Monday, 11 May 2015

Cool Bubbles

I still have the child in me that loves bubbles and fun, so I couldn't resist blowing coloured bubbles using the technique I spotted on the Scrap RDV blog (and here and here) this week.

For my first card I have used just the blue.


Once I die cut circles, I stamped in the negative space, and added dots of liquid pearls, and glossy accents to the sentiment.

Will enter this to :



I knew that Less is More had a water challenge, but I forgot that it was a one layer challenge! Lucky I have made quite few sheets, so will go back to the drawing board for that one.






Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sunshine flower

I have had such a busy 2 weeks that I have almost no time to make it into my studio. I have been moving my MIL from her apartment to a new retirement complex where there is the support she needs, and companionship and community. She has both Parkinsons (the freezing kind - she has difficulty swallowing, walking and using her right side) and Osteoporosis (her spine is collapsing). As my mother says, "You need courage to grow old".

So I was happy to make it into my studio this afternoon ... even if it meant that I was missing the tennis semi-final between Nadal and Berdych!


I was inspired by the Fusion challenge (both the sketch and photo)


I will also enter this to the Just us Girls : Embossing Challenge


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Wonderful Card Scramble

I love to play in the Hero Arts Flickr Group card scrambles, but the last few have been after midnight my time. So I was delighted that Kanan's scramble started at the very reasonable 9:00pm for me. She gave us 3 cards to draw our inspiration. They were all so lovely I wanted to do them all.

Started with butterflies (who doesn't love butterflies!) and incorporated elements of her 2nd and 3rd cards.


Here are Kanan's 2nd and 3rd card inspirations.
  

When I saw her first card, I just knew what I wanted to do. Fill the background with words for my eldest daughter - whose birthday is on Monday.  This is how far I got, when the deadline was approaching ... and still had to photograph it and post it up.


But I knew I needed some bling to make it pop ... so added a few more hearts and some gems. Here's the final card.


Kanan's first card inspiration


I will enter my second card to the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies : Anything Goes Challenge.



Friday, 1 May 2015

Lots of Sprinkles ...

Since I coloured Sabrina, I have so many have asked for my card. But they couldn't have it because I'd made it for my daughter's birthday!

Now that I have the MISTI, I thought I'd do a series and change up the colours. I had been waiting for someone to bring me some Copic blender refill as I can't find anyone who will ship to Mauritius. If anyone knows who ships Copic supplies internationally, I would be so grateful. I still have big holes in my colour range, which has been highlighted since I bought Sandy Allnock's Hex Chart. This is just what I have needed - it is so helpful.

I started with the same colour dress, but decided to go for a lighter coloured hair. (Made a couple of these as pink is such a girly colour!)


 I love turquoise, so that was my next choice (and I had the right Copics for it!). Changed the sentiment - but it still matches the image. It's amazing how the PP changes the look too. When I see my cards on the screen, I get a better perspective ... and I think I should have added a tiny border of pink between the white and PP. O well, live and learn.


Going for a more true blue on the last one.



PS. The sentiments are from Penny Black.



CCC April 2015


It's May 1st - it's the reveal of my card that I sent off for the April CCC. This month it went off to Germany. I love that our cards fly across the globe in all directions.


I went with all the themes ... colour, sketch (I flipped it upside down), products (dies) and theme (friendship)





Pretty Flowers

Playing with more dies and patterned paper, and using the MISTI to line up the background stamp.





Thursday, 30 April 2015

Flowers that Bloom

I'm trying to use my dies and patterned paper more as it doesn't come naturally - I'm a real stamper at heart and by years of experience.



An entry for ...

... ColourQ Challenge















... Freshly Made Sketch Challenge















... and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Anything Goes

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Marvellous Misti

I've always battled to line up these layered stamps, and am so delighted with the results using the Misti. I wasn't even being extra careful as I was doing a super-quick demo to a friend. The one on the right is absolutely perfect, the one on the left just a touch out. But I'm happy!


I'll enter it to ...





Saturday, 25 April 2015

Spring tag

A little time to play tonight with watercolours, dies, stamps ....


Inspired by these challenges ...







Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Birthday Balloon

I seem to be getting the hang of these die cuts now ... another one that has been in my stash for a couple of months that I'm finally getting to use.


After distressing my balloon in blues to create the ombre effect, I gave a good spritz of Perfect Pearls to give a lovely shimmer like a metallic balloon.






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