Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Watercolour Birthday

Hello all, I am getting this one in under the wire. This is my second entry into Altenew's monthly inspiration challenge.

I used a water colour wash technique described in this video. I white heat embossed my stamped images and then painted with distress inks. I spattered yellow, blue and black ink over the piece and went over the flowers with Wink of Stella. I think this method would have worked better if the images had larger open spaces. I didn't get the contrast I wanted with the distress inks since I don't own a lot of colours, so I went in with a coloured pencil to darken some of the shadows.

Stamps - Remember This, Birthday Greeting, Peony Bouquet, Freeform Greenery (Altenew)
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), Building Blocks (PTI)
Paper - Watercolour Paper (Ranger), Black CS, White CS (PTI)
Ink - VersaMark, White EP, Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Wink of Stella, Prismacolor Pencils
Other - Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), fun foam

Friday, November 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop - Celebrate the Season

I hope that all of our American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Today, I am playing along with Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop.


There are so many directions that you could go with this beautiful holiday photo. I was inspired by the turquoise boxes with gold dots, the shimmery white of the tree and the stocking.

  In the closeup you can better see that I coloured the stockings with a Copic marker, gold pen and Wink of Stella on the toes, heels and cuffs.
Stamps - Wet Paint Holiday, Tremendous Treats Holiday (PTI)
Dies - Birthday Cheer, Building Blocks (PTI)
Paper - Neena Classic Crest Solar White CS, Hawaiian Shores CS, True Black CS (PTI), Gold Foil CS (DCWV)
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic - BG13, Gold pen, Wink of Stella, VersaMark, White EP
Other - Gold sequins

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Your Birthday!

Today I have a card for this month's Inspiration Challenge at Altenew. I also used this week's sketch at CAS(E)thisSketch! I stamped my images onto Neena Classic Crest Solar White and coloured with  Copics. I created some Peerless Watercolor splatters and added the heat embossed sentiment raised on fun foam.

Here is the pretty inspiration photo:

and a great sketch:
Stamps - Persian Motifs, Birthday Wishes (Altenew)
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Neena Solar White, Lagoon CS (CTMH), textures black CS (stash)
Ink - VersaMark, White EP, Copics - Y11,15, 17, R20, 14, 27, BG10, 13, 23, Peerless Watercolors
Other - fun foam, rhinestones

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fall Blooms

Happy Halloween everyone! Today I have a card for the monthly inspiration challenge at Altenew. I have had this card sitting on my desk for over a week waiting to be photographed, then when I had the time had no sun. Thankfully mother nature co-operated today and brought me some sun.

Here is the inspiration photo:

I have a limited supply of Altenew stamps, am waiting anxiously for my latest order to arrive. I inked up my Peony Bouquet stamp set for this challenge, love this set.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet, Birthday Wishes (Altenew)
Dies - A2 Basics (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink - Buttercup, Chocolate, Brown Bag, Garden Green (CTMH)
Other - Fun foam, rhinestones

Monday, September 19, 2016

Birthday Balloons

This month at Altenew, May Park has provided us with a 'Craft Room' inspiration photo. You can check out the challenge here.

I was inspired by the colours, the circular shape of the washi rolls and the stripes. 

I stamped the balloon image from 'Birthday Wishes', inking with the lighter shade first, rock and rolling one side in a darker ink, then spritzing with water before stamping, which gave each balloon a cool marble look and made them all slightly different. After die cutting my card front, I lightly sprayed with home made shimmer mist. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, the word Happy coloured in with a copic marker and Wink of Stella. I popped the sentiment up on foam and adhered over a die cut piece of vellum. You can see the shimmer in the picture below.

Here is the inspiration photo:
Stamps - Birthday Wishes (Altenew)
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), A2 Matting Basics (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), vellum
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Cotton Candy, Tulip, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Sunkiss Yellow, Sunflower (CTMH), Perfect Pearls, Wink of Stella, Copic BG01

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papetrey Ink August Blog Hop - Bold Bloom

Hello all, today is the day of Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. Nichole gave us an inspiration photo with some beautiful colours and texture.

Here is my card:

and here is the inspiration photo:
I created a few watercolour panels the other night with the intent of using one of them as a background for a card. When this particular panel dried, it looked so much like a flower that I decided to make it the focal point. I drew in some lines for petals and stamens (I feel that I should do more but am afraid of ruining it) and stamped the sentiment in Navy ink (I really do need to get myself a Misti - crooked again).

Stamps - Hands of Time (PTI)
Paper - Watercolour Paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select White CS for base (PTI)
Ink - Peerless Watercolours, Outdoor Denim (CTMH)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Peony Birthday Wishes

Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer. Haven't posted in a while. Today I have a card for Altenew's August inspiration challenge - you can find details here. I love the look of greys and pinks so when I saw the inspiration photo I knew I had to play along.

I stamped the beautiful floral image from Peony Bouquet in pinks and heat embossed the outline after the ink was dry with Silver EP. I die cut a card stock frame and heat embossed it with silver to match. Stamped my sentiment on vellum with StazOn ink, glued it between two frame die cuts then popped the frame up with 3D foam. I didn't have any black enamel dots so I heat embossed some green ones I had with black EP.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet, Birthday Greetings (Altenew)
Dies - Keep It Simple Frames (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Vellum
Ink - Morning Mist, Evening Gray, Lava Rock (Altenew), Baby Pink, Blush, Hollyhock (CTMH), Versamark, Silver EP, Black EP
Other - Enamel Dots

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Making Changes

Edited Sunday August 31 - So I have changed my header once again, actually to something a little simpler and what I was initially looking for. When I have more time I will figure out how to change the colours for my titles etc. to match my header. Hope you are having a good day.

Change is good right? So, I got it into my head yesterday that I wanted to update my blog header. Using Photoshop Elements and an image of a more recent card, I created a new header that I was fairly happy with. I wanted to see how it looked on my blog, so I removed my old header, added the new and wasn't 100% happy with it. When I tried to put my old header back into place it didn't fit properly and for the life of me I could not remember how I had resized it so many years ago. I have just enough computer knowledge to get done what I have to and just enough to also get me into trouble. So the new header it is. I wanted to change the colours for the rest of my blog, but again could not remember how I had done this in the past and did not want to find myself in the position of totally messing up my blog. Oh well, hopefully I can tweek it here and there in the next while.

Hope everyone is having fabulous long weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop - Watercolour Wishes

I didn't think I was going to be able to get a card in for this month's hop at Papertrey Ink, but managed to make a quick watercolour card using Kay Miller's method from this past weekend's Stamp-a-Faire event. I was inspired by the colours and the florals in the pillow.

For the first card I created using this technique I used Distress Inks and for this one I used regular dye inks. I prefer the results with Distress Inks, need to get more colours.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps - The Sweet Life, Hooray (PTI)
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Ink - Lagoon, Tulip, Sunset, Baby Pink (CTMH), Versafine - Onyx Black
Paper - 140 lb. Watercolour Paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select CS (PTI)
Other - raindrops (PTI)

SAF 2016 - Farewell

This year's Stamp-a-Faire event at Papertrey Ink is coming to a close tomorrow morning. I didn't complete as many of the challenges that I had hoped to, but did enjoy all of the inspiration and videos from the design team - I think this was my favourite year yet. Fabulous job girls! Here is a picture of what I did get done. I started a card for Lexi's Color Blocking, but just as I was finishing it up I messed up on my inking and didn't have the opportunity to start over. Great techniques and ideas to try in the future.

Thanks for visiting.