Monday, 20 November 2017

Blue and Silver

I love the current Color Throwdown - light blue, dark blue, and silver:

Just love these colours together!  Here's my card:

I made a background with two shades of Oxide blue inks and one darker Distress blue.  I put the ink down on my craft sheet, spritzed with water, and splashed my watercolour paper into it, drying between layers.

I die cut the deer and trees twice - once out of silver glitter cs and once out of scrap white cs, gluing the two together for more dimension. 

I left it without a sentiment as I didn't want to clutter it up.  The sentiment is on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ink - Distress Oxide blue inks, Distress Chipped Sapphire
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs, silver glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Ali Express tree and deer die, fun foam

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Merry Bear

Merry Monday's challenge is "Outdoor Activities":

I used a new stamp showing a bear skating:

To represent the ice, I used a leftover scrap from a background of brushos sprinkled and spritzed on coated cs and then left to dry with a piece of scrunched plastic wrap on top of it.  I trimmed it with a diamond-shaped die cut as that was all that would fit it!

The bear is coloured and lightly shaded with copics, except for his skate blades that are coloured with a silver gel pen.  Then fussy cut and popped up on foam tape.

I sprinkled some blue Frantage embossing enamel above the bear for a sense of falling snow and a bit of sparkle.

Stamps - Ali Express bear, Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - white cs, coated cs
Size - 4.25" square
Accessories - blue brushos, plastic wrap, Spellbinders diamond die cut, copics, silver gel pen, Frantage Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel, foam tape

Saturday, 18 November 2017

A Christmas Horse

This week's Merry Christmas Challenge has an optional element of animals so I got another horse-themed card done for my fundraiser next weekend (the money goes to support therapeutic horse riding for children with disabilities).

A very simple Christmas card - sponged blue background, die cut horse scene, and a few small snowflakes.  I might make a few more this week for my sale.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, various blue Distress inks
Paper - white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - StarLit Studio Horse Country die, various small snowflake dies

Friday, 17 November 2017

White on White Poinsettia

The Paper Players have one of my favourite challenges going on right now:

I love white on white for Christmas cards so went with a poinsettia:

I stamped and heat embossed the poinsettia in white on vellum twice and fussy cut the whole flower from one of them and just part of the flower from the other.  I taped them together and used a bit of clear dimensional tape to keep parts of the top flower raised.

I taped it to my card base and cut a round frame for it.  The frame is popped up with dimensional tape.

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in silver, and the poinsettia embellished with several tiny sparkly stickers.

It's definitely a CAS card so it's also heading over to The Flower Challenge:

Thanks for taking a look!

Stamps - Penny Black poinsettia, Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - ColorBox white and silver
Paper - white cs, vellum
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - white and silver embossing powders, Spellbinders circle die, foam tape, clear dimensional tape, Starform tiny stickers

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Watercoloured Sky

We're rapidly heading towards December (and that means Christmas is coming up fast and furious.  So don't forget that you only have until November 24th to link up a holiday card for CAS Watercolour - it always helps to have lots made by the end of November.

I went with a simple Brusho and water background for a die cut - an ideal method for coming up with a CAS card.

I sprinkled blue and mauve Brushos over coated cardstock and spritzed with water, letting the colours flow and blend.

I die cut the stitched tree die out of a piece of white cs and then trimmed it down with a stitched rectangle.  I added the sentiment, then put my layers together, and popped it up on the card base with fun foam.

We'd love to have you join us with a holiday card that is clean and simple and uses some kind of technique or product that produces the look of watercolouring.  For inspiration, check out the other reminder cards over at CAS Mix Up from the Design Team and this month's Guest Designer, Ina (Little Bits of Craft).

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Birds with Glittered Santa Hats

Mid-month already so time to remind you to enter CAS Mix Up before November 24th!

Glitter and Christmas cards go hand-in-hand for me so I've gone with another Christmas card:

I stamped the birds on watercolour paper and painted everything except their hats with Gansai Tambi paints.  Then I fussy cut them.

I took another piece of watercolour paper and used Loll's Splash Watercolour technique (see video here) with two colours of Distress inks.  When dry, I die cut the pine branch and glued it to a piece of linen cs.  I stamped the sentiment and then trimmed it.  I popped it up on fun foam on the matching cardbase.

I put double sided tape on the birds' feet and foam tape on their hats and heads, and stuck them down.  I went over the main part of the hats first with my Quickie glue pen and added red glitter.  Then went over the brims and pompoms with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

I scribbled a bit of glue randomly on the pine branch and added some more Dazzling Diamonds.

Glitter is so hard to photograph so here's a close-up:


CAS Mix Up is so much fun!  Just be sure to keep the card clean and simple, include some stamping, some glitter, and at least one other option from the list on the challenge site.  My other options are watercolouring, fussy cutting, splash watercolour, and die cutting.

Stamps - Penny Black birds, Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black, Distress Evergreen Bough, Distress Iced Spruce
Paper - white linen cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Impression Obsession pine branch die, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Glitter Ritz red glitter, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Quickie glue pen, foam tape, fun foam

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


The current Christmas Card Throwdown challenge is a sketch:

I changed the oval to a circle as I wanted to make a Christmas wreath.

I love making these little wreaths and the cards always sell well at my fundraiser.  I use the good old Martha Stewart pine branch punch and punch many branches out of various dp that have grass on them (made for scrapbooking themes on various sports) - there is really nice colour variation in them that makes the wreath more pleasing to my eye than just plain green.

I die cut a thin circle using two Spellbinders circle dies, then start gluing the branches down, overlapping each one, pointing some to the inside and some to the outside.

I attached it to an embossed background with a ribbon "holder" looped over the top and a matching bow.

While I had all my supplies and paper out, I went on and made two smaller wreaths (for these, I cut the pine branches in half) and created these two cards:

For both of them, I used the Sizzix brick embossing folder and the Memory Box door die.  The first one has gold gemstones on the wreath and my feeble attempt at representing front steps.  The second has red gemstones, a bow, and a swag over the lintel.

A few more weeks and I'll be making my own real Christmas wreath for my front door!

Supplies common to all cards:
various green dp, Martha Stewart pine branch punch, Spellbinders circle dies

Supplies for card 1:
Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment, red linen cs, white cs, Martha Stewart wreath punch, red ribbon, SU embossing folder, ColorBox Chianti ink, clear embossing powder,

Supplies for card 2:
white, red, and mottled ivory cs; Memory Box door die, gold gemstones, copper nailhead embellishment 
Supplies for card 3:
white and mottled dark cream cs, Memory Box door die, red gemstones, red ribbon, copper nailhead embellishment 

Monday, 13 November 2017

A Dog, Two Cats, and Presents

Two Christmas cards today for a couple of challenges.

First up, Addicted to CAS:

I thought of doing a card with a real bow made of ribbon, but then remembered this great Penny Black image, perfect for my animal-loving friends:

I stamped and watercoloured the image, using my Gansai Tambi paints that include a couple of metallic colours - I used the gold for the bow, and then went over it with Wink of Stella for a bit more sparkle (hard to capture in the photo).  I bordered it with a similar shade of gold cs, and die cut the sentiment from the same gold cs.

It's also perfect for the Sweet Stampers Christmas Challenge so I'm linking up over there too.

Next up, is Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challengea "Cats":

I could have used the above card for it, but wanted to ink up a never-before-used Penny Black stamp.  It is perfect for my sister who has two cats and loves to shop and gift wrap!

Pretty self-explanatory - stamped, watercoloured, and given a black border to set it off.

Two more done before the big rush, thanks to the great challenges out there!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, linen cs, pale gold shimmer cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Wink of Stella, Tattered Lace sentiment die, Spellbinders square layering dies

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Penny Black cat, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, linen cs, black cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Spellbinders square layering dies

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Tiny Images

CASology has a fun challenge this week:

It gave me the perfect opportunity to use a long neglected little stamp I have had for years - an image of a tiny tree and two very tiny birds.

I stamped the image and then coloured with coloured pencils.  I used a silver coloured pencil for the outer ring, but its shimmer doesn't show up in the photo.  I die cut the image with a stitched circle die.

I die cut a stitched rectangle for a background piece to keep the look of the stitching, and stamped my quite tiny sentiment on it.  The image is popped up on fun foam for a bit more dimension.

I used a Quickie glue pen to go over the snow on the tree, the snowflakes in the sky, and the snow lines on the ground.  It's so darn hard to get glitter to photograph well, even when I tried to capture it with this close-up:

I'm also linking up to November's CAS Mix Up challenge "Glitter".

I have stamping, glitter, coloured pencils, and die cutting.  The challenge is open until November 24 if you want to join in.

Stamps - Northwoods image, A Muse sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Lil Inkers stitched circle and rectangle dies, Quickie glue pen, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter, fun foam

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Kraft and Red with Gingerbread

Merry Monday's challenge this week is Kraft and Red:

I  went with a gingerbread theme as that works really well for kraft and red. 

Pretty straightforward - stamped and die cut the gingerbread men, stamped the sentiment and die cut it with a tag, die cut the red panel with a stitched rectangle die, and assembled, using foam tape to pop the gingerbread up and twine for the tag. Added a few red pearl gemstones for the buttons on the gingerbread men.

It's also a perfect card for the SCS Ways to Use It challenge "Mmmm, Food".

Stamps - SU Scentsational Season, Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - SU Baked Brown Sugar
Paper - red, kraft, and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SU gingerbread die, Spellbinders tag die, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, twine, red pearl gemstones, foam tape

Monday, 6 November 2017

Gilding Flakes Tag

My wonderful friend, Loll Thompson (Stamping with Loll), is running her Christmas Tag event again this year.  Today is the first day.

And she's invited me to be one of her Guest Designers.  I'm thrilled!

The guidelines for the challenge are that it must be a mixed media Christmas tag (any style / any size) which includes stamping, plus two mixed media elements (techniques or products).

I decided to make a tag using gilding flakes for the background.

For the base, I covered a piece of cardstock a bit bigger than my tag die with Sook Wang double sided tape, then added the gilding flakes and burnished them.  I die cut the tag.

I cut three of the Tim Holtz tree die and glued them together for substance, then went over the top layer with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I decided I wanted a bit of sparkle and colour in it, so added more Versamark and this time, heat embossed with Frantage Shabby Green Embossing Enamel (it is mainly white with a bit of green, and a bit of gold in it).  I then glued it to the tag.

I stamped the sentiment with Staz On Ganache on a narrow strip of pale gold vellum, wrapping it around the tag.

To add a bit more interest to the top of the tag, I sprinkled Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel on either side of the tree top and heated it from underneath so that it wouldn't blow off.

A bit of gold cord with coloured flecks in it finished off the tag.

Here's a close-up photo of the Frantage and the gold cord:

It was incredibly difficult to photograph.  If I got the details of the Frantage "snow" and the sentiment stamping, I lost the beautiful shine of the gilding flakes.  So the above photo does not do justice to the gilding flakes.  Here's one that shows the shine:

Be sure to drop by Stamping with Loll every day from today until November 17 to see Loll's twelve tags and those by the other daily Guest Designers.  It will hopefully inspire you to create a Christmas tag of your own to link up!

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - Staz On Ganache, Versamark
Paper - white cs, pale gold vellum
Size - 5.25"x3"
Accessories - Tim Holtz tree die, Die-namics tag die, Cosmic Shimmer Verdigris gilding flakes, white embossing powder, Stampendous Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel and Shabby Green Embossing Enamel, gold flecked cord

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Merry Monday Mug

Merry Monday has a great inspiration photo challenge this week:

It inspired this card:

I started by embossing a background piece of white cs with a stripes embossing folder.  I added a piece of corrugated cardboard on top of that (trimmed down from a coffee shop cup sleeve).

Then I stamped and heat embossed the mug and the steam, and die cut them with their matching dies.  Also die cut the sentiment.  Glued them onto the corrugated strip and the card was done!

I'll be back tomorrow with a tag for an exciting tag event hosted by Loll Thompson so be sure to drop by.

Stamps - Stampin' Up
Ink - ColorBox red and grey
Paper - white cs, corrugated cup sleeve from a coffee shop
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - embossing powder, Stampin' Up dies, Stampin' Up embossing folder, Tattered Lace sentiment dies

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Fireworks above the City

Less is More has a colour challenge this week and is asking for fireworks colours.

I went with fireworks colours up in the sky but without actually depicting fireworks (since I have no fireworks stamps).

My friend, Loll Thompson, cut the cityscape die for me on her Silhouette and gave me both the negative and the positive.  I laid the negative down and went over it with black ink and then heat embossed it.

I sprinkled various colours of Brushos over it and spritzed them with water, controlling the colours so I didn't get a muddy mess.

I trimmed it and added it to a white cardbase with a simple sentiment.

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Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, homemade stencil, various Brushos

Friday, 3 November 2017

A Final Farewell to Autumn Leaves

It seems appropriate to being doing one more autumn card as all the leaves are pretty much off the trees in my garden (which means I'll have to do a final garden clean-up soon!).

Addicted to CAS has Leaves as their current challenge.

My good friend, Loll Thompson, cut some stencils for me on her Silhouette so I used one on this card to depict the glorious colour of a forest in autumn.

I sprinkled red, orange, and yellow Brushos through the stencil and spritzed with water.  When dry, I trimmed the piece with a rectangle die and then die cut the centre with a stitched oval.

The oval is taped directly to the kraft cardbase and the outer rectangle is popped up on foam tape.

I used the same Brushos to colour a couple of scraps of cs and die cut a couple of tiny sprigs of leaves to attach to the bottom corner.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper - kraft cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Brushos, home-made forest window stencil, Ali Express tiny leaves die, foam tape, Lil Inker stitched oval die