Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rescue Notes

I made my card, taking time to paper piece, paint, punch out some flags. I added a bead of Black Accents for the eye, and set my card aside to dry.

But then I notice that I hadn't drawn in the lines for the flags ... and my fuzzy mind totally forgot about "still drying" Black Accent eye! And I smudged it across the card. Aaaargh!

Wondering how I could rescue it, I thought of music notes.

Bird tweets!

Yay! I also had to add a circle punch out to cover the big eye smudge. Then I did another Black Accent eye. And put the card OUT OF REACH!

Lucky for me there is a Notes challenge as CAS-ology this week!

Happiness is ...

... playing with paper, paint, stamps and ink!

I love the grid pattern of the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge

My first thought was to use my 9 Inkadinkado butterflies with watercolour squares. I added stickles and glossy accents to highlight areas.

But wanted another attempt, so started with watercolour squares again, but went with a more mix and match theme.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Easter Basket

I loved the inspiration picture over on the Fusion Challenge.

Such pretty, soft, beautiful roses. Opened up my new WPlus9 Freshcut Florals stamp set to use the tiny flowers that would go with the sweet basket die that I was given as a gift with one of my orders. I had first thought, "I'll never use that", but it's just perfect for an Easter Basket. I thought the basket is a pretty good match for the sketch too.

I used gelatos as my paint - it has a lovely shimmer as I mixed in the metallic purple with the lilac and blue. I added glossy accents to the flower centres and the little dots I had made with a Copic marker.

I made that tiny bow with just the 2 inner prongs of a fork!

Double embossed Stencils

Still playing with stencils for Virginia's View Challenge. This time I did the embossing paste in two steps as I was using 2 colours mixed in with the paste (Mowed Lawn and Festive Berries Distress Inks). I tell you, it was not so easy to keep the paste out of the shapes I was trying to avoid. So I let the first colour dry before I attempted the second. Then I let that dry before I stamped my text background with versamark and embossed in white. So I used embossing paste and embossing powder on this one.

I was inspired by Vicki's Muse Challenge.

In fact I started this card first, but as it took so many steps with the drying time, it will be my second card for the Muse Challenge. I went with the design and the colours ... with text printed over the florals. 

I will also enter this for the Hero Arts Sketch Challenge ... a loose interpretation of sketch No 2 ... a square tag?!

Make a Splash

I have been playing a lot with my stencils for Virginia's View Challenge. This is the first one finished.

I mixed in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers into two blobs of embossing paste, then smeared them on alternatively across the stencil giving two grades of colour.

I used the fun Hero Arts Curly Alphabet mixed with the Bird Branch Alphabet to make the sentiment.

A strip of washi tape and a few sprinkles finish the card.

I will also enter this in the Hero Arts Sketch Challenge, using the sketch No. 3 on the right :

Muse Challenge 62

The Muse this week is Vicki Dutcher.

I went with the same colours and design, but I put the pattern in place of the ribbon.

This is my first Christmas card of 2014!


Sarah of My Impressions was having a slow down in mojo (but is offering a giveaway instead), and asked for pinterest inspiration. I sent her this one as I love the colours and gives a sense of peace and tranquility.

I wasn't going to make a card, but then I came across a scrap of card (I have tons of those !!) that I had inked up with Distress Inks and thought it was the perfect backdrop. 

Not quite the green ... may have to search that stash of half finished pieces a bit more!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Let it Go

A little message to myself ... and a bit of pampering too.

I was thinking of the WET challenge at CAS-ology, when I spotted this All Night Media stamp which has been in my stash for over a decade. I wondered if I could use it in a more up to date way. So I paired it with the wonderful splash of Annabelle Stamps, and the sentiment from CAS-ual Friday Stamps. A lovely thick coat of Glossy Accents really brings out the WET, and Frosty Lace stickles make the bubbles shine.

I chose turquoise on purpose to go with the the Less is More A touch of Turquoise Challenge, and three splashes for the Three Spree Challenge at The Paper Players.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Some Bunny loves you

A fun Easter card for my nieces ...

I masked the eggs, and coloured the Bunny tag with copics.

I will enter it the Simon Says Happy Easter/Sweet Treats Challenge and CAS-ual Fridays Good Egg Challenge where you must use ovals.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Keeping track of Challenges

I am really trying to live a simpler, saner life as I find that I spend way too much time looking at blogs and challenges and so little time creating. Or creating to ridiculous times in the night ... like until 2 or 3am. So I've been perpetually tired and ended up really sick.

Having just spent 10 days in bed (4 in hospital) with a really bad bronchitis, I've had my clock reset. I don't want to end up crafting so late at night, so I've set myself a new rule .... only to look at challenges if I have time to make the card or layout! It will take a weight off my mind - one less thing on my TO DO list, and not having that "what am I going to create for that challenge" hovering in mind for days ... and then missing the deadline anyway!

I have tried to keep track of challenges in a number of ways in the past, but this is what works for me at the moment. A one page document, with the links set up, organised by monthly, bi-monthly and weekly challenges with start and duration of each challenge. I have pinned up a copy on my studio wall too. This means that if I find myself with some crafting time on a Wednesday, I can just click on any link that would be within the challenge deadlines.

If anyone wants a copy of this (in Word or PDF format, with the links), just email me and I'll send it on.

I hope to make it into my studio today ... and make one card. :)

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