Saturday, 9 July 2016

Sunny Colours

So much happening at the moment that I'm not getting to make many cards for challenges. But I got out my new WPlus9 You = Kind set to play to a little bit.

Used the happy sunshine colours of orange to yellow. 


I will enter this to the :

... Muse Challenge - I was inspired by Anita's grading of orange to yellow, and flowers.



"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine"
                                                                 Anthony J. D'Angelo 




Friday, 17 June 2016

A simply marvellous stamp

When the Hero Arts Large Flower background stamp came out quite a while back, I didn't think I wanted it as it was too much colouring for me. But how times have changed! I think it is an incredibly versatile stamp and you can get so many different looks to the end result. 

Firstly, one doesn't have to colour in everything ... and by embossing white on white, the dotted background becomes a subtle texture. I painted this with Distress inks.

Fabulous day

Secondly, one doesn't have to use the whole stamp ... and you can add emphasis by partially detail cutting. Embossed white on kraft and coloured with Prismacolor pencils. 

Happiness


I can see many more cards on the horizon. 

Since I have used 2 colouring techniques I will enter Virginia's View Challenge : All about Colours.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Distress Resist Layers

It's been a while since I did some distress resist, but Anita gave us wonderful inspiration at Muse Challenge this week.

I have gone with her technique, but changed the colours. 
Stamping and embossing clear each time, I went in order ... on the white, then Squeezed Lemonade, then Tumbled Glass (which gave the light green when added to the yellow), followed by Salty Ocean and ending with Blueprint Sketch.
I kept a rectangle panel, but made it smaller to give a lighter feel, and used the outline stamps for the background.

Distress Resist 1

Here is Anita's card



I had a tiny frame left over, plus another rectangle, so made another one


I'll enter this to Virginia's View Challenge #22 : All about colours as it fits the colour layering criteria.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

My Sunshine

I have always called my eldest, my "Sunshine". And she certainly has brought the sunshine into our lives. So the CASology Challenge : Sunshine is close to my heart.




She is living on an island over 6000kms away from ours, so I love to send her cards, and this theme is perfect for her.

Mixing up some of my many sunshine stamps from Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp and WPlus9.



Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Little Bird

I had to buy the whole set, just to get this delightful little bird. 


I was inspired by Kimberly Wiener at Muse : Christmas Challenge


and will also enter to Just us Girls Challenge : Bird.




Monday, 6 June 2016

CASology 200th

Congrats to CASology for the 200th Challenge : CAS! The design team have given me so much inspiration and teaching over the years. Thank you ladies.



You can even use stencils for a CAS card ... as long as you keep some white space.


Also entering this to Addicted to CAS : Anything Goes.



Saturday, 4 June 2016

Masked Petals

Sorry that I have been away for so long ... I think I left my mojo in South Africa. But I had to get my act together to give a course on Thursday. I couldn't resist using my new Hero Arts Antique Rose stamp.


Some masking to create depth, and colouring with Distress Inks. I painted the edge of the die cut rectangle with Gesso before sponging.

My entry for ...





Thursday, 19 May 2016

More Vellum

To play in the Just Us Girls Vellum Challenge, I did more of Jennifer McGuire's rainbow effect on vellum.




Tuesday, 17 May 2016

By the sea

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside! Fresh air, sunshine and water!

My entry for ...

... CASology Challenge : Tear

Even though the paper tearing can be quite busy, if you keep it small, then you can keep it CAS.

I had thought I could add it to the sea challenge on Less is More, but I had forgotten that it was a one layer challenge.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Colourful Paint Strips

Had some fun this week with Paint stamps and the Misti.



Entry for ...



And it's good to use the leftovers too ... negative space ....


And asking for some help .... 
My old Macbook Pro fried while I was travelling. Since I have my new one, I cannot reduce the size of my photos using the same method without losing clarity and definition. (Imported my photos to "Photos", edited as I wished, then exported on custom setting to dimension of 500 or 600 pixels, on maximum quality)
It is so frustrating. I have tried Picmonkey, but for some reason it freezes my whole Safari. 
Also tried uploading large file to flickr and editing it in Aviary, but that also freezes.
Any suggestions?









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