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Sunday, 16 September 2018

The Flower Challenge #24 - Anything Goes Reminder


Its time for the reminder post for The Flower Challenge #24 which is Anything Goes so that means its a real easy one and we get lots of amazing cards. The entries are coming in thick and fast and they look fantastic so don't forget to check out The Design Team reminder posts and the other cards for inspiration.

This time I have gone Copic Colouring. Another stamp that hasn't had enough attention and is designed for ease of colouring and is already in a bouquet so you don't need to place the stamps or do any masking. This floral is called Organic Blooms and is from Mama Elephant Stamps and the site was down at the time I was writing this post so I couldn't add the link.

After Copic colouring I decided to fussy cut as I had some smudges on the card I had coloured that couldn't be covered with a gem or sequin here or there. You can just see some sparkle from the Wink of Stella so you know it has to be more sparkly than that.


Because the bouquet is quite large I decided to use a 3D embossing folder that gives the look of basket weave (they come two to a set and are from We R Memory Keepers but have apparently been discontinued) and add the flowers near the top.

Finished it off with 'It's the little Things' diecut in gold mirror cardstock and some clear glass gems.


Anyway now its time to go over to The Flower Challenge and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to and don't forget we have a prize this month from CAS-ual Friday Stamps so don't miss out on your chance.


Hope to see you here again soon xx




Monday, 10 September 2018

Just Wing It. Life. Eyeliner. Everything.


Isn't that a fantastic sentiment. I bought this stamp because I loved those eyes and and sentiment. Say's it all. The stamp has been sitting there waiting for the right moment and waiting for me to be inspired to add something to it.
I was totally inspired by Anita's card for the Muse Card Club Challenge.
Isn't this amazing and I love that purple hair. I have this stencil coming and cant wait to use it, look at how that small triangle shape at the bottom gives the face shape.  My stamp is just the eyes but you can see why I was prompted to use them.


Instead of purple hair I decided to use my Copics and give her some beautiful eyeshadow.
Then of course I needed to add some sparkle with Wink of Stella, doesn't show up much in the photo but looks so cool IRL.


The sentiment that comes as part of this stamp has the same  inspiration as the one used by Anita. 
I have used just one sequin the same colour as the eyeshadow but placed to make you think of a beauty spot.

As always this is last minute and then I started playing around with some other ideas then realised I better get this posted, would hate to miss the challenge.



Challenges:




I think this is my second card &
goes with the Twist.




I wasn't 100% sure on this one, as I have used one other colour
but tones there of, so wasn't sure if this is considered more that
one colour. Please remove if I have not guessed right.



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




Thursday, 6 September 2018

It's the little things & Babies are all our dreams...........


Do you think Im a bit obsessed with this flower and vase set from 'The Ton'? Well I am actually but I have put it away and plan to try some of my other hundreds of unused stamps.

But doesnt this background look cool, not oxide this time, just lots of watercolour, water, drying and adding and adding shimmer to the water for a bit of sparkle. Stamped and white embossed, stamping the flower bunch first, then masking and adding the bowl. I have coloured with pencils again but my colouring didn't go as well, my dark blue not blending as well.

In the photo I can see where I need to go back and clean the blue off the embossing so at least I can fix it before I send it. I finished it off by trimming down and adding a layer of white glitter paper under it and the 'It's the little things' sentiment from Penny Black Stamps.


This card is for my daughter-in-law who is having a baby shower this weekend. I don't have to worry about anyone seeing this or the cards below as they love my cards but they don't checkout the blog.
I decided to use my Stamping Bella stamp as she doesn't get used enough and really is pretty, just like Rachael. I have dressed her in Rachael's favourite colour and done her hair in similar tones. She even looks as trim as this little sweetie.

Did the close up so you could see the glitter here and there, I used some glitter gel pens but its not very obvious here. I also found when I started to colour that I may have stamped  onto the wrong cardstock as the ink did like to move beyond the lines.

I have heat embossed the black ink for this image as well. That purple spread in a couple of spots especially up at the bust line, I was able to remove some of the colour but then found what was left was feathering. I came in with the light blue and outlined and was able to pull more of that mauve out so its not so obvious. 

Reminder to self: check you have grabbed the right card stock before using Copics. I do pre-cut a pile of sheets and write a small 'c' in the corner in pencil so I know but I had stamped and embossed this image a while ago before I started this habit.



Anyway after that long blurb, it looks ok and I'm happy with how it looks so I trimmed down slightly so I could use some blue glitter washi each side. and then stamped the sentiment. I also found out that I have very little in the way of baby sentiments and need to fix this dilemma.


What you see here is one of the things I decided to do. I made a set (a big big set) of Thank you cards that they can use for the baby shower thank you or when the baby is born. I finally used up a paper pad I bought who knows how many years ago but it was full of boy papers so here they are.


I cut all the cards 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" as I had envelopes that fit that size. I then used this sweet rectangle lace edge die to cut all the pieces of pattern paper.

Had lots and lots of little dots scattered all over the lounge room floor. Added this to the card with a low foam tape then added the 'thanks' and 'thank you' die cuts and all the little die cut shapes to the front of the cards.

These baby die cuts I got from a really good 'box full of goodies' purchase. They are so cute.
But of course I was feeling a little left out with no colouring so I decided to add a little coloured character inside each card.

I used lots of different sets and just love how they turned out, elegant on the outside and a little cutie on the inside.


Off to the Dollar Shop to get s nice box to put them all in and a big silver bow for the top. All ready to go for Saturday. Which is very rare for me, usually I am still colouring and cutting up to 5 minutes before I leave the house but there you go. I can be organised sometimes.




Challenges:

Its the little things card.





It's the little things card




Babies are all our dreams.......





Its the little things card




Babies are all our dreams......Baby Shower




Babies are all our dreams.....
Both the stamped image and the sentiment
 are quite a few years old.




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









Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Flower Challenge #24 Anything Goes


I cant believe we have reached  number 24, thats two years.
 Just over two years ago I had an idea and I approached a group of wonderful ladies who agreed to join me on this journey. Some have had to step down due to other commitments and others have joined us so that we continue to have a very strong group of Designers who make the most amazing cards to get you all motivated. 

I cant thank them enough, or all of you who have joined us, in this journey. I love making flower cards and this way I know that I will be making a couple in the month. I love the inspiration from the Design Team and the amazing people who continue to follow us and enter in the different challenges. I have learnt more techniques and designs and of course I have been inspired to buy even more stamps. Ahh the joys of empowerment :)


Now lets look at what this months challenge is. 
The easiest of the lot: Anything Goes.

Now we have two surprises to share with you all this month. First we are delighted to introduce another talented crafter who is joining our team here. It's Milla from mustesormi.blogspot.com I am so please Milla accepted our invitation to join the team.

She was our Guest Designer last month and I am sure you all love her amazing cards. As she has often been in our gallery in the past you have probably visited her blog already but please take the time to look again, you won't be disappointed I know ;)

Now for our second surprise!

This month we are very lucky to have a prize for the winning card! Michele from
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has kindly agreed to donate a prize for our winner.
The winning entry will receive a voucher for $25, so they can buy whatever they like.

The winner will be announced in the usual manner, the day before the next month's Challenge over on 


Now to my card. I decided to go vellum again as I seem to have great success with the Zigs watercolour pens on vellum. I bought this background stamp from The Ton and I just love how it turned out.

Remember to prepare your vellum before stamping. I use the antistatic pillow (I think I got it from Stampin Up) many many years ago and its still going strong. I tend to just drop onto the vellum and rub and do this all over till I feel its clean. I then stamped with VersaMark and add white embossing powder. I heat my gun for a bit before starting on the vellum. Make sure to use a fine paint brush to remove any stray white specks, if you don't they will show up on the vellum.

I use my zigs with no water, adding a line of colour and using a lighter colour to spread and blend. I love how it turned out, the colours all just work perfectly. I couldn't bear to cut it down to a normal card size so I went big 5 1/2 x 6". I will have to make the envelope but even then I had to trim a bit off.

I added the 'celebrate' die cut that I cut from The Tons adhesive silver paper and then stamped and white embossed the sentiment 'So happy for you!'.
The vellum I left with a slight overhang so I could attach at the top on the back with a slight fold and then added vellum tape under a few of the darker petals.

Now its time to go check out The Flower Challenge, remember to read the rules if you want to enter in the challenge with a chance to win the prize. The girls have all been busy making the most amazing inspirational projects to get you thinking. Come and join us.



Challenges:




















Monday, 3 September 2018

Happy Birthday & I Love You cards


I had another of those days when I walked into the craft room and the cards just came together perfectly. I made four but have kept two for The Flower Challenge for September, which is coming soon.

This card I wanted to use this stencilled panel that was left over from a card I made ages ago.
Big raindrops, I first blended Distress Inks down the stencil in rainbow colours, then I added BoBunny Glitter paste. I love the stuff it adds the best glitter, so easy to apply and dries nice and quickly.


I panel is only 2" wide so I had to think for a bit how to show it off best. At first I was going to attach to the front of the card and add white panels each side but then I thought acetate. So easy made the card fold then cut off 2" on the front. Cut a piece of acetate 2 1/4" and double sided tap holds it in place inside the card.


See how theres still room for someone to write a message, I love this.
Next I added a couple of fairies from Mo's Digital Pencil that I coloured with Copics and fussy cut ages ago. Love using things up. Die cut the 'Happy Birthday' in the circle from gold mirror cardstock then attached so it rests on both the card and acetate.

I tucked the sentiment so it looks like the little fairy at the bottom is planning to dive through the hoop. There's bound to be a rainbow challenge on somewhere that I can enter this and its another card I can give my daughter-in-law for the never ending parties the kids go to.





This next card I had another Distress Oxide background that I loved how it turned out, this time mainly oranges, yellows then goodness knows what, I just keep on going. I love doing this vase of flowers on these backgrounds but I may have gone a bit too dark with the background colours this time. The card looks very pretty but is harder to see with the darker background.

The stamps are from The Ton and the vase/bowl is a seperate stamp so some masking is involved.
I have coloured the flowers and bowl with pencils. Lots of layers, trying very hard to go lightly so I could blend them well but it is harder over the Distress Oxides.


Once I was happy with the colouring, I added first a layer of copper glitter paper to the card base then cut down the coloured panel so it left an area to frame it. I finished it off with the Simon Says (new to me) 'i love you' which cuts in the thin outline and a layer to lay it on which I cut in vellum. Lastly I added some sparkly gems, one for the 'i' as I lost the original at the last minute.


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



Challenges:


Not often that I get to play the Toppings
but its on today 'Happy Birthday'




I love you card




Happy Birthday Card - the rainbow
 raindrops are a snippet left over.




i love you card




Happy Birthday




i love you card






Monday, 27 August 2018

Home Sweet Home........




I made this sweet little card 

having been inspired by Kims Wonderful card for this weeks Muse Card Club Challenge

This is Kim's card and its just so wonderful, I love those birds and her design. My 
inspiration is the branch and birds and clean white card and stamped sentiment.


I was going to stamp some leaves, then I was going to cut a die cut branch but then more of my wonderful Purple Onion Designs, Stacey Yacula stamps arrived. I do so love her stamps, all the critters are so cute and she now has some amazing scenes as well and now I have to make sure as usual that I use some stamps. So.......

I stamped the branch and coloured with Copics as Spring is starting over here and the lovely  pink and white blossoms  are blooming. Its a new home for my little birds (they are from a previous purchase).  One of course needed to be in his rainbow coloured vest cause there is a chill in the air at night. Their making a new nest  for their home.


The Home Sweet Home sentiment is also one of Stacey's and because I order so many and so often there always seems to be lovely little sentiments gifted to me with my order. I find this happens quite a bit with smaller businesses and think its amazing that they go this extra step. Also after paying if my postage is less I always end up with a refund, how cools that.

So I thought the sentiment would work perfectly for my nesting couple.
I really pleased with how this card turned out and thank Kim for her inspiration.
Now Im thinking I need to go do another with the other idea she sparked......

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


Challenges:




Without the Twist this time.