Sending You Sunshine

Hi there. I have a card to share completely different to the card from yesterday – CAS AND one layer……..:

The theme from CASology, and the one layer and dots from Simply Less Is More. I used the colours from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, though I don’t have the actual colours, I have obviously tried to match as best I can………..

The stamp set I used is from Clearly Besotted – and a little bit of masking and creative license with the colours…………

I first stamped the sunflower in a yellow which I hope matches enough for Crushed Curry, and stamped the second layer with the red. After masking, I stamped the second layer of the leaves – I didn’t want full leave shapes – then masked these leaves fully and stamped some dots in grey. The dots are from Concord & 9th ‘Stuck On You‘ stamp set.

Again, I am using encouraging sentiments as much as I can, to try and spread some smiles…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology PLANT

CAS Colours and Sketches Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler

Simply Less Is MoreCAS one layer, going dotty

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

Blue Roses

I have a card to share today, as I found this stamp set again when I was cataloging my stash on the newly released Android version of Color My Life. I have been waiting for this app to become available on Android since I saw Justine Hovey’s video about it. You can see her video here.

Here is my card:

I stamped the roses from Altenew’s ‘Classic Beauty’, then masked them off to stamp the leaves, using Altenew inks.

I then used a stitched die from ‘Card Making Magic’, but as the rectangle was a little too large, I then used one edge of one of the dies to cut the rectangle down – so the rectangle itself was outside of the die cut area.

The dots embossing folder from Tattered Lace was used on some light brown card, so the background could be neutral, and also some Centura Pearl white/silver card stock – to add a little shine to the background.

The sentiment is from my ‘go-to’ birthday sentiment set from MFT.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketches – sketch

Seize The Birthday Birthday with option spring fling

Sweet Stampin’ Bloomin’ Wonderful

The Card Concept – photo inspiration

AAA Birthday – Birthday with dots and/or stripes

Christmas Presents

Hi there. A quick posting today to share a card involving Copic coloring and some masking:

This is made for the current challenge at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge:

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

I took the single present stamp from the Altenew ‘Celebrations‘ stamp set, stamped once, then masked it off and stamped again a couple more times. I then coloured with Copics, and added a Heffydoodle sentiment.

A quick, clean and simple card, which actually took quite a bit of planning, but the main thought process was which colours to use……..

Now I’m off to plan the card for Dad for Father’s Day……and then it’s his birthday a couple of weeks later………masculine cards are ones I tend to struggle with – but I’m sure I’ll manage – and even more sure you will see what I make.

🙂 🙂

Bronze Thanks

Hi there. I have a CAS card to share with you today:

I took refuge in my craft room, as I may have to put one of my puddy tats to sleep this next week, and sought some challenges I could mix together. I have just received my Concord and 9th Turnabout Toolkit too, so I thought I would combine all things, play around a little and see what came up.

I used two green inks and two brown inks for the turnabout stamp – masking off the top and bottom – keeping the card quite neutral.

The sentiment is stacked four times with white card stock, with the uppermost letters being embossed with a bronze embossing powder to create some dimension and shine, which I think shows better in the first picture.

I do have to get my head around a couple of other things – I continue to be on the Design Team for ABC Christmas Challenge, and the new challenge starts next week, and I am also the Guest designer for CASology this coming week. What a roller-coaster I am having at the moment!

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

AAA Cardsuse up to one third, optional masking

Watercooler challengesanything goes

Addicted to stampsanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Shadow layering

Hello again. I haven;t been able to sit to craft for the past few days, but have been able to take some time today. I have been trying a new technique from the Altenew Academy and One Layer Wonders. I have learnt so much just from the first lesson, and thought I’d give it a go……(there are ooopsy photos here too)….

This is the end result:

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I like how the shadowing comes across this one layer piece of card, giving dimension, and I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown Challenge to ‘flicky’ colour it in. I think I’ll be practicing the shadowing more in the future.

Now for the ooopsies…..

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This first attempt I was using little post-it tabs, and drew the dark grey line when they were still in place, and even used the other greys to colour and shadow with them still in place. So – note to self – remove the post-it notes before doing more colouring, ‘cos it smudges and runs!

Here is where I tried to correct it:

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I removed the post-it tabs, drew a thicker grey line, and shaded outwards again……I think this will have a separate sentiment banner across the middle to cover it up!

Now – I have some proper masking tape, as used by Kelly Latevola in the lesson – if I used it correctly – then it worked!! Who knew????

I shall – obviously – be entering the completed project into the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpurple, green, yellow, red

Watercooler Challengesanything goes

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

 

 

Another three colours

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Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. It’s been a few days since my last card posting, as I have been back at work this week, and kinda lost my mojo! Then – I opened my new Catherine Pooler ‘Stamp of Approval’ box – hey presto – mojo back!

I had a look through some challenge blogs, and came across a few I could merge together. The colour scheme is from Color Throwdown – red, yellow, green – and I also did some masking, which is the theme from the Tuesday Throwdown this week. I struggle with masking – let me know if you don’t and what the trick is – but I still keep trying, as I like the look of a single layer, and the stamps giving the impression of dimension.

For this card, I used a Stamp of Approval mask, taping some of it off, and used my blending tool with ‘Tiara’ ink – also from Catherine Pooler. This gave the leaf background panel. I then stamped the solid red flower in ‘Rockin’ Red’, masking it off to stamp the leaves in ‘Grass Skirt’.

I liked how this turned out, and found that the inks stayed true to their colours, despite stamping on top of the yellow.

The sentiment is a die cut from the same box, and the two smaller words stamped directly onto the card with Versafine black Onyx.

The used my wonky rectangles again – you just knew, didn’t you? – and layered onto a green card base.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, yellow, green

Tuesday Throwdownmasking

Watercooler Wednesdayanything goes

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes