Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge # 34 - Child's Play

Hello! Today I am joining in with Taheerah's Cure for the Monday Blues challenge number 34. You can find all the details here .

This week's inspiration photo chosen by Taheerah is a bright and cheerful child's bedroom. I decided to focus on the pink chevron bedding, the zig - zag shape on the white wall, the tiny triangles and the little house at the bottom right of the photo.

I started with a 6" square white card blank, Memento dye inks in Angel Pink and Tuxedo Black, Versamark ink, Papertrey Ink in Melon Berry, Ocean Tides and Fresh Snow, some WOW Sparkling Snow embossing glitter and some Ranger Distress Stickles in Picket Fence. I decided to use the lovely Alpine Christmas stamps and matching dies from Waltzingmouse Stamps, together with their big zig zag background stamp. 

Please click on photo for an enlarged view.

I stamped some of the very small snowflakes directly onto the top of the card blank with Angel Pink ink, then I used the same ink to stamp the zig zag background onto some white card. I used the mountain range die to cut the top of the card panel then stamped the mountains with versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW Sparking Snow embossing powder. I also diecut a house and three snowflakes which were then overstamped. The snowflakes were heat embossed and the windows of the house were coloured in with a yellow Copic Ciao marker pen. I stamped the sentiment in black and added the tiny triangular trees and the smaller houses nestling amongst them. Finally I adhered the panel to the card with foam tape for dimension and added some Picket Fence distress stickles to the mountain ridge, snowflakes and the roofs of the houses.

It's much more sparkly and dimensional in real life, but my photo doesn't do it justice! Thanks for looking.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Papertrey ink Make it Monday challenge # 188: Stamping Ombre Backgrounds

Over at the Papertrey blog Laura Bassen has a video tutorial and a challenge for stamping ombre backgrounds - you can check out all the details and the video here .

I am joining in the challenge today with a tent fold A5 size card, using the Papertrey ink Rustic Snowflakes stamp set for the ombre background and the Shape Up Snowman dies and matching accessories stamps for my focal point.

Please click on the photo for an enlarged view. 

Using the long solid snowflake stamp I stamped the background in eight different colours, overlapping them slightly as I went. I chose (from top to bottom) Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Royal Velvet and True Black inks on white card. I trimmed the panel and layered it onto some mottled grey card before adhering to my card blank. The sentiment (also from the Rustic Snowflakes set) was stamped in black onto a banner cut from the mottled grey card then added to the card with foam tape.

The snowman and accessories were diecut from white card then stamped in coordinating colours. I added a touch of Orange Zest ink for his carrot nose too. His twig arms were diecut from Dark Chocolate card. I used double sided tape to assemble him and stick him to the card base, with some extra foam tape for the top of his hat and his mittens. I drew the "string" holding his mittens with a fine blue marker pen and painted his three buttons with a little Spring Rain ink. 

I'm really happy with how my snowman card turned out - I hope you like it too!


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps November Pajama Party - Challenge 3, Old Pajamas

This is my fourth post today - please scroll down for my two Runway Inspired Challenge posts.

I am back again this evening to join in with the Waltzingmouse November Pajama party. You can find all the details here

The third challenge is to create a card using some of the older Waltzingmouse Stamps. I chose to use the Folk Art Medallion set and the Folk Art Christmas Additions set. I stamped using Memento Gray Flannel dye ink and PTI Pure Poppy Dye ink (second generation stamping).

I layered my background panel onto some Pure Poppy card and a 5" x 7" white tent fold card blank. The sweet deer was stamped in Pure Poppy ink and cut with the matching die. I added a small black pearl for his eye and mounted him to the card using clear foam tape for dimension. The sentiment was stamped in black on a panel cut with the Pretty Panel Two die. I think my deer looks suitably festive!

Thanks for looking,


Waltzingmouse Stamps November Pajama Party - Challenge 1, Scandi Tags

This is my third post today - please scroll down for my two Runway Inspired Challenge posts.

I am back this evening to join in with the Waltzingmouse November Pajama party. You can find all the details here

The first challenge is to create tags with a Scandinavian theme. I decided to make three tags in different colours, all using the Waltzingmouse Nordic Winter stamp set and Fresh Snow pigment ink. 

To each tag I added a white snowflake, which I had cut from the WMS Snowflake Three die and I embellished them with coloured gems in the centres to match the colour of the tags. Finally I added some white textured ribbon and a matching button (fastened with WMS button twine) to each tag. I am really happy with how these turned out - I hope that you like them too!


Runway Inspired Challenge # 71 - In Memory of Oscar de la Renta (part 2)

This is my second post today and is the second part of my entry for the Runway Inspired Challenge in memory of the designer Oscar de la Renta who died recently. You can find all the details on the Runway Inspired Challenge blog here .

I chose the photo below as my inspiration,  as did Taheerah - *Fill Your Paper With The Breathings of Your {Heart}*.

I used the same Wendy Vecchi stamp from the Art Colors Life stamp set as previously, together with the same three Distress ink markers (Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick and Squeezed Lemonade). However this time I coloured the stamp with the markers then spritzed it with a fine mist of water before stamping it onto some Bockingford Watercolour paper. This gave a lovely mottled look to my background, which I then layered onto a panel of green card and a 6" square white card blank. 

The photo below shows the background stamping, which looked really pale and pretty.

I then repeated the process, but this time I wet the Watercolour paper before stamping, which gave a really mottled look. I thought that the green looked a little like the branches of a Christmas tree with red and yellow lights on it, so I used this paper to cut out two tree shapes using Dee's Distinctively Christmas Tree Silhouette and Christmas Tree No 3 dies.

Using a damp paintbrush I added a little more distress ink in places where it was pale, until I had a more even coverage. Here you can see the two trees before I layered them onto my card using clear foam tape for dimension.

Again I stamped the sentiment, from Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Ornaments set in Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink and my card was complete. Two totally different cards using the same stamps and inks, but different techniques! I think that this watercoloured one is my favourite of the two. I hope you like them. Thanks for looking.


Runway Inspired Challenge # 71 - In Memory of Oscar de la Renta (part 1)

This week I decided to play along with the Runway Inspired Challenge in memory of the designer Oscar de la Renta who died recently. You can find all the details on the Runway Inspired Challenge blog here . This time there were a number of inspiration photos to choose from, as each member of the Design Team had selected an item of clothing from the Spring 2015 collection to feature. 

I really liked this dress, which was chosen by Taheerah*Fill Your Paper With The Breathings of Your {Heart}*
Taheerah made a gorgeous card (in fact she made two) - do check out the blog to see her lovely work!

Not to be outdone, I decided to make two cards as well. In actual fact I selected a large background stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Art Colors Life stamp set, together with Distress ink markers (Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick and Squeezed Lemonade) and tried two different techniques. I liked them both, hence the two cards!
Below is the first one, with a trio of layered Christmas trees.

I inked the stamp up using the Distress markers and stamped directly onto a 6" square white card blank.

I also stamped the same image onto a separate piece of white card and used this to die cut my trees with the Dee's Distinctively Christmas Stacker Tree dies. I also cut matching trees from bright green card and layered them all up with double sided tape.

Finally I stamped the sentiment, from Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Ornaments set in Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink. I shall be back soon with my second card. Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Leafy birdhouse card

One of my Aunties had her birthday yesterday and I made her the card below using several products from Imagination Crafts. I started with one of their 6" square pre-printed panels, which had a leafy shadows design in various shades of blue and green. I used masking tape to hold the leaf swirl border stencil in place, then added a thin layer of soft sage stencil paste with a palette knife. I removed the stencil and set the panel aside to dry for a few hours. The stencil paste was quite wet and seemed to leave a residue on the glossy card stock, so I think in future I would probably stick to using normal card instead, which would be more likely to absorb any excess moisture. Once the panel had dried I edged it with a jade coloured Copic marker to cover the white edges and provide a contrast against the white card blank beneath.

The stamped centre panel was made using a set from the Decoupage Stamp range. The centre of the leafy frame had a script background originally, but I decided to cut it out carefully with a craft knife, so that you could see the patterned card beneath. I stamped the main image three times using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, then I coloured them using Copic Ciao markers (G000, G21, BG72 ,BG93, W1, W5, Y000, YG03 and B24). The layers were then carefully cut out and layered up on clear foam pads to add lots of dimension. There was an extra little bird stamp in the set, so I gave her the same treatment and popped her inside the hole of the birdhouse, so that she was looking out at her mate. You can see the 3D effect in the close up photo below.

I used the same stamp set to decorate the inside of the card - the sentiment is also included so it's great value. I really like this stamp set as it reminds me of the pair of blue tits that nest in the box on our shed each year. We love to watch them flying in and out, trying to keep up with feeding their hungry brood!

Finally, I'll leave you with a photo of a single climbing red rose, which I took in our garden yesterday. We have an arbour with climbing roses, which we planted in memory of my Dad and David's parents. Usually the roses only bloom in the summer, but it has been fairly mild here recently. I was still surprised to see this single beautiful bloom in November though! I think that it was very appropriate that it appeared on Remembrance day and I'm sure that it was a sign from my Dad to show that he is watching over us.

Thanks for looking.