Monday, 19 August 2019

Time for a Break gift bag

The post is all about a Time for a Break Gift Bag project. 

I made this for week three over at Unstampabelles, where the 

Challenge#92 is 

Tea in the Garden
with a  TWIST to use some watercolouring somewhere.......

I raided the stash again - it feels so good to use up stuff - and found some papers from a magazine with a gardening theme reflected on them. 

I took to them with my trusty sharp scissors and did a little (very) fussy cutting

The I die cut out a piece of white card and smooched some ink onto my silicon sheet, and hit the two spots with some water from the spray bottle.

Two or three swipes across the cad had created a w/c background

While this was drying, I cut som strips of paper up and created a ladder stand for myself
which I then glued onto the background piece.

I added some other bits from my fussy cutting - a potplant, some gloves and boots - and repurposed the watering can into a mug of tea/coffee........the heat rising is from my black pen....I also outlined the mug in black pen to make it stand out more. 
I arranged them onto a card blank, with the seed packet cutouts behind to frame it and then glued this card onto the reused white gift bag.

The bag is big enough for some gloves, a mug for outside and some seeds to plant - a gift for my brother's 70th birthday which is coming up soon.
Hopefully he will be able to use them in his garden once the radiation treatment is over.

By adding a complete card, I can write a message inside it and I don't then have to provide another card. It will be all in one!

I drew around the edge of the yellow card piece, and I hand wrote the sentiment. 
It will indeed be time for a break by then for him!

Hope you like it. 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

We're Still Hot.....

......but not from the Summer sun!

I made a card for Bizzy Bec's August challenge

'Anything Goes'

I had fun colouring up the girls with my Copics and fussy cutting them out.

I used the stamp in full but I have seen it since trimmed down to two or three
Stamped with black Momento Ink 
onto XPress Blending card

Some Wink of Stella used on lips and jewelry
Some old Dark Room Door stamps also 
Scrap DP from SU

Die-Versions Smile Sweet Frames DVSF-003

I put it together like this......

I thought the rose gave you the idea of the 'flashes' we might be getting.......

Hope you like it!

Monday, 12 August 2019

Enjoy the Little Things Tag


Glad you could join me for this post
I am sharing a tag I made for the second week of the 

Tea in the Garden
with a TWIST of watercolour

I started by going through my stash....took a loooonnnggg time....but I came up with this lot

I then began to put them together

I had a tag made from w/c paper on which I had mopped up some w/c paints from a previous project that I though would be a good background.
I found some flower diecuts in the Craft bag and a fence die which I cut out in brown cardstock (scrap). I redid the bottom in some green scrap and fancy cut out some grass shapes as well.

I added an eyelet - a blast from the past to remember that technique - and added a sentiment strip. I put the flowers behind the fence and then added some little pearls as nail tops to the palings. 

Next I die cut the teapot and mounted it onto some blue card and again used the scissors to cut around it and inside the handle. Tombow Glue is always good with this sort of fragile diecut. 
Once it was dry I added it and some cups to the bottom of the tag. A few extra pearls under the sentiment and a ribbon and it was done. 

The diecuts had some gold work on them and they gleamed in the sunshine but hard to see here

You can see the gold better here. The background also has some gold in it as a shimmer effect and they work together nicely.

Closer up.....

The best thing about all this is that the stash was used and so were some dies that had laid dormant for a while!

You have three weeks to enter at 
Unstampabelles for your take on 

Tea in the Garden. 

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Coffee in the Garden?

Hello Peeps
Yes, I am running behind again.

It has been an eventful few weeks. 
A few weeks ago now, my brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor; he was operated on and
is now in rehab getting better quickly.

My hubby has also  had several small medical procedures
There have been a few other things also - nothing major - but they take up time
and cause a bit of stress.

So, now there is free air!

I did finally get a card made for the first challenge at 

Challenge #92: Tea in the Garden 
TWIST Watercolour Wonders

I scrabbled through my stash and landed on this sheet of garden images, a companion background piece and some cork sentiment stickers and images.

The image looks as if it has been watercoloured in
- that was as close as I got this time to the TWIST
I die cut the image with an SU die square 
and the green card with another one of the dies from this set by SU.

I glued the image onto white card to back it and then added ink to the edges
It is mounted on dimensionals onto the green mount and that is mounted onto the background DP, 
which has also been inked in green ink.

My bulbs are all coming up atm and there is even a flower head here and there.
However, the lovely lot of flowers I had planted in the old wheelbarrow were treated as a buffet by the possums and so I had to remove them and replanted them into a tub on the carport.

This photo was taken before they were planted into the barrow. 
Polyanthus and pansies for some winter colour.
The possum particularly liked the pansy flowers!!!!

So then I purchased lots of succulents and planted them in the wheelbarrow instead!
Let's see the possoms eat those spiny, prickly things!
So far, so good. 

I have over a 100 bulbs in this garden as well as some rose bushes, some rock roses (hellebore) and some natives. The pittosporum tree takes all the water and goodness out if I am not careful. The light green is not weed - it is where I spilled a packed of Sweet Alice (Alyssum) seeds by accident. They were meant to be broadcast over the bed but they are just congregated on one place now. 

My workspace is just behind that curtained window.

When I take a break from crafting, 
I will be sitting on those steps in sunshine, 
drinking coffee and enjoying my garden in spring!

Enjoy your coffee time!

Monday, 22 July 2019

You Are Awesome

For Unstampabelles this month we are asking that you use some of the stencils you have hidden (or not) away or perhaps create a stencil with dies or such and use it . The TWIST is to use your spray burst of colour as well in the mix. You might only have one spray - that is fine.

I used a stencil that is relatively new from Scrap FX called Mystery Man. 

I used the pad of the Versamakink and pushed ink onto the card through the stencil
and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Once the image was there on the page I sprayed it with two colours - blue and black in a random way

Unfortunately I was impatient as usual and rolled the paper towel over the excess to dry it off and ended up with a watermark blooming on the page. 
As I didn't have a lot of time, I kept going. 

I mounted it onto some red card (SU) and then added some sentiment stickers
TH Idea-Ology and Culture Creations Gentlemans club

I thought about adding other stencils but decided to stick with just the one this time. 

He is a bit Elvis looking, don't you think, this Mystery Man?

You have five day's to enter this month's challenge and have a chance to win the prize. 

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Sprinkles of Magic for Bizzy Bec

Susan here with a card for a Bizzy Bec's Blog

Bec gave away a beautiful fairy digital stamp a few weeks ago 
You can find her HERE

I started with that.

I printed off the fairy and coloured her with Copics, then fussy cut her out. 

I added the Stickles to her wings for some sparkle
Then I created a background using only Oxide Tim Holt inks and sponges

I mounted it on some SU card. 

Then made a card with SU White thick Whisper White. 

I stamped the bottom of the background with the ends of some stamps that were freebies, 
using TH Soot ink. The sentiment came with the freebie stamp. 

Sorry, I am under pressure at the moment - will tell more later.
Please go to Bec's for any of your stamps and stencils and goodies.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Accept Imperfection for Unstampbelles

Hi Peeps

I was looking through my stash for a suitable sentiment for this card, and found my book of TH Citchat Idea- ology so searched through that. I was actually looking for something to jump out at me and this did - the two words were on the second page and side by side. I went with that - because my work is never about perfection but always about creating something.

Unstampabelles Challenge #91

Stunning Stencil Play
TWIST - to use sprays

There is a prize of $15.00 au from Paypal or as a voucher

I began as I do - with the base card, in this case watercolour card.
I had used it to mop up some overspray last week.

I laid a geometric stencil over this and sprayed it with the TH Distress Resist Spray
and dried it off with the drier - you can just see the pattern

Next I applied some texture paste to a corner and dried it off too, using a D'Lish stencil.

Once I was sure they were pretty dry, I hit the card with the sprays - Dylusions
I used four different colours - you can clearly see the resist
The paste wasn't as dry as I thought and quickly took up the yellow spray but that was OK
I mopped up the excess with the paper towel - did think of subduing it with some water and another wipe over but let it be. 

I played with several stencils - you can see the result of the crackling one under the current one (in black). I used this one to create some movement of the card.

I followed the movement of the stencilled piece with some spots of black and white ink - again the white ink took up some colour, even after it had been dried and dried. Still, you get the effect. Imagine Crafts Irresistable.
I trimmed off the bottom in a wave pattern and used the smaller piece to die cut two butterflies using SU Butterfly Dies. 

I added some more ink dots to the butterflies but again - hard to see. 

Hope it floats your boat. 
You have two weeks to enter.