Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas cards

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire - I used some snowflake dies in my stash and inked up the back side of the die and ran them through my big shot.  This created a debossed image with a letterpress look.  After die cutting the snowflakes in white cardstock, they were adhered to the impressed areas on the card base.  The word JOY was cut from alphabet dies in matching cardstock and Happy Christmas stamped on a label under that.  White Nuvo drops were then added to finish the card.

Peacock Feathers and violet distress oxide inks were used to blend some cardstock and then water splashed to create water droplets. A simple white die cut was added along with white heat embossed sentiment.  Nuvo drops were added in the die cut area.

A card base was made from papertrey ink white cardstock and then pistachio distress oxide was used to blend onto the cardstock.  Embossing paste through a stencil on some water coloured cardstock was used to create the panels. The panels were stuck onto the distress oxide card base.  A die cut sentiment was added and a white heat embossed sentiment on black carstock was adhered under the large sentiment.  Some die cut green snowflakes were adhered, along with a few sequins.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Pink and gold dotty background with doily

Today I started with my card base and sponged on some Distress ink worn lipstick at the top and bottom of the card base.  I used a MFT snowfall background stamp to stamp on some Gina K passionate pink ink.  I then used the same background stamp with versamark and gold embossing powder on the card base.  
Using a peach coloured alcohol marker, I coloured a piece of white cardstock and then die cut a doily from it using a metal die.  
I coloured a strip of white cardstock with a dark burgundy colour and die cut the word "Hooray".  Underneath this I added the "Ït's your birthday " sentiment in gold embossing powder on coloured cardstock.
A few clear sequins completes the card.

This will be entered in the colour challenge at "The House that stamps build".

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Duplicate background stamping

For this project I used Gina K inks in Red Hot, Turquoise Sea and Moonlit Fog to repeatedly stamp a square spellbinders stamp in alternate colours.

I used a diagonal strip MFT rubber background stamp to stamp one way in Turquoise Sea ink and then I turned the cardstock 90 degrees and stamped again in Ocean Mist ink.  This created a diagonal gingham pattern.

I die cut the word Celebrate from part of the gingham pattern and also cut it again three times from black cardstock.  These were layered together and adhered to a strip of some of the same gingham pattern.   

Underneath is stamped Happy Christmas white heat embossed and foam mounted.

Some silver drops have been added to the centre of the grey stamped images.

I will be entering this into the typography card challenge at Cards in Envy

Alcohol marker colouring with white embossing

I started out with some Spectrum Noir colorista rubber stamps (floral) and arranged them into my stamp positioning tool.  I stamped them with Gina K ivory ink so that I could still see the images enough to be able to colour them.  (In hindsight I would use a slightly darker pink as I found it difficult to colour the images. ) I DID NOT REMOVE the stamps from the stamp positioner as I needed to restamp these in the exact position later.

I used various alcohol markers to colour the floral arrangements, then placed the cardstock back into the stamp positioner and restamped the image in exactly the same place with Versamark Ink.  I then white heat embossed the images over the top of my images.

I then die cut a swirly heart shape and coloured it with Copper metallic paint.  I die cut the word Celebrate and coloured that in a coordinating alchol marker.  

I added a white heat embossed Happy Birthday sentiment on black cardstock and added some sequins and drops to finish off the card.

Hooray - floral stamped background

I have been inspired by some of the beautiful floral scrapbook paper that you can buy, but thought that I would like to make my own in some colours of my own choice.
I started out by die cutting some stampin up flower patch flowers (the large lilac one that you can see in the photo) and leaves and used temporary adhesive to stick them to my card base.
I used a stippling brush and Gina K lemon drop ink to tap ink onto the cardstock to obtain a light yellow background.
Then I removed the leaf masks only and left the flower mask in place and used the coordinating leaf stamp to stamp the leaves in the appropriate areas.  For the leaves I used Gina K jelly bean green ink.
I then removed the flower masks and stamped the coordinating flower in Gina K lovely lavender ink.
I used a layering stamp to stamp the middle of the flower with edible eggplant.
You can't see it in the photo, but I also used wink of stella on the middle of the flowers to add some shine.
I then die cut the Hooray sentiment from white cardstock and also one from black cardstock. I coloured the white Hooray die cut with a matching alcohol marker.
 I stuck the two die cuts together and offset them ever so slightly to obtain a shadow look on the die cut.
I added the extra Congratulations sentiment by white heat embossing onto black cardstock.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Panel card with stamped bow

   Sketch Saturday has a challenge at the moment which inspired me to create this card.  I recently purchased a MFT background stamp and an Avery Elle bow stamp that I really wanted to try out. 

   The colours I used were Gina K turquoise sea, lovely lavender, powder blue, Stampin up crumb cake and Prima Marketing color philosophy new ink Brunch sangria. (I personally would not buy Prima marketing color philosophy ink again as I prefer a more solid look to my stamping.)

   I used one of the MFT plaid stamps (a plain long stamp) to stamp the edges of one of the smaller layered card pieces in Gina K Elegant eggplant ink so that it would match the rest of my card.

   I added some sequins (and added a little blue stickles to the middle of the sequins for some shine).

Sketch saturday link :

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Inlaid die cuts with medallion

Happy Holidays to me ! 

Well, I am on 4 weeks long service leave and am happily able to do some crafting.  I have created an inlaid die cut card made from a circle die and a rectangle die with a moth die inlaid also.  I created a small medallion from some plaid October afternoon paper and the sentiment is Papertrey ink Celebrate stamp and die cut set.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Mandala my own stamps

Well this was fun !  I wanted to create a mandala graphic on my card, so I utilised the power of the stamp positioner to use my own stamps and create my own "mandala" of sorts.

I will enter this into the Sunday Stamps challenge :

Friday, 19 May 2017

Twist stamping with a stamp positioner

I had so much fun figuring out how to make a background by using my stamps and turning the cardstock around in the stamp positioner.  I used a 6 x 6 piece of cardstock, divided it into 3/4 inch squares and used that in my stamping tool.  You might want to check out the video below on how to do it.
I used the My favourite things sketched blooms 2 and gina K inks for this card.

Happy stamping !

This card has been entered into the following challenge:

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Distress Oxides

Had a little bit of fun today with my Distress Oxide Inks.  The background that I crafted above was done by blending three different colours onto watercolor card stock and then spritzing with water.   I used Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and the bottom of the card is actually distress ink (Picked Raspberry)

I will be entering this one into the following card challenges:

Friday, 21 April 2017

Mothers Day card

Thought I would get organised for Mothers Day this year by preparing this card for my Mother in Law.  She loves pink roses, so this card will be right up her alley.  The spots at the bottom of the card were stamped directly onto the cardstock (Papertrey Ink - 110lb).  I made my own round stamps for this by cutting out circles from craft foam.  I used Gina K Innocent Pink Ink.  I cut a strip of glossy card stock for the band and added pearls.  I made the frame from using two rectangle dies and cut out black and gold DSP.  I used two separate stamps for the sentiment and embossed with Ranger Gold embossing powder.  The roses are from Altenew - they were actually a freebie with a cardmaking magazine from a while ago.  I added a little sparkle to the roses with Wink of stella and a few sequins.

I have entered it in the following challenges:

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Home made foam stamps

It is surprising what you can do with homemade foam stamps.  The background has been stamped with a homemade stamp I made from craft foam. I just cut strips of the craft foam, arranged them in stripes and stuck them onto a square piece of the foam for backing. I stamped the background white cardstock with Gina K Wild Dandelion ink.  The hybiscus stamp was cut from craft foam also and stamped in Gina K Blue lagoon ink. I fussy cut the stamped image and coloured the centre with Prismacolor alcohol markers - PB48. It is stuck on a disc of canson silver cardstock.  A white embossed sentiment on black cardstock and some scattered sequins finished this card.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

 Cone flower made from Stampin'Up Flower Patch Stamps

The flower head was made using one of the leaf stamps from the Stampin'Up Flower patch set - stamped repeatedly around the centre stamp. (The flower centre stamp was only inked on half of the stamp). The rest of the card was stamped with other generic stamps from my stash. I used Gina K inks (the yellow ink of the petals is called Wild dandelion).  I used Jellybean green and grass green gina k inks for the stem and leaves.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Stampin' Up Watercolour

This card was made with Stampin'up ink and cardstock.  I watercoloured a piece of Strathmore Bristol with Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist. From there I used a rose stamp from my stash and embossed it in Gold Ranger embossing powder. I used a square die and cut to shape. The cardstock behind the watercoloured rose is Blackberry Bliss embossed through my Big Shot. Three plum coloured sequins and a sentiment finished off the card.
This card has been entered into "Through the purple haze" blogspot challenge. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Colour Throwdown Challenge

I have been having craft withdrawal symptoms, so I needed to get a craftin'.  I decided on the color throwdown challenge as the colours were really appealing - succulents seem to be all the rage at the moment.

Here is my entry :

I used the Flower Patch stamps from stampin' up with my new Gina K inks.  I used Applemint, Asparagus Green, Wild Wisteria, Wild Lilac, Sweet corn and Prickly Pear.  The background was embossed with Kaisercraft lattice embossing folder. The sentiment was a freebie from Altenew which came with a cardmaking magazine.  I used a plum coloured Gelato around the sentiment and blended it out with my finger. Very pretty colour combo.

Saturday, 11 February 2017


I decided to check out Gina K's webpage today and discovered that she had a new products launch and a challenge.  When I watched Gina create her card, it reminded me of Blue Delftware crockery so I set about creating my take on Blue Delftware.
The background is scored in a diamond pattern with a score board, after being stamped with roses in Gina K "ïn the navy" ink. The DSP paper is from Gina K "Floral essentials" which has been embossed and Distress ink by Tim Holtz applied over the embossing. You can just see the subtle diamond pattern that remains on the DSP. The main image and sentiment has been also stamped with Gina K Ïn the navy" ink. I have applied silver liquid pearls to the corners of the main image.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

CAS challenge

A super quick card for the CAS colour challenge today..I die cut a simple rose and butterfly from rose pink cardstock.  Pink ink was stamped through mesh to get the effect on the sentiment label dies. "A bouquet of good wishes"sentiment by Penny Black (Gratitude stamps) was stamped with versamark and embossed in silver Gina K embossing powder.   I tucked the cherry ribbon under the small label and then under the larger sentiment label to form a loop.  I layered everything on Stampin up blackberry bliss and whisper white cardstock.  A couple of plum coloured sequins finished it off easy peasy - done!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Gold embossed bird on patterned paper

After watching a video by Jennifer McGuire, I felt really inspired to try her technique.  I gathered scraps of 3 different types of paper which coordinated and cut them into strips of varying width.
I inked the edges to give more definition to the strips of patterned paper.  Using an ordinary school glue stick, I attached the strips on a piece of cardstock, then once dried used a circle die to cut a circle shape.  I cut a larger circle from turquoise cardstock for the layer underneath.  I then used a bird stamp from my stash and embossed it in gold.  I did the same technique for the sentiment (I used creativ words stamp.)  Ranger super fine gold embossing powder was used for both elements. A simple piece of organza ribbon was used behind the circle and adhered onto cream cardstock which was in turn adhered to the sandy cardbase.  (AC cardstock was used for these.) 
I quite liked how it turned out and have entered it into the Cas Colours & sketches cardmaking challenge.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Shine, Shine, Shine

Shine, Shine, Shine

This pretty metallic look friendship card was achieved with Metallic watercolour paints applied to the background.  I die cut three stitched square shapes from Gina K layering cardstock.  I then stamped Bo Bunny Doodle stamps in Gina K Night of Navy and Altenew Crisp Cantelope on the two smaller squares. Used the doodle flower stamps to make a background image stamped in Versamark and then Perlex applied.  Vine leaf  and sentiment (Penny Black Gratitude) was stamped with Gina K Night of Navy. 
I have entered this in the card sketch friend challenge at Time out challenges.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Watercolour background

I enjoyed creating this card today - a nice simple watercolour background (believe it or not it is actually just crayola ink mixed with water in a spray bottle and spritzed onto wet Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock). I spritzed it once with both colours, then let it dry and spritzed it one more time with the pink which left the airspray type effect in the middle of the card.
A simple die cut and greeting is enough without overpowering the background.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Faux metal card

I was so inspired by a video from Jennifer McGuire, that I decided to do my own version of a faux metal card.  I think the technique has been around a while, but I had never tried it.  To get the look, you sponge on your desired distress ink colours by Tim Holtz, being generous with your application.  Then sprinkle some perfect pearls or pearl ex over the top and then burnish.  Put the card through an embossing folder to get the faux metal look. Add your embellishments and you are done !

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Pretty Peony

I am very excited because I have just received my order of Gina K products and I am really happy with everything. (Update 25/1/17-just noticed that they have a 15% off sale! Might have to order more !!) 
These item as such great quality and they were really well packed (which is good news as they had to travel a long way to Australia).
The white layering cardstock is beautiful and smooth and is brilliant to stamp on.  I also ordered three floral patterned paper packs (love them – beautiful papers), the silver embossing powder (very impressed with it), liquid pearls (really great, but I have to practice using it) and two inks (Navy and white). I tried them out and both are excellent.  The white is quite thick and goes easily onto dark cardstock.  I like the ink too, it seems to go on smooth like stampin up inks (which I also love) and seems to have a lot of pigment in it.

The above card was made with paper from the garden tour pack.  I used the Gina K silver embossing powder on the sentiment and the silver liquid pearls on the butterfly.  The bottom layer is embossed with a Kaisercraft Lattice embossing folder which I brayered with Versamagic Pink Petunia chalk ink.

The stamps are the beautiful Peony Bouquet from Altenew stamped with Memento Dewdrop Rhubarb Stalk, Stampin up Cherry Cobbler, Altenew Crisp ink Cotton Candy and Hero Arts Ultra Pink.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Got my Pastel Groove on !

 Just received some new inks and wanted to try out the colours.  Really like the shades, but I should have really waited until my new stamping cardstock arrives. (I have realised that not all cardstock is ideal for stamping).
Nonetheless, I like the outcome. Looks better in real life than this photo taken with my phone however.
I used Memento Pear Tart and Cantalope and Altenew Crisp ink Mango Smoothie.  The stamps and die set are Stampin up Flower Patch.
I have entered it into the Freshly Made sketch and the Case this sketch challenges  :

Friday, 13 January 2017

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday !

It has been raining heavily here today, so what better way to spend the afternoon but in the craft room.  I decided to get on board with some challenges so that I can try to improve my cardmaking skills.

This sketch is from Mojo Monday:

I had trouble deciding on where to start, so I turned to my trusty colour wheel.  Hello Honey and Crumb Cake were the lucky winners, so I incorporated those in a small way into the design.  
Here's my effort.

Trying to find enough in my stash to utilise was problematic as I don't have huge amounts of DSP in Hello Honey. Trying to make the best of what you have is part of the fun, so I used my stitched circle dies to cut out some silver cardstock and some DSP from my stash.  Prismacolours were used to colour the chick. The small hearts were stamped in Hello Honey, while Crumb Cake was used under the hello sentiment which is also stamped in Crumb Cake. I ran some AC cream textured cardstock through a Quik cuts embossing folder to add to the bottom under the circles. A little colour was added with the inclusion of the red ribbon.

Note to self: Add more glitter and bling to next card!

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Craft Room (AKA “the tardis”)

Hi All!  I just thought I would take a moment to share some pics of my craft room.  The predecessor to this space was a run-down, untidy garden shed which has now been replaced by my fabulous new happy place!
My partner calls it “the tardis” because he knows when I go in, it is anyone’s guess when I will come out again. Hours can pass in this room in the blink of an eye.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hit and Miss card and a Daring challenge

Happy Saturday everyone !

It is super hot here in Whyalla today - 41 degrees celcius - that is 105 degrees f.  The washing is drying as fast as I am hanging it out ! One good thing about South Australia summer is that we have mainly dry heat which is bearable.  

 I have decided to spin up some colours for another hit and miss card and the lucky ones are:  Tangelo Twist and Crisp cantelope.  Hmm - how ironic - very warm colours... I have also spun up the technique of painting - salt wash.  Let's see how we go.

I had fun with the watercolour background.  I sprayed my cardstock with water, then used the Stampin up inks to dab on some colour.  I sprinkled the area with salt and let it dry.  Once the salt is dusted off, it leaves a nice mottled effect.  The flowers are from the Peony boquet from Altenew. I just used a small bud background in the Crisp cantelope and then used one layer on the top on some of the buds in Tangelo twist. I also used the Stampin up tangelo twist cardstock to layer the watercolour and the flowers on.  
Note that I am not a stampin up demonstrator - I just happen to have some of their inks and cardstock.  I have quite a limited supply at the moment as I am quite new to the craft, but I am gradually building up my stash. 
My greeting is the same technique as I used in my last blog as I really liked it and thought it would go well on this card also.  

I have just decided to try a card challenge - my first ever..So I found a site called Daring Cardmakers.  

This is the inspiration:

This is my effort for their January 2017 challenge. My three elements are Snow, Pinecones and a Green, Brown and White colour scheme.

It is a little hard to see from my photo, but the Sentiment is embossed with Ranger superfine embossing powder (so happy with this embossing powder - fabulous). At the top of the sentiment I added a little white embossing paste. The background is watercoloured in Stampin up's Mossy Meadow.   I scrunched up a ball of cling wrap, dipped it in the ink and tapped it over the wet watercolour paper. I like that sort of free and easy background effect. The pinecones are stamped in Versafine Vintage sepia. I randomly stamped the leaves (and did a little masking for a couple of them). I think I had about an hour to spare while I was waiting for tea to cook, so this card was prepared pretty quickly.  
With it being so hot here today, I really appreciated doing this card to allow me to think about something cold !!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Colour chocolate wheel again

Well, 2017 is here! We had a wonderful time in Adelaide watching the fireworks spectacular on New Years Eve, but  I couldn't wait to spin up some more colours to challenge myself to make my first card for 2017. I decided on just two colour spin today and  I spun up Razzleberry Bling and Crumb cake. The Technique I spun up was colouring (watercolour wash).
I didn't have any crumb cake cardstock on hand, so just used some AC textured cardstock for the base which looks similar to crumb cake.  I coloured a stamp I had on hand with copic markers and prismacolour markers.  I used the Razzleberry bling and Crumb cake ink pads to watercolour around the image.  I stamped the sentiment in crumb cake and watercoloured the surround in Crumb cake.  The images and dsp are layered on Razzleberry bling cardstock.  The dsp paper is some random paper I had in my stash but some of the feathers were a close match to Razzleberry bling. I have used Strathmore Bristol smooth for the image.  Here is the result: