XOXO Balloons

Hi again. I said I was back from holiday, and here is another card I was able to put together:

I began by stamping the balloons from Clearly Besotted ‘Magical Plushies‘ and colouring them with Copics. I actually stamped the image several times, as I wanted to play around with colours, and this is the one I liked the best.

I didn’t have any shading on the balloons, but decided – for the first time – to use a white gel pen for some highlights. I watched a YouTube video by ‘DrawingWiffWaffles‘ where she reviewed quite a few white gel pens, and then bought the one which came out the best from Amazon. Isn’t it amazing how these white lines change images? I’m definitely going to use this technique again.

I then stamped a cloud image and after playing around with the design, coloured the edges with three different Copics – going from darker to lighter blue. Without this, the cloud kinda got lost in the base card.

The frames is one of the layers from the Reverse Confetti ‘Stitched Note and Frames’ die set, and all three items added to a card base as you see. I wanted it to look like the balloons were floating away with the cloud……

I shall be entered into the following challenges:

CASology – Colour

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeStitches (frame and cloud)

AAA Cards up to one third with optional twist of bright colours

Aqua Flower

Hello everyone. You may have missed me posting this past week or so – but I’ve been sunning myself in Turkey – in 30+ degrees sunshine. Good grief – it was hot. I can safely say that I spent more time in the shade reading, than in the sun. I must have gone through at least 8 books! Fabulous.

After getting back into the swing of things at home and work, I managed to grab some time in my craft room. Here is a card I made yesterday:

I used a die from W Plus 9 – Ironworks Background – then used a stamp set from Clearly Besotted for the flower and leaves in the central circle. I think this stamp set was a freebie with an order, but I’m not exactly sure.

I stamped the flower in Versafine black onyx, then the detail layer in Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini’. I didn’t stamp the solid base layer of the flower as I think the detail layer is so pretty.

I masked the flower off, then stamped the leaves. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownAqua, green grey

Addicted to Stampsanything goes

Crafts Galore Encore – anything goes

Curious Cats

Hello everyone. It’s time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time it’s a recipe challenge.

We would like to see one focal image, one sentiment, 2 patterned papers, and three embellishments. Here is my card:

and a little close-up:

If you have seen my blog frequently, you will know I don’t use many patterned papers – I just don’t know what to do with them! I am so pleased I joined the Design Team at Cardz 4 Galz, as it makes me experiment, and try doing other things with my card making.

For the focal image, I used a new stamp set to me from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Oh My Whiskers’. You will also surely know by now that I have cats, love cats, and anything to put cats on my cards is always a great idea to me.

I stamped this image and coloured with Copics, trying to get three different coloured cats, then used the matching die to cut it out. I then thought about the sentiment and background papers….

I have no idea where these papers came from – the darker green, and the muted stripey bluey paper – but I liked how they looked together. They are both 12×12 inches, so I could play around adding them to this 7 inch square card base.

As the cats in the bucket looked a little curious, I used a stamp from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Purrrfect Sentiments’ , and then looked to my stash for anything cat related to add as embellishments. I think I bought these metal trinket things at a craft show, they may be for jewelry, and placed the butterfly and bee as though the cats in the bucket were looking at them, and added a separate cat trinket just above the sentiment.

The Design Team has come up some fabulous inspiration – very varied – and I hope you will be able to join us. I look forward to seeing what you create with this recipe.

:):)

Blue Holly Wreath

Hello everyone. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge beginning today. The theme – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. This includes cards, boxed, scrapbook pages….

Here is my card:

I took the Altenew ‘Peaceful Wreath‘ and stamped all the images using the Altenew ink set ‘Deep Blue Seas‘, but only stamped the first layer, than embossed with silver detail embossing powder the second layers.

There are, therefore, four colours of the individual holly leaves, each with silver embossing. I arranged the two half-wreaths, and filled in the gaps and added the individual leaves around the outside as you see.

The white embossed panel is from a Sue Wilson embossing folder, layered onto a blue shiny card. I ‘gutted’ the blue piece of card with the ‘peace’ word die, creating a five layered sentiment.

The Design Team have created some fabulous inspiration for this challenge, and I hope you can come and join us.

Floral contrast

Hi there. I have a clean and simple card to share today for the current challenge at Addicted to CAS:

The theme for this challenge is ‘contrast’, and my mind turned to black and white instead of colours.

I have this stamp set from Uniko from their newest release, but bought a few weeks earlier at the Stamping Retreat. I have been wanting to create some cards with this set, and when I saw the current challenge at Addicted to CAS I thought this was a perfect opportunity.

The stem, flower head, and leaves are individual stamps, placed together as you see. The white on black card is embossed using WOW! embossing powder, and the black flower is using Versafine to obtain a crisp image. The sentiment is from a Catherine Pooler stamp set.

I’ll not have much time for crafting over the next few days, but if I create something – I am sure you will be the first to know. πŸ™‚

Always there for you….

Hello again. I have a card to share today using several Altenew stamp and die sets: (no pheasants today, but you can still see the bluebells)

I used the Always There stamp and die set, and brown Altenew inks for the flower. The leaves are from another Altenew set, and the sentiment from yet another.

I didn’t stamp the outline at first, but when I was putting the card together, I decided that the black outline suited when I added the black leaves. Then I realised I hadn’t stamped the centre of the flowers, so I used the third middle stamp only, and added some pink with a Copic marker.

The background panel is actually the reverse impression of a Catherine Pooler stencil. I placed the stencil on some card, then spritz some Tonic Mica Mist onto the card through the stencil – and saw how much was actually on the top of the stencil – so I took another piece of card and laid that on top to get this reverse image. So – two backgrounds for the spraying of one….. frugal crafter!

I tried to catch the mica:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown pale pink, black, brown, white

Die Cuttin’ Divasanything goes with a die cut

Addicted to Stamps ChallengeCAS

Watercooler Challengefeminine

Jingle Bells

Hello everyone, and welcome to the start of another challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. This time, the themes are ‘J’ for Jingle, and/or ‘K’ for kids.

I went with the Jingle theme to create this card:

I knew I wanted to use the Altenew ‘Bells and Bows‘ stamp set, which is so versatile, and used a newer set of brown Altenew inks. I stamped the images over a piece of white Crafters Companion Neenah card stock, and die cut that piece with a Catherine Pooler die – I love using that ‘postage’ effect around the die.

I then took the jingle bells word dies from X-cut, and cut them out several times with a brown card stock, then matted a black layer on top, slightly off-set, to give some dimension and shadow – but the shadow being brown this time:

I hope you can come and join us this challenge, and the Design Team have some fabulous inspiration for you. I hope to see you there.