Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Dropping a Line


I was absolutely delighted to be asked to design with the talented 
Serendipity Stamps team this month -
I kept seeing gorgeous creations made with beautiful stamps floating
 through the Splitcoaststampers galleries and when I clicked on them
 to find out more, "Serendipity Stamps" kept appearing!


Each month there's a fun challenge posted on the 
Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog
and this month the theme is "Summer's Last Hurrah!"  I hope you'll pop
over there to check out the creations on this theme
by the talented design team and then join in the fun!
Here in Northern Ireland most of still hang out our laundry to dry
whenever the weather allows and one of the most common
phrases you hear when you're out and about is - "Oh no, there's the rain,
and I just hung out my wash!" I suspect we won't have very
many more days of nice weather to hang out laundry
this summer! The additional challenge
for the design team is "paper piecing".  
I'd already chosen to work with these adorable wee dresses  hanging on a line
 from the set Three Dresses, and they were so much fun for paper piecing!
I popped up the bottom of each dress for a little dimension. 
The Hello Die seemed perfect to go along with the "Just dropping you a line" 
sentiment. And I have to tell you, not only is this one of the most useful dies ever, 
but it cuts beautifully, with cardstock just popping out as clean as can be!
The designer paper is from Basic Gray Fresh Cut.
Just to let you know - there is a fab 20% off of the Words and Verse
stamps at Serendipity right through to September 10th!
There are loadsof fabulous sentiments including
some for backgrounds in beautiful fonts and styles!
Thanks again to Mary and the Design Team at Serendipity Stamps for letting
me join them this month and thank YOU for stopping by!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer Window


We got to choose a photo from Audrie's
Inspiration Pinterest board and this is what I chose:


Sandie, aka sistersandie, sent me some fabulous window frames,
 which I think she created with her Silhoutte, and this seemed
the perfect time to use one.  
I watercolored a background to give the impression of flowery bushes and 
then sponged the Papertrey Ink vases for some dimension.
Inks used were Ranger Distress Picked Rasberry, Peacock Feathers, 
Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, and Mowed Lawn.
The sentiment is from Flourishes and it's stamped with Color Box Black Licorice.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Watercolor Tea Rose


A card inspired by this color palette at Design Seeds for the
 colors paired with such a dark contrast in this palette.


The background is a watercolor wash using Ranger Distress
Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold.  I then lightly
stenciled with the same colors.
The image is Flourishes Old Tea Rose and it's 
been watercolored "loosely" with added 
spritzing, sponging and a few stamped splats using 
Visible Image Ink Splats.I find stamping the splats in areas where I've 
already laid down color adds just a bit  more depth.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
hope you're having a good week so far!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August Release Hop



Hello and welcome to the August 2014 Release at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  
There are some fabulous new dies to coordinate with previously released sets,
all with an ocean theme!  They're perfect for summer time 
cards as well as for cards all throughout the year.  Don't forget to 
check out our fun Release Challenge with the chance to win a prize 
too - it's an easy one you won't want to miss! 



First up...Beauty by the Sea Dies which coordinate with the 
Beauty by the Sea stamp set.
For my card I used Distress Embossing Powder (Old Paper) 
which gives a near perfect impression of sand!  I used an 
embossing pen to create "waves" with white embossing powder.
The shells are stamped in Versafine Sepia and coloured with copics.
The sentiment is a great message from Calms His Child.
Now take a look at the full set and the details below:



Die set includes 6 dies.
Designed by Korin Sutherland.
Die set price is $15.25.



Next is Happy Ocean Friends Dies which coordinates with the Happy 
Ocean Friends stamp set. These little sea creatures are so sweet and fun to colour!
I watercolored a background, then spritzed with water before
 lifting off some of the ink with a paper towel.
I then spritzed with more ink, before adding some dewdrops in turquoise.
Check out the full set with all the details below:



Die set includes 7 dies.
Designed by Korin Sutherland.
Die set price is $16.75.



Next we have Flourish Seashells Dies which coordinate with the 
Flourish Seashells stamp set.
I watercolored the stamped die-cut shells in rainbow colors 
and then added a sentiment with words from the set God is Bigger.
Have a look at the entire set and the details:



Die set includes 5 dies.
Designed by Korin Sutherland.
Die set price is $11.75.

Release Challenge

Now to the Release Challenge!  We've got an easy one for  
you this time, it's"Add a Die Cut"!
Add at least one die cut to your card or project.    
To be eligible for the prize, 
we ask that your create a NEW card (no back linking, please) 
and enter your card in no more than 3 challenges.
  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd.

Just a few guidelines as you play along:
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter 
(although we sure love to see it when you do!)
- You'll have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to enter.
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $20 
If there are 25 participants (not including the DT) we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSAUG2014RC when 
uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries.
- To enter simply share a link to your creation with the Linky Tool below.

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on 
Friday, August 22nd to see if you've won and 
to check out the next Friday Feature & Challenge!

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!