Monday, 26 September 2016

Butterfly Basics watercolour - Case This Card Challenge #CTC004

Hello and welcome back. I thought I would share this card made specially for a customer order.  It's a separate Birthday card to go with the Retirement card I made previously and it follows on from the same floral theme. Here are the two cards.

This card has also been entered in Jessie Holton's Case This Card Challenge #CTC004. 
Please check out the other creative entries  and hopefully you'll join in too! :)

Andrea's gorgeous card below is the card we're Caseing. CASE is to Copy and Selectively Edit any inspiration from the card and make it your own. I have taken Emerald Envy and the string/twine from Andrea's gorgeous card. 

I decided to use a previous card layout I have done before using the Butterfly Basics set. The card below is the one I made for GDP040 - Case the Designer. You can check  the post here. I felt this was a perfect layout to go with the Retirement card and just needed to change the colours so  that it coordinated. The use of the twine on this card suited the Case the Card challenge as well. 

I have used Zig Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors again as it's a delight to use and love the vibrant colours. 

The images from Butterfly Basics set has been stamped with Versamark and white heat embossed on Arches watercolour paper. 

The embossed ink resist is one of my favourite techniques and is perfect for watercolouring. It makes watercolouring so much easier and love the white outlines it leaves in the end. 

Here's a closer look at the card with a new colour scheme to suit.

The theme carries on inside the card leaving enough space to write a personal message.

I hope you have enjoyed this second take on my previous card. Just by changing the colours can give a whole new look. The Butterfly Basic set is such a wonderful and versatile set. 

Thanks you so much for stopping by and hope to see you next time. Happy Crafting! :)

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Crazy Crafters September Blog Hop with Special Guest Paula Dobson

Hello and welcome to the September Crazy Crafters Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be taking part in this hop as we have a very special guest and dear friend - the amazing and super talented Paula Dobson. Her body of work is just stunning and love all her designs. Paula so creative and full of inspiration and cannot wait to meet her at Onstage in Novermber! It's such a privilege and an honour to be Case'ing her work. To CASE is to Copy and Selectively Edit - that is, taking any inspiration from her card/projects and making it something of your own.  
The hard part was choosing which one to case as they are all so beautiful and captivating! Make sure to visit her blog and you will be blown away by her stunning cards.

I fell in love with her breathtaking Christmas Aurora card pictured below. It's a masterpiece! - every detail is perfection. Paula is also an amazing colourist and wanted to try this Ink blending technique of creating the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. 

I have used the "Santa's Sleigh" set from the Holiday catalogue to substitute the reindeer used in Paula's card. I also love the panoramic view that Paula has created and have emulated that with the Santa's Sleigh. To add even more interest,  I have made a Twist  Pop card, that gives a panoramic view as the card is opened up. I learnt to make this card through Twist & Pop Card Video by Collette Mitrega. It's an excellent and helpful video tutorial to learn this wonderful card fold. Here's the card...

The colours used to create the Aurora Australis are, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Memento Black. I had fun creating this background and it's all in the blending and using a soft touch with minimal ink on the sponge helps the colours to blend easily. 

The little stars came from another Christmas set - Holly Jolly Greetings  and the outline star is from Santa's Sleigh. These are both white heat embossed over the background. 

The Santa Sleigh with presents and teddy bear have been gold heat embossed and die cut using the coordinating Santa Sleigh framelits.

The black strip panel underneath emulates the shiloutte landscape and have white heat embossed the sentiment from Santa Sleigh, 'Merry Christmas Wishes'.

This is my version of the Aurora Australis using the Santa Sleigh set emulating the Paula's gorgeous card. The trees have been recreated to give the silhouette look which gives it that nature look and completes the scenery. 

Here's the how the card looks as it's opened up:

The pop and twist centre panel is the panoramioc view displaying the wonderful Santa Sleigh and Reindeers in procession and behind them is the Aura Australis. 

Here's a short video of the card in action. :) 

I do hope this card has done Paula proud in Caseing her stunning Chrismas Aurora card. I had so much fun making this card from creating the unique background as well as trying out this new card fold. The Santa Sleigh bundle is just the best - the images and framelits are so fun and easy to use and the framelits are so precise when they are cut out - Love it! 

Make sure you continue to hop all the way around and see all the amazing inspiration from the Crazy Crafters team. You are going to love what our team have come up with using Paula's cards. Currently you are at my blog - Juana Ambida - so check the list to see who is up next. Enjoy!

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Wild About Flowers - New Adventures

Happy Friday! Thank goodness it's Friday! Today I'm showing a custom made card for a customer order. It's a two in one card, marking two events - a retirement and a birthday for her friend. The finished card ended up looking like a mini book combining these two occasions. 

The card is literally three card bases - an A2 side folding portrait, nested inside each other and held together by the Emerald Envy ribbon. You'll see by the photos as it's opened up.
The front base card panel is Emeral Envy and the inside inserts are Whisper White.

The sets I have used are Wild About Flowers - perfect for Retirement and Butterfly Basics and coordinating thinlits for the birthday. These two sets just compliment each other in the similar imagery of leaves and flowers.

Thank goodness also for this week's Pals Paper Arts PPA319 Colour challenge by Peggy Noe. The colours greatly helped get this card rolling and perfectly defined the leaves and flowers used from the sets. 

Please be sure to check out the creative projects by the design team using this lovely colour palette and hopefully you'll be inspired to join in too. :)

The card front has been multi-stamped using the two flower varieties from Wild About Flowers. The first one is the carnation like flowers in Mint Macaron as it's the lightest of  the greens in the background. 

The second foliage/flowers in Emerald Envy in the foreground. I then did an ink blending in both Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy to help add depth to the composition.

The corresponding flowers has been stamped in Flirty Flamingo for the carnation and decided to use Emerald Envy for the petals to help get that shading and fullness in the bottom layer.

The sentiments has been stamped in black Stazon ink, then applied versamark ink and clear heat embossed, to help give it that pop. The same was applied with the Flirty Flamingo inked flowers.

I have also added a small tag using the Tags and labels framelits and white heat embossed the sentiment, "You'll be missed" on top. This has then been tied on using a linen thread and attached to the Emerald Envy bow/ribbon.

The images and ink blending are kept in line to the Pals Paper Arts colour palette.

This is how the card looks opened out in order.

By adding these additional pages with enough white space also allows for the recipient's colleagues to sign inside. I hope you have enjoyed this project and found inspiration. If there's anything you would like to know please leave a comment below or send me a message. Thanks. :) 

I have also entered this card in Kylie's Crazy Crafter's team project highlights

Be sure to check out the creative projects and vote for your favourites.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you next time. Happy Crafting! :) 

Products Used:

• Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer) - 138728
• Butterfly Basics (Photopolymer) - 137154
• Butterfly Thinlits Dies - 137360
• Tags and Labels Framelits Dies - 138282
• Bitty Butterfly Punch - 129406

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

International Blog Hop - Highlighting Stampin' Up! Products

Welcome to our International Blog Hop. We are a group of demonstrators from around the world that want to show you ideas and inspiration using the latest Stampin' Up!® products that are available to purchase right now. You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - Juana Create or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. 

If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Juana Ambida. The wonderful Kylie Bertucci, has organised this International blog hop for us and it's such an honour to take part. 

You are currently visiting Australia - If you are from this area I would love to assist you with purchasing Stampin' Up!® products or if you need any help with the products.

I am excited to showcase the wondrous Star of Light set which can be found on page 9 in the new holiday catalogue. It comes in a bundle with coordinating Starlight thinlits, which makes it such a breeze to create highly detailed and finished cards. 

Here are the cards I have made using this set. This set alone is so versatile thanks to the fabulous detailed thinlits. I have used both the positive and negative image of the Starlight thinlits to create the focal star as well as create a window and shaker card using the same star. 

To make it really sparkle and luminous, I have used gold and silver foil as well as Dazzling diamonds glimmer paper for the die cut Stars. Gold and white heat embossing was also used to accentuate the stamped stars and sentiments. The blue white and gold together with the metallic accents just adds elegance to each card.

Here are the Star of Wonder designs I came up with... 

Starlight Window cut out 
Silver Frosted layered Star
Shaker card with gold mica flakes

Inside of the starlight window card 
Front and inside of Silver Star
Front and inside of shaker card

This card has been entered and inspired by this week's Global Design Project #54 Sketch by Teneale Williams. The sketch challenge is such an inspiration and be sure to check out the highly creative design team's projects for more inspiration and hopefully you can join in the fun too using this Sketch! :)  

• Top folding A2, Night of Navy cardstock.
• Night of Navy ink blending for the large banner with white heat embossed sentiment.
• Layered banners created using Banner Framelits - mounted with Stampin' dimensionals. 
• Silver foil sheet and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper used for stars.

I hope you enjoyed the Star of Light bundle and found inspiration. This is a truly wonderful set and makes the most dazzling looking Christmas cards that will make the recipient feel special and cherish forever - how could they not? :)  

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Juana Ambida, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. Happy Crafting! :)

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