Thursday, 6 August 2020

Birthday Wishes


We have just returned from a wonderful few days R&R in our caravan in a fabulous nearby National Park -  it's was truly  magical, quiet, serene and sooooo relaxing....fortunately for us we are still able to travel around our state with basic pandemic restrictions.... very few others at the park.
Today I am posting a square card for a change...  the stamped floral image is from my stash and I used a light watercolour wash of Distress Inks as the base for added pencil colouring.  For some interest I stamped the sentiment and gold embossed it and a card section I die cut with a notched border and used orange card as a thin border frame onto a butter yellow card.
I am playing along with Watercooler Wednesday WWC283 -  Tristan's challenge - Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist   ....    AND    ....   Seize the Birthday #196 - Tic Tac Toe ---  one image, flowers and largish sentient.
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Card Recipe 
Stamps: unknown - friends flower stamp,  Clear Impressions - Tropical Delights (sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinders - Curved borders two
Inks:  Versanark, Versafine - smokey grey, Distress Inks - squeezed lemonade, shabby shutters
Other: Gold embossingpowder, Coloured pencils

Sunday, 2 August 2020



My card for the July Card Chain Challenge went off to Suze in New Zealand.  I combined the sketch, colours, theme and technique.

For this months challenge I decided to make a fun card...  ages ago I used a friends stamp to put a few of these mermaids into my stamped stash....I coloured her with pencils and fussy cut it out.  In my background stash I found this one with blues and purples.. I masked off an area to create a circle (re the sketch) and with a wavy stencil in place, sponged grey ink.  To finish the card I attached the mermaid with foam tape, added some glitter gel pen and sequins and a mini stamped and die cut sentiment.

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   Theme Options - Under the sea, Technique - Stencils

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Jillibean - Jar Goodness - sentiment, Mermaid from prestamped stash
Dies: Jillibean matching stamp/die set
Inks: Versamark, Distress Ink - weathered wood, Versafine - black
Other:  Colouring pencils, cheap brand Stencil, silver embossing powder, sequins, glitter glue

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Happy Birthday

Nearing the end of the month and lucky I checked the close date for The Butterfly Challenge - #144 - A for Accordion Fold..... my card had become hidden under the desk mess...
I used all seven elements of the challenge.

Scored and cut A4 white card to give four folds on my Accordion folded card and used a lacy edged die to add interest to the card... needed to continue the lacy edge so cut an inner white panel, die cut the edge and used a butterfly embossing folder so it wasn't just plain card .  Chose three patterned papers.. and added stamped music script and mini butterflies to the aquamarine and apricot papers then sized and cut them to fit panel..... I decided my apricot and pink didn't go too well so attached them to opposite folded sides so they were concealed.  To finish I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment, die cut with a fancy label and sponged ink on the edge.  To finish the card I added three die cut butterflies cut from shiny metallic paper - gold and iridescent blue and aqua glitter card.

I am also playing along with AAA Birthday challenge - Game #15 ...  3D.
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Card Recipe 
Stamps:  I think my sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up,  Kaisercraft -   Sheet music, Hero Arts - Heart sparkle butterfly
Dies: Butterfly - unknown, Spellbinders - Classic petal edges, Spellbinders - Labels Eighteen
Inks: Versafine - black,  Distress Ink - Peacock feathers, Spiced marmalade 
Other:  patterned paper, clear embossing poweder, glitter card and metallic paper,  Cuttlebug embossing folder - Jules Jewells

Mixed Media card

Mixed media style doesn't come easily to me so I've been checking out fabulous ideas on Pinterest... here's my card for Just Add Ink challenge #515 - Mixed Media

I decided to use some kraft coloured card for the front panel and firstly added some inked areas and also coloured Gesso with a stencil.  I stamped random script and tiny dots in dark purple and white DI when the Gesso was dry.  I die cut some flowers and foliage and blended Distress Inks to colour them.  Used a light brown card base and arranged the wildflowers with a mini twine bow and added some white crystal drops to the flower center.
My mixed media elements are - stamping, stencils, texture paste, twine, die cuts, crystals drops

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Card Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Script, Tiny Dot
Dies: Sizzix - Wildflower stems #1
Inks: Distress Inks - for background - Chipped sapphire, Gathered twigs, Picket fence, for flowers - Shabby shutters, Mown lawn, Tattered rose, Victorian velvet, Shaded lilac, Picked raspberry
Other:  Kaisercraft stencil - Birch, white Gesso, twine, white Nuvo crystal drops

Monday, 27 July 2020

Christmas Wishes

Sharing with you my latest lily in flower...  no idea it's name and first time flowering for me... happy me!!!     not happy Jan!!! ... this new blogger .....grrrrr  - how do I get this paragraph next to the photo not under or above?

So anyway... here is my Christmas card for the July Rudolph Days challenge.....
From my stash I found this stamped and clear embossed tree.... I added a matching frame layer, a shiny gold star and a two part sentiment.... die cut the 'Christmas' from shiny red metallic card and stamped the 'wishes' in green and clear embossed.  Thought I might be fancy like so many of my clever friends and add some gold splatters... well I need practise is all I can say....

It's great to keep ahead with my Christmas cards all through the year and never to late to start... want to join in and share a card at Rudolph Days... click here
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Card Recipe 
Stamps: a friends tree stamp, Kaisercraft - Christmas sentiments
Dies: Kaisercraft - Christmas sentiments
Inks:  Distress Oxide inks - green shades.
Other:  gold and red metallic card, clear embossing powder

Sunday, 26 July 2020

2 Split cards

An idea to use this new (gifted) NBUS stencil was brewing away in my head last night so with a free Sunday on my hands - hubby off playing second round of golf this weekend, I set about making four cards from an A4 card sheet.   ADDED NOTE - Australian paper sizes are slightly larger than US and measure in metric --  I scored at 3in (7.6cm) and 6in (15.2cm) along long side and then scored the short side in half at 8.25in (10.5cm) up to the 6in score -- these are just front panels for cards and the slim were a bit long for me so trimmed them down.

Seeing the latest trend being slim cards I measured the card to achieve two slim and two normal A5 card fronts, then cut the slim from the A5 panel... see this post

For my A5 cards - I scored the middle - positioned the stencil and used Tattered Rose Distress Ink to blend over all the flowers, moving the stencil about too.  Then  I chose darker colours to add to the flower centres - DI Aged Mahogany on the left section   and   DI Abandoned Coral on the right  -- and used a fine brush to deepen the centre spots.

For my first card I added a matching coral coloured layer and stamped and silver embossed the sentiment.

With the second card I stamped the sentiment in grey and clear embossed then added a deep red border layer and a brown card 

I am posting these cards to NBUS challenge #16   .....   AND   .... Seize the Birthday challenge #195 - Non-neutral card base   .....   ALSO   .....  Yes, Virginia July Show and Share.
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Card 1 Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Birthday Wishes (sentiment)
Inks:  Versamark,  Distress Ink - Tattered Rose,
Other:  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery, silver embossing powder

Card 2 Recipe 
Inks: Versamark,  Distress Ink - Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogony
Other:  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery, clear embossing powder

Another set of 2 Split Cards

My follow on post for today - playing with other section of the 4 Split Cards.
For my slim cards (I cut these away from the A5 section) I positioned the stencil across the middle score line and blended Distress Inks in orange shades... moving the stencil and masking off areas as I went ...  I used deeper shades to give some depth to the images.

For my first slim card I used a post-it note to mask off a sentiment strip in the middle of the card and scored lines after stamping the sentiment in grey and clear embossing.  Used a bright orange layer to frame the panel.

For my second slim card I moved the stencil around all the edges using post-it notes to mask areas.  I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment and used foam tape to mount it to a stitched die cut rectangle frame in bright orange card ... and used it also to frame the panel.

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Card 1 Recipe 
Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Fun Birthday sentiments
Inks:  Versafine - smokey grey, Distress Inks - Dried marigold, Spiced marmalade
Other:  clear embossing powder,  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery

Card 2 Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Factory 42 (sentiment)
Dies: Poppy Stamps - stitched nesting rectangles
Inks:  Versafine - black, Distress Inks - Dried marigold, Spiced marmalade
Other:  clear embossing powder,  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery

Friday, 24 July 2020

Two Cards featuring Butterflies

I'm really pushing the clock today with my Butterfly cards for the July Twofer Card Challenge #29
I used a very old wood mounted stamp to create my cards.

For my first card I teamed the stamped, white embossed and fussy cut butterfly with a background die cut that I lined with pink paper, and a lovely rose stamped image sent to me by friend Linda... because of course you see butterflies hovering around the flowers in your garden.... and especially here at the moment because all the mango trees are out in flower.
I die cut the white front panel down with a stitched die  and sponged Distress Oxide ink in pink shades over the embossed butterfly, then I added some pearl antennae as well.  To finish I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment and attached the flower and butterfly with foam tape.

With my second card, I stamped the butterfly randomly over a white card panel with Distress Ink in Tattered Rose to create a background.  Then stamped and gold embossed the butterfly and fussy cut it out.  On a scrap of matching card I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment and to finish added a matching layer to frame the panel and added a few gems for some sparkle.

I am also playing along with Penny Black Saturday July challenge - Optional Nature.
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Card Recipe 
Card 1
Stamps: Penny Black - Quiver (butterfly), Power Poppy - Simply Camellias (sentiment)
Dies: Sizzix - Mixed Media #2,CUTplorations - Crazy Running Double Stitched Nesting Rectangles.
Inks: Versamark, Distress Oxides - Worn lipstick, Victorian velvet, Seedless preserves
Other: white embossing powder, silver embossing powder

Card 2
Stamps: Penny Black - Quiver (butterfly), Chocolate Baroque - Amazing Birthday (sentiment)
Inks: Versamark, Distress Ink - Tattered rose
Other: gold embossing powder, gems