Sunday 29 June 2014

A little ray of sunshine

 I made this card for a good friend of my sister, who recently had a little baby girl.   I used Lawn Fawn dies and stamps, plus Distress Ink and Copics.  I hand-wrote the first four words of the sentiment.

PS If you haven't heard that song, you have to You Tube it.  A Little Ray of Sunshine by Australian Band, Axiom (released in 1970). 

I will be submitting this card to Addicted to Stamps "Anything Goes" challenge, and to Paper Crafting Challenges "Anything Goes" challenge

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Saturday 28 June 2014


I recently made a bookmark for each of the ladies in my bookclub. 

I punched the top of the bookmarks with Stampin' Up Tag Topper punch.  I used various different washi tapes for the background. I then die cut the names out of the background using either Lawn Fawn or PTI letter die cuts, and also out of a contrasting colour. I then stuck the background piece and the letters to a white base card, and added some ribbon and twine to the top.  

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Thursday 26 June 2014

CASEing Pamela Ho

This month, Pamela Ho has been the Muse at CASE Study - she has made some AMAZING cards in the past, and the one over at CASE study this week is no different! 

I went in a different direction from the muse card - Pamela's card is quite graphic, mine is floral.  But it has some of the same elements in it, like a vellum overlay, a circular cut out, and a pop of orange.
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Tuesday 24 June 2014

Playing along with Muse

I haven't had time to enter many challenges this year, and some of them have been very neglected by me :(   I'm trying to make up for it this week, so I'm playing along with the Muse Card Club Challenge #73.  I also haven't made a one layer card on a kraft base for AGES, so when I saw the card by this week's Muse, Beverley Brown, I knew I had to make something based on her inspiration!

Here's the Muse card, by Beverley Brown:
I didn't use the same technique as Beverley - I just stamped in white, heat set it (without embossing), then coloured with my watercolour pencils (but didn't add any water!).

Thanks for visiting, and, if you're in Melbourne, I hope you're staying inside out of the wind and cold! ;)

Monday 23 June 2014

Just because!

I made this card just because I've finished marking exams, and I bought a new stencil (from The Crafter's Workshop) , and I wanted to try it out. So I did. Not a Design Team card.  No challenge attached.  Not intended for anyone in particular. Just a card I made, just because.

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Saturday 21 June 2014

Addicted to CAS - Codeword: Sun

Time for another ATCAS challenge - this one is sure to bring a smile to your face :) 
 Wouldn't be complete without a touch of Wink of Stella shimmer ;)
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Friday 20 June 2014

Doodling with A Blog Named Hero

Doing some doodling with stencils today at A Blog Named Hero - here's a sneak peek:

Fusion #13

The weeks are whizzing by at the moment for me - time for another Fusion challenge!  This time, we're teaming up with CAS(e) this Sketch - check out the graphic below for a gold glittery inspiration!
I just love the gold glittery butterfly in the Fusion photo - I tried to follow both the sketch and the photo, but stayed mostly white on white for a CAS feel.
Make sure you drop in at FUSION challenge, and to CAS(e) this sketch to see what the rest of the design team have created - and join in!!

Saturday 14 June 2014

Watercolour flowers on Ballet Blue

I know, I know, I say this often - why do Stampin Up! always discontinue my favourite colours?  I have a very tightly guarded and slowly dwindling stash of Ballet Blue and Purely Pomegranate cardstock, but I pulled some of the Ballet Blue out today to match the watercolour flowers I painted to make this quick card. 
I made a card similar to this (but in pink) for my Mum for Mother's Day.  I really liked it, so I decided to make a version in a different colour. In that one, I had black centres to the flowers, but I went with Hero Arts Cornflower shadow ink for the flower centres this time (stamped from Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals).  The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter.  I finished with some Wink of Stella and white gel pen in the flower centres, and some faux stitching on the blue edge.
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Thursday 12 June 2014

CASE Study with Delightful Dahlia

I saw this week's CASE Study, and I just had to play along!
I masked the white panel first, then stamped the two flowers and two leaves from PaperTrey Ink's Delightful Dahlia set multiple times on my card front with Versamark and then white embossed.  I then cut out masks of them too, and sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink all around the masked areas before colouring with my Facer Castell water colour pencils and added some water to blend.  I then added a sentiment from Reverse Confetti in Hero Hues black ink, and adhered the whole thing to a white card base.
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Wednesday 11 June 2014

Paper piecing and a cupcake

I've been stuck at home the past week or so with a horrible cold/virus with a side order of sinus infection.  Feeling miserable with not much sleep, so haven't been able to do much except watch some DVDs and bludge on my computer (whilst also trying to write a marking scheme for an exam question that I will have to mark shortly).  Decided today that I would try to do something productive and make a card.

Two challenges caught my eye - Just Add Ink's theme is Just Add Cupcakes/Cake/Dessert, and CAS on Sunday's theme is Paper Piecing. I put them together and came up with this:
 I combined some paper piecing with some Copic colouring using the "Hello Cupcake" set from My Favorite Things.

 Now, a question for you.  I normally take photos of cards using a white on white approach, but today I put the card on wood, with my usual quilted white in the background (that cardstock is from Cristina Re), and I really like the result!  I think the colours in the card came out brighter in the photo on the wood.  Maybe it's just because this card has a LOT of white (but then again, many of my cards have a lot of white!)  Which do you prefer? 
Here they are side by side:
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Saturday 7 June 2014

Addicted to CAS - Codeword: Transport

Has another fortnight zipped by already?!  Time for another ATCAS challenge - and the codeword is "Transport".  

I pulled out some old favourites and some new favourites for this card - the pram stamp from Stamp-It I've had for AGES (I coloured it with Copics), the Stampin' Up DS paper is from years ago, but the sentiment stamp is a newer one from Reverse Confetti. I finished with some mixed sequins from - I have no idea!  Some are from Studio Calico, but I don't have a clue where the rest came from!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsor 
This week's prize is 5 free digis.  

Make sure you drop in to Addicted to CAS to see what the rest of the design team has created, and to link up your own creation!!

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CASEing Kristina Werner

I saw THIS CARD at Kristina Werner's blog today, and I just HAD TO try it!  Her card is just so gorgeous, you have to check it out!!

Anyway, here's my try:
 I used two sets from PaperTrey Ink - Delightful Dahlia, and Turning a New Leaf.  The sentiment is a teeny tiny stamp from Stampin' Up (that I think is discontinued).  I white heat embossed the flowers and leaves, and then added Distress Inks to the flowers in Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and a little bit of Ripe Raspberry. The background is inked in a mixture of Pumice Stone and Victorian Velvet.   The strip of coloured cardstock is SU Purely Pomegranate (which I'm STILL annoyed that they discontinued!)
 But, seriously, if you want to see how it's done, check out the video on Kristina Werner's blog HERE

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Friday 6 June 2014

Fusion #12

It's FUSION time again!!

I made a fusion of the photo inspiration and the sketch this week - what will you do?
In this photo, you can see the scored lines to the left of the stamped, embossed and watercoloured panel - this fits with the 3 lines on the sketch.
Come on over to Fusion Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the design team have made this week!
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Thursday 5 June 2014

Bookmark CASEing Kelly

I saw a bookmark made by the amazing Kelly Latevola earlier this week, and I decided I needed to make one like it!  I pulled out the same stamp set, and pulled out my Copics, and got stamping and colouring, but I decided that I wouldn't go back and look at Kelly's magnificent creation (see it HERE) to jog my memory of the exact details, because then I would just end up copying hers!! All I remembered was that she used the Hero Arts Butterfly and Flower stamp set, and coloured them with Copics.  Mine turned out much simpler (and not nearly as awesome as Kelly's!)

I'll be submitting this to Keep it Simple's bookmark challenge (where you will also find Kelly's completely fabulous entry - please go and give her some love!)  And, because I used a tag topper scalloped punch from Stampin' Up, I'll also be submitting this to Virginia's View "Tags and Scraplings" challenge.  My recycled item is the short scrap of gingham ribbon, which was originally wrapped around a gift I was given last year.

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Monday 2 June 2014

A Blog Named Hero - It's Not in the Cards!

Our challenge at A Blog Named Hero this week is "It's not in the cards" - that is, make anything but a card! I don't often make papercrafty things that aren't cards, but it's good to push yourself outside your comfort zone once in a while :)
I made a bookmark - and then I made a second one, just because I could!
This month, the DT ladies at ABNH are such lucky ducks - we get to play with goodies from Finding Nana, AND from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!! (as well as always playing with our favourite Hero Arts goodies!)
I created the background with Gelatos from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft in Snow Cone, Watermelon and Raspberry.  I sliced a small wedge off the end of the Gelatos, and mixed them withsome water on my craft mat, then used a paint brush to flick the colour onto the white cardstock.  I then added some washi tape from Finding Nana and some feather stamps from Hero Arts. I finished off with some ribbon and twine from my stash, and a flair button with a sentiment that I thought was appropriate for a bookmark. 

I made the base of this next bookmark the same way as the first, but used more of the Snow Cone gelato than in the first bookmark.  I then added my new favourite washi from Finding Nana - I just ADORE the piano keyboard pattern!  I'm going to be using this one a lot!! I finished with some butterflies from Hero Arts "Butterfly and Flower" set in black. 

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Make sure you visit A Blog Named Hero to see all the non-card projects from the design team.
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