Friday, September 23, 2016
Stitching on cards is popular again, so pull out your needle or sewing machine and join the TGIF team for this week's Sewing and Stitches technique challenge!
I'm not overly handy with a needle and thread. Most of our clothes that need a stitch or two end up at my Mum's house! But I somehow managed to thread a needle and enjoyed putting a little hand-stitched touch on this Christmas card.
I went with the Peaceful Pines tree and used the coordinating framelit to die cut the holes. Then I stitched with the gold thread, adding a little extra thread loops behind the sentiment banner.
The background was inspired by this gorgeous project by fellow Aussie Claire Daly. I have a growing collection of washi tape and just loved this idea the second I saw it! Thanks for the inspiration Claire!
I really hope that you enjoy this week's challenge and that you play along with the TGIF challenge this week!
Stamps: Peaceful Pines, Oh What Fun!, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: VersaMark, Soft Suede
Papers: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories/Tools: White Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Duet Banner, Gold Thread, Perfect Pines Framelits, Winter Wonderland Washi Tape (retired), All is Calm Washi Tape (retired)
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Today the Artisan Design team are sharing projects featuring the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and Duet Banner Punch with the Moroccan Suite.
There are times we need quick cards and designer series papers are a really great tool for creating vibrant backgrounds in a hurry. The Thoughtful Banners set is a great match for this purpose as it has a huge number of sentiments to chose from and they only take up a small amount of space on the card front, which allows the background paper to really shine though.
If you are anything like me, you have a stack of unused designer series papers in your stash. I'm excited about this layout as I'm hopeful that I'll be able to start making my way through these with this simple but effective idea.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you've enjoyed this project. Do be sure to click through the hop - next up is fellow Aussie Jess!
Friday, September 9, 2016
I'm dreaming of summer! It's been a long, cold winter and I'm sure we have caught every bug making the rounds these past couple months. I'm looking forward to the warmer weather and all the outdoor fun and adventures that come with it! I have a little longer to wait, so in the meantime I'm making do with bringing a little sunshine to my craft desk instead!
Yesterday's Day at the Beach mini hop with fellow 'down under' Artisan's Jess and Susan, inspired me to again feature the gorgeous images from this fun set for today's TGIF sketch challenge.
I've matched them with the Layering Love sentiment, as well as bright daffodil yellow, flirty flamingo, sweet sugar plum and peekaboo peach tones.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this taste of summer. Be sure to head to the TGIF challenge page to see more fun sketch inspiration and play-along!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The South Pacific Artisans have conspired to bring you a mini blog hop today that showcases the fun Day at the Beach stamp set. When I glimpsed this set in the holiday catalogue I added it to my order immediately! I think it will be perfect for embellishing a scrapbook of our family holiday to sunny Queensland earlier this year, not to mention, great for beachy inspired cards like these ones here today.
For this first card I drew inspiration from our Queensland holiday. I started with a piece of shimmery white cardstock, which I watercoloured with dapper denim and tempting turquoise. I flicked quite a bit of water on the finished panel for a blotchy, under the sea type background. I inked the Day at the Beach images with Classic Stampin' Pads and stamped them on shimmery card too, before clear embossing. The embossing helped the colour stay sharp during the colouring process - no bleeding!
For my next project, I stamped the images in black on shimmery white before watercolouring. I then fussy cut them and added them to a whisper white card base. I added the Sunburst Sayings sentiment 'you brighten my day', it seemed like a wonderful fit for this bright summery scene.
In keeping with the little watercolouring theme I had going with these projects, I was inspired to try a little messy watercolouring by this card made by Debby at Lime Doodle Designs. I stamped the images over a piece of shimmery white, added little hearts from the Places You'll Go set in the gaps between, then aqua painted. Despite my
I hope that you've enjoyed this little taste of summer! Be sure to visit the talented Jessica Williams and clever Susan Wong to see what they've created.
Jessica Williams http://thepapercaper.com.au/2016/09/08/day-at-the-beach
Susan Wong http://stampingsusan.blogspot.com/2016/09/day-at-the-beach.html