Sunday, 21 June 2015

AAA Cards Challenge - Technique Game

***Updated to include a video****

Happy Sunday all!  

It's Father's Day today and my Husband's brother and family are visiting all the way from Kansas.  It was really nice to have a big family get together with the in-laws and LOTS of food.  Even though it did rain, it didn't stop the fun.  The kids even jumped in the pool WHILE it was raining.   I'm nearly 6 months pregnant now (next week, eek) and so not up for the pool at the moment!

Anyway onto today's card, well, cardS which were designed for the new AAA Cards Challenge which runs for two weeks from today.   It's a technique challenge this week, use a stencil, paste, or both, to create your card!  Fab for me, as if you've not noticed, almost all my recent cards have involved stencils or embossing paste :)

I also made a video for 5th card :)

I made not one but four cards this week, using white Dreamweaver embossing paste and a variety of Tim Holtz stencils at different angles on Neenah Solar white 80lb cardstock. When it was dry I spritzed Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in 'Down the Rabbit Hole' to bring out the texture of the pattern more.  It's hard to see in the photos but it really sparkles.

I die cut several of the smaller Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and used my new Kissho Gansai watercolors to splurge various paints on  Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  These new paints are very similar to the Kuretake Gansai Tambi set that many people are using at the moment but they are a 72 (!!!!) set and include a lot more pearlescent, metallic and NEON.  They are really rich and creamy and blend like a dream :D  More on those in another post, as I've not seen anyone using them yet.  

I used the Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts dies to cut various words from Solar White cardstock, which were glued on with a Zig glue pen on top of DMC gold thread nest bundles.  The whole piece was then popped up on foam  tape on the background piece, which was popped up again on a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base.

As a finishing touch, I used some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in tone-on-tone colors to complement the paint colors I'd used.  All were the 6mm flats in Lemon Drop, Marshmallow, and Lime Sorbet.  YUM! (Sounds like ice-cream!)

I had so much fun making these cards, and they were super easy to do.  I hope you find some inspiration and join in the fun with us at AAA Cards!

Happy Father's Day again to all the Dads out there. See you very soon!!


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Nuts About You

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I've had a super busy week this week, been trying to finish painting my stepson Hank's bedroom in the new house in amongst all the going to work and sleeping I have to do!  (Note to all, never let a 4 year old boy choose their bedroom colours - he chose dark brown and orange - yuck!!)

It's time for Game 41 over at the AAA Cards Challenge blog - this week the theme is Woodland Animals!!  So much cuteness to choose from in my stamp stash for once!  In the end I went for less is more (this is a CAS challenge after all) and die cut my woodland from real wood paper using the Simon Says Stamp Woodland Tree die.  I toyed with coloring the leaves and buds but decided to leave it au natural (as nature intended! :))

For the background I swirled some watercolor paints in purples and blues on a wet piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper, and after drying, adhered the tree using my Zig glue pen.   The whole piece was die cut using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

For my woodland animal I chose a squirrel from the Mama Elephant Tree Friends set you've seen me use previously (WISH they'd bring out matching dies for that set so badddd).  My other woodland animal sets  made the animals look huge in comparison to the tree, so I stamped the squirrel as a silhouette in onyx black Versafine ink.  The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set Giving Thanks stamped in Versamark and embossed in Ranger Fine Gold embossing powder.   The whole card was popped up on 3M foam tape on a card base made from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.

That's it' for today!  Please join us over at AAA Cards Challenge - we're really looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

30 Day Color Challenge and First Video!

Hi Everyone

I'm so excited, I started Kath Racoosin's 30 Day Color Challenge today. OK a couple of days late but better late than never right!!   #thedailymarker30day2 :D

My coloring medium of choice today are the Derwent Metallic pencils.  I picked these up when I visited the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Cumbria in January this year.  I'm originally from the UK and as a child (and ok I'll admit it, an adult without children) I went here more than my fair share.  It's a great place to learn about how pencils are made, take kids to do some fun activities and of course, buy pencils! (My husband came with me this year and got some awesome pencil cufflinks made from slices of actual colored pencils!!)  I highly recommend it (and the area) if you are ever in town.

Onto the card.  These pencils work far better on black or dark cardstock, and in the light they really show their colors, although remain quite subtle.  As it's Fathers Day soon I thought this would be a great medium for a dad card.

I've also done my FIRST VIDEO (hurray, finally!) showing how I made the card.

I don't think its took bad for a first attempt.   If you like it, please give me a thumbs up and maybe even a comment.  I'll try to do more of them - Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire make them look so easy. (They aren't!)

The products I used are listed below.   Thanks for watching - hopefully you made it to then end!!


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