Friday, 18 May 2018

Birthday Koala

Hi there,

I hope everyone has had a good week. I can't believe the weekend has come around already.  It's going to be a busy one for me but hopefully I'll find a little time to do some crafting, or at the least, some colouring :) 

Today I have a birthday I would like to share with you. I made this card specifically for the new challenge over at Reverse Confetti.  They have a new website and a new monthly challenge :) This month the theme is birthday....perfect for me as my birthday card stash is virtually non-existent after my huge crafting hiatus.  Unfortunately I don't own many Reverse Confetti products - just a couple of stamp sets and 4 dies I think.  I would LOVE to get much more, especially some of the products from the new release but my goal is to use more of my untouched stash first though before I allow myself to buy anymore.  Plus, as postage to Oz is always I factor, when I order I tend to order alot to justify it - hehe, so some saving is needed or a big sale :)

One of the stamp sets I own is Bear Hugs - it's so darn cute but I had never inked it up, so out it came. Here is my card:

Reverse Confetti Stamps -Bear Hugs
Reverse Confetti Cuts - Bear Hugs
Reverse Confetti Cuts - Circles N' Scallops
Clearly Besotted Stamps - Sweet Little Sentiments
MFT Die-namics - Blueprints 14
Simon Says Stamp - Woodgrain Cardstock
MFT Paper Pack -Dots and Stripes Confection
MFT Paper Pack - Calm and Cozy Chevron
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins - Sparkling Clear 4mm
Doodlebug Design Sprinkles - Silver Assortment
Ranger Enamel Accents - Black
Glue Dots - Invisi Dots for Vellum

I coloured the image in with my copics and then die cut it out.  I lightly sponged a circle die cut from Circle and Scallops set with some distress ink and added a scrap of white embossed vellum I had lying around in my scrap box to the bottom. I foam mounted the cute koala onto it and added some sequins. This circle was then adhered to a larger scalloped circle I die cut from some woodgrain card.  All my pastel background papers were from my box of odds and ends, because of this I don't have any information on the yellow spotted paper - I think it is from a digital paper pack but I don't know which one - sorry. This papers where adhered to a die-cut square woodgrain card which was adhered to a card base.  I foam mounted the sentiment and added a few silver dots for some sparkle.

My choice of pastel background papers was inspired by the current  Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

 I would also like to link this card up with Seize the Birthday challenge and Addicted to Stamps Challenge 292 - Make your Mark.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Hugs Ax

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Santa Magic

Hi Friends,

Thanks for popping by. I hope everyone had a good week and are enjoying their weekend.  Happy Mother's Day to all mamma's out there too. 

I have yet another Christmas card to share with you today.  I am currently finding Christmas cards slightly easier to make than any other card type as I slowly get my crafting mojo back after a huge crafting absence.  Saying that my crafting mojo all but disappeared this week!! I was struggling to come up with any ideas but really wanted to make a card. When I saw the theme at Merry Monday Challenge was to add a star and that the current monthly Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers had the optional twist of stars, I knew a starry card just had to be made.

When rummaging through my supplies I came across a fab star stencil from Create a Smile that I bought years ago but have never used! (Like the majority of my crafty stuff!)  I also remembered Francine Vuilleme had made a couple of fantastic cards with this stencil. So...I took inspiration from her and CAS'ed one of her cards. I love her cards and her colouring is fantastic.

Here is my card:

MFT Stamps - Merry Everything
MFT Die-namics - Merry Everything
MFT Stamps - Mirror Image
MFT Die-namics - Snow Drifts
Create a Smile Stencil - Wave of Stars
Strathmore Bristol Cardstock
Xpress It - Blending Card
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste - White
Stampendous Embossing Powder - Crystal Transparent
 Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black 
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Copic Multiliner - Black 0.3

This card was a bit of a challenge for me as I wanted the sky to be blended ink....and, well, I have always been scared of blended ink backgrounds.  The few times I have tried they have turned out terrible and ended in the bin. I just couldn't get a good blend at all and became disheartened and have avoided them.  I recently managed to get my hands on some Bristol smooth cardstock so I thought I would give it another try. I am not going to tell you how long it took to do but lets just say I took it really, really slow and managed to create one that was card worthy :) 

I wanted to use the adorable Santa from MFT Merry Everything stamp set for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he has never been inked up :( and I thought this image would work well as I could make it look like he was releasing the wave of stars from his hand. However, I wanted my image on the left hand side of the card and.he was holding the wrong hand up! It was time to try some mirror stamping again. I had to go over a few areas with a copic multiliner hence why the stamped image doesn't look as sharp as I would like.  Then, I had to figure out how to die-cut him! Once all that was done I coloured him with copics.  

I created the snow drifts with my MFT dies and worked out where exactly I wanted to place Santa on my card before I added the stars. I used some white embossing paste with the stencil and while its was still wet added some crystal embossing powder. Once the paste was dry I heat embossed the powder. I popped Santa onto my card with some foam dots. The sentiment is a freebie I received with a cardmaking mag ages ago. It is stamped directly onto the snow drift. I used my MISTI to ensure it was straight!  I then adhered the scene to some dark blue generic cardstock before adhering to my card base.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Thanks so much for popping by, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Hugs Ax 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Christmas Trees

Hi there,

Just a quick pop to share my card for the current  Merry Monday Christmas Challenge,
where Deanne has picked a no stamping theme.  I actually found this quite challenging as I love to colour, so I use stamps on all my cards. After a look through my supplies I realised I actually have quite a few dies that are still patiently waiting to be used, and so had a few ideas for making a card. My main problem was the sentiment though as I couldn't find any suitable paper or dies in my stash.  Thankfully I remembered I had a box with odd embellishments in the cupboard and found some chipboard sentiments I got free with a crafting mag a long time ago.  I ended up making this card at the very last minute as it was a hectic week, so it is completely different from what I had originally planned, but I'm happy to have another Christmas card done.

Here is my card:

Reverse Confetti Cuts - Branch Out
Lawn Fawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders
MFT Die-namics - Single lined Stitched Rectangel Frame Stax
Memory Box Dies - Crystalline Border
Provocraft Cuttlebug - Snowfall Embossing Folder
Simon Says Stamp - Smoke Cardstock
Doodlebug Design Sprinkles - Ladybug Assortment
Ranger Stickles - Diamond
Felt - Generic Felt Sheets from Dollar Shop 
Sentiment - Chipboard 

I created the trees with felt I recently bought from the local dollar shop that was closing down - it was a bargain! It's the first time I've used felt on a card and I love the added texture.  I added some enamel dots to the trees to decorate them. The background scene was very simple to put together, and I added some stickles for some glistening snow and a few die cut snowflakes. The sentiment is a chipboard piece that I got as a freebie with a crafting mag a long time ago.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Thanks for popping by,
Hugs Ax

Friday, 4 May 2018

Reluctant Flower

Hi there,

Happy Friday to everyone, thanks so much for popping by.
Do you ever have one of these days where you try and made a card and everything seems to go wrong! This is what happened with this one and I nearly threw out! IT started with the colouring and snowballed from there but as the idea was originally inspired by some challenges and after spending a few hours trying to salvage it, I should keep it!

I was inspired by the following challenges:

The Paper Players tic tac toe challenge - flowers, die-cut and twine.

The  Color Throwdown Challenge for this gorgeous colour combo - I love it.

And  Freshly Made Sketches Challenge for the classic layout.

This card also fits nicely with the current Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - Floral

Here is what I ended up making!

Clearly Besotted Digital Image - Free with a PaperCrafting Mag a long time ago
MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1
WPlus 9 Die-Cut - Sunshine Layers
Lil' Inker Designs - Stitched Mats Ovals
Neenah Cardstock - Desert Storm
PaperTrey Ink Impresssion Plate - Canvas
 My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots - Presh Noted
Doodlebug Designs Enamel Dots - Tangerine
Natural Twine 

Thanks so much for popping by. I am looking forward to a more productive crafting weekend.
Hugs Ax