Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest We Forget

Today is Anzac Day -  a day of remembrance so special to all Australians. It is also the ANZAC Centenary. This card was inspired by the Red Poppy - a symbol of remembrance to
Australaians for all the soldiers who never returned home, and the fields of red poppies where so many fallen lay in the fields of France in the Great War.
My little homage includes poppies from the Australian War Memorial, the Vase is from Turkey, and the Rosemary is also worn traditionally for remembrance- it is from my garden. Perhaps it has special significance today as our eldest son is a serving soldier in the RAN. So many lives of service to secure the home we love and the life we cherish today. Lest We Forget.

Watercolour poppy in Real Red from Simply Sketched, French Script background in versa mark o Mossy Meadow. Burlap ribbon and Mossy Meadow twine with Antique Brad and kraft card
Photo taken by our youngest son at the War Memorial in 2012 when we went down for the Army Marchout Ceremony for our eldest son. I love this.

With a grateful heart, God Bless, Liz

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

More Watercolour cards - Paper Players#241 and JAI#259

After the class on the weekend I have a beautiful stash of watercolour pieces and now I am busy making them into Mother's Day cards.  The challenge at the Paper Playes this week is a clean and simple Watercolour which is always a challenge for me to keep things 'clean' - I do love an embellishment.  This card uses some gorgeous little paper flowers which were part of a treasure trove I found in Vietnam last year.
Paper Players #241

For the watercolouring I used Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and a touch of Crushed Curry. But for the ink and the cardstock ring I used the long retired Peach Parfait which worked a treat. Of course the inside needed a little dressing up. (Trying hard to use up old bits and pieces) - like the glimmer brad in Rich Razzleberry.

I have a few other samples too.
This one I am entering in JAI# 259 Just add sequins.

This one uses Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride, as well as the Peach Parfait.

And one last sample in which I tried the Bokeh Techique - using one of the Techniques from We Stamp For Lara. I have been keen to see how this worked but only just got around to it now - thanks to Krissy who lent me the Kraft Ink. 

I think I may have to try this technique again!

Thanks for looking, Liz

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Mother's Day Card Class water colouring

Yesterday was the watercolour "Smooshing" technique at my Mother's Day class and the results were so lovely i just wanted to share some of the finished cards. The pink and soft sky was a happy accident- I love it.

I just love how everyone's was different. The real trick to the lovely watercolour look is using the  shimmer white paper.
Thanks for looking, Liz

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

JAI #258 a little bit of Blackberry Love with FMS#181

IThe challenge this week is a gorgeous colour challenge at JAI. 
And I have teamed this with the sketch challenge at Freshl Made Sketches
I have been experimenting with watercolour look backgrounds for my next class for Mother's Day and the Blackberry Bliss ink gives gorgeous colours with this technique. The background is the feature so minimal stamping and embellishments let it shone through. (I'm not sure my photography does it any justice here) I used the floral spray from Thoughts and Prayers, and the sentiment from Good Greetings. A little heart from Pictogram Punches is highlighted with some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and the sequins are strawberry slush from the in colour sequins collection - I have to admit I have used these more than I imagined I would. A little bit of silver pen helped highlight the tiny bit of Smoky Slate stamping.

Thanks for looking. Liz  

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter Little box of Flowers, CTC #24 Celebrating Easter,

Well I love Easter and I love flowers, and I love little boxes. So when I saw a cute little box of hearts on Pinterest I knew I had to try something similar. The challenge at CASEing the Catty is to create an Easter project, and the theme at The Challenge is Anything Goes for their one year anniversary, so I am entering these in both of those.

they fit right into a regular C6 envelope and don't require any additional postage ! bonus!
Since my family all live far away I made a dozen of these to send to them all. I stamped the Love is Kindness image with soft suede and coloured the tulips using either blendabilities or ink and my blender pen. They looked too stark with only the white background so I used my aqua painter to give a watercolour wash background before I cut them out.
The Mini Treat boxes are a perfect size to fit into an envelope, and I constructed a little bridge from Kraft cardstock to adhere the flowers to. Then they only needed a little bit of extra stamping on the box to add some texture,and a little happy Easter Banner from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments, and a little touch of string or ribbon.
I hope you too have a very happy Easter.
Thanks for looking, Liz