Monday, 19 June 2017

Such a thrill!

GUESS WHAT?

Yes!  I am thrilled to say I've been published again! Yippee!!!

This is the first time I've had a set of cards published in
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft 
magazine, and I'm thrilled-to-bits! 





 The magazine  (Vol 23, No 7) arrived in my letterbox this morning, 
so I enjoyed flipping through it while I munched on some lunch.

Not only are my cards published (page 20), but I am also featured in
'Contributor Chat - Inspiration Board' on page 72.




For a closer look at these cards, here they are:












Stamps
Stampendous - 'Whisper Friends'; 'Travel Home'; 'Whisper Friendship'

Thanks for popping by to have a look,
you will find all the instructions in this month's issue of
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine.

Happy Crafting!!!
    

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hello ...

I enjoy playing along with on-line swaps and challenges
and this month, one of the swaps is
"Hello"
where we are making a card and co-ordinating tag.



I decided to go a little bit quirky using a couple of the fun characters from
PaperAtsy 'elenazinski ZA03'.

 I stamped both characters on white card using 'jet black' Archival Ink
and coloured them with various prismacolor pencils.
 I then again stamped them directly onto the backgrounds,
before adhering the fussy cut images directly over the top.
This way, any strands of hair or thin lines are not lost.

Both backgrounds were made using Distress Oxides 
in 'wilted violet', 'worn lipstick' and 'fossilized amber' blended together.
The card background also used a brick stencil spritzed with water for an interesting effect.


It won't be to everyones taste, 
but I hope my swap partner likes my quirky "Hello" card and tag.


Happy Crafting!
  


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

80 Years Young!

I was recently asked by a good friend
if I could make an 80th birthday card for her mother-in-law.



You may remember I made a similar card not so long ago, for a 90th birthday
however, I thought it was a very appropriate design,
so with a few alterations ......


The background paper is Attic Charm "Generation" (Blue Fern Studios)
which I edged with 'victorian velvet' Distress Ink.


The die is "Arched Window" from Kaisercraft 
and was cut from Love Clippings Collection "Little Love Clippings" (Prima Marketing Inc).

The flowers are from Green Tara, 
and the letters & numbers from Die-Versions "Chick Flick" font.



The height of the flowers makes an envelope unsuitable as they would get squashed,
so I made a box instead, complete with ribbon and a little tag.

Challenges
The Flower Challenge - #9 'Anything Goes'



I hope the birthday girl had a very enjoyable afternoon tea with her family!
Happy Crafting!
 


Friday, 2 June 2017

Fancy a cuppa?

It's been a bit of a lazy day today.
I've done some colouring, chatted to my BFF,
watched episode 1 of "Delicious" - a new four part series on the ABC
which stars among others, Dawn French, in a much different role to The Vicar of Dibley.

This afternoon I decided to have a play with a couple of used tea bags.
 I carefully opened them, emptied the dried tea leaves, and flattened them out.


The one on the left was 'green tea'; the one on the right was 'irish breakfast'.


Using 'jet black' Archival Ink, I stamped the 'chinese lantern' from Lavinia Stamps.
 
I stamped the Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed a tiny amount of water
and proceeded to paint the colours onto the delicate buds.


I repeated the same process with the second teabag, stamping 'hanging lanterns' from Lavinia Stamps. 
Extra dots of colour to the flower stamens were added with the Distress Marker.

I'm not entirely sure what I will do with them - 
should I make cards or should I add them to my journal as samples?
What do you think?

 Stamps

Happy Crafting!
  



Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Showers

If you hadn't already worked it out, 
I enjoy playing along with challenges and swaps.
One of this month's swaps was entitled
"May Showers"
so after a bit of thought, this is what I came up with:



After a couple of false starts, which ended up in the recycling bin,
I decided to blend 'wilted violet' and 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxides together.
These inks blend seamlessly and are such fun to work with.

The next step is to take a stencil, lightly spritz with water
and lay it down on the blended card, mopping up excess water with paper towel.

I then stamped the image with 'jet black' Archival Ink, adding the puddles
and the sentiment.
I find stamping solid images difficult to get even coverage
and am beginning to think a Misti (or equivalent) would be very useful
for this type of stamp.


The last step in making this card, was to spritz the front with Perfect Pearls Mists in 'biscotti'.
Add a black mat for contrast and adhere to a white folded A5 card.

I hope my swap partner liked my "May Showers" card.
I was certainly happy with how it worked out,
especially after the first two attempts ended in the bin.

Stamps
Visible Image - Sparkle in the Rain


Happy Crafting!
  


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

100 years young!

I know it's been a few days, but I'm back again.

Hmmm ...... so what can I show you today?
 
Last week, I had a phone call from one of my good friends,
asking if I would make a card for an elderly gentleman who is turning 100!

So, I went searching through my stamps to find something suitable
and came across this globe, along with the stop watch
[both from a magazine freebie].



I started by blending 'stormy sky' and 'broken china' Distress Inks together
on white cardstock and spritzing with water. 
I then stamped the globe in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
and with a craft knife, cut out all the inside pieces.


To add interest to the background, I found a piece of printed tissue paper
and glued it to white card.  I then glued the globe into place.

After colouring and cutting around the stopwatch, 
I aged it by adding crackle accents to its face.  
I put the watch aside for a few hours to ensure it had dried properly
before popping in onto a foam dimensional.

The happy birthday is a sticker, the 100 was cut from an alphabet/number die
and the tiny tag was also cut from a die.
 A black mat was added before adhering the front to a folded square craft card.

I gave the card to my friend last night and she was delighted with it.
Hopefully the elderly gentleman will be too!

Happy Crafting!
 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches


Last week, I was very surprised to learn that I had been crowned
Queen of Snark 

Quite an honour, indeed!

This week Edna and her friends have set a new challenge,
H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches
so I looked at various stamps, wondering what snarkyness I could conjure up, hehehe!!
 



What do you think?  Is is snarky enough?



I must admit to having a bit of a giggle when I realised that dear Mr Bunny 
thought the flowers were for eating - oops!!  Poor Miss Mouse!
(or perhaps, it's Miss Bunny and Mr Mouse?)

Oh well, with a bit of quirkyness and crazyness they should get on just fine!

Stamps
Impression Obsession, Inc - G17071
Stampendous - Hoppy Moments SSCM5001



   You can find all the details to join in the fun at
and you never know, you TOO could be crowned Queen of Snark!

Happy Crafting!