Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wildflower Garden

Reading Garden Dedication

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a project I created for the library in the village where I live.

I was asked to make a piece of wall art to commemorate the opening of the Children's Fantasy Reading Garden that is located right outside the library.

Dedication for Reading Garden

I pondered for quite some time about what to do.  Should I do stamping or die cutting or some combination of the two but in the end I went with die cutting so there would be depth and dimension to the project.

Reading Garden Closeup


I combined dies from quite a few companies to create a colourful wildflower garden with some fluttering butterflies thrown in for good measure.

Library Reading Garden

All the flowers were die cut from white card stock and coloured with Distress Inks and then sprayed with Perfect Pearls for a lovely shimmer.

Library Project Super Closeup

I layered some extra greenery along the bottom edge and that was die cut from vellum.

Most of the butterflies are watercoloured and some have stamping on them.

Garden Closeup

The dedication piece was computer printed onto vellum so that it would be light and airy.

It was interesting to work on such a large piece (11" x 14") compared to the usual A2 card size. There's just so much space to fill!   I definitely prefer the smaller size of the cards!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project and I truly appreciate all the comments you leave me!



Poppystamps: Fritillaria Bouquet, Meadow Clover
Memory Box: Bella Bouquet
Simon Says Stamp: Fresh Daisies
Impression Obsession: Hollyhocks
Joy Crafts: Cutting Flowers
Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch

Friday, June 12, 2015

Little Pink Houses


I have a card up at Poppystamps and I think it involves some pink houses! Please stop by and see my project here.


Wishing you an inky day!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Pretty Pink Posh Watercolour Blog Hop


Paulina over at Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a Watercolour Blog Hop all weekend with some fab inspiration and prizes!

Watercolour Birthday

For my card I black heat embossed the Penny Black Demure flower image onto watercolour paper and used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry to paint them.  After the flowers were dry I added a layer of sparkle from my Wink of Stella Pen in clear.

Watercolour Happy Birthday

I used Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean to watercolour the background and added a sentiment from the More Fresh Cuts Stamp Set from WPlus9.  The sentiment was black heat embossed onto vellum and I finished off with a sprinkling of Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and thanks to Paulina for organizing the hop!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Watercolouring & Masking

I have a couple of cards using watercolours and masking.  I think these will be my last two projects for the Maskerade Online Card Class, I've run out of time to create more cards.

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The first card uses rubber cement to mask the butterflies so that some stamping and watercolour can be added to the background.

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This card uses freezer paper as a mask.  It's such a brilliant idea and is so easy to do.

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Using the freezer paper really helps to stretch your dies and use them in a different way.  I think this was my favorite technique from the class.

Wishing you an inky day!





Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Balloon Masking

Another card for the Maskerade Online Card Class.

Balloon Masking

For this card I made a reverse mask from a balloon die and stamped the balloon shape full of different sized stars.

Because of the colours and simplicity, I think this would be a great card for a guy!

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Masking Day 1

I'm back with another masking card for Online Card Classes, Day 1.

OCC Maskerade Day 1

I used a scallop oval die as a mask, inked the area in grey and over-stamped with Hero Arts Envelope Liner.  The flowers are from WPlus 9 Fresh Cut Florals and More Fresh Cuts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mask-erade

I'm taking the Mask-erade at OCC and am already behind on my homework!  Yikes!

This is from Day 1 and the technique shared by Laura Bassen.  Love her rainbow cards, they always make me happy.

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I was going to add some sequins to the card but decided the design is pretty good for a guy, so no sequins.

You can still sign up for the class.  There's tons of great inspiration and lots of crafty videos!

I'm also entering this for the rainbow Work It Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for visiting!