Sunday, 27 July 2014

Blue Poppy Garden


Hello, I hope your Sunday has been a good one so far!  Today I'm sharing a
watercolor creation using Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  Precious Poppies.
The medium sized poppies have been stamped three times across 
the bottom of the card in Versafine Black Onyx ink on watercolor paper.  
Versafine works well because it's waterproof and won't run. 
I masked the poppies once or twice so that the images could overlap.  
I then sprayed the whole panel with water before brushing
 in the color using Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters 
and Peeled Paint for the green areas and
Broken China, Peacock Feathers, and Stormy Sky for the blue areas.
When doing this kind of watercoloring, it's hard to make a mistake,
 it's meant to be outside the lines - fun, when you get used to the idea!
It works particularly well with flower images, such as these in
the Precious Poppies set.
I then sponged and splattered ink for some extra color
before adding some gems in various sizes.
The sentiment is from the fantastic Birthday Word Art.
My card is also for the Featured Stamper Challenge at Splitcoaststampers 
today where we're being inspired by Heidi Tekunoff, aka Stamptek, and
here is the lovely watercolor card which inspired me.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Rainbow Garden


I've used My Favorite Things LJD Peaceful Wildflowers
 (which for those of you in the U.K., 
can be found at My Mum's Craft Shop) for the row of rainbow coloured
flowers, inked up with various Color Box inks.
I love this beautiful set of silhouette flowers, 
once you get started, you want to play with it all day!
The sentiment is Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold and You, 
another set that I'm using almost daily!
I added a black frame and a few black sequins to finish.  
Loving black sequins these days - and the best bit is that they 
don't seem to make the card thick enough to require a Large Letter stamp!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cool Blue Butterfly


Back to creating after a week of vacation - a wonderful 
break, which was an unexpected blessing, I might add!
Today's card was made for the Featured Stamper Challenge
at Splitcoaststampers and this week we're being
 inspired by Karren Johnson, aka karrenj !
HERE is the lovely card from her gallery which I chose.
I used Ranger Distress ink to add a colourwash
background on watercolour paper, 
then a stronger mix of the same inks for the large butterfly.
The tiny butterflies are cut using Impression Obsession 
Butterfly Dies and the sentiment is a fabulous Serendipity die -
 I cut four layers and stacked them up for dimension.
The whole thing is finished off with some Ranger Enamel
Accents dots in white.
I hope you're having a good weekend,
 and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Hooray!!!


Hello!  Here's a clean and simple creation which would fit
 the bill for birthdays of any age or gender!
This is for the current CASology Challenge: Cue Word - Float,
 the My Mums Craft Shop Challenge: Summer or Bright Colours
and the Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge: Balloons!


I've used the fabulous Birthday Word Art from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  -
 I love the style of the text on this sentiment and this is one of those
 sets which you will reach for time and time again.
I recently saw Laura Bassen sponge some fabulous balloons
and knew I wanted to try it with a negative
die-cut of the balloon from Birthday Bash Dies.
Here Ranger Distress ink was used and by careful sponging, you can leave a
lighter bit on the ballons so that it gives the effect of translucence.
I then drew in the balloon strings with a pencil just to make sure
they were well placed, before going over that with a fine line black marker.
I added some black sequins and popped up the whole panel on a black 
card base.  It was so much fun making this card and I hope it conveys
a sense of birthday fun for the recipient!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 27 June 2014

A Note to Say


A card for the current CASE Study Challenge #197 - I love orange paired 
with gray or black for a sharp contrast, so when I saw the talented Pamela Ho's 
design below, I knew I had to give it a go!
I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge!


I made some "stencils" with post-it-notes and Nestie circles, then sponged 
with Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw and 
Spiced Marmalade ink.  I added some notes from CASual Friday's Love Notes,
 a sentiment from WPlus 9 Hand Lettered Hello, a border with a fine line 
black marker, and then a few black sequins for the finish.
I'm into those black sequins at the moment!
I had fun with this one -  
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

SNSS June 2014 Release

Hello and welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps June 2014 Relealse.  
It's a smaller release this month but we have two fabulous and versatile stamp 
sets and a matching die set!  The design team have been 
having a lot of fun with the sets, 
so hop along and talke a look at what they've come up with!

Birthday Word Art

 The 13 large sentiments in this set are perfect for mixing and 
matching on your birthday cards for friends and family!


The first card uses SNSS Pennants and More dies with scraps of dp.  
The backround is done with stencils using Stampin
Up Blushing Bride and Ranger Distress Scattered Straw ink.
I added Studio Calico Wood Veneer birds and buttons to embellish.


For the second card I used watercolor paper, stencils and sponging to create 
the coloured panel.  The numbers are such a fun addition to this stamp set, 
there are so many fab things you could do with them!  
Take a look at the full set and details below:



The next set is What's Up with coordinating What's Up Dies.


My card has a stenciled background using Stampin Up Cool 
Caribbean ink along with somepaint splats using SNSS Grunge Elements 
and SU Blushing Bride ink. I added some Studio Calico Wood Veneer 
arrows to the fun arrows creatd using the What's Up stamps and dies.
Now take a look at the full set along with the dies below:



It wouldn't be a SNSS Release without fun prizes and
 a challenge so here are the details!

One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a 
$10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.
  You have until Thursday, July 3rd at midnight EST to leave your comments.  
The winner will be posted on the SNSS Blog on Friday, July 4th.

Our release challenge this week is 
"Anything Goes!" 
You have until Thursday, July 3rd at midnight EST to enter.  
One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $20 Gift Code to be
 used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  If we have 50 participants 
(not including the DT) 2 winners will be selected to recieve a $20 Gift Code, 
so invite your friends to play along!
The winner, or winners, will be posted on the SNSS Blog on Friday, July 4th.  

A few guidelines to remember as you play:

- Add your card using the linky tool below.
- To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card
no back linking, please, and enter your card in no more than 3 challenges.
- You don't have to use an SNSS image to enter, though of course, we love to see it when you do!
- You'll have until Thursday, July 3rd at midnight EST to enter.
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $20 credit to SNSS Stamps.
- Please use SNSJRC14 when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other on-line galleries.

Thanks for joining us today and be sure to come back on Friday, 
July 4th to see if you've won to and check out the new Friday Feature and Challenge!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Love You


Hello!  It's been a wee while since I've posted as my sister from Minnesota 
was here visiting for 9 days - we don't get to spend much time together so 
I put card making to the side in order to spend every available minute with 
her to talk, laugh, drink coffee, sight see, and pray together - so much fun!
But today I've made a card for the Featured Stamper challenge over at 
Splitcoaststampers which I'm hosting  - we're 
CASEing Katlyn Traxler, aka K. Joy this week 
and HERE is the lovely card from her gallery which inspired me.
This is also for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
and the Less is More Challenge: Watercolour.
I masked a panel across the card with tape and then painted in with a
 brush rainbow colours using Ranger Distress ink
 Nothing like rainbow colours to cheer me up!
The bird is a die-cut using Impression Obsession Sea Birds and the 
"you" is cut four times and layered using a Simon Says Stamp You die.
The "I LOVE" sentiment is from CASual Fridays Love Notes set.
I added a few clear sequins to finish.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful Sunday.