Monday, September 1, 2014

New challenges at Creative Craft Cottage and CCC Digi Creations

Both of our Creative Craft Cottage challenges are up today.
Over at CCC Digi Creations the theme this fortnight is Digi/Things with Wings

This fortnight's sponsor is

Kathryne is offering one lucky winner, their choice
of 5 digi stamps from her store.

I used this  butterfly and the sentiment is from this set. 

Printed the butterfly and the sentiment onto watercolour paper and then used paints to colour.  Added a line of washi tape along the bottom. 

And over at Creative Craft Cottage we have a sketch/colour board.  

For this one I used different Patterned Papers for my layers.  The focal point is cut from some watercolour paper.  I masked the edges and stamped a WPlus9 rose and coloured with Copics.  I then used some water colour paint to do a wash of green.  Added some pink and green sequins and finished with a Hero Arts stamp. 

I'm entering this into the Patterned Paper challenge at Virginia's View this month and this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything goes. 

Do come and join us at CCC Digi Creations and Creative  Craft Cottage 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hot Summer Nights

Today is the final day to join us at Die Cut Divas for our Hot August Nights challenge.

My card uses my good old nesties... and some patterned paper from Fabscraps.

Once again, I've gone for the Rock and Roll theme.  A very CAS quick card making the most of the beautiful patterned paper.  The sentiment is a die cut from Simon Says Stamp, just not using the "Oh" from the die.  The card is 4 inches wide by 6 3/4 inches tall, so have made a custom envelope.

I've had a great weekend... got a couple of cards made... as well as this one.  They are a commission for one of my work colleagues - for Father's Day with photos of the two children on them.  Plus helped my friend add ribbon to her invites to their 40th wedding anniversary.  We used satin ribbon and used a faux bow technique I found on You Tube (Here)

Hoping you have a great week. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Inky Fingers.

Hi.  Well I can't believe the week has gone by... Time is going so fast this year.  I've been busy at work.  I've been put into a new team so have to get my work on hand finished... plus a couple of commissions to do, a couple of DT cards to make.    So today I've got a card to share from last week.

I took a photo of my fingers after making my card

The background started as white card with embossing paste and a stencil.  I've had it sitting on my desk for quite some time so decided that I need to do something with it.  I had some ink on my craft sheet so the piece got smooshed through it,( you can just see the blues that were there) then added the Festive Berries distress ink.   Next was a bit of gold Shimmer Spritz and a tiny bit of Fireworks spray in a purple.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter.

Here's a close up of the shimmery shine on the card.

I am entering this into the Mixed Media Challenge (here) for August.  - to use a stencil and paste.

Edited:  Entered also into the stencil challenge at AAA Cards - hope it's CAS enough!

Hoping to get some time this weekend to have a play.  There are just so many inspiring blogs out there to visit and get lots of ideas from.  Still got some new goodies to play with. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

With Hope

I recently joined a Facebook challenge on the Saturated Canary page.  The challenge was to make an ATC.

I used a freebie from 2012 and coloured with some new Spectrum Noir pens, some Copics and Kaiser Markers.   I finished with a hand crocheted flower.  I added a large gem in the centre.  I must make some more of these flowers. The sentiment was a limited edition from Hero Arts.

We have been away for the weekend at Mangawhai Heads with our friends.  The weather was perfect and we had a very relaxing weekend.


The backyard.


Enjoying his morning coffee

Panorama at Ruakaka

Ruakaka Beach.

We drove north a bit to visit Ruakaka.  Our friends are building a new house in Managawhai and visited with building company while we went for a drive around Ruakaka and Marsden Cove.   I love that we can be there within an hour and a quarter and it really is restful.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Doodle flowers

During my online class one of our techniques is doodling particularly on flowers.  I've tried it on a couple of different Penny Black stamps

I used an older Penny Black stamp which I stamped three times inked up with Distress inks onto some textured card.  I then used a fine black pen and doodled around them.  The sentiment is also a Penny Black one.  

This second one, is also a Penny Black stamp, this time using Gelatos and water spritzed onto it.  Again, I doodled with a fine black pen.  I used some blue gelato watered down around the stamping.   Finished with a Winnie & Walters sentiment white embossed onto black card.

I was a bit hesitant to try this technique but overall am happy with the results.  There are still so many ideas and techniques from the class that I haven't tried yet.  I have printed all the PDFs and am going to bind them into a book so when my mojo is on a break, I can pull it out for some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visits are much appreciated.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More homework from Stretch Your Stamps 2

The classes have nearly finished... last day done, just a week to do your homework ( but the classes are available to on line forever once you've signed up) I've been very busy but found some time to try a few more samples.

Days 5/6 ~ outline flowers.

Paper pieced roses.

For this one I used paper piecing with a Kaisercraft stamp.  The roses were then fussy cut and added to the embossed card.  The sentiment was computer generated

Days 7/8 ~ Graphic Stamps

I had fun doing a few cards with a Winnie & Walter set

SYS2 Days 7/8 Graphic Stamps

SYS2 - Day 7/8 Graphic stamps

SYS2 - Days 7/8 Graphic stamps

I used a variety of inks - Brilliance, Memento, Distress inks to stamp various stamps from the sets;  Scenery: It's a Wonderful Pennant,  V for CheVron and Big Bang Bling. Sentiments from The Big, The Bold and The Happy.  

I've been enjoying the class, got lots of great ideas to use in the future.  I've printed out the class PDF's and will be binding them together for a quick reference.   And I've got an amazing Pinterest board with examples from the participants.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Charms and Pins

New Challenge up at Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations today.  Our theme this fortnight is Charms/Pins.  Our fabulous sponsor this time is

The team got to work with some lovely images and I chose Fairy Fae

I printed out the image and then had an awesome time colouring her in.  I made my own pins with some white headed sewing pins and some beads.  My sentiment is from Hero Arts. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's all about the Texture

Today is the start of a new Challenge over at Southern Girls Challenge and as it's Louise's team to share with you... that means it's my turn.  Our challenge to you is to use TEXTURE... whatever that means to you... fabrics, ribbons, texture paste, embosing.... the options are limitless.

We have three lovely sponsors this month... 



My card on the blog uses a Dilly Beans Digi Stamp called Ginger

My texture is the embossing folders I used.. a background one and the edging stripe as well.  

I also used two images from our other sponsor ~ All Dressed Up.  There are some freebies on the blog site (HERE)so I had some fun doing some cards with texture paste and stencils

 For this one I used some embossing paste with a stencil and added some holographic embossing powder over it.  I set heat it once the paste had dried.  Use a Spellbinders die for the card base and some Prima flowers in the corner

Have to say was extremely pleased with my textured background here.  Used a brick stencil and the embossing paste.  Once it dried I sponged with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink.  My little dog is coloured with Copics and cut with a Spellbinders circle.  Added a flourish and some punched flowers.  The centre of the flowers are a stamp from a Winnie & Walter set.  

We would love to have you join us at Southern Girls for the challenge.