Wednesday, 23 April 2014

20 Years! Aninal Antics

I'll let you all in to a little secret - it was our 20th Wedding Anniversary on the 16th of April!  My husband Scott, was in Nepal with my daughter, so the occasion passed without any celebration.  We will do something special together soon - maybe an overnight at somewhere romantic.

I made a card when I was at the craft retreat, borrowing Lyndal's stamps. I really think I need to get this set!

I am entering this in SSS Wednesday Challenge - the theme is Animal Antics.
The stamp set is Mama Elephant Pandamonium.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Layered Cake

I made another card for the challenge at A Blog Named Hero, where the theme is 'Layered Cake' - to use layers and dimension.

It's been raining quite heavily, so I felt like making something colourful and cosy!

Whenever I need to make a card with a Hero Arts stamp, I find myself reaching for this set - Antique Flowers and Butterflies - it really is my favourite.

I coloured gelatos and distress ink directly on to the dogwood flowers , adding a touch of water and then stamping, I have used distress markers for the butterflies.  The base card was coloured with ink to match and then embossed. the paper is from Studio Calico and die cut with a Lil Inkers die (thanks Joy and Lyndal!). I really need these dies!  

Monday, 21 April 2014

Winged Things

Today I am sharing a card I made for SSS Monday challenge, which has a theme - Winged Things and also for A Blog Named Hero, where the theme is Layers and/or dimension.

I made the background panel a few days ago when I was playing with a new to me background stamp, which I was lucky enough to get from Iwona at our craft retreat. I used distress inks to sponge a piece of white cardstock and then stamped the image with Broken China. The butterfly is from a card I made a couple of years ago - I loved the butterfly, but not the rest of the card. The orange paper is also from the craft retreat from Joy Taylor
. The sentiment is my favourite tape - not dymo.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Runway Inspired meets Case this Sketch

This week Runway Inspired and Case this Sketch are combining their challenges for double the fun!

ETA I'm also entering this in the Fusion Card Challenge

As you can see, I flipped the sketch, although it's a square card, so it could go either way - ha, ha!
I wonder if you can tell - this is actually a mini card. I had this Studio Calico paper and I thought that matched the pattern of the short really well, but I didn't have much - hence the down-sized card.

The stamped and die-cut images are from Simon Says Stamp Flower friend. I chose to go without a sentiment.

Case Study Design Team Call

I can't remember when I first discovered Case Study, but it has always been one of my favourite challenges. Chupa has always had such a wonderful design team, with a great mixture of styles to inspire us. The concept of Casing a Muse is so much fun - I always look forward to finding out who the next next Muse will be and also  guessing which project we will be casing each week.

The other thing about this challenge is that it pushes us to do our best and step outside our comfort zone.

A few designers have recently departed Case Study, so there is a designer call. Chupa has asked applicants to create a craft project inspired by our personal Muse. So here goes... I have cased an amazingly beautiful card by the incredibly talented Jill Foster.

                                                              This is Jill's Card

                                                              And here is my card

I have used Simon Says Flower Friend stamps and dies for the flowers and sentiment.
The coloured panel is watercolour paper. I painted it with gesso and then used gelatos swiped with wet wipes.

 I'm entering this in the Papercrafts Connection April challenge - Get Well - because everyone needs hugs when they're unwell!

I"m also entering this in the Stamplorations April Challenge, because I have used my favourite techniques - watercolour with gelatos and distress inks.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Art Deco Leaves

What a productive day I'm having today! This is my 3rd post in one day and I'm still creating! My Mum is starting to recover from her shingles and told me she is ok on her own today. My DH and DD arrived back yesterday from Nepal trip and I'd already cleaned the house. Scott has gone to work and my daughter is recovering, so I've been having a lovely day crafting!

This card was a result of a bit of stencil play! I am entering it in the Time Out Challenge - which is a 'Birthday Theme with a Masculine Twist'.

The stencil is TCW Balzer Designs Art Deco Leaves and the awesome sentiment is from Papertrey Ink
'Wet Paint'. I used distress inks.
I've missed the deadline for Virginia's View challenge, but I still had fun.

Gorgeous Sketch!

I've been noticing lots of cards around the challenges, using this gorgeous sketch, from Retro Sketch Challenge and so I just had to play along. Only problem was the deadline was getting very close! However, when I scoured through my stash I had an epiphany - Japanese paper! So luckily, with this beautiful, inspirational  paper and sketch, I was able to create very quickly. Here it is ....

I really, really love this sketch! It has so many possibilities!
The sentiment is from WPlus 9.