Wednesday, 24 May 2017

CAS Watercoloured Magnolia

Hi there everybody.  I am playing catch up here as there are three challenges that I really want to get a card entered into before they close and I think I have managed it by a whisker.  I decided to use this magnolia stamp by Sheena Douglass which hasn't been inked up for a long time.  Unfortuately it seems to be unavailable at the moment.

I cut this white card just a little smaller than my white base card, and using my misti I stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with WOW Metallic Silver Embossing Powder.  I then watercoloured the flowers with a water brush using Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn and Walnut Stain.  I then decided to cut around the outside edge of the flowers to add a bit more interest and in order to take the flowers closer to the edge I trimmed the layer down a little.

I finished by splattering some of the pink and green ink and heat embossed the sentiment again using the Metallic Silver EP.

Thank you for stopping to take a look today and I'll be back soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour May Challenge - Watercolour Flowers.
CAS Mix Up May Challenge - Stamping, Splattering and my choice Heat Embossing.
The Flower Challenge - No. 8 CASE a DT Member.   I think mine is a CASEing of both TaeEun and Vivien, i.e. the opposite corner positioning of TaeEun and the cutting round the flowers on Vivian's card.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Acrylic Paint Resist Stencilling

Hi everyone.  I do like to try a new to me technique occasionally and I spotted this one the other day over on Barbara Gray's blog here.  I thought it would work with one of my new stencils, so I found a piece of white card and cut it to the same size, and after taping the stencil to it I sponged some white acrylic paint through it using a piece of blending foam, and then I removed and washed the stencil in some soapy water immediately.

After the paint was thoroughly dry I used my Distress Inks to add colour.  These were Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn.  I then got a baby wipe and carefully rubbed over the white painted areas to remove the ink.  The white paint acts as a resist, and although not perfect most of the ink did wipe off so I was pleased with the result.

Before adhering this to the card I added a piece of funky foam to the back so it would have some dimension.  I then cut a sentiment from a piece of white card using a Sue Wilson Scripted Happy Birthday die and sponged it quite heavily with Pine Needles Distress Ink and  using Versamark Ink I heat embossed it with WOW Clear Embossing Powder to give it a nice shine.  I then finished by adhering it to the centre of the stencilled panel before adding it to a 7" square white base card.

Thank you for looking at my blog today.

I am entering the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - No 242 Make Your Mark.
Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

With Sympathy

Hi there.  I have one of those cards today that we unfortunately need but never want to have to send.  This is the fourth person we know that has sadly passed away since the start of this year and hopefully there will be no more for some time to come.

I used a stamp from Penny Black called Lofty and stamped it three times on to a snippet of white card using Archival Black Ink and WOW Clear Embssing powder heat embossed over the top, and then stamped it three more times using second generation ink.  I wanted to make an oval shape of it but my oval dies were just too small so I pencilled round the outside of the largest die and cut the shape by hand which made it just large enough.

I found another snippet of white card and embossed it with a Couture Creations Embossing Folder called Compassionate.  My white base card was roughly 7" x 5" and I cut the embossed piece to fit this leaving a space at the bottom for the sentiment which I again stamped in Black Archival and heat embossed with the Clear EP.

I was going to leave it black and white but decided it did seem a bit stark so introduced some colour with the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink which I applied with some blending foam.

Before I go I would like to introduce a new follower who is Mac Mable and her blog is here.  She is very clever with her inks and watercolouring and uses lots of great techniques so if you haven't been to her blog before you will find lots there to inspire.

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

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 281/2  where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Birds in Flight

Hi there everyone.  I needed a card for my DH's brother who loves birds and is a volunteer at a bird reserve, and I immediately thought of this stencil which was one of the collection which I bought recently.  This is the first time it has been used and I'm sure it won't be the last.

I started by covering the piece of white card with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using my Gelli Plate which I haven't got out for a while.  I inked the plate and then added a little texture using a bit of bubble wrap so the ink would not be too flat a colour,  and then spritzed with water, applied the card and pulled the print.  I did this a couple of times to build up the colour a bit more.   I'm not sure that you can actually see the texture after adding other inks but I like to think it has added something to the finished piece.

I then continued by stencilling the birds on to the blue background and for this I blended DI's in Faded Jeans at the bottom, Stormy Sky through the middle section and Peacock Feathers for the more distant birds.  When dry I continued by replacing the stencil and dry embossed it.  It is difficult to see here but it has added to the dimension of the birds I think.  I decided that it did need something else so I masked off the sun/moon, I think it could be either, and then added some Peacock Feathers with blending foam around it, and then this and Stormy Sky round the edges.

Lastly I heat embossed the sentiment using WOW Silver Embossing Powder and added a backing layer of silver mirror card before adhering it to the 7" square white base card.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - The Great Outdoors.
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Flutter.
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge - No. 168  Inspired by a Film, a Book or Music (mine is the film The Birds).

Friday, 28 April 2017

Reindeer Circle

Hi everybody.  Well, it's that time of the month again when Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo holds her Rudolph Days Challenge.  It actually runs from the 25th until the end of the month.  This is a NBUS die which was a thank you from Mo for being on the Design Team last year and this is it's first outing.  I found a great technique, another from Jennifer McGuire using window dies and an inked inlay which worked well with this die.  I will try to explain it as I go along, but for a more in depth explanation I have linked to her post and video.  Anyway, here is the card.

I started with a piece of white card and cut the Memory Box Reindeer Circle die twice.  I then stuck some pieces of removable tape over the back of one of them, and using my Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries and Fired Brick I blended the ink  and covered the whole piece and the surrounding area too.  I removed the tape and took out the two large background pieces leaving just the deer, and mounted this on to Stick It adhesive.  I then took the two white  background pieces from the second die cut and placed them into the spaces.  Obviously the pieces that are left make another topper with the reverse colours, i.e. a white deer and coloured background.  I found one of my stitched circle dies which is slightly larger and die cut it out.  I then mounted this on to craft foam for added dimension.

I decided to emboss the  6" square white base card with a Falling Snow Stencil and I don't know why but it doesn't seem to have embossed very deeply.  I then mounted the topper having first added some gold stars, and gave it some glittery shine with my Wink of Stella pen on just the deer and the coloured outside edge, again not really visible here.

 I finished by die cutting a sentiment from the craft foam and coloured it with some Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink.  It does take quite a long time to dry and being a little impatient I helped it along with my heat gun being careful not to get too close as I didn't want to melt it. 

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

I am also entering the following challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges - No. 11.
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Anything Christmas.
Happy Little Stampers April Christmas Challenge - Embossing.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Rainbow Stripes

Hi there.  I sometimes find it difficult to think of something different for an anniversary card, but after watching this post with video by Jennifer McGuire and using the latest Freshly Made Sketches layout I came up with this card.

I cut different width strips using snippets of coloured card I found in my bits box and used a snippet of white card covered with the Stick It adhesive which made sticking them down much easier.  I then backed this with a piece of dark blue card and added it to a roughly six by four card.  I always use 8" square white base cards and cut them down to suit.

I added this strip to the centre of the card and using a freebie stamp I cut the hearts from snippets of red card and added them as per the sketch.  I finish by added the sentiment which I stamped using Versafine Majestic Blue Ink and was a tad over inked because the pad is new and rather juicy.  I finished with a few light blue sequins as I thought it needed a little extra something.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Less is More - No. 325 Stripe.
Addicted to CAS - Rainbow.
Freshly Made Sketches - No 284.
CAS(E) this Sketch  - No. 218.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Stencilled Tile

Hi there.  A have a male birthday coming up, in fact the card is going to be late arriving unfortunately due  to me not getting it in the post before Easter, but better late than not at all as they say.  I recently found some bargain stencils in one of the mega stores.  I picked up three I liked and when I got home I found there were in fact five in each pack.  They are obviously not as robust as the more expensive ones but I managed to make this card using one of them which has a pattern of leaves, and I did dry emboss with it too, which worked reasonably well.  Here is the card.

I started with a snippet of white card which I die cut with a stitched square die.  I then blended some Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade.  I decided to do the bleaching with water technique by spraying water on to the stencil.  I then laid it down over the stitched square and left in place for a good ten seconds or so before lifting it away and using a piece of kitchen towel to remove the excess water and with it some of the colour.  I dried it thoroughly with my heat tool and then covered it with Versamark Ink and added WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and heat set it.

I then decided that it would look nicer with a darker colour behind it and decided to cut a stitched square slightly larger, using another snippet of white card, and this time I dry embossed it with the stencil and then coloured it first with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, but thought that it would look better a bit darker so used some Black Soot Distress Ink over the top and also used the WOW Clear Gloss EP  on this too.

At this point I realised that if I if I made a frame of the dark layer and inlaid the stencilled layer I could enter this into the CAS Mix Up Challenge this month.  I have also included a stamped sentiment and the third personal choice item on the card is the ink blending and water bleaching.

I also decided to layer on to a snippet of gold mirror card, and I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and heat embossed with the Clear EP.  I used a cream card approximately 6"  square.

Thank you for visiting today and see you again soon.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 277/78 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Splash It On.
CAS on Sunday - Use a Stencil.
Happy Little Stampers April CAS Challenge - Blend.
Happy Little Stampers April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
AAA Cards Challenge - Stencil.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

CAS Owl Birthday

Hi everyone.  I have a male birthday coming up shortly and decided to use this Technique Tuesday owl which a crafting friend gave me so thank you to that lovely lady.  I had in mind to enter the LIM Challenge which this time has asked for a one layer card and has the title Curve, and this is what I came up with.

I cut a mask from copy paper using an XCut Circle Die and laid it straight on to the base card.  I stamped the owl using my Misti into the circle using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then masked the owl using Pebeo Drawing Gum.  When it was dry using a round blending tool and Adirondack Stonewashed and Lettuce ink I added some to the inside of the circle making some clouds with a hand cut shape, and then using the edge of the blending tool formed some distant hills.  I then stamped some tree branches using Adirondack Espresso Ink.

I rubbed the drawing gum from the owl and coloured using a waterbrush with Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow.  I also decided to add a setting sun and a few simple brush strokes to represent distant trees.

I finished the card with a sentiment stamped in the Misti using the Verafine Smokey Gray Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then decided to add three dry embossed lines for a border.

It is also Darnell of djkardkreations is holding her 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge No. 11.  As I don't have any boo boos I am entering this with  a NBUS owl stamp and a freebie sentiment which hasn't been inked before either.  Luckily I have made the challenge which finishes tomorrow.

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope to see you soon.

I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday.
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Blue and Pink Anniversary

Hi to you all.  This is the first anniversary of the year and I am a little late with it.  My mojo is still a bit elusive but I am feeling better at present though don't know when the surgery will be but am hoping to know soon.  I seem to lack inspiration when it comes to anniversary cards, but after thinking for a bit I decided to use my Nellie Snellen Heart die and a freebie heart embossing folder and some blue and pink acrylic paint for a change.

I found a snippet of white card and using the blue paint I watered it down slightly and smooshed the heart through it, and as it was still quite thick it made quite a pretty pattern.  I then found some pink which has a glossy finish, and after the blue was dry smooshed that over the top.

I then found another snippet of white card and embossed using the hearts embossing folder.  I then added Adirondack Stonewashed Ink using a blending tool, and then using the pink paint I brushed some over a few of the hearts to tie it in with the die cut heart.

I cut a piece of dark blue card and mounted the embossed piece on to it.

I used a snippet of the blue card for the sentiment and in order to place the words in the right place on the strip I put the embossed background and the heart in the Misti and laid the strip where I wanted it to be, and then placed the two word stamps in the right position before removing the heart.  I then stamped the two words on to the strip using Versamark Ink and WOW Opaque Brilliant White Embossing Powder.  I finished by mounting the background on to a white card approximately 6" x 6" square, and then adhered the strip and finally the heart on top.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 275/6 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Muse Challenge - No. 210 ( I was inspired by the hearts embossing, the colour blue and the sentiment strip with the white embossing)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Bouquet

Hi everyone.  I haven't posted here for quite a while as I have been unwell due to trouble with gallstones which have rather laid me low and consequently my mojo has taken a holiday, but today has returned hopefully not to disappear again.  I have been on a very low fat diet which means food has been very plain and uninteresting, but the only good thing is that I have lost a fair bit of weight and presumably will continue to lose a bit more until I have the operation, which I hope will mean I will be able to eat more or less normally afterwards.

Anyway, enough of my woes.   Here is the card I have made for a friend's birthday which is tomorrow.  I just hope that she doesn't decide to look at my blog in the meantime.

I used a freebie embossing folder and stamp set which came with a recent magazine, and as you will have probably realised I do get tempted quite a bit by this sort of offer.  There is also a pretty embossing folder border which I didn't use on this occasion.

I started with a snippet of white card and embossed using the embossing folder and using a brayer I lightly rolled over it wth Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to bring out the pattern.

Looking at the shape in the middle of the lacy frame I decided to cut a mat from another snippet of white card, using a Spellbinders Rounded Square die which was the right size to fit the space.  I then stamped the flowers on to this using Versafine Smokey Grey ink, and coloured using my Lyra Aqua Brush Markers which I scribbled on to my glass mat, using a waterbrush to apply them, as I didn't want the colours to be too strong.  I added a piece of thin white foam to the back before mounting this and the embossed background on to a 6" square white base card.

To finish I used another snippet of white card back with Stick It adhesive, and sponged some Peacock Feather DI which didn't look quite the right colour, so I then added the blue Lyra brush marker in the same blue used to colour the flowers over the top, and then die cut the sentiment.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to be back again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 273/274 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Layer It Up.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use More Than One Die or Punch.
CAS Watercolour Card Challenge - Spring.
Uniko Challenge  - Spring (no twist).

Monday, 27 February 2017

Snowman and Mistletoe

Hi there.    I made this card to enter the Rudolph Days Challenge which is run by Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo and it runs from the 25th to the end of each month and gives us all an opportunity to get some Christmas cards made throughout the year.  I decided to put together this Penny Black stamp and stencil as they both feature Mistletoe.

For this card I used:

Penny Black Snowman from Jolly Friends Stamp Set.  (difficult to find over here).
Penny Black Stencil - Alluring (it doesn't seem to be available over here).
Snippets of White and Silver Mirri Card. 
8" x 8" White Base Card cut in half horizontally.
Simon Says Stitched Oval Die. 
XCut Corner Punch.
Versafine Smokey Gray Ink.
Cosmic Shimmer Multi-Tex Powder - mixed with water to make a paste (I am trying this for the first time).
Adirondack Inks - Lettuce, Bottle, Espresso, Sunshine Yellow and Stonewashed.
Distress Inks - Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn.
Cosmic Shimmer White Glue. 
Gold Mica Powder.
Britannia Die Cut Sentiment. 

I started with a snippet of white card the approximate size I needed and mixed a small amount of the Multi-Tex with water to make a fairly stiff paste.  This particular product is new to me and I wasn't sure how easy it would be to use.  It does say you can mix in some glue to make the finished result more flexible (1 part Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to 8 parts powder) but I decided to use it just mixed with water.  I applied it through the stencil which I anchored with some repositionable tape.  I also masked an area of the stencil which I didn't want covered with the paste.  I removed the stencil and let it dry for about an hour as the layer was reasonably thin.  I laid the stencil back over and inked through it with the Sunshine Yellow, Lettuce and Bottle inks on the leaves.   I then added some of the Bottle with a little Espresso to the stems.  I found this quite easy to apply and I was pleased with the finished result.  I finished the background by adding the Stonewashed ink with one of my Clarity brushes which leaves a nice smooth finish and the colour tends to be paler when applied with a brush. 

I found another snippet of white card and die cut it with the stitched oval die and then stamped the snowman on to it using the Smokey Gray ink.  I then coloured it using a waterbrush with the Festive Berries mixed with a little of the yellow to give more of an orange colour, and also with the Stonewashed ink on the scarf, then Mowed Lawn on the Mistletoe as this is a brighter green to stand out better against the scarf.  I also used the Stonewashed on the sky with a little of the green mixed in to look a little like trees in the background.

Before putting the card together I applied the White PVA to the Mistletoe berries on the background and those the snowman is holding, and also around the snowman.  When dry I added little black micron pen dots to the berries, and looking at them again decided to add a bit of gold mica powder mixed with water over them as they looked a little too white.   I also applied a little to the snowman's hat and scarf and on the end of the Mistletoe leaves.   Finally I die cut the sentiment from another snippet of silver mirri card.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

February Rudolph Days Challenge - Anything Goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 269/270 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Use Your Favourite Stamp (I adore this cute snowman and I'm sure he will be making an appearance many times more.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Try Something New (the Cosmic Shimmer Multi-Tex was a new to me item).

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).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  - Anything Goes.
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 was crossing the road and went under the wheel of a bus and unfortunately had to have part of her left leg amputated.  It was such a shock when we heard the news but she seems really positive, as she says it could have been so much worse.  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.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Honey Doo Flower Anniversary

Hi everyone.  I made this anniversary card back in early December but with all the Christmas cards it has been sitting there waiting its turn.  The new season of anniversary card sending doesn't start until April so this may be the only one on show for a while. 

For the Card I Used:

Honey Doo Crafts - Flowers for Design Stamp Set.
Leonie Pujol - Dotty Heart Embossing Folder.
XCut Hearts and Kisses Embossing Folder (difficult to find at the moment).
Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson - Orange Blossom Leaves Die. 
Sue Wilson Congratulations Sentiment Die.
Tonic Scalloped Square Layering Die Set. 
Adirondack Ink - Cranberry.
Distress Ink - Faded Jeans.
Snippet of White Card.
Snippet of Red Card. 
Cosmic Shimmer White PVA.

I started with a white snippet and made an embossed background with Dotty Hearts Embossing folder.  In order to make it square I had to extend it a bit.  I then attached it to the white square base card.

I found a red scalloped square in my bits box and added it to the middle of the card on top of the Dotty Hearts.

I then found a white heart in my bits box left over from another card and I coloured it using Distress Ink in Faded Jeans applied with one of my new Clarity Brushes.  The colour looks much paler because the brush covers it very slowly and so you can stop when there is as much colour as you would like.  I then embossed it with the Hearts and Kisses Embossing Folder.  I adhered this to the red scalloped square.

I made my flowers by stamping onto a snippet of white card using the Adirondack Cranberry Ink.  I stamped one large and four small flowers.  I blended the ink into the centre of the flowers using a waterbrush and then added a small amount of the Faded Jeans to the outside of the petals.  I cut all the flowers out and shaped them a bit.

I cut both of the dies from the Orange Blossom Leaves die set using a snippet of white card and this gives you a mirror image set.  I cut each of the cluster of leaves into three and using Pinflair Glue gel I attached the flowers and the leaves so they framed one side of the heart.  I finished by adding the centres to the flowers with the White PVA.

I finished with a Sue Wilson 'congratulations' die which was also in my bits box and the blue was the perfect colour to go with the flowers and heart.

Before I go I would like to introduce Kate aka Cuilliesocks whose blog you will find here.  For those of you who haven't come across her before she has a very interesting and varied blog and loves her stamps and getting inky.  She also loves knitting and as her name suggests socks figure highly,  and enjoys singing in a choir, and I'm sure she would appreciate your visit.

Thank you for looking at my blog today.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Playground - Weeks 263 and 264 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Say Monday Challenge - Be Square.  (Square card and square white embossed and red mats)
Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Country View Challenges  January 2017 - Anything Goes.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Winter Stag

Hi all.  This will be the last Christmas card on here for a while as now we are into the new year Christmas is definitely over for another year.  It was made for our DS in Australia and I was waiting for it to arrive before showing it here.  Unfortunately it didn't arrive until a few days after Christmas, although I thought I had sent it in plenty of time, but sadly his card to us has still not arrived, although hopefully it may drop through the letter box when we are least expecting it to.

I love this Serendipity stamp call Buck but over here we would normally call it a Stag, hence my title.  It is one of those stamps that you can change to suit the season and that is what I have done here.

Used for this card:

Serendipity Stamp - Buck.
Sheena Douglass Frosty Ice Embossing Folder.
Adirondack Ink - Stonewashed and Espresso. 
Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac.
Memento Ink - Bamboo Leaves.
Snippets of White and Silver Mirri Card.
White Base Card cut to fit a 6" x 4" envelope. 
Cosmic Shimmer White PVA.

I started with a snippet of white card and embossed it using the Frosty Ice EF, and I cut it down so that it would fit the A6 sized card as the original size is 5" x 7".  I then stamped the Stag into the centre using the Espresso ink, but as it is a large stamp I masked off some of the top and bottom so it fitted the space better.  I blended the ink a little with a waterbrush  and then added the sky using the Stonewashed and a little of the Espresso and Shaded Lilac to give the impression of distant trees.  I also added some Espresso and Bamboo Leaves ink for the foliage poking through the snow.

I finished with the White PVA on the tree and the snow in front of the Stag, and then die cut a sentiment from a snippet of Silver Mirri card.  I then layered it up using another Silver Mirri snippet and adhered to the white base card.  I have shown it here without the personal sentiment which obviously I added before sending it.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 262 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers January Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).
Happy Little Stampers January Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).