Friday, 27 February 2015

Coffee & Chat

I stenciled a large polka dot background, 
then used various dies including:
The speech bubble is stamped with Verve's Sip and Savor
in Versafine Sepia ink.
Loving using shiny gold card these days and I used gold sequins 
to match, finishing with some brown and pink twine.
Thanks so much for stopping by today - off to enjoy a cuppa!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

CAS Poppies

Who can resist poppies - the bright pop of red always grabs me, especially 
against crisp white.  The Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Precious Poppies image is 
coloured with copics, then it was cut out and popped up with foam tape.

I tried various ribbons and twines with this card but always went back to
 keeping it very simple, just adding some black sequins to embellish.  
The sentiment is from Verve Wonderfully Made.   Love this set of 
beautiful sentiments which make wonderful cards of encouragement!
 I added some small black parls for the the flower center.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Leafy Hello

I love the fact that UK/Ireland stampers have the chance to
 order some of the most fabulous brands on the market through
the on-line store Make the Day Special !
Here's a card created for their blog challenge this month which is a sketch: 

I sponged Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters ink on both sides for  
the sketch background, then added some stenciling and stamping with 
Visible Image Ink Splats. I also added some spritzing with a a
paintbrush and Distress Ink. The "hello" is die-cut using
the FABULUOUS Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello
which is one of my most used dies, available at MTDS store.  
It's cut with shiny gold foil card, along with the palm branches
 using a Hero Arts die.I added some gold sequins and
green/blue rhinestones to finish.The whole card is
made on thick watercolor paper for a rich texture.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Blessed is She

Hello!  I have a watercolor card for you today with a beautiful Bible 
verse stamp I recently got from Verve.  I've used 300 gms/140 lb 
watercolor paper (I love the rich thickness of it plus there's less warping) 
and Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry for the background.  
The Blessed die is from Papertrey Ink's Counting 
My Blessings set and it's cut with the same watercolor paper
twice, stacked for dimension and I added a black die-cut 
behind for extra definition.  And then a few sequins to finish!  
I love this verse which contains the words spoken by an angel to Mary, 
the mother of Jesus.  The Bible is full of promises, some say as many 
as 3000 - I haven't taken the time to count, but I do know that even
 believing one or two of God's promises can be truly life changing!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

It's Love!

Here's a wedding card which would work well for a Valentine too,
using a different sentiment.  I had these little white squares 
sitting on my desk, off-cuts from using a Tonic Domed Window die - they
have lovely embossed edges, and were too perfect to throw away!  
I used X-Cut Centurion Alphabet dies with Stampin Up Real Red 
cardstock to make the letters. The squares are popped up on a heart 
which was cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Hearts and Stampin Up 
designer paper. The sentiment is from Verve Blessings 
(which I believe has been discontinued), 
and there's something about stamping it vertically
along the line of the twine which appeals to me.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

All Things

You know how you start using something and then can't seem to put it down?  
Not sure what happened because up until recently, I had very little
interest in shiny gold cardstock, now I'm wanting to make EVERYTHING gold!
Who wouldn't want a gold bicycle!  This one's created with a Marianne 
Creatables die and popped up over some swipes of gold ink.  
I added some matching gold sequins and rhinestones.
The sentiment is a Plain Jane from Verve.  This verse is a good 
one for starting a new year with new challenges. I was thinking about learning
 to do new things and how you feel like you'll never get the hang of it, whether 
you're five years old and learning to ride a bike or 55 years old and learning to 
deal with a difficult situation!  Thank God, He strengthens me!
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my CAS creation!

Friday, 2 January 2015

We Have an Anchor

Hello, and Happy New Year!
 I'm having fun today with some crafty Christmas gifts including 
Paper Smooches Anchor die and Wplus9 Seasonal Sentiments die.  
The anchor is cut with shiny silver foil card though it's
difficult to tell in the photo.  I used Ranger Distress inks
including Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles to 
sponge the bottom half of the panel, before spritzing with water to lift some 
of the ink colour - then spritzed on more ink.  The sequins are a light sea green, 
again hard to detect in the photo.  
I added a tiny black fish from Paper Smooches Sailboat die to the word "hope" 
which has been sponged with matching ink along the bottom.
For those in the U.K./Ireland, all of the above dies are available on this 
side of the Atlantic at Make the Day Special Stamp Store.
Thanks so much for stopping by today - as we head into another weekend,
I hope it's a good one for you!