Thursday, 18 August 2016

Carried away

I recently got the Mama Elephant stamp set "Carried Away" in the mail - I combined it with their older "Up and Away" set to make this card"


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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Published!!

I am so excited today - I picked up the latest edition of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft, where I have 5 cards published!
Check them out on pages 38-41.
 And one of them is on the cover!!
So excited!

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Stencil love

I love my stencils.  I especially love it when I find an awesome blend of colours to use over my stencils.
I use the Hero Arts Swirl stencil along with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings. I finished with some enamel dots in colours to match the inks.

I'll be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp for their Work it Wednesday link up.
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/work-it-wednesday-july-2016/

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Masculine sympathy card

I find it difficult to make sympathy cards at the best of times, but making masculine sympathy cards is just that much more difficult.  I think this one is more unisex than masculine, but it's always useful to have sympathy cards in your stash to pull out when needed. 
The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti "Lots to Say", and the bird on a branch stamp is an old one called "Blossom Bird" from Memory Box. I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China Distress Inks blended over some torn paper as a mask.
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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sympathy cards

I hate making sympathy cards when I actually need them. So when a friend asked me this week if she could have a couple of sympathy cards, I made a bunch of them so I would have some if needed (touch wood).
 I used the Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus stamp from Wplus9, along with the Avery Elle With Sympathy set. I decided I liked it enough to make it in a few different colours. I used my MISTI to stamp the flowers and sentiment in Versamark ink, and then carefully added coloured embossing powder to the sentiment (Blush from Zing, Rose Gold from Simon Says Stamp, and Liquid Platinum from Ranger), and Hero Arts white embossing powder to the flowers, then heat setting both. I then coloured the image with Distress markers, and then sprayed the watercolour paper with water to blend the colours, before heat setting.    Most of the card bases are from Hero Arts (except the purple one, with is Stampin' Up cardstock). 



Which colour is your favourite?

I'll be sharing these cards at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge - Fabulous Florals!
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-fabulous-florals/
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

You're so lovely

Playing along with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge - Fabulous Florals!
I used Hero Arts "You're so Lovely" stamps, with Hero Arts white embossing powder, and a few Distress Inks blended over the top.
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-fabulous-florals/
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Flowers and swirls

I've been looking through my stamp stash, and I seriously need to destash!  But this stamp won't be going anywhere - I haven't used it in absolutely AGES, but I still love it! It's a woodblock stamp from Hero Arts called "Flowers and Swirls". (the sentiment is from a set called "say it all".)

 I stamped the flowers and swirls using Hero Arts Intense Black ink, before messily watercolouring the images with Distress Inks (Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron and some Tumbled Glass in the background). I then decided I needed to ground the image, so I swiped some of the Wilted Violet ink along the edge of my card base, then adhered my watercolour panel over the top.  (With a strip of glitter.  Because glitter.) I also added some Wink of Stella. Or course.
 I'll be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp for their Work it Wednesday link up.

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/work-it-wednesday-july-2016/

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Masculine birthday

I made this card for my colleague, Ian - happy birthday, Ian! 
I used the shell image from Hero Arts' "Antique Engravings", and a sentiment from "Many Birthday Messages". I clear embossed the images onto white cardstock, and then painted Distress Inks in blues and greens over the top. I used a couple of very old punches from Stampin' Up to punch out the 1 inch squares and the postage stamp layering paper.  The sentiment is stamped in Intense Black ink from Hero Arts.
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