Painted Poppies

Hi there. Boy – when the mojo comes back…..it comes back, doesn’t it? I think my mojo is knocking on my head repeatedly as I’ve got so many ideas in there…….it’s just finding the time to do it!

Before I go to create my card for my Guest Star Stamper for the Color Throwdown Challenge beginning on the 12th September, I wanted to post the cards I made this morning:

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I took the colours from the current CAS Colours and Sketches, and made these two variations.

I do like a little inks smooshing, so I took the Night of Navy and my version of Gorgeous Grape – I don’t have that colour so used a Zig instead – and smooshed two panels. I die cut them using a Catherine Pooler die, which is a favourite of mine.

After I had stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves, I used the three colours to water-colour them, but left the prickly leaf without colour.

I had a play with the layout and that’s where the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch came in.

I couldn’t decide which card I preferred so I am showing them both – does anyone have a preference?

The sentiment is from a Concord and 9th stamp set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesNight Of Navy, Crushed Curry, Gorgeous Grape

Watercooler Challengesfeminine anything goes

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

CAS On SundayCAS Flowers

 

 

 

 

Floral Frame

Hi there. I have been stamping and die-cutting AND colouring for this card:

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Here is a close-up of the way I coloured the flowers and leaves:

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Not solid colouring, just flicked from the bottom of the petal, then flicked from the top and left some white in the middle to try to create some dimension. I thought I;d give it a go, and I must say I like this technique. I am a novice when it comes to colouring and blending, but I am certainly enjoying my journey.

This card has been created for the current Just Us Girls Challenge – to use light green, aqua, and pale yellow.

I knew I wanted to use this new stamp set – Seven Hills Crafts yet again! – and set to it! It is the Neat and Tangled ‘Floral Frames‘ and I bought the matching die-set too – much as I usually do! I am not a fussy-cutter-outer kinda person!

I stamped many of the flowers and leaves, and even several of the main frame – just in case! I made sure the Versafine black onyx was well and truly dry before I went anywhere near it with the alcohol markers. I used one of the blues which I felt more closely represented aqua.

Once die-cut, I arranged as you see – tucking the additional flowers and leaves under – and even on top of – the main frame. The postage shaped background is a Catherine Pooler die I have used before, ink splattered with the same three colours, and then layered onto another piece of white card, then layered again onto a card base.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and die cut from an MDT Die-namics ‘Trad Tags Stax‘ which is the first time I’ve used them. I didn’t want a huge sentiment, and I didn’t want a die-cut sentiment, so a small tag tucked into the centre seemed right to me.

See you again soon…….. πŸ™‚

 

Otters and Christmas and Colours

Hello there. I am afraid I have been crafting…..and have produced several cards for several different challenges. There is a lot of inspiration out there at the moment, and whilst I have time to craft, I am enjoying using the themes and colours for these challenges.

The first card is using the MFT ‘Otterly Love You‘ set – again – as it was still out on my desk, and I thought I would get inky and messy, water-colouring and distressing.

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The layout is taken from the current MFT Sketch Challenge, and other than the Distress Oxides and the Zigs – a completely MFT card. I always want to do scenes but struggle with the organisation of the products, so a sketch like this is ideal –Β I can do little mini-scenes in each square.

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As you see, completely different to the card from yesterday, as I water-coloured the otters in several brown colours, then went back in with a clean water brush to remove part of the colour in the centre of each otter. The rocks and fish also come with that stamp and die set.

This card will also be entered into the current challenge at Moving Along With The Times, with the theme of wild animals.

This second card is completely different:

A simple card – sorry it’s black and gold again (last one, I promise) – and using the Altenew ‘Poinsettia and Pine‘ stamp and die set. The poinsettia stamped and heat embossed in gold, some gold embossing powder added to the gold layer below it to make it match, and the die cuts used were from Catherine Pooler.

This card will be entered into the current challenge at CAS Christmas Card Challenge poinsettia as a theme – and the current challenge at CAS on SundayCAS Christmas in July.Β 

My third and final card is an homage to Bev at Uniko. She has lost a fur baby recently, so it can’t be an easy time for her and her family, so a little support is appreciated, I’m sure.

Today she is hosting her third stamping retreat – a very busy lady! I have been to the previous two retreats and not able to make this one, but as I am using the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches – Bev and Uniko came straight to mind…….

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I use the challenge colours of Powder Pink for the Concord and 9th Sketched Stripes Background, the Lemon Lime Twist for the little leafy stamps you see, and as I don’t have Coastal Cabana, I used the Catherine Pooler Aquatini instead.

This is another kind of card I struggle with – one layer card. Why did I test myself again? The current challenge at Less Is More is for a one layer card and using stripes……they don’t make it easy, do they? πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a great weekend……….I feel some more crafting coming on…..I hope hubby doesn’t want any tea today………

Forget Me Not

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Happy weekend everyone. Some crafting time for me this weekend. I have been getting some inky fingers with some water-colouring again.

I saw this stamp last week at the Doncaster craft show, and fell in love with it straight away. It is from Honey Doo Crafts, called ‘Forget Me Not‘. I can see these flowers are sometimes yellow, after I did a little Google search, but it didn’t really matter to me. I was following the colours inspired by the current Card Concept challenge, which is mainly red and yellow.

I stamped in Versafine black onyx and heat embossed with clear. I took several similar colours from my Zigs and started to colour. I wanted the centre of the envelope to be a little lighter, and the edges darker, so it looks like it is full and dimensional.

Three colours for the flowers, to try to add some dimension also, but these are little flowers…..I kept going anyway. I didn’t colour part of the image which is around the closure of the envelop, partly because I didn’t know what colour to use, and partly because I liked the detail in there.

To add more dimension, I added some light grey around the image, and just let everything dry. Once dry, I took a Catherine Pooler postage die to cut it out, and then thought about the background. I thought it need some red around the image, but not a solid red, so I turned to Altenew and stamped the ‘Wood Pallet background‘ stamp after I had inked it up using the same red colours I had coloured the envelope in. It took a couple of stampings – using my Misti – and I really like the effect this gave.

I didn’t want to cover the image up with a sentiment, so I cut a larger base card, and stamped the greeting using a set of MFT stamps which I always seem to turn to.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Card ConceptphotoΒ inspiration

Watercooler Challengesanything feminine goes

Lil Red Wagonflowers

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

More Monsters

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Hell again. I have been doing a little crafting over the weekend, but nothing too major. I may be able to craft more later today, and I am sure I will let you know what I come up with.

This layout of this card was inspired by the sketch challenge from MFT, but initially I didn’t really have a clue about what theme I wanted to go with. My obvious go-to would be flowers, but I had a think about it for a few days.

Whilst I was sorting my stamp sets out into make, then alphabetical (OCD much??) – and found this ‘More Monsters’ stamp and die set. I then thought about a galaxy background – which I haven’t done many of – and decided to take an hour or so out of sorting and tidying to play.

I used Distress Oxides then Gansai Tambi splatters for the background, sticking that down beneath a plain white rectangle.

There are six monsters in the set, so I took 6 Catherine Pooler inks and stamped them all out. As these monsters are solid images, I knew these inks would be more suited for coverage.

After die-cutting them, I then played with the lay-out, stamped a greeting – there are quite a few in this stamp set – and there we are.

I obviously have 6 monsters of 6 colours, so I am currently playing with putting some more cards together along the same lines, and if I complete them today, I may add them to this posting later. Here is a close-up of the shiny splatters, using gold and white:

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I shall be entering the following challenges:

MFT sketch challenge –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes

JUGS CAS challenge:

Glimmer – clean and simple

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Hello everyone. I have gone with glimmer for this card, as you can see. I don’t usually do anything card-wise for Valentines day, but the current challenges I am entering made it actually quite hard to stay away form this theme….

I used a 6 inch square white card base, and added hearts from a Sue Wilson set I bought last year. This set of dies – Fluttering Heart fillable collection – has nesting layers which were ideal for the sketch challenge.

I then turned to my Stampin Up glimmer card, and sued the white and pink for the hearts, and plain white card for the smaller detailed heart.

The sentiment if from Altenew ‘Hello Sunshine’, which is still sat on my table from my card the other day, and die cut with a small border die from a Catherine Pooler die set.

Here is a close-up of the glimmer…..just in case you needed one20180120_183935The challenges I will be entering are:

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

CASologyglimmer

CAS on SundayCAS love/Valentines

Hand Stamped Sentimentsphoto inspiration