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

You Are The Best

I have managed to play in my craft room today – trying to ignore all the battering winds and rain.

I’m currently loving using Pinkfresh Studios sets – the stamp, stencils, and die sets are so much fun to use. I decided to use a new set to me to create this card:

I started by stamping the image, then used the layering stencils to colour. Even though there are three layers for the flowers, I only used two Distress Oxide colours – but the lightest one I used for two of the layers so it appears darker on the second layer, then a dark blue for the third layer.

I decided I wanted the leaves brown, so I used Vintage Photo (I think!) again for both the layers, so the second layer gives a darker tone.

I then die cut the branch and turned to the card base.

The embossed layer is using a Simon Says Stamp 3D embossing folder, and cut down to smaller than the card base, and adhered using 3D foam.

I then stuck down the branch with some smaller pieces of 3D foam, stamped the sentiment and did the same.

For the colours at Color Throwdown I had to use a darker green, so after thinking about more leaves, stamping the sentiment in green (I really didn’t like that idea) or Nuvo drops, I actually found these green gems in my stash, and placed them as you see – 3 larger and 3 smaller.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown light blue, dark blue, forest green, brown

Can You Handle The Pressureembossing folder – option to use pink (not taken)

Allsorts Challenge – I love……? (layering stencils currently!)

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Happy Everything…..

Hello – some fabulous crafty time this past couple of days. I have created a card for a few challenges:

I’ve been playing with some layering stencils recently, and this stencil from Pinkfresh Studio caught my eye as I loved the tumbling leaves, and that the flowers you create are all cut individually using the matching die, so you can out them wherever you want to.

The stencil is slimline size – as is the die and stamp set. Once I had stamped the outline, I used the colours from the current challenge at Color Throwdown to create some pink tumbling leaves at the top, but used green for the leaves around each of the flowers. The Altenew ink sets are perfect for layering colours.

Once I had die cut them, I just played around with placement, making sure I left space at the bottom for the sentiment.

The background stencil piece is from my stash – a previous crafty playtime using an Altenew stencil and a gold shimmer paste. I still have a few pieces left from creating that day so you will be seeing that in the future.

The sentiment is from Time For Tea Designs, which comes with matching dies. The word ‘Happy’ was stamped using a pink and purple Distress Oxide, and multiple stamping to create a two-tone word.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

QKR Stampede anything goes

Color Throwdown Challengepink, purple, green

Addicted To Stamps Make Your Mark

Crafty Catz anything goes – option flowers

Time Out Challenge inspired by the quote –

Mix It Up Challenge – anything goes – option foiling (option not taken)

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N for No Layers

At The Alphabet Challenge we have reached the letter ‘N’, and Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘No Layers’. None. Zilch, Zip. Nada………

Here is my card:

I have taken a liking to stencils, particularly layering stencils. I struggle with them – I usually get some black ink on the layers somewhere – whether or not I’ve used black ink. Goodness knows where it comes from. And usually one of the colours I use ends up in the wrong place – handy for sequin placement – but this time I couldn’t use one due to being one layer.

I recently attended another virtual crafting weekend, and one of those classes was using a layering stencil, but also masking parts of that stencil to use different colours…..so I thought I’d try with this one from Simon Says Stamp.

I also decided I like to use Distress inks for smaller openings, and Distress Oxides for larger areas.

This particular stencil involved quite a bit of masking to get the different colours on the leaves and petals -those small sticky note arrow thingies work well for that – and small blender brushes too.

Hopefully you can join us in our new challenge – no layers. I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Craftersstencils

Addicted to Stamps and Moredie cuts and/or stencils

Stamplorations October stencil challenge – anything goes with a stencil

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S for Stencil, T for Two

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’. Our prompts for these letters are S for Stencil, and T for Two. As long as they are Christmas creations and follow our theme, then you’re good. Here are my cards:

The first card is using several stencils actually. It didn’t start out that way, but that’s how it went. The central poinsettia image and the background image are stencils from Uniko. It involved a lot of masking – a lot! I also used a Hero Arts alignment stencil for part of the masking process too.

I first used the alignment tool to make the square on the card base, then added the poinsettia stencil. then masked around it, then used Distress Oxide to create the purple flower in the centre.

Some change of the masking, I then did the green – but when I finished the card I didn’t like the green – which is why there is a frame around the flower…..

All sorts of masking, using itty bitty pieces of post-it notes as these gave me the angles and the movement I needed. In the end I also stenciled the background, using the little square mask from the Hero Arts stencil set – and even more post-it notes for the bottom edge.

As I didn’t like the green, I created a frame using some stitched square dies, then ink blended the same pink oxide so it matched.

The second card has an ink blended background, splattered with water, then when it was dry I stamped the Hero Arts ‘Winter Swirls’ background stamp with white pigment ink.

The snowmen are from Hero Arts also – coloured with Copics, some white detail for the scarves, and placed as if they were in a blizzard……..

I hope you can come and join us for our Christmas themes this time round – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Snowman card:

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Jingle Belles Rock photo inspiration

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Poinsettia card:

52 CCT Christmas and stencils

Christmas Craft Creations Christmas and non-traditional colours

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Color Throwdown – Winter Scene

Hi guys. I am lucky enough to have been randomly chosen featured stamper for a recent Color Throwdown Challenge, and so once again I am Guest Star Stamper for the new challenge.

Here are the colours for this week:

blue, grey, light blue, white

And here is my interpretation of those colours:

I started by ink blending two shades of blue Distress Oxides onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock. This card is a new purchase for me, and I can certainly see why this is a favourite for ink blending – I am sure I will use this again and again.

Once blended, I die cut the Forest Backdrop in Concord & 9th ‘Dove’ card stock, as well as die cutting all the other elements in that same colour – with some white for the house roof, the underneath of the trees and the moon.

I stuck down the backdrop, then added all the elements, with either foam squares or directly with glue, and then added some glitter oen to all the white areas.

I also added some of the stars in grey and white for the sky – adding the glitter pen to them all.

The moon is actually two die cuts placed together to create a shadow effect. I did contemplate shading the die cuts with a Copic marker, but I struggle with that – unlike Nichol Spohr – but I will keep practising – just not with this card….

I enjoyed the challenge of using these colours to create a card, and I hope you can join the team this time round. xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

Time Out Challengecoloured card base

Jingle Belles Rock photo Inspiration

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Butterflies

Hi there. I have a couple of cards to share today using the same Simon Say Stamp ‘Beautiful Butterflies‘ stamp and die set.

The card on the left is my version of the slim line card. I stamped the butterfly in Distress Oxide ‘Peacock Feathers’ for a solid impression. I was going to colour the white parts in – but decided it looked good as it was.

The layers are using Mama Elephant slim line dies with the white water-colour piece splattered with the same blue Distress Oxide and I think Fossilized Amber – wanting a teal and yellow splattering going on – and a Lawn fawn grey card as a contrast layer.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, which I chose to give someone some encouragement with a recent promotion.

The second card:

I stamped the images with Lawn Fawn inks – Carrot and Fake Tan – which give fabulous coverage, by the way – then cut them out with the matching die set.

The circle is a piece of a stenciled background I made a week or so ago with Lawn Fawn ‘Starry Sky‘ stencil and white paste, die cut with a stitched circle die.

The sentiment is from a magazine freebie, and stamped onto a spare piece of water-colour card which I splattered the same two Lawn Fawn inks onto, cut into a strip, then that strip cut with the same circle die so it was the correct length, and had some stitching to it.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Both cards:

Twofer Card Challenge Butterflies

Card one:

Cut It Up Challenge create your own background and use a die cut

Just Us Girls Challenge teal, mustard, light grey

Crafters Castleanything goes

Card two:

CAS Colours and Sketches – sketch

Give A Crafter A Cookie – photo inspiration (using oranges and yellow)

Crafty Creations Challengeanything goes

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Hello once again. I have been playing with different products, recently received in the mail – so I thought I’d get away from the CAS this time – and went all in – for a card, anyway.

Here is the card:

I began by stamping the Indigo Blu ‘Big Butterfly‘ onto some patterned paper from Craft Box. I used Ultra Thick embossing powder as I wanted a shabby looking butterfly – a little uneven in the embossing. I used the same embossing powder for the Funky Fossil MDF word ‘Imagine’.

I used Distress Oxides ‘Vintage Photo’ and ‘Old Paper‘ to add some shading to the outer edges for the top sheet of paper, and also added some shading to the the roll in the upper corner. Another little piece of patterned paper under the corner, then some brown card-stock as the layer on top of the base card.

I used an Altenew ink to lightly brush across the butterfly to bring more attention to it, then added some flowers from the same Craft Box kit, as well as another butterfly near the flowers.

Some further photos:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Arty Stamperthings with wings

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – anything goes

All Fun Challenges anything goes

Dragonfly Dreamsadd a flowers/flowers

Crafty Calendar Challengeadd a butterfly

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – atg with patterned paper

Stamplorations Theme and photo prompt stamps and flight +/- photo board

Simply ElliBelle Challenge bugs +/- blossoms +/- butterflies

Vrooming by to say….

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The ABC Christmas Challenge. This time the letters are ‘U’ for up-cycle, and ‘V’ for Velocity.

Here is my card for Velocity:

This stamp set was bought at the ‘pop-up-shop’ whilst attending my first Copic Colouring lesson last Saturday with Faye Wynn-Jones. I knew the letters for this challenge and so I thought this image fit perfectly.

I started by stamping then colouring the image, and using my Scan’n’cut to cut around the outline.

The background is Distress Oxide blending with a Heffy Doodle stencil, and not being too ‘blendy’ with the blues to make quite a stormy sky, adding white gouache and sparkle splatters. I also used the blue colours to just darken the edge of the silver glitter ‘road’ a little.

The puffs of snow and the Christmas hat is from MFT ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set – the little Christmas hat just about fitting onto the cycle helmet – I didn’t want to leave the helmet off and mask around it to add the hat – it’s dangerous riding a bike without a helmet!

The larger part of the sentiment is from the Gerda Steiner stamp set, and the smaller part is a freebie from Heffy Doodle with one of their orders.

I hope you can come and join us this month, and create a Christmas card with the challenge theme. The Design Team has some wonderful inspiration too – I hope ou can pop along and have a look – and then join us.I

I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Always Fun Challenges anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challengelet’s get ready for Christmas

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Indigo Blu Snowman

Hello everyone. I hope you managed to enjoy the festive period in whichever way you chose, and hopefully looking forward to the New Year.

I haven’t had much time to put a card together, though did manage a little crafting, just not to make anything in particular. I have been spending some time thinking about up-coming challenges for the ABC Christmas Challenge – as I will be on the Design Team for the next 6 months!! Yay!! My first Design Team position – and it means making Christmas cards every month – a win-win situation for me. Hopefully, you will be able to join us.

The card below was one I put together whilst having a sort-out of some of my Christmas crafting boxes:

It incorporates some distress oxide blending, masking, a little stamping – and generally getting a little messy! That always happens when I ink blend, and especially when using a mask. If the ink isn’t all over my hands, then it’s where I don’t want it to be, or all over my glass mat – and therefore transfers to everything!

I found this Indigo Blu snowman stamp in a box of Christmas stamps I had ‘filed’ away. Goodness knows how long I’ve had it – and it’s never been used!

I stamped the image, then stamped again on some masking paper, then went ahead with the masking and ink blending. I used a darker blue for the upper part – trying to make it look like the sky, and a lighter blue for the ‘snow’ on the ground.

I then splattered some water on it, then splattered some Gansai Tambi ‘white gold’ – and just kept splattering. More mess!

I wasn’t truly happy with how this turned out – but then I added the MFT sentiment, and it seemed to tie the whole thing together.

I left the snowman white – a little shading around the edge, and also left the little birdie white – a very monochrome card. And it’s also a one-layer card. I took on the challenge – no idea why – but I am pleased with how it all came together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Library Craft ChallengeThe Snowman

Watercooler challengesanything goes

The Male RoomMasculine and the colour blue