Lime Rickey Baubles

Hi there. A quick posting to add a card I have been thinking about for several days – and finally got to finish. And – yes – it’s a simple enough card so I have no clue why it took me so long:

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I used the stamps and dies from the latest Catherine Pooler ‘Stamp of Approval’ collection – which also included WOW! embossing powder to match three of her inks. How fabulous is that?

So – I stamped the baubles with Lime Rickey, then also embossed with Lime Rickey. The bows are also stamped in Lime Rickey – but not embossed.

The sentiment is from the same collection stamped in – you guessed it – Lime Rickey. Have I said that ink name enough?

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Addicted to Stamps CAS

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

I have also been playing with some alcohol markers. I have bought some Crafters Companion Illustrator pens – then went back the following day for more colours. I am currently going through YouTube videos at a rate of knots to get as much information about them as I can. I am – actually – enjoying colouring and blending, which is highly unusual for me. I am sure I will be posting some creations soon….¬† ūüôā

 

Birthday card for dad

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Hello everyone. It’s been a week since I last posted, as I have been busy, busy, busy. You know I went to the Altenew day in Daventry last Saturday, especially if you follow me on Instagram – I sent a couple of photos of that day. Absolutely brilliant, and great meeting at the team and fellow enthusiasts.

When I arrived home, I still had my Ikea purchases to put together, and then sort out my craft room – I’m nearly there – but then I was at work the rest of the week. As most of the stuff I had to sort out was on my craft table, it wasn’t until today that I had even a little smidgen of space to be able to create…….that table is still a work in progress – but I had to put this card together for my dad.

He is 80 tomorrow……80……which means I am getting older too……time flies…..! He had some health issues this year, but he is brilliant at the moment.

I thought I would add a little quirkiness with the elephant, and a little glitter with the embossing powder, just because I can.

I followed the current sketch challenge from CAS Colours and Sketches for the layout, though I did flip and rotate the sketch.

The little red balloon was attached to the elephant with a drawn blue string. The word ‘dad’ is die cut several times using the Altenew bold alphabet die (my capitals set is with my sister in Canada until she arrives here with them……goodness knows when!!!), then¬† stacked together for some dimension, with the top letters embossed with glittery white from WOW!.

Hopefully, I can continue to sort out my craft room, and craft at the same time, as there is a lot of inspiration out there I am wanting to use for cards.

Challenges I shall be entering with this card:

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Seize The Birthdayanything goes birthday

Aud Sentiments Challenge –¬†anything goes with sentiment

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Christmas Tree and WOW! powder

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A quick posting for today, showing different ways – using same colours – to stamp the same layering image. I used the Altenew Sketched Evergreen as I love this tree, and the three layers are easy enough to line up, but if you miss slightly – it doesn’t matter.

I used Altenew inks also, and used some WOW! embossing powder for the final layer on two of the cards. I have tried to photograph them, but we all know how notoriously hard it is to get the sparkle and shine easily seen.

The embossing powder actually comes out with a whiteness and sparkle to it, which I liked on the darker tree image, as it gives the impression of snow, I think. DO you?

The sentiment is stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder. On the lighter tree, I stamped in green, then went over it with Ranger Perfect Medium and used the WOW! powder again, but I must have moved the card – even though using my Misti. The embossing came out slightly off-set……..but I actually like it. It created a shadow effect which I tried to reproduce on another card – failed mightily(!!) – but will definitely keep trying to do it again. Happy accident’s, huh?

I did think about a star on top of the tree, or presents underneath the tree, or baubles, but keep it very simple. The embossing powder doesn’t need much else – and is much more effective in ‘real life’.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Less Is MoreStamp Layering

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas (didn’t use the option)

The Merry Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo CrackersChristmas related quick and easy

 

 

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.