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


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time for Tea

It's Freshly Made Sketches day and this week, the supremely talented and hilarious Linda Callahan is our hostess.  And here's her sketch:

There are so many options for the two floral elements - they don't have to be flowers.  For my card I went with circles.

The blue circles started out white and were sponged with Tumbled Glass ink.  Once that was dry, I stamped over the top with an image from Tim Holtz's Papillon set and Picket Fence Distress Stain.  This gave a very subtle impression.  For the horizontal panel, I sponged with Scattered Straw ink.  The Distress Stain didn't show against the lemon color, so I over-stamped with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink.  You can see some of the subtle over-stamping in this close-up.

The teapot and teacup were colored with Copics and then cut out and adhered with dimensionals.  Some gray twine finished off the card.

Thanks for looking.  Be sure to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Cup of Life (Verve), Papillon (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold
Cardstock:  White Linen, Whisper White, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copics, American Crafts Twine, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Circles


Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Welcome to another Merry Monday challenge.  This week, Sue is our challenge hostess and she has a color challenge for us - black, gold and silver.

I chose to use black and white as my main colors, with splatters of gold and silver made with Twinkling H2Os, which I've just re-discovered after not using them for many years.

I used a die cut sent to me by my Merry Monday Secret Santa last year and black-embossed it a couple of times to give it some dimension and shine.  For the white panel, I simply flicked Twinkling H2Os in gold and silver onto the panel using a paintbrush.  Once it dried, I adhered the sentiment and then finished the card with some rhinestones.  In this next photo, you can see the shimmer:

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have time to join in the challenge.  Don't forget - Christmas isn't that far away :)

Products used:

Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories:  Black EP, Gold and Silver Twinkling H2Os, Basic Rhinestones


Monday, 18 August 2014

Triangle Celebration

Today's card started out as my background for this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge, but then I couldn't work out how to deal with the rectangular panel over the top, so I parked this card and created something else for FMS.  

I hate throwing away my stamped bits so this card base was sitting on the side of my desk and then along came the Addicted to CAS challenge with its code word of "Geometric".  Perfect!  So I resurrected my card, added a sentiment and some homemade enamel dots and I was done.

The card base started with the triangle image from Trifecta being white embossed then each individual triangle being colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I then went looking for a sentiment to fit the space and Shenanigans worked perfectly.  

I'm also entering this into the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Linky Party.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Trifecta (Mama Elephant), Shenanigans (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Prismacolor Pencils, White EP, Enamel Dots