Monday, May 29, 2023

Bee Balm and Colours I Rarely Use


I never use purple.  It’s just never on my radar.  It was my Mom’s favourite colour and my husband really likes it because it was one of his high school and college colours, but I rarely reach for it.  But, to honour my Mom whom I’m missing, I thought I’d do a few purple cards this week.  It’s been almost 3 years since she went to be with Jesus.  We’re doing so much better in our grief, but its just not the same without her.  

She would have loved this design. Flowers and purple!  Totally her thing.  And I have to admit, the purple on purple drama is really striking.  I’ve seen a lot of cards these days that are embracing that dark on dark layered flair.  This design uses Power Poppy’s Vibrant Thanks stamp set (retired).  I grow Bee Balm that looks a lot like this so it was delightful to mimic that in my design.  Colouring is done with Copics, and it’s layered on vellum that has been coloured up with Ink Blending.    

I’m also completely infactuated with my Spellbinders Glimmer Foiling Machine, and this lovely foiled background from SSS called Bohemian Background, and Spellbinders Speckled Prism foil.  Super pretty in its shimmer.  I’m so glad I purchased the foiling system.  It’s been really fun to play with and the effects are beautiful.  The sentiment is from Spellbinders as well, Mini Sincere Sentiments.  

To add to the tone on tone I also added the pretty die cut flowers from PaperTrey Inks Into the Blooms: Gerber Daisies to accent around the sentiment.  

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Fresh Air Watercolours from SSS


I’m always drawn to beautiful florals, and stamps you can use more than one way, and in this case, with one of my favourite styles, watercolour.  So, this gorgeous set and coordinating dies from Simon Says Stamps called Fresh Air Flowers really caught my eye.  Aren’t they beautiful!?  

I achieved the watercolour effect by stamping them with Concord & 9th Ink on Arches watercolour paper, then misting them with water to allow them to bleed.  That soft effect is so pretty.  The background is a mix of tulips, delphinium and petunias, at least that’s what I imagine them to be.  

Next, a layer of MFT’s Elegant Stitched Arches dies in vellum  to soften the watercolour effect even more, and Fig C & 9 cardstock.  Then I added the embossed sentiment from the set, stamped and die cut flowers from the set as the focal piece.  I tucked in a cardstock circle under the vellum so you could see the sentiment.  

A really fun design to get inky with to play along in Simon Says Stamp Watercolour Challenge.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The Perfect Shape Cards


I’ve had such a good time playing with new products from Concord and 9th this week!  I ordered the Triangle Background Dies and got really inky!  There are a ton of ways you could use this die, but I started by creating some backgrounds on watercolour paper with Lindy’s Magical Powders.  Once they were dry, I used the smaller triangle dies to cut out all sorts of triangles, and began to create patterns on the die cut triangle background.  Today I’m showing you two cards, but I have about 4 others to show you at another date.  

What I just love about Lindy’s Magical Powders is that many of them create shimmery effects, and because many of the pigment powders have other colours in them, you get all sorts of unique effects once they’re spritzed with water.  For this card I went with an argyle pattern, off-setting the triangles slightly so the background shows through.  

You can see more of that shimmery effect here.  I added holeless sequins as accent and the sentiment is embossed and coloured from Studio Katia.  

On this design I lined up the triangles in the background pattern, and added the embossed Essential Sentiments from MFT, as well as some sparkly enamel dots.  

I love the great effects of the colours and patterns.  Triangles are the perfect shape!  

Monday, May 22, 2023

Flower Mail from PTI

We’ve just returned from a little getaway to the mountains that was full of fun, beautiful creation, hiking, biking and time with friends.  What a great way to get some quick restoration!  Today I’m bringing you a little explosion of love and flowers bursting out of this cute envelope and set from Paper Trey Ink.  It’s called  All You Need Is Love and it has coordinating dies to go with it.  Its such a sweet set that can be used for more than Valentine’s or love settings.  I picked out a cute palette to work with using my Concord & 9th ink pads and stamped and die cut all these cute pieces out.  

The ink colours are Harbor, Blueberry, Midnight, Nectar and Grapefruit, with Tidepool as the greenery.  Great colours together!  I ink blended the background with Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina, and then layered the elements together using Spellbinders, MFT and Pink Fresh Studios Dies.  Even the scalloped edge is a nod to postage with it’s edges.  

Just the sweetest card for someone you care about!  Thanks for joining me today!  

Friday, May 19, 2023

Slimline Garden Bouquet

When I developed my front flower bed I had in mind to create a colour palette of peaches and orange, lime green and burgundy.  Rich and citrusy.  Right now all the new tulips I planted last fall are starting to bloom and it’s been so fun to see the different elements come to life.  So, this pretty design from Power Poppy using Abundant Petals and the coordinating dies was a sweet nod to those flowers.   

I coloured these gorgeous petals with Copics no-line style, use the dies to trim them out and arrnaged them on a mini-slimline size card.  The dies are from Pink Fresh Studio - Mini Slimline Essential Bundle Dies.   I often reach for them when I’m making a slimline design.  I love the mini size!  

A perfect way to say thank you to someone!  


Thursday, May 18, 2023

Pure Poppies Pop!


Popping in with Poppies!  These beauties are from My Favorite Stamps called Pure Poppies. The clean lines are so lovely, and fun to colour with my Copic Markers. I trimmed them out carefully with my scissors, and then it was easy to follow along with this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge .  

I ink blended the background layer and then ran it through Concord & 9th's Triangle Background die.  I think that play on squares and triangles in the layout is a good one. I splattered some water on the background to add some interest to that Distress Oxide background.  

Just a touch of enamel dots and the sentiment from MFT called Essential Sentiments.  A great collection of sentiments in one big set!