Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Sparkly, wintry Christmas card

I made another wintry Christmas card - once again, using a technique demonstrated by Laura Bassen in the latest Online Card Class, Background Check.  I coloured some white embossing paste with Distress Inks, then applied it over a stencil from Hero Arts.  I then sprinkled on some sparkly embossing powder and waited for the paste to dry before I heat set the embossing powder. This is definitely one of those times when a photo just doesn't do the card justice - there is just so much twinkly, sparkly goodness to this card!

 
http://onlinecardclasses.com/background
I will be sharing this card over at Virginia's View Challenge.
http://virginiasviewchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/virginias-view-challenge-17.html
I'll also be sharing this card over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes.

STOP PRESS!!  Before you go!! 

I have something special planned on my blog - beginning on the 5th of August, and going all week! I  will be taking inspiration from superstars from the cardmaking world (serious superstars), there will be lots of cards and multiple giveaways! Stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting!  :)

Monday, 3 August 2015

Collaborating at A Blog Named Hero

It's collaboration week again at A Blog Named Hero - I have a card on the blog there using Hero Arts and Neat and Tangled goodies!  Here's a sneak peek:
Make sure you drop by to A Blog Named Hero to check it out, and all this week to see what the rest of the design team has come up with!
http://www.neatandtangled.com/


Thanks for visiting :)



Sunday, 2 August 2015

Christmas card in August

Today, I am playing with a technique demonstrated by Laura Bassen in the latest Online Card Class - taking pieces of a die cut - but I didn't use it as a background, but as a focal point! (and yes, it is a Christmas card, and no, I'm not crazy - well, not much!) The die is a background die - I just took some of the pieces and arranged them to form a snowflake. I really wish I had some of that magic Press and Seal stuff Laura used - would have made this a MUCH quicker card! 
http://onlinecardclasses.com/background
 Seeing as I made the snowflake from scraps out of a diecut, and I added little gems, I will be sharing this card over at Virginia's View Challenge.
http://virginiasviewchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/virginias-view-challenge-17.html
I'll also be sharing this card over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes.  
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Blended background

One of Laura Bassen's lessons in the Online Card Class "Background check" was doing ink blending in the middle of a card - it is more difficult to get a nice, blended look when starting with the blending tool on the cardstock rather than off to the side.  I was so careful to get a nice blend in the centre, with the three colours mixing just enough but not too much - and then I decided to cut a butterfly out of the centre, anyway!  LOL!
I'll also be sharing this card over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes.  
 Thanks for visiting :)

Background Check!

There's a new Online Card Class on - it is called Background Check, and it is right up my alley!

For this card, I used the Bold Paisley Stencil from My Favorite Things, along with four different Distress Ink colours (spiced marmalade, abandoned coral, worn lipstick and picked raspberry). The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Thanks, and the sequins from Simon Says Stamp.  

http://onlinecardclasses.com/background/
I'll also be sharing this card over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes.  

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Revisiting an idea

I made a couple of cards similar to these ones for A Blog Named Hero last week (see THIS POST), but I wanted to try with a different background stamp, and a different colour.
I used the Garden Tile Pattern background stamp from Hero Arts, white embossed onto watercolour paper (I didn't really need the watercolour paper, but I had originally planned to add watercolour paints, but then changed my mind!), along with Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks. The first sentiment is from Stamp-It, the second is "A very special birthday" from Hero Arts.



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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A new challenge at A Blog Named Hero

The latest challenge is up at A Blog Named Hero - and it is to let the sentiment be the star!
I used my Lawn Fawn Quinn's alphabet dies to create a negative mask, and stamped Hero Arts Garden Tile Pattern over the top.  Then I used my Copics to colour in the spaces so it looks a bit like a mosaic (When I was in primary school we used to do squiggly patterns on a page, and then colour in the spaces - this was a bit like that!) .  I removed the mask, and I then went around the letters with little dots.  I added the word "birthday" from a Hero Arts set called "Say it All", but there are LOTS of  Hero Arts stamps I could have used for that word!  The final touch was a coat of Wink of Stella over the "happy", and I was done!
Make sure you go and visit A Blog Named Hero to see all the rest of the design team creations, and to link up your own version of the sketch!

As always, our generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, has a $25 gift voucher for one of our entrants!
http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=634982&b=199868&m=24698&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Esimonsaysstamp%2Ecom 
Thanks for visiting! :) 


Monday, 20 July 2015

Pink ombre at A Blog Named Hero

I have a solo post up at A Blog Named Hero today - here's a sneak peek:

Make sure to visit A Blog Named Hero to see both of the complete cards. 

Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sunshine and Laughter

Playing along with this week's MUSE challenge, provided by Ardyth!  
This card started out very different - I had used much smaller flowers across the middle in a wave pattern - and I masked them with masking fluid.  I dried the masking fluid with my heat gun on the low setting, and I think that might have been my mistake - when I removed it, it ripped the watercolour paper everywhere!  So I stamped some large flowers to cover up the total mess I had made! (Note to self - don't use a heat gun to dry masking fluid, no matter how low a setting you use!)
 Here's Ardyth's card:
http://musecardclub.blogspot.ca/2015/07/muse-challenge-124.html
Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

It's raining, it's pouring

It has been raining. The. Whole. Day. I mean steady, soaking, don't-go-out-you'll-drown kinda rain.

So I've been making cards, and after looking at a couple of challenges, this one just popped into my head.

I'll be sharing this card at these three challenges (click for the links):

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/case-this-sketch-131.htmlhttp://virginiasviewchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/virginias-view-challenge-16.htmlhttp://casology.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/week-154-repeat.html

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-furry-friends/
 Thanks for visiting :)