Monday, June 17, 2019

Let's Toast Father's Day

I picked up this cute set of Lawn Fawn stamps & dies last week, so couldn't wait to pull them out to make a card.  Here's what I made my husband for Father's Day using "Let's Toast":
 I love that the dies include the little slits for the toast to pop out of!  I bought the Pull tab add on, also - so you're going to see a lot more of this stamp set in the future.
You can find the stamp/die set, plus the pull tab add-on at The Crafter's Workshop in Stouffville!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Watercolour Weekend Scene

I loved putting this mix of stamp sets together - I was really happy to see that the smallest bicycle in the 5124 - WC Bicycle Set was the perfect scale to work with the 5013 - WC Door Set, allowing me to create a little scene today!
 I coloured the door with my N65 Cool Grey 5 Tombow marker, and stamped it slightly to the left of center.  Still using N65, I stamped the bicycle and the bricks from 5018 Cobblestone Set, using my stamp positioner to get everything just so.  I used 2 pots from the retired 3498 Series 6 Set 2, but the ones in the 4869 WC Small Container Set would work here.  With my dampened #4 paintbrush, I softened the lines on all the images, and pulled out the colour to create a few shadows.  From the 5009 WC Mini Flower Set, I used the tiny greenery stamp with 158 Dark Olive and the dotted floral stamp with 565 Deep Blue and  991 Light Ochre to add the flowers and foliage to the pots, bike basket and over the door.  I dabbed all of these lightly with my brush, as I didn't want to lose the definition of the images.
 Using my N95 Cool Grey 1 marker and a stamp from the 5019 - WC Wall Texture Set, I added the pale grey stones on either side of the door.  To keep them from looking repetitious, I flipped the stamp upside down for the second side, and didn't colour all of the stones.  I picked up 515 Light Blue from my palette with a fair bit of water to give an aqua-coloured wash to the stone wall.  After scribbling 856 Chinese Red and 969 Chocolate onto my palette, I coloured the door and bicycle in red and used the brown to create a wooden doorframe and pots.  I wanted everything to look well worn, so kept my brush strokes fairly streaky.  I used 565 to add shadows in and around all of the images. With the small grass from the WC Foliage Set 1 and the 158, I added grass in around the bike & bricks, and with the excess colour after painting them with my brush, I added a pale green wash to the ground.
 To finish, I used the 5062 Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched Die to cut out the image and used the smallest one in the set to cut out my sentiment (Hello! is from 5136 - WC Sentiment Set 2).  Both were matted with some brown cardstock and the sentiment was attached with 3D pop dots.  Be sure to visit the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to show you this week.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

HSN cards for Art Impressions

I was lucky enough to have a couple of my cards shown on the Home Shopping Network this week!  Art Impressions had several features on air on Tuesday, and I made a couple of cards featuring the 4926 Holiday Mansion stamp set, and the Garden Add-On:
 For my first card, I did a little paper piecing, stamping the house on some subtly patterned soft pink paper.  I stamped it again on some white cardstock, then coloured & cut out the roof and details before gluing them on.  I kept my colour palette fairly limited, to coordinate with the background paper.
 A closeup of the main image that I raised on pop dots over the oval mat.  I made the birds into robins!  Each of those little images come as a stamp, and there is a tiny die to cut out each one.  The house comes with dies that cut out the windows, shutters, and doors, so you can peek different images out of or behind each area.
My sunrise card was an idea that I had immediately when I knew I was using the Garden Add-on set (you buy the mansion stamp, and can add on Christmas/Easter/Halloween/Bday sets to change it up!)  I couldn't get ahold of a sunburst stencil or die for my quick turnaround, so I made my own stencil - scroll down and you'll see what I came up with.  It only took a few minutes to create with a ruler & exacto knife, then I used Distress Oxide inks to create the rays on my cardstock.  I cut the circle of the sun and the hillside using some stitched dies & patterned paper, and cut the clouds out of some fun paper as well.  This time I snuck the sentiment inside the door, so you can see it when you open it up.
Lot's of work, but so worth it - these were such fun to make!  You can see all of the Holiday Mansion collection HERE on the Ai website. Here is the creation of my sunburst:

Happy stamping!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Window Watercolour

I have been prepping for an upcoming watercolour class that I'm teaching on windows, and this is one of the samples that I've made to show.  It's not what we're creating, but a variation on the theme.  Here is WC Window Set #5014 from Art Impressions:
 Also used are WC Foliage Set 4, WC Mini Critter Set, WC Wishing Well Mini Set, WC Harvest Set, WC Mini Flower Set and Foliage Set 1.  All markers are Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Watercolour Bicycle 2.0

I have another Art Impressions Watercolour bike to share today!  When I am painting images for my Watercolour Weekend posts, I often do more than one, switching up the colours a little, maybe positioning the images a little differently, or changing the flowers.  Here's my second card using WC Bicycle Set and WC Cats Set:
 I used pinks and a warmer blue shade in this one, and more of a warm brown kitty.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bicycle Watercolour

I have my first June Watercolour Weekend post to share today - (it'll be on the Ai blog on June 1st).  It's my first time painting the new-for-2019 #5124 WC Bicycle Set and I've paired it with the #4873 WC Cats Set:
I began by colouring the bicycle with my #N65 Cool Grey Tombow Marker, and stamping it onto my watercolour paper.  I pulled out the colour with a damp #4 brush, leaving more colour where the shadows fall.  I was careful not to colour a portion of the rear tire, leaving a space to stamp my cat with the help of my stamp positioner (also in #N65.) Using the trailing vines from the #5126 WC Foliage Set 4 and my #158 Dark Olive marker, I stamped them several times in the bike's basket without reinking.  With the floral cluster from the #4052 Flower Set, I stamped multiples with #565 Deep Blue in the basket and around the wheels.  From the #5009 WC Mini Flower Set, I used the cluster of tiny flowers, and stamped them into the 2nd basket, using #158 & #565.  Also from the Mini Flower Set, I used the dot cluster in #991 Light Ochre, filling in the basket and around the tires.  I used the tiny foliage stamp with #158 to fill in some greenery, and then used #856 Chinese Red/#158 to add the tall flowers to the basket.  With a damp brush, I dabbed the flowers & greenery, not wanting to lose the definition of the images.
Using the two longer grasses from Foliage Set 4, and the small grass from the #4051 Foliage Set, I added grasses around the tires & cat, and then pulled out the colour with my paintbrush to add a green wash on the ground.  Taking #565 from my palette, I painted in the sky and added shadows to the bike, ground and cat.  I wanted just a touch of colour on the bicycle, so I picked up #515 Light Blue off of my palette and added it to the metal parts.  I used #850 Flesh to add colour directly to the cat's ears.
I die cut my image with a Wonky stitched square die, matted it with dark blue cardstock and adhered it to my base with pop dots.  The final card is 5 3/4" square.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


I had fun colouring up all the panda images from Art Impressions' new Funny Farm release: Pandtastic #5113.  I was supposed to make two of them for Creativation, but kept going and wound up with four cards using these wonderful Lawn Fawn papers:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wedding Ideas for Watercolor Weekend

April showers bring May showers where I'm from!  But I am all about May flowers today, and have a trio of free-form wedding ideas to share for my Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend post.
I've had the idea for the dress card floating around in my head for awhile, ever since I created my "Love" card a few months ago (scroll down to the end of my post, and you'll see my first effort in this style of stamping).  I wanted to use the Ai floral & foliage stamps to create a sort of life-like embroidery look, and kept going to create a grouping of wedding themed items.
 I sketched the outline of my dress in pencil, directly onto my watercolor paper, and indicated where I wanted the higher points around the hemline to be.  Using the Daisy Bunch in Flower Set 4052 and my #703 Pink Rose marker I stamped it three times without reinking, multiple times around the hem, and again on the neckline.  I repeated this with the tiny cluster from 5009 WC Mini Flower Set and #676 Royal Purple.  For my last flower, I used the Mini Foxglove from Flower Set 4052 and #533 Peacock Blue, stamping it three times in a row to create the flower stalk.
With my #126 Light Olive marker, I coloured just the tip of both of the trailing ivy stamps in 4876 WC Foliage Set 2 New to fill in the greenery, making sure to change directions to keep it looking random.  I used my damp #4 paintbrush to dab at each of the flowers & foliage to soften each image and enliven the colours.  It became apparent where the holes were on my 'embroidery', so I used the small green from 4876 WC Foliage Set 2 and #158 Dark Olive to fill in those white spaces.  I left these as is, not using my paintbrush, as it defined the shape of the foliage a bit more.  I traced the pencil outline of the dress with #533, and used this colour with my brush to add some shading.  I picked up #565 Deep Blue from my palette and painted a background wash around the dress.  Finally, I went in with all of the markers directly onto the image to add in a few deeper colours.  The sentiment is from WC Sentiment Set 2, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  I used my sewing machine to stitch the panel to some coordinating cardstock and adhered it to my base with pop dots, then glued on some irridescent sequins.
The colours and stamps are all the same for my other two projects.  For this card, I sketched in the cake and the table, just adding foliage to each layer.  I sketched in a heart as my cake topper, and painted in a few ripples on the tablecloth.  I stamped this sentiment separately, matting and stitching around it, and adhered it with pop dots going off the right edge.
As a fun little add on, I painted a bouquet and drew in a ribbon bow underneath it to use as a placecard:
Once you own a few of the basic flower & foliage sets (or really just one of each!) you have everything you need to create your own projects like these.  Head on over to the Ai blog this Saturday to see what the rest of the Watercolor Guest Design Team have to share.
Here was my first cluster-stamped project:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New Ai Funny Farm (Hedgehogs!)

Anything hedgehogs makes for a great card, in my opinion!  There are two new Funny Farm sets available in the Art Impressions store this spring, and today I have two Hedgehogs #5112 cards to share:
 These are quick and easy to colour images, so you can make a few cute cards in no time.  I used Copic markers, matted and adhered to my card bases with pop dots.
I'll be back with more Funny Farm (pandas!) soon - Happy stamping!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!

A very Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow Mothers out there!  One of my children is currently in Thailand, the other will be joining us later to visit his Grandmother and then a family dinner - so life is good.  We almost lost my Mother-in-law over Christmas this year, but she pulled through, and we're so happy to spend another Mother's Day with her.  Here's what I came up with for her:
I used a pre-printed paper from Echo Park's Flower Market 6x6 pad, so all it needed was a stamped sentiment and the happy word that I die cut from some patterned paper.  I stitched it to some cardstock, added a few sequins, and popped it up with pop dots.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ai Housework set!

Two more fun Art Impressions cards to share today, from their newest Work & Play release, now available on the Ai website.  Here's what I made with the Housework Set #5110:
 Once again, Ai comes out with a fun set, filled with great sentiments we can all relate to.  My first card is a 5 1/2" square one, coloured with Copic markers, and featuring some stitching from my sewing machine.
And that little cat on the Roomba??  Cracks me up.


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