Monday, 27 March 2017

Thinking of you in a frame

Back to Less is More with their current challenge which is to use a frame.

On watercolour card, I die cut the tulips from Memory Box 'Stitched Tulips' die, coloured them with Zig Real Brush Clean Colour Markers, and cut out the frame by Liabilities - Scroll Oval.  I had to reinsert the cut pieces - tulips and leaves, and left the frame in place too - so the frame is quite subtle.  I popped the oval piece up with foam and adhered it to a top fold card, sponged with soft pastel (Spring) colours.  The sentiment is from a set by Apple Blossom included in a magazine. (Simply Cards and Papercrafts Issue 153)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Wonderful News

The challenge at LIM this week is to use washi - how lucky for me that yesterday I tried CASEing a card I saw on Etsy which used a single wooden button on a small notecard.  I didn't use a wooden button, but a die I've had for ages, with WASHI on cardstock - - woo hoo!

So I'm ready early today - Sunday morning here in Australia, with temps in the 30s!

Cardstock cut 18cm x 9cm for a top fold 9 x 9cm (3.5" x 3.5")
Stamp is a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft Issue 165 - love the fonts
Die is by Simon Says Stamp - Partial Cut Flowers
Button die is a set of 3 by Joy! Crafts
Washi - unknown origin but printed cloth tape about 1.5 inches wide

Below are a couple more cards I made using washi.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

LIM #319

Just a short post to enter the current challenge at Less is More which is a One Layer Card with the subject Leaves.

I first saw this technique on Brenda Keenan's blog, where she had one leaf, with the tree outline from Sheltering Tree stamped inside the leaf stencil.  I loved it immediately and copied her idea to make thank you cards a-plenty.  For this card, I have used two leaf shapes, but the same tree branches inside it - I love the colours, so rich and autumn-like  - which it is in Australia right now!  I used only three distress inks - mowed lawn, abandoned coral and seedless preserves.  The sentiment is also Stampin' Up! - Endless Thanks.

A Lifetime of Happiness

Quick post to show this wedding card I've made for a friend who is the mother of the groom.  She has been asked to 'do' the flowers - 3 bridesmaids, one bride and the table settings - and she has to travel to Canberra (from Melbourne).  Naturally, she is delighted the bride has asked her to participate so fully - what a great start!

The stamp here is by Penny Black, but I don't know the name, as it belongs to a friend, but I love the elegant simplicity of its lines.  I immediately thought of my friend (mother of groom) and so have made it the wedding card.  The lovely sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

It is a long card, so I needed to make a custom envelope, which I coordinated to the card.  The initials of the couple have been gold embossed, and the contrast panel is by Memory Box - Flicker Hearts.

I hope it is acceptable!  

Friday, 10 March 2017

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!

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 the mood board below.  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.

Wow!  Don't those colours really get the creative juices flowing!  So many options that for me, the hardest part was deciding on what I would actually present!

So this is my card for the challenge - I was inspired by the colours (obviously lol) but also the fan and butterflies (well, I think it's a fan in the top right photo).

I started by stamping and white heat embossing the fan image from the Kaisercraft Stamp set Oriental randomly over a panel of watercolour card stock.  I then added Colorburst powder (yellow, green, blue, wine and orange), spritzed with water and allowed to dry.  This took about 2 minutes in our recent Melbourne heat wave!

I trimmed the panel with a scallop frame by Mama Elephant, and mounted it on fun foam.  This was then adhered to black cardstock over a regular sized A2 top fold card.  I added a circle sentiment and some tiny butterflies cut from the same watercolored card.

Remember I was undecided about what to present to you for this challenge?  Well, here are two more cards inspired by that mood board - the first uses a Kaisercraft fan die, plus SBB word dies, and the second uses various leaves from MFT Scribble Flowers.

That's all from me today, but I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge - each month the entries are just amazing and we love to see how everyone seems to take something unique from the mood board.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

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