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)