Monthly Archives: April 2014

All Boy


The paper and stamp for this card are from the Simon Says Stamp May 2014 card kit.  I have based this card on the challenge at CASE STUDY #188, where we get to case this fabulous card:CSC188_zps54a8ebbaI was inspired by the graphic stripes and banner, so that’s what I went with for my card.  I colored in the sneakers and game controller with my copics in “boy” colors and tried to pick up a couple of colors from the papers.case188_2I will also pop this in the card kit gallery over at Simon Says Stamp…

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I love you watts and watts

sssaprilkit_1Yes, I am in a silly mood today. I couldn’t resist doing something a bit kooky and crazy with the April 2014 kit from SImon Says Stamp.  The little bodies are light globes – I turned them upside down to make them more like little pears sitting together.  I added google eyes – check out the his and hers eyes – so fun!!  I then added a bit of stampin’ glitter to my light rays…  I had fun with this and I hope it gives you a laugh!!sssaprilkit_2

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Monday Challenge which is Not so Mellow Yellow, the Keep it Simple challenge which is bright spark and putting it on the april card kit gallery at SSS.Bright Spark # 38Thanks for stopping by : )

CASE study DT call

casedt_1casedt_3The challenge for the DT call at CASE Study is to identify one of your favorite crafters (your “Muse”) and case one of their designs.  I love Laura Bassen from Doublestick Heaven.  I love her clean and colorful style and her blog posts are so funny.  She actually commented on a card I made a couple of months ago and I did a little happy dance…  I almost woke my husband up to tell him my card making idol had commented (but, I didn’t, I let him sleep).  Anyway, here is the card I have used as my inspiration:13155507723_8b70786519_z  Check out Laura’s post HERE to see this card and others…

For my card, I have gone with the embossed background and have used watercolors to get a lined “rainbow” look.  I also took the inspiration for a bold sentiment, so I die cut the happy birthday, layered it twice, then embossed it with Ranger “Black sparkle” embossing powder – this is gorgeous.  I also embossed my pearls with the same embossing powder and have beautiful custom made pearls to match my project (who would have though that would work – I am in crafting heaven, finding that little trick)…  IMG_2505And, here is a close up of the sparkly embossing powder – isn’t it fabulous??

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Hello Pet by Tiddly Inks

MP41_2This is such a cute stamp from Tiddly Inks don’t you think??  I colored her and the dragons with copics.  I used sparkling H20 water colors for the background – they are so shimmery and sparkly.  I tried to capture the sparkle on the camera, but that’s hard to do.MP41_1You might see the shimmer here – just beautiful!!

For the inside of the card I did the other part of the “happy birthday” sentiment.IMG_5556MP41_3

For this card, I took my inspiration from a few challenges.  They layout was from Sketch Saturday.SS-306-2014

The Tiddly Inks challenge was “celebration”, so I’ve gone for a birthday celebration card.

The Marker Pop challenge is “Anything goes”, the Addicted to Stamps challenge is to “Make your Mark”, so you can use markers etc on your project.  I am also entering this in the Kit and Clowder challenge which is something blue – so her dress is blue, the matting and banners are blue and I also colored the “candy” the same color blue to match. Untitled CHALLENGEBLOGCIR kitandclowderbadge badge_new_challenge_every_other_monday

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Umbrella “Inlaid die-cut”

cc8_2My poor little ones were sick last week, so I haven’t been able to get in my craft room for about a week.  Finally they are well and back to school after a the long easter weekend break.  Thankfully the washing machine broke down after they were sick, not during their sickness as that would have been messy and not fun : )    Hopefully that’ll get fixed tomorrow!!

Today I was having a look over the card challenges and found a few I’d like to enter.  The Card Concept challenge was to use an umbrella and the theme at Addicted to CAS is “Far away”.8ATCAS - code word far awayI’ve used an inlaid die cut method here for the umbrella, so this section is not too bulky – I’d say this card is clean and simple, but with a little layering of the mats.  I’ve used the color combo at the The Dynamic Duo challenge which is razzleberry, black and a touch of gold.  I embossed some gold stars falling from the sky and embossed my sentiment in gold which gives it a far away kind of theme, plus the “miss you” sentiment makes me think of my family back in Australia…  I also put a bit of wink of stella at the top of the umbrella so it looks like sprinkle dust from the stars…  a little whimsical…Dynamic Duos Redo 2013-005

This was a fun and cute card to put together and would look great in any color theme (especially rainbow)… Anyway, thanks for stopping by.cc8_1


My first digital page on my blog

Jan1I haven’t done any traditional scrapping for a few years now.  I turned to Digital scrapping because it has been a lot easier to keep up to date (that being said, this is still from about 15 months ago, as I am slightly behind, but that is better than my traditional scrapping as that is about 5-6 years behind)…  I generally do one or two scrap books for each year and have albums from 2006 when Xavier was born.  I use Adobe Photoshop elements to put my pages together and My publisher to publish them and the books are AMAZING!!  They do not have 12″ by 12″ books, so this is 15″ by 11.5″ and I actually really like this size.  The beauty of digital scrapping is that I can fit a lot of photo’s on a page – I am not limited to the 4 by 6 photo size as I can make them as big or as little as I like – LOVE that option.  Anyway, my page layout is based on the sketch at Feeling Sketchy this month.86 LO SKETCHThanks for checking it out…

Birthday Wishes

meapril_1Here is another card for the Mama Elephant April challenge.  meapril_2This was my third attempt at this card and the one I was most happy with.  I was trying to go for a see through look like the glass jars in the photo, so wanted to use vellum.  For this card I used the ME Femme Frames die for the vellum and colored in the back of the vellum with soft copic colors.  I used a white embossing powder for the sentiment and stars and added just a touch of sparkle with some tiny sequins.2104-04Here is the first card I tried. I think it was too bold and the vellum didn’t mute it as much as I wanted.  I used the on-point borders and different ME inks for the background. I also wanted to add a bold blue (like the bauble in the photo), so I did that with my sentiment and stars.  I think there were too many colors and it all just clashed a bit..  But hey, you’ve got to try these things out and occasionally share a “failure”…meapril_5Next up is my second attempt at the card. This time I used the modern borders set and just one ink color – ocean.  Once again I added the bold pop of color like the bauble and I also added some wink of stella glitter around the edge of the design (which reminded me of the sparkles from the salt in the jar).  Ok, this was getting closer and less complicated…meapril_3meapril_4So, that bought me to my third attempt.  I kept refining my design and in the end the one I loved the most, was the simplest.meapril_1Thanks for looking : )


Turquiose Butterfly

fs85_1I have combined a few challenges today to come up with my card.  Firstly I used the sketch at Feeling Sketchy #85.  I used the Falling hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp with the Wendy Vehicci embossing paste.  I used Zing Aqua embossing powder over that to get the colour on my hearts and heat set that.85-2The theme over at Simply Less is More is “Turquoise”download (1)And lastly the theme at The Card Concept is “Butterfly” and my card falls in the “clean and simple” section.994073_10151802869777547_845361623_nI have used the Leanna butterfly die from Simon Says Stamp, cut it from the same color as my card base and put wink of stella over it for a touch of shimmer.  Here are a couple of close ups of that great texture from the embossing paste and my sparkly butterfly!!fs85_2fs85_3

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Mama Elephant Happy Birthday and Watercolors

meapril1_2One of the DT members (Laurel Beard) from Mama Elephant suggested I link up all my card creations to the ME challenge, but I cannot link more than one photo to a link, so I’m just reposting this card in another post – Hope you don’t mind…  This was my play with watercolors – I love how it turned out and just love this mix of distress inks (tumbled glass, peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade).

Oooopppsss, here’s the inspiration photo – forgot to add it earlier!!2104-04


Mama Elephant Cards

meapril1_5I have a few little cards to show you today using Mama Elephant stamps and I have used their inspiration photo from their April challenge.2104-04

With my first card I went for the layered look – these jars all create a bit of layering and dimension, so I have created a little scene on my round card.  I used the cloud border from the landscape trio as a mask and used tumbled glass distress ink to create the clouds.  I used the hill dies from the same set and also die cut these the same shape as my round card.  I inked the back hill in green hills shadow ink just by putting the card stock into the ink pad and smooching it around a little.  I used Mama Elephants Mojito for the front hill, with the same smooching technique : ).  I rock and rolled with ME bubblegum and lollipop inks (which I learn’t in the True Scrap 2014 class today) on my egg.  Coloured in the chick with copics and stamped the hello in ME Ocean ink.  The just hatched stamp set have matching die cuts, so I used those!!   LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this set!!meapril1_6The next card is a shaker card. These seem to be really popular and I love the little one by Laura Bassen in the DT inspiration (shaker cards were also in the True Scrap class today).  I created two here.  meapril2_3The first one I have used the plastic packaging from my stamp sets.  No pop tape, I just stuck these two sheets together.  I liked the glass jar and the soft muted greens and blues in the inspiration photo.  So I used the confetti set to cut out hearts and confetti in a blue, pool and light green color and added a couple of tiny sequins.  My little bear also moves in this one.meapril1_4For my second card, I cut out a circle frame and stamped my “i love you” sentiment in the frame. I used acetate for the window here.  I mounted the frame on pop tape and stamped the panda bear onto my card stock.  The bear doesn’t move, just my hearts and confetti..meapril1_1

And for my last card, I have been loving how Kristina Werner (see HERE) and other crafters have been creating distress watercolor backgrounds for their cards. meapril1_2I used tumbled glass, peacock feather and squeezed lemonade (kind of from the inspiration photo) – lots of water and just had a great  time playing around until I was happy with the splotches of color.  I then used the “Make a Wish” set and white embossed my sentiment.  I tried to use a sparkly embossing powder to start with and that was a disaster, so I went back to white!!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed checking out my cards.  Thanks for stopping by…