This is my place to share my creative bits and pieces. My art has no rules, no limits and absolutely no order. My projects change with my moods but for the last few years, my main focus has been paper art. Cards, collage, mixed media and as many techniques as I can get to. My inspiration comes from everywhere.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


A recent thrift shopping trip resulted in me bringing home a box of paints. Acrylic craft paints, fabric paints, oil paints, kids watercolour paints. Remember Tri-chem fabric painting? There were some of those too. Half the paints were dried out and useless but the rest will provide lots of creative fun.
This card used up the remaining few drops of fabric paint from three bottles. I just scraped them across my circle stencil using an old gift card. In a few places the colours overlapped- I love that!
Shown in bright sunshine, you can more easily see the colour layers. I love using fabric paint like a texture gel. It dries quite quickly too. I like it better on paper than fabric. All in all, a successful shopping trip and creative play time.
Thanks for looking and have an excellent day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


This is probably the 20th photo of this card- it is so hard to photograph! The clear embossed lettering- thank you Quietfire Design- along with the shimmer, sent reflections everywhere.
This card uses the second technique, chalks over white pigment ink. Hard to believe it's done on black card stock eh? I gave it a spritz of shimmer spray and let that dry, before I applied the pigment ink and chalks.

Give it a try- you know you want to.
Thanks for stopping by!


Using the stamp set and die set, I made the catalogue ornament in blue. It took me an hour from start to finish which surprised me- I thought it would take longer.
 Here it is next to the one made with a flower petal punch.
I like them both but I see now that the tulle is too long, it needs trimming.
Can you see these done in rich colours? Me too!

Thanks for looking.
Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


If you haven't seen this ornament yet, I'd be very surprised. It's everywhere and it's beautiful.
This ornament uses a stamp set and a die set. I DO plan to make one. But, I was thinking how we could make it without the dies and pulled out my flower punch. I also had some lightweight snowflake pattern card stock (paper) and punched away.

This ornament is 4 1/2" in diameter, so smaller than the other one. There is shimmer paint, shimmer spray and some distressed tulle. Distress tulle by  melting it a bit with the heat tool.
They do take a bit of time but worth it I think.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 17, 2012


Don't you just love the images and colour combos that Colour Q challenges us with? Imagine my surprise when I found a Bermuda Bay ink pad in my 'retired' ink bin. A happy surprise.
So, today I got 'busy'.
Busy, isn't it? Crazy busy for a fun birthday card!
The sentiment stamp comes from Quietfire Design but I'll share more about that in a new post.

Have an awesome day and pull out the bold and beautiful colours from it.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Crayon Resist is the main technique on this card. I embossed ivory card stock with the poppy folder and before removing it from the folder, I ran the side of a coppery brown crayon over it. The crayon only catches on the ridges and creates an nice outline of the poppies. Then, dye ink was applied with an aquapainter brush. If I were more patient, I would have stopped there and allowed it to dry. However, I wanted to darken the colour by applying another layer of ink so I took the heat tool to it, which melted the crayon and buckled the card stock. While still warm I flipped it over and smoothed it down. This caused the melted crayon to smear a bit and transfer off of the card stock.
The piece was put back into the embossing folder, lining up the design and embossed again, applied crayon again, and painted in the inks, again. The final result is what you see here. Loose, flowing, a little messy....I like it.
Remember to click on the photo for a larger view.

The background is simply ink pads dragged acroos the embossed card stock.

Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Awhile back, Suzanne of Quietfire Design invited me to be a guest designer using her beautiful stamps and product from her website. So exciting! I am grateful to her for having asked me and she has been endlessly kind throughout the venture. Thank you so much Suzanne!

This is a peek at the project- to see it and the tutorial, you need to go here.  While you're there, be sure to look around at the other projects, and if you haven't already, go see the new stamps!
Suzanne has created more beautiful stamps for us and I know you're going to love them.

Thanks for looking today.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Don't these yummy colours remind you of summer? I don't know if it's the bright clothes we wear or the colourful food we eat but summer is yummy with colour! Colour Q never fails to bring a beautiful pallette to the table- this week is no exception.
This is my entry for the challenge. Nothing fancy, just stamping, die-cutting and sponging. Basic card making but bold and bright.

I hope your day is bold and bright and I thank you for stopping by!