30 June, 2015

Hydrangea flower


Hydrangea flower:
I thought I'd try a different technique for this card.

The hydrangea flower stamp is HeroArts. I stamped the blue card with bleach (well, toilet cleaner actually) then when dry, gently hand coloured it with watercolour.  Overstamped  the corner Merci word stamp (Heidi Swapp) in black Versafine ink.
Diecut the blue with stitched rectangle die, punched the corners with Martha Stewart punch.

I didn't want to add anything else as I think it would distract from the flower.  I am really pleased with the finished piece.

Thank you for looking, and if you left me a comment, merci.

Entered in the challenges:
Get Creative: 18 Flower;
Stamping Sensation: Dies&Punches (+Stamp)

Mancard diecut challenge

Most people find it challenging to make a mancard, I really enjoy them.

Here is one I made:

Diecut Spellbinders Sm.Labels in two colours , punched border edge Fiskars Upper Crest, punched corners Woodware.
Stamped shirt Woodware.  Sentiment diecut Cuttlebug, stamp Fiskars.  Ribbon Martha Stewart.  Watch charm, gem.

I used a paper piecing technique to make the tie.  The colours of the ribbon and card match perfectly even though they look slightly different in the photo.

I appreciate your visit, thanks for looking.

entered in

Loves Rubberstamps 157 Diecut Stamp;   Stamping Sensations diecut punch stamp.

29 June, 2015

Mojo sketch203

I love doing sketches and here is another Mojo Monday.

I decided to make it monochrome with a small touch of colour.  The black card is stamped with Versamagic white chalk ink, partly cut around the bottom leaves and diecut the rest of the circle. I needed some texture, so the white card was embossed, then diecut and arranged across each other. The light olive dotty paper was trimmed into a banner end and placed over.  I used 3D foam tape under the circle and also under the stamped (Versafine ink), diecut sentiment which I tied with eyelash yarn for a vine-y effect.

Leafy stamp is HeroArts, sentiment is Hastings Art Stamps.

Awesome moustache

For challenges: LIM Sketch & CCC CAS link below.

Face image stamped onto white card with Versafine ink, then masked and sprayed with Glimmermists.  Glasses, moustache and sentiment stamped with Versamark ink and embossed.
Woven tape stapled on, then stuck on black base card.

Stamps: face image is Stampers Anonymous, sentiment Technique Tuesday, specs & moustache came free with Craft Stamper magazine.

   Here is the sketch.

Leave me a comment if you'd like, very much appreciated, and thanks for looking at my work.

Entered in Less is More week230 sketch & Creative Card Crew CAS challenges

Use a diecut - topiary

Here is a challenge card which must use a diecut
and a stamp.

This one uses Memory Box button border die in both its button form and also used in the negatives left from the cuts as background. 

The tree stamp and the sentiment stamp is Hero Arts, the pot and paper flowers are punched and inked.  Tiny pearls added.  The pot and button border use 3D foam pads for dimension.

I like the gelato colours, and using up stash scraps.  The button border die is great and can be used in ways other than as buttons.  Other shapes can be stuck over the little holes, and I often use the negatives as waves.

Thanks for looking, if you have time for a comment that'd be great too.

Entered in

26 June, 2015

really a leaf

Stencilling is a lot of fun, and using natures own products to stencil makes a card so individual.  Especially using a leaf, because there will never be another one exactly the same!
For this card I used distress inks in several colours to stencil the leaf onto grey card (the leaves I used are liquidambar AKA sweet-gum).  Then I used a spray bottle with diluted reinker, and yes the blobs are intended - I had to do them with a wooden skewer dipped in the bottle. Stamped sentiment, which I did in two parts which kind of makes a link between the leaves.
Anyway I hope you like it, and if you haven't tried it, have a go!
Entered in

Favourite things and anything goes

entered in:

An 'anything goes' challenge is often the hardest thing to do, because immediately those words are out there, the ideas just go right out of my head.  Mostly my favourite crafting thing is anything to do with stamping and inking, oh yes and diecutting.  I love getting inky, especially messing around with inks and smooshing and making my own inked backgrounds.

Anyway, this is what I did:
The background paper underneath is what I call an 'ugly'... one of those papers you can never actually use because every time you bring it out, you put it back again and can never visualise yourself using.  BUT ... with a background diecut over top it looks great ( and even inspired the flower). The flowers are text pages from a book inked with distress inks which have been dabbed onto plastic and smooshed.  When they are dry, sprayed with hairspray, given a punched centre and brad.  The leaf is wet, crinkled, coloured, crackled a bit, then diecut.  Stamped sentiment heat embossed.  Usually I do more stamping than this, but it would've been overkill.

22 June, 2015

CAS tan, white and a colour

I entered this is the CAS-ual Fridays challenge " tan, white and a colour".

I enjoyed doing this  project because basically I am a stamper and I like getting inky. The sentiment is Rosie's clear stamp that I masked so the borders were removed.  The birds are Stampotique; I have had this stamp for a long time and I still love it.  Inks: versafine and versacolour.

Please leave me a comment if you'd like, thanks for looking at my work.

Inspired by my favourite book

As You Like It challenge 56.

My favourite book at the moment is Kaffe Fassett's Kaleidoscope of Quilts.  I have had this book for a while and have just "re-discovered" it.  Apart from the gorgeous quilts, I like it for the way he puts weird colours & jumbled patterns together - ones I would never dream of choosing, but they
all look fabulous.  Also they are photographed on the island of Malta, so it also feels a little like going on holiday!  Always a good thing, seeing my quilt card is not photographed on Malta, but here in NZ in the middle of winter!

Diecut quilt from four "fabrics", juggled the bits, reassembled (just like a real quilt), and embossed for the quilting design.  Then I slashed it at an odd angle and reassembled around the edges of the card. 

I found it really difficult to work in these colours and generally I would class these papers as 'uglies', but KF's philosophy is just to use more of them!

I appreciate any comments, and Thanks for looking at my work.

Entered in As You Like It challenge

20 June, 2015

Mancard challenge card

This is a card for a male challenge.  I love a man in a nice shirt and tie, so cool. 

This male challenge is entered in:

Crafty cardmakers and More
Creative inspirations

If you like this one, a comment would be nice.  Thanks.

17 June, 2015

Mojo402 challenge

entered in:
Mojo402 challenge

This weeks sketch from Julee:

and my interpretation:

Embossed kraft card with Spellbinders Basketweave folder, then smooshed with white versacolor ink, sprayed with gold glimmermist.  Diecut 3 different sized birdcages from black, trimmed bits off to suit.  Diecut hot pink & turquoise card with Couture Creations Classic Chevron, interwove through the birdcages, and adhered. Diecut another little cage in orange to get the bird, layered him over the top with a tiny gem eye.  Wiggled on some music washi tape for his song, some peeloffs for chain & some gems for pretty.

I like the subtlety of the kraft card with the brights to focus attention, and hang it all together with basic black.  I hope you like it too.  Thanks for looking.

13 June, 2015

Crafty Cardmakers & more #140 stitching challenge

This is my card for the stitching challenge #140
I started by making this felt brooch for a friend.  I stamped with Stazon ink onto felt, waited for it to set, then added a back, stitched with the machine around the outside of the shape, then trimmed beside the stitching.  I snipped a tiny hole in the centre of the back, stuffed it with a little polyester fill and inserted the brad through all the layers where the hole was (see, hidden already). 
For the card I wanted something C&S.  Backing paper with watercolour texture and colours, linen card with rounded corners layer together.  Tore a piece of piece of artists tracing paper, added a stamped sentiment label (ink is HeroArts Ombre - it is shaded) with 3D foam, a piece of black lacy weave stuff, and some gems. 
I want to know why do the colours go weird when they are photographed?  These are really lovely lime and jade and they look like leaf and turquoise.  One of the laws of the universe?

Anyway, I hope you like it and leave me a comment.  Thanks for looking.

Crafty Cardmakers & more #140 stitching challenge

Mojo401 sketchchallenge


Here is the sketch

and here is my interpretation:

I used  papers & card from my stash.  (All the colours are brighter in reality.)  Diecut clock sanded.  Blackboard sticker - I wrote the sentiment  in white coloured pencil.  Label is embossed, sanded, and edges inked. Star woven ribbon.  Star brad with inserted ribbon - still manly though!

If you like it , I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks for popping by.

Mojo401 sketch challenge

04 June, 2015

Mojo 400 Challenge

Mojo 400 Sketch Challenge.  Congratulations on 400 Mojo's!

Here is the sketch:

It is a simple sketch, but I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it:

I used Kaisercraft LeChateau papers throughout.  I turned the sketch around to accommodate the script on the backing paper. Distressed the edges of the circles, wet them, scrunched them and left them to dry.  The background paper had the script on it, but needed a little bit of something else so I stencilled the dots with versamark ink ... they kind of echo the dotty paper too.  Stuck the circles together, and then onto the card, trimmed the edge off.  Assembled a bunch of  toning beads on a ring, tied it with a bow.

Thanks for looking at my work; please leave me a comment if you would like to.