Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Cure for the Monday Blues #15

Hi Everyone,
Super quick post because I am heading off across the Tasman to New Zealand tomorrow morning…So I need to make this reallly quick. Haven't packed a thing yet…
I so LOOOOOOVVVEEEDDD the inspiration photo for this weeks CFTMB challenge (not that I DON'T like any of them, they are all fabulous) but this one had gold!!!!!! So I had to play. I know Taheerah understands my love for gold ;)

I just love the colours here…and all that glinting gold just set my heart a flutter.
So here is my take on it! 

I was inspired by the blocks of colour in the cups and in the stripes going across the table….but I just wanted to see LOTS of colour, and so went for this colour-blocked look. I then heat embossed the flower spray and sentiment rom PTIs Mini Blooms stamp set. The card looks super in real life!

PS- I apologise for the super busy patterned paper in the BG…I was in such a hurry and the plain and simple one I chose before had so much white it threw all my colours off! So I had to change it last minute. Please try and look past it. Hhaha!!

Hope you likey!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Virginia's View #2

Hello all! I am once again entering the wonderful Virgia's View Challenge, and this month the theme is stencils. Now, I had yet to jump on the whole stencils bandwagon, but now that I am on… I am really enjoying the ride!

Here are a batch of freshly-squeezed cards I created last night while the littley was asleep (for her first leg of night sleep anyway…yes, she's two and still wakes for cuddles!!!) I managed to do the front panels by ink blending some distress inks over this hexagon stencil by TCW. Took about half an hour. *Cue: baby whining> resettle> sneaky exit from nursery> wait by the door just to make sure…..mad dash back to the crafty lair to finish these cards and put them on their bases.

*sigh* Happy place!

This is gonna be a short and sweet one as it's 10pm and the hubby is back from work after a harrowing day of end-of-quarter reporting. Gotta squeeze in that quality time  :)

Hope you likey!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A cure for the Monday Blues #11

Hi All,
Yes, it has been ages since my last post…but I have been busy with some study, and now that the course is over- i have some breathing space again. So, I am finally taking part in the CFMB challenge again!
Taheerah provided us with this awesome piece of inspiration:

And here is my take on the challenge

Okay, so this card took many journeys to get to where it is now… It's largely made by a lot of masking with washi tape and ink-blended with distress inks (I just got my first set of distress inks this weekend at a craft show- how did I not get into those babies earlier, I do NOT know..But I love them!).

So my biggest inspiration from this pic was the blue wall with the colourful pink and yellow frames, and so thats the look I was going for. I wanted to mask off a grid with washi tape and then fill in the resulting squares with yellows and pinks, and then, I would peel off the washi and do some more masking to fill in the spaces in blue, leaving the centre section white for my sentiment.

Two problems resulted:
a) The washi tape was more sticky than I had imagined, and I wasn't as patient as I hoped, and therefore…well I dunno if you can see it in this pic, but there are layers of paper ripped off in the sections that I masked off with washi…Luckily there are two sides to every piece of cardstock ;)

And so, second time around, I took some of the tack off the washi and tried again. Success! 
Except I realised I didn't think about what sentiment I wanted to go in the space. I had planned for the card to be portrait….but now I had finally deicded that I wanted the sentiment to be this new Stampin Up! 'You make me Happy' number, and it wouldn't fit vertically, so I had to turn the card landscape to make it fit. No biggie…Until I went and smudged everything everywhere

So *then* decided to stamp the sentiment again and mat it on a panel which I stamped with a diagonal detail stamp. And so here is the card again, just incase you're still reading and following the story…

I very rarely know exactly what I want a card to look like before I start making it…but this time I did. Has it turned out exactly the way I had envisioned? Not exactly, but I sure learned a lot from trying this out. And its very bright and cheerful, and I'm sure it will brighten someone's day when the time comes

Hope you likey!