Bye Bye Stress

 

Today I was inspired to create a fun card reflecting the basic happiness of a good bubble bath. I just couldn’t resist the Clearly Besotted raccoon in a bath image.

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Supplies used:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Eureka, Penny Black Sparkles & Smiles
Dies: Stitched rectangle, Stitched Dome
Inks: Memento Black, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China
Other: Polychromos Pencils, Lemon twine, sequins

I am entering this card in the following Challenges:
Just Add Ink #353 Critters Challenge

Addicted to CAS #108-Smile Challenge

Less is More #322 3 Pastels Challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a relaxing day.

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Kindness

Whilst my DH was watching the Australian F1 Grand Prix today I decided to have a play with my new WPlus9 Feathers and Florals Stamp and Die set and create a CAS card.

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Using a Zig brush marker I began by creating a blue smooshed watercolour splatter in the centre of the card. I stamped the sentiment several times using my Misti. The floral images were stamped twice, die cut then assembled in 3 layers with foam tape.

Materials used:
Stamps: WPlus9 Feathers & Florals, Reverse Confetti Paper Crane
Dies: WPlus9 Reathers & Florals
Inks: Altenew Mango Smoothie, Peach perfect, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades. Memento Black
Other: Zig brush marker cornflower blue, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm clear droplets, white enamel dots, watercolour paper

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day.

I am entering this card in the HLS March Watercolour and HLS CAS March Diecut Challenge.

 

Happy Day

Today I have been inspired by the Altenew Inspiration Challenge, March 2017.

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It is such a “HAPPY” image, both in subject and colour, so I decided to use the word happy with Altenew’s Doodle Blooms using the challenge colours of yellow, orange and red.

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I first created some watercolour papers using my new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks and used these behind the happy negative word die cut and also to stamp the flowers. I drew some white gel pen doodles on the flowers. I added some “movement”, reminiscent of the dancers, to the white background with ink splatters and the stitched strip die.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Altenew Doodle Blooms, Lawn Fawn Lets Bokeh
Dies: Altenew Doodle Blooms, Die-namics Stitched strip, WPlus9 Happy Trio
Inks: Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks-Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick; Memento black
Other: watercolour paper, coloured rhinestones, white gel pen, black & white washi tape

Thanks for stopping by and “Have a Happy Day”.

Dancing Cats Wobbler

I need to make a special congratulations card for my daughter who has just achieved a career milestone and I also wanted to make a card for the Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge, Try Something New. My daughter is a huge cat lover so I had been itching to use the gorgeous “can can” dancing cats from the Penny Black Party Friends set for the very first time. I had also just received a new set of Nuvo Jewel drops in orange, lime and lemon which seemed to be suitably “happy”colours, so I decided to use these for my background colour inspiration. And of course to make my daughter giggle I just had to make these dancing cats dance on a wobbler spring.

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Supplies used:
Stamps: Penny Black Party Friends, Roald Dahl Hello
Colour: Caran D’Arche Neocolour II watercolour crayons in lime, orange and yellow for background, Memento black
Die: Die-namics Chevron stripes
Other: watercolour paper, Copics to colour cats, Nuvo Jewel drops in Orange Marmalade, Limoncello and Key Lime, white glitter card, wobbler spring.

I think that these cats are such a hoot, you just have to smile. Thank you so much for stopping by.

 

Oceans of Fun

Today I have been inspired by the gorgeous mood board at the Scrapbook Boutique February Challenge. I  loved the colours and the definite beach mood that it conveyed.

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I began by creating a sea background by clear embossing the MFT Whimsical Waves background, then sponging 3 ombre effect layers of colour using Altenew inks which were then spritzed with water. I die cut a  curved border strip to convey the image of sea foam as the sea hits the shore and then coated this with Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter paste. The three stamped images were coloured with Zig brush markers, fussy cut then coated with glossy accents to create dimension as well as to convey the glassy feeling of sea water. To create the effect of sand grains the chipboard letters were painted with Tim Holtz broken glass distress paint then ombre effect layered with 3 colours of ultrafine glitters before coating with glossy accents. Once the card was assembled I added water drops using Nuvo crystal clear.

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I now just can’t wait to spend another day at the beach.

Supplies used:
Stamps: MFT Whimsical Waves background, Clear Impressions Sea Breeze, Flourishes Sea Side Life
Inks: Altenew Sea Glass, Ocean Waves and Caribbean Sky, Memento black
Dies: curved stitched borders, stitched rectangle
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, Zig brush markers, watercolour paper, Nuvo Crystal Morning Dew, clear embossing powder, Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter paste, dark blue, mid blue and aqua ultrafine glitters, chipboard letters for Beach word, Tim Holtz Broken Glass Distress paint.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

 

 

Puffy Heart Valentine

I was inspired to create a card for the Fusion Interlocking Hearts Valentine Challenge using the card sketch- mirror imaged, and  also elements of the quilt image-pink and red colours, the intertwined hearts and the puffiness of the quilting. I instantly new that I had to use my Avery Elle Love Puffin stamp set-they are so intertwined. Here’s what I created.

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I used a stencil to create the embossing paste puffy hearts background. I layered this with pink vellum and dry embossed a white heart vellum banner. The intertwined puffins were stamped, black areas coloured with a black memento marker, then clear embossed. The other areas of the Puffins were coloured with Copics.

Materials used:
Stamp: Avery Elle Love Puffin
Dies: nested heart, small heart
Other: White card, pale pink vellum, Elizabeth Crafts heart embossing folder, heart stencil Stampin Up, Viva Modellier Creme, Mother of Pearl mixed to pale pink using Tim Holtz Pickled Raspberry, clear embossing powder, Copics, Memento black marker, red pearlised card, pink bakers twine

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Thank you so much for stopping by and I enjoyed creating this Valentines card.

Luminous Freesia

Thank you Aga for your gorgeous bright and colourful  Bougainvillea photograph for this month’s Altenew challenge. Each day I enjoy driving past an exact same coloured Bougainvillea on a wall near my home- so reminds me that I live in the sub tropics.One of the things that most inspires me about Bougainvillea flowers are that they have an incredibly luminous quality. So my response to this challenge was to create a card not only using the colour pallette but to also capture and convey the luminous quality of this flower.

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I began by creating a water coloured background in the yellow green. Once dried I painted the entire surface with a mixture of gum arabic, white pearlex and water, whilst it was still wet and sticky I sprinkled splotches of white pearlex powder and lightly brushed these out. This created a textured luminous backround.

I then created a beige mother of pearl lace piece using a silicone mould and Mother of Pearl Viva creme.

The Altenew Fresh Freesia stamp was coloured with Zig brush markers, then coated with Wink of Stella clear.

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Each layer of the card has a different type of luminosity, which unfortunately, the camera fails to pick up.

Materials used:

Stamps: Altenew Fresh Freesia, Hero Arts sentiment
Ink: Versafine black onyx, Memento black
Other: water colour paper, watercolours, Zig brush markers- fluro pink, pink, dark pink, yellow green, olive green, mid green, Pearlex Macro white, gum arabic, silicone lace mould, Viva modellier creme Mother of Pearl, Wink of Stella clear, foam tape for mounting freesia, pink card, imaginisce crystals.

I really enjoyed my journey in making this card and thank you for stopping by.