22 March 2017

A Little Decorating ...

Hello there, I wanted to pop in to let you know that I am taking a break from my blog for the rest of the month.
 
As you are reading this, I am having new windows installed today in my craft room *updated - they are now being fitted on Saturday*. I have wanted new windows for years since the old ones were letting in a draft and were rather un-functional (is that a word?!). I am super happy to finally be getting brand spanking new ones! Since my room is pretty small and the fitters need to have access to the windows, I am having to clear out my entire room.
 
 
Since I have to do this, I have decided now is a good time to freshen up my room. I will be getting a new carpet, along with painting the walls to brighten things up. This means no crafting for me for a week or so. I hope you will bare with me while I do this. I'm sure I will still be posting on Instagram during this time, so if you don't follow me already, please do! My username is thecardgrotto :)
 
Thanks so much for popping by today, see you next month!

20 March 2017

His & Hers Watercolour Backgrounds

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog & You Tube Channel sharing two cards made using the Hero Arts Watercolour Dot Palette. I am a big fan of these dot sheets as although they were originally made to be little samples so that you can then go on and buy the full watercolour, they are great for card makers as you only need a small amount of watercolour per project.
 
 
My cards today use the emboss resist technique along with Bold Prints Backgrounds. You can see the post here and the video directly on You Tube here. Thanks so much for popping by today. I hope you have a great rest of the day!

18 March 2017

Lovely Day

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Hero Arts Color Layering Flowers For You. These colour layering sets are great for adding dimension with ink pads. The colour palette for my card was inspired by the Kelly's Flowers Ink Pad set. I deviated slightly but I love the bright pink together with the aqua tones.
 

I started off by stamping the flowers using Bubblegum, Ultra Pink and Raspberry Jam Shadow Inks. I find it easier to use a Stamp a-ma-Jig for layering stamps but these are pretty easy to layer up without one. For the leaves I used Mint Julip and Tide Pool inks. These were then cut out using the coordinating dies.
 
 
I took a white 4.5"x5.5" white card base and then made a layer to go on the front slightly smaller. On to this layer I die cut a circle using the Circle Infinity Dies. Using the aperture piece as a guide, I stamped the sentiment from the Color Layering Peacock Stamp Set on to the card base using black ink. The aperture panel was added on top with foam tape. The flowers and leaves were then added on top using a mixture of glue and foam tape. To finish off, I added a few gems and a few white dots using a gel pen.
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the letters below the product to shop at your favourite store - Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), Seven Hills Crafts (SHC) Amazon (AZ) etc.


 
I will have to remember that colour combination, I like it! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and rest of the week!

16 March 2017

Happy Birthday To You

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the gorgeous Elizabeth Background that I picked up in my latest haul from Simon Says Stamp. It's such a stunning stamp and perfect for emboss resist which I have done today. I decided to have a play with the new Distress Oxide inks too.
 

I started off by taking a sheet of watercolour paper and stamped the Elizabeth Background stamp on to it using Versamark ink. I applied clear embossing powder and then heat set. Using an ink blending tool, I blended over Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and a little Faded Jeans. I then spritzed over some water and heat set. Once dry I cut this down using a Stitched Rectangle Die.
 
 
I die cut the 'you' die three times from black cardstock and layered these up. I then stamped the sentiment from the You Matter stamp set on to a piece of white cardstock with black ink. This was then cut in to a strip. The background piece was added to a white A2 card base with ATG and then the You die cut added on top, along with the sentiment strip. To finish off, I added a few Moonshine and Sparkling Clear sequins, and a coating of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the 'you'.  
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links.
 
I love the finish on the Distress Oxide Inks. They have a nice chalky, silk like finish which is really pretty! They did blend really well on the paper too. I love the colour combination I used here. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a great rest of the week!

14 March 2017

Beautiful Birthday

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies stamp set. As the name suggests, the stamp set uses different layers to build up details on the butterflies but I wanted to show that you can just use the one layer and they are still pretty!
 

I started off by cutting a panel of white cardstock using one the Rectangle Infinity Dies. I then stamped the sentiment from the Birthday messages set using Intense Black Ink. The butterflies were stamped using Soft Pool ink for the bottom one, Soft Yellow for the middle one and Soft pink for the top one. I kept them as one solid colour but they would look nice using the Ombre inks too!
 
 
I took an A2 white card base and added a piece of patterned paper from the MFT Sweet Celebration Paper Pad to the front panel. The butterfly panel was then added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze, Lemoncello and Rose Water. I think the Jewel Drops may be my favourite drops in the collection, I love that they are transparent.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the letters below the product to shop at your favourite store - Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), Seven Hills Crafts (SHC) Amazon (AZ) etc. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.


 
A very simple card but I am sure it would put a smile on someone's face and it makes me feel all springy/summery! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!
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