Saturday, August 27, 2016

Riviera Pears

I was happy to join in with the Inspiration Challenge where we had a 
visit to Harry & David's. I have heard of
Harry & David's before, but have never looked at their
online store before. For my inspiration I picked
 this picture of pears. I heat embossed my image
 with gold embossing powder, and painted with 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks,
 Zig Brushes and my aqua brush on 
Fabriano Watercolour paper. 
I stamped my sentiment with the help of my MISTI 
using the Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I 
die cut the frame and added a few sequins to finish my card. Thanks for
having a look today.
I hope you like my Riviera Pears.

Products: Frantic Stamper Large Pears, Frantic Stamper Celebrations; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles; Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs, Zig Brushes Light Blue, Olive Green; Sequins 

Friday, August 26, 2016

I Believe

It is that time of year, for little Elf's to pay a visit. 
I love this little fellow and his happy face and
 thought he deserved a cute card.
 I coloured him using my Zig Brushes, and sponged
 the trees with TH Distress Ink. For the Ivy, which I 
cut out from another die, I coloured with doCraft Markers.
I embossed my card base with one of my favourite
 Christmas Embossing Folders, and cut another
small piece for the background of my photo which 
I sponged with a light blue ink. I added the Photo Card
die on foam strips, styled and attached the trees, 
one of which is on a foam dot, as is the Elf. The 
sentiment is die cut from sticky glitter paper which
 is nice and thin, so it lays nicely on the card, and I 
added the Ivy, which has Wink of Stella 
on the berries.
I hope you like this little Elf, who is part of the newly released 
Victorian Christmas from Frantic Stamper. 
Products: Frantic Stamper dies  Elf,  Instant Camera Photo Card,  Small Pine,  Believe,  and the Ivy from this Candy Cane;  Sizzix Winter Set 2 Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass, Zig Clean Brushes, Wink of Stella Brush, Glitter Paper.

Furry Christmas

Hello to all our furry friends. This card has me smiling for a couple of reasons. I made this for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges and the day I did this my windows were being changed. It fortunately was a coolish day, but oh what a mess, and 5 guys running around my place. I sat in a chair off in the corner and all I had room for was my card and my box of Zig's. But, I was happy! I was doing very light painting, so I could keep adding colour as I wanted it. I had the watercolour panel already attached to my layers before I started, which is another reason I kept everything light, so the watercolour paper would not stay flat. I did have to climb over everything to retrieve my sequins ... a must to finish my card. Thanks for having a look.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Furry Friends, Zig Kuretake Clean Brushes, Sequins, Papers are Neenah, Bazzill, Ranger Watercolour. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Smile

Meet "Your Smile" 
I would have to say this is one of my favourite cards that I made for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges earlier this month. I sponged the colour on my cardstock and spritzed with water and did some drips with my paint brush. I added some flicks of paint using the same colours of Tim Holtz Distress Inks. With the assistance of MISTI , I die cut my flowers using 40lb vellum. and stamped the floral image then heat embossed using gold embossing powder. I added with matte glue and some foam dots arranging up the left side of my card. I added the hearts and my sentiment, which was also heat embossed using the gold embossing powder. And of course, my trademark sequins to finish. 
Thanks for having a look.
Products: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Designer Flower Dies, Penny Black Ardor Die, Stamplorations Fond Expressions 2, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Ink, Sequins

Summer Grapes

I have used an Art Neko stamp called Grape Vine Frame and their Summer sentiment stamp for this card. I made it to give to a friend with a bottle of wine, and as I was writing up the post for Art Neko I had all these other ideas using this stamp, so I will be back with those in a later post. 
I stamped my image using Memento London Fog and coloured the image with my Prismacolor Pencils and Zig Brushes and stamped the "Summer" sentiment using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord and sponged some Tim Holtz Lavender around the edges. I carried the lavender matting to frame one of the layers. Added the ribbon and a few of my trademark sequins to finish.
Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Art Neko Grape Vine Frame, Art Neko Summer Sentiment, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Frames, Sequins, Ribbon. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Live Life out loud

I was just about to mail this off to a friend and noticed I had not shared it on my blog. I did this for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  I love this image and should use her more. I stamped her and my sentiment using permanent black ink and did splashes of colour using Winsor Newton watercolours.  I also did the splatters with the Winsor Newton paints and added white splatters in acrylic paint. I matted in the black cardstock and added my signature sequins to finish. I really like the way she turned out and I think my friend will too. Thanks for looking today.
Products: Unity Stamps Harmony Girl, Stamplorations Noteworthy, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Winsor Newton Watercolours, Sequins.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Love & Hugs

Hello to you! This card is washed in a rainbow of colour. If you have not guessed by now, I love colour, and I love dramatic colour, so whenever the opportunity allows, 
I am in with both hands!  And, as I have said many time, I love Winsor Newton watercolours, which is what I have used 
for this card, representing the rainbow. Under the rainbow 
I used my Misti to arrange flowers and leaves and heat embossed using white embossing powder. I added a yellow matting behind my panel, which I die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. I stamped the "you love and hugs" on black cardstock with the white embossing powder, die cut using the small fishtail label from Frantic Stamper Elementals #14 Square Basics Set. I cut the Wishing sentiment and brushed on some Wink of Stella before attaching. A few scattered sequins, crystals and pearls finished my card. Thanks so much for having a look.
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and Sending and Wishing, MISTI.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Butterfly Friends

I am sharing this card with you today showing a technique I had not done before called Faux Patina. I did not want a darker more usual patina, choosing instead greens and blues. I sponged my colours using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio. And for the patina I used Copper Embossing Powder, which I also used on my sentiment die. I propped up the sentiment on foam dots, and to finish, I added my trademark sequins. I loved this done with just the inks, so I can see myself having another go at this using clear embossing powder. Thanks for taking a look, have a great day!
Products: Ecstasy Crafts Butterfly Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Die, Copper Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Ink. Sequins.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A little thing

A little thing called love!
I love this card and I suppose it is because of the bird's. I stamped them in various spots and watercoloured using my Zig Brushes. I added complimenting layers of cardstock and the vellum sentiment banner with a small edge die, and my trademark sequins. I cannot wait to use this set again. I hope you like it too. Have a great day everyone.
Products: Winnie & Walter, So Tweet, Unknown die edger, Zig Clean Brushes, 140lb Vellum, Sequins, Wink of Stella

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sending hugs

The Clean and Simple challenge at SCS is about cards for someone under the weather. I do have a stamp somewhere that says "feel better" which is what I planned on using, but I could not find it! So, when someone is not feeling well, I like to send hugs too. I sponged on colours using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon. I might have some scattered straw somewhere in there as well. I then die cut my panel and used my Misti to stamp my sentiment using Brushed Corduroy. I added the Bakers Twine and propped up my panel on foam strips. And, my signature sequins were added to finish my card. I hope you like it. Thanks for having a look.
Products: Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Bakers Twine, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Sequins, Crystal.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sweet thanks

Meet Sweet thanks. I am in need of some thank you cards and I think this little birdie says a sweet thank you. I watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Zig Brushes. On my background I sponged on some of the same colours I used for my birdie. I added a few small crystals, with one being a heart and propped up my watercolour panel on foam strips. I waited to stamp my thank you until my card was complete and the thank you is a wood mounted stamp, and wood mounts and I do not get along! So I placed my finished card in my Misti and lined my wood stamp up to the bottom of my watercolour panel - yippee, it is straight! I hope you enjoy Sweet thanks. Have a great day!
Products: Winnie & Walter So Tweet, Penny Black Sentiment, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Zig Brushes, Crystals.

Friday, August 12, 2016

By the Sea

Sharing with you another sample card I did for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers. I love doing this technique so much. This time I used crabs for my negative design. For the background I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Spiced Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon, then heat embossed with a sparkly embossing powder. The panel is attached on foam dots with some scattered pearls and sequins. The starfish is done in the same colours as the background and heat embossed as well. I die cut my Enjoy sentiment in black, dipped in embossing ink and added the same sparkly embossing powder to get that awesome shine. My neighbour really loved the Beachy Hugs card I did, so this one was done for her. I love it, and hope you do too. Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Memory Box Coastal Crab, Frantic Stamper Enjoy Sentiment, Impression Obsession Sea Shells, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Embossing Ink, Ranger Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder, Sequins, Pearls.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beauty in Nature

I am working today with Art Neko's Framed Bird on Gourd Vine stamp, which I watercoloured using Zig Brushes. I read that the Gourd Vines associated with the yellow flowers are usually annual plants which are rather bitter. But I loved the idea of the yellow flowers for my card. I thought using the Zig brushes was best as they are perfect for detailed stamps such as this stamp. I matted my image using Bazzill cardstock in colours that I used in the watercolour, and then added Hemp Cord. I think the darker cardstock against the orange cardstock brings out the colours beautifully. I embossed my bottom panel for added texture to my card and attached my image on foam strips. I hope you enjoy my card today.
Products: Art Neko Framed Bird on Gourd Vine, Kuretake Zig Brushes, Hemp Cord, doCrafts Art Deco Scallop Embossing Folder.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Just because

Just because! I did this card for my Dare to Get Dirty Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. A Clean and Simple design using just three items, which I think make a fantastic statement. I embossed my card base for texture. The design is pretty on both the front side and the inside, adding texture in both. I added my bird on pop dots and stamped in the colours of my sentiment for continuity and the star of my card is the sentiment, which I love. It is big and bold and the perfect die for this kind of application. I sponged an ombre look to show it off using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The only other thing I did on this was to add Wink of Stella on the birds eye for that bit of sparkle and a "wink". I hope you like this card. I have a doctors appointment today and always take a card for the nurse. She doesn't throw them away, they are hanging everywhere in her work area, even off the top of her computer screen. So now I take cards to her for her to send, and this one will be one of those. Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Just Because, WPlus9 Flora and Fauna Die, Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmelade, Wink of Stella.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

True to herself

My Bisters need a bit of help today. I have always been a tad disappointed in how dull the Bister colours are. So, I gave them some assistance by using my watercolours ... I so often find myself going for my Winsor Newton paints... the colours do not disappoint. I put down the Bister powders and spritzed with water then dried my panel. I then spritzed on some watercolours to brighten the colours, and I am finally happy with the results. I think in the future this is how I will treat the Bister powders. Once all was dry I stamped, with the assistance of MISTI, my sentiment using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. Thank goodness for MISTI as I had to stamp it 5 times due to the watercolour paper. I matted my panel with Bazzill black and attached to a rich turquoise base ... that is unusual for me as well. It has a beautiful rich sheen to it ... I have been dying to use this paper. I hope you like "True to herself" and thanks for having a look today. 
Entering in CAS Mix Up Challenge - Stamping, Sprays and Embellishments (a stretch)
Products: Bister Paint Powders, Winsor Newton Watercolours, Unity Stamps She Remained True, Sequins.
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