PTI SAF 2016: Take 1

Late last night Australian time, PTI’s 2016 SAF kicked off with a bang. Too bad I was already snuggled deep into my blankets and certainly not willing to crawl out of bed on a cold winters night to make cards. When I woke this morning, it was lovely to view all the awesome videos and already posted makes whilst having a cup of piping hot tea.

I eventually dragged myself out of bed and towards the craft room. Once I was there, it was a little hard to pry me out. I started with the good intention of launching into SAF straight away, but got sidetracked when I realised I had new inks that hadn’t been catalogued into my ink chart. What if I ended up using one of them and it ruined a card???

So it was only after lunch I launched into some serious card making. I managed to make 3 cards today. Alas, it is already Sunday evening so while this post says ‘Take 1’, its possibly going to be the only take.

Without further ado, my cards:

This one is for the water colouring masterclass. I used the 2016 SAF Art with Heart, Just the Jar and Think Big. Colours used were Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Raspberry Fizz for the flowers, Green Parakeet for the leaves, Sring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Aqua Mist for the water, and Tsukineko Brilliance in Graphite Black. The card still needed some oomph so I went over bits with clear Wink of Stella (which you can’t see in the photo). 

This is my card for pointillism. Let me say that this is not not not a technique I like. This is my third card, the first two being disasters despite how long it took making those dots. In this third card, since the look is not my thing, I decided to make the points quite minimal and subtle. They are actually hard to see in the photo, but they are quite visible in real life. I used a stamp from Mini Blooms for the dots and the Friendship Jar set for the rest. The colours used are PTI’s Sweet Blush and Momento’s Angel Pink.

And my last card for this post is one for starry night. I didn’t want to break in new blending foams so the background was made from distress inks instead using Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick and Grape Jelly. I used the Out of This World set – I really wish it had some birthday sentiments instead of those vague ones. It would make the coolest boy birthday set as the font is fabulous. Anyway, the rocket etc was coloured in copics.

All in all, I enjoyed my crafty day. It was nice in my batcave away from the world. Do you like solitude when crafting, or are you a group crafter?


Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge 37

Happy Saturday! The day started drizzly and overcast – a perfect day for lighting a fire and having friends around for brunch. We had spinach, bacon, smoked trout, sunny side ups and hollandaise sauce goodness on Vienna toast, after which we all lazed by the fire chatting.

After a nanna nap (yes, good food and fine conversation needs to be followed up by a nap), I decided to do some crafting. I saw the Share Joy Challenge 37 on Insta yesterday and decided to break out my new Taylored Expressions stamps and give them a whirl. 
I decided to push myself and go with both the sketch and colours – sketch as I don’t usually pair circles with layered squares, and colours as I never use that combination. That being said, I tried to keep it simple – circles and squares and 4 main colours seemed busy enough for me.


I started with the squirrel grumpling, stamping it in Tsukineko Brilliance Black ink and die cutting it out with a circle die.  The card base was made from scored blue cardstock, cut to a 9cm square then layered with yellow in 7.75 cm and brown in 7.5 cm. 

I coloured my grumpling picture with copics – mainly from the E series for the brown grumpling and table, various singles for for the tiny bits and W series for the grey around the bottom to give a bit of depth. It still looked stark so I went over the white space with Zig Wink of Stella before sticking it to the card base. 


I took more of the same yellow card and cut out a banner, stamped on the sentiment and stuck on the green button. Lastly, I popped the banner on the card base using 3d foam. I was pretty skeptical of that colour scheme but I think I managed to make it work.

I adore my crafty grumpling stamps. I don’t know that I’d use them much, but they sure make me smile. Do you have stamps like that – the ones you just have to get despite knowing they’d hardly get used?

Lawn Fawn’s Monster Mash

Its been a pretty hectic work week and cardmaking has been the furtherest thing on my horizon.  That being said, I really wanted to get this idea thats been brewing in my head into reality so I decided to put aside my yucky paperwork this glorious Sunday afternoon and concentrated on a bit of cardmaking fun.  

First I took a 4-bar blue card and masked the 4 edges with post-it strips. I then blended Squeezed Lemon and Salty Ocean Distress Inks into the card, spritzing the finshed background with some White Perfect Pearls before letting it dry.

I used the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop die to cut a panel of white cardstock to fit over my blended colours. I love the way the sparkly stars and dots just twinkle their way through the white.  

Next, I took the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border and cut out a curved “moon” from white cardstock. I also cut out 3 ovals from post-its to mask the “craters” before blending the cardstock with Tsukineko Momento Gray Flannel ink. I then spritzed it with White Perfect Pearls and set aside to dry. 
While it was drying, I die cut my monsters, stamped them in Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured them in with copics BG11, BG32, YG23 and YG25. The bow and hat were coloured in B32, B16 and BV04.

Once my moon was dry, I peeled off my craters and sprtized it again Perfect Pearls but this time in Pearl. This gave it a creamy moonshine type of glow rather than just a brilliant white. The picture below shows the 2 different colours which I think give the moon its depth.  

I took the rain stamp from the Lawn Fawn Hello Baby set to create a dashed background on white cardstock using Tsukineko Versacolor Cement ink. I then stamped the sentiment on in Graphite Black before cutting it all down to size. 

I mounted my moon, monsters and sentiment on 3d foam for some dimension. The card seemed a little off balance so I added a little silver button to finish off the card.

What have you been creating with this gorgeous set?

AEI♥U Challenge #28 – Non-White Card Base

Today I’m joining the AEI♥U Challenge #28: Making a card from a non-white card base. The challenge came up at a great time as I was in need of a nice birthday card for a long time friend. I hope she doesn’t mind that her card stemmed from this challenge!

Ellie CardFirst I die cut Ellie, the bunny and star balloon out in white card stock and stamped all the images using Momento ink in Tuxedo Black. After the dye ink dried, I coloured everything in with Copics. For Ellie, I covered her entire body with W0, shaded her extremities with W2 and W3, then blended it back in with W0. Her cheeks were done in R20, a colour several shades darker than my card base. For the bunny I used E51, E31 and E33. For the balloon, I used BV00, BV02 and BV04.

To make Ellie “pop” a little, I stuck her bottom down flat, propping up her top half with 3D foam. I used some pale blue embroidery floss as the balloon string. Coupled with the popped up balloons and bunny, I thought gave a really nice dimensional effect. Tip: If your floss doesn’t fall the way you want it to, spritz it with a bit of water, shape it into the right curve and then let dry to set the shape.

Ellie StuckI also stamped birthday sentiment from the So Happy set. My first time went awry… I stamped it once and the “happy” didn’t come out solidly enough so I went and stamped it again, but missed the mark and ended up with a double image.

Gah, Mistake!

So to fix this, I stamped the sentiment again on white cardstock and cut it out in a banner shape before mounting it. I then added my friend’s name using Ellie’s Alpha. Luckily I made no mistakes there otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what  I’d have done to cover that up!

Ellie Close UpThe card looked a little plain so I added a few matching sequins and a button to finish off the card.

I enjoyed this month’s AE challenge. I hope to see you there too!

AE Challenge #28

Penny Black Trifold Card and Review of Simon Says Stamp 120lb Cardstock

Its the weekend again! When I saw this week’s SSSWC, my brain got a whirling. Penny Black Stamps! Anything goes! Then on Thursday, my order from SSS with 120lb cardstock came and I just knew I had to do something with copics. I love the Penny Black critters series and wanted to make a ‘story’ card so after some deliberation, I chose a simple 3 fold card.

I cut a 120lb 8.5 x 11.5 inch card width-wise to give a  4 x 11.5 inch card. I then used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to score at 3.75 and 7.5 inches. This gives 3 panels – 2 of which are 3.75 inches wide and 1 at 3.5 inches wide. I wanted the 3.5 inch panel to be the front of the card so I folded the scoreline on the right of the 3.5 inch panel using a mountain fold. I then scored the fold between the 2 3.75 inch panels using a valley fold.

I used the Wonderful and Micey Day sets, stamping out my scene in Tsukineko’s Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black. I let the ink dry then coloured the images in with copics. I used E31, E33 and E35 for the hedgehog quills E50 and E53 for underside of the hedgehog, highlighting the hedgehog bellies and cheeks in E02. The mice were coloured in warm greys W03, W02 and W0. The yellow daisies Y00, Y13 and Y15 while the blue, pink and red flowers were in B16, R32 and R24 respectively. All flower centers were in Y38 while leaves and stems were in G014 with G24. The presents were B02 for the wrapper, BV02 for the ribbon and BV08 for the dots and stripes.

The first hedgehog looks a bit brown as I originally coloured it all in E01 and the result was way too pink. I re-coloured it, resulting in my sun-baked hedgehog. Still cute though! I managed to mis-stamp near the middle panel’s hedgehog’s hand so I cut out extra flowers and popped them up on foam to hide my boo boo. After colouring, the card still looked unfinished so I stamped Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio on a plastic sheet, added water with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls and painted on the grass. The perfect pearls looked so nice that I took some and added them to my hedgehogs as well. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment using an old Wordsworth sentiment set, then stuck on some sequins with Ranger Glossy Accents. Since I had the Glossy Accents out, I used them to gloss up a few flowers as well.

To finish off the card, I stenciled on some stripes to the back of the middle panel using Heidi Swapp’s Chevron Stencils and Distress Ink Soot Black so that it would show when the 3.5 inch panel was closed. A really cute finishing touch I thought!

On to my review. The SSS cardstock is quite heavy and held the card shape well. Done let my photos fool you, its a bright white, not ivory. True to description, the copics didn’t bleed through to the other side. The downside was that it doesn’t hold water well, causing the card to bubble. Because I used very little water, to get around  the bubbling, I partially dried out the card so it wouldn’t tear, then used my fingers to squash the bubbles down gently, binding that top layer back down to the rest of the card. I then dried the card the rest of the way and the bubbles were all gone. However, I really doubt this card would be good for serious water colouring. All in all, its awesome for copics and I’ll certainly be keeping some in my stash at all times.

So there you have it, card and review. Till next time, have a great weekend!