Thursday, May 5, 2016

Opalite Inks ...

I went to a craft fair over the weekend and found some Opalite inks.   I am sure that they are no longer available.  But it was fun to try out these.  They are interference inks.... they look white/clear on the pad but when added to black card - wow they are amazing... I got the pads in kits... there was card and embellishments and instructions for making two cards.  Here are the first two cards from the kit

This first one used a Hero Arts background stamp that I inked up with three of the Opalite inks and stamped onto the black glossy card.  I then smeared the inks onto the die cut glossy card and spritzed with water to blend the inks

 The second one used the glossy card and a Penny Black stamp inked with two of the inks... plus some black paper that was scrunched and then the inks were smeared all over it.  Fabulous in real life but a bitch to photograph!

I have two more cards in the second kit still to make.  So many ideas running around my in my head with my Stamp Nation kit having arrived... made two so far... and a new Altenew set waiting to be inked up... and so little time before I head over to Perth to see the family. 

Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April CCC reveal

It's time to reveal that cards that have been send for April's CCC.  See them all Here at Deborah's blog.  We had several options - a colour combo, a sketch, or one of these themes Cinco de Mayo  or  Cats  or  Friendship.    I chose to use the Cats theme together with a variation on the sketch.

I send my card to Christi in Colorado.

I started by embossing some grey paper (cut from an envelope) with a folder. I had the cut circle and just sponged with yellow inks.  The cats are die cuts (one black and one white) that my friend Monika from Germany had sent me.  I layered them up off setting a tad.  Added a little gem to the girl cat. The sentiment is a die cut from Hero Arts and the rest is from Altenew's Label Love.

Adding to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting today.  I appreciate  all of my visitors.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Flowers in my Garden

It's the 1st so a new challenge over at Die Cut Divas.  We have a photo challenge for you

 Photo Credit Carol Gunn

Our sponsor is A Day for Daisies

I chose to use Flowers in My Garden

 Isn't she adorable.  I loved the results I got with this one.  I cut the Kasiercraft die with some pale green textured card.  I trimmed the focal panel to fit inside the die cut.  I used Copics to colour and distress inks for he background.  I pulled out some flowers and added the heart button to the middle with a little twine tie.   My background paper is from a Couture Creations pack.   As I've added a Flower to my card I am entering into the latest Challenge at "Crafting When We Can"
Also entering into the Simon Says Stamp Wed challenge (Anything Goes)

And here are some photos from my garden today.

A beautiful day for May 1st.  Hubby even managed to go for a swim (too cold for me) It did cloud up a bit in the late afternoon.  

And to finish here's a little photo of Archer taken at a professional baby shot yesterday

Talk about being relaxed

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great day. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

An Inspirational card with Gina K Designs

I'm here to share my card over at Die Cut Divas.  I'ts an inspirational card using Gina K Design stamps

The stamped oval, sentiment and butterfly are all from the Warm Spring Wishes set.  I hand cut the circle and added it over a die cut Spellbinders Fancy Frame.  The butterfly was coloured and then fussy cut.  I finished by die cutting a stitched rectangle from some PP.  Finished with some pearls.

The sentiment is inspiring so this card went to a friend who has been through some hard times and is now coming out the other side.  Just to remind her that she is strong.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Art Impressions "Girlfriends"

I recently got two different Art Impressions "Girlfriend" stamps and have a couple of friends turning 60 and 61 in the near future.  So I got stamping and colouring.

My first one I stamped and coloured with Copics.  I used sentiments from StampNation's Young at Heart collection.  This was for Alice who turned 60 on the 26th.  I'm entering this into the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Next one is a little tag I made with some watercolour paper to try out a colouring technique I saw on You Tube (here)  The idea is to leave some white areas near the top of the head and around the shoulders etc.

Need a bit more practice with the watercolour pens.

Next I tried the same stamp and technique with Copic markers

I messed up the colouring on the first girl, so added a heavy layer of Kindyglitz and salvaged it.  In fact, quite like how it turned out in the end.  Again I used sentiment from the StampNation collection.

I have a few more birthday's for friends coming up, so will be doing a few more of these.

I've been getting lots of updates and pictures of Archer... They are now settling into being home and I'm counting down the days till I can get to cuddle him.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Let it Shine

I've recently taken a class at Altenew Academy.  It's called "Let it Shine" and the tutor was Carrisa Wiley.  I totally enjoyed the class... all about adding shine and glimmer to your cards. 

I manged to combine a couple of the class ideas in one card

I used a glittery embellishment that I made myself... the frame was made with some Scotch glitter washi tape die cut.  I drew around the inside of the die and added the tape around it and then did the die cut.  This left a lovely frame around the panel.  I then stamped the flowers - the big one is from "A Beautiful Day" and the little ones are from "Peony Scrolls" with Versamark onto watercolour card and white embossed.   I used an old Wink Of Stella pen filled with water to paint on Altenew inks.  Fussy cut and added to the frame.  The pink background card was embossed with a wood grain folder.  The whole panel was then added to a pale grey card base.  I love the shimmery glow of the flowers in real life.  My sentiment is from "Label Love" 

I was really pleased with my results with this card. 

Thanks for stopping by today.   Monday is a public holiday - ANZAC Day - celebrating our fallen soldiers from WWW1 in particular, but all other fallen soliders as well.   Hubby will be up for he Dawn Parade at our local Returned Servicemen Association memorial.

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'm back over on A2Z Scrapbooking today to share another watercolour backgrounds.  Our theme this month is Watercolouring.  I enjoy making watercolour backgrounds.  One of my favourite ways is to use a Smooshing technique.  I mainly use Distress inks to make these as they turn to water colours when sprayed with water.


For this one, I used some blue and green inks and smooshed them onto my craft sheet and dragged my watercolour paper through it.  Once it dried I used a few colours of Lindy's Stamp sprays to add some pinks and the dot of yellow.  I then put it through an embossing folder for added texture.  Next I die cut the Butterfly Die (DI078) from some hot pink card stock.  I used some Black Metallic Decor dots for the body.  My sentiment is white embossed and is from Color Layering Happy Day Flowers (CL864) -Note:  This popular Stamp set is currently Out of Stock at a2z Scrapbooking, however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!   This goes for pretty much ANY Hero Arts products that is still available.  If you can’t find it in the store, please feel free to ask!

As an aside, have you heard Hero Arts Intense Black AF345 is perfect for alcohol markers (Copic, Spectrum Noir) ? There is also a reinker.  It's in store now.

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Edited:  thanks to Monika's reminder, I've added to the 1st challenge at Creative with Stamps, 
Creative with stamps


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Welcome to the World - Archer James....

I'm excited  to announce the birth of  our grandson - Archer James Dunning  - arrived Wed 20th April, weighting in at 3.03kgs (6lb 11oz) and 50cm long... Just a tiny dot... and he is just adorable....Can you tell I'm a proud Nana? 

It's going to be three more weeks till I can get to cuddle this cutie... can't wait.   Congratulations to Emma and Andrew..  We love you. 

And we just love this photo...  Our family and Andrew's are avid Rugby fans...

Getting introduced to the rugby earlier on!