Thursday, 30 January 2014

More "Stenciled" action

I have another card I created CASEing a card from Debby Hughes on Day 3 of class

Day 3 Stenciled Class

I started by spritzing some Perfect Pearls mist in Heirloom Gold and a pinky colour I had made myself.  Once it dried I used used some Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste over a Mr Huey Chevron mask, just down one side.  I then worked on the flower embellishment.  It is a digi from Bugaboo.  I printed it out twice and used some chalk inks to paint the flowers.  I then layered the flower centres with some dimensional tape.  I then used some pearlescent paper and cut two leaves pieces using a Sizzix die.  Added all the elements to the card together with the sentiment which is Simon Says Stamp  and was white embossed onto black card.  I added some pink and white pearls to finish.

I also made a lovely felt flower tonight.  One of my FB friends saw a die set I posted last year and asked me about it and then another one want to know what size it was... so I made it up to show Anita and Lilian

That's it for me tonight.  Time to head to bed

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Stenciled Day 3 ~ Texture and Dimension

Back with a card I did using stencils and some texture paste.


I used a Dreamweaver stencil and some translucent paste.  I added some embossing powder over the paste and left it dry.  I used a maroon colour for the sail and brown for the boat and birds.  For the water I used a sparkle embossing powder.  Once it dried, I heated the embossing powder and then did a bit of resist watercolouring with Pearlescent paint.    I used some PP from a Rosie's Studio paper pack for my background.  The little stamp is from a date stamp type stamp with lots of little sentiments.

And here are some of other techniques I tried

Embossing powder on the paste (DIY stencil used from a die cut of the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts die) Translucent paste (to do a resist technique) and a bit of watercoloured stenciling (had the paint too wet) 

Today was the last day of the class but Jennifer did a bonus class as well and there was a SVG/PNG cut available for the class participants.   Not sure when I'll get time to finish my home work. 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Stenciled Day 2 ~ Template Techniques

Day 2 had some awesome technique using your stencils as templates......... some easier to do (at least for me) than others.  But I did enjoying doing a CASE of one of Kristina's cards.

Day 2 Stenciled Class

I used Tim Holtz Stars stencil and like Kristina, used Derwent Inktense pencils to colour in the stars.  I also used a tiny star from a stencil from TCW.  I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the stars.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp!

I did try some watercolouring through a stencil but didn't quite have the right consistency and it bleed underneath.  Might be able to selvage some of it, or it might just get made into flowers or butterflies.

I also made a start on some cards with techniques from from Day 3.  Again some more successful than others!  More on that later.

And here is another way you can use your stencils

I made this sponge to take around to our friends for dinner this evening and laid my stencil on top and sprinkled with icing sugar.  I had filled it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.  It was sooooo yummy.  (Diet out of the window tonight) 

Back to work tomorrow.... after a three day weekend.  I've enjoyed have the extra day off.  Next week we have another one off... Thursday 6th.  So two short weeks.  

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Lollipop Heart Charlie..

It's my turn to post a card over at Little Blue Button Stamps.... and I used Charlie Lollipop Heart

I printed Charlie out and coloured with Copics...  after I fussy cut her, I layered her onto my oval frame.  The centre oval is by Spellbinders and the outer doily oval is by MFT.  The background paper is from Kaisercraft's "Gypsy Sisters" pack.   I finished off adding three flowers I made the other week.  

I have been having fun this weekend with my stencils and using my new Gelli Plate.  I enjoyed day 1 of the Stencilled class and have made a start on a card for day 2.  Didn't get quite as much done this afternoon as I hoped as we decided to go pick strawberries.... the local Hospice does a fundraiser in conjunction with the owner of the strawberry patch.  We picked over 4 kilos of strawberries.  I have frozen a whole lot to have in my smoothies and the rest we will eat over the next few days.  Totally yummy, there is nothing like fresh strawberries and cream.   

Thanks for stopping by



Saturday, 25 January 2014

Stenciled ~ Day 1 Inking and Masking

I'm taking the online class ~ Stenciled ~and today's class had a number of different techniques using stencils.  I had ordered some stencils and they had arrived on Thursday, just in time.  I did some inking today with cards inspired by Jennifer's videos on inking, layering and masking.  

My first card involves sponging ink through the stencil and spritzing it with Shimmer Spritz before removing the stencil.  

Day 1 of Stenciled On line class

I used a Dreamweaver stencil and sponged on some distress inks with mini daubers.  I used Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for the greens and Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon for the oranges.   I trimmed the panel and matted with some orange card and used some of it to make the banner (Simon Says Stamp Tilted banner die) with a sentiment from the matching stamp set.  

My second card is also inspired by Jennifer's use of the MFT Petal Circles stencil.  

Stenciled Day 1 ~ layering and masking

This one involved layering and masking.  My first layer of the stencil was done in Shabby Shutters and then the stencil is moved over a little and the second layer was in Peeled Paint.  I then found a teeny tiny flower stamp on an older Hero Arts sentiment set and used some Seedless Preserves to add to the centre of darker circles.  I am really pleased with the colour combo.   The sentiment is from a CAS-ual Fridays.  I used dimensional tape to add the panel to the cardbase, 

I'm hoping to get some more time tomorrow and Monday (a public holiday here in Auckland for Auckland Anniversary Day) to try out some of the other ideas in the class.  

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the passing of one of my Hubby's sister's, Helen.  And at lunch today, we had a visit from a very dear friend of hers from England.  Lucy and her husband, Jules, have been here in NZ for a week's holiday and have been visiting with our family.  They were on their way to the airport for their trip home.  Lovely to reminisce about Helen and her life in London.  

Thanks for stopping by today.   Have an awesome weekend and if you are from the other side of the world,.... keep warm!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

36th Wedding Anniversary


Made this for hubby for our 36th Wedding Anniversary. Image from Mo Manning, PP and die cut from Kaisercraft and sentiment from Hero Arts. I coloured the image with my new Distress Markers. The flower is one I made the other day.
My hubby presented me with some beautiful roses.
Aren't they the most beautiful colour.  I loved them.   If you want to see some of our wedding photos.... do hop over to this post I did a couple of years ago.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A mixed media background.

Splitcoaststampers recently had a tutorial on a Layered Gesso background which I decided to have a go at.  I get a bit frustrated with this as it take so long to do... all that waiting around for layers to dry... but I preserved and finally got it finished

mixed media card 

Started by adding gesso to a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper.. (Just love this stuff), then added the Hero Arts Stamp in several places, some more gesso, some Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress paint, some metallic rub, a bit more gesso and then using a Dylusions stencil and some moulding paste.  

The card sat for a week while I tried to decide how to finish the card.  Today I went to my LSS and had a chat with Winsome, who gave me some ideas... and managed to sell me a die.   So here is the finished card.

Mixed Media Vintage bike

Still fairly clean and simple despite my mixed media background.  

Today my hubby got to use his Christmas present from me.... a class at the Auckland Seafood school.  I got him a class on filleting and smoking fish.  He has a ball and came home with some beautifully filleted and smoked fish he had done.  We had it for entree before dinner. He said they did a number of different dishes... including smoked mussels.   While he was at class, I made some flowers...

Thanks for stopping by today.  It's late here in Auckland and time for me to head off to bed.  Take care

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

CAS(E) this sketch..#59.


 On Saturday I received a beautiful card from Donna in Hawaii and inside was a lovely little packet of die cut feathers in some stunning colours, some dyed, some Patterned paper... and as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to use them for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I finally got around to doing a card today after I got back from my walk... Love CAS cards as they really come together so quickly.  

This is a mini card... 3.25" x 4.25".  The centre panel is a die cut from Poppy Stamps that is 3" x 4".  I added the gorgeous feathers with a pop dot.  Added a button with a little bit of pink ribbon.  As you can see I stuck to the sketch fairly closely.  I finished with some splotches of Picked Raspberry distress ink, watered down and flickered off my paint brush.  The sentiment is from an older Hero Arts set.  This has also been entered into the CASology challenge ~ Dots

Edited: Thanks to Cornelia I have entered into the challenge over at STAMPlorations Blog

I've been doing some mixed media pieces but they just take SOOOO long to do...waiting, waiting, waiting for gesso, paint and paste to dry.  Still the end result is lovely.  Just trying to decide how to and what to put on a card.  Also started an 8" x 8" canvas.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Saturday, 11 January 2014

CASEing Joy

I saw that Joy Taylor was the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers on the 5th of January.  We were encouraged to view Joy's photos and CASE one of her cards.   I chose THIS card of Joy's and came up with this one

I made my background by smooching some card through a mixture of silver glimmer mist and Victorian Velvet distress ink that I had left over from dying some ribbon.  It is hard to see on this photo but it really shimmers for real.  I die cut the Memory Box die with some textured cream card.  The filigree butterfly was from the same cream card and the base butterfly from some cardstock scraps from a wax paper resist technique I've done recently.  The sentiment is from our sponsor ~ Hero Arts.  Note it has had some surgery so I could stamp each work separately.

I love the beautiful work Joy does and was very pleased with how my interpretation turned out.

Have been off work for the last day and half with a chest infection.  I HATE summer colds especially when they turn into infections.  On antibiotics now, so hoping that fixes it.  

take care and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A Little Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is a genre I love looking at but which I find challenging to do.  My friend Sue is a master at this type of card.  So here is my meagre effort.

A little Shabby Chic

I started with a piece of the glossy card stock I had made with the wax paper resist and some Lemon Drop ink from Jenni Bowlin.  This time I just crumpled the wax paper before ironing it onto the glossy card.  I then used Stazon ink to stamp my image.  It is a stamp from Rubadubado ~ a NZ stamp company.  It is a delightful old fashioned image.  I added a touch of colour with a Tombow Marker.  I then prepared the background card by embossing it with a Cuttlebug folder and used some Victorian Velvet distress ink to colour.  I used the ink to also colour the punched flowers to make the roses, the doily and the ribbon.   I added some lace along the bottom of the focal image and some gems along the top.  I place it on a bit of an angle on the base.    This card took me quite a while to get done... what with waiting for the ribbon to dry and to make the flowers.  But I have to say I am quite happy with the result.

I'm suffering from a chest cold at the moment... barking like an old dog... luckily today I didn't go to work... we had to travel about one and a half hours south to Hamilton to a funeral.  It was the mother of our good friend, Yvonne.  Milly was nearly 92 and had had a very good life.

Thanks for visiting today.  I really appreciate each and everyone of you.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

With All My Heart

I'm here to share a digi from January's release at Little Blue Button Stamps....Rag Doll Sweetheart ~ Love Letter 

Today I have paired her with some PP left over from some Christmas gift packages and a Simon Says Stamp Die cut.  This is s a super fun image to colour in (and she is also available as a rubber stamp HERE) I printed her onto some cream card and coloured with Copic markers.  I edged the panel with a Fiskars scallop punch and added a ribbon accent.  The die cuts were added after running through my Xyron 1.5" sticker maker.  Add a touch of Glossy Accents to the hearts.

I've been getting back into my crafting over the weekend and last couple of days.  It's feeling good to be getting my fingers inky.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Playing with Wax

Waxed paper that is....

I'm taking part in a NZ card swap this year and each month we have a technique to use.  January's technique is Wax Resist background.  We had three video samples to check out... including a couple from Gina K
Vintage Focal Image wax resist  and  Wax Paper Background

I had a bit of a play around with some wax paper, some glossy card, plain card, and embossing folder.  My first card is a CASE of Gina's first technique.

For this one, I used plain card stock and stamped the dress form (a free stamp from a magazine) onto it first.  I ran the waxed paper through the Paisley embossing folder and then laid it waxy side down onto the plain card and covered with scrap paper and ironed the sandwich.  This transfers the wax to the card.  I then used a Jenni Bowlin ink (Lemon Drops) and using an ink to paper technique, added the colour and then wiped with a tissue to remove the ink from where the wax was. I cut with a Spellbinders oval die and layered onto a scallop black die.  Die cut a Spellbinders tag and stamped the Hero Arts sentiment.  The background card  was embossed with the Paisley folder.  

The second card used the same folder and waxed paper, but this time I ironed it onto glossy card.  I used a Memento Green ink to swipe over waxed card. 

My waxed paper was more waxy on one side than the other, so when I did both sides of the paper onto glossy card, this one was the better of the two.   I stamped the Kaisercraft stamp in Stazon onto the background.  I then cut it with a Lil' Inkers die that the lovely Isha sent me for Christmas.  I used the cut stitches to make faux stitching with a thin black pen.  I added a Hero Arts sentiment.  I then decided it looked too plain, so added some colour with some Tombow and Marvy markers.

I have three more pieces of glossy card to use up.  One in Peanut Brittle, one in Rhubarb Stalk and one in Lilac colour.  So I'll have a number of cards to choose from to send to my trade partner.

Hope you are all having a great weekend... my holiday finishes today... off to work tomorrow morning.... NOT looking forward to that at all.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Make it Glitter...

The latest challenge at Die Cut Divas is underway and Arlene has chosen the theme "Make it Glitter"   Our sponsor this month is none other than Hero Arts and they have an awesome prize package for the winner this month.

Here is the card I made using some awesome glitter paper from Die Cuts with a View that my friend, Suna, gave me for Christmas.


I stamped the Hero Art rose with Stazon ink onto the 4 different glitter papers and cut each one out for and pieced back together.  I die cut the Spellbinders die and sponged it before removing the die.  I then stamped the three sentiments from Hero Arts.  

Pop over to the blog and have look, Arlene has been very generous in her definition of what consists of glitter.  

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year....

It's New Years Day here in NZ ~ so a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my readers...

Stayed up to see the New Year in and woke this morning to my son cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast for the 10 of us staying in the holiday house at the moment.   After that, Mum, Dad, hubby and I headed about 30kms up the road, to Waipu to watch the Highland Games.  Waipu is was founded by Scots a very long time ago... in fact, this years games were the 143rd.  Got drenched then sumburnt before getting rained on again.  But all in all a fun day.

this was the mass pipe band.

Anyway being the first of the month, two challenges I'm involved in start their new challenges.... First up is Creative Craft Cottage which has a theme "Quote Me"  Use your favourite quote

I made two cards to share -

"Quotes" Sample for Creative Craft Cottage

I love this quote from Couture Creations.  Die cut the Spellbinders De-lite oval and stamped the quote.  Used an old Mojo Monday sketch with co-coordinating papers from a pack by Melissa Frances.  The flowers is a hand made one. 

and my second card used a quote from one of the sheets of quotes that our sponsor Imagine If provided for us to use.

I trimmed out the sentiment quote and then with some creative use of my die, cut a longer backing tag.  Used the method I've seen Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Warner use of partial cutting the die, moving it along a bit and finishing off the rest to lengthen the tag.  I used some Christmas paper for my backing paper and some roses I had in my stash.  The pink one was in a swap I got from Paula Lynne and the two white ones were Prima ones.  Cut a holly branch die

The second challenge under way on the first is Die Cut Divas.... but as it's USA based, it doesn't actually start for another 5 and a bit hours so I'll share tomorrow my time.  We have an awesome sponsor this month and a great challenge from Arlene.... look out for it.

Thanks for stopping by.  2014 is going to be an awesome year so continue to come and visit me, it makes my day.