Hello

Welcome to my blog, a place where I can lose myself in a crafty haven. Pull up a comfy chair grab a cuppa and come and have a read. Oh and if you like what you see, stop by and leave me some love in the comments section

Followers

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Missing School

Good Morning! We are desperate from some rain here, not had much in months, the yards are all looking brown and crispy!

Here we are again another Tuesday! So go ahead and check out the new Digi Choosday challenge! The design team this week have used Miss you as our inspiration and as it still isn't known what school is going to look like I have made a miss you teacher card using Polkadoodles' Work and Play 3 collection:


What I Did:
I decided for this card I was going to use the pre-colored images so I resized the digital design paper and added the teacher and her stack of books as overlays. I then printed this and trimmed so it would fit on my 5x7in card base. I also used a circle die to cut a notch from the top as this card has a pull out section:


The pull out was made in the same way as the top section of my card except I digitally erased the blackboard which was on the easel, making it a white board, I then added the sentiments to this, overlaid it over the digital paper and printed it. 

I matted my card base with Pink cardstock, made fold back flaps on my top set of images and glued these in place on the card. My inner section then just slid into place. I added Pull Me to the center of the inner section which fits where the notch on the topper is. Finally I matted a sentiment again from the same collection and added this with foam tape.

What I Used:
Digital images, papers and teacher sentiments: Polkadoodles - Work and Play 3 Full collection Craft Download
White cardstock for printing: X-Press It
Black cardstock for base: Core'Dinations Premium Heavy Weight
Pink cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium
Glue: ZipDry
Double sided tape: Scor-Pal
Foam tape: Dollar Store

The Digi Choosday Challenge runs for 2 weeks, it is always anything goes so there is no reason not to enter and you never know you may just win!

Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group

Thanks for stopping by, now go join the challenge!







Monday, August 3, 2020

Mandala Love

Good morning! We are still at home, enjoying the sunshine and working in the yard, our veggie garden is doing great we enjoying offerings from it.

I'm back today with more inspiration for the August Joy Clair new release. This card is using one of the designs and a sentiment from the Mandala Love collection:


I loved coloring this, so relaxing just to sit and color. The Mandala is actually a full one but I decided to cut it down for my design. I used Bristol Smooth paper and printed both the mandala and sentiment. I chose to use this paper so I could color with my Prismacolor pencils, I don't use them independently often so thought I'd give them a try. 
Once colored I matted the image with black card and added to a cream card base (this was so the Bristol Smooth didn't look dirty as it would with a white base).
I added a few iridescent gems which catch the color of the mandala at certain angles.


 They are perfect for any card makers style but  I am loving being able to make my favorite card style, Clean and Simple, with the Joy Clair images.

Thank you for stopping by. I will be back during the month with more inspiration using the new release. Also my teamies will be sharing with you over on the Joy Clair Facebook Group.

 You can check out the new release and all of Joy Clair's products over in their store.





Items I used:

ZipDry Glue
ZipDry Glue
Purchase From:
SSS | AZN
Translucent Enamel Dots
Translucent Enamel Dots
Purchase From:
GMD
Prismacolor Pencils
Prismacolor Pencils
Purchase From:
SSS | AZN
Studio Katia Iridescent crystals
Studio Katia Iridescent crystals
Purchase From:
SSS
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad
Purchase From:
SSS | AZN
Mandala Love
Mandala Love
Purchase From:
JC

Sunday, August 2, 2020

For The Guys

Good afternoon! Another quiet relaxing weekend in the Smith home again. I am really enjoying the weekends not dashing about, doing a bit of yard work which now include includes harvesting from our garden.

Today's post is to show my work for the next classes in my Altenew Educator Certificate program, For The Guys By Jennifer, a great set of classes if you struggle to come up with male themed cards

My first card's inspiration was the galaxy class Jennifer taught:


I figured our wonderful world is out there in the Milky Way Galaxy so I used the Big World stamp and die set.
I started by making my galaxy. on Solar white cardstock I ink blended a number of distress inks to give me the dark sky. I then used a combination of paint pen and splatters of watercolor paint to add my stars and comets. This was then put to one side to dry.
I stamped my world with Altenew Inks in Caribbean Sky, Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade. I also blended the same colors onto a scrap of white card. I die cut my Earth and also die cut the word 'world' from the ink blended card scrap.
Once my background was dry I stamped the 'what a wonderful' stamp using embossing ink and then heat embossed with white powder. It is important to make sure your card is dry and to use an embossing buddy on the background or the embossing powder will stick where you don't need it!. Finally I matted a 4.25 x 5.5 card base with green cardstock and my galaxy. My earth and world sentiment were adhered in place.

My next card was an adaptation of Jennifer's geometric class. I looked through the Altenew stamp sets I have to find something I could use. Moroccan Mosaic has these little extra stamps that fit with the theme:



 I chose to use 2 stamps. I started with drawing a pencil line across a piece of solar white cardstock. I used the as a guide for my stamping I started with Desert Night ink and stamped the 2 stamps alternately across the card. I then repeated this 3 more times with Dark Night, Cloudy Sky and Misty Morning Ink. This gave me my geometric pattern which I feel looks almost like a tire tread mark
I used a sentiment from the same set, stamping it over the lightest pattern with Jet Black Ink.
I matted a grey card base with coordinating blue cardstock and added the topper to the center of this, I did cut this shorter on the long sides to draw the eye to the pattern.

My last card is a fun one Jennifer made the Windy Men from Altenew's Congrats stamp set wobble by making springs for them. I thought this was so much fun so had to recreate it:


I started by building my men and stamping them with jet black ink, they were then colored with alcohol markers and fussy cut. 
Next I used a piece of checkerboard card stock, cut it to size to fit my black 4.25 x 5.5in card base. I decided to add some detail with this and cut the corner away diagonally, trimmed the piece I cut off in to 4 pieces. I glued the main piece to my card base and then added 2 alternate piece back into the corner. I then added 2 strips of black card to the bottom of the base card just to add to the pattern.

Now to build the wobbles, I used a 20g wire and coiled 2 lengths around the end of a paint brush giving me 2 springs. These were glued to the bottom end of my windy men and then glued to my card. This stands them proud from the card and when you play with them they wobble.
Finally I stamped the Hooray and 'You did it!" sentiments with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I am continuing to learn so many new techniques doing the Altenew Educator Certificate Course, and yes they can be applied to all my card making not just Altenew!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope if you like what you see you will let me know in the comments section.





Thursday, July 30, 2020

Some News and a New Release!

Good Morning!!! I have some exciting news today! I was chosen to join the design team for Joy Clair! I am so excited to be part of this amazing company. They have some gorgeous products as well as digital stamps.

Today is new release day for them, and my inspiration for this is using on of the new digital collection called Floral Friendship, you all know just how much I love making floral cards and this collection is just perfect for that:


This is just one of the floral arrangements and sentiment from this set, I colored the flowers with alcohol markers, matted it with a coordinating cardstock and added it to a black card base. A few clear enamel dots were all I felt was needed to compliment the image.

For the new release and to introduce the new team Joy Clair is doing a blog hop, click on each of the links and leave a comment telling us what is your favorite product from the release to be entered :

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thank you for stopping by. I will be back during August with more inspiration using the new release. Also my teamies will be sharing with you over on the Joy Clair Facebook Group.

 You can check out the new release and all of Joy Clair's products over in their store.




Items I used:

Copic Markers
Copic Markers
Purchase From:
SSS | AZN
X-Press It Cardstock
X-Press It Cardstock
Purchase From:
SSS | AZN
ZipDry Glue
ZipDry Glue
Purchase From:
SSS | AZN
Translucent Enamel Dots
Translucent Enamel Dots
Purchase From:
GMD
Joy Clair Floral Friendship
Joy Clair Floral Friendship
Purchase From:
JC

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Just Hanging Around..........Underwear Bear

Good afternoon! My good friend and digital stamp artist is also a children's book author, Sherry West shared an image from her book, It's raining Cats, It's raining Dogs, It's Raining Bats and Pollywogs with the design team and I really loved it so she let me color it meet Underwear Bear!


Isn't it the cutest! I colored the image with Copic Markers and added it to a card matted with coordinating colors. My sentiment was printed from my pc, matted with same cardstock as my card and added using foam tape. As I finished my card Kev suggested I add string so the hanging line continues off the card. Great idea! I added bakers twine to match the card design, adhered it to the back of the card then glued a piece of cardstock over this so you don't see the ends of the string.

This little guy isn't available in Sherry's Store yet but I'm sure he will be.... In the meantime check out our Facebook page for more inspiration using Sherry's gorgeous images

Thanks for stopping by and if you love what you see, let me know in the comments section