Monday, 8 September 2014

Favourite things...

Hello guys!

How is everyone?  Well I hope :)

I'm back to share my sample for this months' WOW! challenge - 'My Favourite'.  For this challenge I have gone with my favourite technique and the one that got me hooked on heat embossing - Emboss Resist.

How cool is that graphic?!!  Love it!

Moving on...this technique isn't anything fancy or difficult, but I think that''s why I love it!  You don't need any special tools (beyond a heat gun) and you can create some lovely effects.

Here is my card...

As you can see, this card is pretty simple but I love the firey colours against the stark white background - it makes me happy!  I heat embossed the De-Vine background stamp in Opaque Bright White Super Fine powder and then grabbed my inks and got smudging!

Once I'd finished applying the inks, I took a dry tissue and 'polished' the image.  This removes any/all of the excess ink from the embossing powder, allowing the bright white to shine through and accentuate the contrast.

The sentiments were also embossed in Opaque Bright White Super Fine powder on the black card - I love the stark contrast and how true the white of this powder is - hands down my favourite white embossing powder - EVER.

Each month WOW! showcase one powder and one stamp set - this month the powder is Calypso Embossing Glitter and the stamp is the De-Vine background stamp.  I have a made a card for you guys using both if these - this was fun to make!!

For this card, first I die cut the circular 'windows' from the card front.  I then masked the edges of the card base to ensure that I was left with a white margin around the edge before I stamped the De-Vine background onto it and used the Calypso Embossing Glitter to emboss it.

The sentiments from the Collage stamp set were then embossed using the Earthtone Blueberry powder which has a lovely matt finish.  This, I thought, was a great contrast to the super sparkly Calypso glitter.

Although it's mostly hidden in this photograph - my fault, sorry! - the base of the butterfly has the De-Vine pattern embossed in Metallic Silver Super Fine to give a little interest to him as he hides under his vellum counterpart ;)

Thank you for all those who stayed with me throughout this longer-than-usual post - you're all troopers!  Now grab your stamps and embossing powders and get on and create something that showcases your favourite - whatever that may be!  I hope to see you in the gallery on the WOW! blog :) 

See you next time!  :)

Card:       Paper Mill Direct - White Super Smooth, Black; Vellum
Stamps:  WOW! - De-VineCollage
Ink:         Versamark; Distress Ink - Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade
Powders: Opaque Bright White (S/F)Calypso Embossing GlitterEarthone BlueberryMetallic Silver (S/F)
Other:      Rhinestones

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wedding van...!


Twice in one week - would you believe it?!!!

On Saturday my friend's brother got married, so OBVIOUSLY she needed a special card for the occasion :)  The colour scheme for the wedding was bright pink and orange and all the girls turned up in a VW Camper van - how cool is that?!!  Has anyone guessed where this card is going yet?  ;)

Here it is...

As you can see, it's the back of the van, not the front!  It may seem ridiculous, but I made this van THREE times!  Third time lucky and all that :)  

This is a slightly larger card than usual - 200mm x 200mm - so I had to make a box for it to go in...

My friend really liked this card, I was so pleased - and apparently the Bride and Groom loved it too which I was super pleased about!  :)

Thanks for stopping by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White Linen, Raspberry Pink, Citrus Orange, Baby Pink, Black, Silver Matt
Stamps: Verve - Bloom & Grow; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Big Day Additions
Ink:        VersaColor - Green; VersaMark
Other:    WOW! - Ebony e/p; Rhinestones; Spellbinders - Anemone Flower Topper

Sunday, 10 August 2014

All that glitters...

Hey people!

How are you?  I hope you've all had a great weekend - I'm just relaxing now psyching myself up for work tomorrow.

I've had a chance to make some cards - woohoo!  This is me trying to be organised this year as I can just see things getting busier and busier as the year goes on...a Christmas card!  I'm sorry to mention the word so early, but I know you all know how it is - in card making terms it's only just around the corner hey?!  :)

I was inspired by the current Addicted to CAS challenge where the code word is 'Gold'.  That just screamed Christmas to me :)

Here it is...

I'm not going to lie...I may have bought some new bits!  ;)  Waltzingmouse Stamps had a sale on Christmas stamps and I absolutely LOVE Clare's Christmas designs...a little treat to myself, but don't tell anyone!  They work so well alone, it didn't require me to do anything which is always good ;)

There's not really a great deal I can say about this card - the stamps did the work, I just embossed it all in gold - yum!  All that's left to do is to pop on over to Addicted To CAS and link this bad boy up!


Thank you so much for stopping by and sticking with me and my sporadic posting - love you guys!  ;)

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - Black, Super Smooth White
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Seasonal Flourish, Ornate Ornaments
Ink:        Versamark
Other:    WOW! - Metallic Gold Rich e/p; pearls

Friday, 8 August 2014

Black and white...

Hello, hello!

How are we all?  It's time for another challenge over at WOW! Embossing Powder - the challenge is Monochrome.

When I think monochrome I immediately think black and white.  For this challenge I decided to go with my gut and the classic black and's what I came up with;

I absolutely LOVE this Vintage Wallpaper stamp - how could you not?!  I started by using Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder to emboss the damask pattern on my black base mat.  I then embossed the Vintage Wallpaper onto white card using Black Glint embossing powder and lined up the white panel with the black background and popped it up on foam adhesive.

To break it up a little bit, the horizontal sentiment panel is set between the base panel and the white panel and the sentiment has been embossed using Sparkling Snow embossing glitter.  I know it doesn't show very well in the photographs, despite my best efforts, but I promise you it has a lovely subtle sparkle mixed with white embossing powder for a solid finish in real life!

A few rhinestones and the card was complete!

I hope you are inspired by this challenge and join in with us!  Thank you so much for stopping by ;)

WOW! Supplies
Vintage Wallpaper
Opaque Bright White Super Fine
Black Glint
Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter
STAMPlorations - Celebrate Sentiment Builders
Paper Mill Direct - Black, White Super Smooth

Sunday, 27 July 2014

STAMPlorations bonanza!

Hello, hello!

I was going to start, as usual lately, with an apology for my absence - but that's getting tired, I know!  I have come to terms with the fact that I will make cards and post them as and when I can for the foreseeable future :)

I am here today with a card I made for both of the challenges currently going on over at the STAMPlorations blog.  This is for the monthly challenge which is to use Stamps and Glitter, and the bi-weekly challenge which is a sketch challenge.

I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Addicted to CAS where the code word is 'Celebrate'.

Here's my card...

I wasn't exactly sure where this card was going until I got started - it turned out better than I expected for a change!!  :)  I used my new STAMPlorations stamps that arrived on Friday - I love happy mail!!  This set is Sentiment Builders - Celebrate - it's too versatile, I love it!

I used WOW!'s Sparkling Snow embossing glitter for the sentiment and Glitz It Sparkles on the exclamation marks in the border.  I haven't really been able to capture the glitter in my photographs, but I gave it a go!

My mojo has waned somewhat over the last few months - but I am hoping that it will make a come back soon, and with a vengeance - I am definitely ready to be more creative than I have been of late!  :) 

Here are the STAMPlorations challenges...

And the Addicted to CAS challenge...

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it, especially as I am being super rubbish at visiting you all in return :(  Both of my jobs have been crazy busy lately so I'm glad I got a chance to sit at my desk and do something relaxing rather than working!

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Dark Grey
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Sentiment Builders: Celebrate; Stamping All Day - Distressing Stamp: Stain 
Ink:        Distress Ink - Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade; VersaColor - Sky Grey, White; SU! - Classic
                     Black; Papermania - Yellow
Other:    WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing glitter; Glitz It - Sparkles; sequins

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

I don't believe in time...


I'm back with another DT post for WOW! Embossing Powders and this month the theme is 'Time'.

This theme opens up a plethora of possibilities!!  As soon as I started thinking about it, the song 'Time' by Hootie And The Blowfish got stuck in my head and has been there ever since...hence the title of this post  :)

Despite the endless possibilities, I could not get the idea of a clock face to budge, so that's what I went with.  And, to me, birthdays are the measure of our lives in time - so I combined this with the clock face idea and this is how it went...

To create my clock face, I started by making a mask from printer paper with a circle die then stamped the WOW! De-Vine stamp in Versamark and embossed it using Calypso embossing glitter.  And, it would seem, Calypso is the colour of the month over at the WOW! shop - I love this colour, it covers really well with turquoise goodness and has a wonderful sparkle that my photography skills fail to convey in this image - sorry!  You'll just have to try it for yourselves to see what I mean :)

I hand wrote the sentiment onto my 'hands' - which is apt really!  It may not be obvious, but the sentiment is in violet to compliment the the turquoise.

A few pearls and some matting and there you have it - another card that took ages but looks like it took five minutes...which it might've done if only I'd had a plan when I started!  ;)

Thanks for taking the time to read this post - get your creative caps on now and I'll see you talented lot in the gallery!!

PS - Don't forget to keep checking back on all the other eye candy that will be provided by the DT throughout the month :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Pale Turquoise, Teal
Stamps:  WOW! - De-Vine Background Stamp
Ink:         VersaMark; Windsor & Newton - Violet
Other:     WOW! - Calypso Embossing Glitter; pearls

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy experimenting...

Get this - twice in two days!!

Hello people!

I'm here today with a card for CAS(E) This Sketch.  When I saw the sketch I thought it was really wide open to interpretation, but then what happened?  I sat down to make a card and would you mojo did a runner!!  How typical!  I had the whole of Saturday evening to myself to make cards and could I come up with anything - NO!!  I was beyond disappointed  :(

Then I stopped TRYING to make a card and just started experimenting and this is what happened...

I started by splodging some Distress Ink onto one of my acrylic blocks and then spritzing it with water and squishing it onto some card.  It didn't turn out quite how I thought but I'm happy with it!  

Then I wanted something else to go with it and I saw the roll of scrim on my desk and thought 'hmm?!' For those of you who don't know what scrim is (sorry if I'm being patronising!) it's the tape plasterers use to place over the joints between plasterboards before they skim.  It's like a sticky back nylon mesh.  I took a piece and stuck it to my acrylic block and then inked it with Versamark and stamped it onto the front of the card.  I was in a particularly impatient mood, so I had dried the Distress Ink smoosh with my heat gun already :)  I then heat embossed the scrim stamping with WOW! Ebony powder.  The sentiment is embossed in WOW! Black Glint, but you can't really see that in the photograph - sorry!

I like how my makeshift scrim stamp turned out!  And considering I had exactly ZERO mojo, I think this is OK  ;)

Again. last minute Larry is off to enter this into the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge before the deadline closes!

Thanks for stopping by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Smooth Grey
Stamps: Stamping All Day - Art Deco Birthday
Ink:        Distress Ink - Broken China, Crushed Olive; VersaMark
Other:    WOW! - Ebony, Black Glint e/p; Scrim; rhinestones