Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day to "Ewe"

Hi there.  Today's card is my sample for Chalk'n'stock - our February challenge is now underway.   As usual our sponsor is Bugaboo

and our theme is Anything Goes - just as long as you use chalk somewhere on your card.....

I love Bugaboo digital images... The choices are fabulous.  I chose to make a Valentine's card

Isn't it adorable!  I used Copics to colour the sheep.  The colour around them is a Chalk ink.  I added Wink of Stella to the eyelids and Glossy Accents to the hearts.  Layered it onto a pale green card.

Do come and join us and you could win 7 Bugaboo images.   

Thanks for visiting today. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Masked butterfly

Back again today to share a masked butterfly card I made for A2Z Scrapbooking.   I have really enjoyed doing some masking and inking with this one,


I started by cutting a mask with the Fancy Butterfly die (DI708) out of Masking paper and placed it onto some watercolour paper.  I used a small dauber to sponge on some Abandon Coral distress ink in the centre of the butterfly.  I then added some Mermaid Lagoon distress ink all around the rest of the card.  My leaves are an ancient Hero Arts stamp (CG288 - now discontinued)  First I spritzed with water and stamped onto the background.  This gives subtle marks.  I then used some dark green ink to randomly stamp the leaves around the butterfly.  My sentiment is from Your are my Happy ( CL923 ) from the new Valentine's collection.

I hope you take time to join our challenge this month  ( see here) with your cards that use some masking...

Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watercoloured background scene

I have been taking this online card class.... and it's been very inspiring, but still quite daunting.  It's all about using your watercolour mediums to paint....

I decided to try out Day 3's scene painting.  I printed a Mo Manning Digital stamp onto my watercolour paper, masked it off and then went for it. 

I used some Molotow masking fluid to mask off the image before painting the background.  Well all I can say is I NEED much more practice.  I did some lifting of colour for my sky and grass.   I will trim it and add a sentiment to make a card. 

I hope to try some of the Expressive florals and leaves.  They look fun to try.  Just to find the time and enthusiasm.  It's too hot to do much at the moment.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hero Arts Masking

Hi there - It's a new challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking and our theme this month is Masking.
Did you know that using a stencil is a type of masking?  Well it is.  I have combined some traditional masking and a stencil to show case the Hero Arts goodness this month.

I added some post-it tape down each side of my card and then stenciled the Swirl stencil in Hero Arts Ombre ink (Lime to Forever Green)  I die cut the hello from Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die set in dark blue card and added the sentiment in blue Memento ink. Add a few Pretty Pink Posh Nature sequins.  CAS card done in next to no time.

Both the stencil and Stamp & Die set are out of stock at A2Z Scrapbooking but if you really want them, please feel free to custom order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!  Plus check out all the fabulous stock in store.  Plenty of new stuff in the sales section, 
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ghost Stenciling

Wow it's been a few days since I've posted.  Auckland has been having a bit of a heat wave and it's been very warm at night so haven't felt much like crafting.  I come home from work and walk down to the beach for a swim (as I can't swim very well, I do some water walking) for about 25 mins and as it's still warm ( usually around 5-6pm) I soak up some rays... that means that dinner is a bit later than normal...so my night is shorter and not much time to craft.

Anyway I am taking a couple of online classes.  First is StampNation's Technique Toolbox Stenciling class and the second is Online card class - watercolor intermediate techniques.  I have watch Day 1 and Day 2 videos but no time to practice yet.

I have done a few stencil cards - one was for my CCC partner Cat... She has received it so I can share it now.
I used a stencil that came with my StampNation Friendship kit.   I did an ombre inking with Distress ink, moved the stencil and stamped the little hearts from a Hero Arts set in the middle of the stencil.  I added Glossy Accents to the hearts.  The sentiment is from the same Hero Arts set as the hearts. 

My next card is a Ghost stenciling technique.

For this one I used a Penny Black stencil and first layer was white pigment ink.  Once it dried, I moved the stencil slightly and then used some dye ink for the second layer.  This technique looks best on kraft card stock, but I don't have any at the moment... so used some buttercream card.  Added some gold pen around the edge and a new Hero Arts wooden sentiment.  A few sequins to finish. 

It's still very warm at 10.15 at night and humidity is about 80% - very hot and humid so sleeping is difficult.  Hoping for a cooler change in the weather over the weekend.   It's a long weekend so I might get some time to try out the watercolour class.  Invested in some high quality watercolour paper today and some new brushes. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, January 22, 2016

Have a Happy Day

Hi there. It's time for my share at A2Z Scrapbooking and I have some more glittery goodness to show you.

Is  not that one stunning butterfly.

Here's a closer look

 A big thank you to Arlene who sent me this beauty. It's the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Dies DI078   I liked it so much I ordered it... so should you. Just follow the link above to A2Z Scrapbooking. I added a sentiment from Hero Arts Layering Happy Days Flowers CL864 Of course, I added some different coloured gems to draw in the colours from the background. That was made by using paints, Zig markers and Lindy's Gang sprays.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Happy Anniversary

Today is our 38th Wedding Anniversary.  Time just seem to have flown by.   I made a card for him using a stenciling technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog.

I covered my white card with Blueprint distress ink and using a Tim Holtz stencil and some Silver Shimmer Spritz over it.  Added a touch of blue/silver glitter paper down one side.  The balloon and elephant are a WPlus9 stamp and die set coloured with Zig makers.

As I've used a critter I'm entering into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp 

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Prima Flower box

One of my work friend's celebrated her 65th birthday on Monday and I made her a box card.

I used some Kaisercraft PP together with Prima Flowers.  The edging is a Martha Stewart punch.  

Here is a close up of the flowers I used.    The butterflies are a EK Success punch.

My friend was thrilled with the box card.  She also received two other cards I made... I keep a box of my cards at work to sell and two of the other team mates bought cards to give her.  

Summer is intermittently here in NZ, the last few days have been nice and hot... I've been for a swim after work at the beach both yesterday and today.  And it's been sunny still at 5.30pm so I've been soaking up some Vitamin D as well.  So crafting has taken a bit of a backseat....  I have done some DT work for February and made hubby an Anniversary card for our 38th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.