Wishing you Love

Hey guys. Been a long time between posts.

A cousin of mine recently got engaged.  An exciting time for her and her soon to be husband as well as an exciting time for both families. It’s good to see good things happening to good people! 

The invite we received to help celebrate was black and white with a bold ‘Engagement’ printed at the top – in a similar style to the ‘love’ on this card. I’ve forgotten to take a photo of the invite and I can’t seem to locate it at this time.  I used the invite as inspiration for this card and I hope you like it 

  
Big, bold fonts are on trend and as soon as I saw the invite I knew I had to use my Winnie and Walter The big, the bold and the happy set for this card. 

The ribbon is actually from the invitation. I wanted to incorporate it back into the gift. I think Engagement/wedding cards are something you keep forever and I thought it would be nice to tie in the invite here. I’m pretty happy with my bow if I do say so myself. 

The bunnies are Mama Elephant and have been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copics. I originally intended this to be a one layer card but I couldn’t get the sentiment to work. So I opted to fussy cut those little darlings out and popped them off the base with my 3m tape. 

Here is a close up of my little friends.  Their tails have been blessed with Wink of Stella too.  
The wishing you is from another Mama Elephant set. 

I matted the main panel on Black American Crafts cardstock and has then been popped up onto my favourite Quill card stock. 

I hope you like this card, I had fun making it and I hope my cousin and soon to be husband liked it too. 

Thanks for stopping by  

Amanda

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Bokeh with Hero Arts Ink and Distress Paint

Hi Guys

Quick post today. Have you been as taken by this Bokeh effect as I have been? Pinterest is full of Bokeh inspiration and YouTube is full of tutorials on this effect.  There is also a Pinterest tutorial on how to take a photo on your phone and take it in a Bokeh effect – it works and is so cool!

Anywho!  I had four days off to tackle this and this is what I came up with:

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The background colour was achieved using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Butter Bar and Pale Tomato.  I’m all out of sponge daubers so getting the colour right in the background took some time using thin makeup sponges.  Although I’m not sure why I fussed so much, the formula of the HA ink meant that it has dried beautifully.  I almost turfed the background piece into the bin, after it sat on my desk for a little bit while I thought of how to save it, I realised that all the streakiness had smoothed out resulting in this pretty warm background.

My white pigment ink is possibly one of the first inks I ever purchased and was completely useless in creating my Bokeh spots (I’ve looked for HA Unicorn White at all the local sites I can think of and haven’t been able to find it in stock – one day I will find you in stock!!!)  Then I remembered that I had a tube of Ranger Distress Paint in Picket Fence.  So taking the one ‘closest to clean’ sponge dauber I had in my stash, I went about creating my lights.

I am so happy with the result.

I stamped the sentiment (from Mama Elephant, Carnival Toppers) using Versafine Onyx Black – I think this is my favourite ink for stamping sentiments.  I can always rely on this ink for a crisp clear impression – which given how much I fussed with the main panel is exactly what I wanted!!!

I popped up the front panel using This to That foam adhesive and because the dye ink doesn’t soak the paper, there wasn’t any warping in the main panel – AWESOME!!!

Here is another angle to my card, I finished off the card with some sequins glued on with Glossy Accents.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside, it is stamped with another sentiment from the same set that says ‘Happy Birthday, have your cupcake and eat it too’.

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I hope you like this card and if you’ve thought about trying this technique I definitely recommend you give it a go.  I think I’ll try mixing and matching different colour combos next time.  Any suggestions?

Take care for now and stay warm if you’re in Melbourne too.

Amanda.

Wedding Vellum

As I mentioned in my last post, My current crafty obsession is Vellum (outside of my watercolours).
I’m not sure if I’ve just been lucky with the brand available at my local Spotlight, however I’ve learned that it heat embosses beautifully. I was asked (a while ago now, I just had to wait for it to be delivered before sharing it here) to create a wedding card – wedding cards and Vellum go don’t you think?
I had purchased The Greeting Farm’s I Do set awhile ago and thought it was about time I put it to use.
Anya and Ian were stamped onto Canson Watercolour paper in Versafine and watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I fussy cut them and then cut a slit around Anya’s veil so that I could tuck Ian in behind Anya but infront of her veil – wedding photo style.

The tag was embossed using a JustRite stamp from the Elegant Celebrations set.
Here is a picture of the embossing detail:
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I thought I’d give the card a splattered look in coral and gold to keep it trendy and I love the shade of Coral this Heidi Swapp mist I used is.

Here is the final product. I finished the tag off with some ribbon and a small sentiment from the same JustRite set. You can’t see it in these pictures, but I went crazy with my Wink of Stella on Anya’s veil.

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Hope you like it. I was channelling my inner Debby Hughes, not sure my card is as clean as one of her creations though.

Thanks for reading and hope you dabble in some Vellum soon.

Amanda.

Vellum, it’s a wonderful thing.

I am back with a new discovery.
I have recently discovered the beauty of Vellum. I think it’s fair to say that I have a velum addiction. Lately I have used it on nearly every project and I just can’t get enough of it – whether it’s plain, heat embossed, dry embossed, coloured with Copics or put through my Silhouette. I also impulse purchased some printed vellum that I am yet to put to use…(next card maybe???)
I had always wondered how Vellum would go with my Silhouette and can I say that it only made me fall more in 💖. Setting the blade to 1 cuts like butter!
This week we had my cousin’s daughter’s baptism (so my baby cousin?) so I put my Vellum to use with my Silhouette. It took some planning and some time, however I think the result is so worth it (if I do say so myself)!
This is the finished product.
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I had had an idea for a Christening gown – little girls deserve plenty of lace and pretty dresses don’t they? I came up with the idea of modifying my Silhouette store dress to incorporate a lace background that I purchased when I was first given my silhouette ( I just had to have this design and then never used it…). I used two different shades of white card stock so that the lace would stand out from the more ivory white cardstock that I used for my card base.
I then used my silhouette to cut out the skirt of the dress from vellum.
Using glossy accents I adhered the lace to the base. Then adhered the vellum to the lace. This left me with a noticeable line. The pink ribbon serves two purposes, it hides the vellum attachment as well as breaks up the white on white on white – I almost went white ribbon too, which would you have preferred?
I found a flower that I thought would look good on a smaller scale in my collection. I cut this out from my white cardstock and coloured the layers with light prawn and blossom pink ( I think???) copics. The leaves we’re done in the same way. That brad is one I found in a pack I purchased thinking I had to have also.
The detail:

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I like the end effect. I Love how the vellum softens the lace. I think this is why I love vellum so much – the way it softens whatever is under it is just so pretty.
I thought about adding a gold hanger (that is now in my left over bowl) that I had embossed in gold and a little dry cleaning tag wishing the girl of the day congratulations. However I couldn’t get it to work. Both are now in my leftover bowl to be used on the next project that needs that ‘little bit more’.
I like that this card looks CAS (clean and simple) however has some texture to it. I was meant to add some wink of Stella to the flower, however I was too excited when it all ‘just worked’ and totally forgot.
I hope you like this card, I’m not normally a shaped card person, however I couldn’t go past this one.
I have another card to share where I used vellum that is gold heat embossed. I’ll share that next time – I’m waiting for that card to be delivered to its recipient.

Congratulations Little Emily, you looked beautiful and we wish you all the best of blessings. Here are some photos of the beautiful Emily from today, the other beautiful girl holding Emily is my cousin Rhiannon. Emily was so well behaved and looked adorable. I think you’ll agree.

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Take care for now.

Amanda.

A Touch of Sparkle

My first post for this year!

My beautiful cousin celebrated her 21st birthday on the weekend with a Great Gatsby theme.

The invitation provided a lot of inspiration for what would become our card.  I haven’t seen The Great Gatsby before and haven’t ever really had much exposure to anything ‘Roaring Twenties’ (except for my husband’s fave Blue Cheese from Tasmania).  I was thinking Gold and glitter plus Feathers and Pearls.  A lot for one card. 

After much hunting on my favourite Craft website, I ordered some Adirondack butterscotch alcohol ink as well as some Gold Metallic mixatives alcohol ink.  I started off using watercolour paper.  Big BIG mistake – I just wasted a lot of ink, embossing powder and stained my Versamark pad a strange shade of butterscotch and Gold.

Upon reading the packet (der Amanda!) I discovered my best bet was something non porous (I’ll remember to read before inking next time).  So digging through my stash, I found my long hoarded packet of Vellum. 

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I coated the Vellum in the butterscotch ink using a foam pad. I inked up my Congratulations Tilda stamp from Magnolia in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped this on my now butterscotched Vellum. 

(Side note, in case you are wondering I gave up on the gold, I wasn’t happy with the green hue of the gold alcohol ink on this card.  Butterscotch it was!)

I then inked up the Vellum with my Versamark pad (further adding to the now weird shade of my pad) and coated the pad with my Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder and heated this with my heat gun.  I then poured my dry clear rock candy stickles over the top and burnished the glitter into the sticky powder.  I glued this vellum piece to some heavy weight, whiite cardstock using my Vellum glue and then adhered this piece to some Black textured AC cardstock.

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I finished the card with a little ‘vellumed’ Happy Birthday ticket, some feathers and a pearl brad and voila!  My Great Gatsby inspired 21st card.  I don’t like to include ages on my card and this is why there isn’t one on this card.

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This is the finished card.  I hope you like it.  Personally I think it’s worth the yellowy/gold versamark pad (plus I have used the inkpad since and it works fine). It’s something quite different for me (and a first!).  I love experimenting with my new purchases and love having an excuse to invest in some new products… 

I think If I were to try this card again, I would try using double sided tape to adhere the glitter. 

That’s enough from me tonight.

I hope I have provided some inspiration (and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cuz, if you’re reading thisxx)

Take Care

Amanda.

Father’s Day

Hi There

Just thought I’d take a break from all the sniffling to share my latest creation with you. I had totally forgotten that it was father’s day this weekend. Is it just me or has the hype of Father’s Day been missing this year? Stores didn’t have their normal father’s day sections and sales/catalogues. Lucky for me, I had purchased my Pa’s FD present wayyyyy back at the beginning of the year – I can’t walk past a good idea. So all that was left for me to do was send my Hubby down to Bunnings (our local hardware store) this morning to purchase the traditional FD Gift card to go with the original present AND of course create my Cards (x2).

To keep things simple (I seem to have come down with some bug and simple just seemed more appealing to me this morning), I decided to make the same card for my Dad and my Father-in-law. I have personalized the insides accordingly.

Whilst searching for a Dad stamp for an order that I had received, I realized I had the My Guy stamp set from Paper Smooches (I bought this set in a spur of the moment decision, I thought I needed the sports car and fishing rod stamps – then forgot all abut it – shhhhhh don’t tell my husband). I had left it out on my desk for some inspiration for my final two Father’s Day cards that I needed to create.

My Dad used to be a keen fisherman, that’s mostly why I wanted the little fishing rod in the set. He is more of a Tool/Handyman now than anything else. Last year I made him a tool card, this year I wanted to use this cute car!!!! I thought about creating a scene with the car and then I decided my original idea of simple was much better.

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I decided to cut out a honeycomb stencil on my Cameo and lay this over my favorite White Quill Cardstock. Then using Vintage Photo Distress ink, I blended the colour over the stencil. I’m pretty happy with the ‘glow’ type effect I achieved by doing this.

Then I cut out a 7cm Circle and used some paper from the On Trend 6×6 paper pad from Crate Paper to sit behind this cut out. I used the Offset tool in the Silhouette Software to create a frame around my original circle and coloured this in black using a Copic. The banner was cut out on my Cameo and the sentiment is a Hero Arts sentiment (from It’s Your Day) that has been stamped in Black Versafine ink and then embossed in clear over the top).

I wanted to mount my honeycomb piece higher than the circle and the car, however, I wasn’t really thinking straight and glued all pieces together, I’m still happy with how it turned out. Just not as 3D as I would have preferred.

I coloured the Car using my inktense pencils and using a different technique than what I have in the past. I think I prefer my new method of colouring in the whole picture with my inktense and then using my Aquwash Brush to blend the colours together. The colouring just looks a lot smoother – and not like I’ve run out of water halfway through my colouring. Finally when that was all dry, I coated the windshield and light covers in glossy accents – you can sort of see it in this picture.

I think if I was going to make these cards again I would try mounting everything at different levels – just not sleep through my cardmaking really. Otherwise I am happy with how this card turned out. It’s almost one layered and clean and simple I think. It would be a good card to mass produce.

Well I’m off for now, take care and hope you enjoy your Weekend. I’m off to see what all the screaming is about in the living room (Hubby is watching his team play the last round of Footy before finals – If they lose, they play my team next week in the first round of the finals – things could be tense).

Take care for now.

Amanda

Happy Birthday from Owl of Us

Good Morning

I thought I would share my most recent creation with you.  I was asked by a group of lovely ladies that I work with to make a card for a friend who is turning 40 this Friday.  This card is a little larger than my normal size so that everyone can write their on greeting in the card.  The Card measures 14 cm x 17.5 cm in size.

I try to stay away from including ages on cards – for anyone turning older than 21.  I don’t believe ages on cards to be necessary and someone once told me that people, often, do not like being reminded that they are ageing.  I can 100% agree with the latter statement.  Also I think people are more comfortable displaying non aged cards around the house – during the week or pre and post their birthday.

In the card above, I used a stamp from Art Impressions.  The stamp is from the Whoots collection and I am in love with these guys.  I love that the little guy on the end has fallen asleep, their beanies,  the whole image is just so sweet.

Note that since I have taken this picture, I have moved the Y from the Birthday down, I wasn’t happy with how it loomed above the rest of the letters (gotta love a product that is forgiving).

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I like to keep my cards Clean and Simple.  I had started off this card with a completely different idea and then after an hour of colouring and smudging (It wasn’t going to happen for me yesterday) I decided to try something completely different.  I’m glad I did.  I am pretty happy with how this has turned out (if I do say so myself).

I haven’t quite worked out how to include links in posts at this time, last time they fell off the post completely.  So I’ll list all my supplies below.

The owls were coloured in using my Inktense Pencils (my husband searched high and low for these for my birthday this year, I don’t know where he found a boxed set, but he did!!!!.  I love them and knowing how hard he searched for them, makes me appreciate them even more).  The colours of the Inktense pencils are so intense – my husband couldn’t believe the beanies weren’t coloured in using Copics.  The colours are so vibrant and this picture does not do the colours justice. I haven’t decided (nor do I think I could) which I prefer (Copic or Inktense Colouring) they both produce such beautiful results.  It’s just nice to have the option.

The branch was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo – I’m finally learning how to modify my existing shapes into new shapes.  The more I use my Cameo the more I love it and the easier creating is sometimes.  I love that I can have shapes instantaneously – no more searching the local Spotlight or Lincraft for the right shape (lets face it, who was I kidding looking there n the first place, we both know they probably wouldn’t have it anyway.  Then stores wonder why they’re losing out to online retailers).  The branch was coloured in using Copics.  The longest part of the card (once I’d set my mind on this design) was the colouring of the owls and then the fussy cutting of the owls.

I hope you like my creation too, thanks for taking the time to let me share it with you.

I’m off to finish one more card for the weekend, then I’m off to curl up on the couch and have Foxtel time.  Hopefully I’ll be all ready for a new week by the end of the day!

Take Care.

Amanda.

Supply List:

Owls: Art Impressions UML4123 stamped in Black Versafine on 200gsm Canson Watercolour Paper.

Colouring Media: Derwent Inktense Pencils,  Copic Ciao Markers, Atyou Spica (clear)

Paper: Quill Board 200gm Paper (White), AC Cardstock (Duck Egg), Ruby Rock-it Carnival Queen (Jazzy).

Other: AC Thickers (Sunny), Glossy Accents, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Silhouette Cameo