Friday, 12 January 2018

One of a Kind

Over on the Scrapbook Boutique blog today, I have a card using the Hero Arts stamp set called Layering Colour Fuchsia.  I had a lot of fun playing around with the colour combinations I could use for this lovely flower stamp but for my own blog I have a more subdued colour arrangement.

I also tried out my embossing diffuser, meaning that I could emboss the front panel of my card, but leave the central circle un-embossed.  This is a very useful technique, and for this I used a Tim Holtz diffuser set - including ovals, circles etc.  So you can emboss just the circle, or the panel without the circle - great idea isn't it?

Please check out the blog at Scrapbook Boutique to see the full details of this stamp set - I'll see you there!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Less is More - one layer #358

The latest challenge at  Less is More is the one layer challenge, with the theme of candles or something depicting light.  Perfect for one more Christmas card I thought, so found some time to make this CAS card.

 The silver heat embossed sentiment is difficult to see, so I have included this extra photo for detail.

I used Zig watercolour markers for the colouring, not using very much water as it was heat embossed on regular card.  I'm afraid the spongeing around the image is a little heavier than I wanted, but doesn't seem too bad when looking at the card in its entirety.  I should have remembered that Less is More!

Monday, 4 December 2017

21st masculine birthday

This card is for a friend's grandson - he has already travelled a bit, so hence the world theme.

Colour medium used is Color Burst powders - and then some gold paint swished over at the end.  I saw the technique demonstrated by Heather Telford recently, and the idea is to have the colour very wet to move the colour around, but you must dry each layer before adding the next.  It's a fun method, though I haven't done it justice as this is my first attempt, but I will certainly be trying it again.

The number dies are by Stampin' Up! - Large Numbers - I love these dies!

The 'world' die is unnamed - it isn't specifically the world, so makes an interesting focal point.

Less is More Colour Challenge

Wow!  It's been ages since I've entered into the Less is More challenge, even though I visit often!  This week I seem to have found some time and I'm entering this simple CAS card for the colour challenge - red and green!  How appropriate as we are all trying hard to complete enough cards to send out, without having to resort to buying any.

Stencil:  Simon Says Stamp - from an old kit from 2014
Sentiment:  Stampin' Up! Merriest Wishes stamp set
Embellishment:  Ranger enamel dots

Friday, 10 November 2017

Scrapbook Boutique November 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!  

Here is this month's charming mood board to 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.

So you can see I was taken with the country charm feel of this mood board, and of course, the colour red.  To really capture the home-made feel I even added wonky stitching - the real kind as you can see below!  I must add that I do own a Bernina sewing machine, and am quite proficient on it, but this time I used a specially purchased 'craft' machine as I didn't want to ruin my 'proper' machine!  It works, but I can't control it very well lol.

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, 5 November 2017


Just a quick post to share a card I have just finished for a friend - for her friend, who is turning 70 and loves live shows!

It had to be a 'special' card, as the friend is not too well, so I tried to challenge my inner show-biz qualities (sadly lacking I'm afraid!  Though my late mum had performed at the Palladium in London in her day. her talents passed me by!)

I've used the stamp Oh La La by Caravelle Studio for the performer, some texts by Stampin' Up! and I drew the bill board by hand and decorated it with stars and dots.  The large numerals are heat embossed and die cut and they are also from Stampin' Up!  The card is A5 size, as it really needed to be larger than usual to fit everything into it!  I had great fun making this card, so I hope 'Judy' knows how much her friend is thinking of her when she finally receives it.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Trick or Treat

A quick post to share some Halloween boxes I made to send to our youngest grand-daughters who used to love Halloween when they lived in the States.  I hope they like the treats inside these boxes/cards.  I have CASed the idea from Sam from Mixed Up Craft - it opens like a card, but with the box behind and kept closed with the belly band.  Sam has wonderful projects to share, so please check out her youtube and blog!