Thursday, December 14, 2017

Southern Girls - all that glitters

It's Team Trace's time to share at Southern Girls Challenge and our challenge is to use Glitter on your project.   Our sponsors are

I chose to use an Altenew stamp and die set - Build a Flower Rose.... that I purchased from Krafters Cart.   Meetu has an amazing array of stamps and dies in stock and I love  buying from a NZ site

 I stamped the flower in a number of pink inks from Altenew (also purchased from Krafters Cart)  I added lots of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  The leaves from the set were die cut from green glitter paper from DCWV.  I added some green pencil for dimension.  The birthday sentiment was die cut from some glitter foam.    Bugger of a stuff to use... but in real life, really glittery.

Do come and join us with your glittery projects. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hand made flowers

I recently purchased the Heartfelt Creations 3D basic flower mold...

I don't have any Heartfelt Creations flower dies, but do have some Spellbinders dies and Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die.  The poinsettia die was the one I did my first try with

They are soooo easy to get the dimension without any effort.  Cut the dies out, lay them into one half of the mold, spritz with water, and then add the top of the mold and run it through your die cutting machine... I have a Cuttlebug and it worked perfectly.  As the pieces dry they go really firm and are great to layer.   

Here is the tag I made with this flower

And here are a couple of flowers I made using the Spellbinder's Rose die

I still need to make a couple of smaller ones and then make them into a card. 

And I got a great early Christmas present.... from my very good friend Suna.... she was lucky to be the big winner in a Spotlight competition and won 2 Brother Scan n Cut machines and 2 Brother Sewing Machines.  And I was extra lucky that she gave me one of the Scan n Cuts - yes gave it to ME!

Here is Suna when she brought it to work today for me

I've got to make some space in my room for this.... so until I can organise things, it will have to stay in the box... but I've been looking at videos and sussing it out.  Thank you so much for your generosity Suna.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Ornaments and other Christmas cards

Still making Christmas cards....

Using some ornaments from Catherine Pooler Designs.  I embossed the background with a Holly folder.  The ornaments were stamped with Catherine Pooler inks and die cut with the matching dies.    Finished with a Hero Arts sentiment and some Nuvo drops.

Next up is a very simple card made with stickers

I white embossed a sentiment from my Rosie's Studio set onto dark blue card.  I then added the stickers all over the card

and then I did some colouring with my Copics

The candle on this one is a freebie with a magazine.  The sentiment is a Catherine Pooler stamp which I've inked in two colours of red inks.  MISTI is awesome for doing this.  

I now just have to address and send off my cards.   Did some last night and will do some tomorrow... tonight we are watching two episodes of Outlander.  Still a few episodes behind.  

Thanks for visiting

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November CCC Reveal

Each month I tried and take part in the CCC (card chain challenge) over at the CCC blog... this month our choices were:

 and the themes were Blessings/Deer/Friendship and the products Papertrey Ink and Watercolours.

I chose the sketch and the colours.

I used an Altenew stamp set and inks to make this card.   It went off to Lucille in Colorado.   I received a beautiful card from NanaConnie

It's been an awesome day today, with two of my stamping group ladies coming over - we stamped and talked and ate our lunch outside... And I got 8 cards and repurposed  an other one.  MISTI helped me make 5 the same cards very quickly. 
Three of us spread out all over the table. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you get your craft on this weekend.

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's winter over at Die Cut Divas- and pimp that envelope at StampNation

First of the month, so it's time for a new challenge at Die Cut Divas.  And our theme is Winter... which is ironical as the last few days here in Auckland, have been very warm and summery.

Our sponsor this month are Dies-R-Us.

 For my card today I have used Die cut snowflakes.  There are lots to chose from at Dies-R-Us... 

I used a number of different dies and added some little Winnie & Walter stars in a pale grey ink from Altenew.    Sentiment is from Winnie & Walter as well.  

Do come and join us this month with your Winter Wonders!  

And there is a new challenge up at StampNation.... Pimp that envelope

Do pop over and see all of what the designers have done... it's awesome.  If you are not a member yet.... you will have to wait till January to join us as the StampNation site is moving to a new platform and registration is on hold for the month while we settle into the new site.  But put it in your diary and come join us... it is so much fun.

PS - just realised this is my 1600th post.... my first post was March 15th 2009!  I can hardly believe it's been so long.  I am still in love with this hobby - addicted more like. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CAS Thanks

It's my turn to post at Die Cut Divas.  Our theme is "Thanks"

A2Z scrapbooking are the main retailer of Hero Arts Digital kits and today I have used two different ones to make my card.   

I do my digital editing in Microsoft Word.  It gives me lots of options when using the images - such as adding shadows (as I did with my Thanks sentiment) and to change the colour and size of my images (as I did with the flowers).

I used the following digi sets
Say it in Pieces
Petty Blossoms Printable  

I snipped one of the blossoms and pasted it onto my page.  Then resized, recoloured and printed it onto some Canson Bristol card.  I used a Lil'Inkers die to cut it out.  I used Zig markers and my Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to colour (lots of sparkle in real life) .  A few Nuvo drops in Rhubarb Crumble and it done.

You still have a few days to join our challenge over at Die Cut Divas.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Ornament

When I got my new Catherine Pooler Spa inks I also got the Wonderful Time of the Year stamp.  I've used the sentiment from the set, but today I'm sharing a card I made using one of the ornaments in the set

I paired the ornament with the branches from a Sunny Studio set.  Just love these big full branches.  I stamped the ornament in Royal Treatment and Daydream blue.   I used some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to move the blue ink around.  I used a gold gel pen to add some more colour.  I did some splatters with the gold sparkle pen.  The sentiment is from a Penny Black stamp set. 

Thanks for stopping by.  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

... making Christmas cards is always the most wonderful time of the year....
I was over at StampNation when I saw Melissa Miller's card using the new Most Wonderful Time of the Year stamp from CP Designs as a focal point on her card.   This is what she made....

And here are the two cards that I was inspired to do.

Can you see where I was inspired?   First up was the shaped panel.  For mine I used the corner of a couple of different scalloped dies.  I had a pile of the stamped plaid backgrounds the day my inks and stamps arrived so I pulled a couple out.  I also used Melissa's idea of doing some ombre stamping.  For the green I used Eucalyptus and Green Tea Inks.   I did some sparkle embossing (I can never get this to emboss nicely) and then stamped the little bitty snowflake in the Green Tea.   For my Purple card, I used Flirty Fuchsia and Royal Treatment and some Silver glitter ink for the snowflakes. 

And while I had the StampNation site open, I decided to take up Erika and Ingrid's challenge... to CASE either Erika's card or Ingrid's CASE of Erika's card.... quite the "Challonge"  I chose to CASE Erika's card

 Erika's card above

And my CASE of it.  Using Spa Inks and stamps and dies from the Candy Cane Lane collection (from last year)   You can see I used the same design,. 

Hubby has arrived safely down south and today went for a warm up walk around Lake Hayes.  He sent me this photo today that he took while they were out on the walk

Stunning scenery.