Thursday, 17 May 2018

Snow globe Snowman

It's time for CAS Christmas Mid Month Reminder. This month if you haven't been over to check it out the challenge is Snowmen.

Our Guest Designer for this month is Barb of Barbs Studio Creations. Along with Susan our host, Barb and the rest of the Design Team we have some great inspiration for you.

For my card I used a snow globe die which I've had in my stash for eons and this is the first time it's touched paper. 
I die cut the snow globe in white and lined the back of the holly leaf base with some silver foil paper. I die cut a window and a foam frame for the shaker. The background is out of my UFO stash, it was a piece of card with a nail polish marbling on it. The colours were so soft I thought it was perfect for the wintry background.
I die cut a hill and stamped the snowman along the edge, I re-stamped the snowman and die cut it.  I coloured him using touch alcohol pens and then used Nuvo clear glitter to make him sparkle. I added black pearl pen to pop up his buttons.
I hope you like him😏

Card Recipe
Stamps: Tim Holtz snowman and sentiment
Paper: 110lb white, White fun foam, acetate window, silver foil card
Ink:  Memento black,
Accessories: Sequins, Touch alcohol pens, Viva Decor black pearl pen. Simon Says hills die, Creative Expressions Snow Globe die.
Techniques: Die cut

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Serendipity Blog hop 2

 It's time for the second blog hop of the month over at Serendiptiy.
Every month you have a change at winning a $20 gift certificate by entering in the blog hop.
Just head over and leave a comment on all the blogs for the best chance of winning.

You have from May 16th to the 20th to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on 
May 21st.
Also don't forget to check out their $1 + Cling stamp sale, lots of new stamps have been added.
These are unpackaged cling mounted stamps on sale – most for $1, some for $2 or $3.   There is also Cling Grab Bags with 2X as many stamps as normal – 10 stamps for 50 cents – while supplies last.

Now on to my first card is their Toadstool and Violet stamp, I used my MISTI to stamp using tea dye distress inks then watercoloured.  Once it was dry I re stamped using archival inks.
I used a pearl pen to add some water droplets to the leaves and the toadstool cap. I die cut the white frame to focus on the pretty image.

My second card is their Petunia and butterfly stamp which I also watercoloured and added a watercolour wash background.

This is the same image using pencils on Kraft.

Christine Alexander (That's me)

Card Recipe
Stamps: Serendipity
Paper: 110lb white, Black, Kraft, Watercolour
Ink: Ranger distress, Ranger Archival
Accessories: Watercolours, Pencils, Sequins,  Viva Decor Pearl pen, Frame Die (Stamplorations)
Techniques: Watercolouring, Pencil colouring

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Snowman Selfie

My snow man seems to be in a winter storm with the texture paste and the infusion powders, the weather looks looks pretty gloomy behind him.
I die cut the frame using a Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas frame and inlaid some of the sentiment in black so it would stand out.

The texture paste adds a lot of dimension and accentuates the powdered inks as they pool around the edges,

I'm entering this for the following Challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: High Hopes
Paper: mixed media, 110lb white, black
Ink: Ranger archival black
Accessories: Infusion powders, texture paste, masking tape, zig watercolours, white gel pen, Simon Says stamp frame die.
Techniques: powdered inks, watercolour

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Pencil on black card stock

I'm on a roll with my pencil work, this time I thought why not work on black rather than Kraft. 
This is what I came up with. The Christmas stars is from a JOFY set, I stamped in white and coloured the stars and circles using pencils. I added some gold and silver pencils to add some sparkle. I inlaid the JOY with silver glitter card stock. The black is layered on silver glitter and then popped up on black foam. 

 I added a few more tiny circles with some Viva Decor glitter pen (Hologram), you can just see them in this photo.

I'm entering this for the following chellenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: JOFY
Paper: 110lb white, Glitter paper, Black
Ink: SU white
Accessories: Viva decor glitter pen, Tim Holtz Christmas sentiment Die
Techniques: Pencil, Inlaid die cut.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

May CAS Christmas Challenge - Snowman

It's time for CAS Christmas challenge, Susan is our host and I can guarantee there will be tons of inspiration from the Design Team and Guest Designer Barb of Barb's Studio Creations.  May's theme is Snowmen and I just found out I have soooo many snowmen, some have never been inked up, I'm so excited. 😉
Drop by and check out the CAS Christmas challenge rules and then come play with us, you'll have fun I promise. The challenge goes to May 26th and the Winner and Outstanding Designs will be announced on the 28th.

Every so often I want to pull out my pencils, pencil sharpener and Kraft card stock- this is the result.

My Snowman is one of the Christmas collection stamps from Sugar Nellie and my sentiment if from the Paper Artsy JOFY Christmas collection .I must admit this is one of my favorite sentiment  stamps for Christmas, it's so versatile.

Here is a close up of that adorable Snowman, I hope you like him as much as I do.

I hope you play along with us this month.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Sentiment-JOFY
Paper: 110lb white, Kraft
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Prisma colour Pencils, white signo gel  pen
Techniques: pencil colouring

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Serendipity Barn

I'm participating in the Serendipity Blog hop today.

Back  in March I won a $20 gift certificate to spend at the Serendipity shop, along with that Mary invited my to take part in one of  their bi-monthly blog hops and of course I had to say yes.

I stamped the image with distress tea dye ink, watercoloured the image. I then re-inked the barn and windmill with Ranger archival mini brown and the rest with tea dye again to crisps up some of the lines.

Thistle and butterfly
I decided to create as second card for the blog hop.
My second is a thistle stamp with the butterfly.  The butterfly can be cut off and used as an individual stamp or as part of the thistle image.  This is a great twofer.
I pencil colourd on kraft and added some Nuvo glitter pen to the thistle tops and the butterfly, you can't see it on the card but it is sparkly in real life.

Just head over and leave a comment on all the blogs for the best chance of winning a $20 gift certificate. 
You have from May 2nd to the 6th to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on 
May 7th.

Christine Alexander (That's me)
Beth Chiu (Beth is away this week)

Card Recipe
Stamps: Serendipity
Paper: 110lb white, Black
Ink: Ranger distress tea dye, Ranger archival minis.
Accessories: Rectangle dies to create the frame, Watercolours
Techniques: Watercolouring
Card Recipe
Stamps: Serendipity
Paper: 110lb white, Kraft
Ink: Ranger Archival minis
Accessories: Pencils, Nuvo glitter pen
Techniques: Pencil colouring

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Another Faux enamel ornament

I just couldn't resist making another faux enamel ornament with my embossing powders.
For this card I mixed gold blue and white embossing powders with a little gilding flakes and before it set I embedded some gems.

I used a stencil and some distress inks for the background and Alison Bomber Christmas typed sayings for the background

I'm entering this for the following challenges

I hope you like the card, I'd love to hear from you.

Card Recipe
Stamps:, Paper Artsy sayings (Alison Bomber), Rubbernecker Sentiment.
Paper: 110lb white, thin chipboard, mixed media
Ink: Ranger distress, Ranger archival
Accessories: Embossing powders, Stencil, blending tool and foam
Techniques: Faux enamel, stenciling

Thursday, 19 April 2018

New Penny black birds

This is one of my recent purchases which I thought fun to ink up.  I love playing with the Penny black watercolour stamps, althoughI'm certainly no pro at these but I still have fun.

I used a mixture of markers and zigs to paint up the stamps, spritzed with a little water and then blend with a watercolour brush.  Once everything was dry I added some coloured archival ink on the branch and carefully over the flowers and bird using the mini archival ink pads.

I've started to really like touching up my watercolouring with coloured archival inks as they allow you to move some of your watercolours after they are applied.

The background has a blue wet on wet watercolour wash to simulate sky.  Wet on wet watercolour causes pooling of colour which is great for the sky.

I'm entering this for the CAS Watercolour challenge - birds

I'd love to hear what you think 😊

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black
Paper: 110lb cream Linen, 140 Lb watercolour, Black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: zigs, Distress inks, water spritzer watercolour brush.
Techniques: Direct to stamp, watercolouring

More Rubber band exploits

This technique can be quite addictive, for this card I put multiple size bands on a stamp block and versamarked the bands.  I heat embossed clear versamark and sponged distress inks into the mixed media paper.  I love the big splashes of versamark from the larger rubber bands.  I framed the background using a MFT rectangular frame die and inlaid the frame back into the white card.  I die cut the flowers from one of the Tim Holtz wild flower collection and tucked it into the frame.

I'm entering this for the following challenges
Craft Stampers Make it Take it challenge

Card Recipe
Stamps: Purple Onion sentiment, Rubber band
Paper: Water colour, 110lb White
Ink: Ranger Distress inks, Versamark
Accessories: Die cut frame (MFT), Die cut flower Tim Holtz, blending tool, clear embossing powder
Techniques:, distress blending, stamping with Rubber band, die cutting

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Faux metal ornament

It's time for our Mid month reminder cards over at CAS Christmas.

Drop by and see all the wonderful ornament cards by the Design Team and all the challenge entries, there's so much inspiration to get you going on your Christmas card stash.

You've probably seen a number of Faux Enamel cards posted recently so this is my version.  You can either use a hot plate or a heat gun  but I found the hot plate was the easiest method to melt the embossing powder for me, this video by Scrap Time gives a great how too tutorial.

My ornament is die cuts from Memory box and after I layered my embossing powders I embedded some pearls across the middle.  My background stamp is JOFY from Paper Artsy which I used coloured pencils in blue and silver tones of the the ornament, and sentiment is from Rubbernecker which I stamped in Ranger archival blue.

I'd love to hear from you😊

Card Recipe
Stamps: JOFY, Rubbernecker sentiment
Paper: 110lb white, Mixed Media
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Memory Box die, Embossing powders, Pearls, Hot Plate, Coloured pencils
Techniques: Pencil colouring, Faux enamel

Monday, 16 April 2018

Lindy's Magicals through a stencil

It's been a while since I played with powdered inks and stencils so it was time to pull them out.
I used the Tim Holtz blossom stencil with Lindys magicals spritzed with water, when the ink was dry I used a blending tool to blend around the edges into the centre.  A little background stamping with the Tim Holtz flowers and ledger script stamp.  The quote is from a Local King set (still life) which I think has now been discontinued.  I threw my paint on the canvas and this is what I got 😉 I hope you like it.

I'm entering this for:-

Card Recipe
Stamps: Ranger Tim Holtz background stamp (ledger script) and flower stamp, Saying Local King (still life)
Paper: Watercolour
Ink: Ranger archival Black, Distress Oxide
Accessories: Tim Holtz stencil Blossoms, Lindys Magical powders, water spritzer
Techniques: Stamping, Stenciling with powdered inks.