Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sitting by the Sea

For this month's CAS Watercolour theme of "Summer", I borrowed some stamps of deckchairs from my friend, Christine.  I already posted this card using one of her stamps but wanted to use another one before I give them back.  I was inspired to get it done today because of today's SCS Ways to Use It challenge "That's Sea Worthy".

It's another card inspired by my childhood holidays in England on the south coast with my grandparents. My grandmother always brought her deckchair to the beach and watched us children while we made sandcastles. She always brought a bottle of lemon or orange squash for us to drink.

I stamped and watercoloured, trimmed the panel and popped it up on fun foam, and then added a trio of little starfish to the bottom corner of the cardbase.

Please come and join us at CAS Watercolour before June 24th!

Stamps - Kittie Kits chair, sandcastle, and starfish; Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam

Friday, 16 June 2017

Deckchairs in the Sand Dunes

Time to remind you to come and join us at CAS Watercolour for our June challenge!

The card (see this blog post) I made for the opening of the challenge was inspired by the part of my childhood spent in Ontario - it depicted a Muskoka (or Adirondack) chair.  Today's card depicts the canvas deckchairs of my English childhood (I was born and raised in England until the age of 10 when we moved to Canada).

My grandparents lived on the south coast of England and I spent many summer days on the beach with them.  They would always carry their deckchairs down to the beach as they didn't like sitting on the sand.  The chairs are quintessentially English - rarely seen in North America, but Ikea was selling them one year and I just had to buy one in memory of my childhood.

My good friend, Christine (of It's a Card Day's Night and fellow CAS Watercolour DT member), has this wonderful stamp and die set so I borrowed it from her to continue my theme of summer memories for the CAS Mix Up challenge.  She grew up in Wales so the deckchairs are no doubt part of her childhood too!

I stamped and watercoloured the row of chairs, and then used the matching die to cut them out.  On another piece of watercolour paper, I thoroughly wet the lower half and dropped in lots of sand coloured paint.  When dry, I randomly wet the upper half and dropped in just a bit of blue paint.  When that was dry, I stamped my sentiment (the card is going to an English friend who has a summer birthday).

The die cut chairs are glued down along the bottom edge but popped up with foam tape along their upper edge to give some dimension.

I did a second version using the same stamp but without die cutting the chairs.

This one will go to my cousin in England who still lives in the small town on the coast where our grandparents lived.

Please come and join us at CAS Watercolour.  There is lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  You have until June 24th to link up your clean and simple watercolour card on the theme of Summer. 

Stamps - Local King Rubber Stamp deckchairs, SU sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream cs
Size - 6.25x4.5"
Accessories - Local King die, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam, foam tape

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Texture and Shine for CAS Mix Up

It's time to remind you about June's CAS Mix Up challenge:

You only have until June 24th to link up an entry!  There is some wonderful new inspiration for you over at CAS Mix Up from the Design Team and our June Guest Designer, Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff.

I made a snowy Christmas card (see here) for the June 1st CAS Mix Up post, so thought that my reminder card should be more in keeping with June since it is almost summer!

I sponged colour with various Distress Oxide inks through my new Tim Holtz stencil onto mixed media cs, then cleaned my stencil so as not to contaminate my paste.  I replaced the stencil over the image and then used Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste - the colour shows through perfectly and it has a wonderful sheen to it.  Here's a close-up that gives a better idea of the embossing paste:

I layered it over a die cut stitched rectangle, popped that up on fun foam, and added a stamped and heat embossed sentiment.

Looking forward to seeing your entries - please remember to keep them CAS (clean and simple) and include stamping, embossing paste or gel, and at least one other option from the list on the right side of the CAS Mix Up blog.

I'm also linking up to this month's Flower Challenge where "anything goes".

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Frost White for the sentiment, various Oxide inks to colour the image
Paper - cream, black, and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Floral stencil, Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam, white embossing powder

Monday, 12 June 2017

Colours of the Flag for Christmas

The latest Sparkle Creations challenge is to be inspired by this photo:

As soon as I saw it, I knew that a new IndigoBlu stamp I recently bought was perfect for it.  Here's what I created:

Both the image and the sentiment are heat embossed, and a scattering of silver sequins added for embellishment.

I also made it for the SCS CAS challenge, "Flag Day" -  make a card in the colours of your country's flag.  The Canadian flag is just red and white, but I did have to add a bit of black for the sentiment and the border as I tried stamping both image and sentiment in red and I didn't like the look of it.

Stamps - Indigo Blu Baubles Flourish, Paper Smooshes sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Cranberry, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white and black cs
Size - 5.75" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Ranger red embossing powder, silver sequins

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Poinsettia and Sequins

Here's the new challenge over at the Christmas Card Throwdown:

I went with sequins.  Here's my card:

I stamped and heat embossed the poinsettia in white and watercoloured it with my Zigs, being a bit radical (for me) in my choice of colours - I'd usually use red and green, not pink and lime!

I stamped the sentiment in grey and heat embossed it, and then put a bit of the same grey ink on my craft sheet, watered it down, and did a light splatter on the background.

For the challenge, I embellished with sequins that matched the colours in the poinsettia.

Then bordered it with a pierced frame for a final touch.

I'm also taking it over to the Flower Challenge, where "anything goes" this month.

And the Merry Christmas Challenge is also "anything goes".

Stamps - Penny Black Sparkler, Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - ColorBox white, Versafine Smokey Grey
Paper - white and green cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - white and clear embossing powder, MFT pierced frame die, Zig markers, sequins

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Tree for Happy Little Stampers

Hello All,

Time for another Christmas Card Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.   For June, the optional twist is "tree".

I went with the optional twist:

I had a beautiful piece of a gelli plate background in my UFO box that I made with my friend, Christine's help.  I don't own a gelli plate so enjoy occasionally playing with hers.  If I remember correctly, it's a combination of blue acrylic paint, white gesso, and a snowflake stencil (if you look closely, you can faintly see the snowflakes!) on mixed media cs.  (Christine, let me know if I missed something!)

I die cut the Tim Holtz tree and words twice and glued them together for more substance.  I glued it all to the background, popped the panel up on fun foam, and added some blue sequins.

Come and join us at Happy Little Stampers anytime before the end of June!  There's a chance you will win a prize!

Sadly this is my last month on their Christmas challenge Design Team.  My life has gotten increasingly busy and I need to let a few things go.  But I've enjoyed my past two years, making Christmas cards each month for their challenges!  Thank you so much everyone!


Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories -Tim Holtz tree and word dies, blue sequins, blue acrylic paint, gesso, unknown snowflake stencil

Friday, 2 June 2017

Summer Memories

The year is flying by and it's already time for the June CAS Watercolour Challenge.  This month the theme is "summer".

I lived in Ontario from age 10 to 14, and we used to go to a summer cottage for a couple of weeks each year.  I have such a strong memory of hot days (so hot the sky seemed to go very pale from the heat), some large fir trees near a patch of lawn with Muskoka chairs (what Canadians in Ontario call Adirondack chairs) on it, and me curled up in one of those chairs reading my book in the shade of a tree.  That memory was the inspiration for this card:

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and chair, then watercoloured it and the grass and sky areas with my Gansai Tambi paints .  I die cut the tree out of a leftover piece of green smooshed watercolour paper, and went over it with a bit more green and also some brown for the trunk.

The panel is popped up on fun foam with the tree added on top but slightly extending off the panel.

You have until June 24th to bring your summer-inspired watercoloured cards to CAS Watercolour - and please remember to keep them clean and simple!!

Stamps - Local King chair, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Recollections Chestnut pigment ink
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 5" square
Accessories - Impression Obsession tree die, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, clear embossing powder, fun foam

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sparkle Paste Snowflakes

Summer starts in the month of June and here's me making a winter / Christmas card for my Design Team card for the June CAS Mix Up challenge!  This month we are looking for:

I'd been meaning to do a card for last week's SCS Ways to Use It challenge, "Kids & Pets, the Perfect Mix!" since I'm such a dog lover and I have the perfect stamp for it in my NBUS box.  It occurred to me that it was ideal for embossing paste snowflakes so I decided to do it for CAS Mix Up, and post late to the SCS challenge.  Here it is:

I stamped my image on Bristol vellum cs - ideal for coloured pencils.  I used my Prismacolours and Gamsol to colour the image.  Then I laid the Memory Box snowflakes stencil over it, masking off any snowflakes that interfered with the image (like a huge one right on the dog's head).  I used the beautifully sparkly Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Dawn embossing paste.

I added a thin border of sparkly cs and popped it up on fun foam.

Here's a close-up of the embossing paste snowflakes:

Because of the proportions of the image, I made this an unusual size of card - 4.5x5" instead of the usual 4.25x5.5".  So it was a good opportunity to use my envelope maker and a piece of dp from my stash to make an appropriately-sized and co-ordinating envelope.

Please head over to CAS Mix Up and check out the other cards by the fabulous Design Team and our June Guest Designer, Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff.  You have until June 24th to link up a card that includes stamping, embossing paste or gel, and at least one other option from our list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up page - I have stamping, embossing paste, stenciling, and coloured pencils with Gamsol.

And if anyone knows the brand or name of the stamp, please let me know.  It's unmounted and disappeared into my NBUS box with no note of where I got it!

Stamps - ? dog and child stamp, Northwoods sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white glitter, white, and Bristol Vellum cs
Size - 4.5x5"
Accessories - Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Memory Box snowflake stencil, Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Dawn embossing paste, fun foam

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Mistletoe Kisses

I've been so busy with gardening lately that I haven't played along with one of my favourite Christmas card challenges - Merry Monday.  I finally had time to get a card made for this week's challenge.

I had my stencils and embossing paste out so decided to use my small Dreamweaver mistletoe stencil - haven't used it for years!

On mixed media cs, I went over the stencil with white embossing paste and then while the paste was still wet, carefully added glitter just to the mistletoe berries.  My trick for adding loose glitter to small areas is to cut a sharp diagonal point on a drinking straw and use that as a tiny scoop for the glitter.

When the rest of the paste was dry, I put the stencil back on and went over the paste with Distress markers.  With a damp paint brush, I pulled out a bit of the Wild Honey I used on the border part of the image to add some shading in the centre area.

I had some decorative paper that went perfectly so created a border with it.  And I had the perfect sentiment for the challenge too!

Now back to gardening!!

Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Ranger Library Green
Paper - cream cs, mixed media cs, SEI dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Dreamweaver mistletoe stencil, Dreamweaver white embossing paste, glitter, Distress markers, fun foam

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


This week's CAS challenge over at SCS is "Memories" - interpreted any way we like.

I'm interpreting memories in a couple of ways - my sentiments talk about memories and my flower stamp is from the first SU stamp set I bought way back when I started stamping so brings back memories of the beginning of my cardmaking. 

I did two variations:

The images are watercoloured and a bit of watered down paint is splattered around. 
The first card is die cut with a stitched square, embellished with a few pearls, and popped the panel up on fun foam. 
The second card has some yellow glitter glue added to the flower centres and is embellished with some sequins.  I framed the image with a die cut square that I sponged with Distress Iced Spruce.
I'll link up the first one with CAS Watercolour (flowers) and the second with CAS Mix Up (splattering, stamping, watercolouring, die cutting, and sponging).

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Shades of Blue

The latest Jingle Belles Christmas card challenge is "Blue Christmas" - a card in predominantly shades of blue.  And as many of you know, I love blue!  Here's my card:

I created the background by spritzing watercolour paper with lots of water and dropping in various shades of blue watercolour paint.  I let it air dry.

I stamped the tree image in white and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

When I went to do the sentiment, I used black pigment ink with the intention of using clear embossing powder but picked up the white ep by mistake and didn't like the results at all.  Luckily it was in the MISTI so I restamped with the black ink and then used my clear ep - I got a very strange blend of black and white but this time I just accepted it, and in fact, I kind of like it!

I added three little silver die cut doves and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps - Penny Black tree, Stamp It Australia sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Frost White, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - ivory and silver cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box doves, watercolour paints, white and clear embossing powders, fun foam

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Layering Stencils on Tags

One of the things we did at last week's craft retreat was Tim Holtz's technique of layering stencils on a tag.  I made two - one a Christmas theme, and one a butterfly theme.

I layered with Distress Oxide inks, various stencils, some 3D sparkly paint (on the holly stencil), text stamping, and finally a die cut "merry" (cut once in black and once in gold with the black barely peeking out from behind the gold) and gold die cut stars.  It needs a bit of ribbon at the top but I'll decide on that when I add it to a card.

Here's a close-up of the 3D sparkly paint and the text stamping, and you can see the layered stencils in this section:

The butterfly one might be a work in progress.  I think it needs a die cut or a fussy cut image to add some dimension.  If I do add more, I'll show it in a future post.

Like the Christmas one, it has Oxide inks, some stencil layering (including the butterflies), and some text stamping.  But it also has some word and botanical rub-ons, and some large drops of water.

Here are links to the tags made by the others at our retreat:


Thanks for dropping by!

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Flowers on Gold

The weeks fly by and it's already time to remind you that you have until May 24th to enter the CAS Watercolour challenge - the theme for May is "Flowers".

I thought I'd go with something more elegant than usual by using some gold.

I stamped and heat embossed in gold on white cs and then watercoloured the flowers with Zigs.  I die cut the panel with a stitched die, and also die cut the sentiment from a scrap of gold cs that matches the gold card base.

Don't forget to link up a card featuring flowers at CAS Watercolour - and check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Mac Mable of The Sweetest of Peas blog.

Stamps - Rubbernecker
Ink - ColorBox gold
Paper - watercolour paper, dark gold cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Zigs, Tattered Lace sentiment die, fun foam, gold embossing powder

Monday, 15 May 2017

Splattered Snow

Time to remind you to come on over to CAS Mix Up for the May challenge of "Splattering"!

I went with a Christmas card this time as splattering is a great technique for creating a snowfall.


I stamped the cabin image in archival ink and used coloured pencils to colour it.  I also stamped it on masking paper, fussy cut the upper edge and laid it over the coloured image.  I then sponged the sky with three shades of Distress ink.

I splattered it by loading a paint brush with a white acrylic paint and tapping it against another paint brush.

I used a SU embossing folder for my background piece and, after assembling the card, I went over the roof, parts of the trees, and some of the ground with a Quickie glue pen and added fine glitter.

Head over to CAS Mix Up to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Elaine of Craft-e-Place.  You have until May 24th to link up your CAS card featuring splattering and at least one other element from our list.

I'm also entering this in the Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge where the theme for May is precipitation - splattering is a great way to create a snowfall on a Christmas card!

Stamps - Penny Black cottage, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Stormy Sky
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, white acrylic paint, Quickie glue pen, fine glitter

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Eat Sleep Craft Repeat

One of the things we did at our crafty retreat at Christine's house was a "Dirty Pour" - a mixture of various acrylic paints and silicone oil, layered in a cup and dumped on a canvas.  You then tilt the canvas to get the paints to flow and swirl over the canvas.  You then heat (very carefully, moving the heat constantly) with a small torch (like a creme brulee torch) and you get some areas of bubbling.

Here's one of mine:

And here's a close-up showing the bubbled effect:

It is even prettier in real life as there is a bit of silver metallic and white pearlescent paint in it that the photo does not capture.

If you're interested in doing one, here's a very short video, or you can google "dirty pour" for others.

It was a nice change in the middle of our retreat - the rest of the time we worked on card-making techniques.  Here's a photo of the group of us wearing the fabulous aprons Loll had made for us:

Head on over to the other's blogs for a mini blog hop on our results from the "dirty pour":

Loll Thompson - Stamping with Loll
Christine Alexander - It's a Card Day's Night
Nancy Littrell - scandinancy creates

Every one of them turned out very different, but all are beautiful!