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Monday 19 February 2024

Foliage Star

Hi everyone.  I bought this Xcut embossing folder fairly recently and am using it for the first time, and it's called Foliage Star, and at first I was thinking Christmas, but then I looked at it again and I thought actually it doesn't have anything in the foliage that definitely makes it a seasonal card, and some of the shapes made me think of card embroidery.  Here is an image of it so you can see what it looks like without the embroidery.

The very centre I made into a star piercing a hole in every point  and one in the centre, and then the pieces all around I pierced a hole at the bottom and one on every point.  I then picked out the same shapes going around it alternately in gold and silver.  I think it works and here is the result.

I finished by going over all the rest of the star with a Wink of Stella Clear Pen and I have left it without a sentiment for now.  I think it will probably be a birthday card.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Can You Handle The Pressure Challenge - 10.2.24 - Anything Goes with a Twist of Reds and/or Pinks.
Allsorts Challenge - Pink/Anything Goes.
NBUS Challenge - No. 59 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Let's Craft and Create Challenge No. 204 Anthing Goes/Polka Dots and/or Stripes.
Ally's Angels Challenge - No. 79 Anything Goes.
Simply Clean and Simple Challenge - Feb. 24 Anything Goes/Pink.

Darnell who a lot of you will know has set herself the challenge of putting up a card every Monday following a rotational monthly theme the acronym for which is I.D.E.A.S.  -  Inks/Colour Mediums, Dies/Die Cuts, Embossing Folders and Anything Goes..where there is a fifth week in the month it will be Stencils, and has said that anyone who wants to join in is very welcome, and I am going to do my best to join the party every week.  This uses an embossing folder for Week 3.  

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi everyone.  Here is a Valentine I made for hubby.  I visit Hannelie from Desert Diva blog and she had made this card here, which I thought I could adapt to make a masculine Valentine, so I have CASEd it for my card.  I used a set of hearts from Sweet Dixie which I have had for a long time, bought at The Range, and also a large 'love' die which I got from The Works, also a long time ago when they did do a range of dies of their own at a very reasonable price which I don't think they do anymore.  I also used a Hearts 3D Embossing Folder from Sizzix which I got before Christmas and which is having its first outing.


I started with the horizontal stripes in the background.  I used a snippet of white card and a ruler and one of my new Alcohol markers.  I spaced the lines by eye placing them quite close together.  I have to say when I got to the end they weren't that straight, but I cut it into a rectangle and managed to straighten the edges so they weren't wonky..lol.  I then got out several Pixie Powders in blue, green and a white pearl mixer and using another snippet of white card I sprinkled them over and spritzed with water and finished up with a piece in a blue/green shade with a soft sheen which I thought looked fairly good and I cut a larger heart and five smaller ones from it.   I then used the Hearts EF on the large heart and having a senior moment I debossed it instead of embossing it, and didn't particularly like it, so I cut a further white heart from another snippet of white card and did it again, only to do exactly the same thing...duh!!  This time I decided to get out some Distress Ink in a similar blue which seemed to be Broken China, and I ink blended over the top and actually I preferred the look of the ink blending, so I doubled up the hearts placing this over the original.  To finish I die cut the 'love' die three times from another white snippet and layered it up to add over the centre of the embossed heart, and I added the striped piece to a 5" x 7" card and then added the large heart backed with some foam tape for dimension, and then four of the little Brushoed hearts along the bottom.  I did cut a small piece off the bottom of the card as the proportions didn't look quite right to me.  

I wasn't sure about the look of the card, but hubby thought it was good, so that is the main thing.  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.






I am entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 767 Hearts/Anything Goes.
NBUS Challenge - No. 59 Where we use up our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Snippets Playground Challenge - No. 473 Where we use our snippets of card and/or paper etc.
Try it on Tuesday Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers.
Can You Handle The Pressure Challenge - Anything Goes/Reds and/or Pinks.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 183 Valentine/Use a Heart.
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - No. 340 Love.


Monday 12 February 2024

Stencilling with Alcohol Inks

Hi all.  I wanted to make a card using this month's technique of Alcohol Inks with Gilding Flakes over at Group of Seven Cardmakers, this is not a challenge as such but they have a link where you can add your card, and I decided to use the AI's with a stencil which is a chevron design called Turn Ahead by 'That Special Touch of ' which is being used for the first time, and Ranger AI's in Pool, Stonewashed, Indigo, Butterscotch and Lemonade, and also some WOW Gold Foil and Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes called Autumn Leaves.  The Yupo is Ranger Transparent 5" x 7".  I used a Zig Glue Pen for the fine lines to add the foil on the background, and a Zig Glue Stick with a wide applicator for the gilding flakes on the shadow behind the sentiment, and it is good for spreading the glue across the back of die cuts too.


I have been watching various YouTube videos about using stencils with the alcohol inks, and as I visit Heather Telford and I did find this video really helpful, I have left a link to it here.  I started with a mix of my colours adding them and then diluting and moving them about with Isopropyl Alcohol 99.9% dispensed into a little bottle with a very fine needle like nozzle, using an air blower that I bought a while ago.  I covered the piece and then whilst it was still very wet I laid the stencil over the top and continued to blow the air around, trying to move as much of the ink from under the stencil into the gaps and I even very carefully lifted bits of the stencil up and down to help to move it.  After removing the stencil when it seemed to be more or less dry, I then used a piece of tissue and carefully dabbed up some of the ink that had stayed, and it did remove some of it, but luckily the pattern had come out reasonably clearly and I was very happy with the result.  

I suddenly realised that I had not added the gilding flakes and decided instead to use gold foil which should really go on before the inks dry, although you can use a glue pen, which I did in various places following some of the edges of the pools of ink which inevitably form.  I thought I had a better chance of getting the foil to stick and gilding flakes do seem to go everywhere you don't want them..lol.  The foil did stick but in a rather random way and not quite as I had hoped they would.  I think I was too impatient and it is best to let the glue turn from blue to clear before removing the piece of foil, but nevertheless they did give  a lovely bit of sparkle which doesn't really show up in the photo.

I used a sentiment which is from Crafter's Companion which I have had for a while but this is its first outing, and I did incorporate the gilding flakes on the shadow piece behind the white die cut sentiment.  I find they make less mess by using a pair of tweezers to lift pieces of it onto the gluey surface and when the piece has a reasonable amount on it...it doesn't need to be completely covered, you use a scoochy - mine came with Indigoblu gilding flakes a very long time ago - or a soft cloth to burnish them.  Doing it this way made very little mess, and I just placed a piece of paper beneath to catch the little bits which were not worth putting back in the pot.  I added some foam behind the sentiment to give it a bit of dimension, and I cut the words twice to layer them before adding them onto the gilded background and stuck them down using the Zig Glue Stick.  

I'm sure a lot of you will feel life is too short to read all this and a lot will be made clear if you visit Heather's YouTube video, and there are a couple of videos showing how to use the inks and add the gilding flakes over at the Group of Seven Blog.  I think my belief is why make a simple explanation when you can go on about it for ten minutes...lol.  






I am also entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 59 Where we use our Never Before Schtuff. 
Stencil Fun February Challenge - Love/Hearts or Anything Goes.

Darnell who a lot of you will know has set herself the challenge of putting up a card every Monday following a rotational monthly theme the acronym for which is I.D.E.A.S.  -  Inks/Colour Mediums, Dies/Die Cuts, Embossing Folders and Anything Goes..where there is a fifth week in the month it will be Stencils, and has said that anyone who wants to join in is very welcome, and I am going to do my best to join the party every week.  I do have some die cutting on this card which is for Week 2.  

Monday 5 February 2024

Stack of Books for a Birthday

Hi all.  This is a masculine card for a family member.  I saw a card by Deb Hallett over on YouTube and I was so taken by the look of the pile of books and as I don't have any dies like this I went over to the Globleland site on Amazon and ordered a similar set of dies.  There is a frame of books, a pile and a single book in the set, and I also used an Inkylicious Bubble 2 Stencil which is having its first outing as well as the book die.


I started by die cutting the stack of books twice from pieces of white card, and stuck them together to make them more substantial.  I chose some different colours of Distress Inks and first I watercoloured the book pages using some paler grey and brown tones, and then started with three or four stronger colours of red, light blue, darker blue, green and brown for the covers using a waterbrush to add the colour from my glass mat.  I finished by adding a bit of pencil to sharpen edges and I also added some gold and silver pen to some of the book spines and the two bookmarks hanging out of the books, and made some pencil marks to represent a bit of writing here and there.  I also added the name on one and then happy and birthday on another couple of the books.  I finished by adding a piece of background white card on which I dry embossed the Bubbles 2 Stencil, and then attached the book stack over the top adding some foam tape to the back for dimension and then added the sentiment banner clear embossed with WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 766 Bingo Grid/Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simply Clean and Simple Challenge - Feb. 2024 Anything CAS Goes.
NBUS Challenge - No. 59 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
 

Monday 29 January 2024

Poinsettia Star

Hi all.  I bought this Sue Wilson star die before Christmas which is getting its first outing here, after having been looking for the Aurora Star which was not available anywhere.  The lovely Di Wray enabled me to get this one instead, which is really pretty too and has a couple of edges to cut out the star as well as the pretty central area which will cut into the card, so lots of ways of using it, so that you Di.  I also used a Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades Quilted Embossing Folder which makes a pretty background.  I very rarely complain about something but this no way gives a 3D effect with deep embossing and the plumped up look of a quilt.  Luckily I got it very reasonably as a Black Friday deal, but had I paid the full price I would not be impressed.  It is a very thick folder which does not work with the Big Shot plates they recommend and I did eventually find a sandwich which worked but the thickness of the actual folder does not translate into deep embossing....right, moaning over...lol.


I cut the star out using the largest stitched die and used the cut into the card die for the pretty central area.  I decided to add a piece of silver behind and decided to use my Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Silver Glitter Embossing Powder and cut it with the slightly smaller die to add behind the ornate white front die cut.  I stuck this together and added a piece of foam to the back to give it a bit more dimension, and also added some Wink of Stella around the outside edge.  I then embossed the Quilt EF and tried highlighting the stitched lines on it with some Pebeo Silver Gilding Wax using a piece of tissue over my finger and rubbing it gently, but as the stitches aren't very raised it did go on the background a bit, but decided it still looked pretty.  I then remembered I have a Sakura Starlight Pen which gives a sparkly finish, and so I when over all the stitches with this and was happier with the look.  I finished this by cutting into a square and added a silver mirri layer behind it.  I placed the quilted layer onto the 6" square card and heat embossed the sentiment below using WOW Silver Metallic EP, and finally added the star to the centre.  

If anyone has the TH Quilted EF and has achieved better results, perhaps you could let me know what you did.  It is still pretty but isn't quite what I had imagined it would look like.  

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Rudolph Days Challenge - January 2024 - Anything Christmas Goes.  This is the last challenge post as Maureen has sadly decided it is time for her to give it up.  I know we all appreciate all the hard work you have put into running the challenge and I hope that you and Al will have many happy years in your new home.
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'A' is for Anything Christmas/"B" is for Berries.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 155 Anything Christmas Goes.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 54 Anything Christmas Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add Some Texture.
NBUS Challenge - No. 58 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.

Saturday 27 January 2024

Little Wren on a Branch

Hi everyone.  I have another cloudy sky background using the same colours as on my last card here.  I used an offcut of white card just to test out the three colours of ink before I used it on my card, and as it was a success I thought I would use it with this pretty little bird, branch and leaves which was also part of the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Magazine and kit which I got recently and being used for the first time here.  I also used a new set of Deco Time Twinmarkers which have a brush nib and a felt tip.  I found them at a great price at The Range, and there are 99 colours and a colourless blender, so lots of colours to get good blends.  I am not sure how long they will last as they worked out at approximately 30p per pen but I did not want to spend a lot of money as this is something for me to practice on as alcohol pens are something that I have never used to any great extent, but having seen a couple of people I follow on YouTube using them very successfully I was tempted to give them a try.  


I decided to tear the edges of the piece and ink them before adhering onto a DL card.  I then die cut two of the birds, and four of the branches so I could double them up, and then a few of the leaves to add.  I thought the little bird looked like a wren so did the colours in shades of brown, and brown and three or four greens and a yellow on the branches and leaves.  I was pleased with the results, and added the bird and leafy branches to the cloudy sky background and finished with a sentiment from the same set using Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.

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

The Group of Seven Cardmakers put a post up once a month using a different technique and this month it is 'Torn Edge' and I am adding this card into their gallery.

I am also entering the following challenges

Allsorts Challenge - Week 765 Anything but Square/Anything Goes.
Triple B Challenge - January 2024 Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies (using any one or all).
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - Birthday/Anniversary - Happy 1st Birthday to them.
Simply Clean and Simple Challenge - January 2024 Anything Goes/Winter.
Addicted to CAS Challenge - No. 250 Sky.
NBUS Challenge - No. 58 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.






Wednesday 24 January 2024

Wild Flowers in Copper and Green

Hi everybody.  I have another experimental card today using an embossing folder and a little bee stamp (both being used for the first time) which came as part of the kit with a magazine called A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady which also has quite a few more stamps and a few dies together with some pretty papers and toppers.


I found a piece of white card and spritzed it with some water before I put it in the embossing folder and ran it through my machine.  I then used an anti static pad over it before adding the Versamark on the embossed flowers and added WOW Metallic Copper Embossing Powder.  It wasn't perfect and I had to get rid of quite a lot of stray powder which I admit did take time to do, and I then heat embossed it.  There were areas where the powder had not stuck sufficiently so I used the Versamark Pen to fill in the gaps, and added more powder and heated these areas, and did this several times until I was happy with it.  There were some stray bits but I thought that when I had added some colour it would be OK.  I then added a bit of background colour using three green Distress Inks - Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio.  I decided to use the starch again as it works equally as well as water, and I think that the card doesn't warp as much and the starch makes it more viscous so it stays put better.  I tore my own cloud mask by just pencilling a rough shape and tearing it with my fingers which gives it a more random look than using scissors, and started adding clouds moving top to bottom with just Lucky Clover for the clouds and I then added some Twisted Citron over the top in places, and finished with Cracked Pistachio at the bottom, and the Lucky Clover round the edges.  I then added the little bee, again heat embossed with the Copper EP, and added a little colour to it using a pencil with a similar coppery colour.  I decided to mount it onto a piece of white card  a little longer than the embossed piece and placed the sentiment at the bottom of this with the Copper EP.  Finally I put it together on a  5" x 7" card, and added some foam tape to the back of this layer for dimension.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Color Hues Challenge - No. 79 Copper and Green. 
We Love Stamping Challenge - January - Something New/Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - January - Anything Goes/Mood Board.
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes/January Blues.
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - Happy 1st Birthday to them - Birthday/Anniversary.
NBUS Challenge - No. 58 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.

I am also adding my card to the Group of Seven Cardmakers latest post where they have a monthly technique and if you wish you can add your card using the technique, and this month it is 'Torn Edge'.  I tore my own cloud mask.