Congrats

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Hi everyone. Quite a colourful card for today. I am working with someone this afternoon who will be expecting a new addition to their family in the New Year. I don’t make baby cards, and I have absolutely nothing in my stash which is specifically for this type of occasion, so I went with the flow and created this.

I took inspiration from several challenges regarding colour and theme. The first thing I did was to stamp my Concord and 9th ‘Stripe Builder’ stamp set. I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform, as this is one huge stamp, and used Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ and Stampin Up ‘Tempting Turquoise’.

Now I tried stamping this several times, and it just wouldn’t cover all of the card. I re-stamped, stamped again, then decided to leave it as it was, as the photo inspiration from Inkspirational has greeny slats, and also one white slat, which all look quite weathered. So – the distressed stamping look it was. I quite like this effect. What do they say about mistakes – there aren’t any, just happy accidents? Well, there we are.

I then took my Sue Wilson ‘Noble Pierced Squares’ and cut a piece to cover the background, then die cut my Tim Holtz ‘Mixed Media’ in two corners, so the colours would show through.

After sticking these down, I die cut the ‘Congrats’ from Stampin Up ‘Sunshine Wishes’ in white card with double sided sticky sheet on the back, and cut that four times stacking them up, then die cut one from another piece I had stamped originally and didn’t like the look of. (Happy accident again)

I really like the colours on this card, and it goes with either boy or girl, I think…..do you agree?

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Inkspirationalphoto inspiration

City Crafter Challenge something beginning with ‘S’ – (Sunshine Wishes dies)

House Of Cards challengestripes

Less is Morepiercing (Sue Wilson pierced squares)

 

 

 

 

Red flowers

Happy Sunday everyone. Craft day again – well, hubby is golfing, so I am playing too.

This card was composed from the background called ‘Squared Off Cover Panel’ from Reverse Confetti. This is a new buy from Seven Hills Crafts – ordered one day, and delivered the next. Always fabulous service.

Anyway, I knew I wanted to use this cover panel, and cut it twice – once in white, and once in a browny/goldy card from Creative Expressions. I then placed a piece of double sided sticky sheet on the back of the white panel, and placed the browny squares back into the white die cut. I stuck this down onto a plain white card base.

Now to the flowers – back to my old favourite from Altenew, the ‘Adore You’ stamp and die set. Love ’em, love ’em! I took some Crafters Companion satin red and satin green card, stamped using my Ranger Perfect Medium, and embossed with detail bright gold embossing powder. Now, you have to be quick with this embossing, as I have found the coating on this particular card isn’t exactly heat proof! (Trust me, I found out the hard way) So, I heat embossed from the back of the card……wish I’d thought of that first!

Anyhoo, I then cut out the flowers and leaves, and arranged them around the cover plate, took a photo so I could place them back again, and glued down with Pinflair glue gel. This gel gives some time to move things around a little, and you can then even stick the leaves underneath.

The sentiment is from that same stamp set.

I shall be entering this into the following challenges:

Altenew July 2017 inspirationphoto inspiration (colours and flowers)

Time Out ChallengesInspirational words

Just Us Girlssomething old +/- something new

Allsorts Challengephoto inspiration (colours and flowers)

 

Happy Birthday

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Hi everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I have been spending some time crafting today. Why is that the more clean and simple a card turns out to be, then it’s usually the longest time I take to make? Does anyone else find that? The more you put on a card, the easier I find it. Is it about the placement of the details? Is it the colours that will be used – let me have your thoughts on it.

The cue card from CASology is ‘Balloon’. Does that mean a single balloon? Can you add more? Well, I did think of a speech balloon, but couldn’t find anything in my stash I could use, and I didn’t want to free-hand too much, so I kept looking for ideas.

I found my Altenew ‘Hug Me’ stamp set, and used the smallest image, stamped in Versafine black onyx – not sure if I was going to be colouring him – stamped the sentiment, then went looking for a balloon…..

This one is from Craftwork cards, a small stamp set I have never used ‘Celebrations’, so grabbed and stamped the balloon with Catherine Pooler ‘Flirty Fuchsia’. I drew in the balloon line with a black gel pen – very brave of me on a nearly finished card – and decided not to colour the little guy. Left him plain.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Double D challenges – black and white with pop of colour

CASology – balloon

Tuesday Throwdown challenges – black and white and one other colour

 

 

No stamping

Hi everyone. I hope you are all well, and enjoying some crafting time. I’ve been putting together this card. It may look simple, but let me tell you it has taken me a few hours to get it right.

I am following the challenge theme for Simply Less is More – CAS no stamping, and Cards In Envy – baby blue or pretty pink. I had an idea of creating a coloured card and die cutting a flower or something from it, and even did that, but I just didn’t like how it turned out.

I then decided to use my Gansai Tambi ‘Pearl Colours’ to create a flat background, but shimmery. I covered a piece of white card with the Pearl Pink,  and let one layer dry before adding another layer. I did three layers in total as I wanted quite a solid colour. I managed to get a photo with the shimmer showing. I let this dry completely before using Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Windy Backdrop’ for added interest to the shimmer.

I then moved onto the sentiment. This is from Neat and Tangled, called ‘Big Hugs ‘ – can’t think why!? I die cut this in black card many times – I think 6 in total, and layered them on top of each other for a slight bit of dimension.

I was going to glitter it, and decided not to as I think the bold and black letters really stand out from the pink shimmery background. I added the whole pink layer to a plain white card base.

So, even though it looks simple, it took me a while to put together – drying time, die cutting, and sticking time – but I think it’s quite effective.

I will also be entering this card into the Mix It Up challenge – anything goes, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes.

I have some very exciting news – I have been asked to be guest designer for the month of August, weekly cards, for CAS Colours and Sketches!!!! Two colour challenges, and two sketch challenges. How about that? Sooooo excited to be doing that. The first challenge goes ‘live’ on Tuesday – I hope you can join us. 🙂

 

Magnolia Colours

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Hello everyone. I hope you are all well. It looks like a late evening posting for me today. I have been playing with colours and different stamps in my craft room, and forgot what time it was. Time flying and having fun comes to mind…..

This card is inspired by the colours from Color Throwdown – raspberry pink, yellow, and green. I wanted to use the Magnolia stamp set from Altenew, but didn’t know if magnolia’s come in these colours…..I did an internet search, and they do come in yellow, but I couldn’t find any with a raspberry heart or dark shading. So – I did it anyway! You know me, throwing away the rules…..

I stamped the flower in Versafine black onyx – as always – then stamped the base main magnolia layer in ‘Tiara’ from Catherine Pooler, adding some raspberry colour to the base, and slightly drawing it out with my watercolour brush. The green is ‘Grass Skirt’ from Catherine Pooler, drawing out the base green for a lighter touch, then adding directly to the image for the darker shading.

The branch is coloured with an Inktense brown pencil – one of the ‘allowed’ neutral colours – then used the matching dies to cut the image out.

I then stamped a third generation of the raspberry colour using the Altenew Hexagon stamp for a very, very light background, (I promise it is there and the raspberry colour)stuck my flower to it, then used my wonky rectangles from MFT.

The sentiment stamped in the same green, as opposed to my usual black, for a more muted look, so that it didn’t take away from the main image too much.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Color Throwdownraspberry pink, yellow, green

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Spitfire

Hello there, everyone. I have been playing with one of the stamps I bought at Doncaster last week. For some reason the spitfire stamp from Stamposaurus appealed to me on the day, and I have no idea why it did. My sister gave me rather a weird and strange look when she saw I had bought it! Then along came some challenges where I immediately thought of using it. How funny is that?

I stamped the image onto water-colour card, using Versafine black onyx, then turned my mind to how to colour the image, and using which of my mediums. I was using the colours from Color Throwdown – green, yellow, red, aqua – and knew I had to mix things up a little.

One of the images I coloured using my Zigs – the one with the lighter green, with red and yellow for the targets, and the other I used my Gansai Tambi water-colours. That all came together quite well, I thought. I had tried using some masking fluid over the plane, to ink blend the background, but the card didn’t like me removing it and then colouring on top of it……….became all bobbly and useless. I really don’t have much luck with that fluid!

For the background, I used a small paint brush to wet around the plane, then dabbed in some Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini’ ink, which spread very nicely, I must say.

To put the card together, I folded and scored an A4 piece of card, then put the planes at a jaunty angle. One of the planes I coloured the whole of the base with the plane on it, the other I left ‘messy’. One of them I put the card down on the base without trimming, the other I put the card down off-setting it to the base card, then just trimmed around said base card.

I just happened to have a Card-io stamp set called ‘Up, up and away’, and used that for the sentiment. As if by magic, matched completely what I wanted to do.

I shall be entering this onto the following challenges:

Color Throwdowngreen, yellow, red, aqua

QKR Stampedeanything goes with twist up, up, an away

Just add ink photo inspiration

Happy Little Stampers water colour challenge anything goes optional twist blue

 

 

July Sketch and colours

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Good morning, afternoon, or evening. I seem to be continuing my fixation with Altenew. There always seems to be a stamp set appropriate for any of the challenges I use for inspiration.

This card and design was inspired by the challenge from CASology – Diamond being the theme word, and CAS Colours and Sketches, with a colour theme this time – Night of Navy, Powder Pink, and Soft Sky. These are Stampin Up colours, and even though I don’t have the Soft Sky – I used my Lawn Fawn ‘Mermaid’ – I like the way they look together. I sense a play with these colours on perhaps a floral layout…….

The large stamp set is Altenew ‘Pattern Play – Hexagon’, which I stamped using my Tim Holtz stamping platform. It is a BIG stamp. And even though I knew I only wanted a portion of the stamped image – cut down using my Cutterpillar – (blinking marvellous machine) – I stamped the whole stamp for using the remainder on another card.

I stamped the main image in ‘Powder Pink’, the diamond inserts with ‘Mermaid’, and the sentiment from the same stamp set in ‘Night of Navy’. Not one smudge – so proud of myself. I seem to smudge even when using a stamping platform, maybe I am now doing it right!

You can see from my posts that I am trying different positions and different lighting for photographing. This one is a rusty bird bath on a large stone waterfall feature. I know it looks dirty, but I do think it brings out the crispness of the card and the colours – do you agree?