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.

WWC #225 – Donna’s ‘All About Occasions’ Challenge

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

I decided to add to my Christmas card stash with this weeks challenge. I used the Stampin Up retiring set of ‘Lovely as a tree’ and die from ‘Brightly lit Christmas’. I sponged a background in SU seaside spray (new in colour ink) and added the single tree in mossy meadow over the top. I added some flicks of water to look like snow falling and some glitter paper to look like a hill. The lamp was die cut from basic black and I added a bit of daffodil delight in the glass to look like the light was on.

I’m super happy with how this card came out and will probably make more.

Come join in the fun and make a project for any occasion. 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, 18th June at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 17th June 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Christmas at Sweet Stamping – Anything Christmas & Optional Non-Traditional Colours

Well, this month is we have another challenge over at Christmas at Sweet Stamping challenge blog with an optional twist to include snowflakes.

For my card, I decided to use pink for my Christmas tree. I inked up the Altenew ‘Sketched Evergreen’ in Catherine Pooler Design inks in It’s a girl, Be min and Party dress. I cut away a portion of the tree on the left side and added some super chunky silver glitter paper.

Come join in our fun and add to your Christmas card stash. Visit the challenge blog to check out the inspiration the other CaSSettes have made. Link up your card by 3am 10th July (Melbourne time) or 6pm 9th July (UK time).

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Long Weekend Crafting

We have a 3 day long weekend this week for the Queen’s Birthday so I’m getting in some craft while the hubs and daughter do some geocaching.

First up is a card for The Male Room challenge #112.

I’m not sure where this stamp set is from, I found it at my local Savers store. I inked up one of the a spinner images (this counts as gaming right?!) and coloured it and the sentiment with some rainbow Stampin Blends. I did some shadow stamping and then die cut a rounded edge on the panel and mounted them both on a white card base.

A fun kid card.

Next up is a card for the Fusion Challenge – rainbow birds.

I used the ‘Free as a bird’ from Stampin Up as it has super cute birds in it. I heat embossed it to set the image before using my Altenew water colours pallet to colour them in. Each bird is just that little bit different in colour. I then fussy cut them out and mounted them to my card front. I then used the stitched dies to die cut a window from another piece and attached that over the top with a sentiment from the SU set ‘Itty bitty birthdays’.

I’m loving this stamp set atm.

Next is a card for the Library Challenge #34 – The Art of Stripes.

I was inspired by the ‘stripes’ in the title and decided to make another card for my masculine card stash. I used a stamp set from SU called ‘Sailing home’ with the matching DSP ‘Come sail away’ inked up in Night of Navy. I used the matching dies to cut the lighthouse, boat and sentiment out and layered them up on the DSP panels and the card was done. Using the co-ordinating products made this card a breeze!

I’m really happy with how this card worked out.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.