Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Watercolour Wishes | ft. Clearly Besotted "Merci Beaucoup"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I know that many of us started making cards as a way of expression. We don't always have the words, whether the right ones or enough of them to convey what we feel, and while we could easily pick up another form of art; painting or drawing, we're drawn to cards because of the emotion an image can send.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and maybe that's true. A handmade card is like that. We channel our emotions into colouring or painting, stamping or paper piecing and the recipient knows the time and effort that was put in. They know the love and thought behind the little card they hold in their hands when they open the envelope.

For some people, a card is a card; but for others they can feel the difference between something that was lovingly (and often painstakingly) put together instead of one that was grabbed off the shelf while getting a jug of milk.


To begin, I stamped the rose from Clearly Besotted "Merci Beaucoup" set with Antique Linen Distress Ink on Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolour paper using the MISTI. I used the MISTI for this because the ink is so light it takes a couple stamps to get an impression that you can see clearly while colouring.

I then used a mix of my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Distress inks to watercolour the image.

Once that was completely dry, I returned the panel to my MISTI and stamped the greeting from CTMH "Cursive Birthday" with CTMH Cranberry pigment ink. I then adhered the panel to a piece of coordinating cardstock cut just a bit larger, and mounted the whole lot to a standard A2 size card base.

To finish off the card I added a few clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to look like drops of dew. These droplets have a bit more dimension to them than I would like, but the final result is always amazing.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Happy Hoppy Day Series | ft. Gerda Steiner Designs and a Video!


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today is the first card in my Happy Hoppy Day Series for 2018, today's card features the "Happy Hoppy" stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs as well as a tutorial video - because I figured out more editing! YAY!!


Moving forward, if there is a video with a card, it'll be at the top of the post, then I'll post the picture and do my written "how I did it" part, just like always. I truly hope you enjoy!


To begin, I cut down a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and used Distress Oxide Inks to make it look like grass. Once that was dry, I used this Happy Easter die from Memory Box to cut my front-most layer.

I stamped this bunny from Gerda Steiner Designs with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the back of the scrap that was cut away from the green base, and coloured him in with Copic markers. I wasn't sure if his tongue was sticking out or if that was his teeth, so I opted for the tongue because it was just too cute. I then fussy cut him out.

I used a piece of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow collection to work as my background, but when I measured it out, I found that there was much more sky than I had originally intended.

To solve this, I used the medium Stitched Puffy Clouds Border die from Lawn Fawn to cut some clouds out of vellum. I adhered them down, to the sky ensuring that all the adhesive would be hidden by the green panel.

I then added the green panel and finally popped my bunny up on some foam tape to give him a bit of dimension. It also helps to keep the vellum down and avoid curling.

My panel was mounted to the front of a standard A2 sized card base and that is it for this card.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think. And please check out the video and don't forget to subscribe!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Spotlight Stamping | Beautiful Thanks ft. Stampin' Up "Rose Wonder"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Normally I won't post using the same stamp set two days in a row, but the Rose Wonder was still out on my desk and I did say I was going to use it more often and two in a row is better than three in a month right? Maybe not, but I was so in love with how this card turned out that I had to share it right away.

This card could work for Valentine's Day, but I decided to turned it into a Thank You card, though you'll never really know that because I didn't put a greeting on the outside. Just a sentiment of thanks on the inside. Either way, this card can work for any occasion.


To begin, I used the MISTI and stamped the rose with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I stamped it twice to get a good impression, something I seem to struggle with when using large stamps.

I then used a rectangle die from Spellbinders to cut out the centre. I adhered the centre piece down to a piece of black cardstock, cut slightly larger and used my Copics to colour the smaller panel.

I added a second piece of black cardstock to the front of a standard A2 sized card base and mounted the uncoloured frame to that. I then used some super strong two-way tape to add the smaller panel, making sure that my lines matched up.

To finish off the card I used my clear Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen over the coloured petals. I made sure only to do two passes with the glitter so we don't have issues like we talked about a couple weeks back. I decided it needed just a little something more, so I added a few clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh to look like water drops on a couple of the petals.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.