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

Dies Days 5: Dragonfly silhouettes

Dragonfly silhouettes

The inspiration for this panel was a vibrant tag made by Glenda Waterworth. I sponged the background in pinks, blues and yellow then stamped the glory of modesty background stamp in yellow over the sponging. The silhouetted leaves are stamped in versafine onyx black and the dragonflies die cut and attached with adhesive. This card is for my daughter who is turning 17 tomorrow and  just left to compete in a track meet in Quebec. I wish I had thought enough ahead to pop it in her bag! We are heading up to watch her run tomorrow so we can deliver it in person. I hope you have enjoyed the Creative Die posts this week. If you are looking for more inspiration check out the Penny Black blog and Jill’s Inspired By blog which have been featuring the dies all week also.

Dies Days 1: Daisy Collage
Dies Days 2: Dots and Blossoms
Dies Days 3: Flutters
Dies Days 4: One Die, four ways


Stamps: MaidenhairsGlory of Modesty, Happy Birthday(PB)
Inks: Memento Rose bud, Dandelion, Summer Sky, Danube Blue & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Dies: Flutters

OLW 110 Squares

Today’s One Layer Wednesday challenge is to incorporate squares into your card. You could use a square stamp, mask a square or create patterns with squares. It is up to you as long as squares feature somehow.

I decided to challenge myself to not sponge  my squares: I thought I should think outside the box a little more than that. I have a little square acrylic block so I inked that up with two shades of green spritzed it with water then stamped it on my card. To add the maidenhair fern I used a punched mask  which was exactly the same size as the acrylic block.

Can’t wait to see your creations!

OLW110 Rules

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

2. Make a one-layer card which incorporates squares

3. Post your cards online and link to them using the InLinkz button at the end of this post.  If you link  to your blog, be sure to link to the specific post, not just your blog’s main page.



Stamps: MaidenhairsFlourish Birthday (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Pistachio & Northern Pine , Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

OLW 107 Masking

Karen is hosting the One Layer Wednesday challenge this week and it is right up my alley; we have to use masking. I punched a square out of a post-it note and masked a bunch of squares tumbling across my card. Each square is sponged in Gingerbread Versamagic Chalk ink and then an image is stamped in Potter’s Clay Memento ink. I had all my squares completed and my sentiment stamped once but I wasn’t happy with the sentiment. It was too pale so I stamped it again using the stamp positioner but I didn’t get it exactly on the previous impression. Aach, don’t you hate that? It happens to me too often. I wasn’t prepared to start again with my little squares so I just restamped those words about 7 or 8 more times which made them darker but also made the shadow impression less annoying and maybe looked like it was meant to be there.  Sometimes it is possible to turn a little glitch around.


Stamps: A Flight of ThreadMusic BackgroundLace Flower, Diamond PatternLetter BackgroundFlower Flourish(PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s clay, Gingerbread Versamagic Chalk ink(Tsukineko)

Green and Simple

The weekly challenge at Less is More is to use three shades of green. So many of my stamps  lend themselves to this theme so it was not hard to find a little greenery to play around with.

I created my montage of greens on a large scrap and then chose  a smaller  portion to feature. I brayered a background first, stamped the maiden hair stamp in three shades of green and added a tiny bit of the cool letter background stamp. I positioned the sentiment then the cropped the panel before finishing with a bit of sponging around the edges. I gave it a very tiny mat and popped it up on dimensionals.

On an entirely different note my clever 11 year-old son has spent the last two weeks creating a lego version of the Hunger Games trailer. Check it out if you’re interested.

Thanks for dropping by; I hope you are having a happy Easter.


Stamps: Maidenhairs, Smiling Letter Background (PB)
Inks: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke (SU)
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic white, SU Always Artichoke