Friday, June 16, 2017

CAS Watercolour June Reminder

CAS Watercolour June "Summer" Reminder!

So many beauties this month by our talented Design Team, 2 Guest Designers, LeAnne and Ksenija this month and the Gallery celebrating Summer!   We would love to see you join our Summer fun too!

All my spare time is spent in our flower and vegetable gardens along with my DH...Denny!

Summer to me means...Flowers & more Flowers :-)

 Close Up of  my Distress Oxide Watercoloured background, die cut flower and doodling.

I received this beautiful Memory Box "Sketch Daisy" Die from Loll at our recent Retreat! Thank you again Loll.  I LOVE it and it was already on my know me well my friend :-)

I used a Retreat smooshed background I had made on coated cardstock from my friend, Christine using Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio.   I kept quite a bit of white when smooshing one color at a time,  which I had stamped onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I dried with my heat tool between colors.  I also misted more water on my piece to move the colors around.

When back home I die cut my flower with SU canvas board (ret), Thick Whisper White CS and Black CS. I attached each layer with SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and then to my smooshed piece that I had Die Cut with CUTplorations "ATC Tag Builder.

Next I stamped my STAMPlorations Bee's Knees "Birds of Paradise" sentiment with Archival Black Ink using my MISTI.  I framed my main image by doodling with my Staedler waterproof black pen.

My last step was to die cut a piece of SU black cs using my Memory Box Stitched Rectangle.  I added fun foam ($ store) to the back of my black cs and attached my main image.  Then attached both layers to my SU Very Vanilla card front,  which I attached to my SU Thick Whisper White Card Base.  A fun card made easy with my ready made DOX background and the help of several Die Cuts :-)  Enjoy...

Do come and visit us at CAS Watercolour and be inspired by all the gorgeous DT, our 2 GD 's this month and Gallery cards :-)  You have until June 24th to play along.  Happy Summer Stamping...Hugs..

Supplies: Listed in Description..

More Challenges....

STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes

Flower Challenge #9 Anything Goes

SSS Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up June Reminder

It is time for the CAS Mix Up June Reminder Cards !  Such inspiring CAS Mixed Media cards this month by our DT, GD and in the growing gallery.  Embossing pastes and Gels are such fun medium to use :-)

I used Stamping + Glass Bead Glitter Gel + Distress Oxide Inks Smooshed Background and Die Cuts

Close up of Glass Bead Glitter Gel !

I borrowed this beautiful Memory Box "Honey Blossom" die from my girl friend, Susan at our recent Retreat in Vancouver, BC.  I die cut it using Strathmore 140# WC paper and watercolored with my Zig markers.   I then used Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel over all the flowers using a palette knife.  It added a wonderful shiny glittery thickness to the flowers.

Next I used a piece of smooshed Distress Oxide Inks on Arches Hot Press paper from our Retreat and Die Cut with my CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder Die.   I used Archival Black ink to stamp my SU You're a Gem (ret) sentiment using my MISTI.   I have discovered how easily it is to stamp over DOX's,  even when using watercolor paper.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Broken China and Wilted Violet.  Also love how you can see ALL the DOX's used on a piece,  so do not have to try and remember your color combo :-)

After die cut flower stem dried I attached to my die cut background using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and weighted down with an acrylic block.  I added fun foam ($ store) to back of main image and mounted on SU Thick Whisper White CS.  The Glass Bead Glitter Gel was a really fun product to use and plan to use again soon.

Hope you get to play along with our CAS Mix Up June Embossing Paste/Gels Challenge. You have until June 24th to join in the fun!  Happy Stamping my friends...Hugs..

Supplies:  Listed in Description..

Adding to:

CAS Watercolour June "Summer" Challenge

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

SSS Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge Anything optional twist

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tim Holtz Inspiration-IC600

This weeks Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge (IC600) hosted by Audrie (girlgeek101) was impossible to miss....Tim Holtz Inspiration Board by Maria!!

I was inspired by this beautiful Tag by Tracey from 2013,  but still Trendy!

Here is my Tag Inspired by Tracey's tag on Pinterest!

Stencil layering on tags is so much fun.  I started with a Ranger #8 Manila Tag.  Covered with Goldens Gesso white paint.  When dry I used my T.H. Cargo (letters) stencil and painted with white acrylic paint,  which acted as a resist. Let dry.

I then sponged my Distress Inks using my blending tool : Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Ripe persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries.

Then more stencil layering.  I used Ranger Dylusions (diamonds) and 2 borrowed TCW stencils..heart and sunburst.  

Next I stamped STAMPlorations "Scribbly Splattery Grunge" stamp set (numbers and letters) and a ret. SU text using Archival black ink.  Sponged more Distress ink on the edge of tag.

Then I die cut Tim Holtz Wildflower Dies using SU Thick Whisper White CS and attached with SU fine tip glue pen and weighted down with a large acrylic block to dry.  

I just got my new STAMPlorations "Trendy Feathers 2" stamp set and stamped 3 of the sentiments using my MISTI.  Added SU linen thread and W. White Seam Binding Ribbon...and Done!

I love how the color combo turned out and how the white wildflowers pop.  Enjoy and I hope you can go to Audrie's  Inspiration Challenge post to see the full gallery.  Also a beautiful personal video of Tim.

Supplies: Listed in Description.

Adding to more challenges...

STAMPlorations June Mixed Media/Stenciling

STAMPlorations Anything Goes/Stenciling

Sunday, June 4, 2017

If Friends were Flowers!

The Time Out Challenge #84 is "Inspired by Words"

My card was inspired by STAMPlorations Dee's Blooming Buds stamp set :-)

I spent quiet, relaxing time watercoloring my pretty flowers with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers using #4, 6 and 8 brushes.  I stamped my flowers onto Arches Hot Press WC paper with Archival Black ink using my MISTI.  I masked each flower and the bud to get the flower layout. This is such a versatile stamp set and my go to flower set.  

After watercoloring my image I cut my piece down to fit a CAS design using my MB Stitched Rectangle Die.   I had saved the black CS frame from a previous project and used it to frame my flowers.

Now..where to put my Blooming Buds sentiment?  I finally decided to use like a placard on a painting, which I think worked well.  I added the sequins for balance.  Mounted my main image using fun foam ($ store).

I am very pleased with the results and very happy to join the Time Out Challenge #84 :-) Hugs..

I am adding my card to more challenges..

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge: Anything Goes without optional twist.

CAS Watercolour June "Summer" Challenge

Flower Challenge:Anything Goes

Friday, June 2, 2017

CAS Watercolour June Summer Challenge

Summer has finally arrived on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.  My favorite part of Summer has always been the gardening..beautiful flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits !

The perfect time for our CAS Watercolour Challenge...Summer!

Here is my Distress Stains Watercoloured Card.

Last month when I went to my craft retreat in BC we learned a new technique from Susan (Cardmaker's Garrett).  We used Tim Holtz Distress Stains to watercolour open lined stamp images using our MISTI's.  It is a fun and easy technique.  The sponge at the open end of the stains bottle is an easy way to apply your watercolours to the stamps, which I secured in my MISTI.    I stamped my Penny Black "Full of Glee" flowers (a gift from Loll) onto Arches Hot Press 140#  Watercolour paper.

I used #4 and #6 wet paint brushes to move the stains on my flower image.  I also added more stain to an acrylic block to add the darker shades.  I used Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint for my Stains. It is all about layering.  I let each layer dry before adding the next layer.   I then stamped Loll's PB "Gratitude" sentiment.  I was very pleased with my watercolouring.  Loll reminded us that her artist son,  Jer says to leave white tips on your flowers :-)

I finished my main image at home.   I stamped and cut a mask for my flowers and then added black acrylic splatters with a #8 paint brush.  Also added Washi tape to cover up a splatter smear...hate that! But like the Washi tape :-)    Also added a partial framing using SU Basic Black CS.  My card is 5" x 5 1/2" so I could have more white space.

Enjoy and hope you can join us at CAS Watercolour.  You have until  June 24th to play along.  Be sure and go to our challenge to see all the gorgeous DT cards.  This month we have 2 Guest Designers with beautiful cards to share.  Leanne (weeinklings) and Ksenija (Sweet Kobylkin).

Thank you again Susan for your fun technique,  Loll for your wonderful stamp gift and Christine for sharing your beautiful home for 6 days.  We had such a wonderful time learning new techniques, sharing and gift giving and especially becoming close friends in real life!!!

Congratulations Christine (It's a card day's night) for being chosen as our newest Design Team Member!  Seeing many of your past and present projects in real life made me even more excited to have you as part of our team. Besides your fun and enthusiastic personality being such a perfect fit! Welcome my friend. Hugs!


SSS Blog:  Wednesday Challenge...Anything Goes

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up June Embossing Paste/Gels

CAS Mix Up June Embossing Pastes/Gels + Stamping + Your Choice Challenge has begun!

Stamping + Embossing Paste with Glitter on Stencils + Die Cuts and Distress Oxide Inks sponging.

Close Up of Glitter!

Embossing Pastes and Gels are such fun Mixed Media products.  I used This "How to use Embossing Paste with Glitter on Stencils Technique" YouTube Video for my technique.  It was my 1st time to try this technique.  I will definitely use it again.  Love the ease and beautiful sparkle.

1st step.  I sponged a card front using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet onto Arches 140# Watercolour paper.  I then spritzed my piece with water to blend the colors.

Next step...Taped my new Kaiser Craft Mini Designer Template "Bubbly" (gifted to me by my sweet friend Loll) over my sponged card front and used my palette knife to spread a layer of the Gel over the stenciled circles.  I used Goldens Heavy Gel (Matte) Medium.

Next..sprinkled on SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and removed the excess DD by tapping the back of my piece with my finger.  Then removed my stencil.   I let my piece dry completely.

Now what?  I kept with my circle theme and die cut part of my card front using my Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers Die.  I set it aside.  Then stamped my SU "You're a Gem" (ret) sentiment and die cut with the smallest circle die.  I still  had plenty of my DOX piece left so used my new Poppy Stamps "Butterfly Sprinkles" Die that cuts out 5 tiny butterflies...perfect for embellishing.

Next I used my MB "Stitched Rectangle Layers" Die (the largest size in set) for my SU Whisper White card front and attached to my SU Thick Whisper White card base.

I used the same circle die to die cut a piece of fun foam (Dollar Store) to add dimension to my main image and attached the small sentiment circle adding 2 SU rhinestones.

Last Step...arranging and attaching cute tiny butterflies with my SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.  This was such a fun glittery CAS Mix Up June challenge card.   Do check out all the beautiful cards from our talented Design Team and our Guest Designer,  Marianne (cards 'n stuff).  I guarantee you will be inspired.  We would love to have you join us this month.  You have until June 24th to play.   Hugs..

More Challenges: 

SSS Monday Challenge Going around in circles
STAMPlorations CAS Challenge: Anything Goes + Twist: Masculine Colors

Less is More: Challenge #330-Shimmer

Supplies: Listed in Description

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Credit Card Swipe Background Card and Postcard!

I just had to play in my forever SCS girlfriend,  Karen's (Snippet) Splitcoaststampers TLC640 Technique Challenge that she is hosting this week!

Go to Karen's TLC640 Challenge for mini tutorial and Gorgeous Samples!

I made 2 samples...Here is my Card !

I used a piece of coated CS from my girlfriend Christine.  I used T. H. Distress Oxide Inks: Wilted Violet, Worn Lip Stick, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.

First I masked my card front with masking tape to give a white frame.  I smeared ink from each pad onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  Using an old gift card,  I swiped one color at a time...drying between layers with my heat tool.   I just kept adding layers until I was happy with the result.  

Next I used black acrylic paint and the edge of my card to draw the lines. When dry I removed my masking tape and discovered the inks had leaked under the tape,  but I liked the effect.

Then I splattered acrylic paint with a #6 paint brush leftover acrylic that I diluted a bit.   Stamped my Stampendous sentiment "Follow Your Art" using my MISTI and Memento London Fog (grey).  Then added a punched heart from my stash that was already colored and a SU rhinestone.

I mounted my card front on a SU Thick Whisper White Card Base and was done.  A fun technique.

Here is my 2nd project...a Strathmore 140# Cold Press Postcard!

A very different look with the Cold Press watercolor paper using exactly the same DOX inks as in my 1st card.  I also used black acrylic paint for my lines,  but used Archival Jet Black ink for my sentiment.  Framed with Masking tape also and added a doodled frame with my Staedler's watercolor pen.

I added the splatters and heart like the above card,  but no rhinestones,  since it will mailed as a postcard.  This postcard will go to our 8 year old grandson,  Cash who does "abstract art"!!

Thank you again Karen for always inspiring all of us with your gorgeous techniques :-)

I am adding my 1st card to Kia's (aplaceforkia) Splitcoaststampers.....CAS431 Backgrounds Challenge this week.   It was a bit of a challenge to make my card CAS,  but I think I managed.

Thanks Kia for always inspiring us with your gorgeous CAS Style.

I really had fun trying a new background challenge and I want to try again with different CS and Inks.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

My 1st Distress Oxide Card!

I am a little late to the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink worth the wait!

I used 6 Distress Oxide Ink Colors: Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Cracked Pistachio.   I sponged one ink at a time using my T.H. Blending Tool using a different sponge for each color,  so as not to contaminate my ink pads.  After several colors I spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  Then added more colors and spritzed again and dried.  It is amazing how all the colors show thru the layers and never make "mud"!

I wanted bigger splatter water drops,  so put water in my palm and dropped larger drops of water onto my piece.  I loved the results.

I then cut down my piece and used the extra for a die cut for a future card.  I made my background at our recent craft retreat in BC.   I borrowed a grass stamp that Christine had just received from her China name sorry.  I stamped it with Black Stazon and added just one tiny die cut dragonfly, which was from Loll's Memory Box Dragonfly Stems Left Corner Die.

I finished my card at home adding the SU "You're a Gem" sentiment and Basic Black CS trim.  I mounted my image with 3D foam tape onto a SU Very Vanilla card front that I had die cut with CUTplorations "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Dies".

Enjoy and hope you get a chance to play with the new Distress Oxide Inks too....

I am adding to CAS Mix Up May Splattering Challenge.  I added stamping + Splattering with water + Die Cuts.  The challenge ends on May 24th...

STAMPlorations Anything Goes..using at least one STAMPlorations Product..I used my die cut frame.

Friday, May 19, 2017

CASE'ing Karen

Isn't this a Beauty!  The challenge is to CASE one of the Flower Challenge DT's cards.  Karen (Snippets) has been a SCS friend for years.  I Love her CAS style and no one uses blues more creatively than Karen :-)

Here is my CASE of Karen's beautiful card!

I used another background from my recent craft retreat with my Vancouver, BC girlfriends.  Bonnie was unable to attend,  but sent us beautiful die cuts to use.  This was my favorite and is now on my wishlist :-)  I placed the framed flower die cut piece over an alcohol ink background that I made using Yupo paper and Tim Holtz alcohol inks (Stream, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow).

I placed drops of ink onto aluminum foil and smooshed with my Yupo.  Then placed a larger than the Yupo,  piece of Glad Wrap over the smooshed Yupo and scrunched the wrap around to make cool lines and designs.

Next step is very important...let your piece dry,  which takes time.  I left mine overnight, then removed the glad wrap.  My background is more blue green,  but my camera wanted to bring out the green more than the blue. Think Karen and you will see more blues... I added a SU Candy Dot and the sentiment from Kind and Caring (ret).

What is really fun...Loll and Bonnie and I made a card for the same challenges using the same die,  but different backgrounds :-)

Loll's card
Bonnie's card

The die is the Poppystamps Die "Floral Stem Collage" and so I am adding my card to...

PSC #32 Flower Power.  You must use at least 1 die or stamp on the challenge.

Enjoy and Happy Stamping my friends.  Hugs...