Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bella Birthday

A card for a special niece, it's easy to remember how old she is because her Mum was pregnant at our Wedding and since she makes amazing cakes I've Stampin Bella Uptown Girl Ava love to Celebrate.

The papers are Echo Park Happy Birthday Girl and I've used it to paper piece Ava's dress as well as the flowers. The flowers are made using Simon Says Stamp Hydrangea Petal dies, the centres are Simon Says Stamp Stitched Snowflakes die ( used the smallest one) and the tiny dots are from a Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlets I used the actual waste from one of the cogs.

I stamped Happy from Simon Says Stamps on the fishtail banner I made using their Stitched Banners. This meant I only had to use the Birthday part of the Simon says Stamp Happy Birthday die. My oval frame was made using Simon says Stamp Stitched Ovals and the I nearly forgot the leaves on my flowers they're Simon says Stamp Forget Me Know flowers die.

I'm not sure whether you are aware but I'm not at home,  I will be later but we are on here.

Oriana 3

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fun day Games

There were loads of photos of the Family Fun Day, I knew I wouldn't be able to do them all and it was tricky to work out which one. We had some old fashioned games, I can remember going to my Dad' works do on their big field and they had egg and spoon and sack races etc

No proper eggs for the egg and spoon race, my niece had a plastic egg and spoons. The papers are Simple Stories and I used some dies from Elizabeth Crafts for my ladybirds/ladybugs, the fence is MFT and the toadstools are Cottage Cutz. Finally the clouds are Memory Box.

The fancy die along the bottom didn't have a packet and where I usually write on the back with a permanent pen there was no company name. The title was American Craft and the laugh arrow was  a die I borrowed from my friend.

There are still some more Family Fun Day Layouts to come.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Flower Cluster

A surprise fell onto my door mat last week with a die for the lastest Simon Says Stamp release Sending Sunshine. My die is called Flower Cluster which is a corner die and I have used it twice here. A small tip if you want to use twice like I have done,  decide on you sentiment and if its stamped do it before cutting the two flowers clusters or at least make sure you have enough room. I'm speaking from experience.

Once I cut the two dies I place tape behind so the sticky side was facing and I place the outline in place. I used a few of the white pieces so it looks like the background is coming through. Then I used green and dark pink card to make my leaves and flowers and yellow for the centres. For some reason I decided that one of the petal of was part of the bud and cut it in a red only to release it wasn't at all but just for today I think I can get away with it.

Since the sentiment I hoped to use didn't fit I decided to use the Message for Everyday the set is made up with these smaller sentiments for every occasion and more. Finally I used the Stitching Butterflies but I also used the body of the Adeline Butterfly.

I'm still trying to work out a better way of photographing my cards and I noticed that several blogs photo above the card and at an angle with some white wooden background. So I thought I would give it a try, need to work out the light, the picture had to be lighten quite a bit but I'm liking the wooden effect paper.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Anniversary Hugs

May is a busy card making month, anniversaries and birthdays, to start with an Anniversary card I've used Mo's A Rose. It could be used for an engagement card too.

The papers are some scraps of Simple Stories although I think the dotty one might a scrap from another manufacture.

I'm trying to work out what make the border dies are, I think I'm going to have pass finding out. I pretty sure they may be more than one company but as you see anyones will do.

Now the outline heart and the middle heart are from a Simon says Stamp retired die and the tiny heart is from their Holiday Shapes. The flowers are a MFT die but I think that is retired too but I'm still going use because its a favourite.

Mo's Digital Pencil

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Use a Stencil


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Boys Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Stencil It   

We are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Mmmm I think I go carried away with the stencils, I used Oxides for all of the background well except the sequins. The main colour is Squeezed Lemonade and I covered the whole page, if I did it again I would leave a white space in the middle since I now think it was a bit much.

With the help of post it notes and scraps of paper I carefully used the Tim Holtz Roses Stencil and moving it around I placed my roses. I matched up the roses but covered them so I could use the leaf parts. Finally I used the Simon Says Stamp Large Falling Hearts stencil carefully covering up any hearts that may fall on my roses.

I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform for stamping my sentiment because I wanted to make sure it showed up well. The sentiment came from the Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages stamp set.

It needed something else so I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Butterflies dies, they're out of stock at the moment but I would recommend to use the notify me link because I think they will be flying out of the doors once they arrive back in stock.

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Family fun day

It was while my nieces and nephews came to say their goodbyes to their Nan they said we ought to get together rather than meeting up round a hospital bed. So the Family Fun Day was born.

Of course for some they couldn't make it but the ones who could did. A bouncy castle was ordered and costco sandwiches, not forgetting cake. My niece held it in her garden since hers was the largest.

I made Pocket page with some photos that I wanted to use, you can see I didn't actually use a plastic pocket page but rather used a 12 inch card and cut the photos to make it look a pocket page. I love this way so I can stick titles and flowers etc over the edges of the photos. 

The papers are Simple Stories not sure what ones but I used most of it up with other fun day pages which will come over the next few weeks.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

More Spring Flowers

This was a bit of an experiment, there have several designer using Polychromos and singing their praises well I've been using them for years. They are using a feather technique which you can do with copics too. I wondered whether I could colour a flat image but to colour to give it some depth. Not sure I've managed it but still please how it turned out.

I first used the Simon Says Stamp More Spring Stamp, for a softer finish I used a Memento Grey Flannel inkpad and of course used the pencils. Once done I used the the Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers dies to cut them out.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Moroccan Tile Stencil but used it to emboss with. I cut out the Simon Says Stamps Birthday Script die with gold card. It was then placed my flowers using the CAS(e) this sketch 269 to inspire my card. Once I was happy I stuck them down and trimmed round the card and then added a bit of gold round the edge.

I still had a large white space in the middle and I couldn't leave it and I cut the Simon Says Stamp Flickering Butterflies in gold. The larger butterfly I raised but the tiny ones I stuck fully down.

I think it would be interesting if I made the same card but layering the flowers which is really my thing, will have to put that on my list to do.