Thursday, 30 October 2014

White Christmas

It's been busy, busy, busy around here, but I managed to squeeze in a card. I had this idea in my head for a few days and it wasn't working out too well, but I just wouldn't let it go! I really annoy myself when this happens, because I know I'd be more productive if I just forgot about it and moved on! So I kept at it and this is the result.

Hero Arts have got a Holiday Card Challenge and one of the themes is 'White Out'. Every year I like to give this a try, because I love White on White.  I've noticed from Pinterest and Google that the best examples have layers and different texture to achieve a good result. The only Christmas HA stamps I  have are this leaf wreath stamp and a Sentiment stamp set.
I white embossed the wreath on vellum and die cut the panels with Lil' Inkers stitched circle dies.  The sentiment is from HA Miracle of the Holiday. I coloured the wooden stag head with silver paint and added some white pearls and silver sequins. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

From the Craft Room Inspiration

I have another quick card for you, which was inspired by the photo in the Altenew October Challenge - From the Craft Room.

To begin, I used an embossing folder and vellum to make the background. 
I've used all three of my Altenew sets to make this card - Magnolias for Her, Label Love and Painted Flowers.
I need more practice with the Painted Flowers - I hope I got it right, but there are bits I haven't used.
As you can see I was inspired by the gold pattern, the colours and the pearls. I would have liked to include something to represent the chocolate but it was getting a bit busy.  I actually have all these items in my stash (except the chocolate), but decided to stamp instead of using embellishments.
I would have used my SSS mint ink pad for one of the flowers, but didn't have a complementary shade - there are a never ending variety of ink pads which are on my wishlist!

White on White Christmas with a touch of colour!

It's a wonderful day for crafting today - we've had lots of electrical storms with lots of rain since early hours of the morning, so I'm happy to stay home and make cards! Of course I could say it's a perfect cleaning day, but why spoil a Monday!

This card is for the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge - White Out category an d also for the Festive Friday  Card Challenge

I coloured one of my favourite Hero Arts bird stamps with Copic Markers , embossed the background with a WeR Memory Keepers embossing folder, die cut a tag and cut some holly, to add a Christmas touch. The sentiment is from HA Miracle of the Holiday - I masked off part of the sentiment.

Happy Birthday Dear Shirley!

It's a Surprise birthday Linky Party for Shirley Bampton of Shirley -Bees Stamping Stuff today, organised by the lovely Maria Fischer of Reisling Mama. If you know Shirley and want to link up a card, go to maria's blog.

First up, the card.

I know Shirley loves this gorgeous Dina Wakely bird stamp and she also loves a splatter or two. I'm a bit challenged by texture paste, but I hope it adds to the artsy feel i was trying to achieve.

Shirley and I were lucky enough to meet a couple of years ago, when she was visiting her
Sons who live in melbourne. Since that time, I have watched Shirley's creations get better and better and develop her own style and a huge following. She is on quite a few design teams, including the Mixed Media Card challenge with me and she has even designed her own stamps branded the 'Bees Knees' which you can buy through Stamplorations.

Shirley is very supportive and always leaves encouraging comments - thank you for bee-ing a wonderful bloggy pal! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a fabulous year ahead!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Multi- Colour Stamping

Hi there! Have you seen the challenge over at Crafter Stamper Take it , Make it challenge
" The multicoloured stamping technique!
This old school, much loved technique is simple but oh so effective! Just colour your stamp with more than one shade before stamping with it, and  the resulting image will be a multicoloured delight! Use ink pads, markers or even paint to colour the stamp, and then simply stamp away!"
Well it just so happens that this is one of my favourite techniques and they're right, it's so easy and the results can be magical! I am planning to make quite a lot of Christmas cards with this technique.

The Christmas Tree Stamp is from Merory Box and I am totally smitten with it! I used Distress Marker (Pine Needles, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord and, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo) and stamped on Fabriano watercolour paper. The sentiment  was made with a die from WPLUS9. I matted it with dark blue card and mounted on Kraft. My new find is the Heidi Swapp white color shine spray - I can't stop myself spraying everything!!! I mixed the white spray and some dusty concord ink and splattered it on the card.

The challenge at the Simon Wednesday Challenge is to use Kraft cardstock, so this card should fit the bill. Simon Monday Challenge is Anything Goes
 so I shall also enter their challenge.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Runway Christmas

Hello again! Today I have made a card for the Runway Inspired Challenge. The photo inspiration is quite unique and  of course it just cries out for a Christmas card!

I used a wooden embellishment as a mask and spritzed the black card with white colour shine (it looks silver I know). I thought the triangle embossed background looked a bit like Christmas trees.
I had trouble getting a photo - too sunny outside and not enough light inside - I think I will make a light box next year.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there! I always get a little bit edgy at this time of year,  because once the final school term begins, it feels like time is accelerating! Does anyone else feel like that? One minute I'm thinking christmas is 21/2 months away and the next thing the school year has ended and the christmas countdown is on! This year it will be even more rushed because we leave for a 6 weeks overseas trip on 14 December.
So I think I may have to cut back on my crafting and start making lists and getting organised!

I do have a card to share today though for the Mixed Media Card challenge. There is still time to join in with this month's challenge - the theme is Vintage with the optional element being a *key*.
I went retro vintage this time.

I tried something a little bit different with this tag. I made a stencil with lots of keys on the Silhouette.
These are the steps I took :-
1. Use paint through the stencil (let it dry)
2. Stamp the Hero Arts Friends background text through stencil (dried with heat gun)
3. Swiped Versamark ink through stencil and heat embossed.
4. Sprayed tag with Heidi Swapp gold glimmer mist (wiped the embossed area with a wipe)
5. Stamped sentiment from Winnie & Walter
6. Embossed the base card and added bow and flower brad and key and put it all together.

There is more inspiration to be seen from the Design Team  at the Mixed Media Card Challenge and you have until 25 October to enter.