Thursday, 23 June 2016

Lavender Stems, Camera Film, Kraft Card

Trying something different again today.
Different because this is not a colour scheme I would normally choose to use...  and I've tried out a slightly different layout.

Take a look...

If you read yesterday's post then yes, you've probably already guessed it.  This is indeed another make for the latest Poppystamps challenge.  But did you know that over at Memory Box their latest challenge is all about Water Colour?
As these are two of my all time favourite challenges that I like to play along with (not discounting my love of tags and the lovely Tag You're It! challenge, of course), it seemed only fitting to try and make a card fit for both. 

I am uneasy about the layout on this one though.  
It's difficult for me to judge when the colours are so not for me!

The theory behind this card is 'taking a snapshot of life/capturing a moment on camera' - hence the film strip portion that's been partially glued.
Does it work?
I leave that for you to tell me...
But if it doesn't work, please be kind when you tell me.  I am a delicate soul, you know.
I bruise easily inside and out!

Here's the Poppystamps Tic Tac Toe grid...

...  and here's a quick 'how to'...

Make a quick Yellow watercolour wash.  Leave to one side to dry.
Cut a piece of card slightly smaller than the water colour panel.  Splatter with Distress Ink.
Cut two film strips, glue together, leave to one side to dry.
Cut and assemble Lavender Die, then put in situ but don't glue down yet.
Use Stencils to add extra Flowers to picture, using the Lavender die cut for placement.
Spritz stencilled Flowers with water and leave to dry.
Attach Lavender die cut, then overlay with Meadow Clover die cut.
Tear a piece of White card and attach Twine, then glue to panel.
Attach panels to card as shown.
Cut Photo Strip to size and attach.
Add butterflies and sequins.

One final touch...  Add some Glitter Varnish spray.  (You may want to skip this step).
It has a very subtle finish to it and doesn't show in the photo - but it is there!

Supplies Used:

Memory Box 'Long Stem Lavender'
Memory Box 'Butterfly Heart'
Poppystamps 'Meadow Clover'
Poppystamps 'Bijou Film Strip'

Memory Box 'Delphiniums'
Memory Box 'Stems'

Memento 'Olive Grove'
Memento 'Elderberry'

Spectrum Noir 'AquaTint'  (Bright and Beautiful)
Tim Holtz Distress Paint 'Picket Fence'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Splatter Brush'
Twine 'Green'
Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle'  (Pearl Diamond)

Challenges I'm Entering...

Challenge #21   'Tic Tac Toe'
(I chose Flowers, Yellow and Twine)

Week #368  'How Does Your Garden Grow'

'Midsummer'   Use Flowers and/or Wreaths

If I get it finished in time, I have one more entry for the latest Memory Box challenge.  Time will tell, I guess!

Have a lovely weekend...

Donna. x

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Triptych Card, Summer Theme, Flowers + Strawberries

I made this card specifically for the latest Poppystamps Challenge.
It's very busy, isn't it?
A busy card for busy bees...  that's my excuse!

 As I'm not keen on yellow (or any bright colours really), this card was a real challenge for me to make.  But as it's Poppystamps first ever Tic Tac Toe challenge I had to at least give it a try.  
Plus I've missed playing along with them...  
That's what happens when you have lots of half finished projects to work on, stamps to reorganise, etc.

Plus hay fever season does no good thing for my histamine levels...  
(I have histamine intolerance). 
I won't go into details.  After all, anyone vaguely interested can do a quick search online and find out all there is to know.  But the tiredness and dizzy spells are no fun, let me tell you...

I've included the Poppystamps Tic Tac Toe grid so you can hopefully see which elements I chose to play along with...

...but if you can't (Goes off to cry in a corner knowing that I failed abysmally) I chose Flower, Yellow and Twine).

Supplies Used:

Poppystamps (Triptych) 'Dogwood Bloom' 
Poppystamps 'Meadow Clover'
Poppystamps 'Berry Best'
Memory Box 'Butterfly Heart'
Memory Box 'Blissful Butterfly Border'
Memory Box 'Jolly Bumble Bees'

Embossing Folder:
Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes'

Brushos 'Lemon'
Tim Holtz Distress Paint 'Picket Fence'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Splatter Brush'
Twine 'White' 

Challenges I'm Entering...

Challenge #21  'Tic Tac Toe'
(I chose Flowers, Yellow and Twine)

(A whole card made from snippets - yay!)

Week #368  'How Does Your Garden Grow'

Cuttlebug Mania
'Midsummer'   Use Flowers and/or Wreaths

I have a second card to post for the latest Poppystamps challenge in the next day or so.  Trying something new again...  and so not my usual colour scheme.
As always. if you have the time I would appreciate your feedback.  I find it a real challenge sharing projects I'm not too sure about...

Take care.


Thursday, 9 June 2016

Tag Shaped Card, Butterflies, Water Spritzing

It's Tag You're It Challenge time again, everyone...

...  and you know what that means?

It means I had a tag to inspire me and to ponder over before coming up with my own version.


My fellow DT buddy Anja Curvers came up with the most beautiful design for this fortnight's challenge.  But before I show you her tag, here's my version...

Now take a look at Anja's tag.  Can you see why I love it so?

I've kept quite closely to Anja's colour scheme.  I've just mixed things up a bit and put all of the elements together on one large tag shaped card.

I must admit this stamped image with the very bold outline wasn't the look I was going for and I'm not sure I could recreate it again even if I wanted to.  I was experimenting with ink to stamp/stamp to watercolour paper/spritzing stamped image with water and this was one of the results.  I think my stamp wasn't completely dry when I inked it up and created this version.  It's kind of messy, but I kind of like it...  I think!

Supplies Used:

Stampin Up 'Close As A Memory'
Darkroom Door 'French Script'

Mama elephant 'Tags A Lot'
Poppystamps 'Meadow Clover'

Tim Holtz 'Butterfly' (Large)
Martha Stewart 'Pop Up Butterfly'

Memento 'Teal Zea'l
Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'
Brilliance 'Platinum Planet'

Memory Box 'Splatter Spray'

Wooden Peg
White Acrylic Paint
Distressing Tool

Challenges I'm Entering...

CAS Mix Up
(Stamping, Die Cut, Water Spritzing - plus two Punches and some Stencilling)
 I really wanted to enter this design for your feedback Bonnie and Loll (as I need to know if this 'works' or not), so I made it into a tag card as the challenge rules only mention cards.  Am I correct in saying you are a card challenge only?  And is it ok to have more than three components or not really?

Simon Says/Monday Challenge
Summer Garden

Week #366  'The Great Outdoors'

CAS-UAL Fridays

Addicted to Stamps
Challenge #128  'Flowers'

Of course, I may look at this card in a few weeks time and think 'what on earth was I thinking'...
So...  If you have the time, please let me know your thoughts.
If enough of you like it I may have to try and recreate my experiment.  If not, then thank you for being honest.  It's all trial and error to me, but I'm hopefully making some progress!!!

Thank you for stopping by today...

...  and if you have the time and are feeling inspired, why not join us for this fortnights challenge?

'Bye for now...


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Through The Window, Notelet Card, Brickwork

Do any of you recognise this scene peeking through the window?

Well done if you do...  
It was also used on one of the larger sentiment tags I made earlier on this year...
I wonder if you can figure out why this stamped image was kept to one side?

Yep, you guessed it.  I did a craft 'boo boo'...
...  and I don't know about you but most of my craft 'boo boo' moments come right at the end of my craft make.

 In the spirit of saving the environment and/or my sanity after spending my time on this 'mistake', I decided that the best thing to do was to keep it to one side for a few months, moved on to some other projects and then revisit it.
It's amazing what a pair of fresh eyes and some perspective can do when salvaging a project that's gone wrong.


The part of the image that was still usable was cut to fit into this window frame that's been layered up by gluing three die cuts together.  (The tiny inked vellum butterfly and dragonfly were already attached from the last project, but this time the dragonfly needed to be a darker brown so I carefully removed and replaced it).
Then it was simply a case of adding a branch at an angle (also layered up for strength/durability), mounting on to a card front that's been stamped with a brick image and then heat embossing using Distress ink and powder.
One final butterfly as a finishing touch and I was done.

I made that sound simple, didn't I?

Please, Please...  If you can DO NOT throw your 'mistakes' straight into the bin.  Put them to one side (out of sight), move on to something else and just give it some time.  Then have a look and see what's salvageable.
I won't mention names, but I know of someone who throws her watercolour backgrounds out if they don't look 'right'.  She also throws things away because the paint splatters don't go where she wants them to.
What I'm saying is just because it doesn't work for one project doesn't mean it can't work for another.  If nothing else, I'm sure they would have made beautiful die cut butterflies...

Supplies Used:

Inkylicious 'Whispering Winds'
Bo Bunny 'Wall To Wall Textures'

Poppystamps 'Grand Madison French Doors'
Memory Box 'Grove Branch'
Impression Obsession 'Cattails and Dragonflies'
Die Namics 'Flutter of Butterflies' (Lace) - I altered my dragonfly to bring the wings closer together and then glued on a butterfly body to hide the join.

Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Tumbled Glass'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Stormy Sky'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Forest Moss'
Tim Holtz Distress Marker 'Peeled Paint'
Memento (Tsukineko) 'Bamboo Leaves'
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder 'Walnut Stain'
Martha Stewart Pop Up Butterfly Punch
'Crafter's Companion' Watercolour Card
Foundations Card 'Deep Cocoa'

Challenges I'm Entering...

CAS Mix Up
(I've gone for Stamping, Die Cuts, Heat Embossing and a Craft Punch - Not sure if CAL is allowed or not.  Loll/Bonnie - can you let me know?)

Challenge #58 - Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration
(Inspired by the window, the brickwork...  and Nonni's DT card)

Summer Garden

Week #366  'The Great Outdoors'

Addicted to Stamps and More

I still have plenty of half done projects I'm working through right now.   I wonder if you have any hidden away that you intend to get back to one day?

Enjoy the rest of your day...
...  or your evening.


'#91 Donna@Room In a Cupboard – Marzena says: This project is absolutely fabulous. I adore the summer night scene. Love the view through the window and bricks around it. The dragonfly has stolen my heart :-) Beautiful CAS card. I’m really impressed. Great job, Donna!'