Monday, 19 March 2018

Coffee Time

Good Morning.
Meet today's card.
Just a simple card I created using a new to me stamp set by Altenew.  It is a fun set with lots of great images in it of coffee and tea cups and some splatters thrown in just for fun.

I have to begin by saying that I do enjoy my coffee and it makes me happy drinking it especially if I am with my girlfriend and we are out at our favourite coffee shop.

I began creating my card by inking up a piece of acetate with Distress Oxide inks, sprayed the sheet with water and pressed onto my paper.  I have found it best to dry each layer of colour before applying the next to prevent making a muddy mess.  These inks layer so wonderfully over one another and still maintain their colour after layering.

To see my mini-tutorial go here:

When the inking was all dry, I placed the images into my Misti, inked with Memento black and stamped.  

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Corrosive Challenge- ANYTHING GOES
Crafty Friends- FOR A SPECIAL LADY
(best friend)
Creative Fingers- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Coffee With a Splash (Altenew)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Oxides (Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet,
Seedless Preserves- TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- sheet of acetate; Misti; Mister (TH)

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Fancy Flowers

Happy Saturday!
Had some fun creating this card using my Distress Oxide inks.
The technique is one where the ink applied is lifted with water.  That can be easily done with DOX's as they are a great water based ink.

Here's what I did to create my card.
I began by inking up my card front using some Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks.  Next, when the ink was dry, I rubbed the whole front with an anti-static pad.  This helps the embossing powder stick just where you want it to and not all over your inked background.
I then positioned my flowers inside my Misti, inked them with Versamark and white heat embossed them.  It is best to use an 'open' image for this technique.
I went into the flowers with a wet paintbrush and lifted the ink from the petals and leaves being sure to rinse my brush frequently to remove the ink from it.
I added colour to my flowers by painting them in with some purple Distress Oxide ink and a paintbrush.
The sentiment was also stamped with Versamark and white heat embossed.
Lastly, I splattered the whole piece with some water to lift the colour and white heat embossed the edges.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Crafty Creations- ANYTHING GOES
Creative Moments- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Winter Flowers (SSS); Garden of Life (Rubbernecker)
Inks- Versamark; DOX-Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white EB powder; heat tool; anti-static pad; paintbrush

Friday, 16 March 2018

Garden Silhouettes- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Welcome and meet today's card.
Time for another card for the 

Great theme this month....Garden.

For the challenge this month, we ask that you include a garden and not just a flower.

We welcome Nonni from Nonni's Handmade Cards as our GD this month.  

Here's what I did to create my card.
I began by masking off my card front so I would have a nice clean white border when I was done.
Next, I inked the back of Mini Sweet Peas stencil with Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper to give me a monoprint.
*Be sure to let your paper dry when working with Distress Oxide inks, they smear when wet.*

When that was all dry, I stamped these flowers from Art Journey over the top using some more Distress Oxide inks.
I decided not to add a sentiment so my card could be used for any occasion.

I hope you will come and play along with us.

Adding my card to these challenge:
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
Inspiration Destination- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey)
Inks- Distress Oxides (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet )
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- stencil- Mini Sweet Peas (TCW); Misti; Mister (TH); Post It Tape

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Welcome Spring- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for another card for 

Our theme this month is Anything Goes and the DT's are all using some beautiful digital images to create our cards this month.
You also have a chance at winning these images from EunJi Jung at DotBStamp.

For my card, I printed out these lovely flowers images and watercoloured them using Brushos diluted with water.  I chose shades of yellow and oranges that reminded me of warm summer colours.
Using my Misti, I stamped a plaid background from Concord and 9th using some Peacock Feather Distress ink and set aside to dry. 
I die-cut a stitched frame and mounted the flowers over the corner of the frame and added the plaid background.  I stamped the sentiment in the top corner then lastly, using a fine line black marker, I colored in some of the flower center details then I covered the flower centers with Glossy Accents to give some shine.

You still have time to come and play along with us.
Thanks so much for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Cute Card Thursday- CELEBRATE
Seize the Birthday- TEAL AND WHITE

Stamps- Digital (DotBStamp); Happy Birthday (Studio G); Plaid (Concord and 9th)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peacock Feathers (Distress)
Paper- Heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti, Glossy Accents (Ranger); Brushos; paintbrush;
fine line black marker; Tombow glue; stitched die (MFT)

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Memories to Treasure

Hello and Welcome.
I'm playing with inks again to see what colour combinations I can come up with other then blue (wink, wink). 
Today, I am using the 'Swipe Your Credit Card' technique for this card.
I need a few sympathy cards for my stash so tried to make this one soft and muted and suitable for giving at a most difficult time.

So for my card front, I dipped the edge of an old credit card into some wet Distress Oxide ink and dragged it over my card front till I was satisfied with the coverage.
When that way dry, I rubbed my inked paper with a non-static pad and then white heat embossed the leaves and buds.  Using a shade of purple, I did a loose watercolor onto the leaves to help make them pop.  
I placed this lovely sentiment into my Misti and stamped using some black Memento ink and mounted the whole piece on a complimentary colour of cardstock.

Thanks so much for the visit.
Have a great week.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- Girl Power
Sweet Stampin'- INSPIRED BY A SONG
(Memories by Barbara Streisand)

Stamps- Memory (Verses); Winter Flowers (SSS)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac Distress Ox (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- old credit card; white eb powder; heat tool; Misti; Mister (TH)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Savannah Giraffes

Happy Saturday!
Meet today's card inspired by a new stamp I just picked up from Technique Junkies.
I love this sculptural looking tree and just had to have it.
I wanted to make a totally unusual background as well so here is what I did.

I began by stamping the large Alpha Collage onto my paper using grey Memento ink.  I wanted the letters to be visible but not prominent.  Using a ruler, I drew in a grid pattern and watercolored the squares using my Distress inks, trying to give each square some variation of colour by using similar shades and adding more or less water.
When that was all dry, I placed the stamp into my Misti and inked it with black Memento.  I then clear heat embossed the image to help make it pop.
I mounted the whole piece onto a piece of black then colored cardstock and then to my white card front.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you are inspired to use your background stamps in a different way too.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Time Out- BOLD
Alphabet Challenge- 'Y' YOUR CHOICE

Stamps- Savannah Giraffes (Technique Junkies); Alpha Collage (Hampton Arts)
Ink- Tuxedo Black, London Fog Memento; Distress inks in various colours (TH)
Paper- heavy white, black and yellow cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (Sweet Petunia); clear eb powder; heat tool, Copic marker, 
paint brush

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Good Morning.

Here is a simple card I made while playing with my Distress Oxide inks and a credit card.  
I showed some cards I had created on my blog months ago about how to do this technique but I will give you a short review.

I used a heavy weight cardstock instead of watercolour paper so the ink would sit on top of the paper and not soak in.  I rubbed the Oxide ink directly onto my non-stick craft sheet, sprayed with water and dipped just the edge of my credit card into the ink and then dragged it across and down my paper.
When it was dry, I placed the piece inside my Misti to stamp the flower and add the sentiment.

Thanks so much for coming to take a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
Crafty Cardmakers- FLORAL DELIGHT

Stamps- Agapanthus Cluster (Stampendous); Agapanthus Long (Stampendous);
Fill Your Heart (Rubbernecker)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean
Distress Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; credit card; Mister (TH); non-stick mat (TH)