Saturday, 29 February 2020

Hero Arts Flowers

It's the last day of February so it's the final day for the challenge at Die Cut Divas.   Our theme is month has been Hearts and/or Flowers.  And our wonderful sponsor is 

I have a lot of older Hero Arts stamps and dies and for today I am using a Color Layering Hibiscus set.

I used both the bigger and smaller Hibiscus flowers and both the bigger and smaller leaves.  I used Altenew inks as they come in sets of matching colours.  For the flowers I used Coral Bliss, Heartbeat and Vineyard Berry with Andromeda for the stamen.  The leaves are a mixture of Firefly and Green Fields.  I took a piece of teal textured card and a Hibiscus Embossing Folder to make the background.  Added a piece of green and a stripe of yellow across the card.   I added the flowers with some dimensionals and the leaves were glue straight onto the base.  I die cut the Couture Creations Hello Friend from dark blue card.  

You have till 9.00pm Pacific Time to join us with your Flowers/Hearts.

Take a Leap at Sweet Stampin' Challenge

This year is a leap year so today our challenge at Sweet Stampin' is "Take A Leap"

This is a very open theme...(interpret it how you want - use kangaroos, frogs, leaping in puddles, proposals of marriage, something that only happens every 4 get the idea!)

So how did I interpret this theme?

 Yes... I chose to use a frog jumping out of the lake....

I used a stamp, stencil and die set that came with a magazine a couple of years ago.... I used the stencil with some blue inks to make a background, added some reeds and lightly sponged the lake.  Used some blue card to cut out splash and sponged some darker ink around the edges.  I did the same with the little splashes.  I stamped the frog onto some green cards and used some green markers to add some shading.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card and fussy cut it out

I thought my little grandson would love this card so I've sent it off to him. 

Over at Daring Cardmakers the challenge is also "Take a Flying Leap" so I'm entering this there.

I'm also entering this into the Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

WWC#260 Karen's Challenge - All About Occasions

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

 Today I am sharing a card I made a few weeks ago while I was crafting with my friend Suna.  I borrowed her Go Press and Foil machine and a foil die to make the sentiment.  I used a gold Holographic foil.

 I had taken a piece of pink watercoloured card with me and used this to make the flower with the Floral Fantasy 3D die set.  Luckily the paper was a bit ombre which allowed me to layer a few different tones of the pink.  Add a layer of Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.  I cut the leaves from some green striped paper which I edged with some green ink.  I matted the panel onto some pink card and then onto a white base.  A few clear gems finished the card.  I did have a bit of a opps with it... the green ink pad accidentally got onto back of the card and went through the bottom layer.  I was able to save the card by trimming off the top layer and adding it to another base.

Come and join the fun.  Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday
Challenge have created.  Then take our challenge and link your creation to the challenge post.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday at 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (Tuesday at 12.00 noon NZ time ) to link up your project.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Hearts and Flowers at Die Cut Divas

It's time for my day at Die Cut Divas.  Our sponsor this month is Hero Arts.  And our theme is " Hearts and/or Flowers. 

Most of my Hero Arts stamps are very old.... today's stamps goes back to 2011 and  2016

 The Etched Flowers are from 2011 and the Heart Pattern Bold Print background from 2016

I used some Hero Arts Lemon Yellow ink to stamp the background and also used it and some orange watercolour markers to colour the Etched flowers.  I used some Emerald Green HA ink with some light green marker to colour the leaves.  I used my Scan'n'Cut to cut it out.... that was a mission as the machine couldn't read the fine lines between the big rose and the leaves off it and cut them separately so it was just a matter of piecing them back together.   I used a hello die cut - cut three times and layered together for my sentiment.

A few more days to join our challenge this month.   We'd love to have you join us. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Altenew Inspiration Monthly challenge.... find beauty in every day

Hi there... if you need a distraction what do you do?  Make a card of course!  So I made this card for the Altenew February Inspiration challenge...

 This was the inspiration photo.  And here's what I did

I used the Simple Beauty stamp set with Silver Lake ink.  I missed the first layer of colour and then just stamped the second layer - in Fresh lemon for the bigger flower and Maple Yellow for the smaller one.  Added some green and then Honey Drizzle for the flower centres.  For the leaves I used Shadow Creek and Mountain Pine inks.  It's a bit hard to see, but I took a tiny round blending brush and blended a halo of Citrus Burst around the flower.  I took some Enchanted Gold ink and watered it down to add a few subtle splatters.   The sentiment is from Classic Beauty set.    An apt sentiment for me at the moment.

I'm also adding this to the "Add Leaves" to The Flower Challenge.

and Add a Sentiment at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

Thanks for stopping by.  

WWC # 259 Dawn's Challenge - Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. It's my turn to host this week and our challenge is Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist.  

 I recently look part in an Altenew Academy class called Mission: Impossible with tutor  Nicole Watts.  It was all about using different ideas to inspire you including using a sketch.  Nicole showed how she made her sketches.   Here is one of the sketches she designed. 

 For my card I changed up the oblongs to circles.

My base is a dark grey card which I splattered with some diluted white paint.  I used a variety of blue Altenew inks with the Halftone Circles stamp to make my circles.  I added the little sentiment in silver embossing powder also from Altenew.  

Come and join the fun.  Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday
Challenge have created.  Then take our challenge and link your creation to the challenge post.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday at 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (Tuesday at 12.00 noon NZ time ) to link up your project.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Watercolour florals - using a halftone stamp set

Hi.  Today I am sharing a card I made with one of my latest stamps set I've purchased.  I was lucky to win a gift voucher for Altenew so got a few stamp sets... one being Watercolor Halftone.  It intrigued me with it's variation already build into the stamp set.  There were lots of inspiring samples on the blog hop -

So here is a quick card I made using my MISTI to help me stamp the image.   I saw someone do this with the colours I used, but can't find it now...

I used some textured card stock to stamp onto.  I added colours with the little ink pads and blended with a blender brush.  I did a lot of adding colours - three pinks and a bit of purple and two greens.   The textured card stock gives it the look of being on canvas.  I mounted the panel onto some magenta card and then used the same card to add the white embossed sentiment to the middle.  No other embellishments were needed.  The base card is 5" square.

I'm adding this to the "Add Leaves" challenge at The Flower Challenge.  Luckily the leaves are part of the flower bouquet.  

Thanks for visiting today. 

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Double Point card.

February's challenge at my NZ Swap group was a Double Point card.  I have to admit to not knowing what this technique was, so as Val suggested, I used pinterest and You Tube to find the answer.  And boy is it a gorgeous card to make...

I chose to add my double point card to a base, so it was easy to stay stable.   I did have a few issues... a bit of finagling to set it all to fit together.  Made a boo boo on the top layer under the opening...hence there being three layers instead of two.  Still I bet if I hadn't told you, you wouldn't have noticed.  The oval is a Spellbinders one (Floral Ovals), as is the white oval (Classic Ovals).  I added a rose bud from Altenew Peony Bouquet.  The sentiment is from Altenew Beautiful Day set.   My PP is from a pack with some gold foiled card. 

Here it is opened.... The flowers are from the Beautiful Days set and the sentiment from Kaisercraft,  

And I even decorated the inside of the base card. 

I got my ideas from two different bloggers and their videos

Thanks for stopping by... I've had a great weekend playing with new stamps - made three cards for my Altenew Swap on Facebook but can't share until the recipients get their cards.  One to Iceland, one to US and one to Australia...  

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Birthday Boys at Sweet Stampin' challenge

Hi there.  It's time for another challenge at Sweet Stampin' challenge blog and our theme this week is Birthday Boys.

My little grandson turns four this year... April 20th in fact, but I've made his card already!  I bought a Whimsy Stamps digital stamp in January and knew I wanted to make Archie's card straight away!

Isn't this just a cutest little surfer Dude.... the stamp is called "Dude"  I have used Prismacolor pencils and some Copics to colour him up.  His shorts are to symbolise  the surfer club that my daughter and son-in-law belong to.  Their colours are yellow tops and red shorts.  I used my scan'n'cut to cut him out.  The background is some Patterned paper is from a pack by Uniti.  The sentiment is an old one from Penny Black and the #4 is die cut with a Mama Elephant die set.

Do come and share your Birthday Boy cards.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

WWC 258 Marsha's Challenge: All about Occasions

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

Today I am sharing a birthday card.  This came about as I was tidying up my space and found a kit I brought many years ago.  Inside the package was a decoupage flower, some card stock, an embossed card panel and a stamped sentiment.  So I quickly was able to put together this card.

I used glue dots between the layers of the flower.  There were 5 layers. The flower was added with a dimensional.  I added the pink matting around the sentiment and added it behind the flower.  A few enamel dots finished the card.

Come and join the fun.  Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday
Challenge have created.  Then take our challenge and link your creation to the challenge post.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday at 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (Tuesday at 12.00 noon NZ time ) to link up your project.

Monday, 10 February 2020


I was visiting my blog friend Jo's blog (here) and she is a designer team member for The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers... a simply fun blog - their latest challenge theme is C is for CATS.

Jo made a super cool card.  I knew I wanted to use Tim Holtz Crazy Cats to make a card, so did some google searching to find a punny sentiment

I loved this sentiment and I used my computer to generate it directly to the card before I did some ombre sponging with a mixture of Altenew inks and Distress inks. I deliberately left it messy to give some movement and texture to the background.  I added some pen lines around the sentiment.  I stamped the cat directly to the card and then again onto some scrap card which I coloured up and fussy cut and laid directly over the stamped image.

I also noted that Addicted to CAS has Ombre as the key word this challenge so I am adding this to the challenge


I giving this to our cat-sitter.  Our cat is black but brown looked better on the card.

Friday, 7 February 2020

CAS stencil with Foiling

I saw that the latest CAS Stencil challenge has been posted and this time the key word is "Foil"

This week I bought myself the WRMK Foil Quill set for my Scan'n'Cut and also the medium freestyle pen.  I haven't tried the machine yet, but thought this challenge would help me get started with the freestyle pen.

I chose to try it out with an Altenew Stencil (Flowing Hearts)

I used the pen to colour in the stencil... a few missing bits and pieces but overall I was very happy with the results.    I've added a sentiment strip from the Altenew Sentiments strips set.  I trimmed the panel and layered it onto some red card.  Added a few gold sequins to finish.  Even though there are a few layers and some sequins I think it is still CAS enough.

I've had a lovely day today... Yesterday was Waitangi Day (New Zealand's national day) so I took the day off today to make a 4 day weekend.  Hubby had to do his job in the morning and afternoon - He drives a mini van to take Special Needs children to and from school.  So once he was home this morning we did the housework and then the grocery shopping.  After lunch he headed back to do the afternoon run and I made this card before heading to the beach for a swim and sunbathe.  We've been having some super warm days over the last three weeks or so.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Anything Goes at Southern Girls Challenge.

Hi It's Team Trace's turn to share at Southern Girls this month.... and it's an Anything Goes challenge
Ours sponsors this challenge....


 I have used Rory's Marigolds  from Colour of Love and ephemera from 3 Buttons

 I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and then added the ephemera from Cocoa Vanilla that I bought from 3 Buttons.   I finished with layering the image and frame onto some cream card that was dry embossed with Peacock Fan folder from Couture Creations and adding to a pink card base.   Added some Copper Penny Nuvo drops to the centre of the flowers.

Do come and join us at Southern Girls Challenge

WWC 257 Heidi's Challenge : Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

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

Today I am sharing a little gift bag I made a couple of weeks ago to give some bottles of Couture Creations Glitzin' Glamour (similar to Stickles) to my friend.  I purchased a Mystery Box from an Australian company and it came with 2 sets of 3 colours so I decided to gift three to Suna.  I had seen a gorgeous Valentine's Treat Box over at Chic'n'Sratch's You Tube (here) that I decided to try.

This is face on... I used some red textured card for the gift holder and some gorgeous patterned paper from Rosie's Studio - Bows and Bells 12"x12" papers.  The hole is made with a Stampin' Up oval punch and the cute label on the front was from a freebie set a couple of years ago.  The set came with the sentiments and the label dies.   I finished with some gold sequins that came in the mystery box.

Here's a view from the side.

You can just see the little box inside that holds the bottles of Glitzin' Glamour.

Come and join the fun.  Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday
Challenge have created.  Then take our challenge and link your creation to the challenge post.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday at 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (Tuesday at 12.00 noon NZ time ) to link up your project.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Flowers and Hearts at Die Cut Divas

See my Sweet Stampin' challenge post HERE.

Hi there.  The beginning of the month and it's time for a new Challenge at Die Cut Divas.  We are lucky to have Hero Arts as our sponsor this month.  

And because it's February theme is Hearts and Flowers  but not necessarily together!

 I chose to use just Flowers on my card. 

 I used Gina K wreath builder to make this card. The flowers and leaves are from a Hero Art set "Spring Hello" by Lia. It is no longer available but is so cute. I used a variety of Altenew inks to stamp the leaves and flowers. I added Nuvo drops in Midnight Sky Glitter Drops and Copper Penny and Autumn Red Crystal Drops plus silver sequins. My sentiment is using the Hello die from Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut set. I added some gold glitter tape to some black card before cutting the die 

Do come and join us for our Flowers and Hearts challenge. Any stamps and dies will do... as long as you have used your die cutting machine.

Thanks to Betty's prompting, I have added this to the challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

Inspired by a Book/Feature a book/ Use a book page at Sweet Stamp' Challenge

It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.  Our challenge this week is:  Inspired by a Book/Feature a Book/Use a Book Page   - lots of scope here.

I decided to use a card with Books on it.

 This is stamp I've had for a long time.  It's a Gorjuss Girl stamp by Santoro.  I have used Zig Markers to colour her in.  I masked her and then used a Hero Arts stamp in light grey ink to stamp it.

Do come and join us at Sweet Stampin' this week.