Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Blue Poppies with Marbling

Hi there everybody.  I decided to try my hand at marbling using shaving foam which entails spraying foam into a tray and adding either drops of acrylic paint or alcohol inks, or watercolour paints from a tube the pigments of which are very strong so you would only need a very small amount.   You then move the colours around using the end of a paintbrush or something similar and lay the paper face down on top of the foam for a few second.  After lifting you scrape away the foam to reveal the pretty pattern.   I did originally have it in mind to enter the CAS Mix Up Challenge but realised that I hadn't done any stamping but I enjoyed trying the technique out anyway.

I did as I explained above, using a snippet of white card and acrylic paints in yellow and blue which in places mixed together to make green.  I did make several pieces but to be honest the first was the best as even if you add more inks it doesn't take long for the colours to become muddy, and personally I prefer it when the colours look quite separate and clean.  I mounted this marbled piece on to another snippet of white card.

I die cut the poppies from yet another snippet of white card using a Memory Box die called Row of Poppies and then coloured them using the blue acrylic paint on the flowers adding the paint with a waterbrush and adding some extra colour over the top to make the bottom of the flowers darker to add shading.  I used my Distress Inks on the stems and buds, again using a waterbrush.   The colours were Mowed Lawn with a bit of Walnut Stain.

I die cut the sentiment using another snippet of white card which I coloured with Mowed Lawn DI and I backed this with the Stick It adhesive.

Thank you for joining me here on my blog today, and see you again soon. 

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 251 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Autumnal Birthday

Hi all.  Well Summer is finally over and Autumn has definitely arrived now and the nights are getting quite chilly here.  There are quite a few Autumn challenges around at the moment and one is brand new.  It is CAS Watercolour Challenge being run by Loll Thompson and Bonnie Klass,  and is in addition to  the CAS Mix Up Challenge which they already run and which this month asks for Stamping+Ghosting+Own Choice which in the case of my card below is either the die cutting or heat embossing.

The Ghosting technique is fairly new to me, and there are several ways of achieving this but I used water, i.e. removing ink by spritzing water on to the stamp and pressing down on to an inked surface.  I covered a snippet of white card with several different colours of Distress Ink, namely Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain, using a dry baby wipe as I happened to have one handy.  I then found a maple leaf stamp from a set by Hobby Art called Falling Leaves.  I spritzed it with water and placed it down on the inked card for quite a number of seconds before lifting it away.  This lifts some ink and makes a lovely pattern.  I repeated this randomly.  When I had finished I used a stitched square die, the largest in the set which is about 4" in size.

I found another snippet of white card and stamped two of the leaves using the Walnut Stain DI.  I made sure this was perfectly dry before adding several of the colours mentioned above to watercolour the leaves with, using a waterbrush.  When happy with the look of the leaves, and again when perfectly dry, I pressed them into my Versamark pad to coat them and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I repeated this again to give them a nice even shiny finish.  When using water based products to colour you should use a permanent ink to stamp with, but I took a chance and although a little of the detail was lost I just readded it with a pencil before heat embossing and it looks fine.

When I had adhered the background and the leaves to the white square base card I added a sentiment stamped with Adirondack Espresso ink.

Thank you for dropping by my blog today.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 250 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Addicted to CAS Challenge - Watercolour.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Autumn.
Uniko Studio Challenge - Autumn (no twist though).
Happy Little Stampers October Mixed Media Challenge - Nature.
Happy Little Stampers October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
CAS on Sunday - Heat Embossing.
Stamping Sensations October Challenge - Autumn.
Rubber Dance October Stamp Challenge - Fall (in Love with Autumn).
Casual Fridays Challenge - 158 - 1 in 8.  (I have six leaves whole/partially stamped in the background and two whole leaves as the focal image.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hummingbird and Lilies

Hi there everybody.  Guess what, I found another great set of freebie stamps with an embossing folder.  They came with a Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine and are by Apple Blossom and I must say that for freebies are very good quality.  There are a couple of flowers, a lily, an Hibiscus with some leaves, and a few sentiments and the pretty Hummingbird.

The colouring throughout was done with a set of Lyra Aqua Markers.  I found a snippet of white card and embossed with the folder and coloured all the leaves which is easier with the raised pattern but did take a bit of time, but I think worked quite well.  The technique I decided to used was to lay down the green on to my glass mat, and to lighten and vary the colour a bit I picked up the green on a yellow pen and then painted on to the leaves.  I managed to colour a few of the leaves before I needed to reload the pen from the glass mat.  When I had finished I blended a bit of extra colour, namely Memento Bamboo Leaves, around the edges before attaching this to my square white base card.

I then stamped the lily flower three times on to another snippet of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and coloured with a peachy orange before highlighting with a darker more red shade.  I coloured the stamens with yellow and a little black added to the anthers, i.e. the bits on the  I then fussy cut these three flowers which were a trifle fiddly cutting round the stamens.  One flower did end up with a few less when I inadvertently chopped them off but the hummingbird's beak sits nicely over the top fortuately.  I glued them to the corner using Pinflair Glue Gel for a little dimension.

I stamped the hummingbird on another snippet of white card and coloured with a yellow and blue stroked over the top to make it look more green and then blue and red on the wings and tail and also a little on the neck, and the end tail feathers were again the yellow with blue over the top.   Again I fussy cut and mounted it on to the card using the Pinflair.

I finished the card with a sentiment from the set mounted on to tag using one of the Spellbinders Floral Oval dies.  It just about fitted but I didn't want to make the tag much bigger so I stamped it very slightly on the slant to fit it on.  I again stamped with Versafine Smokey Gray ink and added some WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and heat set it.

Before I go I would like to introduce a new follow called Sue whose blog you will find here, and her creations are very varied and all beautiful, so if you haven't visited before I'm sure she would appreciate you popping in.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll be back soon. 

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 249 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Inkspirational Challenge - Glamour.  I think that the Hummingbird is one of the most glamorous birds with its beautiful irridescent feathers so I'm hoping that this will fit the challenge.
Virginia's View Challenge - Focal Point.  I think the leafy frame draws your eye into the focal point which is the bird and flowers.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rudolph Days Challenge for September

Hi all.  Well, it's nearly the end of the month and the Rudolph Days Challenge is upon us again and it is my team's turn to do a card this month.  The challenge runs from the 25th to the end of each month over at Mo's blog Scraps of Life by Scrappymo, and there is always a lovely prize on offer to the winner so do go and check it out.

I have used a freebie set of stamps by Penny Black to make this card which I have had for some  time and the tree from it is one of my favourites.

I decided to try and make a triangular card to echo the shape of the tree and so I made myself a template.  This was a case of trial and error.  I started with a piece of copy paper and obviously the left hand side of the triangle has to be the fold of the card.  I folded the A4 copy paper in half and tried to place it with the fold in the right place and at the right angle, but I couldn't seem to make this work.   I then folded the paper with the fold at a slant across it and then by degrees cut the other side to match, and then evened up the bottom, and more by accident I feel, managed to get the shape right.  I wanted it to fit in the region of 6" but no bigger so it would fit into  6" square envelope, and amazingly and to my delight, it fits exactly.

My card was cut from a piece of white pearlescent card and then I cut a slightly smaller triangle from a snippet of silver mirri card and mounted this on to the base card.  I found another snippet of dark blue card and cut another triangle slightly smaller again and heat embossed the tree onto it using WOW Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder, and I added a sentiment, from the same set of stamps, underneath the tree, using WOW Metallic Silver EP.  To add some interest to the background I used a Marianne Snowflakes Embossing Folder.  I had to run it through twice to cover the shape.  I finished by adding this to the card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  See you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

WOW Embossing Powder Blog September Challenge - Anything Goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 248 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

In the Pink Anniversary

Hi there.  I made this card several weeks ago but have only just got around to showing it here.   I am using the Indigoblu Poppy Heart stamp that I used quite recently and decided to go with the white embossed look again but this time I have used the blended background technique which is becoming a favourite of mine.

This time I stamped and heat embossed on to a snippet of white card using WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder.   I coloured the heart with inks and a water brush using Adirondack Pink Sherbet and Eggplant and  Shaded Lilac Distress Ink for the flowers,  and Memento Bamboo Leaves with a bit of the Eggplant added in to the green for the darker green shading.

I then blended Pink Sherbet and Shaded Lilac into the background using a blending tool making it darker around the outside of the heart.  I used a bit more of the Pink Sherbet through a mini Creative Expressions stencil called Shabby Harlequin and then using a Clear Wink of Stella pen I just highlighted the stencilling to give it a bit of a sparkle although this doesn't show up very well.  I then layered it on to a snippet of silver mirri card.

To finish I added some little silver hearts and a sentiment.

Thank you for stopping to look at my blog today.  See you soon.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 247 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
IndigoBlu August Challenge -  All Things Bright and Beautiful.  Sorry it is rather late!  I hope this fits the challenge as I have used lovely bright colours, and I hope you think it is beautiful.   (I am thrilled to have been chosen as one of the Top 3 for this challenge)  
WOW Embossing Powder Blog September Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge No 211 - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Through the Porthole

Hi there.  Well here I am with another masculine card and using the Chocolate Baroque stamps with an underwater theme called Funky Fish and Steampunk Sea World.  I decided to look at the fish through a porthole and that's where I started.

I began with a snippet of white card and die cut a circle using the biggest die, which is 4", from a set by XCut.  I started by blending inks on to the circle using a blending tool.  I used Adirondack Lettuce and Stonewashed,  Mowed Lawn and Stormy Sky Distress Ink, and the Peacock Feathers was used mainly on the fish, nautilus and seahorse.  I think my sea has ended up rather more green than blue.

I picked a selection of fish stamps across the two sets keeping to the smaller sized stamps and made a pleasing scene.  To make the bit of greenery at the bottom I used the tentacles from what I think is a squid, inking just the smaller tentacles, which worked quite well.  I coloured with a waterbrush using the same inks as mentioned above but with some Adirondack Sunshine Yellow added in.  I did add some interest using a stamp by Creative Expressions called Bubbles, and then using the same inks as above, I darkened around the edges and then decided to take away some of the colour within the bubbles and around the fish etc by bleaching out with water, as I thought the whole thing was beginning to become too dark and heavy.

For the background I found a snippet of white card and embossed with a Sizzix Embossing Folder called Woodgrain, this comes as a pair together with one called Bricked.  I had to extend it  a bit to make it square.  I used Antique Linen DI to colour it with.  I mounted this on to my white square base card.

To make the porthole I took a snippet of black card and cut a circle slightly larger than the 4" one I cut originally.  To do this I scoured the kitchen to find something circular with the right dimensions and finished by using a holder for my kitchen utensils and pencilled around the base.  I cut this by hand and then cut out the centre by using the largest XCut circle I used earlier but this time pencilling round the inside of the die so that when cut out it was a fraction smaller to cover the edge of the original circle.  Note to self, I MUST buy some more circle dies so that this process is less labour intensive and gives a better finish! The XCut dies are a great basic set which I bought several years ago and have used quite a lot, and I also have some stitched circles, but both sets have about five dies and they have an inch in between each die which for something like this doesn't work.

To finish the porthole I found some little round dots which I stuck on and coloured with a silver Sakura pen which has a glitter finish but looked OK for this.

I decided to embellish with an anchor die, one of three, which go with a set of Lawn Fawn stamps called Float My Boat, but the die works fine on its own, and using another snippet of black card I cut the anchor, and using my pokey tool I made a hole in the top big enough to take the twine which I doubled, twisted, and wrapped round the anchor and then stamped a sentiment on to a snippet of white card using Black Archival Ink, and cut it into a tag shape with a fishtail, and coloured using the Antique Linen DI and a little Black Soot DI.

To finish I adhered the scene and the frame and then added the anchor and sentiment tag which,  with hindsight, would have looked better with a smaller sentiment so it would have cut into a smaller tag, and I'm not sure that I like the colour tone I ended up with, but hey ho it's done now and I will stop being picky

Thank you for joining me here today and I will see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 246 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It.
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Goes with die cuts.  (I cut the image circle and anchor using a Grand Caliber.
Penny Black and More - Add  A Sentiment.
Stamping Sensations - One for the Boys.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Californian Poppies

Hi there everybody.  Today I am showing a card made with one of my favourite flowers and a stamp by Penny Black.  I was late sending this card so opted for something straight forward.  I coloured the poppies using a set of Lyra Aqua Markers, just a small set with basic colours as I just wanted to see how they worked, and I was fairly satisfied with the result.  The paper was a snippet and to be honest as this technique uses a fair amount of water the paper didn't hold up all that well, but as time was short I persevered.

The background was made using the smooshing technique by swiping the inks from the pad on to a piece of acrylic cut to a little larger than my base card,  and I used just a couple of blue inks, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky,  spritzed with water and pulled the paper through it to give quite an even finish.  I wanted a bit darker colour in the top left corner so I added a bit more of the darker colour which was the Stormy Sky DI, and added more water, and this time laid the card down and concentrated on keeping the colour in that corner.

After drying it I stamped just one of the flowers with a bit of the stem using Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and then coloured with the Lyra Aquamarkers.  I used the lightest yellow straight from the pen and then darkened a bit with the next yellow just leaving a few lighter areas, and then finally the orange, which is quite a strong colour, so I used it watered down by putting some of the colour on my glass mat and then used a water brush and gradually darkened in some areas as you can see.

I finished the card by mounting on to a white square base card and layered up using snippets of dark blue and a cream which I cut using a Scalloped Square die from a set by Tonic.  I then added the die cut sentiment using another snippet of dark blue backing the card with Stick It adhesive.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  See you soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 245 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp It.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog - Nature.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Add a Sentiment.