Thursday, 31 July 2014

Scrapbook boutique Challenge

I'm here today with a card for the July Scrapbook Boutique challenge. Each month they use a cupcake as an inspiration for their challenge. This month's is a yummy chocolatey/coffee looking cake and this is how I was inspired ....

I've used 3 journal cards from Kaisercraft to make this card and a Hero Arts stamp. The sentiment is cut from one of the journal cards - it made me laugh when I saw it and reminded me of a very funny childrens book called 'Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus'.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fusion Card Challenge

Hi, just a quick post from my iPad.

I'm trying to get back to my favourite challenges  and I loved the sketch and photo for this week's Fusion challenge and this is what I came up with ...

I do apologise for the poor photo quality, but my computer 's Iphoto has crashed :( and is currently in repair mode, so I've used the ipad camera. Anyhow, I started with a white card base, which I embossed with a PTI impression plate and then partially covered with the DP. Then I stamped the rose and other images. The bird is made with a tim Holtz die.  I hi-lighted it with white gel pen and stamped on that as well. I then attached the ribbon, sentiment,bird and flower to the card and added a few splatters to finish it off.

I'd Like To Be Under Sea ...

Ok, well I tell a fib! Only if it was shallow! I wouldn't mind being on a tropical beach though, at a lovely resort. Koh Samui maybe...

I've seeing lots of gorgeous tags with a Seahorse on them, around blog land and I discovered they're inspired by Tim Holtz's Tags of 2014 - July. So I decided to have a play. This is what I created.

I don't have the seahorse die and although I could have used a Silhouette cut file, I decided to use something that's been in my little box of treasures for a long time. It's the skeleton of a real Seahorse, found on the beach.  I sprayed it with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

Back to the tag. I embossed it with a wood grain folder and then painted it with a thick gesso. Next I coloured it with distress paints. I like the way the gesso makes it streaky. 
I have something hidden in the background - can you see it? I used a stencil and distress ink to have a couple more Seahorses subtly floating in the background. 
I used Silhouette to die cut some seaweed and a few leaf die cuts.
To finish it off I added some bling and a bow, which means it's not grungy like Tim's!

The strange thing is, I was planning to make a couple of summer Mixed Media projects already, before I knew about Tim's challenge, so I already had the shells and had collected sand weeks ago. If you check back on 01 August (US time) you'll see my other project.
ETA: I'm entering this tag in the Inspired by Stamping challenge

PS: I apologise to anyone who has that Beatles song stuck in their head! I've been singing it all day!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Another Tag!

The thing about tags, is that they're addictive - I think it's because they're small and cute! So I couldn't stop at one tag for the Tag You're it #2 challenge, I had to make another one.

Another thing that is addictive, is playing with Heidi Swapp stencils, because they are cute and small too!
The tag was made with a Papertrey Ink die again. The butterfly stamp is from Darkroom Door and the gorgeous sentiment is from Stamplorations.
It's hard to tell from the photo, but after I stamped the butterfly and fussy cut it, I swiped Versamark ink over it and clear embossed it, because I was too impatient to wait for glossy accents too dry! 

NB: In case you noticed the white specks on the butterfly, that's what happens when you use the same piece of paper that was previously used with white embossing powder! Lucky I don't mind the effect here!

New challenge for tags!

Good morning! It's a beautiful sunny Winter's day on Melbourne! I should be outside , but I had the urge to make a tag for the new challenge Tag You're it! I missed the 1st one, but I'm very excited, because I love making tags! This week the tag they have an amazing tag from the uber talented Laura Bassen as our inspiration.

The tag is a cutie from Papertrey Ink and I broke out my new mini stencils from Heidi Swapp to make the background. After I stencilled the background, I spritzed it with water to activiate the distress ink and give it more of a watercolour effect. The bird stamp is my new favourite from hero Arts (I've been eyeing it off for a while and succumbed to temptation) and the flowers are cut with a Memory Box die. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Case Study #201 Casing Shari

Hello friends! It's Sunday afternoon and I'm enjoying some relaxing crafting after recovering from Gastro.

It is Shari Caroll's last week as the muse at Case study challenge , so I didn't want to miss the chance to case her stunning card.

I began with a piece of SSS blue card stock and stamped the Hero Arts Friends text background.
Next I did some layer stamping with the butterfly from Darkroom Door and the leaves from Clearly Besotted. When the panel was dry, I stamped the white sentiment from Kaisercraft and the black sentiment from Hero Arts. I die cut the butterflies from the panel and mounted it on a black base.
Then I die cut the butterflies again from white glitter paper and  placed them in the negative space.
At this stage, I realised it really needed a border, so I did some stitching and then added a few sequins.
NB: Murphies Law - If you do the stitching after everything else is finished, you will most likely suff things up! Yep, the thread kept getting jammed and the tension was all over the place! You should see the back!
ETA: I'm entring this card in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where the theme is to Emboss.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Winnie & Walter Premiere of Scenery: V for cheVron

Welcome back for the final day of the current release of Winnie & Walter Stamps.
Todays stamp set is so cool - it has so many possibilities!
I love graphics and florals together, so this is what I created for my first card.


I stamped the BIG cheVron with white ink and white embossed on watercolour paper. The stripes look a bit textured, but thats because of the paper, not the stamp.  I then used some yummy watercolour paint as a wash over the embossing. The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Seasons set, which premiered yesterday.
The roses are from the Big, the Bold and Extras set. 

EYA: I'm entering this in Simon's Wednesday challenge which is to Emboss it!

I'll have to confess that I am a bit challenged when it comes to stamping geometric shapes etc in a repeated pattern, because it never seems to turn out straight, if you know what I mean! However I couldn't resist giving it another try with Gold Delicata Ink. I am embracing the imperfections as proof that the card is hand made!!!
The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and You set and of course the  chevrons are from Scenery: V for cheVron.

Thanks again for visiting and helping me enjoy my guest designer gig with W&W!
Now head on over to Winnie & Walter's blog 
to see what Dianne and the Talent have come up with!