Friday, 20 July 2018

Happy Birthday & Hello Sunshine

I have made two very quick rather CAS cards. I am down visiting mum and dad and was waiting for Elysha who was at a 'Christmas in July' party and my sister to be ready so we could go. And you know that its in these short periods of time I usually get inspired yes I had 25 minutes before I needed to pick up Elysha so this is what I made.

I blended Distress Oxides Worn Lipstick anddddd no I'm not home so I've gone blank pinky/orange
will have to come back to that. None of my photos pick up the true difference in colour that is there, I can just see it (maybe if you squint)
Anyway with this card I have just used the die cut leaf  - beautiful isn't it. New purchase, yes I have to admit I just went nuts and bought more than what I needed from Gina Marie Designs I'm going to talk some more about Gina later in my post.

I am just in love with how this wonderful leaf looks and the ideas I have going through my head for using it. In this instance my time constraint meant two simple cards. So the first with the die cut blended image and and 'Happy birthday' diecut .

Now this time I have cut a white version of the leaf then then inlaid the colour fill from the first die cut that I had added double sided tape to before I put it through the Big Shot. 

Next time I won't worry about the double sided tape, I think it was more fiddly especially trying to get the backing off the wee little pieces, it would have been easier to have little dots of glue in the empty slots. 

I love how it turned out and I managed to keep every piece on hand. This time I added the 'hello sunshine' from Stamplorations. Another die I love using.

There you go two super easy cards using this fabulous leaf die cut twice (price for the die $6).

Now I mentioned Gina before, she is the proud own of Gina Marie Designs and sells a number of things, amongst them lots of amazing dies. What I find amazing about her dies is the great quality and the price. Now we all love those dies that give us wonderful borders and frames and backgrounds well she has an amazing collection. No she doesn't have everything but she certainly has enough to keep me very happy. 

When I can get a set of dies that will give me say 7 different sized frames 
looks absolutely brilliant and only just back briefly from retirement -$10.

this one is Wonky stitched oval. See the thin ovals thats so you can just emboss the stitching or add the thin oval and cut -$10.  

The others you will just have to wait and see as I make the cards cause I'm not admitting just how many I bought but I will say that I will be having lots of fun.

 I am not getting paid or receiving any gift from Gina for doing this post. I had a big shop and wanted to share but also wanted too raise awareness of the fact that she is producing very good quality items at very affordable prices and people should be checking her business out. 


Happy Birthday

Hello Sunshine

Happy Birthday

Hello Sunshine

Hello Sunshine

Something old - Happy Birthday die
Something new -the leaf die but at least Im using it.
Distress Oxide - oldish 

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

Monday, 16 July 2018

Miss You

It's time for the Reminder Post for The Flower Challenge

I've enjoyed doing this one. This time I have gone with Copics in the R range
using R00 to give myself the lightest area to work from then my main blends
being R81 R83 R85 and then for the stems R02 shadow R32.
The flower is a stamped image from 'The Ton' Magnificent  Magnolia's
and they are a wonderful collection of  floral stamps and sentiments.

In this instance I have used a die cut sentiment from 'Altenew' Miss you new to me and I love it as it was a perfect fit for this flower. I die cut the sentiment 5 times, the last time our of copic card stock, a scrap that I coloured with the same colours used for the flowers. I then added a touch of glitter which of course is lots more sparkly if you click on the image and enlarge and even more so IRL.

I attached at the bottom so it covered where the stems just ended as I hadn't really thought about what I was going to do, at first planing to die cut the flowers but changing my mind once coloured. I finished it off with those sparkly gems in the corner that I added some Copic R83 to just for a bit of pink sparkle.

Right, now it's time to go check out the amazing inspiration from my team mates over at The Flower Challenge. I was so inspired as I added my card to the main blog looking at their cards now I think maybe I should be trying black and white. What about you? Have you given it a go yet? 
Come on, join in the fun........ show us what you have!!!


The sentiment is cut all from snippets
as well as the copic layer.

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

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Hearts Hugs

It's funny I had finished my MFT Summer Classes but I didn't feel satisfied I had shown I under stood

So i decided to do one more card. Bugger dinner, it could wait. I had a red piece of alcohol ink scrap. I needed one with yellows and gold so I fiddled around with this and that, I have been playing around and set up a station (photos later my sweet friends - yes I am taking over the house). So I used the heart die that first cuts those fine lines into the card base so I had to measure and tape to hold in place so it was straight on the card.

Then I cut out my heart which are on a seperate die and have those little cut lines through them so they look like they are sewn on. I held the original piece that I die cut from over the lines as a guide to help keep everything straight and lined up then I did the colours to show I understand the idea.

I then decided it was very CAS but I wanted more so I added a pre- cut god mirror card frame on double sided foam tape and then the Hugs. The Hearts and the Hugs sentiment are from MFT not sure about the frame die.

Time to enter this..

Now to tell you a blonde moment. I read somewhere it as a good idea to use copy paper with alcohol ink pieces when die cutting to protect the dies and stop them clogging up with pieces of alcohol ink that get on other pieces. So Aileen cuts her first layer of yellow hearts and they all come out white    
 ( bugger thinks Aileen, the ink has come off on the copy paper as it hasn't sat long enough and cuts another set, same problem, ...........oooohhh yes the penny drops use pointy object to remove copy paper and there is nice yellow alcohol heart) . I can say blonde moments as I was born a true white hair and it has lasted then slowly darkened over the years but I have many many moments of mmmmm..... and my name in the deaf community is actually 'blonde' because so much goes over the top of my head. I had a friend who got very offended for me but I laughed cause really it is me, I do miss a lot some because of my deafness but then some just because I'm me :)

Challenges :

Hello There

I had to do this post quickly as I couldn't keep with the other two as the MFT blog wouldn't recognise the two cards in the same challenge on the same post.

After doing my first card for the

 I did another for the

 and because I wanted to

preserve the white space I kept my clouds very light using the 
MFT cloud stencil

The beard sentiment are MFT as is the little Wobbler I used on my bear. I used an oval die to cut a mirror card silver shape put that at the bottom of the card to represent ice then trimmed it off with scissors. To point the bear downwards I put double sided tape under his skate.

MFT Summer School Classes

I am hoping I can do all my classes in the same post here as I have made one card using a couple of techniques on this one card so I would like to enter it in a couple of classes and would prefer not to have to do individual posts for each. 

I was going to do individual cards for each class and had them all visualised in my mind and even thought I might get to two for each one but life doesn't always play that way. Dad rang me going into meltdown on Monday as he had heard from my sister who had decided last minute to go away for a week to Thailand before setting off for her European holiday later this month.
 Well Europe is cancelled for now, she is in double slings, wrist on one side broken up the bone, they are now waiting to see how the bone is knitting and if it will need a plate, decision next week. Other side the scapula is broken so that has been realigned and immobilised. Took her home from hospital yesterday and she wanted to stay at her flat. Lucky she has a wonderful flat mate who will look after her for a couple of days then she is coming to stay with us.
So my cards became short and sweet and I think I learnt quite a bit from each of the classes. Well at least I hope I did. I'm waiting to hear what you think ok.

So I have already done Primary Colours.

This next one is for 

White Space and using the rule of layout so deciding what I am going to use

laying it out so that the eye is drawn to it

and preserving lots of white space. I have used the Triangle STAX and because die
and the sentiment set that goes with the because die.

This card combines a few classes

Repetition stamping as I did that with the little beach huts.

Complementary colours of the cabins were complementary colours on the colour wheel.
Symmetry taking into account the design and layout of the card and placement of stamps in the middle and each side. The side stamp flows in the same direction as though flowing across the page. 

OkayI am going to see if I can link these then comeback and link to other challenges if it works. Thanks so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


I have chosen white stamp ink as
I have gone mostly white with stamped sentiment
and alcohol ink so I think I have followed the



Nothing more beautiful than the combination of
blue and mauve alcohol inks

Monday, 9 July 2018

XOXO and Have a Mermazing Birthday

I could not resist making another version of this card using the same die and doing the same layout but this time including white in the collection as it should have been. I love this piece I found in my collection of pattern papers. 

White glossy paper with pink flowers in gold outline. This time I used double sided tape and it ended up more fiddly actually so when next I use it I will go back to the same routine I used the first time. But I love how this turned out and think the card looks wonderful.

It's a shame my photography is so rotten because there isa lovely elegant XOXO cut from this amazing gold glitter paper that is more like material, it cuts beautifully now I have the Big Shot and now I wish I had more as it has such an elegant look to it.

This card I got my inspiration for from the Muse Card Challenge

This is Anita's card and I love it. Notice I have gone in the reverse order of colours, do you think thats a left handed thing??? Anyway I was inspired by the blended colours and the black silhouette stamping so this is what I have done.

I actually decided to use linen cardstock as I find that it handles blending a bit better than basic cardstock, especially if I am planning to flick water at it. I blended with Distress Oxides and after masking off I used a MFT stencil that I sprayed with temporary adhesive to hold it in place while I did my blending. This is a great way to hold all those fine lines in place. Blended green through to mauve then back again to get a nice smooth blend.

I then sprayed lightly with a Hero Art shimmer spray but it doesn't show up in any of the photos so you will just have to believe it has a nice shimmer. I then stamped with stamps from one of the Hero Art Monthly Kits and the sentiment is from another stamp set I was given. Finished off with some star sequins.

So quick and easy. I think My mermaid is a bit small and after seeing Ruth's fabulous stencils of mermaids on her blog craftingwhilethebabynaps I will have to get some and do this again just a bit bigger I think.


Have a Mermaizing birthday

This one is actually to replace my first which didnt have any white.

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