Saturday, December 31, 2016

Broken Glass Thanks

This was a quick card to make this morning. I am still in need of thank you cards from Christmas. I sponged on my inks, starting with the lighter colour, then added the darker colour to the bottom. The mid tone was achieved by adding layers of the lighter colour until I liked the look. I then placed my panel in my Misti, and stamped my sentiment doing so a few times to get the rich black. I attached the panel with foam strips and finished with a few sequins. Thanks for having a look today ...and Happy New Year to all.
Products: ARTplorations Broken Glass Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pine needles, Evergreen Bough, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Sequins, Foam Strips, Neenah Cardstock. 
 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Stencil thanks

I think we all have thank you cards to get done at this time of year. I have started a few and have another to share with you today. This was rather quick for me as I had the background already done from awhile back, so all I did was die cut the panel and mat with the dark brown. I added the circle done in metallic red and the gold glitter thank you sentiment along with a few sequins and done. Having backgrounds in your stash is a great way to make easy cards when life gets so busy.
Thank you for visiting today ...
Products: Artplorations Stencil Weaving, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle, Cuttlebug With Gratitude Sentiment, Neenah Cardstock, Arches Watercolour Paper, Bisters, Sequins.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dreaming of a White Christmas



 A card I made for a friend for Christmas and I finally gave it to her, so now I can post it. My inspiration for this card was taken from this vase.
 To achieve this look I did the background using Inka Gold and Silks. On my craft mat I mixed platinum, steelblue and a small amount of emerald green and spritzed with water to make a puddle, then I smooshed my cardstock in the puddle and set aside to dry. I also did another piece for the inside of the card. Once dry I dipped my paintbrush in some Silks Acrylic in Emerald and flicked it on my piece.  She likes blues and silver and greens, so this fit the bill. I die cut my panel and attached on some fun foam before attaching to my card. The big snowflake is cut in platinum cardstock and the sentiment is done using silver embossing powder. A few sequins finished my card. Thank you for having a look today and I send wishes to all for a Very Merry Christmas.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake, Penny Black Christmas Cheer, Inka Gold Platinum, Steelblue and Emerald Green, Silks  Acrylic Emerald, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Starlight Starbright

Introducing Starlight Starbright and another tea light card. I love this card ...and am so tempted to keep it for myself! But I will send it off to the person I made it for, along with a battery operated tea light. I heat embossed the snowflakes and flourish using silver embossing powder. I cut the circle with my spellbinder die, and cut the panel using my stitched rectangles. I then did a very light blue wash, then added turquoise and just turned the card as it was drying. I added the metallic stars that were left over from another card. I then stamped the sentiment on 40lb vellum paper and attached that to the back of my card. To keep it nice and neat, I die cut another panel for the inside to cover the tape I used to hold the vellum. And finally, a few sequins ... so pretty. Thank you for visiting today.
This is the card with the tea light on inside, even better when it is darker. 
Products: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Envelope Sentiments, Flourish from Penny Black Christmas Cheer, Stampendous Starlight Peace Sentiment, Spellbinders Small Nested Circles, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press 140lb Watercolour Paper, Winsor Newton Watercolours, 40lb Vellum, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Metallic Stars, Sequins.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Noel

Another clean and simple card to share. I embossed the background panel in snowflakes, die cut the snowflake using gold glitter paper and die cut the sentiment using metallic red cardstock, and done. I very much like the clean and simple look, and I love red and gold together ...I decorate for Christmas with red, greens and golds. 
Thanks for visiting today.
Products: Sizzix Christmas Set, Impression Obsession Small Snowflake Set, Crafty Cutts Dies Noel, Neenah Cardstock, Glitter Cardstock, Metallic Cardstock.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Egrets at Nightfall

Meet Egrets at Nightfall. I love this stamp and this is the perfect time of year to use Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy. I rarely use black for my card panel, but this stamp beckoned to be on black and heat embossed with silver embossing powder, and I love it. I punched it up a bit with white matting and then the large black matting, certainly a fast and easy, yet beautiful card to send off to someone, and I think perfect for a masculine Christmas card. And, typically me, I added a few mini cupped sequins. I hope you enjoy this stamp, and thank you for visiting.
Products: Art Neko Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy; Silver Embossing Powder, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Black Cardstock, Cupped Sequins.

HoHoHo

HoHoHo Merry Christmas! I was smiling the whole time I was making this card, who wouldn't smile at the thought of Santa. For this card, I embossed the background with snow dots and die cut the HoHoHo sentiment, then cut them apart as they are attached. I attached them to some gold ribbon that I cut in half and added a sequin star to each. I then stamped the sentiment and attached the panel on fun foam to the card base. A quick and fun card to make. Thanks for having a look today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Ornament HoHoHo, Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments, Sizzix Snow Dots Embossing Folder, Gold Glitter Ribbon, Neenah Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Fun Foam, Star Sequins, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hanging Stars

A CAS (clean and simple) Christmas card that can be made quickly for those last minute cards you may have missed. I have gold glitter paper under the negative stars. I added the ribbon and made the tiny bow with a kitchen fork. A sentiment and a couple of sequins finished this card. Thanks for visiting today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Nested Stitched Stars, Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments, Red Ribbon, Gold Glitter Paper, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Greetings

I let the designer paper decorate the tree for this Christmas card. It is a quick card to do as it is basically the papers and the negative from the Christmas tree die and a Christmas sentiment. I could have tied some bakers twine at the trunk, but I like the cleaner look. Thanks for visiting my blog today, have a great day.
Products: Marianne Designs Christmas Tree, Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Nitwit Collection Merry Christmas Design Paper, Sequins, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Candy Apple, Sequins.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Tree Trio

A trio of trees to share with you today. I first die cut the trees and sponged them, then changed my mind about the design of the card, as I did not like the look on a white card base. This design needed to have an olive base to look good with the colour of the trees. I embossed the panel with the snow dots folder, then die cut the snow bank before attaching the trees that I had heat embossed with the musical stamp in white before sponging on the greens. The middle tree is attached with dimensionals. I applied Wink of Stella Gold to the Star of the tree top, and die cut the stitched label then placed in my Misti to align the sentiment in the correct place before stamping. A few gold sequins finished my tree scene. I hope you enjoy this card today and thank you for visiting.
Adding to the CAS Mix Up Challenge
Products: Impression Obsession Christmas Tree and Tree Die Set, Frantic Stamper Stitched Fishtail Labels, Sizzix Snow Dots Embossing Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills, Deep Red Musical Flourish Background Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Crushed Olive, Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments, Neenah Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Sequins, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Tea Light Christmas

I have made a few of these tea light cards for friends, and now that I have delivered them I can share these with you. They are easy to make using a die cut whose negative works just as nicely as the positive. For these cards I used Frantic Stamper dies. I die cut then attached acetate to the back of the tent style card. For the star on the left, I applied stickles to the acetate around the open part of the star and left over night to dry. I used the next die down to make the trim of the star, cut in metallic papers, and cut a couple more in smaller sizes, the one on the acetate is on foam dimensionals. After I took the picture I did stamp a sentiment in the bottom right corner. For the ornament, I applied gems to the ornament, and a bow and gold thread. On the inside of both cards I kept it very simple, using a Merry Christmas die that is open in order not to distract from the open window of the card. I put battery operated tea lights in both, and this is what they look like with the lights out.
They are fun to make and very pretty. I made others with large dies that will allow light to come through, so I hope you will make give these a try. And here is a close-up of the star card.

Thank you for visiting today ...
Products: Frantic Stamper Small Stitched Stars, Nested Stitched Stars, Frantic Stamper Finial Ornament Background, Frantic Stamper Jeweled Finial Ornament, Frantic Stamper Merry Christmas Script Sentiment,  Red Metallic Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Gems, Stickles, Gold Cording, Battery Operated Tea Lights..

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Country Christmas

Life is all about Christmas right now .... so another Christmas card. I stamped my base first by colouring my stamp with markers and spritzing lightly with water before stamping. I then did the second layer, colouring the cabin with the dark reds and using the same colours on the trees, then spritzing with water. I stamped the sentiment then die cut the cabin with stitched circles and attached the second layer to fun foam before attaching to the card base, I then added more fun foam to the back of the stitched circle and attached it in place, the coloured the circle with Wink of Stella Brush. I wish it would show up in pictures as it is so pretty IRL. A few sequins finished my country scene ... oh I coloured a yellow hue in the window for the lights inside the cabin. 
Thank you for dropping by today ...
Products: Impression Obsession Winter Cabin and Christmas Sentiments, doCraft Markers, Fun Foam, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins.
 

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Cardinal Christmas

I am continuing to work on my Christmas cards, having finished my cards for Caring Hearts. This is a digital image but I don't know the source for some reason. I watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Zig Brushes then matted with the lavender cardstock, and stamped my sentiment with Intense Black Ink. I am very pleased with how it all turned out.
Thank you for having a look today ...
Products: Unknown Digi, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Shaded Lilac, Broken China; Zig Brushes Brown, Olive Green, Light Carmine, Carmine Red, Scarlet Red, Wine Red, SSS Intense Black.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Asian Lovliness

This is only a sampling of the dies from the latest release by Frantic Stamper called Visions of the East. They are all beautiful. For the above card I used the Fancy Peacock die. I die cut using watercolour paper and coloured using my Zig Brushes. For the background I stenciled using satin embossing paste and added a vellum border stamped in gold embossing powder using the Celebrations stamp set. I added a few gems amongst the feathers and card to finish.
This is the wonderful Koi and background die. As you know I love the CAS look, and I think the paper is beautiful with the Koi as the star. I did cut the background in a soft gray and the Koi in orange cardstock to keep that CAS feel. A funny story with this card to share. While making it my Cockatiel was sitting on the back of my chair. When I die cut the orange Koi and put it on the table, he jumped off and went after it. We had to have a conversation ... that fish is mine .... not his dinner! 
 I used several dies on this card, and more of the beautiful Washi Paper, that can also be purchased at Frantic Stamper. From the Asian release I used the Bamboo Stalks which I coloured with Zigs Brushes. I die cut the Bump Card Scalloped Circles from the Barnyard Fun release and the sentiment is from the Celebrations Stamp Set. 
 If you have watched the video release you will see a bunch of different uses for this beautiful die Chrysanthemum Panel. I cut my panel in Neenah 120lb cardstock to add dimensions with the flowers and coloured using Chameleon Markers. I also embossed my background for even more texture and added a few sequins to finish. This is such a pretty die. 
 For this card I used the 3-step Chrysanthemum Stamp Set, using just one of the petals. I taped off the sentiment portion of my light Ivory cardstock and stamped using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Worn Lipstick, then stamped off with the same colour for the lighter petals. I stamped the sentiment and flourishes in silver embossing powder and did some scoring on each side of the sentiment. I then matted with the pink and attached to a Ivory base. 
And finally for this card I used some of the beautiful Washi Papers along with the Bump Card Scalloped Circle die from the Barnyard Fun release. I die cut the Bonsai in a light green cardstock and painted the pot with gold ink and attaching with dimensionals. I love this die and these papers. 
I hope you have enjoyed my sampling of this latest release and that you will visit Frantic Stamper to see more. 
Thanks for visiting ... have a great day!
Products: All dies from Frantic Stamper, Washi Paper, Frantic Stamper Celebrations Stamp Set, Frantic Stamper 3-step Chrysanthemum Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Arches Watercolour Paper, Gold Metallic Paper, Dylusions Lattice Stencil, Satin Embossing Paste, Orange Gems, Heavy Vellum, Zig Brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Chameleon Markers, Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine Embossing Folder, Silver Embossing Powder, Fantastix Vegas Gold Ink, Sequins.

Glam Birthday

A December birthday card for a dear friend. I had such fun making this card. I tried to make it so it would fit in with the Christmas cards she will be getting from her friends and family. I heat embossed the background stamp using clear embossing powder, then watercoloured with my Zig Brush, adding more colour in certain spots, then die cut my piece using my stitched rectangle die. I die cut the stitched circle and cut the left side to fit my card nicer and then clear embossed my sentiment using Tim Holtz Ripe Persimmon and attached to the card with foam strips. I die cut the wishing sentiment and balloon in the gold glitter paper, and attached the sentiment with glossy accents and the balloon on dimensionals, and also added the gold cording. And, of course I would have to add some sequins for that extra bit of glam. Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Dies are Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles. Wishing and Balloon Craft Dies, Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing Stamp Set; Impression Obsession Swirls and Stars Background Stamp; Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Gold Glitter Paper, Tim Holtz Ripe Persimmon, Zig Brush Scarlet Red, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Ink, Sequins.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Frantic Stamper Giveaway

Here is a chance for you to win this precious die set. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Serene Bamboo

Today I would like to share with you this beautiful stamp called Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e from Art Neko. I wanted to do some watercolouring with this stamp, so I inked the stamp with ink and spritzed with water before stamping. With my aqua brush and a lighter shade of green I added more colour to the bamboo. I then added mustard seed along the right side and a few other spots in the bamboo, including the birds. Once dry I added some tumbled glass ink pulling it out with my aqua brush, and dried once again. I then outlined with my Zig Brush Cobalt Blue and pulled that out a bit with my aqua brush. I thought it would make a very pretty birthday card so I stamped my birthday sentiment and die cut with my stitched rectangular die. I am pleased with the results. Thanks for visiting today ...
Products: Art Neko Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Impression Obsession Birthday Wishes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Zig Brushes Cobalt Blue, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Watercolour Hot Press Paper, Sequins.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

With Sympathy

I don't think any of us like to do Sympathy cards, but life doesn't work that way. Longtime friends suddenly lost their son, which makes it even harder. They live in beautiful British Columbia, so I went with the birch tree  stamp set I have from Altenew. Using my Misti, I arranged the tree trunk and stamped the base, then stamped the top panel. While still in my Misti, I masked the trunk, and stamped the branches, on both the base and the top panel as I did not decide where to cut the top panel until I had it out of my Misti, so best to have it all covered. I cut the top at 2.75 inches and put it back in my Misti to use the magnets to keep it in place while I stamped the leaves in fall colours.  I then added the gray matting and stamped 
the sentiment. Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Birchland, Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend for sentiment, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Memento London Fog.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wishing You

This is my card as part of the design team for Splitcoaststampers' Clean and Simple Challenge. We are to use some kind of Christmas Foliage. I love this Oregon Fir Tree, and I decorate with cuttings from fir trees, so I decided I wanted to use this die. I just wanted a different design from a scene, and this is what I came up with. I die cut the trees using Arches Watercolour Paper and coloured with Zig Brushes in the Olive Green for the tree and Mid Brown for the trunk. For the back tree I painted several layers getting darker as I went, doing the front tree the same, but not quite as dark. I attached the back tree to my embossed card base. I heat embossed my sentiment on the stitched circle, and attached it using dimensionals. I then attached the top tree and added gold sequins to finish. 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Sizzix Snowflurries Embossing Folder, Frantic Stamper Oregon Fir, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Zig Brushes, Neenah Cardstock, Arches Watercolour Paper, Gold Embossing Powder, Dimensionals,  Gold Sequins.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Create

I took a break from my Christmas cards this morning by playing along in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers which covered a Pinterest Page on Journaling. I do not journal about my life, but I do stamp and colour in my Webster Planner. The stamp above was one of the first stamps I used in this years Planner, so I decided to use it for the challenge, and I used this creative note as my inspiration. I did a Bister background with my stencil, which was already on my desk, then stamped my sentiment using black embossing powder to have it stand out from the background, and it adds another layer of texture. I really like the way it turned out. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope your day is Creative.
Products: The Crafters Workshop Rhonda's Fragments, Stamplorations Subway Art Builders Create, Bister Crystal Powders, Black Embossing Powder, Sequins, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden Cardstock, Arches Watercolour Paper.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful for the MISTI blog hop


Welcome, and thank you for joining us for today's 
Thankful for the MISTI Blog Hop.

Giveaway

And yes, there is a fabulous giveaway from 
My Sweet Petunia for two ... yes 2 Misti's!  Your choice
 of the Original or Mini Misti. One for you and one to
 give away to a friend or relative you are thankful for. 
The winner will be drawn from all who leave comments 
on all the blogs in the hop, and will be announced on Monday, November 28th, 2016 on Lydia's Blog.

So, be sure to visit the fabulous designers and leave a comment (one per blog please) for your chance to win.


I am thankful for My MISTI (I have the Mini and the Original) for 
several reasons. My stamping life changed immensely when I bought my Mini Misti. Suddenly stamping became fun and not a chore to be ignored. My Mini Misti has given me the confidence and the push to delve into the stamping world. 
And, I have never looked back! With the Misti, I can ink my image as many times as needed to get that beautiful finished look. If I miss part of my stamp when inking, not a problem, I re-apply the ink and stamp again. And, my stamped images are straight - finally, which makes such a difference to a finished card. I could go on, but let us get on with the hop!

 Following is my card that I made for today's hop. 
I lined up my paper following the lines on the Mini Grid 
Paper. I did not need to use the magnets as I was 
stamping on 140lb watercolour paper with a cling foam stamp. My experience has been the paper stays in place, and it did. I inked my image several times for that great impression, but I also wiped the stamp and inked in a different colour for this image. 
I then trimmed my paper down and sponged on additional distress inks in Fossilised  Amber and Ripe Persimmon.

With my aqua brush I activated the distress inks, adding
 a bit more of the Rusty Hinge as need. 
 
 I then matted my panel to black cardstock and adhered
 to my card base and place it back in my Misti to add some leaves falling, but wanted  a bit of pop, so I stamped my leaves in Intense Black. And, as this little leaf is very old, it took several inking's to get that good impression.
I then added my sentiment, also stamped in the 
Intense Black Ink. 
 
My finished card with a few sequins added for a 
bit of sparkle.
Thank you for visiting me today, following is a list of
the designers participating in today's hop.

Iliana Crouse
Lydia Fiedler
Kia Gibson-Clapper you are here
Dina Kowal
Jeanne Streiff
Daniela Dobson
Ceal Pritchett
Maureen Wong
Laura Fulcher
My Sweet Petunia

Enjoy the Hop!
Products used: Deep Red Weathered Wall, Kaiser Craft Friendship Sentiments, Inkadinkado Mini Leaves, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Arches 140lb Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Cardstock, Sequins.
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