Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Colouring with Distress Ink

Hello everyone,

I hope you have been well!  Cold season officially started, and so far in my family I am the only one who hasn't caught it... but give me a few more days - I wouldn't want to be left out...  Things have continued to be insanely busy, but I think that should be over as soon as I dig myself out of the pile of dishes that has accumulated over the weekend.  So, I am looking forward to catching up with all of your blogs and seeing what you have been creating over the past couple of weeks.

As for me, I have put together a tutorial for Scrapbooker's Paradise (here) in which I attempt to explain how I use Distress inks to colour images.  I have included lots of tips from the many mistakes I have made, so if you are wanting to give this technique a try you won't have to repeat all of my errors...  I hope you will head over to check it out.  Grab a cup before you go...  A complete supply list is also available in that post for those interested.

Thanks so much for popping by!  I am so sorry I have been neglecting everyone, but I will be catching up very soon.

Hugs & Happy Crafting,


Friday, September 13, 2013

PPSC5 - Seeing double

Hello again!

What is going on?  Third day in a row posting??  No wonder I have been pressed for time lol.  I am back to invite everyone to play along in the Playing in Paradise Sketch Challenge.  All you have to do is make something using the sketch.  This month, the super talented Linda designed a beautiful double page layout sketch.  But, as you may know, I feel obliged to represent the card makers out there, so I turned her sketch into a lovely card layout.  I created an easel card using the first page for the cover and the second for the inside.  This was a really fun and easy sketch to use!

The card propped open:

And open laying flat, revealing the second 'photo' spot which was left blank for writing a personal message:

Here is the wonderful sketch:

If you haven't been by the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog, you'll want to make sure you pop on over.  The team has made some beautiful projects to inspire you!  Then come join in the fun :)  We'd love to see what you make with the sketch and there is always a fun prize up for grabs.


Stamps - Crafter's Companion 'Relax' from the Mulberry Wood range.  Image stamped with black Stazon for watercolouring; sentiments stamped with Memento black.
Paper - 300g hot pressed watercolour paper, Bazzill cardstock, Echo Park Here & Now DP
Colouring - Distress inks (black soot, frayed burlap, peacock feathers, peeled paint, spun sugar, tattered rose, walnut stain)
Other - Kaiser Craft lace, pearls, Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2, flowers from my stash

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one :)

Have a great weekend!  Hugs,


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Here Comes Santa!

Hello everyone,

Happy hump day :)  I hope your week is going well.  A new challenge started today (or yesterday depending where you live) at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and I am a little late telling you about it (sorry!).  But not to worry, you have an entire month to join in :).  Our theme this month is Here Comes Santa!

I got this Santa ages ago and promptly stamped him on this shaped piece of watercolour paper, and then just as promptly forgot about him :(  I think he has been waiting to be coloured for a couple years - how time flies.  The Merry and tree dies on the other hand are new to my collection.  I love these dies :)  New stuff always seems to be so much 'funner' to play with!

We have a fabulous sponsor this month:  Funky kits will be providing one lucky winner with a super prize!

If you haven't already been, you'll want to stop by the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' blog to check out the beautiful cards the team made to inspire you.  Then come and play!  We'd love to see your Santa creations! 
It'll be Christmas before you know it!!


Image - Close to My Heart (it was from a monthly promotional set) stamped with black Stazon and coloured with Distress inks (black soot, vintage photo, tattered rose, fired brick, broken china) and skin tone watercolour pencil.  Liquid applique was applied to the beard and the white trim was made fluffier with sugar Sparkly Stuff.
Paper - 300g hot pressed watercolour paper, Bazzill card and the DP is Imaginisce Cottage Christmas
Other - hand stitching, Dazzling Diamonds on the Christmas Tree die by La-La Land Crafts and moonlight Smooch pearlized accent ink on the Merry die by Stampin' Up.

I would also like to enter this card in these fun challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - o is for one word sentiments
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - Au Natural (include something from nature)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one :)



Dreamy Dragon

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well.  I was so excited when I saw that Scrapbooker's Paradise brought in a selection of gorgeous Whimsy Stamps, including one of my all time favourites - Dreamy Dragon.  Of course I could not pass up the opportunity to ink it up!  It is such a pleasure to colour.

I hope you will pop by my post on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog to see the full project.  A complete supply list is also available there.

Thanks so much for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one :)  I am trying my best to return visits, but this week is exceptionally busy so it might take me a few days.  However, I will get there.

Hugs & happy crafting,


Monday, September 2, 2013

Nature Brings Solace

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well and enjoying your long weekend if Labour Day exists where you are.  Well, the leaves on my neighbour's tree have started to turn yellow and now that the kids are returning to school, it is hard to deny that fall is on its way.  I was inspired by the changing season to create this card:

I think this is the first landscape I have ever coloured, so please be gentle :o)  For all the details and supplies used on this card, please visit my Showcase Monday post (here) on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.

Thanks so much for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one.

Hugs & happy crafting,