Sunday, 19 February 2017

A card for a Challenge or Two and A Card Just Because

Don't fall over backwards here. I have done a card that is perfect for the latest
Muse Challenge And its not one hour before the challenge closes. AS soon as
I saw the inspiration card
done by Tracey McNeely I knew what I wanted to do. I had done a card a year or
two ago using my stamps in a similar fashion but different end to the card. Totally inspired
by Tracey's wonderful card with all the scattered pill bottles and medicines and
the colours and the black layer with white embossed sentiment.

I went with paint tubes, some full and some squeezed, coloured the labels
and the lids and just a little grey to the tubes to give depth.

I white embossed my sentiment that is all to do with romance
"You Color my World" wrong spelling for Australia but close
enough surely.

I went a little bit wild with the enamel dots which I felt look like spots
of paint then took some off cause I realised it was getting a bit full on
but hopefully just a few is okay.

My idea of perfect for the Muse Card Challenge and certainly inspired
by Tracey's Card.

I'd also like to enter this in Shopping our Stash #290 Romance without a Heart
I see this as a romantic card and hope they do too.

I'd also like to add this to the Allsorts challenge #403 anything Goes
No restrictions so perfect.

This other card I did cause I had her printed up and just wanted
to colour her in. Isn't she a sweetie and with that sentiment
'Whatcha' doing?' She's from Sassy Cheryl's and a digital
image and I think I bought her a long with a few others at 50%
off -wahoooo

Coloured her in with Copics, played with her hair for a bit
and then added Glossy Accents to her bow so its got a nice
shine to it.

Then decided to use some pattern paper that looks like a fence
and decided to have her in a window in the fence (cause
everyone has a window in their fence!!!!). Well I just liked
the look so that was enough for me cause I was just colouring
and making the card for fun.

Challenges, lets see......

Whatcha' Doing?
I think its CAS but if not let me know and I will remove. Thanks

Whatcha' Doing? perfect for the anything Goes

Whatcha' Doing? card- my favourite tool - Copics

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Birthday Wishes and Feel Better

I'm away so I don't have anything in particular to post for a Challenge
but I do have these two cards I made last week.

This little sweetie speaks for itself. A wonderful image from,
yes you guessed it, Mo's Digital Pencil. She is on such a high these
days putting out the most amazing digital images nearly daily.
And of course every time I see one I'm sure I cant live without it.
Me, of a million stamps on mount NBUS is now getting a digital
mount NBUS as well.

Doesn't she make you feel like you need to give her a cuddle. Not needed
for anyone here at the moment, being the middle of summer and such a heat
wave no one has a flu but it will come in handy later.

So easy to colour with Copics and the sentiment can be used with or
not. I decided to add some joy and went rainbow colours for the sentiment.
A couple of enamel dots and finished.

This card is hard to show at its best in the light that was
available when I took the photo. It's a card for son number
2 (So much easier to remember numbers than names as
the family gets bigger with children, partners and their children lol)

Anyhoo, its for his birthday which was last week. Lives on the coast
within minutes of the beach and loves to surf. These surf boards I bought
years and years ago, I think they are actually petals for a flower stamp
but you just couldn't get surf board stamps (I now have plenty) and when
I saw this stamp set, I decided it was perfect. Soooo I have white
embossed on cardstock then blended Tumbled Blue Distress Ink towards the
centre and Pistachio Green from the other end then blended them together.

I then used my Stamplorations 'birthday' die and cut out
of the card and another 4 layers in white. Once I had it glued back
in place and added 'wishes' sentiment.
AND then I couldn't leave well enough alone. The birthday just
didnt stand out at all, you could barely see it, so yes I thought just go over
with the blending tool and a bit more blue, oops splot, bits of spots of dark
colour on the card base, looked totally ruined so more blending to fix it.
Then rubbing off excess on white embossing with cloth, rub a bit on card
upper left and oooops nearly rubbed through.  Just one of those times.
Well it didnt matter, he thought it was great, especially with the money inside lol.
Gotta love them, those that appreciate the work that goes into these
masterpieces. Me, I was so disappointed with what started out just brilliant so
I made another but still have to cut out the 'Birthday' and remember to darken before 
I put it back into the negative.

Lets see if theres any challenges for these little masterpieces :)

Birthday card with surfboards

Birthday Card with Surfboards

Birthday card With Surfboards. So nice to be playing
along with the Topping.

No badge for this that I can see.
Feel Better card.

Feel Better Card 
(Hope I haven't entered too many times, better check mmm)

Feel Better Card
My Favourite Tool would have to be COPICS

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

REMINDER The Flower Challenge #5

Here to remind you we have passed the half way point for this months challenge
so if your going to join us start working on those ideas. 
Here's another look at the  wonderful card Therese did.
If you would like to watch the video on how she made this stunning creation
or to check out her amazing blog the link is on The Flower Challenge page.

We have all done another card to help get the creative juices flowing
and also so you can see the different ways we all interpret Therese's

For this card I used a die from  Neat and Tangled 'Gardenia Blooms
Journaling Die'. I didnt worry about stamping I just wanted to use the
die for this.

I did cut the panel twice so it would just sit above the original
die cut negative when I put it back in place. I glued the
two layers together then went around the edge of the die cut
with a silver pen.
I used some scraps from a piece of glossy cardstock I had used
alcohol inks on. The inks were a mix of a couple of pinks
and lots of silver that was left on my craft mat from making backgrounds. 
I re-activated the mix with blending solution and squished my glossy card
stock into the mess.

I love the colours I ended up with and felt they gave a wonderful effect
behind the die cut panel. I stamped 'congratulations'  in silver ink. The
sentiment if from the Neat & Tangled stamp set that can pair with this die.

Finished off with a couple of really pretty clear gems that seem to reflect
colours around them very well.

Alright now you have seen my inspiration its time to go check out
and see what theres of the team has for you.

 EDITED TO ADD Challenges:

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Another Busy Day and Another Last Minute Card

 Another day has past and I spent most of it colouring. I coloured in a pile of wonderful images
for Valentines Day cards. then after dinner I went to make some valentine cards and found
my mind wondering to other things.

Here you see a card inspired by The Muse Card Challenge 202
Don't you just love this card by Anita, so bright and colourful
and my favourite, inset die cuts.

I was going to stamp but I was looking for pattern paper for something else and saw this
piece and it was perfect for my inspiration from Anita's card.

Rectangle die cut crooked stitches ( Stamplorations), inset 'hello'
die and some sequins added to this wonderful tropical paper.  
Stitched Die, hello die inset and loose flow flowers. 
And still a couple of hours to go.

This was my first card I made tonight and after I die cut I realised
I put the heart on the wrong side on the paper so the gold was the back
of the die cut.Was going to toss it aside but I had no more of this gold paper.

So I just cut three more white hearts and glued them all together. I think it still looks
okay, kind of unique.

I attached the love die cut from  the scraps of the same paper
then stamped the sentiment underneath.
Do you find yourself looking through all your sentiments every time you do a card,
I do. I never seem to remember what I was going to use or just cant find the one
that is just right. Anyway Im happy with this card.

My third came into being again with ideas just coming and then having to
improvise. I had stamped and white embossed this wonderful little background stamp.
Problem is its only a small background stamp so a bit limiting. I did some
watercolouring, just adding Distress Inks in Pink, Orange and Yellow, water. blotting

till I was happy. Anyway I cut out the heart design then realised the heart
outline was the main bit and of course there wasn't enough left for a card
front so I improvised. 

I cut a piece of this Papertrey Inks card front with the same
die then inset the heart and realised I should have kept all those
little bits that fit in the heart outline as the white of the card base shone
through. So I blended soft pinks, yellows and oranges on the base of the 
card so thats what shows through.
Finished off with a layered die cut 'you' and stamped the sentiment
only to realise as I took photos it was the same sentiment. 

There we go, all done......and my coloured images are still sitting there on the
craft table waiting for inspiration.

Thanks so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Hello Card

New Die used for card 'You make my heart happy' 
with inset watercolour heart.

Gold Heart Card

Gold Heart Card

You Make my heart happy card.

You Make my Heart Happy Card

Hello Card

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Two valentines Cards & A Bit of Attitude

I have these bird images from Tiddy Inks and you can get them in a set on the branch or
as individual birds. Each is holding a note so you can resize to what you want to
include on the note. I opened the graphic in Adobe Photoshop so

I could type in the sentiment 'Happy Valentines Day, Love You'.
Splitting the word Valentine made for a good fit. Coloured the birds in
rainbow colours with Copics. Die cut the piece with a Stitch rectangle
die cut then a piece of heart pattern paper next size up.
The die cut here came with an order from Mama Elephant as a Thank you
gift for my order. How sweet is that and looks perfect die cut in gold mirror

I didnt add the die cut sentiment to this card. And decided to colour all
the birds in red. Another heart pattern paper background for this card. Die cut
stitched tags for both cards.

I have followed the Sketch at Freshly Made Sketches with this 
fantastic sketch by Jen
only I changed the direction of the card going Landscape rather
than Portrait. Hopefully thats okay and I have stayed close
enough to the Sketch.

This next card I have used Stella from Bugaboo Digi Stamps
Now  have quite a few of these and haven't used for a while and was visiting
and of course did some more shopping (I know more NBUS) but it
inspired me to get out some images I had printed and needed colouring.

I was looking at things I had coloured a few years ago and not used and suddenly
raised how much I colouring has come along. They really needed to be tossed, 
cleaned out and start again.

I need another Colouring Challenge to catchup and stock up.
Anyway back to Stella I have coloured her with Copics.

Die cut with a curved edge rectangle die then cut the piece of pattern
paper with the same die so I could inset the image.

Love this pattern paper which is a nice golden colour IRL.
I then stamped the sentiment 'Old age ain't no place for sissies' accredited
to Bette Davis. Don't you just love Stella, looks like she is walking past
the window and just paused to drop that comment and walk on......
I have also dug out a bunch of stamps with 'sentiments' with
attitude and thought it was time to share them. Don't look at the crooked
stamping, used the Misti just didn't bother to test first and it is a red rubber
stamp so you cant see if its straight.

I had already done three backgrounds before I was happy so I took
Stella's attitude.... this is no place for sissies.


Happy Valentines Day

Valentine card with little chickies  in red, wishing everyone
Happy Valentines Day with hearts and hearts on the backing paper.

The second valentine where the birds are red, the pattern paper is pink
and the card white. Just not sure if the blue sky dots take it out of the
challenge, let me know and I will remove the link if not right.

The First Valentine card with the birds on it.

The first bird card with rainbow birds
Happy Valentines With Love.

I dug out my stamps at last with all those wonderful comments
we love to add to our cards. So finally following
the challenge with an Outrageous sentiment. Stella 
and the cat.

Stella and cat card.

New image from Bugaboo and also the sentiment has never
been used before. Stella and Cat.

Thanks so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.