Sunday, July 14, 2019

Summer Love

Sometimes you create something and then you are just so excited and tickled pink about how it turned out. Such is the case with the panel that I am sharing today. Continuing my support of World Watercolour Month, I used inks as my medium to watercolour. My theme inspiration came from Simon Says Stamp's Monday Life on the Ocean Waves challenge.

I started with a 3 1/2 x 7 1/2" piece of Canson XL watercolour paper and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxides in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I used the smooched ink on a craft sheet and spritzed with water technique, drying between layers and going back in until I was happy with the results. Next, I splattered it with water, then Broken China and Salty Ocean Distress ink each mixed with water adding depth and layering going for a watery effect. I had left partial white patches on the bottom right corner. There, I used Brush Corduroy with mat water smooshing and a water brush to add splatters to give the area a sand colour. Once dry, I used the Ranger Emboss It dabber to dab little bits and heat embossing with Seth Apter's Dirty Sand Baked Textures made by Emerald Creek added bits and heating layering until I was happy with it.

While the panel was drying, I started creating the other element. I watercolour stamped and waterbrushed the Emerald Creek Conch shell onto watercolour paper with Dried Marigold. Once dry, I stamped it with water spritzed Tea Dye. Once that was dry, I restamped the image with VersaMark and heat embossed it with SSS Fine Clear emboss powder. After fussy cutting it, I brushed some water on the back and shaped it over a glue stick.

Next, I turned to the crafting of the sea horses using an Emerald Creek. They were made by water spritz stamping with Mustard Seed Distress ink onto watercolour paper. I moved the colour around with a waterbrush. Then, water spritz stamping with Worn Lipstick, added to certain parts. Once dry, I again stamped with some area of the image inked with Worn Lipstick. Then, I restamped the image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Fine Clear emboss powder and added touches of brown Stabillo All prior to fussy cutting them.

Next, I turned to the creation of the seaweed which I free hand cut from vellum and coloured with by swiping Shabby Shutters Distress ink on both sides. Then, I added small touch swipes of Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint spreading and blending it with my finger. Once dry, to make them come to life, I shaped them with twists and curls. 

After adhering the conch shell and seaweed, I used Mutil Medium Matte gel and glued on some Emerald Creek Shoreline shells and Citrine Gemstones. While it was drying, I die cut the Love from the SSS I Love You Brush Script die. After gluing layers together, and distressing it by dry brushing it with Sharpie white paint from a paint marker, I glued it in place. I sanded the Tim Holtz Label Letters as I spelled out and adheres the "summer" part. Lastly, I distressed the edges to frame in the scene.

I hope you enjoy this panel as much as I do. Be sure to check out the other inspirational pieces created by the DT's at Simon Says Stamp Monday Life On The Ocean WavesI am also entering this into Craft Stamper Magazine's July Take It, Make It Anything Goes Challenge here along with Simon Says Stamp's IG July Watercolour Challenge and Flickr Group Split, Splat, Splatter Challenge #127


Friday, July 12, 2019

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to the next stop on the Christmas in July Hop! The crafty mixed media elves have been busy fashioning inspirational seasonal creations. Sit back, relax and curate some crafty Christmas creations. 

Cassandra here, joining in the hop with this mixed media canvas that I created by from a variety of upcycled materials (a Shreddies cereal box board, corrugated pizza liner, kraft paper packaging from a purchase at my local scrapbook store, vintage mother of pearl buttons that I purchased at auction years ago, and vintage book paper from a book discarded from the library) along with some dollar store items (the frame, burlap tape, lace, gold glitter wood letters, linen square and vintage themed patterned paper). I also got to rumage through my crafty stash and use up some things that I have had for awhile.

To begin, I gathered together a plethora of items that I thought might work for a vintage feel and picked from the pile as I went along. I started by cutting the Shreddies cereal box board into a slightly smaller than a 5" x 7" panel. Then, I gave it a prep coat of gesso. Next, I picked out patterned papers, tissue papers (Tim Holtz and pre-stamped tan coloured tissue- both leftovers from previous projects) and old book paper.

Once I collaged them with Ranger Muti Media Matte gel and let them dry, I scrapped and brushed on some Golden gesso, lightening parts with a baby wipe. Using the gesso, I roughly delineated where the tree would be created.

Once dry, I used a Brown Stabillo All pencil, loosley scribbling around the edges and where there were collage seems. Then, I activated it with a water brush, adding in more as needed until I was happy with the look.

Next, came the trial and error part of building the tree. I tried a bunch of different combinations of pieces and different orders until I settled on this one.

Then, I adhered all the stripes into place with either the matte gel or Sookwang Scor-Tape double sided adhesive. At this point, I thought I was done until I tried the panel in the frame and decided, it needed a bit more to the background.

I used a Crafty Individuals Harlequin stamp and a Nougat Stamper's Big Brush Marker to add in some diamond texture with a second generation (stamp off) technique to lighten the brown that transfered.

Here is another look at the finished canvas.

Supplies: patterned paper (K & Company, Nobility), Tim Holtz Ideaology Melange Tissue Wrap (Advantus), bird stamp (CTMH), gesso (Golden), Jet Archival Ink, Multi Medium Matte (Ranger), linen, lace, burlap tape, bordesticker, gold glitter wood letters and frame (Dollarama), Harlequin stamp (Crafty Individuals), Nougat Stamper's Big Brush marker (Faber-Castell), Brown All pencil (Stabilo), Shreddies cereal box board, German book page, tan tissue paper, aluminium foil, vintage mother of pearl buttons, kraft paper bag, corrugated Pizzaville box liner (Misc.)

I can't help but smile at the end result! I love it and look forward to enjoying this Christmas doecor for years to come. I hope it brings you some joy too!

For your next stop on the Christmas in July hop, please head on over to Whimsy Chic Paper Crafts.

If you are just beginning on the Christmas in July Hop with your visit here on my blog, below is the full list of all the inspirational talented elves in hop order:

A big thank you goes out to Cathy Frailey (owner of Bleeding Art challenge blog) for organizing this hop. Be sure to visit all the hop stops for some fun Christmas themed mixed media creations and be sure to leave some love!


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

More Watercolour Stripes

Today's watercoloured cards were inspired by Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog Stars and/or Stripes and Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 127 Split, Splat, Splatter as I take part in Kathy Raccosin's the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge and World Watercolour Month

I used the same design on Ranger watercolour paper for both cards mixing it up with different colours, sizes and sentiments. The watercoloured stripes and hearts were created with the Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages stamps using Tim Holtz Distress inks and spritzing them with water prior to stamping. After stamping with each colour, I used the colour left on the stamp and door of the Misti to add splatters of each colour. Both sentiments were first stamped with Tim Holtz Black Soot Archival ink and then heat embossed with SSS Clear Emboss Powder. To finish the cards, a little sparkle was added with SSS Assorted Moonshine sequins.

I love, love, love, how this cool colour card turned out. For the stripe colours from top to bottom, I used Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Shaded Lilac, and Wilted Violet Tim Holtz Distress inks. The sentiment comes from a combination of the SSS Big Thanks Words stamp set and Winnie and Walter's The Big, The Bold and You for the "a bunch" part.

You can see the order of Tim Holtz Distress ink colours that I used for my rainbow version from the photo but for those who are small print challenged, they are: Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry. The You Are Loved sentiment comes from Simon's Brush Stroke Messsages.

I also created a third warm colour combo version but decided to hold it back for magazine submission. Fingers crossed that it gets picked up!


Monday, July 8, 2019

Shine Bright

It's a sunny summer day in my neck of the woods and I have another watercoloured card to share with you. Today's card was inspired by Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog Stars and/or Stripes, Dina Wakley Media Tribe's July On the Lighter Side challenge and for Kathy Racossin's ongoing The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

I used watercoloured strip leftovers painted with Mijello Mission Gold watercolours and trimmed from fussy cut leftovers from my Thanks card posted a few days ago here. They became my starting point as the stripes and I picked out the turquoise and bright green-yellow hues from them in chosing Dina Wakley Scribble sticks in Turquoise, Lime and Lemon to be my watercolouring medium of choice for this project. I used the Crafters Workshop Mini Twinkle Twinkle stencil with sponged on gesso to start the background and as I used each colour in colouring the stars, I splattered colour onto the base. The Dina Wakley Star Light stamped stars, along with using the Scribble sticks, were heat embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supply's Vegas Gold sparkly emboss powder as well as I used the splattered dots inside of the stars to emboss stamp the splatters onto the background.

After fussy cutting out the stars, I adhered and popped up layers for dimension before finishing the card off with the white heat embossed stamped sentiment created from two of the Star Light set set words.

There is still time to join in any of the inspirational challenges, so check them out by clicking on their name below:


Sunday, July 7, 2019

U Embrace the Weirdness ICAD

Inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge of Make Your Own Background and Dina Wakley Media Tribe's July On the Lighter Side challenge, I pulled out my Dina Wakley paints for today's colouring for Kathy Raccosin's Daily Marker 30 Day challenge and added to a 4 x 6 index card that I had started with some leftover paint from a previous project.

I always keep a stack of index cards handy just for this purpose, when I have little bits of remaining product like pastes or paint so as to not go to waste. It makes for some interesting starting points. I already had the bubble wrap stamping in Turquoise, finger swipes of Blackberry Violet, sprayer bottle cap rings in Magenta and little touches of fruit mesh stamping in Lime. As the beginnings of the background were really bright and I wanted to upcycle a previously used baby wipe that was loaded with Dina paints in similar blue-green colours, I added gesso to push the Turquoise back. Then, I brushed on some small marks in Blackberry over the swiped area but decided they looked a bit too leopardy so I added some tiny black Xs over each before adding splatters in Black and Turquoise to bring some cohesion. 

Next, I tore the butterfly from the Dina Collage papers and adhered it in a reversed position with multi medium matte to the old paint stained baby wipe such the the "U" was in a better direction to with the sentiment. While it was drying, I doodled some circles and then added asemic writing all around to ground my butterfly focal point. Then, I fussy cut the butterfly out, deepened the colours as the turquoise and black were a bit too opaque with through the tissue. Once adhered, I gel mediumed the Dina Wakley collage words in place, inked the edges and then decided to take the card to the sewing machine for some finishing stitching.

Starting from scratch and making your own backgrounds is fun and often intuitive as you sometimes just don't know where it will end up. Be sure to stop by Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog here for more background inspiration from their DT and challenge participants.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Thanks

Hello Crafty Friends! I wanted to quickly share the card that I posted on Instagram as I take part in Kathy Raccosin's the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge, World Watercolour Month and Simon Says Stamp IG July Watercolour Challenge.

Isn't the Emma Background stamp gorgeous?! Here, I first watercoloured a Canson XL 7" x 7" panel approximating select areas of the Emma design with Mijello Mission Gold watercolours in Yellow Green, Viridian, and Peacock Blue. Once dry, I heat embossed stamped the Emma Background and fussy cut it out before applying it to a 6 x 6" white card base. Then, I die cut the Big Thanks several times and layered the Thanks sentiment starting with a vellum base and 3 layers of white cardstock to give it dimension. Lastly, I added some jewels at patterned points of the Emma design. Love how this card turned out!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

CAS Watercolour Pairs

More watercolouring and Simon Says Stamp products were used for today's colouring creation. I went with a cool and warm pair in a CAS design as I take part in SSS Flickr group challenge 126 "Crazy for Coloring" in honour of Kathy Raccosin's the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge and World Watercolour Month.

I used an emboss resist for the small flowers from the Spring Flowers stamp set and then used the Brush Strokes Messages rectangle with Debbie Hughes' Palette card of Daniel Smith watercolours along with water misting and painting in the flowers with more concentrated colour. The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Brush Strokes Messages Set is stamped with black Archival ink and the clear heat embossed to make it pop.

 Supplies:  Brush Strokes Messages stamp set, Spring Flowers stamp set, Fine Clear embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp), Debbie's Palette card of Daniel Smith watercolours, watercolour paper and Tim Holtz Black Soot Archival ink (Ranger), jewels (Dollarama)

For the cool colours version of my CAS stamped watercolouring, I used Debbie Hughes' Palette card of Daniel Smith watercolours in Sap Green, Ultramarine Turquoise, and Phthalo Green Blue Shade. Clear jewels were added to finished it off.

Supplies:  Brush Strokes Messages stamp set, Spring Flowers stamp set, Fine Clear embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp), Debbie's Palette card of Daniel Smith watercolours, Watercolour paper and Tim Holtz Black Soot Archival ink (Ranger), glitter glue Hampton Arts, jewels (Dollarama)

For the warm colours version, I used Brush Strokes Messages rectangle with Debbie Hughes' Palette card of Daniel Smith watercolours in Hansa Yellow, Pyrrol Scarlet, Quinacridone Coral, Cinacridone Rose along with painting in the flowers with more concentrated colour and then adding glitter and jewels. 


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

You are the Best

Today, I have a watercolour card confection as I continue to take part in Kathy Raccosin's the Daily Marker 30 Day color challenge along with entering it into Simon Says Stamp Flickr group challenge 126 "Crazy for Coloring" and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for Make Your Own Background. I made the card using lots of Simon-y goodness using an emboss resist to make the focal flowers.

Supplies:  Brush Strokes Messages stamp set, Spring Flowers stamp set, You stamp set, Fine Clear and Fine White embossing powder, Assorted Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Debbie Hughes' Palette card of Daniel Smith watercolours, Canson XL cold press paper, black cardstock (Bazzill), Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress ink, Black Soot Archival ink (Ranger)

To make the background, I stamped with one of the Brush Strokes Messsages stamps three times using Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Next, I gave the whole panel a wash of water to move the colour and let the water do its thing. Once dry, I splatter water on the panel and dabbed it off with a cloth creating texture. Then, I splattered some Phthalo Green Blue Shade and Sap Green.

You can see what the SSS Monday challenge team created along with other participant here.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Spring Thanks Part 2

Hi All! I am up on the Magenta blog today with Spring Thanks part 2. It is another way to use flowers created using a watercolour markers stamping technique. How-to details can be found here.

This is a more labour instense card from the one I shared last month, but well worth it. The stamping is the easy part. I did all of it in one stamp session while watching the news.The fussy cutting was over several sessions at a leisurely pace while watching things that did not require detailed viewing. The sentiment might seem difficult from the look but I find it really easy to do when you heat emboss on vellum; especially if you emboss the image multiple times. You just follow the embossed edge and the vellum is really easy to manoeuvre for cutting. I left a small area attached between the y and a.

If you missed it, here is what the first version looked like.

Details on how-to make that card can be found here.

I hope you have been inspired to give this technique a try. If you do, be sure to share your creation with me either with a link in the comments below, or on my FB or IG accounts.

I still have more flowers for another card or 2 so look for them in a future post.


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Adventure Awaits You

I have a mixed media index card creation to share with you today. The theme was inspired by this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Vacation.  The base is an index card for ICAD (Index Card A Day) 2019. I went with a 3" x 5" sized card as I was using that size of small gelli plate. My colouring for today comes from Dina Wakley's Magenta Heavy Body Acrylic Paint and Grey Magenta Nuance Powder for the butterfly for Day 2 of Kathy Rac's The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.

I brayed the gelli plate with some Magenta Dina Wakley acrylic paint and then added some texture by stamping with a piece of bubble wrap into it in a variety of places. Then, I placed the index card on and pulled off the print. There were some mini paint bits from a previous session that provided some interesting grunge which helped me decide on the rest of my colour combo for today. I went with adding more goldish glitter by using a Stardust Gelly Roll pen by using the pen on the Tim Holtz washi that was added to the bottom and the top corners. After stenciling the leaves part of the Magenta Small Stylized Holly with texture paste, I again used the gelly pen to add some glittery goldish details by drawing the rounded circle sections of the stencil.

I also added some mini marks with the pen and used the pen to add some sparkle colour to the cheesecloth prior to adhereing the "adventure await you" Tim Holtz Idea-ology sticker to it and the card front. I had a coffee filter white heat embossed Magenta Butterfly from a previous crafting session that was coloured with Grey Nuance powder and fussy cut out. After popping it up on the leaves, I decided the card needed a little something more so I decided to hand stitch some Xs in the washi tape corners using pink embroidery floss.

There you have it! A butterfly journing off on an adventure, whom I will be joining in two weeks time as my summer vacation kicks off. To check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge head over here.

To learn more about the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring challenge stop by here 

and for ICAD 2019 head this way here.