Monday, 31 August 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #569

Hello crafty friends! Thanks for stopping by!

I decided it was high time I played along again at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This past week's sketch was just perfect for using some of the elements from my August Love from Lizi kit.

I simply combined 2 of the papers from the paper pad by joining them together before die cutting a panel using my SSS stitched rectangle die. Before adhering the panel to my card base (included in the kit), I wraps to pieces of blue ribbon from the kit around my panel and then finished my design off with a leaf from the ephemera pack and a couple of puffy stickers from the sticker sheet.

Here's the sketch that was the inspiration for my design:

TMS - #569

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Craftyhazelnut's PP challenge - Anything goes with PP

NBUS #17 - Anyting goes with NBUS
I had already used the stamps and sequins from the kit, 
but had not used any of the papers, ephemera or puffy stickers yet

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Ombre birthday shaker

Hello crafty friends. I'm back with a shaker birthday card that I created using an ink-blended panel from my UFO box. It had already been die cut, since I used the letters on this card 2 years ago. So it's about time I used this panel, right?

I turned it into a shaker by adding foam tape around the cut out sentiment, filling it up with sequins from my stash and adhering it to a cream card base. To finish off, I added a butterfly (Uniko) that I die cut from a smooshed snippet of watercolour card (DOI in Fired brick).

I'm playing at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

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

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Sun Twofer

With summer still in full swing here in Crete, I had to create at least one beach card this summer.

For this one, I used my W&N watercolour paints to create my background and used old and NBUS stamp sets and the accompanying dies to create my sun (old Lawn Fawn set) and my umbrella and flamingo swimming band (new Crafter's Companion set). The sentiment is from an old SSS stamp set. I trimmed down my panel and mounted it to my card front.

As always, I was determined to play in this month's Twofer challenge, but I was running out of time fast. Therefore, I made a very quick and CAS second card, turning the sun stamp into artsy sunflowers. I stamped three sunflowers onto my kraft panel and did some very quick colouring using coloured pencils and odourless mineral spirits. I die cut my panel using a SSS stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a dark yellow card base. To create my sentiment strip, I grabbed a yellow Copic marker and a scrap of white cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (Concord & 9th).

So here is a picture of both my cards:

I'm linking up my beach card at:

NBUS #17 - Anything goes with NBUS

SSS Wednesday - Oh so cute

Allsorts - #585/6 Summer fun

Time Out - #168 Photo inspiration
I went with the beach theme and a touch of pink

Art Impressions #289 Tropical treat

And my twofer is playing at:

Twofer Card Challenge - #30 Sun/Moon

And last but not least, my birthday card is playing at:

They are throwing a big celebration party 
this fortnight to celebrate their 500th challenge. 
There's fresh inspiration each day 
and lots of prizes to be won from 
many generous sponsors.

Golden rings for Christmas

Hello crafty friends. I've been having a crafty weekend and created several cards for a couple of challenges. I have also had a busy working day today, which means I need to be quick to post and link up my cards.

This month's CAS Christmas challenge proved a real challenge, until I realised that I had two NBUS dies with intertwining rings. I ended up creating two versions.

For my first card, I used Centura pearl card in rose gold to die cut my ring element as well as a bow from a different die set. For my background, I stamped the scripty sentiment block (from an old Artemia stamp set) twice using DOIs in Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint. Unfortunately, the subtle grey and green don't really show up on the photo. For a softer look I used a panel of vellum to cover up the stamping and adhered my ring/bauble/ornament to the vellum. To adhere teh vellum, I dabbed a little glue behind the bauble. I also added a coppery string, which I extracted from a piece of baker's twine. To finish off I adhered a few gem stones from my stash.

For my second card, I die cut the rings and bow from two shades of yellow gold and used peel-off strips from a previous Love from Lizi kit to create the stripes and string for the bauble/ornament. I finished things off with a few gold sequins.

I'm linking up my first card at:

CAS Christmas - Twelve days of Christmas

NBUS #17 - Anything goes with NBUS

Crimbo Crackers - #213 Anything Christmas goes

CHNC - #504 Anything Christmas goes

Monday, 17 August 2020

Floral borders - Love from Lizi August kit

Hello crafty friends. My August Love from Lizi card kit arrived a few days ago and I was eager to ink up the small floral stamps. I intended to create a wreath but changed my mind after seeing the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

I simply added a strip of Scott removable tape across my card panel and then stamped my borders using several stamps from the stamp set in the kit and Catherine Pooler inks. I decided to create two versions to accommodate some of the fabulous scripty sentiments from the stamp set, so I created one card with a slanted border and one with a horizontal border. After I was happy with my stamped borders, I removed the tape and stamped the sentiments using black Versafine ink and my MISTI. To finish up, I trimmed my panels down, adhered them to my card bases and added a sprinkle of sequins from the kit.

For this first card, I followed the FMS sketch.

For my second card, I created a horizontal border towards the bottom of my panel.

I'm linking up my first card at:

Penny Black and More - Say it with flowers

NBUS - #17

UNIKO - #60 In my garden

Shopping Our Stash - #426 KISS (Keeping It Simple Sister)

Saturday, 15 August 2020

July Love from Lizi kit - 5 cards

Hello crafty friends. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I have been having fun with the July Love from Lizi card kit, to which I am subscribing. It's always a surprise to see what is included. I'm often struggling to use the papers, since lots of layers are not my thing. However, this particular kit spoke to me because of the beautiful colours and floral designs of the papers, as well as the floral-themed stamp set. I even ordered the add-on 8x6 paper pad ... and used it!

So here are the first 5 cards that I created.

For my first card, I fussy cut one of the floral borders from the 12x12 sheet that was included in the kit. The border did not need much dressing up, except for some simple ink blending (Speckled Egg DOI), a green glittery peel-off strip from the kit and a stamped sentiment from a NBUS Pinkfresh Studio set that came with a UK crafting magazine.

SSS Wednesday - Midsummer blues
Shopping Our Stash - #426 KISS (Keeping It Simple Sister)
Aud Sentiments - #257 Anything goes + a sentiment

NBUS #17 
Both the card kit and the Pinkfresh stamp set are NBUS

My second card features 3 letter box images that I fussy cut from the 12x12 cut-apart sheet from the kit. The background paper is from the add-on 6x8 paper pad. The sentiment stamp and pink card base came in the kit. 

This card will probably go to Georgia, a sweet young lady at the local courier's office. She is always asking what is in those boxes that I receive every month.


The cut-apart sheet contained several floral clusters in addition to a huge number of single images. I have been fussy cutting quite a few of these images while relaxing out on the terrace. It's a very sturdy paper, so I had no problem foam-mounting it onto an (equally sturdy) quarter sheet from the 8x6 paper pad. A stamped sentiment and a few sequins from the sequin mix from the kit were all I needed to finish my design.

I was determined to do some colouring using the floral arrangement stamps. I stamped each of the images onto the smooth side of my Arteza watercolour card and coloured the images using Inktense pencils and a water brush. I die cut both panels using the same die from my stash (Catherine Pooler) and matted them with papers from the kit. I used cream cardstock from my stash to match the colour of the Arteza watercolour card.

I finished off the first of these with a sentiment and an mdf butterfly from the kit. I also added some streaks of clear Nuvo Christal Drops (included in the kit) to the water in my vases.

Penny Black and More - Say it with flowers
Colour Crazy - wk31 Anything goes colouring

For the second card, I decided to move my watercoloured panel to the lower right-hand corner and finished off with a sentiment from a sentiment stamp set by Simon Says Stamp as well as another butterfly from the kit.