Saturday, 21 May 2022

Ornate Edger Celebration Card

Hi all.  I have a 21st birthday card to share today for the daughter of some neighbours who live across the road from us and they have invited us to a celebration barbecue this evening so let's hope it doesn't rain.  I have used a die by Creative Expressions called Teasel Edger which is having it's first outing, and a piece of floral paper from a freebie pad which I got eons ago.

I started with a 7" x 5" card as this die is a long slender shape and it fits nicely on this size card.  I cut the die along the edge and then gave it some blended colour using Spun Sugar Distress ink, as I think they look like flower buds when coloured in this way, and I masked off the inside of the card to just beyond the die and ink blended that using the same colour, giving it a bit of a pattern using a stencil from a set which I got at The Range.  I cut the piece of patterned paper so it was a little longer and wider than I needed and then laid the die so it overlapped just to cut into the edge of it.  When I had die cut it I line it up on to the card and then marked where to cut it down to, just a little smaller than the card..luckily this worked well.  Finally I coloured a piece of card using the same pink ink and backed it with a piece of Stick It adhesive before die cutting the sentiment and numbers.  I decided to use my Wink of Stella Clear Gloss pen over the top to give them a lovely shimmer but it doesn't show up well on the photo.

Before I go I would like to introduce my new follower, and thank you Uschi, whose blog you will find here and I'm sure she would love you to pay her a visit.  

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

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 38 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 677 Allsorts 13th Birthday (congratulations on this 13th year).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Layer it up.
Happy Little Stampers May Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies.
Happy Little Stampers May Stencil Challenge
- Anything Goes.
Creative Moments Challenge - No. 234 Summers Here/Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

See the Flowers Smiling

Hi All.  I love these teasels by Art Journey Stamps from their set called Nature Flowers and decided to use them for a friend's birthday and it was a fairly quick card to come together. 

I started with the washy background and by just flapping the paper into the ink with added water on my glass mat you get small areas of coverage of the colours, drying in between layers until you get the look you want.  I used Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks.  I then used a Kaisercraft stamp called Background Postmarks, to make a pattern and to fill in the gaps.  I have had this for a long time, and naughty me have only used it for the first time now.  I used the Salty Ocean DI to stamp so it would just be part of the overall background.  I then cut it down and added the teasels and the words up the side of the tallest of the two stems, and then added a sentiment, using my Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.

Finally I added it on to a white mat and then added this to the 7" x 5" white card.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 38 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.  (The background stamp is NBUS).
We Love Stamping May Challenge - For a Lady (or Girl).
Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Anything Stamped with option of Flora and Fauna.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 428 Birthdays.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 675 Favourite Stamps and/or Dies.  (I find it impossible to choose a favourite but I do love the sculptural look of teasels and this Art Journey Stamp is so detailed and beautiful).

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Message in a Bottle

Hi everyone.  I have a card for my BIL today and for a change I decided to make a pop up shadow box card using a set of stamps and a stencil from Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 95 designed by Lisa Horton.  It's a pop up because you can retract the outer bars within the frame to fit flat into an envelope (mine fitted in a 6" square one) and obviously they will pop back out when you take it out.  I also used some Brushos for the background and to colour with.

I made the shadow box frame using a piece of A4 card cut in half for the back and front and scored two equal lines for the box sides and the pieces which form the handle, and cut the aperture from the front using a rectangular die.  I made the background using Brushos..Aquamarine, Turquoise and Emerald and made the wave pattern using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink, and added the shoals of fish in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink, and decided where to put the seabed and added it to the bottom.

I then stamped the bottle, anchor, starfish and shells using a couple of snippets of white card and more Nocturne Ink, and coloured them using the colours from above, plus Brilliant Red, Orange, Yellow and Dark Brown.  I fussy cut and added these to the background using some silicone glue and shaded across the bottle to give the effect of the seabed as seen through it, and also continued the stencilled pattern very faintly over the bottle too.  I should have added a bit of shading under the shells but forgot unfortunately, and finished by stamping the sentiment on to the bottle and finally the birthday sentiment on to the front of the box frame again using the Nocturne Ink and heat set using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge - Where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.  (I used white snippets for the background and also the bottle, anchor, starfish and shells).
Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Anything stamped with the option of Floral or Fauna.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 674 - Anything Goes with the option of Scenic.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 428 Birthdays.
Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge - No. 209 U is for Underwater.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Masculine.
NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.  (I have not used any of these stamps before).

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Sympathy Flowers and Birds

Hi everyone.  Today one of those cards we never want to have to make for the wife of a lovely gentleman who we knew through a couple of choirs, a male choir that hubby sings with, and another we both sing with on an occasional basis, and who will be greatly missed.  I used this Woodware stamp called Going to Seed and a stencil of flying birds bought with some other stencils quite a while ago from The Range.  

I started by stamping the flowers using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and then added the birds over the background using Adirondack Stonewashed ink applied with a blending tool.  The stencil has a flock of birds but I decided to pick a few of them out and dot them about behind the stamping and in the areas around just to give a random look.  I finished with the sentiment stamped with the Chipped Sapphire and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I cut it down and added it to a white 6" square card.  I used my stamp positioner as the DI's are not renowned for stamping that clearly without going over with the ink a few times, as the inks are by their nature not really intended to be used in this way, but they work fine if you can repeat stamp.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 673 I spy something beginning with 'B' (blue, blooms and birds).
Everybody Art Challenge - No 512 Monochrome.
Stamping Sensations April Challenge
- "I love... flowers and the colour blue".

Friday, 22 April 2022

Love A Duck

Hi all.  This is another birthday card for a friend and using another stencil.   I'm never quite sure what sort of card to make for him, and after a bit of umming and ahing I settled on this one from Creative Expressions call Flying Duck which has only been used once, so high time it came out to play again, and I thought he might quite like it..don't think it is available anymore though. 

I started with the Brusho background on to a piece of Claritystamp stencil card using Brilliant Red, Scarlet Red and Orange in the middle.  I then pencilled over the lines of the stencil and then inked it using a black Micron Pen size 03.  I decided to ink the bulrush heads and the duck's eye which I then added white to the centre of using a gel pen.  I then used a 6B pencil and a paper stump and shaded the rest of the image to give it some depth and to make it stand out more from the background.  I finished by adding the black shading around the edges using some Momento Tuxedo Black Ink blended using a blending tool and added the sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder before adding it to a 6" square white card. 

I didn't know what to call the post and this phrase came into my mind.  I was born in Surrey near Croydon and my mother's family were Londoners, and this is a typical London cockney phrase though is probably known elsewhere in the country, and is an inoffensive expression of surprise not really used these days.  I love this photo I found of a Mallard duck, he has the look which says "I'm really rather a handsome chap and don't chat to just anybody you know"

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers April Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Just Us Girls Challenge - No. 628 Red, Black and White (it is an orangy red but does look a bit yellow for some reason so hope this is OK).
Allsorts Challenge - Week 671/2 Masculine.
Stamplorations April Stencil Challenge - Always Anything Goes.

Friday, 15 April 2022

Up In The Clouds

Hi everybody.  I have another masculine card for a friend who has in his time been a pilot and I thought this Sweet Poppy stencil called Biplane & Banner which I acquired recently would make the perfect card, and this is its first outing.

I stencilled the bi-plane onto a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and then leaving a small border I cut it out.  I then cut another piece of card just a bit smaller than the 6" square card and built up a cloudy sky background with a few mountains below using Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks and a cloud mask I cut myself.  I started with the top bit much darker by mixing the two colours together and then using a bit of each I worked my way down and finished again mixing the colours and applying a bit heavier for the mountains.  The colours are brighter than they seem to show in the photo.  

I then pencilled the outline of the banner onto another piece of white card and inked it with black Micron Pen and then stamped a sentiment onto it again using the Smokey Gray Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and cut it out.  I decided where the plane would be and as the banner couldn't possibly trail behind I decided to bring it round to sit below and made a rope fixing using the Micron Pen and then stuck the pieces down.  I decided to give the impression of a pilot inside the cockpit and pencilled this rather than use the black pen which I thought might be a bit too heavy.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers April Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes (so pleased to be chosen as the winner).
Allsorts Challenge - Week 671/2 Masculine.
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge
- Add Texture to your Card.
NBUS Challenge - No. 37 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Stamplorations April Stencil Challenge - Always Anything Goes.

Monday, 11 April 2022

Heart Frame

Hi everybody.  I am still doing some tangling and I saw an idea for making this heart frame..the tangle is called Funsin, and the central pattern is called Florz, and so I decided to draw it and make it into a card. 

I decided to use a purple and a pink marker from a set of ten pens which I bought a few weeks ago in one of the cut price shops at what I thought was a very reasonable price.  They are called Emott and made by Mitsubishi.  I used pencil and then went over it with the two pens when I was satisfied with the outline.  I do some tangles freehand using just a pen but this needed to be even on all sides and the hearts similarly sized.  I used another tangle called Florz in the centre inside a scalloped edge to which I added some pencil shading to give it depth, using a paper stump/tortillion to blend it in.  I then found a lovely ornate frame embossing folder, so old I'm afraid I don't know who made/makes it and think probably not available any more.  It does have an extra line around the outside to make a double frame, but to make it fit more comfortably I cut that off.  I also mounted the piece onto some pale pink vellum which makes it stand out more from the white background.  I have now sent this as an anniversary card.

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