Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams CASE


Today's card was one I CASEd from Pam Scales. You can see her blog here, but I couldn't find her gorgeous card on her blog, so I can't link directly to it.

I changed a few things, but essentially the card is the same. Pam used a banner across the top of her DSP for the sentiment, instead of the ribbon I used. She also used a different DSP. I used Blooms and Bliss on my version.

The layers on the Dragonfly are so pretty. The top layer was cut from more of the Blooms and Bliss DSP, and was adhered onto a solid Rich Razzleberry Layer.

I love the dotty stamp in the set for creating little borders on my cards. It can either be bold or subtle, or anywhere in between.

Bye for now,


Monday, May 22, 2017

Perth OnStage Swap


I just realised that I haven't showed you the card I made as my swap while I was at OnStage in Perth last month. If you follow me on Fabebook, you probably would have seen a photo of me making them, but not the finished product. Well, here it is!

Yes, my love affair with the Sponge Brayers lives on! I used Sweet Sugarplum ink to create the ombre background, which went a lovely, deep, dusky pink. I loved the sentiment for this card, as I made it as a swap for my friends that were going to OnStage.

The Basic Black butterfly had a layer of Gold Foil paper behind it. I think it looks a little like a Monarch butterfly. The gold certainly added a bit of luxe to the card.

Most people only make a card front for swaps, but as I was only making 12 I decided to make a whole card.

Bye for now,


Thursday, May 18, 2017

JAI #360: Just Add A Sketch


My past couple of cards for Just Add Ink have been pretty, feminine Mother's Day cards, so for this week's challenge I decided to go the exact opposite.

This week we have a fabulous sketch, designed by Narelle, to guide our creativity.
When I saw the large circle, the first thing that popped into my head was a circular opening, so that's what I went for on my card.

I also wanted to try the balloons from Lift Me Up in sepia/vintage tones. I chose Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. I quite like the look!

I cut the opening in the Crumb Cake layer using the Layering Circles Framelit that fitted inside the largest circle Stitched Shapes Framelit. I then used the two Framelits to create the stitched border around the opening. Just something a little different!

The inside of the card continues the vintage balloons theme. I only recently purchased Guy Greetings, but I'm finding that I'm using the sentiments a lot on masculine cards. It's a great font for male cards.

The Design Team have been very creative this week in using the sketch in their creations. You can see what the rest of the team have created over at the Just Add Ink blog. You can link your card up while you're there!

Bye for now,


AWH Blog Hop: New Catalogue Products


Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new 2017-2018 annual catalogue, which is available 1st June. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

I have decided to use the new stamp set, Fabulous Flamingo, for my cards. I received it at the recent On Stage event in Perth as an All-Attendee giveaway. It's probably not one I would have purchased for myself, so I was very surprised to find that I quite enjoyed creating with it!

I had a lot of fun making this card. I stamped the flamingo first using the new In Colours, Berry Burst (stamped off once) and Powder Pink. The outlines are Early Espresso. I then fussy cut the flamingo.

The rest of the card was stamped using another new In Colour, Tranquil Tide, for the grass, Dapper Denim for the water and a mix of Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Garden Green for the palms. After I stamped each section, I lightly went over the images with my Aqua Painter. It gives a little 'halo' effect and extends the colours in a subtle way without blurring the image.

I'm not entirely sure what I'll use this card for, so I haven't stamped any sentiments for it just yet. It may just end up being one of those thinking of you cards.

While I had my Aquapainter out, I decided to have a go at another technique. This time I heat embossed the outline stamps of the flamingo and then brushed a wash of colour over the top using Berry Burst.

It's actually quite tricky to line up the two outline stamps when you're stamping with Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock! I think I did alright though. I used a fair bit of water for the colour wash, as I didn't want the Berry Burst to be too strong.

The base of the card was stamped using the palm fronds. It's fast becoming my favourite stamp in the set. A little slither of Gold Foil paper at each end of the flamingo panel, with Basic Black twine at the bottom, finished off the front nicely.

I had a small strip of the Gold Foil paper left, so it was perfect for finishing off the inside of my card. There's those palm fronds again too!

Well, that's it for me for this Blog Hop. I hope you were inspired by my cards. Next you're off to visit the blog of Ros Davidson, where you're bound to be inspired!

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Decorated Photo Frame


Today I have a project for you that was my sample for two different classes. The ladies in the groups were all pretty much non-crafters. I was asked to design a decorated photo frame for them to make, so I had to design something WOW, but that was easy for beginners to make.

When I first showed the ladies they were all a little freaked out. They thought it was going to be hard, but thankfully they trusted me that it wasn't, and gave it a go. They were all so happy with the end result. The kits had a variety of colours, and I had a huge selection of dies for them to choose from, so all the frames looked very different.

Most of the flowers were 'punch, brad and scrunch'. We punched 6-8 layers of cardstock or tissue paper, pierced them and added a brad. The layers were then scrunched up, and flattened out a little to give a dimensional look.

Sitting underneath the flowers were diecuts from the Flourish Thinlits. The word love is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

I was so pleased that everyone had a fabulous time making the frames, and came away with a great sense of accomplishment. Mine is now hanging proudly on the wall between my dining room and craft room where I can see it all day long.

Bye for now,


Thursday, May 11, 2017

JAI #359: Just Add Inspiration


It's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge. What do we have in store for you today?

This week Kim has suggested the challenge for is, and it's an Inspiration Photo. What a fabulous one for those last minute Mother's Day cards! I have no idea what kind of flower it is, I just know that it's a pretty one.

I didn't have many floral stamps in my stash that suited the picture, so in the end I went for the bloom in You've Got This. I stamped it in Momento ink so that I could colour it with my Copic markers. I was hoping to get the lovely variegated look in the photo, but I'm just not skilled enough in colouring small areas to get it right. I still think it looks OK though.

Once I'd coloured the flowers I used a sponge and my Pool Party ink to lightly sponge the rest of the background. I really love this effect, and I think I'll be using it again soon. A few clear sequins around the sentiment finished off the card.

I took photos of the inside too, but they were terrible, and I'd already sent the card before I realised. Oh well, you'll just have to imagine the inside. What will you stamp this week for our Just Add Ink challenge? I can't wait to see your card.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Underground Drinks


Do you find it easy or difficult to make masculine cards? I must admit that, like most, I find them difficult to make. It was with great joy that I realised that the Occasions Catalogue had a fabulous selection of products for male cards.

On this card I used the Urban Underground suite, including the Urban Underground DSP and Washi Tape and the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I paired them with the Mixed Drinks stamp set for a beer loving man.

The Hexagons folder is an extra deep embossing folder. It's a great textural element on a card.

I added another mug of beer to the inside of the card, except this time I stamped off the Delightful Dijon ink first. I think it gives a more realistic looking beer. What do you think?

Bye for now,