Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumnal Bird

Hi there. It's another windy Sunday in Melbourne, so I decided to stay indoors and make another card for the new CAS Watercolour Challenge, whilst my lovely DH makes me poached eggs for breakfast!

I began by doing a watercolour wash on a piece of Arches Watercolour paper. When it was dry I stamped the WPlus9 leaves using Memento ink, brushing the stamp with a touch of water.  Next I stamped this sweet bird from Stampendous and coloured with Gansai Tambi watercolours, the Memento ink and Zig CCRB markers. When it was dry I used the Brother ScanNcut to 'fussy cut' the bird. The branch is 2 Memory Box die cuts layered to make it a bit bigger.

I am also entering the following challenges:-

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Mix Media Card Challenge Reminder

A quick post from me today, just to remind you about our current challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  The theme is 'BLACK & PURPLE' and the optional element is 'TWINE'.

This was a quick and easy card. I  stamped the background using versamark and embossed with a pearl ink. Then I masked the edges and sponged various inks over the embossed area, leaving it lighter in the centre. I die cut the deer and then applied a sparkly black flocking powder, using a heat set glue. The flower is a die-cut and I sponged the edges with distress ink and added the pearl.

There are more cards from our design team over on the challenge blog and you can link up your card here.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Sending Thanks

On this side of the world,  gardens are full of flowers, the air is sweet and warm and the days are getting longer , whilst on the other side of the world the leaves are turning a myriad of colours and the days are getting shorter.

Today I am sharing a card which which celebrates Fall, because I am very excited about a new challenge - the brain child of Loll and Bonnie. It is called CAS Watercolour and the challenge is to create a 'clean and simple' watercolour card and the theme this month is 'AUTUMN'.

I have used Gansai Tambi watercolours, Peerless watercolours and Brushos. Some of my leaves have been stamped using WPlus9 stamps and the rest of the leaves are die-cuts. The die-cut sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the stamped 'thanks' is from Altenew.

Thanks for dropping by and if you love playing with watercolours, you should check out this challenge - they have a Design Team Call open until 15 October.

I am also entering the following challenges:-

Simon Wednesday Challenge - Mood Board Halloween Inspiration 
Addicted to CAS - Watercolouring

Craft Stamper Take it, Make it October Autumal Theme

NB: I am experiencing problems with Blogger - repeating posts and posts disappearing. I apologise if you see my post more than once in Bloglovin!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Purple Power

I'm popping in with a quick post, because a new month is upon us, which means there's a new Mixed Media Card Challenge.  This month's theme is *BLACK and PURPLE* with the optional element being *TWINE*.

I used a diecut butterfly from Concord & 9th to create a mask and sponged the background with distress inks. Then I spritzed it with water to create a mottled look.  The next step was to add some interest by adding some brushos to the centre butterfly. I painted water over the butterfly and then sprinkled the powder.  When it was dry I stamped Hero Arts 'Friendship' background stamp using Hero Arts white ink and then swiped perfect pearls over this. Next I added a machine stitched border and matted the panel with black paper. I then added the white and black layered die cuts and added a bit of bling.  To finish off, I added some twine and gem and mounted the panel on a white base card.

There are more wonderful cards from our design team at the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog and you can link up your cards here.

ETA: I am entering the following challenges:_

CAS Mix It Up  (stamping/ghosting + sponging(my choice)

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.