Happy Birthday by the Sea

Less is More challenge #386 has the theme of Water.  I am lucky enough to live by the water - walking distance to the local beach - though I don't often actually swim.  The water always seems too cool for me, as we live in Victoria and our beach is one of the beaches around Port Phillip Bay. However, I love to see the sea, so here is my card for this challenge.

I went to the trouble of masking the oval on my stamped layer, then decided I would prefer it to be revealed through a top layer with the oval cut out - either way, the water is the feature, achieved with a stamp that looks so realistic!

Happy New Year

Hello friends!  A new year and a resolution (of sorts) which is to post more often, on projects that really interest me!  The Flower Challenge caught my eye this week, so this is the first one of the year for me.

My card:

Stamp:  Gabis Sunshine by 49 & market; the sentiment and circle are both unbranded Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, clear embossed, colour - Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry and Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Method:  Apply ink to clear block, spritz with water and apply to card front. 
A lovely one to start the year - I only hope I can keep going with my good intentions!


I've grabbed a little time for myself to join in the challenge over at the Flower Challenge, where the theme is 'A Special Occasion'.

The special occasion was a wedding for a friend's grand-daughter, and inside the card I added the names of the happy couple.

Stamp set and die bundle used:  Beautiful Bouquet by Stampin' Up! Platinum embossing powder on sentiment and wrap Flower die cuts from watercolour card and coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers Card:  Whisper White by Stampin' Up!, plus textured card from my stash
Thanks for taking a look - hope you like it!  This bundle has been my favourite purchase this year!

Your Kindness Warms My Heart

I've just noticed the challenge at Power Poppy Stamps for August calls for inspiration from home - so this is what I came up with!

I took inspiration from this subtle photo print, which hangs in the corner of our dining area.  It was given to me one Christmas by my son and daughter-in-law - I love its clean style and so I knew straight away what Power Poppy stamp I could use - the digi stamp Kindness.

I am fairly new to customising digi stamps but I was thrilled that I was able to move one bloom closer to the other without cutting off a corner!  I didn't manage to put one in front of the other, but I think I could next time - baby steps!  I did however bring the sentiment up over one flower!  Anyway, I'm very happy with how this first attempt turned out and will experiment further to see what magic I can do.  I have been a fan of Power Poppy for some time, and always enjoy colouring Marcella's images - they are beautiful.

Best wishes

Entering this card into the Less is More Challenge #376 - a one layer card with the theme of Stripes.

Some succulent plants coloured with Copics and a diagonal stripe background stamp masked along one edge.  Simple and fresh I think:)

July Scrapbook Boutique Blog Hop and Challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  
Here is July's Moodboard Inspiration picture

We'd love you to join in with us this month!  There are two ways you can do this - you can comment on each blog in the hop, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this moodboard.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

From the moodboard, I was inspired by the wintry tree in the top left and the keyboard letters, and chose to make an early Christmas card in white tones, but with touches of pink and blue as in the inspi…

Have Fun!

I'm sharing this new style of card, but probably shouldn't!  I've followed Jennifer McGuire's tutorial for an inside box card, using a fun stamp set given with Papercraft Essentials Issue 160.  I loved the stamps, and the dolphins, as I live beside Port Phillip Bay, where we often see dolphins playing - especially when crossing to the other side of the bay.

The front of my card is simple, with no hint of the inside ...

then on the inside there is a whole scene, including a frolicking dolphin.  My photo doesn't show it well, as I don't have many layers (I'll try that next time) but it is a little different and quite effective.  My blog friend Pri (who creates the most colourful cards) of Me and My Daily Papercraft has made a top fold 3D box card, and it is super - check it out here!  I'm only sharing mine because I hope to improve!