The blue’s and silver

 

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Hello again. I have been having a little more play with my marbling layering stamp set from Waffle Flower. I really like messing with the positioning of the stamps, and trying to follow the guide from their web site…….but it doesn’t really matter of you get it out of alignment. Well, I don’t think so, anyway.

I took the colour inspiration from Color Throwdown – dark blue, light blue, and silver – to create this version. I think it looks quite ‘icy’ and clean with these colours. Both of the blue colours are from Altenew, and stamped fairly neatly together, then I went in with some of the smaller stamps in the set – not the stand-alone ones, either – and filled in the gaps.

The darker blue I lined-up with their own base set, but also stamped them in the gaps left over. The silver is an embossed silver – some of them the third layer on the stamps, some stamped haphazardly on top of the dark blue, and ………even took three little leaves stamp from the Concord and 9th Blooms fill-in and stamped them in  some gaps, and on top of some of the blue. I think that if you look closely you can make them out.

Any stamp in a storm, right?

The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler. I took a piece of card, placed Be Creative double-sided sticky tape on it, added silver embossing powder, heat-set it, then die cut the ‘Merry’. I don’t think you can heat emboss many sticky tapes – but this one if ideal for things like this.

The shape of the sentiment tag is again from Catherine Pooler.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown blue, light blue, silver

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas ChallengeChristmas with option of blue

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Aud Sentiments Challenge Bloganything goes with a sentiment

Orange Poinsettias

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Hello there. Welcome. I had some good news the past couple of days – I was a winner in the Uniko challenge for October, and also a chosen winner for Happy Little Stampers October CAS challenge – one layer card. Yay! Talk about being inspired. It certainly got my creative juices flowing this weekend.

I have also been having a look through the Inkspirational challenge cards where I am still Guest designer – another few days to go still – and there are amazing creations on there. I am still going through and visiting people and looking at their cards and their process…….

Onto the card for today……I had so much fun putting this card together, and I am definitely going to make more of this style and theme. I just wanted to share with you straight away.

I took inspiration from several challenges, but the colours were from Color Throwdown, and the theme/topic was from The Card Concept. I knew I wanted to do a card with poinsettias on it, and decided to go with an orange poinsettia. I know there are some out there, as I did a Google search, but have never actually seen on in real life.

The base card is Kraft card, and I die cut Avery Elle ‘Diagonal Stripes’ leaving out the centre rectangle, but inserting a smaller rectangle from another die set. I wanted the Kraft card to show through the die cut so it looked almost like a trellis against wood.

I used Stampin Up adhesive strips around the edge of the die cut, and added some to the centre rectangular piece – but I didn’t take the sticky off the inner rectangle. Why not? Well, I knew I wanted to place the flowers and leaves in, under and around the white die cut, so having that inner rectangle stuck down wouldn’t work. Lateral thinking, huh?

I then stamped the poinsettia with Catherine Pooler orange ink, and the leaves with Altenew green ink. The centre of the poinsettia is where the brown comes into the card. The stamps themselves are also from Catherine Pooler. I die cut them, and then started to play with the positioning. Once I had it sorted – kinda – I then used 3D glue gel to put the flowers down first, then the leaves, as this glue gel gives me time to move things around until I am happy.

I think you can see the dimension on the die cuts from one of the photos. Sticking down the leaves half in and half on the white die cut, underneath the flowers, generally creating a positive cornucopia of foliage. 🙂

I didn’t add a sentiment, for several reasons. Firstly – I couldn’t find one which would suit or match the card, secondly I couldn’t find anywhere to put one where it wouldn’t look out of place, and thirdly – I didn’t want one!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownBrown, Orange, Green, Kraft

The Card ConceptPhoto inspirationPoinsettia and leaves

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes (option reindeer)

Allsorts Challenge blogAutumn colours

Crafty Friends ChallengeChristmas

 

 

Hidden word

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Hello everyone. I have been experimenting again. I have been playing with my Altenew alphabet dies, and also trying to do a technique – no idea what the technique is called – where the word is cut from the same background, then added back in with dimension…..can anyone help me with the name of the technique?

I used three colours only for the card – Altenew lilac and purple for the ink blended background, and Altenew dark green for the leaves that I stamped. I really like how the colours matched together.

The stamps are from Catherine Pooler, and I just let myself go with the stamping. I had no plan when I started out, and just kept adding smaller and smaller images from the same stamp set to fill in the gaps. I didn’t even use my Misti! (I know…..brave of me!)

The ink and stamps worked well together, so I just made sure before I stamped each one, that there was good coverage. I seem to be enjoying working with backgrounds at the moment, don’t I?

Once I had put the card together I added some sparkle to the ‘XMAS’ letters  as I felt that they didn’t really stand out very much – is this usual for this technique? Is my background a little too busy for this? Hubby couldn’t actually see ‘XMAS’ until I moved the card around, and said I needed to add something around the edge of each letter….hmmm – not sure about that.

I think I’ll try with the word a solid colour too, as a contrast to any background……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA Cardsink blending

Cupcake Inspirationspurple, lilac, dark green

Cards in envyletters or words as focus

Sweet at Sweet Stampin’anything goes Christmas

 

 

Christmas and Pines

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Hello everyone. A quick posting for today, as I made some Christmas cards last night. I was inspired by the Paper Players ‘Holiday Pines’ photograph, and hunted out my pine boughs and pine cone stamps.

The pine branches are from Catherine Pooler, and the pine cones are from Card-io/Majestix. I kept the feel quite vintage, and used a Stampin Up green for the branches, first and second generation stamping to create some dimension.

I then waited for the ink to dry, and stamped the pine cones in Ranger Perfect Medium, heat embossed with Creative Expressions gold embossing powder. I used the same embossing powder on the Altenew sentiment. I think I have captured some of the shine on the pine cones, but it really does look much better in ‘real life’.

I was so engrossed in making this card, and liked how it turned out, that I went on to make several of them. I may make some more changing it to silver embossing powder, but I don’t think it’ll turn out as effective – we shall see.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Paper Players photo inspiration Holiday Pines

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Daring Cardmakers3 elements – foliage, green, gold

I hope you are taking part in the current Inkspirational challenge with me as Guest Designer – I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

Simple and Autumnal

Hi everyone. Another playtime today, and I created a couple of cards for challenges which are ending today. Please forgive another ‘twofer’ but I haven’t had time to play much the past couple of days, and I really wanted to put my ideas for these cards out there.

The first card is a simple geometric design, using the Altenew ‘Simple Shapes’ stamp set, stamped in Versafine black onyx. I used my Misti as I felt I may have to stamp them a couple of times, as it is such a solid shape. Then I used Catherine Pooler ‘Rockin’ Red’, stamping a sentiment from Stamps By Me into the red shape. This card is going to be entered into the following challenges:

Dragonfly JourneysHip hexagons

4 Crafty Chicksblack, white and one other colour

Addicted to Stamps and Moreanything goes

Moving along with the timesGeometric shapes

The second card took a little more playing!

For the autumn colours, I used some Brusho’s on a white piece of card, let that dry, and die cut the sentiment from a Stamps By Me set. I also die cut ‘H’ and ‘I’ from the Altenew ‘Bold Alphabet’ out of the same card.

The background is a stencil from Catherine Pooler, using three colours of distress oxide, purposely leaving the bottom white to show the word ‘beautiful’ off better. Once I had stuck the word and letters down onto the stencilled card, I added some Nuvo drops.

I haven’t really used Nuvo drops before, but I must say I like the way they hold a rounded shape, and how solid they feel when they have dried. I purchased quite a few from Hochanda when they had a ‘mix and match’ deal going on – I am glad I did.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

AAA Cards colours of Autumn

The Paper Girls Challengeharvest/autumn colours

Make My Monday challengeAutumn colours

Pause Dream Enjoy challengesfall colours

 

 

Block water colour stamping and more…

I have the cards above for one challenge, and a card further below for the Color Throwdown challenge this week, but I am blaming ‘Just Us Girls Challenge’ for all the cards above. It is totally their fault. I am not to blame! I mean – setting a challenge like this. Really! I just couldn’t stop myself once I had started……I just kept going and going and going. If you haven’t tried this technique yet – go for it.

The challenge was to make a card using block water colour stamping – you probably guessed – and a link to Jennifer McGuire for hints and tips. I was immediately hooked, and gathered my inks, and my water-colour card, my blocks, and my spritzer, and off I went. My only limitation when I started yesterday was space to dry them, and how many heavy objects I had around to stand on them for 5 minutes!

I used distress inks, distress oxides, Altenew inks………all worked very well with this technique. Loved playing.

You can also see I used a larger rectangular block, a small round scalloped block, and three smaller blocks. One or two of them I let stand, and one or two I hit once or twice so the ink sprayed out the sides…….Jennifer has lots of hints on the video……

Then I had to decide what stamps to emboss onto the respective pieces…..

The two smaller butterflies with the sentiment in them is from Finnabair ‘Dream on’, and the rest are from  Visible Image. I decided to emboss most of them in black, but tried a white embossing for one flower, and quite liked it. Black is still my favourite as I like bold sentiments and images which stand out.

Whilst I was waiting for some of the pieces to dry, I also managed to make a card for Color throwdown this week:

Their challenge this week was to use red, white, and black. I thought of Christmas, and used my Catherine Pooler background stripe stamp, with her ‘Rockin’ Red’ ink, die cut Leonie Pujol ‘Entwined Christmas Tree Baubles’ (supposed to be entwined with the Christmas tree but I liked the look of it alone), in black glitter card from Stampin Up, added the die cut word ‘joy’ from Catherine Pooler, some black sparkly thingies in the corners, and there we have it.

Phew, need a coffee and feet up now. All that crating has fair worn me out…….

Colours and Sketch 238

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Hi there. I’m posting this a little later than planned, as I had forgotten all about it. I only made it yesterday – how weird is that? I knew I wanted to use the sketch and colours from the double challenge above, and made the card, then wondered what sentiment to put on it – then completely forgot to finish it!

I got home from work, checked my emails, made us some tea, opened my challenge spreadsheet – to find this challenge highlighted in the yellow of ‘got to post it soon’. So, I photographed it – in between a little panic – and here we go.

I didn’t have all the correct colours, so I used Broken China distress ink, with Certainly Celery, and Powder Pink from Stampin Up. I used the new stamps from Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval for the flowers, and even used the large die to cut the scalloped background.

The pink diagonal rows are from Altenew ‘Pattern Play ‘Hexagon’, which I stamped using my Misti as these are quite solid images.

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