You’re cute as a bug….

Hello – I have another ladybird card for you today as I had some images left over from yesterday’s card – and I thought they were too cute not to use straight away:

I was looking for a way to use all the images I had left, so I took the Avery Elle ‘Circle Frames Elle-ments’ die and cut the four circles into a piece of white card stock.

Then I took a light blue piece of card, slightly larger, and where the circles showed the blue through then, I ink blended a light blue Distress Oxide for a little shading, even though it doesn’t show that much on the photo.

One of the circles which came out of the die was – just – the perfect size for the sentiment…………just!

Once the ladybirds were stuck in place, I then decided to add some bling. Nope – not Nuvo drops this time, but some blue sequins, placed within the circles……..and one on the sentiment – cos I had a little smudge there!

And – now I’m looking at the card in close-up……………can you see what I missed? Yep – I forgot to colour one of the ladybirds faces…………! Pretend it’s the same as the others – just pretend! I’ll probably go back and colour it. Thank goodness I took a photo of the colours I used. I knew that would come in handy one day:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Sisters on the blogdots and/or stripes (ladybird dots)

Stamplorations Theme and photo promptstamps and nature

Just Add Ink – something beginning with ‘E’ – embellishment – sequins

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes colouring

Cute Little Duckies

Hello again. I have a card to share as there is anew challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz. The theme this time is………..’Cute Animals’.…….

Here is my card:

I wanted to use this stamp set, and I wanted to create a scene. A scene is not something I generally have much luck with, but I’m happy with this one – it’s quite simple, a few layers, and a little ink blending and water splattering.

After stamping the images in Gina K Amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics, before using the matching dies to cut them out. here are the Copics I used:

I have found it helpful when people post a list of colours, so I thought I’d do it too.

I first ink blended a panel using two Distress Oxides for the sky, then used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloudy Backdrop, as I like the stitched clouds effect. I used some green card, used Lawn Fawn grass dies, added a little green Distress Oxides to the grassy edges, and stuck them down as you see.

I wasn’t going to put a sentiment on the card, but a little simple ‘Hello‘ from an Altenew stamp set in the top corner still meant this card could be for any reason – or for no reason at all.

I hope you can come and join us – I’d love to see you in our gallery with your ‘Cute Animals’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Arty Stamper Challenge lots of layers

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafts Galore Challenge anything goes

All Fun Challengeanything goes

You Make My Heart Happy

Hello everyone. I have a card to share today which again took a lot of thinking about, and changing my mind and generally trying lots of different layouts:

I used the Altenew ‘Birds of a Feather’ die set for the birds, the branches, and the heart. I initially tried stamping these birds in black, but I couldn’t actually line up the images, and when I did I didn’t get a good enough stamped image – despite using the Misti – so I decided to just use the outline dies for all the images.

The background is again an Altenew stamp set – Wood Pallet Background – and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

The heart I die cut out of red glimmer card and I drew in the string with a black art liner pen.

It looks quite simple – but it took a few times of me counting to 10 – believe me!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pinspirational Challengesphoto inspiration

Always Fun Challenges animals

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animalsanything goes animals

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Be a Unicorn

Hello there. I have a cute card to share today using a new die from Waffle Flower:

I knew I wanted to play with this die as soon as it arrived, and took the opportunity to use the current colours at Color Throwdown.

I die cut the unicorn, then added some Spectrum Noir purple sparkle as you see. Whilst that purple was drying, I turned to the background.

I used Distress Oxide ‘Mowed Lawn‘ and blended using my blending brushes, adding some Gansai Tambi green sparkle splatters – it’s all about the sparkle on this card.

I created a frame in grey card stock by using some rectangle dies and adhered this to the green layer. The sentiment is stamped using grey ink, placed as you see, and the unicorn sat on top of the sentiment strip.

I did take some warm grey Copics and tried to add some shading to the edge of the unicorn – not sure I like it, might have been better left alone – but there we are.

I glued the unicorn to the green layer, making sure the arms and the wings were free, and added some Tonic Nuvo drops in ‘mercury‘ for the eyes and nostrils, slotting the purple glittery present in the hands.

I think I’ll be playing with this die some more, using perhaps rainbow colours – of course the glittery rainbow colours, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing that here.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownviolet/purple, green, grey

Time Out Challenges inspired by words (Birthday and sparkle like confetti)

Crafty Calendar Challenge use die cuts/punches

AAA Birthday birthday and cute

Caroling Cats

Hello there. I have been having fun with my Copics the past few days, and have created a card for the new challenge which has just begun at ABC Christmas Challenge.

The letters this time are ‘C’ and ‘D’, and Wilma is hosting and chose the theme Cats and/or Dogs. Here is my card:

I began by using the Clearly Besotted ‘Sing It’s Christmas’ stamp set and stamping onto a piece of card. I then stamped the image again onto some masking paper and cut that out with scissors – no matching dies with this set – aren’t I brave?

Once I had masked the image of the cats and lamp-post, I created a circle mask, and used three blue toned Distress Oxides to blend a background.

I let that dry for a couple of hours, then coloured my images with Copics, and stamped the musical notes.

I realised that the Distress Oxides blurred the images a little at the end – probably I didn’t mask good enough – so I went in with a black artliner and expanded the lines a little, and made some of the others a little darker…now I look at it, you can;t really tell I did that – should I have kept that to myself? 🙂

I then decided to do some white gouache splattering……..uh huh…..at this stage I hear you ask…..

I masked the coloured images again, then splattered – and almost went too far with the larger drops, so I stopped, and took a white gel pen and added smaller ‘snow’ flecks instead. I was too nervous to continue with the larger splattering after all the colouring I had done…..

You can see the larger splatters, and then the smaller gel pen spots I added. I even went over the cats themselves to pretend they were in a blizzard – yet still singing……..

I’m really pleased how this turned out – no smudging on the white card – and I even found a piece of blue card as a base which matched pretty well.

I hope you can come and join us – I am soooo looking forward to seeing your Christmas creations which include cats and/or dogs. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and Little Friends

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option quick and easy

Catch The Bug anything goes

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Stitched Blooms

Hello once again. I have been making a card today, to enter a few challenges – I love how challenges give me inspiration, and an actual reason to make cards. I like to have a plan – either the colours, or the layout, or the theme.

Here is my card:

I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown Challenge and die cut several flowers, leaves, and foliage from the MFT ‘Stitched Blooms’ die set, using Simon Says Stamp card stock received in a recent kit, and layering the flowers as you see.

The background is an Altenew stencil – really trying to use stencils more – called ‘Sunburst’, and I used a light grey – Pumice Stone – Distress Oxide to blend through onto the background piece of card.

I then took the flowers and layered them onto the card, placed the leaves and foliage as you see and added a grey and red strip to the far edge of the card.

I then turned to the extra circles which had been die-cut – the little circles which are meant to be the centre of the flowers – well I just used them as accents and placed them haphazardly around the flowers.

Oh – and then I took a Tonic Nuvo crystal drops in ‘Liquid Mercury‘ and added some of them too. The thing about these drops – I just can’t stop putting them on the card once I start…………!

I added them to the flower centres, to the extra circles, to the card itself. I had to restrain myself from adding even more…….

Now – I didn’t use a sentiment. Not yet anyway…. I sometimes leave cards without a sentiment, so I can add one at a later date. Occasionally I like to make cards just for the sake of it, after being inspired by challenges, and therefore I don’t always have a person or occasion in mind.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownred, dark grey, light grey, white

Tuesday Throwdownlayered die cuts

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Daring Cardmakerslayer it up

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Snowy Bountiful Branch

Hello again. I have a card here which is made for the new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge . The theme this time is ‘Snow’. I have gone for a muted, almost romantic look:

I first took a piece of mixed media paper, and ink blended some Distress Oxides with my blending brushes – I wanted an uneven edge to the blending, almost a blurring effect, and wanted to use colours which the red and greens of the branch would work with.

Once blended – and made sure it was dry – I then stamped the Altenew ‘Bountiful Branch‘ in all it’s glory. I had forgotten how beautiful this stamp set was – I may make more cards from this!

I then took some white gouache and splattered it all over to create the illusion of snow – I never know when to stop, and I never know which brush to use, how much water etc…….but just go with it.

The sentiment is from Gin K Designs.

I decided to off-set the main image as you see it laid out here – I just fancied it. No other particular reason…………

I hope you can come and join us in creating something for this challenge and theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakersno patterned papers

Crafty Sentimentsatg

A Bit More Time To Craft atg

The Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas