Blue Hillflowers

blue hill flowers

As I mentioned in my last post I am on the other side of the world. I am visiting my parents who live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. My mother is currently in hospital so I have been spending part of each day visiting her with my father. When not at the hospital we have been preparing for possible evacuation due to the serious bush fires in the area. I have written a bit more and posted some photos on my other blog, Sentient. Thank you to all who have participated in my One Layer Wednesday challenge to use leaves. I have not been able to visit all of your blogs just yet. Things have been a little busy.

The card above is one of my favourites from the classes I taught in Washington last June. I started by embossing the hillflowers stamp in clear embossing  powder onto white cardstock then flicked masking fluid  over the whole panel. I applied the blue ink by sponging from one corner towards the other fading the colour out toward the “light source”. I only used one blue ink and finished the design by flicking some of it over the whole panel. Once all the ink was all dry I rubbed off the masking fluid to reveal the little white flecks.


Stamps: Hill flowers , Eloquence PB)
Inks: Memento Nautical Blue & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also:  clear embossing powder, Winsor & Newton masking fluid

Floral tiles

two flower tiles

Today’s card is one of those evolving cards that you really don’t need to know the history behind. Yes it did start out as a whole panel with the hillflowers on it. Yes, there were more tiles, five to be exact. But this is how it ended up. Two tiles make a strange layout I know but if you think of the sentiment as filling the third square then it balances a little better.

I inked the stamp with markers and as I was looking for more of a cornflower blue I used both the Danube blue and the Paris dusk markers for the flowers and Bamboo leaves for the stems. I spritzed water on the stamp to blend the blues a little. Once the panel had been cut into tiles I stamped the versamark pad onto the tile and then embossed with a glassy/coarse embossing powder. I had to do it a couple of times to get good coverage. The tiles are matted with a thin navy cardstock.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Hill flowers , …Smiling PB)
Inks: Memento Danube Blue, Paris Dusk, Bamboo leaves & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Thick enamel like clear embossing powder

Blue shining through

blue shining through

“Time for a scenic card,” I thought as I browsed through my art inspiration board for ideas. The delicate white branches and stems in this piece of art were my starting point. I embossed winter berries in clear and then coloured the hill flowers stamp with the spearmint and the blueberry gelatos, spritzed it and stamped it over the embossing. Next came the Maidenhairs leaves in green and sponging in blues and green. I t was only after I had sponged the perimeters that I decided to create some hills using a torn post-it note mask. Finally I flicked blue and green ink around and a few drops of water here and there. The drops remind me of the tiny insects which sometimes swarm and are not always detected until one is in my eye or down my throat! I thought about adding a sentiment but opted for  some die cut leaves instead.

Enjoy your day;, I’ll be back tomorrow with my take on Beating the Heat


Stamps: Maidenhairs,Winter berriesHill flowers PB)
Inks: Memento Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Cottage Ivy & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Leaves
Also: Clear embossing powder, teal ribbon from Lorraine’s stash, Faber Castell gelatos

Blue Lake

I haven’t created a landscape card for a while so when I saw a misty lake on the cover of a book on my bedside table I was inspired.

I started by masking the lake edge and sponging in the sky. Then I tore a mask for the hill and sponged that. I then removed the lake edge mask and sponged the reflections moving the hill mask also. I stamped the Hill Flowers stamp in grey first then black to complete the scene.

Our family is off to a cottage by a lake tomorrow so I will be internet-less for 8 days. Hopefully I will get to photograph and enjoy relaxing scenes like the one above and come back inspired to do more creating. I will schedule a post or two for while I am away so drop back in if you like.


Stamps: Hillflowers 3938K (PB)
Inks: Memento Gray Flannel, Summer Sky & Teal Zeal, Versfine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

Black and White plus 1 colour.

Today the designers at Penny Black have b&w cards to share, each with a different accent colour. I chose this lovely silhouette stamp, Hillflowers, and masked a narrow mask with post-it notes around the edge of my white panel. I then sponged a gradation background with Memento Lilac Posies ink. The daisies were added before the masks were removed and then panel was popped up to add a little something to a very clean and simple card.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Hillflowers 3938K, Happy Birthday 3171C(PB)
Ink: Memento Lilac Posies, Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)