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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Casology ROUGH

Here is a card that I made for the Rough challenge...I used an embossed card front for a non smooth texture, the bloom is water coloured on Arches rough w/c card and the sentiment die cut says it all...we are stronger than we know sometimes and can get through some rough times!

PTI Gilded in Gold

Gilded in Gold challenge with Danielle Flanders 

Here is my card for the Gilded in Gold challenge that Danielle has going on for the Papertrey Ink 2016 Stamp-A Faire.
I was inpired from one of the masters, Manet's Lillacs in Glass, but changed the colours and mine is in the PTI pint jar.  I used stamps from Frienship Jar Flowers and Art with Heart sets.  Inked up in various colours (Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Buttercup and Hibiscus Burst) sprayed the stamps with water and stamped onto Arches W/C paper.  The scripty and classy Thanks is also PTI and I cut from a gold pearlized sheet and layered another die cut from W/C paper.  The vellum pint jar is also swiped with some platinum ink for a little more interest.  I loved making this little bouquet!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

Welcome all Christmas card makers!
It's time to get creative with Muse Christmas Visions again this week and my card is a simple one! Copic colouring, masking, some liquid pearls for the center, a background stamp, embossed sentiment and some black paint flecks...because in my haste to add a sentiment, I did not use my embossing buddy to prepare the card front, so I had a few stray speck of black embossing powder that I was not happy with :(  

My solution was to mix up the black from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints and flick some more black onto the card front!  

I am not a seasoned Copic colouring user at all!  But, I wanted to give it a try.
If you want to give this a go on any Christmas image and link up to the MCV linkup, I would love to see what you come up with!  

As this is a one layer card, I will be sending over to the 

One-Layer Simplicity challenge for July


30 Day Coloring challenge

I am looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday, Friend!

I made this card for a dear, sweet friend's birthday (a late mailing...) and I see that it can qualify for a few challenges!  Bonus :)
I was quite anxious to use this new to me stamp from Concord & 9th and I have so many colour combos swirling in my head.  I first white heat embossed onto bristol card.  The detail on this stamp is amazing and I used a WOW superfine white EP.  It worked like a charm!
I used my Zigs to water colour the tiny images.  The Happy is a Memory Box die that I cut from the same bristol and again applied the colour with Zigs in a gradient fashion.  The birthday is from Winnie & Walter and the Friend is a PTI stamp.  The main panel was cut with an Avery Elle Elements die.  
Happy to finally send this card out and it is also on it's way over to the following challenges.  Oh, Happy 4th of July !

Curtain Call 

Memory Box sketch

Simon Says Anything Goes

CAS-ual Fridays Colour Challenge

Thursday, June 30, 2016

All in a Row

It has been forever since I have been able to play along with CASology and this week, with the help of a few days off from work, is the week to play!

I have seen pineapples all around Blogland and stores and ads.  I don't have anything new in any pineapple form, but this teeny, neglected oldie from Stampin Up has finally seen some ink (DI Fossilized Amber) and other paints and has been stamped all in a row, within my rows of stripes (again with the stripes)!  The big Thank You is from Concord and 9th and I heat embossed with a Hero Arts fern green.  A few seed beads finish it off.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ellen meets Evelin...

Another entry for the Share the Love Week going on at Ellen Hutson's The Classroom and the Winnie and Walter.  This card is for the Mood Board Inspiration challenge (Day 5) and boy oh boy, such wonderful inspiration! I have gone in a different direction for my style of card making, CAS, but a one layer modern with a twist on the sentiment.  I am having a lot of fun using stamps from both of the companies and stretching my imagination with my limited stamp supplies.

I focused on the smart striped dress and cardigan for pattern and colour and was further inspired to incorporate the little bird!  I used the Essentials by Ellen 2 Turtle Doves from the 12 Days by Julie set and words from the Winnie & Walter set The Big, the Bold and the Happy.  I was going to snip the #2 from the turtle doves, but seeing the today and always sentiment phrase in the Evelin T So Tweet set convinced me to leave it in tact (:  I also saw that these words (day-and-always) were in the Big, the Bold and the Happy and they are a little larger, so I decided to use these.  The little sprig of hearts and leaves from the Evelin T set is THE CUTEST!  I stamped all with Memento Tuxedo black and my MISTI over the already dried stripes on Arches W/C card.
Not sure if I should place a few sequins...
Anyway...thanks for peeking in and I hope that you have some time to play with this special challenge!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy New (retirement) Life

Playing along with Winnie & Walter featuring Essentials by Ellen again for the Day 3 challenge - Backgrounds.

Here is my card that I made for a dear friend that will be retiring from a 37 year "stint" at a National airline.  Her name is Margaret and I wanted to create my background with Julie's organic feel daisy (for the french Marguerite) floral from Bohemian Garden and I paired a leaf from Winnie & Walter's 
Anna's Flora set.  

I started by blending some Salty Ocean distress ink onto a bristol card and then sprayed with water and blotted up some of the water droplets.  When completely dried, I stamped the daisy in Versamark ink and white heat embossed, then the same with the leaf shape.  I had seen Jennifer McGuire's video with removing DI's from a stamped floral (Julie's Mondo Hydrangea) and immediately fell in love with this technique and have finally been able to give this a try.  I was not sure it would work on bristol card, but it did!  Probably not as well as it would on W/C card, but it was a great experiment!
For the sentiment, I white heat embossed three words from the 
W&W set "The Big, the Bold and the Happy".  So many great words in the set to create for different occasions!  As an afterthought, I repeated the spongeing and heat embossing and ink lifting on a scrap of bristol and created two more leaves to flank the sentiment.
Thanks for peeking in and have a great day!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

So Loved

I am playing, for the first time, with Inspired by 
All the Little Things challenge #20.  
I could not resist the inspiration photo this week!

here it is

I immediately thought of a typewriter in a dreamy aqua colour...

I was a very lucky girl in May and won a Mini MISTI and this beautiful 
You are Enough stamp set from Concord & 9th.  My typewriter is a stamp from (not quite sure..Hero Arts?) that I stamped in an aqua colour and then used a couple of Copics to deepen the colour.  I also used glossy accents on the coloured areas, but it does not show in the photo.  The gorgeous floral was stamped with SU Cameo Coral and then I went over with Copic markers.

Thanks for peeking in and have a great day!