Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sorry I'm Late for the Party


It's been a while since I had a play with the Crazy Birds, so when I saw the card to CASE over at Time Out I knew it was time for them to make an appearance. I feel we crafters are always so keen to jump on the latest bandwagon and I'm most certainly guilty of that quite often. But from time to time it's nice to go back to old favourites, and I think we should do that more often, don't you? This sad little fellow is my absolute favourite in the set, how perfect is that sad face with the deflated balloon for a belated birthday card?

I was inspired by the green bird and grey background in the inspiration card but also by the multiple lines of text, so I also spread out my sentiment over multiple lines (note to self - need to get an alphabet set with smaller letters, any good recommendations?) and continuing on the inside of the card.



Today's card was also inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the summery colour combo over at Color Throwdown. I'm also linking up with the CAS challenge over at Shopping Our Stash. I watercoloured the bird and balloon with Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, and used Hickory Smoke to ink through the Tim Holtz star stencil to create the background. 




Card: 300 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper
Stamps: Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Things and matching dies, Lawn Fawn Claire's ABC
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Spun Sugar, Hickory Smoke
Stencil: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Stars
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Cole's ABC, Everyday Banners

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Watercolour Butterfly Row


Yesterday I got into the craft room after a bit of a break-up with my crafty stuff for a while. I started by making a few really simple and quick cards to warm up, I published them on the blog yesterday.  Today's card is the second card I made after I had spent some time warming up first. I was inspired by the butterfly theme over at CAS Watercolour. I also managed to play along with CAS Mix-up where the theme is Stamping + Tissue Paper + your choice. I was really intimidated by the tissue paper theme but when I saw Loll's great ideas to adhere the watercoloured tissue paper onto acetate I got the idea to attach my watercoloured tissue paper onto vellum (easier to glue it on!) and die cut for the sentiment. I was also inspired by the rainbow pastel colours over at Daring Cardmakers (although no unicorns this time, weird enough!!).




I started by stamping the gorgeous STAMPlorations Flutter Zen Row stamp onto watercolour paper and heat embossed the delicate butterflies in gold. Then I used my super fine watercolour brush and Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour the butterflies in all the colours of the rainbow. After colouring the butterflies, I added some grey around the butterflies for contrast, and splattered some black onto the background. Then I tackled the daunting task of watercolouring the tissue paper. Again, I couldn't help myself but colour it into a rainbow. I'm really on a rainbow streak! Then even more challenging, I dried the tissue paper using my heat gun, and scrunched it up. Then I glued it onto vellum, and die cut using the CUTplorations Celebrate Word die. I also cut a second sentiment in black to create some contrast. 


Card: Daler & Rowney 300 gsm watercolour card, tissue paper, scrap of black card, Dovecraft 110 gsm vellum
Stamps: STAMPlorations Flutter Zen Row
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Gansai Tambi watercolours
Other: Gold embossing powder

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mojo Warm-Up Blooms


Do you sometimes feel like you need a quick and easy project to get your mojo going? Kind of like warming up for when you do exercise? I've been struggling to get into the craft room lately (and also to the gym, but that's another story), not sure why but it just felt overwhelming and I tried to start a few cards but they were all just horrible.


Then I saw an amazing card on Instagram, which of course I can't find again... it was a gorgeous flower stamp on a blue background, coloured probably with watercolour markers. I tried to find it again - you know how Instagram always brings up those same donuts over and over again... but I just can't find that card again. Anyhow, long story short I was going to CASE that card as I happened to see that the challenge over at AAA Cards and Less Is More is One Layer with a coloured card base. But then it warped into something different when I had a dig around my huge stash of unused card and I found some rainbow coloured card which looks awesome as a A4 sized sheet but really doesn't work very well when cut down in size... But I thought it would work for this design. I was planning to colour in the gorgeous STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1 stamp. After I stamped and heat embossed it I decided to take a minimalist approach instead and just leave it as it is. All it needed was a bold sentiment from Noteworthy 2 and a fashion photo shoot together with my gorgeous hydrangea. If you come back tomorrow I'll show you the card I made after I had flexed my crafty muscles with these "warm up" cards. 




Card: Rainbow coloured card (it doesn't say what brand/make it is, I bought it on eBay...)
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1, Noteworthy 2
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Distress Oxide Watercoloured Flowers


When I saw the new STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1 stamp I knew it would be perfect for watercolouring. And with all the Distress Oxides out on my craft desk after a few days of very intensive crafting, I thought why not use those. Although the selection of colours so far is quite limited (but yes, I did see the big reveal of the new colours the other day and oooh me oh my, me wants them all!!) you can still get quite a few colours by mixing them up. My favourites were the mix of Fossilized Amber with Cracked Pistachio, and Worn Lipstick with Fossilized Amber. 

Anyhow,  I started by stamping the flower stamp in Antique Linen Distress Ink onto watercolour paper and then watercolouring with the Distress Inks. I die cut the flowers using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die. I added a strip of my new super-cute cherry blossom washi tape to a white card base, and added the watercoloured image to the card. Last, I added a few strips of the washi tape onto a scrap piece of white card and die cut the sentiment using the Hugs word die. I also cut the sentiment in black card and layered these for contrast. I just love the chalky look of the Distress Oxides when used to watercolour, and the way they layer or blend depending on whether you add more colour to a wet or semi-dry base. So much fun!

I'm linking up my card over at CAS on Friday where the theme is Flowers, The Challenge (inspiration words below, I went for Flowers, Bright and Watercolour), Make My Monday where the theme is Summer Brights and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week. 



Card: 300 gsm white card, 350 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1 Dee's Artsy Impressions
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Hugs Word Die
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Anique Linen, Distress Oxides Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet
Other: Washi tape from my stash

Don't forget today is the last day of the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Hop and Wishlist Linky Party with lots of opportunities to win great prizes. Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!



Thursday, 29 June 2017

Unicorn Watercolour Hugs


I have been amassing a serious mountain of NBUS and have made a bit of an effort to work my way through some of it. I was super-inspired by the Watercolour theme over at Lawn Fawnatics - the DT are amazing and there is always such amazing inspiration, but for some reason I haven't managed to play along all that often. I wanted to try out my new Starry Skies die and thought it would go great with a watercoloured night sky. And a unicorn. No starry sky scene is complete without a unicorn, right? I was also inspired by the colourful umbrellas (blue, green, pink and yellow) in the inspiration image over at Inspired By All The Little Things and last, but not least I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes. 





I started by painting a night sky and some grass using my Gansai Tambi watercolours and die cut the pieces using Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Hillside Borders and Grassy Border dies. Next I stamped the Winter Unicorn and the flowers from Gleeful Garden onto watercolour paper and coloured them with watercolours too, and die cut with the matching dies. Then I cut the sentiment using Scripty Hugs from pink and yellow card, and cut a piece of yellow Watercolour Wishes paper using the Scalloped Borders for the background. Lastly I assembled the card, using some 3D foam tape for the grass, unicorn and one of the flowers for some dimension before attaching everything onto a card base.

Card: 300 gsm white card, 350 gsm Daler&Rowney Watercolour card, scraps of pink and yellow card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn, Gleeful Garden and matching dies
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangles, Stitched Rectangles, Starry Skies, Stitched Hillside Border, Grassy Border, Scripty Hugs
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Gansai Tambi watercolours
Other: Lawn Fawn Watercolour Wishes paper

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More Summer Coffee


I just received a new batch of STAMPlorations goodies, including the awesome It's a Brew-tiful Day phrase die. So with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop still going, I couldn't help myself, I had to take the die for a spin. 

I started by stamping the Framed Coffee to Go in Versamark and heat embossed in copper. Then I used the small dies from the Trendy Spring Blooms Dies set on some scrap pieces of rainbow card I created using Distress Oxides for another project. I cut the flowers to fit the coffee cup. I used the same scrap rainbow pieces to cut out the sentiment. I created a rainbow background by inking with Distress Oxides through the Dots All Over stencil. 

I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is Stencil It and Make My Monday where the theme is Summer Brights. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, 350 gsm Daler & Rowney watercolour card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Framed Coffee to Go
Stencil: ARTplorations Dots All Over
Inks: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Oxides 
Other: Papermania Copper embossing powder

Don't forget the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Hop and Wishlist Linky Party is in full swing with lots of opportunities to win great prizes. Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Rainbow Congrats


I've been making up for lost time in the craft room lately. And as I made a few cards over the last few days which were not rainbow coloured, of course I had to make up that too, inspired by the image over at Just Us Girls. I also wanted to play along with Time Out where the theme is Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer. I'm assuming inlaid die cutting counts as one layer! Last, but not least I was also inspired by the Words Have Power theme over at AAA Cards



The inlaid die cut technique is an easy and quick way of creating fun designs. Here, I started by stamping the gorgeous new Blossom Sprays #1 stamp from STAMPlorations in Versafine. Then, I die cut the sentiment using Congrats Word Die and sponged Distress Ink onto the die cut. The only thing you need to be careful about is to make sure you don't lose the tiny little bits from the die cut so you can glue them all back into the correct places. I added a few colourful rhinestones as a finishing touch. This would be a great design if you needed to mass produce cards, you could do a whole set with different flower stamps and different sentiments. 

Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar White Card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1
Dies: CUTplorations Congrats Word Die
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Other: Adhesive gems from my stash

Don't forget the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Hop and Wishlist Linky Party is in full swing with lots of opportunities to win great prizes. Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!