Thursday, 19 January 2017

Wag Tail

Hi and welcome!  Today's post is for the new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the oh-so-talented Cindy Hall.  Cindy has come up with a simple and versatile sketch that is sure to get lots of use in my craft room.

For my card, I went to my NBUS box again and came up with a card using Playful Pups by MFT Stamps.

This is a pretty simple card.  I stamped and colored the image onto a panel of white cardstock and then added the sentiment.  I backed that onto a panel of Green Apple cardstock which had been cut with a scalloped border, making sure to leave more green at the top as per the sketch.  

I finished off with some glossy accents on the dogs' noses and that was it!

And, for a bit of entertainment, I've made another video - this time with a voiceover!  Don't laugh at my Kiwi accent :)  And apologies for the shaking - it wasn't until after I finished filming that I realised the clamp holding my iPhone was shaking with every little knock on the table.  We've moved my clamp so hopefully that won't happen again.  If you want a giggle, you can watch here or over on YouTube.

Thanks for visiting.  The FMS Design Team have some gorgeous cards using Cindy's sketch so head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Playful Pups (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Green Apple (SSS)
Dies:  Stitched Scalloped Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents


Monday, 16 January 2017


Hi and welcome to the reminder post for The Flower Challenge, where this month we have a Blue and Yellow Color Challenge for you.

I colored up a gorgeous Power Poppy image this time and once it was colored, I die-cut it with a scallop-edge die and foam-mounted it onto a kraft card base.

The sentiment was white-embossed onto a black banner.  And that's about it!  Please pop over to the challenge blog and check out what the rest of the DT came up with.

I'm linking this up to the current Power Poppy challenge - Winter Blooms.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Daffodils (Power Poppy), With Sympathy (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Desert Storm
Dies:  Sunshine Layers (WP9), Stitched Sentiment Strips (MFT)
Accessories: Copics, White EP


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Coral Flower

Welcome!  Today's card was made using the colors from 4 Crafty Chicks, the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the gold theme at CAS-ual Fridays.

And here is my card:

I stamped the flower onto a panel of white with 3rd generation black ink and then colored it in using Copics.  Once the coloring was finished, I over-stamped with Versamark ink and gold-embossed.  (Thank goodness for the Misti!!)

I also gold embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Soft Navy cardstock and when I was looking for a banner die to die-cut it, I saw this die and thought it would give the card a modern look so went for it!

I die-cut the panel with a stitched-edge die and adhered it to a white card base.  The card was finished with some rainstones to mimic the sketch.

Thanks for visiting!

Play Badge

Products used:

Stamps:  Mon Ami (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Soft Navy (SSS)
Dies:  Blueprints 21, Blueprints 25 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Rainstones


Glittery Love

Welcome to my blog and to the latest challenge at Inspired By All The Little Things, where this week, I am the hostess.  My guest is the super-talented Hannelie Bester, whom I'm sure you all know already!

For my card, I focused on the black, red and white color scheme as well as the glittery hearts to come up with this card:

I did some inlaid die-cutting with the black heart and the red glittery "love" and adhered them to a white card base.  I then stamped the rest of the sentiment in black and added some stamped hearts around the image.

Really simple, right?  Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to the Inspired By blog and check out what the DT have come up with and also pay a visit to Hannelie's blog - you'll be so glad you did!

Products used:

Stamps:  Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), Caring Hearts (SPD)
Ink:  Black Soot Archival, Lipstick Red (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Red Glitter Paper
Dies:  Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), Pierced Heart Stax (MFT)


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Another Christmas Card

Welcome to another amazing sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is the wonderful Kim Singdahlsen and she has come up with a great sketch for us.
I made another Christmas card - yes, I'm heartily sick of them, but I just got this poinsettia ribbon die and wanted to use it before putting it away for months.

I cut the die from Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray cardstock and adhered it to a white panel, offsetting it to the right slightly.  I then die-cut the Joy word and adhered that over top.  A strip of gold foil down the right hand side and a gold-embossed sentiment to match and I was good to go!

The final touch was some clear sparkle pen on the flower and "joy" word.

Thanks for visiting!  The Design Team have used this sketch to make some gorgeous creations, so I hope you check them out.

I'm linking this to the HLS Christmas Challenge, the HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge and the Merry Christmas Challenge, who are looking for Clean & Simple.

Grab It

Products Used:

Stamps:  Joy Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray (SU) white, black
Dies:  Joy Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), Poinsettia Ribbon (Memory Box)
Accessories:  Gold EP (SSS), corner chomper, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Blended Sunshine

Hi and welcome!  I made the card I'm showing today on the weekend and just now getting around to blogging about it.  I used the sketch from MFT and some fun ink-blending inspired by Nichol Spohr.

These distress colors look gorgeous together and I filled a whole panel with them.  Once I was finished, I splattered some water on.  When that was dry, I took a stencil and stenciled over the top using the same distress colors, before die-cutting it with a stitched edge die.

The girl was stamped and colored and I used my craft knife to cut under her feet so she could "stand" on the white-embossed sentiment.  Her clothing and the frangipani are liberally colored with clear sparkle pen.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Polynesian Paradise (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, black, watercolor
Dies:  Blueprints 15, Polynesian Paradise, Stitched Sentiment Strips (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, white EP, Scribble Script stencil (Donna Downey), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Cheer Team

So, here's the thing... Yesterday, when I decided to make a card, I had the insane idea to film it.  Totally unprepared - no nail polish as my nails are really brittle at the moment due to the remover I was using; no jewellery as I don't wear jewellery on the weekends; no idea what I was actually going to do other than color an image with Zig markers.  But I hooked up my iPhone and pressed Record.

Once it was finished, my 14-year old son took my phone to his Mac and created a video and then uploaded it to YouTube!!!  I was going to do a quick voice-over but he was getting over it by that stage, so no voiceover.  I did win the battle on background music though 😃

And here is the card that started it all:

I made this card for the new challenge at Art Impressions to try a new technique.  My technique was using a water brush to color with Zigs.  I've used paintbrushes in the past but the water brush was so much easier.  Another new technique was to use Press n Seal to hold the watercolor paper onto my board.  That wasn't such a good idea when you're coloring an image, but it's genius for doing watercolor backgrounds and stenciling.  A great idea from Jennifer McGuire.  My third new technique was filming the making of this card 😄

It was pretty simple to create, but when I stamped the sentiment directly onto the watercolor panel and then die-cut the image the sentiment was way to close too the edge and didn't look nice.  To fix that mistake I added a white-embossed banner (all of this is left in the video!).

I'm also going to link this to the "New" challenges at Just Us Girls and Sweet Stampin' as this stamp set is new to me plus I was inspired by the blues and whites over at The Heart Desires.

And here is the video.  If you prefer, you can watch it over at YouTube.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Cheers set (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  Strathmore watercolor, Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Black
Dies:  Sunshine Layers (WP9), Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Zig markers, white EP, Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops