Saturday, October 12, 2019

Autumn Colours at Sweet Stampin' challenge

Hi all.  It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog.   Our theme this week is Harvest/Autumn colours.  My card uses Autumn colours

I started by using Rose Gold Altenew Embossing Powder with a Hero Arts background stamp called "Leafy Vines" and then I used Marigold, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick and Milk Chocolate Altenew inks to blend an Ombre background.  I used a Hero Arts sentiment from "Messages with a Flourish"  which I embossed onto white card and layered onto some more ink blended card.  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Do come and join us at the Challenge blog with your Autumn or Harvest cards.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Woodland Creatures at Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

There's a new theme on the Christmas Kickstart Challenge.   Jo has challenged us to use Woodland Creatures on our cards.   I had a Rosie's Studio fox stamp set, plus a set that came with the September Make Cards Today that had some cute foxes on it... so I came up with two cards.

This was the first card I did and I have to say it's my favourite.   The little fox is from Rose's Studio,  I struggled to use the layering stamps so just stamped the detail layer and used a Altenew ink and a Tombow blender pen to colour it it.  I fussy cut him out ( yes, decided it was a boy!) My base was made by die cutting a Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die.  I used the free stamp set to stamp the Holly leaves around the edge.  and to stamp the sentiment.    To make the inside of the of the circle, I used Altenew inks to ink blend the background.  I added the layer trees from another freebie set.  For the snow banks I did some more ink blending.  I then some White Out correction pen for the snow on the trees and as the snow falling.  I added Foxy and it was done.  - but then as I as layering the top layer over the base - I got some blue ink on the front, so to save it, I did some more ink blending on the card.

I'm also entering this one into
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Christmas
 Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes - Christmas/Festive
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anythings Goes (thanks Carol G for letting me know about the challenge)
Virginia's Show and Share

My second card is very CAS

 I started with the panel - it was already cut on my desk.  I used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to add some texture as I knew I wanted to keep it all white.   I stamped the little Foxy onto the base card. I used Zig Markers to colour up the image and added the sentiment and ran a gold pen around the oval.

Both of these have been added to Jo's challenge.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

WWC 242 - Marsha's "All About Occasions" challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Marsha is our hostess this week with an "All About Occasions" challenge.

My card is a Birthday card for my friend who recently turned 65.  I wanted something a bit elegant for her.  

I used Altenew Playful Plumeria and the matching dies.  To make my background I used some Anko Pump Paints.  This brand is a KMart brand and these are spray paints.  There were three bottles - Gold, Bronze and Silver - all for $5 so great value.  I took some black card and sprayed the bronze and silver onto it.  I then die cut a circle with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dies and added the black piece behind it.  I die cut the branch from the bronze card and trimmed it down a little.  I stamped the two Plumeria flowers in Altenew's ink (Sunray, Chamomile, Snapdragon adn Marigold) and die cut them out and added to the branch.  The sentiment is from Rosie's Studio (a New Zealand based company).  

Come join in the fun.  Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Mondays at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Tuesdays at 11.00am NZ time) to link up your project.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

On the Farm at Southern Girls challenge

Hi there - It's a new Challenge at Southern Girls Challenge and our theme this week is "On the Farm"
Our sponsor is

I chose to use a sweet little image called Maddie the Scarecrow 

I chose to use Autumn colours for my image.  My background was made with a plaid stencil from Altenew in some orange colours.  

thanks for stopping by,  My earlier post to day with my Watercooler Wednesday card can be seen HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. 

WWC241 - Dawn's "Feminine Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I'm our hostess this week with an "Feminine Anything Goes" challenge.

Of course, as it's a feminine challenge, I just had to go with flowers.

A couple of weeks ago I was totally struggling with layering these flowers (Peony Bouquet set).  My stamps are extremely well used, and have gone a bit discoloured.  I asked some advise on the Altenew Fan Group of facebook and got some great ideas.  So for these I did a mixture of doing a die cut first and using it in my MISTI to do the outline and the first two layers and then used my Stampin' Up Stampamajig to line up the last layer.   I added some of the leaves from the Peony Bouquet and some from the Leaf Canopy set.  The sentiment is from the Leaf Canopy set.

Come join in the fun.  Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Mondays at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Tuesdays at 11.00am NZ time) to link up your project. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Spetember CCC reveal

Today I am sharing the card I made for the CCC September swap.
Badge Grab 
My card went to Kath in the UK.  Our themes included "Things With Wheels"  so I went with that and the Friendship theme and the Crayons for my product.

I made my background with some watercolour crayons.  I haven't used these for so long!  I used them also with some pencils to colour the little flowers and grass die cut.  The Pennyfarthing is a Memory Box die.  The sentiment is from an Altenew set.  After I stamped it I was cleaning the Hello and it fell of the block... and do you think I can find it - No!  I have no idea where it disappeared.   I think it might have ended up in the rubbish and been thrown out.

If you haven't heard about CCC join us here 

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 30, 2019

What do you do in your free time?

Our theme this month at Die Cut Diva was "Free Time" and our sponsor was Di's Digis.

I live near the beach so free time is often spend there in the summer.  Our local beach, Murrays Bay has a boating club and there are always yachts coming and going.  So this was my inspiration for this card.

I used Penny Black's Sunny Days set to stamp this cute cat in his boat.  I colour with Alcohol markers.  The circle die cut is from Simon Says Stamp.  My background is some patterned paper from my stash.  I thought it looked like the sea and sky.   I used a little die from Craft Creations Mega Nesting Rectangles for the sentiment and added a bronze anchor die cut with a freebie Nautical die set.

Today is the last day to enter our challenge.  Would love to have you join us.  Entries close at 9.00pm Pacific time.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

This week's Christmas Cards.

Hi.  hope you are having a great weekend.  I got some crafting done on Saturday... getting a bit ahead with my design work and of course had to have a play over at Christmas Kickstart

This challenge theme is "Gifts"  I decided to make my own presents.....

Took a variety patterned paper and using some rectangle dies to make some presents.  I then used some Christmas striped ribbon to wrap them all together.  I added a little tag with the sentiment from a freebie Christmas set.

Earlier in the week I had entry the Hero Arts Fan Facebook challenge.  Cindy has set up a Facebook page to run the 90 minute challenges... do come and join if you love Hero Arts
Her first challenge was to use Inchies or make a grid card.   I have a cute set that was only of my first Hero Arts Christmas stamps (it was made in 2007) that has a couple little square images.  A bit bigger than an inchie... but here's how I used it.

I stamped the little squares in a row.  I used the little snow flakes from the set to stamp all around the grid.    It's nice to pull out the old stamps and give them some love. 

Today, we drove up to Mangawhai for lunch with our friends Yvonne and Michael and their family to celebrate Yvonne's 65th birthday.  It was lovely to be able to share this special time with them.  I put together a little gift package - 

Inside were a number of humorous gifts - some hair rollers and scarf, a pair of safety scissors (for elderly hands) , an eye mask (for daily naps)  some wool and knitting needles (for the spare time she will have when she retires in a month or so), a set of play tools for the garden, a puzzle book to keep Alzheimer's at bay,  a new hat for walking in the beach (to keep her ears out of the wind) and bucket and shopping list (for her bucket list!) - Yvonne really enjoyed it.