Sunday, 28 August 2016

Bokeh

Like most card makers I have an abundance of craft supplies which don't get much use, such as my Distress Inks. I saw in a magazine recently a tutorial of Bokeh. I couldn't believe how simple this technique is! So I pulled out my neglected inks and gave it a go. To say that I was overjoyed with the results is an understatement! Its such a fun technique and a great way to add colour to any CAS background.

   

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Kaszazz Baby Elephant & various sentiments
Papers:  Watercolour paper, cardstock
Dies: Miscellaneous magazine freebie large butterfly, Dies R Us Butterflies
Distress Ink: Pink cards: Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
                     Blue/Green cards: Green Moss, Stormy Sky, Broken China
Other: Twine, sequins, rhinestones, Circle Stencil, Frost White Colorbox Chalk Ink

   

Technique:

- Press the 3 colours you are going to work with on a craft sheet and spritz with water. Spray the watercolour card and smoosh into the craft mat. Lift and rotate card to pick up different colours. When happy with it, set aside to dry.

- Place a circle stencil over the dried coloured watercolour paper and sponge white ink inside the circles. Reposition the stencil and repeat, overlapping some circles for the bokeh effect. If you do not have a circle stencil, use various sized circle dies and some plastic film to create your own stencil. Build up the strength of the circles to be slightly darker than others.

- That's it, it's that simple! Finish card as desired.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

She's a Dreamer

I love this sweet little girl Maggie, sitting on top of the world by Faery Ink. I had the perfect papers to go along with this too. I thought it would make a cute card for my daughters teacher as she is giving my child the skills she will need in life to be on top of the world!

Faery Ink Maggie's on Top of the World

Card ingredients include:

Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E21  E11  E04  R20
             Hair: YR20  YR24  E35  E37
             Dress: RV25  R46  R59  RV99, R11  R20  R22  R05
             Shoes: Y13  Y17  YR14
             World: YG01  YG03  YG25  YG17,  BG10  BG53  BG57
Papers: American Crafts 'Starshine' paper pack, cardstock
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, flowers, lace

Faery Ink Maggie's on Top of the World.

I'm playing along with:

Creative Knockouts #156: Schools In
Open-Minded Crafting Fun #8: Back to School/Reading
As You Like It: Favourite shaped card base & why? (I use a 15x15cm square base as its the easiest shape to fold, it has lots of clean line that work well with creating symetry with CAS, and when doing fully loaded cards its great to overhang lots of the papers and elements.)
C.R.A.F.T #378: Back to School
4 Crafty Chicks #313: Let's get sentimental
Cute Card Thursday #440: Words/Numbers

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Teaching touches Hearts

It's my time to host over at the Art by Miran Showcase Blog. Today I've created a card for my daughter to give to her teacher at the end of the year using Smart Samantha.


Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Art by Miran Smart Samantha, Kaszazz sentiment
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair: Y11  YR23  E35  E37
             Skirt: B93  B26  B29  B39
             Shirt/Socks: R24  R49  R89
             Shoes: C7  C9  100
Papers: Sugar & Spice 'School Days' paper pack, cardstock
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, button, twine, metallic blue embossing powder, paperclips.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sweet Wishes!

This gorgeous image was a freebie over at the Kit & Clowder FaceBook group this week and this is what I put together using these perfect matching digi papers which were also a freebie! SCORE!!!

Lili of the Valley Hello Cupcake

Card ingredients include:

Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair: C5  C9
             Top: Y11  Y19  Y38
             Skirt: RV10  RV32  RV34, RV25  R46  R59
             Hat: RV63  V15  V17
             Shoes: B000  BG53  BG57  BG78  BG99
             Flower: Y19  YR16  YR07  YR18
Dies: Spellbinders Heart Circle, Love Cardmaking Issue #11 free die set
Other: Vintage Photo Distress ink, rhinestones.


Lili of the Valley Hello Cupcake


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Be-Witching

It's my time to host over at the Art by Miran Showcase Blog. Today I've created a fun card using Hilda.

Art by Miran Hilda

Card ingredients include:

Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E21  E11  E04  
             Hair: YR14  YR18  E08  E18
             Hat: RV63  V06  V17  V09
             Cloak: BG11  BG53  BG57  BG78
             Moon: Y00  Y11  BG10  B91
             Trees: E43  E44  E47
             Sky: B32  RV04  V17  BV17  B39  B99
Papers: Gina's Gems Scraps 'Trick or Treat' digital papers, cardstock
Dies: Little B Halloween, Spellbinders Standard Circle

Art by Miran Hilda

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Be Unique!

There is a new challenge starting over at the Southern Girls Challenge Blog. Challenge #140 is everyone's favourite 'Anything Goes'. Here is my DT inspiration for you using one of our sponsors Star Stampz image 'the Ugly Duckling'.

Star Stampz image the Ugly Duckling

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Star Stampz image 'the Ugly Duckling'
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair (Lady): E07  E09  E18  E49
             Hair (Girl): YR14  YR18  E09
             Flowers/Dress (Lady): BV00  BV04  BV08
             Flowers/Lilypad: Y15  YR14, YG11  G21  G94  G99
             Dress (Girl): B60  BV31  BV000  BV02
             Swan/Cygnet: C1  C3  C5, YR18  E08
             Background: B00  B02  BG53  BG93  BG99
Dies: Kaszazz Tags 4
Papers: Kaiser Craft 'Black & White Timeless' paper pack, cardstock
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, hessian & lace, flowers, gold embossing powder, gold brads.

Star Stampz image the Ugly Duckling

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

King of the Wild!

A special guy is having a special birthday this week and this is the fun card I made for him.

Tiddly Inks King of the Wild Ones

Card ingredients include:

Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13
             Hair: E31  E35  E57
             Suit: BG10  BG53  BG45  BG57,  R20  R24  29
             Crown: Y11  Y15  Y26  E27
Papers: Kaiser Craft 'Class Act' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Oval, Kaszazz Tags 4
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, Wink of Stella, twine.

Tiddly Inks King of the Wild Ones

I'm playing along with:

Retro Sketches #225
House of Cards # Aug: Twine
As You Like It: Favourite Papers & Why (I love Kaiser Craft papers as they come in great 6x6" pads with so many wonderful colour schemes and themes. I have way too many of them!)
CCC Digi Creations #54: Anything Goes

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Father's Day Shaker

I decided to have a bit of a play today to make a shaker card. Instead of regular 'shaker contents' I used some yummy sprinkles to match in with my ombre theme.


Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Kaszazz Happy Father's Day & Gentlemen's Business
Papers:  Cardstock, transparent film
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, washi tape, chocolate sprinkles.

Thanks Teacher

My daughters teacher finished up for the year and she asked me to make a card for her to give the next day so I had limited time to think about it and put something together. This is what I came up with on short notice.

Paper Smooches Smarty Pants

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Paper Smooches 'Smarty Pants'
Papers: Sugar & Spice 'School Days' paper pack, cardstock
Other: White Embossing powder, Dots embossing folder, paper clips, sequins.

Crows Signature Book

My son had a meet and greet with the players of his favourite Aussie Rules team, the Adelaide Crows. I wanted to make him a keepsake that he could use to collect all of their signatures so I used a couple of chipboard album covers, that way the players would have something solid to write on. I covered them with papers in the team colours and finished it off with this cute Lala Land stamp.

Lala Land Footy Luka

Card ingredients include:

Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair: E53  E55  E57
             Uniform: R17  R29  R59, Y15  Y17  YR14, B26  B29  B39
             Ball: R17  R29  R59
Papers: Francheville 'Primary Basics' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Spellbinders Standard & Grand Oval
Other: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Alpha stickers, enamel dots, chipboard album covers, ribbon.

Lala Land Footy Luka

This is what it looked like when we got it home!



And here he is with some of his Footy heroes (Eddie Betts, Kyle Cheney, Jake Lever & Tom Lynch).


Hello Sunshine!

It's my time to host over at the Art by Miran Showcase Blog. Today I've created a bright and cheery card using Sunflower Sara.


Art by Miran Sunflower Sara

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Art by Miran Sunflower Sara
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair: RV63  V15  V17
             Dress: RV04  RV09  RV19  RV69
             Shoes: Y17  YR14  YR18
             Flower: Y17  YR14  YR18, E07  E18  RV69,  YG95  YG99  G99
Papers: DCWV 'Pocket Full of Posies' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs Victorian Picket Fence, Taylored Expressions Label Stacklet 1
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, daisy, ribbon,


Art by Miran Sunflower Sara

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Oriental Sweetie

Today is my turn to host the Artbymiran Blog and I shared this card I made with Sweetie Sonia. I've used lantern and cherry blossom papers to keep with the oriental theme of this sweet image.

Art by Miran Sweetie Sonia

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Art by Miran Sweetie Sonia
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair:  Y21  Y26  YR24  E25
             Dress: YG11 YG06  YG17
             Jacket: RV10  RV32  RV34,  BV31  BV02  BV04
Papers: Sugar & Spice 'Lantern Festival' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Oval
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, sequins, fabric leaf, flowers, brads, Fiddlesticks 'Friend' sticker.

Art by Miran Sweetie Sonia

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wishing You...

There is a new challenge starting over at the Southern Girls Challenge Blog. Challenge #138 is a 'Floral Frenzy'. Here is my DT inspiration for you using one of our sponsors Polkadoodles Dandelion Days.

Polkadoodles Dandelion Days

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Polkadoodles Dandelion Days
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E11  E13  R20
             Hair: Y21  YR23  E13
             Dress: YG01  YG03  YG25  YG17,  BV02  BV04  BV08
             Flowers: BV31  BV000  BV02, YG01  YG03  YG25  YG17
Papers: Kaiser Craft 'Lilac Collection' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Memory Box Chandra Stem
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, Pearls, Ribbon.

Polkadoodles Dandelion Days


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Celebrate Life

My husband requested a sympathy card, I never like making sympathy cards. I came across this sentiment tag that read 'Life should not only be lived, it should be Celebrated' in the paper pack and thought it was lovely so I set about creating my card around that.

CC Designs Summer Swing & Tulip Birgitta

Stamps: CC Designs 'Summer Swing' & 'Tulip Birgitta'
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E21  E11  E04  R20
             Hair: Y13  Y08  Y26  E35
             Dress: R81  R83  R85  R89
             Tulip: Y17  YR14  YR18  R27 
             Tree: E31  E35  E57  E59
             Grass: YG01  YG03  YG25  YG17
             Sky: B000  B00  BG02  B04  B16
Papers: Kaiser Craft 'Confetti' paper pack, cardstock
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, Wink of Stella, flowers.

CC Designs Summer Swing & Tulip Birgitta


High 5!

So a totally spunky & awesome little dude is turning 5 (my nephew) and this is the fun card I made especially for him.

Saturated Canary Give Big

Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Saturated Canary 'Give Big'
Copics: Skin: E000  E00  E21  E11  R20
             Hair: Y23  Y17
             Top: G000  G12  G14  G19
             Shorts: W3  B91  B93  B95  B97
             Cap/Flags: R35  R46  R59  RV69
             Shoes: Y17  YR14  YR18, G000  G12  G14  G19
Papers: Grace Taylor 'Playtime' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Poppystamps Simple Banner, Taylored Expressions Hexagonal Stack, Sizzix Cherrish Alpha
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, Kindyglitz, Twine.


Saturated Canary Give Big