Monday, 21 April 2014

Thinking of you

Hi folks!  Today I'm sharing with you a quick and easy card that I made for this month's Clearly Besotted challenge, and the theme is spring.  When I think of spring, I think of flowers, lush green trees, weddings, new babies, lol, but one thing I like best about spring is the sunset, the colours of the sky is just amazingly gorgeous -- and this is where my inspiration for my card is from.

I picked up some ink pads and a spotty stencil and sponged the colours over it for my background.  The stencil is actually a piece of plastic ribbon that you sometimes get in a kiddie's activity pack.  I always admire people who have tons of stamps, ink pads, stencils, dies, paper pads and other latest craft things, but as a staying-at-home mum to two little kids, craft things are luxuries.  So sometimes I just have to use what I have, and if I don't have that, make it myself.  The floral die is from Memory box, I think it's called fluttery vine, not 100% sure.  Anyway I created this sort of like a silhouette (every time I spell silhouette, I have to do a double check) spring sunset scene.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stamps 'Thinking of You', I specially chose this sentiment, because firstly I LOVE the font, it's really beautiful, secondly it's such a nice and warm greeting and just like the warm sunset.  It's always nice to know that someone is thinking about you and praying for you.

Anyway that's all for today, it's time to feed my baby.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Create your own wood background card

Hello again!

Today I'm sharing with you a fun technique that I learnt from a fellow crafter to create your own wood background and I love the result as you can see in the photo here, it looks like I used wood background paper.

For this technique, you need white ink pad, I used Avery Elle white pigment ink, you can buy it from Make the day special store, this is essential.  For my card base, I used kraft cardstock, and I think you get better result if you used kraft.  I brushed the white ink pad onto my card front, it doesn't have to be perfectly and evenly covered, but you do need to go from one direction to the other, and you shall NEVER use circular motions when applying the ink.  I then used two shades of brown ink pads and repeated the same process, again, I went from one direction to the other.

I stamped the flowers on one corner, the flower stamp is from Hero Arts, one of their very early stamp sets, I coloured the flowers with the same Avery Elle ink pad, I just squeezed some ink out onto an acrylic block and added some water, applied with my aquash brush.

I drew some lines here and there using a fine tip black marker to create the lines of the wood and lastly I sprinkled some white ink all over the card.

I hope what I said make sense to you, wish I had taken some step-by-step photos when I was making the card.  Again, I'll submit this card to this month's Make the day special challenge.  Anyway I hope you had fun and got inspired.  See you soon.


Carrots and little bunny card


I told you I'm in love with Paper Smooches' little lovin' stamp set.  I bought it last Friday and since then I have been making lots of cards using this set.  You can check my other cards here and here.   Today I'm sharing with you another card using the bunny and the carrot from this set.

I randomly stamped the carrots mainly on my upper portion of the card, and just a few at the bottom to create 'the shower of carrots', must be a happy moment for a rabbit if it was real.  Then a quick colouring using some Spectrum Noir markers, and they are just as good as Copics.

I  then stamped the bunny on a white card stock, and used two lightest shades of cool grey to colour it in and cut it out.  I adhered the cut-out piece with some foam adhesive at the very bottom of the card.  Sorry about the pictures, it looks white here, but in real life, it's slightly grey.

And then I realised I forgot to leave a space for my sentiment, so I just stamped a birthday or actually  any kind of celebration greeting on the inside of the card.

Lastly I used glossy accent on the carrots to add a little more interest.

I'd like to submit my card to Make the day special challenge.  And I hope you like my card. 
Have a lovely Easter weekend!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Butterfly birthday card


It's been a busy but lovely morning so far, the sun is out, so warm and nice outside, we live just by the sea in Edinburgh, kids spent the whole morning playing on the beach, digging and building sand castles, spring is here and summer is on the way, yay, we bought a standing-up paddle board for the summer, can't wait to use it!

Anyway, just posting a card here that I made last night, it's clean and simple, very easy to make, but just a bit time-consuming, I spent probably about 20 minutes from start to finish.

It looks nothing too fancy from the front:


 but if you look from the side, can you see the rainbow colours from behind the butterflies?


The butterfly die is from Clearly Besotted, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts, the card is based on the sketch from CASE this sketch #72.

Hope you are having a nice morning too whatever you are doing!


You rock!

Here is my card that based on the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch #72.

The two little bird stamps are from penny black 'Tweet tweet' collection, and I stamped 8 bird facing one direction and an odd one facing the opposite direction and I coloured it in with my markers.  The sentiment stamp is from Fiskars 'Thank you' set.  Simple design and simple colouring, I hope you like the card.

Have a lovely day!


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Jumping frog

Hello everyone!  The spring is HERE!  I'm totally excited, it's so warm outside, kids and I did a bit gardening yesterday and we saw FROGS!  That was my son first time to see some real frogs (he's 2).  So after we got back, I made this card for him.

The frog stamp is from Paper Smooches, my latest challenge is to use one stamp set (sentiment stamps not included) to make as many cards as I can.  This is the 5th card that I made using the 'Little Lovin' stamp set.

I also would like to submit this card to Make the Day Special's first challenge 'Anything Goes'.

Anyway hope you had fun and got inspired, see you soon!


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

fungi card

Hello!  Back with another card using a stamp from Paper Smooches 'Welcome Spring' set.  I used the mushroom stamp and did a quick colouring with some markers and added my own sentiment. 

That's all for today, my posts are shorter and shorter these day, got two little kids, during the day finding time to write a blog is luxurious, I think in the future I'll just post pictures. lol.

Welcome baby cards

The baby season has come! This stamp set 'A Little Lovin' from Paper Smooches is out for a while, but I only just got it last week.  I recently discovered a website called Make the day special, it's not new, but is new for me, and it is a UK based company imports American made stamp sets, and they just started their own challenge.  So I quickly ordered this stamp set, and started my baby cards last night.

My own challenge is to use one stamp (sentiment stamps not included), make as many cards as I can.  So I used this elephants stamp and made four cards.  And I'll submit my first card to Make the day special challenge.  Also at Less is more blog, this week's challenge is to use turquoise on your card, and I'd like to play along, too.

Here is my card:

Also, here are 3 more that I made last night, but I'm not submitting them to any challenges.  That's all for today. 

Enjoy!  xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Hello owl

Hello Owl card
Good evening everyone!

Just posting a card here.
Here is a closer look:

  I thought it was really cute to have the owl peeking through the circles and finally jumped out to say hello.
I'm going to submit this card to this week's catered crop challenge - 'put a bird on it'.

 Hope you like it, and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Love chapter

When I first saw the dress at this month's Runway Inspired Challenge, I thought I'd never come up with anything.  I could see inspirations, but there are so many details about this dress (patterns, colours, style) and I didn't know how to put my thoughts into cards. 

Water-colouring (excuse my English way of spelling colour lol) is very on trend at the moment, and I have some inktense pencils I thought I could use on my project.  So here is what I came up with:

The stamp love chapter is from Penny Black, I just love the stamp, love the design and different fonts.

Hope you enjoyed and have a lovely day.



Hello!  Have you seen the dress of the latest Runway Inspired Challenge?  I think it's so lovely and trendy, and I certainly wouldn't mind wearing one like that -- although it would be even better if it was a bit longer.

The dress spoke collage to me, and my inspiration is from the random patterns and the word 'LOVE', so here is what I came up with:

I used some blue, pink, orangy-yellow and brown patterned paper to match the colours on the dress.
All scraps, it's a super fun way of using them.

Pouring rain outside, typical Edinburgh spring. Brrr