Hi there. I hope you are all well. I was lucky to obtain the new ink cubes and card stock from Concord & 9th when it was first released over here in the UK.
This card features just the card stock – all die cutting – mixing the three Concord & 9th ‘Fresh Cut Florals‘ die sets for several challenges:
A close friend of mine has a birthday on 11th August, so this card was made withe her in mind. I knew I could go a little more dimensional as I could take it to her so I wasn’t worried about giving the daisy a little bit of dimension and life – whilst still keeping the look CAS.
She has been shielding since March, so I haven’t seen her – though we have kept in contact. Her family has been doing the shopping etc. It’s only recently that people who have been shielding have been ‘let out’ of the house. I’ll be picking up some real flowers and maybe a little treat as well.
After die-cutting the three sets a dies a few times in the blue, white, marmalade and red pieces of card, I then played with the colours of each element. I knew the white daisy was going to take centre stage, but the other elements were moved and changed around until I had the layout you see above.
I have some huge white daisy in our garden which were also an inspiration:
I didn’t ink the leaves of the daisy – just clean lines and colours. I looked for a sentiment – and I have a lot of them – but in the end I decided to put the sentiment on the inside to keep the outside kinda ‘pure’.
Hi there. I have a card to share – quite a CAS card – made with a dear friend of mine in mind:
I have seen this particular friend just once since March – and so I am hoping we can get together again soon for a catch-up – and maybe one day we can hug again!
The stamp set I used is from Heffy Doodle – You Go, Gull – and I first stamped the tree stump in Stampin Up ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink – then used a water-brush to pull the colour out a little.
I then stamped the birds in Gina K amalgam ink and coloured the grey areas with Copic cool greys, and used the same Stampin Up ink and a little water to colour the beak, legs, and wing detail.
The base card is three and a half inches by eight and a half inches, and the black layer and white window layer are cut using Heffy Doodle ‘Stitched Slimline Trio‘ die set. I love the scallops on the windows. And I have three scalloped squares to use on another card now…….
The sentiment is from the same stamp set, heat embossed in white – though I did have to go over the letters with a white gel pen as it didn’t quite emboss fully.
The hearts are cut from a piece of card I coloured with the same ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink.
I ‘found’ this butterfly stamp set from Stampin Up when adding to Color My Life app – and am finding and revisiting a lot of my old stash. I knew I had a lot of products dotted around my craft room and the spare bedroom – but I didn’t realise how much I had forgotten I had.
Adding to this app is bringing back to me the reasons I bought a lot of my products in the first place – and never utilised them…….
I stamped all three layers of the water-colour butterfly as you see, then used the matching die set to cut it out.
I wanted some swirly trails behind the butterfly, and – again – found this stamp set from The Ton which has several star trails stamps. I used one trail stamped in red, then added the yellow and navy stars individually.
Once I had decided where the butterfly was going to be, I then stamped the antennae – that took a little fiddling around – the most difficult part of the card……
Hi there. I have a card to share to day using some of the new release stamp sets from Clearly Besotted:
I stamped the floral scene twice along the bottom of a piece of Make It Colour Blending Card, and stamped the cute little plushie with the flower onto another piece.
I coloured the images using Copics – very simple, very little shading, then added some gold gel dots to some of the flowers – I tried to catch that in the bottom photo – and some darker dots on the other flowers.
The plushie image die–cut with two nesting circle dies as you see, and the sentiment from the same plushie stamp set attached.
Hello there. I have a card to share using a brand of stamps I haven’t used for quite a while, and in fact some of the stamps I haven’t used at all before today:
I used a couple of the Card-io stamp sets to create this card….
I started by masking one corner of a piece of Canson Mixed Media card-stock – I find this blends inks quite nicely. Once masked, I used an Altenew ink set and blended the Cotton Candy with my blending brushes, and added some Rich Razzleberry to darken the corner a little.
Using Rich Razzleberry again, I stamped the thorny wreaths, then a vine/leaf branch. The bird cage is stamped with Cotton Candy, then I tried to ink the edges of the birdcage with the Rich Razzleberry to give some shading to the cage.
The bird in the cage stamped with Rich Razzleberry, another in Cotton Candy, and another in Peach Perfect.
I also sued some leaf stamps and stamped them in the lighter two colours around the thorny wreath.
The sentiment is from a stamp set from The Ton – out on my desk as creating a floral card too………….maybe for tomorrow.
Hello once again. I have a CAS card to share today, which includes some fancy masking – for me it was fancy, anyway:
I mentioned previously finding the Tracy Hey Designs web site and the super-dooper cute stamp sets she has. This was another of my purchases, and fits right in with a few challenges I have been trying to create for.
I cut the base layer with some stitched rectangle dies, then stamped my dragon image with Gina K Amalgam ink. I stamped the image again on some masking paper, and set to fussy-cutting……..I don’t like fussy cutting, but when I knew I wanted to do some masking – you have to do what is required, don’t you?
So – this image – triangle spine thingies, star horn thingies………………not the most straight-forward I have cut out….but I must admit it was worth it….
Once masked – before I coloured just in case I messed it up – I found a circle stencil, and inked Distress Oxide through the stencil – And I just love when you reveal…….looks messy until you peel everything back, doesn’t it?
As I was happy with the masking and blending, I took some Copics and coloured as per the colours for one of the challenges – just a couple of the greens, and one yellow – simple. Then I took my colour-less blender and dotted it around the dragon – to try to give an impression of scaly skin. Do you think it worked?
So – the sentiment – on the same stamp set! I know – how fabulous is this sentiment? Love it – and there are more on that set I can’t wait to get working with.
Why a dragon I hear you ask……well, I was born in the year of the Dragon – so that could be 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 – or even 2012 – but I’m not telling!!!!
In fact – when I post to my Instagram – I’ll have a cheeky little quiz and pressie for a few people…..maybe you want to go and check it out…….
Apparently, the dragon is the only imaginary animal in the Chinese zodiac too……..and something about being hot-headed…..hmmm…..maybe!
I have a CAS card to share today using a newly purchased stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs:
This also turned out to be a one-layer card…………
Once the image and sentiment was stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, I coloured with the three colours from the JUGS challenge. As it is one layer, I couldn’t do much shading – in fact none at all. I knew these Copics would bleed onto the back of the page – so I took it very gently, and not hanging around with the Copic too much.
Hello there. I have a card to share to day using one stamp and die set:
I wanted a very CAS card and took inspiration from several challenges. The colours were from CAS Colours and Sketches, the layout using the prompt from AAA Cards, and the stamp set using inspiration from the current theme at Die Cut Divas.
The stamp set is Altenew ‘Under The Cherry Blossom Tree, using the branch, then next stamping the flowers, then die cutting. The birds were stamped and then die cut, and added together as you see in the top corner.
I fiddled a little with which corner to add the branch, and then which branch to add the little birds to, but I am pleased with the final placings.
Hello there. I have been able to take some time to craft today. The past few days I seem to have been out and about a lot.
I decided to take on the colour challenge at Color Throwdown to create this card:
You may be asking why I put these two photos together – will I’m playing with taking photos and the first is using some additional changes using my phone – contrast etc, and the second is the original……..hmmm – I think I prefer the original for this one – what do you think?
Anyhoo – I used the Altenew ‘Delicate Clusters‘ stamp and die set, remembering that the dies cut the clusters together – the flowers and the stem. Previously I had stamped the images, and then the stem wouldn’t be the same shape as the die…..
This time I die cut both clusters, to leave a template in the piece of card, then when I had die cut each cluster again for the elements to make the card, I only had to inlay the die-cuts and only had to line-up the stamp once each time for each layer. I think Jennifer McGuire and Amy R have done videos about this technique – but I couldn’t find them! Typical!
I used Altenew inks for the clusters in shades of grey, and Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ for the stems – only one layer for the stems and leaves.
The fuschia and purple from the colour challenge were on the sentiment strip – I coloured a couple of strips with Copics, and stuck to the back of the sentiment.
I knew I wanted a fairly CAS card, but it took me ages to actually plan the stamping and the layout……