Are you having a Giraffe….?

Hello there. I’m managing to craft a little, but when you have builders in it’s a little challenging to maintain the concentration, I find. However, I had chance to play with a stamp set I bought from the Doncaster Crafting Live show at the weekend:

I bought several of the stamp sets from Pink Ink designs, and this one caught me eye first.

I used the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, and stamped the giraffe in Catherine Pooler ‘Be Mine‘ pink ink, used a little masking around the ears of the giraffe for the leaves and flowers, silver embossed the sentiment then ink smooshed the same pink ink so the sentiment card piece matched the giraffe – an emboss resist effect.

The glasses I embossed with silver, fussy-cut, then applied glossy accents for some dimension and sheen.

Overall, I think the card is quite feminine, and I know some of my girl friends would love the sentiment and image………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, grey, white, silver

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – animal magic

2 sisters on the blogmake a card for a lady

CAS Holly

Hello there. Well – after a few days of the inability to sort my crafting ideas out – I seem to have recovered. I have a CAS card to share today, using a Uniko stamp set, and Catherine Pooler inks:

I’m not sure which photo is the best to see the different greens I have used, or the berry Nuvo drops, so I have both on here. It’s quite a dull day – though very warm….

I did stamp the darker green leaves first, then decided to go in and stamp the third and lighter green, and masked the other two off first to make it seem the lighter one is in the background.

The berry’s are Tonic Nuvo crystals drops, and this time I let them dry before attempting the photo!

I’m off to a weekend of craft shopping at Doncaster Racecourse…..wish my credit card some luck, please……….!

Challenges I shall be entering:

Addicted To Stamps CAS

AAA CardsCAS maxi white space with twist of Christmas in July

Clean and Simple Shapes

Hello again everyone. I have a card to share today which – even though looks quite simple – took ages to sort out the angles and design:

I did another card whilst I was at it, using the off-cut, and placing the sentiment in a slightly different place:

trying to show the colours:

I took one of the shapes from the Altenew ‘Simple Shapes XL‘ stamp set, and Catherine Pooler inks – because they give fabulous coverage on such a solid stamp – and just stamped a design. I then die-cut that piece of card, creating two triangles as you see.

It took me ages to try and get the correct shaped triangle for this card – I first die-cut the rectangle, then played with the final cut.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS one corner – option of flowers (obviously not using the option!)

Crafty Sentimentsanything goes

Moving Along With The TimesCAS

Aud Sentimentsanything goes with a sentiment

Coral Rose and Whoa There!

Hello there. I have a couple of cards to share with you today. The first is a card with the Colorado Craft Company ‘Sympathy and Friendship Rose’ – a huge stamp – covering 5 inches square:

The second card is even more CAS:

For the first card, I stamped the image in Catherine Pooler ‘Coral Cabana‘ then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, with my plan to water-colour the image. That plan changed when I saw how gorgeous it looked just as it is -so the water-colour is for another day, with another colour outline!

I layered that panel onto a navy blue card, added a sentiment from a Thirsty Brush and Co stamp and die set, added three Cosmic Shimmer Cosmic Twinkles ‘Decadent Teal‘ drops and left it there.

I think that coral colour with this stamp is very striking, and I may have to explore that colour even further…….

The second card is using an Altenew sentiment, then stamping an image from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz ‘Funny Farm’ stamp set. I thought of this image immediately when I saw the current challenge at CASology, and this Altenew sentiment from the ‘Build-a-Flower Daffodil‘ set seemed to fit just perfectly.

The first rose card will be entered into the following challenges:

AAA Cards – CAS birthday

Color ThrowdownNavy, coral, teal, cream

Watercooler Challengesanything goes feminine

The Alphabet Challengeflowers

The second card will be entered into the following challenges:

CASologyCalm

Addicted To Stamps CAS

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

Watercolour florals

Hello again. I have another card to share today, featuring water-colouring:

I stamped the Catherine Pooler ‘One in a million mom’ in the bottom corner of a piece of water-colour card, heat embossed, masked it, stamped again, and again a third time to fill in some gaps.

I then used two Catherine Pooler inks to water-colour the flowers and leaves, and added a grey Zig marker for some background. I did less watering down in the middle of each flower, to keep it a little darker, but generally just went for it.

I did originally have the grey going further out, and was going to attached the whole panel to a card front, but I didn’t like how it turned out. So – I took the matching die for the floral spray – then realised I had to do some clever partial die-cutting……nerves of steel today!!

Once I had decided where I wanted to image to be, I stamped and embossed the sentiment on the base card – as I said – nerves of steel!!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crazy for CASgrey, aqua, peach

Lil Red WagonFlora

Case this Sketchsketch

Crazy for CAS

CAS(E) this Sketch!

Happy Birthday

Hi there again. A breezy and rainy day here in Chesterfield, so I’m able to catch-up with some house stuff – and some crafting, of course. I made this card yesterday, and was waiting for at least a little sunlight to take some photos:

I find I like to create backgrounds with stamps. I find a certain relaxation in filling-in gaps, constantly just stamping and generating a once-off base card. This certainly a change from the black and white card from my last posting – much more colourful.

For this background, I used Catherine Pooler stamps and inks, was kinda going in a geometric pattern, but just going with the flow. Once the background was done, I took a Uniko die sentiment – the word and a slightly bigger one for the outline – and die cut as you see, with the slightly bigger part being in a contrasting colour – navy in this instance – so it would show up a little more.

In hindsight, I could have – probably should have – had a navy layer under the stamped layer, but it still brought a smile to my face.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownyellow, orange, navy, green

Aud Sentiments Challengeuse a happy birthday sentiment