Friday, 17 February 2017

Still The One

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another Fusion challenge and we've gone for a soft pastel look and a simple sketch.

I went with the inspiration photo this time, concentrating on the pink shades and the hearts.

I used a NBUS die from Poppy Stamps and some distress ink blending onto a strip of Bristol Smooth cardstock. which was spritzed with a Perfect Pearls mist before being adhered behind the heart cut-outs.  The sentiment comes from Taylored Expressions and I finished the card with some clear droplets.

I shot a video while I was making this and then forgot to edit it, so I did a rush edit job tonight and left in my mental block in the voiceover to give you a giggle!  You can watch the video over on YouTube or watch it here.

I'm linking this card up to the Romance challenge at CASology and the Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.


Thursday, 16 February 2017


Hi, I'm back with a card for the reminder post at The Flower Challenge and, if you recall, this month we are caseing the fabulous Therese Calvird and here is her card:

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When I first saw Therese's card, my jaw dropped and I wondered how on earth I could do justice to it - not once, but twice.  Once for the initial challenge post and once for the reminder post.  Well, here's my second card where I was once again inspired by the pinks, the layout and this time I also added some ombre.

I stamped the NBUS floral image onto watercolor card and white embossed it.  I then colored it with Zigs.  I actually completely ruined the first attempt by putting a grey wash all around the image, so I salvaged the flowers and buds by fussy-cutting them and then re-stamped and embossed the image onto another panel.  The flowers and buds were then adhered over the top.  This time I used a couple of grey Copic markers to provide a bit of subtle shading.

The sentiment was cut from a panel that I'd loosely colored some pink Zigs onto and adhered to the card base.

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over to the challenge blog and check out what the rest of the DT have come up with and huge thanks to Therese for joining us this month.

Products used:

Stamps:  Divine (Penny Black)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, watercolor
Dies:  Big Hugs (MFT)
Accessories:  Copic Cool Greys, Zig Clean Color Markers


Birthday Foliage

It's time for another fabulous sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the wonderful and funny Narelle.  And she has such a versatile sketch for us.

When I made my card, I wasn't in the mood for the stamping part of this craft, so I worked mainly with dies and washi tape to come up with this masculine birthday card.

I am one of those people who is in awe of crafters who can put different elements together to create a collage but it never looks right when I try to do it.  I spent so long working with different dies and patterns but ended up paring it all back to a very simple design.  I knew I wanted to use the Precious Polaroids die but deciding what to put in it was a challenge.  Finally, I used some gray foliage die-cuts and called it a day.  The washi tape was adhered to a white card base and I stamped a sentiment onto the slate polaroid frame and then adhered the leaves in place.

Thanks so much for visiting!  The design team have some gorgeous cards using Narelle's sketch so head on over and check them out.

I'm linking this card up to the Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More, the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies challenge, as well as the masculine challenge at Sweet Stampin'

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Super Thanks

Hi!  Today's card was made using the colors from Color Throwdown, the sketch at MFT Stamps and the Hero theme at CASology.

I stamped and colored the girl using Copics and the CTD colors before die-cutting her with the matching die.  I colored all the orange elements with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen and set her aside.

For the frame as per the sketch, I die-cut two pierced rectangle frames - one in black and one in Hawaiian Shores and adhered them together offsetting the aqua one slightly.  As well as providing some added interest, this also beefs up the size of the frame to more match the sketch.

Finally the sentiment was white embossed and cut out.  The top left corner was rounded with a Corner Chomper.  The girl was adhered with foam tape and my card was done.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I really appreciate the time you take to visit me here.


Hello Lovely

Hi and welcome!  This week is my turn to host over at Inspired By All the Little Things and here is the inspiration photo I've chosen:

There is so much to be inspired by in this photo, and I knew the perfect guest to make a card based on these elements - the one-and-only Michele Ferguson of I Card Everyone.  Michele is one of the friendliest people in this wonderful little community of ours and I'm glad to know her.

For my card, I was inspired by the black and white pattern as well as the bright flowers and the silver elements.

I used some flowers and foliage stamped from a SugarPea Designs set and the sentiment from a NBUS set from Concord & 9th.  I stenciled black ink onto a card panel and then arranged the arrangement of flowers in the bottom left corner.  The sentiment was both stamped in black and embossed in silver and I also added some silver-embossed splatters across the panel.

I have a video showing how I made this card if you're interested.  Click here to head over to YouTube or watch below.

Thanks for visiting.  Michele and the design team have some gorgeous cards so please check them out.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Hearts and Flowers

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge from the fabulous team at Just Add Ink and this week, we have a Just Choose Two challenge.  Your choices are:

I went with Hearts and Flowers and coincidentally, I have a new set of dies called Caprice Hearts that have both hearts and flowers.  Score!

This is the card I made for my mum for her upcoming birthday.  I actually gave it to her last weekend so she had it before she saw it on my blog 😉  I die-cut the hearts with three shades of SU cardstock and adhered them together before spritzing with Perfect Pearls mist.  I adhered a strip of some really pretty patterned paper down the left hand side under the heart and edged it with a scalloped strip.  The sentiment was stamped and die-cut and the die-cut "love" was also spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have some wonderful cards, just choosing two, so please check them out.

I'm linking this up to Seize the Birthday's Linky Party.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Doggy Love

So, I made this card on the weekend, but I missed the deadline for one of the challenges I made it for because I forgot to blog it!  Luckily, there are lots of fun challenges out there at the moment looking for love or pet themes so I'm adding this card to those challenges at the bottom of my post.

I dry-embossed my card base using two rectangle dies and then did some ink-smooshing with Hickory Smoke distress ink.  The cute little dog was colored with Copics and I added Glossy Accents to the red heart and his nose.  The sentiment is white-embossed onto black and die-cut with a flag die before being adhered to the card base.  The dog is popped up on foam tape.

And that's my card!  I've been enjoying making Valentine's cards this year - although here in New Zealand we don't tend to give them to anyone other than our significant other and my boys will scoff if I give them one because they're "too old" for "lovey-dovey cr@p".  But maybe, just maybe, I'll give them all to Pete next Tuesday, because who says that one is enough 😃

These are the challenges I'm linking to (click on the graphic to be taken to the challenge):

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