Butterfly Star Trails

Hello. I have another CAS card to share using a mix of a couple of stamp sets:

I took the theme from Krafty Chicks, the colour inspiration from CAS Colours and Sketches, and the image inspiration from Fusion Card Challenge.

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……

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Sending Sunshine and Smiles…

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.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownAqua, Teal/Turquoise, grey, metallic gold

Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes

Fusion Card Challengesketch +/- photo inspiration

Krafty Chicksuse a stamp

Fab’n’Funky Challenge cute critters

Thinking of You…..

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.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – plum, pink, peach, white

Polkadoodle Challenge week 17anything goes

Challenge Up Your Life – animals

Sweet Stampin Challenge – bright and beautiful

Love Your Inner Monster

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 shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology Zodiac

CAS Colours and SketchesCall Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Blueberry Bushel (Hopefully the Copic colours are a good enough match)

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Perfectly CAS CAS masking – one third or less

Party With Cattitude

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.

I shall be entering the following challenges;

Just Us GirlsBrown, Navy, Rust

Polkadoodles week 15 anything goes

Krafty ChicksCAS

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes colouring

AAA Cards CAS sketch – option ‘it fies’ (not taken)

The Unicorn ChallengeFurry Friends

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Just Because Cherry Blossom

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.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesPear Pizzazz, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight

AAA CardsCAS one corner, using older supplies

Die Cut Divashearts or flowers with die cuts

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Delicate Cluster colour challenge

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……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdowngrey, lime green, purple, fuschia

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeadd a sentiment

Krafty Chicks Challenge CAS

Stitched Blooms

Hello once again. I have been making a card today, to enter a few challenges – I love how challenges give me inspiration, and an actual reason to make cards. I like to have a plan – either the colours, or the layout, or the theme.

Here is my card:

I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown Challenge and die cut several flowers, leaves, and foliage from the MFT ‘Stitched Blooms’ die set, using Simon Says Stamp card stock received in a recent kit, and layering the flowers as you see.

The background is an Altenew stencil – really trying to use stencils more – called ‘Sunburst’, and I used a light grey – Pumice Stone – Distress Oxide to blend through onto the background piece of card.

I then took the flowers and layered them onto the card, placed the leaves and foliage as you see and added a grey and red strip to the far edge of the card.

I then turned to the extra circles which had been die-cut – the little circles which are meant to be the centre of the flowers – well I just used them as accents and placed them haphazardly around the flowers.

Oh – and then I took a Tonic Nuvo crystal drops in ‘Liquid Mercury‘ and added some of them too. The thing about these drops – I just can’t stop putting them on the card once I start…………!

I added them to the flower centres, to the extra circles, to the card itself. I had to restrain myself from adding even more…….

Now – I didn’t use a sentiment. Not yet anyway…. I sometimes leave cards without a sentiment, so I can add one at a later date. Occasionally I like to make cards just for the sake of it, after being inspired by challenges, and therefore I don’t always have a person or occasion in mind.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownred, dark grey, light grey, white

Tuesday Throwdownlayered die cuts

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Daring Cardmakerslayer it up

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Daring Cardmakers

Well Hello……

Hello once again. I have another card to share today, using a new stamp bought at the Doncaster craft show last week:

I just fell in love with this stamp set – cute and quirky. I chose this stamp as I thought just laying there, finger swirling in the puddle – cute. There are some great sentiments on there too – I am sure you will be seeing them in the future…

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured – very basically – with Copics, to match the colour challenge. To follow the sketch challenge, the two outer bands were pieces of card coloured with the same light blue copic, and die cut with Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Simple Wavy Borders‘.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchespowder pink, pool party, so saffron

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Clean and Simple on FridayCAS birds

Altenew June Inspiration Challenge photo Inspiration

Coral Rose and Whoa There!

Hello there. I have a couple of cards to share with you today. The first is a card with the Colorado Craft Company ‘Sympathy and Friendship Rose’ – a huge stamp – covering 5 inches square:

The second card is even more CAS:

For the first card, I stamped the image in Catherine Pooler ‘Coral Cabana‘ then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, with my plan to water-colour the image. That plan changed when I saw how gorgeous it looked just as it is -so the water-colour is for another day, with another colour outline!

I layered that panel onto a navy blue card, added a sentiment from a Thirsty Brush and Co stamp and die set, added three Cosmic Shimmer Cosmic Twinkles ‘Decadent Teal‘ drops and left it there.

I think that coral colour with this stamp is very striking, and I may have to explore that colour even further…….

The second card is using an Altenew sentiment, then stamping an image from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz ‘Funny Farm’ stamp set. I thought of this image immediately when I saw the current challenge at CASology, and this Altenew sentiment from the ‘Build-a-Flower Daffodil‘ set seemed to fit just perfectly.

The first rose card will be entered into the following challenges:

AAA Cards – CAS birthday

Color ThrowdownNavy, coral, teal, cream

Watercooler Challengesanything goes feminine

The Alphabet Challengeflowers

The second card will be entered into the following challenges:

CASologyCalm

Addicted To Stamps CAS