Sunday, 23 October 2016

AAA Cards New Challenge - Masculine

Hi everyone, 

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards - this week the theme is Masculine, and we have a $20 voucher to give away thanks to our sponsors, Stampendous.  Also joining us this week is guest designer Joyce from Cards-By-The-Sea.  Go check out her blog, she's fabulous and a wonderful inspiration! 

So, onto my card this week.  I wanted to make something super CAS, but I also didn't want it to be 'white' white space.  I went for a very dark, almost navy blue cardstock by Papertrey ink and embossed it with the AWESOME We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder.  I then adhered it to a card base of the same color using double sided tape.

I then diecut the word birthday from some bright green glittery fun foam (adhesive on one side) using a die from PTI's Birthday Trio.  I also die cut a PTI speech bubble from Neenah Solar white 80lb card stock and inked the top half edge with Twisted Citron Distress ink.  I embossed a Hello sentiment (which for the life of me I cannot remember which set it was from) using Zing embossing powder in Cricket.

To finish the card I adhered the speech bubble with 3M foam tape, adhered the Birthday die cut over the top and added foam tape behind the part of the word that did not overlap the speech bubble to make sure it lay level. 

That's it!  I hope you enjoyed the card, and got inspired to go CAS without actually using white space.   We do hope you'll join in the fun this week!

Have a wonderful day, 


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Exciting News - Time Out Challenge

Exciting news everybody! I've officially joined the wonder Design Team over at Time Out Challenges - squuuueeeee!!! This is my first post and this week we are CASEing the wonderful Ardyth.  She's awesome and I strongly recommend you check out her blog MASKerade.  Wonderful inspiration. 

So for my card I wanted to capture the essence of the layout, color and theme of Ardyth's card, so I went with the black gold and red with flowers.  It gave me an excuse to do some watercoloring too!  

For my card, I stamped some blooms from Concord and 9th's  Wildflower  (using Inkadinkdoo masking paper and my MISTI) as well as some of the leaves.  I stamped them using Versafine Onyx Black ink which is waterproof.  I then watercolored them using a mix of Distress inks in reds and orangey tones. For the leaves I used green shades.  Play around!! 

When the watercolor was dry I also splattered some Heidi Swapp colour shine mist in gold. FOr the sentiment I diecut the Altenew Thanks die from black cardstock and fun foam for dimension and adhered it using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I then mounted the piece onto a small strip of gold glitter card along the bottom and as a base I used Simon Says Stamp's black card stock.  

Fabulous inspiration (see below for the image) and we do hope you'll join in with the challenge this week!!!   Make sure you check out the other DT team's cards for inspiration as well!

Have a wonderful day and make sure you take some time out!!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Photo Inspiration!

Hi Everyone!

We have a new challenge at AAA Cards and it is a photo inspiration (we don't do those very often)!  There is a $20 gift certificate to Happy Little Stampers from our kind sponsors for the winner of the challenge so be sure to hop on over and enter.

For my card this week I kept it super simple, and it was so quick and easy I made two!  I found some amazing rainbow patterned paper from a lonnnng ago Simon Says Stamp card kit that matched the colors of the photo.  I then die cut it with shape dies - for the first card I used Mama Elephant's City Scape.

I used the Cuttle Bug Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss the card base (Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock) as I thought this would replicate the dots on the paper. I then adhered the die cut to the base with liquid adhesive and trimmed off the ends.  I adhered a sticker sentiment to finish!

For my second card I did the same thing, but used the AWESOME WRMK Next Level Wave embossing folder.  I die cut the paper using Papertrey Ink's Sketched Stars and adhered them with liquid adhesive, trimming the edges where they overhung.

The sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and trimmed out.  I popped it up on foam squares to finish.

I do hope you'll join us over at AAA.  Remember to keep your cards CLEAN and SIMPLE (CAS) - and be sure to check out what the awesome Design Team came up with for some inspiration :)

Have a fabulous weekend

Jenny x

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Watercolor Altenew Garden Grow

Hi everyone,

Popping by for a quick post showing a watercolor scene I made with Altenew's Garden Grow set which I am entering into the Happy Little Stampers DT call (I think this is my last one!).  This was the first time I stamped a scene using masking and it is so fun!

I stamped all of the images using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and my MISTI to get the positioning just right.  I used Arches cold press paper.  As the vase of flowers and the fallen pot are at the front I stamped those first (I used the bench stamp to gauge where to stamp them - with the MISTI this is sooooo easy).  I then masked these off using Inkadinkado masking paper, and stamped the bench and the butterfly.

I watercolored them using a Pentel Aquash brush and Sakura Koi watercolors and also a touch of gold on the vase, flowers and butterfly using my Finetec Mica watercolors.  The sentiment is from The Ton Stamps Basic Labels, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and popped up on foam tape.  I added a scattering of sparkling clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins (4mm) and popped the panel up on a Neenah Desert Storm card base, with approx 1/4# trimmed from each side to show the card base color.

That's it!  Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!


Monday, 26 September 2016

Floral Teacup and Kuretake Zig

Hi everyone!

One last entry to the Happy Little Stampers watercolor DT call today : using my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps.

I stamped out each of the blooms using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Ellen Hutson Bristol Smooth cardstock (great for Zigs) and colored them with the brush markers and a water brush.   I then fussy cut them out.

I also colored a teacup from The Ton Stamps' Tea Party set and added some gold highlights with the beautiful gold mica paint from FineTec.  I fussy cut out the teacup (using a knife for the handle) as well.

For the base, I used patterned paper from a 6x6 set from Michaels and die cut it with Simon Says Stamp's Stitched Rectangles.  I adhered it to a woodgrain white cardstock base. I then adhered the background flower and the teacup with Multi Medium Matte glue, and the other blooms with foam tape (the purple flower is stepped up with two layers).   I added a sentiment sticker from an old Simon card kit and some glossy accents to look like dew drops on the petals.

Hope you like it!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Mint and Pink Shaker

Hi Everyone, 

I was inspired to make a CAS shaker card today after getting a gorgeous paper pack from Michael's with lovely aqua, mint and pink colors. 

I cut a panel from some of the paper using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and a Vented Star die. I then adhered acetate using Tombow Monomulti glue to the back of the panel covering the star, and lined the star and the edges of the panel with a double layer of foam tape. 

I then filled the star with micro beads in a beautiful pink color (not too many so they could still shake) and backed the panel with some Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock.  I adhered the whole thing to a Simon Says Stamp black card base.

For the sentiment, I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello from gold foil cardstock and from fun foam. I adhered them together with liquid glue and then adhered to the front of the card.  The fun foam gives great dimension without having to mess about trimming out tiny bits of foam tape!  As a finishing touch I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in mint and sparkling clear.

I'm entering this into the Fusion Challenge as the mint and black and stripes and pink match the photo inspiration and I think the font is pretty similar too!


AAA Cards Challenge - Masking

Hi Everyone

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards this week - Masking!  We have $20 up for grabs from Stampendous for the winner!

I struggle with masking - no matter what I do, something always seems to go wrong, whether it be ripped masks, seepage under the mask, the 'halo' effect when I use a mask that is too thick, you name it.  So I was super excited when after SEVEN attempts to make a card for this challenge, I finally got one I liked and that didn't mess up!  I guess the moral is, keep trying, you'll get there :D

For my card, I used Julie's Bristol by Ellen Hutson for the panel, which is awesome for ink blending. I then cut a mask from Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask paper using the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die and adhered the negative of the mask (the bit with the hole) over the card panel. 

I used an ink blending sponge and three colours of Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry to blend in an ombre style up the mask, making sure no edges lifted.  Before removing the mask, I flicked water using a small paintbrush onto the leaves and after about 30 seconds blotted with a cloth, to leave a cool distressed look.  I then removed the mask.

As a final finishing touch, I heat embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum a sentiment from Power Poppy (fabulous company go check them out) Good Thinking Renewal set. 

I do hope you'll join us this week for the challenge , and check out the other Design Team's fabulous inspiration.  This week we also have Rahmat joining us as a Guest Designer, who's card creations are always wonderful.  Please check out her blog. 

Don't lose heart if at first you don't succeed!!


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