Friday, 28 August 2015

Vintage Flowers

Hello there. I have a quick post today to share a card I made for fun. I wanted to try out Altenew's new inks and I hadn't yet used their Vintage Flower stamps - this is the result ...

I found the pink bloom much easier to stamp. The yellow/orange inks didn't  look so good at first, but it's amazing how after a while the ink settles in and they seem to almost blend. I used M.I.S.T.I. to stamp this and I must say I'm in love with this tool!
I wanted the card to look 'vintage-y' (is that a word?) , so I added the ornate corners from Kaisercraft and the sentiment from Wplus9.
I'm entering this card in the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - the theme is masking.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Another Mixed Media Butterfly

Hi there. It's a glorious sunny day in Melbourne and Spring is in the air after a long cold winter, so I thought I'd share a Spring-like card today.

This is also a reminder for the Mixed Media Card Challenge - you still have a few days to enter the challenge. This month the theme is ** Butterflies **, with the option to include gold in your card.

To begin I embossed the panel and then stamped the background, masking off the edges. Then I added a few splatters of ink.
I decided to use some of my beautiful Japanese paper for the die-cut butterfly and some gold cord knotted for the butterfly's body. The leaves have some shimmer added with Wink of Stellar.

You should pop over to the Mixed Card Card Challenge to get more inspiration from the team and you have until 25 August to enter the challenge here

Friday, 14 August 2015

Playing with the Damsel of Distressed Cards

Well hello there friends! I've been missing again, but today I'm so excited to be back with a very special post.

One of my all time favourite blogs to visit is The Damsel of Distressed Cards - the creation of Becca Cruger. Becca's cards are always so bright, artsy and totally amazing and reading her posts never fails to put a smile on my face! Not only that, but Becca is so supportive and leaves the best comments on other people's blogs!

Bec has a great post once a month called Featured Friday in which she highlights another crafty blogger who is a huge inspiration to her. Well imagine my surprise when I got a message from her asking if I would be the featured blogger this month!  I really mean it, when I say I'm honoured, because she has featured some incredibly talented crafters!

Anyhow, as part of the feature, Becca has chosen one of mty card's to CASE and I have also CASEd it. Here is the original and the new card.

I have chosen to make my card more CAS, by having a white panel, but adding some texture with the dry embossing.
I used distress markers, applied directly to the stamp, spritzed with a little bit of water and then stamped. When they were dry, I fussy cut them. I love using vellum in this way, because it looks so 'dreamy'.
I used the same colours to dye the seam binding, which ties in with the original card.
I thought the stripes suited the CAS look.

Well I'd like to give a huge thanks to the gorgeous Becca for the shout out - it really has inspired me to get back in to card-making after a very long time without my crafty Mojo!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hey there! Yes it's a new month and that means a new challenge has started over at the Mixed Media Card challenge and this should be a favourite, because the theme is *Butterflies* and the optional element is *Gold*!

Here is my card - I have taken a very Artsy approach, because I wanted to try out my new Zig Gasai Tambai watercolours - they are soooo beautiful!

I swooshed some water on the watercolour paper and then added the colours and let them blend a little.
When it was dry, I stamped the Stampers Annonymous butterfly in black and heat embossed.
Then I masked the butterfly and stamped the background images and gold embossed.
I added some splatter with the paints and some acrylic gold ink, letting it drip.
I hope you like it and if you would like to join in, you can enter the challenge here.
There is lots more inspiration from the design team.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Becca's Birthday Bash

I've been MIA again! Well today I plan to make up for it, with  3 cards - Yay!
I've been for a card-making catch up with Lyndal (of Ideas and Paper) and so I took along my box of unfinished stuff and voila!

I decided to play along with the link-up over at Becca's blog (The Damsel of Distressed)  to celebrate her Birthday. The rules are to make something inspired by Becca's mood board. Luckily I had a few things in my stash that suited this theme.

The image in this card is from Hero Arts, it's coloured with distress markers and ink and I used a Lil' Inkers die to cut the circle shape.

This gorgeous image is from Penny Black and I used Inktense Pencils and Peerless watercolours to colour the image.

The bird stamp is from Dina Wakely and the sentiment is from STAMPlorations.
It may not be obvious, but I've used foil on the bird and on the grungy background. 
So there you go Becca - 3 cards for your Birthday linky - thanks for the inspiration!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Summer Romance Mixed Media

Hi there. I have a card to share today, which I'm hoping will warm me up as it's very chilly down under in Melbourne - brrrr!

Lots of challenges have a summer theme, so i thought I'd have some fun and join in.

I stamped beach scene from kaisercraft, using distress marker directly on the stamp and spritzing.
I have used various mediums to complete the scene including distress inks, brushos and inktense pencils. I used a stencil on the sand for added depth. I was trying to get colours reminiscent of a polaroid pic - not sure if I succeeded.
The flower was cut with Silhouette using designer paper with added highlights.

I'm entering this in the Anything But Cute Challenge (Summer Romance) and the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge (Summer Days).

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Mixed Media Blues

Yay! I'm back. Have you been wondering what happened to me? Had you forgotten me?

Well, without going in to too many details, I lost my mojo, because I've been grieving due to the loss of my Mum, who passed away a few months ago. My Dad passed away last year and my Uncle also 5 weeks after my Mum. So I've been feeling sad and working out what I want to do now that my life has changed.

I'm slowly trying to get back in to crafting because that's always been such a relaxing and wonderful escape for me. I've also been remiss in keeping up with everyone else's blogs, so I hope to catch up with all my crafty friends to see what you've all been doing!

Anyhow, today I have made a card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme is really fun this month - *Blue* with an option to include a vase. There is so much gorgeous inspiration over on the blog - here and here.

I die cut lots of blooms from a Poppy stamp die and coloured them with Peerless watercolours, distress inks and Inktense watercolour pencils.  Then I layered them on a circle which had been shaped to make it pop in the centre. I added some micro beads for extra interest.
The jar and stem were drawn and coloured with Inktense pencil. I embossed the background for extra texture and added a splatter (oops - I should have done it before I mounted it on the blue card) and an acetate butterfly from Heidi Swapp for a bit of fun.

I hope you like it and decide to join in the challenge - it really is a fun theme.

I am also entering the Anything But Cute challenge - Summer Romance.