Friday, 4 August 2017

Good Luck Shaker Card

Hiya crafty friends!

I have a card to share that I made using products from Craftie Cafe:

I used Ken Oliver's Color Burst Powders (well, one in particular - Terre Verte), an Avery Elle die called Horizontal Stripes, and another die from Memory Box called Lucky Charms.

Here's a close up so you can see the Lucky Charms - all the little clover shapes I die cut from green cardstock to pop into the shaker:

You can also see the awesome effect of the Color Burst Powders - all of the Earthtone powders have little pops of other colours in them - see the red, yellow and blue in the photo above? 

I have made a little video to show you the process and you can see it on YouTube.

Thanks for dropping in today - have a lovely weekend!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Darkroom Door Stencil Blog Hop

Hi folks!

I'm excited to be part of a blog hop showcasing the new stencils from Darkroom Door. I have a couple of projects to share that I made using the Small Blossom Stencil:

First up is an art journal page I created:

It shows the Small Blossom stencil (in white crackle paste) over the blossom image from the Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set (stamped in black).

I also added some detail around the edges with the new Crackle Texture stamp, some spatters and drips with India Ink, and some doodling with a black Fude Ball pen.

Here's a close up:

 My next project is a card:

Here's how I made it:

1 Stamp the new Gazette Texture stamp onto a 9 x 13.8 cm piece of white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink.

2 Mix some Prima White Crackle Texture Paste with Distress Evergreen Bough reinker and apply this through the Small Blossom stencil with a palette knife. Allow to dry - you will see it begin to crack as it dries.

3 Stamp randomly around the edges with the new Crackle Texture stamp using Archival Aquamarine ink. Mix a little Evergreen Bough reinker with water and spatter and drip this over the piece.

4 When this is dry, sponge some Evergreen Bough ink around the edges.

5 Stamp the round tag from the Tags Rubber Stamp Set using Aquamarine ink, then stamp the words from the Orchids Rubber Stamp Set over it using black ink. Punch a hole in the top and tie it to the card front using twine.

6 Mount this onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of black cardstock, then onto a folded white card. Stamp the Weathered Stripes Background stamp onto white card using black in, and tuck a little scrap of this to the right of the card front. Apply tiny dots of Stickles around the blossom for extra sparkle.

Now it's time for a giveaway!

Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment. Five lucky winners will will receive 3 stencils of their choice! Winners will be drawn from comments left across all the blogs, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win! Comments received before midnight Friday 4th August are eligible to be in the draw. Winners will be announced Monday 7th August on the Darkroom Door blog and Facebook page.

Hop along to the other blogs here:
Darkroom Door:
Belinda Spencer:
Autumn Clark:
Godelieve Tijskens:
Anneke De Clerck:
Robyn Wood:

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Happy Graduation Card using Taylored Expressions and Lawn Fawn

Howdy folks!

I have a couple of graduation cards to share that I made using products from Craftie Cafe:

I just LOVE that background stamp - it's called Dizzy Dots and it's by Taylored Expressions.

I made a video showing the process, and it can be viewed on YouTube.

Here's a close up of the stylized rosette I created:

I have listed the products available from Craftie Cafe I used below for handy reference. Hooray - they all come with free shipping! 

Thanks for looking!

Taylored Expressions Stamps - Dizzy Dots Background - TEBB18

Lawn Fawn - Clear Stamps - Happy Happy Happy LF1334

Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts Dies - Happy Happy Happy LF1335


Friday, 7 July 2017

A wedding card using Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn

Hi folks! I'm back with another wedding card using products from Craftie Cafe:

I have made this card for a wedding, but it could easily be modified as a congratulations card for any other occasion. It would also be easy to customise the colour scheme - simply change the colours of Distress Oxide ink.

I have made a video of the process, and it can be found on You Tube.

Check out all of that lovely dimension:

Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to watch the video here. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Craftie Cafe Products:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wedding card with MFT stamps

Hi folks!

The Craftie Cafe team are featuring Wedding and congratulations cards this month. Using some really cute My Favorite Things stamps and dies, I created this wedding card:

 Here's the stamp set and matching dies:

I often deliberate about buying the matching dies - some images are pretty easy to cut out with scissors, but when they're even slightly complicated, I always add the matching dies to my cart.

Here's how the card came together:

Step 1
I stamped a couple of the dog images from the Top Dog stamp set using a waterproof ink onto some mixed media cardstock. I have some Distress Inks and a waterbrush ready to go.

Step 2
I like to work small areas at a time, wetting it lightly with my waterbrush, then adding small amounts of colour at a time and allowing it to spread in the water. I used Pumice Stone ink for the dog bodies, Tattered Rose to add some colour to the cheeks, Festive Berries for the hearts and Lucky Clover for the bow and scarf. When these were dry I cut the shapes out using the corresponding dies. I just cut the hearts by hand with scissors.

Step 3
I created a background using Broken China ink - smooshing the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water then smooshing it onto some watercolour paper. I repeated the process to add some variation and depth to the colour. I trimmed an 8 x 12cm piece for the background of the card, then used this edge piece with some scanty Broken China to stamp and die cut some clouds.

Step 4
One of the things I remember most about my wedding is all the photos that were taken. I thought it would be fun to add a polaroid frame to my card, so I cut a rectangle from white cardstock, then cut a window out of it with a square die:

Once I had most of my pieces stamped, die cut and ready to roll, I added some foam mounting tape to the back and assembled everything onto the background piece:

Step 6
Of course, there's too many elements to have them all fit into the polaroid frame, so I find it fun to have some components overlapping and overhanging the edge of the borders. Here's one of the dogs with its front paws sitting over the frame, and its behind protruding beyond the background piece:

Step 7
The bottom of the polaroid frame gave me some room for a sentiment so I used the Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words stamp and die set  to create the 'congrats' sentiment:

If you look really closely, you can see that I have had to label my Big Scripty Words dies because I was having trouble identifying them. I did this with a permanent marker - now I have no trouble choosing the correct long as I can find my glasses LOL.

Here's the card again, and a list of all the supplies I used:

Craftie Cafe Supplies:
My Favorite Things Top Dog stamp set
My Favorite Things Top Dog die set
Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words stamp set
Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words die set
Foam Mounting Tape

Other Supplies:
Archival Ink: Watering Can
Distress Ink:  Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Festive Berries, Lucky Clover, Broken China
Mixed Media cardstock
Watercolour cardstock

 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Christmas Placecards with Chameleon Pens

Hi there crafty people! I have another project to share that I made using products from Craftie Cafe - a set of placecards:

Placecards are a nice touch for a celebratory/formal dinner,  and it's nice when the guests take their placecard home with them when they leave as a little memento of the evening.

I used Chameleon Pens to colour the names stamped with Lawn Fawn's Quin's ABC stamp set. I haven't used the Chameleon Pens in the traditional way - I have used the colourless blender to pick some colour up and apply it - much like a watercolour brush. 

Here's a close up :

Silver tinsel trim and some diamentes finish each placecard off.

I made a short video of the process and you can see that here on YouTube.

The list of products available from Craftie Cafe (and well worth checking out as most of these come with free postage!):

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Vintage Paris Postcard Stamp

Hi folks! I have a couple of cards to share that I made using a new stamp from Darkroom Door - the Paris Postcard Eclectic Stamp.

I went for a vintage look with this card, and I threw in some modern elements:

I stamped the mini postcard twice and cut it out, adding to the mixed media background under some twine and a few wooden chevrons. The Distress Oxide ink was so much fun to play with!

For this second card, I used the postcard image to create a background:

I stamped it with Distress Oxide ink then added some water and watched some magic happen. The feather is reminiscent of olden days and ink and quills, and adds to the vintage effect.

For a full materials list and step by step instructions on how these came together, visit the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for dropping in today!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Stamped Background made with Little Stamps

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing a card and wrapping paper set I made using all those little stamps that come in sets that I never know what to do with:

The stamps are from Craftie Cafe - Waffle Flower Wild and Free and Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy.

Here's a close up:

It was so much fun working out which colour ink would go where. I have made a video to show some of the process - pop over to YouTube and watch it if you like.

Thanks for dropping in!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mini Mason Jar Stamp from Darkroom Door

Hi folks!

I have some cards I made using Darkroom Door's Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp:

Here's a shaker card:

You can see this one shaking and moving on a little video I posted on Instagram.

This is a little tag I made with a beachy theme:

and this last one is a collection of jars filled with good stuff:

Instructions on how I made these cards as well as a full materials list can be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Bicycle cards with Darkroom Door

Hi crafty peeps!

I have a couple of happy carefree cards to show you I made with Darkroom Door's new Step-through Bicycle Eclectic stamp:  

This stamp matches with the other bikes in the Enjoy the Ride stamp set:

Here are my cards:

For all the details on how I put them together as well as a list of all the bits and pieces I used, please pop over to the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!