I’d Pick You……

Hello everyone. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, as I have been enjoying a week in Tenerife with friends. Even though the weather has been cloudy, there has also been some sun…..and certainly warmer than the UK.

I have able to get to my craft room in between washing and drying clothes and visiting family, and I have created a card for a few challenges:

I have just bought a new tablet, too, and am in the process of changing things over. The Samsung ‘smart switch; is great – but you still have to OK a sign-on from another device – and I had forgotten how many apps I use each day! This photo is with the new tablet, and to me looks a little dark – despite my photo box………..I will obviously persevere.

I stamped and heat embossed the Altenew ‘Perfectly Perfect‘ flowers, and water-coloured them with the Altnew water-colour pan set. I only used one blue, and one green, but drew the colours out to be lighter at the edges of the petals, and darker in the centre.

The background is a Reverse Confetti die cut out of white, then grey, and I even lined up the stripes when I stuck them together!

The sentiment is from a Chloe stamp set I bought yesterday with a gift token I received for Christmas to a local craft shop. I had a challenging time wondering where to place the sentiment, as I usually do this at the bottom, but I decided to go higher this time. (There are a few bigger splatters than I liked which are hidden now!)

I shall be entering the following challenges:
Color Throwdownnavy blue, grey, green

Time Out Challengesinspirational words

Happy Little Stampers January water-colour challengeWatercolour with option of adding texture (background texture die)

I’m off to craft again – I’ve missed it despite the holiday – and am preparing for my Guest Designer stint over at CASology from 5th February…..I hope you can join us. Speaking of design Teams, have you also entered the ABC Christmas Challenge for January yet? It’s still open, and the theme is ‘A’ for anything goes, and/or ‘B’ for berries………….

Watercolour Rose

Hello there. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their weekend. I have had more time to craft this past few days – but again not really getting down to making the actual cards – just the elements to go on them!

I had some fabulously fantastic news this week – I have been chosen to be part of the Design Team for the ABC Christmas Challenge for the next 6 months! My first design team position! Hugely excited. It means I can make Christmas cards all year long now – with no guilt!

I hope some of you find time to play with us……..

Now on to my card:

As you can see – I went big and bold with these colours, the current colours for Color Throwdown. Instead of colouring with alcohol markers, I went with water-colouring this time.

The Altenew ‘Leaf Frame Cover Die‘ was cut out of some coral card and some grey card and stuck together. The Altenew ‘Inked Rose‘ stamp was stamped and heat embossed with grey, then water-coloured using the Altenew water-colour pan set – red and green.

I tried to go for the messy water-colour look, as the stamp set has quite a few lines on the actual images, which themselves give some shading, I think.

This rose is very big. I almost went with a bigger card base, but I like the way the rose is the centre of attention and just grabs you from the get-go.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdowncoral, red, green, grey

Watercooler challengesanything feminine goes

Addicted to stamps and moreanything goes

Altenew Layered Rose

Hi everyone. So, this is it – my card for Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown challenge:

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The colours to use are red, orange, Kraft and green. I used a multitude of dies for this card – as you can see – and enjoyed some ink smooshing and water-colouring too. A win-win situation for me!

I took the Altenew Layered Rose die and cut all the layers out from the ink smooshed water-colour card in the orange, red and green. I used the Altenew water-colour pan set for these colours as I like the way they spread and layer. I stuck them together using spray glue and put them to one side whilst I played with the rest of the layout.

I die-cut the Altenew Watercolour Stripes Cover die out of Kraft, and two of the Altenew Leaf Frame Cover die also out of craft and layered them together, with the Leaf Frame die being rotated to add more interest.

Though I did play with white die-cuts too, I preferred the Kraft in the background on the white card base.

I took some of the fall-aways from the stripes cover die, stamped the sentiment from a Hero Arts stamp set on a white piece, and glued some of the Kraft fall-away pieces behind it to highlight it a little more. That is the reason they look ‘shabby’ – they are fall-aways from the die set, and therefore match with the background. Waste not want not!

You can see from behind the card that the day was a little dull and grey, so I thought the sentiment suited exactly right at the time!

I hope you join in and I can’t wait to see what you create for this colour scheme. 🙂

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Wish you the most beautiful day

Hello again. I have a couple of cards to share today after going through another lesson at the Altenew Academy, and trying a different technique:

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This first card is using the colours from Try Stampin On Tuesday – yellow, turquoise, and purple. The second card just because I couldn’t stop myself….. :

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As per the lesson, I took one of the layering stamps from Altenew Beautiful Day – the second more solid layer, applied water-colour to it, added a little spritz, and stamped down onto water-colour card.

I went back in with a water-colour brush to swish the colour around a little – but not much. The I did the same with the second layer of the leaves and a yellow water-colour, covered the flower – with my hand – and splattered the Catherine Pooler Aquatini around, before letting it dry and stamping the sentiment. Talk about blue splattered hand! Also – if it’s water-colour – why doesn’t it come off the hand easily? Who knew!

The second card – I just couldn’t stop with the little flowers. Too many, I know, but there we go….I still think it makes a cute little card. I don’t know what happened with the yellow leaves, probably because I had some colour left on my brush, or the Aquatini wasn’t dry, but I think the merged colour adds some dimension. I also didn’t stamp enough leaves, but I was took much into stamping the little Aquatini flowers to leave space!

I’m now going back a few months and going through the One Layer Wonder course…..I’ll be practicing that too, I am sure.

I shall also be entering the first card into the current Altenew Challenge.

Water-colour sunflower

Hi there. I have a card to share with you using a clean and simple design and layout, and also using my Altenew water-colours.

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I stamped and heat embossed the flower outline, then took yellow first and sketchy water-coloured the petals, then added a darker yellow once dry, another orange, then the lighter yellow again.

I am exploring all different techniques with water-colouring, and find I like this flicking and sketchy look when doing flowers. I even like this look when using the Altenew Artist Markers too. I coloured the centre is a couple of the brown/dark grey colours, and added the black artist marker dots after it was all dry.

I did think about fussy-cutting the flower out, but instead went for the MFT wonky squares

The sentiment is from a stamp set from paper Artsy.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicksanything goes with option of sunflower

CAS Watercolourwater-colour and sunflower

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challengeanything goes with optional flowers