Beautiful Inside and Out

Hello. Following on from my craft time yesterday, I created a card for the current challenge at Just Us Girls:

I’s a colour challenge this time round, and I decided to use my new set from The Greetery. One of our online shops in the UK has started to stock The Greetery – I took the opportunity to purchase several sets. This was one of them.

I first used the base stencil to blend the first layer of the flowers in yellow, then used Altenew inks and rest of the stamps to create the full image.

I then used the matching die to cut out the middle of the image to create a window – this would make a great shaker card, something I’ll try in the future – and used the matching stencil to ink blend some Salvaged Patina Distress Ink around the outside.

The sentiment is from Altenew, and stamped with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide – better than the Distress Inks when stamping – and then layered the floral panel onto a white card base with 3D foam.

I searched my stash for some turquoise embellishments, and found these tiny stars, which I added as you see.

Hello Friend

I’ve been playing with a layering stencil received as part of the Crop and Create kit a few weeks. I seem to be getting the hang of stencils – whether they are layering or not – and I’m enjoying creating variations using the same product.

The six layers to the flower stencil from Pink Fresh Studio were all still used for this card – but two shades of orange for the sunflowers, and the leaves and other floral images I used two – maybe three – shades of grey – all Distress Inks.

I didn’t mask anything off – just used a little – make that tiny – blending brush for each section. The stencil also comes with a die to cut the inner part out – which I obviously used – and die cut the whole slimline panel using a Mama Elephant slimline die I had.

The Kraft card base has a Kraft panel, embossed with a Sue Wilson pin-point embossing folder for some added interest, and the floral panel raised with 3D foam strips

The two words are also from the Crop and Create kit – one from Gina K and the other from The Stamp Market. This is the second version of the words – the first was by heat embossing with gold – but I didn’t like that, so went back to just layering three each of the words – Kraft – on top of the shadow layer.

But I did add some gold(ish) sequins – just because I could……..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Color Throwdown orange, brown, grey

Addicted to Stamps and More dies and/or stencils

Time Out Challenge friendship/encouragement card – option to use pink not taken

Stamplorations Stencil Challengeuse a stencil

Poinsettia Wreath

Hello. I have had time to play in my craft room today, and created this card:

Taking the colour scheme from the current Color Throwdown Challenge, I started with a black 7 inch square card base. Onto that I layered a slightly smaller dove grey card from Concord & 9th which I had dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder, and slightly ink blended with Distress Ink.

The wreath was die cut twice, and I cut one of them to add more layers to the part that was showing.

The poinsettias were die cut from a cream textured card stock I had and the edges were inked with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink – but then I added some Weathered Wood as I didn’t think it was grey enough. The extra darker leaves were die cut from the same cream card stock, but ink blended before I die cut with the same grey Distress Inks.

I stuck the wreath down with glue – leaving some of the twiggy bits unstuck for dimension and movement, and the poinsettias and leaves were stuck down with 3D glue – I like to use that for the more dimensional elements when I’m adding more – like the extra leaves – so I have some time to play around with the layout.

I then added some stickles to the centre of the flowers.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, grey, cream, kraft

Addicted to stamps and Moreany occasion

Krafty Chicksoccasions

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option to use the word ‘Joy’ (option not taken)

Right Click to Save
Grab our Badge
Please feel free to copy to your sidebar

Show us a cute dog

Hi there. I am hosting the current challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and a chose the theme of ‘cute dog/s” as it is national dog day today. I personally have two cats, and would to have dogs, but this isn’t feasible at the moment. So come and share with us your ‘cute dog’ creations – girlie them of course – and try to persuade me otherwise…..

Here is my card:

For some strange reason, I ordered this Simon Says Stamp die a while back – don’t ask me why – definitely on a whim. I do love SSS animal and critter dies

I die cut the little doggy, but I did create a background for me to add all the little bits onto, then fussy cut it.

The pink ink smooshed background is from my stash – loving the Kitsch Flamingo – and die cut, with an extra white die cut rectangle for added interest.

The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle.

I hope you can come and join us with your girlie and doggy creations. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

INTAAS CAS

Happy Little Stampers atg with dies

Cute Card Thursday atg cute

International Art & Soul

Thinking of you….

The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Having reached the letter ‘I’, Dawn has chosen the theme of Insects on your creations. Here is my card:

Having been successful with using ink on an embossing folder for the first time, I decided to have another go using a couple of colours:

The embossing folder is from Simon Says Stamp, and I used Distress Inks on the inside, before running it through my die cutting machine. I haven’t had much success with this technique in the past – but for some reason it worked this time – no idea why……

The butterfly is from Tim Holtz, a Bigz die, which also comes with an embossing folder for the two butterflies. I added a simple sentiment and stuck down onto the card base. I didn’t stick the butterfly down completely, I like the wings to be a little raised, some movement.

I hope you can come and join us and show us what you can create using insects in your projects. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

The House That Stamps Built – anything goes

Krafty Chicks anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

Right Click to Save
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog

I can’t wait to see how far you fly…

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and this time the theme has been chosen by Helen, who wants to see you use dies or punches in your girlie creations. Here is my card:

Having received a few new orders with Altenew products, I decided to use some of them for this card. I stenciled the card base using Altenew ‘Terrazzo Tile’ stencil – these are layering stencils, and you don’t have to be particularly precise with this one – just place them as you want them.

The bird is die cut out some ink smooshing with Distress Inks – Wilted Violet I think – and I gave some dimension to the feathers, some movement, as it were.

The thin grey frame was attached, and the sentiment heat embossed in white.

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I look forward to seeing what you create following our theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challengesuse stencils

Tuesday Taggers feathered friends

The House That Stamps Built stenciling

Addicted to Stamps and More die cuts or stencils

Grab our button
Pop this on your blog to find us fast!

I Hope Your Day Is Fabulous

Hello there. I was lucky enough to be picked as random winner for The Color Throwdown recently, and was given the opportunity to be Guest Star Stamper. Well, of course I jumped at the chance. Here are the colours for the new challenge:

Pink, Orange, yellow, green

And here is my card:

I used a combination of Time For Tea Designs stamps and dies to create the scene.

The car, paper plane, and panda’s were stamped then coloured with Copics., and die cut with their matching dies. The little paper plane has a little slit in the middle so you can insert your critter.

The background has clouds stenciled with Kitsch Flamingo. The first sky I stenciled I was a little heavy handed with the ink, so I did that again with a lighter hand.

The hillside scene was stamped and then coloured with Copics. Colouring larger areas with Copics is a struggle for me – I never know when to stop with the darker shades – how much to do – but I went with it – just a little darker shade when the hills seem to merge, and a little darker in the centre of the trees.

I hope you manage to come and play this week with the bright and fun colours. As usual, the Color Throwdown Team has a variety of inspiration for you.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Knockoutsuse die cuts

Just Add Ink choose two – sky, trees, sea

Beyond The Blue stencil time

Creative Fingers anything goes

Time For Tea Designs July Challenge anything goes with using their products

Happy Everything

Hello once again. There is anew challenge started at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘H’ and Debbie has chosen the theme of ‘use the word Happy in your sentiment‘. Here is my card:

Do you think the word is bold enough?

The background is ink smooshing onto Distress Heavy card stock – part of a bunch of these backgrounds I made whilst restricted a few weeks ago. Because this background is so vibrant, I decided the sentiment ought to be big and bold and black…….

The sentiments – the big word and the embossed word – are from Uniko, as is the little gold party hat added to the first letter……

I hope you can come and join us. I’m looking forward to seeing your ‘happy’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenge -occasions

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Crafters Castle anything goes

Crafty Creationsanything goes

SPREAD THE CRAFTY LOVE - grab a badge!
Monthly Challenges!
<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D4ciAoORH0Y/UswdGfU27dI/AAAAAAAABss/vgbZVPUzF30/s1600/CCC_Badge.jpg&quot; alt="<b>Blog Badge

How’s It Going, Friend?

Hello there. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I chose the theme of ‘Things With Wings’. I chose a very broad subject matter, leaving the choice of what things with wings you wanted to use – as long as it’s towards the girlie genre – you’re good. Here is my card:

The blue background is a water-colour smooshing technique using Distress Inks. It seems to have got a little contaminated with yellow on the edge – but I think it adds a certain interest – and I liked the over-all colour so much I used it anyway.

The square blue butterfly is a die from Simon says stamp, which was cut out of the main panel – I gutted the base blue card, as they say, and the same goes for the blue under the sentiment.

The white card base is one from a previous virtual class, using a Simon Says Stamp red rubber background stamp, where we were heat embossing and then ink smooshing – but this panel was left without anything doing to it, so I used it here as the flowery base for the butterfly.

So – ink smooshed base layer, white heat embossed flower layer, and then the sentiment and butterfly for another layer – and yet it seems so CAS still to me.

I hope you can come and join us with our ‘Things With Wings’ challenge – I look forward to seeing where your creativity takes you. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pearly Sparkles ChallengeCAS

Mix It Up Challengemixed media with 3 or more layers

Die Cut DivasTic Tac Toe – middle vertical line – emboss it, friendship, blue

Stamplorations May CAS Challenge CAS atg – option copper and yellow not taken

Blog Badge
SPREAD THE MIXED UP LOVE - grab a badge

Thanks For Being You….

Cardz 4 Galz has a new challenge starting, and for the theme of ‘Mother’s Day USA or for a Special Person/Day’ I explored my mixed media side – here is my card:

I stuck down some patterned paper to the 5 x 7 inch card base, then used a dotted stencil, some embossing ink, clear embossing powder and even added some Tim Holtz embossing glaze to it. I then blended some Tea Dye Distress Ink to create more of a shadow over the dots:

Turning to the flower and leaves – I used a piece of Yupo I had already created in the purple/yellow tones with some gold highlights, and die cut the base flower. The layers were die cut out of the same piece of Yupo, some black card stock, and a base black flower to create some shadow and making the flower stand out just that little bit more.

The leaves were created by spraying a piece of water-colour card with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain, smooshing with the same colour ink pad adding just a touch of Twisted Citron, drying, then adding some Rustic Wilderness Embossing glaze over the top – whilst heat embossing, I threw in some gold embossing powder too – you can’t have enough gold!

The sentiment is from an older Stampin Up stamp set – Avant Garden – and just fit perfectly (in my mind) for the person I am giving this card to……..she loves purple, she is quite dramatic, but she has been my rock over the past year – my absolute rock! By ‘just being’ her – she has enabled me to remain as sane as I usually am – I’m not completely sane – but neither is she – and she has made the past year tolerable and bearable – she has been a major boon to my mental health.

So – she is the special person I am giving this card to……..

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I’d love to see what you create – and perhaps give us a little story about how this person is special to you – I’ll make sure I have enough tissues handy! xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed/multi media

Always Fun Challenges anything goes

TTCRD Challenge anything goes

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes – option no stamps

Follower's Badge
Grab our button
GRAB OUR BADGE
SPREAD THE MIXED UP LOVE - grab a badge