Monday, 18 June 2018

.....every Birthday a Treasure

Here's another of my shimmery Twinkling H2O water wash backgrounds - I just painted in a little hint of land/trees and then stamped, fussy cut and painted my yacht and positioned it with foam tape.  The scene needed a frame and then after stamping my sentiment, cut it in half and thought it needed a couple of stamped, fussy cut and coloured shells.  I am playing along with CAS Watercolour June challenge - Ocean, and also with Seize the Birthday - Beachy Birthday. 
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Happy Birthday

When I saw Shirley's Kookaburra card on Friday I just knew I had to join in the 5th Birthday celebrations at Stamplorations  CASE the STAMPgirls.  I love kookas and lucky to have this stamp and Shirley's colours and background inspired me.   I used two different stencils on my background panel -- sponged Versamark through the stencils and use clear embossing powder and heat set it.  Then I spritzed with Magical Micas Mists in two browns and blue and dried that off before touching up the blank spaces with sponged Distress Inks.  I stamped my Kooka, fussy cut him and water coloured him with DI. Lastly I stamped my sentiment and on a small strip and sponged the edge, along with the edge of the panel.  I am also playing along at Southern Girls June challenge - Team Lou - Anything Goes.   Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

Southern Girls Challenge

CAS Watercolour Reminder

The month is flying by so today is a reminder for Junes OCEAN theme 
For my card I have used one of my Twinkling H2O backgrounds  I masked off a section of card and used a wide brush to water wash my colours across the panel, but of course some seeped under... and then my panel became a whoops... my sentiment smudged and I decided to trim around the colour wash.
I stamped my crab and coral with DO and fussy cut them... note to self - don't fussy cut the coral again.
I attached my panel flat to a white card because foam tape would show the buckle and then positioned my coral and crab (to hide the whoops)
I have really enjoyed taking up this challenge and stretching my imagination and very happy with my cards.
Now it's time to check out the fabulous cards the Design Team at CAS Watercolour Card challenge have to inspire you and do hope you will join in, this is a real fun challenge.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day

Saturday, 16 June 2018


A lovely quiet Saturday for me so plenty of time for some Netflix watching while I did some fussy cutting.  I decided to use some more of my wax paper background that I made yesterday and came up with this little underwater scene featuring a seahorse.  I stamped the seahorse and watercoloured him with Distress Oxides and fussy cut him out and then gave him three layers of Thick Embossing Powder, sprinkling in some gold and orange glitter on the last layer.  I fixed him to the panel with some gauze and two die cut 'sea weeds'.  Then I used the off cuts to die cut my sentiment mounting that on a white strip with foam tape.  I am playing along with CAS Mix Up June challenge.. Layered Embossing Powders;  my elements are - Layered Embossing Powder, stamping, watercolouring, die cuts, fussy cutting. I am also playing along at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media June challenge - Layers.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend


Friday, 15 June 2018

Lighthouse Tag

Today I've been messing about with the good old wax paper technique.... I used photographic card for my glossy card and it works real well.  Then I added Distress Oxides to see how they'd take to the gloss card - swiping it on doesn't blend very well so I smooched with the ink on a baby wipe, and used a stitched tag die to cut my shape.  Then I stamped the bottom half of my lighthouse stamp and then masked out the lighthouse and yacht and stamped the seagulls at the top.  Next I stamped the lighthouse and yacht on white card and coloured these with pencil and fussy cut them out and attached them to my tag.  To finish I used white gel pen to colour the seagulls.  I am playing along at Rubber Dance June challenge - basically using the colour palette and the tag option.  Also using my tag for the Simon Says Monday challenge - Anything but a card, and Southern Girls Challenge Team Lou - Anything Goes.     Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Southern Girls Challenge ~ Team Lou ~ Anything Goes!


Simon Says: Anything But A Card

Live... Laugh...Love

What a cool challenge at CAS Mix Up this month - Layered Embossing Powders.... just right for me to dig into that drawer with all the old old old EPs... some just don't work anymore.  And it just so happened that shopping at the craft shop recently on the chuck out table was 'Leaf' coloured EP so that came home with me and became the background swipe for my card.  I tried adding layers of EP to die cut discs, they looked cool but kept curling up and then cracking... I had in mind to make a dream catcher... and then I remembered I had this medallion die so that became my dream catcher.  I inked the center with turquoise and used White Pearl EP,  I inked the next round with Versamark and Gold Sparkly EP and the outer edge with Silver EP and the the whole thing with Clear Thick EP.  Then I stamped my  leaf with Archival Ink onto bits of my 'experiments' and fussy cut them.  To finish I stamped my sentiment and arranged my dream catcher and feathers over the lime green.  I am also playing along with Just Add Ink Colour challenge #413.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day


Monday, 11 June 2018

Happy Little Stampers June ATC - SMILE

This month I am happy to be the Guest Designer for 

I have three ATCs to share with you.... the bottom two I have used HLS Whimsical Friends stamps.
So I started a search through my stamp stash for 'smile' sentiments - heaps of them, even a camera for two and then into my Designer Paper stash and found the one piece with cameras all over it for the background panel.

I added a little grin line to my stamped elephant after I coloured and fussy cut him out.  I found some DP to use as his blanket and added gems to the fringe.  For the background I stamped and embossed my sentiment and then used Distress Oxides to add diamond pattern to the bottom.

I wanted to use a camera on one ATC so thought these two bird friends could be taking a 'selfie'.  Stamped, colored and fussy cut my camera - these different size birds in the set so I stamped them in the camera lens too. I stamped my colourful birds on shaving cream paper from my stash and cut them out and I added my die cut sentiment vertically for a change.

For my third ATC, I wanted to do something a little different and found this sentiment that really says it all and only needed a pretty background.... this is piece from my stash, made with Gelatos which I used to colour texture paste and used through a stencil, to finish I added a dragonfly button.
Please pop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog and join in with the challenge this month and thanks for visiting... enjoy your day, Smile

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Season's Greetings

CAS Christmas June challenge is for a Masculine card.... so I've made a sweater for my card in earthy colours for a guy.   First I embossed my cream sweater card and hand cut the shape, and sourced some DP for the collar, cuffs and band.  Then decided to stamp the yoke pattern, slightly curved and arranged all the pieces.  Then I cut a card base from light brown card and embossed half of it with a snowflake frame design and lightly added ink to the raised bits.  To finish I stamped my sentiment strip and edged it with ink and attached with foam tape.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend