Sunday, 28 January 2018

Stinkin' Cute

Hi Crafty friends!

Just decided (kind of last-minute!!) I would enter the Lawn Fawn Challenge 21 (from the Lawfawnatics challenge blog which you should really visit if you haven't already!). This time is was an inspiration board.  I decided to use a set that I hadn't used yet (shock horror!) - Stinkin' Cute. Going for the obvious Valentine's Day theme I created this little box using the Scalloped Treat Box Die.
I began by cuttting 2 die pieces with the Scalloped Box Die out of white card using my Big Shot. I then stamped the small open heart in momento potter's Clay ink and the solid heart in Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink on the front and sides of the box. I also cut the Scalloped Treat Box Winter House Add-on die from red card for the roof and bow for the girl skunk. I coloured the open hearts with copics (R59, R27, R24). I coloured the skunk with copics (C9, C5, C3) - I did have to google the colouring for the skunks as we don't have them here in Aus!! - think I got it right!!

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink on black card, white embossed it and cut to a sentiment strip.  I assembled the treat box and attached the two cuties with tape runner (putting the bow on the girl skunk).
Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you enjoyed this project and see you again soon xx
Ali xx

Vellum Marbling with Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!
Well, I channeled my "inner Jennifer Mcguire" for this post! - inspired today after watching her latest video where she used Alcohol inks on vellum. Adding my own twist, I found I liked this 'marbled' effect and thought it would make an interesting card for my first actual card blog post.  The design/layout remains the same as Jennifer's - hey, why mess with perfection? 

I started by selecting 3 Alcohol Inks (Cool Peri, Pool and Eggplant) and a blending tool with a felt piece for applying alcohol Inks. I cut a piece of vellum and placed it down on some scrap paper. I applied the Alcohol Inks to the felt and added a little blending solution. I then 'pounced' the tool onto the vellum which produced a marbled-like effect. 

I applied more ink (letting the vellum dry a little) without adding more blending solution, to get a darker result. The below pic is my original piece behind (with a little more eggplant colour) and another piece in front that I made with the same technique but less of the purple ink.

I then let the vellum dry and die cut a heart (with My Favorite Things, Stitched Heart die). I cut two leaves with a Poppy Stamps Die (Massa Leaf Background) from another piece of vellum. I then die-cut a Thank-you sentiment using W-Plus 9 Hand Lettered Thanks (one of my fave sentiment dies).

I then adhered everything to the front of a white card base, overhanging the heart a little and trimming the edge.  

Hope it inspires you as Jennifer McGuire inspired me!  Love watching and supporting other crafters and sharing ideas - that's what it's all about!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
Ali xx

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to my first ever personal blog post!

Well, I have finally taken the plunge to blogging on my own! I have enjoyed contributing to my Design Team Blogs this year (Heffy Doodle Stamps and Butterfly Reflections Ink) and decided that I would give it a go solo too! I'm still on the L plates for now, so please excuse any gaps or missing bits - I will be adding and learning as I go :-).

Hope you find some inspiration and new ideas here (some are ideas from years ago that I might try and revive hehe). Stay tuned for more cards and creations soon! 
Ali x