Thursday, September 29, 2022

Frameworks Wreath

 I have a fall image today using a non-traditional colour scheme for the upcoming Watercolour Weekend post on the Art Impressions blog.  I practised on scrap paper first, to make sure that the foliage I chose worked, and to determine the placement of each element.

I began with the two pumpkins from 5426 WC Veggies, stamping them in N45 for a lighter image, masking the one in front before stamping the one behind.  I began my floral spray from the bottom up, and coloured the two vines from 5476 - WC Foliage Set 5 in both #533 and #158, for a two-toned look.  I stamped the tiny heart flowers from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2 in #772 repeatedly to create the pink flowers, then added the roses from #5258 - WC Flower Set 4 in #533/565.  With the wheat stamp from 5008 - WC Flower Set 3, I stamped it multiple times in #991, added the leafy branch from 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4 in #158, and the spiky flower from 5258 - WC Flower Set 4 in #772.  I used a damp brush to gently dab the images, and painted a pale wash of #533 around them.  The pumpkins were painted in with #312/992/772 and their stems with #098.  

To finish off, I added the twigs from 4964 - WC Branches Set in N55, and then used my positioner to place the frame from 5420 - Frameworks Set 1, being sure to mask off the floral scene so that just the top of it showed - using #N55.  I added a few dots to the background, then die cut it with 5061 - Square Double Stitched Dies, and mounted it with 3D foam tape onto the background.  Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Tricia & Dot have to share.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Toadstool Birthday

 I've pulled out these lovely little toadstool dies to create a birthday card for my sister.  Background die, twig wreath and toadstool dies are all from The Greetery, and the gold embossed sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio.

I spattered a little gold paint over everything to pick up on the gold sentiment.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Fall cards

 I've put together a couple of cards mixing products from Pigment Craft Company & The Greetery today.  I stamped the pumpkins & gourds last fall, so had a little stack of them to choose from.  I did some ink blending and splattering to create some simple backgrounds, and adhered everything with some thin 3D foam adhesive.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Stone Bridge Simple Scene

It's the Watercolour Weekend coming up on the Ai blog this Saturday!

I am using the new: 5577 - Stone Bridge Simple Scene to make a fall painting today. 

I coloured the entire scene with Tombow # N65 for a lighter outline, and stamped my cabin from 5262 WC Mini Cabins Set with the help of my positioner.  I painted washes of #158 and #946 on all the hillsides, and added shades of #977, 992 and 565 to the sandy banks.  The stream was done with layers of #493.  I mixed #856 with a little brown to make a duller red shade for the cabin, and did tones of #N65 to paint the chimney and the stone bridge, Using the 5372 - WC Mini Foliage set, I added fall trees around the cabin using #879 and #946, then with #158, I used the background line of trees image to add greenery on the hillsides.  The positioner helped to place the fence from 5371 - WC Barn Set perfectly behind the cabin.  To place some foliage in the foreground, I used flowers from 5475 - WC Flower Set 6 in #158/565 with grasses from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3.  To balance out the deep blue, I used #565 with the tiny flowers in 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to place flowers around the cabin, and along the bank of the stream.  #526 was painted in as the sky, and I die cut out the entire scene with my 5061 - Square Double Stitched Die.  After matting and adhering it to my background, I added a sentiment that was stamped on one of the 5133 Flag Double Stitched dies. 

Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog this Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have created.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Ornament Card

 I will be up on the Art Impressions blog this Saturday for the Watercolour Weekend post.  I am using the 5573 - Church and Ornament Set this week!  A fairly quick and easy card using only 2 stamp sets:

I began by painting a wash of #493 on my background, then placed the three ornaments in this set onto a block, keeping in mind the size of my dies.  I  then stamped them onto my Canson XL Watercolour Paper after colouring them with #N65.  I also stamped them onto masking paper, then cut them out to create little ornament masks.  With the masks in place, I used the two pine bough images from 5472 - WC Christmas Wreath Set - and colouring them with #177, I stamped them repeatedly creating Christmas tree branches for the ornaments to hang from.  With a damp brush, I dabbed the branches to soften the lines a little.  After removing the masks, I painted the ornaments in #312/346/725/993/761 - which I chose to match my background paper.  I added metallic silver paint to the tops of the ornaments, and splattered it around the entire card.  I used the new frame from the 5543 Journal Template die to cut the frame in patterned paper, and layered it with 3 pieces of cardstock to create a substantial frame.  I used another rectangle die from the set to cut out my image to be larger than the frame.

I glued everything together, matting the image on some coordinating cardstock.  The spattered silver paint adds a nice bit of sparkle to the card.  Be sure to check out the Ai blog this Saturday to see what Dot and Tricia have to share.  Happy painting!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Chrysanthemum Slimline

 I have a slimline card to share today using the Chrysanthemum Slimline stamps and stencils.  This is such an elegant stamp, and makes up so quickly.  I had fun mixing ink colours on the blooms:

I gold embossed the Perfect Sentiments stamps and cut them out with the matching die, then added it to the card base with some foam adhesive.  The Slimline Stitched Scallop frame was layered onto several other cardstock die cuts to create a fairly substantial frame, and a couple of gold pearls finished it off.

All supplies are from Pinkfresh Studio.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Say it With Stamps

 I've loved the Say it with Stamps line from Photoplay ever since it came out.  I made a couple of cards that match one I made a little while ago, and will be giving them as a gift soon.  Here is the "You" stamp and die set combined with Goldenrod paper from One Canoe Two:

Here's the card that I made it to match - using "Party" stamps and dies:

Thursday, August 25, 2022

And even more Butterflies!

 Another redo of my recent Butterflies cards using the Pinkfresh Studio stamp and stencil set.  Both this image and the full butterfly are together on one stamp, which is grea - since you always wind up with two images for two cards.  I created my own stencil by cutting a Taylored Expressions coverplate from scrap paper, and then made an inked background, matted them in matching colours and added some of the gold embossed Perfect Sentiments - also from Pinkfresh Studio.  Another 6 for my stash.

I am entering this into the Pinkfresh Studio August Challenge!  I created my own background, which is what their August theme is.

Monday, August 22, 2022

More Butterflies!

 This is re-do on a card that I made a few months ago with the lovely Butterflies stamp and stencil set from Pinkfresh Studio.  I tried a new colour combo using their inks, and quite like it.  I got six of these made!

I used their Perfect Sentiments stamp set, stamped it several times and embossed with gold embossing powder to make a huge pile of sentiments ready for me to use.  I die cut the background coverplate from white cardstock to use as my base, then created a die cut frame in a coordinating colour to my butterfly.  Some champagne pearls were added for the butterfly's heads.

Saturday, August 20, 2022


 I haven't been posting much this month - but I have been crafting like crazy!  Enjoying some new products, and getting multiples made.  Here is the new-to-me Chrysanthemum Slimline stamp set and stencil.  I love how easily this translated onto an A2 sized card:

I'd been eyeing this set for awhile, and it did not disappoint!  The stencils make it so quick and easy to colour the image in a hurry, with amazing results.  My favourite was the two-toned experiment!  I'll be doing more of these in the future.

Because I was making multiples, I stamped the Perfect Sentiments stamp set and die several times in black and gold embossed to have a huge stash of sentiments ready to add to my cards.  Stay tuned for the Slimline versions that I've been working on!  All inks, stamps and stencils are Pinkfresh Studio.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Summer Birdhouse

 I will be on the Art Impressions blog this Saturday for their Watercolour Weekend post,  and I have a summery version of the newly released 5575 - Mailbox Birdhouse Set that is part of the Watercolour Journals line, today.

I inked up my birdhouse in Tombow # 969 & #565, stamped off, and then onto my Canson XL Watercolour Paper.  With my positioner, I added two birds from 4872 - WC Birds Set, and then set about building my pots.  Using the 2 vines from 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 New I coloured just portions of them in #249, staggering them on either side.  I used two florals from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2 using #565 for the heart cluster, and #177/#703 for the stemmed florals.  After pulling out the colour from the lines of the main image, I added #526 to the pots and house, layering it darker in the shady areas, and painted in #969 on the roof and post.  Layers of #565 were added to the birds, and I dotted their eyes with my Navy Twintone marker.  Grasses from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3 in #177 were put around the post, and softened with a damp brush.  A wash of #493 created the sky.  I used my sewing machine to stitch my panel on some contrasting cardstock, and attached it to my base with some 3D foam adhesive.

Be sure to see what Dot & Tricia have to share over on the Ai blog!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Southwestern Village

 Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

I am sharing one of the newer released images from Art Impressions today, that will be on the Ai blog for the Watercolour Weekend this Saturday.  Here is my take on 5520 - WC SW Village:

I stamped one of the images in the set on my Canson XL Watercolour paper, using #992, as I wanted a lighter image.  With my stamp positioner, I added in the two mesa images from 5198 - WC Mountain Set, making the smaller one appear as though it was farther away.  The cactus from 5196 - WC Desert Set was added to appear closer to the viewer, along with rocks from 5415 - WC Large Rocks Set.  I used these colours from my palette to paint the buildings:  912, 993,761, 885, 991, 969.  The cactus was painted with #228, #177 and #173.  Layers of warm browns including #947 were painted on the mesas along with #565 as shadows.  I used my #228 marker directly on the paper to add in some foliage, and I used my Navy Twintone marker to darken all the windows.  #493 was painted in as the sky, and washes of brown were added to the ground.  After mounting the image on brown cardstock, I spattered metallic gold paint on the edges of the card, and popped up the image with 3D adhesive.

Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share.  Happy painting!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Masculine Birthday

 I made a belated birthday card for my brother-in-law this week.  This is a retired image from Art Impressions, but it fits Miles perfectly!  I made a 4 1/2" square card using some Graphic 45 papers.  The sentiment is stamped onto one of the die cuts from the new Art Impressions Journal dies - I love the dimension it adds!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Happy Anniversary

 It's our 28th Anniversary today!  I made a card for my husband, using some One Canoe Two paper, and some Tim Holtz mini Blueprint images.  I really love how the rose gold metallic paper looks with the muddy blue of the background papers.

Anyone else miss the Blueprints??  I will continue to use them as often as I can!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

For Glitzy

 A special card for one of my daughter's friends, who is turning 25 this week.  This is one of the Art Impressions freebie stamps that you can get when you order $30 or more from the Ai website (last year's image).  Piggies have a special meaning for this friend, so I made a cute little 4 1/4" square card.

The image is coloured with Copic markers, and I drew the party hat on myself.  The balloon is from the 29 Again stamp set, that I cut out and mounted with foam tape.  I tied a piece of black thread to the balloon, and then attached it to his tail.  For a little glimmer, I added Wink of Stella to the balloon, party hat and his snout.  Happy Birthday, Glitzy!

Friday, July 22, 2022

You're a Great Friend

 Ever had a card sitting unassembled on your desk for a really long time??  I'm sure I stamped this one over a year ago, and it's been shuffled around my craft room many a time.  So I finally just got it done!  Not sure why it took so long, but I played around with the layout a fair bit.  Stamps are Fleur by The Greetery and Pinkfresh Studio for the sentiment.  Background stencil is also the Greetery - and Distress Oxide Inks were used all 'round.

Even though this isn't the best photo, I wanted to show the gold embossed sentiment, and the circle is a lovely matte gold colour.

Monday, July 18, 2022

And more Popsicles...

 Another version!  I made two of these tonight, using a Taylored Expressions Cover Plate as a mask to ink blend some Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink on my background, and then spattered it on top.  I kept the colours a little softer, and added a pink sentiment.  Happy with these!

The fruit, leaves and sentiment are "Fruity" from the Pigment Craft Co. and the popsicles are from Stampin' Up.


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