Sunday, 20 August 2017

Long lost flowers

Here is a card made using  a Paula Pascual stamps set. I loved this and used it again and again but then, as is the way, it was passed over for newer sets and lay unloved. 
I found this flower button on my desk when I was looking for a finishing touch. It's cut from a drinks can, months ago.


I added some Wink of Stella for some sparkle, it makes the flowers look very special. 
I made this for a couple of challenges:
CAS colours and sketches  where my resolution to enter more often is failing. I didn't quite have the right colours but this is the nearest I do have. However many colours you have you always want just one more. 

CASE this sketch. 

I promise you I followed the sketch and then stuck it down the wrong way round! Can you believe it? So lets pretend I flipped it. 

I'm so glad I got it out again. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - August technique



Here is my card for our latest challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. It's a technique this time:



One way of doing this is to use a die for embossing rather than cutting. I used my Big Shot and, by trial and error, I've found these are the layers you need:
Tab 1
Cutting plate
Embossing mat
Card
Die - cutting side down
Cutting plate.  I find this gives quite a deep emboss so I sometimes use card instead of the second cutting plate. I have two pieces which together are thinner than the cutting plate. I think I used the cutting plate here though. 


Jennifer McGuire is the queen of this (and everything) and has a video here. 
Before embossing I tapped the die with Versamark so I could add silver embossing powder and heat emboss in the grooves of the snowflake. 
I hope you'll have time to join in with this lovely technique, it's not too late to get ahead with your Christmas Card. 
Thanks for visiting and have a crafty day. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunshine on a card

Hello lovely crafters. 
I've broken out a set of stamps I've had for a few years and not used enough. 


I used two different flower heads and three kinds of leaves and then coloured them with Promarkers. 
I think it'll be good for a late summer birthday. Or perhaps a February birthday when all is gloomy. 

I confess the oval is covering a square hole in the card. I cut it for a previous project but it was squint. I chose it to start stamping the sunflower on, not really thinking how I would finish it off. Anyway, no-one will know if you don't tell. 

So I can skip over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as my card is all made from scraps. The base card was abandoned from a previous project too. It has 'Merry Christmas' stamped badly on it. 
At Sunny Day Crafting the challenge is F for Flowers. My favourite theme.


The Sisterhood of Crafters are looking for Harvest Hoe Down. I don't really want to think about the end of summer but I have the best sunflowers I've ever grown this year. 

Please Grab Our Badge!

Also The Flower Challenge is asking us to focus on Background Stamping. I love stamping backgrounds and when I first started I made plenty but didn't know how to finish them off. I found a couple the other day still not finished.
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. 

 I used
 Papermania Sunflower  and leaf stamps
Paper smooches sentiment
JustRite oval die and dots stamp. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - August theme




Here we are with a new month and a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. It's a fun one this time:

This wasn't very easy for me as I don't have any of the right kind of stamps or dies so I went looking on the internet. 
I found this site freedeariedollsdigistamps. Well, of course, free is my favourite price but do go over and have a look there are such a lot of fun designs for all occasions and especially lots of Christmas images. 
What a fun idea to have Santa and Mrs Santa on holiday. Slightly risqué too! I hope you are not shocked. 
What a palaver just to make a card though. I had trouble with bleeding ink, glue coming through from the back and then the layout of my card. In the end I cut an aperture with a JutstRite die and decorated with a Cardio leaf stamp and some Leane Creatief holly. 
Do join in and if you don't have the right stamp have a go with this one. You have two 
weeks to play along. 

I'm also linking this to Shopping our Stash - Countdown to Christmas. I've been following this challenge for a while but I don't think I've actually managed to enter. It's such a good idea to use what we already have. (I'm currently wrestling with myself about buying a new stamp set). I've used a stamp I've had for years and rarely used, dies I've had since last Christmas and hardly used. Plus pens paper etc which I've been hoarding.    
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And ABC Christmas where the new challenge is P,Q and R for People, Quick or Red. I've used P for People. It definitely wasn't quick!


Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day! x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy 18th

This is unashamed caseing of a card I saw at Less is More. When you see a good idea AND it would work for a teenage boy you just have to copy. This was the original and this is mine.

I mis-remembered where the circle was on the original but I like the offset one on my card. 
It was fairly easy to make but just remember to Cut First Then Emboss. I'm sure you would and would not have to ditch the first attempt as the embossing was flattened. 

The top panel is raised up on foam so the 18 is on the base card. The photo is giving a bit of an optical illusion. 


I used some grey board numbers I'd got in a goody bag from a show. I dabbed Brilliance Moonlight White onto them thinking that I'd colour over but actually they had a silvery look which I liked so I  kept them like that. 
It was somewhat fiddly to put together as far as lining everything up went  but quite quick and easy really. 
I'm skipping over to The Playground as I've used snippets for all of it. I'm actually going to remember to link up his time. Raincoats and wellies are the order of the day. Puddle jumping anyone?
Also I'm linking to a few new to me challenges:


The Sisterhood of Crafters - Boys to Men. 

Please Grab Our Badge!

Sunny Day Crafting ( I wish! maybe tomorrow) - E is for Emboss



Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day whatever the weather. x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Birthday brushos

I started out with a plan for this card but it has morphed several times.
Firstly I embossed circles on the card with dies. The added water and brushos hoping the colour would pool in the circles. 
What actually happened was that the wetness reduced the depth of the embossing and the ink ran everywhere. 
I gave it several more goes of wetting and re-inking, even brushing some colour into the grooves until I was happy with it. 
What I finished with was a mellow inky panel with some circle definition. 


I die cut the happy birthday. Cut it twice more from white scraps and glued them together with the coloured ones on top. I saved the tiny coloured cut outs and poked them back into the spaces but not raised up. It was touch and go but I did find them all. You can't believe how small they are. 

It's quite a vibrant turquoise colour. I think I used Emerald, ultra marine and turquoise brushos.



I'm linking this to Less is More where the new challenge is:


Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x




Saturday, 22 July 2017

Therapy

I had not even the inkling of the beginning of an idea for the current Butterfly challenge. The all at once I had an idea, got to work and it was all made in one evening. This is heavily influenced by watching Jennifer McGuire on You Tube. I probably shouldn't take any credit at all. 
The challenge is:
Grab the Badge

#82 Butterflies + M is for Matching pairs and/or the colour of Orange peel


Mrs A is very good at thinking outside the box in her cards and her challenges. Orange is not usually my go to colour and this card is certainly going to stand out. 


Having said that, I like the brightness and I have tried a new (to me) technique which I've been meaning to have a go at.
I used my favourite stamp set (If it's possible to have just one, this is it). Caroline's Doodles by Inky Doodles. Sentiment by Hobby Art.
It's stamped in Terracotta on orange card. Then I got out a white gel pen and set to work. After a pretty stressful fortnight this was a brilliant way to unwind. I was sorry when Mr C wanted me to come away and watch a film. It was probably good to stop and step back though or the whole thing may have been covered in dots. 
The mount is a piece of a used shimmery orange envelope which I'd squirrelled away at least a year ago. Don't tell me you wouldn't have done the same if one came into your possession. 
Apart from the large centre flower, everything else is stamped in pairs. 
I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x