Wednesday 31 July 2019


Last card for the month made up with bits of unfinished ideas.... This is a die cut hibiscus and I'm at odds how to colour it... cut from white card I tackled it with sponged DO inks - how awful ---- so it's been waiting. Today I tried adding some interest with coloured pencils - oh well never mind... I used it anyway on a splattered background panel and finished with a stamped sentiment.
I am playing along with Pixie's Snippets Playground  challenge  #357.  Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it - happy card making using up your snippets!

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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Wishing You a Joyous Christmas

Lucky there's 31 days in July, enough time for me to make a quick card for the Rudolph Days challenge.  I inked my holly stamp with red and green Distress Ink, stamped it onto white card and used the same ink to give water wash colour to the image.  Then I stamped the sentiment (a little higher than I wanted - both stamps are wood mounted) and then attached to a white card.
Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it - happy Christmas card making, always adding to the pile throughout the year.

July Rudolf Days Challenge

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Happy Birthday

Today I have use some pink and white checkered DP as background panel for my stamped image.  I used grey ink for the outline and DI to watercolour the flower then I fussy cut leaving a white margin.  I attached this with foam sheet and attached a pink ribbon to display the stamped sentiment. I am playing along with AAA Birthday Card challenge #3 - For the Girls and posting also to Stamplorations Theme and Sketch Summer challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes and Yes, Virginia's Show & Share.
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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Cherished Friend

Fussy cut and coloured my stamped flower with watercolour pencils. Die cut an oval opening in a white card front and backed this with blue DP which has some texture with glossy embossed flowers.  It was a bit stark so I used a rectangle  die to help cut a narrow border in matching blue card.
Slipped my image into the oval opening and attached my stamped sentiment with foam tape.  I am playing along with The Rainbow Challenge # 7 - Blue Breezes and also posting to Yes, Virginia's Show & Share event.
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Merry Christmas Tag

A Christmas Tag from me this morning.... inspired by the pic at Tag You're It! Challenge #92 - Christmas in July....didn't this month creep up on us rather fast this year or is it just because I'm getting a little older - I really did think a few years back that time would slow down for you as your aged  - NOPE!!!
So a bit of stamping on coloured card - basket, pine cones, spruce, and some die cut foliage mixed in with some Christmasy ribbon and red gems - a bit of fiddling while watching a show --- and my tag came together in no time - some DP for the background and two strips cut from the edges of DP. Decided to use a light green tag for back and finished off with a bow on top.
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Sunday 21 July 2019

Ho Ho Ho!!

Another couple of Christmas cards to add to my stash... created a 'Twofer' actually
First I die cut my HO HO HO from red card as this was the idea to use the panel as negative space, decided to add a Santa and sleigh in a silhouette across the bottom and backed the negative space with bright greens and red holy DP.  Attached this to a dark green card and glued in my 'O' centers.

Then I decided I'd use the die cut letter to make another card, so simply used the same DP, bordered with dark green onto a red card and then die cut 'merry christmas' sentiment and attached this with a fussy cut stamped and coloured sprig of holly.

 I am playing along with The Male Room challenge #115 - Christmas in July, Watercooler Wednesday WWC230 - Kath's Masculine "Anything Goes"challenge and Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - Use Negative Space.
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Joy of the Season

With this card I rescued the image and sentiment from a disastrous panel....tooo wet and it wrinkled up something chronic... so I decided to die cut them into circles, and sponged the edges with brown. Then I arranged these with some brown die cut pine sprigs  onto a light blue background panel..
I am playing along with Christmas Kickstart challenge #15 - Festive Things with Wings and also with Shopping Our Stash - challenge #400 ---- well done ladies, Christmas in July
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Friday 19 July 2019

Happy Birthday Wishes

Another card using Alcohol Ink Lift technique, on gold metallic card this time, using two shades of green AI. Then a wadded dry baby wipe with blending solution to removed the AI... and as you can see I dabbed too much and on the card you can see I'm back to the silver metallic underneath. The AI removal was pretty rough and so I decided to use the stencil to outline the 'flowers' with white gel pen.  I trimmed the panel to fit behind a stitched  die cut frame and then stamped and gold embossed my sentiment onto a white card.  To finish I added a die cut 'happy' and some die cut leaves... and added a flower which I created with the same stencil and green AIs on photographic paper then fussy cut around it.
I am playing along with CAS Stencil July challenge , and CAS Mix Up July challenge - using Alcohol Ink Lift technique, stamping, and die cuts.
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Sending You Sunshine, Laughter and Hugs

Well it's mid month already and time for a reminder to play along with the 
Alcohol Inks/ Alcohol Lift technique

So for my second card for this months challenge I am only using Alcohol Inks with my stencil (no lifting).  I used photographic paper and a wadded dry baby wipe to apply the yellow and orange Alcohol Inks to the flower stencil - it looks a bit streaky like real petals.  Then I fashioned a small shallow dish and added a few drops of blue AI and a few of Blending Solution and used a paint brush to paint in the background (repeated the mix a few times so the AI wouldn't evaporate too quickly)... I used the leftover and a few more drops of BS for a paler blue to reach into the center more. The photographic paper absorbs the AI quickly so the ink doesn't move about - hence the streaks.  I trimmed the panel and used foam sheet to mount it to a white card and and to finished stamped on my sentiment.

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it and do hope you will get a little bit inky and share your creations with the team at CAS Stencil..... happy card making

Thursday 18 July 2019

Two Garden Cards

Two cards... well actually three from me today for the "Garden" Twofer Card Challenge #18.  For these cards I use a very large wooden backed silhouette stamp... you know those ones that you're always worried that when you lift the stamp you'll find not all of the image is can see that in the third photo but this time I didn't mind as I had a plan

 For my first Garden card I sponged clouds with a stencil in Salty Ocean DO ink, then stamped the image in Antique Linen DI and using a paint brush watercoloured  over the stamping with Distress Inks....I lightly sponged SO ink over the flowers as it was too stark white.  I trimmed the panel and attached to a white card with my stamped sentiment which I fussy cut in the shape of a cloud.

My second card is a silhouette in black stamped over a DI smooched and sponged background - I touched up a few spots in black where the ink was a bit light - The panel was quite large so I cut it in half and trimmed it down, and framed it in bright peach onto a navy blue card and to finish stamped on my 'friend' sentiment.

So then I ended up making a "Threefer" as Darnell would say
Mounted this panel on black, then orange and onto a black card and finished off with a stamped sentiment on a background scrap.

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it and hope you can find time to join in the Twofer Card challenge fun...