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Monday, 22 April 2019

Virgo Woman

All woman, and a modern take on the star sign, all ready for an August birthday.

Woman stamp: magazine freebie
Paperpieced from scraps and coloured with Copics
Deckle die: Spellbinders
EF: Sullivans
swiped with gold ink
Label die: unbranded
Sentiment taken from internet, printed
Also: black tulle, gold and silver pen










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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Butterfly Sunshine

Butterflies are such magical creatures and it always brings a smile to see one.

The stamped butterfly was given to me already stamped & diecut by a friend, so I coloured with copics and glittered it.
The diecut sentiment is sponged with distress inks and then clear heat embossed for a few layers to make it thick & shiny.


Butterfly & die: magazine freebie
Sentiment die:
Also: Kindyglitz, Distress Inks, clear EP.





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It's War!

Friends of ours have a kiwifruit orchard.  Unfortunately they also have magpies who attack them when they are out doing their work, so Graeme gets up early to shoot them.  Recently he was in his undies and dressing gown out there trying to catch these magpies, when he slipped on their steepish driveway and faceplanted.  The serious part is he required 7 stitches in his chin, skinned his nose, badly damaged fingers on both hands, hurt his foot and his dignity.  The funny part is he was more embarrassed about being caught out in his undies than the bodily damage!

I just had to make this card for him to cheer him up.

It's a one-layer card, coloured with Copics and Distress Inks.
Bird stamp is Tim Holtz
Boots stamp: Deep Red
Word letter stamps: Hero Arts
Number stamps: unbranded

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Monday, 15 April 2019

Bad Hare Day



At Crafters Café we have choices: Easter &/or Floral - look at the examples from the design team and take your pick, here:  crafterscafeblogchallenge



















Thanks to Sheepski for providing this wacky image, get it here:  sheepskidesigns













Image: Sheepski - Bad Hare Day
(Paper pieced & Copics)
Leafy Die: unbranded
(Also used negatively as a stencil)
Clouds are button border die stencilled: Memory Box
Sentiment: made on the computer
Also: Distress Inks, black pen, Tulip Puffy paint for tails
Insert made on computer

I made this for my hairstylist daughter and her family to send off with their bag of Easter eggs.

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Warm Hello


Coffee/Tea time at Incy Wincy this time.  Give it a go yourself after you've seen what the design team did, here: incywincydesigns






Thanks to sponsor Little Blue Button for providing this warming image, get it here: lbbstamps-tea-girl-digi-stamp





Image: Little Blue Button - tea girl
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: magazine freebie
Also: twine, white pigment pen
The double-sided sentiment tag is only fixed at the top so it can swing freely like a teabag tag.  I added steam rising from the cup with a white pen.



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Dressmaker Tag


I have been trying use up stuff in my 'bits box'.

I found this cardboard tag I don't even remember cutting and the other bits are mostly from my "bits box".  I started by applying gesso, misted colours, gold, the black stencilled texture paste.  The tag is backed with black card that is embossed and rubbed with gold.  The frame is one that didn't cut properly, and the rest of the stamped 'wish' was blurred, so they really are bits of snippets.

Tag die & reinforcer: Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Dummy & spool die negative: Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Gesso: Altelier Gesso Primer
Inspire & create stamp: Heidi Swapp
Stencil: Stampers Anonymous
EF: X-Cut
Netting die: unbranded
frame die: Spellbinders
Gold: Nuvo Mousse gold
Black: Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding polish
Mists: Glimmermist - turquoise,green, dk blue, peach
Wish stamp: magazine freebie
Script stamp: Hero Arts
Washi Tape, twine



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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Geraniums

This image is some of  Ike's artwork.  I enlarged it as I wanted it to be off-the-page.

The start with,  on an acrylic block I worked out the general areas I wanted inked and smooshed with distress inks then dried it, splashed watered down Perfect Pearls around a bit, and dried it again.  Then I printed the image.   I painted in areas of flowers/leaves, sponged on areas of stonework, adding shading with a brush. I then used a stencil to sponge in some stone path texture.  The iridescent pearly bits don't show in the photo at all.  Edges are distressed.  Sentiment added and some pearly sequins for sparkle.   Thanks Ike for the great image.

I really like the result.



Image: Ikes Art
Sentiment: Finnabair
Stamp: Kaisercraft

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Happy Birthday Star

This is very simple but uses a lovely patterned paper background and a sentiment focus.  Between the paper and the sentiment there is a lot of movement and interest.



Happy Die: Heidi Swapp
Birthday stamp: Mama Elephant
PPaper: Heidi Grace
Star from stash




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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Burst


Inspired by some of the challenge themes.

Die: Memory Box
Splot stamp: Hero Arts
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Distress Inks

I had already diecut the bubbles and used them as a stencil for another card using Distress Inks.  I stamped the splot in matching ink, using it to edge the panel as well.  Stamped a sentiment and used 3D foam tape to set it up.



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Friday, 5 April 2019

Pop out explosion

I made this for a NZ cardswap buddy.  The instructions are from Splitcoaststampers  in the tutorial section and is called a pop out explosion card.

I made the most of these gorgeous papers by cutting out individual flowers and leaves and placing them on the inside sections of the pop out.  And what is a garden without butterflies?  It was supposed to have a bellyband too, but I decided it looked nicer without.


Papers: First Edition "Desert Blooms"
Label Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamps (2): Rosie's Studio
Butterfly die large: Magazine freebie
Butterfly die small: Kaisercraft
Punch: weRmemorykeepers
Also Ribbon, Kindyglitz

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Quattro fold birds


A fancy fold called quattro.  I got the instructions from Splitcoaststampers.

Bird Dies: Spellbinders, Kaisercraft
Cloud dies: Memory Box
Sentiment stamp (silver embossed): HeroArts
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Distress inks
















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Cute Bird


What a cutie!  I love these Tim Holtz stamps and have just re-discovered them.

I used a sketch for the design and kept it simple.









Bird Stamp: Tim Holtz
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: MamaElephant
Washi tape




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Monday, 1 April 2019

Celebration Time



At the Crafters Café this time is Time or Traffic Lights or both.  I used the colours and shapes of traffic lights and the cogs and wheels of a clock and a time sentiment to get both.  Check out the challenge here: crafterscafeblogchallenge



Thanks to Scribbles for the Build-a-Banner digi - Get it here: scribblesdesigns

Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog







Banners: scribblesdesigns build-a-banner
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: magazine freebie
Circles stencil made with circle die negatives and Distress Inks
Stencil: Tim Holtz
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Fine twine

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White Rabbit Time


Animals-Animals-Animals is the challenge at Incy Wincy.  We have lots of inspiration from the design team so check it out, here: incywincydesigns






And thanks to our sponsor who provided the image, get it here: doctor-digi - white-rabbit







Image: Dr Digi - white rabbit
Coloured with Copics
EF: Kaisercraft
Circle die (negative): Spellbinders
Embossed Sentiment: Craft Stamper magazine
Pearls, Glossy Accents (glasses and watch)

This is made for an internet friend.

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Anniversary Birds



It's always CRITTERS at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge, so join us, here: 2craftycrittercrazies










Our Sponsor is DigiDooodles Studio with this sweet image.  Get it here: digi-doodles-little-love-birds



Image: digidoodlestudios-little-love-birds-digi-stamp
the birds and some leaves paperpieced
Some paper piecing left 3D (bow and leaves)
Some  colouring with Copics
Silver heat embossed Sentiment stamp: magazine freebie
Corner punch: unbranded
Also: gem, Kindyglitz, Distress Ink

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