Thursday, 19 January 2017

Fusion - Golden wattle

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion! For today's challenge, we're going green and gold! I took the colours of the inspiration photo and interpreted the sketch to make this fusion.

I used the Beautiful Bouquet: Dahlia set from Wplus9, teamed with a sentiment from Avery Elle "Oh Happy Day". I white embossed the bouquet on some watercolor cardstock, and then coloured the flowers and leaves with various yellow and green Distress Markers, and then sprayed with lots of water, then dried with a heat gun (this is one of my favourite techniques). I repeated these steps until I was happy with the depth and variation of colour.  (I added a tiny bit of pale blue as a shadow.) I then mounted the panel on a pale yellow notecard from Hero Arts.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Two Valentine's Day cards for the price of one

Hello! Today, I am sharing a Valentine's Day card I made recently, and its sister card for a wedding.
I started by using the Serendipity Stamps "Heart Scroll Die" onto some watercolour cardstock that I had coloured with some red and pink Distress Inks and water. I also cut out another heart using white cardstock.  I took the negative space of the coloured piece, and stuck it to a card front on an angle. I placed the white die-cut piece inside the negative space, and then put little dots of liquid adhesive on each of the little holes. I then put the pink/red diecut heart over the top (this one still had all of the little pieces still in place) and lined it up so all I had to do was use my tweezers to poke the little pieces out of the red heart down into the spaces in the white heart. I finished the card with a stamped sentiment from Hero Arts, and a line of white gel pen faux stitching around the edge of the panel.

 With the red heart I had left, I put that into the negative space left from cutting out the white heart (after diecutting the white panel with a stitched rectangle die from Lil Inkers), and put some Stampin Up glimmer paper behind it.  I  Took a Hero Arts mid toned blush card and stamped the "Elaborate" cling stamp from Penny black in Versamark, and clear heat embossed it. I added a sentiment die cut from the Avery Elle "Sentimental Die" set, cut from Stampin' Up Basic Grey cardstock, with Wink of Stella and then Glossy Accents added for shimmer and shine. I finished with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. 
I'll be sharing my first card at Muse challenge - here's Tracey McNeely's inspiration:
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Pink and gold

Hello again! I've had some time to get crafty the past few days, so I've been busy getting to know my new Zig markers. I am so happy with them!  I'm also trying to build up my stash of birthday cards - my box is getting a bit light!
I used the Wplus9 set "Beautiful Bouquets Dahlias", stamped multiple times in Hero Arts intense black ink and coloured with pink, pale green and pale grey Zig clean color real brush markers. The sentiment from Gina K designs was stamped in Versamark on vellum and heat embossed in gold.
 I'm playing along with two challenges with this card - CAS Colours & Sketches #205, and CASual Fridays "Everything turns to Gold"

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CAS(e) this sketch #204

I made this quick card this morning to play along with this week's CAS(e) this sketch challenge.
I used a flower image from Altenew's "Botanical Garden" set, with a Reverse Confetti sentiment from "You're So" and the matching die set. I stamped the flower in Hero Arts Wet Cement ink, and then coloured over it with Copic markers.  Yes, I know, Hero Arts Shadow Inks are not Copic fast, but I wanted the flower image to look a little bit like it was in soft focus, not sharp, so that the sentiment would stand out on top.
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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Thanks so very much

Getting to know my Zig clean color real brush markers on different cardstocks - this is on Canson watercolour cardstock, 300gsm.
I did my usual technique of white heat embossing the image (from Wplus9), adding colour then spraying with water to spread the colour.  However, this resulted in some of the colour spraying all over the place in little specks, so I finished by adding water more carefully with my Aquash pen. I finished the panel with a sentiment from Reverse Confetti (love the mixture of fonts). I mounted the panel onto a mid-blue notecard from Hero Arts, and added a thin strip of glimmer paper from Stampin Up.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

CASe this sketch

This card came about because of three reasons. One - I wanted to join in with the latest CAS(e) this sketch challenge.  Two - I recently bought some Zig clean colour real brush markers, and I wanted to test them out on some different types of cardstock (I used Stampin' Up heavy weight whisper white for this card). Three - I saw THIS VIDEO from Kelly Latevola this morning, and I was inspired by her colouring (as I always am!) In my dreams, I can colour in images like Kelly can :)
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Happy birthday, Claudine

Today is my sister-in-law's birthday. My niece told me that her favourite colours are purple and royal blue, so I made this card for her.
I used the "You're so" set from Reverse Confetti to stamp the sentiment in Versamark, then heat emboss with some silver embossing powder. I then masked off the sentiment, and added the Tim Holtz / Stamper's Anonymous "Lace" stencil, and blended some Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks over the top.
 I faded the ink off underneath the sentiment to match the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches challenge.
I'll also be sharing this card at Less is More for their "Ombre" challenge. 

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Love you

I have a card over at A Blog Named Hero today, using stamps from Right at Home and Hero Arts - here's a sneak peek:
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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Fusion - 3rd Anniversary

Welcome back to a new FUSION challenge for 2017! Today, we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary at Fusion. We have invited some special guests to join us - I'll let you know who my guest is in a minute, but first, here's my card:

I made a Fusion of both the photo and the sketch - except I don't drink coffee, so I have a cup of tea on my card :) The stamps are from Avery Elle "Tea Time", and the woodgrain background is from Stampin' Up, stamped in Versamark watermark ink onto Simon Says Stamp "Fog" cardstock.

Now to my super duper special news!  My special guest for our birthday celebration is the one, the only, Jennifer McGuire!! Here's a sneak peek of one of her cards, but you will have to visit the Fusion challenge blog to see BOTH of her cards in full! And make sure you visit her blog, too, to check out the video!
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Challenge at A Blog Named Hero

Welcome! Sit down for a cuppa.

We have a challenge at A Blog Named Hero called "New to me" - use something new, or use a technique that you haven't used before.  I chose to use new stamps from Right at Home stamps, along with a couple of Hero Arts stencils. I used the Crossing Waves stencil (which is new to me) for the background, and I used the Glorious Petal Stencil for the pattern on the teacup.  I coloured the cup from the "Cup of Joy" set with Copic markers first, then added the pattern over the top with a white gel pen. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the "How have you bean" set onto some vellum, and wrapped it around my panel.
Can you see the shiny swirls above the teacup? I added the swirls of steam with Versamark ink, then embossed them with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.

Thanks heaps to our collaboration partner for January, Right at Home Stamps!
Make sure you visit A Blog Named Hero to check out some inspiration from our new design team, and to enter your own "New to me" creation.
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