Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Creatures of the Sky

Well hello and a happy Hump Day to you!

Much cuteness is in store for today's card starring a sweet-as-can-be dragon flying by with birthday wishes. I've loved this set from My Favourite Things for some time, so when Santa dropped it down my chimney I was very excited. Distress oxide inks for the background, naturally.


Awwww, so sweet!

My DDs are a primary school teacher and a regular babysitter, so between them they manage to use up most of the kids cards I make.

Materials used:
  • stamps - MFT Magical Dragons
  • card - whisper white, vellum
  • other - Stamparatus, white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, stitched rectangle dies, Copic markers, Stampin' Blends, distress oxide inks, blender tool, MFT Magical Dragon dies, rainbow builder thinlits, water spritzer, mounting strips, embossing buddy

Hope that DO fix will keep you going - if not, dose yourself up on chocolate and wine and I'll be back with more before you know it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Bold and the Beautiful

Haha, no, today's post isn't about a TV soap opera - I have two cards for you; one is bold and the other ... yeah, you know what I'm saying.

Here's the bold:



Materials used:

  • stamps - none
  • card - basic black, whisper white, Graceful Glass designer vellum
  • other - 2018-2020 in colour markers, mounting tape


And here's the beautiful. The inspiration for this came from a YouTube video I was watching, plus I've been thinking for a while now that my detailed floral thinlits were definitely underutilised. You could say it was serendipitous!





How adorable does that die look in the multi colours? I'm loving it. DH and DD both love this one too - DH even complimented my colour blending - hold the phone! Lol.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Love What You Do
  • card - whisper white, acetate
  • other - distress oxide inks, detailed floral thinlits, Big Shot, blender tool, precision base plate, Big Shot die brush, fine tip glue, polka dot tulle ribbon, stitched oval die




And don't you love the cute polka dot tulle ribbon? Me too. It's another newbie coming in the 2018 annual catalogue, so you haven't long to wait until you too can get your mitts on some.

Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Enjoy Life

For some reason today's two cards weren't photographed and posted at the time I made them. I wonder why...hmm, could I have been too busy bouncing around in rabbit holes? It's more than possible, wouldn't you say?

Any-who, as you'll see, they both use one of SU's new stamp sets that I was lucky enough to pre-order. For the first I've used...wait for it...yes, distress oxide inks. You got me! The second, though, uses one of my favourite SU colours and sadly, one that is being retired. Noooooooooooooooooo! I will miss soft sky A. LOT.


Materials used:
  • stamps - Enjoy Life
  • card - whisper white, basic black
  • other - distress oxide inks, blender tool, white embossing powder, heat tool, mounting tape, sponge dauber



Materials used:
  • stamps - Enjoy Life
  • card - soft sky, basic black, whisper white
  • other - Rainbow builder die, Big Shot, MFT mini cloud stencil, sponge, Stamparatus, mounting tape

Not the greatest photos...hmmm, gotta work on that. Thanks for dropping in.

Cheers
Kez


Monday, May 7, 2018

A Touch of Kindness

Did someone say rabbits? Wait, maybe that was me.

Wikipedia tells me that "Down the rabbit hole" is a metaphor for an entry into the unknown, the disorienting or the mentally deranging, from its use in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. My foray into the world of distress oxide inks was certainly initially a leap into the unknown, but now...hmm, I think we all know whether it has become disorienting or mentally deranging... (I see that eye roll)

At any rate, simple cards seem to be the flavour of the moment and while today's is perhaps a touch less straightforward than the previous two, it was very easy to put together nonetheless.

SU's new set Enjoy Life has some great sentiments and silhouette images, so I came up with this pretty Thank You card. It shimmers beautifully in real life, which for some reason my phone camera just does not seem to be able to capture in print. Ah well.



Materials used:

  • stamps - Enjoy Life
  • card - whisper white, basic black, Sahara sand
  • other - distress oxide inks, blender tool, water spritzer, Stamparatus, shimmer mist, mounting tape

Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Friend Like You

Another very simple card for you today and once again I've used the Love What You Do stamp set, a newbie that's coming in the 2018 annual catalogue.

Here I've used distress oxide ink for my background (I'm sure that will come as no surprise) and then the flowers were simply 'painted with water'. This, of course, begins the oxidisation process that lightens the ink and you get this lovely tone-on-tone effect. Simples! (as the little meerkat says in the TV ad, lol)



Materials used:

  • stamps - Love What You Do
  • card - whisper white, basic black
  • other - white embossing powder, heat tool, aqua painter, mounting tape, embossing buddy, paper towel

Thanks for dropping by.

Cheers
Kez

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Beautiful Day

You could probably count on the fingers of one hand how often I've posted a card as simple as todays.  But, you know, the old adage 'less is more' is often right and it certainly is with this card. It began as a desire to use some of the new in colours for 2018-2020 and although I originally intended to add some dsp, once I got this far I knew instinctively that nothing else was needed.

And I love it. It's definitely simple but it's also bright and cheerful and reminds me that in every day there is beauty of one kind or another. Today's beauty was in helping my very stressed uni student daughter organise a few things so she could be in a better frame of mind to work on all her assignments.



I stamped the flower and sentiment first, colouring using a blender pen and Lovely Lipstick ink, then went over the petals with a Versamark pen and clear embossed. This ensured the flowers would keep their colour when I sponged using Pineapple Punch ink.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Love What You Do
  • card - whisper white
  • other - mounting tape, blender pen, sponge


I hope you found some beauty in your day today. Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez
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