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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Sunday, 9 April 2017

One-layer curve

This week's challenge at Less is More is the one-layer card - with the theme 'curve'.  The one-layer requirement is always tricky, but this week I think I've found a solution to both the one layer and curve.


 I have heat embossed in gold both the flag banner from a photopolymer set by Creativ, and the sentiment from a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine.  After embossing, I sponged Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers distress inks over the card front in a curve, to match the banner.  A few specks of water to add interest.

I'm afraid it's not a good day to photograph my card today, as cold autumn rains have just arrived to spoil our run of perfect weather, which in Melbourne is nearly always present in early autumn, even if we miss out on a few days of sunshine in summer.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Thanks for the music

Quick post of the card I made for my brother - a very keen and able guitarist!  I know he likes it, as he's just told me:)


I did add the Happy Birthday sentiment after I took this picture - just below the guitar.

The stamp is by Darkroom Door - I stamped it on watercolour paper using my Misti, so could stamp it repeatedly with various colours, although I admit it looks like I only used two colours!


Monday, 3 April 2017

Baby XO

I have a new baby card for the challenge at Less is More this week - challenge #322 is to use 3 pastels in your card.



The sweet pastel colours are so traditional for babies, so I was more than happy to use the cute little teddy bear images from the MFT stamp set - Snuggle Bunnies.  Bunnies are the larger images in that set, but I'm trying to use the many small images that can be overlooked sometimes.

The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted and the stitched squares are Stampin' Up! Stitched Framelits.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Thinking of you in a frame

Back to Less is More with their current challenge which is to use a frame.


On watercolour card, I die cut the tulips from Memory Box 'Stitched Tulips' die, coloured them with Zig Real Brush Clean Colour Markers, and cut out the frame by Liabilities - Scroll Oval.  I had to reinsert the cut pieces - tulips and leaves, and left the frame in place too - so the frame is quite subtle.  I popped the oval piece up with foam and adhered it to a top fold card, sponged with soft pastel (Spring) colours.  The sentiment is from a set by Apple Blossom included in a magazine. (Simply Cards and Papercrafts Issue 153)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Wonderful News

The challenge at LIM this week is to use washi - how lucky for me that yesterday I tried CASEing a card I saw on Etsy which used a single wooden button on a small notecard.  I didn't use a wooden button, but a die I've had for ages, with WASHI on cardstock - - woo hoo!

So I'm ready early today - Sunday morning here in Australia, with temps in the 30s!


Cardstock cut 18cm x 9cm for a top fold 9 x 9cm (3.5" x 3.5")
Stamp is a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft Issue 165 - love the fonts
Die is by Simon Says Stamp - Partial Cut Flowers
Button die is a set of 3 by Joy! Crafts
Washi - unknown origin but printed cloth tape about 1.5 inches wide

Below are a couple more cards I made using washi.



Sunday, 12 March 2017

LIM #319

Just a short post to enter the current challenge at Less is More which is a One Layer Card with the subject Leaves.


I first saw this technique on Brenda Keenan's blog, where she had one leaf, with the tree outline from Sheltering Tree stamped inside the leaf stencil.  I loved it immediately and copied her idea to make thank you cards a-plenty.  For this card, I have used two leaf shapes, but the same tree branches inside it - I love the colours, so rich and autumn-like  - which it is in Australia right now!  I used only three distress inks - mowed lawn, abandoned coral and seedless preserves.  The sentiment is also Stampin' Up! - Endless Thanks.

A Lifetime of Happiness


Quick post to show this wedding card I've made for a friend who is the mother of the groom.  She has been asked to 'do' the flowers - 3 bridesmaids, one bride and the table settings - and she has to travel to Canberra (from Melbourne).  Naturally, she is delighted the bride has asked her to participate so fully - what a great start!

The stamp here is by Penny Black, but I don't know the name, as it belongs to a friend, but I love the elegant simplicity of its lines.  I immediately thought of my friend (mother of groom) and so have made it the wedding card.  The lovely sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.



It is a long card, so I needed to make a custom envelope, which I coordinated to the card.  The initials of the couple have been gold embossed, and the contrast panel is by Memory Box - Flicker Hearts.


I hope it is acceptable!  



Friday, 10 March 2017

Scrapbook Boutique March 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!


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 mood board 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.


Wow!  Don't those colours really get the creative juices flowing!  So many options that for me, the hardest part was deciding on what I would actually present!


So this is my card for the challenge - I was inspired by the colours (obviously lol) but also the fan and butterflies (well, I think it's a fan in the top right photo).

I started by stamping and white heat embossing the fan image from the Kaisercraft Stamp set Oriental randomly over a panel of watercolour card stock.  I then added Colorburst powder (yellow, green, blue, wine and orange), spritzed with water and allowed to dry.  This took about 2 minutes in our recent Melbourne heat wave!

I trimmed the panel with a scallop frame by Mama Elephant, and mounted it on fun foam.  This was then adhered to black cardstock over a regular sized A2 top fold card.  I added a circle sentiment and some tiny butterflies cut from the same watercolored card.


Remember I was undecided about what to present to you for this challenge?  Well, here are two more cards inspired by that mood board - the first uses a Kaisercraft fan die, plus SBB word dies, and the second uses various leaves from MFT Scribble Flowers.




That's all from me today, but 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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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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