Enjoy this moment….

A quick post to share the card I have made for the photo inspiration from (Pin)spirational:

I have been thinking about the photo inspiration for quite a few days now, and was going along the sparkles and the word ‘love’ – but then I saw how beautiful the tree was in the corner of the photo – and remembered this stamp from Altenew – ‘Moments in Time‘.

I began by cutting a circle out of some masking paper, and using the cut-out to ink blend two distress oxide colours. I used the circle shape to kinda represent the ‘o’ in the word love…..

Once dry, I then stamped the tree, then the sentiment, in Altenew Obsidian ink. I didn’t smudge anything! I am so pleased with myself!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pinspirationalphoto inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Moving along with the timesCAS

{PIN}spirational Challenges

Snowy Seasons Greeting

Hello there. I have a card to share with you today as there is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I took the opportunity to use my Copics again – kinda getting into the colouring, but I still don’t see it as relaxing – just a way of getting more from my stamps, and allowing me to use digital images…..I’m going to be doing a Copic Colouring course in September with Faye Wynn-Jones – the first of four such classes, but in the meantime I’m Googling and You-tubing and basically using all kinds of resources out there – and there are loads!!

This card is using the stamped images from Honey Bee ‘Snow Birds’, the base and tree and house images from Lawn Fawn, with a Distress Crayon sky background……..The sentiment is die cut four times and stacked for dimension.

I have a couple of packs of these crayons – but never used them – I don’t how to!

Anyhoo – I saw a Create and Craft programme which spent an hour using them, so I had a go. I used water-colour card-stock, drew the two blue colours down, them after moistening my finger in a damp baby wipe – smooshed it through the colours……….it looked easy on the programme.

My colours didn’t really move that much – but I could see they were trying. So – I took the moist baby wipe and blended them with that! Hey presto – ink smooshed baby-wiped background……..

I kept the base card bigger than the frame, because I think it looks like a frame too – and I do like to flout the rules – having a wider edge on the sides than at the top! I could have cut it down – but I like it this way………

As I mentioned, it is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, but I am also entering this card into the following:

Christmas At Sweet Stampin’anything goes Christmas with option of non-traditional colours

Aud Sentiments Challenge – anything goes with a sentiment

Daring Cardmakersanything that flies

Playing with backgrounds

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Hi there. I’ve been playing with my Avery Elle ‘Brring On the Joy’ stamp and die set. I saw this on a YouTube channel, and thought how cute they looked. If you know me at all, I struggle with cute. I never know how to colour the little animals, how to arrange them – but I thought with penguins it would be simple…..a little bit of black, a little bit of white, some colour for the scarves and shoes….and there we have it.

Now, my main struggle was the background. I wanted to play with my Distress Oxides, and took the ‘Faded Jeans’ – the only oxide I have that is blue – and set to playing.

I first used normal card – too much blending, and the card started to break down. Without water, too. So – water-colour card. Actually, this is a little thinner than card, but thicker than paper.

I did one background by smooshing the ink pad onto my craft mat, added water, and then lay the water-colour card down. This was too random for me, and not enough coverage, so I took my blending tool and made it more even. That was pretty decent.

The I just took the ink pad, ran it over the water-colour card, wet it down, evened it out…a more solid background. Kinda liked that too.

The next one, I ink blended the traditional way, and even used a cloud stencil I had handy for some detail in the background…..You can tell which one that is. I just kept playing, and trying different techniques, and the only one I didn’t really like, and couldn’t do anything with – was when I didn’t use water-colour card or paper……. quite obvious, really! Oh – and I finished off with some water splattering……..got to really – rude not to!

I think I’ll be making some similar cards, as I like the sentiments, they are cute……and I liked playing with the oxide.

I shall be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Christmas

The Merry Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

Christmas with the Cuties – Christmas animals

 

 

Colourful inspiration

Good evening all. For today’s card I have been playing with loads and loads of inks. Can you tell? I have been ink blending and creating Brusho backgrounds, and die cutting. Quite a bit of playing and fun I had.

For the base card, I used a piece of Crafters Companion water-colour card, and blended colours from Lawn Fawn. These inks are wonderful and blend very, very nicely. I will definitely use them again for this technique. I also did some water splashes to create some added interest to the background.

I actually tried to emulate the colours from the Daring Cardmakers challenge with the middle bottom image being of what I saw as sea and sun-setting sky.

You had to use three elements from these pictures, so I continued to create another ink-blending background, from which I cut small strips – to match the top middle picture, and laid those down in a criss-cross pattern just off to one side.

The third element I used were the flowers. Well, I couldn’t just put one or two on, could I? I started by creating a Brusho background with one of the blue colours, added some yellow, added some purple. I just kept adding until I liked the colours.

I then stamped the flowers from the Altenew ‘Adore You’ stamp set onto that background with Versafine Black Onyx and die cut them with the matching stamp set.

I glued everything down flat, and I used a glue I haven’t used before but bought at Doncaster Dome craft show this past weekend – Tombow multipurpose liquid glue. My goodness that stuff is strong, isn’t it? It may take over from my usual favourite glue from Creative Expressions – Cosmic Shimmer. I really like the Tombow….

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Daring CardmakersJune Elemental challenge

Crazy 4 Challenges – at least three of something (strips, flowers)