Sisterhood of Crafters – Oh Boy, what next…

Calling all sistahs, Cards, Galaxy, Zig clean color real brush

Its a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and the theme this fortnight is “Oh Boy, what next…”.  Its a fun theme chosen by Agata, and you could make a card for a Boy or something masculine,
or something fun, or a declaration of pregnancy, or…. its up to your imagination!sisterhood

I immediately thought of using my little wizard from Craftin’ Desert Diva’s “Adventure Awaits” stamp set to create a scene with an element of mystery, where he uses his crystal ball to see whats coming next!

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To put this together, I first adhered a piece of the the water-coloured galaxy I painted before, onto my white card base. I then added some embossing paste through the “Small brick wall” stencil from My Favorite Things. I wanted to create the illusion that the wall disappeared into the galaxy  while he’s doing his magic so I made sure to add light touches of paste at the bottom of my galaxy panel too. Once that was dry, I stamped on the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine black ink, and Versamark for the word “Magical” then heat embossed it with Wow Embossing powder.

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To finish I just glued on my little wizard and the books, which I had coloured with my Zig clean color real brushes and fussy cut with a scissors. The books images actually come from Santoro Gorjuss “New Heights” stamp which I partially stamped to get only the books. I used a small Versafine ink cube so I could get ink only to the places I wanted and not the whole stamp.

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Well I hope you like what I created for this theme and I look forward to seeing what you thought of it! Please hope over to our challenge blog to link up your entries and leave my Sistahs some love too!

Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to reading your comments.

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I’m also sharing this over at:

Artastic Challenge Blog – A new to me challenge and I love the idea of being inspired by paintings! I was inspired by the warm fuzzy colours in this painting by Peter Graham Artastic

Mixed Media World – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Anything Goes with your favourite stamps – I’ve used this stamp set 3 times now, so thats 3 times more than I use any stamp… so it must be a favourite! 😉

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Its written in the Stars, my theme exactly!

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Magazine – Anything Goes

Watercolouring with Distress Oxide inks + Video

Cards, Distress Oxide inks, Watercolor

Sometimes you want to make a card that doesn’t take 2h but still comes out looking good, and with this card I think I managed to do just that. Apart from the drying time, I think it only took me 15 minutes to make, a personal olympic record in card making for me! And I didn’t resort to using scraps either. 😉 I made a quick video to show how easy it was to make this card and you can find it at the end of my post.

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I had just received my new distress oxide inks, which I had waited 3 weeks to receive… so I was really impatient to use them! I just sponged Mustard seed, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint inks over the heat embossed magnolia from Clearly Besotted and sprayed a generous amount of water over the whole card. I then blended in the inks with my water brush.

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The sentiment comes from So Suzy Stamps called “Gift Of You”. I really love all the sentiments they have, but this one has to be my favourite. Isn’t it beautiful? This card is for my daughter… just because.

Well I do hope you enjoyed the video and gave it a “thumbs up” and subscribed to my channel, if you haven’t done so already! Thanks for coming by and your comments really make my day!

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I’m playing over at:

HLS watercolour Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour challenge

stamping sensation Stamping Sensations – My 2nd entry to their Anything Goes challenge

muse The MUSE card to CASE – I was inspired by the flowers and the pinks and greens although I went pastel on mine.

cardsundmorelogo_challengeblog_bannerCards Und More – Anything Goes

addicted to stamps Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your mark

 

 

And so the adventure begins…

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, stamping

Yes its Graduation time and even though my kids are still a few years away from graduating from high school, some of my friends have their children graduating this weekend. As our kids attend the International school here, those graduating, even the Germans, will probably be leaving Ulm. They will go to a university somewhere around the world and most of them will live on their own for the first time. And so the adventure begins…

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I made this card for a friend’s son, who will leave for Texas to further his studies. I thought the Western style typeface stamp from Tim Holtz’s was just fitting, as I have memories of oil fields, cowboys in rodeos and a certain barb wire museum, when I was in Texas 2 years ago!

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I also love the quotes from Stampers Anonymous “Way With Words”, which I first stamped in Versamark before I heat embossed with Wow embossing powder on a chocolate coloured card panel.  This is probably my favourite quotes stamp, its so meaningful and I hope he will find it too.

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I then cut a green sparkly border from some designer paper and glued both the border and the text panel onto a black card. So it was quite a fast card to make.

I hope you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

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I’m playing at:

Fusion.png Fusion card challenge – Chalkboard

addicted to CAS Addicted to CAS

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp – Masculine

Cards in Envy Badge Cards In Envy – You’re the Man

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping our stash – Dude

stamping sensation Stamping Sensation – Use you favourite stamp

 

Sparkly ombre background

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing

I was on a roll this week, with no kids and no outside commitments, all I did was make cards with my new stash received this week, learnt new techniques, and leave lots of love out in Blog land! I think I must have spent 10h a day just on card making activities…and I still can’t get enough of it! I am sooo lucky to have such a patient husband.

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I made this card using the Easy Ombre background shown on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and I chose to follow the sketch over at Stick It Down and the colours from Color Throwdown. I first stamped this beautiful Floral background stamp from Echo Park in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Wow clear sparkle embossing glitter. It gives an amazing effect but the stamped background becomes a little “prickly” to the touch, although it doesn’t hinder the shading.

To do the ombre background, I started by shading in Momento’s Rose bud, followed by Rhubarb stalk using Ranger’s mini ink blending tool to blend in the inks. As I didn’t have any chocolate inks, I mixed Potter’s Clay with black and I got chocolate! I then die cut the Love you Xcut die and stuck my embossed resist panel on a card stock, which I had coloured using Rhubarb Stalk again.

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The light pink is not so light in real life but the light seems to just bounce off it and so it looks much lighter in the photo. I stamped the sentiment from The Ton on a label I cut using a die from the MFT Blueprint 20 set, using Versamark ink. Even though I used my Misti, it wasn’t easy to get the sentiment in the middle of my label, lol! While the ink was still wet, I brushed Bronze Perfect Pearls on it and the whole label to give it a light brown sheen.

This is going to a good friend of mine for St Valentine’s.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Heres the sketch from Stick It Down : stick-it-down

The colours from The Color Throwdown: color-throwdown

I’m also playing at:

The Paper Players – Will you be My Valentine paper players.jpg

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Color of Love ssswchallenge

Love stencil emboss

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, Stencil

Its funny how inspiration can come from unexpected places. This card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. OK, those of you who know this incredible card making guru will not be surprised that I was inspired by her tutorials and videos. The heat emboss ombre method came from this video she recently posted. The pattern on the other hand, came from an Instagram post of hers with her daughter caressing her dog. (Hmm I sound like a stalker now…) I can’t give you the link but I made a screenshot of it.

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Isn’t the pattern on the sleeve pretty? The minute I saw it, I wished I had a stamp that did that. Then I remembered I just received some happy mail with a stencil from Stamplorations and stamps from CASual Fridays that I got from Julia’s destash. So heres a little tutorial on how I made it.

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I started by inking up the Foiled again Artplorations stencil with Versamark clear ink and ran it through my Big Shot Plus. I created a sandwich by first placing

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The platform at the bottom

Green adaptor A on it

A thin cork mat I cut from an Ikea cork mat

My card stock

The inked up stencil carefully on the card stock

Another layer of cork mat on top

One cutting pad

 

This how it looks once its gone through the Big Shot.

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I added Hero Arts clear embossing powder on it and heat embossed it with a heat gun.

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I then used the Bold Wishes stamps from CASual Friday to stamp in the middle of each pattern, with my new Versamark frost stamp pad. Honestly it doesn’t make a difference to the regular Versamark and not worth the extra cost!

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To colour the background, I put the ink on a stamping block because I mainly have small inks pads, but I found that this made it much easier to blend in the colours as I didn’t get any marks at all! I will be using this method from now on.

I used MFT’s blueprint 20 scallop rectangle to cut my panel and then I just sat there and looked at my beautiful panel for a long time, wondering what to do with it! Luckily I saw My Favourite Thing’s sketch challenge and went with that, as it would show off nicely my “ombraging”!

The love die cut comes from Winnie & Walter’s “You’ve got mail” digital cut files. I love how they provide cut files you can download. They also give free downloads you can cut or print! I cut it with my Silhouette portrait, blended Stampin Up ink on it, used my Sakura gelly roll pen to add some glitter, cut a label from the same MFT die set, and stuck it on. To finish off, I threw in a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and stuck the whole panel on a white cardstock.

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I love this pattern so much I think I’ll be making it in other colours! I hoped you liked it too and thanks for stopping by!

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P.S I decided to add links to the products I used, not because I am affiliated with any of them, but only because I was personally tired of retyping a product I liked when I saw it in someone else’s post, so I thought I’d make it easier for others!

I’m playing alone with:

My Favourite Things sketch challenge – mft

Paru’s cardmaking – Love Paru.png

Simon Says Stamp – The Color of Love

Work it Wednesday – Make something new- new method, new stencil, new stamps…