Thursday, 16 February 2017

Opposites Attract

Quick post to make it to Challenge #315 at Less is More this week - a one-layer card with the theme: Opposites Attract.

 I just love this image of 'opposites' don't you?  I used my Misti on this card, and when my colouring was finished, I re-stamped with Versafine Onyx black for a sharper edge.  I like the effect - thanks to fellow crafters who have suggested doing this!  Oh, I should mention that on my first attempt, I re-stamped my coloured image, but the paper had just moved a little - oops!  Still, worth a try if you like a defined edge - just ensure your card is back in place carefully.


Stamp by Unity
Colour by Copics
Sentiment by Mama Elephant

Friday, 10 February 2017

Scrapbook Boutique February Challenge and Blog Hop


Wow, it has been ages since I've posted, but I'm so happy to be back with the first monthly challenge for the new year at  Scrapbook Boutique.

You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you haven't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  




How will you be inspired by this wonderfully summery mood board?

If you are new to this challenge and you would like 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 the mood board above.  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.


This is what I came up with -


I was immediately taken by those summer colours, the seaside theme and the iconic summer images, such as the beach umbrella and the lifebuoy.  I also wanted to use my new MFT stamp set:  Snuggle Bunnies, and even had in mind Valentine's Day in a couple of weeks.


Keeping to a limited colour palette, I sponged several Distress Inks through the Kaisercraft stencil, Textures, for my background. I then made the ring from several die cut circles, and wrapped some string around it to create my own focal point.  The umbrella is an old die by Memory Box which I cut twice to mimic the edge of the striped umbrella in the mood board.  The bunnies were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on blending card and coloured with Copics before fussy cutting out.

Copics used:  
Grey bunny:  C1, C2, C5, Y38, BG 23, BG49
Fawn bunny:  R000, E00, C1, E11, Y15, B93


We'd love you to join us this month, and surprise us with your creations!

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog where you are sure to be treated to something special!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Less is More turns 6!!

I haven't had time to get involved in challenges for quite some time, but here I am again today, because I have just learned that Less is More has turned 6!  This was the challenge that really inspired me to develop my own style, incorporating the less is more mantra!  I'm so pleased that I was able to join in as much as I have been able to over the last few years, and wanted to thank Chrissie and Mandy, Jen and Sarah and all the lovely team members for their inspiring work over those six years.


The challenge this week is a colour one - to use three adjacent colours on the colour wheel.

I have used a technique I saw recently in a magazine, in which the whole rainbow was coloured using a die cut circle of plastic and sponging around it, but of course I had to keep to three colours.  It's a pretty loose and casual card, but with it go my congratulations to all those wonderful contributors over the past 6 years and my wishes that it continues for many more years.

Flower Challenge #5

Hi there - I've been inspired to join in with the challenge at Flower Challenge - what's not to love about flowers and today's email advice featured Therese Calvird as guest designer, so my interest was immediately captured!  You can check out Therese's card and those of the regular DTs by clicking on the links above.


I was inspired by the die-cut flowers and the coloured word dies of the very talented DTs, so I searched my dies for a suitable die to play with.  I chose Poppy Stamps Delicate Mums for the flower and SSS 'happy' script.  The stamped birthday is also by SSS - Greetings and Succulents.

Like Therese, I also used a previously coloured card (I was so happy I found it in less than an hour!) and used the inlaid technique to add the colour.  Of course, I could have simply adhered the cut flower over the coloured card, but I prefer this method - and of course I have another outline in pink to add to the inside of my card later.  I did add the narrow strip to the left of the card, and a few sparklies to tie in the grey of the sentiment.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Christmas decorations using Stampin' Up! punches

Just a quick share of a couple of ornaments I made using SU punches.  The polystyrene tree and ball were bought from Riots Art and Craft, and to re-create the decorations I saw on Youtube, via Lia Griffith I used the two shapes in the bow punch for the 'leaves' of the tree, punching them out of metallic paper in bronze, gold, ivory and white.  The ball used the 3/4" punch and only gold.  The shapes are attached using hot glue.  Just another use for Stampin' Up! punches!!



Giving Thanks

I have just noticed a post from Less is More about a special challenge over at the Stamplorations blog, on the theme of Giving Thanks, and as a friend asked me yesterday to make a Thank You card for the musical director of her local choir, I had just the card to enter!


Wendy's favourite colour is blue, so my watercolored background card is in soft blue, turquoise and pale green.

Card recipe:

Stamps - Stampin' Up!, including the letters for her name - from Brushwork Alphabet
Die - Party Music by Memory Box
Enamel dots by Ranger
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio





Thursday, 10 November 2016

Scrapbook Boutique November Blog Hop and Challenge

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!  Today's challenge will be the last for this year, and fittingly, the inspiration board is very, very Christmasy!


Christmas is such a fun time of the year for most of us, especially the dressing of the tree, with brilliant baubles, tinsel and decorations in abundance.  So for my card I have chosen to make a bauble 'shaker' - this time the shaker is on top of the card, not concealed between the card and the card front, and if it was not adhered to the card, could actually be hung on the tree, as it is a separate element.


I have used the Kaisercraft stamp and die set called 'Merry Christmas' - stamping the tree and deer, spongeing the background and adding glitter, before the sequins and beads were enclosed.  The bauble ring was created with about 6 layers of die cut cardstock circles adhered on top of each other, before the acetate was sandwiched between these layers and the silver card topper.  This gave a good depth to allow the shaker elements to move freely.


Before adhering my bauble to the card front, I stamped some of the smaller images in the set around a pencilled circle, to create the suggestion of greenery/tree behind the bauble.  I added the die cut deer to the front - suggesting another decoration.

The contrasting red sentiment is also from this set.  A few more sequins and a silver bow complete this card.

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.

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!