Congrats

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Hi everyone. Quite a colourful card for today. I am working with someone this afternoon who will be expecting a new addition to their family in the New Year. I don’t make baby cards, and I have absolutely nothing in my stash which is specifically for this type of occasion, so I went with the flow and created this.

I took inspiration from several challenges regarding colour and theme. The first thing I did was to stamp my Concord and 9th ‘Stripe Builder’ stamp set. I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform, as this is one huge stamp, and used Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ and Stampin Up ‘Tempting Turquoise’.

Now I tried stamping this several times, and it just wouldn’t cover all of the card. I re-stamped, stamped again, then decided to leave it as it was, as the photo inspiration from Inkspirational has greeny slats, and also one white slat, which all look quite weathered. So – the distressed stamping look it was. I quite like this effect. What do they say about mistakes – there aren’t any, just happy accidents? Well, there we are.

I then took my Sue Wilson ‘Noble Pierced Squares’ and cut a piece to cover the background, then die cut my Tim Holtz ‘Mixed Media’ in two corners, so the colours would show through.

After sticking these down, I die cut the ‘Congrats’ from Stampin Up ‘Sunshine Wishes’ in white card with double sided sticky sheet on the back, and cut that four times stacking them up, then die cut one from another piece I had stamped originally and didn’t like the look of. (Happy accident again)

I really like the colours on this card, and it goes with either boy or girl, I think…..do you agree?

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Inkspirationalphoto inspiration

City Crafter Challenge something beginning with ‘S’ – (Sunshine Wishes dies)

House Of Cards challengestripes

Less is Morepiercing (Sue Wilson pierced squares)

 

 

 

 

White on White

I am so ready for the weekend…………It’s been a busy week at work, some later nights than expected, and now I can look forward to spending some time crafting. The joys of free time!

This card is inspired by the challenges from Cards In Envy and Addicted to CAS. Both themes are for white on white card. I have done some white on white card previously and found it quite challenging, but thought I’d have another go for these two challenges.

I stated with a ‘Next Level’ embossing folder from We R memory keepers. These embossing folders are the bees knees. I mean – how deep are those impressions? I shone a light at the card from above so you could see the detail which comes from this folder and just a plain piece of white card. This particular folder is called ‘woven’ and there are two folders in the package. I am sure I will be using the other folder sometime soon!

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After embossing the 6 inch square piece of card, I then die-cut three butterflies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz die ‘Butterfly Duo’, which also comes with a matching embossing folder. I must say, the hardest part was making sure the two die cut butterflies didn’t move when matched to the embossing folder. If you tape them, then the tape is also embossed onto the butterflies – so carefully does it. Don’t let them slip!

I added them to the base embossed card in a random fashion, as though they were climbing a trellis – again, this is ‘Loopyloo world’ so anything is possible!

The sentiment is a die cut from – I think – Hero Arts. I have lost the main package, so am not really sure. I think the detail and depth of the background also allows the sentiment to show with the shadows.

I shall also be entering this card into he following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicksanything goes

Monochrome Magicmonochrome with twist of butterflies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright resist

Happy Saturday everyone. Today’s card is quite bright for me, and I have put together this card based on a sketch from Paper Craft Crew, and a technique of resist from AAA cards .

Now, I played with the resist technique a few times, before I decided on the central image above. I used the same image, from Circa Design called ‘Fuchsia’, but tried different ways of ‘resisting’. I tried using water colour card, stamping and embossing the image, then using my Zig markers to colours parts if it – turned out a mess! I then tried stamping and embossing and putting my Brushos over it – turned out another mess! I tried stamping and embossing, covering the flower part of the image in masking fluid, colouring the rest of it with green, rubbed off the masking fluid, added some pink for the flowers – yep – another mess!

So – this is my fourth attempt. I stamped and embossed the image in white, then just ran my Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ ink pad over the whole image. Worked very well, I think. I actually then went in with my water brush and removed some of the ink from the embossing to make that clearer, and liked it even more.

I die cut the image with my Sue Wilson Noble Dies ‘Double Pierced Circles’, and moved on to the rest of the sketch.

The card base is 7 inches square, so I cut another layer slightly smaller, and used my Tim Holtz/Sizzix thinlits ‘Mixed Media’ circle die cut to cut into that second layer. I then splashed some Lime Rickey ink around that layer – I don’t have lime green dots or perfect pearls – and then turned my thoughts to the twine and washi tape.

I added a green tape, then another red (ish) tape for a little bit of a different colour, and the twine was from a selection I have from We R Memory Keepers. As I can’t tie a bow to save anyone’s life, I used my Tattered Lace ‘Bow Maker’ and stuck the bow down at the front, and the ends down at the back.

To complete the card I added the main die cut image with foam pads.

I seem to be turning to my Catherine Pooler inks more and more for my projects. I like how they can be used for almost everything. They ink stamps well, they blend well together, they water-colour well – I haven’t really found anything they won’t do when I want them to do it. They are definitely one of my most favourite buys – even with the customs and postage cost.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew challengesketch

AAA cards resist technique

QKR Stampedeanything goes

 

 

Sketch and colours

Hi everyone. Today’s couple of cards are inspired by CAS Colours and Sketches. For this card, you had a sketch to follow, and also a selection of colours from Stampin Up. I didn’t have all the colours they suggested, and used Lost lagoon, Baja Breeze, and Watermelon Wonder instead. I hope they match enough for the challenge…….

I began with a 6 inch square white card base, and added a die cut from Sizzix/Tim Holtz ‘Scribbles and Splat’. I die cut the scribble twice and added it as a band as per the sketch, and decided to use the piece of card I used for die cutting as another band on a similar card – waste not, want not! I stuck the actual scribbles down using my little Xyron so I didn’t get glue all over the place.

For the main piece, I stamped the main flower from Stampin Up ‘Sunshine Sayings’ in the two different colours, and added some smaller flowers as fill-in from Catherine Pooler ‘Amazing Floral’ stamp set. I used all three colours at some point in the stamping.

The sentiment is from the same Catherine Pooler stamp set, in black, as I wanted a contrast to all the colours used, and I feel the flowers actually stand out more with the sentiment in black.

I think I’m getting the hang of less and less layers and embellishments, but I do like to revert back occasionally.

I will be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch and colours

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Artistic Inspirationsanything goes with option of flowers

A bit more time to craftanything goes

Mix it up challengeanything goes with option of stamping

 

 

Shiny Christmas

It’s a cooler day here in Chesterfield UK, so I’ve decided to do a Christmas card. I have no idea where the logic came from in that sentence. It just seemed to fit. There are a few challenges out there with the theme of Christmas, so I’ve been playing with some of my crafty goodies.

I have also tried another way of taking a photo. What do you think? My sister sent me a link to a blog by Yana Smakula – I think she is bored with my previous background!! – and I’ve had a play with out house wall and a stool outside…….do you think it works better?

It actually took me a good couple of hours to conceptualise (what a word!) and come up with this. I wanted to do snowflakes, and I wanted them laying over the edge of the main piece of card, but other than that I just played.

I started by die cutting all five of the snowflakes from Sizzix/Tim Holtz ‘Paper Snowflakes’ – randomly – from a piece of white card.  After die-cutting the snowflakes, I then stuck a piece of double-sided sticky sheet on the back, which meant I could add some gilding flakes to the apertures left by the die cuts. (I’ll be using those on another project)

I applied IndigoBlu ‘Yorkshire Dales’ gilding flakes as I liked the multi-coloured effect these created. After adding the flakes, I smooshed them down and then embossed the sheet with a Sue Wilson 8 inch square embossing folder called ‘Snowflake Mosaic’. Then I decided what size I wanted the actual card to be – 8.25 inches by 6 inches. (Pre-bought card bases)

To follow the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I then cut some circles from the MFT ‘Stitched Circle Frames’ out of the same ‘greeny’ card I used on my jungle themed challenge. I just love this colour – kinda shimmery, olive/greeny/browny.

I attached the circles to the bottom left of the card, leaving one of the smaller circles out for added interest so the circles weren’t so boring, and die cut one of the snowflakes out of Stampin Up glimmer paper, sticking that down with one of their dimensionals.

I cut the circles and snowflake to match the edge of the card, then peeled off the other side of the double-sided sticky sheet (already on my white card if you remember – and stuck that down to yet another layer of the greeny card, then onto white base card.

The sentiment is an X-Cut die, which I cut out three times from card with double-sided sticky sheet on each layer to make it easier to stick one on top of the other, then added to the card.

From the front, the sentiment isn’t quite that obvious – which I wanted – and doesn’t detract from the snowflakes, but turn it to the side and get the shine from the gilding flakes – I think it works well.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Altantic Hearts Sketch Challengesketch

Watercooler Wednesday challengeChristmas

Addicted to Stamps challenge Holiday

Mix it up challenge anything goes option embossing

Christmas Cards all year roundprecipitation (snowflakes)

 

 

 

Still Triangle Turnabout

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This is the first attempt at using the Concord and 9th Triangle Turnabout stamp which turned out OK. For two of the layers, anyway. I don’t think you can imagine how long it has taken me to produce this little snippet of coloured card….I must have spent close to two hours yesterday trying to get it to work for me. I looked at half a dozen YouTube videos, created a template – or four – as recommended by them. It all went well for the first stamp and the first turn, and the next stamp – then all went to pot! I haven’t got a clue what happened. It all seemed to line up before I inked it, then it just didn’t work……

The small example above is just two stamps, with one turn. I was very tempted to try another turn, but decided I liked the look of it as it was, and I didn’t want to get it wrong yet again that same day.

Anyhoo, the card is made with the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches. The challenge was to use Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, and Sweet Sugarplum. I only have the Rich Razzleberry ink, so used Crumb Cake instead of Sahara Sand, and used a piece of card which was Sweet Sugarplum.

As I was a little frustrated- just a little – I saw this sentiment from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous (Phrases 2) and thought it certainly matched the kind of mood I was in. It actually uplifted me. I certainly have the courage to imagine……..I just couldn’t execute the idea. Don’t worry, I’ll keep trying until I do succeed. I am not a ‘giver upper’!

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchescolour challenge

The House That Stamps Built –  colour palette

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Aud Sentiments challengeanything goes and a sentiment

 

 

 

 

Cityscape sketch

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Does any else have those days where electrical equipment around the house seem to be going wrong at the same time? Our Blu-ray DVD player stopped working a couple of days ago, so I had to go and order one on Saturday, ready for after the Bank Holiday weekend – hopefully. Then, the washing machine decided to go wrong, broke, completely, with clothes in it. It started making enough racket that I couldn’t hear myself think, and then when I got to it – in all that racket – I couldn’t remember how to turn it off. Really! Anyway, I managed, and slowly opened the door – thank goodness it wasn’t full of water. So – I had to go and order another washing machine this morning, delivered and fitted and removal of the old one by Saturday. I am waiting for the third thing now. Isn’t that what they say – comes in threes? Talk about an expensive couple of days. I just HAD to go and craft!

This card looks quite simple, but again, it was a lot of die-cutting, and piecing things together. You would think I would have learned after my butterfly card, wouldn’t you? This is a take of the sketch above from Paper Play Sketches. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees anti-clockwise, with the three buildings being the three different length strips, and the two trees and helicopter being the three circles. I was trying to find a sentiment for moving house, or welcome to the neighbourhood – but I didn’t have anything to hand. I may have a hunt around my local craft shops when I go out and buy the third electrical thing that goes wrong!

The dies used are from Tim Holtz Cityscapes collection – the buildings from ‘Metropolis’, trees from ‘Suburbia’, and helicopter from ‘Commute’. These packs of dies have a huge amount of little dies for adding elements – the chimneys, the helicopter blades, the tree trunks – all small, all fiddly, but definitely add to the look.

I cut the buildings and trees out of Kraft card, added the chimneys in a brown card, and inked around the edges with distress inks – ‘Frayed Burlap’ for the buildings, and ‘Pine Needles’ for the trees.

I did think about some background, but I quite like the clean look of the card. Simple and to the point. I wanted the buildings the same colour – I could have gone with different colours, but the simplicity of this appealed to me. Maybe I am going ‘clean and simple’….no – I don’t think so, either. Not completely.