Doodled Lace Cover Die

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Hello again, everyone. It’s been snowing around here, but not settled – just cold, and windy, but actually quite crisp and clear at the moment. I will be driving north up the M1 shortly, hopefully not coming across too much bad weather!

This selection of cards were made using a new die from Altenew – the Doodled Lace cover die. Now, I have quite simple here, using only three colours of card, but I changed each card – using the same three colours – into a different card each time. I changed where the sentiment went, and one card I cut off one edge of the die-cut to see how that looked.

I am going to be playing with this die a little more – colouring, paper-piecing etc – but these cards quite simple, quite easy – and dare I say – quite elegant?

I don’t think the lace detail comes out very well in the pictures, and I may add some gilding wax to the black die-cut…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Alphabet challenge blog – ‘U’ for use 3 of anything (3 colours)

A Gem of a ChallengeHappy anything

Brown Sugar Challenge Birthday

Multi-cards

Hello everyone. I have been in my craft room all day, to try and get away from the fact we had to put one of our beautiful cats to sleep last night…..it has been quite therapeutic, and it managed to let me recover – somewhat – for the odd few minutes.

As I have made multiple cards, I have entered them into different challenges, so please bear with me for the organisation of it all….

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This card was made using the Lawn Fawn stitched wood grain backdrop, blending two blue distress oxides, then cutting the backdrop and layering this with the mountains from the Get Yeti stamp set.

Challenges entered into:

Cards In Envywinter chills

Simon Says Stamp Monday challengeuse some blue

20180114_155504This second card was made using MFT Painted Flowers, and Altenew inks, and will be entered into:

Watercooler challengesoccasions

CAS Colours and Sketches sketch (flipped onto it’s side)

Seize The Birthdayanything goes birthday

20180114_162212Third card made using MFT More Rustic Flowers and the matching die set. Catherine Pooler Aquatini, Stampin Up Night of Navy, and Altenew pink ink.

Challenges entered:

Color Throwdownnavy, aqua, pink

Fourth and last card:

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MFT More Monsters stamp and matching die set, Altenew inks.

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and more CAS

CASologyhug

Simply Less is MorePurples

4 Crafty Chicksno blue colour

 

 

 

 

 

Embossed and ink blended

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Happy Monday everyone.

I had a little play with my Distress Oxides and my new Altenew ‘Arabesque Medallion’ stamp set. I have seen many lovely cards made with this stamp set, and I am sure I will be attempting some of the techniques and ideas that are out there.

For this card, I first worked a couple of Distress Oxides into the stamping card, blending together – which they seem to do extremely well – then splattered with water. I didn’t want large areas of water splashes, and wanted to keep this to a minimum.

Once dry, I then stamped the medallion in Ranger Perfect Medium, and embossed with white embossing powder. I then took some of the smaller elements in the set and stamped and embossed them the same way. I wanted the background to be quite visible, but also the pattern of the stamp set to shine through.

I then took another smaller piece of card, blended the same colours, stamped the sentiment in Versafine black onyx, but ensuring that the colours on the sentiment banner were opposite to that of the card, so it stood out a little more.

To tie in the black sentiment – you know that’s my favourite sentiment colour – I used a black card base.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challengesomething new (stamp set)

Watercooler challengesfeminine anything goes

Simply Create Toouse embossing

Altenew January 2018 inspiration challengephoto inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

Encouraging cat

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Hello there – again! I said I would be able to find some time to play this weekend. These two cards – just varied in orientation – was inspired by a few challenges. I was able to merge several challenges together with this card – how lucky am I?

The colours were inspired by Color Throwdown, the layout by a sketch from Atlantics Heart Challenge, the sentiment from CASology, and using die cuts from Pause, Dream, Enjoy challenge and 4 Crafty Chicks. Phew…….

I did wonder what I could make using those three colours, but the inspiration from the design team is amazing, and really – there doesn’t seem to be any limits with these colours – from flowers to birds, to winter, to abstract. Great inspiration from the team.

I went with cats as I have two black cats, and whilst I was reading, having a coffee, and stroking one of my cats – my Altenew Modern Cats stamp and die set came to mind.

I was thinking that perseverance and encouragement are exactly what a cat is all about. So, my take on the CASology cue word – keep working at it, whatever it is. I encourage you to play and work hard, and not to lose sight of what your end goal is – ‘don’t quit your day dream’! (end of philosophy!)

Not even finishing the chapter – I went straight to my craft room and created these cards.

The base card is Narwahl from Lawn Fawn, and I die cut a Reverse Confetti ‘Squared Off’ cover panel using Creative Expressions ivory looking card. As I wanted a grey border around the cover panel, I then carefully placed my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die over it – just to take a little bit of an edge off.

The cat and ball of wool were stamped with Versafine black onyx, and die cut with the matching die set. I did have to put a white dot for the eyes with a white gel pen. I set them to one side, then stamped the sentiment from Altenew ‘Painted Inspiration’, before thinking about placement.

I did the two cards, as I wasn’t convinced which one I preferred. Portrait? Landscape? Does anyone have an opinion on that?

I think my preference is the portrait one………we should have a vote!

As I mentioned, I will be entering into the following challenges:

Color Throwdowngrey, black, ivory

Atlantics Heart Challengesketch

CASology – cue word ‘Encourage’

Pause, Dream, Enjoy challengeuse die cuts

4 Crafty Chicksanything goes with dies/punches

 

Simple sparkle

Hello again everyone. I have some time this weekend to do some crafting, and have put together these cards. I started to make these earlier in the week, and finally managed to complete them this morning.

The stamp set is from Uniko, one of their new stamp sets, and this time I have used the bud images from that set. After stamping with Versafine black onyx, I went in with my Polychromos to colour them, and even though they are quite small images, I still managed to give some dimension and blending to the flowers themselves.

I stamped the sentiment in black onyx too, as I like bold sentiments which stand out.

I then took a small piece of green glitter card from Crafters Companion, and die cut a strip from a Catherine Pooler collection I have, adding that for some added extra for a clean and simple piece of sparkle.

I am playing around with ways to photograph my cards, and these images came about as I have been putting my Christmas decorations on my table, and saw that this gorgeous plate – a Christmas present from a very dear friend – was just sat there, with some twig lights around it, looking all pretty……so I placed the cards on it.

I like how these turned out, and may have to keep the set-up for future cards.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA Cards CAS sparkle

Use Your Stuffanything goes

QKR Stampede anything goes

As You Like It anything goes

Moving along with the times flowers

 

 

 

 

Only stamping

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Hello again, and a Happy New Year to everyone. I hope the year is off to a good start for you.

I have been in my craft room for a couple of hours, and playing again with stamping and blending. This card was inspired by the current challenge at Inkspirational, with the challenge to use stamping only, and Time Out, with the theme of ‘New beginnings’. I have translated this loosely – a new beginning for someone whose birthday is today……a mixture of a new year for them, as well as a new year for all of us.

I still had my Uniko and Stamps By Me collection on my craft table, along with my Distress Oxides, and this is what I came up with.

The base card is 8 inches square, and the first thing I did was to stamp the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment. The same sentiment as yesterday, quite large, and I wanted it to be the focal point of the card.

After stamping in Versafine Black Onyx, and heat setting it in clear embossing powder, I then set about stamping my leaves etc for the back ground. I did set off originally with only stamping around the sentiment, masking it off with some ‘post it’ notes, but I carried on stamping and stamping until I had covered most of the background – large leaves first, using an Altenew green ink, and the leaves from the new Uniko ‘Pure Florals: Rose’.

I then took some smaller stamps from Uniko ‘Originally Organic’ and a small star from ‘Reach for the Stars’ – also Uniko – to fill in the spaces. For this I also used some brown Altenew inks.

Once I had completed the background, I felt the sentiment was a little too open and stark, so I masked the area around it and went in with my Distress Oxides, blending to leave the centre of the word a little brighter. I think I used Twisted Citron – or it could have been Fossilised Amber……! Hmmmm – does anyone else forget what they used when they are all on your craft table? 🙂

 

 

Masculine?

20171231_120701Hi there. I’ve managed to sneak some card making into today – whilst hubby out golfing! I concentrated on stamping instead of die-cutting, using a couple of Stamps By Me sets, and Altenew inks.

This is a one layer card, and meant to be more masculine. I stamped the ‘Watercolour Flower’ in Versafine black onyx, and heat embossed in clear. I then used the smaller ‘blotch’ in the stamp set to cover the individual flowers, and even the same blotch to cover the leaves. I was going for a rough and rugged look, not necessarily water-coloured, but definitely outside the lines.

I then stamped the larger blotch, once in brown and then again – on the top – in the green. I did this basically as the first stamp didn’t really cover well – a large solid stamp, so I went back in the with same green I had used on the flowers. I like how the big blotch turned out, actually, and I think it brings the card together.

The sentiment is from Stamps By Me – a big and bold sentiment – required for such a large card.

The inks were from Altenew, using a combination from their green and their brown colours, working and toning well, and not being careful about the placement of the blotches on the flowers. I used a couple of the brown colours, but only one green colour.

The hardest part? Placement. Does anyone else agree that is difficult? When you are filling a card, it is a little easier, but when I’m trying to leave a lot of space – well – those stamps are placed everywhere before I make a decision. Sometimes I don’t make a decision, and make several cards with the same kinda layout, different sized cards, even different colours – as I did yesterday.

I hope you all have a fabulous evening, and I hope to see and hear from you next year! 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Altenew December challengeusing challenge from August 2017 as inspiration

Stamplorations December CAS challenge

Watercooler challenges – anything goes masculine