Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kaszazz - Snowy Reindeer Large

The second of my cards today.  This Kaszazz Snowy Reindeer Large 1199J stamp (Kaszazz is an Australian company) was coloured in using an aqua brush and Black Soot Distress Ink.  The horns are a combination of LuminArte Cinnamon Brown and Burnt Umber.  The headband is Pumpkin Spica Glitter pen with the balls also being painted in LuminArte Poppy Red, Ginger Peach, Deep Coral and Orange Peel.

The background paper is Bo Bunny Father Christmas Stripe.  The sentiment is a Hero Art one called Holiday Sayings die cut using Whimsy Notables 2.  On the left hand side I have used MFT die Fishtail Flag Stax to cut 3 pieces which were decorated with a few snowflakes from my stash.

Peachy Keen's Country Bumpkin Mooey Christmas

I know it is after Xmas but I have finally managed to get 2 cards downloaded onto my computer.  Been having problems with my usually trustworthy photo editing program.

This delightful image from Peachy Keen's Country Bumpkin Mooey Christmas was mailed and as it was made back in October I am unable to remember how I coloured it in - sorry.  The sentiment is from the Hero Art set called Wishes Come True and it was die cut using Whimsy Bottle Cap with a Spellbinders Circle.

The good news is that all my craft boxes have been unpacked and everything survived the international move.  My new craft room has been set up and I am looking forward to getting back to creating.  Just have to deal with my first winter in the northern hemisphere !

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cottage Cutz Holiday Sleigh die

A simple red and gold Christmas card.  The sleigh by Cottage Cutz is an easy one to die cut and it has some solid parts from an adhesive perspective, something which I always look at when purchasing a new die.  I do have a Xyron but end up with more tacky stuff on me than on the die cut.  Must be doing something wrong !!

The sentiment is an unknown one for me and I still have no access to my stamps.  Our container has yet to be delivered so I am without my craft supplies for a while longer.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Peachy Keen - Skatin' By

I'm back after moving countries - what a mission !  All my craft goodies are still to be shipped and we are hoping to have them in the UK by the beginning of December.  Just as well I made a lot of Xmas cards in advance and bought them over in my suitcase.  I even bought an ink pad and sentiments for the inside but forgot to pack an acrylic block.  Oh well, I was looking for an excuse to find a craft store and now I have it !

This Peachy Keen Skatin' By penguin was coloured in with Smooches and cut out.  He was mounted on 2 Spellbinders Pinking Circles and then on 2 Spellbinders Classic Circles.  The background paper is from my stash and the sentiment is a Hobby Art one called Christmas Greetings.

Looking forward to spending my first Northern Hemisphere Christmas.  Hope it snows !!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fun 'n' Flair - Snowmany Wishes

This cute snowman comes in a set complete with sentiments to fit in the board.  The image was coloured in using markers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cottage Cutz - Build-a-Poinsettia

No, I have not dropped off the planet but I have been very busy with our upcoming overseas move.  I had no idea things could get this stressful !!

Here is another Xmas card made using Cottage Cutz Build-a-Poinsettia die.  The background is a scrap free from a magazine and on the petals of the flower I did a little bit of Stickles Xmas Red to give it a bit of a festive look.  The sentiment is Hero Art Holiday Cheer in Archival Crimson ink die cut with Spellbinders Resplendant Rectangles.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cottage Cutz - Carousel Silhouette

In the midst of creating my Xmas cards I realised I needed a birthday card and that I had given all the cards I have made away.  With moving overseas next month I donated all my cards and projects to the local children's hospital charity store (along with half the stuff in the kitchen cupboards - everyone needs an overseas move once in a lifetime to make you realise just how much junk one collects).

This card is another quick and easy one (all I seem to have time for these days) using the Cottage Cutz Carousel Silhouette die.  I have said many times before just how easy most of their dies are to assemble and I am planning to take some across with me in my suitcase, pieces already cut out, so I can still get some crafting done whilst waiting for the container to arrive.  I suspect I will need to de-stress with all that has to be done once we arrive.

The sentiment was one I had made in bulk a while back (planning ahead for the move) but forgot to write down which stamp set it is from.  Looks like it could be a Flourishes one.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Form-A-Lines - Christmas Kit 7 - Winter Scene

A simple scene from using gold thread for this Form-A-Lines pattern.

The sentiment is Hero Arts from the Merry Christmas Trees set inked in Brilliance Galaxy Gold.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Penny Black - A Bright Tomorrow

The wreath is from a Penny Black set A Bright Tomorrow and it is framed using Spellbinders Circles.  To colour in the wreath I used Momento markers, New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves and Distress markers Fired Bricks and Barn Door for the bow.

Background striped paper is a Bo Bunny one called Rejoice Strip.  Cannot recall which set the sentiment comes from, apologies.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kaszazz Scarf Teddy with Penny Black Let it Snow

Another card using the Kaszazz image called Scarf Teddy.

The background is The Crafter's Workshop Mini Tile Texture done in Distress ink Bundled Sage
Sentiment Penny Black set called Let it Snow in Brilliance ink Pearlescent Thyme
Kaszazz Scarf Teddy large coloured in using

Scarf     Distress Stains - Bundled Sage and Fired Brick
Hat        Distress ink pad Festive Berries and Tombow marker Carmine (845)
Bear      Distress Stains - Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
All the Distress Stains, ink pad and marker used with a paint brush and water to dilute

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Peachy Keen - Skatin' By with snowflake background

Peachy Keen has such happy stamps and this little chap is no exception.  He was coloured in using Siren Smooch and Stampin Up Dusty Durango for the beak.  I have a whole lot of different colour Smooches and find them ideal for Christmas cards when a little extra sparkle is called for.

The background is Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake used as a stencil.  I sponged it with Distress ink Weathered Wood.  It is a quick and easy background and I think it complements the image.  The sentiment is from a Penny Black set called Let it Snow and punched with an old Fiskars squeeze punch which I see is no longer available.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cottage Cutz Santa's Coat & Rack

This is a Cottage Cutz die - Santa's Coat & Rack - from last Christmas which I received too late to use.

I used scraps from my stash to cut it out and it was quick and easy to assemble.  The rest of the card is made up also with scraps from my considerable stash of paper.  The sentiment, I think, is from Lily of the Valley.  It has no name on the packet or the stamp set.  I used Spellbinders Pinking Circles to frame the sentiment.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Form-A-Lines Christmas Kit 7 - Carol Singers

Another Form-A-Lines card kit in which I used a multi colour thread for the carol singers.  The lamp was done in a silver thread with the 'light' stitched in gold.

The sentiment is from the Penny Black Christmas Cheer set inked in Brilliance Pearl Poppy.  The deckled edge to the topper was made using a Creative Memories cutter and blade.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kaszazz Scarf Teddy large with Dreamweaver stencil Lace Border

In an effort to get a number of cards done in as shorter time as possible I stamped out a lot of this Kaszazz Scarf Teddy stamp.  I reckoned it would not take too much time to colour in and I could do them all on a sort of production line.  Once I had the cards laid out I choose different backgrounds and colour inks which make it quite easy to match them to the stamp when I coloured that in.

I used the following on this card :
Dreamweaver stencil Lace Border - Distress ink Weathered Wood
Sentiment is from Stampin Up Many Merry Messages using Distress marker Weathered Wood.
Stamp is Kaszazz Scarf Teddy Large 1861J

Coloured in as follows :
Scarf     Distress Stains - Weathered Wood and Fired Brick
Hat       Distress ink pad Festive Berries and Tombow marker Carmine (845)
Bear     Distress Stains - Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
All the Distress Stains, ink pad and marker used with a paint brush and water to dilute.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Peachy Keen - Snow Gifts

I coloured this cute snowman from Peachy Keen Snow Gifts in using Siren Smooch for the mittens and Distress ink Evergreen Bough on the scarf.  The nose is Stampin Up Dusty Durango and the  tongue is Distress marker Worn Lipstick.

For the hat I used Festive Brick Distress ink and Tombow marker - Carmine.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Christmas Greetings die cut using a Hero Arts Small Tag Frame die.

The background is Spellbinders Impressabilities used as a stencil sponged with Distress ink Evergreen Bough.  I struggle with the Impressabilities as I am not happy with their effect on the paper - mine come out not deep enough yet when I add extra shim I cannot get it through the machine.  Using it as a stencil makes far more sense to me !

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Prick 'n Stitch - Xmas Tree

Prick 'n Stitch is available in South Africa which makes it a lot easier to get hold of for me.  The main design was done using embroidery thread and a shiny cotton type thread.

I used a Stampin Up border punch to frame it and the sentiment is from the Hobby Art set called Christmas Greetings.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dreamweaver - Zig Zag Xmas Tree

Not sure if other crafters do this but I have little plastic bags with border punch left overs in.  It comes in handy when you need circles like these or eyes on a punch art figure.  So, I am unable to tell you where the circles on the Xmas tree came from other than from my little bag of circles !

This Dreamweaver stencil LL595 - Zig Zag Xmas Tree was sponged using Distress Inks onto cardstock which I got in the left over bin of an art supply store.  They make up piles of offcuts and sell them for next to nothing.  Most of my card toppers use these offcuts.  The border punch used on the red cardstock is an old, un named EK Success one.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Form-A-Lines - Christmas Kit 3 - Angel

The photo does not do this card justice.  The thread used is a shiny silver and is quite a contrast against the blue card stock.  This card did take a bit longer to do than normal but I enjoyed doing something different for a change.  I am not usually too accomplished with a needle and thread but the  Form-A-Lines patterns are pretty much idiot proof !

The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set Holiday Sayings and is stamped in Archival Cobalt.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dreamweaver - Coil Christmas Tree

The Dreamweaver stencils are fun and easy to use.  I prefer using Distress inks with a finger sponge as I find there is more control this way.

Distress inks used on this coil tree were Evergreen Bough and Mustard Seed.  The sentiment is a Clear Dollar one from the Filled with Cheer set.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Inkadinkado - Filigree Holiday Patterns

I know, Christmas cards this time of the year, but I thought I would get an early start as the next 4 months or so are going to be quite busy and I did not want Christmas to creep up on me this year, again.  So, for the foreseeable future, it will be Christmas cards from me.

I stamped this Inkadinkado Filigree Holiday Patterns stocking in Archival Colbalt ink and mounted it on 3 Spellbinders Classic Circles from the large and small sets.

The sentiment was also stamped in Archival Cobalt and is from the Hobby Arts set Christmas Greetings.

Apologies for being MIA for 3 weeks but, together with DH, did a volunteer stint relocating wild captive animals and it took a little longer than anticipated.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Whiff of Joy - Magical Wishes

Yet another clean and simple card.  I used a card map from Card Positioning Systems blog and pulled out my Creative Memories wavy trimmer (not sure of it's proper name) to cut out the blue "waves".

The balance of this card is made up of Spellbinders Circles Small with Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles and Whiff of Joy - Magical Wishes for the sentiment.

I will try to post some cards for the next 2 weeks but I will be away helping move animals (lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, pumas etc - 45 of them) from one animal sanctuary to their beautiful new one about a 2 hour drive away.  Not going to have too much time to create !  Be back around the end of the month.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Marianne D - Cupcake

This is a clean and simple card cased from Kristina Werner's blog.  I used the following supplies :

Spellbinders Petite Scallop Circles
Spellbinders Circles
Marianne D - Cupcake die
MFT - First Place Award Ribbon stamped with sentiment from Hero Arts Find Joy stamp set

The pink gingham paper is from my stash and it has been edged with Victorian Velvet Distress ink.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hero Arts - Balloon Ride

On this card I used paper from the DCWV Stack 7 pad and stamped it with a large Hero Arts Newspaper Background in Archival Sepia.

The balloons are also a Hero Arts image called Balloon Ride.  The sentiment has been punched out with a Stampin Up oval punch - not sure where the sentiment came from.  Think I had it in my stash and forgot to put it's origin on the back.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hero Arts - Thank You Messages

I saw a similar idea for this card whilst trawling through the various craft blogs and, seeing I did not have a suitable tree image, I decided to do one free hand.  If nothing else, my art lessons are giving me the confidence to try something new !

The left hand side of the card was sponged with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink with the right hand side being Spiced Marmalade.  For the tree I used the Stampin Up Basic Black marker.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set called Thank You Messages.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

MFT - Let's Toast

I love this MFT Let's Toast die and stamp set.  It is quick and easy to put together and looks good on a bottle of wine being used as a gift.

I found a scrap of Creative Memories paper to decorate the label and used a circle from the MFT Sweet Stack Labels die.  The sentiment is from the Let's Toast stamp set.  The wine glass is also part of the Let's Toast die set and I added the 'wine' part by cutting out another die shape in maroon and trimming it down.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Impression Obsession - Tree Line

I was trying to find a particular stamp set the other day and came across a couple of large Impression Obsession stamps I forgot I had.  With the larger stamps I tend to ink them up and instead of picking the stamp up I leave it ink side up on the desk and lay the card stock over it pressing down with an acrylic block.

With this Tree Line image I used Archival Black ink on a linen card stock which gives a dappled sort of a look.  Once it had dried I used Distress inks on the background and finished off with a Cuttlebug alphabet die sentiment.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hero Arts - Thanks Postcard

This Hero Arts - Thanks Postcard image is one of those quick and easy projects.  I used Maroon Archival ink, cut around the image and pasted it onto a card trimmed using a Creative Memories fancy edge - not sure what the proper name is.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kaisercraft - Flourish

In my art lessons we have started using oils and at the end of each lesson there is always a little left over on my palette.  I have taken to keeping a piece of card stock in my bag and using up the paint on it - this is one such piece.  The downside is it takes quite a while to dry especially seeing it is winter in our part of the world at the moment.

The stamp used on top of the red oil paint is Kaisercraft Flourish with the sentiment being Kaszazz, Lucy's Stamps - Happy Birthday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On the Farm

This is one of those cards I had on my desk for ages and built it up over time.  the background is done with Distress Stains, water and a paint brush using the wash technique.  The watercolour paper was lightly painted with water first then the Distress Stain was added, also with a paint brush.

The house, tree and tractor are from Hobby Arts stamp sets and the sheep are from a Stamposaurus set.  All images have been coloured in with Distress Stains, water and a paint brush.

The sentiment is from Stampin Up Fun and Fast notes punched out with SU Word Window.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Memory Box Die - Serene Bird

Memory Box dies are amongst my favourite with this one being no exception.  I have been experimenting with Zentangle  and thought the bird would have a different look if I squiggled a couple of patterns on it.  After that I used Distress inks and a sponge to pop a bit of colour onto the cardstock.

Underneath the bird is a MFT die called Fishtail Stax.  The background paper is a scrap from my stash and the sentiment is a Gina K Design one punched out using a Stampin Up oval.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hero Arts - Feathers

After seeing a couple of simple one layer cards with a colour strip on I thought I would try it out.  Using post it notes to define the area and Distress Inks I sponged on a couple of different blues.

The image is Hero Arts - Feathers and the sentiment is also from the Hero Arts set called Found Joy.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cottage Cutz - Eiffel Tower, Lamp and Poodle

The background striped paper is from a local store and is very thin, almost like tissue paper.  The vertical dies are MFT Fishtail Flags cut using Creative Memories paper.

The sentiment is Gina K Designs Enjoy the Sunshine also die cut with MFT Fishtail Flags.  The grey card stock die is from Cottage Cutz Eiffel Tower, Lamp and Poodle.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kaszazz - Beach Chairs Large

Going through my leftover paper stash I found this interesting background which was begging to be used.  No idea what the manufacturer's name is but I think I have had it for quite some time.

I teamed the paper up with the simple Kaszazz Beach Chairs Large image stamped in Archival Sepia and matted it on brown and yellow cardstock.  The image is from the Gina K Designs set called Lovely Labels 2 and it was punched out using one of the Stampin Up Ovals.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Peachy Keen - cute teddy

This Peachy Keen teddy is from the set PKSC - 13 January 2013 and was coloured in using Distress Stains and a paint brush.  The cheeks were finished off with Pebbles Inc Ikan'dee Pearlescent Chalks applied with a small stencil brush.

All the cardstock used was scraps from my stash.  The circles are cut from a Go Kreate Circle die, the pocket was hand cut using a Cottage Cutz die as a template and the blue cardstock on which the sentiment is stamped is a Marianne D die called Circles CR1201.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set Find Joy and was stamped with Archival Sepia ink.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tim Holtz - Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry

A bit more of a dappled background using left over watercolour paints with the Tim Holtz / Stamper's Anonymous Urban Tapestry set.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Say it All with the border punch on the left hand side being Martha Stewart's Chequered Square.

With me easing into retirement I thought I would have a lot more time to create - I am still making cards and projects in the evenings but am tending to spend more time learning to draw and paint in all different mediums.  To take the pressure off of me I will start posting twice a week in future.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Stampers Anonymous - Road Trip

Using another leftover watercolour background I die cut it out with Go Kreate Ovals.

The image is from the Tim Holtz / Stamper's Anonymous set Road Trip.  The sentiment, die cut with Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles is another Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous set called Good Thoughts.  The background paper is from a pad by DCWV called Stack 7.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Peachy Keen - PKSC 13 January 2013

This cute bear is from the Peachy Keen set PKSC - 13 January 2013.  He was coloured with Distress inks and a paint brush.  The sentiment is Kaszazz Lucy's Stamps Happy Birthday, the background paper is from Creative Memories and I cannot for the life of me remember where the embossing folder is from.  In fact, I can't even find it.  It will appear one day, together with all the other items I have misplaced over the years !

Monday, May 13, 2013

Stamper's Anonymous - Urban Tapestry

Whilst finishing off a watercolour painting the other day I decided not to waste some already mixed colours.  I did a few background washes which I thought might go well with solid stamps such as this Urban Tapestry set by Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous.

The sentiment is Kaszazz Lucy's Stamps - Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles

Often when I stamp I do a couple of images and pop the unused ones into a 'toppers' container on my craft desk.  Lately I have noted down the name of the stamp used on the back of them but not this one.  I do think it might have been from a Hero Arts set.

The Spellbinders die behind the image is Resplendent Rectangles. The sentiment is Gina K Enjoy the Sunshine which was die cut using MFT Fishtail Flags.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stampin Up - Asian Artistry

Apologies for being awol for the latter part of last week but I forgot to take photographs and my week days were pretty hectic.

Today's card is a simple one using a Washi paper background.  The Stampin Up image from the set Asian Artistry was left uncoloured and was stamped onto a background on which I used a couple of different brands of spray mists, hence the pools of colour behnd the image.  My bottles had not been used for quite a while and were a bit clogged up !

The image was die cut with Spellbinders Deckled Edged Rectangles.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Easter card

For this small card I used Creative Memories background paper, Spellbinders circle and Petite Scalloped circle to frame the image.  I have had this image for ages in my box of uncompleted projects and although it is probably a Stampin Up stamp I am afraid I am unable to find out which set it comes from.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Art Impressions - Chatting Whoots

Looking at this card it does seem a little on the bright side but I had experimented with water colours and bubble wrap on water colour paper and I did not want to waste my efforts.

Starting from the bottom up - 2 x Spellbinders Curved Rectangles in a brown card stock and a biscuit colour elephant dung paper.  Next up is My Favourite Things Fishtail Stax in a brown patterned paper from my stash.  The oval is from Go Kreate, the Art Impressions Chatting Whoots were coloured in with aqua pencil crayons and a blender pen and they are on a branch cut from a Cottage Cutz die called Owl.  The sentiment is Hero Arts You Hoo die cut with a Sizzix Oval.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tim Holtz - Artful Muse / Old Jalopy

Another small card this time using a Tim Holtz embossing folder in a Spellbinders Circle trimmed down.  the background paper is from Creative Memories, the sentiment is from the PKSC - 04 April 2012 set die cut with Sizzix ovals.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Stamposaurus - Lazy Ellie Large

Since taking art lessons I am finding I would rather use Distress Stains, water and a paint brush to colour images in than the usual markers.  This sweet Stamposaurus Lazy Ellie image took me a while to paint but it was fun to do.

The image was trimmed and I used a corner rounder to complete it.  The sentiment and die are both Hero Arts - Everyday Sayings and Small Tag Frame.  The background paper is from my stash.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Penny Black - Tiny Wishes

I have been clearing up my craft desk and found a number of small unfinished cards.  This one uses a Penny Black image from the set called Tiny Wishes coloured in with markers and a blender pen.

The background paper is a scrap piece from my stash.  The sentiment is Stampin Up Afterthoughts punched out using Stampin Up Wide Oval.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kaszazz - Panda Hug

This is a small card where I used a Mini Bamboo stencil from The Crafter's Workshop sponged with Distress ink.  The image is Kaszazz Panda Hug, the grass is from a Cottage Cutz die (unable to remember which one, apologies) and the sentiment is Kaszazz Lucy's Stamp Happy Birthday.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tag - Kraftin' Kimmie - Gaia

The sentiment on this Go Kreate Concentric Tag is Clear Dollar - Tag It.  The image is from Kraftin' Kimmie - Gaia and was coloured in with aqua pencil crayons and a blender pen.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Marianne D - Bird Branch Large

Recently in my art class we experimented with watercolour paints and cling film.  I did this background by painting on watercolour paper, laying cling film on top and scrunching the cling film up.  It then needs a heavy weight on it and leave for 24 hours to dry.  I die cut the background using Go Kreate Frame Wavy #1.

The Marianne D die, Bird Branch Large, was die cut in white and the sentiment - Kaszazz Lucy's stamps 2019 LM Greetings - was stamped with Aquamarker Fern Green and die cut with a Spellbinders Circle.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tag - S.W.A.L.K One of a Kind

This cute Crafter's Companion grandpa was coloured in with aqua pencil crayons and a blender pen.  The colour on the cheeks was done with chalk and a brush. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar's Birthday Wishes and the tag is Go Kreate Concentric Tags.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Art Impressions - Birthday Whoots

Starting from the bottom layer - Creative Memories Storybox Jewell, the Sizzix Tags Rounded, 2 green Marianne D Branch Forest, Art Impressions Birthday Whoots set coloured in with aqua pencil crayons and markers.  The sentiment is Clear Dollar Something to Crow About punched out with Stampin Up Word Window.