Saturday, August 27, 2016

Live Laugh Love

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.   It's still hot here but the nights are more comfortable.  I'm so looking forward to Fall and cooler weather, it's my favorite time of year and after a record breaking hot summer, it will be even more welcomed.

I have a card to show today using whimsical stamps that I love, designed by by Marja for Kico Stamps.


The background was created using Distress Inks and stencils.   The whimsical faces from KiCo's Diverse Stamp Plate 73 were painted with Distress Paints, cut out and attached.  I drew the bodies first using a pigment pen.   Live Laugh Love is a freebie from the Craft Stamper magazine that I cut after stamping.

Thanks for stopping by,
Shirley

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wedding Card with Tattered Flowers

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend.

I have a non-traditional wedding card to show today that I created for my sister and new brother-in-law who just exchanged vows this weekend in an intimate ceremony.    They like the Caribbean Sea and spending time down south (in warm climate) so I decided to use favourite colours that remind me of tropical places.


The background is Distress Inks along with stenciling using inks, paint and a Tim Holtz heart stencil.   The die cut heart is from Heartfelt Creations and the heart sprays from Impression Obsession.  The Tattered flowers are from Tim Holtz as well.   The back words are from the Chapel Road - Synonyms stamp set.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Christmas in Greens

Hello everyone, I hope you are have a great weekend.

I had more time to create Christmas cards while it's extremely hot and dry here.  These are a little more traditional using greens.    


The background is various colours of Distress Ink along with the stenciling and stamping.  'Christmas' is from a Tim Holtz stencil, I used some gel gloss and added glitter.  

Dies:
  •   Tattered Poinsettias by Tim Holtz (I love this set)
  •   Star Flourish by Creative Expressions
  •   Ornate 'snowflake' design is by Heartfelt Creations - from the Arianna Lace set to which I added glue and glitter


Below is a smaller card that started with the same background but with different stamping and embossing.



Dies:
  • Tim Holtz's Tattered Poinsettia
  • 'Greeting' is by Tim Holtz from the Holiday Words Script thinlits se
  • Pine branch is a punch by McGill - Designer Pine

Thanks for stopping by,
Shirley

Monday, August 08, 2016

Christmas in Pink and Blue

Hello everyone, I have more Christmas cards to show.  These are my pink and blue batch :)

I started by creating one large background using Distress Inks on my craft mat spritzed with water and glimmermist.  I cut the large sheet into four pieces and added the poinsettias using a Tim Holtz stencil.    The stamps are all by Chocolate Baroque.

And here are the other three that are very similar.   While I don't mind spending time on one card, these are quicker to create.  They are also flat to make it easier (and less expensive) for mailing.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Monday, August 01, 2016

Christmas in Pinks and Purple

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

It's been so hot during the afternoons that it's much more comfortable to be inside with air conditioning and  playing in my craft room.  It may be a bit strange to make Christmas cards during summer, but I have fun getting an early start. 
 

I created a large background and so I had enough for a couple of smaller cards (below).   I used Dylusions sprays and Glimmermist in the background along with some stamping.  The lovely star flourish is by Creative Expressions and the Poinsettias (coloured with Distress Inks, spritzed with water and molded) are Tim Holtz's -Tattered Poinsettia.


And below is a couple of smaller cards (and flatter for mailing) using the same background.  The little stars and bows are by Memory Box.





Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,
Shirley

Saturday, July 30, 2016

ATC Swap

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  It's a long weekend here, as it's a civic holiday on Monday, lots of people are enjoying a mid summer's vacation.  It continues to be very hot and humid, I'm not a 'hot weather' girl, I prefer moderate temperatures.  But eventually our bodies adjust and we don't notice it as much and balmy evenings on the deck or patio are wonderful.

Recently I took up a talented artist's, Win Dinn, from Western Canada offer to swap ATCs.   I was looking forward to seeing her art in miniature format as I know she uses lots of texture in her mixed media.

Well to my surprise I received 4 ATCs and many pieces of fun texture art that I can use on cards or mixed media pieces.     Thank you again Win !



Below is the ATC that I mailed out to Win.  I used a Gelli print and a Hummingbird stamp by Designs by Ryn


Stamps by Designs by RynLeafy Branch and Perching Hummingbird.  Ryn's stamps are also available in unmounted sets at a very good value.

I sent along this card (below and seen in a prior post) with the ATC.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Shirley

Monday, July 25, 2016

Friends

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well.

I have a design to show today that I made a while ago using stamps by Chocolate Baroque and die cut flowers.


I used Baroque Orchids in the background, stamped, watercoloured (at little) and highlighted with a white pen.   The die cut flowers (Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms) were stamped with a fragment from the Textured Fragment set.  The sentiment is from the Amazing Birthday set which I can no longer find at their website.  I also added a little Berry Sprig die cut by Memory Box.



Thanks for stopping by. 
Have a great day,
Shirley

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beautiful Moth

Hello everyone, I hope all is well.

I have a card today using a stencil and stamps by Designs by Ryn, including one of her amazing water designs.  There are some 'copy cat' companies out there, but Ryn's water stamps are a very high quality and I think the most realistic design.

I truly don't understand how some business owners feel that it's 'OK' to steal someone's designs, it's just morally wrong.   I understand that a stamp company may see an opportunity in the market for water designs and create stamps using their own drawings, which is the legal and ethical way to conduct business.  (they are out there).    However, stealing ideas and designs from a sweet young lady who is managing a small business on her own is just so wrong.    We all should know that stealing anything from anyone is wrong.

I could say more, but I'm now off my soap box, rant is over. 


I started by using Maidenhair Fern stencil with molding paste.  When dry I sprinkled Brusho ink powders, spritzed with Gold Glimmermist and let it run.   I like how the gold mica gathered around the raised image.

Lucine the Moth was stamped on separate cardstock, coloured with inks and cut out to attached.  I also stamped Hanging Droplets in the background and added the die cut word by Tim Holtz (Sizzix).  Ryn's stamps are also available on unmounted sheets at a very good value.

Below is a close up where you can see stickles on the Moth.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley