Tuesday 29 January 2019

Turn - A - Bout

It's time for a new challenge at CASology, and our cue word is TURN. There are so many ways to take this ... turning objects like bicycle wheels, turning dancers ... making something on your card turn ... or, as I chose, using TURNabout stamps. Come, take a turn, and join in the fun.

As turnabout stamping repeats the images, which means it can become quite busy, I decided to keep to one tone.

I also did some turnabout stamping for my sentiment.

It would be a wonderful if you popped along to visit the rest of the Design Team.

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Sunday 27 January 2019

Watercolour Flowers

Mixing up new stamps, dies and stencils from Stampers Anonymous ... the Wild flowers stamps and dies ... and Tim Holtz layering mini stencils (set 24).

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Saturday 26 January 2019


It's my last week as guest designer for Just Us Girls. I've had a fabulous time - and I hope you have too.

This week's challenge is a photo challenge ... we're going nautical.

I watercoloured the background and used the Simon Says Stamp Border Waves die to make the waves.  I cut a double in white to make white tops.

I thought I would make the waves the top of the card ... as if the horizon is so far away.

Tuesday 22 January 2019


We have a lovely challenge at CASology this week.  The cue word is SMILE.  Who wouldn't want to bring a smile to someone's face?!

I added matching enamel accents to each pair of leaves. A great way to add dimension and interest to a CAS card.

It would be a wonderful if you popped along to visit the rest of the Design Team.

Guest Designer : Monika R.

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Monday 21 January 2019

Stamp Kissing

It's been a while since I used the stamping kissing technique. The creative process went like this ...

  • When I had created this card, I thought "this would be a good stamp to try stamp kissing"
  • But it wasn't so easy because although it was a solid image, I was using different colours for the petals and leaves. It took a lot of wiping away the "wrong" colour from the parts I didn't want stamped.
  • Then I thought of Watercolour Wonders - one of my favourite stamp sets! The leaves and petals are on different stamps. So much easier to control especially as I spaced them so I could die cut them.

Here's a close up of the stamp kissing ... using the flourish stamp from the Block Print set. The background is one of the other stamps from the same set which I partially inked so to only get the edges.I added mint Liquid Pearls to make a center.

Since I had some die cuts left over, I decorated the envelope too.

Saturday 19 January 2019


It's my third week as Just Us Girls guest designer.  This week's a colour challenge : Pastels.

I spotted a pastel coloured frame amongst my leftovers which I had painted with Distress Inks.  I cut it up to make the lines. I stamped the smallest flower from Pinkfresh Studio Fleur 1 on watercolour paper and painted to match the section of the line where I was going to place it.

The sentiments are the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words. Aren't they so sweet?!

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Friday 18 January 2019

Distress Oxides on Kraft

I had not planned on using my Distress Oxides on the kraft, but the creation process sometimes goes in it's own direction.

I started with leftover pieces of kraft after die cutting a frame. I had stamped my Floral Shadow stamping in Hero Arts White Unicorn with the intention of colouring with Prismacolour crayons. But then I thought the area was too great and decided to try painting with Distress Oxides as a quick solution. Decided to add some pencil at the end to give some more detail.

I popped up the middle panel on foam to give it extra dimension.

Added white enamel accents to the flower centers and doodled white dots and lines with a gel pen.

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Pink Flowers

Another new stamp set !! Grateful for You from Concord & 9th.

This is a one layer card coloured with Copics.

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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Winter Scene 2

This is my second card as guest designer for the January CAS Watercolour Challenge.  

The challenge for this month is winter.  

I find that using die cuts helps to keep watercolour CAS. I used both embossing paste and diamond Stickles to make the snow.

Setting up my Bullet Journal

I'm a bit behind schedule with my bullet journal this year due to my wonderful holiday in the Maldives.  But I'll get there eventually.

I use the pocket size Leuchtturm 1917 with dots.  This year I've gone with the bright turquoise ... adding an even brighter strip of washi tape. I use a wide ribbon from May Arts to hold my pen.

I set up my keys first ...

I link my goals to habits so that they become part of my daily routine ... but still working on what I want for this year. The heading and flowers are doodled.

I set up a number of pages for lists that I use every year ...
  • Bible : For the verses that I want to Bible journal
  • Scrap : For the projects I need to complete
  • Studio : To do list
  • Courses : Ideas for courses
  • Orders 1 : To track online orders (I set up 3 pages ... and they get full - Oops!)
  • Books : As I get recommendations
  • Tv & Movie : Same thing

I have a page to record my Copic markers so that if I'm out and about I have the references with me.  I scanned my Sandy Allnock Hex Chart which is coloured in with my stash.  I mark a dot on those that have refills. Also have a Paper Chart so that when I go to my local paper supplier, all the sizes and types are on hand.

My months start with a calendar on the left. On the right I have my monthly to-do list and a weight chart. I find this works well as I get to see the to-do list everyday. 

I add a matching washi tape to this page so that as I go through the year, I can find the monthly pages easily. 

I use the Hero Arts Calendar Pieces and Everyday Icons as well as the Hero Arts / Studio Calico planner one.

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