Sunday, 18 March 2018

Beautiful swans for A Blog Named Hero

Hello! The theme for the new challenge at A Blog Named Hero is to use your favourite Hero Arts product. Working on the assumption that my favourite products are new ones, I made this card using a stamp set I've never used before.

I created the background using alcohol inks. I hand cut the wavy lines, and popped up the Copic coloured and fussy-cut swans (from Hero Arts "Swans and Cattails"), as well as the white panel on dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is from Hero Arts "Color Layering For You".
 Make sure you visit the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page for your crafty inspiration!
Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 16 March 2018

CAS-ual Fridays: CFC 195

Hello! I'm back again for a new challenge at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

I created a green background on gloss paper using alcohol inks. I then stamped in versamark and white embossed the tree image from CAS-ual Fridays "Calm and Gentle". I added a sentiment from "Pretty Posies" embossed onto grey cardstock, and then a few clear sequins as a finishing touch.

 Make sure you check out the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog for more inspiration from the Girl Fridays, and join in on our challenge!
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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Fusion: Rain or shine

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion!
 I went with the photo inspiration, but not the sketch today. The stamp set is from Annabelle stamps, coloured with Copic markers, and the little raindrops are from Studio Katia.
 Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation!
 Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Embossing over alcohol ink

I love the look of alcohol inks on glossy paper. But I REALLY like the look of white embossing over alcohol inks!
Both the background stamp and the sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp. 
And I'm trying a different backdrop for my photos. Just because I can.
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Monday, 12 March 2018

Wonderful birthday

I had this panel left over from a card I made in February.
The panel was made with the layered pansies background stamp from Impression Obsession, white embossed then watercoloured with Zig markers, then sprayed with Perfect Pearls. I cut it down with two dies from Lil' Inkers, adhered it to a card front and added a sentiment from Stamp It (a company that, sadly, no longer exists). 
 I'll be sharing this card at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Girl Power.
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Friday, 9 March 2018

Alcohol ink and a die cut sentiment

OK, so there's a story behind this card. I got some red, pink and yellow alcohol inks and this is the first piece I made with them. I even added gold foil on top, and it looks so cool. It was a much larger piece but I had to cut it down and cover it up with a diecut. HAD TO. Because I'm a biologist, and this background looks like something very specific. Read on if you dare - you have been warned.
The die is from Mama Elephant, and the happy stamp is from Altenew.
And the background looks like a cross section through a testis. Seriously. You read that right. I did warn you.

I will be sharring this card at the CAS(e) this sketch challenge.
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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Alcohol ink on glossy cardstock

I really like the look of white embossing over alcohol ink, but I wanted to try making a card with some more white space (love my white space!). So this background was done on glossy cardstock, not Yupo - one reason is that Yupo warps when you heat emboss (it can be done, but you have to be VERY careful!), and also I wasn't sure how I would go stamping the sentiment on Yupo. So I went with glossy cardstock. 
I used a floral stamp from Penny Black, and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine onyx black, and I embossed it with clear embossing powder.
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Monday, 5 March 2018

Using up leftover pansies

I made a panel from the Layered Pansies background coloured with Zig markers a little while ago, and made a card, but because it was a whole panel I made, I had leftovers! Yay!
I added a spray of Perfect Pearls all over the panel of pansies, added it to the card with fun foam behind it, then added a sentiment from Avery Elle, white embossed onto black cardstock.
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Hello from the A Blog Named Hero Facebook team!

Hello A Blog Named Hero fans! I'm back for 2018 posting for the Facebook team, and I'm starting with my favourite combination - blues, greens, and a background stamp!
I stamped the Garden Tile Pattern stamp from Hero Arts onto watercolour cardstock, and white embossed it. I added colour with my Zig clean color real brush markers and a spray of water. I added a stacked die cut and stamped sentiment from the "hello" stamp & cut set, also from Hero Arts, before cutting the panel down a little bit and mounting it onto a navy card base. A scattering of sequins finished the card.
Make sure you visit the Facebook page for A Blog Named Hero every day for the next week and a bit - the new challenge blog design team are being introduced, as are the Facebook design team! There's one more introduction for the Facebook team being made today, but you'll have to visit Facebook to find out who's joining the Facebook DT!

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Sweet baby girl

I made this card for a choir friend who recently had a baby.

This card made me REALLY wish my Simon Says Stamp order would arrive, pretty please, because I NEED Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade - the Fossilized Amber was just too heavy. I was going for a much softer look, but I started with the yellow in the middle, and because it was too dark yellow, I went a bit heavy handed on the rest of the colours, too, and a soft and pretty background became bold and bright instead. I think it looks OK, but it wasn't the look I was going for.
 I'll be sharing this card at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Anything Goes.
Thanks for visiting :)