Spring Flowers

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Copic colouring, Flower easel card

Hi folks!  Ready for spring?  I know I am.

Recently I took a Copic marker class at my LSS and this is what we made.   I love easel cards which is what drew me to this class.

I’m sorry I forgot what stamp company was used.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Mar 27 2014
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I am so lucky to have many on-line friendships, and one is with Myoriah at Crafting the Frugal Way.  Myoriah and I correspond and swap our life stories.

This beautiful St. Paddy’s Day card was made by Myoriah.  Don’t you just love the pretty lady surrounded by shamrocks?  I am so lucky to have Myoriah as a friend.

If you like to learn techniques using a variety of substitutions for original products than Crafting the Frugal Way is the blog for you.


Posted on : Mar 26 2014
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How to Make a Distressed Grid

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Thank you for the positive response I had when I showed my original distressed grid card.   You said you wanted a tutorial and here it is.  My background uses the Smooshed Ink Blocks technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter  February 2014 issue.  If you are not a subscriber, I recommend using one of your favourite techniques on your background, or simply sponge colour onto your cardstock, as seen at the bottom of this post.  My Smooshed Ink Blocks uses glossy cardstock, so the process takes a little longer, as you want to ensure that your black ink has dried completely before sponging your grid work.  Dry time on cardstock is much quicker.  The end result is a personal choice.  I do hope you try this fun technique that is packed with a punch.  Let me know what you think.

Distressed Grid, Stampn Up, Dream Garden, Sunflowers and Dragonflies 1

Supplies:  Stamp set, background using your favourite technique, black ink, coloured ink and sticky notes.

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Stamp your main image onto the centre of your card.

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Take your sticky note and place it close to the centre image to allow for space to stamp other images.

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Take more sticky notes, as needed, to cover the entire card length wise.  Stamp out your image and let dry.  You may wish to speed up the drying process with a heat gun.

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Stamp all four corners.

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Lay out your grid as in previous step and sponge the corners of the card.  Just sponge on colour where there is a sticky note, and do not do the outer edge.

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Once you have the corner done, place your sticky note vertically across your card, ensuring the sponged lines are even.  Sponge along the sticky note.

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Repeat above step for all four corners.

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One option is to sponge colour on before stamping out your image as seen in the photo above.

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Using sticky notes, cover the area you would like to stamp in, ensuring your sticky notes are placed along the already distressed line areas.

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Continue to do the same until all the areas of your card are stamped.

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This card was done on regular cardstock.  The background was sponged using a variety of inks with sponges.

Whew, that was long, and I hope it was explained well.  Please drop me a line with any questions you may have.

For a complete list of my tutorials, please check out the top Tutorials and More Tutorials pages.

Stamps:  Stampn’ Up!

 


Posted on : Mar 18 2014
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Clean and Simple Masking

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Masking 1

Creating Clean and Simple cards are a challenge for me.  Today I will show you my version of clean and simple but I will be using masking.  It’s an old technique, but time to revisit it I think.

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Supplies:  Stamps, Post-it Notes, ink, scissors, colouring medium

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Stamp image close to the top of the Post It Note so that there remains stickiness to the image.

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Using your scissors, cut out your image.

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Stamp your image close to the edge of the cardstock.

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Place the Post It Note over top of the first stamped image.  Stamp your image a second time, making sure you overlap on to of the Post It Note.

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Continue masking and stamping as in previous step.

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I like to add my sentiment before I colour so if the sentiment smudges, I can restamp.  You are now ready to colour your image.

For a complete list of my tutorials see the two tutorial pages along the top of the blog.

STAMPS:  Verve Stamps


Posted on : Mar 10 2014
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Smooshed Ink Blocks

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Whoop, whoop, daylight savings time is nearly here, and that means spring is coming.  It is coming, isn’t it?

Today I’m sharing a favourite card of mine.  The background uses the Smooshed Ink Blocks background from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Pretty, eh? (can you tell I’m Canadian?, eh?)  After stamping, I did some sponging and if I get enough interest, I can do a tutorial on how I designed this card with sponging and masking.

This stamp set is Dream Garden from Stampin’ Up!  The Happiness Always comes from another one of their sets.  The flourish below is from Judikins.

Keep warm!


Posted on : Mar 05 2014
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Luck of the Irish

La La Land Luka, Irish Stamp, Sunflowers and Dragonflies.

I feel like the luck of the Irish is upon my life at the moment.  Perhaps making this card four times over brought me the luck.

My rainbow was created using the Designer Paper Starburst technique from the April 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I didn’t use DP though, because I wanted to create a rainbow for the pot of gold.

Coloured with Copics.

Image is from La La Land and his name is Leprechaun Luka.

Thanks for stopping by.


Posted on : Feb 28 2014
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Masked and Quartered

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Hello.  Are you having a good weekend?  Did you manage to get any stamping done?

From the February 2014  issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter comes Masked and Quartered.  This card was made for the issue, and I have to say it’s one of my favourite cards.  Masking my image was certainly tricky with the fussy cutting, but I think the results turned out well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a good week.  Let’s hope for less snow.

Stamps:  Technique Junkie Stamps, Impression Obsession, Mark’s Finest Papers, Stampin’ Up, Inkadinkado


Posted on : Feb 23 2014
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You Hold the Key to My Heart

You Hold the Key to my Heart, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Hello friends. Did you have a special Valentines Day?  I know I did.  Al worked until midnight so I came home to a trail of chocolates leading up the stairs, into the bedroom, up onto the bed with a card, more chocolates, an I Love You note made on the computer and my new dog who I’m calling Valentino.   When I turned on my computer I laughed so hard–Al made me new wallpaper with a photo of him holding the I Love You sign and Valentino beside his head.  I have such a special man.

This is the card I made for Al.  I was so relieved when he said, “I like the purple” because I realized, after putting it together, the colours were feminine.   I think using brown to match her hair would have worked.

I Wuff You

I’m new to Copic markers so please excuse the hair.  After spending a couple of hours colouring while watching Copic You Tube videos, I got worn out when it came time for the hair.

Enjoy your weekend.  For my fellow Canadians, enjoy this long Family Day weekend.

Stamps:  La La Land

Accessories:  Heart punch, curved Spellbinders, Paper bow die from My Favorite Things


Posted on : Feb 15 2014
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How to Make Nested Circles

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Circles, circles, circles.  Such a quick and easy technique.

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Supplies:  Background (mine was handmade by creating the Colorful Silhouette technique from the June 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter), glue stick and removeable tape (not in photo)

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Place your dies on your background and secure with removeable tape

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Cut a variety of sizes of circles

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Use card size as desired.  Mine is 5″ x 5″

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Glue in place with a glue stick

For a full listing of my tutorials see the top of the blog for Tutorials


Posted on : Feb 10 2014
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To You from Me

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, To You From Me, Watercolor flower

Hello friends.  Are you surviving the weather?  We got lots of heavy snow last night and thankfully today it’s not snowing.   I have a Superbowl party to go to but before that I want to share this card with you that I created for a challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket.   The stamping forum has a challenge to use pink, orange and yellow.  I followed Patty’s video to create my watercoloured rose.  I really like this colour combination.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a good week.  Stay warm!


Posted on : Feb 02 2014
Posted under cards |

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