Saturday, May 19, 2018

Veels Geluk dimensions

This card was made for a friend of my mother's.  "Veels Geluk" means congratulations in Afrikaans.

The letters were die-cut three times with white and the top layer with design paper and then all glued and stacked. I added glossy accents on top of the letters to give them even more dimension. They almost don't look like paper!


The flowers were stamped in the round around the edge and I did it twice to have a duplicate set which was cut out and popped on for dimension.

The florals are from Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month January 2014


Love & Blessings
Riette

Nested die-cuts window

In a previous post I posted a card I made using nested die-cuts. Here is another card I made with some of the other colors that I had cut at the same time.

I made  window card and used the nested die-cuts over the acetate of the window.



The back of the glued die-cuts doesn't show the liquid glue because it dries clear.


The sentiment is from GinaK designs "Whimsical Wishes" (retired set).

Bad-ass every day

I've been making quite a few cards over the past few weeks but haven't had time to upload them yet so I'm starting to add these in no particular order.

This card was made with Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month June 2013 floral image and the sentiment is an itty-bitty "Badass Every Day".  This was the very first time I've used this stamp and even still had to peel off the protective backing.


I don't like coloring so the flowers were colored by scratching Gilettos onto the craft mat, adding water and then with minimum color on a brush I colored the images. This is not on watercolor paper but normal mid-weight cardstock.

I was trying a different technique that didn't work out but because I had two identical sets of the image I cut out the second set and added it as a dimensional layer to the bottom. I love how this turned out.

Playing along with:
http://craftingwithanattitude.blogspot.co.za/2018/05/challenge-39.html
http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.co.za/2018/05/challenge-143.html
https://moo-mania.blogspot.co.za/2018/05/even-more-flowers-noch-mehr-blumen.html
https://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.za/2018/05/wk-20-anything-goes-polkadoodles.html
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/challenge-57.html


Love & Blessings
Riette

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Wonderful wishes

I've been extremely inspired by Jennifer McGuire's blog videos and have a very, very long list of techniques I want to try.  I have been using my Cuttlebug for die-cutting a LOT more lately :D




It's great to get back into the swing of things.

I used the new Viva La Verve sketch for May 2018 as inspiration.

Love & Blessings
Riette

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Birthday Spinner

I've been wanting to do a spinner card for ever, and my son has been nudging me on as well. So I finally bit the bullet and got my spin on.

I printed this image twice, one flipped horizontally in a mirror image, from Mo's Digital Pencil "Superkid".  The thread runs between the two images and is simply adhered to the back of the front panel from which I cut the circle. I did cover the inside of that panel with a matching white cardstock with same circle to cover the thread.


My son was thrilled :)

The sentiment stamp is an old one from Papertrey Ink.

For inspiration on spinner cards with a twist, watch https://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2017/09/spin.html 

Playing with:
http://intaas.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/ch32-interactive.html



Love & Blessings
Riette

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Take the leap (wobble card)

I was watching some card making videos lately that used "action wobblers".  It gave me an idea of making my own version.  I used a Mo Manning image from Five Little Faires and printed my own sentiment.  To make the wobbler, I took two thin strips of paper and folded them criss-cross. We used to do this in school sometimes when we were bored!


The below side view takes a peek underneath.  So if you tap her she gives a wobble! I should have made the wobble tower taller but will do that next time!!!!


Playing with:


Love & Blessing
Riette

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy is a word

As per my previous post I've finally dusted off my very old alphabet die-set and started playing around with it. I've been quite happy with how things have been turning out!



The floral stamp is an old one from Joanna Sheen.  I die-cut two sets of the letters and glued them together for dimension and coloured them silver with a marker as well. To make it stand out more, I shaded a strip behind it with Antique Linen distress ink.  The flowers were all coloured with Spectrum Noir markers.

Playing with:
https://www.mycreativescoop.com/color-inspiration-monthly-link-up-33
http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/challenge-68-no-pattern-paper-winners.html
http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/cmc103-spring.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/no-april-fools-here-its-our-50th.html

Love & Blessings
Riette



Joy Birthday Wishes

I have been so inspired by the work of Jennifer Mcguire and I just had to try one of her techniques using alphabet dies.  I used my Spellbinders alphabet die-set, emboss resisted the background and an old GinaK sentiment stamp.


Here's Jennifer's blogpost:  https://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2017/05/3-ways-alphabet-word-dies.html that shows so very well how to do this.   I think more alphabet dies are going on my wish list.

Playing with:

http://cardsinenvy.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/get-negative-card-challenge.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/challenge-201.html
http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2018/04/hls-april-anything-goes-with-dies.html

Love & Blessings
Riette


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lean on each other (Journal)

I've been loving Maurie Manning's images from "Mo's Digital Pencil" to use for Journal pages and I love images of houses so this was a no-brainer :D The sentiment comes with the same set, "Lean" .  I realised that I've been intimidated by the 'big space' of a journal layout but using digital images that I can size bigger works out perfect.


I found a scrap piece of bubble-wrap and covered it with blue acrylic paint before 'stamping' the background with it. It was a bit bright so once it was dried I covered it with a think layer of Gesso.

The clouds are die-cut from a Joy! Crafts die-set.

Playing along with:
https://alphabetchallengeblog.blogspot.co.za/2018/03/a-anything-but-card.html
http://crafting-with-friends.blogspot.co.za/2018/03/challenge-64.html
http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/welcome-to-creative-artiste-challenge-37.html
http://ttcrd.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/ttcrd-anything-goes-challenge-3th-10th.html

Love & Blessings
Riette

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Birthday wishes from the herd

I love it when a number of card challenges come together and point me to a beloved set. I haven't used it in years.  It is Funny Farm by GinaK Design (discontinued it seems! A great pity!!)



I stamped the cow on a back panel and die cut the circle from another piece. I die-cut a frame as well.  I slipped the sentiment (also from Funny Farm) inside the circle to pop through. I then stamped only the heart balloon part of a Unity Stamp Co itty-bitty Wild about You.  The lines and wrap-around the cow was hand drawn.  The top panel is popped up with padded tape.
Some Glossy accents on the balloons completed the card.

Playing along with:

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/challenge-13.html
http://cccdigicreations.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/challenge-91-include-animal.html
https://alwayshappybirthday.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/april-challenge-birthday-anything-goes.html
https://animalfriendschallenge.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/61-april-bauernhofon-farm.html

Love & Blessings
Riette

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Birthday texture

My daughter was a bit bored the other day and was ripping pieces of paper and gluing it on another piece of paper.  She brought it to me and thought I might like to use it. Did I ever!!

So I used some mix media techniques with Gelato's to colour the background strips.  I thought about matting it all down with artist Matt Medium but then like the curly edges so I left it.


The rose is from a very old Spellbinders set. I cut it from quite sturdy patterned paper which I then sprayed with some water to soften it so that I could curl it with a thin metal pointy thingy I have in my stash. I cut the leaves (another old Spellbinders set) from patterned paper and then colored and edged it with distress inks.  The sentiment is from an old GinaK Designs set (discontinued). It actually says "happy birthday to you" but I didn't ink the 'to you'. 

Some liquid pearls hide a spot or two of minute ink spots.

I used some grey Gelato to stain the edges and went over that with a bit of distress green ink.

Playing along with:
http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/challenge-52.html - Birthday
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.za/2018/03/crafty-catz-challenge-410.html - Anything Goes + old stash

Love & Blessings
Riette



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Life and Love (Journal)

Today I have a journal that used some smooching with Gelato's in the background, some stenciling with texture paste that was colored with acrylic paint and a coloring picture from the internet that I cut up.  The little bees are from a stamp set from Unity stamp co.




Playing along with:
http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.co.za/2018/03/spring-flowers.html
http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.co.za/2018/03/challenge-175-spring-colours.html
http://stampsfun-creativity.blogspot.co.za/2018/03/ch320-fruhling-spring.html


Love & Blessings
Riette

Friday, March 23, 2018

Make today Amazing

A quick CAS card:


Love & Blessings
Riette

Happiness within (Journal)

Here is a journal page I did a few weeks back.  I decided to turn it portrait orientation because it fitted the stamped images better.


Images from British stamping magazine set.

Love & Blessings
Riette

Liking Cupcakes (Journal)

I am catching up on updating my blog so I might be posting things out of order :)

This is my latest journal that I finished today.




The background was made using Gelatos' - my new favorite thing!
Images:

http://www.mosdigitalpencil.com/products/Perfection.html 
http://www.mosdigitalpencil.com/products/Vintage-Stove.html

Love & Blessings
Riette




Special Birthday

This is a special birthday card for a special person. My (baby) sister recently turned 40 and the stamping is a reflection of part of her tattoo :)

(pardon it's a bit blurry)

The stamp is from a set by "Crafts Beautiful" magazine - January 2018.

I'm sure she won't mind if I share her tattoo here 😊


Love & Blessings!
Riette

Brave Wings (Journal)

I only recently started doing art journals and I'm hooked. But only once I got into my own rhythm with it.  The images of Maurie Manning of Mo's Digital Pencil has been a great inspiration.


LOVE with CTS#264

Here's a quick card I made for CAS(E) this Sketch #264. I haven't used distressing in a long time.

The sentiment is heat embossed in black and is a sentiment from Unity Stamp Co "kit of the month, December 2013".





Love & Blessings
Riette

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Summer to follow

Here's an inspirational quote for you all!


Background was made using the feather stamp with white embossing and then shading with distress inks (a.k.a. Emboss resist technique). I've been wanting feather stamps for so long and got them in the Stamp set I got for Christmas (Creative Stamping magazine, Issue 51)

I'm not a great fan of colouring so I just used red and yellow small ink pads and wiped it over white card stock. I then stamped the feathers over the coloured areas before cutting out.

Playing along with:
http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.co.za/2018/01/challenge-274-clean-and-simple.html
http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.co.za/2018/01/welcome-back-to-our-first-challenge-of.html

God bless
Riette

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Purple wishes (LIM362, FMS319)

How lucky am I to make two cards in one day. It's been a while!

This is the first time I'm doing something on watercolour paper and just did a rough scratching with watercolour pencils before adding water.  I've been on a personal challenge to refresh my background stamping techniques to make my own 'design papers'.




I combined four challenges for this one:


Happy Birthday to You!!



Background florals:  Free stamp set with Creative Stamping magazine, (www.papercraftmagazines.com) - Issue 51
Sentiment:  Free stamp set with magazine, Crafts Beautiful (www.crafts-beautiful.com) - January 2018


Butterfly kisses (CTS254)

I managed to ink up some brand new stamps I got given as gifts in England!  I love their detail and the one set has beautiful vintage looking flowers.

This card is for Cas(e) this Sketch #254:


Rose image and sentiment:  Free stamp set with magazine, Crafts Beautiful (www.crafts-beautiful.com) - January 2018
Butterfly:  Free stamp set with Creative Stamping magazine, (www.papercraftmagazines.com) - Issue 51

Here's the Sketch:

I hope everyone had a good break over Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2018.

Love
Riette

Veels Geluk dimensions

This card was made for a friend of my mother's.  "Veels Geluk" means congratulations in Afrikaans. The letters were die-cut ...