Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Today's card was a bit of an experiment and I wasn't sure how it was going to end up.  I'm not totally happy with the final product but it was a good learning experience.  I used the inspiration photo from Fusion and the sketch from The Challenge.

My background was made using alcohol inks on glossy paper.  I used several different light-colored inks.  I then stamped the main image in Versafine Onyx Black and some text images in Archival Viridian ink.  The Versafine ink is not waterproof ink and it didn't dry so I had to clear-emboss it.  Doh!  I sponged around the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink then cut the panel into six pieces before adhering it to black then Cherry Cobbler panels.

The card base is Crumb Cake overstamped with Hardwood in Sahara Sand ink.  It also had the edges sponged.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Inkadinkado 91089-Y, Long Writing Background (HeroArts), Hardwood (SU)
Ink:  Alcohol inks, Versafine Onyx black, Archival Viridian, Vintage Photo Distress, Sahara Sand
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Glossy White
Accessories:  Clear EP


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Red Gift

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday!  This week, Deanne has challenged us to use a gift on our cards.

My first attempt at this challenge was not very successful - I didn't have a great time in my craft room this past weekend :(  So I thunk and I thunk and I remembered that late last year, I made cards for all my fellow Merry Makers and I never posted them on my blog.   So off to the archives I went and I found this card:

Each of the cards I made for my fellow team members had the same basic layout but different papers and images.  This one had a gift!  What you can't see in the photo is that where each panel of paper joins the others, I ran the cross stitch embossing folder over the joins.  I think this is my favorite ever Christmas paper.

Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to the blog to check out the creations from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Christmas Greetings (PTI), Color Me Christmas (SU)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, PTI tag die, cross stitch embossing folder (SU), copic markers


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Catch that Umbrella

Hi and welcome to my blog.  After a weekend of failed card attempts, I finally have something that I'm not embarrassed to post!  This card uses the colors from ColourQ, the sketch from Seize the Sketch and the animal theme from Friday Mashup.

I started out watercoloring the whole card after white embossing the images.  And what a yucky vision that was :)  So I watercolored the background then Copic-colored the fox and umbrella. Much better!  Unfortunately my little fox and my sentiment have manufacturing flaws and my fox looks like his tummy has been attacked by a vicious predator!  I cleaned him up as best I could before stamping him, but there are still some problems.  The sentiment has an extra dot under the "C" in "come".  

I had to use the best matches to the ColourQ colors I had, so my fox looks more orange than Cajun Craze, sorry!

Thanks for visiting.  I've just got a new laptop and after spending several days downloading programs, I'm now trying to get used to a new, very low profile, keyboard, so any typos are due to that (promise!).

I think this card is a message to me, more than anything!  I finished my job on Friday - I'd been with the company for 32 years and in that job for 19 years, so it was a big step.  I loved my job but it was restructured so I decided that was the universe's way of pushing me out of the nest.  I'll take a couple of months then hope to find another job.  Hopefully I'll be just as happy in my next job!

Products used:

Stamps:  Up and Away (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Whisper White, watercolor, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Watercolors, Copic Markers, Up and Away dies, Lil Inker Square dies


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Butterfly Leaves

Hi and welcome to my blog!  Today is one of my favorite days of the week - Freshly Made Sketch day!  And as a special treat for us all, this week our Guest Designer - the very talented Kim Singdahlsen - is our sketch hostess.  This is Kim's last week with us and I'm sure you'll agree her cards have been fabulous!   Check out the fantastic sketch Kim has for us:

And here's my card:

My background panel is using the bokeh technique, although it's very hard to see in the photo.  

After making my bokeh panel, I inked up the leaf stamp using several green distress inks to give a variegated effect.  The butterfly was colored with Copics and painted with Wink of Stella to give it a shimmer.  The sentiment is white-embossed onto the card base.

Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to the blog and check out the rest of the creations from the Design Team.  

Products used:

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri (SU), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI), Leafy Accents (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Unicorn White, Distress Inks (greens)
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Leafy Accents die, Butterfly Punch, copics, Wink of Stella, Watercolor Paints


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cowboy Wish

Today's card uses the sketch from Retro Sketches and the cowboy theme from Sweet Stampin' Challenge.  Check out this cowboy... :)

This is the cowboy from the very old Stampin' Up set called Wild, Wild West.  Isn't he a honey, LOL!  I colored him with copics then sponged some Antique Linen Distress ink over the crisp white Xpress-it cardstock to tone it down a bit.  For all that the cowboy is pretty cute, I think my favorite part of this card is the background!

I signed up to Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 at Online Card Classes and have been enjoying learning new techniques.  For this background, I sponged various distress inks onto a piece of Whisper White, then flicked water onto the panel.  Once I'd dried that, I inked up the text stamp from Papillon with Picket Fence Distress Stain then stamped over the panel.  Here's a look at the card before I adhered Mr Cowboy.  It could be a card all by itself!

The little tag is from Simon Says Stamp and has been sponged then stamped with a couple of little stars from the same Mama Elephant as the embossed sentiment.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:  Wild, Wild West (SU), Papillon (Tim Holtz), Make a Wish (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Various Distress Inks, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Picket Fence Distress Stain, SSS Tag Dies, Spiral Punch (SU), Black EP, Linen Thread, Black Brad


Watercolored Wreath

Hi and welcome back for another Merry Monday challenge.  Bonnie is our challenge hostess this week and she is asking us to feature a wreath on our cards.

For my card, I decided to try a new-to-me technique called No Line Coloring (I think!) 

I stamped the wreath image onto watercolor paper using Fog ink, which is a very light color.  I then used the stamped outline as the basis for my watercoloring, using watercolor paints to create the wreath.  I used three different greens and two different red.  I struggled a bit with the bow because the Tim Holtz image I used was very detailed (good image for a first attempt at this technique - not!)

I wasn't sure whether I should post a close-up of the wreath because I had a little accident which is visible up close!  Right near the end, after I'd put some Dazzling Details on the little berries I'd painted on, I decided to run the image through the Big Shot with the Stitched Mat die.  Big mistake!  The Dazzling Details smeared and I got a splodge of red paint/dazzling details on the inside the of the wreath.  I tidied it up as best I could, but you can still see it.  Doh!

I used the sketch from the current Fusion challenge for the layout of this card.

Anyway, that's the story of this card!  Head on over to the Merry Monday blog and check out the beautiful creations from the rest of the Design Team.

Thanks for visiting.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Mini Holidays (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Fog (SSS), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Watercolor Paper, Old Olive, Basic Black, Jolly Holiday DSP
Accessories:  Watercolor Paints, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles, Basic Rhinestones, Dazzling Details


Saturday, 23 August 2014


Hi and welcome on this cool Saturday afternoon.  I shouldn't complain because it is still winter here and we have had some sunshine today!  I took some time between loads of laundry to make a card using sketch 304 from clean & simple and the theme word from CASology which is Java.

I started with a white linen card base, then laid the largest oval from the Lil Inkers Stitched Mats oval dies.  I masked around the outside then sponged the Splatters stencil using Frayed Burlap ink.  After removing the stencil, but before removing the die, I sponged Old Paper ink inside the oval.

The central image is an old stamp from a New Zealand company called Rubbadubbadoo and it was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Some enamel dots (both homemade and bought) in coffee and latte tones finish off the card.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Rubbadubbadoo
Ink:  Distress Inks in Old Paper and Frayed Burlap, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White Linen
Accessories:  Enamel dots, Tim Holtz Splatters Stencil, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Ovals die


Edited to Add:  This card got an Honorable Mention at CASology.