Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - May Challenge

I saw this new challenge blog and love the idea of making an encouragement card.  The inspiration photo is so pretty

The colours are so beautiful and that was what inspired me.

I started by white embossing the Simon Says Stamp background stamp and then used Altenew Crisp inks in Desert Night, Ocean Waves, Lavender Fields and Sea Class to sponge.  The sentiment is embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum powder onto vellum and die cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die.  I added some gold thread behind it.   

The idea behind this new challenge blog is awesome... you can read all about it Here

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Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Cake O'Clock...

I'm over at Die Cut Divas today to share one more card using as stamp from Jane's Doodles Cake stamp set. 

I used a new die cut - a cake one, that I picked up for $1 at my local magazine shop.  I die cut from dusty pink and silvery grey card and put some water colour behind the cake.   It sentiment is from the Jane's Doodles set.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Smack Down Starburst.

Over at Splitcoaststampers this week, the Monday Technique challenge called Smack Down.
Here is the technique described by Sabrina
"This is what the technique involves:
Ink your chosen stamp in a light colour. Stamp on the paper, and then continue stamping all round it, as if you were stamping off prior to cleaning your stamp.
When there's no ink left, ink the stamp and repeat the process. Cover as much of the card as you like. The repeated stamping fills up the card quite quickly.
Switch up to a different colour - if it's very dark, you may need to stamp it off once on scratch paper. Repeat the process. The repeated stamping fills up the card quite quickly."

I didn't use two colours - just the one 

I used an older Hero Arts stamp called Sunburst and as I seem to be on a bit of a blue phase... used some Catherine Pooler ink called Fiesta Blue.  I really love the background it produced.  I then die cut a circle and stamped the Sunburst in the middle.  I have some home made 3D dots and the teal one worked well in the middle.  The sentiment is white embossed - it's from a Catherine Pooler set.    A few sequins finished it off perfectly. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Colouring book pages...

I spend the weekend up at Mangawhai and managed to sit outside Saturday morning and do some colouring in.... A new book I picked up for $2 at my local newsagent.  It was a 4"x4" book that had been with a magazine.  Once the magazine was passed it's use by date, they sell of the little gifts and it was such a bargain.

Here's the first finished page

And I did a second one that I turned into a card

I used watercolour pencils from Faber Castell,  Koh-i-nor and Derwent and blended with a Memento blender pen on both pages.

To finish my feathers card I used a Winnie & Walter die cut to cut two hello's - one in pale blue and one in dark blue, layering them together slightly off set.  The friend sentiment is from a Catherine Pooler set and I stamped in black and clear embossed.  

Colouring in is so relaxing.   I really enjoyed sitting out in the sun on Saturday until the rain came! 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello Hello Hello

I'm here to say Hello, Hello, Hello.. - over at A2Z Scrapbooking.. following on with our monthly theme of Focus on the Sentiment.

I was inspired by a couple of different cards on Pinterest.  Took ideas from them and came up with this CAS card.

I used my MISTI to ensure I got a good dark black stamping of my Hello and the rest of the sentiment (from DC151 Hello Stamp & Cut- :  This popular Stamp set is currently Out of Stock at a2z Scrapbooking, however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page).  I trimmed the panel and added a black mat.  Thanks to MISTI I was able to do some multi colour stamping on the feathers (from CM126 Color Layering Peacock. )  I used colours from the matching ink set. (AF394 Peacock Layering inks)  I fussy cut them and added.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

CAS Pink and Yellow

Over the past couple of days I have made a couple of cards for CAS challenges.

The first card was for Addicted to CAS - Pink.  

It is a Stampin' Up set called Beautiful You.  I used some Stampin' Up kraft card

And I did a Yellow version

This one has been entered into the CASology Challenge - Cue word WARM.   The lovely yellow colour spells Summer to me - warm weather and sunshine.
EDITED:  was lucky enough to be an Honorable Mention for this yellow card

My intention is to make a few more in different colours to make a set to give to a friend.  I love the Prismacolor pencils on kraft card... it really pops.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

I really had fun taking part in the Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine.  There were heaps of different ways to make your projects Sparkle and Shine.... including using mica powders such as PearlEx and Perfect Pearls.   I have some of each.  With the PearlEx you need to use a fixative (such as cheap hairspray) and with Perfect Pearls the fixative is already in the formula.

My first card uses Perfect Pearls Interference Red on some black card with a Hero Arts Background.

The colour is stunning in real life - changes colours at different angles.    I CASE'd Debby Hughes by white embossing on vellum and used some Perfect Pearls - perfect pearls coloured powder onto the vellum.  I added some leaves and finished with a black die cut that was a freebie.  The little hearts came out of the die cut and were the perfect embellishment.

And the second card used PearlEx Blue Russet on white card.  A very interesting combination

I used the same Hero Arts background to make the central panel.  I used some Altenew Christmas Rose flowers and used the PearlEx powder to do the centres.  I die cut some Sizzix leaves in a pale green.  I added a vellum circle with an embossed Stampin' Up sentiment.  A few sequins and it was all finished.

I can highly recommend this class.

As these cards are full of shiny goodness I have entered the first one into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flowery embossing

I am sharing a birthday card made using this lovely stamp set called Cake by Jane's Doodle who is our sponsor for May at Die Cut Divas.  

Jane's Doodles

 May challenge theme is:  May Flowers (trees, grass, and plants all count too).

I have used a flowery embossing folder to make my flowers and then used two of the sentiments from the Cake set.   I coloured the embossed flowers with Zig Markers which I blended with Wink of Stella.  I can tell you for real, it sparkles!   

I am currently taking the Online Card Class called Sparkle and Shine so I'll be adding this to the Student Gallery.  I've been watching the videos each day, but as I don't have much of the supplies, not too much homework being done.  I did however pull out the PearlEx and Perfect Pearls Mica powders this afternoon following Debby Hughes video.  Working on some backgrounds.   

Enjoy your weekend.  It's been a lovely Autumn day - some sunshine and now cooling down.   As I write (about 2 hours before the scheduled post) my taste buds are watering with the smell of a roasting Pork Belly we are having for dinner.  Fennel and Carraway seeds, garlic and salt for the rub on the crackling... hope the finished products lives up to the smells emanating from the oven!