Monday, October 3, 2016

Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge #2

I made my first Halloween card for Challenge #2 of Angie's Digital Stamps blog

Being in Australia, there's not a real call for exchanging of cards on this occasion as we've only just started with the Trick or Treating; and decorating of the house. (Though this year I will be decorating the entry porch for the neighbourhood kids when they come visiting on the night.)

Using a cute image from Angie called "Daisy May with a Candle", I coloured her with my Copic markers and then placed her on a printed spider's web page design (that I found on the internet) that was coloured with Distress Crayons in Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint and Chipped Sapphire, with a little black thrown in (which in hindsight wasn't a great idea, as it made the colours too muddy and dark). To rectify this, I sprayed the colours with water and then tried to lift off some of the colour. I layered the cobweb paper on top of some frayed muslin and some pewter blue shimmer cardstock.

A circle blended over with some Ripe Persimmon and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, sprayed with water, blotted with paper towel; and then when dry, brushed over with some clear Wink of Stella; became the halo of candle light behind the fussy cut image. To finish I heat embossed the sentiment in silver on black cardstock; and made some little bats that I coated in Wink of Stella as well.

My idea for this card was to have a little girl trying to fend off the "nasties" of the night with a candle.

Anyway, please head over to Angie's blog and share in the fun with a Halloween twist.

Bye for now.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Get Creative Challenge #48

I'm back again with a new challenge for Get Creative Challenges blog. The challenge this time was to use embossing, either heat or dry. I went the full hog and used both. hahahaha!

This challenge was sponsored by Star Stampz and the Winner's Prize is 3 images of the winner's choice. 

For my card I used an embossing folder on some white cardstock, that was then inked over with some distress ink. To finish off, I went berserk with some water sprinkled very liberally over it and then mopped up. I love the way the swirls are really pronounced across the top, but gradually fade to match the background around the girl. I thought this embossing folder sort of looked like wind swirling in the sky.

The image was from Sarah at Star Stampz and is called "Autumn Fall Girl Reading". She was coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut around. The sentiment was heat embossed with white EP. To complete the card, I applied Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush over her hat, pumpkins and cat. The matt is some bronze glimmer cardstock - mmmmmm - yummy!

Anyway, head over to Get Creative and see the lovely designs posted and perhaps join in the fun.

Bye for now.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Colours for Simply Create Too Challenge #117

Welcome back. I'm here today with another challenge from Angie at Simply Create Too. We're midway through this challenge and some of the entries we've received are AMAZZZING! 

My card was based around a die cut tree I designed from an illustration I found on the net. I redrew a lot of it to add peepholes so that the background could show through. I then changed it into a cuttable file for my ScanNCut. I'm amazed by the very fine cuts it was able to achieve.

The background was made using alcohol inks and blending solution on some glossy cardstock. I used Adirondack Lettuce, Rust, Cranberry and Sandal. Once that was dry, I lightly sponged on a little Perfect Medium ink and dusted with some gold Perfect Pearls powder. That's the sheen you can see in the photo. Somehow I never seem to think about Autumn without thinking of gold.

The sentiment was die cut using Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Friend die set from some gold glittered cardstock, that was then layered on matching white die cuts. To finish it, I added some small light green, red, orange and yellow rhinestones.

I saw the idea for this card on someone's blog (sorry I forget who) and then Darnell from did a variation of it on her blog here. 

Be back soon with some more autumnal cards.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Brand new Blog Challenge

I'm here today for the very first blog challenge from Angie's Digital Stamps. Angie, the proud and talented owner of Angie's Digital Stamps, has decided to start showcasing her own designs. Click on the link above to see her designs at her shop on Etsy. Each challenge will run for a month.

The theme for Challenge #1 is "Anything goes" and I chose the pretty butterfly on a toadstool digi stamp.

I coloured this using Copics markers and then die cut the image using the MFT Die-namics Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles. Nothing finishes off a card more than a touch of glitter cardstock, some Spectrum Noir Glitter brush and some Glossy Accents. I also die cut the sentiment from some matt gold cardstock using Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Celebrate cutting die set. Several layers were glued together to form a stacked die cut. It didn't stand out enough though, so I applied Glossy Accents. Super cool! You should see it IRL.

Anyhow, why don't you head on over to Angie's blog and see the great Design Team creations and add a creation of your own for a chance to win digi stamps to own and colour.

Anyway, that's it for now.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Back To School

I'm back with the latest Simply Create Too Challenge #115. Back to School was the theme and it was time for me to play around with my Brother ScanNCut. 
 (front of the card) 

  (inside of the card)

I drew the apple and pencil and then scanned them into Canvas, created files for each layer and then transferred them back to the cutter to be cut out in the various colours. Talk about fun...and I LOVE how good they look. (Doing happy dance here.} I also like that either of my designs could be used as the front of a Back To School card (except, that with the inside layout, I wouldn't hand write my message; and would move the acetate sentiment further down the notebook page.)

The background DP is from an alphabet design page I've hoarded for years (sorry don't know designer) and the notebook page came from a little School Days ADDITIONZ booklet by Junkitz that I picked up on a clearance table somewhere.

If anyone would like a copy of either of the cutting files, just let me know and I'll email them to you. I also created an outline file if you wanted to do the inlaid die cutting technique with it. What I've used on my card is just the background file with the various pieces glued in place on top (except for the sentiment - it was inlaid.)

Pop on over to Simply Create Too Challenge blog to see what others have been creating. 

Bye for now.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Lots of blue

How slack am I?

I forgot to post this Design Team entry for Get Creative Challenges' Challenge #44 - Lots of Blue. OOHMAH!!! (Sorry Angie.) 

My card used a cutie digi from our sponsor Karleigh Sue's Digital Stamps.

My best friend's hubby has his birthday a week after mine, so I thought he'd appreciate this little beauty. I used Copic markers to colour it, which I thought turned out nicely. (I went heavy on her makeup to go with her occupation.  hahaha  ) I used a star background that I designed for my ScanNCut. (If you'd like a copy of the file, let me know in the comments below and I'll email it to you.) It was adhered to some double-sided sheet and then clear glitter sprinkled over the top. Nice sparkle! The main sentiment was die cut from gold foiled cardstock and layered with matching black die cuts.

Unfortunately this challenge has just closed, but you can still pop over and see what great projects everyone made. 

Bye for now.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

A card coloured with Copic Markers

I recently joined the Kit and Clowder fan-base, when I enrolled in the "Skin and Hair" colouring class. (Not that I've had time to start it yet), but I've been having lots of fun "hanging out with Alyce and the gang". I even won a game of Bingo during their last fun weekend. Yay!!! As part of the fun weekend, Alyce organised a discount on a beautiful image by Kuik Ching Chou entitled Floating Pearls. This is my take on it.

I put the red coral across the bottom of the card to tie in with her jewellery, but I'm not sure if it would have been better just to leave it off. Too late now, though!  :)

I coloured her hair in various shades of purples as well as a cream and a light brown. IRL it looks like a rich auburn (the photo doesn't do it justice). Also she looks like she has a rash on her chest, but I was trying to give her some cleavage.  hahahaha!

The background sort of turned out okay. I coloured it with shades of green and blue and then spotted the colourless blender all over it many times. I like the mottled look. I also love the pale green gauze I layered on the matt. It is such a delicate colour and looks a little like fishing net.

Anyway, that's all for now.