Saturday, 28 September 2013

Insider class,- catching up on day 2 of class

Quick post before I'm off to a Grand Final BBQ (go Hawks!).

I made this card after seeing Kristina Werner's very cool 3 panel card with cute little critters hanging from helium balloons.    And this is actually a 1 layer card!!

Front of card:
Inside card:

The whole thing!! 
 Have a great day!  (especially the Hawks!!)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Insider - Online Card Class

Yay! Another class!!

Very quick post today - made a card with Hero Arts sets "Lotus Leaves" and "Say it All", using Distress markers to colour the lotus flower.

 With a little mini-pop-up-card on the inside :)

Have a great day :)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

More butterflies

Yes, I am obsessed with these butterfly dies from Simon Says Stamp! 

I thought I'd have another go at Moxie Fab World's Metal, Wood and Cork challenge, and this time, I thought I'd try to incorporate all three materials!  The metal is masquerading as glitter, but that's what glitter is, really - little bits of metal, right? (Actually, no, it's made of little bits of plastic that may or may not be coated in aluminium (I'm a science nerd, so what?), but it LOOKS like metal, and that's what counts!)

I also went with a neutral colour scheme, to fit in with Lawnscaping's Monochromatic challenge

                   Cork:                                          Metal (glitter!)                            Wood veneer:

 I hope you're having a lovely day - thanks for visiting :)

Foil butterfly

I have a thing for these two Simon Says Stamp dies at the moment.  The filigree one is a little temperamental, but when it works, it's just gorgeous!

When I bought these dies, I had the idea to put some patterned paper behind the filigree one, but today, when I saw Moxie Fab World's Metal, Wood and Cork challenge, I thought I'd try putting some patterned paper behind some adhesive foil - and it worked a treat!

Thanks for visiting - have a great day :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Feel better with a sketch

This is my 3rd post for today - to see my "A Blog Named Hero/Wplus9" post, click HERE.

How to make myself feel better close to the end of a horrible week?  Ditch the work and make some cards, whilst listening to some Beatles and ABBA, and a Tim Tam or two (or three - oops). 

I think this week's CASE this Sketch is just gorgeous, but I always take sketches so literally! This card is no exception!

 I added some Wink of Stella to the blossoms - I just love my Wink of Stella brush!
I will be submitting this card to CAS(E) this sketch #45, Addicted to CAS codeword GET WELL, Lawnscaping's Monochromatic challenge, and Less is More One Layer card Get well soon.

 Thank you for visiting :)

Baby elephant card

This is my 2nd post for today - to see my "A Blog Named Hero/Wplus9" post, click HERE.

I've had - let's say - a *difficult* week this week.  "Difficult" is not exactly the word that first pops to mind, but I'm sure you can extrapolate.  Anyway, I had made a list of challenges I wanted to participate in this week, and didn't seem to get around to many of them!  So I decided that I would forget the world tonight and make some cards to fit a couple of challenges.

For this card, I started with a plain white panel and added some scored grid lines for some texture, then stamped overlapping words and sponged on some colour.  I added a simple sentiment and a very cute feltie elephant from Sassafras, and I was done. 

I'll be submitting this card to Lawnscaping's Monochromatic challenge, Just Us Girls Grid Technique challenge, Moxie Fab World's Ready Made Embellishments challenge, and CAS on Sunday Baby card challenge.

 Thanks for visiting - have a lovely day :)

A Blog Named Hero meets Wplus9!

This week, the design team ladies at A Blog Named Hero are playing with some Wplus9 stamps - and having a ball!  This is what created with my brand new stamp set, Fresh Cut Florals:
 I love how this stamp set is designed to layer, and layer, and layer!! I masked off most of the front of the card, leaving a diagonal strip, then picked out a heap of Hero Arts shadow ink colours and got stamping :)

Supplies used:

Monday, 16 September 2013

CASE study challenge

I only just saw this week's CASE study challenge - I've had my head buried under a pile of assignments to mark, but I decided that, after having a headache all day, I would much rather make a card than mark more assignments tonight! 
You can see that I went with the multi-coloured stripes on the card by September's CASE study muse, the talented Kathy Racoosin.  I decided to pick up on the black stripes by making a black filigree butterfly the focal point, with some heavy, shiny vellum behind it. I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the black butterfly to brighten it up a bit. This is the first time I've used this pair of dies (the "Chrissy" and "Leanna" butterflies from Simon Says Stamp), and I'm already loving them! 
 Thanks for visiting - have a great day!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Masculine birthday tree

I have a few male friends with birthdays coming up, so I made a few cards with this design.  This tree was cut using a die from Memory Box and Cherry wood veneer paper from Simon Says Stamp - this stuff is very cool! Such lovely texture!

I coloured the leaves with 2 different copic markers, and the Happy Birthday is from a Hero Arts set called Birthday Sayings, stamped in Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia.

Thanks for visiting - have a great day :)

Thursday, 12 September 2013

A bunch of simple cards

I made a bunch of cards of the weekend using some GORGEOUS paper from Cristina Re - some of this paper is now discontinued, but I just love it.  It makes cardmaking very easy, as you can just let the paper take centre stage.

I decided to just make a pile of cards for a variety of occasions, but with the exact same card layout.  The only differences are what paper I used, and the wording and placement of the sentiment.  Just goes to show what a difference colour and pattern can make on a very simple card!
 This gorgeous paper has a shiny, slightly metallic base, but the flowers and butterflies are flocked - just beautiful!
 BTW, this card uses the reverse side of the paper used in the 2nd card in this post - see above - much more subtle colour this way. 

And then I decided I was on a roll, so I did some in landscape orientation as well. 

 I added some Wink of Stella glitter brush to the centres of the flowers on this "Sky Blossom" paper.

(On the offchance that anyone at Cristina Re is reading this (you never know!), PLEASE bring back Sky Blossom!  I'm so miserable that it was discontinued!)

 I hope you have a fabulous day - thanks for visiting :)