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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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 ;)

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Masculine

There is a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges this fortnight; masculine themed projects! Here is my card for this great challenge

As with most of our challenges, I have too many ideas, and not enough cards (or time), but I managed to narrow down week 1 to this card. I have made a Z-Fold card, with Tim Holtz papers, the motorcycle and sentiment stamps are both Stampin' Up! The embellishments are some chipboard chevrons (inked with SU Always Artichoke, finished with Glossy Accents), and a chipboard cog button.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I will have another card next week!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges mid-challenge reminder: Butterflies and Bees

Hi and welcome back to another fab challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. The challenge this fortnight involves one of my all-time favourite things; butterflies! Despite being rushed off my feet with sick kids, there was no way I was missing out on this challenge, so here is my card, which took the better part of a week to put together (sad, right?!)

I don't usually like spruiking my own cards, but I am so happy with how this turned out! The background has been put together using Dylusions sprays on watercolour card. The sentiment is from Stampendous, and my butterfly die-cut is of course, from my trusty Stampin' Up! framelits. The card base and cardstock used is Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be back next week for yet another great challenge :)

Monday, 2 May 2016

Crafty Boots Challenges - Monochrome MID CHALLENGE REMINDER

Hi, and welcome to the tail-end of a great challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. This fortnight we have been sharing and loving on all things monochromatic! Here is my card for the challenge

I was fortunate enough to be able to demonstrate how to make step cards at my local craft group over the weekend, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to use this challenge to make some samples PLUS make some Mother's Day cards which we are celebrating this weekend in Australia. Talk about killing multiple birds with one stone!
I have made a side step card using a great tutorial on YouTube by Stamping with Dawn. She is such a clever lady, and one of my absolute FAVOURITE YouTubers, so be sure to check her out!
The materials used on this card are all Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Blushing Bride, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Blessed Mother, Petite Petals
Tools: Bold Butterflies thinlits, Petite Petals punch, Scalloped Oval punch, Polka Dot embossing folder
Embellishments: Basic rhinestones
Thanks so much for stopping by!