Friday, March 24, 2017

Marquee Messages...


Happy Friday!

I bought the Stampin' Up Marquee messages stamp set a long time ago and I have only really played with it once.

A few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to have another play with it.

I stamped two of the large marquee stamp and then coloured them with Zigs, Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and stickles.

Both parts of the sentiment were stamped after, as there are a few messages and I was undecided. I like the pop of the black birthday, it works really well here.

I had stamped, coloured and fussy cut the Marquee Messages before my playdate with JT and was a bit at a loss as to how to use them.

JT gave me the idea to use a grey background for the yellow one, giving it a bit more of a masculine feel. I decided to use a Lawn Fawn grey spotty card blank and she was 100% right and so I used a pink spotty card blank for the other one.

I love Lawn Fawn mini card blanks, so pretty and they are also super handy.

Here are both cards -

I love these cards, they are so impactful, maybe more work than I would like..


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reverse Confetti..Playing with new goodies..


I won the February Reverse Confetti sketch challenge, which meant I got a $20 voucher..obviously I spent more than that, but now I have all these lovely new things to play with.

Here is the March Sketch -
I decided to rotate it to the left, it worked better for my idea...

I bought the Bearing Gifts set because I loved the Bear in the car and thought it would make excellent birthday cards.

I had this crazy idea to create a scene and would you believe it, it worked!!

I really liked the current theme over at The Male Room -

I thought I could combine the RC sketch and The Male Room theme...I love how the DT have used wood.

I hunted and found a piece of wood effect background paper in my ridiculously large paper stash and die-cut out using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die and in the same paper stack I saw the blue piece of paper that worked as 'sky' in my opinion. I die-cut that piece using a smaller MFT stitched die.

Then I stamped the trees onto a green patterned paper and fussy cut them out. I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the Bear (I don't have the dies..yet).

I spent a while laying it all out before the glue came room for mistakes here..I didn't fancy fussy cutting anymore!

I love the end result and feel like the Bear is driving through the woods to deliver gifts!!

Always fun to combine challenges.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mini Canvases....


Recently I started working out of an actual office (not my craftdesk) with two colleagues.

It's nice, but I miss being at home..

I thought on the first day that we were all together it would be nice to give them a gift, but as I don't Nicole that well, I didn't want to be too personal.

So I settled for 'initial canvases'.

I started with Blick 2x4 canvases and added texture paste to them through different Tim Holtz mini stencils.

Once the paste was dry, I chose 3 colours of acrylic paint and roughly painted over the paste - roughly because I wanted some of the white to show through.

Pretty right? That white 'palette' is a laminated piece of scrap paper, I have these in all different sizes and use them for ink, paint, messy mediums and when they wear out I just recycle them.

Final step once the paint dried was to add the initials, I had originally planned to spell out our names, but I thought just an initial was more impactful. I have these ancient black sparkly Thickers that worked really well here. I affixed them with Glossy Accents, because of the paste I wanted to be sure they held.

I love working with small canvases, it's a little slice of art.

My colleagues loved them BTW.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #58.. Anything Goes..still time to play


There is still time for you to join in the latest challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

It's everyone's fave this time - Anything goes.

Your turn to show us your makes and be sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends March 24th. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, March 20, 2017

CAS Mix-up March...Smooshing..


Happy Monday to you.

I've been loving the CAS Mix-up challenge and I was overjoyed when I saw the March one...

I love to smoosh :)

Smooshing to me is when you put ink, crayons or paint or whatever onto a craft mat / surface and spray with water, then you 'smoosh' your paper in the ink, lift it up and then dry it and repeat this technique a few times to get a really beautiful background.

I smoosh  a LOT.

It is also CAS Mix Ups 1st birthday, so I thought a birthday card would be fitting.

I went down a more masculine route with my card..I think it would work for men/boys of all ages.

My choice is die-cutting.

I created my smooshed background by using 3 different distress inks. I die-cut the panel using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die.

I played with the idea of die-cutting out a shape from the main panel and then raising it with foam tape a few weeks ago and I like the way it turns out. So I did it again here, using a Lil Inker wonky die.

The Moose is a punch and I punched him out of chipboard and then stamped him using a Prima Marketing stamp that I always go to when I want an 'illegible' script pattern.

The sentiment is made up of stickers and a random stamp from my stash.

I added some clear droplets and bling to finish my card off.

I am super pleased..roll on April for more CAS Mix-up.