Lot’s Of Birthday Wishes

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Lil red Wagon ChallengeHappy Birthday

Die Cut Divas window or aperture card

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Bee Happy…..

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, and having reached the letter ‘Y’ – Dawn has chosen ‘Yellow’ as the theme for the card. Here is my creation:

I really enjoyed creating this card. I recently attended a Jenn Shurkus online class about Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. During that class, we made lots and lots of different background ink smooshing, blending, water-colouring with both, and also used Distress water-color card stock, and also Distress heavystock – which I have never used before. I learnt to dry between each layer, to not think too much about what goes where – and just to play….

That class reminded me how brilliant the Distress products are – and how much fun it was to create a background – and to have an inky mess. Now I just can’t stop myself – any excuse to get inky and messy – loving it!

This yellow layer is using two Distress Inks – and layering at least 5 times…….just two colours of yellow. I was also ‘Jennabled’ to purchase the Ranger Heat Tool – so much better than trying to use my embossing tool – much gentler, less warping.

The honeycomb die was cut from white card stock, and those greeny/browny pieces? Well that was another messy ink layered background also die-cut with the same die, and just adding some of the pieces. The white was too stark on it’s own.

I hope you can come and join us with your creations featuring yellow – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted To StampsDie cuts or stencils or both – die cuts for me

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

We Love 2 Createatg mixed media – (lots of ink smooshing, splattering, watering – inky messing!)

Mix It Up Challengeatg mixed media with option inlaid die cut – option not taken

Crafty Creations Challenge anything goes

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Long Distance Fox Hugs

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today using masking, water-colouring, ink blending, stamping:

It took me a while, and a lot of thinking, on how to create this card. I knew I wanted to use this stamp set, knew I wanted some ink blending, knew I would need to do some masking – but once I had decided what needed to be stamped and ink blended in which order – off I went.

I’ve tried a ‘gallery’ setting to demonstrate the process – does it work ok?

I first stamped the fox and light images onto Distress Water-color card stock – smooth side – using Gina K Amalgam ink, stamped again and created a mask for the images, Then a circle stencil added from Honey Bee Stamps, lots of masking tape so I didn’t go outside the circle, ink blended Spun Sugar then Picked Raspberry, and removed the masks to reveal the images again. I always love that part – especially when it works!

I dried that with the Ranger Heat Tool – I was ‘Jennabled’ by Jenn Shurkus after doing a few of her online classes. The use of Distress Inks again for colouring, and the use of the heat tool – well worth it. I can’t seem to stop using them. I then used the other two colours of Distress Ink to water-colour the images.

After drying the water-colouring again, I stamped the sentiment which comes in the same stamp set.

I currently like to send ‘just because’ cards, as we haven’t been able to meet our friends for quite a while. I have found that making these kinds of cards helps me to have a reason to create, and also sends just a little bit of love and best wishes.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown Turquoise, rust, pink, megenta

CASology FOX

Jan’s Digi Stamps challengeanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring (week 7)

As You Like It Challengefavourite reason to send a card and why

Looking At The Same Moon

Hello once again. A new challenge is starting at The Alphabet Challenge. Meg is the host and she has chosen the theme of ‘Woodland Flora or Fauna‘ as we have reached the letter ‘W’. Here is my card:

It appears I’ve been in an inky and messy playing mood…..

The image of the hare from Indigo Blu was my first thought for the challenge theme, and I feel lends itself to a more fluid and colourful background as opposed to a clean and simple card.

I used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Peacock Feathers in the Distress Ink line – and just went for it! Once the ink was on the glass mat, I added some water, smooshing that card down in there. Sometimes I added water to the card, and sometimes I used a piece of packaging and added to the card that way, so I could control – just a little – where the colour went.

I tried to create some lines within each colour, but tried not to mix the three colours together too much – going for a grass and sky background – if you squint a little I think it works! 🙂

Anyhoo, once I was happy with the background, and it had dried completely, I then stamped the hare image – using my Misti as I had used the textured side of the water-colour card – and stamped it probably about 3 or 4 times to get a crisp and complete image.

I managed to find some green/teal card with some shine for one of the layers, and stuck them all together as you see.

The sentiment – love this sentiment – is from the same stamp set, stamped onto another piece of water-colour ink smooshing card I didn’t like the look of originally – and added with some foam squares.

I hope you can come and join us, following our theme of course, and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

We Love 2 Createanything goes mixed media

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with animals

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Peaceful Village

Hi – another challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – as always – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. here is my card:

I first die-cut the back panel and stamped and white heat embossed some snowflakes. I then ink blended over the top, to create an emboss resist, and then splattered with water – some drops of water were bigger than others – but I think that’s the way to cookie crumbles……

I then die cut two of the layers from the Hero Arts tri-fold village die set – leaving a lot of white space at the bottom as I knew I wanted to stamp a large sentiment – the CZ Designs sentiment from the ‘Good Cheer’ stamp set.

These two village layers were die cut with the same slimline die from Lawn Fawn – and the scallops matched when attached to each other.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Paper PlayersCAS Snow

CAS Mix Up Splatters, stamping and one other from the list (die-cutting)

Challenge Up Your Life Snowflakes

Addicted to CASCAS Snow

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Hello yet again. Here is my card for the new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – the theme is ‘Anything goes Christmas’:

I used the images from mama Elephant’s ‘Santa Baby‘, stamping, colouring and die cutting. I see I have used teal/aqua again – I must try and move away from those colours – but I do like them for Christmas cards…..

The four rectangles were ink blended – I used Distress Inks instead of Oxides – and used Twisted Citron and a blue…….I know – numpty here forgot that blue and yellow make green…….!!!!!!

Anyhoo – I like how the colours turned out, and when the images were added it made them stand out even more, I think….

The addition of some glitter, and some white acrylic splatters as well as some clear Nuvo glitter pen made the card feel very sparkly.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Cut It Up Challenge Christmas with die cuts

Crafters Café Challengeanything goes

Dies R Us ChallengeChristmas and die cuts

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

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X for Xtra Embellishments

Hello. A new challenge has begun at The Alphabet Challenge, and this time we want to see Xtra Embellishments – more than you would normally add.

Well – I took this to a whole new level, and decided to go with a mixed media kinda look – something I have not tried for years and years:

I don’t ‘do’ mixed media, but it is something I want to try, I want to learn, and have even booked a 3 day workshop at Indigo Blu for just having a go and having a play.

I have watched quite a few YouTube videos, but the best for me – by far – are those of ‘Maremi SmallArt’. I love her style of working, her chat, her whole attitude to the mixed media genre. I can hear her now – ‘just do it‘ and ‘why not?’ – so I did………..I went and did it, why not? 🙂

Here is a link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MaremiSmallArt/videos

I started off with a piece of card board from a Simon Says Stamp card kit and went from there. Patterned paper on the background, distresssed around the edges with Distress Ink, stenciled some glitter paste in parts of the background and then waited. That’s the hardest part for me!

Whilst waiting, I hunted through my Tim Holtz Bigz dies for some stuff to add – found keys, feathers, butterflies, honeycomb – so I cut them all out with other pieces of cardboard and my trusty Sizzix Big Shot Pro. Then waited – and thought – tried to plan………….then heard Marta – ‘just do it‘.

I used some glitter paste on some of the elements and just stuck then down, just a little planning – I knew I wanted the bright flowers on the left, and more muted on the right…………….

I think I’m hooked…………..maybe next time I’m going all out with white Gesso and colours and metal bits and frames and – and – and…….!

Phew…….I need to calm down – but I am not working for the next 12 days. Hmmm! The products I used are on the side – and it’s a huge list – I think I got them all!

Anyhoo – I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – it has certainly inspired me, and I hope will inspire you too. The challenge welcomes any handcrafted item – so it doesn’t need to be a card (thank goodness!)

I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper atg patterned papers

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Mixed Media Academymixed media celebration (birthday)

Tuesday Taggersgo green or recycle (cardboard box)

More Mixed Media mixed media option of red

Galaxy background

Now, I know I’m coming late to the party, but I have never done a galaxy background. It has never interested me, and the more people that did one – the more I stayed away. I’m funny like that – not really following trends until they are over. I have watched numerous videos about the galaxy backgrounds, but it wasn’t until I saw the Simon Says Stamps Monday challenge, and having just had my Uniko delivery, then I thought I would have a go.

Why inspired now? No clue. No idea………but having all the stamp sets from Uniko based around stars, and wanting to do a less than simple card – well, out came my Gansai Tambi, and distress inks, and I set to it.

I used the stamps from Uniko ‘Background Builders’ and mixed in MFT ‘Stars Above’, embossing onto water-colour card with white. I then created a mess with my Gansai Tambi water-colours, pastels, starry colours, Brusho’s – you name it, I seemed the throw everything at it! I didn’t know when to stop. I just know I had to have some bright colours in the background showing through when I covered the piece with distress ink Black Soot, splashed with water, then splashed with white…………Actually, I can’t remember half of what I did to it!

The sentiment is from MFT, and a coloured base card just to bring some of the colour together from the background.

I don’t know if I’ll be doing this frequently, but I had some fun. Maybe when I am in the mood not to think, but just play, I’ll have a go again.

The challenges I will be entering:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challengeit’s written in the stars

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes

 

 

 

 

 

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…….

Cityscape sketch

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Does any else have those days where electrical equipment around the house seem to be going wrong at the same time? Our Blu-ray DVD player stopped working a couple of days ago, so I had to go and order one on Saturday, ready for after the Bank Holiday weekend – hopefully. Then, the washing machine decided to go wrong, broke, completely, with clothes in it. It started making enough racket that I couldn’t hear myself think, and then when I got to it – in all that racket – I couldn’t remember how to turn it off. Really! Anyway, I managed, and slowly opened the door – thank goodness it wasn’t full of water. So – I had to go and order another washing machine this morning, delivered and fitted and removal of the old one by Saturday. I am waiting for the third thing now. Isn’t that what they say – comes in threes? Talk about an expensive couple of days. I just HAD to go and craft!

This card looks quite simple, but again, it was a lot of die-cutting, and piecing things together. You would think I would have learned after my butterfly card, wouldn’t you? This is a take of the sketch above from Paper Play Sketches. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees anti-clockwise, with the three buildings being the three different length strips, and the two trees and helicopter being the three circles. I was trying to find a sentiment for moving house, or welcome to the neighbourhood – but I didn’t have anything to hand. I may have a hunt around my local craft shops when I go out and buy the third electrical thing that goes wrong!

The dies used are from Tim Holtz Cityscapes collection – the buildings from ‘Metropolis’, trees from ‘Suburbia’, and helicopter from ‘Commute’. These packs of dies have a huge amount of little dies for adding elements – the chimneys, the helicopter blades, the tree trunks – all small, all fiddly, but definitely add to the look.

I cut the buildings and trees out of Kraft card, added the chimneys in a brown card, and inked around the edges with distress inks – ‘Frayed Burlap’ for the buildings, and ‘Pine Needles’ for the trees.

I did think about some background, but I quite like the clean look of the card. Simple and to the point. I wanted the buildings the same colour – I could have gone with different colours, but the simplicity of this appealed to me. Maybe I am going ‘clean and simple’….no – I don’t think so, either. Not completely.