Monday, 21 January 2019

Happy Birthday

Just a little time left for my to join in with challenge #106 at The Card Concept - Pink Party.
Love the crisp contrast of the white, pink, black and gold on the inspirational photo... so I included these on my card.
I stamped my vase of flowers with grey ink, water coloured them with DO and roughly cut them out.  Then on my front white panel I sponged black ink through part of a dotty stencil across the bottom and stamped and gold embossed my sentiment. Lastly assembled the elements on a grey card.
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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Hello Sweet Friend

One of my New Years resolutions, was to try and use some of the background experiments I have in my stash and the last few days I am happy to say they have made it onto cards.  For this card I found a wax resist background with colours along the lines of the photo prompt at Fusion Card challenge where they are celebrating their 5th Anniversary - congratulations ladies.
I trimmed the panel to size to fit with the layout sketch and used DO to colour up a square (after I had stamped and white embossed my butterfly) and also a pink circle - on which I stamped my sentiment. Then to finish I attached all these two elements with foam tape and also a couple of die cut butterflies.
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Happy Birthday

From my 'old' stash I found this gate fold card with a floral heart stamped and embossed in silver - waiting, waiting, waiting to be used.  Finally I have used pastel coloured pencils to colour my image and simply added a die cut sentiment to finish, attaching the two piece different sides of the card.
I am playing along at Shopping Our Shash #386 - Hearts on Fire, and to the Colour Week #471 at Just Us Girls - Pastels.  
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Shopping Our Stash #386 - Hearts on Fire

Saturday, 19 January 2019


I used Tattered Rose Distress Oxide to sponge though my flourish stencil, to use as a background for my stamped bird image.  Stamped the image with grey ink and watercoloured with DO ink and fussy cut it.  To finish I stamped the sentiment in grey too and clear embossed, then mounted my panel to a pinkish brown card and used foam tape on my bird.  I am playing along at CAS Stencil January challenge - Sponging. 
I am also playing along at Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Clean and Simple
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Merry Christmas

This afternoon I have another Christmas for my stash.... I am playing along at CAS Christmas January challenge - Blue and Silver.
I stamped my ornaments in Versamark and silver embossed them. Then I restamped the large one on scrap and carefully cut it out leaving me a  window to overlay on my panel - sponged Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch for an ombre effect.  Then I drew  in some silver threads and stamped and silver embossed my sentiment.  To finish I ran the edge of the panel across the darker blue DO pad and attached to a white card.  Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it - happy Christmas card making.

Happy Birthday

Well who doesn't enjoy a red.... I certainly do and I love this stamp, it makes a great male card.  I stamped the image and used Distress Inks to watercolour it, then fussy cut it out.  Found this cool background DP and added a few glass rings  Then stamped my sentiment on a die cut stitched rectangle and used foam tape to add my elements.  I am playing along at The Male Room challenge #102 - Anything Goes, optional twist Beverages and Seize the Birthday #157 - Using the Toppings - Stamping Only. 
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Just for You

Love the colour combination of Pink and Grey - just what they'd like over at The Flower Challenge #28 this month.  So I stamped my image in grey ink and used pencils to softly colour the image, next I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I found this lovely grey and silver DP in my stash as my background.  To finish I stamped and silver embossed my sentiment on a die cut stitched rectangle and pencil coloured a strip of paper the same pink and attached that to my card with the sentiment label.
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Thinking of You

I'm back with a reminder to join in the new CAS Stencil challenge
- the January technique is Sponging.
and the challenge closes 24 January......
need some inspiration, then pop over to the CAS Stencil blog and check out the awesome cards the design team have created - go and visit their blogs too and read how they made them.

Believe me it's a challenge too for the DT and so I decided for this inspiration to go with something very simple and easy to create - just lightly sponged stripes as a background for a mini feature and sentiment - keeps it very CAS.
I only have a stencil with stripes 1 cm apart so I laid the stencil over the stripes already sponged, centered them and sponged another set making sure to fade out to irregular edges.
Next I stamped my rose, watercoloured it and fussy cut it out, and all I needed now was my stamped sentiment.
Mind you I got carried away sponging and stamping and made a few more cards......

A sigh of excitement - my first month with this new CAS Stencil challenge and the nerves are settling - I want to thank Loll for inviting me to join this amazing group of talented ladies and looking forward to experimenting and showcasing Stencils which are a relatively new thing for me - come along and join us - share your CAS creations and have some fun.
Well I was having so much fun, I have since made two more with the striped stenciled background....

Friday, 18 January 2019

Two Cards featuring Birds

Back again this year with Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #12, the theme is Birds.... I have quite a few bird stamps so this was just a matter of selecting one.... I chose these cute birds and got busy stamping up a number of them, then fussy cutting them out....then I went scrounging in my backgrounds stash...

For my first card I found this soft smooched background - loved the colours then decided on the sentiment and two of the birds which I sponged with Distress Oxides. To finish I layered the panel on matching card as a frame onto a white card.

With my second card I found this second press stencil background and stamped my sentiment on card scrap, trimmed and sponged the edges. Then sponged one of my little birds and attached him and the sentiment with foam tape. To finish I chose matching card and used it to frame my panel.

 And then I had more birds leftover.... so of course I made a "Threefer'' card, using another background from my stash and attached it to a red card.  I sponged all my birds in different colours (DO) and found an appropriate sentiment that I stamped in a speech bubble and decided to add a birthday sentiment too. To finish I arranged the birds, used foam tape to attach a couple so I could group them.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Merry Christmas

I have been having a lot of fun this month with the Bokeh technique... and today I have another card for the CAS Mix Up January challenge.  I went really bold for my Christmas card - using three shades of red Distress Oxide ink to sponge in my background for an ombre effect.  Then using various sized die cut circles as a stencil, I sponged white, dark red and Versamark over-sponged with Brilliant Gold Pearl Ex powdered pigment.  I stamped and gold embossed my sentiment, trimmed my panel and mounted it to white card edged with gold EP, then attached to a white card.  I am also playing along with Happy Little Stampers Christmas January challenge - Anything Goes, and Addicted to Stamps and More #324 - Clean and Simple.
Elements: Bokeh technique, stamping, sponging, stencils, heat embossing, ombre effect
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ps    I am also going to share this at CAS Stencil January challenge -- Sponging.