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Monday, 26 June 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Crissy Armstrong - Penguin Floating


I've been super busy this weekend, part of which has been spent planning my teaching for the Whimsy Stamps Annual Craft Retreat over in Florida this October.
If you want more details you can find them here, but if you're thinking of coming you can find the details here.
But don't delay because we only have a few spaces left now!

I did find some time to make a few card, this one though was already 'in the bag'.
A work colleague of mine is retiring at the end of August, and as she has a fondness for penquins, (she has a whole army of knitted penguins she breaks out at Christmas), I thought this penguin, relaxing without a care, was the perfect image for a retirement card for her. It's called
Penguin Floating 
drawn by the super sweet Crissy Armstrong who's drawn a huge selection of penguin images for those of you who love these adorable creatures.

I coloured her up with my zig markers, then masked off the stamped image while I set to with my stencils and distress inks.

I used the Cloud stencil and the Radiating Rays stencil from MFT to create my sky and sun, and blended some salty ocean for my sea.

I cut my image out with a large rectangle die from Blueprints 15 and adhered that to a card base made from deep pink cardstock and then cut a matching frame using a die from the
Whimsy Stamps Shaker Builder - Sweetest Birthday
I cut several of these and mounted them together to get some added dimension.

Finally I added a few clear sequins to finish.

That's all for today, but I'll be back with some more inspiration for you tomorrow.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fairy Happy Lilac


I made another card using the super sweet Fairy Happy stamp set from My Favorite Things, (MFT Stamps).

I kept this really simple, colouring up the fairy with my Zig markers to match my papers. I decided to give her purple hair because....well why not? Her wings do have a lovely sparkle from Wink of Stella, but as per it doesn't show up well in the photo. I do still use my distress markers to colour skin, as I'm not so keen on the colours of the zig markers that I have for that.

I stenciled a very soft background with Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio distress inks, using my Giraffe Stencil to give the appearance of an old stone wall, then adhered it directly to my cardbase, which was made from Wild Wisteria cardstock trimmed to a vertical A2 size.  I cut out 2 of the medium size Pierced Rectangle Frame, from patterned paper and plain cardstock, mounting them on foam tape for dimension and offsetting the green one behind the lilac for interest.

I stamped the sentiment, which is also from the set, in Grape Jelly Premium Dye Ink, I should have used my MISTI for this but I forgot to add it before I glued on all my elements lol, so I had to do it by hand and eyeball it.

I stamped a couple of the flowers from the set and coloured those with my Zigs also and cut them and my fairy out with the coordinating dies, then I mounted them in my frames with some foam tape.

Finally I added a few sequins to finish.

I hope you like my card for today, thank you so much for visiting!

Friday, 23 June 2017

You're a Treasure


I thought I would join in with this week's Sketch Challenge #338 from My Favorite Things.

I used the Party Like a Pirate set and coloured my images in bold colours with my Zig Clean Color Markers, then cut them out with the matching die-namics.
I used the Cloud Stencil to make the background and the card was cut with Blueprints 31 and Scalloped Frame Die-namics. The paper is the Country Fair Plaid paper pack from MFT.
I added a little bit of gold sparkle pen to my coins and the chest to give them a bit of a metallic sheen.

This is the sketch I followed

Sketch 338 #mftstamps

I've taken some artistic licence and adjusted some dimensions and placement etc., but the basic layout is the same.

Thanks so much for dropping by!