Friday 31 August 2018

Rockin' birthday

I squeezed in a little crafty time to create a quick card using a NBUS stamp set that came with a stamping magazine and some of my new supplies that I purchased in Athens last week.

I'm linking up my card at:

Allsorts - #482 Music

Seize the Birthday - Birthday card with rainbow topping

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Sunday 26 August 2018

MFT Summer School - days 4 and 5

Another ultra quick post, showing my cards for days 4 and 5 for MFT Summer School.

Day 5 - Ombre

Day 4 - Rainbow

I'm also linking up my ombre card at:

HLS CAS - Die cuts

HLS - Anything goes with dies

MFT Summer school - days 1-3

I've been playing in my craft room this weekend, creating cards for the second session of Summer School at My Favorite Things. The linky is almost closing, so I'll keep this post ultra short.

Day 1 was dedicated to monochromatic designs

Day 2 - Focal point

Day 3 - Visual triangle

I'm also linking up my birthday card at:

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

Pixie's Snippets Playground (I used a snippet of white cardstock 
- left over after die cutting the circles for my Twofer cards -
 as well as a snippet of black cs for my sentiment strip)

HLS Watercolour - Anything goes

Penny Black and More - B for block stamping, 
birthday, bloom, bright and back ;-)

My Friend card is also playing at:

Timeout - #116 Bright

HLS - Anything goes with dies

SSS Wednesday - Food and/or drink

And my Sweet hello card is also playing at:

ATSM - #306 Anything goes

Saturday 25 August 2018

Round and round and round

I've been playing hooky today. After an exhausing day yesterday, flying up and down to Athens to have our passports renewed, I figured I would not get much work done today. So instead of working, I had a play in my craftroom and decided to try and make two cards for the August Twofer challenge, using my set of nesting circle dies (Lifestyle Crafts). After all, one of the perks of being self-employed is that you can choose to work weekends if that is more convenient...

Anyway, I started by running a panel of white Neenah cardstock through my Cuttlebug 6 times, using three sizes of circles.

For my Christmas card, I used a mini blending tool and Iced Spruce DI to add a little shading to the edges of my circles. I stamped the snowman's faces using a small stamp set from a Hunkydory kit that I bought during a sale. Not my usual thing, but I was thinking I could use it to make a batch of cards to donate/sell at the animal wellfare sales that are being organised during the winter season. And I have to say, the stamp set is totally cute, containing loads of stamps to build your own snow people in varying sizes and with varying accessories. After adding some colour to the noses, I assembled my snow people using thin foam tape.

For the background, I masked off the sky area and blended Broken China DOI ink using one of my Clarity brushes. To finish off, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set and added two scarves using a piece of hemp twine I found lying on my craft table.

For my monster card, I used my NBUS Monster Mash set by Lawn Fawn and was thrilled to discover that I could use all of the images (except the tiny solid heart) on my 2x3 circles, the same number I had used on my Christmas card. I stamped the images using black ink and coloured them in using several of the 10 Tombow markers that I bought in Athens yesterday. I heat embossed my sentiment in white onto a panel of black cardstock, before adhering this panel to my white card base and adhering my circles.

I'm playing at:

Twofer Card Challenge - #8 Geometric

I'm also linking up my Christmas card at:

ABC Christmas - P is for Plain

My Monster card is also playing at:

ATSM - #306 Anything goes

Colour Crazy - #34 AG with colouring

Brushos and sunflowers

Hello and welcome! When I read that this month's theme for CAS Watercolour was Sunflowers, I was reminded of a large panel that I created a long time ago when I was playing with my brushos. I had stamped the sunflower image (In Bloom: Anna's Flora, Winnie and Walter) using gesso. After the gesso was dry, I wet my panel using clean water and a large brush and then sprinkled brushos on top. The hardest part is always to be patient and let the brushos and water do its thing. The beauty of using this technique on larger sheets is that you can create more than one card when you're done.

For my first card, I used a die from the Custom panels die set by Avery Elle to cut my panel and adhered it to a cream card base. The sentiment is from the Handwritten Borders set by Simon Says Stamp.

For my second card, I simply cut my panel using my paper trimmer and stamped another sentiment from the SSS set onto my cream card base.

I'm playing at:

CAS Watercolour - Sunflower

Monday 20 August 2018

Christmas wreaths

Hello everyone. I'm popping in with a quick post to show you the two wreath cards that I created yesterday, just in the nick of time for the current challenge at Muse: ChristmasVisions.

I was totally inspired by the following elements of our Christmas muse, Chriss:
- black background
- greenery die cut from a watercoloured background (I used DOIs)
- white heat-embossed sentiment (I used the same Right at Home stamp set that Chriss used)

I used the following dies: 
Crazy double running stitch rectangles by CUTplorations
Joy wreath die - Winterhaven collection by Catherine Pooler

Below is the inspiration card that Chriss created:

I'm also playing at:

ABC Christmas - P is for Plain

HLS Christmas - Anything goes

HLS CAS - Die cuts

Sunday 5 August 2018

Rainbow hearts - take 2

For this card, I used the rainbow outline die cut that I was left with after creating my previous card.
I stacked it onto 2 black die cuts and added it sideways next to my stamped sentiment (Like your style, SSS). I added some black and white striped washi sheet (Lifestyle Crafts) onto my card base before glueing down my panel, and rounded the top right corner.

I'm playing at:

AAA Cards - #120 Somewhere over the rainbow

Just Add Ink - #420 Inspiration photo

Paper Smooches - Anything goes

Aud Sentiments - #209 For the girls + sentiment

Rainbow hearts - take 1

Hello and welcome! I have a clean and simple rainbow card to share today.

I started by creating a striped rainbow panel using the chisel nib of my Copics and then die cut the linked hearts (Paper Smooches) from my panel as well as from black cardstock and inlaid my rainbow pieces into the black outline. The sentiment is from the Birthday Messages set by Simon Says Stamp.

I'm playing at:

AAA Cards - #120 Somewhere over the rainbow

Just Add Ink - #420

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes (no toppings for me)

Paper Smooches - Anything goes