Saturday 2 March 2024

Craft Roulette #204

 second post for today.... see my first one HERE


I haven't had time to take part in the Craft Roulette challenge for a few weeks - but today I watched the replay this afternoon.  As soon as I saw the parameters I knew what stamp I wanted to use.  

I recently got some of the Spellbinders House-Mouse Designs and I had them sitting on my desk.   There was one super cute mouse with some flowers so that became my main image - and meet the Ears element. 

Thinking of you sentiment, Fairy Tale colours - soft blues, greens, pinks and purple (Princess colours!), Mouse has cute little ears and I stamped a scripty background.

I started by stamping the Spellbinders House-Mouse - Bouquet for You in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some mix media card by Fabriano.  I then took some Speckled Egg Distress Oxide inks and lightly sponged around the mouse.  I then added the script stamp from a NZ company called Rubbadubbadoo.  I used Altenew's Gray Denim ink for stamp with.  Just needed something light. I then got out my Distress inks - Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Sage Green, Mowed Lawn and added little blots of colour onto my painting palette and used a brush to paint the image.  All these colours are inspired by Fairy Tale Princess.  My Thinking of You was from a LDRS Creative Anytime Stack - stamped in black and clear embossed before cutting out with the matching die set.   Bonus is I now have a lot more sentiments done.  Really pleased how it all came together nicely.

Thanks for visiting today.  Hope your weekend is crafty.

Woodblock Wednesday - February 2024

 Hi.  Time to pull out my woodblock stamps for Amy's Woodblock Wednesday challenge for February.  

My card uses a Penny Black stamp - called day-dreams (circa 2009)  and I've paired it with a little sentiment stamp from a NZ company called Montarga. 

This is a combination of new and old products.   Last week I got an order from  It included Penny Black Background Basics Stencils and an Altenew ink set... Sea Shore so I taped my stencil onto some watercolour card and then ink blended the Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave and Galactic Stream inks.  Splashed with some water and once it was dried, stamped the Penny Black stamp and the Montarga stamp in Altenew Obsidian ink.  I used some Prismacolor Pencils to add the colours to the PB stamp.  A few iridescent confetti from Nuvo Drops finished the card.  I just realised I used the same stamp last month!   Totally forgot that!  

Entering this one into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes.  

Thursday 29 February 2024

Non-traditional Valentines.

 Hi.  It's my day to share at Die Cut Divas.  Our sponsor this month is 

And our challenge is "Non-traditional Valentines" 

Hero Arts is an amazing company and when I first started stamping, was one of my go to companies.   I still have a LOT of older Hero Arts stamps so pulled out some of my older cling stamps and chose a gorgeous leafy one to make my card. 

I found this piece of card which I think was made with some Nuvo powders.  It's great to use up some of those bits and pieces hanging round my desk.  I took the Hero Arts Leafy Vines Cling (circa 2012) and embossed it with Altenew Rose Gold powder.  The sentiment was stamped onto a heart die cut.  It's from Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts set - Yes.   The heart is part of the set and is the perfect size for the sentiment.   I traced around the outside of the die and fussy cut to add a mat. 

Do come and join us. 

Dawn & The Divas

Monday 26 February 2024

Fractured card tryout.

 I've been seeing a few Fractured cards around the traps.... and I know that I need to make on for an upcoming swap.... so decided to have a bit of a play to see how it goes. 

Another card using some patterned papers - from the Sunshine Floral Uniti pack.   I used two different papers.   The matting layer is black card as it the stripes.  I used a Just a Note sentiment foiled embossed with sparkly gold.  I am happy with my practice piece and looking forward to try out a rectangle card with this look.

Sunday 25 February 2024

Valentines with Hero Arts

 Hi there.   Today I'm sharing my card for Die Cut Divas.  

Our challenge this month is Non-Traditional Valentines

I started my stamping with a lot of Hero Arts stamps and dies.  I pulled out an older cling stamp called Dancing with Flowers (Circa 2011) and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossed it.  The sentiment is a clear set (Circa 2009) called Treasure the Moment.   I lightly blended some blue and yellow inks over the panel.  My card base was dry embossed with Swiss Dot folder.  

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Today I got a visit from our littlest Princess.... Florence and her Daddy came around.   It was lovely to spend some time with her.  She is growing so quickly.  Almost 8 months now..


Wednesday 21 February 2024

Dreamy Daylilies #2

 While I had the Dreamy Daylilies embossing folder and stencil out on my desk, I decided to try out some other colours.  I did a quick google search.... so many inspirational pictures.   This one was my inspiration for today's card. 

I embossed then using the stencil used Altenew Fresh Lemon and Burnt Red for the flowers and Mahogony Bark for the stamen plus Fresh Dye inks - Eucalyptus and Forest Fern for the leaves.   I used a sentiment from Leaf Canopy set inked in Cloudy Night grey ink.   Decided no other embellishments were required.   

I have fallen in love with this lily and it looks stunning in so many colours... pink and yellow ones are on the horizon for sure.   

Monday 19 February 2024

Altenew February Inspiration Challenge.

 I got some new Altenew goodies last Friday - just before I was heading away for the week.  I started doing some stenciling before we left and finished it off yesterday. 

I saw this month's Inspiration Challenge on the Altenew blog and thought the colours I chose fitted the challenge 

The set I got was the Dreamy Daylilies embossing folder, stencils and die set.   For my card I used just the folder and the stencils. 

I started by embossing the white card and using the stencil I added purples on the tips of the leaves and some darker yellow/orange in the centres and the stamen.  I used the darkest of the yellow/oranges and my smallest ball on my stylus to add the dots on my lilies.  My sentiment is from Sentiment Strips 3 and was black embossed and die cut with Featured Sentiments Die set.  I finished with some metallic gold pearls.  

As this is the first use of this folder and stencil set I am also adding to the NBUS challenge.

Really happy how this turned out.  


Saturday 17 February 2024

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

 Time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.  Our challenge this fortnight is- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Use bright colours.

This one used my favourite Altenew Leafy Canopy and used a rainbow of Distress Oxides.  - Picked Raspberry, Ripe Permission, Fossilised Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Wilted Voilet.   Added some Distress Mica spray in Antique Bronze splatters.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Added a few multi coloured gems to finish.   

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