Thursday, 16 October 2014

All My Heart

I've been making quite a few cards with a pink theme in honor 
of the fight against breast cancer highlighted in October. 
 Splitcoaststampers has a special card drive called 
Hope You Can Cling To - the cards created are sent for 
patients at a cancer treatment center in Texas to use. 
Here's a card I created for a challenge to include a 
bear on your card - I love this adorable 
wee teddy from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Valentine Critters
 He's colored with copics and the head is 
popped up over the body to give some dimension.  
I have to tell you, I just love this 
set with all those adorable little critters and use it the whole year around - they're 
perfect for baby cards, birthday cards and general cards expressing love! 
The heart is cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities 
and sponged while still in the die with Stampin Up Blushing Bride ink.  
Buttons seem to play along well with polka dots to me, 
so I grabbed a few in melon pink from my button jars!
The fight against cancer is close to my heart as my husband and so many 
in his family have battled through it.  I know many of you can identify 
as you have loved ones and dear friends with similar stories.  
May God give you strength and peace for
 whatever challenges you're facing today.
Thank you for stopping by for a look!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Song in My Heart

A card for Susie's (PaperPunchScissors) Hope You Can 
Cling To Challenge at Splitcoaststampers 
yesterday: Heart Song, to use music on your card. I thought this fab set from 
CASual Fridays stamps called Love Notes would be perfect for it.
The background is created using varioius Distress Inks including 
Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, 
Dusty Concord, and Picked Raspberry.  I applied the ink to an acrylic 
block and sprayed it with water before stamping in various layers on watercolor paper.
The treble clef is from Memory Box.  I love using watercolor paper 
for cards, the thick texture gives such a rich feel!  
Thanks for stopping by today and if you'd like to know more 
about the HYCCT card drive to benefit those suffering from
 breast cancer during the month of October, you can find out all the details HERE!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Thanks Mum

I thought it might be fun to revisit a card or two that I submitted as a Dirty 
Dozen designer at Splitcoaststampers a few 
years ago.  We have a commitment not to use them on blogs, etc. for at 
least six months but that time is well up!  Our theme was to create cards about 
those who have inspired or influenced us and I chose to make a card honouring
 my Mum who instilled in me a deep love of reading and books from a young age.
Here'a a photo I found of the two of us!

This  image used on this card is called Book Time, it's a digi from 
A Day for Daisies and it's coloured with copics.  
The dp is from October afternoon.  I added some matching 
beads to the twine as finishing touches.  
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Look Ma, No Adhesives!

Hope You Can Cling To card drive.  It's a month of 
challenges and card making to benefit those affected by breast cancer!  
Sabrina has challenged us to make a card using 
no adhesives and it has to be more than one layer, though the whole panel can 
be attached to a card base.  It's harder than I thought - I kept reaching for 
embellishments like sequins and pearls! I eventually hit on the idea of
stitching on buttons.  The butterflies are watercoloured with Distress Inks 
including Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick and then 
stitched onto the panel.  The card base was watercolored
and then stenciled with gray ink.  
It's a beautiful sunny autumn day here in Belfast - whatever the weather
is like where you are, I hope you're having a good weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Autumn Thanks Card Set

Today we're showcasing again some of the new stamps and dies
released by  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps during September! 
Here's a set of four "thank you" cards created with the fabulous
Leaf Silhouettes stamp set and Leaf Silhouette Dies. 
 The sentiments are from the very useful So Grateful - love how
easy it is to mix and match the words to say thank you in different ways.

I used ink to watercolor the backgrounds, leaving an unpainted area so
the popped up leaves would stand out in contrast.  This involves brushing
 the whole rectangular area with water before brushing in the ink loosely
 in the bottom left two thirds.  As the ink/paint spreads you can add in a
bit more here and there for more depth of color.
After stamping the sentiments in Color Box Black 
Licorice ink, I added a few matching sequins to finish.
Here is a closer look at each card with ink colors.

Ranger Distress Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.

Stampin Up Lucky Limeade and Ranger Distress Peeled Paint.

 Stampin Up Rich Razzleberry.

Ranger Distress Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you'll take a look at the pretty creations some of 
the Design Team have come up with using new September release
stamps and dies!  If you've made any creations using the new sets,
we'd love to see them, please add the using the linky tool below which closes
September 25, 2014.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Give Thanks

Here's an autumn card in non-traditional pastel colors 
 I love the bold, modern style of these leaves - very fun to work with!
The background is created with a technique using watercolors 
or ink and a stencil, which I learned in the 
Many people prefer using watercolor paper but other types of card stock work 
fine because it doesn't involve over-working the paint/ink too much.  
However, a word of warning, many types of card stock will buckle and warp -  I 
taped down the edges of the panel with easily removable masking
tape to avoid excessive warping, but if it does 
happen, you can adhere the panel to another piece of card stock or 
else put it between the pages of a large book and sit on it for a while to flatten it out!
I brushed the panel with plenty of of water, then added various colors of ink 
with the brush - the paint or ink should spread and blend if you've added
enough water.  If not, give it a spray of water until you see it start to really blend.
Here I used Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, 
Antique Linen, Broken China and Worn Lipstick.  I then lay the stencil over the
 wet panel and set some jars of buttons on top of the stencil so that it's 
pressed down into the paint/water fairly evenly - you could probably use anything 
that has a bit of weight to it but also allows some air flow.   Then you have 
to let it sit and dry!  Go have a cup of coffee or do some cleaning up around 
your craft area!  Don't be tempted to take the stencil off too soon 
before it dries - so maybe you've got time for a cup of coffee AND tidying up!  
When the stencil is removed the result is something like this - the paint/ink has 
gathered where the stencil is pressed against the paper, creating darker areas, leaving
the stencil pattern in lighter shades. 
I popped up the stamped, die-cut leaves and added a strip of vellum with the sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Comrade, Friend Buddy, Mate!

I'm delighted to be joining the talented DT at Serendipity Stamps
for a second hop during September.
Each month there's a fun challenge posted on the 
Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog
and this month the theme is "Summer's Last Hurrah!"  I hope you'll pop
over there to check out the creations on this theme
by the talented design team and join the fun!

The design team have the extra challenge of creating a card based on 
one of our own photos - I chose this fun photo of my friend's new puppy,
 Brodie, which I took this summer. I had fun playing with him on the
grass in the sunshine - managed to get a shot without him chewing my shoelaces!
He's part Tibetan Terrier, was born in Donegal, and
he was 8 weeks old when this photo was taken in August.
My card is a thank you for a friend, inspired by not only my shoes, but 
also by the friendship and loyalty that we all love in our furry friends!  
I coloured the shoes from the fabulous Tennis Shoes Cling Set
with copics, stamping one extra shoe so that the image panel would stretch 
across the card a bit further.  I stamped one of the
sentiments from the set multiple times up the side.
I love the Thanks Die which cuts beautifully - I used four die-cuts
and stacked them up for dimension.

Thanks to Mary and the Serendipity DT for inviting me to join them 
this month, it's been an honour and so much fun!   
And thanks for stopping by today!