Polka dotty!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This is a fun little card I put together for the Poppy Seed Challenge at Poppy Paperie. This weeks seeds (elements) were Buttons, Polka Dots and Light Moss. I did go a bit crazy with the polka dots! I hope my digital button qualifies as an element!

I love this digital flower stamp by Nina Brackett I got at Squigglefly, it's part of a set, the others are fab too! I really am loving the versatility of digital stamps, especially the resizing options. Anyway, I printed the flower on light white card and colored it in using Creative Inspirations Paints. I used blush on the petals, fuchsia on the tips, canary for the button centre and evergreen for the stitching. The paints give a nice little shimmer detail to the flower. I stamped the polka dots on the petals in fuchsia. I gently folded the petals upward to make them stand up.

The background paper is a digital paper from Attic Treasures Collection. For the petals I just drew them freehand in the same paper and cut out. I softened the edges with chalks, rubbed a little ink on the edges and folded lightly in half. The sentiment is from Anna Griffin and I softened the edges using blending chalks. I added some grosgrain ribbon to finish.


Stamps: Digital flower stamp by Nina Brackett at Squigglefly, Anna Griffin Sentiments, polka dot border Studio G St.Patrick's Day set
Ink: Memento Rose Bud, VersaMagic Tea Leaves
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint Canary, Blush, Fuchsia, Evergreen
Cardstock: White, green polka dot digital paper from Attic Treasures Collection at Scrap Girls
Other: Blending chalks, foam pads, glue, scissors, hot pink grosgrain ribbon, pink and white stitched grosgrain ribbon

Lace Indulgence!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ok, this is my favorite card from the three I made for the Doilies and Lace challenge at Moxie Fab World.

I'm so glad my mom keeps all her little bits and pieces of lace and fabric now! The rosette lace and piece of lace behind it were salvaged from an old nighty! The little bows were already on it! I painted a piece of the lace in turquoise using Creative Inspirations Paints. I created the blended look by wetting the lace before I painted it. When it was dry I made it into a simple rosette by doing a running stitch along one side, gathering it and sewing the ends together. The pearl centre is a old clip-on earring, which was actually very handy for attaching the rosette to the card!

The background paper is called Damask Aqua and it's from Girls best friend by Quirky Twerp at the Digichick.

On top of that, I put a wide piece of broderie anglaise or eyelet lace that I painted in Sea Foam Creative Inspiration Paints. The eyelet lace was originally white and it turned out really nice, you can really see the shimmer effect on it.

The turquoise ribbon, originally pale blue was painted using the same turquoise paint as the rosette. The pale green ribbon was a piece that was attached to the salvaged nighty lace! The sentiment is from Anna Griffin and I used blending chalks to soften the effect a little. I added a few flat backed pearls to finish.

I have a feeling you'll be seeing a few more lace inspired cards from me in the future, I had a lot of fun with this!!

More Doilies & Lace

Here's another card I made for the Doilies and Lace Challenge at Moxie Fab World. Luckily my mom likes collecting lace too, so I had a look through her treasure box! She had this lovely wide piece of white lace, just perfect for my card! I had a roll of matte pale green wrapping paper that coordinated great with the other colors, I used it behind the piece of lace.

The polka dot turquoise paper is another digital paper from the Ready for Spring collection by Jude T at the Digichick. I stamped the Large heart doily by Rubber stampede ( I used it for Valentine's) using Turquoise Creative Inspiration Paints on white card. I stamped the damask heart by Craft Smart in the same turquoise. The sentiment is from Anna Griffin In the Garden set. The pale green ribbon was attached to a another piece of lace in my mom's box, it matched perfectly!

Doilies & Lace

I was delighted when I found this challenge on Moxie Fab World, it's just my kinda thing! I discovered it a little late though but I managed to get a few cards done.

This card is a little more graphic than my usual style but I just loved the paper I had to use it. Both papers are digital papers from Limitless Open Sky over at the Digichick (this set is actually free with any purchase of $15.00 at the moment). The cover paper is a lovely lace graphic, I just loved the shapes and swirls in it. It was just calling to be cut out! I wanted to go for a nice contrast instead of my usual pastels, that's why I chose the turquoise clouds paper for the inside, the inside opens up again to a blank page to write on.

The lace at the top of the card on the inside is from my stash, it was actually a pale blue but I painted it Mocha Latte using Creative Inspirations Paints which gave it a little shimmer. The sentiment is from Anna Griffin.

I love how this card looks so different from various angles.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

I think we've finally seen the last of the snow, we've had a bit of rain and things are finally starting to grow!

I've only just started to venture into trying digital stamps and paper. I was a little cautious at first but now I'm definitely converted!

This lovely Snowdrop digital stamp is from the Spring blooms digital set available free at Paper Garden Projects! There's some lovely other images and sentiments in the set too.

The striped background paper is from Ready For Spring by Elise and Jude over at the Digichick.

On the smaller Snowdrops card I painted the stems and leaves using watercolor paints. The flowers were painted with Fairy Dust Inspirations paint from Creative Inspirations. The Fairy Dust paint gave a lovely light shimmer effect on the flowers and really makes them stand out. I highlighted some of the sentiment using the same paint. On this card I also used some green felt to back the image and sentiment. I added some cute buttons and a garden twine bow to finish.

On the larger Snowdrops card, I used watercolor paints to paint the stems and leaves but I added some shimmer details over the stems using the Evergreen Inspirations paint. This time I painted the flowers using the Winter Frost Inspirations paint, it's slightly more opaque so it gave more of a silver like finish. I added some highlights to the sentiment with the paint too. This time I backed the image and sentiment in a lime green card. I added a wooden button, satin ribbon and some stitched thread to finish.

Swirling butterfly card

I did this card yesterday for this weeks FTTC58 at Flourishes.

I also got a chance to play with my Inspirations Paints from Creative Inspirations that just arrived. I found them really easy to work with, really smooth and great coverage. Watercolor brushes work well in applying the paint.

The background paper I used is a digital paper from Shabby Princess, it's called Harlequin in the Granny's Parlor Paper Collection. I used the Winter Frost Inspirations paint and painted some of the diamonds in the design. I painted a circle of card in the same Winter Frost as a border.

I used the Tutu Pink Inspirations paint to stamp the butterfly (Anna Griffin, In the Garden), I applied the paint by dabbing it on lightly with a sponge, I was pleasantly surprised how well it stamped, it gives a slightly raised finish and a lovely shimmer of course! I painted a strip of plain white satin ribbon in the same pink to match and used it as tabs under the sentiment.

The sentiment is from the same Anna Griffin set and I stamped that in Rose Bud Memento Ink. I added a few swirls of quilling paper, satin ribbon and some flat backed pearls to finish.

Quilled cheery Easter flowers

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Here's a couple of things I made over the weekend, I wanted to do something cheerful. I really like the color combo of pink and lemon, the green adds a little extra vitality too. I was inspired by my daughter Isabelle, her bedroom is lemon and she has a pink gingham fabric blind. I just played around with the layout, I started with just the quilled flowers and then made a load of crimped quilled shapes in the two shades of green. I just tried different arrangements of the leaves and stems until it worked! Really happy with the results, definitely cheery!! The little box is an origami box that I added a little ribbon handle to.

Creative Inspirations Design Team

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm really excited to let you know that I'm part of a great new design team, Creative Inspirations. I'll be exploring, experimenting and creating with the Creative Inspirations Paints over the next few months. The paints are iridescent water based paints that add a lovely shimmer and sparkle to your creations. They come in a great range of 55 colors! Can't wait to play with these!