Tuesday 16 July 2024

Craft Roulette #223

 I watched the latest Craft Roulette on replay over the weekend.  For the last few days I've been contemplating what to do to meet the parameters.   This afternoon after work I finally decided what to do.   This one is my 17th submission.  

Project - Smaller/Larger - Two sized of my gnomes.
Colours - Planets - Red for Mars, Blue and Green for Earth, Brown for Pluto and Yellow for the Sun. 
Element - House(s) - Gnomes live in a Mushroom House. 
Random - White Border - border around the main panel - highlighted by the wonky frame. 

The gnomes are from a NZ company called Montarga.  The little one is from a stamp with three gnomes and the bigger one is a single stamp.   The house is from a Freebie set from 2017. 

Monday 15 July 2024

Espressly for You...

 I was asked to make a card for some colleagues, whose team leader has moved to a new position.  They told me that he loves his coffee... so I made a 5 x 7 card so the team can sign it.

I trimmed some kraft paper and stamped it with Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake ink with an Altenew Coffee Ring stamp.  The little bean and the two coffee sentiments are from a 2011  Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Coffee stamp set.  It's a mini 2 x 4 stamp set. The coffee cup is a digital one I got in 2022 from My Scrap Chick.  Not sure if it still available.   Being digital it was easy to size up to suit a larger card.  I used some alcohol markers to added the colour to the cup.   The sentiment is from another Hero Arts mini set - Mini Messages (2008) 

And added upside of making this card, when I was searching for the older Hero Arts stamps, I found 2 Studio G stamp sets that I haven't even opened, and a few sets I'd forgotten about that I pulled out and put close to my desk to remember to use soon.  

Sunday 14 July 2024

Two floral cards

 I had won a gift voucher from Altenew for one of my recent cards so was pleased that my parcel arrived Friday afternoon... 

Just a few items this time... saving my pennies to go to a craft fair coming up on Friday.  

Yesterday I got a bit of time to play with the Rose Bud dies and stencils. 

I decided to go for some darker colours.  I used the four inks from the Woodland Escape Fresh Dye inks... Pink Sand, Dusty Rose, Toasted Mauve and Redwood.  And used Marshlands and Sea Forest for the stems and leaves.  I then spritzed with some Frost Shimmer Spray.  It looks amazing in real life, but didn't photograph well.   I embossed a white panel with the Dotted Circles 3D folder.  Added the flowers with a bit of 3D tape behind the buds and glued the stems to the panel.   A few enamel dots for embellishment.  The sentiment is some glitter card, die cut from Versatile Greetings.

As this is the first time I've used the dies and stencil set, I'm entering into Darnell's -NBUS challenge 

My next card is made with the Colouring card that came with my purchases.  

I used Altenew Alcohol markers and Copic Markers with a touch of pencils to colour the card.  I trimmed and added some glitter card behind it.  Added a sentiment from the Elegant Sayings stamp set.  
Again used some Altenew Enamel dots for embellishment.  

Tomorrow I'm on Nanny duty for the day.  It's school holidays here.  Pop did Friday.  Had a lovely day with Grace, building a little veggie garden.   I'm taking her swimming and then we'll hit the craft room - her favourite place when she comes to our place.

Sunday 7 July 2024

Festive Frames at Christmas Kickstart Challenge.


Another wintery day here in Auckland, NZ so a bit more time in the craft room today.  While tidying yesterday I found a set of peg stamps by Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  I see my local stamp store has a number of these type of stamps.  The set I have is called Holiday Garden set.    

Here's how I used the peg stamps to add a festive frame around my sentiment. 

I lightly drew around a circle die and then used 4 colours of CP stamps - Rockin' Red, Peppermint Scrub, Eucalyptus and Green Tea to stamp the 4 different pegs.  Added a lot of little dots of the Rockin' Red and Eucalyptus inks and a few gems for the centre of some of the flowers.  The sentiment is from a NZ company called Montarga.  And to finish this CAS card, I used the Rockin' Red and Eucalyptus inks direct to paper to die cut 2 of the smallest die from Spellbinders Poinsettia dies, in the red, and the next size up in the green.  Added some yellow gems for the centre. 

Saturday 6 July 2024

Things with Wings at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.

Check out my earlier post - HERE

 I almost forgot to make my sample card for the Sweet Stampin' Challenge starting today... but was quickly able to make my card. 

My panel is by Penny Black - Masterpieces Aglow.   I added it to white card and then layered onto some metallic card.  I stamped the little sentiment from Waffle Flower  Star Snowflake Stamp set.  Certainly a CAS quick card to build up my Christmas supplies. 

Do come and join us at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.  

Saturday Afternoon crafting.

 It's been a cold and wet Saturday afternoon here in Auckland.  So I tucked myself into the craft room and had a play!  Yesterday afternoon I had spend some time cutting out some Spellbinders Be Bold Flowers from some Francheville Ombre Blue card.  It's 176gms so perfect for layering flowers.  I made up a pile of them, despite keeping losing dies... all good by the end of the evening- they were all there.  So, this afternoon while hubby was out watching some local rugby I made a card. 

I made my background by taking a piece of patterned paper and used Altenew Dotted Starburst Debossing die to add some subtle texture.   I found a blue circle in my scrap pile and used Altenew's Sentiment Strips - after a bit of stamp surgery so I could stack the sentiment.  I smudged it a bit, so took the big ball of my stylus and some Altenew Galactic Stream Fresh Dye ink and made some dots.  Added to the BG and then added the flowers.   

I'm adding this card to AAA Birthday Challenge - Fabulous Flowers.   

And to The Flower Challenge

I also found a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" panel that I had hot foiled Altenew Vibrant Florals onto with some black foil.   I decided that it would look good in the July Inspiration Challenge colours. 

So pulled out some ink pads so I could use the matching stencils to add the colour.  In the end I used - Coral Bliss, Coral Berry, Orange Cream, Misty Moor and Sweet Leaf inks.   Once I done the colouring, I cut the panel to make two cards. 

I added an encouraging sentiment.  It's from the Altenew set - Monstera and Quotes.  A few Altenew enamel dots finished. 

and the second one 

The sentiment this time is from Altenew - Classic Greetings set.  Again, finished with some enamel dots.  Just love that I got two cards from the one hot foil image.  

Off to make dinner and then watch the All Blacks versus England in rugby.  

And I've got another post scheduled for later this evening. 

Wednesday 3 July 2024

Sketch Saturday #754

 I was inspired by Tristan with her designer card for the Saturday Sketch Challenge

It's a pick from the Archives.  I chose to used Sketch 595 from 2020

I made this Christmas card using patterned paper from my stash.  The pack has lost its label so not sure who made it.   Took some of the toppers included in the pack for the large panel.  The background is one piece - the panel is from the backside of the two sided paper.  I also used a bit of the panel for the sentiment panel.  The sentiment is from Waffle Flower - Star Snowflake stamp set.  Added a little burlap bow. 

And as I had my Christmas patterned papers out I whipped up another CAS quick card.

I trimmed the panel and added to some purple card.  I used a circle die to cut out the sentiment from some of the papers.  

So now my Christmas card supply is growing. 

Tuesday 2 July 2024

Inspired by Natasha...two cards

I've been crafting a bit for the last few days.. The long weekend was busy and I even managed some cards after work yesterday.  I made two cards inspired by YouTube videos I watch by Natasha Foote...her channel is HERE

First one was inspired by this video.  It's about coloured silhouettes 

I loved Natasha's use of purple so I did the same...of course I LOVE purple!  I did some ink blending like Natasha did on her card using some Villainous Potion Oxide ink , but when I decided to use Spellbinders Labels 1 to cut my panel, I lost a bit of the blending so I added some soft blending around the edges using Wilted Violet Oxide and added some splatter as well.  The panel went onto a white Decorative Labels 1 die cut.   I stamped a birthday sentiment from Altenew's Birthday Builder set  using the same Oxide ink.  Natasha has a neat trick for making a false layer - using some tape to mask off a little strip of the card and blending on ink.   Love how it always gives a great look. 

And the second card is inspired by this video.  It's called White Ink Embossing Tips and Tricks.

I've done some similar type of embossing - this one I took some teal card and an Altenew 3D folder (Silk Art) and white ink...inking up the raised side of the embossing folder.  I ran it through my Platinum 6 machine - and reinked and did it another pass through the machine.    This adds the ink to the debossed side of the card.   Once the ink had dried I added some Altenew Aqualicious Fresh Dye inks to the raised areas.   Added a foiled sentiment - used Go Press and Foil Aqua foil with a Pinkfresh Studio Perfect Sentiments hot foil plate and die set.   A few teal gems finished the card. 

Now I'm over to see Natasha's video for today.  She posts about three times a week.