Tuesday, May 31, 2016

More distressed inks - Red Gold and Green

Hi there everyone, so happy to see you back at my blog.

Today I received a request from a good friend of mine for a birthday card in the colours red, gold and green.

At first I was like hmmmmmmm.....what should I do? My eyes then fell upon a stencil I bought last year at Hobby Lobby that looks like a leopard print and I thought why not do the background using that stencil (as red , gold and green are considered ethiopian colours and the leopard is one of the animals found there) and I would add a laid back, casual, party girl on it (which is the character/personality of the intended recipient).

I used .........
Julie Nutting Mixed media doll Stamp
Distressed inks- scattered straw, peeled paint and festive berries
Simon says stamps green cardstock
Green glittered washi tape (cant remember where I bought it)
Dienamics stitched ovals
Rhinestones in gold, red and green.
Kuretake paints
Julie Nutting watercolor pencils -hair and skin tones
Black velvet No 4 round brush
Gold embossing powder
Heat tool
Versamark embossing ink

On the inside I added the words

"Wishing you an abundance of love
and treasured moments
with family and friends on this your Special day…
Happy Birthday"

I am not a trained writer so I go with gut feelings. In my research of the colours
Red represents 'blood of the people' hence I used 'family'
Gold represents 'treasure' hence I said 'treasured moments'
Green is the 'earth' so I used abundance of love'

(We've got one earth so we should love it abundantly.)

Hope you enjoyed this and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Two distressed birds

A warm welcome to everyone. Thank you for visiting my blog.

On today's cards, the images of the birds and the branches they sat on, were coloured with distressed inks on Tim Holtz's Specialty Stamping Paper.

I found using the daubers to apply the distressed inks much easier and with light movements, got the texture I wanted.

The materials used were
Tim Holtz Specialty Stamping Paper
Distress Inks- Mermaid Lagoon, pickled raspberry,mustard seed, peeled paint
Simon Says Stamps wavy scalloped stitches
Simon Says Stamp Green Card stock
Yellow ribbon

Hope you like the card. Dont forget to leave me a comment. Thanks!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Distressed hibiscus flowers

Hi there welcome back to my blog.

One of my favourite card making resource is definitely distressed inks. Today's card was made using the MFT Sketch Challenge 282.

Other resources used were
Hibiscus Stencil
Distressed inks- mermaid lagoon,blueprint sketch, mustard seed, spiced marmalade,peeled paint
Green cardstock from Simon Says Stamp
'Be' Stamp and Die Set from Simon Says Stamp
Black Ink

One of the things I love doing is using two distress colors, sometimes 3 to color hibiscus flowers as I think it really brings out the tropical vibe of these flowers. The green strip of card stock was placed on the inside of the card and I shortened the outside of the card so the green cardstock would be revealed and contrast with the design and add interest.
Here is my distressed hibiscus, hope you like......

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cards for Mother's Day

Hello there. Welcome back to my blog.

On 8th May, we will be celebrating Mother's Day. Its a day to give 'thanks' to our mothers (whether biological or not),for all they have done and all they continue to do for us.

Today's 2 cards are dedicated to these wonderful women. The cards were both done for friends of mine. I had a lot of fun doing them. Of course my theme was flowers.

A puzzle of a Scene- The first Card

The first card I used a stamp from Impression Obsession and colored it with Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints. These paints are so creamy . It was the first time using them. Then using My Favorite Things Die-namics Inside Out Oval stitched Dies I made 3 overlapping cuts. Then placed double sided tape under the pieces and put the puzzle of a scene together....
I then cut a piece of yellow striped cardstock with Stitched Landscape dies and adhered it to the bottom of the card to complete the design.

I so loved the way this card came out....

The second card- A scene of continuous flowers

I quite enjoyed this card as well. I used flowers from the Penny Black Blooming Garden stamp collection. Lovely , lovely collection of stamps. Again I pulled out the Kuretake paints to give these flowers a lovely feel.

Hope you liked my two designs and please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!