Monday, January 5, 2015

Celebrate like you mean it



I enjoyed the New Year's card with the bokeh background so much, I decided to make a few birthday cards with the same technique.

Each of these cards was made the same way - I dropped Distress Reinkers onto wet watercolour paper and let dry. Then I sponged on white pigment ink through a circle stencil I made on my Silhouette Cameo machine with a sheet of acetate.

I really like this sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Along the way I discovered something interesting.

Depending on the directon of the background wash, the circles end up looking like bubbles, or gauzy balloons, or...
if the background is streaked on the diagonal, they end up looking like planets in a galaxy.

The surface of the watercolour paper is soft and chalky feeling. I added a few white gel pen dots here and there to complete the designs. Each card is 4.25 X 5.5 inches. I am entering this post on the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hello, 2015!

Today I finally felt well enough to do something, so I decided to make some happy new year cards. I have wanted to try the Bokeh technique as demonstrated on the WPlus9 Design Studio blog, and was pleased with my first effort.
The background is a watercolour technique with white circles sponged overtop. The words are from Waltzingmouse Stamps Compact Sentiments - the "well" is isolated from a Get Well sentiment with some judicious masking.
The die cut numbers are almost 2 inches high and I went over them with a Wink of Stella glitter pen but it is tough to see. The card is a 4.25 X 5.5 inch Memory Box pre-folded card base in aqua.

This is a chalkboard technique and I pulled together an assortment of stamps to create the look. I made a second one with a different background and some sequins. Felt good to feel up to playing again. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Burnished Velvet Holly


Here's a card I made with my Silhouette Cameo and the Burnished Velvet technique. It makes for a great Clean and Simple design.


The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I cut the holly and berries with the Cameo, then backed the holes with a strip of tape and rubbed in green and red glitter. It sparkles in real life.

This is a 5 inch square card. I am entering this in two challenges: Christmas Card Challenge #4 - Anything Goes and the last Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge, Anything Waltzingmouse Goes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tidings of Comfort and Joy


Here is the Christmas card design I liked so much I made seven identical cards to send out. Tonight I am addressing them and sending them off. I always include a Happy New Year greeting inside just to cover off the lateness of (ahem) Canada Post.
The sentiment is gorgeous hand-lettered calligraphy that Suzanne at Quietfire Design turns into rubber for those like me who are penmanship-challenged!
I mounted the entire front panel onto a piece of thin foam to uniformly lift it up off the white back panel. I edged the raised panel with gold ink and included a few spatters of gold amongst the red to tie it all together.


I carried the folksy Scandinavian theme inside, too. I am entering this over at the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge Blog, which is singing its swan song this fortnight. I will miss Deb, Tara and Kathy's fabulous inspiration pieces, but will bookmark their personal blogs so I can keep up with their new adventures in papercrafts.

I originally was going for Clean and Simple (CAS) for this mass-produced card, which would have made it ideal for the Christmas Card Challenge, but they are pretty forgiving over there, so I will enter it anyways!

Speaking of mass-producing (7 of one design is a record for me, I think) my MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) Precision Stamper from My Sweet Petunia has been such a joy to use to enable me to stamp crisp, clear images and serial stamp. After 25 years of stamping, I did not think I would find a new tool as useful and clever as this. Works with unmounted, clear and cling-mounted stamps. Watch the MISTI designer's videos on YouTube and you'll soon see what I mean!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 5, 2014

WMS Fanatics Sketch Challenge


 Here is the fun sketch for this week's Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge:

Sketches can really help kickstart one's creativity. I am exhausted from a tropical vacation - well, not the vacation, but the gruelling travel to get back home - and so my mojo is flagging. Like a drowning man reaching for the life preserver, I was happy for this sketch to get a needed birthday card accomplished.

5 X 6.5 inches
That's a white one layer card. There is no natural light in my basement so I have asked Santa for a light box this year. The flower is from the Waltzingmouse Stamps You're a Doll set, and the sentiment is from the new-to-me Teeny Trees set. I just eyeballed the flower placement, and stamped each one in Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue. Small dollar-store sequins finish them off.
Still lots of time to play in this sketch challenge. I am entering this card in the Seize the Birthday Challenge, too.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flowers for WMS Fanatics Challenge


The Waltzingmouse Stamps Fanatics Challenge is Flowers. There's almost two weeks to play, and the theme is broad, so I hope folks will join in. They can even be Christmas blooms, like poinsettias or chrysanthemums.

I made this card to pop into the post for someone very special. I don't know if I am the only one, but it seems the more a card means to me, the hardest it is to get "just right!" I stamped and heat embossed flowers and leaves in clear on white cardstock, then went around the leaves with green Distress Inks and around the flowers with orange and yellow Distress Inks. Wiped the excess off to bring back the shine of the embossing.

The "miss you" is an electronic cut file that was cut out of the cardstock on my Silhouette Cameo. I cut a few, glued and stacked them together, then added black glitter to the final layer and nestled it back in the words-shaped hole. It is securely embedded, but also raised up a bit due to the layers and the glitter. Neat effect. I echoed the black with a very narrow border of black cardstock cut with my Perfect Layers tool and affixed to an olive card. And here it is upright:
Hope you'll play along, too! Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scandinavia Themed Tags


It's the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party and I am just in under the wire with the tags I made for the Scandi theme challenge. There were other challenges, but I ran out of time! Enjoy!





 Oh, look at this - the center of one of the Folk Art Medallion Stamps is PERFECT for stamping the ring around the tag hole!