Thursday 28 February 2019

Pretty Blues

I'm slowly going through my new stamps ... it's really worth getting the matching die for this Flower Vine stamp set from Altenew.

Decided I wanted to give it a softer look, so instead of stamping it in black, I stamped it in grey. Coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

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Leaf Canopy Collage #2

Here is my second card with the smaller leaf canopy that was left over from THIS card.

As the leaf was smaller, there was more room for the bigger acetate butterfly.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Leaf Canopy Collage #1

Sometimes cards don't go the way you had planned ... they seem to have a life of their own.

I started with wanting a CAS card with the leaf canopy.  I played with the idea of having a pink strip, and the confetti below, but I got stuck! Asked myself all sorts of questions :

  • Need to bring in the pink somewhere else. With what? Where?
  • Where do I put the sentiment?
  • Is it enough? Or too bare?

Do you ever second guess yourself too?

So then I splattered the background - having covered the leaves with their die cuts to protect them. But I didn't like it.  So I die cut them out.

Played around with other die cuts and stamps ... and instead of having 2 leaf canopy stamps, I only used one.  

Come back tomorrow for the second card.

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Floral Happy #2

Here is my second card from the Ditsy Print Background. (See the first one HERE).

I created a soft background using the Kind Confetti set. The floral die cut sentiment is popped up and offset on black.

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Tuesday 26 February 2019

Floral Happy #1

Getting 2 cards out of one background is always a bonus.

Stamped up the background with the Ditsy Print and coloured with Copics.  Die cut the bold alphabet word 3 times : on the pattern background, on white and on black. I coloured the white one with Copics and stamped with Rustic Linen, then layered it offset on the black. Added a white gel pen line on top to give it a look of more dimension.

Come back tomorrow for the second card.

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Bouncing with happiness!

The CASology Challenge has the cue word of BOUNCE this week!

For when you're so happy for someone, you're jumping for joy and bouncing about! Or at least I am!

And here it is in action ...

Bounce along and visit the lovely DT blogs and see what they are bouncing about.
If you would like to see the steps I took to make this card, you can keep going ...

Step 1 : Stamp your image on the insert page. This will have to be narrower and shorter than the front of your card.  I cut out a strip from each side to leave a "blocker" tab at the bottom so that it will not escape from the card.

Step 2 : Stamp the image that will be moving on a separate piece of paper, and cut it out.

Step 3 : This is the front of the card. I had laid the insert on the front of the card and marked in pencil where the insert card will be moving, and the maximum height I wanted it to go (where the blocker tabs must stop). Lay down double sided foam tape on the side and bottom edges making sure it will not go in the place where the insert page goes.

Step 4 : Lay the insert page in the space.

Step 5 : Here you can see how the blocker tabs will stop when it hits the foam step at the top. In fact, I made my tabs a little wider as I felt there was too much wiggle room.

Step 6 : Make the top layer of your card. In my case, I needed it exactly the same size as the card. [If you want a border around the top layer, then you need the foam tape on the card front to NOT go to the edge, as described on the previous step].You need to make a cut out "groove" where the movement will take place.  I don't have one of the die sets that do this so I just used a tiny tag die. After taking the photo, I actually made it a little longer by turning the die around, keeping it in line and cutting a little higher so that I had more space for movement.

Step 7 : Peel off the paper on the foam tape on the card front, and stick the top layer on the card. It was actually at this point that you can stick the small square of foam tape at the bottom of the movement groove.

Step 8 : Stick your image that will be moving on the foam dot. [I had put double sided foam on the edges of my hedgehog - but did NOT take off the tape. This keeps it level, but allows it to slide easily.) Voila!

Sunday 24 February 2019

Modern Peonies

Amethyst colours for February Birthdays.

New stamp set for me ... WPlus9 Modern Peonies. I coloured with Prismacolor pencils and popped up on a stencilled background, with a small trip pf patterned paper.

Thursday 21 February 2019

Quick Cards, Boxes and Wrapping

What do you do when you need a quick set of cards ... or gift wrapping?

Grab some delightful Altenew Delicate Blooms stickers ... punch some circles ... stamp or diecut some lacy backgrounds ... add some ribbon ... and voila!!

Bottom left is the box I made for the cards ... pizza box style.
Bottom right is another gift wrapped in brown paper, then there was a band of the card I had used for the box left over, so I wrapped that around and popped on the decoration.

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Welcome Baby Girl

We are going to get so many cute cards for this week's CASology challenge - the cue word is FURBABY.

I don't have very many animal stamps, so I wondering what I was going to use. But then I remembered this WPlus9 set ... which is a NBUS set for me. My nephew and his partner are expecting a baby girl any day now, so I had to make a card for them.  I did a bit of sneaky masking so I could join the "Dad" to the Mom and baby.

I decided to keep to a minimal colour combo to keep things CAS.

Come on over to the other DT members and meet their Furbabies!

Guest Designer : Lindsey

Sponsor : Stamplorations

Modern Anemones

Playing mix and match with different stamps and dies ... all from different companies.

Sunday 17 February 2019

Eucalyptus leaves

I was so inspired by the Alexandra Renke soft eucalyptus leaves paper, I wanted to see what I could do with my supplies.

The leaf canopy set from Altenew is a good start.  I started with the solid stamp with an ink and spritz technique using Antique Linen and Faded Jeans. Then I used the outline stamp in brown.

You can never get the exact same result with this technique. I was trying with varying amounts of ink.

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