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


Floral Sympathy

9617DC42-ED5E-4E15-BDDF-1201EDC30EE7Sadly I need a couple of sympathy cards.  I’m always torn between something more somber and well…something like this.

I’m not in the habit of buying kits but when I saw the June Simon Says Stamp kit it literally took my breath away.

Today I decided to use some of the Moda Scrap designer paper from the kit. So many gorgeous designs to choose from!  The kit also has one of the new Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades embossing folders in it. Love the effect…swoon.   I added some random bits of  deco foil to it after embossing. Here’s another picture showing the embossing and foil.


Next I heat embossed three flowers from the Beautiful Flowers stamp set from the kit. I watercoloured them with Distress Inks in similar colours.  The sentiment was heat embossed on some vellum to complete the card.  This card is for Day 5 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

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Paper:  Moda Scrap, Neenah Solar White, vellum and Canson Bristol

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers and Clearly Besotted (sentiment)

Ink:  Distress Inks and Versafine Clair

Misc:  Tim Holtz 3D embossing Folder, Deco Foil, heat tool, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, embossing buddy, adhesives, SU black embossing powder

Go Bold or Go Home

No need to explain that title is there?

I’m playing along with a few challenges today.

My background is a piece of designer paper that’s been pulled through some Distress Paints, dried, distressed, stenciled, and then I added more gold using some foil sheets.  As I’ve said lately, I’m a little totally obsessed with gold.

The butterfly has been painted with gold paint and then I added mica flakes, glass glitter, and some beads.  The same treatment was used on the flowers and the chipboard sentiment. Some die cut leaves in black and Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker complete the card.

Here’s a close up of the detail I added to the butterfly:

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  unknown designer paper and Gina K. Black
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Distress Paints, Tim Holtz Schoolhouse stencil, Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz distressing tool, misc. chipboard circle, Penny Black Holly & Berries die, Ranger Transfer Foil Sheets, Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint, Finnabair Glass Glitter, Finnabair Mica Flakes, Finnabair Glass Beads, heavy gel medium, foam tape, Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker, misc. flowers, Distress Spray Stains

Challenges entered:
Frilly and Funkie:  Hip to be Square using brighter colors from the hippie era
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes – they are showcasing Ranger Products
Anything But Cute Challenge #11:

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Awesome Life

Found some time to play along with Tim’s April 2015 Tag challenge.  Here are his fabulous tags:

I’ve used the Persian Motifs from Altenew, as I don’t have his new floral stamps.  And basically followed his instructions, using my own mix of colors.  He’s showcasing the Distress Markers with his techniques this month, and that’s exactly what I used.  And, as I didn’t have his dies, again, used what I had.  Rather than use my sewing machine, I’ve done faux stitching around the tag.  This was fun and I really loved using my markers for his techniques!
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Stamps:  Altenew Persian Motifs
All the other stuff:  Ranger Kraft Tags; Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Markers; Distress Marker Spritzer, water mister, die pick, mat, distress tool, Ranger mini ink blending tools, Lil’ Inker Designs die, Big Shot Pro, adhesives, seam binding
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Dazzling Diva #69 Some Bunny Loves You

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Look at these cute little peeps 🙂  We are doing a color challenge this week.  Use any one or combination of the following colors on your card:

Can you tell I’m a sucker for these gorgeous stitched bunnies from Lil’ Inker?  Don’t they look wonderful in the craft metal?
I inked up my craft mat with three shades of Distress Inks and sprayed with water.  Then I dragged a piece of watercolor paper through it.  The clouds are die cut in felt and I’ve added some metallic thread behind the set of clouds.
These are stylin’ bunnies in their metal coats and little black bows!  The metal has such an impact doesn’t it?
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper, Gina K. black card stock
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival and Rusty Hinge, Broken China and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Designs bunnies and bows die set, MFT die-namics cloud trio, MFT felt, metallic thread, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metals in the following colors:
Outrageously Orange                                         Pucker Me Pink
Outrageously Orange Metal SheetPucker Me Pink Metal Sheet
Ocean Blue Metal Sheet
The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week 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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Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies Day 3

More homework for the Stretch Your Dies class.  Jennifer showed us how to create wonderful window cards!
Here it is open:
And here’s a close-up of these three fabulous women!  I’ve added some Glossy Accents to their glasses…both eye and drinking 🙂

This fun image was colored with Copics and Polychromos pencils.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Copic, Neenah Solar White and Teresa Collins Tinsel & Co.
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can Archival
Stamps:  Art Impressions by Hampton Art
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, circle die, Lifestyle crafts banners and arrows dies, Copics, Polychromos pencils, Ranger Glossy Accents

Challenges entered:
Freshly Made Sketches:

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