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

Monday 13 May 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi everyone, I'm over at Magenta playing with some of their new stamps and stencils. Today I decided to pull out some Prismacolor Premier pencils and my distress oxide ink

Here is a close up of the flowers and the stencil background

Here are the direct links to the stamp and stencil I used.

TM309 Rows of Diamonds 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb White, Black, Kraft
Ink: Ranger archival, Distress Oxide
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, stencil
Techniques: stencilling, pencil colouring

Sunday 12 May 2019

Stencilling your background background

I was rummaging through my stash of backgrounds and found a piece with some faux mother of pearl in blues and greens. I wanted to play along with CAS Stencil this month which is stencil over a coloured background.

I stamped the flowers directly on top of the stencilling and removed some of the colour with water and kitchen paper then watercoloured the flowers using watercoloured pencils.

I'm hoping my white frame makes this CAS enough for CAS Stencil 😓

I'm entering this for CAS Stencil

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Mixed Media,110lb white
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Magenta Stencil, MISTI, Watercolours
Techniques: Stenciling, watercolouring, Faux Mother of Pearl background

Thursday 9 May 2019

Graphite Transfer Debossing

I was over at Split coast Stampers checking out Lydia's graphite transfer with an embossing folder. To my surprise I had the tools to try the technique including the graphite paper, normally I have to head out and buy something that I don't have. I bought the graphite paper to mark on wood about 3 years ago and used the smallest piece you can imagine.

I placed the graphite paper graphite side down on the card, placed it in my embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I then put some Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat  spritzed with water and picked up the colour on the card, the graphite creates a resist to the ink. 
This is such a fun easy technique and I love the touches of graphite throughout the embossed image, it adds an aging effect. 

My Rhino is a stamp from Rubber dance which is coloured using Prismacolor pencils.

I'm entering this for
Craft Stampers Take it Make it Challenge (anything goes)
 Day of the Month Challenge (Rhino day)

Card Recipe
Stamps: Rubber dance
Paper: 110lb white, Gray, Mixed Media
Ink: Distress oxide, Versafine Clair
Accessories: Carbelle Studio embossing folder, Prismacolor pencils
Techniques: Fussy cutting, Graphite Transfer Debossing

Monday 6 May 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi everyone come on over to Magenta and check out my tag.

Magenta Stamps and Stencils used

TM219 Alpha and Number Duo - Set of 2

 Distressed Background Text


Click to enlarge

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Coated Tag
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Crackle paste, Distress Oxide sprays, Memento watercolour pens, POSCA Acrylic white pen Stencil

Friday 3 May 2019

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

 Hi everyone, it's time for May's CAS Christmas Card Challenge Trina is our host and our them this month is Stockings. 
Come on over and join the Design Team and our Guest Designer Helen of Helen's Craft Haven with some cards with Christmas stockings on them.
Don't forget to have a quick read of the challenge rules before you play.

Now on to my card, I couldn't resist this cute little dog with his Santa had and the perfect stocking for Santa to leave some doggy treats.

My tree was in my stash from another project.

Card Recipe
Stamps: The Stamping Place (dog), My Favourite Things (Tree), Gerda Steiner (Sentiment)
Paper: 110lb white, watercolour
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Watercolours, MISTI
Techniques: Watercolouring, fussy cutting