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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Brushos Anniversary

Hi everyone.  This is a scheduled post as I am too busy to craft this week, but hope to keep an eye on what is going on though.  This is a card I made a while ago but haven't got round to showing.

I love my Brushos and here is another card using them.  I made a panel using Brilliant Red, Scarlet, Orange, Turquoise and Purple which I thought would work well for an anniversary card.


I cut a strip and dry embossed it with a Leonie Pujol embossing folder called Dotty Heart, but you have to look quite hard to see the pattern, but it does add some texture.  I then cut a heart using another piece of the panel using a set of Sue Wilson dies called Heart of Hearts, the second largest die and then I cut the heart shape out of the strip using the largest die.

I finished by adhering the strip and heart to the 6" square card and I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink.

Thank you for taking a look today and I hope to see you again soon.

 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Landscape with Silhouette

Hi everybody.  I have a friend's birthday coming up and I usually end up doing a pretty flower or two, but this time I decided to use this silhouette stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Baroque Meadow.  I was going to do just a loose wash to roughly represent sky and greenery, but as quite often happens I get carried away and end up not knowing when to stop....lol, and it turns into a full scale much more detailed background.


I started with a piece of white card about 6" square and stamped the Baroque Meadow silhouette using Versafine Majestic Blue ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I have some new Derwent Art Bars, just a small set of a dozen colours, which I got in a sale, and I am quite happy with them.  You can take them straight to the card like pencils and the more you apply the more vivid the colour when water is added, and you can move it around with a brush, but I nearly always use just a waterbrush.   You can also just take the colour straight on to the waterbrush from the bar and then you get a softer finish, and the same thing applies when mixing, I usually brush the colours on to my glass mat and then mix together.

I applied the main colours for sky and grass, i.e. a couple of blues and a yellow and green, by using like a pencil, and then I just washed  it across the card.  I then bleached bits of the sky with some water and lifted it with a piece of kitchen towel, and added some of the peachy shade taking the colour on to the waterbrush straight from the bar.  I then decided to have some distant foliage and trees for which I used some green mixed with brown and black, and then behind that I decided to add some hills and I introduced some more blue and pinky purple for them.  I then added some more darker tones in the foreground with green and brown and a little more of the peach in the middle distance.

I die cut the scene with a stitched square die from a set by The Range and then used the largest size stitched die to cut the dark green layer behind.

Finally I used some repositionable adhesive to place the topper before sticking it permanently, so I could stamp the sentiment in the right place.  This was stamped using the same Majestic Blue heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.  I then mounted this on to an approximately 6" square white card.  I then decided to add the three little birds and debated whether to use a micron pen or the art bar and a little water.  I didn't want them to be too distinct as they are very distant but looking again they are rather smudgy, so perhaps the pen would have worked better.  I hope I haven't bored you all to tears by going into quite a lot of detail, but I understand if you felt you had to skip to the end, or cut to the chase, or whatever...lol. 

Thank you for visiting today.  I have been blogging for four years now, in fact my first post was on the 11th September 2013, and I have just reach 50,000 page views which is very pleasing.  I appreciate every single person who takes the time to come and visit me and hopefully leave a comment if they have time.  I enjoy every minute of it and hope to be able to do this for a long time to come, and that we can continue to make the journey together.






I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette. 
CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Watercolour Wash.  (As well as the stamping and watercolour wash I have used die cutting and heat embossing)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple.
Artistic Stamper September Creative Challenge - Take a little Colour.
Happy Little Stampers CAS September Challenge - Silhouette.
Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple.
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - run by Kathy Racoosin it aims to get people to colour something every day for the whole month, or as often as you can.  In my case I will probably not have time to do something every day, but hopefully a few times during the month.

I do find it hard sometimes, even when reading the rules, to know whether something is clean and simple enough for a particular challenge.  I have added a mat but apart from that there are no extra embellishments and there is some white space, so hope this is OK for those challenges.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Looking Good

Hi there.  This is my first forray into cardmaking since I had my surgery and I don't know why but when you've had a break it does seem harder to get going again.  I needed a card for a birthday coming up shortly so here it is.  I used a NBUS set of stamps by Woodware called Looking Good which isn't readily available at the moment.


I started by die cutting a stitched square using a snippet of white card.  I then stamped and heat embossed the three largest of the stamps using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I then coloured the background with Ultramarine and Leaf Green Brushos.  I sprinkled the colours on to my glass mat and spritzed with water and laid the card over it.  I did each colour separately and then dried before applying the next.  As I wanted a bit more blue I added  more colour by sprinkling straight on to the card and again spritzing with water.  It still didn't seem to be quite right so I used a dark blue and light green Lyra Aqua Marker and in the same way applied them to the mat, spritzed and then applied the card to it.   Although I dried each application of colour before adding more the card stretched somewhat and creased a bit but I decided to go with it.  I coloured the images using the two marker colours, i.e. blue on the tie, trousers and shoes, and the green on the shirt and socks, but it is quite subtle as I used the ink with my waterbrush.

I finished the card by layering it up on to a royal blue colour card and added the sentiment using the Versafine Majestic Blue and again heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Less is More Challenge - Lime Green/Royal Blue.  (I hope there's enough white space).
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 296/297 where we use up our snippets of card, paper etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp It.  (I am so excited and pleased to be included in the Top 5 Designer Spotlight)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It.
Artistic Stamper September Challenge  - Take a Little Colour.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Hearts and Flourishes Anniversary

Hi everybody.  Thank you so much for all the good wishes I have received regarding my gall bladder surgery, and just a quick update to say I am doing well and feeling much less sore and am just pleased, after having to wait quite a time, to just get it over with, so hopefully I can get back to normal.   I am hoping to get back to cardmaking soon, but for now this is a card I made a little while ago but haven't got around to showing yet.  It's another anniversary card I'm afraid, but anyway here it is.


I wanted two different sized hearts and unfortunately I don't have a decent set of nesting hearts so I used a couple of sets.  One was from the Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts set, the largest of the two hearts, and the other was from a set of Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Hearts dies, the larger of the two straight edged hearts.  I then cut the two flourishes from another piece of white card.  These are also from a set of Sue Wilson dies called Noel Star.

I cut the two hearts from the Brusho coloured panel and then cut two of the flourishes from another piece of white card.  I decided to use a NBUS stamp from Papermania called Postmark, and I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder straight on to the 6" square white base card.  I then layered the hearts and flourishes and added a sentiment again using the Versamark and the Silver EP.

Thank you for stopping here today and I'll be back soon.







I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.  (I have only made it by a whisker so apologies to Kylie)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hedgies Anniversary

Hi there everyone.   I was lucky enough to win some Penny Black stamps recently and this is the first outing of these cute hedgies, and just perfect for an anniversary card.  This is called The Park Bench Affair and I adore those two sweet ladybirds in the foreground too.  I'm not sure about it's availability over here though.  I also used a freebie embossing folder.


I stamped the image on to a snippet of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and then heat set it using WOW Clear Gloss Embosing Powder.  I decided to colour it with my Lyra Aqua Brush Duo Pens.  I scribbled them on to my glass mat and picked the ink up with a waterbrush.  When dry I die cut the image with a 4" square stitched die and stamped the sentiment in my Misti using Versamark ink and heat set with WOW Metallic Silver EP.

I made the background using a selection of Brushos which were Leaf Green, Emerald Green, Lemon, Scarlet Red and Brilliant Red.   These colours echo those on the topper.  I sprinkled the colours randomly over the snippet of white card and then spritzed with water.  When it was dry I embossed using a freebie folder which came with a magazine some time ago. 

I finished by adhering the background to the 6" square white base card and before adding the topper I backed it with some fun foam to give it some dimension.

I am running out of time to enter one or two more challenges that I would have loved to have entered this month, because at long last I am having my gall bladder surgery on Friday and so for a while I probably won't feel like making cards, although it is keyhole surgery so recovery time will be quicker.  I will maybe schedule a post or two as I do have some cards which I have made over the last few weeks but haven't got around to showing here.  I will also try to keep up with my commenting and hopefully cardmaking will be resumed fairly shortly.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 295/296 where we use up our snippets of paper and card etc.
Penny Black and More Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment.
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - No. 126 Use your Inks Anyway You Like.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - August Anything Goes.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Flight Path

Hi everybody.  I have another masculine birthday coming up and the Less is More Challenge this week is entitled Vehicle, and it is also a one layer card week, so I thought I would combine the two and this is what I came up with.  I used a NBUS set of stamps by Sheena Douglass called Street Life, and the map is from Indigoblu.  


I stamped the aeroplane using Black Archival Ink and heat set it with WOW Clear Embossing Powder.  I then used Pebeo Masking Fluid over the white highlights on the plane and stamped the map with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink.  I didn't stamp the whole of the map as I wanted it to fade out at the edges.

Making sure it was thoroughly dry I then used my Lyra Aqua Markers and some glycerin to colour the map.  This is a new to me technique which entails scribbling some of the colour on to a blending mat or glass mat etc. and picking some of the glycerin up on a blending tool or blending foam, then picking up the colour and blending it on to the surface.  I used a couple of blues together and a little orange round the edges.  I kept the orange pale as I wanted it to fade out, and added what was left of the blue on the blending foam in a circular motion round the scene.  I then removed the masking fluid from the plane and took the edge off the white with a little more of the blue.

I finished by stamping the sentiment using Black Archival Ink and again heat set it with the Clear Gloss EP.

I did have a sudden panic as I had thought the challenge was Transport, but on looking again I realised it was Vehicle, but the dictionary did call an aeroplane a vehicle so I think this will be OK.

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







I am also entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment.
Addicted to CAS - One Layer Card.
CAS on Sunday - No. 114 Birthday.
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes.

 


Monday, 14 August 2017

Balloons Overhead

Hi there everyone.  I have a male birthday coming up so balloons sprang to mind, I think because it is the time of year when they have the Balloon Fiesta in Bristol.  We went to it a few years ago but that particular day it was rather too windy so not a lot happened.  I have some fairly new stamp sets with some nice scenes by Sheena Douglass and this one is called Looking Up.  I have already used one which has a boat, and there is one with a bridge, and this one has a countryside scene and I took the three balloons from across the three sets to use here.


I stamped the scene on a piece of white card about 51/2" square using Adirondack Lettuce Ink and then added colour into the trunk and branches of the tree using a waterbrush and Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added Mowed Lawn and then Mowed Lawn with the added brown for two darker shades, and then to give some lighter tones and early morning sunshine I used Adirondack Sunshine Yellow.

Once I was happy with this I then added in the balloons using my Misti and Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade DI's and Momento Nautical Blue Ink, and added some of the brown for a bit of shading.
Finally I added the blue sky using Tumbled Glass DI.  I decided to make it light as first thing in the morning the sky tends to have less colour and I didn't want it to detract from the balloons.

I finished by adding a black and then a larger dark green textured layer, and then mounted it on to a 7"white base card.  I then stamped the sentiment using Adirondack Bottle Green Ink.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (without the twist).
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - No. 126 Use Your Inks Anyway You Like.
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes.




Thursday, 10 August 2017

Red Poppies with Brushos

Hi all.  I made this card for a lovely lady I know whose birthday is today.  She has a beautiful garden and I have chosen poppies because I'm pretty sure she will have some, and hope she likes these poppies of mine too.   I used a stamp from Penny Black called Divine and also a Curved Frame stitched die and numbers from an Alphabet both from The Works, and an XCut Embossing Folder called Art Deco Scallop.


I started with the background which I embossed using a roughly 51/2" square snippet of white card and the XCut EF.  I had to extend the pattern which worked well.  I then used my Brusho powders in Turquoise, Ultramarine and Leaf Green.  I wanted to cover the whole piece with colour so I blasted it with my heat gun and then tapped colour on to my glass mat and spritzed, and then laid the card down into it where I wanted to fill in the white spaces.

I continue by die cutting the Curved Frame from another snippet of white card using the largest die, and then using the Misti I stamped just the stem and buds with Adirondack Bottle Ink.  The Misti stamping tool is ideal for this sort of stamping when needing only certain bits of the stamp as repeating the process is easy.   I then stamped the poppy flower heads on to a snippet of white card and coloured them using the Brushos on my glass mat with a waterbrush.  I used Scarlet, Brilliant Red and Purple on the flowers and then cut them out, and Leaf Green, Emerald and Dark Brown and a very small ammount of the Scarlet on the buds on the Curved Frame.  I finished the topper by adding the flower heads using Pinflair Glue Gel for dimension.

Before layering the background piece on to a 7" square white base card I decided to add some Distress Ink to darken the edges, using Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers.  I thought perhaps I had overdone it but after putting it all together I think it works.

I finished the card by adding a sentiment and the numbers, cutting them from Gold Mirri card backed with Stick It Adhesive.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 293/4 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes.
Uniko Challenge - No 42 Flowers.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Happy Birthday.   (Congratulations to them as they are celebrating their 7th birthday.  My card wasn't made solely with this in mind but I hope this is OK for the challenge, and I do wish them well for the future, and who knows, they may still be going strong when they are 80)



Friday, 4 August 2017

Snowflake Paper Piercing and Stitching

Hi everyone.  This week's Less is More Challenge is pierce your project and I thought I would give it a go.  I found a snowflake pattern and went ahead and pricked the pattern on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then cut it out using my new Stitched Circle Die set from The Works.  I also cut another Stitched Circle from some red card using the next size larger die.  I thought it needed something else so I cut a star with the smallest die, again from red card using a set by XCut.

I decided to give it a background and found my Crafters Companion Embossing Folder Snow Flurry which is 5" x 7" and embossed it using another piece of white cardstock, and then cut it back to 5" square and mounted it on to a 6" square white base card.  The photo is a little dark and the background card looks cream in comparison to the embossed layer, but it matches much better IRL.


I was still not entirely happy with just the piercing, and have done some stitching on card in the past and still have a lot of threads, so got out some gold metallic and decided to stitch it with that.  The metallic thread is not as soft and malleable as the silk embroidery thread, and I knew I had to be quick, so I burned the midnight oil a bit last evening and got it finished,  It isn't the neatest work I have ever done but I think it does look prettier with the gold thread.  It is stranded and I used two of the threads which is a good thickness.  It is quite a long time since I have done any stitching and I found it quite tiring, especially as the holes were quite fine and close together, and my piercing could have been a bit more accurate.  Anyway I do like the finished piece so I'm glad I persevered.

When finally assembling the card I added some craft foam to the snowflake circle to add a bit of dimension, and a sentiment die cut from a piece of gold mirri card.

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







I am also entering the following challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - No. 179 Dies Only, No Stamps.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 253 Holiday.



Monday, 31 July 2017

Polar Mimi

Hi all.  Well another month has whizzed by and I am only just in time to get my card in for this month's Rudolph Days Challenge.  It is run by the lovely Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo and is open from the 25th to the end of each month.    I have been rather pushed for time so this was a bit hurried and flurried as I didn't want to miss it and I used a stamp from Penny Black called Polar Mimi.  I was lucky enough to win quite a lot of wooden stamps over at the Penny Black and More Challenge last month and this is the first card I have made with this particular one.


I started by die cutting a circle using a NBUS set of stitched dies from The Works and a snippet of white card.  I then stamped the image using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and added WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and heat set it.  I coloured using my Lyra Brush Markers by scribbling on to my glass mat and picking up the ink with a waterbrush.  The only other colour I added was for Mimi's little red cheeks and I used a red pencil because I couldn't get the right colour blend with the inks.  I finished the topper by cutting a slightly larger stitched circle using a snippet of dark blue card to back it.

Next I cut a stitched square from another snippet of white card using another set of NBUS dies from The Works, and the largest die fits well on a 6" square base card.  I found my Falling Snow stencil and ran this through my Grand Calibur.  It doesn't show up very well and I think maybe I need to shim it a bit as the very small dots at the bottom are not easily visible, although in real life it is better than it appears in the photo.  I finished this layer by adding the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and then added the WOW Clear Gloss EP before heat setting it.

I layered this square on to anothe snippet of dark blue card before adhering this to the white base card and then I layered up the topper.  I thought perhaps it looked a bit bare so I added a Sue Wilson Holly Branch die cut from another snippet of white card, and cut it into two pieces to fit easier round the top of the circle.  I added the berries using Berry Red Cosmic Shimmer PVA by making dots on my glass mat, leaving it over night to set, and then added them using some Cosmic Shimmer glue.  I tried putting them straight on but this particular holly branch has holes where the berries are meant to go and a lot of the glue gel just fell through and made an awful mess.  I tried to gradually build it up as it began to dry but I just smeared the stuff everywhere and had to start again, so adding them when dry works better but not sure they look as effective as straight out of the bottle.

I realised I hadn't done anything with the bit of falling snow on the stamped image, so got the Cosmic Shimmer White PVA out and used a trick to apply it which I found over at Jennifer McGuire's blog.  You put a blob on the mat and using a very small ball tool you coat it with the PVA and dot it on where you want it.  I also added some on the ground around the figures.   

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






I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop  - Week 291/2 where we use our snippets of card, paper etc
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Acetate and Tissue Butterfly

I am enjoying the challenge of using tissue paper and today I've tried something which is new to me, using tissue paper with an acetate overlay which facilitates die cutting the piece.  I used a butterfly die which I have had for quite a while which is by Marianne Designs, and also a freebie embossing folder which I thought would show it off nicely.


I started by making the tissue paper and acetate piece for the butterfly.  I used Distress Inks on my glass mat in the right sized area to cover my piece of tissue paper using Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries and Shaded Lilac.  I spritzed fairly lightly with water and then laid my tissue over it to soak it up, and very carefully lifted it on to a piece of copy paper to dry.  I did speed up the process with my heat tool.  I then respritzed what was left on the glass mat and did it again, and once dried it looked about right so I went on to the next step.  I decided to back the tissue with some thin copy paper so I scrunched it up to get some texture and then adhere it to the copy paper with PVA glue.  I decided to use gold on the crinkles so ran my Versamark Ink over the top and added WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to show up in the photos very well, but in real life it shimmers really well.  

Next I found some fairly thin acetate which I had lying about, I think this technique works better with thinner acetate, and I adhered it to the tissue paper with the PVA glue which dries clear.  I applied the glue with a piece of blending foam to get a smooth even finish.   Once it was completely dry I die cut the butterfly.  I have to say that even with the thinner acetate this did take quite a few turns through the machine before I could remove the pieces and I did have to use some small scissors to finish the job where it refused to completely cut, but in the end it worked as luckily all the pieces which needed to come out were fairly large.  Maybe one of the newer die cutting machines with better pressure would cut it more easily than my old Grand Calibur.

I then used the freebie folder for the embossed background and I am very pleased with the result, even though it did take a little time to achieve.  The white blank base card is approximately 6" square.

I'm afraid I have only just made the Loll and Bonnie's two challenges as they close in just a few hours.  I did intend to put this up yesterday morning but got so busy I have only just got around to doing so.  This technique is something new to me and using one of the listed techniques that they very kindly sourced for inspiration, I really wanted to enter it in the challenge, so please forgive me for being so last minute.  

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







I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Butterfly.  (So thrilled to be chosen as one of the Outstanding Designs)                      
CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Stamping, Tissue Paper and Own Choice (I have used dry embossing).
Country View July Challenge - Things with Wings.

Friday, 21 July 2017

CAS Koi Carp

Hi everyone.  My card today features a fairly new to me technique using tissue paper.  I have used it on just one of my cards in the past as a sea themed background and I decided to go with a sea theme this time.  This month's CAS Mix Up Challenge has asked for stamping, tissue paper and your choice of technique and I have chosen heat embossing, die cutting and some watercolouring too.


I started with the tissue paper background and got out my Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Shaded Lilac.  I laid the inks from the pad down randomly on to my glass mat and sprayed with some water and lowered the roughly 5"square of tissue paper over it, rubbing the back until it had soaked up the inks, before lifting and laying it down on a piece of copy paper and dried it with my heat tool.  I did this two or three times to build up the colour.  I have to confess that the first couple of times it fell apart too much on lifting and I had to start again, but third time lucky.  It had a couple of minor tears which I was able to pull together when mounting it on to a snippet of square white card.  I scrunched it up before doing this and glued it down with some PVA glue all over and making sure to keep the creases.  I then rubbed Versamark Ink which coated the surface crinkles and then added WOW Metallic Silver Embossing Powder which I heat set.

I then cut a frame from a snippet of white card using a set of stitched square dies, the two biggest of them,  and adhered this over the top.  This left some of the tissue paper layer beyond the frame and I trimmed this until it was just a narrow blue border.  In the photo it doesn't look very level but in real life it is better I think.

I found another snippet of white card for the Koi Carp from a set by Sheena Douglass, unfortunately they don't seem to be available now.  There are two sizes and I used the smaller.  I stamped them using Smokey Gray Versafine Ink and heat set using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured them with my Lyra Water Brush Markers laying them down on my glass mat and picking up the colour with a waterbrush.  I then cut them out and glued them on to the framed tissue layer.

I finished by mounting the topper on to a 7" square white card and added a die cut sentiment using a snippet of silver mirri card backed with Stick It adhesive.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.







I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up July Challnge (I am thrilled to have been chosen as one of the Outstanding Designs)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 289/90 where we use our snippets of card or paper etc.
Virginia's Summer Blog Party - Summer Creations.
Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media Challenge - Texture.
Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 251 Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More July Challenge - For the Boys.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Just Chilling

Hi there everybody.  It was my DH's birthday a few days ago, on Tuesday actually, and I recently bought some stamp sets from Sheena Douglass and one of them was this image from a set called Just Chilling which I thought was quite atmospheric and which he would like.


I started by stamping the image on to a roughly 6" square piece of white card using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then set to work colouring it with my Brushos but using them more like paint with a waterbrush, and then I think I added some more colours into it with some of my Distress Inks too, so a bit of a hotch potch to get the result I wanted.  When I was happy and it was dry I added the birds using Versafine Smokey Grey ink and heat set again using WOW Clear Gloss EP.

I finished by adding a black mat before mounting it on to my 7" square white base card.  I then added the sentiment using my Misti and the Smokey Grey ink heat set with the Clear Gloss EP.  I did go over the stamp several times to darken it and the embossing always makes it look darker.

I don't know if I overinked the stamp and the Distress Inks always give a less defined finish to the stamping, but it did seem overly dark and dense but maybe next time I'll try using Archival or Versafine ink.  I only used the Walnut Stain as it was more the colour I wanted to represent its decaying state.

As soon as I saw this stamp it reminded me of a poem called Cargoes which I learned at school written in 1902 by a British poet called John Masefield and if you are interested the whole poem is here.  Although this is nothing like the size or shape of a cargo vessel, just the look of this rusting hulk brought the last verse to mind.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

I hope I haven't made you all drop off with boredom...lol, and I promise I won't be going all poetic on every post.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge - No 173 Beside the Sea.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Distress It (it icludes the use of Distress Inks).
Penny Black and More Challenge - For the Boys.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Lilac Time

Hi everybody.  I haven't used this Lilac stamp from Justrite for ages and I needed a quick card for a birthday on Wednesday which needed to go in the post asap, so I kept it quite simple.


I used a scalloped edge set of square dies from Tonic and cut the snippet of white card.  I decided to use the straight to stamp technique using a set of Lyra Water Brush Pens and my Misti so I could keep going over with the different colours.  I used a light blue, then a dark blue first adding the marker to the stamp and spritzing with a little water.  I then added a little more colour by scribbling the markers on my glass mat and using my waterbrush.  I left a few white places to add some light.  I then used a couple of greens, light and dark, for the leaves and stem.  When it was all dry I decided to be bold and get a little more definition by adding some red and I must say I was quite pleased with the effect.  I then added some of the lighter blue over the background to give it a bit more interest.  I finished the topper by adding a sentiment using Versafine Smokey Grey ink and then heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I finished the card by adding some embossing to the white 7" square base card.  This is an 8" square Crafters Companion Textures - Basket Weave.  I then added the topper.  Done!

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






I am entering the following challenges:

The Flower Challenge - No. 10 Embossing Heat/Dry.



Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Optional Twist - Blue.
Happy Little Stampers July CAS Challenge- Birthday.



Thursday, 6 July 2017

Panda Love Anniversary

It was our anniversary on Monday and this is the card I made for my DH.  I got the stamps including the cute pandas and the hearts embossing folder free with a magazine a  while ago, and have use the folder but not the pandas.  I think it did cross my mind when I saw them that they might be nice for this occasion, and my DH did smile and say it was a lovely card so job done.


I started with the embossed background and cut a piece of card to fit the folder, approximately 5'"square.  After embossing the folder I used some Festive Berries Distress Ink and my brayer and rolled the ink over the raised hearts.  A little did go on the background but not enough to spoil it, and also on the heart shaped space in the middle but I intended to put a die cut heart shape in the centre so this didn't matter.

I cut the central heart using another snippet of white card and  a Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Die, the largest in the set with a scalloped edge.

I then stamped the pandas onto another snippet of white card using Black Archival ink and heat embossed them using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured the little bow red and the balloon blue using my Lyra Aqua Brush Markers.  I used two shades of blue on the balloon for a bit of shading.  I then heat embossed these by adding some Versamark with the pen and not the loose powder and added the WOW Clear Gloss EP.  I then fussy cut these out.

After adhering the embossed panel and the die cut heart to the 7" square white base card I stuck the pandas to the white heart using some Pinflair Glue Gel to give then a bit of dimension.

Finally I stamped the sentiment with some Versafine Majestic Blue and again heat set it using the Clear Gloss EP.

Before I finish I have two new followers, the first Litsa whose blog you will find here and who is very creative with fabric and has made some very clever pieces of jewellery, and Hilary Wright who I have not been very successful in finding, so if you read this Hilary and you would like a proper shout out get in touch with more details and I would be pleased to do so.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

Less is More Challenge - No. 335 Colours of Your Countrty's Flag ( I debated whether to do the pandas in the dark blue but decided that they might look a bit strange like that so did use black, I hope this is allowed and that it is considered CAS enough for the challenge).
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Red, White and/or Blue.
Addicted to Stamps and More  - Clean and Simple.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Wild Flower Birthday

Hi all.  I am so taken with my new Brushos that here is another card using them.  I am also using a NBUS stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Baroque Meadow.

This card was made for the lovely Darnell to wish her a Happy Birthday today and a speedy recovery from her recent surgery and I hope you are being spoilt rotten..lol.  I know she has received it so here it is:


This card like a lot of mine didn't turn out quite as I intended but I adapted it as I went along.  I decided to make a rectangular card for a change and cut a mat out of some white card using my Crealies Rectangle Nesting Dies with Dots (No. 44) and then stamped the wild flowers in the centre using Archival Black ink and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I originally intended to colour the background using the Brushos but keeping the colour to a rectangular shape smaller than the flowers, so using one of the smaller Crealies dies I cut an aperture from some copy paper and placed this over the flowers so some of them were outside the shape.  Using four of the colours, i.e. Ultramarine, Turquoise, Leaf Green and Emerald Green I sprinkled them where I wanted them and spritzed with water then blotted with a piece of kitchen towel and lifted the paper.  I did stick some repositionable adhesive around the shape to try to keep a clean edge but unfortunately the colour had bled round the edges quite a bit and looked untidy.  I then decided to cut a frame from a snippet of white card using the same set of Crealies dies and this is how you see it now.

I finished it by adding a sentiment again using the Archival Black ink and heat embossed it with the WOW Clear Gloss EP.

With hindsight it would have been better to cut the shape from acrylic as spritzing made the copy paper quite wet which I'm sure added to the problem, or use some masking tape making sure to remove some of the tack first, but it worked out well in the end.

Thank you for visiting me today, and see you again soon.






I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (the optional twist is 'blue' but I'm not sure there is enough blue to for this).
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Make it Feminine.
CAS on Friday Challenge - No. 111 Flowers.
Stamping Sensations - July - Anything With Flowers.


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 ..lol.  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 Gray 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 Gray 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 card...lol.

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 minute....lol.  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.