Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Eat, Sleep, Craft Repeated 2018

Our 2nd annual Creative Craft Retreat in BC
has been so much fun!

Alex took this photo of 6 smiling faces:-)

We have been playing with new and old techniques for 5 days and still have one
more fun day of techniques, sharing, laughter, chatting and eating!

Here is my cool underwater scene card!

I used Christine's stamps and sentiment. The stamped images were from Invisible Image. 
The sentiment a Rubbernecker stamp.

I will soon be sharing finished cards after I return home.  I did finish
one card using Alcohol Ink and blended with Blending Solution Technique.  
Then stamped my images with Archival Ink.

I am also sharing photos of our Dirty Pour Canvas paper Technique.

Very marbled look with many color variations.   They will make beautiful backgrounds 
or can be used for die cuts.

We all have had so much fun creating together and making such wonderful 
close friendships.

Our dear friends,  Bonnie Klass and Nance Salkeld joined us via Skype for 3 days!

I will be home in a couple of days and will be catching up with my commenting, etc.
and of course,  gardening.  Denny has been so busy getting our garden ready, mowing, and
more.  After having afternoon tea at Susan's and seeing her gorgeous 
garden's,  I really started to get homesick,  but still enjoying our
couple more days of crafting:-)

I am closing with a cute photo that Darnell took of Christine, Loll, Susan and myself
at Susan's beautiful tea party:-)  Hats courtesy of Susan.

Thank you again Christine for hosting our retreat at your beautiful home,  Loll for all the organizing and Susan for the lovely tea party.  Thank you Darnell for always being so entertaining:-)

Enjoy and Happy Crafting my friends.  Hugs...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Twofer May Butterfly Challenge

Loving how our butterflies are showing up on our flowers.
The perfect Challenge for Challenge #5, Darnell!

I used a NBUS stamp set "Layered Butterflies" designed by Shirley of "Bees Knees".
Shirley is one of the talented designers for STAMPlorations.

Here are my Two Cards.  

Here is a close up of my card using Bisters pigment powders for the background.

Of all the backgrounds I made recently on our trailer camping/hiking vacation, 
this background with my new (to me) Bisters pigment powders was my favorite.

I just sprinkled Bisters on Strathmore Hot Press paper
and spritzed with water using  my TH spritzer.
I used: Mahogany, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Natural and black Bisters.

After getting home I finished my card by Die Cutting the piece
with CUTplorations Crazy Double Stitch Rectangle Die.

Then placed in MISTI and Stamped my Butterfly.  Next stamped sentiment
using a piece of Mahogany colored white CS.

Popped image up on SU Whisper White Thick card base using
fun foam and Done!

I loved how it turned out. 

Here is the Close Up of my 2nd card.  Same butterfly stamp,  but very different design.

Shirley has many card samples using her new "Layered Butterflies" stamp set.  
Be sure and check out her blog (shirley-bee's stamping).

I was inspired by This Gorgeous card by Shirley.  Mine turned out very different,
but still liked the results.  Thanks Shirley.

I used Distress Ink refills:Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord and SU 
Daffodil Delight inks.  I added small drops of DI's and blew with a straw.
I added the yellow by stamping with the smaller stamps.

Next fussy cut my butterfly and set aside.
Then used diluted splatters of the blue and yellow inks for a background.

Then stamped the sentiment and die cut the card front with Penny Black Antique Frame Die.

Shaped my butterfly with my bone folder and popped up with dimensionals.
Finally popped up the main image with fun foam and done.

I would like to try Shirley's technique with Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper.

Thank you Shirley for the inspiration and your awesome new stamp set:-)

Be sure and check out the fun challenge and wonderfully creative Twofer designs
by Darnell and her amazing DT and GD plus...the growing gallery!
You have until the 24th to play along. Hugs.

Adding 1st card to STAMPlorations: CAS Challenge: CAS Things with Wings

 STAMPlorations Theme and Sketch: Only Theme this month..Things with Wings

STAMPplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Inspiration Projects #173..Shirley..Things with Wings

Supplies Card #1:
Stamps: Layered Butterflies
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick.  Strathmore Hot Press.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  SU Daffodil Delight.
         Bisters Pigment Inks: Mahogany, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Natural and black.
Accessories: MISTI. TH Spritzer. CUTplorations Crazy Double Stitch Rectangle Die. SU papersnips.  Fun Foam.

Supplies Card #2:
Stamps: Layered Butterflies
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick.  Strathmore Hot Press.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  TH Distress Ink Refills.  SU Daffodil Delight.
Accessories: MISTI.  SU Bone Folder and dimensional.  Penny Black Antique Frame Die. Fun Foam.  Flat paint brush for splatter. Straw.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hosted by Loll

Here is my Rainbow card filled with Hugs!

I had so much fun watercoloring my Distress Ink Rainbow colors.
 Added ink to small rectangular acrylic block and spritzed with water using TH Spritzer, 
then stamped onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

I used these Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Spice Marmalade, Wild Honey, 
Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet.  

I repeated my acrylic block stamping twice more for a real vibrant effect.
Drying between layers.
Next I die cut my piece with my MB Stitched Rectangle Die.

To add more dimension and pull the colors together,  I drew the circles
with my Staedler Pen using my Kaisercraft "Bubbly Stencil"!

Then added my CUTplorations "Hugs" word die that I cut 
from a scrap in my Distress Ink Smooshing Stash,
popping it up on a black die cut Hugs for more dimension and a shadow effect.

I then attached my main image with fun foam to my SU Whisper White card base.
And Done!  Loved the vibrant rainbow colors.

You have until the 24th to play along at CAS Watercolour. Be sure and check out
the gorgeous samples by our DT and awesome GD Hannelie (desert diva).

Happy Rainbow creating my friends.  Hugs..

Paper: SU Whisper White Thick.  Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Spice Marmalade, Wild Honey, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet.  
Accessories: MB Stitched Rectangle die. Small Rectangle Acrylic Block. TH Spritzer. Kaisercraft "Bubbly Stencil". Staedler black pen. CUTplorations Word Die Hugs. Fun Foam. SU fine tip glue pen.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May CAS Mix Up Reminder

Time for our CAS Mix Up Reminder hosted by Bonnie.

My card using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Stamping, and Dry Embossing.

I used SU "Layered Leaves" Dynamic Textured Impressions folder, 
which gave a dense design onto my Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

A Tip: when using dense designs, break CS fiber by spritzing
lightly with water or bending and sliding gently against edge of table or desk.
This prevents image from cracking.

I cut image down to a panel size and watercolored with T.H. Distress Crayons:
Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron,
Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves for a rainbow effect.

I scribbled each crayon color onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.
I used a #2 watercolor brush to color each rainbow colored leaf.
I had no idea there was so much pigment in Distress Crayons, 
so works beautifully for watercoloring.

I watercolored the border with Chipped Sapphire, so colors would match and attached
to SU Whisper White Thick Card Base.

Then stamped the sentiment using Festive Inks Distress Ink.
Adding Rhinestone and Done.

Thank you Bonnie or such a fun challenge.  It was the push I needed to get out my crayons:-)
Be sure and check out all the DT and our talented Guest Designer Jenny (My Paper Epiphany) sample cards.  You have until the 24th to play along.  Hugs...

I am adding my reminder card to CAS Watercolour Challenge: Rainbow.

Stamps: Penny Black Happy Snippets.
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick.  Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves.  TH Distress Ink: Festive Berries.
Accessories: Big Shot, SU "Layered Leaves" EB folder. TH Spritzer. Craft Mat, #2 watercolor brush. Rhinestone.

Friday, May 11, 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge: Snowman

CAS Christmas Card Challenge for May: Snowman.

So fun adding cards to my Christmas Card Stash!
Thank you Susan for a fun Challenge.

Very simple design..just stamped images using my MISTI 
onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper and watercolored with Zigs.

Die cut using CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die.
Then die cut snowbank using CUTplorations "Stitched Snow Hills" Die.

Added Tombow glue and SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for snow.
Popped up image with Fun Foam and Done!

Hope you enjoy this very "Be Merry" card.

Be sure and check out the inspiring cards by the talented DT and GD Barb, 

Hope you all are having a wonderful Spring.  Hugs...

Stamps: SU Snow Much Fun (ret). PB "Holiday Snippets"
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick.  Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  Zig markers.
Accessories: MISTI.  CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die and Stitched Snow Hill Die.  Tombow Glue.  SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Fun Foam $ Store.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

STAMPlorations Things with Wings CAS Challenge

All the STAMPlorations May Challenge Themes are "Things with Wings".
So many inspiring projects by the amazing DT.

Here is my birthday card for our 9 year old grandson, who has chickens!

I was inspired by Linda's (Life in the Craft Lane) cute "Fowl Play" birthday card!
Thank you, Linda.

I used my MISTI to stamp my"Fowl Play" chicken, so it looked like the hen
was holding the balloon strings.
Then stamped the hen again on a scrap of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and colored
using Zig markers and aqua painter brush.  Fussy cut body of hen and wing and set aside.

Next stamped the "Tweet Love" balloons with Archival black ink using MISTI
and colored with Zigs.
Next attached the colored and fussy cut hen.

I used my MISTI again to stamp the "Tweet Love" sentiment and chick.
Finally I added a strip of paper that I colored the same as the chickens to balance my scene.

Such a fun card to design for our chicken loving grandson:-)

Enjoy and happy stamping.  Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes 

Stamps: STAMPloration Bee's Knees "Fowl Play" and Dee's "Tweet Love".
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick.  Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Zigs.  Archival Jet Black.
Accessories: MISTI. Papersnips. Aqua Painter. Dimensional. Fun Foam.