Saturday, 1 October 2016

A Beautiful Day Part 2

Hi there,

back again with another group of cards featuring my brand new and all time favourite stamp A Beautiful Day by Altenew. These cards were inspired by some I saw over at  Jennifer McGuire Ink. Click HERE to see the amazingly talented Jennifer's beautiful cards.

These were pretty easy to do. Again I used my MISTI- Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and yes it is, wink, wink ;) The only ink I used was white craft ink by Stampin'Up, so these cards were quick to make. So quick that I made 16 in one go! A quick apology for the photos. I took these photos of the cards lying flat on the floor not standing up, as the lighting was not as good when I took them standing up. The coloured piece does have an even amount of white border around all four sides. I hope that makes sense?

Here's a few individual photos that show some more detail.

I did pop the coloured panel up. This time I used a sheet of craft foam I cut to size to fit behind the coloured panel to give the dimension rather than dimensionals or foam tape. It gives an even coverage of dimension that won't flatten out in dips when you post these cards. I managed to get  a few large size sheets of white craft foam for  99 cents at Riot Art. I got this idea from the super talented and amazing Jennifer McGuire over at Jennifer McGuire Ink, she uses craft foam when she makes cards to give dimension, so I thought I'd try it out. "Winner, winner chicken dinner!" I will definitely be using this from now on. If you click HERE it will take you to Jennifer's explanation of how to and why she uses craft foam. It's just a short video but very informative.

Here I have just stuck the craft foam with double sided tape to both the card base and the top
coloured panel.

This photo shows the craft foam and the dimension it gives.

I did make a couple of other cards  where I adhered the coloured panel directly to the white card base without craft foam, so no dimension. They looked good too, I just preferred the dimension the craft foam gave. Here is a photo of that style  card.

Ok so what do you think of my cards? Do leave a comment to let me know.
Don't forget to pop over to Jennifer McGuire Ink to check out her blog.

Have a terrific day.
Cheers Donna :)

Friday, 30 September 2016

Beautiful Day

Hi there,
another crafty offering here with my new favourite stamp set, Beautiful Day by Altenew.

It's a four step stamp set. It gives an amazing effect that looks like you have hand coloured your stamped image, then added shading and highlights. Whilst I love colouring, I am rubbish at shading and highlighting. With this gorgeous stamp set all the guess work is done for me. I just have to choose four coloured inks that work well together. I chose four colours that were all from one colour family just in different hues, too easy.

The images were easy to line up as they are photopolymer stamps. Having said that I did use my brand new straight out of the box MISTI, a stamp positioning tool.....let me just say it's aaaamazing! The yellow flower was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals. A few sequins popped on to cover up some ink splodges and "ta da" my card was done.

The next few cards were done the same way but are just slightly different. Take a look....

These two are the same design and layout but were stamped on a smaller piece of CS with faux stitching around the edge, courtesy of a  Rectangular Nesting Stitched Die by Kaisercraft.

 Here are a couple of close up photos to show more detail.

A side view to show that the stamped panel was attached with dimensionals to the card base.

One last photo of all three cards together. I am totally in love with this four step stamp set and I can't wait to get my hands on more of this type of stamp.  I did spy more of this type of stamp set at my local stamping store all by Altenew, I must check them out when I pop back. They make the cards look, as I said hand coloured.

Have a marvellous day.
Cheers Donna :)

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thoughtful Branches Take 3

Hi there,
yes back again with some more crafty goodness.

Yes I'm using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating dies, Beautiful Branches thinlets from Stampin' Up again. I was inspired by this creation over at Becky Robert's blog Inkin Idaho.


I made a couple of these cards, they were pretty quick and easy. I do have to say that stamping onto the die cut proved a little challenging. I found lining up the leaves not that easy. The die cut kept moving as I was hovering the clear block over the top to make sure of perfect alignment, thus making the stamping not quite lining up. In the end I put a bit of snail on scrap paper, ran my finger over it a few times to trake away some of the tackiness. I stuck the die cut on to this and then stamped......yes "winner, winner chicken dinner" the stamped image was more or less aligned correctly. It's still not 100%, but by  my calculations 98% is pretty awesome.

A side view so you can see the dimension achieved through using lots of dimensionals lol

And finally here are the two completed cards. This would be easy to whip up many in the different colour combinations that hydrangeas come in, blue, purple, pink and white and give away as gift sets. I think my mum would like something like this.

Hoping your day is magnificent!
Cheers Donna :)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Flower

Hi there, 
I'm so glad you popped by for another visit to my blog.

I have a sweet card for you today. I was totally smitten when I saw this card over at The Creativity Cave, Dena Rekow's blog. Dena is hilarious, she makes awesome videos of how to make cards and they always make me laugh, her sense of humour is 'just wicked' ( Aussie term meaning hilarious)

My card is a different colour scheme and is slightly different but you can see it's pretty true to Dena's card. I mean why mess up a winning formula, especially when you love it so much?

I cut out two flower heads and mounted one on top of the other with dimensionals and then mounted it onto the stem with more dimensionals..... .must order some more!

I made three of these cards, to send to some of my mum's friends to thanks them for hosting a lovely morning tea for my self and my daughter recently. Sorry about the poor quality lighting, I took these late in the afternoon.

I hope you like today's card, I love it.  I will have to make some more in different colours, pink, blues and whites....these are all the colours I have seen hydrangeas come in.

Have a magnificent day. 
Cheers Donna :)

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Creating your own 3D Embellishments with Thinlet Die Cuts

Hi there,
back again with  heat embossing a thinlit die cut and it looks AAAAAAMAZING!

I saw this awesome technique, faux metallic embellishments, over on an absolutely amazing blog, Jennifer McGuire Ink. Jennifer showed how to create your own embellishments using thinlet dies. She even has a video and talks you through the process. Very easy to play along at home with your own dies. So I followed along and came up with this card.

I cut out the thinlet image 3 times and glued each layer together to create a sturdy  3D tree. Next I inked over the tree with Versamark and then dipped it into copper embossing powder, zapped it with the heat gun and repeated this process 4 times to give a nice thick coating of copper to the tree. Hopefully you can see how thick the tree is in this side on photo below.

 Here's a close up of the tree. I mounted the tree onto craft card stock that I had flicked with glue and then sprinkled with silver glitter.

The sentiment was was stamped with black ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder that I had mixed with a little bit of silver glitter as well.

The centre panel was then attached to a piece of thick whisper white CS.

So what do you think? I love this idea and can't wait to do some more. Lots of ideas swirling around in my head, too many to know what to do next. I may have to start writing them down and then make my way through the list. That way I won't forget Well that's the plan!

Don't forget to pop over to Jennifer McGuire Ink  to check out this technique and the many other's she has, you won't be disappointed!

Have an amazing day - yes I know over use of the word amazing in this blog post!

Cheers Donna :)