Monday, 17 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi Everyone, I'm over at Magenta with some stencil backgrounds. Come on over and see the different mediums I used to create them. 
Also Magenta was having some problems with their on line store, I wanted to let you know it's back back up and running if you have any orders you want to put in 😏

Card Recipe
Stamps: None
Paper: 110lb White, Black, Mixed Media
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Magenta Stencils, Glass bead gel, Emerald creek embossing powder
Techniques: Stencilling, Heat embossing

CAS Christmas Mid Month Reminder

Hi Everyone, it's time for the CAS Christmas mid month reminder. Head  over to and checkout all the wonderful cards submitted by Leslie our Guest Designer and the Design team
You still have lots of time to play along, the challenge closes on June 24th. 

My card is pencil colouring on Kraft, using a My Favourite Things Stacey Yacula stamp set. I love these adorable penguins.

Card Recipe
Stamps: My Favourite Things SY-01 Sweet Holiday Penguins
Paper: Kraft, 110lb White, Black
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, MISTI
Techniques: Pencil colouring

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Using Gesso in your card making

Hi everyone, I recently received a request from Michelle of I Card Everyone on my retreat blog post asking for some details on using Gesso so here they are.

This was my sample card for the technique at the retreat.

Gesso is a primer used on surfaces to allow paint to "stick". By painting a surface (wood, metal, plastic, washi tape etc) with gesso you can use watercolours or acrylic inks on them as it did with my washi tape card here, it also acts as a resist as you can see above.
Gesso comes in clear, white, and black. It can be water down to mute background colours, and is the perfect way to use up old designer paper on your backgrounds and not have the bold colours show through.

Gesso Resist using stamps.
Use a sponge to cover the stamp with gesso and then stamp the card stock. Remember to clean your stamp immediately or the gesso will dry in the crevices and be very difficult to get out. 

Let the gesso dry and either spray ink or blend the colour over the surface, use a baby wipe to remove the colour off the gesso. My stamp had some black ink on it which was picked up by the gesso. Oops. I don't clean my stamps very often 😊

Gesso through a stencil
I use a thicker consistency gesso (Liquitex) which has a little more body, it's perfect for both stamping and stencilling. It hold it's shape and and doesn't seep under the stencil too quickly.

Below is a card I did a few years ago using gesso to mute the background colour, and you can also check out my post this week over at Magenta where I stamped an image and covered a piece of dictionary page with gesso.

I hope you picked up some tips and get to use your gesso in the future.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Mixed media
Accessories: Liquitex Gesso, stencils
Techniques: Gesso

Monday, 10 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi Everyone, I'm over at Magenta playing with some Gesso and inks. I hope you come on over and find out how I created this card.

Here is a close up of the stencilling and stamping

I used the following stamps and stencil
Old Script


Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Mixed media, 110lb white, Black, Dictionary paper
Ink: Distress inks, Ranger Archival black
Accessories: Stencil, POSCA paint pen, Gesso
Techniques:  Gesso, stencilling,

Monday, 3 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi Everyone I'm over at Magenta with another gelli print backgrounds using Distress inks.

I love the softness of the colours with the Distress inks. This is one of the new spring release stamp sets which is so versatile, I could add any sentiment to this including a Merry Christmas,

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb white
Ink: Ranger Distress ink
Accessories: Gelli plate, pencils, Nuvo crystal glaze
Techniques: Gelli printing

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Well can you believe it's June and only another six months till Christmas. You know what that means, there's only six months to complete your stash of Christmas cards πŸ˜‰
Come on over and join us at CAS Christmas. June's theme is Presents, so check your stamp box for all those little presents. Our host is Linda and Guest Designer  Leslie (Running with Scissors) along with the Design Team team have created some fun cards for your inspiration.

A quick reminder, you must follow the challenge rules to be eligible to picked as winner or outstanding entry.

Here's my card for the challenge. I used a Penny Black set with this adorable dogs and his present from Santa.

I watercoloured the image with some Inktense watercolour pencils and some Caran D'ache water colour crayons.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black
Paper: 110lb white, Watercolour
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp stitched edged die, Inktense watercolour pencils, Caran d'ache watercolour crayons
Techniques: Watercolouring

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Eat Sleep Craft Repeat 2019

I've been at a wonderful week long crafty retreat with (from left to right) Me, Trina, Susan, Darnell, Colleen, Loll, Bonnie, Nancy and Linda in Crescent Beach just outside Vancouver. What an amazing group of women these are both talented and fun to spend time with.

Here's one of the technique I showed everyone at the Retreat - using gesso to watercolour on washi tape, I think everyone had fun trying it out.

The washi tape background which was kindly donated by Darnell, it's the extra wide washi tape. We adhered it to a large piece of card stock and primed it with white Gesso. The Gesso allows the surface to take water colour which without the Gesso watecolour would just bead and wipe off.

The image is one of the new Paper Artsy releases and a stamp set given to me by my sweet friend Nancy S. 😊

You can see the texture of the gesso on the washi tape. By the way you can use gesso on designer paper to mute the colours and give a subtle background.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Paper Artsy
Paper: 110lb White, Black
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Watercolours, Washi tape
Techniques: Gesso, Watercolouring

Monday, 27 May 2019

Rudolf Days

Hi Everyone, I just got back from a wonderful Crafty Retreat arranged by Loll for a group of us to get together at a house in Crescent Beach BC.  Loll, Susan, Bonnie, Darnell, Trina, Nancy and myself were there for the week with a two night visit from Linda, Colleen and Nancy's daughter Jeani.  We also got to meet Maureen (Scrappymo/Rudolf days), Maureen came over for lunch on one of the days, it was so nice to meet her and spend some time chatting.

For my card I stamped the little balloon Christmas characters from Clearly Besotted and watercoloured them. I stencilled the background popped the balloons up on pop up dots and added some silver thread for strings.

I'm entering this for the following challenges
Rudolf Days
ABC Christmas K for Kids
The Holly and the Ivy
Christmas Kick start #11 Christmas Kids

Card Recipe
Stamps: Clearly Besotted
Paper: 110lb white, Watercolour, black
Ink: Ranger Archival, Distress inks, Versamark
Accessories:  Stencil, silver thread,
Techniques: watercolouring, stencil

Monday, 20 May 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

 Hi Everyone I'm over at Magenta with a Gelli print technique to create this beautiful soft background for my apple blossom stamp.

Bee Sweet Apple Blossom 

Card Recipe
Paper: 110lb White, Black
Ink: Distress Oxide, Distress ink
Accessories: Pencils, Gelli plate
Techniques: Gelli printing, Pencils

Friday, 17 May 2019

CAS Christmas Card Challenge Mid Month Reminder

It's time for the Mid Month Reminder at CAS Christmas Card Challenge, Trina is our Host for the month and Helen of Helen's Craft Haven is our Guest Designer. This months cue word is Stockings, so pull out your stockings and start stamping.


For my card I used a free bee stamp from a magazine and made a shaker card. I like to have a few shaker cards at Christmas for people I give cards to in person. I finder mailing gets a little expensive for these pretty cards 😊

I coloured the stocking using prismacolor pencils and watercoloured the background. the frame is from Your Next Stamp. I hope you like my little stocking and it inspires you to play along with us.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Freebee from a magazine, AMuse (sentiment)
Paper:110lb white, watercolour hot press, silver, black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: watercolouring, coloured pencils, Die cut frame (YNS), acetate, sequins
Techniques: watercolouring, die cutting, shaker card