Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the Garden...

our theme over at Die Cut Divas for April.  And we have an amazing sponsor too... 


Great prize too....

Now this challenge is right up my alley... I LOVE Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils and add them with die cuts/embossing and it's a match made in heaven... and an awesome theme... think florals, birds, butterflies and whatever else the theme inspires you.

I chose to use an older stamp and die set 657773  Antique Flowers and Butterflies.  This time I only used the Dogwood stamp

I stamped onto some watercolour paper with distress inks and the used some water to move the colour around.  Then over-stamped in black in.  I used a Lil'Inkers die to cut it out.  Sentiment is another Hero Arts set.

Do hop over to the blog and see what the others have done... so fabulous work

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A weekend of colouring.

We've just had a weekend away at Mangawhai for the Walking Weekend.
Hubby and our friends did two walks over the weekend while I stayed at the house and did some colouring...


Did some watercolouring with different  watercolours

This one was using some aqua crayons.  And you can see my Kohi Noor paints there too.

I also made some Chocolates and made some Ciabatta buns

The day started a bit drizzly  but ended up quite nice so much so that once the others got back we all went for a surf swim.  Water is still very warm and the surf was really good.  Had a ball.  And this is from a woman who usually only swims around 3 times a year.  This summer I've had so many swims - more than ever.

Today the weather was stunning so I spend some time outside reading.  I also did some colouring of butterflies

I was inspired by Betty's butterflies on her post at A2Z Scrapbooking blog today and tried out some Distress inks and Copics.  The top one is the distress inks coloured onto smooth card and the bottom is the Copics.

Here is another one.  The right hand side is also distress inks, but done on watercolour paper and using an aqua brush to spread the colours about.    Amazing that the same colours can end up so different.

Finished the day with another surf swim.  Ended up getting tossed 360degrees in one wave... but fun all the same!  Then a snooze on the drive home,

I did get a couple of cards made - one for a DT sample and one for Easter - but I'll leave that for another day to share.

thanks taking the time to visit today.  Hope your weekend was as productive as mine... now just to make all my colouring into cards! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cute kids at Die Cut Divas

Today over at Die Cut Divas there are three cute kid cards..... one of which is this one...

I started by printing out the Kidz Flower Basket onto my card stock and coloured with Copics.  The background was then coloured with blue and green chalks.  The Spellbinders die cut was edged with blue chalk ink.  I then cut a larger brown die cut and then used the largest die to cut the card base.  I put it through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then inked with a chalk ink.   The little added daisies finish it off. 

Hop over to the Die Cut Divas and see what the others came up with.  There are just a cute!

Happy to say that the NZ Black Caps (our cricket team) beat the South Africans on the second to last ball of the game with a BIG 6!  Very exciting and all of NZ is really buzzing today.   Onto the final on Sunday.  Still waiting to see who the other finalist will be.  Australia or India.  That came is on Thursday.

thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March CCC - a card for Lizzy

I was really on the ball this month with my CCC card (I'm sure you all know about Deborah's CCC - make a card and sent it someone and get one back)  My card winged it's way to Lizzy in Australia.

March included a sketch, a colour scheme and theme's of Easter  or  Trees  or  Friendship plus a product - watercolour paper.

I sort of followed the sketch, used the Friendship theme and watercolour paper...

My background was made with a faux letterpress technique.  I inked up my embossing folder with inks and pressed it with water colour in it.  I just pressed it with my hands and not through the Cuttlebug.  I then used the distress inks to sponge on colour.   My butterfly is also die cut from watercoloured paper.   My sentiment is from Winnie & Walter.

I'm watching the Cricket World Cup Semi finals tonight.  New Zealand are playing South Africa.  We are chasing a total of 298 and are not doing too bad... but it will be a close game and I'm hoping we will win.  I'm not sure I will stay up till the end as there's still a couple more hours to go.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Finally done my homework!

I've been very slack with my homework for the Online Card Classes I'm taking... 

There has been lots of amazing different ways to use your dies... I've downloaded the class PDF's but haven't had much time to try out lots of the techniques.

I did manage to try out a couple of them.

For this one, I used some watercolour paper and stamped the sentiment then die cut the daisy die from Simon Says Stamp.  I coloured it with watercolour paints and then inlaid it back into the sentiment.  

My next card uses edge dies

This card was inspired by one from Debby Hughes and one from Karolyn. I used a Pretty Pink Posh stitched edge die and cut stripes of colours and then stacked them together on an angle.  The sentiment is a Winnie & Walter die together with W&W stamps.

I've got lots of ideas for using my dies - now just to find time to put them into practise. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flower Blooms

This week I was asked to make a 60th birthday card for a friend of a friend.... as I don't know this person, I decided CAS flowers would do the trick.

I used one of the flowers in the Clearly Besotted set " Take Good Care" and white embossed onto some cream watercolour paper after printing the sentiment on the computer.  I used my Koh-i-noor watercolour paints and a wet on wet technique to colour.  Love how this gives lots of shading and colour dimension. Finished with some splatters of the paints to balance the card.

I am entering this intoo CASology this week - cue being Blossom

Thanks for visiting.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Three of a Kind....

well it's been a very hectic and tiring week - still not fully recovered from my virus and feeling very tired at night, so nearly a week since I last blogged.   Have done a few cards -mostly for DT work and I have one to share today as it's a new challenge at Creative Craft Cottage.

Our sponsor this fortnight is  The East Wind

I chose to work with an image called Aurora Floral Kiss

I printed her out and used Copics as my colouring medium.  My dots are a la Kathy Racoosin. I die cut the panel out with Die-Namics stitched round rectangles The sentiment is from a Kaisercraft set. My three of a kind are the three orange and red flowers.  I made these with punches.  The background flourish is a holly die cut with some watercoloured paper.

As this fits the theme (Spring in her step) for the Challenge at The East Wind Blog  I am entering one. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have an awesome weekend. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A touch of Green and a Tag Card

Two cards to share today.  I am FINALLY feeling better- still got a cough but coping with that as I managed to sleep all night with out coughing.

My first card today is for the Addicted to CAS challenge - cue word GREEN

I've been seeing the Bokeh technique a bit lately and thought to try it with some new Cracked Pistachio Distress ink, Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac.  Made a template with some die cut circles on acetate and used my Frost White Colorbox ink to sponge over top.  IRL it does look stunning but not so clear in the photo.  My sentiment is from Kaisercraft and finished with some punched butterflies (Martha Stewart) and some 4mm clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

My second card was inspired by Gayatri who is the inspiration at Tag You're It! challenge blog this time round.


Isn't this a gorgeous card.  I was taken by the different elements - the cut out and off skewed tag, the flower design and colours.  Here's my take on the card

I used leaves from a Clearly Besotted set in Peeled Paint distress ink, then used a couple of little flower stamps from a Hero Arts set in Picked Raspberry ink.  The sentiment is from another Clearly Besotted set.  My die cut is from Pretty Pink Posh and I finished with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Thanks for stopping by.  We are in watch mode as the weather is expected to get a bit windy tonight with the passing of Cyclone Pam off the coast.  It's been a dull sort of day so far.  Ideal for being in my craft room.   Take care all.