Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tully's Little Cat Agenda - Many Thanks Card

Tully's Thank You Card

Hello and welcome. I just wanted to share this special Thank you card to give to the lovely veterinarians who took care of Tully when he went to get his eyes check from a scratch accident to his left eye last week. Thank goodness Tully is now getting better and it's all thanks to the vet's prompt and helpful assistance. 

To show our appreciation we made this cute cat card inspired by the super talented Nichol Sphor, I just absolutely love her work and the card she made was just WOW! I have used the same design and tweaked it a little bit to suit and have mainly used cats!

The Little Cat Agenda set from Mama Elephant is a perfect thank you card from Tully. All the cats have been coloured in with Copic markers for quick and easy colouring. The matching dies have also been used to cut them all out. 

The new Mama Elephant Grid Window creative cuts die has also been used to create the stunning frame and compliments the Little Cat Agenda set. White fun foam is used underneath to mount it up to give an even raise and Whisper White cardstock has been used for the frame.

The background has been ink blended using Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Tim Holtz distress inks on Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock. I didn't apply the water droplets effect as it's a hit and miss for me and need more practice with it hehe. 

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Many Thanks set and have been white heat embossed it on Basic Black cardstock. The speech bubble is a retired Stampin' Up! set called Word Bubbles Framelits and have ran it through the Big Shot twice by partially die cutting as well as manual cutting to extend the shape.

I have used the Stampin' Up fine tip glue over the Thank You sentiment as well as all the cute little objects that each cat are holding to give an extra dimension and interest.

I love how this card has turned out and will be a lovely Thank you card to give to the dear vets who looked after Tully. Their work truly makes this world a better place. Thanks also to Nichol Sphor for the inspiration, her talent is just amazing! I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :)  

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Martha Inchley

Hello and welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Martha Inchley
Martha is part of the Artisan Design team and her work is absolutely stunning. Martha is also part of the Stamp Review Crew and is such an honour to work with her. 

Today I have chosen to CASE - Copy and Selectively Edit, one of my favourites - the card in a box, that Martha has created using the 'Lift Me Up' stamps and dies set - what a stunner it is too! I love everything about her card in a box and may Case the exact same design for another personal project, as the patterned paper is now retired and was from last year's Sale-a-bration. 
You can click here to see this gorgeous project from Martha's blog.

Here is the card in a box using the cute and fun 'This Little Piggy' set and a few images from the 'Garden Girl' set to complete the garden scenery. I have also used a new patterned paper from the upcoming new Holiday catalogue called Merry Little Christmas designer series paper. It's a gorgeous set of patterned paper and have went with the tartan design for a fun look. It is a Thank You card and have taken the sentiment from 'One Big Meaning'.   

The base card is Olive Green cardstock so that it will match with the Merry Little Christmas dsp as well as to complete the green hillside look. The little hills has been created using the largest oval shape from Stitched Shapes framelits using Wild Wasabi cardstock and have cut it in half to utilise every piece. It's the perfect little platform for each piggy to stand on and give so much dimension and  the faux stitching adds a nice interest.

All of the images have been coloured in with Copics and stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and have been fussy cut. The sky background panel is a little ink blending with Soft Sky on Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment has been white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock and mounted on fun foam to give an even raise. There's a little added die cut dotted detail on the top using the the new dotted border die from Swirly Snowflakes thinlits dies from the new Holiday catalogue. I decided to tie the flaps of the card in a box with Basic Black bakers twine to give a neat all round look.  Here are the angled views of the card in a box...

The back is kept relatively simple with some space to write a personal greeting and have popped in the cute flowers from Garden Girl and isn't that designer paper just divine?

Here it is without the bow as an alternative and folds perfectly flat with or without the bow.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The card in a box is such a fun card fold and truly brings the images to life and creating the little scenes is so much fun. Thank you so much Martha for the inspiration. Be sure to continue to hop around and follow the list below to see more wonderful and creative projects from the Crazy Crafters team as we Case Martha's gorgeous cretions. Enjoy the rest of the hop and thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time - Happy Crafting! :)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Stamp Review Crew - This Little Piggy

Hello and thanks for your patience. I completely had the time zones all wrong with the scheduling of this post, but no matter, the show must still go on hehe. Welcome to this month's Stamp Review Crew. We are featuring the cute 'This Little Piggy' set. I love this set so much and have had so much fun using this set. The Little Piggy adventure continues in this new project... Click here to see the other cards I have made using this set. 

I have went with the flying pig image, as I haven't used it before. What better way to showcase her flying among the clouds than in a pop up card in a box.

I have used several products to complete this cute scene and they are; the clouds stencil from 'Pattern Party Decorative Masks' pack with 'Embossing paste' for the clouds background and 'Up & Away' thinlits for the die cut clouds. Lastly the rainbow has been created using Mama Elephant's Rainbow High Creative cuts die. It's a great addition and fits perfectly in the card in a box.

Colouring mediums used are Zig Clean Color brush markers on the rainbow and flying pig on the front and Copics on the back. I have also tried out Strathmore's Bristol smooth cardstock as it's been recommend for use with Zig Clean Color brush markers and is perfect for both water and alcohol based markers.

Pool Party cardstock used for the construction of the card in a box. Whisper White for the die cut clouds and the panel on the back of the card in a box. 

Flying pig on the front has been stamped in Versafine Onyx black ink for watercoloring and Memento Tuxedo black for the back for Copic coloring.  

Pool Party ink used for the sentiment on the die cut cloud and the ink blending on the back for the sky background.

White heat embossing used for the sentiment on a strip of vellum and the clouds on the back.

Here is a couple of angle shots of the card in a box with the cute flying pig over the rainbow.

...If little blue birds can fly over the rainbow, then why, oh why can't a cute pig? lol. :) 

The back of the card has been created with using a mask over the pig with a low tack paper over the top similar to a post it note and then white heat embossed the clouds from the set and have applied an ink blending in Pool Party ink. 

The card folds flat and can fit in an A2 or C6 envelope, ensuring that the elements it stays within the panels. I have used Stampin' Up! clear medium envelopes so that the design can be seen. It's all ready for mailing. :) 

I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration. It has been so much fun creating customised scenes for the Little Piggy, it's such a versatile set and the creativity is endless. Be sure to check out all the Stamp Review Crew's creative projects for more inspiration. Next up on the blog hop is the wonderful and talented Nikki Spencer, she has a treat in store. Enjoy! 

Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Creative Circle August Blog Hop - Birthday Bash theme

Hello and welcome. I'm so excited to be taking part in the Creative Circle blog hop as a design team member. I was so honoured when Liz Holloway invited me to join and such a great opportunity to be part of a lovely group of ladies who are Stampin' Up! demos from around the world.  

The theme for this blog hop is 'Birthday Bash', and have used a personal favourite the 'Birthday Delivery' bundle for this fun theme.

I have created a two gift box set of cards containing four cards and envelopes in each one. 
Here they are...

I have used the lovely 'Birthday Memories' dsp and have die cut and fussy cut all the cute images as a starting point. It would have been great if the bundle came with dies for all the images to make it easier especially for mass producing. But if you're patient fussy cutting isn't so bad hehe. 

The marching animals are so cute that have used them for one of the gift box sets. Here it is...

Products used: 
• Birthday Delivery bundle
• Birthday Memories designer series paper
• Seaside Textured Impression Embossing Folder for the sky background.
• Swirly Scribbles thinlits
• Crumb Cake, Olive Green and Pool Party cardstock
• Bow Builder punch
• Memento Tuxedo black ink
• White embossing powder
• VersaMark
• Glitter enamel dots (Olive Green)

The seaside embossing folder is a great way to add movement to the background and looks like wind. The hillsides are the negative die cut from the wave from 'Swirly Scribbles thinlits' and gives a perfect wave shape and consistent look throughout. 

Here is the second gift box set.

Products used:
• Foil Frenzy specialty designer series paper
• Birthday Delivery bundle
• Stitched Shapes framelits
• Layering Circle framelits
• Mini Treat bag thinlits (bow)
• Bow Builder punch
• Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tangerine Tango and Soft Sky inks

This was a lot of fun to create and have colour coordinated each element. The use of foam dimensionals help to pop up the layers and adds more depth and dimension. I opted to die cut the mini bow from Mini treat bag thinlits to keep everything flat and less bulk as well as colour coordinate with each card. 

These cards were a lot of fun to make and I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. Make sure to continue to hop around and check out the rest of our team's creative projects for more inspirations. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge #08

Hello and welcome to A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge #08 - 1st August. The theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can enter up to three projects to the gallery. 

Our sponsor this month is Digistamps and I have chosen the Hollyhocks image for my card.  

The flowers have been coloured in with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol to get that smooth blending.

It has been printed twice on Xpress it cardstock and fussy cut out to create a layered 3D look for some interest. The leaves and stem have been coloured with Copic markers. I have added white dots in the centre of the flowers with a white glaze gel pen.

The sentiments is from Simon Says Stamps - 'You Matter' stamp and dies set. I just adore the 'You' die cut sentiment from this set, which has been ink blended with Tim Holtz Tumble Glass distress ink. Tumble Glass distress ink blending has also been used in the background to coordinate.

The polka dot border on the left is from Simon Says Stamp, 'Sending Happy Thoughts' and has been stamped several times to create the border and has been white heat embossed. Tumble Glass and Cracked Pistachio distress inks used for an embossed resist ink blending.

The front panel has been mounted onto a top folding Stampin' Up! Basic Black cardstock to make the front pop and tie in with the black reversed sentiment.  I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The Simon Says Stamps sets really dresses up and compliments the image and makes for a clean and simple pretty card. Thank you so much for stopping by, 'till next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Susan Wong

Hello and welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Susan Wong. It is such a delight to be hopping with Susan today as we CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) her gorgeous works. Susan is based in New Zealand and has been part of the illustrious Artisan Design team and her talent is Amazing! 

There were so many beautiful cards to choose from, that it made it hard to decide which one to CASE. However, these two gorgeous cards below caught my eye, as it shows two versions from a simple to a step up design. Both cards were created as part of the Step It Up Sketch - Fancy Friday Blog Hop that you can see here from Susan's Blog.


I love the two variations that can be created from the one set and a few added extra accessories. The simplicity and softness as well as the layering of the elements makes for a pretty and eye catching design. I have chosen to combine the two influences and created a stepped up version. 

I went with a Christmas theme to get started on making Christmas cards in time this year, as you can never be too early hehe. Soft Sky ink and cardstock has been used as the main colours to achieve the softness and subtlety with white heat embossing. 

Stamp sets used are 'Santa's Sleigh' and the new 'Colorful Seasons' using the snowflakes. Both sets have coordinating dies which have been used to great advantage. It's also great to combine the old with the new sets and give them new life.

The photo underneath are the separate layers of the card before assembly showing the recessed Christmas Tree design, using the silver foil die cut snowflakes from 'Seasonal Layers Thinlits' as a backdrop. The idea came about after several trials and have went with an inverted design to that of Susan's layered panels to give it a cohesive look using the dies from both sets. They have been arranged to best advantage to cover up the die cut tree window from 'Santa's Sleigh dies'. Some of the snowflakes have been cut for best fit. The overall look creates a lovely intricate design that reflects both the snowflakes and ornamental decorations on the tree with the added embellishment of the rhinestones and glitter enamel dots.

The snowflake images have been randomly stamped and white heat embossed on the front panel. 
Soft Sky ink blending with ink resist has been applied using a blending tool. I find the Ranger mini round ink blending tool applicator to give best results. 

To achieve this look, softness is key.  Using is a gentle, light hand pressure and minimal ink to start off. Soft Sky is very forgiving as it's a already a light dye ink to work with. Working from light to dark and slowly build up the shading to achieve seamless gradient finish. 

I have used fun foam to mount the front panel and die cut the same tree in the same position to create the recessed look. Fun foam also gives an even raise and perfect for mailing. Creating the recessed window allows the additions of the embellishments without adding too much bulk on top. 

The reindeer has been coloured in with Copic markers and stamped with Copic safe Memento Tuxedo black ink. Love this medium for quick simple colouring. I have die cut several reindeer pieces and layered them on top of each other, to create height and thickness, like a chipboard look and in turn making it sturdier. I have added a little bow using the 'Basic Black bakers twine' on the reindeer. 

The die cut scallop panel is from 'Seasonal Layers thinlits' and is a great way to display the sentiment as well as have a grounding for both the reindeer and tree to stand on. 

This panel has been mounted on with dimensionals to make it pop from the front panel.

A silver foil die cut snowflake has been added on top for a design element and decoration with a little silver sequin on the centre. Sequins are a great embellishment to use on cards as it does not give too much bulk in the end and makes it easier to mail cards.

The strip of glossy foil is from the 'Foil Frenzy' specialty dsp and have used the Soft Sky striped pattern and have cut a single stripe from it.  

Inside the card follows the same design using the tree and snowflakes. The original die cut tree with ink blending on the front has been used, so that nothing goes to waste. The snowflake images has been stamped randomly in Soft Sky. The same Soft Sky foil strip from Foil Frenzy specialty dsp has been added as a grounding element for the tree.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. It has been so much fun creating this card and drawing inspiration from Susan's gorgeous cards greatly helped. Thanks to Susan, the overall design is a modern take to the traditional Christmas card colours. Make sure to continue to hop all the way around to see all the Crazy Crafters fabulous creations and inspirations from CASEing Susan's amazing designs. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, 'til next time - Happy Crafting! :)