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Welcome to the Middle Ages

Sadly, the Middle Ages have come and gone for me, but I loved this sentiment so much that I just had to make a card with it.

This card is one of few that actually turned out how I imagined it in my head!  I usually get distracted (by something shiny, perhaps) before I finish the card that is in my head,  and go off in a new direction.

It is made with a sentiment from the August 2019 Hero Arts Monthly Kit and the Paper Layering Dragon from the available add on products.

Hero Arts also has a scroll die in the available add ons, but I had a similar one from Penny Black so I used that.

The dragon is done on watercolour paper with Ken Oliver’s Colorburst.  I think it is pretty cute!  Take a look:


Hero Arts Monthly Kit

Today I am posting cards three and four from the Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.


I was reminded of the best crafting advice I ever received, while I was making card four.  The late great Christy Riopel once told me, “If you don’t like it, it just isn’t done yet.”  I can tell you that card four in its’ original 6 X 6 size was a hot mess…………….. I thought it was just plain “done” and destined for the big round file.   Just like Christy predicted though, it just “wasn’t done YET.”  When I trimmed it to a narrow panel and added a  complementary background, it was a keeper.

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Scrapshotz Fall Crop Day

Yesterday was the day for the fall crop put on by Scrapshotz online store. It is always fun to meet up with crafters that I haven’t seen for a while.

One of my favourite stamp companies is The Ton, and Scrapshotz has begun to carry their stamps.  So today I am posting a card I made with one of many great The Ton stamps.  I am not a watercolouring expert by any stretch of the imagination, but as someone pointed out, this large face stamp is a good place to start practicing.  I used a rose gold embossing powder to outline the poinsettia which is also from The Ton.

Urban Skyline

Today I am posting a card I made with the Poppy Stamps die called Urban Skyline.  I started by making a night sky background with some Colorburst watercolors, and then decided it might work with the die.  I added some lighter color to accent the buildings.

The theme this week at Simon Says Stamp is Spread Your Wings and because the whole time I was making this card, I was saying “Bright lights, big city” in my head, I thought the card fit the theme quite well.

Here is the card:


Supplies:  Poppy Stamps Urban Skyline die, Colorburst, Distress Watercolor cardstock, My Favorite Things Homespun Stitched Lines die, Peerless Watercolors, Simon Says Stamp dream die ,  Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain cardstock, Scotch 3M foam tape and Scor Tape,.


Make it Monday # 262 Papertrey Ink

The challenge this week was to use pumpkins in three different ways.  This is one of my favourite types of challenges, so I dropped what I was doing (housework………so it was an easy choice) and started to get to fun.  I decided not only to use pumpkings in three different ways but to use the very same pumpkin stamp in three very different ways,  Additionally, I decided to make the three cards in three different styles with three different techniques.   Amazingly, they all came together and I like them all!  Oh happy day!


Card #1: Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set,  Recollections gold embossing powder, Inkadinkadoo masking paper,  Copic markers,  My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die, Recollections card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Elen Hutson 40lb Vellum and Scor Tape.


Card #2 : Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks stamp set, Lawn Fawn Sequins,  Ranger Sticky Back Canvas, Memory Box Cross Stitched Rectangles die,  Zig Real Brush Markersm Reminisce Fall Harvest patterned paper collection, Recollections embossing powder, Lawn Fawn sequins,  Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape



Card #3 :  Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Friendship Jar shaker die, Unknown glitter paper, Color Burst watercolor powders, Judikins Microglaze, Wink of Stella, Lawn Fawn and Craft Medley sequins, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.


And finally, here they are in one picture.




Too Much Morning!

I thought it might be fun to combine a coffee themed card with the oh so trendy right now flamingos.  I have some great new flamingo stamps, but when I got looking at my stash it was this older one from Art Impressions that had the perfect image to go with the  Crackerbox Palace sentiment that I wanted to use.

i watercoloured the background and used Copics on the popped up elements.  The message is don’t spill your coffee no matter what happens!



Supplies:  Art Impressions Flamingo Set stamp set, Crackerbox Palace sentiment stamp, Distress Watercolor paper, Gambnsai Tambi wateercolours, Copic markers,  Janes Doodles Coffee Time Set, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Recollections White embossing powder,Recollections cardstock, Pico embellisher, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor Tape

Make it Monday

It is Monday so that means a new challenge on the Papertrey Ink Blog.

The challenge is to do a  gradient watercolour background using any medium that would do the trick.  Finding a type of watercolour in my stash is not a challenge as I have several types. but finding a suitable subject for the project was not as easy.  I don’t have any Papertrey Ink cover plates like the one Dawn used in her sample, but I decided that I could accomplish the same thing using multiple  What the Doodle-Feather die cuts.  That was great fun as I am loving all the What the Doodle stamp sets and dies and was happy to try another project with them.

The amount of gradient was relatively small so I decided to let the gradient show in the form of a border as well.  I think it turned out well.  I finished off the card with a glitter pen, Wink of Stella and my other current favourite things, being rainstones.

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In doing this card, I was reminded of why stage actors do dress rehearsals………….unexpected things go wrong when you don’t rehearse in full costume.  On the first card, I decided at the last moment to add the Wink of Stella.  Usually this is no problem but somehow on this card it was.  When I brushed on the Wink of Stella it somehow released moisture on to the intense watercolour and reactivated it.  Did I notice it on the card when I made it……………  Did I notice it  on the card when I photographed it ………………… Did I notice it AFTER I posted the card on my blog……………….oh yeah!  It looks like a portrait photograph where the subject has spinach stuck in her teeth.  Just not good………..

So I fixed it with a little Signo Uniball white pen.  Still, I decided to learn from the dress rehearsal and make another one with the Wink of Stella applied on the feather and DRIED before attaching to the gradient card base.   Too bad the trouble causing sparkle doesn’t show up more in the picture as it is lovely.




Supplies:  Papertrey Ink What the Doodle die set, Papertrey Ink Celebrate die, Zig Real Brush Markers, Sakura Glitter Pen, Wink of Stella,  Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Distress Watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink Rainstones, Scor tape and Simon Says Stamp Card base.


Use some Lucky Stars

The Make it Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to  use some lucky stars.

I decided to try out my new and precious Daniel Smith watercolours on this card.  I think the result looks good and certainly meets the theme criteria.


Supplies:  Stampin Up Life is Beautiful stamp set,  Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons stamp set,  Hero Arts CL582 stamp set, Daniel Smith watercolours, Stampendous embossing powder,  Brillance Moonlight White ink, Zig Real Brush markers, recollections card stock, Scor tape, Tim Holtz Distrees watercolour paper.

Color My World

I am once again using the Color My World stamp from Wplus9,  This stamp set gives me the opportunity to create a colorful card and I took advantage of that, by pairing it with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst watercolor paints.  The result is a bright happy card, that just makes me smile.

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes, so this card will fit.  The featured company is Memory Keepers and I am a big fan, so I might do another card using some of my Memory Keepers stuff.  I need some St. Patrick’s Day cards STAT so hmmm………………


Supplies: Wplus9 Color My World stamp set, Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolor, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper, Hero Arts Card Base, 3M foam tape, Scor tape

Intermediate Watercolour-Negative Painting

The Online Card Class-Intermediate Watercolour is so amazing.  Any ONE day of the class is worth the price of admission to the whole class.  I am quite far behind in trying out many of the techniques, but I want to try them all.

Today I tried out the concept of negative painting.  For the first attempt I used the Crazy Birds…………………I figured they were crazy anyway so what further damage could I do.  For my second try I used a stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit.  I think it turned out rather well.