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 

Colour throwdown

I’ve been looking at colour challenge blogs this week for some colour inspiration, and I came across the Color Throwdown blog, which had a gorgeous combo of pink, purple and black. Here’s my take on the colour combo.    

I used Distress Inks in picked raspberry, black soot and seedless preserves and blended them on with an ink blender. The sentiment is My Favourite Things ” On the line “, and the small leaves, embossed in pale pink are from My Favourite Things “Sunflower Sweetheart ” stamp set.

Thank you so much

This card is for two challenges, although there is a third challenge that occurred when I ripped the legs off the poor birdie when I was pulling it off the acetate sheet. I put the two halves together on the stamp block, and I don’t think you can tell, can you?
The bird was coloured with copic markers, and the sentiment stamped in two colours of Simon Says Stamp ink, Cobblestone and Fog. 
Challenges

Ballerina

I’ve been busy colouring  his sweetie today. Once for a young friend who has just danced beautifully, and another (this one) which I’ll enter into a couple of challenges. Hero Arts TicTacToe challenge finishes today and this card includes circles, birthday and a favourite colour. Also over at Simon Says Stamp the Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes.

The image is from the Online Card Classes copic class and the image was coloured with copics markers.

Virginia’s View Ombre/ Monochromatic Challenge

Keeping with the same stamp as I used in my previous post, I tried colouring it with only one colour, “Tea Dye” distress inks in three layers. I’m super happy with this turned out, and am pleased to enter it into the Virginia’s View Ombre/Monochromatic Challenge. Once again, I embossed it in white, then coloured the whole piece, then sections of it, letting the ink dry between coats. Water colouring really suits me, as it can flow and do its own thing. I can’t believe how much colour variation I could get from the one ink.

Hero arts Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hero Arts have such a clever challenge on at the moment. It’s called the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge and I’ve chosen three things in a row to base my entry on. I chose watercolour, birthday theme and heat embossing. I stamped the background large flowers from Hero Arts and heat embossed them in white. I then coloured the images in two layers of distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Tumbled Glass, first giving a general wash, then filling in specific areas. I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black card stock, and attached it with dimensional tape. This stamp is an absolute favourite of mine. I hope you like the card as much as I do!