Thursday, April 30, 2015

Simon Says Stamp & CAS(E) this Sketch {Happy Place}

More stamping and watercolouring. I want to practice and tonight I decided to play along with the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch. Loved the clean lines! I went to work and created a tag using some Altenew-Striped Florals and Verve-Happy Place stamps.

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Watercolouring {Yippee!}

Happy Friday eve! I am so excited because I tried something different! I have dabbled before but usually I do not like what I create. Usually I stick to my style but I love all of the watercoloured cards and floral images I have been seeing. I needed to give it a whirl! I have all the product to make this style of card and so the WPLUS9-Throwback Thursday challenge was the perfect way to be inspired...especially the watercoloured backgrounds of Maureen's cards. This is my first real attempt at this technique but I hope to explore some more. You probably have tried this before but I thought I would share my steps.

  1. I stamped my image in Versamark ink onto watercolour paper.
  2. Then I heat set it with white embossing powder.
  3. Then I got the paper wet with my water the areas I wanted to add ink.
  4. Then I used some distress inks and allowed the ink to flow into those wet areas.
  5. Then I heat dried my panel with my heat gun.
Keeping the design simple, I added a strip of vellum washi tape across the card base and matted the image with black paper. I stamped the sentiment in black ink. I added some twine at the bottom to tie in the watercolour paper tone.

I am playing along with the following challenges:

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #184 & The Card Concept #34 {Mother's Day Blessings}

Today I am excited to be designing with the team at Freshly Made Sketches and at The Card ConceptThe sketch and the inspiration is simply awesome this week! I know you will enjoy playing along. I am also using the "Polka Dot" Challenge at The Challenge.

I used one of the new stamp sets I recently purchased. It is called "Botanical Blooms" by WPlus9. This is one of the first stamp sets I have purchased of theirs. I mixed it up with a Verve sentiment from the stamp set called "On Occasion". I love the clean look of the font. I was inspired by the Card Concept photo to use flowers on my card and a tag!

Altenew Inspiration Challenge {Cheers}

I am sharing a card I made for the Altenew April Inspiration Challenge. The inspiration photo is of The Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Awesome! Was I inspired. I immediately got out my new stamp set from Altenew called Striped Florals. I love this sweet set! 

I hope you can see the sweet vellum washi tape I used at the bottom of my card. The xo's seemed to work with my theme and I wanted some more gold onto the card. I was also trying to mimic the rows of detail on the building below.

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

Keeping my design simple. I stamped the large leaf stamp in Navy and Rich Red. Then I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Challenge #32 {Use Polka Dots on your Card or Paper Project}

Hello and welcome to The Challenge! This is the last week of the month and so we have a theme challenge for you! This week's theme is POLKA-DOTS! Have fun and add them to your card!

For my card I decided to ink up one of my favourite SugarPea Designs Stamps called Blow Me Away! Love this sweet dragon! My papers come from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pad called Mon Amie. LOVE this new paper that I purchased from Paper Issues.


The design team have created some inspiration to get you in the crafting mood! Come and join us! Our weekly winner will be our next Guest Designer! So come and join the fun! 

The Challenge Winners

Thank you for joining us last week at The Challenge! The team and I have have chosen the winners! 

Our main winner for the last challenge is...well I have chosen TWO main winners...I couldn't choose just one this week! Here they are in alphabetical order!

Sarah of

Congrats, Jen & Sarah! Your gorgeous cards caught my eye! 

I hope you will both join us as a Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email our Guest Designer Coordinator, Kimberly Wiener at  oloughlin.ka @ (no spaces) for more information!

Please join us in one hour, we will be back with a brand new challenge for you!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch & Colour Me {Congratulations}

The colours at Colour Me are really pretty this week! I love the unusual mixture and I wanted to try them out together! I also loved the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! Together, I made a card for my stash!

This stamp set is called Kinda Eclectic and it was one that I HAD to have from Stampin' Up! So I dug it out, inspired to play along at CAS(E) this Sketch!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Viva la Verve {Sunshine & Laughter}

I am supposed to be staying overnight with my sister and my new nephew tonight but the highway to her home was closed and so I had to turn around and come home! So what better to do than stamp? I couldn't wait to play along with the Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge and inked up a pretty sentiment set. I also used the colour challenge colours at The Color Throwdown. Who can resist Yellow, Black and White! I used Verve's Brighter Days stamp set. Love the sentiments in this set!


A dear childhood friend is going through a tough time. I love her so much, like a sister. So I went to work and made this card for her. 

Simon Says Stamp {CAS Altenew}

Today I am sharing a simple card set I made using Altenew's Striped Floral Stamp Set and the Avery Elle Thanks a Bunch set for the senitments. I LOVE how it stamped and it was fun creating some simple cards for my stash. I ordered the stamp set from Butterfly Reflections Ink. Great store and the stamps got here in a WEEK! I was blown away by the customer service.

I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured the images with my Copic markers. I tried to keep each design clean and simple.

I am entering these cards into the following challenge:

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog