Thursday, May 25, 2017

Popping Up Lacey.

Hi, Lou here with you today with something a little different for me.
Instead of just sharing my finished card, am going to share how I popped her out from the card.
If you have been card making for a while you will already know how to do this but if there are any newbies reading it might be helpful.

First I stamped Stamping Bella Lacey has a letter twice. Once on left over paper and once on the layer I want to use on my card.
Then I cut out the dress and head with sharp fine point scissors.

Then I coloured my main image.  The parts that will be covered  I coloured minimally to save ink in my promarkers.
Then I coloured up the cut out pieces.

Then I added foam tape to the cut outs and added them to the image. 

To finish I added Lawn Fawn Big Scripty words stamp and Big Scripty words lawn cuts "thanks"
I also diecut some Memory Box Puffy Clouds to add to the background.

Thanks so much for visiting us today and be sure to come back soon to check out more inspiration from the Design Team members :)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Butterfly Betsie

Just sharing my DT inspiration card to inspire you all...
I have used the following goods all found in store>

Marianne Die ...anja's circle XL

Joy Craft... cut and emboss bow

My Besties clear stamp....butterfly Betsie


Our challenge is still up and running and you could be a winner
of the surprise prize.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Single Rose 50th

Hello happy Crafters.

Gosh the months are rolling by so fast.  
Before we know it we will be creating our Christmas Cards.

Items Used:

PoppyCrafts - Lace Circle
PoppyCrafts - Numbers
PoppyCrafts - Happy Birthday Balloon
Poppy Crafts - Stitched Circles and Scalloped Circles
Nellie Snellen  - Straight Hearts Nest
Frantic Stamper Dies - Scalloped Border
The Rose is a stamp from way back which I cut three out and layered it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Retiform Stamping Technique - Darkroom Door Sail Away

Hi there everyone, Shaz here!
 I've found new stamping technique, and just had to try - it's called Retiform Stamping.
No idea what Retiform is??? Neither did I!:D
It's great for masculine or feminine cards I've found. Made a Pinterest page on Retiform Technique - over here, 50+ pins...
 Definition of retiform, by Webster: " composed of crossing lines and interstices : reticular, netlike; ... etc... "
Technique can be simple as many are or more complicated as I decided on.
Left is the Darkroom Door Sail Away Stamp set, perfect for this technique.
(What a grand stamp set - see it HERE! at Bec's excellent prices).
 Some basic tips, I thought of:
 *have nice contrasting colour choice, this makes or breaks it. 
* make defined intersecting lines that softly blend out. 
* when stamping images, think about placement and avoid empty space. Have them looking as if they're popping out of intersecting lines, to give more natural look (you'll see what I mean when we come to that). 😉
Template for centre, getting ready to ink centre, staring from edges used thee Distress Inks - Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Mermaid Lagoon.
Masked off portions and inked them up in alternating shades. Used Antique Linen, Fossilized amber, Frayed Burlap, with bit of gold glitz, for yellow shades..
Adding Masks (post-it notes) for image stamping, using smaller and larger stamps from DD Sail Away set, plus DD splatter.
Finished Retiform. The white mark is actually a shine not white area. Shine is from tape which was not re-positionable :( am no longer using it for that. I have added matte medium glue to the residue it left and it is now matte and fine :D
Card - take 1 above,  however wanted to re-do the central image!
Card Take 2 you can see below. Partly I like the first card, but felt too little contrast with central image, hence remake of it! It is what it is now :D

Lawn Fawn So Much to say ... birthday greeting.
Distress inks -
Antique Linen, Fossilized amber, Frayed Burlap,
Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean.
Ranger Archival Ink for navy stamping -Cobalt  and Sepia.
(if you see something that is not listed in store, then ask Bec via email to see if she can order it in for you! )

Thanks for popping over, especially a big thank you if you say hi to let me know you've been by!

 Oh and dont forget to  join in the Bizzy Bec's Anything Goes challenge for May HERE..  someone has to win that prize.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Special Day....

Hi everyone, just popping in today to share with your my latest card made for a  friend,  who will be celebrating a very special birthday in the coming weeks.

  The Tulips have been coloured using Copic Markers.

I have used the following: 

Penny Black Transparent Stamp Set - Blooming Garden
Penny Black Transparent Stamp Set - Sprinkles and Sparkles
Spellbinders Die - Decorative Labels Eight
Spellbinders Die - Labels Eight
Memento Ink Pad - Dandelion and Tangelo

(If  you see something that is not listed in the store, pop Bec an email and if it is available, can be ordered in for you)

Thanks for looking have a lovely weekend and Happy Mothers Day for tomorrow, to all the mums out there.

Until next time, happy crafting


Friday, May 5, 2017

May Challenge....

Hi everyone and welcome to our new challenge.

This month we would like to wish all the Mums out there a very
Happy Mothers Day.  We hope you enjoy your special day.

Bizzy Becs Challenge for May

with the theme being.....


The winner of this months challenge will receive:

(being a die or stamp)

Donated from Bizzy Becs Online Storea fabulous range of Various Stamps, Dies and Embellishments for all your crafty needs and wants. and must haves!


Here is this months gorgeous inspiration from our Design Team

Memory Box...ferrand heart
Memory box...long stem lavender
Memory box...verona bouquet
My Besties stamp....besties birthday ever


Items Used:
Wild Rose Stamps - Bella and Friend
Taylored Expressions - Chevron Borders
or you may use
Frantic Stamper Dies - Chevron Borders
Frantic Stamper - Flag Trio (Stitched Fishtail Banners even nicer)
Dotted with - Tonic Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops



Supplies used:
Stampingbella -Tiny Townie Lacey has a letter Stamp
Memory Box- Elliana Background Die
Memory Box- Cross Stitched Frame Borders Die
Memory Box - Cupid Heart Die
Lawn Fawn- Happy -Everything Stamp
Lawn Fawn Happy -Everything Die



Supplies used...
Stamping Bella - Rudolph with a present on top
Lawn Fawn - Stitched scalloped borders



Supplies used: 

Memory Box Chloe Stem Die
Elizabeth Crafts - Happy Birthday die 
Darkroom Door French Script background stamp

*Spellbinder Classic Long Rectangle Die (to make frame)
* ask Bec as it maybe still available.

Further details on blog post.


Supplies used:
Penny Black Stamp - Blooming Garden
Memory Box Dies - Madera Corner
Memory Box  Die  -   Vivienne Butterfly
Memory Box Die - Forget Me Not Stem 


 Here at Bizzy Bec's Challenges you are more than Welcome to Enter as many of your card creations that you like into our challenges,

 BUT..... We do have a few " RULES" we would like you to follow please......

 1. "Your card must not be entered into any more then 5  challenges"

 2.You must add your link in Mr.Linky 

3. You MUST add a link to your **direct blog post*** .

4. You must have a link back to the challenge blog in your post mentioning Bizzy Bec's Challenge.

5. PLEASE DO NOT link your entry to an old card, your entry must be new. "Unfortunately those entries that do not follow the RULES will be ineligible for the prize".

Bye for now...Bec, Annie, Carol, Jackie,  Karen, Lou,  Mandy  and Shaz.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April Winners....

                       April Anything Goes Challenge

                                    Bizzy Becs would like to congratulate:

                                                          #16   Sarah N

"Stunning project, we love your choice of image, papers and elements you used to create your super cute box card"

you have won


donated from Bizzy Becs Online Store
fabulous range of Various Stamps, Dies and Embellishments for all your crafty needs and wants.

We are sure you will have lots of crafty fun creating with your  prize....
**** please contact Bec  HERE to claim your prize and don't forget to grab your Winners Badge from the sidebar to display proudly on your blog. ****

OUR TOP 3 April Awards go to :
(please grab your Top 3 badge from the sidebar)

  #2 - Swissie
#6- Kate H
#23- Janis in ID


" Top 3 have been  listed in numerical order  and all winners have been chosen using Random Org "

 We'd like to congratulate this months Winner and Top 3 and to thank everyone that entered this months challenge  - outstanding creations everyone....


Don't forget to come back here tomorrow to see the NEW CHALLENGE and fabulous Inspiration from the wonderful Design Team Girls.
Cheers for now.....
 Bizzy Bec’s DT team. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tiny Townie Garden Girl Poppy

Hi everyone.
I am sorry I didn't get this post up yesterday, it's been a crazy week! Thanks for looking in on the blog.

For my turn I am sharing a card using one of the new StampingBella Tiny Townie collection stamps.
They are just divine!

This little Garden Girl Collection stamp is called Poppy.

I have used a patterned paper for my background from a paper sampler kit Bec sent me and layered my diecuts over the top.
The stamped image is on Xpress It copic paper and coloured in using comic markers.

Supplies used:
Stampingbella Stamp - Poppy
Avery Elle - Sweet Scallops Die
Avery Elle - Wonky Stitches Die
The Frantic Stamper - Double Diamond Card Panel Die
Lawn Fawn - Happy happy happy stamp set
Lawn Fawn -Happy happy happy Die set

Pop in to the on-line store and save! There is still time to save with 25% off storewide.

thanks again for stopping by.
see you soon for our monthly challenge.

mandy x

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ANZAC Tribute

Today is ANZAC day here in New Zealand ans Australia.
The 25th is also my post day for Bizzy Becs.
So I have decided to make today's card a tribute to all those that gave and give their lives to defend us.

I have used an image from Flower Festival from Penny Black..

Unfortunately I had to hand write the sentiment and my writing is pretty hohum.

I coloured the image using H20 watercolours.

Thanks for dropping by,

Saturday, April 22, 2017

let's create

Sharing today my inspiration project for you  
using several goodies  found in store. 
What you can't find contact Bec
and she will help you.
My project is part mixed media
part colouring.

Goods used are:
Darkroom stamp - fishing
Tim Holtz distressed inks..Broken China,  Spun sugar, Wild honey

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Twenty One

Hi All, my friend trusts me to make a special card for her grand children 
and so here it is - a  21st Birthday card.

Items Used:
Card Front
Digi - Sweet Love - Key to my Heart
Spellbinders Circle  (Stitched Ones) and Scallop Circle (lovely stitched ones now)
Heartfelt Creations - Arianna Blooms
CC Designs = Cutters Olive Branch
Lots of different keys found here
Poppy Craft - Ornate flourish Border
Impression Obsession - Butterfly set
Frantic Stamper - Scalloped Borders
I used the smallest one cut both side to create the pink strip down the side.

Inside Card:
First Edition Dies - Pots and Jars
Impression Obsession - Love (better tan mine)
Memory Box Dies - Cascadia Butterfly Trio
Impression Obsessions - Butterfly Set
Ultimate Crafts - Butterfly Freedom
Precious Marieke - Flower Border (Top and bottom of insert)

Have a lovely week and don't forget to enter Bizzy Bec's challenge on her blog.
It's easy, no restrictions to your creativity as it's Anything goes.
Crafty Hugs, Carol

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Use Die as a Stencil + Mixed Gilding Flakes

Hi all... Shaz here - with another tutorial .. so grab a cuppa! 😉
To my card .. a peek! 
Am re-visiting the new technique from earlier this month where I've used a Die to make stencil.
1. I took the * Pre-order Sizzix Thinlets Mixed Media #2 Die set - used the swirl from this set, and die cut a scrap of cardstock from cereal box, hey presto, disposable stencil!! 👍
2. Then made a disposable sponge, see below - cut folded piece of new cheap kitchen sponge, attached a handle with folded card, stapled on. 😉 Dabbed carefully,. #working from top to bottom. This was very detailed die cut stencil. The spaces where it is bit "floaty" in middle needed more care.
3. Glue used was the Cosmic shimmer flitter glue. Very tacky.
Leave for 20 to 30 mins to set, otherwise flakes don't adhere nicely.
Lay leaf loosely over sticky area where you want it, smooth it carefully around in circular motion and push it on with very gentle finger tips.
Then remove excess flakes with soft fairly-sizeable paintbrush, buff the glorious shine well, again with soft pressure, in circular motion (see above image). Remove  & save excess flakes.
4. Used more Silver than in earlier card,  + little of Egyptian Gold Gilding Flakes. Smoothed it off well, with fingers or brush.
5. Added the soft shading with  the gorgeous Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire pad.
(*Distress Ink - Available pre-order from Bec upon request)

I wanted to highlight the swirl so used water based ink rather than dye ink.
 Took *Pre-order Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly Die, and the inside greeting of *Pre-order Sue Wilson Just For You Ornate Oval Die.
6. Cut both out dies. Double layered greeting, coloured butterfly DP with the DI Chipped Sapphire.
7. Die cut the sheet with *Pre-order Spellbinder Pierced Rectangles. Truly Bec has the best prices around.. this versatile rectangle set is so unbelievably priced!!! check it oFinished card, added some bling to butterfly, just let the swirl show under the butterfly.
For a different look, see earlier neutral shaded card Over here!  A big plus, is minimal cleaning up with disposable home made tools.

Please do pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's - ANYTHING Goes Challenge! And pop by Bec's store.. for the month of April she has storewide, a whopping 25% off  her already low prices!!  

Thanks for popping over, especially if you say hi to let me know you've been by - you bless my heart!
I pray you're enjoying a God blessed Easter.

God bless you all, you are appreciated.
Shaz in Oz.x