Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Three more Christmas cards

 Hi there.   Today I have a couple of Christmas cards to share.  These were made over the time I had off.  

My first one uses a little gel press focal image. 

I was playing with a circle gel plate and different mediums.  I tried inks and some acyrlic paints.  This one used some Jo Sonya paints.  I brayered the paint and then used a Gina K stamp (Holiday Tapestry) to rempove some of the paint before pulling a print.  I then used a circle die to cut it out.    I used one of the sentiments from the stamp set to make a the panel.  I used an embossing folder to add some texture to the background.   There are a few other circle backgrounds... but this was my favourite.  

Card Two - started with some bits on my desk.  


The plaid background was made a long time ago... It's a Catherine Pooler stamp inked in some CP ink. The die cut is a Catherine Pooler one as well that I had die cut last week and never used.   I used an Altenew stamp and die set - Sophisticated Wreath.  I used a variety of Altenew inks.  I stamped the base layer straight onto the panel and then stamped the die cut the flowers and leaves.   I added a Christmas sentiment and some red gems.  

And my last one I did yesterday after looking through my patterned paper packs for Christmas papers


I used Gina K Master Layouts to cut my papers and the layers.  I wanted some gold layers so added some washi tape around the edges of the layers.  The sentiment is a Lily of the Valley digital sentiment.  I printed the entire page of sentiments and trimmed them out.   I used an older wooden stamp Poinsettia.  It is from a now defunct NZ coy.  I gold embossed it on vellum and then stamped it on red card.  I fussy cut and layered together.  All in all a CAS card.  

thanks for stopping by.  Take care out there.  


Tuesday, 26 October 2021

White ink highlighting

 I've had 5 days off work... from last Friday till today.  My work is in close down to allow the last part of our new system to be installed.  It will hopefully be already to start of business Thursday.  I'm signing in tomorrow to do some online training.  But have had a great time crafting over this time.  Got lots of cards made for upcoming design work, watched lots of crafting videos and trying out new techniques.

One of the videos I watched was about using white ink on an ink blended and embossed background. It is by Natasha Foote ( here)  She is a New Zealander and it's great to watch her work.  


Natasha used Distress Oxides for her blending.  I used some Altenew die inks... Heart Beat, Orange Cream and Fresh Lemon.  I used Altenew's 3D Beautiful Begonia folder to emboss the panel.  I then took my Hero Arts Unicorn ink and blended it over the top of the embossing.  It really is very subtle but I was pleased with the outcome.  I die cut a vellum doily and a white circle and added a sentiment.  I finished with some soft pink gems.  

Time to head off to my bed... back to getting up early - even though the trip to work is only 5 steps from the kitchen to my work space on the dining room table!   

Take care 


Monday, 25 October 2021

"We Three Kings of Orient Are..."

 Hi there.  It's my day to share at Die Cut Divas.  We have an Anything Goes Challenge this month with a amazing new sponsor - Scrapflower Estudio

This small, woman owned, business is known for a wide variety of multicultural, and gnome-loving, digital images. Her adorable images are designed for colorists of all kinds. The owner, Patricia, began her entry into the digital stamps world via her love for coloring. Her illustrations are drawn for worldwide, beginner to expert colorists, and everything in between.

The team have the priviledge of working with some of the beautiful images from Scrapflower Estudio.  I chose to use Three Wise Men digital image.


I decided a mini slimline would be a great way to show them off.  I sized them quite small along my card and then used some Altenew Woodless Watercolour pencils to colour the Wise Men.  I added some sparkle pen and glossy accents to their crowns.   I used a sentiment from a Hero Arts set  together with one from a freebie set.  I used two dies from Gina K's Master Layouts 7.  I'm loving this little 3.25" x 6.25" card size.  

Do come and join us with your projects.  

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Two Serviette Cards...

Hi there....on a wild windy and cold Saturday here in Auckland.   A good day to be inside crafting.  Not that we can go anywhere!!!!  Still in Level 3 lockdown until the area makes 90% double vaccination.  Then things can open up a bit more.  Still a way to go till Auckland reaches the 90% so a few more weeks of being house bound... 

Anyhoo.... today I am sharing some cards I made last week.  I watched a video on an older technique using serviettes - (aka paper napkins)  I have a few packs still around in my craft room so pulled them out and had a play.

First up is a Butterfly card. 

This one is a slightly bigger than normal card being 4" x 6".  I'm not sure where I got this pack of cream prescored bases but this one was a grea size to use with this serviette.   I used a Glue Stick to add the serviette to a piece of cream card   I used some Copic markers to colour the butterfly and added a little Altenew label stamp.  

Second card is a Christmas card.

This serviette is gorgeous with it's gold colouring.  I added it to some white card and used a die to cut the panel and it's gold layer.  You can't really see it on the photo but there is lots of Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on the ornaments.  I heat embossed the sentiment with clear ink after stamping it with Altenew Obsidian ink.  A few gold baubles finshed this one.  

These cards are so quick and easy to make. And as most of my packs of serviettes were around $2.50 a pack, and one serviette gets up to 4 cards,  these are very economic to make.  

Thursday, 21 October 2021

WCC327 - Dawn's All Things Femininie Challenge.

 Hi time for a new challenge at Watercooler Wednesday.  I'm the hostess this time around with an All Things Feminine Challenge. 

Here's my card

I was playing around with some metallic black card and some gold Altenew ink.  I used my brayer to add the ink to the Altenew 3D embossing folder and ran it through my trusty Cuttlebug.  Love the shimmery look I achieved.   I trimmed it and added to the white card base.  The sentiment was gold embossed onto a flag label die cut.   

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 1 November at 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (Tuesday at 12.00 noon NZ time ) to link up your project.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Pinwheel Tower card

 My NZ card group's swap this month was chosen by Suze and her choice was Pinwheel Tower Card.  Luckily we got given some tutorials to have a look at to give us ideas.    Her added challenge was to make it a Summer theme.

Here is what I came up with.  


And here is each page 




My card is an A2 size  - I found that making the tower out of  heavy patterned paper made it not as thick when folded.  I used a paper pack I had by Uniti called Oceania.  I used stamps from Winnie & Walter and one sentiment from an Altenew set.  This was fun card to make.  

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Use a Shape for The Flower Challenge

 The Flower Challenge is one of my favourite's to have a go at.  It's their 5th Birthday too!  


I had added a die cut shape to my card and made a Christmas card. 


I gone for a bit of a non-traditional colour with my pink background.  I took the Catherine Pooler Trellis die cut and cut it a few times.  I chopped two of them to remove the trellis and add just the frame behind the first die cut to give it a bit of dimension.  The little poinsettia are made using the smallest two dies from a Spellbinders die set.  I cut some in red and some in green to make the leaves.  I also cut two little swirls by Cheery Lynn Designs.  Addeda yellow pearl to the centre of the flowers.   I die cut the sentiment with a Britannia Dies Christmas die and laid it diagonally across the trellis.   Was very happy how it turned out.  

We are certainly having Spring weather here... Yesterday was lovely and warm and hubby even went for his first swim of the new season... way too cold for me to consider, but he said it was "brisk"  - then today it's cool and overcast with wind and rain.   Can't wait for the consistent warm of summer.    At least with the not so nice weather I've been enjoying spending some time in my craft space.  A card or two done!

Take care - and enjoy your weekend.  


Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Double Embossed with Winter Illusion Powder

I'm back with another Double Embossed card.  I've used the same folder that I used the other day but for this one I've used some powder I bought a very long time ago when I first started card making.  It's called Winter Illusion.  It works best on dark card and changes colour depending on the light.    For this one I used some very dark blue card 



This is the view of where it looks teal, so I used a teal layer and then used the Honey Bee stamp and die cuts for the sentiment.    

And here's a view where it looks quite different - a pinky purpley colour. 

Here it looks pinky-purple.  This powder is amazing and I had completely forgotten about having it.  I found it when I was looking for something totally different.  

I'm entering this into the following challenges.

Let's Squash It - Double Embossing 

Just Us Girls - Heat Embossed Embossing Folder.  


Thanks for stopping by.