Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Online Card Classes- CAS3- Masked frames

When Jennifer McGuire showed us how to do these gorgeous masked frames, I knew I wanted to give it a go. So without further ado here is my card

I used the Fresh Cut Florals stamp set by Wplus9, and a sentiment from Over Under Easy by PTI. I love both of these stamp sets soooo much, and I think that they compliment each other beautifully don't you?

To do this technique, I started out by die cutting a circle out of a post-it note (one that is almost fully covered with adhesive instead of the usual strip at the top.I stuck down the circle and started stamping the flowers all around the circle (inks used: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery(all SU!) and Soft pink (HASI) and lemonade in Adirondack), overlapping the edge of the mask so as to create a defined edge when I peeled the mask off. I also sponged a little Spun Sugar Distress Ink over the edges of the mask to create a halo of pink to help define that masked circle a bit more. When i peeled the mask off I stamped my sentiment in Hero Arts Soft Granite.

And when I adhered the front panel onto my pre cut card base, I realised that lil' Miss 'nearly-two' had done her own little art work on the back while I wasn't looking. I guess I'll just have to send a little explanation to the person I send this to… Hopefully they'll think it's adorable just like I do.

Anyway, hope you likey!


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!- OCC3, inlaid diecuts.

Eversince I saw Heather Campbell's thanks card with the triangles... I knew I was in love- but I don't have triangles, or a thanks die…But then, inspiration struck in the form of Pharrell Williams...

I just love this funky groove. And I had the supplies to make a card which would be a tribute to this "happy' song :)

So here is my card!

I used PTIs tipped tops 'HAPPY' word die and some nested circles I had to create the focal point, and adhered it (crooked!!! yes, I know! I was too excited :(…. will be more composed next time) all onto a black card base. I still love the card- it looks great in real life :)

And as for who this card could go to- well I've left the inside blank, and I could stamp it with a variety of sentiment endings e.g 'for you' or 'it's your birthday' etc. 

Hope it makes you happyyyyyyy!!!


Online Card Classes Day 5&6- Backgrounds

Ok, so I know that I totally missed out on day 3&4, but I WILL catch up sometime this weekend. But today, I am here to share with you a plaid background (thank you Laura Bassen for sharing, and also being funny and entertaining in your videos :) that I created using some stamps that I had in my stash. I didn;t do the ink blending technique as I don't have masking tape….So what did I do?…

Well, i have some build-a-background type stamps like this piano one here- here it is right side up…

And I simply flipped it upside down, like this:

...and used the back of it to stamp a solid stripe! I dug through my stash and found I had a few such stamps that could give me a couple different widths of stripe.

And while I was stamping, I thought- well, why don't I stamp this little piano into one of the stripes and make it a little feature on the card? I have tons of musical friends I could send this to, and they'd be super pleased :)

And just above the piano, I added a Happy Birthday sentiment, and then just hand-wrote the 'to you' bit.

I really hope you likey :)


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Online Card Classes- Days 1&2 (Faux Effects)

I am so excited to be taking an online card class! I've always wanted to, but have been to busy…And now is no exception! HA! In fact, i don't think I have been busier in my LIFE! But I think that's precisely why I signed up. I guess I just needed to structure in something relaxing into my life right now to help me cope with the things that are demanding my attention at the moment. SO here goes…

The first lesson was about faux effects, and there are so many things I want to try but I'll start with this one card I made in which I created a faux metal embellishment.

I'm not sure that I am crazy about this card, because I think I could have found a size of circle die that fit my sentiment better. Like, looking at it, I think I could have chosen a circle slightly smaller than the width of the word 'love' and that would have looked real cool. I will try that soon and upload a pic, and you can tell me what you think. But watch this space for more cards!

Hope you likey!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Watercoloured Project Life Pages

Hello crafty friends :)

We've just had the most ah-may-zing first autumn Saturday in Sydney today, and the hubby, bubby and I went on a little excursion to Cabramatta for some good Vietnamese grub. Then we wandered pretty much all over the whole of Western Sydney, checking out markets and outdoor furniture and only just got home, and it's 5:00pm! Great day!

I really wanted to share with you some of my Project Life cards that I created myself. They're not that elaborate or anything, but they all have a common theme, and that is watercolouring.

I have just been journalling our recent trip overseas to visit family, and I thought I might make the title 4x6 cards watercoloured. I used the same technique that Kristina Werner did here for the background of this card.

So we visited Bangkok, Dubai and Bombay (it's now called Mumbai, but real Bombay-ites still call it Bombay…) and I used colours that I thought reflected each city. Reds, yellows and oranges for the heat of Bangkok in it's climate and food; Blues and Greens for the sea on which Dubai is situated; and pinks and purples for the rich and vibrant colours that follow you wherever you go in India. I also used my PTI Headline alphabet dies to spell out the cities' names and I made a gold spray out of gold gelato and water and sprized each card for some added shimmer. Love the result. So Asia!

Here is my Dubai page. I grew up in Dubai, so we were there for one of my best friends' wedding. Wow- it was such a beautiful experience in every way! She was so happy, he was over the moon, everyone was so happy for them, everyone was seeing everyone else after like, 10-15 years,  there was a DJ…can you just imagine the party that followed??? I mean, we danced non-stop until 3am when the hotel kicked us out. So many good memories. Oh, and the reception venue was at the foot of the Burj-Al-Arab which is the tallest building in the world. You gotta see it to believe it. Majestic!

There are quite a few pics here, so the journalling was just done on another 4x6 card which I watercoloured and added some sequins to. I like how this layout turned out.

Here are the other layouts that I did, very photo heavy, but there's a bit of watercolouring on each journalling card :)

I am entering these layouts in the Virginia's View Watercolour challenge. Go check out the amazing stuff there!

Hope you likey :)


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #1- Watercolour

There's a new challenge out there in blogland. And I'm rising to it :) The theme is watercolour, and y'all know how much I've been loving the watercolours lately. Seriously a beautiful trend.

So here was the inspiration board that Virginia gave us

And here is my take on the card.

I kept it really simple as you can see. I just let the watercolouring do the talking! The flower and leaves were inked up using dye ink, and then were lightly misted before being stamped on this super thick watercolour paper. I LOVE this effect :) It really looks like I did it all with a brush eh? Nup! Stamps :)

I then heat embossed the sentiment in black before adding the bright yellow watercolour wash around the flower. *sigh* I am very much 'in like' if I do say so myself. This card is making me happy.

I thought that the card needed some interest along the bottom edge, so I ripped it and distressed the edge a little before adhering to a Very Vanilla card base. That way I didn't have to add anything that would compete with the focal point.

If you haven't already, you should check out Virginia's View challenge- in her words… "its more than just a challenge blog!" And it is!!! There are videos and all kinds of wonderful inspiration to be taken to help you participate in todays challenge. So go along and do it :)

I hope you likey!


Sunday, 2 March 2014

MIM- Watercolour backgrounds

A really quick post to enter into the PTI Make it Monday which highlighted watercolour backgrounds

Mine is a really simple card using the gooorrrgeous Stitches and Swirls embossed in gold and then inked up using my Dylusions Calypso Teal spray which I then spritzed down with water to achieve this look. I added a super understated sentiment coz the image is just so pretty

Hope you likey

Cure for the Monday Blues #6

Hello everyone,
Today I am entering the 'Cure for the Monday Blues' challenge over at Taheera Atchia's blog. I have been a fan of Taheera's for a while now, so I am super excited and a little nervous at entering today!  Here is the inspiration photo that Taheera provided for us this week

I love the black and white stripes and the beautiful pink flowers! And of course, the gold…. I need a 12 step program for gold.

And here is my take on the inspiration photo:

The colours are not really true here- our weather is not great for photos today.  I used Melon mambo cardstock, heat embossed with some gold dots, some diagonal striped paper from SU!, and some silver glimmer paper which I coloured in with spectrum markers to get the right colour.
I then die cut and stamped some of those epic roses form 'The Sweet Life' by PTI and arranged them along the diagonal edge of the paper…And then stamped the sentiment in the white space between two stripes in Melon Mambo ink.

Hope you likey!