Search This Blog

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Zig like markers from Aliexpress

I saw these and ordered them just because I was curious.
I am willing to try something to see if they work and it paid off. I got the 14/16 set. 
I got 16 the url says 16, the title of the advert said 14....no biggie..

These markers came individually wrapped and I saw  other adverts selling them per one for less than 1 euro.
The have a real brush on them with individual hairs,  not like felt. The brushes are really soft an pliable and perfect for handlettering or calligraphy, I'm not very goot at that.

But my main drive was to watercolor with them, and I thought this smallish set would give me enough range.

The packaging is all in Chinese and I can't see a numbering system or alike, the icons all look the same. Pretty gold printing on the barrel and see through cap, cap end in color of the marker.

I swatched them in the video on Bristol smooth and Schut coldpressed watercolor paper and they worked great. Not so much on the cheaper watercolor paper, that's too absorbent.
I used a brush and water and I was happy at how the washed out and the gradient they gave, also how they blend on the papers and into each other.
You can also scribble a bit of ink on a block and pick it up with your brush.
Also did a little direct on stamp coloring and well it was a bit small to tell for sure but it seems to work well on that too, I huffed and I sprayed water, the spray might have been a bit too much water for the Bristol paper.

All in all I like them, certainly for the price and I will play some more with them and get to know them better and then feature them again, I'm sure.

I don't expect them to be refillable, but being available openstock replacing the empty ones is not costly, mine arrived in less than two weeks, but  it might take longer.

Link to the shop I got them is here

Thursday, July 20, 2017

little treats "envelope"



The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: get in shape.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: we're seeing stars, showcasing My Favorite Things.

I decided to make little treat envelopes with the WRMK envelope punchboard.
I made them to fit one After eight dinner mint or two mini Milka tablets.

For this you need a piece of card measuring 4"square. You punch and score at 2" on every side.
If you want you can round the corners and then assemble the envelope like you usually do, I used gluedots.

For my  cardstock I used a Christmas paper from last year, with glittery white stars on black.
I made two one with a tag saying you're a star ( My favorite things bold statements) and I stamped it on white card with Verafine onyx black ink, then I cut it to make it look like a tag and punched a hole in it. Wrapped it around the treat with gold thread.

For the second envelope I used the fairy happy image also My Favorite Things and I colred her with my Spectrum Noir  markers. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense black on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.

Also used a glue dot to stick her on.





For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.








Dove blender pen with Aquablend pencils, first impressions and try, with video

For today's card I used Spectrum Noir pencils and the Dove blender pen instead of water.
I thought that would be a great tool on the road and it worked relly well, it picked up the color and transported it much further than I thought.
Also it doesn't leave the hard edges water does, see video.
But after I used the blender pen I founf layering another shade on topwas near impossible, except withyou use a wet brush to pencil method.
Not usre what the blender pen is made of, but it seems to seal the paper. So you best apply the twoshaed at ones, which luckily I did as part of the experiment. 
You can buy refills and new nibs for this pen, so not a throw away thing, which I like.

I used Schut watercolorpaper, coldpressed but smooth and stamped the image from C.C Designs (kitty with chickies) with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink.

The pencils I used were from the essentials and primary tins:
Banana and chrome orange for the chicks
Bottle green and parakeet for the grass
Royal blue for the sky
Coral, Antracite, gravel for the kitty

I wanted the sky to fade, to  make asort of halo around the image and  there ws quite a lot of pigment in that thin line I drew, I feel the colors stay more virbrant with the Dove blender pen, so all in all I'm really happy with it.

I will test the layering more, maybe it needs to dry better.
That's another plus, with water you need to wait, with the blender pen it's almost instantly dry, which helps with colors touching each other.


I used a sentiment from Clearly Besotted (best friends) and stamped it with Versafine onx black ink. Mounted the panel with foamtape to the card base

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

lots of patterned paper

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: use plaid and showcasing Lawn Fawn.

I used Lawn Fawn Forest border die and the trees are a plaid that was in a SSS cardkit, I can't remember which though.
The sky is a  greyish blue, almost a worn wood panel and the watercolor stripes I thought could look like fields with different crops.

I used SSS birthday balloons for the sentiment and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.
Mounted the sky flush to the cardbase and the tree hill with foamtape.

I colored the trees brown with an alcohol marker.
Glued the tree tops to the trunks with liquid glue.

I wanted to keep the sky and field as neutral as possible, so the plaid would  pop. I tried plaid or ginham sky and earth...was too much..way too  much.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Everyday Christmas #10: masculine card, with video

Let me apologize first: the video starts halfway as my "old" phone chewed up the video. Was on  the SD card, but the file was corrupted :-(.
I always use this older phone as I can turn of the recording microphone, can't do that with my present phone, both are Sony, so it's  bit weird.
My new phone though cut out twice as it overheated very quickly..also :-(...
In the meantime I reset my old phone, lost all personal stuff on there, but I could switch again and film the last bit.

I think you can still get the gest of it, I really didn't feel like restarting the inkblending, I know you all know how to do that!


I used Memento inks: tuxedo black, gray flannel and London fog. I also used Bamboo leaves, to diecut some leaves, but I didn't use them in the end, they were too big.

I then diecut a lot of stags from the grey ombre card (Newton's Nook splendid stags).
Then did the same for the white panel, I measured the middle and started with the outer two stags (top and bottom) then the middle, easier to get an even placement that way.

Somehow I had less proper stags and I could have inkblended another piece of card or I could do what I did and that's to trim the card.

To place all the stags back I used Elizabeth crafts double sided adhesive on the cardbase and placed the white panel on top, then inlaid all the grey stags.
I think it looks like wallpaper in a man's den of hunting lodge or something.
I trimmed the card and the backflap off to make my deer whole again.

I had a golden disc left over from another project and I used it as the trophy background.
Also had a cardbase left over with black glitter attached to it, so I grabbed that too.
It's manly black glitter! lol.
I attached the inlaid panel to the cardbase and stuck the golden disc and the black deer on top (also black glitter).

As I used 140lbs/300grams for each panel it's quite the sandwich now, but at least a project saved!

I also used the negative part and diecut a bunch of silver glitter deer heads and inlaid them, much in the same way and used the Simon Says Stamp painted happy birthday die and some stick it.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Oldie but goodie #12: smiles for you, with video

For this week's oldie but goodie I pulled out two stamp sets from Your Next Stamp (smiley happy critters set one and two).
Not sure which year they were made, but I got them from a clearance at  my craftstore, I found Your Next Stamp still carries them, but clear stamp versions, I guess they were re released at some point? see links above.

I pulled out the lion, parrot (I think) and the cat and stamped them with Simon Says Stamp intense black on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and let the Brother Scan N Cut, cut them out. I think the lion could also be a hedgehog, the cat a panther and the parrot a dodo lol.

I colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers and added Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) to their noses and beak.

Made a wobbler with some wire and attached the cat to it. I thought I would want three wobbles, but decided against it, as I thought it would be too much "action", you can of course.

I chose to put the cat (or panther) in the middle as he was the neutral colored one and separates the bold colors.

Attached the lion and parrot with tape runner to the cardbase.

The sentiment is from one of the sets and I also used the intense black ink.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Everyday Christmas #9: Wow glow in the dark embossingpowder, with video

For today's card I used the last, previously colored, polar pals from My Favorite Things I had left.
To see how I colored him, see the second video below.

I started by making a window in a cardpanel, I had chosen a Sizzix snowflake, but that didn't leave any space for my scene, so I changed it into a circle, but it could be any shape.
I then traced the window onto the cardbase and I stamped the stars (Avery Elle let it snow) with a new to me embossing ink, it's from Tsukineko and it's tinted pink. When I saw it in a video it looks properly pink, but I can barely see this, I think normal Versamark is much more visible, ironically. I've ordered the reinker too as the pad seems a bit dry, maybe that will change things.

After stamping the stars I used Wow! glow in the dark embossing powder and heat set it.
I really didn't do a good job stamping the little stars, or it's because the inkpad is dry, but I rolled with it. The speckles could be smaller stars further away ;-)...

For the wintry sky I used Distress inks (dusty concord, shaded lilac and tumbled glass), although the mountains will cover a lot of it, I still applied ink to the whole circle as I wasn't sure where the mountains would  go yet.

I diecut mountains from brown cardstock with the Lawn Fawn (stitched mountain borders) and then inkblended  Distress ink ground espresso on top and splattered it with water.
I used Weathered wood on the icy snowcaps, that I die cut from white card.
Glued the snowcaps in place.

On a side note: I don't think there's polar bears where there are mountains and vice versa, unless they venture very far down south, maybe if the mountains were white it could be Alaska...don't over think these things too much Maaike!

I attached the first row of mountains with red sticky tape and the second row with foamtape to the cardbase.
I mounted the panel with foamtape as well, except where the foam mounted mountains are, to compensate for their thickness.

The sentiment is from a unknown brand, I don't have the packaging anymore and it's a  few years old, but any sentiment will do. Funny enough the Polar Pals  set doesn't have any Christmassy ones.
I used Versafine onxy black ink.

Mounted the polar bear on top.
Tjeerd was keeping me company whilst I was trying to type this blog and starting the voiceover ;-) I waited lol....



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Distress it

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Distress it.

For this panel I used 6 inkpads (salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, mowed lawn, cracked pistachio, tumbled glass, peacock feathers) and 5 spray stains : tarnished brass, antiqued bronze, cracked pistachio, picket fence and mermaid lagoon).

I used a mini foam blending tool and started applying color in no particular order or placement.
When I was satisfied with the blending and layering I splattered water, and the stray stains, heatsetting in between the layers.

I then diecut the floral pattern out of it (I think it's for a bookmark). I should have used
Stick it on the back, but I forgot!.
I cut a panel of gold mirrored card and adhered it to the cardbase.
then added taperunner to the Distressed panel and set the diecut back in. I used a glue pen, but it dries quicker than I can apply it.
Anyway I managed  ;-)

I then used the SSS painted thanks die and black card (with Stick it) to make the sentiment, and placed it on top.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.

summer flamingo

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Summer showcasing SSS own brand.This one's about to run out.
The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Distress it.


For my card I first made a stencil for the sun ( it's a die from Lawn Fawn Spring showers) and inked it with  Distress inks (mustard seed and wild honey), then I used the edge of the mask for the ocean and again I used Distress inks (mermaid lagoon and faded jeans). Then I splattered the water with...well... water..lol...
I stamped the Hero arts flamingo with SSS pale blush pink for the legs, then Memento ink (angel pink in  a couple of layers and rose bud).



The sentiment is from SSS too and I diecut it from black card with Stick it on the back.

Then I added the loops around the flaming feet in blue print sketch (Distress ink) and  Yeti white from Lawn Fawn.

For more information on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.
For more information on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Faux watercolored landscape, with video

For this technique I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and a Spellbinders 3d stamp (dsc-048)
I mounted the stamp onto the WRMK precision press tool.
And then grabbed a few color markers for the mountain. as they're further in the back these should be lighter thank the ones in front.
But it's a non to precise technique and you must embrace the loose feeling of it, it's not perfect.


I put on darkers colors where I think the shading should be.
Once happy I spritz on alcohol or blending solution and stamp.
Then repeat this step for every color.
I think it turned out nice, I definitely need more practice, but as I say it's not a prefect technique.
I'm going to try this also with waterbased markers, I ordered some from China.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and added some green washitape on the bottom

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Oldie but goodie #11: in a nutshell, with video

Today I'm using the woodmounted stamp from Penny Black called In a nutshell.
It's from 2005 and on a quick searchI found a lot of sited that still listed it, but it's sold out everywhere.
I found this set from Stampendous though, which is very similar.
The aim on the Oldie but goodie is to use what you have in your stash and you might very well have  something alike.

I stamped the image with Intense black ink from Simon Says Stamp onto  the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.
The "it's a boy" stamp is also an older one and again there are many similar ones across the industry.

To attach the panel and to hide all the seepage I use tape runner and adhere the panel to a cardbase.
Then I added some shimmer with the Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss).


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Splotches

The Less is More challenge is also running for a fortnight to coincide with the AAA cards challenge.

It's: one layer with a colored cardbase....WAY out of my comfort zone, but it wouldn't be a challenge, without it being challenging, right?

For my card I used a minty cardstock from my stash. For me it's not sturdy enough, but it seemed to hold it's weight during photography, it's just my preference I guess.

I used the Tim Holtz stencil "splotches" and applied Distress inks Peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon through it.
I them stamped a bold/masculine ish sentiment from Sizzix (birthday by
Stephanie Barnard) with Versafine onyx black ink.
No rhinestones or sequins as I wanted to keep it as masculine as possible.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this

AAA cards challenge #94

This fortnight (we started a bit earlier than our normal Sunday to coincide with the Less is More challenge), the theme is: one layer with a colored card base.

Our sponsor is Happy little stampers and you could win a $20 giftcard.


I chose the eggplant/aubergine purple card with linen structure from my stash.

I wanted a tone on tone look , so to stamp the My Favorite Things background stamp (wavy coloring book) I used Memento Sweet plum ink.

I wanted a faded look, so after I inked the stamp I wiped the edges somewhat, so it looks like the pattern comes out the paper, or at least it's supposed to ;-)

It's a background stamp, I could have covered the whole cardbase, but a requirement of CAS cards is to leave as much white/empty space as possible.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (birthday balloons) I stamped it with Versamark en heat embossed it with  Papermania superfine silver embossing powder.

For more information or to play along with the AAA cards challenge, see this




Thursday, July 6, 2017

String of lights

The Simon Says Monday Challenge is: red, white and blue. It was the 4th of July this week, so big holiday in the U.S.A.
But I chose to go for a Christmas in July thing. I could have done the same-ish card like I did for the Less is More challenge (also red, white and blue) or a similar nautical theme, but I really wanted to stir things up.

They're showcasing Sizzix on the SSS blog, and I used the Big shot diecutting machine and precision baseplate.

I also used the Lawn Fawn String of light, which could also be a string of ornaments.
I diecut white, blue and red glitter paper and for the string and lightbulb ends I used black card.


I did the bulb thingies twice so there was a bit more bulk to them.
Attached everything to the card with tiny dots of glue and then stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink (Simon Says Stamp Merry trees.
I'm sorry if the white lightbulb is hard to see, but it's there ;-)

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, see this

Welcome to my channel

Part two: assembly of the fairy card, with video

This video is quite long, I sped it up 3x. I colored the fairy on Tuesday and now I'm putting it all together. I got the Marianne Design cr1337. I wasn't sure how to finish the card and I needed these birch tree dies to make a forest. 
I did look at the My Favorite things one, but this one was in stock at my local shop.
I diecut them from sturdy 140lbs/300grams card and them embossed them.

For the background I inkblended Memento ink on the cardbase, I used: nautical blue, teal zeal and bamboo leaves. To make a hill I used the Snowdrift die from My Favorite Things to cut a mask from a big Post it note.

I adhered the treed at different heights on the back of a window I made with the Nellie Snellen multi frame die, but any brand will do.

Adhered the Fairy to the background and then mounted the frame with foamtape and added it to the cardbase.

I diecut the flowers from the same thick card , but added some of the green left on the inkblending tool, for a bit of shading.
Tucked them in and under the frame, then glued the bee on one of the flowers.
The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Dotted Veramark witht he marker on the bacground and added some Wow clear hologram sparkle embossing glitter on the spots, I thought the dots would look like fireflies or other fairies in the background, it's subtle as it's clear, but special when the ligh catches it.




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fairy Happy part one: the coloring, with video

Usually I upload both the coloring and the assembly on the same day, but frankly I have no precise idea of how to put the card together yet, pulled a few supplies, you can see them in the video and I will have a think and upload the assembly on Thursday, sorry...it's a process, sometimes  a long process.

I used the My Favorite Things Fairy happy, stamped the images on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink.
Let the Brother Scan n cut cut the images out, so much faster and neater than fussy cutting.

I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the image.
I sped up the video 2x, so it only took me about 15 minutes, not bad, now onto the hard bit ;-)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oldie but goodie #10 and Everyday Christmas #8, with video

Today's card is a combo for the Oldie and the Christmas series.
I used the Art Impressions Whoots stamp, still available at Simon Says Stamp and the Hero Arts deer 4x6 set.

I stamped both the banner as the image with Simon Says Stamp intense black on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.

For the coloring I used Spectrum Noir markers and I kind of drew inspiration from the packaging, but toned down the number of colors to keep it more tranquil.
I thought it would look fun if the owls , where holding or sitting on top of the banner. I didn't mask off anything and it work OK-ish. I mean a curved banner and a straight line of owls was never going to fit perfectly.
At the point of coloring I had no idea how to fill in the gap between the banner and owls. I chose to use the same colors, but maybe a darker grey behind the banner would be better...

After coloring I used tape runner to adhere the panel to the cardbase.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Red, white and blue..

The colors of many flags, including the Netherlands. It's the challenge for Less is More this week, use your flag colors.
I was tempted to make an actual flag, the USA one as it's almost the  4th of July, but I made one a few years ago and I don't have the right sentiment for the 4th of July.

So I made an ocean scene, blue water, red boat and white palm trees and sky.
I used a new dieset I got online and cut blue waves twice, and the white palm trees once.
I used Joy Crafts die for the boat,it's an older one.
then I cut everything to the same size using a dotted rectangle die with curved edges and a white panel of the same size, so I could layer everything up, I used taperunner for the trees and one or two layers of foamtape of the waves.


For the sentiment I used a Simon Says Stamp set (it's your birthday 3x4) and stamped it with Versamark ink, so I could heat emboss the sentiment in white (Wow! opaque bright white), keeping to the challenge colors.
Mounted the panel with tape runner to the cardbase.
I'm sorry if the palmtrees are hard to see.
I thought this could be a masculine card, they're so  not my colors, even if it's my flag, and orange is our royal family's color is even worse lol...


For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Masculine and funny card, beer mug, with video

For today's card I used the beer mug from Adult beverages by Simon Says Stamp
And the sentiment for the outside is from Riley and company (RWD551). On the inside I think you can stamp anything, happy father's day p.e. I chose Happy birthday from a Simon Says Stamp set (birthday balloons).
I stamped the inside of the card first with Versafine Onyx black ink and heat set it.
I then stamped the sentiment for the outside on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper also with Versafine onyx black ink.
And then the beer mug with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink.
I looked up some beer  mug photos on how to color them and chose an image from Stock photo as my inspiration.
Can't find it anymore though.... I wanted to include it here...
I've never colored shiny glass so I stayed away from those, might need to practice first off camera. if you want some easy shine, consider covering the image with glossy accents, I didn't as I thought the foam was shiny/glittery enough for a man card.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers (IB1, GB1,gb4 andGB7).
For the foam I drew a foamy top with a Versamarker and first added Wow! Cocount ice, it's translucent and I thought it would look nice if the glass rims still peeked through, but it didn't so I went over the embossed ares again with the Versamarker and then added Sparkling snow on top, also from Wow!

Adhered the panel to the cardbase with taperunner.

It's a really simple card, and for me the sentiment was the important bit, the glass is just there to reinforce the joke. I'm sure you can make it much more realistic than mine ;-)





Wednesday, June 28, 2017

welcome to the old goats club

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: anything goes showcasing Art Impression Products.

For my card I used the Art Impression set Old goats set and I stamped the image with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink on Schut watercolorpaper.
I colored the image with the Spectrum Noir aquablend pencils and the Dove blender pen.

The sentiment is also from the same set and I stamped it on the cardbase with Versafine onyx black ink.

Mounted the watercolored panel with foam tape and adhered it to the cardbase.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oldie but goodie #9 and EveryDay Christmas #7, with video

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: stencil it.

For this Oldie but goodie I've also combined the Everyday Christmas with a Penny Black wood mounted stamp called Xmas Crafts and it's from 2003.

But I found it's still available on Ebay , well 2 of them ;-)
I stamped the image with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and had do use both sides of the paper this time as I rocked the stamp and it moved. Lucky for me paper has two sides ;-).


I used the snowflake stencil from the Create a smile winter 2016 cardkit.
I thought it could look like the two critters are decorating the walls behind them with the snowflakes they're cutting out.
I used Memento summer sky for the inkblending. I used a brush as I found the inkblending foam kept getting caught in the sharp edges of the stencil, But the brush worked super.
I intentionally applied the color a bit random, so you get lighter and darker bits, also tried to do a light a coat as possible, so it would fade into the background.

I used Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markers to color the image.
Then adhered the panel to the cardbase with tape runner.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this


Monday, June 26, 2017

R is for rat blog candy, with video

So just in the nick of time I saw the wonderful entry to the less is more challenge, went over to congratulate and found Sharon'sblog is called r is for rats and she had a give away running.

I just wanted to share another of my rat cards, and let you knwo you can win too!
See this for more info 


I've used the Katzelkraft rats with Spectrum Noir coloring, i also linked up a video to an older one, but the coloring is the same, why mess with it if it works? lol



Sunday, June 25, 2017

AAA cards Challenge #93

This forthnight at AAA cards challenges, the theme is: words take centre stage.

For my card I made a stencil with thin circle dies and cut out a pattern from some acetate, card would also work, but might not be as reusable as is gets damp from the inkblending.


I used Distress ink Spun sugar and a mini inkblending foam to apply a light hand of bubble gum looking bubbles, always starting in the right bottom corner so the ink is the darkest and gives a bit of shading to the bubbles.

I've done a card similar to this with blue bubbles, I like the pink, it's subtle and lets the sentiment shine.

The sentiment is from Viva decor (qoutes 4003014200) and I stamped it over the bubbles with Versafine onyx black ink.


Very simple, one layer and lovely card :-)


For more information on the AAA cards Challenge, see this

You could win an instock stampset from Uniko this time


Ocean with Distress reinkers

Today I played with Distress reinkers in a lot of blue and green tones:
weathered wood, evergreen bough, faded jeans, stormy sky, tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon, broken china, blueprint sketch and salty ocean.

I used the classic Schut watercolor paper in 300grams/140lbs which is very rough and not suited for stamping, but for these things, it's great. It's cold pressed and drying takes a while longer than hot pressed.

I've stamped all the narwhals on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and I tried all my Grey colors, BG, GG, Bgr, IG and I liked IG (ice grey) the best.
So I colored another on camera and then cut them out with the brother Scan N cut.

For the ocean I start my wetting the watercolor paper and then dropping in the blues and greens randomly at first and then filling in the spaces. Heat set it so I could add another layer. Now this will give you those hard edges, but seeing the background is so spotty and busy, I think I'll be OK ;-).

Thought I heat set it properly, but there was still some paint coming off...everywhere...lol.

The camera shut off as I was putting the waves together, sorry.
I die cut the waves with these stitched dies I got off Ebay. they're also to be found on Wish or Aliexpress, but I used Ebay, thought it was easier to order.
The stitched detail on mine is only on one side, which caused a few problems, lining them up, without any white card peeking through.

I stamped the sentiment from the  Poppy stamp set with Onyx black ink and then mounted the highest wave flush to the card base with red sticky tape, then the second also flush, but the third with one layer of foam tape and the bottom layer with 2 layers of foam tape.

tucked the critters behind the waves, using foam tape if needed and runner tape.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Holiday reindeers

I've combined the Less is More challenge (sketch), with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge (use patterned paper showcasing Doodlebug prducts).

I only have one pack of patterned paper from Doodlebug, so it had to be a Christmas card.
I was  pondering how to implement the patterned paper, then I saw the sketch of the Less is More challenge and that sealed the deal.

I  stamped the image onto Crafter's Companion neenah paper with the Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and then colored them  with Spectrum Noir markers. 
I did this whilst enjoying some marvelous  cooking on Saturday kitchen live, Ok can't remember much of what they cooked as I was concentrating, but still nice pass time lol.

I cut out the image using the Brother scan n cut.

The patterned paper is from Polar pals by Doodlebug. I loved this pack for the use of purple/lilac on winter/Christmas themed paper. I used the snowflakes one today.
I diecut the panel with  ondulating stitched dies as  if they're snowbanks, and then measured the gap for the patterned paper.

I stamped the sentiment form the same Your Next Stamp set (reindeer holidays) with Versafine onyx black ink on the lower snowbank.

Adhered the patterned paper first to the cardbase and then the two snowbanks on top.
I mounted the reindeer with foamtape and stuck him on.
Some Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) on his nose.

I think I colored one of his arms as scarf lol, don't look!.
I'm not chancing anything going wrong with red and bleaching it out...he might be hiding his had ;-)

For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

You're a pearl

I've combined the Less is More challenge sketch with the Yes Vriginia challenge, summer project.

In fact I made two with the  same sketch, going up after this one.

I've stamped the mermaid on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and colored it  with Spectrum Noir markers whilst  watching Saturday kitchen...have you seen it? that domed  mirrored chocolate mousse is calling my name!

I cut the image out using the Brother Scan N cut.
I used a brown kraft like card, but this has a bit of shimmer in it. I die cut out the curves with stitched dies.

Then traced the area left open onto the cardbase and inkblended Distress inks on there: mermaid lagoon, salty ocean, faded  jeans and a bit of blue print sketch.
Then spritzed on water and then splattered white and brushed pewter Distress sprays.

I stamped the sentiment from the same C.C Design set (under the sea) and made a fishtail banner out of it...for obvious reasons ;-)

I thought the kraft might look like sand or a beach.

For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this.
For more information on the Yes Virginia challenge, see this




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tickled pink

The Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday this month is: summer icons.

I chose flamingos as my tropical/summery feel.
Not sure it will qualify for the Monday challenge : let's take a vacation, I would need to hop on a plane to Florida to see them (in the wild), so for me that's a vacation...

Anyway I used Clearly Besotted's set fluffy flamingos and the Simon Says Stamp waves stencil.
I placed the  stencil on the lower part of the cardbase/front and applied Distress inks Mermaid lagoon trough it, to mimic water.

Then I stamped the flamingos and reed on Crafter's  Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and cut them out.

I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.
Stamped the sentiment from the set with Versafine onyx black ink.
Mounted the flamingos with foamtape and flush glued the reed to the cardbase.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more information on the Simon Says Work it Wednesdays, see this