Friday, 26 August 2016

Chevron Thanks



Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops, Stitched Squares, scripty thanks die

Some geometric fun with Lawn Fawn Chevrons and archival ink. I love this colour combo Chartreuse, Teal and Brown with complimenting geometric sequins from Neat & Tangled. This card takes lots of inspiration from Seven Hills Crafts Challenge Photo.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops, Stitched Squares, scripty thanks die

A little close up of the shimmer!


Challenges:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog




Supplies
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops
Dies & stencils et al: Lawn Fawn Stitched Squares, scripty thanks die
Ink: Ranger Archival Potting Soil, Paradise Teal, Vivid Chartreuse
Paper: White & silver card
Highlights: Wink of Stella, Neat & Tangled Birthday Bash Sequins Mix

Hope you enjoyed your visit and see you again soon!





Thursday, 4 August 2016

Panda Birthday


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Starry Night, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Distress Crayons

I love this panda from Mama Elephant and just had to use him to play along with Can You Case It Colour Challenge. The black and the yellow are obvious, the grey is the panda shading and hopefully the rosy cheeks are allowed. A little watercolouring with distress crayons for the CASology cue card and who doesn't love to celebrate with Simon Says Stamp!

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Starry Night, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Distress Crayons


Challenges:




Supplies
Stamps: Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Starry Night
Dies, stencils et al: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper: White & black card
Highlights: Posca white pen, stickles, wink of stella
Colouring: Distress Crayons





Sunday, 31 July 2016

CAS No Line Bunny



I've been busy this month playing along on Instagram with Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker for the 30 Day Colouring Challenge. Thought it was time I blogged one of the cards as it is Day 26 already and I'll hopefully get time to do a review of the finished pieces at some stage. This is my first time trying no line colouring, though I think the rabbit has changed shape a little bit! 
I've used the CAS(E) this sketch #183 and my background is all about colour for Virginia's View Challenge #22.

Challenges:

http://casethissketch.blogspot.ie/2016/07/case-this-sketch-183.htmlhttp://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-animal-magic/
http://www.thedailymarker.com/http://virginiasviewchallenge.blogspot.ie/2016/06/virginias-view-challenge-22-summer.html



Supplies
Stamps: Mama Elephant Up and Away, Starry Night
Dies, stencils et al: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Memento Desert Sand
Paper: White card
Highlights: Posca white pen
Colouring: Promarkers & Distress Crayons
Have fun and enjoy the colouring!








Monday, 27 June 2016

Week 4 Summer of Creativity



Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes, Harlequin, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles

Archival resist technique on glossy paper for Week 4 of the Summer of Creative Chemistry. Having lots of fun with this one and it's my first time using glossy paper. The background is stamped with archival ink and coloured with distress inks. The main image is stamped with Jet Black archival ink and I've used the mini ink blender to stamp distress ink over the blocks for a touch of colour. If you look closely you can even see some faux second generation stamping around the top edge.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes, Harlequin, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles

Don't look too closely or you'll see my fingerprints, where my heat gun missed a tiny bit of the ink and I promptly put my finger there. Advisory: make sure you fully heat set!




Supplies
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes, Harlequin
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Forget-Me-Not, Tea Rose, Buttercup, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke
Paper: Gloss & black card from stash
Highlights: Stickles, glossy accents

 
 
Hope you had fun and see you again soon.
 
 











Sunday, 26 June 2016

Distressed Frog Prince



I love these old patterned papers from Lawn Fawn and had scraps left over from an old project, so here they are with a new lease of life. All they needed was some distress inking around the edges and some faux stitching.


Distress inking the lily pad has created great texture and colour with distress stickles adding to the lily's sparkle and the ink colours the stickles.

Challenges:



http://casethissketch.blogspot.ie/2016/06/case-this-sketch-178.htmlhttp://lawnscaping.blogspot.ie/2016/06/lawnscaping-challenge-distress-maniacs.html



Supplies
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After, Birthday Tags
Dies & stencils et al: Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals, Xcut Heart dies, Daisy punches
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade
Paper: White card from stash, Lawn Fawn Bright Side Petite Paper Pack
Highlights: Stickles, googly eyes, Posca white pen
Colouring: Promarkers & Distress inks


Hope you've enjoyed your visit!









Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 3 (ii)


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Lawn Fawn Plus, Tag It You're It, Tim Holtz Rays Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord

The Summer of Creative Chemistry and Perfect Splatter Distress Technique - oh so much fun! I made two backgrounds at once so no ink or perfect pearls were wasted. Initially I wasn't too sure about them but when I came back to them the next day I was thrilled with them. I love the shimmer.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Lawn Fawn Plus, Tag It You're It, Tim Holtz Rays Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord

The background made me think of sky and baby girls, so I pulled out my Lawn Fawn stork and set to stamping and watercolouring. I  raised parts of the images up with foam tape for dimension and used Retrosketches for the layout. 

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Lawn Fawn Plus, Tag It You're It, Tim Holtz Rays Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord




http://lawnscaping.blogspot.ie/2016/06/lawnscaping-challenge-distress-maniacs.htmlhttp://retrosketches.blogspot.ie/2016/06/retrosketches-219.html


http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-animal-magic/http://mixedmediamc.blogspot.ie/2016/06/mixed-media-monthly-25-2nd-year.html




Supplies
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Plus One
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Tag It You're It, Tim Holtz Rays Stencil
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord
Paper: White card from stash
Highlights: Stickles, embossing paste, sequins
Colour: Distress markers & ink
Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Lawn Fawn Plus, Tag It You're It, Tim Holtz Rays Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord


Hope you've had a fun visit and see you again soon.




Monday, 20 June 2016

Week 3 Summer of Creative Chemistry


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve -  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Sally's ABCs Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen

Week 3 of Summer of Creative Chemistry and time for Perfect Distress! I love this shiny stamping technique. I wanted the distress ink to wick and colour the teddy in, so I didn't dry those bits immediately. Here's a close up of the perfect pearls just after application.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve -  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Sally's ABCs Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen

 And a final close up of all that shimmer!

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve -  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Sally's ABCs Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen

Challenges:

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.ie/2016/06/lawnscaping-challenge-distress-maniacs.htmlhttp://casology.blogspot.ie/2016/06/week-202-masculine.html




Supplies
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Sally's ABCs
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Paper: White & kraft card from stash
Highlights: Perfect Pearls, Posca white pen
Colouring: Distress Markers Picked Raspberry, Frayed Burlap


Hope enjoyed your visit and see you again soon.











Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Week 2 Summer of Creative Chemistry


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint, Lawn Fawn Cole's Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Stains Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Picket Fence, Ripe Persimmon, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot

Week 2 and stamping with stains. I started out using the marbled stains technique to create the background, layering up the colours until I achieved something I thought would work. This technique has been on my to do list since I first watched the video, but I've just been brave enough to give it a go! Why did I wait?! It's so much fun!


Stage two was stamping with picket fence distress stain and then archival ink.



Stage three distress inking and colouring the piggy bank with distress markers.


Some more stain for a quick pop of colour.


Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #197: Make Your Mark [Distress markers, white pen, graphite pencil, inks & stains]
Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 2: Stamping with stains
Virginia's View Challenge #22 Summer Challenge: All About Colour [Layers of background colour stains, ink blending, distress marker colouring/highlighting ]


http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.ie/2016/06/challenge-197-make-your-mark.html
http://virginiasviewchallenge.blogspot.ie/2016/06/virginias-view-challenge-22-summer.html




Supplies
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Childhood Blueprint
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Stains Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Picket Fence, Ripe Persimmon, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
Paper: White & black card from stash
Highlights: Stickles, Heidi Swapp Gold, Posca white pen, graphite pencil
Colouring: Distress Markers Picket Fence, Picked Raspberry, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Squeezed Lemonade
Hope you had fun and see you again soon.









Monday, 6 June 2016

Week 1 Summer of Creative Chemistry


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches Good Gab, Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Ground Espresso

I decided to take up the Creative Chemistry Challenge this summer. I've used the 2015 colours for this blended spritz and flick background.  In order to let the background take centre stage, I've kept it very CAS with some simple stamping and negative diecutting. 


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches Good Gab, Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Ground EspressoGrá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches Good Gab, Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Ground EspressoGrá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches Good Gab, Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Ground Espresso



This anniversary card has a masculine recipient in mind, but I'd love to get it too! Adding the darker distress ink around the panel intensify the colours and highlight the stitched border.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches Good Gab, Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Stitched Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Ground Espresso


Challenges:
CAS Mix Up June Challenge [Stamping + Diecuts + Sponging]
CASology Cue Card: CAS
Summer of Creative Chemistry Challenge 1 [5 colours of distress ink]


http://casology.blogspot.ie/2016/05/week-200-cas-blog-candy.htmlhttp://casmixup.blogspot.ie/2016/06/cas-mix-up-june-challenge.html




Supplies
Stamps: Paper Smooches Good Gab
Dies & Stencils etc: Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Ground Espresso
Paper: White card from stash
Highlights: Stickles

Hope you had a fun visit and see you again soon.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Textured Monochrome Hearts & Vinyl


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve -  Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Smitty's ABCs, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes,  Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Circle Stackables, Tag It You're It

Some textured monochrome fun for a music loving couple. Lots of textures from linen cardstock, distressed edges, canvas panel, lace, ribbon, rough gems, glossy accents and clay stamped hearts. I've used the sketch from Seven Hills Crafts monthly challenge for the layout of the card with a few extra layers.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve -  Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Smitty's ABCs, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes,  Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Circle Stackables, Tag It You're It

I love all the different textures, layers, inking and misting. The monochrome palette from cream through brown to gold emphasis the different surfaces: matte, glossy, sparkly! I chosen November's Texture Challenge #18 to wish the Mixed Media Challenge a Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve -  Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Smitty's ABCs, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes,  Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Circle Stackables, Tag It You're It
My favourite piece: the stamped, inked, distress stickled, misted hearts.

Challenges:


http://sevenhillscrafts.blogspot.ie/p/blog-page.html
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Bloghttp://mixedmediamc.blogspot.ie/2016/06/mixed-media-monthly-25-2nd-year.html





Supplies
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs, Smitty's ABCs, Prima Finnabair Honey Comb, Vintage Vanity Notes 
Dies & Stencils etc:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Circle Stackables, Tag It You're It
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Walnut stain
Paper: White Linen, gold, black kraft card & Canvas from stash
Highlights: distress stickles, white gesso, gems, glossy accent, ribbons, Heidi Swapp Gold, gold thread, Artista clay.  


Hope you've enjoyed your visit and see you again soon.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Birthday Snap


Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches We Totally click, Good Gab, Sentiment Sampler, Polaroid Dies, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera.


A fun colour spectrum birthday card inspired by the Fusion Card Challenge. I've used the picture for my rainbow colours and the sketch has been stretched a little! I've coloured the images and background strips with promarkers.

Grá O'Neill - Paper Learning Curve - Paper Smooches We Totally click, Good Gab, Sentiment Sampler, Polaroid Dies, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera.

I love adding notes with a sharpie just like you would to a real polaroid.

Challenges:


http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.ie/2016/04/fusion-april-showers.html
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog



Supplies
Stamps: Paper Smooches We Totally click, Good Gab, Sentiment Sampler, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags, Mama Elephant Balloon Et CeteraPaper Smooches Polaroid Dies.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Love Letter, Distress Ink Broken China, Tumbled Glass
Paper: White card from stash
Highlights: wink of stella, stickles, glossy acents, crackle accents, yellow sharpie.
Colouring: ProMarkers & FlexMarkers