Birthday Bears 

Hello, I wanted to share the card I created for my son’s 5th birthday.

 As soon as I saw the Beary Special Birthday set from MFT Stamps I knew it was the one I needed to use for the sweet little guy in my life. 
I started off by stamping and masking off as needed to create the scene. Masking is fussy and fiddly work, but it’s such a great effect, especially as I’m on such a one layer card roll at the moment. 

Next up I took Distress Ink and blended the trio of colours til somewhat smooth, spritz water over the top and left to dry. I did leave the masks on whilst I dropped water on the card, that can certainly be a bit hit and miss, but since I was planning on watercolouring, I knew I could lift any little accidents. 

Once the card was completely dry, I took the Ranger paint dabber in black tie and used a splatter brush to splatter black on the entire piece. I’m loving this effect at the moment.  


I held my breath, then removed the masks and yay! Perfect. 

Watercolouring the images was so enjoyable, they are so very cute. Once dry I took a large circle (in this case a circle die that was in arms reach) to draw in a banner sting as I wanted to “hang”  my son’s name with the new banners also from MFT Dienamics.

I finished up the card with lots of sparkle from the Spectrum Noir clear shimmer and glossy accents.

I used white embossing powder from Ranger to emboss the sentiment. 

I’m super excited to give this card to my little guy. How he is suddenly 5 I’ll never understand, but I’m in awe of him. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting. 

Niki x 

Hello Sunshine!

Hello, thank you for stopping by. Today’s card is extra exciting for me as its my first as a guest design team member for waffleflower.com

If you already follow me on Instagram, you’d know I’ve loved creating with Waffle Flower for a while now, such sweet stamps and dies. 

For today’s card I used the Balloon Messages stamp & die set, the sweetest Monkey named Claire and Coffee Loves Milk dye ink. 
After working out my layout. I started on the background. Taking the star from the Balloon Messages set, I heat embossed white stars onto the top portion of the card.

Next I took Coffee Loves Milk dye ink and ink blended just over the stars to bring them out. I gotta say, that colour is beautiful. So soft and creamy. 

I used the ink splatter brush to splatter the same dye ink for a tone on tone effect. 

After colouring the large speech bubble (which I used as a big balloon) and Claire with distress ink. I die cut and fussy cut out the images and arranged them ready to stamp the ground and sentiment. 

I liked the idea of having the sentiment look as though it was a part of the ground. 

Lastly I finished up with a sprinkling of my favorite clear sequins and beads from Pretty Pink Posh. And now this beauty is ready for the post to make a little girl smile. 
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and happy crafting to you! 

Reverse Colour Lotus.

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Hello and thank you for taking a moment to stop by.

Today I was in the mood to create a card with a colourful background and stamp an image with just the outline and no colour.  I’ve seen plenty of examples on instagram and just loved it! The contrast was so aesthetically pleasing.

So I searched my stash and found that my favorite Lotus stamp from http://www.waffleflower.com would work a treat.

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First off I worked out my layout, stamped on Tim Holtz watercolour paper and masked the image.

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I decided I wanted to leave a little white border around the image so I cut the masks up according and started ink blending with Distress Inks.

Removing the masks, I then dropped large blobs of water and spritz the paper, removing the excess.

Allowing it to completely dry, I then took Ranger acrylic paint in black, held my breath and started splattering.

In hindsight I would have stop 2 spats sooner, but it wasn’t enough of a bother to have started again.

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And that’s when sequins become not only a glorious shiny finishing touch but also cover up a really big and annoying to me splatter spot 😉

In the end it did need something more, so I cut the panel down, stuck a piece of shiny washi tape to a black piece of card stock and adhered it behind the main panel.

Finally happy, I adhered the whole panel to a card base and card complete!

Happy Crafting to you and thanks for stopping by.

Niki.

Somewhat no line colouring

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Hello, thank you for taking the time to hop over to my blog.

Something I’m not very good at is no line watercolouring. Oh, I try, I really try, but it never looks how I imagine it will.
I think it’s a combination of my lack of free hand artistry and my love of crisp bold images.

But I persist and this time around I documented my stages below in photos, so please feel free to leave a comment with tips and opinions. I also have called this “somewhat no line colouring” as the line, stamped with Antique Linen distress ink, is clearly still visible. One step at a time!

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I used Tim Holtz watercolour paper and distress ink to stamp with. I chose the Lotus stamp set from Waffle Flower Stamps as its just so darling and has large areas to colour in.

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At this stage (above) I felt the lotus leaves were to green and after this was confirmed by my husband, I added clean water to the area, allowed it to sit for a minute and blotted it with a paper towel. This did the trick. 

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Still needing contrast within the leaves I went with yellow, not factually correct, but it works for me!

To finish off I framed the entire panel with liquid platinum embossing powder and did a free hand black boarder within the flower and leaves.
Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins add the final touch.

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Hope you like the card and happy crafting to you!

Cheers!

Niki.

Sending Birthday Smiles

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Hello and thank you for taking a moment to check out my blog and this card that I so very much enjoyed creating.

Some days I bin three or four cards/ ideas before I decide to call it a day and then there are days like today. 
Today this card almost made itself, and I absolutely love how it turned out.

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I started out with Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp and selected the Up and Away set from Mama Elephant.
I worked out the layout and did my stamping with Momento Ink in Tuxedo Black as I’ll be Copic colouring later on.

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I stamped the numbers from Balloon et Cetera also by Mama Elephant in Simon Says Stamp Fog ink as I wanted a tone on tone look.  As the recipient is turning 5 I chose Wet Cement ink by Hero Arts to have it stand out slightly. 

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After colouring in with Copic Markers, I die cut fun foam and adhered it to the back of the pieces I wanted to pop up. I then realised I had run out of my double sided adhesive sheets, so made do with large strips of double sided tape on my cardbase that was the same size as my front panel so I could adhere the die cut pieces back into place. 

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Finished off as per usual with my favorite Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins and beads and a little Wink of Stella on the balloons and the number 5.

And that completes my card.
Happy crafting!

Cheers,
Niki

A Woodland Thanks

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Hello! Thank you for taking a moment to stop by.
Almost 3 years ago I made my first card, I searched pinterest for inspiration, went out and purchased my weight in buttons. 😅 I’ve yet to use a button on a card, but it was the start of my crafty journey.

The reason I wanted to make my own cards then is the same reason I continue to do so. To make the recipient smile with a handmade card that is personal to them. 

This card is created for two outstanding, somewhat new, friends.

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I knew I wanted to use the Woodlands Wonder set by Avery Elle. I masked out a border with 3M painter’s tape, arranged the stamps and chose the colours I wanted to stamp with.

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Once the stamping was done, I took Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and lightly blended in the edges of the mask to create a subtle border.

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Using Copics colours I coloured in the bird. Used the Copic Multi Liner to darken up the bird’s eye.
Feeling that panel was lacking in some oomph, I decided to chop the bottom of the panel and add in some pattern paper.

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And as always, to finish up the card I took sequins, beads and drops from Pretty Pink Posh and worked out my placement.  I use Multi Medium Matte to adhere the sequins and beads and felt Glossy Accents would retain the shine of the drops better.

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I hope you like the card and happy crafting to you!

Cheers,
Niki.

Tweet Tweet For You.

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Hello and welcome,

After being away on holidays for a couple of weeks, coming home with mounds of unpacking and cleaning, I’ve been feeling creatively flat. 

Today I finally wondered into my craft room and decided I was going to use my favourite Distress Ink combination and the Scalloped Banner Die from Avery Elle.
So that’s where I started. 

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Using Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron Distress Ink, I blended the colours on to the edges of the Avery Elle Scalloped Banner Die die cut from Neenah Solar White 110LB.

Once it was blended smoothly I used a water spritzer to mist over some water. I absolutely love the effect.

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I selected the Tweet Tweet set from Avery Elle because those birds are super cute and great as a stand alone feature on a card. I initially had thought I would use a vine or a branch but wanted something “cleaner”. When looking for the sentiment (Oh Happy Day by Avery Elle) the arrow was exactly what I was after. 

Using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black I did all my stamping. I use a slim & firm mouse pad under my card stock when I stamp.

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Next I coloured in the bird with Copic markers (colour combos above in the photo), rubbed away the pencil lines I drew to ensure a straight stamp and darkened up the bird’
s eye with a Copic Multi Liner.

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At this point I realised I wanted slight dimension so I die cut 2 more Scalloped Banners and taped them together under the coloured banner. 
I die cut a base panel from Neenah card stock with the largest Stitched Rectangle from Lawn Fawn.

Also from Lawn Fawn, the Stitched Border Dies were die cut to give the background some subtle interest.
My favorite clear sequins and beads from Pretty Pink Posh added the final touch.

Thank you for viewing my first ever blog post.  I truly appreciate you stopping by.

Cheers, Niki

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