Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Brighter Days

Here's another card for the Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.

I've decided that the best way to beat the lack of Mojo is to relax! So instead of trying to think up edgy designs, I'm just chilling and enjoying colouring and playing with all my lovely supplies.

I stamped the image and sentiment with black ink and clear embossed. Then I coloured with Distress Inks, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Gansai Tambi and Zig CCRB Markers. I was trying to use more autumn tone colours, because I wanted to get away from Pink and Red.  The floral image is of course from Concord  & 9th Hello Lovely and the sentiment is from their Shine Brighter set. This image is all over the internet, which makes it hard to be original, but it is so lovely and always looks fab!
I used the sketch from Fusion Challenge.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Simon Monday Challenge - On the Edge

Monday, 24 July 2017

This was fun!

Hi again. I have  another card to share and this one was lots of fun, because I used my brand new Distress Oxides and the beautiful Memory Box Fantasy Butterfly Frame die.

I smooshed 3 different colours of the Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat, gave it a spritz and then some more smooshing with the watercolour paper on the mat, using a wet brush to help get the desired effect.
Then I stamped the Concord & 9th sentiment with black ink and clear embossed. I then layered the frame, watercolour panel and base card. A bit of bling to finish and Voila!

I didn't get on board the Distress Oxide band-wagon until the 2nd release, but I love the new colours, so I will be experimenting with layered stamping soon!
I'm entering the following challenges...

Simon Monday Challenge - You've Got the Edge

A Rainbow of Butterflies

More play with watercolours and good Arches paper today. Whilst I still had the Penny Black butterflies on my desk I decided to use the smallest butterfly and this is the result.

I used various watercolours, included Daniel Smith and Gansai Tambai and was practising the glazing technique. I need lots of practise!!! Anyway it ended up a bright a cheery card. I added a very light grey watercolour to outline the butterflies. I had a HUGE mishap with the white paint pen I was using, with a big blotch, so I had to add blotches on all the butterflies lol!
Oh, the sentiment is from CASual Friday stamps.

I'm entering the following challenges:-
CAS Watercolour Challenge
Craft Stamper Take it, Make it

Friday, 21 July 2017

Peony Bouquet

Hey there.  We've been having an amazingly sunny winter so far and I wouldn't be surprised if the flowers start to bloom a bit early this year. Thinking of flowers, made me have a play with some Altenew floral stamps and this is one of the results...
I've used Altenew inks to colour these images - stamping and then softening with watered down ink.  I'm feeling very rusty with my watercolouring, so I'm trying to get lots of practice, although most of it is ending up in the bin (trash)!
The stamp sets are Altenew Peony Bouquet and Painted Greetings.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Friday, 14 July 2017

Hello Gorgeous!

Just a quick post, because I'm using my iPad.

Today I'm sharing a card for Ellen Hutson The Classroom Mix it Up Challenge. This collaboration is featuring Lawn Fawn.

The Koala and foliage are from Lawn Fawn 'Critters Down Under 'and the sentiment is from the ellen Hutson Stamp Set 'Hello Gorgeous'

Friday, 7 July 2017

Dream then Do

In search of inspiration, I came across the CASual Friday challenge, which is a Tic-Tac-Toe and I immediately knew what I would do! Yes, a spark of Mojo!

I painted the watercolour stripes with distress inks and then stamped CASual Friday sentiment and image.
The butterfly die is from Penny Black. Luckily I had some sequins to match.

 I'm entering the CASual Friday Challenge and CAS Watercolour Challenge.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

More Blue & White Monochrome

Hey there! I decided to make another Blue and White card, because I love the colour so much. I'm still really struggling with my motivation and have really lost my confidence. But slowly, slowly...

The Butterfly and sentiment are from Inspired by Stamping and the bloom is a very old one from Kaisercraft. I used Zig CCRB Markers and Brushos to colour the images.

I'm entering the following challenge:-
Happy Little Stamper Watercolour
CAS Watercolour 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Beautiful Butterfly

Hello there. I managed to get in a bit of crafting time yesterday and broke out a gorgeous Penny Black stamp. I am in love with blue and white decor and when I saw the themes at HLS Watercolour Challenge and CAS Watercolour, I decided to combine them and make this card.

The image stamp is from Penny Black Butterfly Trio and the sentiment is from stamplorations. I used various blue distress inks and you may not be able to tell, but I embossed the butterfly for a bit of texture and gloss. 

I'm entering the following challenge:-
Happy Little Stamper Watercolour
CAS Watercolour 
Simon Wednesday Challenge

Friday, 9 June 2017

More Pretty Paper

I decided that I should make another card for the CAS-usal Friday Challenge, while I had the patterned paper out. I think I need to buy another pad of this one, because it is just so pretty!

The paper is from the same Kaisercraft pad I used yesterday and the stamps are from  CAS-ual Friday's Casuaul Elegance and Wonderful Words. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A Hint of Mojo!

Hellooooo! It's been more than a month since my last post and even longer since I created anything. I've missed it so much, but it just wouldn't happen!

So today I looked through a few challenges and decided to give the CAS-ual Friday Challenge a go, because it gave me an opportunity to use some of my patterned paper.

The paper is from Lawn Fawn and Kaisercraft and the sentiment stamp is CAS-ual Fridays Wonderful Words.
I've also used a CAS-ual Friday die to cut the vine leaves from Glitter paper.
I fussy cut the butterflies from the  Kaisercraft paper,  sponged edges with distress ink and added some clear Wink of Stellar for a touch of shimmer.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

                                  CFC175 -- Use those Pattern Papers

                                          CASOLOGY Week 252 - Insect

Friday, 5 May 2017

Taking a Break

Hello my sweet friends. I'm sorry for the silence. I have been so busy with choosing everything for our Queenscliff home, which is now complete and somewhere along the way I lost my Mojo big time! I'm hoping to get back in to some routine and be able to get my creativity back soon:(

In the meantime here is a card I made in March, with a gorgeous stamp from Hero arts.

Here is a pic of the view from the room where I will be doing my creations at Queenscliff.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Quick Card

Hello there. I happened upon the CASual Friday challenge today - I haven't played there for a long time, so I decided to make a very quick card.

I made the background using my fave Brushos & Color Burst colours and when it was dry I stamp and embossed the sentiment and vine leaves - both  from CAS-ual Fridays. I used an embossing buddy, but I still got stray flecks of embossing powder - nevermind I still love the gold on the vibrant colours.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Hedgehugs for everbody!

I've just returned from my niece's wedding in Flinders , which is on the coast in Victoria, Australia and I can truly say it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended. Everything was just perfect, including the exceptional scenery with a glorious sunset to bless the occasion.

I've not had time to craft for a few days, so I'm sharing a card I made at our retreat 2 weeks ago.

This was the 2nd shaker card I made and my favourite. I love the frame die from SSS and
adore the hedgehog from MFT (another one on my wishlist)! I stamped the images on watercolour paper and coloured with Zig CCRB Markers. The background was sponged with Distress Oxide and Distress Ink, then spritzed and texture added with salt.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

SSS Monday Challenge - Layer Up
SSS Wednesday -Use more than one die or punch

me & hubby
me and the family

Friday, 24 March 2017

Striped Florals

I'm playing along with the Altenew challenge today. The colours are so bright and cheery so I hope they put a smile on your face!
After watching Jenny Dix and Joy Taylor at our Craft Retreat, I was inspired to play with my Copic markers, which haven't been touched for quite a long time. First time this stamp set has been inked too!
The stamp set is Altenew Striped Florals and the sentiment is cut with a SSS die.
The peg is from one of my crafty friends - thanks Cecilia!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Delightful Dahlias

Hey there! I'm finding it difficult to craft yet again. It's very close to hand-over for our beach house and my mind is far too full of everything I need to do, to be able to sit down and create. So in the meantime, I'll try to share a few cards I did at the recent Retreat and some I have finished off from my 'incomplete' stash.

I actually stamped this image a few times in different inks on different cardstock. This is my favourite result.
The card is Canson Acrylic, I stamped with Versafine Black and clear embossed. I coloured with a mix of Zig CCRB markers and Daniel Smith Watercolour.

Stamp: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet - Dahlia
Dies: MFT Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle; SSS Hand Lettered Greetings

I'm entering this in the following challenges:-

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes (no smooshing this time)

CAS Watercolour Challenge - Spring

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A bit of Smooshing

Whilst we were away on the weekend, I was asked to demonstrate how to use Brushos and I also wanted to try out the Heidi Swapp Minc Spray Mist, which was lots of fun. I diecut the paper and made this card.

I combined Bushos and Color Burst and then added the foil using the reactive mist and Minc Machine.
The tag die is from MFT Blueprints no 13.
The butterfly is from Memory Box and the word die from SSS.

I'm entering the following challenges:_

Inkspirational - Watercolour Smooshing 
MFT Color Challenge
and of course 
CAS Mix Up - Smooshing 
Happy 1st Birthday!!!
ETA: Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes (smooshing!)