Sunday, March 31, 2019

Christmas Kickstart challenge - Delectable Die cuts.

My online friend Jo has started a neat challenge this year called Christmas Kickstart.... to get those Christmas cards started early!  The latest challenge is Delectable Die Cuts
All of you who visit me regularly know I love die cutting and have a huge supply - often picked up as part of freebies in Magazines and many just bought because I like them!

I saw a challenge over at Splitcoaststampers to make a wreath, without using a wreath stencil or other such tool... so I thought I'd give it a go - I knew I was going to add a die cut piece to it so would be perfect for Jo's challenge too.   After about 5 goes at trying to get a nice wreath, I finally decided it would be easiest to use a die cut circle to stamp around.... so here it is finally...


I die cut a white circle and added the flowers and leaves around the edge using a set of Peg stamps "Holiday Garden" around the edge  Added some Nuvo drops to the flowers and around the branches.  The sentiment came from a set that originally came with a magazine but which my newsagent was selling seperately.  I had told myself not to buy Christmas magazines in February and March, but couldn't resist when just stamps were being sold for $5.  It is a sweet little sentiment.  The die cut bell also came from a set I picked up for $2.00.  I cut it with some silver glitter and a bit of green card.  Added some red Nuvo drops for the berries on the holly.   Loved the patterned paper from Reflections "Northern Lights" pad.  A few clear sequins and I called it done.

Hope you are all having a great weekend.  I've managed to make a number of cards so am well  advanced with my DT work... 7 blog posts scheduled, 3 cards in envelopes ready to post away tomorrow and lots of ideas tumbling around in my mind, but not a lot of time left in the weekend for me.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

WWC#214 Marsha's "All About Occasions" challenge


Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Marsha is our hostess this week with an " All About Occasions" Challenge. 

 

I wanted an Easter card to send to my little Grandson.  I chose a digital image by "From The Heart" called Easter Trio that I have had for a number of year. ( Sadly, this company no longer exists)  


I printed the image and the matching sentiment onto my white card and used a rectangle die to cut it out.  I used my Prismacolour pencils to colour it in.  I then added to a creamy base for a quick CAS card.   A few spots of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen was all the embellishment it needed.

Come join in the fun.  Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Mondays at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Tuesdays at 1pm NZ time) to link up your project.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

For Someone Special...


My post for Watercooler Wednesday is HERE
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Over at Southern Girls, Team Trace are up with a "For Someone Special" Challenge.  I used a  image from A Day for Daisies called "Flowers in my Garden


I printed out the image and coloured with some alcohol markers.  I trimmed it into a square and layered onto some pink card.  I took my white card base and a stencil and some pink ink and using a brush from Picket Fence to blend over the stencil.   I stamped the sentiment and then added the focal panel with some dimensional tape. 

Do come and join us at Southern Girls

WWC213 -Karen's Masculine"Anything Goes" challenge



Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Karen is our hostess this week with an "Anything goes" masculine challenge.




I always struggle with masculine cards but I must admit being part of the Watercooler Wednesday has helped me.  My card today uses a Spellbinder 3D embossing folder called Creative Clogs.  I took some Vintage Photo Distress ink and a Picket Fence Life Changing blending brush to added colour to the background.  Boy these brushes are AWESOME!  so easy to use.   I added a stamped sentiment from a Jane's Doodles set called Cake using Versafine Onyx Black.   For my car I used a die from Craft Creations called Morrie Minor from the Iconic NZ dies set.   I cut the main card from glossy black card, used some silver paper to the cut out pieces and some vellum for the windows and pieced them together.    I finished with a few Stampendous Dot Sparklers silver stickers.

Come join in the fun and make a masculine creation .  Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Mondays at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Tuesdays at 1pm NZ time) to link up your project.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Morgan's Artsworld Lady

Hi there.... I'm here today to share a card I made for Die Cut Divas this month.  Our challenge is Anything Goes.  Our sponsor is Morgan's Artworld

Morgan's ArtWorld 


I printed out my image and then cut it using a Spellbinders frame die.  The final card ended up a bigger size so I'll be making an envelope for it.   I coloured this lady with a mixture of Copics and Altenew alcohol makers.  

Do come and join us at Die Cut Divas

As this goes live, I will be spending the weekend with my Dad in Upper Hutt (near Wellington at the bottom of the North Island)  we managed to get really good airfares - $39 each way so we are flying down very early on Sat morning and coming back just after lunch on Sunday.  It's been around 10 months since I've seen him so looking forward to it very much.  Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

WWC#212 "Tristan's All About Occasions" challenge

Welcome back for this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge.  Tristan is our hostess and it's an "All About Occasions" challenge.




One of my Kit'n'Clowder swap partners sent me a gorgeous little stamp set for Close to my Heart that had the little heart and butterfly.  I used my MISTI and Gina K Wreath Builder stencil to make this cute as wreath.The hearts and butterflies were coloured with my Zig watercolour markers.   I added a little green leaf and the peach dots to finish it off.  The sentiment is from the CTMH set as well.   I decided to edge with some blue oxide ink and sponged it with my new Life Changing brushes from Picket Fence.    They are so easy to use.

Come join in the fun and make a project all about an occasion.  There are heaps you can choose .  Check out the projects that the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Mondays at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Tuesdays at 1pm NZ time) to link up your project.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Using a background stamp or two.

My blog friend Greta, is a guest designer over at Just Us Girls this month.  Her post the other day was for the theme - Use a background stamp.  Greta had tried out a technique by Jennifer McGuire which inspired me to try it out.  (Here is Jennifer's technique)  It's a Distress Monoprint one... and I have to say my attempt was a dismal failure!  I think my clear embossing powder is past it!  It really didn't go on smoothly and when I went to do the spritzing and running through my Cuttlebug... not a lot happened.  Hardly any ink transferred and I could see an imprint from the embossing.  Well I thought I might as well use the piece.... I had used a Hero Arts background stamp with Distress inks.


So you can see only a tiny bit of the ink transfer  so I pulled out some more Hero Arts background stamps.  This one was a cling stamp called Antique Background.  I randomly inked it with some green ink and dabbed some bits off and stamped it over the background piece.  I pulled out a very old favourite Stamp and Die set and used Lime Rickey Catherine Pooler inks to stamp up the butterfly.  I used a Spectrum Noir glitter pen to move the ink around and added some Tiki Torch ink for the circles.  Finished with a Catherine Pooler die cut sentiment.

Entering this into the JUG's challenge.  I enjoyed pulling out my older backgrounds - many of them on big blocks and not having seen the light of day for quite some time.


And as I tried something new, I'm entering this into Virginia's March "Show and Share" challenge.


Also entering the colour it in at A2Z Scrapbooking challenge
Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Bendi Card

Well I miss read the challenge for my NZ card swap group.  Jude's challenge was to make a Bendi Frame card- with an animal on it,  and I did a Bendi Fold card. Back to the drawing board for me!  Oh well, I'd never made one before so it will was great to try the fold out.  I'm sure I'll find someone to send it to.... Plus as it is a scene card I'll be entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge -Create a Scene.

I googled Bendi card and found some great tutorials, but went with the one I found at Splitcoaststampers.  I don't usually use American sizes for my cards - our card stock is slightly longer and slightly less in width... but today I had bought some card stock that was wider and taller than usual so was able to trim it to the correct 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" size.  So here's what I did :


I've made a Garden scene.  I used the new green card stock to made the card base. I used some gorgeous patterned paper.  Wish I knew who made it, but the packaging has gone!  It's A4 sized and card weight.  I missed measured, so needed to added the scalloped edge to hide where it was a bit short.  It think it gives the impression of grass.   I added a park bench die cut (Couture Creations) cut from brown card and two kitties ( Cosy Kitties - Poppy Stamps) cut from black card.  I used a floral die (Bella Bouquet - Memory Box) to add in one corner.  Added some Nuvo drops in Ivory Seashell and Autumn Red.   Added a sentiment from an Altenew stamp set - Engraved Flowers.

I enjoyed the making this card fold and will try it again some time.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

WWC#211 - Kath's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Welcome to this week's challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.  Kath's our hostess and her theme is Feminine -Anything Goes .


My card today is for Erin (my son's partner) - she had her baby shower last weekend. 


I used a Bugaboo digital stamp called "JJ Shopping for Two".  I used some patterned paper from a magazine.  My image was coloured with Altenew markers and Copic marker.

Only another 8 or so weeks till our Little Wriggler arrives.  Can't wait to meet her.

Come join in the fun and make a feminine project .  Check out what the artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Mondays at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Tuesdays at 1pm NZ time) to link up your project.

Thanks of visiting today. 


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Febraury CCC reveal

I missed a few months of taking part in the CCC swaps.. but joined in for February.  And got to send a card to my good friend Arlene. 

I chose to use the sketch

 

Here is my card


I started with a background piece that was in my "stuff" box.  I had made it by dropping alcohol inks onto a water bath and dunking my card.  It dried very soft and pretty. For my stripes and dots I used a Winnie and Walter Scenery Stripes stamped with Catherine Pooler's Juniper Mist ink.  I had some of the Altenew Hennah Element flowers stamped out and just had to do a few more.  I used a mixture of Altenew Markers and Copic Markers to colour the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Engraved Flowers set.

Thanks for checking in today. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

A Very Bear-y-Christmas.

Over at my blog friend, Jo's  Christmas Kickstart Challenge , her theme is Have a very Bear-y Christmas.
 

I've finally got around to making my first Christmas card to enter into her challenge.  


I took a freebie Teddy stamp (designed by Adam Prescott) from 2009 and  stamped and coloured with some Altenew Alcohol markers.  I die cut it with a Simon Says stitched circle and matted with a die cut piece of PP.  I then added it to a panel of PP.  I've added tiny dots of Nuvo Drops to the centre of the stars.

Today I went to Erin's baby shower and took my nappy cake.... and to my surprise, Erin's Mum had made one too.  A little different to mine.  She had added her nappies differently and it had the cutest little bunnies made with face washers.  Just adorable.  So Erin is well set up with nappies for the first little while.  She got some of the cutest little clothes the baby.  My friend, Yvonne, left a little surprise in Erin and Kieran's ensuite.... a potty filled with lemon jelly and little mini frankfurters.... you get the idea!!!!  Erin didn't find it till after we left!  

Thanks for stopping by today.