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Niece’s Birthday card

I thought I would try to share where my inspiration came from in this post, because I haven’t shared a sketch or ‘inspiration’ picture in a while. I had this pin on Pinterest for its positive message and I thought it was gorgeous, then I got to thinking “Come on, you must be able to re-create it with the supplies that you have…?”

Having recently purchased my Nuvo Aqual Flow pens they were my first thought and there is the Spring Meadow set that has the ‘Soft Rose’ and ‘Lilac Blossom’ pens in, so I grabbed them. However, when I tried them out on some watercolour card they were the wrong colours for what I wanted to achieve (if you look at the ‘colour swatch’ I created in the photos they are the bottom two colours – the rose is too rosey [d’oh] and the lilac wasn’t vibrant enough). So I had to re-think my options. I love purples, so I have lots of purple Distress Inks, but did I have the right pink?

I smooshed several Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat and used my Aqua Flow water brush (not to be confused with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens) filled with clear water to paint them on my colour swatch. Instantly I knew that Picked Rasperry was the right vibrant pink for my project and Shaded Lilac was a good purple to blend with it, so that was what i started with on my first layer of colour on my watercolour card. Once it had dried it was quite pale, so I went in with more Picked Rasperry and I contemplated adding the Nuvo ‘Lilac Blossom’ to darken the purple – this was a bit too dark and harsh (it’s the fairly straight line of purple on the right of the card) so I quickly smooshed several purple Distress Inks and used lots of water to spread it around and attempt to tone it down. I think I ended up using load of colours – Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet – I was using so much water they all mixed together on the craft sheet in the end.

I was really happy with it after the multiple layers and loads of colours had been mixed together.

Next came the sentiment – I didn’t want to re-create the image exactly, I wanted this to be similar but not the same. I love the sentiment ‘she believed she could so she did’ – I am a feminist, and I would like my nieces to grow up believing that whatever they want to be when they grow up, they can achieve it, so I chose this sentiment to go on the card so I could give it to one of my nieces. I gave the watercolour cardstock a generous dusting of my embossing buddy because it’s so textured I knew the embossing powder would want to stick in all the texture. I love the My Favourite Things ‘Well Connected Alphabet’ that came out earlier this year – it’s just perfect to make this card, and I’m sure I will be reaching for it over and over again. I used VersaMark ink and Stampin’UP! Gold embossing powder. I LOVE how it turned out (OK so my alignment is a bit off, but I think it adds to the whimsy of it)!!

Having not given my nuvo Aqua Flow pens a proper outing I really wanted to use my new Nuvo Jewel Drops, so I tried them out on the colour swatch too. Again I thought the ‘Rose Water’ was too rosey so I stuck with the ‘Pale Periwinkle’ and added drops here and there, then left them to dry for 24 hours in a cupboard (so the cats can’t tread in them!!)

To attach the watercolour panel to the front of a 6 x 6 inch (rosey!! ha ha!) pink card base I used foam tape. I really love it – it’s one of the few cases where something on Pinterest actually lead to a project rather than just endless hours of pinning and no crafting time left!!

I had real problems photographing this card – the shiny bits were ‘too shiny’ or ‘not shiny enough’ and I tried all sorts of lighting and angles, so excuse my dreadful pictures!! I hope you get an idea of the card anyway!

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Let me know if you would like me to share more inspiration posts showing the thought process behind my crafting projects in the comments below.

Have a lovely weekend and come back on Sunday when I will share the card I made for my Mum.

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Umbrella card

My Step Mother lives in Hua Hin in Thailand, and so when I heard about the bombings on Friday I was fearful that she might have been injured or killed. Thankfully she was at home because the bombings were early in the morning so she wasn’t out and about at the time.

I wanted to make a card for my Step Mum as I haven’t made her one in ages and the fear of losing her made me realise that staying in touch is a good thing. It’s monsoon season in Thailand so it’s raining a lot at the moment so I thought my brand new My Favourite Things ‘Layered Umbrella’ die and Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies would be very fitting.

First, I used the 12×12 raindrops stencil and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Ink and ink bblender to make a raining background, but I left a section where I didn’t ink through the stencil that will be where the umbrella will eventually go.

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I die cut the largest umbrella die from matt silver cardstock, then the layering part from white, red, yellow and orange cardstock in my stash (I wanted the umbrella to be a pop of colour in the otherwise sombre card) and the handle from my SSS Kraft woodgrain embossed card [this is no longer available, but they do still sell it in white]. I then used my Quicky Glue pen to stick all the bits together, and when it was dry stuck it to the card front.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Puffy clouds dies from Stampin’UP! Whisper White and Smokey Slate cardstock and vellum, trimmed them to the card width, then used foam pads to attach them to the card base.

I bought the Stampin’UP! Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack last year for scrapbooking, but haven’t used any of the alphabet stickers. The black block stickers were just what I wanted for the sentiment for this card, so I adhered the stickers to the card front (I had to trim a few letters in ‘umbrella’ or it was going to go off the side of the card, but hopefully it isn’t that noticable).

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Thanks for dropping by my blog, I hope you found this card inspiring, and I hope you visit again soon!

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Reach for the stars

Two of my friends have birthdays today, so I have two cards to share this morning (you can probably tell I was in a bit of a rush to post them on time from the rushed photography!!)

For some reason all of my friends feel a bit down at the moment – maybe it’s just the time of year. They are all looking at their lives and wondering “what’s the point of it all?” and “Why am I bothering?”, so I wanted all of the cards I give them to have positive messages to hopefully give them hope to keep going.

The first card I want to share is a masculine card. Some cardmakers find men hard to create cards for, so hopefully this will help inspire you for a masculine card – either a birthday or good luck or congratulations card.

I started with some watercolour cardstock by Crafters Companion, my Distress Inks and round blening tools. The Distress Inks I ended up using were: Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

First off I added some areas of Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry and Evergreen Bough to the watercolour card, just in random areas, and not covering the whole piece of card.

Next I added some Faded Jeans around the edges of the card and around the more intense areas of colour to make the night sky. After the Faded Jeans I went over the card with lots of Black Soot to darken the card and only leave a few areas of colour.

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Then I used a fan brush dipped in water to create splashes on the card, which I dabbed off with some kitchen roll. This created the appearance of stars. I did end up with too much water on one area, so I dried it and went over some of it with Chipped Sapphire and Balck Soot to bring back the appearance of the dark space with only a few stars.

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To add more stars I used a small round shaped brush to flick Gesso mixed with water over the card. Once the card was dry I removed the Washi Tape from the corners and went over the corners in Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

For the sentiment I used VersaMark ink and ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder by Papermania. The stamp set is by Stampendous called ‘Typewriter Alphabet’.

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I die cut some of the smaller stars from the My Favourite Things ‘Lucky Stars’ Die-namics set from white card stock. I also used the Crafters Companion ‘1″ Alphabet Contemporary Uppercase’ dies to cut ‘stars’ from white card. I adhered them all to the watercolour card with Nuvo Glue Pen and then attached the panel to the front of a cream C5 card blank with roll-on glue.

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I really like the way this turned out, and I would definately try it again, maybe with different colours on the base to change things up.

There are several YouTube videos on different ways to create this look including from The Craft Bunny, K Werner Design and Scraps and Stamps. Check them out!

Happy Crafting everyone!!

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Plumeria birthday card

It will be a friend of the family’s birthday on Saturday, so I’ve made her a card to celebrate. She has lived abroad in some very exotic places & I made her an exploding box card with orchids for her 60th birthday. This birthday card wasn’t going to be any less exotic, so when I saw this GORGEOUS set by My Favorite Things, I had to use it on this project!

When I first got the set I just played around with stamping & embossing the plumeria to make sure I was able to get the yellow bit where I wanted it (harder than it sounds when you’ve embossed white embossing powder on white card!) but eventually I had enough flowers that I liked so I cut them out. The petals are ‘Seafoam White’ Papermania embossing powder and ‘Yellow Blush Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

The leaves are clear embossed on Gumball Green card stock – I love the way they turned out!

I have seen lots of ways to make your own enamel dots & I think I will try the clear embossing of card stock some time, but for this project I used nail varnish. I dropped neon yellow nail varnish onto my silicon craft sheet & left the dots for a few days to harden & they just pop off the sheet, then they can be applied to a card with some Glossy Accents.

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When I bought this ‘black’ card in the craft shop, I was convinced it was black, but the second I put it next to black it was obviously a very dark navy…. Grrrrr…. But, hey we all make mistakes, don’t we?! So I cut out a square from the navy card & attached some yellow ribbon over it, then I stuck the panel on top of a white layer I had gutted earlier & attached this to the black 6×6 base card.

I arranged the flowers & leaves on the card, then when I had them where I wanted them I attached them with Glossy Accents, but they still had lots of dimention.

I stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Sensations on some white card, then used the Spellbinders labels die to cut it out. Because the flowers & leaves were so dimentional I attached the label with sticky foam pads. Last, but not least I attached my nail varnish dots to the navy panel. What do you think?

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