Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Congratulations in Blue

It's graduation season and this is a card I made for my friend's daughter. She didn't want her 'ugly' school colours, just her favourite blues. 

I created this background with my gel plate, some Catherine Pooler inks and a Hero Arts stencil. I can't remember exactly how I did it, so this one is truly unique! Check out the 3D 'texture' on this flat background! 

I finished it with a square negative frame and a heat embossed Altenew sentiment.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Floral Happy Birthday

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Sandi (SandiMac)!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: colours (red, green, blue, beige, white), rectangular frames, florals, heat embossed stamped thanks sentiment

INCLUDE: florals, colours, rectangular frame        

MODIFY: just one, negative frame, watercoloring instead of repeat stamping, die cut under the stamped/embossed sentiment, 

EXCLUDE: one of the frames    


I heat embossed the background stamp onto watercolour paper, and then watercoloured it in layers, building up colour in the shadow and overlap areas.

I cut it with rectangle dies to create a negative frame.

I stamped the sentiment onto pearlescent vellum, and then heat embossed it with Cloud 9 embossing powder, which is kind of a sparkly silver with a pink tint to it. I die cut it with the coordinating die, and then glued it to another die cut which I had cut from Neenah. I popped it up with foam tape.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

HOT Summer Geo-designs (and Pretty Pink Posh blog hop!)

Good morning! I'm excited to be part of the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop this morning, with some summery, geometric cards!

I focused on a couple of the new stencils with simple square and circle shapes and came up with 5 very different looks. Here's a link to my video:


There are 3 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (one winner each day of the hop - today is Day 3). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. 

Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 6/20/2021. 

Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Modern Merry Christmas

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper Laura! (ScrappyHappy)).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: colours (pink, green, aqua, grey, red), layered die-cut, ink-blended circular flowers, stamped sentiment strip

INCLUDE: colours, circle shapes,

MODIFY: circle baubles instead of flowers, Christmas

EXCLUDE: Sentiment Strip

SPIN: Square card, sparkly holographic cardstock

I was attracted by the deep colours and dimension and blending on this pretty vertical garden.

I used the bubble mania die and inkblended the oval pieces that cut out of the bubble outline, leaving a white highlight, which really adds to the dimensional look and using a darker colour of ink on one side for more contrast and dimension

I finished with 3 layers of the AJVD Merry Christmas die in black cardstock and topped it off with a layer cut from holographic cardstock from lawn fawn.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Rainbow Limes! (5K Together Video Hop)

Today my video combines two of my favourite things - LIMES and rainbows! 

I've been invited to celebrate with Erica and Maria as part of a video hop so be sure to watch how I was inspired by each of them and how I used two of my favourite direct-to-paper ink techniques. 

Then hop and comment for a chance to win! (details below)

Hop Details:

Comments must be left (on YouTube, not here) by June 23rd at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Winners will be announced on June 25th on both Erica’s and Maria’s YouTube channels.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Black and White cards for Any Occasion

Today's video is all about using black and white to make high-impact cards for any occasion! I explored different techniques and supplies to add lots of visual interest! 

And after watching, if you're craving colour, you can head to Inkhill Revival, where Kerri is showing unexpected and exciting ways to add colour to your cards!

Start with my video here:

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Butterfly Birthday

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Jaque (jeddibamps).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: colours (pink, white, gold), white frame, intricate floral die cut, ribbon/yarn, bee, birthday sentiment

INCLUDE: white frame, pink and gold, white outline images, 

MODIFY: masked frame and sentiment strip, changed technique to stencil/blended ink, gold splatter, 

EXCLUDE: bee, ribbon/yarn

SPIN: Square card

I started by masking off a border and an area for my sentiment on a square piece of white cardstock. I laid the Butterfly Background stencil down and blended Tiki Torch, Pucker Up and Flirty Fuchsia through. Before I removed the stencil and the masking tape, I splattered Altenew gold watercolour over top.

When I removed the stencil, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment, and then used Ellen Hutson Essential Square dies to cut a negative frame from the panel. I popped the frame and square up with foam tape and added some gold gems.