Monday, 24 October 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Pink

As usual, we have a fab new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges for you this fortnight. In honour of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have a 'pink' challenge on the go.

I have kept my card very simple for the challenge, but plucked up the courage to cut into a gorgeous sheet of Kaszazz paper that I have been hoarding for over 4 years now *sniff*.

The vertical strip has been stamped with an old Stampin' Up! stamp set; Strength and Hope, which was a set sold a few years ago in honour of Breast Cancer awareness. The sentiment is from a current Stampin' Up! hostess set, and all edges have been inked in Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride ink, and the card has been backed onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock. As mentioned, the DSP is Kaszazz, the butterfly is die-cut using Stampin' Up! Bold Butterflies die, and finished off with a few rhinestones.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Halloween MID-CHALLENGE REMINDER

We don't really "do" Halloween in Australia, which is a shame! My girls love all things Halloween and ghoulish, so I have amassed a small collection of Halloween-themed products, and here is my card for the challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges this fortnight.

I have so much going on here! The background has been created using a mix of Dylusions sprays, Distress Inks and Tim Holtz stencils. The skull is from Stampers Anonymous Halloween Blueprints, sponged with Distress Ink and had glossy accents applied over the top. The two tickets are from retired Stampin' Up! set, That's The Ticket, and inked over with Distress Ink. The "Boo" sentiment has been diecut from Kaisercraft alphabet dies, and had Kindy Glitz applied over the top. The skull has been mounted with foam tape, and everything else applied with Glossy Accents (so much tidier than Tombow glue!). The base of the card is Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant.

My 9 year old has already snagged this card as next year's birthday card (her birthday was only a few weeks ago!), or if not "Christmas will do too, mum".

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Autumn is in the air MID CHALLENGE REMINDER

This was a hard challenge for me at Crafty Boots Challenges, our Autumn is earlier in the year, when the northern hemisphere is celebrating Spring. So we have just entered Spring here, and my mind is on sunshine (which we have yet to experience), warm weather (ditto), and flowers (getting there slowly). Anyhoo, thank heavens for Pinterest, hey? Once I hit Pinterest, the creative ideas started flowing.

I took two of my favourite Autumn-themed stamp sets (both Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree, and French Foliage), but I wanted to go that little bit further, so I played around with the Shaving Foam Technique, some Tim Holtz Distress reinkers, and an Adirondack Alcohol ink, and came up with this background. It was so much fun, I ended up making a Shaving Foam master sheet and played around with a few different finishes. I have deliberately left the sentiment off, so I can add it inside the card.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - MID CHALLENGE REMINDER All Squared Up

We're halfway through this nifty challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges; All Squared Up! As usual, our challenges are very open to interpretation, so it's time to get your square on! Here is my card for the challenge

I haven't made a card in ages, so it was nice to sit and play! The DSP is a new(ish) one from Kaisercraft, the text paper is actually a stamp (Stampin' Up! Dictionary) - I couldn't bring myself to tear a page out of an actual book! I have stamped on the text with one of the images from Hot Off The Press Vintage Ladies, and used my Derwent Inktense pencils to colour the flowers in her hair. The sentiment is a retired Stampin' Up! sentiment, and I've used the Stampin' Up! Scalloped Oval and Large Oval punches.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't wait to check out all the entries

Monday, 15 August 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Anything But A Card

One of my favourite challenges is happening at Crafty Boots Challenges this fortnight; anything but a card! For this challenge I have made an ATC; I actually made it a month ago, but I have been itching for this challenge so I can share it!

I have made an Artist Trading Card (ATC) for our local stamp group's stamp camp last month, with a 'retro 50s' theme.


Stamps: Tim Holtz Travel Ways (Stampendous), Darkroom Door Postcards
Inks: Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - MID CHALLENGE REMINDER Use A Stamp

We're halfway through our Use A Stamp challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges! Thanks to a brief study break, I was able to make another card for this challenge

This week marks a milestone birthday for a crafty friend of mine, and she has a wicked sense of humour, so when I saw these stamps at Craftonline I HAD to have them!

Stamp: Art Impressions 'Beach Babes', Lots Of Laughs 'Lie About Age'
Ink: Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock/paper: Stampin' Up! Pacific Point, XPress It blending card, October Afternoon

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Use a stamp

A nice easy one to interpret this fortnight at Crafty Boots Challenges! For this challenge I dusted off the Copic markers and inked up a sweet little Saturated Canary image - so sad that Krista is shutting up shop soon!


Stamp: Saturated Canary "Casey", Stampin Up! Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: DI Walnut Stain, Versamark, Copic markers, Memento
Papers: (from an old card kit) Fabscraps, Bobunny
Embellishments: Ribbon (from the card kit), DI Embossing Powder Tea Dye, Stampin Up! Basic Rhinestones.

Have a great week!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Picture Inspiration challenge

Welcome back to a great challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges! This fortnight our theme is to use a picture as your inspiration.

Here is the picture

At first I was stumped as to what to do, but after a weekend at Stamp Camp, hosted by the super talented Teresa Abajo I came home with so much creative mojo (cro-jo?) that I dove right in, and decided to use the colours as my inspiration.

Here is my card

I have only played with mixed media at home, once or twice, but I am really happy with how this turned out! This weekend we have painted, distressed, stencilled, gessoed, crayoned, texture pasted, spritzed, sploshed and splashed. I'm fairly certain that nearly every one of those techniques is on this card!

The stencils used are punchinella (from our kit) and a few of the Tim Holtz tag stencils.
I have used gesso, as well as green, yellow, blue and red paint with a scraper, some torn out pages glued underneath the paint, and to finish I have used a Darkroom Door stamp, and a sentiment from one of the Dina Wakley sentiment sheets.

I have used XPress It blending card as my mixed media base (how did I not know before that this was such a good cardstock for other things besides Copic colouring?!), mounted on to black card, and a thick white card base.

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see how you interpret the picture :)

Monday, 4 July 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Christmas in July

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafty Boots Challenges is Christmas in July. Here in Australia, our Christmas' are either muggy and wet, or hot and dry, so Christmas in July is the closest I will probably ever get to a white Christmas. I love the idea of a white Christmas, and my card for this challenge reflects that.

The DSP I have used is the last sheet in my Kaisercraft 25 Days of Christmas pad, which I have been hoarding for a very long time; it's just been "too pretty" to use! I finally found a great sketch in one of my older craft magazines, which I knew would be perfect to use. I have kept the rest of the card fairly simple, to really showcase the details of the paper.
Cardstock: Kraft cardstock
DSP: Kaisercraft 25 Days of Christmas
Ink: Versamark, TH DI Brushed Corduroy
Stamp sets: Cozy Christmas, A Wish For Peace
Embellishments: Stampin' Up! Basic Rhinestones, the blue resin embellishment was from my stash
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges MID-CHALLENGE REMINDER: Masculine

We're halfway through our masculine challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges, and I managed to squeeze out another masculine card.

I have quite a few male birthdays coming up, not to mention Father's Day in September, so this challenge is a great chance to start preparing.
All products used are Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Whisper White
Stamps: Classic Pickups, World Map
Ink: Early Espresso
So a nice, fuss-free card this week.
Stop by next week for our new challenge, which is........ A secret ;)