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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Birthday Elephant

NOT pink or red, that's the theme this time at the Crafter's Café.  Why don't you join us: crafterscafe


The fab curvy elephant is from our super sponsor Tory Tale here

I paperpieced the image and I think she is soooo cute.  I was going to put a punched butterfly over the image one, but decided it looked like a hair clip so I Kindyglitzed it instead.  Amazingly the balloon loose glitter is a plain grape colour but has photographed as blue with lots of other colours (still looks good though).


Image: Tory Tale 'Good Mood'
Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
Balloon glitter
Butterfly: Kindyglitz
Brads, corner punch

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air is the new challenge at Come And Get It challenges:

with the lovely images of sponsor Sami Stamps:





I'm sure there is someone in your life who would like to know you love them!





Image: Sami Stamps - With You (paper pieced)
EF: Cuttlebug (sanded)
Heart Punch:
Also clear sequins.





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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Vintage Birthday

I love patterned papers and the lovely vintage feel this one gives. The Victorian Lace iron fence and the lovely pale background lacy-look flowers are so deliciously feminine.

Sentiment stamp: unknown brand
Paper:  Meg's Garden-Romantic Garden stack
Silver paper, gems, pearls and ribbon.


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Pete the Lawn Ranger

My friend's husband asked me to make her husband a birthday card.  He just loves his ride-on mower, so what better ??            
Inside it says  '... to the Lawn Ranger'.


Image Stamp: Art Impressions
coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
curved to fit with edge of card
Cloud die: Memory Box
Grass die: Impression Obsession




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You & Me

A romantic card that isn't pink or red!

I printed the image, masked it, then sponged, smooshed with distress inks and spritzed the background with water.  I cut up a world map with New Zealand on it to fit the shape under their feet (like they're standing on top of the world) and stamped it with the sentiment.  The whole lot is matted onto black card. An embossed banner and punched star in silver are placed on the base card before adding the 3D foam main panel and an extra star to link it together.  A touch of Kindyglitz for stars on the sky.

I like the way it looks like they're framed in starlight.

Image: Sami - Winter Romance
Sentiment: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz
Star embossing: unbranded texture roller
Punch: unbranded

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Flake


A simple stacked snowflake on watercoloured background.  I like this  arrangement because as the eye travels across the colour gets warmer - just like spring really.

The watercolour paper is really heavy and has a beautiful texture which really shows up with paint.  I diecut the watercoloured paper and used the cut out for the top layer; then a soft blue pearlised card, then 4 layers of ordinary card.  Because I wanted it to be forward I left the lower layers intact and only pushed the 'drop-out' bits in the top one.  This is my first try at this technique.

Flake Die: Impression Obsession
Kids pearly watercolour paint set.

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Hamlet at Heart

This cute little fella is called Hamlet Pigwit and he is one of Faith's animals at From The Heart Stamps.

Image, Knit Heart & sentiment: all From the Heart Stamps (all digital)
Coloured with Copics
Gold pen, Distress Ink, dotty Kaisercraft paper.



After printing everything, I coloured in with Copics.  I cut the heart out with fancy edged deckle scissors because that looks more like a knitted edge. The sentiment is sponged with Distress ink and edged with gold pen.  Hamlet is holding a Kiss that I coloured with a metallic gold pen.  So cute.




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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Recycle Massacre

The theme at the Crafters Café this time is recycle:  here!



and the sponsor I used is Dr Digi: doctor-digi


I recycle cans like this:







Image: Dr Digi - Leatherface
Coloured with Copics
Bricks EF: Sizzix - Tim Holtz - swiped with D.Inks
Blood on wall: Glimmermist, dribbled on
Skull & Slogan Stamps: Tim Holtz
Also: yarn, Kindyglitz, black pen, distress inks



How to: When you need to open a can with a tear tab top, just open the bottom of the can 7/8 way round with a can opener.   Clean well and dry out thoroughly in oven.   Fill with sweets, socks, or any gift that fits, put a circle of card over to stop hot glue getting on the stuff inside, then use hot glue gun to seal the lid closed. Decorate.  (I usually put a felt circle on the bottom to hide the mess I make with the hot glue gun!).  Tie ribbon or something else through the pull tab.   People always wonder how you got the stuff inside, especially kids.
The slogan reads: embrace imperfection ( I love it and do!)
This particular image is so suitable for a mini first aid kit, or maybe Halloween.

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Superstar Ellie

Come And Get It Challenge this week is 3 or more layers.  Have a look at what the design team have done and join in: cagichallenge

Thank you to sponsor Paper Nest Dolls; the Ellie image is great to colour and would suit a variety of occasions: paper-nest-dolls - superstar-ellie

I coloured the image and carefully laid Kindyglitz  on her crown, glasses and wand, after all, superstars have to have some glitter don't they?  The image oval is raised on 3D foam, allowing the stars to be inserted underneath.

Image:  Paper Nest Dolls 'Superstar Ellie'
coloured with Copics
Oval dies: Spellbinders
Star die: Couture Creations
Heart border die: Spellbinders
Also: ribbon, glitter tape, Kindyglitz

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

I Heart Birds

I was inspired  when I saw the red edge on her guest designer card at Time Out and just had to CASE  Ksenija's card:



Stamp: Papermania
EF: Kaisercraft



The heart is heat embossed with red distress EP, and I added some fine silver heat embossed sprinkles.



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disdigidesigns all-about-love

Monday, 23 January 2017

Daisy Fresh

A simple flower, fresh colour, a bit of detail and a lovely quotation.

Flower stamp: IndigoBlu
Coloured with Copics, stems drawn by me.
Sentiment Stamp:
EF: Kaisercraft  (distress clear heat embossed)
Die: Kaisercraft
Corner punch: unknown
Ribbon, pearls



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Friday, 20 January 2017

Black & White Scotty


Working in black and white is always a challenge, and I am always tempted to add a wee dash of colour somewhere ... but I resisted this time.
It is so handy for masculine cards too.


Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Sentiment: Kaisercraft (white embossed)
EF: Marianne
Paper: Creativ
Black cord


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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winter Ppinky

The theme this week at Come And Get It Challenges is 'Winter', have a look at what the team has done and join us here:  cagichallenge

Our sponsor for this challenge is Ppinky designs, check out the beautifully drawn images here:
ppinkydollsart


Image: Ppinky Winter
Coloured with Faber & Castell pencils
EF: Practical Publishing
Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Woodware

I wanted to keep the image soft so I coloured with pencils.  I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of organza ribbon using Stazon ink.

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Celebration Mouse

There's a photo inspiration at Crafters Café this week:  crafterscafe



sponsored by the talented Lisa Decosse with these delicious papers, here at decossesdynamitedoodles
We'd love you to join us for this challenge!

The diecuts have edges inked.  The image is paper-pieced - the mouse is stamped three times: once onto the Decosse snow paper, once on grey card (and coloured with Copics), and the scarf is stamped on a scrap of patterned paper.   The tree is layered with dark blue and fixed with 3D foam.



Papers - snow, argyle, celebrate: Decosse
Image stamp: Penny Black
Tree die: Marianne
Snowflake dies: Couture Creations
Also: Kindyglitz, gem


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Friday, 13 January 2017

90 Birthday Celebration


A funny thing happened ...


I made this card for an elderly friend of mine who turned 90 on Monday.  We go to the same library craft group each Wednesday.   She laughed so much when she saw it, because on the Monday (unknown to me)  her daughter had brought around a small birthday cake for her with only 9 candles and when lit, the candles all flared up, melting each other and the icing, and they had difficulty putting them out!


Stamp image: Art Impressions Burnadette (new)
Coloured with Copics
Sentiments & number done on the computer
Zigzag die: Couture Creations (sparkle card)
Border punch: Fiskars
Die Ovals: Spellbinders
DIe Circles: Spellbinders
Stitching hand drawn with black pen


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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Birthday Ticket


I started with a sketch:

I always need birthday cards and enjoy doing mancards.  I used a colour palette of Coffee and Cream, and my new embossing folder and new sentiment stamp.

I distressed the edges and sanded the embossing randomly (distressing is one of my favourite techniques), then layered it over gauze. The ticket on brown card and sentiment on cream card are stamped with different coloured inks to add interest and variation.  The base card is matt metallic gold.

Paper: Kaisercraft
EF: Kaisercraft
Ticket die: Couture Creations
Ticket stamp: Invoke Arts
Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant
Also: gauze, metal brad




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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Birthday Lolly

Start off 2017 with a monochrome card!  See Crafters Café challenge here: crafterscafe
Check out what the design team have done and leave some love.

Our sponsor is creativebugdigis and how cute is this image?




Image: Creative Bugs "Look at Me Lolly"
Coloured with Copics
Round die: Couture Creations
Happy die: Creative Dies
Birthday die:
Pawprint stamp: Whispers

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Hats Off Grad

A CAS one layer card!  And a toast to the new grad: new beginnings!

I stamped directly onto the card, then masked the image and sponged distress ink around the silhouette. Because the sentiment is a clear stamp I bent it to where the hat would be if it was lifted off.


Stamps: My Favourite Things
coloured with Copics

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Monday, 26 December 2016

BlueChristmas

A blue Christmas, well blue and silver really.  And you already know I like simple...  and you might have guessed I really like smooshing.

The background is matt metallic silver paper.  For the tree, I coloured white card using smooshed distress inks, then embossed it before adding silver Glimmermist.  This meant it collected in the nooks and is quite subtle.  Then trimmed it to a tree shape, inked the edges and raised on 3D foam.

Words EF: C
raft Creations
Star EF: Sullivans
Liquid Pearls, silver cord, silver star.













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Contrast Merry Christmas

Christmas doesn't have to be red and green to be merry and fun.  I like the contrasts for this one and the simplicity; after you see the colours, the gold embossed sentiment becomes the focus. 

Dies: Spellbinders
Stamp:  Hero Arts

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

that's fishy

I have someone who loves this stamp so I'm always trying to think of different ways of using it.

Background is made using distress inks.  The fish is painted with a thin layer of KindyGlitz for shimmer. The splatter is metallic gold.

Stamp: Inkadinkadoo


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Vintage Birthday

I used a sketch and a bingo board as an inspiration starter for this one.



Allsorts:  blue&brown-dimension-masking line.



Car Stamp: Tim Holtz
Sentiment and background dots: Verve Stamps

The circle area is masked.  I used distress inks to 'spotlight' that corner and also for the dots stamping.  Edges distressed. The car and sentiment is stamped using Versafine inks in sepia and black.  The banners are coordinating scraps with the top one raised on thick 3D foam, and the whole front is also raised on 3D foam for dimension.  A strip of glittery tape is added for the road.

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Gift pouch

Christmas all month long at Come And Get It challenges, join in the fun, check out the ideas:
cagichallenge

This penguin is so cute from sponsor Bugaboo:
bugaboostamps.com/Little-Penguin-Winter--reindeer

Pouch is made using We R Memory Keepers tool.  Penguin is stuck on with 3D glue dots to make it stand out.  I used multicolour dots because we have a colourful summer Christmas, and we do have penguins (lots of kinds), and this one sparkles in the sun.


Image: Bugaboo (Penguin Reindeer)
Coloured with Copics
Snowflake Die: Couture Creations
Ribbon, KindyGlitz
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Elf Christmas

What could be nicer than a wee elf to read out the challenge over at Come And Get It?  You guessed it - a month of Christmas challenge: cagichallenge

and our sponsor - Make It Crafty - provided this cute image:  makeitcrafty.com/charlie-elf-digi-stamp


Image: Make It Crafty
coloured with Copics
Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Papermania
Also:
Ribbon, white gel pen, gold pen


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ribbon Santa

Good Old Santa.  I like this modern looking version from Angies:  AngiesCardsandDigis


The challenge over at Crafters Café is use ribbon on anything.  Check it out:  crafterscafe

Layers and colours.  I like that the paper has the traditional colours then zoops it up with turquoise.  I used the die sentiment because it looks like a postmark.

Image: Angies (Santa Head)
Coloured with copics
EF: freebie from Practical Publishing
Die Sentiment: Craft Creations
Die label: Spellbinders
Paper:  Rosie's Studio
Ribbon, gold cord, bell





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Monday, 12 December 2016

A Christmas candle

A vanilla scented candle decorated using embossed electicians tape, decorated with ribbon and bling.  Not only will the candle shine at night but the bling shines during the day.

What could be a nicer little home made gift?  And in non-traditional colours.


EF: Couture Creations (Twiggy Christmas)
Electricians Tape, ribbon, gems, large gem brad.


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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Vellum roses

I used a sketch for the design of this card, and used multiple stamps onto vellum  to construct the four layer rose.  Each layer has a 3d glue dot adhering it.  I love the look of vellum but, because solvent ink is used, I hate cleaning the stamps afterwards!




Roses layers stamp: Verve
Sentiment stamp : Verve
Doily die: Couture Creations
EF: Docrafts
Pearls


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Mistletoe bough


I love using analogous colours and used this turquoise and lime combination as a non-traditional Christmas colour choice.  I wanted a tone on tone effect and lots of texture. 

I used two embossing folders and two patterned papers, and the plain coloured card has inked edges. The sentiment diecut and mistletoe diecut are multi-layered.  The flake is raised above the chopped up tulle; pearl added.

Holly EF: Sullivans
Snowflake EF: unknown
Sentiment die: Creative Dies
Mistletoe die: Couture Creations







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