Sunday, 25 January 2015

A quick birthday card

I needed a quick card - this one came together by starting with Hero Arts "Many Birthday Messages", then using my Faber Castell watercolour pencils with a stencil from Create a Smile. 

Make sure you drop on over to A Blog Named Hero's Facebook page - we have lots of inspiration and ideas, and questions for you to answer as well!

Thanks for visiting :) 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

CASEing Jennifer McGuire with some new dies

I received some lovely steel dies in the mail just after Christmas from my Secret Santa, Jeanne Jachna! Thanks so much, Jeanne - so generous!
I thought I'd CASE a card by Jennifer McGuire - you can check our her's HERE.  Mine is different in that the white panel and die cut are not raised with dimensional adhesive - mainly because the die cut heart does not overlap the white panel, and it is so intricate, it would be very tricky cutting dimensional adhesive small enough!

Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A new challenge at A Blog Named Hero

There's a new challenge starting today at A Blog Named Hero - the theme is "Personalise".  As soon as I saw this theme, I thought of my sister-in-law, Claudine.  Her name is not common in Australia, so when she was growing up, the shops never had a personalised keyrings or pencils or mugs with her name on it. So, seeing as her birthday is in January, I thought I'd make a card just for her.
I thought I had finished the card with just stamping (and the calligraphy for her name), but the flowers looked a little flat (even though they have a mixture of two different Hero Arts Shadow Inks on them), so I went over them with some matching Copic markers - not much, but enough.  Here's the before and after, side by side, so you can see the difference:

 Make sure you drop on in to A Blog Named Hero to check out what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you.
 And, don't forget, there's a voucher from Simon Says Stamp up for grabs for one lucky entrant!


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I'm over at A Blog Named Hero today

I have three cards on A Blog Named Hero today, all using the GORGEOUS Leaf and Flourish Stencil from Hero Arts.
Here's a sneak peek:  
Make sure you drop in to A Blog Named Hero to see the rest, and also visit again tomorrow for our brand new challenge, sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 16 January 2015

Fusion - Wooden Hearts

Welcome back to another Fusion challenge!  I went quite literal with this one, and used actual wooden hearts!
I can't wait to see what you create - make sure you link up your cards at Fusion!

Thanks for visiting :)

Thursday, 8 January 2015

MFT Sketch Challenge

Sorry for 3 posts in one day - I've been busy!! 

The My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge is back!  I thought I'd pull out one of my favourite MFT stamps and join in!

 Thanks for visiting :)

Ombre embossing paste tutorial

Since I posted my favourite cards of 2014 at the end of December, I've had a few emails from crafters asking me how I did the ombre effect on these two cards:
So I decided to do a photo tutorial! 
Here's what you need - a craft mat to work on, cardstock, a stencil (I used the Rain Dance Pattern Stencil from Hero Arts), some tape to keep the stencil in place, Faber Castell / Design Memory Craft Gelatos (I used Raspberry, Red Cherry and Watermelon), embossing paste (mine is from Wendy Vecchi) and a palette knife (not essential, but helpful)
 Start by slicing off a little bit of each of your chosen Gelatos:
Then, put a small amount of embossing paste next to each colour, (not a heap, because it dries out quite quickly, and you don't want to waste it!) and mash them together: 
 Once the palest colour is ready, put it straight onto the stencil and spread out.  Even though I have 3 colours, I covered more than half of the stencil area with the palest colour, which will allow me to blend the colours later:
 Always keep a baby wipe or damp cloth handy to clean the palette knife between colours:
 Continue with the middle colour and then the darkest, overlapping them a bit as you go:
Once all three colours are on the stencil, scrape off any excess, which will allow some blending between the colours.  Remove the stencil and wash in under warm water IMMEDIATELY, or the embossing paste will dry and be almost impossible to remove (ask me how I know!). Leave the cardstock to dry completely before using your textured, ombre panel on a card - here's mine:
I cut the panel down to square and matted it onto some patterned paper from my stash.  I then wrapped a strip of vellum around the panel, and adhered the word "thanks", which I'd cut from some cardstock in a colour that matched the darker colour in the ombre, using a die from Simon Says Stamp.  I adhered the panel to a square card base, and added some sequins for a finishing touch.
I will be submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp's "Something New" challenge - as a couple of the Gelato colours I used today are new - today was their first use!
I'll also be sharing this at Runway Inspired Challenge, as it incorporates pink, ombre and bling!

I hope you found this tutorial useful - thanks so much for visiting, and thanks also for all your lovely comments - I really appreciate them!

One Layer birthday card

Another one layer card to share with you today. 

 I'll be sharing this at Virginia's View for her Clean Slate Challenge.
Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, 3 January 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 135

Welcome to the first CAS-ual Fridays challenge for 2015! Michele has some fabulous challenges in store for you this year, and we're starting off with a good one! 
Here's what I came up with:
I don't often use felt, and I don't have very many sequins (to tell you the truth, I've never bought sequins for cardmaking - the ones I use have either been given to me as a gift, or have come as a freebie with a stamp purchase!) But I managed to find some blue adhesive-backed felt pieces big enough for diecutting, and some clear sequins in my stash (yes, there is an up-side to never throwing anything away! LOL!)

 I used CAS-ual Fridays 4 Petal Set Fri-DiesChristmas Carols stamp set, and Wonderful Words stamp set. The butterfly bodies are cut down to be smaller from a Memory Box die called "Moonlight butterfly".

Make sure you drop on over to CAS-ual Fridays to check out what the rest of the design team has come up with, and join in with the fun!
 Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 2 January 2015

I'm back at A Blog Named Hero!!

I can't tell you how excited I was when Linda and Lisa at A Blog Named Hero asked me to stick around with their new Design Team for 2015! (jumping up and down and dancing was involved. As was a message to Linda a few days later to make sure I wasn't dreaming!)

Here's my card, expressing how I feel about all this (except I'm so much more excited than this card looks!)

To welcome the new members of the Design Team, we're spending all this week on introductions.  Linda, Lisa and I are sharing today, so make sure you drop on over to A Blog Named Hero to check out their projects, as well as to find out some exciting changes that will be happening on the challenge blog. You'll be very happy to know that we're still having challenges (yay!), and we'll still have prizes from the amazingly generous Simon Says Stamp! 
 Thanks for visiting :)