Thursday, 21 June 2018

Congrats and Smile

Today was a day where inspiration hit and cards just happened one after the other. I decided to post a couple today and the others tomorrow as they are all rather bright and full of colour and I don't want to cause too much bling overload.

This first card is all Stamplorations from the stencil I used to the diecut word.

First I have blended Tim Holtz distress inks in a nice rainbow blend of colours but I did have to cut a little bit of the colour off when I put the card together so some colour was lost but not much.

After blending the colours I used Bo-bunny clear glitter paste to get this fantastic sparkly look. I didn't want to overdo it on the front of the card so I only did a strip and attached that to the front of the card then cut out white strips of card and added foam tape to the back and added each side.

I wanted a big sentiment to go with this so chose the 'congrats' one and diecut in white and offset it then added another layer slightly offset on the white in gold. I love the look and it sure doesn't need any sequins or dots to finish it off.

 My next piece of inspiration was this piece of alcohol ink piece I made after setting up my colour charts. I played around with some of my blues and lots of blending solutions a couple of days ago.
Today I was looking at it and thinking water, waves, sea so looking through my images and up pops this little lady, she's perfect and from Tiddy Inks.

I copic coloured, fussy cut and threw her down randomly and where she landed just felt perfect to me so thats where I stuck her. I then cut the piece of yupo to the size of my card and attached it.

Isn't she fabulous, don't you feel as though she is swimming right at you, rolling through the waves. I thought of maybe a sentiment like WAHOOOOO or Coming for youuuuu then thought no just 'smile' is perfect.

Its what she looks like she is doing as she's swimming towards you. Smiling and ready to say 'hello'






I don't live in America but I tell you what, if by
any chance I should be a winner I will give my prize 
to a friend in America.

Congrats card

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

Friday, 15 June 2018

Reminder Post for The Flower Challenge #21Use A Previous Challenge

This time I decided to go with Challenge #10 which was Embossing Heat/Dry

I have put one card up on the blog at The Flower Challenge but I actually made two cards, using a stamp I have had for quite a while just haven't used for a bit. Thats what happens so much nowadays with so many stamps coming out. I think we could probably stamp a stamp a day and still not repeat once in the year.

Now first I have to say I have always loved the cards done by Anita from My Papercraft World, I love her style and technique and colours and have always loved the fact that she uses a type of linen card stock that just looks amazing for just about all of her cards. I have looked high and low to find the same here in Australia and have not been able to find anything that has pleased me.

This is the closest I have come so far. I am currently trying out this cardstock that I ordered and have stamped and heat embossed on then Copic coloured on. I cant say whether it does well with Copics yet as the copics are within the embossed area and very light towards the embossed edges.

I do like the look. The image stamped really well. I stamped in black ink and quickly added clear embossing powder. I then coloured with copics trying not to touch the embossed areas as much as I could as the copic ink will break down the embossed area (apparently).

I love how it turned out keeping the colour really light towards the outer edge of the petals.

There is a wonderful sentiment that goes with this flower stamp that is from Technique Tuesday but I was just too chicken to try stamping on the linen cardstock as the sentiment was quite long and small print. I decided it wouldn't look right with an attached copy of the sentiment either as the stamped flower is level with the card.

So my best choice was of course a die cut and a shiny and silver one at that 'Just Because.....' straight under the flower to me was the perfect placement. To brighten the card and take it from black sadness to pink brightness.

Next I decided to stamp and white emboss. It is truly beautiful but needs to be seen IRL to be appreciated. Stamping onto this linen cardstock has not affected the image at all, it has stamped and embossed perfectly.

I went with blue Copics this time and faded the yellow out as it sent up to a very pale yellow though it looks like no yellow here, it is there at the top.

This time the sentiment is slightly smaller and because I have gone light and bright I have gone gold with the sentiment and slightly angled for 'hello sunshine'

Now it's time to go see what Stef our Guest Designer and the rest of the Design Team have been up to and they won't disappoint you. There is so much inspiration over there at 
The Flower Challenge
I expect to see many more cards and projects joining us in the next 10 days. 

Remember your choices can be anything from our Previous Challenges, that leaves the door wide open and we would love to see you there.

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


Just Because

Just Because

Just Because

Hello Sunshine

hello sunshine

Smile, take time to enjoy the simple things

Another one of those times where I am entering a challenge at the last minute. I forgot that Just Us Girls Challenge this week is Alcohol inks and I had been playing around. It hit me about an hour ago and I thought bugger missed it. BUT then I thought, mmmm just check it out first

Still an hour to go, wha hoooo

So I made a panel with lots of reds, oranges, pinks and yellow, kept adding blending solution in streams so the panel was rather rich in colour not blown on this piece. You will see it a bit clearer further down.

I decided to cut the 'smile' sidecut that is for shaker window but I didnt want to fill with
sequins in this instance. I did add acetate behind so the cut frame and 'smile' would attach
again without any problem.

This is inside the card. Its so hard to show the richness of this piece, lightening to show the yellow and pink there, you will just have to imagine the depth of the colours. And the sentiment sits perfectly below it.

Here side on you can see the circle of the alcohol ink piece. The butterfly was cut from the same piece but an outer edge where the colours are much lighter. Can you see the little heart sequins below the butterfly (butterfly poo's!!! ohh Aileen you are so immature sometimes)

Only added a couple of larger sequins as I felt that was enough. As is often said sequins become the longest part of the card, sitting pondering, trying to decide, looking inside, should I, yes - no. 

Time waits for no man (or woman)
Its time to link it up

And for those of you who haven't visited in the last couple of weeks here's the Alcohol Ink Chart I made recently with my  Tim Holtz Ardublock Inks. Still to add my other inks

All here except my gold, silver and bronze as I don't like their flow. After dropping a drop on yupo paper I then flicked the pieces with blending solution.

Well thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon

Challenges Added:

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Three random cards just because I felt like it.

Have you notice that peoples comments left on your blogs are no 
longer coming through to you as emails????

Now that I have mentioned it, you have just realised that you haven't read a comment lately!!

Well thats because Blogger has changed things again. My goodness why they cant leave good enough alone is beyond me. But the only way to fix this is to 
 a) Do your post as usual
b) publish as usual
c) now before anyone can comment make a comment yourself (doesn't matter what)
d)click on notify me before you hit that button publish

Now my cards:

This first card was just because I felt like making a card with a bit of humour. I've combined a couple of stamp sets and with some masking managed to get the scene you see, the crab on the surf board asking 'What's Up??' Built the sea around the crab and added in the shark fin. There is already some sea and those water drops around the crab. It's a great little stamp and comes with some really neat

little sentiments but I cant find who made it. So if anyone recognises it please tell me as I would like to note for future reference. Anyway after stamping I coloured with Copics and stamped the sentiment. The idea of the card is that its for a someone you haven't heard from for a while and wondering why?

Next up, well I couldn't resist making another friend card, I coloured this the other day and showing my friends on Facebook, now I'm sharing here and will add to the Less is More Challenge if there is still time as its perfect I think.
Aren't they just the bees knee. Actually they make me think of Elysha and my eldest grandson.Very much best friends and it's so funny when Elysha says to me my little Keegan who at 16 is extremely tall 6' 7" and still growing and Elysha who missed out on height in our over tall family  4' 10" 

I love this dog stamp and the sentiment that comes with it and cant wait to play with it some more.

My final card

is a set of stamps I have had a while, layered stamps from Altenew using watercolour technique.

I have used Distress Inks, watercolour cardstock, each time doing the layers in different colours lightest through to darkest with a light spray of water onto the stamp after inking up each time.

Once the ink was dry I went over some of the petals with a shimmer brush to add some glitter which you can see better if you click on the photos to enlarge and go to the closeup photo. I had to quickly blow-dry once flower where I ended up sticking the diecut as the water got a bit too wet the green started to swell and spread. I then attached the 'thank you' die cut and some clear gems. 

Quite happy with the end result but still not totally wrapped in the layered stamping technique.

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


Friends come in all.....

Friends come in all.....

Friends come in all......

Whats Up??

What's Up??

My first time playing at Inspiration Destination and I have used
four stamps including the sentiment stamp and the water stamp that
I used multiple times.

Flowers 'Thank you'

Flowers 'Thank you'

Flowers 'Thank You'