From Me To You….

Hello there. I have a card to share which I put the finishing touches to today:

This floral set is from The Greetery and includes, stamps, stencils, and dies.

I first stenciled all the layers and images then used the die to cut it out. Once I had that cut, I then worked on my background.

I layered a piece of black card stock. as I wanted to use a black and foiled sentiment, and onto that I layered a white piece, dry embossed using a ‘dotty’ embossing folder, and then splattered with black and gold Liquitex acrylic paints – the shimmery set.

I used a 5×7 inch card base, then realised the floral arrangement was just a little too short for this size, so I cut it in half………I know, I know – all that stencilling and I cut it – but I had a plan…..

The gold foiled sentiment strip was adhered with 3D foam across the middle, then the two halves of the floral arrangement – also on 3D foam – was kinda tucked into the strip. That made it slightly longer and just seemed to fit the size of card better.

I then added some gold faceted gems……and then…….realised the sentiment was in silver foil not gold……oh well – that just meant I had to stick some silver faceted gems down too – which I did onto some flowers! What a numpty!

Anyhoo – I hope you like it.

I shall be entering the following challeneges:

Color Throwdownpink, coral, dark purple, green,

Allsorts Challenge anything goes (option of school days not taken)

TTCRD anything goes

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Hi – different ways

Hello there. I have been playing in my craft room and trying out a new background technique – it may be known to some of you, but to me it was new – amazing – fabulous – and I just had to give it a go.

I saw something on Facebook (Honey Bee Stamps) where you used alcohol inks and water – and dipped a piece of card into it! Really? Alcohol inks and water and normal everyday card! I was so gob-smacked, I messaged my sister in Canada to have a look – of course she had seen the same video and the original video by Carly T Miner. My sister linked me to the Instagram video – my goodness – I immediately hunted for a container to play.

After creating about 20 backgrounds I stopped – only because I ran out of drying space…….

Here are two cards created with two of the backgrounds:

blue, green, pink, purple alcohol inks – paper piecing
pink, black, alcohol pearl – replaced white pieces

On the last few pieces of card I added the alcohol pearls – they kinda bunched a little, but created some fabulous effects on the background. I also used black alcohol ink – and I love the colours and variation in marbling it gave.

I can see I’ll be creating more of these – some to die cut too, as well as backgrounds.

You can also see I’m playing with the new die from Concord & 9th – this is the card I came up with first, using the colours form the current Color Throwdown Challenge, and a die cut background using a die from Pinkfresh Studio:

So – several cards for several challenges – all because I needed to escape the heat and my craft room has aircon!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown purple, red, green

Allsorts Challengeatg with option to create your own background (option taken)

Time Out Challengemake your own background

Creative Artiste Mixed Media anything goes mixed media

Here Is A Place To Start anything goes – option by the book not taken

2 Sisters on the Blog text as main focus

Sending You Peace…..

Hello. I have a CAS card to share today:

I always find this style of card seems to take a lot more planning than other cards. I thought about what colours to use for the ink blended panel – and then how to do it……..some broad masking tape did the trick.

I used Pinkfresh studio inks – darker orange, lighter orange, and yellow. These do blend wonderfully, and as I used some Distress Heavyweight card stock – a match made in heaven!

I have quite a bit of the older batch of heavyweight card stock from Ranger – this was a batch which had some coating issues – it does not like water – which is bizarre as this is what the card stock is meant to work very well with.

I first noticed when doing a virtual class with Jenn Shurkhus – she advised us to contact Ranger….I did, sent them some photos, and the picture of the receipt – and a new batch was sent to me – over here to the UK – what a brilliant customer service.

However – the new batch from them has the same issue – but I have decided to use that for ink blending – when I don’t want to use a lot of water – it does ink blend beautifully.

Anyhoo – back to the card – ink blended panel, and then an image from a Simon Says Stamp set ‘Dandelion Messages’ which has been sitting there wanting to be used……..I thought it was perfect for a couple of challenges:

The Flower Challenge Flowers and CAS

CASology – Windy

Be Kind To Yourself……

Hello. I have a card to share using layering stencils from The Ton:

I used Pinkfresh Studio inks for the flowers, and was then thinking of using Distress Inks for the brown, but then remembered I had a drawer full of Stampin Up inks I hadn’t used in a while, so I used a couple of those.

The sentiment is a mix of three different ones from a Clearly Besotted stamp set to create what I was after.

I used Gina K Master layout dies to create the floral layer and the Kraft layer, attached with 3D foam, and also added some of the same kraft behind each sentiment strip to make them stand out more against the background.

I ‘found’ some cream sequins and added some of those too.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown yellow, orange, Kraft, brown

Time Outbe kind

Beyond The Blue use two or more stencils (6 altogether in this layering set)

Crafting Happinessanything goes