Saturday, 10 November 2018

Winnie & Walter - Leading Lady Act Two

I am so happy to be joining Winnie & Walter for another week as their November Leading Lady. This week's cards are all about the magic number three, and a few ways it can be used in card design.

My first card is all about the visual triangle which is created when you place three elements (forming a triangle) around the focal point. On my card, I placed three critters around the sentiment:

I started out by Copic colouring and fussy cutting the three critters from the Happy Dance with Evelin T stamp set. I then die cut three circles in the card panel and stamped the three different circular sentiments from Ring in the Celebration around the openings. I sponged three different colours of Distress Inks behind the openings (Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Mustard Seed - bright, happy colours!) before popping the card front on with foam tape. The critters were also added with foam tape as well as the sentiment from Sentimental Birthday which was white embossed on black. A few sparkling sequins and a little strip of glitter to finish of the card.

My second card focuses on the rule of thirds - this is a key design principle in composition that you can read more about here

I kept the focus of the design by keeping all the elements in the lower third of the card. I added 3 (yes 3!) thin strips of silver glitter card stock across the bottom of the card. I Copic coloured a poinsettia from the In Bloom: Elsa's Flora set and popped it up with some foam tape onto the panels at the bottom left corner according to the rule of thirds.I added the sentiment from Sentimental Winter to the panel and a few drops of gold Stickles to the centre of the flower to complete the CAS design.

My last project was very much inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video where she created ornaments on cards; I CASEd that idea but I created a card with three tags instead. The idea is that I can send someone this card and then they can remove the tags to use them. To continue the "three" theme, I decided to add three tags.  According to some design principles, including three similar or repeated elements is more pleasing to the eye then using two or four - I will let you be the judge of whether it works on this card :)

I created the card base by stamping the greeting from Scenery:Holiday Trimmings in Versamark and embossing it with sparkly red powder. I then applied glitter paste through a stencil very similar to the Big Bang Circle Creative Screening for even more sparkle.

Now for the tags: I started out by die cutting 6 (3 fronts and 3 backs)  tags from the Essentials: Audrery Cutaways, and then stamping some critters from Winter Wishes with Evelin T onto three of them. I coloured the images and the background with Copics - I also added some glitter paste through the same stencil that I had used on the card base. On the other three tags, I stamped the greeting and "to" and "from" from the Sentimental Gift set; I then adhered these to the coloured tags. I threaded some baker's twine through the tags and knotted the loop at the end and secured the twine on the inside of the card with some washi tape. 

Here is the backside of the tags:

Here is how the tags are secured to the inside of the card - with removable silver sparkle washi tape so the recipient can remove the tags and use them on gifts.

Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Debut

I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Winnie & Walter as their November Leading Lady - I am still in complete disbelief that Shay asked me to do this. I have been a huge fan of Winnie & Walter products ever since the beginning but I am an ever bigger fan of Shay and her generosity. Winnie & Walter has sponsored so many different challenges in blogland, along with all the all the challenges on the Winnie & Walter blog - her kindness is inspirational to us all. I am truly honoured to be part of her blog this month.

We just turned the page on the calendar - November already! I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by and it is now time to get ready for the end of year holidays. Of course, this includes making lots of holiday cards :) One of my favourite things about holiday cards is that I can apply copious amount of glitter to my projects - all in the spirit of the season :) My Leading Lady debut is going to be about some different ways to apply glitter to holiday cards.

My first project features glitter applied with Stickles. This seems to be the only time of year that my Stickles make it out from my craft drawer but I don't know why since they are so much fun. They are absolutely perfect for adding little touches of colourful glitter - like I did on this walrus card: 

Isn't this walrus the cutest? I stamped him from the Winter Wishes with Evelin T stamp set and then masked him and stamped the iceberg as well. More masking before inking the background with a few different colours of Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, and, of course, Salty Ocean). I coloured the image with Copics, added some white gel pen detail - and then I added four different colours of Stickles to the lights and some Crystal Stickles to the white parts of the Santa hat. I created a card front by first cutting the panel with the largest rectangle from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, and then cutting the aperture with another die. This card front was added to the card with foam tape, along with a white embossed greeting from the In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans stamp set. Here is a close up of some of the Stickles:

My next projects are all about adding glitter to the background. I die cut the card front panel using the largest rectangle from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, and I also die cut an aperture using a basic circle die. I then added some transparent embossing paste to the card front through the Scenery: Triangled Creative Screening. After removing the stencil, while the paste was still wet, I sprinkled some Distress Glitter over it and set it aside to dry. While the paste was drying, I stamped and cut out a lot of different floral images from the In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans and the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans stamp sets. I also stamped the greeting from the same stamp set directly onto the card base. Once the paste was dry, I assembled all the components with a lot of foam tape :)

I actually made two (almost) identical cards - one with the transparent embossing paste and Distress Glitter, and the second one with Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste in Platinum. Here they are side by side:

My last cards feature inlaid die cut glitter card stock. I started off by creating my own ombre glitter cardstock: I coloured a piece of plain white card stock with several different red Copics - blending between the different shades. I then covered the coloured card stock with a large piece of Be Creative tape (this tape is relatively transparent), removed the protective sheet from the adhesive and applied micro fine glitter over the card stock. I pressed the glitter in really well, and burnished it with my teflon bone folder. The key to this is using a transparent glitter - I used Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight glitter. 

I die cut the ombre glitter card using the In A Word: Joy cutaway - and die cut the card panel using the same die so I could inlay the ombre die cut into the card front. I stamped and Copic coloued a couple of images on the card front as well - the bird from Sweet Holiday with Evelin T and the bird house from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T. I also added a white heat embossed "Season's Tweetings" (from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T)onto a foam mounted piece of brown card stock. 

I decided that I wanted to include a glittery candy cane stripe in my design so I stamped the stripe from Scenery: Holiday Trimmings with dark red ink onto the card base. I then covered it with a piece of Be Creative tape and a layer of glitter - just like I did with the ombre card stock. I love how this looks on the finished card.

While I had my supplies out, I created an (almost) identical card - but using store bought red glitter card stock instead of custom ombre glitter card:

Finally, I used the cutout from the ombre glitter card stock and inlaid a die cut from gold glitter card stock. I kept the rest of the card very simple.

Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

TIME OUT #121 - Inspired By Words

Our 121st TIME OUT challenge is all about these words:

Gratitude and happiness are great card making themes so I think this challenge will be a popular one :)

We are very grateful that we have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge - Stamplorations - who are offering a $15 gift voucher for the winner and a bag of goodies for a random winner :)

For my card, I used Stamplorations Trendy Leaves - this is no longer available but Trendy Leaves 2 is very similar.

My card this week is fairly simple - I wanted the focus to be on the sentiment (gratitude!). I stamped the one leaf repeatedly in some non-Autumn colours (I love Autumn - I just wanted a change!) and then fussy cut them out. I added them around a die cut circle on a dark grey card panel and popped the whole panel onto a light grey card base stamped with a greeting from Stamplorations For The Birds. I added a few sparkling gems to finish it off.

 We can't wait to see your project inspired by our words - so take some TIME OUT and play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Winnie & Walter WCMD 2018 Challenge

I  have a few cards to share that I made for Winnie & Walter`s World Card Making Day Challenges. Here are the three cards that I made (apologies for the photos - lighting issues :( ):

First up is this one:

To create the card panel I spread some black Viva Decor modelling paste through the Into the Woods Creative Screenings onto a white panel. Once it was dry, I trimmed it down and die cut the bottom with the Hello die. I added the panel to a black card base - I then added the two birds die cuts and the hello die cut - all cut from magenta cardstock and sponged with some Picked Raspberry. The die cuts were also coated with some shimmer. The rest of the greeting was heat embossed in white - it is from the Sending You stamp set.

I took an extra picture of the die cuts because it is hard to see the shading and shine in the photo:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Next card is this one:

I die cut the heart shape into some acetate and then sponged the hearts using 4 different shades of Altenew pink ink. I white heat embossed some words from the Sending You stamp set into each of the hearts, and added a gold foil Hugs die cut. I embellished with a strip of gold foiled patterned paper and a few gold hearts - cut using the Audrey cutaways.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

I clear heat embossed the Technique Tuesday Number Game onto some Tim Holtz water colour paper before adding some colour using shimmer water colours. I then removed the embossing using the iron of technique. I added the frame with some foam tape before also popping up the Copic coloured Happy Dance elephant and the Sentimental Birthday white embossed greeting. I also added some tiny sparkly stars.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

TIME OUT #120 - Colourful

We have a really fun challenge for you this fortnight at TIME OUT - we are challenging you to be colourful:

Our incredible sponsor for this challenge is Winnie & Walter - they are offering the winner a $25 gift voucher :) . Winnie & Walter also have a great WCD Challenge on at the moment so make sure to check that out as well.

To say that I love W&W dies would be a massive understatement - I pulled out two of my favourites for this card: Leaf Effect Cutaway and Thanks Cutaway. 

I went with both colour and sparkle for this card :) I used seven different colours of glitter in the leaf cutouts to create a rainbow. I kept the greeting simple with a stacked die cut sentiment.

We can't wait to see your colourful cards - so make sure you take the TIME OUT to join our challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

TIME OUT #119 - Friendship & Breast Cancer Awareness

It is time for our annual Breast Cancer Awareness and friendship challenge at TIME OUT.

We have been running this challenge for a few years now with our wonderful sponsor- CAS-ual Fridays. They are offering a $25 gift voucher to the winner :)  CAS-ual Fridays have a fabulous line of breast cancer related stamps and dies that I highly recommend checking out here.

I used one of these wonderful stamp sets, called Be, for my one-layer card:

I masked off three stripes with some masking paper strips and ink blended with three different shades of pink Altenew inks. I then white heat-embossed the three greetings in white embossing powder. I accented the card with a few simple pink gems.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Marieke - you can check out her wonderful designs here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

TIME OUT#118 - Photo Inspiration

We have a photo inspiration challenge for you this week at TIME OUT - full of pretty Autumn colours:

Our sponsor for this challenge is Poppy Stamps - who are generously offering the winner a $20 gift voucher :D

Their Design Team is also joining in this challenge - so make sure to check them out here

I was lucky enough to pick a stamp set from Poppy Stamps - I chose Peony Stems and Blossoms and came up with this:

Who says peonies can't be an Autumn flower? Not me! I stamped them on Burnt Orange card stock and coloured the with Prismacolour coloured pencils. I kept the greeting simple with a stacked die cut (in glitter, of course!).  

Here is a close up of some of the colouring:

Our Guest Designer this week is Angie from Cimba Creative Fun so make sure to check out her work!

This is such a great challenge to get you in the Autumn mood - so make sure you take some TIME OUT to join us!

Thanks for stopping by!