Monday, February 18, 2019

Foiled Again

I don't know if you've noticed the lovely lipstick and grapefruit grove foil card available as a Sale-a-bration freebie - it's easy to overlook until you see what it's capable of.

You see, the grapefruit grove foil has some holographic type quality that catches the light and seems to reflect a whole rainbow of colours back at you. I know, amazing huh? Here's a card I made with it, inspired by another card by Beth McCullough.

If you catch it in a different light, you get a different mix of colours - for example:

Isn't that gorgeous? 

Rather than stamp a sentiment, I cut two 'friend' dies - using the same colour as the background means it doesn't steal any limelight from the gorgeous shimmering foils and the double layer makes it stand out just that little bit more.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Star of Light
  • card - night of navy, grapefruit grove foil
  • other - detailed dragonfly thinlits, Big Shot, Well Written thinlits, copper embossing powder, heat tool, mini Dimensionals, double-stitched framelits

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blog Hop Colour Challenge

It's time for another challenge blog hop with my SU team-mates and this month we were given a colour combo to use.

These sweet colours are not only featured in ribbon in the SAB catalogue, but also in gingham designer series papers in the Occasions catalogue. They are bright and cute and funky and I've been really enjoying playing with them.

Firstly I used one of my favourite new sets from the Occasions catalogue, Butterfly Gala. I'm not usually much into butterflies but this one is so lovely - both the stamped images and the sentiments - I found it irresistible. We made this in my last class and my ladies loved it. The three colours from the challenge I've used are daffodil delight, balmy blue and lemon lime twist.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Butterfly Gala
  • card - daffodil delight, whisper white, lemon lime twist, basic black, Botanical Butterfly DSP
  • inks - Momento tuxedo black, balmy blue, daffodil delight
  • other - butterfly duet punch, gingham gala adhesive backed sequins, clear Wink of Stella, tropical thinlits dies, Big Shot, stitched rectangle framelits, Dimensionals

I needed a 'thank you' card so for this one I took some of the flower images from Tea Together, pairing them with laser-cut details. I spritzed my brayered grapefruit grove background with some white shimmer mist to give it a lovely sparkle. The colours used from the challenge are grapefruit grove, lemon lime twist and highland heather.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Tea Together
  • card - whisper white, Beautifully Detailed Laser-cut Speciality paper, grapefruit grove, basic grey
  • inks - lemon lime twist, Memento tuxedo black, grapefruit grove
  • other - Big Shot, Dimensionals, Well Written framelit dies, white shimmer mist, stitched rectangle framelits, blender pen, glue pen, precision plate, tea time framelits, Stampin' Blends (highland heather), brayer

Seeing purple and orange together always makes me think of a line from the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, where Gareth comments on Scarlett's outfit -


I used the same three colours on my last card - another we made in class - but in completely different proportions.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Hello Cupcake
  • card - lemon lime twist, basic black, whisper white, Gingham Gala DSP
  • inks - lemon lime twist, grapefruit grove, highland heather, Memento tuxedo black
  • other - organdie ribbon combo pack, mini glue dot, Dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella

That's all I have for you today. I'm third on the list of blogs, so you can go back to see what Kristy made or move forward to view Marelle's creations and keep going until you've completed the circle. 

Please leave some comment love and thanks for calling in!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I'm In Distress

A friend pointed out recently - none too subtly, I might add - that it's been a while since I played with my distress oxides; all the more reprehensible since I have twelve new colours. So I remedied that situation today, trying out some colour combos from my Pinterest board.

Unfortunately this first card is one of those where a last minute smudge appeared from I know-not-where once everything else was finished. Very frustrating. My ink of choice smudged a bit too, so that's another lesson learned. However, I'm going to show it to you anyway because apart from those small faux pas, it's lovely imo. The butterflies are stamped on vellum and coloured with Stampin' Blends to match the shades beneath.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Butterfly Gala
  • card - very vanilla, vellum
  • distress oxides - tattered rose, abandoned coral, seedless preserves
  • SU inks - very vanilla, black StazOn
  • other - butterfly duet punch, Stamparatus, bokeh template, sponge, clear Wink of Stella, double stitched framelits, Big Shot, blending tools, Stampin' Blends - flirty flamingo, calypso coral, rich razzleberry

My second card was inspired by an ATC box made by Anna-Karin. I have a real soft spot for this vintage/distressed look.  

Materials used:
  • stamps - Leafy Vines (Hero Arts)
  • card - very vanilla, cajun craze
  • distress oxides - antique linen, tattered rose, Victorian velvet, barn door, fired brick
  • other - Well Written framelits, Big Shot, glue pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool, blending tools, distressing tool, mounting tape

It was a lot of fun playing with my DOs, I must admit, so hopefully it won't be long before I do it again.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Being Green

Kermit may think it isn't easy being green but the little guy on my card today sure looks like he's having a fun time. Here's a bright birthday greeting using the Sale-a-bration set, So Hoppy Together.

The leaves were stamped in Versamark and clear embossed; the frog and balloon were coloured with Stampin' Blends. There are two layers of the greeting dies as I love the extra dimension having that second layer gives and I sponged halves with daffodil delight for another touch of yellow.

Materials used:

  • stamps - So Hoppy Together, Tropical Chic, Bird Banter
  • card - night of navy, whisper white
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, Well Written thinlits, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends in daffodil delight and granny apple green, googly eyes, Dimensionals, sponge, glue

So cute! Am loving these three colours together too. What are your favourites for pairing with frog green?


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