Sunday, 29 May 2016

Swirly Birds - Boat Birthday

I have been having lots of fun using the swirls from this set but I hadn't made use of the other stamps from this set, so I turned to Pinterest and found this really cute boat card. I found my inspiration from Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek. Cased it almost completely, changing only the sentiment and placement.  I used Dapper Denim, Mint Macaroon, So Saffron, and Real Red inks. I stamped the sentiment, sun and water onto thick Whisper White cardstock base. On a scrap of white I stamped the combination of stamps to make the boat and then fussy cut it out and addhered it with a Stampin' Dimensional.

I could see this design teamed with Number of Years to make a lovely 1st Birthday card or even a baby card.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Swirly Birds in Black and White

Such a simple easy card to make. My advise here is simply randomly stamp the swirls. Don't do too much thinking here, stamp away.  When we try to match the exact stamping, we are never happy!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Swirly Birds and Emboss Resist

I had all my inks and watercolour things out from making the previous card and I thought that I would try some emboss resist as well.  Here's how it turned out.
I stamped with Versa Mark and dry embossed with white embossing powder.  I then sponged with Tip Top Taupe over the swirls and a little around the edges. I was thinking of the pattern on my doona cover - swirly flowers with white spaces roughly washed in. I took my aqua painter and roughly filled the white gaps with Mint Macaroon. Dried it off and wasn't happy so I added more mint to soften. Dried it off again and assembled it.  The base uses Mint Macaroon.  The decorative layer was mounted on Tip Top Taupe. Wasn't happy, so I got out ribbon, lace and Pearl Basic Jewels. Tried to make it soft and feminine.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Swirly Bird Bundle Happy Birthday

Simply love this card! I love the colour combination of Mint Macaroon, Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe and Early Espresso. Wasn't sure how it was going to turn out when making the decorative paper. My intention was to wash swirls of Lost Lagoon onto watercolour paper with an aqua painter and to fill the white gaps with the Mint and Taupe. If you try this remember to dry off after applying different inks or it could end up with a murky puddle. When it was completely dry I stamped the swirly stamp with Early Espresso over the Lost Lagoon swirls and the smaller swirls stamp into the gaps. Assemble the card as seen. The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes. The swirl was cut from Early Espresso and decorated with Lost Lagoon ribbon.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and Faux Embossing.

All you need to do for Faux Embossing in this card is to repeat cut lots of swirls using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Die from Emerald Envy cardstock. Adhere cut die shapes to co-ordinating card leaving as little gaps as possible.
After assembling my card I was not too happy with the result.  I thought the sentiment from Tiny Teeny Sentiments was too tiny and I had to add some bling to give it a lift.  That's when I added the sequins. One other idea I had was to have matted the faux layer with Silver Foil or Silver Glimmer Paper but I didn't have the heart to pull it apart. I also thought that the die cuts would have looked great adhered to the silver backgrounds.  It would them make a great wedding card. I will store that thought away for a future project!

Emerald Envy Butterfly Card with Ruched Ribbon

This is the card that I sent out with my catalogue mailout featuring the new In-Colours.  I have choosen to share the card using Emerald Envy and the gorgeous co-ordinating ruched ribbon. Love this ribbon, so easy to work with. Don't need to worry about fraying or creasing. Yippee!
The layout is simple -Whisper White card layer with a tied panel of ribbon.  The butterfly stamp is not new but has carried over in the new catalogue, Garden in Bloom.  The sentiment 'For You' is from Perfectly Wrapped and is a new stamp set.

Swirly Birds Bundle - Swirly Rose Card with Ruched Ribbon

This card features all new product except for the watercolour paper, a scrap of Whisper White and glue used! The sentiment is from Perfectly Wrapped stamp set. The card background was washed with Dapper Denim using an Aqua Painter. The splatter stamp from Swirly Birds  and sentiment were stamped in Dapper Denim. The rose and leaves were die cut using Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies. The rose uses Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White cardstock, while the leaves were cut from Emrald envy. The ribbon  finishes the card using the gorgeous Dapper Denim ruched ribbon.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Sneak Peak at the New In-Colours

I received my Pre-Order from Stampin' Up and I was thrilled when I unboxed it.  I simply love love love the new In-Colours. Here are some sample cards I made up to share with you.

To qualify for a complimentary catalogue from me all you needed  to do, was either have placed an order or attended a class. The catalogues are in their envelopes and should arrive next week.  Card class members will receive your copy in class. If you haven't qualified for a free catalogue you will be able to see it online from June 1st. or contact me to organise your copy.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Summer Silhouette - Mothers Day Card

This is a one layer card. Mask off to expose square shape. Sponge with Pool Party Ink. Heavier in corners and edges and lighter in the middle. Stamp the leave stems from Summer Silhouette Stamp Set as placed in left corner and two at the bottom with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  Punch 9 flowers from Pink Pirouette cardstock using  the Itty Bitty Accents Punch and attach with Glue Dots.  Stamp the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set with Blushing Bride Ink on some white cardstock and cut using framelit from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits. Sponge the edges with Blushing Bride and attach with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Add Pearl Basics Jewels to complete.

Summer Silhouette - Sympathy 3

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest posted by Penny627 on Spiltcoast Stampers.  I changed the shape of the card from square to a rectangular card and I tried to mimic her colour scheme. I masked off with  some scrap paper to expose a square shape  on the Smoky Slate cardstock and lightly sponged around the edges with Basic Grey to frame the scene. Then I stamped the leave stamp in White Craft and Basic Grey (some were stamped twice before re-inking).  The mask was removed (except along the bottom) and then the flower stems were stamped using Basic Grey. Next stamp the flower heads with Versa Mark Ink and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder. Attach a ribbon border with a cheat bow. Finish with stamping the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Summer Silhouette - With Sympathy 2

I saw a card on Pinterest with clear embossed flowers on black cardstock. I did not have the same stamp set so I substituted it with Summer Silhouette.  The black layer is on a Smoky Slate cardbase.

Water Colour - Summer Sihouette 2

Of the two water colour cards that I made with Summer Silhouettes, this is my favourite.  I tried to make them look like the Hydrangea's that grow in my garden. The colours were a little washed out in the previous card, so I tried to make the flowers in this card more vibrant. I substituted Blushing Bride with Melon Mambo.
The flower stems were stamped with Grey Archival ink onto water colour paper. The flower heads were washed with  Melon Mambo, dried and then stamped with Wisteria Wonder. Washed again to soften. The stems were washed with Pear Pizazz and  the white space washed with Pool Party. Siver Wink of Sella completed the flower heads.

The water colour paper was mounted on Pool Party. The card base used Pink Pirouette. A band of White Jute Ribbon with a White Organza bow completed it

Watercolour with Summer Silhouettes

This week I have been playing around with the Summer Silhouette stamp set .  I have has some ideas swirling  in my head and thought I best get them made before this set retires.  Three of the cards are of my own design. The remaining two came from ideas that I had seen on Pinterest.  One of the cards used a different stamp set and the other I altered slightly.

I will begin first with my own design using watercolour.   I stamped on the flower stem onto watercolour paper with Grey Archival ink. Using an aqua painter I washed in the flower heads with Blushing Bride. Then washed in Pear Pizzazz around the stems, followed by washing the remaining white space with Pool Party.  I dried it off before stamping the flower head with Wisteria Wonder. Washed it again with a little more Blushing Bride to soften and blend it. I dried it off again and applied some Silver Wink of Stella  to the flower head. 
It was then mounted onto some Pool Party cardstock. The card base used Pool Party and a panel of co-ordinating Colour Collections DSP.
I also used Pink Pirouette ribbon to complete it.
I will share another Summer Silhouette card using water colour on my next post.