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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