04.04.2017

Avery Elle … Pegasus Duo

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Hello!  This week on the Avery Elle Blog I’m featuring the cuter-than-all-that Pegasus Duo stamp set.  These wee guys compliment Heather’s other little Be A Unicorn stamp set so well – can’t wait to pair them up together.  I thought I’d create a little night sky using the little star cluster stamp from the set and one of the sparkle stamps from Retro Ornaments.  I created a moon by just doodling some “craters” on a white Double Pierced Circle die cut using a grey Copic marker.  The Pegasuses (Pegasi??) were just coloured with Copics and then nestled into some clouds I created using the Cloud Border die set!
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29.03.2017

Simon Says … Anything Goes with Stampendous

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

This week we are showcasing products from Stampendous.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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I’ve kept it nice and CAS this week with my card and added some simple Copic colouring.  I love this cute little Tiny Trailer stamp from Stampendous – I can imagine heading off to a wee music festival in this!!!  The gorgeous sentiment is from Altenew stamp set called Floral Frame and it’s just gorgeous!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
28.03.2017

Water Colouring with Distress Oxides and a video!

Hello – I’m popping in with a rare post that has nothing to do with a design team!!  I don’t often get time to make cards other than for the design teams I’m on (Avery Elle and Simon Says Stamp) but today this card is a “just for fun” card using a stamp set called Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th that I’ve been coveting for AGES!!

At the same time as getting this set I also got other happy mail in the form of my latest order from Simon Says Stamp and in it there were some DISTRESS OXIDE INKS!  Yes, been dying to get hold of these since I saw them at CHA in January.  So anyway, here’s a couple of cards I’ve made with this stamp set.  The first uses the Distress Oxides as a water colouring medium (LOVE) and on the second I kept it simple and coloured just part of the design using a couple of Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.  I even created a video too!!

 

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27.03.2017

Avery Elle … City Celebrations

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Hey!  Today I’m on the Avery Elle Blog with this card using the City Celebrations die.  This has so many uses and offers a ton of different ways to use it – check what the other DT members have made over on the blog.  I kept this card simple but BRIGHT by adding some shading to the buildings but made the balloons pop by colouring them with Zig Clan Colour Markers.  The panel is mounted onto a Magenta card base with foam tape – and that’s it!

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22.03.2017

Simon says … Use More Than One Die cut/punch with Memory Box

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

More Than One Die Cut/Punch 

This week we are showcasing Memory Box.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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So this week I’ve been playing with WOW! heat reactive foil!  I wanted a subtle yet striking background for my Memory Box Stitched Heart Trio die cuts so pulled out an older set from Avery Elle called Brushed – and stamped one of the brush strokes three times in Versamark Ink.  I then used the WOW! Bonding powder and sprinkled it over the stamped images much as you would embossing powder.  When you then heat it it goes tacky and whilst it’s still hot, you add over the foil.  I burnished it a little with a bone folder and then peeled back the foil to reveal the silver design!  For the rest of the card I simply die cut the hearts from cream and Doll Pink card stock and layered them up alternatively.  I added them to my card and finished off with a few spots of Silver Moondust Nuovo drops.  The sentiment, which is also foiled is from one of my favourite go-to die sets from Avery Elle, Sentimental.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
20.03.2017

Avery Elle … Sip Sip Hooray

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Hello – I’m up on the Avery Elle Blog today with a wine bottle tag I created using some gorgeous products from the current Avery Elle release.  I started by cutting a wine bottle tag from white card stock and stamped the Thank You sentiment from  the Sip Sip Hooray stamp set in Avery Elle Aquamarine pigment ink.  Next I stamped and white heat embossed the flower stamp from the Mimosas stamp set and coloured it with a water colour technique using Zig Clean Colour markers.  I glued this onto the tag and it was done!!  This is such a handy die to have and turns a gift of wine into something much more personal!

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Please make sure to stop by the Avery Elle Blog every day for lots of inspiration.

18.03.2017

Charity Blog Hop with Sandy Allnock

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You should have arrived here from the very talented blog of Lisa Stein – if you’re looking for the start then head over to Sandy’s Blog and start from there.  The full list of participants can be found at the bottom of this post.

I’m so happy to be part of a VERY special blog hop today organised and hosted by my lovely, kind, funny and very talented friend Sandy Allnock.  I was so happy when she asked me to join in – there are a great many causes out there and so many ways to support them – the gift of a charity donation being a GREAT way to do that!

The charity I’m supporting today is called IMPACT.  They are a fantastic organisation who help people across 11 different countries in Africa and Asia trying to reduce disability-causing diseases which leave millions of people every year suffering from life-changing illnesses.  They have a variety of different gifts you can purchase ranging from £10 for equipment to help a childbirth attendant to £200 for surgery to repair a fistula.  The gift I decided to get is The Gift of A Home Garden.  This will provide seeds, saplings and training to help establish a vegetable garden which could feed a family for a lifetime.  That must be better than giving someone a bottle of perfume or box of chocolates, mustn’t it??  Along with the gift card you also receive a cotton tote bag – sweet!

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And here’s the card I made to go with the gift card.  I thought these wee gnomes from My Favourite Things would make the perfect partners to the theme of the gift.  I made a wee garden scene by first stencilling the Small Brick Wall stencil using different colours of Avery Elle pigment inks and Clarity Brushes (what a revelation they are)!  I then stamped a couple of the gnomes from You Gnome Me and coloured them using Copics and Distress markers.  I built up the rest of the garden using die-namics – Grassy Fields and Spring Garden (now seems to be discontinued but is still available at Seven Hills Crafts!).  

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Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving…and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!

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And here is the full list of hoppers – if you get lost at any point head back to Sandy’s blog and start from there.  Your next stop is Carly Tee Minner

15.03.2017

Simon Says … A Bit ‘O Green

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Feminine Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is to use a

Bit O’ Green 

In honour of St Patricks day on 17th March

This week we are showcasing Taylored Expressions Products this week. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Well I had a wee bit of help from my son with this week’s card!  He’s an origami master and I saw him making bows (just randomly, like any 17 year old boy does) and thought – wow, I’ll have one of them!!  So I gave hime some Taylored Expressions polka dot paper (in green ofcourse) and voila – a beautiful folded bow!  The card didn’t need much more than that!!  Cute or what?!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
14.03.2017

Avery Elle … Mimosas

My card over on the Avery Elle Blog this week features the gorgeous Mimosas Clear stamp set and dies.  I used the floral image in the background and stamped the sentiment along the top using two inks for a gradient effect.  The glasses were coloured and die cut then coated with Glossy Accents to add that little summink!!!

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07.03.2017

Avery Elle … Mother’s Day

Today’s card over on the Avery Elle Blog has been created using the gorgeous Mother’s Day stamp set from Avery Elle.  There is a simple flower cluster than can be coloured in so many different ways – I water coloured it here using Kuretake Gansai paints, haven’t played with them in a while.  I framed the sentiment by stamping the cluster above and below it and went for a purple colour scheme (my Mother-in-Law’s favourite).

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