Friday, May 31, 2013

Blog Hop


Welcome to the sketch blog hop! The purpose of the sketch blog hop is to show how different designers can take the same sketch and come up with totally different cards....
If you happened upon my blog, be sure to go to the first stop, so you can hop along with us.

Here's the sketch:
Here's the sketch.  The item at bottom can be a sentiment or a ribbon/tag/flag... the shape in the middle is either a stamp or embellishment...  What do you think?

Here's my card:

 Hi guys! Hope you like my card for my very first Blog Hop *dances excitedly!* so excuse me if its a bit rough around the edges, I am learning! For the card I used the gorgeous Kaisercraft collection in 'Secret Admirer' its such a bright and cheerful collection with gorgeous affirmations. I used both sets of collectables for this and the paper pad. I added some bling with a few rhinestones!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Your next stop in the hop is:Lisa

Here's the full lineup in case you get lost....

Have fun!
Love D xx







Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tilda's Town challenge -Christmas! card 2

Well could I resist all things Christmas related!...eerrmmm NO!

So here is my 2nd card for the challenge!!!

I went to the opposite end of the colours this time and went for a blue card base. Again I used KC card stock in 'Ocean' Such a fresh and cool can almost feel the frost! Paper wise I used KC collection 'Just Believe' as this has more silvers and pale blues to catch the tone I wanted.  Again I used a Tilda image..sorry I cant remember the full name.. but its Tilda with her festive bunch to me. But I love about this is her coat! she looks all wrapped up for winter, perfect for a snowball fight!

So this time I used my Ranger 'Holographic' embossing powder and layer it on the paper and heated from below as you do in the Stampendous Frantage technique.  I LOVE this powder as it gives such a great shimmer to it (see photo below) .  Then used my distressing tool and distressed not only the papers I used but the actual card base itself.  I then layered my papers and cut with my Bug some angel wings from LLLC dies and popped that in the background. Added to that some cheesecloth for a extra dimension in texture. Again I was playing with my new letters die and cut the words 'Let it snow' and attached it to the die cut of Tilda's ticket. I also cut a '25' out in the same colour as the words- a beautiful cool blue. 

I then took my Spellbinders double embossing folder and embossed some KC white card so it looks like it is snowing. Then using my Bug and Lifestyle crafts Nesting 4 Die cut a piece for my image to be stamped on.  Again Copic paper was used. 

When decorating the card I used Prima 'Say it with crystals' and layered this between my two top layers. I used KC rhinestones to decorate the straight edge and the tips of the lace.  Added to this I pasted some blue flowers in the bottom left hand corner.

Now for Tilda! Heres her colours for this outfit!

Skin-YR000, E21, R01, R20, R30
Hair- YR61, R02, YR02, E08, R27
Coat- BG10, BG01, BG08, B24
Fur- C3, C1
Boots- YR21, E35, E57
Hairband- B24, BG01
Laces- Atyou Spica
Flowers- Atyou Spica

I then used an eye shadow applicator and smudged round the edge of image 'Archival Brilliance ink ' in 'Platinum Planet' and love the shimmer this gives. Again the Dimensional Magic came out and was applied to her flowers and hair band.  I used Stickled in 'Diamond' to add some sparkle to the snowflakes.  Finally some rhinestones dotted around Tilda and a snowflake charm, perfect for his image as it looks like Tilda is out with snow falling.

And there we have it..Tilda all wrapped up.


Love D xx

Tilda's Town challenge -Christmas!

Woohoo morning everyone! hope we are all well?

Well Tilda's Town have given us another fantastic challenge and its personally one of my faves- Christmas! Not only is it awesome to do but also helps get our Christmas cards done!

So without further ado lets see my entry!

For this challenge I used Tilda with wreath its such a gorgeous little stamp and I love the detail on the wreath. For the basic card stock I used KC cardstock in 'Cherry'. For the background papers I went with KC collections 'Turtle Dove' and 'Twigs and Berries'. I normally don't like to mix collections but these went well together, as they are around the same colour pallet.  I also decided it was time to try out my new letter die. This is 'Sugar Cookie' from Lifestyle crafts. I love the soft look that this gives so I cut using my Bug the words 'Santa' and 'Joy' using some glittery gold paper I picked up in Spotlight. I then took my Lindy's stamp gang 'Angel wings two toned embossing powder' and sprinkled a generous amount over the corner of the card. The two toned powders come in loads of fantastic colours, I used on this card the 'Sapphire' powder.  I layered my papers and again used my Bug to cut the 3 top layers with my Lifetsyle craft 'Nesting die 4' 3 cuts and layered them together. The top cut was in Copic paper on which I used my fave colour ink to stamp Tilda.

To decorate the card I then added some lovely material red flowers to the top left corner. These I bought from Spotlight.  I then added a scarf charm as it is winter of course! Once I had my two die cut layers in place I then pasted some lace and some pearl string to the layer before my stamped image.  I added some KC rhinestones in silver. just dotted along the points and line. Then I set to work on Tilda! Here are her colours-

Skin- YR000,E21,R01,R20,R30
Hair- YR61, R02, E08,R27
Dress/Socks- R89,R27,R59,R17
Wreath- G17,G14, Y28
Shoes- YG03, G21, YG23
Hairband/trim- Atyou spica pens in gold
Wings- C1,C3

Then I took my Dew Drop ink in 'Rose Golf' and an eye shadow applicator and gently smudged round the corners of the image. I added glitter glue in 'Romantic Rose' on top of this. 

Finally I added some Dimensional Magic to Tilda's wreath.

And there have it!


Love D xx

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sepia colouring!

Hi guys! how are we? sorry its been a few days since I have added anything to blog buts its been a crazy few days down to Perth and back up and takes a while to get sorted. But all systems go now.

So one of the things I have challenged myself with is Sepia colouring and according to the fab Wikipedia it means 'Sepia is a reddish-brown color, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia.  So there you go!!

For me I stuck with the Copic range 'E' and used the following-

Skin- E00,E21, E04, E51
Hair- E51, E55, E50, E35
Clothes- E31, E37, E35, E59, 11

As you can see its mainly the same group of colours but with different combos linked together. Now that I have tried it I really like it! So here is Tilda modeling my Sepia colouring.


Love D xx

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kerry's crafty cards and cuts Feb calender challenge


Greetings from a very wet Tom Price!!

Now the lovely Kerry at 'Kerry's crafty cards and cuts' has supplied us with another sketch for her calendar challenge that she set at the beginning of the year. What happens is we get a sketch for each month and we have to design a card using whatever we want- pretty cool eh!

So here is my card for Feb! I thought with Feb being the month of Love I would go for a romance theme fitting for St Valentines day.

For this I used KC cardstock in Bubblegum, Saturated Canary's awesome stamp 'Free hugs' and KC collection 'Secret Admirer' for the design paper and the same collection collectables.

As you can see there is the beautiful metallic paper that I so love from the KC guys.  I then used the shiny embossed pink paper. On this piece I distressed it using my distress tool.  I then took two coloured hearts from the Collectables range, both different colours and sizes and placed them behind the main part of the card-the mint circle in the middle where 'Free hugs' is going to be mounted. Before I added the main image I took a frost blue piece of ribbon and places it behind the main circle. Then I added my stamped image- Espresso Truffle ink- and coloured her in. Here are the colour combo I used-

Skin- YR000, E21, R01,R20, R30
Hair- E51, E55, YR21, Y17
Eyes- B00
Lips- R32
Jumper- BG05, BG10
Pants- Y06, Y02, YR31
Coupons- BV23, BV20,BV31

I then added dimensional magic to her ribbons which were coloured in R20 and R01 first.

I then added the collectable buttons from the KC collection to the side of the card.  The sentiment is then places slightly peeping over the top of the main image with the phrase 'Love' which is what Feb is all about!

Hope you enjoy guys!

And here it is!

Love D xx

Monday, May 13, 2013

Magnolia Down Under Challenge -Moving card!

Hey guys!!

So another week and another challenge from MDUC and boy have they knocked it out of the ball park on this one! a moving card! cool eh! So since it is cooling down fast here I am still doing my Christmas cards! and least I wont be rushing this year haha!

So here it is!

The stamp I used was Tilda with a gift, thought she was very cool and cute and just loved her socks!! I started by using KC basic cardstock in 'Cherry' its nice and rich for Christmas cards and makes me feel very festive! I then used the KC collection from 2012 in 'Just Believe' this is a pad full of cool blues, silvers, reds and greens, totally different from their other collections for this period in 2012.  I normally use one of my nesting frame 4 dies to cute the design paper but this time I used my pinking sheers as they give a lovely wavy edge to the paper. 

Now to get it to move this is what I done; I started the card as you would any card. I then took two piece of card, same colour, thickness and length and scored at 2 inches in from the end and applied glue to the OPPOSITE end and glued this to the inside part which is the front of the card. This then allows the 'legs' to fold in and out on each other.  I then took two extra piece of KC card stock in Cherry and measured a 1.5cm in from the edge and cut with my sheers. These pieces were then glued to the moving 'legs' of the  card. After this I went with a the cool blue tones and again cut with my sheers so you can see some of the red peeping out . These were glued to the 'legs's.  Now for the main body of the card. I used the lovely green and trimmed ever so slightly in so the red would again peep out. I then applied a glossy red embossed piece from the same paper pad and distressed it with my distressing tool. This was layered on the green. Lastly I used the metallic snowflake paper that I just love and this was the final layer of the card. Now for Tilda! I cut my copic paper using my Spelling binders die in the fancy oval and stamped Tilda again in my 'Espresso truffle' ink, I then used the same die to cut a piece od design paper and cut the border and glued to the stamped image.I then sponged Tim Holtz 'Mowed Lawn' Distress Ink to the image before I glued the design paper. Here are the colours I used for Tilda-

Skin- YR000, E21, R01, R20, R30
Hair- R02, YR02, E08, R17
Dress- G28, G14
Socks/Band/Cuffs- R89, R46
Parcel- B05, BG10

I added Dimensional Magic to her parcel to give it a glossy finish. I then used Atyou Spica pens in Silver for her ribbon, red for bow, and green for her hair ties.  I then used Stickles 'Diamond' (my fave!) to her ribbon on her parcel so it tied in with the ribbon on the front of the card.

Around the edge of the inner part of the card I stuck on red pearls and a piece of red velvet ribbon. Added to this were green gems. I applied Liquid Pearls in 'Bisque' as pearl earrings to Tilda.

Now for the 'legs' I added die cut Poinsettia flowers and some collectables from the same collection.

I wanted the card to carry through the idea of a present at Christmas so I folded in one 'leg' under the inner part of the card, and the other part formed the top that you would 'unwrap'. I pierced through two green brads so you have to untie the card. I added a metallic silver ribbon to tie in with the ribbon on the stamped image. 

Hope you enjoy! This has to be one of my faves!

Love D xx

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Marvelous Magnolia's challenge- Anything goes!

Hi there guys!  Hope we are all well. Wow its a blowy day here in Tom Price!!! quick walk to the shops and hairstyle is none existent!!! So now back in the cozy warm house and thought time to upload my card for the 'Marvelous Magnolia's' challenge blog which this week is 'Anything goes'. 

Now I got my happy mail of new stamps this week so had to let them have an outing! so here is my card features Tilda holding Binoculars, who is sitting on the rubber ring and the lovely Sea background stamp.

And here's how I created my card!

For the actual card body I used KC cardstock in Ocean as it is a lovely deep blue colour. For the Background papers I used Websters pages in 'Palm Beach'. I cut a little bit in on the white paper so you can see the blue KC card under. I then took the word paper from the same collection and layered that on top of the white paper. I fell in love with this word paper as it has all the things you imagine on a beach holiday. Then I took my Spellbinders Die and cut out using my Cuttlebug. Before this was attached to the body of the car I die cut a tag using a Magnolia die in a bright orange which was inspired by a sunset on a beach and pops against the blue tones.  I also then added some twine in a natural colour and tied part of it in a bow, under this I added some lace and blue ribbon to tie into the blue card stock. 

Now for the stamping! I stamped the Sea background, Tilda and the rubber ring in Memento ink 'Espresso Truffle'.  Here are the colour combos I used, all coloured in Copic's-

Sea Background-

Sky- BG10, BG01, BG05
Sea- B12, B97, B45
Sails- C1, C5
Clouds- BV31, C1
Frame- E35,E37, E33
Boat- E35, E59

Tilda holding binoculars-

Skin- YR000, E21,R01, R20, R30
Hair- YR02, YR61, E08, R17
Top- R17, R59
Shorts- B29, B24
Hat- B29, BE24
Shoes- R17, R59
Binocular- YG95, Y28, Y03, BG10

Rubber ring-
R09, R17, R29, C1, C3, BG10

Tilda is mounted on two layers of 3D foam and popped onto her rubber ring!

To finish off the card I added some bling in the form of blue rhinestones to the corners of the card, and black rhinestones to the outside of the 'porthole'. I then added Plaid's Dimensional Magic to The sails, Tilda's hat, and to the foam of the sea.  Then to add to sparkle to the clouds I applied stickles in 'Diamonds'  and also to the water around the rubber ring. 

Finally... I then glued a ships wheel charm to the twine bow and the word 'beach' to the tag.

Hope you enjoy my card!

Love D xx



Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Follow the sketch MDUC/ Tilda's Town 'anything goes!"

hi!! how are we this morning? nice cool day here in the Pilbara!!!

So I got me new stamps yesterday so it would be rude not to give them a chance to do their thing! For this I am entering this card in two different site's challenges- Magnolia Down Unders 'Follow the Sketch' and Tilda's Town 'Anything goes'

I was feeling inspired with the main stamp, it reminds me of my hubby and I packing up and travelling the lovely long open roads that surround us and are really one of the only ways to get anywhere..theres no bus here!!! So I used 'Tilda and Edwins' Tour Bus' for the main image and a mini Edwin with lizard for the accompanying image. 

The papers I used are the Graphic 45 'Tropical Travelogue' which do exotic papers bursting with colour and perfect for any jungle theme.  For the tags I used my fave die 'vintage tag' by Magnolia and cut it with my Cuttlebug using the flower print and the Giraffe prints. To the Giraffe I used 'Wild thing' sentiment and distressed some brown cardstock. For the flower I attached a Australia charm. I then went on to tie some ribbon through the holes. The ribbon has tine flowers on it and tiny leaves and tied in perfectly with my theme. 

I then cut the die shape using my Spellbinders die and stamped the tour bus image in Espresso Truffle. I cut a small piece out with my scalloped shape scissors and stamped mini Edwin in the same colour.

Then I set to and started colouring. Here are the colours I used from Copic-

Bus: BG96, YG11
Windows: BG10
Bumpers: E57, E33
Luggage: E57, E33, R17
Lights: YR23, R17
Wheels: BV25, BV31

To the lights I coloured slightly over the Copic colour with 'Atyou Spica' pen in Silver to give the impression of a metal hubcap. I also done this on the lights with the red and yellow pens from the same range.

Edwins colour:

Skin: YR000, E21, R02
HairYR02, E06
Top: B29, B02, B05
Pants: E57, E31
Tee: G96, YG03

Lizard: Y23

Then for the background colour. I sponged on Tim Holtz Distress ink for the ground in 'Vintage Photo' and for the sky ' Tumbled glass' from the same range. As you can see the 'Vintage Photo' colour overlaps the 'Tumbled Glass' as I wanted it to look like the dust was flicking up as they moved.

Finally I added some yellow ribbon from the KC range behind the main image. Then added rhinestones from KC in 'Split Pea'. 

And there it is guys


Love D xx


Monday, May 06, 2013

La La Land mothers day challenge

Well even though its on a different day here, here is my card for the Mothers Day/Wedding/graduation challenge by the lovely LLLC.

So without further ado here it is!


So for this card I thought muted tones were the way to go.  I used the KC collection 'The Lake House' as this is a collection that has a lot of mothers sentiments. 

So for the body of the card I used KC basic cardstock in Blossom. I then trimmed down a piece of the green embossed paper from 'The Lake House' paper pad. (reason I use a of paper pads are 1) they are a good size for cards and 2) you get different papers 3) you get metallic and embossed pages) I then chose the striped paper as it picks up the pink in the cardstock.  I then used one of the tags from the same collection and stamped the LLLC sentiment 'your amazing' on it in 'Espresso Truffle' and positioned this on the side.

Next I moved onto the main image. Using the lovely hollyhock style flowers from the LLLC company I stamped it on a die cut piece from my Cuttlebug.  It is stamped in the same colour as the sentiment. I added stamped images of butterflies and bees to the side of it to make it look like a garden scene. 

I coloured the image using Copic, Here are the colours I used t create my garden image.

Flower: RV34, R20, BV00, Y17
Stem: YG63, YG03,
Butterfly: BV60, RR20
Bee: Y17, BV23

Around the image I took the sponge off a sponge paint brush and lightly dabbed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in 'Spun Sugar' around to link in with the cardstock. I added some bling to the image by applying Stickles 'Fairy Dust' to the flowers to make them twinkle. I added some rhinestone brads down the side of the card and added material flowers from Prima. I finished off by adding a lovely bluebird to the top left corner which is mounted on 3D foam.

Love D xx

Magnolia Down Under Challenge Blog- follow the sketch!

Afternoon peoples!!!

So today has been a gorgeous day here in the Pilbara but you can feel it cooling down for sure. Winter has arrived and its such a beautiful time but a lot cooler than we are used too. Think that is why I have gone for a Christmas theme card as when it starts to get cold and the nights cut in for me that's is the Christmas period! So yep its a Christmas entry! Using my fave Edwin  Christmas stamp-Edwin with Santa mask. So here it is along with details on how to colour,create and what I have used.

Here are the tools I used to create this card.I have used KC basic cardstock in Forest green which goes lovely with the KC Christmas paper pad you can see it is 'Twig and Berry' very festive don't you think. I have also used a Spellbinders die in Large fancy oval. I actually cut two of these out as one is done in the copic paper and the other is in a design paper. I think cut the design paper middle out and stuck the fancy part to the white paper to create a lovely coloured border.  I stamped Edwin in Memento ink 'expresso truffle' as you guys know, my fave colour. I then used the Tim Holtz Distress ink pad in 'Festive Berries' to add the red around Edwin.

Then it was time to follow the sketch! the girls at MDUC asked for two tags, a layered paper selection and a piece that goes across the back. Lovely design. Here you can see I have use the Twig and Berry bad and the cream paper at the back is actually fuzzy! feels lovely and decadent for this type of card! The next is a gorgeous red colour. This pad is full of beautiful rich colours.  I cut them in so you could see the green card stock. I like doing this as it shows all the layers you use and gives a lovely spectrum of colour.  I then used my 'Vintage tag' die from Magnolia and cut two tags using my Cuttlebug. I used the opposite colour on each for the area that is around the gift tag hole. I then tied some 'Turtle Dove' ribbon from the other KC collection from 2012 through the hole. Both the red and cream are velvet ribbons.

I then added a berry border to behind the stamped image of Edwin.
Then I set to work and coloured my image. Here are his colours!
Skin: YR000, E21, R30, R20, R01 and for Santa the same but also added in R02
Hair: E55, YR21
Suit coat: R17 and R89- for the shadow
Pants:  GO5, G28 YG67
Fur of coat and beard: C7, C1
Boots: C7, BV23, R17
For his buttons I added green rhinestones. For his boot buckle I used Stickles 'black diamond' and for Santa's beard I used stickles in 'fairy dust' to bring a shimmer.  I then added dimensional Magic from Plaid to his hat and boots.
I finished off by adding some collectables to the tags '25th' and 'North Pole express' and green rhinestones to the left side of the card. Final touch was a charm in the shape of Santa's glasses in the bottom right hand corner.
Hope you enjoy
Love D xx 


Sunday, May 05, 2013

Tilda's Town Challenge- Anything goes!

Hiya guys!!

Well TT have set another challenge and it is 'anything goes' so we can let our imaginations run wild!!

For me I've gone with a Christmas theme as I just love the stamp 'Edwin with Santa mask'. So here are the details!

So for the card body itself I have used the KC basic cardstock in 'Mocha' and this is one of my fave colours to use! The big thing for me here was this was my first try at 'faux sewing' and I rather like the effect so need some practice.

For the background of the card I have used KC paper pad in 'Turtle Dove' this a very traditional collection and has some beautiful metallic papers which are the ones I have used.  I came in a little bit on each piece mainly so you could see the mocha cardstock. I used two spellbinders dies in this card. One as a background piece behind the image of Edwin. And the second was what Edwin was stamped on. I had some spare pieces of paper from the red layer so I cut a 'V' into two pieces at each end and mounted them on 3D tape so it looked like a present. I then used my bow maker and fashioned a red bow from the KC ribbon range. To finish this off I added a 'no peeking' tag to it and a two red pearls.

I then set to work on colouring Edwin. Here are his colours:

Skin: E21, YR000, R30, R01
Hair E55, YR21
Santa suit: R59 - This was used to add the look of creases in the material- R17, R46
Hat: C7 - used to make the white look like fur- and then C1
Buttons: BV 23
Boots: BV29, BV23, BV20
Santa: R02
Santa beards: C7, C1
Aura: Distress Ink in 'festive berry'

Now to add the red around Edwin you can do it two ways 1) Mask like I showed you in previous posts or 2) get a eye shadow applicator and dab into the ink, tap off on a spare piece of paper and then dab round- which way you do it is up to you.

After I finished colouring I added the fantastic 'Dimensional Magic' from Plaid as you  can see in the close up of Edwin it gives a ED effect to the image and adds light and depth. To Santa I then added some of the stickles 'Diamond' to make him sparkle.

Hope you enjoy!

Love D xx

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Boy Bday cards!

Well my task this weekend is doing bday cards for 3 men. my dad, my father in law and my sister in laws partner. Now boy cards are a different breed to girl ones, but im going to incorporate bling if it kills me!!!

Let the games begin!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

New adventures in craft land!

Hi lovelies!

hope we are all well?

Well ive stepped into a new adventure in the world of craft- Distress Markers! Now ive been practicing so hopefully it will pay off. Just got to wait for my ink to come and its all systems go. These markers are pretty amazing! but the again what product off Tim Holtz isn't!!!! Stay tuned people for my first card with them...when my ink arrives that is!

Hope everyone has had a lovely week and hopes for an even lovelier weekend!

As you can see below I have spent sometime playing round with the colours to work out which is the best combination for skin/hair/sea/grass and sky. Its worth the time as you get some lovely combinations and learn that not everything you first think works!

Love D xx