Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  I've had more time in my craft room recently and have another card to show this evening. 

This design features a beautiful lady stamp from Impression Obsession that I bought while in the Netherlands in the Spring.   I could not resist buying the stamp as there were gorgeous samples on display, created by Miranda.  However it's taken me until now to actually use the stamp as I didn't get into my craft room much during the Spring and Summer.

The background is the new Blueprint and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks with water on a Acrylic sheet (yes I use this technique a lot).    I partially stamped with IO's Cover a Card stamps and then spritzed a little water to let the inks run a little.  Gone are the days when I worked hard to create perfect images with the large background stamps.

Miranda's ladies had colourful hair which I thought were great fun & wanted to do something similiar.  I used Tombow markers direct to the stamp and a navy pigment pen for the eyes.   After it was stamped I added a little water with a brush to the hair for the 'water colour' effect.  I left the rest but darkened her eyes with the pen and added 'eye shadow' with a Tom bow marker.

The metal flowers have been hanging about in my stash for a while, I added dew drops to the centres.

Impression Obsession stamps:  Elsie, CAC Rose Lace, CAC Fluff.
Chocolate Baroque stamp:  Artistic Expressions (Create)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week. 

Time Flies

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

I love this time of year, the colours are gorgeous, the air is fresh and it's much cooler.   But for sure 'time flies' and we should enjoy each moment.   

I have a fall card to show today for Designs by Ryn, again using her beautiful Hummingbirds.  This one took a long time as it changed constantly and at one point it was going into the recycle box.  However I decided to keep it as I kept 'messing around' with the background and birds.

The background started with Raspberry and Coral Distress inks using water on an Acrylic Sheet.  Next I stamped using Maple Leaf, but it's a bit lost into the background.   I stamped Leafy Branch in the background but it's also hidden under white paint (using a stencil).  But that is what's great with Acrylics and mixed media, you can build up the layers and just have a peek of something else underneath.  .  

I won't put you to sleep with the description of all the changes.  I ended up stamping the birds on water colour paper, colouring with Tombow markers, a little Distress paints,  fancy cut and glued to the background.   I also added a little clear Wink of Stella on the birds.

Designs by Ryn Hummingbird stamps:  Hummingbird 2 unmounted set or you can also buy them mounted individually Boot Racket-tail Hummingbird and Perching Hummingbird

The leaf die cuts are from Impression Obsession and coloured with Glimmer paint.  The sentiment was a free stamp received while in the Netherlands stamp event from Art Journey.

Thanks for stopping in at my blog and have a great day,

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Purple Poinsettia

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have another Christmas design to show using a favourite Poinsettia stamp by Penny Black (Christmas Star).  It hasn't been out of it's drawer for a play for long time.   I've given lots of stamps away over the past few years but some I just can't part with including this gorgeous one.  It's great for 'fancy cutting' or 'decoupage'.

The background was a sheet in my stash that I had inked up with Dylusions sprays.   I added more colour and design using a few stencils with both Distress Inks and watered down white Acrylic paint.   I also added some little circles using a little tube with white acrylic paint and silver embossing enamel here & there.

I stamped and embossed the poinsettia twice with silver, fancy cut and layered as shown.  I added a few Tim Holtz die cuts and glued beads to the flower center.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sending a Smile as a Guest Designer for Crealies

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I was very pleased to be invited as a Guest Designer for Crealies, from the Netherlands.  They produce beautiful dies and clear stamps, I have many in my stash. 

The actual design has more purple which always seem difficult to capture in photographs. 

The larger background was created using blue and purple Dylusions Inks along with a little Brusho powders sprinkled and then spritzed with water.

The smaller background was created using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on an acrylic sheet and spritzed with water.  Next I stamped Bits & Pieces no. 11 Sparkle with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.  I'm loving the new Distress colours :)

The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque's Amazing Birthday set

The flowers - Set of 3 no. 3, were sponged with Blueprint Sketch or Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  I stamped over top with the Bits and Pieces no. 9 Grunge dots.    I used a sponge mat and stylus to add dimension to the flowers and glued them together.   I added purple glitter glue to the centers and added a few swirls from Creative Shapes no. 2.

Crealies items:

Thank you Annelies for the opportunity and Wilma for your assistance :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Christmas Bells

Happy Weekend everyone !

I have a change from Hummingbirds today - a Christmas design.  I love when Fall arrives, the temperatures are cooler so I have more energy and I'm inspired to create Christmas cards.   I'm showing one today using fabulous stamps from Chocolate Baroque.   I love to create cards with lots of embellishments and layers but with the cost of postage, I need to keep some fairly flat. 

The background is the 'mop up' sheet from the background in my last post using Distress Paints and water on my craft mat.   Next I added more colour using a snowflake stencil by Memory Box and Distress Ink and then stamped the snowflake around in a couple of colours.

I stamped the bells and sentiment direct to the background with Cobalt Archival Ink and coloured with Prisma pencils.  I added highlights with a white pen and also clear Wink of Stella.   I also sprinkled a little white & silver embossing enamel and heated underneath.

Chocolate Baroque stamp sets:  Snowflake and bells are from A Child is Born.  Merry Christmas - I can't find this sentiment on their website but I know that I received it while on the Design Team, I love the font.

Stencils:  Memory Box - 'Modern Sprinkles' (which look like snowflakes to me, difficult to see in the photo) and The Crafters Workshop - 'Circle Explosion' with white acrylic paint and probably my 'most used' stencil.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

More Hummingbirds :)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.    I haven't had time in my craft room lately however today the beautiful Hummingbirds by Designs by Ryn were calling me from my desk where they have been sitting.

For a change I've used purples instead of the blues and greens that I used in the last three designs, so maybe these birds no longer look like hummingbirds.  This design isn't as dark as my photo, but purples sometimes are difficult to capture. 

I used Distress Inks and water on my craft mat to start and dragged mixed media paper through it.  When dry I used Ryn's Maidenhair Fern stencil with white acrylic paint and then Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over top.  I added some circles with acrylic paint and the cap off a little glue stick.

Designs by Ryn stamps used:  Hummingbird 2 set, Rain Drops, Texture - Unmounted Set (Water Droplets and Circles Custer).  I coloured the birds with Prisma pencils.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

Monday, September 07, 2015

Red Tailed Comet Hummingbird

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have another Hummingbird design using Designs by Ryn's gorgeous new Hummingbird 2 unmounted set.  This one is a Red-tailed Comet Hummer but as you can see his tail is not red :)

The background is a little busy but I had fun playing around.  I started with Distress Inks on an acrylic block spritzed with water.  Using the same inks, I over stamped with a flower from the Hibiscus unmounted set.  I added some circles and stenciling using white acrylic paint.   I also added some chunky gold enamel by heating underneath.

It's hard to see but I used a couple of stamps at the top and bottom from Chocolate Baroque's Wisteria Lane set using the purple Tom Bow marker direct to the stamp.

I coloured the bird with Tom bow markers.  The die cut flowers are by Crealies - Set of 3 - Flower no. 3 also coloured with the same purple Tom Bow marker (by rubbing on craft mat and spritzing water and dragging the flowers through).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,