Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Tangled Leafy Circle

Hi there everybody.  I have done a bit more tangling and with more colour this time.  I used the three tangles...Inaflux, Flux and Printemps.

I started with a piece of card a little smaller than my 6" square card and used a circle die cut of around about 4" diameter, and pencilled around it to give me the starting shape.  I did the pod shaped Inaflux mapping out with a pencil where to put them around the circle for reasonably equal spacing before putting them in with my black 0.1 Micron pen.   Once those were done I infilled with the leafy shapes of Flux, and then to the outside of the circle shape I infilled with Printemps using a gold fine line pen from a set by Emott, and then coloured the rest with my Inktense Pencils adding the colour and then used a waterbrush to move it around.  I waited until the first layer was dry and then added some more of each of the colours to darken and create shadows, and then added more of a darker colour..could have been darker I think although in real life there is more contrast.  I finished by using a pencil and a paper stump/tortillion to add shadows around the images and added a sentiment to the centre using Versafine Toffee Ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  

Like with lots of tangles there are variations for the shapes and my pods would be better a bit more open and more like flower buds but then I have seen some which do resemble more the ones I have drawn though perhaps with a slightly bigger space in the centre, but nevertheless I like them.  Not sure where this would be better as a masculine or a feminine card..let me know what you think.  

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 677 - 13th Birthday Celebrations.
613 Avenue Create Challenge - No. 202205 Anything Goes/Mother's Day.
The Creative Crafters Challenge - No. 52 Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Ornate Edger Celebration Card

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

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

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

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

I am entering the following challenges:

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

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

See the Flowers Smiling

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

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

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

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

I am entering the following challenges:

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

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Message in a Bottle

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

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

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

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

I am entering the following challenges:

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

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Sympathy Flowers and Birds

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

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

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

I am entering the following challenges:

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

Friday, 22 April 2022

Love A Duck

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

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

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

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

I am entering the following challenges:

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

Friday, 15 April 2022

Up In The Clouds

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

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

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

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

I am entering the following challenges:

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

Monday, 11 April 2022

Heart Frame

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

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

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

Thursday, 7 April 2022

CAS Pink and Gold Flower

Hi all.  I decided to join in with Less is More and their latest theme is Pink & Gold.  This is a one layer card which is not my usual style, but it is good to mix it up sometimes.  I decided to use a NBUS image from an Aall & Create set called Eclectic Stems..No. 199 which I have had for a long time so I think is probably unavailable now.  I also used a graph stamp from a set by Chocolate Baroque called Small Graph Paper and also an Art Journey stamp set called Ripples Small.  

I started by stamping the stylised flower and embossed it using WOW Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder and coloured it with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using a waterbrush.  I then made a mask for the flower head and added the background using Picked Raspberry for the graph, and then the two different sized ripples in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink, both second generation stampings to keep it soft.  I finished with the sentiment again using the Picked Raspberry DI and embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.

Thank you for your visit and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Less is More Challenge - No. 461 Pink & Gold.
NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge -  No. 426 Make Your Mark.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - April: I Love... (I love heat embossing and making my own backgrounds).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday.

Friday, 25 March 2022

Seasonal Baubles

Hi everybody.  I have a Christmas card made with a cut and emboss folder which came free with Papercraft Essentials Magazine No. 192, not normally one that I buy but hubby bought it for me when he had been shopping as a surprise as it was my birthday and we were in lockdown.  It has been sitting in a box in which I keep those things which are waiting to be used and it has been waiting for a long time, so thought now was the time to make a card with it.

I embossed it on to a piece of white card and decided to colour the two outer baubles with my Sakura Stardust Pens just very carefully going over the raised parts which worked well using a blue, gold and silver pen and then found a piece of pretty gold embossed vellum with poinsettia images on and cut a piece just a bit bigger than the the white bauble which was the cut part of folder.  I placed this over the underside of the aperture and stuck it around the edges, and after colouring the top of the bauble piece gold placed the cut out piece back in the hole behind the vellum and stuck it in place with a couple of pieces of double sided tape to stop it from moving (I left the top covering of the tape in place).  I then cut down the piece a bit and used the gold pen round the edges before sticking it to the 6" square card.  I finished it with a silver mirri die cut sentiment backed with Stick It adhesive.  There is lots of shimmer from the pens which doesn't show up much in the photo but in real life it twinkles very prettily.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Rudolph Days March Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes.
ABC Christmas Challenge - E for Embossing, F for Fussy and Fancy, and G for Glitter.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 112 Anything Christmas Goes.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 43 Anything Christmas Goes.
NBUS Challenge - No. 36 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Happy Little Stampers March Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes (Optional:Twine).

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Rose Anniversary

Hi everyone.  I have an anniversary card which I found when looking through my drafts which was for an aniversary way back last October, so thought it was about time I showed it.  I used Chocolate Baroque's Rose and Thistle stamp set and a Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder which I have had for a long time and don't know the name of, but I suspect unfortunately that it probably isn't available now, but is a useful one to add a bit of texture to a background.

I stamped and heat embossed the image using WOW Metallic Platinum Embossing Powder and coloured it with Inktense Pencils and a waterbrush.  I did use a light and a dark green but the shading on the leaves doesn't seem to show up much.  I decided that the embossing, which made a metallic frame around the flowers, was a bit too much so I fussy cut around the outside of the flowers.  I die cut the rectangular background using a Crealies Pierced Die and then ran it through the embossing folder.  I finished by adding the sentiment also heat embossed with the Platinum EP and then layered it up adhering the flowers using silicone glue to give more dimension.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

We Love Stamping March Challenge - Anything (stamped) Spring (I hope that roses count as they just about start flowering towards the end of Spring).
Can You Handle The Pressure? - Anything Goes Embossing.
Happy Little Stampers March Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Favourite Things (I love flowers and the colours pink and purple).
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful.

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Swing Fold Card

Hi all.  I have just got myself a proper scoreboard, don't know why I haven't bought a decent one before but after struggling to make good creases and accurate measurements with the freebie one I have used for the last few years, and also it's not big enough to score A4, I decided to buy a new one.  I must thank Liz who is the doyen of card shapes and folds who pointed me in the right direction as to what board was probably the best buy around at the moment, and so I ended up with the 12 '' x 12" Hunkydory scoreboard.  To celebrate this I had a look on line and found a swing fold card here which didn't look too daunting.  I did make the aperture circular instead of square though as I had something in mind which came with a fairly recent magazine, in fact the first issue of this Papercraft Special with some stamps, dies, an embossing folder and toppers and papers all with a bird theme, and a donation to the RSPB with every issue sold.  I used one of the toppers for this card with a sweet little Blue Tit on it and I backed it with gold mirri using a stitched die.

I used a  5" x 7" white card and I then worked out the size of the mechanism piece inside the card as I wanted a larger card than on the video.  The mechanism worked out to be about an inch shorter in length than the opened out width of the card and about  the same amount shorter than the depth, although I decided to make it just 1/2" shorter than the depth of the card..i.e 61/2" x 9".  You make three scores with equal spacing across the piece to give you four panels..two mountain folds and one valley.

I decided to make the front of the card using a Lavinia Laurel stencil and dry embossed it and then ink blended over it using Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Inks.  I then attached it to the card front.  I used the same die which I cut the gold mirri with and cut the aperture..I had to run it through a couple of times to cut out both layers of card.  


I finished by attaching the mechanism and then the circular topper to the explains how to do it in the video, and then die cut a gold mirri sentiment and added a gold embossed sentiment to the inside of the card.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Happy Little Stampers March Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Colour Hues Challenge - No. 37 Yellow and Pale Teal.
Shopping Our Stash Challenge - No. 466 Spread Your Wings.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 234 Green and White/Anything Goes.


Friday, 11 March 2022

Fun Feline

Hi everyone.  I have a CAS card today featuring this tangled cat..I hope you are not getting bored with my doodles, I am still doing other cards  I was going through a box and found a very ancient set of outline stencil shapes which came as a gift with a magazine and one was of a cat and knowing that there is a challenge over at Addicted to CAS where the theme is 'Feline' I decided to do something with it.  At first I thought I would just do a silhouette but then I had the idea to use the outline and make a tangle of it..I'm not sure whether it works but I'll leave you to decide.  

I started by pencilling the shape and deciding how I would fill it in before getting out a Docraft set of fineliners which I got recently, and I used a few different bright colours and tangled away.  I did the outline and face of the cat in a brown.  I then got out some coloured pencils and with similar colours I added some shading and filled in some of the tangle backgrounds.  I  masked the cat and used this Creative Expressions Paw Print Lattice stamp with Adirondack Stonewashed Ink to ground it, and I also blended some softly around the edges and I added some darker pencil colour beneath it, and finished with a stamped sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue Ink. 

Before I go I have a new follower called Dunja whose blog you will find here, and thank you for becoming my new follower.  Thank you for visiting me here today and I'll see you again soon.

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Fun Fishes

Hi there.  I don't usually make cards for the younger members of the family as I don't really have any suitable images and also I am not good at putting them together, but I had seen an example of these fun fishes and had already started tangling it on to a piece of white card, although it looks cream in the photo, having first marked it out in pencil, and then hubby said that he was going out to buy a card for his great nephew, and it struck me that these fish might make a fun card for him.  

I decided to use my Sakura Starlight pens to colour them in six bright colours, and I had already made the waves using a blue pen from a set of four CD markers..I used the red one here, and I coloured the eyes of the fish with Clear Wink of Stella and I also used this on the bubbles.  I finished by die cutting it using a stitched square die, and also added the die cut name, age and birthday sentiment using some scraps of gold mirri card, and then mounted on to this blue card before adding it to my usual 6" square white card.

Thank you for coming to visit my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge -  Add a Die Cut.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Upcycled Robin

Hi everyone.  I have a  simple Christmas card today made by upcycling one of last year's cards featuring a beautiful robin which I thought was too cute not to be reused.

All I did was to die cut the piece with a square stitched die and then die cut the red layer using a snippet of card with the next size up to make a mat for it and made a kraft card base on which I stamped a sentiment using Versafine Satin Red Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  

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

I am entering the following challenge: 

Rudolph Days February Challenge - Anything Goes.
Snippets Playground Challenge -  Where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.

Thursday, 24 February 2022

All is calm, all is bright

Hi everyone.   I am just about in time for the CAS Christmas Challenge,  and the theme this time is to make a card with a Winter Scene.  I used a set of stamps from Issue 90 of Creative Stamping Magazine which when I checked was Nov/Dec 2020..I can't believe I've had them that long.  I used the background trees and the deer family which were just the right size for what I had in mind.  I also used a set of XCut Nested Star dies..the largest one.

I started with the piece of white card cut just about 1/2" smaller than my card and cut a mask from some copy paper using the star die.  I decided the easiest way to do it was to use the positive piece to get the position of the star right on the piece of card, and just marked with pencil the points and the inner corners before stamping the trees and deer with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.  I put some colour on the trees leaving some white bits for the snow on the branches using Pine Needles Distress Ink applied with a waterbrush, and then added the sky using Salty Ocean DI and darkened around the edges with Chipped Sapphire DI, which I also used for the shading beneath the deer and under the trees.  I then place the negative mask and pencilled lightly around the whole of the star and when happy I went over the lines with my 01 Black Micron Pen.  I finished by adding a bit of White Sakura Pen on the branches of the trees and in the sky for a more snowy look and stamped a sentiment from the same set of stamps, again using the Nocturne Ink,  and then heat embossed it using 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:

ABC Christmas Challenge - C & D for Clean and Simple/Distressing.
Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - Masculine Card.
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 110 Anything Christmas Goes.
Happy Little Stampers February Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes + Optional: Snowflakes (so pleased to be chosen the winner of this challenge).

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Faux Cloisonne

Hi everybody.  I am joining in with the CAS Mix Up Challenge with the theme this month of Faux Cloisonne which includes using shiny print from magazines with gold embossing to give the look of cloisonne which is enamelled work frequently with gold outlines.  I found an old calendar which had some landscape scenes and one had this field of bluebells and I instantly thought of lilacs and so I got out this set of Just Rite stamps with a couple of different sized lilac images and also some sentiments which hasn't seen any love for a very long time, in fact I have never used this smaller of the two stamps before.  I also used a Sweet Dixie Stencil called Fern Flourish.

I started by stamping the lilac onto the calendar page and heat embossed it with WOW Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder and then fussy cut it out.  I decided to stamp and emboss just the leaf again on an area of green and cut and stuck this over the top.  I then made a background using the stencil and my gelli plate using three Distress Inks...Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Cracked Pistachio.  I rubbed the ink pads randomly on to my gelli plate and then brayered them lightly to blend, and placed the stencil over the top pressing it down firmly to make contact with the plate using a piece of kitchen towel which lifted some of the ink from the plate in the open sections of the stencil.  I then lifted the stencil off and placed a piece of Clarity stencil card over the top to take the print.  I was pleased with the look but thought it might come out a bit darker but probably the lighter look is better for a background.  I used a set of nesting dies by XCut called Ornate Frame and cut the largest of the dies from white card and then the next size down from the stencilled piece, and before layering them up I added some Shaded Lilac DI blended around the edges of this to make it stand out more against the white.  I finished by adding  a simple small sentiment also from the set, stamped using Versafine Imperial Purple ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP, and then added the lilac using some Stick It Silicone Glue for a little dimension.

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

I am also entering the following challenges:

We Love Stamping Challenge - Anything Stamped (Option: Add Stencilling).
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 423 Birthdays.
Happy Little Stampers February CAS Challenge - Inky.
Happy Little Stampers February Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge - I Love....  (my choice Flowers and embossing).
NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
CAS on Sunday Challenge - No. 225 Spring Flowers.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes and their very last sad to see another lovely challenge finish, but best wishes for the future to all.

Monday, 14 February 2022

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi all.  I am really loving doing some zentangle and after looking at some designs online I found something which I have used as the basis for for my card for hubby.  He did love the tangling, so a win with this  I have just about managed to get the card up before the day is over, and depending where you are there will still be some of the day still to enjoy.

I started by pencilling the outline to get a good shape to the heart and the inner designs before filling in with my black Micron pens Nos. 01 and 03 and whilst having a sort out of a few boxes came across a set of pens with fairly fine nibs which actually say they are for writing on CD cases, but I probably got them to colour peel-offs many years ago, but they miraculously still worked, and there was a nice red, so coloured some of the patterns in and also added some patterns in the white chequerboard spaces.  I finished by die cutting the piece with a stitched die and decided it would look nice on a red card, and then used some of the offcut of the piece of red backed with Stick It adhesive to die cut the sentiment, and I added it to the top and bottom because they were the least busy areas of the card and so more visible.  I also added some shading with a pencil and a paper stump/tortillion around the outside edge of the heart and also at the top and bottom of the heart in between each of the patterned areas at the edge and also in the areas where the strips have a curve.  I could perhaps have made it darker but thought that with the colour it might be a bit too much so kept it light.

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

Friday, 11 February 2022

Japanese Dreams Box Card

Hi everybody.  I saw this box card here and I was taken by the design and the fact that it folds down flat for posting, and although I don't usually do this type of crafting I decided to challenge myself and give it a go using this set of stamps from Creative Stamping No. 104 called Japanese Dreams.  I started with an  A4 sheet of pearlescent card in a dusky pink shade and also a snippet of deep pink parchment.  

I started by cutting the A4 piece of card down to 10" and then following the steps I put in the various folds.  I don't have a large scoreboard which hampered me rather so I ended up using a ruler and marking where to put the crease and then used a ball tool with quite a fine end to put the crease lines in.  I managed it but my tip would be don't use pearlescent card which for a start is not coloured on both sides, and also the pearlescent outer layer is inclined to crack.  I could have started again but decided to carry on.  I didn't follow the video too closely as my design is totally different to hers.  

I embossed a piece of parchment using the folder that came with the magazine and then I stamped the Japanese lady onto a snippet of white card using the straight to stamp technique and my brush markers - a pink, purple and black  I used my stamp positioner so I could  go over the lines of the stamp  with the brush markers in the areas that I wanted and then using a waterbrush I pulled the ink out,  and also added some extra putting the ink down on my glass mat and lifting it with the waterbrush.  I then fussy cut the image.  I found another couple of snippets of card on which I had used Alcohol Inks floated on water and by dragging the card through the water it picks up the ink, another new to me technique.  These I used to cover the front panels and cut them more or less to size.  I used one of the floral image stamps and continued with the same technique inking and this time spritzing the stamp, twice on each snippet of card, and then I added some blended Picked Raspberry Distress Ink around the edges.  I also had a snippet of white card with the same branch stamped onto it which I did to see how the pens would look so decided to fussy cut this out to use on the inside of the card.

Finally I used the strip of leftover pearlescent card to make the band which holds the card shut and I added another floral image from the set stamping it on to the leftover snippet of parchment heat embossing it with WOW Bright White Opaque Embossing Powder and used a Purple Inktense Pencil without water to shade it a bit using a paper stump/tortillion to blend it into the parchment.  I decided to darken down the white embossing with the pencil as it seemed a bit bright and used the paper stump to blend it in a bit.  I also blended some of the Picked Raspberry ink over the band itself to make the pink darker which made it match the front panels better.  It wasn't totally successful but I decided it looked OK.  

I then added the embossed background and flower branch and lady to the inside and then added the panels to the front of card, cut to fit, and then finished the construction.  The video will show you step by step how to do the whole thing.  If I end up sending it to someone I will add a piece of paper to the back of the card to write the message on to.

This isn't perfect but for a first attempt I was fairly pleased.  I have decided that I either need to buy a better scoreboard or get a scoring blade for my cutter as this would improve the quality of the folds and make it much less labour intensive.  

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Snippets Playground Challenge - No. 421 Where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
NBUS Challenge - No. 35 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
We Love Stamping Challenge - February - Anything Stamped (Option: Add Stencilling).
River of Creativity Challenge - No. 10 Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It.

Friday, 28 January 2022


Hi all.  I have another Mo Manning digital image to show today called Bismarck used on this card for our son in Australia.  I also used a Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder called Frosted Elegance also having it's first outing, and a Memory Box die called Hanging Ornaments which I used on my last post here.

I started by colouring the image with some pencils and also used some oil and a paper stump to get a smooth finish, and fussy cut it out.  I then then used the embossing folder on a piece of card cut to fit a 6" square card and die cut the bauble from this piece having backed the left hand side with a piece of Stick it adhesive.  I then very carefully removed the pieces, luckily there weren't too many small ones, and I had already decided not to replace all the small pieces in the snowflakes.  I then coloured the background using a blending tool and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink making the colour darker around the edges and lighter towards the centre keeping the colour light.  I replaced the outer white frame of the bauble and then started to infill the other white pieces matching the pattern where necessary.  I finally coloured the other pieces with the background blue and put them back and used some double sided tape around the rest of the piece and  added the sentiment using the same Peacock Feathers ink before sticking it to the card

I finished by adhering the cute dog as close as I could to right of centre as otherwise all my hard work with bauble die would have been

Although the card was sent on 2nd December it has never arrived, naturally I was rather disappointed, but luckily only the second time he has never received one of our cards at all.  I was hoping that it might eventually appear, but don't think that will happen now.  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Rudolph Days Challenge - January - Anything Christmas Goes.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Furry Friends.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - All About Occasions.
NBUS Challenge - No. 34 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.