Sunday, 16 October 2016

Graciellie Designs Fall Fest Blog Hop and giveaways

I have made another card for Graciellie Designs as a guest designer.  This time it is for their Fall Fest Blog Hop.  This month they have got a 3 day extravaganza with giveaways, sales and inspiration!  Each day you have a chance to win a lovely digital stamp sets of your choice from the Graciellie Design's shop by following their blog hops.  All of the designers have prepared some beautiful projects for your crafty inspiration so we invite you to join in the fun!

Welcome to day 2 of the fall fest blog hop, if you missed day 1, make sure to visit Graciellie Designs blog from the start here, and all the other hops along the way, leave a comment on each of the hops and be into win a digital stamp set of your choice. 

The digital stamp I am using is

This is the card I have made.
I reduced the size of the digital image on the computer to fit the Spellbinder labels 4 die I wanted to use, and printed it out onto water colour paper.

I used my Stabilo 68 water colour pens to paint the image and then attached it with foam tape to my die cut background which I had mounted onto mauve glitter paper. 
The sentiment I cut out with a fancy tag die and finished the card off with a bow I had hand dyed the ribbon for and some flat back pearls. 

Continue with the hop and remember to leave a comment to be in the draw.
The next hop is Karen at Kaleidoscopic Sparkles and visit Graciellie Design on Facebook to have an extra entry by liking, sharing and leaving a comment on today's post.

Please come back tomorrow starting at Graciellie designs where you will get the next hop participants. Please visit the Graciellie Digital shop to see the sales that are going on during Fall Fest.

Winners will be announced on Graciellie Design's Facebook page on October 29th. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Small flower from Beautiful Day stamp set Thank you card

This card turned out to be a wee cutie, I wanted to 'hero' one of the smaller stamps in the Altenew Beautiful day stamp set, and so I made this card.

I stamped the Thank you sentiment first onto a scrap of water colour paper, and then stamped the little sprig of flowers from the stamp set, all around it with versafine onyx black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I then set to and coloured the flowers and leaves with my Stabilo 68 water colour pens.

I cut a frame with the Memory box stitched square dies and raised it up with some fun foam.  A sprinkling of sequins and it was done.

A really quick card, and a great one if you like sitting down and colouring.  

A video on how I made the card

The materials I used were
Altenew Beautiful day stamp set
Ranger water colour paper
No 4 paint brush
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Stabilo 68 watercolour markers
Joy crafts Banner sentiment stamp set
Fun foam
White linen card
double sided tape

 Another way to use the smaller stamps in your stamp sets that get a bit forgotten.
A quick way to make a very sweet card.
Happy Card making

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Floral blooms watercolour background card.

Recently I bought an Australian simply cards magazine and with it was a free set of floral blooms.  There was a stencil, border embossing folder and some clear stamps.
I am making a background with the outline flower and outline leaf from this set

I have stamped these onto some watercolour paper with versamark watermark ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder.

I have then coloured the flowers firstly with distress inks wilted violet, salty ocean, squeezed lemonade (I went back and darkened this a little with mustard seed and picked raspberry. Then the leaves with twisted citron.  Then painted in the background with a spun sugar reinker.
I was going to leave the painting quite light, but decided once it was dried, that it was a bit washed out, so I went back and did another layer of all the colours to brighten it up a little.

Lastly I made a sentiment on a strip of vellum, and folded it over my water coloured panel, cut it out with a stitched rectangle. I then stuck the outside frame to a card base and trimmed it to size, then raised the stitched rectangle panel with some foam tape. 

The materials I have used for this card are:
Floral blooms stamp set from Australian Simply Cards magazine August 2016
Water colour paper
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Distress inks wilted violet, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, picked raspberry and salty ocean, twisted citron
Spun sugar distress re-inker
No 4 paint brush
3M Scotch Foam sided tape
Tape runner
White card base 
Mix of clear and pink clear sequins

This is another way to use any of your flower stamps, especially if they are quite detailed or outline stamps.
I hope this has given you some inspiration
Happy Cardmaking

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Water colour Beautiful Day Card

I have made another card using the Altenew Beautiful day Stamp set.
This time I have kept it simple with some water colour done with distress inks.

 The outline stamps of the large flower and leaves are stamped onto Ranger water colour paper with versamark ink and Ranger white embossing powder first then I used Wilted violet, squeezed lemonade and mustard seed for the flowers and a combo of bundled sage and mowed lawn for the leaves. 

 To finish off the card, I trimmed the card about a centermetre in from the edge with a craft knife, leaving the flowers and leaves, which I fussy cut around, and backed the panel with some violet card so it left a fine border around the cut areas, and the leaves and flowers overhanging this slightly.  This was then stuck onto a black card base.  

Here is a video to show the process

The products I have used to make this card are
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Ranger Water colour paper
Distress Inks: Wilted violet, bundled sage, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed
No 4 paint brush
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger White embossing powder
Heat tool
Full sticky Post-it notes
Violet card
Black card base 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Double sided tape
Misti tool
Acetate clear Grid
Tim Holtz ruler
Cutter bee scissors

I am not a water colour artist by any means, but I love how this card turned out. 
I hope my video gives you some inspiration to have a go at doing water colour painting, it is very rewarding.  
Happy Card making

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A beautiful day card

I have made my first card using the new stamp I have just got called Beautiful Day by Altenew.  It is such a gorgeous stamp.

I did the stamping of the main flower in the set and the leaves using the pink and green sets of Crisp ink cubes from Altenew, but I coloured the smaller and longer flower stamps with copics and other alcohol markers I have.  I then did a partial cut of the circle die, so that I only cut an aperture up to the flowers, and then fussy cut around the bouquet .

I have made a panel to go behind the aperture using a stencil and some gel medium mixed with some sparkle glitter.  This is great, because when it dries, you only really see the glitter and not the medium.  

The sentiment was done with the Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamp set and then fussy cut out.  

I am really please with how the card came out, I wanted a soft look with the flowers.  I am sure I will be using this stamp set a lot!

Here is a video on the process of making the card.

The products I have used to make this card are
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamp set
Gel Medium (translucent) 
Sparkle super fine glitter
Tim Holtz flourish stencil
Cottage Cutz stitched circle dies
Fun foam
Altenew crisp inks in frosty pink, cotton candy, coral berry, frayed leaf, forest glades
Vesamark watermark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Heat tool
Full sticky Post-it notes
Reno art alcohol markers in Yellow 223, 225, 226, Greens 23, 27, 30 
Pinks 211
Copic marker R02
Double sided tape
Misti tool
Pretty pink post clear sparkling sequins in 4mm
6mm lemon clear sequins (no brand) 

I hope you got some inspiration from this card, 
Happy card making

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

MFT Ewe are the best card

Do you ever have days when you are making cards that you make lots of mistakes and you begin to think maybe you should not be making this card!  Well this was one of those!

I started out making a frame with some stitched square dies, and then proceeded to stamp out a scene with the hills and fence stamps out of the set.  I then masked off the hills and created a sky with a freehand made mask of clouds and tumbled glass distress ink.  I then used the negative parts of my mask and masked off the sky and proceeded to ink the hills with twisted citron and mowed lawn, that's when I discovered my first mistake, I had used versafine onyx black ink, when I should have used memento tuxedo black ink which is waterproof, so the ink on the grassy parts started smudging.  So I took great care not to rub that too hard.  

I stamped out the two sheep, a couple of trees and the little flowers, and decided to fussy cut them out right to the line, so that they looked like part of the scene.  But when I came to do the flowers, they are so tiny, when I tried cutting around the stalks, they fell apart.  Luckily I was able to glue them back together when I put the scene together.  So then I decided I wasn't going to fussy cut out the sheep with the balloon right to the line, as it would be impossible with the balloon string, so that one I left a small white border.

The next mistake was even though I used my misti, I still managed to get my sentiment crooked!  I always seem to ruin my cards lately when I add a sentiment (maybe I will start making cards without sentiments LOL) That is why I added the two gold hearts (diecuts from another project) so that hopefully they distract the eye a little away from the sentiment. 

I had also drawn a line around the square die, so I knew where to stamp and colour the scene, but I forgot to rub the pencil out before inking the sky, and you could see the line through it.  My fix up, was to lower the frame on the scene a little, but then the stitching at the bottom of the scene showed from cutting it out with another square die.  So that was why I used the grassy border die, to hide that.  Phew!

The rest of the card went fine, the scene came together OK in the end, and it turned out to be quite a sweet card.  

Hopefully the next card will go better!

Here is a video on making the card.

The supplies I used are 
MFT Ewe are the best stamp set
Original Misti
Memento tuxedo black ink
Versafine Onyx black ink
Distress inks: tumbled glass, twisted citron & mowed lawn
full sticky post-it notepad
Plaid patterned paper from Pebbles 6 x 6" 'front porch' paper pad (12cm x 12cm)
14cm x 14cm card base
 Scrap card in green and two pieces of white
Reno art alcohol markers, blue 257, cool greys 271, 272 & 273, warm greys 259, 260,261,
yellows 224 & 225, purples 192, 193 & 197
Copic markers R22, R35, B00, B02, YG 17, YG63 E35 & E37
Cutter bee scissors
3M scotch foam tape
double sided tape
Poppy stamp designs fresh cut grass border die

I hope you enjoyed the video and card
Happy card making 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Share the Love of Altenew

One of my favourite stamp companies is Altenew, and they have a video challenge going on where people can submit videos on why they love Altenew so much.
I have done a couple of videos to enter the challenge.

I started off card making because of discovering stamping, and especially the heat embossing, it is such a magical thing.  Through the years I had moved away from stamping, I might stamp the sentiment, but that was sometimes all I stamped on a card.  

Then two years ago, I saw a stamp and some cards made with it, on pinterest, it was the Vintage Rose stamp set my Altenew!  I fell in love with it and just had to have it.  It cost me a fortune with the postage from USA and the exchange rate, which wasn't good at that stage.  Anyway I bought it and absolutely loved it.... and that was the return and love of stamping that I have now.  

So here is the video

Altenew is such a innovative company, combining old ideas with a modern twist.  They produce stamps that are quite different than any other company, including sentiment stamps in other languages.  Not many companies do that.  But their layered stamping system is unique and takes stamping to a whole new level, they look so professional and amazing!
I think my cards have also moved to a whole new level because of these stamps.  

They also produce some fantastic inks, and they sell them in colour families, so if you want to do a particular colour for your flowers, then the ink colours are there for you, starting from a pale shade, right up to the darker shades for the darker layers of the stamp.  A well thought out product, and they keep doing this.  

Their latest product is some kits for doing particular types of cards like wedding invitations or thank you cards, these have all the products and instructions you need to make the cards including the card blanks, envelopes, stamps, inks and ideas sheets.  What a fantastic idea!

I look forward to seeing what they produce next.... I can't wait!