit this past week with my bird CC. She did a complete exam and cut wings and claws, and as it turns out CC is a girl. I did apologize profusely to her ... poor girl.  She is a great bird and Dr. House did comment on how gentle she was, even when she tried to bite you.
So, to thank the Doctor and her staff I made this card. 

For this card I first die cut my watercolour paper, then arranged the birds in my Misti until I liked their placement. I had intended on cutting the circle in the centre, but once arranged I would lose several of the birds, so down to the corner my circle came. I watercoloured my birds using my Zig Brushes, then die cut the circle in the corner. I die cut another rectangle made from cardstock and lined my watercolour panel on top of that panel, then attached to my card base. I added Wink of Stella to the hearts, and a few sequins to finish.  I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.
Products: Your Next Stamp Love Birds, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Circles, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Zig Brushes, Wink of Stella Brush, Sequins. 
This is a picture of CC in "her" travel cage in the waiting room at the Veterinarians office. 
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