Posts Tagged 'Sponging'

Happy Brithday Balloon Card

Good morning, today I would love to share with you a hot air balloon birthday card I made for my mother in law’s birthday last month. for her birthday she wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride so I thought it fitting to make a card to match. I found this card on a google search and I am really sorry I didn’t take note of the designer.

There was a lot of detail in this one, and a lot of brayering. the sky is brayered to give the light to dark effect, but the balloons are sponged from the outside in to also give the light to dark effect.  I have used my markers to colour in the trees, then stamped the same image three times without re-inking the stamp.

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here is a close up of the balloons, as you can see I have made them 3-D by  folding them in half, then gluing them together:

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This is another angle of how they look with fully popped out:

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Its nearly Friday, doing the happy dance, we have our Auckland extravaganza this weekend.

Thank you so, so much

I was asked to make a autumn card for the last round of Sampin’ Fun and Friends, the only catch was it was not allowed to have traditional colours on it, so this is what I came up with, first I stamped the background image in white embossing powder and sponged over it in crumb cake. For the leaves I have used the technique called polished stone. I have also sponged the edges of those but this time in early espresso. The sentiment strip is on whisper white and backed in Early Espresso and stamped in Early Espresso. For the ribbon I have used Crochet Trim and zig zaged it on for a different effect.


and with the envelope, the inside is the same as the envelope.


This card I thought also suited for me to say a very, very big thank you to all that have supported me over the past few years, and I look forward to what 2013 has to bring.

I wish you all a happy, safe and healthy 2013.

Here are the details for the next round of Stampin Fun and Friends.

We have the next round of Stampin Fun and Friends starting February 1st 2013, this round is going to be a lot of fun, every card will have a different technique and also matched with something special to place a little sweet item in. Here is a link to Cheryl-Ann’s Blog on how to sign up.

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Sunrise over the mountains

Good morning, here are some more cards I made Helen:

This is my favourite one out of all the cards. I dont know how I came up with the idea of using the Die as a sun, but  think it works quite well with the brayering of the sunrise in the background.

I thought since she lives on a farm, this suited her quite well.

Secret Sister month two

Good morning, here is the next gift I made Helen for month two:

This is the gift altogether:

I made this mini album for her using one of the stamp sets she told me she likes

This is a tin I have decorated and filled with chocolates just for Helen, I have a lot of fun making this as gifts.

This is a little gift card holder:

What a stunning Punched Flower

Just take a look at this beauty, I have to say this is now my new favourite 3-D item to make, a handmade box with a stunning handmade flower to finish it off. This is what we made at our last class with Jacque. Inside is a gourmet jar of spices. The box is a simple box made from the 2 by 2 concept but the flower is what gives it the charm it needs, this is made of multiple punches and each one is stamped then sponged, you then scrunch each one up individually and open it back out place a brad in the centre and squish it back together to form its shape. Now you know its a nice flower when you bring it home and your husband asks if that is a real rose on the box.



For the second project we made this stunning card. We made the pendent using the new score tool and a hot glue gun. It is finished with two flowers punched out with the Bo Ho Blossoms punch and some vintage ribbon.


Close up:


The inside:


Stunning Masculine cards

Good afternoon, I am sitting here watching last nights Formula one’s race, and so far what a race it has been. I figured that I could also put together a quick post at the same time. I know I should be in my craft room creating but I figured I can do that tonight. I am still making my two secret sister swaps, one for ESAD and one for Crafters Anonymous, It’s amazing just how much time it takes to create a full project to send to someone. I know it’s a secret but I will post them once they are sent, and take the risk of them finding out who sent them, only because they do take a long time and I really like the finished product.

Now for today’s cards I have two masculine cards to share with you, well actually its four but two designs. The first card we made at Jacques house and the second one I re-created for my husbands fathers day card.

As you can see we have used the new stamp set called Best Dad Ever. We have then stamped on Basic Grey cardstock with Basic Black and cut them out and placed them back over the tie on the backing card. We have also stamped one out in Real Red and popped that out with dimensionals. We also got to play with the new embossing folder Stripes.


For the second card I have basically done the same card but a few changes due to not having the same stamp set and embossing folders. I have chosen not to put a sentiment on the front to keep it clean.


For the third card we also made this at class. This has a great technique on it. first you stamp in Versa Mark then in clear or white embossing powder. You then very lightly sponge around the image to bring the image off the page. We also stamped on Very Vanilla with Basic Black and cut out the sails and stuck them down on dimensionals. As you can see this is a tri-fold card, and very effect.  We have used a small piece of the Striped Grosgrain Ribbon behind the image. The stamp on this one is from Seaworthy.



For the fourth card I have once again cased this card but with different stamps. I have used the retired stamp called Sail away. I am gutted this one has gone as I love using it. I also do not have any of that ribbon so I have used DSP instead.  Rather than using DSP inside I have stamped the same image and left room to write a sentiment. This card I made for my father for Father’s Day.



Plaid Technique

Good afternoon, It has been an interesting day, I have Caitlyn home sick from school today, I’m pretty sure she is simply exhausted and needed a rest day as she seems to have perked up after spending the morning on the couch watching movies. She must be feeling better she is eating chocolate chip pikletes for lunch.

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted but I have very busy, and mostly been making my swaps for last weekends Stampin Up day out which I will show you when I make another tonight as I accidentally gave them all away. I do need to send off two cards for a secret sister swap so I’ll make one for her at the same time, and yes I had better to that tonight I am meant to send them off at the start of this month.

For todays post I am sharing last months technique we made at Jacques class. This technique is called Plaid, as you make criss crosses with your ink pad.

Here is the first Card we made:



As you can see for this one we used the edge of the ink pad to create the plaid look on the flower, then we cut it out and layered it to give a 3-D effect. We finished it with Crystal Effects on the top and bottom of the picture.

Here is the second card:




This one isn’t so clear but we used the same technique on the Upsy Daisy Stamp. We then sprinkled the image with Dazzling Diamonds. We also did some tearing and sponging in the top right corner.

Thanks for visiting and I will do my best to put up another post in the weekend of my father’s day cards I made. I also have this months techniques class to share which was stamping on Acetate.

Stampin’ Fun and Friends Sketch Challenge

Good evening,

Today I have a card to share with you that I have made for a sketch challenge for Stampin’ Fun and Friends. I have done a card using this sketch before but find it a very easy one to use.

Each month I make a card for a blog group I am in and it is called an ATC (artist trading card) for this we make a small front that is 2 1/2” by 3 1/2”. I have been making an extra one each time with the intentions of using them for a card. This sketch is perfect to use those ATC’s.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:


And the inside:


I have used this design a lot and find it very popular.

  • Just Believe
Card Stock
  • Basic Black
  • Very Vanilla
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • Crumb Cake
  • Sahara Sand
  • Dimensionals
  • Bravo Burgundy Ribbon
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die
  • Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Owl Punch Rose

Good evening,

I have just finished teaching my first ever on-line class over at Crafters Anonymous. Tonight I taught how to make a rose using your owl punch. It is a simple but very effective flower. For my sample I have used this weeks sketch challenge over at Clean and Simple. Sketch number #149

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:


close up of flower:


As you can see I have used the Presto Patterns cardstock. I thought it added a nice touch but without taking too much away from the rose.

  • Occasional Quotes
Card Stock
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Presto Patterns DSP
  • Whisper White
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Basic Black
  • Dimensionals
  • Owl punch
  • Large Scallop Punch
  • Word Window Punch
  • Sponging

If you would like to have a class to learn this technique let me know, I would love to teach you it.

Come back tomorrow as I have a fantastic scrapbook page to share using this rose as well.

Top Pick on Try Stampin’ on Tuesday

Good afternoon, this is just a quick email to say I made top pick this week at try stampin’ on Tuesday. I haven’t played along for a while so it was pretty cool to get straight back into things. Here is my card that I made for it, I know these cards are not ones you want to give out, but they are handy to have on hand just in case:


this weeks sketch is up and is different to the normal ones that CherylAnn normally uses, but it looks like fun so I hope to find some time later in the week to give it a go, here is the link,

And a quick look this weeks sketch:

have a go and don’t forget to post up your card on the blog site.

I got some happy mail yesterday from America, (I don’t receive a lot of craft mail so it was fantastic to get my Ustamp swap). I will share that with you later, in the mean time  had better go outside and wait for the school bus.

About Me

Hi my name is Narelle Hoggard and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive man Nick and together we have two gorgeous children, Caitlyn and Bradley. I love to scrap and make cards, I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to create a page or a card.

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