Monday, April 20, 2015

Rose with Balloon

I have a tutorial for CC Designs today.

I coloured up the adorable Rose with Balloon stamp with my copics and then I thought I might try creating a Bokeh effect, but with balloons rather than the usual circles. This stamp's matching die comes with two different sized balloons which is exactly what you need to make this effect work. It turned out to be a really pretty background for her so I thought I'd share how I did it.

CC Designs, tutorial, rose with balloon

Firstly I sponged 3 different colours of distress ink on to a shimmery cardstock (Broken china, salty ocean and tumbled glass).


 Then I used the Rose and Balloon Outline die to cut out the 2 balloons from a piece of scrap card.


I then used this as my stencil. I used a dauber and a white craft ink pad to make the balloons.


Sponge white ink onto the blue, using a dabbing motion. These balloon will be in the background.  I also tilted the stencil so that the balloons weren't all going in the same direction.


Then add more balloons, overlapping some.  These are in the foreground.  We want these to be whiter so more ink needs to be dabbed on.  You can move the stencil, making more balloons and then come back later, reposition the stencil, and add more white to certain balloons to make them more prominent.


I hope you give this background technique a try :)

Ingredients :
Stamps : Rose with balloon, birthday sentiments
Card : x-press it, shimmery white, celery, basic grey, sky
Ink : memento black, white craft ink, broken china, salty ocean, tumbled glass distress inks.
Other : rose with balloon outline die, grass die (MFT), star dust stickles, copics

Copics used :
E 000, 00, 21, 39, 50, 53, 55
RV 0000
R 20, 30, 81, 83, 85
B 0000, 02, 93, 95, 97
BG 0000
YG 01, 11, 17
C 1

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :

Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps - Make your own background

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baker Nancy

Hi :)

I have another card to share featuring a new Roberto's image for CC Designs.  This is Baker Nancy and she is SO cute!  I LOVE her and the cake is pretty wonderful too!

cc designs, Baker Nancy, pierced rectangles die, HB2U sentiments

The sentiment is from a new CC Designs set also, called HB2U Sentiments.  There are heaps of great birthday greetings in it, but this one just felt right. I also decided to add some music notes to add to the party atmosphere.
It was lots of fun to colour this one up!

Ingredients :
Stamps : Baker Nancy, HB2U Sentiments
Card : x-press it, black,  Vintage Summer    (little yellow bicycle)
Ink : memento black
Other : By DIEzyne Big stitched and pierced rectangles die, Frilly banner die, make a card #4 die, copics

Copics used :
E 000, 00, 21, 31, 33, 35, 39, 50, 53, 55
R 000, 24, 29, 30, 81, 85
RV 21, 23
YR 16
G 82
Y 11
B 0000, 93, 97
BG 0000
C 1, 3, 5

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add a sentiment
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Marker Pop - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Mia and Butterfly

Hi :)

It's time for another challenge at Bunny Zoe's Crafts.  This one is a little bit different, it's a recipe challenge.  The challenge is to use pink, lace and pearls and it has to be anything but square.

Mia and Butterfly, Wild Rose Studio

I used a very sweet Wild Rose Studio Stamp called Mia and Butterfly. I coloured her with pinks and paper-pieced the pretty butterfly.  The papers are from the Glitz - Love You Madly pad.
The sentiment is from High Hopes and is called Smiling.
I also used some Pearls and Kaisercraft natural lace.

I also have a personalised stamp now, for the back of my cards.  It's lovely isn't it?  I just decided to have my first name and blog address on it. But you can design them however you like.  There are a number of different designs to choose from but this one is Butterfly LG.

I'd like to enter my card into the challenges at :
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Diecut
Deep Ocean Challenge - wings

I hope you can join in with our challenge this month.
Thanks for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sitting Jane

There is a Clean and Simple Design Team Call over at Make it Crafty.  And I would LOVE to be on their new team!  There are just SO many gorgeous stamp designs to choose from!!!


It was so hard to pick a stamp to use!  My girls tried to help me and the conversation went like this "I like that one a lot,  OOH I really want that one, but I LOVE that one ....  Oh Mum don't make us choose - it's too hard!" :)
But we finally made a decision.  Everyone just loved this one called Sitting Jane. Isn't she adorable ?!

sitting jane, make it crafty

I decided to try making a Bokeh background, I have seen them around a lot lately but this was my first attempt. I was happy with the way it turned out - soft and pretty.  I just sponged, pretty in pink, wisteria and pool party inks onto shimmery white card and then used white craft ink to sponge different sized circles over the top.

The beautiful sentiment is from the Make it Crafty Doodle Bye Word Chipboard set. I just painted it with some acrylic paint.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Sitting Jane (MIC)
Card : x-press it, shimmery white
Ink : memento black, pool party, pretty in pink, wisteria, white craft
Other : Doodle Bye Word Chipboard , Fleur de Lis Accents (SB), copics

Copics used :
BG 0000, 000, 00, 02, 09, 72
W 00, 1, 3, 5
R 30
E 000, 00, 21, 50, 53, 55
YR 14

I loved colouring this stamp and my 13 yr old daughter said that if the card didn't have the "bye" on it, she would want it for her birthday card. That means she loves it :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Cupcake Faery

It's new release time at CC Designs :)
And I got the chance to use a gorgeous stamp from a new range called Faery Ink.
This is Cupcake Faery, isn't she sweet?!

cc designs, cupcake faery, big stitched and pierced rectangles dies

The sentiment is from a new Pollycraft set called Birthday Sentiments.  I added a little stardust stickles to it too. The white stars were made using white craft ink and the Boy Doodles Stencil.

I used the new By DIEzyne Big Stitched and Pierced Rectangles Dies  again too and sponged white craft ink around all the edges.

She was lots of fun to colour - she's so pretty!

Please take a look at the CC Designs Blog to see more great new products brought to life by the Design Team.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Cupcake Faery, Birthday Sentiments
Card : x-press it, sky blue, black
ink : memento black, white craft
Other : Big Stitched and Pierced Rectangles Dies Boy Doodles Stencil, star dust stickles, black pearls, copics

Copics used :
RV 0000, 21, 23
R 20, 30
B 0000, 00, 02, 04
BV 0000, 00, 02, 04
YR 15
Y 11, 15
E 000, 00, 21, 39, 50, 53,55

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :

Addicted to CAS - Cute
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Colour theme
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, March 27, 2015

By DIEzyne Blog Hop

It's finally here!  The second release from By DIEzyne Dies.  We are celebrating this weekend on Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group and C.C. Designs Facebook Group.
We are kicking everything off with a really big blog hop!
We have the C.C. Designs DT here today to share their creativity with the new By DIEzyne Dies. You can find By DIEzyne Dies by clicking HERE

I was lucky enough to use two new releases from By DIEzyne Dies: the Dotted Wings and Puffy Things Die and the Big Stitched and Pierced Rectangles Die.
They are both fantastic!!!
The butterfly border is beautiful and the set also includes some super-cute clouds which I'm sure I will use a lot.
And I love the stitched and pierced markings on the rectangle dies! I won't be cutting rectangular mats any more, I will be using this die set - SO much quicker, easier and prettier!
  And straighter too :)

I also used two wonderful stamps from CC Designs on my card.

What is a blog hop without prizes?!?!
Of course we have prizes.  We are going to play a game.
Here is how you play:
1.  Visit each blog along the way.
2.  Leave a comment.
3.  Become a follower of each persons blog.
4.  Each person will have 1 or more letters posted.  Collect all those letters to unscramble the word.
5.  The last person on the hop is Rhea, the creator of By DIEzyne Dies.  Leave your answer in a comment on her blog.  Make sure you also follow her blog.
To qualify all steps need to be followed.
Two lucky winners will receive 1 By DIEzyne Die Set and 1 stamp from C.C. Designs.

MY LETTER IS - G's the blog hop game.  But, there are more chances to win over the weekend on Passionate Paper Creations and Friends and C.C. Designs Fan Page - Facebook Groups.
Make sure to come join the party!
Passionate Paper Creations and Friends > Click HERE
C.C. Designs Fan Page > Click HERE
Special guest hopping with the team...
Your last stop on the Hop....This is where you leave your answer :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, March 20, 2015


I have another gorgeous stamp to show you from the newest CC Designs release :)
This one is from Pollycraft and is called Birdie. She's super cute!

CC Designs, Pollycraft, Birdie

It's unusual for me not to add a sentiment, but I decided to keep this one plain so that I could use it for any occasion.

I also used the Make a Card #2 Die to cut a flower embellishment from felt and then added a button to it.

Ingredients :

Stamp : Birdie
Card : x-press it, pool party, black, Kate & Co (MME)
Ink : memento black
Other : Make a card #2 die, felt, button, copics

Copics used :

R 30, 81, 83, 85
BG 0000, 09, 11, 72
YR 14
Y 15, 21, 23
E 000, 00, 21, 50, 53, 55
W 00, 1, 3

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :

Sketch Saturday for this wonderful sketch.
Cute Card Thursday -Spring Fever
ABC Challenge - F is for Festive
Simon Says Spring Challenge
Stamp and Create - Is it spring yet

Thanks for dropping by today :)