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

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

Spring and a sketch that worked

Spring blossoms

If at first you don’t succeed go back to something tried and true. After fiddling around with a new stamp and some fussy cutting unsuccessfully I decided to create another card with last week’s sketch from CAS(E)this sketch. I know they have a new sketch up but this one really appealed and worked for me last week so I am using it again, and maybe even again.

Same technique, a masked rectangle, some sponging in blue and pink and the spotty blossoms stamped several times in pink while the masks were still in place. After I removed the masks I stamped the branch again in pink then slightly higher in black and did the same with the sentiment.

There are blossoms here in Ottawa, not in my yard, but it won’t be long.

Have you heard about the new challenge on the Penny Black blog. You can read about it here.



Stamps: Winter Berries, So Blessed (PB)
Inks: Memento Angel Pink, Summer Sky & Versafine Onyx Black  (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

OLW 132 Inspired by packaging

OLW 132 Inspired by packaging

Hopefully this challenge is not a hard one. So many products we buy are beautifully packaged; I am sure you will find inspiration all around your house. Some of the herbal teas I drink come in lovely boxes and I had planned to take inspiration from one of them but the brand I have right now is not so inspiring. After browsing the shower gels and shampoo bottles I settled instead on a tiny piece of packaging my daughter received with a gift  a couple of days ago.

Earring packaging

I like everything about this little card mount for a pair of earrings. The colours are restful, the layout is balanced and the sentiment bold, but not over powering. Packaging is great inspiration to try something you wouldn’t otherwise. I rarely use white on beige or ivory cardstock but is is very elegant. I would never have thought of adding a tiny bit of pink in the sentiment and nowhere else but it works.

OLW128 Rules

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

2. Make a one-layer card inspired by some packaging.

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.

4. Have fun


Stamps: Breezy, Kate’s AlphabetWinter Berries(PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Angel Pink & Versamark  (Tsukineko)
Also: White embossing powder

OLW 117 Snow

OLW snow

Susan’s challenge for One Layer Wednesday this week is to create snow on your card. My card uses my favourite method for making snow: masking fluid. I masked either side of the panel and then flicked the masking fluid onto the panel with a toothbrush. After it had dried I removed the masks and  stamped the Winter Berries stamp as an overhanging branch rather than a tree. I inked it with black and red markers, stamped it once, then inked it with versamark and stamped it again before embossing with clear. For some reason a lot of the embossing powder stuck  around the branches resulting in more snow than I expected from the flicked masking fluid. Not to worry; I have a berry branch in a snow storm. I replaced the masks and sponged the sky in two shades of Memento inks. I realize this is a layout and technique I have done several times before, but making it with a different stamp adds another card to my Christmas card stack.


Stamps:  Winter Berries, All is Bright (PB)
Inks: Memento  Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk,Tuxedo Black, Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: clear embossing powder

Thank you cards with a Musical theme

As I have mentioned here on Bits & Pieces and on my other blog, November is concert month for my daughters, the violinists. My younger daughter is a member of Stellae Boreales, a violin ensemble which performs concerts in our city as well as going on tour each year. Touring means fundraising and last night was the biggest yearly fundraiser the group does, a concert and silent auction. My 16 year old played a solo as well as participating in the ensemble performances and we were very proud of her. In an effort to keep expenses down this year we decided to thank our coaches, accompanist, MC and special guest artist with homemade truffles and hand made cards. I was happy to make the cards which were bigger than my usual size so that all the violinists could sign.  (4 5/8″ x 6 1/4″)

As four out of five cards were for men I steered away from floral motifs. As we do not yet have snow on the ground I steered away from snowflakes. Of course I incorporated the  Music Background stamp and for this card combined it with a whimsical tree. The layout was inspired by this lovely card by Charlene. (And Charlene’s card was inspired by one of Karen’s cards) I created the design on a panel by first stamping the music background lightly then the tree which was inked with markers. I  sliced the panel into squares, rounded two corners on each square and added some perimeter sponging  before matting them and popping them up.

Have a great week; I hope to be back with the other thank you cards during the week.


Stamps:  Music BackgroundWinter BerriesThanks, thanks (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Pistachio, Olive Grove,  Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy, Elderberry(Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Mix&Match olive grove

Winter Berries

The Penny Black blog is posting Designer Spotlights all this week and today is my day. I thought this card summed up some of my favourite techniques and preferences. I often make one layer cards and love to use sponging and masking; this card is an example of all those things along with my favourite image to stamp, a tree.  If you want to know a bit more about me there is a profile on the Penny Black blog.

To make this card I stamped the tree twice, first in versamark and then in both versamark and colour applied with markers. The coloured image was stamped a tiny bit lower than the first image and then I embossed it all in clear embossing powder. Next I positioned a mask to separate snow and sky and sponged the sky in Memento Bahama Blue. I used several hill masks to sponge snow drifts then stamped the three slim tree trunks for a shadow.

This post is up a bit late because I arrived back from PEI last night around midnight after 17 hours on the bus! Thank you to all of you who wished my daughter well in the National Track and Field Championships; she had a great time and came home with a gold and a silver medal as well as a personal best time in her hurdle race. When I have had time to catch my breath I will have some photos to share. I thought Prince Edward Island was beautiful and, although I didn’t fit in much sight seeing, I did go to the beach for a short while everyday and swam in the Atlantic Ocean.


Stamps:  Winter Berries, A Wish for Peace(PB)
Inks: Memento  Danube Blue, Rhubarb Stalk,Tuxedo Black, Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: clear embossing powder