Keen on Neon Challenge

I was on a little neon colour kick recently. It’s definitely a trend, and it’s good to at least try out a trend, whether or not it takes hold of you. And I hadn’t posted these cards until I heard about the Moxie Fab World Keen on Neon challenge, so here they are in all their colourful glory!

I tried a take on a shadow puppet, using definitely non-shadow colours and my Silhouette die cutter.

That led me to some geometrics and the illusion of transparency – see the way the orange between the yellow & pink makes it look like those two colours are overlapping and transparent?

Then I tried a typography approach and a little chalk ink.

This last card isn’t quite as neon as the others, but it felt neon, the way the grey made the pink pop. That rhinestone decal is a dollar store find – it’s a bit of cell phone bling in a zebra print!

Go check out the other entries to the challenge here, or enter yourself! The deadline is December 17th.

Watercolor Butterflies

My internet has decided to be extremely slow today. So annoying! Especially because I’m still trying to watch Wednesday’s American Idol performances.

For today’s Scrapbooker’s Paradise challenge, Merlie’s prompt was all about friendship. I am so blessed with many dear friends and so it was easy to create a card that could make a friend gasp with delight.

I really wanted to have a blended, watercolour look for my butterflies, and I tried a couple of different methods before I got the look I wanted. I first tried spritzing two colours of Glimmer Mist on a sheet of acetate, and then stamping using the mist as my ink, but it was too light. Then I tried wetting my paper (watercolour paper works good for this) and then stamping, stamping and then spraying with water, and finally, I just inked my stamp with two colours of ink and spritzed the stamp with water. The paper was still damp so all of these factors worked together and I got the watercolour look I wanted. Seriously, I find it easier just to paint!

Head over to the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog to see what the rest of the design team has created and to add your own friendship focused project to the link list!

And the whole reason I was messing about with inks and sprays was because I was also playing the Watercolor Butterflies Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World. Right up my alley!

You can check out that challenge and links here.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! With my triathlon training schedule, I get to look forward to a couple of long training runs, so I’ve got mixed feelings about the weekend ahead. On the other hand, I love how strong I feel after completing a hard run or cycle. It’s worth it.


Robin Hood Card: Fun with Feathers

When I first paged through the March/April 2012 issue of Paper Crafts, I thought that Betsy Veldman’s “Sparrow” card was about the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. The fact that she used an actual feather to stamp with was the genius technique that made it beautiful AND innovative! You can see the card on the Moxie Fab World blog as a part of Cath’s “Fascination with Feathers” challenge post.

As much as I wanted to create a breathtakingly pretty card, sometimes Betsy just leaves me thinking that there’s no way to top the loveliness she’s created, and so I took my Fascination with Feathers entry in a different direction.

I recently finished reading a book on Robin Hood to my five-year-old son, and he thinks Robin is “awesome!” I always had a little crush on him myself, though not so much the Kevin Costner version in Prince of Thieves as the foxy fellow in the Disney animated film. Oh, there are a lot of great lines in that one!
“P.J. I like that! Hiss, put it on my luggage.”

Anyhow, not having a feather stamp, I used a leaf that looked feathery, stamped and cut out and adhered to a piece of cardstock folded to look like a hat. A little bit of real feather was added as well. And I know that “be merry” is more of a Christmas sentiment, but when paired with the garb of one of Robin’s Merry Men, I think it has a bit of a punny effect! I think a little fellow celebrating his birthday would feel merry indeed to receive this card!

Cardstock: Bazzill, Mohawk
Stamps: Close to My Heart
Ink: Stampin’ Up!
Feather: Dollar Store 


All About the Journey

I used to run three blogs, did you know that? (Overachieve, much?) I really liked blogging about my life and thoughts, and if you look under “Personal” at the top of the page you can see the results of three years of blogging about my mummy-life musings. I finally combined them all and it’s still a work in progress (it takes time to learn WordPress!) and I’m also trying to do more on my Facebook page – isn’t it funny how the internet is changing? Used to be that everyone did blogs and now it’s going more and more to Facebook.

Anyhow, I’ve also cut back on how much I “vent” on my blog which is good for you because otherwise you’d get an eyeful of my thoughts on current events (Occupy Wall Street?), the ongoing saga of van repairs (Today’s Episode XIIVXII: Shopping for Winter Tires), and a recital of what we have and haven’t done during our homeschool week. Now I save that kind of gripping narrative for my dearest friends and family. Aren’t they lucky?

I’ve been experimenting with backwards-ness in making cards lately. For this one, I wanted to use a label shape die but in reverse – die cutting a window instead of layering a die cut label. I also ran the kraft cardstock through my Sizzix Big Shot with an embossing plate to add some texture. And this inspiring paper from the Odds and Ends collection by Cosmo Cricket drove the theme of the card.

The texture and layers in the card make it perfect for the Moxie Fab World Textured to Perfection challenge – I told you I’m perfectly suited for a challenge of this type – it’s what I do naturally! Have a great day!





Coral and Cream Love Card

I love to participate in the Moxie Fab World challenges, but I generally find my style is not as trendily eye-catching as the eventual challenge winners. I like my layers, what can I say? So you know I had to enter the Textured to Perfection challenge – layers and texture are my forte!

I had a new embossing folder I wanted to try – isn’t it pretty – but I didn’t have any white-core cardstock, so I made my own by inking cream cardstock with coral ink (Smoothie from Close to My Heart). I embossed the design and sanded away the high spots to reveal the cream below.

I wanted to do layers and texture without going overboard – the simple colour scheme of neutrals touched with coral allowed me to put a lot of layers on without having them compete with each other. Kind of in love with this card! I think that I’ll give it for a wedding – the verse (Unity Stamp Co. “Better Together” kit) is one of my favourites.

I’m hopping along with Friends with Flair today – check out the rest of the Unity Stamp Company goodness by following the links on the blog. And comment, because that gives you a chance to win free stamps!

Materials Used:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Stampin’ Up!; Colonial White, Close to My Heart; 
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Stampin’ Up!; Smoothie, Bamboo, Close to My Heart; Stamp: “Love Bears All Things” from Better Together Set, Unity Stamp Co.; Embossing Folder: Sizzix Ornate Frames Textured Impressions Folder; Chipboard: Pink Paislee; Buttons: Close to My Heart; Ribbon: Kaisercraft; Canvas: Opus Framing & Art Supplies; Cosmo Cricket Glubers





Fabulous Felt Dahlia Card

I’m falling for felt! Are you? I had fun this week merging felt and paper crafting for the Moxie Fab World Fabulous Felt challenge. The only felt I had was some awful Dollar Store acrylic felt in hideous colours so I went into my box of felted wool. I started thrifting wood sweaters after following Betz White’s blog and seeing her amazing projects – only I’ve never used any of it. I pulled out a lovely light-weight teal colour and used this tutorial to create a dahlia. Hot glue is my friend!

The leaves were painted using three shades of green glimmer mist – I’m into painting with it lately, and how much you shake it beforehand determines how shimmery your final product is. I also used Arches 140# hot press watercolour paper – great paper makes paint behave itself wonderfully!

I believe that when I give this card, I will include a brooch finding so that the receiver can remove the dahlia and use it as an accessory – it’s just too pretty not to!

Gotta also mention that I have a card on the gel-a-tins blog today and while you are there ogling my paisley (doesn’t that pique your curiosity?), check out the monthly challenge. It’s new and we need competitors!

Paper: My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose, Arches 140#hot press watercolour paper
Stamps: Close to My Heart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Lagoon
Felt: recycled
Pearls: CTMH
Ribbon: Offray
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Sprout (chalkboard), Olive, Sweet Clover


Electric Blue Persuasion – a botanical card with a twist

First off, I’ve updated my Ippity sales page to clear everything out! I’ve got a few new projects on the go, and once my stock is cleared out, I will not be selling Ippity any longer. There are some fabulous sets there, and free shipping for orders of three sets or more!

Also I’m sharing a project on the gel-a-tins blog today! Go check it out when you’re done here!

I wanted to share my second botanical inspired card today – it’s pretty avant-garde for me but I like it. I was inspired by the same photo as my first card, but using a different aspect of the photo.

See how her dress has that lovely embroidery in tan on the green fabric? It got me thinking, though I ended up using copper on electric blue:

I won’t tell you how long I messed with the colour combination – I wanted to use the rest of the colours in the inspiration photo, but I ended up feeling better about this neutral supporting cast of colours.

Nothing says trendy like traditional images mixed with funky colours. I think it’s a fun twist on the botanical theme for Moxie Fab World’s Fanatical about Botanical challenge.

Popsicle Pink Botanical Rose Card

I knew I wanted to attempt a submission for the Fanatical About Botanical Challenge in the Moxie Fab World blog – I have always loved botanical art and occasionally paint in that style. I also wanted to put a trendy spin on botanical, and since I’m really more of a vintage girl, I needed help. I was inspired by this photo from Pinterest – I think the colours are super trendy and so fresh!

From Pinterest

I actually ended up using this photo and a botanical rose stamp in two very different cards, but I’ll only show you one for now.

I took a good deal of time with the focal point image, colouring it with my Copic markers, and then tracing the die shape and cutting it out. I can’t believe I have two die cutters and STILL end up fussy cutting! The brilliant lime colour gives the card its trendy edge, as well as the pretty orange, pink & yellow patterned paper from The Girl’s Paperie.

The brad is from Sassafras and I tied a little bundle of embroidery floss together to make a tasselly cute thing. I love the vivid colours of the card and I want to use them more! I also have a craving for a popsicle…

Fairy Tale Shimmer – Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge

If you haven’t checked out and commented on my gel-a-tins blog hop post, go here and do so now! You’ll want a chance to win great stamps!

I am a stamper at heart. It’s how I got started in paper crafting, and I may have a hundred sets of stamps (that’s a conservative estimate), but I am always drooling over the newest and latest and more than willing to add to my collection! So I get a lot of mileage out of every issue of Paper Crafts’ Stamp It! Cards. In honour of Stamp It! Cards Volume 8, Moxie Fab World is hosting a challenge featuring stamping. I had more fun than I can tell you in making the card below, inking up a new stamp and pulling out an old technique and a new one, too!

Photos cannot tell you just how pretty this card is. It’s shimmery and delicate and beautifully defined, and I photographed in three different settings and lightings before I accepted that this was the best photo I was going to get. I ain’t no pro photog, you know! The focal point stamp is a Tim Holtz stamp that I picked up at my LSS, and I bought it thinking that I would try heat embossing it and then painting in the white space. I ended up reversing the technique, painting the stamped image itself!

I stamped it using Versamark, and then using a tiny paintbrush and Perfect Pearls shimmer dust in three different colours, I painted the image. The Perfect Pearls sticks to the Versamark and I brushed the excess away with a soft cloth, revealing beautiful detail. I love how detailed the result is! I then covered the entire rectangle in Versamark and heat embossed it using Deep Impressions embossing powder. I did three layers of Deep Impressions to give it an epoxy-type finish.

For the background paper, I did the same Perfect Pearls/Versamark treatment, this time using only gold Perfect Pearls. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink. I can just imagine giving this card to a bride and groom, or perhaps to a lovely daughter growing older too quickly!

The little charm shown here is heat embossed as well! I die cut it using a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die, then made the card stock thicker by heat embossing it using more Deep Impressions. Then I inked it one more time with Versamark and heat embossed a layer of gold embossing powder. Very luxe!

I wish you could see this card in all its shimmery glory – it’s pretty and I will be painting with my Perfect Pearls more in projects to come!