Monday, July 17, 2017

New Molly Digi stamps from Tiddly Inks

Oh its been a bit of a whirlwind since I joined the design team for Tiddly Inks...but its been fun, creative, friendly, awesome.....and I can go on. Ive got a few cards to share with you over the next couple of days....

Today I want to share with you, one of the new Molly stamps available at Tiddly Inks. One of the things I love about my tiddly digi stamps is how easily I can play with them just like a normal physical stamp.

This goodie, the new molly stamp, 'molly color my world' is available at their store at www.tiddlyinks.com.



Now the first thing I do with my digi files is to download and print my image. I started by first making the background using diecuts of clouds from impression obsession which I glued together and used it as a mask. Using ranger's distress inks I distressed a bit of the area above the mask for the formation of clouds and sky.

Then I die cut the rainbow from my favorite things die-namics out of different coloured cardstocks to make the rainbow stack. I painted the image of 'Molly' using the paint on my palette...... and just added grass to the bottom of the page from Avery Elle dies. To complete the card I stamped the sentiment from stampendous 'Daisy Thanks'

Hope you like the card...Here it is again...


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Faux Pattern Repeat Floral and Nautical Themed Cards

Hi there everyone

Today I have two very simple cards to share with you. As you can tell I love clean and simple designed cards but on occasion I do like to add more pizazz, bling and style.

My first card is what I call 'Faux Pattern Repeat'



For this card, I wanted the foreground to look like a continuation of the background so I went through my stash to find stamps that looked fairly similar to the patterned paper that I wanted to use for the background. The stamps I selected were from the Alte new Mini Blossoms set.

Using distress inks in peacock feathers, vintage photo, spiced marmalade, mowed lawn and pickled raspberry, I stamped the faux floral repeat pattern in a semi circular shape on a piece of diecut watercolour paper. Then I added the sentiment 'Just Because' in black India ink to tone down the colours somewhat.

Putting together the card after that was quite simple.

CARD NO. 2

My second card was also a very simple card in a nautical theme. I guess because I live on an island, its just a lovely one for me...never mind my nearest beach is like 2hrs away, driving.



I decided to use 2 frames to surround the main focus of the card- the lighthouse and the greeting.

The lighthouse die is from the poppystamps Seaside Lighthouse set. I die cut the shape out of two adhesive backed strips- yellow and white- which I had for many years. I cut strips out of the white lighthouse shape and superimposed them on to the yellow as stripes. Thats how I got the yellow and white look of the lighthouse. This could have been done in other ways such as diecutting the lighthouse out of white cardstock and adding yellow stripes with paint or marker or simply finding yellow and white striped paper and diecutting the light house, but I found my way gave it more dimension.

The frames were cut using lawn fawn's large stitched rectangular stackables.
The yellow rectangular frame was then stamped and embossed in white with inkadinkado clear stamps. The sun which was stamped with scattered straw and spiced marmalade distress inks was also from the inkadinkado set.
Here are the two cards again.




Hope you enjoyed them!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Celebrating 4th July with TiddlyInks

Hi there everyone and welcome back...

Today I've got a pretty exciting card to show you using Tiddlyinks stamp 'Patriotic Wryn'.

July 4th is not a holiday here though...we celebrate our Independence in August- August 31 to be exact with military parades and lots of fireworks. However, because I've got friends and family in the US, I thought I would celebrate it with this beautiful card.



My first thought was to gather papers in navy blue and red and while I was going through my stash I found this sought of dizzy looking navy blue and white paper which I added to the mix.

I love to paint my images so I placed 'Patriotic Wryn' on my crafting table and proceeded to paint her, keeping in mind my colour scheme - red, navy blue and white. As usual I start off using paint already on my palette and added colours as I went along. For the shadows on her dress I used navy blue paint and then added red paint all over it after it was dry. Now I knew she wouldnt be complete unless I added some bling...after all it is a celebration with sparklers and fireworks so I added rhinestones and glitter to the sparklers and the flag.....



I really love using glitter!

To put the card together, I layered the white cardstock on decorated paper and then on red cardstock. I also layered the navy blue and white paper on the navy cardstock. I added two ribbons to make it less masculine.



I then die cut 'July 4th' from red and blue cardstock using sizzix thinlits 'abc' dies and there you have it....




Hope you like this card and please leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next time.............

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lifting off with TiddlyInks Tiny Dancer

Hello again, and welcome back.

Today I am featuring another one of the beautiful digital stamps by Tiddly Inks. Its called 'tiny dancer'.



When I got up this morning, I had this idea in my head to design a card around this little beauty, surrounded with stars and dots, done in shades of blue and enhanced with foil and glitter. This may not be true to the sketch but its very close.

Just yesterday, I put my paper collection in order in the hopes of making it easier to select paper when I have to make cards. Its a work in progress but it helped me find these papers I didnt remember I had.

The dancer is painted using kuretake paints from what I have on my palette and I added purples and light blue and just a hint of silver. I cut her out and used double sided tape to adhere her to the card. The starry background is from the clear cuts collection by Bella Blvd called Stars white. I also made some designs on the white cardstock with a stitched die by Simon Says Stamp.

Behind the clear cuts transparency, is black paper which I adhered to the card front for the starry night. Then I die cut a circle to represent the earth from a piece of paper I had in stock for years. I cant remember the brand but this is probably the last remaining piece. I also die cut some stars from the set 'bundle of stitched shapes' from Simon says Stamp and adhered it to 'earth'.

Here is the card again.






I hope you like it and I know you will want to check out the stamps at www.tiddlyinks.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Using Glossy Accents to add more depth to cards

Hi there and welcome back.

Today I want to share with you a card I made using the technique of adding glossy accents to create more depth to the card's look. The stamp I chose is from Tiddly Inks wonderful collection of Digital Stamps. Its a very playful stamp called 'Awww Thanks'.




What I love about this tiddly ink stamp is the idea of carefreeness and playfulness which as adults, we wish we could capture once more. Remember the days of running everywhere barefeet without any thought and when every flower, wild or not, was just beautiful? That's what this stamp reminds me of and I was trying to capture that essence.

To make the card, I first printed the downloaded image onto white cardstock. The lines on the trousers were made using the 005 Micron Pen. I then painted her, using Kuretake paints which I had left on my palette. I have different shades of browns, yellows and blues on my palette which I often mix together sometimes adding other colours as I go along. The red for the flowers was No 30.

When the image was completed, I fussy cut around the shape and added Ranger's Glossy accents to the clothes, the centres of the flowers and the eyes of the girl to give her a sort of doll-like finish. While she was drying, I began work on the background.

For the background, I used papers from DCWV Year Round Paper Pack. I die cut the grass out of one of the green sheets glued it on top of the paper with the cloud design. The fence was die cut from one of the brown sheets and I adhered it with double sided tape. Once the girl had completely dried (I left it for at least an hour in front of the fan) I double backed the image with the double sided tape so she would stand out more than the fence. I added strips of the brown paper around the edges of the card for more emphasis.



Hope you enjoyed this simple card using glossy accents and I look forward to seeing you on my next blog.

Please leave me a comment on your thoughts.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Cards with Picture Windows

Hi there and welcome back to Sweet Cherry Designs.

Hope you enjoyed the mixing of patterns in my last blog and I hope you were able to get a better understanding of it. If you haven't, I do intend to do more pattern mixing with more information as to making your cards a little more cohesive.

Today's card has pattern mixing but also the element of a picture window.




You're probably thinking this looks difficult but its actually not.

The tools and materials used were 8.5 X 11 Cardstock, patterned Paper, Circular Dies, Big Shot machine,Paper Cutter, Crafter's Companion- The Ultimate Tool, Stamps, Paints and Patience.

Firstly, I die cut a semi circle using the circular dies from MFT Die-namics. I placed half of the die on the cardstock in a landscape position(the other half was on the cutting pad) and ran it through the big shot machine.

I then proceeded to score the entire card into 3 parts, the first which was diecut , I scored at 2.75 in and then turning around the card to the opposite side I scored at the 2.75 mark. I went back to the big shot and die cut the semi circle on the opposite side so when I put them together they were a match and made a full circle.

Just to go back a bit. To get them lined up, I fitted the die in the first semi circle cut I made and traced where the semicircle cut should be on the opposite side by drawing in pencil, an inner and an outer line of the die on the card stock. Then I taped the die onto the cardstock between the two lines I had drawn and cut a 2nd semi circle. Now they line up as a full circle. Thats' your window.

I then proceeded to stamp and paint the image from Stampendous- Cling Hearth Nap and painted it with my Kuretake paints which is still on my palette from a previous painting I did.



To cover the white cardstock opening I cut the pretty paper from Die cuts with a view. Its a paper pack called 'the year round stack'. Using my pattern mixing skill I used plaid and stripes to coordinate together. Plaid on the outside and stripes on the inside because you do get a view of the stripes on the inside against the backdrop of the plaid so you have to ensure that your choices of paper go together.



The paper was cut to 5.5 and then I die cut a circle in the middle of it using the same circular die. I then cut through the circle thus cutting the paper in half so it would fit over the semi circles made for the opening of the card. I then glued the paper down and trimmed off the edges added glitter strips at the bottom of the outside of the card and a red bow on the inside of the card for added effect.



Hope you like my picture window card and I look forward to seeing you at my next blog.

Please be sure to leave a comment.






Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mixing patterns

Hi there welcome back.

Hope you enjoyed some of my adventures in Grenada. I must admit I had a ton load of fun but I missed my card making.

In today's card I am demonstrating the use of different patterns as well as warm and cool colours.


I picked the large print stripes and matched it with the small dots and to add interest I matched the cool blue with warm yellow dashes on which the foreground was matted. Now the stripes and dots are from the same paper family which often makes it easier to match styles. The paper with yellow and white dashes ties in because I use the same colour family from the foreground.

In terms of the foreground I used the two owls from the clearly besotted 'woodland kisses' and the leafy branches from doodle blooms altenew. Using copic marker E57, I widened the branches and also added a few more. The hearts are also from 'woodland kisses'.

The images were stamped using distress ink vintage photo and then painted using kuretake paints.
Hope this helps you to mix patterns better as well as in making your cards look more cohesive.

Have a great day card making....

I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment at the end of the post!

Monday, May 29, 2017

At the West Indies Beer Co, Grenada

Wow I think Grenada just got even better with the West Indies Beer Co. at Lance Aux Epines Grenada.

Its been there a while but my boyfriend and I finally decided to give it a try and we really enjoyed it. And, I think it was the beer I sampled that also made me forget that I was flying home the next day, however its a good thing I decided to check my plane reservations that same night albeit at 10pm.

So thankfully I did not miss my flight...

Now back to the beer company....now you would be surprised to know that beer is not to my taste but adventure is my middle name so I tried one of the beers called 'black rock' with 8.3 % alcohol and it had a punch.... Its a good thing it was just a sample...whooooo... Even my dearbf who has had several strong beers while living many years in England thought ....whooo....that's a beer.

I just had the cider...also brewed there...it was delightfully delicious...hmmmm. The drinks were served in mason jars. My dearbf loved the jars and I reminded him I wanted to get a few last year in the US and he thought it was a crazy idea....not anymore...he's looking to get some when we travel this year. Talk about change of mind..hahaha...or was that the 8.3% talking there. The beers are brewed and drunk right there on the compound which adds to the ambience. When we arrived, there were just a handful of persons but then as it got darker more and more persons arrived there so you know its one of the 'happening' places in Grenada without a doubt.


The food was excellent as well we ordered ribs and coleslaw but the meal also came with fries so it was worth the stop. The prices too are excellent and I would recommend anyone to visit...the West Indies Beer Co.

Here are some of the pics from our adventure at the West Indies Beer Co

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Leaving Concord Falls behind- driving through Belvedere Estate




I was saddened to leave the beautiful concord falls but we were taking a drive through the countryside of Grenada and it was already late afternoon.

The drive back out was filled with talk of the amazing beauty and sheer wonder of the Falls. How powerful it sounded and how pristine it was. We continued along the road towards Gouyave, a fishing village on the western side of the island- looking at the villagers from the community sitting at the side of the road, enjoying their sunday afternoon sunshine, some were in the park watching a local football match, some were bathing in the sea. There were mothers, aunts and sisters combing the hair of young ones , family members even neighbours/ friends.

We decided to go through the interior of the island for a change, taking the road to Clozier, through the Belvedere Estate. On the way there, we passed an area where some friends of ours had a picnic by the river. I took a few pics of the riverbed as I am always fascinated by the way a rocky riverbed looks.





The road through the Belvedere estate is a very bumpy road, so you would definitely need a 4 wheel drive. We didnt meet many cars along the way and the scenery was varied.




We passed fields of banana trees where the fruits were covered with blue plastic bags with vented holes. I was told it was to protect against insects, birds etc.



We drove on and as we rounded a bend I was awestruck at the height of two palm trees in an adjacent field. It was at least over 100 ft tall. I said 'we have to stop..I must take some photos of these trees'



I was amazed, I got back into the car and we continued driving through the estate. I was still looking for more pics to tell my story of this beautiful countryside. Well I got just that.. the road pass through this beautiful canopy ...
I said just one word 'Wow!' Then I said 'isn't this place just beautiful....' I haven't taken so many pictures in a long while. It was truly amazing...

Hope you enjoyed this little journey with me and will be back with more of my travels through Grenada.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My little secret pool/garden I saw at Concord Falls

Hi there. Welcome back. You're probably wondering about my little secret pool/garden. Well when I began taking photos of the waterfall, I happened to look down from the road towards a building, which was situated across the way of the waterfall and I said WOW.... look how beautiful. It was like a little secret pool/garden.



The water was clean and clear and the vegetation around the pool gave it a sort of unspoiled appearance. Apparently my secret garden/pool was a continuation of a small waterfall across the way where we parked. The water fell from the hills above the roadway, then gathered in a pool there which then continued under the roadway and emptied into my secret pool.



Here is another pic of my secret pool..that I photographed.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Taking a drive to the Concord waterfall in Grenada




Hi there everyone..I'm taking a little break from card making....

From my subject line you can tell that I'm in Grenada- a small island in the caribbean sea. A couple days ago my dear bf and I took a drive around the island and decided to find the waterfall. We have passed the sign to it may be a hundred times and we never explored the route there.

So on seeing the sign we took the gentle sloping road to the right which said 'Concord Waterfall- 2 miles'....and the journey began. We passed a few houses along the way which then gave out to vegetation. After driving for a while, we saw the sign saying 'Concorde Waterfalls- 1 mile' so we kept driving as we were determined to find it that day and then there it was.... This beautiful majestic falls.


I looked back at the road from whence we came and took a pic of it. Even that was beautiful...



I took a few more pics of the area from the top of the road across from the Concord falls which were just so amazing.



In my next post you will see a secret pool and garden that got its start in another waterfall across the way.. Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sparkle and Shine Day 4

Hi there. welcome back.

Day 4's class was all about shimmer, pearl and flakes. Beautiful, beautiful designs and ideas from the teachers. Here are my submissions



The first card, I used luminarte shimmer paints in sunflower, mallard green and cinnamon. I used a leaf stencil and drew out the design with a pencil then I painted the leaves and outlined them with a white sharpie pen for effect.


The second card I used perfect pearls and ranger's sticky embossing powder. I didnt have any vellum paper but I had a patterned sheet with brown flowers which I fussy cut out and stuck on the card with glossy accents. I added a pink ribbon for effect.

Hope you enjoyed my sparkle and shine cards. Day 5 and 6 will be completed upon my return at the end of the month.

Sparkle and Shine Day 3

I'm telling you that this class has been quite a good challenge for me. I am seeing so much new ideas for my existing stash of papers,stamps dies and more. I am only sorry I wouldnt be able to finish it until I return at the end of May when I return.

There are so many possibilities to using the products that I am amazed.

Day 3 we covered liquid applications and these are my submissions for the techniques.



For the first card I used wink of stella, glossy accents and glitter glue to add shimmer to the flowers. I first added the distress inks to the stamp and then spritz it with water and stamped the image. The colours used were mustard seed, mowed lawn and abandoned coral.




2nd card


I just used the stamp from Penny Black 'Sunny Days' and painted the image with existing paints on my palette. I then used the glossy accents to add the rain and to make a puddle on the ground with the shadow.


3rd Card



Using the balloon dies from Simon Says Stamp celebration time, I drew several balloons and proceeded to paint them. The typewriter is an old stamp I never used and I'm not sure where it came from as I cant find the packaging. I used gold cardstock and modern millinery signature paper. The envelope is from Richard Garay Noteworthy stamp and die set.

Hope you like my cards and tune in for Day 4.