Saturday, February 28, 2015

Simon says stamp Work it Wednesdays: spring

Aah Spring, not long now, the start of my new allotment garden season, the waking of bees and flowers, Easter, can´t wait....

I made an egg shape stencil from a circle and oval die, sponged it with Distress inks in light pastel colors  stamped some flowers and the one bunny I have.

A few matching sequins,I'm not one to send Easter cards, but this could be one ....

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the less is more challenge : this makes me happy

this is what makes me happy: my lovely adorable cheeky cats and my garden. If I can take one of my cats with me to the allotment garden, then even better. The boy loves it and the girl not so much now, but when smaller  I took them both and they would roam the veggie and flower patches, then when home they'd smell of celery or as I like to say vegetable soup cute
   So for this week's challenge I sponged 3 circles on a card and stamped a cat a flower and a sentiment.  I used Distress inks for the sponging and Staz-on for the cat and sentiment.
for more info on thes challenge see this

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CAS(E) this sketch #112

When I saw the sketch for this challenge I immediately had a design in mind, but upon scrolling through the designers suggestions I saw two were very similiar to what I had in mind....
So whilst transplanting a few chilli peppers for my other hobby, I brewed upon a new idea.

And this is it!
the colour blocking from sponging Distress inks with some Perfect Pearls shimmer misting and Lawn Fawn's Finley's ABC die cuts for the sentiment.
At first I wanted to do the sentiment as a partial diecut, but with all these seperate letters I didn't feel confident enough to do so, so instead I put some double sided tape behind the cardstock and diecut them, instant stickers.
All set behind a window diecut so to keep a maximum of white space instead of sponging everything in a colour, which to me defeats the CAS design rule

 for info on this challenge see this

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Simon says stamp wednesday challenge: anything goes Lawn Fawn 5

Lawn Fawn monster mash in water colors

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Simon say stamp wednesday challnge: anything goes Lawn Fawn 4

Lawn Fawn monster mash, a she and a he with googly eye. and Lawn Fawn let´s polka grey cardstock

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Simon says stamp wednesday challenge: anything goes Lawn Fawn 3

 Lawn Fawn monster mash with star punches covered in glossy accents
the images are set behind star die cuts.

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Simon says stamp wednesday challenge: aynthing goes Lawn Fawn 2

 I went a little crazy as you're allowed 5 entries ;-)

Lawn Fawn Sending Hedgehugs, made them kiss, soo cute with the  Lawn Fawn Scripty love die, that I watercolored
The background is an ombre effect with Distress ink and white Dylusion spray splatter and water splatter and a little brushed pewter Distress spray.
the Big heart and "you" are from the Kaisercraft stamp set say it-love. glossy accents on the hearts

For more info on this challenge see this

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge: anything goes Lawn Fawn 1

 I went a little crazy as you're allowed 5 entries ;-)

Lawn Fawn Critters form the past with water colors

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CAS(E) this sketch!: 111

Clean and simple. 
I've changed the orientation.
Meant to put the stripe in the middle, but it worked out slightly
Used only one Distress ink (picked raspberry) for the stripe, sentiment and little shading.
The sentiment is from Kaisercraft's blue bay stampset.

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Cracked pistachio

a whole card with one color: Distress ink Cracked Pistachio.
Masked of areas to create the stripes.
Die cut circles and colored them as well with the ink.
White Sharpie for the dashlines.
Kaisercrafts blue bay sentiment also stamped with Cracked Pistachio and a ton of sequins.
I like to use glue dots to stick sequins, if too small I use Aleene's fast grab glue, which dries fast and is super sticky, also not watery which could ruin the cardstok.
Different levels acchieved with 3M foam tape.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: no rules

I think No RULES might be even more difficult than being restained ;-)...But I managed to make this one.

A watercolored panel with Distress refills and a Kaiser Craft stamp.

I Heat embossed the sentiment with Wow white pearl super fine
Added a few rhinestones.
made a mat with the same Distress ink .

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Less is more challenge: wings

For this week's challenge : wings,  I stamped a bee from Hot off the press mini stampset Bee happy. The sentiment is also from the set. Both stamped with black Staz-on.
For a focal point I masked off a circle just big enough and sponged it in with Distress inks (cracked pistachio, shabby shutters and evergreen bough) to mimic a grassy meadow where the Bee is flying over.
I stamped the bee on watercolor paper also, with Staz-on and then used Peerless watercolors to color it in.
Cut it out and stuck it on the "meadow"

for more info on the challenge see this

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: add a little texture

 The challenge is to add texture and showcasing Simon Says Stamp exclusive products.

I don't have any Simon Says stamp exclusive items. So i tried to mimic one of  their wafer thin dies 

sssd111408 cods hands warm heart 

I used stackable circle dies and made a stencil with a piece of acetate.
I made a sprayed background using shimmer mists and then applied Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste through my bubble stencil.
I stamped and colored the crab from Rangers clearly under the sea stamp set with Peerless watercolors on Ranger watercolor cardstock. Mounted it raised with 3m foam tape.
Added a few rhinestones as dimensional bubbles.

for more info on the Wednesday challenge see this

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Less is more challenge : love on a one layer card

For this week's challenge I chose a Lili of the Valley stamp: Thomas big bunch of flowers.
The Sentiment and the heart are from Technique Tuesday : say it- Love you stampset.
Colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers.
Filled in the heart with glossy accents to make a sort of embellishment on this one layer card

For more info on thsi challenge see this

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lawnscaping challenge 100!: Happy birthday

This has been quite the proces. As I don't have many Lawn Fawn goodies (yet).
I've made 4 and discarded 3 of them for various reasons.

Card 1:
I started with this "stencil" It's actually the positive  of another card I made.
I sponged Distress inks into the openings. 
Stupidly I had taped the A inset back and now it shows, sigh...
I wrote Birthday by hand as I don't have a birthday sentiment stamp yet.
The Letters  are Lawn Fawn Finley's ABC.
Also the landscape aspect didn't leave me any room for anything else, nice CAS but not ok for this one.

So card 2:
I traced the letters of that same blue positive onto Ranger watercolor cardstock and then painted the letters in with the same Distress inks with an aquabrush.
Outlined the letters with a black Sharpie and again I wrote in Birthday!.
I wish I had the new Lawn Fawn balloon die set ,  so now I've just die cut some shapes and made them into balloons.
I wanted to use the grey Lawn Fawn cardstock.
I covered all balloons with Wink of Stella clear brush pen cos it needed it ;-)
Added shine to the letters as if balloons with a white Sharpie marker.

Card 3:
I really wanted to use the grey Lawn Fawn carstock. I have this winter Owl from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is from a Hot off the press mini stampset "Hoot Hoot".
I tried to alter the Lawn Fawn Winter owl by covering the scarf and then filling it in with black Sharpie, but that didn't really look right to me.
So I just told myself it's still Winter and cold, lol...oh and very Misty here...
Anyway colored the image with Distress inks. I stamped it with black Staz-on.
Added the green and blue embroidery silk. the Owl is raised with 3M Foam tape onto Neenah solar white cardstock.

BUT then I thought it should be for Laurel's daughter, who's turning 2 today and this would have been my entry otherwise but it just isn't girlie...
she might actually like greens and blue hahaha..oooh..let's not go there...

so final card!: PINK PINK PINK. hehe...
I've die cut  the word HAPPY and a few random numbers from hot pink cardstock.
These dies are Lawn Fawn Finley's ABC and 123s.
I backed the word and 2 ! with pink to highlight them.
left the rest white.
Added some more "balloons" I'd die cut extras  for the 2nd card.
Drew in the balloon strings with black Sharpie.

In retrospect I think the white numbers stand out more than the message in pink, but yeah I'm going with this one...
hope you like it!

Happy birthday!

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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: a piece of Paradise

For this week's challenge I created a tropical beach with blossoming flowers, my kind of Paradise...

I first created the background with a mix of watercolors from Distress re-inkers to Peerless watercolors because they are more vibrant. The Distress, which I love don't get me wrong, always tend a bit to the grey, which is how they were intended.

On the left the white Ranger watercolor cardstock poses as a sandy white beach.

In the foreground a branch with blossoms, also Distress inks.
these are from the Cherry blossom tree stamp set by Joy Craft, the sentiment is also from this stampset. I've sprayed the blossoms before stamping with a mini mister with water to give it the watercolored look.

added rhinestones to the center of some flowers for a bit of sparkle.
the Watercolor panel is raised with 3M foamtape on Neenah solar white cardstock.

for more info on this Monday's challenge, see this

Sunday, February 15, 2015


For these cards I used 3 different watercolor products (Distress re-inkers, Talens Ecoline and Peerless watercolors).
I've also diluted some colors with Perfect Peals mist from Ranger and used Ranger watercolor cardstock.
One  on the smooth side and one on the rough side.
I heat embossed the sentiment with WoW! White pearl super fine powder.
The sentiment is made from the alphabet set from Marianne design (Eline's alphabet).
On the rough side it didn't stamp too well, so Instead of discarting the whole panel I just filled the letters in with a white Sharpie marker.
Loads of sequins  and a few rhinestones.
Mounted the panels with 3M foam tape onto Neenah solar white cardstock.

Moon with birds on a branch

I made the night sky with Distress inks.
The moon is a die cut circle I temporally stuck down to mask the area.
Used the Ranger mini blending foams and Distress inks (tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans and seedless preserves)
I splattered "stars" with Dylusions white spray ink and Distress spray stain in Brushed pewter.
the stamp is done with black Staz-on ,and the stamp is from NOOR! design (Silhouette birds).
Mounted with 3M foam tape onto some Neenah Solar white cardstock.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge: All creatures great and small

This week they'd like to showcase Paper Smooches supplies, but I have none (yet).

I love my cats and the animal stamps from Lili Of the Valley are just too cute to resist, so I have a few too many of those and used them for this challenge.

I water colored them with Peerless watercolors and Distress inks on Strathmore watercolor paper.
Used flowery patterned paper and orange glitter paper.
Some purple and green embroidery silk to tie in the flower colors and the green from the background.
The black die cut has been covered in Wink of Stella clear for added shimmer.
Stuck is all on a Neenah Solar white cardstock with 3m foam tape.

For info on this challenge see this.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

the Less is more challenge: pink and grey

Pink and grey....Just so you know:I never participate to win, I just take the opportunity to get the creative juices flowing with all these challenges.
I'm not sure it's less rather than more and somehow it even feels busier than the cards I usually't know why that happened, I like the result though.

Distress ink pumice stone is the grey-est I could make it. Peerless water color neutral grey to tone the brown hue down a bit.
Distress ink Festive berries for the pink, the blue is salty ocean and broken china.
Ranger water color paper.
Some generic washi tape and pink polka dots paper and Lawn Fawn polka dots paper (white and grey).
I don't remember the name or company of the stamp as I took it out of the packaging in favor of cd case.
the sentiment: fluttering by to say hi! is from Hot off the press, dragonfly stampset.
Solar white cardstock from Neenah

for the challenge see this

Monday, February 9, 2015

Big panel shaker card

Can you tell I messed this one up?

purple and magenta water color panel with Talens ecoline in magenta and ultramarine violet diluted with some Perfect Pearls shimmer mist.
speckled with  my go to colors (white and silver) and Distress re-inker seedless preserve and chipped sapphire.
loads of sequins and confetti, some seed beads from Various companies like Pretty pink posh and others.
Lawn Fawn scripty love die cut and mounted with 3m foam on Neenah solar white cardstock.
Still like it , but hate myself for the mess up...:-(


When the weather outside need some color!
I made these inspired by my card earlier in the week.
I used Ranger Distress water color paper and Talens ecoline (a fluid water color)
The Lawn Fawn Scripty love and Hoera from Joy Craft, home made enamel dots.
these are just card stock punched circles stuck on a gluedot and topped with glossy accent. This way you get a lovely shine, but flat dot, which is easier in the mail, few rhinestones for extra sparkle.
The water colors panel is raised from the Neenah solar white card with foam
I've also put glossy accents on the Love die cuts.
Personally I prefer the small slender  look of the Love card, it shows more of the background. The other one with Hoera blocks a  lot of my rainbow.

Simon says stamp Monday challenge: red and pink

For this week's Monday challenge (red and pink) I've made a shaker card.
Red card stock with Technique Tuesday stamp series "say it" Love.
Die cut is from Amy Design classic Christmas collection ADD 10018 Star filled Heart.
Just because it says Christmas, doesn't mean it's only for Christmas ....
I've die cut red and pink card stock to make more stars.
Used Sharpie white marker for the dash lines and Staz-on black ink for the sentiment.

To learn more about this week's challenge see this

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Virginia View Challenge #12: shaker cards

I've stumbled across this challenge and felt inspired.  I love making shaker cards, but it seems one out of 2 (at least) of the cards I made the last couple of years is a shaker, so I try to stay away from them a little ;-)
Anyway this was a good excuse to make another lol
to see details of the challenge click here 
I've started with some normal cardstock and 3 colors of Distress inks ( squeezed lemonade, ripe persimmon and picked raspberry)

then added my go to splatters ( Distress spary stain in brushed pewter, dylusions ink spray white, gold glitter spray and a red  shimmer mist from Colours Unlimited )
 I;ve die cut a heart window, lined it with foam and acetate, added sequins, confetti and glitter in shades alike to the front panel.
the purple glitter hearts cover up a boo boo, they were not intentional ;-) 
stamped the sentiment  Love you  from Technique Tuesday (say it- love you) with black Staz-on. it didn't stamp perfectly cos of the muddles background, but I like that, it adds to the distressed look.