It’s a crafty kinda day!

Well hello there – it’s the start of school holidays here and I’ve got a bit of time to myself while Miss K is catching up on her sleep. I’m playing along with 8 challenges today – yep – you read right – but there are only 5 cards!

First up is for a pair of challenges:

I had an alcohol ink background panel in my stash, so i decided to use it for this card with a floral die that covers the whole card. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions ‘Simple Strips Background’.

I can see myself using this background panel die more often.

Next is for Time Out Challenges #138 – Funny.

I love a funny card so quickly created a card with some images I had previously coloured and cut out and added a sentiment I created on my PC.

I bet this cat wishes he hadn’t looked up!

Next is a card for The Card Concept #118 which is a photo inspiration challenge.

A used a stamp set from Uniko called ‘Happy Succulents’ which I water coloured and fussy cut out. I added another sentiment from Taylored Expressions ‘Simple Strips Background’ which I cut apart and added some diagonal stripe DSP onto a coral card base.

Next up is a card for Less is More #398 – OLC spots and Clean and Simple Friday #161 – colour challenge.

I did a bit of masking on this card to create the circle at the top and then stamped 3 sizes of dots from the MFT ‘Bokeh builder’ stamp set in the SU inks of So Saffron, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. I then rounded 2 corners for the finishing touch.

I really like these 3 colours together.

My last card is for The Male Room Challenge #114 – multiple layers and Daring Cardmakers – Cut it up.

I recently cup up all my SU DSP so that I would start to use it and not hoard it, so these 2 challenges came at the perfect time! I used the matching DSP and stamp set from SU called ‘Geared up garage’. I did a little bit of surgery on my car image (after it was stamped) to turn it into a convertible. I used 3 DSP layers and created my sentiment on my PC. I added a bit of crystal effects to the windscreen to make it look like glass.

This will go into my masculine birthday card stash.

Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Floral Corner Cards

Today I have a couple of cards that their design was inspired by the challenge over at AAA Cards #143 which is all about one corner with an optional floral twist.

For my card, I stamped a Penny Black background stamp ‘Poppy pattern’ inked up with Memento bamboo leaves and love letter and then covered it with a white panel with a circle portion cut out and popped up. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions called ‘Simple Strips Background’.

My second card using the same design is for Paper Craft Crew Challenges #342 which is a tic tac toe challenge where I chose the middle vertical panel and for The Sisterhood of Crafters – Any occasion.

I used a stamp from Uniko called ‘Happy Succulents’ which I water coloured in my favourite denim blue and lime green. I then used my Scan’n’Cut to ‘die cut’ it out and a sentiment from the Taylored expressions ‘Simple Strips Background’ set. I chose the sentiment of gratitude and will be sending this to a very good friend of mine who has kept me buoyed up during this tough year I’ve been having.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

WWC #227 Michelle’s ‘All About Occasions’ Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Michelle is our host with an all about occasions challenge this week!

Stampin Up have brought out some gorgeous products in their new catalogue. One of them I can’t stop playing with – Free Birds (stamp set) and Bird Ballad (DSP) which I have used both on this card.

I just love how this card came out.

Come join in the fun and make a project for an occasion of your choice. Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created, take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, 2nd July at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 1st July 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Cold Crafty Day

It’s a cold day here in Melbourne, so I’m happy to be staying inside and getting my craft on!

My first card is for a trio of challenges: Tuesday Morning Sketches and CAS Colours & Sketches and Inkspirational Challenges.

I love the colour scheme and it perfectly matched the Stampin Up ‘Bird Ballad’ DSP. I used a piece of the feather DSP along with the ‘Free as a Bird’ stamp set coloured with my Stampin Blends for this card. There’s a few more layers than I’m used to on my card but I’m happy with how this came out.

This little guy reminds me of the bronze wing doves we see in our garden.

Next is a card for a pair of challenges: Little Red Wagon and Just Us Girls.

To me, summer is all about cocktails on the beach while you’re on holidays, so I went to a favourite set by Tim Holtz called ‘Cocktails Blueprint’ with a sentiment from Taylored Expressions ‘ Simple Strips Background’.

Thirsty anyone?

Next up is a card for The Flower Challenge.

I used a background stamp from the Ton called ‘Cherry blossom garden cling’ which I heat embossed in gold and then water coloured the flowers and leaves. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions ‘Simple Strips Background’.

This one’s going to a good friend of mine that could do with a bit of cheering up.

Lastly is a card for the current Library Challenge.

I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use for this challenge – Stampin Up’s ‘Sailing Home’ and coordinating DSP ‘Sailing Away’. Love how easy it is to craft with coordinated products.

I might send this one to my brother, who’s a sailor.

Well, thanks for looking and have a great day.

WWC #226 Dawn’s Masculine ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Dawn is our host with a masculine anything goes challenge this week!

Today my card was inspired by another paper crafter – Narelle Farrugia, that I saw on Pinterest (which is ok to CASE as long as you change up some aspects).

I used a new stamp set from Stampin Up called ‘Sailing home’. I used soft seude, night of navy and balmy blue inks. I sponged my background (rather than paper strips), I used the die wheel (rather than a trinket) and I used a bit of torn paper under my sentiment (rather than a grey cut strip).

I wasn’t going to get this set but now I’m so glad that I did!

Come join in the fun and make a masculine card. Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created, take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, 25th June at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 24th June 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

3 for 1

Well hello there – it’s a chilly cold winters day here in Melbourne – so I thought I’d play along with 3 of my favourite challenges:

I used a large background stamp set from The Ton called ‘Dahlia Close Up’ which I clear heat embossed and then ombre watercoloured in with my Altenew watercolours. The sentiment is from Taylor Expressions ‘Simple Strips’ which is white heat embossed on black cardstock. I mounted it all on a black card base and added a few sequins for a final touch.

Well, thanks for looking and enjoy your day.

Challenge Crafting

Hello there – I’m back a few cards for some of my favourite challenges.

First up is a card for AAA Cards #142 – OLC optional twist black and white.

I used a stamp set from Mama Elephant called ‘Cat’s Meow’ which I stamped in Catherine Pooler Designs midnight ink. Now I’d usually colour a few of the kitties, but to stay within the challenge I only coloured a few in my lighted black Stampin Blends.

AAA Cards have a design team call out – so I’m going to throw my hat in with this card.

Next up is a card for Freshly Made Sketches #392.

I got a new sentiment set and matching dies from Taylored Expressions called ‘Simple Strips Background’ that stamps 18 sentiments at once and then die cuts them all at the same time too – brilliant! The wine glass is from Tim Holtz ‘Wine Blueprint’ coloured with my cherry cobbler Stampin Blends. I added a touch of crystal effects to the glass to show the light reflection.

Next is a card for Time Out Challenges #137 – Nature.

For this card I used a stamp from Picket Fences called ‘Aoenium African Succulent’ which I roughly watercoloured and added to a white card base with a black and white striped panel. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions ‘Simple Strip Background’. I added a few sequins for some balance.

Next is a card for two challenges -> Alphabet Challenge – F is for flowers and Less is More #379.

For this card, I sponged a panel with Stampin Up fresh fig and balmy blue inks and then die cut the floral image from the panel. I then mounted this die cut onto a white card base and added a sentiment from Taylored Expressions ‘Simple Strip Background’.

Lastly is a card for Paper Craft Crew Challenge #340 – Precious Pets.

I love cats so used a stamp from a set I got with a crafting magazine ‘Making Cards & Papercraft’ called ‘Catitude’. This stamp reminds me of my ginger boy Oscar when he stretches.

Well, that’s all for today – thanks for looking and have a great day.