Sunday, 23 April 2017

Graffiti Wall ...

It's an early start for me this morning ... it is the last day of my two week break from work and I need to make the most of it!!  I had planned to do so much during my time off ... and yet there still seems to be a lot left on the 'to do list'! 

I finished these two cards yesterday but ran out of time to share them with you ... another reason for getting up early!  The first:

The second

I first stamped three panels with a selection of words.  I then die cut the centre of one of the panels using a brick wall die.  For the first card I lined up some of the bricks onto the base and adhered some with foam to add dimension.  On the second card I lined up the 'mortar' grid from around the bricks an adhered it to the panel.  Both panels were then adhered onto a Kraft card.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Blossom Overture, Mixed Media Elements, Hello You, Old Type and Joyful
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso
Distress Oxide - Broken China
Marianne Design - Brick Wall

I'm entering the following challenges:

Inkspirational Challenge #133

The Male Room Challenge #58 - hopefully a brick wall counts as architecture!!



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Butterfly stripes ...

It has been a beautiful Spring Day today ... lots of sunshine and blue skies ... enough to make you smile and begin to believe that Winter has finally gone.  I've been out and about this afternoon in Oxford taking in the sights and sounds of the Oxford Folk weekend - this mainly involved standing in the sunshine watching Morris Dancers (English Folk Dancers find out more here).  I even managed to visit OVADA (Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency) gallery to see an exhibition which included some works by my son.  So a fun filled afternoon but I did have chance to create a card this morning.

I die cut the butterfly out of the card base before ink blending the ombre stripes and then stamped the sentiment.  The detailed butterfly was cut from some black card stock and adhered to the inside of the card.  Then I did something very unusual for me - I added some enamel dots!!

I used:
CUTplorations - Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch
Enamel dots - ancient and no longer attached to a label!!

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #325

STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge

STAMPlorations April Theme and Sketch Challenge


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Things with Wings ... Part 3

Have you joined in with the STAMPlorations 'Blog hop and Linky Party' yet?!  Please do, you really will not be disappointed there is lots to see and some beautiful creations to make you smile and inspire you.  There are also prizes to be won if you join in!

My first post for the hop (here) was clean and simple ... this time I've created a couple of tags - one clean and simple and one not!

A simple tag which I hope does justice to the beautiful butterfly die ... I really wanted to showcase the die set so used some teal card for the solid die to make the whole image pop (at least that was my intention!).

The second tag is very different:

I created the background by stamping the butterflies and heat embossing them with clear powder.  Then I ink blended the image.  I then stamped the butterflies again and heat embossed them before ink blending the image with a darker shade ... and repeat!  Once completed I ironed the panel to remove the embossed image and to leave behind the ink blended butterflies.  This time the die cut is popped onto some navy blue card stock.

I used:

CUTplorations - Flutter Zen 1 Layering Stencils, Sweet Spring Phrase Dies
STAMPlorations - Butterfly Row - Artsy Borders
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch.

Click on the image to visit the blog and join the linky party:


Enjoy and don't forget to join in with the fun!

Christmas in April ...

... four months into the year and I'm already failing with one of my New Year Resolutions ... I was supposed to make one Christmas card a week ... I still have time to catch up! At least my design team responsibilities mean that I have created a Christmas card this week ... yes you've guessed correctly we are back to the 'Holiday' challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Why not join the challenge and get ahead with your Christmas cards ... it can be other holidays as well!  This is my card:

First I heat embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder before smooshing them with distress inks to create a soft watercolour background.  I used a small piece of acetate to control where the ink went.   I heat embossed the sentiment onto a small piece of vellum which I wrapped around the panel before adhering it to the card base.

I hope you are inspired to join the challenge.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Patience and die cuts ...

Morning all!  I ran out of time yesterday to post this second card ... made during my day of crafting.  

I die cut the focal point using a Tim Holtz die designed to stay in the card.  I used the same die to cut up some scraps of card coloured using the faux mother of pearl technique (leftover from a previous project) and the inlaid the elements in to the focal point.  I can safely say that I am unlikely to use this die for this technique again - the pieces are just so small and fiddly!!  As you can see, I also used the die to cut the card base to echo the design and to add more interest.  I popped the panel on to the base and stamped the sentiment.

I used:
Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2
Distress Inks - Spun Sugar Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Salty Ocean
UNIKO - Simply Said
Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects

I'm entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up April Challenge 

STAMPlorations CAS April Challenge


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ranunculus ...

Good evening ... I hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend and have lots of chocolate to hand.  Today I have had a crafty day ... I've made a couple of cards and spent a lot of time messing about with paint, stencils and my gel printing plate.  I seem to have a lot of paper with paint on it but nothing that really makes my heart sing - I guess I'll just have to try again tomorrow!!

This is my first card for the day and is all about Spring colours and flowers:

I used:

Simon Says Stamp! Sketch Ranunculus
Inktense Blocks
Wow White Embossing Powder
Dienamics Stitched Square Dies

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #324

Inkspirational #132


Saturday, 8 April 2017

One layer wonder ...

When I first started card making and entering challenges the one that filled me with dread was the "one layer card" ... you see sometimes my stamping is not quite perfect (it still isn't!) and stray bits of ink are difficult to disguise without adding more layers!  But I have to say that I do now enjoy the challenge!  Just as well because "Less is More" this week is One Layer week.

This is my first design for the challenge - well, one design, two colourways:

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will recognise the technique that I am currently obsessed with - faux mother of pearl!  I decided that it would be worth trying on a masked element of a card front to see if it would work ... and it did!  So a simple technique for two very simple one layer cards.  I just need to remember this when I need a card in a hurry!

I'm entering the following challenge:

"Less is More" #323