Monday, October 20, 2014

Little Creatures Christmas

Happy Monday everyone! I have a quick little card today for this week's challenge at Less is More. The theme for this challenge is to incorporate little creatures on your card. I chose this cute little mouse (it is a digi and I can't recall from where) that I coloured with Copics and a gold pen. I stamped some polka dots in versa mark and heat embossed them and the sentiment with gold embossing powder. For the fine purple strip under the mouse and sentiment I simply coloured a 1/4" x 4 1/4" strip of white cardstock with the darkest purple copic that I used to colour the bauble and layered it under the shortened card front which I then layered over the gold embossed polka dot paper.

Stamps - Digi stamp (?), Tremendous Treats Christmas, Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper - Neena Solar White
Ink - Versa Mark, Gold EP, Copics -various, Gold Pen

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jingle Bell Christmas

This week's challenge at Less Is More is to create a one layer card with two of something on it. I decided on stamping two of these cute jingle bells from PTI. I stamped the first bell, masked it and then stamped the second to appear behind the first. I then coloured them with copics (haven't done much colouring lately, need to do some practicing) and ended up adding a few sequins since I managed to get a spot of black ink on my card and had to hide that.

Stamps - Tremendous Treats Christmas (PTI)
Paper - Neena Solar White
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics - C3, C5, R14, R27, R29, R59, YG11, YG13, YG17, Gold pen, White gel pen
Other - sequins

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Silver Dipped Die Cuts

Hope everyone in Canada enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend. Great food, beautiful weather and family time - can't get any better than that.

I decided to play along with PTI's Make It Monday this week. You can check out Danielle Flanders video here on adding dipped die cuts to your project. I dipped my die cuts in  silver and used the latest sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch for my card design.

I stamped some white CS with Polka Dot Basics and die cut my snowflakes from that as well as vellum. I dipped the edges of my snowflakes in silver embossing powder and layered these over the vellum snowflakes - you can see the vellum a little better in the closeup. The sentiment is from Tremendous Treats Christmas which I also embossed in silver.

Stamps - Tremendous Treats Christmas, Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Dies - Fancy Flakes (PTI)
Paper - Neena Solar White CS, Everyday Moments (Teresa Collins), Vellum
Ink - Sky (CTMH), Versa Mark, silver EP

Other - Silver Glitter strip

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall Colours Birthday Wishes

Happy Saturday! I am supposed to be doing laundry and cleaning my house, but took some time out to play along with this week's Less is More colour challenge - Autumn's Bounty - to use fall colours on your project. I based my card design on this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!

The inspiration for the technique used here came from the very talented Laura Bassen. I am a huge fan of Laura's style and use of colour, you can check out her card here.  I stamped my polka dot image directly onto my card front and coloured the circles in with Copics. I die cut the word Happy from the card front and a couple of times from plain white card stock (if I were to do this again I would cut out at least one more die cut so it would stand out more). I then glued the die cuts together and replaced the the word back onto my card (I backed the inside of the card with white cardstock to give me something to glue the word to). I heat embossed the word Birthday in white EP on black and voila! Love how this turned out. I am still struggling to find a good spot in my new home to photograph my cards, but this one didn't turn out too bad.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Wet Paint (PTI)
Paper - Neena Solar White, black CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, White EP, Copics - E13, E15, E08, Y11, Y21, Y17, YG93, YG95, YG97
Other - Wet Paint Die (PTI), 3D foam

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mostly Words - Stamping with Glass Blocks and Distress Inks

I thought I would play along with this week's challenge at Less is More - Mostly Words. This challenge requires words to be the focal point of the card.
I started out by inking up a 3" x 3" stamping block with Antique Linen distress ink, spattering some Broken China ink over the surface and stamping on watercolour paper. I ended up with a number of different versions, varying spraying the inked block or the watercolour paper with water. The card below was created by die cutting some of the stamped block images.

For the Thanks card below I stamped my block directly on an A2 watercolour card base. I got a couple of spots of ink on the card so ended up purposely spattering the whole card front with distress ink using a toothbrush.

And finally this Birthday card, I matted one of my trimmed stamped images with watercolour paper and popped it on my card base with 3D foam.

Stamps - Wet Paint (PTI)
Paper - watercolour paper, black, blue/green CS
Ink - Antique Linen, Broken China (Ranger), Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, White EP
Other - Wet Paint Dies (PTI), 3D foam

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop - Cozy Colours

Thought I would take a few moments today to participate in this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink. Nichole has provided a beautiful inspiration photo for this month's hop. I chose to be inspired by the colours in the photo and created a birthday card for my mom.

Maile Belles posted a technique on her blog last month using cutout panels on her card front to reveal the paper underneath. I did the same here revealing a piece of Smokey Shadow CS that has been textured with the Linen texture plate from PTI - it is difficult to see in the photo.

Stamps - The Sweet Life, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Paper - Neena Solar White CS, Smokey Shakow CS (PTI)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Blush, Hollyhock, Vineyard Berry, Garden Green, Olive (CTMH)
Other - Linen Texture Plate (PTI), rhinestones, 3D foam

Monday, August 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop - Touch of Gold Stationary


Good Morning all. Thought I would take the August Blog Hop challenge at Papertrey Ink today. Love this inspiration photo of stationary by Kate Spade.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge - love embossing with gold - wanted to create more but didn't have the time. I used Maille Belles' great stamp set called 'Live Love Life'. Love the graphics and font in this set. The paper I used has a deeper, richer colour in real life - still haven't found a good spot to photograph my work in my new home.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

PTI - Stamp-a-faire - Renaissance - Wax Seals

My second card for the Renaissance era showcases a wax seal. What fun! Really enjoyed making this card and plan to do more in the future.

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI), Alphabet stamp
Paper - Rustic White CS (PTI), Black CS, patterned paper
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark
Other - gold sealing wax, black twill ribbon

PTI - Stamp-a-faire - Renaissance - Velvet Stamping

Still plugging away here. Nichole Heady has a couple of wonderful videos on the Renaissance Era. This card features velvet stamping. I had a really difficult time photographing this card, with the difficult to see image on the velvet, the silver embossed frame and sentiment and the deep purple of the cardstock. I also could not get a very good image on my velvet with an iron and stamp as shown in the video. I tried on this black velvet and also on some velvet ribbons that I have, thinking they may have been made from a different fiber. I ended up stamping on the velvet with versa mark and embossing with clear embossing powder. I hope it still counts. I used the center of the largest image of the Hands of Time stamp set for my velvet stamping, even thought it is difficult to see, it does look pretty good.

This card is actually a deep purple and the frame and sentiment are silver embossed.

Stamps - Hands of Time, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Std. Circles Lg (Spellbinders)
Paper - purple CS, White CS
Ink - versa mark, silver EP
Other - black pearls, black velvet

PTI - Stamp-a-faire - Ancient Rome - Mosaics

Lizzie's second technique is inspired by Roman mosaics. In her video she shows three different ways to explore this art form. I chose to create a stamp using self adhesive fun foam and emboss resist. I didn't have a mosaic type cover plate so used my hexagon plate. This is a fun technique and I do like how it turned out.

Stamps - Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Hexagon Coverplate (PTI)
Paper - Rustic White CS (PTI), Sunset CS
Ink - Pear, Clover Meadow, Smoothie, Sunset, Moonstruck, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, Clear Embossing powder
Other - button, hemp