Tuesday, 6 June 2017

A Neapolitan bear

Hi there,
NZ has just had it's Queen's Birthday weekend so I got a bit of card-making done (yay) and for the first time in ages I was able to come-up-with, and execute, something for the current Less is More challenge before the cut off time.

The challenge is  Neapolitan (so chocolate, strawberry & vanilla, or, in colours - brown, pink & cream). Such a fun challenge - we used to sometimes have tubs of Neapolitan ice cream when I was a kid.

I even managed to base mine on a craft card blank. Craft card is something I have had no great success with in the past - but it works ok with this card.
The little bear is from a Craft Stamper magazine and I coloured her/him with copics. I picked up a border punch in the Queen's Birthday sales and threaded a thin strip of pink card though it. The sentiment is one a from a small Hero Arts set from long ago -  and that was it really ... normally I suspect I overthink these things, but it all fell into place for this little brown bear.

I liked the oval cameo so much that I made another card for my daughter - she's about to start her first varsity exams & we've sent her a small fun parcel (hopefully she's too busy studying to read this blog for a couple of days). 

She's keen on cats. The card base is navy but it's hard to tell in the photo. Anyway he was fun to colour and put together and will hopefully make her smile.

Anyway the cat is just for fun and I will enter the Neapolitan bear into the current Less is More challenge.
Cheers, Dianne

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Birthday card

We've had a long weekend here with very wintry weather, but that hasn't stopped us getting out and about, and also it's given me time to make cards.

The Muse challenge this week was to pick one of Ardyth's cards and use it as your muse ... took me a long time to narrow down the choice because there were so many great cards to choose from.

Finally I chose this card from a Muse challenge back in January.  I loved the clean lines and sharpness of the circle and dots. And the bold, red flower and green leaves contrasting with the black and white.

I had so many ideas for how I was going to interpret it, but the end result landed quite far from where I started.

I masked a circle, stamped musical notes and added perfect pearls. Then I popped it on a scalloped circle and coloured a couple of honeysuckle flowers from an old Chocolate Baroque set. I used foam tape to lift the top flower slightly. The sentiment is from another old Chocolate Baroque set.

When I look at both cards together I can see where mine got its looks from 😊

It's the end of our weekend now - Monday evening - and I hope to finish another couple of cards I have started. I may even manage 2 blog posts in one week rather than my once every couple of weeks efforts of late.
So I'll load this up to the Muse challenge & go & cook dinner.
Cheers, Dianne

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sending smiles

Hi All,
It's been a couple of weeks since I've blogged. We've had a visitor and things have just been a bit busy round here.
Also, it is now winter ... there was snow on the hills on Saturday morning. It's gone for now, but I know it will be back again.

This week's Muse challenge really appealed to me. Jenni's card is really clean and simple. I love the shadows created by her white on white  that contrast with her simple and colourful string of flowers and little hearts.

I kept Jenni's flower theme, the colours she's used and the white on white. I used an old Craft Stamper stamp  that has little heart shaped leaves and had fun colouring it with my copics. I left it on the table, uncut last night & had a bit more inspiration in the early hours. I decided to find my old roller-ball embossing tool and try doing straight lines using the runner on my paper trimmer.

Sometimes I have ideas in the night that turn out to be totally impractical in the cold light of day so I was fully prepared to start again after the failure of my experiment ... but it didn't fail ... don't know why I didn't think to try this years ago.

So, anyway, my flowers were framed by a subtle, embossed line and popped onto a white card blank with 3D tape ... then I decided to add a touch of sparkle with a teeny spot of stickles on each of the stamen. Again I was worried that I would stuff it up, but it looks nice with just a little sparkle, so I'm pleased and relieved.

I will add this to the Muse challenge this week, and the AAA blog where the challenge is to use embossing.  
Then I'm off to light the wood burner 😊

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Always flowers

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for my card in last weeks Muse challenge.
It's a first for me to have a card selected in a challenge and I have been buzzing all week. I could enter more card challenges I guess - but I don't seem to get that organised.

Anyway, moving on. I loved the colours in Anita's card for this week's Muse challenge and how they contrasted so well with the white. I thought she must have embossed it, but when I read her post, it turns out she'd used a stencil ....

I have some stencils, bought in a rush of enthusiasm at seeing the results of others using them - but I've had little real success with them. I decided to give it another go.

So my inspiration from Anita's awesome card was firstly the colours, then the stencil, and also how she had  placed the stencil so the image was off-centre and not fully on the card.

This is what I finally came up with (after 2 earlier cards). I used a stencil I've had for years ... first card I've made with it 😊 - I used distress inks, and the sentiment is from a Jofy stamp set.
When I lifted the stencil I thought there was too much white & it looked wrong so I blended the inks on the white areas and into the stencilling a bit which softened the edges of the stencilling more.

I originally made a tall card but when I went to photograph it & do my blog post this morning I thought it would be better sideways.
So here's my original. Plus there's another where I stamped the sentiment on uppy-downy rather than sideways .... so I have a trio of flowery cards and heaps more practice using stencils.

This afternoon I'm off to a crafting session making a mini album with a masculine theme so hopefully I'll learn lots of new techniques and get lots of ideas for future crafty things.
Cheers, Dianne

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Card for Mum

Gosh - every week I think I should get organised and do a few more card challenges ... but somehow the week gets away from me and I'm lucky if I even get a card in for the Muse challenge.

This week's Muse challenge is a super card from Kay Miller.

I played around with a few ideas & inked up some die cut flowers.
I started putting it all together and then left an inky thumb print on my card ... a few words were said and I stomped off to do some housework instead.

Turns out I don't have much stamina for housework so I came back to my card and tried again and this is what I finished with.

It's slightly different from my original plan (but isn't that often the case) and I like it much better. It's Mother's day here next Sunday so I will post this to my mum in a few days time.

It looks quite different from Kay's original, but I took my influences from her spray of flowers and the geometry of her background. The background stamp is an old Kaisercraft one I've had for a few years & I'm thinking I must use it more :-)
Cheers, Dianne

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Blues and White

Well - I checked the time difference from here & England & worked out I could just squeeze this card in before the deadline.

So I'm entering it in Muse Challenge 212 where Jenni has given us a deceptively simple card to muse on.

After some thinking that tailed off rather ineffectually I remembered an old Chocolate Baroque background stamp that I've hardly used. I liked it but haven't been comfortable with background stamps really.
Anyway I found some shiny-ish white card in my stash, but decided to white emboss rather than clear emboss then I used a couple of distress inks over it. I'm really pleased with the effect & want to keep playing with it. The distress inks perform quite differently on shiny card

So the parts of Jenni's original card I've taken inspiration from are the format, and the blue & white colours - though I'm calling the soft purple blue in this case.

So - thank you Jenni & Muse for pushing me out of my comfort zone.
Cheers, Dianne

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Thank You Card

I love Easter weekend.
It's such a good time to get into some craft and card making -  though once again my intentions, and the reality didn't quite gel ...
Still, I have managed to complete a card for this week's Muse challenge. Tracey's card is light, summery, bouncy and fun.
My husband saw it and reminded me of my first ever Jofy stamp set (n.9), the flowers in it are all circles.
I wanted to keep my coloured spaces light and open like Tracey's so I used chalks for the first time in ages. I kept to the same colours and added some fine glitter to the flowers for a touch of sparkle.
I searched through my whole stash of coloured card (plain & patterned) to frame my finished picture before mounting it on the card.
This took a while and was a great opportunity to remind myself what I had (lots of ideas for later), but in the end I decided it just looked fine on the tall blue card base ... I didn't even ink the edges.

Well - the glitter doesn't show up much- but I know it's there 😊.
It's a nice card but seems like very little to show for the best part of Easter weekend .... there was an earlier card attempt & I still like the ideas in it so will work on that one again later + I have been attempting a triptych, slowly ... and have made some progress but am nowhere near complete.
I've wanted to attempt one for ages to expand from card making (which I love) into other forms of paper crafty-ness.
The best news is there is still one day of the Easter break left ... and a whole chocolate bunny 😊
Happy Easter,