Sunday, 13 August 2017

Have a Great Birthday

My card today is for the Less is More one layer challenge, with the theme of vehicle.  One layer means that images must be stamped directly to the card - hence no extra layers, so that meant all my lovely dies relating to vehicles were not to be used.

However, I do have a cute steam train which has dies, but fortunately also stamps, by Clearly Besotted - it is called Full Steam Ahead and is perfect for a little boy's birthday card.


I have used Stampin' Up! inks - boyish colours of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim, but for a little zing, I used my Quickie Glue Pen to write over the clouds and numeral then sprinkled over white glitter.

Now to find a little imp to pass this on to....

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Scrapbook Boutique August 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!  



This mood board so captures how we are feeling here in Victoria this month - grey skies and rain but hoping for a ray of sunlight to brighten us up!  There are also themes of friends and children, flowers and nature - so what part/s will inspire you?

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.


Now, I like to be a positive person, so although I went with the wintry theme,  I also wanted to include a ray of sunshine, via some yellow flowers, combining the bucket, sunflower and clouds in my 'creative' effort.


This card is my first effort, using Zig water markers over lightly stamped basic card stock.  I drew the bucket and used a variety of small stamps to support my three sunflowers by Gabi's Choice.

My next card uses watercolour cardstock - same arrangement, but more vibrant colour because I could apply more pigment and water.  I actually like the first better because it has a softer look.




  • I stamped my three sunflowers using a pale ink (New Sprout), as I was looking for a no-line look and then covered them with masks.  I also made a circle mask for the sun, before using a stencil I created to sponge the background clouds .
  • I lightly drew the bucket (I'm no artist!) then added the foliage - stems for the flowers, and a few sprigs from the Kaisercraft stamp set Oriental.
  • After colouring the images, not using much water for the first effort because it was not stamped on watercolour card, I drew in the base/bench and stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day in Versafine Onyx Black.


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, 30 July 2017

Pierce your Project

Challenge @339 at Less is More this week is to pierce your project - paper piercing, brads, sewing etc.

I have been wanting to create a card using some of my favourite Stampin' Up! inks, including this new season's colours, so this is what I have 'pierced'.


I stamped several colours of inks using the swipe image from Work of Art (SU), then die cut the Flicker Hearts die by Memory Box, which pierces some of the hearts as well as cutting some out.  So my piercing was achieved without pin pricks, then I mounted up the cut hearts to replace them in their original space, but 3D.  The sentiment is also from Work of Art and uses the new colour Fresh Fig.  My panel is cut using Simon Says Stamp stitched frames.

Other inks are:  Peek-a-Boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Wisteria Wonder.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Hello - only dies

The call this week at Less is More is to use NO stamps!  Well fortunately, we do have plenty of options, and from my stash of dies, this is what I have made.


Recipe:
Dies:  Sweet n Sassy shapes dies, Memory Box Fresh Foliage, Scrapbook Boutique 'hello'
Coloured pieces - paint chips

Monday, 17 July 2017

Just for You

My one layer card today is primarily for Less is More 2-week challenge - to use any card base other than white!

My card is grey, bought at our local Officeworks store, and the stamp and sentiment are Stampin' Up! - The flower spray from Awesomely Artistic, and the sentiment and butterfly from Butterfly Basics.

I used Prismacolour pencils to colour the image, outlining in black, slightly shading in pale grey and highlighting with white, and ultimately adding a little more white with a Signo pen.  The outline of the whole image is also shaded slightly.  I added white liquid pearls to the flower centres.

So one layer, and also simple!  I thoroughly enjoyed my half hour or so of colouring - very relaxing!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Daisies

I have a couple of simple cards to show today, created with the Stampin' Up! Daisy delight bundle - the stamp set and the punch.  I referred to a die in a previous post, but I should have said punch - I love to coordinate stamps with punches wherever possible as it is so quick to create with them!

I made my own coordinating background paper by stamping two small stamps from the set, and mounted it on a piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock.  The inks are the same peach plus smoky slate.


The daisy has not been stamped on these cards, just sponged around the edges and centre with the peach ink.  I have layered three punched daisies to create a fuller flower.  I think the grey makes a great companion to the peach colour!

If you would like to purchase this bundle and live in Australia, please let me know in the comments section below and I can arrange for it to arrive at your door!  





Monday, 10 July 2017

Scrapbook Boutique July 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 the moodboard below.  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.




What a beautiful blaze of blue - just love this teal colour with such a lot to love amongst the images!  There are shoes and handbags, Paris and perfume, haute couture and architecture - are you excited enough to put your creativity into use?  I certainly was and below is my interpretation of this fabulous moodboard.


I heat embossed the image in the stamp by Carabelle Studio onto watercolour card before colouring it with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers.  I added a bit of gold foil onto an image of the Eiffel Tower, by free-hand drawing it with deco glue first and letting it dry before rubbing on the foil.  I picked up on the script background, stamping it in the corners, and added touches of gold crystal dots to complete my card.


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, 2 July 2017

Colours of Australia's flag

A fun colour challenge at Less is More this week - and it is the colours of your countries flag.  As a member of the British Commonwealth, Australia's flag incorporates the red, white and blue of the Union Jack, as well as the stars of the Southern Cross plus an extra 7-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star - in recognition of the Federation (then Commonwealth) of Australia.  My picture alternates between the maritime flag (red background) and the country flag.




Here is my card in red, white and blue - photographed at night, so it's a little dark!  I'll try again in the morning to achieve a better colour.



Card recipe:
Dies - Avery Elle Burst Die, Poppy Stamps Marina Sailboat, 
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Sentimenst and Labeller Alphabet
Ink - Stampin' Up! Real Red, Versamark and white embossing powder


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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