Friday, 21 October 2016

Simon Says Stamp & Mission Gold

I cannot believe it is Friday already ! I had to double check the calendar this morning as this week seems to have flown by. 
The good thing though is that I am having a total crafting day & weekend.
For the card I am sharing today I have used a love themed stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Roses for you. 
Simon Says Clear Stamps ROSES FOR YOU sss101582 zoom image 
It is a beautiful set, but since it popped through my door I have been looking at the heart cluster of roses thinking it could be used as background stamp with a little careful placement. 
So this morning I cracked out my Mission Gold watercolours and decided to give it ago. 

Now it did take some working out, and I was left with some small open areas but I used the individual roses & leaves to fill them in. 
I was really happy with how it turned out, and it gives another way to use this lovely set. 

I heat embossed the images onto some Strathmore Watercolour cardstock using Simons fine detail embossing powder. 
I then did a very very light pink wash over the whole piece and allowed to dry, once it was dry I then did some loose watercolouring. 
I was going to leave the leaves, but decided to water down one of the greens and use that and I am glad I did because it has broken up the pink.

For the sentiment I die cut Simon Says Stamp painted Friend die several times out of Neenah and then once out of the silver card I had in my stash. 
The happy Birthday sentiment is from another Simon set and I heat embossed that and trimmed it to fit against the friend die. 

To finish off I die cut the panel using Blueprints 29 and mat and layered onto the same pink card I used for the sentiment. 
I then added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and Nuvo Crystal Drops...these are new to me and so far I am liking them ! 

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you all have an amazing day and a great weekend. 
Happy Crafting

I'd like to enter this into the Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp, the theme is Think Pink 


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tutorial- Night/galaxy sky.

Hey lovelies. 
I hope you are all doing good ? Sorry for lack of posts we had the dreaded lurky that seems to be going round at the moment and it knocked us on our buts ! But we are all better now and I have a ton of crafting ideas ! 

A little while back I did a photo tutorial for Spectrum Noir on creating Night/galaxy skies using Spectrum Noir Aquatints ( I will link to that tutorial below) 
Since sharing that tutorial I have had a few emails and people asking if I would do a video tutorial. 
And here it is !! 

I hope you enjoyed the video. Now I have used Aquatints but honestly this works with any waterbased inks or paints, I have used my Mission Golds and it worked beautifully. 
It is also a technique that looks AWFUL until the end when it all comes together, so stick with it. 

I tend to create A4 sheets at a time so then I always have some hand to die cut, or use in cards and journals. 
You will see in the video I made a shimmer mist, I did this by adding Mica/perfect pearls to some water in a spray bottle...this step is totally optional, but i like the gentle shimmer it adds. 
You can also add gold or silver really is a fun technique to play around with. 

The card I created at the end I have used stamps from Mama Elephant along with MFT Blueprints dies (everything is linked below) 

 I coloured the little girl using my Spectrum Aqua Markers in a "no line" style. I wanted it too look like she was sitting by the window looking out. 
To add something extra I added some star sequins to the sky and Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to the sentiment banner.
I hope the video has helped those who asked, I really do encourage you to try the technique it is so easy and can be used in so many different ways. 
If you want to check out the photo tutorial then head on over to the Spectrum Noir Blog
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. 
I hope you all have an amazing day. 
Happy Crafting 


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Spectrum Noir October challenge- Halloween Colours

Hey lovelies, I hope you are all having a great week ? 

New challenge is currently on over at Spectrum Noir and the theme is Halloween colours...Now this doesn't have to be a Halloween card, you can just use any of the colours associated with Halloween- Orange, Black, Green, Red, Purple etc. 
There has also been a change to the Challenge rules. If you want to be in with a chance of winning the £30/$30 prize and card of the month you need to follow the theme, but if you want to enter a non themed card (anything goes) you can BUT you will NOT be allowed to win the £30/$30 prize, however you could still be picked as card of the month. All you need to do is use Spectrum Noir Product on your creation. 
If you want to enter the challenge and check out all my amazing teamies creations then click the graphic below. 

For my card for the challenge I used a cute Halloween set from Clearly Besotted called Best Halloween (all products are listed and linked below) 

I used Spectrum Aqua Markers to Create the background along with gold Spectrum Sparkle Pen. 
The colours I used are: 
Orange, sunset, Black, Bud Green & Purple. 
Then for the little balloons I used Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils in the following colours- 
Black, Seal Grey, Nectarine, Pumpkin & Mustard.
I then cut them out and added a layer of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen and a layer of Glossy Accents. 
The Sentiment I stamped using Versafine and then clear sparkle embossing powder. 
And of course I HAD to use sequins to finish the card off :) 
I loved creating this card, so much fun ! 

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you all have a great day. 
Happy Crafting