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Monday, 30 April 2018

Lemon goes with ...

Lemon goes with    ... tequila of course!  Cheers!

I used card that was smooshed, printed over it and cut it out.  The diecut circle is from sparkly frosted card (doesn't show very well) to represent the salt.




Image: A Day for Daisies
Circle die: Spellbinders
Word die: Paper Smooches

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rhiannon - aged 9 - Hello Gardening Lady

Rhiannon aged 9.

I made this while nonna was making her one. She showed me how to make a gatefold card and let me use her special pens to colour the lady.


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Nonna's Note: image is ScrapNDipity, die is a magazine freebie, sentiment stamp is Rosie's Studio, punches are unbranded.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Cherries on Top

Who wouldn't want a cupcake with cherries on top?  It looks like someone -who shall remain nameless - has their eye on it already.



Image: Housemouse Stampendous
Coloured with Copics
Cupcake stamp: Hero Arts
Cherries stamp: Kaisercraft
grass stamp: Prima
Also: Ribbon, Glossy Accents, gems

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Mousie Sugar Plum - Rhi, age 9

Nonna let me pick a few of the pictures in her Digi image files and this is the Sugar Plum Fairy Mouse that I made into a card. Nonna gave me a pair of wavy decorative scissors to use and  keep. I colored the mouse with watercolor pencils (even though I didn't use the watercolor abilities). I thought it would be fun to have a floral background and to place some gems in the middle of each flower.

I chose the words 'Follow your Dreams' because some people dream things that don't become reality e.g being a ballerina, or a vet or anything else you would want to be. also I wanted my cousin Holly to like it, if I can give it to her.

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Note from Nonna:  Image is Rick St Dennis, sentiment handwritten by Rhiannon

Macaron Mouse

Oooooh macarons, such tiny bites of fruity deliciousness.

I made the rainbow background with Distress Inks on linen textured paper.  Images are coloured with Copics.  Rhi (granddaughter) and I had fun deciding what the flavours were - lemon with chocolate cream, pistachio with raspberry cream, chocolate with vanilla ...

Image: Housemouse Stampendous
Macaron stamp: freebie w mag
Candle stamp: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Umbrella Man

At this time of year the conversation always turns to weather, whether you are coming into spring or autumn.  I think this is a great masculine card, and I like the glow through the clouds... maybe the rain is over and the sun is on its way?

I made the background experimenting with Oxide Distress Inks, such a lovely way to get inky.

Stamp: Tim Holtz
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio

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Piggy Sparkle

Oh this is one cute piggy, I love that she just jumps right in!

The background is made directly onto the base card - sponged Distress Inks, spritzed, dried then masked and edges inked more intensely.  Piggy is coloured with Copics and the water splashes edged with Kindyglitz.  I used this sketch:

Image: Sparkle N Sprinkle - Hog Heaven
Round dies: Couture Creations, Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Kindyglitz, gems


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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Breathe Roses

My roses have finished for the year and are now setting hips, which are lovely themselves, especially the big fat red ones.  Those of you in the northern hemisphere will just be waiting for those new leaves and buds ...


I used a sketch to start this card:

I masked a rectangle on the pink card to stamp the script, then made a stitched frame to set over it.   The rose is a layered stamp misted with frost shimmer, then raised with 3D foam.

Dies: unbranded
Layer stamp: Rosies Studio
Sentiment stamp:  Kaisercraft
French Script stamp: Hero Arts
Glossy Accents, Sparkle Shimmer on rose

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Hello thoughts

I tried some techniques shared by Jennifer McGuire (youtube) using oxide distress inks and this card is one of the test pieces.  The base card is pearly pink as is the 'hello', and the whole top is misted with shimmer.

Stamp: Elusive Images
Die: Lawn Fawn
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Gems, Shimmer silver spray (click on for close up)












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Monday, 16 April 2018

Friends Stack

Anything goes with Circles Spots & Dots - the challenge at Incy Wincy designs.  The design team have lots of inspiration so check out our challenge, here: incywincydesigns






Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy (thanks FF) and I have used Funny Friends - get it here: fabrikafantasy-funny-friends



Image: Fabrika Fantasy
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Hastings Art Stamps
Solids dots: home made stencil
Line circles: Inkadinkadoo



I made the background using four Distress Inks stencilled through holes I had made in card with a punch. Then stamped the sentiment & line circles.  The panel is edged with Distress Ink.  These characters look like they're having fun, and I reckon they would do for lots of occasions.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Serendipity

Get your art on at the Crafters Café.  Anything arty, inky, drawing, painty - really just a good reason to get a bit messy.  Check it out here: crafterscafe












Thanks to sponsor Scribbles designs who provided this wonderfully exquisite image, get it here:  scribblesdesignsTangleDoodles

Aren't these lilies lovely?
I made a background using Distress Oxide inks, smooshed, dabbed and dribbled.  Then, when it was dry I printed the image on it.  I trimmed it to focus on part of the image, and framed it like a work of art.  The diamonds spill out of the painting to the sentiment.
Image: Scribbles Designs - serendipity
Sentiment stamp:
Square dies: unbranded
Silver card from the dollar shop, gems

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Crafting Mari

We're getting arty at the Crafters Café, and you can too.  Get inspired by the design team and make
your own: crafterscafeblogchallenge














Thanks to sponsor Mari's Digis for this image, (there are lots of super images) get it here: maridigisstore-ideia-arteira


Image: Mari Digi
Coloured with Copics
Stencil: homemade
Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals
Also: twine, Nuvo Crystal Drops, WofS, Shimmer spray Sparkle

Crafters like a lot of Me Time.  I have just recently got back into quilting again and am just so enjoying getting lost in it, and this image is just right.

The background is made by using the negative of a diecut as a stencil - sponged with Distress Oxide inks and spritzed, dabbed then sprayed with shimmer mist.  Click on for a closer look.

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Almost Human

Crafters Café have a Work-Of-Art challenge this time!  SO get out your ARTY and have a go!  Make a background, do some doodling, painting, get inky.
Check out some DT inspiration too, here:
crafterscafe












Sponsor Knitty Kitty Digis etsy.com/shop/eekers provided this wonderful quirky image which is part of a set, get it here: balloon-knitty kitty

Image: Knitty Kitty Digis - Balloon Chicken set
Sentiment stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Also Distress inks, Copics, White pigment pen, black pen, Lindy's Glitz spray on balloon.


The background is made with mica powder and a mica spray, spritzed, rubbed in and then decorated with my zentangles drawing shaped to fit the image.  The cut out chicken is coloured by dipping in wetted Distress Inks, and small details with Copics.

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Chicken Kite

Work of Art is the theme at the Crafters Café for this challenge - check out the design team's work and get inspired!












Thanks to Knitty Kitty, our sponsor, who has provided this fabulous image - so much fun - and you can get it here: balloon knitty kitty   www.etsy.com/shop/eekers



Image: Knitty Kitty Digis - Balloon Chicken set
Sentiment stamp:  Art Impressions
Also: black ink, Copics, Distress Inks, Lindys Glitz   (click on pic to see the shimmer)

Gosh I felt like this mad hen sometimes and I only had four chicks!  

I printed the image twice on card. On one printed card the background is sponged, spritzed and misted with Lindy's Glitz Spritz, the other printed card is splattered with black ink (to make a speckled hen), some bits coloured with Copics, cut out and attached with 3D foam.


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Unicorn Birthday

Anything Arty is the challenge at the Crafters Café, see what the design team have made and have a go yourself, here: crafterscafeblogchallenge













Thanks to Mari Digis for this image, get it here: maridigisstore-unicornio








I put them into a spring rainbow garden - I used the Letterpress method of colouring the background card, by smooshing ink over the surface of the embossing folder then embossing it.  I like the effect it gives, sort of textural.  I wanted a very soft effect for the image so kept the colours minimal.  The image is lifted out from the background with 3D foam tape.

Image: Mari Digis
Coloured with Copics
EF:
Sentiment stamp: Hastings Art Stamps
Ribbon, gems

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Bunny Bunny Fox Fox

 Spring is when all the critters come out to play, and these little critter stamps are so cute, I just want to keep using them. Initially I just stamped the fox, but he looked a bit lonely so I gave him a friend who brought along a little gift.

A one layer card.
I stamped a square direct-to-paper with distress ink, stamped the critters, and coloured them, then covered with Glossy Accents.  Then I masked the animals,  stamped onto acrylic, watered it down a bit and made splatter. 

Stamps: freebie with magazine
Coloured with Copics

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Collect Moments

Start the day off right: the first cup of coffee is always the best, and I don't know if you noticed, but having it in a pretty cup makes it taste better too.

My daughter (who lives in another city) and I will often have a virtual cuppa together while chatting on the phone; a text will get sent to warn of the phone call in 5 minutes - just time to make a cuppa, get comfortable, and put the feet up!  Lovely!

I wonder how many moments of friendship have been spent over a cuppa?

I stamped the image on a scrap of smooshed card from another project, just enough!  The edge of the card is inked with a toning colour.

Stamps: Finnabair

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Moongate

This is something I made for a NZ cardswap that had to have a window of some kind.  When we were in UK I saw a couple of gardens with moongates, and thought this was the perfect die for that.




Die: unbranded
Flower punch: Martha Stewart
Flourish die: unbranded
Paper: Ultimate Crafts


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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Rhiannons Post - 9 years old

I don't have my own blog so I have to use Nonnas blog to put the cards onto.
I bought  3 washi tapes with my pocket money to make this card and only had to use one of nonnas to match.  I drew lines so I could get them straight.Nonna lets me use her stuff and I love to cuttle bug.  It took me ages to stick the layers together properly for the hello word.

(Note from Nonna: Entirely Rhi's work.  She is a perfectionist and is very proficient with tools and materials.  She loves learning different techniques and will persist until she gets it right.)
Die: Lawn Fawn.

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Chance of Rainbows

Rainbows are so beautiful and are such a cheering sight after or even during rain, symbolising a new start.  I used this sketch to begin:














I made the rainbow on card by smooshing Distress Inks on a large acrylic block (you know I like to get inky) and just allowed it to happen.  So it was ready to use and I just needed to trim it to shape... and use that perfect sentiment!

Sentiment stamp: Happy Little Stampers
Nuvo Crystal Drops



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