18 June 2024

Clean and simple birthday card

Two of my favourite challenge sites have something I love "cute" at AAA Birthday and "embossing and obviously CAS" at CAS on Friday, so thought I could easily make a card to suit my style with those  parameters.

I thought I would play with a really cute Panda stamp set I had recently purchased which hadn't seen ink for a card but my grand daughter likes stamping with it for fun, the other thing I'd also purchased and been on the lookout for ages was MFT's rectangle peek-a-boo window. I've used their square one a lot but the rectangle is normally out of stock. I found a fun embossing folder so we were good to go and using a panda stamp I only needed a few Copics to colour up the teeny wee heart balloon, party hat and the cheeks.





Supply List:
Stamps: Cheerful Panda Moments (ASD)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Copics: RV13/21/10 (darkest  > lightest)
Other: Bunch of Balloons 3D EF (ALT), Rectangle peek-a-boo window die (MFT), white Gelli roll pen #8, Prisma glitter (LF), 1mm foam squares (SP)
Challenges: AAAB#62, CAS on Friday #285



This was such a quick but in my mind really effective cute birthday card design so I am pleased I played along with both challenges.
✿Karen✿

17 June 2024

Going nautical with Jenn

I'm slowly working away at my Art Retreat box from Jenn Shurkus. This box is different than other boxes I've received in the past as more mixed media focused so working with Distress Watercolor Pencils, stencil paste and now Distress Paint which I have never used before today.

Again we were so lucky to get an exclusive stamp set curated for the event from Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz, the set contains 12 stamps which have been selected from various sets and resized for what Jenn planned to do. 


For this card we were working with 4 of the stamps in the set. 

We started off with a base of watercolour paper and smooshed some Salvaged Patina Distress watercolor pencil to "centre" of an A2 panel, dried it with heat tool and then splattered Walnut Stain paint in a diagonal, then used our dirty water in our cup to splatter on same diagonal before drying with a heat tool. 

We then applied a wettened Pumice Stone distress watercolor pencil directly to the script/ledger stamp and spritzed lightly with water if not wet enough and stamped on the LHS (yes LHS), restamped without recolouring or wetting below first stamp impression. Dry again with heat tool.

This is where I managed to swap the orientation of my paper and when I used my Saltwater Taffy pencil and stamped it 4x I stamped it  with the script ledger on RHS. Then we did the same thing with the row of numbers using Uncharted Mariner pencil, the first impression and wettest one is top RHS, and then restamped bottom LHS.

The anchor was painted with Uncharted Mariner, Jenn's reasoning for using paint was that it was opaque and would sit on top of what we had created underneath. We then coloured in the holes of the anchor with white paint (Spellbinder's Splatter White) and when dried filled in with Distress Collage Medium and then sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy.


The wordfetti is an emboss resist - white embossed image and then the card coloured in with the paint left over on our work space. This was when I realised my anchor was upside down compared to Jenn's card but truly it doesn't matter and I added my wordfetti strips on the LHS in the "white space".

 When everything was dry we chopped 1/8" of all for sides and then mounted on an A2 card base where we had lightly ink blended Uncharted Mariner Distress ink. I've added a few Champagne glitter drops from Pinkfresh Studio.

Well writing it down here there were a lot of steps maybe this is why I am slowly working my way through the kit but again really enjoying the process and letting go as you don't know what will happen or even if you will stamp the right way up ;)

Thanks for popping in and I should have more to share real soon as the cards are coming together really fast now as so much prep already done, so that's a wrap for card 13 from this box.
✿Karen✿

14 June 2024

Just Add Ink 706: Be Inspired

Hi everyone it's time for another fun challenge at Just Add Ink and gosh Kerry has chosen a really dramatic moodboard to inspire us this week, I was inspired by the fab blue and white striped umbrella to KReate my card.



By the time this card is posted I will definitely be longing for the beach as it will be cold and wet down under.

Supply List:
Spellbinders: Umbrella Bloom dies, Snowdrift card stock, foam squares
Essentials by Ellen: Beach Day (wee mouse)
Honey Bee: Flippin' Fabulous (sentiment)
Lawn Fawn: Inside Out stitched rectangles, simple stitched hillside dies, small stitched rainbow (cloud), pearlescent vellum
My Favorite Things: Sand, Surf and Sky 6x6" DSP
Stampin' Up!: Starry Sky card stock
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Twilight Nocturne Clair, Blueprint Sketch Distress oxide

Copics used:


Thanks for popping in and I'm looking forward to seeing how YOU are inspired by the board.
✿Karen✿