Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Focus

I'm here today to share a card I made for Stamplorations CAS Cards Challenge.

Here's my card:

I used my favourite acrylic block watercolour technique to create the background - loving the unexpected colours revealed once water and blending takes effect.

As it was to be a CAS card I simply stamped a sentiment and a sketchy butterfly and added a trio of sequins.

I've recently been using Versafine onyx black for my stamping and I'm loving the amazing depth of colour it gives even at a single stamping. Wondering what your favourite ink is for outline and sentiment stamping?

Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things, Noteworthy 2
Inks: Adirondack, stonewashed; Memento, Summer sky; Ranger distress, blueprint sketch; Versafine, onyx black
Embellishments: sequins from my stash

And that's me done for today. Huge thanks for dropping by and keep crafting!

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Less is More want washi this week - well that got me hooked immediately.  I have a plethora of washi tape in my stash so it would be rude not to enter this challenge!
I used a favourite layout design and created this card:

A splatter of ink stamping and a hand cut butterfly was added to the strip of washi and this very easy and simple card was finished in a flash.

Stamps: Uniko, English Country Garden Butterflies, Simply Said Birthday;  SU, Touches of Texture
Ink: SU, smoky slate
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, gold, lemon
Washi from my enormous stash!

Thanks for taking a browse round my blog today, I really appreciate your time.  And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday Words

I always know Spring has definitely arrived when the frogs return to my garden pond and every year it's become a bit of a tradition to get out there and take numerous photos. So it seems only proper that they should feature as stars on a page in my yearly scrapbook album and when I saw the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy it was an instant match.

Apart from the obvious feature of stars I really love the overall simplicity of this sketch and the diagonal line from top right to bottom left. And all these elements feature on my page.

Once I'd chosen a background paper to reflect the water colour I then added three ink colours in that diagonal line directly from the pad to pick up on the pond weed colours.  I stamped some grungy splatters on top.

I die cut the largest star shape I have and some smaller ones too and then tucked a circular doily behind as I felt it needed more impact. Then I added some stamped word phrases and partial frames and a foam alpha title.

I finished off by adding a couple of Nuvo drop trios to further emphasize that diagonal.

Papers: All from my scrap stash
Alphas: AC Thickers, Dear Lizzy
Stamps: SU, Touches of Texture, So You
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar; Memento, cantaloupe, new sprout, pear tart
Dies: Xcut, star stack
Embellishments: Nuvo drops, dark walnut

So pleased you dropped by my blog today, I really appreciate you taking the time.  

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - #215

I'm here today to share my DT card for the new colour challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I don't know why but the idea of a dream catcher is just so appealing to me, so when I saw this new release from Reverse Confetti it sort of raced into my shopping cart!


I started my card by stamping the dream catcher and the matching sentiment and then did a bit of masking to ink up some stripes of colour for it all to hang from.

I then used stampin' write pens in the same colours to add deeper shades to the heart and feathers. I even found a piece of matching cardstock to use as a partial mat.

Stamps:Reverse Confetti, Boho Vibes
Inks: SU, so saffron, pacific point, old olive 

These colours look so gorgeous together, great choice by Patricia the CC&S March hostess. Want to see how the rest of the DT used them? Well follow this link to the main blog and be inspired!

Massive thanks winging your way, it's always a pleasure to have you visit my blog.  And keep crafting! 

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

AAA Cards #86 - Diecuts

Do you love die cuts? Me too! So today's new challenge at AAA Cards is going to be right up your street.

My card has two different types of die cuts - a go to background shape and a sentiment word. Check it out:

I knew I wanted the 'amazing' to take centre stage and really zing out, so I chose two clashing colours, cut it out twice and offset the top layer slightly.

I then die cut a frame to set it off and added a trio of hot pink enamel dots to make it even more eyecatching.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Bold Sentiemtns
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Cutplorations, amazing; MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Paper: Basic Grey, Lemonade
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, Love asst. 

And as I love using dies I just had to make another card, this time trying out the hidden word technique.

I stamped a line of red and black flowerheads using the masking technique to get them to overlap. I then die cut the 'awesome' several times from white cardstock and nestled it on top to partially camouflage it.

I added an offset stitched rectangle to just finish off my card. Then I had to decide which card to use as my main DT sample - so difficult to choose, kept changing my mind! Which one would you have gone for?

Stamps: Stamplorations, Seashell Cosmo, Bold Sentiments
Inks: SU, cherry cobbler; Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Cutplorations, awesome; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

OK all there is left for me to say now is to remind you of all the other fabulous DT cards that can be seen at AAA Cards. Not to mention our amazing Guest Designer, Judy and our sponsor Shery from Stamplorations delightful creations also to be found there.

Mega thanks for dropping by today, you know you're always welcome here.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Addicted to CAS - Guest Designer

I'm delighted to be here today with a card I've made as Guest Designer at Addicted to CAS.  How mega brilliant is that!

Here's the code word:

And here's my card:

I used a stencil to create some waves to represent the sea and then masked it off and stamped the sunshine. The beach hut - so very British - was stamped, in the same inks as the waves and sun, onto a piece of scrap card and then cut with its matching die.

I finished off by adding a red flag and a simple sentiment.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, On The Berach; SU, Kinda Eclectic
Inks: Ranger distress, blueprint sketch; SU, daffodil delight & real red
Die: Clearly Besotted, On The Beach
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Wave 

I've so enjoyed this ATCAS theme and the honour of being their Guest Designer, can't say a big enough thank you! Don't forget to check out what the regular DT at ATCAS have created to inspire you - here.

Thanks for your time today, it's been great having you visit my blog.  And keep craftiung!

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Uniko Challenge #40

Time for a new challenge over at Uniko and I'm here today to share a card I made to encourage you to get creative and join in.

And since the theme is Spring (with the optional twist of Easter) I felt it called for some bright yellows, oranges and some Uniko style.

I started by stamping the flowers - such a wonderfully simple but totally amazing design -  and then die cutting round them with a stitched circle. I planned to inlay this circle back into the base card, but felt it needed a little something more.

So I die cut a larger circle from the same set to look like a frame and then placed each one inside of the other to keep the bulkiness of the card to a minimum. A simple little sentiment and I was done.

Stamps: Uniko, Uniko Style, Flower Power #4
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, peekaboo peach, wild wasabi; Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched circle

OK,  it's your turn now. Want some more inspiration before you get started? Then head on over to Uniko and feast your eyes on the creations of the rest of the DT - here.

It's been great fun having you visit my blog today, come back again soon.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday Thoughts

For me one of the best things about blogging in the Craft World is discovering new ideas and challenges by following other folks. And today I'm sharing a card for a challenge I found doing just that. So thanks go to Carol, one of the DT at Cupcake Inspiration Challenges, for showing me the way here.

Here's my card:

I started by stamping the hanging basket and adding in all the flowers, ferns and leaves and then placed a strip of washi tape across to give the illusion that the basket is actually hanging from something.

I added some extra bits of colour using promarkers and then finished off by stamping the sentiment.

Stamps: Reverse Confetti, Hanging Blooms
Inks: SU, smoky slate, wild wasabi; Memento, angel pink
Promarkers: baby pink, marsh green, cool grey 1
Washi fom my stash

I'm really thrilled that you came to look at my blog today, hope that maybe I've inspired you a little or maybe introduced you to a challenge that's slipped past your notice.  

And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Male Room #56 Use Wood

The Male Room has a new challenge starting today and we'd like to see some wood on your project.

I knew I had some left over bits of paper with wood designs on, so I searched them out and that's where I began.

The pieces weren't large enough to have the grain in the wood facing the same way, but I'm quite liking the way the two different directions look and consider this a happy unintentional outcome.

I've been hanging on to this wooden 'hugs' wood cut for some time and decided now was a good time to get it out there and onto a card. I simply added a stamped sentiment that matched and a trio of wooden hearts and called it done.

Stamps: Uniko, Simply Said II
Inks: SU, early espresso
Papers: Kaisercraft, Sea Breezes; Simple Stories, Bloom & Grow
Embellishments: Lawn Fawn, scripty hugs wood veneer; Becky higgins, PL wood veneer hearts

How will you interpret The Male Room's wood theme? Going to be lots of fun watching your creations pop up in the gallery. Need a bit more of a kick start? Well off you go then to check out the rest of tMR DT ideas - here.

I'm really pleased to have had you drop by today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - #214

This week at CAS Colours & Sketches there's a really simple and oh so usuable sketch for you to play with.

We are a CAS (clean and simple) challenge at CC&S so please bear that in mind when creating your card - but I'm thinking it's not hard to make something CAS with this sketch. Here's what I came up with:

I randomly stamped the sketchy butterflies in black and then turned the stamps over and added the colour. Great tchnique!

I die cut the butterfly panel into a stitched circle which I inlaid into the base card and finished off by adding a die cut word in a matching colour.

Stamps: Stamplorations,Winged Things
Inks: SU, pool party, sweet sugarplum
Dies: Cutplorations, Amazing; MFT Die-namics, Inside/Out Stitched Circles

The rest of the CC&S DT have cards to inspire you - here - do go take a look. I'm looking forward to seeing your cards pop up in the CC&S gallery, go have fun with this sketch!

Thanks for your time today, your visit to my blog is much appreciated.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Uniko - A Favourite Watercolour Technique

Hello everyone! I'm here today sharing a little photo tutorial of my favourite way to use watercolours.  I keep saying it's my favourite technique with water colours so I thought it was about time I explained it in more detail just in case you'd like to give it a try yourself.

Here's the finished card:

1. Gather your supplies:

2. Add a splodge of ink from each of your colours onto an acrylic block. I've used three, but four also works well as you can put a splodge in each corner.

3. Spray the block with water. Try not to move the block now as at this stage you don't want the colours to mix. The next thing to do is to place some watercolour paper on top of the block, trying hard to get the block right in the middle of the card - a bit tricky as you can't actually see the block.

4. Now you can smooth all over the paper to get the colours to mix and then pick up the card and turn it over to discover the unique pattern you've created. Always a special moment!

5. The hardest bit - leave the watercolours to dry thoroughly. Then you can grab your stamps and experiment with their placing.

6. Once you're happy you've got the stamps where you want them, go ahead and ink them up and finish off your card.

Stamps: Uniko, I Love Tea
Inks: Adirondack, raspberry, pool, sailboat blue
Embellishments: sequins from my stash

I've got a bit more about how the stamping on this card was achieved over at the Uniko blog - here. Maybe you'll find time to pop over and check it out.

Thanks for your time today, I really hope you've enjoyed my post and will maybe give this technique a try. 

And keep crafting! 

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