Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Love is in the Air


Hello!  April is almost over and today is my last post as Guest Designer 
with the fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps team.  I'd love it if you have time 
to come and join me today as I share a fun engagement card on the SNSS blog!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Speech Bubble Fun

I'd love to share two cards I made this week as guest designer
with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  - I was delighted to be asked to design with
the talented, lovely team at SNSS for the month of April!
Both cards were made using the fantastic Speech Bubbles Dies 
along with several sentiment sets.  I love how 
these dies can be used in such a variety of ways - along with
images or with sentiments alone, as I've done here,  I
consider them an absolute staple in a die collection!




For the first card I've cut a variety of speech bubbles and sponged
them half in half with an array of  rainbow colors using
mostly Ranger Distress inks.
The sentiments are from God is Bigger which has such encouraging 
 and uplifting phrases and words!
I layed out the speech bubbles beforehand with the actual dies
 and then took a photo with my phone to remember
where I'd decided to place everything before stamping
and sponging each individual piece and adhering.
I think the key to a lay out like this is to keep it random
and place some of the bubbles going off the edge.
Each speech bubble has been popped up to a different level
so there's a variety of dimension.  I tried a few types of
embellishments such as sequins and twine but ended up
keeping it all clean and simple!



For the second card I've sponged three colors on the top panel before 
cutting with the Speech Bubble Dies. The sentiments are from the very 
useful So Thankful, a great set with mix and match 
phrases for cards of appreciation and thanks. The sponged die-cut
panel is popped up over the stamped card base.
Thanks for stopping by today, and thanks to the SNSS team
for letting me join the fun this month!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter


It's been a while since I've been able to post, but I made
a number of Easter cards recently, 
and decided to post the one I enjoyed making the most!  No stamps,
just die-cuts!  I sponged the main panel from the top with Stampin Up's
Cool Caribbean and added some clouds using Sweet 'n Sassy
Stamps Raindrops and Clouds dies. The Easter eggs are cut using
Poppy Stamps Egg Cetera dies and they've been
 lightly sponged around the edges for definition and dimension.
The grass is made with SNSS Fence and Grass dies, and I added more 
The lower case letters are from My Favorite Things By the Letter dies,
 the "Happy" is from Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die.
Making a card with Easter eggs brought back a lot of childhood memories!
Thanks for stopping by today, wishing you a
very special and meaningful Easter!



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:

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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!