Spring Daisy

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Hi there. I have been playing with new techniques today. I finally – finally – got around to watching some of the Altenew Academy classes I bought over the past, well, months, if not years.

These two cards were an attempt from inspiration from Laura Bassen and the ‘Clean, Simple, and Colorful techniques‘. That lovely woman certainly knows how to inspire – and don’t you just love her chat? I am laughing, and giggling, and learning – all in one go. Her attempt at the New York accent? Had me in stitches – though it is probably much, much better than I could do. Love it.

I decided to try the water-colour resist technique. I think that’s what it’s called….

I took the three colours from the current challenge at Color Throwdown and set to creating. I first stamped and heat embossed with clear the Altenew ‘Pattern Play – Hexagon‘ onto water-colour card. I then took Catherine Pooler’s ‘Aquatini‘, smooshed it onto my brand new Tim Holtz Glass Mat ink area (Yippee! and Yay!), wet down the water-colour card and used a water brush to dot and spread and generally mess around colouring the panel.

I added some extra depth of colour in some places, and  I really liked how the ink worked in this way.

Whilst that was drying, I stamped the flowers using Altenew inks, not realising there are only two layers – the outline and one shading. I decided to go over the stamped and shaded flowers with another yellow from my Zigs, and it still kept some of the detail in the flowers, I did the same with the leaves.

I used 3D glue gel to stick them onto the card base, stamped and adhered the sentiment, added some clear dew drop thingies, and there we are.

I am sure tomorrow will be spent looking st some more of the classes I haven’t got around to, if this is where they lead me.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownyellow, aqua, green, white

Water Cooler Challenges Occasion

Aud Sentiments challengebirthday

Addicted to Stampsmake your mark

Time Out ChallengeSpring (option of one layer – not used)

 

3 cards

Hello there everyone. I have had a lot of opportunity to craft in the past 24 hours, and I have three cards to share with you today. I could post some tomorrow – but I have my bestie coming round for take-away, drink, and movie – so I am sure I have made the right choice in not posting tomorrow!!

This first card is inspired by the current CASology challenge

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It took me a little while to think of things. I was thinking cars, jobs, baby, weddings, then I remembered the most recent Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval, and a paper aeroplane in there……..
I took some water-colour card and used 2 colours of Distress Oxides to blend together at the bottom, using a piece of paper to maintain a fairly straight and clean edge, then spritzed with water. My idea of the water was for it to look like clouds…..
The sentiment, dots and plane are from the same collection, and stamped in Versafine black onyx.
This second card was inspired by Time Out Challenges and 4 Crafty Chicks (flowers):
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I took the colours of the flowers and vase stand. The Altenew layered plaid cover plate A and B were cut out and stuck together, and after putting onto a base card, I used some black splatters – I felt the urge for a little mess!
The yellow flowers are from Altenew ‘Amazing You‘, and I stamped the outline in a darker yellow from one of their ink sets, embossed with clear embossing powder, then water-coloured with a Zig yellow and an orange.
After die-cutting them I arranged in a huddle, using 3D glue gel – helps me to position – and added the sentiment from the same stamp set.
I then decided to add some Tonic Nuvo black drops extra to the splatters – I thought the white background card was a little plain!
This third card is inspired by the current challenge at The Library Challenge, and Just Us Girls:
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I took the cover of the book and used the black, white, and red – some grey leaves for artistic license – and stamped some flowers from a Stamps By Me set I have had for a while.
I used Catherine Pooler ‘Rockin Red‘ (I must get the ink re-fill next time I order anything) and embossed with clear embossing powder. Some masking – which doesn’t scare me now, even when I don’t have the matching dies – and then thought about how to make a curvy black side.
I turned to my Avery Elle ‘Snow Caps’ dies and used one of the curves twice.
The sentiment is also from Stamps By Me, and I was looking for a bold sentiment to join the Just Us Girls challenge, and heat embossed in white – like the title of the book.
Thank you for your perseverance, and I hope to be back with you soon. 🙂

Friends

20180218_203048Hi everyone. I have moved away from the florals for a little while….for this card, anyway. I was inspired by the current challenge fro CASology, and as I had a delivery from Clearly Besotted this week, which included these cheeky monkeys…….off I went.

I know that many people are thinking Valentines at the moment, but I tend to buck the trend and think of other ways of ‘together’. This card is an homage to my best friend, and the sentiment taken from an Altenew stamp set just fits the bill nicely.

We are crazy when we are together, yet professional and somewhat calmer during our work time. In fact we hardly see each other at work, even when we worked within the same department. Which made it all the more special when we went away for a night or two. We are going away for the Uniko retreat this coming Saturday (24th), as we had so much lovely crafting time last time, we just had to! (Even though my bestie isn’t really a crafty card maker……..she just comes with me for the craic!)

So, this card….the images stamped in Versafine black onyx and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I actually stamped quite a few of them, as I didn’t know which of the images I wanted to use, and I didn’t know which colouring medium I would prefer.

I coloured some with my Zigs – the ones I used – and some with my Polychromos, then some with some Crafters Companion pencils. I then die cut them, arranged them on the card – fiddling several times – then added with 3D foam.

20180218_203102_001The sentiment is stamped in Versafine black onyx again, but not heat embossed. One thing I always seem to do – add the sentiment last, even when the card is complete except for the sentiment. How about if it stamped wrong?! I do like to live on the edge…..

 

 

Sketchy colours

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Hello again. I will be spending some time in my craft room this weekend, and this is the first card I made today. It is using a range of different techniques – embossing, colouring, die cutting, stamping – but think I have kept it quite clean….

The rectangular card base has a layer of Lawn Fawn ‘Narwhal’ card (loving that grey card) then layered with white card which has been embossed using a Sweet poppy metallic stencil.

Now, I may have made a little mistake in using this stencil…… It is quite a large metal stencil, and when I took it out of my die cutting machine – it was a little bent! Well – not just a little! It was curved so much, I may not be able to use it as a stencil. I think the pressure and layers were too much. I straightened it a little, but I didn’t want to bend it too much, so I may be brave and run it through the opposite way – just to see if I can even it out a little more……I’ll let you know.

The Altenew ‘Hello Sunshine’ flowers were stamped and heat embossed, coloured with my Zigs, and die cut with the matching die set.  I arranged them underneath and on top of the banners, for a little dimension, but not too much.

The banners are from Sue Wilson, with the sentiment from ‘Hello Sunshine’ heat embossed with white onto the aqua card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Color Throwdownaqua, orange, grey

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengelayer it up

Cardz 4 Galz anything but square

 

 

Dark but colourful

Hello there. It’s been a few days since my last posting, and this card was meant to enter a particular colour challenge – which finished 10 minutes ago!! The card has been sitting on my craft table for a few days, with work getting in the way – blinking heck – and thinking what I could do to lighten the black background. When I finally decided what to do, took photos, sat down to write this post – one minute until the end of the one particular challenge – too late!

Hey Ho! Obviously meant to be…….

Anyhooooo…….there are many challenges out there at the moment with fall/autumn themes, and many of them with an option of using orange. Many of the challenges are themed around Halloween, which is not such a big thing in my life – or many people I know actually – so I just used the colours.

I seem to be having an ‘orange’ moment, so they seem to be suiting me at present. I am also playing more with water-colouring, trying different techniques, and so here we are with something new for me.

I started by stamping the Altenew ‘Charmed’ flowers onto water-colour card, using Versafine black onyx, and adding clear embossing powder the heat set the outlines of the flowers. I then turned to my Zigs for this particular card, using orange and yellow, and sort of mixing the two colours, staying with orange mainly for the larger flowers, mixed and blended with a little yellow, and yellow for the smaller flowers – or leaves, I can’t really tell what they are! Is there a butterfly in there too? Well – all orange or yellow!

I then turned to the back ground. I wanted to use black, but didn’t know how to do it, so I checked some YouTube videos, and just went for it. I wet down around the flowers, then touched my black Zig to the wet card, and it kinda just went where it wanted to. At some point, it was going too light and grey for me, so I added more black, then more black…..so the card ended up quite dark.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, black onyx again, heat embossed.

So it sat there on my desk, whilst I played with some other projects…and sat there….and sat there…. I did think of adding some white splatters, or some shiny splatters, but I didn’t want the splatters on my flowers.

Lo and behold – my white gel pen shouted to me. I am sure it just jumped out of my little desk tidy and said ‘use me..‘. (I am sure it did.) 🙂

So, I added a few dots around the flowers, in triangles of three dots, then couldn’t stop…I kept adding until I had covered the entire black background. I am liking the effect it gives, I don’t know if there is a name for it, but I like it.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Give a Crafter a Cookiephoto inspiration

Moving Along With The TimesAutumn/Fall colors or images

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas Reindeer

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Hi there. I have finally found time to play with my Mama Elephant ‘Little Reindeer Agenda’. Finally! I bought this set and the Santa set a few weeks ago from Seven Hills Crafts, and just haven’t been in the mood to play with them. Today, that changed. No idea why, but it means I have a couple of cards to share with you.

I stamped eight of the little reindeer in black Versafine, and coloured them with my Zigs. I added some shading to the reindeer, even though they are very small, but used a flesh colour, and a light tan colour – just a little dimension. I used the matching dies to cut them out and then tried to decide the lay-out.

That problem was solved by the current challenge from AAA Cards. The sketch they have – I thought – was ideal for a lay-out using all my reindeer. I then decided not to put them straight, but the put them a little ‘wonky’, which could mean movement, but it actually means you don’t have to line things up perfectly. 🙂

One sentiment is from the Little Santa Agenda set, and the other sentiment is from Avery Elle ‘Brring on the Joy’ – a set with penguins I may use very soon – now I’m feeling I need to make some more Christmas cards.

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I covered the reindeer with my glitter pen, and added some Nuvo Drops to noses – they are all Rudolph (artistic license), and another three drops for some added colour. Can you see the little ‘personal’ touch on the second card? The larger drop wasn’t quite dried when I stood the card up to photograph it, and it started to droop just as I took the photo……slightly less than round now…….

 

I will be entering the following challenges:

AAA Cardssketch

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ anything Christmas

Crimbo CrackersReindeer

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Winter Wonderland Challengeanything goes Christmas

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a creature/critter

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas 

 

Multi-coloured Iris

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Hello again everyone. I have stayed away from Christmas cards for a little while, and had a play with this stamp from Altenew. I love Iris’. The colours are unbelievable, especially when I had an internet search for all the colours possible with this flower. There are some amazing colours out there…..as I was searching, I came across an Iris which was purple, yet had yellow petals underneath, then bits of orange – all perfect for the current challenge from Color Throwdown.

I stamped my flowers in Versafine black onyx, then again with Ranger Perfect Medium and heat embossed with clear. I then selected appropriate colours from my Zigs. I wasn’t intending to do shading, but those yellow and orange petals just called out for a little playing.

I kept the card quite simple, and I may make more in the same colours, but also try some different colours – there are lots of deep purple/blue/cobalt flowers on the internet, so I may use those colours next.

As well as the Color Throwdown, what should be the photo inspiration for Stamping Sensations current challenge? Can you guess? Check it out – an Iris……well then…..that’s a twofer! Now for the three-fer – the September Altenew challenge is a jug of flowers, lots of purple and pink and green…….there we go. 🙂

Challenges entered:

Color Throwdownpurple, orange, yellow, green

Stamping Sensationsphoto and colours

Altenew September challengePhoto Inspiration