Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Alternative Christmas colours...

Hello boys and girls!

The bonus of having some time off is that I'm not rushing around quite as much as usual - still plenty to do though!  But, it means I have had time to blog the cards that I have made.  Do you find that you manage to scrape together enough time to make a card, but the time to take the photographs, edit them, upload them and attempt to write something witty in a post is just a feat to far?!  That's where I'm at!

Enough yabbering - the card!

I made this card for the STAMPlorations bi-weekly sketch #21 - they're now on sketch #22...maybe I'll catch up at some point?!!  The card does, however, still qualify for the STAMPlorations monthly challenge - I had an inkling that I would miss the sketch deadline so I made sure it was OK for both challenges!!  ;)  The monthly challenge is Stamps & Embossing' - it was like it was made for me!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE embossing!  ;)

Here's the card...


I wish I had noticed before...but I seem to have taken this photograph at a funny angle which makes the grey panel look awfully askew - I promise you it isn't!  I wouldn't be able to sleep if it was even slightly out, trust me on that one - I am Queen OCD when it comes to stuff like that!

Anyway, glossing over that - here's my card.  I am loving the combination of pink, silver, sparkle and grey for a Christmas card...I never thought I'd say that.  I think this may be a theme for this year...?  Don't quote me on it though!  The snowflakes are stamped in a combination of WOW! Metallic Silver Super Fine and WOW! Sparkling Snow which is a white embossing powder with a really fine and beautiful glitter in - it's subtle and gorgeous!  I was proud that I was able to use my STAMPlorations 'Celebrate' stamp for something other than a birthday card...let's face it, Christmas is a time for celebration!

There is a smidgen of dry embossing too - I don't know how well you can see it in the photograph but I used my scoreboard to emboss some lines along the bottom of the grey panel.  I only very recently acquired my scoreboard, I will have to take some time to explore the line embossing possibilities!  Wow, I sound really exciting don't I!!?  Ha ha!  :)

Thanks for stopping by, I'm hoping to get a few more posts underway over the next week ;)




I have also just remembered that this card would also qualify for STAMPloration's 'Anything Goes' challenge - whoop whoop!  In it goes :)





Supplies
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White Super Smooth, Dark Grey, Raspberry Pink
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Celebrate; DoCrafts - Bellissima Christmas
Ink:        Versamark
Other:    WOW! - Metallic Silver Super Fine, Sparkling Snow, Fluorescent Tickled Pink e/p



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Blog Hop Fun!!...

Hello, hello!!

Over at WOW! Embossing Powder this week we have a special event going on - a collaboration with 3L Scrapbook Adhesives.  Today is Day 2 - if you missed yesterday then you need to get over there and check out the talent!  Don't forget to pop back in each day this week to see all of the DT's projects :)





Here are my cards using a combination of 3L's awesome adhesives and WOW!'s wonderful powders - what a match...made in heaven!



For this first card I embossed the background using the Vintage Wallpaper stamp and Metallic Gold Rich powder. I then die cut the trefoil pieces for the 3L 3D Foam Creative Sheets and used Metallic Gold Rich and Metallic Copper powders to create the central embellishment.  It gives a really lovely effect - it's so tactile and full of texture - I don't know why I hadn't tried it sooner!

Here's a wee close up...




I also made this second card...



I don't think I will ever need to buy embellishments again!!  I was really pleased with how well the 3L Dodz took the heat embossing.  I have experimented with opaque and the more translucent powders - they both give a fantastic finish.  The opaque powders create a more matt finish, akin to enamel dots, whereas the translucent powders give a higher shine and you can still see through the dots partly, like glass beads - awesome!




ETA - Completely forgot to add that this card was made based on the CAS(E) This Sketch sketch!  Doh!  Well, I've remembered now, better late than never!  (seems to be a recurring theme lately?!)



Thanks so much for stopping by!  ;)















Supplies - Card One
3L Adhesives - 3D Creative Foam Sheet
Spellbinders - Fleur-De-Lis Motifs, Parisian Motifs
Card - Paper Mill direct - White Super Smooth, Teal, Pale Turquoise
Ink - Versamark


Supplies - Card Two
3L Adhesives - Dodz
Spellbinders - Classic Edges Two, Classic Decorative Inserts Three
Ink - Windsor & Newton - Black

Monday, 20 October 2014

Better late than never!...

Hey!!

OK, confession - I posted this on the WOW! Embossing Powder blog on the 8th October, but life has been so crazy mental that I haven't managed to get it onto my own blog until now - I know, slap on the wrist for me!

I am currently trying to arrange my own birthday celebrations (I think DOH should probably be doing it, but he's super busy too!) and work and help DOH with his business as that has exploded just recently - which is a good thing, but a time consuming one!  These are, I know, rubbish excuses, but that's just the way it is - sorry guys!  I have some time off so I am planning on visiting all my dear neglected blogging friends over the next week ;)

OK, onto the bit we're all interested in - cards!

The challenge this month is 'One Stamp, Different Ways'.  I don't know about you, but I can get stuck in a rut with my stamps - I seem to use them for the same thing all the time - background stamps for backgrounds etc.  I think this is a good one to combine with Darnell's ongoing mission to use NBUS! (Never Before Used Schtuff!)

I've used one of my favourite WOW! stamps - De-Vine.  I LOVE this stamp :)

My first card uses the stamp as a background;


I embossed the De-Vine stamp using Vintage Peacock powder on a pale turquoise card and attached this to the card base. I then cut openings in the white top layer and adhered it to the card base with foam adhesive to add a little dimension and a shadow gap between the embossing and the card front.  The sentiment was then embossed in Purple Orchid on tracing paper and mounted on lilac card.

My second card uses the emboss resist technique - one of my favourites!


For this card I embossed the De-Vine stamp in Bright White Opaque Super Fine powder and then cut out the banners.  Once I had blended the inks onto the banners, I sewed them onto the card front.  Next, I embossed the sentiments from the Collage stamp set in Black Glint embossing glitter.

My third card is a touch more feminine...for me anyway!


I embossed the De-Vine stamp in Calypso embossing glitter and mounted it onto a pale turquoise mat.  The butterfly was embossed onto tracing paper in Vintage Romance embossing glitter, which is gorgeously subtle but sparkly!  The sentiment, from the Express Yourself stamp set is embossed in Fluorescent Tickled Pink powder.

Given the time, I could've kept going on and on with the De-Vine stamp, it's super versatile! 

I hope you guys find the time to join us with this challenge - it may be the perfect opportunity to make the most of your WOW! stamps or show some love to those stamps that haven't seen the light of day for a while?!  Maybe grab some of your older stamps and see if you can't breathe a new lease of life into them - we look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Thanks so much for dropping in :)










WOW! Supplies
Stamps:    De-Vine Background Stamp
                Collage Stamp Set
                Express Yourself Stamp Set

Powders:  Black Glint Embossing Glitter
                Bright White Opaque Super Fine
                Primary Purple Orchid
                Calypso Embossing Glitter
                Vintage Peacock Embossing Glitter
                Vintage Romance Embossing Glitter
                Fluorescent Tickled Pink

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!  :)














Supplies
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...!

Hey!

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 ;)











Supplies
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!  ;)












Supplies
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 white...here'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
Rhinestones