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Monday, 15 January 2018

Peekaboo Cat

Bling!  Bling! That's the challenge at Crafter Café this time, and after you've checked out the design team's work, I'm sure you'll want to join us, here: crafterscafe












Scribbles designs has kindly provided this fabulous image, here:  scribblesdesigns

After printing and colouring it, I masked the image, sponging, spritzing & splattering (lovely fun) around the cat with distress inks and Perfect Pearls heirloom gold so it has a lovely shimmer plus splots.  I did the irises over with WoStella.

Digi image: Scribbles Peek-A-Boo Cat
Coloured with Copics
Die: Spellbinders
EF: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals
Gems, Perfect Pearls, WoStella, waxed cord.


   Hard to see the shimmer, so click on for detail:



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Let's go shopping

Tag is the name of the game this time at Incy Wincy, peek at the what the design team have done, and join us here:  incywincydesigns





Limited Runs Stamps are one of our sponsors and you can get Speedy Witch here: limitedrunsstamps

Image: Limited Runs- Speedy Witch
Coloured with Copics
Inked edges
Star die: Sizzix
Star punch: unbranded
Star stencil: Rosies Studio

I printed the image twice and cut one out.  After  colouring and layering the image, I stencilled the stars using Versacolor Gold, inked the edges and made a reinforcer with the star punch.  I added a dotty border on her coat.  The sentiment is handwritten, a bit of a joke with friends - 'get on your broomstick'.  Gems added for sparkly magic.


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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Thankful bird

I love this drawing from Bugaboo, so simple, so great for colouring.

Image: Bugaboo
coloured with Copics and Distress ink
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Gold pen, Tsukineko walnut ink mister

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Blue Cross Stitch Roses

Another try at my new layering stamp, a bit more 'fluffy' than my usual style.  I like this colour too.  
PP distressed, butterfly diecut from card I had previously coloured, wreath cut in half and cornered.


Stamp: Waffle Flower-cross stitched roses
Frame die: Kaisercraft
Flower wreath die: Couture Creations
Butterfly die: freebie Practical Publishing
Word die: Wplus9
Liquid Pearls, string








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Friday, 12 January 2018

Rhi's polar bear

Card Made by RhiannonW (age 8) in Nonnas Craft Room.
I made this by first stamping the polar bears onto white card and coloured it in with marker pens then cut it out very carefully. then I glued it onto the leftover die cut. then I glued that onto the circle die cut and added some gold glitter glue for stars. I embossed the white card with 'Animal Prints' and glued the polar bear pattern onto the embossed side of the card and put some washi tape on the bottom of the card. then I got another piece of white card and put some stamps in red and green and got some 'gems' and stuck them on. then I lined them up.

By Rhiannon age 8

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Gilded Deer


I have been trying out some new stuff and this is using gilding flakes. Oh my goodness they fly everywhere!!  But what an amazing effect, I like the mixed media look - not tidy, a bit random and very OTT.

EF: Sullivans
Deer Stamp (gold embossed): unknown brand
Gilding flakes: Cosmic Shimmer

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Stitched Roses

This is a new layered stamp set I just got and I couldn't wait to try it out.  Hmmm it's harder than it looks.  This is about try number eight or nine.  The image really does look like cross stitch especially when embossed.

Anyway I have made this for my friend in a cardswap called Floral.

Stamps:  Waffle Flowers stitched roses
Small sentiment: Avery Elle
Die: Spellbinders
EF: Couture Creations
Ribbon, Nuvo drops white, gold paper

I watched Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on youtube for layered stamping of these flowers, and partly clear-embossed the stamping, and the large part of the sentiment.






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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Poinsettia

I wanted a simple but elegant Christmas card for a friend.

I stamped the image onto vellum, gold heat embossed it, then coloured the back of it with Copic pens.  The background is embossed, then lightly swiped with gold paste.  Gold Stickles in the flower centre.  The flower is only attached to the card in the middle.

Stamp: Kaisercraft
heat embossed gold and coloured with Copics
EF: Craft Concepts
Glitterkiss paste: golden sand
Stickles: gold









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Possum Fun

These frolicking possums are  fabuously drawn and fun to colour.  Would you like to join in the fun?  Enter now, and check out the design teams work at 2CraftyCritter's challenge here:
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Fabrika Fantasy






And thanks to our sponsor, get the image here: FabrikaFantasy







Because the image is very detailed, I printed it big, so the card design needed to be simple.  I coloured them with Copics, then highlighted eyes and apples with Glossy Accents.  I found a frame that suited and was large enough, layered 3D foam and attached to give some dimension,  The big apple is stamped on patterned papers and applied sitting out with 3d foam.  Doodle edge applied.

Image: Fabrika Fantasy - frolicking possums
Coloured with copics
Die: Spellbinders
Stamped apple: Hero Arts
Glossy Accents, white gel pen, black fine pen.


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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Life Is Good

This is what we're doing right now - relaxing, snoozing, swimming, sipping cool drinks, staying out of the sun ...  oooh (sigh) lovely.

I had fun working with these citrusy colours outside my comfort zone.

Image: House Mouse coloured with Copics
Drink:Hero Arts coloured with Distress Inks
Doily diecuts: Couture Creations
Sentiment: Hero Arts coloured with Distress Inks
Also: Kindyglitz


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Monday, 18 December 2017

Floralie

A challenge that's RED & GREEN, that's on at Incy Wincy, here:  incywincydesigns
Check out all the fabulous work from the design team and get out your stuff and GO!

Mari Ko is one of our sponsors, so check out the goodies here: floral-wreath-1-digital-stamp-set

Image: Mari Ko - Floralie Wreath & bonus flower
Coloured with Copics
Coated thickly with Glossy Accents
Diecut circle:
Diecut sentiment

EF: Craft Concepts
Gold Stickles








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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Calendar Girl


December brings us to the Come and Get It   NOT A CARD challenge.  Bring your ideas and share with us here: cagichallenge

Our Badge


This great image is from Bugaboo and is being retired ( I don't know why, it's a great image!) so if you want it you'd better be quick, here:
bugaboostampscollections/retiring-jj-garden




I got the design from an internet tutorial (Stamping it My Way - Post It Calendar notepad easel, no name  included, but thank you),  but I've moved the notepad over and added a little pen.  There is space under the fold for an inspirational thought for the new year  " One who gardens always shows hope for the future"

Image: Bugaboo - JJ Gardening
Coloured with Copics
Calendar I picked up from somewhere a couple of months ago
Blue card, green card, patterned paper

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Oops .. too many cookies

Crafters Café have a Christmas or red-green-white
 challenge this time.  I combined both and check out what the design team did, here:  crafterscafe














Eureka provided the image and have a shopful of wonderful artwork, here: santa-stuck-in-chimney-digital-stamp    Thanks Eureka!


I cut and coloured the image, and added fluffy Flocking to his suit trim.  The roof is made with punched layers and inked edges.   A tiny stamped bird with a touch of gold is watching and giving his opinion on the problem (circle punched and handwritten).  Stars are stencilled and a dusting of snow on the roof using glitter paste.

Image: Eureka - santa stuck in the chimney
Coloured with Copics
Flocking:
Glitter paste: Glitter Kiss frosty sparkle
Bird stamp: Papermania
Gold pen, black pen


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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Meri Kirihimete

Meri Kirihimete is Merry Christmas in Maori.  The flower is a pohutukawa which is called the New Zealand Christmas tree as it blooms in December.  I used a weave EF to represent the kete or woven bag.  Because of our summer Christmas, these are pretty much the dominant colours for us: the red blossoms, green foliage and sea/sky blue.

Dies: Craft Creations
EF: Spellbinders
gold floss, gold Stickles, inked edges







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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hot Tag

A hot colours tag, perfect for a southern summer Christmas, and would be great for a man too because it's not too fussy but still has lots of texture.

I started with a smooshed card using distress inks, stenciled pastes, added a reinforcer ring.  The rosette is two punched circles, one of them with wet and crunched paper dyed with distress inks.

Sentiment stamp: no brand
Stencil: Rosies Studio
Star stencil: homemade with a punch
Circles:  punches
Partial die for top: Spellbinders
Little tag sentiment: Hastings Art Stamps
Little tag: punch
Clear glimmer: Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle
Gold glitter paste:Glitter Kiss Golden Sand
Nuvo Crystal Drops copper penny






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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Snow Jar Tag

While we have Christmas in the heat of summer, sometimes snowy things make it feel cooler - I guess it's the colours.

When I was a kid I had one of these shakers with a house scene in it; haven't got a clue where it went, but now I have a couple to put out at Christmas for the grandchildren to play with and they love them too.  I even have a sneaky play now and then, I'm really just a big kid.  ;-D

I stamped the jar, house, trees.  Stamped the snow and heat embossed it in white (a little just happened to get on the trees too), then using a mask sponged distress inks for the sky.  The lid is coloured with gold Sharpie pen.  I glued then flocked the ground snow and house roof.  Metallic glitter tape bands and (using a mask) a border stamp of trees and reindeer.  The a soft grey-blue for the stamped snowflakes.  Edges inked.

Snow Jar stamp set (jar, house, trees, snow): unknown
Snowflakes stamp: Papermania
Border stamp: unknown
Metallic tape, flocking (so soft and fuzzy)

Click on for a close-up & spot the flocking!
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Monday, 4 December 2017

Sea Necklace

This fortnight at Incy Wincy it's such a great challenge - SILVER AND/OR GOLD. 
Check out the challenge, and drool over the design team's work here:  incywincydesigns

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Every 1st and 3rd Monday
Fabrika Fantasy is our Sponsor this time, and provided this beautiful digi:
fabrikafantasy.com/sea-necklace-digital-stamp




Left:
This is what it looks like when it catches the light.


Click on image for a closer look.





and a detail pic:

Image: Fabrika Fantasy - Sea Necklace
Coloured with Copics, Gilt Flakes, silver, gold, black & white pens.

I had a play with some gilding flakes (new to me) which seemed perfect for this project.  I used two shades of blue card,  and applied gilding flakes in a couple of colourways, adding in detail with pens.  I matted with  gold mirror card, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with silver embossing powder and added ribbon.

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Christmas tags

I had a tag making session to go with the grandchildrens gifts.

The backgrounds for most of them are snippets of smooshed background that I had made for other projects (always good to use up leftover bits), and simple stamped images.

You might notice one has 'Rhiannon or Ruby' on it.  Ruby is Rhi's name for herself when she is being a dog!  At our house, she has made herself a kennel from a big cardboard box and decorated it with drawings, pawprints, a welcoming door mat on the flap and holes punched for air!!!  ;-D

I made the tags double with a coordinating colour (their own favourite colours) slightly off centre, it added a bit of interest as well as substance and weight.  After the first couple I decided to have the message stamped on the back.

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The Christmas Tree Fairy

Come and join in our Christmas fun at Come And Get It challenges, this time it's a card: cagichallenge



And I used a beautiful image from one of our sponsors - All Dressed up.  Have a look at the wonderful images here: alldressedupstamps


I coloured the image with pencils, then sponged three shades of Distress Inks around the edges and spritzed with water, blotting to remove colour when it was how I wanted it.  I masked the image then used a toothbrush to add gold acrylic paint speckle, and a spray of green mica mist.  When it was all dry I stencilled some stars (stencil is made with a star punch).  Lastly I brushed the wings & dress with clear Wink of Stella, and stars with Kindyglitz.  Double sided tape strips on the side were covered with pastel lemon superfine glitter.






Image:  All Dressed Up - Christmas Tree Fairy
Coloured with pencils
Distress Inks
Star punch: Unbranded
Gold acrylic paint
Green mica mist - own mixture
Kindyglitz, Glitter, Wink of Stella

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Little Note

Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing, any kind of Embossing is the theme at the Crafters Café.  See what the design team have done and then see what you can do:  crafterscafe

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Sponsor Rick St Dennis provided this fantastic image:  rick1949/euro-girl-Sharon


This looks a bit like me: got dressed in the dark, hair that won't behave, always slightly bewildered and haven't got a clue what I'm doing!

I used dry embossing for the banners and brick wall, and heat embossing for the sentiment.

Image: Rick St Dennis - Euro Girl Sharon
Coloured with Copics
Banner die: Kaisercraft
EF: Sizzix
Metallic rub on (3 colours)
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Embossing powder: Ranger
Perfect Pearl mist

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Monday, 27 November 2017

CAS Christmas Wreath

Another one layer CAS card for Christmas, great for mailing.

I started with a dabbed circle of distress inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed, then printed it onto the base card.  I added some spiky details with a toothpick, then stamped and heat embossed with gold.  The borders are strips of d/s tape with crystal glitter rubbed on.

Wreath & sentiment stamps: Kaisercraft
Distress inks
Gold embossing
Crystal Glitter - click on detail photo



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