Saturday 30 August 2014

Winnie & Walter August Blog Hop

Welcome to the Winnie & Walter August release Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from the Winnie & Walter Blog.
I'm so excited to be part of this hop because the stamps are so much fun - the possibilities are endless.

This card is made using This Awesome House. This set would be great for creating a scene, is perfect for paper piecing and would also be very useful for those who enjoy scrapbooking. I chose to leave the house as an outline with a bit of shading, so I could combine it with some bright and festive papers. The light and window in roof are added extras, so you can really decorate the house to suit your project.

I really love the graphic leaves in this set - A Tree for All Seasons. I repeatedly stamped the leaf, using Memento Luxe inks, to make my own patterned paper.

To make this card, I used Silhouette to cut the background stencil from A Tree for All Seasons cut file and then went to town sponging distress inks. I then cut 2 leaves and stamped the sentiment from the the same set.

I had an absolute ball playing with the Moonlight set. Although Halloween isn't celebrated as widely in Australia as North America,  we do still get trick or treaters in our street and my daughter loves decorating her room each season or holiday,  so I will be putting this set to great use. I think I may cover the front door with spiders! 

Now for some exciting news!!! I am so happy to be able to  give away a stamp set of the winner’s choice from  the August release. The winner will be picked randomly from those who comment on this post between August 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. CST until August 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. CST. But wait, that's not all - the W&W blog we will be giving away the entire August Release!
August Release stamps will be available for purchase when the blog hop goes live. The
coordinating digital elements will be free with purchase for 2 weeks.

Now hop along and check out all the amazing creations from the Talent, Lyndal and Heather  the Leading Ladies. Your next stop is the amazingly, talented Heather of House Built of Cards.
If you get lost along the way, here is the list of participants:-
                                                      W&W blog - Julie & Shay
                                                      >  ME <
                                                       Heather Hoffman
                                                       Lyndal Higgins
                                                       Gayatri Murali
                                                       Heather Pulvirenti
                                                       Joni Andaya
                                                       Kelly Griglione
                                                       Laura Sterckx
                                                       Lea Lawson
                                                       Vanessa Menhorn

I would like to thank Julie and Shay for including me in this blog hop. They are so generous and I've had so much fun playing with Winnie & Walter stamps over the last couple of months. I'm sure you'll be seeing many more W&W creations on my blog in the future!

Thursday 28 August 2014

Take 2 on the Runway

 Well, there's one thing you can say about Melbourne - the weather is never boring! We've had thick fog rolling in overnight for the last couple of days, so very chilly, foggy mornings leading to glorious sunny days! Spring is definitely in the air and I've been busy making Fall cards for a couple of Design teams lol! So this afternoon I thought I'd sneak in another card for the Runway Inspired challenge, because the inspiration reminds me of  Spring.

I had a 'playdate' yesterday at Lyndal's and used one of her Memory Box dies to cut this beautiful flower.
The die-cut has been coloured with 3 Copic marker RV21/25/27 and then inset back in the negative space. I added some Wink of Stella to the petals. The background was made with an old (and distressed) stamp - I think it's from Hero Arts. I don't mind the distressed look - adds more interest.
The sentiment is a sneak peak from a new Winnie & Walter Stamp set to be released next week.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Another Case

Hi there! I'm back with another card for the Case Study Challenge. It's the third week of their 4th Anniversary celebrations and we have to case a card by one of the blog hop participants. Well, they were all so amazing, I couldn't stop at one, so this time I've cased Christina's card.

Christina's was inspired by this gorgeous photo and she wrapped her image around to the back of her card - great idea isn't it?!!

Yes, I've used my favourite butterfly stamp from Penny Black again! The sentiment stamp is from Altenew and the stripe stamp is from Mama Elephant. I had to add some splatter to create some movement and to keep my friend Shirley happy! 

Monday 25 August 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge

 Good morning! After a week of the hint of Spring, it's a drizzly, chilly morning here in Melbourne.. That doesn't worry me though, because it gives me the excuse to play at one of my favourite challenges! The inspiration for the current Runway Inspired challenge is very elegant and great colours.

This is not what I had in mind when I first saw the inspiration, I was thinking more CAS and possibly more graphic, but then I saw the gorgeous Penny Black Botanical Notes stamp  on my desk and the rest is history!
I stamped the image with a Memento Luxe ink and clear embossed. I used Gelatos and Derwent Inktense pencils for the colouring. I used the ink pad on the base card to get a colour match.
Who said you couldn't have blue leaves!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great week.

Saturday 23 August 2014

Case Study Celebrations Continue

It's the third week of 4th Anniversary celebrations at Case Study Challenge. There's another blog hop and we get to case one of the participants of the hop. I have chosen Julie Ebersole's card and her card is a case of Aga's card! I seriously can't get over the talent in these blog hops and want to case every single one!

Spring is in the air , here in Melbourne, so that was the other reason I chose this card. Oh and also because I can't resist black & white with a splash of colour!

I have used Lovely Mum's from Mama Elephant, because I though it would look good to have one solid image and one outline image. The sentiment is from Casual Friday. I added some washi tape to the edge and mounted the panel with foam on the base card.

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Stretch your Stamps 2 Homework

Hi there. I made a couple of cards this morning i, inspired by the Online Card Class - Stretch Your Stamps 2. I'm in the Botanticals at the moment.

I've been good this week, using some of my unfinished stuff.  This one was stamped and partly coloured months ago.    I decided to finish it off by adding some definition with inktense pencils and although it's hard to see, some script stamped in gold on the poppy.Then  I spritzed  it to make it bleed. The background was sponged with Simon Says ink and then I stamped the music and at bit more of the gold script.  The stamp is from Penny Black. I may add some bling and a sentiment when later.

I stamped the Clearly Besotted Rose With Hero Arts Unicorn ink and white embossed. It didn't work too well,  because the balsa wood is a bit 'furry'  so I touched it up with a white gel pen. I coloured the rose with Faber Castell pencils and Pan Pastels. I decided to emboss the wood instead of cut, because it is quite thick and I didn't want it to break.  Tip -  I've previously used sticky back paper stuck on the back of the balsa wood to make sure it doesn't split.
The DP is from Heidi Swapp.

I'm entering these cards in the Simon Monday Challenge which is Anything Goes this week.
ETA: I'm also entering the Poppy card in the Simon Wednesday Challenge - Summer theme

Sunday 17 August 2014

Third post in One Day!

I really must be quick this time, because my DS wants the computer!

This card is for the Simon Monday Challenge - Scratched Up Challenge and the Simon Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Summer.

I stamped the Penny Black Petal Power daisy multiple times using distress inks. Once dry, I then spritzed the image and painted the blue background, letting the colours bleed for a watercolour effect. Then I went over the image with inktense pencils for some hi-lights. I stitched the border and distressed the edges with a metal ruler and my thumb. To finish off, I mounted the water-colour paper on a kraft card base, stamped the greeting (Winnie & Walter) and added some sequins.

More Homework and Casing Jennifer Mcguire

Just a quick post, because housework beckons! I decided to make another card, whilst I was in the mood, given my lack of mojo over the last week!
So this card is homework for the Stretch your Stamps 2 class and was also inspired by Jennifer Mcguire's beautiful watercolour card in the Case Study 4th Anniversary blog hop.

I stamped and white embossed the image on thick vellum and then used inktense watercolour pencils and copics to colour on the reverse side. Then I fussy cut and glued the image on the card base. I was really surprised and happy the glue didn't show! The sentiment is stamped directly on the card - had to convince my self to use blue instead of black! I used an embossing folder to make a border at the bottom, added some twine and sequins and I was nearly done. The final touch was to add Wink of Stella to the flowers for some extra shine!

Casing Gayatri

Today I have made a card for the second week of the Case Study 4th Anniversary Celebrations. Once again we get to case a card by one of the participants in the blog hop. I chose Gayatri's card because I loved the bold colours and stencilling.

This is Gayatri's card

This is my take...

I cut the damask pattern with my Silhouette and then used it as a stencil. After I'd finished, I decided it looked more dramatic with the stencil as a frame. I off-set it a little to get the white shadow.
In keeping with Gayatri's card, I mounted the panel on the card base with dimensional foam then added the single jewell. I thought about more bling and a sentiment, but decided I wanted the pattern to be centre stage!

Saturday 16 August 2014

Homework Catch Up

I've been enjoying the Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Class, but haven't managed to keep up with the homework. But I have finally got something to share.

I was inspired to try Jennifer McGuire's technique from Day 11. Embossing a piece of card stock with silver embossing powder and then stamping and embossing on top of it with another colour.  Instead of using a sentiment, I decided to ink up the Painted Flower from Altenew. So this took an extra sep, because I embossed in pink and then black. I used a copic to colour the leaf. I really love the result.

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Summer theme

Hi there. I have another card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme this month is Summer and I've been having so much fun getting messy! I feel like being on this design team has given me permission to explore my arty side!

The stamp is from Stamp It - I fell in love with it because it's so serene and will be great for masculine cards. The seagulls are stencilled from the negative of the seagulls I used in my last MMCC card. Yesterday I discovered that there are some new StazeOn inks and I've used Cloudy Sky to stamp the image and stencil the birds - I love this colour!
I also used a stencil and embossing paste on the sand to create some texture. For the watercolour, I have used a variety of media - Inktense pencils, Distress inks,  Twinkling H2Os, Gesso and PanPastels.  to finish off, I added a few shells,and burlap and then mounted it on the white matt and red base card.

You have until 25th August to join this challenge. 
Remember, a Mixed Media card can still be CAS,
as you will see by by popping over to the MMCC blog and 
checking out the cards by the rest of the team.

ETA: I'm also entering this in the Simon Wednesday Challenge - Summer theme

Friday 15 August 2014

Another Shape Card

I can't believe it's Friday evening - where do the weeks go! I'm experiencing a bit of a Mojo problem, even though I'm enrolled in the current OCC, I just seem to be in a slump. However, I thought it would help if I made another card using my Silhouette for Virginia's View Challenge, where the theme is shaped cards.

The paper is mostly from Simple Stories 'Fabulous'  6 x 6 pad and a few other scraps thrown in. I inked all the edges with Antique Linen distress Ink. The sentiment is computer generated.
The centre of the eyes are black rhinestones with white enamel dots (a bit wonky!).

Wednesday 13 August 2014

More Case Study Celebrations

Hi there - this is a quick post as 10 minutes until the deadline for the Case Study 4th Anniversary celebrations week 1.

This time I have cased a card by jeanne Jachna - I love how she uses bright colours and layering.

I used bold colourful patterns like Jeanne and the photo frame with negative cut sentiment, the flower and butterfly.
It's fun to use designer paper again for a change! The frame was cut with the silhouette. The paper is from Heidi Swapp Favorite things. The Iris is made with a Penny Black die.

Tuesday 12 August 2014

A Camper Shaped Card

I'm back with a card for Virginia's View Challenge # 6 - shape Cards
!  You should see some of the amazing cards Virginia and her guests have made - totally amazing!

Well I could say I had fun making this and I sort of did, but it was more of a learning experience! I decided it was time to learn how to use my silhouette Portrait. So far I've only cut basic shapes and I haven't made any shape card or boxes, so this was my first attempt.

I chose a really cute Retro Camper cut file designed by Lori Whitlock - I would love to have a real one like this!

So the fun part was choosing the papers (which are from Authentique) and putting it together. The learning part is a bit technical, but you have to 'ungroup' all the shapes and move them around and as I said I'm a novice, so I think I might look for some tutorials.

Monday 11 August 2014

Case Study Celebrations and Runway Inspired

Hey there - it's Monday afternoon and I've been busy in the craft room. The first card I have to share is for the Case Study 4th Anniversary week #1 and for the Runway Inspired Challenge. The challenge at Case Study is to case one of the cards on the blog hop and I chose Claire Buswell's stunning card.

 The yellow card has been embossed, although I chose the debossed side and then swiped white ink over the raised area. The flower is from Altenew Magnolia's for Her set. The large bloom was stamped on vellum with white ink, heat embossed and coloured on the reverse side with PanPastel and copic marker. I backed the vellum with white card. The small bloom was stamped on shrink plastic with Cloudy Grey StazeOn,  coloured with Faber Castell pencils and white gel pen.  Then I cut out it out and shrunk it with a heat gun. The intensity of the colour increases when it is heated. I covered the shrinky with glossy accents.
The sentiment is a Winnie & Walter cut file. I decided to use the burlap for the bunting, because I loved the shabby chic look of the flower on Claire's card.

Friday 8 August 2014

More Summer fun at the Mixed Media Card challenge

Hi there. Just a reminder about the current challenge at Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme is Summer. I must admit, Summer is not my favourite season - it seems to be getting hotter every year with records temperatures being broken. So what I like to do in Summer is stay cool!

To make the  background, I used a stencil and distress paints.  Then I added more waves with gelatos,  a gold crayon, glitter and glue.
The sentiments and seagulls are cut with Silhouette and then white embossed.
The 'summer' is a Winnie & Walter cut file.

To see more inspiration from the design team click here.
You should also check out this amazing card by Loll Thompson.
You can link up your cards to the challenge here you have until 25th August.

ETA: I am entering this card in the Simon Wednesday Challenge,
 because the theme is Make it Sparkle.

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Stretch your Stamps 2 OCC - Homework Day 2

I've had a very busy day today. I made this card this morning and then took my niece (from the UK) shopping at Chadstone , our biggest shopping centre. I bought lots of things, including some crafty stuff and then when I arrived there were 3 parcels at the door! One of those parcels was from Ellen Hutson and another one from Winnie & Walter.  I think I'm going to have some fun!

This card is inspired by Jennifer McGuire's video on Day 2 of the OCC Stretch your Stamps 2, using a background stamp and Perfect Pearls. I actually used Pearl-ex powder. It's a duo colour, which means you can see different colours in different light.

The background stamp is from Hero Arts and I've also stamped the Friendship script on the backing card inside the butterfly window.  The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions. 
I'm entering this in the Simon Wednesday Challenge - the theme is Anything Goes.

ETA: I am entering this card in the Simon Wednesday Challenge,
 because the theme is Make it Sparkle. This card sparkles with Pearl ex and sequins.

Monday 4 August 2014

Bokeh Birthday

I just watched a fabulous video by Dawn from WPLUS9 on how to make a bokeh effect., so I thought I'd have a try.

This time I've used a sentiment from Mama Elephant, so I'll enter it in the current challenge which is to make a  watercolour card with a birthday theme.

I followed Dawn's technique, but instead of using white ink for all the bokeh, I used distress stain for the big dots. I used watercolour paints for the background. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Make a Wish.
I think I need more practise at sequin placement - I was trying to be random, but it ended up too much in a line!!!