Saturday, 28 February 2015

Get Well Inlaid Diecut





This card owes it existence to something akin to the chicken and the egg debate. Inspiration from The Card Concept, Paper Smooches Sparks and CCEE Stampers Challenge blogs. I've used the PS Sparks February sketch, inlaid diecutting from CCEE Stampers and the colours, textures and multimedia style from The Card Concept inspiration photo.




I've stamped with distress inks and pigment ink. The background is watercoloured with distress inks, with aqua dolce gelato blended with my finger and more distress ink around the edges. I've covered the embossing paste with stickles and splatted some distress paint. I've white washed the wooden vase with distress paint and a white colouring pencil to mimic the white wood in the inspiration photo. The central vase is a homage to the vase I instagrammed a few weeks ago and is coloured with brushed pewter distress spray stain. The third vase is velum, coloured with a Sky Blue ProMarker and I've added seed beads to look like the decorative glass beads that can be added to vases. 
Perspective is a tad skewed with the sliver vase and it appears to be floating a little. My die cutting was a little high and I only noticed it as I  edited the photos, when it was too late to start again. I don't know if I would have started again anyway, as the die cutting was quite intricate and this is a piece of art where the rules of physics don't need to apply!

Challenges:
The Card Concept #29: Get Well Soon  [Photo Inspiration- White wood, Stitching (wool) Colours: Blue, Green, Red, Orange; Style: Multimedia]

http://papersmoochessparks.blogspot.ie/2015/02/february-22-28-designer-drafts-challenge.html
www.papersmoochesstamps.com

http://thecardconcept.blogspot.ie/2015/02/the-card-concept-29-get-well-soon.html


Media: Distress inks, pigment inks, gelato, ProMarker [alcohol marker], colouring pencils, distress stains & paints; cardstock, wood veneer & vellum; embossing paste, Stickles, glimmer mist, wink of stella & glass beads.


Supplies
Stamps: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear, Chit Chat
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles, Paper Smooches Crystal Clear 3 dies

Ink: Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Crushed Olive, Ripe Persimmon
Paper: Card, vellum & wood veneer from stash
Colouring: Sky Blue Promarker, White & Green Colouring Pencils, Aqua Dolce gelato, Distress Markers- Firebrick Red, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Salty Ocean, Weathered Wood.
Highlights: Stickles, wink of stella, seed beads, embossing paste, brushed pewter distress stain, picket fence distress paint, glimmer mist 
 

Hope you enjoyed your visit and see you again soon.




Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Happy Birthday Minion


Grá O'Neill- Paper Learning Curve: Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Cole's ABCs, Quinn's 123s, Speech Bubble Border, Simon Says Stamp Happy die, Polka Dot Party stencil

I decided to recycle some wrapping paper for this card, as my lot are obsessed with the Minions and so are their friends. The pearlescent embossing paste was coloured with Memento Luxe Dandelion Yellow ink and spread on kraft cardstock through the Polka-Dot stencil from Simon Says Stamp. The card base is a little larger than the stencil, so I waited for the first lot of dots to dry, repositioned the stencil using some of the dry dots as a guide and embossed the rest of the cardstock.

Grá O'Neill- Paper Learning Curve: Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Cole's ABCs, Quinn's 123s, Speech Bubble Border, Simon Says Stamp Happy die, Polka Dot Party stencil

I used a craft knife to have Phil crashing through the screen like they do in the film. As he is just wrapping paper I've coated him in matte multi-medium, added some white gel pen, wink of stella and googly eyes.

Grá O'Neill- Paper Learning Curve: Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Cole's ABCs, Quinn's 123s, Speech Bubble Border, Simon Says Stamp Happy die, Polka Dot Party stencil

I've used black sparkly embossing powder on the happy diecut & birthday sentiment and Dandelion Yellow Luxe ink for the rest of it. The Lawn Fawn Quinn's No. 6 was coloured with the yellow ink then covered in stickles instead of stamping with it's coresponding stamp. 

Please excuse the poorly lit photos, today was a completely mixed bag. On the bright side there were lots of rainbows!

It's celebrations all round with Craft for the Craic's first birthday and Lawnscaping's 100th Challenge. Looking forward to many more challenges.
I also want to enter this into the first Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp Flickr Co-Challenge.

Challenges:


http://craftforthecraic.blogspot.ie/2015/02/happy-1st-birthday.html
http://lawnscaping.blogspot.ie/2015/02/lawnscaping-challenge-birthday.html




Supplies 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Quinn's 123s, Speech Bubble Border, Simon Says Stamp Happy die, Polka Dot Party stencil
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Luxe Dandelion Yellow, Versamark 
Paper: White & kraft card from stash
Highlights: stickles, glossy accents, wink of stella, white gel pen, pearlescent embossing paste, black sparkly embossing powder, googly eyes, multi-matte medium
Colouring: ProMarker Gold


Hope you enjoyed your visit and see you again soon.

*Eoghan an Irish boy's name- phonetically Owen.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Smitten



Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Paper Smooches Good Gab, Quilling


Clare Buswell's fabulous quilling inspired me to try my hand at a simple quilled heart. Clare's quilled creations are amazing and this is my very simple version of quilling. I acquired a quilling tool a few years ago, but never used it. I still haven't as I couldn't find it and had to fashion one out of a toothpick! Not the best start, but it was very enjoyable, I love the tightly coiled pieces of paper. I probably coiled them too tightly as I was enjoying it too much!

Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Paper Smooches Good Gab, Quilling


This card is very CAS, one layer of cardstock with one graphic image/embellishment made from one thin strip and lots of white space. I had to resist all temptation to keep adding layers- not an easy task for me. I loved it, as a result of my first attempt at quilling a wonky heart. But was it enough? I had my doubts, but I slapped my hands away and I'm proud of my restraint. I now love it because it's so CAS, plus my SIL said it was nice too. We all like to hear nice things.


Challenges:
Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge February 15-21: Anything Goes (Wk3)

http://casology.blogspot.ie/2015/02/week-134-monochrome.html
http://papersmoochessparks.blogspot.ie/2015/02/february-15-21-anything-goes-wk3.html
www.papersmoochesstamps.com




Supplies
Stamps: Paper Smooches Good Gab
Ink: Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black
Paper: Whitecard from stash
Highlights: Quilled heart


Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

CAS Happy Birthday OLC


For this card I decided to blend some paper and some Promarkers. I've used diffuser plates to partially emboss my card, so that the raised swirls blend to flat cardstock and I've blended 3 Promarkers so that there were no harsh lines. I've also used some distress ink around the outside, so the white transitions to Peacock Feathers ever so slightly.


It's hard to see in the photograph but the paper aeroplane's trail has been stickled!


A close up of some of the blending.


Challenges:
Craft for the Craic February Challenge: Birthdays or Anniversary
Lawnscaping Challenge #99: Clean & Simple
One-Layer Simplicity Challenge OLS13: You Blend!

http://craftforthecraic.blogspot.ie/2015/02/happy-1st-birthday.htmlhttp://lawnscaping.blogspot.ie/2015/02/lawnscaping-challenge-99-clean-and.html




Supplies




Stamps: Lawn Fawn Flying, Year Two  
Dies & Stencils etc: Provocraft D'vine Swirls, Tim Holtz Diffuser Set 1
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peacock Feathers

Paper: White card from stash
Highlights: Stickles Colouring: ProMarkers- Turquoise, Petrol Green, French Navy





Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon. Can't believe how many one layer cards I've made this week, it must be a bit like buses!


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

OLC Watercolour Thanks


Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear, Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles, Scripty Thanks

I've coloured directly on to the Paper Smooches stamps with distress markers, huffed and stamped while masking the silver vase. The leaves were then shaded with a distress marker. The Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Inspirational Photo was a great starting point, I focused on the big blooms in a solid darker vase, the pink colours and the silver mirror surface. 
I have a very neglected large silvery vase that used to be polished and displayed, but now languishes in a corner. I may have to get the polish out this weekend and bring some bright springtime cheer to my house. Instagram has the before shot, but I don't know when the after shot will go up, if you discount my stamped vase!

Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear, Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles, Scripty Thanks

Thick watercolour paper meant that my die cut nearly all the way through, so a label is keeping everything in place on the inside, just in case we have a wardrobe malfunction and something falls out! However it was worth it as I love the watercolour effect of all the blended distress makers on the textured watercolour paper.

Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC136: Must Love Watercolor
One-Layer Simplicity Challenge OLS13: You Blend!
Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge 8-14 February: Inspiration Photo
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: All Things Bright & Beautiful

http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.ie/2015/01/cfc136.html
http://papersmoochessparks.blogspot.ie/2015/02/february-8-14-picture-perfect-challenge.htmlSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
www.papersmoochesstamps.com

 
 
Supplies
Stamps: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles, Scripty Thanks

Ink: Encore Silver
Paper: Watercolour card from stash
Colouring: Distress Markers- Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn

Hope you enjoyed your visit today and see you again soon!






Saturday, 7 February 2015

Blended OLC Poppy Birthday

 
Paper Learning Curve- Grá O'Neill: Clearly Besotted Stamps Brushed Poppies, Fabulous Fuchsias

I love the way in which Distress inks blend. However, my flowers blended a little too well, as I stamped the second colour while the first was still very wet, resulting in very little definition between them. I restamped the darker colour and used a watercolour brush to aid the process. The stems underwent the same procedure minus the restamping and the background square was doodled with a watercolour brush.


Paper Learning Curve- Grá O'Neill: Clearly Besotted Stamps Brushed Poppies, Fabulous Fuchsias

I added some Wink of Stella to the flower sentiments and stamped the sentiment in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.

This is a special birthday card for my Auntie Pauline. I've posted it a little early, but as she doesn't have an internet connection, I'm pretty certain it will remain a surprise until the postman delivers it! Hopefully this will bring a little brightness and beauty to the still dull February days!

A quick shout out for Craft for the Craic who turn one this month: Lá breithe sona duit, go maire tú an céad!

Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC136: Must Love Watercolor
Craft for the Craic February Challenge: Birthdays or Anniversary
One-Layer Simplicity Challenge OLS13: You Blend!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: All Things Bright & Beautiful

http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.ie/2015/01/cfc136.html

http://craftforthecraic.blogspot.ie/2015/02/happy-1st-birthday.html
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Supplies
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps Brushed Poppies, Sentiment
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone
Paper: Watercolour card from stash
Highlights: wink of stella


Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Last WMFC


Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Waltzingmouse Stamps Half Pint Heroes, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs

Sad news that this is the last Challenge at Waltzingmouse Fanatics. Last year left me little time for crafty challenges and I didn't get enough time to play, but enjoyed all their fabulous inspiration. I've used my favourite image and played with my mists and ProMarkers.

Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Waltzingmouse Stamps Half Pint Heroes, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs

Lots of sparkle and splatter!


Grá O'Neill Paper Learning Curve: Waltzingmouse Stamps Half Pint Heroes, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs

I loved making this vapour trail, I feel it has a cosmic look.


Challenges:
Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #33: Anything Goes [Top Three]
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
I ProMarkers Challenge #250: Anything Goes

http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.ie/2014/12/challenge-250-anything-goes.html Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog



 Supplies
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Half Pint Heroes, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White card from stash
Highlights: Glossy Accents, Stickles, Wink of Stella, silver gel pen, Glimmer mist Iridescent, Red, Blue, Ranger White Linen
Colouring : Promarkers/Flexmarkers
 


Hope you enjoyed your first visit of the new year and see you again soon!