Wednesday, 22 May 2019

For Someone Wonderful

Another Father's Day card to share today... 




I started by using Distress Inks in antique linen, tea dye and vintage photo through an MFT tree ring stencil as I thought wood and foxes tend to go together quite nicely. 




The fox is from the latest set by Stacey Yacula for MFT and he's been stamped, coloured and fussy cut out from an off cut of Neenah cardstock.  The sentiment is also from the set just heat embossed in white on a small fishtail banner cut from scraps and his blue bow is sparkly :) 

Challenge Links...

Pixies Playground - Snippets (yup Mr Fox and his sentiment)
Tuesday Throwdown - Stencilling
Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark
Alphabet Challenge - D is for Distressed ink, paper or both (ink)




Snippets Playground Badge


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Happy Father's Day

Getting a little head start as these months are speeding by at an alarming rate.

I've used a few manufacturers on todays card and although I was not aiming for a New York Times vibe, it sorted of evolved into a headline all on its own - see what you think...




So I've used a stencil from Altenew, the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and the caped cutie is from Clearly Besotted.

I started by stencilling the city scene in DOX hickory smoke with very little ink for the background to create the illusion of distance.  Moved the stencil and used the same ink, applied it heavier and darker for the middle ground.  I went with black for the foreground and added some highlights keeping it stronger on the foreground and limiting the highlights in the background.




To finish the card I stamped the puppy onto the 'Happy' in a Superman-esque pose and coloured him pretty much the same as Superman.  To be truthful I'm quite the DC geek and I didn't realise how this was turning out until I stepped away and laughed at my inner consciousness taking over... hey ho, life can be amusing :)

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Tristans Masculine Anything Goes
The Male Room - Anything Goes, twist Origami - (playing with just AG part)
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Trend Week, Big Bold Letters







Saturday, 11 May 2019

Happy Birthday

A birthday card using the new Dotted Bloom set from Altenew.




I've stamped the flower fairly close to the edge of the card and heat embossed in copper, then partially die cut, cutting the rest with a ruler.  I've literally only touched the image with 2 light pink Prismas because there's a lot of definition on the stamp.

I used a scrappy die cut to cover the flower and used an Altenew stencil and DOX in Spun Sugar to add some interest with blended lines.  The sentiment is one of quite a few included in the set.




I added a black panel splattered with white and used black as the contrasting colour on the main card.  A little sparkle to finish.

Challenge Links...

The Flower Challenge - Embossing (Heat/Dry)
AAA Birthday - Anything Goes 
Watercooler Wednesday - Kaths All About Occasions
Your Next Stamp - How Does Your Garden Grow







Saturday, 4 May 2019

Have a Lovely Birthday

I don't normally get into a mess making cards but by the time I'd finished this one I looked like the daughter of Papa Smurf...




I have no idea how I got covered in Distress Oxide mermaid lagoon but I most definitely did and I can say with a 100% conviction that it does not wash off before a husband arrives home from work... sigh!

Anyway, I used a mix of Distress Oxides in said colour above, tumbled glass and blueprint sketch onto a Visible Image stamp then spritzed with water and let sit on the cardstock for a few minutes.  I used an Altenew stencil with hickory smoke for the grid background.




The tips of the wings have been heat embossed with sparkle and the sentiment is a mix of stamps.  A few white highlights complete the card and despite being covered in ink, I love the striking blue of the butterfly.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Turquoise
Fusion - Butterfly Wreath (inspiration photo)
AAA Cards - Sketch optional Shaker (sketch)
Watercooler Wednesday - Heidis Feminine Anything Goes










Tuesday, 30 April 2019

When It Rains...

Play in the puddles of course :)




And that is exactly what this little elephant and his friend are doing.  

Its pretty straight forward, the image was stamped onto kraft cardstock and coloured with Prismas.  




I did add a little sparkle onto the umbrella and a few glossy accents for the rain as a bit of fun. 

I love how the pencils have made the friends pop right off the card.


Challenge Links...

Timeout - Playful
Cardz for Guyz - Whatever the Weather
The Library Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small 



All Creatures Great and Small: The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet (James Herriot 1) By James Herriot | World of Books



Saturday, 27 April 2019

Happy Bee-Day

My card today is rather sunny but as I look out of the window its pouring with rain and very windy, oh how erratic the British weather is *sigh!

Anyway a cute little bee awaits...




Isn't he fun?... he's been coloured with Prismas as with the flower and then fussy cut out and mounted with 3D foam.  The panel was masked and coloured using Distress Oxides in squeezed lemonade, mustard seed and ripe persimmon and spritzed with water.  I've then stamped honeycombs with Versamark and heat embossed in gold.




I've die cut the happy three times and coloured the top one to match the panel then added some clear glitter sparkle embossing powder over the top.  The bee-day has been heat embossed in white and attached onto the Happy.

I know its impossible to see but there is sparkle on his little wings too, a few highlights finish my Summery Birthday card.

Challenge Links...

Freshly Made Sketches - A Sketch by Kim #385
Watercooler Wednesdays - All About Occasions
Always Fun - CAS







Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Completely Wild About You

Back in February I was lucky enough to win a challenge over at CASology and Melissa kindly asked if I'd like to be Guest Designer again, third times a charm :)



The cue card this week is Africa and I went with giraffes after Googling to make sure they were from Africa, you know when you doubt yourself even though you know its absolutely right...


Its pretty straight forward as with all CAS cards, I've used a set called Party Animal from WPlus9 and coloured with Prismas.  I needed to ground this loved up pair so I played around with greens and browns for a sort of uneven, safari kinda look... not sure but sometimes you just gotta leave well alone.


A couple of heart brads adds a little interest together with some white highlights and that's me done.  I hope you'll all try to play along and pop by CASology for some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.