Friday, 8 August 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 1

As you know, I'm in love with Online Card Classes.  I'm currently participating in a new class called, "Stretch Your Stamps 2" and I'm having a great time.  There are tons of terrific ideas.  Here is a card that I tried after watching Shari Carroll's wonderful video.

I created the card using a Hero Arts background stamp called "Large Fabric Design".  I applied random blotches of Distress Inks to my craft mat and gently squished the stamp into the ink.  Next I sprayed the stamp with Sheer Shimmer Spritz and stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb watercolour paper. When the ink had dried, I cut the watercolour paper into 1 inch squares.  In order to give the squares more definition, I inked the edges with some Dark Moss Colorbox Chalk Ink.  I mounted the squares on a panel of Neenah white cardstock.  I added a bow made from some seam binding ribbon which I had died with Vintage Photo ink and scrunched before allowing it to dry.  I glued several die cut "hello" pieces together, which were cut from watercolour paper and a dark brown piece to form a shadow effect.  I finally mounted the panel on some Candy Necklace Bazzill cardstock.  As a finishing touch, I painted a few woodcut butterflies with some Distress Stain Picket Fence and mounted them on the card.  I was pleased with the finished result - hope you like it too!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Art Impressions Front-N-Backs

Recently, I've had great fun playing with an Art Impressions stamp set, "Little Behind"It features an adorable fat cat with an endearing grin.  The front end of the cat is affixed to the front of the card base, while the back end of the cat is mounted inside the card.  To make things just a little more interesting, the set includes a wobble spring to make the kitty's rear end jiggle when the card is opened.  Such fun!  The cat's front and back were stamped with Jet Black Archival ink on Stampin' Up Smoky Slate cardstock and then added colour using my Prismacolor Premier coloured pencils.  I chose to make it look as though the cat was hanging through an open window by using another Art Impressions stamp which shows a rustic, shuttered window.  I cut an opening through the front of the cardstock and the windows so that you can see through to the inside of the card.  I also chose to add a bit more texture and dimension by adding a window box of flowers under the window sill using the Memory Box small window box die.  I stamped the greeting "hello" using a Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders stamp.  As finishing touch, I added some white faux stitching around the edge of the card with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. 

I just love the greeting that is included in the "Little Behind" stamp set.  It is perfect for a belated birthday card.  Those who know me best know that I tend to run on what my son and husband call, Carol time, so "Always a little behind" is a very appropriate greeting from me.  I used another handwritten border stamp for the happy birthday sentiment and added the word "belated" from an Impression Obsession "Life Stuff Sentiments" stamp set.

 Thanks for visiting!  

Until next time,


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Watercolor for Card Makers

I have mentioned before that I am a huge fan of Online Card Classes presented by Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, and friends.  You only have to check out all of the participation badges that I display on my blog to see how much I have enjoyed taking part in these classes.  They are great fun, an amazing source of information regarding card making techniques, and provide an infinite supply of inspiration.

Their latest online course has been Watercolor for Card Makers and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the wonderful videos and soaking up all of the inspiration.  I just wish I had been able to have a bit more time to play and make cards using the skills that have been presented.  I find that I often end up with a dozen or more unfinished cards while taking part in the classes, and don't get around to finishing them up until the course has concluded.  Well, here is one of the cards that I did manage to get finished.

 I made this card following the Day 9 class on Freehand watercolour techniques.  I have never attempted watercolour painting prior to this course and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely.  I really want to further explore and play with this medium.  It is so much fun and I had a real sense of accomplishment when I finished this card.  I used Peerless Water Colors on Tim Holtz watercolour paper to create this card.  I am so thankful to Jennifer McGuire for introducing this form of watercolour supplies - just love them!  The paints blend beautifully and have gorgeous vibrant colours.

Until next time,

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Easter Tags

Although I know that Easter is over, I wanted to share some pictures of the Easter tags that I made to accompany my Easter gift bags.  The base for each tag was die cut using the Mama Elephant Embellished Tag.  I just love the stitched border on this die.  The bunnies were cut using the Bunny Set of dies by Impression Obsession.  I built the background of the first tag using several dies by Memory Box including the Lavish Branch, Grassland Border, and the Grass Border by Impression Obsession.

The tiny blossoms were made with the Flower Mound by Memory Box.  I formed them with my stylus and my Pergamano mat.  The tiny butterfly was cut with the Butterfly Delights die by Memory Box and the tiny heart was cut with the Heart Delights also by Memory Box.

To build the background of the second tag, I used snippets cut with Memory Box's Grand Alder Tree and Honeysuckle Vine for the greenery.  I used Tiny Tulips by Memory Box for the tulip plant and a tiny bird cut with a die by Impression Obsession.  The Happy Easter greeting is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set of the same name.

Hope you like them.

Until next time,

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Cheery Hello

I have a good friend who is currently battling cancer and recently started chemotherapy.  From personal experience, I know how challenging this can be.  I wanted to let her know that I'm thinking of her and also to send her a cheery hello to brighten her day.  After seeing a "Card in a box" tutorial online, I decided to give one a try.  Here is the finished result:

I was really pleased with the way this card turned out and my friend seemed to like it too.  I used a variety of Stampin' Up floral stamps to create the bouquet of flowers that I embossed with white embossing powder on several different colours of cardstock and small print patterned papers.  I also stamped a leafy shadow stamp on some blue-green coloured cardstock (Bazzill "Rain") and embossed it with clear embossing powder to add some depth to the colour and some shine to the bouquet.  The tiny hearts that I scattered throughout the bouquet were cut using the "Hearts Delight" die by Memory Box in white, coral and pink.  I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to add some sparkle to some of the hearts and coated others with Glossy Accents.  Because of the scattered hearts on this card, I'm entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,  "Have a Heart"

Here is a close up of the card details:

One of the really cool things about this card is that it folds down flat in order to place it in an envelope.  The finished dimensions were slightly wider than a regular A2 only because I allowed some of the flowers to extend out to the sides.  I had no trouble fitting it into an A7 envelope.
 Until next time,

P.S. - I sure wish the groundhog hadn't seen his shadow - I'm ready to see some signs of spring!