Wednesday, 3 June 2020

WWC274 - Dawn's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

As you know, I have an obsession with those adorable little House-Mouse images by Ellen Jareckie.  This little image simply delighted me when I saw it.  Being a bit (a lot) of a choco-holic, I couldn't pass up creating a card with a mouse totally covered in chocolate sauce.


I've kept the design rather CAS.  My base is the Heavy Whisper White and then I've added a matte of Gorgeous Grape.  I stamped the image and sentiment onto a piece of Mixed Media paper using the Versafine black ink so that it wouldn't smear when I watercoloured.

I had so much fun colouring the images, but you know how much I love these little House Mice.  I used my Derwent Watercolour pencils and, of course, my Aqua Painter brush to turn the pencilled colour into gorgeous watercolour.   Once that was totally dry, I put some Crystal Effects onto a pallette and mixed in a bit of water to make it easier to brush on.  Using a very small brush, I covered the chocolate on the Mouse, on the floor, and dripping down the jar with the Crystal Effects mix.  Once it dried, it looked so much like real chocolate that I wanted to lick it.  Thank goodness for self restraint.


The sentiment isn't by Stampendous like the House Mouse image.  Actually, I hunted around to find "the perfect sentiment".  You know how hard that can be.  But finally, in a rather old set which I haven't used for years, I found it.  By Hero Arts, it's called "Friends" and came out in 2010.   Old, but perfect.

Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, June 8th.



I've also entered this card in the following challenges:

HMFMC #317 - Anything Goes with an Option of Gingham or Plaid

CAS on Friday Challenge #181 - Animals

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

It's Father's Day for Challenge #246 at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #246 - Father's Day, chosen by Caz with the winners picked by Caz.

Please check out the blog for details and also to see the awesome samples by the Design Team.


This image is by Art Impressions and is the perfect card for my husband.  After stamping the image, I used my Derwent Watercolour pencils to colour it and then my Aqua Painter brush to "magically" turn it into a watercolour.  The sentiments are from random sets.

I decided to use two different colours for the background mattes.  Before using them, I dry embossed them with two different embossing folders.  I love the way the Granny Apple Green and the Pineapple Punch look against the base of Soft Suede, don't you?

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge.


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

WWC273 - Marsha's Challenge: All About Occasions

I love Stampendous Stamps.  Not only does the company make those wonderful House Mouse stamps which I adore, but it also makes some wonderful stamps for all sorts of occasions.  This one, called Little Mushroom Cling Set, is one which really speaks to my heart.


I love these images so much that I decided to make this a single layer card.  I simply didn't want a matte or secondary colours to take any attention away from the stamping.

After stamping the images and the sentiment in black, I traced a circle around part of the mushroom image and butterfly image using one of my blue watercolour pencils.  Then I proceeded to use my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to colours all the images.  Once that was done, I used my Aqua Painter to "magically" turn the pencilled-in colours to watercolour.  I love the control that the pencils afford me.

Then I used the same blue pencil with which I traced the circle to fill it in.  After that I used the Aqua Painter to give it the watercolour finish.  It took a while for everything to fully dry, but once it had I took my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in a clear Glitter Gloss and covered the blue completely.  While that dried, I used my White Inkssentials Enamel Accents to add a bit of dimension to the white on the butterfly's wings.


This close-up shows off the glitter as well as the pretty white enamel accents quite well.  I love the final effects and hope you do, too.  Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, June 1st.


I've also entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #257 - Butterflies

Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog - We're Going Around in Circles

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #391 - Anything Goes

Arty Divas Challenge #22 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

WWC272 - Helen's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

It's been a while since I pulled out my Brusho Crystals.  Since I recently bought a really different little die which I have been dying to use, a Brusho background seemed like an excellent idea.


As you can see, the die actually gives a silhouette reflection of a man walking his dog.  Of course I cut that out of a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  I also decided to use a Basic Black matte so that the edges of the die-cut would blend right in.  For the background, I chose to use a piece of Watercolour paper.  It holds up much better to the amount of water one usually uses with Brusho than does the Whisper White cardstock.

I decided to use only two of my Brusho colours:  Gamboge and Ultramarine.  The Gamboge has a lot of the yellows, oranges and reds which one sees in some spectacular sunsets.  Well, I was aiming for a rather spectacular sunset for this background.  I had marked in pencil where I intended the die-cut to be placed and I created an "explosion" of the Gamboge so that it would look like a fiery sunset behind the man and dog as well as a fiery reflection of that same sunset across a pond. 

After that was well dried, thanks to my heat tool, I used a brush to wet the remaining white areas and carefully shook some Ultramarine crystals onto those areas. 

I love the final effects and hope you do, too.  Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, May 25th.


I've also entered this card into the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #120 - Anything Goes

Artsystamper Challenge #12 - It's a Guy Thing


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

It's a Sketch for Challenge #245 at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #245 - A Sketch, chosen by Julie with the winner picked by Julie.

Please check out the blog for details and also to see the awesome samples by our Design Team.


I used a base of Heavy Whisper White for this card and then added a matte in Basic Black and then a  piece of grey toned patterned paper with a lovely wood grain pattern.  I thought the wood looked weather beaten much in the same way that an old fence would or, perhaps, an old barn.  Using my circle dies, I cut out one circle in Basic Black and then another in Whisper White.  I stamped the horse images on the Whisper White and used watercolours to colour the scene.  Then, before adhering the image circle to the card, I  went around the perimeter of the circle with my distressing tools and then sponged the edges with a soft grey.

 For the additional shape, I decided on a die-cut cowboy hat.  With a bit of watercolouring I think it wound up looking nice and worn.   After stamping my sentiment, I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it. Have fun with our challenge.


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

WWC271 - Kath's Challenge: All About Occasions

So often, in conjunction with an Occasion, I need a "thank-you" card.  Surprisingly I don't make those often enough to satisfy the need for them.  Lately I've been trying to make them more frequently.  This time I turned to the lovely Free As a Bird stamp set and the stunning Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series paper.


My base is the Heavy Whisper White cardstock.  I added a matte of Garden Green and Whisper White and then a piece of the beautiful Mosaic Mood DSP.  That patterned paper really must be seen in person to be appreciated since it looks as if it has been heat embossed with all those leaves.

I stamped the single bird image from the set onto a piece of Mixed Media paper and then added some background by hand.  After the inks had fully dried, I watercoloured the bird and background using a combination of Stampin' Up! and Derwent watercolour pencils and my Aqua Painter.  I cut that image out with one of my circle dies and then added a matte of Garden Green.


I had such fun creating this card and hope you love it as much as I do.   Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, May 18th.



I've also entered the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #119 - Anything Goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge #48 - Anything Goes (Optional Nature)

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

WWC270 - Tristan's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Mother's Day is almost here.  In Canada, we're celebrating it this Sunday, May 10th.  Since Tristan's Challenge this week is an Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist, it's a perfect time for me to show off my Mother's Day card.  If my Mum were still alive, I think she would love it!


The images are so sweet, aren't they?  They're from Stampin' Up!'s Wildly Happy stamp set.  I thought it was perfect for such a special day.  I kept the colours rather neutral, not wanting to shift attention away from the darling Pandas.

My base is the Heavy Whisper White with a matte of Pear Pizzaz which I first embossed using the Subtle 3D embossing folder before adding it to the base.  Next, I embossed a piece of Soft Sea Foam using the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.  I cut the bottom on the diagonal before adding it to the card.

For the centre oval, I stamped the Pandas on a piece of Mixed Media paper using  Black Versafine ink and, once it was dry, used my watercolour pencils and Aqua Painter to colour the images. I used the Leaf Punch to cut out two pieces of vellum which I sponged with Mossy Meadow ink.  Once that had dried, I added white lines and then added the sentiment which I cut using the stitched circle die.

I love the way the card turned out and hope you do as well.  Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, May 11th.


I've also entered my card in the following challenges:

Cuttlebug Mania - To all kinds of Moms out there

 Lemon Shortbread Challenge #119 - Anything Goes

Always Fun Challenges #161- Female or Mom

Dream Valley Challenges #224 - Our Four-Legged Friends

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

It's all Vintage for Challenge #244 at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's my turn to pick the theme for this fortnight's challenge and I decided on Vintage.  Challenge #244, therefore, is Vintage,  and I will also be picking the winner.

Please check out the  challenge for details and also to see the wonderful samples by our Design Team.



I had all sorts of ideas for my Vintage theme.  One of my older stamp sets includes a gorgeous   old-fashioned camera which I wanted to use and just let that stew in the back of my brain for a week or two.  I do some of my best creating by leaving my sub-conscious at work while going along with other things in life.  The final  result turned out quite well, I think.

My base is a heavyweight vanilla coloured cardstock on top of which I've added a matte of Early Espresso which I first made ragged along the edges with my distressing tools.  I had kept some old, retired newsprint patterned paper which I distressed along the edges by simply tearing it.  To give it some real age, I dampened it, sponged spots of Crumb Cake ink onto it and then crumpled it tightly.  After about fifteen minutes or so I straightened it as well as I could but it retained a real old, discarded look which I had wanted. 

 For the "vintage" photos which I had resolved to add to the card, I chose a couple of stamps, one of sailboats and the other of some grazing elk, and  off-stamped once before stamping the images on glossy cardstock using Versafine Toffee ink.  

After stamping the old camera using Black ink, I fussy cut the image and then mounted it on a piece of  Kraft cardstock, cut out with a square stitched die.  Then I stamped my sentiment on a smaller piece of Kraft cardstock, cut out with a small rectangular stitched die.  To finish, I added some frayed burlap and a couple of old-fashioned buttons.

I look forward to seeing what you do with my "Vintage" theme.  Have fun with our challenge, which closes on Monday, May 18th.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

WWC269 - Fifth Week Anything Goes Challenge

April may be one of the shorter months but it has five Wednesdays which means we have an awesome Anything Goes Challenge.  I'll admit I thought about doing a special fold but then I got caught up in using one of my new Altenew stamps instead.


Isn't it gorgeous?  This set is called Dotted Blooms and has a coordinating die.  While I would have fussy cut the image, it was far easier using the die.  If you look closely, you'll see it's really just one image of a branch with flowers and buds.  I've stamped it twice and, having attached the branches at odd angles to each other, it almost looks like different stamps, doesn't it?

I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White and then a matte of Soft Suede cardstock.  On a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, I played with water and the Distress Oxide Salty Ocean ink.  I've only used the one colour but layered it, sprayed it, and otherwise man-handled it until I was happy with the results for my background.

For the images, I used Toffee Versafine ink to stamp them twice and then used my heat tool to ensure the ink was totally set.  Then I used the filler stamps to set the first layer of colour into my flowers.  For one branch I used Calypso Coral and for the other branch I used Flirty Flamingo.  Then I used my AquaPainter to softly colour in the rest of the flower petals with the same ink.  To finish, I used my Soft Suede Stampin' Marker to colour in the stem.

After stamping the sentiment, I added a few sparkly embellishments to the card and also added some Shimmery Crystal Effects to the centres of the open flowers.

I love the way the card turned out and hope you do as well.  Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, May 4th.



I've also entered my card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #118 - Anything Goes

Artsystamper Digitals Challenge #14 - Springtime

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #387 - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes 

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

WWC268 - Dawn's Challenge: All About Occasions

There is something about ducks and chickens that appeals to me, especially in a stamp.  Of course when I saw this adorable Penny Black image called "Cluck, Quack", I couldn't resist buying it.


I used a base of Heavy Whisper White and then decided to use a lovely wood-print as a matte.  For the image layer, I used a piece of Watercolour paper and my stamping platform to stamp the image in Black pigment ink.  Just to make sure it set perfectly and wouldn't smear, I used my heat tool to dry it thoroughly.

I used my Daler-Rowney Aquafine travel watercolour set to colour the images.  I love the variety of colours and the ability to mix some of the colours to get precisely the tone I want.

I love the way the card turned out and, of course, the fact that the silly "cluckers" and "quackers" make me smile.  I hope you do, too.

Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on April 27th.



I've also entered my card in the following challenges:  

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #118 - Anything Goes

Always Fun Challenges #159 - Chicks or Farm Animals

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #386 - Anything Goes

The Sisterhood of Crafters:  Happy Birthday or Fun Fold or Both

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Use Dies as Main Feature at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #243 - Use Dies as Main Feature, chosen by Dawn with the winners picked by Dawn.

Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by our Design Team.




I've used a lovely die I picked up last year, cutting the image out from Basic Black cardstock.  Since I had already chosen a piece of patterned paper with stylized trees in various colours, I chose a background matte in one of the greens.  The Pear Pizzazz blends beautifully, doesn't it?

On my base of Heavy Whisper White I attached a matte in the Pear Pizzazz, followed by the patterned paper.  After stamping the sentiment using black ink, I attached the die-cut image with its matte.  I love the results and hope you do, too.

Have fun with our challenge, which closes on Monday, May 4th.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

WWC267 - Karen's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Something I am hearing about almost every day since the snow is shrinking back and the temperatures are getting milder is fly fishing.  Yes, my hubby is nuts about tying flies and going fishing.  So when I was trying to decide what I should do for our new Masculine Challenge, it was a no-brainer that I would haul out Stampin' Up!'s Best Catch stamp set as well as an old, retired favourite, In the Meadow.


I decided to keep it clean and simple.  My base is the Heavy Whisper White cardstock and then a matte of Gray Granite.  On another piece of Whisper White I stamped the mountain range from the In the Meadow set in the top third and then stamped the fisherman from the Best Catch set in the lower area.  To the right of the fisherman, I stamped the sentiment which is from a lovely fishing stamp set by Inky Antics.

I used watercolours for this card.  Several greens and then the Gray Granite ink colour the mountains and then a light wash of Balmy Blue defines the sky.  I also added a light wash of Coastal Cabana for the lake.

It's simple but I know that the fisherman in my life will love it and I hope you do, too.    Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on April 20th.



I've also entered my card in the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenges #158 - Clean and simple

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #117 - Anything Goes


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

WWC266 - Heidi's Challenge: All About Occasions

I'm so excited to share my brand new House-Mouse image for the challenge I'm hosting for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  It's a large image and so beautifully detailed.  I hope you love what I've done with it as much as I do!


I wanted the image to be the star of the "show" and so I kept it simple.  My base is the Heavy Whisper White and the image is stamped on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I didn't use a matte so that the image seems to blend right onto the card.

There is a wonderful House-Mouse site where one can find the colours of all the adorable little critters.  This one is Maxwell and he's a warm brown.  That was easy enough but the pansies were another story.  We had snow yesterday.  There are still patches left on the ground although it was milder today.  No self-respecting pansy is showing its face in my part of the world at the moment.  Thank Heaven for the internet.  I searched and found a veritable "smorgasbord" of pansy images.  The only problem was deciding which colour mine would be.  I hope you like my final choice.

I used my Derwent watercolour pencils and Aqua-brushes to colour the images.  There were no droplets dripping from the brush in Ellen Jareckie's version but I used poetic license to add three tiny drops.  Maxwell simply isn't capable of colouring anything without a spot or two on the ground, you see.


In the close-up you can see that I added some shine to the paint and droplets.  After colouring, I covered those areas with my Shimmery Crystal Effects.  It is so shiny that it actually looks like wet paint.  Yay!  It's hard to tell, but I also added some pretty sparkle to the brush.  After colouring it with that lovely blue and silver, I added some Nuvo Glitter Gloss over it and in real life it's so very pretty.

I hope you love my card as much as I loved making it.  Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on April 13th.


I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #313 - Anything Goes (Optional Sparkle)

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #117 - Anything Goes

Creative Moments Challenge #188 - Anything Goes (Optional something to look forward to)

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

On, In or Beside the Sea at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #242 - On, In or Beside the Sea, chosen by Helen with the winners picked by Helen.

Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by our Design Team.




I've used a base of Crumb Cake cardstock for this card.  It was a perfect match for some of the colours in that gorgeous, salt-water distressed wood of the designer paper I used.  The Pacific Point cardstock matte also echoes the colours therein.

I thought the designer paper would be the perfect background for the wonderful anchor in the Stampin' Up! Sailing Home bundle.  Instead of heat embossing the anchor with a metallic embossing powder, I chose to stamp the anchor in black onto a piece of Galvanized Metallic paper.  The dull sheen really accents the anchor and gives it a sense of dimension.

The sentiment is from the same bundle and was stamped in black ink onto a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock, fussy cut into shape and then attached to a piece of Pacific Point cardstock, cut into shape around it as well.  I had a heavy cord in the same Crumb Cake colour and so took two pieces and formed a loose square knot, securing the knot and lines along the card with Art Glitter glue.  I took the last of the four lines and had it lace through the hole in the anchor.


I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our challenge.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

WWC265 - Marsha's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Are you ready for another fabulous House Mouse creation?  This week's challenge has to have a Feminine Twist and what could be more feminine than a huge cupcake with sparkly pink icing?  Just don't shriek when you see that two adorable little mice have been enjoying it, too.


I used a Heavy Whisper White cardstock for my base and then added two mattes, the first using Pineapple Punch cardstock and the second using Melon Mambo.  I stamped the adorable Ellen Jareckie House-Mouse images using black Memento ink directly onto a piece of Mixed Media paper.  I love that paper because I can do any kind of colouring without worrying about my paper pilling, buckling or otherwise betraying me.  The Memento ink is wonderful when I use my wax based crayons and Gamsol for colouring the images since it doesn't lift and mix with my colours.

Once I finished colouring everything and using my paper stub and Gamsol to smooth the colour out, I added some shimmer to the delicious-looking pink icing.  My Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen worked beautifully for that purpose.  I also wanted the candles to have a bit more dimension as well as more of a waxy look and so I carefully covered them using my Shimmery Crystal Effects.  Once dry, they were perfect.

 

Once assembled with a simple "happy birthday" sentiment added, I decided that a bit more "bling" was needed.  I found some Melon Mambo sequins and added a tiny silver pearl in the centre of each.  I think I've made it feminine enough, don't you?

I hope you'll enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #116 - Anything Goes

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #313 - Anything Goes (and the option of sparkle)

Crafty Creations #408 -  Anything Goes

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says Happy Birthday

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

WWC264 - Helen's Challenge: All About Occasions

While I was still with Stampin' Up! at the beginning of this year, I fell in love and bought the Beautiful Moments stamp set.  The image of the mother and daughter walking along, holding hands, made me think of days gone by with my own sweet treasure and so a card was born.


I wanted to keep it simple and let the images do the "talking".  My base is the Heavy Whisper White.  I used a matte of Gorgeous Grape since that was the colour I had earmarked for the mother's dress.  I kept the stamping simple, with the mother and daughter centred and birds flying above.  Those image are all from the Beautiful Moments set.  I added some texture to the ground by using the "open dot" image from the Artisan Textures stamp set.  Finally, on a scrap of white, I stamped the adorable little cat from the Grace's Garden stamp set.

Using the inks from my ink pads, I coloured the little girl's dress with the Coastal Cabana, the mother's dress with the Gorgeous Grape, their skin with the Petal Pink, and their hair with a combination of So Saffron and Cajun Craze.  I used a wash of Pear Pizzaz and Grey Granite for the ground and then a light wash of the Balmy Blue for the sky.  The cat is a combination of Smoky Slate, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.

Once I finished adhering all the layers together, I added the fussy-cut cat on foam dimensionals, slightly below the mother and daughter to give the illusion of it being a few feet behind them.

I hope you'll enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #116 - Anything Goes

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #363 - Sketch



Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Use a Stencil at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #241 - Use a Stencil, chosen by Sue with the winners picked by Heidi.

Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by our Design Team.



I've used two stencils for this card.  The paler background (sponged with Cajun Craze ink) is "Small Brick Wall" by MIX-ables Stencils while the grass, plant and dragonfly (sponged with Mossy Meadow and Bermuda Bay ink) are "Mini Butterfly Meadow" by The Crafter's Workshop.  I love the way they work together, don't you?

After creating my scene with stencils, I cut the piece out using my fancy double stitched rectangle die and then mounted it onto two strips of Cajun Craze cardstock.  Then I attached the whole to my base of Heavy Whisper White cardstock.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our challenge.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

WWC263 - Tristan's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

I've been sorting my stamps and discovered an adorable Picket Fence Studios set called Like a Crafty Fox.  Well, you know I had to use one of those images for Tristan's Masculine challenge, right?


I may have gone a bit overboard.  My base is the Heavy Whisper White cardstock with a matte of Balmy Blue.  Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped an image which can only be described as a torn hole in the paper using my Basic Gray ink.  I decided to fussy cut out the torn hole so that only the apparent torn and folded back paper remained.  I thought it needed something more and used an image from the SU! Artisan Textures stamp set using my Basic Gray ink at the bottom left and top right of the hole.  Then I stamped the sentiment at the top left and bottom right using my Black Memento ink.

So I had to create something to see within that hole, right?  I took a smallish rectangle of Whisper White and stamped the trees from the Waterfront stamp set using my Old Olive ink.  Then I used the long piece from the same set, offstamped the Balmy Blue once and created the sky behind the trees.  For the ground I used the dotted image from that set and first stamped using Grey Granite ink and then using Old Olive ink.  I used my AquaPainter to add a light wash of Old Olive over the dots.

I used the thick Foam Adhesive strips to attach the landscape behind the hole.  Then I got to work on the star of the show, the fox.  First I stamped the fox image on a scrap of Mixed Media paper and then watercoloured the little guy with vivid Derwent watercolour pencils.  I love the way he looks so lively.  After he had dried completely, I fussy cut him out and attached him to the scene using foam Dimensionals, making it appear as if he was leaping out of the hole.


I attached the entire scene piece to the base and matte using the thick Foam Adhesive strips.  The card may be a bit thick to send internationally, but it sure looks great with all that dimension.

I hope you like the card as much as I've enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with Tristan's Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist challenge.


I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #115 - Anything Goes

Dream Valley Challenges #221 - One For the Boys

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #240 - Something Beginning With F

The Card Concept #131 - Woodland Nursery

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #381 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

WWC262 - Marsha's Challenge: All About Occasions

This week our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is all about Occasions and so, of course, I had to use an adorable House-Mouse image which I just bought called Easter Egg Nap.  It's an Easter theme which is, of course, perfect.


Could anything be more cute than that little mouse napping on top of the brightly coloured Easter egg?  My base if the Heavy Whisper White cardstock and then I added a scalloped matte using the Balmy Blue cardstock.

I've stamped my adorable House-Mouse image on a piece of Mixed Media paper and then cut it using a rectangular die with crossing lines of stitching.  It's subtle but I love what it adds to the card.   I decided to use my Stampin' Blends (alcohol inks) to colour the image and love the clean colours.  My mouse, especially, looks almost as if it's breathing.  The colours are so lifelike.

The Happy Easter sentiment is from a retired SU! stamp set, Indescribable Gift.  It's simple but just perfect to finish the card.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #115 - Anything Goes

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #311 - Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #11 - Anything Goes with a Critter

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Easter Challenge

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Begins With an "F" at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #240 - Begins With an "F", chosen by Amy with the winners picked by Caz.



Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I used last year's adorable Froggy Bundle which was free with approved purchases.  I love the images and who can resist having dies to match?  So much easier than fussy-cutting.  I've coloured them using my Stampin' Blends and, for the fellow up on that mono-cycle, I created a "rope" using my Marvy Uchida Snow Marker.  The patterned paper is stunning, even in the small section I've cut from one of the 12x12 sheets.  The Perennial Essence Designer paper reminds me of the Monet paintings.

My base is the Heavy Whisper White cardstock while the matte is the Balmy Blue.  

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

WWC261 - Kath's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

My favourite Designer Paper offered by Stampin' Up! in their Annual Catalogue remains the stunning Pressed Petals Specialty DSP.  The photographic images of the flowers truly look as if one can reach in and lift them from the paper.  Coupled with the lovely Wonderful Moments image, the paper helps to lift an ordinary Birthday card into the extraordinary.


For my base I used the Heavy Whisper White cardstock.  To compliment the Stampin' Blends which I used, I added a matte in the Balmy Blue cardstock.  I followed that up by adding a layer of the lovely Pressed Petals.

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the image of the girl walking away.  I carefully stamped the bouquet image into her right hand and then drew a cell phone into her left hand.  After colouring my images using the Stampin' Blends, I fussy cut the image and attached it to the centre of the floral wreath.  After stamping my sentiment on a scrap of Balmy Blue, I hand-cut it into a banner shape and added stitch lines with my journalling pen.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge: Make it Feminine

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #114 - Anything Goes

Creative Moments Challenge #185 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog - Feminine


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WWC260 - Karen's Challenge: All About Occasions

I have some awesome Art Impressions stamps created by Bonnie Krebs which are perfect for a get well card.  Even more perfect, this stamp set has the most adorable cat images.  Why is that perfect, you ask.  Well, this card is for my darling daughter who is having more problems with a  chronic ear infection.  I couldn't resist .


I began with a base of  Heavy Whisper White  and then added a matte of Blushing Bride.  Then I took a piece of  Smoky Slate and embossed it with a Darice embossing folder.  Love, love, love those paw prints, don't you?   I think it's really striking that some prints are embossed and some are debossed. Such a great effect!

I had such fun watercolouring the image.  I used my Derwent watercolour pencils and then went over the colours with my Aquapainter to blend them.  Once it was dry, I used my stitched oval die to cut it out and then used Dimensionals to attach it to the card.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Lemon Shortbread Challenge #114 - Anything Goes

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #251 - Embossing

Creative Moments Challenge #185 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Ink and/or Paint at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #239 - Ink and/or Paint, chosen and hosted by Sian.


Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I think the die for the Eiffel Tower, released by Stampin' Up! in their Mini Catalogue this year, is stunning and so versatile.  Even if a person hasn't been to Paris in the Springtime, the sheer number of paintings and photographs of the profusions of blossoms and greenery makes it hard not to be aware of the beauty that abounds.  I used my inks to create an "explosion" of colours onto which I mounted my metallic Eiffel Tower and the sentiment.  Which guy wouldn't enjoy receiving this for his birthday?

The base of the card is the Heavy Whisper White, while the matte is Blackberry Bliss.  I've used the Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Tangerine Tango inks for the background.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Creative Fingers Challenge #180 - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers February - Anything Goes with Dies

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

WWC259 - Dawn's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Oh my goodness!  We have a masculine challenge at our Watercooler Wednesday and it's perfect timing since it's also my grandson's birthday.  It's a very special birthday since he's entering the TEENS!  So, what kind of card will I make for my awesome almost 13-year-old grandson?  I'll give you a hint.  It has a house-mouse on the front.


The backstory to this is, of course, Xavian's obsession with Chinese fortune cookies.  He has loved them from the first time he was given one.  He likes the cute fortunes but he loves the flavour.

You can see why I bought this stamp, under the circumstances.  What could be more cute than a darling house-mouse surrounded by new and broken fortune cookies?  None of the little papers had any writing on them.  I added that myself.  The one being held up is, again, perfect for our talented showman.

 I invite you to check out the awesome samples by the other Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.



I've linked this card up to the following challenges:

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #310 - Anything Goes

Make My Monday #116 - Critters

Animal Friends Challenge #83 - Februar Mause

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #377 - Make Your Mark

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

WWC 258 - Marsha's Challenge: All About Occasions

Friday is Valentine's Day so I had to create a card for that occasion.  Don't we all still give Valentines to our special someone(s)?


I've had this adorable Penny Black stamp set called Piece of My Heart for several years and love all the sweet images.  This year I decided to use these little hedgehogs which give the stamp set its name.   The real fun was in the colouring.  I used my coloured Derwent pencils along with Gamsol to blend the colours.  I love the results, don't you?

That lovely, lacy oval die-cut is another of my Gina Marie dies.  To finish up, I used another die to cut a bunch of tiny white hearts and adhered them to the top right and bottom left of the card, along with a few tiny silver heart sequins.

 I invite you to check out the awesome samples by the other Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.



I've linked this card up to the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #113 - Always Anything Goes

Always Fun Challenge #149 - "Love/Valentine Day"

Crafting Happiness Challenge #38 - Anything Goes

Penny Black and More: February 2020 - Animals, Birds and Butterflies

Penny Black Saturday Challenge February - Anything Goes or Love is in the Air