Friday, 16 February 2018

The Flower Challenge #17 Reminder Post

Before I do the reminder post I thought I would share this wonderful piece that Viv put together for each of the team members highlighting our Best Cards on the Flower Blog for 2017. Isn't wonderful, you often forget the beautiful cards you have made and rarely have time to go back through old posts so it's nice to see something like this. Thank you so much Viv for picking out such wonderful cards.

Now onto the reminder  for this months challenge

It appears to be a slow one this month. Maybe  bit confusing or appears hard for people so after my last one which was a million and one steps I thought I would go ultra easy with this one. So here goes:

This beautiful stamp is from The Ton Rose Bouquet and there are a number
of flowers in the stamp set. This is my first time using it and I love it
as usual I can see lots of potential here. The Sentiment is from another
new rose set from The Ton as well.

I stamped the bouquet twice, once on the white card stock and once on some patterned paper that looked like watercolour splashes. I stamped in Distress ink in Antique Linen (not sure why actually).
Fussy cut the flowers which took all of 5 minutes then copic coloured the leaves and little flower buds. Added the fussy cut pieces with  dimensional foam. Finished the card off with a bit of black glitter washi tape and some black enamel dots.

Nice and simple and very easy and quick to do.

Hope you enjoyed your visit and now its time to go see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to. Hopefully there is some inspiration out there and you will join us in the challenge.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Happy Valentines & Love

I'm late with these as Valentines has come and gone but so have the cards I just needed to do the post. I was in hospital on Valentines day so the post had to wait and it's taken until tonight for me to finally get myself moving on it. Nothing major just trying to work out why I still have a cough that comes and goes in intensity for the last year and the reflux issues that have come along with it.

Anyway enough of me. 

I finally bought myself this Stamping Bella image. Ohh my I love her ( its me really
except for the wings).  I stamped and cut her out with the Scan 'N' Cut. 

(Let me point out here that because these images stamp up quite fine it is best to stamp them separately from other images that may stamp heavier. I found that if they were on a sheet of cardstock with combined stamps from different companies the machine just could not recognise the lines of the Stamping Bella stamps properly and that would lead to images being cut out incorrectly. To beat this I did a page with only Stamping Bella images stamped and they all cut perfectly).

I coloured with Copics and added lots of Wink of Stella to the wings and frill of the dress and flower in her hair and the bubbles coming out of the drink. The close up shows the sparkle.

The background is Tim Holtz Distress Oxide smooched, dried and smooched again. Die cut 'love' and a few hearts and added the image with dimensional foam.

This card started out very CAS with just the stunning beauty coloured with Copics. I was going to attach to the front of a card and leave CAS with just a Valentine sentiment but it caught crooked and when I pulled it back of course it ended up misshaping the card front and so I had to rescue it.

Sexy young lady, digital image from Kenny Kiernan, Copic coloured
die cut with the Postage Stamp die with silver washi tape on each side to add a bit of glitter.

I have used a white and silver heart pattern paper added to the cardbase. The image layer has fun foam added at the back to give it a lift. I then die cut the XOXO and 'happy valentines day' from silver glitter paper and attached with glue.


Stamping Bella 'Love'

happy valentines day

Stamping Bella 'love'

happy valentines day

happy valentines day

The red panel I made like 6 months ago so finally used it and the
 Stamping Bella stamp was purchased some time ago and waiting
to be used and can now be marked off as used.
Love card

Stamping Bella Love Card

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Have an Awesome Birthday

This was one of those last minute cards, yes again. Elysha had already made Dale a birthday card and I wasn't going to worry about doing one because her prince and castle and princess and family but....

I wanted to try out the wave stamp from the Ton and this was the perfect opportunity.
How cool is this stamp. So easy to use. Of course I used the Misti to make sure it lined up perfectly.
I used Peacock, Mermaid and then Faded jeans for depth . The Faded Jeans I stamped twice and the second time I sprayed a little water on to help it blend a it. The sentiment comes with the Stamp set.

The shark and board are Avery Elle and of course go with my sense of humour perfectly.
I stamped, copic coloured and fussy cut the pieces. Lucky my son gets my humour.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Party Time

It's nearly time for the Muse Card Challenge to close again.
 I love the inspiration provided by Vicki
this week

Love the individually cut critters and the circle and stripe so I decided to go with those features and add to my card in my own way.

I used acetate to mask the card front and added the circle as a background of pale green and blue like a background with Distress Ink in very soft colours and a couple of flicks of water just because.

I Copic coloured the three critters from Purple Onion, then fussy cut them, added some Wink of Stella to the ribbon on the present but you cant see it here. I also go around the edges of the outline where I have cut with a black Copic to  re-define the stamping.

I added a double strip of washi gold foil hearts on the side, then attached the critters so they look like the front two are holding hands. I cut a piece of wood look pattern paper for the post in the penguins hand, die cut the banner from green vellum and the sentiment from white card stock. All done and I think its so cute, its just what I wanted.

I wish I had found time earlier as its a great design and I can see this looking fantastic with so many of my stamp sets. Hopefully I will remember. Thanks vicki for the inspiration.


without the topping this time

Copic Colouring

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon

The Flower Challenge #17 Paper Piecing

Its time for a new challenge over at The Flower Challenge Blog and its all about paper
piecing. If your not sure what piecing is its where you stamp onto a patterned or coloured piece of paper and cut that out and add to the image of your original image stamped onto another background. 

So its not colouring the image in but you could use a piece of paper that you have done watercolour or colouring on, stamp onto it, cut it out and put it onto the original stamped image.

Hopefully I haven't confused you. You can see clearly what I have done here with my card but don't forget the Design Team will all have done their own interpretation of 'paper piecing' so make sure to go to The Flower Blog and then see what they have done. You can then follow their links and see their cards in more detail. 

I have seen their cards and they are amazing and full of inspiration and so many ideas and if you have never tried this before there is always a first time!!!

The stamp I have used here I have had since I first started stamping. Its a Hero Art Background size stamp and I love it. I'm not sure it's still available as it didn't come up on an image search for Hero Art background stamps and I couldn't find in the shop but I do find the shop hard to navigate.

Of course with so many stamps we end up putting stamps aside and forgetting to use them so I'm grateful for the chance to use it again. I have used this stamp in so many ways over the years, stamping in black and copic colouring; stamping in black and watercolouring the flowers; stamping and blending. Paper piecing with pattern papers and with copic coloured layers. And now of course I am looking and thinking mmmm Distress Oxides and Copics......

This stamp is background of print with these flowers on top to be coloured. I stamped on white cardstock. Added the pattern paper layers some having been stamped in black and some white embossed. All fussy cut before the days of my Scan 'N' Cut. I added with Dimensional Foam to give a bit of lift to the card and then decided to add Glossy Accents. I only added to the flowers.

Once the Glossy Accents was dry I added the panel to the Pink shimmer card front then attached the  NBUS 'hello sunshine' diecut from Stamploration. As you can see theres a number of different colours going on here so that gives you an idea of how many sheets of paper I have stamped up.

 I like to do some green papers for leaves and don't worry about inking up the flowers and same for the flowers. Its a great way to use up papers you may not use otherwise too. I enjoyed the cutting out in front of the TV quite some time ago and actually the flowers and leaves could be used with hand drawn stems for little separate cards as well.  Ahhh my obsessions and the 20 of each flower may get used after all lol.

Okay enough about my card, its time to go to The Flower Blog and see the beautiful cards the others have done and see the less obsessive versions. Enjoy and I do hope you will join us this month, we love to see your creative ideas.

Thank you so much for coming to visit .

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Because I Love You ........Sometimes I look at you and........

A card for a challenge that may have already closed but then I will just have to wait and see. It came together out of lots of bits and pieces. I am hoping I came make the Wednesday Simon Says Challenge because it is certainly made from lots of layers. So lets see what I have here.
I started with a Papertrey die cut Frame cut from gold mirror card. Then I have added some diecut
leaves in vellum both the solid and outline leaves setting them up so that some are above the frame and some under.

I have stamped and white embossed the little flowers from the Ellen Hutson Hydrangea flower stamp and then watercoloured with blues and mauves and added a bit of Wink of Stella for sparkle. I have die cut some leaves from some watercoloured papers as well to add some green.

These have been layered up along the side. To finish it off I added the 'because' diecut also in gold mirror card a new NBUS together with a sentiment from the stamp set that came with the die. I stamped with gold ink onto a piece of cardstock that matches in with the flowers. A wee little sparkle heart finishes it off. 

This next card is very very CAS compared to the last. I wonderful stamp that I bought ages ago and I cant believe I haven't used till now. So it's NBUS but perfect for today as today is mum and dad's wedding anniversary, 65 years. In real life dad is the short cuddly one and mum the tall willowy one.
But the love is still there.

The sentiment is new and only arrived in the mail today and it was perfect so I just had to use it. Stamped then coloured with copics. Added the die cut XOXO and the sentiment for those who cant read it:

Sometimes I look at you 
and wonder how
I got to be so
damn lucky

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


because I love you

Sometimes I look at you

because I love you

because I love you

Sometimes I look at you.....
Not animal cute but certainly cute I think!!!

Sometimes I Look at you......
Coloured with Copics

Thank you

Monday, 29 January 2018

Hello Sweet Love

My goodness I'm back on that last minute lurk again. I saw the Muse challenge done by Kim Higgins this week and its so cute:
and I had so many thoughts and ideas during thawed but of course life got in the way and then I started the card then it was dinner time then it was time to take Elysha for a walk then I looked at the time and I had two hours to go and I thought I better do something. So all the many ideas had to come down to one idea as I hadn't coloured half of what I wanted to colour.

I loved the die cut circles and had just bought these brilliant Poppy-stamps circle dies with the stitches on the cut out circle and the area around the circle. They also come in a good variety of sizes as you can see these ones are quite small but not the smallest. I was inspired by the idea of circles, the light  partial colour blending and including little cakes and the sweet sentiment.

I have kept my circles whole as the circle die is smaller. I don't have any food stamps that are animated so I used cakes and a critter, well a cute little hippo. This set is another NBUS MFT
Happy Hippo Birthday set. I don't have the dies but the Scan 'N' Cut does a brilliant job of cutting even the smallest little cupcakes, party hats and stars.

I coloured everything with copics, the balloons I daubed over with the colourless blender to remove colour for a cool look. the backgrounds of the circles I did with Distress Inks.

I added lots of Wink of Stella to the cake and cupcakes and balloons but you can only really see it on the balloons so you will have to trust me when I say this card does truly sparkle. I then added the top panel carefully.

I fiddled around with a  'Smile' die, then a wooden 'smile'  then saw these little pink and white and gold sticker buttons and they really do look good though they don't look much here. 'Hello sweet love' I think thats so sweet. but it does look small so I may end up moving it, changing it, just not sure at the moment, too many circles maybe???

But anyway its time to add the card to the challenge before time runs out.

Stamp set and Die set

Perfect card for anything goes.

thank you so much for coming to have a look. I hope you come again soon.