Sunday, 15 October 2017

Addicted to CAS - Happy Thanksgiving

The code word at the Addicted to CAS challenge is PUMPKIN.  It's a bit late for my Thanksgiving and a bit early for the one in the United States, but who is to say we shouldn't be having a little Thanksgiving every day, showing gratitude for all that we have?

Since I haven't taken the time to use the embossing folders in the Celebrations Duo, this seemed like a perfect time to remedy that.  Taking a piece of Heavy Very Vanilla, I used the "Happy" from that set, embossing it nearly in the centre horizontally.  Since I was keeping it nice and simple, I took a sponge and very lightly sponged some Peekaboo Peach ink over the embossing.  Then I took a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the "Thanksgiving" from the Happy Thanksgiving in the Teeny Tiny Wishes using Peekaboo Peach again.  I cut that into a thin banner and used Dimensionals to attach it under the embossed "Happy".

For my pumpkins I turned to the Painted Autumn suite.  After cutting out the ones I wanted from the Designer Paper and using my bone folder to  round them slightly, I attached the pumpkins, again using Dimensionals.

Sometimes clean and simple makes the biggest statement.  Check out the rest of the cards for this challenge at Addicted to CAS.  

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Peace, Hope, Love -- Merry Christmas Challenge #260

I wanted to see how the embossing paste might look painted on and found the perfect image on which to test this.  The two-step stamp set of the snowy tree from the Season Like Christmas set was perfect.

First I used a wet, broad paint brush to streak Marina Mist over the Watercolour Paper. I let that dry thoroughly.  After stamping the image of the tree I quickly spread clear embossing powder over it before the ink dried.  That way, after using my heat gun to melt the powder, the ink would be protected from the wet embossing paste I planned to spread over areas of the branches.

Using a paint brush to "paint" the fluid embossing past, it was easy to control how much "snow" I wanted on each branch.  Once it had dried, however, I found I had to go over the areas a second time in order to get the look I was after, but the results were much more like soft snow than simply using the embossing paste.

The three snowflakes are cut with dies from the Seasonal Layers thinlets set.  I cut the large one from Silver Foil and a smaller one from Whisper White cardstock.  Then I cut one more smaller one from Soft Sky cardstock for balance.

I created this card for the Merry Christmas Challenge sketch.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Happy Birthday to The Flower Challenge

How serendipitous that The Flower Challenge is having a birthday just as I had fun playing with my favourite flower stamp from this year's Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Oh, it's not the first time I've used the stamps but it is the first time I've used the brand new Stampin' Blends to colour them.  I just received my order a couple of days ago and have been anxious to see how well these new alcohol markers blend.  The answer?  They blend very nicely and the colours simply "pop".  The bonus?  The colours are spot on to the colours of the Stampin' Up! cardstocks.  You can see that for yourself by comparing the orchid colour to the surrounding cardstock.  The Rich Razzleberry matches perfectly.

I kept things simple.  I stamped all the orchid images on one layer and then coloured them using the alcohol inks.  I added a simple watercolour wash of pale green.  Then I added the sentiments.  The main stars, the flowers, totally take the spotlight.

I hope you'll check out the awesome cards over at The Flower Challenge.

I've also entered my card into the Addicted to CAS #121 since it's all about one's favourite stamp.  This is, as I've stated, my favourite of the floral stamps in the Stampin' Up! catalogue.

Thinking of You - Fun with my new Stampin' Blends

I loved using the Blendabilities but Stampin' Up! pulled them because of design problems.  Now, a few years later, new alcohol inks have been introduced with a brand new name, Stampin' Blends.  Well you know what the Bard said about a rose by any other name, right?  I had to try out the new pens to see how they compared to the originals.  Since my order arrived the day before yesterday, trying them out has been foremost on my mind.  But you know how life gets in the way.

Today I tried the new Stampin' Blends out on images which are from another company but, well, I fell in love.  So I had to have them.  Of course it helps that the image I used really let me try a lot of colours and also helped me to see just how good the pens are in tight places.  Overall, I'd give them an "A".  Easy to work with, excellent results.

I used the stylized image of the owl three times as you can see.  Two of the images are upright while one is hanging upside down.  Two of the images also share the same colours while one is the odd man out.  Well, there is a reason for that. 

I'm entering this card into the CASology challenge which has the "cue word" ODD.  Under the circumstances you can understand the layout, right?  There is an "ODD" number of owls.  One owl is the "ODD" man out in colour. 

I also created this card as a single layer card because I intended to enter it into the Inkspirational challenge.  

And finally, I'm also entering the card into the Crafty Catz Challenge which calls for a clean and simple card.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #140 - Happy Birthday

I love birthdays.  They happen all year long and cards are such fun to make because everyone's personality is different.  So the cards are going to be totally different, too.

Libby Fens is hosting this week's challenge.  I thought I'd make a masculine card for my nephew's birthday but then an order arrived from a fellow Canadian crafter.  She had offered an incredibly beautiful metal die online and I just had to use it. 

The frame of the die is a full 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and covers the entire front of my cardstock, but the Heavy Whisper White shows through all the butterflies and leaves lots of room for stamping.  Part of me wanted to leave it plain and elegant but another part wanted something more and that's the part I listened to this time.  I used the die-cut leaves from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits (cut from the retired Mint Macaron) as well as the hearts and flowers stamps from the Weather Together stamp set.  The hearts are stamped with the retired Silver Encore Metallic ink while the flowers are stamped with the Daffodil Delight ink.  Since my large die-cut used Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, I coloured the centres of the flowers using the same ink.  A small "happy birthday" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, using the retired Mint Macron ink finishes the card off.

I hope you'll take time to check out the wonderful creation by our Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also entered my card in the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.  I hope you'll check out the blog to see the fabulous entries.

And finally I've entered my card in the "Just Us Girls" Challenge for their word challenge:  Light.  I believe the card is appropriate since butterflies are lighter than air and bring light into my soul.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #262 - Thinking of You

One of my favourite challenges over at the Accidted to Stamps and More Challenge blog is their "Make your mark" challenge.  As you already know, I love playing with colours whether it's Oxide Inks, markers, watercolouring or Alcohol inks.  Their challenge is clearly made with me in mind.

I had created a background on Glossy Paper using several of the Oxide inks.  I wanted it to be reminiscent of an underwater seascape and so I used Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber along the bottom.  Then I went a bit wild with a number of colours for the top, including Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Jeans (don't those names make you smile?)  I was pretty satisfied with the results and so used it for this challenge.

I added some seaweed and fish from the Seaside Shore stamp set.  The seaweed I stamped and coloured using Shabby Shutters Distress ink as well as Pear Pizzazz ink.  For my fish, I stamped them on a scrap of Whisper White paper and then coloured them in using my markers.  They fit in perfectly, don't they?  Especially raised up on dimensionals, I think they add a much-needed touch to the scene.  Finally I stamped my sentiment using Basic Black ink and then layered the scene onto Bermuda Bay cardstock and then onto Heavy Very Vanilla cardstock.

I hope you'll check out the other fun cards at the Addicted to Cards and More Challenge.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Less is More #348 - Happy Birthday

I love watercolouring.  When I saw that the theme for the Less is More challenge is "Watercoloring", I was excited and got to work.  Of course it didn't help that I saw the challenge only two hours before it closed.  But I seem to do well under stress.  My adrenaline kicked in.  My imagination went into overdrive.  And I created a card with minutes to spare.

I love sunsets.  The other day we were driving along and I fell in love with the wonderful muted tones that painted the sky.  All sunsets don't have to be vivid and overwhelming, after all.  I decided to try to capture the tones in my creation.

On a piece of Mixed Media paper I worked with Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry and Marina Mist inks to make an ovalish sunset.  In the right bottom corner I stamped three of the trees from Lovely as a Tree and below that stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I cut a silhouette of birds on a branch with a die and attached that partway up and towards the left.

I love the result!

I hope you'll check out the other creations at Less is More.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Inkspirational Challenge #144 - Hello

I've been dying to try a new technique called the Eclipse. It's probably been around for quite a while but I wasn't aware of it. With this year's eclipse of the sun, however, everyone seemed to get on the "bandwagon" with this technique. Now it's my turn.

Over at the Inkspirational Challenge, the word prompt is "Hello". Of course my alphabet letters didn't fit onto a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card (one letter too large), so I decided to make my card 7 1/4" x 4". It worked out perfectly and I am as happy as can be with my first effort at an Eclipse card.

I began with the retired Mint Macaron as my base. The next layer had to be Whisper White because I wanted to be able to stamp my images and watercolour them. For my stamp set I turned to the Pretty Kitty set as well as the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set (for the Ladybug). The colours I used for watercolouring are Real Red, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride. I love using my Aqua-Painter for projects like this.

There are some awesome cards to check out at the Inkspirational Challenge blog for this "Hello".

I've also added my card to the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge which is all about Dies.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #139 - Bonjour Beautiful

This week Kath is the host at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Her challenge gave me a chance to use a whole bunch of my new "toys".  What is it, you ask?  It's our Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge, of course.  You know how much I love those!

I wanted to keep my card rather graphic, with primarily black and white in a variety of shapes.  I managed that by beginning with a base of Heavy Whisper White onto which I added a layer of Basic Black.  Then I used a piece of the black and white plaid pattern from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper on the right and left borders of the card.  Since I was working with a black layer, I cut a lampost from Whisper White, including a Whisper White banner to hang from it.  Before attaching the banner, I used the fancy candle thinlit from the Window Box thinlit set to cut a pattern into it.

Along the bottom of the card I attached a Whisper White stitched circle backed with a slightly larger Real Red circle.  I trimmed the bottom off each circle to let it sit properly along the bottom border of the card.  Then I fussy cut one of the poodles from the Birthday Memories Designer Series paper and attached that to the white stitched circle.  Since that sheet of DSP had a primarily yellow pattern on the reverse, I used the scrap bits to fit behind the candle flames and also into the lantern.

For my sentiment I thought the retired "Bonjour Beautiful" was absolutely perfect and so I heat embossed it above the banner in white.

I wanted to carry a bit of the design into the inside of the card and so used the huge script "Happy Birthday" for the greeting, stamped in Basic Black.  To add a bit of colour, I stamped the tiny birthday hat onto the two "p's" and the little birthday gift under the "y".   Both images are from the Birthday Delivery set.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

I'm also adding my card to the Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes" Challenge.


 And I'm also adding my card to the {PIN}spirational Challenge #200 - Anything Goes.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Global Design Project #106 - Boo

It's been a little while since I chose to do a sketch challenge, but this one for the Global Design Challenge just "spoke" to me.  Of course it helped that I had just received my order with the Spooky Cat stamp set in it and I was dying to use it.  The sketch looked perfect for an owl on a branch with the full moon behind.  And so that's what I did.

My base is Basic Black and overall I've used current products from Stampin' Up!  The black glitter paper, however, is retired as are the alphabet dies with which I cut out the "BOO".  If you're curious as to how my owl perches on that branch so well, that has an easy answer.  I cut the owl apart across the feet, leaving the feet with the top part.  I glued that onto the branch to give the illusion of the claws perching and then glued the bottom part under the branch so it would look natural. 

The weird sky is the result of some playing around with my Watercolor paper and the Wilted Violet Oxide ink.  After I was happy with the purples and the paper had dried, I sponged some Basic Black around the perimeter and also in spots across the sky and moon. 

I hope you'll check out the Global Design Project challenge.  There are some awesome projects by the Design Team and linked up.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Merry Monday #258 - Chase the Snowflakes

According to the weather networks, Monday is supposed to bring us some white stuff.  I'm not ready for it.  I'm all for Fall and crunchy leaves and pretty yellow and orange vistas.  I love hearing the Canada geese overhead, honking out maneuvers for the young, untried additions to their ranks.  I love the warmth of the Fall sunshine with its hint of frost overnight.  I'm not ready for winter or anything that hints of winter.  I am hoping the weather networks are wrong.

Don't begin to think that this means I'm one of those "Bah, humbug!" types who eschews Christmas.  Far from it.  I love everything about Christmas.  And, appropriately, at Christmas snow belongs on the ground.  It is the magic blanket which hides all the dead grass and makes the landscape pretty again.  But Christmas is almost three months away.

A few years back I found the sweetest stamp set by Stampendous.  It featured a group of penguins who clearly love the snow and everything about it.  They're total winter "people".  I loved the image and also the sentiments and so had to buy it, of course.  The challenge at Merry Monday this week is perfect for my little stamp set and I was thrilled to be able to haul it out and use it.

I may not be ready for snow yet but the sentiment, "Take time to chase snowflakes" is something I embrace each year.  I make sure I get out there to enjoy the snow with my grandsons and also with my daughter since both of us love to go cross-country skiing.  I kept the card simple, making the image and that sentiment the primary focal points.  Oh, of course, I added some bling, not only in the form of rhinestones, but also in the form of the Wink of Stella which you can just see under the sleigh and also in the pom-poms of the toques which the penguins are wearing.

You can see why I'd want to use this image for the challenge, right?  It's not everyday that one has the perfect stamp right there.

This is entered in the Merry Monday Challenge #258.


I've also entered my card in the Christmas Card Challenges CCC22.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Crafty Catz #385 - Happy Birthday

Since I realized that I had yet another birthday card to make, it seemed logical to add it to the Crafty Catz challenge as well.  After all, there is no such thing as wishing a person (or a challenge) a happy birthday too often.

For this card I used primarily the Designer paper and images from the Birthday Delivery suite.  Since the little girl holding the cupcakes is wearing Pacific Point blue, I decided to use that cardstock for my base.  The reverse of that piece of Designer paper is Real Red with line-drawn images of balloons, presents and, of course, birthday cakes.  That became my next layer.  Then I added a Blushing Bride die-cut embossed with little floating hearts.  Perfect for a birthday!  The oval cut with the little girl and cupcakes fit perfectly onto that shape.

From another piece of Designer paper, I die-cut one of the gorgeous birthday cakes and added that to the card.  Why stop at cupcakes, after all?  With a Happy Birthday banner added, stamped with Real Red and Pacific Point to match, my card was complete.

I wish the Crafty Catz Challenge a very Happy 8th Birthday.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #138 - Marsha's "All About Christmas" Challenge

I heard on the radio earlier this week that we only have three months before Christmas.  I'm not worried about shopping.  I do some of my best shopping at the last minute.  What I can't leave until the last minute is getting my Christmas cards together.  Thank goodness for challenges like Marsha's "All About Christmas" this week.  I'm getting quite a bundle together.

Of course I've been getting some new Christmas sets from the Holiday Catalogue.  For this card I went all out and combined two of my new sets.  For the lower half I used the elegant Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies and then for the upper half I used the Hearts Come Home bundle.

I had to do some layering with those snowflakes.  To the white snowflake base I added  the larger simple snowflake cut from Silver Foil and then I added the smaller simple snowflake cut from Pool Party to match my base.  Doesn't that show up beautifully against the deep blue of the Night of Navy?
Above the die-cut snowflake border I added a border of tiny die-cut dots and then, about a half inch above that, added another border of tiny die-cut dots.  That would be for my sentiment.

At the top of the white cardstock I used the Hometown Greetings Edgelit dies to cut the slope with houses, trees and the snowman.  At the door of each house I added a small die-cut Silver Foil heart to reflect the sentiment.

As I said, my base for the card is Pool Party.  Then I added a layer of Silver Foil and a layer of Night of Navy.  To that I attached the white die-cut piece with the houses and snowflakes.  I used the Hearts Come Home stamp set for my sentiment which I stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White using Night of Navy ink.  Then I cut the scrap piece apart and used the narrow "All hearts come" on the left side and the "For Christmas" on the right side, leaving the centre empty so that I could stamp the "home" directly between them.

Finally I added a rhinestone in the centre of the "o" of "home" and also in the centre of each snowflake.  It wound up being such a glittery card.

For the inside of the card I kept it simple.  I added a piece of Whisper White to the Pool Party base and then stamped my sentiment (from the retired Wondrous Wreath set) using Night of Navy ink.  Along the bottom border, I stamped the houses and trees from the Hearts Come Home set using Pool Party ink.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by the Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Because the SUO Challenge is all about using one's favourite dies, I decided to enter my card into their challenge.  I see many, many more projects using these beautiful dies.

I also decided to enter my card into the "Anything Goes" challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Happy 8th Birthday, Crafty Catz #385

So excited to have been a winner!

A lot of challenges come and go.  All the more reason to celebrate a challenge which has been going strong for 8 years.  And to celebrate, I thought I'd make a special birthday card.

A couple of years ago I bought a crafting magazine which happened to come with a stamp set and a little booklet of patterned paper.  I believe I've used the stamp set once but this will be the first time I actually cut and use the paper.  Why now?  Because it has the perfect pattern to go with the adorable kitty from the Pretty Kitty stamp set which I chose for this card.  It works both ways.  While the paper is perfect for the image I'm using, the colours in the paper are going to lead my choices in inks and cardstocks.

My base is the Heavy Whisper White followed by a layer of Melon Mambo and then the pretty patterned paper.  After stamping the image I cut it out using a stitched round framelit and then made a matte for it with a piece of Melon Mambo.

I coloured the kitten, the pot, and the flowers using my Aqua Painter and the following inks:  Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.

And there we have it.  Happy Birthday to you at Crafty Catz.  Hopefully there are many more.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Simplicity and elegance

I love all sorts of techniques and styles of cards.  Every once in a while I like to go back to the basics and simply stamp.  My favourite, when I'm in this mood, is to keep it clean and simple.  To me that means having a great deal of lovely, open space so that the focal point, the image which I wish to spotlight, takes all one's attention.

Orchids, by their very nature, command a lot of attention.  They are not a shy and retiring flower.  For them it's the spotlight every time.  What better image, then, for my clean and simple card, than the orchid?

On a piece of Watercolour paper I stamped my orchid three times, the third time, having masked the second orchid so that the third appears to be slightly behind that bloom.  I used Fresh Fig ink for each image.  It's a good, strong colour and is common to many orchids.  Once the ink had dried I used my Powder Pink marker to colour in the centre of the orchid petals, leaving the outside portion white.  For the very centre of the orchid I first coloured it in using Crushed Curry and then went over that with my Wink of Stella.  I added sections of stem freehand using Soft Suede and then added some Old Olive.

For my sentiment I turned to Soft Suede and then added Crushed Curry freehand.

My inspiration for this card came from three challenges.  First I followed sketch 21 from "Less is More" #347

The images are from Addicted to CAS #120 which called for florals

And finally the sentiment is from Inspirational Challenge #144 which is all about "hello"

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Inkspirational #144 - Hello Fall

This is such a pretty time of the year--or at least it would be if it would just dry up and let me enjoy the colours.  I had hopes to get out to do some photography earlier today when it was pretty with puffy clouds and sunshine.  But sometimes in between finishing chores and getting ready, the weather did a complete turn-about and the sky became grey and the rain began to fall.  But the falling rain is NOT why I called this post Hello Fall.

We don't get the heart-stopping show of colours that the East gets.  Still, the vivid yellows and occasional oranges we do get are sensational, especially when reflected in a lake or pond.   I still hope to get a chance at photos before all those leaves dull and fall.

In the meantime I've been playing with Glossy cardstock and a few of my inks.  This time they're all Stampin' Up! inks, namely Olive Green, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and some Soft Suede.  I covered the Glossy paper with a light wash of Olive Green and let that dry.  Then I took some ink mixed with a bit of water and splattered it over the Glossy paper.  I repeated that with all the aforementioned colours, allowing each to dry in between, and wound up with what would become my leaves.

I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White.  Then I added another layer backed with a narrow matte of Olive Green and finally another layer backed with a narrow matte of Cajun Craze.  I wanted the interest in the background without adding embossing or stamping.  After using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to cut a branch from a piece of Soft Suede and attaching that to the card, I cut three "hello's" from pieces of Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze with a retired thinlit.  I glued those together, layering them to show a border of colour on each side and then attached the sentiment to the card.  Then  I took the tiny maple leaf thinlit from the Seasonal Layers set and proceeded to cut leaves from the coloured and splattered Glossy paper.

After adding the leaves to the branch and also randomly to the empty areas, I added the "FALL" to the sentiment as well as used my Cajun Craze marker to ink in the "hollows" that were not in the "hello" die-cut.

I hope you'll check out the cards at the Inkspirational Challenge.  This week's theme is all about "Hello".

Saturday, 23 September 2017

{PIN}spirational Challenge #199 - For the Love of Giraffes

 Thrilled to be among the top 3.
Top 3 Badge!

Some years back I discovered the famous photograph "The Kiss", of Misha and Makulu, the mother and child Rothschild Giraffes who took the world by storm back in 1990 when Makulu was born.  Much like Tajiri's birth in April 2017.  I have a large reproduction of that photograph in my home and was delighted to discover that the Local King Rubber Stamp company had created a set of stamps of my favourite giraffes, called Love Reaches New Heights.  And now I've discovered this challenge which gives me an excuse to use my stamps again.  Sweet!

I kept the colours simple and reasonably neutral to make sure that the focus would be on that sweet giraffe's face.  What can I say?  The image simply makes me smile.

I'll be giving this card to my sister who hasn't been feeling very well.  She love giraffes, too, and will love this adorable face.

I hope you'll check out the {Pin}spirational Challenge blog for this challenge.  The design team has created some adorable samples.

Tajiri with Allysa

Thursday, 21 September 2017

JOS #006 - Amazing You!

There are times when I buy a stamp set for purely sentimental reasons.  Such a purchase was the Talented Trio set.  My daughter was a competitive figure-skater while growing up.  I remember many, many miles travelled to get to competitions and testing days.  Of course all that driving was done in the dead of winter and through some of British Columbia's more challenging mountain passes.  She doesn't skate much any longer and has lost her double and triple jumps through lack of practise but she is still a joy to behold on ice.  How then could I pass up buying the Talented Trio set?  It's retired now but I will forever love it.  How serendipitous that the new challenge at the Joy of Sets is all about the "T's".

For a change in pace I chose to do one of the "watercolouring without the lines" techniques for my card.  By stamping the lines using the colours with which I planned to watercolour, the lines would disappear.  Magic---well, almost!

I had fun mixing the current inks with the current cardstocks and then adding in some retired products.  The primary one, of course, is the stamp set.  Then, too, the designer paper has retired but is perfect since every movement my daughter makes on ice brings music to my inner ears.  I also stamped in some snowflakes thanks to the retired Happy Scenes set.

Primary Stamp Set:  Talented Trio
Colours:  Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride

I hope you'll check out the other creations at the Joy of Sets Challenge.

I've also entered my card in the Jingle Belles Challenge for their fun Tic-Tac-Toe game.

And finally I've entered my card into the SIP Challenge #117 which is all about Watercolouring.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #137 - Penny's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

It's time for Penny's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  I love these masculine challenges!  I have more men in my extended family than women (and that includes the young ones).

I have to make a confession about this card.  For a change I didn't make it for anyone in the family or even for a friend.  I came across this old, retired stamp set at a garage sale and fell in love.  I think it came out sometime around 2008 and is called "For Father".  The sentiment confirms that it came out as a Father's Day set but the images are timeless and good for any occasion.  The image which I've used simply asked to be made into a card.  Who can say "no" to this adorable little pup?

Actually I used another retired set in creating my background.  The Daring Adventure set provided the shoe-prints while the cuttent Foxy Friends set provided the paw-prints.  I also added a bunch of splatter and rings from the Timeless Textures set.  All that stamping was done on a piece of Very Vanilla using Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake inks.

But the main event on the card is that pup.  That woebegone expression simply begged for the "Missing You" sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners set.  I kept the colours neutral and continued those neutrals for my Crumb Cake base and the Early Espresso and Very Vanilla layers.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

I've also entered my card into the Retro Rubber Challenge #71 since it's an "Anything Goes".

I've also entered it into the Use Your Stuff Challenge #280 since it's all about pets.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Playing with my food!

When I was little I remember being told time and again not to play with my food.  Then came adulthood and I remember telling my daughter time and again not to play with her food.  Well no one is getting after me any longer and I don't have to be a role model for my daughter any longer.  Time to begin playing with my food again.

If you've been following my Instagram account or read my personal Facebook page, you know how exciting this year has been for me since I've been growing a few vegetables in my little (very little) garden.  A few of those vegetables have been beets and yesterday I pulled a few and cooked them in their skins.  Once I could insert a knife point into them I poured off the water and commenced pulling off the skins.  I had quite the pile and was about to toss them in the garbage when the thought passed through my head that they would make the prettiest colour of ink.  Dangerous thought.  Of course I had to act on it.

So I grabbed a couple of small pieces of Glossy cardstock and "smooshed" some peelings onto them.  Once dry, the resulting colour was every bit as wonderful as I had imagined and the designs on the Glossy cardstock reminded me of the designs I have gotten from the Distress Oxide inks.  Of course that led to another brilliant idea.  I took my Broken China Oxide ink pad, smooshed it onto a piece of plastic, added a light spray of water and proceeded to add some to the Glossy cardstock.  I absolutely loved the results after using my heat gun to get everything dried.  Adding a few splattered droplets of Fossilized Amber Oxide ink, I dried the pieces and put them aside.

Today I used one of the pieces.  Like I said, they were small pieces of Glossy cardstock so I wanted an image that was in keeping with the size.  The Artistically Asian was perfect and so I stamped the bamboo image as well as the Asian characters onto the piece using Basic Black pigment ink.  That took a while to dry.  In the meantime I pulled out some colours of cardstock to compliment the colours on the Glossy cardstock and wound up with the new In-Color Berry Burst and one of the Bright family, Bermuda Bay.  For my base I turned to the Heavy Very Vanilla and as a matte around the Glossy cardstock, I used Basic Black cardstock.

After assembling the card, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams set at the bottom using White embossing powder.

I'm entering this card into the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.