N for No Layers

At The Alphabet Challenge we have reached the letter ‘N’, and Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘No Layers’. None. Zilch, Zip. Nada………

Here is my card:

I have taken a liking to stencils, particularly layering stencils. I struggle with them – I usually get some black ink on the layers somewhere – whether or not I’ve used black ink. Goodness knows where it comes from. And usually one of the colours I use ends up in the wrong place – handy for sequin placement – but this time I couldn’t use one due to being one layer.

I recently attended another virtual crafting weekend, and one of those classes was using a layering stencil, but also masking parts of that stencil to use different colours…..so I thought I’d try with this one from Simon Says Stamp.

I also decided I like to use Distress inks for smaller openings, and Distress Oxides for larger areas.

This particular stencil involved quite a bit of masking to get the different colours on the leaves and petals -those small sticky note arrow thingies work well for that – and small blender brushes too.

Hopefully you can join us in our new challenge – no layers. I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Craftersstencils

Addicted to Stamps and Moredie cuts and/or stencils

Stamplorations October stencil challenge – anything goes with a stencil

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘Oriental’

Hello. Dawn is hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and she has chosen the theme of ‘Oriental’. Here is my take on the new theme:

This actually a one layer card – I decided to do some masking and then colouring – just to keep challenging myself.

The stamps I used are from Clearly Besotted, first stamping the cute creature, then masking, and then stamping the background.

I also then masked the tree – itty bitty cutting required – and masked above and below as you see and ink blended the blue strip.

Once the masks were removed I used Copics to colour, and then stamped the sentiment.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Oriental’ makes – I look forward to seeing what you create.

xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes with colouring

Cupcake Inspirations anything goes

Critter Crazy Challenge anything goes with a critter

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS option ombre (option not taken)

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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One Layer Happy Birthday

Hello. A new challenge has started at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, this time we want to see your CAS cards with no added layers. Just the card base with your images and/or sentiments on it. No layering. No die cuts – one layer.

Here is my card:

Using a top folding A2 card base out of Neenah card stock, I stamped the two layers from the Uniko ‘Background Blocks Layered Modern Floral’ using Catherine Pooler inks.

I chose these two colours virtually straight away, and chose Catherine Poole rinks as they always stamp first time on new stamp sets – a little rubbing over the stamp with the fingers, but then you are good to go. Of course -having the Misti helps – just in case!

There are some little stamps in the set too which I used to stamp extra in the main image – those little dots and a few leaves….

As a little aside – this is the second card I created for this challenge. The first card just didn’t take my fancy. I used some layering flower and leaves sets from Altenew, some masking – but the end result didn;t really do it for me – I kept thinking about t, and finally – whilst tidying my craft room for yet another virtual crafting session – I came across this stamp set just sat there waiting to be added to the CML app.

Bingo – I prefer this card much better – it just kinda sings to me…..

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – there are some amazing one layer cards from the Design Team – and such a difference between each make – such inspiration….. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

TTCRD anything goes

Time Out Challengeinspired by words (flowers)

Uniko Challenge anything goes – option autumn colours

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Flowering Cactus

A quick post today to share a one layer card:

I just love that sentiment, and when coupled with the flowering cactus – I just had to buy the stamp and die set and play with it.

The set is from Memory Box, and I stamped the image onto a Neenah 110lbs card stock to reduce the amount of Copic bleed-through to the other side when I coloured it.

I kept the tones quite similar, using the colour scheme from a recent Hero Arts virtual class, and colours suggested by Daniel West.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 37, anything goes colouring

Allsorts Challenge anything goes – option nature

AAA Cards CAS – no layers – option HUGS (option not taken)

Pink Gem Challenge challenge 20 – anything goes

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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Gem of A Craft Challenge

You’re Sweet…..

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has started a new CAS theme. This time we want to see:

Here is my card:

I ended up creating a one layer card, using Simon Says Stamp ‘Sweet Truffles’ which just arrived here and is part of the February 2021 card kit. This kit usually gets to me middle of the month – and usually after I have paid – or opted out of – the next months kit.

I started by stamping the middle chocolate, then masked it and stamped the other two. I used a brown Gina K amalgam ink this time – not so harsh, and perfect for using the chocolatey colours, I think.

I used Copics to colour the images, and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, and also stamped in the same brown ink.

There some amazing inspiration from the Design, and all sorts of different takes on the theme – I hope you can come and join us with your creations – don’t forget to follow our theme and keep it CAS. I hope to see you there. xx

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. 🙂