Friday, April 18, 2014

KIS Bright Spark...

Hope you have a relaxing Easter, we'll be having a short internet-free break away with friends :)

I hope you have time to play along with this fortnights KIS Challenge! It's my turn to choose the theme and I chose Bright Spark - create something bright and/or sparkly. I have focused on bright, using Momento Luxe Inks in Dandelion, Morocco and Rose Bud to stamp these gorgeous brush strokes from Paper Smooches Positive Strokes, together with these cute masked and pop dotted Mama Elephant Pandamonium pandas. The sentiment from Paper Smooches Giddy Bug was stamped over the top in Momento Tuxedo Black, and a few coloured sequins for a bit of added sparkle (thanks Cecilia!)

I hope you are inspired and take a look at the rest of the 
cards from the fabulous Keep It Simple DT.
Hope you get a chance to play along - can't wait to see what you create!

Playing along with Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect Challenge too.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Going Green...

Catered Crop Think Green is celebrating the forthcoming Earth Day on April 22 (and USA National Arbor Day on April 25), a perfect time to Think Green. Just make a project that includes the color green and come join the party, and, of course, be sure to recycle your scraps!

I created my mixed media piece completely from scraps or recycled materials. I started by recycling a page from an old book, covering with Gesso, then applying Gelatos in blues and grey, blended together with a baby wipe. I used the Crafter's Workshop Mini Clouds stencil and using a baby wipe, removed the Gelatos from within the clouds, then filled three of the clouds with texture paste for some added dimension.

Using the Lil Inkers Leaves background die, I cut a few of my green scrap papers into leaf shapes, and layered these around the edges to create a frame, these were adhered using mixed-media paste. The Memory Box Woodland Branch, Poppystamps Serene Bird and Lawn Fawn letters were also cut from scrap papers. The Verve Words of Wisdom sentiment was stamped - and I discovered that the Momento Tuxedo Black doesn't dry as fast when stamped over Gesso! But hey, like it says:

"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful"

Playing along with Virginia's View Stencilled Challenge too!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A-very New Watercolour Technique...

With watercolour so "in" at the moment, I thought I'd have a bit of an experiment using Gelatos, clear embossing and black ink. Using watercolour paper, I created the base layer of my panel by scribbling Gelatos in pink/red/orange/light orange/yellow, then diluting and blending these colours with water and a paintbrush.  Once this layer was thoroughly dried, I stamped these gorgeous Avery Elle scallops in Versamark Watermark and American Crafts Zing clear embossing powder, and heat set. Lastly I used my Momento Ink Tuxedo Black and Momento Luxe Tuxedo Black to soak into the watercolour paper in the areas not heat embossed, wiping off the excess ink with a baby wipe. I mounted the watercolour panel onto black cardstock, before pop-dotting onto the black front panel. I love the contrast between the glossy coloured surface and the matt black. After a few unsatisfoctory attempts at adding a sentiment, I decided I prefer this card without one ;)

Playing along with Avery Elle Water Color Challenge

A-very Watercolour Background..

I couldn't resist playing with Gelatos as watercolours one more time for the current Avery Elle Water Color ChallengeA Blog Named Hero Build a Background Challenge and Just Us Girls Watercolour Background Challenge. I created two watercolour background panels - the larger graduating from purple through blues to metallic green, and the second from dark orange through to yellow - and stamped and fussy cut the scene and sentiment using Avery Elle Home Sweet Home and Happy Camper.  Lastly I added Distressed Glitter Clear Rock Candy to add a little sparkle.

Hope you're getting plenty of crafty time this weekend!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Easter with Stencils...

Created the background of these two Easter cards using this gorgeous Studio Calico mask and Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry for the bunny card and Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass for the sheep card. As a rule, I like to stamp my baby cards and Easter cards in brown rather than black inks, and this is no exception - stamped in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe using Hero Arts Happy Day Animals, and the sentiment combines Happy Day Animals and Lawn Fawn Happy Easter. The papers are from Lily Bee Designs.

and don't forget you still have time to play along with Keep It Simple Stencil Challenge too!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Love FUSION...

How will you be inspired this fortnight? When we went away, we were each lucky enough to receive a fabulous bag of goodies from the gorgeous Joy. As I was working on this FUSION Challenge, how could I not incorporate these stunning flowers onto my card? I paired them with these die cut rose leaves, Simon Says Stamp Hugs and Kisses, and Love sentiment, die cut twice and offset to create shadowed letters. Following the sketch, I inset the negative die cut Lil Inkers Stitched Oval with the flowers and petals, and used the hugs and kisses die cut as the ribbon strip.

How to join in the fun...
1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

Here are some fabulous cards by our design team showing you how it works!
Anya Schrier - Betty J - Cathy Weber - Dannielle Robeson - Deepti
Jeanne Jachna - Julia Aston - Katie Brooks - Kelly Griglione
Kimberly Wiener - Lynn Mangan - Michelle Folland - Michelle Lupton - Sindhu

WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks! We each will choose one favourite! The winners will be announced at 4am (PST) in two weeks!! Please check the linky for the days left to play with us!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A-very Beautiful Life...

I have been wanting to get back into scrapbooking for ages, and as I'm working a short week this week, thought this was the perfect opportunity to combine Sketchabilities Sketch Challenge, Frosted Designs Clear or Sheer Challenge and Avery Elle's Water Colour Challenge.

Pink Paislee Color Wash pad is a great base for Avery Elle's Water Colour Challenge. This gorgeous Avery Elle Petal and Stems flower was stamped on Color Wash paper in Versamark Watermark and clear embossed. These cool Avery Elle Petal and Stems leaves were die cut from a variety of papers from Studio Calico and Pink Paislee, together with coloured vellum, another sheer element. The Avery Elle Simply Tags die cut tag, word strips, Life sentiment and pink scallops were cut from Pink Paislee Color Wash papers, while the wooden scallops were cut from American Crafts paper.  The paper layers were all adhered in place before stamping this beautiful Avery Elle Love Notes sentiment in Wet Cement Hero Arts ink and little Avery Elle Love Notes hearts randomly stamped in Spun Sugar Distress Ink. The final sheer element, sequins from my stash and the Studio Calico wood veneer butterfly (playing along with Little Red Wagon's Wood Veneer Challenge) were adhered last.