Wednesday, 15 February 2017

You make my heart happy

Today I played with some new supplies and made two cards and tow videos! woot to new pc ;-)

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is about your favorite tool.
I think mine are my stamp positioners, I have bother the MISTI and the WRMK precision press. Love them both for different reasons.
Also used a heat tool and diecutting tool, I think all indispensable in card making.

The card I'd like to enter into the challenge is the bear in  a heart, the second card as it's a bit more challenging to make. the first is pretty straight forward,  and I'll leave it for you to watch the video.

I used the My Favorite Things Wavy coloring book 6x6 stamp and the WRMK precision press to stamp Versamark ink onto some deep red card. I then
sprinkled it with Wow! metallic brass embossing powder and heat set it.

I cut a panel of Neenah solar white ultra smooth cardstock (from Crafter's Companion) onto which I traced a heart shaped die,  and stamped the sentiment and image from the My Favorite Things Friends furever set.

I used both MFT hybrid black ink and Versafine black onyx ink.

Then I proceeded with the partial diecutting. Please check the video, it's easier to see than to explain how to.

I colored the bear with Spectrum Noirs from the Vintage and Nature set and two Illustator markers.
For the shimmer on the nose I used the Nuvo glitter gloss pens and a white Sharpie for the sprakle in the eyes. Mounted the panel onto foam tape.

Cut the red embossed panel to fit the cardbase and attached it with tape runner to the cardbase. mounted the bear panel on top.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Teddy with flowers

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: cute, showcasing Wild Rose Studio products.

For my card I used the Wild Rose Studio stamp called CL490 Teddy with flowers. For the Sentiment I used the Simon Says Stamp set  called It's your birthday 3x4.

I stamped them both with the Misti and with My Favorite Things Hybrid black ink on Neenah Solar white ultra smooth cardstock (from Crafter's companion).
And I colored it with both the Spectrum Noir Illustrators and Noir markers.
Adhered the panel with tape runner onto a cardbase.

I used the Nuvo aqua shimmer markers (glitter gloss) on the biggest flowers, It's like the Spectrum sparkle pens or the Wink of Stella.

I think he's cute ;-), Much like the dog with heart also from Wild Rose studio, but I couldn;t possibly enter him again this week..;-) I've enjoyed coloring the dog though a lot this week haha

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. see this.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Young at Heart

Young at Heart is the Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.
Also they're showcasing Simon Says Stamp exclusive products as it's the first challenge of the month.

And I'd like to apologise right now as I have used some SSS products, but not only or mainly.
As Soon as I read "young at heart" I knew I wanted to use this speeding elderly in her mobility scooter Art Impressions throttle spinner), she's laughing like she's having a whale of a time, not how most use their scooter thing ;-),she's yougn at heart..
Also paired with the coolest and funniest sentiment from Riley Company (RWD 540).
I used the SSS Celebration time dies to cut out the heart shaped balloons and the SSS Springtime critters for the little heart stamps inside the balloons.

I stamped the image and sentiment with MFT hybrid black ink, only because I do not  have the SSS one (yet). I used Schut watercolor paper, my favorite. As I cut panels from a big block, they're not exactly the same size as a card front, but I don't mind, I usually fill the gap with washi tape or a patterned paper and today I contemplated using the SSS falling hearts stencil and Distress inks, but I decided against it.

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir aquablend, bit of a surprise for some of the colors as I haven't swatched them yet I really wasn't sure how they'd look, but I'm happy with it.
I did test run it and found my placement was off for the heart balloons.
I wanted to lady to look like she's speeding and the balloons wafting behind her, so I attached them with some blue color metal wire. just so I could bend the "strings". you could use normal thread with glue to harden it, but this was much easier ;-). I poked some holes under her steering wheel, to make it look like she has them tied to it, secured the wires on the back with some tape and mounted the panel with foamtape.
Wink of stella on the balloons, lips and on her hair because the sentiment says "those aren't grey hairs, they are strands of glitter"....good name, I shall use it for mine ;-).

Spectrum Noir colors I used: Lagoon on her dress and one balloon,Cherry on the lips and one balloon, blueberry on the scooter and a balloon,fossil grey and asphalt for the road she drives on and her hair,hyacinth and fig for the vest, shoes, helmet and goggles, brunette for the basket and wheels. Watermelon and honeycomb for ther skin.

I added some speeding stripes with a fineler from Steadler, just like they do in comic books ;-).

In the video I talk about the position of a directional stamp: if an image looks left or right it's best to leave as much room in front of them, so on my test run I put the lady all the way to the right, but for the balloons I had to shift her a little to the left, but still giving her as much room as possible. It's more pleasing to the eye they taught me in school, it also wouldn't make sense if she were on the left and "driving" out of frame, try it, you'll see..

I made the card last year for my Mother's birthday and I used paper flowers and the little doggie from SSS beautiful ride, thought about it, but I didn't want to repeat myself ;-) although I think all old ladies have one of those little doggies in their baskets, hell I have cats in my bike basket sometimes and I'm not that old yet hahaha, no really my passport is proof ;-)

The video cut out at 30 minutes I thought I didn't miss anything much except the coloring of the road as it turns out, sorry.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. see this

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Ink Smooshed background and faux shaker card, with video

I created this for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: the color of love, showcasing Reverse confetti, but I don't own any.

For my card I used the Simon Says Stamp Heart of flowers and the Technique Tuesday say it- Love you by Ali Edward.

I started by die cutting the heart from 140lb card panel and stamping the sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink, I heat set it to be sure.

For the background I used Distress inks and the "ink smooshing technique", see the video on how.
 I mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered the watercolored panel to it, adhered that with strong red sticky tape to the cardbase.

I used Candied apple, carved pumpkin,  picked rapberry
and wilted violet.
I also used these colors for the LOVE you card.
 the "you"is a partial sentiment , also from Technique Tuesday ( thank you).

For these three cards I adhered acetate behind the opening, so it's sturdier and easier to handle and mount the watercolor panel on. It looks like a shaker card, but isn't. on the orange one I place Ranger enamel accent on the acetate, making it look even more like a shaker card.

For the round window I sued Simon Says Stamp Circle of leave die cut.
Green Distress inks: cracked pistachio, mowed lawn, peacock feathers and lucky clover.
The orangey one is ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin and picked raspberry.
I used Simmer spritz "sparkle" to dilute the Distress inks,
instead of water.

Ranger enamel accents: electric lime,lily pad and caribbean coast for the green panel; pink gumball,  wild orchid and cheese puff , for the orange panel.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp birthday balloons and I also stamped it with Versafine black onyx ink and heat set it.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Monday, 30 January 2017

Doggie with heart

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: pets corner.
 For my card I used a new Wild Rose Studio stamp called  Cl503 Dog with heart.
and for the sentiment I used a Technique Tuesday stamp called say it- love you by Ali Edwards.

I mounted them both on my WRMK precision press and inked them up with My Favorite Things hybrid black ink. Stamped it quite a few times to get a nice dark impression on the watercolor paper.

I used  Distress inks to color him or her. Whilst I was coloring I thought the doggie needed a bow,  but then decided against it ;-) I don't like dressed up pets.

Mounted the panel with foamtape and as the panel is narrower than the cardbase I filled the gap with a red valentine washi tape with swirls and can't see much of it though, still it gives the illusion of a scalloped edge I think.

I added wink of stella clear glitter on the heart and nose for some shine and a healty looking dog, white gel pen to brighten up the eyes and a  reflection on the heart.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Squirrel love

Art Impressions set "nuts about you" is the cutest Valentine set I've seen this year, so I had to get it.
I colored my Squirrels in red tints, two different furs, but both inspired by the beautiful Scotland red squirrel.

It's a clear set as well, not used to that from Art Impressions, but kudos to them, I love clear stamps ;-)
I stamped it with My Favorite things hybrid black ink on watercolor paper and  colored it with Distress inks. I used some Shimmer Spritz (frost) on the balloon, applied it with a brush.
I usually don't do anything with the card base, but today I embossed it with the Cross stiched die from Memory Box, not actually a cutting die, it only embosses or debosses the words love.
I tried to capture it on the photo, but I had to use flash as it's a dull and dark grey day here in the Netherlands.

I then mounted the watercolor paper with foam tape
onto the card base. I used a dotted rectangle die to cut the panel. 
I'm entering this into all three of the Simon Says Stamp Challenges, sorry I had to combine them, time is escaping me at the moment. Been painting the kitchen yesterday, but in order to do do I had to empty and clean it first. Not done yet, but I'm taking a break to make a card just for you ;-).

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this (spread your wings and fly and my squirrels are flying), see this

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (anything goes showcasing Carabelle studios, I don't have any), see this

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday (anything goes, showcasing something squirrels came in last week), see this

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Giftbox for a Santoro stamp

I'm giving this little gift to our host tomorrow, when all the ladies from Crafter's Companion DT meet up.
I bought a little Santoro stamp, measured it, rounded up the size to 2"1/2, "1/2 and 3/8.
Entered those measurement in the tool section from the Crafty Owl website, and out come the measurements for the WRMK envelope punchboard.

As the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: anything but a card I thought  I should enter it ;-).
Showcasing We R Memory Keepers,  I used the envelope punchboard.

The boxbuster tool says to cut a piece of paper 7" square and score first at 2" 1/4 and then 2"3/4, rotate and join up the score lines as usual.
 As the flaps were too big for the box I cut off the tips and notched the sides.
Glued it together with hot glue as that's a little forgiving and very strong.
I used a strip of scrap for the bellyband and secured it too with gluegun. The prettied up the belly band with some woodchip and paper flowers.

I hope she likes it.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

A winter birthday

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, that is about to run out (winter birthday, showcasing Lawn Fawn) and the Monday Challenge (Chill out).

For my card I used a 140lbs watercolor panel and I applied water where I wanted my colored banner.
I used Distress inks (shaded lilac, broken china and Mermaid lagoon) and one Spectrum Aqua marker (orchid) to deepen the purple a bit.

I heat set it and then stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (it's your birthday 3x4) with Versafine black onyx ink. Heat set it too.

Then I used the snowflakes from Lawn Fawn's winter penguin and critters in the snow and I stamped them with Versamark so I can heat emboss them. I used Wow! Opaque bright white for that and the MISTI as it's watercolor paper.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered is off centre on the cardbase. I like more room at the bottom as it makes the panel float instead of heavy to the eye.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Monday, 16 January 2017

Big hugs

The Less is more challenge this week is one layer with favorite drinks or beverages.
I don't have stamps for that, so I ignored that bit ;-), either I don;t enter or I ignore lol

I made my one layer card by die cutting the My Favorite things big hugs die from the card base and from a watercolored panel.
Oh that has water in it, that's a beverage ...haha....never mind..
I placed the hugs onto the panel so to get the most variations, blue purple, blue again, but I wanted it straight on my card, this one's just a bonus card, and I love that.
But for the challenge it needs to be one layer, so I adhered sticky tape on the inside and inlaid the word with the watercolored word. Then I prettied up the inside with a panel of printer paper, just so you don't see the innards, but so it's still one layer on the front...does that make sense?

Added a few enamel accents from Ranger.

For the other panel as it was a panel I stuck it on the card base.

For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: square.
The AAA cards Challenge is: hello.

I've combined the two in this square hello card.
To make it I used a piece of Schut Watercolor paper and ink smooshed on Distress inks Wilted violet and picked raspberry, I diluted it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in the frost variant instead of water, I wanted this nice sparkly panel. I ordered two of these shimmer spritzes frost and sparkle. It's the first time I used them and I didn't know which to choose, but I'm happy with this frost look.
I then diecut the Simon Says Stamp painted hello from the panel and from black cardstock and inlaid it into the panel.
Raised the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the card base.
I diecut some butterflies from "normal" cardstock as in not watercolor paper.  For these I swiped the inkpads across the paper, spritzed them too with the shimmer spritz and then die cut some butterflies out of it.
I think it's a die from Olba, but I'm not sure got it second hand from a Facebook group.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more information on the AAA cards challenge, see this