Friday, February 21, 2020

Happy Trails - Purple Onion Designs

I'm back with another card for Purple Onion Designs using stamps illustrated by Stacey Yacula.  Images used here are all from Happy Trails.



To create this card I stamped the background scene and coloured it with Copic markers.  I stamped the sentiment which you can find HERE.   I highlighted a few points with a white gel pen and added some shimmer to the glassy windows.



I die cut the frame from white cardstock.  Frame is from my stash of Mama Elephant products and was backed with foam tape and applied to the background which in turn was applied to a 110lb white cardstock base.



I stamped the image of the hedgehog riding the moped on to Copic friendly cardstock and also coloured and highlighted it, then fussy cut, backed with foam tape and applied it to the scene.

Thank you for visiting my blog, happy crafting!

Nicky x


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Unicorn Tales - Hello Bluebird Stamps

A new card for Hello Bluebird Stamps today featuring their popular Unicorn Tales.



To start I made the background which always inspires the rest of my card.  I used Distress Oxides in Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade to create it and then I used those colours loosened with a little water to splash the scene too.  I then also splashed on some Kuretake Starry Colors watercolour paints in the metallic white shade.  This panel was attached to a white cardstock base and set to one side.



I die cut the cloud you see at the bottom from the After The Rain Die and used a little more Spun Sugar to soften the edge, backed it with foam tape and applied it.

On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped the Unicorn and other images from the set using Memento Ink in Rich Chocolate.  I Copic coloured the images, highlighted some points with a white gel pen then die cut and backed them with either single or double layer of foam tape to build plenty of depth.  Images were applied and the shooting stars were glittered.

Finally, using the Sparkle Script and Magical Sparkle Words Die I created the sentiment.



Thanks for coming by to read today, happy crafting!

Nicky x

Monday, February 17, 2020

Background Stamp Release - Pinkfresh Studio




Hello and welcome to my blog if you haven't visited with me here before.  I'm delighted to be guesting once again for Pinkfresh Studio and this fun release of background stamps.  Leave a comment after you've read my post for a chance to win a $25 Pinkfresh Studio gift card.  Winners will be announced Monday, February 24th on Pinkfresh Studio's GIVEAWAY PAGE.  You must check this page and claim your prize within 2 weeks
This first card was heat embossed in white using the Diamond Tiles background stamp.  The floral arrangement was made using the Just Because stamp set and coordinating die.  Images were coloured with Copic markers and applied to the background with foam tape and then the whole scene was splashed with white acrylic paint.   The large die-cut sentiments are from the Phrase Building: Sending set.





In this second card I used the same Diamond Tiles Background stamp but in a much more subtle way.  The card was created by ink blending with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink, I blended it deeper at the edges and lighter towards the centre to form a focal point.  I then stamped and heat embossed again using white embossing powder.  I die cut the Foliage Frame twice from two pieces of cardstock.  I kept one as it was and with the second one I used Copic markers to colour up the leaves simply.  I flipped the coloured frame so that it didn't line up with the white frame and adhered everything down to the background panel.  The sentiment is from Leafy Decor and applied with foam tape and a few jewel accents finish out the card.





My third card features the new Floral Diamond background stamp which I've stamped in a vibrant pink.  Layered on top you see the Leafy Decor stamp that comes with a coordinating die. Images were coloured with Copic markers, die cut and backed with foam tape.  On top of that the word 'Hugs' is again from Phrase Builder : Sending die set.





Couldn't wait to get creating with the next background called Lemon Lush.  For this mouthwatering card I stamped the background image using Versamark Ink on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and heat embossed in white.  I watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs.  I then die cut the Sentiment Suite : Happy Birthday three times from white cardstock and once more from a vibrant pink foil affect paper.  They were adhered together in a stack and applied.





I had so much fun creating these cards which are so different for me.  I hope you treat yourself to some background stamps and play with the endless creative possibilities they provide.

Thank you for hopping along to my blog, please use the link below to hop along to the next designer for further inspiration.  Happy crafting!  Nicky x

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

A Thank You Card for Purple Onion Designs

Hello friends!  To create this card today for Purple Onion Designs I grabbed a heart design stencil from my stash, this one happens to be by Simon Says Stamp.  I brushed on Picked Raspberry Distress Ink for a softly stencilled look.  This panel was die cut with a wonky stitched edge that is slightly smaller than A2, it was backed with white craft foam and applied to a sturdy 110lb white cardstock base.



On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped the two images from The Sweetest Day collection as illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion.  I coloured the images with Copic markers then fussy cut, backed them with foam tape and applied.



Really quite a quick and simple card to say thank you!

Happy crafting!

Nicky x







Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fly A Kite - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Hello, thanks for coming by the blog today to read about my latest card for Hello Bluebird Stamps that features the Fly A Kite stamp set and also the background image from Storybook Friends.



To create this card I first stamped the background image from Storybook Friends on to Bristol Smooth cardstock.   I watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs and then I placed a layer of vellum over the scene to softly diffuse it and it gives a more dimensional look.   The panel was attached to a 110lb white cardstock base and set to one side.



On Bristol Smooth I stamped the images from Fly A Kite and watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs.  Images were die cut and backed with foam tape and applied to the scene.

The frame was die cut using the Gallery Frame #4 Die, backed with foam tape and applied and the sentiment was also stamped and adhered with foam tape.



To finish the card I grabbed pink and white  gels pens and dotted in 'flowers' and I applied a few sparkling clear sequins as a final embellishment.

Thank you for stopping by to read and happy crafting!

Nicky x

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Chickie Baby - Sunny Studio Stamps

Hello!  I'm delighted to be guest designing for Sunny Studio Stamps again today and have had so much fun creating with the unapologetically adorable Chickie Baby stamp set.  I have TWO cards for you today (so keep on reading and scrolling) that feature the stamp set in completely different ways!

My first card also uses one of the dies from the Eyelet Lace Borders die set.



To make this card I die cut one of the Eyelet Lace Border dies 12 times over from 3 different coloured card stocks.  I adhered them to one another in layers then set them aside to dry.   I took a panel of cardstock and ink blended the focal point using Distress Ink in Spun Sugar.  I added in a few dots of white gel pen just to break it up a little.



I adhered the lace borders to the panel by backing them with foam tape, then popped it in my Misti and stamped the sentiment.  This background was then applied to a 110lb white cardstock base.



Now for my Chickie Baby images.  I stamped them all with Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa and coloured them with Copic markers, highlighted some points with a white gel pen and then die cut.  Each was backed with foam tape and applied.  To make it just a little more girly and playful I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops amongst the chickies.  Card complete!

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My second card using Chickie Baby is a slimline card with finished dimensions of 8 1/2in x 3 1/2in and this allowed me more space to create a big scene.



I grabbed a panel of smooth white cardstock and ink blended the sky using Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass.  I applied the panel to the prepared cardstock base.  I took a couple of other slimline panels and used a grass edge die from my stash to create 4 undulating hills.  They were ink blended with Distress Oxide in Twisted Citron and areas darkened using Mowed Lawn (seemed appropriate!).   The sentiment was stamped.   These sections were all adhered down to the background panel which in turn was adhered to the 110lb white cardstock base.



The Chickie Baby images were again stamped with the Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa and coloured with Copic markers, highlighted with a white gel pen, die cut and adhered either directly or with foam tape to build depth.  I dotted in patches of daises with a white gel pen and with that this card was also complete.



I hope you have been enjoying your purchases from the most recent Sunny Studio release and that I've provided you with some fun inspiration.

Nicky x




Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Garden Friends - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Welcome back to my blog!  I have a new card for Hello Bluebird Stamps today that uses the beautiful Garden Friends stamp set.



To create this card I first made the background panel.   I ink blended some smooth cardstock with Tumbled Glass and Ice Spruce Distress Inks and splashed it all over with Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves and a beautiful white metallic paint from Kuretake's Starry Colors watercolour paints.  I set this panel to one side to dry and then ink blended a piece of cardstock with more Seedless Preserves  and die cut with the Grassy Knoll die.  Finally, I splashed it with a little water to distress it and blotted it up right away.   This piece was backed with foam tape and applied to the panel.



A piece of white cardstock was die cut with the Gallery Frame #4 Die.  This was also backed with foam tape and applied to the background panel.

On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped the images from Garden Friends using Memento Ink in Rich Chocolate.    Images were coloured using a large variety of Copic markers, they were die cut and applied to the scene backed with either a single or double layer of foam tape to build depth.



Finishing touches time!  The bird's rosy cheek was highlighted with a white gel pen.  The insect top right was given a little Wink of Stella on its wings and the sentiment was stamped to a little strip of cardstock and applied.  Finally and to add to the the dewy look of the card I used some water droplet style embellishments.

Hope you're inspired to create your own fantasy garden scene, it's fun to push the colours a little beyond reality!

Happy crafting!

Nicky x