Saturday 18 May 2024

Cardstock Christmas at Jingle Belles.

 I saw this challenge when my bloggy friend Jo entered.  Although I have hundreds (literally hundreds) of patterned paper pads... I still most tend to use just cardstock.  So thought this challenge was for me! 

While scrolling through my Splitcoaststampers newsletter I saw that Watercolor Wednesday challenge was to use watercolor powders.   I knew I wanted to try a colourful Poinsettia  so pulled out my Pixie Powders and a Nuvo shimmer powder and some mixed media card from Fabriano and went to town.  The flower was using Pixie Powders in Lava Red and Purple Violet.  One half went really red and the half more in purples and blues.  For the green I used the Nuvo shimmer powder in Atlantis Burst.  One dry I stamped Hero Arts Woodblock stamp - Antique Poinsettia and then cut with the matching die and layer all together.   Added some Altenew Pure White spray splatters onto the flower.  For my background I went with an embossing folder for some texture.

Had great fun playing with the powders.  I still have a number of sheets from a previous session and will be using one for tomorrow's post, so keep an eye out for that. 

Happy crafting this weekend. 

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Playing with Plaid at Christmas Kickstart Challenge

Loving the latest challenge at Christmas Kickstart Challenge.   I love Plaid on Christmas cards.  So I pulled out a Plaid Background stamp and stamped some backgrounds.   And made two cards. 

For this one I stamped Catherine Pooler's Plaid Background stamp with Peppermint Scrub ink and die cut with Gina K Master Layout 2.  Used a  Navy mat and to cut the oval from Master Layout 1.  The little deer is from a Magazine Freebie (mag purchased in 2017!) I took some light brown inks and swinked it onto some white card.  I die cut the deer and then stamped the deer in a darker brown using the negative pieces as a jig.  Makes it easy to get the stamp lined up so well.   Stamped the sentiment from the same free stamp set, in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Added the panel to a kraft card base. 

For this one, my Plaid Background was stamped wth Catherine Pooler's Rockin' Red ink.  I trimmed the panel and added some navy card mat.  My focal image is a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Shall I Play for You   I've had it for over 12 years!   Great to print and colour again.  I used Zig Markers this time around and fussy cut it out.  My sentiment is from a Kaisercraft set called Christmas Quotes... an other older set although this was the first time I used this sentiment from the set.    

So two more Christmas cards for my stash.  Happy about that.  

Sunday 12 May 2024

Altenew's 31 days of crafting - Day 8

 Well life has gotten in the way of crafting so haven't managed many of the 31 day prompts.  Was very lucky though to have my Day 1 card get chosen for week 1 winner.  

So, I decided to try Day 8's prompt - 

I have one of the earlier Simple Layering stencils - Flower Bunch 

It's a bit harder to try and line up as there are no numbers on the stencils - difficult to decide what way up the stencils goes... but I managed on my second go to get it matched... only to mess up the flower centre in the lower flower...

I used Altenew Fresh Dye inks  - Aqualisious. Teal Cave, Galactic Stream, Jade, Eucalyptus, Forest Fern, Mauve and Berrylicious to do my ink blending.  This stencil has a matching die thank goodness... I was inspired by Therese Calvird, who showed how to stencil another flower - and in my case, die cut it out!  I popped it up with some 3D tape.  I added some black Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the centre of the flowers.  I used the larger of the Altenew Mix and Match Frames to cut out a panel which I backed  with some navy card and added to a white base.   I used the Galactic Stream ink to stamp the sentiment 
from Altenew's Classic Greetings. 

Saturday 11 May 2024

Choose a Country at Sweet Stampin' Challenge

We have a great challenge at Sweet Stampin' Challenge -  Choose a Country - (be inspired by the colours of the flag, the culture, the food.... the world is literally your oyster!)

I chose Japan for my country and was inspired by Cherry Blossom and Geishas

My Cherry Blossoms are Spellbinders Layered Cherry Blossom dies cut from some off-white card and using some Altenew inks (Dried Petals Fresh Dye ink set) to do a little ink blending in the centres.  I used some kraft card for the branches.  I used the same off white card to cut a panel and used Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles.  My little Geisha is an ancient (circa 2009) Hero Arts stamps - Four Dolls.  I used some of the Altenew pink inks to paint her and her matching fan, which I had fussy cut. The little sentiment is from a Catherine Pooler set - Birds of a Feather.  

Do come and join us at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.

Monday 6 May 2024

Altenew 31 Days of Crafting... Day 2


After yesterday's disasters at die cutting technique, this afternoon/evening I try out some partial die cutting. 

I took a white card base and stamped one of the floral images from Craft Your Life - Hello Beautiful on to the front.   I then used the matching stencil set with Altenew's Fresh Die Inks - Mauve and Berrylicious and Crisp Die Inks - Misty Moon, Marshland, Buttercream and Warm Sunshine.  Stamped two of the sentiments from the set and finished with some gold paint splatters.  I then used the matching die to do a partial die cut.  I added some green striped paper from my stash to the inside panel.  

Not sure I'll manage every day's prompts but will do the one's that take my fancy. 

Sunday 5 May 2024

Altenew 31 Days of Crafting... Day 1

 I'm a bit late to the party, but today got some time to craft.   Every day there is a prompt to create a project. 

I remember I had some music stamps as part of Altenew's Happy Birthday to You set.   I stamped it with some Silver Lake ink onto a square panel.   The sentiment is stamped with Charcoal Suit ink - inside I'll add an appropriate sentiment when it's time to use this card.   The floral image is from the Dreamy Daylilies set.  I die cut with some white card, embossed it and then added ink blending with the matching stencil set.  The centre panel is 5" square and the final card 5.5" square - so I could make the most of the beautiful floral die. 

I did try out some ideas for Day 2 prompt but nothing worked out as I wanted, so back to the drawing board.  

The weekend weather has been lovely and we had two days of being able to lunch outside on the deck - including a Roast Lamb meal today 

Tuesday 30 April 2024

Lamb Cuddles at Die Cut Divas.

 It's the last day of the month so time for my final card for the month at Die Cut Divas.

Our April Challenge - Make a Spring Card! We have RAM Stamps as our fabulous sponsor this month; Rachelle Anne Miller designs such adorable images & the Diva team has enjoyed working with them!!


RAM Stamps is offering a prize of a $10 gift certificate for our random winner drawn from eligible April entries.

I actually have two cards to share today.   First up is a cute little card using RAM Stamps - Lamb Cuddles

 Lambs always remind me of springtime.  I printed the image onto some white card, added the sentiment in a Word document,  and die cut with a Gina K master layouts die. I dry embossed a background panel.  The image was coloured with Triblends and Copic markers and I ink blended some blue and soft green inks, I used some white Nuvo Drops to add the lambs wool texture. 

and my bonus card uses RAM Stamps - For You

I printed the image and then using a Penny Black masking stencil to add some soft ink blending around the image.  I used Copics and Tri-blends to add colour. Added a hot foiled and die cut sentiment from Simon Hurley/Spellbinders set -  Must Have Sentiments.   A few white Nuvo drops for the embellishment.   Added the panel to a blue card base.  

Sunday 28 April 2024

Craft Roulette # 212.

 Managed to watch most of this week's live Craft Roulette episode. Interesting parameters 

This was my 12th submission.  Mary's guest this week was Nina from Waffle Flower so I used the same Postage Collage Die Nina used,.. just a little bit differently 

Project - For a Co-worker.  This is for a co-worker's upcoming birthday
Colour- Kites in the sky.  Red kites
Element - April, Poppies for ANZAC Day 25th April - It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I. On this day, people wear poppies as a symbol of respect and remembrance for the fallen soldiers.
Random - Sparkles.  Glitter on my ephemera and foiled sentiments

Yesterday I popped out to Spotlight as my heat tool was shorting so needed replacing.  So a new tool, a lovely paper pack and some wooden embellishments found their way into my basket.  And then a quick call into Crackerjack (an all sorts of things shop) to pick up a Little Birdie paper pack and ephemera pack - Poppies and Roses.  

This is actually the second card I made, but I didn't like the first one.  I took a sheet of the poppies paper and die cut with the Waffle Flower die.  I added the ephemera poppies (already glittered) and added some glitter to the wings of the butterfly.   This week I had received my Krafter's card order - which included the latest Waffle Flower Postage Collage stencil - Wild Flowers and Spellbinder's Curved Everday Sentiments hot foil and die set.  I used some silver foil.  It's a great set with a lot of sentiments together so a few in my stash for whenever I need one. 

As it was the first time I used the Spellbinder foil and die set, I'm adding this to Darnell's NBUS challenge 

Here's the one that didn't make the grade

It will go in my box of cards.... might get used sometime!