Monday, 18 September 2017

It's A Brew-tiful Day


Just popping in quickly for another card for the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and the colours over at Just Us Girls. I'm also linking up over at CAS Mix Up where the theme is stamping + watercolour wash + your choice (die cutting) and AAA Cards where the theme is Autumn Colours. I used a NBUS STAMPlorations set called What's Brewing. I absolutely adore the strong lines and graphic look of these stamps and they really came out great stamped in Distress Oxide ink. I added some water onto the stamped image with a watercolour brush to oxidise the ink. I also added just a little bit of shading to the coffee mug and the steam from the coffee pot using Distress Oxide, and then coloured the wrapper around the mug with the same orange and red Distress Ink I used for the background.

 


Card: 200 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper, Neenah Solar white card, orange and yellow card from my stash, Dovecraft 110 gsm vellum
Stamps: STAMPlorations What's Brewing
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle dies, It's a Brew-tiful day phrase die
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Distress Oxide Vintage photo

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.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

CAAAAKE!!


I've been on a baking spree lately - bacon and mushroom filled breakfast rolls, cheddar and apple bread, cinnamon buns and a delicious brown sugar buttercream iced apple cake. So when I saw the Cake theme over at CASology this week I couldn't resist a bit of baking in the craft room as well and it was the perfect opportunity to play with my new STAMPlorations Sweet Cravings stamps. I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is CAS. Very basic, nothing but a bit of no-line watercolouring using Distress Inks, a bold black sentiment and a few pink splatters. Now off for a big cup of coffee and large slice of apple cake for this crafter!


Card: Daler&Rowney Aquafine 300 gsm watercolour paper
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sweet Cravings
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black


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.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Love You a Latte, Foxy


How many adulting points to I get for defrosting the freezer and descaling the kettle? I'd say at least enough to not do anything but eat cake and craft for the rest of the weekend!

I can't believe I almost missed out on the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge where the theme is Create a Scene. And what better than a fall scene with a little bit of coffee for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as well! Last, but not least I'm also linking up with Daring Cardmakers, where the theme is 4 Of Something (4 trees and 4 leaves). 

Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar White card, scrap of dark brown card
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall, Let's Polka, Let's Polka in the Dark, Watercolour Wishes
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Party Animal and matching dies, Holiday Party Animal, Love You A Latte
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border Dies, Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Grassy Border, Stitched Hillside Border, Spring Showers, Stitched Leaves

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Welcome Baby Boy

Just a quick post today to show you a card I made. I haven't made as many cards as I thought I would, as I've been busy practising my lettering (which you can find on my Instagram). It all looks so easy when you watch the videos, but it's soooo hard!! But practice makes better, at least I'm hoping so... I know it has done so for my cards, so maybe in two year's time when I watch my clumsy attempts at lettering, I'll feel like I've made progress!

Anyhow, today's card is for a new baby boy and it was inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the colours over at Sunday Stamps. I'm also linking up with CAS Mix Up where the theme is Stamping+Watercolour Wash+Your choice (die cutting and heat embossing). Last but not least I'm linking up with Make My Monday where the theme is Something For a Child and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Clean and Simple. 


Card: 200 gsm white card, Neenah Solar white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney Aquafine watercolour paper, scraps of navy blue, light blue and turquoise card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Baby Plus One, Bannerific and matching dies
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Broken China, BluePrint Sketch
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies, Papermania Seafoam White Embossing powder, Ranger Clear Embossing powder

Monday, 11 September 2017

An Apple a Day


It's sods law that I managed to strain my back today. First day of two weeks of holiday! I was sorting out our loft, getting rid of all the empty cardboard boxes up there (why we felt it was a good idea to save all the cardboard boxes from our move is beyond me...) and after I finished, my upper back started to feel like someone was jabbing a knife into it, just next to my shoulder blade. So now I'm sitting comfortably in the conservatory, all drugged up with painkillers, unable to do pretty much anything besides read or type. Hoping this will be sorted with a few paracetamol and a good nights sleep as I have plenty of stuff planned for the next few weeks, mostly involving sorting out the loft, garage, garden, you get my drift... I need my body to fully co-operate with me. I'm too young to have this happen to me (is what I keep telling myself).

Luckily I'm still able to type up posts, if not creating new cards. Today's card was created before my close encounter with the empty cardboard boxes. It's inspired by the image over at 4 Crafty Chicks, who are also having a Guest DT call. I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Stamp It, Paper Sweeties Challenge where the inspiration image also had fall produce on it, with Use Your Stuff where the theme is Fall Is In the Air and Color Inspiration where anything hand coloured goes.





For my card, I stamped the beautiful apples from STAMPlorations Be Thankful in Versafine Onyx Black and watercoloured with Distress Inks. I die cut the sentiment twice from red and yellow card and overlapped them slightly and die cut the panel using one of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle nesting dies. Last, I inked Vintage Photo through the ARTplorations Weathered Wood stencil and added the front panel to the card.

Card: Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour card, 250 gsm white card, scraps of red and yellow card
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Festive Berries
Stamps: STAMPlorations Be Thankful
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies, Thanks word die
Stencil: ARTplorations Weathered Wood


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. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Rainbow Lily


You know I can't resist a rainbow. So when I saw the gorgeous rainbow striped card to CASE over at Time Out I could not resist. How could I? So out came the Copics, and the gorgeous Blossom Sprays Lily stamp from STAMPlorations. My card was also inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I'm also linking up with Just Add Ink where the theme is Just Add D (die cuts), Shopping Our Stash where the theme is On Trend (rainbows! what could be more on trend than rainbows!) and last but not least Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenge where the theme is Stamp It.



Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #3, Sweet Cravings
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle die, CUTplorations Happy Word die, Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Dark, Ranger Ice Stickles


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. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Radiant Roses


I have waited for this for a long time. Finally time for my summer leave - although summer is already fading fast. Two whole weeks of no work! And of course, I'm coming down with a cold. Oh well, less gardening and more crafting. But we do have apple and pear trees heavy with fruit so I there will be a lot of jamming and stewing in this house over the next few days.

Anyhow, I did spend the whole morning in the craft room today. This card was inspired by the colours over at Color Throwdown and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up with the "Add text" theme over at House of Cards and the Stamp It theme at both Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday Challenge.



Card: Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up Basic Black
Stamps: STAMPlorations In Bloom: Radiant Roses, Lotus Love
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Copics
Other: Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle, Signo white gel pen


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, 8 September 2017

CAS on Friday Guest Designer


I was so excited to see that my giraffe card was chosen as the winner of CAS on Friday a few weeks ago, which means I have the honour to be a Guest Designer with them this week. The theme this week is Color Me Pretty, which means you should use pencils or markers to colour your creation. Thank you again to the CAS on Friday team for picking my card as the winner and for all the work you do to bring this great challenge to us crafters.


For my card, I chose to use the gorgeous STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #3 from the fab Deepti of Dee's Art Utopia. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White card and heat embossed with clear powder before colouring it with Copics. To keep everything as CAS as possible, all I did was cut out the panel using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die and stamped a small sentiment from Trendy Feathers 2. Sometimes it's so much fun to make cards which only require a minimum amount of stash and let a beautiful stamp just shine on its' own.

Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #3Trendy Feathers 2.
Ink and colouring: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Other: STAMPlorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die, Ranger clear embossing powder

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Have a Flamingo Birthday!


Just popping in quickly to show you a box card I made for a birthday, inspired by the fun inspiration image over at Just Us Girls, cutting it a bit tight with the deadline but better late than never! I'm also linking up with Lawn Fawnatics where the theme is Cards for kids,  Make My Monday where the theme is Lazy Days of Summer and Shopping Our Stash where the theme is Your Favourite Season (I keep changing my mind constantly about this, but right now when summer is slipping away I'm convinced it's my favourite season). Last but not least I'm linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where Anything Goes.

I saw the most amazing rainbow today. It was absolutely pouring down when I left work, and the sky was black, but as I drove out onto the motorway the sun was shining brightly and I could see such a vibrant rainbow in the sky. Such a shame I had to focus on driving the car so I couldn't devote my full attention to the gorgeous sight.




I created the box card using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card die and the Watercolor Wishes paper, the pastel colours perfect for a happy flamingo scene. I stamped the happy flamingoes from Flamingo Together and the big palm trees from Critters From the Past, coloured them with Copics and die cut using the matching dies. I also die cut some smaller palm trees using the dies from Flamingo Together and decorated the box with die cuts from the Scalloped Box Card die set. I also added the sun and clouds from Spring Showers and the rainbow I cut from coloured card using the Rainbow die. Last, I added some bunting to the palm trees and the sentiment which I die cut from Perfectly Plaid Winter paper using the Cole's ABC dies. 




Card: Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes and Perfectly Plaid Winter, Neenah Solar White card, Tim Holtz Coredinations Distress card, scarps of coloured card and white glitter card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Flamingo Together, Critters From the Past and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn Spring Showers, Cole's ABCs, Stitched Hillside Border, Scalloped Box Card, Rainbow

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Bloomtangled


I know you already had a  glimpse of the beautiful new STAMPlorations colouring book for National Colouring book day but today we are here with some of my fellow STAMPlorations DT ladies to showcase the book and some projects we made from the coloured pages for the official Bloomtangled Blog Hop and Linky Party.  And of course we want you to have some fun too, you can comment on the main blog post and all the designer's posts for a chance to win some prizes. On the main blog post you will also find a download from the colouring book. If you download the page, colour it and turn it into any kind of project you can link up and win even more prizes.


First I'll show you some pages I coloured with different mediums. 

Coloured with Faber Castell Albrech Durer watercolour
pencils and light blending with a little water.
Gansai Tambi watercolour on clear gesso.
Sharpies work really well with the colouring book -
I just love the vibrant colours.
Of course I wanted to turn my coloured pages into some projects. I used the page I coloured with Sharpies and made two cards by die cutting the coloured page using the Crazy Double Running Stitched Rectangle, matting it onto pink and purple card and adding black and white die cuts. 


I used the watercoloured page to decorate my bullet journal - I die cut a large panel of the page again using the Crazy Double Running Stitched Rectangle. I added some die cuts and used the Sketchy Alphabet stamps to create the letters to spell August. I inked through the ARTplorations Ethnic Organic One stencil using Distress ink to create the background for the journal page. I used leftover strips of the colouring book page to decorate the weekly spreads.




I also made another card from a page I coloured earlier for National Colouring book day. Again the beautiful florals just needed nothing other than a simple sentiment 

I love the page I coloured with watercolour pencils, so I haven't had the heart to cut it yet!

Card: white 250 gsm card, pink and purple card, scrap of black card
Colouring: Sharpies, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint, Faber Castell Albrech Durer watercolour pencils, Gansai Tambi watercolours
Dies: Crazy Double Running Stitched Rectangle, Fabulous word die, Hello word die, Gorgeous word die, Seriously word die, Awesome word die, Celebrate word die
Stamps: Bold Sentiments FabulousSketchy Alphabet
Other: ARTplorations Ethnic Organic One stencil, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

Friday, 25 August 2017

So Sorry for the Loss of Your Furry Friend



 A friend recently lost her furry friend, so I thought I would make her a card. I thought I should try my lettering on the card. It didn't quite turn out as good as I had pictured in my mind, but it's a start. I created the background using yellow, orange and red Brushos, inspired by the colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps. I'm also linking up over at CAS on Friday where the theme is One Layer Wonder.


I also added a little sentiment inside the card.


Card: 350 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper
Ink and colouring: Brushos, Versamark pen, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Hard
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters at the Dog Park
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Bloomin Happy Birthday


I needed some crafty time this morning to distract me from all the horribleness going on in various bit and bobs of the world and my life. I did what I usually do when I want to craft but can't quite get my mojo to focus enough to have a clear idea of what to do - I browsed some challenges for inspiration. The winners this time were Freshly Made Sketches, Color ThrowdownLawnfawnatics where the theme is Custom Sentiments and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Add a Sentiment.



I started by stamping all the small flowers and leaves from Penelope's Blossoms in Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzaz and die cut with the matching die. This was a bit fiddly which was exactly what I needed to keep my mind focused on the task at hand rather than some other things which are distracting me. This is why crafting works as therapy! After generating a pile of flowers and leaves, I die cut the Bloomin for the sentiment using Cole's ABCs from a scrap of Melon Mambo card. Next, I cut the yellow background and arranged all the flowers and the sentiment. Last, I completed the sentiment with a stamp from Scripty Sayings. 

Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar white card, light yellow card and scrap of Melon Mambo card
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzaz
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms and matching dies, Scripty Sayings
Dies: Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs

Friday, 18 August 2017

STAMPlorations Christmas Release - CUTplorations Dies


Happy Friday all you lovely people out there! We made it to the end of the working week, but that also means we made it to the end of the STAMPlorations Christmas Release. Today we are showcasing the new Christmas dies, and I've had sooooo much fun while exploring the new dies. Today is your last chance to comment on all the designer's posts for a chance to win prizes so if you were planning to do that but haven't gotten around to it yet, now is the time!


I had so much fun playing with the new dies so I made three cards. For the first one, I got out my Brushos which had been abandoned for a while. I simply scattered various blue Brushos onto watercolour paper and spritzed with water. After drying with a heat tool I die cut the panel using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die. I also created a card with green Brushos and used that for die cutting the Christmas Icons - Christmas Tree #1. Last, I heat embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment from Homespun Christmas in white onto a thin strip of black card and attached everything to a white card base.


My second card is all about letting the fun Holiday Words Plate Die shine. I used green Distress Oxides and Inks for the background and red ones for the panel I used for die cutting. Then I die cut the whole shebang with the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die and adhered to a white card base. You can't really see it from the picture, but I sprayed some Perfect Pearls onto the card for a subtle shine.


I think one of the most under-used colours for Christmas is rainbow. You can never have too much rainbow! So I thought I would do my best to rectify this horrible injustice. I started by masking off a rectangle and inking through the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil using a rainbow of Distress Inks. Then I coloured a scrap of white card into a rainbow using Copics and die cut the Christmas Baubles #1Layering Dies from the rainbow coloured card, and the background in black. I adhered the bauble onto the rainbow background and created a custom sentiment from a part of the Holiday Words Plate Die which I die cut in black and covered in lots of elf dust (or it may have been Ranger Ice Stickles). 

Card: 250 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scraps of black card
Stamps: Homespun Christmas
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch RectangleChristmas Icons - Christmas Tree #1Holiday Words Plate DieChristmas Baubles #1Layering Dies
Stencil: ARTplorations Retro Circles
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Brushos, Distress Oxides, Distress Ink, Copics
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder, Ranger Ice Stickles