Monday, February 26, 2024

Happy Day Florals with Alex Syberia

Hi There!  Today I’m bringing you another oh so lovely floral from Alex Syberia Designs.  It’s another Digital Image from them with such amazing colouring potential!   Because they are in the process of moving, I can’t locate the design on the shop, but it’s called Flower Garden Card Panel.  

One of the things I’m loving lately is finding unique colour palettes, whether through other cards I’m inspired by or products I see, and then swatching them with Concord & 9th’s colours so I have an inspiration jumping off point for cards.  This was a fun one with the warm shades on the petals and the cool shades in the leaves.  

I’ve combined Copic colouring with coloured pencils to finihs off the design.  Because the flowers are so vibrant I wanted them to take centre stage, so I added a small sentiment from Concord & 9th’s cutie patootie dies Short and Sweet.  They are stacked 3 x to get some added height, and then it’s really simple embellishments to accent the sentiment, and coordinate with the colours.  

All layered on a 3D embossed card base with Spellbinder’s Embossing Folder.  
It’s a great day to have a happy day!  


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Diagonal Easel Florals with PinkFresh Studios

Hello!  Today I’m bringing you a design with a neat easel fold that makes your card a little bit extra.  PinkFresh Studios has a challenge this month called Feel The Love.  And even though Valenine’s has passed, you can always make a card that showcases hearts.  I’m playing with PinkFresh’s set Just a Hello, with coordinating stencils and dies.   I embossed the image in gold and then added the colour with stencils.  Above is what it looks like perched on its diagnal easel.   

And here is what it looks like closed.  Because of the circle easel base, you can make raise the heart  to turn 45 degrees.  Here’s the tutorial to how it works.  

Close up you can see I’ve added some vellum “greenery” to accent the heart and a few sequins.  I also accented the heart and cardbase with PinkFresh’s Ornate Medallions Coverplate die. 

I love how it turned ou!  Totally feminine and pretty!  

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Stitching Saturday - Baby Birdie


Hi Everyone! I’ve got a new stitching card today using a number of products from Spellbinders, with a baby theme that is really darling.  I started with Spellbinder's  Stitching Petal Diamond Background and a pretty color palette of floss and then added this adorable Little Chickadee die in coordinating colours to the floss.  

I think this sweet little bird really makes the card shine.  It’s perfect as a baby welcome accent!  The foiled sentiment comes from the Mini Everyday Sentiments Glimmer and it’s layered over a section of vellum to give softness. 

Lots of fun colour to stitch with!  

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Slimline Daffodils with Power Poppy

It’s mid week!  And it’s almost Spring!  I’m really enjoying our increase in light each morning and evening!  It’s put me in a sunny mood, and there’s nothing better than daffodils to create more sunshine.  These beauties are from Power Poppy and are called Daffodil Bouquet.  I think they are fantastic mixed in with some tiny grape hyacinth, it’s a personal favourite combination I have planted in my front flower beds.  

The colouring for the image comes with Copics, and finished off with coloured pencils.  I say it generally because I use a mix now of Prismacolors and Polychromos pencils.  

The background was another fun experiment with ink blending and a stencil in an ombre fashion using Distress Oxide inks.  A little splatter of water addes some interest, and the sentiment is both stamped, and then white gel pen is added in the letters to define them against the ink blended background.  

I chose to go with no embelishments on this one, and just let those fussy cut flowers shine.  

Have an incredible day everyone!  I hope the sun shines on you beautifully.  

Monday, February 19, 2024

Inky Blossoms with Alex Syberia

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great day today!  Do you ever rediscover a technique after not using it for a while?  The most recent Instagram Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is ink blending, and I’d forgotten how wonderful it is for adding colour blends, especially with emboss resist!  

I started this lovely design with Alex Syberia’s digital stamp Full Bloom (from May 2020).  Coloured up the blooms with Copics and coloured pencils.  

Next, I tooks the background stamp from Simon Says Stamps called Lace Heart Kaleidoscope embossed it in white and then used ink shades that coordinated with the colouring to create an ombre background.  I love the pops of colour and blends between the colours, and it makes such a nice background for the card.  I also cut a few Big Branches: Ruscus Die from The Greetery onto white cardstock to ink blend as accents.  The leaves coordinate well with the stamped design.  

I also foiled a pretty sentiment onto vellum from Spellbinders Slimline Confetti Background doing some fussy cutting to trim it out.    

Vibrant and saturated.  Just how I love my flowers!  Thanks for joining me today.  

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Elephant Birthday Balloons with MFT

 Dropping in today with an elephant that never forgets Birthdays!  This sweet little dude is almost ready for the party, except he just lost one balloon!  This set from MFT is called Adorable Elephants, and they really are.   I’m also playing along with MFT”s Weekly Sketch and Colour Challenge.  

Colouring is done with Copics, and I’ve also used several stencils to ink blend the background sky and the Small Brick Wall walkway that grounds the image.  The patterned paper arch uses a retired MFT plaid that was perfect for the colours.  

Thanks for joining me today!  Hope you have a happy Monday!