Thursday, June 30, 2011


This week. it's all  about favourites, and this is mine... dies, dies, and more dies! ~Ü~
Yup, I can't have enough of them! So, today's cards are all about die-cuts. I had just realised that I did not use a single stamp or patterned paper on these! Just lots and lots of kraft, my favourite kind of paper.

I wanted to create a card that I can easily reproduce, so die cuts were the way to go. The base is embossed on two different papers, so I get a frame. The butterfly is cut from corrugated board (gotta love those steel ruled dies! ~Ü~), then part of the top layer was torn away to create a shabby look. Having a curved fence is kinda funky {can't believe I've never tried that!}, and finished off with a layered die cut flower. Everything was liberally edged with distress ink, another favourite technique of mine! The butterfly, flower and leaves were spritzed with glimmer mist for a little sparkle. 

The next card is all about hope. The layout is based on a CLP sketch. The card base is layered with kraft and print, the edges torn and inked. Spritzes of glimmer mist give them a subtle sparkle. The butterfly is cut from painted corrugated board, and the same gold paint applied to the label. The sentiment is also die-cut. I did not have matching eyelets, so these white ones were coloured with a brown marker. Some of the colour has rubbed off, which give them a more distressed look. The liquid pearl swirls did not quite work out the way I wanted, but they're there to stay, anyway. The whole card was attached to a distressed, corrugated card base, with an easel stand at the back.

The inside of the card defines the sentiment on the card front. It's printed from the computer, then torn and layered on yet another die-cut. ~Ü~

Challenges entered:

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #68, My Favourite Things
Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 60, Things with Wings
Divas by Design - Challenge 5, die-cuts and puches
Stamping for the Weekend - Challenge 11, My Favourite Things
My Mum's Craft Shop - Challenge 12, something old (alphabet dies), something new (TH mini dies)
Our Creative Corner - Your Style
CLP Challenge Blog - Sketch Challenge 37

supplies: Sizzix dies, Spellbinders border die, Cuttlebug alphabet dies, Sizzix embossing folder, Viva Decor Pearl Pens, papers, buttons and twine from my stash.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

black tilda

I felt like playing with Tilda today, so I took out my brush and inks, then I took out colour pencils. Nothing worked out right, the colours just seem garish or messy. So what the heck, I will NOT colour Tilda. I will just stamp and emboss!

This is what I came up with, and I have to say I'm quite happy with it. I embossed the image in silver, then layered it over a floating frame. The frame is chipboard wrapped in foil. I was toying with the idea of playing in Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Metal. The foil idea came as I was preparing roast chicken for dinner!

I did not have any silver buttons, so I heat-embossed white buttons with silver powder to match.

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Metal
Creative Card Crew - Asian Flair
Your Next Stamp - Black & White + 1 more
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - buttons
Do More with Less - embossing
365 cards - Day 116: I used embossing, Big Shot & buttons


Supplies: Tilda stamp, Ranger embossing powder, Sizzix dies, docrafts border punch, alum foil, papers, buttons & ribbon from my stash.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CAS embossed card

It's been a while since I created a CAS card. This is based on a Mojo Monday sketch and using the colours from Our Creative Corner. For the 3-punches twist, a couple of DTs counted dies as punches, so I'm taking the liberty of doing the same =).

The main image is embossed, inked, misted over and highlighted with a metallic pen.. I also misted the ribbon to better match the colours.

Other challenges entered: Sew many Challenges and Totally Papercrafts. Yvonne is having a guest blogger embossing challenge, so I'm linking up there as well.

Supplies: Cuttlebug embossing folders, nesties dies, docrafts border punch, Distress Inks, tattered angels glimmer mist, papermania pen, papers, button & ribbon from my stash.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

atc #4

Another ATC today...

I'm attempting a Tim Holtz technique to play over at Studio L3's Grungy Monday 11. I'm also entering the following challenges; City Crafter Challenge Blog Week #61, Simon Says Stamp and Show Your Distressed/Torn Edges, The Stamp Man Challenge #25, Top Tip Tuesday #38 and 365 Cards Day 106.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

pink & brown tilda

My first attempt at Tilda. She was coloured with distress inks and, would you believe it, glimmer mist! It can't quite be seen here, but there's actually some sparkle in the image. =)

This card is inspired by the challenges at Card Patterns, Crafts and Me and TOMIC. It's also playing along with Magnolia Stamp Lovers' Anything Goes challenge.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

atc #3

Another ATC today, the pair to the previous one. It's a 2-card swap. Again, the image is courtesy of

I'm still playing along with CAS-ual Fridays's Tic-Tac-Toe, but taking a different line ~ chipboard, dies or punch, twine. I also drew inspiration from the photo over at Our Creative Corner. I used the colour palette, and a circle element (the button, for the ruffled pillow). This is also entered into the challenge at Creative Card Crew (wings) and Papertake Weekly (anything goes).

Saturday, June 11, 2011

atc #2

It's been awhile since I last posted here. The kids are having their school holidays, so we've been visiting and doing other things. I guess one can live without blogs (for a while, at least!) LOL

Anyway, I've got an ATC today. Made this for a swap via yahoogroup. The theme is vintage bird, and the image is courtesy of

This is going in for the current challenges at Cupcake Craft Challenges (Things with Tails), Stamp Something (something punched), CAS-ual Fridays (buttons, dies or punch, emboss), Moving Along with the Times (Anything but a Card) and The Shabby Tea Room (embossing)