Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Its a merry time at Tiddlyinks

Hi there and welcome back to another wonderful adventure at Tiddlyinks.
Being the month of christmas, this week's theme is 'Be merry' and I'm using the image angelic wishes. Isnt she a cutie?.....

I really enjoyed colouring this little beauty with my blick markers. The colours I chose for the hair were dark umber, dark brown, sienna and caramel.
For the gown I used; cool gray 50%, cool gray 20% and cool gray 10%

For the wings: caramel,saffron and canary yellow.

The holly and berries were previously coloured and added to break up the negative white space. I then added some glitter from ranger.

Hope you liked this week's card with Tiddlyinks Angelic Wishes and please check out the store for more great products and don't forget to check out the rest of the blogs from Tiddlyinks design team.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Another Fab Friday at Tiddly Inks

Hi there everyone

Its another fab Friday at Tiddlyinks. We always have lots of exciting cards to show you on the tiddlyinks blog.

This Friday I am using Holly's Hippo and that hippo is a cute fellow...really adorable.

Markers used were Blicks studio pens: sienna, dark brown, caramel and saffron for the hair.
For the skin- Copics E30 and R02
For the dress, shoes and hair band I used blicks - red, brick red, leaf green, apple green, saffron and canary yellow.
For the hippo- periwinkle and light cerulean blue blicks studio pens.

This was such a cute image. I had fun colouring Holly and her christmas hippo....how cute is that...a christmas hippo...

The images were first coloured , then fussy cut out. I then stamped the greeting 'joy to the world'. Its from my stash of never before used stamps/ lost in transportation because of moving house.....

I added red and white twine as trim around the greeting and placed the coloured image on top. The red and blue background papers are from echo park 'A very Merry Christmas' and the gold paper is from my loose stack of papers which I had diecut, previously.

I hope you like this fab friday's card at tiddlyinks and check out all the cute and fun stuff there are at the store. Do not forget to look in at all the other blogs and leave a message for the wonderful tiddlyinks designers.

Have a great time!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Friends and Family on Tiddlyinks Tuesday

Hi there and welcome to another Tiddlyinks Tuesday blog challenge being celebrated here at sweet cherry cards. The title of the blog is very dear to my heart ...its called 'Family and Friends'. Nothing beats spending time with your loved ones...

The image I am using today is called Danny's Duck. It shows the friendship between a boy and his duck - bestfriends.

This was such a wonderful card to do. To colour the image I used copics B00, B14, B12, B04, R46,RV25,R43,R02,E00,E30, E57, Y13,Y19,Y18, C1,C2,C5,Spectrum Noir, TN3,TN4,TN5.

For the fence I drew free hand using Copic Multiliner grey pen.

The background sky was filled in with distress inks tumbled glass and seedless preserves and distress oxide wilted violet and broken china.

I hope you like this Tuesday's card and that it brings to mind, the love of family and friends.

See you back here at sweet cherry cards for more fun and excitement.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Starry backgrounds using distress inks

Hi there and welcome back to another fun sweet cherry card episode!

When I first started this card, I wasnt sure how it was going to turn out as I was going to take my self out of my comfort zone and use a variety of colours to complete this card. The stampset I used here was the MFT stamp set 'out of this world'.

For the background I used distress inks salty ocean, spiced marmalade, blueprint sketch, tumbled glass, abandoned coral and distress oxides wilted violet and broken china and white pigment ink to smoothen and lighten the background. I then used stencils 'oh my stars' by bobunny and Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz layering collection of dots to add a kind of other worldly feel to the card.

The space ship was coloured using Copics C5, C1, C2, 0, B14, B00, V20, Y13, Y18 and Fabercastell Purple.

After die cutting the numbers '10, 9, 8' I stamped the stars from the mft stamp set 'out of this world' using distress ink salty ocean and added glitter.

I love how this card turned out and I hope you love it too.

Have a great week and check back soon to see what I am working on....

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Faux vintage cards

Hi there and welcome back to sweet cherry cards.

Today I tried my hand in recreating a sort of vintage looking card using a stamp by Art Impressions Inc.

The technique I used is called 'loose painting'. There isnt much control of the brush and the paint is the consistency of milk.

I used Winsor and Newman Cotman Brush No 0 so as not to overpower the image with paint ...remember it is for a card so several parts of the image is very tiny. The paint I used, is the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour set of 24 with a few extras.

The paint is a mixture of several colours - browns, reds, yellow, orange and some other random mixtures I had on my palette.

I first stamped the image using rangers's distress ink scattered straw which made it easy to blend with the colour palette I had. Then I mixed some of the colours leaving them the consistency of milk. If you notice there are gaps where the paint seemed to miss but this was on purpose. The idea is to just let go and just paint simply without a care in the world and this is very freeing.....

Hope you like today's card and I look forward to seeing you back at www.sweetcherryscard.blogspot.com

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fab Friday at Tiddlyinks

Hi there and welcome again to Fab Friday at Tiddlyinks where you will get a taste of a whole lot of tiddlyinks fabulousness (if that is a word) from all the tiddlyinks designers. You are at sweet cherry's blog, just one of the many designers on the tiddlyinks design team.

For this week's card I am using the snowy wishes and snowman set at tiddlyinks.

The background was created using the following distress inks scattered straw, vintage photo, spiced marmalade, mustard seed distress inks. I first coloured the edges of the card with the distress inks listed above and then softened the background with the white pigment ink by Avery Elle.

Colouring of the snowman was a lot of fun using CopicsC5,C2,C1,Y19,Y13,E30,E00,E57,YG17,100,0,V20.

The trees were diecut using the tall birch by Memory Box

Hope you like this week's card and please feel free to leave me a comment.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Just another wintery card

Hello... and welcome to another exciting day of cardmaking. Today I am featuring a digital stamp by sassy cheryl designs.

Here is the lovely card. It is a very simple design where I have used the layering technique and I also offset the feature of the card- the stamp.

The stamp was coloured using copics, a zig pen and a fabercastell marker. The zig pen was used to colour the coat on the young boy and the fabercastel was used on the shoes. The rest of the image was coloured using the following copics YG17, Y19, E30, E00, B12, E57.

The patterned papers were from Amy Tangerine 'Finders Keepers' and doodle bug designs 'Fun in the Sun'

The die cut stars are from the set by lawn fawn scalloped edge pop up.

Hope you like today's card and join me again here on sweet cherry cards.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Simple backgrounds that glow....

Hi there and welcome back to sweet cherry's blog. You know how we often see some wintery scenes with lovely light shining in the sky from the sun that is behind the winter clouds. The sky looks as if its positively glowing...

So today I decided to try that by using an illuminating technique. It can be used for night and day time winter themed cards.

Here is the card for today and I will discuss the technique below...

For the background, I started off distressing the edges using Ranger's mowed lawn which is a fresh green colour. Once I was finished applying the inks, I rubbed white pigment ink from Avery Elle all over the background to give it a smooth, illumined look...almost like the background is glowing. Once the pigment ink was dried , I stamped the trees by Deep Red using Ranger's peeled paint.

I then added the fox and sled from Hero Arts and coloured them with copic markers E30, V20,E57,R46.

The message 'warm wishes' is from the set Holly Jolly by Art Impressions. I also dotted the sky with a dash of snow as if the snow was just beginning to fall.

Hope you like today's card and if you want to learn more about the technique drop me a comment!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Same background two themes using mft stamps

Hi there everyone! I'm back with two gorgeous cards using the same background for two different themes

The two themes I am using today are Thoughtful Sentiments and Christmas respectively.

With the top card I used mft clear stamps 'A phone call away' and coordinating die set on the glittery stencilled background with the thoughtful sentiments. The card below I added the dog (Art impressions 'christmas wonder' set) with the christmas sweater and the stars to change it up a bit for the christmas theme.

I fussy cut out the dog but the girl was cut with the coordinating die from mft stamps.

The images were coloured using copic markers- E00, B00, 0, R02, B04, R43, C-5, C-1, V20, E57, E30, Y19, R29

I used nuvo glimmer paste blue topaz with the Kaisercraft stencil 'Geo Quarters'

The sentiments are from mft stamps 'a phone call away' and inkyantics 'christmas kitties and pups'. The stars are from lawn fawn scalloped box card.

Last but not least, the patterned paper is from doodlebug designs 'fun in the sun'

Tomorrow I will be adding some glitter and other things to the card to really amp up the christmas vibe. Check back tomorrow for the enhanced new look.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a comment!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Its spookaboo time at Tiddlyinks!

Its spookaboo time at Tiddlyinks and do we have a great line up of exciting cards to show you! The digi I am using is a new stamp which is part of the 'pum'kin juice party' collection. Its a very cute cat on a broom carrying pumpkins to the party. My card is called' Bewitching time'!

Isnt he adorable!

For the background, I used the 'Timeless' stencils by Bobunny and opaque crackle texture paste by Ranger.

The cat was coloured using the markers
C-5, C-2, C-1, Y19, Y13, 100, R46, R02, E00,E57, YG17

Other dies used were clouds by impression obsession. The markers used here were C-1 and V20.

Hope you liked this card and feel free to leave me a comment!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Its Fab Friday again at Tiddlyinks

Hi there welcome again...to Fabulous Friday or Fab Friday as we tiddlyinkers call it.

Today's card features one of my favourite themes- CHRISTMAS! I love christmas time with all the feel good music, the singing, the concerts, the sharing, family time and more.
The digi image I am using is called 'Wryn goes caroling'.

In constructing this card I first made of a mask of Wryn. Then using a stencil of trees, I distressed the background using

Upon finishing I set my sights to the colouring of Wryn, on which I used the following copic markers.
R02, R43, B14, V20, R46, C1,Y18,Y13, Y19, 0,B00, RV66, C5, C2, RV25, R29,B12, E00, E57, R02, YG 17, G28

I finished off the image with some glitter and the words 'Jingle Bells'.

Oh I almost forgot the trees were not left completely white, I used Copic markers C1, V20 and 0 to give the trees depth and shadows.
Hope you enjoyed this week's card and see you soon on Sweet Cherry's Blog.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Anything goes at Tiddly Inks with Danni and Danny

Welcome back everyone....can you believe its September already?.... I am so looking forward to Christmas......my fav time of the year! And...now its time for a bit of tiddlyinks.

Here is Danni and Danny

Aren't they adorable. I coloured the digi using the following copic colours in a monochromatic pink and brown theme. I did add other colours like some yellow and green, just as accents.

E00, R02, 0, E57, YG17, Y19, Y13, R43, RV06

The circles were hand drawn using a circular die for reference and coloured with copics  to match the digi stamps and I added a bit of shimmer with some glitter glue..... I just absolutely love glitter.

The card was then matted on a piece of grey cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.

Hope you like this week's tiddlyinks card. Don't forget that digi stamps can be lots of fun and enjoy shopping at tiddlyinks!

See you soon!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Happy Independence Day Trinidad and Tobago

Welcome back everyone. Today is a very important day to me. It's the day we Trinbagonians, Trinidadians and Tobagonians or trinis as we are so fondly known, celebrate our Independence.

Its Trinidad's 55th year of achievement of this milestone, having separated from Great Britain in 1962. This meant we now had our own constitution, we could define our own culture and definitely and ultimately shape our own destiny.

Our country's colours are Red, White and Black- strong colours that symbolize the strength, dedication, unity and love of the people all coming together as one surrounded by the pure waters of the sea and the ocean.

Trinidad is a truly beautiful island not really known for its beaches as most them are pretty rough. We are more known for our spirit, our friendship, our food, our diverse races and culture, our Carnival and our resilience.

Here is a pic of one of our national birds- the scarlet ibis- isn't she a beaut?

We are also proud of our national instrument- the steel pan- a truly ingenious invention  originally made out of oil drums but capable of carrying sweet tunes of any symphony.....

I want to wish each and every Trinidadian or 'trini' at heart a very peaceful and joyful Happy Independence.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School in September

For some of us, its time to prepare for back to school but not for me as my son is an adult now. This doesn't mean I can't remember what it was like and what I did to prepare for it.

Today's card is a reminder of that first day when our kids returned to school full of hope, excitement and desire to succeed.

Here I am using the digi stamps 'back to school party' by tiddlyinks. The digi stamps by tiddlyinks are very easy to use for instance you get guides as to where your shadows would lie as the artist adds shading to the images for you.

So I pulled out my kuretake paints and paintbrushes and laid them out with my pencil and eraser. I first did a sketch of the backgrund which included the tree, bushes, school bus, road and pavement. Once they were in place, I erased some of the lines that were unnecessary such as the lines of the bus drawn through the digi images.

I started adding a wash of colour throughout the background of the composition. Then I built upon that starting with the bus, the tree, the road, and the bush. I then added a light wash to the kids and then continued to add more and more deeper colour until I reached the result I wanted.

Here is the card again. I hope you like it and that it will encourage you to use digi stamps such as the ones available at TiddlyInks. I look forward to having you here again and feel free to leave a comment.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Its Fab Friday at Tiddly Inks

Hi there everyone...welcome back to Sweet Cherry's blog. Hope you enjoyed our blog hop last week.

Its fab friday again at Tiddly Inks and I know you're looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations by all of our artists . For this week I am using a digi stamp called 'Wryn- Scooting by'.

The following copic markers were used in the colouring of the image
RV06, RV66, RV25, R02, R46, B18, B14, B97, B04, B))G03, YG17, Y00, Y13, Y18, E00,E57, C1, C2, C5, 0

For the clouds and sun I used distress Inks scattered straw, mustard seed and tumbled glass with a cloud border mask I made and scrap paper with a circle cut out for the sun mask.

Here is the card again

Hope you liked it. Please leave a comment at the end.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Winner of $5 voucher from Animal Fun- TiddlyInks Blog Hop

Oh my gosh yesterday's blog hop was such fun! I had a blast...I hope everyone did too.

I want to thank everyone who participated, thanks for all of your wonderful comments and thanks to Christy and TiddlyInks for organising such a great event!

Well I've come to the exciting part of the entire event...announcing the winner of my $5 shopping voucher at Tiddly Inks. The winner is.....drum roll please.......

Jody Rolo..... congratulations Jody! You are the winner of a $5 gift voucher at Tiddly Inks. I know you will have a lot of fun shopping . Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to having you here at Sweet Cherry's Blog.

Thanks everyone.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Animal Fun - Tiddly Inks Blog Hop

Hi there .... you're here at sweet cherry's blog, part of the fun bloghop that's happening at Tiddly Inks. We've got lots of exciting and creative cards to show you.

My card features one of the animal images from the TiddlyInks fun animals collection- a new release of digital images.

I chose a birthday themed card as this is my birth month so just bear with me. Now back to the main reason for this blog the new animal fun digital images from tiddlyinks . When I first started to look at digital stamps I didnt realise how versatile they are and how easy it was to make cards with them. I can tell you they are alot of fun to play with.

Now here is my card for the bloghop. Isnt the little fox cute as he swings to and fro.....

The digital image of the fox was coloured with the following copic markers:-

I added a few white lines to the tail and the bib of the fox with 'Sharpie' water based extra fine point white pen.

The flowers, butterflies and the bird were coloured with the following copic markers:-
R46, RV66, RV25, E57, R02, E00, Y18, Y00, Y13

For the cloud formation, I die cut three clouds from Impression Obsession and stuck them together. I then distressed the area above the clouds in distress inks mermaid lagoon and tumbled glass.

The other dies used were from Impression Obsession, clearly besotted fresh grass, Avery Elle picket fences die, poppy stamps cottage gate, doodle bug design sizzix 'Mr and Mrs' framelits die and stamp set.

For the background of the message I applied dylusions pure sunshine on white cardstock, I die cut a frame out of the painted background with doodle bug design sizzix framelit dies and then stamped and embossed the message with versamark ink and super fine embossing black powder by Ranger

Now here is my card again. I will be giving one lucky person who comments on my blog, a $5 voucher as a 'Thank You' for participating. So please leave a comment at the end.

Thank you very much for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other fantastic blogs.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tiddly Inks Wryn in the fall

Hi there folks....

Here is another fun card using the tiddly inks digi stamps. This stamp is called Wryn in the Fall... and I chose it for the newest Tiddly inks challenge called Autumn Glow.

The first thing I often try to do is to decide on a design for the card I want to make. The colours were already set out for the challenge - we were given colour swatches to use under the theme Autumn Glow. I then selected the papers I would use for the background. The papers are from the collection called The Year Round Stack by DCWV (Diecuts with a view)

The image was printed on watercolour paper and painted with kuretake paints which I normally have on my palette that I added more pink and orange to.. The grass, which was added, was done by flicking my wrist in an upward movement and holding the paint brush higher up the handle.

The pumpkin was drawn onto watercolour paper, painted in yellow orange and green and cut out.

For added effect, I used peach ribbon which I tied in a bow and adhered to back of the matted foreground and two yellow orange gems were also added.

Hope you like this card and that it will encourage you to try new challenges. Feel free to leave me a comment.

Here is another look.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas card using nuvo glitter paste

Hello again...

I know its still July but I normally start making my christmas cards right about now. This card is really an adorable one using stencil, dies, glitter paints, dylusion paints and embossing powder.

The first thing I did was to create the background. I used a deep blue paper from a paper pack I had in stock for a few years now - the cover of the paper pack could not be found so I unfortunately cannot tell you the brand. However, using the 6 x 6 stencil from the crafters workshop called ' Aspen trees', I spread blue topaz nuvo glimmer paste over the stencil and allowed it to dry.

In the meantime I worked on the horse. The horse was really fun to do. On white scrap cardstock , I applied dylusions slate grey acrylic paint with a piece of paper towel in an upward motion. I then die cut the horse from echo park paper company out of the smeared acrylic pattern I created on the cardstock and tied a ribbon around its neck.

Using the fence die from avery elle I cut out the fence using silver metallic cardstock. Then I put the card together.

To do so, I embossed the greeting onto the bottom of white cardstock, I then glued the glimmer background to the top. The fence was adhered with double sided tape. The horse was also adhered with double sided tape but the tape was layered twice.

Hope you like this fun card. Here it is again.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Big wheels keep on turning Fabulous Friday at Tiddly Inks

Well its 'Fab Friday' at Tiddly Inks and everyone has been busy making their fantastic designs and there are fantastic designs to look out for on the Tiddly Inks Blog. This is my submission.

Renee H using 'big wheels keep on turning'

The image used here is from Tiddly Inks collection 'big wheels keep on turning'. Its a very 'happy go lucky' stamp. I enjoyed colouring the image using pastel colours, neutral brown and a spot of red on the seat from my fav 'go to' paints Kuretake Watercolors.

I mainly used paper and cardstock to add dimension to the card with a bit of fringe on the end with a punch I've had in my stash for years and of course ribbons to add the the 'wow' element to the card. I almost forgot Tim Holts artsy stencil to add some dots to simulate movement of the image.

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

Renee H using 'big wheels keep on turning'

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.


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.

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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