Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Technique Tuesday

Hello again!
Today I so am excited to share a card I made using the Beau & Beatrice the beaver stamp set from Technique Tuesday. It is the newest addition to the Animal house collection. I just love all the stamps in this collection. They have such awesome sentiments and such cute images.
So without further ado.... I give you my card 😁

Aren't these little guys just adorable? 😍
I used a cloud stencil and some Tumbled glass distress ink to create the clouds onto an A2 white card. I used some stitched circles to die cut the windows from some woodgrain card stock. Once I stamped and die cut the beavers out I used copic markers to colour them in. The sentiments are heat embossed with white embossing powder onto some black card stock. Once I finished assembling the card I added some of my favourite rain drops to the card to just kick it up a notch.

I hope you enjoyed my card for today and I'll be back to share more cute cards with this adorable set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

25 days of Christmas tags 2018

Hello and welcome. 
Once again, MCV is the proud sponsor for today's instalment of The 25 Days of Christmas Tags which is hosted by the lovely and talented Tracey McNeely The theme for today is Botanicals - trees, mistletoe, holly - any festive greenery works! There are lots of tags to give you inspiration because each member of the MCV DT made one PLUS myself, along with three other special guests, Karen Boyce, Emily Leiphart, Stephanie Klauck are joining in today. There are prizes each day! Be sure to check out the 25 Days Post for details.

For this tag I used images from the Wplus9 Merry and Bright stamp set. I stamped the glass holder with SSS fog ink and used copic markers to shade it. The candle and  the rest of the images were stamped with various PTI and SSS inks. I used added some shading and white gel pen to create some depth and dimension. I finished off the tag with some ribbon and green twine.

I hope you are hopping along with us to see all the gorgeous tags and perhaps finding some time to play along too?

Thank you for stopping by and happy hopping!
Natasha :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hello again.
Today I am back to share another card I made with the Henrietta the hedgehog stamp set from Technique Tuesday that was released this month.  This set is part of their Animal house collection. I absolutely love these sets, they all have a great variety of sentiments with images that are just so cute and easy to work with.

One of my favorite things to do with cards is create backgrounds. Don't get me wrong, I love and hoard pretty patterend paper. I just find it so satisfying to know that I made the 'whole' card. So whenever I see small stamps in sets, my first thought is....Background!
For this card I randomly stamped the mushroom on a 4.25 X 5.5" card panel with Memento's tuxedo black ink. I also stamped the hedgehog and a couple of extra mushrooms. I used prisma colour pencils to colour in the hedgehog and since I didn't want a white boarder I fussy cut it out with scissors. I used zig clean color brush markers to colour in the mushrooms. Once I was done all the clouring I used a wavy stitched die to cut out my panel. Next I used a semi circle die to cut a window out of the panel. I also cut a black boarder to frame the window. I used the inside piece and did some ink blending to make it look like a sky and ground.  I stamped my sentiment before I attached that piece to the card base and popped the panel up with foam tape. I attached the images inside the window as well as some grass I die cut to add some interest.

Well, thats it for my card today. I do hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Natasha :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sorry I've been a little prickly.

Hello, hello!

Today I am sharing a fun card that I made with the newest edition to the Technique Tuesday Animal house collection, Henrietta the Hedgehog. This set was so much fun to work with. I just LOVE all the sentiments in this set.

For this card I used the mirror image stamping technique. I first stamped the hedgehog image onto  Neenah white cardstock with Momento Black ink. I then stamped the image onto a solid rubber stamp and then used that to stamp the image again onto my cardstock.  This creates a mirror image. 
I also stamped the mushroom image onto the same piece of cardstock. Once everything was stamped, I coloured all the images in with copic markers. This set does have matching dies but since I created a mirror image I needed to fussy cut them so that they all looked the same.
For the background I covered a 4.25 X 5.5" panel of white cardstock with masking paper and sketched out a hill. I cut the hill out and used the masks to do some ink blending. Once I was happy with the intensity of the blending I splattered some ink and water onto the blending to create the splattered effect you see. I wanted to create a sandy ground for them to be standing on. I then used a scalloped die to cut out the panel in the size I wanted. Next, I stamped my sentiment directly onto the panel and adhered the images onto the panel with clear foam squares. Lastly, I popped the panel up onto a plain white card base with some foam tape.  

I really like the way this turned out, and I'll probably be glad I have this on hand when the need to apologize arrises. ;)
Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you enjoyed my card.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Superboy comic

Todays card was a labour of love. πŸ’ I made it for a birthday party my youngest son was invited to. It took an insane amount of time to come together and at one point I was ready to give up, but since I am so stubborn my ego would not allow this card to defeat me so I persisted.  πŸ˜œ And I am glad I did because I actually like the final product.

For a while now I have wanted to create a comic book inspired card. This super boy image from MFT was the perfect character to base my card on. I coloured him in with copic markers and then went to work on the rest of the card. I used distress inks and a combination of stamps and stencils to make the different background pieces. For the Orange piece I used some spiced marmalade and carved pumpkin Distress ink for the base colour, then I used a cutout of the Altenew Halftone cover plate as a stencil with rusty hinge. On the blue piece I used salty ocean and mermaid lagoon for the base and  stamped the dots onto with a stamp from the Papertrey Inks superhero stamp set using blueprint sketch. The yellow piece was inked with squeezed lemonade on the base and sponged with mustard seed over a Penny Black chevron stencil.  The red piece was also made with a stencil that I made with my Silhouette machine since I do not own a sun ray stencil. I used Candy apple and festive berries on the base and some fired brick as the darker colour with the stencil. Lastly, the base of the green piece was twisted citron and I stamped the halftone circles from Altenew with PTI's new leaf ink.
To get the comic book effect I used black card stock and the split die from MFT's Blueprints 18. I then cut those two panels in half to get 4 pieces. I used the black pieces as my matt and trimmed the inked pieces down to fit. The words were dies from PTI 's superhero set.  I cut two of each. 1 from black card stock and the other from a coloured card stock. I offset them to create a shadow effect.
I attached everything to a white card base and popped up the circle with foam tape to create some dimension.
Phew.... that took almost as long to explain as it did to make. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (not really.)

Well, I hope you like todays card.
Thank You for stopping by.
Tasha 😊

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sweet Macaroons

Hello again.

Today I have a deliciously sweet card to share. If you know anything about me at all, it is that I have a VERY sweet tooth. Desert is my favourite course of every meal. 😍 One of my favourite sweet treats is macaroons. Those delightfully sweet, melt in your mouth treats have me salivating just thinking about them. If you, like me, are obsessed with these little bites of heaven then you know all about  LaudreΓ©.  Now as a card maker, I find their advertising as amazing as their desserts. So when Altenew came out with their macaroon stamp set, I knew I had to have it so I could make cards inspired by these delicious photos. 

Don't they just make you want some macaroons? (It's taking everything I have right now not to hop in my car and visit our local mall that has a LaudreΓ© store.)

Now for my card: 
To make this card, I stamped the macaroons from Altenew's Handmade Tags stamp set onto white Neenah white card stock with some vanilla versacolor pigment ink. This allowed me to do some no-line colouring. I used zig clean colour brush markers to colour these in and then used a white gel pen to accentuate the highlights. The wreath in the centre is from a Wpls9 stamp set called Heartfelt Holidays. The wreath and sentiment were heat embossed using gold embossing powder. I tried the panel down and mounted it onto a gold mirror panel and then mounted that onto a mint green Hero Arts card base. 

This is one of my favourite cards I've made and it went to a very special cousin for her birthday. 
I hope you enjoyed todays post. 

Thanks you for stopping by.
Natasha 😊

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Budding Thanks

Hello again! πŸ˜„
I am back today with TWO cards! I know! It's like I'm on a roll or something. πŸ˜‚ 

So last week I made a trip to my LSS to place an order for the new Tim Holtz glass mat that was released at Creativation last month. While I was there I could not resist getting a few Altenew goodies to play with. One of my acquisitions was the AMAZING 'Budding Thanks' set. 
It is honestly such a great stamp set. It makes it so easy to whip up a card that looks like you've spent hours making. 
Here are the two cards I've made so far, but stay tuned because I think this set is going to get a serious workout. (There is one flower I haven't even used yet.😯)

For this card I stamped each flower with the coordinating layers onto a 4.25 X 5.5 panel. Then I used some Copic markers in C1 and N2 to create the shadows around the flowers.This little detail makes such a difference in the depth and dimension it adds to the finished card.  I then went over each flower with a Wink of Stella shimmer brush pen to add some shimmer. Once this was done, I die cut it using the large scalloped frame from the MFT Blueprints 27 set.  Next I used a smaller scallop from the stitched scalloped mini stax set to cut out a frame in the centre of the panel. I mounted the large frame onto a black card base and used some foam tape to pop the frame in the centre up. The sentiment is the 'Many Thanks' die cut from Ellen Hutson. I cut off the word many and then heat embossed the thanks with some clear EP to add dimension. To finish off this card I added some clear rainstones from PTI. 

For my second card I stamped the flowers and sentiment onto a 3X5.5 inch white card panel. Once I was done stamping I added some Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to the flowers and sentiment. I mounted the panel onto a silver glitter panel.  I then attached that to a soft stone card base. 

See, easy as pie. 😬

Well, I hope you enjoyed my offerings for today. thanks for stopping by.
Tasha πŸ’–

Monday, February 12, 2018

MFT Space dude

Anybody there???  πŸ˜‚ Just kidding. I am really bad at blogging though, aren't I? I'm thinking I should try harder to make the time to share my cards more often. πŸ˜‹ It's not that I don't make them, its just that I am not so good with sharing them. Well, that and the fact that 'last minute Lucy' over here, seems to always be making cards 5 minutes before I need them and end up either not taking photos or simply forgetting to come back and share them.
Anyway.... its still early into 2018 and therefore IMHO still ok to make positive changes, right? πŸ˜‰
So lets move along, shall we?
Today I have a card to share that I made for a birthday party my youngest son was invited to this weekend. I used the Space Explorer set from MFT for this one and it was SOOO much fun to make.

I started this card with an idea for the background that I wanted my space dude to be floating on. The earth was a free with 60 die I got a while ago with one of my MFT orders. It is one of my favourite dies. It was attached to a sentiment that read "you mean the world to me" but thanks to my old jewelry making days I had the tools on hand to cut that part off so that I could just use the earth as a stand alone die. I have had a lot of use of this die this way. The die only cuts out the continents, so once those were cut out, I used a circle stax die that fitted to make a mask. I masked off the background and went to work inking up the blue earth using distress inks. Once I was happy with the earth, I masked it off and got inky with my space background. I used a white gel pen and some studio calico white and shimmer sprays to create the stars.  The images (including the continents) were coloured with Copic markers. I used some glossy accents to add some interest and dimension to the moon, the ring around Saturn and the continents on the earth. Once everything was inked and coloured, I mounted it onto a silver glitter card stock. That, was then mounted onto a white card base on which I used a stitched die from lil inkers to create a stitching line detail. You can't see it in this photo (and I can't seem to upload the video I took 😑) but the space guy is attached with an action wobbler, so he jiggles! EEKKK! 7 year olds get all the fun cards I tell ya!

Anyhoo... thats my card for today. I hope you like it. And come back tomorrow to see all the fun I have been having with some Altenew flowers.
Thanks for visiting me.
Tasha 😘

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