Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016 - Master Colour Recipes: Georgia O'Keefe

For this challenge, I took the above colour combo and made a simple (almost) one layer card.  I grabbed my Ombre Builders stamp set and some Fresh pigment inks in Sicilian Blue, Sky Blue, Blue Sage, Tuscan Olive and Silver Lilac.
I combined them by overstamping and layering the colours with my trusty MISTI stamping tool.
I then added a sentiment from the Don't Forget to Write kit using Versafine Onyx Black.  I added a few white sparkly sequins and that's it!
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SAF 2016: Gilded in Gold

Danielle Flanders knocked it out of the park on this one - loved this challenge!  I took out my gold paint since my gold leaf hasn't arrived yet and went to town.
 I cut four stitched tags out of kraft card stock and masked off an edge.  I then used a makeup sponge and the gold craft paint and painted a stripe on each.  I let them dry and then added Versafine Onyx Black stamped sentiments from Mini Blooms and Wet Paint.  I added another die cut for stability and glued the two together before punching a hole in each.
This gold paint gives some great sheen and I can't wait to use these tags!
For my next project, I took a die cut frame from the Don't Forget to Write kit and used a piece of thick perfume packaging.  I added gold to the edges and let it dry.
I cut a circle from dotted vellum and a Swoosh thanks that I also painted in gold.  I also used a Leave it Be leaf die cut in Staples grey that I stamped with Graceful Garden's thank you using Fresh ink in Tuscan Olive,  I layered these when everything was dry and adhered them using Tombo Mono Aqua.
I put lots of foam tape behind the frame and adhered it to a scalloped card base in Enchanted Evening cut from one of the Don't Forget to Write dies.

You can see in one of the pictures above I also painted an A2 kraft envelope to use for another project.  I loved using the gold paint and will definitely be coming back to this!

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SAF 2016: Starry Night

Stamp-A-Faire is off to a great start with the Starry Night challenge with Amy Sheffer's tutorial.  Wow, what an amazing card she created! I had a lot of issues creating the trees but just went with it ...
I sponged Fresh Ink in the following colours all over a piece of Strathmore 300 series cold press watercolour paper: Tuscan Olive, Sugar Plum, Navy, Turquoise, and Blue Sage.  I spritzed with a mini mister and moved the colours about, adding some more of the deeper hues.
I used some cheap watercolours from Michaels and my trusty aqua brush to paint the horizon .  I had a lot of difficulty with the trees and a sponge so had to make the area bigger to cover my mistakes! I am still not in love with the trees I created but I did my best.
I flicked some Studio Calico opaque white and Distress Ink dauber in pewter.
I added a die cut from Scripted cut in Staples grey and shimmered with my Wink of Stella clear pen.  I tried to make a thread nest but to no avail so I just added some star and silver sequins gifted to me by a kind forum friend.  I added a foam panel behind the watercolour piece and mounted it to a 110lb Recollections card base.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire 2016: Share your masterpiece!

Nichole and the Papertrey Ink team are kicking of Stamp-A-Faire 2016 with a 'share your masterpiece' blog hop.  Even though I don't think this is a masterpiece per se, I do quite like it.
I cut a piece of Staples light grey cardstock with one of the frames and circles from the awesome Don't Forget to Write kit from the uber-talented Betsy Veldman.
I then stamped the bird from a limited edition set (Iconic Images) repeatedly using Fresh ink Blue Sage.  I popped up the frame with foam tape and added a Hello die cut using some anaglypta wallpaper.  I love the texture this adds!  The card is very monochromatic but I quite like the colour scheme.  My card base is some 110lb white Recollections card stock - love the weight it is!

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Here's a shot from today in Vancouver, Canada.  Looking forward to Stamp-a-Faire tomorrow!  Can't wait to see all the techniques and everyone's creations!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink June 2016 Blog Hop

                                                                                        artwork from Yellena James

I just love this month's inspiration picture over at Papertrey Ink.  I cut it down to the wire with my entry but here it is:
Whew!  Got it in 3 minutes before the deadline ... I was busy all day and didn't have a chance to make anything but when I got home, I thought I'd try anyhow!

So I took a piece of woodgrain card stock as my base and then my trusty Strathmore heavy weight watercolour paper.  I used some basic watercolours and just painted a messy array of colours taking my inspiration from the pic above.
I meant to use the Circle Coverplate but didn't realize until after I was done that I had grabbed the chevron instead! :(  Since I cut with the sandwich cutting DOWN, it was quite a surprise when I saw what I had done ... but I went with it in the interest of time and proceeded with my card ... :)
I took some Sticky Dot paper and adhered it to the front of a piece of white fun foam and die cut with the Hello die.  I then added Rock Candy Distress Glitter (subtle but sparkly) and a few dots of Tombo Mono Aqua to adhere it to a piece of Linen Texture vellum. (click the picture to enlarge)
I dabbed some Tombo Aqua glue behind the die cut but then remembered that the best thing about this thicker weight vellum is that even dot glue runner doesn't show so I added some to the sides to adhere it better.  Score!
So, that's it .. my super simple card.  Off to hop and check out all the other creations.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Make it Monday #251: Gradient Watercolouring with Die Cuts - Sending Hugs

This week's Make it Monday over at Papertrey Ink is all about gradient watercolouring on die cuts.  Dawn did a great video illustrating this with her Ziggies:
So I grabbed my my Zig water brush pens.  (I bought the 24 pen set which is just the right amount of colours.)  I used some  Strathmore heavy weight watercolour paper and used my pens to add colour and then added some water with my Kuretake aqua pen.  (This one is my favourite.) 
I grabbed my Hexagon Cover plate and cut the watercoloured piece.  I then added some Tombo Mono Aqua glue to the back of the hexagons and carefully pushed them down on to my Recollections 110lb white card base.
I cut out a Make it Market Don't Forget to Write die cut using Smokey Shadow and sandwiched four cuts together to make it more substantial.  A little more Tombo Mono Aqua glue and some Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen on the die cut and that was almost it.
Can you see some of the shine above?  If not, enlarge the picture by clicking on it.
I added a stamped 'hugs' from Make it Market Don't Forget to Write with some of my faithful Versafine Black Onyx ink and my MISTI stamping tool.
I had a lot of fun with this technique so thank you to Dawn for inspiring us all!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Make it Monday #250 - masked backgrounds: hello

This week's Make it Monday over at Papertrey featured the lovely Laurie and masked backgrounds. I had fun creating a masked background using a wide washi tape and some Fresh and Avery Elle inks.
Unfortunately I removed some of the paper when I pulled off the washi tape which is why the border had to be cut down ... sacrifices were made!
I chanelled Laurie's scoring technique for the kraft card base and used a limited edition set (Iconic Images) and white ink for the bird.
I added a Smokey Shadow hello die cut stacked up with three layers and added it to the masked background.
I applied a liberal amount of Wink of Stella clear and then loaded up on Glossy Accents.
The cool thing about this is it makes the shine and sparkle of the Wink of Stella even more pronounced.  Hard to capture on camera, but I promise, it's there! :) 

(Click any of the images to enlarge and get a better idea of what I'm talking about!!)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 2016 Blog Hop: miss you

This month's blog hop over at Papertrey is inspired by this gorgeous image:
artwork from the Sarah Langtry from Just the Bees Knees 

I took this stunning art work as my jumping off point to do some watercolour stamping with my Zig water brush pens.  (I bought the 24 pen set which is just the right amount of colours.)
I took a piece of Strathmore heavy weight watercolour paper and used my pens to scribble over a Rosie Posie stamp and then add some water with my Kuretake aqua pen.  (This one is my favourite.)
I stamped with a few different colours and layered the inks for some variation but kept it super simple and messy.
I heat set the ink before stamping one of the Botanical Silhouette anniversary set sentiments several times over (with my trusty MISTI) using Versafine Smoky Gray ink.  (Hands up if you love the saturation of colour that comes with Versafine inks!!  I love their onyx black for sentiments - such a nice deep colour!!)
Anyhow, the Botanical Silhouettes font reminded me of the 'just' portion of the inspiration pic.  I added some Wink of Stella glitter with the pen and lots of foam tape to mount it on a smokey shadow card base.

Happy hopping and if you need some stamp sets (or dies!), check out my stamp sale list here:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Make it Monday#248 - ink blending with die cut masks

This week's Make it Monday is all about ink blending with die cut masks.  Love it!!  I grabbed my Bubble Talk dies and made a mask out of printer paper.
I kept it really simple and made the speech bubble nice and saturated for a nice backdrop to my card. I made two and added some Wet Paint die cuts to each of them, stacking them up with three or four layers of cuts to add some dimension.  I used some more of my repurposed perfume packaging for the 'love' die cut.  Love the pale peachy pink!
 This one was Fresh ink turquoise with a kraft card base.  And a close up:
That's it - super simple but effective!

Each card with its ink:
Inks used: Fresh ink in pool and turquoise

Thanks for looking!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stamp set sale!

I have many sets for sale as I'm trying to do a destash of my massive collection ... many sets are from the vault, meaning that they are no longer readily available and the price has jumped.

Just leave a comment with your email address and I will get back to you.

Prices in brackets are the original price.
See shipping and payment below list.

Papertrey Stamps and dies:
Background Basics: Vines – stamp set ($30 from the vault) -->$15 lowered to $12
Background Basics: Geometrics ($30 from the vault) --> $15 lowered to $12
Embellishments Coordinating dies ($8) --> $4

From other companies:
Hero Arts – Friends $5

Shipping available to Canada, US and International based on weight:
One sheet (Canada $1, US $2, International $3.50)
Two sheets (Canada $1.50, US $3, International $6)
Payment via Paypal.
All sets have minimal staining, if any, come with labels and are from a smoke free, pet free home. :)