Birds and Giraffes

Hello again. I haven’t posted for a few days as I was in a little slump. Whatever I tried didn’t work and left me feeling quite frustrated. Then I received a few challenge recognition badges and top picks – and boy did that get the mojo flowing!

This first card is inspired from the current Color Throwdown challenge and the sketch from AAA cards. I was Featured Stamper for the last Color Throwdown, and will be Guest Star Stamper for the challenge beginning 12th September. Wow! I hope you can join us for that challenge. The colours we will be using this coming week are fab-u-lous!

The card below was really fun stamping and adding the little bits and pieces for the birds and leaves, so they matched the colours (orange, blue, red):

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I used Catherine Pooler red, orange, and blue, and of course I used to use the red and orange for the blended background, and I even did some water-splatters too – these inks are very, very versatile.

The stamp set is MFT ‘Mod Birds’ and is such a fun set to play with. I like how the filling stamps don’t fully match and complete the image, giving a quirky and modern look and feel to them.

The speech bubble die is from Altenew and I just embossed it into the background instead of cutting it, in such a position that it looks like it’s coming out of one of the mouths of one of the birds – does it work? I even outlined it a  little with a white gel pen – I wasn’t brave enough to use the black pen!

The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle ‘Wing Man‘ stamp set – another set I’ll be playing with soon. This card will also be entered into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – ‘stamps – no digital’.

This second card is inspired from the current challenge at CASology with the theme of ‘FLIP‘, and Simply Less Is More, with the challenge to use black, white, and one colour:

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I used the MFT ‘Playful Giraffes‘ for this card – aren’t they cute? I stamped the giraffes in Versafine black onyx – made sure it was completely dry, then coloured with an Altenew Artist Marker. Guess how I found out to make sure the black ink was dry before colouring?

I used a sentiment from the same stamp set, and again used a speech bubble.

Have a good day, and I hope you can join me again soon. 🙂

 

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.

Fall leaves and a teapot

Hello there. I have a few cards to share, so I won’t go into too much detail with each. It’s very wet and cool here at the moment, and though  we certainly need some rain, I also have my Aga turned off – problems with Aga and engineer coming to fix it!!!!! It does mean I can craft a little more than usual.

This first card is using the Concord and 9th ‘Thankful Leaves Turnabout Stamp‘ and matching die set:

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This stamp set is simply gorgeous, and so forgiving for a turnabout stamp. I stamped it on several different pieces, using different colours, but this one is using the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge. Don’t these colours work well together? I used Stampin Up ‘eggplant’ and ‘lemon lime twist‘, Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini‘ and ‘grass skirt‘. Definitely going to do more of this…..

I will be entering the following challenges with this card:

Color Throwdownlime green, green, eggplant, aqua

Addicted to Stamps and Moreanything goes 

QKR Stampedeanything goes 

This second card:

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is using the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches and stamps from a previous Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval collection. I didn’t have the specific Stampin Up colours, but substituted Catherine Pooler inks, which I think match quite nicely. Lining these stamps up for the different layers and colours was challenging, I must say…………

I shall be entering the following challenges with this card:

Pinspirationalphoto inspiration

CAS Colours and SketchesMango Melody, Merry Merlot, Poppy Parade 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengefood and/or drink 

and this third card:

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is what I put together after watching the Altenew ‘Watercolour Basics and Beyond – lesson 2′.

Using the Altenew Water-colour pan set, putting colour onto wet water-colour card, spritzing, then laying down a stencil – weighting it down with acrylic blocks – letting it dry – hey presto.

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I then added a layered die-cut sentiment as you see.

I did do another piece but I’m not sure what to do with this one – maybe use to die cut something, as I don’t really like it as it is:

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Now on to lesson three of this course………… 🙂

 

 

 

Kitschy Kitchen

Hello again. I have a bright card for you today:

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The theme for this card was inspired by the current challenge at Daring Cardmakers – theme of cooking or kitchen; the colours were inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments, with the dominance of the yellow for Time Out Challenges and their theme of Bright.

I took the MFT Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and created my own background. I don’t have the colours listed by the colour challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments, but I used Catherine Pooler inks which I hope are a good enough representation. I even used the smaller dotty stamp from a Catherine Pooler set to fill in some of the spaces.

You can see they all inked very well, and I didn’t even use my Misti for this as the images needed to be randomly placed.

I then hunted around for a suitable sentiment, and put one together from a previous Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval, die-cutting it with the MFT stitched rectangles.

As it is the Bank Holiday weekend coming up for us in the UK – I am sure I will be doping some more crafting. I have even bought some alcohol inks, which are very difficult to get hold of here, and some ceramic tiles as well as Yupo paper……watch this space!!

 

 

Butterfly and flowers

Hello again. I’ve had a busy few days……mum has decided not to craft again 😦 and so she wants me to sell all her stuff on Ebay. When I say all her stuff…..I mean absolutely everything. There is a lot of stuff, and many of them haven’t even been opened or used. It reminds me to use my own stash!

Over 500 photos later, and I still haven’t scratched the surface…..guess what I’m going to be doing for the next few months….

I did manage to find time to craft today, and even played around a little.

This first card is for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, to use the colours aqua, peach, light grey, and white:

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I played around with these colours for a few stamping moments. I tried several variations on the theme, but still using the same Altenew ‘Build a flower: Cattleya‘ stamp and die set.

This card was doing a sort of fast water-colouring – as per Jennifer McGuire – using Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini‘ ink – one of my all-time favourite colours, after heat embossing with clear embossing powder on white water-colour card.

I then took a piece of water-colour card and added some Altenew grey ink –  I forget which one – and did a smooshing technique – wet water-colour card onto the wet ink. I did the smooshing several times, drying between each layer – I didn’t know until I tried this that the Altenew inks layer quite nicely.

I then used the Altenew ‘Leaf Frame Cover Die‘, die cut it, but left all the pieces in. I didn’t mean to do this, but when I took the die off the card, they all stayed put – so I went with it instead of pressing each piece out.

I stuck and layered as you see, and the sentiment is stamped in Stampin Up ‘Peekaboo Peach‘ – though it actually looks quite orange to me here…..supposed to be peach!

I had a play making some other variations:

 

The first image is using the three colours and the layering stamps – grey for the base, then the peach, then the Aquatini – kinda liking that look and effect. The top right is using the Peekaboo Peach for each layer, giving a little dimension, and the third card I used my Altenew Artist Markers to add more definition once stamped.

This second card is for the current challenge at CAS on Friday with the theme of butterflies, and also the current challenge at AAA Cards, with the theme of friendship.

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I used Altenew Artist Markers and scribbled onto some Neenah card, then die-cut the butterfly itself, then took a spare piece of the grey water-colour card and die cut the butterfly outline. I only stuck down the middle of the butterfly, so the wings have dimension:

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I then embossed the MFT ‘Rectangle Peekaboo Window’ die onto the card base – not cutting, just embossing – and stuck my butterfly down. Hey presto! Sounds easy…..but it took me a while to figure out what to do!

The sentiment is cobbled together from Altenew ‘Folksy Florals’ stamp set. There is a great variety of sentiments with that stamp set, and you can make virtually any kind of sentiment for anyone.

Phew – this turned out to be a longer post than I planned – you let me waffle on a bit – so I did!

Have a good one – catch you later.

🙂

Floral and Sweet

Hi there. I managed to create a couple of cards over the past couple of days, completing them last night. The first is for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges with the theme of food and drink with the option of one layer:

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I went for one layer, and used the Altenew ‘Hand Made Tags’ stamp set to stamp images in a Catherine Pooler ink. As I created a background card using tropical leaves last time and loads of different colours, this time I stuck to one colour for the multitude of images, and then Altenew inks for the three layer stamping chocolate cookie thingy…..I’m not sure what these are called, but ‘chocolate thingies‘ works for me!

The sentiment is from Altenew ‘Way Too Sweet‘, highlighting the one chocolate thingy that is made to stand out.

I usually get a lot of smudging when I try to make a one layer card, but I am pleased to say I didn’t on this card – yay!

The second card is completely different, well – cards really:

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I used the inspiration and layout from the current challenge at Fusion Card Challenge. The flowers are Altenew ‘Floral Fantasy‘, stamped using Altenew inks, then die cut. The leaves on the first card are from the same stamp set using a variety of green inks, and the leaves from the second a card are from another stamp set I messy water-coloured as a contrast with the bright flowers.

The wood grain is from a piece of Stampin Up DSP I have had for absolutely ages, and found again recently, and the striped card is stamped from Concord and 9th ‘Sketched Stripes Background’.

I decided to go with a small and unobtrusive sentiment, as the card itself has bold colours and large bright images.

I made two cards, as I stamp more than I need so I can play with layouts side-by-side, and usually vary them slightly.

Have a good day, and I’ll speak again soon. 🙂

 

 

 

Jungle inspired background

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Hello again. I have been creating a background using some of the stamps from the latest Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval box, and using some of her Spa inks.

The inspiration for this came from several challenges and meant I could stamp and ink and stamp and ink for ages…..

I tried to keep the larger stamps in odd numbers – I’ve heard somewhere that is more pleasing to the eye, but a lot of the smaller stamps – and there are many – I just stamped to fill the gaps.

These stamps sets have lots and lots of smaller images I could have used, and I had to restrain myself a little – not that you can tell! Here is a close-up of some of the stamps and inks used:

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I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS-usual Fridaysstamp a pattern

QKR Stampede – anything goes

Cards In Envyflat and use something new (the stamps are new to me)

The Library Craft ChallengeThe Jungle Book