Thursday, 17 August 2017

Just Add Ink #373 - Just Add Stencils

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well.  Guess what..... It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink. Yipeeeeee!!! This weeks challenge was a fun one for me, I ended up making four totally different cards using the challenge theme - Just Add a Stencil. That's why I love participating in challenges. They encourage me to create outside my comfort zone.

If you don't have a stencil to play along with this weeks challenge, you could always make one. Just use some die's, or punches, to cut shapes from acetate or similar plastic and voila - your very own stencil.

I love stencils and find them fun and easy ways to create unique backgrounds. I chose to use the brick wall stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.
Using Sahara Sand ink, I partially sponged a portion of the whisper white background. I also sponged the Sahara Sand Stitched Oval, so that the brick wall sponging lined up with the background.

The little church has been made using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits. I cut the church away from the rest of the die cut and heat embossed it in gold.  (You could just die cut the church from Gold Foil) 

The flowers were cut using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits, in Powder Pink, Vellum and Sahara Sand card. A delicate lace doily was tucked behind the Stitched Oval.


The card front was adhered to a layer of Old Olive, then some linen thread was wrapped around before mounting to fun foam for extra dimension. This was then adhered to the Sahara Sand card base.

The sentiment from Festive Phrases,  was stamped with Crumb Cake ink directly onto the card front.  A linen thread bow and a few rhinestones were added to finish off this rustic wedding card. It is now in the post making its way to rural Queensland for a country themed celebration.

The Just Add Ink Design Team have created some absolutely beautiful projects using this weeks challenge. Make sure to check them out - great inspiration for using stencils and all round stunning cards. Why not join us and play along?!
Until next time, stay awesome

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Falling Flowers

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am still in love with the Falling Flowers stamp set and noticed it has been my most heavily used set since purchasing it a few months ago. I do enjoy colouring and when I stamp the images I always do more than I need, so that I am filling up the entire sheet of Shimmery card.
I think I love this set so much because it looks equally fabulous either stamped in black or heat embossed and then coloured. As the stamp set has no sentiments, I decided to not put one on the front, she's nude! Lol, their is a large Happy Birthday stamped on the inside.

This card is a different size to the norm I get from an A4 sheet, although you can achieve this orientation from an A4. I use 12x12 cut in half and scored in half.
The images were stamped in Archival Black ink and coloured using an aqua painter with Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry inks.

The front is whisper white and the die cut flowers have been adhered with a mixture of tombow and dimensionals. I added some loops of gold metallic twine under the larger flowers and a few gold sequins close by.

Until next time, stay crafty

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Global Design Project #100 - Santa Paws

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day. I am sharing a card today that uses a new stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue, which is available September 1st. The stamp set is called Santa Paws, and I am guessing by the name you can tell what the stamp set includes - Santa Dogs! I was thinking I would just place santa hats on other animal stamp sets I have but alas, the stamp fairies at Stampin'Up! have saved the day.

I am entering this card into the Global Design Project 100th Challenge. I have followed and admired the DT and participants creations for a while now. This week not only celebrates their 100th challenge, its also structured a little differently from the normal GDP. You can choose which designer to case and if you are the lucky winner, the Designer you chose to case will send you that card!!!!! Problem is, they are all so talented and I loved all the inspiration cards the Design Team showcased - see them here.

I chose to case Allison Okamitsu's card. I loved the soft colours with Christmas theme. If you are not familiar with Allison's work, I recommend you check it out - click here.  Being a huge fan of non-traditional Christmas decorations, I chose to case the pink and Christmas elements of Allison's card using the Santa Paws Stamp Set.

The image was stamped onto Shimmery White card in versamark and heat embossed in gold. I then used an aqua painter (water barrel removed) with Powder Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Sahara Sand inks to colour the image. I also heat embossed the sentiment in gold on a vellum strip the length of the card front.

The card front was mounted to layers of Powder Pink and Gold Foil card before applying a layer of fun foam for added dimension. This was then adhered to the card base which was Powder Pink card with DSP attached.

A few gold embellishements - yep just a few - can you tell I have a crush on gold at present. Almost every card I have made in the past few days has had touches of gold somewhere!
There are already some amazing entries into GDP#100, but also loads of time to create something and play along. Cant wait to see who wins their chosen cased card - imagine receiving a card all the way from Canada! (That's where my chosen Designer resides).
Until next time, stay awesome

Joy of Sets Challenge #004 - Letter B - Bella & Friends

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well. We finally have some sunshine in my neck of the woods - wahoo! Double wahoo as its challenge time over at Joy of Sets Blog Challenge. This fortnights challenge is The Letter B.


The card I submitted as part of the Design Team over at JOS, uses the Bella & Friends stamp set. I absolutely adore this set and often pull it out for children birthday cards.

I started with a Thick Whisper White Card Base, to which I added two panels of retired Dsp with a Black cardstock shadow line in between the two. Bella has been stamped in Archival Black ink and coloured using Stampin' Up! Water Colour Pencils.

Using the Circle Stitched die and Glossy card, I sponged some Soft Sky and Lemon Lime Twist. I used the Layering Circles scallop die to cut a matt in Black.  Bella was fussy cut and adhered to the die cut circle.

The sentiment "Its Your Day!" from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set was heat embossed in white on black card. The "Hooray" from the same stamp set was inked in Black Momento, lightly sponged with Soft Sky ink and then punched using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I added an extra balloon, punched from a Perfect Days Memories & More card and tucked it behind.

Some clouds were lightly sponged and added with foam strips as they are higher than the dimensionals used to adhere Bella. Some Black & White Bakers Twine was added to the Balloons and Fine Tip Glue to Bella's Bone, Hat and the Flowers.

Why not join us and play along with this fortnights letter. Be sure to check out the inspiration provided by the Design Team. I can't wait to see all the amazing creations the partipants enter.

Until next time, stay awesome
Monday, 14 August 2017

Hello Friend

Hello Crafty Friends,
Hope your week is going well. Also hope wherever in the world you are, you are having better weather than us in Perth today. It is pouring like crazy outside, we have had to empty the pool twice already, which is so outside the norm.
Todays card was made for a friend who by the time I post this should have received the day before she has some minor surgery.

The Sahara Sand card front was stamped with the Postscript background stamp in crumb cake ink. I adhered it to the Thick Whisper White card base with trusty betsy (my sewing machine) and her zig zag stitch.

The sentiment from the Hello Friend stamp set was inked in Crumb cake and cut using circles from the stitched shapes Framelits. I also used these Framelits to cut circles from Powder Pink and a Memories and More card. The die cuts are made using the Eclectic Layers and Love Notes thinlits, from Sahara Sand card.
Until next time, stay awesome

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Stencil

Hello Crafty Friends

Another quick blog post for today as I wanted to share a card that uses a stencil, sponges and ink to make a subtle background. I have used the decorative masks brick wall stencil and lightly sponged some Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Sky Ink in the centre of a Whisper White card front.

The Happy Birthday sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set was white heat embossed on black card and then adhered to a layer of Pool Party card. Floral images were stamped in Archival Black ink and again sponged with Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party inks. Some Pool Party ribbon was attached under the Sentiment panel and the Floral images on top

The card front was added to a layer of Soft Sky card before adhering to a Thick Whisper White card base.
Until next time, stay awesome

Layering Die Cuts

Hello crafty friends,

Todays card uses the new Eclectic Layers Thinlits and a few thinlits from other bundles, with the awesomely fun Embossing Paste and Decorative Masks. I am onto my second pot of embossing paste it is seriously so much fun and love the texture it provides.

I mixed a little Pool Party Ink with some embossing paste and using one of the four decorative masks applied a small amount diagonally across the whisper white card front.

Floral and leaf die cuts were made using the Eclectic Layers thinlits, Jar of Love and Falling Flowers. I used three different blue toned card stock - Dapper Denim, Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise.

The Thanks sentiment from Jar of Love was inked in Dapper Denim and stamped onto the Whisper White card front. The card front was adhered to a layer of Pool Party and Dapper Denim before adhering to the card base.
Until next time, stay awesome

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Just Add Ink #372 Colour Challenge

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day. My afternoon was spent unpacking my pre-order goodies!! So exciting.  All the dies got placed on a  magnetic sheet and the stamp sets found a home (alphabetically) on the "current" shelf. They are all snug in their new forever home lol
Guess what.....It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink. Yipeeeee!  And, I am still a guest designer, the JAI DT have not booted me yet (insert squishy face) Anywho, enough gas bagging, this weeks challenge is a colour combination using Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink and Pool Party.
Such a pretty combination don't you think? I instantly thought cottage gardens and flower bouquets. However, when I sat down at my desk I changed my mind, and decided to not go down the pretty Floral pathway, instead opting for something with lots of angles. This was the result

I really love these diamonds and wanted to make a few cards with the gorgeous die cuts as my focal point.The card front has been stamped with a splatter image from the sadly retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, in Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party and Black Momento inks.

The Eclectic Thinlits were used to cut the diamonds from gold foil card. The backs of the diamonds were cut from the 3 different challenge colours and adhered to the gold foil with tombow.
I used the sentiment from the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set, heat embossed in white on black card. I then backed the sentiment with gold foil card and adhered to card front with tombow.

The diamonds have been attached with dimensionals and a few gold sequins were added to finish it off. Quick, simple and easy to reproduce.

Why not join us and play along with the challenge over at Just Add Ink its such a gorgeous colour combination and its really easy to enter. Also, dont forget to stop by and check out all the amazing creations the talented Design Team have provided for inspiration.
Until next time, stay awesome
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ombré Sponging & Embossing

Hello Crafty Friends,
A quick post to share a set of cards using both dry and heat embossing and some sponging. I tried to achieve an ombre look and thought the colours blended well. Both cards have had the same treatment applied, the colours and stamp sets are different.
The card fronts are made starting with Shimmery White card as I find this allows for the best blending when using Stampin'Up! sponges. I start by sponging the two colours on the outer edges and then the middle colour. I have used Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay inks for the card on the left. Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo inks were used for the card on the right.

Next cut the two panels and run the smaller of the two through the big shot with an embossing folder - I have used the Sweetheart EF.
Ensure the sponged inks are dry before attempting the heat embossing. Also use your embossing buddy quite heavily as you likely touched the card while sponging. Next,  I have simply stamped the panel randomly with versamark before applying white embossing powder and heat setting. I did the sentiment first and worked the stamps around the free space.
Trim and adhere to a Thick Whisper White card base and its done. Super bright and fun.

Until next time, stay awesome


A Stencil from Jar of Love

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going great. Only one more sleep before my pre-order goodies from the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue arrive. They are sitting in the courier depot just an hour away (sigh) The new catalogue will be available to view September 1st, so keep an eye out on my sidebar, I will add it as soon as I can. So many Christmas goodies!!!

Today, I made my own stencil using some scrap card and a small Die from Jar of Love. I then used my cardboard stencil and layered in some Sweet Sugar Plum with a sponge dauber onto Whisper White card.


Using a few different Framelits/Thinlits in my collection I cut the branch, large heart and sentiment banner and then fussy cut the Floral images.

I used Jar of Love and Happy Birthday Gorgeous for Floral images and  Teeny tiny sentiments for the greeting. Some Sweet Sugar Plum ink was applied in an ombré effect, to the Sunshine Wishes Heart Die cut.

I added a little bow made from neutral Bakers Twine and heat embossed the sentiment in white powder into Sahara Sand card.  A few pearls and it's done! 

Until tomorrow...its blog Challenge day! Stay crafty

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Falling Flowers Birthday

Hello Crafty Creators,

Hope you are having a fabulous day. Do you go through fads with colour combinations? I certainly do! This weeks colour crush is Powder Pink, Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist.

This card uses these colours along with some black and white but looks great with other neutrals such as Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake. 

On Whisper White card, I stamped the images from the Falling Flowers stamp set, in Black Momento ink and then using a "swoosh" stamp from the timeless textures stamp set, inked in Powder Pink, Tempting Turquoise & Lemon Lime Twist inks, randomly Stamp over the black images. 

I added a few flowers using a small stamp inked with Black Momento ink to fill in a bit more of the white space. 

The sentiment hugs and kisses was heat embossed in white on black card - I just repeated the single sentiment across the width of the cardstock to look like one long sentiment. 

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, this was also heat embossed in white onto Powder Pink card with a strip of Lemon Lime Twist card behind the sentiments. 
The card front was mounted to a layer of Lemon Lime Twist before adhering to the Powder Pink card base. A few rhinestones and its finished.
Until next time, stay awesome