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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bright and Bold Birthday Card

The inspiration for this card is from the Verve April Inspiration Challenge and here is the picture.  

April 2016 Verve Diva Inspirations Challenge | www.vervestamps.blogspot.com
I used the Mondo Magnolia stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir markers and the greeting is the Verve Poppy Birthday stamp set. 

Thanks for looking and until next time..... 

Faux Metal Tag

When I saw the challenge at Simon Says Monday - Show us your Metal I immediately thought of  Faux Metal and remembered a tutorial by Tim Holtz. Here is the link if you're interested.  I know Father's Day is in June but my dear Pops lives in Zimbabwe so I need to get this card in the mail (it's not called snail mail for nothing!)

I'm also entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes and Wednesday's Creative Inspiration - For the Boys Challenge

Mother's Day

Hi there!
Hope you're having a great week-end.  I have a few cards to share with you today.  This card was made with a few challenges in mind and the inspiration came from the challenge at StampTV to incorporate an item that you would normally throw in the trash.  So, on Monday whilst doing the laundry I kept my used dryer sheets  (I did iron them first to get rid of the wrinkles....  wish it was that easy to get rid of mine ..... ;) 

I used the following products (apart from dryer sheets and newspaper)
A beautiful life stamp by Melanie Muenchinger (Gina K Designs)
Friends 'til the End flower die (Gina K Designs)
Tea Rose small (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Tiny fanciful flourish (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Suede Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp)

Entering the following challenges:
StampTV MIUM Challenge - Let's get Trashy
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Show us your metal
Mod Squad Challenge - Mother's Day
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge - Mother's Day theme
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Who would've thought that doing laundry would be inspirational!

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, April 28, 2016



Today's card (which is my fifth attempt - the first four went into the ugly box) is for Essentials by Ellen April Pin Sights Challenge and I used one of my favorite stamps Essentials by Ellen, Mondo Magnolia by Julie Ebersole.  I used my ink blending tool and distress inks for the flower and the background is water colored. Here are the gorgeous inspiration photo's:

I'm also entering Virginia's View Impromptu Link-Up Party "friendship card", Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes and Simon Says Work It Wednesday Flowers Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and all the kind and encouraging comments.  They make my day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sending Love

A simple card using Paper Smooches Squared and Hearts dies.  I cut out a few of the inner squares, added a few red accents from a second die cut, a layer of glossy accents and a greeting from Gina K.  And that's it - simple!  I'll be entering Paper Smooches Black/White with a pop of color and Dies R Us Black and White Challenge.

Flower Box

Today's card was made for the challenge at STAMPTV MIUM Size doesn't matter.  The requirement is to make anything but an A2 card.  The flower stamp, matching die, greeting stamp and cardstock is from Gina K Designs and the flourish die is Cheery Lynn Designs Tiny Fanciful Flourish.

I'm also entering the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Handmade Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make it Girlie
Die Cut Diva's - April Challenge (Spring flowers)
Scrapy Land Challenge 40 - Oh Happy Spring!
Double "D" Challenges - April Showers bring May Flowers

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mixed Media Butterfly

My final post for today is a creation for my daughter's scrapbook.  I wouldn't normally choose these colors but I wanted vibrant Distress Paints and these are the only colors I have! :) After applying the distress paints and lots of water, I let it dry, applied tissue tape and ink blending with distress inks. I used texture paste for the words and arrow, applied silver embossing powder. When it was dry I used my heat tool.  I stamped a second butterfly which I colored with DI and fussy cut.

I'll be entering this in HLS Mixed Media Challenge - WingsSimon Says Monday Challenge Butterfly Beauty and TCP Wings Challenge.

That's all from me and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sending hugs

My third card this week was inspired by HLS CAS Challenge -  Stencil Monoprint.  I used Hero Arts Tropical Background stencil, applied distress inks onto my stencil, misted the stencil with water and then pressed the stencil onto my watercolor paper.   The hugs die is from Simon Says Stamp.  I'm entering this in A2Z Scrapbooking April Watercolor challenge and Mod Squad Challenge Water, Water, Everywhere.

Treasured Friend

I made this card for HLS Case the Designer Challenge and here is the beautiful card Joyce made which inspired me.  The stamp set I used is Close to My Heart - Friendship Bouquet and I used Spectrum Noir markers to color my images and Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle dies.  I'm also entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Make it Girlie Challenge

Love the greeting 'Treasured Friends' - friends really are valued treasures! x

Image result for friendship quotes

Beautiful Day

I made this card for the A2Z Scrapbooking April Watercolor Challenge.

The stamp set is You're So Lovely (Hero Arts) and I used Zig Clean Brush markers, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle and Scalloped dies.  

I'm also entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Work It Wednesday Pastel Challenge
Die Cut Diva's April Challenge  (April Flowers)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Make it Girly

Have a fab day! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Make A Negative A Positive!

This card is for the Mod Squad Challenge...Make A Negative A Positive.
The challenge is to use dies and add the negative AND the positive cuts to your cards.  Thanks to the very talented Donna for a great challenge!

I used Cas-ual Friday's Casual Vine die,  Big Thanks stamp for the greeting, and Zig markers for a simple CAS card.

Thanks for looking and have a fabulous week and turn those negative's into positives! ;)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Happy Birthday

This card is for a special friend in Cape Town (South Africa) who's celebrating 'a big' birthday in June.  I had hoped to surprise her with a visit but a Skype visit will have to do :(

I used Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle die for the card and Cheery Lynn Tea Rose (small) die for the flowers.  The roses are colored with Azurite chalk ink and then I added some Frosted Lace Stickles on the petals. 

Here is a close up of the flowers

I'm entering this in 
Cheery Lynn Designs Handmade Flowers Theme Challenge
Simon Says April Showers bring May Flowers
Die Cut Diva's April Challenge (April flowers) 
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Favourite Things Challenge (flowrs, dies)

Cracked Glass Technique

I had such fun making this card!  The focal image is from the stamp set Friends til the End (Gina K Designs).  After coloring the flowers I applied Versamark and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and then I heat set it.  I repeated this a couple of times to get a lovely, shiny glass finish.  I then popped it in the freezer for two minutes and then I was ready to crack 'the glass'.  Here is a great video by Gina showing this technique. 

The background was created using the Wax Paper Embossing Technique and here is another video by Gina where you can see how she does this.  While I had my supplies out and my iron on (it's a lot more fun than ironing clothing ;), I made 8 backgrounds with various designs and colors.  

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Welcome Baby

Today's card is a simple baby's card for friends who have just had a little girl.   I colored the image with SN markers and added a bit of shimmer on the bottle. 

I used the following supplies:
Bear w Bottle - Stamps by Judith and Heather
Greeting - Lots of Lines by Gina K Designs
Cardstock and PP - Gina K Designs and The Paper Studio (Ice Cream Parlor)

I'm entering this in Simon Says Let's do the Polka Challenge.

Hope you're having a great Saturday! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

CAS Card

This quick and easy CAS card was made with Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms set which I cut from masking paper and sponged the background with Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  The happy Birthday greeting is from Hero Arts.

Entering this in Simon Says Birthday ChallengeAAA Cards Anything Goes and A Blog Named Hero Clean and Simple

That's all from me for today.  To end off I'd like to share a phrase from Africa.
Hamba Kahle, pronounced humba gashly and it means go well usually said when saying good-bye. 

Hamba Kahle / Go well, my friends!

Collage Birthday Card

I had such fun creating this card!  The end result is way different to what I imagined.  I used die cuts as stencils to create the background.  The happy die is from Altenew and the butterfly die is a Cheery Lynn (exotic butterfly medium die). 

I'm entering the following challenges:
Mod Squad Background Challenge  (thank you Kathy and Barbara for the inspiration :)

Hummingbird Birthday Wishes

This card was made for the MIUM Sketch Challenge at StampTV.  I used Gina K Stamper's Favorites and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  Also entering Simon Says Happy Birthday Challenge.

Have a fabulous day!

HSL Christmas Challenge Winner

Thank you to Happy Little Stampers for choosing my card for the Christmas Challenge!  It's great to start those Christmas cards early in the year :)  

Friday, April 8, 2016

Taking the leap

I'm so excited (and nervous) to post my first card on my blog.  Thank you to all the amazing people who have encouraged me to take this leap into 'Blogland' and please be patient with me while I learn and prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks :)

To create this card I heat embossed the images and applied Brusho crystals to wet watercolor paper.  I then used the same stamp, pressed it into the wet color and stamped the images again.  The images aren't crisp but it's the look I was aiming for.  I added hand drawn lines to add to the artsy feel of the card. 

The stamps I used are The Simple Things (Gina K Designs) and Inspiration Mosaic.  

I'm entering this in the following challenges: