Monday, 16 April 2018

Return of stitching ...

I wish I had something to say that was witty and entertaining or meaningful and insightful ... but no words spring to mind that are either so I'll just share a card with you ...




The inspiration for this card comes from the new challenge at "Less is More" the theme is ... "Bring Something Back".  When I first saw the challenge I had not got a clue where to start and then I had a 'light bulb' moment ... what about hand stitching!  So that was the starting point ... out came the embroidery silk and this is the result.  I then die cut the butterfly attaching it by the body only.  The finished panel was adhered to the card base using foam tape to add some dimension. 

"Less is More" #369


Enjoy!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

AAA Cards ... Perfect Day

Morning all!  It is time again for a new challenge at AAA Cards ... 

 

... what springs to mind for you for A Perfect Day ... my thoughts immediately went to a Wedding Day but it could be anything it is your choice the only thing you need to remember is to keep your design clean and simple (CAS).


Apologies for the bright white line - this is a reflection from my camera and not part of the design!!
This is a simple design that is all about the words!!  The colour behind the letters is part of a print created by me using a gelli plate (my current obsession!).

I used:
Dienamics High Rise Alphabet
Tattered Lace Alpha Retro
UNIKO Simple Said Stamp set

I hope that you join in with the challenge and look forward to visiting your blogs to check out what you come up with!

Enjoy!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Springtime ...

I hope the sun has been shining for you ... it remains dull, wet and overcast in Oxfordshire ... making for a dull and overcast mood!!

I've been creating my own kind of sunshine water colouring and creating ...



... my aim was to reflect Springtime on a card ... no grey insight!

I used:
STAMPlorations - Dee's Artsy Blossom Sprays #1
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Lucky Clover, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron

I'm entering the following challenges:

TIME OUT #107


Stamping Sensations April Challenge "One for the Girls"

Seize the Birthday Anything Goes with optional Vibrant Colours

Craft Stamper Magazine April Challenge "Anything Goes"

Enjoy! 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

STAMPplorations Words are centre stage ...

It is time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations once again we have a month long challenge with prizes to win ... so get out your supplies and start creating!  This month the focus is on the sentiments:

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I used:

STAMPlorations - Always word die, Love word die, Clustered Heart die, Manilla Tag Nesting dies,  

The background is part of a print made using acrylic paints, stencils and a gelli plate.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge and I look forward to visiting your blog to check out your project.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Blue flowers ...

... another 60th birthday card ... this time the numbers are hidden, slightly more subtle than my earlier card!



The image was heat embossed with silver embossing powder before water colouring with distress inks.  I die cut the numbers out of the panel and three more times from a scrap of card and then adhered them together and placed them back into the panel.  Added the panel to the card base and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Blossom Sprays #1 Dee's Artsy Impressions
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Rectangle nesting dies
Dienamics - High Rise Number dies
Distress inks - Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch
Distress Oxides - Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean
WOW Silver Embossing Powder

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #368


Addicted to Stamps and More #285


Enjoy!

Happy 60th ...

It's a holiday weekend in the UK and the weather is very British ... wet, cold and dreary ... a good excuse to spend the day crafting!! 

I'm trying to design some 60th birthday cards ... I seem to know a lot of people that are turning 60 this year in fact most of the people I went to school with!!

This is the first card:



The background strip was taken from a print created using acrylic paints, stencils and a gelli plate.  Printing using a gelli plate has become a real obsession ... I find it very relaxing and I never know what the final print will look like ... at least I've started to use the prints creatively!  

I was inspired by this week's challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches:



Enjoy!

AAA Cards ... Favourite Technique ...

Good Morning ... I hope you haven't been caught out by any jokers in your house this morning ... it is April Fool's Day!!  I don't have any jokes or pranks to play on you so you are safe to carry on reading!!  Today is the start of a new challenge at AAA Cards ... this time we are encouraging you to create a CAS card using your favourite technique.



I have so many favourite techniques it was difficult to decide which one to choose!!  I finally decided to go with using my Zig markers to water colour a floral image.



I stamped and heat embossed the image before colouring using zig markers - I cut up the image into six pieces and adhered them, like a jigsaw puzzle, to the card base.

Do you have a favourite technique ... why not get out your supplies and join in with the challenge.

Enjoy!