31 July 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Embossing

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
Thanks to everyone who played along with us last time!

Our "Toppings" option this time around is...


You may use an embossing folder, embossing powder 
or any other way you can think to emboss.

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

To create the background on my card today, I heat embossed with white ink using a stamp from My Favorite Things. I then added water to the card stock and added Brusho Crystal Colours and bled them all together. I love the boldness of these colours!
Once that was dry I added a memory box flower die and penny black sentiment die in black. 

Just Add Ink #273 - Colour Challenge

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a fun colour combo from you to play along with!

I have used some fun new stamps from My Favorite Things with these colours to create the main panel for my card.

Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things
Ink: Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Lawn Fawn Party Animals - for The Scrapbook Store

I keep promising myself I won’t buy any more cute animal type stamps, but seriously – how can I not, when they keep bringing out so many fun ones? They are just too cute to leave on the shelf! That’s my excuse anyway, and I’m sticking to it.
So for this week I have used the adorable little fox from the new Party Animals stamp set by Lawn Fawn from The Scrapbook Store.  There are some great stamps in this set and you can do a lot with them. But I have kept my card quick and simple and think it would be great for a masculine birthday.

Party Animal Fox
To make this card, I started by cutting the cardstock with the stitched rectangle die from the ‘Blueprints 20′ set by My Favorite Things out of X-Press It cardstock. I then stamped the fox and the sentiment to the bottom section of the card. Then I added the little birthday cake into the fox’s hands.
The colouring of this guy was very quick, simple and fun! And once he was finished I tied some gold embroidery thread around the top of the white card to break up all of that white space. I also added a few scattered sequence.party animal fox closeup
To finish the card off, I die cut the coordinating scalloped border from the same blueprints set in brown and mounted the whole piece onto kraft cardstock using foam tape. I also couldn’t resist adding a little sparkly wink of stella to the cup cake.
Copic colours used:
R27, E77, E50, E53, E31
E35, E37, R11, W00, W1, W3, W5

22 July 2015

Penguin Shaker Card - for The Scrapbook Store

Today I wanted to share with you my first shaker card using the new Fuse Tool from We R Memory Keepers, which is now available in the store. I love how easy this is to use, and it makes shaker cards a much simpler process.
However I do think that I overfilled my shaker and next time will probably put less sequins etc in but I still love how it turned out.Cool Penguins
The first thing I did was to create the shaker to go in my card. To get the right size, I used the same die that I used on the front of the card as a template to seal my bag. I then used the fuse tool to go around three quarters of the die and left a portion open to fill with sequins. I then put the template back over the plastic and sealed the last section of the bag. I left a small border around the sealed edge so that I could glue that to the card. For the plastic, I used the We R Memory Keepers Waterfall Photo sleeves.
I then cut a piece of white cardstock with the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints set, and then cut the circle die in the middle at the top of the card, leaving enough space for a sentiment underneath.
To create the blue mat underneath, I cut the cardstock a little larger to leave a border then lined it up with the white card and die cut the circle so that the holes in the centre would match up exactly.
I then glued the shaker card to the blue mat using a liquid adhesive, and stamped the sentiment before layering the white piece on top with foam mounting tape to give dimension, and also allow a little room for the sequins to shake around. However if you wanted a flatter card for mailing, you could skip the foam tape and use regular adhesive.
I then set the card aside and created the images I wanted to attach to the front. I chose the adorable little penguins and a sentiment from the new Penguins in Paradise set from My Favorite Things. I wanted a no line colour look for my penguins so I stamped them in a lighter ink on X-Press It Card and coloured them with Copic markers. I then cut them out using the coordinating dies.
I attached them to the front of the card using foam tape and that completed my card for today.cool penguins closeup

19 July 2015

My New Craft Space

We did a big room switch around here this past week. I moved my craft room into my daughters bedroom and she moved into my (bigger) craft room allowing her more space. But this of course meant I had to have a major clean out and de-clutter my space, keeping only what I really wanted in my room. And I have to say, despite having reservations about moving to a smaller space I am really happy with my new room!

I did get rid of some pieces from my old room but got a few new pieces that fit better in this space, thanks to a couple of trips to Ikea.  I still have a little work to do, like getting power points, a new tv aerial and a picture shelf put up but other than that, it's done :)

Here are a few pics. If it looks very much like my old one, it's because I stuck with the same colour. This room was yellow but I repainted it the same since I was still quite happy with the colour. It is called Barley Grass from British Paints. It looks a little 'bright' in some of these pics but that is just the lighting.

The tall Alex drawer units from Ikea are new to this room, and I was surprised at the huge amount of stuff that they hold while taking up little floor space! 

 The desk configuration is the same as in the old room, since this worked well for me. However the Big Shot is now off the desk giving me a little more space.

A picture rail shelf from Ikea will go in that space between the copies and the word decal, giving me a space to display cards and pictures. They were out of stock of white ones so I have to wait. 

 Despite not liking my back to the door, I do now enjoy a view over the pool. 

Spice racks from Ikea, spray painted white get all of the little bottles of stuff that were previously on my desk giving me even more desk space but keeping them within reach.

 These are the same shelves I had in my old room, in a slightly different configuration.

Removing the door from the wardrobe gave me more usable space.

Now I can't wait to get in there and mess it up! 

18 July 2015

Seize The Birthday Anything Goes Challenge

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!

Thanks to everyone who played along with us last time,
we had a fabulous turnout once again with amazing
eye candy in our gallery, for all to enjoy!
It's about time once again for an...

 "Anything Goes" Birthday

(with no Topping!)

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

Here is my card for this week. I stamped the image and embossed it in white embossing powder then coloured it with Prismacolour Pencils.

Stamps: Woodware Craft Collection
Ink: Versamark
Other: White embossing powder, prismacolour pencils

Just Add Ink #271 - Sketch Challenge

Sorry I'm a little late this week, things are beyond crazy around here! Lots of room switching, renovating going on inside and demo stuff going on outside!  The upside is I have moved into a new craft room and had a total clean out and reorganised everything. And I can't wait to get back in there and play! I will also be sure to share pics on my blog soon.

But now, onto this week's sketch over Just Add Ink. This is the great sketch:

And this is my card:

Stamps: Wild Rose Studio, Sentiment from Stampin' Up!
Copic Markers