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Saturday, 24 September 2022

Fly and be Free

Hi all.  I have an extremely late entry for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge and the technique this time is to use a stencil and gesso.  I decided to use a Crafty Individuals stamp called Fly and be Free which is having it's first outing, and I also used some Brushos to paint the butterfly which was added over the stamped one, and also some Distress Inks which I applied with a brush, and of course the white gesso through a Dutch Doobadoo stencil called Geometric Tiles, although as you can see there are all sorts of circles and some lines and ink type blot shapes on the stencil.

I started by stamping the image with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then cut it down to 4"square and added the the grungy dots and open circles around the edges of the image mat using the white gesso.  I haven't used it before and this Pebeo gesso was quite runny and I found it a challenge to get it through the stencil cleanly, but decided to go with the more grungy finish.  I then added the Distress inks using a brush with Fossilized Amber to the centre and Carved Pumpkin to the edges and darkened with Ripe Persimmon.

I continued by stamping and heat embossing just the butterfly and used some Brushos with a waterbrush in colours Sea Green, Ost. Blue and Violet which is much more purple than it looks in the photo, and Pumice Stone DI on the body.  I then fussy cut it and added it using Pinflair Glue Gel and finished by adding a sentiment to the base 6" square card again using the Nocturne Ink and Clear Gloss EP.

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






I am also entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff (the butterfly and the gesso are being used for the first time.
We Love Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping.
Stamping Sensations September Challenge - Feminine.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - Birthdays.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 695 Anything Goes with option Spots and/or Stripes.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Rose and Lily Silver Celebration

Hi everybody.  Sorry not to have posted recently but I have been away for over a week on holiday in the Derbyshire Dales which was lovely and a bit of a last minute decision.  Luckily the weather was pretty good and we had a lovely time.  

I have a silver wedding card to show today made just before we went away, and I had a yen to use some vellum as I haven't used any for ages, and it does seem to be a lot more popular at the moment.  I used a very old Cuttlebug embossing folder called Divine Swirl and inked the swirl pattern with Versamark Ink and ran it through my machine, and then added the silver embossing powder and heat set it, so it embossed within the pattern grooves.  There were a few places where it didn't pick up the Versamark enough so I used the Versamark pen to fill them in and added more powder and this worked well.   I then cut a piece of white card to fit a 6" square card and die cut the heart using one of a set of Sweet Dixie Heart dies.

                                   
I then found some free digital colouring images and played around to get them the right size to fit around the side of the heart I coloured them using a set of  Koh-I-Noor  Polycolour Pencils which I bought fairly recently, and I fussy cut the rose buds separately, but the lilies came as a twosome and I kept them together.  I then added the sentiment on to the front of the topper layer using Versamark and heat set with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder and added the numbers which I had cut from silver mirri, and I found some little hearts which came out of a die and which I had kept just in case, and coloured them using a sparkly silver Sakura Gelly Roll pen and added them around the sentiment after I had added it to the base card.  

Thank you for dropping by today, and I hope you come back soon.






I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge  - Sparkle and Shine.
The Flower Challenge
- No. 72 Add Sparkle.




Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Heart Collection Anniversary

Hi there.  I made this anniversary card using a snippet of card which I used when gelli printing to brayer the spare ink onto, and I made this the background and also used two stamps from a set by Woodware just called Heart Collection.  I also used a Sweet Dixie Hearts die for the aperture.

I cut the snippet to fit a 6" square base card and then die cut the heart fairly centrally.  I used one of the Woodware heart stamps in the centre of the aperture having first marked where the aperture would be on the base card, and used Staedler purple and blue brush markers straight to stamp with also a fine mist of water.  I wasn't totally happy with the way it had stamped so I stamped it again on a snippet of white card and then cut it out.  I decided that I wanted to make the background around the heart pink and I used some Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  I then stamped some little hearts onto the background itself using the same Hearts Collection set and a Staedler brush marker in a fairly light pink, and finally I added the sentiment using my Misti stamp positioner.  I tried using Dusty Concord DI but  it didn't show up well enough so I went over it with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  Finally I placed the aperture background onto the card, and decided to darken the area around and within the aperture so I used Picked Raspberry DI with a blending tool.

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





I am entering the following challenges:

Snippets Playground Challenge - Where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
We Love Stamping September Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping.
Crafty Calendar Challenge - September: Anything Goes.

Friday, 2 September 2022

Coastal Trawler

Hi everybody.  I have a masculine card today made using one of the stamps that came with the Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 110 with stamps from Hunkydory and the set is called Coastal Scenes and is having its first outing.  I chose this boat and after looking inside the magazine got the idea for this front stepper card.   I'm not one for making shaped cards very often but this appealed to me as something a bit different. 


I started with the base card shape scoring a piece of A4 card at 1.75" and 3.50" which makes the front step and then by taking a small piece away until the rest of the piece measures 8" then scoring that in half for the main tent shaped card this will give you your finished 6" x 4" card.  It is best to try it out on a piece of copy paper first to make sure it is correct..ask me how I know..lol.

I then used a snippet of card for the piece at the front with the boat stamped on to it in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I used a piece a bit larger and placed the stamped boat in the centre allowing for it to be cut down to fit the front step.  I watercoloured it using a water brush and Distress Inks - Blueprint Sketch, Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone and added some Pine Needles with the Blueprint Sketch for the sea and some shadows with a little of the Pumice Stone.  For the background on the front of the tent shaped area behind, I brayered the inks on my gelli plate using some stencil card and a little light spritzing of water, and three colours...Chipped Sapphire, Scattered Straw and at the bottom a little Wilted Violet, which when the card is stood up you don't really see.  I finished by adding three little birds which I did myself with a Black Micron Pen. 

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers September Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Dare 2b Artzy August Challenge - Shaped or Fun Fold Cards.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Blossom Branch Best Wishes

I needed a couple of cards to send out..one to the winner of my recent giveaway Liz, and another to go with a smaller set of papers and toppers which I found I had just sitting unused and which I have sent to Kath, the only other lady who was interested in the giveaway, and having shown her a photo of the set she said she would like this so everyone's a winner, and it makes me feel better to think that someone is getting some use out of things that I know will just sit here for far too long, get spoiled and then be unusable.  I know I would probably have had more interest if I had not restricted it to the UK, but if I do have another in the not too distant future, and there is that possibility, I will include all overseas followers and commenters too.  I used a freebie digi colouring page with these pretty blossoms and made a different version for each lady.


The first I coloured in tones of blue watercoloured with a set which I acquired whilst on holiday..another by Koh-I-Noor.  They are great for taking out comprising of four layers which each have six colours so twenty four in all, and they just unscrew to open out which makes them very portable.  This was the first time I have used them and I used 160gsm white paper which took the water reasonably well, buckling just a little.  I finished the colouring with some Polycolour Pencil over the top to deepen the shading which worked well.  These pencils are also by Koh-I-Noor and I have used them on several projects recently.  I finished this first card by die cutting with a square stitched die and stamped a sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink before adding it to a 6" square card.

I am entering the following challenges with the above card:

Craft Rocket Challenge - No. 95 Flowers.
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday August Challenge - Anything Goes.
Creative Inspirations August Challenge - Anything Goes.

 

I decided on this second card to just use the pencils and coloured with tones of yellow, orange and red, and I used a couple of greens and brown and black.  I decided to use a Scalloped Stitched die by Poppy Stamps to frame this one but it didn't cut out well at all as I think I made the mistake of not backing it onto another piece of card to strengthen it before die cutting.  I tried sticking it down using wet glue and it was a disaster as it stretched and the three pieces comprising the centre and a double stitched inner frame followed by the outer scalloped frame would not match up as in cutting this frame I also had to cut into the coloured portion of the design and so it was crucial to get it to match up properly.  I ended up cutting another frame and placed the new pieces over the top cutting the scalloped edge back which made it easier as no matching of the scalloped edge required...I did use double sided tape this time and although I lost some of the flowers, more so at the top, it works OK.  I absolutely hate giving up on something and I was so pleased with the colouring I didn't want to start again.  I finished this one with the same sentiment as above but using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and this time I placed it onto a 7" x 5" card.

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





Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Winter Spruce

Hi everybody.  I have a late entry for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge and the theme this time is Pine so I decided to use a pinecone branch from a set of stamps called  Robin the Spruce by Chocolate Baroque.  I also used a very old freebie embossing folder with some Christmas words on it.

 
I started with a piece of black card on to which I stamped the circle of pine branches using Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Platinum Embossing Powder.  To get the circle the right size to fit my stitched circle I pencilled round the die onto the black card and then using my Misti I placed each one to make the circle and as this is a CAS challenge I didn't want the circle to fill to much of the white space.  I did do a bit of practising on some copy paper before doing it on the card, but it still didn't quite work, as getting four in a circle was a bit of a tight fit, and the last one I had to ink just part of the stamp..not perfect but I decided it looked OK.  I then added a sentiment to the centre using a stamp from the same set, and I die cut it and backed it with a piece of foam so that it would have a bit of dimension.  I then used the strip embossing folder on the base card, turning the 6" square card so that it had the fold at the top so I could wrap the folder around the card.  I also added a couple of scored lines above and below the embossing and then added the circle to finish the card.

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






I am also entering the following challenges:-

Christmas Kickstart Challenge - No. 65 Never in  a Nativity.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 121 Anything Christmas Goes.
Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (no option).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Christmas.

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Joseph's Coat with Feather

Hi all.  I'm back with a masculine birthday card using a feather stamp from a set by Art Journey called Nature Flowers, and I also used a set of XCut hexagon dies and an embossing folder by Sheena Douglass from her Textures range called Distress which I have had for quite a long time.   I decided to use the Joseph's Coat technique which I have probably only tried about once before and is a form of emboss resist which is the theme this time over at the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge, this month being a mixed media challenge.  The card features ink blending, stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing and die cutting.

I started by covering my piece of card with three Distress Inks added using a blending tool.  It is best to apply them heavily and choose nice strong colours.  I chose Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed and Cracked Pistachio.  I then stamped the feather, first making sure the inks were perfectly dry, using Versamark and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then got out my Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and rubbed the pad all over the piece, and then using a piece of tissue I cleaned off the feather images which remain trapped under the clear embossing and surrounded by the black inked background.  I then die cut out four hexagons from it.  I decided to use an embossed background and found a Sheena Douglass Texture embossing folder called Distress and added this just left white.  I finished by adding a die cut sentiment cut from a piece of black card.

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






I am also entering the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 436 Make Your Mark.
Happy Little Stampers August Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Country View Challenges - Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Champagne Anniversary

I have several anniversary cards to send in the next few weeks and I had a left over digi stamp which I printed off quite a while ago, one of a set I bought from Beccy's Place and the set is called Girls' Night.  I decided to colour it with my Polycolour Pencils by Koh-i-Noor, bought recently whilst away on holiday and which I really love.  They leave a lovely sheen and the colours are quite pretty too.  There are only twelve but perhaps I will add some colours in the future.

I started by colouring the image and then fussy cut it out.  I then added some Sea Green Brusho to a piece of white card to fit a 6" square card with about an inch around the edge and spritzed it fairly lightly and when dry I used a Leonie Pujol heart embossing folder just to add a bit more interest to the background.  I had to emboss it twice to cover the piece of square card.  I finished the card with a sentiment stamped on to a label shape using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, to which I added a bow attached to the glass hand drawn using a Black 01 Micron Pen.

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





I am entering the following challenges:-

Beccy's Place August Challenge - Anything Goes using any of Beccy's digital images.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 688/9 Anything Goes (option: create your own background).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It.
Can You Handle The Pressure? - Anything Goes (no twist).

Monday, 1 August 2022

Giveaway Result

Hi everyone.  This is just a quick post to announce the winner of the giveaway of some papercraft items, a stamp and an embossing folder and also the magazine they came with.  There were only two people who expressed an interest and the winner is ......LIZ - Crafty Sunflower.  I will be in touch with you tomorrow Liz to get your details. 




Saturday, 30 July 2022

Joy To The World

Hi there everyone.  I have a card for the Rudolph Days Challenge run by Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo and it runs from the 25th to the end of each month.  I have used a very old set of Hot Off The Press stamps which were a freebie eons ago and also a Sue Wilson die from her Festive Collection called Joy which I have just bought from a local shop and is having its first outing.  They don't have a terrific range of dies, mainly those by SueWilson and they are mainly ones which have been out for quite a while.  This one was there when I visited the shop several months ago and I resisted the temptation to buy it but it was still there this time so it had to come home with me..lol.  


I started with the 'Joy' die, just the word and flourish outline, there is another die with the separate letters which you can use on their own or together with the outline die.  I cut it from a snippet of white card and then I embossed it with WOW Silver Glitter Embossing Powder, a couple of layers to build it up a bit.  I then found another snippet of white card to which I added some Brusho Powders using Ost. Blue and Violet, two of five new colours I bought whilst on holiday and used for the first time here, and then added the large snowflake using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and I also added some blended around the edges.  I then made the under layer of the background using another snippet of white card and a smaller snowflake from the set randomly stamped, again using the Blueprint Sketch DI, and also added the sentiment which I came across on another freebie set and which completed the phrase which was handy.  This time I used ordinary Silver Metallic EP.

Thank you for taking a look at my blog today and I'll see you again soon.  Just a reminder that the giveaway finishes tonight at midnight..you will find here.






I am also entering the following challenges:

Snippets Playground Challenge - Christmas in July using up our snippets of paper, card etc.
NBUS Challenge - No. 40 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge No. 120 Anything Goes.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 45 Anything Christmas Goes.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Bismark Birthday

Hi there.  I was tidying up my working space and came across a digi image which is one by Mo Manning which has been sitting waiting to be used since before Christmas when I made this card here and I ran this extra one off but it never got used.  It is actually a Christmas image but I think it works OK as the only slightly Christmasy thing are the trees on the scarf.  I coloured it with some new pencils I bought whilst on holiday which are Polycolour by Koh-I-Noor and I think for the price they are pretty good.  


As you can see it was a simple card with just a matted layer behind the image and the added sentiment stamped using Versafine Majestic Blue Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

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

P.S.  If anyone is interested I have a giveaway here which I will be keeping open until midnight on the 31st July but sorry only for followers or regular visitors living in the UK, so please check it out. 




I am entering the following challenges:

TGIF Challenge - #tgifc378 - Just a Few of My Favourite Things (I love cute animals and colouring).
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No 434 Any Occasion.
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge - July - Anything Goes (no twist).
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 243 Colour Challenge/Anything Goes (no topping).



Saturday, 23 July 2022

Giveaway

Hi everyone.  I bought a Paper Crafter magazine earlier in the year Issue 172 which had a Docrafts Papermania Summer Florals set of note cards and floral greeting cards and some matching double sided papers, as well as toppers, tags and sentiments and also a lovely floral stamp and an embossing folder which measures 5" x 2".  They had also included a set of stamps by Sheena Douglass which I subsequently found out were originally a giveaway with a Crafts Beautiful magazine in November last year, which was what prompted me to get it, and these I am keeping.  To be honest I don't do much actual paper crafting and as they are good quality and very pretty summer florals I thought that someone else would appreciate using them, so I have taken some photos of the packaging and the contents and will leave this on here for a week or two so that if anyone would like this and you leave me a comment and also let me know if you would like the Paper Crafter magazine as well which does have some related articles, and I will draw a name out and send them to you.  I'm sorry but just those that are in the UK please, and preferably someone that already follows or at least visits me on a fairly regular basis. 



Thanks for your visit today.  I have now decided that I will keep this open until midnight on Sunday 31st July.








Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Hole In One

Hi everybody.  Sorry to have been rather quiet lately but we have been away for nearly three weeks with a couple of nights in Shropshire near Ludlow, then two weeks on Anglesey in Wales and finished with a three night stay in The Wirral so we could visit Chester and we also visited New Brighton and Southport as they were places hubby used to visit as a child..mind you I don't think they are quite the same now as they were then but it was good for him to reminisce a bit...lol.  I did manage a few visits but with less time to spend got rather behind so will try and catch up over the next week or so.  We only arrived home yesterday evening and are still in the sorting out phase.  The heat was rather sapping in the last couple of days with temperatures in the mid 90s but we managed to see quite a bit.  When hubby sorts his hundreds of photos out I will select a few to show. 

A masculine card to show you today for a friend who is a regular golf player so got out some sport related stamps which came with Craft Stamper Magazine over a year ago but naughty me they are only just getting their first outing.  There were only three which related to golf..a flag in the hole and a golf ball,  and also a silhouette male golfer, so those were what I used. 


I started by cutting a piece of white card just a little smaller than my DL card and placed the four images using my stamp platform and used Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink which I then heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then added some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink using a blending tool around the golfer and extended it softly above the sentiment, and then I made a negative mask and blended more heavily on the green and then added some Candied Apple DI to the flag.  I finished by adding some Salty Ocean DI to the sky, fairly lightly, though in real life it looks darker than in the photo.  I then decided to blend a bit more green ink around the green too.

It's not a very exciting card but I thought using a DL shape would give the impression of the ball going a distance to the green, although the ball does look quite large against the size of the hole..lol.   Thank you for coming to see my blog today and I'll see you again soon.





I am entering the following challenges:

We Love Stamping July Challenge - Anything Stamped with the Option of Hot Sunny Colours.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - Any Occasion.
NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff. 

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Our 40th Anniversary

Hi there everyone.  It's our 40th anniversary and I decided to use a new to me technique for hubby's card which I found after watching Marion Emberson using embossing powders which she calls embossed pouncing.  I used some red and silver sparkle and also a holographic embossing powder and some Pebeo Silver wax, and also the lattice stamped heart from a Chocolate Baroque set called Geometric Trading Hearts.  I used Scarlet Red, Brilliant Red and Orange Brushos for the background and finished with a number made using a piece of scrap white card and the Red Sparkle Embossing Powder (two layers).  You also need some baking parchment to sandwich the powders in between before heating and pouncing with the heat tool.  You do have to be careful to make the pouncing movement quite quick so that the tool does not overheat.  It becomes clearer when you watch the video.

I made the heart as seen on a Marion Emberson video here and I kept clipping away bits until I was happy with the look.  I then reheated it and added the lattice pattern which probably doesn't look like it but it gave it some added texture, and then I added the silver wax rubbed over the surface and when reheated it did shrink one side and left some holes but I thought it looked OK like that.

For the background I just sprinkled the Brusho powders and added some water, sparingly and left it to dry.  I then added just a fine sprinkle of the WOW Silver Sparkle EP and very carefully heated it from underneath until it melted enough for me to go in on the top, and in real life it does have a lovely bit of sparkle but unfortunately doesn't really show in the photo.  

I finished by adding the number from the piece of Red Sparkled Card and stamped the sentiment using a Versamark Red Satin ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.

Before I go I would like to introduce and thank two new followers, first Crafty Linby, whose blog you will find here, and Jeanne H. who you will find here.  Some of you may already know them but if not I'm sure they would love you to visit.  Thank you for your visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

P.S. Just an apology...I am using an older laptop for the next couple of weeks and I have found I have a problem trying to comment on any blogs which have the new style of comment box..i.e. the ones with just a line and not the old style box to put the comment in.  I click to start typing and nothing happens, so if you don't hear from me that is why.  If anyone knows of a way to fix it please let me know.

P.P.S. Ignore the above as I seem to have fixed it by using Chrome instead of Firefox.  Read up a little bit and at the moment all is working fine.


 


Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Musical 80th

Hi there everyone.  I have an 80th birthday card today made for a lovely friend from hubby's choir and as he sings and plays the guitar I thought this would work well.  He had a celebration party which was lovely.  I used the acoustic guitar image from an old set of stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine from a few years back, and I added a clock face and cogs stencil in the background as he was an engineer who sorted the overhead wires out so as the song says he was 'a lineman for the county' here in Somerset, and I did use a countryside scene too, but that doesn't really show through.  Sadly there is a white mark on the guitar which I only noticed after I had taken the photos (I need new glasses..lol).  I think the card backing the neck of the guitar was a little short of the body and it developed a crease which I didn't notice and I did fix it with a bit of pencil before we went to the party but didn't have time to retake the photos.

I started with a piece of white card to fit a 7" x 5" card and added the countryside scene from a very old set of stamp by Sheena Douglass using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I thought it was too prominent as I wanted to add other things over the top so  I spritzed it with water and dulled it down.  I then added an Artistic Stamper Music Background stamp using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and blended some Adirondack Stonewashed  Ink over the top, and then added the cogs from a set of stencils bought at The Range quite a while ago using BluePrint Sketch DI. To be honest other than to add a bit of brown in the background the scene was more or less totally obliterated but the overall look was pleasing to the eye.  I did finish the background layer with some more BluePrint Sketch using the pad to ink along the edges.

I next stamped the guitar with the Nocturne ink onto a snippet of white card and heat embossed with the Clear EP and watercoloured with some Distress Inks and a waterbrush using Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, and then fussy cut it out.  

I found another snippet for a panel to go down the middle of the card and used another stencil from the sets I bought at The Range using a blending tool and Ground Coffee DI and added some blended Fossilized Amber DI over the central area and more softly over the rest of the strip, and finally some music signs and notes stamped around the edges again using the Nocturne ink and heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP, before backing the guitar with a double layer of pieces of card to give it dimension, and then added it over the top (I don't usually do this but my silicone glue would not come out of the tube..drat!)  To finish I cut the strip to size and darkened the edges with Blueprint Sketch DI before mounting the background and the strip on to the card.  I also die cut the numbers from a piece of card which I  first covered in Black Soot DI straight from the pad and heat embossed with the Clear EP.

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





I am entering the following challenges:

Snippets Playground Challenge - No. 431 Where we use our snippets of card, paper etc.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers June Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.


Friday, 24 June 2022

CAS Mix Up Challenge

Hi there.  I am as usual quite late with my card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge which this time is Stencils with Pastes/Gels...really lovely to see it back after several months absence.  I don't use this technique very often and I had to search a bit to actually find something to use.  I found some Cosmic Shimmer Multi-Tex which is a bit like polyfilla and you mix it with water.  I added some colour with Pixie Powders in a blue and green to make a sort of turquoise colour, and I have a new die which I used for the card on my last post here which I used as a stencil.  I also used a set of stamps by Creative Expressions called Waterlily.

I started with a piece of card just a little smaller than my 6"square card and placed the die cut stencil, which I cut from card, centrally, and using an old plastic store card I created the texture paste background.  I am not very skilled at this technique and some of it went underneath the stencil and wasn't very tidy, so I decided to cut that down and then add a die cut piece of card using the same die to go over the top, and I left a bit of extra space round the edge to make it easier to get it to fit properly on the card, and before doing this I used a bit of Glossy Accents over the paste to give it a bit of a shine applied using a piece of kitchen towel dabbing it on, and in real life it is quite shiny.

I then stamped the flowers and dragonfly on to a piece of white card using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and coloured with Distress Inks and a waterbrush using Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber for the flowers, and with just a little bit of Abandoned Coral to stengthen the colour in the centre of the flower, and then for the leaf I used Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover.  I coloured the dragonfly with a bit of Peacock Feathers for the body to match the tone of the background, but it looks more blue than turquoise in the photo, and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow on the wings with some added Wink of Stellar for a little sparkle.   I think maybe the black embossed outlines are a bit heavy for the dragonfly but I wanted it to match the waterlily flowers and leaves.

I finished with a sentiment from the same set stamped with the Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with the Clear EP.  

Before I go I would like to introduce and also thank Marja for becoming a follower, whose blog you will find here, and I'm sure she would love you to go and visit her.  Thank you for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon.

 



I am also entering the following challenges:

We Love Stamping Challenge - June - Anything Stamped with the Option of Roses.
The Flower Challenge - No. 69 Colour Blue and Yellow.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 38 Flowers.


Thursday, 23 June 2022

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hi everyone.  This is an extremely quick card for the CAS Christmas Challenge and it is lovely to see it back after several months absence, it has definitely been missed.  The theme this time is Wreath, and I have used a stamp from a small company in the US called Sweet Manhattan Stamps.  

I made a square card using kraft card and then stamped the wreath into the centre using Satin Red Versafine Ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and to finish it off I framed it with some scored lines, and I didn't even have to put a sentiment on it as the sentiment is in the centre.  Probably the quickest card I have ever made..lol.

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






I also entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers June Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes/Snow Globe.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 117 Anything Christmas Goes. 
Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - Christmas.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

I Love Paris

Hi everybody.  I have a card featuring some stamps from Crafter's Companion called French Chic which came with the Creative Stamping Magazine No. 107, and two of the stamps were of course the Eiffel Tower and also a wonderful spray of roses.  It also included an embossing folder which I have used here too and also a Sue Wilson Joanie - Frames and Tags die which I bought at The Range which had been reduced to half price, so a real bargain.  All the items on the card were used for the first time.                                             

I started with a snippet of white card cut to size to fit my 6" square card and embossed using the folder..I had to extend it to fit the card.  I then brayered Black Soot Distress Ink on to it to bring out the pattern.  I used the central die from the set to cut the pattern into the background and I backed it with a snippet of black card as a matted layer.  I then stamped the tower and the flowers on to a couple of snippets of white card with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I think unfortunately the tower stamp has several bad spots which would not stamp just leaving bare patches but I managed to fill them in using a Black Micron Pen which worked well, and  I then fussy cut it out.  This is the first time I have had a faulty stamp in any of the sets from Creative Stamping and I have quite a few now, and I think that generally speaking the quality is good.  I may try getting in touch with the magazine to see if they could send me a replacemet stamp as I must say it was this particular image which made me buy the magazine as I don't have any other Eiffel Tower stamps, although that saying there are other great images to use too.

I decided to watercolour the roses and used a few colours of Distress Inks and a waterbrush, which were Festive Berries, Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover, I did also use a little Wilted Violet mixed with the red for a bit of extra shading especially in the centres of the flowers, and I lifted out some of the colour to highlight, and I then fussy cut these too.  I finished with the sentiment strip again stamping with the Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with the Clear EP, and used the pad around the edges to make it stand out better against the background.

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





I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Playground Challenge - No. 430 Where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
We Love Stamping Challenge - June Challenge - Anything Stamped with the option of Roses.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 681 Summer Flowers.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Can You Handle The Pressure? - Anything Goes With A Twist of Birds.
NBUS Challenge - No. 39 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 38 Flowers.


Friday, 17 June 2022

A Marvellous Bird is the Pelican!

Hi there everyone.  I have this Pink Ink Pelican stamp which is getting it's first outing on a card for our son and I have made it the Australian species as that's where he lives.  That saying about it's beak holding more that it's belly can is apparently accurate as they say it can hold three gallons the equivalent of 24lbs, but it's stomach just one gallon or 8lbs.  For the card I also used some leaves from Nature 1 and Autumn Poppy by Chocolate Baroque stamps and also a Lavinia Stencil called Crackle.

I started with the background using some white card which I smooshed with Distress Inks, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint round the edges and Brushed Corduroy and Dried Marigold along the bottom.  I managed to target the ink fairly well.  I then added the leaves with the Peeled Paint and also some Mowed Lawn, and then added the stones using the stencil and some Vintage Photo and a bit of Walnut Stain.  I also added some more of the greens around the edges and over the leaves using a blending tool and also round the edges of the bottom half and some more of the browns over the stones.  

I then stamped the pelican and the fish on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and coloured with the waterbrush using Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber on the beak and for the around the eye, and Black Soot for the feathers and more watered down on the legs and feet.  I emphasised the feathers with a Black Micron pen as although I had embossed they had disappeared a bit under the ink.  I also shaded the white feathers with very watered down black.  I fussy cut it out and added it to the background using silicone glue, and added the fish which is in two pieces, glued behind its beak.  I then finished with the sentiment stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and used some Glossy Accents on both his and the fish's eye.

Fortunately the card did arrive in time for his birthday which I was pleased about as he never did receive the Christmas card I sent him.  Thank you for coming to visit my blog today and I'll see you again soon.





I am entering the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations Challenge - June - Make It Masculine.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 680 Any Stamped Image.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 431 Our 10th Birthday.
Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 240 Favourite Technique (stamping and watercolouring).


Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Let Your Heart Sing

Hi there.  I have a card today using a set of stamps by Sheena Douglass which came with a March Paper Crafter Magazine as an extra, but originally came with a Crafts Beautiful Magazine sometime last year and so a great bonus freebie.  I have used one of the mandala stamps from that set and a Chocolate Baroque bird stamp from a set called Let Your Heart Sing which since I made the card has been taken off the catalogue in common with some others which they have phased out.  I also used a Tim Holtz stencil called Crackle which I got from one of the local craft outlets, can't remember which one now.

I must admit this did start off with the intention of it being a sympathy card, but after I started it I decided that I wasn't sure it worked as that so it just got left on my table.  I kept looking at it and decided to carry on where I had left off.  I had stamped the two mandalas on a piece of white card cut just a little smaller than the 6" square card using Brilliance Starlight Silver Ink and I had stamped the bird on top of the bottom right hand corner mandala using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and that is where I left it.  I decided to add the Crackle stencilling around the mandalas to cover the background using Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, and then thought I would outline the mandalas using a Black Micron Pen 0.3.  I went just around the edges then decided to pick out more areas to outline and finished up as you can see it.  I then coloured these sections in using a yellow Inktense Pencil just as is without any added water.  I finished with the sentiment also stamped using the Nocturne Ink and then heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder, and it is now a birthday card. 

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Colour Hues Challenge - No. 42 Black and Yellow.
Happy Little Stampers June Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - June - Make It Masculine.
We Love Stamping June Challenge - Anything Stamped/option Roses.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 680 Any Stamped Image.


Wednesday, 1 June 2022

June Guest Designer at the NBUS Challenge

Hi there everyone.  I was so thrilled when Darnell asked me to be this month's Guest Designer for the NBUS Challenge, and most of us already know that it stands for 'Never Before Used Schtuff' as coined by the lovely Darnell, and I know that we all have lots of crafty goodies just waiting to be used, or sitting in a drawer or cupboard in need of some love, and this challenge gives us the perfect opportunity to do just that.  

I decided to make a card using an old Sheena Douglass Iris stamp from her A Little Bit Floral range which doesn't seem to be available now.  It came as part of one of a few sets of different flower stamps which I bought together and I only recently discovered that this one has never been inked..how rude..lol!   I also used the largest of a set of three dies from Poppystamps Scalloped Stitch Frames (2478) bought recently, and getting it's first outing, and also a Lavinia stencil called Laurel.  I coloured with Distress Inks - Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Twisted Citron.

I used a piece of white card and stamped the Iris using the Seedless Preserves and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, then coloured with the Distress Inks using a waterbrush with the colours mentioned above, and fussy cut.  I then found another piece of white card  and cut the largest frame.  The die cuts the scalloped and the stitched straight edge frames together in each size, but you can use them separately.. I put the two of them together for a wider frame.  I then worked out where I would place the frame on the 7" x 5" white card and pencilled lightly in places around the inner frame.  I then used the Shaded Lilac and Twisted Citron through the Lavinia Laurel stencil, with the Shaded Lilac at the bottom, changing to the Twisted Citron just over halfway up, and taking the ink a little beyond the marks I made.  

I finished by adding the double frame, and to add some dimension I used silicone glue to stick the Iris onto it, and as it was a little large I cut a piece off the stem level with the edge of the straight edge stitched rectangle.  I decided to leave the sentiment for now as although it may well end up being a birthday card it could be for any of several occasions.  

The challenge runs for the whole month so plenty of opportunity to join in the fun, and I look forward to seeing you there.  Thank you for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon.






Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Snow Much Fun

Hi everybody.  It's that time of the month again for the Rudolph Days Challenge  hosted by the lovely Mo, and I have chosen to use a Sweet Dixie Stamp called Best Friends which was one of two stamps I won over at Pixie's Playground and it has been inked up for the first time.  I also used a Crafter's Companion embossing folder called Touch of Winter which I bought at The Range before last Christmas.

I decided to make a one layer card so I embossed the EF straight on to the 7" x 5" base card and then stamped the cute snowman and penguin using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured it with my Inktense Pencils taking the ink from the pencil with a waterbrush and added some Clear Wink of Stella to the snowballs and on the snow just to hightlight it, and also to the snowflakes on the embossing which looks really sparkly and pretty but unfortunately it doesn't show up in the photo.  I finished with the fun sentiment from a freebie set of stamps which came with a Creative Stamping Magazine..funnily enough these were a bumper set of Christmas stamps by Crafter's Companion and I thought this sentiment fitted on the card perfectly.  

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






I am entering the following challenges:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 44 Anything Christmas Goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - No. 596 Anything Christmas Goes/Use Some Silver.
Happy Little Stampers May Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes/House.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 678 Anything But Birthdays.