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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Autumn Leaves

I know that Spring is here in NZ, but I LOVE the Autumn colours and so when I saw that Arlene was hosting a 90 min scramble over on the Hero Arts Flickr Group and it was a 24hr time frame.... which means that within the 24hr period you can make your card but must stick to the 90mins to make your card, photograph it and upload it to the group. 

So at 11.15am Sunday morning I started.

I started by stamping one of the leaves from the Hero Arts set called 3 Leaves.  I used Old Paper distress ink and stamped it onto some Strathmore Water colour paper.  I then used the wet on wet technique to colour with some Kohi-nor watercolour paints.  Once they dried I fussy cut them out.  I took card base and used some watered down ink to add splatters and stamped the Hero Arts sentiment.  I added two stripes of some shimmery card and then added the leaves with some dimensional tape down the middle.   All that took me 30 mins and then another 10 to photograph, edit and upload.

I'm adding this to a these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp ~ Watercolour
City Crafter Challenge blog ~ leaves
Crafty Catz challenge ~ Autumn
Wags'n' Whiskers ~ Fall Colours

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Leaves

 Today I'm sharing a card I made for Die Cut Divas. 

Autumn birthday.

I used Mia (available here).  I coloured her with Copics and cut with a Spellbinders oval die.  I used some techniques I learnt in the latest Online Card Classes - clouds in the background and the grass.  My background was fun to make.  I used some heavy kraft paper and embossed it.  I then took a Kaleidacolor inkpad called Autumn colours and using a brayer coloured up the embossing and the background.  I then used the same ink to colour another piece of paper and stamped a leaf from a Winnie & Walter stamp and fussy cut the leaves.  The sentiment is from the same Winnie & Walter set and is stamped in a speech bubble die cut from Penny Black.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come and join me and the Divas with your Autumn or Spring projects. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

WCMD Part 2

Here are the cards I made on Sunday.... 5th here in NZ but still the 4th in USA - so that was good enough for me to play again.

Snowflake border

This one used a new Couture Creations die I picked up half price from The Warehouse.  I cut it from white card and covered it with Stickles.  Just added to a red card and then white embossed a Kaisercraft stamp.  Very CAS for sure.

Photo card

This one, again a CAS card, is for a technique swap.  To use a photo on your card....I saw this photo on an email I got - you know the ones... beautiful photos and inspiring sayings.  I just copied it and put into word doc and softened the colours.    The sentiment from Kaisercraft was embossed to make it stand out.

Did get one more made but it's for Die Cut Divas and will be shown later this week. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

World Card Making Day

4th October is World Card Making Day.  That was yesterday in my part of the world and I had the pleasure of spending some time crafting with a friend.

World Card Making Day 2014

This is Suna getting on with her cards.

I managed to get 3 Christmas cards done and finish off a card in a box.

This is for friend's birthday.  Another friend got me to make this.

For my next two cards use a Hero Arts Holly stamp

 The first one was inked with HA Green Hills ink and Golden Glitz ink and for the second one I used Peeled Paint for the Holly and once again stamped the outline in the gold ink.  I used Shabby Shutters to sponge the edges.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

And my final card is one I CASE'd from a magazine that came with the Bo Bunny papers and stamps.

Didn't quite come out as well as I hoped as I over distressed the centre piece.

And today I managed to get some more cards done... some for my DT work and a couple more.  So all in all, a great weekend crafting for me.   Hope you weekend was as much fun as mine. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

OCC Homework...

 I am really pleased to be taking part the latest Online Card Class.  I'm learning a lot about using my Copic Markers.  Week 1 was all about learning techniques and doing lots of practise.  I haven't had as much time to do as much practise as I want but I did make a card from one of my favourite images that we got as part of the class.

Colouring with Copics

In real life the colours are more orangey.  The background is an apricot ink from Hero Arts inked onto the embossing folder before embossing the card.  The sentiment from Inkadinkado was black embossed to stand out.  This card is heading off to one of my card group friends for her birthday on Monday. 

I've got another couple of more different colours of flowers coloured up and ready to make into cards.  I really need to get the "real" stamp and it's matching die. 

Hope every one has a great weekend... enjoy World Card Making Day.  I'm having a friend from work coming around to spend a couple of hours with me on Saturday.  Hoping to start on some Christmas cards.