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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

Hello There….

I used the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge to create this card:

I first turned to some ink smooshing onto Distress Heavystock Mixed Media card using Antique Linen for one piece, Bundled Sage for another couple of pieces, and then my first play with Villainous Potion – my goodness that purple is – well – purple! Such a strong and vibrant colour, which I thought was a perfect foil for the other two more subdued colours……

Once those pieces had dried sufficiently, I die cut the Birch Press Design Eucalyptus and Berries die several times – not yet deciding which colour I wanted for which element.

I knew I wanted the berries to be the cream, and the leaves green, but the stems I had a play and think about – deciding on what you see here – a mish-mash of both really…..the leaves and berries are layered dies to create dimension.

I die cut the purple with a circle die, but then die cut it again smaller so I could have more of the leaves and berries hanging over the edge.

The base cream card stock is embossed with the new Tim Holtz ‘Woven‘ embossing folder, and adhered to the card base.

The purple circle was adhered with 3D foam squares, and the leaves with a mixture of foam squares and glue.

The sentiment was stamped onto cream card stock.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown sage green, purple, cream

Krafty Chicksanything goes

CYHTP – embossing folder, option to use green

INTAASinclude a circle

Cardz 4 Galz – Spring Flowers

Hello once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, the theme chosen by Caz is for ‘Spring Flowers for UK Mother’s Day or just ‘Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:

This took a bit of fiddling, but I’m pleased how it turned out.

The background is one of my many ink smooshing and playing backgrounds. I love to just play creating these, and this this colour-way was the perfect background to the the cover plate.

I die cut the cover plate in white card stock, then took some alcohol ink backgrounds and tried to die cut them so I could paper piece……however……these alcohol ink backgrounds are from a thinner kinda Yupo paper and it didn’t want to die cut. At all. No matter what I tried, how many times, against a precision base plate, another shim – nope. No way was it going to die cut….

So – as the impression of the tulip plate was in the paper – I just cut them with my scissors – which was easy – but ensuring there was no overlap, or extra bits sticking out – now that took a little fiddling…

The alcohol ink pieces were glued down behind the cover plate die cut – but the glue I was using went all over the white – so I just cut another and layered it on top…..

Phew – what a palaver!

Anyhoo – I hope you can come and join us with your spring flower creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakersanything related to Spring

Mixed Media Loversanything goes mixed media

Everybody Art Challenge spring

Hand Stamped Sentiments photo inspiration

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Crafty Gals Corner add a flower

Crafters Café use some flowers

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

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

Buttercup Thank You

Hello. I’ve been getting messy in the craft room and creating some inky backgrounds. I do like to spend a few hours creating them and I always use them, whether for die cutting, or just for the background itself.

Here is my card:

The blue background is using a stencil with Altenew embossing paste coloured with blue – this piece was in my stash from a previous play time.

On several pieces of Distress Heavy White card stock, I played with a yellow Distress Mica Spray, ink smooshing with yellow Distress Inks, and also green Distress inks – I may have used some Distress Oxides too – especially with the green.

Once these were dry – and I tend to wait until the following day – I used the Altenew Buttercup layering die set and die cut lots of layers for the flowers and die cut many leaves.

I put all the flower layers together, with a grey layer as the bottom layer, then arranged them with the leaves as you see.

The sentiment is from the same die set, the words die cut three times, stacked together, and added to the white outline layer.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenge feminine

Color Throwdown blue, grey, yellow, green

The Sisterhood of Crafters use blue (heart background)

We Love To Create anything goes mixed media (sprays, smooshing, embossing paste, die cutting, stencilling)

Die Cut Divas dies cuts and flowers

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Cardz 4 Galz – Lace and Pearls

Hello once again. I seem to be having a problem posting my Design Team cards in a timely fashion – one must try harder….

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and this time we want to see your creations with ‘Lace and Pearls’. Here is my card:

On a white card base, I adhered some Lawn Fawn patterned paper – some subtle water-colour splashes in the background.

I used Altenew ‘Doodled Lace’ cover plate for my take on ‘lace’, and a piece of ink smooshed water colour card to create the colourful background panel. I added some pearls to the centre of some of the flowers.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn – die cut and layered several times. I decided to do this in a bold black colour as a contrast to the colourful background.

I hope you can come and join with your creations following our theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls ink or sprayed backgrounds

TTCRDanything goes

Arty Divas Challenge anything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge – anything goes

Here Is A Place To start Challenge anything goes

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Christmas Shaker

Hello. I have a quick post today to share a shaker card using Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn dies:

I used Mama Elephant ‘Arch Snow Globe‘ dies, stacked to create the shaker, instead of using 3D foam. The top layer is from a piece of card I blended ‘Peacock Feathers’ onto.

The Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Snowflake Frame’ was used for the ink smooshed Peacock Feathers background piece to the snow globe, and I also used it on the Kitsch Flamingo spray stain background panel.

The trees are ink blended pieces using Kitsch Flamingo and also Milled Lavender distress Inks, sat on a white glitter hill side.

I have no clue where the sequins came from – other thna found in my stash – but they matched the colours perfectly.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown Pink, Lavender, Aqua

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Love To Craft – anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

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Christmas Pine Cones

We have a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas or festive. Here is my card:

Using one of my pre-made ink smooshed cards, I die cut the pine cones and branch. The base is a 3D embossing folder – leaving it white to be able to see the texture, but also to highlight the pine cones and branches.

I also used some enamel dots I had laying around – no idea where they came from. I think they were part of a kit or an online order as a freebie – but I thought the colours matched the card perfeclty.

Quite simple in it’s design, but lots of texture.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas makes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Christmas

Creative Knockouts anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

DL Art Challenge fall colours

My Time To Craft Christmas photo inspiration (white background and festive themed, green, brown)

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