Bird at sunrise

Bird at sunrise

When I saw this week’s sketch from CAS(E) this sketch I knew it was perfect for a little scene. I created it using three stamps from one set,  Tweet Tweet. It just so happens that the current Casual Fridays challenge is to create a birthday card so I’ll enter there too.

I positioned post-it notes to mask around a rectangle and punched a little circle mask for the sun. I then cut a wavy mask and positioned it to create the horizon, sponged yellow first, positioned the circle mask and sponged more yellow then orange. Next I lowered the horizon mask and sponged in green, moving the mask twice to create three hills. Before removing the perimeter masks I stamped the little berry branch  stamp first in orange then slightly offset in black. Finally I removed all the masks and added the bird stamp and the sentiment.

Around here our grass is beginning to look green and there are even some flowers appearing but we did have snow and ice pellets yesterday!


Stamps: Tweet Tweet (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, New Sprout, Pear Tart & Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)


Blue Sympathy

 Blue Sympathy

I have been playing with some Versamagic Chalk inks from Tsukineko and really like the soft effects I can create with them. Not only can I get great coverage with sponges, stamped images blend into the sponged areas creating a misty look. As the chalk inks take longer to dry than the Memento dye inks I usually use for sponging I was able to intentionally smudge the fern images by sponging straight after I stamped.  Both panels were done with the same two chalk inks, Night Sky and Aegean Blue. I stamped the letter background, sponged over it in both blues, added the ferns in both blues, sponged a little more, added some curly flourishes using the little bird in the Sweet Melody set  and finally stamped the sentiment with Versafine Majestic Blue.

I know my posts have been a bit sparse lately; I have been working on samples for some upcoming workshops I am doing. In May I will be doing a workshop using the PB set, Longing at Heather’s Stamping Haven. If you are interested you can see the dates here and the class details here.


Stamps: Schizeas,  Letter BackgroundSweet Melody PB)
Inks: Versamagic Night Sky and Aegean Blue, Versafine Majestic Blue(Tsukineko)

Someday scraps

Breezy green

If you read Godelieve Tijsken’s  blog,  Stamping Matilda you will know I have borrowed the title of her regular Sunday post but changed it slightly. Each week she gathers scraps from her work table, creates something from them and posts it on her blog under the title ‘Sunday Scraps’. It is always interesting to see how she has made use of leftovers. I am nowhere near organized enough to have a project made from leftovers every week but I recently started saving my stamped scraps in the hope using them in a project someday. After checking with Godelieve I decided to call my post “Someday Scraps” ; you never know it might be come a regular thing. If you are not familiar with Godelieve’s blog you need to go there right now because it is full of wonderful creations which are very innovative and artistic.

Having said all that, I haven’t really created a new card from scraps the way Godelieve does. A few weeks ago I made a one layer card for One Layer Wednesday which was inspired by packaging. You can see it here. When I was making that card I tried embossing the white berries before stamping the green leaves and vice versa. Which ever worked best ( sorry I don’t remember) became the card for One Layer Wednesday; the other trial became the scrap you see here. I took the scrap and changed the orientation. I also added some sponging to make the berries pop a little more and mounted it on a white mat on a green cardbase. In my ribbon drawer I found a very wide piece of organza ribbon so I cut a piece off and attached it across the panel before adding a sentiment.

I now have a little box beside my worktable with “Someday Scraps” in it. You might see them someday…


Stamps: Breezy,  Foliage FancyWinter Berries(PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout & Versamark  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match papers “Olive Green”
Also: White embossing powder, Olive organza ribbon

Emboss resist tiles

 Fern tile card

I have two emboss resist cards for you today, one inspired by the Less is More colour challenge for this week Lime Green & Black. Both tiles were created by stamping the letter background first then the tile stamp in versamark next so it could be embossed with clear powder. I finished the tiles by sponging two tones over the panel and trimming back to an even rectangle. The tiles are popped up on dimensional tape.

A note about sentiment placement: These tiles really don’t take up much space on the cardbase so I tried to make a triangle when adding the sentiment, to lead the eye across the card. In order to work out the best position for the sentiment I stamped it on an acrylic sheet with a stamp positioner first so I could move it around and see the possibilities. When playing with the “feel better” stamp above it did not look good side by side with the tile but did work below. I think the eye is lead down by the gradation of colour and ending up on the sentiment. On the card below I was able to create my triangle but not as I expected to, by lining the sentiment up with the base of the tile but by  moving it up ever so slightly. All that to say it pays to work with a stamp positioner. There was a time I thought I wouldn’t ever use one but now I pull it out often.

Leaf tile card

PS. Two posts today! Scroll down for this week’s One Layer Wednesday


Stamps:  Letter BackgroundFeel Better, Every Happiness (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, London Fog & Versafine Onyx Black & Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: Clear embossing powder

OLW 135 Tall and Thin

 OLW135 Tall and Thin

Time for a One Layer Wednesday challenge again and it’s all about the card shape this time. My daughter has made some tall and thin or low and wide cards lately which inspired me to choose it as a challenge. I decided to feature a flower but I did not have one with anywhere near a long enough stem so I either had to add some length by drawing it in or by combining two stamps. I chose to use the grass from another “brush stroke” style stamp for the added stem length. I inked the stamps with Memento markers and re-stamped twice to get the shadow flowers. My card is 7″ x 2¾” but you can choose whatever “tall and thin” size suits you.

OLW135 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed!!!

2. Make it tall and thin. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Post your card somewhere online and link to it using the InLinkz box on the sidebar of MASKerade. In your post, tell us how many threesomes you used in your card. If you link to your blog, please make sure it’s to the individual post and not your home page.

4. The most important rule of all: HAVE FUN!


Stamps:  Bliss, Irises, Happy Birthday (PB)
Inks: Memento Lady bug, Rhubarb Stalk & Bamboo Leaves Markers(Tsukineko)

Emerging Butterfly

 Emerging butterfly

Yet another card from me which ended up looking totally different to the original plan! But never mind that, I ended up with a card which fits the Less is More challenge this week to use Lime Green and Black.

I began by masking the sides of the vertical strip with post-it notes. In the strip I repeatedly stamped a flower from Delicate Florals then sponged over the top getting gradually darker towards the bottom. The Soft Wings butterfly was stamped five times in grey before the final one and the sentiment were added in black.


Stamps: Soft Wings, Delicate Florals, Thinking of You (Penny Black)
Ink: Memento Pear Tart, London Fog & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

Watercolour sympathy card

Watercolour treescape

Remember the week or so before Christmas when just about every card I made had the “Before the Snow” tree stamp on it? Well, I have been missing that stamp so I have a card for you today featuring some favourite stamps of mine in a non-Christmas setting. My aim was to create a forest scene but not necessarily a snow scene. When working with watercolour it isn’t always possible to predict how your colours will blend and spread. That white area in my scene could be snow covered hills in the distance or it could be just mist in the forest. Take your pick.

I started with wet watercolour paper. If you have played around with watercolour at all you will know that painting (stamping) onto wet paper will give you a very different effect to painting onto dry paper. Perhaps I can do a tutorial some time showing some of the different ways to work with watercolours. For now just take my word for it; if you want plenty of misty, dreamy, blended colour them stamp or paint onto wet watercolour paper. The colours will start blending and spreading as soon as they hit the paper (but they might not go where you want them to).  I stamped green trees onto the right side of the panel, stamping and re-stamping without re-inking so I had dark and light foliage. I stamped a few tree tops over on the left hand side, again re-stamping without re-inking.  I added blue ink to the top of the panel with a paintbrush. When the paper was almost dry I stamped some more trees on the right hand side in a darker green and added the branches on the left hand side.

To complete the card I matted in black and tied on a little sponged and stamped tag  with silver cord.

This week’s One Layer Wednesday Challenge can be found over on Ardyth’s blog; it looks like fun and I hope to play along.


Stamps: Before the SnowWinter Ledge…wishes (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Northern Pine, Cottage Ivy, Nautical Blue & Versafine Olympia Green (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Silver Cord