Friday 30 June 2017

Coffee..... A magical substance

I know, here I was missing for over a week and now I'm posting twice in one day but I couldn't resist adding this card to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017. I know its Summer and she has a turtle neck jumper on but thats cause its evening and a cool breeze has blown up ( and its actually Winter over here and the jumper really was necessary). Don't you love that sentiment.....

Says it all. Digital image from Bugaboo, coloured with Copics, cutout then
added to a piece of stripped acetate. Love the mint colour.

Finished it off by attaching to a white card base and a couple of white and foil card corners.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Playing With my Oxide Inks and a Card for the Summer Coffee bloghop

I finally bought The Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and I am just waiting on my orange to arrive. It was a lot harder to get them in Australia basically unless you wanted to pay in advance and order that way. So I am finally playing and ohh my goodness as they beautiful to play with, they spread really like butter and the only difference I have found is that sometimes you have to re-blend areas as the colours can take from each other, sort of hard to describe but you will see when you use.

I found that if I didnt like what I had done then just add more flicks of water and more colour, put aside, look the next day. You can always use for other things, parts of die cuts etc.

This card was totally inspired by Technique Friday by Els  I just loved the 
colour combo she used and the feather and glitter but I diverted and went my own
way after the colours.

I did four sheets before I was happy and I used Multimedia paper, I loved it but
getting myself to stop over inking was the main thing. Just beautiful.

I then cut out the feather, added the piece to a card base then added the glitter,
ultra fine Martha Stewart glitter, then decided to add back the original
feather as I felt the card needed it.

I couldn't decide on a sentiment as I still struggle with what sentiments to put with a feather
so left it blank. Now at this stage the card was sitting on my desk complete and I was playing with
more backgrounds and water in a container....... and yep.... knocked over the water container.....hit the card in two main spots and it was nearly a bin worthy item. Lesson of the day..... kind of clean up as you go.... at least the water lol.

Now this cards for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017. Still colouring in some other images but always seem to be colouring in and then using for the next so this one is the free image that STAMPlorations provided last blog hop and I am using it now.

Coloured with Polychromo's, stamped sentiment and all done.

Now to go have a coffee with a friend.

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

Stamplorations Free Digi Image
I cannot believe how many people take part in this
amazing blog hop each season and the amazing prizes.
Don't forget to check out who has supported the Blog Hop and
the brilliant cards.

Feather Card

Coffee cups and flowers card

The feather card

Monday 26 June 2017

Two cards and a very short Post

Two cards for two particular card Challenges and of course I'm backkkkkk to my old self. Last minute for the Muse, why of why must I always get my inspiration just before closing time on a Monday night. Well no time to chat so I will post both cards to the Challenges and come back tomorrow to add more challenges and explain what I did.

Back and editing:

This beautiful card is for  a couple of challenges. 

A very simple card to do as I used a page out of a watercolour pad that had the white embossed
hearts etc already embedded in the paper I just needed to add watercolour mixes. I played around with different colours and found it looked best with as little colour as possible and lots of mixing with water. Cut it into shape with a stitched border die, flipped the design to other direction. Added the 'Beyoutiful' diecut in  gold cardstock and added some mixed sequins (actually added twice as much as you can see but as I was taking the photos realised my mistake and flicked off the extras, lucky the watercolour paper and cardstock are robust and showed no glue signs.

This is for the Muse card challenge and was inspired by Jenni Murray
the thank you words in the square. I was also inspired by all the different colours
of  the words but as usual I had left this to last minute so I decided to swap this up.

Used a masked panel with my acetate mask then added some of my new Tim Holtz
Distress Oxide Ink (I'm in Heaven) this stuff is so easy to blend and reblend. Here its
Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet on Multimedia cardstock. A few flicks of water react so perfectly.

Because all the colour is there I did the sentiments in black ink so used the Misti to line up
all the sentiments and ink at once, perfect. Love it, cleaned all the stamps while still on the Misti so I can play again today with some more cards in different colour blends as the hardest bit is done.
A few scattered sequins to hide booboos, trimmed down the card lightly as one of those bigger booboos could not be covered so it became a smaller edition but still wonderful inspiration from Jenni.


Muse Card Challenge - linked

The first card I made for one challenge was Freshly Made Sketches and thought I linked up but apparently I didnt -that what I get for leaving to the last minute and not checking before I go to bed. Ahhh well I will get to these sketches one of these days.

Thanks card but just not sure if the colour panel is too much
so please let me know if its not CAS enough and I will remove.

Beyoutiful card, the die cut layer is patterned watercolour  paper
just add colour.

Beyoutiful Card

Thank you so much for coming to visit 

Saturday 24 June 2017

Three Cards and An Apology

I cant believe its been 9 days since I last posted. That is so slack of me. I have gone from doing multi cards a day to great big gaps and that is no way to treat people who follow my blog, so my apologies to all. I cant say I have been flat chat, just the usual with Elysha and the NDIS which is the National Disability Insurance Scheme which is what covers people with Disabilities now. So everything that she needs to help her get through life and to prepare her to oneway be independent of her nagging parents all falls under this scheme. It is new, it is having lots of hiccups and never ending interviews, changes, contracts etc etc etc.

Then after being off work for nearly two years with mum and dad I have started doing workshops again, not many but some out in country NSW and the first ones that were a couple of nights away I got interviewed for the local TV and the next thing I know all the family know about it, nothing like the family grape vine. Celebrity for 5 minutes, anyway it got me more country work so thats really cool but it felt really funny to be back in front of these huge groups of people and it all fell into place perfectly as though I hadn't been away at all. I love teaching in the countryside and wish all my workshops were out there, its such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Mum and dad are finally settled properly in the Nursing home and letting the staff assist them with dressing etc, it has been a long hard battle. Dad is still moving slowly through his dementia so his life is pretty steady with stories from the past changing slightly as time goes by. His short term is more affected now. Mum is nearly all lost and thats all I can say for now.

Now for my three cards

The base of this card is the negative from the circles I used on the next card
down. I bought this die and did my usual didnt bother to measure or read the measurements. Its only weeny so these two cards are really little gift cards. They still look cute as but they really are
small so sentiments had to be extra small, so lucky I had some little ones.

You can just see the little from the Wink of Stella on the cute as little dragons I coloured
with copics. The panel that I cut with the die was coloured very quickly with distress inks
pink, yellow and orange and blended together. before I cut the panel I put a piece of
double sided tape on the back so all the dots would be per sticky.

I used a pointy thingy tool to lift the edges so the dragons could tuck under and look as
thought they were peeking out, bit like luna cheese lol. Added a silver 'celebrate'.

Done these dots look brilliant, I did it the hard way so they didnt go on perfectly and I ended up with wee little dots stuck all over my hands like little growths......eeewwwww. Then you can see some of the colours ended up in the wrong spots or grew extra spots but this die has LOTS of potential. I LOVE how the colours turned out.

The butterfly is a Hero Art butterfly stamped on paper quickly coloured with copic and fished off with.........Wink of Stella.

Looks like a big card but again its only gift card size but you could easily cut the circles twice and lay out proper size. Gold card 'happy birthday' sentiment.

Finally managed to make a card for CAS Mi Up Card Challenge. Every time I think, mmmm I will do that then get side tracked, now I have left till the last day but I have made it -yayyyy.

First I used a triangle stencil and randomly spread out some clear sparkle Bobunny gel. It gives a wonderful finish.

I stamped the butterfly twice and coloured the full butterfly once and the top layer of the wing again so I could layer up. I fussy cut the butterfly. Then lined it up in the Misti, used masking tape to
cover the body so I only stamped the antenna on the card base.  

Added the sentiment while it was in the Misti and all done. Nice clean CAS


sparkle you were born to shine card

Happy Birthday Card - summer colours

Celebrate card

Sparkle You were born to shine Card

Happy Birthday Card

Celebrate card

Happy Birthday card with the 
watercoloured dots from the diecut. 
No twist

Celebrate card using the 'celebrate die cut and
the negative of the dots diecut.

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

Thursday 15 June 2017

The Flower Challenge Reminder Anything Goes #9

 It's that time of the month when we remind you about the Flower Challenge
for this month.  Of course this month its our most popular:

You have another 10 days to get a card or project or two the challenge. 

This time I have used an image I coloured up during Kathy's 30 Day Colouring
Challenge and have been trying to decide what to do with it.

I decided she would look wonderful in a gold frame on a pink and white card base and after glueing  everything in place I realised the flowers  stopped short and it was very obvious, especially on the left hand side, something I could quite easily have drawn in myself as they are not hard flowers. So the card sat for quite a while half finished waiting for inspiration.

Inspiration came with the vellum gold foil sentiments, I had already added the top one 'oh happy day'
then came across the rose gold one in my stash and the 'birthday' and they just worked (for me) so I was happy. I love her eyes, her hair and the flowers. Sophie (my granddaughter is sitting with me as I type this telling me we are crafting buddies and my card is awesome and I love you too Nanny)

Anyway best go check out what the rest of the Design team have done at The Flower Challenge Blog and get further inspired and I look forward to seeing what you decide to add.

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

Saturday 10 June 2017

Hooray Best Day Ever Three Cards Post

I decided I wanted to take part in the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and time was running out.
It ends in five hours

I have a set of stamps I bought a very long time ago from Altenew and have never used so they have finally left the NBUS pile. I stamped them onto a number of patterned papers that resembled backgrounds that were perfect for succulents.

This one I loved, marble, perfect - Yes!!! I coloured with my Polychromo's and added
colour with my Coloursoft pencils from Derwent which is a greatly to boost the colours.

I was quite pleased with my colouring imagination as I dissent look at any succulents to see what colours I should be doing. I finished the card off with some vellum sentiments and an enamel dot to hide the glue.

This next card was stamped on a  whim. I saw the piece of
pattern paper and thought it would look cool with this particular succulent.

After colouring I really liked it. I added the vellum gold foil lips and sentiment and really
love the look. Its different. Don't know that it would fit a challenge but I enjoyed doing it.

I've used another of my watercolour backgrounds. Here I have blended pink from one end and blue at the other and ended up with a soft lilac in the centre. Used the rectangle stitched die to cut out the front panel then white cardstock for the Concord butterfly and white die cut 'fabulous.
Doesn't it look fabulous and can be used for so many different reasons.

This card is smaller than the others made as I had taped the card down and so the piece had sections that weren't covered in paint. I won't worry next time as they all straighten out ok and I like to be able to use the large die cuts.

Now for challenges:

Hooray Best Day Ever Card

With Love Card

Im pretty sure my butterfly and colours are all summer
and CAS but if not let me know and I will remove. Ta


Fabulous Card

I'm carer for my mum and dad who have dementia/Alzehimers and a daughter with
dual disabiltities. I needed something to sometimes loose myself in, I love colouring
and I love sharing what I do so its a win win situation. 

Hooray Best Day Ever Card

Cant think of any other challenges for the Succulents. Thanks so much for coming to visit. I hope you enjoyed your visit and come again soon.