Sunday Funday Crafting

I’ve been feeling down this past week with everything that is going on with COVID-19 and our lockdown 6.0. The weather is starting to turn to Spring which means more and more people are moving around when they should be staying home following the lockdown rules, possibly jeapordising our way out.

To get me out of my funk, I went through my stash of cards and started writing ‘thinking of you’ cards to my friends and making some care packs.

I also decided to have a go at some challenges to make cards to replenish my stash.

First up is a card for:

For this card I used a stencil from Studio Katia ‘Birthday Balloons’ and I sponged it with SU Calypso Coral ink. I then stamped the CAS-ual Fridays ‘Flowery’ stamp in black through the stencil and popped the panel onto a piece of SU Tempting Turquiose card stock. I finished it off with a sentiment from Uniquely Creative and a little twine bow.

Next is a card for:

I thought these two sketches were very similar in style and decided to create a card that fitted both. I used a series of retired SU DSPs cut at differing angles and mounted to a black card base. I then added some white twine and a sentiment from Uniquely Creative.

My next card is for:

I stamped and coloured the SU ‘Beautiful Bauble’ with three of my SU red markers and then fussy cut it out and popped up onto my card base. I added a little bit of gold and a black ribbon for my free element.

My last card is for:

I used the SU stitched triangle dies to die cut some SU True Love DSP which I then coloured with my Stampin Blends in Polished Pink and Granny Apple Green. I then stamped two of the birthday sentiments from the SU ‘Biggest Wishes’ stamp set in Polished Pink and Momento Black.

Well, making these cards has certainly cheered me up. Now to get my other cards into the mail.

Thanks for stopping by for a look. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay safe.

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #192 – H is for Hormonal.

Well hello there. Today I am a guest designer over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers as I was crowned Queen for the C is for Colourful

This new challenge is all about H is for Hormonal.

I had the perfect pair of stamps for this challenge – ‘PMS Peggy’ from Unity Stamp Co and ‘Meme People’ from Whimsey Stamps.

I think I need to give this card to my hubby as he’s been putting up with a lot during COVID-19 lockdown #6

Come join in the fun and link up your card by Saturday 4th September 1:55am (Melb time) or Friday 3rd September 11:55pm (EDT).

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy the rest of your day.

Fusion: Crayons

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

I love the look of the rainbow crayons and decided to use my new neon alcohol inks. I wanted to keep them the hero, so added the yupo panel to a white card base with a simple sentiment.

Come join in the fun and make a card based on the sketch, inspiration photo or fuse them together and play with 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, 2nd September at 7pm Melbourne Time or Tuesday 1st September 12pm US Pacific Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Early Monday Morning Crafting

I’ve got a super busy work week coming up and decided to get my head ready with a bit of early morning crafting.

First up is a card for:

I love how super quick and easy this card was. I fussy cut some flowers from the Stampin Up ‘True Love’ DSP and a Uniquely Creative sentiment and I was done.

Next is a card for Christmas Card Throwdown #30-21.

I created an AI background with my Stampin Blends and added some gold leaf. The sentiment is from Uniquely Creative.

Lastly is a card for AAA Cards #196 – Two Quarters opt twist favourite colours.

I decided to use flowers for the 2 corner quarters of my card and my favourite peach and green colours. The flowers are from Altenew ‘Precious Peony.

OK, so I’d better stop crafting and get my work day started. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

Crafting instead of chores!

Otherwise know as procraftinating! I should be doing chores and getting ready for the work/school week but continuing to be in COVID lockdown I really can’t be bothered. It’s also my mother’s 3rd birthday in heaven today and I’m feeling rather emotional and just need to be in my happy place.

First up is a card for:

I used a cute stamp set from Stampin Up ‘Turtle Friends’ that I inked up on a slimline card. I’ve been a terrible aunt and needed a belated birthday card.

Next is a card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #191 F is for f words. Warning about language on this card!

I watercoloured the Penny Black ‘Hang on tight’ kitty and added a sentiment from The Ink Road ‘Zero fucks’. This is going to a friend of mine who is sick and tired of being in lockdown!.

You think it’s a cute card and then you see the snarky sentiment!

Next is a card for:

I watercolourd the gorgeous bunny from Colorado Craft Company ‘Hello Bunny’ and added the sentiments from Essentials by Ellen ‘Pure Magic”.

I’m really happy with how the rabbit fur has turned out.

Lastly is a card for Just Add Ink #567.

I just love the colours and the rug in this inspiration photo and used them to design my card. I stamped The Ton ‘Cherry Blossom’ twice; once in black and then the second time I used my Stampin Up markers to selectively colour that stamp. I then punched three circles from the coloured piece and overlayed them on the black panel to create a very subtle spotlight effect.

Well that’s it for today. Miss Kat and I are going to back some of my mother’s favourite things in her memory – honey joys, chocolate crackles and banana muffins.

Thanks for stopping by for a look. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

WWC #322 – Marsha’s Challenge: All About Occasions

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

I’ve been watching a few YouTubers and decided to give one of their cards a go for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday card. It’s called a fold back pop-up card. It has minimal stamping (just the sentiment form SSS) but lots of lovely DSP from Stampin Up ‘Flower & Field’.

You can see the front, side and top views in these pics.

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Come join in the fun and make a card for an occasion of your choosing. 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, 23rd August at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 22nd 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Christmas Craft Creations – Non-Traditional Colours

Well, this month we have another challenge over at Christmas Craft Creations challenge blog to use non-tradtional colours on your project.

I did a bit of ink smooshing using Stampin Up inks in Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia. I added a white scene die cut over the top and a subtle sentiment from an old Stampin Up set, then mounted it all on a white card base.

I’m a little sad as this will be my last challenge as part of the design team. I’ve found myself struggling to balance my time between my full time day job, my daughter and her netball activities and my design team committments. I wish the design team and challenge blog all the best for the future; I’ve loved playing along and being inspired by you all.

Come join in the fun and add to your Christmas card stash. Visit the challenge blog to check out the inspiration the other CCCettes have made. Link up your card by 3am 7th September (Melbourne time) or 6pm (UK time).

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

5 cards for 14 challenges!

It’s the final day of the Olympics and I’m crafting whilst watching the marathon. I can’t believe the conditions these athletes are competing in.

To keep me focused while making my cards, I went to my list of challenges and found quite a few that I wanted to have a play with.

First up is a card for:

I got a new stamp set from Altenew called ‘Spectacular Adventures’ that I thought would be perfect for these challenges. I stamped and heat embossed the glasses, then created an ombre sky with my Stampin Blends. I then die cut them and added the sentiment from PTI ‘Wet Paint’.

Pretty cool right?

Next is a card for:

Again I used the sunglasses (which frame my scene); this time I chose sunset colours. with a sentiment from another new to me Altenew set ‘Let’s go’.

Definately a scene I’d rather be looking at right now that my lockdowned home!

Next is a card for:

I used a lot of die cuts for the scene on my card. The gnome is lightly coloured with my Stampin Blends.

Next is a card for:

For this card I used the ‘Nature’s Harvest’ stamp set from Stampin Up. I coloured the main flower with my Stampin Blends and cut a spotlight out. The DSP is from SU ‘Harvest Meadown’ and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted ‘Simply Said’.

Love the grungy look of this card.

Lastly is a card for:

For this card, I used one of my favourite layering floral dies from Altenew. It has 2 staggered panels that allows you to do some colouring to simulate the look of a flower.

Love the simplicity of this card.

Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by for a look. Keep safe.

Fusion: Kitty Butterfly

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 blurry background in the photo and the idea of a hybrid kitty/butterfly. I used one of the Tim Holtz cats from the CMS251 set, heat embossed, watercoloured and fussy cut him out. I then gave him some die cut wings and a sentiment made on my PC. I popped him up on an ink sponged night sky background I had in my stash.

I thought the look on this cat’s face was perfect for my card idea.

Come join in the fun and make a card based on the sketch, inspiration photo or fuse them together and play with 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, 19th August at 7pm Melbourne Time or Tuesday 18th August 12pm US Pacific Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

3 for 3

Today I’ve been done a little bit of crafting before I start to watch the Olympics.

First up is a card for AAA birthday #27 – – Use an embossing folder.

I used the Stampin Up bark embossing folder for my background panel, along with some die cut and then watercoloured cottage flowers.

Next is a card for Just Add Ink #565.

I created a background panel on some vellum with my Stampin Blends and alcohol ink blending solution. I then added some more die cut cottage flowers this time in black.

Lastly is a card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #190 – C is for colourful.

For this card I cut lots of strips of coloured cardstock and then adhered them to my card base. I added a die cut panel from Catherine Pooler Designs over the top and popped up my sentiment from Uniquely Creative.

Well, that’s it for today. Now I’m moving over to the couch for some more Olympics watching!