Monday, 26 September 2016

Aloha & Have a Beautiful Birthday

I think if the Muse Challenge handed out awards for last minute I would win hands
down  in most instances. Again had an idea but got distracted, sidelined
and finally made it. No its not this card, this card was a spur of the
moment idea and it all fell into place so well I thought I would post it at the same time.

This beautiful bright card is to celebrate Spring which is here, most days and already
hinting at a hot Summer. Thats when its not pouring with rain.

Anyway back to this little beauty, isn't she the sweetest looking little girl. Click on
her to enlarge the image and see the sweet little smile she has. From a distance she
looks more serious but up close the smile is there. She is coloured with
Copics and finished off with a wee bit of 'Wink of Stella' Forgot to say she is
another of mt collection of Mo's Digital Pencil and this is the first time I have coloured her up.

I just realised I forgot to trim out the blue sky between her legs, will have to fix that.
I have fussy cut her, added this wonderful shiny textured floral patterned paper
to the base of the card. Then added the girl on dimensional foam for a bit of lift
then finished by stamping 'Aloha' sentiment, die cutting a speech bubble that
Then reduced in size slightly.

My next card was inspired by
Jenni Murray
Beautiful isn't it. I love it. I was inspired to try a layered stamp. The blue panel in-between the stamped image and the card base and the small sentiment.

So I started on my idea.
I have a few layer stamps, this one is one of the Atlenew Stamp sets. 
 I have not had much luck with it but was happier today, till I did the leaves. 
Then it was ruined. The leaves looked so wrong.
This was already my 4th try as I didnt like the colours of others.

I decided to fussy cut the flower, added a pale blue vellum, re-stamped the
 leaves hen fussy cut them.

I cute vellum so it was half an inch longer than the card front, used my
emboss tool to put a fold at that 1/2" then attached with double sided tape
over the back of the card. Stamped the sentiment with Stazon black ink
to make sure it stayed on and dried then added the flower and leaves
with dimension foam tape.
The flower has a very nice coating of Wink of Stella but doesn't show up
here. I did take a close up but it changed the colour of the flower so haven't uploaded.

I did this flower only using 2 inks and double stamped each colour for the different layers.


Blue flower card

Blue flower Card

My Aloha card - Copics all the way

The Blue flower card meets the Topping

Couldn't find a button for this challenge.

Aloha girl.

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

Sunday, 25 September 2016


 I recently purchased the cutest little dragons, prince and princess stamp set from
MFT (My Favourite Thing) and when I was stamping the characters onto the masking tape
I just feel in love with this little character. His face is so expressive.
I stamped him onto the front of the card, coloured just with greens
this time. Time to play latter, I had an idea. So coloured with greens
then masked. I sprayed repositional glue on the Tim Holtz

broken glass stencil and placed it over the top of the masked
dragon. I blended with 'Tumbled Glass' Distress ink and just faded out
as I went rather than do the whole front.

When I peeled back the stencil, you need to remember to go gently cause
it can grab hold of the card and tear little bits off. The spray is fantastic to stop 
movement of the stencil and also prevent anything going under then stencil and when its
a really fine stencil like this one if its not stuck down its very easy to catch the strands
and colour under them.
The card is finished off with this sentiment ' Things are gonna get better' - perfect 
for this card. I think I need and 'Oooops' one as well.
It turned out just how I wanted.

This next card was a quick one. I printed out the jug and flowers which
are images from Power Poppy. Love their stamps but sometimes
I want it digital so I can control the size. Here I have only printed it out in a 
smaller size.

Coloured with Copics yellows, purples and green. The jug is in very pale
blue/green colours.

Cut the image out with my wonky stitched square die second size down.
Used this yellow and white patterned paper and added the 'with love' sentiment, a few
clear drops on the petals and one yellow sparkly up in the corner.

Perfect for a birthday coming up.


With Love card -without using the

With Love Card

With Love card using my favourite Copics.

I think my cute dragon fits the critters.

My dragon with his wonderful sentiment.

I'm hoping my dragon card is CAS enough.

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

I had an idea and I thought I would share.

 I started my blog, Colour and Sparkle, 18 months ago and it still feels so new. I cant 
believe that this next step is happening. 

 I had an idea, it was to start a blog where the challenges are
 all about flower/florals.  
I then approached a few people, people I knew shared my love for using 
flower/floral stamps, digital images, stencils & dies.

 I asked if they would like to join me in the adventure of starting a Flower Challenge.
 I am so amazed that everyone I approached said yes to either being on the
 Design Team or being future Guest Designers. 

I had to stop asking, we had reached top numbers before I  knew it.

 I am so honoured to say we are starting this challenge
 with 9 members in the Design Team.

We have just launched the The Flower Challenge blog. 
 Our first monthly challenge will begin on October the 4th.
  The Design Team that has come together  share a wonderful wide range of styles.
The blog is still having a few little tweaks so everything isn't live yet but
the blog itself is there ready to go.

  We hope you'll come by again on October 4th
 to see the first challenge and join us in all the fun.

I cant wait to see you all there.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Best Wishes on your Birthday

I didnt realise until I went to post the photos that my cards are all at weird angles but its too late I have already posted the card. I have used another of 'The Tons' wonderful flower stamps 'Happiest of Peonies'. I have stamped and heat embossed in gold.

Watercoloured with Zigs and lots of water to give highlights and shadow.
I then cut with this wonderful rounded corner stitch rectangle die from Gina Maria Design. Let me be clear here I do not get paid to advertise products and I have not been given any products nor asked to endorse them but when I use something I really like I am happy to share. To be able to get a set of rectangle stitched dies for $10 is a pure bargain. Go check em out.

After cutting the watercolour paper out with the stitched die I then cut the pink card stock in the same way so I could just place the watercolour back in place, a flat one layer card. I know it all looks rather red but its more a vibrant pink looks brilliant irl. Finished off with the 'best wishes' die cut and a few gold sequins (gold and pink/gold).
Love how this stamp looks, still have so many to use.


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

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Happy Birthday, Have your Cupcake & Eat it Too!

I didnt have any particular challenges in mind with this card I just felt like colouring and I had bought myself a  few images from Sassy Cheryl's Illustrations. They are all line art and you colour yourself. I love the dog, he reminds Elysha of Jake so has been welcomed into our house.

In this instance I have coloured him with Copics then added the Cupcake sentiment from Mama Elephant Cupcake stamp set and the cupcakes I stamped from another stamp set and coloured them with Copics and a bit of glitter pen.

I added the cupcakes with bits of dimensional foam and the enamel heart finishes it off perfectly.

Challenges :

without the twist with this card.

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

Monday, 19 September 2016

Congratulations Card

I decided to do another card using the 'Best Mom' stamp set from Altenew with the fun foam die cut to sit behind but slightly off centre so you can see it.

I coloured the flowers using copics yellows and greens.
I then added a bit of 'Wink of Stella' to the flowers to add a bit of sparkle.

I then partially die cut the flower leaving it partly 
attached to the plain card stock.

I then repeated the process with the yellow fun foam and I love how it looks.
In this instance I added the gold mirror cardstock die cut 'Congrats' from Winnie & Walter. A few little sequins and its all finished. Love this effect and cant thank Janet enough for the idea. What a fantastic way to frame your colouring.


I am hoping the card fills the categories as the fun foam adds 
dimension and the sequins and gold mirror cardstock the bling.

thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope I see you again soon.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Two cards & Two New Techniques for Me

 This first card is done with shaving cream, some Tim Holtz re-inkers 
and some Delusions sprays. I did lots that will end up being used over the next 
weeks, months, years :). The ones you see here I did rows of drops of colours in the
rainbow colours then used a skewer to mix and swirl. I had fun playing but there wasn't that
much that I saw and thought wow love that other than these ones, so yes I would play
again but only to do these colour mixes. 

I used watercolour paper scrapes  and also some Tim Holtz watercolour paper that I had stamped on one side then found I couldn't use with Zigs and it was just sitting there so now its all used up.
Just check out the inserts for those frames, the frames themselves and even the die cut 'happy birthday'

Love them. After die cutting, I glued in place, added the sentiment to the top one then decided to add the XOXO from another die cut set this time in shimmer silver. Coloured this gorgeous blue bird

from Purple Onion and attached it so it looked like it is sitting on the frame.

Im hoping this card is CAS enough for the CAS  Mix Up Marbling, Stamping and Something Else Challenge. Will also be great for the Seize the Birthday Challenge Tags and a couple of others.

This next card I did with a couple of challenges, mainly being Virginias View (mmm is this too heavily sprayed) and The Card Concept, Rainbows, in mind and is again a new technique to me. Using the Delusions Sprays as actual sprays. They are really strong colours and I again used up those watercolour papers that had been stamped then not used on the one side.

I laid the piece of watercolour paper in a box, I used lots of pieces of acetate (I tend to keep all the spare pieces that come with the stamp sets when I unpack my stamps). So I keep them all and they pile up and are perfect for this. Each time I covered the areas I didnt want to get spray on with the acetate then sprayed across the watercolour paper. I added a little sprayed water if help was needed to spread. I then dried each section before going to the next. Then I would place a piece of acetate over the first colour but leave a slight edge of the coloured area so I could overspray and also covered the uncoloured paper leaving a triangle clear for the next spray.

After I had finished I had had a couple of runs within colours but still liked the end result and
when I turned it I thought it looked like a scene, yes you need to squint and squish your eyes and then you too can see the grass and sand then the path and the sky, no not really, but I love how the colours turned out and I visualised my Purple Onion critters getting together to celebrate Rainbows and Sunshine. Then I framed them in a gold stitched die cut and added the sparkly words.

All done, I hope you like them. Time to link them up and I hope you come again soon.

my rainbow card - no missed this challenge.

Inspired by the Rainbow of colours. Freestyle.
Rainbows and Sunshine card;

Happy birthday marbled card, used the topping.

Happy Birthday Frame Card: Marbled, stamped, die cut and coloured.

Happy Birthday picture frames card

The Marbled Happy Birthday Frames.

Okay  Thats it. Way past time for bed. Need to go link this and back tomorrow.