Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Thanks to CAS-ual Fridays...

Over at Die Cut Divas this month, CAS-ual Fridays has been our sponsor.  Our theme is "Anything Goes" with an

I have a few CAS-ual Friday's stamps and dies. Here is my card for the final day of the month.

I used a piece of card stock I had previously embossed with an Altenew Stencil.  I love the subtle texture this technique gives. I used the stamps from CAS-ual Fridays' Pretty Posies set.  I white embossed them and then used Altenew Watercolour Paints - Coral Berry and Purple Wine.  My leaves were die cut with Casual Vine die (no longer available) from some of the Gelli plate inked backgrounds I made in the last weekend.  A few Nuvo drops and the white embossed sentiment finished my card.

Thanks CAS-ual Fridays for sponsoring our challenge. 

Monday, 29 July 2019

Bitz and Bobs

The little NZ swap group I belong to had a fun challenge this month.   Last month when we sent our swap card we had to send a little bag of Bitz and Bobs... some of those bits and pieces that we have in our "maybe some day" pile.   And when we got the bits our challenge was to make a card using them to make a card and send back to the sender.    Jude sent me a great pile of goodies.  These is what was left after I had made my card for here

I added the red base and the white embossed background.  All the rest were the bitz that Jude sent.

Carol made a mistake and sent to me as well.   So I made her a card using the her bits and bobs.

I added was the white card base and the grey mat around the sentiment as well as the gold gems.

And here is a quick pic of my little sweetie

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Monoprinting Made Easy - home work

I signed up for the Altenew Academy class "Monoprinting Made Easy" with Sara Naumann  and have watched all your tutorial videos.  This afternoon I got to play.  I have a 3" x 5" gelli plate - the same size as Sara used.   I tried a number of the different ways to use Inks - dye inks and pigment inks, Alcohol inks, watercolour paints and sprays.  I did not have much success with the AI - the glossy card stuck to me gelli plate and left it ruined, luckily either side of the plate can be used.

As you see lots of background made.  Some I'm happy with, some not so happy but I'm sure I'll be able to do something with them.

I made two cards so far.  Both are from Day 1 - using Dye inks

This one uses three inks dragged across the gelli plate and spritzed with water and then a print pulled onto copy paper.    I copied Sara's design - adding my favourite Beautiful Day stamp.

With this one, I used two green inks - and then used the leaf stamp from the Beautiful Day set to pull off some of the inks.  I stamped this ink onto white card to make another background.  Used copy paper to pull the background.  I used a darker green ink to stamp onto the background.  I trimmed and added to the green mat.  Sentiment from Altenew Sentiment Stripes.

this is the leaves I stamped off.  I loved this idea so I did a few more backgrounds in different colours.

So lots more backgrounds to keep me going for a while.

As I was trying out a new technique, I am adding this to Virginia's Show and Share....
Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting to you all.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Anything Goes at Die Cut Divas

Hi there.  It's my turn to share a card at Die Cut Divas.

This month's challenge theme is "Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Patriotic".
 and our sponsor is 
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps

I have used CAS-ual Friday stamps and die to make my card.
I started by die cutting some watercolour paper with a Lil'Inkers die.  I then stamped and white embossed the music from CAS-ual Fridays set- Love Notes.  Next was to add some water colour 
paint.  I then added the  CAS-ual Friday Treble Clef die cut (thanks Arlene for sending me some of these) and added the little sentiment from the stamp set. 

Do come and join us at Die Cut Divas.

WWC231 Tristan's "All About Occasions" Challenge

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

My card today was inspired by an Altenew Academy class I took recently called 3D Floral Focus.  I just had to order two new 3D floral dies... and this card used one of them - Wild Rose 3D die.

For this card I started by using some cream card stock and stamped the background flowers from Altenew Floral Fantasy set using Fushia and Magenta inks.  I missed out the first layer of the flower.  I used some Firefly and Fresh Leaf green inks to stamps the leaves.  Next was some fine splatters using the Magenta and Fresh Leaf inks.   The sentiment from Altenew Sincere Greetings with the new Altenew pigment ink - Obsidian (let me tell you it is INCEDIBLE).  To make up my Wild Rose I die cut all the pieces from white card and then used the pink inks with the first layer being Baby Pink.  For the centre I used Sunkissed and Orange Cream.   The leaves used the Firefly and Fresh Leaf with Shadow Creek.    I added some dimensional tape to add the rose. 

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 11.00am NZ time) to link up your project.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Make a Wish..

I got lots of new goodies over the weekend so just had to try out my new Altenew Mid Century frame die.

I used some silver mirror card to die cut the frame.  I added it to my light grey card. I used some   silver embossing powder to add the sentiment.   I added some of the wide washi (Monochrome) to white card and fussy cut some of the flowers.   I also die cut some leaves from the washi.  Once I was happy with the layout I added to the card.  Some is stuck directly onto the base and some with 3D tape.  I finished with some silver sticker dots.   

I can't wait to get more cards done with the stash I got.  Working full time is getting in the way of my crafting!!!!! 

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

My weekend fun

NB - photo heavy

My weekend started a day early on Friday when I took a day's leave to spend some time at SENZ (NZ's biggest craft fair of the year)  I picked up my friend, Suna and we got to the venue at around 9.15am - it opened to pre-purchased ticket holders at 9.30.   We had a ball walking around checking out the stalls and catching up with some friends.  We even got to see the one and only Dyan Reaveley doing a mini demo at the Warehouse Stationery stall.

I spent up large... on some necessities like storage pockets and glues and then some fun stamps, dies and stencils.

I did a make and take at Uniquely Creative - the sweet little elephant water colouring - love the stamping so much I got the stamps and dies - as a kit including some patterned paper and flowers.  I even found time when I got home Friday evening to make a sweet little card for my son to give his partner, from their daughter, her birthday.

Saturday I went again to the fair.... as I was booked into a class in the afternoon.  Interactive cards with Paula from Craftables.  It was a full on 2 hours - got 3 kits to make interactive cards...we managed to get two made, and one to bring home to finish.

 This one has a magnetic closure which allows the centre panel to open and has a gift card envelope inside. 
The second one is a hidden pull sentiment.   Lots of fussy cutting of the flowers and leaves on both cards.    The one I still have to do is a telescopic card.  Luckily Paula has written detailed instructions. 

Sunday - I've started making cards - will share them later... and then a visit with Grace to drop of her Mummy's birthday present.    Here is Grace with her Pop

So if you made it this far.... thank you! 

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Hero Arts 90 minute Scramble

The lovely Cindy has decided to host a 90 minute scramble -  last night I got some time (spread over about a 3 hour time frame) and finished within 75 minutes.  Cindy chose a theme of a Tall/Long card.

I started by making my background.  I used a silicone mat (a pet mat I got for $5) to smoosh some Distress inks (Wild Honey, Lucky Clover, Candied Apple, Wilted Violet) onto the mat and spritzed with water.  I dragged my card panel through it, dried and then added more colours and layers.  Once I was happy and the panel was dry I took Hero Arts Antique Background and some Ground Expresso Distress ink and inked up, wiping off some parts before stamping it twice onto the panel.  I stamped two butterflies from Antique Engraving and then painted them using the Candied Apple and Wild Honey mixed with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  The sparkle is amazing.  I had a panel of gold ink which I used to stamp my sentiment from Message with Flourish.

I'm also entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - make your own background.  And also the latest challenge at A2Z Scrapbook blog - Sparkle & Shine.  My butterflies are very shimmery and sparkly.

Tomorrow I'm off the the Big NZ craft fair - SENZ.  Can't wait.  I'm picking up my friend, Suna, on the way and then Saturday I'm back there in the afternoon to take a class.  I have quite a list of some essentials and some other goodies I would like. 

WWC 230 Kath's Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Kath is our hostess this week with a Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge.

Here's my card for today

Isn't this just lovely.  I brought a magazine a few weeks ago and these stamps were the free gift.  It's called British Garden.  There are lots of lovely birds and bits and pieces.  I CASE'd a card from the Magazine.  I stamped the leaves around the edge, added the sentiment, stamped the shovel and then on a separate scrap of card I stamped the bird.  I used a variety of alcohol markers to colour in the images.  I fussy cut the bird and added it to the top of the shovel.  I kept the card relatively simple with no other embellishments... it is a guy card after all!

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 11.00am NZ time) to link up your project

Sunday, 14 July 2019

More 3D Floral Focus homework

Today I'm sharing some more homework from the Altenew Academy class - 3D Floral Focus.  I was so taken by the inspiration from the class that I just had to order two new 3D dies.   I got Wild Rose 3D die and Virginia  Rose 3D die and they arrived on Thursday.

For today's card I used the Virginia Rose dies.    Day 5 of class was to use designer paper/patterned paper with the dies.   I have used some rose gold foil card as well as the patterned paper.

It was really hard to take the photo of the gold foil card.  I layered the Patterned paper with the foil card.   I decided to use some maroon card for my card.  It is embossed around the edge.  The sentiment (from More Than Words stamp set) was embossed with Rose Gold powder.  I finished off with some translucent gold gems.

I'm also entering this one into Virginia's Show and Share for July

I also got some DT work done - so keep an eye out over the next few weeks.

I'll leave you with a couple of super sweet photo of Miss Grace... 9 weeks old now and super smiley

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Boys are the Bomb at Southern Girls Challenge.

It time for another challenge at Southern Girls.  Our theme this month is "Boys are the Bomb"

DT Badge 

For my card I have used an image from Mo Manning's Skateboard Schoolboy

I printed out the image, and once I coloured I fussy cut it out.  I made the background by embossing some blue/grey card with a Tim Holtz brick folder.   I then wiped over the embossing with some white acrylic white paint. I added it to a pearlised grey base card.   The sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Entering into Virginia's Show and Share with this one.  

WWC#229 Helen's "All About Occasions" challenge

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

I recently got another one of the larger Washi from Altenew.  This one is called Teal Shadow.  It can be die cut with dies that match - Floral Shadow.  However as I don't have these dies, I put the washi onto some white card and fussy cut out the pieces.  I layered them onto my card panel in a pleasing manner. I then used the beautiful shimmery Enchanted Gold pigment ink to stamp the sentiment from Label Love. 

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 11.00am NZ time) to link up your project

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Christmas Hot Chocolate

Jo's Christmas Kickstart challenge has a fun theme this time around.... Your Favourite Hot Beverage.  I don't drink coffee so my hot beverage is Hot Chocolate


For my main image I have printed out an image from Graciellie Designs called "Christmas Cheer" onto some watercolour paper.    I used some Altenew Watercolour pan paints to colour the image.  The sentiment is from the same digital set,.  I added some red splatters, and some gold Nuvo drips. 

I enjoyed making this card.  

Thanks for stopping by today... 

Thursday, 4 July 2019

WWC228 Marsha's Feminine "Anything Goes" challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Marsha is our hostess this week with a Feminine "Anything Goes" challenge

I've made a fun girly card today with a sweet little mermaid.

This card came about as I was practising some stencil techniques.  I had used a Simon Says Stamp Wave stencil and some blending brushes and Altenew Turquoise ink.  I blended the ink, then moved the stencil a little and blended again.  I then spritzed the stencil with water and "stamped" it on the blended piece.  This gave a nice bit of texture.    The panel sat for a while as I really didn't know what to do with it.  Then I saw this cute little mermaid at Whimsy Stamps.  It's a digital stamp do I printed it onto some white card and then used a variety of Alcohol markers to colour it.  I fussy cut it and added to the stenciled background.  The sentiment is from Lovely Flowers by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I added it to the blue card base and added some white Nuvo Drops. 

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 11.00am NZ time) to link up your project

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

June CCC Reveal

It's time for the reveal over at The Card Chain Challenge -  June's themes


Theme Options: CAS, feathers or friendship or Product / Technique Options: Wink of Stella and/or glitter.

My card for Janet in Mauritius used the sketch, CAS and feathers

The feathers are from a WPlus9 stamp and die set.  I used some PP for my stripe.  Add a little friend sentiment and the Hello with a few sequins.  

Had fun making this.  It's always fun to make and send a card - in my case, mostly overseas.  And I received a beautiful card from Kath in England 



Monday, 1 July 2019

CAS-ual Fridays at Die Cut Divas

It's a new month so a new challenge at Die Cut Divas..

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 

Our theme is "Anything Goes" with an optional twist of Patriotic

My card today is a CAS floral (my favourite genre at the moment)

I used Pretty Posies from CAS-ual Fridays.  I coloured the flower and leaves with Prismacolor Pencils and fussy cut them out.  I used an embossing folder from Couture Creations called Diagonal Stripes.  I stamped the sentiment from the set and die cut with a My Favorite Things Die-namics sentiment stripe die.   

Do come and join us.