Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Struggle & Strength

Hello my lovely friends

I got some new stamps in the mail yesterday and I just had to have a wee play along with them. I get excited when the mail man comes with my new Unity stamps ha :)  I wanted to create a silhouette flower card with wee butterflies dancing in a dusky sky.

I started off  with two different stamp sets. The flowers are from the  In My Garden stamp set and the sentiment is from the Struggle and Strength stamp set.  I used my Peerlees watercolor paints to create the background. Then I stamped each flower individually with black archival ink. Next I took a black fine liner pen and drew in some grass. I then punched two tiny butterflies from black card and glued them in place. Next I mounted it on to some black card and them a white card base.  Finally I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card.

I love the way my card turned out I hope you like it too.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Linking up with FWF

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dance In The Sun

Hello Friends

I wanted to make a quick tag for  Friends With Flair today. I got some new stamps and wanted to have a wee play with them.  So I made this kraft tag. It was super quick and easy to make. All I did was stamp with versamark ink on to a kraft tag and heat embossed it  with white embossing powder. I then added some lace and pearls to embellish it a little.  The flowers are from the Wish For The Best stamp set and the sentiment is from the In My Garden stamp set. It took me all of 5 mins to make and I love it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a great weekend :)

Mandi xox

Also entering Simon Says Stamp Wed - Anything Goes

Friday, August 14, 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI August Challenge Reminder

Hello Friends :)

I am back with a wee reminder of our August TIMI challenge - Take A Technique. You have to use your pens and pencils on your project this month.  I made this card and used my fine liner pen to create a border around the edge.  There is so much you can do with this challenge, all you need is your imagination.  So grab your pens and pencils and create something beautiful.  There is a great prize to be won a lovely stamp plate from Chocolate Baroque.  All of the details are over at the Craft Stamper Blog.

I made my card using a sentiment from the Unity Fly With Wings of Hope stamp set.  I stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I sprayed my paper to make it slightly damp. Next I sprinkled on two colours of Brusho. I chose turquoise and cobalt blue. I love the way both of the colours blend into each other and left this crazy pattern behind.  I dried it with my heat tool and then used my fancy scissors to cut around the edge of the card. Next I punched some of these lovely white butterflies using my Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Butterfly Punch. I glued them on to the card leaving the wings pulled up slightly. Then I attached it to a white card base. Finally I used my fine liner pen and just squiggled a rough border around the edge.

 I hope you like my card and you come and join in the challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

Friday, August 7, 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge August ~ Take A Technique : Pens & Pencils

Hello Friends

Can you believe it is August already? The months are flying by!  It is the first Friday of a new month you know what that means? We have a new Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Blog. This month our challenge is Take A Technique - Pens & Pencils. We want to see you using your pens and pencils on your project. I used water coloured pencils on my project.

I made this wee decorative pillow it is my first time making one. I don't own a sewing machine so I had to  sew it by hand. I forgot how tedious it is to sew by hand and stabbing your fingers with the needle is not fun ha!   I bought this fabric on clearance a few months ago I think it was like a $1. I am not sure what kind it is as there was no label on it but if feels like a very light canvas. I was not sure how the ink and pencils would react to it so I used some clear gesso over the top of it to give it a base to work on. I dried it with my heat gun before I stamped my image on to it.  I used archival ink and one of my favourite Unity Stamps called She Was A Daughter.

I used my watercolour pencils to colour it. I like the control they give you on the fabric. I used a mixture of Derwent Water Colour & Inktense pencils. I mixed the colours on the fabric then used a water brush to blend the colours. It came out so much better than I expected and managed to stay pretty much in the lines with the colour.  I think the gesso really helped as it made the fabric less porous. Next I stamped the sentiment out with my Curliecue Alphabet stamps from CTMH.  I dried it all with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry. Then I sewed some buttons on to her dress. Finally I hand sewed the whole pillow with some turquoise thread and stuffed it with some pillow stuffing.

So now it is your turn to use your pens and pencils on your project. You can use anything you want from a fine liner pen to underline words to pencils for colouring.  Remember you must also have some stamping on your project since it is a stamping challenge after all.

Our sponsor this month is Chocolate Baroque who are giving away this lovely Artistic Affirmations Stamp plate to a lucky winner.

This is such a great prize don't you think?  So come and join in grab your pens and pencils and get crafty :) You can head  over to the Craft Stamper Blog  for all of the details.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

linking up with Unity FWF

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Let Your Hope Flutter

Hello Friends

I hope you are having a great week so far!! I got some new stamps and I have been playing around with them. This one is called Flutter it is a lovely butterfly stamp. You know how much I love my butterflies right? I will be getting a lot of use of out this one I know it will be one of my favourites.

 I decided to do something a wee bit different today. I always seem to be heat embossing and always seem to be using Turquoise. So I broke the mold ha :)  I went Pink! It is not my go to colour at all. I have a love hate relationship with the colour pink. The funny thing is when I do use this colour I usually end up loving what I made with it.

 I made the  background by smearing acrylic paint with my fingers. I found this technique on Trish Latimer's blog Ink, Paint, Beads.  I saw it a few weeks ago and forgot all about it until today. So I got out my paints and gave it a try. Go and have a wee look she has a great tutorial on paint smearing.

 I used dark pink and white acrylic paint on heavy weight water colour card. The reason being is I wanted to distress the edges of it and it leaves this nice worn edge on the card due to the texture. I used my fingers and smeared the paint all over the paper blending the colours until I was happy with the result. I was going for a messy look to it. The end result reminded me of raspberry ripple ice cream ha :)  Once the background was dry I stamped butterfly and sentiment with black archival ink. Then I distressed the edges and mounted it on to a black card base to finish.

 I really enjoyed trying this technique and I will be using it again. It was very therapeutic too :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Mandi xox

 Linking up with
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes
Friends With Flair

Friday, July 24, 2015


Hello Friends

I hope you had a good week. I made this card a white ago and just got around to finishing it off.  I embossed this lovely flower stamp from Unity called Insightful Meadows with white embossing powder. Then I used my Brusho Crystal Colours Turquoise and Sea Green.  The Brusho does all of the work and creates this lovely background. I wanted to add some texture so I found some old seed beads just to give it a different look.  I love to experiment with different things.

The God's Timing sentiment  was stamped with the Hero Arts Ombre Ink this one is the Pool to Navy. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby and used a coupon.   I am not sure if I like it I need to play a little more with it.  But the idea is really nice where you have instant ombre without having to do it yourself.

I love the end result of this card. I hope you like it too.  I so need to send this card to myself ha :) timing is a funny old thing.  Waiting is hard for me. As I am sure it is for most of us. I have some things in my life I want to happen. It is hard to wait. But I know there is a perfect timing for everything. It is true God's timing is perfect and I just need to trust it. Easier said than done though don't you think??  Take a flower and all that it goes through to become one. The seed is still at work under the earth before it emerges into the light . We see the part that pops through the soil, but lots of things have to happen before it gets to that stage we just don't get to see it.  Everything will fall into place when it is the right time to do so and not a minute before.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Linking up with
Unity FWF
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Sparkle & Shine
Paper Take Weekly Build It Up
Word Art Wednesday
Craft & Smash  Sentiments

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Hello Friends

I was playing around in my craft room a few days ago.   I wanted to paint a butterfly but I ended up painting these wings instead. I had this bible verse stuck in my head too. So the two of them went perfect together. I painted the wings with gold acrylic paint and glitter. Then I typed out the words. I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet maybe I will put it in a frame.

I find there is a lot of poetic beauty in the Psalms. Even if you are not a person of faith I think you can still appreciate them for what they are. I love the idea that someone is looking out for me and wants to give me refuge from the world at times. I think we all need a little refuge, a place to take some time out and just be.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Linking up to Word Art Wednesday
Small Wonder