Alphabet Challenge – Vegetables

Hello there. I am pleased to be hosting the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge – and I chose the theme of ‘Vegetables’. I know, I know – quirky huh?

The Design Team has come up with some amazing inspiration – I do hope you can come and join us – I’d love to see your take on this theme.

Here is my card:

I used a stamp set from Heffy Doodle, stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics – which I haven’t done for a while.

Then I turned to the layout, and utilised a sketch challenge. To adhere to the sketch, I decided to use the ‘Welcome Wreath’ from W Plus 9 to create the six circles. First layer with a dark green ink, then thought the wreath needed more, so added a browny ink layer, and finally a lighter green layer.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and I copic coloured the orange strips underneath the white strip, just to make it stand out more, and cut it to a jaunty angle – just like the carrots..

I hope you pop along to see what the Design Team have created – there are lovely inspiration cards over there – some quirky, some funny, and some just plain sweet. Here’s hoping to see your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – all loved up

The Paper Players sketch

Watercooler Challengesoccasions (Valentine)

Time Out Challenges affectionate

Simon Monday Challenge Blog Logo

Fusion Regal Beauty

Hello once again. I have a card to share today which I made over the weekend – a craftathon weekend for me:

The colours and layout are based on the current challenge at the Fusion Card Challenge:

The colours in the photo were greys and a touch of brown, so I used those colours to stamp the flowers from Altenew ‘Regal Beauty‘ and a combination of their grey and browns inks.

I used the sketch layout to arrange the flower and leaves to mimic the semi-circle, using a lot of the leaves and only one flower, once I had cut them out using the matching die set.

The sentiment is from Thirsty Brush and Co, heat embossed on white onto a grey piece of card, and the ends of the sentiment piece cut using the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease‘ die set to create the banner look. I always seem to go wonky when I cut those banners free-hand, so this die set and those small triangles are just great for this.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge – sketch and photo

Trimmies Craft Challenge atg

Arty Divas Challengeatg

A Perfect Time To Craftatg

Dies R Us Challengebirthday including dies

Pink Floral Fantasy

Hello again. I have a card to share with you today which took a little bit more planning than I thought it would:

The flower is Altenew ‘Floral Fantasy‘ – quite a large floral image – and stamped using three of he Altenew pink inks. I used a light grey for the solid leaves.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant ‘Hilly Hello‘ and die cut as you see.

The planning part of it was the die cut sentiment – I did the first die cut and then looked around for papers I had which matched the pinks, but as I didn’t have any, I made my own background by stamping the solid leaves from the stamp set in the lightest of the pinks I used for the flower, with the added smaller star shape from Altenew ‘Build a Flower Daffodil‘ as I had a few white areas I wanted to fill-in.

I was going to just layer the background, but decided to ‘inlay’ the two layers together, as I knew the flower and leaves would have some dimension using my 3D glue. I didn’t want too much height on the card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsuse mid, light, and dark tone of one colour

Crazy 4 Challenges sketch

Crafty Sentimentsanything goes

Well Hello……

Hello once again. I have another card to share today, using a new stamp bought at the Doncaster craft show last week:

I just fell in love with this stamp set – cute and quirky. I chose this stamp as I thought just laying there, finger swirling in the puddle – cute. There are some great sentiments on there too – I am sure you will be seeing them in the future…

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured – very basically – with Copics, to match the colour challenge. To follow the sketch challenge, the two outer bands were pieces of card coloured with the same light blue copic, and die cut with Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Simple Wavy Borders‘.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchespowder pink, pool party, so saffron

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Clean and Simple on FridayCAS birds

Altenew June Inspiration Challenge photo Inspiration

Gold Dipped Delicate Clusters

Hello there. I spent some time yesterday starting to put a card together, and completed it this morning:

I stamped out the clusters only from Altenew ‘Delicate Clusters‘ – not the stems – in three shades of blue, and for the fourth layer I used gold embossing powder.

The two leaves are from Tom Holtz ‘Garden Greens‘ die set, where I put some double-sided sticky tape down on some card, then used the same gold embossing powder to create two strips, from which I die-cut the leaves.

The sentiment is also embossed using the same embossing powder, and is from another Altenew stamp set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Inkspirationalgold dipped

Die-cut divasflowers and a die cut

Addicted to Stampsstamping and flowers

Safari time

Hi everyone. I have another card to share today. It was going to be two cards, but I messed up the second card so much – I ended up having stern words with myself and binned it! Just one of those things….and it just kept happening, but I managed to persuade myself this card was alright:

I took a piece of card and masked off the outer two long edges, leaving the centre open, and ink blended three Distress Oxides.

Once that had dried, I took the a mixture of stamps from Hero Arts ‘Safari Huge Thanks‘ and ‘Safari Wild About You‘ and stamped them as you see with Catherine Pooler Midnight ink.

I had to stamp each image a couple of times to get them crisp, but it was worth it – until I came to the sentiment. The last thing on the card, the final thing I had to do…………..and the card moved between the first and second stamping. Despite using my Misti, despite using my magnets in my Misti!!!! It really wasn’t my day……..

It gave two images of the sentiment, so I swore a little, I went downstairs, I made a coffee, I then went back upstairs and stamped again – at least four times – to make the sentiment look as though it had a shadow. It almost looks like it’s hovering there in the air – almost!

Anyhoo – I still like the card, I like the black images against the colours of Distress Oxides. I actually Googled what ‘Hakuna Matata‘ means – and it is ‘no problem‘ or ‘no troubles‘ – well………I have taken that to heart with this card.

So if the sentiment looks hovering and shadowed…….no problem! Hakuna Matata! 🙂 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Case This Sketch sketch

Stinkin’ InkersUse a tree

Dragonfly DreamsInclude an animal

CASologyAfrica

A Blog Named Hero – CAS

ChallengeCleanSimple

Ocean Scene

Hello there. I have a card for you today which is CAS – different to my recent cards:

I saw the theme for the current challenge at CASology – Ocean – and knew I had a layering stamp set somewhere, by someone, and it took me a few minutes to remember this was from The Ton – a golf course layering stamp set.

I had forgotten how to stamp and layer this, so I turned to YouTube – and found an amazing video from June 2018 – link HERE – where Effie from The Ton used the waves stamp several times, the technique for not getting any lines whilst mixing and merging the stamps – and basically you ended up with a beach scene. Just keep stamping the waves bottom layer again and again, in different places – and the effect produces a deeper and longer waves layer…..as above……

The initial stamps create the layer you see above with the darker waves, and the waves below that are just using the base stamp over and over again – varying the placement.

My first few attempts I got a few lines where I didn’t wipe the edges enough – but if you check the video out – it really is quite simple once you get the hang of it (she says – laughing – tongue in cheek!!)

Once I had the ocean stamped, I then used the current from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, die cut a circle – and placed as you see.

I also added some muted grey clouds from that same stamp set – two layer clouds, but in the lightest grey inks from Altenew.

Combining a theme, colours, and sketches really helps me to create a more balanced card. trying to put together colours fazes me sometimes – so many colours – so much choice, and where to stamp and put my die-cuts? That’s why I like to combine challenges.

Sometimes I start with a them, sometimes with the colours, but the sketch challenges certainly help me with the layout.

I shall also be entering this challenge into the current Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge – where the theme is CAS.