13 October 2015

Just Add Ink #283 - Sketch Challenge

So sorry I am late with my post this week! I thought I had scheduled this one before my holiday and it appears I hadn't .. oops!  Just flew back in from Cambodia at 1.30am this morning and am just trying to catch up on everything around here :)

But better late than never right?

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a fun sketch challenge for you.

I have coloured a Clearly Besotted image with watercolour markers and used a new We R Memory Keepers dimensional embossing folder on the background. 

08 October 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Splatter!

It's challenge time again over at Seize the Birthday!
Thanks to everyone who played last time!

Our "Toppings" option this time is...


How fun is that?

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

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

stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

I had a lot of fun with this challenge! I created the background with distress inks. 

Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things
Other: Glitter paper by AC, white embossing powder, black paint by Heidi Swapp, White paint from Hero Arts

We also have a great new feature over on the blog; every month we will have one Surprise Party Guest joining the team for that month.  The Design team and I felt it was time to recognize those of you who play along with us week after week.  After all, where would we be without our participants?  How do you get selected as a Surprise Party Guest? Well, just keep doing what you're doing and continue to play along, and hopefully soon you will be recognized too!

Please Join Us in Welcoming Our Inaugural 

Surprise Party Guest

Anita in France

24 September 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Border dies and punches

Welcome to another challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
Thanks to everyone who played last time!

Our "Toppings" option this time is...

Border Dies & Punches

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

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

stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

I have used the Paris dienamics border from My Favorite Things. 

To create the background I sponged distress inks and then went over it with Perfect Pearls. This looks beautiful in real life, but makes it very hard to get a good photograph! I die cut the border out of the background and then cut it again from black and inlaid it back in so it was all flat.

Just Add Ink Challenge #281 - Colour Challenge with a twist!

This week over at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge with a  difference. We want you to choose your three favourite colours!

This was really tough for me as I don't have one favourite colour, but I always tend to to be drawn to anything aqua, or teal. And I love that combination with a splash of hot pink so that is what I went for this week!

I made a stitched shaker card for my project, which was a lot of fun! In fact I made two cards and while I like the technique I can't say I am in love with the cards I got finished.

I used distress inks, water and acetate to create the backgrounds on both of my cards. However on the first one I left a lot more white space, and on the second I heat embossed a background stamp and then applied the ink over the top.

Dies: Tim Holtz - Ranger
Ink: Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Picked Rasberry
Other: Sequins

Stamps: My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn
Other: Lawn Fawn Dies, sequins
Ink: Distress ink in picked raspberry, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon

23 September 2015

Sending Happy Your Way - for The Scrapbook Store

Today over at The Scrapbook Store blog I am sharing a fun shaker card, featuring the ‘Birthday Centerpieces’ die from My Favorite Things. For detailed  instructions on how I completed this card, please pop over the the BLOG.Sending Happy Window card
sending happy window card closeup2
Ink:  Versamark
Card/Paper:  Neenah Solar White

17 September 2015

Sending Birthday Kisses - for The Scrapbook Store

I had a lot of fun creating today’s card using some masking and distress inks.
distress birthday
I started by die cutting the birthday sentiment from masking paper using the My Favorite Things ‘Happy Birthday’ die and then attaching it to the centre of a piece of water colour cardstock by Ranger.
I then used a fun technique which is often called ‘ink smooshing’ to add the distress ink to the cardstock. To do this I took some distress inks and smeared the colour onto a slick surface – I used a laminated piece of A4 paper, but a non stick craft sheet works great too.
Then I added some water to the ink, and used a piece of clear acetate to pick up the colour and apply it (or smoosh it) directly to the card. I worked from left to right, overlapping each colour slightly. I don’t do any specific pattern, just apply it as it comes out and keep going over it until I am happy with it.
Once that was done and I was happy with the coverage, I dried it off using my heat tool and then picked up some leftover colour from my surface using a brush and splattered it onto my card. However I think my card was not as dry as it should have been, since my splatters are not as crisp as I wanted but I still really like the effect that I got.distress birthday closeup
I then splattered some black and white paint spray over the top. The black paint seems to be the only colour that seeped under my mask a little on the ‘h’.
Once it was all dry, I stamped the remaining sentiment onto white cardstock, cut them out and attached them using foam tape. To finish the card off I added some sequins before mounting onto some black cardstock, and then a coordinating card base.
Stamps:  MFT ‘Label Maker Sentiments’ Things (coming soon)
Dies:  MFT ‘Happy Birthday’
Ink:  Versafine Black
Distress Inks
Heidi Swapp Colour Shine (black & white)
Card/Paper:  Ranger Watercolour Paper
Masking Paper
Other:  Double sided foam tape
Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet
Distress Ink Colours:
Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade
Picked Rasberry, Seedless Preserves
and Peacock Feathers

11 September 2015

Seize The Birthday 'Anything Goes' Challenge

Welcome to another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!

Thanks to everyone who played along with us last time!

We sure do appreciate our participants and love visiting 
each one of your blogs and seeing what inspires you! 

Today, it's time for a new challenge!  And this time it's an ...

Anything Goes Challenge! 

(With no Topping!)

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

For my card I have used a digi image from a new (to me) company called Power Poppy. I really love their designs!

I coloured the image with Copic markers and used some stitched frame dies for My Favorite Things to finish the card off. I raised the main panel and the green border and left the brown border recessed just add a little interest. 

Digi Image: Power Poppy
Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Frames