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Time out – glorious bird

Hi Everyone!

I’m back with my second card as guest designer for the current Time Out challenge. The theme of the challenge is to CASE a card created by the talented Beverley Brown. Here’s my second take on it! I used my distress inks to create a blended striped rainbow background and added a die cut from Sizzix. I finished off the card with a sentiment stamp from Ellen Hutson and a few sequins!

Do stop by the Time Out challenge blog and check out more inspiration from the fabulous design team! I hope you can play along too!

Thanks for stopping by!


G’day Mate!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘Creatures great or small’ and Happy Little Stampers is our sponsor.

There were so many stamps I could’ve chosen for this challenge – I have quite a few fabulous animal layering stamps and cute critter stamps, I was spoilt for choice! In the end I chose the amazing Ellen Hutson/Avery Elle United We Flourish set – G’day Mate. I wanted to use the kangeroo (seriously the cutest kangeroo I’ve seen!) and also incorporate the baby koala… all while keeping the card CAS…

I smooshed some distress ink onto some watercolour paper and sprayed it with a perfect pearls mist. It shimmers so much in real life – so hard to capture in a photo. I then stamped, cut and coloured the images using my beloved twinkling H2Os.

I like the sentiments on the set, but really wanted one that said ‘G’day mate’ – so I used wording from two of the stamps and some post-it notes as I couldn’t bring myself to cut up the sentiment stamps!!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Guest Designer Marge from margecrafts. I’m sure many of you already know Marge – one of the sweetest crafters I have met online! This challenge is perfect for her as she creates the most beautiful critter cards – please drop by her site to see them and many more!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!


Masked bird

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘Masking’ and Stamplorations is our sponsor.

I absolutely ADORE masking – it is one of my favourite techniques and one I use a lot, especially for one layer cards – this cute owl card was so much fun to create, as was this stencilled card.

For my card, I used the fabulous ‘G’day Mate’ stamp set – a collaboration between Avery Elle and Ellen Hutson. I love the colours in this month’s Ellen Hutson Pinsights Challenge so I used some of them when colouring the bird. I then masked off the image and used the My Favourite Things Radiating Rays Stencil to create the background. To finish off the card, I used a word die from Ellen Hutson together with a Concord & 9th stamp and a few glittery stars!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Guest Designer Maria from White Mood. She has some amazing creations on her blog, so please drop by her site!

I’m also entering my card into the current Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge.

I hope you’ll play along with us over at AAA Cards and have as much fun creating with this technique as I do!

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my lovely Mum and Dad! Here’s the card I gave them today – I created the background with distress oxide inks and then used it as a base for some inlaid die cutting using a die from Nellie Snellen.

I lightly dusted some regular distress ink die onto the background using a stencil from Simon Says Stamp and then stamped a sentiment from Ellen Hutson. I then added a few die cut glitter hearts to finish it off!

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Mr and Mrs

Good morning everyone!

I’m excited to say that I was chosen as the Color Throwdown blog’s Featured Stamper last week and so I’m over at their blog today as their Guest Star Stamper!

The colour palette this week is aqua, light pink, lavender and white. Can I just say: I LOVE THIS COLOUR COMBO SOOOOO MUCH!

I used a combination of Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar) and an Altenew ink (Lavender Fields) for my card.

I heat embossed a My Favorite Things background stamp and applied the inks using the ‘plastic bag blending technique’ that I learned from Kristina Werner at Simon Says Create earlier this year.

I cut a Simon Says Stamp die from some silver glitter paper and added an embossed Ellen Hudson sentiment. Finally I added a few silver hearts as a finishing touch.

The Color Throwdown team have come up with some great ideas for this week’s palette over on the challenge blog – I do hope you’ll play along too!

Thanks for stopping by!


Rainbow Maker, Day 1 cards

Hello everyone!

I signed up to Online Card Classes’ Rainbow Maker class which is running this week. I’m going to try to write a blog post for my creations from each of the days…

So Day 1 was all about rainbow inking. LOVED IT! All the teachers were so inspiring and I stayed up super late creating! I will definitely do more of the techniques

As soon as I saw the dotted background using sponge daubers, I knew I had to try it out. I used Distress Oxide inks and thought it would be fun to try them on white and blue cardstock:

Isn’t it interesting to see the way the inks appear on the blue card? The Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber look sooo similar! Anyway, I added die cuts from Simon Says Stamp and called those two cards done!

I’m entering the first card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is ‘Happy Birthday’.

Next up was the Rainbow Queen, Laura Bassen, and layered masking and stencilling. I chose some Ellen Hudson dies, a Creative Expressions stencil and an array of distress inks. Love the effect!  I added a die from Lawn Fawn to complete the card.

Finally it was onto Julie Ebersole’s video – and ‘abstract direct to paper’. Oh my goodness! This was so far out of my comfort zone…. I used inks from Simon Says Stamp and also Altenew. At first they were quite dark, but the inks dried back to lovely soft tones to give an amazing effect! I love this technique and can see myself using it on other cards. I added a Die-versions die to finish off my card.

So a great start to the class, looking forward to the rest of the week!

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