19 December 2014

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Silver and Gold

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday! And our last challenge for 2014. Wow, where did that year go?

This week we have a fun topping for you to play along with.

Our "Toppings" option this time is...


Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If your not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just

stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

And here is my card.
I have to admit, I found it really hard to photograph this card and capture the colours properly.

Stamps & Dies: My Favorite Things
Other: Distress Inks, glitter paper

12 December 2014

Just Add Ink #244 - Sketch Challenge

I cannot believe that this time next week I will be on a plane heading to Vietnam for Christmas! Until then I have a very long to do list (which I'm sure you can all relate to) and about 30 Christmas cards to get made and sent.

For now though, I have a great sketch challenge to share with you, from Just Add Ink. 

For my card I used the cute new polar bear stamps and dies from My Favorite Things.
I kind of made a bit of a contradiction with my greetings thought didn't I. 'Warm Wishes' combined with 'Have a cool day'. Didn't think that out too well! Oh well, it was for my little nephew who I'm sure did not even notice!

Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento black ink
Other: Cardstock from SU!, Misc DSP, Copic Markers

05 December 2014

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
I think it's time for you to take a break from those
 Holiday cards and join us with an 

"Anything Goes Birthday" 

with NO topping! 

So what do you say, are you ready to put aside 
those Holiday cards and join us?

Stamps and dies: My Favorite Things
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Other: Copic markers, silver string, button

28 November 2014

Just Add Ink #242 - Inspiration Challenge

I am loving the inspiration picture for this week's challenge over at Just Add Ink, it's so bright and cheery!

Also, I wanted to remind everyone that we have a Design Team call out at the moment which ends on Sunday 30th November, so pop over to the blog on details on how you can apply.

Now onto my card for this week.

Stamps and flower dies: My Favorite Things
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Other: Nestabilities, linen impression plate from Papertrey Ink, thread, glossy accents.

21 November 2014

Just Add ink Challenge #241 - Sketch Challenge

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a great sketch for you to play with.

I have used the sketch to create a Christmas Card, but if you want to see some more great inspiration using this sketch be sure to pop over and visit the JAI Blog.

Paper: Kaiser
Peace die: My Favourite Things
Other: glitter and crystal effects.

Seize The Birthday Challenge - with leaves!

Hello and welcome to another challenge over at Seize The Birthday! And this week we have a fun theme for you.

Our "Toppings" option this time is...


Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If your not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just

stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!


To create the leaves for my card this week, I have used distress inks and water to create the backgrounds and then cut the leaves using some die-namics from My Favorite Things. I had a little of the paper left over so I have added a strip behind the main panel for contrast.

Stamps: Paper smooches
Dies: Leaves from My Favorite Things, Stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn,
linen impressions plate from Papertrey Ink
Cardstock/Ink: Stampin' Up!
Other: Tim Holtz distress ink

18 November 2014

Playing with Bokeh backgrounds

Well look at that, I'm here to share a card that is not for a challenge!  It's been a while since I stamped just for fun, as there has been so much going on at home and my craft room has been getting very neglected.

So yesterday I decided to have a play and try a technique that I have been seeing on Pinterest for a while, and on other people's blogs. And that is Bokeh backgrounds. I found a few great tutorials on YouTube and just took it from there.  I need to work on getting my white circles a little more whiter though, as they are hard to see on some of the samples I made.

And let me tell you, these cards are tricky to photograph because the camera seems to have trouble focusing on the soft background.

Here is my first card. It is just a small sized gift card.

I added a splattering of perfect pearls mist when I was done to add a bit of shine.

Stamps: Leaves are from Papertrey Ink, and the sentiment is from Avery Elle.
Inks: For the background I used Tim Holtz distress inks in salty ocean and shabby shutters, white ink is from Colorbox.
Coloured card stock from Stampin' Up! Watercolour paper by Ranger
Other: Perfect Pearls Mist

And here is my second card. Just added a sentiment and some sequins to my bokeh panel and mounted it on white card. So simple!

Cardstock: Watercolour paper and white card
Ink: Watercolour paints, Ranger archival black ink
Other: Sequins