Thursday, April 17, 2014


Fran has done it again, and in our April 2014 Catalog we’re introducing one of her newest ideas, PenPatterns.

Folks seem to have taken to doodling in and out of shapes for their stamped artwork lately, so Fran has created some images that are perfect for this new trend. These charming images have large open spaces ideal for doodling your own patterns into with either black or colored pens or pencils.

I played around with a few ideas, not doodling though.. I'm not a "zentangler" but I could dig the idea of stamping similar patterns into a stamp... 

I stamped the "PenPattern Light" rubber stamp in versamark onto vellum and embossed it with white EP. I stamped PenPattern Flower in Memento Luxe ink, hit it with the heat tool, then sponged some soft colour on the inside! 

This image was fun to create. I started with a background created with Dylusions Ink Sprays. Then I stamped the PenPatterns Bird in the middle, and used a few tiny stamps (the half-circles and the scroll on the wing) from one of the clear sets to add doodling. Once finished I added shading with a chalk pencil and sprinkled some Aged White Embossing Enamel in strategic places.. Do you like? It's fun to veer off from the original stamp design - you should try it!  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Greenhouse Society Reveal

Slowly but surely I am getting back into the groove of things. It takes a while when you take a break, doesn't it? It's kind of like singing my first notes after summer vacation!! Sometimes a little scary... lol

So here's my card which I thoroughly enjoyed colouring: 

I stamped the carnations in a light beige to allow the colouring to pop - it was a lot of fun... AND, I used my new Spectrum Noir markers. Have you tried them? I really like how they blend... 

So check out the Technique Tuesday blog for all of the sneak peeks of this month's Greenhouse Society set... Carnations are so pretty, aren't they? I always forget... 

On the 15th of each month we release a new Greenhouse Society stamp set. We only make a limited number - enough for people who are members of the Greenhouse Society plus a few extras. There are 3 ways to get these stamps.
Join the Greenhouse Society now! Greenhouse Society members enjoy discounts, automatic delivery, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping on additional products. Learn more about the benefits of joining! 
Or check back here each month! If you would rather not become a member, check back here on the 15th of each month to see the latest Greenhouse Society stamp set.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mommy Dearest...

I have had a little bit of a hiatus from the blog that certainly wasn't intentional, but you how life just sneaks up on you and takes the carpet right from under you?? Report cards, a two-week trip to Ireland with my husband's rugby team, then 5 days later a trip to Disneyland with my choir and band... I've also made a major life decision that will hopefully help with my stress-level and my ability to cope with busy times in my life. More on that later!!

Back to the title of my post - as a cardmaker we are always looking to what the next holiday is, and it just happens to be Mother's Day! I hope to have a bunch of different cards made so my friends and family can give them to their mommas. It's my first official post as on the The Twinery DT and I've used the twine to add some pops of colour.

Here's card #1:

When I make cards and have two patterned papers meet I like to put something along the seam. It just so happens that I usually use twine! lol... Then it's a snap to put a little image and sentiment on top of the card. So easy! Here's a close-up of the colouring: 

I used Copic markers and a pastel chalk pencil to deepen the shading. 

Here's card #2: 

This card didn't end up how I wanted it to, but that's the way it goes sometimes, right? I added the twine on top of the design on the patterned paper and used foam dots to add raised hearts. I kind of wanted flags or something, but the heart are fitting especially for mommy! If there's one thing I've learned about art throughout the years is you always have to keep moving forward... I did, and it turned out to be be pretty cute! 

Thanks for stopping by today... And get started on those Mother's Day cards!!

The Twinery Twine used: Mandarin and Solid Mandarin
SRM Stickers. 
Chickaniddy Patterned Paper

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tombow and Stampendous! Blog Hop

Today is the big day: our blog hop for big prizes! I coloured up this beautiful Wild Roses image with Tombows and a waterpen. For the background I scribbled some light brown ink on a palette and picked it up with a large waterpen for an aged look:

Thanks for stopping by today, here's where you need to hop to next:

Debbie Fisher

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tombow and Stampendous! Blog Collaboration!

This week we are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at TombowUSA, creators of amazing markers and adhesives. Over the last 40 years Tombow has been expanding their flagship line of pencils to include pens, adhesives, and premium markers for all types of artists and art projects.

These markers are waterbased and blended with a blending pen, slightly different than the alcohol based brands our Design Team is used to using these days. This collaboration gave many of them the opportunity to learn something new.

Personally, I was looking forward to working with these markers because I have only coloured with Ranger Distress Markers (water-based markers too) and was frustrated with some aspects of watercolouring with them... I will say this about the Tombow markers: they are lovely to colour with! Bright, bold colours that retain their depth even when blended with water! That was one of my pet-peeves with Distress Markers and I'm glad that Tombow markers offer both depth and blendability... Here's my card:

I stamped the Sweet Sunflower Cling Stamp image with black Archival ink and coloured with Tombows and blended with a waterpen. I absolutely love the results I got, especially on the petals...

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you tomorrow for our big blog hop and giveaway!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March Greenhouse

Hi there and greetings from Ireland! I am hanging out in our Dublin hostel lounge before heading out for some shopping and later a tour of the Guinness factory!!

I made this card with Technique Tuesday's March Greenhouse stamp set. I thought I would pull out my metallic PanPastels and create a shiny focal image. Here's today's card:

I stamped the image with Versamark ink then dusted some bronze PanPastel over the ink. So easy...

Here's a shot that shows how shiny it is:

I then chose some clean colours for the sentiment panel to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for some Ireland pictures!

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Twinery

I am so excited to announce that I am now designing for The Twinery - the makers of THE BEST twine out there!! I was on pins and needles as they sorted through the DT applications and actually screamed when I got THE email!!

I use The Twinery's twine all the time because it's a quick little accent I can add to my cards and the colours are so bright and vivid, they just call to me!! lol... 

Check out the announcement on The Twinery Blog

Green With Envy

As this post goes live I will be boarding a plane to Ireland! I am so lucky to have a husband who coaches rugby at my school and that he takes his girls team to beautiful destinations!! I am so excited to return to the land o' the Leprechaun, especially since we'll be there on St. Patty's Day! 

In celebration of the little guy in green the Technique Tuesday team is sharing GREEN projects this week. Here's my card:

I used Lots of Dots on the green cardstock, and Flags are Flying stamp set and steel die. 

Thanks for stopping by! Next time I post I'll be in Ireland! Stay tuned for pictures!!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Faber-Castell and Stampendous Blog Hop

faber castell gelatos
It's the big day! I love blog hops with Stampendous! because the partnering companies are always so generous and it seems (from your comments) that a lot of you want to delve into mixed media but don't have the tools yet... Wouldn't it be nice to win some swag??? 
Faber-Castell was extremely generous to our Design Team sending us tons of products from their Design Memory Craft range. Many stampers and scrapbookers will be familiar with Gelatos and other products from this fine company. These products are at the forefront of the Mixed Media movement in scrapbooking, stamping and home decor, a perfect kick off for Mixed Media March – our Monthly Blog Challenge. We hope you’ll enjoy the terrific inspiration we’ve got for you this week!
Yesterday I showed you the cover of my Travel Journal: Ireland (and yes I am totally excited to be going back. I went two years ago and I'm excited to return!) and today I'm sharing one of the interior pages. 

I started by adding a light layer of gesso over one of the plain kraft pages. 

Then I chose some black and grey Gelatos and scribbled them ombrè style up the page. Then I used a baby wipe to blend. 

I couldn't wait to use the CRS7002 Cling Jumbo Dress Form stamp set, so I pulled it out. I stamped one of the backgrounds on the right side in black Archival ink. Once the dress form was stamped on the gesso'd background I felt it needed some love.... 

I pulled out my Big Brush Pitt Pen again, this time in Warn Grey and added some shading. They blend really well on gesso - all you need to do is smudge the line with your finger while the ink is still wet and you get that pretty shadow effect! 

Now it's ready to be journalled on and I am thrilled! 

Head over to the Stampendous! Blog for the whole hop list. Good luck and thanks for leaving me love!! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Faber-Castell Project Share

faber castell gelatos
All this week we’re crafting with the generous folks at Faber-Castell, and we know you’ll be so excited to see some of the terrific projects we’re creating. 
In exactly one week my family and I are leaving for a wonderful 2-week trip to Ireland. Last time I was there I brought a pre-made travel journal to house little bits of memorabilia and document memories and it was one of the better choices I made for that trip! For today's post I am sharing my new journal!
I prepped it by laying down some drywall tape and smearing on wood filler/putty. Then I gesso'd it 

Next, I took various Gelatos and made a bunch of circles. At this point I had NO idea where this project was going. 

I took a baby wipe and blended the colours together. 

Next, I covered most of the area with crackle paint, let that dry, and painted on top with white paint. 

Now it's time to get messy!! 
I added a whole bunch of other acrylic paints and glazes on top and decided to use one of Stampendous' new Mixed Media stencils that come free in a stamp set. 

I used the stencil from the Wired Cling Stamp set and sprayed black paint (mixed with water) through it. 

Next I used a Big Brush Pitt Pen to add some depth around the edge. My favorite thing about Pitt Pens are their ability to blend on top of acrylic paint. 

 Here's the finished cover:

Check out what the Faber-Castell team and our other Design Team members have been up to today on the Stampendous Blog! Be sure to leave comments for your chance to win some great products!