Today I am delighted to be back in my studio after what seems a very long absence dealing with some significant personal challenges. I have been so inspired by the Concord & 9th Challenge #14, Shades of Concord & 9th.
Firstly, their corporate colours so remind me of my “tropical beach happy place”- azure blue skies and aqua tropical waters, secondly I received this gorgeous grateful for you stamp thank you gift with my purchases in their store last month. Here’s what I created.
I used Tim Holtz distress oxides for my background, gold heat embossing of the Concord & 9th Grateful for You stamp, some colouring of the flowers and leaves with gel pens and of course some sequins to add some sparkle.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you find many things to be grateful for in your life today.
Life has imposed itself on me in recent weeks and I am finally glad to have the opportunity to create a card. I have been inspired by Erum’s stunning card for the Altenew August 2017 Inspiration Challenge.
The first thing that struck me when I saw this card, was to imagine how beautiful it must be in real life, ahh the frustrations of photography. I could imagine the glow of the fabulous metallic paints and so I used this to guide my card creation.
I mixed pearlescent medium with Faber Castell Gelato’s for all of the water coloured flower and background painting. Additional layers of bling were added using diamond dust glued to the centre of the hydrangea flowers, Wink of Stella on the gold heat embossed diagonal striped border and Smooch Glitz on the die cut thanks sentiment. Due to the limitations of photography I will have to leave it to your imagination to add the sparkle and layered dimension, especially the diamond dust glued to the flower centres-I just love this product.
Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Lady, Altenew Fresh Freesia, MFT Diagonal Stripes
Dies; Altenew Halftone Thanks
Other: Watercolour paper, Inkadinkadoo Stamping Masking paper, Faber Castell Gelato’s, Pearlescent medium, Diamond Dust, Wink of Stella clear, Smooch Glitz, gold fine embossing powder, sequins.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you are having a great day.
Today I have been inspired by the July Altenew Challenge with Therese’s gorgeous roses inspiration photograph.
I immediately felt drawn to use a soft and loose water colouring style for the key line images in the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set.
I decided that I was going to send this card to an Aunt of mine who is extremely ill. She is definitely a “beautiful you”, and has always loved gardening and flowers, so I hope that this card will inspire her and bring some happiness into her life at this time.
Stamps: Altenew painted Flowers, Altenew Beautiful Lady
Dies: Marianne Creatables-You, Nellie Snellen Edging pattern #4
Inks: Versafine Black
Other: Zig Real Brush Markers, Pretty Pink Posh droplets.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Today I have been inspired to create a piece for the Lawn Fawn Challenge # 5, Spring. The lovely blossom photograph made me think of a beautiful book which enthralled me as a child, and subsequently also my daughter, called Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Barker. So I just couldn’t resist creating a box card using the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends and Gleeful Gardens stamp sets with “fairy dust” background card created using the fairy dust elements from the stamp set. In true fairy fashion, glitter and sparkle abounds. I can’t tell you how much fun I had being transported back to that happy place of magical beauty and fantasy.
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends and Gleeful Gardens, Whimsy Stamps Handmade from Me
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped box pop-up, Lawn Fawn Grassy border
Inks: Versamark, Versafine black, Tim Holtz distress to create grass card
Other: Lawn Fawn Watercolor wishes collection pack, embossing powders clear holographic & white, watercolour paper, Zig real brush markers, Wink of Stella clear brush pen, clear crystals, foiled hearts, dark mauve card.
Today I have created a Mother’s Day card by watercolouring the gorgeous Penny Black “Bejeweled” stamp using dye ink brush markers. I coloured each component of the image with the markers, building layers from light to dark, misting each layer very lightly with water, before stamping with my Misti tool. I used a fine liner brush to paint some fine veins to the leaves and then added some background spatter detail.
Stamps: Penny Black Bejeweled, Mothers Day sentiment
Dies: MFT/Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop frame
Other: Dye ink brush markers, watercolour paper, Pretty Pink Posh clear drops, Dark grey/black card, Wink of Stella clear brush, white embossing powder.
I am entering this card in the Penny Black Saturday Challenge-Spring or Easter and the Penny Black and More April Challenge-Spring.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a great crafting day.
Today I have been inspired by the Altenew Inspiration Challenge April 2017 to create a card for my Mum Mothers Day.
Using the inspiration colour scheme, I began by creating a pale yellow watercolour background. I then used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks to create smooched blue and green backgrounds for the flowers and leaves. They were then white heat embossed, fussy and die cut, then brushed with clear Wink of Stella.
Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day and Altenew Adore You
Dies: Altenew Beautiful Day, Couture Creations Art Deco Lace Frame
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China and Faded Jeans, Memento Black, Versamark
Other: Watercolour paper, white glitter card, washi tape-glitter and stripe, Wink of Stella Clear brush, White embossing powder, glitter embellishment
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day.
Today I was asked to create a special 65th Wedding Anniversary card for life long friends of my Mother. Not knowing what 65 years commemorates, apart from being a very long time, I had to do a google to find out that it is “blue sapphire”. This set the colour for the card, and knowing that the couple are well into their 80’s I thought a simple romantic classic style.
Stamps: Stampin Up Baroque Motifs, Hero Arts Happy stamp & cut
Dies: Spellbinders Vines of Passion heart, WPlus9 Happy Trio
Inks: Pale Blue Pigment, Versamark
Other: Embossing Powders-Silver, Clear Holographic, Aqua foil board, white glitter card, mid blue card behind heart, deep blue card for happy shadow, crystal drops, coordinating envelope, acetate
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that your day is “happy”.
I am entering this in the Addicted to Stamps, #236, Anything goes Challenge.