Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Panda Birthday

Over at Die Cut Diva's this month our challenge is Love of Animals.

My little Grandie is turning one next month (20th April - doesn't time fly!)

So I made him this card

I used some soft blue card to emboss the hearts.  The folder and stamp set were freebies with a magazine I got a few weeks ago.  I stamped the Panda onto the centre of the card and then again onto some white card.  I then fussy cut the bear and balloon and over laid them.  I then used a Kaisercraft number die to cut the one and stamped the little "st"  I added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the balloon and a few selected spots on the embossed hearts.

I'll be taking this with me at Easter when we head over to Perth to see the family.  And we get to spend Archer's first birthday with him and his Mummy and Daddy... super excited.   My daughter sends me photos and videos almost every day, so I keep up with what is happening in his life.  He's just started walking.... it's fun to see him tottering about.  Here he is in his bath

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My own personal craft retreat


This weekend was the Mangawhai Walking Weekend and my hubby and our friends went on a four hour tramp.  my knees can't handle the hills so I set myself up on three dinning table for my own private craft Retreat!

I started crafting at 8.45am and was still going good at 2.00pm when they arrived back.  got a total of 8 cards done.  One for an upcoming DT post and 7 just for fun Cards!

So here the are!
First up is wanted to try out the technique theater Jennifer McGuire did with veramark and Perfect Pearls.  I used a very dark blue base.   I used an Altenew stamps and then heat embossed the sentiment in white.  looking  good then I flipped to mark where I wanted to trim, did so and then when I flipped it back, I'd chopped off the last letter of the sentiment!  Urrrgh. Here's how I saved it

Next I tried the same technique but with Gold Perfect Pearls

 My next two cards in involved masking and sponging.  I die cut a circle with a Simon Says Stamp die and used both the positive and negative parts.   The positive circle was temporarily glued to the card and then start pedal with the goose half on and half off.  the entire masked the goose and did the sponging.

Entering this one into the Circle challenge at Crafting When We Can
For this one I sponged through the negative space as a mask

The goose is from a Stampin' Up and the Lighthouse is an Altenew set with a Rosie's Studio sentiment.

After a quick sandwich I got onto some pencil colouring using Altenew stamps and Faber-Castell pencils and Gamsol.

Next was to use a panel I'd made last week to make a card.

And finally a card I made a card for the Lawn fawn challenge

I made this one to entry into the new Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog... I don't have many Lawn Fawn stamps but this one has been in my stash for sometime and never been used!   Some more masking of the little clouds and the balloon.

Thanks for staying long enough to reach this point I appreciate it.

Hope your weekend was a good as mine.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hero Arts Black Butterfly

It's my day to share at A2Z scrapbooking today and I am continuing with our theme of using a stencil on your project....

The other day I saw a video by Ingrid Blackburn where she used embossing paste with a stencil, shook on some Colourbursts/Brusho's and spritzed with water.  I have something called Pixie Powder which is similar to these with lots of mica powder in them.   I thought I'd give it a go.

It has produced such a pretty pale pastel background as I went lightly with the powders.  Did get a bit of seepage but it adds to the whole look.    I have used Hero Arts Swirl Stencil (currently out of stock but you can do a special order - check out the store HERE)

Once my panel had dried, I die cut it with a rectangle die from DieNamics (MFT) and layered onto black then onto a white base.  I die cut the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die from black card.  The sentiment is from THIS Hero Arts stamp and die set.  (currently on sale in the A2Z store!)

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tag You're It! - and some colouring....

Had a fabulous weekend just playing with my stash... I did some colouring, embossing paste and Pixie powders, and made a tag for the Tag You're It challenge. 

The guest designer for Tag, You're It this time is Marion Vagg and here is her delightful sample

Here's the tag I was inspired to make

I took my inspiration from her embossing paste background, focal flower, and use of black labels for the sentiment. 

I took a manilla tag and used a Hero Arts stencil and some light modelling paste and covered some of it.  I then gathered together some already cut die cut elements... blue vellum leaves, some green sprigs and an Altenew flower coloured with iridescent paint and fussy cut, and added them to my card.  I used my computer to print the sentiment which I trimmed and added to my tag.  All in all very happy with the result. 

And here is the technique piece I did with some embossing paste and Pixie Powders (similar to ColorBursts) - following a video by Ingrid Blackburn I watched.

It really shimmers in real life as the Pixie Powders have a lot of mica in them.   I also pulled a pattern off the watercolour on the stencil.  It's much less as bright and graphic, more smooshed and abstract but will use it for something.  Not sure what I will do with this one yet but it is too nice to cover up!

And finally I did some pencil colouring using Gamsol (mineral spirits) after watching a Gina K video, 

I did this on some 200GSM watercolour paper but feel it would have been better on a smoother card.  However, the result looked quite amazing.   I splattered some black ink on the background and white embossed the sentiment onto black card.  All the stamps are from an Altenew set. 

I'm entering this into the challenge at City Crafter Challenge - Spring is around the corner.  From the inspiration photo I took the word flowers and thought about spring flowers and also another entry into The Flower Challenge.... Anything Goes.   They generously allow you to enter up to 5 times... this will be my 4th entry. 

Hope your weekend was as much fun as mine... with all this crafting as well as quite a bit of socialising with friends! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Off The Edge.... CAS-ual Fridays challenge

CAS-ual Fridays is having a Design Team Call and part of it is to ensure you enter a card into the latest challenge... Off the Edge.

I don't have a lot of CAS-ual Friday stamps and dies... but luckily you can use whatever you have in your stash.   My card uses an Altenew flower and Spellbinders Nestibility die and a sentiment from a CAS-ual Fridays set I do have!

My card is a mixture of CAS and layers.... I used some PP from Craftworks, sponged with some Delicata Golden Glitz ink for my background panel.  I stamped the flower from Altenew's Botanical Garden set and then used a Spellbinders Nestibilities die, did some partial die cutting.   I coloured the flower with some Zig Markers and a Wink of Stella clear marker.    The sentiment is from Casual Elegance.

Also entered into the Anything Goes at The Flower Challenge.  

So off  to choose some more cards  to showcase my style -

Thanks for stopping by... hope your weekend is going to be crafty... I'm going to try an fit in some card making.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Colourful background inspired by Greta

The weekend before last the Hero Arts Flickr Group had a scramble - hosted by Cat and it was about creating your main focus for your card, then CUT it up and only use a portion of it.  I didn't manage to get up to in time to take part - late night and scramble on at 6.00am!  But the idea was awesome.  There were some fabulous entries and I was inspired by Greta's sample - using a Hero Arts background stamp, embossed and some soft watercolours....

Isn't it gorgeous!  I love the pretty colours she used.    However for my focus piece I used much brighter colours. And took some inspiration from one of Cat's sample cards... 

I was really pleased with the results.  And even though I didn't join the scramble, I challenged myself to make these both within 90 mins... and achieved it.   Thanks to Cat and Greta for their inspiration.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Crazy Cat Birthday

It's my day to share at Die Cut Divas today.  Our theme this month is Animals.....

I've used stamps and dies from Tim Holtz together with a sentiment from Catherine Pooler Designs and the speech bubble die cut is from Penny Black.  I did some selected die cutting to make the speech bubble longer to cover the sentiment. The background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

Entering into the challenge at Naughty or Nice this month - Feature a Creature,

This one is heading it's way to Australia for my son-in-law's birthday.    I forgot to take it with me when I say over the weekend. 

Here are a couple of photos of our few days away.

We had a fun day at Australia Zoo, spend a lot of time at the beach and generally had a great time with our grandson, daughter, son-in-law, my Mum and Dad and my son and his girlfriend.  As you can see our little man is growing up quickly and is a real water baby.

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sending Hugs with Southern Girls

It's Team Trace's turn to share at Southern Girls Challenge.  Our theme this time is "Pop it up with foam"  -

We have a few sponsor this month - 

I got to use a pretty little image from ppinkydolls.  

After printing the image in a grey colour onto some watercolour paper.  I used my Prismacolour pencils.  I cut out the panel and matted it in blue before adding fun foam behind the panel.  Sending stamped in some blue ink (from Catherine Pooler Inks)

Come and join us at Southern Girls Challenge - so long as you use foam on your card/project you're welcome!