Monday, 18 November 2019

Vera Lane Studio: The Kiss


Hello!
Happy Monday!

For my DT day at Vera Lane Studio today I have made a card with The Kiss, a digital set that was released last week.


I decided to make my card into a holiday card by adding some mistletoe from the Season's Greetings digital set. The images were coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut. 
The background is brayered Distress Oxides (Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Fired Brick). Text is stamped on either side in Fired Brick and some mesh was stamped in Hickory Smoke. White, chalk paint was applied through a stencil and white paint was splattered one the entire background with a fan brush. The edges of the background were inked in black.
Some torn washi tape grounds the kissing couple who are popped on foam dots for dimension. The mistletoe, too, has foam pads beneath it. 
The sentiment was cut into strips, inked in black and glued directly onto the background. A doodled border was drawn around the card edges.


     The Kiss                         Season's Greetings
  
I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

We Love 2 Create #11 AG 25/11
Crafty Friends #123 Christmas 28/11
Cassic DT Challenge #11 28/11
Get Creative #86 AG/Holidays 30/11
Dragonfly Dreams Christmas/Winter 30/11
Scrappers Delights Nov AG 06/12
World Wide Open DT #11 12/12



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Artsystamper: Give Thanks

Hello! 
Happy Monday!


Today sees the start of a new challenge at the new Artsystamper Challenge Blog. Each challenge runs for two weeks and starts on the first and third Monday of the month. 
The theme for this challenge is Give Thanks
I hope that you can find time to join in the fun!

The winner will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop. Beverly Cole’s selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards. Why not take a moment and check out what she has in store!

I used the beautiful Sketched Spring Blossoms Digital Stamp Set for my two cards.

The first card is perhaps a more elegant design with matted layers, lace and ribbon.



The background is made by brayering Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides onto 300 gsm smooth card, making the edges darker than the centre. To tone the pink down a little I added a small amount of Victorian Velvet around the edges. I watered down some white chalk paint and spattered them onto the backgrounds with a fan brush. I then added some script stamping along the side edges and inked all the edges in black archival ink.
The next part was a learning curve! I wanted to add some modelling paste through a stencil, but I wanted the paste to stay white, rather than pick up the inks. I applied Distress Glaze, then added the paste using a stencil. What I learned was that the paste does not stick permanently to the card - as it dried, and as I turned the card over, it began to fall off - it may be because I didn't wait long enough for the Glaze to dry or, it may be that the Glaze isn't the right surface for paste to stick to - the chemistry is all too much for me!
The beautiful blossom spray was coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut. I added a strip of ivory lace across the bottom portion of the background, then popped the blossoms on foam pads and adhered it to the background. I added a pink bow to the base of the blossom branch.
The sentiment was typed, printed, then die cut with a banner die; the fish tail was shortened to make it into a rectangle. The sentiment was also popped on foam pads.
The final stage was to mat the background, first onto black card and then onto pink card. All was adhered to a 6 x 6 inch white card.



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My second card uses the same colours and background techniques, but is more modern or artsy.



The background was made in exactly the same way as above. The Copic coloured blossom was added to the centre on foam pads, with the sentiment, placed on foam pads, below. Three sequins add a little sparkle.


Sketched Spring Blossoms Digital Stamp Set


That's all for today! 
I hope you will hop on over to Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog and enter! You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts Design Team ... so much fun.

I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by today!



I'd like to support the following challenges:

Card 1
Crafty Creations #402 AG 26/11
Fusion Card Challenge Thankful 26/11
613 Avenue Create #227 AG 29/11
Dream Valley #214 Favourite Colour Combo 30/11
Corrosive Challenges #11 AG 30/11
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #118 AG 30/11
Crafters Castle #23 AG 30/11
Dare 2 B Artzy Nov Thankful 30/11
Path of Positivity #74 Thankfulness 01/12
Jan's Digistamps Challenges #2 AG 01/12
Brown Sugar #295 AG 02/12

Card 2
Crafty Catz #483 AG 21/11
Cardz TV #102 AG 21/11
Always Fun #137 Thanks 23/11
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1946 AG 24/11
Crafty Cardmakers #245 Thankful 24/11
Crafting with an Attitude #57 AG 24/11
Aud Sentiments #240 Thank You Sentiment 25/11
Crafting by Designs AG 27/11
Crafty Calendar Cute & Girly 28/11
Creative Fingers #175 AG 29/11



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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Believe in the Magic


Hello!

Today I have a fairy card to share.
I made this card a while ago, but didn't get around to writing a blog post. So, today remedies that! 


The fairy is a Lavinia stamp and the background and sentiment stamps are from Inkylicious.
The background is Distress Oxides along with silver and gold  Brilliance inks applied to the XL Splatter stamp from Inkylicious. The fairy is Freya and she is sprinkling fairy dust. She is heat embossed, along with the Believe in the Magic sentiment. Some Stickles Crystal glitter was applied in dots around the splatter marks and three clear sequins were added to the background. The edges of the card background are framed with silver ink.

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Dream Valley #213 All the Glitters 16/11
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1945 AG 17/11
Crafty Sentiments AG 17/11
Lavinia World Challenges #13 AG 18/11
Addicted to Stamps #367 Make Your Mark 19/11
Fab 'n Funky #457 Add Some Sparkle 19/11
Crafty Creations #402 AG 25/11


I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 



Monday, 11 November 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Wish and Dream Fairies


Hello!

Happy Monday!

Today for my Vera Lane Studio DT posts I have 2 cards, one featuring the Wish Fairy and one featuring the Dream Fairy.

Here is the Wish Fairy:



and here is Dream Fairy:



Both cards were made using the same background technique.
I took a piece of 300gsm white card, measuring 13.5 x 13.5 cm, for each background. I used a mixed media plate (circle 10cm) and brayered Distress Oxide ink over its surface. I then added some diluted brusho splatters and lightly spritzed over the plate with water. The plate was then turned over and stamped into the centre of the card and left in place for a minute or so, so that the inks could absorb into the card. The edges of the card were then inked with Distress oxides and water droplets added to bleach out some colour. I doodled around the circle edge and the outside edge of the background.
Inside the circle, I stamped some text in Hickory Smoke DO, using scrap paper to mask off the edge of the circle. Using a torn strip of paper I inked a mound of earth for the fairies to stand upon.
The fairies were coloured with Copic markers and Stickles Diamond glitter was added to their wings. Some dots of glitter were also added to the background. The fairies were popped on foam tape and adhered to the circles.


Wish Fairy's background has Twisted Citron DO and splatters of purple liquid Brusho. Stamping is in Hickory Smoke DO and grounding in Peeled Paint, shadow with Hickory Smoke and Faded Jeans DO. Edges of the card have blended Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke DO with water splatters.



Dream Fairy's background has Peacock Feathers DO and splatters of orange liquid Brusho. Text stamping is in Hickory Smoke DO and grounding in Peeled Paint, shadow with Hickory Smoke and Faded Jeans DO. Edges of the card have blended Peacock Feathers and Hickory Smoke DO with water splatters.

Wish Fairy                    Dream Fairy
   

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Green & Purple Wish Fairy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #117 AG 16/11
Crazy4Challenges #C4C510 Texture 16/11
Glitter spots and Fairy popped on pads
The Paper Girls #187 Mixed Up Manufacturers 18/11
Image from Vera Lane Studio; Distress Inks from Ranger; Text Stamp from Inkylicious
A Gem Of A Challenge #22 AG 19/11
Cardz TV #102 AG 21/11
Crafting With An Attitude #57 AG 24/11
Paper Funday #11 AG 01/12

Blue & Orange Dream Fairy
Creative Fingers #174 AG 15/11
Sweet Stampin Make own Background 15/11
Dream Valley #213 All that Glitters 16/11
Jan's Digi Stamps 1 AG 17/11
Polkadoodle #45 AG 18/11
Crafting by Designs Nov AG 27/11
613 Avenue Create #227 AG 30/11



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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Lost Coast Designs: Dias De Los Muertos


Hello!

It's no secret that I am fascinated with the Dias De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration. 

It is a time for honouring family members who have passed away and asking them for guidance. A time to remember those who have died, and for personally reflecting on life and death. We tend to do this in private, but to do it openly and to actually celebrate a time when the dead are believed to return for a short time, and to welcome them with photos, candles, flowers and special food is just something else, I think!

I made a card for Lost Coast's 'Dia De Los Muertos' Challenge:

  

The stamp I used is Day of the Dead Angel from Lost Coast Designs. I printed her onto white smooth card and coloured her with Copic markers. I added lots of white Posca pen dots and fussy cut her.
The background is Distress Oxide smooshing. I used Stormy Sky and Victorian Velvet. I splattered water and white paint over the oxides. I used one of the stamps from the Fish and Heart Set to stamp around the edges and inked the edges in black.
The Angel was popped onto the background on foam pads and some small paper flowers glued around her feet. To finish I matted the background onto black and purple card.


I know this is not a celebration that everyone enjoys, so thank you for looking!


Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Pammies Inky Pinkies #1944 AG 10/11
Addicted To Stamps #366 AG 12/11
Crafty Friends #122 AG 15/11 (3)
Lost Coast Portal #87 Dias De Los Muertos 15/11

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Monday, 4 November 2019

Vera Lane Studio: What the Fluff?


Hello!

Happy Monday!

Well, good grief, we are in November already. On Saturday some neighbours had fireworks parties. To be honest it sounded as though explosives were being rained down from the sky, and true to form, Sunday was a foggy start. Cold. Damp. Dark. Autumn has passed it's best where I live. Looking forward to cold, dry and crisp mornings.

It is my DT day at Vera Lane Studio, so I have a card which sums up how I usually feel at the beginning of December. I always plan to be ahead of schedule and organised for Christmas season, but it always creeps up on me. Maybe this year will be different ...

I used today's new digi set release called What The Fluff:


The tomboy image comes without a hat and has two hats to dress her in - a Christmas hat and a Derby hat (which I think is similar to a bowler hat). I coloured her in traditional Christmas colours using Copic markers. I added Stickles to her fur trim and eye lids. 
The background is brayered Distress Oxides in Hickory Smoke and Peeled Paint. I added some white paint splatters and some Hickory Smoke 'December' stamping around the edges. I needed to emphasise the edges more, so I stamped the doodle border from stamp #210 from AAll & Create in black. The background edges are also inked in black. Black and white torn washi tape grounds my girl and tiny torn pieces were added along the edges. The sentiment was cut into strips , inked and adhered to the background under the stamped 'December'. 



What The Fluff?


I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Pammies Inky Pinkies #1944 AG 10/11
A Bit More Time to Craft #103 AG 13/11 (2)
Crafty Friends #122 AG 15/11 (2)
Creative Fingers #174 AG 16/11 (2)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #117 AG 16/11 (2)
Happy Little Stampers Christmas 29/11
Corrosive Challenges #11 AG 30/11 (1)
Dragonfly Dreams Christmas/Winter 30/11(1)
Love to Scrap #127 AG 30/11 (1)



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ArtsyStamper: Monochrome Autumn


Hello! 
Happy Monday!


Today sees the start of a new challenge at the new Artsystamper Challenge Blog. Each challenge runs for two weeks and starts on the first and third Monday of the month. 
The theme for this challenge is Monochrome
I hope that you can find time to join in the fun!

The winner will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop. Beverly Cole’s selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards. Why not take a moment and check out what she has in store!

I used the beautiful Autumn Gifts Digital Stamp Set for my card. I used the pre-coloured images and made my own background.



The background card is 14 x14 cm. I scored at 2cm intervals on both sides of the card, then lightly swiped the flat pad of Distress Oxide inks in the same direction as the score lines. I used Antique Linen, Spiced Pumpkin, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw. When I was happy with the inking, I let it dry and lightly brayered white chalky paint over the inks - this toned the inks down and added more texture. The result looks like shabby, painted, wooden slats. I learned this technique from the lovely Tracy Evans. I decided the run the background edges through a VersaMark ink pad and heat embossed the edges with copper embossing powder.
I fussy cut the pumpkins and leaves, inked the edges with Vintage Photo and curled and rolled the edges of the leaves to add dimension. I heat embossed three leaves with fine copper EP.



I added some black texture ribbon, some twine ribbon and gold glitter tape across the lower portion of the background. The pumpkins were popped onto the background on foam tape and the leaves arranged at the base. I added two 'falling' leaves.
The sentiment is from the same set. I inked it with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and popped it on foam tape.



Autumn Gifts Stamp Set


That's all for today! 
I hope you will hop on over to Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog and enter! You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts Design Team ... so much fun.

I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by today!



I'd like to support the following challenges:

INTAAS #70 Celebrate Autumn 10/11
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1944 AG 10/11
A Bit More Time to Craft #103 AG 13/11
Crafty Friends #122 AG 15/11
Creative Fingers #174 AG 16/11
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #117 AG 16/11
Dream Valley #213 All That Glitters 16/11
Jans Digi Stamps Challenges #1 AG 17/11
We Love 2 Create #11 AG Mixed Media 30/11
Love To Craft #40 AG 30//11



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