Cards for Self-Isolation

I have decided to make cards to send to many of my friends during our requirement to self-isolate to let them know that I am thinking of them and there for them when they need a chat.

I really likes the sketch a Freshly Made Sketches #428 and used some Altenew stamps and dies to play along with Happy Little Stampers – Dies – March.

I actually made 12 of these cards with a variety of background DSP. The circular die is a bit fiddly when trying to get the paper out so they took quite a bit of time to make.

My second card is for the Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour- March challenge with an optional twist to add flowers.

I had some floral images ready to colour in my stash from my last visit to my friend Michelle’s house, so this card didn’t take long at all to pull together. I water coloured the flower and leaves and then fussy cut them out, added a sentiment banner and mounted them onto some DSP.

Well, I have another 22 cards to be made, so I’d better get back to it.

Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay safe and well.

WWC #264 – Helen's Challenge: 'All About Occasions'

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

I finally got to play with my The Ton ‘Transformation’ stamp set. I made an alcohol ink background and then gold embossed the butterfly and fussy cut it out, mounted it on a white card base with a few sequins.

Come join in the fun and make a card 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, 31st March at 9:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 30th March 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Just Us Girls #528

This post is brought to you by my daughter Miss K (with a bit of formatting help by me).

Hi everyone. I’m home from school due to COVID-19 shutdown and am bored – LOL. I asked mum if there were any challenges she had that I could play along with. She gave me a list and I like the Just Us Girls #528 colour challenge the best.

I really liked these colours and thought I’d create a scene with my pencils, some cardstock and a sentiment mum had already printed.

I hope you like by card and I think I’ll be doing more while I can’t go to school.

Post birthday crafting

I finally had a bit of time to myself after all the birthday activities for Miss K , and keeping in mind social distancing. It was such a tough thing for Miss K to have to go through as she enters her teenager hood and I’ve made some pretty big promises to make it up to her when we are all clear in the future.

Some on to some prettiness to brighten your day.

First up a card for Seize the Birthday #185 – a touch of green.

I made a panel with my green AIs and used a sentiment from the Ton and my card was done – how simple is that?!

Next is a card for:

I used the Stampin Up set ‘ Dressed to Impress’ and matching dies and DSP for my card coloured with my Stampin Blends.

Lastly is a card for:

I was doing some colouring of some images that I stamped ages ago when I last caught up with my friend Michelle and came across these adorable unicorns (sorry can’t remember who makes them) and knew they were perfect for these 2 challenges.

Well, that’s it for today. Off to get ready for school and non-essential services shutdown from Tuesday. It’s just got very real here. Keep safe and healthy. Thanks for looking.

Fusion: Cake

Hello there, it’s time for another Fusion Challenge and do we have a great sketch and inspirational photo for you!

I was inspired by the cake photo and with my daughter’s birthday in 2 days time, it was a perfect reason for me to make a birthday card using a new stamp set from Stampin Up called ‘Birthday Goodness’. I stamped the donut cake image and coloured it with my Stampin Blends and popped it up on an angled panel and hid a few donuts under the edge.

I love the idea of a cake made from donuts and think this might be what I do for Miss K’s 13th cake.

Come join in the fun and make a card based on the sketch, inspiration photo or both! Check out the projects that the other artists at Fusion have created, take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Wednesday, 1st April at 7pm Melbourne Time or Tuesday 31st March 12pm US Pacific Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

WWC #263 – Tristan’s Challenge: Masculine ‘Anything Goes’

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

I decided to use a new stamp set from Stampin Up ‘Pedal to the metal’ for my card. I created a mountain scene and added my coloured and cut out buggy and sentiment on top.

Such a fun stamp set which I’ll get heaps of use out of.

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, 24th March at 9:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 23rd March 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Weekend Crafting

I’ve decided to stay in my craft room this weekend and avoid the news and people. I’m finding it stressful hearing constantly about COVID-19, its spread and the panic runs on the supermarkets for everyday pantry items.

It looks like my daughter’s school will close for 4 weeks (2 of them being the usual holiday break) and all events of more than 500 people have been banned. These are wise steps to try to slow the spread of the virus but it certainly is putting pressure on families, medical and essential services. Hopefully sanity will soon start to prevail and people will stop being selfish and start to care for their fellow humans.

OK, I’m off my soap box now – onto my cards!

First up is a card for :

One of my favourite techniques is ink smooshing, which I used for the background of this card. I stamped a few of the images from the Stampin Up ‘Gangs all Meer’ set and then coloured them in to look like silhouettes. I was inspired by a card made by my friend Kath, I used the same images but changed up the colour, sentiment and mounting.

Next is a card for:

I love these 4 challenges have aligned for this card. I created an AI green background which was inspired by the Card Concept green leaves. I then punched 3 butterflies from the panel which meets the 3 things from CTS and LRW and the things that flutter and fly in GDP. I added 3 embossed stripes down the side of the card base for the butterflies to hover over and the sentiment from MFT ‘Butterflies’ and the card was done!

Next is a card for The Sisterhood of Crafters, who have an Easter challenge.

I used a stamp from Mama Elephant called ‘Bunny Hop’ and chose to lightly colour just 1 of the bunnies and added a sentiment I created on my laptop.

Next is a card for The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #155 – Booze.

Can I just say that I have so much fun playing with their challenges, as I love a chance to get my snark on. This time I have used stamps from Unity Stamp Co. called ‘Drink & cuss’ and ‘No Regrets’. I stamped the lady onto a die cut card piece, the sentiment onto a cut out banner and added some Stampin Up DSP and sequins for balance and interest and my card was done. I know exactly which friend of mine will be getting this for her birthday!

Next up is a card for Less is More #415 – Red, Raspberry & Grey.

I decided to use a new to me set from Altenew ‘Climbing Clematis’ and my Altenew ink spots. This looks like a simple card, but lining up the different layers took some time.

Lastly is a card for Just Us Girls #527 – Trend Week – Black Background.

I created an ink smooshed background in some oranges and reds. I then die cut the woman’s face and sentiment from black cardstock. I attached the die cut panel on top of my ink smooshed panel and mounted both onto a white card base and my card was done.

Well that’s it for this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and looking. Enjoy the rest of your day.