masking with die cuts

30 June 2014

The MakeitMonday challenge number 170 at Papertrey Ink is all about masking with die cuts. Erin Lincoln produced a fabulous card and video showing us this technique and here is my take on it ~

This is a super technique, I really enjoyed playing along this afternoon. Thanks for looking.x

Supplies ~

Card stock - PTI Stampers Select White, SimonSaysStamp Black
Stamps - PTI Embellished Elegance, PTI Ombre Builders, 4enScrap C'est un jour special
Dies - PTI Embellished Elegance, 4enScrap No59
Inks - PTI Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Spring Rain, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Other tools - Ranger mini ink blender, Ranger mini mister, Sizzix Big Shot

project life 2014 | week 24

27 June 2014

I would like to begin by saying how sorry I am that 2peasinabucket is closing it doors. When I discovered scrapbooking and project life this was the first place that I came across. The video series 213 in 2013 was awesome and I was honoured to win some challenges and join in the forum. I will miss it dearly and am grateful that I still have a scrapbook home at Studio Calico :)

Anyway on to my project life and week 24. We got a new kitten! Of course you know this because you have seen my scrapbook layout! And it was hot this week also, unbearably so with the doors closed to keep Lea inside until she has been vaccinated. Zachary had a football tournament at Champagne and they won a trophy and medals. On the Sunday I went to Peyrieu to Scrap'Ain and could actually purchase scrap booking supplies in person!

Left side ~

Right side ~

The full page spread ~

And a detailed shot ~

This week I used my Studio Calico HelloHello kit, my CitrusTwist June kit and a card from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.x

I'm linking up to themomcreative, a blog by Jessica to showcase Project Life pages.

welcome home lea

25 June 2014

We can't get enough of our new kitten Lea! 

When I saw my Studio Calico HelloHello scrapbook kit with the CityScape paper I immediately jumped at the chance to pair it with a DearLizzy paper from my Camelot kit and create a layout welcoming Lea.

I liked the idea of linking the map paper with the houses to imply that her adventure eventually took her to our home. Having seen this this layout by Magdalena I was inspired to write my journalling on a curve to follow the houses.

We are over the moon to welcome Lea into our home and I was pleased to be able to combine my two Studio Calico kits to produce this layout ~

I even used some new skills taught by Shanna Noel in the Digital Beyond Basics classroom to create the photo strip.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

mini album | lea

23 June 2014

Happy Summer everyone! And we are certainly having some glorious weather here in the Rhone Alps, accompanied by the occasional thunderstorm to clear the air!

I live in rural France, which means that pretty much 100% of my scrapbook and card making supply shopping is done online. Recently I have discovered that my neighbour is addicting to scrap too! So I am lucky to join along with her at some recent crops and on 14th June we visited Scrap'Ain at Peyrieu, where I could buy scrapbooking supplies - I was so excited! Some ateliers were offered that day but I didn't get a chance to take part. However I learnt after that one of the demonstrators had some spare kits available and I jumped at the chance to snap one up and make a mini album all about our new kitten :)

My husband discovered her abandoned at his workplace last week and asked if we could take her. Of course I said yes and the children immediately fell in love with her. Here is the mini album i constructed from the kit by Karine ~

Some of the stamps are from an amazing French company and I'll certainly be using more of their products in my creations :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

project life 2014 | week 23

20 June 2014

Back with week 23 of our Project Life. We are getting ready for summer and the end of the school year. In September Molly will start at Virieu le Petit with the boys and our commune is adopting the French Government's reform of school hours meaning that they will now go to school on Wednesday mornings.

Zachary had a football tournament at Izernore on the Sunday and was pleased to come home with a medal and some football goodies. I included my monthly landscape photo and at the same looked back over the 5 previous. It's awesome to see how the landscape has gone from barren to green to drying out as summer approaches!

I got a pedometer - just a cheap one from a sports shop, with a view to ordering a Fitbit Flex (which I now have in week 25!). Leo was let out and didn't come back in the evening, which upset the children, but we explained that after a couple of days in the house he was itching to explore his new surroundings. He has happily settled in and has chosen *his* chair :)

Left side ~

Right side ~

Full page ~

Title card ~

For my pages this week I used my Studio Calico and CitrusTwist monthly kits. My title card uses a die by Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for looking, and have a great week.x

cherry on top

16 June 2014

I have another card to share today. I just love this new stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted Stamps called Super Cool. I really like a stamp set with numerous possibilities and this offers a lot! 

I recently tried out some partial die-cutting as demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire and decided to have another go with this card.  First I partially die cut three sorbet bowls and then stamped the images onto PTI cardstock.  Then using MamaElephant and PTI inks I stamped the icecream/sorbet. I coloured the bowls a little with my Warm Grey copic marker and then stamped and die cut the embellishments.  I added Glossy Accents to the cherry and wink of stella glitter to the sorbets.  Then I stamped the sentiment inside, carefully lining it up so that *a cherry on top* is visible when viewing the closed card ~

This is also my entry for the Clearly Besotted monthly challenge for June 2014. Have a fantastic day :)

project life 2014 | week 22

13 June 2014

Although I've been making cards and scrap layouts my project life still continues! I really love that Studio Calico and CitrusTwist put together such awesome monthly kits that it makes it so easy and quick and stressless to create my weekly pages in no time :)

So we are slowly getting ready for Summer here in France and it promises to be a warm one judging by how the temperatures are rising. This week saw us go to an exhibition of games and magic in a nearby village. The children enjoyed this very much as there were ateliers to make wands and potions and a storytelling workshop.

Now the weather is heating up my running is taking a back seat so I am switching to yoga and walking over the summer. Noah, Molly and me went for a walk between to two Cols, which was fun!

Week 22 left side ~

right side ~

Finally worked the *bread/butter* Studio Calico card into my colour scheme and I love those patches - I teamed it with a transparency by Freckled Fawn :)

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.x

merci beaucoup

12 June 2014

I'm back today with an entry for this month's challenge at Make the Day Special stamps store.

Make the Day Special is based in the UK and stocks stamps and dies from Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, Neat and Tangled and very recently Lil'Inkers. But they also stock my favourite stamps by Mama Elephant and I used these to create today's card.

First I took some Tim Holtz watercolour card stock and heat embossed in gold the stamps from the Filigree set. Then I got out my distress inks and water spritzer and created some colours on my mat and squished them onto the card. I let this dry naturally and then flicked some water on to the cardstock to create random splashes.

When my cardstock was completely dry I die cut it at an angle using the Femme Frames stitched die. I heat embossed on vellum a sentiment from Around We Go and then die cut this using the Bold Banner creative cut.

To complete the card, I added foam adhesive to the back of the watercolour piece and placed it on a top-folding Neenah Desert Storm card base.

Here is the finished card ~

Merci beaucoup for looking and to MakeTheDaySpecial for stocking some awesome stamps and dies! Have a great day.x

a good year for the roses

10 June 2014

Hi all! We had some glorious weather in France over the bank holiday weekend, hope it was good where you were too.

Today I'm back with a scrapbook layout that I created this weekend using the Studio Calico Camelot kit. And I finally got to use the wood circle piece that came with my Cuppa project life kit! Our roses have been fabulous this year, although they suffered a little with some high winds in May that brought the power lines down :(

Here's my layout, keeping it simple to focus on the flowers ~

I do love the vellum included in the kit and the plastic thickers have to be one of my favourites so far. And of course gold accents are really popular right now too. Here's a close up ~

Of course I thought of the song Elvis Costello when I was working on my page and had to make that the title. My journalling details the name of the rose, Sir Paul Smith, and that we imported it from England just after we moved here. 

I'm hoping to get another layout completed this week about my new car as I'm itching to play with the Mr Huey's ink dauber included in the kit and the stencil :) However I have a pile of ironing and I've just heard that we are adopting an abandoned kitten too!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

case study #194

8 June 2014

It's been a while since I last participated in a CASE study challenge but as soon as I saw this weeks I had to play! Challenge number 194 is inspired by Pamela Ho and I could not turn down a chance to CASE her iconic card. Here is my interpretation ~

I used a die by Hero Arts and part die cut/part embossed a piece of black cardstock. Then I got out my Distress Inks and blended together Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw. Then I lightly sprayed the ink with water mixed with Perfect Pearls to give an amazing shimmer. The camera doesn't really pick it up, it is gorgeous in real life! I heat embossed a sentiment by Papertrey Ink on vellum with gold Ranger embossing powder and die cut the edges of the vellum with a border die by Lawn Fawn.

Really loved having a go at the challenge this week, thanks for looking.x

project life 2014 | weeks 20 & 21

8 June 2014

What gorgeous weather we are having in France this weekend, and we have a bank holiday tomorrow too :)

Back today with weeks 20 and 21 of my project life.

Week 20 saw school resume after a two week break and back to swimming lessons on Mondays. Whilst Zachary was at football training there was a storm which produced a stunning rainbow.  We celebrated Mother's Day in France during week 21 and the boys made me a card each which lit up - whilst learning about electric current at school! I went to my first crop at Lalleyriat, which was a brilliant day. We produced a mini album with our teacher Sophie and I made some new scrapping friends :)

Week 20 left side ~

right side ~

Here I used my Studio Calico Camelot project life kit.

Week 21 left side ~

right side ~

These pages use Camelot again and some from CitrusTwist and Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for looking and see you soon.x

project life 2014 | weeks 18 & 19

7 June 2014

Happy Weekend! Here I am again with some project life pages :)

Today I will be focusing on weeks 18 and 19. These weeks seem ages ago now! The children were on school holiday and we had lunch at our favourite Chinese restaurant. Zachary, Molly and I went on bike ride but poor Molly had to push her bike up the hill as her gears are broken. Molly lost another tooth and dressed up for Star Wars day! I went to a class with a friend and started making a mini album about last year's Bucket List.

week 18 left side ~

week 18 right side ~

Week 19 was full of excitement for me - I got a new car! I chose a light blue Fiat 500 and I love it! We had a family trip to Ikea and our hens hatched some baby chicks. This was also the week of two birthdays, my husband's and Zachary's. I made him a rainbow cake and he had a party on the Saturday. I cannot believe he is 10 years old already, time passes so quickly!

week 19 left side ~

week 19 right side ~

For these weeks I used my CitrusTwist pocket life kit, Studio Calico Project Life kits and embellishments from my stash.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back tomorrow with weeks 20 and 21.x

someone like you ...

6 June 2014

Today I am joining in with the Paper Smooches SPARKS week 1 Anything Goes challenge.

I just love the Hip to be Square stamp teamed with Distress Inks and water and this time I used more muted colours ~

I added a sentiment from Mama Elephant embossed in gold on vellum from Studio Calico. I added the panel to a grey embossed card base and finished with a few sequins, also from Studio Calico.

Paper Smooches have weekly challenges and lots of fun stuff happening on the blog so be sure to follow the links above to find out more.

Thanks for looking.x


5 June 2014

Today I am sharing two cards that I made very recently using stamps from sets by Altenew. Altenew are a new company and their first release was very nearly a sell out so I was lucky to be able to snag a couple of sets :)

For my first card I used a technique shown by Jennifer McGuire on getting a white outline when using copic markers. The alcohol based copics will colour the emboss powder, so if you want a really crisp finish have a look at her video for tips. This card uses the Hennah stamp set. After colouring the flower and leaves with copics I then used some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and a Studio Calico mask. Before the embossing paste was dry I sprinkled on some Judikins iridescent embossing powder and then dried it carefully with my heat gun. The sentiment is from the Around We Go stamp set by MamaElephant ~

My second card uses the Label Love stamp set and I have paired this with inks from Papertrey Ink. To finish I added some cork stars and sequins from Studio Calico ~

You can never have too many thank you cards!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

watercolour for card makers | online card classes

4 June 2014

Hi there! Don't worry I have been keeping up with my project life and will be here again later this week to post some update weeks!

Today I am showing some cards that I made whilst taking a class on watercolour for card makers. I have only just discovered card making and yes I am hooked! I really enjoyed this class and the teachers were amazing with all the techniques that we learnt. I was especially proud to win a prize for the following entry into the gallery ~

I used Tim Holtz watercolour card stock here. I stamped the background Paper Smooches stamp with Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Then I created a storm with my distress inks and added lots of water to get them to pool in the boxes. I left this to dry naturally - resisting the urge to fiddle! Then I embossed a sentiment with gold Ranger embossing powder on Vellum. The sentiment is from a set by My Favorite Things. I added this to a SimonSaysStamp Green Apple top folding card base.

I absolutely love this card and am so looking for a reason not to send it to anyone!

Here are some other cards that I completed during the class homework ~

This card was created again using distress inks but this time applying them to acrylic block and spritzing it with water before placing on the watercolour card stock. The sentiment is by Neat and Tangled.

Here I first stamped and embossed the butterflies and then ensuring there was plenty of water on the cardstock I added some Mr Huey's watercolour paints to create the soft toned background. The butterflies and sentiment are from a set by Clearly Besotted Stamps.

This card was produced for Mothers Day (which we celebrate in May in France). After scoring lines on watercolour card stock I added various distress inks and water. I die cut the butterfly from watercolour card stock and did the same technique to colour it. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stamps.

My final card was created following an amazing tutorial from Julie Ebersole. I just love the die from Memory Box that just cuts the wings of the butterfly! The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn ~

I just realised my last three cards all involved Butterflies! I do love them and I have my eye on another set recently released by Papertrey Ink! Anyway thanks so much for looking, hope you like my cards that I had so much fun creating and see you shortly.x

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