Saturday, 15 February 2020

Strawberries x 2

I'm always wandering around the blogs I follow and my interest this week peaked at Darnells Twofer challenge with the prompt being Fruit. 

Now I've only ever entered two or three times because its hard for me to make two cards in one sitting, mainly because I suck at doing quick cards and have no craft room to leave everything out and come back to another time.  My stash is stored in boxes in a cupboard and it means I have to lug it all out, sort through what I want then sit at the coffee table and craft... hence my late night inspiration when I lie in bed visualising what stamps I have and that is exactly what happened with the sweet berries set from Clearly Besotted.

This is pretty straightforward although I had already decided I wanted a greyscale image with a pop of bright red from the strawberries and its just coloured with my Prisma pencils.

The sentiment is a mash-up from the sweet berries set and the Mom is taken from Altenews wild hibiscus using masking tape to remove the words not in use.  

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Marsha's All About Occasions
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - CAS/positive

So I went with the obvious for my second card love... using the strawberries as little hearts.

I inked the strawberry I thought most resembled a heart and stamped three times, fussy cutting out and then using the reverse covered in poppy red brilliance ink.   

I then overstamped some swirls from a very old Basic Grey set and used three coats of clear embossing powder to give some shine.

The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted set because I still wanted to reference fruit and I thought it would make a sweet Anniversary card or Valentine.

Here's a little picture of the strawberry I used to create the hearts, its the one on the far right.

Challenge Links...

Creative Friday - Valentine/Hearts
Always Fun - Love/Valentine's Day
Fusion - Valentine 
Double D - Hearts 

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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Valentines - I Love You

For a change I'm actually ahead and have made my husbands Valentine's Day card which I'm happy with... win, win!

This card is made purely from dies and a little red alcohol ink on yupo.  The 'I Love You' is by Alexandra Renke cut in black card.  I use double sided tape before putting through the Sizzix as its far easier than applying wet glue after.

After playing with the alcohol inks and before it was totally dry I added some foil and there is a reason for five love hearts, this year will be our 5th Valentine's Day together.

I wish the whole heart was covered in red but alas... 

Challenge Links...

CASology - Sweetheart
Time Out - Affectionate
The Male Room - Heart You
The Card Concept - Be Mine, Valentine (clean with minimal layers)

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

For You

I had the idea for this card before Christmas but never got round to trying it out until now...

I've used one of the flower and leaves from the Mon Ami stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays and with the help of a stamping platform created a mandala look just by spinning the card 90 degrees and stamping four times.  

I've coloured the design with my Prisma pencils and then used a stitched die to add interest and height.

The most frustrating part was finding a sentiment, none of my stamps seem to work so in the end I opted for a simple die cut, cut from encased silver glitter cardstock... I will probably add a Mother's Day greeting on the inside closer to the occasion.

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesdays - Heidi's anything goes with optional twist feminine
Addicted to Stamps - Photo Inspiration
Rainbow Challenge - Fiercly Fuchsia
Stamping Sensations - Feminine

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Monday, 3 February 2020

CAS Christmas Guest Designer

I was very lucky to have won Novembers challenge over at CAS Christmas and excited because I get to Guest Design... how cool is that and the theme is 'Joy'.

I started by finding where I'd left the Making Memories alphabet stickers from my scrapbooking days as I knew I had  some red glitter letters in a nice script font... ta d'ah, found them.

The image is from MFT Warm and Feathered Hugs coloured using Prisma pencils.  The sentiment underneath 'Joy' is from a Hello Bluebird set.

A better picture to show the sparkly Christmas red and the cute little owl... So I hope you'll come play along at CAS Christmas :)

Challenge Links...

Penny Black - Animals, Birds and Butterflies
Inkspirational - Glitz a Strip (can I get away with the sentiment, hope so)
Sweet Stampin at Christmas - Add Some Sparkle
Always Fun - Anything Goes

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Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Snowflakes Are Winter's Butterflies

For the last week I've been pondering CASology's cue word CRYSTAL and my first thought was a chandelier but I couldn't come up with a design then last night I had one of those moments and today I made this...

Do you get it?

Yup, snowflakes are made up of tiny ice crystals... et voila :)

I've stamped the snowflakes from Uniko in Distress Oxide tumbled glass, spun sugar and shaded lilac.  The sentiment is heat embossed in silver to give a nice shine and because silver and pastels always look pretty.

I've finished the card off with a few co-ordinating gems and pearls for added sparkle.

Challenge Links...

The Paper Girls - Winter Colour (inspiration snowflakes)
Addicted to CAS - Frosty
Uniko - Anything Goes - optional Cool Winter Colours

Saturday, 25 January 2020

I'm Celebrating You...

My third and final card for my series using MFT It's a Mice Time to Celebrate, I'll admit I've struggled with ideas for this set even though I think its adorable...

Again keeping it very simple, I've used the little mouse doing a tour en l'air and coloured him with Prisma pencils, adding pencil motion lines to create movement.

The sentiment is from the same set and fits the image, I decided to add a black frame to play against the rainbow party hat.

A little sparkle has been added to the pompom, Glossy Accents on his glasses and of course a few highlights.  I didn't have any black pearls so I just coloured some dark ones with a black Sharpie in varying sizes and its ready for my step-dad on Monday :)

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Marsha's Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist 
Fusion - Critter (used inspiration photo only)
Cutie Pie - Cute, Clean and Simple
As You Like It - Anything Goes

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Saturday, 18 January 2020


I'm still creating cards with the mice from MFT It's a Mice Time to Celebrate, sweet set designed by Stacey Yakula...

I started by die cutting a rectangle mask out of copier paper and adhered to the cardstock then stamped the little guy along the bottom edge.  Still keeping the mask in place I blended tumbled glass DOX ink around the edges.

For this card I changed up the mouse colours and gave him brown fur and kept the colours limited to blues with a splash of yellow for the ribbon complete with sparkle.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the little star is from a Lawn Fawn set stamped in blueprint sketch DOX - finished with a few white highlights.

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Tristan's All About Occasions
Cardz 4 Guyz - Clean and Simple
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Just Add Ink - Celebrate

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