Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Case Study Au revoir

Well I just had to have another play in this, the last Case Study Challenge for a while and possibly forever. Chupa, you have been amazing keeping this wonderful challenge going on weekly basis for 4 years! That is an incredible effort and I like many, wish you well and hope you feel refreshed enough one day to begin again.

This is also the last week we get to case Debby Hughes and what a beauty it is!

I knew I wanted to use a feather, but didn't want to be to close to Debby's card, so I decided to make a Peacock feather.
I used Copic markers, gold ink and a wink of stellar marker to colour the feather. If I had more time, I would do it over, because I'm not very happy with the result.
The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions.

So Chupa, thank you again and Au revoir Case Study Challenge (until we meet again)!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for Card-makers

Hello there, my lovelies! I hope you've had your coffee today!

I'm taking part in a fun blog hop today organised by Chaitali Narla and Amy Tsuruta  for coffee loving card makers!

I do love my coffee, but I only allow myself one per day (ok sometimes 2) -  a cafe bought regular size strong Caffe Latte. When I'm travelling, in Asia, UK, USA, I find it difficult to get it just the way I like it. It seems we drink it stronger down under, probably more like Italy. Yes, I'm a coffee snob! But when you love it a lot and you only have one a day - it has to be right! I found this poster which is so on trend and sums up my feelings!

Don't ask me any questions until I've had my coffee - my brain does not function until after my caffeine boost!

I don't have any coffee related stamp sets, so I called my friend Lyndal, who I honestly believe has everything! I'm very lucky to have her as a friend and living close by! She has 3 stamp sets! 
So I borrowed them yesterday and had a bit of a stamping frenzy, before returning them to her so she could join in the hop.

I seem to have been in a Vintage and Retro sort of mood - a return to past styles! I've been inspired by the various challenges around, which have been asking us to use our designer paper - it's like I've just rediscovered it all.
The stamp sets I used were from Skipping Sones Designs (Funny Coffee) and Paper Smooches (Cyber Cafe). The last card is definitely not my style, but i made this cut file in Silhouette and thought it would go well with the Basic Grey papers.

Now, why don't you pop over to Chaitali's blog Cuts, Crops and Creativity and see what everyone else has created. If you are inspired and would like to participate, you have until 11.59pm PST 29 September to link up a card and there are some wonderful  coffee themed prizes too.

Another Autumn Card and then on to Spring!

Hi there! Happy Monday! It's a glorious Spring day today and the Irises in our garden are starting to sprout. I hope the Roses bloom soon!

I had some metal leaves sitting on my desk, left over from the Mixed Media Card challenge. We were showcasing craft metal from Add a Little Dazzle. So anyhow, when I noticed the challenge at The Card Concept, I knew I should put the leaves to use. I would also like to enter the Inspiration Emporium challenge - fall theme. 

I coloured the leaves with a combination of Liquid Pearls, Copic Markers and a metallic, yellow glitter pen.
I used my new Lil' Inkers impression plate and Stitched rectangle die (love, love, love!)
and then matted the panels adding a few sequins and a bow to finish off.

I'm entering this in the Card Concept - Clean and Layered category.
I'm also entering it in the Simon Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.
I was also inspired by the Case Study Challenge, so I shall enter that as well, although I will probably be back with another one.

I will have another post go live at 11pm Melbourne time (6am PST) for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for card makers - if you are interested in participating - check out the details at Chaitali's blog.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Daisies make me happy!

Every week I have the intension of making a tag for the Tag You're it! Challenge, but I keep missing the deadline. I'm just sneaking it in this time!

The daisy and sentiment stamps are from Penny Black Petal Power and the tag and butterfly are cut with a PB die. 

I'm also entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge - Stencils and Stamps and the Simon Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.

More Feather Love!

I purchased some feather stamps from STAMPlorations a while ago, because I jujust had to have them and of course they then sat in my stash un-loved until now!

I thought I would take the opportunity of the inspiration at Case Study Challenge to break out these gorgeous stamps and I decided to try stamping on charcoal cardstock as an alternative to kraft. I think this will be a good sympathy card, although I hope I don't need it!

The stamps are from STAMPlorations Vignette Trendy Freathers. I stamped the feahers with Hero Arts White ink and brushed with pearl-ex white powder. The sentiment was stamped in black, with a Ranger emboss it marker and brushed with the same powder. After I applied the powder, I heat set, then brushed with a tissue to remove excess powder, spritzed with water and heat set again. 

 I am also entering this in the STAMPlorations Monthly Challenge - Stamps and markers
and the  Simon Monday Challenge - Stencils & Stamps.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Girls just wanna have fun!

I've just finished making something for a design team, which took a lot of thought to put together and I felt lie shaking the cobwebs out of my head and having a bit of fun. Then I remembered the fun inspiration photo at Fusion Card Challenge and the rest is history.

I stamped the car twice - once on the pink DP and again on some acetate. The I fussy cut them and placed the acetate over the pink.  The background paper is from Heidi Swapp . The palm tree stamp is from Kaisercraft and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

ETA: I'm entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge - Stencils & Stamps - I used 3 stamps.

I told my daughter she can have the card when she gets her license and she said she'd rather have the car! Me too!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pattern Paper Play

Have you noticed all the challenges around , encouraging us to use our stash of designer paper? I was very inspired by Jacqueline's cards here and decided to use collage stamp on some of my favourite paper.

The paper is from MME Follow Your Heart and the stamp is Hero Arts Timely Bird. The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the bold  and the seasons.

I'm entering this card in A Blog Named Hero's challenge - Paper, Please!