Sunday, 22 January 2017

AAA Card Challenge - Winter Chill

Hi Everyone,

I'm zooming by for a really quick card post as I've been really sick this week and can't quite do a full post so please forgive me.   Over at AAA Cards we have a new challenge - Winter Chill.   For the winner there is an awesome prize from our sponsor, Stamplorations  - a Framed Cardinal stamp and Warm Wishes CUTspolorations die.

For my card, I was inspired by the image and wanted to create quite a bleak card.  So I used some ink blending in greys and blues (Hickory Smoke and Stormy Sky Distress) to create the sky, and for the snowy ground I simply masked with some torn up masking tape.  I used Smooth Bristol as it is MUCH easier to blend on.

While the masking tape was still on, I splattered on some Mister Huey's spray in white, and then left it to dry.  I used the Home and Hearth dies by Essentials by Ellen, die cut from Neenah Solar White 80lb and Stickles all over the house for some sparkle.  I adhered a strip of card coloured with a yellow Copic to create light in the windows. I then adhered them using glue dots for a little bit of dimension.

For the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamps' Cute Snowflakes heat embossed in super fine silver.

Hope you like it !


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Power Poppy Sweet Pea Show

Hi Everyone

Exciting news - Power Poppy have a new digi stamp out and it's sooooo pretty.  I've loved Power Poppy for so long now as many of you who follow my blog will know.  I've always been more of a stamper than a digi user but the digis Power Poppy bring out are so pretty you just have to dive in. This one is no exception.  It is called Sweet Pea Show and is available now at the Power Poppy store.  Marcella was kind enough to send me it ahead of time so I can show you guys how versatile it is!

For my first card I printed out the digi in pale grey and printed it out on Arches Cold Press watercolour card stock. 

I used a number 2 round brush and watercoloured the image using Daniel Smith Fine watercolours (Primatek Rhodonite, Quinacridone Coral, Sap Green and Sepia).

Once dry, I die cut using a stitched rectangle die and adhered to a Neenah Desert Storm card base using double sided tape and a layer of fun foam for dimension.

The sentiment (and others) is also included in the digi.  I printed it out on Desert Storm and using my Minc I foiled it using Rose Gold foil (make sure to use a laser printer if you plan to do this).  I then die cut it again with a stitched rectangle and adhered with foam tape. 

As a finishing touch I added some sequins.  Isn't it pretty!!

For my second card I printed the image again in full black on Bristol Smooth cardstock and watercoloured it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.   I created a gate fold card from Neenah Solar White and die cut a stitched circle in the front. I adhered the image inside so it peeks through the window. 

In order to ensure the recipient could still open the card I adhered the white heat embossed sentiment (from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies and Tulips) on the left edge with glue runner, and the right side with velcro.  I then tied some Doodlebug twine at the top which can be slid off. 

I then scattered some sequins.

There are so many other ways you can use the digis (foil the whole image, keep it monochrome, coloured pencils...).  Make sure you pop on over to Power Poppy for more ideas !

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Time Out Challenge - Winter with a twist

Happy New Year everyone!

We have a new year and a new challenge over at Time Out and there is still another week to play along.   For this challenge the theme is 'Winter' and the optional twist is white on white (although black and other neutrals can be used for the sentiment). Uniko are sponsoring the challenge there is 15 GBP voucher up for grabs.   This week we have an awesome Guest Designer Claire.  Her card is so pretty!!

For my card I wanted to finally (after a year of owning one) break out my Fuse tool.  (NY Resolution - use my stuff!) I created a card base from Neenah Solar White 100lb card stock and die cut a circle in the front and back (I made sure these lined up so you can see right through the card without overlap).   I then created a little pocket of white and crystal sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and Darice using my Fuse tool. For the pocket I just used a basic binder protectors like these from Target.  I adhered this using Ranger Multi Medium Matte behind the front window.

I then cut two pieces of white cardstock just big enough to fit the Simon Says Stamp Multi Faceted Snowflake die.  On one I put Stick-it on both sides, and on the other, just one one side.  I then die cut the snow flake.  I adhered one to the back of the sequin pocket.  With the other I removed the front Stick-it ONLY first and dunked it into Distress Glitter (Rock Candy) .  I then removed the back Stick-it and adhered it to the front of the sequin pocket, lining it up exactly with the other.

For my sentiment I stamped a basic greeting from Altenew Many Thanks set in Versamark on Vellum and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it by cutting a small slit in the left side and slotting through the strip, folding down the other on the right and attaching at the back with some silver washi.  To finish the card you could also add an inner piece of paper to hide the pocket edges and washi but I left as is.  The pic above shows my craft room light shining through the card :D

That's it - white on white can be fun!  I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

AAA Cards Challenge - Hello

Hi Everyone!

It's a new year and time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards.  This week we want you to come up with a CAS Hello card.  There is $15 up for grabs for the winner courtesy of Happy Little Stampers.  We are also joined this week by Guest Designer Valentyna who's blog is a delight - I strongly recommend checking it out.  

For my card this week I was inspired by the bi-lingual graphic, so went with a Japanese Hello :) I used the Winnie & Walter Leaf Effect Stencil over some Ellen Hutson Bristol card and blended over Simon Says Stamp ink in Jellybean and Mint to create a soft ombre effect, fading out towards the top.  I then cut three frames using My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame from 85lb Neenah Solar White and stacked them on top of each other using glossy accents to adhere and create a thicker frame.  I then trimmed down the blended piece and adhered to the back.  I adhered the piece with glue runner to a standard A2 card base (110lb Neenah Solar White).

For the cherry blossom I used the Avery Elle Konnichiwa stamp set and inked it using copic-safe Memento ink in Gray Flannel for a softer look. I double stamped using my MISTI onto X-Press It cardstock.  I then colored in the image with copics using RV17, R81, E31 and E57.  

I cut the image out using my new Christmas pressie - my Scan and Cut 2 (LOVE!!).  I stamped the sentiment on a left over scrap in Versamark and embossed using Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder.  I then trimmed it and adhered using glossy accents and 3M foam tape.  I then adhered the cherry blossom in the same way.   As a finishing touch  I added Clear Wink of Stella over the petals (you can't really see it in the photo) and white gel pen for the flower centres. 

You can see another cherry blossom branch peeping out from inside the card - I did two and used the spare to give the inside some interest.

I hope you'll play along with us this week - make sure you check out the rest of the inspiration from the wonderful Design Team over at the AAA blog and link up.

Have a great week!

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