Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Photo Inspiration at Craft for the Craic


We have an inspiration photo as the theme this month at Craft for the Craic, we hope you like it! It was taken by the super talented Alisha Reynolds

You can choose whatever you like from the photo - colours, textures, elements - we want to see what you are inspired to craft!



I took a fairly literal interpretation, and made this card.  I die-cut some Simon Says Stamp balloons, using the negative as a stencil to ink with Distress Inks.  I love how you can see the underneath colours and they blend to give new colours.

The happy die is from Altenew, I cut from Neenah card then coloured with Copics to get the ombre effect so on trend around the blogs at the moment.  Then I added some Wink of Stella for some shimmer but that never shows up in photos.  I die cut the word again, from pink fun foam and stuck the card onto the foam for some dimension.

The 'birthday' is from a Simon Says Stamp set and the sequins are also SSS.  I scribbled some strings for the balloons with a grey Polychromos pencil and mounted the panel on some grey card.

I'd like to enter this into:


Ger x

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Heat Wave at Online Card Classes


Day two of Heat Wave at Online Card Classes and here's some homework.

Okay here's what was supposed to happen.  Tim Holtz Flower Garden flowers stamped and coloured with Copics and Polychromos pencils (actually that did happen).  Some water droplets splashed at the card from a wet paintbrush and gold embossed, and also some details added to the centre of the flower with an embossing pen, again gold embossed (check, that went well).  Then the On the Edge die used to cut the top of the card - and hopefully this pic will show how I created a card from the die cut panel -


and that's where things started to go wrong.  The pressure in the Big Shot was such that dried up inks on the cutting plates smudged the card panel and had to be covered with sequins.  Also I put DST on the wrong surface of the grey card and had to pull it off, making a right hash of things.  

At least I know what not to do next time!

Ger x




Sunday, July 3, 2016

Summer Breeze at Craft for the Craic


The July challenge at Craft for the Craic is 'Summer Breeze.'  I'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret the theme!

I chose some Altenew Peonies and leaves coloured with Copics and Inktense pencils.  I love the Altenew woodgrain paper and antique trims but I don't have either (yet) so I used a Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder on some Neenah white cardstock lightly sponged with Tumbled Glass DI, and used Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles and some gold card to cut a frame.  The sentiment is computer generated, mounted on a die cut tag.

For a little sparkle I finished with lots of Wink of Stella shimmer pen.

Ger x


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Altenew Beautiful Details Day 5


Day 5 Homework from Altenew Academy Beautiful Details Class.

After stamping the outline stamp from Altenew's Peony Bouquet layered stamp set,I used an Inktense Watercolour Pencil and a water brush on watercolour paper to add detail, then fussy cut.  I added Wink of Stella but of course the camera doesn't capture the lovely shimmer.  

A Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder and some patterned paper from Dealz (yes, Dealz! they've got some lovely ones), a strip of grey card and some clear sparkling sequins were added, together with a Hero Arts sentiment.

Ger x


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beautiful Details class at Altenew


I'm really enjoying the Beautiful Details class at Altenew and it's so reasonably priced!

This is Day 1 homework, using Altenew Painted Rose stamps and a little stamp from Peony Bouquet (but you can use whatever stamps you have), coloured with a brush marker and using generatioinal stamping.  Details are added with a fine line marker (in my case, the other end of the Papermania brush marker).  What  a great way to stretch your stamps!

The awkwardly placed sequins are due to me smudging the Black enamel accents! So then I had to add a few more.

The sentiment is Altenew Label Love.

Below is my first attempt using Peony Bouquet


Ger x

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Altenew Card Set


I wanted to send a card set to my sister this week and I don't think she reads my blog so it should be okay!

I used Altenew Painted Rose set with Altenew cube inks to build up the layers of roses.  The leaves were stamped using Altenew Green Fields.





and here they are all boxed up with envelopes and ribbon ready to go.  The clear box is from Simon Says Stamp, ribbon from The Ribbon Girl.


Enjoy your weekend!

Ger x

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

June Inspiration Challenge at Altenew


I had to make a Wedding Card, and the photo inspiration above was my starting point.  I just loved the pretty sparkle on the dress, and the flowers.  Luckily, my order from Atlenew had just arrived and what a yummy parcel it is, I'll be playing lots with all the goodies!

I started by embossing some Neenah Solar White card with a Cuttlebug music folder. I then stamped the pretty flower from Peony Bouquet.  These are layered flowers, you build them up using gradually darker shades to stamp with.  Altenew make it easy with their little sets of four ink cubes, for this flower I used the Red Cosmos set.


Now I didn't have much time to make this card and the fussy cutting on the flower isn't perfect, but layering up these flowers is so much fun I think I'm going to have to buy the matching dies.

I die cut Simon Says Stamp clustered leaves from some green felt and the sentiment from Papermania pink textured card and scattered some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Altenew have some absolutely gorgeous layered flower stamps.  I'm going to have to go back for some more!

I'd like to enter this into:

Cuttlebug Mania - Embossing (Cuttlebug music background embossing folder)

Hoping to share more cards over this Bank Holiday Weekend so see you tomorrow!

Ger x