Sunday, February 23, 2020

Pop-up Butterflies

Hello friends, I am excited to be sharing with you my card featuring bring it back Lawn Fawn dies, mini pop-up butterflies and spring sprig. My bring it back item is flower confetti attached to the spring sprig. Other bring it back items also used Gotta have gingham paper pack lavender as my background panel. Here is my finished card.
I started off by ink swooshing my white panel using ripe persimmon, tattered rose, picked raspberry distress inks as well as Catherine Pooler sweet sixteen, blueprint sketch and shaded lilac distress oxides. I worked by layer until I achieved the shade that I wanted for the background. Next, I arranged the pop-up butterflies onto my panel and diecut them. Next, as I had previously been playing with alcohol inks (intrigue alcohol pearl, pinata rich gold, copic BV02 and B32), I used this alcol inked panel to diecut the other butterflies to layer them on top. Then, I added the sprig diecuts which were coloured with shaded lilac oxide ink. Lastly, I heat embossed in white the sentiment "wishing you a beautiful day" from Lawn fawn bicycle built for you stamp set.
I enjoyed this challenge as it made me use lots of items from my craft stash.
Hope this card puts a smile on your face. Have a great day.
xo Clarissa

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Using alcohol ink die-cuts

Hello friends, I have been playing and experimenting with my alcohol inks that I thought it might be fun to make them into cards. This is my first card:
To make this card, I started off by lightly inking up and adding splashes on a 110 pd Neenah Solar white cardstock using Lawn Fawn butter ink and Stamping Up Certainly Celery
Next, I diecut my vellum using MFT stitched dome die-namics. Then I used from my old supplies, Tim Holtz Fall Foliage dies to cut out my images from the alcohol inked panel I made using splendor, sublime and alchemy alcohol inks. Using Sunny Studios Elegant leaves sentiments, I heat embossed the words "Grateful for your Kindness" in Hero Arts Copper EP. Then, I arranged my diecuts, and added some kaisercraft gems and twine.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.
xo Clarissa





Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy Trails

The Male Room Challenge #130 - Use Embossing
Hello crafty friends. Welcome to another challenge at The Male Room. Before we get excited, we are also very happy to welcome Angie as our guest designer for this challenge. Pls check out her amazing card as well as the rest of TMR design team's inspiring creations.

This fortnight, we are focusing on embossing of any kind: dry embossing, heat embossing,  use of embossing paste, wet paper embossing. For my card today, I used dry embossing technique with an embossing folder from Cuttlebug (spots and dots). I must admit that this is a card making technique that I seldom do and yet it is quite basic. I decided to emboss three colours of cardstock from my stash. Then using the MFT collage cover up die-namics, I cut out a white card base. Then using the same die, cut out the squares from the colours of embossed cardstock and adhered each colour onto a square.

For my image, I used the Lawn fawn happy trails. Coloured these with copic markers and fussy cut. The colours I used were close to my coloured squares so that the colours all matched. Adhered my images onto the panel with foam squares. To finish off, I stamped "happy trails" for my outside sentiment and added a birthday greeting inside my card. 

I am also entering my card into Allsorts challenge - dies and or punches
A place to start - masculine card

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting.
xo, Clarissa



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Heart You with Birds and Blossoms

The Male Room #129-  Heart You.
Hello friends. It's time for another challenge at The Male Room Challenge Blog with the theme Heart You -  since it will be Valentine's Day soon.
For this card, I stacked three of my birds and blossom die-cuts and ink blended it using vintage photo and tea dye distress inks. For the little diecut birds, I ink blended these as well with mowed lawn and festive berries. Added glossy accents to give it some shine.

For my sentiment, I used the "my favourite part of us is" from the MFT all about you stamp set combined with the  MFT You trio die-namics. I heat embossed the sentiment in Stamping Up silver EP to stand out. I stacked the word YOU four times to add dimension, and used a polka dotted black and white designer paper from my stash to give it some pop.
Hope this card and the other beautiful cards of the team inspire you to create your valentine project for your loved one. We would love you to join in our current challenge. We also welcome Cornelia as our Guest Designer, please check out her beautiful card and share some love.

Materials: Memory Box Birds and Blossoms die
MFT YOU trio dynamics
MFT all about you stamp set
Inks on background panel: Distress oxides (victorian velvet, tattered rose, shaded lilac, seedless preserves, faded jeans), black soot DI, and night of navy Stamping Up dye ink
Cardstock: mondi Color Copy 300gsm white A4

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
xx Clarissa

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Dropping by a line

Hello friends. I participated in the AAA CAS January Weekend Workout over the weekend and this is the card I came up with.
I adore this Fishin' Hole stamp and Pond Builder die from Hello Bluebird. The image is so sweet and you can do lots of layouts and cards with the images and dies. The challenge at AAA Cards was to make a CAS card with the elements OFF THE EDGE. I tried my best to capture just as bit of the pond builder die set while showing the boy still fishing. 
I started my card by planning my layout first.
Then, I used the dies to make my own stencil from surplus packaging so that my card remains as flat as possible by making a pond and grass stencil inked with tumbled glass, mowed lawn, cracked pistachio distress inks. This is the background I came up with. I use a pet feeding mat made of silicone from kmart as it is really smooth so when I ink blend away from the page first into the page, I get smoother ink blending. I learned this from the talented Ali (alilovescarmaking)
Next, I coloured my images with copic markers and adhered most of my images using liquid blue. The images I want to pop up were pointed with foam tape. For the sentiment, I stamped it using memento black and heat embossed with super fine clear embossing powder. I have always admired cards with images that show reflection on water. This is my first try to do it. Did second generation stamping and coloured the shadow with light coloured copic markers.
I am also entering this card for the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.
xx Clarissa





Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ski-sons Greetings

Hello friends. I haven't played at the AAA CAS card challenges for a while, so I thought I would give the current challenge a go. It's also a win for me as this is an excuse to make a Christmas card for 2020. This is the card I came up with.
I realised when I was planning my card, it was hard for me to keep it to one layer, so I inlayed the little town border from Lawn fawn. I added a post it paper behind the doors and windows to give the light effect. Then, I stamped my polar bear which was coloured with copic markers. To create the snow scene, I tore a piece of paper and used the edge to ink blend it with tumbled glass distress ink. Then, to make the splashing snow effect, I used the smear and swooshing technique by smearing tumbled glass distress ink, add a bit of water. Using a clear scrap acetate, I pick up the ink from my glass mat and swoosh it to my paper by lightly dabbing it. I repeated the same process using mermaid lagoon this time to deepen the snow effect. Here are some photos.
To finish my card, I added white acrylic and Distress oxide splatters  and stamped the sentiment "ski-sons greetings" below my card. 
Materials used: MFT Ski-sons stamp set
Lawn fawn- little town border die
tumbled glass distress ink, mermaid lagoon distress oxide, white acrylic paint
Copic markers for polar bear: E57, E55, E53 Clothes: B05, B02, B00 Scarf and shoes: G17, YG06,YG13 Ski: W5, W3, W1
This card is for the challenge below.
AAA cards - CAS Game #157
Thank you for stopping by and appreciating my work.
Till next project or card,
xo Clarissa







Tuesday, January 28, 2020

You're Adorbs...

Hello friends, I am back with another card, this time using the adorable, though retired, Petite Plushies from Clearly Besotted stamps. I decided to make this card for my adorable step grandson turning three in a few months. I started my card by cutting my front panel from designer paper and the circle diecut using Mama Elephant's All Prettied Up Die cuts.  Next, I inked my base circle using tumbled glass, salty ocean and peacock feathers. I also inked the outer circle with broken china distress oxide after stacking the diecuts together three times. For my images, I coloured these with copic markers and added foam tape to give it some dimension before adhering it to my circle panel as shown below:
For the sentiment, I used the word "happy" from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy and the birthday from Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words stamp and die.
Here is my finished card.


I am linking my project to this challenge

Copic Colors used: three animals - YR27, YR24, YR21, Y21, Y00, W5, W3, W1, R20, R00
balloons - R37, R24, R22, B99, B97, B95, YR24, YR21, Y11

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 
xo Clarissa

Monday, January 27, 2020

Summer Time - Clarissa, DT

Hello friends, summer has finally arrived here in New Zealand, though we still have cool temperatures in the mornings. I thought of making a card with flowers, as I have been thinking of inking this Simon Says Stamp - Summer Flowers.
I planned around this challenge when I chose my colours as I picked my favourite summer dress below, see floral pattern on the right.

I stamped my images on watercolour paper with tea dye distress ink for no line colouring. I used my Arteza real brush markers and used the tip to tip technique as inspired by the amazing Mona Tóth video tutorial to add a color beside another color to get better transition. Then, I also did dip the brush tip of my marker in very little water to blend the colour in areas where I want the color to show from light to dark tones. Once finished, I accented the corners and shadows with prismacolor pencils. Here is my first panel done.
Here goes my story about a few mistakes while making this card. Stuck this to light grey cardstock and made the mistake of embossing after it which resulted in unfinished lines, so I ended up tracing over the embossing with a fine liner. Next, I decided to make this into a shaker card as well, as my previous entry link doesn't work anymore because I had changed my blog name.
When I added the shaker part, it covered my coloured flowers, so I decided to remove the shaker part very slowly (ahhhh) glad that the foam tame has not stuck well yet, and changed my card into a trifold shaker card, with the shaker part separate, with ample space for writing a note inside. A win win in the end (sigh of relief). For the shaker part, I embossed the words "let's celebrate" and stacked the "you" word twice and ink blended it using walnut stain, wild honey, and carved pumpkin.
Here is my finished card:
Other materials used: you die  - MFT YOU trio die-namics
Uniquely Creative Delicate borders die
Let's Celebrate sentiment - MFT More essential sentiments

Card entered into the following challenges:

Here is my card in action



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.





Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Male Room Challenge #128 - It's Snowing

Hello crafty friends. I have some exciting news to share. I have been invited to join the talented team of The Male Room Challenge Blog, and I said yes. This is my first time to be a DT ever, so there are lots of things to learn, but I am grateful to this awesome crafting community for its support and love shared freely. Now onto the newest challenge.

We have a new challenge at TMR # 128 - It's snowing. For my card, I decided to use the Penny Black Santa's visit stamp set.  Here is my finished card:
I breakdown the steps to make my card below:

To colour my stamp, I used a new technique for me which was inspired by Jill Foster's youtube video, water colour stamping using a stamp positioner. I used Arteza real brush markers to add colour to different parts of my images.
Next, I heat embossed my image with clear embossing powder so that the image can resist any ink blending I add to the top. Here is how it looks like.
I also blended in DI salty ocean and SU night of navy to get the dark sky look. Here is my finished card with the sentiment from a retired SU set.
Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to check out our guest designer Pat's creation for this challenge. It is beautiful. In addition, please check out the wonderful creations of our DT members as well and spread the love.
I am entering this card into Jenn Shurkus' Challenge as this is my first Christmas card for 2020.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting.
xo Clarissa

Monday, January 20, 2020

MFT Bithday Yay!

Hello friends. I'm back with another card, my first time to ink up this adorable MFT birth-yay set as my nephew is having a birthday next month. I was inspired by the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #472. First, I lightly ink blended my panel with tumbled glass distress ink using hero arts graphic pattern stencil. Then, I coloured my images with copic markers (colours are listed below). Fussy cut the images and used foam tape to adhere it onto my panel. For the sentiment, I diecut the word CHEERS (requirement of the current MFT Birthday Project) using MFT Pop-up alphabet and ink blended it using mermaid lagoon and mowed lawn. Used the sentiment "sending endless birthday wishes"  to finish off my sentiment. Here is my finished card.
I also added nuvo crystal glaze to give the balloons and "cheers" word some shine. 
Supplies used: paper - Neenah solar white 110lb
frame die - Simon says stamp
Alphabet pop up die - MFT
Birth-Yay MFT stamps
Nuvo crystal glaze
Hero arts graphic pattern stencil
Copic colours used:
Balloon, gift, cupcake and turtle shell - B05, B02, B00
Monkey - C7, c5, c3, c1
Bird body - C5, C3, C1
Balloon2, cupcake base - YR27, YR14, YR21
faces - E93, E000, E00
Ist balloon, turtle, and beak - YG99, YG17, YG13
Hat, cherry - R39, R17, R05

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
xo Clarissa



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A shaker card (Clarissa, DT)

Hello crafty friends. I was inspired by the various shaker cards on the blog and so I thought of making another one, this time with a masculine theme as my FIL will be celebrating his 90th birthday next month. As one of his grandsons is a chef, I pulled out this retired SU Viola stamp set. I coloured my images with copic markers, and used a spotted black and white patterned paper from my stash for the chef's trousers.
To make the shaker element, I stacked six diecut circle frames (cut from stitched nesting dies, using the biggest size, and the next one down) from white cardstock. I ink blended the top most one in peacock feathers and broken china distress oxides. I realised that I could have ink blended the sides as well once I've stacked the diecuts. I used sequins in shades of teal, green, light blue, and light brown. To finish off my sentiment, I used retired Basic Grey diecut stickers (as I didn't have a number and birthday die on hand) and adhered it to cardstock stacked together using the same colours as my sequins. For the black panel, I heat embossed ultra fine clear hero arts embossing powder over the hero arts sunburst bold prints background stamp. Hope you (and my FIL) will like my card. 

Colours used: chef's vest: C3, C1, C0
tie: B02, B41
Cake: B02, B41, B00, YR04, Y00
candle: B02, YR04, YR00, Y00
face and hands: E00, E000, E04

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
xo Clarissa







Saturday, January 11, 2020

Clarissa, DT

Hello crafty friends. What happens when fairies decide invite gnomes and mice to a baking party in preparation for Valentine's Day? Im excited to share my new project today using lots of Lawn Fawn products. Here is my finished card.


First I decided to make a scalloped box card pop up. For my images, I chose some old stamps (frosty fairy friends and oh gnome). And the newest release from Lawn fawn You're just my type and Love poems to follow the current Lawn fawn challenge, "Something old, something new."

I coloured my images with copic markers following the January Colour Challenge with Butterfly Reflections Ink, to enter this challenge, as when I saw it on Davina's Instagram post, I fell in love with the colours as shown below.
Since I wanted to enter my card into the current Game #9 AAA birthday card challenge: a shaker card, I decided to add a shaker feature to enter this challenge.
And since Valentine's day is fast approaching, I made a valentine's theme's card featuring a pull tab slider element using the Love poems and You're just my type sets from Lawn fawn.
Here is the card I came up with.
Roses are red, violets are blue...
sugar is sweet, and so are you.
the pull tab says: Happy Valentine's Day... 
Have a nice day!
Here is a video showing the card in action.



Thanks for stopping by and crafty hugs to you.!!!