Thursday, 29 June 2017

Here Comes Santa

Hi everyone.  Well the Rudolph Days Challenge is here again run by Mo of Scraps of Life by Scrappymo which runs fronm 25th to the end of each month, and I can't believe a month has gone by since the last one.  Dare I say that it is only six months to Christmas  My DH can't understand how I could possibly make Christmas cards when it's warm and sunny outside, mind you at the present time the sun has gone a little shy.  Anyway, on to my card.  I have based it on a sketch for the Less is More Challenge No. 334, and this is it:

and here is the card I made using it:

I decided to use a set from Indigoblu called Here Comes Santa.  I have had it a couple of years but haven't used it very much so thought it deserved an outing.  I cut the curves by hand but using a Spellbinders Borderabilities Curved Borders One die set to pencil round for the basic shape.  In order to get this shape I would have had to put the die the wrong way up so that's why I had to cut it by hand.  I also used a Crealies XXL No. 44 Rectangles with Dots set of dies to cut the layer.  I used this set for my last Rudolph Days card too.

I started with a snippet of white card and I stamped Santa and his sleigh using Black Archival ink, and then heat embossed it with WOW Clear Embossing Powder.  I cut a mask for the moon with some Stix2 Low Tack Masking sheet using a small circle die, and placed it before inking with Brushos.  I used Black and Ultramarine, with lots of water, and I finished by inking round the edge with a little more Black Soot Distress ink and then in the centre with Faded Jeans DI as I thought it was looking too boringly grey.  I removed the mask which had worked well considering the amount of water I used, and as  the moon looked too white I added a little Black soot and some Sunshine Yellow Adirondack ink applied with a Clarity Brush.

I decided the finished dimensions of the card would be 7" x 5" and cut down a large card to this size.  I continued with two more snippets of white card for the two curved sections.  I decided where I wanted the little scene and then cut the curved shapes as I mentioned above.  I fixed the two curves over the top of the scene and then cut it with the largest die in the Crealies set and fixed it to the front of the card.

I added some stars in the background using a Sakura sparkly silver gel pen, and then finished with a sentiment from the same set of stamps, and stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using WOW Silver Sparkle EP.

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

As well as the Rudolph Days Challenge and  Less is More Challenge, I am also entering:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 287/8 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
The Foiled Fox Challenge - Simply Irresistable - Emboss Resist Technique.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Brushos and Texture Paste Get Well

Hi there.  I have just heard that sadly a friend of mine has fallen over and broken her hip so this card is for her.   I have made this nice and bright and cheery using a set of rose stamps which I bought a little while ago in one of the sheds which sell all sorts of things including crafting goodies.  These do not seem to be named but appear to be from the Netherlands.  I used one of my stencils bought at the same time.  These are not top quality items but I must say they are very good for the money.

I started with a 6" square snippet of white card and a stencil with a wreath of leaves, and using some Creative Expressions Multi Tex powder I mixed it with some water and a little PVA glue until it was the right consistency for spreading through the stencil.  I applied it with an old plastic card which works well.   I added a little of the Turquoise Brusho powder to the paste before applying it to the card.

This took about an hour to dry and then I die cut the centre using an XCut circle die.  I decided to apply some Brushos to this circle using Turquoise, Lemon and a tiny bit of Aquamarine which has some little bits of pinky purple in it .  They are such fun to use as you never quite know what you will get.  I spritzed with water and then blotted with a bit of kitchen towel to remove the excess water.

I stamped the flowers on to this circle using a couple of the stamps and my Versafine Smokey Gray ink and I then watercoloured the flowers with the Brushos and my waterbrush.  I wasn't sure how this would work but I sprinkled the very tiniest bit of the powder through the single hole in the top of the pots and added the water from the brush on to my glass mat.  I used the Lemon and Orange on the flowers, and for the stems and leaves I used Dark Brown, Leaf Green and Emerald Green.   I decided to darken the edge of the circle with some Peacock Feather Distress ink applied with a blending tool.

I was not totally happy with the finished colour of the texture paste which I thought needed to be darker, so I decided to darken it with Peacock Feathers ink.  The stencil is quite thin and the application of the texture paste worked out well but it would not line up well enough to apply the ink over the top so I decided to add some of the ink over the whole piece instead using a blending tool.

To finish I adhered this texture paste background to a 7" square white base card and to break the colours up I added a larger white circle cut using an XCut circle die a size larger which I sandwiched between the background and the topper.  I then added the sentiment using the Versafine Smokey Gray ink.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up June Challenge - I have used stamping and stencilling with texture paste as asked for, and my own choice watercolouring and ink blending.
CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Summer.  I have used roses which are a Summertime flower.
The Flower Challenge - No. 9 Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More - No. 247 Make Your Mark.  Congratulations on your 5th Birthday!
Penny Black and More June Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).
Allsorts Challenge - Week 421 Flower Power.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Time Themed Birthday

Hi there everybody.  I made this card a couple of weeks or more ago for a family birthday.  I found this stencil with the clock and cogs amongst my new collection of stencils and thought this would work for the background.  I then found a pocket watch stamp from a freebie Docraft collection to put over the top.

I started with a snippet of white card and inked through the stencil using Versafine Smokey Grey ink and then heat embossed it with WOW Clear Embossing Powder.  I cut it with a Tonic Scalloped Square die.  I then coloured it with the smooshing technique using Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  When it was dry there were some white spaces which I decided to fill in with Adirondack Stonewashed Ink using some blending foam.

I stamped the pocket watch image three times on another snippet of white card again using the Smokey Grey ink and fancy cut them out.  I then backed them with white funky foam and attached them to the base stencilled image, and then adhered this to a white square base card.

Finally using my Misti I stamped the sentiment with the Smokey Grey Ink and heat embossed it with the WOW Clear EP.

I decided not to send this to the person it was intended for after DH made the point that the time passing theme seemed to him inappropriate for someone of older years.  I must admit this had not occured to me but hopefully it will be more suitable for someone else in the coming months.

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

I am entering the following challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 285/6 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Uniko Challenge - No. 41 Masculine (without the twist).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It.
Penny Black and More June Challenge - Anything Goes.  Happy 7th Birthday!
Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge  - Smoosh.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 420 Birthday Boy.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hi there everybody.  I saw that Less is More have a challenge this week with the title Sweet Things so I found my Sheena Douglass stamp of a bee which is part of the Floral Fantasy set which I have had for quite a while, and which unfortunately I don't think is available at the moment.  I also used a Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil, as I thought that the link being honey would work for the theme.

This is a one layer theme so I stencilled the honeycomb on to the middle of the  6" square card using a NBUS set of Brushos whuch I finally took the plunge and bought recently.  I used the Yellow for this.  I was quite pleased with the result and after it was dry I stamped the bee using Black Archival Ink and then heat embossed it using WOW Clear Embossing Powder.  I then coloured it with my Lyra Aqua Brush Markers.

I finished it with a sentiment again using the Archival Black.  This proved to be more difficult than anticipated.  I wanted the word 'sweet' but I didn't like either of the sentiments with it in so I decided to mask the other words off and stamp it using my Misti stamping tool.  The only problem was that I had to stamp it several times and each time I had to put a fresh mask over the other words.  I did eventually manage it but I did notice that there were one or two tiny bits of ink which looked a little messy.  I managed to scratch them away with my pokey tool and then I used an eraser to smooth it out.   I thought the ink was dry but it must have been very slightly damp and the ink smudged a little to leave the background looking a little grey.  I decided to go with it anyway as I liked the rest of the card, but I don't think I will be trying this again as it took twice as long to fix it as it did to make the rest of the

I have a new follower to introduce called Mia and you will find her blog here.  She is interested in all sorts of crafts, so if you haven't seen her blog before do go and visit her.

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

I am also entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It.
Penny Black and More June Challenge - Anything Goes.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Cape Daisy Anniversary

Hi there.  Now it is early summer I have lots more anniversaries on the calendar to make cards for.  I have used three NBUS dies too which are the Cape Daisies and Delicate Fronds which are by Sue Wilson from Creative Expressions, and an XCut nesting die set Ornate Frames.

I started with a snippet of white card cut into an approximate 6" square and embossed with a Docrafts Embossing Folder called Hearts and Kisses which is difficult to find at the moment.  I extended it to make it square, and then using my brayer I inked it with some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and made it slightly darker with Adirondack Eggplant Ink. 

I then cut this piece with the Ornate Frames using the four largest dies.  I then inked round the edges of the main mat and each of the die cuts with the Eggplant ink.  I also cut the smallest die shape out of another snippet of white card and stamped a sentiment on to it also using the Eggplant ink.

I die cut two of the Cape Daisy flowers and one of the delicate fronds and blended the same two inks on to them using some blending foam.  I cut the frond into several pieces so I could frame the flower.

I finished by adhering the nested die shapes by size and replaced the smallest patterned piece with the sentiment plate in the centre, and layered up the flowers and fronds on to a corner of the Ornate Frames.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 283/4 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Country View Challenges June 2017 - Hearts.
Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Allsorts Challenge - Use at least two dies.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Under an African Sky

Hi everyone.  It's our DS's birthday today and as he lives in Australia it is the first time in many years that he has been able to celebrate it here with us, which makes it extra special, and I bought these four Sheena Douglass stamp sets recently with mainly masculine birthdays in mind and I thought that he would like the African wildlife theme.

I started the card using my 7" square gelli plate which I covered in Distress inks using Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans at the top, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn towards the middle and Mustard Seed and Walnut Stain at the bottom.  I spritzed it with some water and pulled the print using a piece of good quality smooth card.   I did have a couple of goes to get the balance of colours right and then dried it using my heat tool and trimmed the finish background down a little.  I love the randomness of these prints as you never know what you are going to get, and often it is not until you add in the stamping that you get a proper idea of whether it is going to work or not.

I continued to stamp on to the background using the African Landscape set and my misti stamping tool.  I stamped the large Acacia tree first using the Walnut Stain ink and then the background smaller tree using the same ink but second generation.  I then stamped the small group of elephants using Memento London Fog ink and stamped over them several times to get a better depth of colour, but am not totally sure that it wouldn't have been better if I had added a little brown to make them a bit more distinct, although they are better in real life than they appear herecra.  I then added the giraffes in the foreground using Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain, but using more of the Walnut Stain on the second to make it stand out enough against the first one.

I finished the background by adding a bit of shading under the animals and around the trees using a water brush with the brown ink, making it darker under the foreground tree to ground it.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment on to a 7" square white card again using the Walnut Stain ink, and then adhered the scene to it.

I have a new follower Sandra who I'm sure a lot of you will already know, but if you haven't been to her blog do go and take a look at her beautiful cards here, her scenic cards are very special.

Thank you for joining me here today and I hope to be back soon.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no optional twist).
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - No. 123 Let's Go Wild.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Santa for May Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there.  Well, it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo run by lovely Mo of course and opens on the 25th until the end of each month and helps us to get ahead with our Christmas cards, and she also has a lovely prize for the winner so do pop over to take a look.  Personally I need all the help I can get as I always end up making them at the last  This month Mo has very kindly asked me to be a Guest Designer and this is the card I have made.

This Santa is proving very popular at present and I was lucky enough to win this set a while ago, and this is the first outing for this particular stamp.  It is from a Nabico set called Christmas 4.  There is another set which has the larger image, but this is quite small so decided to put it on to a tag, in fact a double tag as you can see.

I started by stamping the image using Versafine Smokey Gray ink on to a white tag shaped by myself, I made a template which I keep which helps to get even curves on the top.  I then made an identical tag from red card and stamped with Versamark Ink using a Penny Black Stamp called Jolly Chant which doesn't seem to be readily available at the moment.  I used just the Versamark ink which has given quite a muted finish but is actually clearer than it appears here.  It has lots of words associated with Christmas and is quite a large stamp so only a little bit of it is visible on here.

I then die cut the red and white layers using a Crealies Nesting Rectangles with Dots die set, and embossed just the white layer using a Cuttlebug folder which I have had for a long time, and I don't think this is available now either.

I finished by putting it all together and I added a piece of silver chain through the punched holes as a finishing touch.  Didn't think I needed an extra sentiment as the red tag and the background embossing are both covered in sentiments.

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

I am entering the following challenge:

Addicted to Stamps and More - No 243 Holiday.
Watercooler Wednesday - Gail's Christmas Challenge.

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.
Country View Challenges - Flower Power.

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).