Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zendala Share

I haven't shared any Zentangle® for a while so here is a Zendala I did just recently.

Zendalas are some of my favourite Zentangle pieces to do, I think I enjoy the repetition.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 9

 It's a quick post today.  Day 9 was about Floral Stamps and Floral Builder Stamps.  Both a bit of a challenge for me.  I'm not great at layering stamps and of the two "builder" style stamp sets I have, every time I have tried them I have failed dismally.

And I was no better this time, but I had to give it another try.  I think my colours sort of "stink" - however, I have to admit that I was in a bit of a rush as this week is a crazy week for me and when I don't have the time to go for a run then all the wheels seem to start falling off, one by one!

Ok, the self-pity is over, here is my attempt at Yana Smakula's technique.  (I will be going back to Day 9 to try some of the other lovely ideas that were shared, as soon as I can find the time).
Paper: cardstock (PTI)
Ink: various Memento inks and White Pigment Ink (PTI)
Stamps: Botanicals 2 (Paper Smooches); Asian Fusion (PTI)
Other: Oval Nestabilities

I have no idea why the photo came out yellow, so my apologies.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 8

This class was a continuation of Day 7, Graphic stamps.  I used Kelly Rasmussen's idea and made some Border Cards.  I made a few other designs which I will share later.  Here is one of my border card's.
Paper: cardstock (Neenah)
Ink: Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn Distress inks
Stamps: Happy Harlequin Stamp set (PTI)
Other: Hello Die (PTI)

This is such a nice and simple design if you want to make a few quick cards.  And I learned that I love these two colours together!

I'll leave you with some Delgado, our 7 week old German Shepherd who has been with us for a week now!  Isn't he just too cute!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 7

This is my 2nd post today as I want to post at least one card per class before the 21st and I am running out of days.

Graphic Stamps

I like this class.  I've never been any good at trying to figure out what to do with any graphic type stamps. I chose to work with Laura Bassen's idea and found the perfect stamp.  This card is pretty much a case of her card in class except for the colours and the actual stamp used.  But it has prompted me to go and look at some other graphic stamps I might have in my stash.

Here is what I made:

Paper: Neenah White Cardstock
Ink: CTMH Dye ink (Hollyhock; Blush; Baby Pink); Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Modern Basics (PTI); Keep It Simple Birthday stamp set (PTI)
Other: Brad (Doodlebug Design Inc.); dimensional strips;  clear embossing powder

I wanted to make a birthday card for a little 10 year old girl, it's coming up later this month, so I decided to use this class to motivate me to make it.

I cut out the "wings" at the back of the brad as I just wanted to use the little flower without piercing the card, I am always worried that it will tear. I then filled the back of it with adhesive dots in order to adhere it to the card.  I like how it turned out.  I also heat embossed the sentiment.

Enjoy your day!

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 6

I'm on Day 6 and the actual class has already ended, so that makes me a lot of days behind! Most techniques had to do with colouring today and what awesome colour combinations these girls showcased.

So, I went with Donna Mikasa's technique and just had to use Laura Bassen's colours.  Here is what I made:

Paper: cardstock (PTI); watercolour paper
Ink: Versamark; Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick; Ripe Persimmon; Squeezed Lemonade)
Stamps: Flora & Fauna (WPlus9); Tag It's #5 (PTI)
Other: white embossing powder (HA); Metal Black nailheads; Washi Tape

I just love those colours together, I hope I remember them for a long time.

This technique was so simple and really enjoyable.  After stamping the image and heat embossing it in white, I inked my watercolour panel with my Distress inks.  And then the magic!  Remove some ink!  Which I only did on the flowers, not the leaves.  I love how it creates a softness that wasn't there before.

I had some thin Washi Tape in my stash, from SSS I think, and decided to use a piece on each side o the panel for added interest.

Those of you that are doing this online class, I really hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 5

For this class  I decided to start with the first technique taught by Jennifer McGuire, "multi-colour" embossing.  We played with outline stamps and were to try applying various colours of embossing powders onto the image.  I'm not a collector of embossing powders other than white, clear and a sparkly one or two.  However, Jennifer offered an alternative which gave a similar effect and that is what I went with.

My colours unfortunately leave a lot to be desired!!!
Paper: cardstock (PTI); Neenah Solar white; patterned paper from my stash
Ink: various Memento inks
Stamps: Tall Flower (HA); sentiment (SSS)
Other: Stampamajig; Tombow markers; clear embossing powder

Off to see what else is on show today.

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 4 (Card 2)

I decided to make a second card based on this days teachings and chose Marion Vagg's technique.

Paper: cardstock (PTI); watercolour paper
Ink: various distress inks; Versamark
Stamps: HA Tweed Background stamp; HA Everyday Sayings; HA Thanks a Bunch
Other: White Embossing Powder; PTI Die

The background stamp is heat embossed using white embossing powder onto watercolour paper.  I  then put various distress inks onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and painted them on with a paintbrush.  (Pinterest is a great resource for someone like me who is not good with colours!  I typed in "colour combinations" in the search block and found what I wanted).

I then die cut the "window" and after cutting up a sentiment stamp and combining one piece with another sentiment from a different set I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The panel was then mounted with dimensional tape.

Nice quick card.  I don't often use black as a card base but it does work well with white heat embossing.

So yes, it's weekend again, and the clock keeps ticking and time keeps moving forward and I wonder if I will ever get it all done in my lifetime!

Have a fabulous weekend and thank you to those who have been kind enough to take the time to leave me some comments, I always enjoy reading each one!