OLS #2 Can you repeat that?

Dragonfly repeats Heather Telford

There is a new challenge up on One-Layer Simplicity. Pop on over and start dreaming up a new one layer design for this month. I am hosting challenge #2 and I want you to repeat yourself. You don’t need much for this challenge; you could use with one little stamp or maybe two like I did, just as long as you repeat one of them. There are more details over on OLS.

I masked my edges then stamped the dragonfly several times in blue, a few more times in green then splattered blue and green specks all over. Before removing the masks I sponged the edges to frame the scene a little more.


Stamps:  Social ButterflyFriendship
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue & Versafine Deep  (Tsukineko)

Dragonfly panel

Dragonfly relax

I am back in Canada now. Having not had a chance to do any stamping, I will share another card from my classes earlier this year. This simple one layer card  features that same layout I use over and over. I masked the top and bottom with post-it notes then sponged in pale green and pale blue leaving an area free of colour as a light focal point. I added some foliage stamped in green and a couple of dragonflies stamped in blue. Finally I removed the masks and stamped dragonflies and sentiment in a darker blue.

I may have some wintery designs for you soon, now that I have put away my sandals and shorts and pulled out boots and coat!


Stamps:  Social ButterflyVerdant , Friendship
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, New Sprout, Nautical Blue

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

Whatever is true

Butterflies and verse

Our family is in the midst of June busyness at present. Track meets, tournaments, concerts, assignments, exams and a trip all to be fitted in before the end of June. That’s why things have been a little quiet here on the blog. I made this card a while ago when I was playing around with the Life’s Messages set.

I masked the right side of the card with a large post-it note then added a smaller post-it to make the indent. The butterfly area is sponged and stamped with memento inks.

I am excited to be heading off to Washington DC in a couple of days and looking forward to meeting a few of my blog readers in Reston, VA on the weekend.

While I haven’t had much time to blog lately I have been very encouraged by the kind and generous comments left here by so many of you. I appreciate the time you take to leave me a message. Thank you.


Stamps: Life’s Messages, Social Butterfly, Verdant (PB)
Ink: Memento Summer Sky, Elderberry, Sweet Plum (Tsukineko)

My unusual creative process

Watercolour dragonfly closeup

I visited my Handmade Cards board on Pinterest this afternoon for inspiration. However, the inspiration pic. and my finished card bear absolutely no resemblance to each other. I had a totally different design almost ready to put together when I decided to try and watercolour a background stamp, just in case I wanted a bit more going on in the card. (Unusual for me, I know) As it turned out I liked the background panel so much it became the main event, I tossed the other panel and kept only the little dragonflies from my original design.

Watercolour dragonflies

So, without mentioning the discarded process, here is how I made this card:

  1. dampened a piece of watercolour paper, inked the dragonfly stamp in blues and green and stamped it on the damp paper.
  2. when the dragonflies were dry I cut them out, added a little sponging and used a marker to darken their spines.
  3. stamped the dragon flies with a versamark pad to totally cover them then embossed with a thick glossy embossing powder, twice.
  4. to make the background panel, I wet a piece of watercolour paper (much wetter than for the dragonflies).
  5. I inked the background stamp randomly in the two blues and the green ink and stamped it onto the wet paper.
  6. when all was dry I trimmed the background panel, sponged the edges and embossed the sentiment.
  7. attached the background to the card base and the dragonflies with glue dots.

Not what I set out to create, and if I told you I my initial intention was to make a friendship themed card for the Less is More challenge you would just laugh wouldn’t you?


Stamps: Special Time, Wall Paper Print, Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink: Memento Teal Zeal, Paris Dusk, Cottage Ivy and Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Thick Glaze embossing powder

Pink & Grey

No snow or leaves today; I pulled out the pretty little dragonflies and some lace instead. I did some random sponging in pink and grey before I stamped the dragonflies over the top in versamark and embossed in clear. I then sponged again in pink and grey and added the lace border stamp on two sides of the panel. The panel is popped up on dimensional tape.

I am really enjoying the sponging submissions to my OLW challenge, thanks for participating and thanks for all the lovely comments left here on my blog.


Stamps: Social Butterfly, Lace Delight (PB)
Ink: Memento Ladybug & London Fog (Tsukineko)

Another Butterfly Birthday card

I don’t dare count how many birthday cards I have made featuring butterflies; I know there are many. My elder daughter turned 18 today and this is the card we gave her.

This is a very familiar layout from me; the little variation is that I brayered the background this time instead of sponging. The background flowers were repeatedly stamped to get the variation of dark and pale.

Thank you for the kind comments you left hear while I was away. I thoroughly enjoyed my week by the lake and then had fun catching up on the comments when I returned. Thanks to everyone who participated in my last OLW challenge; I haven’t caught up on commenting yet but I will visit all your submissions before my turn comes around again!


Stamps: Flower among Flowers, To You…, Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink: Memento Teal Zeal & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

Butterfly birthday

I have seen a few cards lately with backgrounds made using acrylic blocks so I decided to give it a try. I dabbed ink onto the block using the memento dew drop inks then spritzed it with water and let it blend and run on the block before stamping the block onto the card base. On top of that I stamped the maidenhair several times in three greens before completing the scene with a black butterfly and sentiment. I have seen similar backgrounds with a lot more colour and ink so I will continue experiment with the technique. We are enjoying gorgeous summer weather this week and I am seeing some butterflies too.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Flourish Birthday,  Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink: Memento  New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Shoot & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

Butterfly corners

I mentioned last week how much I like the new Social Butterfly set from Penny Black. It is funny though how I keep gravitating to the smallest stamps in the set.

This little butterfly corner reminds me of Art Nouveau tiles and decorations. To create this card I stamped the corner six times in versamark and embossed in black before sponging each corner with a different Memento ink.  I realized after that I could have just embossed the corner on six different colours of cardstock; might have been more straightforward don’t you think?

I cut each corner out and arranged them on a strip of ivory cardstock which I popped up on an ivory card base before adding the ‘Smiles’ from the Petal Party set.


Stamps: Petal Party,  Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink: Memento  New Sprout, Tangelo, Danube Blue, Summer Sky, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Black e.p.

Breezy Butterfly

Clean & Simple is the theme at the Penny Black blog today. Make sure you check out the competition which is up and running at Penny Black too. (Sorry about the false start on this post. It was there; it was gone; now it’s back)

I once again used a tried and true layout. I inked the butterfly from Social Butterfly with versamark and Bamboo Leaves and embossed it in clear before I positioned the masks. The background is a combination of sponging in greens and yellow and the Breezy stamp. I am having fun with the Social Butterfly set; there are five gorgeous butterflies and the dragonfly, which, though small might just be my favourite of the set.

Thanks to all who participated in the One Layer Wednesday challenge I set last week, I really enjoyed all the submissions. There is a new one layer challenge now from Cheryl.


Stamps: Breezy, Wishes, Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink: Memento  New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Clear e.p.