Today I have been having so much fun playing with the new release My Favourite Things Seaside Seagulls stamp set and creating a birthday card for my husband. The seagulls and the “mine, mine, mine” sentiment, from the ‘Finding Nemo” movie, is a standing joke in our family, so I know that my husband is going to get a laugh from this card. I decided to enter the card in the MFT Color Challenge #70- colors orange, persimmon, gravel grey and berrylicious aqua.
Stamps: MFT Seaside Seagulls
Dies: MFT Die-namics Peek-a-boo rectangle, Mama Elephant Waves
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress inks- dried marigold, stormy sky, broken china. Memento black
Other: MFT Stencils Clouds and Sun Ray, Copic markers, Wink of Stella Clear, craft foam, Nuvo Jewel drops strawberry coulis
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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.
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.
I now just can’t wait to spend another day at the beach.
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.
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The Simon Says: Spread Your Wings Monday Challenge inspired me to create a really special card for my mum. She is 84 years old, lives alone, 2000 kms away from me, and 2 weeks ago she had a fall and fractured several vertebrae in her lower spine. She needs to spend 8 weeks in hospital in a back brace and lying flat on her back. Over the last 2 weeks I have been wowed by her incredible courage and positivity. When thinking about her, the MFT lying down penguin image just flashed into my mind, and I just had to put her in an idyllic tropical setting-mum could well use a pina colada I suspect. The words are so true – You Go Girl! Don’t Let Life Ruffle Your Feathers-even at 84.
Stamps: You Go Girl, Waffle Flower Tiger Lilly, MFT Penguins in Paradise, Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello.
Dies: Stitched circle, stitched hills, Hero Arts Hello.
Inks: Altenew ocean wave, dusk, desert night, Tim Holtz mermaid lagoon. All 4 colours used in stencilled background.
Other: copic colours, yellow glitter card, wave like stencil, neenah white card, tattered angels glimmer mist dazzling diamonds sprayed on stencilled background, 3mm sequins, Ranger stickles turquoise, antique silver gel pen for sunglass lenses.
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We have just had new neighbours move in next door, arriving from a brrrr Scotland, so I just had to make them a “warm” Gold Coast surfin’ Santa Christmas card. The stamp is by CTMH and was coloured with copics, polychromos pencils and Wink of Stella. They just loved it, although Santa bought them a kayak and not a surfboard!