White berry collage

white berry collage

I made this one layer card weeks ago so I am no longer sure of my order of stamping. This is what I might have done:

  1. position a post-it note mask
  2. emboss winter berries in white
  3. sponge grey ink from bottom left hand corner and teal ink from top right hand corner but keep a centre strip paler to create a highlight area
  4. stamp letter background stamp in grey and lace border stamp in teal (lace stamp is probably patchy because I may have wiped some of the ink off on purpose.)
  5. stamp the word ‘smile’ and the berry branch in teal

I  vaguely remember dropping a stamp on the panel at some point which almost made me toss the card.  Sorry I can’t be more precise; I guess it really makes sense to write about the cards as soon as I make them!

I just realized that I can add this to Karen’s One Layer Wednesday challenge this week. It is a free for all so go and check it out


Stamps:  Berry Branch,  Lace Trims, Winter Berries Letter BackgroundEdge to Edge (PB)
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal, London fog & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also:  white embossing powder

Beat the Heat with Water(colour)

Watercolour hot rod

There is a new challenge running at on the Penny Black blog inviting you to share your summer stamping for a chance to win some stamps.

beat the heat

We have had a long stretch of hot weather here in Ottawa and one of the coolest places in the house is my basement craft area. The best way to cool down and beat the heat is to head for the water so I created a one page watercolour sample sheet. I used masking tape to make nine mini panels but next time I think I’ll use painter’s tape as the masking tape ripped the surface of the paper in a few places. I worked on two or three panels at a time and ended up with six out of nine that I wanted to make into cards.

The hot rod panel above was created by wetting the panel first then stamping the car image with Memento Olive Grove ink. The ink began to bleed immediately separating into two pigments, a green and an orange. I increased the amount of orange by adding a little Memento tangelo ink with a paintbrush here and there.

watercolour grid sampler

The panel below was also created by stamping onto wet paper. In order to have soft blended images as well as sharp ones I stamped with both Memento ink and Versafine. The memento is a water soluble dye ink whereas the Versafine is oil based.

Watercolour blue thank you

You will see some of the panels have a border left by the tape but others were cropped right to the edge of the water coloured panel.

Watercolour grid tape removed

To create the dragonfly panel below I wet the paper with a yellow wash made using memento cantaloupe, this time stamping with a lace trim stamp. When the panel was dry I sponged through a die-cut mask of a dragonfly before stamping the dragonflies. I die cut a couple of watercoloured dragonflies to add to the border of the panel.

Watercolour dragonflies

I also created a couple of tiny scenes using the cute little stamps from the Summer Fun set

_DSC1994 Watercolour mini beach scene sc

Watercolour sunflowers

One of my panels was very small so I made a mini card.

Watercolour mini-card


Stamps:  Floral AppliqueSentimental, Hot RodLace Trims, Summer FunLife’s Messages (PB)
Inks: A selection of Memento ink pads and markers & Versafine inks (Tsukineko)
Dies: Flutters
Cardstock: Portofino 100% cotton 140lb hotpressed watercolour paper

OLW 149 Closet inspiration

OLW 149 closet inspiration

This week’s One Layer Wednesday Challenge is to make a card inspired by a piece of clothing in your closet or a piece of clothing pinned on Pinterest. I happen to believe that one can never have too many white blouses; I love white blouses and if they have a bit of lace or embroidery on them all the better! I don’t have a photo of one of mine but here are a couple pinned on my All Dressed Up board on Pinterest.

lovely   One can never have too many white tops.

To create the card above I embossed the lace trim in white on ivory cardstock then sponged a little Versamagic ” Wheat” and Memento ” Angel Pink” over the embossing to highlight it. The sentiment does not show up too well in the photo but it is there on the top right saying “On Your Special Day” which would work for a wedding or bridal shower.


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

2. Make a card inspired by a piece of clothing. It could be the fabric that inspires or the colours, the shape or even a small element on the clothing. Feel free to include an inspiration pic in your post if you like.

3. Post your card somewhere online and link back to it here using the InLinkz button on the sidebar. If linking to a blog post, please be sure to link to the specific post and not your blog’s home page.

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


Watercolour Wonder

Watercolour cyclist

I have two very different cards today both made using water colour techniques and effects. First a bit of whimsy, then some vintage. Both these will be added to the Penny Black Watercolor Wonder Board on Pinterest. If you have not visited the Penny Black boards lately you are in for a treat. They are a bunch of new ones full to the brim with inspiration.

_DSC1338 Watercolour cyclist1a

For the watercoloured cyclist (Fluffy Passenger) panel I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black onto Watercolour paper. I embossed in clear then painted masking fluid over all the parts I wanted to paint or colour later.

Watercolour cyclist2

When the masking fluid was totally dry I taped the panel to my craft table and wet the top half which would become the sky. Onto the wet paper I added Danube Blue and Rosebud pink ink letting it blend together to create a pale sunset. As I had only wet the paper half way down the inks did not bleed past the wet edge. When the sky was dry I cut a post-it mask in a hill shape so I could stamp the Paris stamp in the background.

Watercolour cyclist3

To create the foreground I wet the lower section of the paper and painted on some London Fog plus some more blue and pink. When it was all dry I rubbed the masking fluid off and used Memento markers, inks and a gelato(skin colour) to add colour to the cyclist.

Watercolour cyclist


Stamps: Fluffy PassengerSweet WishesParis (PB)
Inks: Memento London Fog, Danube Blue, Rose Bud & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Memento Markers: London Fog, Lilac Posies, Dandelion, Danube Blue, Summer Sky, Desert Sand (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Clear embossing powder, Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid, Faber-Castell peach gelato

Vintage Lace

This new lace set from Penny Black is very pretty; there are seven different lace trims to play with. I thought they would be perfect for a vintage card. Before any stamping I flicked masking fluid over the piece of watercolour paper and let it dry. Next I wet the whole piece of water colour paper then stamped the lace stamp in Memento Desert Sand to fill the panel. When it had dried a little but was still damp I restamped some lace in Memento Potter’s clay and finally a small portion in Espresso Truffle. I added the rose in Espresso Truffle also, then used a marker and aqua painter to blend some colour onto the leaves and petals. I added the sentiment when the panel was dry but dropped a few water droplets on it for a little bleeding. When it was all dry I tore the bottom edge, sponged all the edges, added some spots of Potter’s Clay ink then removed the masking fluid to reveal little white flecks and specks.

Thanks for dropping in; I hope you are inspired to splash a little water colour around!


Stamps: Sweet as Honey, Lace Trims, Sentimental (PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s Clay, Desert Sand, Espresso Truffle (Tsukineko)
Memento Markers: Potter’s Clay, Desert Sand (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid