Distress Inks Watercolor effect

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I managed to squeeze in a card yesterday just for fun, a rarity in the summer holidays! I'm still loving the whole watercolor trend and I think it's going to be around for another while yet! I did a little two-tone stamping using Distress inks and some of my hand-carved floral stamps, then spritzed the paper with some water to create the watercolor bleed effect. Very easy!


The fab sentiment is from Oh Happy Day by Avery Elle, I'm just in love with that font! Variations of it seem to be everywhere at the moment!


I added a little lace for a touch of femininity and some zingy lemon embroidery thread/floss to tie it all together! : )


Paper flower tutorial - large rose with stamen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


A little while ago a lady contacted me about a flower I made for a project, this one I think and she wanted to know how I made it. She liked that the centre was big and poofy. So I finally got around to it and here's the fairly simple photo tutorial.


The materials needed are some Core'dinations cardstock, I used Vanilla Cream, the Sizzix Tattered Florals die, Big Shot, a Sand-It Gadget, a pen with a rounded lid, foam mat, craft sheet and some stamen. First I die cut all the pieces needed, I snipped between the petals slightly on the smaller die cut. Then I sanded all the edges.


On a craft sheet with a foam mat underneath I used the rounded lid of a pen and pressed into the petals of each die cut to create a cupped shape. I repeated this for each layer.


I made a small hole in the centre of each layer for the stamen to pass through. I folded over a bunch of stamen and added them to the centre of the smallest die-cut layer. Then I continued to add each layer, adding a small amount of glue between the layers and making sure the petals alternated.


Once all the layers were added I just tidied up the back of the flower with some masking tape, this helps to smooth out the back and make it less bulky because of the stamen.


Then I just shaped the petals with my fingers, especially the centre, you need to press this layer almost closed to create a nice ball effect and that's it! These make great embellishments for wedding cards and gift bags when you want something with a little more oomph! : )




Petaloo and Core'dinations - Back to School

Monday, August 11, 2014


Petaloo have teamed up with Core'dinations for a series of 'Back to School' themed blog hops. Pop on over to the Core'dinations Blog for all the details on how to WIN some great prizes! First up I made this fun apple shaped card using my Silhouette Portrait, design ID for the apple is #64361. I used some of Core'dinations new Chalk Core range for the base and tag, the Colors selections are just fabulous. I teamed some red Chalk Core with some cardstock from the Graphic45 Signature Series Darks Collection, embossed using a herringbone embossing folder.


I used flowers from Petaloo Botanica Petite's Pistachio and Darjeeling Mini Daisies Nightfall. The stitched grosgrain if from Petaloo Fancy Trims Black. I just used a white pen to write the text on the tag. Next up I made a Chalkboard Easel Card.


Again I used my Silhouette Portrait and a cut file #63016 to cut the card base from some brown cardstock from the Graphic45 Signature Series Darks Collection. This time I embossed it with a woodgrain embossing folder and sanded the surface with my Sand-It Gadget. I used some white Chalk Core from Core'dinations for the center panel and sanded the edges lightly to reveal some of the core. Then I hand lettered the text using a white pastel pencil, then went over it with a white pen.


The flowers are from Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Daisies Nightfall and Darjeeling Dahlias Nightfall. The black lace trim is from Petaloo Fancy Trims Black. My last project is a cute owl gift bag!


Again I used a cut file #45530 to make this but I added a strip of cardstock to make a handle that wasn't in the design. The brown cardstock is from Graphic45 Signature Series Darks Collection from Core'dinations and I used Vanilla Cream on the wings and belly embossed with herringbone. I used some more white Chalk Core from Core'dinations to make the tag and added the text with a white pen.


The flower is from Petaloo Darjeeling Collection. I also used some flowers from this collection on the belly of the owl to add a textured feather effect, I simply separated the layers and snipped each layer in half, they were just perfect for the feathers!


Here are all three projects (Apple Card, Chalkboard Easel card and Owl Gift Bag) together. I hope you enjoyed my back to school projects!


Thanks for dropping by today, enjoy the rest of the Petaloo and Core'dinations 'Back to School' inspiration this week. Oh and don't forget Core'dinations is having a DESIGN TEAM call right now, check out all the details here.