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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





Wild Rose Studio Cat with Heart, with video

Of course I couldn't  resist a cat stamp! But I did resist from coloring it as one of my own,  took a lot of will power.
The packaging shows a tabby cat, but somehow I thought he looked a bit scruffy, can't explain why. So my cat is ginger colored without stripes, I have no idea if there's such a cat, but hey there could be...
By the way I used to have a tabby ginger cat....he was called Peter. No white bits on him though, so I guess I still colored him like one of mine? lol
Anyway I stamped the cat with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and then used the Spectrum Illustrator markers and a few Spectrum Noir markers to color him.
Added Nuvo shimmer pen on the heart and nose and a "shine" with a white gel pen.
As I smudged the panel I die cut a stitched square from it and mounted the panel with foam tape on the card base.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (playful kittens) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.
This photo is about 20 years old, Peter was 18 when he died about 8-9 years ago and Chess, was just a kitten and she died at 14 about 8 years ago...still miss them I was 36 when Peter died so he was with me all my adult life from 18 onwards...big chunk.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oldie but goodie #8, with video

Today the oldie part is not an old supply, don't worry I haven't run out yet, but I thought a technique could also be an oldie.
I used to do this acrylic block printing/smooshing a lot, I haven't done so in ages, and I want to breathe new life into it.
As if I have that kind of power ;-)
Anyway...
I used Distress inks: mustard seed, ripe persimmon and picked raspberry, my favorite combo.
Instead of water spray I used the Shimmer spritz in the frost kind to dilute the Distress inks, gives it a glorious shimmer.
I used an acrylic block, but I've been known to use such things as plastic rulers too, for a narrow band of color,CD cases, glass, anything non porous really.
I dabbed the ink pads on the block and then sprayed them with the Shimmer spritz.
Put my piece of (cheap) watercolor on top and then move it around as my paper is slightly bigger.
Not happy with the amount of pink showing I redo the process after heat setting the panel.

I chose a stitched round shape from Marianne design (cr 1360) but any brand or shape will do, I think a heat shape would be cool.

The "groetjes" mean little greetings, or hello more likely. I die cut it from white and black card with Stick it on the back.
Adhered the round panel to the card base with foam tape and them placed the words on top.
Few sequins (neat and Tangled butter cream and others) to fill up some of the space. you could also stamp a sentiment there from the stamp set.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Everyday Christmas #6: 12 different embossed Christmas cards in 30 minutes, with video

I left the video in real time speed, so you can see it did take me just 30 minutes to make all these cards.
You can always skip bits if you want.
I used 12 colored pieces of card, I had scraps and such and cut them all to be 1cm smaller than the cardbase, as a mat, but had never used them as of yet.
For the stamping I used Simon Says Stamp "Merry Christmas" and the tree is from Jeanine's art classic Christmas collection ( jacs10004)
I stamped 6 cards at the same time as I don't have enough desk space to put them all aside.
I used my MISTI and Versamark ink.
Then I sprinkled the panels with different embossing powders, all are from Wow! and I used:
Metallic copper - WC02r
Metallic gold rick - WC04r
Metallic brass - WC03r
Fool's gold - WS80r
Rose gold - WL17r
Midnight dream - WS121r
Velvet - WS147r
Mistletoe magic - WS103r

The process could be quicker is you used the same color for all, or even quicker if you stamped in a colored ink.

After stamping and heatsetting all 12 panels, I mounted them all with foamtape and then adhered them to their cardbases.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Camp create day 5: glitzy glitter, with video

So how do you use glitter, if you don't have many My Favorite Things stand alone die-namics?
Well you get very creative and use a Christmas die for a dude/dad card ;-)

I started my card with the My Favorite Things Stitched triple peekaboo windows and a sturdy cardpanel (140lbs/300grams) and measured the center, then staggerd the die a bunch of times to fill the whole panel with holes.
I placed a piece of typing paper behind the windowed panel with double sided adhesive, so I could puzzle back all the pieces.
Now all three windows are different, but very similar, I had a spot of trouble with that..ahum..
I diecut  the peekaboo window from 4 colors of glitter paper, first I had pulled more, but there were a few colors that I didn't like in there, like the black and pale blue, so went for 4 as there are 8 (almost) whole holes and 2 bits.
I also had to do some repair with loose glitter as I stuck the wrong bits and stuck is stuck on the Elizabeth crafts double sided tape, see video how I revived this card with surgical precision....lol
I diecut the Happy wonderful Christmas words out of black cardstock, for my sentiment.
I played around with the letters a bit, I could spell I love you dad, or mum, mom, but that was quite a large sentence.
I went to see if I had matching stamps and found "hey" from Paper Smooches' fun and flirty set and thought Hey! dude would be cool, could be for father's day but also for a
man any other time of the year.

I cut a strip of 140lbs card and traced a line, I stamped Hey and then placed the die cut word on the line. I drew in the ! mark.

Cut the strip into fishtails and placed it on the card with foam tape

For more information on the Camp create event, see this

Friday, June 16, 2017

Camp create bonus day: dry embossing

I've had so  much fun making all the cards for this My Favorite things' camp reate 2017.

So a bonus challenge, is always welcome.
Although I don't  have many My Favorite Things dies I think I chose three that work well.
Big Hugs, and the two snowdrifts.
I used my silicone baking mat and 140lbs card base. so I did get a few creases around the "hugs" but I don't mind.

I used the My Favorite Thing Polar pals that I stamped with hybrid black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and then colored with Spectrum Noir and or Illustrator markers, and the scarves have some Nuvo Shimmer pen clear gloss glitter on them.

I mounted the polar bears with foamtape and placed them as if they're standing or sitting on top of  a snow
drift.

The smaller one in the background ads to the illusion of depth, such fun.

For more information on the Camp Create event, see this



Camp create day 4: sensational sliders

 Sliders and Maaike, they don't mix very well ;-)
But I used the magical dragons from My Favorite Things as if the dragon is flying (sliding) atop a city he set on fire.

I started by making the nightsky/fire panel with talens Ecoline and Distress refills, kinda what was on my palette. I sued cheap watercolor paper for this.

Then I stamped the dragon on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper wit the Hybrid licorice black ink and colored him with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.

The city scape is from Memory box, Ihope that's OK. I diecut it it from black cardstock and use d aglue pen to adhere it to the watercolored panel.
I mouned the panel with foamtape (one layer) and used two layers inside the sliderbit, so the dragon is raised a
bit more

The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it on a strip of the same black card as the city, kind of tying in the top and bottom. I used super fine silver powder from Papermania and then taperunner to adhere it to the card.

For more information on the Camp Creat event, see this

Thursday, June 15, 2017

You are mermazing

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: emboss it, showcasing Wow! products.
Now I had just uploaded the video and card I made earlier this week, so can't enter it. but I liked it so much I made a similar one with the last colored mermaid I had left.
So pretty similar, but completely different :-D

I filmed the other card, so if you want to see the process, you can watch that.

I used a lot of Wow! embossing powders:
Luscious lime
Earth tone mint
Chartreuse
and then for the coral and fishes I mixed three colors:
Ho Ho Ho
florida sunset
golden flame

I used all the small greenery from the My Favorite Things set (mermazing) and the big kelp is from hero arts (layering goldfish)

To make the card I used a round mask. I traced it with pencil, as I want most green stuff inside, but some of it peeking out the circle.

I used a powder tool to remove stick from the cardbase and stamped and embossed each plant, one by one.

some are transluctent, so it's important to do the stamping and embossing before the inkblending.

After I was happy with the seaweeds and fishes I inkblended Distress inks through the mask.
I used tumbled glass and chipped sapphire, but the ink foam was still a bit wet from a darker blue, so the tumbled glass is now and unknown color , still pretty but I have no idea how to call it lol...

After inkblending I splattered on some water droplets to make bubbles in the water.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink.
Attached the mermaid onto the card with foamtape for a little dimension.

There's also a video where I color the mermaids

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


Father's day card, with video

When I say this cute bear stamp fishing I thought of masculine cards, infact I don't even know the terminology, you'll see in the video...;-) I'm sorry..It's not my thing, never was.
The bear stamp is from Your Next Stamp and it's called great catch.

I made also a mask  on Inkadinkado masking paper as I wanted the Avery Elle beside the sea beach huts behind  the fisherman.


When I cut masks I like to cut really closely, in fact I cut ON the stamp line, or even more on the inside, that really prevents white lines around the image, especially apparent when you do ink blending...
I then placed the fisherman stamp on Schut hot pressed watercolor paper 300grams/140lbs.
I placed the mask on top and then placed the beach huts.
I was lazy and only cut the head of the bear out and then decided to put the huts lower and so i masked some of the huts off, but as they're just vertical lines I traced them at the end of the coloring with my Steadtler pigment liner.

I did some partial die cutting to get the oval shape, but also the bits sticking out, I thought that made it more fun and macho.
See the video on how, it's easier than explaining it on paper.

I used Aquablend pencils from Spectrum Noir. I show the colors on screen, but a few from each tin, I'm afraid ;-)
For the fish I thought some shimmer from the Nuvo shimmer pen  (clear gloss) would be fun as fish are always shiny (and slimy)

The sentiment is from Marianne Design, it's a year or two old, but any you have would do.
Don't think I need more than one father's day stamp...unless he keeps them!
Anyway I used Versafine onyx black ink for the sentiment, and heat set it.
There's a cat hair, I also inked up :-(
In fact I'm surprised my cats aren't bald as there's hairs everywhere and I brush and brush and brush..they like being brushed. Sorry for the hairs.
Mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered it to the card base.

This card is not for my dad by the way, his is already on it's way ;-)






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Camp create 2017, day 3, spectacular shakers

So on the Youtube video from My Favorite Things I said "I immediately thought of the porthole when I saw the title"Now MFT used it on their video I thought I should do something else, but I didn't ;-)

I did take a look at the trio stitched peekaboo die, but that's not very nautical looking.
And I already did a card with three portholes...so here is my card.

I stamped the pirate and the island on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
I'm not sure what the little "icing" on the island is all about, maybe wet and dry sand? I did do the  bottom bit darker, but it's only slightly visible.

I cut out a gold mirrored porthole.
For the shaker I used double sided adhesive all over a
piece of craft foam, front and back.
cut out a hole from the panel and the craft foam.
Adhered the acetate with taperunner.
Placed the island panel flat, and put on glitter and sequins and then placed the front bit of the card on top.
I usually close the shaker pocket with that island panel, but as I wanted it straight I had to see where I was sticking it. It;s not straight now also, so....haha...well the sea was a bit choppy shall we say?

The sentiment is from the same stampset (party like a pirate by My Favorite Things) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black.
I splattered some black watercolor on the panel for an aged look, if that makes sense.

Adhered the porthole on top and then the pirate with taperunner.

Some shimmer pen on the sword for a shine metal.

For more information on the Camp Creat event, see this

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017, Day2: remarkable resist, with video

For day 2 I pulled out the Mermazing set from My Favorite Things.
I stamped her on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored her the same as in one of my previous videos, because I just love her purple hair and teal tail.

I used a home made mask/stencil, I  diecut a circle out of some card, which  I then positioned on the cardbase.

For my remarkable resist I used Wow! embossing powders:
Golden Flame 
primary chartreuse
primary luscious lime
velvet
hot gossip
earthtone mint

As some of the embossing powders are transparent it's
important to do the embossing first, so you still have the white base underneath.
I used all the kelp, seaweeds, corals and the shoals.
I mixed some of the powders together to get an unique look.

I stamped through the mask, but then positioned some of the kelp outside the circle,  just for a whimsical look.

For the inkblending I used Distress inks:
tumbled glass, peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon (of course)
I applied it with a mini ink blending tool and splattered on some water for the bubbles effect


After filming I added one more shoal of fishes, you can see it's darker as the background was now blue, I felt it needed more fishies ;-)

Stamped the sentiment from the same Mermazing set with Versafine Onyx black ink.

Mounted the mermaid with foamtape and adhered here to the cardbase.

For more information on the Camp create 2017 event, see this

My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017, day 1: wonderful watercolor, with video


My Favorite things has launched it's camp create of 2017.
Day 1 (Monday) is/was : wonderful watercolor.

For my card I chose to use the Giraffing me crazy.
I made a forest with Talens Ecoline watercolors on some (cheaper) watercolor paper.
I've used many greens  like 600,601,602,640,654,656,657,665,666 and 676 and a purple 548.
I wetted the watercolor paper first and then dabbed on the colors, trying to made a dappled forest with purple flowers.
I know what you're thinking right now...but there are some species of giraffes that actually live in rainforests, I checked before filming lol.

When I was happy with the coverage I dried the panel with my heattool.


For the window I tried making a partial diecut thing, and well I trashed two, wasn't  my day, even cut into my finger as my scalpel knife was a bit sharp...anyway I then decided to just plonk the two critters on top.

Once dry I used taperunner to adhere the watercolor panel onto the cardbase.
To make the window I used a circle die and cut it out. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink. It's also from Giraffing me crazy.
I mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the base.

The giraffes I stamped onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with MFT hybrid black ink.
I might have switched somewhere to Simon Says Stamp intense black though, as it was on my desk and they look quite similar. But they're both alcohol marker and waterproof.

I colored the beasts with Spectrum Illustrator markers and attached them onto the card with tape runner and where needed with foamtape, because of the height difference.

We flock together, with video

For this fun card I used the Clearly Besotted stamp Fluffy flamingos.
I stamped them on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and let the Brother scan n cut cut them out.
I colored themwith Spectrum Noir markers PP4 PP6 and llustrator PP6 which is funny enough the lightest color and not at all similar to the pp6 from the noir range.
I need to add a bit more black to some of the eyes and beaks, I've used a Steadtler pigment liner for that.
On the cardbase I sectioned off a small area and used Memento dew drops for my inkblending (summer sky and Bahama blue).
Attached the flamingos with different heights, meaning either just flush with tape runner or one or two layers of foamtape.
I ended up suing of the birds in the set, as I had a smudge to cover.
The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.
Thought it was funny with the one bird flying away.

Then I added shimmer on the water with the Nuvo clear gloss shimmer pen.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

AAA cards challenge #92

This is my first entry as a Design team (DT) member, I'm so excited to be part of this great challenge blog, I've entered my cards for a couple of years  and now I'm a behind the scenes person,  kind of ;-)....

OK, onto the card: the theme is resist technique. I used the heat embossing resist for my card.

I started by wiping my card with a powder tool to remove stick.

I stamped the dandelion stamp from Marianne design onto my card base with Versamark ink, sprinkled on Zing white embossing powder and heat set it.

Then I masked of the area where around the dandelion with Post-it tape.

For the ink blending I've used Memento inks: Grape Jelly, Lilac posies and Lulu lavender and a  mini round ink blending tool.
I love how you can blend with Memento inks and how smoothly it dries out.

The sentiment is from Sizzix (659798 birthday by Stephanie Bernard) and I used Versafine onyx black ink. I thought it to be a perfect match as somehow people started making wishes on dandelions, it is said to see if the man you liked, would like you back, if you blew off all the seeds , then he would, if not then nope...superstitions, superstitions....I looked it up and humans make all sorts of wishes on strange objects, like the wishbone in a chicken, or candles on a cake, dandelions, falling stars are the most common ones.

For more information on the AAA cards challenges, see this



You are mermazing, with video

I think everyone has this stamp set, and rightly so, it's too cute.
I used is for an under the sea collage.
To start I die cut the Memory box under the sea collage die from sturdy 140lbs card stock.
I stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink, and something went wrong there.
So started again. I put the sentiment a little to the left, so I could use a shell image from the stamp set as a sort of embellishment.

I stamped the images onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and cut them out with the Brother Scan n cut. I then colored them with Spectrum Illustrator and Spectrum Noir markers.

For the background I masked off the edges of the card base and inkblended Distress inks onto the base: tumbled glass, salty ocean and mermaid lagoon.
I then splattered water over it and then Dyslusions white linen spray, it's not opaque, so together with the real opaque white from Talens eocline you get three layers of bubbles adding a lot of depth...which you can't see much of in the end, but I know it's there! Also sprayed the lot with Shimmer spritz sparkle version for a glorious glitter.
Stuck the mermaid in place with tape runner.
Added the panel, i had mounted with foam tape. I'm sorry the camera cut off, it was 31 minutes or so into the filming. but you know how to apply foam tape and tape runner ;-)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweet things

The Less is More Challenge this week is : one layer sweet things.

So for my card I stamped the image and sentiment from Art Impressions' Old goat set with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink.
I left the stamp in the WRMK stamp press as I wasn't 100% happy and thought after coloring I would restamp it with Versafine, But then I chickened out, after all that coloring I didn't want to chance anything moving on me and messing it up.
I think the coloring covers up a lot.
I used Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers to color the image. The cardbase is made of Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and I will glue a panel to the inside to hide the seepage.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bee happy

This is my second card to enter for the Paper Smooches Guest designer for July spot.
It's very similar to the "you're a hoot", but can't  help it, it's my style ;-)
I did make an arrangement with the feather or leaf digi stamp and have been cutting patterned paper for it, but I discarded it.

For this card I did some paper piecing in the Dainty flower a Paper Smooches die.
I printed the free digi stamp and in Photoshop I've put the sentiment and the oval vignette around it; I've used Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.

Colored the image with my Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.
Adhered the diecut flower with a glue pen and adhered the colored panel to the cardbase.

For more information or to enter the Paper Smooches call as well, see this

You're a hoot

I made two cards to enter into the Paper Smooches Guest designer spot for July.
I downloaded four digital images and resized them in Photoshop.
Made a little scene with the branch, owl and leaf/feather image.
Put it all in a circle and printed it onto Crafter's  Companion Neenah paper.
I colored the image with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.
Cut down the panel to make a mat and mounted it with foamtape to the cardbase.

I only have a few Paper Smooches products at this time, a sentiment set (fun and flirty) and a few dies, tried the sunglasses on the owl, but it was way too big, funny but nah.

I hope they like the CAS design.

For more information or to enter for the spot, see this