Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #309: Clean and Simple

Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we are playing "Clean and Simple". Our sponsor for this challenge is Fred She Said. CAS  cards are supposed to be quick to produce... in theory. But not for me. I've never been very successful at making anything CAS and that's because I don't know when to stop fiddling with my card... as you will see below.

I'm using the Stained Glass Floral Doodledallion to create a CAS card. No patterned paper, no embellishment, no sentiment. I just coloured the images with Graph 'It markers, fussy cut them and popped up each layer on foam tape for a dimensional look.

You can see from the picture below the several layers to the flower. Guess I'm pushing the boundaries  of CAS with this one!
Challenges:
TTCRD Aug 30: AG
Retarte #84: AG
Cupcake Inspiration #373: Photo

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Clean and Simple". 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 on Monday, September 5th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Sorry I haven't been around much this past week. Hubby was down for the weekend and I've been super busy helping a friend with her wedding last Saturday. So I decided to give myself a blog break  ... there just wasn't enough hours in a day!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day, friends!

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #26

Welcome to another month of Chocolate Baroque inspired fun -  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #26, which started last Wednesday on August 17th. We have a stunningly spicy colour swatch for you to use in your projects.  If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch, using as much or as little of each colour as you wish.  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 the winner's badge on their blog.

Here's what I made with these fabulously festive colours - a Christmas Art Journal, my sixth to date. There's lots going on here. Best if I take you through it step by step:

Lets start with the background. First, I adhered a layer of Christmas teddy tissue paper on the top ⅔ of the page and red gingham tissue paper on the bottom ⅓ with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Then I knocked it back with a thin coat of Faber Castell Gesso. Next came the acrylic paints in the colours of the swatch. I used Folk Art Acrylics in: Cardinal Red, Apple Spice, Engine Red, Pumpkin and Autumn Leaves. When completely dry, I stamped the swirly flourishes with Archival Ink Fern Green and splattered some watered down gesso all over the page.

Next, I mixed a dash of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter with Ranger Texture Paste and stencilled in a border on the top and bottom of the page with Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Layering Stencil. I set the page aside and worked on the images. I die cut the letters and snowflakes with Lawn Fawn Cole's Alphabet and Mini Snowflakes dies. Then I heat embossed them in with WOW Metallic Brass EP.

I stamped the festive images by Chocolate Baroque with VersaFine Onyx Black, coloured them with Copics, fussy cut and adhered them to the page with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I cut and stacked the presents for added dimension. The Santa is from an A5 stamp sheet  called Santa Baby and the presents are from an A4 stamp sheet called The Gift Of Christmas.

A little trivia for you - The Gift Of Christmas is my very first Chocolate Baroque stamp.  I purchased it way back in October 2012. It is the one that started it all and still my favourite set.

To finish the project, I added shading around the images with Faber Castell PITT Brush Markers and added glitter... just about everywhere. Don't judge - this is a Christmas AJ! :)
Challenges:
Artistic Stamper August: AG
HLS August Christmas Challenge: Snowflakes
HLS August Mixed Media Challenge: Metal
We Love 2 Create #17: Anything Mixed Media
Vintage Journey August: Stencil It

Challenge #26 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 20th September 2016, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 28th September 2016. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

I'm really hooked on art journalling. But what really encourages me is the amazing comments and emails I've received on my attempts so far. There's so much to learn... so many possibilities... and HEAPS of fun. So thank YOU for cheering me on ... and I hope you'll give it a go too.

Beijinhos!

ATSM #208: Holiday


Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is my favourite - Holiday. Our sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers. The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate.

I made a Christmas card with all the traditional cues - red, green, poinsettia etc but with a fresh twist. And that means a light, airy background without fuss, mess or embellishments.

Maybe a few teeny tiny yellow bling made their way onto my card. Surely they don't count as embellishments! The stamps are from Clearly Besotted's Christmas Poinsettia and the leaves are from Leafy Accents.
Challenges:
TTCRD Aug 23: AG
CHNC #295: Cute or AG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge #37: Colour Inspiration or AG Christmas

So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Holiday challenge. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 

Beijinhos!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Critters and Poppies

Hello, friends. A quick post to share a couple of cards I made over the weekend.

First up is a fun Halloween card. I bought Lawn Fawn's Critters in Costume stamps and coordinating dies last year but never really used them to make Halloween cards... until now. I masked the moon and inked up the background with Distress Inks: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  Then I sprayed water on the background and and blotted it with a paper towel. I coloured the moon with Scattered Straw mixed with Perfect Pearl powder and heat embossed the punny sentiment in white.

I made a couple of slits in the treat bag and stuffed it with candy. Here you have a couple of buddies sharing the loot after a successful night of Trick or Treat-ing. They look very pleased!
Challenge:
Lawnscaping #136: Punny Time








Next up is something different for Tag You're It #54. Instead of a tag, I made a tag on a card. The Featured Artist this fortnight is Michele Short of The Card Grotto - awesome designer. I love her clean and elegant style... and making a tag inspired by Michele's was a Herculean challenge for me. I decided on Michele's splodgy background, floral theme and sentiment for my project. I prepared the background, stamped the poppies from Clearly Besotted's Remember (unfortunately retired) and cut part of the flowers with Clearly Besotted's Scalloped Tag die. The sentiment is from MFT's Grateful For You stamp & die set.

I layered the cut-out tag with a couple of more die-cuts and popped it over the negative space up with foam tape. To finish, I added Lawn Fawn's Sweetheart cord.
Challenge:
Tag You're It #54: Michele Short


That's all from me today. Thank you so much fro stopping by and have a fab week!

Beijinhos!



Sunday, 21 August 2016

MHKD August / September Challenge

Hello, friends!  Welcome to our eighth MHKDesigns Challenge. This Challenge is all about keeping it simple and having fun while creating. Each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless.

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns. If you use stamps or papers by MHKDesigns you may ignore the Challenge prompt altogether; i.e. it's ANYTHING GOES for you!

Let's take a look at the Challenge prompt:


I'm staying true to the challenge prompt by going with the floral theme and the colours. However, instead of the pansy, I'm picked this delicate image from MHKD Beauty digi. The patterned paper is from my stash...a very old one, don't know what its called - sorry - but it matches the challenge colours perfectly. I added a few drop of Hydrangea Liquid Pearls, a doily and some twine to finish the card.

Here's a closer look at the image. I coloured it with Graph'It markers. That sentiment is a great reminder for all of us and works well on this simple encouragement card.

Challenges:
Cupcake Inspiration #373: Photo 
Allsorts #377: Fabulous Florals


The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog. You have until September 15th to link up your project.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Beijinhos!





Saturday, 20 August 2016

MHKD August Release: Pansy Corner



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 5 - the last day of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs August 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this floral beauty called Pansy Corner.

Another simple card from me. I used bright yellow cardbase for contrast and placed the image a little off kilter.

I coloured the image with alcohol markers, added a few pale purple bling and finished the card with a little bow at the base of the bouquet.
Challenges:
Fun Friday Challenge #152: AG
All Sorts #377: Fabulous Florals
How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for the start of our August /September Monthly Challenge AND there'll be more prizes!

Beijinhos!







Friday, 19 August 2016

MHKD August Release: Halloween Party



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 4 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs August 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is frightfully adorable set called Halloween Party.

Here's my card with the playful duo in action. I kept the design simple and added the die-cut black. Halloween wouldn't be right without a black cat!

Here's a closer look at the little darlings. I coloured the image with alcohol markers.
Challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenge #22: Things With Wings - bat
Cute Card Thursday #439: Kiddies / Babies

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there. 

Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!






Thursday, 18 August 2016

MHKD August Release: Thankful Thoughts



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs August 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this a fun and fruity set called Thankful Thoughts.

I wanted to make a card with a home-spun feel and a patchwork background does the job. So I used scraps from Glorious Garden and Autumnal Accents and pulle it together with some twine and faux stitching and inked edges.

Here's a closer look at the bountiful cornucopia. I coloured the image with alcohol markers and added a dollop of Glossy Accents on each of the red fruits in the foreground.
Challenges:
Inspiration Destination #99: AG
Word Art Wednesday #244 & #245: AG Inspirational

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

MHKD August Release: Beautiful Bottles



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 2 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs August 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is the lovely set called Beautiful Bottles.

The bottles are so pretty, I decided to keep it simple - a few bling and some vintage lace. The patterned paper is from MHKD French Country bundle. That sentiment is perfect for a friend who is getting married in a fortnight. She is going to be a very pretty bride!

Here's a closer look at the lovely bottle. I added the sentiment on a tag and tied it to the bottle with some hemp cord.
Challenge:
Fab n' Funky #316: AG
Creative Moments #100: AG
How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there. 
Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!




Tuesday, 16 August 2016

MHKD August Release: Tweet Tweet



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 1 of MHKDesigns' August Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs August 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

We're kicking off  this new release with a sweet little set called Tweet Tweet.

I made a card with these little darlings up in the clouds.

I inked up the background with Distress Inks and coloured the birds with Copics. And yes, some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter too.
Challenges:
TTCRD Aug 16: AG
In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.

Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!







Sunday, 14 August 2016

Roses and Mice

Good morning, all. A quick Sunday morning post from me before I dash off to church. Here are two cards I made yesterday.

First up - a thank you card for a friend. I'm using Vintage Flowers set by Altenew.

I added droplets of Glossy Accents for morning dew. I stamped the sentiment in LF Lobster and then again in Memento London Fog to create a shadow effect.
Challenges: 
Altenew August: Flamingo Inspiration
Dragonfly Journeys #70: A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Next, is a birthday card for a friend who plays in our local marching band. I'm using Strike Up The Band by MFT - so perfect! Keeping it simple in the hope that it will look masculine enough for a bearded man drum major! I inked up the clouds in the background using Tumbled Glass DI.

Here's a closer look at those adorable mice. The greeting is from the same set. Notice the little drummer? It's an inside joke. We all know someone who marches to his own beat ... and sometimes, the wrong way! :)
Challenges:
MFT Colour Challenge #51
CAS(E) This Sketch #185
Seize The Birthday Aug 11: AG Birthday


That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by...... must dash! See you on my rounds later today. 

Stay cool!

Beijinhos!

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