Saturday, August 22, 2015

happy birthday

Thought I would do a quick birthday card for the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It is their 200th celebration and the sketch is super easy to follow.
 I have used the lovely stamps from Hero Arts - let love grow which is a set of layering stamps, so you stamp the base flower and then with various coloured stamps you stamp the flower highlights.  To add a little zing to the flowers I added a little glitter to the yellow flowers for the Shine challenge over at Southern Girls.
Here is my card ...
 and a close up of the glitter ...
Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend.

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!