Sunday, 27 March 2016

Nuts About You Card

Hi everyone,

I have a special guest designer on my blog today. His name is Leo and he is eight (sorry, nearly nine - he told me I had to say that!) years old. Here he is:

We decided to enter the card in the PDE Linky Pary. You can see all the other fab entries and amazing design inspiration by clicking on the picture below:

I'll hand you over to him for the description of his masterpiece, which is pictured below:

"The inspiration for this card was mostly nature and outdoorsiness. I wanted to cut something out with the Cricut Explore and Jennie said "why don't we cut something out, like a rabbit or a fish", so we did a rabbit - which was blue. I loved it so much I wanted to do something much bigger than a little rabbit, so we got some ideas from the free stuff on the Cricut website. There was some writing that said "nuts about U" and it really brightened my day. After that we found a nice little peanut with a top hat so we put that on. Then we took a little while to cut them all out on the Cricut Explore. After, we decided to discuss what colours we could use for the card and it turned out that we would use some patterns. One was spotty and one was a very nice brown wood.

We cut some shapes out with the Cricut Cuttlebug. We decided to do a heart and a banner. The heart had stawberries on and the banner had the outdoors on it. To finish it off we got some string that was gold patterned and made a bow. Next I wrote "love you" on the banner and I gave the card to my mum and my sister, who has just come back from university :-)"

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at Leos card. Please write him a comment - I know he'd love it!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

You stand out from the crowd card

Hi Everyone,

So it's been another long break since my last post (I've been busy moving house and jobs so I've not had as much time for crafting as I'd have liked) but I've finally found the time to get back to what I love - and what better way to do it than with the awesome Lawnscaping challenge. This time they're after a black and white card with a splash of colour. Click on the picture below to go to the blog post to see all the amazing entries and inspiration from the design team:

Since the challenge involves using black and white I decided to go with a more masculine design, using this cute rhino image from the Critters on the Savanna stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I started my card with a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock which I cropped to a 4.5inch by 4.5 inch size. I then made the background for my design by stamping the rhino rpeatedly onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured the images with copic markers (three shades of warm grey) and fussy cut them - I had intended to use a masking technique but after several failed attempts I decided I preferred the cut and stick option. I glued the rhinos into a tiled pattern.

For the centre rhino, I added red shorts and a pair of shades and fussy cut him with a white border so that he stood out more against the background. I then layered the background and centre rhino with foam tape to create dimension. I added black liquid enamel from ranger to make the sunglasses shiney.

I completed my card with a sentiment I created using anothy Lawn Fawn stamp set - Smitty's ABCs. I stamped directly onto the craft cardstock with Versafine ink.

So there we are folks - my finished card! I really enjoyed getting out my copics again - I never get tired of the amazing shaded effects you can create with them. Anyway, that's it from me for now. All that's left to say is please leave me a comment if you liked my card - it would make my day :)

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hello Autumn Card

Hi Everyone,

Unfortunately I've not been well this week but, since I'm feeling a bit better, I decided to cheer myself up by entering the Paper Smooches Sparks October Picture Perfect Challenge. The picture had lots of autumn colours and leaves for inspiration and this is what I created. Hope you like it!:

I started off with a yellow polka-dot note card from Pebbles as my card base. Next I die cut a piece of Ranger watercolour cardstock with the scalloped rectangle die from Mama Elephants Femme Frames dies. I used Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed to create a watercolour background for my woodland scene.

Next I stamped the tree images from the Spring Groves stamp set and the owl image from the Spookalicious stamp set, both from Paper Smooches, onto more watercolour cardstock. I used Ranger Black Tie die ink - I'm so impressed with this ink. It gives a crisp black image and is completed waterproof (I found my Memento Tuxedo black ink bleeds with water). I also stamped the hello sentiment from Paper Smooches Gently Seasoned stamp set with the same ink and die cut it with a Paper Smooches Wordbubble Die. Next I used more disress inks in Vintage Photo, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed to colour the trees and owl. I was initially a little disapointed with the colour bleeding outside the lines of the owl but then I decided it makes him look extra cute and fluffy. 

Next I watercoloured more cardstock in various colours and die cut leaves with one of the Papersmooches Seasonal Trees Dies. I adhered everything to my card with glue dots and foam squares for dimension and finished with hemp twine and a bow.

If you want to buy any of the Paper Smooches stamps and dies I used for this project, or anything else from this awesome company, then clicking on the image below will take you to their store. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

CASology Guest Designer

Hi Everyone,

I'm very excited today as this is my first ever guest designer post and it's for the very awesome CASology blog. Their theme for this week is:

This got me thinking about all my favourite mushy sentiments and a particular long-time favourite of mine comes from a Mama Elephant stamp set called Love Quotes and I used this as the focal point of my card.

It's been a lovely sunny weekend here in the UK and, as the sun streamed through the window of my craft room, I feel inspired to create something bright and colourful. I still wanted to keep it CAS though so I opted for a crisp white card base with Neenah Solar White cardstock cut to A2 size. I rounded two of the corners for a more interesting shape.

I masked off the different lines of my sentiment stamp and used a different coloured pigment ink for each. From top to bottom I used Avery Elle Magenta, Avery Elle Strawberry, Avery Elle Fizz, Avery Elle Lemon Grass, Mama Elephant Pacific Blue and Mama Elephant Egg Plant. I tried to match the colours as closely as possible to the patterned paper I used from the 6x6 Fruit Stand paper pad from Doodlebug Designs.

I stamped the speechbubble image onto more Neenah cardstock using Tuxedo black ink and second generation stamping for a muted look. I then fussy cut this and drew around it onto the back of my patterned paper and fussy cut that also. I die cut a small heart from the white speech bubble to let more of the patterned paper peek through (as well as to highlight to word 'you' since that it the title of our challenge!) I layered the two shapes and adhered them with foam pads.

I completed my card by die cutting a couple more hearts from patterned paper with my Simon Says Stamp Mini Heart Dies, and adhering a few colourful sequins. The sequins I used were (clockwise from the top left corner) Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Pink Peonies, Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Amethyst, Neat and Tangled blue sequin from the Spring Mix, Neat and Tangled mint sequin from The Spring Mix, a clear sequin coloured orange with a copic marker and Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Raspberry.

I love getting comments from you all so please let me know what you think xx