Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Sail Away!

Hi there,

I hope you are keeping warm if you are in Melbourne Australia! It certainly is the weather for staying indoors and crafting. So crafting I have been. 

 The crafting frenzy brought on by the cold weather has produced these 2 lovelies.

 I cannot claim this design as my own. I saw THIS card on Pinterest and  followed the link to Kathie's blog, "Stamp with Kathie." Click  HERE to visit Kathie's lovely blog where you can see how she also decorated the  inside of her card as well. 

So this was the first card I made. I put the dapper denim CS behind the  the By the Shore DSP at a jaunty angle. This jaunty or wonky angled piece of CS seems to be quite the rage on cards at the moment......my lost hours viewing of Pinterest suggests that it's "bang on trend." I don't know how I really feel about this trend. I said in another post that I'm not entirely sold on this look. I tend to like things lined up and in straight lines.

So I made another one with everything lined up lol!

I do like this one better. I asked my hubby and kids  separately which one they preferred. Funnily enough they all liked the "all lined up straight card" too!!! I laughed. 

Hopefully you can see from this photo that the DSP and yacht were raised up on dimensionals on both cards.

Once again here are both cards for you to see.

 So which one do you prefer? Are you all for the wonky/jaunty angle or do you like everything all lined up?

Thanks for visiting. Don't forget to leave a comment and say hello!

Cheers Donna :)

Monday, 8 August 2016

Seaside Shore!

Hi there,

well I found myself with an unexpected day off today.....which meant that I got to craft for several hours without interruption......sigh ah bliss!!!!!! 

This meant  I got to play with my Seaside Shore stamp set from Stampin' Up. For a few weeks I've been scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Click HERE to see the card that inspired my creations. It's the top card out of the two cards. It was created by Katina from Loving Life's Little Blessings. Click HERE to go to her post that features the cards and her lovely blog.

The 2 cards I made  are slightly different to each other. 

. Here's the first card.

 FYI my card was not photographed on a hill, nor is there a slope on the window ledge....sadly the angle I must have held the camera as I crouched onto the floor to take the photo, makes it appear that way lol.  Why was I crouching on the floor you ask?  Because I have ceiling to floor windows.

 Any whoo.... I was going to actually copy Katina's card pretty closely. I got all my supplies cut the DSP popped it on top of the red CS and then......OMG I had cut the DSP in "portrait mode." As this paper has a design that emulates wavy sea water it's not the kind of DSP I could just rotate 90 degrees. So my cards had to be "portrait mode."  This necessitated some layout changes and I must say I am pretty happy with how they turned out.

 All the fish on this card were stamped in black ink. The 2 smaller fish were then coloured in using a blender pen and real red and crushed curry ink.

Here's the 2nd card.

You may have noticed the gradient colour on the DSP has been turned up the other way on this card. It starts darker at the top getting lighter as it graduates down the card. This gradient  colour change was noticed by my hubby and he did point out that it should be lighter at the top and get darker towards the bottom to emulate the sea.  Whilst this is true I pointed out you couldn't sea the seaweed as much with the darker colour at the bottom and he said, "Yeah, but it looks better that way."  Oh well, that's his opinion. I haven't made up my mind which one I like better yet. 

 Both cards have crumb cake ink sponged at the bottom of the DSP. The seaweed was stamped in wild wasabi ink and then coloured in with a blender pen and ink from the ink pad. I masked the seaweed in this 2nd card so I could then stamp the anchor in real red ink. 

The smaller fish is stamped in black ink and then coloured with crushed curry using a blender pen. The larger fish was stamped in night of navy ink.

Hopefully from this close up you can just see that the little fins on the smaller fish have been stamped again and then popped up with a bit of a dimensional and stuck on top of the fish. The word "swimmingly" has been re stamped in real red and also popped up on dimensionals on both cards.

Here are both cards once again for you to see.

So what do you think?  Which card do you prefer? 

Have a lovely day!

Cheers Donna :)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Pootle's Colour Challenge 006

Hi there,

 I'm on a roll at the moment with taking part in  challenges. This challenge is run by the lovely Sam  over at Pootles. 

Sam runs a colour challenge that comes out every Saturday, this is her 6th challenge. Click HERE to see what it's all about.

This week's colours  are Night of Navy, Emerald Envy and Sahara Sand. You can choose to use all of them or just some of them, it's up to you.

Well I suppose you'd like to see my card.......

I have used all 3 colours with some of my new goodies.

Here are the details-
1. Night of Navy card base top with a white card mat.
2. I cut out Sahara Sand CS with one of the  Swirly Scribble thinlets.
3. I used the Swirly Bird stamp set to stamp 2 Night of Navy and 1 Sahara Sand smaller scribbles ( the second smallest), 1 large and 2 small leaves with Emerald Envy. The Sahara Sand scribble was popped up on a dimensional. The leaves were curled slightly so they stick up from the CS, they are just glued at the base.
4. The sentiment was stamped with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in Night of Navy. I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals.
5. I scribbled over the 3 scribbles with my Wink of Stella, that is still being coy about being photographed.
6.  Oopps almost forgot, I stamped with Sahara Sand, using the stamping off technique once before stamping onto the card using the grungy spots from Swirly Bird as well. And yes I actually did that when I had finished the card- hoping I was not making a mistake by adding one more thing lol. Do you ever do that?

A couple of more photos for you.

In this photo you can just see how the leaves curl out from the card base and that the sentiment is popped up with dimensionals......well I hope you can!

I do hope you like my card, let me know what you think.

I was hoping to do more crafting with my  new Seaside Shore stamp set, but I couldn't resist taking part in some challenges. Hopefully tomorrow I can do that.

Cheers Donna :)