Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Poppy Stamps - Autumn Fairies. "I Be-Leaf In You" shaker card.

Hello and welcome. Today's card that I'm sharing is a new stamp set that I've come across called Autumn Fairies from Poppy Stamps. I'm on a magical/fairly realm theme lately and this set is so delighful and a lot of fun to play with. 

What luck! It's so fortuitous that Poppystamps happen to have a Faerie Kingdom challenge that I've entered this card in. The faeries are truly lucky hehe. You can click on the Poppy Challenge badge below to enter and if you love fairies and have some fairy inspired Poppystamps, why not join in the fun?   

Although the set is centred  around Autumn and even Halloween, it can be designed to any season you desire just by customising the colour scheme as I have done. I went with a bright and summery, spring feel as this is an encouragement using the fun play on words sentiment. It's just so cute! 

Creating a shaker card was a fun way to add an interactive element and to display the cute acorn fairy house by neatly tucking it behind the die cut circle panel window with the leaves jutting out from the branched adding further depth to the scene. Inside the shaker I've added a mix of sparkly confetti sequins, beads and a few sequins randomly adhered to accentuate the background without them all just falling down. 

The panel has been embossed with a retired Woodland textured embossing folder by Stampin' Up! that still comes in handy especially for this theme and scene. It just adds that extra something to the otherwise plain white panel. 

Copic markers have been used for quick and simple colouring and all the images have been stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  The background and sentiment has been ink blended with Ranger distress inks in Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed and lightly spritz water over the top for added texture. Just love applying this technique with these awesome inks. 

The sentiment has been white heat embossed for an embossed resist on the panel strip. I've added some falling leaves to further emphasise the sentiment which are tucked underneath the sentiment panel and the rest mounted with foam dimensionals. The fairies at the bottom have also been mounted on with foam dimensionals for added depth.

For the finishing touches, I've applied Clear Wink of Stella on the fairy wings which is hard to photograph and added clear glossy accents on the fairy windows to make them pop. I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. This set is a lot of fun to play with and the imagination can run wild with this magical theme. Thank you so much for stopping by, til' next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Supplies used:

• Poppystamps Autumn Fairies Stamp and Dies set
• Stampin' Up! Layering Circle Framelits dies
• Stampin' Up! Woodland Textured Embossing Folder

Happy Halloween - Believe in Magic Shadow Box

Hello and Happy Halloween! I have been inspired to create some fun Shadow Boxes using the Halloween theme along with the  cute and adorable Harry Potter inspired stamped images by Sweet Stamp Shop called, Wizards and Magical Friends. I'm a Harry Potter fan and just had to get this set. The Wizard set with Harry Potter has coordinating dies however the Magical Friends currently does not and hoping Sweet Stamp Shop will release them soon as they are a fairly new company. Fortunately, the images are pretty simple to cut out by hand and they are Rubeus Hagrid, Ron Weasly and Luna Lovegood. Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger and the Sorting Hat has been die cut with coordinating dies from the Wizards set.

I have used Jan Brown's shadow box tutorial to create this and you can click here to see her amazing video tutorial on how to make one. Before assembling the shadow box, I have stamped and white heat embossed the random imagery on the panels. It's a bit tricky to work out but just need to work out where the top will go once displayed and work from there, random and best placement is good, just avoid the corners as the image can be covered in the end once it's assembled.

The images have all been coloured with Copic markers and an ink blended background with some water distressing applied with Ranger distress inks for added texture. Both the sentiments have been white heat embossed with the smaller sentiment 'believe in' stamped and white heat embossed on 

The front row with Harry Potter and friends have been propped up using an Everday Pop-ups die from Lawn Fawn which is perfect make them stand out and create extra dimension.

The Shadow Box is so much fun to make that I've created another one using the Grand Wizards set also by Sweet Stamp Shop and has coordinating dies. I've created a birthday card using the sentiment from the set and featuring Albus Dumbledore with Fawkes the pheonix.

The layering woodland die cut panel is from Memory Box dies using both the Timberland and Grove Cottage dies. It has been trimmed to fit and creates a stunning woodland backdrop which is adds so much interest to the scene and perfectly frames the sentiment. The same colouring has been done on the images and background. 

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The Shadow Box card is a fabulous 3D project to make as a display piece that is so unique, it brings the images to life. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Magic Color Slider birthday card

Hello and welcome. Here is another card made for an upcoming birthday. I have used My Favorite Things 'So Much Cuteness' and 'Tickled Pink' sets as well as Lawn Fawn's Magic Color Slider die. 

Using the Magic color slider die adds such a fun and interactive element to the card and helps to tie in the sentiment. It's a lot of fun to make and Lawn Fawn has many great tutorials on how to use the Magic Color Slider die and was inspired by Yainea amazing card with video tutorial that you can see here. Having this die makes it so much easy to make and assemble.

Copics and Ranger distress inks used for both the cute piggies and background. I have added a mixture of water and bleach on the distress inks for that whimsical touch. Masking paper was used to create the hill using MFT Rolling hillside die with ink blending.

This is how the image is revealed with Lawn Fawn's Magic Color slide die. 

Inside the card reveals another fun scene with the trio of cute piggies and just love the birthday sentiment, it's so cute and funny at the same time.

Versafine Onyx black ink has been used for the sentiments as it has that rich dark ink, perfect for sentiments.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. It's so much fun making interactive cards and combining these sets not only makes it easier but also gets the most use out of  them. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Lawn Fawn beach themed birthday cards

Hello and welcome. Here are a few more cards following on from the beach theme shadow box made for an upcoming birthday. Lawn Fawn's beach theme sets are so much fun to mix and match and looks great in any medium.

This card is set within Mama Elephant's 'Tri Window' die and is a great way to create and frame each scene. There is so much versatility in using this tri window die and the scene building possibilities are endless.

Both copic markers and Ranger distress inks used for the images and background elements. Water spritzing used for added texture and interest.

The second card uses the fun pineapple image from Aloha set to create a summery, sunset, tropical card. The multi stamped pineapple background has been watercoloured in using Gansai Tambi watercolours and white heat embossed resist to give a fun whimsical watercoloured feel.

Ranger distress inks Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade used for the sunset background with water spritzing for added texture.

The photo frame with the palm trees is a great element to add to the scene, capturing the warm sunset glow.

The palm trees have been watercoloured in using Zig Clean Color real brush markers.

Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock used for the card as it's perfect for all the mediums used. 

I hope you have found inspiration, beach themed cards are always fun to make and using these Lawn Fawn sets makes them even more special. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'till next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Lawn Fawn sets:

• Aloha stamps and dies
• Palm Trees dies
• Say Cheese again dies
• Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Encouragement Shadow box with Lawn Fawn beach themed sets

Hello and welcome. I wanted to share this shadow box card that has been specially commissioned as an encouragement gift. This shadow box is a lot of fun to make and thought I'd recreate one again using Jan Brown's amazing video tutorial that you can see here on how to make one. I have made one before and you can see the post here.

I have used quite an array of Lawn Fawn sets to create this fun beach theme catering for the recipient's favourite things. The sets used are listed below for reference. The base card is a 11" x 11" Night of Navy cardstock and have used a retired Stampin' Up By the Shore designer series paper that I had on hand and makes a perfect ocean waves backdrop. Following Jan Brown's video tutorial is extremely helpful to constructing this shadow box.

The images are coloured in with Copics and stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink as it's copic friendly. The Coconut trees and sun has ink blending applied using Ranger distress inks.

The sentiment is from Kaisercraft's Feathers stamp set and was chosen to remind the recipient to follow and live their dreams. It has been white heat embossed on the vellum wave to be the focal point of the shadow box scene.

I just love how it turned out and makes a wonderful display piece. I hope you have been inspired and thank you so much for stopping by, 'till next time - Happy Crafting! :)

Supplies used:

Lawn Fawn:
• Life is Good stamps and dies
• Ocean Critters stamps and dies
• Aloha stamps and dies
• Ocean Hillside pop-up add on dies
• Spring Showers dies

Stampin' Up! 
• Night of Navy cardstock
• By The Shore DSP (Retired)

• Kaisercraft - Feathers set (sentiment)

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Critters in the Sea pop up card. Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #14 - Happy Little Critters

Hello and welcome. I have entered this card in the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #14 - Happy Little Critters. It's a lot of fun to enter and yes, love all of Lawn Fawn's critters and have played with the Critters in the Sea and have brought them to life by creating a pop up ocean scene inside the card.

I have used quite a few fabulous sets to create this fun pop up card:

• Critters in the Sea stamps and dies
• So Jelly stamps and dies
• Ahoy Matey stamps and dies (palm trees)
• Stitched Hillside Pop-up die
• Ocean Hillside Pop-up Add on
• Ocean Wave borders dies
• Stitched Hillside Borders dies
• Magic Color Slider dies - (hello sentiment)

Both the colouring and assembling was the fun part and have used Copic markers to colour in the cute Sea critters and Palm Trees. Ink blending with Ranger Distress inks used for the waves and clouds. I have added sprits of water and bleach solution on the waves for added texture and interest.
The hello sentiment is from the Magic Color Slider die and has been die cut three times and layered for added height and coloured the top with copics.

Opening the inside and seeing  the sea critters in the ocean side scene is a fun sight to behold - it just makes you happy! Here are a few more pics of the inside...

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. Creating this card is so much fun and can't wait to make many more with other great sets. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'till next time Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

October Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop - Haunted Halloween


Hello and welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop - this month's theme is Haunted Halloween. 

Halloween is not really that big here in Australia but it's still fun to make Halloween cards and treat gift ideas. 

Fortunately, I have some sets that came in handy for this fun theme. I have combined a few goodies from the annual catalogue to create a treat bag and a 3D Haunted House that can be used both as a display and hold lollies or chocolates inside.

 The sets I have used are, Mini Treat Bag thinlits, Home Sweet Home stamps and coordinating dies, Glamper Greetings as well as the Wood Textures dsp stack.

Whisper White cardstock used for the mini treat bag and have applied an ink blended background using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry inks, a lot of elbow grease required to get a seamless ink blending but well worth the effort hehe. I then spritz a solution of bleach and water over the top to get those random white splatters for interest and texture.

The Haunted House on the mini treat bag has been created by using the Home Sweet Home dies to cut out the front shape, windows and door. The stripes have been stamped and clear heat emboss to give a raised tone on tone effect. The roof has also been stamped in black and clear heat embossed to give it added raise and shine. The haunted house has then been cut out and adhered on and allows the ink blended background to show through from the windows and doors. 

The ghost has been stamped on vellum, white heat embossed and die cut using the coordinating Home Sweet Home dies. Love how you can add him coming out from either the window or door for some fun and matches the sentiment so well. 

The sentiment is from Glamper Greetings, and white heat embossed to tie in with the splatters in the background and three bats added that have been die cut out using the Home Sweet Home dies.

This is the back of the the mini treat bag, show more of the ink blended distress background.

The 3D haunted house was a lot of fun to make using the Wood Textures dsp stack for instant texture and suited the house perfectly. Love the weathered and aged look of this wood grain pattern truly complimenting the feel of the dilapidated haunted house. 

Both sides of the patterned paper used made the most of each piece by using the darker grain (reverse side) for the roof, window and door paneling to make them stand out.

The banner on top has been coloured in with alcohol markers to tie in with the ink blended background and mounted on with foam dimensionals.

All the sets used work so well together and can be used for many other occasions and love their versatility and endless creativity. These will definitely be kept for display purposes but you could simplify the designs by using a printed designer paper for mass production of the mini treat bags and decorate and embellish as desired.

We have some new members joining our Design team, and they are the wonderful and talented Jay Soriano and Stesha Bloodhart. We're so lucky to have them both in the team and welcome Jay and Stesha! I can't to see what they have both created, I'm sure it will be out of this world and truly amazing! Be sure to check out the rest of the Creative Circle's  team by following the list of names below. Enjoy and Thank you so much for stopping by - till next time, Happy Crafting! :) 

Products used: 

• Home Sweet Home Photopolymer
• Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies
• Glamper Greetings Photopolymer
• Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
• Wood Textures DSP stack
• Basic Black cardstock
• Whisper White cardstock
• Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry inks

Sunday, 1 October 2017

So Thankful - Shadow Box Card - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #13 Fall Inspiration Board

Hello and welcome. Today I'm sharing this fun project inspired by the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #13 - Fall Inspiration Board. It's the perfect time to pull out and have a play with Lawn Fawn's Shadow box card die and Forest Feast set along with some fun patterned papers. I just love how this project turned out, and all the sets worked so perfectly together.

I have used the colour pallette as well and fall canopy image from the Fall Inspiration board as inspiration. The Shadow box card was a perfect way to capture this scene using the new Forest Feast critters. Most of the colour pallete have been used with some creative licence using red to substitute  the magenta/pink - just had to use red for the apples and toadstools hehe.

The hills and trees from the set have all been used to create the forest scene layers with the large branches to act as trees in the foreground by attaching them vertically behind the squirrel and hedgehog giving the illusion of being taller. 

A combination of 6x6 inch patterned papers, from Knock on Wood, Perfectly Plaid Chill and Rainbow made it so much easier to build the scene and at the same time adding instant colour and texture to the finished shadow box.

The images have been coloured in with Prismacolor pencils with the use of gamsol for blending.

The sentiment is from Forest Feast that I has been white heat embossed. The same die cut hillside and patterned paper used to match the exterior.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have found inspiration with this adorable Shadow box card. I absolutely love this set and can't wait to create more fun scenes with it. It also folds flat for easy mailing and makes a stunning handmade decor to display - which just makes you smile. Until next time - Happy crafting! :)