Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holiday Time at Die Cut Divas

I hope you are making good progress with your Holiday cards.  I am sharing today a card I made for this month's challenge at Die Cut Divas and Chalk'n'Stock, using a lovely digi from Bugaboo.

Using a some non-traditional colours - aqua and pink. Using chalk ink to colour the colour stock to make the frame.  Also chalk ink to colour the edge of the inner oval.  Image coloured with my Derwent Inktense pencils. 

Do come join us at both challenges.... Die Cut Divas - Holiday Time and Anything Goes at Chalk'n'stock as long as you use Chalk on your card somewhere - chalks, chalk ink either will do!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Vellum Poinsettia

I saw a beautiful card on Facebook from Deasy (see here) and decided I wanted to try something like it....

Red Poinsettia

I stamped my Kiwi Stamps  Poinsettia in Versamark on vellum and embossed with some Red Tinsel powder and heat set.  I then fussy cut and added to a striped card from Close to my Heart.  The sentiment is from Stamp-it!

I've entered this into the Stripes challenge at City Crafter Challenge

I also did a CASE of Deasy card.

Vellum Poinsettia

My splatters are gesso watered down.  Sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and was white embossed. 

Happy Halloween to everyone.  I only had a couple of lots of Trick and Treaters tonight.... so lots of chocolate and black jelly beans for me!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0

Over at StampNation there is an online class called A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.  The class includes over 50 very trendy samples and 18 video tutorials teaching you step-by-step how to make these super snazzy projects.  I'm about half way through the class and I'm having fun trying out some of the samples. 

The first session is all about Geometrics.

My first card inspired by Maureen Merritt used some of the chevron's from a Winnie & Walter set.  I put three together onto the block and stamped in green and red Memento inks.  The sentiment is part of a Hero Arts one.    Sequins are very on trendy at the moment so added a few. 

Second card also used a geometric idea.  This one was CASE'd from a card by Gayatri Murali. I used a pennant from a Winnie & Walter set for my trees and a star from the same set stamped in Delicate Golden Glitz ink.  Add some gold sequins and gems.

And for my third card I CASE'd Virginia Lu.  She had used a stencil for her Nordic background but I used a stamp.

I coloured the stamp,  from Simon Says Stamp, with Distress markers and spritzed with water.  I also added some gold stamped sequins.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft, white embossed. 

I'm slowly working my way through the class... I really want to try every single technique.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me.  I really appreciate the time you have taken out of your day. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Triptych scramble

Today it was a 90 minute challenge over at Hero Arts Flickr group.   Kim in Perth Australia got up super early (5am her time) to host the scramble.  That meant it was 10.00am at my time... I had been out to a cafe for breakfast with hubby and got back at 10.15 and saw her challenge.... make a Triptych styled card or set of three ATC's.

I knew straight away what I wanted to do.  I had my distress markers on my desk so pulled out some water colour paper and got started.

Coloured up my all time favourite Poppy Stamp from Hero Arts with the distress markers and spritzed with water.  I then used the distress markers to colour and paint the image.  I then splattered green and red ink over the whole panel.  I then cut into three pieces and mounted them over a maroon panel.  I added the sentiment on vellum.   The stamping, colouring and putting together took 30 minutes and then another 10 to photograph, edit and upload. 

I then, decided to keep going..  I had in mind to do a set of ATC's but was running short of time...

I stamped the background stamp one and half times across an A5 sheet of textured card stock.  I then trimmed it to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, before sponging with distress inks.  I then embossed the sentiment with clear ink over Aged Mahogany ink.  I was running short of time so rather than mount each one individually onto black card, I just added to a DL sized card base.

It's a long weekend here, so I spend some more time stamping yesterday and today  More DT work and a few more Christmas cards.  I've purchased the online class at StampNation and have been trying out some of the techniques and ideas.  More later in the week.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Poinsettia fun

I've been having fun with my new Poinsettia stamp and my patterned papers.  Here are a few more I've done.

I used some cream shimmer card bases and embossed the Poinsettia with Liquid Platinum powder.  I fussy cut them out.  Then using the shimmer bases, Patterned Paper and a variety of sentiments, I made this set of cards.   All nice and CAS.  Just love this stamp.

And one final card today.... I have an Indian friend at work so I made her a Diwali card.

Using yellow and orange distress inks.  The stamps were stamps with Spiced Marmalade distress ink. The Hero Arts sentiment is stamped in red ink and the die cut letters are from a Mama Elephant set.  Finished with some sequins.   This card was inspired by my friend Isha.    Happy Diwali to all my Indian friends. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A weekend of stamping...

This weekend I've had a great crafty time.  I got to spend time with my friends for the first time is a while.  We meet at Helen's place and had an awesome day.


I had a very productive day... I made matching cards in a box for my twin great nephews who turn 8 later in the month.   I'll share them once the boys get cards.  And I made a good start on some Christmas cards.

Merry Be Your Christmas

I have decided to try and use up some of my VAST number of Christmas PP pads.  I also used a new Nellie Snellen die I got from the Great NZ Craft Fair I went to on Friday. (As well as some new Embossing folders, a new stamp, a Wink of Stella pen and some stickers) I really like this die as the inner oval is part of the set of dies.  So you know the inner will fit.  The sentiment on this is a Kaisercraft one. 

Poinsettia Christmas

Next up is another PP and a Poinsettia stamp (the one I got on Friday) by Kiwi Stamping - a NZ company)  I stamped and embossed it three times, twice on red and once on green and fussy cut.  The sentiment is embossed twice on the red card.  It is a Kaisercraft sentiment.  

Seasons Greetings

More use of PP and my new die set.  Very CAS.  The sentiment from Winnie & Walter and has been embossed.  

And finally an embossed card.

Embossed Holly

I added some Wink of Stella to the raised areas and some red watercolouring for the berries.  '
Thank you for taking the time to get this far.  I really appreciate it.

I also had a chance to make some more cards today.  I got another 5 cards done... all in my usual CAS style.  The mojo is simply flowing at the moment. 

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All that Glitters....

-- latest challenge is up for CCC Digi Creations and it's all about glitter.  Our lovely sponsor this fortnight is


I chose to work with a beautiful image of a Bride and Groom....

 I chose to use soft colours for my colouring - a pale cream colour for her dress and light greys for his suit. It's hard to see in the photo, but there is HEAPS of Wink of Stella and Stickles on her veil, flowers and the punched vellum flowers.  The card also has a nice shimmery colour.  I simply added the "Mr & Mrs" from a Winnie & Walter set.

And today 16th is my Hubby's birthday.  I made him a very CAS almost one layer card.

You are the Best

Using a Stampember set from Simon Says Stamp and Tim Holtz.
Happy Birthday Peter.

Monday, October 13, 2014

With Sympathy

Today was the funeral for my work colleague, Anne and I had made a card to give to her husband, Paul.

With sympathy

There is a bit of a story behind the card.  I have an upcoming challenge that is for Creative Craft Cottage Digi group and it' going to be using glitter on your card.  I decided I would use this image, do some fussy cutting, put some vellum under the frame and lots of Wink of Stella and some Stickles for my glitter.  My outside sentiment is from a Winnie & Walter set and inside, I used a Hero Arts sentiment...  All good you think.... so did I until I went to link to the sponsors website.... what no such image on their site :-(   Boo Hoo I used the wrong sponsors image.  Talk about ning nong!  Anyway I needed the card and was happy with my colouring of the lillies, using some of the techniques I've learnt in the Online Card Class.

Here's a close up of the lillies

Close up of my Lillies.

I'll be back in a few days to share the card I did with the correct sponsors image later in the week.

PS Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.  Hope you have a blessed day.