Sunday, June 24, 2018

One Layer Wonders - Day 2 and Day 3

I'm taking the the One Layer Wonders class at Altenew Academy.    Day 2 was about masking and using a background stamp. 

I don't have any Altenew Backgrounds so I used a Hero Arts one with some Altenew Inks

I did some rainbow stamping with some random colouring.  I stamped the sentiment with Altenew alpha stamps.  They have different inners for each letter.  I used  the rainbow colours to stamp the stripes.  The friend word is stamped directly onto a single layer by colouring the space where it goes with black pen, then white embossing.  Some drop shadows give the impression of layers.  The sequins are stamps by Winnie & Walter stamped with the Altenew inks.   Learnt lots of interesting techniques in the class.

Day 3 was about Watercolour under painting.   Kelly used a bouquet of flowers for her focal point.  I chose to use a spray of flowers



I used Oxide inks to colour my flowers and the background.  The flowers are from The Best Mom set.  I used some Prismacolor pencils to enhance the flowers and added white gel pen dots and highlights.  Added a grey shadow to give the impression that the flowers are raised off the card. 

Hubby was away today so I spend a goodly amount of time in my craft room.  I finished off my Fairy for the May class at Kit and Clowder and made a card using a cut file I purchased last week.  I'll share tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.  


Saturday, June 23, 2018

One Layer Wonder and a little Toucan

Hi there.   I can't believe it's the weekend again!  Where has the week gone????  I don't seemed to have done much -  it's been cold and wet so have been hunkered down in front of the heater each evening so not much crafting done.  So today I race around and got the house work done, some veggie soup on, pull apart bread made (with the help of the bread maker) cookies baked and slow cooker casserole started... so time to have a bit of a play.   My first card is is a little Toucan I started last evening and finished off this afternoon


I used my Prismacolor pencils to colour this wee cute up.  The sentiment was masked so I could get it on two lines to fit in the Penny Black Chat Bubble die.   As it is a CAS card but I wanted some extra texture, I used a tropical flower die from Darice to emboss the background.  A few 3D liquid drops finished it off.

Plus I did Day 1's home work from Altenew Academy class " One Layer Wonders" which Kelly Latevola is teaching.  Day 1 was about giving the perception of a raised layer across the card.


Well this was definitely PRACTICE!  So many errors.  First off I didn't stamp the sentiment in the centre, but happy with the masking of the little sentiment.  Next I must have moved as I got some double stamping...then I realised I'd not used Copic friendly ink so some of it smudged when I went to colour.   My dark lines went a bit wobbly when I went to add the shading to give the perception of a raised layer... and both my dark and light grey Copics went dry on me.  Oh well that's hand made card making for you.   I did manage to save the sentiment panel by adding the extra flowers which made it look much better.    I do like the technique and will practice some more.  I used the flower stamps from Starry Flowers set with the sentiment from Flower Arrangement set.

Day three's class is there now so I've just turned on the heater here in the craft cave and am going to watch Kelly's magic happen.

Enjoy your weekend... hopefully get some crafting done.   

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Outside.

Hi... I'm here with another Guest Designer card for Polkadoodles Choosday Digi Craft Challenge.


The challenge is Anything Goes.... and the team challenge was to focus on the sentiment.  This is a great challenge for the DT as the Polkadoodles shop has some totally awesome sentiment/quotes sets. 


I used a sentiment from "Quotes - Winnie Special Moments" and once printed, was die cut with a Spellbinders die.  My background papers all came from the "Winnie Celebrations 3 - Papers " set.  They co-ordinate beautifully.   I used some of the dotted purple paper to stamp my Heartfelt Creations stamps in a deep purple ink.  Once I cut them out, I put them into the Basic Flower Mold and spirtzed with water and run them through the Cuttlebug.  The water caused the ink to run and colour the flower.  The leaves were printed onto an other papers from this set.  

I loved the simplicity of this card which focused on the sentiment and showcased the beautiful papers.

I have entered this into the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart  Anything Goes
 WordArt Wednesday  Anything Goes



thanks for stopping by and do come and play along with the challenge.




Sunday, June 17, 2018

A bit of a catch up...

I seem to have got super busy this last week.    Thursday was my birthday and we went out to dinner with my son and his partner.   We had a good night with lots of laughter and great food.  Here is a picture of the gorgeous gift they gave me




Then over the weekend we went with our friends to Managwhai.  Haven't been up for a while.  The weather forecast was not looking good, but in the end, it was beautiful weather.  I went out for a walk on both days... Saturday a 50 min walk and today a 80 min walk.  I got some great photos of the walks

  A pair of Mallard ducks 
 Cute little bach at the end of our street
Harbour on Saturday.

and today I walked over to the Surf Beach 
It's hard to see but there were three dolphins surfing the waves with all the surfers.   Worth the hard walk to get there.  

We also went out for lunch at a nearby cafe for a lovely lunch.    After we got back I spend some time colouring and making some nail polish marbling I saw on Splitcoaststampers.  



I had a great time doing this colouring.  I'm loving the classes I am taking at Kit and Clowder.  I am learning so much about using my Prismacolor pencils. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit me.   Hope you all had a great weekend too.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Panda Birthday

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


Our lovely sponsor this month is Frantic Stamper Inc... and they have some awesome animal stamps you could use for our challenge.

They are also providing a cute little die for a prize for our winner this month
Super cute.

So here is my card.... a CAS cutie


This adorable Panda was stamped and cut with my ScanNCut machine.  I used my trusty Cuttlebug to emboss at each end of the panel with the cute little paw prints.  The butterfly is also cut with my machine.  Love the ScanNCut now I'm getting used to it.

Do come and join us for this months Animals/Pets challenge. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Noel Christmas cards

I have a couple of Christmas cards to share today.  I did lots of colouring over the first few days of June for Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day colouring challenge.  I have also been spending some time working out how to use my ScanNCut and had found a great Noel text image, I wanted to try out on a card.  I set it up in Brother Canvas and decided I wanted to use it as an Eclipse card.  So I decided to stamp and colour a background to die cut.



I stamped the Hero Arts Poinsettia several times and coloured it.  I then cut it with the ScanNCut.  I cut several more white die cuts and one out of dark green card so I could layer the sentiment when I laid it back in the negative space.  I quite like the result, but think the background is just a touch too busy to see the sentiment that well. 

The next card came about as I was about to throw out the negative space of one of the white layers.   I looked at it and decided it was too good to throw away.  So here's what I did


I die cut a stitched rectangle and added some patterned paper behind the opening.  I added some Nuvo drops as embellishments. 

So that's my first two Christmas cards started. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 day challenge - Days 8, 9 and 10

I'm trying to do the daily challenge - some colouring every day for the 30 Days of June.... so far not too bad -
so here's Days 8, 9 and 10

Day 8:

A card for a friend who turned 60 on the 9th June.... Using a Bugaboo image coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Day 9:


This one is for our friend's wife who's birthday is the next day (10th- she is a year younger)  I got some new Altenew stamps this week and used the Rustic Linen background with Old Paper distress ink to make a background.  I then stamped the Starry night stamps and used my Derwent Inktense pencils to watercolour them.  I cut the Happy die on my ScanNCut... a bit smaller than I'd have liked but it looks ok with stamped sentiment.

and Day :

This card is for the challenge at The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a previous challenge.  I chose Challenge #3 - Use an old stamp or die.  The stamp here is a Hero Arts one from 2010.  I used the Derwent Inktense pencils as they were still sitting on my desk.   Add some splatter and pencil does for the background.   Some gold washi tape completed the card.

Have enjoyed the mindfulness of colouring.  It is very therapeutic and relaxing if you just go with the flow and don't get caught up in trying too hard to get it right.

My son and his partner have just arrived to help hubby with some fix up jobs in the garage so it's time for me to go....

take care and take some time to colour this weekend

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kids cards

When I was at the beauty parlour the other week, my therapist was saying she has 13 nieces and nephews and was always looking for kids cards so I told her I'd make some.  Over the long weekend I got a few done...

 This one used some MFT Snuggle Bunnies and WPlus9 balloons.

The next two were inspired by Pinterest.  Used punched circles for my caterpillar and die cut circles for my birds. 


 Next is another MFT bunnies and the WPlus9 balloon


And my  final card uses MFT dragons


 I enjoyed making these cards and if she likes them, I do her some more.

Thanks for stopping by.