Sunday, 21 May 2017

Back to Back ...

What a difference a day makes ... yesterday it rained virtually all day but today the sun has been shining ... it is amazing the impact the weather has on my mood!! 

I've been on a bit of a roll with my crafting this weekend so have another card to share with you:



I first die cut the streets on the front and back of the card before water colouring the houses with distress inks then added a sentiment.  Not a complicated card to make!

I'm entering the following challenge:

Inkspirational #135 


Enjoy!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Damask and Butterfly ...

It has rained for most of today ... not good when you need to do some gardening but an excellent excuse to spend the afternoon crafting!  I was a bit slow starting as ideas seemed to be missing but once I had been inspired by the design teams at some challenges it wasn't long before I had ideas for a couple of cards.  I've already posted the first card and here is the second:



I first stamped and heat embossed a piece of card and then ink blended over the image with distress inks.  I die cut the circle out of another piece of card for the front layer, punch three small circles on the edge before adhering the panel to the card front with foam adhesive.  I die cut the butterfly out of some black card and adhered it to the panel added a sentiment and that was it!

I used:
STAMPlorations - Ditressed Damask Background Stamp
CUTplorations - Flutter Zen I die
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Dried Marigold, Candied Apple
WOW embossing powder

I'm entering the following challenges:

TIME OUT #83
It is a CASE with your own twist challenge - the challenge is to CASE this wonderful card by Hanniele (Desert Diva):



AAA Cards #90


STAMPlorations 


Enjoy!

A little bit different ...

I don't usually use coloured card for my base but today it seemed to be an appropriate choice ...



I stamped some cream card with background stamps using distress inks before die cutting some different sized hexagons which I then adhered to the card base.  The sentiment was die cut a number of times to provide added dimension.  I'd planned the card to be portrait but when it came to adding the sentiment it seemed to work better as a landscape card.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Elements
CUTplorations - Awesome die
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #329


UNIKO #41 May/June Challenge


Enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Two stencils and one stamp ...

... that is all it took to create this card ...



Once again I was inspired by the challenge at "Less is More" - one layer with stripes and spots. I masked off the rectangle and then ink blended the stripes with distress oxides and the used black texture paste through a spotty stencil.  Added a sentiment and that was it!

I'm entering the following challenge:
"Less is More" #328


Before I go I have some more happy news to share ... one of my cards has been given an honourable mention over at TIME OUT challenges.  Thanks to the design team for choosing my card from amongst such beautiful entries ... I am honoured, Thank you.  This is the card:

Enjoy!

Make Your Mark ...

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More  - it's time to get out your pens, markers, paints, pastels whatever you have to make a mark and create!



I used my Zig markers to create this card:



I stamped the image and coloured it using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I stitched a border to the panel before adhering it to the card base using some fun foam to add dimension. 

I used:
Inkylicious - Calla Lily Stamp Set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I hope that you will pop along and have a look at the wonderful designs from the team.  Why not get out your pens and join in.

Enjoy!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Pink roses ...

Good evening ... time to share another card from my marathon crafting weekend ...



I had a piece of card that I had coloured with distress inks and stamped and heat embossed some images on - my intention had been to use it for a card but I didn't like it!! So out came my dies and the background made beautiful roses (in my opinion) - I die cut them in white as well as I needed solid images for the design so inlaid the white into the pink.  I cut some thin strips of washi tape to create the background, stamped the sentiment on a scrap of card and then assembled the elements using foam adhesive.

I used:

STAMPlorations - Subway Art Builders DARE
Cutplorations - Trendy Spring Bloom dies

I'm entering the following challenges:

STAMPlorations CUTplorations May Challenge - inspired by the pink flowers.


STAMPlorations May CAS Challenge
 

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge
 

Enjoy!

CAS Mix Up Reminder ...

Back again on Guest Designer duties with another card for the May challenge at CAS Mix Up. A quick reminder that you still have time to join in - so get out your card and stamps and have a go.  This month the theme is:



I hope that my card will inspire you to join in:



I stamped, heat embossed and water coloured the three peonies.  Trimmed the images and added a small scalloped piece of card to one edge.  I then added splatters to the card base with pink and black before adding some washi tape.  I grouped the images and adhered them to the card - one directly to the base and the other two with different heights of foam adhesive to add some dimension.  

I used:
Hobby Art Clear Peonies Stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Inks - Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry

I hope that you will pop along and check out the other designers cards they are amazing - and while you are there why not enter the challenge!!

Enjoy!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Orange flowers ...

Back again for my second post of the day ...



Less colours than my earlier post!!

I used:

CUTplorations - Uppercase Alphabet die, Lowercase Alphabet die, Trendy Spring Bloom dies

I'm entering the following challenges:

STAMPlorations May Theme and Sketch




STAMPlorations
 

Happy Little Stampers


Enjoy!

Rainbow spots ...

Good evening ... I hope you are having a lovely weekend ... I've spent the day crafting and plan to spend tomorrow crafting too!

My first card of the day involved quite a lot of stamping ...



It is One Layer week at "Less is More" with the theme of spots/stripes ... as you can see I went for stripes made of spots!!

I used:
Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet.
Simon Says Stamp - Lots of Dots
Lawn Fawn - Milos ABC

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #328


AAA Cards #89


I'm always delighted when one of my cards is selected by a design team as a winner ... imagine my surprise when the same card was chosen as a top pick in two challenges!! Thank you to the team over at Inkspirational I'm honoured to be selected as one of your winners with this card:














Enjoy!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Yellow Lily ...

... sounds like the start of a tongue twister ... red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry ... 

I find sometimes it is just impossible to resist trying out a new stamp set ... this is always the case when Bev, at UNIKO, comes up with a brilliant floral set!  If you are a frequent visitor to my blog you will know of my obsession with her Gerbera set ... I now have a new set to obsess over ... Lily.  This arrived yesterday ... so I just had to ink it!  This is my first go:




The photographs are not the best but the stamp set is!  I finished the card when I return from my print making evening class so had to take the photograph using artificial light and it just does not do it justice.  I'll try and pop back tomorrow with a daylight photograph.

I first stamped the image using hickory smoke distress ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I water coloured the image using two shades of yellow zig markers.  I die cut the image using stitched square dies before adhering them to the card base using different thicknesses of foam tape to add dimension.

I am entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #327


AAA Cards #89


Enjoy!

Yellow and Grey ...

Wednesday already ... where do the days disappear to?  Today, I'm up bright and early to try and catch up with all the things I need to do ... I always seem to have lots to do and not enough time to fit it all in.

My first task is to share a card with you ... this is in response to the colour challenge at "Less is More" to use Grey and Yellow ... 



I'm sorry about the quality of the photographs ... the card does look better in real life (I would say that, wouldn't I!).  It is a simple card with a small amount of stamping and a die cut sentiment.

I used:
Simon Says Stamp - Perfect Shapes
Distress INks - Hickory Smoke, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed
Kaisercraft - Dictionary Meanings
CUTplorations (STAMPlorations) - Awesome die

I'm entering the following challenges:
"Less is More" #327


STAMPlorations


Thank you to the wonderful design team at The Male Room Challenge for choosing one of my cards for an "Honourable Mention" - I really appreciate the compliment.  Thank you - this is the card they liked:

Enjoy!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Happy Hexagons ...

It's Friday morning and I should be at work but instead I'm sat waiting for the boiler engineer to turn up!!  In fact this will be the third visit by the engineer  and I know that when he leaves we will still be waiting for him to come back again ... all the parts have not arrived!! It is so frustrating when things breakdown ... I have insurance to cover the cost but it does not cover the time off work waiting for engineers to turn up ... or the frustration!

Rather than continuing my moaning I'm going to share a card with you:




I created a panel of patterned card using distress inks and a background stamp and then die cut the hexagons.  The hexagons have been adhered using foam adhesive to add dimension.  The sentiment was die cut from a scrap of card that had been coloured with brushos.

I used:
Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed.
Versafine Onyx Black
STAMPlorations - Distressed Damask Background

I'm entering the following challenge:

AAA Cards #89


Enjoy!