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: