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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 is..lol.


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.