three toning colours

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Hi everyone. Another later posting for today.

This very simple one layer card is inspired by the colours from The Paper Players – Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry – and the challenge of a one layer card from Tuesday Throwdown.

I used some stamps from Catherine Pooler Foundations box, and stamped away…..the only time I used my Misti was for the solid sentiment stamp, but other than that – just stamped. I also used some smaller flower variations to fill in the gaps after stamping the larger images.

The smaller sentiment was masked off with a post-it note to stamp some of the flowers around it – getting the practise in – and kept the flowers on the left hand side, as you can see. I quite like the effect of stamping on one side, or the top or bottom, and I may have more plays with that in the future, when I batch make cards.

I shall be entering the challenges named above with this card.

 

 

 

Red and White

The first of July already. Good grief. And my 29th wedding anniversary tomorrow! Where does the time go? The weather here in Chesterfield has turned a little warmer than earlier in the week, and the rain has stopped. Finally.

For today’s card I have gone clean, but only simple once I had worked out what I was doing. It took a little thought and playing around to get the final product. I tried die cutting some simple strips, but I couldn’t get them to merge together correctly. I tried stamping onto a larger base card, but in the end went for this smaller version.

The inspiration came from three challenges. The first challenge was a sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches, which was the challenge regarding the lay out. The second challenge was from Less is More, with the theme of using the colours of your country’s flags. I stuck to the colours of the St George Cross, instead of going for the red, white, and blue of the Union Jack, and the third challenge was from Clean and Simple on Sunday, the theme being to use flowers.

The base card is just over 4 inches by 5.5 inches, with a layer of plain white card onto which I stamped a chevron from Catherine Pooler’s Stamp Of Approval Foundation box. I used my Misti because I wanted to be precise with the placing of the stamp. I also used a Catherine Pooler ink – ‘Rockin’ Red’.

I then stamped a larger flower from Altenew ‘Bamboo Rose’ and two smaller flowers from Altenew ‘Hello Sunshine’, and die cut them with the matching dies.

The sketch challenge was set by Jane, and she said she was ‘looking for one element larger than the other two, but they don’t have to be circles‘, so I thought the three flowers fitted perfectly.

I stuck them down with some foam pads, and then thought about the sentiment. This again came from the same Catherine Pooler stamp set, and fitted ‘just so’ into the space under the chevron I had stamped – again I used my Misti for placement, as I was stamping it onto the base layer.

So, even though it looks ‘Clean and Simple’ – it did take a little thinking and organising of my elements.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing what everyone else adds to these challenges.

 

Bright resist

Happy Saturday everyone. Today’s card is quite bright for me, and I have put together this card based on a sketch from Paper Craft Crew, and a technique of resist from AAA cards .

Now, I played with the resist technique a few times, before I decided on the central image above. I used the same image, from Circa Design called ‘Fuchsia’, but tried different ways of ‘resisting’. I tried using water colour card, stamping and embossing the image, then using my Zig markers to colours parts if it – turned out a mess! I then tried stamping and embossing and putting my Brushos over it – turned out another mess! I tried stamping and embossing, covering the flower part of the image in masking fluid, colouring the rest of it with green, rubbed off the masking fluid, added some pink for the flowers – yep – another mess!

So – this is my fourth attempt. I stamped and embossed the image in white, then just ran my Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ ink pad over the whole image. Worked very well, I think. I actually then went in with my water brush and removed some of the ink from the embossing to make that clearer, and liked it even more.

I die cut the image with my Sue Wilson Noble Dies ‘Double Pierced Circles’, and moved on to the rest of the sketch.

The card base is 7 inches square, so I cut another layer slightly smaller, and used my Tim Holtz/Sizzix thinlits ‘Mixed Media’ circle die cut to cut into that second layer. I then splashed some Lime Rickey ink around that layer – I don’t have lime green dots or perfect pearls – and then turned my thoughts to the twine and washi tape.

I added a green tape, then another red (ish) tape for a little bit of a different colour, and the twine was from a selection I have from We R Memory Keepers. As I can’t tie a bow to save anyone’s life, I used my Tattered Lace ‘Bow Maker’ and stuck the bow down at the front, and the ends down at the back.

To complete the card I added the main die cut image with foam pads.

I seem to be turning to my Catherine Pooler inks more and more for my projects. I like how they can be used for almost everything. They ink stamps well, they blend well together, they water-colour well – I haven’t really found anything they won’t do when I want them to do it. They are definitely one of my most favourite buys – even with the customs and postage cost.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew challengesketch

AAA cards resist technique

QKR Stampedeanything goes

 

 

Copper card

Good morning all, I have another card inspired by several challenges.

I started by using a piece of Narwhal card from Lawn Fawn, and stamped some flower images from the new Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval collection (I said I was going to play with collection this weekend). I laid them out on the card and used my Misti to pick them up, stamped with Ranger Perfect Medium, and heat embossed using Cosmic Shimmer ‘Ancient copper metallic’ embossing powder. They are quite solid images, so I thought the embossing would stand out very nicely on the grey card.

Once I had covered the piece of card in the flowers and completed heat embossing them, I added some smaller flower and leaf images from previous collections, to fill in the gaps, and added this piece to a background of orange card. I have no idea where this orange card came from, but I like the way it seems to match and enhance the copper embossing.

The sentiment is also from a Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval box, but one I had bought previously – the Lovely Notes Collection. The ‘thank you’ stamp comes in three varying degrees of the word image, and I used the main solid image – stamped with Perfect Medium, and heat embossed with the same copper embossing powder.

I cut the sentiment out with one of my ‘Wonky rectangle’ dies from Lawn Fawn, and added it to the card with some foam pads.

I found the most difficult part of this card was where to place the sentiment. I placed it at the very bottom, near the top, off to one side…………and eventually decided to place it as you can see it, which left a lot of the copper background visible.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Just Add Inkphoto inspiration

Addicted to stampsflowers and stamping

Hand Stamped Sentiments photo inspiration

 

Sketch Inspiration

Hi there, everyone. Despite it being very, very hot here in Chesterfield, UK, I have been in my craft room. I am not really a sun-bathing fan, except when on holiday somewhere with a beach, pool/sea, and a bar, so I have been in my cool room playing.

This card was inspired by the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches, and I took the opportunity to use my new Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval stamps. There is one huge stamp set with lots of different medallions on it, which all can be used individually or that quite a few of them fit inside one another.

I also used the Catherine Pooler inks ‘Lime Rickey’ and ‘Aquatini’ – love those colours.

The two circles are two stamps from that set, and I used a circle to mask the larger image when I stamped the smaller image to give the effect of one behind the other. The three smaller flowers are also from that same stamp set, with the sentiment using two words from separate stamp sets in that collection.

As I stamped the words in black, I added a strip of black paper from Stampin Up I had laying around.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Brown Sugar Challenge anything goes

Crafty Catz challengeanything goes

 

 

Color Layering Koala

Hello there, everyone. I am now back from London. Quite a few days with no crafting – definitely suffering withdrawal symptoms. And guess what was waiting for me when I got back? The new Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval box. Ordered and delivered within 8 days. Fabulous. I will be playing with them over the weekend.

Another thing which I am highly excited about – I am guest designer for Inkspirational Challenges for the challenge which starts tomorrow morning!! (Saturday) I know………..OMG! The first time I have been asked……so excited and nervous! Please check it out tomorrow, it’s a great inspiration photo – trust me!

For the card today, I had a little cute moment. Aren’t the koalas cute?

I started by stamping the tree from Altenew ‘Birch Land’ to one side of a plain white piece of card. I then stamped the koala and the baby, from Hero Arts ‘Color Layering Koala’ using Versafine ‘Black Onyx’ as an outline, stamped off once for the base of the koalas, then direct after inking for the next layer, for the two different brown looks using the same ink, cutting them out using the matching die set.

For the leaves I used Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini’ and Stampin Up ‘Night of Navy’ – artistic license for the eucalyptus to be those colours!

For the grass, I used Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ and rubbed it along a piece of plain white card, then cut it out with the Lawn Fawn ‘Simple Grassy Hillside’ dies, stuck it to the base card, and cut the whole thing using my Lawn Fawn ‘Wonky stitched rectangles’.

Once I had that base card, I realised the pointy edges of the grass were not stuck down, so I placed my two koalas under the edge of the grass, adding the die cut eucalyptus leaves. The base card is a navy card from Creative Expressions – love their foundations card.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownNavy, Aqua, lime green, kraft (used brown)

Addicted to stamps and moreanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes

I hope to see you tomorrow morning when the Inspirational Challenge goes live…………..

 

 

 

Three colour card

Good morning all. I know this looks like a very simple and easy card, but I like that about it. I took inspiration from a couple of challenges with the colours and the theme, but in general I really like how this flower turned out.

I have used the Altenew stamp and die set ‘Extra Special’. (Yep – another new buy from Doncaster Dome/Which Craft show from last Sunday.) For the first card, I stamped onto a piece of white card in Versafine black onyx, then stamped the solid base layer for the flowers in yellow, using a Catherine Pooler ink. I added the second layer of the flowers, not with the layering stamps, but with a Zig marker.

The leaves I did the same way – layered with the solid stamps, then added further green with a Zig marker.

I die-cut the flowers with the matching die, and added to a piece of plain white card I had die-cut with my MFT Die-Namics ‘Wonky Stitched Rectangles’, raising the flower with some small foam pads, and adding the whole panel to a white card base.

For the second card, I stamped and coloured onto some water-colour card, as I didn’t know which way I was going with the colouring, but in the end I went with just the stamp and colour. Nothing fancy, and cut that panel out sticking directly down onto a white card base.

I haven’t added a sentiment, because I didn’t really know what sentiment to add. I like it as it is – plain, no sentiment, ready to be sent. For any occasion. Perhaps as a little note card. I may make several of these and package them together in sets of four.

I shall be entering into the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownGreen, Yellow, Coral (all the three colours used)

Time Out challengesphoto inspiration (flowers)

Crafty Catzanything goes (optional dies/punches)

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes