Monday 22 April 2019

Altenew Watercolours

So I did mention that I'm on an Altenew kick. This is my 3rd card for the Altenew April Challenge and guess what, I have another one made, which I might share tomorrow.

I really wanted to play with my new watercolours and I used a new (to me) substrate - Eraldo di Paolo Watercolour Canvas (which comes in a pad). I still prefer good quality watercolour paper, but like to try new things. I think it would be great for Mixed Media.

The beautiful stamp was given to us at the Altenew Workshop in Melbourne and is soon to be released.

Sunday 21 April 2019

Monochrome Lighthouse Blues

Just sharing a card I made a few weeks ago, but didn't get around to posting.

I stamped and embossed the lighthouse from Stamplorations 'True Blue' and then loosely coloured around the lighthouse and stamping the sentiment in gold.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Saturday 20 April 2019

Tiptoe through the Tulips

Hi there. Time to remind you about this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge. The theme is as always 'ANYTHING GOES' or 'Fresh SPRING Colours'.

I am so in love with Tulips and was super excited to play with stamp from Penny Black called 'Tulip Bouquet'.

As usual we are are sponsored by 1-2-3 Stitch 
$20 prize

You can see more inspiration at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog and enter the challenge here.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Cherry Blossoms

Hi there. Happy Easter to everyone! I'm at our beach house and relaxing , which means I'm crafting:)

I die-cut the flowers from watercolour paper with Memory Box Cherry Blossom and Small Hydrangea. I then pounced them in diluted distress ink and Zig Markers. When dry, I shaped them with the end of a paint brush and constructed the blossoms with hot glue.  The leaves were cut with an Altenew die, using cordinating design paper. The paper strips are from Kaisercraft. I wanted to stamp a sentiment, but in the end I decided the die-cut looked better. This die is from Simon Says.

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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Colourful Poppies

Hi there. I'm back to remind you about this month's CAS Watercolour Challenge. The theme is 'POPPIES', which always make me happy!

The gorgeous poppy stamps are from Altenew and I used Zig Markers  and distress inks to stamp and colour the images.

If you pop over to the CAS Watercolour Blog, you will see the wonderful creations of our DT and Guest Designer, Rachel.I would love to see your creations too!!! You can enter the challenge here.

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

Blossoms,Butterflies and Bugs

Beautiful Blooms

Monday 15 April 2019

Subtle Colours and a Sketch

Hi there. I had a quiet weekend due to being under the weather, so I cheered myself up by making a card today.

I brushed the 2 layers of subtle colours with lightly diluted distress inks and then stamped the flowers from a very old (no longer available) stamp set (Flourishes Bees & Blooms). The sentiment is from Altenew.

I coloured the reverse of the white sequins with Altenew markers to get the matching subtle colour.

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Friday 12 April 2019

Altenew Obsession

Hi there. Since I went to the Altenew workshop last weekend, I've been a bit obsessed, playing with old and new products.

Here is another card for the Altenew April Challenge, using 'Vintage Flowers', 'Beautiful Day' and 'Garden Silhouette'. I also used Altenew inks, markers and Watercolour paints.

I also tried something new. I used silver Wink of Stellar to stamp the leaves and mixed a touch with the Caribbean Blue ink to colour the foliage. It's very shimmery. The flowers and leaves were cut by hand and the background die is from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

I'm also entering the following challenges:-

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Animal Antics

I recently received some gorgeous stamp sets from Craft Consortium, a UK papercraft company who also make stamps.  I couldn't decide which critter to stamp first, so I included them all:)

I stamped and coloured the images with Zig Markers and Distress Inks. I'm leaving the sentiment until later.  The stamp set is called 'Little Fawn & Friends'.  

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Animal Antics

Monday 8 April 2019

CAS Kindness

I've been making lots of CAS thank you cards for my sister in law and I loved pairing this fern stamp with the gorgeous 'handwritten' sentiment.

I stamped the fern leaves with Distress and blended with an Aquabrush. 

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Garden Silhouette

On Sunday I attended an Altenew Workshop which was totally awesome!!! Tasnim Ahmed (co-founder of Altenew) was in Melbourne for a wedding, so she and Therese Calvird (brilliant Altenew Designer) staged this fun event which was hosted by Michelle Stamps.

It was so exciting to finally meet Tasnim & Therese and many other talented ladies, including Gayatri Murali, Michelle Wallace and Aileen Ryan to name a few. I also re-connected with some of my old crafting buddies including Cecilia Hsieh and Michelle Lupton.

We got an amazing welcome pack, including some stamps which are yet to be released:)

Of course I couldn't resist adding a few more products to my Altenew stash and I made this card with my new stamps and inks.

I used Garden Silhouette for both cards. The first one was  made with Altenew Inks and Wink of Stellar and the second with Altenew inks and Zig Markers.

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Impression Obsession Birthday

I decided to play along with the Impression Obsession Challenge, because I love my leaf dies ands it's Autumn here in Australia.

The theme is Birthday Wishes and I don't have an IO birthday stamp or die, so I cut up a couple of sentiment stamps, because I think 'warm wishes' is ok for a birthday.

I used a shimmer cardstock and unfortunately, the frame looks a bit blotchy in the pic, but IRL it looks pretty, a bit like watercolour.

Almost foiled!

It's the start of another week and already April is slipping by! Today I am sharing a card inspired by the photo prompt at Time Out Challenge and I added a touch of foil to meet the theme at Simon Monday Challenge I also added a bit of textured stencilling in the background inspired by CAS Stencil Challenge.

Like a few of the other people participating in CAS Stencil challenge, I found my embossing paste had dried up. To solve this issue, I used dimension paint and glitter. It's a bit on the grey side, but nevermind. The other problem, was that all my foiling supplies are at our beachouse, but I then remembered some copper foil tape I bought at a craft fair! 

The stencil is from MFT and the butterfly stamp is from Kaisercraft. I thought the stipey butterfly echoed the blue stripes in the pic and I just sloshed on a touch of watered down pistachio distress ink.