24 September 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Border dies and punches

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

Our "Toppings" option this time is...

Border Dies & Punches

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!

I have used the Paris dienamics border from My Favorite Things. 

To create the background I sponged distress inks and then went over it with Perfect Pearls. This looks beautiful in real life, but makes it very hard to get a good photograph! I die cut the border out of the background and then cut it again from black and inlaid it back in so it was all flat.

Just Add Ink Challenge #281 - Colour Challenge with a twist!

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge with a  difference. We want you to choose your three favourite colours!

This was really tough for me as I don't have one favourite colour, but I always tend to to be drawn to anything aqua, or teal. And I love that combination with a splash of hot pink so that is what I went for this week!

I made a stitched shaker card for my project, which was a lot of fun! In fact I made two cards and while I like the technique I can't say I am in love with the cards I got finished.

I used distress inks, water and acetate to create the backgrounds on both of my cards. However on the first one I left a lot more white space, and on the second I heat embossed a background stamp and then applied the ink over the top.

Dies: Tim Holtz - Ranger
Ink: Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Picked Rasberry
Other: Sequins

Stamps: My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn
Other: Lawn Fawn Dies, sequins
Ink: Distress ink in picked raspberry, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon

23 September 2015

Sending Happy Your Way - for The Scrapbook Store

Today over at The Scrapbook Store blog I am sharing a fun shaker card, featuring the ‘Birthday Centerpieces’ die from My Favorite Things. For detailed  instructions on how I completed this card, please pop over the the BLOG.Sending Happy Window card
sending happy window card closeup2
Ink:  Versamark
Card/Paper:  Neenah Solar White

17 September 2015

Sending Birthday Kisses - for The Scrapbook Store

I had a lot of fun creating today’s card using some masking and distress inks.
distress birthday
I started by die cutting the birthday sentiment from masking paper using the My Favorite Things ‘Happy Birthday’ die and then attaching it to the centre of a piece of water colour cardstock by Ranger.
I then used a fun technique which is often called ‘ink smooshing’ to add the distress ink to the cardstock. To do this I took some distress inks and smeared the colour onto a slick surface – I used a laminated piece of A4 paper, but a non stick craft sheet works great too.
Then I added some water to the ink, and used a piece of clear acetate to pick up the colour and apply it (or smoosh it) directly to the card. I worked from left to right, overlapping each colour slightly. I don’t do any specific pattern, just apply it as it comes out and keep going over it until I am happy with it.
Once that was done and I was happy with the coverage, I dried it off using my heat tool and then picked up some leftover colour from my surface using a brush and splattered it onto my card. However I think my card was not as dry as it should have been, since my splatters are not as crisp as I wanted but I still really like the effect that I got.distress birthday closeup
I then splattered some black and white paint spray over the top. The black paint seems to be the only colour that seeped under my mask a little on the ‘h’.
Once it was all dry, I stamped the remaining sentiment onto white cardstock, cut them out and attached them using foam tape. To finish the card off I added some sequins before mounting onto some black cardstock, and then a coordinating card base.
Stamps:  MFT ‘Label Maker Sentiments’ Things (coming soon)
Dies:  MFT ‘Happy Birthday’
Ink:  Versafine Black
Distress Inks
Heidi Swapp Colour Shine (black & white)
Card/Paper:  Ranger Watercolour Paper
Masking Paper
Other:  Double sided foam tape
Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet
Distress Ink Colours:
Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade
Picked Rasberry, Seedless Preserves
and Peacock Feathers

11 September 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 sure do appreciate our participants and love visiting 
each one of your blogs and seeing what inspires you! 

Today, it's time for a new challenge!  And this time it's an ...

Anything Goes Challenge! 

(With no Topping!)

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

For my card I have used a digi image from a new (to me) company called Power Poppy. I really love their designs!

I coloured the image with Copic markers and used some stitched frame dies for My Favorite Things to finish the card off. I raised the main panel and the green border and left the brown border recessed just add a little interest. 

Digi Image: Power Poppy
Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Frames

Just Add Ink #279 - Sketch Challenge

Hello friends! I hope you've had a great week. It's finally Friday - Yay!

I have a crazy busy weekend ahead with events on Friday and Saturday night, half of Saturday and Sunday morning. I'm exhausted just thinking about it! Looking forward to Sunday afternoon so I can just chill. And hopefully get some crafting time in.

But for now, I have a fun sketch challenge to share with you from the Just Add Ink blog.

For my card, I inked up this adorable bear from My Favorite Things. I love that it can be coloured as a regular bear or a polar bear.

Stamps: Birthday Bears by MFT Stamps
Dies: Double stitched circles and banners from MFT Stamps
Cardstock: Patterned Paper from MFT Stamps
Other: Copic markers, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Versamark Ink, White Embossing powder, glossy accents

10 September 2015

Spotlight cards featuring Bionic Bots - for The Scrapbook Store

Today over on The Scrapbook Store Blog, I wanted to share with you a fun technique called the spotlight technique. Most of the examples I have seen feature an uncoloured image with a coloured portion cut out and raised above to stand out. For a bit of a twist I have kept my main panel one layer by using some fun masking.Robot Cards
I started by taking two pieces of white cardstock and randomly stamping the Robots and sentiments all over using black ink. I then cut a piece of masking paper the same size as the white card piece and cut a circle from it using a nestabilities die.
On the first card I used only the circle portion of the mask and then sponged around the rest of the card front using blue distress ink. Once that was done, I used Copic markers to colour the robot and the hearts that fell inside the white circle area.Robot Card Bluerobot card blue closeup
On the second card I used the outside of the mask leaving the circle empty. But since I wanted to colour the hearts and the robots, I also made a mask of those and covered them before sponging inside the circle with green distress ink. I then removed the masks and coloured the robot and hearts inside the green circle.
Once both of the card fronts were finished, I mounted them onto black card and then coordinating coloured cardstock. To finish them off, I added a white embossed sentiment stamped on black card and attached it using foam tape. I also added a little glossy accents to the hearts on the robot’s chest.robot card greenrobot card green closeupSupplies:
Stamps:  MFT ‘Bionic Bots’
Dies:  MFT ‘Blueprints 15′
Spellbinders ‘Circle Nestabilities’
Ink:  MFT ‘Licorice’ Hybrid Ink
Card/Paper:  X-Press It Cardstock
Other:  Double sided foam tape
Copic Markers
White Embossing Powder
Copic Colours:
W0, W2, W3, W5, R29
FBG2, BOO, RV02, RV04
Y11, Y13, Y08, Y19, YR16

02 September 2015

Hello, Sunshine - for The Scrapbook Store

Today I have a fun card to share today over on The Scrapbook Store Blog which features something a little different – pineapples! I started creating this card as a background but loved the pineapples so much, that I decided to make the card all about them! I love that by using the small accessory stamps that come with larger sets, you can make a big statement.

Firstly, I stamped the pineapples randomly over a piece of white X-press It cardstock in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink from My Favorite Things. I also die cut and stamped a separate pineapple to go on the sentiment strip.
Then I used Copic markers to colour all of the pineapples and added some dots using a white paint pen before using a die from Blueprints 15 to cut the panel for the front of my card and then adhered it to a yellow piece and then a green card.
For the sentiment, I stamped onto a strip of black cardstock using Versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I also cut the strip using the same die as the background so the stitching on each end would match up.
I used double sided foam tape to pop the sentiment strip up and then added the pineapple, which more double sided foam tape.
I then spritzed the whole card using Sparkle Shimmer spray to finish it off.pineapples closeup
Copic Colours:
Y02, Y11, Y23, YR14
YG21, YG63, YG67