Thursday, 2 February 2017

#Kaisercraft Feather

Hi there,
here is today's project and I really love how it turned out. Thank goodness for blog surfing, it's great to help inspire you and get you thinking. My mojo had well and truly left the building, well to be perfectly honest my craft mojo  had left the universe! Big call I know bet hey.....

Anyway, I saw this fabulous card over on the Simon Says blog by the  super talented Yana Smakula. It was the colours that had me thinking and the fact that feathers were involved that ultimately saw these cards created.  I have the beautiful Feather stamp from Kaisercraft and thought this would be perfect to use for my cards.  The layout for these cards is the same as  when I made these cards.

Some cards have a sentiment added, some have no sentiment so I can add one later to suit the occasion.

 I placed the stamp in my Misti, covered the whole stamp in a light green ink and then just tapped various shades of blue, turquoise and other green inks shades over the top of this and then stamped it on to smooth white CS. I did this same technique on all the cards. I did find that sometimes by tapping the ink pads directly onto the stamp that when I stamped it I got straight edges of ink colour on my card, so to overcome this on subsequent card panels I sort of blended the straight ink pad edges with my finger directly on the stamp before stamping.....I hope that makes sense.

After I made the blue green cards I thought about what other colours could I use to create the same card but in different colour ways. Here is what I came up, oranges, yellows and reds.

A close up of the gold embossed sentiments and the gold matting behind the stamped panel and the coloured card bases.

 The stamped panel was glued to the gold mat and then they were popped up on craft foam for dimension. I think you can just see that in the photo below.

So what colour way do you prefer?

Have a fabulous day. Cheers Donna ❤

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

2017 Calendars

Hi there, 
and a Happy New Year to you all!

 It's been awhile, I've been relaxing and just doing a little crafting.....
So here's the first project for 2017 some little desk calendars. I make calendars every year and pass out as gifts to family and friends and thought I'd share this years calendars with you all.

A side view so you can see how it stands....and no you don't need glasses the photo is a  tad blurry, but it does show how the calendars stand! Oh my goodness the longer I look at this photo the more it's like looking through someone else's glasses and it's very disconcerting so scroll down quickly! So sorry 😉


Just a couple of them to show that I did change up the floral arrangement a little on each one. Suffice to say out of the 20 I made they all looked slightly different.

 I got  two calendars out of one sheet of A4 card stock. I used the Botanical Blooms stamps and framelits from Stampin' Up. The details on the flowers were some lines drawn on each petal with a dark pink marker and the some darker pinky red ink sponged with a dauber in to the middle of each flower. The flower stamens were cut from yellow card stock, that I coloured with the dark pink marker on the straight bits, the ends were left yellow and the centre of each stamen was coloured with a dark brown marker ......I hope that makes sense. I was inspired by this idea for the calendars from this pinterest post  . I had tried a few calendar design ideas but was not feeling the love. So when I saw the floral design on the packaging "bada bing, bada boom" my calendar was born! 
The sentiment is from Kinda Eclectic also from SU as well as  the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set that I   stamped with kraft ink, stamped off first, then stamped onto the  background of the kraft CS.

Well that's all today. I hope your day is truly wonderful.
Cheers Donna 😁

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Hi there,
here are some delightful little bags that I will be putting on the Christmas table on Christmas day. These will be placed at each place setting. The little bags contain four chocolates...yummy!

They were fairly easy to make. I set up a production line to get them whipped up pretty quick.  The bag was a Stampin' Up Bigz XL Fancy Favour die, sadly now retired. The Merry was from Kaisercraft's Traditional Christmas  stamp set. It said Merry Christmas, I cut the stamp in half to be able to just use the word Merry. The Christmas was a Decorative Die from Kaisercraft's Christmas Word pack. Some silver glitter paper and Candy Cane Lane designer series paper also from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for visiting. Have a most wonderful day.
Cheers Donna 🎄

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Gifts

Hi there, 
here are some more Christmas gift treat holders. I made these for the lovely people who work at my local bakery. They are so lovely and very friendly, so I like to give them a little something at Christmas and Easter. They are  a "sunny boy" shape for those if us in Australia or for overseas folk a sour cream container. 

I managed to fit three chocolates into each container. I stamped  some cute gingerbread men and gave them a water colour wash with a brown coloured ink. Once dry I used a white gel pen to put on the face and icing! The sentiment and gingerbread man stamp were a gift with a craft magazine, I can't remember which magazine and I no longer have the magazine.

The paper was Candy Cane Lane designer series paper from Stampin' Up. The tag was cut with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch from Stampin' Up and the ribbon was also from SU.

Here they all are all ready to be delivered.

Thanks for stopping by.

  I hope your Christmas and new Year are filled with good health and much happiness. 🎅

Cheers Donna 🎄

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Silent Night

Hi there,
I am finally posting my Christmas cards that I sent out to family and friends this year. I did send these out a couple of weeks ago so it's safe to blog about them now. I have had this card design saved up from last year. I made this card at a stamp club I attended last year and actually made  heaps of these cards in January this year, just so I wouldn't forget! I did have to make a heap more but at least I had half made.
 My friend  who runs the stamp club  I love attending told us she had seen this idea on pinterest and sent  us the link on how we could recreate this card at home. So pop over to the lovely Lydia's blog to see how she made this beautiful card. She even has a video. Click HERE to visit Lydia's amazing blog.

I did decide not to pop out the windows and doors and coloured them yellow instead, to represent lights inside the houses. I saw this idea on another blog about colouring the windows yellow but cannot find that link anywhere. It was not with this die it was with a stamp of little houses that had been coloured with copics, I just thought that made sense to me.

I hope you do like my card. I was desperately hoping to get my hands on some sort of glitter spray to spray the sponged night sky but it was sold out everywhere and I am on a waiting list for when it arrives....suffice to say I'm still waiting! I did try using my Wink of Stella and brushing it over the sky but that did not end well so I just left them glitterless 😞

That's it for today. Have a lovely day. 
Cheers Donna 😄

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

#WPlus9 Thank You

Hi there, 
I was recently in need of a thank you card for a friend and her lovely daughter recently. They took myself and my daughter out for lunch, it was such a thoughtful gesture and we all had a fabulous day.

So onto the card......

 It's fairly self explanatory in it's construction.
I stamped the Baby Bear stamp set from Stampin 'Up. A lovely three step stamp set that uses three different coloured inks. I stamped it onto a smaller piece of card cut out with the rectangular nesting stitched dies. I die cut the word thanks from a WPlus 9 die, Hand Lettered Thanks and the sentiment was white heat embossed from the WPlus 9  stamp set that matches the Hand Lettered Thanks  die.

Here's a side view to show that the stamped panel was popped up on craft foam for dimension.

And a close up of the sentiment.

That's it folks!

Have a lovely day. 

Cheers Donna :)

Saturday, 26 November 2016

#Kaisercraft Feather

Hi there,
I hope you are all well. It's been very busy here, lots of crafting and no I'm here to remedy that situation.
I have been cruising around many blogs lately and noticed that water colouring seems to be the rage at the moment. So I thought why not have a whirl at that, I had some water colour pencils I could use ( they actually belong to my gorgeous daughter) so why not. Yes, well many attempts later and the bin was full! So I thought I'd take a slowly slowly approach to water colouring and start simple, like real simple....a water colour wash over a heat embossed image. I had just the image so how hard could it be? It was so easy. I used the gorgeous Kaisercraft Feather stamp set that  comes with a matching die.....bonus 😉.

 So here are my cards.

I made five cards in total. Two with a pink water colour wash, two with a purple water colour wash and one  with a blue water colour wash
 Firstly, I heat embossed the feather image onto a piece of water colour paper with silver embossing powder. Next I scribbled over each image with a water a colour pencil in a zig- zag fashion. Then I brushed over the pencil with a water colour brush to spread the colour and to get rid of the pencil lines. Once that was dry I flicked some ink over the the water coloured image in a darker hue of the water colour wash with ink and my water colour brush. I then added some silver sequins and matted this onto some brushed silver card stock that was then mounted on craft foam and then finally attached to a coloured piece of card stock in a coordinating colour.

Here are some close ups. The pink and purple cards are without sentiments. I will put them on when I know what the occasion will be. For now they will just be in my stash.

This is the purple one and I must say in the photos it looks blue. Trust me it's purple.

The blue card below, has a  happy birthday sentiment  from an Altenew  stamp set called Label Love. I stamped it in versa fine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, cut it out and popped it up with dimension tape. This card is for my darling daughter's birthday coming up in two weeks. Her favourite colour is blue.


A side view so you can see the shiny silver embossing and the dimension of the panels popped up on craft foam and dimension tape..

One last look at the cards all together.

So what colour is your favourite? Do leave a comment and let me know.

Have a lovely day.

Cheers Donna 😍