Friday, April 17, 2015

Baby Elephant


Hello Friends

I hope you all had  a good week :)  I just got back from Scotland two days ago and I am still pretty jet lagged! I loved being home and the weather was just perfect. I got out and about quite a bit but more about that later.

  I was crafting last night but I did not get around to finishing anything off. So I wanted to share a card that I was asked to make a few weeks ago that I have not got around to posting yet. This card was for a wee boy who just had his first birthday. How cute is this wee elephant?? I love it so much this is Unity stamp called Sweet Elle.  The balloons were made with another stamp from Fiskars called Birthday Bash.

I stamped the elephant and water coloured it then cut it out. Next I stamped the balloons on to some coloured card and fussy cut them too. I then attached the balloons to the elephant with some coloured twine. I used foam squares to adhere it to my card to give it some dimension. Then I made a banner with the same card stock and adhered it to the top of my card. I then stamped the sentiment then sprinkled some sequin stars around. I finished the card off by mounting it on to the same two card colours then a white card base.

I hope you like my card I really like the muted colours I used. Usually all of my baby cards are done in pastels so this make a nice wee change.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today

Mandi xox

PS I did not forget my wee give away! I brought back some craft goodies from Scotland. I will do a blog post on it next week some time and share some of my photos from home. I need to unpack everything first :)  So stop back then to be in with a chance of winning.

Challenges
Friends With Flair
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Middle  Balloon

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stars Tag


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I am still playing with my Brusho paints ha! I love them so much I went back to the craft store today and bought some more colours. They are highly pigmented powdered paint that come in little pots. I made this tag using the Ultramarine colour it is a lovely cobolt blue with hints of purple through it. I applied the powder to the damp tag and it creates this lovely organic pattern all on it's own.   Once it was dry I stamped my owl and sentiment which is from the What Lies Within  stamp kit with VersaMark ink. Then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then got out my wee star punch and punched out some stars. I added it to a glitter background just to give it a different finish. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 April

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I wanted to take part in the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 but have not yet had a chance to do so. Last month I had everything that was required to make the tag and just ran out of time. So today I got a head start on the April Tag. I love the tag he made this month the kraft tag and distressed flowers. This is my version I hope you like it. I had to improvise since I don't have most of the things he used this month.


I used my Unity Bloom & Simplify stamp set on this tag. This stamp set comes with three stamps and I used all of them on this tag.  I stamped the flowers and painted them with Worn Lipstick distress ink. I painted two sets and added the other flower on top to give some dimension.  I painted the stems and leaves with Mowed Lawn ink. The background was created using a water mister and this lovely turquoise colour which is Peacock Feathers. I stamped the simplify word at the bottom of the tag and added the learn to which is  from the Tim Holtz Papillion Stamp Set.

I used the script stamp on the kraft tag then distressed it with Walnut Stain ink.  I don't have access to a sewing machine yet so I just attached my flowers to the tag with foam squares it gives it even more dimension and a lovely look to it. To finish I tied my ribbon that was dyed with Worn Lipstick distress ink and added a couple of rhinestones.

I love the way it turned out!! I need to make time to play more with this challenge I LOVE to get messy with my distress inks.They are my favourite way to colour my craft projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Challenges
Virginia's View Ch14 Dimension
Craft Stamper April Colour

Monday, April 6, 2015

Little Fighter


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I bought my latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine today and it came with this lovely flourish stamp that I used on the bottom of my card. The other stamp is one of new favourite Unity Stamps thay I have not yet used I thought it would go well with the flourish stamp. It is from the Another Reason To Say Thank You stamp set.

 I stamped everything with VersaMark ink on to some teal card and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I punched some little butterflies and glued them on. Finally I distressed the edges and mounted it to a white card base. I really like the way it turned out I hope you like it too :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Mandi xox

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dragonflies & Stars



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I am back with another Brusho paint card. I have been playing around with these paints now for a couple of days now and I love love love the effects you get with them.  I used the purple and turquoise colours on this card and some white embossing powder.

I used the What lies within KOM 11/14. This stamp set has this lovely fairy and sentiment in it. I have not got a chance to use it yet. So today was the first time I got to ink her up. 

 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. 


Mandi xox

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reason To Say Thank You


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Greetings from Scotland :) It's lovely being home the weather is so mild compared to New York I love it!!   I visited a craft shop not far from my Mum's house called Craft World! I was like a kid in a sweetie shop.  I saw lots of new things I wanted to buy. I managed to resist though and only bought a few things. I have wanted to try Brusho paints for so long now and I saw them in the shop so I grabbed a few to try. 

If you are not aware of Brusho they are powdered paints that are highly pigmented. I sprinkled some on to wet paper and just dried and sprayed until I was happy with the out come. It is almost like marble when it is dry and you never get the same pattern twice. It really is a great medium to work with. They are very easy to work with I really love the look you get with them. You can find out more about them here.

I heat embossed the flower from the Bloom & Simplify stamp kit with white embossing powder. Once it was dry I defined the colour a little more with the paint of the petals then used my white paint pen to highlight. The sentiment is from the Another Reason To Say Thank You stamp kit.   The paint colour of the Brusho I used on my card is called Sea Green.

I love the way my card turned out I hope you like it too :)  I really like the look of Brusho paints they leave such a unique background on your paper.  

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Friday, March 20, 2015

She Flies


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Happy Friday :)   I was feeling a bit emotional last night so I wanted to make something. I love to craft my emotions it really is my therapy. I always feel better after I make something. I wanted to make a tag that represented right where I am at in my life ready to take dive into the unknown. It is scary and it takes a lot of faith to do that but I am so ready for a change.

 This stamp is called She Leaped how appropriate right?? I heat embossed it with white embossing powder then I used my water colour paints to colour it.  The sentiment is from another stamp set called With Her Own Wings. Once it was dry I added some coloured sewing floss and some tiny punched butterflies to embellish.

 My husband and I leave for Scotland on Monday. I have a job interview and It will also be great to spend time with my family. I never get to go home around this time of year so it will be really nice to spend Easter at home. It is my husbands last day at his job today too. He has been offered job in Maine so you can see we have some big decisions to make in the next few weeks. So if you are the praying kind please keep us in your prayers. What ever happens it is our time to to FLY we just don't know where to :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

PS I may do a wee craft/souvenir giveaway from Scotland. Let me know if that would be something you might like :)


Challenges
Simon Says Stamp Wed
Friends With Flair