Distress ink and embossing

20 March 2014

Hi and thanks for visiting. We are having some glorious weather in France this week, I hope it's good where you are too.

Today I am showing two cards that I made after watching this awesome video tutorial by the amazing Emily Leiphart.

The first one I created with this week's Case Study Challenge in mind. Our muse this week for Challenge #183 is Joni Nina Andaya, who is new to me (well most people are!) but I am liking her style! My card draws on her oval opening and lovely detailing combined with a simple sentiment. Here is my take ~

And here is a close up of the frame ~

For this one I heat embossed the stamped frame from Paper Smooches with clear embossing powder on to water colour paper. I then die cut it using the matching die. Then I applied Distress Inks and finally spritzed it liberally with water. The results are amazing - so glad I discovered this technique ! I finished the card with some simple sentiments stamped in Hero Arts Silver shadow ink - the Celebrate comes in the same Paper Smooches set as the frame and the *Have a Happy Birthday* is from Clearly Besotted Stamps. Finally I added some candies and sequins.

I am also entering this card into this weeks Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge - Anything Goes

My second card using the same technique was inspired by the March Mood Board over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. This time I chose my Distress Inks from the colours on the board. Here is my card ~

This card was created using the Studio Calico March card kit add on *Water Cooler*. I also used a notebook edge die from Clearly Besotted Stamps. Here's a close up of the details ~

This time I used white embossing powder for a crisper look.

Really enjoyed this two challenges this week, thanks for looking.x

project life 2014 | week 8

15 March 2014

So it's week 8 and this week we had some glorious weather. We had a family trip over to Seyssel, which is actually two towns of the same name either side of the Rhone river. They are distinguished by their code postal ie 01 for Ain (left side) and 74 for Haute Savoie (right side). This situation is unique in France. The scenery on the river banks is stunning as you get a view up to the snow covered peaks of the Alps. We went to pick up some more chickens nearby and made a detour for a walk along the river :)

I'm continuing with my running when I can, still loosing weight and enjoying increasing my fitness too ! Still knitting socks too, this time in the car whilst Zachary had indoor football practise.

Left side ~

Right side ~

Details ~

This week I used my Sugar Rush Project Life kit from Studio Calico and a few embellishments from Freckled Fawn.

Thanks for looking and have a great week.x

project life 2014 | week 7

2 March 2014

This week we celebrated Valentines Day - not really a big deal in this household as we hope to be loved every day of the year but I personally cannot pass up on an excuse to use pink in my weekly spread :)

Not a lot happened this week, the weather was pretty miserable again. The highlight of Molly's week was a gift of a pair of inline skates, which she was over the moon about ! My husband was still off work this week, but slowly recovering to manage a family walk. He is now back at work :) I took my monthly landscape photo - partially snow covered is the view to Brenaz and pretty much sums up February !

Left side ~

Right side ~

Here is the whole spread ~

For this week's spread I used cards, stamps and embellishments from Chic Tags, Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn (OhDeerMe kit) and CitrusTwist. I backed the  Studio Calico transparency card with a wood grain card, added some sequins and sewed around the edges with my sewing machine. The 3x4 card on the far right is by Amy Tangerine for 2peasinabucket. Sadly with my husband being off sick from work and only getting basic sick pay I have had to end my subscription to the OhDeerMe kit - but I still have lots of awesome embellishments to use up and hope to restart it again after the Summer.

Thanks for looking and see you next week.x

As normal I am linking to themomcreative, a blog by Jessica Turner.

cards | case study no 180

1 March 2014

This is the final week of challenges at Case Study using Danielle Flanders as our muse and here is my take ~

Danielle has flowers on her card but as I am quite new to card making/scrap booking/project life, I don't have a lot of stamps and I don't have any flowers ! So I cut some from vellum with my Silhouette Cameo. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, the frame by Crate Paper and the star pin from Freckled Fawn. I sprayed all the pieces and the card with Studio Calico Mister Huey shine too :)

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.x
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