Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Time for Tea

Hi friends,

I have a card to share with you today that was inspired by the Craftin Desert Divas May mood board and by the Spring/summer Coffee Lovers blog hop.  I love tea and coffee (or more specifically a latte :)) and really wanted to join the hop.  I can't believe how many entries there are already, over 700, and it is only Tuesday - wow! There is tonnes of inspiration and I hope to get the chance to make another card before it finishes. 

 This is the mood board that inspired the soft pink colour on my card.

And here is my card:

Craftin Desert Divas Digital Stamp - Serving Up Fun
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock - Fog
Lawn Fawn 6x6 Paper Pack -  Perfectly Plaid
MFT Die-namics Cover-ups - Swiss Dots
Papermania Adhesive Stones - Silver

While this card was simple to put together, I must have tried at least a dozen layouts before I decided on this one. I am really bad at making decisions on layouts etc and should really plan my card before I start making it. Instead my craft table was covered in different dies and papers and inks!!

Anyway, I used a beautiful patterned paper from lawn fawn. It is both layered behind the swiss dots cover-up die and on top of it. The rest of the card needs no explanation really - very simple. The sentiment was just typed up on the PC. When going through my stash I realised I had no tea sentiment stamps, only coffee ones.....I feel this is a good enough excuse to look for some :) .

Thanks so much for popping by. I'm off to make another cup of tea - I just finsihed one while wrting this up!
Happy crafting.
Hugs Ax

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge - Warm and Fuzzy Greetings

Hi There,

Thanks so much for popping by. Today I would like to share a card I made for MFT Sketch Challenge . I am so happy I managed to play along this week...just!!  I have been wanting to play along for the last few weeks but just never seem to have enough time to get a card done.

Both the stamp set and paper pack I used for this card are from MFT but they now retired unfortunately. However, this was the first time I had played with them!! I am trying really hard to play with all my unused supplies...and there is alot, it going to take me a while! Even though I was on a crafting hiatus for well over a year, that did not stop me buying crafting goodies, especially when there was a good sale on!! MFT have way too many fantastic sales!

Here is my card.

MFT Stamps - Warm and Fuzzy Friends
MFT Die-namics - Warm and Fuzzy Friends
MFT Die-namics - Scenic Safari
MFT Stencil - Mini Cloud Edges
MFT Paper Pack - Trail Mix
MFT Premium Dye Ink - Summer Splash
MFT Premium Dye Ink - Gumdrop Green
MFT Hybrid  Ink Cube - Extreme Black
Ranger Enamel Accents - Black
Ranger Glossy Accents

The fox and bonfire were stamped with extreme black hybrid ink, coloured with copics and die cut out. For the background I used the mini cloud stencil and some summer splash ink.  I sponged a piece of card with gumdrop green and used the scenic safari dies (also retired) to cut it out.  The bonfire was adhered directly onto the card, while I popped Mr Fox on with some foam pads for extra dimension. The sentiment, was is also part of the stamp set, was also popped up on some foam. I decided to flip the sketch as I felt the paper looked better on the left :)

I would also like like to link my card up with the following challenges:
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope to are able to visit again. Enjoy the rest of your day/evening.

Hugs Ax

Friday, 18 May 2018

Birthday Koala

Hi there,

I hope everyone has had a good week. I can't believe the weekend has come around already.  It's going to be a busy one for me but hopefully I'll find a little time to do some crafting, or at the least, some colouring :) 

Today I have a birthday I would like to share with you. I made this card specifically for the new challenge over at Reverse Confetti.  They have a new website and a new monthly challenge :) This month the theme is birthday....perfect for me as my birthday card stash is virtually non-existent after my huge crafting hiatus.  Unfortunately I don't own many Reverse Confetti products - just a couple of stamp sets and 4 dies I think.  I would LOVE to get much more, especially some of the products from the new release but my goal is to use more of my untouched stash first though before I allow myself to buy anymore.  Plus, as postage to Oz is always I factor, when I order I tend to order alot to justify it - hehe, so some saving is needed or a big sale :)

One of the stamp sets I own is Bear Hugs - it's so darn cute but I had never inked it up, so out it came. Here is my card:

Reverse Confetti Stamps -Bear Hugs
Reverse Confetti Cuts - Bear Hugs
Reverse Confetti Cuts - Circles N' Scallops
Clearly Besotted Stamps - Sweet Little Sentiments
MFT Die-namics - Blueprints 14
Simon Says Stamp - Woodgrain Cardstock
MFT Paper Pack -Dots and Stripes Confection
MFT Paper Pack - Calm and Cozy Chevron
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins - Sparkling Clear 4mm
Doodlebug Design Sprinkles - Silver Assortment
Ranger Enamel Accents - Black
Glue Dots - Invisi Dots for Vellum

I coloured the image in with my copics and then die cut it out.  I lightly sponged a circle die cut from Circle and Scallops set with some distress ink and added a scrap of white embossed vellum I had lying around in my scrap box to the bottom. I foam mounted the cute koala onto it and added some sequins. This circle was then adhered to a larger scalloped circle I die cut from some woodgrain card.  All my pastel background papers were from my box of odds and ends, because of this I don't have any information on the yellow spotted paper - I think it is from a digital paper pack but I don't know which one - sorry. This papers where adhered to a die-cut square woodgrain card which was adhered to a card base.  I foam mounted the sentiment and added a few silver dots for some sparkle.

My choice of pastel background papers was inspired by the current  Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

 I would also like to link this card up with Seize the Birthday challenge and Addicted to Stamps Challenge 292 - Make your Mark.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Hugs Ax

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Santa Magic

Hi Friends,

Thanks for popping by. I hope everyone had a good week and are enjoying their weekend.  Happy Mother's Day to all mamma's out there too. 

I have yet another Christmas card to share with you today.  I am currently finding Christmas cards slightly easier to make than any other card type as I slowly get my crafting mojo back after a huge crafting absence.  Saying that my crafting mojo all but disappeared this week!! I was struggling to come up with any ideas but really wanted to make a card. When I saw the theme at Merry Monday Challenge was to add a star and that the current monthly Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers had the optional twist of stars, I knew a starry card just had to be made.

When rummaging through my supplies I came across a fab star stencil from Create a Smile that I bought years ago but have never used! (Like the majority of my crafty stuff!)  I also remembered Francine Vuilleme had made a couple of fantastic cards with this stencil. So...I took inspiration from her and CAS'ed one of her cards. I love her cards and her colouring is fantastic.

Here is my card:

MFT Stamps - Merry Everything
MFT Die-namics - Merry Everything
MFT Stamps - Mirror Image
MFT Die-namics - Snow Drifts
Create a Smile Stencil - Wave of Stars
Strathmore Bristol Cardstock
Xpress It - Blending Card
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste - White
Stampendous Embossing Powder - Crystal Transparent
 Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black 
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Copic Multiliner - Black 0.3

This card was a bit of a challenge for me as I wanted the sky to be blended ink....and, well, I have always been scared of blended ink backgrounds.  The few times I have tried they have turned out terrible and ended in the bin. I just couldn't get a good blend at all and became disheartened and have avoided them.  I recently managed to get my hands on some Bristol smooth cardstock so I thought I would give it another try. I am not going to tell you how long it took to do but lets just say I took it really, really slow and managed to create one that was card worthy :) 

I wanted to use the adorable Santa from MFT Merry Everything stamp set for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he has never been inked up :( and I thought this image would work well as I could make it look like he was releasing the wave of stars from his hand. However, I wanted my image on the left hand side of the card and.he was holding the wrong hand up! It was time to try some mirror stamping again. I had to go over a few areas with a copic multiliner hence why the stamped image doesn't look as sharp as I would like.  Then, I had to figure out how to die-cut him! Once all that was done I coloured him with copics.  

I created the snow drifts with my MFT dies and worked out where exactly I wanted to place Santa on my card before I added the stars. I used some white embossing paste with the stencil and while its was still wet added some crystal embossing powder. Once the paste was dry I heat embossed the powder. I popped Santa onto my card with some foam dots. The sentiment is a freebie I received with a cardmaking mag ages ago. It is stamped directly onto the snow drift. I used my MISTI to ensure it was straight!  I then adhered the scene to some dark blue generic cardstock before adhering to my card base.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Thanks so much for popping by, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Hugs Ax