Happy Bird-Day

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started a new challenge for the month of September. The theme is ‘Winged Things’ – in a CAS style. I had to make a birthday card, as it’s my birthday this month – so here is my card:

For the circle I used the Concord & 9th turnabout we received as part of the their Summer Camp, using their ink cubes, and then used a stitched circle die.

The bird die is also from Concord & 9th – Birdie Talk – and using their card stock too……so it’s turned out to be a Concord & 9th card really…….

It would be great to see your CAS style cards with this current theme – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge CAS

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Addicted to CAS CAS NATURE

INTAAS birthday

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Gem of A Craft Challenge
International Art & Soul

Enjoying a turnabout

Hello. I have managed to play with another stamp and die set which was part of the Concord & 9th Summer Camp. This stamp set is a turnabout – with two turnabout stamps, and a matching die set.

Here is my card:

I was inspired to use the colours at the current Color Throwdown Challenge – and just started ‘turning’. I must say, the turnabout jig – also with the Summer Camp kit – is a brilliant tool to use – once Cathy Zielske showed us how to do it. I first stamped the flowers in Gina K amalgam ink as I knew I wanted to use a Copic to colour them. I did all four turns and then I stamped the leaves part of the turnabout.

Now – Cathy gave us a great tip…….when you have a two stamp turnabout – without taking your card off the jig – just flip the jig over, so you align the second turnabout stamp on the reverse side – close the door of your Misti, pick the stamp up, then flip the jig and the attached card over to the correct side. I mean – how ingenious is that?

I stamped the leaves in Concord & 9th ‘Dove‘ grey ink – I don’t think it’s Copic friendly but I wasn’t doing a great deal of colouring on the leaves, so it worked a treat.

The large sentiment die and the smaller sentiment on the strip is from the Gina K designs ‘Time To Coast‘ kit. The large sentiment comes with a shadow die, and I used vellum for that – a subtle addition which doesn’t cover the background, yet enables the sentiment to stand proud!

I had put the card together and figured I was finished – but then I decided to add the additional small flowers and leaves – same turnabout set – to the right of the sentiment strip.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown yellow, grey, black, white

Watercooler Challenge feminine

Snowman and Santa

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ and the themes for each letter are:

N’ for North Pole, ‘O’ for Off To One Side

Here are my cards:

‘N’ for North Pole

‘O’ for Off To The Side

The North Pole card is using a stamp set from Taylored Expressions, a little masking, and then coloured with Copics. I used some small snowflake stamps for the sky and Concord & 9th ink, adding some little spots of glitter, and then Lawn fawn Prisma Glitter.

The second card is using a stamp set from Newtons Nook, stamped, coloured with Arteza watercolour brushes, then die cut. The sky is using a stencil from MFT which was not slimline, but I made it work, and ink blending.

The snow bank is using Lawn Fawn slimline dies – and more glitter!

I was inspired to make cards for both the themes this time round – that’s what happens when you have not been able to craft for a few weeks – overflow of ideas…..

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following our two specific themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

North Pole card:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Christmas Crafts All Year RoundChristmas with N or M (North Pole)

Here Is A Place To Start Favourite Holiday/Celebration (Christmas)

Sparkles Forum Challenge Christmas and snowflakes

Snowman card:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Country View Challengeuse a stencil

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

‘C’ for Coffee or Chocolate

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, beginning with the letter ‘C’ – and Rachelle has chosen the theme of ‘coffee and/or chocolate’.

Here is my card:

I was going to go with a one layer card – but I couldn’t figure out how to mask the back of each cup to allow them to look like they were nesting inside each other.

So, I stamped them each separately, die cut them, then added a little cut into the top rim and nestled the next cup into that cut.

I chose to leave the flowers on the coffee pot un-coloured, and kept the card itself CAS.

I hope you can come and join us with your coffee and/or chocolate creations. xx

Floral Spray Birthday

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

The Flower Challengeflowers and pretty pastels

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

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HLS CAS – Flames or Fire

Hello. I am continuing to be a guest designer for Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge – and this time the theme is ‘Flames or fire’. Here is my card:

This card took a lot of thinking about – a lot. I was going to go down the fireplace route, then I was going with camp fire, then birthday candles – so much choice actually – but I decided to go with some candles – as you see here.

This is a Stampin Up set – the outline, then a couple of stamps for the filling patterns of the candles, then a stamp for the flames. I ke0pt the colour scheme quite muted, the same on each candle, so the flames seem to stand out more. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Instead of stamping directly onto a card base, I decided to stamp and die cut the image with a stitched square – just one layer, still CAS, but some added interest.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge – there are also some other challenges going live each month – a water-colour challenge, a die-cutting challenge, a Christmas Challenge, and even a stencil challenge.

I hope you can come and join us in at least one of our challenges – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Here Is A Place To Startpick a shape (rectangle candles and square die cut)

Fab’N’Funky ChallengeChristmas

Addicted To StampsChristmas

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

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SPREAD THE MERRY LITTLE LOVE AND GRAB A BADGE!

HLS – Love Is In The Air

A new CAS Challenge has begun at Happy Little Stampers. The theme for this month is ‘Love is in the air‘. Here is my card:

Quite a bit of thought went into this card. I wanted to make a slimline card, and knew I wanted to use the ‘Bots of Love’ from Heffy Doodle – I even stamped all three robot images and coloured them, thinking I wanted to add all three. Instead, I made what you see here.

The white base card and hearts were created by using Lawn Fawn ‘Scalloped Slimline with Hearts’, but creating a mask of the the three hearts – I just die-cut the masking paper.

Then, I stamped quite a few of the little cog and bolts images from the stamp set in a couple of Concord & 9th inks, then ink blended the hearts for them to show a little more against the white background.

When I had stamped the sentiment, I was playing around with placement of the robots, but found they covered quite a lot of the hearts, so I used the one you see – adding a spanner and a heart to him.

I hope you can come and join us, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery – the team has made quite a few ‘loving’ themed cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls Challengemasking

Simply Less Is MoreCAS in a row

Aud Sentiments Challenge sending love and a sentiment

Perfectly CASCAS, one third or less, stencils

Colour Huesred and pink

I Think You Are Blooming Marvellous

Hello once again. I have a couple of cards to share, made for a couple of friends who are blooming marvellous and achieved great things – even at this difficult time:

They have both been working full time and more, on the front-line, and have just both completed their Masters level to become Advance Nurse Practitioners – Whoop Whoop! They joined my team a couple of years ago, and to say they are an absolute breath of fresh air would be an understatement. Fabulous girls, both with such a positive attitude, they are a ray of light and it’s always a pleasure when I manage to see them.

I started with the grey card, and stamped the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Curvy Floral Vine‘ four times – I wasn’t sure how many of them I would need – and arranged three of them in a wreath. The vines themselves are stamped using Concord & 9th ink cubes – a grey for the vines – double stamping the centre of the vine to get a slightly darker grey, and the flowers were stamped with a light pink – double stamped for the flowers, then triple stamped the same colour to get the second layer of the flowers for some dimension.

The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle – big and bold – just so they get the message!

This was the card I was going to enter into the Color Throwdown challenge but I tried the light blue against the grey background with the vine – and it just didn’t seem to work – hence on to the white card base…….

The card with the white card base is using one of the floral vines, and I also added some light blue and light grey foliage from the same Heffy Doodle set which had the sentiment – again I went big and bold with it for dramatic effect.

I love when I have a good and positive reason to make cards for specific people – both the cards came together quite easily – maybe to mojo needs a reason to become active.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, light blue, grey

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Creative Knockouts Challenge die cuts or punches

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

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CAS Thank You

Hello once again. I spent a little time in my craft room yesterday and created this CAS card for a couple of challenges:

I even decorated the inside for a change:

The base card is a slimline navy blue, and the white pieces of card are Neenah Classic Crest.

The top front panel was stamped using Altenew ‘Charming Doodles‘ in Concord & 9th Navy blue ink, then the flowers coloured with a yellow Copic. This panel was then die cut using a Pinkfresh Studio slim edger die, as was the top layer of the card base.

As this merged into the back of the card base, I cut another white panel with the same edger and lined them all up, stamping the inside layer in a lighter blue so it could be written on when needed.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Inspired By Challenge – Photo Inspiration

My Time To Craft Challenge Thank You

Keep Being Amazing

Hello there. A quick post to share a card using the colours for the current Color Throwdown challenge:

Using the Concord & 9th ‘Wildflower Fields‘ stamp set, and Concord & 9th inks, I stamped directly onto the card base – two shades of pink for the flowers, green stems, and blue sentiment, which is from the same stamp set.

One more encouraging card in a very simple design but I think looks quite effective – I have a few people in mind to receive this – I may have to make more of them.

I hope you are all keeping well and managing to have a little crafty play. I did a Jenn Shurkus Facebook class on Saturday – UK time was 3pm – 10 pm – I think it wore me out.

I have still to complete the cards as there were some products I didn’t have, but a couple of them have arrived since – even though I did go through my stash to see what would work…..and I will be finishing them off over the next couple of days.

I will post them at some point so you can see what we made – 5 cards in total – three during the class, and two bonus cards – all very sweet and completely different ideas to what I would usually make.

I am looking forward to doing more of these classes – maybe I will see you online during one of them. xx