Thursday 25 February 2021

Floral from Pinkfresh Studio on Vellum


Check out this amazing background stamp from Pinkfresh Studio 
I have again stamped and heat embossed on Vellum, this time with white
embossing powder.

Coloured with Zigs and Wink of Stella to spread and thin.

I added a pale green Zig background so you could see the white embossing
then placed straight onto a white card base. Added a thin line of silver glitter
washi tape each side.

No sentiment as it can be used for anything. I keep saying to myself, back to other colouring Aileen, but I really do enjoy using the zigs as they make for quick colouring that looks so bright and vibrant.

Out of interest can You take the time to leave a comment and tell me
a) Are you still posting on your blog as well as Facebook and Instagram ?or
b) do you stay with one group and not bother with the others?
c) Are you finding comments few and far between?

I am trying to get right back into regular posts and wonder if I have lost lots of my audience because of my break from cardmaking or are people happy to look on Instagram and not bother with the blog.

I try to keep my posts light and informative and share a story or joke but then I wonder if there are actually people reading or just looking at the card, if that. Some blogs I go to have an amazing number of people commenting and I wonder if its because they only blog? Or could it be they are going in challenges which I haven't gone back into yet? Or maybe its just my posts are too off track. 

What a quandary lol nah not really its just puzzling me and has me thinking Instagram is probably enough. 

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Dancing & Roses

 I have quite a few cards in this post as I did a floral card and I also made a set of cards for my granddaughter to use.

You will see all of these down further where I have taken individual shots of each. The inspiration for these came from a card I received from a wonderful friend of mine, Therese, who makes the most amazing cards and every now and then I get one that just screams copy and try your own ideas.
If you would like to go check out Therese's amazing cards  I am going to share her link but you have to promise to come back ok:)

Before going to the dancers I wanted to share another card with the colouring with zigs on vellum.
This is the Big & Bold rose from Colarado Stamps. I just love using their Big & Bold line as they stamp so beautifully and are such a joy to colour.

Here you can see the sparkle on the rose and IRL the whole rose sparkles and does
look brighter than you are seeing in these photos. The image is stamped and heat embossed in silver.

I have then used Zig markers darkest colour with lightest colour to move the colour then lift and complete colour with a 'Wink of Stella' brush that adds all the sparkle. No water used so no warping. Added the vellum layer to a white card base and just attached with douple sided tape hidden behind the images.

Finished off with this beautiful 'hello friend' die cut from mmmm sorry cant think of where from and not home to check.
Anyhoo I finished off with some lovely little smooth sparkles.

Now this is the first one I stamped and it is exactly how Therese had done hers other than the sentiment. I also coloured the tutu heavier as thats just me. The tutu is stamped separately and after I coloured them I fussy cut them.

The next card I decided to go portrait and add full image.

Then this one with one dancer and shoes on.

Then this one (which is my favourite I think). Legs only. Sentiment
'Dancing is like dreaming with your feet'

Ok so thats it today, I love that I used the set for more than one card as I seem to do so often. 

Also I don't know if you notice but these cards I made using Neenah  Solar White 110#,  bases and Copic coloured panels. I wanted to see what I thought of this. 

I will need to experiment more as these cards are only lightly coloured so couldn't really say if it is as good as the paper/cardstock I usually use for copics. It was certainly a different feeling when applying the layers, I cant explain it other than it just feels like the copic drags a bit on it but as I said I do need to colour a lot more. But I must say I love the thickness and the wonderful colour of this cardstock. I would have to use the thinner one I think for fussy cutting as I struggled a bit with this thicker card. Will also need to see how it goes in the Scan n Cut.

Cost wise it was very similar in cost to my X-press it Blending card working out I think at about 60 cents a sheet. I would be using more as I would like to use for the cardbase as well where with the X-press It I only use for coloured images and add to a cardbase.

Another thing to take into consideration as well is that the Neenah 110# is not always available here in Australia and not as easy to get as the X-press It Blending card.

What I need to do is colour the same image on both types and share the end results, now all I need to do is remember I said I would do this then you will see for yourselves.

Let the experiments begin

Crafty Hugs


Thursday 18 February 2021

First Time Used and Coloured Both

I've made another two floral cards using vellum and zigs. This first one you will be going to see the vellum as after I had finished colouring I found my hand had transferred colour into areas it didn't belong.
I fussy cut the blooms and they sat there for a few months as I wasn't particularly happy with them. I ended up adding more colour and then pulled some colour out. Added a bit of shimmer then attached to this pink and white pattern paper.

 These blooms are from Altenew and the combined die cut sentiments are from The Ton called
Love & Hugs.

You can see the shimmer on the petals in this photo. I used a bit of glue to attached the flowers to the pattern paper and found that because I had added so much colour the vellum had warped and I needed a fair bit of glue. Then I found that there were bits of glue all over and I needed to remove and it became a card that I nearly threw out half a dozen times.
I ended up deciding to keep the card, added the sentiments and some gems, its okay but not a card I am particularly proud of. 

This next card is the vellum with silver heat embossing and my darkest and lightest blue Zigs.
I was a lot lighter in my use of colour and was really pleased in the end. The flower is from The Ton and is called Amazing Gardinia

I did a very light grey around the outline then added the "Just Because" sentiment and gems.

I added these to a white card base and Im afraid the card looks a little dull and grey but IRL the white of the cardbase totally highlights the rose.

I hope you enjoy these and come back to see more.

Crafty Hugs



Tuesday 16 February 2021

Reminder Post The Flower Challenge #53 Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies


Yep its time for the reminder so that means I have to force yes fooooorce myself to use another new stamp to me,  yayyyyy

I have made two cards, I enjoyed colouring this so much. This stamp was a release during
Simon Says September releases when they join forces with other companies bring out a one off stamp and this one is a combined effort of Simon Says and Studio Katia. The sad thing is I can't give you the link as its a one off release and once sold thats it.

Copic colouring using sepia look for the leaves so E40's and the flowers R83, R81, R20 and R10 I think for palest petal. The background is a mix of the 0000; 000; 00 in blues and greens

I die cut the panel with that favourite of mine  'Nordic Frame Dies' from 'The Greetery' 
and the sentiment 'best wishes' is die cut from silver mirror card.

This next card I did with V000 V00 V01 V12 sorry cant remember the leaf mix I think it started out YG03 YG05 then had some pale G colours added. So this card is more along the line of mauve and the background more BG 0000 BG 000 etc

The frame is a different one from the same set as above

The 'Celebrate' die cut is from MFT's and  is cut from silver glitter paper.
I have added both card panels to Neenah cardstock #110 which I have started using after talking to
a very clever crafty friend of mine, Therese. I love the whiteness and the end finish.

I have also started colouring with Copics on this cardstock but at this time limited use as I dont feel as comfortable with it. I feel my Copic cardstock stays juicy a lot longer especially when using lots of layers but I do like the super white look of the Neenah. Will be interesting to see what cutting through die machine and Scan n Cut will be like. Also if my printer will accept and feed it through.

Anyhoo its time to go check out what our Guest Designer and the 
Design Team have been up to.

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

Crafty Hugs


Friday 5 February 2021

The Flower Challenge #43 - Use You Latest Stamps or Dies


I read this as one of my new unused stamps or Dies (floral of course)
and since I have this trailer load of stamps and dies it then became a giant decision
which one...... oh joy

Todays card I have used this wonderful stamp set from The Ton called
'Coming Up Lilies'. Such a beautiful  stamp, I have heat embossed in Gold Rose
embossing powder and the one thing I truly love about their stamps is the delicate
lines and beautiful images.

I coloured with my usual Zigs making a mix with the red and yellow
so it made an orange I was happy with. A little bit of Wink of Stella
towards the ends to fade out the colour or remove excess. 
Im holding the card here so you can see I have added a watercoloured
panel behind the vellum that is rainbow coloured with Distress Ink
onto a panel that has embossed white pattern on it.

The photos just don't do the card the justice. Here you can see
the shimmer from the 'Wink of Stella on the upper edges of the flowers.
I could have put the flowers on a white card base but I felt this worked
so beautifully you will have to trust me on my description. 

The Newest think used is the Stamp set, only 9,999 to go.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to and see
who our Guest Designer  is this month, and her stunning creation. 

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

Crafty Hugs