Create a Scene Christmas Cards

The past two afternoons I have been playing with creating winter scenes using sponged distress inks and also watercolours, following tutorials on Penny Black YouTube videos (Heather Telford; Micheline "Mimi" Jourdain; and Jill Foster).  Last winter, I played around a bit with distress inks for snow hills and moons, but creating skies with watercolours is a new one to me.  I did several before having one I was pleased with...LOL!  All three of the ladies say in their tutorials they don't use many embellishments on the completed card as the scene is the main focal point....I tend to agree.

Also new to me is using Windsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid. Love this stuff! You flick it on the paper with a toothbrush, before doing any inking or watercolour, and it dries rubbery resisting the medium. After you  have finished your scene, rub it off with your fingers revealing white areas of "snow".  It goes on beige so you can see how little or how many flecks you have.

(1)  This card uses the sponged distress inks, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, for the snow and sky. The moon is masked off with a 1-1/4" inch circle while sponging. I applied the art fluid for the "snow". The tree is an old favourite one by Stampin' Up! stamped several times with Forest Moss, Pine Needles, and Crushed Olive inks.  The Santa sleigh and reindeer is a die by Impression Obsession; the word "believe" is cut from mat silver cardstock using TH Holiday Word die. I also stuck on two little silver stars - one by the moon, and other for the dot on the "i" in believe.     I recently read a hint on someone's blog to use stars, pearls, or a drop of stickles for the "i" , as the dot is such a tiny piece.  It's very easy to lose it when you punch the word from the die.  Good hint!

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(2)  For this card, I followed the tutorial by Jill Foster for Penny Black. She has quite a few cards using this watercolour sunset sky for all seasons of the year. I used Cotman Watercolours -yellow, orange, pink and mauve for the sky; also Payne's Grey, Burnt Umber and Phalo Blue for under the trees and snow hill. The trees were stamped with Archival inks- Library Green and Black, branches in Coffee.  Snow is TH Picket Fence distress spray.  I don't have any Penny Black stamps for making scenes so I used my SU tree stamp once again, and the "branches" in the middle of the card are the tips of an older cling stamp by Tim Holtz. Deer dies are by Impression Obsession to which I added a few white details on their tails, spots, and antlers. I also added the TH words "peace on earth" cut from gold cardstock and a gold star.

I did a few of these sunsets skies while I had everything out, so I have some on hand for future cards.

We had a sprinkling of snow this morning on the lawn - puts me in the seasonal mood!

Nov.  19/2015


Try it on Tuesdays:  Create a Scene

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - it's Christmas

Autumn and Halloween

I have been very lazy about my blog, and for a while I was going to stop posting completely. Having this discussion with stamping friends, I decided to keep it going, but maybe not as detailed as previous posts. Well, tonight I couldn't sleep so decided to surf Pinterest and other card sites. Whatever did we do without a computer in the middle of the night?  LOL.  After reading for an hour and looking at the incoming blog feed posts for the past week, I got inspired to post a couple of Autumn cards I made.  They are fairly simple, but just wanted friends to know I was thinking of them.

(1)  Free image downloaded and sized for a card. Tim Holtz pin and acrylic tag on which I cut out and glued an apple, copper metallic baker's twine.

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(2)  The background was made with sponging TH inks then overstamping with several leaf stamps on brown dotted paper. Snoopy image was coloured with Copic markers, popped up with foam tape. I cut out a few leafs and sponged with TH inks. Bow, brad and baker's twine.

(3)  I used TH Harlequin stencil to sponge rust and black pattern over dotted paper. Image is from Crafty Secrets. Some TH tiny seasonal word stickers, rub-ons (corner border and spider). Edge of tag was distressed and sponged with black distress ink. The spider web was stamped with black Stazon ink on self-adhesive acrylic, edged with black stickles over the design, and cut out. The medallion is from a 12x12 sheet of halloween paper which I cut several so I could cut and layer. I stamped and embossed with black EP the magic potion phrase, glued on 31 and dotted black stickles around the edge. Pom pom black ribbon for the bottom and different ribbons for the top.

(4)  The image is by Stampendous, stamped with Versamark, and embossed with black EP. The pumpkins were coloured with Copic markers, then I placed a mask over them and sponged TH distress inks to make the night sky and grass.  Bat die is covered with black Stickles glitter. I made another medallion from the same sheet of paper as in above post and edged with black Stickles. Pompom ribbon at the bottom.

I am working on a Christmas project for my daughter. Will post it when finished. Well, I am going to go to bed and see if I can get an hour sleep before the alarm rings for my husband to get up for work. Nighty Night or Good Morning? LOL

Nov. 15/2015

Birthday Card - Perfume Bottles

This is another card I created in October for a friend's birthday at the end of the month.

The image by Stampendous (Three Gifts #CRW064) was embossed in black EP, coloured with Copic Markers, then cut out with a Spellbinders die. I placed little chitchat words and phrases by Tim Holtz around some of the bottles for "inspiration quotes".  I applied tons of Stickles glitter and a rhinestone to each of the tops of the bottles for feminine bling. Added some vintage lace to the bottom. The image is popped up with foam tape

The rose background paper is a sheet from a 12X12" paper pad "Tea Party" by Craftsmith, sponged on the edge with TH Seedless Preserves distress ink. I fussy cut out one of the roses, rosebud and some leaves, added Stickles glitter and placed it in the upper right corner.

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Now I'm all up-to-date with posting. I'm working on a Christmas frame for my daughter - will post that when it is finished.  Have a great day!


Spring Chick

Spring is very late coming to Nova Scotia. We still have 3 to 3-1/2 feet of snow in our backyard; however, with the warm sun today, I can see that the snowbank has receeded slightly. There is a tiny bit of grass at the edge of the front walkway. The poor robins have been scrounging in that little area for food. I put out bits of apple today and they gobbled it up!

I made this spring card with a stamp from Stampendous - love the sweet little chick all dressed up in her flowery bonnet. Lots of flowers in the background paper, and I also added a few to bring out the colours in the paper, and a leaf sprig (Quickutz die). The Spellbinders Opulent Ovals border frame is sponged with TH Tumbled Glass and a touch of Faded Jeans distress ink and covered in Rock Candy dry glitter added on with "heat & stick" embossing powder.  There is a touch of Rock Candy Stickles glitter on the flowers as well. The lattice in the background is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable die.  Inside the card, I used another Stampendous stamp "Happy Spring" (very vintage with filigrees all around the words). A big faux silk bow completes the upper corner. I hope all the bright colours will bring a touch of spring to my friend.

Sorry, the photo is a little over-exposed. It was such a dark day when I made the card. Then the sun came out briefly and I rushed to get a pic, so I could get the card in the mail.

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Happy Spring everyone!
April 9, 2015


Simon Says Stamps - April Flowers

Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

Couple of Cards

I haven't posted in a while. Here are two cards I made recently.

My neighbour's husband passed away on the weekend, so I had a sympathy card to make which I always find difficult, especially a masculine one. For the background I embossed the Inkadinkadoo tree image with black EP, then sponged over with distress inks to create the grass and sunset sky. Added some gold corner stickers, and popped up the layer with foam tape. Embossed the verse at the bottom with black detail EP and added some gold string.  Simple, but I hope it's suitable.

The other card is created with found items from my stash box. The Stampin' Up label layer was created some time ago to use up distress inks left on my silicone mat from doing a Tim's tag.  I have a bag of them cut with ivory and white cardstock, so I just grabbed one and swiped it over the inks. Who knows when it might come in handy?  Well, it did for this card!  I also found the larger brown flower (TH Tattered Floral die) to which I added another smaller diecut daisy flower. The verse is embossed with copper EP. The blue border is also a diecut from my stash.  I cut another layer from dotted Bo Bunny paper and did the corners with a decorative corner punch. Added some gingham ribbon at the top of flower, and edged cream base with TH Honey.  This card made up quickly because of all the found items and I will send it to a friend for her birthday in April.

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March 31/2015

Birthday Card

I made this birthday card for a friend who has her own line of cream made from beeswax and, naturally, she loves bees!

On the bee background paper, I used a hexagon stencil and lightly sponged TH Wild Honey to faintly resemble honeycomb. On the bottom I used an EK Success border punch. This is layered on a gold dotted black layer.

I used a new Cuttlebug die by Anna Griffin "Flourish Medallion" (bottom layer), and a Spellbinders die "Opulent Ovals"  to create the top layer which is popped up with foam tape. I cut another centre layer in cream cardstock which I sponged on the edge with TH Wild Honey. The verse, embossed in fine black EP, is from a set of Just Rite stamps " Botanical Butterflies", and the little bee is an embellishment from my stash. The dotted flight path stamp is one I've had for a long time - can't say who makes it.

I created the flower from a Joy Crafts daisy die, sponged with TH Wild Honey, a gold brad and a little stickles glitter in the centre. This is mounted on a gold thread/jute string bow.

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

March 13, 2015


Tim's Tags of 2015 - February

Since it is so late in the month, I decided not to do a Valentine's theme for Tim's February, 2015 tagI love butterflies - that will be my "love" theme for this tag.
However, I did follow Tim's tutorial for doing the collage background using snippets of paper from his 8x8 "Menagerie" paper pad, a bit of tissue tape, and one of the ideology tickets. I used a Brushed Corduroy marker instead of Black Soot to go around each of the bits of paper as I find it's not as harsh. 
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The butterfly is a kraft diecut from my stash which I covered with Brushed Pewter & Broken China distress paint, and Ranger Crackle glaze, along with some Pumice Stone distress ink.

The frame underneath is a Sizzix die, "Ornate Frames #2" that I cut from grungepaper. Then I sponged on Pumice Stone DI, and followed the technique for Rusted Grunge using Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap distress embossing powder, sponged over with Broken China DI. I also added a bit of regular copper EP. I wanted the effect of weathered copper, though I'm not sure if I accomplished it. 

The embellishments at the top of the tag are a letter "B" chipboard diecut covered with Broken China DI and Wow Copper embossing powder. On the metal crown is a little felt bow (since Tim was working with felt hearts on his tag). It is part of TH "Mini Bunny & Bow" die set.  

On the bottom of the tag on the right side, I used Tim's Ideology Film Tape Ribbon to cover a little sticker. On the left side, the round butterfly is cut with my 1" punch from a sheet of images by Bottle Cap Inc., swiped with Broken China & Tea Dye DI, and covered with an acrylic dome.In my picture it is showing as more green than blue, but it IS blue in real life. Why do cameras do this? Lace cording is attached along the bottom (in place of Tim's little bit of lace on his tag).  The only thing I didn't do was the machine stitching.

Thanks for taking a peek at my tag!  


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Finally some crafting...

The past few weeks have been hectic- snowstorm shovelling and minding my 27 month old grandson. His father works out West so I try to help out my daughter as much as I am able while he's away on his two week rotation shift. However, that leaves little time in my craft room, along with the fact my creative fairy has gone MIA. Twice I have sat at my table routing through stamps and reading blogs, only to get nothing done. Very frustrating!  After two afternoons, I managed to finish one, yes only one, card.  Hubby said good thing I'm not getting paid by the hour. LOL!

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I've had this little Inkadinkadoo stamp for quite some time and when looking through my dies, it fit perfectly in the Spellbinders Decorative Label 8. Stamped the image in Memories Rich Cocoa ink  and coloured with Copic Markers. I stamped a second image, coloured & cut out the coffee cup section, and raised it up with pop tape to add dimension. The little cup has crystal glaze over it to look like china. For the card I used my two favourite colour combos - blue/green and brown (like my blog damask background!)

The line of cups, coffee verse, beans and caffeine word stamps are unmounted rubber stamps from that I won many years ago. I used a Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy marker and spritzer tool (old one from Stampin'Up!) to spray 'dots' randomly over the background. Also used TH distress tool on the edges of the background paper, and Tea Dye distress ink.

The little doily is cut from vellum and sponged lightly with TH Tea Dye Distress ink (Cheery Lynn "Sophie's Heart" mini doily).  The coffee mug die by SimonSaysStamp is cut from a scrap of linen patterned paper, also lightly sponged with Tea Dye. I used a scrap of the paper from the image frame to fill in the heart section. Freehand fussy cut some "coffee steam" lines coming out of the mug.

So that's it. Not much different in the way of design. Hopefully creative fairy has found her way home!

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!



Make My Monday - Two Favourite Colours (blue/green & brown)

Addicted to Stamps - #132 Make your Mark (Copic Markers on image, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy marker spritzing, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink sponging)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge -Texture (layers, vellum, shiny crystal glaze, distressed edge)

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Beautiful altered box from Marilyn

I received this beautiful altered box for my birthday, yesterday Feb. 2nd.,  from my crafting friend Marilyn of Crafts and Beyond blog . It must have taken many hours of work with all it's textures and embellishments. Inside was a bar of chocolate soap which smelled so good, I could have eaten it! LOL

Marilyn, dear thoughtful friend, it has a place of honour on my dresser. Thank you ever so much!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 21

The challenge on Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 is Rock Candy Glitter, using the technique on page 55 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Book III.  One of the rules is to not post the actual technique, so you need the book to know what to do! I thought I was all out of Rock Candy as the jar looked empty. However checking once again, I found a very small amount left in the bottom. Now I know why I kept it in the first place - any tiny bit will work for something.

I was listening to the radio this morning and this song was playing,  "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry & The Pacemakers from 1964. It's always been one of my favourites - they don't make songs like that any more. Now I'm showing my age. LoL! Anyhow, I thought it would be a great theme for a never know where inspiration comes from.

I started by laying a torn book page layer on the right side of the tag. It is from Homer's The Odyssey (my daughter's old university book) and the section talks about Artemis, the Greek Goddess of Light. Unfortunately when I  stamped/embossed the sun image (Inkadinkado), this section got covered up. Next, I covered the tag with a layer of mod podge and let dry. Then I dabbed some Mustard Seed distress paint on the top half, and Broken China & Faded Jeans on the lower half which I smeared around the tag. Spritzed the blue section with water to make it look like rain coming down; dried with heat gun,

After this was all dry, I used Tim Holtz Sun Ray stencil sponged lightly with Spiced Marmalade DI. I shifted the stencil to cover the inked areas, then spritzed with Yellow Gold Shimmer Spray on the uninked areas. Very shimmery rays in real life! Stamped and embossed the sun, lightly went around each ray with white ink pen. Black Stickles glitter on the glasses.

For the verse, I used a few TH chit chat stickers, some peel off alphabet stickers, and a couple I hand wrote (let, catch). Each was sponged with Antique Linen DI, and I used a distress marker Brushed Corduroy to lightly draw around each sticker, smearing with my finger as I went. Tim's technique from his January 2015 tag.

For the bottom section, I masked over the yellow half and spritzed some Perfect Pearls Blue Patina along with Perfect Pearls. Let dry. Next I stamped/embossed the lady's face (an old unmounted stamp from my stash), added black Stickles glitter on her lips, and a line of rhinestones representing tears.  I used a raindrop stencil to lay down some embossing paste (coloured with Broken China distess refill ink). Once this was dry, I repositioned the stencil over the dried embossing paste and sponged some more Broken China adding the Rock Candy glitter following the technique in Tim's book on page 55.  This didn't work as well as I hoped because of the rough surface of the paste drops, but some did stick adding a bit of glimmer. It's a learning process!

A few gold and blue-green sequins adds dimension to the tag.  I wanted to keep this tag fairly simple, so didn't add any more embellishments except the ribbon at the top.

Well, this was a fun tag to do, and I'm getting a bit more comfortable using/colouring the embossing paste.

Finally, if you enter CCC3 challenge, there is another prize from Inspiration Emporium of $50 gift certificate. To be eligible to win, simply link your project to CCC3 and include a link to INSPIRATION EMPORIUM in your blog post.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Feb. 3, 2015


CCC3 #21 Rock Candy Distress Glitter

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