Sunday, 31 January 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #57 - Love Me Like You Do Card

Hi Everyone!!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching so at AAA Cards we are going with a Love/Valentine's theme 'Love Me Like You Do'.   I'm sure everyone is making love cards right now, so we can't wait to see what you come up with!!  This week our kind sponsors are Happy Little Stampers who will give the winner of this week's challenge $20 to spend in their store - fab!!

So moving onto my card - or I should say cards - for this week.  My plan was to go with a blended distress look, with embossing paste (I feel like it has been far too long since I cracked that out!)   I took two sheets of Tim Holtz watercolor card and heat embossed two of the Vintage Frames from The Ton (AWESOME stamp set, so many possibilities), one in Ranger Liquid Platinum and one in Superfine Silver.  I then masked the frames with masking paper.

For the first card I blended Distress Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry.  I was a little over zealous and it ended up covering the entire card front.  For a more clean and simple look I blended less for my second card using Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover.  I then flicked some water mixed with Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl to create sparkly splatters on each.

Before removing the masks, I added embossing paste using the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Stencil.  I added white Dreamweaver embossing paste to the pink card, and Dazzlerz Sour Apple (LOOOOVE this stuff) on the green card.

After it was dry I removed the masks and added some heart stickers and foil sentiments from Crate Paper (included in the February Simon Says Stamp card kit) using foam squares.

Because the paper was slightly warped from all the heating and paste, I used Ranger Wonder Tape to adhere to the card base (110lb Neenah Solar White)  which is super strong and great to flatten out and strongly hold warped paper.

I finished it off with some sparkling clear 4mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

We do hope you'll join us over at the AAA Cards Challenge, and remember, there is $20 up for grabs to spend on goodies at Happy Little Stampers!


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, 24 January 2016

30 Day Color Challenge is here again!!!

Woohoo I cannot wait - Kathy Racoosin is back with the fourth The Daily Marker Color Challenge - 30 days setting aside time each day to colour in- even if just for 5 minutes. I've loved them all but last time my 30 days were cut pretty short when Ruby was born 20 days into the challenge. This time I am going back to work but not until Feb 25th so I'm getting my mediums ready now!!!

This weekend I finally got around to organizing all of my Peerless watercolors into a handy binder.  I attached the peerless on top of a clear binder pocket with glue dots, and then labeled a swatch of color on the inside (only the swatches are watercolor paper as I didn't want to waste any!). The binder is from Target for less than $5. 

I chose not to cut my smaller peerless squares up and instead cut down the original pack size to match.  As I had some of the bigger pieces left over, Hank my stepson and I made a palette just for him. He loves to colour and these paints are fantastic for kids - much less mess. I seem to remember my mum had a set!

Here is Hank with his palette and the masterpiece he coloured. 

I love his style - he is only 4 and loves to use all the colours in the palette in such a unique way. I got the image from a website of free colouring in pages!!

I also promised myself I couldn't swatch out the next set of colouring medium until I make at least one card or colour in with these :)

You should definitely try and join in with the #thedailymarker30day and visit Kathy's blog - for all the details. I typically share a lot more on my Instagram feed (@soulbyte) so please follow me there!!


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Shabby Chic Birthday - The Challenge #57

Hi everyone!

Jenny in midweek card-making post shocker!! LOL.  Today I'm a) making a more concerted effort to get in some crafting time now that the repairs are finished to the house and I have my craft room back b) try to challenge myself to try other card styles to my usual.

So today I've entered The Challenge #57 which is a photo inspiration - which was begging for me to try shabby chic!

I raided my stash for this card!

Card Recipe

  1. Create a top folding card base from 110lb cardstock (4.25" x 11" scored at 5.5")
  2. Cut patterned paper (I chose some basic distressed looking paper from my stash) to 4.25" x 5.5" and distress edges.
  3. Stamp text in Distress Vintage Photo ink down right side of card using script stamp (mine is by Hero Arts).
  4. Rub edges with Vintage Photo using distress blender,
  5. Wrap lace around left hand side and secure at back with tape.
  6. Back onto 85lb cardstock of same size using strong adhesive (I used 2" Be Creative double sided tape).
  7. Attach to cardbase with glue runner.
  8. Flick a few drops of Lindy's Stamp Gang Bodacious Blush Starburst Spray (a lovely browish pink shimmer).
  9. Glue paper and fabric flowers with hot glue - mine are by Prima. I also attached a vellum die cut (I used Simon Says Stamp's Delicate Dahlia) and tied a twine bow.
  10. Finish with a sparkly brad (mine is by Prima) and a sentiment sticker from the Sweet Stamp Shop popped up on foam tape.

I hope you like it - somewhat out of my comfort zone but I had a lot of fun with it - especially with the glue gun :)

Here's the inspiration and link to the Challenge site.

Hopefully I'll be back again here really soon!


Sunday, 17 January 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #56 - Winter Wonder

Hi everyone, hope you are all feeling bright and breezy now the work weeks have started again - I'm still on maternity leave with Ruby but I did get to watch my husband miserably leave the house for the first day back after Christmas - and in 29F!! Which brings me onto this week's AAA Card Challenge - Winter Wonder!!  We want to see your clean and simple snowy, wintery cards!

This week's challenge and prize is sponsored by Make it Crafty, who specialise in digital and rubber stamps.  All of the design team this week are using Make it Crafty products as they kindly provided one free of our choosing (you do not need to use Make it Crafty products to participate).  The lucky winner will get a voucher to spend in their online store.

Now onto my card - I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I chose one of the scene digi stamps 'Icy Lake Scene' and printed it onto watercolor paper in black on my inkjet printer so that it measured 3.75" x 5" (just under).  I also printed the 'You are Snow Fun' sentiment digi onto vellum using my printer.

I then trimmed out the scene with my paper trimmer and roughly watercolored the frozen lake in a pale bluey-grey for interest using my Sakura Koi watercolors. I used Crystal Stickles to edge the snow and after it was dry, trimmed out the vellum sentiment strip and folded it around the scene, taping on the back.  I then popped it all up on fun foam to a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base (cut to 3.75" x 10" scored at 5") using Tombow mono multi adhesive. 

I'm really pleased with how this turned out - Digi stamps are so versatile, they can be sized however you like (I tried several sizes of the sentiment before I was happy with it).  Don't be afraid to experiment with them!

We hope you'll join in this week's challenge, click on the picture below to go to the site.

Have a lovely week!!

Jenny x

Sunday, 3 January 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Glitter and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!!

I'm very excited to be chiming in the new year's first AAA Cards Challenge. Even more exciting, there are prizes for each of the games this year!  

This week's challenge is 'Glitter' and up for grabs we have a $20 voucher courtesy of our generous Sponsor Stampendous!!

For my card, I decided to use Stickles, Color Shine mist and cardstock to add the glitter, and create a layered, pretty card.  I made it for my daughter Ruby, to usher in the new year.

Card recipe:
  1. Create a card base from 110lb Neenah Solar White - 10" x 3.5" scored at 5".
  2. Cut 80lb Neenah Solar White to 5" x 3.5" panel. 
  3. Stamp Hero Arts Flourish Background stamp in Simon Says Stamp Fog gray ink on panel. 
  4. Splatter panel with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Primrose by unscrewing the top and flicking on the color.
  5. Take scraps of paper (I used Pink Fresh Studio, My Mind's Eye from some 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kits - Dec and October, and some scrap vellum and pink bee paper I had) and adhere to card.  I tore the vellum at one end to create texture, cut a fishtail in another scrap, and popped up another on foam tape.   I also punched a tiny heart out of the pink paper which already had stitched lines on it, for more interest.
  6. Die cut the Simon Says Stamp Chrissy Butterfly from silver DCWV glitter card and popped up on foam tape. 
  7. Added a sticker sentiment 'Dream' from an old Studio Calico card kit on foam tape (on one side I had to use three layers of foam to ensure it was level. 
  8. Add tiny Simon Says Stamp moonshine sequins and pale pink sequins (from Michaels) using Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue. 
  9. Add the punched heart under the sentiment on foam tape and coat with Stardust Stickles.

I was super pleased with how this card turned out.  I've always admired Shari Carroll's ability to layer elements to create clean and pretty cards and that is what I've tried to do here.

Please join us for the first game of 2016 and remember, it is a Clean and Simple challenge - cards must be CAS to have a chance of winning.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!!

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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