Friday, 19 January 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

AJVD - I Spy.....

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a simple trick to make this magnifying glass die really 'work'!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Essentials by Ellen - Two Takes on a Trend

Good morning! Today I'm in The CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson. I'm one of Two Takes on a Trend, inspired by this: 

UltraViolet is Pantone's colour of the year for 2018 and this dreamy palette of heathery purples, greys and greens is just gorgeous!

I mostly focused on the vegetables (are they peas? beans? I have never seen them in this  colour!) - their horizontal, wavy lines and colours, plus the gold of the god's head in the field of flowers.

I quickly identified the distress inks I wanted to use and blended a 4.25 x 5 panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock, fading out to white at the top (so easy to blend on this smooth paper!). I was a bit nervous about the green to purple blend, so I tried to minimize the amount of space. In the end, I think it turned out great! I misted the panel with a Nuvo spritzer - the finer drops of water added just the right amount of texture to the colours, without taking too much of it away.

Once the coloured panel was dry, I laid my new Strands die (from the Essentials by Ellen January release) on the panel and cut out from the centre to the top, turned the die and cut a gain from the centre to the bottom. I removed the outline and placed the strips together on a piece of computer paper with Be Creative tape on it. I trimmed the panel and adhered it to a dark grey mat. I cut my sentiment out of gold mirror card backed with Be Creative tape (makes it easier to glue down!)

I used:

Happy Birthday, Catherine!

Today is Catherine Pooler's birthday! I made this Clean and Simple card for her as part of the Birthday Card Stash - done! class at StampNation.

I created my scalloped panel with a scalloped rectangle die from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection (sold out, but will be available in the future), using a technique I showed in a video here, to cut it into a scalloped square.

I inlaid a gray Winnie & Walter Happy into the white panel. I used a portion of the wreath as my greenery and then stamped some colourful tiny flowers around it. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

MCV91 - Merry Christmas

Good morning! Here's my card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions where Kimberly has given us an adorable inspiration:

I focused on Kimberly's:
-impeccable, flawless masking technique
-bear with penguins

Don't forget we have a giveaway for one lucky participant! You have until next Monday at 8 am EST to link up! Hope to see you in the gallery!

I used:

Saturday, 13 January 2018

FS571 - Eat Cake

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Lisa (aka MaryLisaK).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Lisa's:
-four-big-characters as focal point
-celebrate die cut

I changed:
-numbers to letters

I used my grid mat to line up my letters and then taped them together and cut them out of my front panel. I then blended distress ink onto another panel, to show through. I kept the little centres of the letters to add back in.

Now. I don't actually have an 'eat' die cut. (do you?!)  But if you look closely at that Essentials by Ellen Celebrate, the 'at' is together. I trimmed them out of the word, trimmed an 'e' and glued them onto my card front. Go take a closer look - you can hardly tell! I used a Quickie glue pen to adhere the thin die cuts. Its fine tip is perfect for delicate jobs like this.

I used:

NON47 - Make a Wish

Good morning! Here's a quick and somewhat snarky birthday card I made using some Catherine Pooler and CAS-ual Fridays goodies for the Birthday Stash event at StampNation as well as for the current Naughty or Nice Challenge

This card has nothing but stamping on it. Almost.

I started by stamping the yellow border and then added the swirl (looks like wind blowing, right?) by stamping off my grey ink for a softer look. I then fit the sentiment around it.

I finished by smooshing some Versamark ink along the bottom edge and embossing with sparkly embossing powder to add some sparkle and interest.

I used: