Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A birthday card for Lucy

Those 'little' granddaughters of ours are not so little anymore - Lucy turns 10 this month, and leaves us wondering where all that time has gone.  Lucy and her sister have been going to swimming training for many years, as most do at this age, and they are both very good swimmers.  This year has been particularly successful for Lucy, so I thought a 'watery' themed card might be a good choice.


Image has been gold embossed, and popped up onto the sponged background.  Shimmery water was flicked onto sponging, for water bubbles, a Tim Holtz die cut, coloured and adhered to top corner, and some underwater images stamped over the bottom.



I had already added some glitter to hair and scales but thought a little gold shimmer might be worth adding, and so that went onto the tail, and the ends of the hair.


This pic shows that shimmer - also added lightly to the sea weed.  A beautiful image for a beautiful girl - Happy Birthday Lucy!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Favourite Flower (or one of them)

New challenge at Less is More - this week it is a one-layer card, featuring your favourite flower.  I have chosen the rose - which is probably my favourite flower, but I love most flowers - I even love lilies, but they give me hay fever, so I can't enjoy them inside!


This is a smaller card (Stampin' Up! notecard) - just 3.5 x 5" and is the perfect size for those little notes that you need to send just to say hello!

Card recipe:

Stamps:  Altenew Rose - a freebie a while ago in the magazine 'Australian Simply Cards, Issue 92) , and the sentiment is by Clearly Besotted: 'Scribbled Flowers'.
Inks:  by Stampin' Up! - Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Strawberry Slush.

Thanks so much for coming by!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Scrapbook Boutique September challenge and blog hop

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  



We want to challenge you to create something inspired by this pretty mood board - this is what I created this month:


Obviously inspired by the balloons, but also the soft sky, the person swept up and away by the balloons, and the birthday wishes.



I sponged distress ink through a sun ray stencil I created on the silhouette a while ago.


I covered an all-over cloud stencil with several post it notes, leaving just one cloud so that I could place my clouds exactly where I wanted them.  The white heat-embossed balloons were coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers (with no water added because it was normal cardstock).


Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

We can't wait to see what you create for this challenge - each month the entries are just amazing and we love to see how everyone seems to take something unique from the mood board.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


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Friday, 2 September 2016

Recipe: Sticker

Just flying by today to enter into Less is More's challenge this week - the recipe is to use a sticker or peel off.  Most of us have probably 'weaned' ourselves off using stickers too much, and I have certainly donated most of mine to local kindergartens, but there are still some beautiful stickers around and now is the chance to use one, or two!

So here is my card - the butterfly sticker was purchased from a $2 shop, and has no obvious origin.  The stamped background is by Stampin' Up! - Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art, and the die cut is Elsa Butterfly Branch by Memory Box.

I hope I have scraped in for this challenge - rushing off now to attend a funeral
:(

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Exotic

This week's challenge at Less is More is on the theme of 'something exotic'.  How fun!

My search of suitable exoticism provided me with a lovely flower cluster I had stamped at a card group, so don't know its origin, but I think it is Japanese cherry blossom - so this is what I created.


Image is heat embossed in gold, I also found a little wooden stamp by Kaiserstamp of Japanese characters that says Peace, and I watercolored the panel with distress inks.  Having cut out my flower spray, and popping it up on the panel, I dabbed and smeared gold pigment over the background.  The panel was cut with ME Basic Die set, and mounted on a black card.  I think this looks exotic - and I like it:)

Rushing off to act as Secretary at our Probus Club, so must fly!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Something French

Less is More has a one layer challenge this week, and the theme is 'something French'.  Ooh la la!  so many things we think of when we think French, but one layer - so no dies!!

When we have visited Provence, we have loved the rolling fields of lavender, so this has been my choice this week:


Card recipe:
Stamps:  'Lavender' by Power Poppy - image stamped wet on watercolour paper, sentiment stamped with Versafine Onyx Black, using the Misti to stamp twice.
Colour:  Distress Markers



Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Scrapbook Boutique August Challenge and Blog Hop

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Once again we have a gorgeous mood board to inspire you:



Isn't this board just so delicious!  I love strong greens and that dramatic chartreuse colour, though sadly I can never wear it:( 

I have been quiet on my blog for a little while, and so for this challenge, I dived right in, and created not one, but three cards!  

 But first to the housekeeping part of this blog - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is now open to New Zealand residents as well as Australian.

So firstly, my main card created especially for the challenge:
a very literal interpretation of the bokeh lights and leaves, which were die cut from watercolour paper smooshed with Distress Inks.  The bokeh was created by sponging inside punched circle shapes with the same Distress inks.


 A sentiment (from Polynesian Paradise) was white embossed on vellum to maintain the very soft style.


I loved the yellowy green cardstock I had created so much, and thought my left over watercolour paper could be used on a Christmas tree, so this is my second card - the tree is one of the images in the MFT stamp set:  'Santa's Elves'.  I added a starry die cut feature with more green inlaid in the stars, and some sparkle glitter adhered to the small circles.  I also picked up the grey with my base card and cut circle.  I quite like the non-traditional colour scheme of this card:)


I admit this card is a bit OTT - but I loved the shawl on the board, with its muted pattern and fringe catching the sunlight, so created this card, which also uses succulents featured in the mood board - the succulents are from Mama Elephant: 'Potted Pretties'.  I pleated some organza ribbon as a hint to the fringe.  As I say, a bit over the top, but hey, I thought I'd give it a try.  The stitched lines die cut panel is by an Australian crafter - and can be found at My Little Paper World.

I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge - each month the entries are just amazing and we love to see how everyone seems to take something unique from the mood board.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!