Friday, 28 August 2015

Vintage Flowers

Hello there. I have a quick post today to share a card I made for fun. I wanted to try out Altenew's new inks and I hadn't yet used their Vintage Flower stamps - this is the result ...

I found the pink bloom much easier to stamp. The yellow/orange inks didn't  look so good at first, but it's amazing how after a while the ink settles in and they seem to almost blend. I used M.I.S.T.I. to stamp this and I must say I'm in love with this tool!
I wanted the card to look 'vintage-y' (is that a word?) , so I added the ornate corners from Kaisercraft and the sentiment from Wplus9.
I'm entering this card in the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - the theme is masking.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Another Mixed Media Butterfly

Hi there. It's a glorious sunny day in Melbourne and Spring is in the air after a long cold winter, so I thought I'd share a Spring-like card today.

This is also a reminder for the Mixed Media Card Challenge - you still have a few days to enter the challenge. This month the theme is ** Butterflies **, with the option to include gold in your card.

To begin I embossed the panel and then stamped the background, masking off the edges. Then I added a few splatters of ink.
I decided to use some of my beautiful Japanese paper for the die-cut butterfly and some gold cord knotted for the butterfly's body. The leaves have some shimmer added with Wink of Stellar.

You should pop over to the Mixed Card Card Challenge to get more inspiration from the team and you have until 25 August to enter the challenge here

Friday, 14 August 2015

Playing with the Damsel of Distressed Cards

Well hello there friends! I've been missing again, but today I'm so excited to be back with a very special post.

One of my all time favourite blogs to visit is The Damsel of Distressed Cards - the creation of Becca Cruger. Becca's cards are always so bright, artsy and totally amazing and reading her posts never fails to put a smile on my face! Not only that, but Becca is so supportive and leaves the best comments on other people's blogs!

Bec has a great post once a month called Featured Friday in which she highlights another crafty blogger who is a huge inspiration to her. Well imagine my surprise when I got a message from her asking if I would be the featured blogger this month!  I really mean it, when I say I'm honoured, because she has featured some incredibly talented crafters!

Anyhow, as part of the feature, Becca has chosen one of mty card's to CASE and I have also CASEd it. Here is the original and the new card.

I have chosen to make my card more CAS, by having a white panel, but adding some texture with the dry embossing.
I used distress markers, applied directly to the stamp, spritzed with a little bit of water and then stamped. When they were dry, I fussy cut them. I love using vellum in this way, because it looks so 'dreamy'.
I used the same colours to dye the seam binding, which ties in with the original card.
I thought the stripes suited the CAS look.

Well I'd like to give a huge thanks to the gorgeous Becca for the shout out - it really has inspired me to get back in to card-making after a very long time without my crafty Mojo!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hey there! Yes it's a new month and that means a new challenge has started over at the Mixed Media Card challenge and this should be a favourite, because the theme is *Butterflies* and the optional element is *Gold*!

Here is my card - I have taken a very Artsy approach, because I wanted to try out my new Zig Gasai Tambai watercolours - they are soooo beautiful!

I swooshed some water on the watercolour paper and then added the colours and let them blend a little.
When it was dry, I stamped the Stampers Annonymous butterfly in black and heat embossed.
Then I masked the butterfly and stamped the background images and gold embossed.
I added some splatter with the paints and some acrylic gold ink, letting it drip.
I hope you like it and if you would like to join in, you can enter the challenge here.
There is lots more inspiration from the design team.