Friday, 3 November 2017

Stampin' Blends have arrived!

The new Stampin' Blends have arrived and available to purchase now. You too can colour like a pro with these rich alcohol based markers. They are available in a dark and light tone so you can blend and create brilliant depth in your shading. 

Contact me now for more information and to place your order!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Crazy Crafters Team Highlights

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd join in with this weeks team highlights. Since the new stampin' blends arrived I've been madly colouring! I really love the rich colours and the dark and light shade for beautiful blending. These markers blend beautifully because they are alcohol markers!

I store my markers in 2 dvd cases that lay flat on my shelf so the ink remains even and doesn't run.

So here are the 2 projects I've been working on. I used the rose wonder stamp set as it's a very large image and perfect for colouring. I also used memento black in for the outline as this ink does not run when working with the stampin blends. I used old olive for the leaves in both cards and some of the new foil snowflakes as the background in card 1. For card 2 i used the burlap ribbon.
For the rose in card 1 i used rich razzleberry and for card 2 i used calypso coral.

If you like my entries then please click the link below and vote for my cards!!

These markers are amazing to blend with. They will be available from November.

The new stamp set 'color me happy' is also great to stamp and colour with the new markers.  Here are a few samples i made with this set.
And here are some more examples of blending using some older sets.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope I've inspired you to get colouring with the new stampin' blends and don't forget to vote.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Crazy Crafters October Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog.

Now it's been almost a year since joining in with a Crazy Crafter's blog hop and I do feel guilty but life has been hectic. I went back to work full time at the start of the year and there is never enough time in the day to do much of anything. But alas, it is September school holidays and so I thought I should try and get back into it. I trawled through Pinterest and found a card i would CASE.  This card was created by Katy Harrison.

This card is just so beautiful and eclectic - I love it and really enjoyed Cas(e)ing it too.

So below is my take on the card -

and so I couldn't stop there, and made another version of this card.

Apologies about the quality of the photos - I took these pics at night and they are not the best quality. Hopefully you get the idea and can see how I have created an innovation of Katy's original card.

Thanks so much for taking a look - don't forget to keep hopping through to see all the amazing creations from the other Crazy Crafter's.

Here is a list of products I used:

  • melon mambo, sweet sugarplum and fresh fig ink
  • foil snowflakes
  • swirly birds (stamp set)
  • dragonfly dreams (stamp set) and detailed dragonfly thinlits
  • mini dimensionals and fine-tip glue pen
  • whisper white cardstock
  • washi tape (retired)
  • stampin trimmer

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Case this Card - #CTC009

Welcome back to my blog this week where I am playing along with Jessie Holton's Case This Card Challenge. I won the card challenge last week - how exciting!!

But the hardest part was casing my own card - hahahaah

I find it so easy to look at other cards and CASE them however I didn't find the task easy when having to do my own card.

Here is my winning card for last week - #CTC008.

So after lots of thinking and deliberating, I decided to CASE my colour scheme and use flowers again to carry the theme across.

I also decided that if I was making the card for a particular recipient in mind, it would make the creating part easier.

I decided to make a card for my lovely neighbor who has kindly given me a heap of plants to kick start my own garden. My garden is really coming along and looks so much better with a few plants tucked in amongst the already established palm trees.

So here is the card I came up with:

I used quite a few different stamp sets and punches for this card. I wanted to create a wooden fence with lots of flowers growing over the top (to create the over the fence neighbor scene).

I used Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugar Plum as my colour scheme to Case from my original card. I stamped using black Stazon for my sentiment on acetate so it didn't cover up the fence in the background.

I white heat embossed all my flowers and then watercoloured over them with Sweet Sugar Plum for the large flowers and Bermuda Bay for the smaller flowers. The small green leaves that feature in my card were from botanical blooms. The colouring technique for this was done with re-inkers and tissues. I previously blogged about this technique so if you are interested in finding out how I created them click here.

 The fence was created by stamping out using a combination of Bermuda bay and dapper denim onto the background stamp - Hardwood.
I then cut it up into wooden palings and glued back to the card onto melon mambo cardstock using foam adhesive strips. this gave my fence some depth and would enable me to stick flowers behind it like a real fence with flowers growing behind and over it.
The top of the fence was snipped off and reused to create the wooden support beams (so it looked like a real fence).

I used some cute embellishments on some of the flowers to create some more depth and interest. I hope you enjoyed popping over to my blog today. Be sure to check out the other cards for this week's challenge and join in with this challenge too.

here is the link to Jessie's blog to play along too.  Click here to enter CTC Now!!!!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Crazy Crafter's September Blog Hop with Special Guest - Bibi Cameron

Hi everyone, and welcome to another fabulous Crazy Crafter's Blog Hop. This time we are CASEing (Copy and Selectively Edit) the famous Bibi Cameron, a UK Stampin' Up Demo!! If you have arrived directly to my blog, then make sure you go back and see the other amazing talent on this list below so you don't miss any inspiration from this hop.

Click here to go to Bibi's Blog and see all the other amazing things she has created :)

Now with so many cool ideas on Bibi's blog, is was hard to choose a card or project to CASE as I wanted to pick so many!!! In the end I went with a card that Bibi created using the balloon punch, but took the idea or concept to create my own version. Here is the card that Bibi created:

I totally loved the concept of stamping a background and then creating another level above with the same image - isn't it effective!!!

Here is my CASE of the card:

Firstly, I used some new DSP - It is called Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper (DSP for short). It is just magic, with a white embossed pattern on each sheet that really pops when you sponge ink over it. As you can see in the photo - I used two colours for this background. Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush.

Now, originally I stamped the leaf from Thoughtful Branches across a cut out leaf using the Thinlit die. However it really didn't work in the same way that Bibi managed to do it? Maybe because the leaf is smaller or the shape is too defined (I'm not sure) but it didn't have the same effect. So in the end I removed the leaves and created some more and attached them to the bottom right hand corner of the card. This looked much better and appeared more clear! I decided to attached some of the new Burlap ribbon across the leaves for a rustic look and then finally a sentiment. But again, I stamped out a sentiment and it look weird covering up the bottom part of the leaves. So I had a brain wave - I had purchased some Jet Black Stazon Ink and some acetate sheets. BINGO!!! My solution to my problem. A sentiment without covering up too much of the background. I love how this came to together and although it ended up being quite different to Bibi's card, the end result was still pretty cool!!

Inside the card, I used some of the left over sponged cardstock from the front to cut out some leaves using the Thoughtful Branches thinlit die. This added an extra dimension to the card and some interest to the white interior.

Well, I hope you liked my take on Bibi's card and draw some inspiration from this card or from some of the ideas and techniques that were used to put together this card.

Now, don't forget to continue hopping through to the next person on the list so you get to see all the amazing creations from the one and only 'Crazy Crafter's' Team.

Oh, here is a photo of the products I used to create this card:

Happy Hopping:

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

#CTC008 - Flower Patch

Hi and welcome to my blog,

today I decided to play along with Jessie Holton's 'Case this Card' challenge #CTC008. Each week the winner of the challenge is the card you must case for the following week.

If you want to join in then follow this link:

So here is the winning card that I'm casing this week. Kirsten did a fabulous job with her card, it looks so bright and happy. I love how she has put this card together.

So I decided to use the same stamp set and matching framelits to create my card.

Here is what I came up with:

I've also entered this card into Kylie's weekly highlights. Make sure you pop over and see all the other entries for this week and vote for your favourite three! Click this link to check them out and vote!

I really enjoyed pulling this "Flower Patch" stamp set out again as I haven't used it in quite a while. I decided to create the large flowers using the new Ombre Ink that Stampin' Up! have released. It gives you a gradual tone across the flower and looks superb. If you haven't used the ombre inks yet then contact me to find out how you can purchase them. They blend really well and create a lovely effect on stamps. The flower patch flower was perfect as it's a solid stamp and really shows the effect.


I cut the flowers out using the matching framelits and also cut an extra one for the inside of my card to carry the theme through the card. The sentiment also comes from this stamp set too which was a bonus as I only used one stamp set to create this entire card.

Matching Envelope using the sweet sugar plum envelope paper :)

My colour palette for this card was:

  • Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Melon Mambo
  • Dapper Denim (sentiment)
  • Blushing Bride
  • Pear Pizzazz
All the background stamping for this card was stamped off once first on scratch paper (just to lighten each colour by one shade).

The sentiment was mounted onto the card using foam strips as these sit slightly higher than stampin dimensionals and I wanted it to sit high above the flowers.

Cardstock used:

  • Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Whisper White


Fancy Frost Sequins (they are soooo gorgeous)!!! I used these cute shiny sequins to decorate some of the flowers on my cards. I used the fine tip glue pen to adhere them!

I hope you like my take on this week's challenge card and take the time to join in too.

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting :)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Crazy Crafter's October Blog Hop with Special Guest - Julie Davidson

Hi and welcome to another Crazy Crafter's Blog Hop. This month we have the privilege of hopping with the very talented Julie Davidson - woo hoo. If you haven't been to visit Julie and her blog, then click here to visit her blog (but make sure you do come back and see all the amazing talent that is on offer from our fabulous team.

Well without further ado, I present to you the card that Julie made and I am CASing today.

Link to YouTube: -

This was a card I found through YouTube as I wanted to try something a bit different and use some washi tape in my card. My goal for this year is to use my washi tape and not just keep buying it and collecting it (hehehe). This card is perfect for using up washi tape if you want to get rid of some retired product or in my case, I used the gorgeous new "Pop of Pink" washi tape. I can't get enough of this tape. I have used it quite a few times in my cards recently as I absolutely love the colours. This is definitely something I would stock up on before it retires :)

So below is the Pop of Pink Washi Tape!!! Gorgeous isn't it!

To create the butterfly I used a the  butterfly thinlit die.

and here is the outcome ...

I used some gold sequins to decorate some of the white space. The butterfly was cut out 4 times - 3 times in black and then mounted on top of each other to create some height. the final layer was mounted onto stampin dimensionals so it really lifted above the card to show depth.

After doing this the butterfly still needed something else to finish it off so I decided to use some Wink of Stella around the edges of the butterfly. Can you see it? Not sure if the photo really shows it well, but the card has a gorgeous sparkle around the edges and looks great!

This photo shows the layers of black beneath the white layered butterfly. It looks like the butterfly is just floating above the card with a slight shadow and the layers of washi tape emerging through the cut out parts of the butterfly.

I have purposely cropped the white layer as Julie suggested in her YouTube video to reveal the layer of coloured washi tape background and also create a coloured border at the same time.

Finally I have left off the sentiment this time as I am still deciding what type of card this will be.

What do you all think??

Please leave your suggestions in the comment box below and the most popular suggestion will be what I go with. I will then add it and repost a picture of the updated card after the blog hop concludes!! Can't wait to see what you think:)