Monday, 31 July 2017

21st birthday blooms ...

AUGUST .... where has half the year travelled to - blink a week goes by, blink twice and a month seems to disappear. I simply can't cope with this sudden disappearance of time and just not fair as my 'to do' list grows. At this rate to get tasks completed, I might have to resort to planning my time hourly ... although if I'm honest that does seem a little extreme ....

Today I thought I'd share a card made using the numbers from the Block Capitals stamp from Tonic Studios which was recently released on Hochanda.

I began by creating the background using the numbers plus white embossing powder - on to water colour card - and then washing the background with a mixture of  Indigo Dawn ,Lilac Blossom & Soft Rose Aqua Flow pens. Once dry, I used Indigo Dawn directly on to the '2' and '1', stamping on to the background.

I die cut a heart from white card and also stamped '21' with the same colour. Next using the flower die from Whimsical Frames, I created my flowers adding stamen to the centre. The leaves are from Bunched Bouquet, stamped with Fresh Green Aqua Flow pen then cut out by hand.

Two small pennants were made from the left over background, mounted on to white card. Now all that that was left to do, layering all the parts on to my card/background.

All in all a quick card which also allowed me a bit of messy time ... and we all need a bit of messy crafting.

The boys are home for a short while so we are off visiting favourite haunts they used to love when younger but first the difficult task ... getting them out of their 'pits'!

Have a wonderful day and I don't say it enough, many thanks for popping over to visit,

x x x

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Would love to enter my card in to the following challenges:
2 sisters on the blog - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
The Artistic Stamper - anything goes
Love to craft - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Make my Monday - monochromatic

Friday, 28 July 2017

Joy to the World ... Polkadoodles styleeeeeee ...

It's inspiration week over at Polkadoodles Challenge and the theme is, as always, "Anything Goes".

Polkadoodle Challenge

Nikky and the DT have been talking about Christmas and although I struggle to make Christmas cards before November (lol), I thought I'd try and get in to the early Christmas spirit being inspired by the wonderful projects I've seen using the Regal Peacock stamp soup set. I became so inspired, I ended up making three snowflake cards ...

All my cards have also been inspired by the Elegant Nest dies (from Polkadoodles) and I have used said dies in each make. Here's a close up of my first card ...

I stamped out my design with clear ink and embossed with Nuvo silver detail embossing powder (not yet released). Next with Picked Raspberry distress ink, I coloured the snowflake and cut out using the Elegant Nest dies. Before removing from the die, I added some shading to the edges. The matt was created by joining 2 die cuts together cut from mirri card,

I then made an oval shape to match/sized my topper and cut this on my scan & cut to create the card base. As a finishing touch, I stamped the sentiment and added some silver snowflakes.

For my second card, I created the snowflake as above but this time I coloured the snowflake with Tumbled Glass distress ink. Again using the elegant nest largest die, I created my topper. Next I created a card blank using the Ribbon Gift Frame die collection.

As an extra layer, I cut another Ribbon Gift Frame in mirri card but trimmed away the edging this time. Again I added some more silver snowflakes as an embellishment.

My final card has the snowflake design starting from the bottom, (for a change), embossed in silver but coloured with Shaded Lilac distress ink. Again I have used the Elegant Nest dies but created a circle background from an oval shaped die ...

Again the same sentiment and silver snowflake embellishments. The extra little hearts on all my Christmas cards are from the waste when cutting the Elegant Nest die and just fit the design perfectly.

Thoroughly enjoyed making my trio of cards and loved how pretty they turned out. Gonna try this again but want to do a more inky background first and then add the snowflake ... ummm maybe colour with bleach this time .... oh ideas, ideas, ideas ...

x x x

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Challenges I would like to share my cards in:
Christmas cards all year - anything goes
Cards Galore Encore - anything goes
Die Cut Divas - Christmas in July
Love to craft - anything goes
Card for Galz - Christmas or winter
Crafting with attitude - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes

Let's colour like we're crazzzeeeee ...!

Another new challenge over at Colour Crazy Craft Challenges and this week we are sponsored by Polkadoodles. The theme is, as always, "Anything Goes". Here's the project I made for this weeks challenge ...

I made this card for the launch of the Regal Peacock Stamp Soup collection on Hochanda a while back and all the images have been stamped, embossed with white and coloured with my Aqua Flow pens.

I began by creating my background to look as if there was sky and land. Next using 'Nikky's stab & stitch pokey tool', I randomly added holes around the edge, stopping to stamp the sentiment 'Happy' inbetween and joined up the holes with a white gel pen (faux stitching). Next using the bubble effect stamps, I randomly stamped and embossed - in white - the design over the background.

Next I stamped out my floral arrangement and embossed in white. I coloured the images with Aqua Flow pens. On a seperate piece of card, I stamped and embossed the same images, colouring as before. Using the Ribbon Gift Frame die, I created a frame and added this to my card with 3D foam. I also cut out all the other stamped images and began layering up the flowers and foliage to give both a layered effect and also add depth to the flowers.

As a finishing touch, I added Elegant Flourish die cuts, winding them through the foliage. I also cut the die cuts up so that I could add certain elements to my design. The flowers have been finished with red doodle gems. Finally, there is no focal sentiment because after making my card, I didn't know which theme it fitted best, so rather than 'chuck' anything on, I left the card blank.

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I'm going to play along with the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Emerald City Crafts - anything goes
Fussy & Fancy - anything goes
Polkadoodles - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Aud Sentiment - no sentiment on front
C.R.A.F.T - summer

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A little dose of happy ...

I recently shared several cards I made using up 'leftovers' after creating two birthday cards (see HERE), using a selection of Spellbinders dies & stamps, so thought I better share one of the birthday cards I made ...

I created a panel by using the butterfly dies repeatedly, stamped the sentiment, mounting on to some backing papers with 3D foam. Before sticking the panel down, I added some ribbon finishing with a knot. Next I placed some smaller butterflies in the negative space, lifting up their wings and a smaller butterfly near the sentiment.

A quick easy card but I think it's also quite effective too and so not my normal style. Isn't it fab how you can be inspired to try something new with something new ... lol!

x x x

Products & links:

Craftaholics - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Crafty Gals - anything goes
Day Dreamer - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

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