A Cat and a Frog……

Hi there. A second posting today with a couple of CAS one layer cards. When I was typing the title – it seemed like it was the beginning of a joke – ‘A cat and a frog walked into a bar……….

Anyhoo, here are my CAS cards:

For the first card I stamped a couple of cocktail glasses onto Lawn Fawn ‘Vanilla Malt’ card stock, added the frog, speech bubble and sentiment as you see, colouring the frog in three different light green Copics – dotting instead of actual colouring, to maintain a CAS style.

For the cat card, I stamped the stack of cups from Clearly Besotted, masked the top cup, then stamped the kitten in the cup. So – the masking of the top cup – I forgot to mask off the back of the top cup – so I created stripes on that solid cup to cover the mistake……….

Coloured with Copics, just the two colours for the mugs/sups, a couple of greys for the cat, then added the Honey Bee stamps sentiment underneath.

I shall be entering the frog card into the following challenges:

Simply Less Is More one layer card with theme ‘cheers’

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes critters

I shall be entering the cat card into the following challenges:

Festive Friday Challenge3 from the inspo list (cat, pet sentiment, CAS)

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with animals

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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

CAS one layer cards

Hello there. I have spent some time in my craft room today, getting to grips with my Copics again, and generally just playing around.

I struggle with CAS cards, and definitely struggle with one layer cards – but today I made two cards.

Both cards are made using Simon Says Stamp ‘Gnome For The Holidays’, using different images, yet the same sentiment.

I shall be entering the first card into the following challenges:

Water Cooler Challengeoccasions

Addicted to Stamps ChallengeCAS

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

Krafty Chicks Challengeanything goes

I shall be entering the second card into the following challenges:

Perfectly CASCAS one layer card

Jingle BellesChristmas and three of something (three berries)

Simply Less Is More tiny and few

Black and White Beautiful…..

Hello again. I have a card to share with you today – it STILL hasn’t stopped raining – for the current challenge at AAA Cards:

I used one of the images from Clearly Besotted ‘Floral Spray’ stamp set, and inked using the new Altenew ‘Permanent Black Crisp Ink‘ – loving the crispness of this ink pad, by the way – and decided to ink just one of the images in this set.

I did play with both images, moving them around, but decided to stamp one only. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

There’s not much more to add, but if it keeps raining like this for much longer – I’m going to have lots and lots of cards ready for any occasion……..

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CASology Bouquet

Hello everyone. I have a card for you today that is for the Guest Designer position this week at CASology: (little jumpy dance!)

The cue word is ‘BOUQUET’, and let me tell you – I actually struggling with a stamp set and design for this card………..

I hunted through my stash and took out several stamps to consider, but as you can see – I finally settled on Altenew ‘Celebrations‘ stamp set and this little bouquet image, along with a sentiment from the same stamp set.

I stamped it on a separate piece of card first and tried several variations of colour with my Copics, then decided on this layout, and these colours. The stamp itself is quite sketchy – so I went that way with the colouring too – no shading, and not quite filling in the leaves and flowers.

It ended up being a one layer card – very, very unusual for me – but I am really pleased with how this looks.

I hope you can play along this week, and I look forward to seeing what you can create. 🙂

Altenew Folksy Florals

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Hello there. I have a bright and cheerful one layer, clean and simple card for you today. I was playing with this new stamp set from Altenew – ‘Folksy Florals’ – and decided that these stamps are just crying out for bright and vibrant colours.

As some off the stamps are solid, I turned to my Catherine Pooler inks, as they give great coverage from the get-go.

I played around with the colours, and just swapped and changed for each flower, leaves, and stem. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set, just mixing around the multitude of words and phrases you are supplied with. Who says you can’t have blue, purple and orange leaves?

I didn’t actually follow their guide for stamping and adding the different bits to each flower, and just went with the flow. It was actually quite hard to stop myself, so much so that I carried on and created some backgrounds with this set – I just kept stamping and stamping.

I shall be entering the current challenge at Addicted To Stamps, with the theme of ‘clean and simple‘.

Have a great day, and I’ll catch up with you soon – but not until I have watched the England match this afternoon!

Hello Lovely…

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Hello everyone. I have one card to share with you today – and at the end of the post a photograph of my car boot after an Ikea shopping trip……!!!!!!

This card is the first one layer card I created without any smudges, without trying to get it done at least twice, so I just had to post it.

I used Altenew ‘Simple Shapes XL‘ stamp set, and Catherine Pooler inks. These stamps are quite large solid images, and Catherine Pooler inks just make life so much easier for this kind of stamping. I didn’t stamp any of the shapes more than once – and I hadn’t even used most of them before, so they were brand new. I have had them for ages, but never used them!

I did use my Misti – just in case – which again makes life easier, and just played with the different shapes. I didn’t have a plan for them, I just knew I wanted a rainbow effect with the colours. I arranged the inks around my mat, started with the pink at the bottom left, and just went with it.

As the colours are bold, I used a bold and black sentiment from The Ton ‘Peony Notes‘ as that was on my desk from the other day. A large sentiment, and I used Catherine Pooler ‘Midnight‘ ink to get a dark black and crisp image. I did need to stamp that a couple of times with my Misti, but I think it’s because I didn’t let the other inks dry enough.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA cardsCAS geometric

Addicted to CASCAS rainbow

Now – for the Ikea shop. Ikea opened in Sheffield last year, and this is the first time I’ve been. I’m trying to organise and sort out my craft room. It’s a fairly small room, and at the moment there is stuff everywhere – in boxes, disorganised on shelves…….this shopping trip should help!!! 🙂 Thank goodness it all fit. I don’t think I’ve put the back seats down before. Maybe I should have taken the Transit van……but perhaps that would have too dangerous! (not that this wasn’t bad enough!) I’ll let you know what hubby says…….

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Cheers

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Here I am again posting to a challenge at the last minute – well – the last hour or so. The current challenge from CASology had the cue card ‘cheer’. I had in mind my ‘Stamps by Me’ set. I have a couple of sets with glasses and wine, this one is the smaller set of the two, but I did use the ‘Cheers’ sentiment from the large set.

A one layer card, stamping the bottle and glass first, then added the two sentiments, making extra sure the black ink was dry before I even considered using the embossing powder. I didn’t want that glittery powder getting everywhere.

One I had checked it was dry enough, I stamped the wine part in Ranger Perfect Medium, and heat embossed using a white/light glittery embossing powder from ‘WOW!’.

However, this didn’t really show up very much, so I turned to thinking of red sparkly wine, so – thank goodness I used my Misti and had left the stamp on the lid – I used the Perfect Medium again, on top of the glittery white, and heat embossed using a glittery red.

I tried very hard the get the sparkle on the card in the photo, so please forgive the slight shadow, but I think the glittery-ness shows up.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASologyCheer

Addicted to Stamps and More CAS

STAMPlorations CAS – not using twist

Less Is Moreshine

 

 

 

Oh My Stars!

Hello everyone. I have really struggled getting the photographs right for these cards. I tried outside, inside, different lights, but it didn’t really work very well. You’ll have to trust me that the cards are really sparkly…..

The card is for the current Simply Less Is More challenge, to make a one layer card with stars, so I thought I would go with some glitter embossing powder from Wow! The stamps are from Uniko, and I stamped the wavy star lines twice across to make them connect across the 6 inch square card, and another row underneath. I used Ranger Perfect Medium, then Wow! powder ‘grape’, heat embossing to set. I used a tone on tone look for the first card, then used the sparkly white powder for the second card, again with Uniko stamps.

The sentiments are also from the same stamp collection, and I added a trio of stars around one of the sentiments for added interest.

Again, these powders are really sparkly, but I just couldn’t get the pictures to reflect that – note to self – must try harder.

I hope you are all well, and looking forward to a good weekend with some crafty time.

Let’s Celebrate

Hello there. As I am going to work in a couple of hours, I had some time free to make this clean and simple card. The layout is from the current challenge from CAS Colours and Sketches, as well as current Inkspirational challenge for a one layer card, with the added benefit of using monochrome for the Cardz 4 Galz challenge.

To match the sketch, I did think about Christmas baubles initially, but then decided to go with balloons, as I have quite a few stamp sets with balloons included. The set I used is from Stampin Up – ‘Balloon Adventures’. I knew I wanted to emboss the balloons in gold, so I thought a black background would mean they would be highlighted the best.

I stamped each of the balloons with Ranger Perfect Medium, and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder, then added the string afterwards, again heat embossing.

The sentiment is also from that same stamp set, again heat embossed in gold. I cut the card down to 5.5 inches square – so I knew I would have an envelope to fit.

Does anyone else have a problem when using the anti-static bag on dark card stock? I always seem to have a powder residue when I have done, and have tried several ways to get rid of that – just my fingers, a special piece of cloth (I find that takes the embossing off, though) – what is the best way?

I shall be entering the above three challenges with this card.