Friday, 24 May 2019

Mama Elephant Rustic Peonies in Bloom

Hello crafters! Welcome! Today's card is really a celebration of my eclectic style and the companies that make the stamps that suit it! Mama Elephant stamps is one of my favourite companies for that reason - they have the most adorable and sweet critter images as well as lovely florals and more decorative style stamps.
This allows me to explore my eclectic style and enjoy making lots of different types of cards.  This rustic-feel card was made with the Peonies in Bloom set from Mama Elephant with smooching and splattering (very technical terms haha!) used to give texture. My supplies are from The Scrapbook Store in Perth which I have the pleasure of designing for - so many Mama Elephant products and crafty goodies for Aussie crafters!

The first step was to stamp and white emboss the peonies on watercolour card. I then used my silicone mat (mine is an inexpensive Pet mat from Kmart) to smooch the Spun Sugar Distress Ink pad and tap on my worn lipstick refill. I then sprayed these with water and smooched my peony piece into the ink. I applied ink, dried and smooched a number of times to get the layering of colour. 

When dry, I fussy-cut out the Peonies. For the light background piece, I splattered Tea Die Distress Oxide and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks on watercolour paper and dried. The Kraft cardbase is splattered with white gesso (mixed with a little water). I mix and splatter my inks from an acrylic block with a stiff paintbrush.

I adhered all elements together as shown and stamped a sentiment from the Wild Meadow stamp set and white embossed it.

Pretty and rustic! 

Thanks for visiting
Ali xx

Mirror image Stamping with Hello Bluebird

Hello Crafters! Welcome! Today's card shows you how to make more out of your sets - by Mirror Image Stamping! Its such fun and with a couple of simple tricks - easy too!  I have used the ever-adorable Hello Bluebird stamps for this card - specifically the Rainy Day set to make two rainy day friends! The lovely girl with umbrella stamp can be used to create the illusion of two 'friends' when it is actually the same stamp but stamped in mirror image.

The background was created with Distress Oxide Inks Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Tumble Glass and Salty Ocean on watercolour paper. The extra raindrops were stamped with Tumbled Glass. The images themselves were coloured with Copics.

Mirror Image Stamping:My technique
I have recently purchased an inexpensive silicone mat from Kmart Aus 

- and cut this down using my t-ruler so that it fits into my full-sized misti It doesn't matter if a bit hangs over at the top like in my pic below.
 Place your stamp where required onto the silicone mat, pick up with the door of your misti. Ink up your stamp. The ink I used today was my Versafine Black - I find this does work well for a darker image - but if you are colouring with copics, you will need to emboss it with clear embossing powder which is what I did for this card.

I inked and stamped the image 2 times onto the silicone mat to get good ink coverage, then placed my card piece into the corner of the misti snugly. Very gently press down over the back of the card & lift cleanly off the silicone. If you want the image darker (without moving anything) ink up again, stamp onto the silicone mat again and place your card snugly again in the corner of the misti over the stamped image. Lift carefully and cleanly off the silicone and viola! Mirror Image! I quickly then clear embossed my image.

This technique should give you a nice dark reverse image of your stamp! as I mentioned I find it works best with Versafine (I only have this or Memento to choose from and the Momento seems to dry too quickly) so I needed to clear emboss my images so I could colour them with my Copics without the ink smudging. 
I stamped the girl normally and embossed this image also. Colouring the images differently gives the illusion of 2 separate stamps! Hope this inspires you to try Mirror Image Stamping!

Totally adore this set and will be creating with it again soon!

Ali x

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Monkey Makes Today Awesome

Hello Crafters! Didn't you just love the latest Reverse Confetti Release? I know I did! One of my favorite sets has to be the Party Animals Set - the monkeys are just so adorable! For my card this week I created a bright and cheerful background for the monkey riding a bike - love a purple and blue combo!
Background: made using my OXX cosmetic brushes (from Kmart Australia) with Distress Oxide Inks
 (Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass). I then used the Stitched Rays Cover Panel to give some texture to this piece as well as splattering it with water droplets.
The monkey and balloons were coloured with Copics. The Hooray word was cut using the Hooray and Cheers Word Duos Confetti Cuts die was cut out using purple cardstock and the sentiment was stamped and white embossed on black card.
A white gen pen was used to give dimension to the Hooray die cut and the balloons! black card was used as a fine border and all was adhered to a white cardbase.

Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for visiting!
Ali xx

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Reverse Confetti New Release Blog Hop

Hello Fetti Fans! Yay it's finally here - the new release Hop!! So much inspiration for you from the DT and contributors for this release, I hope you've enjoyed it? Don't forget to check the other posts out - full list at the end of this post.
Products now available at the Reverse Confetti Shop
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I have used the Party Animals set, the Party Confetti Cut, and the On The Curve Cover Plate as well as Over The Rainbow Dies for this interactive card - the hiding Monkey cycles out to surprise us! The idea is loosely based on a slider video by Jennifer McGuire.

 I've modified the Cover Plate so that it only covers the left portion of the card front (I die cut and cut both down & pieced together). I then used this piece to partially hide the monkey before he slides out as a surprise!

2 layers of clear embossing powder on the 'party' letters gives them some shine and dimension. The background is Distress Oxide Inks in pale pastels.

The images are coloured with Copics

Hope you've loved the inspiration for this release - I certainly have loved creating with it!!

Party Animals
Party Animals

Here's the other contributors to the hop - enjoy!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Reverse Confetti New Release Day 3

Hello Fetti Fans! Welcome to Day 3 of the Countdown - hope you have really enjoyed seeing the team's projects showcasing the new release! We have more for you today for Reverse Confetti's 6th Birthday release! The release is available on the 8th - and we will be having a blog-hop to celebrate so stay tuned for that too!
***Don't forget there's prizes to be won - 
head to the Reverse Confetti Blog for Details*****
Today's set is Cake and Champagne and it's an amazingly versatile set! Here's my card:
I've used the cake and the banner from the set along with a sentiment from So Many Sentiments and the cheeky monkey from the Party Animals Set to make a sweet birthday card.

The background was created with Distress Oxide inks Smooched onto watercolour paper, then splattered lightly with water. The images were coloured with Copics. 

 Make sure you head over to the other contributors to see more amazing creations!

Ali x

Monday, 6 May 2019

Reverse Confetti Countdown Day 2

Hi Fetti Friends!! It's Day 2 of the 6th Birthday Celebration Confetti countdown for Reverse Confetti and do we have some delights for you!! Today's sets are Rainy Day Fun and So Many Sentiments.

Don't forget to comment an the DT/Contributor Blog Posts to win!!
  Comments will close at noon CST on May 7th and there will be a $25 Gift Certificate for one blog commenter and also one FB commenter.  Make sure you pop over to the Reverse Confetti Blog for all the details!

I had so much fun playing with these sets and here's my card....

I created a messy watercolour rainbow background for my card today using Distress Oxide Inks. I've then used different rainbow colours to color in the images so that there is cohesion to the card. I used theOver The Rainbow Confetti Cuts to make the clouds with white card and vellum (slightly offset).
I really adore the So Many Sentiments Set and stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and white embossed it on black card strip.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Don't forget to check out the other blog posts and comment to WIN!!

Ali xx

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Reverse Confetti Countdown Day 1

Hello Fetti Fans! to Day 1 of the countdown to Confetti! It's Reverse Confetti's 6th Birthday and we are celebrating with an amazing release - warning: irresistable cuteness to come! 

We are giving you your first look at Ice Cream Social and Party Animals today! Ive created some sweet tags using some of the new release products:

 Ive used the new products: See through Tag, Split circles Cover Plate (Used in an embossed effect), Over the Rainbow Confetti Cuts  

I love all the images in the Ice Cream Social Set, so had to use as many of them as I could!! I coloured them with copics (C greys). The sentiments are gorgeous as usual and I used as many of these as I could!
The older supplies used are: 
 Grid Stitched Tag
Stitched Rays Cover Panel 

Hope you enjoed my project.

Make sure you check out the other DT projects for our first Countdown Day!

Leave a comment on all the sneak peeks post for each designer.  Comments will close at noon CST on May 7th and there will be a $25 Gift Certificate for one blog commenter and also one FB commenter.  Make sure you pop over to the Reverse Confetti Blog for all the details!




Ali xx

Monday, 29 April 2019

Heffy Doodle and Chibitronics Collab

Hello Heffydoodlers! Welcome to our exciting collaboration with Chibitronics. If you've always wanted to try the light-up goodness of the Chibitronics sets, then follow the blog-hop as we have some amazing ideas and inspiration to inspire you! Chibitronics have a handy start up kit with a super helpful instruction booklet which is so easy to follow. 
My card is probably a little more involved with 5 lights - however, there was well and truly enough supplies in the kit to make this card and more!

This is a photo heavy post so I can show you all the stages - full blog hop list at the end of my post. 
To begin my card, I sponged Distress Oxide inks onto white cardstock. Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral. 

I took my Rays The Roof Stencil and applied White Pigment ink with a sponge through the stencil to give the effect of night-lights.

I used a Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a finished edge.
I used instructions from Joo Yeon Lee (her insta is here) to create a battery holder - this is not a necessity, just a handy variation  (then the recipient can change the battery if it runs out - so clever!). I cut a strip of paper with measurements as shown by Joo Yeon Lee (and as below).

Fold the paper 'mountain/valley' at marked distances as per below.

Use a punch to punch holes simiar size to the battery in each segment.
Fold and adhere the holder and the battery should sit in place as shown.

I traced around the Cityscape stencil, trimmed it with scissors and used a punch to punch 'window' holes in some of the buildings as shown below. I placed this over my skylight piece and traced where the windows would be with pencil, cutting holes with my scalpel so the LED lights could shine through.

I then marked the window holes and drew a 'plan' on the black base-piece where my battery housing would sit.I used the Pull tab add on die from Lawn Fawn to create my slider element in my skylight piece, and marked this on the 'plan' also.

I folded the pull tab piece as per normal and placed double thickness 3D foam as shown. I placed a strip of copper tape on the back of the pull tab at the base.
I attched the copper tape to the black base piece as shown below - again I was inspired by @jooyeon.lee.paper.lover and some of her amazing cards!  Note the gap in the tape at the top of the slider - the pull tap will have copper tape on its base, so when it is pulled upwards it connects the copper tape at the 'gap' and completes the circuit.
2 layers of 3D foam is required to allow enough room for the battery and LED lights. Once everything was working well, I attached the front panel and cityscape buildings (I used vellum behind the windows to disperse the light from the LED's). I coloured the supergirl from the Superdudes set, stamped the sentiment on black card and die cut the Super die in silver glitter paper.
A few extra silver stars and it was ready to go!! Pulling the tap upwards activates the LED lights! 
Hope you enjoyed the card and that you find lots of inspiration on the hop!

Full list here:

Ali xx