Tuesday 29 September 2015

AAA Cards Challenge #49: word play and Less is more #243: something shiny

AAA Cards  Challenge #49: word play.
Less is more Challegen #243

I think on my card the sentiment plays the leading role , not sure I might be wrong ;-)..haha and it's pretty shiny too

I used lots and lots of glorious shiny and pesky glitter powders in a rainbow order.

I don't mind using it, but always regret it when clean up time comes...

To make the sentiment I stuck Elizabeth Crafts 1 inch double sided sticky tape onto a piece of card, on both sides so it makes the die cut into a sticker and it has a sticky front.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Big Hello die to cut it out.
I had to pass it quite a few times to cut it, as the release paper is very tough.
Once I managed that I left it in place and carefully peeled of the first section of the word and sprinkled red glitter on it. Rubbed it into the adhesive with my bone folder, then wiped off the excess and continued to the next letter.

When the whole word was coverd I removed it from the card and removed the backing.

Carefully placed it on the cardbase and pressed it down.

It's fabulous and glittery and oh man everyone should get excited to get this card..I hope :-D

Glitter makes me smile anyway.

For more information on the AAA Cards  Challenge, see this

For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this

Update on October 3rd: I remade the card with a video, so you can see how I made it, thanks ladies for all your kind comments!

Addicted to CAS Challenge: dreams

Addicted to CAS Challenge: dreams.
I used and image by Lili Of the Valley called bunny moon (for some reason ;-) )
I colored it with my Spectrum Noir moarkers and I pictured how clouds and stars might be multi coloured in "dreamland", not sure if there's such a word in English but it's what we Dutch people call the place you go to when you sleep....I dream in color and it's fabulous there lol.

The sentiment is from Scrapberry's (sunshine).

I colored it on Neenah classic crest heavy weight cardstock

For more information on the Addicted to CAS Challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Ombre

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Ombre.

For my card I made an Ombre effect by using the mini blending tools with Distress inks on Hotpressed smooth watercolor paper.
My ombre goes from Peacock feathers through broken china, tumbled glass, shaded lilac, seedless preserves to dusty concord.

I let it dry overnight and them sprayed it with Perfect pearl mist to blend it better (I wasn'' t happy with my blending) and to give it a glorious happy shimmer.

I've used the Simon Says Stamp Big hello die for the sentiment and various sequins and some punched out glitter butterflies. mounted the watercolored panel with foam tape and as it is narrower than the cardbase I used some silver glitter  tape for the edges, it's like washi tape, only glittery.

Sounds pretty simple? I made another 3 panels and didn't like the sponging at all, this was normal cardstock and usually I get a great blend, but is wasn't working for me this time,and I  don't know why.
see past cards: I wanted to make the patterned paper included in an Simon Says Stamp kit, last winter, I loved it so much I tried to replpicate it with my Distress inks as I didn't have the paper.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Monday 28 September 2015

Handdrawn Baubles or ornaments with Talens Ecoline

I've made this card for the CAS colours and Sketches challenge #143
I've used Talens ecoline, a vibrant, sheer, and liquid watercolour medium, together with Winsor & Newton iridescerent medium for some glorius shimmer.

I've used a template I made by die cutting 3 circles out of some scrap paper, the same size as the card.

then traced the circles to get the bauble shape.
I've used a pointy tool to indent te paper, this makes a border the watercolour can't surpass easily and that helps to stay within the lines.
You don't have to, but I  thought I'd show how to do it in the video.
I'm lefthanded so I always work from right towards my lefthand to prevent going over wet places with my working hand.
If you're righthanded than workt from left to right.

I've used scarlet red, ultramarine deep, and light orange for my yellow (apparently ;-) thought it was the yellow lol, explains the colours I got when I mixed them hahaha, anyway worked out fine.

Also gold and white ecoline, these are opaque and quite thick, you need to stir them well.
The watercolour paper is slight smaller than a standard cardbase, I first thought I can trimm the card smaller, but opted to add a strip of glorious gold glitter paper, which I adhered on the inside of the front panel.

see my video if you want to see how I made the card.

For more information on the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge, see this

Update October 6th: I was a weekly winner! thank you CC&S!

Saturday 26 September 2015

Less is more Challenge #243: something shiny

Less is more Challenge #243: something shiny.

First of all let me apologize for the little star sequins, usually I can do plain and empty but this card somehow needed them and when I added them, they made my heart sing a little. I did keep it to the bare minimum thought... lol...

Today my boyfriend surprised me with a box of crafting goodies he was given/found/salvaged from a warehouse clean up...:-D
In it was a puzzle maker, which intrigued me and so I tried it and it punches a whole puzzle if you have the patience.

I had been thinking about the challenge all day and I thought I could make an engagement card with the puzzle pieces.
A his and hers piece. First I made them by foiling the puzzle pieze, but it was too shiny in a way, garish if you like, so I switched to glorious glitter paper.
Then I set out to find the perfect match amongst my stamps, but I didn't find any, so I made my own and printed it with my laser printer.

Rereading it I wonder it it should day fit together perfectly or fit perfectly together? hmm not sure, does it matter? I hope not...
I was considering to lift up the puzzle pieces with foamdots but the glitter paper was too floppy. Might try it on the other print (two fit on one A4 size to made two versions)
the blue stars are actually the pink/lilacy ones coloured with my alcohol marker as I don't have those really small ones in other colors, but it worked, so I'm chuffed ;-)

For more information on the Less is more Challenge #243, see this

Welcome Baby

I'd like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: no designer paper, and
the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays September: use a stamp.

I made the background by masking off stripes and them using the mini blending tool and Distress ink (spun sugar and worn lipstick) to color the stripes.

I cut it slightly smaller than the cardfront so the stripes were even.
I used the sentiment from baby party animals from Simon Says stamp and the turtle is from welcome baby by Inkadinkado, which I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. I fussy cut the turtle and raised him slightly on shallow foamdots.

Few stars and matching sequins around the turtle for the joyous occasion. I thought the star sequins could be starfish and the turtle a seaturtle...hmm maybe I should have done blue stripes as the sea...ah well onto the next card..lol...I wanted a baby girl card.

Although..did you know until the 1850's pink was the boy color and blue the girl color?

as a softer toned blue from the Virgin Mary cape and pink a softer version of a bold red, the Victorians changed it round.

Ok history lesson over, pop on over to Simon Says stamp for the callenges.


so..here's the next one I made as I was brainstorming whilst typing...I've used Tumbled glass and broken China Distress inks for my stripes.I din't have the same confetti in blue tones so I've used glitter paper punches and some normal paper I've covered in wink of stella and glossy accents ( i make batches of these faux enamel dots to use whenever I want them)...

Thursday 24 September 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #114: one layer card

Lawnscaping Challenge #114: one layer card.

One layer cards requires a lot of masking and stamping, well at least when I do them lol.
I started by making a sentiment in Word and I printed it on the cardstock with my laserprinter.
I didn't have a sentiment like this as a stamp, as my idea was to  made 4 windows as per 4 seasons in a year, starting with the new life in Spring, flowers in summer, the turkey for autumn and the winter penguin.

The I calculated  how big the windows could be and made a stencil by diecutting a circle 4 times.
At first I used the circles to sponge the background (of the penguin) with tumbled glass Distress ink, I masked the little guy with masking paper, easy enough, then I started trying to fussy cut out the flower and turkey and I thought to myself: I must be crazy..ok that's true but not thát crazy! lol.
So instead of sponging the backgrounds I coloured those too with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers.
The thought was Distress doesn't bleed through the paper, but I would always get some bleeding from the little images anyway, it's on the inside so  no biggie.
I've used Critters from the past, gleeful garden, turkey day and winter penguin from Lawn Fawn.

For more information on the Lawnscaping Challenge #114: one layer card, see this


Tuesday 22 September 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: use a stamp and bloghop

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: use a stamp and bloghop.

For My card I used the Simon Says Stamp set: Hello friends.

And I used almost every little icon of it on the background.

I made the background by smooshing the paper (normal cardstock but 80lbs or 160grams) onto Distress inks (mowed lawn, twisted citron, seedless preserves and blueprint sketch. 
I then splattered water, brushed pewter spray stain and also picket fence spray stain.
For the embossing I used Wow! embossing powder in  silver pearl and Lindy's stampgang for  hyacinth blue jade, silver moon turqoise and imperial crown purple gold.
I tried to match the embossing powder to the background, I don't have green so used blue or silver instead, the Wow! silver pearl and Lindy"s  silver moon turqoise are almost transparent so match everywhere and are hard to see but give a lovely shine.
I cut the frontpanel slightly smaller than the cardbase and mounted it with the big momma foam tape  from SSS

for more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

I had such great fun on the blog hop and I can recommend it to anyone!  So much inspiration and basically just one new fabulous Tim Holtz Stampset but all creations completely different!

Sunday 20 September 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: die crazy with W+9

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: die crazy with W+9.

I've used an image from the W+9 Unforgettable stampset.
It's stamped on watercolor paper for me by Maikreations, so I watercolored it with Peerless watercolors, then fussy cut it out.
I've diecut the word BABY with Lawn Fawn's Finley's ABC and the hello is from Simon Says Stamp set hello friends.
The heart diecuts is from an Amy design set (classic Christmas collection, star filled heart). I've die cut it twice then inlaid the darker bits and the stars.
I've covered the cardbase with a pink panel and raised the front panel, which is slightly smaller, for dimension and a frame.
The elephant is also raised with foamdots.

For more information about the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Friday 18 September 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #142

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #142.

For my card I used broken china, mowed lawn and ground espresso from Distress inks, I think they match really well to the SU ones.

I've made a sticker sentiment by applying double sided adhesive from Elizabeth crafts on the white cardstock prior to diecutting the sentiment die.

Matching sequins and the coloured panel was made with the stampingblock technique, where you apply inks onto a slick surface (the stampingblock, but I;ve also used rulers, cd cases, tiles etc anything non porous) then I sprayed the ink with Perfect peral  mist to give it some shimmer. laid the watercolour paper on top and carefully  rubbed the back of the watercolor paper to give the inks a change to soak into the paper. then quickly lift the paper and let it dry,
Sometimes I go back for seconds and third dips, but for a CAS card I think once is plenty.

For more information on the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge, see this

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #14: Green

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #14: Green.

I've used Distress inks and Perfec Pearls to do my watercoloring. I used an acryllic block to make the shape and then used the left over drops of color to add texture.
I've used a variety of greens like, mowed lawn, cracked pistachio, evergreen bough and peacock feathers, twisted citrus.

I then Scribbled in the tree by hand (no stamp) with 3 different sizes of multi liners to give it the doodled effect.

There's also a hint of silver in the inspiration photo.
I've used some silver and green seguins and adhered them with fast grab tacky glue.
Silver twine and bells. These are not PPP, as I don't have those, but I used them as an Idea on how you could use the PPP ones on a card.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts classic Christmas border set.

for more information on the Sparkle and Shine challenge, see this

Monday 14 September 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Love this technique

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Love this technique.

My favorite technique is using Distress inks on backgrounds and for watercoloring.

I did a little of both on my card.

I used the Simon Says Stamp die Tri square to cut out the windows on the frontpanel.

Traced their position onto the cardbase and sponged Distress inks in their place (squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass).

The butterflies are made from 3 different background panels I like to make and then never seem to use.
The dark purple is Dusty concorde diluted with perfect pearl mist instead of water, not sure if you cans ee the shimmer in the photo.
the middle one is festive berries, seedless preserves sponged onto the card, then splattered with water and white spray stain.
the third is almost the same but it contains also brushed pewter spray stain splatters, also  some Chipped sapphire and I sponged it on dry but then sprayed the panel to make the colors flow
I guess you need to see them all together to appreciate all  that work ;-)

I've then diecut all the panels and made a bunch of butterflies for stock.

Used a Dutch get well sentiment die to diecut the sentiment from the same cardstock as the panel as I wanted it to look like it was letter pressed.
Few rhinestones that pick up the colors of the butterflies and I tired to choose those butterflies that would pop with the background, like purple yellow or pink and green p.e.

For more information on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Friday 11 September 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #140

CAS(E) this Sketch #140

Finishing a card at 1.45am, almost two o'clock at night, must be love, eh?
I have run out of time too fast these  past couple of weeks, I decided I need ot make time for a few challenges I might or might not have participated in lately...sorry....

I made my card with good old washi tape and a Simon Says Stamp big hello die, used pink  fun foam to raise it for a pop of colour from the side and a camouflaged look from the front.
Three punched pink circles with Wink of stella and glossy accents as enamel dots without the bulk and weight. Also the reason I use fun foam a lot, much lighter than multiple layered diecuts and as the name says: fun!

I had the washi tape go to the edges as I thought it would look cleaner than  ripped to give the sense of the brushstrokes on the sketch, almost went with that though, the ripped edges I  mean.
Lots of white space, but still colourful and fun for a girlie girl card... that's me only sometimes lol...

For more information on the CAS(E) this sketch challenge, see this

Cas Colours & Sketches Challenge #141

Cas Colours & Sketches Challenge #141

Time has been escaping me the last couple of weeks and I haven't participated in any CAS colours and Sketches challenges, I'm so sorry.

I'm actually finishing this card and blogpost at 1.30 am...middle of the night kinda thing, but it's all for a good cause hahaha.

I made these shavingfoam marbled backgrounds a while ago and thought they'de be fun for the  circle in the corner.
I also diecut some from the leftover and made marbled balloons out of them to match.

The balloons are from Paper smooches and Simon Says stamp, so it the birthday circle die and the sentiment.

At first I didn't think I would put it on, but it's on the sketch, so I complied, chose the smallest though from the birthday balloons set as I wanted max white/empty space.
I used a fineliner to draw the balloon strings.

See how I made the marbled paper in my Video, it's so much messy fun!

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: use a stamp and bloghop

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: use a stamp and bloghop, congrats to SSS for another fabulous Stamptember! I promise I will start to save up now for next year or I move to a deserted island so I won't be tempted ;-)

I had so much fun along the bloghop I almost forgot to make this card, lol.
I stamped this Wild Rose studio stamp (Molly and baubles) with Memento ink and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.
Bit of Wink of Stella on the baubles (ornaments ;-) ) and gave her a little bell.
Used some patterned paper from my stash and diecut an oval out of it foam mounted it on top of the image and then adhered it onto a cardbase.
I thought the sentiment in the patterned paper would be enough, so I didn't stamp any, frankly there's no room left ,could have used a solid paper, but I didn't ha!
A little white gel pen to give her eyes a shine,  makes here come alive I think.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this