Monday, 29 April 2013

A Masculine 21st Album

A bit of exciting news! One of my submissions for PC Supply Savvy was accepted for publication! Yay! This will be my second card in Paper Crafts magazine!
Some of my blog followers will remember that I did a 21st album for signing for my niece last year - blogged here. Well her boyfriend had just turned 21 this month and I was asked to do another album. As it was a surprise birthday party, I could not blog it until afterwards... just in case. I decided to use the Kaisercraft 21st album and combined it with papers from Kaisercraft. It took me a few days to get the cover finished as I was playing with techniques and media I don't use often. The cover was painted with two coats of Kaisercraft Mud Puddle paint followed by Tim Holtz Distress crackle in Antique Linen. This cracked very well showing up the brown underneath. I thought this looked too pale (this was the only colour crackle paint I had). I then dabbed Viva Special Metal bronze and silver paints over the top to achieve a final result that I was happy with. I'm submitting this project to Die-Cut Divas' Washi and Birthday challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Here are some photos from Nick's party with my niece and one with my Mum and all the Grandkids.

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz Core-Dinations Distress collection
Paper - Kaisercraft Vintage Timeless
Die - MFT tall alphabets
Paints - Kaisercraft Mud Puddle and Umber, Viva Decor Bronze and Silver, Tim Holtz Crackle Antique Linen, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs
Others - leather, Tim Holtz Ideology Key,

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Casing Virginia Lu

When I saw the Muse Challenge this week with Virginia Lu as the muse, I wanted to make a card as soon as I got home! I started stamping while I was cooking dinner (the dinner wasn't burnt - it has happened in the past). Here is my card and Virginia's card is below that. I'm also submitting this card to the Case Study DT search challenge Hero Arts April challenge and Die Cut Diva's Birthday/Washi challenge.

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White, Desert Storm
Stamps - Hero Arts CL661 CL508
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Bubble Gum, Pool
Die - MFT Die-Namics Layered labels
Others - Kaisercraft gems and pearls

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Reem Acra card

A bit of good news to start of with. I just found out that my 21st birthday card got a Retro Sketches Shout-out! Yay! I did make another card for this week's Retro Sketch, but I ended up submitting it for publication, so I can't show it yet! Another one of my favourite challenges this week is the Runway Inspired Challenge - Reem Acra Fall 2013. Here is my card using just black and a bit of red and also very CAS. I must welcome a couple of new blog followers. I've been a bit slack with blogging this past week as I have been busy with publication submissions. I submitted 6 cards last week to Paper Crafts Supply Savvy call and I have another 7 to submit tomorrow! Thanks for dropping, I really appreciate all the comments I have been getting with my posts. I do try to visit commenters' blogs whenever I get a chance. Until next time...

Cardstock - Neenah Solar white, black card stock
Stamps - Hero Arts CL508 Luscious Patterned Flowers, CL661 Find Joy
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Red Royal
Others - Kaisercraft rhinestones

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Magical Magnolias

When I saw the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger, I knew what to do. I've had this Hero Arts stamp for quite a while but have not made a card with it. I have experimented with it when I first got it but was not happy with the results. I used my favourite emboss resist technique for this challenge and combined it with the current Colour Q challenge and came out with a result which I'm pretty happy with. I've also sprayed the card with Perfect Pearls, although the sheen on the card does not show up in this photo. I've ordered a Nikon D5100 and it should arrive next week, so my photos will improve. Yay! I'm also submitting this card to the April Hero Arts contest and the Simon Says Stamp April Showers/Spring Flowers Challenge.
BTW, I love magnolias! My neighbour across the road has the same one as the trigger photo. We just recently planted the dwarf variety with the white flower in our front yard. We couldn't afford to get a mature tree, so we got two smaller plants, so far so good, one of them has even produced one flower!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White, Neenah Desert Storm, Tim Holtz Kraft Core
Stamps - Hero Arts S5471and CG125, Kaisercraft Sentiment
Inks - Versamark, Hero Arts Soft Granite, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Tea Dye
Die - Simon Says Stamp folded banner
Others - Clear EP, Kaisercraft rhinestones

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Retro Valentino

Hi all, back after a very busy weekend with a card based on two challenges. I've combined the current Retro Sketch 58 with the Runway Inspired #33 Red Valentino photo. I went through all my 6x6 pads and found the perfect papers to match the photo. Here is my card with the inspirations below it. A big welcome to my new followers, hope you enjoy my creations! I'm also submitting this card into the Hero Arts April contest, Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday challenge, the Paper Crafts April Flickr Group Pastels challenge and Die Cut Diva's Washi and Birthday challenge.

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Paper - My Minds Eyes Lost and Found 3 Oliver
Stamps - Hero Arts CL661, CG290
Dies - MFT Layered Labels, Fishtail STAX
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Others - Twine from The Twinery, Button

Friday, 5 April 2013

Get Scrappy!

Hi All
I'm participating in my first Bloghop today on Cups, Crops and Creativity. The brief was to Get Scrappy and use up left over scraps and we have to show the scraps beforehand. I had this week's Retro Sketch #57  in mind and it did not take me long to find some left over scraps and put the lessons I learnt on the Online Class Pattern Play to use. Here is the sketch and the scraps that I'm going to use.

This is the result of my scraps on my card! I used dimensional foam on some pieces to give it a bit of interest. The patterns on the papers were interesting enough and I felt that they didn't need any stamping or inking just to keep it simple. I'm submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp Birthday Challenge.

After finishing off the first card. I had to make another one for my DH's colleague who just had a second baby. I pulled out the scraps from my Kissing Booth papers (last cards made here and here) and this is what I came up with. I love personalising baby cards with the names of the babies (you can't buy these cards in a card shop!). I'm going to submit both cards to Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes and the second card to Basic Grey's Challenge 91 - Clean and Simple.

Thank you for dropping by my blog, please click on the blog links below to see what the other designers have created out of their scraps! A big thanks to Chaitali for organising this bloghop and making me use up my scraps! If you wish to participate in this bloghop, you can link your card to Cuts, Crops and Creativity. A comment on this blog and all the other blogs will also earn you chances for a prize to be drawn by Chaitali.

'Happy Birthday'
Cardstock - Neenah Solar White and Desert Storm
Paper - My Minds Eyes Away We Go
Stamps -Hero Arts CL406, Darkroom Door Stringed Sentiments
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Others - Hemp from Hemptique
Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Paper - Basic Grey Kissing Booth
Stamps - Kaisercraft sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Dies - MFT DieNamics Tall Alphabets, MFT Layered Flags STAX, Carl heart punches
Others - Twine from The Twinery, Kaisercraft Sparklet Heart, Glossy Accents

Monday, 1 April 2013

Blogversary Prize Winner

Thank you to all my blog followers and all your lovely comments. I put all the names into a box this morning and got my DH to pick out a name. Congratulations Dasa! Please email me your address and I'll get the prize sent to you this week. Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!

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