Tim’s Snowflakes


Hello all!

Today is all about simplicity and Tim ūüôā

I’ve heat embossed the snowflakes in Hero Arts white embossing powder.¬† They are from a new set from Tim Holtz called Mini Swirly Snowflakes.

Then it was play time with my Distress Oxides. The colours used today are Faded Jeans, Broken China and Peeled Paint.  Just kept rubbing an ink pad on my craft mat, spraying it with a bit of water and dipping my watercolour paper through it.  Each layer was dried with my heat tool before I added the next.  Just love the soft dreamy sort of feel from these colours!

For the finishing touches, a bit of Tim’s tape and some of Lucy’s Little Things for sparkle.

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Whew!¬† This was a challenge!¬† I haven’t blogged, created, photographed, etc. etc. in over a year.

Welcome to my new WordPress blog.

Since it’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, wanted to go with that theme.

I’ve been eyeing the Distress Oxide inks, so played with those for the first time.¬† Love how they layer!¬† I used some mixed media paper and¬† layered the inks until I was satisfied with the colors.¬† Next I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies to make my leaves.¬† A little bit of Walnut Stain mixed with water was used to edge the leaves.

Using the same Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, I stamped the background and then used a wet paintbrush to smoosh it around.¬† Then I added a few bits and bobs of Lucy’s Little Things in Warm Golden Golden Glow with some Multi Medium in matte.¬† The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers.

That’s it from me for today.¬† Back soon with more my friends…



Featured Designer CAS Mix Up – Song Bird

It’s a day full of posts for this girl ūüôā ¬†Check out my April Mixed Media Card challenge post¬†here. And don’t forget to check out my Guest Designer post for the Graciellie Designs blog hop¬†here.

So thrilled to be the Featured Designer for the CAS Mix Up this month.  Thank you, Loll and Bonnie!

And here’s their challenge for the month…one that’s right up my alley – stenciling ūüôā

I started out with some watercolor paper and a spray mist. ¬†Then I added some translucent embossing paste through the reverse side of my ARTplorations Perched Bird stencil. Why the reverse side you ask? ¬†It suited my layout better. ¬† Once I lifted off the stencil, I used a spatula to add texture to the paste. ¬†That gives some high and low areas for stamping which adds more texture. Then it was dried a bit with a heat gun and left to dry for a while longer. Again, you can get even more texture by heating with a heat gun…it will bubble up a bit.

Next, it was stamped with a Stampendous Music Score stamp with Archival Ink. ¬†Another option would be Staz-On if you don’t have Archival Ink. ¬†I heat set the Archival Ink, just to be sure. ¬†Then I watercolored with three shades of Distress Inks, blending each into the next color. ¬†And then I wiped most of the excess Distress Ink from the bird with a baby wipe.

A simple stamped sentiment from STAMPlorations Art Marks and my usual smattering of sequins and done!

Check out what Loll and Bonnie have for you this month!

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Addicted to Stamps and More #150

It’s a photo challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More this week:

Now isn’t that a lovely bit of inspiration…watercolor, birthday cake, flowers, ummm wine…lots to choose from! ¬†
This will be my final Addicted to Stamps and More Design Team card, as I’ve chosen to step down. So to honor the lovely Kylie, I elected to do a watercolor butterfly. ¬†It’s been stamped with several shades of distress inks, and while it was still wet it was overstamped and then I added some Brushos.

Kylie, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I’ve enjoyed each and every month of the last year on the Design Team. ¬†And speaking of the Design Team…what a wonderful bunch of sweet and VERY talented ladies to work with…lucky me ūüôā

Our sponsor this week is Sweet Pea Stamps¬†and up for grabs…four digis from their store:
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  distress watercolor and Neenah solar white
Ink:  distress and archival
Stamps:  Visible Image and Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  waterbrush, Brushos, adhesives and sequins
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Light It Up Blue Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop!  We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here.
If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies, please leave a comment on this blog, as well as any of the other blogs participating in the hop today!  Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, April 6th.

I’ve added this link for all sorts of great info on autism including research, fund raising and a whole lot of other information.

Here’s my card for the hop:

I’ve started with a piece of watercolor paper that’s been stamped with a houndstooth pattern. ¬†I wanted more of a hit and miss look, so just partially inked up the background stamp and pressed it to my paper with my fingers instead of a stamp block or my MISTI.

Next, I stamped the poppy and then added some blue shades of ¬†watercolor. ¬†While that was still wet, I added in some more blues, this time with¬†Brushos. ¬†Once that was completely dry, I “painted” the flower with a light layer of Stickles.

The sentiment has been cut from white fun foam.  It adds such dimension and is just so easy to do. A smattering of blue sequins and done!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Stamps:  Penny Black Poppy Time and MFT Houndstooth Background
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can and Jet Black archival inks
All the other stuff: ¬†Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, Brushos, Stickles, sequins, adhesives, white fun foam, MISTI

Come join the hop...here’s a peek at some of ¬†the amazing sponsors:

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