Distress Inks Watercolor effect

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I managed to squeeze in a card yesterday just for fun, a rarity in the summer holidays! I'm still loving the whole watercolor trend and I think it's going to be around for another while yet! I did a little two-tone stamping using Distress inks and some of my hand-carved floral stamps, then spritzed the paper with some water to create the watercolor bleed effect. Very easy!


The fab sentiment is from Oh Happy Day by Avery Elle, I'm just in love with that font! Variations of it seem to be everywhere at the moment!


I added a little lace for a touch of femininity and some zingy lemon embroidery thread/floss to tie it all together! : )


Paper flower tutorial - large rose with stamen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


A little while ago a lady contacted me about a flower I made for a project, this one I think and she wanted to know how I made it. She liked that the centre was big and poofy. So I finally got around to it and here's the fairly simple photo tutorial.


The materials needed are some Core'dinations cardstock, I used Vanilla Cream, the Sizzix Tattered Florals die, Big Shot, a Sand-It Gadget, a pen with a rounded lid, foam mat, craft sheet and some stamen. First I die cut all the pieces needed, I snipped between the petals slightly on the smaller die cut. Then I sanded all the edges.


On a craft sheet with a foam mat underneath I used the rounded lid of a pen and pressed into the petals of each die cut to create a cupped shape. I repeated this for each layer.


I made a small hole in the centre of each layer for the stamen to pass through. I folded over a bunch of stamen and added them to the centre of the smallest die-cut layer. Then I continued to add each layer, adding a small amount of glue between the layers and making sure the petals alternated.


Once all the layers were added I just tidied up the back of the flower with some masking tape, this helps to smooth out the back and make it less bulky because of the stamen.


Then I just shaped the petals with my fingers, especially the centre, you need to press this layer almost closed to create a nice ball effect and that's it! These make great embellishments for wedding cards and gift bags when you want something with a little more oomph! : )




Petaloo and Core'dinations - Back to School

Monday, August 11, 2014


Petaloo have teamed up with Core'dinations for a series of 'Back to School' themed blog hops. Pop on over to the Core'dinations Blog for all the details on how to WIN some great prizes! First up I made this fun apple shaped card using my Silhouette Portrait, design ID for the apple is #64361. I used some of Core'dinations new Chalk Core range for the base and tag, the Colors selections are just fabulous. I teamed some red Chalk Core with some cardstock from the Graphic45 Signature Series Darks Collection, embossed using a herringbone embossing folder.


I used flowers from Petaloo Botanica Petite's Pistachio and Darjeeling Mini Daisies Nightfall. The stitched grosgrain if from Petaloo Fancy Trims Black. I just used a white pen to write the text on the tag. Next up I made a Chalkboard Easel Card.


Again I used my Silhouette Portrait and a cut file #63016 to cut the card base from some brown cardstock from the Graphic45 Signature Series Darks Collection. This time I embossed it with a woodgrain embossing folder and sanded the surface with my Sand-It Gadget. I used some white Chalk Core from Core'dinations for the center panel and sanded the edges lightly to reveal some of the core. Then I hand lettered the text using a white pastel pencil, then went over it with a white pen.


The flowers are from Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Daisies Nightfall and Darjeeling Dahlias Nightfall. The black lace trim is from Petaloo Fancy Trims Black. My last project is a cute owl gift bag!


Again I used a cut file #45530 to make this but I added a strip of cardstock to make a handle that wasn't in the design. The brown cardstock is from Graphic45 Signature Series Darks Collection from Core'dinations and I used Vanilla Cream on the wings and belly embossed with herringbone. I used some more white Chalk Core from Core'dinations to make the tag and added the text with a white pen.


The flower is from Petaloo Darjeeling Collection. I also used some flowers from this collection on the belly of the owl to add a textured feather effect, I simply separated the layers and snipped each layer in half, they were just perfect for the feathers!


Here are all three projects (Apple Card, Chalkboard Easel card and Owl Gift Bag) together. I hope you enjoyed my back to school projects!


Thanks for dropping by today, enjoy the rest of the Petaloo and Core'dinations 'Back to School' inspiration this week. Oh and don't forget Core'dinations is having a DESIGN TEAM call right now, check out all the details here.



Core'dinations gift bag and tag

Friday, August 8, 2014


I've a cute gift bag and tag project with tutorial over on the Core'dinations blog today. This one's very quick and easy. I used Core'dinations Whitewash Collection, Spun Sugar cardstock from the Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection, Smooth Core Tags, Darice Paper Bag and some SRM Stickers. Pop on over to the Core blog for more details.


Oh and if you're interested Core'dinations has a DT CALL out now, check here for all the details. I have to say it's a wonderful team to be on, I've had a blast and they are VERY generous! If you're here for my CASE Study 4th Anniversary card then scroll down to the next post. Thanks for dropping by today! : )


CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I'm delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for CASE Study's 4th Anniversary! You should have arrived here from my creative friend Nina's blog. There are some fabulous blog hops lined up over the next few weeks with lots of prizes up for grabs. The sponsors this week are Serendipity Stamps, Penny BlackWaffle Flower and Uniko Studio! To be in with a chance to WIN leave a comment on each blog before Tuesday the 12th of August (11:59pm). Of course there's a challenge open to CASE any of the projects featured in the blog hop.


The theme for our creations was inspiration of any sort, so I found this gorgeous rustic wedding invitation on Etsy by FromLeoniWithLove. I just loved the lace banner, the kraft cardstock, the burlap, the twine and the overall feel of them.


The lace banner I made by cutting triangles from a folded piece of lace, I popped these over a piece of twine and glued the sides together giving me a pretty lace banner. The flowers are from Petaloo.


For the background I embossed some Textured Kraft Cardstock from Core'dinations Basics using Cuttlebug Rosa embossing folder by Anna Griffin and rubbed the embossed surface with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink.


The sentiment sticker is from We've Got Your Sticker/Forever from SRM Stickers and stitching from Sticker Stitches. Next up on the hop is the talented Keisha Campbell.

Here's the full list of participants for this week. Enjoy the hop!



One day at a time

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Sharing a special card I made today for a relative undergoing some tough medical treatment, I didn't have a fitting sentiment stamp so I printed this one. The font is called brave. I love the hand-lettered look of it.


All the flowers are hand-carved my me, this time I experimented with some acrylic paints when I was stamping. I used a fine sponge to apply the paint. I thought the background was a little too white so I added some paint splatters using the same color acrylic paints.


I had stamped the flowers in a nice pattern but I wanted to add some dimension so I did a little fussy cutting and adhered them with some silicone glue. Here are the carved stamps I used for this card.


As much as I love the florals, I've had this urge to carve a fancy tea cup! So I'll be doodling some ideas for that in my sketchbook. Teacup card coming soon, fingers crossed! : )