Monday, 16 October 2017

CAS Watercolour mid month reminder

It's the middle of October so time to pull out the leaf dies and stamps and join in the CAS Watercolour challenge.  It's also CAS Watercolour's 1st birthday and to celebrate with some prizes πŸ™Œ.  This month our guest designer is Marcia Hill, Marica is such a talented card maker please stop by and check out some of her beautiful creations.

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Come play along for a chance to win!

For my card I put some Distress Oxide inks on an acrylic block and spritzed with water.  I placed the block on watercolour paper and weighted it down for a little while and then removed the block.  The puddle of colour gave some pretty autumnal tones.  I stamped the watercolour with a script stamp from Chocolate Baroque and adhered a pretty wooden leaf.  I hope you like it,

Card Recipe
Stamps: Cholcolate Baroque
Paper: Hot press watercolour, Kraft
Ink: Distress oxides, Ranger archival potting soil
Accessories: Wooden leaf
Techniques: Acrylic block stamping

Monday, 9 October 2017

What a beautiful fall Vancouver is getting

Hi everyone, I think I missed the reminder about the end of the summer, here in Vancouver the sun won't go away, can you believe it in October it's still sunny.  I was in the UK recently and it was they typical rain, sun , and wind.  Good Welsh weather πŸ˜‰
To honor the end of summer and the gentle slide into fall I have created a fall leaf watercolour card.
I stamped the leaf using Ranger Archival potting soil then pulled out my elegant writer and drew over some of the lines of the leaf, then with a watercolour brush I pulled the ink into the leaf. The black elegant writer ink separates into browns and blues when water is added. The background is Distress oxide inks on an acrylic block spritzed with water, the block was then placed on Hot press watercolour paper and weighted down to allow the colour to absorb.  I popped up the watercolour background with foam to give it a little dimension.

I'm entering this for the following challenges
CAS Watercolour
Less is more #349 Hot and spicy colours
CAS on Friday #118 Fall/Haloween

I'd love to hear from you 😊

Card Recipe
Stamps: Stampendous, Paper artsy
Paper: Watercolour, 110lb white
Ink: Distress Oxides, Ranger archival
Accessories: Elegant writer, Acrylic Block
Techniques: Elegant writer watercolouring, Acrylic block background,

Monday, 2 October 2017

CAS Watercolour October Challenge- Fall Leaves

Hi everyone it's time for Octobers CAS Watercolour Challenge which is fall leaves.

It's also CAS Watercolour's first birthday, can you believe it's been one whole year of watercolour fun.

To celebrate there are some prizes to be won, don't miss out head across and check out the Design team and our guest Designer Marcia Hill cards for some inspiration.

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Now for my card I used some watercolour tissue paper I had left over from a crafty get together a little while a ago.  This one had some great flecks of gold from Delicata gold ink and Distress oxide inks mixed in.  I adhered the tissue paper to card stock and die cut it with an octagonal stitched die. The leaves were die cut from foil duct tape stuck to card and the Alcohol inks were dripped over the the leaves to give them a nice autumn look, once dry I glued them to the card.

I would love to see your comments and happy to answer your questions 😊

Card Recipe
Stamps: Purple Onion sentiment (discontinued)
Paper: Tissue paper, white 110lb, Black
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Octagon stitched layered dies, Leaf dies (alliexpress), foil tape, Alcohol Inks, Ladybug Cabuchone from Alliexpress.
Techniques: Watercolour on Tissue paper, Alcohol inks on foil

Saturday, 16 September 2017

CAS Watercolour September Mid Month Reminder

Hi everyone, the middle of September came around so quickly, now I'm wondering where did the summer go 😊.
Here is my reminder card for CAS watercolour Silhouettes.  Pop by and check out the design teams awesome work and our guest designer Birgit Edblom or Biggan as she is known at Split Coast Stampers.
Silhouettes make for quick and easy cards when you have some backgrounds available.  This one is a selection of blue distress oxide inks on a craft mat and spritzed with water.  The mixed media paper is smooshed onto the craft mat and dried between each layer.  I used this great Memory box silhouette stamp and some white Stampendous frantage embossing enamel for the snow.  I used the Memory Box Sheer circle edge die to follow the snow drifts.

I would love to see your thoughts on my cards, so please leave a comment if you have time.

Card Recipe
Stamps:Memory box, Penny black,
Paper: 110lb white,black, mixed media
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Die, White frantage
Techniques: Distress Oxidee Background, Silhouette stamp

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Craft Stampers Guest Designer

Most of you know that in July I won Craft Stampers monthly challenge. The prize is profile on their blog, a guest designer place and a two page spread in their monthly magazine which is due out in November.
This is the card I submitted as a Guest Designer. I had so much fun playing with Distress Oxide inks and embossing paste and stamps, it seemed so fitting to use this great stamp by Viva Las Vegas with the mason jar with the paint brushes.

Thanks for dropping by and I love to hear you comments.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Viva Las Vegas, Penny Black, Unity
Paper: Mixed Media, Black, 110lb white
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Stencil, embossing paste, distress oxide, zig markers
Techniques: Mixed Media, embossing paste

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Jellyfish Birthday wishes

I just purchased a new stamp set by Visible Image called Dare to Swim, I love underwater images so the jellyfish really caught my eye.
I taped my watercolour paper to a cutting mat and masked off the edges, for me this is a little hit or miss because often the water colour seeps under the tape. I painted an ombre  watercolour wash background using my Peerless watercolour book using two blues one darker than the other. I stamped the jellyfish and coloured the hood using a black promarker and added a white line for the reflection.  I used the Altnew halftone stencil with platinium inka gold to add very subtle circles over the watercoloured area.  I added the silhouette fish swimming along the bottom of the card and used a Happy Birthday sentiment from Purple Onion. (I think they may have discontinued this one).  Finally I added some clear sequins to represent bubbles.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: Purple Onion sentiment, Visible image
Paper: Watercolour, Navy, 110lb White
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Stencil, Viva decor Inca Gold, Sequins, white gel pen, black promarker
Techniques: Watercolour Wash, Stenciling, Silhouettes.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

CAS Watercolour September Challenge- Silhouettes

This months theme for CAS Watercolour challenge is to use a Silhouette with your watercolour.  I love silhouette stamps they pack such a punch against a colourful background.  Your silhouettes can be either die cut or stamped images, I'm sure you have something, so come on by and play.

For my card I used some of my watercolour tissue paper I made a few weeks ago adhered it to card stock using some 3 M spray adhesive and then stamped with a crows on a branch stamp from Katzelkraft.  I used a hexagon die to cut out the image and then again with a  hexagon die for the frame.

Come on over to see the design team and our guest designer is Birgit Egblom (Biggan at Split coast stampers)s amazing display of art work.

Card Recipe
Stamps: KatzelKraft, Rubbernecker
Paper: 110lb Linen, tissue paper,
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Distress Oxides, hexagonal dies
Techniques: Tissue paper, Silhouette stamping

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

CAS Watercolour Mid Month Reminder for August Salty backgrounds

It's time again for CAS Watercolour mid month reminder to use salt in your watercolour.  One thing I realised about salt backgrounds is that they make awesome Christmas backgrounds when blue or silver water colour is used.  They look really cold and crystally (not a real word but describes it perfectly),
For this card I use blue watercolour on watercolour paper.  I taped the watercolour paper down to prevent it warping and used a large brush to add water to the card then added the colour.  Once I had enough colour one I sprinkled regular table salt over it.  I left it overnight for it to dry completely.  After it dried I scraped off the salt with a plastic card.
I used the Stamplorations Let it snow die cut twice, once in salted watercolour card and once in black foam to pop it up and give a little shadow behind. The Simon Says Stamp Payton ornament die was cut in the salted watercolour card and backed with silver.

Card Recipe
Stamps: None
Paper: 110lb white, 140lb watercolour
Ink: None
Accessories: Watercolour, Stamplorations die, Simon Says Stamp die, Black foam
Techniques: Salted Watercolour

Friday, 11 August 2017

Alcohol inks and blending solution

I've been playing with some Alcohol inks on Yupo by mixing colours and adding blender solution.
I love the bubbly effect I got when I spritzed the Yupo with blender solution, it reminded me of water so I added my jelly fish stamp from Viva Las Vegas.

I'm entering this for the following challenges- CAS Mix up August challenge Alcohol inks, stamping and your choice (mine smooshing), Craft Stampers August Challenge Anything goes, and Viva Las Vegas August Challenge (Inspiration)


Card Recipe
Stamps: Viva Las Vegas
Paper: 110lb white, Navy, Yupo
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Alcohol inks, blender solution, clear gems
Techniques: Alcohol inks on Yupo

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Salted Sky

CAS Watercolour Challenge for this month is Salted background, so much fun to try if you've never done it.  The challenge has a few links for you to follow if you need some instructions but basically you throw salt (any type) one very wet watercolour and wait and see what happens.  The tough part is the waiting because it has to completely dry before you brush/scrape off the salt.

Card Recipe
Stamps: both from Ali Express (so no manufacturer name)
Paper: 140lb Watercolour, Linen White, black
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: MISTI
Techniques: Salt and watercolour

Friday, 4 August 2017

Alcohol inks on Yupo

Now I see this on the computer I wish I'd used a less textured card stock.  I used a linen card as the background for the flowers. The texture caused some striations in my solid fairy stamp.  Oh well something to remember next time 😏
My flowers are a Dee's Distinctley die with the heads being cut out of Yupo with alcohol inks, I first cut the whole flowers in watercolour card and watercoloured the stems.  I then cut the flower heads again in the Yupo and attached them to the watercolour paper.  The background, sentiment  and Fairy is stamped in Delicata Gold ink.  The background is from Technique Junkies, the Fairy is from Ali Express, and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz.

I'm entering this for the following challenges
CAS Mix up AI's and Southern Girls flower power.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Fairy from Ali express, background Technique Junkies, sentiment Tim Holtz
Paper: Linen white
Ink: Delicata gold
Accessories: Die (Dee's Distinctively), Yupo, Alcohol Inks
Techniques: Alcohol Inks on Yupo

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cling Wrap Background with Gesso

One of my favorite techniques is cling wrap background, so simple and so pretty.  Here is a link to a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers by Lydia Fiedler (AKA Understandblue) which shows a few colouring mediums you can use with the cling wrap. It's always good when you don't need to buy anything new to try out a tutorial.
For the cling wrap background I used some Bister powders on coated card stock and then later painted it with a thin wash of gesso.  Gesso is a great product for muting down colours or hiding mistakes and restarting.  I wish I'd taken a photo of the background before I'd added the gesso, oh well next time πŸ˜„
I'm entering this for Designs by Ryn customer challenge, Daydreamers challenge anything goes

Card Recipe
Stamps: Technique Junkies, Design by Ryn
Paper: 110lb white, Coated card, Black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Bister, white gel pen, Gesso, cling wrap
Techniques: Cling wrap background

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shake shake it like a salt shaker

It's time for August's CAS Watercolou challenger, so pull out your salt shakers and join in.
If you have never tried salted water colour this is a must do technique.  Check out the CAS Watercolour blog for links to see how it's done.
For my card I used 3 colours of Distress  Oxide Inks on an acrylic block being careful not to contaminate the ink pad too much.  If you do have a slight contamination of colours you can wipe it off with a clean piece of kitchen roll or baby wipe.   I then spritzed with water and placed on my watercolour paper.  I lifted the block and the watercolour mixed in a puddle of water and ink, so awesome 😏  I sprinkled regular kitchen salt over the paper and you can see where the colours merged I got a great crystal effect from the dried salt,
Course and fine salt give different effects, try both and you will love all the different backgrounds you make.
This background made me think sand and sea so I decided to use my new seahorse from technique junkies and used my zig watercolour pens to colour it in.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Technique Junkies
Paper: 110lb Linnen white, 140lb Water colour
Ink:  Ranger Archival
Accessories: Distress Oxides inks, Salt, zig pens, acrylic block
Techniques: Salt on Watercolour, Acrylic block watercolouring

Friday, 28 July 2017

OMG I can't believe I was a winner at Craft stamper's magazine

Hi everyone, I just found out I was a July's winner at Craft Stampers Magazine's monthly challenge.  I was picked as July's winner with this card.  This is so awesome because-
1- I will be guest designer
2- I will have a 2 page spread in Craft Stampers Magazine How Cool is thatπŸ˜…
I can't help doing a happy dance πŸ˜€

Card Recipe