Monday, 25 April 2016

A daughter turns 40!

I'm back from a week in beautiful Brisbane, visiting our daughter on her 40th birthday, so now I can share the card I made for her - I hope you don't mind, Marisa!

She has a very social personality, so I chose this design to capture her love of life, friends and  family!  Big use of dies and sponging, but a lot of thought went into it - even including a shaker element behind the glasses.  I'm sure she loved it:)

Card recipe:

Dies:  Memory Box - Starlit breeze, Simon Says Happy, Top Dog Dies - Party Drinks, Kaisercraft Numbers small.
Inks:  Distress Inks:  Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries

Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Another one layer card for LIM for this week's challenge - this time to use geometrics!  A great theme, and I do have lots of ideas for this one, but with very limited time and supplies still constraining me, I opted to use a MFT stencil to produce these two very quick, clean and simple cards.

I used masking to keep my border straight for this card, but for the one below, I just started at the centre and worked my way out, ensuring to leave plenty  of white space.  I used Distress Inks and a finger dauber to apply my ink.

Card recipes:  

Stencil:  MFT Abstract
Ink:  Distress Inks - #1 - Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries. #2 Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves
Sentiments:  by Stampin' Up! - Botanicals for You, Hello  

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Scrapbook Boutique April Blog Hop and Challenge

Welcome to this month's challenge and blog hop at Scrapbook Boutique!  Let's take a look at the beautiful mood board for this month:

Isn't it just too delicious?!!

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.

You should have arrived here from Angela's blog.

This is what I was inspired to create:

Firstly, it was all about the pink! and then the roses and then the sparkly bits of the chandelier.  Because some of my craft stuff is still in storage (for another 6 weeks too - boo hoo!) I couldn't use my first choices, but I'm happy with what I did use:  the Heartfelt Creations Botanical rose stamp and die.
I had been looking for an opportunity to try out a technique I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate, which was to use the die of a flower and cut it out of fun foam, and use it as a stamp!  So this is how I created the coloured image below the stamped image.  Of course, nothing is ever straightforward, or so it seems to me, because this stamp set very conveniently had all the stamps joined together, just as the die cut is joined, making it easy to die cut all of the layers at once.  But I needed just 3 of the images, and the stamp is red rubber, so I couldn't see through it - so I tried to locate the stamp I needed, turn it over and try to stamp over the foam stamped image.  It was definitely hit and miss, but I don't mind the result - it's free stamping, I say!

 Over the stamped front panel, I secured a layer of vellum, to create the soft look of the mood board, and to finish the top and to give a break from all that pink, I adhered a white panel cut with MFTs cloud die, first stamping the sentiment in the same pink ink.
   I also added a layered rose, made the traditional way, by stamping, colouring,  cutting and shaping as demonstrated in the Heartfelt Creations videos.

From here you should hop over to  Linda's blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Lots of 'not' white space

This week's Less is More challenge is to use lots of white space, except it is not to be white.  In other words, lots of open space in a colour other than white!

I have been entering the Less is More challenges for some time, in order to stretch my skill in creating Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, and I have to say I love the results that can be achieved by adhering to the modern, clean lines of this style.  The LIM DTs inspirations are no exception, and their cards can be found here.

I have been busy making little 4 x 4" note cards, which I intend to send out to members of our Probus Club, who perhaps haven't been feeling on top of the world lately, for whatever reason.  I figured the 'For You' sentiment could be suitable for most of these, so have made a start using this lovely rose stamped on watercolour paper, white heat embossed and coloured with Distress Inks.  My other cards just use the 3.75" panel adhered directly to the 4 x 4" cards, but for this challenge, I trimmed my panel to fit the bottom of this purple card, leaving lots of purple open space!

Card recipe:
Stamp:  SU - Birthday Blooms
Ink:  Ranger distress inks:  Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Versamark.
Paper:  300 gsm Watercolour paper 
White embossing powder