Saturday, 17 August 2019

Oh My Whiskers

I absolutely fell in love with these kitties and knew just the person who would squeal a bit if she had a card featuring this adorable pair... my Mom :)

I'd recently used my brick stencil and decided to create a wall to look as if everything had been left there at the end of the day.  I masked off the bucket/flowers and used Distress Ink in antique linen and tea dye for a shadow effect.

I added the sentiment before I started to colour with my pencils.

I used, what I call traditional colours... like green wellies and a proper metal bucket.  The kitty looked like he was reaching for something so I added a butterfly.

To finish I added a small grey line to ground the image/wall and used a bit of sparkle on the bucket.

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Cooler - Dawns All About Occasions
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday (no topping)
Craft Rocket - Anything Goes

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Birthday Wishes

One of my favourite flowers in the garden is a Chocolate Cosmos, yep its brown velvet petals are rich with a cocoa aroma and its perfect for any chocolate lover :)

So for todays card I've taken a Stamplorations stamp called Dee's Blossom Spray #2 which reminds me of the Cosmos altering the colour to purple - the recipient likes purple, however, I hate the  colour.

I started by stamping the image with antique linen Distress Ink, with the same ink I used a Tim Holtz brick stencil being careful around the flowers.

I spent a considerable amount of time colouring the image with Prisma pencils.  The sentiment is from a WPlus9 set stamped in black Versafine.

To finish off I added just a touch of sparkle on the big flowers and a little white highlight to the center, for someone who doesn't like purple I love how it turned out.

Challenge Links...

The Flower Challenge - Favourite Flower (Cosmos)
Watercooler Wednesday - Karen's Feminine Anything Goes 
The Rainbow Card Challenge - Passion for Purple 
Always Fun - Use a Stencil
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday/Topping - flowers

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Rainbow Anniversary

A few weeks ago I was playing around with alcohol inks on yupo paper and they've been hanging around so today I decided to use a rainbow piece.

I positioned and cut out the Concord & 9th heartstrings die on the yupo paper to get all the colours then once again with the outline die onto white cardstock.  Then I carefully inlaid all the little segments back in, fairly easy to do as I always use wide double sided sticky tape, me and wet glue don't really get along.

While the yupo paper was tacky I added some rose gold foil as I love the look you can achieve.  The heart has clear sparkle embossing powder all over it and raised up on foam pads as with the sentiment.  

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark (inky background)

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Congrats... You Did It!

I'm not sure whether I'm tempting fate or not with this card, its hopefully going to be for my eldest after he passes his driving test later on this week :)

I wanted the card to be pretty much in the style of the 'L' plates so I started with cutting out the Hero Arts Congrats (does have a matching stamp but I didn't want a white edge) three times from left over scraps of white cardstock.  A generous amount of festive berries Distress Ink was added for a nice vibrant red.  

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I used the printed acetate the stamps come on to position where I wanted the 'you did it'.  I do it this way because once you add the layered die cut, its impossible to use a stamping platform for the smaller sentiment.

Once completely dry I added the die cut and finished the card off with the cute little car rub-on from October Afternoon.

Challenge Links...

AAA Cards - One Image optional twist Positivity (Definitely) 😉
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions
Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets (white scraps for the Congrats)
Less is More - Small Image

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Wedding Anniversary

I was asked to make this card for one of my husbands work colleagues and he asked if I could use the colour blue so I combined it with white for a fresh feeling card.

I started by watercolouring some white embossed flowers from Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set and typical after all the painting and layering I chose just one.  

I've used various dies including the leaves from Sizzix and a heart from Concord & 9th called Heartstrings, don't know where the 'love' is from but I've die cut it three times for dimension and coloured using blueprint sketch and tumbled glass Distress Oxides to give a gentle ombre effect.

The little heart has been attached with 3D foam, covered in Wink of Stella and a clear little gem added as an accent.  Before assembling everything I added a few paint splatters for interest.

Challenge Links...

Rainbow Card Challenge - Blue Breezes
Fusion - Ombre
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Uniko - Flowers optional use dies (both)

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

All I want for Christmas...

Is You... says the bear in the box peeking out :)

I've used an image from a Beary Special Birthday by MFT to create my Christmas card just by changing the present box colours and adding a sweet festive sentiment.

This little fella has been stamped with antique linen Distress Ink and coloured using Prisma pencils adding a few white gel pen highlights.

As its a Christmas card the ribbon and big bow had to have a coat of shimmer and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted called Christmas Typeface.  I shaded a spot underneath to ground him as I hate my images floating aimlessly in mid-air.

Challenge Links...

AAA Cards - Maxi White Space + Optional Twist Christmas in July
ChouxChoux - Visions of Sugarplums
The Male Room - Christmas in July
Less is More - Celebrations
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas optional Sparkle (ribbon/bow)

Saturday, 13 July 2019


Another 'thank you' card using Persian Motifs from Altenew.

I always save the smallest pieces of stamping card because honestly I'm too tight to throw even the most ridiculously small bit out, preferring to stamp and cut out a cute image but today I decided to make the rectangle the focal point.

I randomly stamped the image twice, embossed in gold and then coloured the flowers and the background with Prismas.  I wanted the panel to resemble silk batik and used 3D foam just to raise it off the card base.

The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter cardstock and popped through my Xyron to add the adhesive.

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Helen's All About Occasions
Allsorts - Clean and Simple 
Time Out - Inspired by Words (flowers)
Addicted to Stamps - Clean and Simple
Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets (the panel was a scrap from an A4 piece)

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