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I’ve been playing with a layering stencil received as part of the Crop and Create kit a few weeks. I seem to be getting the hang of stencils – whether they are layering or not – and I’m enjoying creating variations using the same product.

The six layers to the flower stencil from Pink Fresh Studio were all still used for this card – but two shades of orange for the sunflowers, and the leaves and other floral images I used two – maybe three – shades of grey – all Distress Inks.

I didn’t mask anything off – just used a little – make that tiny – blending brush for each section. The stencil also comes with a die to cut the inner part out – which I obviously used – and die cut the whole slimline panel using a Mama Elephant slimline die I had.

The Kraft card base has a Kraft panel, embossed with a Sue Wilson pin-point embossing folder for some added interest, and the floral panel raised with 3D foam strips

The two words are also from the Crop and Create kit – one from Gina K and the other from The Stamp Market. This is the second version of the words – the first was by heat embossing with gold – but I didn’t like that, so went back to just layering three each of the words – Kraft – on top of the shadow layer.

But I did add some gold(ish) sequins – just because I could……..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Color Throwdown orange, brown, grey

Addicted to Stamps and More dies and/or stencils

Time Out Challenge friendship/encouragement card – option to use pink not taken

Stamplorations Stencil Challengeuse a stencil

N for No Layers

At The Alphabet Challenge we have reached the letter ‘N’, and Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘No Layers’. None. Zilch, Zip. Nada………

Here is my card:

I have taken a liking to stencils, particularly layering stencils. I struggle with them – I usually get some black ink on the layers somewhere – whether or not I’ve used black ink. Goodness knows where it comes from. And usually one of the colours I use ends up in the wrong place – handy for sequin placement – but this time I couldn’t use one due to being one layer.

I recently attended another virtual crafting weekend, and one of those classes was using a layering stencil, but also masking parts of that stencil to use different colours…..so I thought I’d try with this one from Simon Says Stamp.

I also decided I like to use Distress inks for smaller openings, and Distress Oxides for larger areas.

This particular stencil involved quite a bit of masking to get the different colours on the leaves and petals -those small sticky note arrow thingies work well for that – and small blender brushes too.

Hopefully you can join us in our new challenge – no layers. I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Craftersstencils

Addicted to Stamps and Moredie cuts and/or stencils

Stamplorations October stencil challenge – anything goes with a stencil

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘Oriental’

Hello. Dawn is hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and she has chosen the theme of ‘Oriental’. Here is my take on the new theme:

This actually a one layer card – I decided to do some masking and then colouring – just to keep challenging myself.

The stamps I used are from Clearly Besotted, first stamping the cute creature, then masking, and then stamping the background.

I also then masked the tree – itty bitty cutting required – and masked above and below as you see and ink blended the blue strip.

Once the masks were removed I used Copics to colour, and then stamped the sentiment.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Oriental’ makes – I look forward to seeing what you create.

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Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes with colouring

Cupcake Inspirations anything goes

Critter Crazy Challenge anything goes with a critter

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS option ombre (option not taken)

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Christmas Words

Hello once again. ABC Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge using the letters ‘U’ and ‘V’. The host is Julie, and the themes using these letters are ‘Under the tree‘ and ‘Vocabulary‘ (use words). Here is my card:

Having bought this cover die for attending the recent Hero Arts Stamp-along, and having used the outside areas for the shaker card we made, I used the letters which were die cut to create this card.

I sprayed them with a Tim Holtz Mica Spray, and whilst I was being messy, I also sprayed a separate piece of card with the green mica spray too.

Once those letters had dried, I stacked them three times with white card stock. and when the green layer was dry I used a slimline die from Mama Elephant to create the scalloped frame.

The letters were added as you see. The scallop frame is raised using 3D foam strips, so I added the letters to get the same height all round, as they didn’t quite fit into the frame – but I wanted it to work so I just got on with it, and some part of the letters on the edge were glued directly onto the frame.

I’m loving playing with these mica sprays – loving it. They are so shiny and vibrant – you will definitely see more makes using these.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas makes following our two themes.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

Christmas Cards All Year RoundChristmas with S or T (sprays, scallops)

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One Layer Happy Birthday

Hello. A new challenge has started at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, this time we want to see your CAS cards with no added layers. Just the card base with your images and/or sentiments on it. No layering. No die cuts – one layer.

Here is my card:

Using a top folding A2 card base out of Neenah card stock, I stamped the two layers from the Uniko ‘Background Blocks Layered Modern Floral’ using Catherine Pooler inks.

I chose these two colours virtually straight away, and chose Catherine Poole rinks as they always stamp first time on new stamp sets – a little rubbing over the stamp with the fingers, but then you are good to go. Of course -having the Misti helps – just in case!

There are some little stamps in the set too which I used to stamp extra in the main image – those little dots and a few leaves….

As a little aside – this is the second card I created for this challenge. The first card just didn’t take my fancy. I used some layering flower and leaves sets from Altenew, some masking – but the end result didn;t really do it for me – I kept thinking about t, and finally – whilst tidying my craft room for yet another virtual crafting session – I came across this stamp set just sat there waiting to be added to the CML app.

Bingo – I prefer this card much better – it just kinda sings to me…..

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – there are some amazing one layer cards from the Design Team – and such a difference between each make – such inspiration….. xx

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TTCRD anything goes

Time Out Challengeinspired by words (flowers)

Uniko Challenge anything goes – option autumn colours

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Playing with colours and papers

Hello. I’ve spent a little time in my craft room today, playing with different patterned papers I have accrued – and that’s a lot of patterned papers….. I actually don’t know how to layer them, how to play with the sizes of them, or how to put collections together really – but I enjoyed creating this card.

There are so many layers, so many different elements, a lot of die cutting – and a lot of gluing…..

I attended the virtual Maker Mania 4 last weekend – well, I say attended, when I still have lots more to see and lots more ideas to try a re-create from that weekend. A lot of the papers I used today were from the kit sent from MM4 – and some oldies but goodies from my stash.

I started by using a rub-on from the kit – the bird on the centre of the circle – which was also part of the kit. I can’t remember the last time I used a rub-on image – if ever – but this bird just sang to me – pun intended!

The flowers are from MFT, the layered leaves were from Sizzix, as was the embossing folder.

A piece of patterned paper onto the base card, to which I glued the dry embossed piece after I had also distressed that with the same brown distress ink. The circle was glued down with Pinflair glue – I like to be able to move it and lift it when layering other elements, and that glue gives me enough time.

The layered leaves – top layer again darkened with distress ink – were added next, then the orange and purple flowers – and you guessed it – they were dampened down a little with brown distress ink – and all arranged as you see here.

So – outside my comfort zone, enjoying playing – and maybe – just maybe – getting to grips with patterned paper and layering…….but still a work in progress…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown purple, orange, green, kraft

Here Is A Place To Start use patterned paper

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Beyond The Blue Challengelayered die cuts (leaves and flowers)

Critter Crazy Challengeanything goes with a critter

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

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Flowering Cactus

A quick post today to share a one layer card:

I just love that sentiment, and when coupled with the flowering cactus – I just had to buy the stamp and die set and play with it.

The set is from Memory Box, and I stamped the image onto a Neenah 110lbs card stock to reduce the amount of Copic bleed-through to the other side when I coloured it.

I kept the tones quite similar, using the colour scheme from a recent Hero Arts virtual class, and colours suggested by Daniel West.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 37, anything goes colouring

Allsorts Challenge anything goes – option nature

AAA Cards CAS – no layers – option HUGS (option not taken)

Pink Gem Challenge challenge 20 – anything goes

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Lantern and Poinsettia

Hello once again. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/Festive’ – here is my card:

During the past year I have taken some online classes with Susan Tierney-Cockburn – moving out of my comfort zone and trying something new. I struggled – and still do – when creating these flowers using her Spellbinders collection of dies – but I keep trying. I am pleased with how this poinsettia turned out….

The only thing I didn’t really feel I got to grips with was the centre – I really messed that up – which is why there is Nuvo drops and some glitter there……..!

I managed to create these flowers and leaves following her YouTube videos, and have even invested in the flower forming tools – I feel they would help as I was using my ball tools when I created this and didn’t quite get the detail and lines and veins of the leaves – you will probably see another variation on this theme….

I didn’t put a candle in the lantern either – and I don’t think it’s missed – maybe another variation for the future…..

The base card was layered with squares using Sue Wilson stitched dies, and one of her embossing folders too to add the holly swirl details in the white background piece.

The lantern was die cut from Tim Holtz metal coloured card stock, then I used some of his embossing powders on it to try and create a more weathered and metallic look.

I am definitely going to create this flower again – maybe in other colours – as I actually quite enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/festive creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

My Time To Craftembossing (I used wet and dry embossing)

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes mixed media – option monochrome

Mixed Media Lovers Challenge anything goes Mixed Media

12 Months of Christmas Challenge Christmas with option of metallic

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Poinsettia Wreath

Hello. I have had time to play in my craft room today, and created this card:

Taking the colour scheme from the current Color Throwdown Challenge, I started with a black 7 inch square card base. Onto that I layered a slightly smaller dove grey card from Concord & 9th which I had dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder, and slightly ink blended with Distress Ink.

The wreath was die cut twice, and I cut one of them to add more layers to the part that was showing.

The poinsettias were die cut from a cream textured card stock I had and the edges were inked with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink – but then I added some Weathered Wood as I didn’t think it was grey enough. The extra darker leaves were die cut from the same cream card stock, but ink blended before I die cut with the same grey Distress Inks.

I stuck the wreath down with glue – leaving some of the twiggy bits unstuck for dimension and movement, and the poinsettias and leaves were stuck down with 3D glue – I like to use that for the more dimensional elements when I’m adding more – like the extra leaves – so I have some time to play around with the layout.

I then added some stickles to the centre of the flowers.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, grey, cream, kraft

Addicted to stamps and Moreany occasion

Krafty Chicksoccasions

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option to use the word ‘Joy’ (option not taken)

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So Proud OF You……

The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘M’ – and Melanie has chosen the theme of ‘Motivational or encouraging sentiment‘. Here is my card:

I am sure you know someone who would appreciate an encouragement card. There have been quite a few – from my side of things at least – that deserve that little more recognition from me. I always try to express those thoughts in person, but sometimes a little something-something can add and boost their confidence.

I have a team in mind for this card, and will be taking it to them shortly.

I again used the new Tim Holtz Mica sprays for this card – after I had stamped the image from Polkadoodles. I may repeat this card again and this time heat embossing the image, but for this I like the overall effect.

I did go back in with some clean water on some of the flower images to ‘lift’ some of the spray to make them more visible……

The image is so much more visible in real life – and those mica sprays have so much shine – but I just can’t seem to capture them on a photo…….!

As this stamp is so long, I went for the slimline style, but I did cut it down on one edge, and left a border of black instead of centering it in the middle – I like how that seems to make it more dramatic.

I hope you can join us with your encouraging sentiments – I am sure they will be appreciated by the recipient. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Stinkin-inkers Challenge Pick Me Up

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed media

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Crafters Castle Challenge anything goes

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes – option monochrome

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