Tuesday, 24 March 2015

He Is Risen

Hello friends! Just popping in very quickly to share a card I made over the weekend combining Distress Inks and Faber Castell Gelatos. I've been meaning to make Easter cards since... well, the beginning of Lent. Not much success there, but here's one to join my meagre collection.

I stamped the large cross from Chocolate Baroque's Easter Traditions A5 sheet on Cason Cold-Pressed Watercolour paper and heat embossed it in silver. Then I did a background wash with TH Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Shaded Lilac. When completely dry and rubbed Silver Ice Gelato directly on the paper in a sweeping motion and blended with my finger. Next, I stamped the gothic window from the Texture Fragments A4 sheet with Dusty Concord and cleaned the embossed surface with some Kleenex.

To brighten up the card I added a few purple sequins and teeny tiny pale purple bling. The sentiment is from the Easter Traditions sheet and is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black.

I took these photos with my iPhone. That's my excuse today for putting up photos that could be better... not that I do a grand job with my camera, mind you. Here's the thing, I took the memory card from the camera, went down to the kitchen to make a barrel of coffee with the memory card in hand.... and that's all I remember. Haven't the foggiest where it is now. I just hope I didn't drink it! :)

Through The Purple Haze #83: AG
Hiding In My Craft Room #192: Embossing
Cards Und More #128: Monochrome
Loves Rubber Stamps #144: Create Your Own Background
Retro Rubber Challenge #10: Emboss It!
Through The Craft Room Door Mar 24: AG

Products used to make this card:

Today is a super special day - it's Richard Parker's birthday!!! He was born on 24 March 2014 and that makes him one year old today. Here are a couple of photos of my boy.

He is looking shocked, maybe embarrassed that his Mama started the day by belting out his birthday song at 6am today :)

"Whaaat?! It's my birthday?"
Richard Parker - 24 March 2015
And this is baby Richard the day we got him - 8 weeks after his birth. Oh so tiny!
Richard Parker - 25 May 2014

Thanks for stopping by and have beautiful Tuesday, friends.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Chocolate Baroque: Spring Daffodils and A Regal Bird

Happy Sunday, folks! We are so close to Easter ... can you believe how quickly we are getting through Lent?! And I am so behind on all kinds of everything - let alone my Easter greeting. Anyways, I'm here not to complain but to share a couple of projects I made with Chocolate Baroque's new Spring Bird - Daffodil stamp sheet.

There is a sentiment on the stamp sheet but I made both my cards plain so that if I don't use them for Easter, they'll work for any occasion too.

The first project showcases the lovely daffodils from this stamp set. I did some masking and stamping to get the flowers in overlapping clusters. I used Distress Inks to water colour the image and background. Hardly any embellishments on this card, except for that luxurious gold ribbon at the bottom sent to me by my crafting buddy Carol of CM Design. Thank you, Carol!

Not too many Tim Holtz Distress Inks on this card. The yellows are Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade. The greens are Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn. For the sky I used a wash of Tumbled Glass and earth is Tea Dye. For a softer look I stamped the image with VersaFine Vintage Sepia, onto Canson Cold-pressed watercolour paper.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Spring Inspiration
One Stitch At A Time #233: Nature
Scrappy Hands #35: Bingo - Flower...Ribbon...Stamps
Crafty Catz #271: No Design Paper
Graph'It Colour Challenge Wk 12: Spring Colours - with Distress Inks

My second card is a more regal affair. I created a frame by repeat stamping the smaller accents stamps from the Spring Bird - Daffodil sheet and heat embossed it with WOW Gold Embossing Powder.

I water coloured the image with Caran d'Ache Supra Soft water soluble pencils, keeping it soft and light against the strong colours of the card. As before, I stamped the image with VersaFine Vintage Sepia on Canson Watercolour paper.

Avenue 613 #116: AG Optional Twist - Purple
Come and Get It: Winging It - Bird
Fairy Tale Stamper #53: Things With Wings
Hiding In My Craft Room #192: Embossing
Stamplelsonne #137: AG with Stamped Main Image
Wonderful Wednesday #18: AG

Products used in this project:

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping. And if you're following me on Facebook, you'll see these sticky sweet delights I made today. It's a tradition in our home to make Hot Cross Buns every Sunday in the run up to Easter, starting today the 5th Sunday of Lent. Hope you're having a sweet Sunday too!


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Speedy Recovery

Hello, friends! Spring is finally here... and about time too. I have a quick post today - a card for my mother in law who's feeling poorly. I'm hoping his card will cheer her up.

It's been ages since I inked up my Lawn Fawn stamps. This set is called On the Mend. I did some masking and stamping and simple colouring with Graph'It Markers. All the edge I sponged TH Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio - LOVE that colour. Finally, 3 teeny tiny clear bling to seal the deal.

To add shine and sparkle, the flowers and bugs got a few coats of Wink of Stella Clear and Glossy Accent.

Lawnscaping Challenge #102: Addicted To Distress
Addicted To Stamps #136: AG
Time Out #27: CAS
CASology #138: Blossom

Products used in this project:

That's all from me today. The sky is looking a little gloomy. Fingers crossed it doesn't rain. Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the Spring weekend... whatever the weather!


Friday, 20 March 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #12: Pat

Tell me it isn't true! Is it Friday already?! I guess it's time to welcome you to another lap of  CASE-ing Christmas - a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round. Today we're starting Challenge #12.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  26th March 2015

And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Pat. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

This week's card posed a bit of a problem for me. I wanted to make a quick card. And (foolishly) I attempted a CAS. Should've known better! I did not like the look of it... not one bit. After cannibalising my disastrous first attempt and sending the remains to the recycling bin, I gave new life to the snow globe in this new and improved (?) version:
The papers are from Basic Grey's Life Of The Party 6x6 pad. The stamps are by Clearly Besotted. The little guy in the snow globe is supposed to be a snowman, but I stamped him on kraft CS and turned him into a teddybear. His accessories are paper-pieced from scraps. The sentiment is stamped directly onto the patterned paper with VersaFine Crimson Red.

To fill the snow globe, I first stamped little circles with VersaMagic Sea Breeze. That wasn't enough... so I threw in some TH Distress Glitter Rock Candy. Still looking empty, I added added little blobs of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. Now do you believe me when I say I don't / can't do CAS?!

Brown Sugar #138: AG
Winter Wonderland: Warm Winter Wishes (hat and scarf)
Holly Jolly Christmas: Stitching - Real or Faux
Crafty Ribbons: AG With Ribbon
Inspiration Destination #25: AG
Little Red Wagon #281: All Tied Up
Wonderful Wednesday #18: AG

Products used to make this project:

Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Pat's creation. And if you played along last week, the Winners of Challenge #11 will be announced on Wednesday, 25th March 2015.

You'll find more ideas over at the DT's blogs: Mynn ... Donna ... Ellen ... Pat ... Steph.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Pat's card. Have a lovely day, friends.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #9: Blue Bells

A new Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge has started and we're kicking off this monthly meet-up with cool. classy colours. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so. These colours are super elegant and will work for any occasion.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

This card was made in a hurry. It took me under an hour ... 53 minutes, to be precise. Seriously! That's what I like about watercoloring. When you've got awesome stamps to start with, that's half the work done. Truth be told, the stitching took me longer to do. The key is NOT to over think anything, limit the materials used and keep it simple. And the result is this:
Instead of pulling out all my watercolours, I stuck to just 4 Distress Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters and Shaded Lilac for the image from the Harebell Butterfly A5 stamp sheet. I adhered a piece of violet CS randomly stamped with little leaves from the Butterfly Dreams A4 stamp sheet and VersaMagic Cloud White ink onto the card base.

To save time, I did not even mask the image before painting the background. You can see how that turned out in the photo below! :)  I added Liquid Pearls in an attempt to "add texture and interest" - although I have no idea what that phrase really means!

Word Art Wednesday #175: AG
Addicted To Stamps #136: AG
Through The Craft Room Door: AG
All Sort Challenge #302: Flowers & Pearls
Creative Moments #64: AG, optional twists for Special Lady

Products used in this project

There you have it - a very quick card from me. I've come to learn that water colouring is very forgiving. You can hide a multitude of mistakes by pretending it is some obscure technique and that every (mis)stroke is a deliberate and considered action. I <HEART> watercolours!

Challenge #9 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 22nd April 2015, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 29th April 2015. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tuesday Throwdown #236: More Than One Fold

Top of the morning to you, friends! Happy St Patrick's Day ... and .... a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nana Connie, much loved ex-teamie at Tuesday Throwdown. May all your days is blessed with love, happiness, good health and pots of Irish Luck!

Today also sees the start of a brand new challenge.  We have a fun theme for you "More Than One Fold ". Our sponsors - Creations by AR. The company is run by Adela Rossol and she has very generously provided the team with cut files to create fun 3D projects. I chose this super stylish Haute Tote.

This bag makes a one of a kind gift "box". I made 2... well actually, by the time this post goes up, there should be at least 6!

I made the tote bag from one sheet of Doodlebug double sided 12x12 patterned cardstock. (I wouldn't recommend plain patterned paper as it is too flimsy.) I used eyelets to attach the handles. The flowers are from my crafting buddy Snoopy of Snoopy's Homemade Fun. The stitched details make the bag look quite realistic. I'm very happy with how it turned out, nay... I'm thrilled!

The finished project is about 5-1/5" high (excluding handles) and 4-1/2" wide.

There's a little pocket inside to fit a 3x3 note card. How cool is that?!

This is the very first one I made - a simple, no frills version. To my delight, it was so easy to put together, thanks to Adela's clear instructions.

The templates supplied by Creations by AR  are digital downloads which include:
• PDF files (used for printing and cutting by hand);
• SVG files (used on most cutting machines); and
• Step-by-Step Instructions with lots of photos.
You do not need a cutting machine such as a Silhoette, provided you have good pair of scissors and don't totally suck at fussy cutting!  Obviously, the intricate, fiddly designs will be more challenging. This tote bag can easily be done by hand.

Buckwell's Crafty Challenge #6: Flowers
Not Just Cards #15
Craft Your Passion #253: AG
Crafting From The Heart #51: AG
Bunny Zoe Crafts March: Spring Colours
Craft My Life Feb/Mar: AG Non-Card
Lil' Patch Of Crafty Friends: &: AG
Scrappy Hands #34: Blossom

Products used in this project

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "More Than One Fold". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK Monday, March 23rd.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!


Friday, 13 March 2015

Polka Doodles #11: Birthdays

Here we are... my second post of the day. Can you believe it's time for a brand new show and tell over at Polka Doodles! The theme for the next fortnight is "Birthdays". Everybody needs birthday cards and you can't have too many of them.

I made a birthday card for my 8 year old nephew using the marvellous design sheet from Work & Play 8 - Music. This card had to be child-friendly, i.e. no titbits that can be yanked off by curious little fingers. That means no dimensional embellishments. Problem? Not al all. I just filled the card with bits and pieces form the design sheet to create a fun, bright and LOUD card that will appeal to any young man.

The ticket tags are not from the design sheet but is included in the Work & Play 8 - Music CD. There's a fair bit of fussy cutting involved, but I find it quite therapeutic... if done with a good pair of scissors.

Creative Knockouts #80: In Stitches
Cute Card Thursday #364: Celebrate!
Southern Girls Challenge: Boys Boys Boys
Seize The Birthday: Focus On Sentiment / AG Birthdays
Crafty Sentiments Challenge: Birthday
Doodle Pantry AIMP #3: Anything Digital Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday: B is For... Boy, Birthday

Products used in this project:

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc as long as you stick to the challenge theme "Birthdays". You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 27 March 2015, to link up your entries over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Polka Doodles products to enter, but if you have it, by all means, flaunt it! One randomly selected winner will receive a Download Bundle of the entire Eden Collection. That is just too good to be missed.

What better excuse to head straight to your craft room! Thanks for being brave enough to stop by on Friday the 13th! I can't wait to see your Polka Doodles projects. Have crafty weekend, friends.


Chocolate Baroque: Dancing Tulips and A Shaker Bird

Good morning, friends. It's Friday the 13th... again! Here's something scary for you... I've got, not one but TWO posts schedule for today! Can you handle it?

First up are a couple of projects using Chocolate Baroque's gorgeous March release - a trio of Spring Birds stamps. Today I'm playing with the Spring Bird Tulip DL sheet. About ten days ago, I blogged a couple of cards made with the Spring Bird Crocus DL sheet. You can read all about it here.

I've combined the large and smaller cluster of tulips from the Spring Bird Tulip sheet on one project. With some nifty masking, I grouped them and got the stalks to look as though they are swaying in the breeze.

These are delicate flowers and I felt that water colouring would be best. I started by applying Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid on the tulips before giving the background a wash of blue and green.  Next I worked on the flowers with Distress Inks and Winsor & Newton water colours. The sentiment is from the Easter Traditions A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Perfect Plumeria.

I  added Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium to the water colours to give the blooms a delicate shimmer. It looks spotty in the picture, no thanks to my photography skills, but it's lovely in real life.

My second project is a shaker card and for this I'm using the nesting bird from the Spring Bird Tulip DL sheet.  Here it is before framing.  It would have been difficult to get a good shot under the glare of the acetate sheet. The focal image is water coloured with Caran d'Ache Suprasoft pencils. I added a few tiny bling to the image.  The background is a wash of pale blue, green and a hint of yellow with my W&N water colours.

A simple frame makes sure the Spring Bird gets all the attention.  The greeting is from Birthday Words A5 sheet, heat embossed in white.

I used just a few pastel sequins on the inside so as not to loose the image in unnecessary clutter. The sequins also look like falling blossoms, don't you think? Final touches: a few strokes of Clear Wink of Stella on the bird and Gold Wink of Stella on the eggs.

Freshly Brewed Designs: Flowers
Happy Little Stampers March Sketch Challenge
Mod Squad Challenge: Flowers
Word Art Wednesday #174: AG Uplifting

Bunny Zoe's Crafts March Challenge: Spring Colours
Fab N Funky #250: Focus On Image
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Things That Fly
Stampin' Royalty #270: Watercolour
TIME OUT Challenge #26: Photo Inspiration

Products used in these projects:

Thanks for stopping by today. I had a lot of fun playing with water colours and I encourage you to have a go too. As mentioned earlier, I have another post coming up in a couple of hours featuring paper, scissors and glue. Living dangerously on Friday the 13th! :)


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