31 May 2015

Online Card Classes Mask-erade (Card 4)

I'm back with another card created as part of the Online Card Classes Mask-erade. This was from Day 5 which was all about using heat embossing as a mask. And my card is based on the example shown by Debby Hughes.

I used the negative of a Stampin' Up! butterfly die which I inked with Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder. I then used the 'smooching' technique with distress inks to add the colour around the butterfly. Once that was dry, I ironed the panel between some copy paper to remove the raised gloss of the embossing to leave a plain area.

To finish off I added the sentiment, some ink splatters and some sequins.

Dies: MFT 'Love & Adore You', Stampin' Up! Butterfly
Other: Ranger Ranger Distress Ink, Sequins, Glossy Accents, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, Versamark Ink

29 May 2015

Online Card Classes Mask-erade (Card 3)

This is my last card for tonight, I am just on my way out for a fun Curry and Music night with friends! I hope to spend the weekend playing along and catching up on the first few days of class techniques.

This was using the same technique as my previous card, and I love the stained glass look that this creates.

Stencils: My Favorite Things
Stamps: Penny Black
Ink: Versamark, Distress Inks
Other: Sequins, twine, Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste, embossing powder

Online Card Classes Mask-erade (Card 2)

Back again :)

This time sharing my first card using the technique shared by Kristina Werner on Day 2 of the Mask-erade Online Card Class. This was created using translucent embossing paste mixed with three different colours of distress inks. The sentiment portion was masked using a circle die in the centre to leave space for stamping on.

Online Card Classes Mask-erade (Card 1)

Hello folks!

I hope to be sharing a few cards with you in the coming weeks as I am currently taking part in the Online Card Class - Mask-erade as well as the new Daily Marker Colour Challenge which starts on Monday!

First up I have a card using a technique shared by Jennifer McGuire on Day 2 of the Mask-erade class. To create this card I die cut a mask using a heart die, and placed the outside of the mask on my card allowing me to stamp within the heart shape. I kept the rest of the card simple with just a sentiment and a couple of embellishments.

Stamps; Avery Elle and Simon Says Stamps
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink and Versafine black
Die: My Favorite Things
Other: Doodlebug sprinkles, stitching

Just Add Ink Challenge #264 - Sketch Challenge

Hello friends!

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a fun sketch challenge for you from DT girl Kim :)

I have kept my card very clean and simple this week, using an adorable new stamp set from My Favorite Things. I'm pretty sure this would probably pass for a masculine card too, which is something I hardly ever make! 

Stamps: My Favorite Things 'You Gnome Me'
Dies: My Favorite Things 'You Gnome Me', My Favorite Things Blueprints 24, My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
Other: Copic Markers

26 May 2015

Howdy Card - for The Scrapbook Store

For this week’s card over on The Scrapbook Store's Blog,  I decided to have a go at the ‘no line’ water colour technique that I have seen used a lot lately. It was a lot of fun and I’m already planning my next project using this technique.howdy
Since I was water colouring I used mixed media cardstock and started by stamping the pots in antique linen distress ink, before masking them and stamping the cactus over the top in crushed olive and mowed lawn ink. I wanted this light so I inked up my stamp and then stamped off once onto some scrap paper before stamping onto my cardstock.
Once they were stamped I used my water brush and distress inks to water colour the image, adding more colour as I went. When I was finished I stamped the greeting in black ink and cut the image using a die cut from My Favorite Things. I also added a little die cut heart which I coated with some glossy accents.
I used two shades of green cardstock behind the image to complete the card and added some twine and ribbon along with a heart charm to finish it off.howdy closeup

22 May 2015

Just Add Ink Challenge #263 - Weddings!

It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink and these week it's a fun one! Who doesn't love a good wedding right?


a. The act of marrying.
b. The ceremony or celebration of a marriage.

I made my card this week for my brother and his partner who recently became engaged, so I am looking forward to a wedding in my family sometime soon!

Stamps: My Favorite Things
Dies: My Favorite Things alpha dies, Papertrey Ink linen impression plate
Other: Platinum embossing powder, sequins, Versamark Ink, 

21 May 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes

Welcome to another awesome challenge over at Seize the Birthday!

And thanks to everyone who played last time, there were so many
fantastic projects!

This week there is no topping option, so just stick to the birthday theme and have fun! 

Here is my card for this week, featuring a gorgeous new background stamp from My Favorite Things, dies and stamps from Simon Says Stamp and the new Hero Arts Ombre Ink. 

Stamps: MFT Stamps Garden Flourish, Simon Says Stamp sentiment.
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Wishing die, MFT stitched die
Ink: Hero Arts Ombre Ink, MFT Hybrid Ink - Licorice, Versamark
Other: Sequins, Clear embossing powder

19 May 2015

Mermaid shaker card for The Scrapbook Store

This week I wanted to share with you this beautiful Stampendous Mermaid rubber stamp that I picked up from The Scrapbook Store. I had fun colouring her but when it came to putting the card together I was a little stumped for ideas until I decided I would put her in a little shaker box with some ‘sand’ to give the illusion that she was in the water.mermaid cardI started by stamping the Mermaid image onto a piece of white blending card using My Favorite Things Black Hybrid ink, since I knew I was going to colour her with Copic Markers.
Once I had coloured the image, I added some chalk to the background to made it less white before layering her onto some gold glitter paper and then onto the blue card background. I decided to leave a greeting off the front of this one, and instead stamp it on the inside.
To create the shaker component of the card, I first cut the blue frame using a frame die from My Favorite Things. I attached a piece of clear acetate to the back and used some strips of double sided foam tape behind the frame.  I then filled it with various micro beads and some slightly larger beads before removing the backing of the tape placing the back of the card to the shaker.
Copic colours used: 
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E50, E51
Hair: Y35, YR14, YR18
Tail: BG49, BG15, B00, YR21, G07

16 May 2015

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #186

It's been a while since I had a chance to play along over at Freshly Made Sketches, and I have actually had this card made for a couple of days but am only just now getting around to sharing it on my blog.

I was originally going to have my animals just on the grass where the circle is, but wanted to stay a bit more true to the sketch and decided to put them on the circle instead. Not sure that is really working for me though! :)

Stamps: My Favorite Things - The Whole Herd
Dies: My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink linen impression plate
Ink: MFT black hybrid ink, Versamark
Other: Copic Markers, Ranger white embossing powder

15 May 2015

Just Add Ink #262 - Colour Challenge

Hello friends!

I hope you have all had a great week. So glad that it is Friday and although I have a busy weekend coming up, it does include some fun things. One being I am going to see Wicked!  Can't wait for that :)

If you are planning on doing some crafting this weekend, you may want to pop over and check out the inspiration at Just add Ink. There is a great colour challenge and the Design Team have come up with some wonderful projects.

Here is my card, featuring the adorable little Lawn Fawn Monster Mash stamps, which I picked up recently from The Scrapbook Store. I have kept my card pretty simple and for some reason the colours are a bit off. The card base is actually kraft/crumb cake!

Dies: Lawn Fawn Monster Mash and Papertrey Ink Linen Impression plate
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Other: Stitching, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella clear brush pen 

12 May 2015

Happy Birthday with a cherry on top - for The Scrapbook Store

I thought this new little ice cream cone die set from My Favorite Things was just so cute when I first saw it, and knew it would make for some fun cards. After all, what kid doesn’t like ice cream right?Ice cream card
I started by choosing some fun new patterned paper from Echo Park which I cut using the new stitched edge dies from My Favorite Things. I then trimmed and attached the background to some chocolate coloured cardstock and then onto a white card base.
To create the main panel, I cut the white card using a stitched die from Lawn Fawn and stamped the sentiment at the bottom using two different coloured inks. I also stamped some abstract art stamps from My Favorite Things in pink to go behind my little ice cream.
To make the ice cream itself I cut the cone die in a soft yellow and then the ice cream in white. For the topping I cut the die from chocolate cardstock and once I had put it all together I added a liberal coating of glossy accents onto the topping. I also wanted to add the cherry on top so I cut that from white cardstock, coloured it with copic markers and added some glossy accents to that as well. Once it was dry I attached it to the top of my ice cream.ice cream card closeup
I then used some double sided tape to attach the ice cream onto the main panel, and some more double sided tape was used between the panel and the patterned paper.
Click on the links below in the supplies list for products (available at The Scrapbook Store).

07 May 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - with a fun topping option!

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
And thanks to everyone who played last time!

Our "Toppings" option this time is...


Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just

stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

And here is my card. I created the background inside the heart by water colouring with distress inks.

Dies: Impression Obsession Heart Die, Papertrey Ink linen impression plate
Stamps: My Favorite Things
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks, Stampin' Up! 
Other: Glimmer paper, Kaiser rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear pen

Just Add Ink Challenge 261 - Inspiration Challenge

Hello friends!

It's time for another fun inspiration challenge over at Just Add Ink. I love the colours in this week's challenge although I have to admit I am struggling with a lack of stamping mojo at the moment and it took me a while to come up with something I was happy with.

For my card I used some new stamps from My Favorite Things and Hero Arts. I also used a liberal amount of Wink of Stella which makes everything so sparkly, although it is really hard to capture the effect in the photos.

Ink: Stampin' Up! Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Dies: My Favorite Things Modern Blooms, Background die by Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn stitched frame.
Other: Doodlebug embellishments.

05 May 2015

Build A Bouquet - for The Scrapbook Store

I recently bought this image from The Scrapbook Store and I loved it immediately because the flowers reminded me of the ones my grandmother used to have in her garden. So for the same reason I thought it would make a beautiful Mother’s Day card for my mum. And because it is such a large image, it really didn’t need much embellishment since those flowers really do take centre stage.Hydrangea card
This card required a lot of masking and layering to create the bouquet, and this image is actually made up of 7 separately stamped images. The great thing about this stamp set is that the masks are part of the set so it makes the process very easy!
I started by working out where my vase would go, and first stamped one set of the flowers in the centre. I then masked that set of flowers and stamped them a second and third time on each side. I then masked the flowers while I added the leaves so that they look like they are coming from behind the flowers. Once the bouquet was complete I masked the bottom part of the image and stamped the vase.
I then set about colouring the image with my Copic Markers. Once it was finished I gave it all a liberal coating of Wink Of Stella so that it all shimmers beautifully. I then stamped the greeting onto a tiny tag that I had die-cut, and attached it with a little piece of string. I finished it all off by adding some tiny pearl accents to the centre of the flowers.
Once that was all complete, I stitched around the edges and layered it onto some silver glitter paper and then onto a dark purple card base.hydrangea card closeup
Card/Paper:  Neenah White Cardstock 

Copic colours used:
YG0000,YG01, YG17, YG23, YG25
COO, C1, C2
B0000, B41, BG0000, BG000, BV000, BV01, BV04