Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Watercolor Altenew Garden Grow

Hi everyone,

Popping by for a quick post showing a watercolor scene I made with Altenew's Garden Grow set which I am entering into the Happy Little Stampers DT call (I think this is my last one!).  This was the first time I stamped a scene using masking and it is so fun!

I stamped all of the images using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and my MISTI to get the positioning just right.  I used Arches cold press paper.  As the vase of flowers and the fallen pot are at the front I stamped those first (I used the bench stamp to gauge where to stamp them - with the MISTI this is sooooo easy).  I then masked these off using Inkadinkado masking paper, and stamped the bench and the butterfly.

I watercolored them using a Pentel Aquash brush and Sakura Koi watercolors and also a touch of gold on the vase, flowers and butterfly using my Finetec Mica watercolors.  The sentiment is from The Ton Stamps Basic Labels, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and popped up on foam tape.  I added a scattering of sparkling clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins (4mm) and popped the panel up on a Neenah Desert Storm card base, with approx 1/4# trimmed from each side to show the card base color.

That's it!  Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!


Monday, 26 September 2016

Floral Teacup and Kuretake Zig

Hi everyone!

One last entry to the Happy Little Stampers watercolor DT call today : using my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps.

I stamped out each of the blooms using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Ellen Hutson Bristol Smooth cardstock (great for Zigs) and colored them with the brush markers and a water brush.   I then fussy cut them out.

I also colored a teacup from The Ton Stamps' Tea Party set and added some gold highlights with the beautiful gold mica paint from FineTec.  I fussy cut out the teacup (using a knife for the handle) as well.

For the base, I used patterned paper from a 6x6 set from Michaels and die cut it with Simon Says Stamp's Stitched Rectangles.  I adhered it to a woodgrain white cardstock base. I then adhered the background flower and the teacup with Multi Medium Matte glue, and the other blooms with foam tape (the purple flower is stepped up with two layers).   I added a sentiment sticker from an old Simon card kit and some glossy accents to look like dew drops on the petals.

Hope you like it!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Mint and Pink Shaker

Hi Everyone, 

I was inspired to make a CAS shaker card today after getting a gorgeous paper pack from Michael's with lovely aqua, mint and pink colors. 

I cut a panel from some of the paper using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and a Vented Star die. I then adhered acetate using Tombow Monomulti glue to the back of the panel covering the star, and lined the star and the edges of the panel with a double layer of foam tape. 

I then filled the star with micro beads in a beautiful pink color (not too many so they could still shake) and backed the panel with some Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock.  I adhered the whole thing to a Simon Says Stamp black card base.

For the sentiment, I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello from gold foil cardstock and from fun foam. I adhered them together with liquid glue and then adhered to the front of the card.  The fun foam gives great dimension without having to mess about trimming out tiny bits of foam tape!  As a finishing touch I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in mint and sparkling clear.

I'm entering this into the Fusion Challenge as the mint and black and stripes and pink match the photo inspiration and I think the font is pretty similar too!


AAA Cards Challenge - Masking

Hi Everyone

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards this week - Masking!  We have $20 up for grabs from Stampendous for the winner!

I struggle with masking - no matter what I do, something always seems to go wrong, whether it be ripped masks, seepage under the mask, the 'halo' effect when I use a mask that is too thick, you name it.  So I was super excited when after SEVEN attempts to make a card for this challenge, I finally got one I liked and that didn't mess up!  I guess the moral is, keep trying, you'll get there :D

For my card, I used Julie's Bristol by Ellen Hutson for the panel, which is awesome for ink blending. I then cut a mask from Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask paper using the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die and adhered the negative of the mask (the bit with the hole) over the card panel. 

I used an ink blending sponge and three colours of Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry to blend in an ombre style up the mask, making sure no edges lifted.  Before removing the mask, I flicked water using a small paintbrush onto the leaves and after about 30 seconds blotted with a cloth, to leave a cool distressed look.  I then removed the mask.

As a final finishing touch, I heat embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum a sentiment from Power Poppy (fabulous company go check them out) Good Thinking Renewal set. 

I do hope you'll join us this week for the challenge , and check out the other Design Team's fabulous inspiration.  This week we also have Rahmat joining us as a Guest Designer, who's card creations are always wonderful.  Please check out her blog. 

Don't lose heart if at first you don't succeed!!


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Watercolor Fairies

Hi Everyone

Swinging by with a watercolor scene card I made using the August Hero Arts card kit which featured fairy stamps and a really cute woodland scene die.  I am entering the card into the Happy Little Stampers Design Team call.

I stamped the fairies onto watercolor cardstock (Strathmore) using Versafine Onyx Black ink which is a waterproof ink.  I then watercolored them using a variety of Daniel Smith extra fine watercolors.  For the wings I made sure to use sparkly paints in Aqua Duochrome and Primatek Rhodonite and Moonglow.  This made them sparkle and look ethereal.

For the card base I used a purple Hero Arts note card from the kit for the base.  I then cut a square of Bazzill silver textured card stock slightly smaller and die cut it using the woodland glen die from the kit. I backed it with the woodgrain paper and adhered with glue runner to the card base. 

I stamped in Delicata Silver ink a spray of silver stars on the woodgrain paper and then added a strip of purple cardstock with a co-ordinating sentiment from the kit heat embossed in Hero Arts white embossing powder. I then die cut out the fairies using their co-ordinating dies and adhered using foam squares for dimension.  I was sure to slip some of the fairies in front/behind some of the trees and the top fairy is positioned as if to be holding the bird in the tree.

To finish, I added sprinkles of sequins from Simon Says Stamp and each fairy has a crystal on their belt for added bling.  It's really sparkly in real life!!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Spellbinders Wedding Card

Hi everyone!  (This is the second post today, please scroll down for my watercolor card :)

A while ago I got a huge haul of Spellbinders dies - huge.  I finally got a chance to play with them recently (isn't it fun die cutting a die for the first time to see what you get) and created a wedding card using a their pretty Splendid Fountain die.   I'm entering this into the Happy Little Stampers DT call for Anything Goes with Dies.

I diecut the main fountain from mirror gold cardstock, and I also embossed it using a tan mat for my Big Shot.  I love the detail you can see on the die cut.   I also die cut the birds in the same set from Simon Says Stamp fog gray card stock, and a label die from a Simon Says Stamp / Mama Elephant set Filled with Love (I think it has been discontinued unfortunately - it was great for tiny sentiments).  The sentiment was heat embossed using the same Mama Elephant set using Hero Arts white embossing powder.

I adhered the birds and the fountain using Ranger Multi Medium Matte onto white  Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock.  I adhered the label with foam tape and added some DMC gold floss.  As a finishing touch I added a red diecut heart ( I cut a few a while ago using the Simon Says Stamp mini hearts set).   Finally I added some clear Wink of Stella to the birds and some glossy accents to the heart.

I think it turned out pretty classy, great for a wedding card - what do you think ?


Watercolor Feathers

Hi everyone!

I was playing with my Daniel Smith watercolors and decided to create a card for the Happy Little Stampers Design Team call.   I took a panel of Arches Cold Press watercolor paper and using Versamark Ink and Ranger Superfine embossing powder in silver, I embossed the smallest feather from the Papertrey Ink Feather Finery stamp set all over the panel.

Using my Daniel Smith watercolors in Duochrome Aqua, Primatek Rhodonite Genuine (so sparkly and pretty) and Moonglow and a 1/2" flat brush to create a soft background wash.  After it dried I added one more layer to deepen the colors slightly.   I then die cut the panel using the Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches die.

The entire watercolor panel was popped up on foam tape to a Simon Says Stamp 120lb white card base.  For the sentiment I used the same Papertrey Ink Set, stamped it on the SSS white card in Versamark Onyx Black ink and popped it up on foam squares.  For a final touch I scattered some sequins and seed beads by Little Things by Lucy adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

It's really shiny and sparkly in real life!!

Have a lovely evening :)


Sunday, 11 September 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Upcycling

Hi Everyone

We are back at AAA Cards with a new challenge - Upcycling! This can be using on your card anything that you've not purposely bought for crafting, e.g. a clothes tag, a label, a part of a paper bag, a magazine picture or any other idea you might have.  Our sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers with $20 for the challenge winner. 

For my card, I used HelloFresh cardboard box (a weekly meal ingredient delivery service!) from which I diecut a label using the Mama Elephant Sew Fancy die set.  

I stamped the main image from The Ton's Bokeh Burst Round using my MISTI and two green Memento Luxe pigment inks in Olive and Pear Tart to give more interest, onto a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base.

I then used Versafine Onyx black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Pink Fresh Studio Happy Mail set. For a little extra dimension I lightly edged the die cut in Vintage Photo distress and popped it up on foam tape.  That's it - super simple!!

We hope you will play along with us at AAA cards - we can't wait to see what you come up with.   

I'm also entering this card into this week's CASE this sketch as my design matched the sketch!

Have a wonderful Sunday :)


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Tim Holtz Watercolored Blooms

Morning everyone!

I hope those of you in the US enjoyed the lovely Labor Day weekend (and Hurricane Hermine didn't cause you too much bother).  Here in New York the weather turned out to be gorgeous, so the family made the most of it.  We took Ruby to her first ever Renaissance Faire and kitted her out in a cute little renaissance princess costume!

I got back to the cards too and this week I'm joining the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.  This week it is a gorgeous photo inspiration, full of pinks and blues, and a cute quilt, so I had to dig out my We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder (not quite the quilted one, it is Waves but I thought it was a good match). I embossed it on some pale blue Papertrey Ink card stock, using a circle embossing diffuser by Tim Holtz to stop the pattern embossing in the centre. 

I then used Simon Says Stamp Stitched circles in two sizes that matched the circle on the diffuser to create a stitched frame from Neenah Solar White cardstock. I adhered to the embossed panel with foam squares for dimension.  I then smushed some Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet on a craft mat and spritzed with water.  I dipped some Strathmore watercolor paper into the ink and dried it a few times.  I then stamped a couple of blooms over the watercolor panel from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set in Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder, and fussy cut.  I also did the same with a bloom from The Ton's Wild Peonies

I adhered the cut flowers onto the frame with adhesive and foam squares.  For the sentiment I used Altenew's Label Love, and embossed it in Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder, trimmed and attached with foam squares.  As a finishing touch I scattered some sequins from a mix by Neat and Tangled. I backed it all onto a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base using foam tape.  Lots of dimension!!

That's it, I really like how this turned out - I don't typically go with a colored card but I think this worked out really well.

Have a great week!


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Silhouette Cat

Morning everyone!

We are all getting ready to go the NY Renaissance Faire today - can't wait!! We go every year, but this will be the first time Ruby has been.  

I'm flying by for a really quick card I made for the Addicted to CAS challenge 'Silhouette' but unfortunately didn't enter it in time - doh!! Oh well I still like it!!

For my card, I embossed a third of a panel of Ellen Hutson Bristol Smooth card stock using a Spellbinders brick wall embossing folder.  Great texture.  I then used my MISTI to stamp the kitty from an old set by Kelly Purkey that I don't think you can get any more, in Versafine Onyx black ink.  I love the way his tail hangs down on the wall :D

I then blended Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire over the top of the upper portion, to make it look like a night sky with a moon at the right top corner and a few flicks of water to look like stars. 


As a finishing touch (as I thought the cat looked quite pensive) I added a 'thinking of you' puffy sticker sentiment (it was a double banner but I trimmed one edge) that came in an old Simon Says Stamp card kit.  

Hope you enjoyed - have a lovely day!!!


Friday, 2 September 2016

Pop of Color with Altenew

Hi everyone

I'm back with another card that is black white and ... purple this time!  I'm really enjoying the stylistic black white and one color kick. CAS-ual Fridays is currently hosting a challenge on this very theme so I've created this card for their challenge. 

For my card I used Altenew's Wild Hibiscus and stamped two of the flowers in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink.  I then fussy cut them out.  I die cut MFT's Stitched Fancy Flourish from a scrap of deep purple card stock I had and adhered to a panel of Neenah Solar White 85lb card. 

I then popped the flowers up on foam squares, added a sentiment stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink from Altenew's Label Love and scattered a few white and purple sequins by Neat & Tangled. The panel was then adhered to a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base.

I really like the black white and color look at the moment. It is so versatile and you can do it with any stamp you have. Anything ! Expect to see more of it from me in the future!

Thank you CAS-ual Friday's for the challenge!

Have a lovely long weekend all you fellow America dwellers!


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