Thursday, 16 February 2017
This week at Moving Along with the Times we have a masculine theme: a card for a guy please!
For my card, I decided to use my DieVersions robot die that I love so much and layer him up over two stitched rectangle dies. In stead of punching out all of the internal little holes on the robot I tried something different and added enamel accents to make him bit more toy-like. I think the effect is really fun and plastic-y, I'm pretty happy with the result. Finally the sentiment was stamped using a little set that Claire got me this past spring.
Hope you're having a fun craft week, looking forward to seeing your entries!
Monday, 13 February 2017
I saw the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch this week and thought it would be fun to play along and make a birthday card for a girlfriend. She loves pink and so with that color in mind I set out to make something fun for her that could also incorporate some of my new craft toys.
I chose a starry stencil and used Picked Raspberry Distress Ink for the pattern. I embossed a strip of card with little Swiss dots and then added a black frame to make it pop out. The butterfly is die cut using an X-Cut die and the message is heat embossed in white powder. It's very girly but I think she'll love it!
Sunday, 12 February 2017
I haven't been crafting much lately but with so many great new craft treats I have been spending more time at my desk this weekend than the whole of January combined! I wanted to get my mojo running so I turned to two challenge blogs for inspiration: Sketch Saturday for the layout and Color Throwdown for the colors. The combination was perfect and after a bit of planning I came up with my card.
The background was created using a Tim Holtz stencil and Carved Pumpkin Distress ink. The circle was die cut out of corrugated card. I tried a rectangle but it just wasn't working for me so I hope I'm forgiven for breaking the sketch a bit! The feather is a die that was half heat embossed with black powder - it was in my pre-cut die box and I think Claire gave it to me or I did it with her...the little bit of string completed the sketch and I added a sentiment from Stampin' Up BalloonCelebrations.
I love this color combo and know just who to give this card to, it was a great combined challenge to get the weekend going.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Claire that when I got home I wanted to play with everything. My mojo hasn't been up to scratch lately and I thought it would be fun to make just a few things and not get too stressed about it.
The headline card is a birthday card for a friend who shares my birthday (today!) featuring Bugaboo pigs, stitched dies from Claire's Christmas present and a gorgeous background stamp that I inked in Salty Ocean Distress Ink and spritzed. The pigs are colored with ProMarkers.
The second card here features a new Valentine set. I embossed the little paws in white, blended over it in Candied Apple Distress Ink. I fussy cut the stamp and then stamped a sentiment combining three of the messages together. There are so many little sentiment options with this set, it's really sweet. I added the little strip of red gems, I'm not sure it's in keeping with the rest but oh well!
It took me a while to get back into the swing of things but I had a lot of fun with these two. hopefully the inspiration will come back as I play with all my other new things!
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
I have been unable to craft and blog at my usual pace these past few weeks because I have been working non stop on a baby shower for my sister.
So many things made for this shower! So MANY THINGS.
Here's the run down:
- Game boards (I got a template online for a prom invite - yes really - and manipulated it to get the arrangement I wanted. I hated the Baby Shower game boards I found and thought this worked way better for what I wanted)
- Labels for champagne bottles that say 'About to Pop!' that were printed, die cut, layered over a pink scallop and punched to become a tag
- Signs for craft stations
- Tiny folded napkins to look like diapers that hold snacks
- Ribbon rosettes for the mom to be, x2 grandmas and me, the aunt!
- Decorated hair bands - there was a station for all the guests do decorate some but Claire and I made x2 testers and then I decorated more with the spares
Plus a bunch of games, prizes, etc. It was all a bit hectic to organise but the final day was beautiful and fun and my sister had a great time which is what really matters. Can't wait to have that little baby in our lives!
Friday, 20 January 2017
Hi everyone! I don't know what happened but my scheduled post didn't work so I'm a few day late. Please forgive me! Our theme at Moving Along with the Times this week is Swirls and Curls. A fun brief that made me revisit some embossing folders I haven't used in ages.
I started with a sheet of card that I blended with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I then embossed it using a swirly/dotted embossing folder from Sizzix. I accidentally embossed the wrong way round but I really like that it's indented rather than raised, looks much sharper actually! I stamped a humming bird and then heat embossed it so I could use Picked Raspberry Distress Ink as a watercolor on top. I fussy cut the bird out and decided on the 'Wishing you joy' sentiment from this month's Creative Stamping magazine. Finally a few little drops of liquid pearl to give some touches of bling.
It's a fun little card and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else creates!
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Just a fun post. This week has been crazy! So I wanted to do a short personal post. Every year I set 5,6,7 however many resolutions I can think of and then by the end of the year some of them stick, some of them don't. But I post them on my fridge so that I can have them influence my decisions every day and even better, people comment on them and I'm held to account. So this year I thought I would do an even bigger broadcast of my resolutions and make them look good!
I wrote out all my goals and then did a rough sketch to work out what where to put each item. I did a couple of different lettering styles and added coloured pencil accents to make it a bit more colourful. I'm really pleased how it came out, it looks even better on my fridge than my previous attempts. Who knows it may inspire greater discipline!