Friday, June 21, 2019

I'm Published in Scrapbook & Cards Today!!

Well, I have official bragging rights of my cards has been published in the summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today - Summer Edition. It is released today and you can read it for free here

The Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is always a well laid out, quality magazine and I am pretty chuffed (that's British for proud), that they thought my card was good enough to grace their pages. Thanks so much to them!

The stamp set used was designed by Hello Bluebird and it's called Be Happy.
The sentiment is also by Hello Bluebird. Colouring with Copic Sketch Markers is a constant leaning process and it will never be perfect. I just keep practicing and some images turn out better than others. Sometimes just adding a bit of something, something like the dots with a white gel marker, can make all the difference.

Thank you for coming to celebrate with me!
Hugs, Cheryl

Friday, June 7, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Pretties

Hi guys
I was a busy beaver over last weekend ensuring I made some cards before I went away camping this weekend. Well, I shouldn't really say camping, its more like 'glamping'! We brought our first ever trailer, so it will feel luxurious having running water, our own bathroom and a comfy bed. Quite excited about the whole adventure actually.
The card above was inspired by a few personal experiences in my life recently.
Simon Says Stamp have been a staple in my craft room since time began. I was probably one of their first customers actually. Over the years, SSS have grown so much and now produce their own stamps, dies, cardstock, inks, dies....everything. I vouch for their quality. And no, I don't get any commission or goods for free from them...they probably dont even know who I really am, I just believe this to be true.
The stamp set used is called 'Love'. It has a matching die set too. Countless times this stamp and die set has been useful, so I advise you to get it for a staple and value for money set for your stash. I had some pretty paper left from one of their card kits. For a little something, something (a saying that sticks in my mind from @lorafadora ) I embellished it with the Love die. Then, I ink embossed the sentiment from the stamp kit.
Keeping up with the coral, pretty theme above is the second card made using a Simon Says Stamp set called Delicate Flowers. I ink embossed the images using white embossing powder, then blended the oxide ink called Abandoned Coral over the embossing. This is a really easy, yet effective technique. For the gold trim, I generously blotted Versamark ink along the edges of some cardstock, added gold embossing powder, then heat set it. Don't be impressed by the clarity of the black sentiment, I can not take the credit for that. It was cut from SSS's ready made sentiments that they sell. As a tip, if you have difficulty stamping like smearing, getting sentiments straight...these are a solution for you. Though I think it would help if SSS left a larger gap between the sentiments, as I found it quite fiddly to cut with a cutter.
Well, enjoy your weekend...I intend to under the trees!
Bye for now