Friday, October 21, 2016

Miracle of Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

It's a rainy cool day here and I hope to get into my craft room for a while :)   I have another Christmas card to show that features the same background shown in a previous post that I created with Acrylic inks.   I also used 'flower' dies by Heartfelt Creations (I think these are discontinued) and a star flourish by Creative Expressions.  The text is by Impression Obsession.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Christmas 'Tag Cards' with Crealies

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well today.  Don't fall off your chair because I've posted two days in a row.

I had the pleasure to Guest Design for Crealies again.  I created a couple of cards using one of the new gorgeous tag die sets, along with other beautiful dies and stamps.  These designs were shown at the Crealies blog yesterday.

I used  Tag & Label die set - No 7 to create a lovely shaped card.    I scored and folded navy card stock and taped (with removable tape) the left cutting side of the one of the larger dies slightly over the fold so that I ended up with a lovely shaped folded card.

I used a beautiful Christmas Angel of Light by Chocolate Baroque as the main image:  

I left the inside panel blank to write Christmas Greetings.

The angel on the front tag panel was stamped with a navy blue dye ink and coloured with Distress Inks using my craft mat, a brush and water.   I also stamped with Bits & Pieces stamp No.37 above and below the angel.

I used Uno No 13 and Set of 3 No 13 die sets to create the layered Poinsettias.   I die cut them from white card stock, coloured the layers with Distress Inks using a finger dauber and molded the backs with a stylus on a foam mat.  I also added glitter here and there.

I created a second card (below) with the same tag die set along with other dies and stamps.  The Bits & Pieces stamps are fantastic for creating backgrounds, I have many of them :)

I used the same technique to create the folded card above.  I coloured the background  with Distress Inks and water on my craft mat and stamped it with Bits & Pieces stamp No.37  and Bits & Pieces stamp No 48.
Uno No 13 and Set of 3 No 13 die sets were used again to create the layered Poinsettias and I also stamped them with Bits & Pieces stamp No 53 to create 'texture' (difficult to see in the photograph).    I used Duo Die 31 and Duo Die 31A to create the leaves.

And below are pictures of the Crealie Dies used:

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Labels & Tags no. 7 with dots
Uno stans no. 13 Bloem 9 / Uno die no. 13 Flower 9 Set of 3 stansen no. 13 Bloemen 9 / Set of 3 dies no. 13 Flowers 9
 Duo Dies no. 31 Blaadjes 1 / Leaves 1 Duo Dies no. 31A Blaadjes 1 spiegelbeeldig/ Leaves 1 mirror image 
Bits & Pieces no. 37 Sparkle Star Bits & Pieces no. 48 Bits & Pieces no. 53

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

Monday, October 10, 2016

Doodle Drawings

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.     We are enjoying sunshine, beautiful autumn colours and a very crispy morning with frost today.  The chilly morning seems quite strange after months of extreme heat.

One of my sisters requested a couple of 4 x 6 inch doodle drawings.  These are very quick and simple doodles but she likes them a lot and wants to frame them.  


I use pigment pens that I use for zentangle doodles and coloured with Inktense pencils. 

I'm sorry that I haven't been around to your blogs much lately, I'm still very busy.  I'm hoping to find more time for creativity this fall.

Have a great day,

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Make a Wish

Hello and welcome to October !

I spent time this weekend in my craft room while it's raining out :)    I could have have been making Fall themed cards as I love this season but I'm still into Christmas designs.

I also spent two days going through all my stash and have piled up a large collection to give away.   I've been overwhelmed by too much 'stuff' around me and have trouble focusing.  I've heard others saying the same thing.  I'm keeping what I think I will use, it still seems like too much, but I feel better.   It was a stressful summer for many reasons so it seems I needed this time to clear my space and my mind.  

We sometimes buy things that we are excited about and think we will use, but it ends up sitting on a shelf or in a drawer never seeing the light of day.   While going through everything, I came across a dozen bottles of Liquitex Acrylic ink that I bought over a year ago.   I was able to 'play' with them while at a stamping event in the Netherlands and rushed out to buy them when I got home.   They have sat on my shelf as I tend to reach for Distress Inks or Dylusions sprays when creating backgrounds.

Today I pulled out the acrylic inks for a play.     I created several pieces of backgrounds, only one sheet went into the recycle bin.   I used one piece for the card below:

I dropped the the acrylic ink on glossy card stock and spritzed with water, which creates a lovely effect.  They can be added in layers after drying without blending since they are acrylic.

I over stamped using Designs by Ryn's Snowflake Set and Patio Stone  (also available in the unmounted Textures set).    The other circles are from IndigoBlu - Limor Circles.    I also used a stencil with white acrylic ink to create tiny circles.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Christmas in Pinks and Orange

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying Fall.  I'm so happy that it's here after a long hot, humid and dry summer.   Suddenly one day it's fall and ahhhhhh it feels so good.    I'm still quite busy and have not had much time in my craft room or for blogging.

I have more Christmas cards to show.  I worked on these one afternoon when it was over 100 outside and I could not be out.  

I created one large 'non traditional' background and then cut it down to create easy, flat cards.   I used various stamps in the background and die cuts.  I've showed a couple of these cards in a previous post, but have grouped the flat designs below.    These cards are easier for mailing vs the dimensional designs with flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

Friday, September 16, 2016

Christmas in Pink, Blue & Purple

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.     My life has been quite busy and I haven't been able to spend much time blogging or visiting blog but showing a few designs that I created back in July.  

The background is Distress inks, snowflake stamps (hard to see in photo) and silver Frantage sprinkled and heated for texture.

Dies:  Sizzix-Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia (a favourite die!) and Holiday Words Script and McGill punch- Designer Pine (branches).

I also made a smaller card and tag using the left over background:

The reindeer die cut is by Memory box and the Holly Flourish by Cheery Lynn.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Dreaming of Christmas

Hello everyone,I hope you are doing well.

I have another Christmas card to show today featuring the beautiful stamp by Chocolate Baroque - Serena, who appears to be dreaming about Christmas.  

I'm not dreaming about Christmas yet, it's a beautiful late summer day, much cooler which makes me feel more energetic.    Unfortunately it's going to get hot again over the next week.

I coloured Serena with Distress inks (on my craft sheet using brush & water) and Prisma pencils.  I also added highlights with a white pen.   The die cuts are Poinsettias (coloured with inks and over painted with clear Wink of Stella)and frame by Spellbinder.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

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,