Posts tagged ‘fresh cut florals’

More Stamping Contrasts- Die Cutting


I promise you’ll have a break from me for a day or two! Just needed to post the last Stamping Contrast from Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog. The lovely Julia Altermann who is a real fun and talented teamie produced a gorgeous misted,layered and embossed creation here.

We were playing around with the Fresh Cut Florals set and matching dies 

I always like to try and do things differently- this one was a labour of love. Over 40 little leaf diecuts. I saw the leaves and immediately thought they’d be wonderful petals. 

I drew a circle onto some card and starting with the darker colours stamped each of the matching die cut pieces with ink and the matching lead vein too.

Amazing how by using non leaf colours, it’s hard to tell they were originally leaves! After bending each petal and sticking them around the pencilled circle, I added the previous layer’s colour as the colour for the next vein and just gradually added each layer of leaves. 

Once filled in I added a flower as the centre and then traced around the edges of the petals and cut out leaving a straight central piece.

I die cut the ‘happy’ twice, mimicking the flower stem as one was cut in green and used as a shadow. I then mounted it on an acetate tent base and added washi tape to accent the edges.

By using grey ( it’s even a Christmas tree tape, but you’d never know) it doesn’t detract from the flower but still gives the edges a little grounding.    

Finish with a green swirly dashed line to add movement and it’s done!

I loved this challenge – and it seems lots of the blog readers have too. If you’ve been inspired by any of the contrasts, there’s a linky and there’s even a chance of a small prize too!

Better let you enjoy your weekend!

See you next week.. xx

April 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm 7 comments

Dazzling Divas #66

Hi! Wednesday means challenge day. It’s a case of creating using the mood board. My eyes were drawn to the wellies and the watering can and here’s what I came up with

I’ve simply drawn a watering can shape, cut it out of Brushed Copper 

It’s easy to add dimension- I just used an embossing tool to push out and mark. I added 3D foam pads underneath to keep the dimension. 

I’ve used the WPlus9 set Fresh Cut Florals

A simple and restful card! 

Do join in here and win some of these gorgeous sheets. Just post a project using the mood board to create a card ( or something else!!)

Will see you tomorrow with an unusual card !

Keren xx

March 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm 9 comments

Clustering & Wendy Vecchi technique


Hey! Good morning!

You may get 2 notifications for this post- just me and WordPress having a little debate over when a post should be published 😉

This card is another clustered affair- tying in with WPlus 9’s Birthday celebrations. They’ve a Birthday challenge focussing on adding dimension here. They are celebrating 4 years and you’ve until tonight to get a card in. As it’s a random choice for the winner- you lose nothing by entering. I love the clustered look for adding dimension without clutter. The sets I’ve used are ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ and ‘Fresh Cut Florals’ from WPlus9. I thought the Cupid needed more fancy wings and have used the tiny flowers as the movement creating sequin flower drift. I’ve broken out my Stazon Gold inkpad which is just gorgeous. Rather love the little elements of gold.

I wanted to use the technique demoed by Wendy Vecchi at CHA US 2104 here– which is a brilliant technique using ink refills and alcohol inks. I didn’t use refills- simply smeared my inkpads over a craft mat and mixed them with isopropyl alcohol. Word to wise though- your choice of cardstock is pretty critical. She used the Ranger cardstock which has a coating. I don’t have any of that. I tried out a few cardstocks and none of them worked- until I tried some glossy cardstock which worked a treat. Ignore the dodgy smear at the bottom- the technique needs more practising by me!! Wendy demoed with a few colours whereas I’ve only really stuck with one. It’s well worth having a go- the result is really lovely.



Here’s a closeup -you can see the clustering and background effect. You’re going to see a lot more technique based projects over the coming months as I delve into paint effects and the next one I’m going to be exploring is using alcohol and paint. I’ve some beautiful Paper Artsy acrylic paints to experiment with- so watch this space!

I’d better leave now- apologies again for those of you who get two email notifcations. You’ll forgive me? Right?!


February 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm 4 comments

In a Rut & DIY Lightboxes!

Not the usually staged photo.
I’ve been busy creating a light box. I’d seen something similar around on the internet and then Katy Godbeer made one in the recent Creativity magazine and I thought I’d finally have a go.
I used a Tassimo box as it was white inside already so saved me having to paint it. Here’s the stages-



You just use vellum or parchment paper inside each cut out section.
I need better lights- a stronger watt bulb and then it might be a clearer purer white.
It’s great though for when I’ve got to do photos at night time.
This card has gotten me out of a rut. Do you ever just feel you’re in a ‘meh’ designing phase?
I’ve been there for a couple of weeks- and whilst I’m not definitely out- this card was not such a struggle to put together.
I had seen this piece of art on Pinterest.
Wood is a big trend noticed at the CHA event and I really was inspired by this pin. I’ve used some W plus 9 stamps ( Fresh Cut Florals) and some papers from Cut and Paste ( Amy T/ American crafts) and also some from Sew lovely and the butterfly is from Madame Peyraud (Papermania).
I’m entering this for the Simon Says Stamp ‘Anything Goes’ challenge

Well I’m afraid I’ve nothing funny to tell you. You would have found my contortions in trying to get a photo from the light box amusing. As you would have found everyone in the house stepping over me on the way into the kitchen.
Ah well. I’m used to being in the way!!

See you after I’ve purchased some higher wattage. Maybe it’ll make me shine more brightly if I could get some extra watts for me too!!


January 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm 5 comments

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