Tuesday, 27 June 2017

With love

I love the sketch at Less is More this week - and the inspiration from the DTs is amazing!

I wanted to use my new Daisy flower stamp and die by Stampin' Up! and used some pattern paper to highlight the shape behind the split card front.  The shaped slice was created using a Spellbinders set - Borderabilities Card Creator - which includes six connecting dies but here I've used the simplest one!  Less is more after all!

The die cut word is also by SU and the paper is the reverse of the paper used in the centre.  The daisy has been inked with Sweet Sugarplum - a perfect match for my paper:) 

Monday, 26 June 2017


It's been a while, but here I am back again, as I have gone fairy (faerie) mad!  For the Scrapbook Boutique's blog today, I have a card featuring a fairy, and I thought I'd post more of my faerie creations here on my blog - you may find something to inspire you to create with this small die - it is The Graceful Faerie by Memory Box!

For my first card, I began with watercolour card and Ken Oliver's Color Burst pigment powders.  If you haven't tried these before, you are in for an amazing experience!  You simply sprinkle the concentrated powder onto your watercolour card (or you can wet the card first, then sprinkle, but I do prefer the first method).   If you start with dry card, then spritz with water and watch the magic!  Your colours will explode and run all over the card - the resulting patterns are what makes this technique such fun!

I thought of these faeries as dancing in the night sky, so masked out a moon, before colouring the card, then removed the mask and sponged with Distress Ink, to fill in the moon.  I added splashes of white acrylic paint, very much watered down, for stars or fairy dust!  My sentiment here is from Feathers stamp set by Hot off the Press.  The scalloped edge is a die from Mama Elephant Basic Set.

The background for this card has been coloured with Distress Oxides, sponged over white card, with splotches of sparkle snow added when dry.  I've glittered the black faerie, and sponged the white sparkle foam of the second faerie with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  The dandelion flower border is by Apple Blossom.

My final card has a versa mark stencilled background - Bamboo Leaves by Kaisercraft - and is then sponged with Distress Oxides - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China.  The sentiment is from Waffle Flower stamp set Starry Night.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sweet Things

Challenge #332 at Less is More this week is a one-layer card with the theme of 'Sweet Things'.  For my card I found a recently retired Stampin' Up! set which I have yet to use!  Today was the day!

I stamped directly onto a SU notecard (I love to use these) with the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black, and the macaroons and candle in oxide inks, then clear embossed them all at the same time.  Terribly simple, and I thought briefly of smoothing ink in the background, but actually I like it the way it is - that BIG and bold sentiment doesn't really need anything else, does it?  I don't know now why I haven't used this stamp set before - but that's me - always behind lol.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

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!  

Here is the mood board for this month - isn't it RICH?

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.

So here is my card -

I was thoroughly taken with the rich, lush feel of the mood board, and created this black and gold confection, using lots of gold embossing powder and black and cream card.

I wanted the focus to be the striped panel, but to highlight that I used a simple flower in contrasting cream, also with gold edging.

Some more pics to capture the shine of the gold :)

Card recipe:
Card in black and cream
Stamp:  Altenew: Amazing You - flower and sentiment.  Also a straight line stamp from my stash, used for the stripes
Dies:  Mama Elephant Basic die set for the stitched rectangle, small hearts and the banner, Lawn Fawn: Stitched Journalling Die for the larger hearts
Ink:  Versamark
Embossing Powder - gold by Ranger

To start, I had to stamp the stripes to emboss - and for this I used my Misti, to ensure all the stripes were even and straight!  I placed the strip stamp in the centre of the top plate, and my paper lined up with a line on my grid paper.  After each stamp, I simply moved my paper up (or down) to the next line on the grid paper - I did half at one time, then embossed, then completed the other half in the same way.  I think it turned out perfectly!  I used black fun foam to pop this up on my cream card.

Next, I stamped and heat embossed my flower onto cream card, and fussy cut this out.  I used mounting pads (fairly thin foam) to adhere to my striped panel.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment onto black card, heat embossed it in gold and cut it out using the banner die. This die has scoring lines and I folded these to obtain a very realistic 3D banner.

For additional heart embellishments, I swiped a small piece of black card with Versamark, gold embossed it and then cut out the hearts from this matching gold, using small dies.

I hope you find something to inspire you too, from this mood board and the team's creations!  - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Now you should hop on over to Linda's  fantastic blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

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