Monday, January 16, 2017

First card challenge for 2017... and a little tutorial :)

Hello there :)

Just recently I was browsing around the internet and I stumbled across a really cute stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs.  I had never heard of this particular company before so I did a little more browsing around and found two stamp sets that I just couldn't resist. 

My stamps arrived in the mail a few days ago and then yesterday I was having another look at their site and stumbled across their 'Share your Designs' challenge.  All you have to do is share your design created with a GSD stamp and you could win $15 Store Credit. So I figured I'd give it a go:

  Here's a look at my finished card for the challenge... I'm super pleased with how it turned out:

I decided to take step by step photos of the stamping and colouring process so here goes:

I started off stamping a few of the little ducks, some reeds and the water lily.  I also heat embossed all of the images as I went.

Next I masked the lily flower so that I could add a lily pad and I also stamped the underwater duck's head and a tiny fish.

Then I made a mask for the reeds so that I could add a couple more of them along with a nosy little dragonfly... super cute! 

After doing all the stamping I decided to cut out my panel with my stitched rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn.  I kind of had an idea of how I wanted my finished card to look and I knew the stitching would look cool.

Before adding my background colour I applied some masking fluid to all of the images.  I love doing this technique because it's actually super simple and always has great results.

Since my little ducks were supposed to be sitting on the edge of the pond I added some 'sand' to the card with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and a wet on wet technique.

Then I added water by colouring with Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks.

Since the duck family were at a pond I decided to do grass up behind them as if they'd just walked through a field.  For this I used Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Ink.

While the masking was still in place I used some of my Zig clean color markers to add some extra details like some depth to the water ripples around the duck with 034 Dull Blue.

Then I added some more 'grass' with 041 Light Green.

Next came the exciting step of removing all the masking fluid... I LOVE doing this stage!

Now it was time for the really fun stuff... adding all the colour!  I went back to 041 Light Green to colour the lily pad.  I'm finding you can add lots of depth by blending with the water brush, drying it off with the heat gun and then layering on a bit more of the same colour... great effect!

I used three colours on my gorgeous wee water lily 024 Wine Red, 021 Light Carmine and 026 Light Pink.

Then it was 040 Green and 047 May Green to add the leaves to the reed plants.

The reed heads were done with 060 Brown.

Next came the gorgeous wee ducks using 050 Yellow and 052 Bright Yellow.

For the ducks beaks and feet I used 060 Brown and 061 Light Brown.  I also used these colours to colour the dragonfly's body.

The wee fish was coloured with 070 Orange.

For the wings of the dragonfly I used 083 Lilac.

One of the little ducks had his tongue showing so I coloured it with 025 Pink.

I finally had all the colouring done and I have to say that I was super pleased with how it all turned out.  The more I use my Zig markers the more I like them!  I decided to stamp one of the sentiments from the Lucky Duck stamp set onto the top of my card and heat emboss it.

Then it was time to make my card.  I layered my stamped and coloured card front with kraft cardstock and then layered that onto a plain white card base.

Here's my finished card:

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today xx

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Finally... a card making tutorial!

Hi there :)  It's been AGES since I've shared a card making tutorial and for some reason I've got the urge to share today.  I actually made this card back in November and although I had the very best of intentions giving it away I just couldn't bring myself to do it so it's still sitting on my craft table... but it DOES make me smile :)

Before I start I want to say that all the links for the products will take you to the Simon Says Stamp  website because that's where I get a lot of my supplies.  It's getting harder and harder to buy anything I want in New Zealand now which is such a shame but I do buy local when I can.

The inspiration for this card came from something I'd seen on the internet by Laura Bassen... super loved her card so I had to give it a go myself.

For this card I used Simon Says Stamp Warm Christmas Wishes stamp set and the Warm Wishes Die set.

I've been playing around with my stamps and dies to see which way I prefer to do it... die cut and then stamp or stamp and then die cut.  I've found that what works best for me is to stamp and then die... it just seems to work better (and quicker) for me... especially if I'm also heat embossing the images (which I tend to do most of the time).

I started off stamping all my images onto Tim Holtz Watercolour cardstock with black Hero Arts Dye Ink and then heat embossing all the images with Ranger Clear embossing powder.  

Next I got out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers... I LOVE these markers!  I've quickly become a HUGE fan of them.  They're so easy to use... love the range of colours... and totally love the way they blend with water and each other to create a super smooth look.  Plus they're really VIBRANT!  I feel like I get the look of Copics with the ease of watercolour... and that works for me!

I started off colouring the palm leaves with 041 Light Green & 047 May Green. I also did some of the surf board and beach ball with these colours.

Next I used 032 Persian Blue & 050 Yellow to add some colour to the surf board, beach ball and Santa's boxer shorts.

Since I was on a roll with my colours I decided to add a real rainbow effect to the rest of the beach ball and surf board with 070 Orange, 027 Dark Pink, 024 Wine Red & 080 Violet.

Next came the trunks of the palm trees with 060 Brown & 068 Deep Brown.

While I was working with the browns I did the table in 068 Deep Brown & 062 Dark Brown.

I was starting to get the hang of the colouring techniques by now so I started on Santa's face with 071 Flesh Color

For Santa's hat I used 260 Deep Red & 024 Wine Red

For the rest of Santa's boxer shorts I used 042 Turquoise Green & 033 Persian Green.

I wanted to leave Santa's singlet pristine white so I decided to add a little bit of colour to his beard using 097 Pale Gray

And since it was Christmas I HAD to add a little bit of glitter to Santa's hat with my Wink of Stella pen. 

After all that I decided that Santa really needed some sun classes to protect his eyes from the UV rays so I stamped and embossed some glasses on a scrap of  watercolor paper and then I used 031 Cobalt Blue and 036 Light Blue to colour his lenses and some 090 Gray to colour the frames.

Then it was time to start assembling the card.  I cut a piece of 'sand' from watercolor paper using Mama Elephant Borderlines Trio dies.  I added a base of colour using Antique Linen Distress Ink.

To help me create the 'sand' effect I used Antique Linen, Old Paper and Scattered Straw Distress Markers along with my Spritzer Tool.  I really love how the 'sand' turned out!

To create the horizon and sky I used Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feathers Distress ink and blended them together creating a more intense blend along the horizon line.

Then it was time to put my two background pieces back together again.

A few months ago I saw the Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings stamp set and I knew I HAD to buy it so I used one of the sentiments along with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  I really love how the sentiment turned out!

Then came the fun of assembling all my coloured images on the card.  I got so caught up in what I was doing that I didn't take any photos but I can tell you that some things are flat on the card and some have been adhered with foam tape.

And here's my final card (click on the photo to get a closer view):

I'm still really happy with how it turned out... maybe I'll be ready to part with it for Christmas 2017!

Miss Krystal (24) said to me yesterday that I need to think about doing video tutorials... apparently that's 'where it's at' now.  What do you think... photo or video tutorial?  I'm not sure if my kiwi accent is ready for the internet LOL

Thanks so much for visiting xx

Friday, January 6, 2017

We've got BIG CHANGES ahead!

Hi there... and Happy New Year!

We've had a great time hanging out together and we've also done quite a lot of travels on the Harley!

First up we traveled down to Napier for Christmas:

While we were in Napier we did a little trip to Takapau:

Then we came home for a few days before heading up to Whangarei to bring in the New Year!

Here's a full overview to give you a better idea:

Whew that was a lot of kilometers!  So pleased to be home again... and my butt is happy to not be on the bike for a little while LOL

In between all of this Michael and I have also come to a major decision:

We've decided to sell my house and buy a new house together... bet some of you thought we were going to be getting married LOL

So here's the house in all it's glory... actually I think the photos are phenomenal... Ben did such a great job taking them for us!

Click HERE to see the real estate site.

Thanks so much for popping by the blog xx