Bloom

Hello friends.

I’m up on the Sonshine Stamp Co. blog today, sharing two cards that I made using the Floral Stamp set and Copic colouring. Here’s a sneak peek. If you’d like to see the whole cards, and see how they were made, head over to the Sonshine Stamp Co blog and check them out. Which do you prefer? The flowers or the single cactus?

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If you’d like to see more of my cards, have a look here.

Until next time, God bless and be kind to each other,

Donna

Celebrate – Sonshine florals

Hello! I’m back again with another card using the Sonshine Florals stamp set. celebrate-buds.jpg

There are so many beautiful flowers in this set, but I’ve chosen just one of the smaller images to highlight, using repetition to create a patterned paper.

I coloured the images with Copic markers to give the lovely vibrant colours that you see.

The small dots are in a teeny tiny corner of the Names of God stamp set, and the word “celebrate” is from this stamp.

I’m really enjoying the fun style of the Sonshine stamps, and already have a couple more projects on my desk that use them!

If you would like to see more of my cards, feel free to visit my Instagram feed here.

Until next time, happy crafting. Be a blessing to those around you.

Donna xxx

Whimsical Wreath

Hello friends.

I’m up on the Shop and Crop blog today with couple of cards, including this one, which uses their June challenge sketch. It’s a soft whimsical sketch, that I really enjoyed working with. You can see the original blog post here.

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Here’s a closeup of the detail.June challenge closeup

If you would like to see more of my cards, feel free to visit my Instagram feed here.

Until next time, happy crafting. Don’t forget to be kinder than necessary.

Donna xxx

Sonshine Florals

Hello crafty friends!

Today I have a card to share with you that I made with the gorgeous whimsical flowers from this stamp set from Sonshine Stamp Co.

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Last weekend we went to watch my son play hockey. We do a lot of that, actually! He’s hockey crazy, and quite good at it really. This time we had several hours between games, so while he hit a ball with friends (because you can never have too much hitting balls, right?) I sat in the warm clubhouse with this stamped image and a small selection of watercolours.

It was interesting because my husband was there too, so he kept popping in to see how it was going. I don’t think he’s ever seen me create before. I usually craft while the boys watch movies, and they see the finished product only. His comment? “It’s quite involved, isn’t it?” I’m not sure what he imagined I was doing!!

I stamped the flowers in pale distress ink, not bothering to mask. I used a mix of colours, depending on what colour the flowers would be in the end. If you look closely, you can see where the ink lines still remain in a few places, but they are so faint that I think it was worth the time saved in not masking. I added a cloudy sky once the flowers were painted, and finished off with a piece of Washi from my stash. The sentiment is a lawn fawn die, which I cut in two colours and offset slightly to give a shadow effect.

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Here’s a closeup of the offset sentiment.

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I really look forward to using this stamp set over and over. I look forward to sharing the results with you! If you’d like to see more of my work, feel free to check out my Instagram account.

Until next time,

Donna

Mix and Match card

Last week I was looking through Instagram and came across a fabulous card by Nichol Magouirk. It was made from a mix of images from different stamping companies, and the idea of this really took my imagination. As well as this, I’ve been thinking for a while about using the smaller images on many of my stamp sets.

When I buy a stamp set, it is usually because I am taken by the main image, and sometimes I don’t even look at the little bonus images that come with the stamp set. Not this time though!

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This card has used images from My Favourite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches, , Mama Elephant, Penny Black and Power Poppy. All except the Powerpoppy image (which I partially inked) are smaller images.

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The card looks simple, but actually it took several steps to make it. First, there was quite a bit of measuring to make sure the images fitted evenly on the card. I then cut a leaf stencil using Simon Says Stamp “One with Nature” dies, and used this to centre the small images. Once this was done, the images were masked using masking fluid; then the ‘stencil’ was replaced and the leaves were ink blended using Distress inks. Finally the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp ‘Many Thanks’ completed the card.

The rounded corner? Whilst I really like it, in the interests of honesty, I must declare that I went out of the lines while ink blending. While I could scratch off most of the damage with my craft knife, taking the corner off helped too! It’s a classic example of necessity being the mother of invention. I actually love he way the rounded corner echoes the shape of the leaves, but I wouldn’t have thought to do it without the original blooper.

Hello Old Friend!

After two years of juggling like crazy, (and those of you who know about my ball skills will realise the futility of this) I have quit my job, so that I can gain some work/life balance. Part of this will be to get back to my blog, and share what I’ve been creating. I’ve been posting lots on my Instagram account, but haven’t had any time to think or write here for ages.

So, hello old friend.


My local craft store, Scrap2Relax, has cute little card kits for $5. They have about 6 sheets of paper, some double sided, and a few bits and pieces to add some dimension or bling. The idea is that you make a card, and take it into the store for display. They aren’t judged just displayed,and it’s really interesting to see what others do with the same bag of goodies.


It seems a shame to make only one card from the kit, so I made 5. The square card at the top went to the shop for display, and the others will be sent to friends and family. I used mostly the items in the pack, although you can see small inclusions from my own supplies, such as the power poppy cactus and hero arts bird stamps above and the sequins below.



I love the challenge of using a limited set of supplies, as it really gets me thinking!

Finally, a card that is everything girly in one! Sparkle, pink, flowers…..all the cliches! Enjoy!

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

Now that I’m working three jobs, I’ve hardly any time to do any craft at at all, but I finally got a chance to play this morning. I was really taken with the photo of the flamingos for Altenew’s August Inspiration Challenge 
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I have the Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set, so I used some of the top layer stamps to do both the feathers on the flamingos and the grassy sand bank. Can you spot that the legs were made using the cherry blossom branch?


First I hand sketched a flamingo and cut out a negative mask from post it paper. I stamped and heat embossed the top layers of a few flowers in clear embossing powder. This gave me the feathers! I then blended Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose Distress inks over the top of the flamingo. I used more distress inks for the background, using the same stamps. The sentiment is from Altenew’s Magnolias for Her set.
It was great to take a step back, and enjoy myself playing with my craft supplies again.

More watercolour

It was watercolours, or to be precise, the Online Card Classes watercolour class that got me back into cardmaking, and now they are running another class. Here’s my first card for this time around,

made with distress markers for the background and the Simon Says Stamp One with Nature tree in the foreground, embossed in bronze.

I really need to get a better setup for taking photos!

Color Throwdown Guest

I was very excited to be the featured stamper for Color Throwdown’s challenge number 351. 
As a result, I get to be the guest star stamper this week for Colour Throwdown Challenge number 353! Fancy being a guest Stamper in the land where they spell colour without a ‘u’! 
Here are the colours. Aren’t they gorgeous?

The colours I got to work with are beautiful, although even with several purples in my stash, this particular colour needed a quick trip to my local craft shop to buy something that wasn’t pale lilac. I’ve just received the layered Vintage Flowers stamp set from Altenew. It’s got so many flowers on it! For today’s card I chose just one rose, and one leaf. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Pretty Poppies. I stamped and fussy cut the floral elements, being too stingy to buy dies. I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink, and embossed it in white before cutting a little fishtail on one end. The Squeezed Lemonade ink was painted onto the watercolour paper in two layers.
Inks used:
Flowers-Simon Says Stamp Lavender, Versa Color boysenberry
Leaves-Simon Says Stamp fern and Beanstalk Green
Background-Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade