Saturday, 31 December 2016

Exciting News - Happy Little Stampers Watercolor DT!

Hi Everyone

Happy New Year!!! Are you ready for 2017??  I am, and I'm kicking it off by announcing that I'm very excited to be joining Happy Little Stampers' Design Team for their brand spanking new Watercolor Challenge!!   It is a monthly challenge, every 1st of the month, so be sure to play along. 

This month's challenge is Anything Goes, with an optional twist to use a stencil.  Those who link up will be entered to win $15 to spend in the HLS shop!

For the challenge, I created a 4-bar (5" x 3 7/8") card.  I cut a panel of Arches Cold Press watercolor paper to slightly smaller than 4 bar and using my MISTI, I stamped two of the butterflies from HLS Butterfly Birthday in Versamark ink.  I then heat embossed them in white embossing powder. 

I then used my Daniel Smith watercolors to create the splotchy background.  I wet the paper first with clean, clear water with my largest flat brush.  I then used a large round brush to drop various pinks and purples (including Moonglow, Rhodonite Genuine and Hibiscus).  I dried it with a heat gun and then did the same again (without the clean clear water this time) and dried it again.  

It is hard to see in the pictures but if you look carefully you'll see some stenciled butterflies. I used an old butterfly template and sponged Distress Spun Sugar over the dried card  - as this didn't show up very much, I then tried Hero Arts Unicorn White and that worked! (See one of them under the sentiment strip). 

For the gold splatter I used a smaller paintbrush to flick gold from the Finetec gold watercolor set.  I then mounted the piece onto a SSS Fog Gray card base using double sided tape.  For the sentiment I used a strip of the same Fog card and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the HLS set in Versamark and heat embossed with The Ton's Rose Gold embossing powder.  I cut a flag on the end and mounted it using foam squares.

To finish I scattered some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Sparkling Clear, Rose Gold and Marshmallow. 

Another twist on this card that you could think about is ironing off the white embossing powder before mounting the piece-  I left as is but I might try that next time!  

I do hope you'll join in with this fabulous challenge.  The DT have lots more inspiration over at the HLS blog, and we also have Barb joining us as Guest Designer this week with a FABULOUS card.   Make sure you check it out. 

I hope you have a wonderful 2017 and I will see you again very soon for another challenge!!

Jenny x

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Time Out Challenge #73 - Reminder

Hi Everyone

Just popping by to remind you that there is still time to play along with Challenge #73 over at Time Out Challenges.  This week is our Inspired By Words week and with 2017 just around the corner, we have chosen the phrase:

'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'

The DT have come up with some great inspiration and we are also joined by a wonderful Guest Designer Marina, so be sure to go check out her blog.

We have some great prizes up for grabs this week, kindly sponsored by STAMPlorations, including  $20 gift voucher for the winner and two honorable mentions that will win $10 vouchers each!

For my card this week, I am using STAMPlorations stampset 'Houses' - the images are all super cute but I wanted to choose the smallest for this one, as I think it gives a greater sense of open space on the card.  I was going for a calm, peaceful but uplifting card:

For my card, I stamped the house using Versafine Onyx black ink and my MISTI onto Arches cold press watercolor paper.  I then masked it off and the ground below, using Inkadinkado stamping masking paper. I then wet the background above the mask and added yellow, orange and peachy pink Daniel Smith paints to create a sunrise.  One dried, I removed the mask and added some colour to the house (and a bit of smoke with a white gel pen).  

For the sentiment I used the Good Thinking: Renewal set by Power Poppy, triple stamped using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black. 

I die cut the piece out using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, and adhered it using double sided tape to a white card base.  As a finishing touch I added Stickles along the 'snow' ground and on the window plinths.  I also added glossy accents to the cool windows. 

We do hope you'll join in with this challenge - 2017 is just around the corner - time to refresh :D

Jenny x

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Flower Challenge

Hi everyone!

Somehow I found some time for crafting this weekend and decided to play along with the Flower Challenge - this week it to use an older stamp or die.  Great opportunity to dig through my stash!  I dug out the gorgeous MFT Etched Flower background which, despite buying months ago, I've never used.

I cut two pieces of black Bazzill cardstock to cover a standard A2 card base (4.25 x 5.5) and added plenty of powder tool.  I then stamped the image with Versamark ink and added embossing powder.  For the first card, I used The Ton's gorgeous Rose Gold.  For the second card I used Rainbow Sparkle (from a Simon card kit).

I then die cut two circles from the MFT Stitched Line circles, one from silver foil card stock and one from gold foil cardstock.  I then cut another 10 from the Bazzill black cardstock and adhered 5 together and placed the foil circle on top.  I then adhered to each card using Zig two way glue pen.

I then die cut the circle one more time from 40lb vellum and heat embossed sentiments by The Ton (Bokeh Burst) and Power Poppy (Good Thinking Renewal) and heat embossed them in Wow Bright White super fine embossing powder.  I added small spots of multi medium matte behind the embossed words and adhered them inside the circles.

To finish the cards I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear and rose gold sequins.  If I did these cards again I would have added the vellum behind the frames before adhering, and then i wouldn't have had to hide the glue behind the words which did show a little after drying :(

Link to the challenge is below.  It is a very cool new challenge and I strongly encourage everyone to keep it on their regular challenges list !!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!!

Jenny x

AAA Cards New Challenge - Silver

Hi everyone,

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards - use Silver in your card this week.  Stampendous are joining us again as kind sponsors and there is $20 for the winner up for grabs.  We also have Deborah joining us as this week's guest designer.  She has created a super pretty, elegant card, so make sure you check out her blog and the rest of the gorgeous DT team's creations for more inspiration.

My card this week was actually created wayyyyy back in October for this challenge, because I wanted to give it to my daughter Ruby for her first birthday.

I created a card from white woodgrain cardstock (by Ellen Hutson) and die cut it with the Simon Says Stamp Devonshire Butterfly die.   I then also die cut a piece of silver foil cardstock (DCWV) with the same die.  I then covered a piece of scrap cardstock with glue runner and adhered behind the butterfly 'window' on the woodgrain piece.  I added the silver butterfly on top and then pieced in all the remaining pieces of woodgrain to create an inlaid die cut look.   

I wanted to create a simple card without stamping or words (as she's only 1 she can't read!) so I added a pretty floral 1 by Thickers on the middle for contrast and called it done. 

I do hope you'll join us this week at AAA, we can't wait to see what you create!!!

Jenny x

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Time Out Challenge - Reminder

Hi Everyone, 

Just a reminder that there is still time to play with our current Time Out challenge where we are CASEing the wonderful Kim.  

For my card I used the Hello Sunshine stamps by Altenew and stamped random images in Versafine Onyx Black ink all over a panel of Neenah Solar White.  I then coloured in the images using my Zig Clean Colour brush markers, nothing fancy, just tried to match the colours in Kim's original card. 

I then die cut the panel using the largest die from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die set and adhered it to a Neenah 110lb card base using glue runner.  

For the sentiment, I used the same die set but one of the smaller rectangles and die cut from Black card stock.  I then stamped the sentiment from the stamp set using Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder. 

I adhered the sentiment using foam squares for dimension.  Then as a finishing touch I added Stickles in Sprinkled Sugar to all of the coloured blooms.  This colour Stickles is so cool - it is exactly like sugar when it dries!!

Here is Kim's original card we were CASE'ing:

Please pop on over to the Time Out blog to see all of our inspiration from the Design Team (this week and last week) especially Deepti who is joining us as Guest Designer this week.   She has created a beautiful card and I strongly recommend you check out her awesome blog.

That's it for this week, hope you are all getting geared up for the holidays!! (I'm counting down the days until I can take a break from work!)

Jenny x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

AAA Cards New Challenge - Christmas!!!

Hi Everyone!

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards this week - Christmas!!!  It's only 21 days until Christmas day and we want to see you get into the holiday spirit! There is $20 up for grabs from our sponsors Happy Little Stampers for the winner.

This week we also have Marianne as our Guest Designer.   She has created a gorgeous inspiring card, and I highly recommend checking out her blog, she has some really fab ideas for cards on there!

Now, onto my card.  This week I decided to go back to some good old ink blending.  I die-cut a circle from some Inkadinkado masking paper (using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die) and used the negative to mask over a card base made from Neenah Solar White cardstock (110lb). I then used Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot to mask a 'night sky' effect.  I then peeled off the masking paper and it was pretty cool - also the stitched lines had been blended in, which was a happy accident!

I flicked on some water splatters and some splatters of sparkly clear mist by Tattered Angels and left to dry.  In the meantime on the same cardstock I die cut then heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder a Star Scribbles image from PaperTrey Ink.

Once the ink was dry I stamped a sentiment from PTI's 'Tis the Season (love this set) which I heat embossed in white.

To finish, I added the diecut stars using foam squares for dimension.  This took FOREVER (lots of foam square cutting) so I don't recommend it !!! (Use fun foam and diecut it with the paper at the same time).

Please join in the fun this week and be sure to check out the other inspirational cards from the rest of the DT.  We love your comments and if I don't see you again  beforehand, have a very merry Christmas!

Jenny x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Time Out Challenge #71 - Christmas !!

Hi Everyone!!

Just a reminder that there is still time to join in the fun at the latest Time Out Challenge and this week we are doing  Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer!!

This challenge is sponsored by Uniko  who will donate a 15 £ voucher to one randomly drawn "twister" who uses glitter or shimmer in her/his project. Thank you so much to them for this generous prize!

Our guest designer this week is sooooo exciting to me -  Valentyna! I have loved her work for so so long, total fangirl :)  Please go check out her blog for the scrumptiousness card finery she produces!!

Onto my card - OK, I admit, very not -me.  But I just wanted to have a little fun - it is Christmas after all!!  For my card, I used a Spellbinders Flurries die cut from some sparkly grey Bazzil cardstock which i adhered to a white Neenah Solar White cardbase. 

For embellishment I used the later winter (Dec or Jan) card kit from last year by Simon Says stamp and adhered these cute  penguin stickers including one guy flying off the edge.  I then added sparkly enamel dots to their flippers (and head!) to look like snowballs!!.  As a finishing touch I added a puffy sticker by Pink Fresh Studio.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge, we can't wait to see what you come up with - be sure to check out the rest of the gorgeous DT cards for more inspiration!

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