Friday, 31 October 2014

Vellum Poinsettia

I saw a beautiful card on Facebook from Deasy (see here) and decided I wanted to try something like it....

Red Poinsettia

I stamped my Kiwi Stamps  Poinsettia in Versamark on vellum and embossed with some Red Tinsel powder and heat set.  I then fussy cut and added to a striped card from Close to my Heart.  The sentiment is from Stamp-it!

I've entered this into the Stripes challenge at City Crafter Challenge

I also did a CASE of Deasy card.

Vellum Poinsettia

My splatters are gesso watered down.  Sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and was white embossed. 

Happy Halloween to everyone.  I only had a couple of lots of Trick and Treaters tonight.... so lots of chocolate and black jelly beans for me!

Monday, 27 October 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0

Over at StampNation there is an online class called A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.  The class includes over 50 very trendy samples and 18 video tutorials teaching you step-by-step how to make these super snazzy projects.  I'm about half way through the class and I'm having fun trying out some of the samples. 

The first session is all about Geometrics.

My first card inspired by Maureen Merritt used some of the chevron's from a Winnie & Walter set.  I put three together onto the block and stamped in green and red Memento inks.  The sentiment is part of a Hero Arts one.    Sequins are very on trendy at the moment so added a few. 

Second card also used a geometric idea.  This one was CASE'd from a card by Gayatri Murali. I used a pennant from a Winnie & Walter set for my trees and a star from the same set stamped in Delicate Golden Glitz ink.  Add some gold sequins and gems.

And for my third card I CASE'd Virginia Lu.  She had used a stencil for her Nordic background but I used a stamp.

I coloured the stamp,  from Simon Says Stamp, with Distress markers and spritzed with water.  I also added some gold stamped sequins.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft, white embossed. 

I'm slowly working my way through the class... I really want to try every single technique.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me.  I really appreciate the time you have taken out of your day. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Triptych scramble

Today it was a 90 minute challenge over at Hero Arts Flickr group.   Kim in Perth Australia got up super early (5am her time) to host the scramble.  That meant it was 10.00am at my time... I had been out to a cafe for breakfast with hubby and got back at 10.15 and saw her challenge.... make a Triptych styled card or set of three ATC's.

I knew straight away what I wanted to do.  I had my distress markers on my desk so pulled out some water colour paper and got started.

Coloured up my all time favourite Poppy Stamp from Hero Arts with the distress markers and spritzed with water.  I then used the distress markers to colour and paint the image.  I then splattered green and red ink over the whole panel.  I then cut into three pieces and mounted them over a maroon panel.  I added the sentiment on vellum.   The stamping, colouring and putting together took 30 minutes and then another 10 to photograph, edit and upload. 

I then, decided to keep going..  I had in mind to do a set of ATC's but was running short of time...

I stamped the background stamp one and half times across an A5 sheet of textured card stock.  I then trimmed it to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, before sponging with distress inks.  I then embossed the sentiment with clear ink over Aged Mahogany ink.  I was running short of time so rather than mount each one individually onto black card, I just added to a DL sized card base.

It's a long weekend here, so I spend some more time stamping yesterday and today  More DT work and a few more Christmas cards.  I've purchased the online class at StampNation and have been trying out some of the techniques and ideas.  More later in the week.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Poinsettia fun

I've been having fun with my new Poinsettia stamp and my patterned papers.  Here are a few more I've done.

I used some cream shimmer card bases and embossed the Poinsettia with Liquid Platinum powder.  I fussy cut them out.  Then using the shimmer bases, Patterned Paper and a variety of sentiments, I made this set of cards.   All nice and CAS.  Just love this stamp.

And one final card today.... I have an Indian friend at work so I made her a Diwali card.

Using yellow and orange distress inks.  The stamps were stamps with Spiced Marmalade distress ink. The Hero Arts sentiment is stamped in red ink and the die cut letters are from a Mama Elephant set.  Finished with some sequins.   This card was inspired by my friend Isha.    Happy Diwali to all my Indian friends. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A weekend of stamping...

This weekend I've had a great crafty time.  I got to spend time with my friends for the first time is a while.  We meet at Helen's place and had an awesome day.


I had a very productive day... I made matching cards in a box for my twin great nephews who turn 8 later in the month.   I'll share them once the boys get cards.  And I made a good start on some Christmas cards.

Merry Be Your Christmas

I have decided to try and use up some of my VAST number of Christmas PP pads.  I also used a new Nellie Snellen die I got from the Great NZ Craft Fair I went to on Friday. (As well as some new Embossing folders, a new stamp, a Wink of Stella pen and some stickers) I really like this die as the inner oval is part of the set of dies.  So you know the inner will fit.  The sentiment on this is a Kaisercraft one. 

Poinsettia Christmas

Next up is another PP and a Poinsettia stamp (the one I got on Friday) by Kiwi Stamping - a NZ company)  I stamped and embossed it three times, twice on red and once on green and fussy cut.  The sentiment is embossed twice on the red card.  It is a Kaisercraft sentiment.  

Seasons Greetings

More use of PP and my new die set.  Very CAS.  The sentiment from Winnie & Walter and has been embossed.  

And finally an embossed card.

Embossed Holly

I added some Wink of Stella to the raised areas and some red watercolouring for the berries.  '
Thank you for taking the time to get this far.  I really appreciate it.

I also had a chance to make some more cards today.  I got another 5 cards done... all in my usual CAS style.  The mojo is simply flowing at the moment. 

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

All that Glitters....

-- latest challenge is up for CCC Digi Creations and it's all about glitter.  Our lovely sponsor this fortnight is


I chose to work with a beautiful image of a Bride and Groom....

 I chose to use soft colours for my colouring - a pale cream colour for her dress and light greys for his suit. It's hard to see in the photo, but there is HEAPS of Wink of Stella and Stickles on her veil, flowers and the punched vellum flowers.  The card also has a nice shimmery colour.  I simply added the "Mr & Mrs" from a Winnie & Walter set.

And today 16th is my Hubby's birthday.  I made him a very CAS almost one layer card.

You are the Best

Using a Stampember set from Simon Says Stamp and Tim Holtz.
Happy Birthday Peter.

Monday, 13 October 2014

With Sympathy

Today was the funeral for my work colleague, Anne and I had made a card to give to her husband, Paul.

With sympathy

There is a bit of a story behind the card.  I have an upcoming challenge that is for Creative Craft Cottage Digi group and it' going to be using glitter on your card.  I decided I would use this image, do some fussy cutting, put some vellum under the frame and lots of Wink of Stella and some Stickles for my glitter.  My outside sentiment is from a Winnie & Walter set and inside, I used a Hero Arts sentiment...  All good you think.... so did I until I went to link to the sponsors website.... what no such image on their site :-(   Boo Hoo I used the wrong sponsors image.  Talk about ning nong!  Anyway I needed the card and was happy with my colouring of the lillies, using some of the techniques I've learnt in the Online Card Class.

Here's a close up of the lillies

Close up of my Lillies.

I'll be back in a few days to share the card I did with the correct sponsors image later in the week.

PS Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.  Hope you have a blessed day.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

More Autumn Leaves

I know that Spring is here in NZ, but I LOVE the Autumn colours and so when I saw that Arlene was hosting a 90 min scramble over on the Hero Arts Flickr Group and it was a 24hr time frame.... which means that within the 24hr period you can make your card but must stick to the 90mins to make your card, photograph it and upload it to the group. 

So at 11.15am Sunday morning I started.

I started by stamping one of the leaves from the Hero Arts set called 3 Leaves.  I used Old Paper distress ink and stamped it onto some Strathmore Water colour paper.  I then used the wet on wet technique to colour with some Kohi-nor watercolour paints.  Once they dried I fussy cut them out.  I took card base and used some watered down ink to add splatters and stamped the Hero Arts sentiment.  I added two stripes of some shimmery card and then added the leaves with some dimensional tape down the middle.   All that took me 30 mins and then another 10 to photograph, edit and upload.

I'm adding this to a these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp ~ Watercolour
City Crafter Challenge blog ~ leaves
Crafty Catz challenge ~ Autumn
Wags'n' Whiskers ~ Fall Colours

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Autumn Leaves

 Today I'm sharing a card I made for Die Cut Divas. 

Autumn birthday.

I used Mia (available here).  I coloured her with Copics and cut with a Spellbinders oval die.  I used some techniques I learnt in the latest Online Card Classes - clouds in the background and the grass.  My background was fun to make.  I used some heavy kraft paper and embossed it.  I then took a Kaleidacolor inkpad called Autumn colours and using a brayer coloured up the embossing and the background.  I then used the same ink to colour another piece of paper and stamped a leaf from a Winnie & Walter stamp and fussy cut the leaves.  The sentiment is from the same Winnie & Walter set and is stamped in a speech bubble die cut from Penny Black.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come and join me and the Divas with your Autumn or Spring projects. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

WCMD Part 2

Here are the cards I made on Sunday.... 5th here in NZ but still the 4th in USA - so that was good enough for me to play again.

Snowflake border

This one used a new Couture Creations die I picked up half price from The Warehouse.  I cut it from white card and covered it with Stickles.  Just added to a red card and then white embossed a Kaisercraft stamp.  Very CAS for sure.

Photo card

This one, again a CAS card, is for a technique swap.  To use a photo on your card....I saw this photo on an email I got - you know the ones... beautiful photos and inspiring sayings.  I just copied it and put into word doc and softened the colours.    The sentiment from Kaisercraft was embossed to make it stand out.

Did get one more made but it's for Die Cut Divas and will be shown later this week. 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

World Card Making Day

4th October is World Card Making Day.  That was yesterday in my part of the world and I had the pleasure of spending some time crafting with a friend.

World Card Making Day 2014

This is Suna getting on with her cards.

I managed to get 3 Christmas cards done and finish off a card in a box.

This is for friend's birthday.  Another friend got me to make this.

For my next two cards use a Hero Arts Holly stamp

 The first one was inked with HA Green Hills ink and Golden Glitz ink and for the second one I used Peeled Paint for the Holly and once again stamped the outline in the gold ink.  I used Shabby Shutters to sponge the edges.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

And my final card is one I CASE'd from a magazine that came with the Bo Bunny papers and stamps.

Didn't quite come out as well as I hoped as I over distressed the centre piece.

And today I managed to get some more cards done... some for my DT work and a couple more.  So all in all, a great weekend crafting for me.   Hope you weekend was as much fun as mine. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

OCC Homework...

 I am really pleased to be taking part the latest Online Card Class.  I'm learning a lot about using my Copic Markers.  Week 1 was all about learning techniques and doing lots of practise.  I haven't had as much time to do as much practise as I want but I did make a card from one of my favourite images that we got as part of the class.

Colouring with Copics

In real life the colours are more orangey.  The background is an apricot ink from Hero Arts inked onto the embossing folder before embossing the card.  The sentiment from Inkadinkado was black embossed to stand out.  This card is heading off to one of my card group friends for her birthday on Monday. 

I've got another couple of more different colours of flowers coloured up and ready to make into cards.  I really need to get the "real" stamp and it's matching die. 

Hope every one has a great weekend... enjoy World Card Making Day.  I'm having a friend from work coming around to spend a couple of hours with me on Saturday.  Hoping to start on some Christmas cards. 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bingo time and Borders and Punches

The beginning of the month is a busy time for me... both Creative Craft Cottage and CCC Digi Creations start a new challenge.
Over at Creative Craft Cottage our theme is Colour/Bingo


I used the Bingo board...the top line..

 My white background was cut with a Penny Black die which I then added to a cream white card base.  The flowers are from a Spellbinders die, cut from some Core'dinations card which was then sanded. Tiny buttons added for my flower centres.  Added these over a leaf die from Hero Arts.  Finished with a  white seam binding bow. My sentiment is from Hero Arts.  This card is also the one I sent to Cat in USA for my September CCC.

At CCC Digi Designs our theme is Borders/Punches.  Our sponsor is Oak Pond Creations

I chose to use a pretty bouquet of daisies.

I printed it onto some blue card and the used a Martha Stewart round the edge punch to make my frame.  Used some Glossy Accents on the flower centres.

I see I had a bit of a theme going here too...

Hope you take some time to visit the blogs and see what my team mates came up with. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Change of Seasons... Spring/Autumn

It's my turn to challenge you at Die Cut Divas this month.  I've decided my theme will be Change of Seasons... Here in NZ and the Southern Hemisphere our season change  is heading into Spring while in the Northern Hemisphere it's changing from Summer to Autumn or Fall as the American's call the season.  So have fun and join us making either a Spring project or an Autumn project. 

Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Design

I chose a very cute Teddy Bear image called Nature Watching to make a Spring card

I practised my Copic colouring class techniques.  I used some grey colours on the yellow of the egg to give some shading.  My bear was given some texture by dotting with a colourless blender.    My sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and was embossed with Platinum embossing powder.  

Do hop over to the blog and see what the other's have created.