Thursday, 14 June 2018

Live, Laugh, Love at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's the second week of our challenge and inspiration at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog.  I hope you've had a chance to join in the fun but if not, there's still plenty of time to enter here.

This week the team were challenged to use pink and/or blue, so I have used 'Blue Sea Illusion' to create a fun card.   I enjoyed playing with my dies and Distress Inks/Oxides for this one.

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Pink & black cardstock
  • Butterfly edge die
  • Die'sire Edge'ables - Floral Dance
  • Word dies
  • Stampendous Fran•táge - Aged Ivory
  • Distress Inks & Oxides - Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls - Pewter
  • ProMarkers - Aegean, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue, French Navy, Prussian, Violet, Indigo, True Blue, Cobalt, Midnight, China Blue, Denim, Blue Pearl, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Antique Pink, Pale Pink & Pastel Pink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. CCC Digi Creations - #93 AG
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #40 AG
  3. Crafts Galore Encore - #52 AG

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Gnome Sweet Gnome

I coloured the Faery Ink's 'Birds & Bees Tomte Gnome' live on my Facebook profile a few weeks ago but got sidetracked by life and other crafting, so only just got him onto a card. 
You can check out the video here and feel free to follow me, as I will be doing more live videos. 

I decided to put him on a beehive shaped card as it's been a while since I did a shaped card. I found a shape on Google and inserted twice in Publisher, then flipped one to create my card template. 

Products used:

  • Kraft card
  • Coloured card
  • Spellbinders Blossom die
  • Cuttlebug Leaf die
  • Honeycomb die
  • Petal Lu Daisies
  • ProMarkers - Carmine, Pastel Pink, Baby Pink, Warm Grey 1-5, Powder Blue, China Blue, Cobalt, Berry, Red, Lipstick, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Gold, Forest Green, Lush Green, Bright Orange, Pumpkin, Burnt Orange, Sunflower, Mustard & Caramel

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. TTCRD - AG 12th June
  2. Creative Fingers - #147 AG
  3. The Corrosive Challenge - #6 AG
  4. Power Poppy - Let's Go Round & Round

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Cats or Dogs at Ching-Chou Kuik

Hello my crafty friends, 
It's another month and another challenge over at the Ching-Chou Kuik blog. Our theme this month is CATS OR DOGS so we'd like to see those four-legged friends on your creations.

For my easel card I have used 'Poppy Night Adventure' - a sweet fairy holding a cute kitty fairy.  Aren't those flowers gorgeous? 

Products used:
  • White card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle die
  • Pearls
  • Make It Crafty chipboard words
  • Wink of Stella - clear
  • Sakura Gelly Rolls - Sky Star & Blue Star
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Cocoa, Caramel, Sandstone, Forest, Bright Green, Leaf Green, Warm Grey 1 & 3-5, Black, Duck Egg, Slate, Violet, China Blue, Tulip, Apricot, Plum, Aubergine, Lavender, Amethyst, Purple, Indigo, Prussian, Walnut, Orchid, Holly, Lush Green, Meadow Green, Lavender, Cool Grey 1, Midnight & Cobalt

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Monday - All Thing Bright and Beautiful
  2. Make It Crafty - Animals
  3. A Perfect Time To Craft - #6 Anything Goes
  4. Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
  5. Crafting With An Attitude - #40 Anything Goes
  6. Creative Fingers - #147 Anything Goes
  7. Cute Card Thursday - #533 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Aja Celebrate's at Faery Ink

Eeep could I be more excited?! Amanda at Faery Ink recently had a DT call and I was chosen as one of the new Faerykins <3

I don't officially need to start sharing projects until next month, but after colouring most of the images for the Unicorn Masquerade Party, I just had to start sharing sooner!

I have made a twisted easel card using Aja - you can find her in the freebie album in the Faery Ink Facebook Community.  She comes with or without a mask.  For more magical images, check out the Etsy store. 

Products I have used to create my card:
  • Card blank
  • Coloured cardstock
  • Core'dinations Glittersilk card
  • X-Cut butterfly punch
  • Papermania gems
  • Sizzix dies - Flourish #9 & Decorative Swirl #4
  • Provocraft Vintage corner die
  • Spellbinders Grommet Tag die
  • Glitter brads
  • Make It Crafty chipboard sentiment
  • Crafter's Companion 'I Believe' embossing folder
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan, Caramel, Black, Henna, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Apricot, Holly, Lush Green, Mint Green, Meadow Green, Soft Lime, Cool Grey 1-5
  • Gel pens
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen - Black Onyx

The Glittersilk card is my favourite for making cards like this, it's got such a great texture and shine.  
I used stippling with gel pens to create sparkle on the dress and wings.  
My favourite way to colour a background is stippling as I don't need to create a smooth blend this way and it uses a lot less ink!  Normally I use the bullet end for this, but this time I used the chisel end. 

I really love the chipboard sentiments from Make It Crafty.  They give great dimension and you can colour them with pretty much anything

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. I ♥ ProMarkers - AG
  2. Simon Says Monday - All Things Bright And Beautiful
  3. Creative Fingers - #147 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - #167 Summer Colours
  5. Brown Sugar - #279 Wedding or Party
  6. CCC Digi Creations - #93 Eileen's Challege Anything Goes
  7. Classic Design Team - #26 Anything Goes
  8. Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes

Friday, 1 June 2018

Making Waves

After making a sea-themed shaker ages ago, it kinda got left in my craft box waiting for the right moment to make an appearance!  Also my poor little 'Summer Sprite' from Aurora Wings has been sitting lonely (I got a huge card order so have been really busy with that), so I decided to pair them together to create a fun mermaid shaker card.  
I had a little cutting party with my friend a while ago, as she's got some awesome dies that I don't have.  There was a big swirl that I'd cut in white and I thought it looked just like a wave.  I tried to make it fit in one piece but it was just too big, so I cut it in two.  I really like the effect it gave with some Fran~tage to look like sea spray.

Products used:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Coloured & Kraft cardstock
  • Recollections designer paper
  • X-Cut nesting circle dies
  • Eyelet Outlet anchor brad
  • Sequins
  • Small starfish
  • Seashell die
  • Swirl die
  • Stitched hill die
  • Happy Birthday die
  • Core'dinations card
  • Stampendous Fran~tage - Aged Ivory
  • Cuttlebug acetate
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Almond, Holly, Marine, Turquoise, Mint, Forest, Pine, Apple, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Mulberry, Cerise, Pink, Carnation, Gold, Pumpkin, Canary & Duck Egg
  • Wink of Stella - Clear

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings - #67 Joyous Occasions
  2. Card Mania - #105 Nautical
  3. Classic Design Team - #26 AG
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - #166 AG
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - June AG
  6. Cute Card Thursday - #532 Hello Summer
  7. I ♥ ProMarkers - #360 AG/optional circles
  8. Simon Says Wednesday - AG

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Blue Christmas

Do you all remember Shakin' Stevens? He kinda popped into my head when I was thinking of a title for this blog post.  His was one of the first albums I ever had and I loved the song 'Blue Christmas'.
I generally leave it until November before I start making Christmas cards, but I have the cute 'Winter Sprite' from Aurora Wings so decided to do at least one now!

Products used:

  • Card blank
  • DoCrafts patterned paper
  • Coloured cardstock
  • Assorted snowflake dies
  • Papermania shimmer dots
  • Snowflake ribbon
  • Crafter's Companion sentiment stamp
  • Memento Dew Drop 'Tuxedo Black'
  • ProMarkers - Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Almond, Denim, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Midnight Blue, China Blue, Cobalt & Indigo

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings - #67 Joyous Occasions
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - May Anything Goes
  3. Simon Says Monday - Inspired By A Song
  4. Crafty Catz - #418 Anything Goes/Christmas
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - #166 Anything Goes
  6. Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas
  7. Colour Crazy - WK21 Anything Goes
  8. Christmas Crafts All Year Round - May Anything Goes

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Floral Hugs at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's already my last inspiration creation for the May challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik.  Don't forget the theme is PEARLS/GEMS and you have another week to enter here.

This week Vanessa challenged the team to make our own flowers.  I have a couple of different flower dies, so this was no problem for me.  I used an image ('Come Softly') that doesn't have any flowers in it, so as not to be over the top floral!! 

Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Outline sticker
  • Flower dies
  • Brads
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - Metallic Gold
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Almond, Coral, Black True Blue, French Navy, Sky Blue, Raw Sienna, Pumpkin, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Gold, Sunflower, Spice, Ginger, Apricot, Holly, Marine & Mint Green

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. CCC Digi Creations - #92 Flower Power
  2. Crafty Creations - #367 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - #166 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Craft Cottage - #107 Dies and/or Punches

Monday, 21 May 2018

Cherry Blossom Smile

I always knew spring had arrived back home because there would be cherry blossoms everywhere.  They are one of my favourite flowers, but unfortunately I don't see any here.  
I couldn't resist this gorgeous 'Cherry Blossom' digi from Make It Crafty, which is on sale right now at only $1!!! Plus a massive bonus that Zoe has created a background for it too.  
The image definitely needed to stand out, so I printed the included sentiment with it and made a CAS card with just a bit of ribbon and lace.

Products used:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Lace & ribbon
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll
  • ProMarkers - Baby Pink, Dusky Pink, Almond, Primrose, Soft Lime, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Olive, Moss, Pear, Fuchsia, Pink Carnation, Blossom, Mulberry, Denim & Blue Pearl

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Get Better Greyscale

I love colouring in greyscale, especially adding just a hint of colour, so Power Poppy's latest challenge is perfect for me.  Usually I colour right from black to white but I've gone quite pale and subtle with this one, using the 'Orchid Cascade' digi for a get well card.   
Twisted easels are one of my favourite card folds and I've kept this one pretty clean and simple.  I always decorate the bottom portion when I make these, but this time I've left it blank with just a few gems to hold the top part up.

Products used:

  • White card blank
  • Black cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle die
  • Square gems
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 1-5, Amethyst, Sunflower, Tulip & Buttercup

Birthday Dreams at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's our second week of inspiration at Ching-Chou Kuik.  Don't forget the theme this month is Gems and/or pearls and you can enter the challenge here.

This week the team were challenged to use buttons, so I have incorporated these with some gems to make a birthday card.  I have used 'Dream of Dahlia' as I thought she worked really well with this theme. 
Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Coloured cardstock
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • Papermania gems
  • Buttons
  • Papermania glitter outline stickers
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Henna, Cocoa, Holly, Lush Green, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange & Mango

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Double D - Bling It Up
  2. Let's Craft and Create - #137 Anything Goes
  3. World Wide Open - #5 Anything Goes
  4. Classic Design Team - #24 Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations - #366 Anything Goes

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