Tuesday, 10 July 2018

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 inspiration pic.  I've also used a little die I've owned for ages, which gave me the tiny tiles for my letters - it is called Clever Typepad and is by Poppystamps.  The letters are rub ons from my stash.


My background uses the holly branch by Kaisercraft Merry Christmas stamp and die set, which I've white heat embossed and sponged with the palest blue and pink.  I stamped another holly branch onto vellum, and fussy cut it out, to add to my banner.  The square frame adds a bit of 'fancy' but any square die or simply cut the panel to size would be fine.  My card base is a 14cm square card in pale grey.


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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Card:  Grey card for base, white card
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Summer Sky and Angel Pink

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Little Love

I have become enamoured with the Gorjuss girls by Santoro, and have featured a beautiful stamp called Rainy Daze on the Scrapbook Boutique blog today.  Not wanting to stop with just one, I have made a card using a smaller stamp, this one is Little Love, and she is simply too cute!



A very simple card to make - just stamp and colour, fussy cut out and mount over some coordinating paper from my stash.  I did add a little 'friend' in the shape of a cute puppy, but that is it!

Do check out the SBB blog too - there may be more to see there in the future, you never know!


Monday, 11 June 2018

Mermaid wishes

Today's card is a special birthday card for a sweet 5-year old - the great-grand-daughter of a friend of mine. My friend requests a special card for her each year, as she is so happy to be able to share in this little one's life so regularly.  Grand-children are such a blessing to us all - they are all special!

I CASEd the watery background from Amanda, of Little crafty pill - not quite as dramatic as hers, but I love the variation you get by using a home made stencil for the waves.  The special birthday girl loves ballet and swimming, but as I made her a ballet themed card last year, we went with swimming this time.  I hope she likes it - for her great granny, especially.

Stamps:  Magical day stamp and Magical Mates die by Stampin' Up!, the other mermaids are from an unbranded stamp set.
Dies:  Numeral die by SU - Number of Years, and the shells are from an unbranded border die, cut apart
Inks:  Distress Oxides - Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire.
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Sunday, 10 June 2018

From My Heart to Yours

I intended to just post this card because I love how it turned out, but now see that it fits perfectly for Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge, which is Wedding/Anniversary.  I'm thrilled that I can join that challenge, as the beautiful sentiment I've used is by SSS - 'Succulents' from a few years ago.






I had seen rosette hearts on Pinterest and thought I'd try to create them for myself, and this heart is the result of those efforts.  I'm chuffed how the random patterns on my two-sided paper created a feature circle - I'll have to try to discover how that happened, but I'm so glad it did!

The base card is by Kaisercraft - 13 x 13cm, the bronze spot paper is from my stash and the reverse scallop die is unbranded but a new purchase.

Scrapbook Boutique June 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!  


June mood board

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.


 Are you seeing spots?  There are certainly many of them, so I hope you have loads of fun with this one!  The coloured spots made me think of Bokeh - the photographic effect of merging lights, but not owning a stamp of a leopard, I settled (at first) for cute kittens.  Here is my card:



I started the background by blending 3 watercolours on a very wet piece of watercolour card - the colours were lemon, orange and pink.  I made sure that all the surface was covered in pigment and allowed it to thoroughly dry.  I taped the card to my craft mat, which did prevent a lot of warping.

I hope you can see how wet the card is - this allows the pigment to flow easily

This is now covered with all 3 colours - still very wet. 
When dry, I made a stencil by cutting 4 sizes of circles into acetate, then sponged inside the circles with white ink randomly over the panel.  This was allowed to dry, but as the white seemed to soften a little too much, I re-did some of the circles with white again.

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut out my two kittens, and adhered them to a black strip of card white heat embossed with my sentiment from the same stamp set.




A few days later, I thought of adding a dalmatian (for more spots) but didn't own a stamp of that either.  However, I did find one of the dogs from Tim Holtz's set Mini Cats and Dogs, which looked a lot like a dalmatian (it was closer to a hound really) but by wiping the ink from most of the head, I was able to 'draw' in the features to suit a dalmatian - I hope you don't find it too odd!  It was a bit of fun to try anyway.

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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Markers:  Copic grey - C1, C2 and C5 and pink RV10

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Challenge #372 at Less is More is a one layer card with the theme of Thinking of You, so I have made a sympathy card for my entry.

It is always a good idea to have these kinds of cards on hand, for when they are urgently needed it is almost too difficult to make them.


Simple masking and sponging, and a little stamping makes this a very quick and simple card.

Ink:  Distress oxides:  Twisted Citron, Broken China and Wilted Violet, plus Versafine Onyx Black for sentiment and flowers
Stamp:  Stampin' Up! Background Bits (Hostess) and sentiment eludes me.
A little doodling around the corner to highlight the focal point.