Saturday 30 June 2018

Birthday Wishes

Started off my weekend nicely, with an early morning card - I've cased Wei Wei's lovely card over at Stamplorations 5th Birthday Celebrations....CASE the STAMPgirls.  I love the composition and colours.... so I stamped my image on a rectangle of card in grey and then again and embossed in white.  Then I used Distress Oxides to watercolour the image and fussy cut it out.  To finish I positioned the background panel and stamped my sentiment and the attached the pieces.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.


Friday 29 June 2018

Just Smile

I had planned my ATC and funnily enough it included a cat like others on the challenge at Happy Little Stampers ATC June challenge - SMILE... but I changed my mind when I saw this verse by Spike Milligan on FB this morning I just wanted to share it... so I printed it off and attached it to a background panel made with swiping glue across it and when dry adding Distress Inks (must experiment with this technique a bit more).  Then I stamped 'smile' in black and clear embossed it and then stamped 'just' above it.  I added so interest with some stamped foliage along the sides.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Butterfly kisses....

Today my card is for the Double 'D' challenge - Butterflies and also Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.  I used a background piece from my stash...Distress Inks on gloss card and then stamped on my sentiment.  I die cut my large butterfly and inked it with blue and black DIs and used Versamark and clear embossing powder to give it a real glossy finish. Then I inked up some card in purple and yellow and embossed that too and re-diecut the butterfly and used the negatives to fill in the wings.  To finish I die cut some mini butterflies from the leftover background and framed my panel with dark aqua card.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day


Simon Says: Anything Goes

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Happy BIrthday

 Last Friday Elaine posted some gorgeous cards for the 5th Birthday celebrations at Stamplorations where they're asking us to case some of the cards the design team are sharing... I just love Elaine's card (below) and have created this card using one of the Bloomtangle dies.
First I cut the die in white card and then used the die with my tan mat to achieve an embossed panel which I watercoloured with Distress Inks... the raised impression was used as a guide on where to colour.  Then I glued the die cut in place over the coloured panel and onto a white card.

To finish I stamped my sentiment and rough cut around it and the to give it a lift I rough cut around this with orange card.  I attached the sentiment with foam tape.
I am also playing along at Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Bright and Cheerful.   Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Simon Says: Bright And Cheerful

Monday 25 June 2018

Enjoy the Ride...

Today I have made a male birthday card and am posting to three challenges --- Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes challenge,  Simon Says Monday challenge - Transport It, and Watercooler Wednesday WWC155 - Marsha's Masculine 'Anything Goes' challenge.
I scrounged through my stamped images stash and found this cool motorbike, so I coloured it with metallic gel pens in blue and silver and a little bit of grey marker, then I roughly cut it out.  The background paper came with a magazine with a map and scene, just perfect to go with the bike. I framed the panel in black onto a blue card.  To finish I stamped my sentiments on scrap and edged with black ink and attached them with foam tape as well and the motorbike.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Simon Says: Transport It

Sunday 24 June 2018

Two Tree cards

At last I have my two 'Tree' cards for the Twofer Card Challenge #6 - Trees.   I have so ummd and arrrd about which tree to use and somewhere out of the blue this morning I thought of just making a little scene with one tree and then while making that card the idea came to make a card using my tree to depict the four seasons.

I used Distress Inks to watercolour my little lake scene before stamping on my tree and sponging in the foliage.... I wanted a soft peaceful scene to go with my 'thinking of you' sentiment which I stamped and embossed on a green back panel to frame my little scene.

For my second card I used a postage stamp die to cut four units and then decided to raise my frames so cut an extra two for each frame and glued these together.  I used the center piece to stamp my tree image and then masked and sponged in my four seasons colours.  The tricky part was lining up and attaching my four finished stamps.  Lastly I stamped and embossed my sentiment.
I am also using this card for the Just Add Ink challenge #414 - Add a Window/Frame.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

Merry Christmas

I love creating scenes with my stamping, so I've used trees, a village and Santa sleigh stamps for the Muse: Christmas Vision - MCV102 challenge.  Cornelia's striking city skyline card - inspired me to include a night sky and moon with silhouette Santa and sleigh and my cluster of buildings.  I used a circle mask to sponge my moon, then stamped my trees and buildings using a tree mask. Then sponged in my night sky and stamped on my Santa sleigh.  To finish I lightly inked my tree stamp and added shadows, also some to the buildings and then stamped my sentiment.... whoops - got the edge of my stamp and so ended up adding to the underline.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.

Saturday 23 June 2018


My friendly owl sitting on his branch in the moonlight is a combination of die cut pieces - ovals, hearts, circles and a scalloped border, cut with my trusty Cuttlebug.  Also a die cut branch for his perch.

First I sponged my yellow moon and then used a die cut circle to mask it - I used Distress Inks - then used three shades of blue to blend the night sky around my full moon, and stamped on my sentiment.  Then I added a orange layer to frame the panel on a blue card.  I am playing along with The Card Concept challenge #95 - Owl Cherish our Friendship and Shopping Our Stash #359 challenge - She's a Craftin' Machine.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

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Monday 18 June 2018

.....every Birthday a Treasure

Here's another of my shimmery Twinkling H2O water wash backgrounds - I just painted in a little hint of land/trees and then stamped, fussy cut and painted my yacht and positioned it with foam tape.  The scene needed a frame and then after stamping my sentiment, cut it in half and thought it needed a couple of stamped, fussy cut and coloured shells.  I am playing along with CAS Watercolour June challenge - Ocean, and also with Seize the Birthday - Beachy Birthday. 
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day


Sunday 17 June 2018

Happy Birthday

When I saw Shirley's Kookaburra card on Friday I just knew I had to join in the 5th Birthday celebrations at Stamplorations  CASE the STAMPgirls.  I love kookas and lucky to have this stamp and Shirley's colours and background inspired me.   I used two different stencils on my background panel -- sponged Versamark through the stencils and use clear embossing powder and heat set it.  Then I spritzed with Magical Micas Mists in two browns and blue and dried that off before touching up the blank spaces with sponged Distress Inks.  I stamped my Kooka, fussy cut him and water coloured him with DI. Lastly I stamped my sentiment and on a small strip and sponged the edge, along with the edge of the panel.  I am also playing along at Southern Girls June challenge - Team Lou - Anything Goes.   Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

Southern Girls Challenge