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.





Hello Friend

P1010491.jpgFor this card I used the Altenew Stencil moulded lines with Oxide inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. I placed the stencil on Neena White 110 lb card stock and coloured with Picked Raspberry. Next I moved the stencil over the coloured lines then used Wilted Violet. I love the way the colours blended and left some white space. It could have been left with the Hello Friend stamp sentiment, but I wanted a flower added to it. I took some white card stock and lightly blended an area with Hero Arts Fiesta Yellow, then took the outline stamp from Sweet Violet and stamped it with Fiesta Yellow, and stamped the centre with Hero Arts Old Wine. Then die cut it. Next came the leaves from the same set. Again I shaded a spot with Stampin Up Certainly Celery then stamped with the Lucky Limeaide  and Always Artichoke. Added them to the card base and sequins for flower centres, and it is done. I left this one flat for mailing, but the violets would look grate if lifted with foam tape as well.


Granddaughters Graduation

This week is our youngest granddaughters High School Graduation so I made her this graduation cap card for her. The directions are on pinterest, several times. I did make a practice card so I was able to do the folds properly. I then took the pale blue glitter paper ran it through a butterfly embossing folder then glued it together. I did put foam tape to lift the money pocket, The tassel was made from royal blue yarn, and added some prima embellishment. Working with what I had in my stash.


Have a Lovely Day

I loved making this card, using the Altenew Delicate Flower Background. Inked with Versa Mark, then embossed with Nova Glacier White embossing powder on Water colour card stock. After this I chose my background colours-Marnie Grape and Emerald. Because I used pens I scribbled the colours onto a craft mat, took a watercolour brush loaded with water wiped the card then added the Grape then Emerald. Be sure to move your brush in the same direction with both colours and let them blend together. I love how the colours blended and did not make mud. After doing the background I built my flowers using Altenew Sweet Violet build a flower and dies. One flower had Hero Arts Inks – Butter Bar, Sunflower, Fiesta Yellow, Orange Soda, and Fiesta Red. The other flower was built with Robin Egg Blue, Soft Sky, Summer Sky, Real Topaz, and Fiesta Teal. the Leaves are made with Stampin Up Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeaide, Gumball Green and Always Artichoke.

While making the flowers and leaves I made extra, never know when i will need them. I worked hard to place my stamps according to the instructions and was amazed at the how they built up and looked when finished, even if they were not perfectP1010448.jpg.

My sentiment was from the Seed Violet, Have a Lovely day. Then added the sequins for bling, and it is now done.

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Come One Come All

These two pictures look the same but are slightly different in the size of the colour blending, both very beautiful.

For my card front I used the masking and blending technique from Laura Bassen with her Clean, Simple and Colourful lessons with Altenew Academy. I used the Hero Arts Stamp Kit from last summer. Versa Mark Ink and Nuvo Glacier White Embossing Powder  The inks are Distress Oxides – Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio. And also sequins from my stash.

I stamped and embossed my Neena Solar White Card Stock #110, of course I used my powder tool first. After heating my embossing powder I taped of an area just above the scene on a diagonal and applied my inks in the order listed above, moving my tape down after each application. Each application is heavy on the bottom and lightly blended into the colour above. I added some star sequins across the sky, mounted the panel on some fun foam and onto my card bass. Put a strip of gold foil on the bottom and added the sentiment on black card stock, with the Nuvo Embossing Powder and called it done. The difference between the two cards are blending lines, one is thicker than the other. The first one was with the thin lines, a little harder to get the distinction between the lines and harder to get the darker bottom edges. I personally love the way both turned out and can see these being used as a party card.

Try this out and let me know how you like technique

Have a good day


Weekend with Deanna

Thought I would post pictures of the cards we made with Deanna when she came to Edmonton. She does beautiful layered cards and shares her talent with us. Going to workshops or classes is so important to your creativity. You get to work and visit with like minded people, and in this case we learn how to recreate a flat piece of paper into a card of beauty, this leads to how you can also make a scrapbook page, and how to cut and use certain designs on your paper to use in other projects. We are even taught to relax when we make a mistake, it can usually be fixed, as skill I needed a couple of times. Thank you Deanna.

Kieser Craft Greenhouse, Graphic 45 Bloom, Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals



We are all made of stardust

By following Altenew Academy Course on Clean, Simple and Colourful, by Laura Bassan I was able to do this beautiful wreath on Neena White #110 cardstock. I used Hero Arts August 2017 card kit and with versa mark stamped 2 different stars and heat set them, coloured them with stampin up inks, calypso coral, lucky lime aid, rich razelberry, marinia mist and summer sun. I cut a circle at the bottom of the card layered top, with the die over the edge. Next I cut the stars out using the matching die and placed the stars around the circle forming a wreath, then stamped my sentiment, then glued the stars in place. Once the wreath was formed I used star sequins in similar colours and randomly placed them on the card front.  I then placed the top on an A2 card with fun foam for height.Clean, simple, colourful.