Thursday, 22 September 2016

Decorating the Nursery

One of my nieces has just had a beautiful baby girl and I've made this card to celebrate the event.

I tried an easier way of wainscoting, partially embossing a piece of card with a striped embossing folder.

I used some pretty DP which wouldn't look out of place on a nursery wall and strung up some bunting with her name on it using the Spellbinders Nested Pennants and the XCut Centurion Alphabet.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Bed of Roses

My beautiful niece and god-daughter is getting married in less than two weeks.  Where did the time go, seems like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms and now she's all grown into a beautiful young woman - inside and out.

For this wedding card I had loads of inspiration from this CAS(E) this sketch.  I just loved the big bold ampersand and knew I had to incorporate it into my design.

I found this picture on my niece's FB page and thought it may have something to do with the invitations, which I still hadn't seen.  As I live on the other side of the world they didn't send it as I have had my flight booked for ages anyway (wouldn't miss it for the world).

I had bought a new rose die earlier that day and so I started cutting out roses of various shades of pink and cream.  

The ampersand I cut out with my Silhouette.  I cut 4 and stacked them to give some rigidity for the embossing and enamelling.  I started with a pink embossing powder, sprinkled a little WOW! Metalline Red and later some Sakura Tempera Powder (Pale Gold), interspersed with applications of UTEE to give layers of gold and pink.  Here's an attempt at catching the lovely gold and pinks.

I did the same with the C and B.  I used the WPlus9 Folk Art alphabet for these and again stacked up 4 of each to give them some body.  

I will also be entering this card in the following challenges

Anything Goes With Dies Monthly Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple

CAS-ual Fridays CFC#156

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Many Happy Balloons

I just loved Muse Challenge 182's inspiration from Anita Bowden and cut some balloons and ultra thick embossed them in various colours.  I tried to copy the colours Anita used for her balloons but my stash of embossing powders didn't quite cover it.  

I used the WMS Hello Happy Thanks set again and copied the sentiment style from last week's muse inspiration ('cos I really liked it and it works so well for this set).

Darnell would be so proud of me, this die I have had for years and it was NBUS.  I like it because it's a Sizzix Original and can cut thicker layers like chipboard and foam board.  I also used my some of the new enamel accents from Ranger - what fun !!!

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Scooting By

I just loved the candy apple inspiration over at Curtain Call, and as this new Taylored Expressions Scooter arrived yesterday, I thought I would try these colours on a scooter.  

Naturally I had to add glossy accents to get the same shiny effect as these yummy candied apples.

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Peacocks and Butterflies

Hi, I wasn't sure I would make the Peacock Colour Challenge over at Less is More, but I made a quick card this morning.   I had this beautiful design paper earmarked for the challenge (reminds me of the shape and colours of peacock feathers) and I had the idea to cut out a butterfly from this iridescent contact which when backed with a solid card takes on that colour, trouble was though that the butterfly was lost on the patterned paper. 

So I decided to look around for a sketch to help me and remembered it was contest week over at Mojo Monday so adapted their sketch to mount my butterfly.  It's no longer so simple but I hope the lines and papers are clean enough to fulfil the rules for "clean and simple" at Less is More.  

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Golden Dream Catcher

A golden dream catcher and a catcher of golden dreams hopefully.  I wasn't quite sure what to do with this golden dream catcher once I had made it (I just knew I had to make one after seeing this beauty from Pia S).  Then two things happened.  Firstly I spotted a few golden circles that had been negative cuts from a Verve Award Banner which were just too pretty to throw out (anyone else ever done that). Secondly I saw a challenge over at The Paper Players to use circles. I used a snippet of gold card and cut more circles using the same award banner (I just wanted the circles so I got away with a narrow strip), stuck 'em down and piled on the glossy accents to make them into pearls.  

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Hello Sailor

One last card for the weekend - ok technically it's Monday now, but anyhow here it is.  I used two new sets here WMS Hello Happy Thanks (ashamed to admit I bought this back in Oct 2014) and Verve Strong Anchor with matching die (I did break open the stamp set for my dad's tribute recently but not the matching die).

This is my 3rd and final entry for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #7.

I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is

Anything Goes

I also found a lot of inspiration over at the Muse Challenge #181 with this lovely gem from Sarah Platt (Sazzle Dazzle Crafts).  I loved the layout though my attempt ended up going in a nautical direction.

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

You're My World

Couldn't let the weekend pass without another entry for Darnell's NBUS Challenge 7.  I ordered this Tim Holtz Globe die recently from Simon Says Stamp.  

I mounted my world on a brad so that it spins freely.  I couldn't find a suitable sentiment stamp in my stash to accompany it, so I generated one using the computer and word processor.  I had a few ideas but I didn't want to go too corny so settled on this one.  I had an idea to mount it on a black background and have a big "You" on the front and "are Out of this World" on the inside.  Another idea was "My World Revolves Around You".  I would love it if you would let me know what you think.

I will also enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is 

Anything Goes

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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Fall Blessings

This card is for my son who made it home safely from South America on Thursday, despite tropical storm Hermine.  He said he had never been so afraid on an aeroplane than during the takeoff from Miami.

I have so many stamps and dies that I just had to have at the time but have not yet seen the light of day. Thank heaven for Darnell and her wonderful NBUS challenges.  This one is heading over to NBUS Challenge #7.  The leaves are from a very old Spellbinder die (one of the first I bought) but haven't been used as far as I can remember.  The sentiment is from WMS Blessed By You, which is also NBUS.  

It's also heading over to Timeout Challenge 65 where the inspiration this week is

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” 

It's also heading over to Cardz4Guyz Challenge 135 where the inspiration this week is 

Something Beginning with the letter 'F'

It's also heading over to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which have my favourite type of challenge -  Anything Goes

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