Sunday, 22 November 2015

AAA Cards Challenge - Anything Goes with Kuretake Glitter Watercolors

Hi Everyone!!

It's time for a new AAA Cards Challenge and this week it is the always fun 'Anything Goes'.  That's right, do whatever tickles your fancy, but please try to keep your entries CAS!

For my card this week I finally got to use the awesome Neat and Tangled Origami Map stamp which I bought ages ago!!  

This card was super quick and easy to make - I heat embossed the map with silver embossing powder onto heavy weight Simon Says Stamp white cardstock.  I then colored it loosely with a waterbrush and the Kuretake Zig Pearlescent watercolors (super shiny) in greens, yellow and blues.

I then heat embossed a sentiment from the set in white on black cardstock and popped it up on foam squares. A few enamel dots finish it off!

I hope you'll join us in the fun at AAA Cards this week, and be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's cards for more inspiration!!

Jenny x

Disclaimer:  For the supplies I used (where still available) please see links below.  Note some of these are affiliate links (SSS) for which I receive a small commission on any purchases made via my link.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

AAA Cards Challenge - Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone

I'm back today after a brief hiatus from AAA Cards with our new Challenge theme - Thanksgiving (or Thanks)!  

For my card I decided to 'stretch my dies' and used a feather die from Simon Says Stamp but colored it like autumn leaves using sponge daubers and Distress Ink.   

Card Recipe:

  1. Cut and score a card base from 110lb Neenah Solar White.  This is a 4-bar (3.5" x 5") top folding card card so the base is 3.5" x 10" scored at 5".
  2. Cut a panel 3.5" x 5" from 80lb Neenah Solar White and impress with the Darice Fall Leaf Embossing Folder.   I LOVE this embossing folder, it's so pretty!
  3. Die cut the Mama Elephant Thanks die from woodgrain paper (apply Stick-it to the back of the paper before die-cutting to enable easy application to the card). 
  4. Die cut several of the Simon Says Stamp Feather die from 80lb Neenah Solar white.
  5. Use Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to apply various Distress Ink Colors to the feathers.  I used the smaller feather on the card (I colored both for use on a future project) and chose fall / autumnal colors including Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber for an ombre look. I also lightly sponged on some Delicata gold (very lightly to give sparkle).  Adhere the feathers with glue dots to the embossed panel.
  6. Adhere the die-cut Thanks underneath the feathers. 
  7. I added a strip of card I had left over from creating the leaves on THIS card to the bottom of the panel.
  8. Adhere the panel to the card base with double sided tape (this is stronger than tape runner and works better for heavily embossed panels like this one). 
  9. Scatter co-ordinating sequins using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I used Lawn Fawn fall (discontinued), Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Marigold and 6mm Flat Lemon Meringue, and Lucy's Little Things Gold Dust.
  10. Round the top corners to balance out the panel at the bottom using a 1/4" corner chomper. 

Hope you all enjoyed and want to participate in the challenge - we'd love to see what you come up with.   Remember to keep your card clean and simple (CAS).  The Design Team at the AAA Cards blog (click on the photo below for the link) have some great inspiration for you!

Catch you later!

Jenny x

Disclaimer:  For the supplies I used (where still available) please see links below.  Note some of these are affiliate links (SSS) for which I receive a small commission on any purchases made via my link.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

New Baby and Milestone Cards

Hi everyone!! 

As promised, I'm here to give you my news and also a little something different I made with my crafting supplies.  Apologies in advance for the longer post than normal - it's big news :D.

First things first, for those of you who haven't already seen on Instagram or Facebook, our beautiful baby girl was born at 7.13am on October 20th 2015, weighing 7lbs 13 oz.   Her name is Ruby Ember Lee Colacicco - Ruby after her Great Grandma Colacicco and Lee after my mum who sadly died last October (almost a year to the day). She's doing great and I can't stop staring at her - how did we create something so cute and perfect as her!! 

Obviously I have taken a million photos but I'll restrain myself to just one so you can meet her.  She has my eyelashes :D

One of my good friends had a baby a couple of months ago and I noticed on her facebook some cool shots with 'milestone cards' - saying 'first week' and 'my first outing' and so on. At first I was going to buy some then realised I could use my supplies to make the cards myself.  So here's the first two:

1 Week Old Today:
I used the Simon Says Stamp November card kit and autumnal ink shades (SSS Khaki, Memento Rich Cocoa and Hero Arts Just Rust, Butter Bar, Cup O Joe and Pumpkin Pie) to stamp the leaves and hearts around the edge of a piece of cardstock cut with the largest SSS Stitched Rectangles die. 

The letters were diecut from my last bit of carrot shimmer cardstock from the SSS August card kit using the Memory Box Typewriter Lower dies and the 1 was taken from a Thickers set.

I used Heidi Swapp gold color shine spray to splatter  lightly on the card, and finished with some gold sequins (from Michaels in my stash) and from Pretty Pink Posh (6mm flat Lemon Drop, 4mm cup tangerine, 4mm cup sand and I think 4mm Marigold).  I stamped the date using a date stamp.

And here's Ruby to model it:

First Halloween:
I used the same SSS Stitched Rectangles die to cut some foiled cobweb paper (from a Michael's Recollections Halloween 6x6 pad) and backed it onto Neenah Solar White with tape runner. 

I then used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out Halloween shapes from purple, orange and black card stock (search on 'Halloween' in the Silhouette library for similar shapes).  I adhered the black frame with tape runner and the letters using Zig's two way glue pen and my tweezers.

I coated the bats in Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen before adhering them with foam squares, and then coated them generously in glossy accents. 

Finally, I finished with a date stamp and some more sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (4mm Tangerine) and old orange metallic Michael's sequins from my stash.

And here's Ruby again:

I really love these cards.  Even better, I can scrapbook these pics with the cards themselves to keep forever.  I'll need to build up a stash of 'firsts' to have on hand when I can.

Hope you enjoyed!! I'll be back again soon.

Jenny x

Disclaimer:  For the supplies I used (where still available) please see links below.  Note some of these are affiliate links (SSS) for which I receive a small commission on any purchases made via my link.

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