Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stamp and Stencil card tutorial

Had a brief moment to play a little with the structure paste, a brick stencil and a cute Frog's Whiskers flower cart stamp. 

Using my Position-It, just in case, even though I didn't re-ink at any point, it's always a good idea to use it, just to be safe. You don't want to see that you need to re-stamp and can't because you didn't use your stamping tool
I used the Cosmic Shimmer Cloud Ink (Frosty Mink) to wash the background.
I used Nellie Snellen's brick stencil and the Nellie Structure paste. Leaving some bricks not filled in, just for the random affect.

Used the watercolor paper and memento watercolor markers to color in the stamp.  
Found a sentiment and frame and put the card together. Used some gilding wax on the Marianne frame. Can't really make out the cute frame this is.  Here's a close up of the frame.

Kind of cute, don't you think 😃?

So many card ideas, so little time!!

Until next time,


For more info on the Position-It, Cathie Allan was featured in Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, have a look:

Products used: Cathie Allan's Position-It
Cosmic Shimmer Cloud Ink Frosty Mink
Nellie's Mixed Media Brick Stencil
Nellie's Structure Paste
Frog's Whiskers Flower Cart
Marianne Designs Frame
Joy! Crafts Stamp Sentiment

For more stamps from Frog's Whiskers, visit their web site:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mixed media foray!

I have admired the mixed media style for some time now. I've been playing a bit with different types of media but I'm ready to take the journey into some serious mixed media and even "grunge" card styles.

I scheduled a card class for April 12 & 15 and the theme was mixed media. So I pretty much pigeon-holed myself into coming up with something.

Now this is a rather gentle mixed media card, not so much for my sake but for the sake of the people who enjoy classes here at the EC PaperCrafts store in Shannonville, Ontario.

But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

I used a lace-looking strip die from Creative Expressions (CED8102) and made a stencil (or mask) using acetate. Cutting tip: Use a metal shim against the acetate to get a clean, crisp cut.

Painted the card stock with some Cloud Inks Summer Sky (CSCC15) and Decadent Oak (CSCC26). Spritzed that with the Cosmic Shimmer Mica Mists to give it a bit of iridescence (Teal Wash CSM01 on the summer sky area and Marigold CSVMM09 on the decadent oak area).

Then using the acetate stencil I made with the die, I used a putty knife to lay down the Nellie Structure Paste (MMSP001) on top of the stencil. This stands up off the paper so gives the card some dimension. I've done other cards with this structure paste and you can actually use mica pigments or even PVA to change the color of the paste.

Lightly spritzed the same teal wash mister (Teal Wash SCM01) onto card stock to cut out the roll up roses (Marianne Designs LR0256). If I wasn't doing a class with this card, I'd probably put double the roses on the card but I have a 2 hour time limit, so wanted to make sure we could complete everything. 

Picked some ribbon and cut the Creative Expressions "Cattails" (CED1444) out of parchment to make it more delicate. Used glue dots to seal up the roses and adhere all of this to the corner. The tag is from the same Creative Expressions pack (CED8102) and the sentiment (my surface area was limited) is from a Bonnidee stamp set (BS038), stamped in brown ink. 

Touched the edges with a brown stamp pad and layered on to a 5 x 7 card.

The first of many, you can be sure!

Until next time,


Products in the card can be found at
Retail Store in Shannonville
Products used: CED8102CSCC15, CSCC26CSM01, CSVMM09, MMSP001LRO256, CED1444, BS038 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stencils and brushes and quick cards!!

We received our shipment of the ClarityStamp Stencil Brushes and i had a chance to play on Saturday.

Watched a couple of videos (I'll link below) and thought I was ready to whip off some lovely stencil cards.

Ooops, I was mistaken, there was a bit of a learning curve.

Here are the videos I watched on the brushes:

Seems easy enough, right?

Well it is and it isn't. I picked out a simple stencil from Creative Expressions and used ink colors I had open, pear, yellow and Mediterranean blue on white card stock. I did not get the desired results. Here's a picture: 

Pretty awful, right? Even tried it again thinking it was my blending ability ... nope just as bad.

So I took a step back and thought, what colors do I love? One of my favorite color combinations is turquoise and brown. So I used those colors and a simple 5 x 5 inch pre-packaged card and layered it with the two colors. Here's a step by step pictorial:

Luckily, I chose right off to put my sentiment stamp on my Position-It. And if I hadn't you can see on the first hit of ink to paper, it was not good coverage. I imagine because of the space this script takes up, leaves room for an imperfect ink-to-paper hit. I went over the "Thanks" 4 times to get nice saturation.

But isn't that a lovely card?

I used a simple multi-frame die from Marianne Designs (one of my favorites for its simplicity and size) and the 4-pack of Romak card stock with envelopes. Whip out 4 of these with a variety of the sentiments from the Creative Expressions "Stylish Script" stamp set and you've got a really nice set of cards for any time you need a card quick!

My next play session will be on mixed media as I have a card class scheduled and I don't even have a card done yet. Stay tuned for more fun with paper crafting!!

Until next time,


Products used can all be purchased at

Marianne multi frame square (CR1332).
Creative Expressions Stylish Script stamp set (CEC820) 
ClarityStamp Stencil Brush (ACCBR30006) 
Creative Expressions stencil (Mask)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

February Contest Winner

We had our contest in February, post a comment on any of the blogs in February and each comment would enter your name in a draw for the Pixie Powders used in the card blog on February 13th. 

Fun With Pigment Powders

Drum roll please ... the winner of this set of Pixie Powders is ...
LRitchie (Lori from Courtenay)

 Please contact me at with your address and I will have them sent off to you.

Thank you all who participated. 

Until next time,


Monday, February 27, 2017

Marianne Designs: Blog spotlight

We just received the spring collection from Marianne Designs and I haven't yet had a chance to play with them. But Marianne Designs has a blog and several designers so there is always inspiration and card designs on her blog.

I'll just post some of the cards made with this latest collection here and you can check them out on her blog.

This card uses the "Box Card Die" that is one of my favorites as it's base and filled in with delightful garden images. Just right up my alley, this one is! I will recreate it to some extent for sure.

The collection has two "confetti" dies one of flower heads and the other of garden veggies. As well two vines, so you can create garden veggie vines or garden flower vies.

Both equally delightful.

This card uses some of the dies from last year that are favorites of mine, the rubber boots, rake, and door add to this theme.

There is an edger die that is so well thought out, it has the notches cut out so you can tuck the veggies into the "ground"

there is also a "seed packet" die. I mean did they not think of everything??!!
Here's the Marianne Blog, has an option at the top to pick your language:

Bookmark this Blog for inspiration!

Until next time,


And of course, this entire collection can be found at Ecstasy Crafts.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Full Participation Required!

So I was making a card today. Of course using watercolor markers and stamps, my new favorite thing. Well it didn't start out as a card, I was just playing with the Position-It stamping tool but then my stamp took shape so I started building the card. 

Now I would hope each of you has been in the same spot as me, don't make me feel totally inept. I put the whole card together *then* remembered I hadn't stamped my sentiment. 

Of course, it didn't turn out .... here's the picture ...

So here's were the "Full Participation Required" part comes in. I haven't finished my "fix" but what I wanted from readers is any tips and tricks you have up your sleeve for ways to fix and and all card blunders you've encountered.

For this card and blunder, I found an ink pad in the same tone as my card stock and I am layering up the off-white with a Q-tip to cover the "over stamp" on the edges of my sentiment. I have enlarged the sentiment to help show my mistake. It was darker and I have already applied a few layers of off-white pigment ink to start the covering process.

We'll ignore the fact that it is slightly crooked, that I won't be able to fix and will have to live with that particular mistake.

So please post your fixes in the comments of this blog. And don't forget those entries will put your name in to win the Pixie Powders used in the February 13th blog "Fun With Pigment Powders"

Until next time,


Creative Expressions stamp UMS552; Creative Expression dies CED1203 & CED1206

Items from this blog available at

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bucket list item number 15 complete!!

Any of you who know me personally or are friends with me on Facebook, will know dogs ... and in particular Bernese Mountain Dogs ... are a big part of my life. I was given the opportunity to go to New York City to watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last week.

Oh wait, to bring this back to card making, I'll post here a picture of a Bernese die by Tattered Lace, Barney the Bernese and the card I made with it 😏

You can imagine how I squealed with delight when this die arrived in stock!!!

Barney the Bernese is from Tattered Lace (#TTLETL551), I'll post a link below.

And I'll post a little tip with regard to sentiments. It has to be the bane of every card maker's existence having to find sentiments that fit the theme of the card, and then into the space available once the card is assembled. I would spend more time on that than designing cards!! So I ordered from Amazon some matte transparent labels (here's a link to give you an idea) , they come in a variety of sizes, then I can print out my sentiment and adhere to card stock and have it fit the card design. Also the background of this card was finished with the Gilding Polish and embossed. Gives card stock a pearlescence and is quite lovely. Comes in a variety of colors as well!

To make it look a little spiffier, I use different fonts within the sentiment. Looks more professional that way, I think. Here's another example of the sticker and printer sentiment, I think this was one of the first times I used this method on a card. Now it's my fall back when a die or stamp sentiment doesn't fit or I don't have one that says what I want my card to say.

OK now back to my New York story ... I haven't been to New York since the late 80's and haven't spent time in a big city since moving to the country in 2010, so made for an even more exciting trip. Did some shopping, of course!! And to make the trip a true NY experience, lost my cell phone in the cab on the way back from Madison Square Garden. Thankfully a lovely person, Nina, found it and left if with her doorman for me to pick up! I'll have to send her a hand-made thank you card, of course!!

I'm back in the office now, so can get back on track with the blogs.

And don't forget the month of February contest, enter a comment on any of the February blogs for a chance to win the Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders used in the card on blog entry for February 13th.

Until next time,


Barney the Bernese items used: TTLETL551 Die by Tattered lace; Snowflake embossing folder from Leane Creatief #359777; Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish Pearl Lustre #CSMGP08; Snow Flakes by In The Making Dee's Distinctively IME216; the doily die is from Marianne Designs #CR1331 and behind is a circle die with hearts by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions #CED1503; after I watercolor painted the die cut of Barney to the Bernese colors with Memento brushes, I spritzed it with the Cosmic Shimmer Mica Mister Pearl #CSM04; and to do the eyes, I used brown sequins glazed up with a gloss glaze finish from Cosmic Shimmer, if you see the card in person this is more evident than in the picture. I also glazed the top of the nose with the gloss glaze, because you know, dog's noses are wet 🐕

For the Autumn card, I used: Frog's Whiskers' "Backwoods" stamp CK1043; Marianne Design's Wheelbarrow LR0260, boots LR0316 and rake LR0374; Frantic Stamper's Leaves (for the wheelbarrow) FRA9599; Memento watercolor markers