Saturday, 12 May 2018

Stencilling

I have a couple of cards I've made using MFT Basic Shapes -Triangles - stencil and various Distress Oxide inks.  I have a card on Scrapbook Boutique blog too, but couldn't stop at one, I was having such fun with those triangles!


The first two cards were my first attempts using Distress Oxide colours of Broken China, Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade - they look great together!



For this last card I used white ink on kraft card, and I also thought I needed a smaller triangle to complete my pattern, so cut one out of spare acetate for my last row of grey triangles.

I hope you find time to pop over to the Scrapbook Boutique blog to see the card I have featured there!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Scrapbook Boutique May 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 the beautiful mood board for May




Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  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.
Below is my response to the mood board.  The image that really excited me in this board - don't get me wrong, I love strawberries and macarons, pretty teacups and fast cars! - but the beautiful blue sky showing through the gorgeous pink blossom, really spoke to me!  And so I set about creating the background for my card, using a stencil and embossing paste tinted pink with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and then I coloured the areas outside of the patternwith a blue Prismacolour pencil.  I love how soft this looks.


My feature stamps are flowers from Altenew's Stunning Cosmos flower set - but instead of using all layers included in the set, I simply stamped the outline onto watercolour paper die cut with the matching dies and tried a few different techniques to achieve the softest look I could manage.  I've used both Gesso and white acrylic paint, plus some water - I love how they have turned out.  I've added some foliage from Leafy Greenery die by MFT.  The sentiment has been stamped onto some blue dot paper - to simulate the sentiment in the mood board.  It is Mothers Day shortly in Australia, so this card will be sent to one of the super mums in my family.  Very best wishes to all mums everywhere - I hope you enjoy your special day!  


Now you should hop on over to   Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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Paste:  Embossing Paste



Saturday, 28 April 2018

Origami Bows - with scissors!

I have come across several tutorials on how to make sweet little paper bows on Youtube, and from those that I have studied, I've made quite a few in the last few days - they can be a little addictive.  References to the tutorials are:

Origami Twist:  

and Paper Kawaii

With the bows, I've made a few cards - the idea of bordering an embossed front with origami paper and bow was seen on Pinterest



This was my own idea as I needed to use embossed panel that was landscape orientation - love the gold flecks!

My bows were made with square paper of 2.75" - a bit more fiddly than the larger bow, but cute!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sending warm hugs


On the Scrapbook Boutique blog today, I have a very bright and cheery card using the Altenew stamp set Painted Flowers.  Over here, I have a more subdued card, but I'm using the same stamp set, but I encourage you to pop over to the SBB blog to see my bolder and bigger version!

These flowers are a 3-step process (Altenew's latest release has 6-steps - a challenge for me but the results look amazing!).  Once you get used to how to layer the three stamps related to each flower - my tip here is to use a marker to draw around all the elements of one flower or leaf on your storage sheet - you can have a lot of fun coming up with various colour schemes.



I don't own the matching dies, but it's not really difficult to fussy cut these out - the dies would be very useful though - hint hint!

Thanks for looking in - hope to see you again soon!



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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge and Blog Hop

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!  



The challenge for this mood board is to use monochrome plus one colour - something really different for me - how about you?  


Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  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.

Here is what I came up with for monochrome plus one - a combination of white, grey and black, plus teal.


One stamp set - Concord & 9th 'Just Because', and a MFT Mixable stencil called Cascading Scallop.

I started by white heat embossing the leaf image twice onto white card - then sponged them with dark grey ink before wiping ink off the white embossing.  Then I fussy cut around the leaves and highlighted the detail of them with a white Signo pen.  This really lifted it!

The white panel was sponged with grey ink through the stencil, making it slightly darker towards the bottom.  This was trimmed to 10 x 14cm.

The two sentiments were white heat embossed on black card, trimmed to fit, and adhered to the card.  My larger sentiment strip was long enough to wrap around the white panel, so I left it like that, supporting the middle section with a strip of foam adhesive.

The sketchy heart is also from this stamp set, stamped in teal ink, and covered with Glossy Accents.  It was also popped up with foam dots.

The black card base is a top fold card measuring 14.5 x 10.5cm.

Thanks so much for visiting and I wish you very happy crafting in the month ahead!


Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Have a Blooming Marvellous Day!

Back to join Less is More for their Challenge #367 which is a one-layer card using a stencil.


Very soft, I know, but I love hydrangeas and the way they often fade from pink to blue/green and this is the effect I was aiming for.

Stencil and stamp:  free with Australian Simply Cards issue #115.
Inks:  Distress Oxide Inks - Picked Raspberry, Broken China, Twisted Citron, with a little DI ink Mowed Lawn for shading the leaves.
Sentiment stamped with Versafine Onyx Black
flower centres embellished with Liquid Pearls in Mint Green.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Scrapbook Boutique March Challenge and Blog Hop

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 the mood board for March - lots of vibrant colour, texture and pattern in this one - I really love it!

Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo above.  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.


Focussing on colour, I decided to use my alcohol inks, and first prepared a few sheets of Yupo paper using as you can see, lots of yellow, orange and a little green.  These are the sheets, drying - this doesn't take long in our summer heat!




I stamped the tree and leaves images from the MFT stamp set: Tweet Wishes, heat embossed in gold, and cut them out.  This technique was slightly problematic, as the yupo paper is too fine to cope with the heat, so after one disaster, I used Stick-it sheets to adhere my pieces to plain white card before stamping and this meant they coped well with the heat embossing.  I also discovered that archival black ink did not stay put on the paper, so that encouraged me to heat emboss.


I really liked the image of the leaf over the contrasting cement, so used more alcohol inks to create the front panel of my card - silver and gold mixatives were used with lots of rubbing alcohol to encourage them to run freely.  Small areas of shine appear adding lots of texture to this panel.

To finish I heat embossed a sentiment from Altenew's Heartfelt Sentiments and added this as a banner amongst the leaves.

I have since sprayed my card with a fixative, as I would be disappointed to find that some of that beautiful colour 'rubbed off' or smudged.

I have this 'bonus' card for you today - the tree is mounted on striped cork (bought years ago in the US) and those leaves were my first attempt using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  They did smudge a little, but I have managed to get them onto the cream card without too many mishaps.



Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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