Thursday, July 10, 2014

Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit

Simon Says June Card Kit

Favourite Flowers Stamp Set

Love this Tim Holtz Texture Fade, Notebook from the Collage & Notebook Set I lightly swiped over it with Tea Dye distress ink. I used the Freckled Fawn Washi Tape, the Butterfly, various stamps, the spotted Vellum, some striped paper and cut some hearts from another sheet of paper, all from the give a bit of oomph, I used some Wink of Stella on the hearts, then put glossy accents over the top,

Another of Tims Texture Fades the Frame from the Distressed Frame & Postale Set I stamped the smallest flower bases in various Hero Arts inks, Soft Vanilla, Butter Bar & Fresh Peach then used White embossing powder for the outlines. I drew the stems with a black Sharpie, Cut a bow from vellum with the Tim Holtz Bow Tied Decorative Strip Die the greeting was with the Kelly Purkey letter Stickers and the gems also came with the kit.

The last card used the same technique as above using Fresh Peach, Bubblgum & Pale Tomato Hero Arts Inks. the leaves were with Mint Julep.

Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

All Boy Stamp Set

Love the leathery look of the "Hey Dude" Die Cut, I also went around the edge of it with my Tim Holtz craft pick to make it look a bit more authentic. I joined the two patterned papers with a strip of blue card stock, then hand sewed a zig zag pattern, (It wasn't supposed to look really neat) I cut out the Monster from the patterned paper in the Kit.

I really like this for an older boy. I coloured my Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink then used the Stencil that comes in the kit. Love the runners (shoes) and the game controller too

Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

April 2014 Card Kit

Watts Up Stamp set.

Using the globe and various Papers from the Kit and lots of Wink of Stella. this picture doesn't show it, but I also sewed around the two herringbone papers with white thread, and left the ends dangling.

I really like this one, I love the frame and the tattered edge paper. I also threaded the banner through the heart.
I love how this looks against the black cardstock. Just adore Wendy Vecchi Archival inks and Dandelion has to be my favourite....... I think???

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - I ought to use this more often

My craft room is full of wonderful things I am yet to use.. Time is my enemy here, but this Challenge by Simon Says Stamp gave me the perfect opportunity. I tend to use dark colours, but for this card I used lots of pink, red, orange & yellow. I also used my Tim Holtz tissue paper. that is always thought of but not used nearly often enough. I also coloured my Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with Fired Brick Distress Ink and used the Zenspirations Mini Live Love Laugh Stencil by Crafters Workshop,
Firstly I ran my white cardstock & a sizzix embossing folder through my Big Shot Machine, then painted it with Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade & fired Brick Distress Paints,  I then adhered the tissue paper with Claudine Hellmuths Studio multi medium - Matte  in patches around the card base. I used the Numbered Stencil by Tim Holtz with White Gesso then partially coloured it with various Gelatos which I outlined with a Derwent Charcoal pencil. I used Black acrylic paint to stencil the flower, then used my embossing paste/distress ink mix for the words and the butterfly.
I stamped the flower heads using the My Favorite Things - Pretty Poppies Stamp set painted with Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Paints. and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the same stamp set. I randomly stamped the honeycomb image from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamp set.
I rolled the top corner and tore down one edge of the cardstock I inked around the card stock with Fired Brick & Black Soot Distress Inks. I then used another sadly neglected item, my Paper Stash.
I tore a strip of paper from  Kaisercraft's Lulu & Roy 6X6 pad, then mounted it onto a craft card.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Take on the World

Back to what I love doing. No structure no theme, just playing. Eventually something just appears then you just keep adding.
I started using  a technique fro CC1Compendium of Curiosity Vol 1 Scribble Stain Distress, page 34, which didn't turn out exactly as I wanted. but good enough to use as a background for my tag I stamped various Tim Holtz stamps using Wendy Vecchi Archival inks , Versafine Sepia ink & Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink pads I stamped various images from Different Tim Holtz stamps.
Because it started to take on a Journey theme, I went with it. I layered the tag onto Ranger/Tim Holtz Ideaology Kraft resist cardstock which I coloured using Distress Stain.
I finished off with Word Vellum quotes, Brads, Fragments and Word Charms. I ended up with a card that could be used for someone travelling, or someone who is starting a new phase of their life, or even a Birthday card for someone who is celebrating a milestone Birthday.

hope you like it? please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Day 5

Love Love Love these techniques. the first by Jen Rzasa Using Inktense pencils. I adore my Inktense Pencils and just love colouring in. so this card was really fun to do. I was quite proud of my building shadows too!!

This next technique using water colour paints, by the incredibly talented Swarup Murthy, is absolutely amazing and although my first attempt wasn't too bad, you must take a look at her work.

And last but never least is the wonderful Shari Carroll. This simple card used Distress Inks. They are so good to work with.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Day 4

Whoops I am falling behind.. I am so loving learning these watercolour techniques.
This first one by Yana Smakula is done with Ink sprays

The following two cards are  a technique shown by Shari Carroll. I think this if my favourite so far.
This first is done using Distress Markers so easy and so pretty.

This next card is done the same way, only using Gelatos. I love them both.

This last one was a technique using Distress Inks and a pencil eraser ... amazing, well Julie Ebersole's
card was mine is not quite there, but not a bad effort

Monday, May 12, 2014

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Day 3

Boy Struggled big time with these techniques, I would like to lay part of the blame on the water colour paper I am using? I need to get some more Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock, Or maybe I think I need to practise a lot more still you gotta start somewhere, and these are my first attempts.

The first technique by Jennifer Rzasa was a Basic Stamping with Watercolor technique

The next technique was an absolutely brilliant one that Kristina Werner learnt at CHA using stamps specifically designed for water colouring. This was probably the easiest technique from day 3 for me, but there is still a lot more practising to go!!!!

The last technique from Jennifer Maguire called Creative Watercolor Stamping looks amazing, when Jen did it of course. This is one I think really let me down, a combination of wrong stamp and not good quality watercolour paper?
Regardless of how successful my first attempts have been, I am thoroughly enjoying this class

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Day 2

The only card I couldn't attempt was Jennifer Maguire's Wet Cement/Friskit  technique, but I absolutely love it. as soon as I get my Friskit I'll be giving it a go for sure.
My first card was the soft wash background using watercolour pencils.

the next technique by Debby Hughes is the Watercolour Background Stamping. this is one I have used before, and I love it. I used Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough
Day two done and almost dusted.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Day 1

Another class, another challenge. for the first time I have tried all three techniques from day 1. Jennifer Rzasa, used traditional water colour paints and a stencil which I thought would be easy, but mine just didn't look quite like Jennifers. One I will have to keep practising, not the stencil part, more making the water colour look like clouds.

The next  technique by the very bubbly Laura bassen used acrylic blocks and distress ink pads
I love this look.

The last technique was the wonderful Kristina Werner and the Stamped Embossed resist technique
I am really happy with the way this one turned out, probably still not water colour washed enough but not too bad.

well that's it for day one.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Fishermans Card

My Partners eldest son is a keen fisherman, so for his birthday I made a card to suit his passion.

For the background I used The "Wrinkle-Free Distress" technique Tim Holtz taught in his Creative Chemistry 101 online class I used different blues and a green and of course a brown for the edges. I stamped the card with various old, old stamps which I found in my stamp collection both from Australian companies that are no longer in business. But fish stamps and shell stamps can be found easily on the web or eBay. I found a small piece of burlap which I frayed. I die cut a gate using the Memory Box Wrought Iron Gate  , and leaf stem using Tim Holtz Spring Greenery Decorative Strip Die .

After the background was dry, I found some small circle stamps which can be found on many different stamp sets, mine were from a Scrappy Cat mini stamp set called "Everyday Assortment". I randomly stamped the circles to simulate bubbles. I found a rub-on set from Royal & Langnickel Brush Mfg called " Fishing Collage". and used a fish and a hook. I stamped the large fish onto a piece of scrap cardstock, cut it out, coloured it with a Blue Distress Marker and mounted it onto the background with foam dots.

I Layerd the Gate, Burlap piece, a piece of green string bag (used for Oranges), the leaf stem and the shell stamp together on the right hand side. I used  Tim Holtz Distress Markers to colour the shells with Ranger Glossy Accents over the top. I used the  Zig - Wink of Stella glitter brush tip marker on the large fish to make it stand out.

I had a wonderful time finding things I have had for ages in my craft room, including a dimensional sticker set from K&Company called "Fishing Journal Tags"  I used the Kaisercraft Mini Alpha Stickers to write "Fishing you a Wonderful Birthday"

I mounted the whole thing onto some paper edged with brown Distress ink, then attached it to a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card base. I thought I would go for a printed card base, so used a 12 X 12 DCWV stack called "Collage Musings" It is a fabulous stack, but I am not sure if it is still available?
Here are another couple of pictures in close up, and thanks for taking a look at my blog.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Christmas 2013

I can't believe Christmas is over and done with! it is January 20 2014 and we have just finished the most horrendous week of 40 degrees Celsius plus. I don't have air conditioning so I became a big blimp on the couch under the ceiling fan. My 82 year old mum was with me on and off from November, and over Christmas. She only went home to Queensland last Wednesday. I haven't blogged since last August!!!!!! my how time flies. I have had computer troubles and in my family everyone has Birthdays from August right through to November. Of course I left my Christmas card making until the last minute again. Up until all hours of the night trying to finish the 50 odd cards I had to make. Horror of all horrors, I didn't make it and had to buy a pack of cards to send to people 4 days before Christmas. anyway I saw a technique on the Sizzix blog by Anna Karin  called Gessso Dry Embossing. You can also see her tutorial on It was a fun technique, and if your gesso and emboss them all together it is quite quick when you have a few cards to make.
Anyway here are a few of my Christmas Cards.

These two have Action Wobblers to make Santa and Rudolf move.

Most of the cards use Tim Holtz distress Products , Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz Dies and Decorative Strip Dies

Well better late than never. I hope you all have a wonderful 2014.