Today’s stamp is a Hellebore flower, grown in zone 5 -8b, with 20 different species. Also this plant although very pretty is very poisonous.

Today I used the Altenew Sea Shore ink set. Including the centres, there are six layers to this flower and three layers to the buds.  As with all layering stamps you must practice first so that you know where to place each layer. I always practice on good quality Cardstock, Neena #110 solar white.  The reason for this is I always have flowers ready if I need a special card, or as I gather them I can put together a bouquet for a card.

For this card I stamped directly onto the Cardstock, so took the time to place the stamps where I felt they should go then started stamping. This way I have a vision of how I want to showcase my flowers.

I use a stamp positioner so I can get accurate layers as I line them up. Layer one is Mountain Mist, next I take layer two, line it up and stamp with Volcano Lake, stamp then move onto Layer three, Lagoon, and finally Emerald for the dark shadows. The flower part is finished and now onto the centres using Buttercream, then Coral Berry for the dots.

Next came the buds. First I made a post it note mask for my flower, then stamped the buds where I wanted them. All the buds started with Mountain Mist, then Volcano Lake. For two buds I finished with Lagoon, the other three were finished with Emerald. This creates interest and different depth to the buds.

To finish the card I stamped the leaves using two different leaves from the set. The colours were Sweet Leaf and Just Green. One set had both layers and other had the third layer using only Just Green.

For the Sentiment I stamped hello with Azurite Blue, then used my hello die, cut it twice in white Cardstock with double sided tape and then the top layer with an alcohol ink background card in greens, then layer it over the blue so the blue is a shadow. I finished to card off with sequins.















Clematises are so beautiful, I have one that climbs our front deck and have had it for years. Here in the colder climates they are very hard to grow and keep year after year. Mine is very special because it died and we did not replace it but somehow there was a Shute under the deck, so about 4 years later it starts growing again. Wonderful how God works in our lives.

My stamps and inks are Altenew Climbing Clematis and shades of purple inks for layering.  Some wink of Stella, and Creative Expressions Thanks Shadow Die. My card stock is Solar White Neena #110, 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 The grey glitter card stock is cut to leave a narrow trim from the base and the final layer is 5 1/4 x 4.

Layering the stamps on this flower are easier than others because you follow the petal pattern for each flower step you are doing. Start with Soft Lilac, Lavender Field, your deeper accents are Deep Iris finally Midnight Violet. My centres were Butter Cream, Orange Soda from Hero Arts and Coral Berry and Ruby red. The Leaves are done in Forest Glades and Evergreen.

First I stamped the flowers on my 5 1/4 by 4  size card base. I masked off the flowers as I place the leaves around it, and then I fussy cut one Clematis out and foam taped it onto the composition. After everything was in place I used Wink of Stella for a couple of leaves and the centre of the raised flower.

The Thanks was cut out on a soft pink card stock and the thanks shadow on  gray glitter Cardstock. I added some pink and gold sequins to the card and called it finished




This picture is  a generational stamping technique described below. I just finished the card below and my Lilly arrived so I did some generational stamping on some 49th and Market paper. Loved how it turned out so had to show it off.

For Always stay awesome this is how to  do this.

This lesson is about generational layering, taught by Nicole Picadura. Generational stamping is using one ink pad and getting multiple shades to get dimension on your card. The stamp set I used is Altenew Bellflower with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I used Michael’s #110 card stock, my card base is 5 1/4″ x 4″ and the topper is 5″ x 3 3/4″

Before starting to layer onto your card  practice layering your stamps according to the instructions that come with the flower onto scrap paper. This gives a more realistic and tidy look to your flowers.

To start we need a piece of scrap paper, old printer paper is just fine. I used the B stamps starting with B1, stamping it on the black ink, then stamping it on the scrap paper 3 times, and then onto the card base.  I covered the card with the stamps, using the same steps. Next I used B2 and inked it up and stamped on the scrap paper twice then onto the bottom layer. Next was B3 and again inking the stamp and stamping onto the scrap paper once then onto the image. At this point you can see the detail, and our last stamp B4 was inked then put onto the stamp image.

B5 and B6 are attached to the bottom of the flower, using 3rd and 1st generational stamping. I did put one bud on my card because it needed a space to be used up.

On a separate Cardstock I used the Misty Morning ink sets and stamped the same stamp set using Dew Drops, Teal Cove, Aqualicious, then Galactic Stream. For the leaves, Sweet Leaf and Just Green. I then placed it over one of the flowers,  raising it with foam tape The sentiment is from Delicate Flower Bed, always Stay AWESOME.

To finish off the card I took some dot stamps from another set and used Sweet Leaf and placed them around some flowers for added depth and my bling from HAI mixed clear droplets.


Shine Bright


P1010596.jpgShine Bright is a layering and masking card, the colours used were momento black, Altenew ruby red and coral berry, a generic green for the leaves, and Hero Arts Butter Bar and Pumpkin Pie. Finished with Spectrum Noir clear shimmer and PL5 ink for dots. I use what I have on hand as I build my stash of everything cards and paper. Altenew build a flower Hellebore.

The first thing I learnt was the value of practicing before committing to card stock. The reason for this is to see the how your placement is looking. Sometimes it is off a bit and looks ok, but then you have that perfect placement and it looks great, like you want the flower to look. First I stamped the outline  in black on the large flower, then ruby red for the colour. When I stamped the flower is also stamped and cut out a mask from post it note paper and placed it over the flower. next came the smaller flowers coming from behind the large one. By placing the flower where you want it over the mask you put it behind that flower. This gives depth and a pleasing look to your bouquet. I then removed the mask, placed the stems and leaves, applied the centres with the yellows. The dots were done with Spectrum Noir PL5 Then I shimmered the black outlines and placed the sentiment.

You do have to be careful that you don’t use the post is note to often when wet. Let it dry before going onto another card or it bleeds through and you have to do some creative masking.

Sending Hugs

Wow we have made it through the cold spell (-40) and came out smiling. What do you do in such cold weather, plug into Creativations 2020. I think I toured so much, saw the new products coming out this year. Most of all watch videos and learnt new techniques that could be used with what I have for supplies. Don’t forget most new products and techniques can often be used with what we have on hand.

Today I am showing you an Altenew Layering Stamp making a simple, beautiful card with only a couple of the layers. The card I chose is from the Build a Flower Fuchsia Stamp set. When choosing the flowers and colours I used some previously used typing paper to practice what I wanted to do with my design. We waste less card stock that way.

I Choose to use layers 3 & 4 on the large flower, using 4 first, stamping it randomly around the card leaving space of other flowers. Layer 4 is black, then layer #3 Coral Berry. After that I used the 2nd bud layer using Lavender Field.

Next I choose layers 3 & 4 of the small bud, again #4 in black and then for a pop of colour I used Ruby Red for #3.  I placed a single stem on some of flowers in black and a dark and light green for the leaves.

I did leave a few layers black only, it leaves such a delicate, uncluttered look on the card.

For the final touch I raised my sentiment before placing it on the card.

I hope you enjoyed the class today. Stay warm and comfortable.



Brayering, two ways

Basic Brayering

Today I thought I would do some basic one colour brayering, two different ways. The advantage of brayering is you can make a water colour look for a background that will match one of the focal points of your design. Because the colours match it will give good flow and continuity with your design.

Finished card for this method of inking.P1010589.jpg

The first background I did was direct to paper coverage over the edges of the base. This gives a darker trim for the focal point of your design. It is the same colour but more concentrated and because the centre is covered we don’t need to colour it. Don’t forget to ink the edges of the card for a frame, with your ink pad. The frame keeps the design on the paper so it does not look like it is falling off.P1010587.jpg

First, the brayer I used looks like miniature paint roller, made with a hard plastic roller. I placed my ink onto a craft sheet and spritzed with water. The more water the lighter the colour. After the ink is ready, roll into the ink, one direction only, not back and forth. Pick the brayer up off the paper and return to where you started, then roll through again, until the roller is filled, then roll onto the paper, repeat until you are happy with the background.You can roll in different directions to get desired coverage. Remember white or negative space is good. I also put direct to paper with my ink pad around the edges, it gives a nice frame for the picture, which is the same colour but more concentrated. A simple but beautiful technique. Have fun, post some pictures so I can see your work as well.



Keep on shining

P1010581.jpgThis is such a beautiful card a lesson from Altenew Academy, todays lesson was learning to add a dark colour to your flower. I choose Distress Inks, Abandon Coral, Fired Brick, and Ground Expresso for my flower. For the leaves, Hero Arts, Feather, Teal Topaz, and again Ground Expresso.                                                                                                                      Altenew’s Build a Flower, Camellia Japonica and my sentiment is from Delicate Flower Bed.

First I layered my flower with Abandon Coral, then Fired Brick. These two were easy to layer for me, but my Ground Expresso took a little more time to find the correct placement. I made a mask for the flower and took the smaller leaves and positioned them over the mask so it looked like the leaves were coming from under the flower. My leaves were stamped with Hero Arts, Feather and Teal Topaz, then Ground Expresso. The sentiment was done in Ground Expresso.

Finishing Touches were matching bling to Teal Topaz and a matching ribbon. I edged the card with Abandon Coral, backed it with fun foam and placed it on my card base. I tried hard to keep everything in threes so the card is pleasing to the eye.


P1010546.jpgWhat a beautiful way to start a day when you see Celebrate Life. Perks a person up just reading the words.  Today’s idea came from Sara Naumann’s, painting water colours with your ink pad. Getting great results on a limited budget.

I used the Altenew Everlasting Happiness stamp and sentiment. First I stamped with versa mark ink, them covered with Stampendous Age Copper embossing enamel. If you use heavier embossing powders, remember to heat from the back of the card first so some of the enamel will start to melt and the chunks will have something to stick to. I was impressed with the fine lines I got and then was onto painting my flowers. Hampton Art had a small box of paints for sale so I picked them up of course and used them here. I choose a coral pink and a darker pink, and the green blue in the box. My paper was #110 white paper stock.

Laying the colours on a craft sheet, spraying water beside the colours and using a water colour brush I started with the light coral and painted all the flowers in. Next came the darker pink and putting it onto the centre and pulling into the petal. I did this more than once and at times used a paper towel to blot the excess ink. Remember this is not water colour paper so you can only do this a few times. The leaves came next and again I painted them in then using the same colour I painted from the bottom to centre. After I was happy with what I had done I used the same colours to splatter over the card. The sentiment was stamped on with Delicata Celestial Copper ink using my stamp platform to stamp more than once.

Now it is time to mount the card. I choose papers the colours nearest to the flowers, one light one darker, embossing the darker one with a leaf and floral embossing folder. I did not have a gold or copper metallic foil paper so used a reflective foil paper hoping it would pick up the colours in the card. The foil was die cut with two different size flag dies. I mounted everything together, placed the flowers on some foam then added bling.

I also added 2 more cards with painting with my inks, I hope you enjoy them and they inspire you to do something different.


Diamonds & Camellia Japonica

I love my new Diamond Background Stamp, it arrived the same day as the Camellia Japonica Stamp & Die set, double blessing.

I blended my background with Stampin Up Pool Party, Marina Mist and Island Indigo. Next I stamped the Diamonds with Altenew Grey Denim, then Versa Mark, and finally embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, then heat set everything.

For the Camellia Japonica Flower I used More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, and Cherry Cobbler, for each of the layers of the flower. The Altenew Layer Stamps give so much depth to our flowers, making them look very realistic.

The leaves were done with Certainly Celery, Gumball Gr. and Garden Green for the layers giving them an extra depth as well.

Hope your day is delightful was stamped on gray cardstock with versa mark, then Nova White Blizzard  embossing powder and heat set.

For the flower placement I taped the leaves right to the card then lifted the flower with foam tape. hope your day is was raised up with double foam backing and delightful with single foam backing.