Thursday 20 June 2024

Simply Sweet

Hi everybody.  I have a card today using an embossing folder by Crafter's Companion called Simply Sweet which I got as a prize, and this is it's first outing.   I also used a little bird which came with a die set I also won but quite a while ago and it's a Marianne Creatable die set called Petra's Square with Bird and Nest, and I have used the frame die before but not the little bird.

I started by embossing the folder using a piece of mid blue card and I highlighted the design using a Brilliance Moonlight White Ink by running the pad across the embossing but not pressing down too hard.  It works better I think doing lots of passes up and down and side to side in order to build the colour up without transferring the ink to the background.  I then dried it with my heat tool and cut it down a little as the edges were not very neat, and added it to a 5" x 7"white card.  I then cut the little bird three times and put two of them together and with the third I cut out the wing and the head to add over the top for a bit of dimension.  I coloured the main piece all over and the wing and head separately as I wasn't totally sure I would use the extra pieces, but in the end I decided to do so.  I put it together using a bit of Pinflair Glue gel to attach these pieces.  I finished by stamping the sentiment onto a strip of white card using Versafine Majestic Blue Ink heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and placed it across the card just below the opening of the birdcage and then placed the bird right on the edge of the strip to finish.

Thank you for coming to visit me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

AAA Colourful Challenge - Colourboard No 5.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 62 Cute.
Triple B Challenge - June'24 Using one or more Birds, Butterflies and Blooms.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It.
NBUS Challenge - No. 63 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.

I am also joining in with Darnell's I.D.E.A.S., a challenge she has set herself but says anyone can join in.  This is Week 3 'E' for Embossing Powder/Folders.

Thursday 13 June 2024

Peony Border Tri-fold

Hi everyone.  I have a tri-fold card today, the first time I have attempted one and may well be my  I say this as I did have quite a few ups and downs with it, but I got there in the end.   I used a set of stamps and dies from Indigoblu which came free with a recent magazine - Mixed Media Box Kit 8 used for the first time here, and I dry embossed using a set of leaf dies bought in a sale at Craft Stash by Cardmaking Magic which unfortunately are not now available.  I watched a video by Jennifer Mcguire and I was taken with the look of the shaped front and you will find the video here.

You need two cards of the same size and mine are 5 3/4" square.  I decided where I was going to stamp the peonies on the front of the card and stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloured the flowers using my alcohol pens.  I used my stamp positioner and decided to reink the stamp using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink which gave it a bit more punch.  I was going to use the corresponding die to partially cut around the outer edge of the flower stamping but I just could not get it to cut using my Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine, and it seemed impossible to get the sandwich right and I tried endless combinations but to no avail.  I think the fact that I had to set the top plate back so that it would only cut the first bit of the die made it more difficult.  I gave up and die cut around the flower with some small decoupage scissors, and to tidy the back of the front panel up as the pens do bleed through the card a bit, I die cut the whole die shape out, this time no problem in cutting it, and added it behind the flowers and it left a bit of a white border around the flowers..there were just a few areas where it wasn't even as I had cut it by hand, so I just tidied it up a bit with my decoupage scissors.  I finished the front by adding a sentiment from the set using the Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  The second card is glued together back to front with the first, and on what has become the under layer to the flowers I decided to add some leaves using a die and dry embossing it on the panel.  It is not a square die, actually 5" x 7", and there was a bit of a gap on the inside edge so I decided to cut around the leaves at the edge, and then I added a strip of white card under the leaves to give a nicely finished edge.  I then added a piece of paper as an insert for the sentiment on the base of the card which when closed is hidden behind the leaf layer, and the card was done.  

I found it a bit fiddly to make so I don't think I will be doing this again in a hurry.  Jennifer makes it look like a breeze, but mine felt more of a tornado..stress levels were definitely

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

I am entering the following challenges:

We Love Stamping Challenge - June '24 Fabulous Florals/Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - June '24 Mood Board/Anything Goes.
Triple B Challenge- Use one of more of Birds, Butterflies & Blooms.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful.
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - No. 17 Anything Floral Goes/Mood Board.
NBUS Challenge - No. 63 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.

I am also joining in with Darnell's I.D.E.A.S., a challenge she has set herself but invites anyone to join in with.  This is June Week 2: Dies/Die Cuts.

Friday 7 June 2024

Bokeh Anniversary

Hi everybody.  I have made this anniversary card using this fun technique and one which I haven't used on a card for a very long time.  I was reminded of it by the Group of Seven Cardmakers who have this as their technique this month so I thought I must give it another go.  I have had a really heavy cold and it has left me feeling rather tired and out of sorts and I haven't been feeling like making a card, but needs must as I have an imminent family anniversary.  

I decided to give it a bit of a twist and instead of circles thought I would use hearts as this is an anniversary card, and I started by ink blending the piece of white card using Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple and I dried it well with my heat tool before starting the bokeh.  I cut a mask using three sizes of heart from a set by Sweet Dixie and I started with the largest using the only white ink I have which is Brilliance Moonlight White which is a pearlescent type white and probably not the best one for this technique as I found out as I went along.  I started by laying down five of the largest size heart and although the ink was dry, the ink blending tool..the Tim Holtz round one not a brush, lifted the ink a bit and the white became rather discoloured, especially in the areas with yellow.  I carried on using the middle size size heart mask and I could not seem too get any more depth of white  and it was all looking the same with no variation to give depth and distance.  I finished with the small heart and then tried giving some a second coat of ink but it didn't make much difference.  I cut the background to about 51/4" and then I decided to cut two hearts out from the piece for an eclipse look, and  I cut an extra couple of layers of hearts for dimension.  I think my brain is a bit befuddled at the moment and I have to say the way I cut the overlapping hearts was not quite what I intended and instead of one whole and one with a split, it ended up with both cut into..a little annoyed muttering ensued at this, and I then finished with a gold embossed sentiment cut with a sentiment plate, and I heat embossed using WOW Gold Metallic Rich Embossing Powder.  

I think I need a much brighter denser white ink to make a better job of this, and maybe it would have been better to make a smooshed background as possibly the ink would not have moved and mixed with the white pigment ink to make rather a dirty look of the bokeh, and I think maybe I got carried away with the bokeh not leaving enough of the colour in the background.  Anyhow although not as successful as I would have wished, it is a nice bright and happy anniversary card.

Thank you for joining me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Stencil Fun Challenge - June '24 Anything Goes/Optional: Birthdays.
Heart's Quest Celebrations of Love Challenges - No. 6 June '24 Eng'ments, Weddings and Annivs. 
Make My Monday Challenge  - No. 227 'B' is for... mine is Bokeh technique.
I am also joining in with Darnell's I.D.E.A.S. which is a challenge she has set herself but has said that anyone can join in if they wish.  This week is June Week 1: I = Inks/Colour Mediums.  

Thursday 30 May 2024

Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Hi all.  A play on words for the title of the post, as I was thrilled with a set of Wildlife stamps I got recently from Craft Stash from their Textures range by Lou Collins, great for male cards and have already used several of the images, and this one is for our son in Australia whose birthday it is today.  Until I checked I wasn't sure that there were foxes there but apparently there are, though haven't seen one when we've visited.  I also used a set of stencils, also bought in their recent £5 sale, and called Layering Mountain Landscape, and I just used a couple of them to make the scene,  This set is the It's Just Paper range by Justine Hovey.

I decided to make this a round card and I luckily do have a large circle die, again another new set, there were some bargains which I couldn't resist..can you believe they just slipped into my  It measures over 5" and I used a 6" square card to cut it taking the circle just beyond the fold placed at the top, and then cut another single circle to put over the top, and also cut a piece off the back so that it stands level.  I then cut a smaller circle from a set of stitched dies and inked using various green Distress Inks. Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce for the background treeline and then Mowed Lawn, and in the foreground Pine Needles for the fir trees and foreground, with just a bit of Pumice Stone for the trunk of one of the trees, which ended up behind the fox, and then Tumbled Glass for the sky.  I then turned my attention to the fox and using a piece of white card and my stamp positioner I stamped it starting with the Pumice Stone DI and then added some Carved Pumpkin DI in various places to be build up the red tones and then I used a set of Lyra Graduate Pencils to build up more light and shade, and I cut it out and added the sentiment using Versafine Vintage Sepia, and then put it together.  

For those that have relations in Australia you will know that the postal system is quite slow and a card this time of year can take up to three weeks to arrive and at Christmastime a bit longer.  I posted it on the 2nd May and to my amazement it actually arrived within a week which has never happened before, and more than likely won't happen  Thank you for joining me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 62 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 782 Anything Goes/Blast for the Past.
Stencil Fun Challenge - May'24 Anything Goes/Girly.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 469 Any Occasion.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 61 CAS (Clean and Simple).

Monday 27 May 2024

Elegant Writer Scene Take 2

Hi all.  I have another scenic card made using the Elegant Writer Pen...the last one is here.  I used a tree and sentiment from the Textures Wildlife stamp set and a stag from the It's Just Paper set of Animal Silhouettes, both sets used on the card linked above, but these particular images have not seen any ink before.  This photo highlights what I have said about mixed media paper as it looks cream against the white card base, although in real life it doesn't look as off-white as it does here in the photo.

I decided this time to use some Canson Mixed Media paper and also as seen on one of the videos I have watched I used the pen to ink the tree stamp and then spritzed it with some water.  I think maybe I went a bit mad with the water and I blotted it with a piece of kitchen towel, and as there was quite a lot of ink on the towel it did leaves some areas of blue over other areas of the card, not totally intended but I liked the effect, so I dabbed a bit more on too.  As the outline of the tree had somewhat disappeared I re-inked the stamp with the pen and put the outline back, and then just filled in areas of the leaves on the tree with a waterbrush taking ink from scribbled ink on my glass mat.  I then extended the grass at the bottom of the tree with the pen and added some more of the ink there too.  To finish the scene I added the silhouette stag and the sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and also added some shading beneath the stag to ground it, and then used the edge of a piece of card to make a line on all four sides to frame it using an alcohol marker pen, not a perfectly even line but I decided to go with it.  It does break up the edge of the card as it makes the disparity in whiteness a little less obvious I think..I know I am far too

Thank you for joining me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challlenge - No 62 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 61 CAS (Clean and Simple).
Allsorts Challenge - Week 782 Anything Goes/Blast for the Past.
We Love Stamping Challenge - Vintage/Anything Goes.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 284 Use Metallics/Anything Goes.

Group of Seven Cardmakers - not a challenge but they have a link so am sending this along.
Darnell's I.D.E.A.S. - a challenge she has set herself but invites anyone to join in with and this is: 
Week 4: 'A' for Anything Goes.

Saturday 25 May 2024

Lots of Leaves

Hi everybody.  My card today is a mix of leaves using a Made to Surprise Embossing Folder called Leafy Background, and a set of stamps, dies and stencils from Globleland featuring Ginkgo Leaves, which are being used for the first time here.  

For the background I decided to use a piece of green textured card with the Leafy Background EF and then very carefully went over the raised parts with a Brilliance Moonlight White inkpad which highlighted it well.  I then die cut a jig to use with the Ginkgo leaf stamps cutting all the dies on white card to be kept for future use.  I then placed the cut out piece in my stamp positioner and placed the stamps within the shape for accurate positioning and placed the corresponding die cut shapes back into the holes and then inked and stamped each using Versafine Olympia Green Ink and stamped several times to get good coverage (to be honest it is a very dark green so looks like black).  I then heat embossed each with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then used the stencil which has just the leaf shapes for each of the stamps and ink blended with a brush using Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Inks.  I then decided to add a bit of Pine Needles to help the tones of green harmonise better. 

I decided to take the background a step further so got out a XCut Hexagon die set and picked one out of about 2" across the flat edges, and started in the centre and worked outwards die cutting each as close to each other as possible, and using some white card to glue them to I built up the piece which finished up about 4" square.  I probably flattened the embossing a bit as it was an afterthought to die cut. To finish I added a snippet of black card behind it and added the leaves and stamped a banner sentiment onto another piece of white card using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and  heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP.

Thank you for coming to visit my blog today and I'll see you again soon.   

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 62 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.  Happy 11th Blogaversary too's difficult to believe the challenge has been going that long!
We Love Stamping Challenge - May '24 Vintage/Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - May '24 Mood Board/Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 782 Anything Goes/Blast for the Past.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 284 Metallics/Anything Goes.

I am also joining in with Darnell's I.D.E.A.S., a challenge which she has set herself but has said that anyone may join in.  This is May Week Three: Embossing.

Thursday 16 May 2024

Hare in the Landscape

Hi everyone.  I haven't posted anything for a couple of weeks as I have been away to Cornwall.  We went over the bank holiday weekend for a male voice music festival with a choir hubby belongs to and then we finished the week out staying at Mevagissey, and the weather was lovely with only a little rain one morning and then sunny and reasonably warm for the rest of the week, in fact as the week went on it got warmer and warmer which was great.  Since being back I have been slow to get back to anything, but  I have just bought a Speedball Elegant Writer Pen having seen it used for this month's Group of Seven Cardmakers and have also seen some YouTube videos and I thought it looked interesting so decided to give it a try.  I bought one with a fine nib and they have a flat edge as they are calligraphy pens but can be used with water, and the black pen which I bought will split out into blue and pink when the water is added.  It is the first time I have used it and I was reasonably pleased with the result.  I used a set of stamps called Wildlife for the hare and the sentiment which are from the Textures range of stamps by Lou Collins, and also a couple of different sets from the It's Just Paper range - Winter Woods from which I used the trees and grass, and Animal Silhouettes for the birds and two little hares, all of which are being used here for the first time.

I stamped all the images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth 250gsm card using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.  I did add two layers of the grass moving the stamp up in my stamp positioner and reinking just the top half of the grass to thicken it up and make it a bit higher, and then added some of the Elegant Writer Pen over the top around the edges and where there were shaded areas, and moved it around using a water brush.  I also scribbled some on my glass mat and picked it up from there.  I didn't get much of the pink, coming through but couldn't really add lots of water as it does cockle, and it did a bit, but I sprayed the other side with water and that helped to flatten it out.  Next time I will try a watercolour paper.  I like this paper because it is nice and white which is a better match for the cards I use, and generally speaking the watercolour card does not have the same whiteness.  I finished it with a blue mat and coloured a piece of white card round the edges with a couple of my blue alcohol pens one over the top of the other to get what I thought was a good colour to go with it and brighten it up a bit.  

Thank you for coming for a look today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 62 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
We Love Stamping Challenge - May '24 Vintage/Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - May '24 Mood Board/Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 780 Spots and Stripes/Anything Goes.