Monday, 25 December 2017

Purr-fect Holidays and Cat Friends Treat Bag

Merry Christmas! Thought I'd share this cute Christmas treat bag holder featuring the whimsical cats from Purr-fect Holidays and Cat Friends sets from Poppystamps. Totally love these sets and truly purr-fect for all cat lovers, great for Christmas and can also be used any time of the year, as there are other generic cat images in both sets. This treat bag has been entered in Poppy Challenge PSC#39 Anything But A Card where the inspiration have been taken. 

The treat bag holder is created using the mini treat bag holder metals dies from Stampin' Up! and the patterned paper is Knit Picky from Lawn Fawn. I have created a fun scene incorporating both sets in a pleasing way. The hill is from Mama Elephant's new die set On the Hills and have used glimmer paper from Stampin' Up! to give that snow effect and adds extra sparkle. The ribbon is also from Stampin' Up! to embellish the cats in the Christmas stocking.  White tissue paper has been added inside the treat bag. 

The images have been coloured in with Copic markers and have based the gray and white tabby cat on my three cats,  the ginger coloured one is just for fun. Glossy accents have been applied on the star and baubles and Clear Wink of Stella on the ball of yarns.

The sentiment has been white heat embossed on Lawn Fawn Noble Fir cardstock to tie in with the Christmas tree.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. These sets are so much fun to create with and the creativity is endless. Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time Happy Crafting! Have a safe and Happy Holidays. :) 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop - 3D Church

Hello and welcome! We have a fun 3D project to share with you today that the super creative Liz designed and that is a 3D Church.  At first I was daunted on how to make one and first time is always the hardest but was surprised how easily it all came together in the end. It's an awesome project to make with an electronic cutter as it greatly helps to cut out the pieces easily. It's such a great investment getting one. Though with some ingenuity and substitution you could create one manually. Liz has a video tutorial on how to make one and is very beneficial. 

Whisper White cardstock was the base for the church structure and have used the Year of Cheer specialty dsp and Champagne foil sheet to dress it up.  I love the combination of the champagne foil with the lovely snowflakes pattern with gold, silver and champagne foil, very elegant.

Other sets used are:
• Starlight Thinlits - rather than a bell, I decided to use what I had on hand and made a Christmas star by die cutting 3 pieces and adhering them back to back to give it that 3D look.
•  At Home with you bundle for the door and greenery.
• Color Theory in Daffodil Delight as the backing for the door, giving a warm glow inside.
• Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies (retired) for added detail to the village scene.

To go inside the church, I have made a pop up card in a box using both the Hearts Come Home set and Hometown Greetings edgelit dies to create a snowy, glittery village scene that features the church. It perfectly coordinates using the same  supplies with the added touch of glimmer paper and the gold Foil Snowflake for some decoration. 

The sentiments are from Hearts Come Home set and have been gold and silver embossed on vellum and adhered with two small silver brads. I have also added the same champagne Star on the church spire which fits perfectly within the brad. Crumb Cake cardstock is the base and is a great neutral colour that coordinate well. This card in a box has been entered in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Icy Inspiration.

I hope you have enjoyed and have been inspired to try making one or both. The 3D church makes a stunning home decor and would look great with an electronic tea light inside and have it illuminated at night. Make sure you continue to hop around and see all the wonderful projects for more inspiration. Thank you so much for stopping by and wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting always! :) 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Papercraft Business Challenge Blog - Season's Wishes

Happy Friday! Today is the official start of the Papercraft Business Challenge blog and am so excited to be sharing some fabulous designs with you at the start of every month as a design team member. This month's challenge is 'Anything Goes' or Christmas optional.  Click here or on the banner below to join in the fun and check out the design team's creative projects for more inspiration.

To make it even more exciting there is a prize for the winner! 
The winning prize is: Magnolia Designs – Christmas Eve Edwin stamp

With Christmas just around the corner, I have created a fun and festive card using the adorable images from Mama Elephant. The Little Reindeer Agenda set are just simply irresistible and looks awesome set against the town scene from the City Sidewalk set. 

I have used  the Season's Wishes and On The Hills Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant's new Christmas release. Both these sets work so well with existing sets and allows greater scene building possibilities. The On The Hills dies is so versatile and will definitely be used a lot in future card making especially for creating scenes and comes complete with faux stitched detailing. 

I love the clean and simple look in cards and the Mama Elephant imagery lends itself to this style very well. The images are coloured in with Copic markers and stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink. The gorgeous Season's Wishes sentiment looks fabulous in a white embossed resist ink blended background. I always try and incorporate some white heat embossing to my cards as it gives it that extra special touch and truly highlights the sentiment.  The sentiment underneath is from Merry Wishes and adds a warm greeting for the season. 

Ink blending has been achieved using Ranger distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Dried Marigold), with a round mini ink blending tool. The key is to start off light and a gentle pressure and slowly build up the tones and gradient. Love this colour combination as it's a sunrise kind of feeling. 

Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock has been used as it works so well with ink blending and glides like butter and is so forgiving! It truly is one of my favourite cardstock staples and can hold water pretty well as you can see in the water droplets ink distressing.

I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration. Love to hear what you think. I would also love for you to join in our first card challenge and can't wait to see what you create! Click here to join in the fun, Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Lawn Fawn's Frosty Fairy Friends Scalloped Pop Up Box Card

Hello and welcome. Creating fairy inspired cards has been so much fun lately, that I have made a card using Lawn Fawn's Frosty Fairy Friends in a pop up card in a box, that is perfect for the Holiday season. 

This card was actually finished the day before Lawn Fawn's new Color Inspiration challenge came out and to my amazement the colors I chose where almost the same match with the exception of yellow. However, there is a very pale beige on there that could be interpreted in that way hehe.

Why not go and go check out Lawn Fawn's #17 - Color Inspiration challenge and hopefully you can join in the fun!

To create this card I have used Lawn Fawn's scallop box card pop up die, it's an awesome die that I love to use time and time again to create a fun 3D scene with. Strips of acetate sheets used to prop up the fairies and snowflakes to make them appear floating. 

Whisper White card stock used as the base and Lawn Fawn Knit Picky patterned paper used to decorate the visible facade. It's a lovely pattern and adds that subtle interest to dress it up.

For the inserts I have used Stampin' Up! glimmer paper for the snow. I have used both the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders and Meadow Borders from Lawn Fawn to create the landscape sloping up. The glimmer paper adds a nice finishing elegant snow texture and looks great on the fairy house that have been die cut using the coordinating dies from the Frosty Fairy Friends. 

The images have been coloured in with copic markers, the foliage stamped in Lawn Fawn's Celery Stick and Freshly Cut Grass and Guava ink for the fairy sentiment.

I have also played with a new toy that I recently purchased and that is the new Brother Scan N Cut CM900. It is just awesome and a great investment. It cuts out all the stamped images in a matter of minutes, it came in especially handy for the foliage. I also have the dies for the set which is I used for last minute die cut additions such as the snow flakes on the front with the sentiment. 

For the finishing touches, I have used Clear Wink of Stella on the berries, snowflakes and fairy wings for sparkle and clear glossy accents on the snowflakes, Christmas lights and windows for extra depth. 

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. Fairy sets always captures my imagination and this set truly brings out the fun and magic of the season.  Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Sassy Club - Magical Pals and Wizards. Crafty Friends are the best friends!

Hello and welcome! I finally received my long awaited new stamps from The Sassy Club featuring the Magical Pals and Wizard sets as part of their October release. I love anything Harry Potter and when I saw these sets, I just had to get them! Dobby is included which is a bonus! 

It was definitely worth the shipping from the US and very good customer service. Sandra the owner of the Sassy Club is such an amazing artist and has a YouTube channel that you can check out  and see all her creativity and stamp sets.

Here is the card I made using both sets. I knew from the moment I saw these sets, that I wanted to make an explosion of colour with the spell book image opened up. I have used Brusho Crystal colours for the watercolour background and love the effects that this vibrant medium creates. You only need to use a small amount and achieve such dramatic results. I also did a bit of ink smooshing to create the layers. Heat drying between each new colour is also good so to prevent them all mixing together and turning brown lol. 

The images have all been coloured in Copics and have practiced colouring the hair. Colouring using strokes makes it look more realistic rather than just simple shading and tends to look flat in the end. 

This set has a coordinating dies available and have used it to cut out the images. The only images without the dies are the open spell book, the feather ink and the choosing hat as are pretty easy to cut out by hand. I chose to have them die cut to make it easier to play around the desired scene and once happy, I mounted them with foam dimensionals to make them all pop from the background.

The white heat embossed sentiment used is not actually from the set and is from Altenew's Crafty Friends set. The font and size is perfect to fit in the space and compliments the group being best friends and also crafty! in terms of spell crafting hehe.  The sentiment is white heat embossed 

For added shine, I have added glossy accents to Harry Potter's glasses and ink glass, Clear Wink of Stella on the magical items including Dobby and sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Love using the large Stitched rectangle stackable die from Lawn Fawn just to give a finishing border to the card and makes all the card sizing consistent with A2.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. I was so glad how it turned out and love how Dobby is featured in this set - just pure magic and yet so humble! :) Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Memory Box Veggie Good - Thank You Cards

Hello and welcome crafty friends. Today's cards have been inspired and entered in the Memory Box Challenge #30 - Thank You Cards. The set I have used is 'Veggie Good', by Memory Box and absolutely love this set. The set has matching dies available which makes it so much easier to use and allows greater creativity. In a way this card is a celebratory thank you for waking up and wanted this set for it's delicious vegetable images that highly compliments my choice in becoming Vegan. I have been a vegan for 5 months now and going strong and loving it! The only regret is I wish I had done it sooner!  Going plant based and is the way to go, choose compassion over cruelty and ultimately saving the animals, environment and our health! Go Vegan - Eat VEGGIES not animals!  
The set comes with many Thank you add on greetings that can be interchanged to suit the occasion. Love the play on words on the add ons. The first card is 'Thank you a whole bunch' 

Both cards have been watercoloured using Gansai Tambi watercolors in a loose style. 

Images stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink on Arches watercolor paper 300gsm. Very Vanilla cardstock used to coordinate with the watercolor paper and are both A2 top folding. 

Coordinating Veggie Good dies used to cut them out. 

Sentiment has been white heat embossed on black cardstock and die cut out using Lawn Fawn's Everyday banner sentiments die.

Both the large and small stitched rectangle frames from Lawn Fawn have been used on both the base card and panel.

The black ink splatters is the Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin' Up! for a controlled ink splatter to give it some interest.

I have added both the small and medium clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh on the vegetables on both cards to give a a realistic wet look impression as well as a subtle embellishment.  

The second card is 'Thank you from the bottom of my heart', denoting the artichokes which is so clever and have also added in the small heart that comes in the set. 

I decided to do a light ink wash for the background using Gansai Tambi watercolours again and have white heat embossed the ink splatters from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for added texture.

The sentiment has been die cut using Stampin' Up! stitched circle die and have added gold thread that has been looped around underneath for extra embellishment. The sentiment and some of the artichokes have been mounted on foam dimensionals for extra depth. 

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. These cards were so much fun to create and love the versatility and ease of use. Why not take part in the fun and inspiration from the Memory Box challenge and create a thank you card? Just need to use at least one of their sets and the challenge closes 28th November - so still of plenty of time left to enter. Thank you so much for stopping by, util next time - Happy Crafting! :)