30 July 2014

Christmas card no.2

Here is my second card for the Friday Mashup challenge.  I used the same image but this time I had a go at the 'delft tile' technique and really like the effect.  I wasn't happy with the way my sponging turned out on my scrap pieces so I didn't sponge around the edges of each tile.  I like the way it turned out and the tile technique adds an extra bit of interest to the image.

I'm entering this in the Friday Mashup! challenge.

Thanks for looking!
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz (Santa); Amy R Stamps (sentiment)

Tis the season to be jolly...

Well, it's not really Christmas time but I love this stamp so much and really wanted to use it.  Why not?!  I'm envious of those people who are clever enough to make Christmas cards all throughout the year so that they are totally organised with many handmade cards by December...well, now I have one card ready at least!  It's a good start.

I loved this sketch from Friday Mashup! and thought that the Santa stamp would work really well.  The stamp is a lot larger than the circle, but I just wanted Santa's face to fit. 

The Challenge this week at Friday Mashup! is:


The 'mashup' is to use the 'delft tile technique' on your card.  I haven't used the technique on this card but I am about to head off and have a go.  I've never done it before and I love the way it looks.  Hopefully I'll have another card to share soon using the technique.

I followed the sketch pretty closely, just changed the placement of the circle and sentiment.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz (Santa); Kaisercraft (sentiment) stamp; Cre8tiv Border Icons (hearts)
Brad: Kaisercraft

19 July 2014

Feeling Icky? Get well card

Hi there!

I wanted to make a card using the prompt from AAA cards.  I liked the window block pattern and immediately thought of using my new little bird stamps.  I could picture them peeking out from each of the windows.  Very cute.  I thought I was so clever thinking up that idea all by myself.   Anyway, I was just about to make my card this morning when I saw that someone else has beaten me to the idea!  And it looks fantastic!!  (Love your card, Deepti!)

So I had to have a little rethink and decided to use my monster stamps.  I paper pieced each monster and coloured in their eyes with a white marker.  I thought the red, dotted background looked a bit like chicken pox, so would fit in nicely with a get well card.

This was the prompt from AAA Cards:

and here is my interpretation...

I'm also entering this in The Friday Mashup!  The challenge this week is to use background stamps. 

Thanks for looking!

9 July 2014

A set of cards

Hi all,
Just here with a set of cards that I have made for a lovely lady who has been very helpful and thoughtful to me.  I can't take any credit for the card design, in fact I copied it completely from a card I saw on  pinterest here.  I thought I would bundle them up with coloured twine and send them to her in the mail. 
I love embossing on cards and I haven't done any for ages.  I found this little floral embossing folder (which I think came free with my cuttlebug) and I've never really liked it or used it, but I think it looks quite nice with these cards.  And yes, I forgot to emboss the sympathy card panel and was so annoyed with myself!  It would have looked much more finished with little embossed dots...never mind!

Thanks for looking!

Cricut cartridge: Accent essentials (to die cut the flowers)
Embossing folders:  Swiss dots
Sentiment stamps: various Kaisercraft sets
Large brads:  Kaisercraft
Patterned papers:  Kaisercraft 'Hopscotch' collection

8 July 2014

Watercolour wash card

I had a lot of fun with this watercolour wash challenge.  I created a birthday card with a watercolour wash background to create a scene.  I am in love with the little bird stamps that I got the other day and can't stop using them!  They are so cute!

Once the background watercolour wash was done I simply stamped the birds, added the die cut fence and some twine and I was done! 

I am entering this card into two challenges:

The Friday Mashup: Challenge 167
Create a project with a watercolour wash.

AAA Cards: Challenge #10
PLAY create a card with watercolour techniques.

Thanks for looking!

Watercolour paints; Distress inks
Stamps:  'Tweet Bird' Woodware Stamps; Sentiment:  Amy R stamps 'Critter sentiments'
Fence diecut: MFT

5 July 2014

Clean and simple flower card

Here is a card I have made for The Friday Mashup! card challenge.  The challenge this week was to use a watercolour wash and to keep your card 'clean and simple'. 

I rarely do clean and simple cards even though I love the look of them.  Must make them more often!  This would be an easy card to make multiple copies and give them away as a gift.

Flower die: MFT dies
Sentiment stamp:  Kaisercraft

30 June 2014

Distress ink scraps - what to do?

What to do with all of my distress ink scraps?  I hate wiping up lovely bits of distress ink off my mat, seems like such a terrible waste of pretty ink!  I always have scrap pieces of paper lying around so I dip, scrape and dab the scraps into the ink to see what happens.  Sometimes my nicest colour combinations are the happy accidents that happen when soaking up the leftover ink!

The scraps were too pretty to throw out but not really big enough to make a background for a card or a tag.  So I decided to die cut flowers from them and I love how they have turned out.  I left the cards without a sentiment as I couldn't really decide what to put on them.  They could be birthday, thank you, hello, thinking of you....I htink I'll leave them blank until an occasion arises and then I'll stamp the appropriate sentiment on.


These backgrounds were made with distress inks stamped on my craft mat, misted with plenty of water, and then 'smooshing' the paper in the water.  I like how random the backgrounds are and I thought that these ones looked a bit like grass and sky so I went ahead and added some flowers to them.

I die cut the flowers using MFT dies, then added a button and some twine to the centre of the flowers.  I drew on the stem and black border by hand, no need for a ruler, I prefer the hand-drawn look.

What do you do with your leftover distress ink scraps?  I'd love to hear how you use them.

Rainbow birthday card

I made this birthday card for a lovely girl who I work with.  She is celebrating her birthday at the end of the week.  She is very arty and creative so I thought that she would like the painted look of this rainbow card.  Bright colours always make me feel happy!

I'm going to enter this card into three challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks:  Challenge - Stripes
The Paper Players:  Challenge - #202 Sandy's Tic Tac Toe Challenge. 
Seize the Birthday:  Challenge - Anything Goes

I am going horizontally from the top and using - twine, a shade of blue, and the card is for a birthday.

Stamps:  Kaisercraft (bird cages); Amy R (sentiments); Hero Arts (bird)
Inks:  Distress inks

16 March 2014

She blogs again!

Hello there!  Anyone?
Wow, it has been so long since I last blogged that I have actually forgotten what to do!  Full time work and two children at school = no time for crafting, card making, digi scrapping or blogging.  Oh well, that's life I guess.
Anyway, I have made my first card in about 15 months and thought I should pop it on my blog.  I got the idea for the layout from a card I saw on pinterest here
It feels good to craft again.

And another card using the same basic layout design. 

How gorgeous is this paper?  Looks even better in real life, the colours are so vibrant and gorgeous.
Paper:  Kaisercraft 'Hopscotch'

Flowers: Kaisercraft
Stamps:  Amy R stamps