Hello, Sweet Lady

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Hello! I'm here to share a card I have over on The Craft's Meow blog today using one of my favorite flower stamp sets - Happiness Is.


To add some dimension to my flower I stamped it three times onto some patterned paper from the Introspection collection from Prima and added some shading with Distress Markers. I cut a different section of the flower for each layer and used Collall 3D Glue Gel to layer them.


The sentiment is from Sweet Sentiments also from The Craft's Meow. All the patterned papers I used are from the Introspection collection from Prima.


The top half of the card was looking a little flat so I embossed it using the In Stitches embossing folder and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The card base cardstock is from Core'dinations, I love this soft beige color. I hope you're having a great weekend, I'm hoping for some dry weather so I can do a bit in the garden, lots to do!! Have a lovely day! : )

Cloud Paper Tutorial

Friday, April 26, 2013


Ok I just had to show you how easy it is to make this cloud paper that I used in my card in the previous post. You need very little supplies and it's very quick.


You can buy cloud templates but they really are very easy to make yourself. I used a 5 1/2" x 4" piece of cardstock and loosely drew some curvy lines to resemble clouds, make sure it's not too uniform.


Cut out your cloud template, this is going to be your mask.


That was easy right! Now to get inking. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a blending tool.


Don't worry if you don't have a blending tool, you can used a piece of foam sponge or a small square of felt rolled up into a ball. You want something that will give you a nice soft blend.


Once you've inked up your blending tool, it's very important NOT to place it directly on your page to be inked first (that would be too much ink) so start inking the mask and rub in a circular motion out over the edge of the mask. The key to this is a soft look, you can always add more. Just hold the mask in place with your other hand.


Now move your mask over, you can vary the angle and just use sections of the mask for a more natural look, you want this to look random. Repeat the inking and circular blending motion. Make sure when you're inking you don't go too far and ink over the straight edge.


Keep moving the mask up the page, adding clouds. Always remembering to place the inked tool on the mask first and blend outwards over the edge from there.


I usually work on a larger piece of paper or cardstock than my actual finished project is going to be, it always looks better cropped to size.


So once you've added all your clouds, get your blending tool, don't add any more ink just use the residue and go back and soften some of the edges, you don't need the mask for this bit. This softens the whole look.


Crop your cloud paper to suit your project and that's it! I told you it was easy! Have fun making your cloud paper!


Here's the card I used it on.



CASE Study #138

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Sorry my post is a bit late, our internet went down last night before I could write up my post! Thank goodness it's back now!! It's week four with the talented JJ Bolton as our muse at CASE Study. Check out her fab inspiration card this week.


It took me a while to decide what approach I'd take with my card, I loved the cloud effect in JJ's card but wasn't sure if I could do something similar. I was so glad I tried! I drew a simple cloud mask from a bit of card, seriously not hard, it doesn't have to be perfect. Then I used some Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass and a blending tool to add the subtle blending of the blue, I tried it on a piece of paper first but I was surprised how easy it was!!


You just keep moving the mask up and adding your clouds, random is good too, you don't want your clouds all in a line. The clouds reminded me of lying on soft grass in the summer looking up at the clouds, so attempting to create that in a card, I added some grass, with a roughly chopped edge in the form of some patterned paper.


You gotta have some daisies in your grass, I had these lying around from the Quilled daisy tutorial I did a couple of weeks ago. The green and white baker's Twine is from SRM Stickers.


The sentiment is from Sticker Sentiments - Shine Your Light from SRM Stickers. I love that set.


Oh, don't forget CASE Study is having a DT CALL right now, you have a few more days to get your entry in, don't miss the opportunity because it doesn't happen that often and it's a super team to be on!! Now check out what my CASE Study team mates have come up with this week!

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna 

Anya Schrier (April Guest Designer)

Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock Design Team

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I did announce this on my Facebook page already but I hadn't made an official announcement here on the blog yet! I'm SO excited to be joining the Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock Design Team 2013-14!! Eeeek!!


I had already accumulated a great stash of Core'dinations cardstock because I really fell in love with it once I started it using it, so I'm delighted to be now be on the Design Team and I get to play with it until my heart's content!!


Here I used some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core from the Nostalgic Collection (one of my fav's), embossed using Couture Creations Venus Crest and rubbed with some gilding wax. It really highlights the embossing and brings out the fabulous texture of the cardstock.


The tag I die cut from some more Kraft-Core and Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two. The label (Spellbinders Double Ended Tags) is stamped with a sentiment from Vintage Clocks from The Craft's Meow. The teal cardstock is also from Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, embossed with the In Stitches embossing folder from Craft Concepts and sanded with a sanding block.


I'm still pinching myself, I can't believe I'm on this fabulous team. Check out the rest of the talented ladies on the 2013-2014 Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock design team here.



The Craft's Meow Blog Hop (Sketch)

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Welcome to The Craft's Meow Blog hop, today's hop is inspired by this great sketch by NinaB Designs. The full list of blog participants can be found on The Craft's Meow blog.


The flower and leaf stamps are from the Happiness Is stamp set. I stamped them onto patterned paper and added some shading with Distress Markers. I really love this technique, it's a great one to try if you're not too keen on a lot of coloring.


The sentiment is from Geometric Foundations and the patterned paper is from the Rosarian Collection by Prima. The Caribbean Twine is from SRM Stickers.


Today's the last day of the 21% off SALE so make the most of it! Just enter April21 at checkout to receive the discount. There's also a generous $50 Gift Certificate up for grabs today, you have until April 23rd 8:00pm Pacific to leave a comment, good luck!


Next up on the hop is the talented Deborah Nolan. I'm sure she has something fabulous to share! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

The Craft's Meow - Sweet Sentiments

Saturday, April 20, 2013


It's been a busy week! I'm nearly all stamped out! Today The Craft's Meow team is taking a look at Sweet Sentiments by NinaB Designs, this set is being released as the new free gift with $50 purchase on April 21st. There are lots of beautiful sentiments in this set along with this gorgeous frame that co-ordinates with Spellbinders  Labels 10.


The silhouettes from Sweet Silhouettes fit into this frame. Here I used the little girl silhouette, the bow I colored with Worn Lipstick Distress Marker.


I really love the font used in this set, it's really gorgeous! The bling is Beautiful Bling Borders - Fancy Waves by NinaB Designs from Want2Scrap.


Visit The Craft's Meow Blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with. The DT will be back tomorrow for a blog hop. From April 17th, until Sunday April 21st, Lisa is having a SALE, with 21% off everything in store, so it's great chance to buy some of the stamps on your wish list! The code is April21 at checkout. That's not all! There's a $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs, for a chance to win, do the rounds of the DT's blogs and also leave a comment on The Craft's Meow blog by 8:00pm Pacific tonight. Good luck! 

The Craft's Meow - Father's Day or Masculine Card

Friday, April 19, 2013


It's day three of The Craft's Meow themed blog posts, today the theme is Father's Day or Masculine Cards. I used a couple of my favorite sets, Vintage Clocks and Sweet Silhouettes.


I stamped the grandfather clock from Vintage Clocks in black and added some coloring with Distress Markers (Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen and Mustard Seed) and then I fussy cut it out. I used one of the male silhouettes from Sweet Silhouettes to stamp the background paper using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


The sentiment is also from Vintage Clocks, all the edges of the card are inked with Distress Inks (Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo). The wood effect paper is from Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe.


Visit The Craft's Meow Blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with. The DT will be back tomorrow with some more inspiration. From April 17th, until Sunday April 21st, Lisa is having a SALE, with 21% off everything in store, so it's great chance to buy some of the stamps on your wish list! The code is April21 at checkout. That's not all! There's a $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs, for a chance to win, do the rounds of the DT's blogs and also leave a comment on The Craft's Meow blog by 8:00pm Pacific tonight. Good luck! Here are the stamp sets I used on my card today.



Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release blog waltz

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Stamps April release DT blog waltz! You should have arrived here from the amazing Becca's blog. If you've gotten lost along the way visit Claire's blog for the full list of participants.Today three fabulous new stamp sets are being released - My Kind of Guy, Nordic Baby and Man of the Hour. For my cards today I used the two new masculine sets, My Kind of Guy and Man of the Hour. I went with a classic black and white theme today, can't go wrong with that!


I used the chalkboard technique, embossing the frame, text and motif stamp in white, I added some shadow detail to the text with a white pencil and inked the edges with some pigment ink.


For my second card I used lots of different elements from My Kind of Guy, this is such a great masculine set, I LOVE it!


I love this circle frame, to fit the stamped chap in the middle I stamped him on a separate piece of card and cut a circle around him (just using a compass, believe it or not I don't actually have circle dies!). The Charcoal Twine is from SRM Stickers.


The border I stamped in black and fussy cut it out. The 'I say old bean' is from My Kind of Guy and the 'Thanks' is from Man of the Hour. Next up on the waltz is the lovely Kelly! Enjoy the rest of the creations from the design team! Oh AND there will be a prize of a stamp set of choice from a random drawing from comments left on our blogs. You have until April 21st at 11:59PM (GMT) to leave your comments.




The Craft's Meow - Mother's Day or Feminine Card


It's day two of The Craft's Meow themed blog posts, today the theme is Mother's Day or Feminine card. I made a pretty paper-pieced scene using a combo of stamps from Beautiful Shelf, Baby Shelf, Vintage Clocks and Cherished.


For the paper-piecing I used patterned papers from Howdy Doody (Miss Caroline) by My Mind's Eye and Blank Canvas by Trimcraft. I thought the shelf from Beautiful Shelf also made a good sideboard so I stamped it onto some wood effect paper and added some subtle shading with Distress Markers. I used the smallest clock from the Vintage Clocks, it was just the right scale for my little scene, I stamped it in black, added some shading with Distress Markers and fussy cut it out.


The hat and perfume bottle are from Beautiful Shelf and the lamp is from Baby Shelf. I again paper pieced them and added shading with Distress Markers. To add dimension I added all the cut pieces to the card using Collall 3D Glue Gel from Crafter's Companion, this stuff is great for adhering smaller pieces where foam pads (sticky fixers) are too big.


The sentiment from the Cherished stamp set I stamped using VersaFine Black Onyx. I added some subtle shading to the edges of the card using Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.


I really love how this one turned out, makes me want to make another little scene card. Visit The Craft's Meow Blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with. The DT will be back tomorrow with some more inspiration. From April 17th, until Sunday April 21st, Lisa is having a SALE, with 21% off everything in store, so it's great chance to buy some of the stamps on your wish list! The code is April21 at checkout. That's not all! There's a $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs, for a chance to win, do the rounds of the DT's blogs and also leave a comment on The Craft's Meow blog by 8:00pm Pacific tonight. Good luck! Here are the stamp sets I used on my card today.