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?

Pencil colouring

 

Hi everyone. I’ve tried another technique with this card. As hubby says – ‘you’re always trying new techniques‘……as if that’s a bad thing! I like to challenge myself, and sometimes it turns out alright.

The reason there are three different photos, is because I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. The outside one I thought was a bit stark, the smaller inside photo a bit dark, and the third one…….maybe ok!

I was inspired by several challenges, including Simply Less is More and AAA Cards, who have a joint challenge running for two weeks. Yes – I am almost out of time, hence this later post.

The challenge is for one layer, using a coloured card base, and clean and simple. Right. Who knew that would be so difficult to plan? Do you emboss, colour, water-colour, stamp……..the possibilities are actually endless, but knuckling down and doing it? That was my challenge for the past two weeks.

I used a Kraft card base, and stamped the outline flower from Altenew ‘Build a Flower Magnolia’ with my Ranger Perfect Medium, then set to colouring it in. I didn’t emboss the outline, I just used the guide from stamping it. I have never used the Crafters Companion pencils before. This set is not for water-colouring, but they are supposed to be good for blending. Perhaps better with a white card base, but I really like how this turned out.

It isn’t professionally perfect, but I like the effect, and may well try this out with a white card base, too. I followed the shading for the flower on the back of the stamp pack and ‘went for it’.

I used three pinks, three greens, three browns, and added an extra purple (ish) colour to get a darker impression at the base of some of the leaves.

The sentiment is also from that same stamp set, and I am liking mixing fonts when stamping, and used Versafine black onyx for this – clean and crisp.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Less is Moreone layer, coloured card base, CAS

AAA Cardsone layer, coloured card base, CAS

City Crafter Challengeuse Kraft

Crafty SentimentsCAS or fussy and fancy – (CAS)

Addicted to Stampsanything goes

Received Snail Mail

A different posting from me today – this is some snail mail I received from Idle Emma at Puddleside Musings who set herself a challenge to send snail mail throughout July – and I have just received her mail! Yay!

The envelope is the picture on the right – the swans. How lovely to receive a letter through the post with this on the back of it. And on the inside – a couple of postcards from her, one of them with a written greeting and ‘musing’ on the back, a fridge magnet, and a bar of chocolate. How this this be a bad thing?!

Idle Emma’s posts are a joy to read, and I have been following her for a while. Her blog is good reading, and concerns mainly planners, and snail mail – with some added points of interest thrown in.

I don’t do planners, but I do enjoy seeing what people do with them – mine is my electronic diary! Quite boring, really.

If you have chance, nip on over and check the blog out……….

Have a good one. 🙂

 

 

Stamping Butterflies

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Hi everyone. A small and quick card for today. My sister has been over and we’ve had a few hours playing with our stuff – we have such a different way of crafting cards. She is very much into backgrounds and wild animals. I seem to do anything and everything else!

This card is made using my Majestix and Cardio stamps. I haven’t played with them for a while, and was in a stamping mood. I wasn’t going to go down the layering stamps route, but this set is actually just that.

I used Altenew inks for the flowers – light blue then darker outline, and the butterflies I did in a slightly darker blue, and even darker outline. (You just gotta love those ink sets.)

The floral part was stamped in one of the Altenew sets, the purple range. A light purple, as I wanted the butterflies to be the darkest and stand out the most. The sentiment is also from Altenew, and older set I have had for a while, this time stamped in the dark blue – thinking that black would be too stark with the softer images below it.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Galzbutterflies

Alphabet Challenge ‘I’ is for insects

 

Oriental Orchid

I am just loving this stamp set from Altenew. Yes – bought at the weekend in Doncaster. I have been playing and making a couple of single layer cards. I am also enjoying doing cards with cascading flowers. For some reason it appeals to me. Some interest on one part of the card. I think I’m going ‘clean and simple’ as I get older…..in more ways than one! However – that doesn’t mean to say I won’t be making cards with loads of layers, and bling, and die cuts etc……I like those kinds of cards for my friends and family at Christmas – a Sue Wilson fan for those cards.

For both of the cards above, I used the Altenew inks ‘Northern Lights’ mini-cubes, and stamped the outline, then the much lighter base layer, then only added the middle in the same darker pink as the outline. I didn’t add the more detailed layer, as I liked this simpler look.

I used the masking technique for both cards – for the green stems on one card, and for the other card so I could layer the flowers. I’ll be practising the masking a little more, so I can get more flowers on the stem, but this clean look appeals to me.

I photographed the card at my mum’s, where I’ve been crafting for a few hours – hence the sundial and garden effect. I didn’t notice the hose pipe in the background of one of the pictures until afterwards – but lets just say that life does get in the way of crafting….!

I shall be entering the stemmed card into the following challenges:

Color Throwdowndark pink, pale pink, green, white

Watercooler Wednesdaybirthday

Happy Little StampersCAS birthday

 

 

Poppy stamp set

Hi everyone. So – I went to the craft show yesterday. The bank balance took a hit, and I have been playing with some of my new buys. I have found a new stamp maker – ‘Stamps by me’. I bought three sets and let me tell you – lovely, brilliant, fabulously designed. Gorgeous. And – found out that their store is only an hour away from home – could be dangerous!

This particular stamp set is called ‘Beautiful’ due to the sentiments in the set, but the flowers are simply stunning, no matter what colour you use.

You have the outline, then the water-colour effect for the colour. As you can see I used several colours from my Catherine Pooler collection, and tried different techniques. Some I just stamped the colour, others I water-coloured, and one of them I did both – water-coloured then stamped on top. I didn’t even use my Misti as the Catherine Pooler inks seem to stamp well first time. (I am sure I’ve mentioned that before!)

The four I have not added a sentiment to, will probably be packed together for a cute little notelet set, after adding some plain white paper as an insert. The last card I played with a different background, embossed with a Sue Wilson ‘Rope Chain’ I bought yesterday at a bargain price.

I particularly like the orange cards, as they are different to what one would expect. I’ll be playing with these a little more over the next few days, as not working all week, and will be adding bits and pieces to them, maybe some water-colouring backgrounds…..the choice is endless.

I shall be entering the following challenges with one of these cards:

Paper Craft Crewshare a project using something new

Crafty Catzanything goes (option ice cream – not used)

QKR Stampedeanything goes (option seaside not used)

Crafty Friends Challengefloral

Stamping Sensationsstamping and flowers