Thursday, March 17, 2016

Birthday Turtle Card

Happy St Patrick's Day people!

Today, I have a cute birthday card for you. This was made using the birthday turtle cutting file available from here at Paper Crafting World.

 I cut all the pieces of the file using Design Space and my Cricut Explore. I stamped a tiny dots stamp from Kaisercraft on the pink balloon and the hat and embossed the other balloons using the Cuttlebug.  I edged the green parts of the turtle using peeled paint distress ink to add some depth to the shapes.

The stamp is from a CTMH set called Birthday Wish (C1624) which I stamped in black then cut out and attached it with foam dots.

Do check out the current challenge for this month and join in for a chance to win some fabulous files from PCW. The optional twist this month is to use green and/or gold.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Irish Flourish from PCW

Hello all! Here is another lovely design from Paper Crafting World.

Today's contribution to the team blog is my card made using the Irish Flourish cutting file available from here. This is a great file as you can use the border as a page decoration or the flourish on its own. I have chosen to use the flourish on its own as the centrepiece for this card.

First, I imported the svg of the flourish into SCAL4 (Sure Cuts a Lot v4) and created two shadow layers, one slightly bigger than the other, giving me a total of three layers for the flourish. I then imported the three layers into Design Space so I could cut it with my Cricut Explore. I had planned to use a single colour for the card, but I decided to try it with white daisy and colonial white cardstock from Close to My Heart.

I cut an oval shaped card from Colonial White cardstock, then another oval the same size to attach to the front of the card so you cannot see the fold line at the top. I embossed the oval for the front of the card using my trusty Swiss Dots embossing folder and my Cuttlebug. I then layered the three flourish cuts, adding a small knot tied ribbon before adding the top layer of the flourish with foam pads to add some more dimension. As a finishing touch, I added some pearls and a sentiment to the top layer.

I hope this gives you all some ideas for using this particular cutting file!

Please pop over and join in our challenge for this month. The optional twist is to use green and/or gold!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Stamping fun!

Today is a bit on the hot side - around 30 degrees C so I spent a bit of time in front of the fan doing some stamping. I had bought a stamp set from Close to my Heart called Brushstrokes (C1608) and I wanted to do some experimenting with it. The three cards below are the result of my experiments!

For this card, I chose five different inks to stamp the brushstroke - Chocolate, Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush and Honey. The sentiment is from D1653 Happy Everything (CTMH) and was stamped using Chocolate.

The top layer of the card is attached to a dark brown layer to provide some contrast. 

For this card, I used Indian Carn Blue and Sapphire ink to stamp the background - the contrast does not show up so well in the photo, unfortunately.

The sentiments are from D1653, Happy Everything (CTMH).

The background layer on the front of this card was stamped using Whisper, Pixie and Glacier in a random pattern all over the card.

The flowers were stamped using Pixie and Pear.

Stamp sets used were: C1608 - Brushstrokes; C1612 - Shower Flowers; M1123 - Feel Better, and A1170 - Doodled Designs.

The following supplies I used are still available at my Close to my Heart Shop (click on the CTMH link on the sidebar!):
Exclusive Ink Pads: Sapphire, Whisper, Pixie, Glacier, Pear, Chocolate, Desert Sand, Goldrush, Honey.
Stamp sets: C1608 Brushstrokes; C1612 Shower Flowers; M1123 Feel Better; A1170 Doodled Designs.