Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inky Antics Songbird Two Ways

Hello crafty friends.

Today I have two cards using the same stamp but with totally different looks.

First off is a card using a smooshed background.

It's a CASE of this card by Michelle Pearson.

A friend and I recently spent a morning smooshing.

We tried different inks, papers and smooshing techniques.

We decided that we like the results of smooshing with a cellophane bag the best.

We split the bags down the sides so we could open them flat.  Put some ink on one side, folded the other side back over it and smooshed.  Then we opened it back up and put paper in, closed and smooshed onto the paper.  You can actually use 2 pieces of paper and get a twofer.

For this background I smooshed with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

When it was dry, I smooshed a little Worn Lipstick Distress Stain on the
cleaned and opened cellophane, smooshed and
gently slapped the piece into the ink.

To finish it off, I splattered a little of the Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn onto the piece.

As this card was coming together, I felt it needed to go to a friend who has just had surgery.
She has pancreatic cancer and it was found early.  A true miracle!

So this sentiment seemed to say how we feel about her prognosis.

God does hear our prayers!

OK.  Now on to the other one.

This time I inked the stamp with markers and did a little "surgery" on his legs.

We'll just say that his other leg is hidden and it's not a one-legged bluebird!

I used the MISTI so I could stamp multiple times and used a damp
Aqua Painter to move the color around.

There's still another day to join in our
                     CAS Mix Up Challenge                    and                CAS Watercolour Challenge
My mixed media on card 1 are smooshing,
stamping, slapping, splattering, heat enbossing,
dry embossing and distressing

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Songbird (IA)
Ink:   Distress Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick Stain, VersaMark
Paper:   Naturals Ivory (retired SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Black EP, Cellophane Bag, Stately EF

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Songbird (IA)
Ink: SU Markers (Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery), Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:  Neena Solar White, Textured Chocolate Chip (retired SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other: Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI), Stately EF, MISTI

Monday, March 20, 2017

You are Awesome

Hello my friends.

Please forgive the blur.  My camera doesn't like shine!

We're in the last week of our CAS Mix Up Challenge for March
I have smooshed, splattered, die cut and heat embossed on this card.

We've been celebrating our birthday and we love how you have celebrated with us!
If you haven't joined the party yet, you have until the 24th.


Since I used snippets for my stick frame and butterfly & sntiment, I'm off to
Pixies Snippet Playground
to play with Di, Parsnip and the fun gals there.

I'm also going to share this at the Poppystamps Challenge
I love this Poppystamp Stick Frame die and it seemed perfect in gold.

I just saw that this card from my last post was the winner at Merry Monday!
Thanks, guys!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Butterfly (Alt.)
Ink:   More Mustard, Abandoned Coral (DI), Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Basic Black, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Stick Frames (PS), Pippi Butterfly (MB)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tim Holtz Woodland Tree for Merry Monday

Hello crafty friends.  I hope you're having a good weekend!

I didn't think I'd get a card done for Merry Monday this week,
but I got this idea and you know how that goes...

I knew I wouldn't be able to think about anything else until I tried it.

Fortunately, the idea worked out.

Here's the Merry Monday Challenge that Marcia chose.
My background piece is Inka Gold Smoosh with blue and gold.
(Not exactly turquoise but pretty close.)

The tree is die cut from copper foil.

I used a Floating Inlaid Die Cut technique that I first saw Nancy Stislow do.

Of course I had to get that die and CASE her tag.

Thanks for the inspiration and the enabling, my friend!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Naturals Ivory (retired SU), Copper Foil (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Woodlands Die (TH), Inka Gold (Steel Blue, Gold), Acetate

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring for CAS Watercolour

Hello my friends.

The first half of March has whoosed past and it's time for another
CAS Watercolour card.

Spring is just a few days away for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

The tulips will be blooming very soon.

I used a NBUS tulip stamp, inking it with Fossilized Amber
and stamping on the smooth side of my watercolor paper.

I smooshed some Distress stains on my home made palette
(a piece of laminated white cardstock) and used my Aqua Painter
to pick up the ink and paint it around the flowers

The MISTI made it possible to stamp again adding the lines back in.
and I added some shading with the small end of the a Barn Door Distress Marker.

I used a marker to line the stems and added water with my Aqua Painter.

There is a very light wash of blue in the background.

FYI, the black frame came about because I cut the design piece too small.
That was after cutting the circle aperture and measuring carefully.
It ended up being a happy accident though, after spending an hour finding
a circle die that was just the right size!

There's still time to enter at
CAS Watercolour
The challenge is open until the 24th.
The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Heather, have been busy
creating spring cards to inspire you.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Blooming Garden (PB), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Fossilized Amber, Archival Black,  Distress Stains (Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass), Distress Markers (Barn Door, Gathered Twigs)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Double Stitched Circles (LI), Infinity Circles (HA), Seed Beads

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Layered Leaves for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends and welcome!

Today is a reminder that there's still time to play at CAS Mix Up.

I've had such fun smooshing different color media this month!

This time it was alcohol ink.

Loll has done a fantastic tutorial on alcohol ink smooshing.

I squirted some drops of green alcohol inks and copper mixative
on a piece of aluminum foil, added blending solution and
smooshed a piece of Yupo paper into it.

After it dried, I sprayed some more blending solution (just a little)
to get a little more pattern going.

The die is 2 layers at the top and a 3rd at the bottom to add body to the foil cardstock.

Our CAS Mix Up Challenge is
I used alcohol ink smooshing, stamping, heat embossing and die cuts.

Don't forget that we are celebrating our First Birthday
and we have prizes!

We also have some wonderful inspiration from our Design Team 
and Guest Designer, Marcia!

And the gallery has some awesome entries too!

The challenge is open until the 24th.

I can't wait to see what and how you smoosh on your Clean and Simple Cards!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Messages (HLS)
Ink:  VersaMark, Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Lettuce, Botanical, Copper Mixative)
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI), Yupo, Copper Foil (SU)  
Other:  Layering Leaves Die (C9), Copper EP, Blending Solution