Sunday, December 21, 2008

Oil Pastel Chic...

Hello... Woohoooooo... I love this background technique... and I think I came up with very nice results... It's from Technique Junkies' December 08 newsletter. Rockin' Robin Caldwell developed this chic technique and I have made 4 attemtps... the first one we won't even talk about it... I had put tooo much pastel so it was very dark and hard to work with. So I decided that this was my lesson... put less pastel I made these 3 ones and have stamped on 1 with a stamps I just bought yesterday and I love! Taaaa dam...



I know the more I practice the better it will be so .... off to play/practice again!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friends Birthday!

Two of my wonderful friends are celebrating their birthday soon. I made these cards for them. I love this technique ... " Torn paper image". Stamps the same image on 3 different color of paper ... tear the papers and align so it will complete the image. It's like a puzzle... I embellished with Rhine stones, ribbon, paper flowers and text on the right. The text is beautiful... It says something like " The most beautiful flower loses its beauty... but a true friend last for eternity" (my translation)!!!

For this one I have been having fun playing with my Cuttlebug... I love those embossing borders... it allows lots of creativity!

Ok now, the envelopes and in the mail...!

Getting ready for New Year art resolutions...!

What will be yours??? For me, I'm thinking seriously about it ... I would like to have a chance to play more with all the wonderful techniques I have access to on Technique Junkies... I found it so frustrating this past year not to have time to play and try more of those. So I guess that this year this will be one of the resolutions that I will keep... PLAY!!! We will be leaving for 3 months in Naples Florida after Christmas... I will bring some of my stuff and will take some time to look into those little treasures found on TJ... and of course try some. I will try to publish my work on my blog... but with no scanner ... I will take photos but I always have a hard time getting go pic of my cards... maybe with practice it will be better. Anyway if you fell like letting me know what you art resolution will be go ahead just leave a comment ... I'd love to read what you are up to!

Mission accomplie....!

Oufffff... all done! Hello my friends, last week I finished making my Christmas cards! I must say that I'm happy about it. I was looking forward to do other themes... LOL! So here are my last cards. A technique for TJ "Alcohol ink smoosh" . I also added a cuttlebug layer in the background.

Simple but so much fun to do ... woven ribbons in a Christmas ornament...!

Another TJ technique and this one I love to do.... " Cuttlebug Glow " done on acetate using Lumière Paint and different colors of ink.

Very soft colors of " Alcohol ink smoosh" used for this one. Background stamping in clear embossing powder.

So this is it for this year's Christmas cards... I had fun doing those and will continue with more cards in the up coming year. Hope you enjoy your visit!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Cards .... Encore!!!

Hello my friends Can you believe we just have 30 days till Christmas...!!! Thanks God I'm almost done with my Christmas cards and even start mailing some today....! Now have a look to my latest cards! GLOWING ORNAMENTS Cuttlebug Acetate glow, from TJ oct/nov 2007. I'm just crazy about this technique! ANGEL OF CHRISTMAS This angel has been stamped on a alcohol ink smoosh backgrounds using 2 shades of blues and metallic silver mixatives.
FUNKY CHRISTMAS TREE Simple stamping and embossing ... but what a nice stamp! Lots of Stickles and Liquid pearls. The ribbon is not crocked... it's the scan's fault...! Well maybe I didn't set it wright on the glass plate....!!! VISITORS Again, I love this stamp for it's simple but peaceful rendering... Straight stamping, embossing and again Stickles!
OUT OF THE BOX CHRISTMAS TREE! This is another stamp I love working with ... it's so different and can be used according to your occasion... Ribbon, stamping, embossing, Stickles and Liquid Pearls.... Voilà!!! SANTA'S HAT! No need to ask ... this one is for my baby granddaughter Mathilde...!!! This cute little mouse is wearing Santa's hat... It doesn't show but the hat is all glittered and Liquid souflé has been used for the fur around the hat. The mouse was done with Tombow watercolors markers.
Now back to work finishing my last cards and creating more for friends and family...!!! Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's the time of the season...

Hello! Yes believe it or not we have six weeks till Christmas! I love this period of the year...!!! If we just can have a bit of snow all will be purrrrfect!!! I enjoy making Christmas cards for my family, my friends and for exchanges too. I already posted some Christmas cards, here are a few more and there is more to come... I'm kind of productive at this time of year...LOL! I try hard to make different cards with different techniques, stamps and size. I also try to stay away from traditional colors, I like to try different combinations of colors, textures.
Cuttlebug background and main image all was embossed in white and colored with chalk inks and of course glitter. A ribbon, and a cuttlebug tag stamped and embossed with glitter embossing powder " T'is the season".

I love this stamp. Background was done with my brayer and rainbow dye inkpad, Silver Mica Magic was applied to draw out the details of the stamp. The main layer (blue) was stamped and embossed in clear with a Holly branch stamp from Penny Black.


What can be more French than Paris...? Same technique as above with this beautiful French stamp of the Effiel Tower. Main background layer is a cuttlebug highlighted with gold ink.


I was inspired by "Vada Schutz " of TC she did such a beautiful card ... I wanted to try it too. No special technique involved just basic stamping. Alcohol inks background, I printed my design on Acetate and embossed with black (my design was built from various clip art elements I had), image placed on front. Tree behind the church was hand scketched. Stamped trees at the bottom from Rubber Stampede and wording from Inkadinkado. Highlighted with white Liquid Appliqué. The first layer was embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss dots and round nestabilities used to cut out main design and window.

I better get back to work if I want to finish all my cards before Christmas is over....LOL!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Recent creations

Like all of you I like to have some spare cards just in case.... I'm never empty handed if an occasion arrives and it also gives the opportunity to try some techniques that I've never done before... Here are some of my latest cards.....
Cutllebug Glow "Thank you" card!
I love this technique... !
Cuttlebug Christmas Tree. This card has been done with golden foil paper so the picture didn't come out well. Sorry...!

Black & White daisies...!

Here I've been mostly playing with my Nestabilities... trying to figure out how to make them work with my Cuttlebug... finaly I cracked up the secret ... so now I'm happy! LOL!

Birthday Card

The last one but not the least... a birthday card for a dear friend. Background cuttlebug glow. Stamp from Penny Black.

Monday, October 27, 2008

House mingle

This was fun to do!!! The idea came from Quietfire newsletter and I thought it would be fun and different to make ATC in a house shape...! IS THIS HOME Background is from Technique Junkies' tutorial " Cling and Scrunch " done with water colors spray. Stamps "french phrases" and "Quietfire flourish" in brown. Vintage image, phrases done on my comptuter attached with gold eyelets, add a golden heart and a little peel off and you have "Is this home"! GOLDEN Background done with drop of watercolor ink on craft sheet. Geisha stamp from Zia stamps, a few asian coins and asian word plus fushia peel off border all around the "asian house". HAPPY Adirondack inks applied with Ink blender, stamp from Tim Holtz and diamond stamp applied randomly in meadow... Paper flower border inked same as background. Color matching paper flowers. Doesn't she look "Happy"....? Now sending to my partner, I just hope they are as "Happy" when mail comes in!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Butterfly wishes...

I love stamping butterflies... this card is a friend's birthday card. Stamp is Magenta and I used the poucing tech to add color to it. I finished it with a spray of Bronze Shimmering Mist.
Hope she will like it!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Having fun with Alcohol inks...

Hello my friends!
I recently participated in a workshop given by Magenta! Nathalie Métivier demonstrated a few techniques to work with alcohol inks.... I was already in love with those little I spent some time playing!
I went along with tip and tricks from Nathalie and tried my own mixtures...!

Alcohol inks on white Kromecote paper, stamps from Killer Design, Memory glass on the right stamped and colored with alcohol ink.


Same as above but corner element is plexi glass.


Papers from Magenta, stamp on Alcohol ink background is from Crafty individuals.


Papers from Magenta, stamp on Alcohol ink background is from Crafty individuals.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Seersucker exchange finished.

Hello my dear reader. I just finished another exchange I subscribed to. This one was very particular for me since it was the first time I did this effect... it's called " Seersucker technique" and it fun and easy to do. The seersucker effect is done by running you final design through your crimpler horizontally and vertically... for a change the one named Leaves I did the oblique way which creates a crooked illusion ... but it's just an illusion....!!!
The background of this card was done with Mica Magic re-inkers... I love working with these. I added bead to the side of the card to add a little something different!
Hidden words

Hidden Words was done with the Rainbow ink pad and brayered, stamped and inserted to punched card stock... Square brads complete the design.

We wish you....

This image was initially done as an experiment of inking with rainbow pad and brayer... it turned out pretty nice ... I added some Mica Magic to the surface of the design to pull out area that had no ink on since I stamped before inking... !

This whole Seersucker project was a lots of fun and I hope my partners will be pleased with their card. I have learned that it's not all image that can be used with this technique... and it's always fun to learn something new!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More Christmas Cards

Hello my friends...
I have made these 2 Christmas cards this week end. The first one "Christmas Angel", stamps and paper where provided by Bonnidee shop letters where done through my Cuttlebug, and the second one " La magie de Noël " was a make and take mini photo album done at Bonnidee booth at Passion couleurs convention this week end.
Christmas Angel
La magie de Noël

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Not your AVERAGE Shape Card

These cards where done for a mingle on one of my groups. It was a bit challenging but whit some research I found wonderful templates to help me!



Getting started with Christmas cards...

Again those are very simple, no stamping, cards... More elaborated X-Mas cards will come!!! Those cards where done on recycle card stock...!

Girly Black and Pink

I found some nice black and pink paper in a small shop in Owen Sound. I thought it would be perfect to make some spare cards for the "Just because" card I need sometime. Most have no wording yet, you never know what the occasion might be!!!

Playing with Cuttlebug...

I had promised myself that I would take some time to use my Cuttlebug. I bought it last year and never touched it since this summer...! I must say that it's lots of fun and now I bought even more templates and some gorgeous ones for Christmas...!
These cards where my first attempt, for the 2 first one I used the border templates but it might not show very much on the picture. The bottom one is the Holly branch and the effect is done by sanding the embossed leaves.

Summer is over...

Hello my friends Fall is here and it's beautiful.... But, it also means the end of vacation for a little while! I had a great summer traveling with our RV and visiting nice places in Canada. During these vacations I also did a few quick and easy cards, since I cannot have my entire studio material in the RV I had to be selective...!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The mystery project!

On one of the groups I belong to we had a very nice challenge to do. Our group mom had 11 objects to send to 11 ladies who would willing to alter it... we did not know what the object was!!! I submitted my name ... Unfortunately my name was not picked in the first round... but then one of the lady could'nt do the project so I got lucky and my name was picked for the challenge. The mystery object was an accordian folder to be altered:
We where entirely free to alter it the way we wanted... I thought this was my first opportunity to do a mix media project as I've been wanted to try for some time ... So I gather, gesso, newspaper, mulberry paper, Golden purnice paste, embossing powder, decoupage photos, grunge flourish, embelishment key, paint, stamps, inks, letters and made doors out of fimo paste and mold.... here is the result:
I had a great time working on this art project, what I didn't know at first was that the 11 projects where to be voted on and the winner would receive a prize from our group mom Cheryl (she is a very generous lady)... The voting took place and we where 2 winners ... so we had an elimination vote... again it was close I came second... but to me I'm won the confidence to start doing projects I was a bit afraid of doing... I never thought I would be so happy with what I did.

Thank you to Cheryl for her generosity and thank you for giving me the opportunity to play outside of my box!!!!

On the road again

Hello It's been a while since I have wrote on my blog... I was and am still away from home in the beautiful setting of Meaford, Ontario. It is located on the shore of the Gorgian Bay and it's awesome... our campsite is 2 steps away from the water and we are having beautiful weather. Below 2 pictures of a sunset on the Bay.

I will be back home by mid-September and will start working on all those projects that have been on my mind during these quiet moments...

Talk to you soon my friends...!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A spur of inspiration...

Bonjour, Hello
Yesterday was a nice creative day for me... I wanted to participate in a contest, no big prize but I felt like doing it especially that I love doing Vintage ATC... and that what the contest is all about so I came up with these 2 ....
Have a nice creative day... hope mine will, I have a nice project on the go....!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mid July already....

Ouf.... summer is at is peak point and I hope you are all enjoying yourselves. Other than playing in my flower beds and rock garden I have been working on 2 entries for the lottery of one my groups. Follow your Dreams
Our theme her was "Winged Things" the stamp give the effect of stain glass. Background was done with different color of ink, stamped and embossed in black, Lumière was added to the different elements of the image. The wording is a stamp from "Invoke" speckles of embossing are included... LOL! I love the combination of blue and copper color. All was assemble on a cream cardstock and a copper tread of cord was added to give dimension. Voilà!
Imaginary Tree

Is my entry for our ATC lottery ... As you can guess the theme was " Tree(s)". I love this stamp form "Invoke" it is so different and original. The background was done by sponging blues, yellow and green, stamp in black embossed in clear. I added a few gems to give it an Out of this world dimension! Next week will be a real vacation week since we are leaving with my daughter and granddaughters for Compton in the "Eastern Townships" of Québec one of the most beautiful area of the province . Hope you enjoyed your visit, have a nice week-end and take the time to smell the flowers....!