Monday, 5 September 2016

A Basket full of Sweetness

Hey there.  Just popping in with a reminder about this month's Mixed Media Card challenge.         The theme this month is 'HARVEST BASKET' and the optional element is 'FRUIT'.

I have put my own twist on the theme, because here in Australia things are warming up, so I decided to do a more Summery basket of fruit.

I made the basket by cutting up some strips of wood veneer paper and weaving them, colouring it with distress stain and then die cutting the basket shape. The striped background was made by masking the stripes with washi tape and then spraying Color Shine and then adding some splatter.  The pineapples were stamped and then fussy cut and the flowers are die-cuts, coloured with Zig CCRB markers. The stamps and dies are from Concord & 9th - love them!

You have lots of time to join in the fun - the deadline is 25 Sep and you can link up your cards here

I would like to enter this card in Darnell's NBUS Challenge no 7.  When I first saw these pineapple stamps, I had to have them immediately, but of course then they sat there neglected, just longing to be inked up. So once again Darnell has inspired me to use some 'never before used schtuff'!

I'm also entering this in Virginia's View Challenge #23 which is to use Spray Mist and splatter - gotta love that! 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Harvest Time (on the other side of the world!) MMCC #27

Hi there! I know, I know it's been a looong time since my last post! I've been concentrating on our Queenscliff house renovation, which means card making has taken a back step. Hopefully I will get back to it soon!

Well it's the first day of September, which means it's the beginning of Spring in Australia, nearly time for Fall elsewhere and the start of a new challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.

The theme this month is 'HARVEST BASKET' and the optional element is 'FRUIT'.

I stamped the music script, sponged the background with dye inks,  stamped the leaves and then layered the baskets of fruit which had been coloured on vellum with Zig markers. I added some splatter with the inks and then finished it with the wooden bee.

The design team have come up with some gorgeous cards to inspire you, so why don't you check them out here and then join in the fun.

ETA: I'm entering this card in the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge (Take a Stamp) and the Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

I'm also entering the Time Out Challenge September challenge - which is to create a project inspired by these words ... “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

A Special Birthday

Just a quick post to share a card I made for a special lady  - Shery Russ.

It is a double celebration for Shery - 3rd Anniversary for her amazing stamp company, STAMPlorations and also turning the Big 40! Congrats Shery, I hope you had a wonderful celebration for both achievements.

The cupcake image is from STAMPlorations and I used Zig CCRB Markers directly on stamp and then a brush with water.
I added a shadow with a grey marker and of course my favourite Wink of Stellar for some shimmer. The sentiment is from Concord & 9th. 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Mixed Media Card Challenge

A new month is upon us and that means it's time for a new Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme this month is 'SPARKLE' and the optional element is 'GEMS" -  I predict a very pretty gallery of cards!

I just received these gorgeous heart and floral dies from Concord & 9th, called Layers of Love and decided they would suit this month's theme.
To begin I painted the front panel on watercolour paper with Peerless Water Colours. When it was dry I  die cut the floral heart window. At the same time, I die cut the lined heart window from the card base.and the floral sprays.  Then I coloured the flowers with Zig CCRB markers and spritzed with water. When dry, I added Wink of Stellar and Stickles for some shimmer and sparkle. The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter and was heat embossed with a sparkly gold powder.
To finish  I added some gems and sparkly gold thread.

Pop on over to the Mixed Media Card Challenge to see to get more sparkly inspiration and then join in the fun. You can link up your card here.

ETA: I am adding this card to the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge and Virginia's View #22 (Summer) Challenge.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mixed Media card challenge Reminder

If you have been following my blog, you will know I have been playing with Yupo and Alcohol Inks over the last few days. I think I have had my fill of this messy medium for a while. It is fun and addictive, but I need to try out some of my other NBUS stamps and mediums now.

I made this card for the Mixed Media Card challenge. The theme this month is SUNSET and the optional element is POSTAGE STAMP (which I didn't use this time) Check out my first card here.

You still have a few days left to enter the challenge - the deadline is 25 June and you can link up your card here.

Psychedelic Butterflies

Hi there! I  just wanted to share another card I made with the Yupo and alcohol Inks.

I really liked the paterns formed on this background, so I didn't want to lose any of it. The solution was to use the butterflies die from Simon Says stamp.

Oops this photo is a bit out of focus - it's not your eyes! I have used Jacquard Pinata Alcohol Inks and Copic Re-inkers to create this background. 

I am entering this card in the Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies Challenge and the Virginia's View - All about Colour Challenge.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Colours of the Rainbow

Another quick post -  2 in one day!!! 

Yesterday I felt the urge to try something new, so I purchased some Yupo (synthetic paper which is like plastic) and some alcohol inks and this is there result... WARNING- you might need sunglasses!

I used a whole pad of this paper because it is a bit addictive playing with alcohol inks - you just want to keep adding more to see how they react. This one though, doesn't have too much blending and I liked the white space. I decided it needed some bold black images to show it off. The large butterfly is from Stampers Anonn a, the small butterfly from Prima and the sentiment  is from Altenew.

I noticed that Virginia's View Challenge is back so I shall enter this card as the theme is 'All About Colour'.  I'm also entering this card in the Craft Stamper Challenge 'Let's Get Inky'.