Friday, 12 January 2018

One of a Kind

Over on the Scrapbook Boutique blog today, I have a card using the Hero Arts stamp set called Layering Colour Fuchsia.  I had a lot of fun playing around with the colour combinations I could use for this lovely flower stamp but for my own blog I have a more subdued colour arrangement.

I also tried out my embossing diffuser, meaning that I could emboss the front panel of my card, but leave the central circle un-embossed.  This is a very useful technique, and for this I used a Tim Holtz diffuser set - including ovals, circles etc.  So you can emboss just the circle, or the panel without the circle - great idea isn't it?

Please check out the blog at Scrapbook Boutique to see the full details of this stamp set - I'll see you there!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Less is More challenge #362

Less is More is back for the new year, with a new twist - their challenges will now run for two weeks, rather than one!  Yay!  Slower people like myself will now have no excuse to join in - so I'm here for the first one of the year - a colour challenge and it is Purples!

Recipe:  Distress Oxides and Distress Inks sponged on panel of SU shimmer white card
Stamps:  SU Blooms and Wishes for panel and a retired SU set called Simply Sketched for the sentiment.
Die:  MFT zig zag border
Sequins from my stash.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Little Gift Boxes

A quick post to show these cute little boxes I made up following Sam's instructions on Mixedupcraft - I won't give details as I followed her video to the letter, so if you like making boxes, check out her video tutorial here.

Here are my boxes - they are so cute! I love how well the lid fits over the box, and how sturdy they are considering they are just made out of paper.

Christmas Rose

I believe I have finished my Christmas cards - well, I say believe, because I really thought I had but my daughter called by yesterday to see if I had 8 spare cards for her coworkers - all men!  So we started together and had them done an hour later - I'll post those pics at the bottom.

Anyway, as I believe I've now finished with the Christmas products, I decided to stamp up the Altenew Christmas Rose - we call them Hellebores, because of course they are a winter flower, and our Christmas is in summer.  But I was in the mood for some pale, pastel colours so I set to try out the new stamp, cut them out with matching dies, and in no time had a card finished on my desk.  This stamp is a two-step (or 3 if you count the centre) and looks so pretty clustered together as a bunch.  I really like that there are two sizes of leaves too!

I finish the inside of the card with another flower spray.


The sentiment is by Stampin Up - Birthday Blossoms
Here are the Christmas cards made in a rush - using papers from my stash, the Stampin Up Christmas Tree punch, a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments (stamped using the MISTI)  and strips of contrasting paper and job done!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Less is More - one layer #358

The latest challenge at  Less is More is the one layer challenge, with the theme of candles or something depicting light.  Perfect for one more Christmas card I thought, so found some time to make this CAS card.

 The silver heat embossed sentiment is difficult to see, so I have included this extra photo for detail.

I used Zig watercolour markers for the colouring, not using very much water as it was heat embossed on regular card.  I'm afraid the spongeing around the image is a little heavier than I wanted, but doesn't seem too bad when looking at the card in its entirety.  I should have remembered that Less is More!

Monday, 4 December 2017

21st masculine birthday

This card is for a friend's grandson - he has already travelled a bit, so hence the world theme.

Colour medium used is Color Burst powders - and then some gold paint swished over at the end.  I saw the technique demonstrated by Heather Telford recently, and the idea is to have the colour very wet to move the colour around, but you must dry each layer before adding the next.  It's a fun method, though I haven't done it justice as this is my first attempt, but I will certainly be trying it again.

The number dies are by Stampin' Up! - Large Numbers - I love these dies!

The 'world' die is unnamed - it isn't specifically the world, so makes an interesting focal point.

Less is More Colour Challenge

Wow!  It's been ages since I've entered into the Less is More challenge, even though I visit often!  This week I seem to have found some time and I'm entering this simple CAS card for the colour challenge - red and green!  How appropriate as we are all trying hard to complete enough cards to send out, without having to resort to buying any.

Stencil:  Simon Says Stamp - from an old kit from 2014
Sentiment:  Stampin' Up! Merriest Wishes stamp set
Embellishment:  Ranger enamel dots