die cutting colours

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Hi everyone. It looks like today has been the day for lots of die cutting, embossing, paper piecing, and generally concocting a scene.

I was inspired by the colours from the current Color Throwdown challenge, to use hot pink, lime green, yellow, pale blue. I have also taken a picture of some of the dies I used, as I played with many sets!

20180204_114620The blue card is from Creative Expressions, and you can see I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Cloud Backdrop’. The green card is actually white card I smooshed Catherine Pooler’s ‘Lime Rickey’ down, blended it a little, but as I wanted quite a rough blending for the grass, I wasn’t too bothered about marks.

I then die cut the two together using one of the Lawn Fawn ‘Simple Grassy Hillsides’. I stuck the two together on the back, placing the green inset into the blue, then ran the green part through again to emboss more grassy detail using the same die set. I then cut the two together with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles.

Once the base was done, I turned to my scene items. I die cut the tree from Kraft card, then turned to the leaves and flowers.

As I didn’t have any hot pink card stock, I took my Stampin Up ‘Melon Mambo’, smooshed it onto my craft mat, added water, and moved some water-colour paper through it. Once dry, I die cut the flowers and butterfly, ready to be put onto the scene.

For the yellow, I took the Catherine Pooler ‘Tiara‘ ink pad, and smooshed the same way, then once dry, I die cut the leaves of the tree. Then I had to stick each individual leaf down separately. Fine tip glue certainly comes in handy for that.

Once I had die cut the two black birds, I placed everything on the scene, moved things around until I was happy, then glued everything in place.

I kept the tree hanging off the edge, and cut off the overhang, and added some small pink pearls to the middle of the flowers, and used my clear glitter pen for the butterfly.

I must say this card took quite a bit of planning, and certainly took longer than a stamped card would do, but I really enjoyed playing. Scenes aren’t really my style, but with the colours from this challenge, I straight away pictured grass and blue sky, then searched through my stash to see what dies spoke to me!

As for a sentiment – well, I don’t really think it needs one. I thought about ‘just for you’ and ‘thinking of you’ but I kept it just the way it is. The inside of the card is certainly where thoughts and wishes can be written.

Challenges to be entered:

Color Throwdownhot pink, lime green, yellow, pale blue

Watercooler Wednesday challenge anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challengeanything goes

 

 

 

Sketchy colours

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Hello again. I will be spending some time in my craft room this weekend, and this is the first card I made today. It is using a range of different techniques – embossing, colouring, die cutting, stamping – but think I have kept it quite clean….

The rectangular card base has a layer of Lawn Fawn ‘Narwhal’ card (loving that grey card) then layered with white card which has been embossed using a Sweet poppy metallic stencil.

Now, I may have made a little mistake in using this stencil…… It is quite a large metal stencil, and when I took it out of my die cutting machine – it was a little bent! Well – not just a little! It was curved so much, I may not be able to use it as a stencil. I think the pressure and layers were too much. I straightened it a little, but I didn’t want to bend it too much, so I may be brave and run it through the opposite way – just to see if I can even it out a little more……I’ll let you know.

The Altenew ‘Hello Sunshine’ flowers were stamped and heat embossed, coloured with my Zigs, and die cut with the matching die set.  I arranged them underneath and on top of the banners, for a little dimension, but not too much.

The banners are from Sue Wilson, with the sentiment from ‘Hello Sunshine’ heat embossed with white onto the aqua card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Color Throwdownaqua, orange, grey

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengelayer it up

Cardz 4 Galz anything but square

 

 

Multi-cards

Hello everyone. I have been in my craft room all day, to try and get away from the fact we had to put one of our beautiful cats to sleep last night…..it has been quite therapeutic, and it managed to let me recover – somewhat – for the odd few minutes.

As I have made multiple cards, I have entered them into different challenges, so please bear with me for the organisation of it all….

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This card was made using the Lawn Fawn stitched wood grain backdrop, blending two blue distress oxides, then cutting the backdrop and layering this with the mountains from the Get Yeti stamp set.

Challenges entered into:

Cards In Envywinter chills

Simon Says Stamp Monday challengeuse some blue

20180114_155504This second card was made using MFT Painted Flowers, and Altenew inks, and will be entered into:

Watercooler challengesoccasions

CAS Colours and Sketches sketch (flipped onto it’s side)

Seize The Birthdayanything goes birthday

20180114_162212Third card made using MFT More Rustic Flowers and the matching die set. Catherine Pooler Aquatini, Stampin Up Night of Navy, and Altenew pink ink.

Challenges entered:

Color Throwdownnavy, aqua, pink

Fourth and last card:

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MFT More Monsters stamp and matching die set, Altenew inks.

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and more CAS

CASologyhug

Simply Less is MorePurples

4 Crafty Chicksno blue colour

 

 

 

 

 

Encouraging cat

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Hello there – again! I said I would be able to find some time to play this weekend. These two cards – just varied in orientation – was inspired by a few challenges. I was able to merge several challenges together with this card – how lucky am I?

The colours were inspired by Color Throwdown, the layout by a sketch from Atlantics Heart Challenge, the sentiment from CASology, and using die cuts from Pause, Dream, Enjoy challenge and 4 Crafty Chicks. Phew…….

I did wonder what I could make using those three colours, but the inspiration from the design team is amazing, and really – there doesn’t seem to be any limits with these colours – from flowers to birds, to winter, to abstract. Great inspiration from the team.

I went with cats as I have two black cats, and whilst I was reading, having a coffee, and stroking one of my cats – my Altenew Modern Cats stamp and die set came to mind.

I was thinking that perseverance and encouragement are exactly what a cat is all about. So, my take on the CASology cue word – keep working at it, whatever it is. I encourage you to play and work hard, and not to lose sight of what your end goal is – ‘don’t quit your day dream’! (end of philosophy!)

Not even finishing the chapter – I went straight to my craft room and created these cards.

The base card is Narwahl from Lawn Fawn, and I die cut a Reverse Confetti ‘Squared Off’ cover panel using Creative Expressions ivory looking card. As I wanted a grey border around the cover panel, I then carefully placed my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die over it – just to take a little bit of an edge off.

The cat and ball of wool were stamped with Versafine black onyx, and die cut with the matching die set. I did have to put a white dot for the eyes with a white gel pen. I set them to one side, then stamped the sentiment from Altenew ‘Painted Inspiration’, before thinking about placement.

I did the two cards, as I wasn’t convinced which one I preferred. Portrait? Landscape? Does anyone have an opinion on that?

I think my preference is the portrait one………we should have a vote!

As I mentioned, I will be entering into the following challenges:

Color Throwdowngrey, black, ivory

Atlantics Heart Challengesketch

CASology – cue word ‘Encourage’

Pause, Dream, Enjoy challengeuse die cuts

4 Crafty Chicksanything goes with dies/punches

 

Cat agenda

Hello again everyone. I have two cards to share with you today – cards which I am not exactly happy with, but took me ages to sort out. I don’t know whether my eye isn’t suited to seeing such clean cards, or I have made them too big – there is just something about them I am not liking……..

I started with the inspiration from CASology with the theme of ‘square’ and combined with the them from Aud Sentiments and As You Like it. I had in my head the ‘Little Cat Agenda‘ from Mama Elephant, as I am definitely a cat person, having two gorgeous big black cats, and that I wanted them to be on a square, and wanted to use the sentiment from Lawn Fawn, but I just couldn’t get the layout right.

Do I die cut a square on the card and inlay the cat? Do I stamp the cat flat to the card? How would I colour the cat? Such conundrums that I struggled with for ages. I ended up stamping the cat on water-colour card, colouring them with my Zigs, then die-cutting a small square from Lawn Fawn wonky squares.

The sentiment I die cut from black card which had double sided sticky sheet on the back, so it would be easier to adhere to the card base, but played with the layout time after time.

In the end, I went for a long and thin card, and used a white base card and a biscuit colour card, juts so I could see which one I preferred – and actually didn’t like either of them that much.

Maybe the card is too deep or too long……..

In any event, I am posting them and wonder of there are some hints and tips you could give me? Or maybe it’s just that I am not getting the Clean and Simple look right at the moment….please tell my mojo to come back!!

CASologysquare

Aud Sentimentsthinking of you

As You Like It fur or feathers and why

Kibble Kits

Good day everyone. I have quite cute for this card – very unlike me! I saw some challenges out there and took the opportunity to combine some with the same card.

I stamped the IndigoBlu ‘Kibble Kits’ stamp in Versafine black onyx, then cut this down with my wonky rectangles. This was stuck onto a panel I had created using Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop’, then onto a base card using a lighter blue.

The circle was die cut using Stampin Up stitched circles, and the banner cut using the smaller wonky rectangles again. (I don’t seem to be able to resist using these rectangles)

The small blue cat is actually a button, as you can see from the little collection I have there. Bought at a craft show somewhere, I have never used any of them. This was attached to the circle with Pinflair 3D glue.

The sentiment is from Altenew ‘Painted Greetings’.

This card was actually quite simple to make, and came together quite quickly, once I had decided on the colours and layout. Even that was easier than normal as I was guided by the sketch challenge and by the colour challenge.

It may be a little too busy for the Less is More challenge, but as that particular challenge gave me the inspiration to use my cat button, I will enter anyway………..

Less Is Moreuse a real object

CAS(E) this sketchsketch

Dragonfly Dreamsanimals

Cardz 4 Galzcats/kittens or both

Shopping Our Stashwood or wood grain

 

 

Altenew Blissful Bud

Hello everyone. I’m back home in UK, and I’m struggling a little with the time difference coming this way. Very unusual. I usually struggle going the other way….it’s taken me a couple of days to get my crafting head back on. I really enjoyed searching through my sister’s stash, so many things I haven’t got, but now I am back I can concentrate on my own things.

These cards are mainly from Altenew ‘Blissful Bud’, and I haven’t had time to play with them until today. It just happens I am playing with them when the cue card from CASology this week is:

So, out came my Altenew inks, and I set to playing. I used the blues and yellows, as I know that I can layer them well, but with some other colours I still struggle. I played with the position of the bud itself, putting it in different areas of the card, and even angled the stem in different ways so it wasn’t straight all the time.

The sentiments from that stamp set are also lovely, and I chose the ‘warm hello’ to enter the card challenge, but used a few others, too. I used my wonky rectangles to cut the main piece of card out, then added different colour card bases for some variety.

I also played with the Stampin Up ‘Tranquil Tulips’ stamp set, which had been waiting for me when I got home from Canada. A hostess stamp set, which was a lovely surprise from my chosen demonstrator. (Shell Bower)

This set has images which give a water-colour effect when stamped, and has a few flower images as well as tulips. You can see one example in the photos above – the Happy Birthday card – but I also played with the layout of another one I stamped:

I stamped the tulip, then die cut that piece of card using Reverse Confetti ‘Vertical Stripes Cover Panel’, stuck down the surrounding part of the die cut flat, then raised each individual stripe with 3D foam………I may be trying that with some of my other cover plate dies, as I like the effect.

As well as the CASology challenge, I shall also be entering the ‘best bud’ card into the current challenge from Addicted to CAS, with the theme of ‘friends’.