Sunday, 28 June 2015


So I have to confess that I went on a little bit of a spending spree over the last few weeks so I was pretty excited to play with my new stuff. My order from Walter and Winnie just came in last Thursday and I had ordered the Multifaceted full card front die as well as the smaller stamp - I knew when I ordered them that they would quickly jump into my stash of faves, and they did not disappoint. 

The first cards I did were for the TIME OUT challenge of the week - inspiration from this photo:

So there were a few things that I really focused on in this picture - hot pink and orange is one of my favourite colour combos, and the graphic design is quite cool. Here is my interpretation:

I started out by coating two panels of Neenah Solar White with a few colours of Silks glazes - focused on pink and orange of course! I did two because I had originally planned on on mixing the bits up - even though I didn't end up doing it. After die cutting the panels, I removed the grid and the outer most triangles, and then I popped all the remaining pieces up on a card. I die cut some W&W greetings (also part of my order!) and painted them with some black Wink of Stella. I added the die cuts on some pieces of torn vellum and finished the cards with some clear dew drops.

I will link these cards up to a couple of places:

For my next card, I focused on the Multifaceted stamp which I white heat embossed on watercolour paper. I used my new Hickory Smoke Distress marker and some water to "watercolour" this background. As an aside, I absolutely LOVE Hickory Smoke - it is the perfect grey - I am going to predict that it will quickly become my most used Distress colour....

Once I had created my background, I stamped some CB Fresh Flowers on some watercolour paper which I then die cut and watercoloured in bright yellow with a little bit of orange and green.I popped them up on top of the grey panel for a little bit of dimension but I kept the stem flush to the card front. The greeting is from Simon Says Stamp and was white embossed on grey cardstock. The cardstock is also popped up in the middle but flush to the card front at the edges to create some interesting dimension - I really like the effect. I finished off the card with a few gems on the flowers

I took some inspiration for this card from a few places that I will link it back to:

  • The Card Concept have a great colour challenge focused on grey, yellow and white:

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Copic Colouring on Sunday

I decided to spend a little bit of time today with some Unity Stamps and my Copics. I started with this card - my very first Christmas card of the year! I was inspired by the Merry Monday Challenge to incorporate some funky stamps - and this cute little stamp called "Birdies, Hugs & Mistletoe" seemed to fit the bill:

After I coloured the image, I thought that it would work well as a shaker card that is what I did but instead of using sequins for the filler, I used some Stampendous Shaved Ice to make it seem like a snowy scene. Here is a close up - so sparkly:

I used a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder for the card front and the greeting is from Clearly Besotted. I will link this card up to:

My second card of the day uses stamps from 2 different Unity Stamp sets -the February 2015 Kit of the Month and "Original You". I stamped the elephant and the flowers in Momento black ink and cloured them with Copics. I then masked them and applied some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink along the one side of the card. Finishing touches were the greeting and a generous coating of clear Wink of Stella on the flowers. I am so happy with the final card - I don't usually repeat cards but I think that I may make an exception for this one....

I will link this card up to a few places:
  • CAS on Sunday where we are being challenged with one-layer cards

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Playing With New Stuff

On Monday, my latest delivery from Simon Says Stamp arrived filled with all kinds of goodies - including their new inks and some Jillybean Soup wood veneers... I hadn't been planning on making another sunshine card for the current TIME OUT challenge but the ink colours and the wood veneer got me thinking and this is what I came up with:

The sun is from Simon Says Colour and Sunshine -  masked and stamped in multiple colours: HA Orange Soda, SSS Goldenlocks, SSS Melon, SSS Duckling and SSS Sunkist - then covered with lots of clear Wink of Stella. The background was done with SSS Create a Scene cloud masks and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.

I will link up to TIME OUT who are asking for cards inspired by words:

"Happy is the Bride the Sun Shines On"

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

A couple of Cards To Share

I feel like it has been forever since I spend a whole day in my craftroom but yesterday a situation involving my cat trying to race me down the stairs resulted in my straining an ankle, and being completely housebound - so what better way so spend the day...

The first card I am sharing is my entry for the Card Concept Challenge who shared this absolutely gorgeous inspiration Photo:

I love the gorgeous colours of the butterflies accented by the white outlines - here is my interpretation:

I used some Peerless water colours to create the background splotches of colours. I used a memory box die cut called Fairyland Butterflies and coated it in clear Wink of Stella (which didn't show up in the photo). I adhered the die cut with clear foam adhesive to make it appear to be floating above the splotches of colours. The greeting is from Altenew. Here is a side view to illustrate the dimension:

I will link this card to a couple of places:

The second card that I have to share is for one of my favourite challenges TIME OUT. This week, we are being inspired by words:

"Happy Is The Bride The Sun Shines On"

I chose to focus on the key words "Happy" and "Sun" and came up with this:

I used two colours of pigment ink to create the sun using the Simon Says Watts Up stamp set which I clear embossed. The cloudy background was created using the Simon Says Stamp Create a Scene stencils and some Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. The two greetings are from the Simon Says Sparkle and Shine stamp set. I finished off the card with some silver thread and a Tim Holtz embossed background. Here is a close up of the greetings:

I will link up to TIME OUT

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AAA Cards - Paste and Stencil

The challenge at AAA Cards this week is all about your your paste and stencil... or just your paste... or just your stencils. You should stop by and check out what the rest of the design team came up with (some fabulous cards!) and also our Guest Designer this week is Shona Chambers from Twine Around whose cards are always inspirational. I also really like the inspiration photo that Victoria came up with for the challenge (looks like such a cool technique): 

I absolutely love stencils so for me, the hardest part of this challenge was determining which stencil to use (I have more than a few!). Eventually, I settled on a stencil from Stencil Girl called Cornish Petals - and some inspiration from the blooming pink peonies in my backyard to come up with this card:

I decided that I wanted to create an ombre embossing paste so I started out with a geneous amount of embossing paste on my craft mat and added a little bit of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and applied the outer most paste, I then added a little bit more ink, and applied the middle section, and repeated the process fro the middle. I finished off the card with a die cut circle, a Studio Calico (twice embossed with gold powder) and some gold thread for a pretty simple card.

I will link up to the following challenges:

So now it's your turn - so grab your stencils and paste and have fun!!!

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

AAA Cards - Woodland Animals Challenge

It is time for another challenge at AAA Cards - and this week, we are challenging you to incorporate woodland animals into your card design:

My take on woodland animals today is a little bit different - I passed over my "cute" woodland animal stamp sets, and chose this elegant fox stamp that I picked up from Unity Stamps.

I stamped my foxy fox in Versafine Onyx ink and then I watercoloured her with Distress Inks and die cut her with a Spellbinders frame die.

The background was a ton of fun to create. I really wanted to do a striped foil background (I am loving that trend!) but I haven't bought the supplies yet so I did the next best thing - metallic leafing. I laid down some pieces of Be Creative tape (carefully measured). I peeled off the backing and used the adhesive to lay down the leafing. I used Indigo Blu Eton Mess leafing which is mostly silver but does contain a few copper and gold flakes - I thought that it would complement the fox well.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's take on our challenge - check it out here!!!

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