Enjoy Wildflowers

Sunday, 19 July 2015

A card I did using only dies. Feels like it has been awhile since I have done an all die card. These flowers are from the Frantic Stamper Mix N Match set, and these are called Wildflowers. I made the frame using Spellbinders Card Creator and attached it on foam strips. The flowers are doubled up and styled for depth. I coloured them with Chameleon Markers. A few birdies, just 'cause and the Enjoy sentiment from Cheery Lynn. The shrubs are from Dee's Distinctively and the embossing folder is Ecstasy Crafts Leaves. Thanks for looking.

Anenome Hello

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

 My card, Anemone Hello, for the colour challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. The recipe and how I did the card is below - hope you like it. I was the Colour Challenge Favourite at Splitcoaststampers for this card. Always such a treat to be honoured.
This is my recipe for Anemone Hello. The colours for the challenge included plum, but I am not at all fond of plum at this time of year, so I used violet instead. I will save the plum for the fall. I coloured only the flower of the stamp and spritzed with water. I stamped around the card and for some of the flowers I also stamped off, until I was happy with the look. I added the green ink to my acrylic block and with a wet paint brush I added the green, and did the same with the blue - which is in the flower centre's. I then added my all time favorite embellishment, sequins in the blue and also some of the mini cupped ones and a gem on the "h" of the hello sentiment. The sentiment is Simon Says which I cut in black card stock, and the border cut on the card is done with the larger of the Die-Namics Bracket Edge.

This is the colour chart from the challenge today. Stampin Up colours are used for the challenge, but you can use what you have that matches the colours. I do not use Stampin' Up products. For my ink I use either Marvy/Memento Markers or Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I use eyeliner sponges to sponge on colours - I get them at the Dollar Stores, and for larger areas I use the make up edges, which I also get at the Dollar Store. I like to have sponges that feel comfortable in my hands and I find these work beautifully. I also buy my paint brushes at the Dollar Stores. I have a tendency to forget that I have the paint brush still in the water .... needless to say, they do not last long that way. I suppose if I were Picaso I would use good brushes ... I am never going to be Picaso!! In order to match my colours to the Stampin Up colours I use ColorPix - you can download it here.  ColorPix gives the you the RGB/HEX/HSB/CMYK codes, which I then match to my Tim Holtz or marker colours.

Just to Say

Saturday, 11 July 2015

My card for the Inspiration Challenge today. You can see the look of the waterfall is more pronounced than if it were just the sprays of water and by using more water it became more fluid I think. Hope you like it and thanks for having a look.
The items I used for my card. I inked the embossing folder and spritzed it with water 3 - 4 times then laid my cardstock down to pick up the pattern. I did it on the negative side this time, and the reason shows in the card. On the positive side it would only be the sprays from the waterfall, which I did not want. 

Products: Impression Obsession Hollyhocks, Couture Creations Waterfall Embossing Folder, Die-Namics Corners, Cheery Lynn Designs Just to Say.


Monday, 6 July 2015

I did this card awhile back and entered it in the Happy Little Stampers challenge which I won - so that was a kicking my heels kind of day. A long time ago I saw a Christmas card done with squares acting as presents and a Ivy die going up with a bow etc. I used that as my thought process for this but changed it to suit my idea. I stenciled doing the ombre look and added a flowery branch with additional flowers and twine at the bottom, and added my trademark sequins and a pearl to finish. Another fun card ...
Products: Lifestyle Crafts Squares, Memory Box Honeyblossom Sprig

Glass Iris

Saturday, 4 July 2015

I love this die - it is so pretty. I coloured using Chameleon Markers, then embossed with clear embossing powder to get the shine you see. I added the framing in the blue to compliment the Iris flower. Some sequins and a crystal gem along with ribbon was added. Even though this was time consuming, it was great fun. I hope you like it too.
This table is the inspiration for my Glass Iris card. At splitcoast there is a celebration - it is their 500th Inspiration Challenge and the site we had a visit to is called Green Wedding Shoes - and a fun site to look around while you are having your morning coffee. I picked this table setting for my inspiration. The colours, the stemware and the softness against the rugged all played a role in my card today. 
This is my recipe for my card, which is a stained glass iris. The metal piece is the die that makes the stained glass. It is a process, but the end results I am pleased with. I used 6 different Chameleon Markers (forgot to layout the grey) to achieve the vivid colours, and embossed the stained glass for the glass look. I used the glossy accents to glue everything together - tough as nails that glue is!
Products: Frantic Stamper Stained Glass Iris, Creative Expressions Spanish Collection Galicia.