Monday, 6 August 2018

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.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

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:)

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!

Products available at Scrapbook Boutique:

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.

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.