Friday, March 9, 2018

Superboy comic

Hello!
Todays card was a labour of love. πŸ’ I made it for a birthday party my youngest son was invited to. It took an insane amount of time to come together and at one point I was ready to give up, but since I am so stubborn my ego would not allow this card to defeat me so I persisted.  πŸ˜œ And I am glad I did because I actually like the final product.


For a while now I have wanted to create a comic book inspired card. This super boy image from MFT was the perfect character to base my card on. I coloured him in with copic markers and then went to work on the rest of the card. I used distress inks and a combination of stamps and stencils to make the different background pieces. For the Orange piece I used some spiced marmalade and carved pumpkin Distress ink for the base colour, then I used a cutout of the Altenew Halftone cover plate as a stencil with rusty hinge. On the blue piece I used salty ocean and mermaid lagoon for the base and  stamped the dots onto with a stamp from the Papertrey Inks superhero stamp set using blueprint sketch. The yellow piece was inked with squeezed lemonade on the base and sponged with mustard seed over a Penny Black chevron stencil.  The red piece was also made with a stencil that I made with my Silhouette machine since I do not own a sun ray stencil. I used Candy apple and festive berries on the base and some fired brick as the darker colour with the stencil. Lastly, the base of the green piece was twisted citron and I stamped the halftone circles from Altenew with PTI's new leaf ink.
To get the comic book effect I used black card stock and the split die from MFT's Blueprints 18. I then cut those two panels in half to get 4 pieces. I used the black pieces as my matt and trimmed the inked pieces down to fit. The words were dies from PTI 's superhero set.  I cut two of each. 1 from black card stock and the other from a coloured card stock. I offset them to create a shadow effect.
I attached everything to a white card base and popped up the circle with foam tape to create some dimension.
Phew.... that took almost as long to explain as it did to make. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (not really.)

Well, I hope you like todays card.
Thank You for stopping by.
Tasha 😊

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sweet Macaroons

Hello again.

Today I have a deliciously sweet card to share. If you know anything about me at all, it is that I have a VERY sweet tooth. Desert is my favourite course of every meal. 😍 One of my favourite sweet treats is macaroons. Those delightfully sweet, melt in your mouth treats have me salivating just thinking about them. If you, like me, are obsessed with these little bites of heaven then you know all about  LaudreΓ©.  Now as a card maker, I find their advertising as amazing as their desserts. So when Altenew came out with their macaroon stamp set, I knew I had to have it so I could make cards inspired by these delicious photos. 


Don't they just make you want some macaroons? (It's taking everything I have right now not to hop in my car and visit our local mall that has a LaudreΓ© store.)

Now for my card: 
 
To make this card, I stamped the macaroons from Altenew's Handmade Tags stamp set onto white Neenah white card stock with some vanilla versacolor pigment ink. This allowed me to do some no-line colouring. I used zig clean colour brush markers to colour these in and then used a white gel pen to accentuate the highlights. The wreath in the centre is from a Wpls9 stamp set called Heartfelt Holidays. The wreath and sentiment were heat embossed using gold embossing powder. I tried the panel down and mounted it onto a gold mirror panel and then mounted that onto a mint green Hero Arts card base. 

This is one of my favourite cards I've made and it went to a very special cousin for her birthday. 
I hope you enjoyed todays post. 

Thanks you for stopping by.
Natasha 😊

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Budding Thanks

Hello again! πŸ˜„
I am back today with TWO cards! I know! It's like I'm on a roll or something. πŸ˜‚ 

So last week I made a trip to my LSS to place an order for the new Tim Holtz glass mat that was released at Creativation last month. While I was there I could not resist getting a few Altenew goodies to play with. One of my acquisitions was the AMAZING 'Budding Thanks' set. 
It is honestly such a great stamp set. It makes it so easy to whip up a card that looks like you've spent hours making. 
Here are the two cards I've made so far, but stay tuned because I think this set is going to get a serious workout. (There is one flower I haven't even used yet.😯)


For this card I stamped each flower with the coordinating layers onto a 4.25 X 5.5 panel. Then I used some Copic markers in C1 and N2 to create the shadows around the flowers.This little detail makes such a difference in the depth and dimension it adds to the finished card.  I then went over each flower with a Wink of Stella shimmer brush pen to add some shimmer. Once this was done, I die cut it using the large scalloped frame from the MFT Blueprints 27 set.  Next I used a smaller scallop from the stitched scalloped mini stax set to cut out a frame in the centre of the panel. I mounted the large frame onto a black card base and used some foam tape to pop the frame in the centre up. The sentiment is the 'Many Thanks' die cut from Ellen Hutson. I cut off the word many and then heat embossed the thanks with some clear EP to add dimension. To finish off this card I added some clear rainstones from PTI. 


 
For my second card I stamped the flowers and sentiment onto a 3X5.5 inch white card panel. Once I was done stamping I added some Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to the flowers and sentiment. I mounted the panel onto a silver glitter panel.  I then attached that to a soft stone card base. 

See, easy as pie. 😬

Well, I hope you enjoyed my offerings for today. thanks for stopping by.
Tasha πŸ’–

Monday, February 12, 2018

MFT Space dude

Hello!
Anybody there???  πŸ˜‚ Just kidding. I am really bad at blogging though, aren't I? I'm thinking I should try harder to make the time to share my cards more often. πŸ˜‹ It's not that I don't make them, its just that I am not so good with sharing them. Well, that and the fact that 'last minute Lucy' over here, seems to always be making cards 5 minutes before I need them and end up either not taking photos or simply forgetting to come back and share them.
Anyway.... its still early into 2018 and therefore IMHO still ok to make positive changes, right? πŸ˜‰
So lets move along, shall we?
Today I have a card to share that I made for a birthday party my youngest son was invited to this weekend. I used the Space Explorer set from MFT for this one and it was SOOO much fun to make.


I started this card with an idea for the background that I wanted my space dude to be floating on. The earth was a free with 60 die I got a while ago with one of my MFT orders. It is one of my favourite dies. It was attached to a sentiment that read "you mean the world to me" but thanks to my old jewelry making days I had the tools on hand to cut that part off so that I could just use the earth as a stand alone die. I have had a lot of use of this die this way. The die only cuts out the continents, so once those were cut out, I used a circle stax die that fitted to make a mask. I masked off the background and went to work inking up the blue earth using distress inks. Once I was happy with the earth, I masked it off and got inky with my space background. I used a white gel pen and some studio calico white and shimmer sprays to create the stars.  The images (including the continents) were coloured with Copic markers. I used some glossy accents to add some interest and dimension to the moon, the ring around Saturn and the continents on the earth. Once everything was inked and coloured, I mounted it onto a silver glitter card stock. That, was then mounted onto a white card base on which I used a stitched die from lil inkers to create a stitching line detail. You can't see it in this photo (and I can't seem to upload the video I took 😑) but the space guy is attached with an action wobbler, so he jiggles! EEKKK! 7 year olds get all the fun cards I tell ya!

Anyhoo... thats my card for today. I hope you like it. And come back tomorrow to see all the fun I have been having with some Altenew flowers.
Thanks for visiting me.
Tasha 😘


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Good Morning! I am very excited to once again be joining Taheera Atchia on her annual Advent blog hop.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Here is my card for today:

I created the background of this card with the Avery Elle Ikat additions stamp set using Simon says stamp fog gray and Hero Arts soft pool ink. The gold accents and sentiment were heat embossed with some glitter EP from Reflections. The sentiment is from Avery Elle's 'comfort and joy' stamp set.  I mounted the stamped panel onto a birchwood scalloped matt and a soft stone card base. I love the idea of making Christmas cards out of non Christmas stamps. :)
It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Avery Elle so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas! 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the hop. :)
Natasha

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Muse: Christmas Visions

Hello!
I am very excited to be the Muse this month over on the Muse: Christmas Visions blog.


For my inspiration card I created a cute scene using a stamp set from Avery Elle called, 'Caroling Critters'. I started with some cracked pistachio distress ink to do some ink blending for the background. I then used the 'Wonkey stitched elle-ments' die to cut out the panel. My images were die cut, stamped and heat embossed onto some Bristol paper and coloured with Zig clean colour markers. I used an MFT die to cut the snow drift out and stamped the sentiment on it before popping it onto the base with some foam tape. Once I had all the images adhered in place, I attached it to a card base with some silver glitter paper to add some shine.

Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to play along.  Hop on over to the Muse:Christmas Visions blog to find out how to play along.

Natasha :)



Friday, December 2, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello everyone! Today I am super excited to be participating in Taheerah Atchia's Advent Calendar Extravaganza!  I was thrilled so flattered when Taheerah asked if I would be interested in participating.  



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Here's todays card:

 For todays card I started with the snow globe from PTI. After cutting the base piece out of plain white card stock I went to work inking it up with a variety of distress ink colours. I then added some water droplets to give it some interest but decided I wanted some more texture, so I used a memory box stencil and some texture paste to create the snow. Once that was done I cut the Mama Elephant buildings out of black card stock and glued it onto a yellow base so to create "lights". For the front of the globe I used a combination of silver foil and silver glitter card stock.  I sandwiched the front and back together with double sided foam in between and added some chunky glitter, stars and micro beads to create the shaker element. The sentiment is from the WPlus 9  Heartfelt Holiday set, and is heat embossed with white EP on black card stock.  I always like to add little details that I think will add a little extra something to my cards and so I added some nail heads to the sentiment strip as well as the sides of the base of the snowglobe. 
The little fairy is from the Lawn Fawn "Frosty Fairy Friends" set. I coloured her in with copics and a glitter gel pen. I'm not sure if you can see it or not, but the bottom of her skirt and her ear muffs are puffy. I used a liquid appliquΓ© pen and then used my heat gun to make it puff up.  I thought it was a fun touch. 
Once I was done with the snow globe I used a stripped embossing plate from PTI,  some soft stone card stock and a scalloped die to create the matt that I mounted the snow globe onto. I attached it all to a plain white card base and that finished my card for today. 
It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Lawn Fawn so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the other stops on todays post. :) 


Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

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