Tuesday, 3 August 2021

July CCC Reveal.........

 It's time to reveal my card for the July CCC (Card Chain Challenge)  

Our choices this month were : colour scheme


and theme options:  Summer/Snacks/Friendship                                                                      Product/Technique: Scraps/Fancy Fold

I chose to use the sketch for my card that went to Arlene in California

These stripes were from an Oriental paper pack. I layered up the three sheets and cut them together - bonus, I got two more backgrounds.  My circles are cut from white and gold card with a Gina K die.  The gorgeous pink sentiment is by Taylored Expressions and was gifted to me by my friend Linda W.  She sent me some stamped and die cut images.  This one was perfect for my card.  

I'm still waiting for my card from Dee.  It has to come all the way from Kenya.  Can't wait. 

And if you want to see all the gorgeous cards pop over HERE.

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Watercolouring with Altenew at Die Cut Divas

 Hi there.  It's time for a new challenge at Die Cut Divas.... Our sponsor this month is none other than...

Our  theme for the month of August is "watercolor real or faux". There's lots of techniques you can go with for watercolor real or faux. We'll leave it up to you.

The Prize will be a $20 gift certificate to Altenew.

As anyone who visits here frequently knows I ADORE Altenew stamps, dies and stencils. And I enjoy watercolouring... So I had no problems making a card to inspire.

I used Our Friendship Blooms Stamp and Die set . I had a slimline cream card base cut (3.25" x 6.25") so decided to use it. I took some watercolour paper and stamped and die cut the flowers. I then took some of the paints from the Altenew 36 pan watercolor paints and added to my floral image. I chose different shades of blues and greens. For my background panel I took another piece of watercolour paper and added some water to the top and let it drip down. I then added some green paints. I added some black paint splatters before adding my floral piece. I white embossed one of the sentiments from the set and fussy cut it.

Do come and join us for our challenge.  It's going to be so much fun.  So many ways to incorporate Watercolouring, real or faux.  

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Thanks to Birch Press from Die Cut Divas

 Hi there.  It's the last day of the month at our Challenge at Die Cut Divas    Our sponsor this month is Birch Press Design who will be giving our winner a $20 gift certificate. 

Today my card uses a Memory Box layering stencil that my teamie Arlene picked up for a superb sale price and sent to me.   

I started by die cutting a cirle of pale blue card,  with a Spellbinders die and then used the circle stencils with three different Altenew blue inks.  I die cut a pale blue square with a Gina K Master Layouts die and backed it with a mid tone blue card.  I mounted the stenciled circle in the middle and then made a dark blue card base.  I die cut a Penny Black sentiment die from the dark blue card.  A few silver bauble gems finished it up.

Just a few hours till the challenge ends so do come and join us. 

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Big bold birthday

 Hi there.   It's my day to share at Die Cut Divas.   Our sponsor this month is Birch Press Design who will be giving our winner a $20 gift certificate. 


My card today uses a big bold birthday die cut that my teamie, Cindy, sent me.  It's the Big Birthday Sugar Script.  Cindy sent me a couple of the precut die cuts in white. 

 I took the inner die and used some Dark green Altenew ink to colour up.... be warned though - keep an eye on the tiddle.... mine decided to run away and I couldn't find it, hence the black gem.... I had some lovely green patterned paper but it wasn't quite the green I needed so I used the same dark ink to blend over it and the white layer.  Once the dark green die was added to the white shadow layer I added it to the blended background and stamped a little "happy".  To finish a little dark green butterfly die cut.  Loving this mini slimline size. 

Do come and join us for our challenge 

WWC 321 - Tristan's Challenge: All Things Masculine

 Hi there.   It's time for a new challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Tristan is our lovely hostess with an All Things Masculine challenge. 

My card today is for my friend, Michael, who's birthday was on the 23rd of July.

A month or so ago, I brought my first card making magazine in over a year.... they just don't seem to be making it to NZ.  It was Simply Cards and Papercrafting #214 (published in UK in Jan 2021) and it has a lovely free stamp, die and embossing folder set.  I took inspiration from the magazine to make this one.    I used the little embossing folder - it's about 2 1/2" square to emboss a circle.  I then used two grey inks from Altenew to blend over and then rub directly over the embossing.  I stamp the pot, leaves, sign, fork and spade onto some kraft card and coloured them in before fussy cutting.  I used the die to cut the little labels. There is a stamp with the names, but I decided to hand print them.  I added all the elements onto the circle.  I added a strip of burlap and a twine and popped the circle over it.  I stamped the sentiment.  It looked a little stark so I added some lines of embossing done with my scor-pal. 

Come and join in the fun at  Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and check out the project from the other designers.  Then take our challenge and link up your project to the challenge post.    We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday at 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (Tuesday at 12.00 noon NZ time) to link up your project.


Sunday, 25 July 2021

Tone on Tone Birthday Wishes

 It's my turn to share at Die Cut Divas. Our sponsor this month is Birch Press Design who will be giving our winner a $20 gift certificate. 

I was lucky that my Teamie, Arlene, send me some Birch Press die cuts - String Art Frame.  Today I have a Twofer using one the frames..

Card 1

I started by jnking up my card base - using all four inks in the Altenew Warm and Cozy set.  I then took the frame die and using the darkest ink (Firebrick) used my mini blending brush to colour it up.  I did this over some white card and got a bonus background.  I added the frame over my card base, and then used a circle stamp and sentiment from Gina K's Wreath Builder set.  A few little gold gems finished my card....

Card 2

This is how I used my bonus background

Loved the look of the background.  I stamped one of the Dovetail Butterflies from Altenew in the Firebrick ink and Obsidan black ink.  I used the matching die cut and added it with some 3D tape to the card.    I used the same orange as my card base to die cut the Birthday sentiment from Paper Roses.  I used vellum for it's shadow layer and then did a bit of stamp surgery on a sentiment from Altenew's Sentiment Strip set.   A few little black gems and it's done.

Our challenge goes on until the 31 July - come and join us at Die Cut Divas.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Addicated to CAS - Geometric

 I saw the challenge at Addicated to CAS -Geometric and I thought of one of my new die sets I got last week.    

Once the card was done, I'm not sure if it's CAS enough - but I'll enter it and see!

My die set is from Sizzix called "Geo Floral Frames"  I die cut the geometric frames from gold card. I added them to the card on a bit of an angle.  I then die cut the flowers in dark and light blue card and a little bit of yellow for the card centres. I layered the flowers and add a little black gem in each centre.   I then die cut the leaves from different greens.  I added a sentiment from Altenew's Birthday Builder set and some of my new gold bauble gems from Pink Fresh. 

I am also adding to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Out with the Old and In with the New.... My die cuts are new and the sentiment is from a set I've had for some time. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Christmas in July.

 It's winter here in New Zealand and today which started nice and then turned to rain, so I managed to get a few hours in my craft room.  I saw a fabulous tutorial on Facebook - one the Simply, Sweet Poppy Stencils page.  It was done by Susan Bradney using Sweet Poppy's Christmas Bauble stencil.  I recently got the Bauble stencil and decided I would try it out following the tutorial.  I CASE'd the card Susan made. 

Making this card involved making a mask, stencilling in a pale ink, using the mask and doing some ink blending.  I used some stamps from my stash (freebies from magazines)  One of my purchases on Friday was a white Posca fineliner pen.  Used it to make my snow flakes and add some to my snow banks. To add colour to the stencilling, I used Prismacolor pencils. I matted the panel onto some gold mirror card and then onto a Pearlised card base.  It's a lovely bit card 6" square.

After spending most of the afternoon making this first card my second one for the day was much quicker.   I bought Gina K's Holiday Tapestry  stamp set a while back and only opened it today.  

This one started with some patterned paper from a Uniti pack.  I die cut it with a Sunny Studio's slimline Scalloped Frame die and then embossed the big floral image at each end of the panel in silver embossing powder.  I then stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold powder.  Add some Pink Fresh gold and silver metallic pearls.  Slowly building up my Christmas card stash.  I'm entering this one into Darnell's NBUS (Never Before Uses Schtuff) as it's the first time inking up this one. 

Thanks for stopping by.