Sunday, April 27, 2014

April Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge

This is my first time participating in the monthly Unity Stamp Company Challenge.  Unity have so many great stamps and fantastic sales each week. I bought quite a few itty bitty stamps and some grab bags at a sale earlier in the year so I thought I would create something for this months challenge.  I was inspired by both the inspiration picture, colour palette and the card sketch.

I created the card below by first stamping the jar with the roses from Unity's Countryside Blooms itty bitty in stazon on watercolour paper.  I coloured the image using Distress Markers with a waterbrush.  I just scribbled the pen on a palette and picked up the colour with a waterbrush.  I fussy cut the coloured image and popped it on a white panel edged with Chipped Sapphire distress ink which was matted on blue card and then stamped with the sentiment from the Dragonfly of Beauty itty Bitty. This was affixed to a panel of the brown card along with strips of patterned paper from the Kaisercraft These Days paper pad which were also matted on the blue card.  The whole panel was then matted on a card made from the same brown card. Thanks for checking out my blog and card, cheers Linda

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Playing with Paste

I have been awed lately by the amazing use of pastes and stencils to add great texture and dimension to projects, so I thought I would give it a go. Prepare to be AMAZED!, well maybe startled is more the word I'm looking for. As a first attempt it is OK, but I definitely need more practice.

The first step was to create a stencil.  I used the hexagons from the Wplus9 quilt cuts 1 die set. I just heavily embossed the die into plastic, trying not to cut right through and lined it up for a number of passes through my cuttlebug. I then took the centre of hexagons out with my craft knife. Here's the result.

I did have a couple of bits I had to stick back together as I cut right through the divisions and some of the divisions are thicker than other (should have taken some more time to line up the die).  I placed the stencil on white card and wiped over some modelling paste. The stencil wasn't really flat after having past through my cuttlebug (the plates are bent like bananas) so I did get some paste under the divisions of the hexagons (definitely need more practice). After the paste dried I sprayed the card piece with pure sunshine, squeezed orange and cheery pie dylusions and wiped some of the colour off the paste with a baby wipe. As I didn't have great definition on the hexagons from the paste smudging I used the Wplus9 quilt die to cut some hexagon borders from some paper in the Basic Grey Indian summer paper pad to try to get some definition back. I then cut a couple of floral shaped dies from the Wplus9 quilt cuts 1 die set in white card and from the BG Indian Summer papers and pieced them together. The die cut that forms the leaves and stems of the Wplus9 quilt flowers is ginko flourish from Fancy That.  The happy birthday is a Marianne designs die. I layered up 3 layers to give some dimension - another great tip I've seen used lately. I finished the panel with some kaisercraft yellow pearls and adhered to a folded white card.  

Thank you for checking out my blog.  I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.
Wplus9 Birthday Celebration Week 4- Stretch It - I certainly stepped outside my comfort zone with making my own stencil and used paste for the first time.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wplus9 Trend Watch Challenge

Wplus9 turn 4 in February and are celebrating all month long. As part of 3rd week of their Birthday Celebrations they have a challenge. The Wplus9 trend watch challenge focuses on trends - misting, metal, stripes, sequins, watercolour, hand colouring, etc, etc. There are a lot of fun trends around at the moment. For my challenge entry I have used watercolour splatters and sequins. The watercolour splatters were created by making a wash of a number of different colour Faber-Castell gelatos and flicking the paintbrush. The sentiment I created and printed and cut into a little flag ended banner. The multi-coloured star is centre of one of the Wplus9 quilt cuts 2 die set . I cut it out of many different colours and then pieced it together within the white frame. I then stuck on the sequin with glossy accents and finally adhered the panel to a white cardstock base. I hadn't tried this technique before, but I found it a lot of fun. As always thank you to anyone who stumbles upon my blog. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prima's CHA Winter 2014 sneek peeks

Go and check out Prima's new releases. Not only will you be overwhelmed by absolutely stunning collections but you also have a chance to win some wonderful Prima goodies. My favourite collection is Ingvild's Junkyard Findings and Shabby Chic Treasures. Amazing elements - just check out the TV frame. I love the electrical fittings and nautical elements too.  The picture below only has a few of these wonderful elements check out the Prima blog for more.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Timeless Tuesday - Lets Get in Shape

I created the following card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #253 . Katie Simms of the Friends of Flourishes design team set the challenge this time and its Get into shape ie create a shaped card  (no exercise or dieting necessary).  I was lucky enough to be a winner in Flourishes December release challenge and won three gorgeous stamp sets - yes 3 - I was so excited I can tell you.  As they arrived in my mailbox the other day I thought I would use some of them for this challenge. I chose the plane and the cute little banner from the Lots of Thought set. This set has an amazing array of images and sentiments for loads of occasions.

I used an image from Bird Cards - loads of free images and cut files.  I printed the image and used it as a templates to cut out a white card base that I then layered with the blue card and checked paper, which is from one of Kaisercraft's older collections - Loire Valley.  The clouds are the Marshmallow Clouds die from Memory Box which I then embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder.  The plane and banner were stamped on X-Press it blending card and coloured with copics.  I will yet again apologise for the crappy photo. I think I need to see up a lighted area for photos as I'm always crafting at night and never have a chance to take daylight photos. As always thank you very much for checking out my blog.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Whimsy Stamps New Release and Designers

Whimsy Stamps is gearing up for their January rubber stamp and die release. Join in for the new release sneak peeks starting on January 20th on Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog.

They have 3 new artists joining the Whimsy family - Sandy Allnock, Simonne Clay, and Cathy Delannsay! Being a doggie lover I can't wait for Sandy Allnock's cute pet designs.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ScrapFriends Candy Giveaway

Check out this fantastic candy on the ScrapFriends Blog.

They also have another chance to win an equally fantastic candy if you place an order on the ScrapFriends store but make sure you do so quickly your chances run out on 15th December.