Monday, 21 September 2015

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #148- Make It Sparkle

    Hello, today sees the start of the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and more, but first I would like to welcome the new Design Team members Ina, Maike, Jenn,Nessa and Pam to the team. I am hosting this challenge and would like to see you 'Make It Sparkle', so this means another excuse to get out those glitters, gems, pearls, mica powders or other products that add glimmer and shimmer to your work. 
    For my card, given the theme of this challenge, I decided to make a start on my Christmas cards. The image I have used is called 'The Most Adorable Snowmen' digi stamp from The Paper Shelter, which I printed out onto lightweight white card stock. I then coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, paper stumps and Gamsol. I used the White Zig Woodcraft marker to add white highlights and the Clear Wink of Stella to add shimmer to the snowmen. 
    The background was made by using Cut n Dry Foam to apply 'Weathered Wood', 'Broken China' and 'Stormy Sky' Distress Inks. I then sprayed some Pearl Perfect Pearl Spray over the top and dried with my heat tool. I then stamped some Snowflakes by Hobby Art with the 'Weathered Wood' Ink to create a frame. I painted some White Acrylic paint along the bottom of the card where I wanted my snow to be and splattered some more White paint across the whole of my background, while this was wet I covered the paint with Fine iridescent glitter. I then attached the snowmen, which I cut out, with 3D Foam to the base. I then used my finger to apply some homemade texture paste around the snowmen for the snowy ground and added some Chunky iridescent glitter. I also went over the dried texture paste with the Clear Wink of Stella to add more shimmer. 
    I finished my card by stamping some more snowflake onto Acetate with Versamark and embossing with White Detail Powder. I also added some glitter and a sequin before cutting them out. I added an organza bow and the sentiment if also from the Hobby Art Snowflake stamp set. 

    I hope you like my inspiration for this fortnights theme and please check out my fellow DT's blogs as they have made some gorgeous projects.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #147- Flower Embellishments

    Hi, today sees the start of the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Julie is hosting this challenge and she would like to see your creations with dimensional flowers, either handmade or bought, but no flower images.
  For my card I decided to make some Hibiscus flowers to go with the Craftwork Cards 'Paradise' paper collection. The Hibiscus flowers were cut form some bright pink, orange and cream card in three different sizes using the 'Floral- STL039' cutting die by Pinflair. When cut, I sprayed the card with some Pearl Mica Spray to add some shimmer and soften the paper so that I could mould it into the flower shapes, then left to dry. I edged the petals with 'Walnut Stain' Distress Ink and then glued together with hot glue. I added some pearl flower embellishments to the centres of the two largest sizes of the flowers and some Mica beads to the middle of the smallest flowers. I also added some gems on stick to the flower centres and around the floral arrangements.
    I stamped some postmarks to the ink background paper, before embossing with the 'Trellis' folder by Couture Creations and highlighted with gold gilding wax. The sentiment tag came with the paper collection and had been edged with 'Walnut Stain'. The large butterfly is a chipboard cut out, which I have heat embossed with Ranger's 'Queens Gold' powder. I finished the card with some small butterflies, which I cut out from the backing paper and added clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

    I hope you like the card I have made for this fortnight's challenge, and I hope you decide to play along. Please check out my fellow DT's blogs and check out their beautiful cards.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Try it on Tuesday Guest Design Team Spot

    Hello, today I have a card to share with you that I have made for my Guest Design Team Spot over at Try it on Tuesday.  It was a real honour to be asked to be a Guest DT for this fortnight's challenge alongside such a talented team. The theme for the challenge is 'Try Something New'.
    For my project I decided to try drawing my own image, instead of using a stamp. I sketched out my poppies first with a pencil to get the initial design that I wanted before using a black micron pen to outline the image. I decided to add some more lines and blocks of black to add a Zen-tangle style to the image. I then erased my pencil lines, then coloured my image with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils and Gamsol. I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the poppies petals and some black Micro beads to the flower centers.
    The poppy in the top left corner was a metal 'Foliage' embellishment by Tim Holtz, which I painted with white Acrylic Paint. I coloured these with the Spectrum pencils also, and added some black lines and micro beads.
    The background paper was made by embossing a sheet of black card with the Damask embossing folder by Crafts-Too. I then sponged white Acrylic paint over the surface. I had intended this to stay white but the paint lifted some of the black from the cardstock and turned a pretty shade of grey. I then gave the paper a light sanding to bring out a touch of the black underneath. I finished this layer by spritzing with some Pearl Mica Spray and edged with a black Permanent marker.
    The heart insert paper was made by applying some home made texture paste through Tim Holtz' 'Flourish' stencil. When the paste was dry I also spritzed this with some Pearl Mica Spray.
    The butterfly is a Inkadinkado stamp that I stamped with clear Versamark ink and coloured with red chalk before adding some definition with the black micron pen and some Wink of Stella.
    The heart and it's frame were cut using dies by Marianne Designs and I finished the card with some lace, gems, a handwritten sentiment and some Stickles glitter glue.

    I hope you like the way I have interpreted this theme and check out the rest of the TioT Design Team's blogs for some wonderful inspiration and I hope you join in with the challenge. Thanks for visiting.