Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Wishes

Meet today's card.
This one is more on the masculine side.

I had a piece of woodgrain paper leftover that I had made, tutorial HERE, and die-cut it into an oval shape using a Spellbinders die.  I die-cut the deer head twice and glued the pieces together for stability and added it over the woodgrain bkg.  I cut the leaves, also from the deer set, in red and glued it below the head.
I just picked up this new stamp from SSS called the Christmas Sweater and used it for my background.  I used my Misti to get the perfect stamped impression.
Lastly, I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and pop dotted the deer head piece with pop dots.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- CHRISTMAS/WINTER WISHES
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
Use Your Stuff- CHRISTMAS IS COMING
Time Out- PHOTO INSPIRATION


Supplies
Stamps- Season's Greetings (HA); Christmas Sweater (SSS)
Inks- Tea Dyed, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- deer and leaf die (Recollections); oval die (Spellbinders); 
Cuttlebug; Misti; Elmer's glue; ScorPal

Friday, 8 December 2017

Up on the Rooftops


Meet today's card.
Just a simple one filled with some fun.

I began by masking the side panel with a piece of scrap paper.  I punched a circle as well to represent the moon as I sponged with my Distress inks to fill in the masked area.
Leaving the mask in place, I stamped the trees using black Memento ink.
I removed the mask and stamped this fun flying Santa in his sleigh that I just picked up from The Stampin Place, with more black ink.  Added a simple sentiment and then mounted the whole piece onto navy cardstock.
That's it...pretty simple eh?


Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- CHRISTMAS/WINTER WISHES 
City Crafter- WHERE DID YOU GET THAT HAT?
CAS Mix Up- STAMPING/MASKING/SPONGING


Supplies
Stamps- trees (Northwoods); Santa's Sleigh (The Stampin' Place); Christmas Cheer (TT)
Inks- Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans Distress (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; inking tool (TH); paper for masking; circle punch (SU)

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Peace on Earth

Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card, Peace on Earth.  
I think we are all praying for that this Christmas season. 

I had fun creating this card.  I began by inking up the background using the Splash Watercolour technique and Distress Oxide ink.  It made a quick colour palette to stamp onto.
When it was dry, I placed the inked background into my Misti and stamped the trees first in black then again using the same colour ink as I had used on the background.  I find by using a colour already on the background, it gives a great shadow effect and adds to the depth and interest.
Next, I die cut the piece using a stitched frame die then distressed the edges and added a snowy feel by rubbing a Versamark ink pad along the edges and then heat embossed with white powder.
I stamped the sentiment using my Misti again then mounted it onto a piece of blue cardstock.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look and wishing you Peace.


Adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- CHRISTMAS/WINTER WISHES 
Craftaholics R Us- CHRISTMAS


Supplies
Stamps- Hand Lettered Christmas (MFT); Trees (Mark's Finest); Tree (Northwoods)
Ink- Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean Distress Oxides (TH); 
Versamark; Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; Stitched die (Avery Elle); 
white acrylic paint

Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Tote- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning
It's time for some fun creating at The Flower Challenge.
This month the challenge has a bit of a twist....


Check out the amazing things the DT's have created.
We also welcome our special guest Michelle Short from The Card Grotto this month.

Last year, I made a few of these fun Totebags which are just the perfect size for gifting some of your handmade cards, baked goodies or other gifts instead of using a basket.
The nice thing is that once you get the basic design of the tote, you can adjust the measurements of the sides and the bottom to create a bag of any size.

Here is the video link to see how it was created...

Chic Totebag

To see the totebags I made last year see these blog post:
 Totebag for Cardgiving
 Chic Totebag

For my bag, I chose a red paper that reminded me of a cozy red sweater.
Using the video above, I cut my paper and assembled my bag.
For my flower embellishment, I placed the Red Star from Penny Black into my Misti and coloured it with my Tombow markers.  I sprayed with water and stamped onto my paper.  When the flower was completely dry, I fussy cut it out and glued it onto the front of my bag.  I love how it perked the whole thing up and made it feel more festive.
I wanted to add a little tag, so I stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black sentiment set called Love and Peace, cut it into a tag shape and attached it with a piece of silver twine.






Please come and play along with us.
Your project can be as simple as a gift tag or as elaborate as you want.


Adding my tote to these challenges:
Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES
The Crazy Challenge- CHRISTMAS IS COMING
613 Avenue Create- ANYTHING GOES OPTIONAL CHRISTMAS


Supplies
Stamps- Red Star (PB); Love and Peace (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white; DP?
Accessories and Tools- Misti; silver cord; black gems;Tombow clear glue, ScorPal

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Here Comes Santa Claus

Morning.
Hope you are having fun creating.

Meet my simple Christmas card using this super cute retro Santa.
At this time of the season, keeping it simple and quick is perfect to finish those last minute holiday cards.  
For my card, I began by stamping the dot pattern along the bottom of my card.  I place the stamp border from WPlus 9 into my Misti, inked it up with Candied Apple Distress ink and stamped.  I moved my paper up in my Misti and stamped again until I was happy with the pattern and spacing.
Next I stamped the sentiment, then stamped the Santa and fussy cut him out.
I pop dotted the flying Santa and done.



Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES
City Crafter- I BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS 
Card Mania- CHRISTMAS
 One Crazy Stamper- CHRISTMAS/WINTER


Supplies
Stamps- Borders and Bkgs. (WPlus 9); Christmas Cheer (TT); Flying Santa (Flonz)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Candied Apple Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy whiter
Accessories and Tools- Misti; pop dots

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Acetate Inking- CAS Watercolour Challenge


Hello and Welcome.
Time for more fun at the 

Our theme this month is 'Anything Goes'

 http://caswatercolour.blogspot.com/2017/12/cas-watercolour-december-challenge.html



This month we welcome out guest Hideko from Papercraft Boutique.
Please check out all the great inspirations the Design Team has created.

 I had the most frustrating time trying to photograph this card so I apologize for the poor quality.

So onto my card.  
As most of you already know, I love to play with my inks and create watercoloured backgrounds that are quick and simple.  I have found that by using a piece of acetate, I can do this quite efficiently as I can bend it and manipulate the inks and place them where I want them to go.
I added ink over ink then when they were all dry, I edged the inked area using my ScorBug and my ScorPal and added the 'Let is Snow' and the snowflake die.  Lastly, I added a silver Nuvo drop to the center of the snowflake.

I created a few of these backgrounds and I took pictures of my process so you could see how I did it.
Hope you enjoy it.




Acetate Inking

Step #1
I got out my piece of acetate and my Distress Oxide inks.
Rub ink onto the acetate sheet.



Step #2
Spray with water, then you can bend the sheet and place the ink wherever you want it to go.


Step #3
Dry each colour layer (I used my heat tool) and then add additional colours you want for your piece.



Finished backgrounds and ready to make a card.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to these challenges:
 Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas- QUICK AND EASY
CAS on Friday- CHRISTMAS
Shopping Our Stash- SNOW MUCH FUN


Supplies
Stamps- none
Inks- Picked Raspberry, Iced Spruce DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- acetate sheet; Stitched Snowflake die (Lawn Fawn); Let is Snow die (STAMPlorations); 
Scorbug; ScorPal; Mister (TH); Cuttlebug; Nuvo silver drops

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Monoprint Christmas


Good Morning.
Meet today's card.  
Simple monoprinted background and one of my favourite snowflakes.

To begin, I wanted to use a stencil to create a Monoprinted background.  I love the way the printed backgrounds look and you can make them in a short amount of time which is great for this busy time of year.  
For those of you that have never done a Monoprinted background before, you ink the back of you stencil with some kind of waterbased ink, spray with water then press onto your paper.  Its a great way to also get a different look to your stencils and give it more of a watercolour look.
When the bkg. was dry, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment.
I die-cut the snowflake, glued it in place and added a blue gem to the center.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
 Allsorts- INSPIRED BY A WINTER THEMED SONG
(Let it Snow)
 Crazy 4 Challenges- CHRISTMAS or WINTER
Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps-  Christmas Cheer (Technique Tues.)
Inks- Memento black; Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Harlequin stencil (TCW); snowflake die (SSS); Cuttlebug;
blue gem; Mister (TH)

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Holiday Time

Good Morning and thanks for coming to visit.
Having some fun with my markers and stamps today.

I began by masking the edges of my white card front so I would be left with a crisp white border.  Next, I placed the tree branch inside my Misti, coloured it with my Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process until I was happy with the colour.
When that was dry, I watercoloured in the background using Distress ink then added some extra detail by stenciling with some drywall tape. 
I stamped the sentiment then splattered with white acrylic paint.
The finishing touch was to add the berries with some red Nuvo drops, love how they just gave the branches a great pop of colour.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to these challenges:
 Just Add Ink- #387 COLOUR
Winter Wonderland- GREEN AND RED TRADITIONAL COLOURS
Daring Cardmakers- TRIM THE TREE
CCEE Stampers- HOLIDAY CARD STASH
Craft Rocket- CHRISTMAS IS COMING
Rudolph Days- CHRISTMAS

Supplies
Stamps- Pine Leaf (Darkroom Door); Handlettered Holiday (MFT)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; drywall tape, Painter's Tape; Autumn Red Nuvo Drops; 
paintbrush; Mister (TH); Tombow markers; white acrylic paint

Sunday, 19 November 2017

All That Glitters

Good Morning.
Meet today's card. 
This card was inspired by this lovely snowflake from Cheery Lynn.  I love the details it has and wanted to showcase it on my card.

I began by creating the blue top of my card.  I used the Splash Watercolour Technique to apply colour using my Distress Oxide inks, then when that was dry I stamped and embossed with silver to give it some shine and a bit of elegance.
I stamped the sentiment using my Misti on my white card front, then embossed the piece using a snowflake embossing folder from Echo Park. 
Next, I used a stitched scallop die to cut the blue portion and glued it over the white embossing above the sentiment leaving enough room to add my die-cut snowflake.
Lastly, I added a silver Nuvo drop in the center of the snowflake.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to these challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's- CHRISTMAS
Crafty Catz- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Hand Lettered Holiday (MFT); Grunge (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Versamark; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- EB folder- Echo Park; Laced Pine Snowflake (Cheery Lynn);
Stitched Scallop Edge (MFT); Cuttlebug; Misti; Silver Nuvo Drops; heat tool

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Majestic

Happy Saturday!

The other day I picked up this die by Recollections for half price so time to make a card.
I wanted to make a simple masculine card and this is what I came up with.

I began with a piece of acetate again (the kind you get from you stamp pkgs), inked it with Distress Oxide ink, sprayed with water and pressed it onto the paper.  The nice thing about the acetate is that you can manipulate and bend it and place the ink exactly where you want it to be.
When the ink was dry, I stamped the sentiment using my Misti and die-cut the deer head and the leaves.
To add extra texture to the deer head, I dry embossed it to give it lots of texture.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great wknd.

Adding my card to these challenges:
CAS Watercolour- HOLIDAY
 Simon Says- FURRY FRIENDS
CASology- SHARP

Supplies
Stamps- 'Tis the Season (PTI)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet; eb folder (TH); deer die-Recollections; Cuttlebug;
Mister (TH)

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Holly Jolly- CAS Watercolour Challenge


Welcome.
It's time for another card at the 





Please come and check out all the wonderfully done holiday cards.
The DT's and our special guest and friend Ina, have created such inspiring cards.

My card was a very simple one to create.
Using a heavy piece of acetate, I rubbed some Distress Oxide inks onto it, sprayed with water and touched the acetate to my paper randomly trying to keep most of the ink in the bottom corner.
 When that was dry, I stamped the checkerboard and the circles using the same colour of ink then the sentiment in Memento black ink.
I stamped the heart, heat embossed it with clear powder then fussy cut it out so I could pop dot it over the top of my sentiment.  The embossing made my star shine which was great.



Please come and play along with us.
Great chance to get a few more holiday cards done.


Supplies
Stamps-Everything Jolly (TT); Grunge (PTI); Texture Mini (Art Journey)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Candied Apple DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; acetate sheet; Mister (TH); clear eb powder; heat tool

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Full Bloom- The Flower Challenge

Welcome
You still have time to come and play along with us at 

Our theme this month is CAS, Clean and Simple.

http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.ca/
You just have to go and check out the fabulous cards this month...very inspiring.

So onto my card.
I began by placing my card front into my Misti and stamped the flower image from Avery Elle in black Memento ink.  I stamped the image again onto another piece of cardstock, then die-cut it using the Stitched Dome die.  
Next, I loose watercoloured just the flowers on the die-cut using my Tombow markers.  I scribbled them onto my non-stick craft mat and picked up the colour using a wet paintbrush.  When the panel was dry, I pop dotted it over the blackline image to create a highlighted area that draws in the eye.
Using my Misti again, I stamped the sentiment and mounted it all over a piece of pink cardstock.


Hope you get a chance to come and play along with us.
Thanks so much for taking time to visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Just Us Girls- SILHOUETTE
Inspiration Destination- ANYTHING GOES
Pause, Dream, Enjoy- CAS
Word Art Wed.- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Live Life (High Hopes); Mother's Day (Avery Elle)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Stitched Stacked Dome die (MFT); pop dots

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Venture into the Woods


Good Morning.
Meet my clean and simple card for the holidays.

I began by pulling out a piece of inky paper that was leftover in my stash.  I like to keep inky leftovers as you never know when they will come in useful.
I had created that by applying a coat of Gesso over a stencil, let it dry then inked it up with Distress inks.  I thought it looked like an abstract form of snow so decided it worked as part of the scene.
I die-cut the Stitched Dome, the deer and the tree and put it all together to create my little scene card.
To help further the feel of winter and snow, I dry embossed the top of my card, stamped the sentiment using my Misti and done.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to there challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SNOW WHITE
(she was left in the woods)
Simply Create Too- CAS
Make My Monday- Snow Fun
AAA Cards- CELEBRATE

Supplies
Stamps-'Tis the Season (PTI)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; stencil-Dot Fade (TH); Gesso; palette knife; Deer Trio (Memory Box);
On a Limb Branches (Taylored Expression); Stitched Dome Stax (MFT); 
Snow EB Folder- (TH)

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Twelve Tags of Christmas

Hello and Welcome.
I am just thrilled to be a part of Loll Thompson's 


http://www.stampingwithloll.com/2017/11/twelve-tags-of-christmas-day-seven.html

This is day seven, so if you haven't seen the rest of the tags this week you need to go check them out.
You will be so inspired!  There are prizes too!

So for this event, you must create a tag any size or shape and it must be a mixed media Christmas tag  which includes stamping, plus two mixed media elements (techniques or products).


So onto what I did for my tag.
For the base of my tag, I used my Woodgrain Tutorial that so many of you have used in the past.  It is a fun way to create a wood looking background with readily available supplies.  I went for blue of course!
(a step by step tutorial can be found on my blog by clicking the above link)
I used a tag die to cut out my tag shape then started added the details.
To add some sparkle to the woodgrain, I stamped some script randomly and embossed it with silver powder.  I added a snowy feel by splattering white acrylic paint all over as well.
Next, I die-cut the snowflakes leaving one white then silver embossing the smaller one.  I layered them then added a drop of blue Nuvo to add interest and pull up the blue of the base.
I die-cut the 'be jolly' and glued it over a piece of silver ribbon along the bottom.  
I cut a blue base to give it more stability then added silver twine and a white bow.

I hope you will be much inspired and come and play along with us.
These tags are like little treasures.


Adding my tag to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed- SNOW WHITE
(snow)
Love to Create- ANYTHING CREATIVE MIXED MEDIA
STAMPlorations- MIXED MEDIA



Supplies
Stamps- Script (PB)
Inks- Peacock Feathers, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Iced Spruce Distress (TH); Versamark
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Elmer's Glue; ScorPal, Caribbean Ocean Gloss Nuvo;
Silver eb powder; heat tool; snowflake dies- IO, PB; 
be jolly die- STAMPlorations; tag die- MFT; silver ribbon; white acrylic paint; paintbrush

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Plaid Christmas

Happy Saturday.
Meet today's card.  I wanted to try and stamp some plaid for Christmas and this is what I came up with. 

I began by placing the plaid stamp from Lawn Fawn into my Misti, simply inked it with black Memento ink then pressed onto my paper.  I used a red Tombow marker to draw in some extra lines which helped the whole piece pop by adding so much more interest to the black plaid.
I stamped this vintage looking Santa from Flonz with my Misti again and fussy cut him out so I could mount him to the black and red background.  I stamped the sentiment to one side and mounted the Santa with pop dots right into the middle.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.


Adding my card to these challenges:
Craft Stamper- ANYTHING GOES STAMPED
CCEE Stampers- MASCULINE

Supplies
Stamps- Santa (Flonz); Gingham Backdrop (Lawn Fawn); Everything Jolly (TT)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Red Tombow marker; pop dots; scissors

Friday, 10 November 2017

Birthday Cheer


 Good Morning.
Taking a break from making Christmas cards.
Very simple card for one of my special little friends.

My card is pretty straightforward and very clean and simple.
I began by stamping the birthday greeting onto a piece of cardstock, cut the panel down and adhered it to the side of my card front.
Next, I stamped this sweet little tricycle image and fussy cut it out.  I glued it onto a circle that I had stamped the word 'celebrate' onto.  I pop dotted that slightly over the stamped panel and done.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
 Seize the Birthday- CIRCLES 
CASology- TINY
Snow White- LOTS OF WHITE SPACE
CCEE Stampers- MASCULINE
The Paper Shelter- CARD FOR A CHILD

Supplies
Stamps- Happy Birthday (Studio G); Transportation (TPC Studio); Celebrate (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Freshly Cut Grass, Peacock dye (Lawn Fawn)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Circle die (Spellbinders)

Monday, 6 November 2017

All That Glitters

Good Morning.
Meet my glittery card.  
We all need a little glitter for Christmas, helps make the holidays feel magical.

I saw this technique on Splitcoast Stampers called Iced Leather and decided to try it out. 
The idea is to give you paper the look of suede.

To begin, take a piece of sandpaper and rough up your piece of cardstock.  I used white but you can use coloured as well.  Your paper will now have a rough surface.
Next, swipe a Versamark pad over the surface...swipe being the key word.  You just want some hard edges mixed with soft to give a suede look and feel.
Next, sprinkle on some shiny, glitter embossing powder and heat set. 
My card lacked pizzaz so I rubbed some Peacock Feather Distress Oxide ink on my non-stick mat, sprayed with water and dragged my paper through the wet ink to add some colour but you wouldn't have to do that step especially if you are using coloured cardstock.

Using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment in the corner then die-cut the snowflake and glued it in place.  I added the blue gem to the center of the snowflake to finish it all off.
*in hindsight next time I would stamp my sentiment after sanding my paper and before adding the Versamark and the eb powder...it would give a flatter surface to stamp onto.

 


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
City Crafter- ONE LITTLE SNOWFLAKE
CAS Mix-Up- GLITTER, STAMPING, YOUR CHOICE 
(die cut)

Supplies
Stamp- Celebrate the Magic (Serendipity)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peacock Feathers DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Light Sparkle EB (Inkadinkadoo); 
Laced Pine Snowflake die (Cheery Lynn); blue gem (Dollar Store); 
non-stick craft mat (Ranger)

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Simple Stamping for Christmas



Meet today's card.
Very simple stamping here with a few added touches using some new Penny Black stamps.
As most of you already know, I so love making 'blue' cards and I thought I would try and make a totally monochromatic card.

I began by placing the cardstock into my Misti and stamped the Penny Black Berry Speckled stamp using Stormy Sky Distress ink which is a cool blue.  I moved the stamp around, continuing to stamps around my card front until I was happy with the placement.
Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Love and Peace set in the same colour, keeping the whole card uniform.
To add more interest and depth to the bkg., I sponged on more Stormy Sky, applying it heavier in the corners and then I used a piece of drywall tape and stenciled behind the stamped branches.
I took my Versamark ink pad and rubbed it along the edges of my card front, then white heat embossed to further add to the wintery feel of my card.


Many thanks for coming by and taking a look!


Adding my card to these challenges:

Simply Create Too- CAS
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
Crafting with Attitude- ANYTHING GOES
 Card Mania- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Berry Speckled (PB); Love and Peace (PB)
Ink- Stormy Sky Distress (TH); Versamark
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; heat tool; white eb powder; inking tool (TH)/ Nuvo drops