Friday, April 15, 2016

A Nice Cuppa!


Hi all!


Today I am doing a very quick in and out post.  I am busy in my craft room cutting and getting ready for a class on Sunday, here at my home.

This card I totally cased from one I saw on Pintrest.  Yes folks I haunt pintrest.  (I am sure I am not alone!)  So I found this card and thought WOW such impact for a simple card, gotta make this one.

Have a look, I'm sure you will agree -

 
Isn't it purty? 
 
The card base is whisper White card stock, the cup is cut out with the matching thinlits using Basic Black card stock and the You are Tea-riffic is embossed in White embossing powder.  The table stamp is from Timeless Textures in the Occasions Mini.  I stamped the heart in Real red and the table in Early Espresso ink.  (which as you all know is the new Black lol)
 
Really simple but so dang cute.  Love it!
 
Done for today, back soon!
 
Rushed Hugs!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Botanical Case!

Hey there Stampers!

Back up in the craft room today and using more of the corrugated paper that I discovered in my stash! Does this happen to you?  You buy something intending to use it immediately and then you clean up the room and it gets put away, effectively becoming invisible.  It's a chronic problem for me!  But it also means a happy surprise for me when I find it again!

I was looking around on line and found this card.  I loved it, so simple yet classy.  I need several more thank you cards and I need them quick. I'm still trying to play catch up and I'm pleased to say I'm almost there!  So have a look at the original card and then look at mine!




 
This was the card that caught my eye!

 
And this is my card.  I did break out the matching stamp set this time and stamped on the leaf in Garden green and the flower was stamped with the little flower stamp included in the set.  I did add a rhinestone to the card but other than that I left it alone. 
 
I used Early Espresso for the base and Kraft Paper for the insert and the Corrugated paper of course lol.  The flower is Watermelon card stock. 
 
Isn't it gojus?  Simple with a pop of colour.  My thanks to Susan Campfield for your lovely card.  It was a pleasure to re-create it.
 
Tuesday Hugs!
 
 
 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Monday Science Project !

Hey All,

My Husband has recently taken a three month work contract.  He is retired but still likes to keep his hand in.  So I am really appreciating the alone time. lol.  But don't tell him that.  I can spend one hour house cleaning and the rest of the time in my craft room. 

Today's project was one I had been wanting to try for a little while.  It is a simple watercolor project but for some reason I could never get it to turn out just right.  Well, I think this time I got it right.

Have a look and then we can talk about what I did -

 
The base colour is Pool Party!  I cut two bases last week so it was on my desk.  (although the color looks washed out in this pic) The focal image was on Water color Paper.
 
 
I used clear block E and pressed Pool Party over it all.  Then I added Marina Mist in several places.  Just laying the stamp pad directly onto the block.  I then added Bermuda Bay Ink to the outside and several places in the middle.  I had prepared my Water color paper by cutting it to 5" x 3 3/4" .  I then misted the block until the ink started to blend.  This part takes a little practise and very quick hands.
 
I then quickly turned over the block and placed it on the paper.  Try to get it centered ok?  Then I pressed the block down until I saw that the ink was covering the paper completely.  I  let it sit for a minute or two so the ink would sink in to the paper.  I lifted the block up and used a piece of paper towel to blot off the excess color.  I used my Heat tool to dry the paper. 
 
I embossed the flower image from Butterfly Basics in White embossing powder.  I used my Aqua Painter to color in the flower with Bermuda Bay and Mellow Moss ink.  This enhanced the color and made the flower stand out.  I added Tip Top Taupe ribbon to the bottom and a greeting from Wetlands. 
 
I love how this turned out and am going to use this technique for my next class. 
 
So that's it for me today!  Hope you are enjoying the posts!
 
Mad Scientist Hugs!

More Blooming!

Hi there Stampers,

Welcome Springter!  Yes it is one of the seasons here in beautiful Newfoundland.  It that happy time when you are starting to feel spring like and bamm!  Snow!  Yesterday was raining and the snow was melting beautifully. 

Woke this morning to the sound of the snow plow going down the road.  Yup, I said snow plow!  Oh well you just have to go with the flow at this time of year.

But one advantage to Springter is I am able to go to my craft room and run some science projects without any guilt.  If the sun was shining and it was warm out, well I would be torn between the two.

Yesterday I worked with Botanical Blooms again.  (still haven't broken out the stamp set yet lol)  But the thinlits are amazing and I'm so glad I got them.  I needed a birthday card for a friend and was playing with Blushing Bride and this is what I came up with.  I did get the layout from Pintrest but the rest is mine. 

Here you go -

 
The card base is Blushing Bride and I ran the inside piece through the Big Shot with the Large Polka dot Folder.  I then sponged around the outside with Blushing Bride ink.  This allows the edges to stand out.  I also found the corrugated paper (page 148 Annual Catalog) that I purchased when the annual catalog came out.  It had become buried in my Designer Paper drawer.  Lol
 
I cut a piece of the Kraft coloured paper at 2 1/2" and 4 3/4" and added a Banner Cut.  The Designer Paper is from the Birthday Bouquet series Paper.  I cut this at 1/4" smaller than the corrugated paper.
 
I used the smallest flower in the Botanical Blooms thinlits and cut out three of them in Blushing Bride.  I, once again, used a sponge dauber to add the same color.  then I cut out the swirly inside in Basic Black.  Made the leaves out of Garden Green and daubed the same color on them also. 
 
I have an assortment of sequins left over from various Paper Pumpkin Kits so I thought instead of Pearls or rhinestones I would use them.  Love the effect!  The greeting is from the Cottage Greetings Stamp set (page 94 Annual Catalog) 
 
Don't you just love the colours?  So pretty! 
 
Tomorrow my science project!
 
Well that's it for me today!  Have a relaxing Sunday! 
 
Still Blooming Hugs!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Botanical Blooms!

Good Day Stampers!


Well I'm back in my happy place aka the card room and creating once again.  I find though, if I've been away from it sometimes my mojo just disappears.  It takes awhile for me to find it again but slowly I get into it.

I also find when I get a new stamp set it takes me awhile to learn how to use it.  I mean it's not like there is a special way to stamp, I mean that I need to play with it awhile before I finally start to have fun with it.  Do you find that also? 

I guess we all need inspiration and sometimes Pintrest provides that right?  Hours spent looking at all the beautiful creations.  Wow just Wow! 

But for some reason Botanical Blooms is not one of those sets.  I just stared at the thinlits and suddenly things started clicking.  Today is another sympathy card and I remained in the muted color family.

Have a look -
 
The card base is Pool Party and the accent colors are Whisper White and Garden Green.  Love the framelits that came with the set.  I haven't used the stamps yet but I will.  The framelits make such beautiful flowers, I'm in love! 
 
I cut out the flowers and then used a sponge daubber to add some Pool Party to the middle.  Then I cut out the Stamens and added a rhinestone.  The leaves were cut out in Garden Green.  The banner was from the Number of Years bundle in the Spring Mini.  I used the greeting from a retired set called Bloom with Hope! 

 
Here is a closeup of the flowers.  Just a hint of color in the center.  Soft, Muted and very pretty.
 
 
Hope you like it. 
 
Don't forget you only have a couple of days to sign up for Paper Pumpkin to receive your special April edition.  You won't be sorry I promise. 
 
Remember You must sign up before April 10th to receive your April Paper Pumpkin with the extra stamp set.  Click Here to sign up.  Go to shop now and scroll down to Paper Pumpkin and sign up! 
 
Beautiful Hugs! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hello!

Hi there Loyal readers! 

Today I have someone who has not visited this blog in quite awhile!  I like to welcome back, Katherine!


"Good day Katherine, and how have you been?"

"I've been well, and thank you for having me back!"

"So tell us what you've been up to!"

"Well I've been quite busy travelling and visiting with family, getting some relaxation time now that I am home and trying to get over a nasty bug that I picked up on my travels!"

"It's wonderful that you are back and we hope you stay awhile!"



Seriously all kidding aside I am home in Newfoundland and just now starting to get back to business.  I have been working on a new class for my stampers which I will share over the next couple of days. 

I also have been playing catch up with my thank you cards.  These cards are for all my stampers who placed an order from January through to March.  So look for that in the mail early next week.  Almost got them all done , and there were quite a few stampers who took advantage of the Sale A Bration offerings.

Unfortunately while I was away, several of my friends lost someone close to them.  I was unable to make cards while in Ottawa but since I have been home I want to remedy that.  Today's share is for a friend who lost her dad recently.

I don't enjoy making Sympathy cards but I do enjoy making a special card to send.  Does that make sense to you?  


So today's share is one of these cards.

 
The cardstock used is Mint Macaron and Whisper White.  I was looking for a soft muted color combo and this spoke to me.  I recently purchased the Botanical Blooms stamp set with the matching thinlits and knew immediately what I wanted.  I also added a piece of Tip Top Taupe ribbon on the bottom. 
 
It is a simple card but when I make a sympathy card I'm not looking for busy or loud. 
 
 
Now on to business! 
 
 
Stampin' Up! has sent out it's One Millionth Paper Pumpkin kit and to celebrate they have included an extra stamp set in the April kit.
 

This paper was in last months kit.  If you enlarge the pic you can see what it says, but esentially it says that they are sending a special gift this month inside the April box.  If you are interested in receiving Aprils Paper Pumpkin you  must subscribe before April 10th so you only have a few days to get that done.  You can subscribe for only one month at a time or try it for three months at a reduced rate. 

Paper Pumpkin is a monthy kit that arrives at your door and has everything you need to start creating the projects inside.  It changes every month and it is a surprise.  I have never been disappointed lol.  And I love surprises.

To sign up just go to  my business website Here.  Then go to shop now and scroll down the list to Paper Pumpkin.  I know you will enjoy this kit so give it a try.!


I will be back soon with some more cards.  One last thing I would like to add is,  thank you to the Blog Hogger, aka my sister, Colleen.  I love your new game and the help on this blog.  Keep it up you have some fans out there my lovely sister.  They enjoy your nonsense, as do I! 

 
Glad to be back hugs!