Sunday, 21 September 2014

Freshly Made Butterflies

Hi All

Today I'm playing the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I made two cards because halfway through the first, I had an idea for the second, so had to do it!

The butterfly was die cut from Neenah Solar White card stock using Simon Says Stamp Devonshire Butterfly die.  I spritzed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl and left it to dry while I prepared the card base. The paper was cut from a SSS card kit snipped into banners, and glued to a card base with the same Neenah Solar White card stock.  I also used some Doodlebug White Sprinkles vellum to base my butterfly, corner chomped to fit the sketch.  I attached it by hiding the glue behind the dots - sneaky :D I liked the vellum idea because it doesn't hide the pretty patterned paper.  

After adhering the butterfly with some glue dots, I flipped up the ends of the banners, and added some sequins in iridescent pink. The simple sentiment is from a SSS set called Perfect Love.  I stamped it in Soft Pink Blossom Hero Arts shadow ink.  In hindsight, i should have stamped this BEFORE i added the butterfly and sequins!

OK onto card number 2.  The idea I had for this originally was to do the sketch completely as a one layer card, using stamps and dry embossing.  As you can see, it morphed into a shaker card!

The die cut frame and banner stamps are all from a Studio Calico card kit.  I used Tide Pool Hero Arts Shadow Ink and Delicata in Golden Glitz (LOVE that ink).   I stamped the borders across the background and the frame, which was popped up on a double layer of foam tape, and gold and pool sequins behind used for the shaker.

The butterfly was created by using embossing paste on white card stock and sprinkling Ranger Gold embossing powder over it.  When the paste is dry, heat the powder to melt.  I then sprayed it with Buccaneer Bay Blue Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist so it pooled up between the embossing paste and left it to dry.   I then die cut the butterfly with the SSS Chrissy die and glued it on with foam tape and glue dots for dimension.   The sentiment is from SSS too.

Love weekends, when I get to play!


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Felt We Belong Together

Hi All 

Bit of a play on words CAS card here for the 'Addicted to CAS Challenge #48'.

I used the Puzzle Pieces dies from Lil' Inker Designs to die cut some 'cuddly' felt from a Studio Calico card kit. I glued these onto Neenah Desert Storm card stock which i had flicked with Dylusions spray in Dirty Martini.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Love Quotes embossed in Hero Arts White embossing powder.  ("Felt We Belong Together" and the puzzle pieces fit together... geddit ;)!)

Finally i finished it off with a tiny heart die cut using the Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Set and DCWV glitter card stock.

I should add that the felt from Studio Calico is really good. Much more sturdy than normal felt and great for die-cutting, no annoying little wispy bits.  I may check out getting some more!

That's all for now, 


Baby Feathers

Hi all, 

It's a beautifully sunny day today and Bill and I got great news - a new nephew to welcome to the family.  Soren Grey - such an unusual and cool name. 

In celebration I've made a baby card, which I'm also entering into the Blog Named Hero Papers Please Challenge.

I think this is the most patterned paper I've used on one card.  I tore pieces from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit and glued them at angles to white Simon Says Stamp card stock.  I used the largest Feather Finery die from Papertrey Ink to die cut the feather.  I then stamped the co-ordinating Feather stamp in Versamark.  I LOVE this stamp set, it is so beautiful. I embossed it with Ranger silver fine embossing powder.

The background was more of the same patterned paper set, and I cut a strip of DCWV glitter card stock to co-ordinate with the embossing powder.  The background was drips of Lindy's Stamp Gang starburst spray in Down the Rabbit Hole, and I added the sentiment with some Tim Holtz ChitChat stickers.

I think it turned out super pretty - hope they like it :)


Friday, 19 September 2014

Birthday Pandamonium

Hi All

Stopping by with another cute card inspired (CASE'd!) by this one by Nichol Magouirk, using the Pandamonium stamp set from Mama Elephant.  This was a birthday card for my lovely friend. 

The Panda was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.  I used the co-ordinating dies to cut out the Panda and lamp (I'm AWFUL at fussy cutting so I love that Mama Elephant brings out their matching dies, even for the teeeeeny tiny stamps) and scattered confetti cut from the Mama Elephant Confetti die using DCWV Glitter card stock and some random sequins. 

The eyes were embellished with black and white Sakura Gel pens, and I used copics and Glossy Accents to color the paper lamp, with just a little Wink of Stella in clear.  I then glued the Panda to a background stamped with Hero Arts Star Galaxy (the same Nichol used, as it's beautiful and so useful) in Hero Arts shadow ink. I think i used Bubblegum onto Neenah Solar White card stock cut from the Lil' Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles die.  The sentiment is from Handwritten Greetings by Simon Says Stamp, embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

All of this was popped on foam tape and backed onto patterned paper overlaid with vellum cut from the same stitched mat die set, and backed onto Neenah Solar White.  

I know my friend really liked the card (sent through internal post at work as a surprise) - and it was lots of fun to make.


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thanks A Million

Hi All,

Just time today to pop in with a quick Thank You card.

I created a background using distress ink and the Simon Says Stamp Gingham stencil, and then used a Kelly Purkey die (I think it is called Bullseye and may have been discontinued now) to cut the background out.

I popped it up on foam tape and then cut the Simon Says Stamp Thanks die out of Bazzill Licorice Twist card stock and covered it in lots of Glossy Accents before gluing it to the colored die cut. A Simon Says Stamp Thanks sentiment on the white 120lb SSS cardstock base (edged using a Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mat die) finished the front.

I used some of the leftover die cuts and an additional sentiment from the same SSS set to finish off the inside.

Quite a CAS card for me, and really fun and versatile.  Happy crafting!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Birthday Monkey

Morning all!

Today I'm playing with the Up, Up and Away set from Mama Elephant.  All of their stamps are so awesome for coloring, and I got a ginormous set of Prismacolors from my lovely parents for my birthday which I finally spent time playing with.

The only thing with the prismacolors I have is the box is SO big, I have to hunt for hours to get the right shade.  At some point I need to sit down and sort them all by shade (like the Spectrum Noir pencils which helpfully come pre-sorted!)

I used Gamsol to blend and scattered card stock confetti from the Mama Elephant die strategically, and finished it off with a Mama Elephant bow die cut from DCWV glitter card stock and a heap of glossy accents on the balloons.  The sentiment was embossed in Ranger Fine Gold embossing powder, and it was all popped up onto a 120lb Simon Says Stamp card base matted with patterned paper.

I used some left over confetti to decorate the inside of the card, with a Simon Says Stamp birthday sentiment.

Catch you later!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Watercolor Birthday Set

Hi all!

I got into the watercoloring game with a passion recently and had so much fun creating these cards.

I used a cheap $9 set of watercolors from Michael's and created rainbow swirls and splatters over white embossed sentiments from a Birthday set by Fiskars.

Matching sequins and matting onto co-ordinating card stock completed the cards.  I even created a box to keep them in (a la Jennifer McGuire) so I can give them all to someone as a gift set.

Lots of fun and SO easy!  I now need to buy more big sentiments asap :)


Monday, 15 September 2014

Sock Monkey Get Well Soon

Hi all!

5.52 am and about to head off to work. The mornings are truly dark and getting a chill in the air now here in New York (I live north of the city).  Halloween is just around the corner - my Husband and I are going to dress Hank (who's 3) up as a Jawa.  He loves Star Wars!

My card today is my first real foray into Copic coloring - inspired by the upcoming Copic Online Card Class by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I figured seen as cold season is likely just around the corner I'd (cynically?!) do a Get Well Soon card.

The 'Dude' sentiment is from a Father's Day set by Kelly Purkey, and the 'Get Well' sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I think the paper is from a Simon Says Stamp card kit, and the stamp was from Micheal's. I'll check who by and link below.  The monkey's eye's and hat were finished off with glossy accents as  a finishing touch.

That's all for now, see you again tomorrow!


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Christmas Penguin

Hi All

Quick last minute entry to the Color Throwdown Challenge this week. I'm slowly building up my stock of Christmas Cards (awesome planning on my part FINALLY after years of saying I will do it!).

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While the colors don't scream christmas, I wanted to see if I could make it work.  I don't think my effort is so bad.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die to cut out 'Happy' from co-ordinations card stock, and Memento Luxe Pear ink to co-ordinate the word Holidays from an old Papertrey Ink stamp set.   The penguin is also from Papertey Ink (with a cool matching green hat).  His beak and feet are watercolored, and his eyes and bobble are enamel accents to add some interest.  The snowflakes were die cut from the matching set and some sparkly SSS gems added.   The blue splatter is Dylusions blue. Finally the circle (Spellbinders) was die cut from some BoBunny christmas paper, all popped up on foam tape and mounted to a Bazill blue card.  The ribbon is leftover from a gift wrap from Walmart!

Actually that reminds me - Wallmart often sells fancy ribbon in the gift wrap section - my tip is to go to the sewing aisle - they have a plethora of gorgeous ribbon, far cheaper than the gift wrap ribbon, and much nicer.

OK well that's all for now, have a great rest of the weekend, catch you tomorrow.


Love You To The Stars

Hi all,

Please note I have two posts today. The first one is the anniversary card for my husband on our very first anniversary.   I knew it had to be a good one, and was inspired by this card here by Nicola Heady at Papertrey Ink. Amazing.  I wanted mine to be more space like so used Distress inks in purples, blues and blacks to create the background, along with a good smattering of Mr Huey's white spray mist and water to create stars.

The star signs are Taurus and Libra (our star signs) stamped in Archival Jet Black, and the sentiment was embossed in Ranger fine silver embossing powder.  All stamps are from the Papertrey Ink Stargazer sets.  The tiny stars are cut using the co-ordinating dies from grey/black DCWV glitter paper, and finished with a tiny dot of black enamel accents.  It is all added using foam tape to a Bazill silver card stock from Michaels.

I also created a co-ordinating inside sentiment with the star map (all from the same stamp sets) and a few of the left over stars.  He loved it!

Please also check out my post for this week's Color Throwdown challenge!


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My Two Internet Addictions Become One!

I'm very excited about the fact that the awesomely amazing Simon Says Stamp has started doing challenges via Flickr.  I love photography (animals, landscapes, card photos - not so much!) so to see them doing challenges on this site was fab.

I can spend hours surfing Flickr looking at the wonderful talented peopled out there, and getting inspired for my next travel destination.  (So far this year - Sri Lanka, Charleston, Arizona/Utah, coming up - Missouri and Savannah, Georgia).  I absolutely love to travel, so I'm thinking about doing a mini-series of cards, inspired by some of my own travel photos (or even just the places I see around town  - I live in NY).   Hopefully that will be coming in the next few weeks - along with (finally!) video! (ooh-err, nervous.)

On to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #1!  It was a color challenge with, I have to say, some really awkward (and not that fun) colors.  Taxing! I think they did it on purpose!

Anyway, here are my cards. I had a couple of goes.  I wanted to do a masculine card with these colors (seemed fitting) and used the black as my backdrop.

Any my second go (apologies for the pine needles that fell on the second photo!) :

I used the orangey-red color in both cases as the accent color, and colored embossing paste as the texture/interest.  I was dubious at first but i really like how they turned out.  Particularly the first as i added a streak of gold ferro in the green embossing paste and went with the splatter theme too (thanks to a Tim Holtz stencil).

Hope you liked them, back soon!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Anniversary Chicks

Wow it's been so long since I posted a card!  I have still been crafting, but my laptop was out of commission so no blog updates!   Finally I'm back in cyberspace, so decided to get things moving with a new Color Throwdown challenge!

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Amazing colors - who could resist!! It's my parent's 38th wedding anniversary in a few days so I figured I'd make them a card into the bargain.  

Isn't it cute! I love Mama Elephant (particularly as most of their stamps come with matching dies - I'm an appalling fussy cutter!)

I used Antique Linen distress ink to outline the chicks to give them a softer edge, and watercolored them in with Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress markers. The background was stamped with Dandelion and Tangelo memento dye ink, and Bubble Gum Hero Arts shadow ink.  I used Picked Rasperry, Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks to blend the background, and added a vellum overlay to soften the colors a little.

I am on an embossing vellum kick right now - I think this is a falling snow embossing folder.   There's so much you can do with vellum!!  I haven't used it anywhere near enough in the past.  The vellum and ink card stock were cut out with Lil Inkers stitched mat dies, and all backed onto some yellow Bazzill card stock.  The sentiment and banner are from Simon Says Stamp.

Finally a gold die cut heart and clear sequins finished it off. 

That's all for today, hope you liked it. Be back very soon.

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