Life’s a beach…..

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today which stretched my Copic colouring knowledge – research was undertaken! – to create a beach scene:

I used Make It colour blending card and stamped the Clearly Besotted scene onto the bottom of it in Gina K amalgam ink.

Once stamped, I then turned to the tinterweb and searched for ideas on colours and ‘how to‘ colour a beach scene and the sea. Most of the colours and methods came from watching Mindy Baxter do her magic – very inspiring. I added some more colours – and actually used a couple of different ‘blues’ for the sea as I didn’t want it too dark or even too light – but kudos to her for her easy to follow instructions.

Here is a picture of the colours I used:

I think I missed the dark brown Copics somehow!

I find taking a picture of the colours helps me to look back and see what I was happy with, and what combination of colours I may use again. I do write these down in a note book – very OCD at the moment – and write where I have used them on what card and what post so I can easily look back and see if I was happy with the colours or not.

The card was then die cut using some stitched rectangle frames, then adhered to a white card base. The Make It card isn’t thick enough to be used as a one layer card, so if I want to do one of those, I tend to colour on Neenah Classic Crest – but I find that doesn’t blend as well, so I have to choose my colours carefully – or colour using another medium.

I hope you are all well and managing to stay sane……!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS along the edge with option of ‘beach’

Lemon Shortbread anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 30 – anything goes colouring

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P, Q and R Christmas

Hellooooo. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached P, Q and R – and we want to see your Christmas makes with Pine Trees, Quiet, and/or Robins.

I went with all three:

Pine Trees

This first card is using the Clearly Besotted ‘Scene It Around 2‘ stamp set, and coloured with Copics.

Quiet

Santa and the sleeping cat – shhhh – is from Gerda Steiner Designs, again coloured with Copics. I’m owned by two cats actually, and until hubby and I have finished our travels and working less – then it will continue to be cats – they are so much more independent – and don’t need walking in bad weather!

Robins

These cute little Robins are from Clearly Besotted – stamped the layers, adding glitter to the white on the hats, and added to a stenciled background.

I am looking forward to seeing what you create with these topics for a Christmas make – hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Scene card:

PolkaDoodles Challengeweek 31 – atg colouring

Pink Gem Challenge atg colouring

12 Months Of Christmas Challenge – Christmas with option shimmer and shine

Santa and Cat:

Fezziwigs Festive Frolics – Santa

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Dogs or Cats – and why

Christmas with the Cuties cute Christmas Animals

Di’s Digi Designs Cute and Cuddly Animals

Rockin’ Robins:

Christmas Blog Challenge Christmas and Square card

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas – option reindeer (not taken)

Crafty Animals anything goes with animals

Glittery Snowman cards

Hello yet again. I have some cards to share – variations on the same theme – for the new challenge which has just begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge:

green glitter card
Green mirri card

I had fun playing with this die set and choosing the colour for the scarf and gloves.

The background is a stencil and glitter paste from a previous play time in my craft room. The green paste is a mix of Altenew embossing paste and one of their ink refills. I varied the base card – white card and Centura Pearl card – which gave the darkest base colour.

The black eyes and buttons are Nuvo drops – the little die cuts these out but they were sooooo fiddly I gave it up as a bad job and went with the Nuvo drops. There were four cards initially – but on the fourth card I put the drops down and added the other elements before letting the drops dry and set…….yep – black stuff everywhere!

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘anything goes as long as it’s Christmas’ challenge – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fab’N’Funky Challenges Christmas

Lil Red Wagon make your background

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Christmas Craft Creations Christmas Characters

Crimbo-CrackersAnything goes Christmas

12 Months of Christmas – Christmas with option shimmer and shine


Hope to Sea You Soon

Hi there. I have a card to share – quite a CAS card – made with a dear friend of mine in mind:

I have seen this particular friend just once since March – and so I am hoping we can get together again soon for a catch-up – and maybe one day we can hug again!

The stamp set I used is from Heffy Doodle – You Go, Gull – and I first stamped the tree stump in Stampin Up ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink – then used a water-brush to pull the colour out a little.

I then stamped the birds in Gina K amalgam ink and coloured the grey areas with Copic cool greys, and used the same Stampin Up ink and a little water to colour the beak, legs, and wing detail.

The base card is three and a half inches by eight and a half inches, and the black layer and white window layer are cut using Heffy Doodle ‘Stitched Slimline Trio‘ die set. I love the scallops on the windows. And I have three scalloped squares to use on another card now…….

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, heat embossed in white – though I did have to go over the letters with a white gel pen as it didn’t quite emboss fully.

The hearts are cut from a piece of card I coloured with the same ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, white, terracotta

Water-Cooler Challengesanything goes

Freshly Made Sketchesslimline sketch

Krafty Chicks anything goes

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Tropical Summer Corners

Hello once again. A new challenge has just begun at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘I’ – and we want to see your ‘Island Fun’ – anything tropical.

Here is my card:

I used the ‘Summer Corners’ stamp set from Clearly Besotted, stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

The ended up being e a one layer card too – something I struggle with – but felt I just had to give it a go again.

I actually enjoyed colouring these images, enjoyed the colour selection process and just playing around with blending. The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle – and required some surgery……..!

I know – I don’t do this very often, and instead of masking and failing – which would ruin the hard colouring work I had already done – I cut the sentiment in half to place as you see………..I must have been very brave that day!

I hope you can come and join us with your Island and tropical makes – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge things with wings and a sentiment

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Digi Choosday anything goes

Color Crazy Challenge week 29 – anything goes with colouring

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Stamping on Kraft

Hi everyone. A new challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz, and this we want to see you stamping on Kraft………

I did another card recently where I enjoyed creating my own background whilst stamping on kraft – I got my DT cards and themes kinda mixed up!

So for this challenge I went retro:

Very simple – but I think very effective. This is a stamp from Picture This/Creative Endeavours and once again ‘found’ whilst putting items into the Color My Life app. It’s called ‘Terry and June‘ – which also brings to mind an old UK sit com.

This stamp set also brought back memories of the early 1980’s – hubby and I were often off on his motorbike – sometimes camping at rallys with lots of other bikers, and sometimes off on our own just travelling the roads.

He has had loads of motorbikes over the years – and still has some – but my days of doing that are over – I like my creature comforts too much!

I must say, when I showed him the card he wasn’t very pleased – we were the rockers – completely opposite to the scooter gang! You know the ones I mean – we had long hair, scruffy leather jackets with denim cut-outs on them – head-bangers we were called because of the way we ‘danced‘.

Anyhoo – I love this image – bringing back memories of biking and camping with such joie de vivre……

I hope you can come and join us in this challenge, I’d love to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

CAS on Sunday CAS summer

Butterflies and Flowers

Hello there. I have a project to share with you today that has taken me completely outside of my comfort zone. I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what I’ve done – but I enjoyed playing.

I took inspiration from several challenges, gathered some stuff together, and set to gluing and sticking and layering and……well – here it is:

I printed out some digital papers and tags Vectoria Designs, and stuck down to some card to give a little bit of body to them.

On the base card I placed some patterned paper – no idea where from – and started to add the elements. I wanted the butterfly sticker and sentiment to be used on one side, and lots of flowers on the other.

I added some glitter – then decided it looked awful – so I covered the glitter with pieces of washi tape……..!

The flower tags were cut and arranged as you see, and I even added another butterfly.

I found some glass domes and added some of them and laid one over a flower image to give some more dimension to the colour.

Some of the areas looked a little bare, so I took a swirly heart stamp and added some detail with that – you can see part of it next to the black butterfly sticker……

I still have no idea what I’ve done, or what I’m going to do with it – but I enjoyed the process – very freeing……..no focus or plan to what I did, no squaring things off – just sticking…….

I have another kit from Craft Box UK – the Alice in Wonderland kit – so I may have another go at a different – well – what is it? Is it collage? Is it mixed media? Is it both? No clue, absolutely no clue…….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Add Ink Mixed Media – (ink, 3D objects, tags, washi tape…..)

Craft Hazelnuts Patterned Paper anything goes with patterned paper

Crazy 4 Challengescollage background

Daring Cardmakers add 3 of something (3 pieces of washi tape)

Birthday and Hello

Hello there. I have a couple of cards to share which used just one stamp set between them, and then I die cut a couple of rectangles from the image:

The circular floral image is quite large, and I was going to use the whole image on one card, but decided to cut it up to make two CAS cards.

Here is the original stamp set picture, just so you can see what I started with:

Beautiful Inside and Out Clear Stamp Set
Funky Fossil Designs, A5 stamp set

I stamped the circular image in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, sticking to the colour scheme from one of the challenges.

Once coloured I then used a small stitched rectangle die from Susan Wilson to cut two pieces out, and attached them in different places in two different sized card bases.

The ‘Hello‘ die is from Simon Says Stamp and part of a recent kit of theirs, die cut in black 4 times and layered together.

The birthday sentiment is from another Simon Says Stamp set called ‘Bee Happy‘ – I was after a small birthday sentiment and this fitted perfectly.

I’m off to get the house ready for having visitors this evening – the first time since March. We are lucky to have a downstairs cloak room – so I have sanitised it, and shut the door so hubby and I won’t use that for the rest of the day. I’ve even ordered a take-away restaurant meal…….not quite ready for going out to a restaurant yet……Can you also imagine I’ve also got out separate cutlery, plates and glasses for them that haven’t seen the light of day since Christmas? Yep – that’s my OCD kicking in!

Anyhoo, I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenges occasions

Color Throwdownyellow, orange, green

Krafty Chicks occasions

Here is a place to startflowers/floral

AAA CardsCAS max white space and option of flowers

Butterflies

Hi there. I have a couple of cards to share today using the same Simon Say Stamp ‘Beautiful Butterflies‘ stamp and die set.

The card on the left is my version of the slim line card. I stamped the butterfly in Distress Oxide ‘Peacock Feathers’ for a solid impression. I was going to colour the white parts in – but decided it looked good as it was.

The layers are using Mama Elephant slim line dies with the white water-colour piece splattered with the same blue Distress Oxide and I think Fossilized Amber – wanting a teal and yellow splattering going on – and a Lawn fawn grey card as a contrast layer.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, which I chose to give someone some encouragement with a recent promotion.

The second card:

I stamped the images with Lawn Fawn inks – Carrot and Fake Tan – which give fabulous coverage, by the way – then cut them out with the matching die set.

The circle is a piece of a stenciled background I made a week or so ago with Lawn Fawn ‘Starry Sky‘ stencil and white paste, die cut with a stitched circle die.

The sentiment is from a magazine freebie, and stamped onto a spare piece of water-colour card which I splattered the same two Lawn Fawn inks onto, cut into a strip, then that strip cut with the same circle die so it was the correct length, and had some stitching to it.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Both cards:

Twofer Card Challenge Butterflies

Card one:

Cut It Up Challenge create your own background and use a die cut

Just Us Girls Challenge teal, mustard, light grey

Crafters Castleanything goes

Card two:

CAS Colours and Sketches – sketch

Give A Crafter A Cookie – photo inspiration (using oranges and yellow)

Crafty Creations Challengeanything goes

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Christmas Spirits….

Hello once again. I hope you are keeping safe. I have a CAS card to share today:

I took a square base card and stamped some images from a newly purchased Clearly Besotted stamp set ‘ Drink and Be Merry’ in Gina K Amalgam ink, then very simply coloured with Copics.

The berries are one of the gold’s from my Gansai Tambi set – and those little berries are exactly that – little!

The sentiment is from the same stamp set – and there are loads of sentiments with this actually quite small set – you certainly get a lot for your money.

I have a confession to make – this is my second attempt! The first did go in the bin – I couldn’t save it……………I took ages creating a mask for the glasses on the original card, then used a circle stencil and Distress Oxide Speckled Egg as a background – it looked absolutely horrendous!

Really – I mean horrendous! It was only because the Speckled Egg is a greyish-blue, and covered some of the black lines up – my fussy-cutting isn’t the best in the world – so I drew over them in black pen – went squiggly without even touching a drop of alcohol……..I still thought I could save it – coloured the images, stamped the sentiment……nope! Binned.

The version you see here is much better and I feel a whole load happier. I keep trying new things – but sometimes going back to what you know is better. I’m not having a very patient day………………..warn hubby now!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown blue, green, peach, metallic gold

Aud Sentiments Christmas in July with a sentiment

Simply Less Is More CAS one layer Christmas

Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and a square card

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