Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Foiled Butterflies

I have a box of Mixed Media and die cut butterflies, which I keep in the hope they'll make it to a card one day. So I was happy when I saw the theme at Mix it Up Challenge...

I stamped the 'art' background which is from Paper Artsy Eclectica (Sara Naummann) on Acrylic cardstock and heat embossed with Silver Pearl powder. 
I stamped with an old collage stamp from Kaisercraft , called 'Cherish' on an inked background and I I used Sticky Embossing Powder and Deco Foil, passing it through my Minc. Next I  die-cut the butterflies with a Memory Box Die.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Love You to the Moon

Hey there. I just want to share a couple of cards I made a month ago.  The first card features a quote from one of my favourite poems and the second a quote from my favourite childrens' bedtime book.

The stamp set is from Kaisercraft called 'Stargazer'. I used Distress Inks for the wash.
I used Versamark and Gold Pearl-ex for the first card and a combination of Distress Ink and Delicata Gold, which was clear embossed for the second.

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Happy Birthday Bonnie

Hi there. It's mid-month reminder time at CAS Watercolour Challenge and it also happens to be a milestone birthday for our very own uber talented Design Team member  Bonnie Klass. I hope your birthday is extra special Bonnie!!!

This stamp is from MFT and is called Fresh-cut Flowers Background. I stamped in black and clear embossed and then coloured with Zig Markers. I was inspired by beauty of the Just Joey Roses we have in our garden.

You still have until 24 July to play along, so head over to the CAS Watercolour to see more inspiration and add your card to the gallery.  We hope you'll join us in wishing Bonnie a very Happy and Special Birthday.

I'm also sharing my card at the following challenges:-

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Pastel Magnolia

I've had this  watercolour sitting in my 'unfinished' stash for a long time. It has a bit of a blooper- can you see it?

I think this is a stunning stamp set and it always reminds me of the beautiful Magnolia tree in our neighbour's front garden.  So I touched up the shading, fussy cut and added some strategic bling😉

I stamped the magnolia on good quality watercolour paper, white embossed  and coloured with Zig Markers.  I decided to use grey for the sentiment to match the branch and keep the card soft.

Stamps: The Ton 'Magnificent Magnolias'; Altenew 'Label Love'
Paper: Arches Rough Watercolour Paper  300gsm

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Clean & Simple

The Earth Laughs in FLOWERS

Monday, 15 July 2019

Life on the Ocean Waves

Just a quick post to share a card I made for the Simon Monday Challenge.
I stamped and silver embossed the waves on a piece of smooshed card found in my stash.
I coloured the Pelican with Zig Markers and silver Wink of Stellar.
The wave background stamp is from Hero Arts, the sentiment is from The Ton Stamps, the rectangle die from Stamplorations and I think the Pelican is from La La Land. 

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Theme: CAS Summer

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

You're Classic

I fell in love with this stamp set fro Sugar Pea Designs at our recent Craft weekend and this is lone of the series of cards I made.

It's so easy to create fun and modern cards for either gender with this set called 'Greatest Hits' .

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

You're the Zest!

I had a play with a stamp set designed be my friend Shirley today and made a few cards. Here are a couple of them

I used Distress Inks and Versafine Clair. To finish I added splatter and some shimmer with Wink of Stellar.

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Tropical Flowers

Hey there! Another sunny Winter's day has prompted me to make a 'summer-y' card for the Altenew Challenge, which is hosted by the talented Therese Calvird this month.

Lots of stamping and masking to make this card. I use Altenew 'Parrot Paradise' and 'Totally Tropical', Altenew Inks and Zig Markers. I also added Wink of Stellar to the Hibiscus. 

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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Alcohol Ink Lift & Stencils

Hi there. This card I'm sharing is inspired by the theme at CAS Mix Up & CAS Stencil challenges.

I didn't have the re-inker for the Alcohol Lift Ink, so I used Jaquard Claro, which is a blending solution, to remove the ink through the stencil. It was a bit too juicy for this stencil, so it looks a bit messy. But that's ok, because it's Mixed Media:) 

I decided to stamp the bird and fussy cut from another AI background.

Stamps: Dina Wakely Scribbly Bird Cousins
Dies: Kaisercraft Sketched Rectangle Frame; Simon Says Stamp Hello die
Stencil: ARTplorations Leaf Prints

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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Too Much of a Good Thing

Hi there. It's the 1st Saturday of July! Yes, July! That mean's a brand new challenge at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

The theme this month is ANYTHING GOES or Optional FOOD/DRINK

When I saw the optional twist, I thought I didn't have any PB stamps to suit, but then I remembered this stamp ...

I love these brushstroke stamps, but I'll admit I had a bit of trouble with the leaves. I need to practise adding vein details freehand:)

I used Zig Markers, Distress Inks, Altenew Inks and also Memento Inks. I added a bit of detail with a Copic Sepia pen.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and brushed with Gold Pearl-Ex.

STAMPS:  Penny Black 'Perfect Pear'; Penny Black 'Allegro'

You can get more inspiration from the talented PBSC Design Team at our blog and we'd love to have you join in the fun. As always, we have a prize from our wonderful sponsor 1-2-3 Stitch! and if you'd like to be considered for a Guest Designer spot in a future challenge, add 'GDT' after your name.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Alcohol Ink Sympathy

I have another card to share tonight.

This was my first time to use Alcohol Lift Off Ink.  I'm really happy with the stamp I chose for this card. It's from Hero Arts and is called 'Timely Bird'. The sentiments are also from Hero Arts.

Paper Piece Spots

Hello there. I'm very behind in posting all the cards I've been making, whilst I've been staying at our beach house. 

I fell in love with these 'Quirky Birds' from Aall Create Stamps and decided to use a sponged stencil background I found in my stash.

I used various stencils and punched circles to make the sponged background with Distress Inks.  I stamped the birds on the background and fussy cut and then again on the card base.  I hope you can make out the spots.

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(flying = freedom)

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

One Cool Chick

Hi there. I have another card to share for this month's Time Out Challenge.

The cute birds are from Winnie & Walter and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Images were coloured with Zig Markers.

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Special Event

                         Please join us in celebrating Darnell's Birthday!!

One more part to this special event.
The team has made special cards for Darnell's birthday,
along with our Guest Designer Leslie,
and several Featured Designers (friends from the retreat).

During our retreat, Darnell (Dolly to us) was up early one morning
and decided she wanted some frozen blueberries.
Some how she spilled almost the whole, Costco-sized bag of
blueberries all over the floor.

Bonnie snapped these pictures.
See the swipe of blueberries on the right photo??  We couldn't find a broom so we grabbed
a large piece of card stock to pick up the berries.  As they thawed, the blueberry juice
"smooshed" on the cardstock in a lovely design that looked perfect for card making.

Well, without Dolly knowing, we kept that piece of blueberry smoosh and cut it up.
Each Designer has used one piece in making Dolly's birthday cards. :)

I wasn't at this retreat myself, but I'm so thrilled to be taking part in this fun event and to share a piece of Darnell's 'abstract art' as the background in my card:)

The bouquet stamp is designed by the incredibly talented Danielle Donaldson for Stamping Bella.
I coloured with Zig Markers and Daniel Smith Watercolours.

I enjoyed this so much, I decided to try to recreate Danell's art myself and made a Twofer!

We have some fabulous Guest Designers joining us to celebrate Darnell's birthday, so I hope you'll pop over to the  CAS Watercolour Challenge Blog to get some inspiration and see what the others have done with Darnell's 'art'. Looking forward to seeing your bouquet of flowers in our gallery:)