Saturday 29 September 2018

Birthday Wishes

Spicey colours with a hint of green is what I've used for my card for the ''Bring on the (pumpkin) spice" theme at Power Poppy's Creative Confetti challenge.  Stamped my image with brown ink and used my coloured pencils to colour the image.  The I die cut the panel with a stitched rounded rectangle die and added a strip of green ribbon to my pumpkin coloured background before using foam tape to attach my image panel.  To finish I die cut a small panel and stamped and clear embossed my sentiment.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.


This week I added this new wreath stamp to my Christmas collection.. so I've had a play with it making a couple of card.  Used Distress Inks to ink the stamp and very light water mist before stamping onto white card.  I added some red marker berries and then after adhering the glittery red die cut sentiment I decided to add a few more glittery berries.  To finish I framed the panel in green onto a red square card.  I am playing along with Rudolph Days challenge - Anything Goes and Addicted to Stamps challenge - Christmas Comes Early.
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September Rudolph Days Challenge

Tuesday 25 September 2018

It's Your Birthday....

Oh I do struggle with masculine cards... and that's one reason to join in with the challenge at The Male Room #94 - theme is Geometric..... I changed the images for this background a heap of times and finally decided this jumping fish would do...he's stamped and embossed with clear EP and coloured with markers.  The background panel was made brayering ink onto an embossing folder and then using the brayer on the top of the EF onto cardstock.  Then I stamped on my 'splash' and lighted misted with water it ran as I've used watercolour paper, so I waited for it to dry and then re-stamped it with darker ink.  To finish I used a blue card and stamped on my sentiments.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.

Monday 24 September 2018

Enjoy the little things..

I do so love trees - we have two huge shady mango trees in our backyard, and I just had to make another 'Tree' card for the CAS Watercolour September challenge.   I mixed my Distress Inks again with the Oxides... swiping a stripe of three shades of green on my work mat, lightly misting and plonked on the bottom half of my panel.  Then when it was dry I did the same with three shades of blue for the sky...I rapt with the sky probably couldn't do it again if I tried (it's nicer in real life).  Then I inked my stamp image in tree colours and with the help of the Misti and a few layers my girls have a great tree  for a swing... just like out the back in the mango tree.  To finish I trimmed the panel, framed it with blue onto an off white card and then stamped on my sentiment.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Joy from our home to yours

Well I really shouldn't have but there was this new wreath stamp at the craft shop this morning.... oh, it came home with me.... and I've had a play around, it's a bit tricky and I've ended up using Distress Ink and Distress Oxide and markers on it... bit fussy to pick out the red berries so they got coloured over with markers.  To finish I die cut 'Joy' from shiny red card and stamped an extra bit of sentiment.  You might notice the top and bottom of the front panel is 'stitched' - well I often use a square die to cut a rectangle and it didn't work today so off came the edges.  I am playing along with CAS Christmas September challenge - Wreath.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy for day

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.
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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.