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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Bluebird

Hi there.  Another birthday card for a male member of the family using a Crafty Individuals stamp called Bluebird with Branch and Berries, an Indigoblu stamp French Script and a square stitched die.


I started by making a smooshed background using a piece of white card and Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks on my glass mat, spritzed with water and the paper laid over it, using one colour at a time to build up the layers of colour and I added the script stamped with the Tumbled Glass.  When dry I stamped the pretty bird using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and and coloured it with my Inktense Pencils picking up the colour from the tip with a waterbrush, and when finished I added a little orange around the bird's chest straight from the pencil.  I also added a few clouds to the sky with more of the Tumbled Glass using a home made cloud mask, and the sun using Adirondack Sunshine Yellow applied with a  blending tool, and finally some Glossy Accents on the berries and the bird's eye.  I layered it on to the white stitched mat and added a sentiment to the base card using the Smokey Gray Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder before adding the topper to the card.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - June Watercolour Challenge with the theme Flight.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Masculine.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

On the Look Out

Hi there everyone.  I have a card for our son's birthday made with one of the otters from a set by Hobby Art Stamps just called Otters and also another set which has scenic and water related backgrounds called Waterfalls.  It was sent over three weeks ago to Australia in the hope that it would arrive in time.  The post is rather variable to there and sometimes cards have been late which is very annoying, but this time it arrived with a good few days to go so I was really pleased.


I started by stamping the otter using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and then masked it before stamping the rock it is standing on, and also made a mask for the rock so I could add the greenery in between before adding just a part of the same rock to the left.  I then stamped the scene using the same ink with various stamps from the background set including the river and bridge and I extended the river edges just inking the left hand rocks and added them again further into the foreground on the left had side and curved the bank around them to let the river disappear round a bend, and also similarly on the right just to fill the gap up to immediately behind the otter.  I then coloured the scene with my Distress Inks using approximately three greens, three browns and a couple of blues, and I extended the scene outwards a bit more to the left and there were some little rocks with tufts of grass with which I edged the extra piece of road, and  I also extended the bank of the river in the distance and painted the hills to the left and right and also added the large single tree.  Finally I stamped the sentiment again using the Vintage Sepia ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

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







I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Uniko Challenge - No. 65 Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Die Cuts).
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge  - Anything Goes.
NBUS Challenge - No. 27 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff (both the otter  and the background stamps have never been used before). 



Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Framed Silhouette Sympathy

Hi everyone.  Unfortunately I have had to make a sympathy card for a more distant family member.  I decided to use some silhouette flowers using a stamp from Crafty Individuals called Ornamental Grasses Silhouette and made an embossed frame around it.

I used a piece of card just a little smaller than my go to 6" square white card and embossed the sets of triple lines on three sides equally but making the bottom set of higher up to allow for the sentiment.  I used Versafine Clair Nocturne ink for both the flowers and the sentiment and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then added some soft colouring with a brush using some Fossilised Amber distress ink for the setting sun sweeping it in a tight circle before covering with a mask and added the Stormy Sky and a little Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to the bottom.  I finished with a sentiment stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and decided that in this particular case  a 'thinking of you' sentiment was better and  I didn't want any strong bright colour so used a more subtle colour palette, not my normal..lol.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 316 All About Occasions. 
Crafty Creations May Challenge - No. 421 Anything Goes.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Frame It.
Stamplorations May CAS Challenge - Anything CAS Goes (no twist).


  

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Bold Blooms Birthday

Hi everybody.  I have a card today using one of the Woodware Bold Blooms stamps called Isabella, which I was lucky enough to win recently over at The Playground, coloured using Distress Inks, and don't faint with the shock, but I used a slimline card for a change.  I have a few 8" square cards and I cut it down to 4" wide.  I have decided as an experiment to follow the trend to display a card in a slightly different way and will see how it goes but I still think there are occasions when having a photo of a card square on is better.   I showed hubby several different presentations of this card in my photos, and hubby thought this was the best, so the jury's out as they say.


I used one of the off cut pieces from the side of the card which were the same width as the card and stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I decided on the purple and teal colour scheme so that I could enter the present Colour Hues Challenge.  I didn't have teal so I used Peacock Feathers and also some Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet for the purple tones and mixed in some purple into the blue for shading on the leaves, and applied the inks from my mat using a waterbrush.  I think it would have been better to put some more blue into the mix as in the daylight today the tones are definitely more green than I thought they were but I will go with it.  I finished with some washy Peacock Feathers around the image and added some splatters using Dusty Concord and added the sentiment with the Nocturne ink and again heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP. 

Before I go I just wanted to say that I recently had two of my posts taken down and I was informed by e-mail that these two posts violated guidelines, but subsequently were in their words reevaluated and reinstated and restored to my drafts, and I have put them back up where they were, luckily still with comments and links so all OK.

It is a mystery to me why these two posts were picked out but really I am suggesting that everyone does a backup because there is a chance that instead of a couple of posts it could be the whole blog, and for me personally, and everyone else I'm sure, this would be extremely upsetting.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 25 Happy Birthday (congratulations on their 2nd Birthday).
Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Beautiful Blooms.
NBUS Challenge - No. 26 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Colour Hues Challenge - No. 18 Purple and Teal.






Sunday, 9 May 2021

Tall Ship Birthday

Hi everyone.  I recently got the latest Creative Stamping Magazine with the Message in a Bottle set of stamps and a stencil with waves, hearts and shells, and made this masculine card with them for a family birthday using the waves on the stencil and the sailing ship, shells and starfish, but there are also some bottles in which you can place different images and lots of other sea related ones and also some flowers for more feminine cards.


I started with the background using Turquoise and Ultramarine Brushos and Peacock Pixie Powder sprinkled on to my glass mat and spritzed with water before laying the stencil card over and moving it around to cover it.  I then added the stencilled waves using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink added to the card applied with a blending tool.

I then inked up the tall ship stamp using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink on to a stitched die cut circle and ink blended the clouds with the ink left on the blending sponge using a small cloud mask I made myself, and then added the water with a bit of the Deep Lagoon ink and also coloured the hull of the boat with it, sponging very carefully.  I also added the little birds in the sky with the inked end of a pokey tool.   I then stamped the different shells from the stamp set again using the Versafine Deep Lagoon ink and fussy cut them out, and gave them some soft colour with the inked blending sponge before adding them around the left hand edge of the circle.  It is amazing how far the residue ink on the sponge goes.

I finished by adding the 'Happy Birthday' from the set on to the banner which actually comes with a different sentiment on it, but I inked just the banner and in order to fit the birthday sentiment on to  it I inked and extended the straight edges to the length I needed and then added the end pieces.  I wasn't sure this would work as I did it with an acrylic block but luckily it was more or less OK and a bit of ink blended over the top hid most of the imperfections.  I then added this all on to my 6" square white card as you can see.  

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers May Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 404 Any Occasion.
NBUS Challenge - No. 26 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - No. 270 Monochromatic.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 150 Water/Beach.




 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Card for a Sewer

Hi everyone.  I have a card today made with some freebie stamps which came with a magazine bought recently for me by hubby.  It was my birthday earlier this month and he surprised me on the day with a couple of magazines and one of them had sewing themed stamps, dies and an embossing folder, and perfect timing as a friend of ours had her birthday yesterday and she is a keen sewer/quilter so I made this card with some of them.  In case anyone is interested they came with Love Cardmaking Issue 7, and after checking it out it doesn't appear to be a current issue but he did buy it from a high street chain which sells magazines, so not sure why they were selling it there, and obviously I don't know if copies are still available. 


I started with a smooshed background using Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.  I then used the pretty pinked edge die which was one of the freebies, and cut three of the squares using some snippets of LOTV papers which I have from way back.  I stamped the images using Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink and also used it for the sentiment.  I extended the straight stitch/zig zag border which did join fairly well but luckily it is hidden under the bottom square.  I also used some more snippets from the LOTV paper pad to paper piece the tape measure, scissors and buttons which I thought made them stand out more.  I then added this to the white card and positioned the squares as you can see with the middle one as the sentiment plate.

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





I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 401 Where we use up our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More - No. 404 Any Occasion.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge
- All About Occasions.
NBUS Challenge - No. 25 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
 

Friday, 16 April 2021

Two to Tango

Hi everybody.  The saying says it takes two to tango and I thought as the tango is the dance of love then this would make a good anniversary card.  I used this Art Journey stamp called simply Dance and paper  pieced using some Craft Consortium Grunge Light papers which are double sided and I used the other side of one with these red/orangy pink tones, although the same sheet did have some bluey purple too.


I started with a piece of white card just a little smaller than my 6" square card and stamped the image using Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Metallic Platinum Embossing powder.  It does look as though the finish is patchy on the dancers' bodies, but it is script which doesn't show up as well as it might.  I then stamped again on the paper the areas of the stamp to be paper pieced using the same EP, and then fussy cut around the clock faces and added them to the card.  The colour is lighter and brighter than it looks here and I went for the less busy side of the paper because I didn't think the clock faces would show up very clearly otherwise.  I finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Crimson Red ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up April Card Challenge - Mixed Media.  On my card I have used stamping, heat embossing and paper piecing. 
Kraft Chicks Challenge - No. 555 CAS.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple.
Alphabet Challenge - A is for Anniversary.
   






Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Snowy Sunrise

Hi there.  Well I am rushing in again at the last minute with a card for the Rudolph Days Challenge run by Mo of Scraps of Life by Scrappymo.  I seem to be making a habit of last minute entries lately.  I made this card using a stamp set from Chocolate Baroque called Robin the Spruce and also a stamp set by the Colorado Crafty Company called Big and Bold Winter Wishes Snowflake.

I started with a piece of kraft card and stamped the wintry scene in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured it used my Derwent Inktense Pencils without any water for good coverage which isn't always easy on kraft card, especially the white.  I then matted this on to red card.  

I decided to use a 7" x 5" white card and stamped the snowflake with my Versamark and heat embossed it with WOW Bright White Opaque EP, which just gives a bit of extra interest on the base card, and then stamped one of the sentiments from the set again using the Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with the Clear Gloss EP.

Before I go I have a new follower called Ellen whose blog you will find here and I'm sure she would love you to give her a visit.

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





I am also entering the following challenges:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 91 Anything Christmas Goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - No. 535 Anything Christmas Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More - No. 402 Christmas.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 312 All About Occasions.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Wild Blooms

Hi everyone.  I am cantering in at the last minute with entries for challenges which both finish today.  The first is the Twofer Card Challenge which this time is Your Choice, so any two cards using a stamp, stencil and/or die of your own choice making two different cards for two different occasions.  The second challenge is CAS Mix Up Challenge which this month is a watercolour challenge the theme of which is Print Making with Die Cuts.  The challenges I have entered the black and white card into are not finishing for a while, so still time for an entry if you were wanting to.  I decided to go with a set of Sizzix flower and leaf dies which I bought recently called Wild Blooms No. 2.  So here are the two cards.

 
I am entering both cards in the  Twofer Card Challenge

 The first card has a background made using the die cuts themselves.  I used two of the flowers and two different leafy branches from the set and in several more neutral shades of Distres Ink I inked them up and spritzed before laying them down on the card to leave the print behind.  I did this several times until I thought the depth of colour was right.  I then used two of the flowers shapes in shades of purple to add to the background.  I then used a stitched square die to make a topper with it and adhered it to my 6" square white card.

I then cut two more of the flowers and coloured them with a waterbrush using the same two purples for the flowers and one of the greens for the stems and leaves and arranged then over the top.  I finished with my favourite birthday sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up March Watercolour Challenge - Print Making with Die-cuts.
The Flower Challenge - No. 54 Shades of Purple.
NBUS Challenge - No. 24 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.

 

For the next card I decided to use some of my much neglected papers and paper pieced the flowers using some very old Papermania black and white designs.  I die cut the same two flowers from three snippets of patterned papers and added the flower centres using black.  I also cut the two different pieces of foliage from black and white and also dry embossed a piece of card using a woodgrain embossing folder from Tim Holtz Texture Fades range from Sizzix which I have had for years.  I then cut a stitched circle from it and using a size larger die cut another from black.  I layered the two circles on to my square card and added the flowers and foliage and die cut a 'thank you' sentiment and placed it on the circle.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 399 Where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.  I used snippets of black, white and patterned card.
Happy Little Stampers March Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies.
Colour Hues Challenge - No. 14 Black and White.

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






Friday, 19 March 2021

Otter and More Lead Pencils

Hi there everyone.  I am quite taken with using lead pencils so I decided to try the same technique I used on the turtle shown here but with this lovely otter and a bit more colour this time, using one of the images from a set by Hobby Art which is being inked for the first time.  I also used a leafy stencil out of a pack I got at the The Range a while ago.  


I started by stamping the image on to my square piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then masked it before stamping the rock he is standing on.  I then added the foreground leaves using my Misti, stamping several times to get a good dark image.  I did some shading with my set of pencils using mainly a 3B, 5B and 6B.  I then stencilled some leaves in Mowed Lawn Distress Ink using a brush for a light look and then re-applied the mask before stencilling the sun around him with Adirondack Sunshine Yellow with a home made mask circle die cut from a piece of copy paper.   I added the water using the straight edge of the piece of paper using Adirondack Stonewashed but thought it needed brightening so added some Salty Ocean DI.  I made a bit of shading in the water with the 6B pencil and finished with a sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  Finally I mounted it on to a piece of dark green card and adhered it to my usual 6" square white card.

I do like the pencil work but I don't think it looks quite as good as the turtle and I think I could have added a bit more texture on the rock which looks a bit more like a cushion that a piece of stone...lol, but nevertheless I am pleased with it.

Before I go I would like to introduce a new follower called Dena whose blog you will find here.  She does beautiful work across all sorts of crafts and if you like Crafty Individuals she has just become a member of the DT and I'm sure she would love you to go and visit her. 

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





I would like to enter the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 24 where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - No. 401 Make Your Mark.
Allsorts Challenge - Week No. 615 A Stamped Image.
613 Avenue Create Challenge - March '21 Anything Goes (Optional Slider Card).

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Waterlily

Hi everybody.  I bought this Creative Expression Waterlily stamp set a while ago and have just used it for the first time.  I have made it a one layer card to enter the Less is More Challenge which asks for flowers and also I used yellow and blue which are the colour choices for the Colour Hues Challenge this time.  I mixed the yellow and blue together for the leaves making more of a bluey green though it doesn't really look like that in the photo.

I stamped the main image in the set using my Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and then heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and coloured the flowers with a waterbrush using first a lighter yellow - Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, and shaded with Fossilised Amber, and then painted the water with Broken China.  I also used the blue on the stamens of the flower.   I then mixed the two colours and coloured the leaves with a more watery version and then a bit stronger to shade.  I also stamped the smaller dragonfly using the Nocturne ink and coloured with the same colours and added some Clear Wink of Stella on the wings and also a little on the stamens of the flower.  

I finished by adding a sentiment again using the Nocturne ink and heat embossed with the Clear EP.

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






I am also entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 24 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Happy Little Stampers March Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamplorations March CAS Challenge - Anything CAS Goes.


Monday, 1 March 2021

Turtle in Lead Pencils

Hi all.  I have joined the Pink Inkers Group on Facebook and their challenge this month is colouring using just pencils with minimal added colour.  I luckily have a range of pencils which I have had for years but haven't really used them as a colouring medium with a stamp.

 


I used B, 2B, 3B and 6B pencils to build up the shading having first stamped the images from the Sea Turtle set using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then added a background using a Sweet Dixie stencil called Splash, and using a stencil brush I managed to frame the turtle without getting the blue ink on the image itself.  I made sure I didn' t make it too dark so as not to overshadow it, starting darker around it and gradually fading it out using Adirondack Stonewashed ink.

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





I am also entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 613 Feminine.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 399 Any Occasion.
Krafty Chicks Challenge - No. 548 All Occasions Week.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Bird and Mandala Sympathy

Hi everybody.  Well, it hasn't happened for quite a while luckily, but I had to make a sympathy card for a lady who is the former leader of a local choir which I belong to, and sadly her husband died having had dementia for quite some time and then latterly caught the virus whilst in hospital.  I have used a Funky Fossil Leafy Mandala Stencil and also a bird silhouette stamp from a Chocolate Baroque set called Let Your Heart Sing.

I decided on a piece of light grey card and using a stencil brush and Iced Spruce Distress Ink I placed the mandala over the corner of the card and then heat embossed it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then added the silhouette bird in the bottom corner to balance it up, using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and then stamped bits of it using second and third generation ink, and finished by adding the sentiment over the mandala using the Nocturne ink. 


I thought that it would stamp OK over the embossing but it didn't come out as well as I had hoped so I used a black micron pen and went over it and then making sure the heat tool was really hot dried if off as quickly as I could so that it didn't make the embossing go too grainy.  I think I just about managed to get away with it...lol. 


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






I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up February Stencil Challenge - Stencil Heat Embossing. 
We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge - Flowers, Butterflies and Birds.
Sweet Stamping Challenge - No. 53 Clean and Simple.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Favourite Technique (heat embossing).


Monday, 15 February 2021

Pug Love

Hi everyone.  I made this card for Hubby for Valentine's Day using a Mo Manning digital image and coloured it using Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks applied with a waterbrush, and also used a couple of stencils for the background. 


I then cut a piece of white card to fit a 6" square card and found a large heart shaped stencil from Clarity which I received when I was a member of their stencil club and which I have never used.  It has an outer shape and then a pretty inner floral heart which I didn't want to use this time.  I then placed another stencil from That Special Touch called Paws for Thought under the aperture heart stencil and brushed Festive Berries through it to give a patterned heart shape.  I wasn't totally happy with the colour so I used my Inktense Pencils and a waterbrush and went over all the pattern to give a much stronger red as the original looked a bit pinky which I didn't think was terribly masculine.  I also used this on the heart that the sweet little pug is holding so that the colours matched.  I then attached it to the card.   

I finished by adding a sentiment on to the heart using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and then added the dog over the background heart and used some Stick It Silicone Glue to give it a bit of dimension.

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - Anything 'with a Mo Manning Image' Goes.
613 Avenue Create Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional Twist Heart and Soles).
Stamping Sensations Challenge - Colour My World.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 611 Masculine (this may not look typically masculine but it was for my hubby).
Uniko Challenge - No 63 Anything Goes + Optional Twist Use A Stencil.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No 308 All About Occasions.
Happy Little Stampers February Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers February Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.

Friday, 5 February 2021

Carousel Horses

Hi there everybody.  I decided to make a card for a couple of challenges and got out this Crafty Individuals Stamp called Happy Days Hooray with these beautiful carousel horses which remind me of rides on the carousel when the local fair visited...a long time ago now..lol.  The Less is More Challenge theme is In a Row, and Colour Hues Challenge is to use Red and Pink.

I started by stamping the horse using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink three time on to a strip of card.  I started more or less in the centre with the first and then spaced the one either side.  The stamp is bigger but had to miss the top bit off to make it a CAS card.  I then coloured the horses using my set of Derwent Inktense Pencils taking the colour from the tip and painting with a waterbrush which I find makes the colour more controllable.  I used a Poppy Red and Fuschia and a bit of Charcoal Grey on the horses.  I finished by matting it on to black card and added a sentiment again using the Nocturne Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

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






I am also entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 307 Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 398 Birthdays.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 609 Our Four Legged Friends.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Christmas Circles - Robin Amongst the Holly

Hi all.  This card features a Chocoloate Baroque stamp set of two circular designs, one with candles and foliage and this sweet little robin sitting in the holly.  I also used a Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder called Entwined Holly.  It  is the 25th of the month and so time for Mo's Rudolph Days Challenge which runs until the end of the month, and a great opportunity to get some cards made every month.  I will try and do better this year than I did last! 

I started with a piece of blue card just under 6" square and embossed the Entwined Holly on to it, doing it twice to cover the square piece of card.  I then highlighted the pattern with some silver gilding wax, very lightly but just enough to bring out the pattern.  I then adhered this to the white base card.  

I then die cut a circle using a stitched die from The Works and stamped the robin using Versamark and heat embossed using WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.  I then cut another slightly larger stitched circle from a darker blue and matted it to the stamped topper.  I finished the card with a sentiment also stamped and heat embossed with the Silver Metallic EP on to the darker blue card and cut it into this angled shape and added it to the card as you can see.  


The gilding is very shiny in real life but is difficult to see but I think you can just make out a bit of it on the raised pattern.

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

 






I am also entering the following challenges:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 86 Anything Christmas Goes.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - January No. 30 Anything Christmas Goes.
Lets Squash It!! - No. 4 Use any Embossing Folder and an Animal (I noticed someone else had used a bird so hope this is acceptable).



Friday, 22 January 2021

Bags of Style in Navy and Cream

Hi everyone.  This card uses a Creative Expressions set of stamps which hasn't seen the light of day for a very long time and features some lovely handbags with frames and sentiments.  I also used a stencil from a set by Craft Sensations which I bought from The Range, and this particular set is Art Deco, with five designs and this is one of them.


I started with a piece of cream card and using a brush I added the design very softly using Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  I then stamped the handbag onto another piece of cream card using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and heat embossed it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and fussy cut it out.  I finished the bag with a very watery soft wash of Adirondack Sunshine Yellow ink onto the piece across the front of the bag and also on the stone in the centre of the ornate badge, and then added some Glossy Accents over this central stone.  

To finish it I also stamped the sentiment and two little flowers from a set of florals which came with a magazine sometime last year I think, using the same blue ink and with a little wash of the yellow ink to the petals, and also fussy cut them out, and added theme to the stencilled layer after I had stamped the sentiment. 

I finished by adding the handbag using some silicone gel to give it a bit of dimension.

Thank you for visiting here today and I hope you will visit again soon.






I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Less is More Challenge - No. 434 Fashion and/or Accessories.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background.
Uniko Challenge - No. 63 Anything Goes + Optional Twist Use A Stencil.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 21 A Stencil Background.
Colour Hues Challenge - No. 10 Navy and Cream.




Saturday, 16 January 2021

Swimming Otter

Hi everybody.  I'm back with a Hobby Art Stamp set called Otters and it has some really lovely images and as I needed a masculine card I thought it would be good to give it its first stamping for this card.  I love otters and when I saw this set I just couldn't resist.  Quite a few years ago our son adopted an orphan otter pup in my name as a Christmas gift and they sent me occasional photographs of how it was doing.  It was on the Isle of Skye and I so wanted to go and visit the place but it being a long way to go I never managed it and within the year they released it back into the wild which was great.

Anyway here is the card.  I have made it with the CAS Mix Up January Challenge in mind the theme of which is Splatters.  I used stamping,  heat embossing, stencilling, ink blending and watercolouring. 

I started by using a A Special Touch Of stencil called Splats which I have had for ages but haven't used that much.  I stencilled using Stormy Sky Distress Ink and decided to extend the largest splat a bit to accomodate the size of the otter so started by making a roundish shape using a brush for a light look and when I was happy with the size I used the stencil to give the splatter shape adding extra of the little round water droplet shapes.  

I then stamped and embossed the otter using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then water bleached the blue colour out of the otter and watercoloured using a waterbrush with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black soot DIs.  I finished watercolouring with a bit of Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch DI to the water around the front of the image to give a little movement and shadow to the water.  Finally I added a sentiment stamped with the Vintage Sepia and heat embossed again with the Clear Gloss EP.

Before I go I would like to introduce Hannelie, a new follower who I think many of you will already know and who makes really beautiful cards in more of a CAS style and does them brilliantly.  If you haven't come across her you will find her blog here.

Do go and visit the CAS Mix Up Challenge too and perhaps join in as it is open until the 24th so still time to get an entry in.  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.





I am also entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 22 where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff. 
Happy Little Stampers January Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations January Challenge - Favourite Stamps (the otter is new and a new set is always my current favourite).
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 21 A Stencil Background.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 146 Animals.  (so pleased to get an Honourable Mention)


Sunday, 3 January 2021

CAS Christmas Challenge January 2021 Guest Designer Spot

Hi everybody.  I am so pleased to be doing a GD spot over at CAS Christmas Challenge, especially as it is the first one of 2021 and the theme for this first challenge is Silhouette.


I used a set of three silhouette dies to make this circular bauble shaped winter scene which came free with a magazine probably more than a year ago and I don't think they have been used before.  

I used Distress inks to the base layer to add the colour to the sky with Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint sketch and also a bit of Picked Raspberry, and added the stars using a white gel pen.  I then cut each of the three different dies and added some of the combined blue inks which were left on my ink blending tool to add colour to the different silhouettes in varying degrees, and also used a bit of pink with the other end of my pokey tool which has a flatter end of about the right size, to put ink on the miniscule windows.  I used a bit of repositionable glue runner on the backs to hold the four layers together whilst I die cut them with the stitched circle die.  I have to say it was asking a lot even of my Gemini and where they were the thickest it would not easily cut so I then did them one at a time, using the bits of each it had cut to line it up with the die, which worked OK.

Unfortunately the light was not the best when I took the photo and there is a bit of a shadow over the left side making it look like blue ink on the snow, but I only inked very little of the edge of each layer and partially over the trees house and figures.  I did take off one of the trees from the top layer and cut it down a bit and added it on the end of the second which has the house to give that layer more interest, and I then added the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink.

The CAS Christmas challenge is open until the 24th of the month and you will get lots of inspiration from their great Design Team so I hope you can visit and play along. 

Anyway thanks for coming over to my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.  





I am entering the following challenge:

NBUS Challenge - No. 22 Where we show our Never Before Used Schtuff.