Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Spring Time is here

September 1st is the beginning of Spring here in my part of the world, so today's share is about Spring Flowers.  Over at Chalk'n'Stock our monthly challenge - Anything Goes - is under way.   Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.  I chose to use a lovely flower image for my Spring theme

I used Zig markers to colour my image.  I used chalk ink to distress the edge of the card.  I used my new die by CAS-ual Friday (part of my kit from StampNation's Stamp of Approval) Finished with some purple gems.

Here is my second spring card for today

This is a stamp from Altenew - Fresh Freesias.  I embossed the stamp and sentiment with Liquid Platinum.  I used the Zig makers to colour.  Added a few sequins to finish.

Here is a photo of the orchid I have on my deck.  It's started flowering


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Christmas ornaments

I have another share over at Die Cut Divas

Ours sponsor is Le Crystelle
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I love the shaped step cards that they have available.  They are really high quality and guess what.... the are the same shape as some Spellbinders dies!
 
 
For this one I used some PP's to cut my Spellbinders ornaments.  For the front panel I used part of the PP with the sentiment already on it.    The stamping in the centre panel is a Kaisercraft stamp.  

One more Christmas card done,

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nothing beats creating with friends.

That's for sure.   Our group has had a very busy winter and a number of us have been way, and simply been busy so today's gathering was the first for some time.  5 of us joined Lei at her house and spend a full day creating.  I got there at 10.00am and left at nearly 5.00pm.  Managed to get 6 cards done. as well as sharing an awesome lunch and lots of fabulous conversation. 

I have had lots of new stuff arrived this week... an order from Simon Says Stamp that included some Altenew stamps, some SSS dies and a stencil or two plus my StampNation Stamp of Approval set arrived.  It is totally full of goodness


Even with all this goodness, my brain was not working so I did some blog visiting and You Tube watching to get some ideas.  So today's cards are all CASE'd or inspired by others.

First up are two cards that are CASE'd from cards by Sandy Allnock.  She did an awesome video on using the Layering Christmas Trees from Hero Arts.  just click on her name to link through to see it. 


I used the same Hero Arts Layering Trees and the same Couture Creations Sentiment die on both cards. The tree was stamped with 4 shades of green distress ink and blended with water and a paint brush.  Lots of Liquid Pearls around the oval one as well as on the trees with red and gold stickles.

My next card was inspired by Catherine Pooler.


I did an twisted inlay die cut using Simon Says Stamp stitched dies, The sentiment die and word are from Winnie & Walter as are the sequin stamps.  The birthday is embossed on some adhesive backed vellum.

I had an awesome day and did get a couple more cards done.  Two are for design work so can't share yet.  And one is for a birthday on 9th September. 

Hope you have a great weekend and get some time to create like me. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lacy Hearts for Valentines.

Yes I've made a Valentine's Day card to share today.  Our challenge this month at Die Cut Divas is "Holidays".  Our sponsor is Le Crystelle. - using some of their stunning prefolded and cut cards.

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I chose to use a heart shaped step card in pink to make my Valentine's card


 My card was a very pretty pink, that really doesn't show on the photo.  I used a Spellbinders Heart Die cut with red card.  The Love sentiment is a Winnie & Walter die with the co-ordinating stamp.
Although my idea is perfect for Valentine's Day, it would be great as an Anniversary card too.


Hop over to the Die Cut Divas blog and you can see Arlene's lovely heart card too!


Edited: Entering into the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamping (thanks Barb for the heads up!)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Texture with Dry Embossing

Hi crafting friends...It's my day to share some inspiration over at A2Z Scrapbooking,  Our theme this month is Texture.   You can get awesome texture using embossing folders.  I have two cards to share with you today.
First up
Metallic textured card
This card uses a technique I saw over on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  It used distress inks and Perfect Pearls.  I used Fossilised Amber and Bronze Perfect Pearls to do the metallic panel after adding masking around the edge.  Once it dried, I used my trusty Cuttlebug to emboss with a We Are Memory Keepers 3D folder.  It really adds a heap of texture to the panel.  I finished off with a die and sentiment from the Hello Stamp and die set and a few black pearls.  Matted onto black and white card before adding to a black card.
My second card uses a stamp and die from last Christmas.
Christmas Holly
This time I used Hero Arts Ombre Ink (Greens) to make my metallic panel together with Perfect Pearls. Embossed with another WRMK 3D folders.  Stamped the Hero Arts Holly Leaves in black and clear embossed onto green card.  Added some additional colour with a Zig marker.   Then die cut it out.  Stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black ink.  Coloured some gems with a Copic marker to get my red berries.   Trimmed the panel and matted with some gold foil card and onto a dark green base.
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Dawn

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Baby Bunnies

One of my work colleagues is going to a be a Grandma soon, so I decided to make a card for her daughter.  The baby is going to a boy so some blues and greys.

I CASE'd a design from Lucy Abrams that I saw in a papercraft magazine.


I stamped the really cute Bunny from Hero Arts Baby Animals stamp and die set onto some MME pale grey spotted PP and die cut them out.  The die cut and matching sentiments are from Hero Arts Congrats stamp and die set. 

If you are after some Hero Arts goodies, including the new Christmas release, do hop over to A2Z Scrapbooking.  If you use my promo code DAWN15 you will get a 15% discount (prior to postage and packaging).

Thanks for stopping by.  The weekend is almost over for me.  Where did the time go?????

Friday, August 14, 2015

August CCC

I got a quick start with my August CCC card this month.  My recipient was Emily in Iowa USA so I got it off early to get there before the end of the month.... Well it only took less than a week to get there! So here it is.....

 This card uses stamps that I received with a magazine.  I stamped and embossed them and then used my Zig watercolour Markers.  The sentiment die cut from the same card as the base.  The die is from Britannia Dies.
Edited:  thanks to the heads up from Barb, I'm entering this into the "Make your Mark" at Addicted to Stamps

I bought myself a new computer over the weekend and am coming to terms with the new operating system.  Still waiting for Windows 10 but getting used to Windows 8 and not having a mouse.  I used to have a little digi mouse but now am just using the touch pad.  It's a very touchy single tap pad and I'm forever making my pages smaller or larger by mistake!

Hoping to have some time to do some cards over the weekend.  I'm pretty much up to date with my design work so it will be time to play!

Have a great weekend all.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Tri-fold Card

I take part in a monthly technique swap with some ladies here in NZ and for this months challenge was to make a card with a tri-fold.  There are lots of tri-fold card tutorials and videos out there but I chose to go with a simple three fold diagonal card.

 

I did not read my instructions properly and ended up with a tall card.  I used some Kaisercraft paper for my backgrounds.  My centre focal point is a Spellbinders die with a Quietfire sentiment and a Peelcraft silver butterfly.   I used some old paper flowers with an enamel dot and a Die-namics leaf die.
 One of the inner layers has more flowers and leaves plus butterflies and the final layer has a dotted vellum butterfly die cut with a red gem embellishment.  

Quite pleased with the outcome and hope my swap partner does too.