Watercolour stamping


Thank goodness for the online card classes. I have been struggling to get to card making lately, but I love these CLASSES.  This one is the watercolor “exploring mediums”.  I love watercolor – I love the loose feel and look, it’s kind of relaxing.  I was inspired by Debby Hughes class (Day 1) where she colored her stamp with water color markers, then stamped it onto paper and spritzed. I love the effect, how you can make out the shape, but it’s all blurred and melted into each other. occwater6

I used the Mama Elephant “Freestyle Florals” stamp set and zig markers.  To finish off the card, I mounted it on black card stock and used a thanks die cut in black and covered with wink of stella.

For the next card I did the same technique, different colors, less blues and more water.  I was just trying to get a couple of leaves on the card, but I spritzed too much and you couldn’t really see the leaves, so I thought I would add more leaves and make a background instead.occwater3I wanted to add a bright colored butterfly, so I used a Stampin’ Up butterfly die cut.  I watercoloured the card stock before cutting out the butterfly. I scribbled zig markers on my card stock, spritzed with water and waited for it to dry. Then I cut out the butterfly.occwater1Here’s the final cardoccwater4

I love how it turned out with the bright background and bright butterfly :)occwater2Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the class as much as I am :)




Park and Shop game using the MISTI


When I was growing up, we played a game called Park and Shop (one that my mum used to play as well)… When we were back in Australia visiting with my Mum and Dad in March, I had to show my kids how to play the game.  My daughter loved it.  Unfortunately, you can’t really buy it these days (you may find it on ebay for over $100), so I decided to make one for us to play!!  The game requires you to drive your car from a home base, to a “Park and Shop”.  From there you walk on foot doing all your errands.  I raided my kids toys and found these tiny plastic cars and star wars people that we can use for our cars and people. They fit perfectly :)

When you start the game you are dealt 5-10 shopping cards – these tell you what shops you need to visit during the game.  When you park your car, you pick up a “Parking ticket” which gives you an errand to do in your car on the way home.  If you are in your car and land on a blue square you have to pick up a motorist ticket.  If you are walking and land on a blue square you pick up a pedestrian  ticket.  So, I created all my tickets in an excel worksheet and printed them out on colored card stock. I then thought they needed the headings on the cards, like “parking ticket”, “Shopping List” etc and I really didn’t want to write them out, so I decided to use my MISTI tool.  Gotta love it.  ps3

I lined up the letters on my card and used a scrap piece of card to straighten the letters out.  If I touched them with my fingers, they’d stick to my fingers, or come out of alignment, so using the card made it much easier.  Then, I stamped out the cards…  So quick and easy…  Here is my letter set all lined up for the “Motorist Tickets” and being stamped with my MISTI.ps1TA. DA.  Here is a finished card…ps2

And, here are all the cards. Stamped out and ready to go…

ps5Gotta love it when you find a use for your tools other than just card making :)

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Thanks Coach


I am taking part in the online card class called “Mask-erade”.  The idea of using freezer paper for masking is brilliant.  I had to give it a try for the coaches thank you cards for my sons baseball team.  (My daughter is making her own cards for her coaches).  I thought this would be a good technique for guys cards – keeping the colors more masculine. I love how these turned out.  I did a card with red as my sons team was the Nationals and their color was red and I tried a blue one, a blue and green and a rainbow color (not pictured)..  This is a great technique for mass producing cards too.  occmask1_3occmask1_2


I am so proud of my kids for giving this sport a try.  It’s not big in Australia, so it was great to get them into an American sport and although they didn’t really enjoy it at the start, they are loving it now and Xavier is even doing a baseball camp over summer…

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Two Amigos…

case112_1This is my second card challenge today.  As soon as I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this sketch I knew I wanted to do these little critters as a partial die cut.CTS_Sketch_112These little critters come from Mama Elephants new set called Three Amigos, however, I only used two of the Amigos…  I love how the set has some wonderful sentiments that can be used on the placards the critters hold.  You can make up your own combination…case112_2

I partially cut the die cuts, then stamped the images and colored them with copics.   I inked the background card with distress inks – red lipstick, dried marigold and squeezed lemonade.  These critters are just adorable and I think I’ll be using them a lot…case112_3

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wings1_1I thought I’d join in the fun at the Less is More “Wings” challenge this week.  I got this gorgeous “painted butterflies” stamp from Altenew – Love it…


The border stamp came from a new Mama Elephant set called Zenith Borders.  I used my new MISTI tool to create a bunch of these butterfly cards…wings1_2The MISTI is a great tool.  It allows you to stamp an image in the same place every singe time, so it makes it easy to mass produce cards.  Check out the you tube videos – like this one here by the lady who makes them!!

Very cool product.  I made these butterfly cards and another set of 8 butterfly cards with a Lawn Fawn set.  I did not use the MISTI tool to stamp all the colors in the border – I just stamped those by hand.
I made both these sets of cards (16 cards in total) in about 2 hours using my MISTI tool.  It probably would have been quicker, but I was helping my daughter make a card, fixing dinner and taking the kids to TaeKwonDo, so it was stop/start.  wings1_3

For the second set of cards I used a stampin’ up “Something Lacy” background stamp and stamped it in White pigment ink.  When you stamp over the top with a die ink, the white background shows up in the stamped pattern.  It’s a fun technique for a clean and simple card as there is still a lot of white space, but there is some great texture/pattern in the white space as well as the inked portion of the card.  The white background stamping looks better when you use dark ink – you can see how well the red ink shows the pattern rather than the light blue ink.

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Clean and Simple Male Card

CASmale1I made the background paper for this card after taking part in the online card class.  CS4This was one of the backgrounds I made with my home made ink pad.  I used the stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called “Only have eyes for you”.  I lined up the two border stamps to get the pattern, then repeated the stamping up the card stock.  I thought as it was a very graphic pattern and the colors were quite masculine, so I thought it would make a great background for a mans card.  I cut out a circle, made a black circle frame and attached the black “happy” die cut.  The “birthday” sentiment is white heat embossed.  I kept this very simple.casmale2The theme for CAS-ology this week is “Birthday”, so I am entering this challenge.

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Velveteen Stamping

velvet1Another technique from day 3 of the online card class – called velveteen stamping.  This is such a beautiful effect and it is perfect for clean and simple cards.velvet3Firstly, you stamp with the pigment ink, then the dye ink.  I’ve used Stampin’ up die inks for the flowers and a hero arts shadow ink for the leaves. velvet2velvet4This is a good card to mass produce.  Even though you have to do some masking of the flowers, it’s still pretty quick and gives beautiful results.  For some of the cards I put in the orange centers for the flowers, but I didn’t like that at all.  It looks much cleaner with the white centers. Unfortunately I had already stamped the small flower center for each of the cards, so I just had to keep that as it was.  It looks ok, but I prefer the clean white look.  What do you think??

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Versa Mark Stamping and masking

versa1I just love how this card turned out.  The online card class for day 3 showed a fabulous technique for stamping and masking with Versa Mark ink.  I used Stampin’ up ink here and it worked really well.  For the first card I used a mask and the versa mark ink for the sun rays. CS4versa2For this next card I used the stampin’ up ink and a stampin’ up stamp with versa mark ink, to give this lovely subtle background.  I topped it off with a couple of die-cut butterflies.versa3It’s such a pretty look and another fun technique.  Thanks so much for stopping by ;)

Homemade ink pad

ink4I loved the idea in the online card class today to make your own ink pad.CS4I’ve tried it before, but had no luck, so thought I’d try it again and it worked.  I was so happy!!


I had a lot of fun with this, got a little carried away and made lots of different backgrounds.  I used stampin’ up ink refills and they worked wonderfully.  First off I made a rainbow colored ink pad and when that worked I tried a blue/teal one.  LOVED IT.  Here are some of the cards I made with the backgrounds.ink3ink2ink1ink5ink6ink7ink8

If you are not doing the online card class,  you should look into it.  They are so much fun and I always learn something new.  It was a tough morning today with my 7 year old fighting me for 1 1/2 hours just to have a shower or bath. Is it bad if I want to drop her off at boarding school and pick her up when she’s 20??  Ha, ha..  Once I dropped her off at school, I spent quite a few hours trying to relax and craft.  It worked!!  Thanks for the great lessons and ideas…

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Clean and Simple with Dies


There were so many great ideas in todays Online Card Class.  I gave Kristina’s idea a try by breaking up the design with cloud die cuts.  It was a fun card to make.  I colored the rabbit and umbrella with copic markers and inked up the clouds with distress ink.CS4It looks like the rabbit is floating in the clouds… so cute…occas2_2Thanks for stopping by :)