Friday, October 30, 2015

Spooky Halloween Greetings card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Today I am sharing the Halloween card that I made for my daughter.  I had so much fun making this card and enjoyed making the scene come together.

This is also my entry for the following Challenges (click on the underlined words to take you to their blogs):

Papertake Weekly - Take your Pick - the last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them. There’s a sketch, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from. I chose the colour theme which is Halloween Hues ie:  blacks, oranges, purples, greys etc.

Little Red Wagon - Challenge #313 - Ghosts and Goblins or other Halloween creatures.

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use It WT555 - Use brushwork on your card - anything from painting to adding various mediums to dry-brushing.  I dry-brushed white pigment ink on the black elements on my card.

Diecutting Divas Weekly Challenge #239 - Happy Halloween - All projects must have at least one diecut on them to qualify.  I have LOTS as you can see :-)

I did a prototype using diecut white cardstock so I knew exactly where to place my diecut pieces which was a big help and saved alot of frustration - and it made the card come together alot quicker too.  I am perilously low on black cardstock so I couldn't afford to make any mistakes on the actual card itself!

First of all, I made the sky using Ranger watercolour cardstock and Distress Inks.  I diecut a circle from stamping mask paper and placed it on the cardstock so I could mask where I wanted the moon to be.  I then coloured the cardstock using my round ink blending tool with the following Distress Inks:  Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky and Hickory Smoke.  I removed the mask and coloured the moon a little with Dried Marigold and shaded it a little with Hickory Smoke.  I added two layers with my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush over the moon to give it some subtle sparkle.

The house, pumpkin and gravestones and bats are a die by Impression Obsession - Halloween Hill - but I cut off the tree next to the pumpkin and didn't use the far RHS of the diecut (as it didn't fit into the scene but saved it for later on).  The front hill was diecut using another Impression Obsession die - Hill Landscape Layers (which comes as a set of 3) - which I bought from an Australian online store a few days ago.  I don't know about you, but I can't handcut a curvy hill that looks nice so these dies will save me alot of angst!

The gravestones and cat are leftovers from the far RHS of the back hill plus I diecut another scene and cut off a couple of gravestones and tucked them all in behind the diecut hill.

I used a small flat brush dipped very lightly into some white pigment ink to add a bit of whiteness to the tops of all the black diecuts (except for the Orchard Tree frame) so it would look like the moon is reflecting off them and to add a bit more spookiness.  It also adds a bit of depth to the whole scene plus makes the images stand out a bit more.  Here is a close-up so you can see the detail a bit better:

The ghosts were diecut using a Memory Box - Ghastly Ghosts die set - and I added some clear Wink of Stella to them for some sparkle.

The black tree frame is also by Memory Box - Orchard Tree Frame - which I diecut 3 times and glued together using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  Originally I had thought about diecutting one and adding dimensionals behind the frame to 'pop' it up but thought that that would be way too fiddly - so gluing 3 frames together was far easier and alot quicker.  Because the Tombow glue doesn't dry immediately, you have a bit of time to move the parts of the diecut around so that they line up perfectly.  I glued the frame to the scene using the same glue.

I used some cobweb (which I bought from my local supermarket from their Halloween stock) to make some fog/mist over the moon and on the bottom diecuts.  It's awful stuff to work with as it catches on everything but I really love how it looks on my card.  I added very tiny dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue here and there to attach it as this glue dries perfectly clear.

The designer paper has been in my stash forever and is called Spellbound by Making Memories.  I used the Orchard Tree Frame to diecut the paper but used the negative of the diecut.  I used a Lifestyle Nesting Card Template die (rectangle) to cut the paper negative to the size I wanted then just glued that in around the black Orchard Tree diecut frame.  It was great because it just slotted in around the black diecut tree on my black cardstock base.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set - Happy Halloween - and was stamped in Versamark Watermark ink and heat-embossed using Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  I trimmed the sentiment panel down then cut a flag end on the RHS.  I added a black rhinestone then popped the panel up on 1mm dimensionals.

Lastly, I tied on some Halloween twine. 

I am not sure how many kids will be out trick-or-treating tomorrow evening as it is the Melbourne Cup long weekend here in Victoria and alot of people go away over the four days - plus the weather forecast is looking very wet and stormy. It was great last year seeing the little kids in our street dressed up in cute little costumes and having some fun.  We never do anything really scary - it's all very low-key compared to the USA. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments you care to leave - they are always very much appreciated!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Hero Arts Happy Halloween clear set CL353

Ink:  Versamark Watermark, Versacolor white pigment, Ranger Distress Inks - Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Stormy Sky, Seedless Preserves, Hickory Smoke

Designer Paper:  Making Memories Spellbound 12" x 12" (2008) - retired

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Card Templates (rectangles) DC0431 and Nesting Circles LCC001, Impression Obsession Halloween Hill DIE029-P and Hill Landscape Layers DIE343-T, Memory Box Orchard Frame 98300 and Ghastly Ghosts 98701

Accessories:  Small flat paintbrush, Big Shot, Kuretake Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, 1mm dimensionals, Kaisercraft rhinestone - Black SB777, Stampin' Up white embossing powder, heat-gun, embossing buddy, cobweb (Woolworths supermarket), Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper, Ranger round ink blending tool, Ranger watercolor cardstock, black and white cardstock, Halloween twine by Divine Twine

Friday, October 2, 2015

Clean and Simple Wedding Card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

It feels good to be able to play in my Craft Room a bit more - and today I am sharing a Wedding Card:

This is also my entry for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Take your pick - the last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them.  There’s a sketch, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from. I chose the Technique Theme which is:   Embossing either heat, dry or simply embossing a die or using an embossing folder.  I used heat embossing and dry embossing on my card.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes - they are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products this week but you don’t have to use them to join in, however, if you have some, they would love to see them used.  I didn't use those products.

Splitcoaststampers - Clean and Simple CAS310 Challenge - Love is in the Air - which is from February but there are no time limits to play SCS Challenges.

Anyway, on to my card........

I love to use embossing folders to make wedding cards and used one of my all-time favourite folders by Craft Concepts - Budding Vine.  So pretty, don't you think?!  Once I worked out whereabouts on the card I was going to put my cord, I made two pencil lines about 1/2" apart so that I knew exactly where to do the dry embossing, then used my Martha Stewart Score Board to score a line right underneath and above the dry embossing.  I really love how the score line just "finishes" the dry embossing edge.

I used a Corner Chomper on the 1/2" setting to round the bottom corners then tied on the silver cord which came from my local supermarket last Christmas.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying and added a dot of Super Glue to the knot to stop the cord from coming undone.  I attached the dry embossed panel to a top-opening white cardstock base by using lots of doublesided tape and a bit of Tombow Mono Multi glue (less surface area from the dry embossing = need more adhesive!) then trimmed the bottom and side edges to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I  rounded the bottom corners using the same 1/2" setting on the Corner Chomper. 

The sentiment panel was diecut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals die (I used the 2nd largest die).  The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set - Sending and Wishing and was stamped with my MISTI using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set using Ranger Silver Superfine embossing powder.  I attached the sentiment panel using dimensionals.

Lastly, I punched a heart from pink glitter cardstock using a Carl CP-1 Heart punch.  Initially, I had punched a red glitter cardstock heart but decided to go for a softer look by using the pink instead. 

Finished size is 5 inches x 5 inches or 127mm x 127mm.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing SSS101475 clear set

Ink:  Versamark Watermark

Designer Paper:  None

Dies:  Spellbinder Floral Oval Nestabilities S4-356

Accessories:  Big Shot, MISTI, Martha Stewart Score Board, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, silver cord - Woolworths Christmas Collection, Fray Stop, We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper, Super glue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, dimensionals, Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder SFJ18292, heat-gun, cardstock - white, pale pink glitter

Punches:  Carl CP-1 Heart

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birthday card for my Mum

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Thanks for your 'Get Well' wishes from my last post - I really appreciated them and they certainly cheered me up no end!
Today I am sharing a card I made for my Mum's birthday.  This is also my entry for the following challenges:  

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - September Challenge - where the challenge is to encourage you to use up your stash of patterned paper.  The challenge is also open worldwide which is really cool!

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it WT533 - Favourite Tools - mine are my Big Shot, Dies, Perfect Layers Tools, Lace Doily edge punch and embossing folders.

This was one of those times where everything for my card came together very quickly and easily: just love it when that happens :-)

Every layer on the card is patterned paper - no cardstock other than once I had finished the card front, I attached it to a white cardstock base - and all the papers are by Basic Grey - Kissing Booth - which I bought back in 2011.  The image is a 3D sticker by K and Co. which I have had for quite a few years and had completely forgotten about it till I was rummaging around in my stash looking for something floral.  I diecut a circle from cream designer paper and ran it through my Big Shot using my Jamara embossing folder then popped the sticker on the paper but added a bit of Tombow Mono Multi glue to the back of the sticker to make sure that it would stick really well to the embossed paper.

The pale pink paper on the bottom panel was also embossed with the Jamara folder and the dark pink paper was punched using a Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge punch.

The pale pink seam binding was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

The sentiment is from a clear set by Impression Obsession - Sentiments 1 - and was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some of the pink designer paper.  I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinder Labels Trio die and added some Couture Creations pink gemstones to each end.

All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools

The K and Co. sticker came with tiny pink gemstones already added to the flowers plus both the butterfly and flowers were already glittered (not that you can see the glitter in my photo but it is there!).  Here is a close-up so you can see the dimension on the image:

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Basic Grey Kissing Booth (2011) 12" x 12"

Dies:  Spellbinder Labels Trio Shapeabilities S3-147, Lifestyle Nesting Circles L-CC-001, Lifestyle Nesting Scallop Circles L-CC-005

Accessories:  Pale pink seam binding, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Cuttlebug Jamara 5" x 7" embossing folder, Big Shot, Couture Creations self-adhesive pink gemstones, K and Co. Tim Coffey Foliage Grand Adhesions dimensional stickers, Perfect Layers Tools, dimensionals, doublesided tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, white card base

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily Edge

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wellington Bear Father's Day card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

I am still not very well and suffering alot of pain which is quite debilitating (hence my lack of blogging) but I did manage to make a Father's Day card for my husband who is an awesome Dad to our daughter.  We celebrate Father's Day on the 1st Sunday in September here in Australia.

This is also my entry for the Papertake Weekly Challenge of Anything Goes. The Challenge also has the optional extra of recycle/upcycle (which I didn't do).

I love Wellington Bear for making masculine cards - and although this range by Docrafts has been out for quite some time, it is still readily available if you do a search online.  I bought numerous Wellington Bear Decoupage Packs at the (Australian) Picture to Page Scrapbook Show late last year so I have a nice little stash ready for all the masculine cards that I need to make.

Please note that I can longer recommend suppliers other than Australian ones.  I often get emails asking where to buy a particular product in the USA but as I rarely buy from the USA, I cannot be sure of a company's customer service, communication or reliability.  The same goes for UK companies.  Near the top of my blog, I have added a page:  Where I buy my Craft Supplies which lists Australian Stores that I use frequently and love - and can therefore recommend based on personal experience.

Anyway, onto my card:

The Wellington Bear image already came diecut so it was super-easy to pop out the pieces and layer the pieces together using dimensionals.  The designer paper is an old one by Kaisercraft - Reminiscing - which I picked up at my local Kaisercraft Clearance store.  I used both sides of the paper.

The side panel was punched using an EK Success Open Scallop border punch and popped up on dimensionals to accommodate the Jute Ribbon which is quite thick.  I bought the ribbon from KMart in their scrapbooking section and added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

I added Glossy Accents to Wellington's glasses which looks really cool in real life - but it is hard to see in the photo:

I added 3 x brown brads from my stash to the bottom right-hand side.  The sentiment is also from the same decoupage pack and was popped up on dimensionals.

The chocolate brown and dark teal cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools; the kraft cardstock layer was trimmed to 1/16".   The corners were rounded using my Stampin' Up corner punch.

Here is a photo so you can see a bit more of the dimension:

As well as the Papertake Weekly Challenge, I am entering my card into the Splitcoaststampers Free for All Friday Challenge F4A275 of Honor Thy Father from the 29th May which was for cards for Father's Day due to the USA celebrating Father's Day in June.  Thankfully, there are no time limits to play SCS Challenges.

I think you could use this Wellington Bear image for many occasions for a guy - not just Father's Day.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Hopefully, I will post again soon!  I know I am uber-keen to get back into my Craft Room on a regular basis as I am really missing it.  


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Kaisercraft Reminiscing P203 - Hold Dear (both sides) - retired

Dies:  None

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear Decoupage pack, dimensionals, Jute Ribbon - Franceville (KMart), Fray Stop, Perfect Layers Tools, brown brads (stash), Glossy Accents, doublesided tape, cardstock - kraft, dark teal, chocolate brown

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner, EK Success Open Scallop border

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I'm an Honourable Gnome!

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

I just read over at the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog that I received an 'Honourable Gnome' award for my card from my last post - my daughter's birthday card using Lawn Fawn stamps - so that was a lovely surprise and really cheered me up.  Yay!  Thanks Lawn Fawn!

I am very unwell again with the same illness - and sicker than I was a month ago - which is incredibly frustrating because I haven't been able to do much - but I count myself very lucky because I have a very supportive husband and daughter.  My husband has been taking time off work to pick up my daughter from school this week which he is doing right now as I write this post.  I really just have to bide my time to get better and get plenty of rest.  Hopefully, I should be back on deck soon!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lawn Fawn Hippo Birdie to You Birthday Card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Sorry for my long absence:  one way or another life got in the way and I've been very unwell of late but things are starting to settle down now so hopefully, I should be able to post more often and get back on-track to visit your blogs. 

And today, I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my beautiful daughter to celebrate her 12th birthday using some very cute Lawn Fawn stamps

This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Lawnscaping Challenge #109 of Sparkle and Shine - anything that sparkles or shines eg: sequins, glossy accents, glitter, Wink of Stella glitter pens, bling etc.

Crafty Catz Challenge #286 of Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #380 of We Love Cake - any cards or projects that include cake 

First of all, I made the background using Ranger Distress Inks.  I smooshed Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks onto my Craft Mat then sprayed them with water.  I lay my piece of Ranger Distress Watercolour Cardstock into the colours and but made sure that I had the green colour along the bottom so it kind-of looked like grass where I would be placing my animals - and the blue and pink where the sky would be.  I dried the cardstock off with my heat-gun then used an old toothbrush to splatter almost full-strength Picked Raspberry and Tumbled Glass over my panel.  I did drip some clean water over the panel to create water spots (like Kristina Werner loves to do) but they are largely hidden by the splatters. Oh well!

The hippo, bird on his back, bird's party hat and balloon are all from the Lawn Fawn Year Four set - and the 2 birds on the ground, presents and the cake that the bird is holding are from the recently released Lawn Fawn Party Animal set.  I stamped them using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock and coloured them using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils plus the same Distress Inks I used for my background.  I fussy-cut the hippo + birdie etc. because I had layered/stamped the images together and diecut the presents and birds on the ground using the matching Party Animals dies.

All the animals are up on dimensionals and I added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to the balloon, pink icing and candle-flame on the cake, the party hats and the ribbons on the presents. 

I must admit to being very taken with Lawn Fawn stamps:  the critters are particularly adorable and I love how you can mix and match sets so easily.

Here is a close-up of those cute-as-a-button images:

I cut the sentiment from the Year Four set in half so I could have 2 lines which I think balances the card nicely.  Lastly, I added blue and pink iridescent star sequins and clear iridescent round sequins here and there using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  I buy most of my sequins from $2 shops here in Australia:  most of them have a stand with a really good range of shapes and colours and they don't cost very much.  Riot Art and Craft also stocks a good range of colours as does Spotlight but are a bit more expensive.

The Happy Birthday designer paper is an old one from my stash - the back side of the Jillibean Soup - Spotted Owl Soup.  All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Party Animal and Year 4 clear sets

Dies:  Lawn Fawn Party Animal

Inks:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters

Designer Paper:  Happy Birthday script from Jillibean Soup - Spotted Owl Soup

Accessories:  Big Shot, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, dimensionals, Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, Craft Mat, heat-gun, curved blade paper-tole scissors, old toothbrush, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, blue and pink star iridescent sequins, clear round iridescent sequins, cardstock - rose pink + light blue + Ranger Distress Watercolour

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Penny Black Garden Friends Easter card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Happy Easter!   Here in Victoria, we are already half way through the 1st term school holidays and I am loving having my daughter at home.  We have had quite a busy time with a few medical appointments but next week, we have none so we can relax a little.  Yesterday, we saw the Shaun the Sheep movie which was brilliant and I highly recommend it!  My husband and I will also be celebrating our 26th Wedding Anniversary in a couple of days - which reminds me that I need to make him a card! 

Today I am sharing the Easter card that I made yesterday for my daughter.  This is also my entry for the 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #240 of Easter.  You can find more details on the Challenge HERE

The bunny image is from a Penny Black clear set - Garden Friends - which has alot of adorable images.  I stamped the bunny using my MISTI onto Ranger Watercolour cardstock with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink - and had to re-stamp because it didn't stamp cleanly the first time which is so easy with the MISTI.  That's one of the (many) things I really love about the MISTI as you CAN re-stamp in exactly the same spot.  I coloured the image using Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils and a paintbrush.  I chalked around the image using Kaisercraft blue chalk.

I added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to all the flowers, the butterflies and the bunny's cheeks.  I used an EK Success Arrows border punch to add tiny little hearts from matching cardstock around the bunny (they are the leftover punchies that look like tiny hearts).   They also got the glitter treatment :-)  The circles and scalloped circles are Lifestyle dies.

The papers are from the Tatty Teddy 'Me to You' range - Spring Chic - which I picked up from a Craft Show last October.  I adore the colours in this pad - so pretty.

The side panel was punched using a Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge punch.  The silver-edged mauve ribbon is from my stash and I think it originally came from Spotlight a couple of years ago.  As always, I added some Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  All the layers were trimmed using my Perfect Layers Tools.

Here is a close-up:

The sentiment panel was made up using sentiments from an Impression Obsession clear set WP-16 - Sentiments 1 - which has tons of sentiments that you can mix and match for pretty much any occasion.  I have had this set for a really long time and it is still available - you can see it HERE at the Impression Obsession website.  I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinders Shapeabilities Labels Trio die then added some tiny pink rhinestones to each end.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Hopefully, I should be back in a few days with my husband's Wedding Anniversary card.  Thanks goodness he doesn't mind cute and cuddly images which makes the process alot easier and far more enjoyable :-)


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Garden Friends clear set 30-021, Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  Tatty Teddy 'Me to You' Spring Chic 6" x 6" paper pack

Dies:  Spellbinder Shapeabilities Labels Trio S3-147, Lifestyle Nesting Circles + Nesting Scalloped Circles 

Accessories:  MISTI, Big Shot, Perfect Layers Tools, silver-edged mauve ribbon, Fray Stop, Kaisercraft pink rhinestones, Ranger Distress Watercolor cardstock,  Faber-Castell + Lyra Watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, cardstock - light teal + mauve + magenta, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Kaisercraft blue chalk

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge, EK Success Arrows border

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