Monday, October 15, 2018

Oh Frap! Birthday

Hello there.  A quick birthday card to share to help celebrate CAS Watercolour 2nd birthday.   Congratulations, Loll, Bonnie and the design team!

This Oh Frap! die sentiment makes me smile every time and I love pairing this kitty with it.  Started by stamping the kitty with Copic friendly black ink on X-press It cardstock, coloured in with Copics and die cut out with the matching die.  

Oh Frap was die cut from watercolour paper and brown cardstock.  Zigs and a watercolour brush were used to colour the watercolour paper piece.  Offset it with the brown one for a shadow effect.

On an A2 size watercolour panel, smooshed Bunled Sage distress ink for the background.  White heat embossed the sentiment on a brown cardstock strip.  Mounted the panel on a white card base to finish.

And that's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.

The Male Room - #96 My Bad/Sorry
Watercooler Wednesday - #191 Charlotte's All About Occasions 
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday


Sunday, October 14, 2018

AAA Card Challenge #126 - Moonlight

Hello again!  I am so excited to be guest designing at AAA Cards for their challenge #126 Moonlight

It's October and moonlight may make some think of a Halloween card, but since I don't do Halloween, I made a CAS Christmas card.

Started by diecutting a circle mask from post it note for the moon and positioned it in the upper right corner of an A2 size Whisper White panel.  Masked off the bottom, then blended Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue and Sapphire inks with a  mini blending tool for the sky.  Removed the circle mask and added  details to the moon with C00 and C1 grey Copic markers.  Splattered white acrylic paint for snow, but stopped after a large splat landed and I got nervous about ruining it.

Removed the bottom mask and black heat embossed Santa's sleigh and sentiment. Next, die cut a couple of branches (retired Memory Box die) from black cardstock and added piles of snow on them with a white gel pen.  Adhered the branches to the panel, then mounted the panel to a white card base.  Added more snow to the scene with a white gel pen.  Clear shimmer added to the moon finished off the card.  Wasn't able to capture the sparkle in the photo.

Hope you will play along.  For more inspirations from the AAA team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

Winnie & Walter - WCMD 2018 Clean and Simple Challenge with Heather
Winne & Walter - WCMD 2018 Ink Blending Challenge with Lea
Winne & Walter - WCMD 2018 Lucky Limit 7 Challenge with Shay (2 layers, 1 color - blue, 2 stamp sets - Santa sleigh + sentiment, 1 diecut - branch)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - October Challenge Santa, Elf or Fairy
Addicted to Stamps and More - #313 Holiday
As You Like It - Clean and Simpler or Fussy and Fancy (love the clean uncluttered look of CAS cards)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter Take Two

Hello again!  I'm back with my second leading lady post for Winnie & Walter (W&W).  But before I get to this week's projects, I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave me such encouraging comments here, on the W&W blog and on my IG account.  It was heart warming and I am so pleased you liked my cards!  Ok, who's cutting onions and making my eyes water? 😂  All right, enough of that.

For this week, I'm dialling back the bright colours and cute factor, and focusing on colouring botanicals on colour cardstock.  It was just a little over two years ago after starting my blog that I learned how to colour.  Terms like shading, highlights, cast shadows, etc. were foreign to me, but they make a huge difference in giving images depth and realism.  I love to colour now and am still learning lots.  So when it comes to colouring on colour cardstock, I think of color pencils first.  However, I am exploring a couple of other methods this time.


Who knew, but you can colour with Copics on colour cardstock as long as the cardstock is a light colour!  Copics is my favourite way to colour, so I was excited to test this out.

On an A2 size Smoky Slate panel, stamped and masked the images from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora in the upper right corner with Copic friendly black ink.  Removed masks and coloured the image (except for the mistletoe berries) with Copic Sketch markers R27, R24, R14, YG17, YG03, Y06.  Since there is no white Copic marker, I used a white Prismacolor pencil to colour the mistletoe berries.  I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to blend and colour with Copics.  And the Colorless Blender worked like normal, too!

Next, I die cut with In a Word: Merry cutaway three times from scraps of white shimmer paper and stacked them for dimension.  The sentiment from In a Word: Merry stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The panel was adhered to a white card base and clear shimmer added on the poinsettias finished off the card.


The second medium I wanted to try is watercolouring with DOx inks.  These inks have both dye and pigment properties and it's the opaque pigment property that allows the colours to show on dark cardstock.

On an A2 size Early Espresso panel, the leaves from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves were inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door DOx inks were smooshed onto my craft mat, then using a watercolor brush, picked up the colours and coloured in the leaves.  As you can see, the DOx inks does show on dark cardstock, but it looked dull and unimpressive to me.  I thought maybe I used too dark of a colour cardstock, so I attempted on Kraft cardstock.

This time I heat embossed the images in black and added Mowed Lawn DOx ink to the colour palette.  It was a bit better, but still too dull for my liking.  So comes out my Zigs and I was a lot happier with the result after intensifying the colours and adding shading.

Added black splatters to give some texture.  Because this is not watercolor paper and I was a little heavy handed in some areas with water, the paper pilled a bit.  If you try this, use water sparingly.

Completed the card by diecutting In a Word: Thanks from white and black cardstock and offsetting it for a shadow effect.  Adhered it over a torn strip of vellum to make it stand out even more.

And I tried to salvaged what I could of the first dark brown one.  Used my Zigs on it as well then popped on a bright shiny gold sentiment to finish.  To be honest, I will most likely stick to color pencils when colouring on colour cardstock.


Just a quick reminder, Shay has generously offered a $30 gift card to the W&W store for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts by October 31.  I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left across the four posts.

Thank you for hanging out with me.  Have a wonderful week!


Christmas card heading to:
The Flower Challenge - 2nd Birthday #25 Add Sparkle
Winnie & Walter - WCMD 2018 Clean and Simple (CAS) Challenge with Heather

Thanks card heading over to:
Addicted to Stamps - #167 Autumn Colours
Fab n Funky - #411 Autumn Colours
Creative with Stamps - #31 Halloween or Leaves
Watercooler Wednesday - #191 Charlotte's All About Occasions

Less is More #382 - Tags

Hello there!  I'm back with a new challenge for Less is More (LIM).  Challenge #382 is Tags and it can be standalone or added to a card.  Uniko is back as our generous sponsor this month. Be sure to participate in both challenges this month to qualify to win.


I started by diecutting a tag from X-press It cardstock.  Stamped the bear with Copic friendly black ink and coloured with Copics.  Masked him, then sponged turquoise dye ink for the background.    Spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle (was unable to capture it in the photo).  

Next heat embossed the sentiment (retired) using Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.   To make the tag sturdier, another tag was die cut from a scrap of thick white cardstock and stacked.  Added a black ribbon (retired) to complete the tag.  

Making the tag was the easy part.  I struggled with how to add it to the card.  I ended up dry embossing a Whisper White panel with nesting rectangle dies.  Popped the panel onto a white card base with some black fun foam for dimension to finish.

Now over to you.  You have two weeks to join us.  For more inspiration, head over the LIM blog HERE.  Can't wait to see your fabulous tag creations.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

STAMPlorations - October CAS challenge optional color twist Black
Addicted to Stamps and More - #313 Holiday
Tuesday Throwdown - #413 Anything Goes

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter Take One

Hello there!  Look who's the lucky Leading Lady this entire month at Winnie & Walter!?  I KNOW!... oops, didn't mean to yell.  Can you tell I am thrilled and excited?  When I first saw the e-mail from Shay inviting me to guest design this month, I was shocked, ecstatic, overwhelmed and nervous all at once!  I think I'm still in a little disbelief, but don't pinch me because I don't want to wake up from this amazing dream! 😜   I love their products and I am so honoured to have this opportunity.  I hope you will join me every Saturday this month.

So for my debut week, I am hash tagging it #favourites.  My cards are mostly clean and simple (CAS), and masking is my favourite technique I use quite often to help preserve that white space indicative of CAS cards.  I also love bright, cheery colours, so incorporating rainbow colours into my cards is another favourite.  These two favourites are the basis for my cards today.


First up is a rainbow birthday card.  Birthday cards are needed all year round, and I make these cards the most.

Started by trimming a piece of X-presss It cardstock down to A2 size.  Stamped the cats from Purrfect with Evelin T Designs with black Copic friendly ink.  Masked them, then die cut a reverse circle mask from masking paper using Big Round Balloon cutaways.  Adhered the reverse mask over the cats,  then white heat embossed the images from Dotty About You.  Sponged Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire distress inks to create the fireworks background.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel.

For some sparkle, spritz with a DIY shimmer spray.  Removed the masks, then coloured the cats with warm and cool grey Copic markers.  The sentiment from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs were heat embossed.  'Wishing you' was black heat embossed directly on the panel and the rest was white heat embossed on a black strip.  Adhered the panel to a white card base to finish.


My second card is a Christmas card.  Christmas is a my favourite season.  I cherish the many fun festivities spent with family and friends.  And no surprise, Christmas cards are my favourite cards to make.  I am using my favourite critter penguin from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs.  In fact, I posted a card a few days ago with him.  I didn't think he could get any cuter,  but how about a whole group of him in a crittertree?

This card is masking on steroids! *lol*😂  It is actually my second attempt because I smeared black ink on the first one.  On Neenah cardstock and starting at the bottom with the middle guy, stamped and masked, working my way up to the top.  Masked a slope next, then blended Broken China distress ink for the background.

Removed all masks and coloured them in with Copics.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Sentimental Winter.  For some interest, die cut the panel using Essentials: Audrey's Cutaways.  Mounted with white fun foam onto a white card base for some dimension.  Clear shimmer on the hat brim and pom-pom finished off the card.  It was difficult to capture it in the photo.

And as I was cleaning up, I had an "ah-ha" moment.  The ink smear on the first one was in the background, leaving the crittertree untouched.  What a shame to see all that stamping and masking go to waste.  I fussy cut the crittertree out and created a bright and colourful non-CAS card.

The rainbow background was created with Distress Oxide inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron) on mix media paper.  I used my favourite method and added a flurry of snow with a white gel pen.

And just like that, I have two rainbow crittertree cards two ways!


Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog Phamtastic Design.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts by October 31 and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left.

That does it for me this week.  As it is World Card Making Day (WCMD), I want to wish you happy WCMD!  If you haven't done so, click HERE to check out the challenges Winnie & Walter is hosting in celebration of this event.  Thank you for spending your time with me.  Have a wonderful week.

Sweet Stampers - #24 Bright Colours
As You Like It - Favourite Season and Why (Winter/Christmas because I love making Christmas cards and getting together with family/friends)
Merry Little Christmas - #3 October Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Christmas - #93 Christmas is For Kids
Addicted to Stamps - #166 Christmas Comes Early
Addicted to Stamps & More - #312 Make Your Mark