Simple Florals

Hi there, everyone. A quick posting – though a few more pictures than usual. One stamp set, several colours for today. Another stamp set from ‘Stamps By Me’ which includes the three flowers, and the three splashes of colour, matching up nicely with the centre of the flowers. The sentiments are also from that same stamp set, with a shading on the top of each letter. I didn’t notice until I had stamped them, then thought I had done something wrong – but no – that is the way they are.

As it was one layer, I used my Catherine Pooler inks, and I am getting addicted to the orange colour. I always seem to want to use this very bright and cheerful orange.

I am feeling I may be stamping these flowers onto water-colour card in the future, and playing around with shading, perhaps having a go at some pencil shading too – you never know.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to CASFlorals

Cards In Envyeasy as 1, 2, 3

 

 

Wine talk…..

Hello there. I have a selection of cards using the same stamp set from ‘Stamps by Me’. These images lend themselves to water-colouring, and there are lots of flower stamps in her designs, layering flower stamps, for the water-colour effect. Simply stunning some of her creations. I have, however, chosen to stick with plain old stamping….

This card is for the Cards In Envy challenge of Cheers to you, and so I thought this set worked very well. I played with the colours of the wine, using inks from Catherine Pooler, then Altenew. I also put a pink wine for something a little different.

The sentiments in that stamp set are very versatile, and I have only used three of them here. I also liked using the ink ring stamp under the sentiment, as I thought it added something to the rest of the plain card. I have seen this used as an actual engagement ring instead of spilt wine ring, and it looks great – kinda grungy.

I also played with base card colours, as I had a range of cheaper card as a freebie from somewhere – memory issues! – and actually liked the variety and how they turned out. These are very simple cards to make, and would be great for batch-making for ‘just because’ cards, even though they are large.

I am sure we all have a range of sentiment s which suit being placed with wine glasses……I would love to know if you have any quirky sentiments that go with wine and cheers cards……

Challenge I am entering:

Cards In EnvyCheers to you

Uniko delivery

Hi everyone. A quick posting today, as I had a delivery from Uniko – and I have played already! Just in time to join the current challenge at Time Out.

I used the Gerbera stamp on both cards, but using a different technique. The first one is actually the card on the right, stamping the background builder stars in rainbow colours and Catherine Pooler Inks, then stamping the flower outline and main flower. I didn’t really like how this came out, as you can see the stars behind the flower.

The second card, I stamped the flower – no outline – then masked it off and stamped the rows of stars. I liked this much better, and the Misti made lining them up so much easier. I just moved the card along, leaving the stamp where it was.

The sentiment is also from Uniko, a block sentiment, in Versafine black onyx.

I can see I will be playing with these stamps over the next few days as I order the new bundle at 5% off – it would be rude not to! – and added the Gerbera stamp and die set too. 🙂

 

 

Poppy stamp set

Hi everyone. So – I went to the craft show yesterday. The bank balance took a hit, and I have been playing with some of my new buys. I have found a new stamp maker – ‘Stamps by me’. I bought three sets and let me tell you – lovely, brilliant, fabulously designed. Gorgeous. And – found out that their store is only an hour away from home – could be dangerous!

This particular stamp set is called ‘Beautiful’ due to the sentiments in the set, but the flowers are simply stunning, no matter what colour you use.

You have the outline, then the water-colour effect for the colour. As you can see I used several colours from my Catherine Pooler collection, and tried different techniques. Some I just stamped the colour, others I water-coloured, and one of them I did both – water-coloured then stamped on top. I didn’t even use my Misti as the Catherine Pooler inks seem to stamp well first time. (I am sure I’ve mentioned that before!)

The four I have not added a sentiment to, will probably be packed together for a cute little notelet set, after adding some plain white paper as an insert. The last card I played with a different background, embossed with a Sue Wilson ‘Rope Chain’ I bought yesterday at a bargain price.

I particularly like the orange cards, as they are different to what one would expect. I’ll be playing with these a little more over the next few days, as not working all week, and will be adding bits and pieces to them, maybe some water-colouring backgrounds…..the choice is endless.

I shall be entering the following challenges with one of these cards:

Paper Craft Crewshare a project using something new

Crafty Catzanything goes (option ice cream – not used)

QKR Stampedeanything goes (option seaside not used)

Crafty Friends Challengefloral

Stamping Sensationsstamping and flowers

Watery sketch

Hi there. I’ve been playing a little this evening, and have been inspired by a couple of challenges for this card. I have been thinking about the sketch from Less is More and the theme of any form of water from Crazy 4 challenges and came up with this card. Well, two cards actually, as I didn’t want to waste any of the blue stamped part.

I knew I wanted the waves background stamp from Hero Arts to be the focus of the water, and used my new Catherine Pooler ink and my Misti – just in case. I needn’t have worried – those inks stamp well first time on a brand new stamp. Amazing inks!

Once I had stamped it, I then looked to create the curved part of the sketch, and found my Avery Elle ‘Snow Caps’ die set. In this set comes with a nicely curved edge, which I used to cut into the blue stamped background, then cut again nearer the bottom. This way, I ended up with three pieces of card.

Two of them I attached to a white base card and left a white strip in the middle, the other piece I also attached to a white base card, but attached somewhere in the middle. Again – waste not, want not!

I then grabbed my Color Layering Goldfish, used Altenew inks ‘Coffee Break’ set, and stamped the fish directly onto the card. Without my Misti! Brave of me, don’t you think? It turned out very well, if I must say – but do you think he’s upside down? Is there a right and wrong way?

I did stamp another fish, and fussy cut it out, ready to add to the other card, but decided to leave him off that card, and felt only a sentiment looked better. The sentiment from the same goldfish stamp set, in the same blue as the waves background stamp. On one card on a separate piece and attached with foam pads, the other card stamped directly onto the card base!!! Again – without my Misti! (I think I’m getting braver and braver in my old age!

I shall be entering this card into the challenges named above, and hope you find the time to play too.