Sip Sip Hooray

Hello once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge – and we have 3 new DT members – I’m so excited to seeing more creations on our themes. Dawn has chosen the theme for this challenge – ‘Sentiment as the focal point‘. Here is my card:

Once again I used one of ink smooshed backgrounds but in a bright and colourful palette, as a background to this old sentiment die panel from MFT stamps.

I layered them by using the stitched rectangle dies, and opted not to put the ‘innards’ back into the words. You can still see what it says, and I think the ‘innards’ would cover more of the colourful panel than I wanted.

I hope you can come and join us in this challenge – I look forward to seeing all your sentiments in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday birthday with real or faux stitching

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Craft Rocket Challengebirthday

AAA Birthday birthday and ‘Let’s Party’

Love To Craft Challengeanything goes

Beelieve In Yourself

Hello. Popping in to share a card using a new stamp set from Claire Manning Creative for the current challenge at Festive Friday. When I saw Claire demonstrate this on her YouTube channel – I just had to have it:

This is a layering stamp set called ‘Buzzing‘, and I thought it would go perfectly with one of previously made Distress Ink smooshed backgrounds – and I like how it turned out – all that rich yellow and that stark black….

The body of the bee is stamped in Versafine Black Onyx to get that deep and dark black, and then the wings were stamped. Usually, you stamp the yellow, then the black – but as I had yellow on the background panel – I didn’t need to do that.

And as we all could do with some encouraging words every now and again – then this sentiment from Clearly Besotted fitted the bill nicely – from one of their bee stamp sets.

I may have to play with this the way Claire did on her YouTube video – using a spray of water on the layers to give a water-colour effect – watch this space!

using Bee, yellow, black

ABC Christmas Challenge – J and K

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters J and K. Wei is hosting, and this time we want to see your Christmas themed creations with ‘J for Joke and/or K for Kraft‘. I was inspired to make a card for each theme:

J for Joke
K for Kraft

For the first card I used the Tim Holtz die ‘Arthur’ and created him with a cream textured card stock with some brown ink blending around the edges. The hat is from a Simon Says Stamp die set – with some glitter applied to the white parts. The background is an ink smooshed background from my stash. The joke sentiment stamped onto some patterned paper and placed using 3D foam squares.

For the second card I created a shaker card using an ink smooshed background which I embossed using a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder, then applied Sizzix lustre wax. I placed this into a shaker creator from Tonic Studios, added glass beads and some thicker glitter and sealed it.

I die cut a Hero Arts Christmas cover panel out of Kraft, and stuck that down onto the front.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – following one or both of our two themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

First card:

Peace On Earth Christmas challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

12 Months of Christmas – anything goes Christmas – option not taken

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Second card:

Dies R Us challengeanything goes with a brand they sell

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Die Cut Divasanything goes with die cuts or embossing folder (both)

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

You’re So Tweet

Hello again. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started another challenge. This time the theme is ‘Tropical‘. Here is my CAS Tropical card:

For this card I used an older stamp, stencil and die set from Catherine Pooler. I first used an oval stencil on a white card base, then placed a piece of masking paper across the bottom to create the straight line, then added the leaves stencil on top of all that.

I used two colours of Distress Ink to create an ombre look.

Whilst this was drying, I stamped the images, coloured them with Copics, then used the matching dies.

Before sticking them all down, I stamped the sentiment – I remember this time to do this before I had virtually finished the card!

I played around with placement of the images until I came up with what I liked – some snipping of the leaves so I could put them under the branch a little more.

I hope you can come and join us with your CAS cards following the theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 12anything goes with colouring

MMM Challenge use a stencil

Perfectly CAS CAS die cuts – one third or less

Addicted To Stamps make your mark

Hello There…..

Here is a card created using the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge:

I wanted to get messy and create an ink smooshed background, so I looked through my Distress Ink swatch, and found two colours which would represent the yellow and the tan colours – and played….

I actually liked how these two colours mixed well together I created a few of these backgrounds for future use.

Once this panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment onto the bottom using Versafine ink, then die cut it using an MFT stitched rectangle die and layered it with some foam at the back onto a white card base.

The leafy square is from Simon Says Stamp and die cut out of some dark grey card stock.

I played around with the placement of this square a little, and settled for it being where you see it.

I noticed when writing this post that the past few cards seem to have a theme running through them – hello, hi etc – it would appear my mind is turned towards ‘just because’ cards at the moment and not for specific occasions.

I’m already planning what to do with the other similar coloured backgrounds….. and I even did some using the same colours of Distress Oxide – but the inks are my favourite for this – well, at the moment, anyway.

Color Throwdown

Birthday Bloom

Having recently received a new die set from Altenew, I decided to play with it:

I die cut all the layers for the flower out of previously made Distress Ink smooshing pieces of card. The leaves were die cut from a panel I had created during a virtual mixed media class with Seth Apter, and I’ve been waiting for a time to be able to use that piece – lots of inks, even glitter paint, and texture paste which I think shows up on the second photo.

If I remember rightly, we also did a lot of scoring and scratching into that panel, used a few of his inks and pastes – and it created an overall shiny piece of card.

Onto a white card base I stuck down a panel embossed using a Spellbinders embossing folder recently received as part of the Maker Mania 5 weekend.

I then splattered Distress Oxide sprays onto it to match the colours of the flower.

I stuck together all the layers of the flower and leaves and created the spray as you see.

The sentiment is from an older MFT stamp set. As I had stamped the sentiment in black, I added some black enamel dots to the background to bring it all together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Tuesday Taggers add some texture

Everybody Art Challenge birthday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge add a die cut

My Time To Craft embossing – wet or dry

We Love 2 Createanything goes mixed media

Creative Artiste Mixed Media – anything goes mixed media

White Daffodil

Hello. I’m here to share a card which again took some patience -maybe I’m learning that I have some patience after all….

I chose this daffodil die in memory of my mum – who recently passed – her favourite flower:

I die cut an oval from a previous yellow ink smooshing background panel – glued flat.

The daffodil is from Simon Says Stamp, and I die cut it out of white card stock – and then the complications began…..

I wanted all the pieces to stay in the stem – which they did – and then I decided to add some dimension. I was thinking 3D foam squares, then foam pieces, then layering die cuts together…..

In the end, I stuck white card onto some foam, then die cut……..and then some of the pieces fell out of the die cut and wouldn’t go back in neatly…

I persevered, and then die cut another flower form the white card and placed it on top of it all – so one die cut piece on foam, and then another die cut piece on top of it all…..

I am sure there is a simpler way of doing this! Maybe layering die cuts together would have been the way to go – maybe I’ll try that another time……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Clean and Simple on Friday CAS spring flowers

Creative Fingers anything goes

Cup Cake Inspirations anything goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

‘X’ for Xanthic

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Veronica is hosting this time round. I must say I had no clue what ‘Xanthic‘ meant initially – but it means ‘relating to yellow’. So – here is my card:

Here I played with ink smooshed card stock in yellow and green – inking, smooshing, splattering – all to have some fun and play.

Once those pieces had dried, I used the Honey Bee Stamps ‘Lovely Layers: Sunflower’ die set to cut out the leaves – layering several of the sunflower petals together – even cutting into the leaves a little for more movement and dimension.

The background is a stitched diagonal cover plater from Reverse Confetti, and the sentiment is from Altenew.

Some sequins added for something extra.

The Design team have a very varied take on the ‘Xanthic’ theme – it would be great if you were to check them out – and hopefully we’ll see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenge – anything goes

Die Cut Divas – angle it (stitched lines angled)

Lil Red Wagon make it stitched (background panel stitched)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Cupcake Inspirationanything goes

Arty Divas – anything goes

Mistletoe Christmas

Hello – it’s time for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge to start a new challenge. The theme is – as always – anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:


I used the layers of the Taylored Expressions stencil and Distress inks, trying a different colour combination. For the holly berries, I didn’t use the stencil, but some glittery drops where the stencil would have put them.

The tag is die cut using a Simon Says Stamp gift tag die and then stamped a mistletoe outline stamp to cover the tag. I added the sentiment then placed it all together as you see – and even managed to place the hole in the tag over a red berry – bonus!

I hope you can come and join us and make a start on your Christmas stash. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challengeanything goes – option not a square

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Addicted To Stamps Christmas

Creative Fingers Challenge – anything goes

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Have a Beary Good Day…..

Hello once again. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started their challenge for February. The theme this month is ‘inky’ – in a CAS style. Here is my card:

I knew I wanted to create an ink smooshed background – but how to keep it CAS? I decided to use two colours of Distress Inks, and smooshed them onto my craft met. I took a piece of water-colour card, added some water to one corner of it, and dropped in the two colours – drying between each colour. One of the layers must have been slightly wet still, so it created an almost orange or peach colour where they blended – which I quite like.

I then splattered those same two colours onto the piece of card.

Whilst that was drying, I stamped the images from the Time For Tea Designs stamp set, and coloured them with Copics, trying to find colours which were very similar – and throwing in a green one there for a different pop of colour.

After stamping the sentiment, I die cut them with the matching dies, and then decided which part of the inky background I wanted to use, and where, to keep things CAS.

I used a Catherine Pooler die set which I’ve had for ages, and cut the panel quite a bit smaller, then added the bear – some of him off the panel using foam pads, and some directly onto the panel with glue – the same with the sentiment.

The last thing to do was add some white gel pen for detail – which I tend to go over-board with but I believe I restrained myself here. I hope you can come and join us with your CAS ‘Inky’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 4 – anything goes with colouring

Cutie Pie Challenge CAS and a cute image

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog