Friday, February 9, 2018

Botanical Garden Hello

It's all about stamp and dies today. I tried a little embossing with the matching dies with a stamped die-cut sentiment.

Here's my card:
The products I used are Altenew's Botanical Garden Stamp set and its matching dies and the Sentiment from Halftone Circles & matching die.

Botanical Garden Stamp Set

I started by stamping the Botanical Garden images on a white cardstock cut slightly smaller than A2 size. Then I coloured the images with Copic Markers.  I placed the matching dies above the stamps and embossed without cutting the images on my Big Shot.  

Here are some close-up images so you can see the embossed edges.

I stamped the sentiment Hello from the Halftone Circles stamp set with red ink and die cut the word with the matching die and adhered it on the card.

Such a simple technique but it gives such wonderful dimension to the card.

Thank you for visiting me.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Unity Hop {8 Feb 2018}

Hello Unity Peeps!

Welcome to the February Unity Hop.
I can't wait to share with you all the wonderful releases this week plus the Monthly kits. Let's get into it.
Don't you just love this beautiful image! This stamp set really touches my heart. I wanted to make a card that could be framed by the recipient. 

Next is the February Uniquely Unity Kit.  I LOVE this gorgeous hot air balloon.

The Sentiment Kit for this month is just awesome. Such a cutie little lamb.  I thought it would be fun to focus the colouring on the bow and hearts so that they stand out.

Here is another sweet set, I love the sentiments in the kit.

This month's KOTM is pretty cool.  Lots of fun images and this is my favourite. The sentiment is attached with an action wobbler.
Below are 2 more cards using the stamps from the same KOTM.

So many awesome choices available, I know you are going to enjoy the hop and Happy Shopping!!

Here is the list of everyone hopping today...

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Please leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop for your chance to win.

Ink Blending Background

This week I just wanted to make a card with no colouring - lol! Some days I just have no desire to colour and so I pull out some dies and inks to create a simple card.

The Altenew products I used are Fantasy Floral 3D and Signature Word dies.



Although the focal point of the card are the die-cut flowers, the inking background looks amazing in real life.  I used Distress Oxide inks and blended them on white cardstock.  The inks I used are Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple and Broken China.  I started the ink blending by softly inking Candied Apple at the centre with an Ink Blending tool, next I added Fossilized Amber towards the top part of the cardstock and Broken China at the bottom section.  I added some Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and spritzed it from about 2 feet above the cardstock.  I couldn't capture all that shimmer in the photos.

I used a patterned cover die over the ink blended background which gave it some dimension and interest.

To dress up the card, I selected 3 colours for the floral die-cuts to match the ink blending background - orange, pink and teal. The Fantasy Floral die-cut has 3 layers for the flowers.  For the base I used the lightest shade, a medium shade for the centre and the darkest shade of cardstock for the top layer. If you don't have colour variations you could use ink blending on white cardstock to achieve the different colour intensity.  I also added different types of cardstock for some added texture.

To finish up the card, I adhered the die-cut Hello at the bottom right corner and some gemstones.

I hope you like the card.

Thank you for visiting me and have a great day!

Sunday, February 4, 2018


I absolutely love stencils and often use it to dress up the white backgrounds on my cards. 
Today I decided to use a simple stencil technique with sponge daubers and inks.
Here's my card:

The products I used are Altenew Dahlia Stencils A and B, Distress Oxide Inks (Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Broken China) and Signature Words die set.



I placed Dahlia A stencil on a white cardstock and used a tape to secure it to the card.  Using Distress Oxide inks, I lightly sponged Worn Lipstick ink on the floral section, Twisted Citron on the leaves and Broken China as shown.  I love how smooth these inks go on the paper. Without taking off the Dahlia A stencil, I placed Dahlia B stencil above it and sponged the darker inks where the leaves and flowers are.  I used Peeled Paint on the leaves and Candied Apple on the flowers.  

I love how easy it is to achieve great results with the beautiful Altenew stencils.  On a light teal cardstock I die-cut the "Thanks" sentiment twice and adhered the layered sentiment on the card. I added some tiny pearls to finish up the card.

I am enjoying the Altenew Educator Certification.  It's a great way to use familiar techniques on cards and to play with all the Altenew products in my stash.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

You Are...

 I usually make scene cards for little guys with some cute puns but today I thought I would try a different style.

The products I used are Altenew's Halftone Circles and Circled Sentiments stamp sets with the Inline Alpha and Calligraphy Alpha die sets.

Halftone Circles Stamp Set - Altenew


Inline Alpha Die Set - Altenew

Calligraphy Alpha Die Set - Altenew

The inks I used are the lightest shades of Altenew Inkpads - Buttercream, Frayed Leaf, Soft Lilac, Frosty Pink, Blush, Artic and Sea Glass.

First, on a white piece of cardstock cut slightly smaller than 4.25 x 5.5 I stamped the 4 smallest halftone circles in the soft ink shades.  Then I die-cut the peek-a-boo windows towards the bottom as shown. I also die-cut the peek-a-boo windows from a blue cardstock and cut the window panels out and adhered them to the inner side of the window.  This will give the interactive windows some additional dimension and strength.

Next, I selected 3 of the Circled Sentiments (Unique, Amazing and Awesome) and stamped them on another white cardstock - leaving enough space between each sentiment as these will be adhered to the cardbase behind the peek-a-boo windows. I measured the windows, mark them on the cardbase with a pencil and carefully adhered the Circled Sentiments on the cardbase.  Then I adhered the stamped cardstock onto the cardbase with foam adhesive for some dimension.

Next, I stamped the Circle sentiments once more on a scrap white cardstock with Buttercream, Artic and Frosty Pink inks and die-cut the letters 'YOU' with the Inline Alpha dies. Then I die-cut the word 'ARE' from a teal cardstock using the Calligraphy Alpha dies.  The words are adhered to the card as shown.

I think this interactive card is rather fun for a young boy.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Let it Shine!
I think I went a little overboard with this theme for my card....

The stamp set I used is Beautiful Day and its coordinating dies.

Beautiful Day Stamp Set

I stamped the outlined flower image onto Canson XL watercolour cardstock with Distress Ink Worn Lipstick.  To colour the flower, I used Marvy marker English Red, Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and some water.  I scribbled the Red marker onto a Watercolour Palette and squeezed some drops of the Shimmer pen on it. I used a normal synthetic fibre brush to pick up the colour from the palette.  I love how shimmery the image turned out and hope you can see it from the photos.

The leaves were stamped using the Altenew Inkpads Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen. All the stamped images are die-cut out using the Coordinating dies.  I also added some shimmer on them using the Aqua Shimmer pen.

I also created another stamped piece using Altenew's Wood Pallet Background stamp. I used Vintage Photo Distress and Distress Oxide Inks on the stamp and stamped it on Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I added several layers of ink with the Ink blending tool - Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks. Next I added some Shimmer spritz colours to give the Woodgrain image some shimmer. Then I used a square stitched die to cut out the woodgrain piece.  

To create the gold frame I added some double-sided adhesive tape around a piece of white cardstock and die-cut out the square frame.  Then I remove the adhesive tape release paper and placed a piece of gold foil over the die-cut frame.  I really love this simple technique!

To assemble the card, I adhered the gold frame with foam adhesive onto the woodgrain die-cut and adhere them to a deep pink cardbase.  Then I assembled the leaves and flower onto the woodgrain piece as shown and adhered them with foam adhesive for some added dimension.

To ground the sentiment, I adhered a thin black strip of cardstock onto the card.  The sentiment is from my all time favourite set Super Script.  I stamped the word "hello" onto a white cardstock and heat embossed it and die-cut it with the coordinating die.  The sentiment is adhered with foam adhesive onto the card.

To finish off the card, I added some sequins.

What do you think?  Too much shimmer and shine? Lol! 

Have a great day!

You are Amazing

Today I have Clean and Simple card to share.  I must admit I am not very good with Clean and Simple cards because I just want to add colours to everything.

Here's my card:

The stamp set I used is Floral Spring. I simply love it!

Floral Sprig Stamp Set - Altenew

I stamped the image towards the left side of the card and coloured it with Copic markers.  The colours I used are YG17, YG03, YG21, E37, E35, E33, E31, Y17, Y15 and Y13. To add a little interest I extended the leave colours outside the lines and used the Colourless Blender to blend the shades.  I then stamped the sentiment "You are Amazing" with Versamark and heat embossed it with an orange embossing powder.
To finish the card, I used a rectangle stitched die to cut out the stamped image and adhered it with foam adhesive onto an orange card base and added some English Mustard Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I hope you like the card.

Have a great day!