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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Life's Journey Birthday

Hi everybody.  Hubby celebrated his birthday recently and I won't say how many years, and I didn't put it on the card, but I will say that he has clocked up a few more than me..lol.  I saw a video recently by Gina K in which she masked to create boxes in which she placed her stamping and I liked the look of it so thought I would do something along these lines.  I decided to use a freebie set of stamps which came from a magazine a few months ago called The Great Outdoors and produced by Hunkydory.  I thought these would be good for masculine cards especially for those that like hiking and camping.  Hubby and I do enjoy walking and he is also a keen photographer so I included these things from the set.  We don't have a dog but the silhouette walker looked a bit lonely without it..lol. 


I decided to do a large 8" square card as I didn't have to post it, so made the piece of card to mat on the top about 1" smaller and found the centre point and cut the six strips for the masking about 1/2" wide using masking sheet as it sticks well without taking the surface of the card off when you remove it.  When I had placed it on the card I ink blended with Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistacio Distress Inks, keeping the Cracked Pistachio in the centre.  I then placed all the items using my Misti and stamped them using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.

I was so frustrated because at this point I managed to get a couple of bits of ink on to the edge of the two left hand boxes.  I tried the sand eraser which did fade it out but of course also took the ink off, so I put the masks back and reinked but the edge was not as clean as the rest so I decided to use my black micron pen and outline all the boxes. Against my better judgement I did it freehand and the result is a little rustic I think with some lines a bit thicker than others in places, but I had left it late to make the card and was not feeling like starting again.  For some reason the photo makes the boxes look quite out of shape, but in real life they don't look that bad.   I also grounded the walker and dog and the haversack, but wasn't sure about the camera so left it alone.  I then took some more Salty Ocean and a waterbrush and brushed some ink over the images to shade, and also water bleached to highlight, especially on the boots and camera.   I also ink blended a bit of the Cracked Pistachio around the edges so when glued down there is just the hint of colour.

Hubby did seem pleased and did say how different it was so a good result I think which made up for the earlier frustrations.  Thank you for taking a look today and I'll be back soon.






I am entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 580 I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'B'.
Craft Rocket Challenge - No. 72 For the Men/Boys.
Crafty Creations July Challenge - No. 411 Anything Goes.


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Our Anniversary

Hi there everyone.  It was our 38th anniversary recently and this was my card for hubby.  I utilised the leftover negative heart shape, the positive of which was used on my recently shown green anniversary card, and ink blended through it onto a piece of white card using Fired Brick Distress Ink.  With the mask still in place I stamped using a recently acquired Crafty Individuals image called Baroque Splatter Script using my Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.


I then cut this down to fit a 6" square card and added little bubble hearts using the Floral Heart set and second generation Nocturne Ink, and also a small splatter stamp from Freedom Flower using Fired Brick DI, again second generation ink.

I then finished with the sentiment using the Nocturne Ink and added a bit of the Fired Brick on the two little hearts and ink blended this around the edges too.

Before I go I would like to introduce a lovely lady called Mervi, thank you for becoming a follower, and you will find her blog here.  I'm sure she would love you to go and visit her if you don't already know her.

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







I  am entering the following challenges:

Crafty Creations July Challenge - No. 411 Anything Goes.
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - No. 246 July 1st Anything Goes. 


Sunday, 5 July 2020

Painted Flowers

Hi everyone.  Here is a recent card I made for a lovely blogging friend Darnell whose birthday was a couple of days ago and which I hand painted, and now I know she has received it I can show it here.  I have seen several people lately doing their own flowers and so had a look on line to see how to make them and so mixed it up a bit and this is what I came up with.   I used some very old watercolour tubes that I have as I thought the pigment would be stronger, and after experimenting with them and also with my inks I thought that the tubes scored better.  I used my Bristol Smooth watercolour paper to work on and two or three different sized brushes, and when I had finished and cut it back slightly to fit the 6" square card I ink blended with a complementary shade of Distress Ink and added a sentiment using Versafine Imperial Purple Ink.


I was fairly pleased with the result but perhaps a bit more practice is need to get the strokes a bit smoother although it works better if you don't overwork the paint.  The person who has done this style of the all over flower look is Heather Telford and there is a link to her blog on my side bar...she is very skilled with a brush and her laying down of colour is something I aspire to.  I did enjoy this and may try doing some more along the same lines.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

The Flower Challenge - No 46 Summer/Winter.
Country View Challenges July 2020 - Do What Makes You Happy.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 278 Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist.
Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday July Challenge - Summertime.
Allsorts Challenge - No. 579 Summertime.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Scrap Anniversary

Hi all.  Here is a recent anniversary card for a family member.  I had a piece of scrap copy paper on the table which I had rolled some inks from my brayer on to and I thought it was a shame to waste so I die cut it using a Sweet Dixie die and after backing it on to a piece of white card to make it the same thickness as the card base I die cut the same sized heart aperture into the card  and backed it with another piece of card.


I placed the card itself with the heart in the aperture into the Misti, and work out where to place the Pinkfresh stamp so that some of it was over the edge.  I then removed the heart and using Versamark Ink stamped on to the card itself and then placed the heart back in the aperture and stamped the whole thing again.  I then heat embossed both the heart and the card with the WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder, and did the same process again with the sentiment.



I was going to leave the flowers with just the line work but I didn't think they stood out enough so I coloured them using a white gel pen, but wasn't quite happy with that and finished up by going over the whole thing again with a Sakura Silver Gelly Roll Pen which has lots of sparkle which I hope shows up better in this close up photo.  I'm still not sure about it but some you win and some....you don't win...lol.  I hope the couple I have sent it to like it OK.

Before I go I have two new followers, so thank you ladies for joining me here and I'm sure they would love you to visit them.   They are Chana who has her blog here, and Maria whose blog you will find here.

Take care everyone and thank you for your visit which is much appreciated and I hope to see you again soon. 
 






I am entering the following challenge:

Country View Challenges July 2020 - Do What Makes You Happy.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Twofer Card Challenge

Hi there everyone.  The Twofer Card Challenge this month is Circles/Bubbles and the two cards must use the same stamp, stencil and/or die but in a totally different way and for a different occasion.  My common element is a stencilled circle made using a piece of copy paper and a couple of different sized circle dies.



The first card was made using the circles with Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire and Fossilized Amber and then the flower silhouette which is a Crafty Individuals stamp over the top using Versafine Majestic Blue ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and finished with a sentiment using the same ink and embossing powder. 


I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations June Challenge  - Make It Colourful.
NBUS Challenge - No. 15 (Never Before Used Schtuff).
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Got The Blues.
Addicted to Stamps and More - No. 394 Clean & Simple.
613 Avenue Create Challenge -No 234 Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Create a Blended Background.  (Lovely to be chosen as one of the Top Rockers)


The second card incorporates the smallest circle and I also used a new stamp which I was lucky enough to win from Lost Coast Designs called Cityscape.  I also used the Santa's sleigh and a sentiment image from a set by Indigoblu called Here Comes Santa, a lovely set which I have had for a long time and doesn't appear to be available from Indigoblu any more though you may find it elsewhere.


I started with a piece of white card just a little smaller than the base card and stamped the Cityscape using my Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and then heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then die cut the centre panel out and masked with the cut out circle used on the first card and ink blended the background sky using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and a little Seedless Preserves over the buildings at the bottom.  I then added the sleigh image using my stamp positioner I stamped it on the outer piece first, and then put the centre panel in place before removing the outer piece and stamped the rest of the image on to it.  I then heat embossed both pieces with the Clear Gloss EP.  I finished by adding the sentiment using Versamark Ink and WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder and added a few white highlights to the buildings and also some stars in the sky, using a gel pen, before putting it all together.

The Twofer Challenge is open for another couple of days so still time to get an entry in.  Thank you for coming to visit today and I hope you'll be back soon.






I am also entering the following challenges with this second card:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 74 Anything Christmas Goes.
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - Challenge 101 Background Forward.
Happy Little Stampers June Christmas Challenge (Optional Deck The Halls).


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Birds and Flowers

Hi everybody.  I am back today with a floral card made with Crafty Individuals stamp Spring Flower Garden bought recently and used for the first time here, and a square birds and flowers frame die which I  bought some time ago and have only just got around to using, and unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available anywhere now.


I die cut the frame from white card and being quite intricate it did take several goes to get it to cut properly.  I then stamped the flowers on to my base card using Versafine Olympia Green and coloured them with Distress Inks and a waterbrush, also used a bit of blue for the background.  I then stuck down the frame over the top of the flowers using wet glue.  As I had placed the flowers so that the base of the stamp was hidden beneath the frame, some of the flowers were rather hidden by the leaves and flowers on the frame, so I did snip one or two away from the bottom part so that the flowers were much more visible.  I finished by adding white gel pen to the flower centres, and a sentiment banner strip again using the Olympia Green ink, and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 15 (Never Before Used Schtuff)  Both the stamp and die.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional Layers).
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Diecuts & Punches.
Country View Challenges - Summer Fields.
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday June Challenge - In The Summer Garden.
Crafty Calendar June Challenge - Flowers.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Embossed Vellum Floral Heart

Hi all.  I decided to get going on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge quicker, and  instead of being late to the party I should be reasonably early this time..lol.  The way the CAS Challenges work has been changed and the Mix Up, Watercolour and Stencil Challenges have been amalgamated into one and will rotate, so this month it is a Mixed Media theme which is embossed vellum plus stamping and at least one other mixed media technique.  Mine has alcohol inked vellum on which I have stamped and heat embossed, and then die cut mats and dry embossed on the background layer.


I put the AIs on my glass mat and added some blending solution and covered a piece of pink Vellum.  The colours were Watermelon, Butterscotch, Lemonade and Flamingo.  When dry I inked the Chocolate Baroque A Heart Full Of Love stamp with Versamark and then heat embossed using WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder did take up a bit of the AI colour when I heated but I do quite like that.  I die cut the vellum with a stitched square die.

I then moved on to the background and cut the square with a Tonic Scalloped Edge Die and then dry embossed with an XCut Hearts and Kisses Embossing Folder extending it to cover the square white background.  I finished by putting it together and then stamped and again heat embossed with the Opaque Bright White EP on to a leftover piece of vellum cut into a fishtail banner shape and adhered it to the card.

Thank you for joining me here today and I hope you will visit again. 






I am also entering the following challenges:

Penny Black and More June Challenge - Favourite Stamps.
Stamping Sensations June Challenge - Make it Colourful.
Uniko Challenge - No. 59 Anything Goes + optional twist Bright and Happy.


Friday, 5 June 2020

Pretty Polly

Hi everybody.  Another masculine card today and I thought this digital image would work well, bright and cheery and watercoloured on Bristol Smooth paper using my Distress Inks.


I used Barn Door, Mustard Seed,  Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot, Ground Espresso and Brushed Corduroy applied using a waterbrush.  When I had coloured it I fussy cut it out and then moved on to the background.  This stencil with an all over large leaf design which is one of four in a packet I got from The Range looks a bit like tropical leaves.  I made a monoprint by brayering Mowed Lawn DI on to it, spritzed with water and laid it on to a piece of white card and pressed it down firmly to tranfer the ink.  I did this several time using some Pine Needles ink too.  I then stencilled through it to fill the leaves in with some more of the same colours to give it some light and shade.  I then inked around the edges with both inks.

I finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Olympia Green and heat set it with Wow Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and added the parrot using some Pinflair Glue Gel to give it dimension.






I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Masculine.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background.
Seize The Birthday - No. 192 Anything Goes Birthday.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no optional twist).
My Time To Craft - No. 433 Use A Stencil.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

May Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there.  I coloured this digital image of a holly wreath and berries at the same time as the last card on my blog, and so thought this would do nicely for the Rudolph Days Challenge.


I printed it on to Bristol Smooth Watercolour Paper and again coloured with my Staedler Brush Pens using a waterbrush.  I also used some glossy accents over the berries to give shine and a little dimension and then die cut it with a circle die.  I then finished with a sentiment in the centre of the wreath using Versafine Satin Red Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I decided to do something completely different for me and cut a circular easel card using one of my white cards placing the die a little way over the fold of the card to make the basic shape.  I layered the topper with a snippet of red and then another stitched circle with a green snippet, and added a piece of holly covered dp to the base again cutting with a stitched circle die, using a snippet which I found in amongst the pages.  I put it all together and added a little gem as the stopper for the easel.   The holly dp is off white but not as dark as it appears in the photo.  I don't have many papers and this one with the holly seemed the best to complement the topper. 

I haven't made an easel card for absolutely ages and don't think I have ever made a circular one, but was pleased with the finished result.

The challenge finishes in less than 24 hours time, but for anyone who is a speedy crafter still just about time to enter.    Thanks for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.






I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 379 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - No. 31 Wreathed in Christmas Smiles.
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - May Technique Challenge - Embossing.
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Your Favourite Colour Combination. 
Christmas Craft Creations May Challenge - Use A Die Cut.

 

Monday, 25 May 2020

Holly and Berries

Hi everyone.  I have just about managed to get my entry in for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge the theme of which is Winter Berries.  I used this digi stamp which I thought would be perfect and printed it on some Bristol Smooth watercolour paper.  I am still not completely confident using digital images and last time I used one I printed it in grey and the water affected the outline and faded it in places, so this time I did it in a very pale green so it was a bit like doing no line watercolouring, but then I did feel that made it much more difficult to colour the holly leaves and get the lines which are part of the texture of the leaves, and had to put back the lines and wasn't sure I did a very good job of it, and the bottom left leaf and piece of ribbon was not quite right, but I decided to enter it anyway as I was in fact extremely happy with the berries.  I feel I have been missing challenges which I normally like to enter through lack of mojo, and for me at the moment things work well or it begins to feel as though I have lost my creative skills entirely...lol, and I suppose I have just not been in the right frame of mind recently.  


I coloured it using my Staedler Brush Pens and a bit of added shading using some dry watercolour pencils, and then blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edges, and inked the sentiment with Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink before heat embossing it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

The CAS Christmas Challenge is based in Western Canada so although the clock has ticked over into the 25th I have a few hours to the close of the challenge.  Sorry to leave it so late Loll and Bonnie, I just wanted to enter.  Thank you for looking at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.






I am also entering the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - J for 'Joy' and K for "King' ( I have 'Joy' as part of the sentiment.
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - No. 112 Add Ribbon, Lace or Twine (mine is a virtual ribbon as part of my digital image - hope this counts).
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 72 Anything Christmas Goes.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 22 May Anything Christmas Goes.
Happy Little Stampers May Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional: Ornaments).

(So pleased and surprised to be chosen as one of the Outstanding Designs at CAS Christmas Challenge)

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Born Wild

Hi there.  Another masculine birthday to make for and I decided to use my NBUS stamp from Penny Black, won a good while ago and, shame on me, never inked until now, and called Born Wild, and I am entering my card over at Darnell's NBUS Challenge.  I expect most of you know that NBUS is a phrase coined by our friend Darnell and means 'Never Before Used Schtuff', and I'm sure that most of us have got lots of things in that category..lol.  My mojo is a bit variable at the moment and I wasn't totally happy with it but I needed to get it in the post rather quickly as I had the day wrong in my head.  Every day seems much like the last at the moment and I was a day out..lol.


I used an embossing folder on the bottom section to give the idea of a road.  It's a Sheena Douglass one from the Textures range called Distress.  I used the ink straight from the pad and rubbed it over the embossing with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and then blended Pumice over the top.  I then stamped the image using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and watercoloured with my brush pens using a waterbrush.  I also added some ink just below the bike to ground it better, and a bit of blue in the background.   I finished by adding the sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink, and think it might have been better in grey as the black is a little strong I think.

Before I go I would like to say thank you to Mariann, a new follower to my blog who you will find here.  As well as cards she does some wonderful book folding and takes commissions I think. 

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






I am entering the following challenge:

NBUS Challenge  - No. 14.
Penny Black Saturday May Challenge - Anything Goes/Inspired by a Song (Born To Be Wild)
Penny Black and More May Challenge - Boys and Men.
Happy Little Stamper May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes/Emboss (I used dry embossing).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Animal Fun.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 389 CAS.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 271 All About Occasions.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Hi everybody.  I thought that this was an apt title after the song by Nancy Sinatra, way back in the 60s I think, showing my age now..lol.  This is a birthday card for hubby's brother who has always been a very keen walker, and when I caught sight of these freebie stamps with Creative Stamping Magazine about a couple of months ago, with the theme of the great outdoors, I decided to get them with this birthday in mind, and there are lots of other stamps which will come in useful for other male birthdays throughout the year.  I particularly love the walking boots and there is a scenic background in there, but I had a yen to use this Clarity Woodland stencil as a background.


I started with the stencilled background with a snippet of white card left over from another project, and using some Clarity brushes to apply the Adirondack inks in Stonewashed, Lettuce, a small amount of Bottle and Sunshine Yellow.  I have a set of Clarity mask which have gentle hills on one side, and more dramatic mountains on the other, so I used the hills for my scene.  I also have some sun/moon masks which I used to make an appropriately sized sun.  I then stamped the boots on to another snippet of white card using Versafine Majestic Blue, and then coloured them using more of the Stonewashed ink and also Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress inks, watercoloured using a waterbrush, and then fussy cut them out.  I finished by adding a sentiment from the set using Versafine Smokey Gray ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and when layered on to the card base I adhered the boots using Pinflair Glue Gel to give them some dimension.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 377 where we use up our snippets of card, paper etc.
Penny Black and More May Challenge - Boys and Men.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Not Just Cards April Challenge - Anything Goes.
Mix It Up Challenge - No. 37 Anything Goes + Masking.
NBUS Challenge 14 - (Never Before Used Schtuff) - the walking boots are a NBUS item.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Flower Cut Out and Hearts

Hi everyone.  An anniversary card this time and using a NBUS item.  I recently treated myself to a Tim Holtz Multi Media Die (No. 5) which I got for half the price so I couldn't resist..lol, and used one of the flower cut outs which comes as part of the set.


I decided to back the cut out section with an ancient piece of soft gold glitter card which has a sort of holographic glitter to it.  I made this big enough to give an edge around the white cut out layer.  I then gold embossed one of the cut out pieces which is the stem of the flowers with a leaf at the top, and I embossed it several times to build up the shine of the gold using WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder, and placed it back.  I also embossed some hearts which came from the white die cut heart I used as a stencil here which I had saved just in case they might come in useful, and as you can see they did.  I then finished it with a gold embossed sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.  Take care.






I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS (Never Before Use Schtuff) Challenge - No. 13.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 269 Anything Goes.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Let it Snow for Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi everybody.  It is time for the April Rudolph Days Challenge run by Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo, and once again and I have used one of the Studiolight stamps which I bought and used for a few cards before Christmas.  I also used a freebie embossing folder which I have had for several years.


I dry embossed the poinsettia EF using a snippet of white card and then stamped the tree and the sentiment on to a snippet of red card using WOW Gold Metalic Embossing Powder.  I backed this with  a snippet of gold mirri and mounted it all on a 7' x 5' card.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon.  The Rudolph Days Challenge is open until the end of the month so still plenty of time to get an entry in.






I am also entering:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 376 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Christmas Craft Creations April Challenge -  Use A Stamp.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 70 Anything Christmas Goes.


Thursday, 23 April 2020

Spring Flowers

Hi everybody.  This is a card for the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge the theme of which this time is Spring Flowers.  I chose this Penny Black Magnolia called Summer Dream, but despite the name they do actually come into bloom during the Spring.


I decided to use my water brush pens inking up the stamp with the different colour pens, spritzing and then stamping in one go.  I added the branch to the left and then some to the right and decided to fill in the area top right with a little more but second generation.  It actually didn't stamp as well as I wanted so I used some of the pen with water on my glass mat and added the colour.  I have to say my flowers are a bit brighter than your average magnolia but I'm using artistic licence here..lol.  I added a little background blue for sky again using a waterbrush to apply the brush marker, and then I finished with a sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink clear heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

There are a couple of days left for the challenge so still time to enter.  Thank you for taking a look at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon. 






I am also entering the following challenges:

The Flower Challenge - No 43 Spring/Autumn.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 568 Flowers and/or Showers.
Addicted to Stamps and More - No 386 Anything Goes.
Penny Black Saturday April Challenge - Anything Goes - optional 'Use Ribbon or Twine'.
Penny Black and More April Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional Stars).
                                                               


(So pleased to be chosen as one of the Outstanding Designs at CAS Watercolour Challenge)

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Park Bench Affair

Hi there everyone.  I hope you are all doing well.  This was made for some friends who I think have been married for 30 years, and I decided to use this Penny Black Stamp.


I stamped it on to a snippet of white card using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and then coloured it with my Staedtler Aqua Brush Markers using some straight from the pen and others diluted with water using my waterbrush, and then I fussy cut it out.   The little ladybirds which are part of the scene were coloured and fussy cut and added separately.  I had to add the feelers and legs with Black Micron Pen once mounted on to the card as I could not possibly have fussy cut round those..lol.  

I found another snippet of white card and made a background using a Leonie Pujol Embossing Folder called Dotty Heart.  I opened up the folder and rubbed the Festive Berries DI over the raised side, spritzed with water and pressed the piece of white card on to it.  I finished by adding the image over the top and also a sentiment stamped with the Nocturne ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

Thank you for joining me today and take care everyone.






I am entering the following challenges:

Penny Black April Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes/Use Ribbon or Twine.
Penny Black and More April Challenge - Anything Goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Where we use up our snippets of paper, card etc.  (snippets of white card).
Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional Stars).

Friday, 3 April 2020

Celebration Bubbly

Hi there everybody.  I am back today with an anniversary card for one of my cousins and husband who are celebrating their 55th anniversary.  I thought this digital image from Beccy's Place called Girls' Night, was appropriate for a big celebration.


I don't generally use digital images but I thought that I would give them a try.  I think probably I need to find some thicker card to print on to as this was just 160gsm and with my Staedtler Watercolour Brush Pens and a waterbrush which I used it was perhaps a bit too much for it.  I tend to use 250/300gsm normally which my printer is not keen on.

I started by adding the colour to parts of the image using the waterbrush to spread it, and I then scribbled colour on to my glass mat and picked it up with the water brush, neither of which were working well, so I ended up adding colour straight to the image which made everything a bit dark, especially the champagne, more like orange juice..lol, and the carnations which I hoped would dry a bit lighter.  I had limited time to post it so had to go with it.  I finished by fussy cutting it.

I then made a stencil from a Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts die and inked through it on to the card using Adirondack Shell Pink, and Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord Distress Inks blending quite lightly.  The numbers were cut using a set of dies from The Works and coloured using the two DIs before being added to the heart.  I then added the sentiment stamped a couple of times with Versafine Smokey Gray ink using the Misti.  Lastly the image was stuck down flat with wet glue, easier for posting.

You can tell I am very self critical..lol, and at the moment Mr Mojo is playing up, but I suppose we all have times when things don't go too well, so hey ho...as my hubby would say, it is what it is.  I hope you are managing to stay positive, and of course keeping well, through this difficult time.

Take care,







I am entering the following challenges:

Beccy's Place April Challenge - Anything Goes using one of her images (opt. Flower or Foliage).
Watercooler Wednesday - No. 265 Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist.
Dutch Card Lovers - No. 328 Any Drink (alcoholic or non alcoholic).

Monday, 30 March 2020

Deer in Forest for Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi everybody.  This is another new stamp which I got before Christmas but hasn't been seen before here.  It is by Impression Obsession (F7838) but doesn't have a name on the packing but when I looked on line appears to be called Deer in Forest.


I stamped the image using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and coloured the background with some blended Distress Inks and matted it on to a piece of black card.  I then dry embossed the square white card with the Simon Says Falling Snow stencil and added the sentiment from the set again using the Nocturne ink heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP. 

I've made it with a day to spare this time, better than last month anyway..lol. as this month's Rudolph Days Challenge run by Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo finishes tomorrow.  Thank you for your visit and I'll see you again soon.  Take care everyone. 







I am also entering:

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 68 Anything Christmas Goes.
Sweet Stampin' March Christmas Challenge - Clean and Simple.



Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Spring Flower and Flourishes

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and finding things to do at home in these difficult times.  I have been feeling rather unsettled and my mojo has gone walkabout, probably bored with having to stay put at home..lol.  I know this is necessary but not easy to cope with.   Anyway, I needed a card for a friend's birthday and I already had the flower made and fussy cut out, so thought I would work a card around it.  I made a card with the same flower from this freebie set here.


I coloured the flower and leaves using a set of Staedtler Watercolour brush pens.  I added the colour starting with the palest pink and then a darker pink and purple, and two different greens for the leaves.  After each application I used my waterbrush to spread and blend the colour.  Not a perfect blend but considering these were not very expensive I thought they worked well, and on ordinary smooth card, it pilled a little but not too badly.  I used a circle mask and stamped using a Chocolate Baroque stamp called Edgy Edges and heat embossed using WOW Metallic Platinum Embossing Powder.  I stamped it twice to cover the circle.  I then added some Adirondack Shell Pink Ink blended over the embossed circle.  I finished by adding one of the Crafty Individuals Floral Flourishes and Swirls heat embossing with the same EP, and added a sentiment from the freebie set using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.

I would like to introduce a new follower to my blog called Willy who is a DT member over at Art Journey and whose blog you will find here.  She does some beautiful work and I'm sure she would love you to visit.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

AAA Birthday - No. 11 Flowers.
Stamping Sensations - March - Spring Flowers.
Penny Black and More - March - Spring Flowers.
Addicted to CAS Challenge - No. 180 Circle.  (I'm not sure if this is CAS enough, but there is quite a lot of white space so I am taking a chance).
Daring Cardmakers - Floral Focus.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 382 Make Your Mark.
Happy Little Stamper March Watercolour Challenge  - Anything Goes (optional Flowers).
(so pleased to be chosen the winner of this challenge)

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Chocolate Baroque Cards for February TV

Hi there everybody.  Here are some of the cards I made for Chocolate Baroque 's shows on Hochanda last month.  The first was made using the Snowdrop Script set of stamps and also the Edgy Edges stamps.


I started by stamping the flowers on to kraft card using WOW Opaque Bright White EP an coloured them using a green Lyra Aquamarker  and then stamped the name underneath using a black marker from the same set straight to stamp.  I used some white acryic paint on the flowers and die cut it using a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die.  I then backed this with white and then black card.

I used another piece of kraft card for the background stamping the Edgy Edges DL stamp twice using Brilliance white ink and then backed this with black too before adding it to the white card.




For this second card I again used the Snowdrop Script stamps which has this pretty bluebell image too.  Using a rectangular piece of white card I started with the sky using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and a Clarity cloud mask and followed this with the hills with a hill mask from Clarity, using Dusty Concord DI and the subsequent hills in Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint DI keeping the coverage fairly light.  I then stamped the bluebells using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and watercoloured them using a waterbrush and a mix of Blueprint Sketch and Shaded Lilac DI for the flowers and some Peeled Paint DI for the leaves and stems.  I then darkened the lower hills and the foreground using a bit more of the green ink.  I finished by backing this with a piece of dark green card and added a sentiment from the set using Versafine Olympia Green ink.




 The last card for now uses the Doodle Birds and the Doodle Butterfly stamps and Ultramarine Brusho for the background.  When that was completed I stamped the feather and flower images from Doodle Birds using Versafine Imperial Purple and Deep Lagoon inks and backed this with a piece of dark blue card.  I then stamped the flower from Doodle Butterfly in both of the colours on to a stitched square die cut piece of white card and blended Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet DI's around the edges and more of the violet in the centre also.  I fussy cut the flower out and backed the negative with a piece of the dark blue card and then glued the flower over the negative bending the petals up for a bit of dimension and then mounted it all on to a white square card.

I have two new followers Faith whose blog you will find here, and also Rita whose blog you will find here.  Thank you to both ladies for becoming Followers, and I'm sure they would appreciate a visit if they are new to you.

Actually this post and another to come later in the month are the last of my cards as a member of the Guest Design Team over at Chocolate Baroque.  Reluctantly I needed to free up some time so I had to make the hard decision to leave the team.  I have really enjoyed the 18 months that I have been doing this, and it has been such a great experience, and I thank Lesley and David and Judith for being such lovely people to work with. 

Thank you for your visit today and I'll see you again soon.