Thursday, 30 July 2015

Zentangled Flowers

Hi there everybody.  I have something a bit different to show you today which I haven't actually tried before.  I have a new/NBUS stencil from That Special Touch which I bought intending to try with texture paste but still haven't got any paste so I looked at it and thought I would try some zentangling.  Here it is .....

I'm afraid the zentangling is all my own made up design and I just looked at the petals and leaves and started to make shapes using a Micron pen.  I outlined the whole thing on to a snippet of white pearlescent card  and then filled it in.

When I had finished I coloured it in using my Spectrum Noir Pencils and then found a snippety frame which was leftover from my chevron flower card the other day, but the chevrons go down instead of across due to the way it was cut, but I quite like that.  With the size of the aperture which is 4" square, the bottom of the stencil which is mainly a bit of foliage had to be cut off. 

I added some clouds using a piece of  paper with some curvy cloud shapes and some Adirondack Stonewashed ink with blending foam.

I then finished it with a die cut sentiment made using a snippet of blue cardstock.

Thanks for all your interest which I really appreciate and I hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend.  Lets hope we get some better weather by then.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Less is More - Recipe.  After it didn't work out the other day because I linked to too many posts I wasn't sure whether I would make the deadline but luckily I have so Happy Birthday Chrissie.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 187 where we use up our snippets.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Winter Tree

Hi there.  Today I have a Christmas card to show you as Happy Little Stampers has a CAS Sketch  and a Christmas challenge which have a tree as the theme and also it is Rudolph Day which runs from the 25th to the end of the month.

For the tree I used a freebie set from Penny Black and made a little background for it.  I had a go at this technique on a card I made last Christmas and thought that I would give it another go.  I found a snippet  of white stamping card and cut it to about 4" square.  I inked the stamp using Adironack ink in Bottle and spritzed it several times with water before stamping it, having first placed a piece of scrap paper cut with a curve underneath the bottom edge so the water would not spoil the white of the card.  I spritzed it on the card to get the ink to move a bit more and then dried it with my heat tool.  I then inked and stamped over it again without any water which firmed up the outline.  I started with some Stormy Sky DI and thought this was a bit dark so decided to try some watercolour from a tube in French Ultramarine and mixed this in a bit to give a more definite but not too dark blue sky.  I have recently resurrected my watercolour tubes so I decided to mix it up a bit but the distress inks and also Adirondack and Momento do work well with water.  I think the only difference for me personally is that the watercolour paint will lift out better where the inks stain much quicker, if something is put on rather dark lightening it is quite difficult.  I then decided to give the sky more warmth at the horizon so added some Spiced Marmalade DI.  I made some shadows at the bottom of the tree with the Stormy Sky DI and a bit of Momento Tuxedo Black well diluted.  I finished by stamping over the tree with the Tuxedo Black but only inked the stamp very lightly.  It was mainly to give the bottom of the tree more definition and also to define some of the outer branches a bit better.  I then made some falling snow with a white gel pen.

I made a frame with my stitched square dies using a snippet of white card and finished with a sentiment from the same freebie set stamped using Archival Black.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Pat  x

These are the challenges I am entering:

Happy Little Stampers - Sketch Challenge.
Happy Little Stampers  - Christmas Challenge.
Rudolph Day Challenge - July.
Happy Little Stampers - CAS Challenge Stamping.
p.s.  So excited to be chosen the winner of HLS Christmas Challenge.  Really made my day!


Saturday, 25 July 2015

CAS Geometric + Flower

Hi there all.  Here we are at the end of another week and very nearly the end of another month.  Where does the time go.  Talking about time I saw this sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch and decided I would use it to make a card but by the time I finished it I realised that I had just missed it.  I was away on holiday all last week and when I came back I had several cards to make so have been busy doing that and have not had time to post anything until now.  As you can probably guess I am not the most organised of people  Anyway here is the sketch.

....  and here is my card.

I used a That Special Touch Mask - Chevrons which I embossed using a snippet of white card and then coloured using Stonewashed and Pink Sherbert Adirondack inks and some Shaded Lilac Distress Ink which I applied with blending foam.  I die cut the piece with a stitched square die and then cut the circular shape using a stitched circle die.

I placed the shape in the centre of my square base card but didn't stick it down so I could judge where to stamp the little flower stamp.  This is a Claritystamp Stamp Club stamp which I hadn't used before and decided that being quite small it would fit nicely in the circle.  I hovered with the stamp which I inked up with  the Stormy Sky DI and then moved the chevron embossed snippet to one side whilst I stamped the flower.  I coloured it using the blue ink but decided to add a bit more depth with my Spectrum Noir pencils to give a more pinky blue colour.  I also added a little more blue and pink ink through and around the flower to highlight it a bit more.

I then adhered the shape into place and made a fishtail banner for the sentiment from a snippet of white card which I stamped using Stormy Sky DI and glued it in place on the topper.

Thank you for dropping by and I really appreciate your continued interest in my blog.  Have a good weekend.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS  - Chevron.
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge  - Stamping.
Addicted to Stamps - CAS.
CASology - Lines.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 187 where we use up our snippets (just a couple this time).

P.S.  I really did want to enter the Less is More Challenge seeing that it is a special week with Di as Guest Designer and Chrissie's birthday too, but didn't realise that they only allow five challenges to be entered including their own so had to scrub it as I had already entered five. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

On the Look Out

Hi there everyone.  This is a NBUS stamp which I bought fairly recently from IndigoBlu called Blue's Look Out as I just couldn't resist this cute cat.

I started by watercolouring a snippet of white cardstock using the smooshing technique and Adirondack Shell Pink and Distress Ink Picked Raspberry.   I then stamped the image on to this watercoloured card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then die cut the image mat using a Simon Says Stitched Square, the largest die.  The stamped image didn't quite fit into the square die so ended up cutting just a little of the original image away.  I coloured the eyes of the cat with  Spectrum Noir yellow and orange pencils and added some Glossy Accents on top, and I also coloured the flowers on the image with a pink Spectrum Noir to make them show up a bit more.

I embossed a background white layer using a piece of white card and a Tim Holtz Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  I then adhered this and the pink image mat to the base card.

I decided to use a frame which was left after I cut a stitched mat for my last project and so stuck it over the top of the image but as you can see instead of square on I twisted it.

I decided to add  a couple of corners and thought I would use a Memory Box die called Snowflake Corner
which actually looks like little flowers or stars and so doesn't necessarily have to be used for Christmas.  I cut two of these using a snippet of white card and decided to make them silver which I thought would go nicely with the pink.  To do this I used my Brilliance Platinum ink pad and just swiped it all over the die cuts until well covered.  This is a pigment ink so left them to dry for a little while, and to be sure I just went over them with my heat gun a few times.   I also stamped and cut out a couple of little butterflies, using another snippet of white card, with a freebie set I got with a magazine a little while ago which are actually Sheena Douglas designs.  I again used the Brilliance Platinum ink to stamp with and layered them up.  I also die cut a sentiment using a Britannia die and another snippet of white card which I coloured with the Adirondack Shell Pink ink.  I decided after I had cut it to darken the pink a bit with a Spectrum Noir Pencil

I finished by adding little pearls to the butterfly, the corners and on the larger flower on the image.

Thank you for dropping by today.

Pat x

I would like to enter the following challenges:

I have been away for a week and this was a scheduled post so have only today been able to link up to these challenges which means they are rather close to the finishing dates unfortunately.

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Time Out Challenge - Nature with Optional Twist of Animals.
Cuttlebug Mania - Tic Tac Toe - middle line across - use pink, emboss and Birthday Theme.
Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature.

P.S  I was tickled pink to be chosen as one of the runners-up over at Cuttlebug Mania.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Time for Tea

Hi all.  I made this card some time ago but for one reason or another never got round to blogging it.  I used one of the stamps from a set by Kanban call Damask Divas - Lets Do Lunch, which I was lucky enough to win over at Pixie's Playgrounds.  The backing card and teacup are elements from a set which I bought eons ago from Hunkydory.

I started by folding back the front of a white square card and covered the folded back piece with one of the pieces of card which I thought was quite appropriate as the words went perfectly with the stamp, and then I covered the inside with another piece of the co-ordinating cardstock.

I used a snippet of white card and stamped the image using Black Archival ink and then coloured it using Spectrum Noir Pencils.  In the meantime I cut two hexagons from a set by XCut using two snipppets of plain card, one in dark blue and one in lilac.  I cut out and mounted the image on to the lilac hexagon so that it fitted flush with the bottom edge, and the only other thing I did was to cut a curve on to the table edge.  I then mounted the lilac layer on the the slightly larger dark blue layer and added another layer of gold mirri to the back of this, which I'm afraid doesn't show up very clearly in the photo.  I cut it by hand as I wanted just a narrow border.  I then fixed this to the card front.

I finished by adding one of the die cut images from the Hunkydory set to the inside of the card and then added some punched flowers and die cut swirls, cut to fit, and also three extra flower centres were added to the front lefthand corner of the card and the sentiment banner was cut from a leftover piece of  the pink border.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and your interest is greatly appreciated.

Pat x

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 184.  The challenge is to use up our snippets, and there were quite a lot on this card.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Coffee or Tea.
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes with a Sentiment.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Sleepy Owls

Hi all.  I'm back with a card which I made for my DH as we are celebrating our 33rd Anniversary today.  I found these owls over at Beccy's Place which were a freebie and thought they would make a cute card and combined them with  the sketch which is this week's challenge over at Less is More and I'm sorry that I am a little late as it finishes later this evening.


I started by cutting a piece of white card  and embossed using my Cuttlebug Kimmy-Luvs EF which sadly seems to be discontinued.  I had to run it through twice to cover the card and then I die cut with the Simon Says Stitched Square using the second largest die.

I realised that without thinking I had die cut before embossing and some of the embossing had been flattened, so I ran the piece through the embossing folder again twice and thought it was ok, but this morning when DH opened it and I looked in the daylight I realise that the first run through was not lined up quite well enough so there is a little ghosting.  I am rather a perfectionist and was annoyed that I hadn't noticed it last night but he says that he loves it anyway and it only really shows if you look at the photo on zoom, but it is good to catalogue these things so that others won't make the same mistakes.

I then cut round the image with the larger die and stuck this on the base card behind the square aperture before sticking that down too.  I then made a frame to finish the aperture nicely using a snippet of white card and the largest and second largest of the stitched dies which I then adhered  to the aperture.

I finished it with a computer generated sentiment, and as the computer paper is not very sturdy I stuck this to a snippet of card and cut a banner shape with a fishtail at one end.   

Thank you for dropping by today.

Pat  x

I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 183 where we use up our snippets.
Cuttlebug Mania - Sentimental Journey.