Thursday, 23 February 2017

Watercolour Crocuses

Hi all.  Well, here we are nearing the end of another month, and I always feel that when we get into March spring is just around the corner, and as there are quite a few crocuses in bloom now I thought I would give my Chocolate Baroque Spring Bird Crocus stamps an airing.  This card sort of evolved into something quite different to the one I had in my mind when I started but that happens to me quite a lot, and I tend to go with the flow, and because of this the order of working was totally wrong really and  I'm not sure whether I like it or not, but for good or ill here it

For the card I used:

White Base Card (originally 8" square cut to make a top fold 6" x 4".
Piece of white card die cut slightly smaller using a Crealies XXL Rectangle with Dots Dies (this particular die is difficult to find at present).
Chocolate Baroque Spring Bird Crocus stamps.
Tim Holtz Woodgrain Embossing Folder (comes as a pair with Bricked).
Adirondack Lettuce and Sunshine Yellow Inks.
Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain.
Versamark Ink.
WOW Metallic Copper Embossing Powder.
Sentiment stamp.

I started by stamping the crocus on to the die cut piece of white card using my Misti.  I used the yellow and greens straight on to the stamp, spritzed with water and stamped, and then using my waterbrush I moved the ink around and added more where necessary.  I masked and stamped and coloured it a second time.

When dry I then ran the whole thing through the woodgrain embossing folder.  The image became a little indistinct, so I ran it through my machine again just using the plates to flatten the embossing a little bit.  I then coloured the background using the Peacock Feathers ink applied with my waterbrush.  I also added a tiny bit of the Walnut Stain under the flowers to ground them.

The challenge over at Chocolate Baroque is a colour challenge and as well as the colours already mentioned it asked for some metallic copper which I was going to use on just the sentiment but I decided to restamp using the Misti and heat embossed with Versamark ink using the WOW copper EP.  As I had dry embossed already the copper embossing was a little patchy but I think the random look is OK here.  I then finished by heat embossing the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I'll see you soon.

I am entering the following challenges:
CAS Watercolour Challenge - Love.  I hope this fits the challenge with 'love' in the sentiment.
Addicted to CAS Challenge - No. 105 Wood.
AAA Cards CAS Challenge - No. 84 Watercolour.
Happy Little Stampers February Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist dies).
Chocolate Baroque Challenge - No 32.  Hopefully the extra yellow on the flowers is allowed.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

CAS Valentine

Hi there everybody.  I needed a card for my DH and I thought I would make a shaker card with some little mirri hearts inside.  It started off OK but finished in total disaster as the hearts kept gravitating to the edges and sticking on the dimensional tape and I tried to open it up and move them away but that didn't work at all and it gradually got more and more sad and sorry looking with all the messing about with it so it had to go into the bin!  I then came up with this which was made in rather a hurry but turned out OK.

For the card I used:

White Card.
Red Card.
Leonie Pujol Dotty Heart Embossing Folder.
Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Heart Die.
Distress Ink - Black Soot.
WOW Metallic Silver Embossing Powder.
Versamark Ink.
Crimping Tool.
Glossy Accents.
Few Gems.

I started by inking up the embossing folder in the centre with the black ink and spritzed with water, then pressed the white card over it firmly to transfer the pattern, and dried it with a heat tool.  I then lined it up inside the embossing folder and embossed the whole piece of card.  I then die cut the heart from the red card and ran it through the crimping tool to corrugate it.  I decided to add a bit of detail with the glossy accents across the corrugated surface which looks like shiny stripes.

I didn't have red or black baker's twine so used a cream one and coloured it with some black ink mixed with a bit of water which has made it a sort of grey colour.  Not sure if it looks a bit dull and uninteresting as a colour, but when I put the card together I decided the red offset it a bit.

I fixed three lines of it to the top layer before adhering to the base card and then tucked the heart underneath and took a separate piece and tied it round the middle.

I finished by stamping the sentiment using the versamark and silver embosssing powder.  I used my Misti and I did press it a trifle hard in order to stamp it on to the rather uneven surface so it looks a bit patchy, I think that is down to the light shining on the silver embossing, and a bit thicker than maybe it should, but it worked reasonably well.  I then added a gem to the bow and three tiny ones scattered around as I felt it needed something to lift it a bit.  I did wonder if he would think the gems a bit, but luckily he thought they looked fine and not too feminine. 

Thank you for looking at my blog today and hope to see you soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Corrugated Cardboard.  (I crimped the card myself as I didn't have any corrugated cardboard.  I also have dry and wet embossing and the inked embossing folder as my own choice techniques.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Use Your Favourite Tool.  (Mine is my Grand Calibur which gets used for most of the cards I make).
That's Crafty Challenge - I Heart You.
Casology Challenge  - Romance.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Shades of Blue Birthday

Hi all.  There is a fun challenge going on at the moment run by Kara of K and R Designs called 300 Weeks of Inspiration Challenge.  She keeps a file of her favourite projects which she adds to every week called the Friday Inspiration File, and every 100 weeks she challenges us to pick a card and CASE it, so I decided to look through and found this one, made by Laurie, which you will find here.

 Here is my CASEing of it.

For the card I used:

White Card Blank aproximately 6" x 6".
Piece of White Card  51/2" x 51/2".
Adirondack Stonewashed Ink.
Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.
Couture Creations Embossing Folder Compassionate.
Sue Wilson Die Orange Blossom Leaves.
Piece of White Vellum. 
WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.

I started by cutting the pair of leaves from the piece of white card.  I then used the embossing folder, running it through my machine twice to extend the pattern a little.  It isn't a repeat pattern on this folder but luckily it blends in and looks fine.

I found a strip of white card in my bits box and applied the three blue inks in stripes of colour using a blending tool, the same colour on the top and bottom and centre which was the Stonewashed darkened a bit with the Faded Jeans, and then in between with Peacock Feathers.  I then attached this to the underside of the cut out leaves.

I cut a strip of white vellum wide enough to take my sentiment which I stamped and heat embossed with the silver embossing powder, and then wrapped it around the top layer before adhering this to the card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.        

I am also entering the following challenges"

Happy Little Stampers February CAS Challenge - Blue.
CAS on Sunday Challenge No 101 Colour Challenge.
Less is More Challenge - Colour Wheel (three adjacent colours).

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Inky Bubble Wrap Anniversary

Hi there everyone.  I thought I would make another card to enter into Darnell's NBUS Challenge No. 10.  My last card was a NBUS set of stamps but she did have an optional theme of Bubble Wrap which obviously that didn't have, so thought I would make another entry which would incorporate that.  I don't have any alcohol inks so decided to use the bubble wrap as a stamp and this is the result.  I used a NBUS embossing folder and a sentiment from the stamp set that came with it, which was yet another recent magazine freebie, I told you I can't resist

For the card I used:

Freebie Magazine Stamps and Embossing Folder (I used one of the sentiment stamps from the set).
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Heart of Hearts Dies.  (The smaller of the outer edge dies).
Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves.
WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder.
WOW Clear Embossing Powder.
Snippets of White Card for the heart and sentiment strip.
White Funky Foam.
White Base Card 8" x 8" cut down to just under 6" x 6".

I started with a snippet of white card which I embossed with the freebie hearts embossing folder.

I found another snippet of white card and die cut the heart.  I smooshed it with the two reds and the orange, and then finished with the bubble wrap inked up with the purple colour and spritzed with a little water.  When dry I stamped the heart with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Gloss EP.

I cut a strip from another snippet of white card and using the Misti I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed using the Gold EP and then cut it into a fishtail banner.

When I assembled the card I added a piece of funky foam to the underside of the heart to give it a bit of dimension and finished by adhering the sentiment strip across the heart and glued it either side leaving it loose in the middle.

Thank you for joining me here today and I'll be back soon.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 267 and 268 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - The Colour of Love.
Less is More - Celebrating a 6th Birthday (use adjacent colours on the colour wheel).

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Saying It With Flowers

Hi all.  We have a friend who had a very nasty accident a few days ago and this is for her.  She mistimed crossing the road and ended up with the wheel of a bus on her left leg, and unfortunately had to have the bottom of it amputated.  It was such a shock when we heard the news but she seems to be taking it very well and is being really positive, as she says it could have been so much worse, and she might not have been here to tell the tale.  We haven't seen her yet, but I have sent this card and hope she likes it.

For the card I used:

Altenew Freebie Stamps and  dies which came with a magazine a while ago.  (NBUS never before used Schtuff)
Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Cranberry, Lettuce and Bottle Inks.
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain.
Archival Black Ink.
Cream Dovecraft Base Card about 6" square.
Snippet of White Card.

I began by stamping the flowers using a snippet of white card and my Misti.  There are three stamps and I started with the base layer stamp using the lightest colour Sunshine Yellow, followed by the second stamp in Spiced Marmalade, and then the smallest stamp in Cranberry, and this last stamp I twisted slightly and added the Walnut Stain too.  I did three of these flowers and then die cut them with the die that came with the set.

I then made six leaves using another snippet of white card.  The first two of the three leaf stamps using the Lettuce ink which obviously looks darker with the second layer, and then finishing with the smallest stamp using the Bottle.  I then die cut them.

I stamped the sentiment into place using the Misti and the Black ink which I covered with Wow Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and heat set.

I then adhered the flowers and leaves using Pinflair Glue Gel for a bit of dimension, and I shaped them a little with my bone folder.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 265 and 266 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
NBUS Challenge No. 10 - (No Optional Twist).

Saturday, 28 January 2017

We Three Kings

Hi to you all.  I am here with a card made with two challenges in mind.  The first is the Rudolph Days Challenge run by Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo, which runs from the 25th to the end of every month and the theme is alway Anything Goes.  The second is NBUS Challenge No. 9 (NBUS means Never Before Used Schtuff) run by Darnell of djkardkreations.  She is running three back to back challenges to celebrate her 5th Blogaversary, having written 1000 posts and reaching over 1000 followers which is a great achievement.  This is the second and the optional theme this time is Steganography which in essence means concealed/hidden words.  If this doesn't make a lot of sense perhaps all will become clear after seeing the card I made, or perhaps

I decided to use this new set of stamps by Habico which I was lucky enough to win over at the playground not long ago.  The three kings is the largest stamp in the set and a lovely one to colour.  Anyway, here is what I used for the card:

Habico Stamp Set.
Stamping/Gelli Plate Card 7"x 7".
Wooden Stamp with a Star (unfortunately don't know the make and old so no longer available).
Gelli Plate 6" x 6".
Adirondack Inks:  Butterscotch, Sunshine Yellow. Espresso and Stonewashed.
Tonic Scalloped Square Layering Dies.
XCut Sentiment.
MISTI Stamping Tool.
Spectrum Noir Coloured Pencils.
Gold Mica Powder.
White Funky Foam.
White Base Card 8" x 8" cut down just under 6" x 6".

I started with a piece of the gelli card and using the inks I created the background by placing blue at the top and yellow, butterscotch and a little espresso ink towards the bottom.  I spritzed with water and pressed the card onto the surface of the plate and pulled the print.  I did add extra of some of the colours still using the gelli plate and spritzing to build up the colour a bit on the sand area.

When dry I cut it with one of the scalloped dies (second largest) and then stamped the Wise Men into position using the MISTI but first making sure I had allowed enough room for the sentiment to be placed at the bottom.  I stamped using the Espresso ink and it took several goes to get a really good impression, but the beauty of the MISTI is that you can overstamp as many times as you wish.

I coloured it using my pencils and I also finished with some Gold Mica mixed with a waterbrush and carefully painted on to various parts of the scene.  I also used it for stamping the star by actually painting it on the the rubber stamp.  I did have to go over the star after stamping to darken the impression, but I think the result is nice and shimmery.  I also added a little shading under the feet of the camels using some Espresso ink with the waterbrush.  It doesn't show up that much now as that is where the sentiment is.

The hardest part of the whole process was doing this hidden sentiment.  I started by die cutting the sentiment from the scene first being careful to save all the little pieces (13 in total).  I then cut another using some white funky foam which I backed with Stick It adhesive.  The next step was to mount the scene on to the base card having first fixed a piece of the Stick It adhesive to the back of the the piece before adhering to the card.  I did this as none of the small pieces had any sticky on them I then stuck the funky foam sentiment into the space (excluding all the little pieces apart from the dot for the 'i' which I placed in the hole.  *I then fixed all the little coloured pieces I had kept into the spaces being careful to position them correctly by looking at the top layer to see that they matched correctly.  I then adhered the top layer with some photo glue. 

*With hindsight I think it would have been better to fix the top layer and then inset all the little pieces last as it would have been easier to match them up but I got there in the end and was pleased with the result.  The foam made it stand out better and by setting the little pieces at a lower level gave it more dimension and again made the letters easier to decipher.

I hope you managed to stay awake throughout that rather long winded  Thank you for taking a look today and I'll see you again soon.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers January Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).
Artistic Stamper Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Japanese Lady

Hi everybody.  I hope that January is going well for you.  We are about three quarters  of the way through it and already the nights are beginning to be lighter which pleases me greatly.  I have felt very lacklustre and have not really got going with my cardmaking since Christmas.  I did spend quite a bit of time after Christmas and into the new year sorting out my crafting area and that is done now and everything is a lot more tidy, well, at the

Anyway, getting to the point, our lovely friend Darnell over at djkardkreations is hosting her NBUS Challenge No 8 to celebrate her 5th Blogaversary and having done a staggering 1000 posts and having over 1000 followers, is no mean feat I feel.  In case you are not aware NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff and I know we all have some of that kicking about the place so this is a great time to use it.  She is generously offering some lovely prizes and this is the first of three challenges back to back too.  Darnell also has an optional theme for this challenge which is to 'Use Coloured Pencils on Kraft'.  I don't have many pencils but did the best with what I had, so here it is.

For this card I used:

Japanese Tea Garden Embossing Folder and Lady Stamp (magazine freebie).
Crealies Pierced Rectangle Nesting Dies. 
Adirondack Espresso Ink.
Versafine Smokey Gray Ink.
Spectrum Noir Coloured Pencils.
8" x 8" White Base Card with the width cut down to 6".
Kraft Card.
Sentiment Stamp.

I'm afraid I'm a bit addicted to magazine freebies and I picked this one out, back in December I think, because it had a lovely embossing folder and a border folder too and this very pretty lady stamp, so I thought it was a good deal, and this is its first outing.   I have to say that sometimes the stamps do not stamp that crisply, but now I have a MISTI to help me, instead of putting too much ink on to make sure that there are no bare patches, you can go easier on the ink and stamp as many times as it takes to get a good image, and it is so much better and easier.

I started by cutting a piece of kraft card using the second largest Crealies Die which was just the right size for the embossing folder, which I then used to make the pretty flower frame.  I then placed the lady and stamped with the Espresso ink using the MISTI.  When it was perfectly dry I used the coloured pencils to colour her in.  To finish I adhered this to the white card base and stamped the sentiment, again using the MISTI and the Smokey Gray ink.

Thank you for dropping by and I'll be back soon.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Penny Black and More January Challenge - Anything Goes.
Country View Challenge January -  Anything Goes.