Thursday, 31 July 2014

Kanban Diva

After seeing this card I knew I had to have this stamp set, unfortunately though the company stopped trading last year so ebay to the rescue and a bargain price to boot. I changed my 6 x 6 paper pad storage and found these papers at the bottom of the old box, they are from my much loved and used "blush" paper pad, they only pad I have ever used almost all of, that is a shocking thing to admit to lol.

Im entering Di's Snippet playground, I haven't played along in a while and I think I need a gentle push on the swings lol.

Image: "diva" kanban
Paper: "blush" MME
Card: "autumn rose" Papertrey ink
Dies: Oval stax, pierced oval stax, Horizontal stripes, blueprints 1 and 13 all mft stamps

Skin - E13, 11, 00, 000
Hair - E55, 57, 59
Petticoat - R56, 35, 59
Dress - W9, 7, 5

Challenge - Snippet Playground

Friday, 25 July 2014

Oliver is 1

My oh my, this year is whizzing past at an alarming rate, another little family member is turning one and of course I made my go to card. It's 8 x 8 and I always struggle to fill them, most of my dies are designed for smaller cards so finding something suitable is always a challenge, good job i hadn't thrown away my martha stewart punches.

Image: "Bastian and bear" Mo's digital pencil
Paper: "party animals" Nit Wit
Card: "limeade ice" and "blueberry sky" both Papertrey ink
Alpha: "robotz" Cricut cart
Punches: "cherish" martha stewart
Dies: circles and stitched circles both mft

Copics :
Skin - E11, 00, 000, R02
Hair - E55, 53, 51, 50
Bear - E49, 47, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40
Clothes - B02, 01, 00, 000, YG25, 23, 21
Ground - W3, 1, 00

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Happy Hoppy Birthday

Normally when I order a few stamps it takes me ages to use them but this stamp and the "lean on me" were from the same order and coloured almost immediately. I knew who this was going to be for before it even arrived so making the card, even though its early seemed the right decision. Maybe the problem is that i don't make the card I have planned straight away then when I need it inspiration has all but disappeared. I do seem to be making simple layouts recently and the blueprints from mft make this a doodle, I'm not sure how I managed without them to be honest lol.

Image and sentiment: "hoppy birthday" Unity Stamps
Paper: "all about a boy" echo park at Jessica Sprague
card: "pacific blue" Stampin up
Dies: Square stax, horizontal stripes, blueprints 1 and 2 all mft
Bakers twine: American crafts

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 13, R02
Hair - E27, 25, 23, 21
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93, 91
Top - Y32, 35, YR04, 07, R27, 24
Grass - YG23, 21, 03, 17, G24, 94
Sky - B01, 00, 000, 0000
Bucket - N4, 3, 2, 1

Friday, 18 July 2014

Art Impressions (AI) Clear Stamp Sets

I saw this set in Michaels on a recent Florida trip and had no idea that they were brand new and sought after or I would have bought more, the set contains a few sentiments, two people, a dog and a caravan. At $9.99 it was an absolute bargain and I'm hoping on my next trip they have some left.

I've made this card way in advance but hopefully the person its for doesn't check my blog, I thought of this person as soon as I saw the set and I'm hoping his sense of humour is still intact lol.

Ive also been using the Joann super smooth card stock for my copic colouring recently and have to say after trying loads of different ones over the years this is quickly becoming my favourite. It is heavy weight at 110lb but blends smoothly without as much effort as the Papertrey ink card and keeps the colours bright which the Rymans tends to dull. I tried it with my prisma pencils and it blended beautifully. On my next trip I think I might need to fill my suitcase with it.

Image: "retired" Ai for Hampton Art clear set
Card: "enchanted evening" Papertrey ink and Joann super smooth
Sentiment and Die: "happy" exclusive set from simon says stamp
Dies: Blueprint 1 and 13 from mft and "speech bubble" from lawn fawn

Skin - E13, 11, 00, 000, R02
Hat - YG99, 97, 95, 93, E09, R08
Shorts - YG99, 97, 95, 93
Shirt - E42, 41, 40, and colourless blender
Chair - B37, 34
Beer and sandals - E37, 35, 34, 31

Friday, 11 July 2014

Look No Colouring

I had the idea for this card in my head for a while, I wanted to try a bit of inking and distressing but now its finished I'm glad I made it, don't worry if you think the image is blurry I inked the stencil with fine linen then moved it slightly and inked with gathered twigs and it causes the background to be hazy, not sure if it works but it is different.

Whilst on a recent Florida visit I noticed that in the slightly local scrapbook store (Violettes) the samples had the main image and a smaller image in the corner, I liked this look so tried to recreate it here. Next time though I think I need a smaller second image.

Image: "inspired by the front porch - Fall" MFT
Paper: "lattice" stencil from Heidi Swapp
Card:"early expresso" Stampin up
Inks: "fine linen" papertrey ink, "gathered twigs" distress ink and "rich cocoa" memento

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

May Card Kit

I had to buy the Simon Says Stamp card kit as soon as I saw the card Nichole Magourik made with the stamp and papers, I've not quite reproduced it but I have used the elements I liked the most. I do wish I had stencilled the background now but there is always next time.

Image: "all boy" Simon says stamp
Paper: "be different" Fancy Pants
Card: "blueberry sour", "wax lips" both Bazzill and white from anna marie
Dies: Blueprints 15 and "curved edge" Simon Says Stamp

N1, 2, 3, 4, R59, 46, 27, 24, 

I attended the MFT retreat in Eustis Florida at the end of May and the very talented Jodi gave a class where we made a few of her style cards, Jodi loves to decorate the insides of her cards as well as the outside, I have always made paper insets before but I am enjoying making a few special ones following her principles. So I thought I would show you the inside of this card.

Image: "all boy" Simon says stamp
Card: Anna Marie
Dies: Blueprints 15 
Sentiment: "wet paint" papertrey ink
Ink: "pure poppy" papertrey ink and "nightshift blue" mft stamps

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Rocky Balboa?

Whenever I see boxing gloves I think of the "rocky" films, my godson has decided that boxing is good exercise and he has been sparing for a while now so as soon as LaPashe released this design I had to have it, I bought the download version and was able to reduce the size a bit as I love the A2 size card and the mft blueprints are perfect for a no measuring card. Ive never been very good at measuring or cutting straight so the blueprints make card making a breeze for me and the fact you can mix and match is perfect.

I stamped the red card with the pinstripe background using mft black dye ink, this ink is fab on clear stamps but it is messy and I needed a good scrub after I finished, I also stamped the black piece but it isn't as easy to see.

Image: "boxing gloves" LaPashe
Sentiment: "keep it simple - happy birthday" Papertrey Ink
Card: White and black snippet draw and "real red" stamping up
Background stamp: "pinstripe" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1, 13, 12 and vertical stripes all mft

Challenge: Snippet Playground