Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Muse 238 - If the Hat Fits....


Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Kim brought us a sweet Halloween Inspiration:


I focused on Kim's:
-Hallowe'en theme
-Colours (black, orange, yellow and white)
-graphic black stripes

I created a very (VERY) simple watercolour wash background with Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers on Bristol. The markers blend really easily on this smooth paper with just a bit of water.




I used:



SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of SugarPea Designs' Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks!

Today we're introducing Flurry of Warm Wishes and Pinecone Greetings.

To make my pine cones, I inked up the solid stamp with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo before spritzing with water. This makes each pine cone completely unique and adds a ton of texture. Once my panel was completely dry, I stamped the layering stamp on top using a very dark brown ink.  I stamped my sentiment and blended Tea Dye distress ink and added Diamond Stickles down the two edges of the panel. A pop of red gives this rustic card a festive feel.



I love snowflakes and I this set has some of my all time favourites! They are delicate and so pretty!

I started by stamping 2 flakes and my sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I blended Tumbled Glass over the whole panel, revealing those two flakes and the sentiment in white. Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped 2 more flakes and embossed them. Then I blended Salty Ocean over the whole panel, revealing the 2 white flakes and 2 pale blue flakes. One more time, stamped and embossed and then blended with Chipped Sapphire ink, now revealing 3 different coloured snowflakes. You need patience for the dry time but it's important because you're laying up embossing powder, which will stick if there is any moisture on your panel.

Be sure to stop by the SugarPea blog for more details, inspiration and chances to win!

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of SugarPea Designs' Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks.


Today we have a set that really spoke to my accountant-heart - it's a grid to make a bar chart! YAY!

I stamped the chart in a pale grey so that the bars would pop in festive colours.


So after making my bar chart, I started thinking about how else to use these stamps. How about one of the bars as a base for your focal image? Or the grid as a background (think embossed in gold!!). Or colour in the squares to make a pixellated image? Fun! So even if you're not a chart-geek, there's lots of reasons to love this set!

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Monday, 16 October 2017

SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of the SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks! Oh, you're going to love this release - so many great stamp sets and dies!



Up first is Eskimo Kisses, a set of adorable critters all dressed up for winter. And we've got some new basic dies - Stitched Borders I.

I used the ZigZag Stitched Borders I to create some masks and blended ink for my ocean and the straight Border to edge my focal panel.  I stamped and coloured some icebergs - my little fishing penguin is towing along some gifts for his friends!

For this card, I just masked and masked! It's easy to cut multiple masks by stamping on top of a small stack (max 4) of sticky notes and then cut them all at once. Then stamping a scene like this goes very quickly. Colouring took a little while, but my limited colour scheme helped with that.

Be sure to check out the SugarPea blog for more details and chances to win!



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Sunday, 15 October 2017

FS558 - Joy to the World


Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Tracie (aka taclary)!

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Tracie's:
-rainbow of graphic shapes
-popped up sentiment

I changed:
-technique
-season

I started with the Ornamental background from the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection. I placed it in my MISTI and then inked up sections in a rainbow of Catherine Pooler inks.

I used:

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Muse 237 - Merry Christmas


Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge where Tracey has given us a gorgeous one-layer inspiration:



I focused on Tracey's:
-layout (plant in the top corner, sentiment in the opposite bottom corner)
-plant theme
-partial colouring
-limited colour scheme

I used:
-Avery Elle Stamptemer Merry Mistletoe set (sold out)


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval - Release Day


It's release day for the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection! If you are on the waitlist, you can purchase it now. If you are not on the waitlist - if there are any left, they will be available tonight at 6 pm. (UPDATED at 6PM - There are some boxes left - if you want it, click here!)

I've got two more projects to show you using the stamps and dies from this amazing box of goodies!

Stamps: Ornamental Background, Good Stuff
Inks: Flirty Fuschia, Tiki Torch, Party Dress, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, Black Jack, Versamark

This one even had DT members asking me how I did it! With some selective ink blending, I managed to make the white-embossed ornaments colourful centres and look like they are on a dark background.

I started with white cardstock and embossed the whole background stamp with white embossing powder. Using daubers, I blended coloured ink into each ornament centre. Then, I used a Q-tip and Black Jack ink to apply ink between the ornaments.  Here's a quick video:








Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling
Dies: Good Stuff
Inks: Rockin' Red, Lime Rickey, Midnight

This one is simple but with big impact. I cut the tag and inset panel from white cardstock. I blended Rockin' Red ink on one edge and Lime Rickey on the other, not quite meeting in the middle (these two complimentary colours do not make a pretty blend when together!) Then I stamped my trees, sentiment and Santa's sleigh and added some pretty ribbons.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

FS557, MCV86 - Holiday Happiness


Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper, Rochelle (aka beechwood).

I chose this card as my inspiration:


I focused on Rochelle's:
-snowflakes, trees, penguins and snowmen
-fun fold

I changed:
-card to tag
-colours and layout

This is the first time I've used the new Essentials By Ellen Concertina Tag die. I love that you can make a scene that continues on the 3 panels.


The front portion of my tag was also inspired by the current Muse: ChristmasVisions, where Chriss gave us a crittery inspiration:


I focused on Chriss'
-3 focal images
-snowy background

I used:

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog Hop - Day 1




Welcome to Day 1 of the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! You should have come from Catherine's blog (full blog list below)
If you’re new to Stamp of Approval – click here to check out everything you need to know about this amazing collection of Stamps, Dies and other goodies.
And make sure you are on the wait list so you get access to the collection at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 10th before the public. These collections almost always sell out, so if you're liking what you're seeing on the blog hop, you'll want to ensure that you have an opportunity to get your hands on this collection!
Christmas cards are my favourite to make - I love making them all year long - they're bright and cheerful and happy! And this collection is absolutely full of wonderful products - like the Ornamental Background stamp that I masked and stamped for this card. I love the retro feel of these ornaments and the whimsy of these bright colours.

Stamps: Ornamental Background, 'Tis the Season
Dies: Scalloped Rectangle (Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval collection)
Inks: Rockin' Red, Tiki Torch, Aquatini, Lime Rickey




For a completely different, more elegant feeling, I also made this:
Stamps: 'Tis the Season
Dies: Wreath of Joy
Inks: Midnight, Rockin' Red, Tutti Frutti

I started by smooshing Rockin' Red and Tutti Frutti onto some watercolour cardstock. Once it was dry, I cut out the 'Joy' die from Wreath of Joy and inlaid it into my popped up sentiment strip.  I randomly stamped a branch from 'Tis the Season - I thought about colouring it but I thought it looked so pretty just in black and white. I did emboss it with some sparkly embossing powder for sparkle. I love how the red pops! 

Finally, I used some of the sentiments in the Here we Come A-Caroling set to create a Christmas Carol!
Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling
Dies: WinterHaven
Inks: Fiesta Blue, Something Borrowed, Black Jack

I embossed the star and 3 sentiments in white before blending a night sky with Fiesta Blue, Something Borrowed and Black Jack. I used the Winterhaven dies to create my snowline, trees and church with warm, welcoming lights.






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Friday, 6 October 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

IB66 - AJVD Poinsettia


I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this pretty, traditional Christmas Card. I'm also linking up to the current Inspired by All the Little Things. Here's the inspiration photo:


I focused on:
-one big, pink bloom with lots of texture and variation in colour
-soft greenery
-diagonal lines

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

MUSE236 - Thank You


Here's my card for this week's Muse, where Anita gave us an inspiration that uses a fun technique and autumn colours:


I focused on Anita's:
-inky technique (although I used a different one)
-fall theme
-thank you
-use of vellum

I started by stamping (using a faux-watercolour technique with markers and water) solid, multi-colour leaves in a random pattern onto watercolour cardstock. The Nuvo mist bottle is fabulous for this technique (mini-misters probably are, too) - you really want a very fine mist of water to evenly cover the stamp. After they were dry, I overstamped with the outline stamps and Versamark ink. I then embossed the outlines with gold. I didn't worry about lining them up perfectly - it adds to the movement of the leaves, I think.

For the sentiment strip, I stamped and embossed my sentiment on one strip. I cut a second strip slightly wider and embossed the whole thing so that the gold would match. I used strong adhesive to ensure that the strips would stick together.

To adhere the vellum to the cardbase, I used the same strong adhesive tape under the sentiment strip and small dots of liquid adhesive under the sequins, so that no adhesive is visible through the vellum.

I used some of Catherine Pooler's new Chocolate Premium Cardstock - it is a perfect weight for a cardbase and so smooth!

Here's a quick video:



I used:

Sunday, 1 October 2017

BCRF Blog Hop


Good morning! I am so honoured to have been asked to join in a very special blog hop using the Ellen Hutson BCRF Set Courage. Be sure to hop along and see all the inspiring projects made by some really amazing people (blog roll below).

I made two cards (and a quick video!) using some faux-watercolouring techniques and my favourite pink ink - Lawn Fawn Plastic Flamingo!





I used: