Sunday, July 14, 2019

Seas the Day!

Happy Sunday! Doesn’t this pun make a cute sentiment for a card?  I am popping in this lovely weekend to share a fun little ocean scene card.  It seems like all my cards are ocean themed these days but I am loving the chance to play with all the aquas and blues.  Summer is so fleeting.

This sweet turtle and the punny sentiment are both from the Baby Sea creatures clear stamp set from Whimsy Stamps.  I colored the turtle up using Copic markers before fussy cutting him out.

I didn’t want the scene to steal the show so I decided to die cut the elements from the Build an Ocean Die set using white cardstock. To create the ocen background, I stamped and embossed the Mini Bubble rubber stamp using white embossing powder.  I then used my new Picket Fence blender brush to softly add some Tumbled Glass distress ink over top.  I carefully wiping the inside and the outlines of the bubbles to remove the ink.

The sentiment was also embossed onto black cardstock and then cut to size.

To frame the scene up, I used the awesome Zig Zag Stitched rectangles.  I love that stitched detail!


Supplies

That is it for me! I am off to go sailing on the lake! It is a beautiful day with some wind so we will be flying!

Hugs Jeanette xxo



Friday, July 12, 2019

Ocean Deep Mermaid Scene

Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by! I have a new post today to share another of my projects using Amy Young’s Sweet November Mermaids.  These were a digital vault release and I don’t think this specific mermaid is available now but she does have a ton of new mermaid images that are just gorgeous. I am sure you will find a few that you will adore!  BTW this is not sponsored.  I just truly love all the Sweet November images!   You can find them all here over at 7kids Crafting Store.

Here is another Sweet November Mermaid that I just shared a few weeks ago!  It features another lovely mermaid and some of the other digital ocean backgrounds from Amy!

I actually have this mermaid as a rubber stamp. It is named Fathom Calmsea and perhaps you already have it!   I got it way back when it was released by CC Designs and because it is rubber, I was limited by its size as well as the facility to merge it with my other digital background images.  So, I decided to purchase the image as a digi so that I could re-size it to be larger and be able to easily create a scene using Amy’s ocean background images.

This project was sized at 5x7” so that I could add it to a frame for my craft studio. I purchased a few frames from Ikea and I have started to create seasonal art for them.  I like how polished they look once they are in the frames!



There is not much more to tell you!  This was a project that I worked on over the course of a weekend. I would go and do a little coloring when I had a pocket of time and took a very relaxed approach to it.  I would have my laptop playing a show and a nice cuppa handy as I progressed.

Everything was colored with copic markers (which I will have listed at the bottom of the post) with the exception of the the schools of fish. These are from a Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set and were stamped using Mermaid Lagoon ink! The only other additon was to add some Nuvo glitter to the stars.



Supplies:

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Copic Markers Used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E04, R20, R30

Hair: E50, E52, E53, E55

Tail: YGOO, BG11, FBG2, BG13

Top: YG00, BG11, FBG2

Stars: YR31, YR21, YR24

Coral: RV10, RV11, RV14, RV42, RV19

Tubular Coral: YR21, YR61, YR65, YR04, YR09

Seahorse & Seagrass: YG00, YG21, FYG2, YG63

Rocks: C3, BG93. BG96

Background: BG000, B000, BG11, BG01, BG02

Thanks for swinging by and enjoy the rest of your Friday and the upcoming weekend!

Hugs Jeanette xxo


Monday, July 8, 2019

Sweet Little Mermaid

Happy Monday! I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend and that this brand new week is off to a great start.  I have quite a few cards made that I want to blog!! Finding the time to write these posts is where I have the most trouble. This card is one that I  actually made a couple of weeks ago.  It features this super sweet little mermaid from Honey Bee stamps.  I actually picked this set up last year and it has sat patiently in my stash just waiting to be used!

I thought I would try some no-line water-coloring using my Zig Real Brush Clean color markers.  I rececntly picked up a few new ones to expand my collection and was anxious to have a play with them.  As I always do when using these markers, I stamped up my image onto Bristol Smooth card-stock.  It is such a great paper for these markers and always yields a beautiful result.  The ink that I used was Tattered Rose Distress as it was light enough to “disappear” once I started applying the marker colors to it.  I have listed all the markers that I used at the bottom of this post.



I kept my coloring quite soft.  I did spend a lot of time adding definition and texture to her beautiful, long braids.  It took some patience, but in the end I like how they turned out. I colored up a couple of the wee fish that are included in the set and added detail to them using the fine tip of the brush markers.  I did the same thing with her mermaid tail.  Once the coloring had dried, I fussy cut them out.

To create the backgound I used the largest die in the Whimsy die set.  I absolutely LOVE this set.  You can use it for so many different purposes.  I think it is a must-have.  I cut the shape out of the same Bristol card-stock that I had used for the coloration.  This time I added Distress Inks to create a marbled background. 

 
To create the sentiment, I cut a stitched oval shape out of some grey card-stock and heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder.  After adhering everything to the card, I found some little shaped gem adhesived that matched my color palette perfectly!



Supplies


Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:

Skin: Blush – 069, Flesh Color – 071, Tea Rose – 220

Hair: Oatmeal – 064, Light Beige – 074

Top: Cobalt Blue – 031, Light Blue – 036

Tail: Cobalt Blue – 031, Pale Green – 045

Fish#1 : Light Green – 041, Pale Green –045

Fish #2: Bright Yellow –052, Yellow -050

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Hugs Jeanette xxo

Friday, July 5, 2019

Celebrate!



Happy Friday! I have a new card today that uses one of the July release from Whimsy Stamps.  There are three very cute penguins included in the Penguin Lean on Me Clear Stamp set and it was extremely hard to pick which one I wanted to use first.  This little guy won out because he looked like he was in full on celebration mode!

I stamped him in a light ink and then colored him in with copic markers.  I then masked the image and using my new Picket Fence Blending Brushes,   I added Abandoned Coral and Squeeezed Lemonade Distress inks to the cardstock.  I then placed the  Sun Rays mask over top and added some very soft, additional rays. 





I used one of the Celebrate Word and Shadow dies to cut the sentiment out of some black cardstock.  I really like the font on this and all the Whimsy word dies.  So fancy!

SInce this card says celebrate, I had to add a few enamel dots as a final touch!

Supplies:


That is is for me today! I hope that you have some fun plans for the upcoming weekend! We have a ton of outdoor events happening in our city so I have my fingers crossed that the weather is good.  One of them is a Poutine Fest!!!! Yum!

Hugs Jeanette xxo


Monday, July 1, 2019

Just Keep Swimming Ocean Scene Card

Happy Monday and Happy Canada Day! I hope you have had a great start to the week or if you are a fellow Canadian, you are enjoying an extra day off!
Today is release day for Whimsy Stamps and I am sharing a fun sea creature card that I made!  I was able to incorporate a lot of the sea-themed items that have been released recently!  I love “shopping” my stash and pulling out products that I can use together to create unique scenes!


The card-base is a standard A2 size.  I then cut out an A2 sized panel and centered the larger die in the Wavy Nested Frames Die Set over it and cut out the shape.  I mounted the panel over top my card-base using some foam tape.  This raised it slightly and creates a window effect.

I used the inside shape to create an ocean scene.  I used the Picket Fence Life Changing Blender brushes for the first time and they are awesome.  Maybe not life-changing but certainly game-changing!!!  I first blended Tumbled Glass Distress ink over the entire surface as a base.  I then placed the Making Waves Stencil  over top and blended on Mermaid Lagoon.  I then popped this into the opening using regular adhesive. I wanted this to be inset.

I die-cut some of the awesome shapes in the Build-an-Ocean Die Set out of some plain white card-stock.  I added them into the frame to fill it in a little.



The cute critters were colored with various Copic Markers and then adhered into my little ocean scene.  I have listed the markers used below :) I did add a few white accents dots onto the sea-critters as an added highlight.

The sentiment is from set and was added to the front of the card using some crisp black ink.  I used a new one from Gina K that I just picked up. I will have it linked below for you!


*NEW Baby Sea Creatures Clear Stamps

*NEW Build-an-Ocean Die Set

Wavy Nested Frames Die Set

Making Waves Stencil

Distress Ink Mini Pad - Tumbled Glass

Distress Ink Mini Pad - Mermaid Lagoon

Crafty Foam Tape White


Turtle: YG00, YG03, YG61, YG63, YG67
Jelly-fish: RV11, RV14, RV17, RV19
Star-fish: YR30, YR21, YR24



That is it! I hope this card made you smile and has given you a wee bit of inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs Jeanette xxo





Monday, June 24, 2019

Adored

Happy Monday and Bon St.Jean to everyone living in my neck of the woods.  It is a holiday here in Québec – La Fête Nationale du Québec or Saint-Jean Baptiste day.  It is a beautiful day and we have been relaxing and enjoying.

I have a new card to share with you today and this one was just naturally evolved into what you see here.  I had no ideas of what I was going to create except that I knew that I wanted to do some no-line coloring. The new Baby Ellie Cuddles Rubber Stamp seemed perfect for this type of coloring technique.  I wanted it to look soft and dreamy. 

I stamped the image using Tattered Rose Distress ink.  It is light enough that you don’t really notice it after the coloring is completed and you can actually soften it up whilst you are coloring and blend some of it into whatever color that you are using.  I think that the paper that I used is one of the most important components.  I never liked the result of coloring with these Zig Markers until I started using Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  It is a real game changer.  As just mentioned, I used Zig Real Brush Clean color markers. The markers used are listed below along with all the supplies.

Once my coloring was completed, I began to look through all my Whimsy Dies to look for something that would complement the image. I didn’t have to look far….the brand new Wavy Nested Frames Die Set was sitting right on my desk, ready to be used.  It ended up being perfect.

Finally, for the sentiment I used the word “adored” from the You Are Clear Stamp Set.  I didn’t want anything too fancy. I thought a grey strip of paper with a white embossed sentiment would suit the softness of the card while still adding a little pop.  The final addition was a button and a wee piece of twine.

Zig Real Brush Clean Color Markers: Light Grey 091, Warm Gray 900, Flesh 071, Tea Rose 220, Vanilla 073

Baby Ellie Cuddles Rubber Stamp

*NEW Baby Ellie Cuddles Rubber Cling Stamp

Wavy Nested Frames Die Set

*NEW Wavy Nested Frames Die Set

You Are Clear Stamp Set

You Are Clear Stamps

Thanks for stopping by! I have a new mermaid card that should be up a little later this week!

Hugs Jeanette xxo

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Super Pig!

Happy Tuesday! I hope that your week is off to a great start! Today I want to share a card that I made with some of the new products that were just released this month!  I have also used some previously released products. I say this often; I love how easily all these products work with each other!  It makes the card making process so easy!



I thought that this new Pig Puns 2 Clear Stamp Set was so cute and the accompanying sentiments are so clever and funny.  I chose this combination because honestly, it makes me smile every time I look at it!  I stamped the image onto some Bristol Smooth card-stock using Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  This allows me to have a no-line effect once everything it colored.   For the coloring, I used water-color pencils.  The created a lovely soft coloration which is what I was going for. 


I used the Pierced and Stitched Circles Die Set to cut out the image as well as to create a blue frame for it.  This makes it pop right out.  I was able to have the sentiment curve along the bottom because it is a clear stamp and so easily made to follow the contours of the circle.  The other sentiment was cut out using the Quick Strips Die Set.  I was able to create my patterned paper by using the awesome and quirky Checkerboard Doodles Background Stamp.  I love this stamp and used the same ink that I had used for the small sentiment so that everything ties in perfectly!





*NEW Pig Puns 2 Clear Stamps

*NEW Checkerboard Doodles Background Rubber Cling Stamp

Pierced and Stitched Circles Die Set

Quick Strips Die Set

Distress Ink Mini Pad - Tattered Rose

I purchased my pencils locally a few years ago.  They are the Caran d’ache Supracolor pencils from Switzerland.  I found them on Amazon and provided a link for you.  Otherwise, I found some alternatives that you might prefer – I have not personally used them!


Thanks so much for stopping by and I do hope that this card made you smile today and inspires you to create one of your own!

Hugs Jeanette xxo

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