Tuesday, 20 June 2017

playing with some embossing paste

I have so many backgrounds waiting in the wings to be used, I decided to pull one out to play with, this was a Distress Oxide background I made back in May.  I love the colours so I thought I would play around a little with it.  That's the best thing with all these backgrounds we make, at some time they will come in handy.  I stenciled some white texture paste over the Distress oxides, when you do this the texture paste will pick up up the colour of the inked background, see the paste look quite yellow and not white :)  I love the more subtle look.
I did stamp 2 butterflies but they sort of got lost in the background.   One is in the upper right corner the other is in hiding in the embossing paste.  The Die cut card stock was a gift from my friend Bonnie, thanks Bonnie.

I'm entering this for CAS Mixup (embossing pastes and gels) and Mixed Media Monthly challenge (#32 put a stencil on it), Craft stampers June anything goes challenge


Card Recipe
Stamps: Paper smooches sentiment, butterfly from (Ali express online Chinese supplier)
Paper: 110lb white, 138lb mixed media.
Ink: Distress Oxide, TCW stencil,
Accessories: Die cut Floral stem collage by Poppy stamps,, Viva decor yellow liquid pearl paint, Texture paste.
Techniques: Embossing, die cut

Friday, 16 June 2017

CAS Watercolour June Summer Reminder

It's the middle of June so time for my CAS Watercolour reminder card.  June's challenge is Summer, and my neighborhood is full of flowers,  So for this card I thought I would go with a flower theme,  and use this sweet image from  Old island stamp company,  I coloured her using zig pens and a watercolouring brush, once coloured I used 3M masking tape tape and then stenciled the background.

Come Join in with the CAS Watercolour Challenge, you have until the 24th of the month

Card Recipe
Stamps:Old Island Stamp Company
Paper: 110lb white, 140lb watercolour
Ink:Ranger archival
Accessories:Clarity brushes, Distress inks, Altnew stencil Halftone, Simon Says Stamp stitched circle, Zigs, Watercolouring brush
Techniques: Watercolouring, stenciling

Monday, 12 June 2017

Boy in a tub boat

I've had this cute stamp from Viva Las Vegas for at least 6 months and this is the first time I've inked it up, I have so many stamps that need a little ink 😏
I stamped the image of the boy in the tub then masked it, I used the Penny Black  script stamp for the background and then watercoloured the image and the background.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

CAS Watercolour June challenge "Summer"
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge June's optional twist of a Mask
Stamplorations CAS challenge optional twist Masculine Colours

Card Recipe
Stamps: Viva Las Vegas, Penny black
Paper: 140lb watercolour, 110lb white
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Simon Says Stitched Rectangle, Zig watercolour pens

Friday, 2 June 2017

Sooooo excited

I've been invited to join the CAS Watercolour DT, when Loll phoned she barely got the question out when I instantly said yes.  Once I hung up I realized watercolouring was something that doesn't come naturally, Oh well the perfect opportunity to improve 😏

June's challenge is Summer, my whole life summer to me means heading to the beach.  I was born in Swansea Wales which has some amazing beaches and now I'm lucky enough to live in Vancouver Canada and live about 15 mins drive from some great beaches.
 I am happiest when I walking at low tide over the sand with my husband and the dogs, I can't imagine anything more enjoyable.

Here's my card for the June CAS Watercolour Challenge, we would love you to come along and play.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Local King "Still Life"
Paper: 110lb white, 140lb cold press watercolour
Accessories: Simon Says stitched rectangle, Aquablender, Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers
Techniques: Direct to stamp watercolouring

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Time to get back to some Christmas Cards

This is a super quick card to make so I've done in a couple of colours.
I stamped the image on watercolour card using archival brown ink, then a quick watercolour wash to make it looked aged.  I added Wink of Stella over the trees and the roofs to make add a little sparkle which is quite sparkly IRL but not so much in the photo.
I love this stamp by Serendipity, the stamp is the focal point and is so pretty you don't really need to do much more.

I'm entering this for the following challenge

Card Recipe
Stamps: Serendipity
Paper: Watercolour, Kraft
Ink:Archival Brown
Accessories: Wink of Stella, distress ink wash
Techniques: Stamping

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Watercolour flowers

This is one of my favorite is the Penny Black stamps, it comes as a stamp and a stencil and oh so versatile.
For this card I used distress stains and pulled the colour back into the centre of the petals, you can see this technique by Heather Telford at spilit coast stampers.  The background is a stenciled and and some red pearls.

I'm entering this for 

The second card is the same technique using distress stains on the stamp and but this time I have watercoloured the background with a watercolour wash and then splattered black acrylic paint over the flower.

I'm entering this for the 

Card Recipe
Stamps Penny Black, sentiment Card 1 Tun Holtz, Card 2 Simon says stamp
Paper:, Water colour, Kraft, Black and 110 white,
Ink:Ranger Archival
Accessories:Distress stains, Acrylic paint (black), stencil, Ranger distress inks, blender foam,  (Simon Says stamp banner die, red pearls
Techniques: Watercolour with distress inks.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Watercolour flowers

During our craft week Susan introduced us to using stains as a watercolour medium.  You can find the technique  by Heather Telford on Split coast stampers. A great colouring technique and a great way to use stains.

I'm entering this for the following challenges
CAS Watercolour challenge May - Flowers
Stamplorations May challenge- anything goes CAS with optional twist of feminine colour
Stamplorations Anything Goes

Card Recipe
Stamps: Stamplorations flower, Rubbernecker frame, Tim Holtz sentient
Paper: 110lb white, 140lb cold press watercolour
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Misti, Ranger distress stains, watercolour paint brush
Techniques: watercolouring with distress stains

Eat Sleep Craft Repeat

Here are the four of us wearing the Aprons Loll had made for us, they certainly helped with some of our more splattery techniques.

Loll introduced Susan, Nancy and my self to to an acrylic art technique called an acrylic  Dirty Pour during our craft retreat.  For those that don't know what a Dirty Pour here's an example By Miabella Mojica .  It's basically pouring a number of acrylics into one pot with a little silicone oil and pouring it on a canvas, you then move the canvas until the whole surface is covered and use creme brule torch to create the cells.

 Just a heads up if you try this cover all your floors and your work surface it's really messy.
Now what we thought we would do is a little fun blog hop to see how everyone did.

This is mine and check out the others they are so amazing 😊

This one is a close up to show the cells

Head over to he other blogs to check out all the amazing pieces of art.

Stamping with Loll
The Cardmakers Garret
Scandy Nancy Creates

Crafty get together last month

During one of our crafty get together's last month I played with my clarity brushes and some new Stencils by Rebecca Baer.  The stencils are very detailed so clarity brushes work best,
Once stenciled I stamp the the flower,coloured it with Distress oxide and added some text.  Finally I used white acrylic paint splatters to tone down the colour of the flowers.

I am entering this for the following challenges
CAS Mix up Challenge May - Splattering
Simon Says Monday Challenge It's a frame
Craft stampers magazine anything goes

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black Demure, Rubbernecker sayings
Paper: 110lb white, 140lb cold press watercolour
Ink: Distress ink, Distress Oxide
Accessories: Simon says stitched rectangle, Rebecca Baer Stencil, white acrylic paint.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A wonderful week of crafting

I have had the most amazing week crafting with Loll of Stamping with LollSusan of the Cardmakers Garret and Nancy of Scandinacy Creates.  You may have already seen some of their posts so this time it's my turn.  The post will be a little long so I'm apologizing in advance but with so many fun techniques I had to put a few in.
Susan and Loll arrived on Sunday afternoon to give us time to set up and grocery shop Nancy arrived on Monday afternoon.  Monday night it was straight into the craft room to playπŸ˜€
Here are some of my cards from our crafting exploits.

Image 1.
AI's on acetate with tissue paper, I used brown's and a little bit of blue (Loll's technique)

Image 2
AI's on acetate with a stamped  image using Ranger archival (Loll's technique)

Image 3
AI's on Yupo using a stencil (Nancy's techique)

Image 4
Layered stenciling on a manila tag (Nancy's techniqe)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

splattery backgound

Splatters are a great way to add a little interest to a card, without detracting from the main focal point.

The image panel is a acetate with smooshed AI background,  Tissue paper was crumpled and stuck to the background using gel medium once dry I stamped the leaf image from Magenta stamps.
The white areas are where the AI's missed and you can see the white tissue paper, I think it adds so much more dimension to the image.  I just wanted the splatters around the lower and the open edge of the card so I masked out the rest.
I stamped the Thank You using a Delicata gold ink pad and my splatters are gold spray ink.
I'm entering this for the 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper:110lb white, Acetate, Tissue paper
Ink: Ranger Archival, Delicata gold
Accessories: Misti, gold ink spray

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Spray starch background

One of my favorite techniques is spray starch and saran wrap seen at JoZart web site and without spray starch, by  Lydia (understand Blue) from Split Coast Stampers.  The saran wrap gives such a neat texture to the wet inks.
For this card I used Infusions powdered inks and coated card.  I sprayed the card with spray starch, sprinkled the powdered inks of it.  The starch dissolves some the ink on contact and then spray a little more starch to water it all down.  Place the saran over the surface and scrunch it up to give it some texture.  Leave the saran on for at least 30 minutes, then remove.

To finish the card I used a stamp from Local King rubber stamps and just added a little colour using my zig pens.  For the light from the light house I first used a white Faber Castell Pit artist pen and then used my yellow zig over the top, this allowed the yellow to show through.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Local King
Paper: Black, 110lb white, Coated card
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Zig Watercolour pens, Infusions powdered inks, Faber Castell Pit artist pen.
Techniques: Saran wrap background