Thursday, 22 February 2018

Bokeh Technique for Colour INKspiration #27

Hello lovelies! Today I have a couple of cards that I have entered into the Colour INKspiration Challenge. It's a fortnightly colour challenge that anyone can participate in and you don't need to blog like I do. All you need is Facebook. Challenges are a great way to get you creating and using all those craft supplies you have purchased. I also love colour challenges as they are often colour combinations that I would have never contemplated.

The challenge colour palette.

My card backgrounds are using a watercolour bokeh technique that my daughter taught me. I have been wanting to give it a go, so when I came home to her many backgrounds that she had created that day, I had to make my own. Miss P is a member of a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) Facebook group where each member sends cards to others in the group. The idea is to make someone's day with happy mail. Let me tell you when she opens the letterbox to find one, she sure is happy.

Here are her backgrounds made up into cards to send out to her fellow RAK members . (So glad to see her using the Magical Day Stamp set, that we just had to have!)

I decided to use the Epic Celebrations Stamp set that I got for free when I spent $90. It is a stamp set that when I first saw it I thought what a great boy set. My cards today show that it can also be used for girlie cards!

The watercolour bokeh technique is so soft and dreamy and is super easy to do. You simply get watercolour paper and wet it down quite liberally then pick up your different colours (I squeezed my Classic Stampin' Pads while closed up to transfer ink into the lid) with your Aquabrush and touch it to the paper. The colours will wick into the water and spread. Keep adding your colours until the whole of the watercolour paper is filled. We let our backgrounds air dry or you could speed the process up with your Heat Tool.

While your backgrounds are drying you need to make some circle stencils of varying sizes. Miss P used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut out circles in scrap cardstock, which worked well. However, seeing as we enjoyed it so much we have now made some out of Window Sheets to keep permanently on hand. You then take your stencil and hold it over your paper and take a sponge or dauber dipped in Craft Ink and sponge a white circle on top of your background. With the stencil still in place you can then dab a bit of the ink off with paper towel if you want a more transparent circle. You then simply keep adding different sized circles, overlapping some as you go until you are happy with your background. Once your Craft Ink is dry you are good to go to create with your beautiful background.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to check out the Colour INKspiration Challenge, just click HERE.

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Beautiful Peacock, Painted with Love! - CTC166

Hello lovelies! Sunday is here again and it is time for the CASEing the Catty Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who love to take inspiration from the fabulous projects featured in the amazing Stampin' Up! catalogues. If you are starting with me, welcome, and if you have just hopped on over from the very talented Kelly Kent, thank you for continuing on.

This week we are CASEing from the Painted with Love section of the Occasions Catalogue. I usually CASE a layout of a card but this week I decided to CASE the colour palette of the suite. The papers in the Painted with Love are beautiful and rich with gold accents. I have used Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry and Gold Foil and teamed it with Very Vanilla (the suite uses Whisper White).

I have used the Sale-a-bration stamp set Beautiful Peacock that I earned for free with sales of $90. It's a gorgeous stamp set and I have seen some beautiful creations from other crafters. For my card today I decided to use a technique where you stamp along the edge of card front and then trim along the image to created a shaped edge (rather than just a normal straight edge).

Above is a close up of the peacock and my fussy cutting. I love how by cutting around the peacock image, it then contrasts against the Rich Razzleberry card base. Did you notice his wing? There isn't an actual stamp that allows you to stamp it separately but I wanted it to be gold embossed. To achieve this I just squeezed a little bit of Versamark refill ink onto an acrylic block and then painted it onto the wing with my Aquabrush (after using my embossing buddy!) and then sprinkled gold embossing powder on and heat set. Voila!

The inside of the card received some love too!

We'd really love it if you could play along with our challenge, no need to be a blogger it is all through Facebook. For more details click the graphic below....

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, it's time for you to continue onto the very creative Jackie Noble, just click the graphic below.......

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Lots of Lavender - CTC164

Hello lovelies! Quick one tonight for me as my weekend has been super busy. I hope you have had a great weekend and what a way to finish one by hopping around to see all the inspiration the Crew have in store for you today. If you have already commenced your hopping you would've just seen Sandra's stunning cards (I'm thinking I need to add that stamp set to my wishlist!) or you may be starting with me, welcome.

This week we are CASEing from the section........

My card this week is a simple design that utilises some of our gorgeous Designer Series Paper - Sweet Soiree. I'm so proud of myself as I often hoard the beautiful papers and this week I cut it up!

 The stamp set I have used is the Lots of Lavender Stamp Set that you can earn for free with a $90 spend during the Sale-a-Bration. The sentiment is from the super sweet Fairy Celebration stamp set and the banner and it's matching die from the Number of Years Stamp Set.

The card I CASEd is the one below on the far left, I have just changed the orientation to portrait.

We would love it if you joined in with our challenge, just click the image below for more details....

Time for you to hop on over to the super talented Angela and see what gorgeousness she has for you. Just click the image below.......

Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers Megan xx

Friday, 2 February 2018

Mermaids Don't! - CI26

Hello lovelies! Don't you just love this saying? My daughter came across it the other day when I was creating the project for this Colour INKspiration Challenge. We both instantly loved it for it's meaning and also it gave us a laugh with it's cuteness!

The challenge colours for this challenge are.......

How gorgeous are they? They immediately had me thinking mermaids and of the card I did a little while back, you can see it HERE. This card has been admired by one of my fabulous class attendees who wanted it just for the artwork (not to be used as a greeting card) or home decor I guess you could say. Her request is for a different colour scheme but I thought this challenge would be a great opportunity to trial creating a larger art piece before I do the commissioned one. The completed piece measures 24cm x 16.5 but of course will be larger still when matted and framed.

Unfortunately, it has been raining for the last couple of days here on the Sunshine Coast (we needed the rain, so I am very grateful), getting a photo that shows off the Wink of Stella on her scales and the gorgeous Shimmery Embossing Paste proved to be a little hard, but take my word for it, it is very pretty in real life!

I embossed the mermaid with White embossing powder on Watercolour Paper and then coloured with my Aquabrush and inks. I was also pretty excited to use the Faceted Gems on this bigger piece (on my original card I used rhinestones).

Oh my gosh! If you don't have the Shimmery Embossing Paste, get it!!! It is SO (again, sorry, the picture doesn't do it justice) beautiful. Here I have used it with one of the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, I think this mask is meant to be chains of blossoms?? I thought they also looked like seaweed. Cakes, blossoms, seaweed very interchangeable, they do say art is very subjective!!

Thank you so much for reading my blog and if you would like to join in on the Colour INKspiration Challenges you can do so HERE, no need for a blog, just a Facebook page.

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

CTC163 - Saleabration - Beautiful You Reflection

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a fabulous week! It' time for our weekly hop with the CASEing the Catty Crew, taking inspiration from the stunning Stampin' Up catalogues and creating our own projects. If you have started with me, welcome or maybe you have just hopped on over from the lovely Mel Pagano. How adorable was her card? Those colours too, yummy!

This week we are CASEing from the Sale-a-bration catalouge, that's the little one with everything in it free and if you spend a minimum of $90 you can choose an item and there is no limit to how many you can earn. I love that this year they put some bigger items in there with a new level of $180 spent to earn, or you may choose two $90 items, it's up to you.

This week I am showcasing a card done with the Beautiful You stamp set (from the annual catalogue), I can't believe this is one that I didn't purchase (as yet) but one of my lovely clients had and asked if I could use it in our card classes. I couldn't go past doing the reflection technique.

The technique is super easy, you just stamp the image onto a piece of window sheet, flip it over, put it into place and transfer the image onto your project. I chose to use a brayer to make sure it all smooshed over. (For those of you unfamiliar with the stamped image, her reflection in the puddle is not part of the stamp, that is the part I transferred on.) I've used the gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder and some Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes that I have coloured with my Night of Navy Stampin' Blend Pen. On that note, if you don't have the Stampin' Blends yet and need some validation, they are worth there weight in gold just so you can colour all your embellishments with them, you can colour rhinestones, doilies, enamel shapes, pearls and ribbons!!

This is the card I CASEd (the one in the middle), as you can see I've taken the layout as the creative jumping point.

Well that's it for me this week, time for you to hop along to see the gorgeous layout that Jackie Noble has created this week.

How about joining in on our challenge? It really helps to ensure you do some crafty time each week if you participate in challenges! Just click the image below for more details....

Cheers Megan xx

Sunday, 21 January 2018

CTC162 - Bird Banter for a Sweet Soiree

Hello again! It's that time again for the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop and this week we are taking our inspiration from the Sweet Soiree section of the new Occasions Catalogue. You may have just hopped over from the uber talented Kelly or if you are starting with me, strap in, we've got an amazing blog hop for you this week!

For my card this week I have used the Bird Banter Stamp Set from the new Occasions Catalogue. It has some cute sentiments and images and can be used birthdays and thank you's.

I used the cute budgie and popped a party hat on him to make a bright and cheerful birthday card.

I've used the Polka Dot Basic Embossing Folder and coloured the dots with my Stampin' Write markers using the Aquabrush. Behind my budgie is one of the new Scallop Circle Punches, I can already see that they will be getting used a lot!

Here is the card I CASEd my design from......

As you can see I have taken inspiration from the layout.

Some inside love!

We'd love it if you played along with our challenge, it is super easy to do, for more details click the graphic below....

Time for you to now hop along to Mel's blog, her creation is truly magical! Just click the graphic below....

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers Megan xx

CI25 - Magical Day Gift Card

Hello lovelies!

One of my favourite challenge groups is up and running for 2018, Colour INKspiration. As the title suggests it is a colour challenge, which I love as I often end up using colour combinations I would have never thought to do.

The palette for this fortnight.

My card uses the new Magical Day Stamp Set & Magical Mates Framelits Dies, it's a super cute set and was on top of my crafty daughter's wishlist (she has her own catalogue, that she flicks through over and over!). This suite is fantastic if you have children to make cards for but is also super cute for adults. I can see the knight being used for a Valentine's Day card, something about knight in shining armour and there are plenty of big girls that don't mind a mermaid or unicorn or two!

Someone requested I make a card that would hold a gift card in it and lucky for me my very talented friend Lou Kitzelman had just posted one on her blog site. Her instructions are super easy to follow, so CLICK HERE to see her fabulous creations.

As you can see I have adhered to the Colour INKspiration colours and added silver embossing and kraft (you can add neutral colours to the palette). The kraft is from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Night of Navy mat is embossed with Sparkle Embossing Folder.

The inside of the card has a little pop up part for the gift card to slip into. It is punched with the Everyday Label Punch (that has been carried over from the Holiday Catalogue). Now, let me be the crash test dummy for you....... For my card base, I used Thick Whisper White cardstock, take it from me, the punch cannot punch through two layers of Thick Whisper White (cue hubbie to fix punch that I have man-handled and gotten out of whack!). It will punch through normal cardstock doubled, so stick to that! For the inside I have use sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set.

With gift card inserted!

Once I had created this cute little square card, I needed a custom envelope, out came the Envelope Punch Board!

I love to recycle, and I have made this cute envelope out of the packing paper we get with our orders, waste not, want not! 

Thank you for stopping by! If you would like to give the Colour INKspiration challenges a go, you can do so by CLICKING HERE. They are a Facebook challenge site, so no need to have a blog!

Cheers Megan xx