Thursday, July 30, 2015

dr. note required

It has been 3 months since I have posted on my blog, that is not to say I haven't made any cards ... just not cards based on challenge blogs!
Lately I have been playing around with texture paste and I have to admit that I do like how it comes out.  I have been seeing alot of texture paste in scrapbooking and mixed media and I wondered if it would work with clean and simple cards ... I think it looks good using stencils and even by itself with minimal fuss to highlight it (the way it is used in mixed media is not my style!).
Todays card I have used it with a stencil and kept it in its' natural white colour form (I have coloured it with ink and it looks great!).
I have followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #197
 I would also like to enter it in The Southern Girls challenge of anything goes and Papertake Weekly Challenges - take your pick (and I choose a colour theme of green and blue).  Here is my card
and a close up of the texture paste
materials used:  Bazzill limeade, American Crafts cascade, smooth cardstock; Tim Holtz bird crazy stamp, The Alley Way Stamps gotta bug? (title); Versafine onyx black ink; Kaisercraft Geo Quarters stencil; Tim Holtz texture paste; Prismacolor pencils.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Birthday & Stuff

Okay my last card for today this time it is a bright and colourful card using a range of border stamps from Sassafras Lass
 basically I stamped various borders with different coloured inks diagonally and cut out a window, backed it with yellow paper and stamped the title with silver ink and embossing powder (something I haven't used in years!!!)
I followed the sketch from Feeling Sketchy 
materials used - smooth white cardstock, Kaisercraft splice cardstock; Simple Stories DIY Boutique papers and chipboard stickers; Sassafras Lass border stamps, Taylored Expressions big bold birthdays stamp set; Versa Color inks - cyan, marigold, opera pink, raspberry and lime, Versa Fine onyx black ink, Encore silver ink; Silver embossing powder, Silver foil; yellow satin trim; Memory box wild feathers die.
Thanks for looking.

hello I love you to bits!

Still playing with my Tim Holtz texture place and I used my Kaisercraft grid stamp to add a little pattern to my texture paste!  Here is my card ...
 and a close up ...
 I followed the sketch from The Pink Elephant challenge blog ...
I would also like to enter this card for the anything goes challenge over at Party Time Tuesday.
I forgot that Mothers Day is coming up in Australia and NZ and I that I ought to get a move on and make one and post it off to my mother!
materials used - Co're Dinations rouge cardstock, Archers watercolor paper; Simple Stories 'I am' papers, enamel dots and bits and pieces; Kaisercraft grid texture stamp; Tim Holtz texture paste; charcoal twine; Memory Box dies - meadow bird and wild feathers, Poppy Stamps fancy hello die; Cosmo Cricket bright tiny text stickers; Francheville enamel dots.

Thanks for looking.


I am into silver and gold foiling at the moment and simply love to use one or the other on my cards lately.  I particularly love die cutting a word in foil as well as simple strips as a highlight.
Here is a clean and simple card I made ...
I followed the sketch from Retro Sketches # 160
 I used Paper Smooches design motifs stamp set for my colourful barcodes!  I would also like to enter it for Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge - anything goes
and also for the Southern Girls - words.  Have a great weekend and thanks for looking.

Simply Wonderful

Wow there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day anymore!  I am spending less and less time in my craftroom lately and I miss it!  So this afternoon I decided that I would make some cards regardless!
My first card is my first play with texture paste.  I have seen this on scrapbooking pages and a few cards - however most are using stencils and I don't have any so I wondered if I could use stamps to create a little texture.  Knowing that the paste, when dry, goes hard so I thought as soon as I have stamped the background on the paste I should wash the stamp to remove the paste!  I also found that spraying the stamp lightly with water enables the stamp to come away from the paste better.  I also used an acrylic stamp - then I could wash it under running water. Here is the result ...
 and a close up ...
 I have based my card on the following sketch from CAS(E) this sketch #120
I would also like to submit it for the challenge at Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple.
materials - Co're Dinations rouge cardstock, smooth white cardstock, Arches watercolor paper; Grant Archival Grace Taylor butterfly stamp, Kaisercraft grid texture stamp; Staz On jet black ink; Versa fine onyx black ink; Watercolour pencils; Aqua brush; Francheville enamel dots; natural cord.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You're how old?!

Hi there, I was so excited when I managed to secure the crazy birds set of stamps from Tim Holtz ... I say this because they are as rare as 'birds teeth' here in Australia!  Whenever I had a look they were always sold out but alas I got the last one in one of the online shops I shop at and was jumping for joy when they came in the post.
I am not a big fan of Tim Holtz stamps but I saw this set and fell in love with the birds - they are super funny and quirky.
Here is my clean and simple card ...

 I followed this weeks sketch from CAS(E) this sketch #116 
materials used - smooth white cardstock; Tim Holtz crazy birds stamps, Stampendous typwriter alphabet stamps; Staz On black ink; Prismacolor pencils; Francheville yellow enamel dots; black fine tip pen.
thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

'Hatty' Birthday

Hello, hope yorle having a great weekend so far ... it is pretty cool and miserable here in Melbourne so I spent the morning in the craftroom.  
Since I have just spent the last 5 months in NZ (keeping an eye on my mother!) I hardly got to craft at all and I remember as soon as I got there everyone asked if I had any birthday cards in stock .... ah considering I had previously spent the last 6 months wandering the outback on the push bike I didn't get the chance to craft at all!  So I knew that once I got back to Oz I would start stocking up on birthday cards ... thankfully the pile is getting highter so that should satisfy the family.  
This morning I had a ball and really enjoyed making this card and here is the result ...
 following this weeks sketch from Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge blog ...
 drawing inspiration from this months challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique (so loved the hats on the little cupcakes!)
and also following the challenge at Papertake Weekly Challenge blog - A cut above - a lot of fussy cutting and a little die cutting!
materials used - white cardstock; Kaisercraft sunshine cardstock; Echo Park a perfect summer papers; Paper Smooches stamps - Alphadot, green acres, streamers; Versafine onyx black ink; Paper Smooches wise dies borders 1; Prismacolor pencils.
Thanks for looking.