31 July 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Embossing

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
Thanks to everyone who played along with us last time!

Our "Toppings" option this time around is...


You may use an embossing folder, embossing powder 
or any other way you can think to emboss.

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!

To create the background on my card today, I heat embossed with white ink using a stamp from My Favorite Things. I then added water to the card stock and added Brusho Crystal Colours and bled them all together. I love the boldness of these colours!
Once that was dry I added a memory box flower die and penny black sentiment die in black. 

Just Add Ink #273 - Colour Challenge

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a fun colour combo from you to play along with!

I have used some fun new stamps from My Favorite Things with these colours to create the main panel for my card.

Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things
Ink: Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Lawn Fawn Party Animals - for The Scrapbook Store

I keep promising myself I won’t buy any more cute animal type stamps, but seriously – how can I not, when they keep bringing out so many fun ones? They are just too cute to leave on the shelf! That’s my excuse anyway, and I’m sticking to it.
So for this week I have used the adorable little fox from the new Party Animals stamp set by Lawn Fawn from The Scrapbook Store.  There are some great stamps in this set and you can do a lot with them. But I have kept my card quick and simple and think it would be great for a masculine birthday.

Party Animal Fox
To make this card, I started by cutting the cardstock with the stitched rectangle die from the ‘Blueprints 20′ set by My Favorite Things out of X-Press It cardstock. I then stamped the fox and the sentiment to the bottom section of the card. Then I added the little birthday cake into the fox’s hands.
The colouring of this guy was very quick, simple and fun! And once he was finished I tied some gold embroidery thread around the top of the white card to break up all of that white space. I also added a few scattered sequence.party animal fox closeup
To finish the card off, I die cut the coordinating scalloped border from the same blueprints set in brown and mounted the whole piece onto kraft cardstock using foam tape. I also couldn’t resist adding a little sparkly wink of stella to the cup cake.
Copic colours used:
R27, E77, E50, E53, E31
E35, E37, R11, W00, W1, W3, W5

22 July 2015

Penguin Shaker Card - for The Scrapbook Store

Today I wanted to share with you my first shaker card using the new Fuse Tool from We R Memory Keepers, which is now available in the store. I love how easy this is to use, and it makes shaker cards a much simpler process.
However I do think that I overfilled my shaker and next time will probably put less sequins etc in but I still love how it turned out.Cool Penguins
The first thing I did was to create the shaker to go in my card. To get the right size, I used the same die that I used on the front of the card as a template to seal my bag. I then used the fuse tool to go around three quarters of the die and left a portion open to fill with sequins. I then put the template back over the plastic and sealed the last section of the bag. I left a small border around the sealed edge so that I could glue that to the card. For the plastic, I used the We R Memory Keepers Waterfall Photo sleeves.
I then cut a piece of white cardstock with the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints set, and then cut the circle die in the middle at the top of the card, leaving enough space for a sentiment underneath.
To create the blue mat underneath, I cut the cardstock a little larger to leave a border then lined it up with the white card and die cut the circle so that the holes in the centre would match up exactly.
I then glued the shaker card to the blue mat using a liquid adhesive, and stamped the sentiment before layering the white piece on top with foam mounting tape to give dimension, and also allow a little room for the sequins to shake around. However if you wanted a flatter card for mailing, you could skip the foam tape and use regular adhesive.
I then set the card aside and created the images I wanted to attach to the front. I chose the adorable little penguins and a sentiment from the new Penguins in Paradise set from My Favorite Things. I wanted a no line colour look for my penguins so I stamped them in a lighter ink on X-Press It Card and coloured them with Copic markers. I then cut them out using the coordinating dies.
I attached them to the front of the card using foam tape and that completed my card for today.cool penguins closeup

19 July 2015

My New Craft Space

We did a big room switch around here this past week. I moved my craft room into my daughters bedroom and she moved into my (bigger) craft room allowing her more space. But this of course meant I had to have a major clean out and de-clutter my space, keeping only what I really wanted in my room. And I have to say, despite having reservations about moving to a smaller space I am really happy with my new room!

I did get rid of some pieces from my old room but got a few new pieces that fit better in this space, thanks to a couple of trips to Ikea.  I still have a little work to do, like getting power points, a new tv aerial and a picture shelf put up but other than that, it's done :)

Here are a few pics. If it looks very much like my old one, it's because I stuck with the same colour. This room was yellow but I repainted it the same since I was still quite happy with the colour. It is called Barley Grass from British Paints. It looks a little 'bright' in some of these pics but that is just the lighting.

The tall Alex drawer units from Ikea are new to this room, and I was surprised at the huge amount of stuff that they hold while taking up little floor space! 

 The desk configuration is the same as in the old room, since this worked well for me. However the Big Shot is now off the desk giving me a little more space.

A picture rail shelf from Ikea will go in that space between the copies and the word decal, giving me a space to display cards and pictures. They were out of stock of white ones so I have to wait. 

 Despite not liking my back to the door, I do now enjoy a view over the pool. 

Spice racks from Ikea, spray painted white get all of the little bottles of stuff that were previously on my desk giving me even more desk space but keeping them within reach.

 These are the same shelves I had in my old room, in a slightly different configuration.

Removing the door from the wardrobe gave me more usable space.

Now I can't wait to get in there and mess it up! 

18 July 2015

Seize The Birthday Anything Goes Challenge

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!

Thanks to everyone who played along with us last time,
we had a fabulous turnout once again with amazing
eye candy in our gallery, for all to enjoy!
It's about time once again for an...

 "Anything Goes" Birthday

(with no Topping!)

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

Here is my card for this week. I stamped the image and embossed it in white embossing powder then coloured it with Prismacolour Pencils.

Stamps: Woodware Craft Collection
Ink: Versamark
Other: White embossing powder, prismacolour pencils

Just Add Ink #271 - Sketch Challenge

Sorry I'm a little late this week, things are beyond crazy around here! Lots of room switching, renovating going on inside and demo stuff going on outside!  The upside is I have moved into a new craft room and had a total clean out and reorganised everything. And I can't wait to get back in there and play! I will also be sure to share pics on my blog soon.

But now, onto this week's sketch over Just Add Ink. This is the great sketch:

And this is my card:

Stamps: Wild Rose Studio, Sentiment from Stampin' Up!
Copic Markers

08 July 2015

You Color My World - For The Scrapbook Store

I couldn’t wait to make a cute card with this little Lawn Fawn crayon stamp set called ‘Color My World’ (and for my Aussie friends, please look past the incorrect spelling of 'colour' ;)
color my world 1
To make this card, I started by stamping five crayons onto Express It Cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die. I then coloured each of them in various shades from yellow up to red with Copic markers.
I set them aside and created the background, which was done on Ranger Watercolour Cardstock. I used distress inks with water to wash some colours onto the background going from lightest to darkest. I then used the same colours to splatter some spots onto the background using a paintbrush.
I then stamped the sentiment onto the bottom of the card using Versafine black ink and attached the crayons using dimensional tape.color my world closeup
To finish the card off, I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the crayons and attached some sequins. I then placed the card onto a black piece of cardstock and onto a white card base
Copic colours used:
Y02, Y08, Y11, Y13, Y38
YR07, YR09, YR16
R17, R29
Distress Ink colours used:
Squeezed Lemonade, Barn Door, Fossilized Amber, Spliced Marmalade

02 July 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Red, White and Blue

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday.
Thanks to everyone who played along last time!

And in perfect timing with the 4th of July celebrations in the US, 
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!

For my card I have used this cute little superhero girl from My Favorite Things. 

Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things
Ink: Distress Ink, MFT black hybrid ink
Other: Copic Markers, white embossing powder

Just Add Ink #269 - Colour Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week we have a pretty colour challenge for you to play with.

For my card I used one of my pretty new flower stamps from Altenew called Sketched Flowers.

01 July 2015

You Make My Tail Wag - for The Scrapbook Store

I must admit, I have had this adorable dog house die-namic set in my stash since it first came out (you know, I had to have it because it was SO cute!) and realised that I hadn’t even used it yet! So I thought it would be perfect for this week’s card of The Scrapbook Store.you make my tail wag
I first got an idea of the layout I wanted to use, and then started by die cutting all of the pieces I would need to put the card together before doing the stamping. It’s probably easiest to explain in a list.
1 dog house in kraft coloured card stock with coordinating elements in a contrasting colour (I chose chocolate brown)
1 dog bowl from red cardstock
1 little sign for dog house in white
1 picket fence from white cardstock
1 set of grass die cuts from green cardstock
1 dog bone from natural coloured (or cream) cardstock
Also cut 1 square of white cardstock which will be the base of the scene
Stamping and inking:
Stamp 1 dog on white X-Press It cardstock and stamp in light coloured ink (I used grout grey Hybrid Ink by MFT)
Stamp the MFT woodgrain stamp in kraft (or light brown) ink onto the dog house. Also stamp a small off cut of the same card which will go inside the dog house.
Stamp or write some letters on your little sign (my word was very imaginative don’t you think) ;)
Sponge a cloud background onto the white cardstock panel using tumbled glass distress ink and a sponge dauber. You can use a die cut cloud as your ‘stencil’ to create the shapes.
Stamp sentiment in black ink onto the background (I roughly laid everything out so I would know where to add the sentiment).you make my tail wag closeup
All that was left to do was colour the dog using Copic Markers. I stamped this in a light coloured ink so I could do the ‘no line’ colouring technique and was quite happy with how it turned out.
I then set about putting it all together using lots of foam tape to create some layers.
Once it was done, I layered it onto a piece of red cardstock and then onto a chocolate brown card base.
Copic colours: N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N8. R17, R29, R39