Sunday, 1 May 2016

Mixed Media Card Challenge #23 REFLECTION

Well can you believe it - it's the 1st of May already! 2016 is whizzing by!

Of course, a new month brings with it, the beginning of a new Mixed Media Card Challenge and this month we have a very interesting theme - 'REFLECTION', with the optional element being 'WATER'.
There are so many ways this theme could be interpreted and I've played around with a few of those ideas, but for my first card I chose to include the word in my card.  

I've had big changes in my life over the last couple of years, losing both my Parents and my 2 children coming to the end of their secondary schooling and i have spent a lot of time reflecting in order to move forward. So here is my card....

You should head on over to the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team have created. I hope you decide to join in the fun and link up your cards here.

ETA: I'm adding this to the Simon Monday Challenge (Show us Your METAL) - I've used metallic foil and metal brad.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Tag You're It Challenge #45

I actually managed to make a card for a challenge today! I saw the inspiration card for the TAG You're It Challenge  on someone's blog and knew I had the right tag in my stash, so here it is!

I used a tag from my stash, which was die cut from a watercolour wash and stamped the sentiment from Justrite Stamps and clear embossed. Thank goodness for my MISTI, because I had to stamp about 10 times to get the sentiment dark enough on the watercolour paper. Next I used more of the the same wash,  stamped the butterflies, clear embossed, and then added Wink of Stellar for added shimmer. The butterfly stamps are from STAMPlorations and designed by Shirley Bampton - love them!

ETA: I just saw that the Simon Monday Challenge is all about butterflies - so I'm joining their challenge too! In fact I might have to make another card, because I LOVE butterflies!
The Simon Wednesday Challenge is to 'Make it Girlie' so I can join in there too!
Also entering the STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Hi there, I've been enjoying having the kid's on school holidays, so I've been sleeping in and have even had time to make another card! Here is a reminder about the Mixed Media Card Challenge #22 April Challenge - the theme this month is *SUNSHINE* and the optional element is *BRICKS*.

I sponged and blended distress inks and spritzed with water and perfect pearls.  I used a stencil to create the illusion of sunshine. When dry, I stamped the flourishes and white embossed. To finish I diecut the panel and matted on white and Kraft cardstock.
You have plenty of time to join in the challenge, the deadline is 25 April and you can enter here.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Mixed Media Card Challenge #22 Sunshine

Happy April Fool's Day! This is no joke though, it's the beginning of another Mixed Media Card Challenge and the theme this month is *SUNSHINE* with the option to included *BRICKS* in your project. This is what I came up with ....

Do not ask me why, but for some reason I became fixated on including a rooster in my card! To make the background I light sponged the bottom portion of the card  with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then stencilled the bricks with the same ink. Next I added more detail with Aged Mahogany. Pumice Stone and Fired Brick markers - I wanted it to look rough, like an aged country wall.  Then I sponged the rest of the card with Mustard Seed ink and stamped the sunbeams with a Darkroom Door Stamp. I wasn't that happy with the result, so I used a watercolour brush and Spiced Marmalade ink to make a more abstract effect. Next came the Rooster. I didn't have a stamp, I thought about a Silhouette cut file, but in the end I went with a free digital image from The Graphic Fairy and used TAP paper to transfer the image.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment from Concord & 9th, the machine stitching and matted the panel.

So now it is your turn to join in the fun at the Mixed Media Card Challenge - you can link your card up here and get lots more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Keeping it Clean Mixed Media

I'm just popping in with a card I had fun making, using some of the stamped images from our Bright Craft Retreat. I loved the penguin stamps from MFT and found a place for one of them in this card.

I've used a various media to create this card - copic markers on the penguin, Zig CCRB markers on the tree, distress markers on the drink and Brushos for the background! Yep, I had fun making this one!

I'm entering this card in the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge - the theme is *WATER*.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Mixed Media Card Challenge Reminder

Hey there. I'm popping in today with another card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge.
The theme this month is *TREES* and the optional element is *BIRDS*.

I stamped the bird image from WPlus9 twice, once on to patterned paper and then on to watercolour paper. I used distress markers and Zig CCRB markers to colour the images. I also touched up the flowers on the patterned paper to make the colours complimentary. Then I stamped the branch above the bird and another branch image from Penny Black. To finish I added the stitching, splatters and sequins.

There is more inspiration on the Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog and you have until 25March to enter the challenge.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Bear Hugz

I'm back with another card for the CAS Mix It Up challenge.

On the last day of the Craft Retreat I recently attended, I had a bit of a stamping frenzy - trying to get as many of the cute images belonging to my crafty friends!  Now I'm trying to use them on cards. I just love these bears from Mama Elephant and the background is a new stamp from Clearly Besotted (thanks Jenny Dix for enabling me to buy it!).

I stamped the birch trees with Hero Arts ink and the bears were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with Zig CCRB markers.

I'm also entering this in the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge - anything goes with stamping.