Friday, 1 August 2014

Oh Happy Day Card- Faux Watercolour Effect

A very happy Friday to you! I hope you are all well the weather in North Wales has been a lot cooler this week and it is now raining :( Really hoping on getting some sun as there is nothing better than lazy summer days spent outside with the kids... ok .. add in a bit of crafting ... and then there nothing better ... oh and coffee ;)

Today I'm sharing with you a card using a fun faux watercolour technique.....

*Using the large rose shape from Wplus9 'More Fresh Cuts' , ink it up using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink first stamp it off onto some scrap paper before using the second generation ink to stamp onto some watercolour card.
*Using the rose detail stamp from the set ink with Festive Berries Distress Ink and use the second generation ink again to add the detail over the already stamped solid image.
*Then onto the leaf using the same second generation stamping technique with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
*Spritz over the stamped piece to add texture and the watercolour effect.
*Make a stacked die cut using the Wplus9 'Happy Trio Die' and add the rest of the sentiment using Lawn Fawn 'Sally's ABCs'.
*Ink the base card and add the layer.

I really love how this turned out! The beautiful faux wtercoloured image patterned paper is so fun to make and will work with lots of different images. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs Lydia xxx

More Fresh Cuts  Happy Trio Dies  Sally's ABC

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday

I hope you are having a great day-the sun is shining and it is nearly the weekend,yay!

Todays card is made using the incredibly cute Sugar Pea Designs Love you Bunches. This is not my normal style of card,so I am on new territory here! But I just love this stamp,its so cute. I dont think there is a single little girl that has never thrust a bunch of 'weeds' into their mothers hands at some point <3

I used Avery Elle Simply Said Hello die . The image is watercoloured using Distress inks.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed something new!

Lou x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Bubbly Congrats!

Kate is recuperating today so I'm filling in and I've made a quick congrats card for a friend who just qualified as an accountant and I thought the perfect thing to show off the great Congratulations word die from Paper Smooches was one of our new stencils......

I opted for the Bubble Confetti stencil as it felt celebratory and I used a variety of distress inks and tried to make some softer than others for that bokeh effect that was so trendy a while ago (I'm always behind the trends!).  This is the first time I've used this brand of stencils, and I have to say they are superb, a really thick mylar so they would be great for paste and paint as well as ink, and will be very long lasting (unlike some of the cheaper ones which crunch the first time you use them - yeah ask me how I know that!!!)

I die cut the word congratulations using the really gorgeous Paper Smooches die from some thick gold card and added a few colour co-ordinated sequins to finish.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Design Team Vacancy

Would you like to join our Design Team?

Sadly, due to a lack of time Tracy has decided to step down so we have a vacancy for one person to join our little team.

Applicants need:

  • A love of US craft products
  • An active blog and the ability to take clear photographs
  • A facebook account (DT communications are done via a private group so this is essential)
  • The ability to create one personal project per week, plus one challenge project per month and to comment and vote on challenge entries

No previous Design Team experience is necessary - you just need enthusiasm - we'll guide you through the rest.

If this sounds like you then send an email including a direct link to a post on your blog which illustrates your crafting style and a few sentences on why you think you'd make a good Design Team Member.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 8th August.

Looking forward to receiving your applications.

Pretty Rain!

Happy Tuesday! 
Hope you're all ok- and not hiding from pretty rain like this little bunny. I thought I'd give the 'line-less' trend a go- simply stamping in a light colour and colouring up the edges so there doesn't appear to be any stamped edges. I chose a light Memento colour (Sahara Sand, I think) & got shading with my Copics.
The set is called Hello Baby
and I've also enlisted the help of the matching dies- which were perfect for cutting out the metal for the umbrella
Thankfully, there's plenty of the moment.. but always best to 'hop' ahead of the stampede!! (he he- a little mixing of metaphors for you!)
Hoping you have a bright sunshiney day- but failing that, a gorgeous shiny umbrella would be the perfect style ticket to ward off the drops!!

See you next Tuesday!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Challenge 4 Winners

Sorry it's taken so long to announce the winners of the latest challenge - we've all been very busy with the start of the holidays, but finally all the votes are in and our winner is.......

Natty!   She did a great job on this challenge that saw many of you running for the hills rather than look back at your own blogs!  Nat took elements from her original card like birds, paper layers, speech bubbles and a bow and turned it into something stunning!   Here's the original so you can see what we mean.

Congrats Natty - you get the £15 to spend in store!

We did also choose 3 runners up who did some fabulous projects too - do take your winners badge now won't you.




Thanks to everyone who braved this challenge - you all did fabulous cards!   We'll be back again on the 1st August with a new challenge and this time we have an easier colour challenge for you all!

Sixty Years Young!!

Good morning, hope you all had a fabulous weekend.... loving the sunshine but a good watering for the garden and allotment is in order now, time for a rain dance I think :0)

I'll spare you the details on that and instead, move swiftly onto my card today which is for my Brother-in-Law who turns Sixty at the end of this week and has decided to run a half Marathon to mark the occasion!!!

I reached for the Paper Smooches 'Hope' stamp set because although it has some amazing and encouraging sentiments for loved ones battling cancer it also contains this running shoe which can be used for any other type of card. 
I stamped it twice and coloured them both with Promarkers before cutting them out... you could even thread your own laces with twine to add extra dimension. To customize the sentiment I used Lawn Fawns Harold's ABC's to write Years Young.... I wanted the panel to look like the 'runner number' attached to a running vest so I used some safety pin dies from MFT. 
It's a great set... look at that boxing glove too, another image that can be used for a sporty card!!

                                                       Hope  Harold's ABC
As always on a Monday, I'm reminding you to check out the new challenge at the Paper Smooches Sparks's a sketch this week and the DT have have some fab inspiration cards to show you :0)

Jenny x