Tuesday, 27 June 2017

With love

I love the sketch at Less is More this week - and the inspiration from the DTs is amazing!

I wanted to use my new Daisy flower stamp and die by Stampin' Up! and used some pattern paper to highlight the shape behind the split card front.  The shaped slice was created using a Spellbinders set - Borderabilities Card Creator - which includes six connecting dies but here I've used the simplest one!  Less is more after all!



The die cut word is also by SU and the paper is the reverse of the paper used in the centre.  The daisy has been inked with Sweet Sugarplum - a perfect match for my paper:) 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Faeries

It's been a while, but here I am back again, as I have gone fairy (faerie) mad!  For the Scrapbook Boutique's blog today, I have a card featuring a fairy, and I thought I'd post more of my faerie creations here on my blog - you may find something to inspire you to create with this small die - it is The Graceful Faerie by Memory Box!


For my first card, I began with watercolour card and Ken Oliver's Color Burst pigment powders.  If you haven't tried these before, you are in for an amazing experience!  You simply sprinkle the concentrated powder onto your watercolour card (or you can wet the card first, then sprinkle, but I do prefer the first method).   If you start with dry card, then spritz with water and watch the magic!  Your colours will explode and run all over the card - the resulting patterns are what makes this technique such fun!

I thought of these faeries as dancing in the night sky, so masked out a moon, before colouring the card, then removed the mask and sponged with Distress Ink, to fill in the moon.  I added splashes of white acrylic paint, very much watered down, for stars or fairy dust!  My sentiment here is from Feathers stamp set by Hot off the Press.  The scalloped edge is a die from Mama Elephant Basic Set.


The background for this card has been coloured with Distress Oxides, sponged over white card, with splotches of sparkle snow added when dry.  I've glittered the black faerie, and sponged the white sparkle foam of the second faerie with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  The dandelion flower border is by Apple Blossom.



My final card has a versa mark stencilled background - Bamboo Leaves by Kaisercraft - and is then sponged with Distress Oxides - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China.  The sentiment is from Waffle Flower stamp set Starry Night.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sweet Things

Challenge #332 at Less is More this week is a one-layer card with the theme of 'Sweet Things'.  For my card I found a recently retired Stampin' Up! set which I have yet to use!  Today was the day!


I stamped directly onto a SU notecard (I love to use these) with the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black, and the macaroons and candle in oxide inks, then clear embossed them all at the same time.  Terribly simple, and I thought briefly of smoothing ink in the background, but actually I like it the way it is - that BIG and bold sentiment doesn't really need anything else, does it?  I don't know now why I haven't used this stamp set before - but that's me - always behind lol.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

June 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!  

Here is the mood board for this month - isn't it RICH?


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.

So here is my card -

I was thoroughly taken with the rich, lush feel of the mood board, and created this black and gold confection, using lots of gold embossing powder and black and cream card.





I wanted the focus to be the striped panel, but to highlight that I used a simple flower in contrasting cream, also with gold edging.



Some more pics to capture the shine of the gold :)



Card recipe:
Card in black and cream
Stamp:  Altenew: Amazing You - flower and sentiment.  Also a straight line stamp from my stash, used for the stripes
Dies:  Mama Elephant Basic die set for the stitched rectangle, small hearts and the banner, Lawn Fawn: Stitched Journalling Die for the larger hearts
Ink:  Versamark
Embossing Powder - gold by Ranger

To start, I had to stamp the stripes to emboss - and for this I used my Misti, to ensure all the stripes were even and straight!  I placed the strip stamp in the centre of the top plate, and my paper lined up with a line on my grid paper.  After each stamp, I simply moved my paper up (or down) to the next line on the grid paper - I did half at one time, then embossed, then completed the other half in the same way.  I think it turned out perfectly!  I used black fun foam to pop this up on my cream card.

Next, I stamped and heat embossed my flower onto cream card, and fussy cut this out.  I used mounting pads (fairly thin foam) to adhere to my striped panel.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment onto black card, heat embossed it in gold and cut it out using the banner die. This die has scoring lines and I folded these to obtain a very realistic 3D banner.

For additional heart embellishments, I swiped a small piece of black card with Versamark, gold embossed it and then cut out the hearts from this matching gold, using small dies.

I hope you find something to inspire you too, from this mood board and the team's creations!  - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Now you should hop on over to Linda's  fantastic blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Geometric

Back to join the Less is More challenge #329 - and it is Geometric.

For my card, I have used the ink splats from Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge, and the geometric element is provided by Winnie and Walter stamp called V for Chevron.

Additionally, I tried the foiling technique using a Quickie Glue Pen, and for a first try, I guess it's not too bad!  I have pre-ordered the Couture Creations Hot Foil machine - back in January - but am still waiting for it to arrive, so when I saw Lindsay Weirich demonstrate the use of the glue pen to achieve a foiled look, I thought I'd give it a try.  Definitely not an exact science (for me) so not something I'll do often, but the glimmer is a nice touch - and does accentuate the geometry at play here.

The inks I used are all Distress Oxides - they stamp beautifully!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Celebrate You

Back at last for a Less is More Challenge - #328 is a one layer with the theme of Spots/Stripes.  This is my entry.  I had been playing about with the Stampin' Up! embossing folders of Celebrate and Happy, and then found this great idea on Pinterest - to use the bokeh effect to really highlight the word.  My appreciation to Amy K for sharing her idea,  and in particular the tip of keeping the paper in place in the folder, while stamping.  It helps to highlight the word better.


I can't wait to try this out with the Happy - which is not script, but Upper Case, so not as pretty:)

Inks are SU:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride.
Stamps:  circles are by Happy Little Stampers - Mix Mash, and the You is SU - Birthday Blossoms

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Scrapbook Boutique May 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 and inspiration, but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  


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 do apologise for a fairly heavy photo content today, but as I was creating, I thought you might like to see progressive steps - I'm not claiming any sort of expertise, of course, but I do love colouring,  especially now with watercolours, and if it helps to inspire someone else, then I'm happy!




  So using my Misti, I coloured the Penny Black red rubber stamp with Distress Markers - in Worn Lipstick and Brushed Corduroy, and stamped this onto heavy watercolour card.  You can see what a difference it makes to NOT stamp an outline first.


With a better idea of the image, I went back to my stamp and added the same colours in places I thought they needed more colour definition.  This time, I very lightly misted the stamp with water.  As the image took shape, I used a few different colours, such as Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss, and Peeled Paint.


I did this step many, many times - sometimes just focussing on one flower or leaf, until I was satisfied I couldn't (shouldn't)  add any more to it.  When it was completely dry, I painted the background.

Of course, while I was creating, I didn't stop at one attempt, but did three - so below are my other two cards.  The sentiment is from Altenew stamp set:  Beautiful Day, and the drops are Nuvo drops.  The last two panels were die cut with shapes from Avery Elle Custom Panels, and the first with the scalloped border by Spellbinders.  I left the background white on these, and like the crisper look.



I hope you have as much fun as I did, being inspired by this beautiful mood board, and 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 blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Ballet dance trio

I've been asked to make a special birthday card for a friend, and as the little one has just started ballet, my friend asked if I could incorporate that interest somehow.

I immediately thought of a cute Bugaboo digi image I have owned for over 4 years, and made this card for the precious little girl.


The ballet trio come as little stick figures, which I do love, but I had in mind to make ballet skirts for them this time.  How I remember both of my own daughters (and later grand-daughters) loving the soft pink leotards they dressed in for practice.  So searching pinterest, I found this idea - sponge vellum in pink distress ink (worn lipstick), then punch out with a scalloped circle, and fold in half 4 times - this makes it easier to 'pleat' into shape.

Of course, the card needed a little bit of sparkle and a big 4 - the stamped name used Stampin' Up!'s alphabet stamp: Brushwork Alphabet.  I find it so easy to line up, and makes such a difference when personalising is needed.

I hope Hallie loves being 4!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Scrapbook Boutique April 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!  


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.

So what will you make inspired by these soft pastel colours?  I was thinking Easter, so this is what I came up with.



I have made a clean and simple card (again) - firstly dry embossing a panel to fit my top fold card front, then sponged Distress Inks in pastel colours over another white panel.  I had noticed how many 'rectangles' were in the inspiration photo, so wanted to incorporate that element, as well as the obvious colour choices.  I don't own stitched rectangles in the size I required, so I custom cut some from the smaller rectangles I do own.  If you're not sure what I mean this is what I did:  I chose a die the correct width (height) but wrong length - so made sure my top plate was not over the edge that was too short.  I rolled it through my Big Shot, leaving only part of the rectangle cut.  I took the piece out, turned the die around - lining up the stitching and cut edge, placed the top platform only over the remaining section to be cut, and ran it through again.  Voila - a custom-sized rectangle!


I used a little bit of paper piecing on my bunnies (MFT Snuggle Bunnies stamp set)  - ear and jumpers - but mostly used Copic cool greys to colour their bodies.  I fussy cut them out and mounted them on the rectangles with foam tape.  I love that the images are all looking in different directions - it makes it easy to group them!

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!


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