Hope to Sea You Soon

Hi there. I have a card to share – quite a CAS card – made with a dear friend of mine in mind:

I have seen this particular friend just once since March – and so I am hoping we can get together again soon for a catch-up – and maybe one day we can hug again!

The stamp set I used is from Heffy Doodle – You Go, Gull – and I first stamped the tree stump in Stampin Up ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink – then used a water-brush to pull the colour out a little.

I then stamped the birds in Gina K amalgam ink and coloured the grey areas with Copic cool greys, and used the same Stampin Up ink and a little water to colour the beak, legs, and wing detail.

The base card is three and a half inches by eight and a half inches, and the black layer and white window layer are cut using Heffy Doodle ‘Stitched Slimline Trio‘ die set. I love the scallops on the windows. And I have three scalloped squares to use on another card now…….

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, heat embossed in white – though I did have to go over the letters with a white gel pen as it didn’t quite emboss fully.

The hearts are cut from a piece of card I coloured with the same ‘Terracotta Tile‘ ink.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, white, terracotta

Water-Cooler Challengesanything goes

Freshly Made Sketchesslimline sketch

Krafty Chicks anything goes

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Tropical Summer Corners

Hello once again. A new challenge has just begun at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘I’ – and we want to see your ‘Island Fun’ – anything tropical.

Here is my card:

I used the ‘Summer Corners’ stamp set from Clearly Besotted, stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

The ended up being e a one layer card too – something I struggle with – but felt I just had to give it a go again.

I actually enjoyed colouring these images, enjoyed the colour selection process and just playing around with blending. The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle – and required some surgery……..!

I know – I don’t do this very often, and instead of masking and failing – which would ruin the hard colouring work I had already done – I cut the sentiment in half to place as you see………..I must have been very brave that day!

I hope you can come and join us with your Island and tropical makes – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge things with wings and a sentiment

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Digi Choosday anything goes

Color Crazy Challenge week 29 – anything goes with colouring

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Birthday and Hello

Hello there. I have a couple of cards to share which used just one stamp set between them, and then I die cut a couple of rectangles from the image:

The circular floral image is quite large, and I was going to use the whole image on one card, but decided to cut it up to make two CAS cards.

Here is the original stamp set picture, just so you can see what I started with:

Beautiful Inside and Out Clear Stamp Set
Funky Fossil Designs, A5 stamp set

I stamped the circular image in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, sticking to the colour scheme from one of the challenges.

Once coloured I then used a small stitched rectangle die from Susan Wilson to cut two pieces out, and attached them in different places in two different sized card bases.

The ‘Hello‘ die is from Simon Says Stamp and part of a recent kit of theirs, die cut in black 4 times and layered together.

The birthday sentiment is from another Simon Says Stamp set called ‘Bee Happy‘ – I was after a small birthday sentiment and this fitted perfectly.

I’m off to get the house ready for having visitors this evening – the first time since March. We are lucky to have a downstairs cloak room – so I have sanitised it, and shut the door so hubby and I won’t use that for the rest of the day. I’ve even ordered a take-away restaurant meal…….not quite ready for going out to a restaurant yet……Can you also imagine I’ve also got out separate cutlery, plates and glasses for them that haven’t seen the light of day since Christmas? Yep – that’s my OCD kicking in!

Anyhoo, I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenges occasions

Color Throwdownyellow, orange, green

Krafty Chicks occasions

Here is a place to startflowers/floral

AAA CardsCAS max white space and option of flowers

‘H’ for Hungry

Hi there. A new challenge is beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘H‘ – and we want to see Hungry – feature your favourite food. It doesn’t have to be the healthy option either – a good thing as my card features anything but healthy food:

This is a Clearly Besotted I ‘found’ again when adding stash to the Color My Life app. I am more of a savoury than a sweet kinda gal, and I couldn’t decide which is my favourite – so I used them all – virtually!

I used some Kraft card-stock, and just stamped away to create my own background of savoury deliciousness……there are burgers, fries – chips to the UK people – chicken, pizza – all sorts of goodies here in this Clearly Besotted stamp set.

For the gaps I used a combination of stamps from several stamp sets – the hearts, the ‘XO’ – trying to be careful not to stamp ‘OX’ very often! 🙂

There are three little lines which are actually the radiating lines from a lighthouse stamp set – just to cover the gaps.

I did toy with the idea of colouring the images – but as you can see I left them as they are – and I think more effective because of that.

The sentiment is from the same Clearly Besotted stamp set.

I hope you can come and join us – I’d love to see what you are ‘Hungry’ for and what your favourite food is – or a collection of your favourite foods. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments anything goes

Arty Divas – atg – option Christmas (not taken)

A Bit More Time To Craft atg

Big Gnome Hugs

Hello there. I have a card to share with colouring, and die-cutting – and even stamping:

I used two gnomes from Simon Says Stamp ‘Spring Gnomes‘, stamped in Gina K amalgam ink, coloured with Copics, then used the matching die set to cut them out. White gel pen dots were added for extra interest.

As one of the gnomes is holding a bird, I then stamped two little birds from Altenew ‘Under The Cherry Blossom‘ stamp set in green, adding some shading with a green Copic.

The white cover panel is from Catherine Pooler – three layers of white, then black on top for extra dimension.

All items placed as you see, with the extra little green birds dotted around.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, green, black, white

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge bright and cheerful

Colour Crazy Challenge week 25 – anything goes with some colouring

Country View Challengesdo what makes you happy – card making, entering challenges

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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Gnome For The Holidays

Hello. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O‘. We want to see your Christmas creations with ‘No Fuss‘ and/or ‘Over The Top‘. I chose the ‘No Fuss’ theme. here is my card:

I first stamped the images from Simon SDays Stamp ;Gnome For the Holidays’ in Gin K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

Once cut out with the matching die set, I arranged them as you see – though I did play around with the layout quite a bit. I’ve said before how I find arranging CAS layouts quite challenging.

We have some great makes from the Design Team, and I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I ‘d love to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option snowflakes (not taken)

Colour Crazy Challenge week 24atg colouring

Crafty Sentiments Challengeatg

Christmas Love and Movies

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at ABC Christmas Challenge. The letters this time are ‘L’ and ‘M’ – and we want to see Love and Movies with your Christmas creations. Here are my cards:

‘L’ for Love

‘M’ for Movies:

The first card was quite simple and easy to make, using an MFT Stamps Die-namics and two pieces of patterned paper.

The second card took a little more time, mainly the colouring part of it. I didn’t know what to make for the ‘M’ for Movies part of it, and spent some time searching the tinterweb for Christmas movies…..when I saw the ‘Elf’ movie – though I haven’t seen it – I remembered this stamp set from MFT.

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics, then die-cut with MFT ‘Wonky Squares‘.

I have no idea where the patterned paper came from but I felt the colours and theme matched the little elfies, and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I hope you can join us and I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Card 1:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned papers

Just Us Girls 2 or more patterned papers

Card 2:

Colour Crazy Challenge week 20 – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes with option of at least 2 layers

Lil Patch of Crafty friends anything goes

Crafters Cafe anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Stuffed Stockings

Hello there. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas related. Here is my card:

I used the Concord & 9th ‘Stocking Stuffers’ stamp and die set. The stockings and ‘stuffing’ bits were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics. After die-cutting with the matching die set, I added a glittery silver cuff to the top of each sock – but didn’t add the heel and toe pieces as I didn’t want to take away from the colours and colouring.

As I used a piece of patterned paper for the background which had some dots – I added some to my images of the stockings, and some ‘Stickles’ glitter to parts of it too.

There were a few stamps and dies in the set which I had no clue what to do with – nor what they were. So I went and consulted the You Tube oracle – and found that there was a die to add the little ‘pull me‘ tag – and that you could also add a sentiment to pull which goes behind a stocking………….well – I had to have a go, didn’t I?

Here is the result:

I am loving this stamp and die set – I can see me using this for more cards. The most time-consuming was the colouring – but I’m getting into that now. I keep trying, I keep playing – and even though colouring is a means to an end – I’m liking it a little more…….!

I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge – get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team – I encourage you to go and check them out. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fab’n’Funky Challenge Christmas

Krafty Chicks Occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas – option of a bear not taken

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge something that moves

Colour Crazy Challenge week 21anything goes colouring

Love Your Inner Monster

Hello once again. I have a CAS card to share today, which includes some fancy masking – for me it was fancy, anyway:

I mentioned previously finding the Tracy Hey Designs web site and the super-dooper cute stamp sets she has. This was another of my purchases, and fits right in with a few challenges I have been trying to create for.

I cut the base layer with some stitched rectangle dies, then stamped my dragon image with Gina K Amalgam ink. I stamped the image again on some masking paper, and set to fussy-cutting……..I don’t like fussy cutting, but when I knew I wanted to do some masking – you have to do what is required, don’t you?

So – this image – triangle spine thingies, star horn thingies………………not the most straight-forward I have cut out….but I must admit it was worth it….

Once masked – before I coloured just in case I messed it up – I found a circle stencil, and inked Distress Oxide through the stencil – And I just love when you reveal…….looks messy until you peel everything back, doesn’t it?

As I was happy with the masking and blending, I took some Copics and coloured as per the colours for one of the challenges – just a couple of the greens, and one yellow – simple. Then I took my colour-less blender and dotted it around the dragon – to try to give an impression of scaly skin. Do you think it worked?

So – the sentiment – on the same stamp set! I know – how fabulous is this sentiment? Love it – and there are more on that set I can’t wait to get working with.

Why a dragon I hear you ask……well, I was born in the year of the Dragon – so that could be 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 – or even 2012 – but I’m not telling!!!!

In fact – when I post to my Instagram – I’ll have a cheeky little quiz and pressie for a few people…..maybe you want to go and check it out…….

Apparently, the dragon is the only imaginary animal in the Chinese zodiac too……..and something about being hot-headed…..hmmm…..maybe!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology Zodiac

CAS Colours and SketchesCall Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Blueberry Bushel (Hopefully the Copic colours are a good enough match)

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Perfectly CAS CAS masking – one third or less

Party With Cattitude

I have a CAS card to share today using a newly purchased stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs:

This also turned out to be a one-layer card…………

Once the image and sentiment was stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, I coloured with the three colours from the JUGS challenge. As it is one layer, I couldn’t do much shading – in fact none at all. I knew these Copics would bleed onto the back of the page – so I took it very gently, and not hanging around with the Copic too much.

I shall be entering the following challenges;

Just Us GirlsBrown, Navy, Rust

Polkadoodles week 15 anything goes

Krafty ChicksCAS

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes colouring

AAA Cards CAS sketch – option ‘it fies’ (not taken)

The Unicorn ChallengeFurry Friends

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