Tuesday 28 March 2023

Pretty Pastels with MFT

Hello again,

Just sneaking in with a card for MFT's Sketch Challenge which is due to end in a few hours. I've combined it with the soft, pastel colours from MFT Colour Challenge #208:

I coloured PI Butterfly Kisses (retired), added a touch of sparkle to her wings with some holographic glitter and stamped a background using the little butterfly net from the same set. 

Happy stamping!


Thursday 23 March 2023

Three Challenges - One Card!

Hello inkers!

There's some lovely fresh, Spring inspired challenges out in blogland at the moment - The Paper Players has a clean and simple flower challenge,  The Card Concept has an inspiration photo and Just Us Girls has a mood board with very similar colours and themes:


I have to admit this should be cleaner and simpler than it actually is but I managed to smear green ink all over my nice clean card - I seem to really struggle to keep my cards clean! I saved it by adding a white panel and gave it some dimension using dimensional tape. For the vertical stripes I used embossing paste with Altenew's Beach Towel Stripes Stencil.  The Just Add Ink blooms have been stamped with pigment ink and embossed using holographic glitter EB.

I was inspired by the colours over at The Card Concept and the middle left pic in the JUG's mood board. When I saw the clean, horizontal strips of the wood panels I immediately thought of the Altenew stencil. 

Thanks for popping by!


Saturday 18 March 2023

Christmas Inspiration with Time Out and MFT

Hello folks!

I do love a challenge that inspires me to whip up a Christmas card - MFT's monthly Ready, Set, Christmas challenge is really helping me get organised. Even better is that each card will be different rather than having to make a big batch that's all the same. I find it a bit boring making the same card over and over again.

I've also been inspired by Time Out's Inspired by Words challenge, focussing on 'Winter' and used the pretty colour palette over at MFT Colour Challenge #207:


I've got so many of these Pure Innocence stamps now - I never get tired of them, especially the Christmas ones. This one is Winter Kisses - it's not strictly a Christmas stamp so I added a sentiment from Bitty Holiday Wishes. I've framed the image using Stitched Rectangle Frames Die-namics and the base die is from one of the now retired Blueprints series. 

It's been 35C here in Sydney today - amazing considering we're in Autumn -the perfect excuse to stay in the air con and make a card!

Happy stamping!


Wednesday 15 March 2023

Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive 2023 Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)


Altenew is spreading the love one card at a time with their annual Celebrating Parents Card Drive. Their goal is to send cards to the elderly that live in nursing homes or shelters and let them know they're not forgotten. Help support this great cause by sending in your handmade cards so that Altenew can help these people feel loved and celebrated!

They've even handpicked a few Altenew products that are perfect for your Mother's Day and Father's Day cards (and other year-round crafting projects!)  Check out the collection HERE. They'll donate $1 with every order of the products included in this collection from 2/28/2023 until 5/14/2023 to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need. 

For my card I used the Meadow Burst Layering Stencil with a sentiment from the XOXO & More Die Set. I smothered the die cut in gold embossing powder and I wanted to add some more texture so I dry embossed the panel with the Majestic Bloom 3D Embossing Folder.  A scattering of gold and cream sequins added a little shine.

Now on to the important part - as with any Altenew Blog Hop there's always a giveaway!

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog  and/or each designer's blog post on the blog hop list below by 3/20/2023 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winner from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 3/21/2023.

Blog Hop List

You should have popped over here from Ishani's blog and next stop is Natasha - here's the full list of designers taking part:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday 5 March 2023

Altenew March Inspiration Challenge

Hello inkers,

Such a pretty, neutral colour palette over at Altenew this month. I love the warm browns with the fresh green - funnily enough, The Card Concept's inspiration pic is on a similar theme: 

I used a real mish mash of Altenew products for this one - some leaves from Nostalgic Florals, the blossom from Beautiful Day, a sprig from Peony Bouquet and a simple sentiment from Tiny Sentiments:Hello . I white embossed the bloom on vellum and the background is gold embossed Leaf Clusters on brown card stock. 

I'd put this one in the classy and elegant card basket over at The Card Concept. I drew inspiration from the green, leafy pot plant and the cream bird. I'm also popping it over to Time Out where the challenge is to be elegant.

Hope you have some time left over the weekend to get inky!


Wednesday 1 March 2023

Sweet Christmas Wishes

Hello inkers,

Sometimes all a girl/boy wants to do is colour isn't it? So, in keeping with the CAS colouring challenge over at Just Us Girls I got out the Copics and made a very simple Christmas card using MFT's Sweet Christmas Wishes:

I used the colours again from MFT Colour Challenge #206 and I'm popping it over to their Ready, Set, Christmas challenge which has really made me get organised and get some Christmas cards done rather than leave it to November!

Happy stamping!