Friday, 16 November 2018

Challenge Me A Christmas Card 2018

I am so pleased to say 'I'm back again with Michelle' taking part in her 'Challenge Me a Christmas Card'. I love participating in this challenge and I hope you go to Michelle's blog to check out her card and hopefully you have time to look at her other 'Challenge Me a Christmas Card' posts to see all the amazing cards Michelle and other friends have been posting. 

My favourite part of the challenge is that Michelle lets her guest decide what is to be done or used on the card. Of course as I so love colouring with my Zigs on Vellum aI suggested both using Zigs and Vellum. 

For my Christmas card I have used 'Cosy Poinsettias' from The Ton silver embossed on vellum. I also silver embossed the sentiment that came with this set.
 I then coloured using three colours - my darkest blue, lightest blue and
 the middle colour in the purples.

Darkest blue for the top petals and in the shadows of the other petals, lightest blue from the bottom then I used my Nuvo Shimmer brush to move, mix or remove colour as I go. I then came in and placed random bits of the light purple and mixed that in with the Nuvo brush. Here I have made the image slightly darker so you can see the shimmer and sparkle of the image.

I then cut the vellum to fit the front of the card and used a strip of this amazing sparkly silver sticky backed glitter paper. This stuff is brilliant for cutting sentiments as well as it cuts perfectly and although sticky can be moved and placed around until you are happy with position then pressed down further for a firm hold.
I finished the card off with some clear gems that have a rainbow hue to them.

Now its time to go check out Michelle's blog and see how she went with my 'Challenge' to her.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Flower Challenge #26 A Special Occassion Reminder Post

Okay its time to get your thinking caps on. The Challenge has reached the halfway point so if your going to join us its time to decide just what you want to do with all those amazing flower stamps I know you have. Don't forget Poinsettia's which are all the rage at Christmas time fall under the label of 'flower' and Christmas is certainly a special occasion.

I've gone with 'Happy Birthday' and used the colours for Autumn as I am just loving this colour combination. The flower is the middle section of a large flower stamp from Simon Says called Centre Cut Flowers Background. I love that here is a nice small bunch of flowers, already laid out in design.

I have used Copics to colour and love how it turned out and decided a small sentiment would work best with it. Happy birthday die cut. I didn't feel it needed any gems or other embellishments.

Now it's time to go to the Flower Challenge Blog and see what else the Design Team have been up to. I can tell you from my last sneak peak its truly worth going to see and then get those creative fingers of yours working :)

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

Monday, 12 November 2018

Three cards for Christmas

This card came together as one of those inspiration pieces as I was looking for something else. I have used the wide washi tape from Altenew, I love the idea of being able to do a night sky without all layers especially if an idea has just popped into your head.

I had this heart cut out of card base picked it up and thought the washi would look brilliant inside the heart. That was easy, then I looked for the perfect sentiment - I think thats Mama Elephant  and comes with some cute bears (yes I know that I have not used yet). The sentiment is perfect with the heart and galaxy and a die cut sparkle star finishes it off. 

This card I was inspired to make after seeing the Muse card for this week.
Love Anita's card but I am working on Christmas so I went that way.
I took inspiration from the embossed background and the green used on the balloon and working in the bottom half of the card with image and sentiment.

I used a snow embossing folder for the background.  I decided to use the penguin (rather than a heart) sitting on a present as I had just coloured him and I thought he looked cute.  
I have added Nuvo glitter to the present dots and ribbon but it hasn't shown up in the photos sadly. Actually it has just covered the shading done in the ribbon and dots lol. Instead of a balloon I decided to add a free floating sentiment cut from a green/blue sparkle paper as I liked the colours Anita used. 

This last card I have used a Mo's Digital Pencil image coloured with Copics and some Kindy Glitz to add some dimension to the hat.

Die cut sentiment from Stamplorations cut from silver sparkle paper.


Jingle all the way card

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Card

I Love You  More Card 

Merry Christmas Card

Jingle All the Way card

Jingle All The Way card

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Joyeux Noel & Happy 1st Birthday

One of Elysha's friends from community access program asked if I could make a card for her niece's 1st Birthday. This is what she wanted.
Mo's Digital Pencil image is perfect for the first birthday cake smash
that appears to be all the trend.

Coloured with Copics and used a cple of the Nuvo glitter pens at the bottom of the cake.
A die cut sentiment 'Happy Birthday' at the top from gold glitter paper (well a bit thicker than paper actually)

The pink glitter number '1' needed to sit where it is due to a little mess made by me and I didn't want to cut the card down any more. Some glitter gems requested as well so I added a couple of little flowers and a gem 'teddy bear'

She was very happy so thats what matters.

 Loose watercolour background using Distress Inks I love the soft colours and there is also so shimmer water used on this but the photo doesn't show it.

The giant snowflake and sentiment are both from CAS-ual Friday stamps, I found the sentiment there but not the snowflake and all my searches on google led me nowhere so I have to assume it is retired.

Well I love it and in silver heat embossing on this pale blue/mauve watercoloured background it looks wonderful. As it does on the other half dozen cards I made. I used a frame it die but then left it set into the diecut as I just wanted to trim and leave a nice outline.

There you go, a couple of cards, both perfect for the colouring challenge

I can only link one through the blog so will link
the 'Happy Birthday' and
the other through instagram. Catching up.

Happy birthday

Happy Birthday Card

Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel

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

Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Flower Challenge #26 A Special Occasion

Its time for a new challenge over at The Flower Blog
A Special Occasion, so it could be someones Birthday,  the birth of a child, an Anniversary, a Wedding, Engagement and the list goes on. Just make sure a) your cards main feature is flowers and b) you tell us what Special Occasion your card is for. My stamped image is quite large so I decided to go with a large 'celebrate' sentiment and put 'Mr & Mrs' inside the card as it's for a wedding.

The beautiful flower stamp is from The Ton Peony Laurel, love them. So easy to colour. I coloured with Copics and was going to add pencil detail but I ran out of time so left as it is.

I cut around with the Sizzix die I love using added that to a layer of silver glitter paper. Die cut the big 'Celebrate' from MFT and finished off with some pale pink gems.  All done and very happy with it.


Now its time to go and check out what the Design Team have made to inspire you and get your creative hats on. I want to see lots of cards popping up in the Challenge (Christmas floral cards are always perfect at this time of year don't you think!!!)

Monday, 29 October 2018

Big Hello

Ohh my goodness I do love colouring in these big bold floral background stamps from The Ton.
This one is 'Morning Glory Garden Cling' and I think this is the second time I have used it. The first time was on vellum and that turned out wonderful so this time I decided to go with Multimedia watercolour paper and I love how the Zigs work on this as well.

I have gone with rich deeper colours in line with Autumn though this flower isn't an Autumn flower I think the colours have worked perfectly with it. Again I have coloured without adding water. I have picked the deepest colour in each selection then the lightest to move the colour further then blended and lightened even more with my Nuvo Shimmer brush which means I have a fabulous shimmer through the whole thing.

I was inspired by Laurel Beards card to go with watercolours. I was going to try the stamps like Laurel has but I was not happy with the result and decided I really do like more control so I have the stamped and gold embossed flower panel. The colours used are within the Autumn range like Laurel used.

I loved the idea of a one colour cardbase and went with yellow so it shows up on the edges and I loved the inset die cut with the additional layer so it sits slightly higher. This is one of my favourite techniques and since the card is so large I decided to give my Altenew 'Hello' die a go.

Here you can see the shimmer on the right on the flowers, this is obvious all over the card but as always hard to catch by photo.

Here if you look at the 'e' you can see my black funfoam behind the die cut word as its still a bit squished from the cut and you can see some of the yellow card base. This will flatten out enough to cover the cardbase but stay high enough to give that black shadow behind the diecut.

i love how this turned out and reckon the flowers look amazing in Autumn range.
Will definitely do this again.


As always last minute for the Muse Challenge #288
Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration Laurel.

Off to sit with mum for a few days and visit with dad. Of course I will need to drop in on my new grandson on the way there and then on the way back on the weekend. Nothing like a wonderful baby cuddle to chase away the blues.

Take care everyone, thank you for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Look at those wonderful long toes.

Merry & Bright and Just Because

Working my way through all the diecuts and stamped images I had left over from last Christmas. 

How easy was this little Christmas card, the white glitter paper is enough to decorate the front of a card and I used the 'Merry & Bright' diecut from Lil Inker stamps. Cuts so smoothly and looks great.

I only made a small Christmas card to go with it and that is in red cardstock. The panel behind was made from a tissue paper technique I learnt from Loll Thompson the link takes you to a video she made on this. Can you see the gold embossing on the crinkles -she taught that too . The card looks crooked here but its not - its my photography. 
One day I will have time to learn how to do this properly.

This card is a Stamping Bella stamp and I have coloured her with Copics. I cut down the panel with this sweet lace die from Gina Marie Designs Ohhh I do love their dies and such a good price too.

The Just Because diecut is a Kaisercraft but sadly is discontinued.
I decided to use another coloured cardbase so went mint and then lined inside with white.

Card Challenges :

New to me Christmas Challenge with Hazel
Merry Christmas Card

Just Because

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Just Because

Cant sign off without sharing another photo

One week old xx