Saturday, 19 May 2018

You're the Best

Hi and welcome!  Today's card comes with a video!  Normally when I make a video I have to do it well in advance of when my post goes live to allow time for editing, voiceover, etc.  But today, I decided to film as I made this card for the latest sketch challenge at MFT, as well as the color challenge at Color Throwdown and the stencil challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

The sketch put me in mind of a color-blocked card so that pretty much the direction I took - or at least I started in!  I took a piece of Berrylicious cardstock and the Geometric Grid stencil and sponged over it with Audrey Blue ink.  Once that was finished, it still looked flat to me, so I moved the stencil slightly and added some Apple Green ink over the top.  Much better!

The white panel is a woodgrain cardstock that I die-cut with a Stitched Scallop Edge die.  I stamped the sentiment several times to get a good impression and then adhered the panel along with the stenciled piece to a white top-fold card base.  After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing about what to put down the right hand side (I started with lime gingham paper, then went to black cardstock, then to Berrylicious and finally to the black & white striped paper) I added the stacked "because" and at last finished the card!

No embellishments because this card would suit a male or female equally.

Thanks so much for visiting.  You can watch the video below or over at YouTube.

Products used:

Stamps:  Because You (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Audrey Blue, Apple Green (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Woodgrain White (SSS), Berrylicious, B&W Striped (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Scallop Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  Geometric Grid Stencil (MFT)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Floral Sympathy

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the inimitable Linda Callahan.  And has she got a great sketch for us!

When I first saw Linda's sketch, it immediately put me in mind of a fancy-fold card, but as I've said before, I'm too lazy for that sort of nonsense πŸ˜†so I decided to keep it pretty simple and use vellum for the top layer.

The photos do not do this card justice - so just pretend, okay?  I used the new Stitched Blooms card kit from MFT and die-cut some of the images in both Bubblegum and Pink Lemonade cardstocks, as well as cutting the leaves from Sour Apple.  I wanted the look of shadows, so cut black versions of everything I'd previously cut from colored cardstock.  I layered the black by slightly offsetting it and then created the bouquet arrangement.  I wanted a curved design and once I was happy with how it was laid out, I used some Press 'n' Seal to hold it all in place while I worked on the rest of the card.

I die-cut a Desert Storm panel and a vellum panel from a stitched rectangle die and also the sympathy words from silver foil cardstock.  So I could add some glue to various parts of the vellum, I first added some Nuvo Jewel Drops to the vellum and set it aside to dry.  Once it was dry, I added glue behind the Nuvo drops and also the word die cuts and that held the vellum down nicely.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The DT have some gorgeous cards using Linda's sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm playing along with The Flower Challenge who are looking for acetate/vellum on floral cards this month.

Products used:

Cardstock:  Pink Lemonade, Bubblegum, Sour Apple (MFT), Desert Storm, White, Black, Vellum
Dies:  Stitched Blooms (MFT), With Sympathy (Avery Elle), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Rosewater and Key Lime)


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Minty Leaves

Hi!  I'm here with a card for a couple of challenges!  I haven't had much time recently to make non-DT cards, so it was nice to just spend a bit of time in the old craft room this afternoon creating just for the pleasure of it.  I made this card using both the sketch and colors from MFT Stamps Challenges.

Onto a Sour Apple card base I embossed the Burlap BG stamp with Silver Pearl embossing powder.  This gave it a lovely sheen with a touch of silver in different lights.  I die-cut a white panel with a stitched die and adhered that to the card base with foam tape.  On top of that, I added some Painted Flowers stamped in a soft purple shade and a deep purple shade - as close to the challenge colors as I could find.  The leaves were stamped in a mint color.

I arranged them to the left of the card and added a white-embossed sentiment and a black and white patterned paper strip.  To finish the card (and in keeping with the sketch), I added sdome Sparkling Crystals across the card front.  Finally, I colored the flowers and leaves with clear sparkle pen.

Thanks for visiting.  Apologies for the poor quality of the photos.  I just bought a MacBook Pro and am having to find new ways of editing photos.  The photos look fine in the folder but as soon as I bring them into Blogger, they look like they've been taken under fluorescent lighting!  So frustrating!  If anyone knows of a really good app that will edit  and resize photos, as well as add a watermark, please let me know.

Products used:

Stamps:  Painted Flowers, Burlap, Yay for You (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Soft Lilac, Deep Iris (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Sour Apple, B&W Stripes (MFT), White
Dies:  Painted Flowers, Slanted Sentiment Strips, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessoire;  White EP, Silver Pearl EP, Sparkling Crystals (Studio Katia), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday, 11 May 2018

Dad's Birthday Card

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge at Fusion and this week we've chosen a simple sketch and a dark and moody photo.  When I first saw the photo, I saw lots of inpsiration - the deep colors, the nautical theme, the rings, so many things.

I decided to create a fusion, focusing on the colors from the photo as well as the masculine look.  I created this card for my Dad's 85th birthday, which was a few weeks ago.  And I have a video showing how I made this card which you can see below or over on YouTube.

In keeping with the dark and moody look of the photo, I went with a deep red alcohol inked panel and a gray stenciled panel - separating the two with a thin strip of black cardstock.  The sentiment was die-cut from black cardstock and adhered to the card using the negative die-cut for placement.  As you will see in the video, I had some glue issues in the making of this card, one of which was getting thin enough strips of foam tape for the "y" in birthday πŸ˜ƒWhat a mission!

Thanks for visiting.  Head on over and check out what the rest of the design team have done with this challenge - you'll be glad you did!

I'm linking this card up to the For the Boys challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Products used:

Ink:  Limestone, Silver Stone, Industrial Diamond (Altenew), Alcohol Inks - Slate, Cranberry, Watermelon, Crimson, Poppyfield, Red Pepper
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo
Dies:  Happy Birthday to You (MFT)
Accessories:  Cube Builder Stencil (Altenew)


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Triangle Birthday

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another fun sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the talented Jen Mitchell.

These last couple of challenges have tested me - ovals last week and angled panels this week - whatever next πŸ˜„I have to say, though, that I am getting used to angled panels and they don't freak me out like they used to.  For my card, I decided to go with a masculine birthday card for my son who will be 16 in a month or so.  He is studying design and visual communications at school so I thought the graphic style of this card would suit him.

I used a triangle stencil and Distress Oxide inks to create these triangles.  When I was finished, I wasn't happy with how the triangles weren't distinguishable from each other, so I put the stencil back on and traced around each triangle with a black pen.  The panel was die-cut with a wonky stitched rectangle die, as was the black panel underneath.  Both panels were layered onto a white card base with foam tape.

To keep with the graphic look, I stamped and die-cut some label sentiment stamps and added them at an angle.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please head on over and check out what the rest of the DT have done with Jen's sketch - they are always amazing!

Products used:

Stamps:  Label Maker Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Desert Storm
Dies:  Label Maker Sentiments, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT)


Friday, 4 May 2018

Winner from ANZAC Day Video Hop

Hi everyone

Just popping in to say I collated all the comments from both this blog post and the YouTube video and used to pick a winner of my giveaway.

That winner is:

Julie-Anne Hoffman

I've reached out to Julie-Anne via YouTube requesting she contact me to discuss the logistics.  If I don't hear back from Julie-Anne in a week, I'll draw another name.

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog post, watched my video, liked, commented and subscribed.



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Coral Flowers

I'm back with a card using our latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the wonderful Jennifer Timko.  Her sketch freaked me out a bit, because me and ovals are not great mates!

So I took a sneaky route and tried to use the oval in the most unobscure way possible πŸ˜„

I dry embossed a stitched oval onto a white card base (sketch met!)  Then I colored and arranged some flowers around one side of the oval.  I was totally inspired by the colors in Debbie Olson's card here.

I finished the card with a simple sentiment and a few Jewel Drops.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The DT have put Jennifer's oval to great use so please check them out.

I'm linking this up to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge who have a floral theme.

Products used:

Stamps:  Funky Flowers, Aim for the Clouds (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT) Slate (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Stitched Oval (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Copics, Orange Marmalade Nuvo Jewel Drops, White Gel Pen, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Geometric Patterns

Welcome!  Today's card is my last card as April Guest Designer at Just Us Girls Challenge.  I've had a great time this month and really enjoyed playing along with the four different challenges.  I absolutely loved the inspiration photo this week.  Check it out:

So much to choose from!  I narrowed my choices to the geometric patterns on the walls and the vased and the color of the flowers to come up with my card.  And I filmed my card as I was making it - check out the video below.

I stamped three background stamps onto scraps of white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then die-cut them with the pierced square frame die.  After stamping the flower onto X-Press It cardstock, I colored it with Copics and added some light pencil touches at the end.  The sentiment was white-embossed onto black cardstock and die-cut with a slanted sentiment strips die.

Then I spent forever trying to decide whether to have the frames straight, or at an angle.  I had to cut that out of the video because this card took me 58 minutes from start to finish!  If you want to see the process, you can head over to YouTube or watch below.

I'd like to thank the JUGS team for inviting me to join them this month.  Please head on over and check out the fabulous cards made by the DT and have a go yourself!  I can't wait to see the gallery!

I'm linking this card to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge, as well as Tic Tac Toe (Floral, Free, Thanks) and 4 Crafty Chicks CAS challenge.

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Products used:

Stamps:  From All of Us (Clearly Besotted), Geometric Greenery, Houndstooth, Marbled (MFT), Tribal Stripes (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT)
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  From All of Us (CB), Pierced Square Frames, Slanted Sentiment Strips (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolors


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at 4 Crafty Chicks and Tic Tac Toe

Friday, 27 April 2018

Pink Flowers

HI all and welcome to my blog!  It's Fusion time and here is our challenge for the next week and a bit:

I decided to create a fusion and came up with this card using the Many Thanks set by SSS.

I stamped the flowers with various pink inks plus a black centre then cut them with my Scan n Cut.  The card base is very simple, starting with a white top-folding card then two stitched rectangles that were offset before cutting.  After arranging the panels and the flowers, I added a simple "hello" sentiment - in keeping with the phone in the inspiration pic.  Some sparkling clear confetti and my card is done.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some gorgeous inspiration for you, so please head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Many Thanks (SSS)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite, Bamboo, Parrot (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Thanks & Hello (MFT)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Confetti (PPP)


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Under My Umbrella

Hi!  I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches - hosted by the lovely Amy O'Neill.

As happens frequently, as soon as I saw the sketch I envisaged part of the card - in this case using vellum for the wide horizontal panel.  Once that was in my head, it wasn't budging, so I came up with this card:

This image is from a NBUS set by MFT and I colored up this adorable little girl and the clouds before cutting them out with my Scan n Cut.  I set them aside and took a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and some distress inks.  Using my Sunrise Radiating Rays stencil, I sponged on distress inks in an ombre fashion.  Before removing the stencil, I sprayed on some Glitter Dust which gives the rays a lovely shimmer in real life.

The sentiment was stamped in Archival ink onto a piece of thin vellum and both panels were adhered to a white card base.  I attached the vellum by folding it onto the inside and adhering it under the fold.  I added the clouds directly to the vellum and the little girl is popped up on foam tape.  Below is a shot where you can just see the shimmer on the rays.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The DT have made some amazing cards so I hope you have time to check them out!

Products used:

Stamps:  Rain or Shine (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Ranger Archival Black Soot, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bristol Smooth, Vellum Paper
Accessories:  Glitter Dust, Copics, Sunrise Radiating Rays (MFT)


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Remember - Video Blog Hop

***UPDATE***I collated all comments from the YouTube video and this blog post and used to pick a winner. The winner is Julie-Anne Hoffman who commented on this video. Thanks to everyone for their likes and comments - much appreciated!

Hi!  I'm thrilled to be joining in with a group of wonderful card-makers from Australia and New Zealand for the ANZAC Day Friendship Remembrance Video Hop.  This is the brain-child of Therese Calvird and I was thrilled when she asked if I'd be interested in joining.  If you're not sure what ANZAC Day is head on over to Wikipedia for an explanation.

Now, I haven't made a video in nearly a year because I was using my son's Mac to edit the videos and he got sick of me always borrowing his Mac, so I stopped making videos 😭😭  But I'm back and I hope you'll like my card - plus there's a prize as well.  Details at the end of the video and this blog post.

So my original thought when I was contemplating what card to make was to stick with the poppy theme and create a friendship card, but then when I was visiting my mum a few weeks ago, she showed me this new CTMH set and it was just perfect for my card, so my mum very kindly lent it to me.

I started by creating the alcohol ink panel onto Yupo paper using various purple inks.  Once I was finished, I set that aside to dry and worked on the card base.  I stamped the two poppy images in Grout Gray ink across the bottom of the card base, triple stamping because I think my ink pad is getting a bit dry!  The sentiment was stamped in Black Soot Archival Ink.  Originally, I had planned to stamp the soldier directly onto the alcohol ink panel, but it just didn't show up enough, so I stamped him onto white and used my Scan n Cut to cut him out.  He is popped up on foam tape (and conveniently covers up the failed stamped image!)

And that's my card!  You can watch the video here, or over on YouTube

Now onto the prize.  Leave a comment either on YouTube or in the comments below.  You don't have to subscribe to either, but it would be appreciated πŸ˜‰ I'll randomly draw one name to win either a brand new copy of the ANZAC Day stamp set by CTMH or Mama Elephant's Playful Pups stamp and die set (which I inadvertently bought twice!).  I'll ship by airmail post to anywhere in the world.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I appreciate your time.  To start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to Alicia's video, or if you want to go to the next blog on the list, which is the amazing Therese herself,  head here.

Here's a full list of video hop participants in order:

Video Hop List
Alicia – Youtube Video here
Ali F – Youtube Video here
Ali H – Youtube Video here
Dianne – Youtube Video here
Eloise – Youtube Video here
Helen – Youtube Video here
Jo – Youtube Video here
Karren – Youtube Video here
Therese – Youtube Video here

Products used:

Stamps:  ANZAC Day (CTMH)
Inks:  Black Soot Archival Ink, Grout Gray (MFT), Alcohol Inks (Purple Twilight, Cool Peri, Amethyst, Wild Plum, Silver Mixative)
Cardstock:  White, Yupo


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Cheers Big Ears

Hi!  I'm here with a card for the current challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I've been wanting to play along with their challenges for an age, but I keep running out of time.  So this weekend, I made sure to make some time to play along with their Bubbles challenge.

Bobby's adorable DT card reminded me I had some wood-mounted Penny Black stamps in my stash, so I went hunting to find one in particular and made this card:

This stamp is quite large so I went with a very simple card as the image is so big.  To not distract from the image but also to add a sentiment, I used the Camouflaged Die-Cut technique, backing the "cheers" die-cut with a stack of black die-cuts to make it pop.

Becuase of the sketchy look to the image, I decided to color it with watercolors - definitely not my strong suit!  The image was stamped with London Fog ink for more of a softer outline.  I die-cut the main panel with a stitched die and adhered it to a black card base.  Finally, I added some sparkling clear confetti to mimic bubbles (out of a closed champagne bottle???)  and painted the foil top with a clear sparkle pen.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Lovely Bubbly (Penny Black)
Ink:  Memento London Fog
Cardstock:  Bristol Smooth, Black
Dies:  Cheers, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Zig markers, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Purple Mother's Day Posy

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another fun challenge from the team at Just Us Girls and this week we have a color challenge:

I decided to make a Mother's Day card with a purple card base - it's not often I have a non-white card baseπŸ˜„

I stamped some flowers in purple shades and added in one pink flower for interest.  I arranged the flowers with the help of some Press n Seal and set the bouquet to one side while I worked on the rest of the card.  Onto a Boysenberry card base I added a white stitched rectangle frame which was popped up on foam tape.  I then added the bouquet and a white-embossed Mother's Day sentiment.  It was at this point I thought the card base looked too bland so I grabbed my new favorite accessory - Distress Resist Spray and, using a piece of scrap paper to protect the frame, flowers and sentiment, I spritzed the spray over the purple.

I was much happier after doing this, although it was rather hair-raising at the time because it could have completely botched an already finished card πŸ˜„  Some black Nuvo drops and I called it done!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you can carve out some time to make a prominently purple card and add it to the gallery!  In the meantime, head on over and check out the gorgeous cards made by the DT.

I'm linking this card up to the current Altenew challenge as well as Work It Wednesday who are looking for cards honoring mums.

Products used:

Stamps:  Painted Flowers (Altenew), KIS:  Mother's Day (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Pink Diamond Pinkalicious (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Boysenberry (MFT)
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Stax, Slanted Sentiment Strips (MFT), Painted Flowers (Altenew)