Monday, 15 January 2018

CAS using cling wrap

If you visited my blog last week you will have seen my Japanese inspired card. I am still yearning for Japan and so the oriental theme has stuck!

For this card I used a piece of Yupo paper and alcohol inks with cling film (wrap) over the top whilst it dried. This gave me the pattern on the paper.

I cut a thin strip of the pattern and then used a memory box die over the top carefully placing the Japanese "luck" kanji symbol so that it was framed. Finally a little silhouette stamp of an oriental lady at the bottom. I think the stamps are Clarity but they were preloved so not sure.

I'm entering this into the CAS mix up challenge to use cling wrap.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

J is for @ CD Sunday challenge

The challenge at CD Sunday set by Wynn is "J is for". I made this card using the Debbie Moore CD rom Oriental, and although I don't know that it is Japan for sure - but it me it reminds me of our trip there last year and this castle in Kanazawa.

Although not snowing in this picture a few days later we were met with a real snow storm.

Of all the places I have ever visited I am really missing Japan - and would love to go again some time. So really this card is just a little trip down memory lane for me.

The rest of my card features a Clarity "church" stamp which again reminds me of Japan and some cherry blossom die cuts.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Something new at Penny Black & More challenge

Time for our first challenge over at Penny Black & More and it's "something new". You may not have got new stash but it could be a new technique which is what I have done for my DT card.

I used my new distress oxide ink pads and coloured the embossed image using a little water too. I used a sparkly gold powder for embossing the flowers, which looks lovely in real life but hard to photograph. Here's a close up of the detail and you can see the verdigris embossing powder I used for the leaves.

I cut a square of card and randomly stamped off the card the petal stamp then filled in with the leaf stamp.  I used PB petal power and for the sentiments the sprinkles and smiles set stamped in Clair versafine black ink and archival watering can ink.

Thanks so much for looking and we hope to see you over at the challenge blog where you will find my teamies and their "something new" projects. Also as usual all our lovely prizes on offer from our sponsors this month who are 
  Penny Black and Swedish House Crafts
and a prize of a Tonic die donated Ruth Hamilton who designs for Tonic 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Favourite card for each month of 2017

My teamie Ellie over at Penny Black & More inspired me to do my favourite cards of each month for 2017. It was hard as some months I could have picked all of them and other months it was easy!













Thursday, 4 January 2018

Black and dramatic at Lavinia stamps challenge

The card I'm sharing today is one I have made for the Lavinia Stamps challenge. The theme for this month is Black and dramatic.

I took a piece of watercolour card and brushed water over it and then took aquatints and gently floated them onto the card to form the background. I then did some shading to make the foreground and stamped. I used the "line" posts from the Lavinia washing line stamp for the foilage.

I then faux bleached some of the colour from the moon and reapplied. Finally a little white pen for highlighting.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

LIM #360 & #361 sketch 22

I wasn't sure about the sketch over at Less is More challenge this time, but as I've had two weeks I finally came up with two cards using the sketch!

For my first card I used a technique that I got from Monika at Tinkercards. She had bought a foil kit from Poundworld and using a stencil scratched off the black covering to reveal the multi colour foil below. I've had a lot of fun doing this with various stencils and it was once of these pieces lying around that made me think of using if with this sketch. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

My next card was going to use a car but then I found this mini paper, that I didn't know I had! So instead I got out the mini stamp and used it directly onto the base card. I'm a bit hooked on this sketch now and can see me using it again this way.

I'm also entering this second card into Simon says Stamp  Wednesday challenge.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Arty snippets

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and now looking forward to the New Year.

This card is for the Snippets playground challenge. At first glance it may not seem that I have used any snippets. However, what happened was I had cut each of these pieces off a larger stamped image for another card and these were left over which is why they are different colours. I decided it wouldn't hurt to put them together (although the balloon has made another appearance LOL!). Seems such  waste otherwise. So there you have it snippets of a different kind!

I used a Sheena stencil and one of her bird stamps from the set for the background. I added a little pebeo wax around the edges too.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas from Swedish House Crafts

One last post to share from Swedish House Crafts to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018. Pop over to the Swedish House Crafts blog to see some special discounts available to you and some lovely cards by some of the DT.

For my DT card I first stamped using the Gummiapan Film Negative stamp. Then I carefully cut away the inside sections so that I could place the Santa Stamp and Wood effect paper from Maja Denim and Friends pad behind it. I used the Santa die that matches the stamp to cut out Santa once I had coloured him with promarkers.

I used the one of the Gummiapan frame dies to frame my sentiment which is from my stash. To finish I cut some more of the star frames but only the star part and then added some glittler snow from my stash.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

CD Sunday - Christmas Flowers and or Foliage

The challenge at CD Sunday is Christmas flowers or foilage. I really couldn't think what cd to find those on, so I decided to design my own with a cd I happened to have out which is "Christmas with My Craft Studio".

I used a background paper and then imposed a card insert on top which I shrunk down. Then I added the text and holly leaves. The tree I cut out and put on afterwards.

I actually printed it too large the first time and so not to waste it I made the card below. The ribbon is a lovely sage green but will not photograph that way LOL!

Can you believe it, I had the tree left over then so a CAS card using that and a Tim Holtz word die.

A great start on next year's cards!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Anything goes at CAS Watercolour Card challenge

Two things I began to learn this year are modern brush calligraphy and watercolour flower painting. So I've combined them to make this card for the CAS Watercolour challenge which is Anything Goes. It did start life a lot more CAS but a few issues meant I had to add some more foilage!

I do find this very restful to do and plan to try more in the coming year, even if when I've finished my results aren't quiet up to scratch.  Also it does look better IRL! and seen from a little bit more of a distance.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

LIM #359 - Birds/Feathers

The current challenge on Less is More is for birds/feathers. I don't really have any bird stamps but I remembered I had these free papers from a magazine.

I have a friend who loves owls and I was going to make her birthday card with these papers - but as it's not until June next year it was on my to do list. So I bumped it up and made the card, simple matting and layering and a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

I usually have these magazine papers waiting to be used, but I actually went on to make some cards for her with the rest - feeling accomplished! Just need to finish all the other things now........

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Winter Trees

Yesterday I shared a card I made with an Inkylicious stamp and I also bought these wonderful bare trees. They are perfect for the challenge on Stamping Sensations this month which is "Winter trees and flowers".

I used ink dusters and TH DI inks in picked raspberry, dried marigold and spiced marmalade. After removing the mask I brushed a little ink over to soften the white. It looked a little bare in the sky so I drew three birds too! The sentiment - my fave - is from Inkylicious too.

Edged with a black sharpie making this a nice flat card for posting! I'm so mindful of this these days. In the UK a 6x6 card will be 56p second class but make it any larger and it goes to 76p, that's only if it's flat too.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Cold and Frosty colours

I love this stamp I got recently from Inkylicious and wanted to use it right away. I decided it would be perfect for the current challenge at Allsorts which is "Cold and Frosty colours".

I stamped the image in Caribbean archival ink and then using blue jeans oxide and broken glass DI I used ink dusters to swipe across the image. Then I added a few liquid pearls.

I have had this decoupage paper for ages and thought it would look like ice if I used some of the same ink colours over the top of it. I used a little glycerine when blending to help the ink glide over the paper.

Finally a TH die set I bought and haven't yet used, but I knew this script sentiment from it was going to be useful. I took another piece of card and brushed ink over before cutting out.

Monday, 18 December 2017

mid month reminder for CAS Challenge at Penny Black & More

A little reminder of our monthly theme of Clean and Simple for the December challenge at Penny Black & More. 

For my DT card I used the Penny Black set 30-155 Blooming Garden and for the sentiment 30-115 Lace Delight. For a change instead of masking the flowers I actually painted around them with some aquantints. Then I used Derwent colour inktense pencils to colour the flowers and seed heads. I stamped a little bit of a pattern in the background in Watering can ink so that it was not competing with the main image. Then I stamped the sentiment over the top with Clair black ink.

I cut the panel out using Spellbinders distressed edges dies and a mat for it in black and that was it!

I do hope you find time to join us for the challenge which as always has fab prizes on offer.