Sunday, 21 May 2017


Back to join the Less is More challenge #329 - and it is Geometric.

For my card, I have used the ink splats from Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge, and the geometric element is provided by Winnie and Walter stamp called V for Chevron.

Additionally, I tried the foiling technique using a Quickie Glue Pen, and for a first try, I guess it's not too bad!  I have pre-ordered the Couture Creations Hot Foil machine - back in January - but am still waiting for it to arrive, so when I saw Lindsay Weirich demonstrate the use of the glue pen to achieve a foiled look, I thought I'd give it a try.  Definitely not an exact science (for me) so not something I'll do often, but the glimmer is a nice touch - and does accentuate the geometry at play here.

The inks I used are all Distress Oxides - they stamp beautifully!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Celebrate You

Back at last for a Less is More Challenge - #328 is a one layer with the theme of Spots/Stripes.  This is my entry.  I had been playing about with the Stampin' Up! embossing folders of Celebrate and Happy, and then found this great idea on Pinterest - to use the bokeh effect to really highlight the word.  My appreciation to Amy K for sharing her idea,  and in particular the tip of keeping the paper in place in the folder, while stamping.  It helps to highlight the word better.

I can't wait to try this out with the Happy - which is not script, but Upper Case, so not as pretty:)

Inks are SU:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride.
Stamps:  circles are by Happy Little Stampers - Mix Mash, and the You is SU - Birthday Blossoms

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Scrapbook Boutique May 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 and inspiration, 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 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.

I do apologise for a fairly heavy photo content today, but as I was creating, I thought you might like to see progressive steps - I'm not claiming any sort of expertise, of course, but I do love colouring,  especially now with watercolours, and if it helps to inspire someone else, then I'm happy!

  So using my Misti, I coloured the Penny Black red rubber stamp with Distress Markers - in Worn Lipstick and Brushed Corduroy, and stamped this onto heavy watercolour card.  You can see what a difference it makes to NOT stamp an outline first.

With a better idea of the image, I went back to my stamp and added the same colours in places I thought they needed more colour definition.  This time, I very lightly misted the stamp with water.  As the image took shape, I used a few different colours, such as Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss, and Peeled Paint.

I did this step many, many times - sometimes just focussing on one flower or leaf, until I was satisfied I couldn't (shouldn't)  add any more to it.  When it was completely dry, I painted the background.

Of course, while I was creating, I didn't stop at one attempt, but did three - so below are my other two cards.  The sentiment is from Altenew stamp set:  Beautiful Day, and the drops are Nuvo drops.  The last two panels were die cut with shapes from Avery Elle Custom Panels, and the first with the scalloped border by Spellbinders.  I left the background white on these, and like the crisper look.

I hope you have as much fun as I did, being inspired by this beautiful mood board, and 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 blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Ballet dance trio

I've been asked to make a special birthday card for a friend, and as the little one has just started ballet, my friend asked if I could incorporate that interest somehow.

I immediately thought of a cute Bugaboo digi image I have owned for over 4 years, and made this card for the precious little girl.

The ballet trio come as little stick figures, which I do love, but I had in mind to make ballet skirts for them this time.  How I remember both of my own daughters (and later grand-daughters) loving the soft pink leotards they dressed in for practice.  So searching pinterest, I found this idea - sponge vellum in pink distress ink (worn lipstick), then punch out with a scalloped circle, and fold in half 4 times - this makes it easier to 'pleat' into shape.

Of course, the card needed a little bit of sparkle and a big 4 - the stamped name used Stampin' Up!'s alphabet stamp: Brushwork Alphabet.  I find it so easy to line up, and makes such a difference when personalising is needed.

I hope Hallie loves being 4!