21 February 2016

CASE'ing a technique and design!

"Happy Mother's Day" cards for Troops

So, my mojo has been AWOL for about two weeks now, and it was really starting to get to me.  Thankfully, I watched a video by the wonderful Therese Calvird at lostinpaper!  She was stamping solid floral images and then adding depth and detail with her trusty Prismacolour Pencils... Check out her blog post for Altenew here!

So, although I don't have that same Altenew stamp set (yet), I decided to give this technique a go (and I have also used the same design principles as Therese).  Here are two cards I made...

The floral image is from Stampin' Up!'s 'Crazy About You' stamp set, and the leaf image is from the 'Flower Patch Stamp Set'.  The sentiment is from 'Wonderful Mother' (ret).

I stamped the flower in Hero Arts 'Bubble Gum' for the pink card and 'Butter Bar' for the yellow card.  The leaves were stamped using Stampin' Up!'s 'Pear Pizzaz'.  I then used my own set of Prismacolour Pencils to add depth to the inner parts of the petals and a bit of variegation to the leaves.  After fussy cutting out the coloured little panels, stamping the sentiment and sticking the panels down on fun foam, I added some Annabelle Stamps Sprinkles to the centres of the flowers as well as around the sentiment.

Thanks to Therese for always providing such inspiring work and showing us how to get the most out of our crafting supplies!

These two cards will be heading off to our Troops overseas!

Thanks for visiting!

07 February 2016

Combat Cards for Troops - Victoria

Just a seriously quick post tonight - I've made some cards for one of my favourite charities: Combat Cards for Troops.  These are cards that are handmade, and then sent to our troops deployed overseas for them to send back to their family and loved ones. 

The first lot I made at my monthly meeting with the Diamond Valley Papercrafters.  I used Stampin' Up!'s "Mum's Love" [ret] set, Ranger Archival Ink (Watering Can) and assorted Distress Inks and Inktense pencils with a water brush...
This was just a really simple watercolouring exercise that made some very lovely, Clean and Simple cards...

Feeling inspired by my achievements at DVPC in the afternoon, I sat at my desk last night (Sat) and made all of the cards that come with Stampin' Up!'s "Tin of Cards Project Kit".
There are four different card designs in the kit with all materials (except adhesive) included.  I've modified two of the designs to specifically make them for Mother's Day, as that is the next deadline we've got for Combat Cards...
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01 February 2016

Pixels and Paper ~ February 2016 Challenge

Atlanta, GA

Welcome to a new month at the Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog!  This month we have a wonderful inspiration photo that is more of an inspiration theme, really: Travel!
Well, I've only truly travelled once in my life, and that was a memorable two weeks in the USA with my bestie for our joint 40th's in June of 2014.  We started in Chicago, then flew to Atlanta, drove to Asheville NC, Charleston SC, back to Atlanta for a night, New Orleans for 3 nights and then back to Atlanta to fly to Los Angeles and then home.  What an amazing experience, made even better by sharing it with a wonderful woman.

For our initial stay in Atlanta, we went to the Martin Luthur King Historical Site (such a humbling, moving experience) and also checked out the World of Coca~Cola (WOW!)
This is a very simple page with a little bit of layering (not too much).  I had printed out a map of Atlanta that showed where my two landmarks where in relation to the city.  I've also added a bit of 'funsies' for my bestie and I to giggle over - that being the comment on the bottom.  I should explain...

On our first night in Atlanta, we went to a supermarket to pick up some goodies.  We had just arrived and were just getting out of the car.  It was late, probably 9:00pm, and quite dark.  Out of nowhere, came this high-pitched female voice, screaming "Git yaw ASS back in dat caw!"  [best said with a Southern twang - real or otherwise!].  It was so stereotypical - like I'd walked onto the set of a movie!  We managed to get inside the supermarket before we burst into hysterical laughter...

...Needless to say, that was our 'catch-cry' for the rest of our holiday!  Good times!

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