Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Stitched Monochromatic Hello - Neat and Tangled

Hi Everyone, 

Popping in with another monochromatic card similar to one I posted a couple of days ago, this time using Neat and Tangled's Hand Stitched and Painted Hello stamp sets (and co-ordinating die for the Hello).

I masked off a corner of Neenah Solar White 80lb card with painter's tape and stamped the rose bunch image and some small x-stitch images all over the corner, using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  While that dried, I used my MISTI to stamp the three Hello images in gradually darker Hero Arts Shadow inks - Soft Pool, Pool and Navy.   I then die cut the image, and another from fun foam which I adhered together, and then to the card. 

To finish, I added the panel to a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base, colored the roses with clear Wink of Stella (it doesn't really show in the pics) and three Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins (of course!)

I'm entering this card into the Casology card challenge - this week it is stitching. 

Have a fab week!!


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Muse Challenge and Brusho

Hi everyone!

I'm joining in with the Muse Challenge this week, channeling my inner DT teamie at AAA Cards - Sarah (Sazzle Dazzle Crafts).   So excited she got to be guest Muse - and well deserved!  

For my card, I used her Brusho colors (or as best as I could guess) to create a background on watercolor paper, which I then diecut with Simon Says Stamp stitched squares and SSS Sketch Heart dies.

I then diecut the heart again out of black glitter cardstock like the type Sarah used on her card. I inlaid this into the Brusho panel and added adhesive (liquid and runner) all over the back.  I adhered a square of vellum behind the panel for a shaker. Instead of using foam tape I wanted just a flat shaker so I added strips of Be Creative double sided tape and sprinkled some Lucy's Little Things shaker mix into the middle and backed it onto a square Neenah Solar White 110 lb card base. 

To finish, and capture the yellow pattern paper and sentiment Sarah used, I added the complementary 'Wishing' die from Simon Says Stamp die cut from yellow paper from my stash, and adhered over the window.  I then added a sentiment stamped in Versafine Onyx Black popped up on foam tape, from Sending and Wishing by Simon

Congrats again to Sarah, you created a beautiful card, I had great fun :D  I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which this week is Square cards. 

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, 29 August 2016

Using a Sticker!

Hi everyone!

I have a super simple card today which I created for the Less is More Challenge - use a sticker!  I used to subscribe to a couple of scrapbooking card kits (although I do very little scrapbooking - always meant to start properly!!) and every month they included stickers and chipboard pieces. I rarely use them on cards, and I don't know why not - they are so helpful in a tight spot when you need a card quick!

For my card today I used the Amy Tangerine American Crafts 'Remarks' sticker set.  It is full of orange and mint and purple foil stickers, really sweet.  I chose a purple foil feather, and drawing inspiration from the minty colors on the the other stickers, decided to use Distress inks in Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron to create a wash on some Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.  I dried it and added the sticker.

See below for a better look at the shine of the foil - so pretty in real life.

It still needed something so I diecut the cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Frames die, and kept both the outer and inner pieces together, which I adhered with glue runner to a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base.  As a finishing touch I added a Tim Holtz ChitChat sticker (hope two stickers is allowed!!).

Other than drying time, this card took about 15 minutes to make.   Let's all dig out our stickers!!!

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Cherry Blossom Thanks - Primary Colors

Hi Everyone!

I'm popping by with a card I made for the Inkspirational Challenge which this week is featuring Primary Colors.  For my card I wanted to keep things crisp and monochromatic, using only one color like Pia's in the DT inspiration.  

I used The Ton's Always Cherry Blossoms main image and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink on Neenah Solar White 80lb.  While that was drying, I created a light wash of color using water and Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Barn Door  on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I allowed it to air dry then die cut the Altenew Thanks die out of it, and some white fun foam to give the sentiment some dimension.

I also used Glimmer Angels mist in clear over the sentiment. I then adhered it to the card panel which was then also popped up on fun foam to a Neenah Solar white 110lb card base. As a finishing touch I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in sparkling clear. 

I hope you enjoyed the card - Ruby (my daughter) and I are off to the Gymboree for her first ever birthday party! So excited :D


AAA Cards Challenge - New Technique

Hi Everyone

Time for a new game at AAA Cards Challenge. This is a really fun one - we want you to use a New (to you) Technique!! There is $20 to spend courtesy of our kind sponsor Stampendous for the winner! 

I had to search the internet and youtube a little (and go back to some online card classes) to find a technique I've not done before.  There are actually a fair few, but for my card today I decided to go with Shadow Stamping (aka ghost Stamping).  This technique typically uses layering stamps and the first layer stamped is in white ink.   You then stamp the remaining layer(s) in complementary colors for the image. 

Today I used The Ton's Fresh Cut Dahlias.  OMG I love this stamp so much - so much detail. I decided to use Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and stamped the first layer of the Dahlias in Hero Arts White Unicorn pigment ink. The following two layers I stamped in Simon Says Stamp Twirling Tutu And Hero Arts Raspberry Jam Shadow Ink

For the sentiment I used the Thanks included in the same set, and stamped with Versamark ink.  I then heat embossed using Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder.  It's so pretty - one way it looks gold, another way rose.  Beautiful.  I think the Ton also recently brought out Rose Gold embossing powder so I think I may have to get it :D  I backed the piece onto Neenah 110lb card base.

I really enjoyed making this card - getting to use a new technique, and also properly using layering stamps, although I own a few, I rarely use all the layers! I will be doing it again in the future for sure.

Please join us at AAA Cards this week, and check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT.  We can't wait to see what new techniques you showcase - inspire us!!


Thursday, 25 August 2016

CASEing Julia Alterman - Guest Designer at Time Out Challenge! Reminder

Hi everyone,

Don't forget that there is still time to get your entry in for the current Time Out Challenge, where I am Guest Designer :D  This week the challenge is to CASE Julia Alterman.  Because she's awesome.

I have one more card to show you for the challenge.  The card we are CASEing can be found on this post or over at Time Out.   For my second card I continued to emulate Julia's stitched die, and colour scheme, but I went a little more clean and simple shaker.  I chose to ink blend a die cut sentiment rather than coloring in an image:

I created the shaker the same way I did for my previous card, although this time I used the My Favorite Things Wonky Window die and the Gingham Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  I then used Distress Ink and blending foam to blend down the Treat Yo Self sentiment die cut (from Essentials by Ellen Hutson).  I then covered the whole die cut in Versamark and dunked it into sparkling clear embossing powder by Judikins and heat set. I adhered to the front window and the card was done.

I have absolutely loved Guest Designing for Time Out Challenge, thanks so much to the team for having me! Please make sure you visit the site, give lots of love for the DT cards which are fabulous, and join in the fun, you still have a bit of time!

Have a wonderful week and good luck!


Thursday, 18 August 2016

CASEing Julia Alterman - Guest Designer at Time Out Challenge!

Hi Everyone!!

I'm so excited - today I am Guest Designing for Time Out Challenges (be sure to check back again in a week as I will have another post up linked to the same challenge).  The DT team there are SO awesome, and I am so grateful they chose my card a few weeks ago to receive the top honors. 

This week the challenge is CASEing Julia Alterman.  I am a huge fan of hers and have been for many years.  Her cards are always amazing, and her coloring of so many cute and funny images inspired me to buy my first set of proper pencils!   The card we are CASEing is below:

So onto my card - I was inspired by the colors Julia used, the shaker elements, and also the stitched frame die.  Although it's not on the card above, Julia often adds her signature dots to her cards, so I couldn't resist - can you 'spot' them?!

I used a Hero Arts Tiny Flags woodblock stamp inked up with Hero Arts Neon Blue ink and stamped onto Neenah Solar white 80lb.  I then die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square die and the My Favorite Things Peek A Boo circle die (one of my favorites).  I adhered a panel of clear acetate to the back of the circle and a double layer of foam tape around the circle and all over the back of the card. I die cut another square of Neenah Solar white and stamped the sentiment (from an old monthly Studio Calico kit) in the centre.  I filled up the circle window with Little Things by Lucy sequin shaker selection in blues and clear and then adhered the panel to the back. I used tape runner to adhere to a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base.  

I colored the Gnome in with Copics and used black enamel accents for his buttons and glossy accents for his belt (the stamp is from the same monthly Studio Calico kit) and fussy cut him out. I added the dots with a white gel pen. I then adhered him to the front and the card is done!!

I hope you enjoy the card - it gave me a little chuckle ;D  Hop on over to see what the Design Team at Time Out Challenge have come up with for inspiration and be sure to join in!! 


Sunday, 14 August 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Blending

Hi Everyone!

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards - Blending!  There is $20 for the winner up for grabs courtesy of our sponsors, Happy Little Stampers to spend in their store.

For my card, I prepped some Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock with a powder tool and stamped the My Favorite Things Geometric Grid background stamp in Versamark ink.  I then heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.

 I then used a selection of inks from Simon Says Stamp that went well together and inked all over the background. I die cut the Winnie and Walter Cheers Cutaway and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte to a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base.  

I was careful to die cut the word in the middle of the inked piece so that I could also use the negative part of the cut to create a second card!

You can blend whatever  you like, however you like, but remember to keep your cards CAS - Clean and Simple.

We do hope you'll join in the fun this week, can't wait to see what you come up with!!  (I hope you have the AC cranked in this crazy hot weather if you're in the US!!)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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