02 July 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Red, White and Blue

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

And in perfect timing with the 4th of July celebrations in the US, 
our "Toppings" option this time is...


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!

For my card I have used this cute little superhero girl from My Favorite Things. 

Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things
Ink: Distress Ink, MFT black hybrid ink
Other: Copic Markers, white embossing powder

Just Add Ink #269 - Colour Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week we have a pretty colour challenge for you to play with.

For my card I used one of my pretty new flower stamps from Altenew called Sketched Flowers.

01 July 2015

You Make My Tail Wag - for The Scrapbook Store

I must admit, I have had this adorable dog house die-namic set in my stash since it first came out (you know, I had to have it because it was SO cute!) and realised that I hadn’t even used it yet! So I thought it would be perfect for this week’s card of The Scrapbook Store.you make my tail wag
I first got an idea of the layout I wanted to use, and then started by die cutting all of the pieces I would need to put the card together before doing the stamping. It’s probably easiest to explain in a list.
1 dog house in kraft coloured card stock with coordinating elements in a contrasting colour (I chose chocolate brown)
1 dog bowl from red cardstock
1 little sign for dog house in white
1 picket fence from white cardstock
1 set of grass die cuts from green cardstock
1 dog bone from natural coloured (or cream) cardstock
Also cut 1 square of white cardstock which will be the base of the scene
Stamping and inking:
Stamp 1 dog on white X-Press It cardstock and stamp in light coloured ink (I used grout grey Hybrid Ink by MFT)
Stamp the MFT woodgrain stamp in kraft (or light brown) ink onto the dog house. Also stamp a small off cut of the same card which will go inside the dog house.
Stamp or write some letters on your little sign (my word was very imaginative don’t you think) ;)
Sponge a cloud background onto the white cardstock panel using tumbled glass distress ink and a sponge dauber. You can use a die cut cloud as your ‘stencil’ to create the shapes.
Stamp sentiment in black ink onto the background (I roughly laid everything out so I would know where to add the sentiment).you make my tail wag closeup
All that was left to do was colour the dog using Copic Markers. I stamped this in a light coloured ink so I could do the ‘no line’ colouring technique and was quite happy with how it turned out.
I then set about putting it all together using lots of foam tape to create some layers.
Once it was done, I layered it onto a piece of red cardstock and then onto a chocolate brown card base.
Copic colours: N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N8. R17, R29, R39

26 June 2015

The Daily Marker Colour Challenge - Catch Up Part 2

Lots of floral cards happening over these few days.  Have had a lot of fun playing with different colouring mediums over these last few days.

Day 22 - This gorgeous stamp is from Create A Smile Stamps and was coloured with Copic Markers. 

Day 23 - The same stamp as above coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.

Day 24 - This gorgeous stamp is from Stampin' Up! Embossed in white on watercolour paper and coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.

The Daily Marker Colour Challenge - Catch Up Part 1

It's been one of those weeks where I didn't get a lot of chance to play or post so am playing catch up on my 30 day colouring challenge projects.

Day 17 - Featuring Owls by Art Impressions and coloured with Copic Markers.

Day 19 - Floral stamp by Taylored Expressions and sentiment from My Favorite Things. Coloured with Copic Markers. 

Day 20 - Featuring the gorgeous new background stamp from My Favorite Things. Embossed in white and washed with watercolour paints.

Just Add Ink #268 - Sketch Challenge

This week over on the Just Add Ink blog, Narelle has a fun sketch for us to play with!

For my card I have used an adorable new hedgehog stamp set from Clearly Besotted which I stamped onto Stampin' Up! Natural Cardstock and coloured with Copic markers.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted
Dies: My Favorite Things
Other: Copic Markers

23 June 2015

Quick and easy cards using Blueprints Die-namics - for The Scrapbook Store

I love the Blueprints dies from My Favorite Things and have always found them to be a great investment. I use the different elements on lots of cards separately, as well as together to make quick and easy cards. And you can find a great selection of these over at The Scrapbook Store!
Butterflies Card TRIO
For these cards I decided to team up Blueprints 24 with the new Flutter of Butterflies dies that have just arrived in the store. However, if you wanted to make these cards even quicker, you could choose to use pre-made elements or die cuts to add to your cards. Although it really didn’t take very long to create these pretty butterflies and I love what they add to the cards.
Before I started assembling the cards I created the butterflies. To do this I took an A5 piece of white cardstock and sponged various colours of distress ink all over it (in no particular order or pattern). It was very random! Because I knew the card was to be cut with the lace butterflies it didn’t matter if it was splotchy either. I then spritzed some water onto the card for added effect and then run it through the big shot using the lace butterfly die.
I cut out the coordinating solid butterfly dies from Vellum and layered the two together. Once they were glued together (using Ranger Multi Medium in Matte) I gave them a generous spritzing of shimmer mist to make them all sparkly. Then I set them aside to dry while I put the cards together.
Butterflies CloseupCard 1 – Sending Happy Your Way
I die cut the background stitched element from the blueprints set in aqua cardstock. I then cut the next piece with the rounded edges in kraft cardstock to place on top.
For the sentiment I used the round edged strip which was cut from white card and the sentiment was added using Versamark ink and heat set with platinum embossing powder. I placed this onto the card with foam tape and then added two of the butterflies in different sizes.
To finish the card I mounted the completed panel onto a white card base and added some glitter sprinkle embellishments.Butterflies Card 1Card 2 – Happy Birthday
For this card I cut the background stitched panel in black card and for interest I stamped a diagonal line background stamp from My Favorite Things in Versamark ink which I heat set with clear embossing powder.
I then cut the smaller element in hot pink card and used foam tape to place it on top of the black card.
I added a large greeting from the new Written In Watercolour stamp set which was also stamped in Versamark and heat set with white embossing powder.
I placed a little silver thread around the end of the panel and attached one of the butterflies into the top right corner. I then placed the whole piece onto a white card base and added some clear sequins to complete the card.Butterflies Card 2Card 3 – Be Yourself
For the final card I have die cut the large stitched panel in kraft cardstock. On top of that I added the die cut flag element from the blueprints set in a purple card. I then cut the round edged strip from glitter paper and the circle die from black card. I layered them using some foam tape. Before adding the butterfly to the circle I added a little silver thread underneath. I then stamped the sentiment in black ink at the bottom before layering the completed panel onto a black card base.Butterflies Card 3
Distress Ink colours used:
Picked Rasberry, Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Peacock Feathers