13 February 2017

Paper Smooches February Card Challenge.

Hi there everyone!!
Today I decided to check out the Paper Smooches February Challenge I love Paper Smooches stamps and dies and own many of their sets, some dating back to when the store first opened.
The theme for the challenge is love. I thought about using their banner (above) as my inspiration but there was the cutest cactus stamp in the Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs stamp set that I totally wanted to use!!!

So what did I use for my creation??

Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs Stamp Set
Paper Smooches Linked hearts Die
Paper Smooches Smooches Die
Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts Die
Doodle bug Design Fun in the Sun Paper Pad
Cardstock - white, hologrpahic silver, black, pink glitter and metallic red.
Tape runner
Copic markers
Wink of stella clear marker

I love how my card came together, bright and colourful sending love, but not too over the top with the Valentines theme!!!

I hope you love my creation. Make sure you check out everyone elses creations too over at the  Paper Smooches February Challenge

Until next time......

04 January 2017

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Wow! Its been forever since I did a challenge, I spend so much time freelance writing for craft magazines, writing tutorials for Fontbundles.net and looking after the kids, it feels like I never get time to create just for creating sake! everything I seem to make is for work.

But with the school holidays here and my hubby is off for a week I have finally got a bit on "Me" time and thought I'd enter a challenge!!!

So this week I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge .
This week the challenge is Anything Goes with a spotlight on Lindys Stamp Gang products. I swear I owned some Lindys Stamp gang spritz, but I cant find them :( So I had to improvise and use a few other brands of spritz instead! Tho I will be purchasing their spritz after seeing some of the great cards made with the unique colours!!!!

I'll post a quick tutorial of what I did to create this card.

You will need the following-

Blank card
Cardstock - copper, black glitter, gold glitter
Watercolour paper
Spritz - Distress mica spray-antiqued bronze, sheer shimmer spritz-gold
Stamps - Sweet Stamp Shop- Birthday sentiments, Inkadinkado - 60-01220 (geeky cat)
MFT Dienamics - Chevron stripes
Adhesives- Tape runner, Multi matte medium,foam tape
Coloured Pencils
Black ink - Ranger Archival Ink

1- Stamp your image on watercolour paper and trim. Place on a mat or somewhere safe to spray with your ink. I used a old cardboard box.

2- Spritz with the Copper Spray. Let dry (or heat dry) then spray with the gold spritz. Let dry.

3- Once Dry, colour in the image with pencils. I wanted a subtle look on the kitty so I only used lighter colours and blended them a little with grey/fawn pencil.

4- Once coloured, Layer on black glitter cardstock, then cover your blank card with copper card.
Die cut your gold chevrons and place onto your card. Adhere the image onto your card with foam tape. Add sequins.

The card took me under 20 min to make!
I love how spritz can give your cards a great shimmery look but at the same time does not detract from your stamped image.

Make sure you check out everyone elses awesome makes for this challenge!! I really enjoyed creating just for fun rather than work!!!

Until next time.......

17 December 2016

Combining Laser and Inkjet with Foil Tutorial

*Nothing to Disclose. I am not affiliated with Heidi Swapp or American Crafts.

So this Christmas I decided that if my kids wanted to hand out a bunch of Christmas cards, they would have to make them themselves!
So I thought that a foiled greeting on their hand drawn cards would look cool! And its easy to do!!!!

You will need the following-
Hand drawn picture/image.
colour inkjet printer (not laser)
laser printer
HS Minc Machine
Software to print with and add text. (i used silhouette studio)
Manual die cutting machine/dies

1- I got my daughter to draw a pic for the front of her cards. You can see the pic she drew below. Then I scanned it into my PC.


04 December 2016

Foiled Christmas Card Tutorial

*Nothing to Disclose. I am not affiliated with Heidi Swapp or American Crafts.

Christmas time can become quite busy and I know I always want to make my own greeting cards. It gives a personal touch when handing them to loved ones. But nearly every year I just run out of time!!
 Not this year!!!
 I decided that with some amazing files from Designbundles.net  and my Minc Foiling machine I could whip up some quick Christmas cards.

To make these cards you will need the following-

* A design to place on your cards- I used the Christmas overlays from designbundles.net As they are all ready to use in an array of colours.
* A Laser Printer (or print out your images with an inkjet and get them photocopied (as we need the images printed in toner)
* Foil in various colours.
* Heidi Swap Minc Machine (at a pinch you can get away with an iron )
* Cardstock
* Adhesives
* A frame die; I used Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die set (you could also hand cut your images out)
*Manual die cutting machine

I am using Silhouette Studio for printing. I use this program over other programs as I have found that for whatever reason things tend to print better with the silhouette software.
It is a free program you can download HERE. And you do not need a Silhouette machine to use it.