Monday, 16 October 2017

The Last of the Fall Leaves

Time to remind you that you only have until October 24 to enter your card in the CAS Watercolour challenge:

And don't forget, it's our first birthday celebration:

And we have prizes in honour of it:

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Here's my reminder card:

I started by sprinkling a piece of coated cs with yellow and orange brushos and spritzing with water.   I die cut a bare-branched tree out of brown cs and glued it to this background.

Then I used the same brushos and technique on a scrap of watercolour paper.  Out of it, I die cut some little sprigs of leaves and snipped the leaves from their branches.  I glued a few leaves to the tree and glued the rest falling to the ground.

I mounted the panel on fun foam and added a sentiment underneath.  I made the card for my friend who invited me for Thanksgiving dinner.

Please head over to CAS Watercolour to see the mid-month inspiration from our Design Team and the October Guest Designer, Marcia of Marcia's Stampin Pad.

Stamps - Memory Box sentiment
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - white and brown cs, coated cs
Size - A2
Accessories - yellow and orange Brushos, Impression Obsession Bare Tree die, Ali Express tiny leaf sprig die, fun foam

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Stars for Peace

Mid-month reminder time for CAS Mix Up!

I did something quite different to my first Design Team CAS Mix Up card (see here).

Instead of just layering of whole bunch of stencils on top of each other with ink, I started with a "Peace in a Star" stencil that Loll Thompson made for me on her Silhouette.  It looks like a die cut on the card, but is actually a stencil made out of acetate.  I added little bits of removable glue runner to hold it on the cs, then using a Clarity brush, I went over it with Distress Oxide Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber.

I left it in place and laid the Simon Says Stamp "Falling Stars" (the small stars) stencil over top of it and went over it with a finger dauber and Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

I removed the "Falling Stars" stencil and replaced it with the TCW "Random Stars" (the three larger stars) stencil and chose three strategically place stars and put Dreamweaver Gold embossing paste through them.  I removed it and the "Peace in a Star" stencil and let everything dry.  Once dry, I stamped "on earth" below the star (masking off the word "peace" on the stamp).

Trimmed the panel and popped it up on fun foam.

I have stamping, stencil layering, and for my choice, embossing paste.

Please come and join us at CAS Mix Up - you have until October 24th.

Stamps - "on earth" - part of Tim Holtz "peace on earth" stamp
Ink - Delicata Golden Glitz, Distress Oxide Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber
Paper - whtie cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - TCW Random Stars stencil, Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars stencil, homemade "Peace in a Star" stencil, Dreamweaver Gold embossing paste, fun foam

Friday, 13 October 2017

Favourite Stamps

Addicted to CAS used a code word for their challenge:

I had a very hard time choosing my favourite, but in the end went with a stamp of an English Cocker Spaniel (the breed of my dogs, and since they are my favourite little furry beings, I thought a stamp of them should be my favourite stamp).

Here's the two of them:

I stamped them in inks representing their colours and fussy cut them.  Then grounded them by stamping the sentiment below and added a bit of faint stenciling behind them for interest.

I'm giving the card to friends who are going to look after them when I'm away.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Delphiniums are My Favourite Flower

This month's Flower Challenge is "Use Your Favorite Flower".  And it's their first birthday!  Happy Birthday to all of you who run it and on the Design Team!

Delphiniums are my favourite flower.  What I love about them are the tall spire shape of the flowers and all the lovely shades of blue, mauve, and purple that they come in.  I made a card using a combination of a delphinium die and stencil.

I stamped my sentiment on a piece of cs and then die cut it with the stitched rectangle and the Delphinium Circle dies.  If you don't know the Delphinium Circle die, it looks like this:

I created a background for the opening with two different blue sprays.  When I laid the die cut piece over it, it needed something more on the background so I took the Delphinium stencil and lightly sponged the flowers with Distress inks over the spray.   You can see how they fill in that centre gap in the die cut.

I then took the same colours of Distress inks and coloured the delphiniums of the die cut, making sure they came out more strongly coloured.  I went over just those ones with Wink of Stella.

The panel is popped up on a very thin layer of fun foam and the die cut delphiniums with thin foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress inks (Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac)
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box Delphinium Circle die and Delphinium stencil, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle die, Mr. Huey Powder Blue spray, Glimmer Mist Glacier spray, Wink of Stella, fun foam, foam tape

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Variation on Oak and Aspen

I had some extra oak and aspen leaves left from this card that I made as my Design Team card for CAS Watercolour.

So I made a slightly less CAS version of my earlier card.

The leaves were done at the same time as the earlier card - putting the stamps in my MISTI,  dabbing Distress stains onto the stamps, then spritzing with water before stamping onto watercolour paper.  I was really pleased with the way the colours blended.  For the aspen leaf, I used Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge, and for the oak leaf, Rusty Hinge and Tea Dye.   When dry, I fussy cut them.

I did a watercolour wash on a rectangle of watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment on it, glued the stems of the leaves down and rolled up some tape under the rest of the leaves to give them a bit of a free-floating look, and wrapped some twine around the top.   I popped the panel up on fun foam.

Please come and join us at CAS Watercolour.  It's our first birthday, and in celebration, we're giving out some prizes this month.

Stamps - SU French Foliage, unknown sentiment
Ink - SU Baked Brown Sugar
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Distress Stains (Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Wild Honey), watercolour paints, twine, fun foam

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hot and Spicy Christmas Card

The new Less is More challenge is to use hot and spicy colours:

I wanted to try and get some nice red backgrounds made for Christmas cards so sprinkled some red and orange brushos on mixed media cs and spritzed with water and then created this card:

I stamped my bird  / holly / text stamp onto a nice bright section of it and heat embossed.  I diluted a bit of red brusho on my palette and painted the bird to intensify its colour.

I trimmed the piece, popped it up on fun foam, bordered with a stitched square, and added gold gemstones to the holly berries.

I've still got a nice piece of background to use for another card.

Stamps - Memory Box Scripted Holly Bird
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - 4.25" square
Accessories - red and orange brushos, clear embossing powder, gold gemstones, Lil Inker stitched square die, fun foam

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Vintage Winter Sports

The new Christmas Card Throwdown challenge is "Winter Sports".  And the SCS Inspiration Challenge is to find inspiration at the Victorian Trading Company website.  It's a great website. I went through their Christmas section and found this image of skaters and this one of kids sledding and thought about a great stamp I have of old-fashioned winter sports.

I stamped it on the smooth side of watercolour paper, watercoloured parts of it, bordered it with black cs, popped it up on fun foam, and added a bit of fun flock to the pom pom and brim of the girl's hat.

Stamps - Inkadinkado
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, white and black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam, fun flock

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Brown for a Christmas Card?

I wasn't sure I'd make a card for the October Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge - "Monochromatic Browns".  But then I pulled out a vintage style stamp I'd never used and thought it could work well in brown.  Here it is:

I stamped it in my Misti using my Oxide ink - when I reinked some of the paler parts of the stamp, I seemed to get some colour variation in the final stamped image, but I think it only adds to the vintage look.

I then sponged around the edge using two shades of brown to make it look aged.

I attached a Tim Holtz Christmas token with a brad and popped the panel up on fun foam.

So what do you think?  Does brown work for a Christmas card?

Stamps - Deep Red Vintage Santa
Ink - Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, Distress Vintage Photo, Ranger Potting Soil
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Christmas token, metallic brad, fun foam

Friday, 6 October 2017

Heat Embossed Poinsettias

The current Jingle Bells Christmas Card Challenge is "Embossing Around the Christmas Tree" - any kind of embossing.

Here's my card using heat embossing in black for the poinsettias:

I sprayed a background with three different colours of sprays. When dry, I stamped and heat embossed my poinsettia and sentiment in black.

I wanted the black border to really match the stamping so went around the edge of another square of cs with the same ink and then heat embossed it.

It's popped up on fun foam.

Stamps - Tim Holtz poinsettia, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black 
Paper - white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder; various red, pink and orange sprays; fun foam

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Pup and Christmas Tree

This week's Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge is to add a Christmas tree to our cards:

I love the little pup decorating his Christmas tree that I used for this card:

It's stamped, coloured with markers, bordered with a deckle edged red panel, and embellished with Glossy Accents on the ornaments.

I'm also taking it over to the Merry Christmas Challenge where it's anything goes as long as it's Christmas.

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - markers, Nesties deckled edged rectangle die, Glossy Accents

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

NBUS Robin and Holly

Here's my third and final card for Darnell's NBUS challenge.

Darnell limits us to three entries - a good thing or she'd be swamped with entries.  I'm sure I could make a dozen cards using different NBUS things on each one - shame on me for having so much stuff I haven't used.  And for my three entries, I only thought about stamps - never got around to dies, stencils, embossing folders, sprays, inks.......

For this card, I used two Sheena Douglass stamps that came in the same set.

I stamped the holly first and then carefully positioned the robin so that he's perched on it.  I heat embossed both (and the sentiment) so that I could do wet-on-wet watercolour painting and have the embossed edges act as dams.

After watercolouring the robin and holly, I debated adding a sky or a wash around the image and decided I wanted to leave it completely plain - not even a bit of splatter.  What do you think?  Add a wash?  Add some splatter? 

Stamps - Sheena Douglass bird and holly, Paper Smooches sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - red pre-made card base, mixed media cs
Size - 4.5" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Nesties square die cut, fun foam

Monday, 2 October 2017

Oak and Aspen

We're into autumn now.  After such a glorious summer in Vancouver, it's hard to say goodbye to all the sunshine we had, but there's something nice about the chill in the air and the desire to do indoor things instead of being out in the garden.

CAS Watercolour has the perfect challenge this month:

And it is an extra special month to enter as it is our 1st birthday!

In honour of it, there are prizes!!

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)
Here's my card to hopefully inspire you:

I did the leaves in my MISTI by dabbing Distress stains onto the stamps, then spritzing with water before stamping onto watercolour paper.  I was really pleased with the way the colours blended.  For the aspen leaf, I used Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge, and for the oak leaf, Brushed Corduroy and Tea Dye.   When dry, I fussy cut them.

I stamped the splashes stamp from the same set (SU French Foliage) and a small sentiment onto the same watercolour paper, then die cut a centre panel with a stitched die that has the stitching on both sides of the cut line.  I die cut two more panels to match, saving the centre pieces for future projects, and gluing the outer pieces together to create dimension for my frame. 

I glued the stems and top edges onto my panel, and then put rolled pieces of double-sided tape under the lower parts of the leaves to add some dimension.

Head on over to CAS Watercolour for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer, Marcia of Marcia's Stampin' Pad.  And then link up your card!  Please remember to keep your card CAS, use watercolour in some way, and follow the theme of Fall Leaves.  You have until October 24th to enter.

Stamps - SU French Foliage, unknown sentiment
Ink - SU Baked Brown Sugar
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Distress Stains (Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye), twine, fun foam

Sunday, 1 October 2017

CAS Mix Up Layered Stencils

It's time for another great challenge at CAS Mix Up.  This month, Design Team member Julia Aston (of the Create with Julia blog) has come up with a stenciling challenge:

I made a small piece of layered stencils, added a stamped sentiment, and chose dry embossing as my choice.

I smooshed a piece of mixed media cs with Fossilized Amber Oxide ink, added a bit of Iced Spruce and flicked on a bit of water.  Then I stenciled some random patches of the TH Burlap stencil with Spiced Marmalade, some TH Gears stencil with Vintage Photo, and then the word "Time" from the TCW Word Association stencil with Iced Spruce.

I created a background layer by stamping the "birthday wishes" sentiment, and then running it through a distress-style embossing folder.  I trimmed the stenciled panel down and mounted it on the background which I popped up on fun foam.

Please come and join us at CAS Mix Up.  There is lots of inspiration from the Design Team and this month's Guest Designer, Sue of Sue's Card Craft.  And if you're unsure where to start, we have links to some video tutorials.  You have until October 24th to link up your card.  Please be sure it is clean and simple, includes some stamping, some stencil layering, and at least one other choice from our list on the right side of the CAS Mix Up blog.

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Distress Oxide (Iced Spruce, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, and Fossilized Amber), Ranger Potting Soil
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Burlap and Gears stencils, TCW Word Association stencil, Cuttlebug embossing folder, fun foam

Friday, 29 September 2017

Blue Nativity

The current Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenge is "nativity".  Here's the inspiration photo:

I like the blue tones in the photo so used that to spark my card's colour scheme:

It's back to my old style of card-making - some simple stamping and heat embossing, some dp, a sentiment label attached with ribbon.  I added a bit of Stardust gel pen on the Christmas star.  Because I sell Christmas cards at my fundraiser, it's good to have a variety of styles!

Stamps - unknown nativity, Paper Smooches sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Blue
Paper - white and navy cs, star dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Stardust gel pen, Spellbinders sentiment label, blue grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder

Thursday, 28 September 2017

NBUS Ornaments

Here's my second card for Darnell's great challenge that gets me using my unused stuff!

This time I'm using an ornament stamp that I've had for at least two years.  You'd think I'd try it out first with ink, but no, I went with the trickier technique of glue and gilding flakes.  And with guidance from Loll Thompson, it worked!

I sponged (using cut and dry foam) some Cosmic Shimmer glue on my stamp, getting a good even coating, then stamped on mixed media cs.  I immediately cleaned the stamp with some soapy water and a toothbrush.  By the time I'd done that, the glue was tacky enough for the gilding flakes - added them, pushed them into the glue with my fingers, brushed off the excess, and then burnished with a piece of Tim Holtz Rub-It Scrub-It.

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment in copper, trimmed the panel down, and popped it up on fun foam on a copper cardbase.

Here's a close-up to show you all the lovely colours in the gilding flakes:

Thanks, Darnell, for getting me to use this gorgeous stamp that's been lingering unloved in my craft room!

Stamps - Impression Obsession Ornament Collage, Tim Holtz sentiment
Ink - ColorBox copper (for the sentiment)
Paper - copper shimmer cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Ranger copper embossing powder (for the sentiment), Cosmic Shimmer Mulled Wine gilding flakes, Cosmic Shimmer glue, fun foam

Monday, 25 September 2017


I love Darnell's NBUS challenges as they get me to use stamps or dies that I've bought but not yet used.

For today's card, I used a sweet Stampendous bird on a branch stamp.

I stamped it in brown archival ink on watercolour paper that I'd splattered some liquid Frisket on, then used my Gansai Tambi paints.   I painted the sky very loosely which meant that, when I rubbed off the Frisket, the masked splatter (meant to be snow) didn't show up much (unlike on the bird where it is a little more evident).

A stitched rectangle for more interest, some fun foam to pop the panel up, a red card base, and some Stickles on the snowy bits on the branch and berries finished it off.

Stamps - Stampendous bird, PTI sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Potting Soil
Paper - red cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, liquid Frisket, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam, Stickles