Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunset Butterflies

Morning all.

For those of you who are frequent readers, you will know that I do not sponge a lot. However when I saw THIS card by the mega talented Darlene from Darlene's designs, I had to give it a crack. She does a lot of instructional VDO's and this helped greatly.

This is my original version of Darlene's card......

Her colours pop a lot more than mine, but for a first attempt I was not totally disappointed. The "sunset" look and the colours used blended so well.
My cogs then got a clunkin'. The first card was on Whisper White and I know that gloss card, well the ink goes on a lot easier, so this is how take 2 ended up.....
(Sadly the dicky weather we had been having in Sydney did not allow for fab photography!!!!) However, IRL the colours popped a lot more in this example. Some of the butterflies lay flush and some were popped up on one side on a dimensional.
Thanks for popping by today. Things are very slowly settling back down although we are still setting a cracking pace. Thanks Darlene for getting me out of my comfort zone too.
Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Glossy White, Basic Black
Ink: (SU) Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Passion (ret), Stazon, Black SWM
Stamps: Amy R - Birthday Sentiments, Clear generic stamp fm stash
Dies: (SU): Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die
Other bits: Post its, Dimensionals, Sponges, White 1/2 pearls fm stash
Lynda xx


Monday, October 15, 2012

Angry Birds - II

Morning all.

Please forgive the length between posts of late. Someone appears to have left the gate open on my life and all is coming and going MUCH quicker than I would like!!!

I wish to share with you the 2nd of the Angry Birds cards I did. You will find all the links for tutorials etc in my previous post here. This one involves the YELLOW angry bird.....

Once again I used Paula Dobson's cloud making technique to do the sky of which the link is in my previous post. I love the look that it gives and it cleans so very easily too....a BIG bonus!!
Here is the yellow bird close up. If you can believe it, the hardest thing to do was the darn eyebrows!!! Thankfully I had an epiphany....I used a triangle punch and I trimmed 2 of the sides. Worked a charm!
Here is the bird and his sling shot. Yes...I persevered with the PVA and the rubber band, but this time I knew what I was up for and was prepared.
Thanks for popping by and for you patience with my tardy posting. Be back soon....I promise.
Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzaz, generic yellow textured CS and blue glitter CS fm Alice's
Ink: (SU) Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede (sponging the sling shot)
Punches: Pretty mych same as prev Angry Birds post with the addition of Carla Craft CP-11C heart punch (bird's body), Francheville triangle punch, Carla Craft CP1 Sun punch (hair and tail), Carla Craft CP8 Heart Punch (beak)
Other Bits: as per prev post, plus Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet
Lynda xx

Monday, October 8, 2012

Angry Birds - I

Morning all.

I finally jumped on the Angry Birds bandwagon. I only played the game (for the 1st time) not so long ago. When I am out shopping, I see them everywhere...on T-shirts, plush toys, activity name it, they are there. Therefore, it was not a hard stretch to make them into a card!! If you put it into your Google search engine, it goes NUTS!! There are also many fantastic examples on SCS.

I was lucky enough to find a brilliant Angry Birds tutorial by Niki Toll here. It was really easy to follow and the results were so much fun!! I got the inspiration for my card here. This was the result.....

The hardest darn thing to do was to get the darn rubber band to stick to the CS!!! Finally with tweezers and a lot of PVA...I got there!! I textured the sling shot with with the Cuttlebug "Branches" EF and then sponged the embossed bits with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink. Came up alright I think! 
One of my favourite bits of doing this card was the sky!! I got the idea from the uber talented Paula Dobson here. Needless to say, since having the acetate template, I have used it heaps!! I cut out different sized scalloped circles and ovals and then put them together with DS tape.  Gives such a good result....
Here is the red Angry Bird a little closer up.....
....angry wee bird ain't he???
Thanks for popping by....I gotta fly (yes pun intended!!) I have another Angry Bird to share with you soon as well as much more!
Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz (ret), Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: (SU) Stazon, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Stamps: Clear happy birthday stamp fm stash
Punches: As per Niki's tuorial and CP8 Carla Craft heart, Martha Stewart Grass Punch
Other bits: Dimensionals, generic rubberband
Lynda xx

Friday, October 5, 2012

Magic Puff

Morning all.

Today I have another Punch Art Project for you. I got the tutorial from the amazing Tami White here. There is also a down loadable pdf which lists all the punch bits that you will need.

This card was for a demo friend's little boy. I had a lot of fun doing it. Before I discovered stamping, I was a dedicated punch art freak. I love the fact that I can combine the two now. Here is my version of Tami's card...

The colour combo took me out of my comfort zone (ie using Peach Parfait!!) but other than that it was pretty much as to Tami's tute. The only minor difference is that I sponged the cloudy background to the card and I also embossed the "horns" using the Cuttlebug "Spiderweb" embossing folder. Gave some great texture.
Here are the clouds a tad closer up, part of the horns and the pretty, sparkly 4......


The "Happy Birthday" was achieved by partially colouring in a stamp with a black SWM (Stamp and Write Marker) and presto.......
Thanks for popping by. Soooooooooo much more to come with more blingy numbers, not so happy birds and a little bit of girly stuff to even it all up. I really enjoy reading your comments.
Stuff uesd:
CS: (SU) Always Artichoke, Peach Parfait (ret), Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: (SU) SWM in Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Stamps: (SU) Birthday Wish (ret)
Punches: As per Tami's Tutorial
Other Bits: Dimensionals, SU Square Lattice EF, Orange Glitter CS fm Alice's, Cuttlebug Spiderweb Embossing Folder
Lynda xx

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sunny With A Chance Of.....

Morning all.

Today....I have a very, very rare card....a Teen MALE card!!! Recently, Bestie's eldest hit the big 13! I think she is nearly over the shock. She is my role model as her eldest is nearly a year to the day older than my boy.

Whilst blurfing (as I so often do) I came across this magical technique by Geri Utterback. Ashamedly I had not inked up my Extreme Surfer stamp that retired the year previous to the one just gone!! I had this idea bouncing around my brain for a fair while. It combined 2 techniques I do not do often....sponging and wet embossing. Her is the new teen's card......

Personally, I think it looks just a little cool...and a massive happy dance was done when finished!! DH when I showed him even thought I had bought the card!!! Here is the embossing up close....
Usually I would first ink up in Versamark and then the darker ink and then the clear EP, but with the new formulated SU Foam Ink Pads, they are so JUICY, I did not need Versamark!!! Both the birthday boy and Bestie were suitably impressed with the card...I hope you are too.
Thanks for popping by.
Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Glossy White, Summer Sun (ret), Night of Navy
Ink: (SU) Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Midnight Muse
Stamps: SU Extreme Surfer (ret), Jemac "Happy Birthday"
Other bits: Post it notes, Sponging and masking, Clear EP
Lynda xx