Saturday, 20 September 2014

Butterfly Birthday

Hello there! Spring is back in Melbourne, after a very chilly week and people are out enjoying the warmth with smiles on their faces! Spring makes me think of flowers and butterflies.
I was inspired by the pretty shoe in the Runway Inspired challenge and was tempted to make a shoe shaped card, but well I decided to go with my default design favourite!

I began by embossing the white card with an embossing folder and then added a few splats of distress ink. Next I made a stencilled background with distress inks  and when dry, die cut the butterfly. The leaves have also been die cut - the cork was quite tricky as it is so fragile. I then arranged the foliage and butterfly on the card, adding the sentiment and bling.

supplies: embossing folder, WR Memories;   Dies, Simon Says Leaf cluster , CASual Fridays - casual vine;  stamp, Altenew Label Love; Ink Ranger distress ink spiced marmalade and seedless preserves.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Dream then Do!

Hello, another weekend has arrived and with it the dream of an Independent Scotland has once again been put on hold.  An amazing 4.3 million people turned out to vote - they certainly care about the future of their homeland! My Husband comes from Scotland and his family were divided in their views, but I do hope that Scotland will benefit in many ways, after giving Westminster a bit of a scare!

My card today is for the Case Study Challenge - we have another stunner by Debbie Hughes to inspire us! I went with the dream catcher theme in keeping with the dreams of many Scots.

I've actually done 2 versions of the card, but this is my favourite.

I stamped the background image on the kraft card with white ink  and then brushed it with Perfect Pearls and stitched a border. The dream catcher is cut with my Silhouette and then covered with white ink and heat embossed with white lustre powder. I added some liquid pearls and pearls to the dream catcher and then sprinkled some bling! The sentiment is from CASual Fridays. 

 This was my other version. I embossed the kraft card with an embossing folder and then swiped the edges of the card and heat embossed with the white lustre powder.

  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Foxy Christmas!

I've finished 2 more cards I've been working on. They are both Fox cards - I'm quite addicted to this trend at the moment.

The first card is for the Moxie Fab Foxy foxes challenge,  Virginia's View #7 and A Blog Named Hero challenge.

The fox is made with Silhouette and the papers are from Studio Calico (  thanks Jill Foster!). I've sponged all the edges of the paper with distress ink to give some depth.
The embossing folder is from WeR Memories - love it!

ETA: I am also entering this card in the Color Throwdown challenge (thanks Lyndal!).

Well, the first fox was cute, but a tad small - so I enlarged it and decided to have a bit of fun!

I coloured the fox with Copic Markers and used enamel dots for the eyes and nose. I made the antlers myself. The stamp is a very old freebie. The Christmas trees were made with a Memory Box die. A few sequins and a bit of twine and it's beginning to feel like early Christmas!
So this is another card for the Moxie Fab World Foxy Foxes Challenge and A Blog Named Hero Papers, Please! Challenge and Virginia's View, because I've used glitter paper and Heidi Swapp paper for the sky.

PS: My daughter is in to foxes and Christmas and has already staked her claim!

Mama Elephant meets Virginia's View

Hi there, it's another quick post, because I'm off to the docs. I've been coughing non-stop for 3 days and not getting any sleep - hope I can get something to help!

I made this card for Mama Elephant and me September Paper piecing challenge and also Virginia's View #7 challenge where we get to use Designer paper. I am also entering this in A Blog Named Hero challenge which is also to use DP.

I made the flower a few days ago, but couldn't decide how to progress. It's very busy, using patterns from one of my fave paper pads (Basic Grey Fresh Cut), so in the end I decided to make a small card and let the flower do the talking!
The thank you sentiment is inside the card.
The flower and sentiment are from Mama Elephant's Lovely Mums set.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

First Christmas Project of 2014

When I saw Debby's gorgeous little burlap favour bag in this week's Case Study Challenge, I decided to do a favour of my own and that it should be a Christmas theme.

I stamped the Poinsettia (Waltzing Mouse Stamps  Big Bloom Poinsettia- one of the stamp sets  I acquired at our craft retreat - thanks Chupa!) on vellum and embossed it. Then I coloured the reverse side with Copic Markers. The sentiment is made with a Penny Black die. The pillow box was cut by my Silhouette.
I think you can see I was inspired by the burlap and the colours.

Monday, 15 September 2014

More Autumn Mixed Media

Hi there. Just here to remind you about the current Mixed Media Card Challenge. There's still plenty of time to play - the deadline is 25 September. The theme this month is Autumn.

You can see more inspiration on our reminder post here

I used a stencil on the background and a combination of distress ink and Pan Pastels. The bird is made from craft metal from our sponsor  Add a Little Dazzle. I die cut the metal and then embossed it, added die ink and perfect pearls and finally some glitter. The sentiment is cut with Silhouette from Winnie & Walter's cut file (The Big, the bold and The Blessings). I cut plain card and then added the glitter.  
I'm entering this in the Simon Wednesday Challenge, where the challenge is to make your own background.
I'm also entering this in the Inspiration Emporium Challenge - Autumn theme.

My Fave Butterfly

Hi there, another Monday has rolled around! Just a quick post, because I'm feeling a bit under the weather - just a virus with cough. I still wanted to make a card for the current Muse Card challenge,
 because the Muse is the uber talented Therese Calvird and her card is a stunner.

Here is my take

I used a stencil and distressed ink for the background and also lightly stamped some text through the stencil. My butterfly has more of a watercolour effect, made by colouring directly on to the Penny Black stamp and spritzing before stamping.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Wednesday Challenge, which is to make your own background. 
ETA: I see that City Crafter Challenge have Butterflies as their theme, so I shall this card.