Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jump On It July!


During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE…
or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5! That is a savings of up to $19.75!
The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.
Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on!
To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps on My Website. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sptirz of Lemon anyone?

WOW.....let me start by saying it sucks to live in a place that is 29 degrees with 100% humidity today!!! At 9 pm it is still 27 degrees.....yuck! I feel like a slug in this heat and humidity. So as a perk me up, I thought it would be nice to see something refreshing......check out those lemons!
I used paper from May's promotion, Taste of Summer. I added a White Daisy scalloped border piece, on top of some Juniper Paper Fundamentals. The bottom mat is Canary cardstock.

I coloured my lemons and Sparkles with Shin Han Alcohol Markers. I added Liquid Glass on the lemons, but you are not able to see that in this picture.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Taste of Summer
Cardstock: Juniper Paper Fundamentals; White Daisy; Juniper; Canary
Stamp: retired
Ink: Black; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Anything Goes

Oh, how I love an Anything Goes Challenge, like the one at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

This is my second post for today, as I get prepared to head to Disneyland for Close To My Heart's annual convention. We are going to spend a few days on the beach first, at our favourite spot in Yachats, Oregon. After a week of fun in Disneyland, then we'll make our way to Portland for some back to school shopping. I will also celebrate my birthday in the "Keep it Weird" city! I will try to schedule some posts while I am gone or post some pics of our travels along the way.
I used some of my favourite things for this card. First, the gorgeous Blossom patterned paper for the base, with Lagoon cardstock. I added one of the zip strips alongside some Turquoise Shimmer Trim. I also used my Scallop Border punch on the Lagoon mat, just for a peek underneath the main piece.

I have found a new LOVE of watercolour backgrounds and thought these cute monsters from, Love Ya Silly, would work perfectly. I used Lagoon; Glacier and Flaxen ink on the watercolour paper, after I embossed the monsters. Once the piece was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Joyful Birthday and the stars from Doodled Designs, in Black ink. I added some Epoxy stars and a wee bit of drawing, with my Journaling pen, and this card is done!
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Blossom
Stamps: Doodled Designs; Love Ya Silly; Joyful Bithday
Ink: Glacier; Lagoon; Flaxen; Black; Versamark; Black Journaling Pen
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon
Embellishments: Black Epoxy Stars; Turquoise Shimmer Trim
Other: Watercolour Paper

A little MIST & some STAMPING

 Well, summer has been here in Victoria for at least a month now. My raspberry plants have been keeping my fingers red and my belly happy the entire month of June. All of our strawberry plants are producing and I'm excited to eat my figs soon. I am going to harvest my 3rd rhubarb crop this year and my tomatoes are growing strong. I treated myself to a new Ketchup & Fries tomato/potato plant this year and it is full of cherry tomatoes.

So, this card is fitting for my gardening and for the Monday Challenge of STAMP + MIST at Simon Says Blog.
I started with some Creme Brulee cardstock on a White Daisy base. I have a delicate retired script image that I stamped in the background with Creme Brulee ink. Then I added some Lagoon reinker with a wee bit of water to my Spritz Pen and added some colour.

I stamped with my Taste of Summer set in Cranberry for the strawberries and Topiary for the vines. The strawberries have been paper pieced and I added some retired mini Blooms along with some Shin Han Alcohol Marker coloured Bitty Sparkles.

I used an Art Philosophy cut piece to stamp my sentiment in Black ink, then sponged some Lagoon on the edges. Finally, I used a stitched die from Simon Says to cut the piece and mounted it on some Lagoon cardstock.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Taste of Summer; retired
Ink: Creme Brulee; Topiary; Cranberry; Black; Lagoon; Shin Han Alcohol Marker
Cardstock: Creme Brulee; Lagoon; White Daisy
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Dies

Thursday, June 18, 2015

My favourite technique & products

Today I am joining in on the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge of Using your favorite Technique and/or product. I am happy to share a few of my favourite Techniques: Watercolouring; Die Cutting; Stamping; and product favourites: Blossom Paper Pack and Baker's Twine.

This card started with some doodling on watercolour paper. I know most want to call doodling zentangle these days, however, to me it is just plain doodling. There is no real rhyme or reason.....just making my own drawings to the beat of my own drum! I doodled with my new Faber Castell Black Pitt Big Brush Pen.

I schmoosed Gypsy; Lagoon and Pear in on my All Purpose Mat. Once I had spritzed the ink with water, I randomly painted it on. Once the watercolour paper dried, I die cut it with a stitched die from My Favorite Things. I also die cut a Lagoon and Pear border with more stitched dies from My Favorite Things. The stitched ticket is from Lawn Fawn.

I used the beautiful Blossom patterned paper along with the sentiment stamp set from Artfully Sent and another retired one. Finally, I tied things up with some Lagoon Baker's Twine.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Blossom
Stamp: Artfully Sent Sentiment; retired Say It In Style
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon; Pear
Ink: Gypsy; Lagoon; Pear; Black
Embellishments: Lagoon Baker's Twine
Other: My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Rectangle; Horizontal & Vertical Stitched Strips; Lawn Fawn Stitched Labels

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Friends or Superhero Challenge

Okay, so I know it is Saturday....but sometimes stuff gets in the way of weekday challenges. So, I'm entering this card in the "Friends or Superhero" Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

 I started with my new favourite, Blossom Paper and Lagoon cardstock. I accented with a Glacier border that I die cut with a My Favorite Things stitched die. I added a Lagoon mat cut with Art Philosophy and also a Sunset mat. 

The sweet girl is a Pure Innocence girl from My Favorite Things. I coloured her with my Shin Han Alcohol Markers, then finished the card off with Sunset Baker's Twine and some coloured Clear Sparkles.

This card will be given to a special friend who has been a little down in the dumps lately. She sustained an injury that has taken her off of her health goals.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted. 
Paper: Blossom
Cardstock: Lagoon; Sunset; White Daisy; Glacier
Ink: Black; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Sunset Baker's Twine; Clear Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Other: My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamp & Horizontal Stitched Strips

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My first canvas!

This is my first mult-media canvas and I am entering it in the "For the Love of Plants" Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday Challenge.

Just before Mother's Day, my son asked me what I would like as a gift. I took a split second to think about it, then told him I would like to have a new craft tool. That tool was Faber Castell Gelatos. I took him to get me some and I came home with the Designing with Gelatos kit. In the kit were 10 Gelatos.

I have had various canvasses for some time now, waiting for me to use my acrylic paints on. So instead, I tried out my Gelatos. I coloured with a red, orange and pink to cover the canvas. I lightly spritzed over with water, then used my finger to blend the colours together. This step was wonderous! I also spread some leftover colour to each of the sides of the canvas, as it has a thick frame.

After I let the surface dry, I spread a glaze medium over the entire surface. Then I used some gesso and a stencil to add the white dots. Another new tool I received on Mother's Day, from myself, was some Faber Castell Pitt pens. So once the gesso was dry, I coloured with my Black Pitt pen on a background stamp and made some impressions over the gesso.

In the meantime, I stamped and die cut these flowers on some retired paper. I Modge Podged each flower so they would be protected from the elements. I added some sparkle to their centres. I decided to cut the word with my Cricut and I stamped on the white layer, with 2 different background stamps. Once I stuck the letters down with Liquid Glass, I then added another layer of glaze over the entire canvas again.

Finally, I added some Pixie Thick Twin to the flower corners, then added the flowers with Liquid Glass. I found some lovely sparkle flourishes, cut them to my liking, then added them. VOILA, my first multi-media canvas!

Products used: Close To My Heart paper, ink, stamps & embellishments; Faber Castell Gelatos & Pitt Pens; Heartfelt Creations Stamps & Dies; Dyan Reaveley Stencil; Liquitex Gesso; and Golden Glaze.