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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mother's Day Card

Hi Everyone,

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.  Hope you've been pampered today.  I visited my Mam this afternoon with a handmade card so I thought I would share it with you tonight.  Warning - glitter has been used in the making of this card!!


I started with a handmade Centura Pearl cardblank scored on my Ultimate Pro.  I added a layer of plain white card to start my layers.  My main background was embossed with a Couture Creations embossing folder called Seedless Nouveau.  I extended the pattern to fit the size of my card.  The purple came from Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord.  

The decorative circles were created using a JustRite die designed by Becca Feeken.  She is one amazingly talented lady.  Check out her blog here.  I cut the Lacy Tiers die with the Spellbinders Standard Circles Large on double sided sticky sheet attached to white card.  Once cut, I covered in Amethyst Shimmer Diamond Sparkles glitter.  It is super fine and really sparkly and was also in the sale!  Bargain!
  

My sentiment is from JustRite too and I used a Spellbinders Ribbon Banners LG die to cut it out.  The stamp set is called Family Sentiments.  I attached the centre die and banner with foam pads.  Finally I finished off with four aurora borealis gems for the corners.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 15 March 2014

JustRite Challenge #116 - Clean and Simple

Happy Saturday to you all!

I have been ignoring my creative needs lately so I thought it was about time I made something.  The current JustRite challenge was just the perfect excuse too.  Their theme this fortnight is Clean and Simple.  I've only made about two cards in this style before now.  I'm totally loving it though - so easy and quick.  Here is my card:-


I used the butterfly from the JustRite Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty stamp set and then coloured with ProMarkers in Ruby, Burnt Orange, Gold, Summer Sun and Lemon to give a shaded look.  The sentiment, from JustRite's All in the Family set, was stamped in Memento ink.  I layered my topper onto pearlescent orange card and then onto the handmade cardblank.  Now for a close up of those lovely butterflies:-


I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:-

JustRite Challenge #116 - Clean and Simple

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

JustRite Challenge #113 Entry

Hello Crafters,

Hope you haven't been having too much fun without me! I've been having a bit of a break from blogging but since we had a public holiday last week I thought I would take the chance to play. I've made a card for the current JustRite challenge which is all about backgrounds. 


To make my background, I started with a piece of white card and inked up a circle die from the JustRite Doilies and Lace set in Versamark and stamped all over. After I heat set this I inked the entire piece with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough.  Then it was back to the heat tool to dry off! Next I used the JustRite Sweet Lace background stamp with clear embossing powder. This encapsulated the teal ink. Finally I rubbed Black Soot Distress Ink all over. All that was left to do was to clean up over the original white circles. I layered up with black and white cardstock. I added interest with the new Spellbinders Borderabilities - A2 Bracket Borders Two at the base. My baker's twine and sentiment were my finishing touches.  The sentiment is also JustRite, from their Grand Birthday Sentiments set and was inked with the Evergreen Bough again.   Now for extreme close-up!


I meant to do a tutorial of this technique as I went along but I got too carried away and just crafted away!  I'll put this up the next time I have my stamps and inks out.  It takes a little patience but I think it's definitely worth it in the end.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:-

JustRite Challenge #113 - Backgrounds

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Fab'n'Funky #197 - Snowflakes

Good Morning Crafters,

We are back with a brand new challenge for you at Fab'n'Funky Challenges today and I am your host but first, we had a fantastic response to last week's "A Touch of Frost" challenge.  Thank you to everyone who entered their wonderful creations.

Now, without further ado let me introduce my chosen challenge for this week:-

Snowflakes

I'm sure this doesn't need any explanation and we can't wait to see what you all create.

Our lovely sponsor this week is StampArt Design by Kathryne


Prize: 5 Digis and A GDT spot 

The DT are so lucky to be able to work with images from StampArt Design by Kathryne.  I chose to use a bonus sentiment that comes with the Alannah image.  You can find it here.


I started with a piece of Coredinations cardstock and ran this through an embossing folder (sorry, I don't know the brand).  I used the Crafter's Companion Sand It Accessory Pack to sand the snowflakes.  I matted this onto red Coredinations cardstock and then onto a handmade cardblank.  

My main image was printed on Super Smooth paper and then coloured with ProMarkers in Apple Green, Lemon, Sleigh Bell, Ruby and Cocoa.  I cut it out with Spellbinders Labels Thirty One.  


I added some MCS glitter to the edges of the die cuts with a Quickie Glue Pen.  The snowflakes are a combination of Spellbinders and Crafter's Companion.  They were actually cut out with wax paper.  I finished off with a Creative Expressions pearl.

I really hope you can join us for our Snowflake challenge.  This will actually be my last challenge at Fab'n'Funky.  I'm really sad to leave and wish all my teamies the very best.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #196 - A Touch of Frost

Good morning,


We are back at Fab'n'Funky Challenges with a brand new challenge.  firstly, we would thank everyone for joining in with our Cute Critters challenge last week.  What a great selection of entries.  



Now, onto this week and we have Allie as our talented host.  Allie has chosen a great wintry theme for you


A Touch of Frost

We would like to see your cards showing frosty scenes with lots of sparkle or how about the frosting on a cake? 

Our  sponsor this week is the wonderful
Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet



The prize is $10 to spend on artists images feature here today
(Stitchy Stamps, Barbara Jensen, Reece's  Scrap Pieces)


I chose to use an image called Ice Princess which you can find here and this is my card.


I coloured my image with ProMarkers in Icicle, Frozen Lake, Capri Blue, Reef Blue and then glittered her hair with MCS glitter and a Quickie Glue Pen.  


I cut out my image with Spellbinders Labels A and mounted with foam pads.  I made the background using snowflake stamps from JustRite's Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments set.  These were embossed with white embossing powder.  The blue tiles were dry embossed with an Embossalicious folder and then cut with my Tonic guillotine.  I might add a sentiment but have left it blank for now.

I really hope you can join us to spread the frost at Fab'n'Funky this week.

Happy crafting, 
Rachel x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #195 - Cute Critters

Hello Crafters,

Well after the excitement of our birthday celebrations at Fab'n'Funky Challenges, we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who entered a card or project during the fortnight of Anything Goes.  We had a lot of fun checking out the entries.  The winners are all on the blog now so be our guest and take a peek!  

The show must go on as they say and we are back with another great challenge.  Ginny is our talented host and she has chosen a theme for all the animal lovers!

CUTE CRITTERS

We would like to see animals on your projects - the cuter the better!

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous:- 


Who are offering a fab prize of a $10 voucher to spend in 
The StampFairy shop


I've mixed it up a bit this week!  I haven't made a card but a hanger.  When I saw this super cute image called Monkeys Bananas 1 from StampFairy I just knew it would be perfect for my cousin's little boy.  My cousin would never be without her cuddly monkey when we were young so this totally fitted the bill for her son!


I started with my image and coloured him using ProMarkers in Summer Sun, Lemon, Primrose, Sand Dune, Cocoa, Cinnamon, March Hare and I dotted the Blender pen for texture.  I cut out my image using Spellbinders Labels One and also cut one of these in kraft card.  I used my guillotine to slice this in half and then punched two holes in each piece and four in my topper.  I threaded the baker's twine through the three sections and secured in place with Cosmic Shimmer glue.  The letters were cut out using Spellbinders Alphabet set and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The yellow card is Coredinations.  Finally, I added my stars which came from American Crafts.

Here is a close up of the cute little guy!


I really hope you can join us for our Cute Critters challenge this week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #194 - Birthday Challenge Reminder (Anything Goes)

Morning!

We are still celebrating turning 4 at Fab'n'Funky and the DT are back with more inspiration for our Anything Goes challenge.  If you haven't done so already, head on over to the Fab'n'Funky Challenges blog to see our brilliant sponsors and what the team have created for you this time.

The challenge this week continues to be about as easy as it can get!


Anything Goes

So play along! It may be you who will win one of the Prizes that we have on offer for you:

Our wonderful sponsors
and
Prizes




Hello! My name is Joanna Munster, owner/designer/illustrator of Inspired by Stamping. I started crafting 12 1/2 years ago when I started capturing my daughter’s special moments with scrapbooking. I quickly fell in love with all things crafty including cross stitch, crocheting, knitting, drawing, jewelry making but my love has always been towards the paper crafty industry. It is a place where I can lose myself in creating for hours. 
Three years ago, my hubby, myself and our three children moved from the United States to Australia. While waiting for my working visa, I started drawing and paper crafting full time with my blog. One of my dear friends suggested that I make a stamp set with one of my drawings and this is where Inspired by Stamping started.
We love every moment of working in this industry from the beautiful women and men that we meet daily, to the amazing and creative designs that we see when a friend uses an Inspired by Stamping set. 
You as our customer will ALWAYS be our top priority! If you have any questions or if something is not right, please let us know. We will get back to you ASAP! Our email is customerservice@inspiredbystamping.com


Prize is 3 digis of the winner's choice




Prize - 5 digis of the winners Choice
 - and a GDT spot at Fab'n'Funky Challenges


Prize is a class of the winner's choice

Prize is 3 digis of the winner's choice

Prize is 3 images of the winner's choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shop

For this reminder post I chose to use a Lili of the Valley image.  I have loads of their gorgeous stamps but I decided to try out one of the new Art Pads.  I chose a cute baby image from Art Pad 11 as my friend had a little boy on Tuesday.  Well, maybe not so little at 8lb 10oz!  Here is my card:  


I started with an 8" cardblank and embossed the front using Sue Wilson's Basket Weave folder.  I covered in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Orange Marmalade.  My topper, DCWV patterned paper and Coredinations were layered onto kraft card with my Perfect Layers tools.  I inked around the edge of the main topper with the same Distress Ink and then used a micron pen to draw the faux stitching.   


My sentiment banner was cut using Spellbinders Tags and Banners and I inked with is the Orange Marmalade DI too.  I attached this and the topper with foam pads.  My finishing touch was the wooden heart which came from American Crafts.

I really hope you can join in and party by linking up to Fab'n'Funky this week.  You have until 8pm (UK time) on Tuesday 26 November.  You've got to be in it to win it!

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #194 - Birthday Celebrations Week 2 (Anything Goes)

Hi Everyone,

It's Wednesday again already!  Where are these weeks going?!  We are still celebrating our 4th Birthday over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and we would love to see your creations this week.  Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge last week.  I think the Anything Goes is a popular choice with everyone!  The winners have been announced on the blog so head on over to see if you've been lucky.


The challenge this week is about as easy as it can get!


'Anything Goes'

So play along! We have an amazing array of prizes to be won and it could be you!

Our wonderful sponsors
and
Prizes




Our brand new sponsor! 
Hello! My name is Joanna Munster, owner/designer/illustrator of Inspired by Stamping. I started crafting 12 1/2 years ago when I started capturing my daughter’s special moments with scrapbooking. I quickly fell in love with all things crafty including cross stitch, crocheting, knitting, drawing, jewelry making but my love has always been towards the paper crafty industry. It is a place where I can lose myself in creating for hours. 
Three years ago, my hubby, myself and our three children moved from the United States to Australia. While waiting for my working visa, I started drawing and paper crafting full time with my blog. One of my dear friends suggested that I make a stamp set with one of my drawings and this is where Inspired by Stamping started.
We love every moment of working in this industry from the beautiful women and men that we meet daily, to the amazing and creative designs that we see when a friend uses an Inspired by Stamping set. 
You as our customer will ALWAYS be our top priority! If you have any questions or if something is not right, please let us know. We will get back to you ASAP! Our email is customerservice@inspiredbystamping.com


Prize is 3 digis of the winners choice from
The Doodle Pantry shop



Prize is a voucher to spend in store at
Lili of the Valley



Prize - 5 digis of the winners Choice from
Stampart Design by Kathryne
 - and a GDT spot at Fab'n'Funky Challenges


Prize is a class of the winner's choice


My Creative Classroom is an online arts and crafts learning center. Our interactive and in-depth courses are instructor led and filled with wonderful projects and techniques to help you get the most out of your supplies. Our Fall Semester  offers over 100 classes to choose from. We also offer Library classes which feature retired classes at 40-50% off their original price!  New this fall we are offering deals on bundled classes. 
Register for any class beginning in the month of November and you'll be automatically enrolled in the FREE class, Tag It!  It's our way of saying Thank You for your continued support.

Tag It!
We are excited to be sponsoring Fab'n'Funky Challenges. You can view our entire class list on our website at My Creative Classroom. You can also view classes on our Facebook Page too! One lucky winner will receive a free seat to a Workshop class of their choice.....Good Luck!

Prize is 3 digis of the winners choice from the Inky impressions Shop


Prize is 3 images of the winners choice from 
the Lacy Sunshine Shop


I have chosen to use Christmas Candle from StampArt Design by Kathryne as it was so festive.


I started with my image and coloured it in with ProMarkers in Forest Green, Leaf Green, Ruby, Lipstick Red, Yellow, Sunshine, Mustard, Ivory and Cool Grey 3.  I used a Tonic Die to cut out the circle shape.  Using the super sticky red liner tape I went around the back of the die cut and then attached some seam binding in a pleated pattern.  To get the perfect colour match, I coloured this ribbon using the Ruby ProMaker.  The red glitter dots were added using Stickles glitter glue.  I had originally only planned to do three on each side but as you can see I didn't stop there!


My decorative paper came from a paper pad by Creata and I added a tiny layer to make it pop by colouring the edge of a piece of white card using the Leaf Green ProMarker.  The embossed background was made using one of the Christmas Embossalicious folders.  My card blank is 6" in size.

I really hope you'll be able to join our party and link up your creation this week.  We look forward to seeing you at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #193 Reminder - It's Our Birthday (Anything Goes)

Hi All,

We are back at Fab'n'Funky Challenges with our mid-way reminder for our Anything Goes challenge to celebrate turning 4 years old.  What a fantastic response so far and thank you to everyone who has linked up and/or left us a comment.  We feel very blessed.

Now for a quick reminder of the brilliant sponsors this week


Prize - 5 digis of the winers Choice - and a GDT spot at Fab'n'Funky Challenges


The first South African online digital image store was launched in 2010  Digistamps4Joy (or DS4J)http://www.digistamps4joy.co.za/eshop/ .  In February 2012, Margy Kieser took over ownership of DS4J, and there are now two South African artists who contribute to the more than 500 images available. Margy has taken the store to new heights and the store now stocks digis that are cute, whimsical, artistic, sometimes serious, and sometimes humorous. The store has PAYPAL and EFT (South African) facilities.  Digistamps4Joy offers a monthly freebie on the first Friday of every month, and holds regular bi-weekly card challenges on our blog (http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com )that draw entries from many international card makers. Feel free to join us in our challenges!
- the prize is 5 images of the winners choice from DS4J shop


Prize is 3 images of the winners choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shop

Inky Impressions 

prize is 3 digis of the winners choice

The fabulous Flonzcraft
Flonzcraft
prize - $20 voucher to spend in store - with free shipping!


I used a Digistamps for Joy (DS4J) image this time round called Welcome Home which I think is so pretty.



I made a kraft cardblank using Spellbinders Grand Labels One and then embossed some Tim Holtz Coredinations cardstock with the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder Twisted Hearts.  I sanded this back to reveal the core.  My ribbon is from The Ribbon Kings.  



I coloured my image with ProMarkers in Marsh Green, Apple Cider, Dusky Rose, Budding Rose, Pale Pink, Cinnamon, Satin and Walnut.  I used the Scalloped Labels One from Spellbinders to cut it out and then inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Bundled Sage.  I layered the image with kraft card and coredinations.  My die cut words are from the Tattered Lace Sentimentals range.  To finish I added three pearls to the top left corner.

Hope to see you at the Fab'n'Funky Anything Goes party!  

Happy crafting, 
Rachel x

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #193 - It's Our Birthday (Anything Goes)

Hi Everyone,

It's our Birthday and we are celebrating in style.  We hope you'll join us as we have fantastic challenges and wonderful sponsors who are offering a plethora of prizes!

We are delighted to be celebrating our 4th birthday with week one of our fabulous fortnight of challenges so join in the fun for the chance of winning one of the prizes from our fabulous sponsors.

The challenge this week is an easy one it's 

Anything Goes

So this should be really easy for you to complete a project / card and enter our Challenge.  Maybe you will win one of the prizes that we have on offer for you:


Prize - 5 digis of the winers Choice - and a GDT spot at Fab'n'Funky Challenges



The first South African online digital image store was launched in 2010  Digistamps4Joy (or DS4J) .  In February 2012, Margy Kieser took over ownership of DS4J, and there are now two South African artists who contribute to the more than 500 images available. Margy has taken the store to new heights and the store now stocks digis that are cute, whimsical, artistic, sometimes serious, and sometimes humorous. The store has PAYPAL and EFT (South African) facilities.  Digistamps4Joy offers a monthly freebie on the first Friday of every month, and holds regular bi-weekly card challenges on our blog (http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com) that draw entries from many international card makers. Feel free to join us in our challenges!
Prize - 5 images of the winners choice from DS4J shop


Prize is 3 images of the winners choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shop

Inky Impressions 

Prize - 3 digis of the winners choice

The fabulous Flonzcraft
Flonzcraft
Prize - $20 voucher to spend in store - with free shipping!


So after all those goodies to be won, here is my card for inspiration and I really hope you like it.  I used a Flonzcraft stamp Perfect Peacock.


My image was stamped using Versamark onto white card and then heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder.  I cut out my image using Spellbinders A2 Filagree Delight, layering up the main oval for dimension.  The edges were inked using a Cyan ProMarker.  I also used the pen to colour my seam binding, drying it on the radiator!  My base card is made from Create and Craft cardstock which I really love and was also on sale.  I achieved the gatefold design using my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro.  Super easy as the score lines are already marked on the board.  


I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4" by 5" which is just a little bigger than the topper.  I used a JustRite sentiment stamp from their Grand Birthday Sentiments set.  This was embossed in the same gold powder.  I also edged this piece of card with the Cyan ProMarker to match the topper.

I really hope you can link up with us this week to celebrate our birthday and you have until 19 November to show us your talents.  We'll be back on Saturday with more inspiration from our wonderful sponsors.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x