Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Embossed Butterflies...



Hi,

I recently found a whole batch of ready to go backgrounds, so I thought it would be fun to make a few quick cards using some of them.

I have never used this freebie butterfly stamp from Die-Cutting Essentials magazine and I thought it would look awesome heat embossed.

Isn't it stunning?! The main photo was the first one I made. The background is a text stamp that I heat embossed in white to create a resist and then it has a watercolour wash over it.

The next two are so bright and fun - the yellow/blue one, uses a background that I stamped at my friend Jamey's craft space and the pink one uses a cut to size piece of patterned paper by Studio Calico (I think).


Using different colours of embossing powder and background papers created such a variety of looks. I love it when this happens. 

I added Taylored Expressions simple sentiment strips to all 3 cards.

Cx

Monday, August 3, 2020

Woven heart...



Hey,

Happy Monday and welcome to August!

July was a hard month and a sad one too, we said goodbye to our family Dog Oscar on Friday, so hard losing a pet, he was the heart and soul of our home.

I have been loving all the paper weaving cards that I have seen around.

So I had a go myself. It is a LOT of work, but actually easy, just time consuming, the results are stunning, as you can see!

I kept it all super simple once it was finished and just added a simple glittery love die-cut.

Don't you just love simple cards!

Cx



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Retro Rubber Challenge #140 - Tic Tac Toe.. Oceans of Fun..



Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have another fun Tic Tac Toe board for you.


I chose the middle vertical line - Blue/Rectangles/Pattern Paper.

I stamped and heat embossed the lovely Jellyfish and bubbles by Jillibean Soup from their 'Whale Done' set, I love this set and I have had it since 2018. I masked off the Jellyfish and blended Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink over them. The heads I actually heat embossed, coloured and fussy cut them out and then popped them up onto my Jellyfish on the blended piece.

For the rectangles, I used x2 stitched rectangle dies by MFT. My patterned paper which I think went really well with the 'sea' theme is by Echo Park.

The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it onto an offcut of the blended piece and die-cut it out using a smaller stitched rectangle die and framed it with a piece of the patterned paper.

It came together so well, just as I had envisioned.

Which row will you choose? Pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends August 7th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Thursday, July 16, 2020

TMS: Happy Purr-thday..


Hey,

Hope you are all having a good week.

I was fortunate to be a prize winner over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, during their anniversary bash.

So I thought it was only right that I play along with the current challenge -


This sketch is so fun!

I thought it paired well with my new Lawn Fawn Dandelion papers that were a gift from Lisette.

I love the Newton's Nook 'Newton's Birthday Balloons' set, so I stamped, coloured and die-cut the main image from the set. The sentiment is also from the set.

I am super happy with the die-cut circles - both of them are from The Works in London and I have recently 'rediscovered' the fancier circle and it's getting ALOT of use.

Super simple and pretty card.

Cx

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Retro Rubber Challenge #139 Buttoned Up..

 

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a fun embellishment challenge for you - 


I actually have a very large button collection, a lot of it was my Nana's and I was actually planning to use some of it for this card, but then I came across these amazing paper buttons! I think I bought these approx 13-14 years ago!! And I totally forgot I had them - talk about retro :)

I decided that one of the large buttons would be good enough for my card and I wanted to make something that was a paper hug for a friend and I wanted it to have texture.

I found a scrap piece of Tim Holtz watercolour woodgrain paper and I smooshed a mix of distress inks and shimmer spray ink onto the paper. Once it was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment from the AMuse Studios 'Fierce' set that I have had since 2017.

As the scrap was square, I went with a square card base. I covered the front with brown corrugated card and I found a really nice piece of embossed pale blue paper in my stash (sadly you can't see the embossing that well in my photo) and I thought it tied the whole card together nicely, as the button has a touch of blue in it.

A really simple but impactful paper hug for my friend.

How will you use buttons on your project? Hop on over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends July 24th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, which is part of the fun of our challenge, and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx