Sunday, 19 February 2017

MARBLING MAGIC

Hello.
Just trying something very different today,
and creating my own background with nail polish marbling.


It's an easy process.
I used a small plastic container with a little water in the bottom,
added some drops of polish to the water, and swirled them with a toothpick.
Then I dipped my paper in.
It was a bit hit and miss for me (more miss really)
and I ended up with just 2 usable backgrounds from about 6 attempts.

The other problem I had, was that the paper was very warped from the polish.
I put several books on it overnight and it did flatten quite a bit.
I also taped it into my die cut all around the edge, to keep it in place.
Perhaps water colour paper would work better than my normal crafting card.


I've tried to capture the pretty metallic sheen that you get from the gold polish,
but the camera hasn't picked it up too well.

Challenge.


Use your favourite tool

My favourite tool, without a doubt, is my Big Shot.
I would be lost without it and I probably use it on every card I make.

Supplies.
Nail Polish in Black, and Metallic Gold.
Sentiment - Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Die

Saturday, 18 February 2017

SYMPATHY BLOOMS

Hello.
So, what's your least favourite stamps to work with?
Mine has to be flowers.
I am rubbish at flower cards, but I do love seeing them.

I searched for some blooms and leaves that looked easy to use,
and came across this Wplus9 set.
Yay! I made a half decent flower card :-)


During the process of making this card, and stamping about 100 leaves and blooms, 
I finally discovered where my problem lies.
It's colour.
I really struggle to get the right colours and matching shades, for all the elements,
especially with my limited supply of inks.
I think I need to follow some colour-combo challenges for a while.


Challenge.


Fantastic Florals

Supplies.
WPlus( - Feathers and Florals
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
MFTstamps - Stiched Scalloped Border Die
Inks - VersaColor  - Turquoise, Laurel Leaf.  Memento - Dandelion, Gray Flannel.



Wednesday, 15 February 2017

DRINKYPOOS?

Hello.
Sharing a fun card with you today,
for the challenge at MUSE card club.


As soon as I saw Tracey's terrific muse card, I knew I would be playing along.
This style of using random stamps as your background works so well.
You can use the 'main' stamps in sets, or all those extra little ones, to great effect.
Here, I went with a more regimented placement of my drinks.

Hope the photo below shows you the dimension better.
All the drinks and extras are die-cut and popped up with foam tape.




Supplies

Clearly Besotted Stamps + Dies, Raise A Glass
Sentiment - Lawn Fawn, Violet's ABCs
Inks - Hero Arts, Color Lights by Lia + MFT Sour Apple and Ripe Raspberry
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Die


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

PUSHMI-PULLYU

Hello.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone 💗
I have a fun card to share with you today.
When the idea for this Pushmi-Pullyu popped into my head, I thought I was hilarious!  😊


To make my pushmi-pullyu I stamped 2 llamas back to back and quite close together.
Then I joined them up with a black fine liner and fussy cut them.
They were coloured with Copics and I added a little top hat to the 'guy' llama,
and a couple of packs (which help to hide the join).  :-)

I attached them with foam tape to a distress inked heart and my inked background.

The sentiment was heat-embossed in white and then sponged over with blue ink.



Challenge



Supplies
My Favorite Things - Llama Love + Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Dies
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style
Top Hat from Mama Elephant, 3 Amigos
Heart Nestie Die
Distress Inks - Pickled Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar

Sunday, 12 February 2017

BLUE OMBRE

Hello.
The emboss resist technique, that I used on my last card, was such fun
that I had to give it another go.
This time in blue, with a 'thanks' sentiment.


One of the great things about this technique is that you don't need a huge range of distress inks.
This was made using just one blue ink.
You just apply less ink and pressure, where you want the colour to be lighter.

You can check out the full video of this technique at Jennifer McGuire's blog.


Excuse the photo.
It's a really grey, rainy day today so I thought I would use a grey backdrop
to get my card to stand out more.
Urgh! Looks kinds green doesn't it?

Challenges


Lace or Frills

Mftstamps - Lace Background  Stamp + Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Dies
Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon
Lawn Fawn - 'Thanks' Die     Glamour Dust


Saturday, 11 February 2017

OMBRE LACE

Hello.
Today I'm sharing an ombre style, emboss resist card,
with inspiration from the awesome Jennifer McGuire

I would definitely recommend watching the video for this style.
Usually, if I try something 'arty' like this, it ends up in the bin,
so I am thrilled with how this turned out.


I used a large, lace background stamp from MFTstamps.
A tip I picked up from the video is that, once you've inked your stamp with Versamark, it's easier to press your card onto the top of the stamp.
Then sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set.

I had a little trouble with the sentiment.
My sandwich of card and foam with Stick It, just would not cut through cleanly.
So I ended up die cutting them separately and then sticking them together.

I cut out the sentiment on my embossed panel, place some ds tape over the back,
and then pressed my 'congrats' into the space.
Just remember to keep all those tiny little pieces from the embossed panel, that need to be put back in.


Challenge


LOVE AND ROMANCE
(Classy and elegant style - hopefully! )

I made this as a wedding card, but looking at it now I think I could use it for
an anniversary, or maybe a new baby girl.
And, in real life, the glitter on the sentiment is so much prettier.



My Favorite Things - Lace Background Stamp and Stitched Scalloped Border Die
Distress Ink - Pickled Raspberry, Spun Sugar
Lawn Fawn - Congrats Die
Glamour Dust. Stick It. Foam Sheet. White Embossing Powder. Glue Pen. Versamark


Friday, 10 February 2017

SPRING NINJAS

Hello.
I've been wanting to play along at the MUSE challenge for a few weeks now,
but I don't 'do' flowers.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE flower/botanical cards, but they are my nemesis.
This week's card by Anita was so pretty I had to give it a try, but with ninjas :-)


I've followed the overall design of Anita's card, and tried to stick to similar colours.
The sentiment was the tricky bit for me. 
I inked a line of pink on some card, and then die cut my 'birthday'.
Then, for extra dimension I stuck it to a 'birthday' die-cut from foam sheet.
Lastly, I used a glue pen on the bottom of the letters and sprinkled on some glamour dust. (Much prettier than this photo captures).

To attach it, I die-cut the sentiment from my ninja panel, covered the back of the aperture with ds tape, and then pressed my sentiment into the space.





AND, I've now ordered what I'm hoping are easy peasy flower/leaf stamps,
so watch this space :-)

Mama Elephant - Tiny Ninjas, Labeled Messages
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Die and Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die
VersaColor - Lagoon Blue, Lime, Pink, Canary.
Glamour Dust.



Sunday, 5 February 2017

PAWTY TIME

Hello.
Hope you're all having a great weekend.
Today I'm sharing a fun card with you - Pawty Time :-)


I inked up my card panel and splashed it with some water drops (a bit heavy handed today).
For the sentiment, I put a line of distress ink on a piece of card and then placed my letters along it and die cut them. 
They are attached with tiny pieces of foam tape (tricky, but worth it).

My dog is die cut, coloured with Copics and his scarf is paper-pieced.


Challenges.

I went for the 3rd combo - using 2 shades of green and the orange.





MFTstamps - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die and Stitched Alphabet Dies
Avery Elle - Happy Howlidays   Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio
'Time' Stamp - Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish    Party Hat - WPlus9 Unforgettable
DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka Mon Amie

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

TINY ASSASSINS

Hello.
I see my assassins have failed   :-)


I love these alphabet stamps and they can be tricky to use,
'assassins' was not the easiest word to line up,  but they're worth the effort.

For stamping mine I either use a block that has a grid on it,
or I stick a line of white tape onto a block and butt my letters up to it.

This week Daring Cardmakers is asking us - What do you want more of?
Well, how long have you got? :-)
I want more alphabets, or those stamps sets with punny sayings, and definitely more distress inks. 
And, of course, more time in my craft room :-)



Challenges
Aud Sentiments - Masculine + A Sentiment
Daring Cardmakers - What Do You Want More Of?
Simon Says -  (Entry 2)  Anything Goes

Mama Elephant - Tiny Ninjas
Lawn Fawn Alphabet Sets - Violet's and Smitty's
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Die
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass       Copics.



Saturday, 28 January 2017

BIRTHDAY LLAMA

Hello.
I still can't get enough of these llamas ;-)


Not too cutesy, but still fun, I find them great for 'male' birthday cards.
Here, I've put my die cuts on a distress ink background for a pop of colour, and added a strip of gold card to follow the challenge sketch.




MFT - Llama Love and Stitched Scalloped Rectangle and Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle
Distress Ink - Mustard Seed.      Gold Metallic Card.       Copics


Thursday, 26 January 2017

LLAMA LOVE

Hello.
You can't have too many llamas on a card, right ?   ;-)


Hands up - I had fun making this card.
I was a bit daunted by colouring in the llamas (that's really not my strong suit)
but I kinda like the way they turned out. 
Every one a little different, just like my own family of drama llamas :-)

I was going to add the sentiment on a strip of card across the llamas, but I hadn't inked far enough down,
and they looked like they were dangling in mid air.
So, at the last minute, I stamped the sentiment on a piece of hillside border,
and just managed to slide it in place under their feet.
And it looks just like I meant to do that all along!  




Challenges


MFT - Llama Love + Stitched Scalloped Rectangles 
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border
Distress Ink - Fossilized Amber
Copics

Monday, 23 January 2017

ACROBATIC NINJAS

Hello
I've been playing with ninjas again today ;-)


This is probably one of the quickest cards I've made in a long time.
I inked up a die-cut  background, attached my sentiment and ninjas with foam pads,  
and scattered a few sequins. 
Jobs a good'un    :-)


Challenge



Mama Elephant - Tiny Ninjas and Labeled Messages
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die
Versacolor - Cyan