Saturday 30 May 2020

Merry Christmas wreath

Thanks for popping in and hopefully you're well and keeping busy with some card making or craft....  I'm seeing a lot more finding time to try something new or pick up an interest from ages ago.

I have another Christmas card to add to my stash today... a quick and easy one.
Stamped and silver embossed my wreath image and watercoloured it with Twinkling H2Os, then added a touch of Crystal Drops.  Die cut the panel and used a bright matching PP for the background.  To finish I added a die cut sentiment.

I am playing along with Rudolph Days May challenge and have another card for the
Christmas Kickstart challenge #31  -- Wreathed in Christmas Smiles where you still have a few days to join in,
Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---   have a Happy Day and stay safe.


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Creative Stamping - Merry & Bright Christmas
Dies: Poppy Craft - Christmas sentiment, Poppy Craft - double stitched square nesting dies
Inks: Versamark
Other:  Silver embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops

Sunday 24 May 2020

Heat embossing resist

How was your weekend??
Well it felt like a lazy Sunday here... but in actual fact I got four loads of washing done and dried..  because yesterday's drizzly cold weather has turned into a sunny Autumn day... bit cool but breezy for the I'm a happy person getting some crafty time too.  

 I was every bit inspired by this inspirational photo over at Just Add Ink #506 challenge --  great the colours - a lovely combination I would not think to use.

I started stamping the white flowers with Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder.  Next to get aubergine colour I mixed two shades of Distress Oxide ink on a small flower stamp and one by one I stamped and heat embossed with clear EP.  Then with a sponge I blended over Crushed Olive Distress Ink - and wiped away the excess when dry with a baby wipe.  I used blue DI to sponge in the bottom of the panel..
I die cut two vase in navy and purple card and used an embossing pen and clean EP to add dimension to the jars...and to finish stamped on the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by my blog  ----    have a Happy Day and stay safe

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Darcie's Heart & Home - sentiment stamp
Dies: Build-a-Bouquet - vases
Inks:  Versafine - black, Versamark, Distress Inks - Crushed olive,  Distress Oxides - Wilted violet, Seedless preserves, Storm sky
Other:  White embossing powder, clear embossing powder 

Saturday 23 May 2020

Stencilled butterfly

Hello and hope you're enjoying a spot of nice weather...
here we've had to dig out the warm clothes as the temp drops to the low teens (low 50sF) -
that's quite cold for us and we've shut the windows too and we don't heating to warm up the house..
so that's nice weather to do some crocheting..
here are my two latest squares for the Moogly event.

Now here is my card for the CAS Stencil challenge this month - Layered Stencilling

Not sure this makes a CAS card.. but I did have fun layering  a couple of stencils..
The big butterfly stencil was first attached to white card and blended over with Hickory smoke Distress Oxide.. then I searched out a flourish stencil to add some swirls to the wings. I positioned this stencil under the butterfly one so I wouldn't get ink outside the image... I used red and green inks and flipped the stencil to do the second wing and the colours have really softened since.

It was a bit tricky then to make a card with this large image, so I just framed it with lime green card and a slash of red to pull it all together.

Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---  have a Happy Day and stay safe.

Card Recipe 
Inks: Distress Oxides - Hickory Smoke, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron
Other:  Visible Image - Butterfly, Kaisercraft - Swirl flourish

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Two cards featuring Flowers

The monthly theme at
Twofer Card Challenge #27 - is FLOWERS
and right now we could all do with a bunch of flowers to brighten our days....
and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use my favourite stamp

For my first card I inked the stamp with Festive berries Distress Ink and using the Misti stamped the image, a couple of times to get a good coverage.  I used coloured pencils to add depth and details and shading to the background (did you ever used blotting paper - as a student, to scribble colour onto and then lightly blend colour over the background).  To finish I die cut a square frame and attached these to a square red card, then added the stamped and white emboss sentiment on a strip of black card.

For the second card I stamped the image in the Misti with Antique linen Distress Ink and  then gave the flowers a light wash using Twinkling H2Os.  Then with the pencils I added depth and details.  I wasn't happy with the layout so I trimmed the panel and fussy cut the one flower. I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment on the panel then chose a lavender blue card layer to frame it onto a soft purple background and arranged the cut flower in the corner.

I am playing along with Twofer Card challenge #27 - Flowers   ....   The Flower Challenge #44  - Monochrome with my red card    .....   AND  ....   The Rainbow Card challenge for May - Vivaciously Violet with my purple card.
Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---   have a Happy Day and stay safe
Card Recipe - Red card
Stamps:Penny Black - Spontaneous Joy, Happy Little Stampers - Dandelion wishes (sentiment)
Dies: Poppy Craft - stitched square nesting dies, 
Inks: Versamark,  Distress Inks - Festive berries
Other:  white embossing powder, coloured pencils

Card Recipe  - Purple card
Stamps: Penny Black - Spontaneous Joy, Papercraft Essentials mag - Meadow Flowers (sentiment)
Inks:  Versamark, Distress Inks - Antique linen
Other:  silver  embossing powder, coloured pencils, Twinkling H2Os

With Love

Hi and thanks for popping in, 
I do hope all is well at your place
and that you find something to smile about today.

My friend Ros has been sharing her wonderful hand painted cards recently,
and she has inspired me to have a dabble.....

I used Distress Inks and stamped and embossed the sentiment.  I was very happy to find matching metallic card to frame the die cut panel.

I know my mum will love it....
Thanks for stopping by my blog   ....   have a Happy Day and stay safe.

Monday 18 May 2020

Have a Beautiful Day

Enjoying a much cooler, overcast day today with even a light shower which is nice, so hoping it's a lovely day wherever you are in this crazy world....

Saturday I was checking out a few blogs and stopped by my friend Loll's blog where she was sharing her gesso resist card and the next thing you know I'm searching for the gesso and off I go - forgot to even leave her a comment....

I did a few experiments stamping with the gesso and then blending Distress Oxide over the dry gesso... here I used Squeezed lemonade and Twisted citron... then I trimmed the panel, layered it with a white border and larger lime green frame.  I die cut the dandelion and some grass - attached them in place and finished with a stamped sentiment (using the Citron DO) and clear embossed it.
CAS Mix Up elements - gesso resist, ink blending, die cuts, heat embossing, stamping

The second attempt, well it didn't really work at all - the stamping got completely lost... but on reading Cathy's post I was determined to not bin it, then I also decided to not make any new elements and found all these in my stash...

Snippets Playground BadgePic of the dry stamped gesso and using a baby wipe to removed the DO ink from the geesso

Crazy bird already coloured but missing a foot, flower - coloured and fussy cut, two colourful sprigs, some black die cut leafy swirls, a black die cut circle and to finish the sentiment already die cut too.... whopppie - a fun card for a change.

I am playing along with CAS Mix Up May challenge - Gesso Resist  ....    AND    .....   Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge #378.
Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---    have a Happy Day and stay safe.

Card 1 Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Morocco texture, Cardmaking & Papercraft mag - All Seasons Wreath (sentiment)
Dies: Marianne design - dandelion, Sizzix - wildflower stems
Inks: Distress Oxides - Squeezed lemonade, Twisted Citron, Versamark
Other: clear embossing powder, gesso
Card 2 Recipe - those I can remember
Stamps: Tim Holtz - crazy birds, Polkadoodles - summertime (flower), Jillibean - Jar goodness (sentiment)
Dies: Jillibean - Jar goodness, Sizzix - Funky floral, Spellbinder - nesting circles, 
Inks: Distress Oxide - Peacock feathers, Versafine - black
Other: gesso

Merry Christmas

A little reminder to join in over at
Christmas Kickstart challenge #31
theme - Wreathed in Christmas Smiles
Jo and I have been smiling lots at the lovely cards playing along this month, so even if you don't have a stamp or die you can create you own... just like it did with this card

I have a few photos of the process of creating a wreath from small stamps... I used those pine sprigs and sentiment from one set and the starry circle from the other.  Used a die to light draw a circle on my white card panel.

Stamped the sprigs using dark green ink  around the circle and filled in some spaces with lighter green ink

Next I used a brush to lightly watercolour the sprigs

I inked and stamped the circle of stars in red... they were a bit dull so I lightly spritzed with water.

Lastly I stamped and white embossed the sentiment on red card, decided on the red card and green layer and to add some dimension - using Nuvo clear crystal drops to all the red spots, then assembled the card using some foam tape under the sentiment strip.

Close up..

BUT Wait there's more.... I was really on a roll with my wreath ideas and so I have another to share made with die cuts which I'm also sharing with CAS Christmas May challenge - Winter Berries.

I die cut the holly and berries four times and used Twinkling H2Os to watercolour them... so they are really shiny.  Die cut a double stitched square frame and embossed white card background with hearts.  Then assembled all the elements on a square white card and finished with a stamped sentiment strip.

Jo and I would love to see some more Christmas wreaths, hope you can join in over at Christmas Kickstart.
Thanks for stopping by my blog ...   have a Happy Day and stay safe

Card 1 Recipe 
Stamps: Cardmaking  & Papercraft - All Seasons Wreath and Clear Impressions - Classic Christmas
Inks: Distress Oxides - Peeled paint, Bundled sage, Mowed lawn, Candied apple, Versamark
Other:  white embossing powder, Nuvo clear crystal drops
Card 2 Recipe
Stamps:  sentiment Unknown
Dies:  Love Cardmaking magazine - Festive Wishes,  Poppy Craft - double stitched nesting squares
Inks: Versafine - black
Other:  Twinkling H2Os, Cuttlebug - hearts embossing folder