Friday, 18 August 2017

Polkadoodles - Under the sea in a Tropical Ocean ...

OMG time ... half way through August already and not 100% sure we can say we've had a summer. Our pear tree int he backgarden has  been overflowing with rioe pears since mid July and normally it's early September when we start harvesting them. Ty, my dog, on the other hand has been helping harvest them by 'springing' in to the tree and plucking a pear. he doesn't eat them, just picks them! I suppose he is a Springer Spaniel ... yep, pun was intended 😁

It's inspiration week over at Polkadoodle Challenges and the theme is "Anything Goes" but on the DT we've decoded to create summer themed projects to fit the theme.

The 'go to' product for me has to simply be Tropical Oceans and Tropical Underworld clear stamp sets ...

Polkadoodles Tropical Oceans clear stamp set     Polkadoodles Tropical Underworld clear stamp set

I created the background using Nuvo embellishment mouses, layering the colours, adding texture using 2 different stencils (applied with a baby wipe) and finally adding bubbles using another stencil. I wanted my seahorse to be swimming in a warm tropical ocean ...

I stamped and cut out the seahorse colouring him with Nuvo Aqua Flow watercolour pens and then highlighting parts of his body with the Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen. He's been mounted on to the background with 3D foam but first, I shaped the body using a ball tool.

The original plan was to make a textural background and then add my embellishments but sadly I forgot to mask off properly and the background blend out on to the card blank. Cunning plan? Make a circular frame which hides all the mess. The embellishment images have also been strategically placed too ... frame didn't cover everything!

Again I stamped and water coloured the shells and anchor, placing them at the bottom of the frame. I created a banner, stamping the sentiment - which is from Technique Tuesday.

To add height - also help ground the shells and anchor - I used the Cherry Blossom Branch die to create some seaweed. In the photo above, you can also see where I have stamped seaweed on to the background. My final 'finishing touch' was to add some Polkadoodles clear Dew Drops.

Adore, adore, adore the Oceania range of stamps from Nikky Hall and will be sharing a notebook/organiser I made using aforementioned ... just a mammoth photographing task to be completed first!

If you grab yourself a coffee - or another beverage of choice - pop over to the challenge blog and see the fabulous projects my teamies have made too.

Have a great weekend,

x x x

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Spellbloggers post - HappyBee Birthday ...

Recently I shared a mini tutorial using Spellbinders Honey Bee die set (see HERE) and after making that card it spurred me on to make another but instead of using white card, this time I chose cream. The curious thing inside wanted to see how much different the same colours were for the end projects. The only difference I can see is that the colours look a little warmer - what do you think?

Before I begin, I must pay respects to the 'work horse' that sits besides me on my crafting space and has been it's weight worth in gold productivity wise ... my Spellbinders Sapphire machine. This is a complete and utter god send when it comes to cutting smaller dies as its quicker to use but it's overall footprint is next to nothing. I just wish it was easy to find the replacement cutting pads here in the UK ... 😔

Right, let's get going and here's the project I am sharing today ...

I have used exactly the same colours as for my first card, (see HERE) but rather than create a background, I have used the die cuts themselves.

I have used Spellbinders Tiny Sentiment stamps stamped with Nuvo Hybrid black shadow ink and chosen 2 this time. I cut all the die cuts out from different offcuts of cream card as thought it would be 1] great way of using scraps and 2] wanted to see how the colours looked on different shades of 'cream' ... as you do ...

If I was doing this card again would probably stamp the sentiments first as was a wee bit tricky with all the different layers. A black micron pen soon came to the rescue ... phew!

Right O, better get ready for my day out with mum,

x x x

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I would like to share my card in the following challenges:
Crafting by design - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Day Dreamer Challenges - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

#spellbinders   #spellbloggers   #neverstopmaking

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Win & Tonic - Jingle Bell Rock

Another new challenge over at 'Win & Tonic' this month and the theme this month is 'Christmas'. The Tonic DT would love it if you popped over and join in the fun with us especially as the prize on offer this month is ...

Dimensions - Christmas Cracker Treat Box Die Set

For my card, I wanted to create a card but use non-Christmas dies for the main focal point. My starting point was the Sentiments Three set - which have a fab selection of Christmas phrases - I was drawn to 'Jingle Bells' and instantly thought 'music', so without further ado, off I went to grab my music themed dies. This is what I came up with ...

I created a very soft background using Nuvo embellishment mousses in Pacific Teal & Aquamarine, firstly dry brushing the colours on to my card blank and then by spritzing/flicking the same colours.

I die cut the sentiment 3 times and layered together to create a deeper/dimensional cut. I spritzed it with the same mousse colours, then with water and using a wet wipe, dabbed the colour. I was really pleased with how it created a great mottled effect.

For the guitar, I cut the design once in white but only embossed the design on kraft card. I 'moussed' both and then layered one on top of the other cutting out the now layered electric guitar. behind the guitar I placed a white snowflake to act as a contrast.

I also die cut the Perfect harmony die and as with the other die cuts, 'moussed' it. This was then put behind the guitar and snowflake. Before stamping the 'ROCK' (Block Capitals alphabet stamps), I did a trail run of where all the different elements would look best on my card blank. Once happy, I stamped the additional word, embossing in Serenity Blue.

Apologies for the poor photos ... however hard I tried, I just could get a clear image so had to walk away before I had severe words with my camera 😉

Hope to see you over at Win & Tonic even if it is really a little too early for Christmas projects ...,

x x x

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Entering my Christmas card in to the following challenges:
A snowflake's promise - anything goes
Paper Minutes - anything goes
The holly & ivy - anything Christmas goes
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Merry Monday - anything goes + link up