Sunday 28 June 2015

Rainbow love hugs

I'm back! I bet you all missed me very much? Well, if you didn't notice I was away, it's because of my cunning scheduling of some cards I made in advance. Anyhow, as much as I loved being away from real life for a week in the Cyprus sun, it's good to be back as well. We had a very lazy holiday with Sis, and burned our fair Scandinavian skin to a crisp despite SPF50+, staying covered up and in the shade as much as possible. I think our next holiday has to be Antarctica or Greenland...

Paphos, Cyprus, one of the beaches near our hotel
I'm not usually writing about anything of much gravity here, as this is my crafty retreat from all the goings on in the real world. However, while I was away there were two world news that I feel I have to comment on.

The first piece of news is what inspired today's card. I bet you can guess what it is. I rejoice in the ruling of the US Supreme Court which in my mind is the only possible alternative. As much as I'm trying to respect everyone's opinions, I cannot understand how anyone could oppose to people being able to marry if they are so lucky as to find someone to love and who they want to spend their life with. I am a firm believer in total equality and the ruling makes me very happy for my US friends who it concerns. Obviously, I have my own opinions about marriage being a totally antiquated institution in itself, but I would not be so arrogant as to want to deny it from those who value it. This is in my opinion the crux of so many differences of opinion - live and let live, just because something isn't for you, who are you to judge what is right for someone else and deny them the opportunity? A gender equal marriage law was also approved by the previous Finnish parliament. Although the law still requires approval of the new parliament which does not support it to an equally high degree as the last one, I sincerely hope it will be passed into a law soon. Amidst all the celebration, I think it's very sobering to spare a thought to all the people who still live in places where basic human rights, whether extending to who you are allowed to love or what you are allowed to think, still are not respected and to remember that so many rights we take for granted are not reality everywhere.

Which takes me to the much more sombre news which obviously stopped me in my steps as I was relaxing on a holiday while other fellow happy holiday enjoyers lost their lives in the most horrible of attacks in Tunisia. As much as the previous piece of news gives me hope that we are going in the right direction, this piece of news makes me doubt that humanity has any chance of long term survival while people holding these horrible views and committing these heinous crimes are still out there.

Ok, that was a short and very inadequate summary of my feelings coming back from holiday. I'm off the soap box now, and will focus 100% on crafting again. For today's card I picked distress markers in all the colours of the rainbow and just painted a rainbow background using the markers and a water brush. I die cut the sentiments using Lawn Fawn dies from watercolour paper and finished with a bit of Ice Stickles.

I would like to link up with the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes
Addicted to CAS - Splash
Our Creative Corner - What Makes You Smile (this was the perfect challenge for today's card)
Through the Purple Haze - Use Bright Colours

Card: 300 gsm white hammered card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress markers Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn
Other: Lawn Fawn Stithed Rectangles, Scripty Hugs and Cole's ABC's dies, Ranger Ice Stickles

Thursday 25 June 2015

Fusion card challenge

This is the card I wanted to make ever since the first time I saw the gorgeous STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches stamp set. I love the gorgeous big flowers and there are so many ways to use them. And they are so great for water colouring. When I saw the the inspiration image over at Fusion Card Challenge I knew exactly what my card would look like. I kind of used the sketch too, or maybe not, I'm not sure. I would also like to link up over at Allsorts Challenges where the theme is Use a Stamp, The Artistic stamper challenge where the theme is Summer Is On It's Way, Live and Love Crafts Inspiration Blog with the theme In the Garden and the STAMPlorations Anything Goes challenge.

To create this card I created a mask and then stamped the flowers using the mask to give the impression of depth. I chose the colours from the inspiration image and coloured the flowers using Tim Holtz Distress markers and a water brush. I also created a green shadow around the flowers to further emphasise the impression of depth. Then I inked up the Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and spritzed it with water before stamping to create the effect of watercolour splotches. Then I die cut the sentiment which was inspired by the colours of the butterfly in the insoiration photo, and stamped the second part in black ink. Last, I matted the front panel onto green and blue cardstock to match the watercolour splotches. I absolutely love the look of those flowers, and I love how impressive stamps are the perfect tools to create really impressive cards without much more than a few markers and a watercolour brush.
Card: white 300gsm card, Hobbycraft three shades of Blue and Three shades of green as well as 160 gsm white card, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches, Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-On Jet Black, Tim Holtz distress markers Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmelade, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn, Broken China
Other: Lawn Fawn Scripty Hugs die


Tuesday 23 June 2015

Holly Jolly - Tag It

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our "Frame It" challenge over at Holly Jolly. If you haven't had a look yet, hop over to see if you were one of the lucky winners. We also have a new challenge up for the next two weeks and this time we are challenging you to "Tag It". You can make a Tag or a project with a tag on it, there are many ways to interpret the challenge.

This time our sponsors are Stitchy Bear and QKR Stampede who are giving away prizes to lucky winners. You can hop over to the Holly Jolly challenge to see how the other Design Team members have interpreted the theme and showcasing images from our sponsors.

For my tags I used the QKR Stampede digi Christmas Moose. Very simply, I printed the moose onto kraft card and coloured him with Sharpies and Copics and stamped the sentiment. Then it was just a matter of inking Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges and then distressed the edges using a distress tool. I used a snowflake punch to make a hole for the twine. I also thought that one of my moose shaped paperclips would make the perfect embellishment for the tag.
I would like to join the following challenges
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog - Anything But a Card
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Christmas Animals
Jingle Belles - 12 Days of Cardstock

Card: Kraft card
Stamps: QKR Stampede digi Christmas Moose, Lawn Fawn Violet's ABC's
Inks: Tim Holtz Disterss inks Vintage Photo, Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Sharpies, Copics
Other: twine from my stash, Fiskars snowflake punch, reindeer paperclip from my stash


Monday 22 June 2015

Watercolour flowers in turquoise and pink

I can't believe we have passed midsummer. The longest day of the year has gone and now it's inevitably getting darker again. But hopefully not colder! This must have been the coldest start of the summer in ages, makes you wish for a bit of that global warming you keep hearing so much about. I am currently typing up this post in my Sis' living room, under not one but two blankets! It's something about these old townhouses, they never seem to warm up. But tomorrow we are jetting off to a somewhat different climate as it seems to be 28 degrees in Cyprus at the moment! I can't wait to be able to walk around wearing nothing but a summer dress. And of course bathe in SPF50 and probably still get sunburn... I have a few posts scheduled for when I'm away but it will be quite quiet overe here for the next week or so. I hope my stamps don't feel horribly abandoned and depressed in the meantime.

Today's card is yet another chance to play with my awesome new STAMPlorations goodies. The card is inspired by the colour challenge over at Color Throwdown as well as the new sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up over at the STAMPlorations Anything Goes challenge.

Card: white 300 gsm card, scraps of Stampin' Up Basic Grey, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches, Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-on Jet Black, Stampin' Up Basic Grey, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise
Other: Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats die


Saturday 20 June 2015

Dragon on a cloud

My obsession with the Puffy Cloud dies goes on, and is not showing any signs of going away just yet. This time it was time for the cute little dragon from the Critters Ever After to sit on the clouds. I was inspired by the "Stars and/or stripes" theme over at Lawnscaping. I would also like to link up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is to use your favourite technique or products. Here I combined my love for watercolours with my love for Lawn Fawn. I'm also linking up with the Animal Friends challenge where the theme is fantasy animals and Ladybug crafts where the theme is "Use your dies".

I also had my very own little Lawn Fawns visit my garden this morning. The Culinary Consultant spotted the smaller of the deer having a little snack by the field out behind our garden, and then she decided to come and munch a bit on our lawn, and soon a friend appeared as well. It was great fun to watch the little critters, but I do wish I had a proper telezoom lens to capture these moments with. 

Card: Coloured 240 gsm kraft card lilac, baby pink and purple, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper, Hobbycraft 260 gsm white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After and matching dies, Scripty Sayings
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-on Jet Black, Versamark, Tim Holtz distress inks Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies, Puffy Cloud Borders, Ranger clear embossing powder

Friday 19 June 2015

What diet?

It's very easy to feel creative when work is over for the week, and to top it all up there is a whole week of annual leave to look forward to. On Monday I jet off with Sis for a few days away in Cyprus. As the weather over here is showing no signs of summer, I'm happy to get away somewhere sunny and warm for a while. Of course, that means a whole week away from my crafty stash so today I'm crafting enough for a week! 

I am continuing to play with my new STAMPlorations goodies, this time I inked up the Sugar Rush set. My inspiration for today's card was the gorgeous sketch over at Viva la Verve. I was also inspired by the Daring Cardmakers challenge where the theme is bokeh and The Friday Mashup where the theme is to use stencils. I used stencils for the bokeh effect. I'm also linking up over at the STAMPlorations June challenge which is stamps and washi as well as the STAMPlorations Anything Goes for anything using STAMPlorations stamps.

I started by stamping the yummy looking Sundae and colouring using Copics. I also added some Glossy Accents to the sundae glass bowl to make it look a bit more like glass but it doesn't show very well on the photo. For the background, I inked using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn and Seedless Preserves. Then I used white craft ink and a Tim Holtz stencil along with a stencil I made using a circular die. I die cut the background using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle stencil. Last, I stamped a sentiment from the Sugar Rush set and attached the panel to some linen pattered white cardstock and added some washi for a finishing touch.

Card: 300 gsm white linen card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sugar Rush
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-on Jet Black, Tim Holtz distress ink Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn and Seedless Preserves
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die, Tim Holtz Bubble stencil, washi tape from my stash

Thursday 18 June 2015

Hello hummingbird

I have to admit I have over-indulged lately. First there was the Cambridge Satchel Company sale, and I mean... it only makes sense, right? I have wanted one of their gorgeous leather satchels for ages, so when it turned out they are on sale, it's just like putting money in the bank. Never mind that I have to pay for my holiday as well from this month's budget... And then I finally caved in and ordered myself a few stamp sets from STAMPlorations. I have been lusting after the sunflower stamp set as well as the sugar rush set for ages and I thought as I'm already so far over budget this month, a bit more won't make any difference. I don't know if anyone can fault that logic? And there was  a very generous offer of free stamps to go with the order, so I just could not refuse. 

Anyhow, my beautiful stamps made it across the Atlantic with lightning speed arriving today and what else is a girl to do than skip the gym and come straight home for some crafty time? The large hummingbird and the morning glory stamps looked perfect for my favourite technique - watercolouring. So off I went and stamped them onto watercolour cardstock in Staz-on ink. I also got to use my other favourite, masking. I think one layered cards with masked images just look so elegant, and I get a childlike feel of excitement to see how it all turned out when you remove the mask and magically you have your images in the foreground and background. I used Stampin' Up markers to colour onto a clear block, and used the ink to watercolour the image. All there was to do was to stamp the simple little sentiment and mat onto coloured card.

My inspiration for this card came from a few challenges. Firstly I was inspired by the bright and summery colour combo over at Colour Me...! I was also inspired by the sketch over at STAMPlorations, althought I did turn it over on the side instead of using it just "as is". I was also inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is to use your favourite technique or products. I'm also linking up at Addicted to Stamps for their 3rd Birthday Challenge (Happy Birthday Addicted to Stamps!!) with the theme Clean and Simple. Last but not least I'm linking up over at the STAMPlorations Anything Goes challenge where you can link up anything created using STAMPlorations products.

Card: Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine Watercolour paper, Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Stamp Lab Hummingbird and Morning Glory
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-on Jet Black, Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive 

Sunday 14 June 2015

Castle on a cloud

I really love the new Puffy Cloud dies from Lawn Fawn. It's always so much fun to use new crafty goodies for the first time. There are so many great scenes to create with them, and I knew I had to start with my favourite ever stamp set - Critters Ever After. I have been doing quite a bit of watercolouring lately, so much that I'm almost out of watercolour paper. 

The card was inspired by the gorgeous inspiration image over at Daring Cardmakers. I was inspired by the rainbow colours, the white decorations on the butterflies and by the butterflies themselves as well. I have created the card in the "Simple and Layerd" style. I was also inspired by the Time Out challenge where the challenge is to be inspired by the phrase "Happy is the bride that the sun shines on". My inspiration was the word happy, as a unicorn on a cloud must be the happiest thing in the world. I was also inspired by "sun shines" as the sun is always shining above the clouds. I'm also linking up at Shopping our Stash where the theme is Cute Critter Alert.

I created a watercolour rainbow background using Tim Holtz distress markers and a water brush. I bushed off some colour from the markers onto a clear block, and then used a watercolour brush to create the background. I then spritzed the background with a Perfect Pearl mist for a bit of subtle glitter. I stamped the castle, unicorn and butterflies using Staz-on and coloured using Distress markers in the same way I did for the background. I die cut the castle and unicorn using the matching dies, and fussy cut the butterflies. Then I die cut the clouds and last stamped the sentiment from Scripty Sayings. I just love how many scenes you can create with the gorgeous Lawn Fawn products. 

Card: Hammered white 300 gsm card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After and matching dies, Critters at the Dog Park, Scripty Sayings
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-on Jet Black, Tim Holtz distress markers in Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves
Other: Puffy Cloud Border dies

Saturday 13 June 2015

I ruff you

This week flew by without any crafty time once again. It was all work work work and working out a little bit too. Luckily I just have one more week to go before my holiday in Cyprus with my Sis. And then a short two weeks of work before a week back home. Me, the Culinary Consultant, Sis and Best Friend are heading off to our summer house for a week of peace and quiet (and no electricity, hence no phones, computers or Internet!). Good times! 

I did manage a few minutes in the craft room last night before collapsing in bed. Inspired by the Colour Throwdown and yet another amazing sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch as well as my new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I went on a bit of a splurge so I have a bunch of new Lawn Fawn stuff for me to try out, I'm so excited! I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Friend or Superhero. I think this card qualifies as it's for a furry friend. I have to say in my completely unbiased opinion (hehe) that the card actually turned out better than I imagined. It's not often I say that. But the little furry friend is just too adorable.

Card: Kraft Card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm cardstock, Stampin' Up Melon Mambo 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters at the Dog Park
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi
Colouring: C1, C3, C5
Other: Lawn Fawn Scripty Hugs die

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Holly Jolly - Frame It

It's time for a new challenge over at Holly Jolly. For the next two weeks we are challenging you to "Frame It". If you aren't sure how to get started, the DT has plenty of inspiration for you. We are already in June, and there is less than half a year left until Christmas. Now is a perfect time to slowly start going with the Christmas crafting if you haven't started yet. And if you already started, well done, and keep going. Don't forget to link up with us to show you how you have "Framed It". 

Our generous sponsors this time are A Day for Daisies and Lacy Sunshine. Our sponsors have provided digis for the DT to play with and you can see our interpretations over at Holly Jolly.

For my card, I got to play with the cute Scotty Mistletoe A digi from A Day for Daisies. I decided to print the digi onto watercolour paper and paper piece his little coat from the same DSP I used for the die cut frames. I watercoloured Scotty and the mistletoe using distress inks and a waterbrush. I chose a sentiment from the Stampin' Up Endless Wishes set and stamped it in one of the colours from the DSP. I also chose the card to match one of the colours from the DSP. 

I would like to share my card with the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenges - Paper Piecing 
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Christmas Animals
ABC Christmas Challenge - K is for Keep It Simple
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Cute Christmas
ABC Challenges - K is for Kritters

Card: Stampin' Up Soft Sky, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper
Paper: Stampin' Up Nordic Noel DSP
Stamps: A Day for Daisies Scotty Mistletoe A, Stampin' Up Endless Wishes
Inks: Distress Inks Black Soot, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Stampin' Up Calypso Coral
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies

Sunday 7 June 2015

Summery swallowtail get well soon card

What a great weekend it's been. The ever so elusive sun has not been shy, and it almost feels like summer! Yesterday we bought a huge pile of strawberries, and I was planning on freezing some of them. However, by some mysterious power, they are almost gone already... I wonder who comes into my kitchen and eats my strawberries? Today we took the bikes out for a ride around the reservoir. I keep forgetting we live so close to great biking routes, although that was one of the reasons we did move out into the countryside. Anyhow, it was great to enjoy the sun and the wind in my hair. I could have done without the swarming insects that made their way up my nose, into my mouth and inside my Oakleys. Now I can't wait to dine on the leftovers from yesterday's BBQ.

With all the other stuff going on I'm not quite sure where I found the time to craft, but this weekend has seemed so blissfully long. So I did manage to steal some time in the craft room. I was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch as well as the colour challenge over at ColourQ. Although I didn't have the Stampin' Up colours Island Indigo or Hello Honey, I did manage to find very close matches from the Tim Holtz Distress colour palette as two of the new colours, Fossilized Amber and Mermaid Lagoon, are very similar. And it was a great reason to get to use these new gorgeous colours. I was also inspired by the butterfly theme over at Addicted to CAS. I'm also linking up over at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is Make Your Mark (as I coloured the butterfly using markers). Last but not least I'm linking up with Just Us Girls where the theme this week is Summer.

I think this swallowtail stamp is one of the most gorgeous I have ever come across. I keep going back to it over and over. For the card, I cut out the two white panels and stamped the swallowtail in black ink. I then heat embossed it with clear powder, and coloured using markers. Then I realised I don't have matching cardstock to the Mermaid Lagoon and thought I would have to scrap the whole idea of the card I had in my mind, until I realised I have white cardstock, I have the ink pad and a foam applicator for the ink - and hey presto, Mermaid Lagoon coloured cardstock for matting. Such a simple solution but it took my two brain cells a while to get there... I used two sentiment from Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings, one of my favourite sentiment sets at the moment and stamped them in black. Last, I inked up the Gorgeous Grunge stamps using markers and stamped splatters all over. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamps: Stampin' Up Swallowtail, Gorgeous Grunge, Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Ripe Persimmon
Other: Ranger Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder

Saturday 6 June 2015

Happy Father's day from the herd and Distress Ink Storage

It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy running. I kid you not! I have been trying to get back into the whole running thing, but it's an uphill struggle. I keep getting slower instead of faster, so I think I need to give my body a bit more time to adjust. Anyhow, today I got my run done first thing in the morning, and without that pesky work thing getting in the way, I did manage a bit of time in the good old craft room.

Today's card is in preparation of UK Father's Day (as Finnish Father's day isn't until November). So this is for my Father-out-of-law (I guess that would be the correct term for one's significant other's father if not married...). I wasn't quite sure what would be a good theme for the card as I went with boats and sea last year, that's a sure bet. But I thought I can't go wrong with the herd, now can I?

I stamped the herd onto watercolour paper using Staz-on ink and watercoloured using Tim Holtz distress inks. Then I die cut the photo frame using a Lawn Fawn die, and die cut the "Happy" using Stampin' Up Hello You dies. The "father's day" part of the sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn sentiment set. For the background I chose a paper from Let's Polka Mon Amie, and I punched a few banners using the Stampin' Up Banner Punch.

I am linking up with the following wonderful challenges:
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - All Creatures Great and Small
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Masculine
Stampin' Royalty - Masculine Projects
My Time To Craft Challenge Blog - Male
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Just for Dad 

I would also like to show you my storage solution for my Distress Inks. I decided all the commercial Distress Ink storage solutions are a bit too expensive given that I just spent a whole lot of money on getting new furniture for my craft room. So I thought, as I am a crafter after all, why not make one myself. So I did, using black cardstock and some gorgeous Tim Holtz paper. It's a bit wonky and not perfect, but it works and it didn't cost me more than a few pieces of cardstock, so I'm happy with it for now. However, the size was limited by the size of the square shelves in my storage unit, and with six more colours coming out this year, I will have to find some more space for my ink pads. And I'm not even close to owning all the standard colours either! And of course after that I need to complete my collection of Distress markers and paints as well... What's that sound? Oh, it's just my credit card screaming in pain. I have a few other posts on my craft room organisation, my desk organiser here, my paper scrap organiser here, my general craft room layout here and my stamp and die storage here.

The organiser on it's shelf with inks and the matching foam pads.
The top of the organiser.
The back of the organiser.
Father's day card
Card: 300 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamps: Stampin' Up From the Herd, Lawn Fawn Happy Everything
Inks: Tsukineko Staz-on Jet Black, Tim Holtz distress inks
Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka Mon Amie
Other: Lawn Fawn , Stampin' Up Hello You die, Banner punch

Ink organiser
Card: Black 350 gsm card
Paper: Tim Holtz idea-ology Wallpaper

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Smile Crocodile

Time for some water colouring fun with my birthday pressie stamp set. I just love the adorable Lawn Fawn critters, and now they are coming out with new stamp sets again... Be still my credit card!

My inspiration for today's card is The Friday Mashup where the challenge is a sketch and watercolour. I was also inspired by the current Lawnscaping challenge which is Calling all Critters. I'm also linking up at Crafty Creations Challenge where the theme is All Creatures Great and Small

First, I made a mock up of the card by stamping on scrap paper to get the layout of the critters. Then I stamped the scene in Antique linen distress ink onto watercolour paper and masking the already stamped images. I then used a stitched rectangle die to cut out the card front. I coloured the scene using Tim Holtz distress inks and a watercolour brush. Last, I made a background using a paper from Let's Polka, Mon Amie. 

Card: White 300 gsm card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress inks
Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka, Mon Amie, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Monday 1 June 2015

Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge

And here we are, it's summer already. How is that possible, when it was just the cold and dark of winter? These monthly challenges really make me notice the passing of time. I'm enjoying our beautiful garden and the fact that it's light in the morning and evening. Everything just seems easier when it's light outside. I'm trying not to focus too much on the fact that soon we will be at midsummer, and it will start getting dark again.

Anyhow, on to the main thing. A new month means a new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore. We are making it easy for you this month with an Anything Goes challenge so there is no excuse not to link up with us. Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Beccy's Place. You can find inspiration from the DT over at Crafts Galore Encore to get you going and see the wonderful images in action.

I used the lovely Blossom Sprig digi for my card. The great thing about digi stamps is that you can re-size and rotate them as you wish and I thought the blossoms would be a beautiful frame for a sentiment. I printed the blossoms onto vellum and die cut with a stitched die. I coloured the images using Blendabilities on the back of the vellum. I used the Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs set to create the sentiment. I love that there are multiple stamps of the letters in the alphabet set so you can create the whole sentiment and stamp in one go. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed in gold. All that was needed was a elegant paper for the background, and I think the Stampin' Up Gold Soiree Speciality DSP was the perfect choice. A very quick and easy, but elegant card. 

I would like to link up with the following challenges:
Beccy's Place - Use any Beccy's image
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Clear it Out - Girly card, use die cuts or punches (the vellum is die cut using a stitched rectangle die, although it doesn't show very well on the photo)
Daring Cardmakers - Mirror Images
Sistehood of Snarky Stampers - V is for Vellum
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything goes as long as using patterned paper

Card: White 300 gsm card, Dovecraft 110 gsm premium vellum
Paper: Stampin' Up Gold Soiree Speciality DSP
Stamps: Beccy's Place Blossom Sprig, Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies