Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hero Arts April Sketch #2

I love sketches! Hero Arts's April challenge is a set of three sketches, I tackled this one with ease. I got out the HA Big Postcard and my new Hydrangea stamp and inked on patterned paper, fussy cut, paper pieced, added stickles and inked the edges... Voila! Done! I'm also adding this card to PCS April Gallery Challenge and A Blog Named Hero's Layer Cake challenge. Now off to do the other two!!

Card - Neenah Desert Storm
Stamps - Hero Arts CG455, S5685, K5376, CL574
Die - Simon Says Stamp Folded Banner
Inks - Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
Others - Stickles, dimensional paint

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a great Easter weekend!

For Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Antics
A Blog Named Hero - Layer Cake

Thursday, 17 April 2014


OK, I don't make a lot of cutesy cards.... but, again, I could not resist this cute panda from Mama Elephant! This is card made at our Craft Retreat using borrowed stamp sets from Lyndal. I may be tempted to buy this set (they are both out of stock on SSS and ME)!! I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge - Animal Antics.

Neenah Solar White, Mama Elephant Pandamonium and Up and Away, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers and Colourless Blender.

Another Card for Virginia's View Challenge

Some good news to share - my baby Kingsley card for CASE Study #186 challenge got Top 3! Yay!

I normally don't jump into a new Craft trend so easily. During our craft retreat, I got to try out a few stencils and I'm starting to embrace this new trend! When I came back, I realised I don't have many stencils at all until I went through the goodies bag Joy gave me and found a butterfly stencil in there. So here is my first inking with this stencil. After sponging with distress inks, I overstamped with Hero Arts Leafy Vines in black before removing the stencil. I added the sentiment in black, matted with a black card stock, added some accents with a gel pen and matching sequins. I'm adding this card to Virginia's View Challenge #2 Stencil.

Card - Neenah Solar White, black cardstock
Stencil - Heidi Swapp
Stamp - Hero Arts CG509 Leafy Vines, CL498
Inks - Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Others - The Twinery Twine, Sequins, white gel pen

Monday, 14 April 2014

Tall Poppy

This card was started at our Craft Retreat. It took me a long tine to finally finish it. I had coloured the poppy with Copic markers and highlighted with a white gel pen. The card was trimmed with the flower partially fussy cut and mounted onto the card base with dimensional foam. The sentiment fitted well on the bottom of the card. This card will be submitted to CASE Study's DT Call Challenge. I had enjoyed learning about colouring with Copic markers from Kathy Racoosin, she was the CASE Study in September last year and I've been following her blog ever since. This card is certainly inspired by Kathy, the Queen of Markers! I'm also adding this card to PCS April Gallery Challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Cards -  Neenah Solar White, Express Copic blending card
Colours - Copic markers, white gel pen, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps - Penny Black Poppy Time, Hero Arts CL574 Say It All
Others - sequins

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Baby Kingsley

I took great pleasure in making this baby card for close friends of mine. I got out my favourite go-to patterned paper for baby cards - Fancy Pants Park Bench. The colours in this pad are just perfect. I wanted to combine this week's Cas(e) This Sketch and Case Study Challenge - Jaclyn Miller. I couldn't fit a sentiment to the card and I thought it really didn't need one. Did anyone see that I got another Retro Sketch Shout Out this week for this card? Thanks for dropping by!

Kingsley - 3 days old!

Card - Neenah Solar White, Fancy Pants Park Bench
Dies- Lil Inkers stitched squares, MFT alphabets, Simon Says Stamp hearts
Others - MME enamel dots

MIM - No Sew Quilted Card and CTD287

Here is my take on Dawn McVey's PTI Make It Monday challenge on a quilted card. I've used this technique in the past using Washi Tape and now I've used Patterned Paper. One good thing about going to a Retreat with Joy Taylor, apart from meeting her for the first time, was getting her Studio Calico hand-me-downs! I picked some lovely colours from her stash to match the colours of the current Color Throwdown #287 challenge. I had a very productive night making cards last night, after a very busy (no Crafting time) week! Thanks for dropping by!

Neenah Solar White, Studio Calico 6x6, PTI Luxe Letterpress Kit, MME Enamel dots and Kaisercraft rhinestone, Ranger Archival Jet Black.
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