Saturday, 17 November 2018

Have a Super Birthday

Goodness me, its already week three at Just us Girls and its a colour challenge.  The ladies would like you to use Yellow, Orange and Turquoise.

Recently my eldest celebrated his birthday so I incorporated the colours into a card for him from his brother.

I started by stencilling the background in yellow and orange then used Versamark to add some clear sparkle embossing powder.  The cat is from Clearly Besotted Caped Cuties set just coloured with alcohol markers in greys through to black.  The balloons are from MFT Birthday Bears set, die cut out and popped behind the cat.

The sentiment is from the Caped Cuties set and the brother is from another Clearly Besotted set with matching dies.

A close up of the sparkle on the sunburst background.  

These colours are so cheery to work with and it would be great to see how you interpret the challenge, so why not pop along to see lots of gorgeous inspiration from the DT :)

Challenge Links...

Tuesday Throwdown - Playing Dress Up
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes/Topping Clean & Simple
Watercooler Wednesday - Occasions

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Merry Christmas

Todays card is for week two at Just us Girls and its using bleach on your card.

When I first saw the challenge I knew I wanted to use a very old wooden stamp with swirls and holly but I wasn't prepared for how frustrating it was going to be.  I masked off a strip and coloured with Festive Berries distress ink and then the fun began.  Firstly I wet the stamp with a good spritz of bleach, dabbed off the excess and stamped onto the panel.  Now I've discovered if you spritz with too much bleach you loose the definition of the stamp and if you remove too much you get nothing at all.  After many,  many attempts I finally achieved the bleached effect I was after, thank goodness!

The card looked a little too bland so I added a Prima poinsettia flower with some greenery just to lift it.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped and then embossed with clear sparkle.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Guest Designer - November at Just us Girls

Excited once again having been asked to Guest Design at Just us Girls for the whole month of November and there are some fab challenges coming up.

We're kicking the month off with the theme 'Music' and I've opted to use the new Caroling Newtons stamp set from Newtons Nook.

I've watercoloured these using a limited colour scheme to keep it CAS.

The sentiment is one of my absolute favourite stamps to bring out over Christmas and I thought it suited the little kitties purrfectly - no apologies for that pun, it was totally intended :)

To finish off I added a sprinkling of snow from an unbranded embossing folder, a few musical notes and some Stickles for the hats and pompoms.

I do hope you'll stop by and be inspired by the Design Team.

Challenge Links...

Christmas with the Cuties - Wrap up Warm
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes Christmas 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Guest Designer at Less is More - WHOOP!

Super EXCITED... A few months ago I was lucky enough to win the Pets Challenge over at Less is More and imagine my surprise when I was asked to Guest Design.  Yeah I had to think about it - for about 1 nano second :)

The theme is Dimension and this is the card I came up with.

Firstly I used texture paste through a Tim Holtz brick stencil onto white cardstock, left to dry overnight.  I die cut the leaf and using red, green, yellow and brown inks blended the colours to represent an Autumn leaf.  The 'thanks' has been die cut and inked the same then matted onto two layers on black cardstock.

For added dimension I've used Crackle Accents and once dry rubbed Distress Ink over the cracks, the leaf had a natural curl so its only adhered with a little glue in the middle.

And that's my take on the challenge, so why not pop over and be inspired by the Design Team.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Fall Porch
Time Out - Inspired by Words
CAS on Friday - Autumn/Fall or Halloween

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

You're How Old?

Regular followers of my blog probably know its my husbands birthday on the 31st October and as such I like to make him a birthday card with a twist of Halloween.  This one has been made for my son to give him.

I've used You Rock stamp set from Clearly Besotted and coloured the little dinos in traditional Halloween colours, its pretty simple with just a little bit of masking and as far as dinosaurs go... these are more cute than ferocious little fellas.  To finish I added a little strip of patterned paper from MFT.

Challenge Links...

Sunny Day Crafting - Always Animals
Sweet Stampin' - Chevrons or Stripes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Birthday Stripes

I've made todays card for someone special whose two favourite colours are black and yellow. 

I started by using Altenews watercolour stripes stencil and used a black dew drop ink with specks of gold running through it.  The 'happy' was partially coloured yellow to give an ombre feel and triple cut to add dimension.  The balloon is from Sugar Pea Designs and the stars are clear embossed after inking in black.  I slightly messed up the cut of the balloon but hey its handmade, mistakes are art - right?

I couldn't resist adding a bit of sparkle to the 'happy' to match the shine from the stripes.  The 'birthday' was from Lawn Fawn.

Challenge Links...

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes 
Double D - Stripes & Dots
Lets Craft and Create - Anything Goes (optional paper strips)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Birthday Bear

Inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I've made my husbands birthday card, coloured with a twist of Halloween colours.

I've used MFT Birthday Bears stamps/dies and Happy Birthday die all coloured with alcohol markers.  

A little bit of sparkle was added to the bows and the husband is from a stamp set by Clearly Besotted with matching dies (retired now).

Challenge Links...

Freshly Made Sketches 
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies 
Moving Along with the Times - For a Man
Papercraft - Die Cuts or Punches