Thursday, 25 May 2017

Mistletoe Kisses

I've been so busy with gardening lately that I haven't played along with one of my favourite Christmas card challenges - Merry Monday.  I finally had time to get a card made for this week's challenge.

I had my stencils and embossing paste out so decided to use my small Dreamweaver mistletoe stencil - haven't used it for years!

On mixed media cs, I went over the stencil with white embossing paste and then while the paste was still wet, carefully added glitter just to the mistletoe berries.  My trick for adding loose glitter to small areas is to cut a sharp diagonal point on a drinking straw and use that as a tiny scoop for the glitter.

When the rest of the paste was dry, I put the stencil back on and went over the paste with Distress markers.  With a damp paint brush, I pulled out a bit of the Wild Honey I used on the border part of the image to add some shading in the centre area.

I had some decorative paper that went perfectly so created a border with it.  And I had the perfect sentiment for the challenge too!

Now back to gardening!!

Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Ranger Library Green
Paper - cream cs, mixed media cs, SEI dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Dreamweaver mistletoe stencil, Dreamweaver white embossing paste, glitter, Distress markers, fun foam

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


This week's CAS challenge over at SCS is "Memories" - interpreted any way we like.

I'm interpreting memories in a couple of ways - my sentiments talk about memories and my flower stamp is from the first SU stamp set I bought way back when I started stamping so brings back memories of the beginning of my cardmaking. 

I did two variations:

The images are watercoloured and a bit of watered down paint is splattered around. 
The first card is die cut with a stitched square, embellished with a few pearls, and popped the panel up on fun foam. 
The second card has some yellow glitter glue added to the flower centres and is embellished with some sequins.  I framed the image with a die cut square that I sponged with Distress Iced Spruce.
I'll link up the first one with CAS Watercolour (flowers) and the second with CAS Mix Up (splattering, stamping, watercolouring, die cutting, and sponging).

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Shades of Blue

The latest Jingle Belles Christmas card challenge is "Blue Christmas" - a card in predominantly shades of blue.  And as many of you know, I love blue!  Here's my card:

I created the background by spritzing watercolour paper with lots of water and dropping in various shades of blue watercolour paint.  I let it air dry.

I stamped the tree image in white and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

When I went to do the sentiment, I used black pigment ink with the intention of using clear embossing powder but picked up the white ep by mistake and didn't like the results at all.  Luckily it was in the MISTI so I restamped with the black ink and then used my clear ep - I got a very strange blend of black and white but this time I just accepted it, and in fact, I kind of like it!

I added three little silver die cut doves and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps - Penny Black tree, Stamp It Australia sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Frost White, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - ivory and silver cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box doves, watercolour paints, white and clear embossing powders, fun foam

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Layering Stencils on Tags

One of the things we did at last week's craft retreat was Tim Holtz's technique of layering stencils on a tag.  I made two - one a Christmas theme, and one a butterfly theme.

I layered with Distress Oxide inks, various stencils, some 3D sparkly paint (on the holly stencil), text stamping, and finally a die cut "merry" (cut once in black and once in gold with the black barely peeking out from behind the gold) and gold die cut stars.  It needs a bit of ribbon at the top but I'll decide on that when I add it to a card.

Here's a close-up of the 3D sparkly paint and the text stamping, and you can see the layered stencils in this section:

The butterfly one might be a work in progress.  I think it needs a die cut or a fussy cut image to add some dimension.  If I do add more, I'll show it in a future post.

Like the Christmas one, it has Oxide inks, some stencil layering (including the butterflies), and some text stamping.  But it also has some word and botanical rub-ons, and some large drops of water.

Here are links to the tags made by the others at our retreat:


Thanks for dropping by!

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