Saturday, 17 March 2018

Less is More Challenge #367

Good morning!

At Less is More it's new challenge day and we're back with a One Layer challenge for the next fortnight.  I'll get straight to it with the details...

Our March sponsor is STAMPlorations and the fabulous Shery is joining in the fun as our Guest Designer for this challenge, so please do pop over and say hi!

I have two sample cards for you, here is the first...

For this one I used watercolour card as my card base.  I laid the stencil over it and very gently sprinkled some Brusho pigment crystals over the apertures of the stencil.  I then spritzed with a mist of water and immediately removed the stencil to stop the water running underneath.  Once dry I stamped the sentiment alongside in black ink.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Hydrangea - free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Brushed Greetings II
  • Ink: Brusho - Purple, Leaf Green; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

Color Throwdown - Challenge #484 - Green, Eggplant and White

I chose a coloured card base for my second card...

I placed a daisy stencil along the base of the card base and inked through with white pigment ink.  Then just on the flower centres I inked over with an orange/yellow ink.  After removing the stencil the sentiment was then overstamped in black.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Butterfy and Daisy
  • Ink: Hero Arts - Unicorn; Versa Color - Marigold; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Concord & 9th - Hello Lovely

Challenge entries:

Cards in Envy - Green Things Card Challenge
CAS-ual Fridays - Challenge #195 - Going Green
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #18 - Anything Goes

Over on the main challenge blog my teamies are sharing some great projects and there may also be more inspiration if you follow the links to their blogs too.  I hope you play along with us.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bold Florals in Aqua

Hi guys

Just a quick share tonight of a card I made for my sister-in-law whose birthday it was last week.

This was super simple to make and I love the result so I think I'll make lots more of these in different colourways. 

Here it is...

I masked all four edges of the card base with tape and then blended two shades of Distress Ink through a floral stencil.  The sentiment was then simply stamped in black....easy peasy!

Materials used:

  • Stencil: STAMPlorations - Bold Florals
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Altenew - Extra Special

Challenge entries:

Time Out - Challenge #104 - Bold
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #18 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much visiting.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Little Stampers - New Release Blog Hop!

Hi there

It's Blog Hop time over at Happy Little Stampers to celebrate the arrival of six new stamp sets.

You have the chance to win amazing prizes just by hopping along with us.  My fellow Designers and I have prepared a feast of inspiration with the new sets and we can't wait to show you what we have come up with.

This post has lots of info and photos so why not grab a brew and get comfy!

I've been playing with three of the new sets and here are my sample cards.

My Challenge entries are at the end of the post so as not to interfere with the blog hop details :)

First up is the gorgeous new Dandelion Wishes set...

Card 1

I masked the base and left side of the card and then blended with Distress Ink, fading it out.  I then stamped and heat embossed some of the dandelions in white and also stamped a few more in grey and the same lavender shade.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in black and adding a few score lines to the border.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Milled Lavender; Altenew - Silver Stone; VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Dandelion Wishes
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White

Also using the Dandelion Wishes set...

Card 2

I embossed my card base using a stitched oval die and then made a mask from some scrap cardstock and used the negative space to just reveal the centre oval.  I blended the background with two shades of Distress Ink and then stamped the dandelions using first and second generation stamping.  I splattered with some water and lifted the droplets away with a paper towel.  I stamped the sentiment using two similar shades of pigment ink to continue the ombre theme.

Materials used:
  • Die: Lil Inkers - Stitched Ovals
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Celadon, Smoke Blue
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Dandelion Wishes

Next up is the super pretty Let It Snow stamp set.  You can never have too many snowflake stamps in my opinion!

Card 3

I embossed the card base using a pierced square die and cut a second square using the next size down from the same set.  I stamped the snowflake and heat embossed using a pearl embossing powder.  I then blended three shades of Distress Ink.  The inked square was popped up on 3D foam and the sentiment was simply stamped below in black.

Materials used:
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Squares Stax
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Let It Snow
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - White Pearl

Next up I made a shaker using the Let It Snow set...

Card 4

I started with a white panel slightly smaller than the card base and die cut three circles, leaving room for the sentiment which was stamped in black.  I positioned over the card base and marked through with a pencil where the circles would be.  Next I stamped the snowflakes and heat embossed in metallic shades.  I then put together my shaker in the usual way with acetate and foam tape on the reverse, and added some sparkly crystals to each window.

Materials used:
  • Die: Hero Arts - Circle Infinity Dies
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Let It Snow
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich, Metallic Silver, Metallic Copper
  • Accents: Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels - Iced Crystals

And the last set I've been creating with is a super fun sentiment set called Smile...

Card 5

I wanted to include a smiley shape on my card so I masked a panel to expose a curved strip.  I then blended a rainbow of ink.  I manipulated the sentiment stamp to follow the curve before stamping in black, along with the big Smile sentiment below. 

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Mustard Seed; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Smile

And finally, another using the Smile set...

Card 6

This took a while to create but with the help of the MISTI I managed to line up the smiles ok.  Before stamping the background I inked around the edges with some blue ink, fading it out towards the centre.  I stamped a further 'Smiles' in black ink on a vellum strip and heat embossed in clear, and embossed a further strip in white on black to complete the sentiment.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbed Glass; Versa Color - Amethyst, Royal Blue, Lavender; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Smile
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss, Opaque Bright White
  • Vellum from stash

Here are the sets I used, together with the remaining three sets in the new release.  I think this is a great selection, they're all so different :)

You should have reached me from the link in Kylie's post but if not, you can start the Hop from the beginning following the links below.

Anita - that's me!

Don't forget to comment along the way for a chance to win the prizes detailed above.  The Blog Hop will for one week, ending on 19th March @ 6am AEST.

Happy Hopping! :)

Challenge entries:

Card 1:
AAA Cards - CAS Game #110 - Ombre

Card 2:
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Card 3:
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #282 - Make Your Mark (Ink sponging/blending)

Card 5:
Time Out - Challenge #104 - Bold
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #66 - Rainbows
CAS-ual Fridays - Challenge #194 - Beautiful Rainbows

Card 6:
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a Song (Smile by Nat King Cole)

Purple Lacy Wedding

Hi there

Last year I made some wedding invitations and bridesmaid invitation cards for a friend.  I took the photos at the time but never got around to sharing them.

She's getting married this month so I thought now was a good time to share them.

The brief was that the colour theme was Cadbury purple and, after a few mock-ups this was the design we agreed on...

I started with some white cardstock panels die cut using a stitched rectangle die.  I then stamped each one in VersaMark with this gorgeous lace stamp and heat embossed in white.  Next came the tiring part, ink blending each panel, this being the emboss resist technique.  My right bicep certainly grew in size after blending all these!

I then cut some strips of vellum and heat embossed the word 'Wedding' in white and wrapped these around the panels, securing on the reverse.  The panels were adhered flat to the card bases and I finished them off with some silver gemstones in the centres of the lacy flowers.  I blended all of these using one of the mini Distress Ink cubes.  They certainly go a long way as, although I bought a spare, I'm still using the original one!

The bride created her own inserts.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Wow! - Lace; Clearly Besotted - Happily Ever After (used the word 'Wedding' and masked off 'Day')
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Wilted Violet
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Vellum from stash
  • Accents: Hobbycraft - 2mm silver gemstones

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #282 - Make Your Mark (Ink sponging/blending)
Time Out - Challenge #104 - Bold (you don't get much more bold than a purple wedding, and they match the challenge graphic! lol)

Here is the fun design for the bridesmaids' invitation cards :D

I printed the wording and die cut each with the same stitched rectangle die as the invitations.  Below the wording I embossed the rings in silver, these also from the Happily Ever After set by Clearly Besotted.

The panels were then matted onto some purple cardstock and adhered flat to the card bases.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I'll be back later with a long Blog Hop post, you'll certainly need a cuppa for that one! :)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Anniversary Bunting

Hi guys, Happy Saturday

I thought I'd pop back today to share another of those anniversary cards I made a few weekends back, to build up my stock.

All the cards I made that day have since been grabbed by my mum and my auntie so I'm back to zero again! lol

Although not intended for a Golden Wedding Anniversary, this one could be used for that very purpose because of the gold and white theme...

I bought this bunting die ages ago but it was still waiting for its first use.  I cut one in white and one from some gold cardstock.  I adhered the white die cut flat to the card base and then adhered the little gold hearts taken from the gold die cut and adhered these in the little negative spaces.  A pretty simple idea but believe me, they were fiddly!  I then stamped and heat embossed the Anniversary sentiment in gold and die cut it with the co-ordinating die.  I stamped 'happy' in black and then adhered the word die cut on 3D foam pads.

Materials used:
  • Dies: Joanna Sheen - Bunting; Clearly Besotted - Happy Anniversary
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Happy Anniversary
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - March Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope to share more this weekend.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Muse Challenge #256 - Light Teal Anniversary

Hi guys

The designer rotation at Muse means it's back with me to provide the inspiration card for you this week. 

I use white so much but wanted to use a colour as the main focus this time.  Hopefully there are a few elements to inspire you to play along with this one.

I chose to use this lovely teal colour cardstock as a starting point.  I then stamped the leafy flourish in a co-ordinating ink and die cut it with a stitched heart (yes sorry, it's that heart again!).  Next, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark onto a vellum strip and heat embossed it in silver.  I adhered the heart to the coloured cardstock and then wrapped the vellum around and secured on the reverse.  To finish, I added a few smooth silver gemstones to the stamped image.

Materials used:

  • Coloured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics assortment
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Mr & Mrs; Crafter's Companion - Special Day (Together Forever)
  • Ink: Altenew - Volcano Lake; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Heart Stax
  • Vellum and gemstones from stash

Challenge entries:

My Time to Craft - Challenge #365 - Monochromatic

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you can join in this week :)

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Less is More Challenge #366

Good morning, crafters!

Apologies that this post is a little late, after being stranded because of the snow and awake for 36 hours I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer yesterday to write this post!  I've now had a good night's sleep and back to normality, apart from my car still being ten miles away at work! lol

So back to Less is More.  Here are the details for this fortnight's challenge...

Definition: Monochrome - 
using only black, white, and grey or tones of one colour

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is STAMPlorations and I have three sample cards for you, all using STAMPlorations products.

So, onto my cards...

I stamped the buttercup on watercolour paper with yellow ink and then watercoloured with my Zigs.  It lost some definition so I used an embossing ink pen to highlight some of the outlines of the image and heat embossed in gold.  The sentiment was also heat embossed in gold and I then added some ink splatters using my Zigs mixed with water.  The panel was then adhered to a sunshine yellow card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: STAMPlorations - Buttercups and Butterflies
  • Ink: Altenew - Mango Smoothie; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Embossing Pen: Whispers Embossers
  • Cardstock: Yellow from Bazzill Basics assortment

Challenge entries:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 457 - Ladies Only

Card two...

I blended some Distress Inks along the bottom half of my card base.  I then used a stencil, spritzed with water and lifted some colour away  I then used the stencil again and blended another shade of blue through it.  I took a panel of white cardstock and used a stitched die to cut the curve.  I then stamped the butterfly in three shades of blue ink, curved a sentiment and stamped that in dark blue and adhered the panel flat to the card base.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon; Altenew - Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire
  • Stencil: ARTplorations - Confetti Circles
  • Stamps: STAMPlorations - Blossom like a Butterfly; Clearly Besotted - Message Me
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Basic Edges

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #281 - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Challenge #365 - Monochromatic

Card three...

For this one I tried some no line colouring with my coloured pencils.  I stamped the flower onto the card base in a pale yellow ink but found it lost some definition after I coloured it (probably due to my rubbish colouring skills! lol).  I made sure I left the stamp in my MISTI so re-stamped in a coral colour once I'd finished the colouring.  I looked up Heleniums and the centre of the flower should be more of a brown shade but I didn't want to drift too far from the Monochrome theme of the challenge.  A top panel was die cut with a stitched window and the sentiment stamped beneath, and was then popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: STAMPlorations - Helenium Large; Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings
  • Ink: Altenew - Buttercream, Peach Perfect
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Peek a Boo Window

Challenge entries:

Artistic Impressions - Challenge #194 - Anything Goes/Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

That's all from me today.  Please do pop over to the main challenge blog, here, to see the wonderful creations by my teamies and follow their links for more information and possibly more makes too!

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