Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

Hi Everyone

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

For the challenge, I embossed the large flower from the Happy Little Stampers set 'Especially For You' several times in Wow Bright White embossing powder onto watercolour cardstock. I then used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolours to create the background.  I did a wash of pale pink and purple and then dried it with my heat tool.  

I then gradually built up the layers and allowed some water splotches to bleed out for more texture.  After 3 or 4 layers I then splattered some white spray mist over the top. - The embossing powder resists the paint but if there is any paint stuck on after drying, you can wipe it away gently with a baby wipe. 

I used a large HELLO die cut from MFT Stamps and cut the entire piece, as well as a piece of fun foam.  I then backed it onto a white 100lb NEenah Solar White card base with double sided tape.  I then placed the fun foam letters in first, and then using liquid glue, adhered the letters cut from the background on top.     As a finishing touch, I used my new (but old) Dymo label maker to create the 'You'.   Retro :D  I also scattered some Pretty Pink Posh dew drops over the images.

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 Ingrid joining us as Guest Designer this week with a FABULOUS card.   Make sure you check it out. 

I will see you again very soon for another challenge!!

Jenny x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Time Out Challenge - CASE'ing Ksenija

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the brief post again folks - I guess 2017 isn't my year so far.  We had some bad ice storms in NY the last couple of days and my basement flooded.  More fun !!  I did have a little time to craft though in amongst the sickness and disasters, and so I am just popping by to remind you all that there is still time to play with the current challenge over at Time Out Challenges.  This week we are CASE'ing my friend Ksenija, aka Sweet Kobylkin.  I've loved her cards and style for so long, so I was super excited about this one.   Make sure you check out her wonderful blog. 

For my card I used a similar theme and colours to Ksenija's, but changed it up a little with the placement of the sentiment.   For the added red sparkle I used a thin strip of red glitter cardstock.  The sentiment and image are both by Honeybee Stamps (Happy Everything and Zenfloral).

The winner of this week's challenge will receive $15 to spend in the Happy Little Stampers store courtesy of our kind sponsors.

Make sure you check out the rest of the DT's cards over at Time Out for inspiration.  Joining us this week we also have guest designer Marjan,  who has created an absolutely gorgeous card!

Have a wonderful week and I'll be back really soon (hopefully with a much dryer basement!)


Sunday, 22 January 2017

AAA Card Challenge - Winter Chill

Hi Everyone,

I'm zooming by for a really quick card post as I've been really sick this week and can't quite do a full post so please forgive me.   Over at AAA Cards we have a new challenge - Winter Chill.   For the winner there is an awesome prize from our sponsor, Stamplorations  - a Framed Cardinal stamp and Warm Wishes CUTspolorations die.

For my card, I was inspired by the image and wanted to create quite a bleak card.  So I used some ink blending in greys and blues (Hickory Smoke and Stormy Sky Distress) to create the sky, and for the snowy ground I simply masked with some torn up masking tape.  I used Smooth Bristol as it is MUCH easier to blend on.

While the masking tape was still on, I splattered on some Mister Huey's spray in white, and then left it to dry.  I used the Home and Hearth dies by Essentials by Ellen, die cut from Neenah Solar White 80lb and Stickles all over the house for some sparkle.  I adhered a strip of card coloured with a yellow Copic to create light in the windows. I then adhered them using glue dots for a little bit of dimension.

For the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamps' Cute Snowflakes heat embossed in super fine silver.

Hope you like it !


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Power Poppy Sweet Pea Show

Hi Everyone

Exciting news - Power Poppy have a new digi stamp out and it's sooooo pretty.  I've loved Power Poppy for so long now as many of you who follow my blog will know.  I've always been more of a stamper than a digi user but the digis Power Poppy bring out are so pretty you just have to dive in. This one is no exception.  It is called Sweet Pea Show and is available now at the Power Poppy store.  Marcella was kind enough to send me it ahead of time so I can show you guys how versatile it is!

For my first card I printed out the digi in pale grey and printed it out on Arches Cold Press watercolour card stock. 

I used a number 2 round brush and watercoloured the image using Daniel Smith Fine watercolours (Primatek Rhodonite, Quinacridone Coral, Sap Green and Sepia).

Once dry, I die cut using a stitched rectangle die and adhered to a Neenah Desert Storm card base using double sided tape and a layer of fun foam for dimension.

The sentiment (and others) is also included in the digi.  I printed it out on Desert Storm and using my Minc I foiled it using Rose Gold foil (make sure to use a laser printer if you plan to do this).  I then die cut it again with a stitched rectangle and adhered with foam tape. 

As a finishing touch I added some sequins.  Isn't it pretty!!

For my second card I printed the image again in full black on Bristol Smooth cardstock and watercoloured it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.   I created a gate fold card from Neenah Solar White and die cut a stitched circle in the front. I adhered the image inside so it peeks through the window. 

In order to ensure the recipient could still open the card I adhered the white heat embossed sentiment (from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies and Tulips) on the left edge with glue runner, and the right side with velcro.  I then tied some Doodlebug twine at the top which can be slid off. 

I then scattered some sequins.

There are so many other ways you can use the digis (foil the whole image, keep it monochrome, coloured pencils...).  Make sure you pop on over to Power Poppy for more ideas !

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Time Out Challenge - Winter with a twist

Happy New Year everyone!

We have a new year and a new challenge over at Time Out and there is still another week to play along.   For this challenge the theme is 'Winter' and the optional twist is white on white (although black and other neutrals can be used for the sentiment). Uniko are sponsoring the challenge there is 15 GBP voucher up for grabs.   This week we have an awesome Guest Designer Claire.  Her card is so pretty!!

For my card I wanted to finally (after a year of owning one) break out my Fuse tool.  (NY Resolution - use my stuff!) I created a card base from Neenah Solar White 100lb card stock and die cut a circle in the front and back (I made sure these lined up so you can see right through the card without overlap).   I then created a little pocket of white and crystal sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and Darice using my Fuse tool. For the pocket I just used a basic binder protectors like these from Target.  I adhered this using Ranger Multi Medium Matte behind the front window.

I then cut two pieces of white cardstock just big enough to fit the Simon Says Stamp Multi Faceted Snowflake die.  On one I put Stick-it on both sides, and on the other, just one one side.  I then die cut the snow flake.  I adhered one to the back of the sequin pocket.  With the other I removed the front Stick-it ONLY first and dunked it into Distress Glitter (Rock Candy) .  I then removed the back Stick-it and adhered it to the front of the sequin pocket, lining it up exactly with the other.

For my sentiment I stamped a basic greeting from Altenew Many Thanks set in Versamark on Vellum and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it by cutting a small slit in the left side and slotting through the strip, folding down the other on the right and attaching at the back with some silver washi.  To finish the card you could also add an inner piece of paper to hide the pocket edges and washi but I left as is.  The pic above shows my craft room light shining through the card :D

That's it - white on white can be fun!  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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