Monday, 24 September 2018

Happy BIrthday

Here today I have a male card for the Watercooler Wednesday WWC 188 - Helen's Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge  --- mostly because I chose to use blues and greens not pretty colours for my Distress Ink background...and the stencil design led me to think of gears... so out came some wooden elements that I coloured with ink and clear embossed. The sentiment stamp has a distressed finish when inked but looked a bit lost so I roughly cut around it and gave it a green layer and attached with foam tape.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Two cards featuring Leaves

This month for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #9 the theme is Leaves.   So I selected one leaf from a set and used this to make my two cards.
 My first card features the leaf randomly stamped in different colour of Distress Ink over a white background panel.    Then I stamped two separately and fussy cut them.  To finish I attached a coloured band across the card and stamped on my sentiment.

 My second card is a more clean and simple design.  I chose to stamp the leaf in different green pigment inks and clear them before I fussy cut them out.  I used a plain cream card and arranged the leaves along one edge and to finish stamp on my sentiment.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day

Handmade with Love

For my Vintage themed ATC for Happy Little Stampers September ATC challenge I chose a 'sewing ' theme.  I stamped and fussy cut my sewing machine and thread spool card.  I wound brown cotton thread to the spool and lightly coloured the machine.  I stamped the tape measure along one side of the base panel and attached some lacey designer paper to the other and stamped some stitching lines along it too. Then to finish I stamped my sentiment on lined paper cut it out and attached it with the other elements and a row of rickrack braid and three mini buttons.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

Have a tree-mendous Christmas

While looking through my stash of Christmas elements I found this Christmas tree... die cut from a watercoloured piece ... smooched Distress Ink in greens and yellow and then I'd stamped over this a flourish and gold embossed it. For the background panel I used a snowflake embossing folder and then flicked yellow metallic Twinkling H2Os over it for some extra sparkle.  I inked my sentiment with  a Kaleidacolor pad in yellows and greens and roughly cut around it. To finish I added my elements to a green card and topped my tree with a shiny gold die cut star.  I am playing along with CAS Watercolour September challenge - Tree and also at Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge - Optional Twist - Tree and Addicted to Stamps challenge #166 - Christmas Comes Early.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

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With Love

Finished off a few WIPs these last couple of days and now with some quiet time I'm able to get them posted.  First I have a card for the CAS Mix Up September challenge - Ink Stamps with Markers.
I used my very old and depleted Tombow markers to colour my outline rose stamp... three shades of red for the flower and two for the leaves.... very lightly misted with water before stamping onto the white card. Then I scribbled the markers onto a plastic worksheet and used a damp brush to pick up the colours and 'roughly' paint the image.  Then I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the image panel, backed it with a metallic rose coloured paper and also used this to die cut my sentiment.  To finish I dry embossed the background panel for some texture.  I used Markers, die cuts, embossing folders, water colouring and stamping on my card.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Tomorrow I'm off for a few days R&R with hubby in the caravan so I'm happy to have finished off this card for the AAA Cards CAS Game #123 - a sketch.  I inked my sunflower stamp with Distress Inks and embossed it with clear EP. ... I added a little extra colour to the center and some shadows.  Next I cut a large circle with a stitched die in tan card - so my white space in tan brown and cut that down to fit my sunny yellow card.  To finish I stamped and die cut my sentiment and attached with foam tape. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.

Thinking of You

The challenge this week at Power Poppy Creative Confetti - Design in the Dark, is to create a card on a dark background.
That's always a challenge for me but I have enjoy trying out something different - I used Distress Oxides and cotton tips to colour my image which I stamped on dark grey paper.... I was quite surprised with the result and next time I'm going to use Distress Inks to see if I can achieve a more vibrant colour.  After I'd finished colouring I spritzed lightly with water and it came up nice and bright (see bottom pic) but since then the colours have softened.  I finished the card with a stamped sentiment and framed the panel in black on a red card.  I am also playing along with Watercooler Wednesday WW187 - Kath's "All About Occasions" challenge.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Wishing you a Holly Jolly Christmas

Christmas wreaths are the theme for this months CAS Christmas challenge... so I put my mojo into gear today and have made this card.   First I dry embossed a large white card with a holly EF.  I used a holly sprig die to cut four branches from dark green metallic paper and formed them into a ring...then die cut some different sized red glittery berries....tricky part was getting to all stay in place while I glued them down.  I cut a square white card to attach my panel and to finish stamped my sentiment and framed it with red card and used foam tape to hold it in position.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.