Friday, 23 March 2018

Rabbit, Rabbit

I used the CC cdrom version of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady for these cards. The image has a vintage look to it. I started with the topper and then tiled it in various ways, layering them up in MCS and printing out as a single one layer. I then added a tattered lace die as a backing and ribbon for the first one. The second one I misjudged the colour and when it printed out it was not as I had expected - however a happy accident as this cardstock seems to be perfect for it. On this one I added a Joanna Sheen daffodil free with her latest magazine.

The greeting I added using MCS.

As I used a cd rom to make these cards I'm entering the Rabbit, Rabbit theme on CD Sunday challenge - maybe I took that a little too literally lol! I'm also entering the Shop your Stash challenge for Easter makes.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge- Holly

I used a Sheena Douglass stamp set for this card. First embossing with white powder and then applying lucky clover oxide ink and silver gilding wax. I then used CE red pva glue for the berries.

I'm entering into the new CAS Christmas Card challenge for Holly.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Garden CAS Watercolour challenge

I've created this card for the CAS Watercolour challenge which this time is for "Garden". It's a little busy and I'm not sure it fits CAS but as the challenge specified it wanted to see more than a flower I went with this Sheena Douglass stamp set.

I used sparkle pens to paint the stamp and then sprayed with water to stamp, this mean that I ddin't have to colour this image as such, although I did add a little more colour to the fence and wheel. I cut the image out with a Spellbinder die and inked the edges. 

I stamped the bottom sentiment in Archival Watering Can ink rather than the black I used on the image.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Space/Science at The Male Room

I'm loving playing with alcohol inks at the moment and I don't think it's going to end any time soon! I'm experimenting with controlling the ink and for this piece I wanted the effect of a galaxy. I dropped the inks onto Yupo and then manipulated with alcohol blending solution and a felt pad to create the swirl and marbled effect. I then added dots of white ink with a pen.

The sentiment I have embossed onto heat resistant acetate. It's a sentiment I got in a set in a private sale for £1! I thought the sentiment went with the image.

I'm entering this into the Space/Science challenge at The Male Room. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Inspired by The Hobbit

I've found a challenge new to me "The Library Challenge" - I'm so excited about this as I love books (I'm also a book blogger if you didn't know

The book for the current challenge is The Hobbit and I chose to be inspired by the cover for my card.

I recently got a pre loved stamp of Japan featuring Mount Fuji, I masked off the word Japan and just used the mount as a repeat. I used a Stampscapes stamp for the path and framed it with a Memory Box die. The sentiment stamp is from Happy Stampers.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More - Feature a Creature

Our current challenge at Penny Black & More is to "Feature a Creature", if you haven't played along yet we would love to see you or you are welcome to enter up to three times and as always we have some amazing prizes on offer.

For my DT card I've used "Picked for you!" 2067F. I stamped in Clair versafine ink and added some detail with distress crayons and a little water. The flowers I embellished with liquid pearls in white and rose gold.

I used these super new stitched dies from Gummiapan to frame the image. Then I cut a frame from one of PB paper pads to place around the outside.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Twofer Card Challenge

This is my entry for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge of Blossoms. I actually had all the elements cut out and ready to go, and this is the reason why.......

I saw a post on Di from Snippet's playground blog and followed the link to Youtube - whilst there a video by Jennifer McGuire caught my eye for a technique to quickly stamp layered stamps. Well she is just so upbeat about everything she does and I wanted to try it too. I thought well I don't have a stamp set with lots of layers but I do have some stamps and dies that co-ordinate, I wonder if I can use the technique to quicken up making those.

So I cut my template with the dies, put it in my MISTI and then linked up the stamps over the die cuts and yes it was much quicker. Then I had all these flowers and leaves. Why did I do that I thought? I don't batch make cards!

There they sat this past week until I saw Darnell's challenge - and all of a sudden the purpose of what I had achieved was realised in these two cards!

This die and stamp set cost me an arm and a leg from the USA, and that was before the current bad exchange rate! So, I felt like they needed another outing. The sentiments are from a Paper Smooches set I won in the Snippets Playground some time ago and I love the quirky type face. Although I do feel the "get well" seems a little bit like an instruction without the "soon"!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

In the wild - CD Sunday

 I've used Pollyanna Pickering's British Wildlife cdrom for the current CD Sunday challenge of " In the Wild".

I imposed the image with a border onto the background paper in MCS - it was realistic when I printed it out that at one point I tried to move it lol! . I then used my go press foil to add the sentiment. I added a black border with a sharpie and mounted onto the card.

Here is a close up of the foiling.

Finishing touch are dies and stamps from Creative Expressions. I do love those little squirrels which are cut with a very tiny die.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes

I wasn't sure what to do for the Allsorts challenge this week of Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes when I remembered this Graphic 45 pad for The Wizard of Oz. I love working with G45 and so it all came together very easily.

I used my go press foil machine to make the sentiment. I like the way that you can still see the paper design through the wording - when it catches the light it looks like this below.

I just added a little gilding wax here and there. I thought it needed a finishing touch so I cut out a pair of ruby slippers to go at the bottom.

Thanks for looking and if anyone remembers my Art Deco purse I made. 

My MIL loved it and apparently she used to wear her hat like that, so no confusion over one eye after all!

Monday, 12 March 2018

SOS ~344 National Dress Day

Sorry to have two posts in one day but the Shop your Stash Challenge ends soon. I don't think I've ever played before, but when I saw the theme was National Dress Day I knew I had to enter, in fact I could have entered hundreds of times, I have more dresses on stamps than I do in my wardrobe LOL!

This is a Marilyn stamp which I also have two others of at least, of her in various dresses. The sentiment comes from another stamp set and I thought it went with the image. I'm also trying to use neglected dies, so here are a couple used to frame the image.

The Big Apple

This card has been inspired by the current CAS mix up challenge and this is my entry. Although there is a lot going on the over all look I hope remains CAS.

After my success with a shaker card the other day, I wanted to do another one! I also thought the black and silver sequins went with the theme of this card. 

I began by stamping a cityscape stamp from The Ton onto the acetate. I have wanted this stamp set and another one for ages, but the shipping to the UK was as much as the stamps ouch! I was having a look on ebay and couldn't believe my luck when someone was selling the sets and unused too - bargain!

I then constructed the card with foam - which is in my tutorial here. I have a non crafting friend who gave me the background paper of apples, I have no idea where she got it from (there is also tomatoes!) but I thought it fitted perfectly with my scene. 

Finishing touches are the diecuts from Tonic and some sequins. The sentiment is by Gummiapan from Swedish House Crafts.

I'm also entering this into this month's Craft Stamper Magazine challenge for "anything goes".

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Recycle at The Male Room challenge

The challenge over at The Male Room is "recycle". I've done two bits of recycling with this card. The first is the coffee cup holder which is cut from a brown envelope that came with some jewellery. The background brown diamond shape is also recycled from some packaging that was wrapped around drinking glasses.

I then added a die cut from Gummiapan called Doodled die frame, and used three Gummiapan stamps:- Ink splats, happy birthday and collage numbers. I stamped the collage numbers in versafine sepia and archival watering can to give it a more subtle look. I love that happy birthday as you can stamp it on an angle and it looks like its handwritten. All the Gummiapan are available from Swedish House crafts.

The coffee cup and sentiment are from a SU set that I got at a retreat in 2014 - we did use the set at the retreat to create and were given a set to take away -this is the first time it's seen ink! You can't tell from the photo, but I did use glossy white card stock for the lid of the cup to give it that plastic look.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Mother's Day

You may have seen my post the other day where I have made an art deco purse for my MIL for Mother's Day. I decided to make a card in the same style to complement it.

I used the Maja Celebration 6x6 paper pad as the basis for my card from Swedish House Crafts, unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment and I can see why. I just love Maja papers - although they are so thick compared to others it feels wrong to call them paper!.

The Art Deco style dies and cocktail glass are by Tonic. The silver card I embossed using an A4 folder by Creative Expressions and this is the first time I have got around to using it!

I'm entering this card into the current Allsorts challenge which is "Ladies only".

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Flowery Postcard

When I saw this months challenge on Countryview Crafts blog was 6x4 postcards I thought I would join in as I don't think I've ever made a postcard before. I also decided to use my Spectrum Noir sparkle pens with the watercolour technique.

I used TH stamps and randonomly applied the sparkle pen to the rubber, lightly spritzed and stamped. Then added a little water to the image and drew the colour in. I added a postcard sentiment and a little free hand squiggling around the edges as I liked the look of it when one Corrie of the DT at the Countryview blog did the same.

I'm also entering this into the Anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Monday, 5 March 2018

LIM #366 - Monochrome

I'm playing with alcohol inks a lot at the moment, maybe it's because I got a smart new Tim Holtz tin to put them into!

When I saw the Less is More challenge was for monochrome I wondered if I could achieve this look with inks and for something a little different I used a grid stencil. That's how I achieved the more uniform look to the ink pools.

The bottom is where I went into another piece but I liked the way it looked so I kept it.

Definition: Monochrome - 
using only black, white, and grey or tones of one colour