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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Just breathe it all in ...

"Just breathe it all in" ... isn't that a wonderful statement and can be applied in many different ways. Well it was my inspiration for my project for Love 2 Create Challenges and I have used it on a 10p frame I found in a local charity shop ...


I covered the frame with Maimeri white gesso and when dry, a good coating of pearlescent blue pan pastel. On the edges I have used phtalo blue pastel to add a little contrast.

 Colours used: magenta, yellow green & perm green

Using the wonderful new stamps from Polka Doodles, Tropical Flowers 1, I stamped all the images on to water colour card and added the pan pastels with a dry paint brush, blending the colour out with water. For added protection, I covered each of the images with perfect medium and then a healthy layer of clear embossing powder.

Colours used on Humming Bord: magenta and orange

The sentiment that gave me my inspiration, was stamped at the very top for all to see with the hummingbird. Everything was then sealed with a good coat of Mod Podge. Now all I need to do is add a photo ...

Sunday is my lazy day interspersed with household chores and if I can, I try and stay in my PJ's all day ... doesn't always go to play mind you! Have a great day doing whatever makes you happy,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Love 2 Create Challenges - anything mixed media/messy/inky
Crafting when we can - squares (my frame)
Eclectic Ellapu - (pink team) floral
Polka Doodles - anything goes
That's Crafty - birds of a feather
Get creative - lots of blue
Simon Says - anything goes

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Let your dreams take flight

Quite a while back, I was asked by Personal Impressions to make some cards using different Sweet Dixie products and here is one of the design I came up with ... a tag card ...



I began by embossing the Flower Burst stencil using Perfect Medium and Sweet Dixie embossing powder, Blueberry Blue. Before setting with the heat gun, I brushed some of the embossing powder away to give an aged, faded look.



Next, I stamped the small floral stamp from the Flights of Fantasy stamp set all around the edges.


On to acetate, I stamped the butterfly from the Flights of Fantasy stamp set and heat embossed it with Blurberry Blue embossing powder.


Next, I covered the Flower Burst stencil in Picked Raspberry ink and ran it through my die cutting machine. I repeated this action as I have need for two of these .... !


Cutting one of the designs in to a spiral, I then created a rose (see below). I repeated this process on other colours using the stencil as I was not sure how many flowers I might need and also what colour ... oh how a crafter can "faff" ... ! On the second stencil image, I stamped the butterfly and embossed the image with clear embossing powder from Sweet Dixie. Sorry I forgot to take a photo of this process!


Next using panel from the Fantasy Floral Border and Panel stamp set, I created 3 panels. All were emboseed with clear ink and then Picked Raspberry ink, added as a highlight. The panels were then mounted on to black card.


I mounted the  panels on to the from of my tag and then added the butterfly to the centre panel, placing a rose in the centre.


The sentiment is from the Flights of Fantasy set, cut up and mounted on to black card. They have then been placed on the card and joined together with different size black gems.


I do adore making these tag cards and even though they are DL in size, I simply can't remember the last DL card I made ... bizarre!

Right off to wrestle with a bush in the garden that I have been ignoring for far too long. It desperately needs a MAJOR trim but I've been putting it off as I know it will look dreadful for a week or two afterwards, until it settles in to it's new look.

Lou
x x x


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Challenges:
Broken Fairy - embossing
Crafting with dragonflies - anything goes
A Vintage Journey - monochromatic
Creative Artiste - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Cards 4 Galz - no patterned paper
Through the purple haze - monochrome

You put the "happy" in to Happy Hour!

There is another new challenge over at The Pencil Case and we are sponsored by "from the heart stamps". I have been a lucky so and so have been given the "Birdbrain Brew" to play with ...

Colours used:
Bottle: dark grey, cedar green, grey green, moss green & burnt ochre
Label: dark grey, dark carmine, light carmine, pale geranium lake, gold ochre, 
ochre, peacock blue, aquamarine & silver grey.
Standing Bird: peacock blue, aquamarine, Light carmine, dark grey & gold ochre
Sitting bird: gold ochre, ochre & dark grey
Pretzels: Van Dyke brown & burnt ochre

I have tried to use the same colours for my project to make it all co-ordinate and placed the sentiment underneath. Very simple mat and layers to show the image off to it's max, with a doodled border.

A very quick post from me as off to have afternoon tea with the hubbie followed by a Jason Bourne fest at the cinema ... what a perfect combo!

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Create and Inspire - anything goes
Colour Crazy - anything goes
Kitty Bee - all about animals
Creative Knockouts - anything goes

Friday, 29 July 2016

You Little Star ...

The new challenge over at Polka Doodles Challenges is "anything but square" and I decided to use the wonderful "Dancing Queen" and the clapper board from Winnie Fruit Punch to create my card ...


I collated all my images on to one page (in Word) and printed them on to Ultimate Graphic card. I also increased the size of the clapper board to fit a 6"x6" card, reversing the image to cover the inside. Using another printed paper, I then decorated the inside, adding star die cuts and a film strip digi image.


Do pop over to the Polka Doodles Challenge blog and check out all the DT inspiration: you'll be blown away, trust me.

Happy Friday everyone,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - anything goes
 Classic Design Team - anything goes

Thursday, 28 July 2016

'Bon Voyage' envelope card

Tonic Studios recently released a beautiful stamp range called 'Bunched Bouquet' and a range of envelope dies: Sweet Nothing Delicate Embrace. I thought it would be great to combine the two together to create my envelope card with matching wrap/fastner.


I began by creating my backing paper using the stamps and distress inks. I stuck to the same 2 colours but allowed them to dry between base and top layers.


Next I cut out the envelope base and using the internal dies, cut out my backing paper design. I then began adding the decoration. I created a postcard and on one edge stamped the sentiment strip "Just to say". and embossed in Nuvo Soft Lilac powder.


I then began adding more decoration using the following dies: petite vintage car, petite compass, Clarice upper & lower alphabets and garland fayre. All were cut in co-ordinating colours.


I added the 'Bon' part of the sentiment to the garland fayre bunting, adding a ribbon offcut behind. I did test (on several occasions) that my envelope would close before finally gluing in to place ... been caught out before!


For the wrap, I used the same elements. I created a strip of card and folded it to fit the closed envelope and glued the ends. This is where I placed the topper to hide the ugly join.


I enjoyed making the card and think I need to make it again but in more vintage tones this time. What do you think?

Right, off to get my hair well and truly tamed as it's been too long. Also need to "touch up" my roots as am just not ready to embrace "the grey" just yet ... !

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
C.R.A.F.T - summer
Creative Knockouts - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
 7 kids college fund - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes