Monday, July 6, 2015

in focus with me!

Yes, my In Focus feature for the month of July is on Winnie & Walter Blog.

This month my focus is on masking technique.
Here is a sneak peek!

Style #1 masking technique closeup

Head over to Winnie & Walter Blog for photo tutorial, details and full card reveal. Let me know what you think!

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Good Morning!

Couple of months ago, I had the privilege and opportunity as Penny Black designer to make a card for one of sketches from July Cardmaps by Becky Fleck. Becky makes sketches for both cards and scrapbook layouts. She calls them Maps - Cardmaps and Pagemaps. During my scrapbooking days, I have used several of Becky's Pagemaps for my layouts. And also had an opportunity to make a card for one of her Cardmaps ages ago. I love sketches as many of you already know. So I was excited to make a card using this sketch from Becky.

And here is my take on the sketch

Pagemaps sketch card

Products I have used are from Penny Black - Glamorous die, Beau Jardins paper pad and Smile All Day stamp set. The white panel is die cut using Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 2 die set and the sequins are also from Pretty Pink Posh. I have used Lemon Drops and Aquamarine 6mm and 4mm sequins.  The die cut is watercolour using Gansai Tambi watercolour. 

Versatile sketch. Stamp and make your own background for the sketch. Use different die cuts as you focal point. So play with the sketch and make your own custom card. There are more sketches for you to use HERE.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Playing Mix it Up Challenge From Ellen Hutson!

Hey everyone! 

So glad you have joined me today at my blog. Hope you have having a great weekend especially my dear American friends who celebrated 4th of July American Day! I had an amazing weekend. Saturday was busy with cooking marathon and then hosting dinner party. Sunday has been quiet and relaxing with nothing much to do. So I caught up on my design team work and also couple of challenges. One of the challenges I played along is Ellen Hutson's Mix It Up Challenge. This month it is the fabulous Paper Smooches that they are mixing up with. Here is my card mixing Essentials By Ellen and Paper Smooches.

Celebrate card

To make my card, I started with couple of stamps from Botanicals stamp set by Paper Smooches. I stamped them on the white card panel using Hero Arts Blue to Navy ombre ink pad. I really really love these inkpads. They really add a lot of impact by just stamping using these ombre inkpads. And by stamping and layering the images, I wanted to create that impact. I also stamped the same images on a scrap piece of cardstock to die cut my sentiment. The sentiment is from Essentials By Ellen Zipper Panel die set. I also die cut a few more using scrap piece of white cardstock to stack and glue under the stamped die cut for added dimension. Before I glued this stacked die cut in place, I sponged some Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick distress inks towards the bottom of the card panel. This added colour and made the die cut sentiment pop out more. To bring the card together, I embellished with Orchid 6mm and 4mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I also added some droplets of glossy accents as dew drops on the foliage. Here are couple of closeups

Celebrate Closeup PS

Celebrate closeup PS1

 Days have been very dark and rainy for past week, I take photos with natural light. With not enough natural light, my photos are not as bright and sharp as it should be. Sorry for the bad photos. Hope sun shines through for me take better photos :)

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

I am over at A Blog Named Hero

Good morning everyone!

Yes, It is Saturday morning for me in Western Australia. Since the school winter break has started, I caught up on my beauty sleep this morning. No early wake ups or school runs for the next couple of weeks. Yay! Downside is I will cooking and feeding a lot. Not just the two teenagers but plenty of socializing as well. I have 20 guest for dinner tonight. All prep work is already done. I just need to start cooking :) Two entrees, two desserts (done), three curries, two rice dish, one bread plus couple of baby food dishes as there are two toddlers in the bunch. All under control with three pairs of helping hands. After all this I will not eat for another couple of days. The smell of cooking usually makes me feel full. Gosh! I am ranting away. 

I am here to say that I am over at A Blog Named Hero today sharing a card made using Hero Arts products and May Arts Ribbons our collaborative partner this month. 
Here is a sneak peek of  my card!

Thank you card closeup1

Hop into A Blog Named Hero to see the full card and details of the card.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Going Dotty!

Second post for today! My first post is HERE!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too

This week the challenge is Going Dotty!

We are showcasing Art Impressions Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Here is my take on the Getting Dotty Challenge using Art Impressions stamp.

SSS Going Dotty

I started with stamping the image from Art Impressions called Cupcake Bff's and coloured with copic markers. I must tell you that I really enjoyed colouring this image. Made me smile a lot. I then covered the image with rubber cement and left it to dry. The image is now masked. I then placed the Tiny Dots Stencil from Simon Says Stamp over the image and sponged Black Soot Distress ink. I removed the rubber cement from the image by just rubbing my fingers over the image. The inner panel is die cut using Winnie & Walter's Essential: Audrey Cutaway. I sponged Soft Granite ink to the edges of the panel. Love the scallop edge. The black frame is die cut using Mama Elephant Femme frame die.

SSS Going Dotty closeup

To assemble the card, I make a white card base, then adhered the black frame using liquid glue, then the stamped panel using foam adhesives. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages stamp set which I had white embossed on black cardstock, I then trimmed the cardstock and adhered using foam adhesive. Finally I have used Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I have brushed Pink Wink of Stella on the cupcake. Here is a closeup of my card.

SSS going dotty  flat

So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting

Do you use Instagram?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw


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