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.
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.

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.

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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. :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

April 2016 Papertrey Blog Hop


This month's inspiration picture is very cool  over on the Papertrey Blog hop... I took the concentric overlapping circles and used those as my jumping off point.  I created some stencils with different size circles and used some makeup sponges (!!) and Avery Elle/Fresh ink for overlapping colours.  What fun!  I used shades of blues, teals and greens because they were calling to me from my wide array of inks. :)  Here are the colours I used:
Avery Elle: Aquamarine, Sea Glass
Fresh Ink: Pool, Blue Sage, Sicilian Blue, Turquoise
 A very simple card with an unusual layout in the corner on a piece of Kraft cardstock as my base.  I used lots of foam tape behind to make sure it was tacked down properly and a Hugs die using a perfume packaging that I loved the colour of ... :) It is a divine scent that I love called  from Giorgio Armani.   I just love it but only buy it when there is a special as it is not cheap ...  At any rate, the packaging is this pale peachy pink that makes me think of the amazingly talented Debby Hughes ... 
I layered multiple die cuts to make it more substantial and glued it on using my new favourite adhesive - Tombo Mono Aqua.  Clear and fab!
A bit of clear Wink of Stella on the die cut and that's it!  Well, I'm off to hop and take a look at everyone's wonderful creations.  Happy hopping! :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

CASology week 182: adore


This week's challenge over on the CASology blog is all about the word ADORE.  I decided to use this as my reminder to get some Valentine's cards made.

I grabbed some anaglypta wallpaper samples and used my PTI hearts coverplate.  I also cut out some red shimmer card stock and scrap black hearts as well.  (The black is actually packaging from some perfume - it had a nice texture and heft to it!) 
I added the hearts and stamped the sentiment multiple times with my trusty MISTI which worked perfectly with the ever popular Versafine Onyx Black.  If I had done this on my own, it would've never worked, especially stamping on textured wallpaper!!
 I made a few more Valentine cards - this one using the Gold Luxe pack from PTI.
The 'U' is stamped with Fresh Ink fuschia and some Versafine Onyx Black.  Lots of double and triple stamping with the MISTI, again!
And my last one was with some Avery Elle orchid ink and Bloomer bursts from PTI with the sentiment from the same company.  The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Ink fuschia and Versafine.
I raised this panel up with some foam tape to add a little texture to an otherwise incredibly simple card! :)
Thank you to CASology for getting me to get these Valentines done!! :)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stamp-a-Faire - Mixing Colours: For you

For this challenge, Dawn challenged us to mix colours we might not usually mix or use.  I grabbed an old favourite I haven't used for a while, Round Repeats, and chose some colours from the Fresh Ink and Avery Elle pigment shades I have: Mint to Be, Pool, Sugar Plum and Turquoise.
I took a 110lb white Recollections wine bottle tag die cut and started stamping the various colours directly across from each other.
 I love this set because it is so simple but so versatile.  I wanted to make a wine tag for a card set I am gifting to someone.  They are such useful things to include in a set and so simple to make.
I did some selective stamping for the sentiment using the Hooray set - just a simple sentiment to make sure that the tag is versatile.
And here it is on a wine bottle just so you can see how it would look ... although this bottle is longer than most.  I got this in France when I was there - I've been to the vineyard in California but this is the original one back in Europe - Domaines Schlumberger.  Sooo delicious!

I am thankful to Dawn for pushing me to use colours I wouldn't usually use together ... it's always good to creatively stretch, right!

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