I went with another interactive card – someone will have to stop me soon! Even though there are some layers to this, I still feel it is CAS. It took me a while to figure this out, but I love the outcome – very much fun and playful.
The pull tab mechanism is from Heffy Doodle, using the card stock from Concord & 9th. The MFT images were stamped, cut using the matching dies, then coloured with Copics.
I hope you can come and join us with your CAS fun and games creations – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx
Hello there. Once again I am privileged to be Guest Designer on the Seize the Birthday challenge again.
This time the theme is ‘Birthday and Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:
For these flowers I stamped and heat embossed with white, and water-coloured using my Zigs. I went for soft colours, one colour of each, and just a little blending with water. I am really quite pleased with how these turned out as I haven’t water-coloured like this for ages.
I then used the matching dies – something Clearly Besotted have stopped doing now, but I’m glad I had them for this set of stamps.
As these were soft flowers, I went for a dramatic background – a grey cardstock using a Crafters Companion wood grain embossing folder on Concord & 9th Mushroom card stock. . The sentiment is from Stampin Up – stamped in mushroom ink – again from Concord & 9th, then die cut with a stitched oval.
Some little clear drop thingies – no idea what they’re called – and the card is done.
I hope you can come and join us – It would be great to see your there with your birthday spring floral creations. xx
Hello. I have a fun card to share today using some new products:
I recently received this Tim Holtz colorize die set of ‘Rupert’ – I decided to use the colours from the current Color Throwdown challenge to make ‘Rupert’ into ‘Rupert-Tina’!
I started with some card stock from Concord & 9th, Heffy Doodle, and Altenew and played with the layers and colours. The background stamp is from a new set from Heffy Doodle, stamped in brown Gina K amalgam ink – I wasn’t sure if I was going to colour any of it – and the flower that Rupert-Tina is holding is made of a leaf sprig and left-over white flower from a previous make – coloured with Copics.
I did have to watch the YouTube video to see which layer goes where – but it was quite easy. The hardest part was ensuring all those little pieces didn’t have glue squishing out from the side of them – but it all went quite well.
The eyes are Nuvo drops – those little black die-cuts were just a little too fiddly for me.
Hello there. I am very pleased and excited to announce I am going to be a Surprise Party Guest and Design Team member at Seize The Birthday for the next couple of months.
Here is my party guest invitation and challenge theme for the next two weeks, followed by my card:
The invitation to join this challenge came just a day or two after I had received this ‘Lift Flap Grid‘ die from Mama Elephant – it’s almost fated…..
I started with a piece of Distress white heavy card stock and ink blended three Distress Inks, then cut that with the lift flap grid. I initially placed a piece of white card behind the back, but I thought this was going to be a little stark, so I used some ‘Dove‘ card stock from Concord & 9th.
The white grid I had die cut – I do this just to see how things cut and how they look – I placed on the grey card, drew a little pencil line around each opening – so I knew where I wanted to put each of the tiny little sentiments.
I hunted through my stash – using the CML app – and found a multitude of tiny sentiments – I was stuck deciding on which to use – but just went with it.
I then stamped a few of the images from ‘Little Cat Agenda’ – well I stamped them all actually and picked which I wanted to use -then coloured as you see – quite muted colours, but I think they stand out well on this flap background.
The theme of this challenge is always birthday, with an optional topping each challenge. I am looking forward to be a part of this challenge, and I look forward to seeing you in the gallery. xx
Hello, I have a floral monochrome card to share today, using one of my favourite layering stamp sets from Altenew:
I stamped and layered the inks using a grey ink set from Altenew – actually I used two grey inks sets – not sure whether I wanted a completely grey/grey or a more warm grey – and looking at this photo, they look a little browny/grey………………hmmm…….yet on the close-up photo they look different again:
Anyhoo – once stamped and die cut, I set them aside to think about my base layers.
The base card is white, with a darker grey layer – ‘mushroom’ from Concord & 9th – then when adding the flowers I felt they got a little lost, so I used the ‘Pocket Banner‘ from Altenew, and added some interest to the white of that with a stencil and some Altenew embossing paste.
I did toy with the ide of adding some grey ink to the whit paste – but I like the white-on-white look for this banner, letting the roses stand out more.
Once this had dried I started to place the roses and stamped leaves down – I didn’t like the look of the stamped leaves, so I turned to Altenew ‘Garden Picks 3D die set’ for the layered leaves, and some ‘Dove’ card-stock from Concord & 9th.
Once again, I left the sentiment until last, but this time I remembered to do the stamping and embossing BEFORE I stuck everything down – something I usually forget!
Hello once again. I seem to have hit a crafting mojo over-load……and I’m loving playing in my craft room.
Today I have a card to share inspired by a couple of challenges:
Using the MFT ‘Birdhouse‘ die set to cut – well – the birdhouse – and colouring the central inner circle of the opening with a C3 Copic marker, and put together as you see.
I then die-cut the ‘Turtle Doves‘ from Simon says Stamp out of white card-stock, planning to colour the beaks – but I like them pure white. I didn’t realise the beaks and feet came separate when die-cut – but I left the legs off making the doves look like they are sitting on their front porch……
The dies and bow from the Turtle Doves die set were added as you see, and the sentiment is from MFT ‘A Tweet Hello‘ stamp set.
I feel there will be more encouraging cards, and cards with similar sentiments coming in the near future, to try and help make someone’s day a little more pleasant.
Hello there. A little playtime in my craft room, and I have a cute little fox card to share:
After making the little fox up in the muted colours, knowing I wanted to use a dark grey card base, I then searched my stash for the heart stencil I just knew I had somewhere. After a few minutes, I searched the Color My Life app – there it was – a Thirsty Brush and Co stencil, Bingo.
I used Catherine Pooler’s ‘Sugared Lavender‘ ink and a blending brush to create the background, and used one of the ‘geode‘ dies from Concord & 9th. I did go looking for a heart die, but when I was searching the CML app – I saw this and thought it would make a different kind of shape….and would fit the card base better.
Before I stuck anything down on the card base, I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment from Simon says Stamp – I keep trying to remember to do this before I add anything to the base – sometimes I forget..!
I added the ‘geode’ die-cut, then the fox, and thought it looked a little plain – so I used the dies from MFT ‘Stitched Garden’ and Concord & 9th card-stock to create the flowers – and adhered as you see.
I made this card for a particular person – she is working more than full-time as a Matron at one of our hospitals, working all shifts, having to manage whatever is thrown at her – and that leaves very little time to connect. We obviously can’t meet each other in person – even at work – and sometimes it goes weeks without a moment to message or call each other………..she has been my bestie for the past 30 years – and I’m hoping we can reconnect soon………
Hi. I have another card to share very similar to yesterday – I just switched the colours around and added some sequins:
I liked how the teal and ‘Stardust‘ coloured card looked, so this time I used the Simon Says Stamp ‘Cling Stamp Poinsettia‘ on white card, stamped with SSS ‘Audrey Blue’ ink, then the Altenew ‘Poinsettia 3D die‘ cut using Concord & 9th ‘Stardust’ card stock.
For that added bling, some teal and yellowy/greeny/mustardy sequins – I’d love to know what colour these are……
I again used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment, but a different one this time.
A card which came together quite quickly, as I knew what I wanted and how to do it.
Hi everyone. I have a card to share using a different colour scheme for a poinsettia:
I recently bought some Lawn Fawn ‘Peacock’ card stock to participate in a Jenn Shurkus virtual class, and think this colour is so vibrant that I decided to use it for this poinsettia.
Using Altenew ‘Poinsettia 3D‘ die set I die cut all the layers and glued them together. The background is a Simon Says Stamp ‘Poinsettia’ cling stamp – a huge rubber stamp – that I’ve been wanting to play with for absolutely ages, and for this card I used a tone-on-tone look.
The mustard looking card is ‘Stardust’ from Concord & 9th, and the stamp was inked using the same ink cube – ‘Stardust‘, hence the tone-on-tone look.
The sentiment is from Simon says Stamp and CZ Designs ‘Good Cheer’, stamped in the same ‘Stardust’ ink on white – to match the white card base – and die cut with the matching dies.
I am pleased with how the colours worked together – I think it looks quite simple yet quite effective.