Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rainbow Thanks

A  couple of months ago I had the pleasure of meeting a few crafty gals that I have met online but not in person. (Ardyth, Tracey and Emily) I am sure these superstars need no intro from me! They are super talented and oh so delightful!
Well.....I am sure you can imagine, not a lot of crafting happened. BUT that was just fine, we did all borrow stuff and die cut items from each others stash, so we all left with stuff we did not have before.
Ardyth was kind enough to let me keep a couple of her stamp sets to play with, and I just had to make her a thank you card for when I returned it.  Now, I did not use any of the stamps she loaned me :b , but I did use some die cuts I got from Tracey.  

I started with some glossy cardstock and alcohol inks to create the rainbow background. Next I die cut the triangle panel, from Hero Arts, and adhered it over the rainbow BG.  The thanks die is from PTI and is one of the die cuts I used from Tracey's stash.  I had only cut white so I colored it in with a copic marker.  I adhered it to the Lil inkers diagonal strip (also from Tracey)  and popped it up onto the panel with foam tape. I finished it all off with some enamel dots.
And that was pretty much it.

Thanks for stopping by.
Natasha :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wedding wishes

EDITED: I am not sure why the photo would  not upload the first time I posted this, so here it is again :) 

Hello people :) I hope you are all enjoying the summer. We definitely are. I am beginning to get a bit depressed about the boys having to start school soon.  I love the summer and getting to spend every day with my guys. Right now we are in our annual family vacation that is even sweeter this year since my parents and Niece are visiting from South Africa. We have been having a great time.  
Anyway.... Last weekend my cousin got married and I am here to share one  of the cards I made for the occasion. ( I forgot to photograph the other one;( ) 

Here it is:

So here I have a PTI soft stone card base that I heat embossed with the stitches and swirls stamp set using some silver pearl embossing powder from wow embossing powders. The stitched tag is die cut from white card stock and is from lil inkers. I die cut the couple from a shimmery black card stock. The clothing pieces were cut from a champagne gold shimmer card stock and some yellow (the colors  if the wedding party). The sentiment is also from PTI. 

Well, that's all from me  folks ;) take care and  hope you have a great weekend. 
Tasha :) 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Super teacher card

Why, hello there. It has been a long time since my last post. I have not been very good with card making or blogging the few items I have made before they were sent off.
I did however manage to snap a few (poor quality) pics of the card I made for my Sons grade one teacher before I sent it off with him this morning.

 When I saw this stamp set from MFT, I immediately knew I had to have it for this very occasion. I thought this little girl reminded me a lot of my sons teacher.  So I made sure to order it.  This was one of those cards where, I kind of knew the direction I wanted to go, but was a little fuzzy on the details. But I must say, once I colored her in and made the background, it all came together so easily.  And it was so much fun to make.  The little girl is mounted onto a wobbler so she jiggles.

I started by making the sun-ray stencil with my cameo. I sponged on distress inks in to create the sun rays and then used some wink of Stella to add some shimmer.  Next I colored the little girl in with copics and added more wink of Stella to make her shimmer and shine.  I attached her to the card front using a wobbler.  I used some Lil inkers cloud dies and colored them in with copics The lightning bolts were also colored with copics and covered in glossy accents.  I heat embossed the city scape with black EP, and popped it on to the front with dimensional foam tape.

 I am a little disappointed that I did not have time to take a nicer photograph, but you get the idea.  Here is a pic to show some of the shimmer.

 Here is a little video showing the wobble action:

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend.
Tasha :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Clean and simple day 3 take 2

Good morning.
I managed to make another card yesterday for day 3 of the clean and simple online card class, but I was not able to photograph it before the sun went down, so I did it this morning.

The topic of the day was 'optical illusion' and Jennifer showed a few masking techniques that inspired this card.

Firstly, can I jut say how much I LOVE this stamp set.  I fell in love with it the second Nichole Heady sneak peaked it.  Unfortunately for me, I was not able to place a full order on release night so I resigned myself to admiring it from afar. Until a very sweet lady on the PTI forum offered to add it to her order and mail it to me.  The dies were sold out, so I still have to get that, but I am one happy camper for the time being.  Now onto the card  ;)

The moment I saw this set, I just knew it had to be colored.  I digressed from the examples Jennifer showed us in that she had a a lot more white space. So at first I thought I would mask off a border along the outside edge of the card.  But these flowers are quite big and I really wanted to show them in all of their glory.   I opted to go all the way. 

I started off by embossing the smallest rectangle in the Lil inkers stitched mats die set to create a frame for my sentiment.  I just adore these stitched mats, they add such a fun extra kick to a card.  Next I masked that section off with some post it tape and went to town stamping all those pretty flowers in Momento tuxedo black ink.  I then spent an insane amount of time coloring in the flowers with copic markers.  I took great care to use lots of shades and highlights to add the optical illusion of depth and height. I used a white gel pen for the dots. I wanted these flowers to sing! When I was done with all the coloring I took a very light grey marker and outlined the flowers for even more dimension. So, it all looked great! (IMHO) ;) but I decided to add some distress ink in scattered straw to the outside of the panel. Lastly I embossed the stitched lines on the outside edges to tie it to the sentiment panel and finish it off.

I cannot tell you how much FUN I had making this card.  I know for a lot of people spending this much time on a card seems like too much of an effort for one card, but for me, it is like therapy. To just sit and get lost in my thoughts for that time is like taking a mental vacation. One that is often desperately needed around these parts ;)) 

Lastly, I know this does not fit the whole 'clean and simple' category... but it is one layer and it does have the 'optical illusion' thing, no? ;) 

So I hope my card does not digress too much from the path, and I hope you enjoyed your visit today.

I'm off to attend to some tedious housework, and hopefully I will earn some time to play with today's lessons  later.
Have a great day friends.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Clean and simple 3 day 3

Hi there.
Today I have a card I made for day 2 of the clean and simple, online card class. My card is based on Laura Bassens card. 

I know it's hard to see in the picture, but I used an Impression obsession background stamp with soft stone ink. It is very light so it's hard to see in the photograph.  I loved the idea of a bold focal sentiment, and I am in love with polka dots ;)  So to change it up a bit I used the shadow stamping technique. I stamped the dots in the various colors then went back and stamped over them with white ink to create a shadow.  I also added some wink of Stella over the circles to make them pop even more. 
Now this card seems pretty simple, but let me just say it took me three attempts to get to this.   There is a real gift in knowing when to stop!  And clearly, I do not posses that gift.  So the first two times I kept filling in the white space until It was practically covered in colored polka dots.  So what has this experience taught me you might ask?  That I am more of a more is more, complicated  soul than a clean and simple one... and you know what... it is a reflection of my personality, so I'm good! ;)))   

Thanks for stopping by :)  I have another card to share for day two, if I can photograph it before the light fades, I'll post it tonight.  Otherwise... As they say in South Africa, "More is nog 'n dag",  (tomorrow is another day). 

Peace and love
Tasha :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Clean and simple day 1

Hi again.
So I have signed up for the clean and simple 3 one layer card class.I love these classes, they are packed full of ideas. I have taken quite a few, but I never seem to get the time to play along. For this class the timing is perfect (March Break, and bad weather ;) ), but they have also changed the scheduling a bit, so videos are every other day... I  am loving that, because it gives me time to think about my design and still have time to make it, without feeling like I have already fallen behind.

So now for my card:

For this card I knew I wanted to do the rainbow strips, but I did not have the balloon dies. So I was kind of playing with a few ideas, when I came across the MFT sketch challenge and everything clicked into place.  I ended up combining Debby's and Shari's classes to make this, based on this MFT sketch.

I was planning to enter that challenge but my kids were hogging the computer yesterday and I did not get to upload it in time.  :/
Oh, well... I still like the card. Colorful! Just the way I like it :)

Thanks for stopping by, and I will be back tomorrow with another card for the clean and simple class.
Tasha :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Virginia's View #1

Good morning.
I have a card to share with you that I made for the new challenge blog, Virginia's View, started by the lovely and every inspiring Virginia Lu (a fellow Canadian, yay! ) ;)
The first, HERE, Challenge is all about Watercolor. I love watercolor! So I knew I just had to play along.

Here's my card :

And here's the inside:

Now even though I do have a cheapo set of water color I used re-inkers for this because I wanted  this color combo and I like how vibrant the re-inkers are.  I colored a panel of card stock, starting with the pink at the top and the orange at the bottom and worked my way to the middle. I then die cut the butterflies from this panel.  Next I took a plain piece of white card stock and die cut the butterflies again before running through with a woodgrain impression plate to add texture.  I popped this onto the card base with foam tape. Instead of adding a sentiment to the card I decided to add it to the butterflies that I then inserted them into the negative space, leaving the wings free to fly ;) I finished it off with some enamel dots.  Now... I am desperately trying to become more 'clean and simple" in my card making, so I made sure to leave lots of white space, where I would typically try to fill the space.  I think it works but I'd love to hear other ideas/opinions. 

I've recently started finishing the insides of my cards too, even if it is just a sentiment.  I feels more complete.  For this one I LOVE the way it looks. I chose the sentiment because I thought it worked well with the butterflies and "transformation" ;)  I stamped the sentiment and watercolored over it to echo the colors on the butterflies. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I have inspired you to play along too.

Peace and Love.
Tasha :)

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