Life’s a beach…..

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today which stretched my Copic colouring knowledge – research was undertaken! – to create a beach scene:

I used Make It colour blending card and stamped the Clearly Besotted scene onto the bottom of it in Gina K amalgam ink.

Once stamped, I then turned to the tinterweb and searched for ideas on colours and ‘how to‘ colour a beach scene and the sea. Most of the colours and methods came from watching Mindy Baxter do her magic – very inspiring. I added some more colours – and actually used a couple of different ‘blues’ for the sea as I didn’t want it too dark or even too light – but kudos to her for her easy to follow instructions.

Here is a picture of the colours I used:

I think I missed the dark brown Copics somehow!

I find taking a picture of the colours helps me to look back and see what I was happy with, and what combination of colours I may use again. I do write these down in a note book – very OCD at the moment – and write where I have used them on what card and what post so I can easily look back and see if I was happy with the colours or not.

The card was then die cut using some stitched rectangle frames, then adhered to a white card base. The Make It card isn’t thick enough to be used as a one layer card, so if I want to do one of those, I tend to colour on Neenah Classic Crest – but I find that doesn’t blend as well, so I have to choose my colours carefully – or colour using another medium.

I hope you are all well and managing to stay sane……!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS along the edge with option of ‘beach’

Lemon Shortbread anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 30 – anything goes colouring

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Hope to Sea You Soon

Hi there. I have a card to share – quite a CAS card – made with a dear friend of mine in mind:

I have seen this particular friend just once since March – and so I am hoping we can get together again soon for a catch-up – and maybe one day we can hug again!

The stamp set I used is from Heffy Doodle – You Go, Gull – and I first stamped the tree stump in Stampin Up ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink – then used a water-brush to pull the colour out a little.

I then stamped the birds in Gina K amalgam ink and coloured the grey areas with Copic cool greys, and used the same Stampin Up ink and a little water to colour the beak, legs, and wing detail.

The base card is three and a half inches by eight and a half inches, and the black layer and white window layer are cut using Heffy Doodle ‘Stitched Slimline Trio‘ die set. I love the scallops on the windows. And I have three scalloped squares to use on another card now…….

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, heat embossed in white – though I did have to go over the letters with a white gel pen as it didn’t quite emboss fully.

The hearts are cut from a piece of card I coloured with the same ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, white, terracotta

Water-Cooler Challengesanything goes

Freshly Made Sketchesslimline sketch

Krafty Chicks anything goes

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Birthday and Hello

Hello there. I have a couple of cards to share which used just one stamp set between them, and then I die cut a couple of rectangles from the image:

The circular floral image is quite large, and I was going to use the whole image on one card, but decided to cut it up to make two CAS cards.

Here is the original stamp set picture, just so you can see what I started with:

Beautiful Inside and Out Clear Stamp Set
Funky Fossil Designs, A5 stamp set

I stamped the circular image in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, sticking to the colour scheme from one of the challenges.

Once coloured I then used a small stitched rectangle die from Susan Wilson to cut two pieces out, and attached them in different places in two different sized card bases.

The ‘Hello‘ die is from Simon Says Stamp and part of a recent kit of theirs, die cut in black 4 times and layered together.

The birthday sentiment is from another Simon Says Stamp set called ‘Bee Happy‘ – I was after a small birthday sentiment and this fitted perfectly.

I’m off to get the house ready for having visitors this evening – the first time since March. We are lucky to have a downstairs cloak room – so I have sanitised it, and shut the door so hubby and I won’t use that for the rest of the day. I’ve even ordered a take-away restaurant meal…….not quite ready for going out to a restaurant yet……Can you also imagine I’ve also got out separate cutlery, plates and glasses for them that haven’t seen the light of day since Christmas? Yep – that’s my OCD kicking in!

Anyhoo, I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenges occasions

Color Throwdownyellow, orange, green

Krafty Chicks occasions

Here is a place to startflowers/floral

AAA CardsCAS max white space and option of flowers

Christmas Spirits….

Hello once again. I hope you are keeping safe. I have a CAS card to share today:

I took a square base card and stamped some images from a newly purchased Clearly Besotted stamp set ‘ Drink and Be Merry’ in Gina K Amalgam ink, then very simply coloured with Copics.

The berries are one of the gold’s from my Gansai Tambi set – and those little berries are exactly that – little!

The sentiment is from the same stamp set – and there are loads of sentiments with this actually quite small set – you certainly get a lot for your money.

I have a confession to make – this is my second attempt! The first did go in the bin – I couldn’t save it……………I took ages creating a mask for the glasses on the original card, then used a circle stencil and Distress Oxide Speckled Egg as a background – it looked absolutely horrendous!

Really – I mean horrendous! It was only because the Speckled Egg is a greyish-blue, and covered some of the black lines up – my fussy-cutting isn’t the best in the world – so I drew over them in black pen – went squiggly without even touching a drop of alcohol……..I still thought I could save it – coloured the images, stamped the sentiment……nope! Binned.

The version you see here is much better and I feel a whole load happier. I keep trying new things – but sometimes going back to what you know is better. I’m not having a very patient day………………..warn hubby now!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown blue, green, peach, metallic gold

Aud Sentiments Christmas in July with a sentiment

Simply Less Is More CAS one layer Christmas

Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and a square card

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Gnome For The Holidays

Hello. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O‘. We want to see your Christmas creations with ‘No Fuss‘ and/or ‘Over The Top‘. I chose the ‘No Fuss’ theme. here is my card:

I first stamped the images from Simon SDays Stamp ;Gnome For the Holidays’ in Gin K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

Once cut out with the matching die set, I arranged them as you see – though I did play around with the layout quite a bit. I’ve said before how I find arranging CAS layouts quite challenging.

We have some great makes from the Design Team, and I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I ‘d love to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option snowflakes (not taken)

Colour Crazy Challenge week 24atg colouring

Crafty Sentiments Challengeatg

Butterfly Star Trails

Hello. I have another CAS card to share using a mix of a couple of stamp sets:

I took the theme from Krafty Chicks, the colour inspiration from CAS Colours and Sketches, and the image inspiration from Fusion Card Challenge.

I ‘found’ this butterfly stamp set from Stampin Up when adding to Color My Life app – and am finding and revisiting a lot of my old stash. I knew I had a lot of products dotted around my craft room and the spare bedroom – but I didn’t realise how much I had forgotten I had.

Adding to this app is bringing back to me the reasons I bought a lot of my products in the first place – and never utilised them…….

I stamped all three layers of the water-colour butterfly as you see, then used the matching die set to cut it out.

I wanted some swirly trails behind the butterfly, and – again – found this stamp set from The Ton which has several star trails stamps. I used one trail stamped in red, then added the yellow and navy stars individually.

Once I had decided where the butterfly was going to be, I then stamped the antennae – that took a little fiddling around – the most difficult part of the card……

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Sending You Sunshine

Hi there. I have a card to share completely different to the card from yesterday – CAS AND one layer……..:

The theme from CASology, and the one layer and dots from Simply Less Is More. I used the colours from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, though I don’t have the actual colours, I have obviously tried to match as best I can………..

The stamp set I used is from Clearly Besotted – and a little bit of masking and creative license with the colours…………

I first stamped the sunflower in a yellow which I hope matches enough for Crushed Curry, and stamped the second layer with the red. After masking, I stamped the second layer of the leaves – I didn’t want full leave shapes – then masked these leaves fully and stamped some dots in grey. The dots are from Concord & 9th ‘Stuck On You‘ stamp set.

Again, I am using encouraging sentiments as much as I can, to try and spread some smiles…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology PLANT

CAS Colours and Sketches Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler

Simply Less Is MoreCAS one layer, going dotty

To A Very Sweet Friend

Hello yet again. I have a CAS card to share today:

I used the Altenew ‘Folksy Florals’ stamp set and played around with the images, and added black details with the dots, as I knew I wanted a bold and black sentiment, and wanted to tie the images into that.

One layer, no fuss, just playing with colour.

I ‘found’ this stamp set again when I was adding my craft supplies to the Color My Life app – recently moved into the Android market, instead of just Apple!

Using the app to add items using the bar-code, or the universal search button – which brings pictures up of the items and all you have to add are the tags you want. Bingo!

There’s still quite a lot of my stuff to be catalogued – but I’m doing it bit by bit. The main problem is that I then ‘find’ things and want to play with them then and there……..not a bad thing, I know – but it means I am doing several things at once – and my desk is never clear.

At least I haven’t yet come across duplicates………….yet!

I’m also trying to keep up with the YouTube and Facebook live shows – Tim Holtz, Finnabair…..the list goes on. I seem to always be playing catch-up. It’s not too bad a problem, is it – but it can stress me out when I have a few to watch – a little bit of the O.C.D. anyone?

And also having to work a few days a week – thankfully not called to the critical Covid cases – just carrying on with clinics – but telephone clinics instead of face-to-face………….people are being so friendly, and very grateful that we are still contacting them when they have been referred into our department.

This situation has certainly brought out the best in people – most of the people I have had dealings with anyway.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges

Color Throwdownpink, blue, yellow

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge atg with option outdoors

Addicted to CAS CAS flower

Aud Sentimentsatg with a sentiment

White and Cream

Hi once again. I have a couple of cards to share today:

I used some slightly textured cream card from my stash as a layer, then die cut three leaf images out of white card stock and stuck them down as you see. Simple but effective, I feel………

I am currently trying to make support and encouraging cards, so I can give them out rather than having them around the house. I’m particularly liking this sentiment – support more than encouraging – but I think is quite perfect for quite a few people and circumstances at the moment.

I liked how the cream and white looked together, and would never have thought of pairing these two – so I made another card.

This one has a heat embossed white element. I actually heat embossed it with extra thick embossing powder – but for some reason it didn’t want to stick to this little die cut – so I used detail white embossing powder – again, and again, and again…………I think I heat embossed it about 5 times to try and get a double thick and smooth layer….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Less Is More White and Cream

AAA Cards CAS up to one third with option of repeating image (option not taken)

Addicted to Stamps and More CAS

CAS on Friday – CAS and use a die

Weirdo Birthday

Hello once again. I have a CAS birthday card to share as there is a new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz – the theme this time is ‘Birthday’:

This little cutie is from Tracey Hey Designs, stamped in Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. I also added some white gel pen dots for added interest.

The ‘weird’ sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the birthday sentiment from somewhere else – I forget where! 🙂

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘Birthday’ theme, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – anything goes critters

Crafty Animals – anything goes animals

Stamplorations May CAS Challenge – anything goes CAS with option baby pink (option not taken)