14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's day

Pete is a lucky chap or will be when he gets home as I must have been a stroppy class attendee lately demanding this time to make the planned Thinking of You card & matching box into a Valentine's card at a recent class I attended with Sally Williams. It wasn't too much of a demand as the stamp set I needed was on the table I just needed a block to mount it on to make my tag say hugs & kisses instead of thinking of you!

 You can see Sally's card & box & the recipe HERE & the saying & wee hearts I've used come from Sealed with Love stampset (Stampin' Up!).

I really like this colour combination of Sweet Sugarplum & Mint Macaron, it's the same colour combo from my last blog post.

Talking of Sealed with a Kiss stamp set, when I attended a class at Debbie Lamb's we got to make this wee treat for a loved one using the stamp set & the Love Note framelits dies. it was one Jaffa for the bag, one for my tum!

The wee envelope is so cute I almost don't want to give it away. Well I hope Pete enjoys his treats & you all have a fab V-day!

✿ Karen ✿

11 February 2017

Wedding wishes - cute as a bird

Happy weekend everyone, it's a gloriously sunny day in the Waikato today which is just as well as we're off to a wedding this afternoon. I must admit I had a few ideas in my head for the wedding card but when I saw what my friend & Stampin' Up! demonstrator Debbie Lamb had planned for her last card class I thought it was perfect & transformed the "birthday card" she had planned for us into a wedding card.

Recipe (all products Stampin' Up!):
Stamp Sets: Builder Birdcage, Marry Me, Avant Garden (SAB)
Ink: Stazon black, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper: Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Falling Petals Textured Impressions EF, Mint Macaron sheer linen ribbon, basic rhinestones, dimensional.

I love the new embossing folder falling petals but have to say they're very weird petals!! They look like wee hearts to me which is just perfect for my wedding card.

I hope everyone has a fab weekend, I plan to do some more of one of the online classes I've paid for with my Copic markers. That's one of the fab things about colouring I only need the image & the markers to play with. It's nice being away from home as I don't have to worry about housework that needs to be done on my days off.

Thanks for popping in.
✿ Karen ✿

3 February 2017

The love affair with Beautiful You continues for me

I'm still trying to work out how I have so many birthdays in the next 10 days. I'm not sure what was going on in NZ many years ago about 9 months ago but I know it's mid-winter, so maybe I should say no more. I'll blame the stars as Arians get on really well with Aquarians! But enough digressing this is a card making blog!!!

Below is a quick collage of the cards I've created using up retired DSP from SU! which is just lying in a drawer. I think the DSP umbrellas are just too adorable and of course the beautiful girl stamp.

The DSP I used came in packs, so after I had die-cut out a mat there was more than enough to stamp the umbrella again & then fussy cut it out. I have used my Zig Real Color water brushes to colour the girl up.

I had bought myself a pad of Strathmore Bristol smooth surface card stock as quite a few bloggers had commented that this was their favourite paper for using with the Zig brushes. I'm not sure how you all colour with the Zig brushes but normally I lay down a bit of colour & then use my aquapainter to blend - whoa that don't work on this paper, as it seemed to be impervious to water & I had big puddles sitting on top which were  all mopped up real fast with one of my dry baby wipes that I have handy. Saying that once I knew I couldn't use water the markers blend well with each other  & also with the clear Wink of Stella brush. The end result is a much more vibrant look than my norm with the Zigs and water.

I used my Misti & a scrap of paper to work out the placement of the girl & words as the stamp set is a rubber stamp set. Once I was happy I stamped up 8 images real fast. I used Versafine black ink & then clear embossed as my original plan was to use water for blending.

Once I had my stamped image I used the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die to cut out the girl & saying. I used the largest stitched rectangle die for the DSP.

My favourite umbrella is the wee butterfly one, I decided the paper which is adorable was too dark which is why I made a mat out of Calypso Coral.

I only have the 36 set of the Zig real colour brushes so I chose colours I thought worked best with the DSP, it's not a perfect match but they are so easy to colour with making mass production a breeze.

Here's the cards all by themselves to see them a wee bit better.

My favourite umbrella, the small butterfly image is just perfect!

Who would ever think that this DSP which I have always gulped at before would look so lovely as a mat & also on the umbrella.

There's 3 delightful girl images in this set, so looking forward to creating some cards with the 2 other girl images real soon.

Stamp set: Beautiful You (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Fresh Prints (SU!), Pretty Petals (SU!), White (SSS), Calypso Coral (SU!)
ZIG brushes: Pale pink, light carmine, carmine red, mid green, olive green, persian blue, blue, flesh colour, oatmeal, blue gray
Other: Clear embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella brush, dimensionals, stitched rectangle dies (SSS)

I've used SSS white card stock which is a lovely heavy weight card & is sized appropriately for the rectangle dies. It doesn't matter who's die you use they all "American-sized" as that is the biggest market & yes I could cut my A4 card stock into 11" long by 4-¼" wide but it's easier to just take a piece of 11" x 8-½" card stock & chop in half. Even when making mats without a die it's easier to work in inches in my opinion but that maybe my age showing.

So happy birthday Debbie, Donna, Faye, Sally, Jo & Tracey I hope you all had a very lovely day when it was your day.

Karen ✿

30 January 2017

Party like a rock star

I just love this saying & when my best friend's hubby turned 50  & the theme for his party was to wear glasses I decided I was going to use Stampin' Up!'s Marquee Messages for the card, as when I bought the stamp set I bought it to make masculine cards & I hate making masculine cards (don't we all) but this was a great set to whip up a card but I did a bit of fussy cutting & popped some of the images up with dimensionals.

I can't believe it I didn't take a picture inside the card but it used the saying from the set "Party Like a Rock Star" and a few stamped images of sunglasses from the Day At The Beach stamp set (also SU!)

I must admit I made the card not that masculine but thought it had to be sparkly as a BIG 50 party & it's not every day you turn 50

All supplies are SU! apart from the glitter paper which is American Crafts which is called Powder but it matches the Soft Sky card stock really nicely.

I really like to dress up so decided we'd go a bit silly with our sun glasses. I found these fab daisy sunglasses at Look Sharp & if you're going to wear silly sunglasses you might as well find a matching costume to go with the glasses & I loved my boho hippy gal outfit & then I had a yellow wig in my dress up box at home. So not sure if I looked like a rock star but I partied like I was one. Happy big 50 Paul! I had a blast & hope you did too.

Well I have 6 birthdays in one week so I am into mass production of birthday cards at the moment which are all using the same design but different DSPs. Times like this I just want to hug my MISTI! So will be back to share them later in the week.

Thanks for popping in.
✿ Karen ✿

26 January 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - Let's Go Retro - Smash that Stash!

I'm really proud & excited to announce that I am on the Design Team for Southern Girls for 2017. This challenge was started by a couple of kiwis Louise & Tracy way back in August 2010.

Today's challenge is a  RETRO challenge, designed to have you digging into your stash and getting rid of some of those older supplies that might be hanging around unloved. So for this fortnights challenge we would love to see you use some Buttons and or Brads on your projects.  Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, art journal pages and all types of papercraft.

The rules are pretty simple so do click on the Southern Girls pic above or on the LHS of my blog to take you to the challenge site & check out all the design team's cards, tags & even a scrapbook page using buttons or brads.

I'vs used one of the sponsor's digital images & I know exactly who is getting this card my delightful great niece Tyla-Marie who has been reminding me via Messenger for weeks she is turning 13 this coming weekend.

So this is Little Star by ppinky dolls:

I had a wee problem with a new Wink of Stella pen adding a huge drop of sparkle to my right cloud, so I mopped it up & added more outside the left  one too. At the time I was like OMG as it was the day before I had to submit my card, but I have to be honest I really like the look now. Maybe I'll start a new trend!! I added some glossy accents to make her boots all shiny as well.

Well this challenge was a challenge as I've never coloured such a complicated face or hair before & I know I have a long way to go with my colouring but I'm really happy how she has turned out. The digital image actually has a lot of shading which makes it easy to colour up. I've added some wee dots to that adorable wee bunny to add a bit of texture & again I love how s/he turned out too.

So I hope you can join in on the Retro challenge (see the SG Challenge site for the rules) and as always we have  2 amazing sponsors for this challenge, so there's goodies to be won too .....


✿ Karen ✿