Perfectly Perfect…


More homework for the Altenew Academy One=Layer Wonders class.

I absolutely love the Crown Blooms set from Altenew and Kelly Latevola used it for this particular lesson.  So this is a total case of how she layed out the blooms.  Thanks, Kelly 🙂

But from there, I took a hard left and went out on my own.  Totally did my own thing…mixed media.  I used pretty much everything but the kitchen sink on this.  But in the end…I’m happy with it….this feels like me.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Simon Says Stamp Black and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaMark and VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Stamps:  Altenew Crown Bloom and Altenew Perfectly Perfect

Misc:  Nuvo Creative pens, Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, Nuvo Glitter Drops, Zig Clean Color markers, white Sharpie paint pen, Pilot markers, paintbrushes, heat tool, Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing buddy and adhesives

Roses and Hugs


I’m on a kick…florals and watercolours these days it seems. Two of my favourite things. This is another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

The rose images were stamped and watercoloured with Distress Inks.  Then I added a few splashes of the pink.  Instead of my usual smattering of sequins I chose to add a bit of dimension and shine with some black Enamel Accents.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist and Nocturne as well as Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint

Stamps:  Hero Arts Hero Florals Rose Stem

Misc:  Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles die, paintbrush, Ranger Enamel Accents and adhesives



FA1E387E-4BC8-49DD-9230-7E179C8B736EFor the 30 Day Coloring Challenge…the word today is subtle.

Decided to try a very light hand with colour today. I stamped the image repeatedly to fill the card front. Next I used two different Derwent Inktense pencils to add a wee bit of colour. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are a watercolour pencil.

I used a sentiment from the same set, stamped in black. Some washi and a smattering of sequins finish the card.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist and Nocturne

Stamps:  Hero Arts Hero Florals Rose Stem

Misc:  HAI washi tape, Simon Says Stamp assorted Moonshine sequins, paintbrush and adhesives

In Sympathy

20118987-4DC7-4784-809F-EB608E04C284Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

My “default” colouring medium is watercolours. It’s just what I gravitate toward. Today I’ve used Distress Inks.  No great detailed watercolouring today…just loosey goosey so to speak.

The background has been made with Altenew’s Dotted Scales Debossing Plate. Next I used one of their stencils to heat emboss a piece of white cardstock, and then die cut the frame.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment were all heat embossed in the same colour. Then I watercoloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Inks. Did you happen to see the cool sentiment design from Hero Arts?

For the final touch…a few gold seed beads to the centre of the flowers.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks

Stamps: Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet and Hero Arts Florals Rose Stem (sentiment)

Misc: Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Altenew Layered Dahlia A stencil, Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Plate, Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle die, gold seed beads and adhesives


More play time 🙂

I’ve stenciled just the bottom of the card with Finnabair’s Chicken Wire stencil and some navy ink. Next I die cut the leaves from Hero Arts…again in navy.
The floral image is called French Marigold Large and it’s from STAMPlorations.  It was stamped in Cobalt Archival ink and then just loosely watercolored with Distress Inks.  Then it was fussy cut and popped up on some foam tape.
The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Hope Blooms…I love the funky curly cues around the”L”! My usual smattering of sequins and done!
Challenges entered:
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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #7

Hello everyone!  It’s time for another One Layer Christmas card challenge…I am so happy to have a start on my 2015 Christmas cards thanks to this challenge 🙂  As always, it’s an “anything goes” challenge and this time round…an optional twist of blue.

Well, if you haven’t guessed by now…I LOVE watercolors and working with blue this week…well that happens to be another one of my faves!  
This has been made using the Kuretake Gansai watercolors and some Brushos.  I cut down my watercolor card stock to 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ for a taller card this time.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor card stock
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Quiet Fire Design
All the rest of the stuff:  Hero Arts white embossing powder, E.K. Success powder tool, heat tool, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, Brushos
Would love for you to play along!  Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you’d like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

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More Homework from Stretch Your Dies

I’m back with some more homework from the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class.  Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 showed us a fabulous die technique and I finally found some time to play with it.

Although, time-consuming, it’s a great technique that could work for so many matching stamp and die sets.

You’ll see below that there’s no teal paper used…that’s because I used my Copic marker to color some white card stock to match the color on the bunny collars and flowers.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can Archival, Hero Arts Pool Mid-Tone
Stamps:  MFT Somebunny Loves You
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Somebunny BB Die-namics, masking paper, Copic markers, Copic Airbrush system, Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine sequins, Wink of Stella, adhesives

Challenges entered:

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge:

MFT Color Challenge 17:

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