Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Winter Robin

Hi everyone.  I have a card today featuring the Winter Robin by Hobby Art Stamps,  which I notice is unfortunately out of stock at the moment, and was intended as one half of my Twofer entry, but sadly the second never materialised.  I'm afraid my mojo is somewhat spasmodic and the spirit is willing but the flesh is a bit weak at  The compensation is that this can now be my entry for the Rudolph Days Challenge run by the lovely Mo, and of course is the last one for this year, and great that I managed to finish on a high note there where I have sadly failed with others.


I've coloured it using Distress Inks applied with a waterbrush and the gold stars using a freebie stencil which I have had for a very long time, using Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink, also used for the sentiment which I heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I also added some white gel pen to highlight the snow and holly and berries, and added in a few shadows using coloured pencils.

I layered it on to a piece of gold mirri card before adding it to my 6" square white card.

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

I am also entering the following challenges:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 84 Anything Christmas Goes.
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'W' for Winter Wonderland (my choice) and 'X' for Xtra Special.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No.28 November Anything Christmas Goes.
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - No. 118 Gold or Silver or Glitter.  (used gold for stars and sentiment)
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Festive Things With Wings.
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - November Challenge Family and Friends.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Uniko Challenge - Tis The Season (optional twist Sparkle)
Krafty Chicks Challenge - No. 535 All Occasions.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Rose Blush

Hi everyone.  I have a card to show today made with the pretty Rose Blush stamp by Indigoblu.  This card was made with the CAS Mix Up Challenge in mind which this time is a Watercolour Challenge with the theme of Off the Edge. 

I stamped the image using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and then watercoloured with my Inktense Pencils and a waterbrush, sometimes laying some pencil down on the image and the moving the colour round with the brush, and then I also added extra colour by lifting from the pencil on to the brush and painted it on. 

I finished by adding the sentiment again using the Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and then added it to a 6"square white card.  

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

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Watercolour - Off the Edge.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 203 1,2,3 or Anything Goes.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Your Favourite Stamp (this is definitely one that I love).
Love To Craft Challenge - No. 52 November Anything Goes.
The Coloring Challenge - The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge.




Thursday, 12 November 2020

It's A Bright Sunshiny Day

Hi there everybody.  I have a birthday card to show today using another pretty bird stamp from Crafty Individuals called Bluebird and Branch with Berries.   This may seem an odd choice of colours but as well as some other challenges I wanted to enter the Colour Hues Challenge and kraft and yellow were the colours for this...not colours I would normally have chosen but it's good to step outside your comfort zone sometimes.

I cut a piece of kraft card into a square and stamped the bird onto it using Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then used my set of Inktense Pencils to colour the bird in browns and the chest of the bird in yellow.  I also added some hills in the background and some yellow on the horizon taking it up a bit to to add more interest.  I also added a very little orange to the horizon and on the bird but it is basically yellow.  I decided to use the pencils without any water as the kraft card isn't the easiest surface to work on and I thought that they worked better used without as I didn't want to dilute the colour too much.  

I added a yellow background mat and the sentiment in the Vintage Sepia Ink and heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP.

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

I am entering the following challenge:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC297 All About Occasions.
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Anything Goes.
Crafty Creations Challenge - No. 415 Anything Goes.
We Love to Create Mixed Media Challenge - Wk 11 Anything Mixed Media Goes.
Colour Hues Challenge - No. 5 Yellow and Kraft.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Long Eared Owl

Hi there.  This card was made using a NBUS (never used before) Crafty Individuals Stamp called Owl on Branch with Berries and the background was coloured using Brushos.  I stamped the owl with Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils.

I started by placing some Ultramarine Blue and some Leaf Green Brushos on to my glass mat, roughly where I wanted them to be and spritzed with water.  I then laid the card over it and ended up with the basic background.  I then painted with them using a waterbrush and finished the scene with the distant hills in Purple and the sun using Yellow, and I did darken it with a bit of yellow Inktense Pencil at the end as I thought it looked too pale.

I then stamp the owl onto the background scene using the Vintage Sepia Ink and coloured just the branch, and extended it a bit to take it off the edge, using the Inktense Pencils, and then again onto another piece of the glossy card and coloured, and fussy cut out just the bird and added it over the top of the original to give it more dimension.  I finished by adding a sentiment using the Vintage Sepia Ink and whilst wet heat set it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

Thank you for visiting me here today and I will be back again soon. 

I am entering the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - No. 257 Birthday for an Adult Male.
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - No. No. 254 Anything Goes.
Crafty Animals Challenge - No. 44 Anything Goes with Animals, Birds, Bugs, Bees or Insects.
Mix It Up Challenge - No. 43 Anything Goes + Making Your Own Background.
NBUS Challenge - No. 20 Where we use any items not previously used (Never Before Used Schtuff)
Fab n Funky Challenge - No. 501 Anything But Christmas.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Nature Flowers

Hi all.  This card was for a 70th birthday, and I decided to use a snippet left over from my brayered background that I did here on this card.  I added some flowers from a set by Art Journey called Nature Flowers, using Versafine Imperial Purple and WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and I also used another stamp which is in the background called just Ripples Small, with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

To finish I added the sentiment and numbers using WOW Metallic Platinum EP.  

Before I go I have a new follower to introduce called Gundi and you will find her lovely blog here, and if you haven't visited before I'm sure she would be delighted to see you.

Thank you for stopping by today and I will see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 390 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
We Love to Create Mixed Media Challenge - Wk 11 Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Try it on Tuesday Challenge - Embossed.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - Texture (white heat embossing).

Friday, 23 October 2020

Snowflake Bauble

Hi everyone.  I have made a Christmas card using the Sweet Poppy Stencil Snowflake Bauble, my first card using it, and also the Crafty Individuals Bluebird and Branch with Berries stamp within the bauble.  I have also used Distress Inks in tones of blue and orange to enter the Colour Hues Challenge, and the CAS Christmas Challenge has the theme of Christmas Birds.  I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Spiced Marmalade. 

I started by using a very light layer of Tumbled Glass all over and then used the Spiced Marmalade on the ribbon and berries and shaded with a very little Blueprint Sketch, and the Salty Ocean on the foliage and to darken around the edges of the bauble as well as just a little of the Spiced Marmalade.  Inevitably there was some mixing of the colours in a few places which has made darkened the colours a bit, but I think over all it turned out OK.  I added the bird within the bauble using Spiced Marmalade, masking that side of the bauble as the stamp was a little large to fit the bauble, but I do love this CI bird and thought it would look pretty inside the bauble.   The sentiment was stamped using Versafine Habanero ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  The colour is a little more red than orange but DIs don't work so well for stamping sentiments.  I also added some snow on the branches and in the sky around the bird using a Signo White Gel Pen, and I glossed the berries with some clear gloss.  I then added it to a 6" square white card.

I would also like to welcome two new followers ..  Lynne K who makes beautiful cards and also takes wonderful photos of the area around her home in Scotland, and then Aimeslee who is a fun lady and who also makes some terrific cards in a very varied style, so please if you haven't come across these two ladies before please do go and visit won't be disappointed.  

Thank you for visiting me here today and I hope you will do so again soon. 

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas Birds.  (so pleased to be chosen as the winner)
Colour Hues Challenge - No. 4 Blue and Orange.
NBUS Challenge - No. 19 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
ABC Christmas Challenge -  U & V are for?  Up in the Air and Vixen/Reindeer.  (I have a bird in my bauble so hope this counts).
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 27 Anything Christmas Goes.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Meadow Hare

Hi everyone.  This is a card for my *great niece who has just become a teenager.  I was going to buy a card as at first I thought that probably the sort of cards I make are not what a teenager would like, but then I thought of this Pink Ink Meadow Hare which I was pleased to get as a sale item several months ago and which hasn't been inked yet, and thought it was time to do so.  I love hare images and this is quite cute as are all the creatures depicted by Pink Ink, so I hope she likes it.

I started with a piece of card just about the right size for this image as it is very large and wanted to get it on a 7" x 5" card, it fits with a tiny bit of the foliage missing at the bottom.  I decided to cover the card with a wash of colour with a waterbrush, and used Crushed Olive Distress Ink, just to cover the card.  I then stamped the hare using Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and using mainly Vintage Photo mixed with Spiced Marmalade I coloured the hare again using a waterbrush, leaving some of the Crushed Olive as highlights.  I then used some Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and some more Crushed Olive for the foliage and a tiny bit of Walnut Stain in a couple of places.  I then used some Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet on the butterfly and caterpillar, and also the harebell type flowers.  Naturally as the under colour is yellow the colours are not true to tone, but I like the overall look of it.  I must say I did use the same sort of colours as appears on the packing as I like the bright look of the hare, rather than just a mid brown the orange peps it up a bit and all the little dots and leaves over it are also done with the Spiced Marmalade.

I finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Olympia Green which I heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and then used some of the Crushed Olive to blend around the edges before adding it to the card.

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

*Just to correct myself, I suddenly realised that I had missed the 'great' out of the, a senior moment and it has only taken me two days to realise that it was wrong and after lots of people had actually said niece and I still had not picked up on it.  I will put it down to the fact that I have had some family things going on which have distracted me recently.  Thank you all for your lovely comments too which I greatly appreciate.    

I am entering the following challenges:

Uniko Challenge - No. 61 Anything Goes (optional twist: Thanks)
NBUS Challenge - No. 19 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 292 Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist.
613 Avenue Create October Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist: Winged Things)
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - No. 252 Anything Goes.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 18 Photo Inspiration (I have chosen the yellows, greens and orange tones)