Birthday card featuring New Love stencil and Note to Self Stamp from Polka Dot Orchard

My card for today is made using the recent releases from Polka Dot Orchard The stencil With Love (square stencil) and stamp set Note To Self both pictured above.

Hi friends, what wet weather we are experiencing just now, it’s definitely perfect for spending time in our craft rooms. Today I have made a card using the Tone on Tone Technique with Stencil.

I printed off the stamp and sentiment onto Neenah Solar Crest Card and coloured in with Spectrum Noir Illustrators. Pens used, Black, Poppy, Coral, Deep Coral, Mimosa, Begonia, Tea Rose, Rose Blush, Cream, Emerald, Meadow, Brown Grey, 6,2 Blender Pen.

After colouring I fussy cut around the image and cut the sentiment out using my guillotine.

For my background, I used the With Love Stencil which was designed by Angie Blom. I got out my Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Razzleberry, Rubellite & Pink Diamond. I wanted to use the Tone on Tone Technique where I first create an ombré effect with my 3 colours, starting with the darkest to the lightest. Once I had finished this I then positioned my stencil in place with low tack masking tape then once again using my blender brushes I went over my background with the same colours following their blending and that creates the tone on tone effect.

Once dry I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to some of the stencilled love hearts. Layered onto black card then onto my card base. Attached foam tape to my image and sentiment. Added some sequins to finish my card.

Loved colouring her in. This set is perfect for many occasions. Click on the links at top of my blog to take you direct to the stamp and stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to hear your comments.

Keep safe my friends and happy crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Cutesy Halloween Card – Polka Dot Orchard

Hi Crafty friends, we’re getting closer to Halloween and I wanted to share another project with you. For this card I have taken elements from 3 different sets to produce this cutesy Halloween card.

To make this card I printed off the cute ghosts, love hearts and both sentiments from the set You’re My Boo The moon is from the set Spooktacular Night The dead trees are from Scare In The Air

I coloured using my Spectrum Noir Illustrators. Pens used True Black, Brown Grey 6,2, Mimosa and Blender Pen

For the background I used the new Slimline Stencil Cloudy Eclipse from Polka Dot Orchard A small blender brush and Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in UltraVoilet

I used some glossy accents on the ghosts and love hearts and set them aside to dry. Fussy cut out the ghosts and adhered using foam tape. For my backing card I blended some of the same Ultraviolet Ink onto edges of my card using a blender brush. Here is my finished card –

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!

Kirsty 🌸

Give it some ‘Unicorn Dance Moves’

Hi friends, happy Sunday! Today is very wet here so it’s the perfect day for spending time crafting. I’m sharing such a cute and adorable card that I’ve made using Unicorn Dance Moves from Polka Dot Orchard

Just check out all those sentiments and that Unicorn doing the Dab! Perfect for making fun cards and great for kids cards. I’m making this for a 6 year old in mind.

I started by creating my background on my photo editor app and printing onto smooth white 300gsm card from Papermill Direct and colouring in with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Pens

Next I printed off the Unicorn, rainbow and 2 of the sentiments from the set ‘SPARKLE like a unicorn’ and ‘Unicorn DANCE moves’

Coloured in the unicorn and rainbow then fussy cut them inc the sentiments, added some shimmer by using the Wink of Stella.

Then I used the Slim Film City Dies from Mama Elephant, I used some bright pink card. The film die was used to cut 3 layers of white card and one bright pink card. Glued them all together for added dimension.

Layered my card together then adhered the unicorn, rainbow and sentiments with foam tape and this completes my card.

At time of publication this set is on sale, why not pop over to Polka Dot Orchard and grab some of those sets that you have been wanting.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and keep safe everyone. Happy Crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Coffee Because Mornings are BREW-TAL

Hi friends, today I’m sharing a quick card made for all the coffee lovers out there (me included) with a fantastic digital set from Angie Blom Digital Designs called Brew-tiful Day

I matched this set up with the Tea/Coffee digital papers from Angie Blom Digital Designs I printed off my chosen papers on HP Glossy Photo Paper, chose the digital stamp with 4 printables on it and then trimmed my chosen stamp down to size. I’m making a 6”x6” card.

Coloured in with my Promarkers. I used Walnut, Henna, Umber, Spice, Peach, Soft Peach and Coral. I matted my card front onto marbled peach card stock.

Spectrum Noir Metallic Gold Nugget for added dot embellishments and some rose gold sequins to finish.

Adhered my card front with 3D foam tape for extra dimension.

That’s all for today, I hope this inspires you to make some well deserved caffeine related projects.

Stay Safe and Keep Crafting

Kirsty 🌸

New Release – Spooky goings on over at Polka Dot Orchard – Halloween Season

Hi friends, It’s Halloween and Fall New Release from Polka Dot Orchard and today I am showcasing 2 Halloween cards from 3 sets. These sets reminded me of Eerie Halloween movies so I wanted to eminate that on my cards.

For my first card I used the top two sets, I set up my scene on my photo editor and printed onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card and coloured in the scene with my Arteza Brush Markers. Next, I got out some tracing paper and traced along the scene then cut out. This is to create a mask so I can ink blend the night scene sky. I used my Stick It Repositionable Tape to adhere my mask down.

Next I got my Distress Inks and Blender Brushes out, I used Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed. I blended the inks until I was happy with my scene and let it dry.

Then I took a small amount (less than a pea size) of White Gouache and mixed with same small amount of water. I took my size 6 brush and created splatters as I wanted bright white to imitate stars.

I layered my card front onto orange and black card then adhered to my card base.

For my next card I used the set ‘scare in the air’. I used all the same distress inks except Chipped Sapphire.

I used Promarkers to colour my scene however for the bats and the dead tree I used watermark ink pen so I could emboss with Primary Ebony Black WOW embossing Powder, the crosses I used Primary Chartreuse Regular. To create my stars I used my white POSCA Pen as I didn’t have my skyline quite as dark for this card.

Layered my card front onto orange and black card then adhered to my card base.

I hope you like my eerie Halloween cards, remember to pop over to Polka Dot Orchard and grab some of the new sets while they are half price. That’s me for today, I have another Halloween card to make then onto Fall cards 🍁

Stay safe my friends

Kirsty 🌸

Watercolour Engagement card made using Thirsty Brush & Co

Hi friends, one of my close friends got engaged last week and I am so happy for her. I wanted to make her a card that was a little bit different from me. I don’t very often use watercolours (that’s something that I want to change) and I just watched a YouTube video by Claire Manning from Thirsty Brush & Co and I thought, this is the one, join me for more details…..

Set on the left is called Modern Floral and the other is Confetti Bands. You can get these sets on their website or on Create and Craft website.

I love the florals in this set and was looking forward to creating with them again. I started with stamping them onto good quality cardstock 300gsm using Versamark Ink then covered with WOW embossing powder in Metallic Platinum Super Fine then heatset it with my heat gun, then, I created a mask for my stamped image using the Diecut outline for this set and placed over the embossed image. I then positioned and stamped another image using versamark then embossed using WOW in Perissa and heatset it with heat gun.

Next I got my Winsor & Newton Watercolour Pans and set out doing some watercolouring. Then added some sprays of colour over the top and set aside to dry.

Next I added the sentiment Special Day in Jet Black Archival Ink, then stamped over with Versamark and added Wow clear embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

I used the smallest Confetti Band and stamped a border along the top and bottom using Versamark Ink then covered in Wow Metallic Platinum Super Fine and heatset. Once the card had cooled down I layered onto Gold Mirra Card from Crafters Companion, Precious Metals range. Layered onto card base and that completed my Engagement Card.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and happy crafting.

Kirsty 🌸

Shih Tzu Handmade card

Hi friends, today I’m sharing a card that I’ve made for a friend. She is getting a Shih Tzu Pup the same weekend that it’s her son’s birthday. She asked me to make a birthday card to give from “the pup” to her son. I looked through all my rubber and clear stamps looking for a Shih tzu stamp but to no avail, checked online too, there is lots of digital stamp shops out there and I couldn’t find a Shih Tzu stamp anywhere, So what could I do…..

I done a rough sketch of the outline of the dog, my friend sent me over a photo of her new pup then I coloured in with my Promarkers and coloured pencils.

The collar, biscuit, paws and fur baby love sentiment all come from a digital set from Graciellie Design called Fur Baby Love

The sentiment have a furry happy birthday and the small paw prints are from a cardmaking magazine and the stars stencil is from my stash.

I layered my card front onto Matt black card and adhered to my card base with double sided tape.

Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear what you think of my card. Take care everyone.

Bye for now

Kirsty 🌸

Franks for being a friend-check these cute summer snacks-Polka Dot Orchard

Hi friends, Kirsty here from Lilac Dreams Studio and today I’m still sharing summer vibes with these adorable digital stamps from Polka Dot Orchard aren’t they just so cute!!

I made this card a slimline card and I used Newton’s Nook Porthole Slimline Die. I used a circles stencil from my stash and I wanted to have same colour as my background cardstock so I decided to diecut my card using white cardstock then I used Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in buttercup using a blender brush.

I used my Promarkers to colour ~ colours used ~ Poppy, Berry Red, Gold, Cool Grey 3, Tan, Caramel, Sandstone, Pink Carnation, Pale Pink & Blender Pen.

For the Sun Rays I used Spectrum Noir Metallic in Gold Plate

I used double sided tape to layer my Buttercup background onto base layer and foam tape for porthole front. Used a mixture of foam tape and glue for all my images. Fussy cut my sentiment.

Here is my completed card. Such an adorable set which can be humorous and great for kids too. Hope you all have a good, safe crafty day. Pop by soon.

Kirsty 🌸

My first ever product review-CraftWorld

Hi crafty friends, I was asked to do a product review from CraftWorld! Eeeeeeeek!!!!! I was so excited! I received the 2 products shown below in the photo. I knew I was going to have lots of fun playing with Gesso.

Dina Wakley Media White Gesso and Pretty Gets Fritty Transparent Gesso

If you would like to read my review then please click on this link Review of Gesso and it will take you to my page on CraftWorld.

Remember Me This set is currently on sale over at Polka Dot Orchard (at time of this publishing).

The digital set ‘Remember Me’ is part of the card that I made for the product review. Below is the end result and if you want to know how I made the card, please click on the link for the review.

That’s all for today, I hope to see you here again soon.

Stay safe and keep crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Let’s celebrate the OLD SKOOL way

Hi friends, thanks for stopping by today. I wanted to share with you a new digital set from Polka Dot Orchard

Let’s Kick It Old Skool

This set takes me to my old skool days! Loved wearing converse or chucks as we would call them. I was always torn between my chucks and doc martins. Ah! The good ole days! So needless to say I loved creating with this set and the sentiments fit it perfectly.

This card was very simple to put together, print, colour and splashes of gouache to finish.

Promarkers used ~ canary, tulip yellow, henna, walnut, cinnamon, cocoa, petrol blue, denim blue, tea green, grey green, ice grey 5,3,1 cool grey 3 and blender pen.

I used gouache in cobalt blue and permanent white. Finally for some gold stitching I used spectrum noir Metallic Gold Plate Pen.

Next, I took the main shade of yellow (tulip yellow) that I used for the sneakers and coloured a thin border around the white cardstock. I layered it together with my card front and adhered onto a 5×7” card base.

That’s it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by, this set is on sale at the moment (at time of posting blog). We have a End of Summer Splash Challenge over on Friends of PDO Group. Click here to take you to the group https:// Facebook.com/groups/friendsofPolkaDotOrchard and join in, challenge ends on 20th September and there is a fantastic prize up for grabs.

Stay safe my friends and happy crafting!

Kirsty 🌸