Saturday, December 23, 2017

Last Christmasy Bits and Bobs - #TGIFC139

In spite of October preparations, I wasn't quite ready for all my Christmas cards to be mailed on time. But ready they were earlier this week. And just when I thought, phew, all done, guess what? Yeap, I realised I need one more card (perfect for this week TGIF challenge).

I needed something fast so I put together this Dapper Denim - Silver combo card. The little snowflakes were not the on the original plan but because I smudged one of the little stars on the blue stock, I had to cover it up somehow. 

These tags are my last Christmasy work. Made with love for a friend and his family. It was a sudden job as these were made for someone whom I wouldn't consider that interested in my crafting. I got a big surprise when I saw his reaction to these. Ask me if that made my day! (A: It did!)

And now for this year remainder, not much is left but to wish everyone a happy holiday season. 
I found an old photo that my dad took, I guess four decades ago (+- odd year), of me and my sister. 

I wanted to include it somehow in my season greetings so I thought of recreating the scene with my boys. They had a blast making faces into baubles.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Small Stamps - Let's Get Hopping, Round #4

Hello from another blog hop. I am sure you enjoyed Jenn Frost's work that was, no doubt. awesome and I hope you find mine as entertaining. I also created a thing or two with small stamp sets that I'd like to share with you.

Small stamps are fun. They are great for making backgrounds. Especially the photopolymer ones. 
I arranged the small stamps from Bookcase Builder on a cardstock and then picked them all up at once with the biggest clear block. You can repeat this again and again until your cardstock fully covered. 

I couldn't do the same with these lids as I used several different colours. The images on the lids had to be stamped individually. It is not as fast as the previous method but it creates great backgrounds nonetheless.

My last project to feature small stamps is a card with a simple message of love. Everything is relative; the actual stamps might be small but they can carry big words.

Thank you for stopping by. Next, enjoy the small stamps take of the talented Cathy Caines.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

December Class

Christmas is around the corner and the last class of the year reflects the spirit. 

The first card is clean and simple. It features a dry embossed snowflake decorated with rhinestones. I was considering using clear glitter on it but it felt it would take the sparkle from the beautiful washi tapes. The cardstock is thick Whisper White raised on a Pool Party base.  

The second project today is more traditional in colours. Garden Green, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler or Basic Black. I used the last season leftover designer series paper. The fold around the card base makes a very nice effect. It's held together with a belt decorated with the Year of Cheer foil flake and a little punched from the Dazzling Diamond paper snowflake.

The third project is a beautiful New Year card. I followed a tutorial of a fellow talented Australian demonstrator, Linda Dalke. This Year of Cheer paper and champagne foil are just a perfect combination, don't you think?

Supplies Highlights

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Heart Happiness - #GDP116

All You Need Is Love

It's Global Project Challenge time for me again. The challenge is CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) the designer. I can take what I like from the design and make it my own.

This is the project to case. 

I liked the central design on the card, straight away. So the layout was something I wanted to work with. 

Pink, hearts nor fussy cutting are really my things but all that just flew into my head when I looked at Janneke's card. 

I tried to make edges underneath the hearts but it didn't create a nice contrast I was hoping for. I think all the hearts make nice edge themselves. I choose not to use any sentiment.

It's another grey, rainy day over here and this card brightened it up. If you need a little cheer right now, I hope my card has the same effect on you as well.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Lovely as a Tree - #TGIFC136 & #GDP115

Time for another challenge or two. I designed this card having TGIF Colour Challenge (create something using very vanilla with cherry cobbler and gold) in mind and then I realised it's a perfect fit for Global Design Project (Christmas Joy) as well.

Because now I am officially behind with my personal Xmas cards production, these challenges came quite handy. The card is simple enough to reproduce quickly. It's always the design that takes forever. 

So, how this one was done?

versamark the tree image, sprinkle it with gold emboss powder and heat it
colour the basic rhinestones with cherry cobbler blend and stick it to the tree
stamp the sentiment in cherry cobbler colour and cut out the words
cut a cherry cobbler strip and decorate it with year of cheer washi tape
stick it to the card, put glue dots underneat the words and arrange as you like

I used these supplies:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Beautiful You - #TGIFC135 - Ombre Technique

I am very excited to take a part in the weekly TGIF Challenge.  

This week is all about the ombre technique. Ombre means the gradual blending of one colour hue to another.

I used Stampin' Up! watercolour pencils and an aqua painter. 
My first colour choice was more in purple/pink shades but it didn't feel right to use the stamp I choose. I needed something warmer, something cosier, something sunnier. Something like the sun, maybe. And you know what? The sun actually came out while I was working on this card. I was nearly late for the school run as I had to take a photo in that lovely afternoon sunlight...

Do you like my project? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Supplies used:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Back To Basics - Let's Get Hopping, Round #3

Hello and welcome! I hope you enjoyed Tracy's post and are ready to see my take on the challenge.

When I read of the theme of this hop, it took me back in time, when I was just starting to stamp. It reminded me of my fantastic demonstrator in America, Erin and her big dining room table. And her monthly Stamp Camps she used to run and all the women that used to sit around that table and made beautiful things. Btw, quite a few I still count as my friends. How is that for Stampin' Up! fellowship?

Many years passed but I still have the technique and idea workbook Erin gave to us. And today I looked through those pages and reminded myself of techniques long forgotten (by me, anyway) and stamps sets from another decade that I loved then and still love enough to keep on my shelf. It filled me with nostalgia and weird sadness too that makes one to pause to reflect and reminisce.

Back to Basics to me means back to the beginning. So today, I am going to share a couple of pages from my old workbook.

Two Steps Stamping, Page #11

I remember how this technique wow-ed me back then. So simple but what an effect! And that wonderful set! I still have it and use it every now and then. 
Since this is a proper blast from the past for me, nearly everything on this car is retired. The flower is stamped with Brilliant and Ballet Blue, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, More Mustard and Apricot Appeal. The sentiment is Baroque Burgundy. Two steps technique is quite easy with photopolymer set as you can see through them. This set is wood mounted and I was rather lucky to line up the images the way I did. Normally I'd use Stampa-ma-jig but this is no-tools challenge.

Shadow Stamping with an Ink Pad, Page #21

It mentions a rolling stamp accessory. To be honest, I don't remember what that is. I used just two pads, Lemon Lime Twist and Pacific Point. This is a very simple basic technique that creates a beautiful effect. Ink your stamp using the lighter pad and then smudge the edges with the darker one. Don't forget to huff on the stamp to moisten the ink before pressing it onto a paper.

Kissing, Page #34

To use this technique you need a bold solid and a background stamps. I've used a bold heart from the new set, called Heart Happiness. The background stamp is the little rose from the same set and so are the little background hearts. The sentiment is from Petal Palette. The colours are Real Red and Blushing Bride. I've stamped the smaller image onto the solid one and pushed onto the cardstock. Very happy with the results.

Do you remember my Two Steps card at the beginning? After I finished this post I decided to make another, stepped up, version of it and sent it to my old demonstrator, Erin. I am not sure if I ever told her what her stampin' evenings meant to me. Never too late to express something like that, right?

Well, this is all from me. Thank you for stopping by. Click on the arrow below to hop over the pond to see Nina McMillan's post. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop.