Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Quick Card

Hello there. I happened upon the CASual Friday challenge today - I haven't played there for a long time, so I decided to make a very quick card.


I made the background using my fave Brushos & Color Burst colours and when it was dry I stamp and embossed the sentiment and vine leaves - both  from CAS-ual Fridays. I used an embossing buddy, but I still got stray flecks of embossing powder - nevermind I still love the gold on the vibrant colours.






Sunday, 26 March 2017

Hedgehugs for everbody!

I've just returned from my niece's wedding in Flinders , which is on the coast in Victoria, Australia and I can truly say it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended. Everything was just perfect, including the exceptional scenery with a glorious sunset to bless the occasion.

I've not had time to craft for a few days, so I'm sharing a card I made at our retreat 2 weeks ago.

This was the 2nd shaker card I made and my favourite. I love the frame die from SSS and
adore the hedgehog from MFT (another one on my wishlist)! I stamped the images on watercolour paper and coloured with Zig CCRB Markers. The background was sponged with Distress Oxide and Distress Ink, then spritzed and texture added with salt.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

SSS Monday Challenge - Layer Up
SSS Wednesday -Use more than one die or punch


me & hubby
me and the family






Friday, 24 March 2017

Striped Florals

I'm playing along with the Altenew challenge today. The colours are so bright and cheery so I hope they put a smile on your face!
After watching Jenny Dix and Joy Taylor at our Craft Retreat, I was inspired to play with my Copic markers, which haven't been touched for quite a long time. First time this stamp set has been inked too!
The stamp set is Altenew Striped Florals and the sentiment is cut with a SSS die.
The peg is from one of my crafty friends - thanks Cecilia!


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Delightful Dahlias

Hey there! I'm finding it difficult to craft yet again. It's very close to hand-over for our beach house and my mind is far too full of everything I need to do, to be able to sit down and create. So in the meantime, I'll try to share a few cards I did at the recent Retreat and some I have finished off from my 'incomplete' stash.

I actually stamped this image a few times in different inks on different cardstock. This is my favourite result.
The card is Canson Acrylic, I stamped with Versafine Black and clear embossed. I coloured with a mix of Zig CCRB markers and Daniel Smith Watercolour.

Supplies:-
Stamp: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet - Dahlia
Dies: MFT Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle; SSS Hand Lettered Greetings

I'm entering this in the following challenges:-

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes (no smooshing this time)

CAS Watercolour Challenge - Spring



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A bit of Smooshing

Whilst we were away on the weekend, I was asked to demonstrate how to use Brushos and I also wanted to try out the Heidi Swapp Minc Spray Mist, which was lots of fun. I diecut the paper and made this card.

I combined Bushos and Color Burst and then added the foil using the reactive mist and Minc Machine.
The tag die is from MFT Blueprints no 13.
The butterfly is from Memory Box and the word die from SSS.

I'm entering the following challenges:_

Inkspirational - Watercolour Smooshing 
MFT Color Challenge
and of course 
CAS Mix Up - Smooshing 
Happy 1st Birthday!!!
ETA: Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes (smooshing!)





Monday, 13 March 2017

Paris Skyline Shaker

Hello! I'm Back!!!! So sorry for being mia, but the build in Queenscliff is nearing completion and I've been very busy choosing furnishings, which is super exciting!!! I'll share some pics when it's all finished and we're in.

This past week I took a break from all that and was lucky enough to go to a Craft Retreat in a beautiful place, Bright, with some gorgeous, funny and uber talented Ladies! This is my 3rd time and it just gets more fun each year! A huge thanks goes to Joy Taylor (Simple by Design) who organises the retreat and included me again this year. We had so many laughs and I always learn a lot from watching what the others create - very inspiring!

This is the first card I have to share - It was inspired by the MFT Color Challenge.  Jenny Dix(Jennifer D's Blog) has been nagging encouraging me to make a shaker card since last year, so this one is for her!!!


 The Background was sponged with Distress Inks and then stamped the background and sentiment. Easy peasy! The only reason I don't do shakers is because I find it fiddly, but I guess with the right tools and practice it will become a quicker process!

Materials:-
Die - Mft Paris Skyline 
Inks - Distress Inks, Versafine Black
Stamps:- MFT Geometric Grid BG, Concord & 9th Eat Cake & Celebrate
Sequins:- Pretty Posh Pink and various

I'm linking this to the following challenges:-
MFT Color Challenge
CASology - 'Landmark'


                                               Here's all the gang from our retreat.

This one was me attempting to use the selfie stick - I need a few lessons!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Altenew Stamps



Today I am sharing a card I made with Altenew Halftone Circles, which I snapped up as soon as I saw it in the Altenew release blog hop! I think this set has so many possibilities!

I decided for this card to use the Altenew February Challenge as my inspiration, so the colours obviously don't blend too well, but I think I managed it without any muddy overlap.

I used the M.I.S.T.I.  tool, which is definitely a must when your stamping with this style of stamp and I tried to blend the inks a bit for an ombre effect. The green inks are a new set of colours from Altenew and the pinks are from the original Altenew ink sets. The stamp sets are Halftone circle and Label Love.

I'm entering the following challenges:-
Altenew
Simon Monday Challenge - Favourite tool (M.I.S.T.I.)


Friday, 10 February 2017

A Beautiful Day

Hello there friends:)

I have been playing around with a gorgeous stamp set from Altenew, called A Beautiful Day. The bloom stunning and I will have a few cards to share soon. This is the first and my favourite ...

I stamped the flower with the darkest of the Altenew pink inks and have coloured with a mix of watercolour paints, including Windsor Newton and Gansai Tambi. The Leaves were stamped and coloured with distress inks. I went for the brighter foliage to mirror the Inspiration photo from the Altenew February Challenge. At first  I thought the background paper was a bit to bold, but I've decided I like it - it's this year's Pantone colour and the stripes add interest.


I'm sharing my card with the following challenges:- 
Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge (Anything Goes with Stamping)



Take It, Make It Challenge

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sending Love - City Crafter Guest Spot

Hi there. I'm very excited to be Guest Designing this week for the City Crafter Challenge after winning a challenge with this creation.

The theme this week #348 is S.W.A.L.K. - use an envelope or letter.  Here is my card....

It's very CAS and a simple design. I cut a vellum envelope with my Silhouette and then silver embossed the loveheart on the vellum envelope and again on a scrap of vellum. I coloured the second heart and fussy cut it, mounting it over the other heart with dimensional tape. I diecut a piece of white card and stamped some script, placing it in the envelope. Then I mounted the envelope on a diecut black panel and then placed that on the dry embossed background. To finish, I stamped the banner and sentiment adding a touch of bling and mounted that with dimensional tape.

The image is from MFT Stamps, the script from Kaisercraft and the sentiment is from Avery Elle.



I hope you will pop over to the City Crafter Challenge Blog to see what the Design Team have created and then play along yourself.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:-
Simon Wednesday Challenge (The Color of Love)
The Card Concept (Love and Romance - Clean & Layered)



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Welcome Tweet One - take 2

Here is another card for the Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash - this is the 'HIS' version of my last card, with bold colours as opposed to pastels.

I've used Gansai Tambai Watercolour on this card and I like the black embossing, because it makes the features stand out more, especially with the bright colours.

Just to remind you, the stamp set is W&W Tweet One - there are lots of sweet images and fun sentiments in this set.

I'm entering this one in the following Challenges:-

W&W -  Gayatri's Cute Critter Challenge
Simon Monday (Young at Heart)
Simon Wednesday (Colour of Love)




Welcome Tweet One

Have you seen? It's Winnie & Walter's 3rd birthday and they're celebrating with a big bash. There are lot's of fun challenges and prizes to be won! Here is my first card for Shay's challenge - the theme is '3' and I have used 3 colours.



I stamped with white ink and embossed with Pearlised embossing powder, which is very pretty, but I'm thinking the bird would stand out better in another colour, maybe pink with yellow heart.

The stamps are from Winnie & Walter So Tweet and I've used various types of watercolour including Gansai Tambi, Distress Ink re-inkers, Zig CCRB Markers and Peerless.

I'm entering this in the following challenge:-
                                        W&W Three Challenge with Shay (3 colours)
                                        Simon Monday Challenge - Young at Heart
                                 Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge (Anything Goes)
              CAS Watercolour Challenge (Love) - Love hearts on card & who doesn't love a baby!
                                       Simon Wednesday Challenge (the colour of Love)





Monday, 6 February 2017

Wanna Play?

Hello again! Here is a quick post to share a card I made for the Simon Monday Challenge
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Anyway these cute guys are from The Bees Knees :Pets stamp set, designed by the talented Shirley Bampton for STAMPlorations and I thought it was high time I inked them up!!!

I'm entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge - Pets corner and the Stamplorations Anything goes Challenge


More Love

I'm back with another lovey dovey card - very unusual for me, but I got carried away buying some gorgeous dies and well, I have to use them!!!


I began with a piece of watercolour paper and washed water liberally over it.  I then sprinkled Brushos over it - Brilliant Red, Scarlet, Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna, blending with a brush.  When dry, I diecut the tag. Then I dry embossed the base card and diecut the Abstract Heart from Dienamics. I also diecut the sentiment (Heidi Swapp) and tiny hearts (Mama Elephant) and coloured them with Wink of Stellar Gold.  I do find it very difficult to photograph gold, but I hope you can see from my pics, how sparkly and gorgeous this is.
I stamped the 'you' and then put it all together, adding a few sequins.

                              I am entering this in the following challenges:-
The Card Concept - Love & Romance  (clean& layered)